Dow Jones: Bullish Trend Pulls Back From Fibonacci Resistance
- US Stocks have rallied to kick off Q3, and this has helped to drive the Dow Jones Industrial Average up to monthly highs, and prices are currently resisting around the 14.4% Fibonacci retracement of the April-June bullish move.
- The next couple of days bring a potentially large driver to markets with the two-day Humphrey Hawkins testimony from FOMC Chair Jerome Powell on Capitol Hill. Today at 10 AM ET, Mr. Powell testifies in front of the Senate Finance Committee, and tomorrow he speaks in front of the House Financial Services Committee. This can provide volatility across US assets including equities, bonds and the US Dollar.
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Dow Runs into Fibonacci Resistance at Test of Monthly Highs
US stocks have continued their Q3 rally, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is currently in the process of testing monthly highs above the 25,000 psychological level. Last week we had looked at the prospect of bullish trend continuation after prices had pulled back to a key support zone, and prices rose through both targets of 24,921 and 25,000. We’re currently seeing a bit of resistance show at the 14.4% Fibonacci retracement of the April-June bullish move.
Dow Jones Four-Hour Price Chart: Resistance at 14.4% Retracement of April-June Major Move
Chart prepared by James Stanley
We’ve now seen a couple of tests of that resistance area already on the new week, and this would exude caution for continuation as buyers have yet to show the ability to push prices up to fresh highs. Also of consideration is the fact that we’re nearing two days of testimony from FOMC Chair Jerome Powell as part of the bank’s twice-a-year Humphrey Hawkins testimony, and traders may want to wait for a cleaner setup before looking to take on exposure.
Taking a step back, we can highlight yesterday’s Doji at resistance, and this is yet another reason to be cautious of chasing topside trends ahead of a really big upcoming driver. This can also expose a couple of potential support levels that could make bullish strategies more attractive, driven by the prospect of a pullback combined with a continuation of higher-lows. The 23.6% retracement of the April-June move rests at 24,921, and the 38.2% retracement of that same move comes in at 24,624. A display of support at either of these levels can re-open the door to bullish continuation, with the 23.6% marker being an aggressive point of re-entry while the 38.2% support would be a little less so.
If we do see a bearish break below the 50% retracement, we would also have a break of the bullish trend-line that held the lows as we traded into Q3, and this would bring question to the near-term bullish trend.
Dow Jones Daily Price Chart: Potential Pullback Levels for Bullish Continuation Strategies
Chart prepared by James Stanley
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--- Written by James Stanley, Strategist for DailyFX.com
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