Levels to watch: FTSE, DAX and Dow

Indices consolidate following yesterday’s strong rally. Yet we await the next signal to provide expectations of either a deeper pullback or continuation of the bullish bounce.

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Source: Bloomberg

FTSE hits resistance

The FTSE has begun selling off from the 6249 resistance level (10 November low) following on from a strong bounce higher yesterday. Given the strong uptrend in play so far this week, we would need to see the price close back below 6212 for greater confidence that we will see a more protracted pullback. Alternately, a close above 6249 would be the bullish indication that the price is set to continue the bullish sentiment that drove prices higher yesterday. A close below 6212 would look towards 6174 as the next main support level, whereas a close above 6249 would subsequently look towards 6300 and 6330 levels.

FTSE chart

DAX hits trendline

Yesterday’s rally has hit the buffers this morning, with the price selling off from trendline resistance. As the index trades within a clear pattern of lower highs, it seems likely that the sellers will return before the price reaches 10,960, yet whether this is the source of that reversal remains to be seen.

A close below 10,796 would bring a higher likeliness of a more protracted move lower, with support at 10,766 and 10,679 the next major support levels. Otherwise a close above 10,856 would be the indication that we are set to continue this rally, with resistance at 10,892, 10,926 and crucially 10,960.

DAX chart

Dow awaits next move

A similar story across the three markets here, with the Dow Jones pulling back moderately following a strong rally yesterday. The question is whether we will see the price close below 17,448, which would point towards a deeper retracement towards the 17,338 area. Otherwise, a close back above 17,500 would indicate another leg higher for the index, with 17,549 and 17,608 the next major resistance levels. 

Dow Jones chart

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