Trading Diary
December 3, 2005

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The S&P 500 started the week with a retracement -- strong volume on day [2] and [3] signaling buying support. The short 3 day retracement is a bullish sign, signaling a fast up-trend. Buyers regained control on Thursday [4], with a tall blue candle and even larger volumes. Friday's doji candle [5] indicates short-term consolidation before an attempt to breakout above the 1270 resistance level. Though less likely, a close below support at 1250 would be bearish.

In the long-term the index is testing the upper border of a bearish rising wedge pattern. A breakout above the wedge pattern would signal a stronger up-trend with a target of 1500: 1260 + (1160 - 800) = 1620. A reversal at the upper border, however, would mean a further test of the lower edge of the pattern. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) signals accumulation with a reversal above the zero line.

The Dow Industrial Average is headed for another test of resistance at 11000. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is neutral, having fallen to near the zero line. In the long-term the Dow faces heavy resistance at 11000/11500 and strong support at 10000.

The Dow Jones Transportation Average and its two stalwarts, Fedex and UPS, have all commenced strong primary up-trends: a bullish sign for the general equity market.

The Nasdaq Composite completed a successful pull-back, respecting the upper border of the bearish rising wedge pattern. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) signals accumulation, with a trough above zero. This is another positive sign for the general equity market.

Treasury yields

Long-term yields rallied during the week on positive economic news (and prospects of higher inflation). Another test of resistance would be a positive sign for yields (a negative sign for bond prices). A confirmed breakout above resistance, while still only a possibility at this stage, would ease pressure on the yield curve and have positive medium-term benefits for the economy. 

The yield differential (10-year T-notes minus 13-week T-bills) remains low, leaving the Fed a tough choice: continue to hike short-term rates and end up with a negative yield curve, or ease the program of rate hikes and risk having inflation take root. Either result could have negative consequences.


New York: Spot gold broke through $500 for the first time in 18 years, closing at $502.90 on Friday. Expect a pull-back to test $500, the new support level, in the next few weeks. If successful, the metal is in blue sky territory and we should witness a sustained rally.

United Kingdom

The FTSE 100 failed to respect the new 5500 support level, closing below at [1] followed by another strong red candle at [3]. Buyers regained control at the 5420 support level on Thursday [4] and the index recovered above 5500 on day [5]. The marginal break below support remains a bullish sign, demonstrating buyers' commitment to the market, and we should see a further rally. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is bullish, respecting the zero line with the latest trough at [a]. The target for an upward breakout is close to 6000: 5500 + (5500 - 5140) = 5860.


The Nikkei 225 remains exceedingly bullish, breaking through 15000 on Thursday before a continuation gap on Friday. Traders need to bear in mind that the accelerating curve can develop into a blow-off (with consequent sharp correction). Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is exceptionally strong, forming troughs high above the zero line. Expect the primary up-trend to continue for some time, with a long-term target around 16000: 12000 + ( 12000 - 7600 [April 2003]) = 16400.

ASX Australia

The All Ordinaries fell through support at 4560 at [4]. The huge volume shows that strong buying support was overcome by the weight of selling -- especially after many traders' stops were triggered by the fall below 4560. Friday took many by surprise: after a bullish day in US markets, buyers regained control, carrying the index back above the support level. The weak close at [5], however, leaves a question-mark as to whether this latest resurgence is sustainable. If the rally fades below 4620, failing to test the resistance level, that would be a bearish sign; as would a close back below 4560. Otherwise, the consolidation is likely to resolve in an upward breakout.

Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) dipped below zero to signal distribution. The index remains in a strong primary up-trend and a breakout above 4620 would present a target close to 5000: 4620 + (4620 - 4320) = 4920. On the other hand, failure to break above resistance would signal a test of primary support at 4300.

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Colin Twiggs

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~ Elbert Hubbard.