Support 5608 5604 55815579 5494 5476
Resistance 5645 5647 5650 5681 5717 5766
Good morning.
Market Summary for Wednesday
After a bumpy opening the FT100 ground its way up during the day on a reassuring statement from Deutsche Bank which helped the banking sector and markets overall.
A statement from the FED caused a small blip down near the Wall Street open but then the FT100 rose again during the afternoon before falling back slightly into the close at 4:30pm. Financials were among the best performers with gold and commodities the weakest.
Chair Janet Yellen said the Federal Reserve still expects to raise interest rates gradually while making it clear that continued market turmoil could throw the central bank off course from the multiple increases that policy makers have forecast for 2016.
“Financial conditions in the United States have recently become less supportive of growth,” Yellen said in testimony prepared for delivery Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee in Washington. “These developments, if they prove persistent, could weigh on the outlook for economic activity and the labor market.”

US & Asia Overnight from Bloomberg
Asian stocks fell as markets in Hong Kong and Seoul joined a global selloff in their first day of trading this week.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Excluding Japan Index dropped 1.2 percent to 367.19 as of 9:35 a.m. in Hong Kong. Markets in mainland China, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam are closed for holidays. The Hang Seng Index slumped 4.1 percent in Hong Kong, while South Korea’s Kospi index tumbled 2.5 percent. A gauge of worldwide equities slid 2.3 percent in the first three days of the week amid concern about the outlook for the global economy and as oil extended its slide.

“We’re seeing a contagion from what’s been going on in the last three days in global markets,” Tim Condon, head of Asian research at ING Groep NV in Singapore, said by phone. “This is the first day South Korea and Hong Kong are registering a sort of reaction to that. It’s a huge down day. Financial markets are repricing for a global growth slowdown. Expectations that monetary policy would be able to do much have diminished considerably.”

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday highlighted uncertainty over the pace of China’s growth and the related rout in commodities, concerns that have roiled financial markets throughout the year and twice pushed global shares to the brink of a bear market. Yellen told Congress the Fed still expects to raise rates gradually while making it clear that continued market turmoil may alter its forecasts. Her dovish-sounding comments weren’t enough to boost U.S. equities.

The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index of mainland shares listed in Hong Kong slumped 5.1 percent on Thursday.

The Kospi index is trading for the first time since North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Feb. 7. South Korea is pulling out of an industrial complex jointly run with North Korea, taking aim at their last remaining symbol of economic cooperation to punish leader Kim Jong Un for a recent nuclear test and rocket launch.

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index added 0.2 percent, after falling into a bear market on Wednesday when it plunged to its lowest level since July 2013. New Zealand’s S&P/NZX 50 Index lost 0.4 percent, while Singapore’s Straits Times Index slipped 1 percent.

Markets in mainland China, Taiwan and Vietnam remain closed for the rest of the week, while those in Japan will resume trading on Friday.
E-mini futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell 0.7 percent after the underlying U.S. equity benchmark index closed down less than 0.1 percent on Wednesday, with gains of as much 1.6 percent evaporating in the final hour of trading.

Crude oil futures fell below $27 a barrel on Thursday after after dropping 15 percent the previous five sessions. [Bloomberg]

FTSE Outlook and Prediction

FTSE 100 Prediction

FTSE 100 Prediction

We had a quick foray below 5600 overnight but the algo’s managed to drag it backup above, however it still looks pretty weak. That said, I can see a possible bounce up to the 5645 area, where we have a couple of decent looking resistance levels and an area that is probably worth a short. The bulls can’t seem to make any of their rises stick at the moment, especially harder with so much negative sentiment around, as well as a dose of fear about the markets/economy/debt/interest rates/oil/commodities/company profits/war/etc! Anyway, we have the daily pivot at 5645, as well as the coral trend line on 30min which has just turned to bearish (short term trend is down that means). If 5600 breaks then there is quite a lot of fresh air below and we are looking at a possible dip to 5400. Oil has continued its slide from the $35 area, and still looks like we will dip to $16, though whether it actually does remains to be seen. I’m like a broken record on that oil price! Sorry. So, an initial second test of the 5595 area is likely to hold I think, as the bulls will want to keep us above 5600 if possible, though a third test later today is likely to break I feel. On the flip side, if the bulls can break 5645 then short term crisis averted and a rise to 5766 is possible, where we have the top o0 the 10 day Bianca channel.

