Westpac Banking Corp (ASX:WBC) HEFFX Highlights

Westpac Banking Corp (ASX:WBC) HEFFX Highlights

Westpac Banking Corp (ASX:WBC) HEFFX Highlights

  • Economists at one of New Zealand’s largest mortgage lenders have predicted a flat to muted housing market for the next few years.
  • A new Westpac report out today has a gloomy national outlook for the housing sector.
  • The report, signed by the bank’s chief economist Dominick Stephens and others, said: “We expect that house prices will be flat over 2017 as a whole and that we’ll see only muted rises over the next few years.”
  • Recent data from Harcourts showed the agency’s city listings falling 25 per cent from last July to last month. Auckland auctions by Harcourts fell 56.9 per cent, property on hand rose 43.5 per cent, written sales fell 19 per cent and the average sale price increased only 1.2 per cent in the same period.

Westpac Banking Corporation is a banking organization. The Company provides a range of banking and financial services in markets, including consumer, business and institutional banking and wealth management services. The Company is engaged in the provision of financial services, including lending, deposit taking, payments services, investment portfolio management and advice, superannuation and funds management, insurance services, leasing finance, general finance, interest rate risk management and foreign exchange services. The Company’s segments include Consumer Bank, Business Bank, BT Financial Group (BTFG), Westpac Institutional Bank (WIB) and Westpac New Zealand. The Company has branches throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and in the Pacific region. The Company through its division offers its services under various brands, such as Westpac, St.George, BankSA, Bank of Melbourne and RAMS brands.

Overall, the bias in prices is: Upwards.

Short term: Prices are stalling.

Intermediate term: Prices are ranging.

Note: this chart shows extraordinary price action to the upside.

By the way, prices are vulnerable to a correction towards 31.80.

The projected upper bound is: 33.49.

The projected lower bound is: 30.98.

The projected closing price is: 32.23.

WESTPAC FPO closed up 0.210 at 32.190. Volume was 59% below average (consolidating) and Bollinger Bands were 54% narrower than normal.

Open      High       Low      Close      Volume
32.320      32.410     32.170      32.190      2,921,685

Technical Outlook
Short Term: Neutral
Intermediate Term: Bullish
Long Term: Bearish

Moving Averages: 10-period     50-period      200-period
Close:      31.88     31.17     32.35
Volatility:      16      26     22
Volume:      4,238,928      6,704,849      6,285,413

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

WESTPAC FPO gapped up today (bullish) on light volume. Possibility of a Common Gap which usually coincides with a lack of interest in the security. Common Gaps are fairly irrelevent for forecasting purposes. Four types of price gaps exist – Common, Breakaway, Runaway, and Exhaustion. Gaps acts as support/resistance.
WESTPAC FPO is currently 0.5% below its 200-period moving average and is in an upward 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 WBC.AX at a relatively equal pace (neutral). Our trend forecasting oscillators are currently bullish on WBC.AX and have had this outlook for the last 36 periods.

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 56.8561. This is not an overbought or oversold reading. The last signal was a buy 8 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 55.99. 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 47 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 118.This is an overbought reading. However, a signal isn’t generated until the indicator crosses below 100. The last signal was a buy 1 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 sell 10 period(s) ago.

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John Heffernan

John Heffernan is a Junior Analyst at HEFFX. John is studying Economics and is a contributor on equities at Live Trading News.

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