LS Trader Weekly Update – Monday 20th February 2012

The past week has seen stocks reach and move above our long-standing target of 1355 on the S&P 500 and U.S. stocks have now all but erased their losses since June 2008. The trend remains up for stocks with indexes either at or near multi year highs (the Dow 30 hit a 4 year highs this past week and the Nasdaq 100 reached its highest level since 2001).

Considering the above the dollar has held up quite well and with the exception of against the Australian and New Zealand dollars, still remains in a long term uptrend.

Stocks

For the past several weeks we have been writing about our 1355 target on the March S&P 500 and it was finally reached and cleared this week and we now have new targets at 1385. We wrote last week about the importance of the lower support from the bull channel holding and it did just about this w eek, and new highs for the year followed.

The Dax also moved higher, reaching its highest level since August and continues to find support from the trendline that has held since December last year. Each decline towards the trendline is being met with buying and this week was no exception as Thursday’s lows bounced exactly off this trendline, propelling the market to new highs on Friday. This week also saw a change of long term trend to up for the Nikkei, so the trend is now up across the board for all the indexes we trade at LS Trader.

Commodities

Last week we wrote on Crude “The market remains above the 200 day moving average and the trend is still up so an upside breakout remains more likely” and we did see a breakout to the upside. April Crude reached its highest level since September last year and the trend remains up. Heating oil and No leaded gas followed Crude higher and gasoline is now moving towards last year’s highs and we may see those levels tested this week.

We have a third consecutive doji on the weekly chart on Gold so indecision in this market is very much the current status. Buyers are so far coming in just above $1700 but if that level fails we may see a move lower towards the 200 day moving average and support around $1650. The long-term trend still remains down and resistance is still in place at $1770 on the April contract.

Currencies

The dollar index ended the week higher by 0.29% and does appear to have formed some decent short-term support around 7850 with support provided by the stick sandwich pattern and the bullish engulfing pattern that we wrote about last week. The long-term trend remains up for the dollar overall but is down against the Aussie and New Zealand dollars.

The British Pound did not quite make it as far down as $1.56 and t he 50 day moving average but did make quite a strong recovery on Thursday and Friday. Resistance is still in place at the 200 day moving average around $1.59 and that may be tested this week.

Big move of the week came as the Yen declined against the dollar by 2.41% for the week, a move that saw the dollar push above the 200 day moving average for the first time since April last year. More significant than that though was the break above the highs formed on the 31st October last year. The trend is now up for the USD/JPY.

Interest rate futures

Interest rate futures ended the week lower and the uptrend may be coming to an end, at least for the near term. Longer term markets are holding up slightly better than the shorter-term markets and medium term support is still holding. Those support levels may be tested this week.

Kind Regards

Robert Stewart

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