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Ahead of the Curve provides you with analysis and insight into today's global financial markets. The latest news and views from global stock, bond, commodity and FOREX markets are discussed. Rajveer Rawlin received his MBA in finance from the Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK. He is an avid market watcher having followed capital markets in the US and India since 1993. His research interests includes areas of Capital Markets, Banking, Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management and has over 20 years of experience in the above areas covering the US and Indian Markets. He has several publications in the above areas. The views expressed here are his own and should not be construed as advice to buy or sell securities.

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Stock Market - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly


The good first:

The market seems to be holding the 200 DMA despite excessive bearishness and negative vibes surrounding the trade war with China and the special counsel investigation involving president Trump:

spx 200 dma

The bad:
Valuations are still in the stratosphere and market volatility is on the rise:
spx Q ratio

Chart courtesy Jill Mislinski via Advisor Perspectives

spx vix chart


The ugly:
If the market where to break support here near the 200 DMA there is loads of downside ahead and parallels to earlier market melt downs are well worth watching:

spx comparison

Chart courtesy David Rosenberg:

stock market good bad and ugly
Image from imdb.com

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