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Nice line here taken from @JasmineC in the APAC call this morning with regards the Dow creeping higher; " A word of warning must be disclaimed with the Dow Jones as relatively high as it: though one wouldn’t want to call a marked sell-off, rallies for the Dow Jones that extend this far above the more comprehensive S&P500 often result in a pull back for the Dow Jones, as traders buy into the index in an attempt to enter-and-exit the market on the basis of rosy-sentiment."

The S&P gives a better overall picture than the Dow but I use the Dow simply because I found more forum uses followed it, the reason I figured was because IG had a heavy min bet size on the S&P though that seems to have changed at some point since I last checked.

So the Dow may well pull off a bit and follow the Nikkei while Dax remains trapped in it's inner triangle within a triangle (base at 12189) and FTSE in a similar holding pattern bouncing between 7443 and 7557.

With US non- manu  PMI today I thought to add the current chart of composite PMIs forecasts looking strong stretching into 2020.https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/business-confidence/forecast

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Reminder it's a German bank holiday today and so the Dax is putting in some odd out of hours small time frame bars.

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Like it @Caseynotes although there are may relationships at play all at the same time.  For instance there is another view I read recently that money shifts between Dow and Nasdaq in a tech vs big industrials type of play.  I would observe too that the Dow has been lagging the SP500 and certainly the Nasdaq since the Feb 2018 turn back up in that the SP500 put in a new all time high earlier.  This is not surprising if you believe that this rally is largely Tech led as SP500 has more tech in it than Dow.  I believe the one to watch for clues to the overall rally health (or lack thereof) is the Nasdaq because the FAANG led this up and will lead it down in my view.  Might get a spike into Dow as Nasdaq drops but then Dow will follow as sentiment crumbles from Greed into Fear.  This is all big picture of course, have no clue what it means for the next few days...

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The switching between Dow and NASDAQ makes a lot of sense considering that markets are not just risk on/off but there is also a sliding scale within risk on and risk off. So the more risk on you felt the more you would weigh your portfolio toward NASDAQ for example.

Tech stock totally dominates S&P and NASDAQ as you say, just add up the percentages below >

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The Dow got a good lift off of the high ADP NFP yesterday which came in at 230k and bodes well for Friday's NFP and also the non-manu PMI which came in a whopping 61.6. After the new high in Dow came the pullback which seems to be continuing this morning as the Dax rips lower on the Euro open heading down towards support at 1220. The FTSE not getting involved with it's attention drawn to the con conf and the Brexit deal uncertainty. 

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So in a reminder that sometimes technical analysis 'ain't worth a d amn'  the Dow has been leading Dax, FTSE and Nikkei around like sheep for the last 1-2 days (as was mentioned in the FTSE 100 thread yesterday).

In an interesting study in index uniformity the three followed Dow down starting at 19:00 Wednesday then after a short pause followed Dow down again starting 14:00 yesterday til 19:00 when it started to lead them all back up.

Though this is not always going to be the case it shows it is always worth keeping an eye on the market leader.

Currently back in a pause spell and waiting for NFP today. 1 hour charts  >

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A very thin calendar this week and today is a bank holiday for the US, Cad and Jpy. 

On the weekly charts the Dow put in a pause bar after testing into new highs, the US economy is clearly booming but event risks remain in view chiefly the China trade dispute. Currently no reason to see a plunge down so sideways seems the most likely scenario while awaiting new news. Nikkei also pulled back after new highs while Dax remains trapped in it's triangle and FTSE has marked out an inner range within the larger range...

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Looking at the daily charts and the Dow retested support then made a strong recovery leaving behind the Dax and FTSE to languish at their own support levels. If Dow can continue higher today I would expect both Dax and FTSE to follow, FTSE has been tracking the Dax intraday for a couple of weeks now. 

But if Dow decides to head down again Dax and FTSE could be in some trouble as the red support levels are weekly. The monthly support level below for Dax is at 11690 while for FTSE it is at 6839. 

 

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I agree @Caseynotes very strong pin bar rejections of the Bearish move on 3 major US indices, not conclusive in and of itself but indicative.  We may get some downward action on open today as they have been off for 3 days so I expect a bit of volatility around the opening bell.  Just goes to show a quiet day can be the time to watch carefully...

As for the FTSE, I think the 11 Sept low is the key here.  Price stayed just above it yesterday and it it holds and rallies from here that will be a good sign for a strong rally.  Even if it goes below it can still bounce of the lower supporting trend-line (I'll post more details on my FTSE thread in a tick).

All-in-all it looks like the race to the top may be back on but watch out for that US volatility.  FTSE this morning might be the better trade.

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Definitely volatile at the mo @Mercury and no clear direction yet, price drifted down a little on the Euro open but there has been a right battle since the London open. The Dax wants to push higher but seems capped by Dow which looks happy where it is as attempts to push both higher and lower have stalled. So all three are boxed and waiting for a break.

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I always find it interesting @Caseynotesthat open markets are seemingly stalled by out of hours trading on bigger markets...  To me this is a clear example that stocks are not being bought based on the prospects on individual companies but rather on financial engineering of share price and central bank manipulations.  This will end very badly indeed in my view.

