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It has been a strong week for equities in emerging Asia and also a strong start for the month of May. South Korea KOSPI index is breaking out to all-time highs by clearing its 6 year-long horizontal resistance at 2,210 levels. The index possibly formed a multi-year long bullish ascending triangle. A strong monthly close will signal positive performance for the coming months. The ascending triangle chart pattern price target stands at 2,750 levels. Emerging Asia is a big component in the MSCI Emerging Markets index. As of May 11, 2017 the top 3 counties in the index are China (26.92%), S.Korea (15.34%) and Taiwan (12.20%).

While the local currency stock market index South Korea KOSPI is breaking out to all-time highs, the U.S. Dollar denominated MSCI S.KOREA price index is few percentage points away from reaching new all-time high levels. The price action is clearly positive. The 9 year-long downward sloping trend line is standing at 460 levels. MSCI S.KOREA index is trying to break out of its multi-year sideways consolidation range.

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The first round of the 2017 French presidential election was held on 23 April 2017. As no candidate won a majority, a run-off election between the top two candidates, Emmanuel Macron of En Marche! and Marine Le Pen of the National Front (FN), will be held on 7 May 2017. Global equity markets reacted positively after centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the weekend’s French presidential election. European equities have been performing poorly since the beginning of the global financial crash in 2008. Any positive political and economic development is likely to help European equities to catch up in the relative performance. Though, European equities might need more catalyst than an election result to reverse long-term relationships.

Two charts below show the massive under performance of the European equities vs. the U.S. equities over the past 9 years. Both the relative performance ratio between MSCI EUROPE vs. MSCI U.S. and EUROSTOXX 600 Index vs. S&P 500 Index shows a multi-year downtrend. This long-term relationship is something that we should keep a close eye on, as any major turnaround in European indices performance will result in more breakout opportunities in the European equities.

Relative performance ratio between the two indices is converted into an index to better visualize the change in value in percentage terms. 1.00 is an index value of 100. 0.42 is an index value of 42. The chart shows the index losing more than half of its value from the highest level in 2008. In other words MSCI EUROPE underperformed MSCI USA by 58% over the past 9 years. Data used for MSCI EUROPE and MSCI USA are price index in U.S. Dollar.

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A New Beginning – Tech Charts Service


Dear Tech Charts followers,

The Tech Charts blog started back in 2011 as a platform to share ideas and connect with like-minded analysts and traders from around the world.  And writing publicly about the markets has kept me motivated, structured, and focused on my technical analysis and trading.

In recent years, more and more traders and investors have gained access to global equity markets through either ETFs or directly via their broker accounts. This expanded access has allowed me to multiply my search for classical charting opportunities in the global equity space.

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It was a mixed week for Global equity market performance due to each countries own political and geopolitical developments. However, the benchmark for Global equities, the MSCI ALL COUNTRY WORLD INDEX still shows a clear uptrend. MSCI ALL COUNTRIES WORLD INDEX captures large and mid cap representation across 23 Developed Markets and 23 Emerging Markets countries. With 2,481 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the global investable equity opportunity set. iShares has an MSCI ACWI ETF that seeks to track the MSCI ALL COUNTRIES WORLD INDEX. The ETF is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange.

Since the beginning of 2016, MSCI ACWI ETF (ACWI.O) is in a clear uptrend. Over the past two months the price has been challenging the resistance at 63 levels. The continuation of the uptrend will depend on the strength around this resistance level.


Last one month's price action can be identified as a possible pennant formation. Pennants are short-term continuation patterns that mark a small consolidation before the previous move resumes. Pennants, which are similar to flags in terms of structure, have converging trendlines during their consolidation period and they last from one to three weeks. Breakout above 63 levels can renew upside momentum both on daily and weekly scale. Strong support area remains between 62 and 62.5.

This week there are 3 new chart pattern breakout signals.

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Up trends are still intact on the financial stocks in the U.S. A quick look at U.S. banking stocks can help us put things into perspective on the medium/long-term charts. This update reviews 6 different U.S. commercial banks. As you go through the charts of these commerical banking stocks you will find similar technical outlook as outlined below.

