Despite overall optimism in the Russian stock market my interpretation is that the index has restarted its descend to new lows. Lots of people feel relieved and over-optimistic today argueing that the market will continue going up despite geopolitics, reasoning the inability of EU to wean itself off Russian oil and gas. I tend to look at the recent advance (propelled by abrupt ruble strengthening) as a bounce. Technically the count has not been completed and there was no divergence on RSI.
Gazprom board recommending record dividend can also be a marker of the market local top.
In the Crude Oil update I make the bullish case triggered by possible embargo. I would not want to speculate any further (it is beyond the scope of my reports) however, it does support the bearish case for the chart below.
RTS index, Daily
I also updated the MOEX index (ruble equivalent of RTS) that in my view has just completed consolidating and is poised for a sharp drop.
MOEX index, Daily
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