Trading Diary
December 17, 2005

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The S&P 500 is testing intermediate resistance at 1270. Strong volume and a weak close at [2] signal selling pressure, while big volume at [5] is attributable to triple-witching hour. This consolidation pattern is likely to resolve in an upward breakout; unless there is a close below support at 1250, which would signal a test of primary support at 1170.

The index is consolidating below the upper border of a long-term bearish rising wedge pattern. A breakout would signal a stronger primary up-trend. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is close to the zero line. An upward reversal at this point would be a bullish sign.

The Dow Industrial Average successfully tested support at 10700 and is now testing intermediate resistance at 10950. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is negative and we can expect another test of support at 10700 after weak closes on days [4] and [5]. In the long-term, primary support at 10000 and resistance at 11000 appear formidable and the index may continue to range for some time.

The Dow Jones Transportation Average, Fedex and UPS all show strong primary up-trends: a positive sign for equity markets.

The Nasdaq Composite is consolidating above the upper border of the bearish rising wedge pattern: a bullish sign for equity markets. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is above zero, signaling accumulation.

Treasury yields

The Fed delivered an early Christmas present, hinting at a slow-down in future rate hikes, while ten-year yields signal weakness, consolidating below the recent high. An improving economy is likely to place upward pressure on inflation and long-bond yields. The yield differential (10-year T-notes minus 13-week T-bills) remains low -- not a good position for the Fed if inflation starts to rise.


New York: Spot gold pulled back to close $502.90 on Friday, briefly dipping below the support level on Thursday/Friday. If support at 500 holds we are likely to see a rally to around $560: 500 + (530 - 500)*2. Otherwise, look out for a test of primary support at $420.

United Kingdom

The FTSE 100 is looking positive: holding above support at 5500, while Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is holding above zero. The target for a breakout would be close to the 6000 level: 5500 + (5500 - 5140) = 5860.


The Nikkei 225 has broken the latest trendline, signaling a loss of momentum. Expect a test of support at 15000. Consolidation above 15000 would be a positive sign for the longer term, establishing a base for further gains. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) continues to signal strong accumulation, holding well above the zero line. The index is in a strong primary up-trend, with a long-term target of 16400: 12000 + ( 12000 - 7600 [April 2003]).

ASX Australia

After a hesitant start to the week, the All Ordinaries has shown some resilience. A weak close at [1] followed by an inside day at [2] signal uncertainty, but the index has since rallied despite exceptional volume from the option close-out at [4] (see triple-witching hour). Expect a test of 4620. Watch for a weak pull-back, possibly respecting 4560: a bullish sign. A close below 4530, on the other hand, would be a bear signal.

Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is close to the zero line; not yet displaying any significant 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.

This is the last trading diary for the year. The newsletter will resume on 7th January.

Colin Twiggs

We wish all our readers peace and goodwill over the Christmas season
 and prosperity in the year ahead.