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Good morning. That long off the pivot didn’t work out yesterday so apologies for that – it started to bounce for about 10 points profit then fell back and kept going, to an overnight low of 6740. I do have 6720 as a possible support at the moment, with 6554 below that which is the 25ema on daily. Facebook results last night, despite beating estimates, failed to lift the US markets after the bell, which were overshadowed by the Fed remaining non-commital on interest rates, the uncertainty spooking the markets with the US indices going from blue to red. S&P is now testing the 200ema on daily and also the bottom of both Raffs – possible bounce though in the air?!

Asia Overnight from Bloomberg
(Bloomberg) — Asian stocks fell, led by Chinese shares as regulators increased scrutiny of margin loans, while the dollar rallied against most peers after the Federal Reserve upgraded its view of the U.S. economy. Oil traded near an almost six-year low and bonds in the region rallied.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index dropped 1.1 percent by 2:59 p.m. in Tokyo, as the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index retreated 2.4 percent. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures fluctuated after the index’s biggest two-day drop in almost a year. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index climbed toward a record as the euro weakened 0.2 percent. Ten-year Australian bond yields slipped to a record low. Crude traded at $44.42 a barrel in New York.

Chinese regulators are probing the margin lending that’s helped drive the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 47 percent since the end of August. Oil’s bear market is damping inflation prospects and spurring worldwide monetary easing, with New Zealand’s central bank the latest to hint its next move could be a rate cut. The Federal Reserve maintained a pledge to be “patient” on raising benchmark borrowing costs, citing risks to the U.S. economy from an international slowdown.

China’s market regulators “sent a signal that they don’t feel comfortable,” said Yuliang Chang, Hong Kong-based strategist at Deutsche Bank AG. The pace of growth in margin lending and umbrella trusts “is creating a systemic risk in the financial industry,” he said.

The Shanghai Composite slipped 1.2 percent and the CSI 300 Index, which tracks shares in Shanghai and the southern city of Shenzhen, dropped 1.1 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index, which closed at a four-month high this week, retreated 1.2 percent.

Fed Commentary
Regulators will assess a remaining 46 firms, after an initial 45 were checked, Xinhua News Agency reported. The China Securities Regulatory Commission said the checks were routine and shouldn’t be over-interpreted, Xinhua reported. Margin debt increased to a record 773.8 billion yuan on the Shanghai exchange Tuesday after a tenfold increase during the past two years.

The Swiss franc weakened 0.7 percent to buy $1.0972 and 97.38 euro cents. The euro was at $1.1269, while the Dollar Spot Index climbed 0.2 percent to 1,162.45, heading for its highest close since at least 2005. The dollar was stronger against 12 of 16 major peers.

The Fed acknowledged global risks in its statement, saying that it will take into account readings on “international developments” as it decides how long to keep key rates near zero. Surprisingly strong job gains argue for tightening sooner, while inflation held down by the plunge in oil prices and a cooling global economy provides grounds for delay.

Aussie Bonds
Ten-year Treasury yields were little changed after dropping 10 basis points, or 0.10 percentage point, to 1.72 percent on Wednesday. Thirty-year yields reached a record low.

Rates on Australian government debt due in a decade fell as much as 13 basis points to an all-time low of 2.47 percent. Similar maturity New Zealand yields slipped 15 basis points to 3.17 percent as the so-called kiwi bought 73.32 U.S. cents. New Zealand’s central bank shifted to a neutral stance on interest rates and hinted it’s prepared to lower them.

The Kospi index declined 0.4 percent in Seoul, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index climbed 0.3 percent. Japan’s Topix index dropped 1.1 percent, while the yen retreated 0.1 percent to 117.65 per dollar.

West Texas Intermediate crude was little changed after sinking 3.9 percent on Wednesday. Data showing U.S. oil supplies rose the highest level in more than 30 years fueled the declines. Brent added 0.3 percent to $48.59 a barrel in London after a 2.3 percent drop yesterday. [Ref]

FTSE Outlook

FTSE 100 Prediction

FTSE 100 Prediction

The overnight low was 6743 so we have initial support there for todays session, followed by support at 6720 which looks a better area for a bounce. Below that then 6670 and 6655 are the next areas to watch. It will have to be a particularly bearish session to reach the 6654 area (25ema on daily) so I think we will get a bounce before that area. As mentioned above the S&P is at the bottom of its Raffs and on its 200ema on the daily, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that starts to show some strength from 1982/1992. I have plotted the arrows today with an initial dip down to that 6720 area before a bounce occurs; obviously if it doesn’t bounce there then flip to short for a run lower still. If we do get a bounce then resistance levels to watch ar 6810, the daily pivot at 6822, then 6860ish which is the top of the rising channel on the 30minute chart.

