Dow Jones Industrials Bumping Into 70 Year Channel Resistance

The history of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) is one built on ups and downs. But more ups than downs over the long-run

In the chart below, we look at the price action over the past century. For the majority of that time (roughly 70 years), the Dow Industrials has traded within a long term trend channel, splitting time in the upper and lower half (A).

This broad stock market index formed megaphone patterns in both the 1960s/70s/80s and the 1990s/00s/10s. And in both cases, the Dow Industrials broke out above the megaphone pattern, retested its breakout (points 1 & 3), then rallied to test the underside of its longer-term rising trend channel resistance (points 2 and 4).

Clearing long-term rising channel resistance may take some time. The last time this occurred was in the 1980s, and shortly thereafter we saw the 1987 crash. The market quickly recovered and chopped against this resistance line for nearly 10 years before breaking out in the 1990s.

If this pattern repeats itself, it likely means a choppy period ahead for investors, even if the market manages to push higher.

As well, current momentum readings are at lofty levels. It could take some time before we see the Dow Jones Industrials definitively break out again!

Below looks at the SPY ETF and highlights that it is testing a key Fibonacci Extension Level-

Bulls would get a powerful positive message if SPY breaks out at (2)!

Bulls would get concerning message if a double top is forming a (2)!

The S&P has traded sideways for nearly 7-months. What happens at (2) should send an important message to the broad market for the rest of the year!