Technical Analysis – US 500 index fades from recent all-time high of 3,831

Posted on January 18, 2021 at 12:49 pm GMT

The US 500 index (Cash) is finding a foothold in the Ichimoku cloud, on the 100-period simple moving average (SMA) at 3,756, after the index receded from its latest all-time high of 3,831 under the 50-period SMA. All climbing SMAs are endorsing the positive picture, while the Ichimoku lines, with the dipping red Tenkan-sen line, are promoting the pullback in price. The short-term oscillators are proposing a tad increase in positive momentum. The MACD is flattening below its red signal [..]


Technical Analysis – US 500 index looks optimistic despite minor retreat

Posted on January 11, 2021 at 1:58 pm GMT

The US 500 index (Cash) has retracted ever so slightly after stalling around the fresh all-time high of 3,831. Although the Ichimoku lines are revealing the ebbing in positive price action, the bullish demeanour of the simple moving averages (SMAs) is defending the positive structure. The withdrawal in price will have to mature into a deeper retracement to have any significant effect on the upwards drive. The short-term oscillators are transmitting mixed frequencies in directional sentiment. The MACD, in the [..]


Daily Market Comment – Stocks cheer Trump’s stimulus U-turn; pound muted after ‘thin’ Brexit deal

Posted on December 28, 2020 at 9:40 am GMT

President Trump makes surprise U-turn on virus aid bill, averts government shutdown ‘Thin’ Brexit deal leaves many unanswered questions, pound unimpressed Equities buoyed, dollar pressured, gold jumps Relief as US stimulus and spending bill becomes law Trading for the last week of 2020 got off to a bullish start after President Trump unexpectedly signed into law the Covid-19 relief and funding bill late on Sunday after repeatedly refusing to do so. The $2.3 trillion package, which includes a fresh round [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar whipsaws on Fed’s dovish guidance, upbeat forecasts

Posted on December 17, 2020 at 9:56 am GMT

Fed commits to current pace of QE until it sees “substantial further progress” Dollar jumps on modest tweak, rosy outlook before being pummelled by dovish Powell Pound continues to soar on Brexit deal optimism, euro climbs new highs too Aussie and kiwi on a roll as strong data, US stimulus hopes maintain bullish momentum Fed disappoints before Powell has to reassure The Federal Reserve pledged on Wednesday to keep buying bonds at the existing pace of $120 billion per month [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar steadies amid fresh virus restrictions; stimulus and Brexit talks linger

Posted on December 15, 2020 at 9:35 am GMT

Tighter virus restrictions dampen vaccine optimism; dollar halts slide, stocks struggle US stimulus talks gain momentum but still no agreement London lockdown knocks pound off its Brexit perch as ‘narrow path’ to deal eyed New virus curbs weigh on sentiment Optimism that an end to the global pandemic is within sight was unable to override the darkening clouds on the immediate horizon as Covid restrictions are on the up again. After Germany’s news that it is to enter a hard [..]


Technical Analysis – US 500 index gaps higher; holds all-time-high in its scope

Posted on December 14, 2020 at 3:05 pm GMT

The US 500 index (Cash) gapped above the 50-period simple moving average (SMA) today on the four-hour chart, re-establishing a positive bearing towards the upper Bollinger band and the recent all-time high of 3,715. The dictating bullish bearing in the SMAs remains robust even though the 50-period SMA’s upward pace is marginally easing. The short-term oscillators are reflecting a pickup in positive momentum. The MACD, above its red trigger line, is pushing over its neutral threshold, while the RSI is [..]

Daily Market Comment – Pound jumps as Brexit deadline extended yet again

Posted on December 14, 2020 at 9:47 am GMT

Pound soars after Britain and the EU agree to continue talking Progress in US stimulus talks also lifts markets’ spirits, dollar sags But cause for caution ahead of Fed meeting, stocks up modestly UK and EU agree to go “extra mile” to get a deal After a bruising week, sterling was once again riding high on renewed optimism for a post-Brexit trade deal on Monday. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had set [..]

Daily Market Comment – US stimulus deal moves closer, Brexit talks ‘go backwards’

Posted on December 4, 2020 at 9:49 am GMT

Stocks at records or near highs as US Republicans change tune on new stimulus Brexit talks go down to the wire, but will France cause a last-minute upset? Dollar slide pauses ahead of NFP report Oil jumps to 9-month high despite OPEC+ raising production early Fresh hopes for US stimulus deal before Christmas Support for a bipartisan stimulus proposal of up to $908 billion gained unexpected traction yesterday as more and more Republicans threw their weight behind the plan. The [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar sinks again on rising optimism but stock rally cools

Posted on December 3, 2020 at 10:03 am GMT

Dollar slide deepens as stimulus and vaccine hopes drive positive theme But vaccine-led rally may have run its course in equity markets as stocks mixed today Tense Brexit talks keep pound on edge, euro roars past $1.21 Oil slips ahead of OPEC+ decision; gold extends rebound The US dollar slipped further on Thursday, slumping to fresh 31-month lows against a basket of currencies, as investors dumped the world’s reserve currency in the face of increased optimism about the global economic [..]

Daily Market Comment – Stimulus, vaccine euphoria push stocks to new highs, dollar sags

Posted on December 2, 2020 at 9:52 am GMT

US stimulus hopes revived after fresh efforts to kickstart talks Vaccine rollouts edge closer after UK approval Stocks scale new heights, but signs of exhausted rally Dollar slump deepens even as Treasury yields jump Brexit jitters take steam out of pound rally Optimism soars as stimulus talks back on Markets had plenty to cheer about on Wednesday as reports of renewed efforts by US lawmakers to kickstart the stalled stimulus talks were followed by news that Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine has won [..]

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