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Analysis | Commodity Technical Analysis | Written by HY Markets | Fri Jul 28 17 04:10 ET


After a soft start to the day, spot gold bounced back ahead of the US close and settled at $1,262.15 a troy ounce, as plummeting equities backed demand for the safe-haven commodity. The bright metal closed the day unchanged, but posted a higher high and a higher low daily basis, maintaining the risk towards the upside. Additionally, spot reached a fresh 6-week high of 1,265.21, another factor supporting the case of a bullish continuation. In the daily chart, technical indicators have eased modestly, but hold near overbought readings, whilst the price held above all of its moving averages. In the 4 hours chart, the price met buying interest on a test of its 20 SMA, currently acting as a dynamic support at 1,254.76, while the Momentum indicator holds directionless well above its 100 level, and the RSI heads modestly lower around 61, posing a limited downward risk.

Support levels: 1,254.75 1,245.20 1,236.30

Resistance levels: 1,266.60 1,274.10 1,283.30


West Texas Intermediate crude futures closed at $48.96 a barrel, the highest since late May, reverting an early slide towards the 48.00 level. The early decline could be attributed to dollar's short-term recovery, while the later bounce came amid speculative interest buying back crude, encouraged by latest positive market data. The daily chart shows that WTI advanced for a fourth consecutive day and remains biased higher, albeit in the daily chart, technical indicators are giving some first signs of exhaustion, easing near overbought levels. Still the price remains well above its 100 DMA, while the 20 DMA extended its advance below the larger. In the 4 hours chart, technical indicators are also easing modestly, still in overbought readings, whilst a sharply bullish 20 SMA below the current level and above the largest ones, indicates that the upside remains favored by market's sentiment.

Support levels: 48.40 47.85 47.20

Resistance levels: 49.25 49.70 50.20


US indexes closed mixed with the Dow Jones Industrial Average settling at fresh record highs of 21,796.55, up 85 points or 0.39%, but the Nasdaq Composite shed 40 points, to 6,382.19, whilst the S&P closed 2 points lower, at 2,475.42. The index plummeted mid US session but resurged ahead of the close, weighed by a slump within tech equities. Within the Dow, Verizon led advancers, adding 7.41%, followed by Merck that closed 3.35% higher. Apple, on the other hand, was the worst performer, down 2.09%, followed by American Express that shed 1.91%. Up for a third consecutive day the index presents a strong upward momentum in the daily chart, as technical indicators extend their advances within positive territory, whilst the benchmark is further above bullish moving averages. In the shorter term, and according to the 4 hours chart, the risk is also towards the upside, as technical indicators resume their advances after a modest downward correction from overbought levels, whilst the 20 SMA accelerated its advance below the current level.

Support levels: 21,785 21,741 21,679

Resistance levels: 21,830 21,865 21,900


The FTSE 100 shed 9 points and closed the day at 7,443.01, following the lead of its continental counterparts. AstraZeneca was the worst performer, down 15.41% after a disappointing cancer-drug trial, followed by Provident Financial and Lloyds Banking Group, both down over 2%. Diageo was the best performer, up 5.98%, followed by Rentokil Initial that added 5.82$. Additionally, a stronger Pound at the beginning of the day dented investors' mood. Technically, the index remains above its 20 and 100 SMAs, but posted a lower low and a lower high daily basis, whilst technical indicators turned modestly lower, nearing their mid-lines from above, leaning the scale towards the downside, albeit not enough to confirm further slides. In the 4 hours chart, the index remains stuck between directionless moving averages, whilst the Momentum indicator aims higher within positive territory as the RSI indicator remains stuck around its 50 level, indicating absence of clear directional strength.

Support levels: 7,485 7,435 7,390

Resistance levels: 7,482 7,518 7,561


The German DAX closed at 12,212.04, down 92 points or 0.76%, as pharmaceutical and financial equities weighed down European indexes. In the news, the German GFK consumer confidence survey surged to a record high of 10.8 from 10.6 in the previous month, in line with the IFO reading seen earlier this month, indicating strong business confidence in the leading European country. Deutsche Bank was the worst performer, ending the day 4.92%, followed by Bayer that shed 3.07%. Allianz, on the other hand, led the advance with a 1.76% gain, followed by Vonovia that added 1.57%. In the daily chart, the technical bias is towards the downside, with the index further below its 20 and 100 SMAs and technical indicators extending their slides within negative territory. In the 4 hours chart, the downside is also favored, given that the index remained contained by a bearish 20 SMA, currently at 12,251, whilst the Momentum indicator turned lower around its 100 level, and the RSI indicator barely bounced from oversold levels.

Support levels: 12,146 12,098 12,053

Resistance levels: 12,251 12,303 12,354

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