Emerging stock markets under downside pressure from stronger USD/CNH

Watch 6.8000 on the USD/CNH & 43.40 on the iShares Emerging Markets ETF for a potential bearish breakdown.

Intermarket relationship between emerging stock markets & USD/CNH


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  • Since 26 Oct 2018, the 17% rally seen in emerging stock markets as represented by the iShares Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) has been moving in direct lock-step with the movement seen in the inverse of USD/CNH pair which indicates that a stronger CNH (offshore Chinese Yuan) against the USD has been supportive on the on-going rally seen in emerging markets equities and vice versa if the opposite occurs.
  • In addition, the 90-day Pearson’s correlation coefficient is showing a strong positive level of 0.7 which suggests a high degree of direct correlation between the movement of the EMM and USD/CNH (inverse).

USD/CNH - Bouncing off from 6.68/65 key medium-term support


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  • The decline from its major swing high of 6.9800 has managed to halt at a key medium-term support zone of 6.68/65 (the former swing high area of 26 Sep/17 Nov 2017 & 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of the entire up move from 27Mar 2018 low to 31 Oct 2018 high).
  • Momentum has turned positive as indicated by the daily RSI oscillator.
  • A break above 6.8000 on the USD/CNH is likely to see a further potential push up to target the next intermediate resistance at 6.8600.

iShares Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) – Under downside pressure


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  • A potential bullish breakout seen in USD/CNH is likely to lead to further weakness seen in the emerging stock markets given their strong degree of correlation.
  • Momentum remains weak on the EEM as indicated by its daily RSI oscillator.
  • 44.80/45.00 as the key medium-term pivotal resistance on the EEM and a break below 43.40 is likely to open up scope for potential multi-week decline to target the next supports at 41.60 and 40.20.
  • On the other hand, a daily close above 45.00 invalidates the bearish scenario for an extension of the corrective up move towards the next resistance at 48.45/50.18    

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