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CRUDE OIL & GOLD TALKING POINTS:

Sentiment-sensitive crude oil prices fell alongside stocks on Friday as disappointing PMI data fueled global slowdown fears and stocked risk aversion, as expected. Gold prices managed a tepid rise as bond yields fell, boosting the relative appeal of non-interest-bearing assets. Upside progression was capped as haven-seeking flows buoyed the US Dollar however.

CRUDE OIL PRICES MAY FALL AMID RISK AVERSION

Looking ahead, a muted offering on the economic data docket seems likely to keep the trajectory of broad-based risk appetite as the main driver for price action. Bellwether S&P 500 futures are tellingly pointing lower, suggesting Friday’s risk-off tilt is likely to remain in place. That bodes ill for oil prices. Meanwhile, gold will probably continue to weigh competing influences from bond yields and the Greenback.

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GOLD TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Gold prices still look to be carving out a somewhat choppy Head and Shoulders top, but confirmation remains absent. Completing the pattern would require a reversal back below the 1303.70-09.12 area, followed by a breach of neckline support at 1282.05. Alternatively, a move above near-term resistance at 1326.30 sets the stage for a retest of the February top at 1346.75.

Gold price chart - daily

CRUDE OIL TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Crude oil prices may be signaling a top with the formation of a bearish Evening Star candlestick pattern. A daily close below initial support in the 57.24-88 area would confirm the setup, initially exposing the 55.37-75 zone next. Alternatively, a push above resistance marked by the 38.2% Fibonacci expansion at 60.45targets the 50% level at 62.28.

Crude oil price chart - daily

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

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