US stocks were knocked hard last night, with technology names bearing the brunt of selling. The Nasdaq was off 2.37% with theS&P500 down 1.46%. Key semi-con companies including Intel, Broadcom and Mircon were whacked by as much as 5% as the recent strength in the greenback put fears of lower earnings back on the first page of most trading books again. Earlier on, US Durable Goods orders had come in light with a decline of 1.4% versus market estimates of an increase of 0.4%. While consumption indicators are a better gauge of the current state of the recovering pace of the US economy, markets seemed willing to trade off any non-consensus data announcements. For a change, energy stocks were in the green last night ,up around 1.2% . WTI - in it’s seventh day of strength, a first in almost three quarters- is testing a key level of US$47.5 (cash), as shown here. Finally the VIX traded up as much as 13% as traders decided to increase protection, recognising the volatility that the second quarter of 2015 may present.


NOL stood out in yesterday’s trade on the SGX, gaining 7% to close at SGD1.01. Looking at the chart below, the stock looks to have completed a period of consolidation, with the possibility of a resumption of its upward track. If the next resistance level of S$1.05 can be broken, a test of the 2014 high of S$1.135 may be next on the cards. However, the stock needs first to hold above this break-out level of S$0.98. Should this level fail to hold, we may also see it ease back down to S$0.935. During these past months, NOL has been re-rated due to an improvement in the operating climate for container lines. Firstly, the lower price of oil has allowed them to lower bunker costs. This has supplemented NOL’s effort these past years in their shift for more fuel-efficient ships. The recent sale of their APL Logistics arm has raised them US$1.2 billion, crucial in helping them lower gearing substantially, hence allowing them focus and commitment in their core linear operations. Finally, with the recent end to industrial action by the West Coast Port workers in the US, the months of gridlock that had been a bugbear for shippers including NOL are in the process of being cleared, and the flow of trade has restarted. This is critical as NOL is most exposed to the trans-pacific sector. Below is a simple comparison between the share price of NOL and some of their biggest regional competitors. Despite its strength in January, NOL is still an industry laggard when compared over the past year’s performance.
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