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FTSE 100 Pressurized by Resistance as the Fed Takes Center Stage

FTSE 100 Pressurized by Resistance as the Fed Takes Center Stage

Tammy Da Costa, Analyst

Fed, BoE and Stocks – What’s Driving Markets?

This week’s economic calendar has remained at the forefront of risk sentiment as investors look to the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England (BoE) for signs a potential deceleration in the pace of rate hikes.

Although fundamental risks continue to get priced in, the big question for market participants is whether or not central banks will continue to maintain their aggressive hawkish narrative for the remainder of the year.

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As the UK economy remains under scrutiny, higher interest rates still appear necessary to curb rampant inflation which doesn't generally bode well for risk assets (including stocks).

While the FTSE 100 struggles to clear the 7200 psychological level, a brief retest of 7205 earlier today was met with swift retaliation from bears before temporarily stalling around 7130. As price action continues to search for a clear directional bias, the same levels that have been discussed throughout the week remain relevant for the short-term move.

FTSE 100 Daily Chart

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Chart prepared by Tammy Da Costa using TradingView

If prices rise above 7200, an increase in bullish momentum and a break of 7258 could drive FTSE into the next barrier of technical resistance between 7329 and 7350.

With the BoE (Bank of England) expected to raise rates by an additional 75 basis points at tomorrow's meeting, ISM data and Friday’s NFP (non-farm payrolls) report may provide an additional catalyst for global equities.

As the Fed continues to monitor these data points closely, both manufacturing and employment data are used to assess the health of the US economy.

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FTSE 100 Biggest Movers

At the time of writing, the FTSE 100 is trading 0.47% lower on the day, dragged down by materials and consumer staples. Despite a slight increase in healthcare and industrials, marginal gains have not been sufficient to drive the index higher.

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Source: Refinitiv

FTSE 100 Sentiment

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IG Client Sentiment Data shows that 43.62% of retail traders are currently net-long FTSE 100 with the ratio of traders short to long at 1.29 to 1. Positioning is less net-short than yesterday but more net-short from last week. The combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a further mixed FTSE 100 trading bias.

FTSE 100 Bullish
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of clients are net long. of clients are net short.
Change in Longs Shorts OI
Daily -4% 4% 3%
Weekly -9% 8% 5%
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--- Written by Tammy Da Costa, Analyst for DailyFX.com

Contact and follow Tammy on Twitter: @Tams707

DailyFX provides forex news and technical analysis on the trends that influence the global currency markets.

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