FTSE up – but is it sustainable?

UK100, Daily and H4

Stock market sentiment stabilized during the European morning, after a largely weaker session in Asia, where Trump’s latest trade threats put fresh pressure on markets in Hong Kong and China in particular. With dwindling room for China to match tariff threats, in the same way there is speculation that it may focus on alternative measures such as a weakening of the Yuan or restrictions for US companies in China. Trump now has also expressed displeasure about the large US trade deficit with Japan.

In Europe, soothing words from Italian Finance Minister Tria meanwhile helped to lift sentiment and saw the MIB rising 2.2%, with GER30 and UK100 up 0.31% and 0.27% respectively. The UK100 has been into a sharp fall since early August, dipping to a 5-month low on Friday. Interestingly, today, it managed to rebound up to 7308.05 level, signalling that we might see a pause into this strong decline in the near future, especially if today’s candle closes above Friday’s high, at 7336.00. This will open the way to the upside, towards Resistance 7490.00, which is at the 200-day SMA and a breath below the 50% retracement of the decline seen since August 8. However, for the long-term bias to turn positive, a decisive break above 7490.00 zone, is required.

In the bigger view, UK100 remains in the negative outlook, with medium-term and long-term momentum indicators supporting the continuation of the negative bias. In both time-frames, RSI moves around oversold barrier, unable to sustain any move higher and with further space to the downside. MACD lines extend to the downside well below the signal line, detecting downside momentum as well.

A close today below Friday’s close price at 7280.00, could suggest in the near future, the retest of  immediate Support at 7226.00, but also further lower to April’s Support at 7190.00 level. If the bears pierce below it, the next area to be watched is the round 7100.00 level and  7076.00 which coincides with the 78.6% Fibonacci level.

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Andria Pichidi

Market Analyst


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