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Ahead of the Curve provides you with analysis and insight into today's global financial markets. The latest news and views from global stock, bond, commodity and FOREX markets are discussed. Rajveer Rawlin received his MBA in finance from the Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK. He is an avid market watcher having followed capital markets in the US and India since 1993. His research interests includes areas of Capital Markets, Banking, Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management and has over 20 years of experience in the above areas covering the US and Indian Markets. He has several publications in the above areas. The views expressed here are his own and should not be construed as advice to buy or sell securities.

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Sunday, 27 May 2018

Market Signals for the US stock market S and P 500 Index and Indian Stock Market Nifty Index for the Week beginning May 28

Indicator
Weekly Level / Change
Implication for
S & P 500
Implication for Nifty*
S & P 500
2721, 0.31%
Neutral
Neutral
Nifty
10605, 0.08%
Neutral **
Neutral
China Shanghai Index
3141, -1.63%
Bearish
Bearish
Gold
1304, 0.96%
Bullish
Bullish
WTIC Crude
67.88, -4.89%
Bearish
Bearish
Copper
3.08, 0.46%
Neutral
Neutral
Baltic Dry Index
1109, -15.02%
Bearish
Bearish
Euro
1.1655, -1.09%
Bearish
Bearish
Dollar/Yen
109.53, -1.12%
Bearish
Bearish
Dow Transports
10900, 1.58%
Neutral
Neutral
High Yield (ETF)
35.70, 0.11%
Neutral
Neutral
US 10 year Bond Yield
2.93%, -4.43%
Bullish
Bullish
Nyse Summation Index
491, 17.70%
Bullish
Neutral
US Vix
13.22, -1.49%
Bullish
Bullish
Skew
141
Bearish
Bearish
20 DMA, S and P 500
2698, Above
Bullish
Neutral
50 DMA, S and P 500
2674, Above
Bullish
Neutral
200 DMA, S and P 500
2634, Above
Bullish
Neutral
20 DMA, Nifty
10669, Below
Neutral
Bearish
50 DMA, Nifty
10475, Above
Neutral
Bullish
200 DMA, Nifty
10335, Above
Neutral
Bullish
India Vix
12.65, -10.64%
Neutral
Bullish
Dollar/Rupee
67.71, -0.40%
Neutral
Neutral


Overall


S & P 500


Nifty

Bullish Indications
7
6
Bearish Indications
6
7
Outlook
Bullish
Bearish
Observation
The S and P 500 and the Nifty were unchanged last week. Indicators are mixed.
The markets have made important tops. Time to watch those stops.
On the Horizon
New Zealand – Orr speech, China – PMI’s, UK- PMI, Euro – German employment data, CPI, German PMI, U.S – Consumer confidence, GDP, Crude oil inventories, employment data, ISM PMI, Home sales, Canada – BOC rate decision, GDP
*Nifty
India’s Benchmark Stock Market Index
Raw Data
Courtesy Google finance, Stock charts, investing.com
**Neutral
Changes less than 0.5% are considered neutral


stock market signals may 28

The S and P 500 and the Nifty were unchanged last week. Indicators are mixed for the upcoming week. Quantitative tightening by the FED is yet to be priced in fully. The markets are still trading well over 3 standard deviations above their long term averages from which corrections usually result. The recent yield spike and dollar strength should limit upside in the short term. The critical levels to watch are 2730 (up) and 2710 (down) on the S & P and 10700 (up) and 10500 (down) on the Nifty. A significant breach of the above levels could trigger the next big move in the above markets. You can check out last week’s report for a comparison. Love your thoughts and feedback.


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Mid Week Market Insight

The dollar continues to surge and emerging market currencies like the Lira and the PESO are weakening. Italian credit spreads continue to widen and a broad risk off trade is emerging. Here is your mid week market insight on these topics from some of the best asset managers, market commentators, financial analysts and CMT's of today: 

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Market Signals for the US stock market S and P 500 Index and Indian Stock Market Nifty Index for the Week beginning May 21

Indicator
Weekly Level / Change
Implication for
S & P 500
Implication for Nifty*
S & P 500
2713, -0.54%
Bearish
Bearish
Nifty
10596, -1.94%
Neutral **
Bearish
China Shanghai Index
3193, 0.95%
Bullish
Bullish
Gold
1291, -2.23%
Bearish
Bearish
WTIC Crude
71.37, 0.95%
Bullish
Bullish
Copper
3.06, -1.54%
Bearish
Bearish
Baltic Dry Index
1305, -10.19%
Bearish
Bearish
Euro
1.1783, -1.37%
Bearish
Bearish
Dollar/Yen
110.77, 1.35%
Bullish
Bullish
Dow Transports
10731, 0.16%
Neutral
Neutral
High Yield (ETF)
35.66, -0.42%
Neutral
Neutral
US 10 year Bond Yield
3.07%, 3.23%
Bearish
Bearish
Nyse Summation Index
417, 33.11%
Bullish
Neutral
US Vix
13.42, 6.09%
Bearish
Bearish
Skew
133
Neutral
Neutral
20 DMA, S and P 500
2680, Above
Bullish
Neutral
50 DMA, S and P 500
2678, Above
Bullish
Neutral
200 DMA, S and P 500
2628, Above
Bullish
Neutral
20 DMA, Nifty
10686, Below
Neutral
Bearish
50 DMA, Nifty
10453, Above
Neutral
Bullish
200 DMA, Nifty
10324, Above
Neutral
Bullish
India Vix
14.15, 1.23%
Neutral
Bearish
Dollar/Rupee
67.98, 0.88%
Neutral
Bearish


Overall


S & P 500


Nifty

Bullish Indications
7
5
Bearish Indications
7
11
Outlook
Neutral
Bearish
Observation
The S and P 500 and the Nifty fell last week. Indicators are mixed.
The markets have made important tops. Time to watch those stops.
On the Horizon
UK- CPI, Retail sales, GDP, Euro – German GDP, German PMI, German IFO business climate index, ECB meeting minutes, U.S – Home sales, Crude oil inventories, Powell Speech, FOMC meeting minutes, Durable goods
*Nifty
India’s Benchmark Stock Market Index
Raw Data
Courtesy Google finance, Stock charts, investing.com
**Neutral
Changes less than 0.5% are considered neutral


stock market signals may 21


The S and P 500 and the Nifty fell last week. Indicators are mixed for the upcoming week. Quantitative tightening by the FED is yet to be priced in fully. The markets are still trading well over 3 standard deviations above their long term averages from which corrections usually result. The yield spike and dollar strength should limit upside in the short term. The critical levels to watch are 2725 (up) and 2700 (down) on the S & P and 10700 (up) and 10500 (down) on the Nifty. A significant breach of the above levels could trigger the next big move in the above markets. You can check out last week’s report for a comparison. Love your thoughts and feedback.


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