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Nasdaq 100 Pulls Back as Retail Sales Miss, Asia-Pacific to Extend Lower

Nasdaq 100 Pulls Back as Retail Sales Miss, Asia-Pacific to Extend Lower

Margaret Yang, CFA, Former Strategist


  • Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 indexes closed -0.79%, -0.71% and -0.91% respectively
  • US retail sales growth contracted by 1.1% MoM in July, missing market expectations
  • The FOMC meeting minutes will be in focus today. APAC markets look set to follow lower
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Nasdaq 100, US Retail Sales, FOMC Minutes, Asia-Pacific at Open:

Wall Street stocks ended broadly lower on Tuesday, with cyclically-oriented consumer discretionary (-2.31%), materials (-1.21%) and industrials (-1.06%) leading the decline. Defensive-linked healthcare (+1.12%), real estate (+0.14%) and consumer staples (+0.04%) outperformed. This may be attributed to profit-taking after the release of US retail sales growth figures, which fell largely short of market expectations.

US retail sales contracted 1.1% MoM last month, compared to a -0.3% estimate. This suggests that the stimulus- and reopening-fueled economic rebound is probably losing steam. A automobile supply shortage and Delta variant may have also contributed to the decline, pointing to tepid growth outlook in the third quarter. This gave traders a valid reason to offload some unrealized profit, pulling indices from their record territory.

Looking ahead, investors are waiting for the release of FOMC meeting minutes for details about the Fed’s take on inflation and labor market conditions. Although minor changes may be observed from the previous month’s version, market participants are still keen to find clues about when the Fed plan to start tapering.

Chinese equities listed in the US exchanges tumbled again after Beijing ramped up regulatory clampdowns. The USSEC imposed stricter rules on Chinese IPOs earlier this week. Alibaba, Baidu and JD.COM were among the worst performers.

Top 10 Nasdaq 100 Constituent Performance 17-08-2021

Source: Bloomberg, DailyFX

Asia-Pacific marketslook set to open on the backfoot. Futures in mainland China, Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and India are in the red, whereas those in Japan, Malaysia and Thailand are in the green.

Looking ahead, the RBNZ interest rate decision lead the economic docket alongside UK and Eurozoneinflation data. Find out more from the DailyFX calendar.

Nasdaq 100 Index Technical Analysis

The Nasdaq 100 index has likely entered a consolidative phase, hesitating to breach a key resistance level at 15,300 – the 127.2% Fibonacci extension. Prices breached the 20-day SMA line, exposing the next support level at 14,800 – the 100% Fibonacci extension. The bearish MACD indicator suggests that upward momentum may be fading.

Nasdaq 100 Index Daily Chart

Nikkei 225 Index Technical Analysis:

The Nikkei 225 index remains in a “Descending Channel” formed since February. The floor and ceiling of the channel may be viewed as immediate support and resistance levels respectively. The overall trend remains bearish-biased, as suggested by the downward-sloped SMA lines. The MACD indicator formed a bearish crossover beneath the neutral midpoint, suggesting that selling pressure may be resuming.

Nikkei 225 Index – Daily Chart

ASX 200 Index Technical Analysis:

The ASX 200 index pulled back sharply to test an immediate support level at 7,500 – the previous resistance. The overall trend remains bullish-biased, as suggested by the consecutive higher highs and higher lows formed over the past few months. The MACD indicator formed a bearish crossover after hitting the trendline resistance, suggesting that selling pressure may be prevailing.

ASX 200 Index – Daily Chart

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