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Analysis | Commodity Technical Analysis | Written by HY Markets | Tue Jul 11 17 04:12 ET


Spot gold fell to $1,204.75 a troy ounce, its lowest since mid-March, to close the day barely positive at 1,213.50, helped by the soft tone of the American currency during the US afternoon. Still, the safe-haven commodity has lost market's favor as major central banks' are considering shifting their monetary policies towards tightening. Additionally, the COT report released on Friday showed that speculative interest kept dumping metals for a fourth consecutive week. Technical readings maintain the bearish stance in the daily chart, as the price remained well below all of its moving averages, the Momentum indicator maintaining its downward slope within negative territory, and the RSI indicator holding within oversold levels. Shorter term, the outlook is also bearish according to the 4 hours chart, as a bearish 20 SMA keeps leading the way lower, whilst technical indicators resumed their declines within negative territory after correcting oversold conditions reached earlier on the day.

Support levels: 1,204.75 1,194.95 1,188.20

Resistance levels: 1,222.10 1,228.00 1,236.50


West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures settled at $44.40 a barrel, barely changed intraday, but bouncing from a daily low of 43.64, with news that the OPEC has invited Libya and Nigeria to join a meeting with other major producers later this month, capping the decline. Hopes that the two now exempted countries can join the output cut, however, have not been enough to attract buyers. The daily chart shows that the commodity met selling interest around a flat 20 DMA, while the Momentum indicator have turned modestly lower within positive territory, whilst the RSI indicator continues to lack directional strength below its 50 level, leaning the scale towards the downside. In the 4 hours chart, the upward potential is also limited, as WTI stands below its moving averages, while technical indicators have lost directional strength within negative territory, following a bounce form oversold readings.

Support levels: 43.70 43.10 42.60

Resistance levels: 44.80 45.50 46.10


Wall Street closed little changed, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 6 points, to 21,408.52, and the S&P adding 0.09%, to 2,427.43. The Nasdaq Composite added 23 points or 0.38% and closed at 6,176.39, backed by a bounce in the tech sector. Trading volumes were low as caution prevailed ahead of US inflation readings and Yellen's testimony before the Congress. Within the DJIA, Visa led advancers, adding 1.51%, followed by Nike that closed 1.25% higher. Wal-Mart shed 2.61%, leading losers' list, while Home Depot shed 0.71%, as Best Buy sunk 6%. The index remains neutral daily basis, as it settled around a now horizontal 20 SMA, whilst technical indicators head nowhere around their mid-lines. In the 4 hours chart, the index is stuck between its 20 and 100 SMAs, while technical indicators turned lower, with the RSI indicator at 48, somehow leading the scale towards the downside.

Support levels: 21,366 21,305 21,278

Resistance levels: 21,459 21,515 21,563


The FTSE 100 ended the day with modest gains at 7,370.02, up 19 points or 0.26%, reverting early losses as the mining-sector edged higher after an early dip, and as the Pound maintained the sour tone. Volumes were along across the region, amid the absence of a fundamental catalyst and as investors wait for earnings reports. The best performer was Schroders, which added 2.15% while big names of the mining sector, including Anglo American, Randgold Resources and Glencore added over 1.0% each. In the losing side, Shire led with a 3.19% decline, followed by Next that ended 1.94% lower. In the daily chart, the index settled right below its 100 DMA, whilst the 20 DMA extended its decline above it, as technical indicators keep hovering within bearish territory, with the RSI flat around 45, which keeps the risk towards the downside. In the shorter term, the pair remains neutral according to the 4 hours chart, having ended the day a few points above a horizontal 20 SMA, and technical indicators heading nowhere around their mid-lines.

Support levels: 7,327 7,294 7,256

Resistance levels: 7,386 7,424 7,452


European indexes advanced at the beginning of the week, gaining on strength in the mining and energy-related sectors, backed by an advance in oil. The German DAX closed the day at 12,445.92, up 57 points or 0.46%, helped by surging exports in the country, according to the latest trade balance data. Most members were up, with E.ON leading gainers, up 2.11%, followed by Linde that added 1.69%. ProSiebenSat.1 led decliners once again, down 0.96%, followed by Adidas that shed 0.48%. The daily chart for the index shows that it held below last week's high, still struggling above its 100 DMA and below a bearish 20 SMA, whilst technical indicators have lost downward strength, but hold within negative territory, limiting chances of a steeper recovery. In the 4 hours chart, the technical outlook is neutral, as technical indicators turned flat around their mid-lines, whilst the benchmark settled above a horizontal 20 SMA, but still below the 100 and 200 SMAs, both converging around 12,650, in line with the longer term perspective.

Support levels: 12,432 12,390 12,333

Resistance levels: 12,490 12,536 12,581

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