FR40 French Stocks Analysis: The French industrial PMI dropped in July

August 5, 2019

By IFCMarkets

New US sanctions against China caused the fall of global stock markets

The French industrial PMI dropped in July. Will the decline of FR40 quotations continue?

The French macroeconomic indicator Markit Manufacturing PMI in July this year dropped to 49.7 points. This is worse than a preliminary forecast of 50 points. In general, the global stock markets are experiencing a decrease in quotations against the background of another exacerbation of the US-Chinese trade war. US President Donald Trump announced a duty increase of 10% from September 1, 2019 on imports of Chinese goods worth $ 300 billion a year. The fall of the FR40 index last week was the maximum since October 2018. The current P / E level (capitalization / total net profit for the year) of the index is 17.5. He is now 13.3% higher than the level at the beginning of 2019.


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On the daily timeframe FR40: D1 broke through the support line of the medium-term uptrend. A number of technical analysis indicators formed signals for lowering. A further drop in quotations is possible in case of worsening trade wars and their negative impact on the world and French economies.

  • The Parabolic indicator gives a downtrend signal.
  • The Bolinger bands widened, indicating a volatility increase. Both lines slope down.
  • The RSI indicator is below 30. It formed a divergence towards to fall.
  • The MACD indicator gives a bearish signal.

The bearish momentum may develop if FR40 drops below its last low: 5350. This level can be used as an entry point. The initial stop lose may be set higher than the last upper fractal, the maximum since December 2007, the upper Bollinger line and the Parabolic signal: 5680. After opening the pending order, stop shall be moved following the Bollinger and Parabolic signals to the next fractal minimum. Thus, we are changing the potential profit/loss to the breakeven point. More risk-averse traders may switch to the 4-hour chart after the trade and place a stop loss moving it in the direction of the trade. If the price meets the stop level (5680) without reaching the order (5350), we recommend to cancel the order: the market sustains internal changes that were not taken into account.

Technical Analysis Summary

Position Sell
Sell stop Below 5350
Stop loss Above 5680

Market Analysis provided by IFCMarkets