Levels to watch: FTSE 100, DAX and Dow

US markets continue to outperform, with the Dow hitting new highs yesterday. Meanwhile, both the FTSE 100 and DAX are consolidating within triangle formations.

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Source: Bloomberg

FTSE 100 consolidating once more

The FTSE 100 continues to consolidate, with the price currently in a symmetrical triangle formation via the creation of lower highs and higher lows. Ordinarily, that would mean we would be looking for a directional breakout via a move through 7499 or 7537.

However, because this current pattern is taking place within a period of sideways consolidation, there is a good chance we could simply continue to move sideways. Given the recent move below the 7515 support zone, a break lower would have greater implications than a break higher, which would simply point towards a move back into 7553 range resistance.

FTSE 100 chart

DAX pushing higher from triangle bottom

The DAX continues to trade within a symmetrical triangle formation, with the price currently pushing sharply higher following a move back into trendline support. That brings about a strong likeliness of a rally into the descending trendline resistance up ahead.

Ultimately, we are looking for a breakout through either 13,056 or 12,970 to signal where to go next.

DAX chart

Dow continues to outperform

The Dow Jones remains in a clear uptrend, with yesterday seeing the price break higher from the 61.8% retracement. So far, we have not seen a deep pullback.

As such, it makes sense to await either a break through 23,485 or a deeper pullback for bulling entries. We would need to break below 23,264 to negate the current bullish outlook.  

Dow Jones chart

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