Trading Diary
November 12, 2005

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The S&P 500 broke out from a brief consolidation and appears headed for a test of resistance at 1245/1250. Strong volume at [4] signals buyer commitment.

The index is headed for a test of the upper border of the long-term bearish rising wedge pattern. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) has climbed sharply since the recent medium-term bullish divergence, signaling accumulation.

The Dow Industrial Average is testing resistance at 10700. Low volume at [5] indicates buyer uncertainty. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) displays a medium-term bullish divergence and has crossed to above zero. In the long-term, the Dow faces heavy resistance at 11000.

UPS has followed the Dow Jones Transportation Average and Fedex into a primary up-trend. This is a strong bull signal for the market.

The Nasdaq Composite is headed for a test of the upper border of the bearish rising wedge pattern. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) signals accumulation, climbing steeply above zero. A breakout would signal a strong primary up-trend: a positive sign for the Dow and S&P 500.

Treasury yields

Short-term yields are rising while long-term yields consolidate below resistance at 4.65%, placing downward pressure on the yield differential (10-year T-notes minus 13-week T-bills). The Fed is between a rock and a hard place: keep on hiking short-term rates and the yield curve is likely to go negative -- a scary place to be -- but ease off the rate hikes and inflation may take root. Either result would have negative consequences and a bearish impact on equity markets about 12 months ahead.


New York: Spot gold recovered to $468.40 on Friday. The breakout below support at $460 proved to be a false break and we are likely to see a test of resistance at $475. A peak below $475, that fails to test the resistance level, would be a bearish sign.

United Kingdom

The FTSE 100 is consolidating below resistance at 5500. I don't like the look of the gap between the consolidation and the resistance level (5480 to 5500). If this is not closed in the next few days expect weakness. The marginal break of Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) above zero is also a bearish sign. A fall below short-term support at 5420 would signal a test of primary support at 5140. On the other hand, a breakout above 5500 would have a target of 5860: 5500 + (5500 - 5140), close to the 6000 level.


The Nikkei 225 consolidated briefly above 14000. Friday's doji may be a false breakout: expect further consolidation. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) has not crossed below zero since July. This signals a strong bull market and the primary up-trend should continue for some time. The long-term target is 16400: 12000 + ( 12000 - 7600 [April 2003]) = 16400.

ASX Australia

The All Ordinaries encountered resistance above 4500, with a longer shadow and strong volume at [5]. We may see a few days consolidation, but the intermediate trend is headed for a test of resistance at 4620.

Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) climbed sharply, signaling accumulation. 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. Failure to break above 4620, on the other hand, would signal another test of support at 4320.

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Colin Twiggs

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