Author: Ernest Lim's investing blog

S&P500 – closed below its 200D EMA – a 1st since Nov 2016! (23 Mar 18)

Dear all, Previously, I mentioned in my write-up dated 21 Mar that I am avoiding the event risk of the U.S. tariff package against Chinese (click HERE). This proves timely as S&P500 fell 129 points, or 4.7% from 2,717 on 20 Mar to close 2,588 on 23 Mar. At 2,588, S&P500 has made its first close below its 200D exponential moving average (“EMA”) since Nov 2016. Why and how is this significant?  During the sharp 10% drop in the first part of Feb 2018, S&P500 has not closed below its 200D EMA. Furthermore, most technical analysts are watching this...

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Markets – whipsawed by multiple events (20 Mar 18)

Our markets have been whipsawed by multiple events, such as rising inflation expectations and bond yields, protectionism (for e.g. Trade tariffs), upcoming FOMC meeting and sudden key personnel changes in the White House etc… How should we react or trade in current market conditions? Let’s take a look at the market events and the indices’ charts… 5 observations on the market Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s first FOMC meeting tonight. A 25bps rate hike is almost certainly expected but markets will be scrutinising what the new Fed Chairman will be saying during the conference; Based on an article on Washington...

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Koda slumps 43% since hitting a high of $1.095 on 31 Oct 2017. What gives? (20 Mar 18)

Koda has dropped 43% from an intraday high of $1.095 on 31 Oct 2017 to close $0.625 on 16 Mar 2018. Has Koda’s fundamentals deteriorate since Oct 2017 to warrant such a massive price decline? I have the privilege of meeting Mr Joshua Koh, CEO of Commune Lifestyle Pte Ltd (“Management”) for a 1-1 discussion over Koda / Commune’s operations and prospects. Koda’s & Commune’s background Koda was established in 1972 by Mr Koh Teng Kwee. It started by producing wooden TV and speaker cabinets. Since its inception, Koda has progressed from being an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to...

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5 facts you must know before your next property investment (Feb 2018)

5 facts you must know before your next property investment (Guest post) Over the past 3 months, the media has been reporting mostly good news about the Singapore Property Market and Local Property Brokers have been upbeat about the property market. Against a backdrop of what looks like a very promising – The Great Singapore Upgrade for the Property Market, this article attempts to provide deep insights that investors should consider as well as questions investors should be asking. Below are three facts which most investors already know in the Singapore Residential Property Market : 1. Transaction volumes are...

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ThaiBev drops to almost a two-year low. Will it go lower? (23 Feb 18)

ThaiBev has dropped 12% from an intraday high of $0.920 on 14 Feb 2018 (before the results) to trade at $0.810 on 23 Feb 2018. At $0.810, this was the lowest last seen on 13 May 2016. Will it go lower? Chart analysis Based on Chart 1 below, ThaiBev is entrenched in a strong downtrend with all the exponential moving averages (EMAs) moving lower, coupled with death cross formations. The breakdown at $0.895 points to an eventual measured technical target of $0.805 which is attained today. Since its result release on 14 Feb after market, the volume of shares...

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S&P 500 jumped 4.3% last week, the best performance since Jan 2013! Is the recent sell off over? (18 Feb 18)

Last week, all three U.S. major indices (i.e. DOW, S&P500 and Nasdaq) have registered their best weekly performance in years. Is the recent sell off over? Let’s take a look. 7 observations on the market U.S 10Y bond yield is still relatively high at 2.875% (click HERE) vis-à-vis 2.418% a year ago. If it suddenly surges to around 3%, it may fuel another sell off; Inflation based on several indicators such as core CPI / core PPI released the week of 12 – 16 Feb are rising faster than forecasts. However, market shows limited reaction towards the inflation data...

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Global indices have tumbled 6% since their recent high. Will they go lower? (7 Feb 18)

Dear all, With reference to my earlier write-up citing that “Volatility in the market is among the lowest in 118 years…” (click HERE), I guess the old saying is still true. i.e. “Be careful of what one wishes for”, especially in the equity markets! Global indices have recently tumbled at least 6% since their recent high. Will markets fall further? S&P500 closed at 2,682 S&P500 has swung from an intraday high of 2,873 on 26 Jan 2018 to touch an intraday low of 2,593 on 6 Feb 2018. 20D and 50D exponential moving averages (“EMAs”) are turning downwards. Other...

