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Forex Analysis: US Dollar Reverses Higher as S&P 500 Tests Support

By , Currency Strategist
24 December 2012 05:27 GMT

THE TAKEAWAY: The US Dollar has mounted a formidable reversal while S&P 500 technical positioning hints at weakness, hinting the greenback may see upward follow-through.

US DOLLAR TECHNICAL ANALYSIS Prices are testing above resistance at 9995, the 23.6% Fibonacci expansion, after completing a bullish Flag pattern. A confirmed break higher exposes the 32.8% Fib at 10044. Trend line resistance-turned-support is at 9961.

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S&P 500 TECHNICAL ANALYSIS – Prices put in a bearish Dark Cloud Cover candlestick below falling trend line resistance set from the September 14 high (1444.40), hinting a move lower is ahead. Negative RSI divergence reinforces the case for a downside scenario. Sellers are now testing through initial rising channel support at 1423.50, with a confirmed break downward on a daily closing basis exposing the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement at 1408.80. Alternatively, a reversal above the trend line aims for the channel top at 1455.90.

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GOLD TECHNICAL ANALYSIS Prices are testing the 100% Fibonacci expansion at 1630.97, a barrier reinforced by the bottom of a falling channel carved out since mid-September. A further drop below this boundary aims for the 123.6% Fib at 1601.78. The 76.4% expansion at 1659.90 lines up as near-term resistance, with a move above that targeting the 61.8% mark at 1677.84.

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CRUDE OIL TECHNICAL ANALYSIS Prices put in a bearish Evening Star candlestick pattern below resistance at the top of what may prove to be a bearish Flag chart pattern (90.47). A daily close below the setup’s bottom at 86.10 would act as confirmation, initially exposing 81.63 as the next downside objective. Alternatively, a reversal above 90.47 targets trend line resistance at 93.92.

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--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for Dailyfx.com

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24 December 2012 05:27 GMT