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Analysis | Commodity Technical Analysis | Written by HY Markets | Mon Aug 28 17 03:53 ET


Gold prices saw some wild price action ahead of Yellen's speech last Friday, falling down to $1,276.32 a troy ounce ahead of the event, as investors were waiting for a more hawkish stance from the US Federal Reserve's head, changing course afterwards to end the week marginally higher at $,1291.09 a troy ounce. Nevertheless, the commodity was unable to regain the 1,300.00 critical threshold, as despite seen as dovish, Yellen didn't provide hints on upcoming monetary policy. From a technical point of view, the daily chart shows that the bright metal met buying interest around its 20 DMA that maintains its bullish slope far above the 100 and 200 DMAs. In the same chart, the Momentum indicator heads lower within positive territory, while the RSI hovers around 60, with no certain directional strength, all of which indicates that the risk is towards the upside, but further gains would need additional technical confirmations. In the 4 hours chart, the technical picture is neutral-to-bullish, as the price settled above all of its moving averages, but with the 20 SMA horizontal amid the lack of directional strength seen over this past week, while technical indicators head nowhere, the Momentum around its 100 level and the RSI around 61.

Support levels: 1,288.10 1,280.55 1,273.95

Resistance levels: 1,294.25 1,300.90 1,309.25


West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures closed modestly higher on Friday at $47.84 a barrel, down, however, for a fourth consecutive week. Friday's advance came as a consequence of broad dollar's weakness and a decline in the US rig count, as according to Baker Hughes, the number of rigs drilling for oil fell by 4 to 759. Also affecting oil prices is the hurricane Harvey hitting the Gulf Coast, which is home to nearly half of U.S. refining capacity. Speculative interest anticipates declining demand for crude at refineries for the upcoming days, which may end up sending prices lower. The commodity held within its early weekly range, still at risk of easing according to technical readings in the daily chart, as indicators remain within bearish territory, with the Momentum presenting a bearish slope but the RSI consolidating around 48. In the same chart, the 100 DMA has acted as dynamic support, attracting buying interest and currently at 47.30, a few cents above the weekly low of 47.05. In the 4 hours chart, the price settled below its moving averages, whilst technical indicators turned marginally lower within neutral territory, not enough to confirm a bearish extension, but leaning the scale towards the downside anyway.

Support levels: 47.05 46.60 46.00

Resistance levels: 47.90 48.50 49.10


US indexes closed mixed on Friday, with the DJIA up for the day 30 points, to end at 21,813.67, also up for the week. The S&P added 4 points and closed at 2,443.05, but the Nasdaq Composite shed 0.09%, ending the week at 6,265.64. Investors will focus on the long-promised US tax reform this week, as Trump's chief economic advisor, Gary Cohn, said that the US president will begin calling for it next Wednesday in Missouri. If the tax reform ends at good port, stocks will likely rally to fresh record highs. Most Dow members closed up on Friday, with Home Depot leading gainers with a 0.94% gain, followed by Walt Disney that added 0.88%. Boeing was the worst performer, down 1.19%, with Goldman Sachs ending also in the red, down 0.23%. In the meantime, the upward potential remains limited for the index as the intraday advance was again contained by selling interest around a marginally bearish 20 DMA, whilst in the daily chart, technical indicators consolidate below their mid-lines. Shorter term, and according to the 4 hours chart, the index presents a neutral-to-bearish stance, with the benchmark stuck around its 200 SMA but below the 20 and 100 SMAs, and with technical indicators also holding right below their mid-lines, but with limited directional strength.

Support levels: 21,764 21,725 21,672

Resistance levels: 21,836 21,862 21,900


The FTSE 100 ended 5 points lower at 7,401.46 on Friday, weighed by a resurgent Pound following Yellen's speech right ahead of the close. Equities traded choppily in Europe ahead of the key speeches from Fed and ECB's heads, with most members closing down in London, albeit a sharp recovery in Provident Financial, offset most of the losses. The company added 22.46%, its third consecutive large advance after plummeting over 66% on Tuesday, after announcing changes in the management of its consumer credit division. Materials CRH led decliners, down 2.61%, followed by Paddy Power Betfair that lost 2.02%. Technically, the daily chart shows that the index was unable to settle above its 20 and 100 SMAs, both converging horizontally within a tight range, while the RSI indicator consolidates within neutral territory, but the Momentum heads south below its mid-line, all of which favors a leg lower for this upcoming sessions. In the 4 hours chart, the index is above a bullish 20 SMA, while technical indicators have turned south, now pressuring their mid-lines, also favoring a downward extension to be confirmed on a bearish acceleration through 7,380, the immediate support.

Support levels: 7,380 7,353 7,309

Resistance levels: 7,412 7,444 7,482


European indexes swung between small gains and losses Friday, as investors geared up for Draghi and Yellen's speeches, ending up mostly with marginal losses. The German DAX closed at 12,167.90, down 12 points on the day, and barely up for the week. Financial-related equities were among the best performers through the region, with Deutsche Boerse leading gaining in Germany, up 1.16%, followed by Merck which added 1.10%. Deutsche Post, on the other hand, led decliners with a 1.21% loss, followed by Deutsche Telekom that shed 0.75%. The index may come under pressure early Europe, given EUR's appreciation late Friday, amid market's conviction that the ECB is getting ready to announce tapering. From a technical point of view, the daily chart shows that the index continues trading around a flat 20 DMA, but between the 100 and 200 DMAs, whilst technical indicators lack directional strength, holding right below their mid-lines, poising a limited downward risk. In the 4 hours chart, the index settled a few points below its 20 and 100 SMAs, while technical indicators barely entered negative territory with firm downward slopes, also favoring a downward extension for this Monday, particularly on a break below 12,132, Friday's low and the immediate support.

Support levels: 12,132 12,099 12,065

Resistance levels: 12,222 12,263 12,301

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