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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Technicalities FBM KLCI 18 Sept 2012 >>> Tough to Crack 1,655 Record High

Strong rebound last week reverse the recent sell-off from a fresh three month low
Week-on-week, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (FBM KLCI) gained 18.4 points, or 1.13% to 1,642.95. Average daily traded volume and value shrank to 946.5 million shares and RM1.7 billion, compared to the 1.33 billion shares and RM1.7 billion average the previous week.
FKLI Spot month September KLCI futures contract traded on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Berhad climbed 23.5 points or 1.46% last week to 1,638.5, reducing the discount to the cash index to 4.45 points, compared to the 9.55-point discount the previous week, as the futures market undertone stayed cautious despite the strong rebound.
The daily slow stochastic indicator for the FBM KLCI has climbed into the neutral zone after
triggering a buy signal last week (Chart 1), but the weekly indicator hooked down from the
overbought region following the previous week’s sell signal. The 14-day Relative Strength Index
(RSI) recovered to a more bullish reading at 54.99, while the 14-week RSI hooked up for a reading at 61.09 as of last Friday.

The daily Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) trend indicator’s trigger line has
turned upwards, signaling improving upside momentum, but the weekly MACD just flashed a sell signal (Chart 2). Meantime, the +DI and –DI lines on the 14-day Directional Movement Index (DMI) trend indicator are contracting towards each other, poised to reverse last week’s bearish signal.
Despite the strong rebound seen on blue chips late last week, the weaker than usual buying momentum and discount on the futures market implies upward momentum could stall as the index climbs higher towards the record high, as market undertone remained cautious. While short-term technical momentum has turned positive, note that weekly indicators remained bearish given the sell signals on weekly stochastics and MACD indicators.
Hence, it would be challenging for the index to overcome the 1,655.49 record peak of 3 Sept this
week (Chart 3), unless buying momentum and external sentiment improves further. In any case, higher upside hurdles upon a breakout would be at 1,660 and 1,672, the respective 1.618 and 1.764 Fibonacci Projection targets of the 1,609 high of 3 April to the 1,526 low of 18 May, with 1,691 as the one-to-one projection target. Immediate support is revised upwards to 1,636, the 50-day moving average, followed by 1,609, the 3 April peak, with better support at 1,591, which is the 50% retracement of the run-up from 1,526.6 low on 18 May to the 1,655.49 peak of 3 Sept.


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