  1. In November 2016, following the U.S. election, all of these names had strong breakouts from lengthy consolidation periods.
  2. Most of the names have reached their chart pattern price targets.
  3. Since the beginning of 2016, all of the charts analyzed have formed consistent up trends as identified by parallel trend channels.
  4. Over the past 3 months, all of the names have pulled back to their 200-day averages.
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A relatively short but eventful trading week is behind us. Volatility increased due to geopolitical tensions. Equity indices came under pressure with bonds moving higher. There were 4 new chart pattern breakout signals during the week. Irrespective of general market direction, I try to feature those breakouts and breakdowns from well-defined trading ranges as they develop.



Over the past 5 months, the VIX consolidated between 10 and 15 levels. Price tested the horizontal resistance at 14.75 for 3 times over the course of the 5 month-long consolidation. Since the beginning of April, volatility index has been inching higher towards the strong resistance. The daily close above 15.15 levels completed the 5 month-long consolidation. Our focus is now on two important levels. First one is 14.75, that will act as support during any possible pullback. Failure to hold above 14.75 will put the interpretation of higher levels into question. Second one is the chart pattern price target at 19 levels. Price target is calculated by taking the width of the 5 month-long consolidation and adding it to the breakout level.

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Strong technical support & resistance levels are formed after consecutive tests of the same price level. Support/resistance areas show the battle between the buyers and the sellers. The strong resistance for the CBOE VOLATILITY INDEX (VIX) stands at 14.75 levels. Over the past 5 months, the VIX consolidated between 10 and 15 levels. Price tested the horizontal resistance at 14.75 for 3 times over the course of the 5 month-long consolidation. Since the beginning of April, volatility index has been inching higher towards the strong resistance. A daily close above 15.15 levels can complete the 5 month-long consolidation and result in a spike in volatility. A spike in volatility can put downward pressure on global equity indices. This chart should be on your radar in the coming weeks.

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It has been a volatile week in the Global equity markets. There were 2 new breakout alerts. Both stocks cleared strong multi-month horizontal resistances.



Tingyi (Cayman Islands) Holdings Corp. is a Hong Kong-based investment holding company principally engaged in the production and sales of instant noodles, beverages and instant food products. The stock is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Price chart formed a 15 month-long H&S bottom with the right shoulder in the form of a 6 month-long rectangle. The neckline of the H&S bottom standing as a resistance at 9.85 has been tested for 4 times over the past year. The daily close above 10.15 confirmed the breakout from the multi-month base formation. 9.85 levels will now become support. Possible chart pattern price target stands at 13.15 levels.

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Rectangles are usually considered to be a continuation chart pattern. They form as a trading range during a pause in the trend. The pattern is identifiable by two comparable highs and two comparable lows. Rectangles are sometimes referred to as consolidation ranges or trading areas. The rectangle chart pattern is not complete until a breakout is occurred.

To qualify as a continuation chart pattern, a prior trend should exist. Rectangles can extend for a few weeks or many months. If the pattern is less than 3 weeks, it is usually considered a flag, also a continuation chart pattern. Ideally, rectangles will develop over a 3-month period. Generally, the longer the pattern, the more significant the breakout. The direction of the next significant move can only be determined after the breakout has occurred. The estimated move is found by measuring the height of the rectangle and applying it to the breakout level.

JAPAN NIKKEI 225 INDEX FUTURES 1st month continuation

Japan's NIKKEI 225 Index is possibly forming a rectangle chart pattern with the boundaries between 18,800 and 19,690. The index is now testing the lower boundary of its 4 month-long sideways consolidation. Due to the tight consolidation range, volatility on both daily and weekly scale reached an extreme low level. These type of low volatility periods are usually followed by strong price action. It is important to note that there are times when a rectangle can act as a reversal chart pattern. A breakdown below the lower boundary at 18,800 will suggest lower prices in the coming weeks. However, failure to breakdown the support at 18,800 and a possible rebound from the current levels will increase the likelihood of a rectangle as a continuation chart pattern, targeting higher levels.

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