Levels to watch: FTSE, DAX and Dow

The FTSE has recovered its losses and is moving higher, while US indices continue their ascent. 

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Source: Bloomberg

FTSE eking out gains

The battle goes on here, with little gains for either side. Once again, 6350 held as support yesterday, and the continued refusal of the index to go lower suggests that the next move will be to the upside. As a result, 6450 and then 6490 are the key areas to watch in the short term, with a move through 6500 putting the index back above the July lows and paving the way for a move to 6668. Until 6300 breaks it is hard to get particularly bearish on the index.

DAX traders await Draghi speech

The index has yet to move above 11,000 on a meaningful basis, although Mario Draghi’s speech today might help with that. Nonetheless, sellers will still want to wait until the 10,750 level is breached before looking at the index as a potential short, given the strength we have seen. A daily close above 11,000 remains the key ingredient for any further upside, with a target around 11,117 in the first instance, and then on towards the August high at 11,600.

Dow strength persists

US indices refuse to be kept down at present, and yesterday was no exception. Dips back towards 17,790 continue to be seen more as buying opportunities than selling ones, while upside resistance lies around 18,000 and then 18,093 on the short-term chart. For those looking longer term, the scale of the bounce would suggest that the next real target is the all-time high around 18,365.

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