Support 5616 5578 5538 5520
Resistance 5650 5657 5665 5666 5837

Good morning.
Market Summary for Tuesday
The markets were affected by global banking issues with worries about Greece and Deutsche Bank to the fore.
As has been the pattern over the last few trading days markets try and get off to a strong start but then weaken during the day as sellers reappear.
There were some support levels around 5750 so this level will act as a focus for traders in the next couple of days, but currently 100 points below that level.
In a reverse of previous days the commodity sector sold off quite dramatically whereas safer shares were the least affected by the downturn.
There was also some bargain hunters for tech shares and tourist related shares outperformed which had been sold off recently.

US & Asia Overnight from Bloomberg
Asian stocks dropped as a week of volatile trading in global equities continued, with Japanese shares extending losses after the biggest one-day plunge since August.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index slipped 0.9 percent to 117.06 as of 10:16 a.m. in Tokyo, poised for the lowest close since Jan. 21. Japan’s Topix index is heading toward the lowest close since October 2014. A gauge of global equities and the Nasdaq Composite Index edged nearer to a bear market, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index traded at the lowest since April 2014 amid declines in energy and technology shares. Crude tumbled almost 6 percent before rebounding on Wednesday.

“Contributing to the drop in oil and certainly having a large impact on the drop in equities is this growing concern about the sustainability of the recovery, the state of economic growth in China and increasingly the state of growth in the U.S.,” Russ Koesterich, global chief investment strategist for New York-based BlackRock Inc., said on Bloomberg TV. “People are getting worried about the global recession, worried about growth, which is affecting not only oil and stocks but other risky assets as well.”

The Topix slipped 1.5 percent in Tokyo as the yen strengthened. The gauge is currently trading below the lowest levels of January’s selloff. Traders are paying more attention to the volatility sweeping global markets than the Bank of Japan’s monetary easing, with the yen climbing against almost all of the more than 150 currencies tracked by Bloomberg since the central bank embraced negative interest rates on Jan. 2.

As global stocks near a bear market, volatility is on the rise, with the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index briefly touching a five-month high. The measure of market turbulence known as the VIX jumped 20 percent in the prior three days. A similar gauge for the Nikkei 225 Stock Average is at the highest level since August, jumping 30 percent on Tuesday.

Investors will be watching Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as she testifies before the U.S. Congress on Wednesday. After the Bank of Japan’s surprise move into negative interest rates largely failed to assuage market concerns, Yellen will need to calibrate her commentary carefully to avoid further fueling volatility.

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index fell 1.3 percent, retreating for a fourth day to the lowest level since July 2013. New Zealand’s benchmark dropped 0.4 percent. Singapore’s Straits Times Index declined 2.7 percent while the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Index was little changed, resuming trading following an extended weekend Lunar New Year holiday. Markets in South Korea, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Vietnam remain shut.

U.S. Futures
E-mini futures on the S&P 500 Index slipped 0.1 percent on Wednesday. The U.S. equity benchmark index fell 0.1 percent on Tuesday, after erasing a 1 percent loss and climbing as much as 0.8 percent. The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 0.4 percent after lurching between gains and losses.

Oil snapped a four-day losing streak, rebounding from the lowest close in almost three weeks before U.S. crude inventory data. Futures gained as much as 1.8 percent in New York after slumping 13 percent in the previous four sessions. U.S. industry data was said to report crude supplies climbed 2.4 million barrels last week. Government figures Wednesday are forecast to show a 2.85 million-barrel increase, according to a Bloomberg survey. [Bloomberg]

FTSE Outlook and Prediction

FTSE 100 Prediction

FTSE 100 Prediction

Well yesterday morning started off going to plan, but the bulls couldn’t quite reach the 5745 short order (failed at 5741… arghhh) and well, the next thing you know its testing 5600. The bulls defended this area pretty well as the next really major level below is 5400 (though there is some support at 5550 first). Bear that in mind. Anyway, for today, its looking like an initial rise up to the top of the 10 and 30min channels as well as the daily pivot area at 5652 to 5666, so it will be interesting to see if there are any bears waiting here as it could be a good shorting spot. If the bulls manage to break through 5666 then we could be on for a bit of a bounce for a few days and pull away from the 5600 area. If the short from this area gets stopped then it would be worth flicking to long to ride any possible bounce towards 5700+. As mentioned, if the bears do bring it down from 5666 then I am looking at a potential drop to 5580ish, maybe a bit lower. The volatility continues at the moment and its certainly a bit tricky, so stay nimble and keep the stops tight!

