Trading Diary
November 05, 2005

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The S&P 500 closed above 1200 at [1]; signaling an end to the recent secondary correction. The short reaction on Tuesday is a bullish sign, but the latest rally encountered resistance at [4], evident from the tall shadow and strong volume. Friday's dragonfly doji is likely to resolve in a continuation of the intermediate up-trend.

We are not yet out of the woods: the primary up-trend is weak and the index remains in a long-term bearish rising wedge pattern. The present rally is likely to test the upper border of the pattern, while a close back below 1200, though unlikely at present, would indicate that primary support at 1140 is under threat. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) completed a medium-term bullish divergence, but remains close to the zero line.

The Dow Industrial Average performed in a similar fashion to the S&P 500 over the last week. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) displays a medium-term bullish divergence and we can expect a test of 10700. In the long-term, the Dow is likely to range between 10000 and 11000 for some time, restraining advances on other indices.

The Dow Jones Transportation Average has followed Fedex into a strong primary up-trend, with a rise to a new 10-year high. This augurs well for the broader equities market. A pull-back that respect support at 3825 would confirm the breakout. UPS appears set to follow, with a short retracement below the resistance level.

The Nasdaq Composite respected the lower border of the bearish rising wedge pattern and is climbing steeply. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) signals accumulation, climbing sharply above zero. Expect a test of the upper border of the rising wedge pattern, with a possible breakout to a strong primary up-trend.

Treasury yields

An improving economy is likely to place upward pressure on inflation and long-bond yields. Both long and short-term yields are rising, maintaining a yield differential (10-year T-notes minus 13-week T-bills) below 1.0%: a bear signal for equity markets in about 12 months time.


New York: Spot gold fell to $456.20 on Friday. The breakout below support at $460, from the last 6 week's consolidation, is a bear signal for the metal (and a positive sign for the US currency/economy). Look out for a test of support at $450 and possibly $430.

United Kingdom

The FTSE 100 broke through resistance at 5228 before commencing a steep climb. Tall blue candles and strong volume at [1] and [4] indicate the extent of buyer commitment. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) has recovered to above zero. Friday shows a loss of momentum and may precede a short consolidation or retracement, but we are likely to see a test of resistance at 5500 in the short/medium term. A narrow consolidation, or short retracement, below 5500 would be a bullish sign. The target for a breakout would be 5500 + (5500 - 5140) = 5860; close to the 6000 level.


The Nikkei 225 has again shown itself to be the strongest of the markets under review. The short correction left a large space above the 12000 support level and Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) signals strong accumulation with a trough above the zero line. The index's sharp climb above the October high indicates a significant imbalance between buyers and sellers: the primary up-trend should continue for some time. The long-term target is 12000 + ( 12000 - 7600 [April 2003]) = 16400.

ASX Australia

The All Ordinaries completed a descending broadening wedge pattern on Tuesday, after a partial decline at [1]. This is a continuation pattern and the index should at least test the previous high of 4620. 

The narrow range and low volume at [2] is attributable to the Melbourne Cup. The short reaction at [3] is a bullish sign, but a further pull-back may follow. Fort per cent of breakouts are followed by a pull-back to the upper border of the pattern according to Thomas Bulkowski (Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns).

Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) remains close to the zero line; not yet displaying any significant accumulation signal.
The index is in a strong primary up-trend, with initial resistance at 4620. A breakout would present a target close to 5000: 4620 + (4620 - 4300) = 4940. Though unlikely at this stage, a break below the upper border of the broadening wedge pattern would signal a re-test of support at 4250.

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Colin Twiggs

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