Indices Market Outlook – 17 May 2021

The US equities market closed lower last week as inflationary data came in higher than expected sending treasury yields higher. The Dow Jones, S&P500 and NASDAQ closed at -1.14%, -1.39% and -2.34% respectively as they managed to recover for most of Friday on the back of Retail Sales coming out lower than expected which seemed to cool Fed tapering fears and sent equities higher into the close of the week. 

In terms of event risk for the week ahead, traders will be keeping their eyes peeled for Wednesday’s FOMC Meeting Minutes as they look to gain more insight regarding inflationary fears. Rapidly rising wages and prices are indicating a constraint on economic recovery which in turn weighs on consumer confidence within the markets. Thursday also brings us Initial Jobless Claims which always give us an idea of how the recovery of the job market is going. 


Looking at NASDAQ on the Daily timeframe, price managed to find a form of dynamic support on the ascending trendline stemming from November and March swing lows respectively before managing to close above the low printed in April. This could either be on the back of Retail Sales coming in lower than expected on Friday or simply retail traders adopting the “Buy the Dip” mentality. 


From a 4 Hour perspective, NASDAQ is currently bearish printing Lower Lows and Lower Highs with a potential inflection zone around the $13 600 region. At the time of writing, price is approaching our descending trendline in line with the 78.6 Fibonacci retracement level as well as a previous zone of resistance stemming from January. The last point of call for a potential bearish continuation would be the Aspire Profit Pocket (88/93 Fib region). A break and closure above $13 850 would invalidate any short setups and could open up room for NAS to make new highs should it play out. 


With regards to the Dow, price eventually collapsed last week after the Dow made a new All Time High around the $35 100 region. We’ve seen a slight recovery in price on the back of the retail sales data easing tapering fears as previously mentioned. At the time of writing, price is trading around the 61.8% fib level and reaching a potential zone of support to take it higher. Traders will be eyeing deeper fib retracement levels for better a better risk to reward on short positions. Wednesday’s FOMC Meeting Minutes could also act as a potential catalyst as we wait for the Dow to find a true direction.  


Traders will be eyeing the $4200 region on the S&P as we look to see if the previous ATH will hold as resisitance in line with the Aspire Profit Pocket to take price lower. A break and close above the previous ATH could indicate buying pressure is still present and would invalidate any short positions for the time being. 


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Indices Market Outlook 12/04/21

The US equities market closed higher on Friday with investor confidence being boosted on the back of positive economic data as well as reflation hopes being led by President Biden’s stimulus package. The NASDAQ, S&P500 and Dow Jones closed +0.51%, +0.77% and +0.89% respectively. 

There has been a seasonal downtrend in volume and volatility with price being somewhat steady. The VIX Fear Gauge is trading at pre-COVID levels suggesting that the waters are calm for now. With Earnings Season kicking off this week, we could see an uplift in volume and volatility as it could give us a clue about possible economic recovery. Wednesday sees major financial institutions such as Wells Fargo, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank Of America releasing their Q1 reports. 


A string of positive quarterly results could trigger an extended bull run after recent upbeat economic data ranging from NFP to consumer confidence. With the stimulus-led reflation hopes boosting investor confidence, key risk events to keep an eye on for the week are US Core Inflation on Tuesday as well as Retail Sales on Thursday. The result of Retail Sales will affect the Bond Market as well which in turn will affect the stock market. We also have Jerome Powell speaking on Wednesday at the Economic Club of Washington. 


Technically, we saw the S&P500 continue to grind higher as price has managed to break that psychological level of $4100 with no clear signs of a bearish reversal just yet. Since the S&P is trading at All Time Highs, there is no immediate level of resistance. With price continually rising, some form of a technical pullback is inevitable. Should pullbacks occur, the ascending trendline stemming from swing lows in March as well as the psychological level of $4000 would provide a good risk to reward ratio on a potential long position to take price higher. 