Support 5684 5670 5660 5630 5620 5608
Resistance 5695 5747 5771 5800 5833 5901

Good morning.
Market Summary for Monday
Another day of big negative moves with the FT100 dropping by 2.7%. Initially it appeared there may be a bounce from Friday’s close as the FT100 moved at the open above 5850 however worries about the banking system soon drove prices downwards for most of the day. Finishing below 5700 this is over 1300 points down from the summer peak! The worst performing sector was financials with commodity shares surprisingly strong. Out of hours the FTSE managed to climb to 5735 however its again dropped off from there (hitting the 25ema on the 30min chart as resistance).

US & Asia Overnight from Bloomberg
The global stocks rout intensified with equities in Tokyo sliding the most since August and index futures indicating U.S. stocks will add to declines that sent the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to a 22-month low. The yen reached its strongest since 2014 and corporate bond risk climbed.

Stock gauges in Japan and Australia slumped and U.S. index futuresslid at least 0.8 percent. Markets from China to South Korea remained closed for Lunar New Year holidays. Evidence of mounting distress in global credit markets boosted government debt, with yields 10-year Japanese bonds tumbling as much as 5 basis points to below zero and Treasuries heading for their best start to a year since 1988. Gold was on track for its longest rally since 2011 as the yen surpassed 115 per dollar. Oil traded at about $30 a barrel.

“Investors had probably thought yesterday we might have hit bottom but they’ve been crushed,” said Nobuyuki Fujimoto, a senior market analyst at SBI Securities Co. in Tokyo.
“Greece, Deutsche Bank, shale gas — all we hear is bad news. Investors must have their heads in their hands right now.”

Traders have unwound bets for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year as concern intensified over China’s capacity to deal with its slowing economy, and the impact of Japan’s imposition of negative interest rates. The distress that has brought global equities to the brink of a bear market in 2016 is flaring in the credit space, with the cost of protecting against company defaults worldwide surging. Deutsche Bank AG shares and debt slumped Monday amid questions over the lender’s ability to pay coupons on its riskiest bonds.

Markets in mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan are closed for the New Year holiday Tuesday.

Stocks
Japan’s Topix index tumbled 5.5 percent in Tokyo, falling the most since Aug. 24 as banks and financial shares led losses. The Nikkei 225 Stock Average dropped 5.4 percent, its biggest decline since June 2013.

“The yen is rising while U.S. Treasury yields are falling and gold prices are rising. Basically it’s showing a risk-averse market sentiment,” Toshihiko Matsuno, chief strategist at SMBC Friend Securities Co. in Tokyo, said by phone. “With increased concerns of a slowdown in inflation in the U.S. as well, market sentiment is being shaken.”

Energy and banking shares led Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index down 2.9 percent. The S&P/NZX 50 Index in Wellington lost 1.3 percent in its first day of trading this week.

MSCI’s All-Country World Index fell 0.4 percent, leaving it down 19 percent from a peak reached in May. Most investors regard a 20 percent retreat from a peak as the definition of a bear market.

Futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index declined 0.9 percent with those on the Dow Jones Industrial Average and contracts on the Nasdaq 100 Index.

Equity losses took hold in Europe on Monday, with banks driving the Stoxx Europe 600 Index to its lowest since October 2014. Deutsche Bank tumbled 9.5 percent as analysts at CreditSights Inc. said it may struggle to pay coupons on its riskiest bonds next year should operating results disappoint or the cost of litigation be higher than expected. The lender said it has sufficient capacity this year and next.

While paring declines in the last hour of trading, the S&P 500 still ended Monday down 1.4 percent. The Nasdaq Composite Index neared a bear market as some of the biggest tech stocks dropped, bringing the gauge’s decline from a July record to 18 percent. [Bloomberg]

FTSE Outlook and Prediction

FTSE 100 Prediction

FTSE 100 Prediction

Yesterday started off looking bullish but the picture soon reversed and we got some pretty massive drops globally. No real reason apart from general fear/panic that everything is screwed! It was mentioned that the Vitol CEO’s negative comments played a part but I feel that was the news trying to fit to the price action rather than the cause. With China closed this week for their Lunar New Year it was eyes on Japan overnight, who shed 5%, to scupper the out of hours rise on the FTSE to 5735. Despite all that we know how fickle the market is so I think we might see a bit of a rise today, if the 5660 area holds as initial support. If not then the next support area is 5630 and I have plotted that with the pink arrows on the chart (blue is preferred, pink is plan B). A rise to the pivot at 5747 is what I am thinking, mainly as we are testing various daily channel areas round here as you can see from the levels to watch section below. If we break 5630 however, then I am fully expecting 5400 before too long, especially with oil remaining below $30. So, cautiously optimistic for today!

