There have been numerous reports of an economic slowdown (and even contraction in some sectors) in China, one of which describes those in detail at ZeroHedge. While some of China’s difficulties may have been exacerbated by a fairly recent trade war with the U.S., it certainly didn’t start them…other factors were already in play and bear responsibility for its inception, as explained therein.(more…)
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Isn’t it amazing what Central Bankers can do for markets. Case in point is this compressed view of the S&P 500 Index (SPX) in “area” format (monthly chart below). It’s virtually been on a tear since the bleeding from the financial crisis of 2008/09 was abruptly halted with their intervention and injection of monetary support, and it hasn’t had much of a correction since then, relatively speaking.(more…)
The Dow 30 (YM), S&P 500 (ES), Nasdaq 100 (NQ) and Russell (RTY) E-mini Futures Indices are in danger of being swallowed into their respective moving average “Alligator” formations (where the moving averages are offset into the future), as shown on the following daily charts.
If price is engulfed within and falls below these formations, we’ll see high volatility and wild swings ensue, with a possible correction in equities.(more…)
My last post was not overly enthusiastic about a continued rally in the SPX, as evidenced by its title.
Now that the month of May is complete, you can see from the monthly chart below that a large triple top has formed on the SPX, which is, in fact, thanks to three bearish candle formations on this timeframe (namely, a dark cloud cover, followed by two bearish engulfing candles) — albeit it on successively higher swing highs — after overshooting its upper edge of a long-term ascending regression channel and reaching its +3 standard deviation level.(more…)
Take a look at this monthly comparison chart of the S&P 500 Index (SPX) versus China’s Shanghai Index (SSEC).
While the SSEC literally exploded during 2007 compared with the gains made by the SPX, and made an anaemic attempt in 2015, it’s, essentially, gone nowhere since mid-2015.(more…)
The following graph of the U.S. Major Indices shows the percentages gained from January 1 to the highs that were made, so far, in 2019 (about a week ago).(more…)
I last wrote about China’s Shanghai Index (SSEC) on March 25, at which time I identified 3150 as major resistance. Price had closed at 3043.03 that day.
Since then, price briefly broke above 3150 to hit a high of 3288.45 on April 8, and, after retesting that level several times over the next few days, it finally broke and closed below on April 25. In Sunday’s overnight trading it closed today (Monday) at 2906.46.(more…)