Daily Market Comment – Stocks rebound as new virus cases slow; dollar stands tall

Posted on February 19, 2020 at 9:23 am GMT

Equity markets bounce back from Tuesday’s slide amid slowdown in new coronavirus cases Stimulus hopes also help sentiment but gold still tops $1600 on heightened risks Unstoppable dollar scales fresh highs even as US yield curve inverts Stocks turn green again as investors focus on positives Risk appetite recovered somewhat on Wednesday following the knock from Apple’s profit warning yesterday, which elevated concerns about the impact from the coronavirus outbreak. The number of new confirmed cases of coronavirus in China [..]

Daily Market Comment – Apple profit warning rattles markets; gold edges up

Posted on February 18, 2020 at 9:34 am GMT

Apple Inc says it will miss revenue guidance due to China plant shutdown Stocks slide as Apple warning dashes hopes of quick rebound from virus fallout Gold hits 2-week high, oil declines on growing virus impact Pound under pressure as Britain talks tough on future trade deal with EU Markets get dealt reality check by Apple profit warning US tech giant, Apple Inc, issued a rare profit warning on Monday, saying it will miss its first quarter revenue guidance as [..]

Technical Analysis – WTI futures fail to conquer neckline of looming double bottom

Posted on February 18, 2020 at 8:57 am GMT

WTI oil futures yesterday – as positive momentum evaporated – were unable to decisively overrun the neckline and complete a possible double bottom pattern. The commodity today has declined to the nearby Ichimoku cloud’s upper band around 51.30, with backing from the technical indicators and the easing in the red Tenkan-sen line. The short-term oscillators suggest an increase in negative momentum for now. The MACD, in the positive region, has slipped below its red trigger line, while the falling RSI [..]

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OPEC considers output cuts; will they be worth it? – Commodity News

Posted on February 13, 2020 at 12:06 pm GMT

At the end of 2019 analysts were positive that crude markets may be at the start of a bull run but China’s deadly coronavirus put a damper on those hopes in January. Amid fears of a collapse in demand, OPEC and its partners recommended further production cuts on top of an ongoing pact, but Russia decided to take more time to investigate the case, making markets wondering whether such an action would make much of a difference to the price outlook. Coronavirus is the [..]

Daily Market Comment – Risk aversion creeps in as virus death toll jumps

Posted on February 7, 2020 at 9:27 am GMT

Equities rally fades as spread of coronavirus shows no sign of slowing Yen edges up but dollar also holds firm ahead of US jobs report Pound set for large weekly losses amid Brexit brinkmanship Virus fears intensify; risk rally loses steam The relief rally sparked by China’s efforts to contain the coronavirus and support its economy appeared to run out of steam by the end of the week as most major stock indices in Asia turned red on Friday. Futures [..]

Daily Market Comment – Markets hold steady but virus risks linger; oil up as OPEC+ considers output cuts

Posted on February 5, 2020 at 9:33 am GMT

Stocks extend rebound but caution keeps gains in check Yen and gold edge back up as coronavirus death toll continues to rise OPEC+ holds technical meeting to discuss fresh cuts to output amid virus impact Markets remain calm but growth worries persist This week’s cash injection by Chinese authorities and pledges of additional stimulus if needed to stabilize the economy from the disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak helped maintain calm in financial markets on Wednesday. Stocks in Asia headed [..]

Technical Analysis – WTI futures remains bearish despite recent pullback

Posted on January 28, 2020 at 9:21 am GMT

WTI oil futures appears to be sustaining its very short-term bearish picture despite the oscillators currently reflecting an improvement in positive momentum. Further aiding the move south are the downward sloping 20-, 50- and 100-period simple moving averages (SMAs) and their bearish crossovers of the 200-period SMA. The MACD has climbed above its red trigger line deep in the negative zone, while the RSI, currently in the oversold territory, is flirting with the 30 level. Noteworthy though, is the restrictive [..]

Daily Market Comment – Markets turn cautious ahead of trade deal signing as Mnuchin dashes hopes of further tariff cuts

Posted on January 15, 2020 at 9:10 am GMT

Risk appetite eases as details of ‘phase one’ trade deal expected to reveal few surprises US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggests no additional tariff rollbacks before ‘phase two’ Stocks slip into the red, yen and franc edge up Market mood dampened ahead of trade deal signing The highly anticipated signing of the ‘phase one’ trade pact between the United States and China will take centre stage later today but with the deal already fully priced in by investors, the event [..]

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Technical Analysis – WTI oil futures flirt with supportive line; look oversold

Posted on January 14, 2020 at 10:42 am GMT

WTI crude oil futures recorded a significant downfall over the past six days after they found strong resistance at the eight-month high of 65.60 last week. Currently, the price is flirting with the ascending trend line around the 57.70 support level, supposing a possible rebound on it or a breakdown. The negative slope in the RSI, which falls comfortably below its 50 neutral mark, and the downfall of the MACD near its zero line, is painting a bearish picture for [..]

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Technical Analysis – WTI oil futures hover above SMAs in positive outlook

Posted on January 7, 2020 at 11:12 am GMT

WTI crude oil futures have been making higher highs and higher lows since October 2019 and yesterday the price touched a fresh eight-month high of 64.72, although it ended the day in the red. Today, the oil price is trying to recover some of the losses, remaining above the short-term simple moving averages (SMAs). The momentum indicators in the 4-hour chart are currently supporting that positive momentum is likely to strengthen in the short-term. Specifically, the stochastic oscillator is picking up speed above [..]

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