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Are the Nasdaq and Dow set to plummet?

Trading on the Mark outline their bearish paths for the Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones, with both indices having fallen more than 5% in the past month.

The Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones forecasts that we made almost three weeks ago have performed fairly well. This article updates those bearish paths and considers how the two indices could – with the benefit of hindsight – have been traded.

Nasdaq 100 down 5.3% in the past month

Soon after our 23 February article, the Nasdaq 100 tested and then dropped through our initial target support level. It would have been a reasonable intraday strategy to go long upon successive tests of the first support at 12,041 points with appropriate stops, exiting at the first resistance area. A similar but more risky strategy would have worked after the first level failed. When price bounced the next day and formed an ‘island’, it should have alerted wave-counting traders that a new pattern segment was underway.

As price climbed in wave ii, it noticed and then skipped above the middle resistance target at 12,324 which could have served as an exit point for intraday bulls. Those who favour slower trades might have begun watching for objective signs of a downward turn at or after the cusp of wave 'ii'.

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In the next few days, the Nasdaq 100 could make a strong ‘middle third’ wave. It’s possible that wave 'iii' could extend more forcefully than our path line suggests. The marked support levels will probably be relevant even if price breaks further or faster than is shown in the chart above.

If price were to climb above 12,086, we would need to revise our short-term wave count.

We have June or July as a preliminary target for the end of the entire decline. Another window for a possible low, or a higher low, emerges around October.

Dow down 6.7% since 14 February

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been weaker than the Nasdaq recently. That doesn't necessarily mean its downward path will be more forceful. It's merely at a different part of its pattern. Perhaps a small wave [IV] could test the range between 32,193 and 31,611 points. If price breaks above that range, it may not spend much time above 32,698.

Source: Trading on the Mark

As with the Nasdaq, it's possible that the Dow might fall through supports more rapidly than the path shown above. The lower price levels should remain relevant even if they are tested early in the pattern.

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