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S&P 500 and Dow Jones beating target levels

Jason Sen

Two weeks ago I wrote: ‘The E-mini S&P 500 finally beat strong resistance at 2510/20 and minor resistance at 2535/40 as we headed towards strong resistance at 2556/59. We should struggle here but we may only pause. Short positions could be risky. A break higher targets minor resistance at 2571/74. On further gains look for 2582/84 then 2592/94.’

All the targets have now been hit so it’s time for an update. I had expected the market to reverse from strong resistance at 2600/2620, arising from the neckline to the head-and-shoulders and blue 100-week moving average as you can see in the weekly chart below.

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However this was not the case and the index really had no trouble breaking through what I’d expected to be very strong resistance. As a result the bulls clearly remain in full control despite the severely overbought conditions on the daily chart.

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Note how we have sailed back above the green 100-day moving average at 2605. Even the bearish dead cross (100-day moving average crossing below the red 200-day moving average) is being ignored by traders and investors.

E-mini S&P bulls must hold prices above the first support at 2625/20 of course to re-target 2636/37 and 2640/45, which was the high on Thursday. A break higher is likely eventually in the bull trend, targeting 2649/50 and 2653/55, perhaps as far as 2659/61. On further gains look for 2669/71.

The key support is at 2625/20. Long positions need stops below 2610. A move below 2600 is more negative with a weekly close below here tonight needed to prove the break higher was false.

Focus on the Dow

I also wrote: ‘The E-mini Dow Jones meets key resistance at 23600/620. Short positions need stops above 23700. A break higher targets 23870/890.’

The E-mini Dow Jones broke higher and is now well above 24000. In fact it is beating what I saw as strong resistance at 24200/230.

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Having hit the next target of 24460/480, as you can see in the weekly chart above, we are testing the 11-month lower trendline of the channel that we broke out of a month ago. This resistance is at 24510/520. Bulls obviously need to see a weekly close above here tonight to target 24600/620, perhaps as far as 24750/760, before quite strong resistance at 24850/870.

I thought it was worth a look at the daily chart but there is no dead cross here just yesterday, although the blue 100-day moving average is slowly approaching the red 200-day moving average.

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In the short term we have minor support at 24345, then strong support at 24280/260. Further losses however target 24180/170. Look for an excellent buying opportunity at 24030/000.

Jason Sen

Technical Analyst & Trader

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