Leaders of the group are getting scarce

Leaders of the group are getting scarce

25 August 2020Reading time: 5 minutes

Once again, it is the tech sector that is driving the stock market upwards in the US. The divergence between different stocks and markets are again on the rise. One should not forget that it is summer hibernation in the United States right now. This means both that the big traders are on a much-needed holiday after an exceptionally strong spring. It also means that the US congress is on vacation, so the new support packages that were well waited for are now delayed until after the vacations. In the short perspective it is instead focus on the annual Fed conference in Jackson Hole where Fed chief Jerome Powell will speak on Thursday morning, at 9.10 am, US Eastern Time.

In the past, Jackson Hole was the highlight of all those who followed the central bank's policy. Ben Bernanke tried to tone it down and he did not even attend all the events, like Janet Yellen after him.

Powell is expected to give hints about what support policy the Fed will provide in the future and perhaps even mention interest rates. However, we have low expectations that he will deliver some news more than what was stated in the latest protocol, namely that the United States is going through a difficult time right now.

If one look at world stock markets, it is still the United States that dominates:

Sweden’s OMXS30 and Germany’s DAX has performed relatively well, at least compared to Russia’s RTS and the French CAC with great domestic problems.

OMXS30 is consolidating under a falling momentum:

The same is valid for DAX:

The US S&P 500 index is stuck right above an all-time-high making up a strong resistance. Nevertheless, the index is still in a strong upwards pointing trend with EMA9 as well as MA20 pointing in the right direction. Negative divergence between the index and the MACD is somewhat worrisome.

However, Nasdaq is performing strong and managed to set a new all-time-high on Friday. Note also how the negative trend for MACD has been broken:

The FAANG shares are the big winners.

The very idea of an index is that you can smear the development of many shares into a common indicator that is easier to follow. The S&P 500 has been the broadest index, which also corresponds to the largest market value in a global comparison, and therefore acts as a proxy for us. The S&P 500 is simply a leader and all our analysis are therefore based on this index.

But what do one do when five companies grow to mega size and completely take over? Apple will soon stand alone for seven percent of the entire S&P 500 index, in terms of market value. However, the FAANG is not adequate anymore. Among the large companies Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Alphabet and Microsoft are the driving forces. Soon, Tesla will also be introduced among the S&P 500-companies…so at that time, a new and more correct abbreviation will be FAAAMT.

Note that Apple, Alphabet, Facebook och Microsoft are trading at P/E-tal around 30x plus, meaning that 30 years plus net profits are discounted. Given that Covid-19 has hit the world, and for example, Apple has not come up with any new products that have revolutionized the market in recent years, one must be aware that the air can quickly leave this market. We see it rather as a liquidity-driven case. There is too much liquidity in the market due to the central banks printing money. Some of these have been allocated to the stock market, but instead of investing into sectors if working in headwinds, the money goes to companies that are relatively unaffected by the global crisis. To find guidance on the future, these companies must be closely monitored in the coming weeks.

The Facebook share is consolidating right below of its all-time-high. The share has also started to gain momentum illustrated by MACD:

On Friday, a scary looking doji was created in Tesla. In terms on RSI, the share is overbought. EMA9 serves as a first level of support followed by Fibonacci 23.6 meeting up around 1 683 USD:

Finally, Apple, which is the single most important stock, continues to run on rocket fuel. After the bull flag that we drew, the stock has created a new all-time high. Apple is certainly a leader, so this development must be respected. The Fibonacci projection indicates that the next level on the upside can be found around 515 USD:

But at the same time, the development gives strong warning signals that not everything is right. The monthly graph shows the parabolic development. We are not talking about a small company here, but about the world's largest listed company, in terms of market value:

The EUR/USD has lost momentum. The pair closed Friday below EMA9 close to MA20. Given the negative divergence between the pair and MACD, the risk seems to be on the downside. In case of a break below the rising trendline, the next level can be found around 1.165 where Fibonacci 23.6 meet up:

The gold price has come under another wave of pressure. Further strengthening of the USD is a threat. The metal is pushed downwards by EMA9 and is trading below MA20. Fibonacci 23.6 serves as a support. A falling MACD indicates a declining momentum. In case of a break on the downside, MA50 around 1 863 USD per troy ounce is the next level:

For oil, the two storms that are on their way into the Gulf of Mexico are in focus and could possibly disrupt oil production. The last time there were two storms that hit this area at the same time was in 1933. Ordinary storms are not some much to worry about, but there is some concern that these two will affect each other and create something called the Fujiwhara effect…meaning that they hook their arms together and dance and reinforce each other.

The picture is from 1974 of hurricanes Ione and Kirsten in the Pacific Ocean.

Below is the weekly graph for brent oil:

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22/10/2020 06:03:01


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