Yesterday saw a clear bear trap for Gulf Keystone shares below the initial 197p support of October to date. The idea that this will be a lasting trap is the way that for much of the session the stock remained below 197p before flipping higher to 200p plus on the close. The likelihood now (on an end of day close above 197p today) is that the minimum on the upside over the next week will be a fill of the 230p gap to the downside from the start of this month.
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It would appear that from a fundamental perspective the position of Centamin in terms of a miner operating in Egypt is that it is surprising that the powers that be at the company have not just simply decided to up sticks and leave. I certainly wouldn't be hanging around there for extended period, and this is from the point of view of someone who does actually look like one of the locals!
From a charting perspective the benefit of the doubt was given in heaps at the beginning of November when the shares bear trapped back above the main May uptrend line at 70p. That was their big chance for revival. But the lack of an ability to break back above the falling 200 day moving average now at 75p suggested that we were and are looking at a chart in trouble. Indeed, longer the stock remains below 70p the greater the chance of a partial or even full retest of the brief October intraday low of 35p. Clearly, another visit to this price region would suggest that fundamental issues described above have kicked in again.
Shares of Netcall have been in a rising trend channel on their daily chart for the past two years. The floor of this channel currently runs level with the 200 day moving average support at 25p. The implication is that while there is no end of day clsoe back below the 25p double support we can expect to see the price channel top of 40p hit on a 2-3 month timeframe.
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Although it may not have seemed like it from the content of recent blogs regarding Centamin, I did not and do not want the shares to go down, but judged by the technicals and perhaps even more importantly in this case the fundamentals, that this was a big sell. In fact, even though the gap down in November was the big shorting signal, it was the view that there will be no happy ending politically that really killed the bull argument here. In fact, in the end the reason for Centamin's share price collapse today was rather more mundane than any big geopolitical story - a lack of fuel.
Anyone looking for a crumb of positivity here could latch onto the way that the stock is now below the 2 year price channel floor at 25p, and so there could be an initial dead cat bounce of a few pence. But really, the shares have fulfilled their grim charting destiny.
Silver bullion fell to $31.67 – down 1.8% for the week so far.
"On the weekly chart, gold is still respecting the uptrend off the October 2008 low, with key support at $1550," says the latest report from technical analysts at gold bullion bank Scotia Mocatta.
"If the level of Greek debt held by the private sector is not sufficiently renegotiated," IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said this morning," then public sector holders of Greek debt should also participate in the efforts."
The ECB – which started buying Greek bonds in May 2010 when the crisis first escalated – remains opposed to seeing its holdings of Greek debt restructured, according to newswire Bloomberg, which cited anonymous sources.
"Once again, policy makers leave the room and hope the ECB will fill in," says Thomas Costerg, London-based European economist at Standard Chartered.
"The risk is that by putting the ECB on board, as the IMF asks, this could result in debt swap negotiations restarting from scratch, which could mean additional delay to an already over-stretched timetable."
Debt restructuring formed part of an agreement reached last October to give Greece a second bailout worth €130 billion – without which it will be unable to pay maturing bonds worth €14.5 billion on March 20.
Over the course of Wednesday morning the Euro handed back all of this week's gains against the Dollar.
In thin trade reflecting the absence of Far Eastern players during the Lunar New Year Week, Dollar gold bullion prices were down 0.8% for the week by Wednesday lunchtime.
"In the absence of sustained physical interest, gold is prone to a little more downside this week as bullion continues trading with global risk sentiment," says VTB Capital analyst Andrey Kryuchenkov, adding that the US Federal Reserve looks "set to remain accommodative for now which is, as ever, gold-beneficial in the long run."
"The Fed's stance should continue to support gold," agrees Marc Ground, commodities strategist at Standard Bank.
"Fundamentally, we believe that the long-term causal drivers of gold are global liquidity (defined as the Fed’s Balance Sheet plus FX reserve holdings) and real interest rates."
The Fed will announce its latest interest rate decision later today, and is widely expected to leave its target federal funds rate within the range 0% to 0.25%. In addition, it will publish for the first time Federal Open Market Committee members' projections for the appropriate target rate over the next few years.
"We expect the rate guidance in the policy statement to move the timetable for current accommodation well beyond mid-2013 and into 2014," says a report from Citigroup fixed-income strategists Peter Goves and Nishay Patel.
US president Barack Obama yesterday outlined his "Buffett rule" for tax reform, which takes its name from the billionaire Berkshire Hathaway chief executive Warren Buffett.
"If you make more than $1 million a year," Obama said, "you should not pay less than 30% in taxes."
Obama's address came days after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney disclosed that he paid 13.9% income taxes on $21.6 million of earnings in 2010. Romney disclosed his tax returns following criticism from his rival for the Republican nomination Newt Gingrich.
The UK economy meantime declined by 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2011, official data published Wednesday show. Were the economy to shrink for a second consecutive quarter, Britain would be back in technical recession.
"[A negative growth rate]gives additional ammunition to those at the Bank of England who want to do more quantitative easing sooner rather than later," reckons Peter Dixon, London-based global equities economist at Commerzbank, adding that the news "gives some more credence to the idea they will move in February."
The Bank's Monetary Policy Committee will make its next policy announcement on February 9.
"With inflation falling back and wage growth subdued, there is scope for interest rates to remain low, and, if necessary, for further asset purchases," said Bank of England governor Mervyn King Tuesday, referring to the possibility of further quantitative easing.
The news that Britain's economy had shrunk came a day after it was revealed that net public debt has breached £1 trillion for the first time in history.
The Bank of England's latest survey of business conditions meantime shows spending, hiring, exports growth, borrowing and investment all weakening at the start of 2012.
Inflation in the cost of labor and raw materials eased slightly. But annual inflation in the price of imports "remained elevated" says the Bank's summary for January.
While the Pound has stayed relatively steady against the Dollar and Euro over the last 12 months, the Sterling price of gold bullion is up more than 25% compared to this time last year.
Importers of gold bullion in India meantime are delaying buying gold following last week's decision by the government to switch to a 2% ad valorem import tax – as opposed to the previous flat rate by weight – the Wall Street Journal reports.
Since the new tax is calculated by value, importers who delay will benefit if the price of gold subsequently falls.
High profile investor Dennis Gartman has said that while the gold bull market "is probably still extant", he is now "neutral" on the prospects for gold bullion
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Just as we may have been fretting regarding Centamin's (CEY) in Egypt, it has been announced that the U.S. has suspended BP (BP.) from new contractS, something which sounds like a great fees bonanza for the lawyers, but also rather Third World as well. Ironically, it has in the recent past suffered moving of legal / corporate goalposts both in the old Evil Empire - Russia, and in the land of the free.
At least from a technical perspective it can be seen that there is a rising trend channel on the BP chart, with its base at 418p. While there is no end of day close back below this level one would be looking for a top of the range target of 460p plus over the next 4-6 weeks.