FTSE, China A50 analysis: Technical Tuesday - March 5, 2024

Fawad Razaqzada
By :  ,  Market Analyst
  • FTSE analysis: Technical levels and factors to watch
  • China FTSE A50 analysis: Chinese stocks breaking higher
  • China sets 5% GDP target, needs policy support ‘from all fronts’


After underperforming global indices for several months, China’s markets have been showing signs of life lately. If the gains are to be sustained, this could help provide support for the UK’s struggling FTSE 100, which, too, has been left behind the tech-fuelled global stock market rally this year.


China sets 5% GDP target


One of the key focal points this week revolved around the National People's Congress in China, which had the potential to not only influence Chinese markets, but also have an influence on global resource stocks and major miners, many of which are listed on the FTSE 100. Attention was on Beijing's stance regarding additional economic stimulus to spur growth. Furthermore, China's growth target would shed light on the extent of its commitment to pursuing economic recovery vigorously.


Well, as it turned out, China has set an ambitious annual growth target of approximately 5%, placing pressure on the country's top leaders to implement additional stimulus measures. This will attempt to bolster confidence in an economy hindered by a downturn in the property market and persistent deflationary pressures. China’s stocks rose overnight, and the FTSE 100 has bounced off its lows, suggesting that the market is pleased by China’s seriousness about economic growth.


As per Bloomberg, here’s a list of China’s economic targets:


China gdp target


One of the best ways to gauge Chinese investors’ risk appetite is to look at the chart of the local markets, which should give you clues about the direction of the likes of the FTSE 100 and base metals like copper, among other things.



Market Outlook Indices


China FTSE A50 analysis: Chinese stocks breaking higher


China FTSE A50 analysis


The A50 index has been creating higher lows ever since it bottomed at 10669 in January. Since then, it has reclaimed the lows of December 2023 and October 2022 at 10988 and 11161 respectively, pointing to a bullish false break reversal pattern. What’s more, it has broken above the bearish trend line that had been in place since July, and reclaimed the 21-day exponential moving average, which is now sloping positively. So, the short-term technical indications have all turned bullish.


The index is now testing another important area of resistance starting around 12075 to 12271, where the index had fallen from back in November. Here, the 200-day moving average also comes into play, making it a key technical area.


Therefore, a potential break above here would be significant. Given how global markets have rallied this year, and in light of China’s ambition plans to achieve a 5% growth, I reckon a bullish breakout is on the cards.



FTSE analysis: Technical levels and factors to watch

FTSE analysis

With China’s markets finally starting to rise, the resource-heavy FTSE 100 may finally join the global stock market rally, having left behind by its US and European peers in recent months. It has a lot of catching up to do. However, it will need to show a strong bullish signal that it is ready to take off. For several months now, it has failed to hold the breakout above the high of 2022 at 7687/8 area. Thus, another break above this area is needed first and foremost before we can be confident of a more sustainable breakout this time.


The underlying trend is bullish, though, given the higher lows the index has been printing for several months and the fact that it is trading above its 200-day moving average. Support in the 7550-7600 area needs to hold to keep the bulls happy in the short-term outlook.


Source for all charts used in this article: TradingView.com



-- Written by Fawad Razaqzada, Market Analyst

Follow Fawad on Twitter @Trader_F_R


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