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S&P 500 and US Dollar Continue to Stall at Key Technical Barriers

S&P 500 and US Dollar Continue to Stall at Key Technical Barriers

2012-08-14 02:53:00
Ilya Spivak, Head Strategist, APAC
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THE TAKEAWAY: The S&P 500 and the US Dollar continue to stall at trend-defining technical barriers as risk sentiment trends await the return of directional conviction.

S&P 500 – Prices put in a Hanging Man candlestick below the critical 1415.10-24.90 congestion region marked by the late March and early May swing tops, warning of ebbing bullish conviction and hinting a pullback may be ahead. Initial support lines up at 1392.10, with a break below that exposing minor support at 1376.10 and a larger level at 1363.90.

SP_500_and_US_Dollar_Continue_to_Stall_at_Key_Technical_Barriers_body_Picture_5.png, S&P 500 and US Dollar Continue to Stall at Key Technical Barriers

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

CRUDE OIL Prices continue to test resistance in the 93.21-90 area marked by the July 19 high and the 50% Fibonacci retracement. Near-term support remains at the psychologically significant 90.00 figure, a barrier is reinforced by the 38.2% retracement at 89.87. A break below the latter level exposes a rising trend line set from early July, now at 88.63. Alternatively, a push above resistance initially targets the 61.8% Fib at 97.82.

SP_500_and_US_Dollar_Continue_to_Stall_at_Key_Technical_Barriers_body_Picture_6.png, S&P 500 and US Dollar Continue to Stall at Key Technical Barriers

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

GOLD Prices continue to drift below resistance in the 1620.45-35.70 congestion area. Near-term support remains at a rising trend line support set from late June, now at 1594.59. A break below this boundary exposes a longer-term trend line established from the May 16 bottom, currently at 1575.20. Alternatively, a push above resistance initially targets 1677.79, the May 1 swing high.

SP_500_and_US_Dollar_Continue_to_Stall_at_Key_Technical_Barriers_body_Picture_7.png, S&P 500 and US Dollar Continue to Stall at Key Technical Barriers

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

US DOLLAR Prices continue to stall at key support marked by a rising trend line established from late July 2011 (10003) and the 76.4% Fibonacci expansion (9995). A push lower from here exposes the 100% expansion at 9925. Near-term resistance is in the 10038-49 area, marked by the 61.8% Fib and a falling trend line set from the July 12 high, with a break above that initially targeting 10096.

SP_500_and_US_Dollar_Continue_to_Stall_at_Key_Technical_Barriers_body_Picture_8.png, S&P 500 and US Dollar Continue to Stall at Key Technical Barriers

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

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

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