The S&P/ASX 200 jumped higher this morning and is now 38 points or 0.84% higher at 4594 points.
Other Asian markets are up higher, with the Nikkei 225 up 0.9% to 10095 points, and the Hang Seng up strongly 1.35% at 22255 points.
Other risk assets are mixed, with the AUD up strongly at 1.0825 against the USD, whilst gold sneaks below $1600 again, now at $1590 USD an ounce. WTI crude is up at $99.30 USD per barrel.
Movers and Shakers
It’s mainly green across the board, the biggest gains in the Industrials and Finance sectors. The banks are all up at least 2% (except 1.5% for CBA) with NAB the standout, up 2.6%
The resource twins BHP and RIO are having a flat day, down 0.39% and up 0.22% respectively, whilst my preferred offspring COH and CSL – are down slightly on AUD strength, down 0.15% and 0.57% respectively (and yes, still long both for now)
The big winners amongst ASX200 stocks are Connect East (CEU) on takeover, up 20%, Consolidated Media (CMJ) up 5.3%, and Bluescope Steel (BSL) up 4.5%
The biggest losers include Austar (AUN) down 19%, News Corp (NWS) down 1.3% and Platinum Australia (PLA) down again, this time 1%
The daily chart clearly shows a rebound from the the 4450 points low – a double bottom pattern formed with today’s move reaching the previous “bounce” level around 4600 points. This will not equate into a bullish uptrend until the previous high of 4650 points is taken out, a hard task given the strong resistance at circa 4600 points. A bull market rally will not get underway until we are clear of the 4700 point level.
The weekly chart shows prices continue to gravitate below the 260 day weighted moving average and below the long term trendline from the March 2009 lows. Looking to the left of the chart, the May to August 2010 period looks eerily familiar to the current weekly volatility.
Long-only investors (via index ETF’s or warrants) should keep their powder dry until a weekly break above the 4700 point level/260 day moving average.