ASX 200, Nikkei 225 Climb as S&P 500 Hits Record High on Stimulus Bill
S&P 500, NIKKEI 225, ASX 200 INDEX OUTLOOK:
- ASX 200, Nikkei 225 indexes likely to follow a strong US lead overnight and trade higher
- President Trump signed a giant US$ 2.3 trillion bill containing funding and stimulus, buoying sentiment
- Nasdaq 100 and Shenzhen Composite are among the best performing indexes YTD, while the FTSE 100 and STI lagged global peers
Record US session, Stimulus, YTD Performance, Asia-Pacific at Open:
Stocks across the Asia-Pacific may embrace a ‘risk-on’ session as all three major US indices hit their record highs on Monday after President Donald Trump signed on a US$ 2.3 trillion package. The giant spending bill that contains $900 billion in pandemic relief aid and $1.4 trillion in government spending will provide much needed support to individuals and small businesses to counter the pandemic’s impact.
The ASX 200 index resumes trading from the Christmas holiday break and is rising 0.73% in early hours. The Nikkei 225 index climbed for a second day in an attempt to break an immediate chart resistance level. Stock benchmarks in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia are edging higher too.
Although the Covid-19 pandemic continued to develop around the globe and resulted in tightening border controls and social distancing measures, fiscal support and ultra-loose monetary policy are likely to stay with us for a longer period before vaccines help to bring down the numbers and normalize business activity. This assumption appears to keep the stock markets floated in one of the worst global recession decades.
The tech-led Nasdaq 100 index (and likewise the Nasdaq Composite) is the best performing benchmark this year with a year-to-date gain of 47%. China’s Shenzhen Composite and CSI 300 are following tightly behind, rising 34% and 23% YTD respectively. On the bottom of the list are the FTSE 100 index (-13.8%), the Straits Times Index (-11.9%) and Stock Exchange of Thailand index (-8%).
YTD Performance of Major Equity Indices
% Change YTD
NASDAQ 100 STOCK INDX
Shenzhen Component Index
CSI 300 INDEX
S&P 500 INDEX
SHANGHAI SE COMPOSITE
DOW JONES INDUS. AVG
FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI
S&P/ASX 200 INDEX
Euro Stoxx 50 Pr
HANG SENG INDEX
STOCK EXCH OF THAI INDEX
Straits Times Index STI
FTSE 100 INDEX
As at December 28th 2020
Source: Bloomberg, DailyFX
Sector-wise, 9 out of 11 S&P 500 sectors ended higher, with 60% of the index’s constituents closing in the green on Monday. Communication services (+1.86%), consumer discretionary (+1.47%) and information technology (+1.16%) were among the best performers, whereas energy (-0.54%) and materials (-0.36%) lagged behind.
S&P 500 Sector Performance 28-12-2020
Source: Bloomberg, DailyFX
S&P 500 Index Technical Analysis
The S&P 500 indexis trending up within the “Ascending Channel” formed since early November, forming consecutive higher highs. The overall trend remains bullish-biased, as suggested by the upward-sloped 20-, 50- and 100-Day Simple Moving Average (SMA) lines. Prices are hitting the upper Bollinger Band, which could lead to a mild technical pullback. Immediate support and resistance levels can be found at 3,705 (50% Fibonacci extension) and 3,750 (61.8% Fibonacci extension) respectively.
S&P 500 Index – Daily Chart
Nikkei 225 Index Technical Analysis:
The Nikkei 225 index is attempting to breach a “range-bound” condition formed since early December as highlighted in the red color below. Breaking this resistance may open the door for further upside potential with an eye on 2,7500 – the 61.8% Fibonacci extension. An immediate support level can be found at 27,000 – the upper bound of the rectangle.
Nikkei 225 Index – Daily Chart
ASX 200 Index Technical Analysis:
The ASX 200 index is drifting higher within its “Ascending Channel”, but upward momentum appears to be faltering as the MACD indicator suggests. An immediate support level can be found at 6,630, where the lower Bollinger Band and 161.8% Fibonacci extension level intercept. A key resistance level can be found at 6,810 – the 200% Fibonacci extension.
ASX 200 Index – Daily Chart
--- Written by Margaret Yang, Strategist for DailyFX.com
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