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FTSE 100 Starts Higher Ahead of Unemployment Data

FTSE 100
FTSE 100

FTSE 100 started the session 0.25% higher at 7,347.2 breaking a two-day losing streak as investors turn their attention to Donal Trump’s Speech on trade deal progress.

Equity traders await the Unemployment data due at 9:30GMT; analysts expect the unemployment rate to come unchanged at 3.9%. The UK unemployment rate rose to 3.9% in the three months to August 2019 from 3.8% in the previous period. The Employment Change 3-months consensus is for 34K, the previous reading was at -56K. The Average Weekly Earnings, Total Pay (y/y) expected at 3.8%, while the Claimant Count Change is expected at 17.8K.

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FTSE 100 Support and Resistance Levels

On the technical side, FTSE recovers today some of yesterday’s loses as the index hovers around the 100-day moving average. The index formed a death cross pattern on October 10, as the 50-day moving average crossed below the 200-day MA giving a bearish signal for FTSE.

On the upside FTSE 100 facing immediate resistance at 7,357 daily high and then at 7,440 the high from September 27th. If FTSE 100 manages to pierce above that level convincingly could open the way for a move up to 7,580 the August highs.

On the flip side, first support stands at 7,328.2 today’s low, while a break below that support level will open the way for a test of 7,302 the 200-day moving average. Below this level, the next support target comes at 7.283 the 50-day moving average.More content