Daryl Guppy is an independent technical analyst who appears frequently on CNBC Asia. He runs training, analysis and resource workshops for retail and professional financial market traders involved in stocks, CFDs, warrants, derivatives, futures and commodities in China, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. He has his own trading company, guppytraders.com.
Companies like McDonald's have proved resilient during the recession, with many believing it would benefit as people adjusted eating habits in response to falling wages and looming unemployment. As the fastfood giant gets ready to unleash quarterly earnings Thursday, will its golden arches lend support to the stock's performance?
Markets don't develop in isolation, neither do they develop in unison. In any related group, there's usually a leader, and a laggard. These inter-market relationships provide good trading opportunities because one index will lead the way in behavior and development. Alert traders watch the leader, then look for a duplication of this behavior in other associated markets.
Wall Street's been experiencing a pullback this week. Are the green shoots of growth about to be nipped in the bud? Will they be overtaken by fast growing Chinese bamboo shoots? Chart analysis provides one method to assess the viability of green shoots and bamboo shoots.
The firestorm caused by Rio Tinto pulling out of its deal with Chinalco, resulting from the partnership with once bitter rival, BHP Billiton, has the makings of a soap drama. It's enthralling viewing, but many observers are missing the vital sub-plot which leads to the surprise ending.
The Nasdaq has provided consistent leadership in market development since the beginning of the bear market on late 2007. This information is especially useful if you are trading the Dow or the S&P 500, as these indexes follow the Nasdaq with a lag of several days.
The Death Cross sounds suitably terrifying and ominous, but its signals are not reliable.
Strong, fast downtrends don't normally reverse direction quickly so there's a high probability of price consolidation.
Gold has dropped below its key support level near $1150, taking it to a new five-and-a-half-year low and setting the next support target near $980.
The euro-dollar has developed a broad consolidation between 1.05 and 1.14, a trend that is detached from the Greek crisis.
Daryl Guppy is an independent technical analyst who appears frequently on CNBC Asia.