Nasdaq Composite Technical Analysis – Key support in sight

Yesterday, the Fed left interest rates unchanged at
5.25-5.50% as expected but revised its outlook on the more hawkish side. In
fact, the Fed not only sees another rate hike by the end of the year but also
much less rate cuts in 2024 as they revised it from 4.6% seen in June to 5.1%
now. The macroeconomic projections were also revised higher indicating a
resilient economy. In the press conference Fed Chair Powell
reaffirmed their data dependency and the need to move carefully as they
approach the terminal rate. One thing that caught everyone by surprise is when
asked if he would call the soft landing a baseline expectation now, Powell said “No, I would not do that”.

Nasdaq Composite Technical
Analysis – Daily Timeframe

On the daily chart, we can see that the Nasdaq
Composite eventually broke out of the consolidation following the FOMC meeting
and it’s now eyeing the key support at 13174
where we have also the confluence with the
trendline and the
38.2% Fibonacci retracement level.
This is where the buyers should step in with a defined risk below the level to
position for a rally into the highs. The sellers, on the other hand, will want
to see the price breaking through the level to pile in even more aggressively
and target the 12274 level.

Nasdaq Composite
Technical Analysis – 4 hour Timeframe

On the 4 hour chart, we can see that the Nasdaq
Composite basically broke out of the bearish flag. The
target for this pattern is generally the equal extension of the first bearish
leg, so we might even see a break below the key support and a selloff into the
12274 level. For now, the bias remains bearish as the price is printing lower
lows and lower highs with the moving averages being
crossed to the downside.

Nasdaq Composite Technical
Analysis – 1 hour Timeframe

On the 1 hour chart, we can see that the
optimal level to short was after the breakout of the support. The price has
already moved a lot and it’s never a good idea to chase the market. If the
price pulls back, the sellers should lean on the downward trendline and the
previous low to position for another selloff into the 13174 support. The
buyers, on the other hand, will want to see the price to break above the
trendline to invalidate the bearish setup and start targeting new higher highs.


The week is drawing to a
close, but we still have a couple of key economic releases ahead. Today, the main event will be the US Jobless Claims
report as the labour market data remains very important for the Fed and the
market. Tomorrow, we will see the latest US PMIs data which is expected to be
market moving.

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