Q: When is an island not an island? A: No, the answer isn’t Brexit Britain

With lockdown being de rigueur this season, and all the talk of family bubbles, travel corridors, quarantining and social isolation, I happened to spot a few potential island reversals in the charts. Which then set me thinking about their validity, considering the other idea that gaps should be filled.

The clearest potential island is on the daily candlestick chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Gapping up a lot on the 5th June, it then hovered in a small range for another three days, only to gap down on the 11th with a large black Marabuzo candle. Interestingly, all of the above happened around the 200-day moving average which, despite the rally since March’s low, shows no signs of turning up – yet.

Dow Jones

The next chart is of the US Russell 2000 index, a far broader index than the Industrials, and also a laggard in terms of the size of the bounce it’s managed since March. Here the gaps are so tiny they’re hard to spot at all, but also happen just under the 200-day moving average and above the Fibonacci 61 per cent retracement resistance level taken from this year’s high. What we’ve got looks increasingly like consolidation between the 50 and 200-day moving averages.


Finally the UK’s FTSE 100 index. These are prices from the London Stock Exchange where the opening calculation starts at the previous closing level, and then, as shares which make up the index trade, create the changes in the index; therefore, this one never gaps. Also remember that many brokers supply charts which use their own prices. These are labelled FTSE 100 because the LSE believes that any form of product dissemination is good for business. On the other hand, other exchanges and index providers like Standard & Poor’s, don’t allow this, so they call it by another name making, it clearer that these are not ‘official’ traded prices.


The FTSE 100 chart, unsurprisingly, looks much like the other two, hovering between the two long term moving averages, just under the Fibonacci 61 per cent retracement resistance, in what looks like a wedge – or even flag formation – using this year’s high and March’s low. No island at all.

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About Nicole Elliott

Nicole Elliott

A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science (BSc Social Psychology) Nicole Elliott has worked in banks in the City of London for the last 30 years. Whether in sales, trading or forecasting technical analysis has always been the bedrock of her thinking. Key expertise lies within all areas of treasury: foreign exchange, money markets, fixed income and commodities.

She has also added to the body of knowledge of the industry writing the first western book on Ichimoku Cloud Charts. Strong media links and a cult following are due to her prescient calls on the markets and often entertaining format.

Nicole can be contacted at trending@sta-uk.org

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