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DJIA: Dow Softens From 2019 Highs as 26k Re-Test Continues

DJIA: Dow Softens From 2019 Highs as 26k Re-Test Continues

James Stanley,
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Dow Jones Talking Points:

- The 2019 US equity rally has continued into this week, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average set a fresh three-month-high on Monday. Since then, prices have been pulling back but support has continued to hold with the index currently re-testing the 26k psychological level.

- At this point, short-term strategies will likely be focusing on bullish continuation themes, looking for 2019 strength to continue. On a longer-term or swing-basis, the potential for reversal is building as noted by a rising wedge formation building near November/December swing-highs.

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The 2019 US equity rally has continued into this week as the Dow Jones Industrial Average set a fresh three-month-high on Monday. The index is now re-testing the 26,000 psychological level as prices have pulled back in the face of a heavy economic calendar. The past two days have seen FOMC Chair Jerome Powell testify on Capitol Hill as part of the Fed’s twice-annual testimony in-front of Congress; and while Chair Powell avoided any direct signals of future rate hikes or tighter policy options at the Fed, US stocks remain on their heels after a very strong eight-week run.

Dow Jones Four-Hour Price Chart: Test of 2019 Support Trend-Line

DJIA four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

Dow Jones Short-Term

The big question on a short-term basis in the index is for how long the bullish theme might run. Prices have stayed on a consistent trajectory throughout 2019 with buyers continually offering higher-low support, and that’s been in stark contrast to the bearish themes of Q4. As shown above, price action is in the process of testing the bullish trend-line that’s held the lows for the bulk of this year.

For those looking at bullish continuation approaches, support potential exists at the Fibonacci level at 25,816, as this is the 78.6% retracement of that Q4 sell-off. A bit lower brings the 14.4% marker of the post-Election run in the Dow, taking the low from November 2016 up to last year’s high. That level rests at 25,595 and this is the same price that had held the highs in the Dow in mid-February. And below that is another possible level of interest around 25,266, as this is the 14.4% retracement of the 2015-2018 major move, and this is the price that had helped to set the low in the index in the middle of this month. A break-below that support brings to question the viability of continuation themes of the bullish trend.

Dow Jones Two-Hour Price Chart

Dow Jones two hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

Dow Jones: Reversal Potential

As shown in the first chart in this article, the Dow is currently building into a rising wedge pattern. This type of formation will often be approached with the aim of bearish reversals; largely looking for the lack of enthusiasm from buyers at highs to eventually take-over, opening the door for bears to take-control. But, given the motivation that’s been pushing stocks-higher so far this year, that can be a difficult case to make. So, for those looking at bigger-picture reversals in US stocks, following a continued downside break from this formation, could begin to open the door for such a scenario. A downside break through the two-week-low around 25,764 could be an early signal of impending reversal potential.

Dow Jones Eight-Hour Price Chart

DJIA Dow Jones Eight 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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