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Dow Jones Climbs on Biden-Win Odds, Hang Seng Index Extends Gains

Dow Jones Climbs on Biden-Win Odds, Hang Seng Index Extends Gains

Margaret Yang, CFA, Former Strategist



  • Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) soared 1.68%, with all 30 components in the green
  • Hang Seng Index (HSI) follows US higher, with an eye on an immediate resistance level at 23,935
  • Dollar fell as markets seemed positioned for Biden’s lead in the US presidential election campaign

Dow Jones Index Outlook:

Wall Street soared on Monday, erasing all losses incurred since President Trump tested positive for Covid-19 last week. The VIX volatility index fell alongside the US Dollar index, suggesting that investors’ confidence is improving. Market participants are probably pricing in a Biden-win scenario, as recent polls pointed to a wider gap between the two candidates after the first presidential debate.

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At the moment, Joe Biden has likely secured 163 safe, 36 likely and 80 leaning votes, the sum of which has surpassed 270 – the threshold to win the election (chart below). On the other hand, President Trump has secured 71 safe, 29 likely and 25 leaning votes only. The rest 134 votes come from the ‘toss-up’ states, according to Under a Biden-win scenario, a Democrat-led Congress will likely be able to push through an aggressive fiscal stimulus plan that may boost US household spending and government hiring.


Asia-Pacific markets may follow US leads higher, as the futures market suggests. The RBA interest rate decision and Canada balance of trade are among the top market events today. Read more on our economic calendar.

Sector-wise, all nine Dow Jones sectors ended in the green, and it was rare to see all 30 Dow constituents closing higher. Materials (+2.68%), healthcare (+2.45%) and energy (+2.12%) were among the best performers, whereas communication services (+0.68%) and consumer staples (+0.95%) were slightly lagging.

Dow Jones Sector performance 5-10-2020

Source: Bloomberg, DailyFX

Technically,the Dow Jones has formed an “AB=CD” pattern through its consolidation phase and has since rebounded (chart below). It has also pierced through the 20-Day Simple Moving Average (SMA) line into the upper Bollinger Band, which might confirm a trend reversal (from bearish to bullish). Immediate resistance levels can be found at 28,360 and 28,500 (upper Bollinger line). The MACD indicator has also formed a bullish crossover, pointing to more upside potential.

Dow Jones IndexDaily Chart

Hang Seng Index Outlook:

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index (HSI) may extend its rally for a second day amid favorable market sentiment. Hong Kong stocks opened broadly higher on Monday after resuming trading from a long-weekend holiday break. Finance and commerce & industry sectors were leading the gains, with HSBC (+4.03%), AIA (+3.69%) and Tencent (+2.64%) among the best performing blue chips.

Hang Seng Sector performance 5-10-2020

Source:, DailyFX

Technically, the HSI has likely formed an “AB=CD” pattern recently and has since rebounded. A Fibonacci retracement (refer to chart below) highlights its possible path to recovery from the consolidation phase. Immediate resistance levels can be found at 23,935 (50% retracement), 24,260 (61.8%) and 24,447 (78.6%). The MACD indicator has formed a “golden cross”, which suggests more upside potential in the near term.

Hang Seng Index Daily Chart

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--- Written by Margaret Yang, Strategist for

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