Cloud Stock  Today’s stock is a good example of another one of my favorite strategies—investing in “venture capital” stocks. There are the stocks of small, emerging firms that provide solutions to a number of businesses in different industries.

The Cloud Stock with Triple-Digit Upside

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Cloud Stock  Today’s stock is a good example of another one of my favorite strategies—investing in “venture capital” stocks. There are the stocks of small, emerging firms that provide solutions to a number of businesses in different industries.

BUZ INVESTORS Cloud Stock  Today’s stock is a good example of another one of my favorite strategies—investing in “venture capital” stocks. There are the stocks of small, emerging firms that provide solutions to a number of businesses in different industries. These solutions become indispensable to customers just because they address the real pain points and help the customers grow. These venture capital stocks have the potential to multiply many times over as they continue to attract more customers and expand their market share.

The case in point being HubSpot Inc (NYSE:(HUBS), which provides a cloud-based marketing and sales software platform to businesses in industries like financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing. HubSpot’s platform features integrated applications to help businesses attract visitors to their websites, convert visitors into leads, and close leads into customers. In the fast-changing technology landscape where customers are no longer buying the old-fashioned way, it is imperative that businesses transform how they attract, engage, and delight their customers. HubSpot Inc helps businesses in achieving this goal.

As per the latest research report by Gartner, Inc., the worldwide public cloud services market will be almost $250.0 billion, and is likely to grow 18% in 2017. This is because more and more companies are shifting to cloud services to scale their businesses, control their costs, and become more agile. (Source: “Gartner says Worldwide Public Cloud Services Market to Grow 18 Percent in 2017,” Gartner, Inc., February 22, 2017.)




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2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cloud Business Process Services (BPaaS) 40,812 43,772 47,556 51,652 56,176
Cloud Application Infrastructure Services (PaaS) 7,169 8,851 10,616 12,580 14,798
Cloud Application Services (SaaS) 38,567 46,331 55,143 64,870 75,734
Cloud Management and Security Services 7,150 8,768 10,427 12,159 14,004
Cloud System Infrastructure Services (IaaS) 25,290 34,603 45,559 57,897 71,552
Cloud Advertising 90,257 1,04,516 1,18,520 1,33,566 1,51,091
Total Market 2,09,244 2,46,841 2,87,820 3,32,723 3,83,355

(Source: Ibid.)

HubSpot is in a perfect position to profit from this rise in the cloud adoption trend as companies try to lower their costs and aim to understand their customers better. The company provides application software for businesses to help automate their marketing and social media, making their marketing campaigns more effective.

Brian Halligan, the CEO of HubSpot, said that the strong growth in revenue and improved operating leverage are an indicator of how well customers connect with the firm’s products.

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Business Description

Industry: Application Software » Software – Application    NAICS: 541519    SIC: 7372
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HubSpot Inc provides a cloud-based inbound marketing and sales platform which features integrated applications to help businesses attract visitors to websites, convert visitors into leads, close leads into customers and delight customers.

HubSpot Inc was formed as a limited liability company in Delaware on April 4, 2005. The Company converted to a Delaware corporation on June 7, 2007. The Company provides a cloud-based inbound marketing and sales platform which features integrated applications to help businesses attract visitors to its websites, convert visitors into leads, close leads into customers and delight customers. These integrated applications include social media, search engine optimization, blogging, website content management, marketing automation, email, CRM, analytics, and reporting. It has designed all-in-one platform from the ground up to enable businesses to provide an inbound experience to their prospects and customers. At the core of its platform is a single inbound database for each business that captures the customer activity throughout the customer lifecycle. Its platform uses centralized inbound database to empower businesses to create more personalized interactions with customers, such as personalized emails, personalized social media alerts, personalized websites and targeted alerts for sales people. It provides a comprehensive set of integrated applications on the platform, which offers businesses ease of use, power and simplicity. It has designed and built the platform to serve the customers of any size with demanding use cases. It sells the platform on a subscription basis. It faces intense competition from other software companies that develops marketing software and from marketing services companies that provides interactive marketing services. Its business is subject to regulation by various federal, state, local and foreign governmental agencies.

 

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The Cloud Stock That Could Get Ahead of Salesforce.com

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This Is The Giant in a Niche Industry Cloud  

BUZ INVESTORS  The Cloud Stock That Could  Today’s stock is another example of one of my favorite methods of picking multibagger technology stocks. The “picks and shovels” strategy is extremely helpful in picking up quality stocks that are a great play on rising technology trends. These are the stocks that provide products and services to other players and could go up by triple digits in the process.

