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Dow Jones Drops as the Fed Hikes: Support Potential Remains

Dow Jones Drops as the Fed Hikes: Support Potential Remains

James Stanley,
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Dow Jones Talking Points:

- The Federal Reserve has hiked rates for the third time in 2018, and the door remains open for a fourth in December. The bigger item from today was more subjective in nature, as the bank removed the word ‘accommodative’ in reference to monetary policy. The net impact in the Dow has been a slight move lower as the lower-highs from the past week remain.

- The Dow has had an impressively strong Q3, and the idea of some pullback ahead of the end of the quarter makes sense. This does not, however, obviate the bullish stance in the index, and traders can move-forward with eyes focused on support for bullish continuation strategies of a longer-term, bigger-picture nature.

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Dow Drops After the Fed Hikes, Removes ‘Accommodative’

Today brought the third rate hike out of the Federal Reserve in 2018, and the door was very much kept open for a fourth hike in December. The more noticeable event in today’s rate decision, however, is one of a more subjective nature as the FOMC removed the key word of ‘accommodative’ in reference to monetary policy. Mr. Powell spoke to this in the accompanying press conference, noting that this means nothing to the rate hike path. But – if that’s the case and this change was inconsequential, why remove it at all, as much of the rest of the statement remained the same as we had seen at the July rate decision.

Nonetheless, price action in the Dow Jones Industrial Average posed an initial moved higher that was quickly faded-out. At this point, prices are below pre-release levels, and short-term bearish trend-line from last Friday’s high continues to hold resistance.

Dow Jones Hourly Price Chart: Support Holds Above Yesterday’s Lows After Two-Way FOMC Move

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Chart prepared by James Stanley

Given the lack of exuberance in near-term price action around today’s FOMC meeting, traders would likely want to revert to longer-term views for forward-looking strategy. As we’ve been following, the Dow has been in the midst of a strong bullish run for the past three months, and we’re nearing the end of what’s been an aggressively bullish quarter.

We came into Q3 looking for a support zone around the 25k psychological level. Now not quite three months later – we have fresh all-time-highs as exuberance has run strong. The idea of some additional pullback as we move towards the Q3 close makes sense, particularly given just how far we’ve run already since the July open.

Dow Jones Daily Price Chart: Fresh All-Time Highs and A Very Bullish Q3 for the Dow

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Chart prepared by James Stanley

Coming into this week, we looked at two possible areas of support in the Dow, looking for strength to continue as we’d just witnessed an aggressive bullish breakout in the Nikkei. At this stage, neither of those support zones have come into play, and traders may want to wait for a deeper pullback before looking to take on top-side exposure, especially given that we may see some window-dressing in the final days of Q3.

Dow Jones Four-Hour Price Chart: Support Potential Remains

dow jones djia dia four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

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--- Written by James Stanley, Strategist for

Contact and follow James on Twitter: @JStanleyFX

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