FTSE Technical Highlights:

  • FTSE broke 7600/550 support on Monday
  • Old support becomes new resistance
  • Path of least resistance remains lower

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On Monday, the FTSE broke through the 7600/550 support zone that kept the market buoyed on a couple of attempts to break down last week. This has the UK index following along with a pair of other key markets – DAX and S&P 500 – that also broke below their own important levels of support in recent days. Overall, global equities are in danger of rolling further downhill.

With the FTSE trading right around the bottom of support, if we see a turn lower very soon (like today), the next level to look to, or in this case moving average, is the 200-day MA around the 7446-mark. As far as price levels are concerned, nothing meaningful arrives until down near 7300.

Even if the FTSE is to trade back above 7550/600 and stay there on a daily closing basis, the near-term trend off the high remains marked by lower-lows and lower-highs, suggesting it’s still vulnerable to more selling. With time perhaps the downward channeling price action works its way into a bull-flag, but some work is needed before that scenario can come into serious consideration.

Tactically speaking, the 7550/600 zone has appeal for would-be shorts given not only the importance of the level, but its proximity for stop placement and potential reward. We had a similar situation in the DAX last week, with price breaking support on Thursday, then slightly bouncing back into it on Friday (and then rolling over this week). Perhaps the FTSE will be as willing to cooperate.

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FTSE Daily Chart (Broke Support)

FTSE daily price chart, old support new resistance

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---Written by Paul Robinson, Market Analyst

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