FTSE 100: why it’s immune to US optimism

by Alistair Strang from Trends and Targets |

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The problem with chart patterns – and European grumpiness.

FTSE for Friday (FTSE:UKX)

We've a frequent problem with chart patterns, not least being their utter unreliability. It's often the case that something being true for one market proves to be the exact opposite in another.

Movements recently with the FTSE 100 and Wall Street are providing a perfect case in point, allowing us to enter 'teaching mode' for a welcome change.

The two charts below, dealing with the FTSE and Wall Street show an interesting movement with each index. Our point, essentially, would be a strong suspicion Wall Street would be about to surge upward, if only the US index had produced similar movements to the UK.

When an American index enacts this sequence, the steps are:

1.    Break the trend

2.    Follow the trend from below

3.    Exceed the level of the original trend break and regains the prior trend.

We've learned to expect surprise future strength. When we apply our US model to the UK index, it translates with the potential of coming growth toward 7,040 points.

Unfortunately, a US model will rarely prove reliable when applied elsewhere, doubtless reflecting differences in thought processes from one side of the Atlantic to the other. In America, perpetual hope is backed up by action. "It's broken trend. No worries, it's going up again and look, it just regained the trend. Buy!"

But in Europe, it’s more like: "It's broken trend. Don't trust it, the value is increasing but it just proved the trend line was weak. Sell!"

It's easy to snigger about this sort of nonsense, but there's little doubt the eternal optimism of America is a commodity often only found amongst the gullible in British internet chatrooms for certain AIM shares. If anyone is interested, we rather suspect the movement in the US index is a warning for imminent reversal to around 29,900 points, a level at which we'd hope for a rebound. 

As for the FTSE for Friday, there are some slight potentials showing. Above 6,670 points calculates with an initial ambition of 6,708 points with secondary, if exceeded, at 6,743 points. If triggered, the very tightest stop looks wide at 6,615 points.

The alternate scenario allows for weakness below 6,608 to drive reversals to an initial 6,568 with secondary, when broken, at 6,523 points.

Have a good weekend!

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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