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Stock-Markets / Global Stock Markets Aug 16, 2018 - 03:16 PM GMT

By: Donald_W_Dony

Stock-Markets

Since the start of the trade war, world markets have been holding their breaths with the hope that this 'spat' would be short-lived. The outlook now is that it will drag into early Q4.

It started with a sharp market run-up in January.

And by early February, the runaway stock market ran smack into spiking bond rates. Investors suddenly became worried about the economy, concerns that the huge tax cuts, could cause the economy to overheat and force the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates.


In response, global markets, on average, dropped back about 10%.

As a slow market recovery took hold early Q3, another blow was about to hit the markets.

The US-China trade war.

The first round of US tariffs against China started in March and were immediately matched by Beijing toward the US. Additional US tariffs followed in April, May, June and July, and with each new charge, an equal response would come back from China.

The first market casualty came from China's Shanghai. The index steadily declined from Q1 and is now down almost 19%.

European markets started to stumble next. Currently down over 11% ytd.

Japan's Nikkei was soon to weaken. From reaching a new all-time high in Q1, the index has fallen 11% and remains in a tight consolidation over the last six months.

The US, with its strong economy and record low unemployment, their market (S&P 500) only flatten.

From a world perspective, the trade war between the two biggest economies, has caused the Dow Jones Global Index to stall and appears set to retest the lower level (385) of the range.

Bottom line: The ramifications of the trade war appears to have impacted the upward trend for most world markets. Though China's Shanghai has suffered the most with almost 19% shed since early 2018, there is no market that has been left unscathed.

Models suggest that if the benchmark Dow Jones Global Index breaks below 385 in the weeks to come, 375 would be the next lower support level.

By Donald W. Dony, FCSI, MFTA
www.technicalspeculator.com

COPYRIGHT © 2018 Donald W. Dony
Donald W. Dony, FCSI, MFTA has been in the investment profession for over 20 years, first as a stock broker in the mid 1980's and then as the principal of D. W. Dony and Associates Inc., a financial consulting firm to present.  He is the editor and publisher of the Technical Speculator, a monthly international investment newsletter, which specializes in major world equity markets, currencies, bonds and interest rates as well as the precious metals markets.   

Donald is also an instructor for the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI). He is often called upon to design technical analysis training programs and to provide teaching to industry professionals on technical analysis at many of Canada's leading brokerage firms.  He is a respected specialist in the area of intermarket and cycle analysis and a frequent speaker at investment conferences.

Mr. Dony is a member of the Canadian Society of Technical Analysts (CSTA) and the International Federation of Technical Analysts (IFTA).

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