Levels to watch: FTSE 100, DAX and Dow

Indices begin to turn higher once again, with the FTSE 100 attempting to join the DAX and Dow in pushing towards the upside.

Source: Bloomberg

FTSE 100 at key resistance zone

The FTSE 100 has managed to break back into a crucial area of resistance this morning, with the price pushing through the 7503 swing high. With that move, we are subsequently seeing the index reach a descending trendline, which is accompanied by the 200-hour simple moving average (SMA) of 7507, and 76.4% retracement of 7510.

The ability to break through these points of resistance will tell us a lot about the ability of the index to continue pushing upwards. An hourly close above these points would go a long way to proving that the recent downside is set to reverse. Ultimately, a break above 7520 would be the key bullish indicator to negate the recent downtrend. Until then, there is always the possibility that the trend will kick in once more.

DAX closes in on wedge apex

The DAX has continued to grind higher, with the index gradually moving towards the apex of its wedge pattern. That would typically be a bearish pattern, but given the strength of the underlying trend and the shallow slope of the wedge top, there is a strong chance the breakout will be bullish.

The key level to watch to the downside would be 13,218, which if broken would provide a more bearish outlook. Until then, a bullish view remains in play. 

Dow begins to turn higher after retracement

The Dow Jones is gradually moving higher, following a near-70% retracement from the previous highs of 23,486. Ultimately, we have a clear-cut bullish trend in play, and this recent retracement looks like a good buying opportunity to get into that trend.

With that in mind, a bullish outlook remains in play, unless we see a move back below 23,251 support.

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