We’ve seen similar price action on the Dow as price has continually made Higher Highs and Higher Lows showing bullish momentum. Pullbacks are inevitable as price has still not shown any signs of a reversal just yet. Pullbacks into one of our Fibonacci retracement zones in line with a level of support as well as the psychological level of $33,400 is the main theme this week as we keep an eye on the event risk lined up for the week.


The tech-heavy NASDAQ continues to trade close to its All Time High posted in February with price creeping closer and closer. The first immediate level of technical resistance would be said All Time High and if price does not manage to break this high, we can look for price to pullback and test March 2021’s high before potentially reaching that psychological level of $14,000 and higher. 


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S&P500 CRACKS $4000

The S&P has managed to eventually surpass the $4000 level amidst impressive economic data being released. The Dow Jones has also seen bullish momentum bringing it ever closer to that $34,000 psychological level with building risk appetite playing a factor.

Should economic data continue to impress, this could be enough of a catalyst to trigger a continuation across US Indices. Last week brought us NFP which provided us with an optimistic outlook on the US economy alongside Consumer Confidence. The consensus seems that the US economy is slowly growing and going back to normal with some extra help from President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus relief package.


Although US indices might have stumbled going into the end of Q1, the overall theme seems positive. With inflation still being a hot topic, rising yields are still a threat to the stock market. With NASDAQ being so tech heavy, the losses seen there will greatly outpace that of the S&P and Dow, with the latter being well-positioned for Biden’s Infrastructure Bill. For the week ahead, we have already seen positive ISM data boosting investor confidence. Investors will be eyeing data from Initial Jobless Claims as well as PPI to gain a clearer picture on where the economy could potentially be going. 


Consolidation is healthy amidst broader uptrends. Pullbacks are inevitable even though the stock market is designed to grow and go up. For the S&P specifically, the crack of $4000 does indeed open the door for a new leg to be formed to the upside pending a pullback. Price is continually making Higher Highs and Higher Lows in the bigger scheme of things showing us that bullish momentum is still very much prevalent. It’s time to exercise patience as we await pullbacks in price into one of our marked out technical levels such as our ascending trendline stemming from swing lows from November and March respectively. The psychological level of $3950 could also provide price with a region of support to take price higher.


Technically, the Dow has been showing us similar signs of bullish momentum. As previously mentioned, pullbacks in price is normal and healthy before seeing price create a new leg. In the case of the Dow, pullbacks are bound to happen as well. We could look at the Prior All Time High as the first region where price could run into some form of support. Should we break this, the next level to keep an eye out for would be the psychological level of $33,000.


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Market Outlook 29/03/2021

The past two months in the equities market has shown a clear divergence between the tech-heavy NASDAQ and the blue chip Dow Jones. We’ve seen pandemic winners such as information technology being swapped out for cyclical names such as energy, material and the financial sector. Since the beginning of February 2021, the Dow Jones has gained 8% and the NASDAQ has fallen -3.2%, at the time of writing.

This transition into more stable and lower yielding earners makes sense as we’ve seen the rollout of the Corona Virus vaccine take place, upbeat economic data releases and we’ve also had the passing of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Overall, this shows signs of the US economy slowly recovering and making its way from digital services back into face-to-face services. 


In terms of Fundamentals for the week going forward, all eyes will be watching for Friday’s NFP results to gauge on where the labour market could potentially be headed its result for the Fed’s interest rate path. Wednesday brings us the ADP NFP results as well as Pending Home Sales. Then on Thursday, an eye should be kept out for Initial Jobless Claims as well as the ISM Manufacturing PMI results. It should be important to note that with March coming to an end this week, the markets could be in for a rough time with Quarterly results being filled in. 


Technically, NASDAQ is not out of the water yet with a clear trend direction. A note should kept how the Monthly candle closes on Wednesday with the previous two months rejecting the highs.


