United Industrial Corp, better known as UIC, has experienced an improvement in its technical indicators. Short term indicators are rising, and quarterly momentum is resilient and appears poised for an upmove. Prices have moved above the 50- and 100-day moving averages at $2.34 and $2.32 respectively. Resistance is at the thrice-tested $2.45 level, and support is at the 50- and 100-day moving averages. A successful breakout of $2.45 indicates a target of $2.90. Since annual momentum is turning up, a breakout is a possibility. Volume is usually required for a breakout, but the free float of UIC is very low, of less than 13%.  

The Straits Times Index ended the week (Mar 8-12) at 3,095, up 82 points week-on-week, but below its intra-week high. In the short term, the index may move sideways as short term stochastics eases from the top end of its range.

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More broadly, the STI is likely to move progressively higher, given that quarterly momentum has rebounded off its equilibrium line and remains in positive territory.

A year ago, the STI broke down from 3,018 as Covid-19 turned into a pandemic and spread through the US in February and March 2020. The STI is likely to continue to benefit from these declines a year ago, as annual momentum rises into positive territory. Two-year momentum has also turned up.

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For the STI, the next resistance is at 3,368 to 3,377, an area that was tested twice in 2019, but which the STI was not able to successfully challenge. It could well challenge this resistance zone this month, given that its two year momentum is rising in tandem with its annual momentum.

The cycle for the US market is different. The Dow Jones Industrial Average started to recover in April 2020, suggesting that the US market could head into some turbulence next month. The local market struggled last year and languished from July to Nov. That bodes well for local blue chips this year.