This week we look at the GDP figures across the Asian countries. For the first quarter 2014, while Singapore and Malaysia tops analyst forecast with GDP growth of 4.9% and 6.2% respectively, Indonesia +5.2% slowest growth in 4 years, and Thailand -2.1% qoq.
Analysts at first were worried about the Thai Baht and its stock market earlier this week due to the political unrest in Thailand, but turned out to be quite stable as the military coup was no stranger to its people and the rest of the world. Since 1932, this is the 19th times that the army took over the Thai government!
Despite so, analysts are still concern about the stability in the Thai Baht and its equity market as they want to see whether the military can eventually hand over power back to its people. Otherwise, the country cannot function well and by next quarter, if the economy continues to contract, then it would be in recession and the neighbouring countries in the South East Asia would be affected in terms of investors sentiments.
On Friday, S&P 500 closed above the 1890 resistant attempting to breakout from this rectangular chart pattern. Next week we shall see if the US market would test the 1920 resistance level.
The STI is likely to move higher next week to test the 3300 resistance level. Technically speaking, the STI is still within the medium term bullish channel. We need to see some consolidation as depicted in the chart before it can move higher. Support at 3225, resistance at 3300 level.
This week I would like to present a different interpretation of the KLCI chart. There are many ways of interpreting a chart, different people will have different interpretation of the same chart, there is no right or wrong answer to it. To me, chart reading is a form of art, I can be creative in drawing those trend lines.
In the following chart, I drew a step-up trend line pattern on our KLCI. The reason for this is because I notice the KLCI for the past 5 years, there was a repetitive pattern of a series of consolidation phase, then followed by a step up in price. According to my chart, if KLCI successfully steps above 1860, the next level to reach would be 1960 provided if we do not have major bad news such as political unrest, or US stock market crash or war in the Asian region.
For next week, the last week of May, we shall see the KLCI consolidation within the 1860 - 1890 level.