For the week going forward, price is still showing bearish momentum on the 4H timeframe. Plotting our Fibonacci tool from Lower High to Lower Low, it will be a waiting game as we look for potential signs of reversal around one of our retracement zones as well as the descending trendline and the psychological level of $13 000 to act as resistance. A break and clear of $13 200 would invalidate any bearish setups for now. 


Last week Thursday and Friday brought the bulls back into play on the Dow as we saw price momentarily dip into the Previous All Time High before rocketing back into the highs. Technically for the week going forward, it would be interesting to see if price manages to break the prior weekly high and new ATHs are on the cards or if the current ATH maintains and we  see a Lower High formed. Should the latter of the two scenarios take place, the first levels of potential support are around $32 750 and $32 400 respectively.


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In todays blog at AspireFX we are going to be covering a worldwide hot topic; the 220 000 ton mega ship, the Ever Given that’s blocking the Suez Canal. 

Suez Canal

A sand storm and high winds causing a lack in visibility is said to be the reason behind this enormous vessel getting lodged into the banks of the Suez Canal on Tuesday evening while entering from the Red Sea. The ship is lodged diagonally, blocking traffic flow from both ends. Tugboats and diggers have been working for hours on end to free the mega ship, but are up until this point, still unsuccessful. 

This has an enormous effect on the trade between Europe and Asia as well as world trade. This canal is responsible for 12% of all seaborne trade and has now been closed until further notice. This massive ship is said to have 20 000 containers on board carrying anything from clothing to furniture. Specialists have a plan to use helicopters to remove containers off the ship to lighten the load, however, this is an extremely difficult rescue task because by removing the wrong amount of weight from the incorrect side of the could possibly result in the ship breaking in half. 

Over 200 container ships are anchored and waiting on a solution. They are all faced with two options, one being to wait and hope that this problem is resolved quickly even though its said that it could take weeks to resolve, or they could take an alternative route around Africa which adds a minimum of 5-6 days onto their trip and for some ships extra costs amounting up to $500 000. Taking the trip around Africa has the risk of pirate attacks added to the extra 30% shipping time making it even more of an unfavourable option. The pause in supply is having a huge negative effect on global trade which was already under immense pressure from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

There are currently 2 Japanese Special Rescue teams that are on the scene planning a way to clear up the traffic and get the huge vessel out of the spot its currently in and back into deeper water where it can move freely. 

There are an estimated 13 million barrels of oil stuck on board the Ever Given, this adding immense pressure on supply causing a spike in the already rising oil and gas prices seen due to the previous lag in production caused by the pandemic and supply shock. On Wednesday, one day after the huge vessel was stuck, the price of oil was already up 6%. This black swan event adds fuel to the growing expectation of an oil super cycle.


The news of this canal being blocked drew big buyers into the oil market and alongside other economical factors this lead to Brent Crude’s one-month futures contract gaining its biggest one day gain in near a year. This blockage is effecting the oil market immensely as between 5-10% of all seaborne oil is transported through the Suez Canal, causing a delay of about 3-5 million barrels of oil per day. 

With the enormous pressure this puts on global trade and the estimated $9.6 Billion delay on goods that’s occurred daily, there is however still hope for the situation as multiple countries have stepped forward to help free the boat from the banks of the Seuz Canal including Boris Johnson stating that they will have his support. There is also extremely rare high tides coming in this weekend which also leaves hope for the water levels to rise high enough to assist the Diggers and Tugboats in freeing the vessel, but this is not a definite solution it is hopeful. 

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Death Of The Dollar?

Since our last article on the Dollar, we have seen the bullish push into the weekly level of 92.50, with Bulls still eyeing the 93.00 handle as the next upside target. Optimism around declining cases, reopening of the economy, vaccination rollouts & the anticipation of rate hikes have seen Bulls take hold in the first quarter of 2021.


Taking a look at the 3 month timeframe, we have interesting price action being printed since ’85. We have seen 2 drives into the lows with the 3rd drive high being printed in the wake of covid. With 25% of all dollars being printed in the last year, devaluation of the dollar is highly anticipated. With average lifespans of fiat currencies being 27 years, has the Dollar overstayed its welcome coming into its 107th year since being created?

