Gold closed the day with losses after spending the day near the three-month high posed on Wednesday, weighed by renewed dollar's demand in the US afternoon. Spot closed the day around $1,235.10 a troy ounce, as market's sentiment improved, with investors rushing into high-yielding assets in detriment of the safe-haven metal. The daily chart for the commodity shows that it held above a key support, the 50% retracement of the November/December slide around 1,230.00, while the 20 DMA is advancing above the 100 DMA, both far below the current level and limiting chances of a steeper decline. Technical indicators in the mentioned chart remain within positive territory, with the Momentum flat and the RSI hovering around 67. In the shorter term, and according to the 4 hours chart, the price is currently struggling around a bullish 20 SMA, whilst technical indicators are modestly bouncing from their mid-lines after correcting extreme overbought readings.
Support levels: 1,230.00 1,219.40 1,210.10
Resistance levels: 1,244.70 1,255.15 1,263.90
West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures advanced for a second consecutive day, with the commodity setting a couple of cents above 53.00. WTI set a daily high of $53.20 a barrel, still underpinned by Wednesday's news, showing an unexpected draw in US gasoline stockpiles that suggest rising demand for the commodity. Despite a large build in crude inventories, the commodity advanced for a second consecutive day, although the price continues developing within the range set mid December. Technically, the daily chart shows that the price is now around a flat 20 SMA, whilst technical indicators have turned flat around their mid-lines, indicating a limited upward scope. In the 4 hours chart, the price advanced beyond a still bearish 20 SMA, but is currently struggling with the 100 and 200 SMAs, both flat, whilst the Momentum indicator heads higher above its 100 level and the RSI remains flat around 54, in line with the longer term view.
Support levels: 52.50 51.80 51.10
Resistance levels: 53.20 53.65 54.20
Wall Street's three main indices all closed at record highs as financials rallied, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average settling at 20172.40, up 0.59% or 118 points. The Nasdaq Composite added 32 points, to 5,715.18 while the S&P closed at 2,307.87, 0.58% higher. Further supporting US equities were higher oil prices and US President Trump comments about an upcoming "phenomenal" tax plan. The Dow traded as high as 20,206 and the daily chart shows that it extended further above a modestly bullish 20 DMA, while the RSI indicator turned sharply higher, now around 67, as the Momentum keeps consolidating within positive territory. Shorter term, and according to the 4 hours chart, the index is the index is biased higher, as the 20 SMA has accelerated its advance beyond the 100 and 200 SMAs, with the shortest maintaining a strong upward slope some 100 points below the current level, whilst the RSI indicator consolidates around 67. In this last time frame, the Momentum indicator eased within positive territory, rather reflecting low volumes after the close and the retracement from the mentioned record high.
Support levels: 20,157 20,090 20,013
Resistance levels: 20,210 20,270 20,340
The FTSE 100 closed at 7,229.50, up 0.57% or 40 points, its highest settlement in three-weeks, backed by higher oil prices that boosted energy-related companies. International Consolidated Airlines Group topped winners list, up 3.51%, followed by Royal Bank of Scotland that added 2.51%, as strong earnings from French Société Générale that beat forecasts. Mining-related equities were among the worst performers, with Anglo American down 2.67% and Fresnillo ending the day 2.55% lower. The daily chart shows that the Footsie settled above a still flat 20 DMA, whilst technical indicators entered positive territory, maintaining bullish slopes and favoring additional gains, particularly after the Pound eased late Thursday. In the 4 hours chart the index has settled above its 20 and 100 SMAs that anyway lack directional strength, whilst the Momentum indicator heads north well above its 100 level and the RSI indicator consolidates around 65, in line with the shorter term perspective.
Support levels: 7,205 7,163 7,128
Resistance levels: 7,258 7,312 7,354
European equities closed higher, with the German DAX up 100 points to 11,642.86, helped by a recovery in oil prices and positive earnings reports. In Germany Commerzbank reported earnings above expectations, but closed the day down 1.96%, after the bank's CFO said that expectations are that 2018 will bring a moderate negative capital impact. Still, most components closed in the green with Adidas topping gainers' list, up by 2.81%, followed by RWE AG which added 2.42%. The benchmark holds around the mentioned close ahead of the Asian opening, maintaining a neutral stance in the daily chart, given that the index is currently around a horizontal 20 SMA, whilst the Momentum indicator continues lacking directional strength around its 100 level. The RSI indicator heads modestly higher around 54, limiting the downside, but not enough to confirm an upward move. In the 4 hours chart, the index is a few points above its 20 and 100 SMAs whilst technical indicators stand within positive territory, but with the RSI losing upward strength, also not enough to confirm a bullish extension ahead.
Support levels: 11,605 11,545 11,498
Resistance levels: 11,680 11,734 11,794