Chart Of The Day Nikkei 225 may see the start of another bearish downleg

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Short-term technical outlook on Japan 225 Index (Fri, 17 Nov)

Key technical elements

  • Yesterday’s push up in price action of the Japan 225 Index (proxy for the Nikkei 225 futures) from the recent 21840 low has stalled right at a significant short-term resistance of 22800 which is defined by the former minor swing low area of 08 Nov 2017, the pull-back resistance of the former medium-term ascending channel (depicted in dotted brown) from 08 Sep 2017 low and the close to 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the recent decline from 09 Nov 2017 high to 15 Nov 2017 low).
  • In addition, yesterday’s upside momentum of the price action has started to wane as the 4 hour Stochastic oscillator has reversed down from its overbought region coupled with a bearish divergence signal seen in the 1 hour Stochastic oscillator.
  • Based on intermarket analysis, the direct correlated USD/JPY has continued to exhibit weakness below its tightened key short-term resistance now at 113.30 with further downside potential towards the next intermediate support at 111.70 (click here to refer to “Chart Of The Day” published on Wed, 15 Nov).
  • The next significant short-term support rests at 21650/600 which is defined by the minor swing low areas of 24/26 Oct 2017, the lower boundary of the minor descending channel in place since 09 Nov 2017 high (depicted in pink) and close to the 0.764 Fibonacci projection on the on-going decline from 09 Nov 2017 high projected to 15 Nov 2017 low projected to today current intraday high of 22760 (see 1 hour chart).

Key Levels (1 to 3 days)

Intermediate resistance: 22550

Pivot (key resistance): 22800

Supports: 21840 & 21650/600

Next resistance: 23010 (medium-term pivot) & 23420


Therefore, the Index may see the start of another potential bearish impulsive wave sequence at this juncture. As long as the 22800 short-term pivotal resistance holds, the Index is likely to shape another potential downleg to retest the recent swing low of 21840 before targeting the next intermediate support of 21650/600 in the first step.

On the other hand, a clearance above 22800 shall negate the bearish tone to see a push up to test the 23010 key medium-term pivotal resistance. Only a clear break above 23010 will invalidate the bearish scenario to open up scope for the start of another potential bullish impulsive wave sequence towards 23420 in the first step.

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