Trading Diary
April 1, 2006

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The S&P 500 briefly penetrated the new support level at 1295 before recovering. A false downward break would normally be seen as a bullish sign, but the intervening rallies are weak, placing doubt over the strength of short-term support. Expect the index to test intermediate support at 1270, while a close above 1310, though unlikely at this stage, would signal resumption of the primary up-trend.

The first quarter has ended and we need to be on the alert for a secondary correction -- as institutional positions taken to support prices prior to the quarter end are unwound.

Medium Term: The linear regression channel on the chart below depicts the pace of the up-trend in recent years (new drawing tools will be released with the beta version in early April). The index is advancing in a slow up-trend, frequently retracing to test previous support levels. A close below the central linear regression line would signal a test of support at the lower channel line. Twiggs Money Flow closed below zero, warning of distribution.

Long Term: The index is in a slow up-trend, with primary support at 1180.

The Dow Industrial Average retraced to test support at 11150, but the short pull-back at [3] signaled weakness and was followed by a bearish close below support at [5]. Expect a test of support at 10950.

Medium Term: Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) has turned below zero, warning of distribution. A close below 10950 would warn of a secondary correction, testing support at 10000.

Long Term: If the index respects support at 10950, the primary up-trend is confirmed.

The Dow Jones Transportation Average and lead indicator Fedex are in strong primary up-trends. UPS is testing its November high; a breakout would signal resumption of the primary up-trend, while a failure to do so would mean another test of support at the February low. Three bullish indicators in unison would be a strong positive signal for the economy.

The Nasdaq 100 and the broader Nasdaq Composite both started an intermediate up-trend, with higher lows at [a] followed by higher highs, but Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is below zero, warning us to exercise caution.

Treasury yields

The 10-Year treasury yield respected support at 4.60/4.65% before rallying sharply to 4.85% -- after the new Fed Chairman showed that he is likely to be tough on inflation. The breakout confirms the first real up-trend in long-term yields in almost 3 years. 

Medium Term: The Fed is expected to make at least one more rate increase this year, lifting the short-term funds rate to 5.0%. The buoyant property market is likely to slow, but banks will benefit from wider margins caused by the steeper yield curve -- so long as rates do not run high enough to affect loan defaults. 

Long Term: The yield differential (10-year T-notes minus 13-week T-bills) has started to trend upwards, easing the credit squeeze.

The Big Picture: Transport indicators indicate an increase in economic activity, while equity markets are edging upwards. Rising long-term treasury yields may cause a slow-down in the property market, but are necessary to keep the economy on a sound footing.


Spot gold closed at $581.50 after breaking through resistance at $575 earlier in the week. 

Medium Term: Expect a test of the new support level at $570/$575.

The Big Picture: A successful test of support will confirm that gold has resumed its primary up-trend.

Crude Oil

Light Crude is above $66 dollars a barrel and appears headed for a test of resistance at $70. A rise above $70 would be a strong bull signal (for gold as well), while a fall below medium-term support at $58 would be bearish -- and a drop below $55 would indicate a primary trend reversal.


The dollar is consolidating in a narrowing range against major trading partners.

Medium Term:
EUR/USD: The euro has formed a large triangle against the dollar. A rise above [F] would indicate that the euro has started an up-trend, while a fall below [E] would signal that the primary down-trend will continue.

USD/JPY: The dollar is consolidating in a narrow band against the yen. A break above resistance at [E] would be a bullish sign, while a fall below support at [F] would be bearish.

Source: Netdania

The Big Picture
EUR/USD: A break outside of the triangle would indicate the future direction of the primary trend.
USD/JPY: A rise above [A] would signal that the dollar has commenced a primary up-trend against the yen; a fall below [B] would signal the start of a primary down-trend.

United Kingdom

After the break through 6000, the FTSE 100 encountered resistance at the previous intra-day highs of 6040, retracing to test support at 5930. The subsequent rally ended with a weak close and the index appears headed for another test of support.

Medium Term: Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is declining, showing short-term distribution. A close below support at 5930 would warn of a secondary correction, while a rise above 6040 would signal continuation of the up-trend.

The Big Picture: The FTSE 100 is in a strong primary up-trend.


The Nikkei 225 broke through resistance at 16700. A retracement that respects the new support level would confirm the breakout.

Medium Term: Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is rising above zero, signaling accumulation. The target for the breakout is 17900 (16700 - (16700 - 15500)).

The Big Picture: The index has resumed the primary up-trend after establishing a strong base for further gains.

ASX Australia

After a brief consolidation at 5000, the All Ordinaries rallied strongly to just below 5100. The short consolidation and strong volume at [2] and [3] indicates abnormal buying strength in the market. Exceptional volume at [4] and [5] indicate further resistance, but there is no retracement because of buying support. A break through resistance at 5100 would signal another strong rally. Though less likely, if resistance at 5100 holds we could see a retracement test the new support level at 5000.

Medium Term: Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) completed a higher trough [c] above zero, signaling strong accumulation. The target of 5050 (4900 + (4900 - 4750)) has been exceeded, but the trend is keeping its momentum.

The Big Picture: The primary up-trend is accelerating.

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Colin Twiggs

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