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ASX200: Target 7200

Technicals | Jan 25 2022

By Michael Gable 

We have mentioned on a few occasions in the last couple of months that volatility had picked up, markets were looking a little vulnerable, and we need to avoid tech and high P/E stocks. Resources were the only game in town. Price action during the past week in major markets is confirming to us that weakness in now accelerating. If we get a capitulation, then all sectors will be at risk in the short term. Overnight, we saw the S&P 500 Index lose over 4% at one stage, but it then rallied hard to finish in the black. This is the sort of intraday reversal that you get at the lows. However, that is after a capitulation – and I don't believe we have seen a capitulation yet. Once we have, then there will be some great opportunities.

Markets will likely overshoot on the downside as they get too bearish in regard to rates and inflation. Emotional investors will forget that company earnings and global growth are looking very robust, especially once supply chains inevitably free up. If we combine that with the potential of inflationary pressures subsiding and rate rises being pushed out a little, then that would spark a great rebound in many stocks. But not yet. We need to see a lot more pain first. We need to see that the "buy the dip" crowd have given up. For the moment, there will be "bear market rallies" but risk is still to the downside for markets. We will continue to monitor price action across the board while all of this unfolds over the next few weeks or so and be ready to advise when it is time to pile back in with our ears pinned back.

Today's research looks at the major levels on the S&P/ASX 200 Index.

The Australian market has been trading in a range for the last six months, with some clear support around 7200. We gapped under it yesterday, only to rally off the lows. The bulls need to reclaim 7200 pretty quickly here. If so, it would make the recent decline a "false break" and that would set us up for a strong rally. However, the most likely scenario is that the market gets sold on a bounce to 7200. If so, that would set us up for the next leg lower. Support levels are almost meaningless if the market capitulates. But there does appear to be possible support in the mid 6000's, and then the low 6000's as a possible worse-case scenario.

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Michael Gable is managing Director of  Fairmont Equities (

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• Bachelor of Engineering, Hons. (University of Sydney) 
• Bachelor of Commerce (University of Sydney) 
• Diploma of Mortgage Lending (Finsia) 
• Diploma of Financial Services [Financial Planning] (Finsia) 
• Completion of ASX Accredited Derivatives Adviser Levels 1 & 2


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