NIKKEI 225, ASX 200, HANG SENG INDEX, S&P 500, US CPI, TECHNICAL ANALYSIS – ASIA PACIFIC INDICES BRIEFING
- Hotter-than-expected US inflation data continues to pressure Wall Street
- Lackluster Asia-Pacific economic data docket places focus on risk trends
- Nikkei 225, ASX 200 and Hang Seng Index bracing for more volatility?
WEDNESDAY’S WALL STREET TRADING SESSION RECAP
Volatility on Wall Street continued to batter the major benchmark stock indices on Wednesday, placing the Nikkei 225, ASX 200 and Hang Seng at risk next. Looking at the chart below, the majority of S&P 500 sectors closed in the red. The top 3 worst-performing components were consumer discretionary, information technology and communication services, falling 3.57%, 3.3% and 1.51% respectively.
The key culprit was another hotter-than-expected inflation report out of the United States. Headline CPI crossed the wires at 8.3% y/y in April, which was down from 8.5% in March. Still, this was much stronger than the 8.1% consensus. The core measurement, which strips out volatile food and energy prices, also surprised to the upside. It clocked in at 6.2% y/y versus 6.0% seen, down from 6.5% prior.
This will continue to keep the Federal Reserve on its toes as it attempts to bring inflation down toward the longer-term average target of 2.0%. Moreover, the markets increased their expectations for a fourth 50-basis point hike this year. Meanwhile, the central bank is about to begin unwinding its balance sheet, further reducing liquidity conditions in financial markets.
S&P 500 SECTOR BREAKDOWN 5/11/2022
Data Source: Bloomberg
THURSDAY’S ASIA PACIFIC TRADING SESSION
Thursday’s Asia Pacific trading session is looking to be fairly light on data. Australia will release consumer inflation expectations. This could keep traders glued on broader fundamental themes and focus on general market sentiment. As such, it could be another disappointing round for indices such as the Nikkei 225, ASX 200 and Hang Seng Index as investors around the world continue to face the reality of tightening credit conditions.
NIKKEI 225 TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
The Nikkei 225 confirmed a breakout under the 38.2% Fibonacci extension at 26103, exposing the midpoint at 25377 before the March low at 24505 comes into focus. Guiding the index lower seems to be a combination of a long-term falling trendline from September, and a near-term one from late March. These could reinstate the downside focus in the event of a turn higher.
NIKKEI 225 DAILY CHART
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ASX 200 TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
The ASX 200 has been struggling to hold a push under the 100% Fibonacci extension at 7007. Recently, prices left behind a Long-Legged Doji candlestick. This is a sign of indecision. Upside progress could signal further gains to come. Still, clearing lower exposes the wide 6747 – 6894 support zone before the March 2021 low nears. In the event of a turn higher, keep a close eye on the falling trendline from April.
ASX 200 DAILY CHART
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HANG SENG TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
The Hang Seng Index is attempting to hold a push under the April low at 19625, with immediate support below as the midpoint of the Fibonacci extension at 18980. Below the latter sits the March low which is closely aligned with the 2016 bottom at 18037. In the event of a turn higher, the falling trendline from February could maintain a dominant downside focus.
HANG SENG FUTURES DAILY CHART