Hong Kong: HANG SENG INDEX (.HSI) focus for local investors will be offshore this week

Hong Kong: HANG SENG INDEX (.HSI) focus for local investors will be offshore this week

Hong Kong: HANG SENG INDEX (.HSI) focus for local investors will be offshore this week

Australian shares are poised to start the week on a positive note as investors await the start of the US reporting season for a read on the outlook for corporate profits. ASX futures up 15 points. The Australian dollar edged 0.4 per cent higher to a one-month peak above US72¢.

The focus for local investors will be offshore this week, with a relatively quiet data schedule. Besides a second-tier inflation print today, there’s home loans on Thursday.

While there may be a dearth of local trading catalysts, the UK will provide some Brexit drama and there’s a raft of Federal Reserve policymakers on the speaking circuit as the US central bank continues to refine its policy message.

Today’s Agenda

Local data: MI inflation December

Overseas data: China December trade data; Euro zone industrial production November

Overall, the bias in prices is: Upwards.

The projected upper bound is: 27,778.45.

The projected lower bound is: 25,639.36.

The projected closing price is: 26,708.90.

Candlesticks

A black body occurred (because prices closed lower than they opened).
During the past 10 bars, there have been 6 white candles and 4 black candles for a net of 2 white candles. During the past 50 bars, there have been 28 white candles and 22 black candles for a net of 6 white candles.

A hammer occurred (a hammer has a long lower shadow and closes near the high). Hammers must appear after a significant decline or when prices are oversold to be valid. When this occurs, it usually indicates the formation of a support level and is thus considered a bullish pattern.

A hanging man occurred (a hanging man has a very long lower shadow and a small real body). This pattern can be bullish or bearish, depending on the trend. If it occurs during an uptrend (which appears to be the case with HANG SENG INDEX) it is called a hanging man line and signifies a reversal top. If it occurs during a downtrend it is called a bullish hammer.

A long lower shadow occurred. This is typically a bullish signal (particularly when it occurs near a low price level, at a support level, or when the security is oversold).

A spinning top occurred (a spinning top is a candle with a small real body). Spinning tops identify a session in which there is little price action (as defined by the difference between the open and the close). During a rally or near new highs, a spinning top can be a sign that prices are losing momentum and the bulls may be in trouble.

Momentum Indicators

Momentum is a general term used to describe the speed at which prices move over a given time period. Generally, changes in momentum tend to lead to changes in prices. This expert shows the current values of four popular momentum indicators.

Stochastic Oscillator

One method of interpreting the Stochastic Oscillator is looking for overbought areas (above 80) and oversold areas (below 20). The Stochastic Oscillator is 94.6267. This is an overbought reading. However, a signal is not generated until the Oscillator crosses below 80 The last signal was a buy 12 period(s) ago.

Relative Strength Index (RSI)

The RSI shows overbought (above 70) and oversold (below 30) areas. The current value of the RSI is 60.53. This is not a topping or bottoming area. A buy or sell signal is generated when the RSI moves out of an overbought/oversold area. The last signal was a buy 61 period(s) ago.

Commodity Channel Index (CCI)

The CCI shows overbought (above 100) and oversold (below -100) areas. The current value of the CCI is 165.This is an overbought reading. However, a signal isn’t generated until the indicator crosses below 100. The last signal was a buy 5 period(s) ago.

MACD

The Moving Average Convergence/Divergence indicator (MACD) gives signals when it crosses its 9 period signal line. The last signal was a buy 3 period(s) ago.

Rex Takasugi – TD Profile

HANG SENG INDEX closed up 145.840 at 26,667.270. Volume was 3% above average (neutral) and Bollinger Bands were 20% narrower than normal.

Open High Low Close Volume___
26,692.02026,692.02026,494.85926,667.2701,855,003,904

Technical Outlook
Short Term: Overbought
Intermediate Term: Bearish
Long Term: Bearish

Moving Averages: 10-period 50-period 200-period
Close: 25,853.28 26,027.63 28,060.03
Volatility: 26 26 23
Volume: 1,685,790,464 1,678,457,472 1,870,767,616

Short-term traders should pay closer attention to buy/sell arrows while intermediate/long-term traders should place greater emphasis on the Bullish or Bearish trend reflected in the lower ribbon.

Summary

HANG SENG INDEX is currently 5.0% below its 200-period moving average and is in an downward trend. Volatility is relatively normal as compared to the average volatility over the last 10 periods. Our volume indicators reflect volume flowing into and out of .HSI at a relatively equal pace (neutral). Our trend forecasting oscillators are currently bearish on .HSI and have had this outlook for the last 15 periods.

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