ASX 200 hesitant because of banks

Financials are still weak. The ASX 300 Banks rally appears short-lived, posting a red candle for the week. Expect another test of support at 7200; breach would test primary support at 6750.

ASX 300 Banks

The ASX 200 REITs index recovered above support at 1600. False breaks on both the bull and bear side indicate hesitancy but declining peaks on the Trend Index warn of long-term selling pressure.


The ASX 300 Metals & Mining index is more bullish, having broken resistance at 4450. Expect retracement to test the new support level; respect would confirm the target of 4800.

ASX 300 Metals & Mining

Talk of an imminent trade deal lifted iron ore above previous support at 90. Expect another test of primary support at 80, but respect would confirm that a base is forming above 80.

Iron Ore

A bearish financial sector is holding the ASX 200 back. Follow-through above recent weekly highs would signal another advance, while reversal below 6600 would test primary support at 6400. Further consolidation between 6400 and 6800 is just as likely given the gradual decline on the Trend Index.

ASX 200

We are avoiding highly-priced growth stocks and focusing on defensive and contra-cyclical sectors because of our bearish outlook for the Australian and global economies.

Sir Mervyn King: Public are right to be angry at banks | BBC News

From BBC News:

People have “every right to be angry” with banks for the UK’s financial crisis, the outgoing Bank of England (BoE) governor Sir Mervyn King says…..”But this crisis wasn’t caused by a few individuals, it was a crisis of the system of banking we had allowed to grow up. “It’s very important we don’t demonise the individuals but we do keep cracking on with changing the system.”

Read more at BBC News – Sir Mervyn King: Public are right to be angry at banks.

The Ascent of Money: Niall Ferguson | Episode 4

Final episode — PLANET FINANCE — of a four-part series THE ASCENT OF MONEY. Economist and historian Niall Ferguson documents the evolution of money and banking through the ages.

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