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  • Oct 22, 2014
  • Updated: 8:54pm

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: Nymex nudges lower

Three weeks of sharp falls for US crude oil prices in good volume of trade over the past three weeks, together with a steady drop in open interest on futures contracts since July, have sounded alarm bells for many traders caught long.

Wednesday, 22 October, 2014, 5:21am

Chart of the day: It's all relative

A torrid week for global equities did not leave the Asia-Pacific region unscathed, though in relative terms the region was almost tranquil.

21 Oct 2014 - 8:12pm

Chart of the day: Nikkei's triple top

Like many equity indices over the past three weeks, the Nikkei-225 Index in Japan dropped sharply on good volume from what might be a slightly irregular triple top.

20 Oct 2014 - 5:05am

Chart of the day: Synchronised cycles

The weakness in the mainland's housing sector comes against a backdrop of rapid credit growth in recent years, which itself has prompted worries about risks to financial stability and growth, Goldman Sachs said in a report.

18 Oct 2014 - 5:47am

Chart of the day: First Toronto stocks, now the Canadian dollar

Three weeks ago, it was warned that the Toronto main stock index was in trouble; this week, it is down about 11 per cent from the record high of early September.

17 Oct 2014 - 5:29am

Chart of the day: Little monetary relief in China

The mainland's M2 money supply growth eased to the second-lowest pace in August since the first quarter of 2012, according to Societe Generale, falling to 12.8 per cent year on year from 13.5 per cent in July.

16 Oct 2014 - 5:51am

Chart of the day: German woes

Not just weak data from Germany but its main stock index, the DAX 30, dropped for a third consecutive week.

15 Oct 2014 - 5:11am

Chart of the day: Chemical reaction

China's equity market seems to march to its own beat, unaffected by the global growth concerns that have undermined indices elsewhere across the globe.

14 Oct 2014 - 4:48am

Chart of the day: Thin end of the wedge

Seven consecutive weekly losses and still accelerating, Australia's ASX All Ordinaries Index provides a perfect example of what investors can expect when a market drops out of a wedge formation.

13 Oct 2014 - 4:13am

Chart of the day: Gross domestic pessimism?

Third-quarter data for mainland economic growth is just a week away and the optimism that anticipated the second quarter's gross domestic product release has all but evaporated since.

11 Oct 2014 - 4:09am

Chart of the day: In limbo amid the hype

The much-heralded US dollar strength in the third quarter may have come to a sudden halt this week.

13 Oct 2014 - 10:28pm

Chart of the day: Mind the funding gap

It is no secret that finance in the mainland economy is skewed towards state-owned enterprises (SOEs). What is not quite so readily understood is that it puts SOE profits at risk when the interest rate cycle turns.

13 Oct 2014 - 10:28pm

Chart of the day: Losing shine

Gold is sagging to this year's low, dragging down the number of long futures contracts and losing 11 per cent since July's high.

8 Oct 2014 - 6:08am

Chart of the day: Baltic Dry breakdown

The Baltic Dry Index became the key real-time indicator for world economic health with a string of early warnings of shifts in the global trade cycle from 1995 to 2004.

7 Oct 2014 - 5:26am

Chart of the day: FTSE's frightful fortnight

October started badly for many bourses and might be an omen of what is in store for the final quarter of 2014.

6 Oct 2014 - 4:10am