Stocks on Wall Street had an impressive run in 2013 amid a backdrop of ample central bank liquidity, with the NASDAQ rising 38.3 percent for its best year since 2009. However, with the Federal Reserve set to reduce its asset purchases this month investors can't help but question the likelihood of a repeat performance in 2014. Down 1.5 percent in the first few days of the New Year, charts suggest that the NASDAQ may face a pullback, but ultimately the environment remains bullish.
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Charts show that the NASDAQ index has a steady and strong uptrend with an up-sloping trading channel. Best seen on a monthly chart, there are three features: the trading channel, potential upside targets and the position of long-term uptrend line A.
The trading channel: Trend lines A and B are the lower and upper edges of the trading channel, respectively. The NASDAQ has moved above the upper edge of the trading channel, thus there is an increased probability of a retreat.