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.
Japan's benchmark stock index the Nikkei Average fell below the 10,000-level for the first time in three weeks last week, and has since had little success maintaining its upward momentum. From a chartist's point of view, the index will continue to struggle in the near term.
Its tempting to suggest that the 'V'-pattern recovery seen on the Microsoft chart reflects the behaviour of the unpopular Vista operating system and the announcement of its replacement with the newly released Windows 7. According to technical charts, however, that's not the case.
The Australian dollar has hit a 14-month high against the U.S dollar, prompting investors to speculate once again, if the currency will reach parity with the greenback. According to historical charts, that outcome is unlikely anytime soon.
As the war of words between Australian dollar bears and bulls continues charts indicate that the bears may have the right call in the short term.
Investors are wondering whether the S&P 500 can sustain its momentum amid worries that the rally in U.S. stocks may be testing its limits.
The dollar rose against the yen leading investors to question whether a sustainable uptrend is at hand or if this is another false dawn.
The Shanghai Composite Index has developed a shocking rally breakout in the past week, hitting levels not seen since December.
Daryl Guppy is an independent technical analyst who appears frequently on CNBC Asia.