How Can Short Bets Drive Trends?

Dow Jones, DAX 40, CAC 40, Trader Positioning – Talking Points

  • Short exposure in global equities has been increasing
  • Sentiment outlook: Dow Jones, DAX 30 and CAC 40
  • Technical analysis shows continuation patterns afoot

What Does Trader Positioning Say About Global Stock Market Trends?

In this week’s session, I discussed how net-short positioning in global equities is approaching levels last seen prior to the aggressive selloff in stocks as the coronavirus spread. Indexes covered include the Dow Jones, DAX 30 and CAC 30. The shift back towards traders aggressively selling into recent price gains can have important implications for future trends. What is the road ahead based on signals from IG Client Sentiment (IGCS)?

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Dow Jones Sentiment Outlook

According to IGCS, about 31.10% of Dow Jones traders are net long at the time of writing. This is down from about a 65% upside bias when prices found a bottom in late March. Since then, the index advanced over 23 percent as traders increasingly started betting on its next turn lower. From here, recent changes in sentiment warn that the currentprice trend may soon reverse lower even thoughtraders remain netshort.

Dow Jones, DAX 30, CAC 40 Forecast: How Can Short Bets Drive Trends?

Dow Jones Technical Analysis

A turn lower in the Dow Jones places the focus on rising support from last month’s bottom – green line on the 4-hour chart below. If taken out, that could shift the technical bias to the downside as prices may face 20500. Uptrend resumption entails a push through 23477 after prices appeared to experience a false breakout through resistance at 23022. The push above the falling trend line from February maintains the upward technical view.

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Dow Jones Futures 4-Hour Chart

Dow Jones, DAX 30, CAC 40 Forecast: How Can Short Bets Drive Trends?

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DAX 30 Sentiment Outlook

IGCS shows about 35.21% of traders in the DAX 30 are net long at the time of publishing. This continues to dwindle from a roughly 65% upside bias when the index found a bottom in late March. Since then, prices have climbed over 24%. The combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives a further mixed trading bias. Those net short are down over a daily basis while bets to the upside are higher over a weekly period.

Dow Jones, DAX 30, CAC 40 Forecast: How Can Short Bets Drive Trends?

DAX 30 Technical Analysis

From a technical perspective, the DAX 30 appears to have experienced a false upside breakout through an Ascending Triangle continuation pattern. A drop back into the congestive range of the triangle could spell further consolidation to come. Still, the push above falling resistance from February offers a cautiously upside tilt. Rising support from late March may maintain the bounce in the event prices fall ahead.

DAX 30 Futures 4-Hour Chart

Dow Jones, DAX 30, CAC 40 Forecast: How Can Short Bets Drive Trends?

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CAC 40 Sentiment Outlook

About 40.40% of CAC 40 traders are net long according to IGCS. This has been dwindling slowly from a near 75% upside bias seen last month. As prices appeared to find a bottom in late March, traders rekindled downside exposure. From here the combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a stronger CAC 40-bullish contrarian trading bias. That may speak to a rising share of investors attempting to pick the next top.

Dow Jones, DAX 30, CAC 40 Forecast: How Can Short Bets Drive Trends?

CAC 40 Technical Analysis

On the 4-hour chart below, the CAC 40 continues to trade within an Ascending Triangle chart pattern. The floor of the triangle is rising support from last month’s bottom with the ceiling holding at 4552. The direction of the breakout may precede the next dominant move. A rise may see the CAC 40 target former rising support from 2011. Otherwise a turn lower exposes 4110 followed by 3624.

CAC 40 Futures 4-Hour Chart

Dow Jones, DAX 30, CAC 40 Forecast: How Can Short Bets Drive Trends?

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*IG Client Sentiment Charts and Positioning Data Used from April 7 Report

— Written by Daniel Dubrovsky, Currency Analyst for DailyFX.com

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