According to the UK Stockmarket Almanac 2016, the coming week is historically pretty flat - on average it is down for 48% of Years and gives on average a positive return of 0.1%. I noted in my ‘Weekly Performance Update’ last week that the historical averages for March show that the last week is one of the worst weeks of the Year - which makes sense really as people muck about with their Portfolios just before the end of the Tax Year - so expect some weakness soon.
Big bullish developments last week - as you can see, the Red Downtrend Line (marked with the Red Arrow) was breached which is good news for Bulls. My Yellow Arrow points to the Candle created on Friday 4th March 2016 which was a nice big bullish one and suggests some strength still in the Rally.
My Green Arrow is pointing to the falling 200 day Moving Average which is not good at all and is a big negative feature hanging over the FTSE100 Chart. It also represents possible Resistance at about 6300 which may be a sticky spot to get over. Note that just above at around 6400 to 6500 nearly there is a strong Band of Resistance that will be tough to crack.
My gut feeling now is that maybe we have escaped the worst scenarios with drops to 5200 or 4800 for the time being - perhaps we are now more likely to be looking at some sort of Sideways Range with maybe a Ceiling around that 6400 Resistance and a Floor perhaps at 5600 or 5500. The only big problem with such a theory is that it would be a rather wide Range - not normal.
Note also that the Blue Horizontal Line around RSI 56 which had capped gains for nearly a Year actually has now been broken to the upside - this is good for Bulls.
My ScreenShot below shows the Daily Candles for the S&P500 for the last 6 months or so. My Blue Circle is pointing out a ‘Doji’ Candle which was produced on Friday which might suggest that the move up is losing puff in the Short Term. Dojis like this are not strictly ‘Reversal Signals’ but they do hint that the move up has lost some force - they can of course be Reversal Signals and it would be no surprise if the Market turned down on Monday.
My Green Arrow is pointing to the 200 Day Moving Average which is falling and could be Resistance at about 2020. My Pinky/Mauvey Arrow and Line are showing a Downtrend that could be Resistance around 2040 and both these Resistance Levels are important for the Index to break over. Note however, that if this is achieved, then there is very strong Horizontal Resistance around 2080 - 2120.
The Chart below has the Daily Candlesticks for the Nasdaq Comp going back about 4 months ish. The only really crucial thing here I have marked with the Black Circle - that is a very clear Doji with a thin ‘Body’ - it might be a Reversal Signal - one to watch closely. Interestingly, there is plenty of Support below now. Otherwise the Nasdaq Comp is remarkably similar to the S&P500.
I won’t dwell on this one, but just something to be aware of. The VIX is the US Volatility Index (the ‘Fear Gauge’) and tends to move inversely to the S&P500. My Blue Arrow points out where it is now on a Chart over the last year or so - note it is heading down to the low points. This is not necessarily a bad thing as it can stay low for long periods of time - however, it is worth appreciating that a Low VIX tends to lead to a High VIX over time.
The Chart below has the Daily Candles for Brent Crude Oil going back about 4 months. My Black Arrow points out a lovely Up Candle from Friday and suggests more gains to come. Note also the clean Breakout now of the Red Downtrend Line marked with my Red Arrow. I have drawn in a new Blue Line at the bottom of the Candles over the last 6 weeks and maybe this will act as a new Support Line and form the floor of an Uptrend Line - it is early days and something to watch for.
My Blue Arrow at the top marks the 200 Day Moving Average - note this is still falling nastily so the Bulls are by no means home and dry yet, although things are clearly improving. This represents Resistance up around the $46 level. In an ideal scenario, the Bulls need a 50 Day / 200 Day Moving Average ‘Golden cross’ - this looks a long way off (the Darker Blue Wiggly Line is the 50 day MA).
Very interesting developments here last week - we had a sort of ‘Pennant’ Bull Flag formation (marked with my Black Lines over the last 3 weeks ish) and the Price Broke-out of the Top of the Pennant at $1263. It is likely now that it will move up quite swiftly - maybe more than $100 I would guess.
Of course, the big complication by Gold doing so well is that it hints at problems for Stocks etc.
I just wanted to chuck this Chart in as well. If you follow me on the Tweets, you may have seen me bleating on about a “Triangle on the UTW Chart” - my Blue Lines below mark out exactly what I mean by that. The theory is that whenever you get a Triangle Pattern, the Price tends to wiggle around inside the Triangle and gradually make its way to the ‘Point’ of the Triangle - but at some point it will break out of the Triangle Pattern to the upside or the downside. If it breaks up then expect it to go higher quickly, if it breaks down, then expect it to fall a lot. One to watch.
That’s it for now, WD