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South Africa Top 40 Index (SA40) Wrestles with Resistance Below 62000

South Africa Top 40 Index (SA40) Wrestles with Resistance Below 62000

Tammy Da Costa, Analyst

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South Africa Top 40 (SA40) Technical Analysis

Although the SA 40 (South Africa Top 40 Index) has rapidly gained traction over the past two years, failure to maintain bullish momentum above the March 2022 high of 7186.57 allowed bears to drive price action lower before sliding to low of 55843.81 in September this year.

As buyers retaliated and drove prices higher, a hold above the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of the 2020 - 2022 move assisted with temporarily muting the downward move by providing support at 57144.

With the South Africa Top 40 currently heading towards the next zone of psychological resistance at 62000, the descending trendline has formed an additional barrier of resistance at around 61580.

SA40 Weekly Chart

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Chart prepared by Tammy Da Costa using TradingView

For the upside to prevail, the next challenge will be for buyers to drive prices above 62000. A break above psychological resistance could see a retest of the 23.6% retracement of the 2020 – 2022 move at 62752 opening the door for bullish continuation back towards 64000.

South Africa Top 40 Index (SA40) Daily Chart

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Chart prepared by Tammy Da Costa using TradingView

However, a rejection of 62000 and a move below 58609 could see prices drop back towards 55843.

--- Written by Tammy Da Costa, Analyst for DailyFX.com

Contact and follow Tammy on Twitter: @Tams707

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