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US markets power higher to important moving average resistance

Jason Sen

It is the US nonfarm payrolls release today, always an important number for the direction of stock markets.

The E-mini S&P 500 broke above strong resistance at 2620/25 (unexpectedly if I am honest) and used this area as support at the start of this week to continue higher, reaching 2713 as I write today. Although the weekly chart below shows no important resistance, it is a slightly different story if we zoom into the daily chart.

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The daily chart below shows the March futures challenging the 100-day moving average at 2710/12. So this is key resistance for bulls today. Note what a perfect job the blue 100-day moving average did as resistance in mid-October, early November and early December. A good reason to pay attention to it now!

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A sustained break above 2715 targets 2720, 2723 and 2728/30. Above look for 2735/37 and strong resistance at 2741/43, from the 200-day moving average.

Failure to beat strong resistance at 2710/12 in severely overbought conditions targets 2695/92. Below 2690 look for 2682/80. We should hold support at 2675/73 on the first test, so watch for a bounce from here in the very short term.

The E-mini Dow Jones has important 100- and 200-day moving average resistance at 24980/25000. This has currently stopped the March futures dead in their tracks. Holding here targets 24900/880 before strong support at 24770/740. A bounce from here is expected on the first test at least. If we continue lower look for 24680/670 before strong support at 24590/570.

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A break above 25080 today should be enough to confirm the next bullish breakout for a buy signal, targeting 25140 and 25190/199. A move above 25230 targets 25320/330 and 25370.

The Nasdaq powered up through resistance at the 100-week moving average and nine-month trendline at around 6500 in the second week of January. This week we pushed higher again, reaching 6943 on Thursday.

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Although the weekly chart shows the path of least resistance is to continue higher, the daily chart shows a different story.

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We see the Nasdaq March futures hitting important 100-day moving average resistance at 6920. Although we overran to 6943 on Thursday we closed below 6920.

Bulls must hold prices above 6920/15 to remain in control and of course a weekly close above here would be important. A break above 6945 targets 6962/67 and perhaps as far as 6995/99.

For today, failure to beat 6920/15 targets 6900, 6885/82 and possibly support at 6870/65. On further losses look for 6848/46 and 6840/38. Bears now have a chance to see if the downtrend is developing.

Jason Sen

Technical Analyst & Trader

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