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Chart: Nikkei looks poised for a breakout

A man walks past a screen showing global stock market information on the street in Tokyo, Japan.
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A man walks past a screen showing global stock market information on the street in Tokyo, Japan.

The Nikkei has developed two powerful breakout patterns. The first pattern is the double bottom pattern. This is created by the low near 14,865 reached in February and again in June. This is a very bullish chart pattern and it is used to set a projected upside target.

The double bottom pattern is also sometimes called a W pattern. The distance between the base of the pattern at 14,865 and the peak of the pattern near 17,613 is measured. This value is then projected upwards above the W peak to give the long-term upside target. This target is near 20,347.

The breakout develops in two stages. The first target is a rebound from support near 14,865. The first target is 17,613. Traders expect to see some consolidation round this level before the market again breaks out in a new rally and moves towards the long-term target near 20,347.

The second pattern feature on the Nikkei chart is the down-sloping trend line. This line is calculated from the high in December 2016 near 20,012. The placement of the line is confirmed with the high in April and again in June. The close at 16,497 is above the value of the downtrend line and is the first signal that the downtrend has ended. This is confirmed with the recent close at 16,627 on the weekly chart. This is a bullish feature.

The move from support near 14,865 to the long-term target near 20,347 will not be a smooth rising trend. The resistance level near 17,613 is well established. Between January and April, this formed the top of a trading band.

In September 2015 this level acted as a support level. In December 2014 and February 2016, the Nikkei oscillated around this level as a resistance point. This is a strong feature on the Nikkei chart so there is a high probability the market will again pause and consolidate around this level for several weeks before continuing the uptrend breakout.

Traders will trade the first section of the breakout between 16,500 and the resistance level near 17,613. Traders will trade the second section of the trend breakout between 17,613 and 20,347 when the consolidation near 17,613 has been completed. Investors will enter near 16,500 and hold on for the long-term target near 20,347.

The combination of breakout and rebound features on the Nikkei chart are bullish. Traders will now also watch for the dollar/yen behavior with a move higher towards $1.08. This will also signal a breakout from the downtrend in the dollar yen with an initial upside target near $1.12.

We use the ANTSSYS method to trade the Nikkei rally and the dollar/yen breakout.

Daryl Guppy is a trader and author of Trend Trading, The 36 Strategies of the Chinese for Financial Traders, available from www.guppytraders.com.. He is a regular guest on CNBCAsia Squawk Box and a speaker at trading conferences in China, Asia, Australia and Europe.

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