S&P 500 & Dow Fall Below Key Support; Potential H&S in Nasdaq - buzzfeed.work


  • The S&P 500 and DJIA have fallen below key support.
  • The Nasdaq 100 index risks a bearish head & shoulders pattern.
  • What are the outlook and the key levels to watch in the three US indices?

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The rally in US indices appears to be cracking – the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) have broken below key support, while the Nasdaq 100 index looks vulnerable amid a potential bearish formation. For more discussion on the fundamental drivers, see “US Indices Risk Support Test After Hawkish Fed: S&P 500, Nasdaq Price Action,” published September 21.


S&P 500: Falls below key support

The S&P 500 has fallen below a vital converged support, including the June low of 4325, the 89-day moving average and the lower edge of the Ichimoku cloud on the daily charts –a risk highlighted in the last week’s update. The break is critical as the higher-top-higher-bottom sequence since the beginning of the year has been broken. The break has opened the way toward the 200-day moving average initially, now at about 4195. Below that, the next support is at the end-April low of 4050.

S&P 500 Daily Chart


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The evolving price action further reinforces the broader fatigue on higher timeframe charts, as pointed out in previous updates. See “US Indices Hit a Roadblock After Solid Services Print: S&P 500, Nasdaq,” published September 7; “US Indices Rally Beginning to Crack? S&P 500, Nasdaq Price Setups,” published August 3; “S&P 500, Nasdaq 100 Forecast: Overly Optimistic Sentiment Poses a Minor Setback Risk,” published July 23.

Nasdaq 100: Head & Shoulders Risk

The Nasdaq 100 index is testing a crucial horizontal trendline from June (at about 14550-14560). Any break below would trigger a head & shoulders pattern – the left shoulder is at the June high, the head is at the July high, and the right shoulder is at the early-September high. If triggered, the price objective of the bearish pattern would be around 13200, near the 200-day moving average.

Nasdaq 100 Daily Chart


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Moreover, from a big-picture perspective, as highlighted in arecent update, the momentum on the monthly charts has been feeble compared with the huge rally since late 2022, raising the risk of a gradual weakening, similar to the gradual drift lower in gold since May. For more discussion, see “Is Nasdaq Following Gold’s Footsteps? NDX, XAU/USD Price Setups,” published August 14.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average: Cracks below support

After a bullish break in July, the Dow Jones Industrial Average failed to sustain gains. This week the index has fallen below the resistance-turned-support on a horizontal trendline from July (at about 34300). The break has opened the way initially toward the May low of 32600, possibly the 200-week moving average (now at 31720), coinciding with the March low.

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— Written by Manish Jaradi, Strategist for DailyFX.com

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