ASX200: Looking For A Low

Technicals | Oct 24 2023

By Michael Gable 

A lot can happen in a week, or in three days. We had a market that was bouncing off support and was looking like heading higher, but the past few days has seen it back to where we were a few weeks ago.

Our recent buy signal has unfortunately been negated but we still remain of the view that markets are at levels where you need to be looking for reasons to buy, not reasons to sell. Today's report has an updated chart on the  S&P/ASX 200 index (XJO).

The major driver of stock market weakness has been the fixation on rising bond yields. However, as we have been saying for a number of weeks now, when you get a vertical move higher in any asset, they might go on a little longer than you expect, but they all end the same way – they fall just as fast as they go up.

Vertical moves don't consolidate sideways to stay "higher for longer". Overnight, we had news of prominent US hedge fund manager Bill Ackman closing off his bond shorts. That is, if the downside is mostly done for bonds, then so is the upside in yields.

Sure, we have a war in the Middle East to worry about, but that has never stopped a share market from heading higher. The war has kept gold prices firm, but the real move in gold will be when yields and the US dollar start to retreat.

We looked at the XJO earlier this month and noted the oversold nature of it (RSI circled) and the bounce off those levels gave us a positive view on the index.

The set-up was similar to what we saw in March. Unfortunately, it has dropped back to these levels in the past few days and negated our buy signal.

What is interesting, however, is to see the index make a slightly new low yesterday while the RSI has not. This bullish divergence suggests that the downside is unlikely to get away from us and the market just needed a bit more time to establish a low.

We are on the look-out for a clear reversal sign in order to turn positive again. Failing that, the next level of support is near 6700.

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Michael Gable is managing Director of  Fairmont Equities (

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