Russell Shor

Russell Shor

Senior Market Specialist

Russell Shor joined FXCM in October 2017 as a Senior Market Specialist. He is a certified FMVA® and has an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of South Africa. Russell is a full member of the Society of Technical Analysts in the United Kingdom. With over 20 years of financial markets experience, his analysis is of a high standard and quality.

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  • SPX500 moves into overbought territory, introducing possibility of a near-term pullback

    The SPX500 weekly chart has moved into overbought territory with its RSI above 80 (green rectangle). This comes as the index nears the 5,000 level. Round numbers often prove to be psychological resistance areas, and this may be the case given the index’s frothy indications. I.e. a pullback over the coming weeks is a distinct possibility.

  • Palantir share’s jump over 30% on impressive revenue growth

    Palantir (, the maker of defensive software, surged close to 31% yesterday after the company beat Q4 earnings expectations, with the stock closing at $21.87. This is the company’s largest one day percentage gain on record. In the past the market had concerns about future deals with the government, but this has been overlooked with the market positively receiving the company’s success in its commercial deals for its analytics software.

  • CHN50 still in downtrend despite state fund’s vow to boost stock purchases

    FXCM’s China 50 basket gapped up on news that a state fund will boost stock purchases. China’s Central Huijin Investment, a sovereign fund that owns China’s state-run banks and other government enterprises, said it will step-up its purchases of stock index funds to support the market. The fund tends to buy big state banks and companies to counter the selling pressure in the Chinese market, largely due to China’s property…

  • Intel CEO buys into dip

    Intel Stock gapped down on 26 January following the chip makers outlook for Q1 2024, which lagged analysts’ forecasts. However, it is notable that the company’s stock price nearly doubled in 2023, surging by 91%.

  • Job numbers surprise massively to the upside

    The jobs data came in exceptionally hot today. The non-farm employment change printed at 353K, which is almost double the market expectation of 187K. The unemployment rate was 3.7%, lower than the 3.8% anticipated and monthly average hourly earnings is double expectations at 0.6%. Last month's non-farm employment change was also revised higher to 333K.

  • BoE holds rates steady but its tone was more hawkish than expected

    The Bank of England held the official bank rate at 5.25%, with Catherine Mann and Jonathan Haskel being the only two hawks favouring a 25bps hike. This is more hawkish than expected as general thinking was that the three hawks that voted in December would relent. Moreover, the statement indicated that the central bank was still concerned over the persistence of inflation, with the forecast for inflation pushing back against…

  • USDOLLAR charts bearish wedge pattern into Wednesday’s FOMC statement

    Core PCE has come in at 2.9% y/y, with a strong showing in disinflation towards the Federal Reserve’s target of 2%. The monthly number is 0.17%, which annualises to 2.01%. There is a general confidence that the Federal Reserve is well on its way to hitting its inflation target, with the market currently giving a 50-50 chance of a 25bps cut in March and a 90% chance in May.

  • Netflix beats on subscriber growth in Q4

    Netflix ( posted better-than-expected revenue for Q4. The company also added 13.1 million net new subscribers in the quarter, which is a substantial beat over the 8.7 million net subscribers the company had forecast. This makes it the best-ever fourth quarter for new subscribers. Promising was that the growth was for all regions, and the company now has 260.3 million subscribers globally.


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