Support 5872 5870 5863 5854 5751 5747
Resistance 5906 5920 6006 6055

Good morning.
Market Summary for Friday 5th February
The FT100 traded around the 5900 level during Friday morning waiting for US job data at 1:30pm UK time.
The market then moved sharply lower after the January U.S. jobs report appeared to keep alive the prospect of a Fed rate hike this year.
Non farm payrolls increased by 151,000 jobs last month, below the 190,000 expected by economists. Despite the expected slowdown in job growth, the unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent, the lowest since February 2008, and average hourly earnings increased 0.5 percent, suggesting the labor market recovery remains firm. The FT100 closed at 5848 with little buying into the close. The commodity sector was again strong with interest rate sensitive sectors weaker.

US & Asia Overnight from Bloomberg
The dollar rose for a second day against the euro and yen as investors looked toward Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s testimony to Congress Wednesday for signs of whether markets are underestimating the odds of a near-term interest-rate increase.

The greenback climbed after a U.S. employment report on Friday showed wage growth exceeded estimates, bolstering the case for the Fed to lift rates this year. Futures pricing for a move before year-end climbed to 53 percent Friday from 46 percent the previous day. The yen weakened versus Australia’s dollar as equities in Japan pared declines and the nation reported a current-account surplus that was smaller than economists had forecast.

“Markets are looking to Yellen’s testimony this week to see whether she will still leave an option open for a March rate increase or sound dovish,” said Ayako Sera, a Tokyo-based market strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Ltd. “The dollar can easily swing one yen up and down from 117, but, after the payrolls data, 117 seems to have become a magnet.”

The dollar rose 0.3 percent to 117.20 yen as of 1 p.m. in Tokyo, following a 3.5 percent slide last week that was the most since 2009. It advanced 0.2 percent to $1.1145 per euro, after rallying Friday from a three-month low. The yen slid 0.1 percent to 130.61 per euro and fell 0.5 percent to 82.99 per Aussie dollar.

Markets closed Monday for the Lunar New Year holidays include those in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and South Korea.

Payrolls, Wages
U.S. employers added 151,000 to payrolls in January and the unemployment rate dropped to an almost eight-year low of 4.9 percent, a report showed last week. Hourly earnings rose more than estimated after climbing in the year to December by the most since July 2009.

“Stronger than expected U.S. wage growth has called into question last week’s accepted wisdom that the U.S. dollar would fall as moderating economic growth pressured the Fed to delay its rate hike program,” Ric Spooner, a chief analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney, wrote in an e-mailed report.

The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index rose 0.1 percent to 1,229.37 after climbing 0.6 percent on Friday, its biggest advance this year. It was still down 0.3 percent since Dec. 31. Japan’s Topix index of shares was 0.1 percent lower after paring an earlier decline of 1.7 percent.

Japan posted an 18th consecutive current-account surplus in December. The excess in the widest measure of the nation’s trade was 960.7 billion yen ($8.2 billion), from 225.9 billion yen a year earlier, the Finance Ministry said Monday. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey was for a surplus of 1.05 trillion yen. [Bloomberg]

FTSE100 Outlook and Prediction

FTSE 100 Prediction

FTSE 100 Prediction

Todays pivot is 5870 and the 2 hour chart is showing some support at the 5860 area. With China celebrating their New Year and their markets shut the FTSE100 has drifted upwards overnight, and I expect that we will have a bullish day today with a rise towards 5940. If we get a dip back to the pivot and also the 25ema on the 30min chart at 5870 area then I think a long here could well be a decent play. The 2 hour chart is also brewing a bullish cross with the 20Hull crossing above the 100Hull, and this is showing support at 5855 currently, if that cross takes place. So, a rise to 5940 looks possible today though at that point there is some strong resistance which may well stops the bulls for the moment. I imagine they are desperate to exceed 6000 again before too long. We had some more bearish press over the weekend (here) so another little rise first before any major sell offs would fit in. So, for today support around the 5870 area for a rise to 5940.

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