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Chart Book

Chart Book is featured daily column at SCMP.com and in print in the South China Morning Post. It brings readers a combination of exclusive sentiment barometers on equity markets, practical technical analysis flagging likely moves across a range of asset classes, and smart graphics that offer insight into evolving market trends.

Chart of the day: Personal spending and the Fed

Chart of the day: Personal spending and the Fed

Real disposable income in the United States rose 0.5 per cent in November after a 0.3 per cent gain in October, while real growth in personal consumption expenditure was up 0.7 per cent.

Monday, 29 December, 2014, 8:58am

Copper bounce may be sign of medium-term lows

Copper bounce may be sign of medium-term lows

Copper sentiment has bounced off the lowest levels since April, rising for the first time in four weeks, with the Marex Spectron Global Copper Sentiment Index standing at minus 46.2, an increase of 3.8 points on the week.

27 Dec 2014 - 3:17am

Chart of the day: Platinum prepares

Chart of the day: Platinum prepares

Spot platinum has consolidated quietly in a right-angled triangle chart pattern in the fourth quarter, even as the US dollar has seen big swings, especially against some emerging market currencies.

24 Dec 2014 - 7:42am

Chart of the day: Greenback's challenge

Chart of the day: Greenback's challenge

The US dollar is ending the year on a high note. This month's ASR-Extel year-ahead survey reveals that a net 73 per cent of respondents believe the trade-weighted US dollar will end next year at higher levels.

23 Dec 2014 - 4:09pm 1 comment

Chart of the day: Swiss wonder

Chart of the day: Swiss wonder

For many, one of this year's biggest surprises is that sovereign bond yields have trended down steadily, dragging corporate and emerging-market yields with them.

22 Dec 2014 - 11:06am

Chart of the day: Where did all the shoppers go?

Chart of the day: Where did all the shoppers go?

Investors in Asia's main export-sensitive economies thought earlier this year that economic recovery in the United States would fuel demand for the region's factory output.

20 Dec 2014 - 6:58am

Chart of the day: US Treasuries yield little

Chart of the day: US Treasuries yield little

Or do they? Even as the US Federal Open Market Committee debated the language to warn the market that quantitative easing was well and truly over, traders did not wait.

19 Dec 2014 - 9:31am

Chart of the day: Copper sentiment sinks to new low

Chart of the day: Copper sentiment sinks to new low

Copper has endured its biggest two-week fall since 2011, according to the proprietary Marex Spectron Global Copper Sentiment Index.

18 Dec 2014 - 9:08am

Chart of the day: Rumpled rupiah

Chart of the day: Rumpled rupiah

The Indonesian rupiah on Monday hit 12,700 per US dollar, the most needed to buy a greenback in more than 16 years.

17 Dec 2014 - 9:40am

Chart of the day: History key to Shanghai's future

Chart of the day: History key to Shanghai's future

Where next for the Shanghai Composite Index is a question best answered by a look at historical performance.

16 Dec 2014 - 9:34am 1 comment

Chart of the day: Case for oil rebound

Chart of the day: Case for oil rebound

Companies have been developing fields in the Dakotas for years, yet only recently have some investors woken up to the implications.

15 Dec 2014 - 2:17pm

Chart of the day: China exports deflation again

Chart of the day: China exports deflation again

Mainland China is back to exporting one of its most world-changing products - deflation.

13 Dec 2014 - 6:09am

Chart of the day: Worst yet to come for copper

Chart of the day: Worst yet to come for copper

The tumble taken by investor sentiment across the asset class spectrum in recent weeks has triggered some of the sharpest price falls in years.

11 Dec 2014 - 6:59am 1 comment

Chart of the day: Does Shanghai still have room to run?

Chart of the day: Does Shanghai still have room to run?

Record trading volume that had lifted the Shanghai Composite Index above 3,000 points for the first time in four years has also tipped the market into overbought territory.

10 Dec 2014 - 8:07am

Chart of the day: H shares eye new highs

Chart of the day: H shares eye new highs

The H-share index has been living in the shadow of the Shanghai Composite Index. But H-share momentum may be beginning to improve.

9 Dec 2014 - 9:08am

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