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Nasdaq 100 Reverses Losses on Dip-Buying, Will APAC Markets Follow?

Nasdaq 100 Reverses Losses on Dip-Buying, Will APAC Markets Follow?

Margaret Yang, CFA, Former Strategist



  • Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 closed +0.29%, +0.28%, and +0.49% respectively
  • Technology stocks ended a four-day losing streak, but overall sentiment remains weak
  • Asia-Pacific markets look set to open lower as investors mulled rising market volatility
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Nasdaq 100, Hang Seng Index, IBM, Fed, Asia-Pacific at the Open:

US markets had a volatile session on Monday, with the three major indices erasing as much as 4% intraday losses and closed mildly higher. This may be attributed to dip-buying activity as market participants took the recent selloff as an opportunity to accumulate stocks. Consumer discretionary (+1.21%), energy (+0.55%) and industrials (+0.52%) were among the top performing sectors, whereas defensive-linked utilities (-1.03%), healthcare (-0.37%) and consumer staples (-0.35%) trailed behind.

The price of Bitcoin at one point fell to $32,950 - the lowest level seen since end July - before paring losses. The cryptocurrency has lost almost half of its value since early November, probably because of an imminent rate-hike cycle that points to less liquidity in the market down the road, as well as weakness in technology shares.

Overall sentiment remains fragile though, as investors scrutinize Wednesday’s FOMC meeting for clues about the Fed’s timeline for tapering. The market has now fully priced in a March rate hike and three more by the end of 2022. The question remains on when the Fed will start to shrink its $8.8 trillion balance sheet and at what pace it will be conducted. It has more than doubled from pre-pandemic levels, allowing the central bank to reduce its asset at a faster pace compared to the prior cycle during 2017-2019.

On the earnings front, IBM’s share price climbed during after-hour trade as it reported 6% growth in fourth quarter revenue, surpassing market expectations. The company also said it will take a few quarters for profits to reflect higher labor costs, easing investor concerns. Tonight, Microsoft will report Q4 earnings after market close. Click here for a preview.

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Asia-Pacific markets look set to trade on the back foot following a wild swing in the US market. Futures in Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Thailand and Indonesia are in the red, whereas those in mainland China are in the green.

Looking ahead, the Australian inflation rate dominates the economic docket alongside German Ifo business climate and US consumer confidence figures. Find out more from the DailyFX economic calendar.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index (HSI) may exhibit resilience against selling, as policy divergence between the Fed and the PBoC may provide some support to Chinese stocks. Authorities have also recently shown a willingness to ease curbs on the property sector, bringing hopes that policymakers will also relax rules on the technology sector to cushion a slowing economy. Exchange data showed that HKD 2.67 billion have flowed into the Hong Kong market on Monday via stock connections, marking a 14th consecutive session of net inflow (chart below).

Southbound Flow vs. Hang Seng Index

Source: Bloomberg, DailyFX

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Nasdaq 100 IndexTechnical Analysis

The Nasdaq 100 index experienced a large intraday swing overnight, breaching several support levels before reversing losses. This formed a “Hammer” candlestick pattern that may signal a bullish trend reversal. An immediate support level can be found at around 14,180 – the 61.8% Fibonacci extension. Failing to hold above this level would bring the next support level of 13,960 into focus. The MACD indicator is trending lower, suggesting that downward momentum may be prevailing.

Nasdaq 100 IndexDaily Chart

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Hang Seng Index Technical Analysis:

The Hang Seng Index (HSI) breached above a “Falling Wedge” pattern from the upside, opening the door for further gains. An immediate resistance level can be found at around 24,900 – the 127.2% Fibonacci extension. Breaching above this level may expose the next resistance level of 25,600. The MACD indicator pierced through the neutral midpoint and trended higher, suggesting that bullish momentum may be building.

Hang Seng Index – Daily Chart

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ASX 200 Index Technical Analysis:

The ASX 200 index breached below a range-bound zone between 7,200 to 7,500 as highlighted on the chart below. This has opened the door for further losses with an eye on 7,080 for support. The overall trend has now become bearish -biased after the formation of a long bearish candlestick on Friday. The MACD indicator formed a bearish crossover and trended lower, underscoring bearish momentum.

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