Indices In Consolidation Ahead Of FOMC

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The end of the US government shut down doesn’t appear to have had a positive effect at the start of the new trading week. In fact the exact opposite with the three main US indices all falling sharply and looking to re-test significant support price levels.

Starting with the YM (e-mini) for the Dow Jones the key level for the index is at the 24250 – 24300 region (as denoted by the blue line of the accumulation & distribution indicator) and is a support level that held all last week. To the upside, the 24700 is also key and forms the ceiling of the current consolidation for the index, although this resistance (as denoted by the red line of the accumulation & distribution indicator) is not as well developed as the support line.

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Moving to the NQ (e-mini for the Nasdaq) here too we have an index sandwiched between strong support in the 6660 region and resistance at 6800. However, the difference here is the volume point of control also sits at this price level thereby creating much strong resistance and a level that will require effort and volume if the index is to continue higher.

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And the ES too is consolidating between strong support at 2610 and resistance at 2680 but at least on this chart, there is some distance to the volume point of control which sits at 2710.

The consistency of the price action on all three indices, reveals not only a natural pause to the recent strong move higher in equities but also a degree of uncertainty as market participants now wait for the FOMC on Wednesday, the usual raft of earnings data as well as China. And whilst all of these are capable of moving the indices out of their consolidation it is the FOMC that may provide the greater volatility particularly if Powell disappoints and fails to deliver a more dovish statement. This FOMC also ushers in a new era of press conferences after every meeting which will also add its own volatility.

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