Staying on the quarterly for a moment, it is important to envision how the yearly candles would open and close. Generally we see a wick on either end of a candle. Looking at the first quarter of 2020, we see upside in and above the parity level of 100.00, creating a wick high before seeing the dollar roll over for the remainder of the year.

Now, looking at the current first quarter of 2021, we have seen upside into 92.50 which may form a wick high following the $1.9 Trillion stimulus package and the upcoming infrastructure package on the horizon.

Durable Goods data came in negative at -1.1% vs the expected 0.7%. This is defined as products with a life expectancy of more than 3 years (automobiles, computers, appliances etc). The reopening of the economy remains a positive theme in the markets, however these figures may signal a slower than expected rise in production. It is important to note that these are preliminary numbers.

Flash Manufacturing came in at 59.0 vs the expected 59.6. This figure is negative, however still in expansion territory, being above 50.0. Fed Chair Powell testifies at the time of writing alongside the treasury secretary Janet Yellen. Investors will be lending an ear incase we find any more clues or future outlooks from the Fed.


Taking a look at the DXY on the weekly timeframe, we can see the consolidation boxed off from March when we had the declaration of a global pandemic. Price action was extremely indecisive and choppy until we saw a breakout in June. Since then we have had clear direction on the Dollar as we continue to slide. Above we have hi-lighted the retracements seen with arrows. We will be monitoring the 92.50-93.50 handle for wick high formations, creating the next lower high to take the Dollar lower.


Looking at the daily, we are piercing into resistance once again coinciding with the 61.8% fibonacci. The 93.50 handle mentioned above also lines up with the 78.6%. In the short term, there is potential for extended upside, however we are awaiting clear reversal signs for downside on the US Dollar. A closure above these levels and more importantly, 95.00 will signal a strong bounce back in the Dollar and invalidate shorts.

Fundamentally, we have no more data releasing today however we do see FOMC members speaking at 7:35PM, 9:00PM and 01:00AM respectively. Tomorrow we have the release of the final GDP q/q, unemployment claims and more FOMC talks. Friday will end the week on an interesting note as we see Core PCE data, personal income & spending m/m and the revised consumer sentiment & inflation expectation coming from the University of Michigan.

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Market Outlook 22/03/21

US equities were treated to a week full of fundamentals as we had an FOMC meeting which could be the catalyst to send the stock market on its way to new all time highs or could be the catalyst to send tech stocks even lower.

US Fundamentals This Week

Last week saw Fed Chairman Jerome Powell come out and reiterate the Fed’s accommodative policy path. This week however, slows down slightly in terms of economic event risk. At the time of writing, we saw Existing Home Sales come out negative for the dollar. All eyes will be waiting for Thursday, which will bring a good amount of volume and liquidity to the Indices market with GDP as well as Initial Jobless Claims data being released. Friday also brings us Core PCE, the central banks preferred measure of inflation. Should we see any further restraint on the bond market, this could be the green light to send yields even higher. We saw yields climb as high as 1.73%, the high it created in January 2020 before the worldwide lockdown. At the time of writing, the 10 Year Treasury Yields are sitting at 1.68%, still hovering close to the 1.7% region.


Technically, NASDAQ is reaching a very crucial inflection zone around the $13 200 region which we saw price struggle to break through last week. With big banks and hedge funds keeping a close eye on the Treasury Yields, we could see a continued sell-off within tech stocks as large firms continue to liquidate their money in technology stocks and rotate into more industrial stocks within the Dow Jones for example. Monday brought us a green day for the NASDAQ with a 2% gain at the time of writing. A key level to keep an eye on throughout the week will be the region of $13 200 once again as we wait to see if price will manage to create a new high.


