The above shows the US30, SPX500 and NAS100 monthly charts. July charted long blue candles for each index, with the US30 and SPX500 closing between the blue bands in their respective neutral areas. Whilst the NAS100 lagged, it has pushed upwards into neutral during the first twelve days of August.
The indexes need to consolidate these positions. This stabilisation will provide a platform to potentially move back into bullish zones between the upper blue and red bands. If this happens and the stochastics push above 80 and hold (blue arrows), an underlying bullish momentum will be present.
However, if they end August back in their bearish areas, between the lower blue and red bands, July into August will be regarded as a bear market rally. To this end, we are keeping an eye on the real interest rate:
Real interest rates declined in July (blue arrow). This drop coincides with the stock index's positive July run. Intuitively this makes sense as the lower rates support a higher discount factor. However, the real rate's position is between the upper blue and red bands in its bullish zone. If this maintains, it may mean higher rates ahead, which will be a headwind for the stock indexes.
Senior Market Specialist
Russell Shor (MSTA, CFTe, MFTA) is a Senior Market Specialist at FXCM. He joined the firm in October 2017 and has an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of South Africa and holds the coveted Certified Financial Technician and Master of Financial Technical Analysis qualifications from the International Federation of Technical Analysts. He is a full member of the Society of Technical Analysts in the United Kingdom and combined with his over 20 years of financial markets experience provides resources of a high standard and quality. Russell analyses the financial markets from both a fundamental and technical view and emphasises prudent risk management and good reward-to-risk ratios when trading.