The case in point being Veeva Systems Inc (NYSE:(VEEV), which is a leading player in the industry cloud space. The cloud company develops software for the pharmaceuticals and life sciences industry and has been growing by leaps and bounds by bringing out innovation in a focused market.

Veeva is a picks-and-shovels stock to play on the growing pharma and life sciences industry. The vertical SaaS solutions specific to industries is known as an Industry Cloud. The emergence of vertical SaaS has been pioneered by the healthcare industry, and players like Veeva have successfully developed cloud solutions that solve industry-specific problems.




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As per the “2016 SaaS Industry Market Report” by Finance Online, vertical SaaS is growing faster than the traditional horizontal SaaS. This is because industry-specific features are in high demand by more businesses because they add strategic value. The focus on vertical SaaS is likely to continue in 2017 and maintain its position as the largest SaaS segment in the future as well. (Source: “2016 SaaS Industry Market Report: Key Global Trends & Growth Forecasts,” Finance Online, 2016.)

And as per Gartner Inc (NYSE:(IT), the worldwide public cloud services market is likely to grow 18% in 2017 and will hit almost $250.0 billion as the companies adopt cloud services to scale their businesses, become more agile, and control their costs. (Source: “Gartner says Worldwide Public Cloud Services Market to Grow 18 Percent in 2017,” Gartner Inc, February 22, 2017.)

Veeva stock has almost doubled over the last one year. It has gained over 60% in the year to date as compared to the S&P 500 index, which has gained about nine percent in the same time period. With the continued success of its Vault products and its focus on enhancing its customer base, VEEV stock is on its way to more triple-digit returns in the coming years.

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Business Description

Industry: Application Software » Health Information Services    NAICS: 511210    SIC: 8099
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Headquarter Location: USA

Veeva Systems Inc is a provider of industry-specific, cloud-based software solutions for the life sciences industry.

Veeva Systems largely provides cloud-based software to customers in the life sciences industry for customer relationship, content, and data management. Veeva CRM is a suite of applications that help pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies market and sell products to healthcare providers. Veeva Vault, a product built on proprietary software, is a cloud-based application built to manage content and associated data.

 

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BUZ INVESTORS Oracle vs. Amazon Cloud computing is one of those emergent industries that gets a ton of play in the press, and for good reason.

Oracle vs. Amazon: Where to Invest in the Cloud Computing Wars

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BUZ INVESTORS Oracle vs. Amazon Cloud computing is one of those emergent industries that gets a ton of play in the press, and for good reason.

BUZ INVESTORS  Oracle vs. Amazon  Cloud computing is one of those emergent industries that gets a ton of play in the press, and for good reason. The ability to greatly magnify your computing power by using the increased connectivity that our modern Internet provides is a surefire way to get the most out of your business.

As more companies begin to realize that the future is in the cloud, others have begun to develop the platforms, software, and infrastructure that powers cloud computing. And this leads us to the cloud computing leaders: Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL). Or, more importantly for investors, Oracle vs. Amazon stock.

Even though these two companies have become cloud computing leaders in their own right, they are not comfortable sharing that mantle with each other.





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It’s important to understand the cloud computing industry and where Oracle and Amazon stand before you go and start buying up shares.

First, the industry as a whole is growing rapidly. Parsed out into three distinct offerings—Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)—this is one of those sectors that sees strong growth in the coming years, which is great for both companies, no matter where you fall in the Oracle vs. Amazon divide.

AWS vs. Oracle IaaS

The two companies have not been shy in making their rivalry in the IaaS space very public. Oracle Executive Chair Larry Ellison fired shots at Amazon, claiming that Oracle’s overhauled cloud service is better and cheaper compared to AWS, during a conference call with analysts.

AWS CEO Andy Jassy did not take the comments lying down. Jassy called the database market (Oracle generates the bulk of its sales through the vending of databases) a “lonely place for customers.” He went on to say that businesses “have been locked into companies that aren’t so customer friendly.”

With the addition of 2,225 cloud databases, application development, business intelligence, integration, and other PaaS customers in Q2, revenues jumped approximately 600%, according to Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd.

While the newest addition to its cloud business, IaaS, grew six percent to $175.0 million, the company plans for much bigger gains in the future.

You see, the difference between Oracle cloud and Amazon cloud is mainly one of technology, at least according to Oracle.

Oracle vs. Amazon Stock: Where to Invest?

The final, all-important question for investors is where to put your money.

Well, here’s the thing: Oracle is poised for huge growth in the cloud computing sector. The company might even be able to catch up to Amazon Web Services, although that is by no means a given.

But here’s what is a given: AWS is the dominant cloud computing service, continues to grow, and is connected to one of the greatest tech companies of all-time.

