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DAX 30 Technical Highlights

  • DAX bounce failed above neckline of H&S pattern
  • Focus could soon be back on 2011 trend-line
  • Trend and market tone remain in favor of sellers

For the intermediate-term fundamental and technical outlook for the DAX & Euro, check out the Q4 Trading Forecasts.

DAX bounce failed above neckline of H&S pattern

On Friday, the DAX gapped strongly higher, but with the gap came a crew of sellers which pushed the index back lower. The gap higher initially had price above the neckline of the head-and-shoulders (H&S) pattern in place since June of last year, but on a closing basis price stayed right at the key line of resistance.

This has focus lower now, with a few gaps along the way to fill towards another test of the 2011 trend-line. It would certainly be another crucial test as the 2011 trend-line following the break of the broad H&S pattern is the only line of support keeping the DAX from falling much further down the hole.

Even if we were to see some stabilization here and the DAX trade higher above the neckline, the trend is generally negative and while it makes for sloppy trading around the break of a technical pattern, it doesn’t mean the market isn’t still headed lower.

If we were to see a strong recapture of the neckline (unlike Friday’s gap-and-trap) then we could see an advance further itself along, but, again, within the context of the trend since January any strength from here would still be viewed as corrective and likely to fail swiftly at some point.

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DAX Daily Chart (caught between the lines)

DAX daily chart, caught between the lines

DAX Weekly Chart (H&S, 2011 trend-line)

DAX weekly chart, H&S pattern, 2011 trend-line

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---Written by Paul Robinson, Market Analyst

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