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Continuing globalization @Mercury, IG can't even come up with a spell checker that uses English english. It wasn't that long ago when these markets closed and gapped everyday, now they are strongly tied 24/5. Occasionally on nation specific news one will march off in a different direction but once a new level is established will soon fall back into step.

Dow has just pushed lower, Dax and Nikkei have followed and FTSE is frozen staring at that rather intimidating support level immediately below it.

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The thing is Trump is anti-globalisation, the Brexit thing (yeah I said it!), or really the EU/Euro fatal issues, immigration pressures, rise in nationalism (whether they get into power or not), BRIC weakness, Tax issues around mega companies paying little or no tax in countries where they operate, etc etc all point to a massive problem with globalisation.  And when you consider the whole house of cards is being propped up by Central Bank policy rather than fundamentals of good business and this is being withdrawn, well...

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FTSE had to bite the bullet there, there was just no putting it off any longer  >...

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Yeah, was unlikely to be a hard retrace so now I am looking to the LT supporting Trend-line.  Looks like we are coming up on a potential USD turning point too, will they swing in a coterminous fashion of blast through into a full on Bear?

This is a very important point in the market I feel!

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Note the PMD is even stronger now on the FTSE 1 hour with the current leg down.  Also watch out because the trend-lines from the longer term chart do not map onto short term charts accurately (very frustrating) and this FTSE trend-line is on the weekly chart so it can penetrate and recover over the rest of the week and still be valid.  A touch and bounce around 7185 would be perfect...FTSE-1-hour_091018.thumb.png.9709517716e0b4f83d50f6926ffd23e1.png 

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It does look a significant breach of a support level that has held for over a month, will be looking to see if the daily bar can be salvaged, price is coming back up for a retest now. 

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Maybe, although I see the support levels a bit further down on the Daily chart if you look back a bit further in time.  There is support around about the LT trend-line but a temporary spike through break and recovery (weekly chart view) to the next support level around the Fib 76/78% is also a candidate, especially on US indices volatility.

There are a lot of set up scenarios here, including "boom!" but because I haven't see NMD at the top I don't see the big drop yet.  Also there is PMD building and lots of support so I am minded to stay on the side of looking for the bounce into a rally phase rather than take shorts at this juncture.  A strong and confirmed break through LT support would change that but no there yet. 

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Dax just crashed through it's own weekly support level but Dow looks to be easing up on this move. The next big test is the US open at 2:30 and what ever direction the Dow takes on after that will have a big impact on the Dax and FTSE...

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So Dow, Dax and Nikkei heading back into this mornings range, the FTSE following somewhat reluctantly having worked so hard to break the support level. Not sure what the Americans are going to make of this little joy ride when they fire up their screens.

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4 hours ago, Mercury said:

Note the PMD is even stronger now on the FTSE 1 hour with the current leg down.  Also watch out because the trend-lines from the longer term chart do not map onto short term charts accurately (very frustrating) and this FTSE trend-line is on the weekly chart so it can penetrate and recover over the rest of the week and still be valid.  A touch and bounce around 7185 would be perfect...FTSE-1-hour_091018.thumb.png.9709517716e0b4f83d50f6926ffd23e1.png 

 

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FTSE100 touched 7184 twice before rallying, one point below my turn area and right on the LT supporting trend-line.

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In the US session yesterday Dow retested support at 26323 then returned to test resistance at 26541 with the other 3 tracking as best they could, bit of a rollercoaster that left FTSE sitting on it's weekly support level.

Nikkei is putting in a strong 4 hour bull bar this morning and may be a clue for the Euro and London open with Dax in a good position to strike at the 12000 resistance level.

4 Hour charts;

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I was hoping the Nikkei would be stronger over night and show us a breakout but didn't happen.  On the plus side it didn't capitulate either so back to Europe and the US.  I expected, and we are getting, a small retrace to set up a rally (assuming the market doesn't break down of course).  On the FTSE100 I am seeing the retrace on opening, which may test the LT trend-line again around about 7200 I am guessing.  The best trade set up for me is a strong break of the upper tram-line and resistance zone after a bounce of the LT trend-line.

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Dow and Dax held up from moving lower by the 1 hour support level on the Dow which is turning into a key level this morning. FTSE still toying with the weekly support level

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On the FTSE100 there has been a bounce this hour, not yet pushed through the resistance and upper tram-line but somewhat encouraging for those seeking a rally.  Next few hours will be interesting, will the FTSE take off on its on volition or wait for US stimulation.

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So having tested recent support Dow lazily went onto test recent resistance. Dax tried to make a break for it lower but was soon reeled in while FTSE couldn't really be bothered to do much of anything. The disappointing monthly GDP and manu figures seemed to sap it's strength. 15 min charts;

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Big push down on the US open Dow in a replay of yesterday looking to test 26217 again, interestingly Dax got the drop on it moving through it's own support on the bar before.

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Sometimes there is nothing to do but sit back and watch the mayhem, unless you got short that is...

I find myself wondering if this is the start of something bigger or will we see another short term drop and instant buy the dips push back?  USD is sluggish but not accelerating away, which makes me think it could be the latter but I would trade it...

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