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S&P 500 on the Verge of Major Breakout, US Dollar at Two-Month Low

S&P 500 on the Verge of Major Breakout, US Dollar at Two-Month Low

2011-10-27 11:43:00
Ilya Spivak, Sr. Currency Strategist
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THE TAKEAWAYThe safe-haven US Dollar has dropped to a two-month low while the S&P 500 is on the verge of completing a significant breakout to the upside.

S&P 500 – Prices are probing above support-turned-resistance at 1257.30, the former neckline of a major Head and Shoulders top chart formation carved out between January and August, a boundary reinforced by the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level at 1263.03. A daily close above the latter boundary exposes the 1300 figure, followed by the 76.4% retracement at 1306.24. Near-term support lines up at 1228.10, the 50% Fib.

SP_500_on_the_Verge_of_a_Majo_Breakout_US_Dollar_at_Two-Month_Low_body_Picture_5.png, S&amp;P 500 on the Verge of Major Breakout, US Dollar at Two-Month Low

CRUDE OIL The broad outlines of positioning are little changed from what we noted yesterday. Prices put in a Shooting Star candlestick below resistance at $94.87, the 50% Fibonacci retracement of the drop from May’s swing high, pointing to a loss of bullish momentum and hinting a move lower is ahead. Initial support lines up at $90.17, the 38.2% Fib, with a break below that targeting the 23.6% and 38.2% extension levels at $85.33 and $79.62.

SP_500_on_the_Verge_of_a_Majo_Breakout_US_Dollar_at_Two-Month_Low_body_Picture_6.png, S&amp;P 500 on the Verge of Major Breakout, US Dollar at Two-Month Low

GOLD Prices are recoiling from resistance at $1726.60, the 50% Fibonacci retracement, with sellers aiming at support marked by the 38.2% level at $1680.78. Alternatively, a reversal through immediate resistance exposes the 61.8% Fib at $1772.42.

SP_500_on_the_Verge_of_a_Majo_Breakout_US_Dollar_at_Two-Month_Low_body_Picture_7.png, S&amp;P 500 on the Verge of Major Breakout, US Dollar at Two-Month Low

US DOLLAR Prices are pushing through resistance-turned-support at a falling trend line connecting major highs since late May. Near-term support stands at a rising boundary set from the late July bottom, now at 9507, with a break below that exposing the 9331-9395 region.

SP_500_on_the_Verge_of_a_Majo_Breakout_US_Dollar_at_Two-Month_Low_body_Picture_8.png, S&amp;P 500 on the Verge of Major Breakout, US Dollar at Two-Month Low

8hour Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

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

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