While Oracle is no slouch, Amazon has so many things going for it besides AWS growth, it would be hard to recommend Oracle stock over Amazon stock.

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BUZ INVESTORS Cloud Computing Stock The cloud segment is massive, and is rapidly growing in both size and scope. It was sizzling along but, Safter a rapid acceleration in their prices, cloud industry stocks have been under pressure.

This Tiny Cloud Computing Stock Could Go Vertical

Workiva Is a Small Cloud Player with Tremendous Upside

BUZ INVESTORS Cloud Computing Stock The cloud segment is massive, and is rapidly growing in both size and scope. It was sizzling along but, Safter a rapid acceleration in their prices, cloud industry stocks have been under pressure.

BUZ INVESTORS   Cloud Computing Stock  The cloud segment is massive, and is rapidly growing in both size and scope. It was sizzling along but, Safter a rapid acceleration in their prices, cloud industry stocks have been under pressure. Given the price weakness, we are seeing some value emerge, including for Workiva Inc (NYSE:WK) in the small-cap segment.

The cloud industry is dominated by the major technology companies, but there is plenty of business to go around. The market size is in the hundreds of billions of dollars, and could grow into a trillion-dollar business in the next decade.

Workiva provides its cloud-based “Wdesk” productivity platform to over 2,600 companies worldwide, including about two-thirds of S&P 500 companies. Clients use the platform for planning and analyzing data to better effectively run their businesses.



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Revenues have risen sequentially in three consecutive years to $178.64 million in 2016. The revenue growth at Workiva is slated to continue at 14.50% and 15.20% in 2017 and 2018, respectively. (Source: “Workiva LLC (WK),” Yahoo! Finance, last accessed April 20, 2017.)

Workiva Gross Margins 

  • 2013: 71%
  • 2014: 71%
  • 2015: 72%
  • 2016: 71%

The thing that is missing so far has been the absence of profits but, with revenues growing and costs under control, it is just a matter of time. Workiva has been operating in the red in four straight years, and losses are expected to continue into 2017 and 2018. We could see profits emerge in 2019 if things pan out.

WK stock appears to be seeking a third attempt at $18.50 in the current rally that began in February 2017 following a bullish double bottom.

The above Workiva stock chart points to the emergence of a potential bullish golden cross on the horizon, as the 50-day moving average (MA) looks to move above the 200-day MA on rising relative strength (RS).

A sustained break at $18.50 on strong RS could set WK shares in motion for a move to above $2,000. The downside risk is $14.00 to $16.00 for Workiva stock.Like up on FACEBOOK


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Buz Investors Strengthening Cloud Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG,GOOGL)-owned Google has been focusing on expanding its revenue sources and “Google Cloud” is an important part of this plan. As clear from the recently concluded Cloud Conference,

Google Stock to Get Big Push from Cloud Strategy

GOOG Stock Going High on Strengthening Cloud

Buz Investors Strengthening Cloud Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG,GOOGL)-owned Google has been focusing on expanding its revenue sources and “Google Cloud” is an important part of this plan. As clear from the recently concluded Cloud Conference,

Buz Investors Strengthening Cloud Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG,GOOGL)-owned Google has been focusing on expanding its revenue sources and “Google Cloud” is an important part of this plan. As clear from the recently concluded Cloud Conference, the company is betting heavily on the lucrative enterprise market. GOOG stock has been inching gradually upwards and Google stock closed at $852.12 on Friday.

As an investor, the best part of investing in Google stock is that it not only has a strong moat, but also a huge potential for future growth. And it is here that things become more interesting. Although Google stock has not been a great performer of late, this should not distract you from looking at the big picture.



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Strengthening Cloud

In January, Google announced quarterly earnings that missed expectations, but revenues gained on account of a good showing by “YouTube” and mobile search. Alphabet also reported higher costs as it invested more in talent and core business.

Google is becoming serious about the enterprise market was evident from its Google Cloud Next ‘17 Conference, which concluded on March 10. It was a great show of how far the firm has come in enterprise cloud applications.

The company showcased an impressive list of new clients for its Google Cloud platform, with the major ones being Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS), and Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL). Google also announced a number of new and upgraded cloud services at the conference.

