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DJIA: Dow Rally Drives into Resistance - Can Bulls Continue to Push?

DJIA: Dow Rally Drives into Resistance - Can Bulls Continue to Push?

James Stanley, Senior Strategist

Dow Jones Talking Points:

- Equity rallies have driven US stocks up to fresh two-month-highs, and the Dow is now testing the 88.6% Fibonacci retracement of the December sell-off.

- That retracement aligns closely with another level of interest, as taken from the 14.4% Fibonacci retracement of the post-Election run in the index. This is the resistance zone looked at last week, and now that prices are there – can bulls continue to push?

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Dow Recovery Drives to Fresh Two-Month Highs

Matters can change on the turn-of-a-dime in financial markets, and one of the clearest current illustrations of this premise is price action in US stocks over the past few months. Doom-and-gloom showed up in Q4, and sellers remained in-control of US bourses for the bulk of the period. Prices in US equities bottomed-out around the Christmas holiday; but since then a far different tone has shown that’s seen a large portion of those prior losses erased.

At this point, prices in the Dow are now testing the 88.6% Fibonacci retracement of the December sell-off. This aligns very closely with another level of interest, as just a few points-higher is the 14.4% retracement of the post-Election run in the index. This denotes fresh two-month highs in the index, coming on the heels of last week’s pullback to find support around the 25k psychological level.

DJIA: Dow Jones Eight-Hour Price Chart

DJIA Dow Jones Eight Hour Price Chart

Near-Term Strategy in the Dow

At this point, equity bulls are likely going to want to implement patience in timing bullish approaches, as short-term dynamics in the Dow appear to be overbought as indicated by divergence in the RSI indicator on the hourly chart. This doesn’t necessarily denote the end of the bullish advance as much as the fact that a pause or pullback may be needed before buyers jump back-in to continue driving to fresh highs.

DJIA: Dow Jones Hourly Price Chart

DJIA Dow Jones Hourly Price Chart

On the support side of the index, a number of potential areas-of-interest remain, and this can be implemented based on how aggressively the trader wants to work with the topside trend in the index. The 25,400 area helped to cap last week’s highs, and a pullback from current levels to that spot would be rather shallow; but for those looking to remain aggressive with this theme, that scenario can remain of interest. A bit-lower is another potential support area on the chart, taken from 25,185-25,250. And a third possible support zone exists, running from the 23.6% marker of the post-Election move up to 24,857.

If bulls fail to hold the move above all three of the above-mentioned support zones, the near-term theme of equity strength would come into question.

DJIA: Dow Jones Four-Hour Price Chart

DJIA Dow Jones Four Hour Price Chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

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--- Written by James Stanley, Strategist for DailyFX.com

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