The FTSE 100 Is On A Roll — But Beware The Bull-Trap 29/12/20

Chris Lee
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Markets are taking a fairly standard approach to the interval between the Christmas and New Year holidays. With bears lacking any conviction, it’s the bulls who have control of the markets. Risk is being added to trading books, but occasional pull-backs will prove troublesome for shorter-term traders.

For many who are not already in positions, it will be a case of concentrating on keeping their discipline and patience levels high. There is definitely a sense that it’s too late to buy but also too early to sell.

It’s also worth remembering that although all the signals are pointing in the same direction, the recent price moves are based on low trading volumes and gaps caused by exchanges being closed for several days.


FTSE 100

The benchmark UK equity index continues to build on gains founded on the UK and EU negotiating a trade deal on the 24th of December.


FTSE100 Cash Price Graph

Source: IG


With many firms in the index being multi-nationals that generate profits overseas, the stalling of GBPUSD has offered another kicker. Early trading on Tuesday saw the index up by as much as 1.70%.


GBPUSD Price Graph

Source: IG


Fibonacci retracements have been reliable indicators of price moves in the FTSE 100. The Weekly price chart shows the 50% and 61.8% Fibs offering resistance at 6,235 between May and July and 6,570 earlier in December. A surge in buying activity over the last week has broken the 61.8% resistance.



FTSE 100 Cash Price Graph with some candles highlighted

Source: IG

Trading Volumes

The amounts of shares changing hands will remain a concern for those who went long. The histogram of volume traded on the Daily chart shows the expected seasonal fall away in trading activity has indeed taken place.


FTSE 100 Cash Price Chart with some candles highlighted

Source: IG

Scenario 1

A pull-back to 6,570–6,578 would allow the Hourly 20 SMA to catch up with price. It would also form price revisiting the 61.8% Fib, which provided such resistance earlier in the year. Price does like to revisit earlier resistance levels to confirm them as support. A subsequent kick on from that level would not be surprising.

That entry point, though, requires a lot of patience. With price trading at the 6,645 level, halfway through the morning session in European exchanges, it doesn’t look certain that price will retrace to that extent.


Scenario 2

With the odds stacked against the entry-level of 6,578 coming into play, the far riskier trade is catching a smaller retracement. The 12-month high of 7,693 is some way above current price levels and a move up to that level would represent a 15% appreciation in value.

The potential bull-trap for any over-eager trader is price sliding further. With another extended holiday weekend looming, the safer option would be to trade in a demo account.

Chris Lee

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