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.
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.
Charts suggest a new long-term uptrend may be at hand for Chinese stocks despite worries about slowing economy growth killing momentum preciously.
Weaker-than-expected U.S. housing data lifted gold prices from a seven-week low, but charts suggest that investors shouldn't get too excited.
Oil has managed a rebound in the past three weeks. Technical analysis suggests a consolidation is under way, but a firm uptrend isn't in place yet.
New stimulus from the BOJ boosted the dollar-yen in the final quarter of 2014, but as upward momentum wans, charts suggest a test is at hand.
Daryl Guppy is an independent technical analyst who appears frequently on CNBC Asia.