Trading Diary
October 8, 2005

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The S&P 500 gave early signs of a reversal at [2], with a trendline break signaling faltering momentum. Wednesday confirmed the reversal with a close below primary support at 1200 on strong volume [3]. The target for the completed double top is: 1200 - (1245 - 1200) = 1155. Thursday [4] displays buying support, with a long tail and strong volume, while Friday [5] shows a weak test of the new resistance level at 1200. A narrow consolidation or a fall below the low of [4] would be bearish signs, but a close back above 1200 would signal a bear trap.

The index is testing the lower border of the long-term rising wedge pattern. A close below the border would warn of a primary trend reversal; and a close below 1140 would confirm. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is below zero, signaling distribution.

The Dow Industrial Average closed below 10400 and appears headed for a test of primary support at 10000. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) reversed below zero, to signal distribution. A fall below 10000 would signal a primary trend reversal, but the most likely scenario is for the index to continue ranging between 10000 and 11000.

A rise of the Dow Jones Transportation Average above 3750 would confirm that the primary up-trend has resumed; led by the recent Fedex reversal to a primary up-trend. UPS remains uncertain. An index rise above the March 2005 high would end the top pattern.

The Nasdaq Composite closed below 2100, signaling a test of the lower border of the long-term bearish rising wedge pattern. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) retreated below zero to signal distribution.

Treasury yields

Long bond yields are climbing towards 4.5% on the back of increased inflation fears. The yield differential (10-year T-notes minus 13-week T-bills) remains below 1%, indicating a flat yield curve, with negative implications for the economy within the next year.


New York: Spot gold again pulled back, respecting support at $460, before rallying to a new high of $474.00 on Friday. The metal appears headed for an attempt on $500.

United Kingdom

The FTSE 100 is testing support at the top of the earlier cup and handle pattern. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) retreated below zero, signaling distribution.

A close below the August low (from the cup and handle pattern) would signal reversal of the primary up-trend; while a retracement that respects the (same) primary support level would be a bullish sign.


The Nikkei 225 has cut back sharply from its' accelerating trend, following the retracement on US markets. This is likely to develop into a secondary correction: there are no major support levels above 12000 (which is likely to hold against all but the sternest tests).

Twiggs Money Flow
(21-day) fell sharply but remains above zero, signaling long-term accumulation. The long-term target from the earlier breakout remains: 12000 + (12000 - 7600 [the April 2003 low]) = 16400.

ASX Australia

The All Ordinaries consolidated at the start of the week after a NSW holiday on Monday [1]. Wednesday [3] fell through short-term support at 4560 signaling the start of a secondary correction, triggered by weakness in the US and profit-taking at the 4600 (medium-term) target. Another strong red candle followed at [4]; while Friday [5] signals buying support at 4400, with a doji candle and strong volume. We are likely to see a second wave of selling, with a close below the low of [5]. A close above the high, however, would warn that buyers have gained the upper hand and a recovery may be imminent.

Let's get recent events into perspective: the odds continue to favor the upside. If the index respects support at 4260, that would indicate that the primary up-trend remains strong. A successful test of primary support at 3900 would also suggest further upside potential; but a close below 3900 would signal reversal to a primary down-trend. 

Twiggs Money Flow
(21-day) fell sharply and appears set to cross below zero, signaling short-term distribution.

Keep an eye on the S&P 500. If that reverses to a primary down-trend then all bets are off: the All Ords is likely to follow.

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Colin Twiggs

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-- one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.

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