Wall Street Under Pressure Amid Low Oil Prices, Disappointing Earnings

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US indexes closed slightly lower, with the DJIA down by 41 points and ending the day at 17,581.43. The Nasdaq lost 4 points, whilst the S&P closed 0.26% lower.

Lower oil prices and disappointing earnings reports dragged Wall Street lower, with investors already being in cautious mode ahead of the FED’s meeting outcome. Car maker Ford plunged over 4% after reporting quarterly earnings below market’s forecast, attributing the slide to higher taxes.

Also, weaker-than-expected US data weighed on investors sentiment, which stayed side-lined, ahead of any rate move clue. The Dow daily chart shows that, despite setting a lower low for the week, the index remains within its latest range, near the fresh 2-month high set late last week. Also, the index stands well above its 200 DMA, whilst the technical indicators have turned flat well above their mid-lines, maintain the risk towards the upside.

In the 4 hours chart, however, the upward potential has lost part of its steam, as the Momentum indicator heads lower below its 100 level, albeit the RSI indicator maintains a bullish slope around 66 and the index struggles around a bullish 20 SMA. The index needs to break above 17,682 the mentioned high, to be able to extend its rally, with buyers still seeing on dips towards the 17,550/70 region.

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