Trading Diary
April 8, 2006

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The S&P 500 is consolidating between 1295 and 1310, with resistance evident from strong volumes at [1] and [3]. A fall below support would signal a test of 1270, while a close above 1310 would signal resumption of the primary up-trend.

The first quarter has ended and we need to remain alert for a secondary correction -- at least for the next week.

Medium Term: A 2-year standard deviation channel (parallel lines fitted at 2 standard deviations around a linear regression line) highlights recent trend behavior, the index edging upwards in a narrow band above the center line. A close below the center line would signal a test of support at the lower edge of the channel. Twiggs Money Flow at zero warns of distribution.

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

The Dow Industrial Average is testing support at 11100. After the lower high, expect a test of (intermediate) support at 10950. However, if short-term support at 11100 holds, that would signal a stronger up-trend.

Medium Term: A close below 10950 would warn of a secondary correction, testing support at 10000. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is bearish, having completed a peak below zero at [a].

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

Lead indicator UPS has joined Fedex and the Dow Jones Transportation Average in signaling strong primary up-trends. The strength of the DJTAA up-trend is best illustrated by Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) which has not crossed below zero in more than 5 months. Three bullish indicators in unison are a strong positive signal for the economy.

The Nasdaq 100 is headed for a test of resistance at 1760, but is expected to follow the broader Nasdaq Composite which is already above its January high, signaling resumption of the primary up-trend. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) has edged below zero, warning us to exercise caution.

Treasury yields

The 10-Year treasury yield is rallying strongly on the back of low unemployment figures which have increased expectations of future rates hikes.

Medium Term: The Fed is expected to continue hiking the short-term funds rate, in turn causing long-term yields to rise. The buoyant property market should not be significantly harmed by the historically low long-term yields, while banks will benefit from wider margins caused by the steeper yield curve. 

Long Term: The yield differential (10-year T-notes minus 13-week T-bills) is trending upwards, easing the credit squeeze and, if this continues, allowing the Fed more leeway to increase interest rates.  

The Big Picture: Transport indicators signal increasing economic activity, while equity markets are edging cautiously upwards. Expect rate hikes to continue for the next few months and long-term yields to rise, without causing significant harm to the economy because of the historically low base. There are no signs as yet, but we need to be on the alert for an upturn in major equity indexes in the next few months.


Spot gold closed at $587.80 after testing resistance at $600 earlier in the week. 

Medium Term: A narrow consolidation below $600 would be a bullish sign, while a fall below $575 would signal a secondary correction.

The Big Picture: Gold has resumed its primary up-trend.

Crude Oil

Light Crude closed at $67.39 a barrel and appears headed for a test of resistance at $70. A rise above $70 would be a strong bull signal for oil (and gold) prices, while a drop below $55 would signal a primary trend reversal.


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

EUR/USD: The euro is in an intermediate up-trend and threatens a primary trend reversal after the recent bullish breakout from a large triangle. A rise above the high of [D] would signal that the euro has started a primary up-trend against the dollar, while a fall below [E] would mean continuation of the down-trend.

USD/JPY: The dollar continues to consolidate in a narrow band against the yen. A break above resistance at [C] would be a bullish sign, while a fall below support at [F] would be bearish. In the long-term, a rise above [A] would signal continuation of the primary up-trend, while a fall below [B] would signal a reversal.

Source: Netdania

United Kingdom

The FTSE 100 is encountering stubborn resistance at 6050, with increased volume at [3] and long shadows at [4] and [5].

Medium Term: Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is declining, showing short-term distribution. A close below support at 5930 (also the lower border of the linear regression channel) would warn of a secondary correction, while a close above 6050 would signal continuation of the up-trend.

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


The Nikkei 225 is rallying strongly, up almost 1000 points from the breakout.

Medium Term: Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is rising steadily, signaling accumulation. The target for the breakout, 17900 (16700 - (16700 - 15500)), is likely to be reached sooner rather than later.

The Big Picture: The index has resumed a strong primary up-trend after establishing a base above 15000.

ASX Australia

The market is entering a state of euphoria with the All Ordinaries making new highs. Retracements are exceedingly short with resistance at [2] and [4] quickly overcome by buying pressure.

Medium Term: Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) continues to rise above the zero, signaling strong accumulation. The trend has exceeded its target of 5050 (4900 + (4900 - 4750)) and is accelerating into a blow-off, having broken through the upper border of the linear regression channel. A blow-off makes rapid gains, but is often followed by a sharp reversal as the index retreats to the safety of the previous base (around 4900).

The Big Picture: The primary up-trend is rapidly accelerating -- hence today's cautionary quote from George Soros.

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Colin Twiggs

The usual bull market successfully weathers a number of tests until it is considered invulnerable,
whereupon it is ripe for a bust.

~ George Soros