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Dow Jones, Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 Forecasts for the Week Ahead

Dow Jones, Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 Forecasts for the Week Ahead

Peter Hanks, Strategist


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Dow Jones, Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 Forecasts: Neutral

  • The Dow Jones enjoys the most encouraging technical outlook in the week ahead
  • The Nasdaq 100 suffered a crucial break beneath support last week and is vulnerable to deeper losses
  • The S&P 500 remains above the March trendline and could recover but further weakness in tech stocks may leave it with little choice in the matter

Dow Jones Technical Forecast

Outlook: Neutral

US equities had a rough week as rising Treasury yields pressured investors to consider other alternatives to the Dow Jones, Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500. The sudden changes on the fundamental side have spurred key technical divergences across the US indices visible on their respective price charts. The Dow Jones has come out better than its counterparts as it looks to enjoy a confluence of support slightly beneath the Friday close.

Dow Jones Price Chart: Daily Time Frame (January 2020 – February 2021)

Dow Jones Chart

To that end, the Dow Jones will look to the rising trendline from January 2018 which bounces off the high in February 2020 followed by a nearby Fibbonaci level, the 50 day moving average and a rising trend line from March 2020. Together the technical levels should provide considerable support to the industrial average as it looks to avoid a deeper retracement. Should the Dow Jones break beneath the March trendline, further losses might be in store as it would constitute a serious technical break.

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Nasdaq 100 Technical Forecast

Outlook: Bearish

Elsewhere, the Nasdaq 100 has already posted a serious technical break.Falling beneath the rising trendline from the March and November lows, the Nasdaq 100 effectively opened the door lower last week and further losses could be in store as a result of this key breakdown. While the fundamental side is currently unfolding, the damage has been dealt to the technical landscape and because of that damage, there may be ongoing weakness for the tech heavy index.

Nasdaq 100 Price Chart: 4 – Hour Time Frame (September 2020 – February 2021)

Nasdaq 100 Chart

After dominating US equity price action for months as tech stocks dragged the other sectors higher the Nasdaq now appears to be in a position of vulnerability and support may be initially derived from the January swing low around 12,738. Subsequent assistance might be found along the September high just beneath 12,500. In the meantime, follow @PeterHanksFX on Twitter for updates and analysis.

S&P 500 Technical Forecast

Outlook: Neutral

Unsurprisingly, the S&P 500 has split the difference between the industrial-leaning Dow Jones and the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 and crucially trades above the March uptrend. Generally viewed as the best barometer of US equities, the S&P 500 will be the index to watch in the week ahead as a break beneath the March trendline could signal broader equity weakness is on the horizon.

S&P 500 Price Chart: Daily Time Frame (January 2020 – February 2021)

S&P 500 Chart

If, on the other hand, the S&P 500 can stave off a break lower, broader equities might continue to tread water even if the Nasdaq 100 were to slowly bleed lower. Either way, the Dow Jones, Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500 are approaching an inflection point and it looks as though strategies that favor Nasdaq weakness and Dow Jones strength might be well suited for the current climate.

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