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FTSE 100: The Next Few Days Could Be Crucial

FTSE 100: The Next Few Days Could Be Crucial

Alejandro Zambrano, Market Analyst

Talking Points

  • Traders are not as committed to the bearish side as during yesterday’s ECB meeting and price is trapped in a narrow range; a break to this range could set the tone for next week.
  • A break to last week’s high of 6221 may open the door for gains, while on a break to yesterday’s low of 6011, the trend could turn distinctly bearish.
  • There are no major macroeconomic indicators on tap.

Traders are not as committed to the bearish side as during yesterday’s ECB meeting, and as a result of this, the FTSE 100 has regained some of its losses.

From a technical point of view, a break to last week’s high of 6221 may open the door for gains to the December 29 high of 6322 and could be seen as an ‘approval’ of the ECB’s actions and stock market positive. If the FTSE was to take out its December 29 high of 6322, the next target could be the December 12 high of 6449.

On the other hand, a break to yesterday’s low of 6011 and continuing trend would appear to have turned distinctly bearish and may be seen as a dissatisfaction of the ECB’s looser monetary policy. In this scenario, the next support level in line and target for bearish traders could be the February 24 low of 5839, with a break to his level potentially opening up the door for a decline to the current yearly low of 5495.

Do we have a potential bellwether?

Ahead of the ECB meeting, market chatter did point out that both negative interest rates and low long-term yields remained factors in hurting the profitability of banks.

Market reaction in shares of some of the biggest banks in Europe (HSBC Plc., BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole Group, and Deutsche Bank) are so far positive, with the exception of HSBC Plc. Further gains in the shares of these banks could act as some sort of bellwether for stocks as well as highlighting market persuasion on the ECB’s latest move.

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Created with Marketscope/Trading Station II; prepared by Alejandro Zambrano

--- Written by Alejandro Zambrano, Market Analyst for DailyFX.com

Contact and follow Alejandro on Twitter: @AlexFX00

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