Daily Market Comment – Yen slumps, dollar reigns supreme as virus fears persist

Posted on February 20, 2020 at 9:24 am GMT

Yen tumbles on virus worries as investors seek safety elsewhere; dollar surges Virus spread slows but change in counting methodology casts doubt Aussie and kiwi extend slide on growth concerns Is yen losing its safe-haven status? The Japanese yen came under attack on all fronts on Wednesday, sending the safe-haven currency plunging against all its peers, even against the beleaguered euro and pound. The biggest beneficiary of the yen sell-off was the US dollar, which scaled a near 10-month peak, [..]

Daily Market Comment – Virus risks persist but China stimulus cheers markets

Posted on February 17, 2020 at 9:14 am GMT

Shares in China soar after central bank cuts rates, injects cash and government pledges tax cuts But Japanese stocks struggle as recession fears grow after Q4 GDP drop Dollar holds firm despite mixed data but quiet day ahead as US markets closed China pumps more stimulus as no sign yet of virus peaking Asian stocks were boosted on Monday as Chinese authorities intervened to prop up markets with little evidence so far that the coronavirus outbreak is easing. The People’s [..]

Daily Market Comment – US stocks extend bull run as China cuts tariffs, Trump gets acquitted

Posted on February 6, 2020 at 9:29 am GMT

Global stocks continue to rally on upbeat US data and as virus fears ease Risk-on further aided after China cuts US tariffs and President Trump gets acquitted Dollar climbs to 2-month highs, yen retreats Unstoppable Wall Street scales fresh records A string of positive developments added further impetus to the rebound in global stocks on Thursday, as the recovery extended into a third day. Global stock markets plunged last week with China playing catch up on Monday as fears about [..]


Technical Analysis – JP 225 index looks for some extra gains in short-term

Posted on February 5, 2020 at 2:22 pm GMT

Japan’s 225 stock index staged an impressive rally earlier on Wednesday to cross above the Ichimoku cloud and close on top of the 200-period simple moving average (SMA) on the four-hour chart. Technically, there is still some room for improvement as the Stochastics are reversing north again within the overbought area at a time when the RSI keeps rising to reach its 70 overbought mark. The 23,700 level seems like a hurdle for the bulls at the moment but if it soon falls [..]


Technical Analysis – Japan 225 index stalls ahead of 14-month peak of 24,162

Posted on January 16, 2020 at 11:40 am GMT

Japan 225 stock index (cash) has run out of fuel in its second attempt to overtake the 24,162 level. The recent stall in the up move can also be seen in the flattening of the Bollinger bands and the RSI, which is in the bullish territory. The short-term oscillators reflect mixed signals of momentum while the simple moving averages (SMAs) lean towards an improving picture. The MACD is rising above its red trigger line in the positive zone, while the [..]

Daily Market Comment – Yen skids on upbeat China data even as trade deal faces delay

Posted on December 2, 2019 at 9:16 am GMT

Markets in risk-on mood on better-than-expected Chinese manufacturing PMIs Still plenty of caution though, as US and China struggle to conclude ‘phase one’ deal Pound slips as Tories’ poll lead narrows further Oil bounces back after Iraq says deeper cuts to be discussed at OPEC+ meeting Sentiment lifted by rebound in Chinese factory activity December got off to a positive start after data over the weekend and on Monday showed manufacturing output in China unexpectedly rose in November. China’s official [..]


Technical Analysis – JP225 index bounces off 200-SMA; short-term bias positive but weak

Posted on November 25, 2019 at 11:14 am GMT

Japan’s 225 stock index failed to cross below the 200-period simple moving average (SMA) on Thursday on the four-hour chart and instead rallied back into the 23,000 area and closer to the upper surface of the Ichimoku cloud. The RSI and the MACD also improved but have yet to expand comfortably in the bullish area, suggesting a weak positive bias for the short-term. Buyers will be waiting for a decisive close above the 23,345 area and the surface of the Ichimoku cloud to [..]


Technical Analysis – Is JP 225 index preparing for a trend reversal?

Posted on October 31, 2019 at 12:19 pm GMT

Japan’s 225 stock index seems to be showing signs of a bearish divergence in the four-hour chart as the stock price has been making higher highs while the RSI and the MACD have been printing lower lows since the mid- October, hinting that the market may be preparing for a trend reversal. A confirmation could come around the previous low of 22,480 and the bottom of the Ichimoku cloud, but before that the market should first breach the 22,735-22,600 area. In the event of [..]

Daily Market Comment – Stocks ride high on trade optimism; Boris to try again for snap election

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 9:13 am GMT

Trade progress drives S&P 500 to record high but global rally loses steam Pound choppy after EU extension as Johnson struggles to trigger a general election Dollar steady ahead of expected Fed rate cut Trump says Phase One deal is “ahead of schedule” Market sentiment was boosted on Monday after US President Donald Trump signalled an interim trade deal was close. Speaking to reporters yesterday, Trump said “We are looking probably to be ahead of schedule to sign a very [..]


Technical Analysis – JP225 index remains bullish; consolidates at May high

Posted on October 16, 2019 at 3:05 pm GMT

The Japan 225 cash index’s recent rally has paused at the May high of 22,486 after producing a ten-month high of 22,612. Following an ascent that bounced off the 21,054 level, which is the 50.0% Fibonacci retracement of the up leg from 19,860 to 22,252, the signals are leaning towards a persisting positive outlook. The short-term oscillators reflect the bullish momentum is strengthening. The MACD is above its red trigger line and deep in positive areas, while the RSI is [..]

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