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Levels to watch: FTSE, DAX and Dow

Are the small overnight bounces just a pause, or a firm rebound? 

New York Stock Exchange
Source: Bloomberg

FTSE 100 bouncing about to end?

Those brave enough to buy the dip yesterday have enjoyed a good bounce, but that may be coming to an end now. The FTSE made a new lower low yesterday, at 7424, and now we look to see how the bounce back to 7480 plays out.

A turn lower from here gives us a selling opportunity, as part of broader equity weakness. We also saw something of a double top yesterday on the hourly chart, around 7535, so the bearish signals are stacking up. Downside support lies around 7409, and then on to 7360 and 7260. 

FTSE chart

DAX needs caution

An overnight bounce at the DAX has developed as expected, but we now look to see how the rally fares as it approaches previous support at 12,660.

A failure to push back above here would indicate that the sellers are still in charge, and so we will see how the downside case fares as the index heads towards 12,517 and then 12,408. It is too early to say whether this is the beginning of a sustained drop, so caution is probably the watchword for now.

DAX chart

Dow saved by the buyers after a nosedive

The index’s nosedive yesterday took it back to 20,600, whereupon it found buyers, who potentially were given further confidence by the fact that the Dow Jones ran slap bang into the rising trendline from the January lows.

This held in mid-April, and so is a warning to those looking to get overly bearish. A 43-point bounce seems too small given what we are seeing elsewhere, but as long as the index does not reclaim 20,846, we could easily have the makings of a bigger move lower. Below 20,600 the index targets 20,392, and then 20,140. 

Dow Jones chart

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