Author: Chris Weston

Chris Weston
Chris Weston

Chris Weston is Head of Research at Pepperstone and holds over 19 years of experience in the industry. A highly-respected financial services expert, Chris has supported both retail and institutional clients at IG, Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley, covering research as well as sales and trading roles. His extensive exposure to the FX, equities and fixed income markets puts him in a unique position to provide inspiring insights, research, ideas and risk-management strategies that support every step of your trading journey. Based in Australia, Chris is a well-known global media figure, regularly appearing on Bloomberg, Bloomberg Arabia, Channel News Asia and Sky News Business.

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Recent and archived work by Chris Weston for The Bull:

Trader thoughts – the markets are saying there will be an impact to US economics

It’s been a true risk-off vibe in markets and I say this because even USDJPY has staged a solid rally off 106.50 when we might have considered this pair to have rolled over and pushed lower in times of higher volatility. The perverse situation is that despite the US being the centre of concerns, we’ve…

Trader thoughts ahead of the Asia open

We’ve seen US cash equity markets close nicely in the green, with the S&P500 +1.9%, NAS100 +1.8% and Russell 2000 +2.3%. We got as high as 3153 in the S&P500 cash, just shy of filling Monday’s gap lower into 3181, although we closed at 3124, but holding the 5-day EMA. Digging below the surface we…

Trader thoughts as we turn to the Asia open

It is a sea of red, and interestingly, Australia showed once again yesterday that when we see turns in market sentiment it often starts from this little corner of the world. However, the moves we saw in Asia yesterday built through Europe and into US trade, and despite an ugly session yesterday, we’re likely to…

Trader thoughts – the week ahead playbook

It’s tough to be a bear at the moment and the path of least resistance for risk remains to the upside in my opinion. We’ve moved past Trump’s China speech without the market hearing anything that will upset China too greatly and promote an immediate reaction. The fact HK has lost its special trading status…

Trader thoughts ahead of the Asia open

The world awaits Trump’s news conference tonight and the market is reacting, although there is absolutely no panic at all and it’s about pre-positioning. It will be interesting to focus on Asian markets then as we head into trade today, to see if traders reduce risk into this announcement – knowing also that expectations have…

Trader thoughts ahead of the Asia open

Another solid day for the equity bulls with European equities higher, with the Spanish IBEX once again the outperformer in the EU region, while in the US, the S&P500 closed +1.5%. Cash equity volumes have been strong and some 20% above the 30-day average, while 2.04m S&P500 futures contracts traded, which is heavy. The pain…

Trader thoughts ahead of the Asia open

The eyes of the world fell on Fed chair Powell in late EU/early US trade and his views have muddied the waters sufficiently that the buyers have stood aside, and sellers have pushed price lower. This has left the door open for weaker open in Asia, with S&P500 futures 1.2% lower from the ASX 200…

Trader thoughts ahead of the Asia open – the market pricing in negative rates in the US

Looking across the markets as we close off the US session and hurtle in Asia trade, and we see price action has been soggy, and the bears will probably just about take this one. The NAS100 has been a pillar of strength with a gain of 0.6%, However, the S&P500 closed -0.5%, with the Russell…

Trader thoughts ahead of the Asia open

The feeling on the floor is that energy is in a better spot, and while it’s not brilliant, the supply/demand equation is starting to shift in a more positive direction. Certainly, while the bulk of open interest has swung to the July WTI futures, the contango in the front of the futures curve is certainly…

The blame game is becoming a clear market thematic

A big night of event risk, with European GDP -3.8% QoQ, French GDP -5.8% QoQ, Spain GDP -2.6% QoQ, and Italy -4.7% QoQ. We also saw German April net employment change gain a huge 373,000, while in the US, we saw US jobless claims at 3.83m (consensus 3.5m) and that re-focuses us on next week’s…