The company’s efforts of diversifying itself from the advertising business seem to be paying off as its non-advertising sales in the last quarter jumped by 62% year-over-year to $3.4 billion. This comprised of the sales from the Play, Cloud and hardware businesses

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iEx.ec Announces Its Cryptocurrency Crowdsale to Launch the First Distributed Cloud Platform

iEx.ec Announces Its Cryptocurrency Crowdsale to Launch the First Distributed Cloud Platform

iEx.ec, the distributed cloud platform for the future internet announces cryptocurrency crowdsale, scheduled for April 12, 2017.

iEx.ec Announces Its Cryptocurrency Crowdsale to Launch the First Distributed Cloud Platform

Buz Investors iEx.ec Announces Its Cryptocurrency Crowdsale The distributed cloud computing platform, iEx.ec has announced the schedule for its upcoming cryptocurrency crowdsale. The token sale will go live on April 12, 2017, at 1300 (GMT). Through this crowdsale, the project aims to raise funds required to create a distributed cloud environment to meet the rising need for computationally intense and decentralized business practices.

iEx.ec is looking to raise a sum of $2 million through the upcoming crowdsale, which will be used to cover iEx.ec’s development and launch costs. Participants in the crowdsale can contribute in BTC or ETH to become eligible for RLC tokens, the native currency for the iEx.ec cloud network. The platform’s launch is set for some time later in 2017 along with off-chain computation capabilities to support distributed applications (DApps).



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iEx.ec Announces Its Cryptocurrency Crowdsale

The iEx.ec Business Network

The iEx.ec system works by tethering computers together to create one giant network of computing resources. The use of this technique, referred to as Desktop Grid Computing has so far been restricted to academic institutions. Now, with the introduction of blockchain technology, iEx.ec is making this type of network computing open and available for public and enterprise use.

The Ethereum blockchain, specifically smart contracts, act as a management system for the network. It allows users to monetize their participation, automating payment transactions for the give and take of services. Unlike existing cloud providers, business on the iEx.ec cloud can take place securely and without any central authority.

iEx.ec aims to create a native environment for a new generation of businesses to thrive. As CEO and co-founder Gilles Fedak explains;

“The simple truth is that centralized cloud services are falling behind current demand for computing resources. The iEx.ec team knows this through our work at the leading edge of distributed and cloud computing. With blockchain we see how a new paradigm of cloud computing is not just possible but absolutely essential, to meet the current needs of cloud SaaS, PaaS and IaaS markets, and to meet the needs of the next wave of innovation such as High Performance Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Blockchain Computing and other forms of distributed business. “

The iEx.ec cloud sets in motion a network for computationally intensive and decentralized businesses but in the spirit of open access, the iEx.ec cloud platform will be free for anyone to join. Rather, it’s revenue model will center on a range of premium features for enterprise users. The team plans to release a set of ready-made smart contracts to help users get started.

iEx.ec Team

iEx.ec has been under development for over a year now. In that duration, the core team consisting of distributed and cloud computing experts, blockchain developers, business consultants, and marketers have grown. Earlier last month, the iEx.ec team released a proof of concept where anyone can submit computation to the cloud via blockchain. The iEx.ec project is led by well-respected researchers, Gilles Fedak (Ph.D.) and Haiwu He (Ph.D.) who have worked at the highest levels of their specialisms in distributed computing, HPC and cloud systems design.

Fedak explaining the team and platform’s strengths said,

“iEx.ec is a natural progression for us. We have a unique experience in designing and establishing real distributed computing infrastructures such as the European Desktop Grid Infrastructure and supporting the most demanding scientific applications like the CERN. Furthermore, we have a long history of industrial partnerships with Airbus, Total, BNP Paribas, Orange and many start-ups as well. From these experiences, we have come to understand where the commercial opportunity lies, and what’s more important is that we know how to get there. We will be first to market with the distributed cloud since our tech is already well developed and we are super excited to release it to the world.”

Gilles Fedak will be presenting iEx.ec at the BlockchainUA conference in Kiev on March 17, 2017. Another presentation will soon follow at the Berlin Blockchain Expo scheduled on June 1 and 2, 2017.

The upcoming iEx.ec crowdsale will run until May 12, 2017 (1300 GMT) with a 20% bonus for early investors.



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Google Stock (NASDAQ:GOOG) And Google Cloud To Gain From AI Lead

Buz Investors Google Stock (NASDAQ:GOOG) And Google Cloud To Gain From AI Lead

GOOG Stock Stands to Gain from Google Cloud Push

Buz Investors Google Stock Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG, GOOGL) stock has been on an upward trend for a while now, and GOOG stock ended the last trading session at $835.37.

Alphabet, otherwise known as Google, has grabbed attention over the past few weeks as the newer social media company Snap Inc (NYSE:SNAP) turned out to be a big customer of the Google’s cloud business. But the surprise does not end there. At its ongoing Google Cloud Next ‘17 Conference, Google announced its new partnership with SAPSE (ADR) (NYSE:SAP) and introduced new clients.




