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Forex Analysis: US Dollar Under Fire as S&P 500 Hits Four-Month High

By , Currency Strategist
14 January 2013 04:32 GMT

THE TAKEAWAY: The US Dollar is coming under pressure as the S&P 500 hits a four-month high, denting demand for the go-to safe haven currency.

US DOLLAR TECHNICAL ANALYSIS Prices turned lower from resistance at the top of a rising channel set from mid-September, taking out near-term support at smaller channel bottom to expose the 50% Fibonacci retracement at 10038. A further push below that aims for the 61.8% level at 10009. Near-term resistance is at 10066, the 23.6% retracement, followed by the channel bottom at 10082.

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S&P 500 TECHNICAL ANALYSIS – Prices are testing resistance at 1474.90, the September 14 high. A break upward targets the 100% Fibonacci expansion at 1459.70. Near-term support is at 1470.40, the 76.4% expansion, with a turn back below that targeting the 61.8% level at 1454.50.

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GOLD TECHNICAL ANALYSIS Prices are wedged between a major rising trend line set from mid-May 2012 and the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement at 1674.78. Resistance is reinforced by a falling trend line established from the November 23 2012 high. A break higher exposes the 50% Fib at 1689.95. Alternatively, a push below the trend line (now at 1645.35) targets the channel bottom at 1617.73.

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CRUDE OIL TECHNICAL ANALYSIS Prices took out trend line resistance set from late February, initially exposing the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement at 94.15. A break above that targets the 76.4% level at 96.54. The trend line (now at 92.93) has been recast as support, with a drop back below that aiming for the 50% level at 92.22.

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

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14 January 2013 04:32 GMT