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FTSE 100 Trading Around Big Support, Eyes on BoE

FTSE 100 Trading Around Big Support, Eyes on BoE

Paul Robinson,

What’s inside:

  • FTSE testing very important support
  • Clean break of 7100 should see increased selling pressure, strong push higher needed to turn momentum upward
  • BoE today could prove to be impactful

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On Friday, we were making note of the weak bounce the FTSE 100 was putting in just ahead of old record highs. This is what we had to say last week:

We’re still sitting close to a big level of support, so any drop from here could find it challenging to gain momentum, but if the FTSE takes out 7100, a clear breach of the old highs, watch for increased selling pressure.”

The whole figure was taken out by a few points to start this morning, but we’re seeing some buying keep the footsie propped up above for now. It’s been flirting with a break all week; 7104 is the old record closing high from 2015, while 7130 was the intra-day record from October we’ve been watching. All-in-all, a strong break of 7100 is what we are looking for if more downside is to come.

Immediate levels on the down-side to watch, should the market break, are at 7067 and then the more important area of support comes around the trend-line(s) off the June lows (clocks in near 7000). The 11/10 spike high of 6997 could coincide.

The decline over the past couple of weeks could come to a halt around current levels, always a possibility as the market gears up for another push higher; we’ll want to see a strong rally off support first, though, before moving ahead with that possibility.

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At mid-day (12 GMT) we have the Bank of England policy meeting on the docket. We’re not going to step out on a limb and make any predictions, sticking to the usual discipline of taking a reactionary stance. It’s ‘Super Thursday’ (quarterly inflation report as a bonus), and with that said there is room for increased volatility for ‘all-things-UK’ – keep an eye on GBP, 1-month correlation is at a strongly negative 91% to the FTSE 100.

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---Written by Paul Robinson, Market Analyst

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