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he big announcements are expected to keep flowing as the Internet search giant hosts its conference in San Francisco this week. The most important news right now is that the company has won major clients like Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY), Walt Disney Co(NYSE:DIS), ColgatePalmolive Company(NYSE:CL), and HSBC Holdings plc (ADR)(NYSE:HSBC) for its cloud business. (Source: “Google Cloud: enterprise technology for the Next step in computing,” Google Blog, March 8, 2017.)

Cloud computing is at the center of nearly unlimited computing power around the globe today, and Google management pegs the enterprise computing market at $1.0 trillion. Alison Wagonfeld, VP of Marketing for Google Cloud, said, “Google Cloud’s technology and approach to the market is the product of 16 years inventing, developing, and fine tuning tools for a fully connected enterprise.” (Source: Ibid.)

Google announced the acquisition of Kaggle Inc., which is home to the world’s largest community of data scientists and machine learning enthusiasts. Kaggle is used by more than 800,000 data experts to analyze and understand the latest updates in machine learning and data analytics.

Fei-Fei Li, Chief Scientist, Google Cloud AI and Machine Learning, welcomed Kaggle to Google Cloud and stated that it was the best place to search and analyze public datasets, build machine learning models, and enhance one’s data science expertise. (Source: “Welcome Kaggle to Google Cloud,” Google Cloud Platform Blog, March 8, 2017.)




TECHNICAL ANALYSIS – USDJPY INTRADAY BULLISH AS PRICES CHALLENGE THE CLOUD TOP

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS – USDJPY INTRADAY BULLISH AS PRICES CHALLENGE THE CLOUD TOP

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS – USDJPY INTRADAY BULLISH AS PRICES CHALLENGE THE CLOUD TOP

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TECHNICAL ANALYSIS USDJPY has been edging higher for a second straight day. The pair today hit a weekly high.

Delving into the Ichimoku analysis, the Tenkan-sen line (red) crossed below the Kijun-sen one (blue) in mid-January. This is a short-term negative signal. However, the stochastics which transmit immediate market sentiment are painting a bullish intraday picture as the %K line is at bullish levels at 62, while it has also crossed above the slow %D line. Both these facts indicate positive intraday momentum.

 



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TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

In its intraday movement, the price has moved above the 50-day moving average (MA) which is currently at 115.10 and is challenging the cloud top at 115.25. The area from the cloud top up to the Kijun-sen line (at around 115.50) is expected to provide some resistance to upside moves. A successful close above this area will bring into view the 117 area, a key area in the past which is likely to act as resistance. If prices cross this as well, the mid-December 10-month high of 118.66 would be subsequently eyed.

On the downside, the area around 114 which is where the Tenkan-sen line is currently situated is likely to act as immediate support to potential downside pressure. Should prices break below it, the late January 7-week low of 112.516 would come into focus as another important support level.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that the pair recorded a bullish (golden) cross at the start of December when the 50-day MA moved below the 200-day one. This is a medium term bullish signal whose strength will be reinforced should prices move comfortably above the 50-day MA.
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TECHNICAL ANALYSIS – GOLD BULLISH AS IT ENTERS THE CLOUD; RECORDS 2-MONTH HIGH

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS – GOLD BULLISH AS IT ENTERS THE CLOUD; RECORDS 2-MONTH HIGH

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS – GOLD BULLISH AS IT ENTERS THE CLOUD; RECORDS 2-MONTH HIGH

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Gold is posting some gains during today’s session so far, at one point rising above 1219 recording a 2-month high. Should it close higher, it will mark the 10th trading day of gains out of the last 11.

Delving into the Ichimoku analysis, the Tenkan-sen line (red) has crossed above the Kijun-sen (blue) in the beginning of January. This alignment is a bullish short-term signal. The bullish short-term momentum is reinforced by the RSI indicator which is at 66, well above the 50 threshold that separates bullish from bearish market sentiment (note though that it is fairly close to the 70 overbought level).

Continuing with the Ichimoku, prices have recently entered the cloud. Should they exit it from above, we would expect a continuation of the uptrend. However, if they exit it from below, a change in momentum is to be expected.

The 1220 key-level is likely to provide some resistance to upside moves. Should the price close above this level, the cloud top at around 1230 will come into view as another resistance point.

On the downside, the cloud bottom which coincides with the 1200 psychological level is expected to act as support (this is roughly the level of the Tenkan-sen line as well). Should this mark be challenged, it will bring into scope the 50-day moving average (MA) at 1178.05 as another important support point.

Looking at the bigger picture, despite a bearish cross being recorded in November with the 50-day MA moving below the 200-day one, price action since then has challenged the strength of this signal setting a more neutral medium-term outlook.