What’s the next market direction? The Dow Jones is the answer

US stocks went up yesterday

The major indexes on Tuesday rose after four consecutive negative days.

The S&P 500 gained 0.10%, the Nasdaq went up 0.01% and Dow Jones closed at +0.28%.

The stock market rose because the Bank of Japan raised a new cap on the benchmark rate, shifting from 0.25% to 0.5% the chance to rise its 10-year bond yield curve.

Investors have seen this action as a starting point to change the ultra-relaxed monetary policy adopted by the BOJ so far.

What to watch today

On Wednesday, 21 December at 15:00 GMT, are going to be released two important data: consumer confidence and existing home sales.

S&P 500 Technical Analysis – Daily Chart


The S&P 500 index bounced at the horizontal support line at around 3800, creating a “hammer” candle, which is a bullish sign for the immediate short term.

Is this a bull trap or can we expect more downside?

The index might keep rising today and retest the 50-day MA (red moving average).

If the price is able to break above it and also above the horizontal support at around 3900, we can expect the rally to continue.

However, we think that the upside potential is very limited at the moment since there are many resistance levels for the price.

If the price gets rejected at the 50-day MA, we can likely expect the price to drop and break below the support at 3800 and retest the next support level at around 3700 and potentially reach the final target at 3600.

The overall trend for the S&P 500 index is still bearish and this potential rally might be just a pause before the continuation to the downside.

The RSI rose slightly to 42, indicating still a bearish trend.

Overall, the index price could fall further in the upcoming days, until it reaches the oversold condition on the RSI.

Dow Jones Technical Analysis – Daily Chart


The chart of the Dow Jones Index is showing a different view of the US stock market.

The Dow Jones Index broke above the bearish trendline on 10 November 2022 and it looks like this trendline is now acting as support (see the green circle in the chart).

The whole area between 32400 and 32900 is potentially a strong support zone for the index price since it has a confluence of many technical levels, such as the 200-day MA (green moving average), the horizontal support at 32575, the cross of the bearish trendline and the 50-day MA (red moving average).

Therefore, the price action of the Dow Jones Index is bullish, compared to the price action of the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indices, which are bearish instead.

Based on this, we can expect the price to rise and test the 21-day MA (blue moving average) in the upcoming days and potentially move up to the resistance at 34837.

So, what is the Dow Jones saying?

If the Dow acts as a leading index for the overall US stock market, we could expect also the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq indices to turn bullish in the upcoming days.

Therefore, watch closely the price action of this index for clues on the next market direction.

Sentiment Indicator – Fear & Greed Index

The market sentiment is at 38 in the “Fear” mode which is at the same exact level as yesterday.

Portfolio Update

This week, I have added more short positions on stocks while keeping my long positions open.

This has allowed my portfolio to make a profit this month, despite the overall market drop.

My view remains bearish at the moment, based on the current economic situation and based on the latest speech from the FED.

I am expecting more downside in the upcoming days, however, I am aiming to make a profit regardless of the market direction.

If you are already copying my portfolio, please keep the copy open.

If you are thinking of copying me, now could be a good time, if you can invest for the long term (years).

Remember to copy the open trades to optimize the copy.

Remember to set the stop loss on the copy at the minimum level, so you don’t get stopped if there is a correction.

Thank you, everyone. Have a nice day!

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Federica Montella

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Author: Federica Montella
eToro Popular Investor, food lover and blogger. Stock trader and Popular Investor at eToro. I am on a mission to find the best restaurants and food to eat.