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Singtel nears two-year lows, will it go lower? (2 Feb 18)

Dear all Singtel has breached below $3.50 on increased volume last Fri. This is significant as it has not closed below $3.50 since 4 Feb 2016. Volume has picked up significantly with the drop. Will Singtel go lower? Singtel’s chart analysis Singtel has breached below its trading range $3.57 – 3.65 established between 18 Dec 2017 – 30 Jan 2018 on 31 Jan 2018. Volume has accompanied the fall by surging for the past four days and the volume of shares transacted for the past three days hit a daily volume of 49 – 51m shares per day. This...

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Ernest’s market opinion – Are we heading to a blow off phase? (18 Jan 18)

Dear all Dow surged past 26,000 overnight and Hang Seng closed at a record 32,122 today. Is the BIG Bull coming?   For this write-up, I will focus on the U.S. market Based on Bloomberg, Grantham, the chief investment strategist for GMO wrote on 3 Jan 2018 that the U.S. stock market may be approaching a melt up or blow off phase. A melt up phase refers to a sharp increase in the share prices driven by sentiment or the fear of losing out. Are we in the blow off phase? To be frank, I am not sure. However,...

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GSS announces oil, price drops near pre announcement! (21 Dec 17)

GSS Energy (“GSS”) announced that it has struck oil and (surprise) gas in its first well on 13 Dec 2017. Share price jumped to an intraday high of S$0.178 on 14 Dec 2017, after the trading halt was lifted. It has since weakened to an intra-day low of S$0.156 on 21 Dec 2017 before closing at $0.161. Is the party in GSS over? Or is this just the beginning? I have managed to meet Mr Sydney Yeung, GSS’ CEO for a 1-1 chat two days ago on the company’s business and outlook.   Here are the key takeaways Q1....

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Ying Li’s chart – consolidating nicely around $0.14+, before the next up-move? (12 Dec 17)

Ying Li’s chart seems to be consolidating nicely around $0.14+. Where will it go from here?   Personal chart observation With reference to Chart 1 below, Ying Li surged to an intraday high of $0.164 on 28 Nov 2017 immediately after the divestment announcement (See elaboration and announcement link below), before profit taking set in. Since then, Ying Li seems to be consolidating around $0.14+. Since 16 May 2017, Ying Li has been setting higher lows and higher highs. All the exponential moving averages (“EMAs”) have either stopped declining, or are moving higher. Although Ying Li’s share price has...

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Ying Li’s chart – consolidating nicely around $0.14+, before the next up-move? (12 Dec 17)

Ying Li’s chart seems to be consolidating nicely around $0.14+. Where will it go from here?   Personal chart observation With reference to Chart 1 below, Ying Li surged to an intraday high of $0.164 on 28 Nov 2017 immediately after the divestment announcement (See elaboration and announcement link below), before profit taking set in. Since then, Ying Li seems to be consolidating around $0.14+. Since 16 May 2017, Ying Li has been setting higher lows and higher highs. All the exponential moving averages (“EMAs”) have either stopped declining, or are moving higher. Although Ying Li’s share price has...

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Ernest’s market opinion (10 Nov 17)

Dear all STI has closed at 3,420, in line with my view that STI’s chart continues to be bullish (refer to my technical write-up on STI HERE), despite the elevated RSI. 1. Equities – still favour over bonds over 3-5 year time frame but… Personally, notwithstanding the market rally, I believe that over the long term, equities are still likely to outperform bonds and cash. Having said that, I am not telling all my clients to plough everything into stocks NOW, given that in the near term, there may not be significant catalysts to push the market higher by...

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2 companies to watch out as markets reach new highs (3 Nov 17)

Based on yesterday’s close, Nasdaq clocked a 63rd record close for 2017 and overtook the previous 62 record closes for 1980! S&P500, Nasdaq and Dow registered their 25th record close for 2017 simultaneously, matching the record established in 1995. On our local front, STI approaches a more than two year high. 2017 has not ended yet. For those investors who have not invested much, are they too late to the party? Are there still stocks with scope for potential upside? Personally, I believe that there are two companies, namely Hatten Land (“Hatten”) and GSS Energy (“GSS”) with interesting charts...

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Ernest’s market opinion (27 Oct 17)

Dear all STI has closed at 3,386, a fresh 29-month high. Some of you who have been less than 30% invested in their portfolios and have not added more exposure in their equities portfolio last month are wondering whether you have missed out of the rally. Should you continue to chase this? Read on for more. S&P500 last closed 2,581 S&P500 is on a strong uptrend with all the exponential moving average (“EMA”) trending higher. ADX closed at 29.3, amid positively placed DIs, indicative of a trend. RSI closed at 70.7. This is not extremely overbought, relative to past...

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