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FTSE 100: ’Hidden’ Resistance Ahead

FTSE 100: ’Hidden’ Resistance Ahead

Paul Robinson,

What’s inside:

  • The FTSE 100 rise continues to be extremely persistent
  • Potential resistance lies ahead at top-side trend-line
  • Waiting for bearish price action to indicate a set-back may be underway

2017 FY and Q1 Forecasts and Trading Ideas

Our recent outlook for a pullback to spawn in the face of a persistently rising market has yet to be realized, but at some point, soon, the FTSE 100 is likely to experience a set-back. The trading has been so one-sided that the only way to enter long, for going on a month now, is to buy the intra-day dips and run with it from there. For those who have been long, there has been little reason to be a seller. For those looking to short, there has been even less of a reason to fight the trend.

In prior posts, we expressed our ‘hope’ of seeing a pullback develop following the breakout to new highs back into those old highs (old resistance becomes new support), for possible long entries. That is off the table for now. Fighting persistent trends is a tough game to play, but as we said earlier, at some point, a decline will set in. We want to see the market react lower first, showing selling interest, before considering a decline is possibly under way. One level of potential resistance where we might see the market react is just ahead at the top-side trend-line running over the October 2015 and ’16 peaks; this level is right around 7300. It’s a ‘hidden’ level of resistance, if you will, given it arrives at record highs.

For the past month, not one session has closed below the prior day low; a close below the prior day low would be our queue that the current trend may be coming to an end for the time-being. For those that have been holding a long position from lower prices and looking to milk the trade further, this isn’t a bad way to implement a trailing stop - exit on a close below the prior day low. For aggressive-minded shorts, a close below the prior day low could mark the beginning of sellers starting to gain some control.

FTSE 100: Daily

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---Written by Paul Robinson, Market Analyst

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