With regards to the Dow Jones, we’ve seen the eventual pullback in price after we saw US30 gain insane bullish momentum once President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion Stimulus Deal. Monday saw price dip into the $32 500 region, but it will be interesting to see if price manages to pullback into the psychological level of $32 000, or if we will see price continue to rally in weeks to come on the back of all the current fundamentals taking place. 


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The Rand Recovery

The Rand has maintained a certain degree of strength against the dollar amidst a week of various fundamentals resulting in the Rand managing to end the week positive.  

On Wednesday, SA Retail Sales data came in worse than expected at -3.5% versus the forecasted -2.7% resulting in the Rand weakening against the Greenback. Wednesday also brought us the FOMC Interest Rate Decision which saw the FED deciding to leave their rates unchanged as well as deciding to leave Quantitative Easing (QE) at $120 billion. The main theme we can take away from this is a weakening of the dollar due to QE increasing supply and therefore devaluing the Greenback sending the DXY lower.  Despite South Africa still feeling the effects of the Corona Virus pandemic and Eskom coming under fire due to continued rolling blackouts, the Rand has managed to find support around the R14.65 level at the time of writing. Fundamentally next week, we have CPI and Core CPI data coming out for South Africa as well as GDP and Initial Jobless Claims for the Dollar.

Looking at the DXY, the Dollar has managed to creep back into the 92% level which has sustained itself as a level of resistance in the past. Should this level continue to hold as resistance coming into the end of the week, we could see pullbacks on the Dollar over the course of next week which in turn could send USDZAR lower. Should price manage to break this level, we would await a retest of 92 as support which would send the Dollar higher. 


Technically, USDZAR has been trading between the R15 and R14.60 level for the week with price finding dynamic resistance around our long term trendline stemming from highs created during the initial Corona Virus lockdown. Price is maintaining it’s downward momentum creating discreet Lower Lows and Lower Highs with no real signs of a reversal to the upside just yet. 


Going forward, key areas to monitor would be the level of support around R14.60 as well as the long term trendline which could potentially continue to take price lower with the psychological level of R14.00 being the next target to the downside for the Rand. 

Coming to the end of the week, we have seen great opportunities in the market so far to capitalise on. With liquidity being lower today we will be monitoring the weekly and daily closures for the week ahead. As always, exercise risk management & we hope you had a great week & an even better weekend ahead. For updates directly to your email, subscribe to our blog.

XAUUSD – Time to Shine?

Yesterday was a massive day in the markets as we saw the FOMC statement & economic projections from the Federal Reserve. Rates were left unchanged with quantitative easing also being left unchanged at $120bln . The Fed’s stance remains accommodative and there has been further reiteration that we will have future guidance well in advance of the FED tapering QE & raising rates. This brought light to the market as we’ve seen strength in the stock market and commodity markets.

Jerome Powell sees moderate inflation in the short term however he emphasises this will not be constant. One of the data points showing this is the change in GDP forecasts. 2021 Forecasts have ballooned to 6.5% compared to the 4.2% December projection. This shows massive growth however, the year following has only been revised up by 0.1% & 2023 actually being revised lower. The Fed doesn’t see inflation as they do not see GDP overheating after 2021.


Another data point to be mindful of is the Dot Plot. This represents the view of policy makers for the rate target range for year end. In the prior Dot Plot, policy makers believed rates would remain unchanged throughout 2021, with 1 member seeing a raise in rates in 2022 and 5 policy makers seeing rates rise in 2023. This data can be seen below:


This data has now been updated as of yesterday with a few adaptations to viewpoints. We have now seen 3 more policy makers project rises in 2022, 2 more in 2023 and 1 in addition to the longer run. Powell did however state that this isn’t too influential as it is a bias that can change with time. Powell states we will see modest inflation but he cannot forecast rate changes. The Fed wants inflation to run moderately above 2%.


“Talking about inflation is one thing, actually having inflation run above 2% is the real thing. The Fed maintains the stance of wanting max employment and stable prices before adjusting the monetary & fiscal policy. The majority consensus for rate hikes remains in 2023. Powell is more focused on employment than inflation at this point and is okay with seeing inflation above 2% without hiking rates as with lower rates, the government can pay off debt at a cheaper rate.

