FTSE 100 Edges Higher while Dax and S&P 500 Struggle

Article by IG Chief Market Analyst Chris Beauchamp

FTSE 100, DAX 40, S&P 500 – Analysis and Charts

​​​FTSE 100 clings on above 7330

​An attempt to continue Monday’s bounce hit some selling yesterday, helped along by the poor reaction to BP’s results. ​A close above 7350 would be needed to indicate that the buyers have been able to muster fresh strength, and a close above 7400 might then suggest that a low has been formed.

​This short-term bullish view would be negated with a close below 7250. This then leaves only the 7200 lows of March and the summer before the index.

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Dax little-changed after two-day bounce

​Tuesday saw the index develop further bullish strength, albeit from a lower low.​Further gains would target 15,000, and from there, trendline resistance from the August peak would be the next target, in a more extended version of the early August rally.

​For the moment a short-term low has been created, and a reversal below 14,600 would be needed to indicate a renewed bearish view.

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S&P 500 rally slows

​Continued gains saw the index move back above its Monday highs, as the price rallied from a lower low. ​The next target is the 200-day SMA, which acted as resistance in late October. A close above this opens the path to trendline resistance from the September highs, and then on to the 50—day SMA, and then the October peak around 4395.

​Sellers will want a reversal back below 4150 to negate this possible bullish view.

S&P 500 Daily Chart