FTSE 100: A strange week, but 7,850 is still on

by Alistair Strang from Trends and Targets |

Largely ignoring the Iran issue, investors are not panicking. Here's where our chartist thinks the index can go.



By any standards, this has been a strange week. A combination of the markets, still not approaching decent trading volumes, along with this week's "Iran" headlines, gave a media impression the markets faces a meltdown.

Quite the reverse has happened. The FTSE 100 wants to reach 7,850 allegedly!

However, it's worth remembering (as if anyone could forget) this is January, traditionally a month packed full of contrary behaviour.

A month, topped off with The World Economic Forum (aka Ski Trip) in Davos, which often witnesses a dip in world markets prior to a surprise surge around the Davos event, and all sorts of exuberance during China's week long New Year holiday.

What has surprised (so far), is that events in Iran appeared to be providing a reasonable excuse for market reversal prior to the month end and Davos.

Instead, we've seen a series of pretty average days this week, followed by a Thursday which almost felt exuberant at times. 
So, what's ahead for Friday?
Below 7,591 looks fairly troubling, apparently capable of reversal to an initial 7,568 points. If broken, secondary calculates at 7,557 points and this gets troubling, taking the UK index into a region where very little excuse is needed to crash it down to the 7,500 level.

If triggered, tightest stop is at 7,620 points.
The alternate scenario looks at the possibility of London trading above 7,634 points. Such a scenario apparently expects some growth to an initial 7,661 points.

If exceeded, secondary on the immediate cycle calculates at 7,682 points.

Visually, the initial target makes sense but the jury is out on the secondary, despite the longer term attraction from 7,850.
Despite this being the first complete week of 2020, market volumes are still rather low. Hopefully, next week witnesses some real flamboyance on the market.

Source: Trends and Targets      Past performance is not a guide to future performance

Alistair Strang has led high-profile and "top secret" software projects since the late 1970s and won the original John Logie Baird Award for inventors and innovators. After the financial crash, he wanted to know "how it worked" with a view to mimicking existing trading formulas and predicting what was coming next. His results speak for themselves as he continually refines the methodology.

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