UK 100 – Double Top Remains in Play

The UK 100 has started showing some weakness over the last week or so after failing to make a significant new high for a second time in the space of a week.

Since then, the ascending trend line – 24 June lows – has come under some pressure, firstly on Thursday when a late recovery ensured is closed the day above the line, then again today.

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As far as today is concerned, we have once again seen a bounce from the early lows but I’m not convinced that the index is bottoming out for a couple of reasons.

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The first is how the UK sold late into the close on Friday, which possibly suggests that traders that bought the dip didn’t have the confidence to hold it over the weekend. This kind of behaviour is not exactly consistent with confidence in the ability to break to new highs.

The second is that following the two failures to make new highs, a double top was formed and the neckline broken. While we did trade back above the neckline on Friday, it never took out the double top highs and so in my view, it remains in play.

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Based on the size of the double top, we could still see a move back towards 6,875 which would mean the index has made lower highs and lower lows and the trend line has been broken.

At this point, it could find support from the 55-day simple moving average but further losses may well follow. The next notable support level could then be found around 6,775-6,800 followed by 6,650 and 6,615.

Craig Erlam
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the BBC and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, FOX Business and BNN. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.