|The Dow Industrials have made an incredible rise of 2,000 index points from the lows in late September to highs in mid-December. No one can dispute the veracity of underlying strength along the way, but how much longer can it last and is there room to run even higher?|
|We've been simply amazed at the parabolic climb so many charts have made with steep trendlines like the Dow's shown here drawn in black. But all that altitude without time to acclimate makes one very dizzy indeed. Us flatlanders recently moved to Denver now hiking the mountain trails at 13,000+ feet can personally attest to this. Now what?|
|Figure 1: Daily Chart: Dow|
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|Graphic provided by: QCharts.|
|Well, we have a bearish triangle wedge formed that begs to be broken soon. Upside will find stiff resistance at 10,000 level once more while the first measure of support sits near 9,600 and then every 100 or so points below from there. Stochastic values tried to turn bullish Friday but finished in straight-down fashion for now.|
Figure 2: Weekly Chart: Dow
|Weekly charts show stochastic values are currently weaker in an overbought extreme than at any point in time since late April 2001. We can easily see what happened after that, and history does have a tendency to repeat. Fibanocci values point out firm support at 9,700 area and well below that near 9,300 should any test of the first measure fail to hold. Will there be a test real soon? No one can guarantee anything, but at least we know crucial pivot points in the market where support may be bought or sold as it manages or fails to hold accordingly.|
Figure 2: Daily Chart: Dow
|Dialing down that weekly chart to daily time frame gives tighter points of reference to watch. Looks like 9,900 may offer more bumps on the bullish noggin while 9,640 and especially 9,360 areas should offer solid support. |
Up or down makes little difference to short-term traders when timing markets. Which way next is all we care about and with price action stuck between these measures of resistance and support it is a simple matter to aptly play the bounces or breaks accordingly!
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