Weekly Updates 16/10/23 – 20/10/23 October 16, 2023
This weekly update is designed to help you stay informed and relate economic and company earnings to potentially value-add your CFD (Contract For Difference) trading via hedging (risk reducing). This article should be used for educational purposes only and not as financial advice. We urge all traders to carry out your own due diligence before submitting trades.
Recap for last week (09 Oct 2023 – 13 Oct 2023)
*These prices are taken based on the previous Monday’s opening price and the preceding Friday’s closing price.
Last week’s market movement revolved around oil prices, interest rates and the dollar. Due to the geopolitical shock from the Israel-Gaza war, it triggered the markets to flee towards Treasury bonds. 10 Years US Treasury bond yield rose 8% for the past 1 month to 4.88% and it dropped to 4.66%, investors believe that the yields has reached its peak. This helped to ease some of the pressure built up in equities from rising interest rates and contributed to the equity markets rising modestly last week. Also, the Fed’s tone is changing to be more dovish, instead of hiking interest rates, they turned to how long to hold the policy at restrictive rates.
Updates for the week (16 Oct 2023 – 20 Oct 2023)
The data below showing the economic releases read as “Analyst’s estimate/ Consensus | Previous data”.
This week’s macro news mainly focuses on GDP, Industrial Production and Retail Sales data from China. All analyst’s eyes are on the world’s second biggest economy posting GDP data to determine the current economic conditions in China and forward guidance. With both Industrial production and Retail sales in China expected to increase YoY compared to prior year, analysts are expecting a stabilization even though China’s property sector has been hit hard due to the collapse of Evergrande Group.
This week’s corporate earnings are mainly from the US, from retail investor’s favorite Tesla to Netflix and banking and financial sector companies like Goldman, BOA, IB, American Express, Charles Schwab and more. With a wide range of banking and financial companies ranging from Investment banking to brokerage to regional banks and even credit card payment, forward guidance from these earning releases will greatly shape market participant’s forecasts on upcoming quarters. Furthermore, the earning release of Tesla will lead or sink the Electronic Vehicle basket of stocks. Investors exposed to EV counters should pay attention to Tesla’s earning release and adopt adequate risk management if needed.
If you hold equity positions in these stocks, you can hedge your positions using CFDs to mitigate the risk of disappointing earnings releases.
For those looking to speculate or capitalize on the increased volatility, CFDs provide leverage and ease of going long and short across a broad range of products available.
Baidu Inc (HK.9888): Range Play – by Sean Ng
Key Entry Price Pivot(s):
- Long above $124.10
- Take profit 1 at $133.20
- Take profit 2 at $139.00
- Stop loss at $120.00
- Short below $120
- Take Profit at $112.80
- Stop loss at $125
- Baidu has been forming a wedge since about December 2022
- It has recently been consolidating in a tighter range between $124.1 and $133.2, with a strong support and resistance respectively on either side
- The bottom of the wedge and the support level of the consolidation have lined up recently
- 50-day exponential moving average has been flattening out, indicating that the consolidation is likely to continue for some time
- This presents a potential long trading opportunity to the other end of the range
About the author
Sam Hei Tung (Dealing) and Onisha Thye (Dealing)
Sam graduated from National University of Singapore with a Master of Science in Finance. He personally manages his own investment portfolio and does equity and economic research in his free time. Sam believes that education and information is essential to making good financial decisions.
Onisha is a dealer at the CFD Dealing Desk. She graduated from Monash University with a double major in finance and econometrics. Her natural curiosity for finance is what drove her to be in this field as she is fascinated by all the possibilities and opportunities that are available to grow one’s wealth, either through trading or investment.