Dow Jones: Technical Analysis – Postponement of tax reform deadlines may trigger a correction

November 14, 2017

By IFCMarkets

Postponement of tax reform deadlines may trigger a correction

As a result of the last week the US stock index Dow Jones fell for the first time in 9 weeks. Will its downward correction continue?

The US President Donald Trump’s tax reform may be significantly reduced, as well as postponed for a year. Meanwhile, after his victory in the elections last November, Dow Jones grew by almost 30%. Investors expected that tax reduction would significantly improve the financial performance of the US corporations. Another negative factor for the stock market may be the next Fed rate hike at its regular meeting on December 13, 2017. It will contribute to an increase in the loan debt burden. In particular, the president of Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank Patrick Harker said he would support the Fed rate hike decision. Similar opinions are expressed by other Federal Reserve Bank presidents. The P/E ratio (stock price/earnings per share for a year) reached 18, which is the highest since 2004. High P/E ratio usually indicates that stocks are overvalued.


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On the daily timeframe, DJI: D1 remains in the rising trend. The growth of its prices has slowed down and some technical analysis indicators formed bearish signals. A downward correction is possible in case of the publication of negative economic and corporate information in the US, the further increase of the Fed rate and the refusal from the tax reform.

  • The Parabolic indicator gives a bearish signal.
  • The Bollinger bands have narrowed, which means lower volatility. They are tilted down.
  • The RSI indicator is above 50. It has formed a negative divergence.
  • The MACD indicator gives a bearish signal.

The bearish momentum may develop in case DJI drops below the three last fractal lows at 23000. This level may serve as an entry point. The initial stop loss may be placed above the last fractal high, the historic high, the upper Bollinger band and the Parabolic signal at 24000. After opening the pending order, we shall move the stop to the next fractal high following the Bollinger and Parabolic signals. Thus, we are changing the potential profit/loss to the breakeven point. More risk-averse traders may switch to the 4-hour chart after the trade and place there a stop loss moving it in the direction of the trade. If the price meets the stop level at 24000 without reaching the order at 23000, we recommend cancelling the position: the market sustains internal changes that were not taken into account.

Summary of technical analysis

Position Sell
Sell stop below 23000
Stop loss above 24000

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