Article by IG Chief Market Analyst Chris Beauchamp
Dow Jones, Nasdaq 100, Nikkei 225 – Analysis and Charts
Dow hits an air pocket
After the huge gains made since the end of October, yesterday’s drop came as a surprise. But with volumes low and newsflow almost absent, it was perhaps not surprising that some profit-taking occurred, although the price continues to hold uptrend support from the lows of October.
A close below 37,000 could yet see a move serious pullback develop, though a rally back above 37,500 puts more record highs on the agenda.
Dow Jones Daily Chart
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Nasdaq 100 steadies after drop
This index also suffered a drop, though it only took the price back to the levels seen earlier in the week.This week has seen the index hit a fresh record high, and despite yesterday’s brief volatility momentum still leans towards the upside.
A close below trendline support from the October lows could spark more selling and see the price head back toward the 16,000 area, where the price consolidated in November.
Nasdaq 100 Daily Chart
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Nikkei 225 stuck below 33,500
Sellers have held back the price from making further headway above 33,500 this week.For the moment, the price has yet to retest the 50-day SMA or rising trendline support from the December low. A close back above 33,500 means another test of the 33,900/34,000 zone could be in play.
A close back below 32,750 would be needed to put further bearish pressure on the index.