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In many ways the dollar is key to all the other markets. The trade-weighted dollar fell as low as 78.40 last night and made a double bottom on the short term charts. Major support is at 78.33, which was the low point of a large reverse head and shoulder bottom pattern made between 1991 and 1993. This support was broken in 2007 and the dollar then fell to around the 72 area. The dollar traded as low as 79 at the end of last year before recovering. What saved the dollar from the precipice last night was 'unnamed sources' telling Reuters that "a downgrade in the U.S. sovereign credit rating would not discourage Asian central banks from buying U.S. treasuries." Now I wonder who could have planted that story at such a convenient time? You should also be wondering are these Asian central bankers really that dumb or should they be suing Reuters for libel?
The short term key to whether or not stocks can hold their gains and go higher is whether or not the Nasdaq can hold above its 200-day moving average. Nasdaq was the first to break through this key resistance and has been leading the market up since the bottom. The Dow is the market laggard, although its position might improve in a few days when major losers GM and Citigroup are removed from the index and replaced by Cisco and Travelers. The Nasdaq 200 line is currently at 1684 and still falling. Nasdaq is holding above 1800 this morning.
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