We have a couple of interesting weeks ahead - god knows what will happen. Because of Easter we have 2 ‘Short’ weeks with Good Friday at the end of this week (I am off to see Ellie Goulding at the O2 in London) and Easter Monday chopping short next week. This tends to mean lower Trading Volumes and with how Markets have been of late, it might all be very tedious !!
Of course, this difference between UK and US might be explained by our April 5th Tax Year thing - I suspect that is part of the reason the coming Week is so poor historically - people are ‘Bed and Breakfasting’ their Investments for Tax reduction purposes.
The Chart below from the wickedly brilliant ShareScope Software is of the FTSE100 Daily Candlesticks which I tend to show every week. My Green Arrow is pointing to the 200 Day Moving Average - still falling which denotes a Downtrend - we need this to level out and turn up before we can get excited on the Buy Side.
My Black Arrow points to the 50 Day Moving Average - after the recent Rally this has started to level out and this is a positive development - but we need it to ideally curve up and cut through the 200 Day Moving Average line from beneath - this would give us a ‘Golden Cross’ and then we can start getting excited and taking off the Bear Boots.
My Red Arrow points to a Downtrend Line which was broken over about 3 weeks ago - this was a Bullish development but we need to stay above this line. Note the Price is getting up near the 200 Day Moving Average Line at about 6270 - this might act as Resistance and be a level the Price struggles to get over - we need to watch this.
Note the Black Lines I have drawn in which sort of create a Triangle with its top line at about 6216 - we need to break over this again and get over the Intraday High from Friday of 6237.
A few weeks ago I wrote something in a Blog about an article from Simon Thompson that I had read in the Investors Chronicle. I can’t remember the details (if you look back through my ‘Week Ahead’ Blogs you might find it) but as per the text on my Chart below, if the FTSE All Share closes below 3186 at the end of March, then we could be in big trouble (based on historical trends) - however, so far, things look pretty good - it would need a chunky collapse over the next couple of weeks to bring this about. It is something to keep an eye on but if we can avoid falling into the 3186 trap, it might mean the rest of the year can be more bearable and perhaps the Lows are in - but I still think the Brexit Vote will cause trouble soon and this is why I am letting my chunky FTSE100 Short Hedges run.
The Screen below shows the Daily Candles for the S&P500 - the main US Index. Note my sort of Purple/Pink line with the similar colour Arrow which we have broken over last week - this is positive.
Standing back, note how the Price has run up for about 5 weeks on the trot now with very few Pullbacks - this is unusual and looks a bit precarious - we may not be in for a Big Drop, but we are certainly due more Pullbacks. Remember a little earlier I was talking about context for an Inverted Hammer?, well this is the kind of Chart where an Inverted Hammer now would be a superb indicator of a Trend Reversal - watch the Daily Candles for such a development.
My Red Circle encompasses an Area of Resistance covering about 2000 to 2120 - we are already over much of this, but there is still quite a lot of Resistance above the current Price level. Note also my Red Horizontal Line right at the Top of the Screen at 2135 - this is the All Time High and I do find it quite amazing that after the dire start to the year we are now not far off the All Time Highs. Are things really that good for the Global Economy?
It’s even more weird when you look at the Moving Averages. My Green Arrow marks the 200 day Moving Average and this is falling - although it is a positive development that the Price has got over this level. My Red Arrow points to the 50 Day Moving Average - this has been falling and it is now just about starting to level out - but we are a long way away from a Golden Cross.
We had a bit of an Up Candle on Friday but it pulled back from the Intraday High - overall this looks bullish enough.
Note there are similar Volume Spikes on the UK Indexes.
In the Bottom Window on the Screen below, we have the RSI for the VIX Volatility Index - this moves Inverse to the S&P500, i.e. if the VIX rises, then the S&P500 usually falls. This is really interesting because my Red Arrow points to a level of RSI 38 and this is pretty much the lowest it has been for nearly 10 years !!!
The implication is obvious - a low VIX tends to lead to a high VIX.
The Chart below has the Daily Candles on Brent Crude Oil for the last 5 months ish. My Blue Arrow points to the falling 200 Day Moving Average - and note the Price is still a bit below this level. My Black Arrow points to the 50 Day Moving Average - note this is starting to curve upwards which is a good thing for Bulls. However, the 50 Day MA must do a lot of work for us to get a Golden Cross.
Last week I drew a tentative Uptrend Channel with the Blue Line as the bottom line and the Green Line as the top line of the Channel - so far this is looking like it might be capturing the Price Action quite nicely.
My Red Arrow is pointing to an ‘Inverted Hammer’ Candle from Friday or it might be a ‘Shooting Star’ - whatever we call it, it is Bearish.
Strange old week for Gold - we broke out of the top of the Triangle at $1263 but it has failed to keep it going. After Friday, it looks like it might fall a bit more but that is pretty unclear really. In simple terms, if it is going higher it needs to get over $1284. The Support Levels are shown on my Chart really.
Right, that’s it - I hope everyone has a good week and make sure you make the most of the Easter Break - it is important to take time out and away from the stresses of the Markets.