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Dow Jones Begins Test of Key Support Zone: Will Buyers Respond?

Dow Jones Begins Test of Key Support Zone: Will Buyers Respond?

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Talking Points:

- Pressure continues to show in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and this comes despite the fact that the Nasdaq 100 set a fresh all-time-high just yesterday. The Dow is now testing a key support zone on the chart that we had previously looked at on Tuesday. Will buyers be able to stage a bullish reversal of the past week worth of selling?

- The possibility of bearish breakouts becomes attractive should sellers push through this zone, and that opens up the potential for a re-test of the bullish trend-line that can be found by connecting the February, April and May lows in the index.

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Dow Jones Moves Down to Key Support Zone

US equities continue to face a bit of pressure, and despite the fact that the Nasdaq set a fresh all-time high just yesterday, sellers continue to show in the Dow Jones Industrial Index. We had looked at a short-side setup last week ahead of the June FOMC rate decision. With markets primed for a hike the Dow held resistance at the 14.4% Fibonacci retracement of the post-Election move. After the FOMC rate decision, along with the ECB rate decision the following morning, risk aversion started to show with a bit more prominence and that bearish setup in the Dow quickly moved down through both targets.

When we looked into the Dow on Tuesday of this week, we honed-in on a potential zone of support that runs from 24,384 up to 24,522. The level of 24,522 is the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement of that same post-Election move in the Dow, and the price of 24,384 is the 50% marker of the April-June bullish move. This zone has started to come into play after prices gapped-lower this morning.

Dow Jones Four-Hour Chart: Prices Begin Test of Key Chart Support

Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA DIA Four-Hour Chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

On shorter-term charts, we can see sellers with control of near-term prices. This makes the prospect of bullish plays unattractive until this starts to show some semblance of change. The prior swing-high on the below chart comes in around the 38.2% retracement of the April-June move, and a break-above here gives us a higher-high to work with, which may be an early indication that buyers re re-grasping control of short-term price action.

Dow Jones Hourly Chart: Lower-Lows, Lower-Highs as Bears Remain in Control

Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA DIA Hourly Chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

The Bearish View on the Dow

If we do not get buyers showing-up within this zone of support, the door re-opens for additional bearish plays. This vantage point can look for a break of the 50% Fibonacci retracement of the April-June move to open-up the possibility of bearish breakouts down to the 61.8% and 76.4% retracements at 24,144 and 23,847 respectively. That price of 23,847 is confluent with the bullish trend-line that can be found by connecting the February, April and May lows in the index; and this could be an interesting reversal area/bearish profit target should risk aversion continue to show in the near-term.

Dow Jones Daily Chart: Deeper Bearish Breakout Potential Should Support Not Hold

Dow Jones Industrial Average Daily Chart DJIA DIA

Chart prepared by James Stanley

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--- Written by James Stanley, Strategist for

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