Daily Markets Broadcast 2019-04-24

Daily Markets Broadcast

2019-04-24

Strong earnings power US indices higher

The technology sector led the way higher for US stocks, with the NAS100 index hitting a record high while the SPX500 and US30 also climbed. Japanese shares are struggling to match gains on Wall Street ahead of the Bank of Japan policy meeting tomorrow.

 

NAS100USD Daily Chart

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  • The NAS100 index posted the biggest one-day gain in more than a month yesterday amid solid Q1 earnings reports from Twitter
  • The index easily overcame the October high of 7,702. The rising 55-day moving average support is at 7,304 today
  • US new home sales were higher than expected in March, rising 4.5% m/m, more than the -2.5% expected but not as strong as February’s +5.9%. There are no key economic data releases scheduled for today.

 

DE30EUR Daily Chart

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  • The Germany30 index closed marginally lower yesterday, the first day of trading after the long Easter break, as higher oil prices impacted sentiment. That was the first down-day in eight days
  • The index touched the highest since October 4 on Thursday. The 78.6% Fibonacci retracement of the May-December drop is at 12,581
  • Germany’s IFO surveys for April are seen mixed with the current assessment slipping to 103.6 from 103.8 but the business climate is expected to improve to 99.9 from 99.6 and the expectations index to 96.1 from 95.6.

 

JP225USD Daily Chart

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  • The Japan225 index looks poised to snap a nine-day rising streak today, despite firm cues from Wall Street. The index started positively but is now in the red, led by weakness in Toyota shares
  • Prices touched 22,474 earlier this morning, the highest since December 4. The 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the drop from October to December is at 22,469
  • The Japan all industry activity index is seen falling 0.1% m/m in February after posting a 0.2% decline in January. The Bank of Japan holds a policy meeting tomorrow, but is not expected to change neither rates nor the bond-buying programme.

 

 

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Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson

Senior Market Analyst at MarketPulse
A seasoned professional with more than 30 years’ experience in foreign exchange, interest rates and commodities, Andrew Robinson is a senior market analyst with OANDA, responsible for providing timely and relevant market commentary and live market analysis throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Having previously worked in Europe, since moving to Singapore he worked with several leading institutions including Bloomberg, Saxo Capital Markets and Informa Global Markets, proving FX strategies based on a combination of technical and fundamental analysis as well as market flow information. Andrew began his career as an FX dealer with NatWest and the Royal Bank of Scotland in the UK.