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.
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.
When Lehman Brothers collapsed a year ago, the crisis highlighted the fragility of the banking sector. Investors are still shying away from financial stocks, fearing many will follow Lehman's fate. With proper chart analysis, one bank looks set to buck that trend.
Chinese stocks stormed higher in recent months, but charts indicate they may face a period of consolidation.
Gold fell on concerns that a strong dollar and improving economy could damp demand, and silver charts suggest that bullion may not regain upward momentum soon.
Charts suggest that the downtrend in the euro/dollar is firm ahead of the European Central Bank's (ECB) policy meeting on Thursday.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its largest annual gain last year and while momentum has slowed, investors are questioning whether the rise has run its course.
Daryl Guppy is an independent technical analyst who appears frequently on CNBC Asia.