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Analysis | Commodity Technical Analysis | Written by HY Markets | Tue Oct 10 17 06:37 ET


Gold prices extended their advance at the beginning of the week, with spot edging up to $ 1,285.40 a troy ounce, to close it modestly below the level. Gains were triggered by resurgent demand from safe-haven assets on renewed concerns over the US-North Korea conflict. A softer greenback across the board, added to the metal's gains. These last two-day's recovery seems corrective as the price currently stands around the 23.6% retracement of the September/October slide. Daily basis, technical indicators have lost oversold conditions, but pared their recovery within negative territory, whilst a strongly bearish 20 DMA offers an immediate resistance at 1,288.70. In the same chart, the price has managed to regain ground above a flat 100 DMA after bottoming around the 200 DMA last week, a sign that the bearish momentum eased long term. In the 4 hours chart and for the upcoming sessions, the risk is slowly gyrating towards the upside, as indicators aim north within positive territory, whilst the price has surpassed its 20 SMA. Further gains beyond the 1.288.70 level are required to confirm a stepper advance that can extend up to 1,297.45, the 38.2% retracement of the mentioned slide.

Support levels: 1,268.30 1,260.50 1,252.90

Resistance levels: 1,282.15 1.294.25 1,303.95


West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures edged higher, ending the day at $49.54 a barrel, after trading as high as 49.77 intraday, on comments from OPEC's secretary general Mohammad Barking, who said that the oil market is rebalancing fast and has almost entirely erased the glut of refined products. Furthermore, the organization signaled the possibility of an extension of its output cut deal. The daily chart for the US barrel shows that the price held within Friday's range lower end, but above a major Fibonacci support around 49.20, the 61.8% retracement of its latest bullish run. Indicators in the mentioned time frame lost their bearish strength, but hold flat within negative territory, suggesting buying interest remains limited at the time being. Shorter term and in the 4 hours chart, the upward potential is also limited, with indicators lacking directional strength within negative territory, and the price hovering around its 200 SMA. The commodity needs to advance above 49.90, the 50% retracement of the mentioned decline, to have a more constructive outlook for the upcoming sessions.

Support levels: 49.20 48.80 48.30

Resistance levels: 49.90 50.60 51.10


The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied to a record high early Monday, but closed in the red, as well as all US major indexes, in a dull trading session. The index lost 12 points, to end the day at 22,761.07, while the S&P lost 4 points, to end at 2,544.73. The Nasdaq Composite also lost ground down 10 points to 6.579.73. Within the Dow, Wal-Mart Stores was the best performer, up 1.80%, followed by IBM which added 0.61%. General Electric, on the other hand, was the worst performer, down 4.37% after an activist shareholder was appointed to the board of directors. Nike followed, down by 1.71%. The Dow peaked at 22,802 a new all time high before trimming intraday gains, confined anyway to a tight range amid a holiday in the US and Canada. Technical readings in the daily chart still favor additional gains ahead, as indicators picked up within overbought readings, whilst the price remains far above all of its moving averages. In the short term, however, the index is barely holding above its 20 SMA, meeting buying interest around it, the immediate support at 22,735, while the Momentum indicator retains its downward strength, heading south around its mid-line, as the RSI consolidates around 68, all of which favors a downward extension for this Tuesday, on a break below the mentioned support.

Support levels: 22,743 22,695 22,651

Resistance levels: 22,790 22,850 22,900


The FTSE 100 lost roughly 15 points, to end the day at 7,507.89, as local equities suffered from a stronger Pound. Market rumors indicating that PM Theresa May could reshuffle its cabinet to recover her lost authority brought some relief after speculation she may be forced to call for a snap election. The political situation is still unclear, and will be a weight for both, the currency and the index, beyond intraday moves. In London, Reckitt Benckiser was the best performer, up 1.49%, followed by Admiral Group, which added 1.195. Anglo American was the worst performer, down 3.38%, followed by Rio Tinto that shed 2.24%, as mining-related equities couldn't shrug off Chinese negative news. Technically, the movement seems barely corrective according to the daily chart, as indicators are retreating from overbought territory, whilst the index holds above its 20 and 100 DMAs. In the 4 hours chart, and for the shorter term, further slides are likely, as the index ended the day a few points above its 20 SMA, whilst technical indicators retreated further from overbought levels, losing downward strength within positive territory, but still leaning the scale towards the downside.

Support levels: 7,444 7,408 7,371

Resistance levels: 7,513 7,552 7,599


The German DAX added 20 points, or 0.16% this Monday, to end at 12,976.40, as European equities edged marginally higher on a recovery of the Spanish IBEX. Fears that Catalonia may declare its independence from Spain on Monday, eased partially ahead of the key parliamentary meeting that would take place this Tuesday, as anti-separatists marched in Barcelona on Sunday. In Germany RWE AG was the best performer, up 2.34%, followed by E.ON which added also 2.34%. Deutsche Bank led decliners, down by 1.94%, followed by Linde that lost 1.66%. The daily chart for the index shows that it settled at the lower end of its latest range, but still at record highs, and while technical indicators eased partially from overbought readings, the index remains far above all of its moving averages, suggesting that the long-term ruling trend remains firm in place. Shorter term, and according to the 4 hours chart, the downward potential increased, as the index is pressuring its 20 SMA, the Momentum indicator heading south around its 100 level, whilst the RSI retreats strongly from overbought levels, now around 63.

Support levels: 12,935 12,893 12,849

Resistance levels: 12,971 13,015 13,045

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