So thats it for todays plan really – dip and rise – as along with the Dax and S&P the FTSE is on the bottom of its 10 day Raff so today is the day they need to bounce it.

Good morning. Well that dipped a bit lower than expected yesterday, finding support at 6777 where we had the bottom of the 10 day Bianca channel. And its held rather well, with a good overnight rise fuelled by Apple beating estimates with their results. I did see it worked out that they sold a million iPhones everyday! Yahoo, also did well, and their shares were up several % on their results (and spinning out the Alibaba holding to a separate company). I said that yesterday was a buy the dips day, looks to be the case, just dipped a bit lower! Support today is at 6842 (bottom of the 10 day Bianca if tested again) then 6817 (Daily pivot).

Asia Overnight from Bloomberg
(Bloomberg) — Asian stocks fell, with the regional benchmark index retreating from a four-month high, as Japanese shares slid on a stronger yen and U.S. earnings and durable-goods orders disappointed investors.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index declined 0.4 percent to 141.81 as of 9:00 a.m. in Tokyo after climbing yesterday to its highest close since Sept. 25. Japan’s Topix index slid 0.7 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index sank 1.3 percent yesterday, while the Nasdaq 100 Index tumbled 2.6 percent for the biggest drop since April as results for companies from Caterpillar Inc. to Microsoft Corp. missed estimates and orders for business equipment unexpectedly fell for a fourth month in December.

“We may see some fairly substantial earnings downgrades in the U.S.,” Tim Schroeders, a portfolio manager who helps oversee $1 billion in equities at Pengana Capital Ltd. in Melbourne, said by phone. “That’s going to put a dampener on the U.S. market and spread globally. If weaker earnings does become a trend, we’ll be in for more volatility.”

Futures on the S&P 500 gained 0.2 percent today as Apple Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. surged in post-market trading. Apple jumped as iPhone sales topped analysts’ estimates, while Yahoo rose as much as 10 percent after announcing a tax-free spinoff of its stake in Chinese e-retailing giant Alibaba Group Holding Inc.

“Despite some large Dow names releasing some ordinary earnings figures, Apple came out after the market closed and beat estimates,” Scott Schuberg, chief executive officer at Rivkin Securities in Sydney, said by e-mail. “Given Apple’s size, this may well lift U.S. equity futures and, as a result, brighten up an otherwise ordinary lead for Asian investors.”

Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average decreased 0.7 percent as the yen rose 0.1 percent to 117.81 per dollar after gaining 0.5 percent yesterday. South Korea’s Kospi index lost 0.3 percent. New Zealand’s NZX 50 Index advanced 0.2 percent. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index slipped 0.1 percent. Markets in Hong Kong and China have yet to open.

The Shanghai Composite Index dropped 0.9 percent yesterday after five days of gains. Chinese industrial companies’ profits declined the most in at least three years last month, underscoring the challenge facing the nation’s former growth drivers as the economy slows and commodity prices slump. [Ref]

FTSE Outlook

FTSE 100 Prediction

FTSE 100 Prediction

We have had a good overnight rise off the back of Apple and Yahoo, however as I write this we are just hitting some resistance at 6870. As such we may get a little dip of this to partly close the gap and also to test the bottom of the 10 day Bianca at 6842. We also have the IG pivot at 6833.5 so a couple of supports in this area. Slightly lower down is the live chart pivot at 6817. If this were to break then i think we will resist yesterdays low at 6780 area, with 6750 below that. However, I am fairly happy to say that I think the 6832/42 area will hold as support and we will get a rise to test 6900. Above this we have that 6935 area which I expect to be solid resistance – once that breaks (if it does) then we should be on for 7000. Both Bianca channel tops are around there and if we were to test that this week, then thats a full crossing of the 10 day Bianca 10 day in under a week (having hit the channel low 6777 yesterday). For the initial dip to get a bit of momentum the price will need to break the 34sma on the 10min at 6866 currently.

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