Gold being an inflation hedge as well as being an attractive investment during times of low rates and quantitative easing, is now being eyed out by institutions as we bounce off the significant level of $1700. There was fear around a surprise taper & what the Fed would do with regards to rising inflation, however investors are left less shaken up as Powell continues to reiterate forward guidance, communicating well in advance of tapering QE & hiking rates.


Looking at the weekly timeframe, we have seen the metal lose its shine over the past few months. Price has now reached significant levels and bounced back as we spike into liquidity regions and close above the psychological key level of $1700. This was also the 3rd touch at the bottom end of the channel.


Analysing the daily timeframe, we have used the eclipse tool to hi-light the rejections off the bottom end of the channel. After seeing a daily closure below $1700, many traders were drawn short as we tapped into the liquidity region & closed back above, forming a fake-out of support. We then saw a retest of $1700 as support after hovering above for a couple days. This upside move coincides with the DXY downside. Price is now at a level of resistance around $1740 as well as a daily descending trend line. Closures above this level & the trend line will enable an upside leg into $1780 with the top end of the channel around $1850. Breakouts below the channel will allow for extended downside into the $1600 handle.


Monitoring the 4HR, we have clear price action showcasing the trend line break followed by break of structure to the upside. After creating new highs yesterday, we have since seen a pullback into our first level of support. Should we see this level maintain around $1740, we can continue higher, a break below will allow a push into $1730 and $1712 respectively. A fib can be applied from the HL to HH annotated above to find retracement levels upon a break of $1730.


Above, we have marked up the hourly timeframe, where we can see a lower timeframe fibonacci setup. Price was consolidated sideways in anticipation of the FOMC. Seeing positive remarks, we have now broken out to the upside and begun to retest. This hourly fib is the first level to look at as we have the 78.6% as a last point of call before we push into lower territory. There is also potential for a “double dip” and a push lower before resetting and continuing back into the highs.

Fundamentally, we have the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index & unemployment claims coming up at 2:30PM. As always, exercise risk management & be mindful of all the factors above. For updates directly to your email, subscribe to our blog and we hope you have a great week further!

Trading Psychology

Simply put, trading psychology is the mental state of traders when making decisions in the market. Traders can be divided into three groups: buyers, sellers, and undecided. Buyers want to pay as little as possible, and sellers want to charge as much as possible. An essential part of becoming a successful trader is understanding and maintaining sound trading psychology.

It is important to understand that each bar of price represents a momentary consensus of value between buyers, sellers, as well as indecisive traders at the moment of transaction. There is a crowd of traders behind every pattern on the screen. The general movement of the market changes from moment to moment as the crowd concensus changes. Sometimes it gets established in a very low-key environment, and at other times the environment turns wild. When a crowd becomes either spooked or elated, prices begin to jump, causing massive fluctuations in the market. An experienced trader aims to enter the market during quiet times and take profits during wild times and this ties in with having sound trading psychology.

Charting patterns reflect swings of mass psychology in the financial markets. Each trading session is a battle between bulls, who make money when prices rise, and bears, who profit when they fall. The goal of a serious technical analyst is to discover and understand the balance of power between bulls and bears and bet on the winning group. If bulls are much stronger, you should buy and hold. If bears are much stronger, you should sell and sell short. If both camps are about equal in strength, a wise trader stands aside. He lets bulls and bears fight with each other, and enters a trade only when he is reasonably sure which side is likely to win. This is also a key part in maintaing sound trading psychology.

With maintaining sound trading psychology habits comes the added benefit of being more disciplined when following your personal trading plan. Once you are able to master your emotions when making decisions in the market, you will begin to see a true reflection of your trading ability. By learning to overcome your fears in the market, your trading will begin to flourish allowing you to move forward in your trading journey.

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