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US Dollar, S&P 500 Await Clarity at Key Technical Barriers

US Dollar, S&P 500 Await Clarity at Key Technical Barriers

2012-08-21 01:49:00
Ilya Spivak, Head Strategist, APAC
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THE TAKEAWAY: The US Dollar and the S&P 500 continue to wait for directional clarity as prices stall ahead of trend-defining technical barriers.

S&P 500 – Prices continue to stall near resistance in the 1415.10-24.90 area marked by the March and May swing tops. A push higher beyond that targets 1440.20, the May 20 2008 high. Initial support remains at 1392.10, with a break below that exposing a minor downside barrier at 1376.10 and a more significant one at 1363.90.

US_Dollar_SP_500_Await_Clarity_at_Key_Technical_Barriers_body_Picture_5.png, US Dollar, S&P 500 Await Clarity at Key Technical Barriers

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

CRUDE OIL Prices broke resistance at 95.41, the February 2 low, opening the door for a challenge of the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement at 97.82. A break above that exposes the psychologically significant $100/barrel figure. The 95.41 level has been recast as support, with a drop back below that targeting the 50% Fib at 93.90.

US_Dollar_SP_500_Await_Clarity_at_Key_Technical_Barriers_body_Picture_6.png, US Dollar, S&P 500 Await Clarity 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 1601.50. A break below this boundary exposes a longer-term trend line established from the May 16 bottom, currently at 1578.39. Alternatively, a push above resistance initially targets the major trend set from the August 23 2011 peak, now at 1665.45.

US_Dollar_SP_500_Await_Clarity_at_Key_Technical_Barriers_body_Picture_7.png, US Dollar, S&P 500 Await Clarity at Key Technical Barriers

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

US DOLLAR Prices are testing resistance marked by the confluence of a falling trend line set from the July 12 high and the midline of a falling channel carved out over the past three months, now at 10072. A break higher exposes the 10139-69 area. Support is at 10041, with a break below targeting long-term rising trend line support at 10012.

US_Dollar_SP_500_Await_Clarity_at_Key_Technical_Barriers_body_Picture_8.png, US Dollar, S&P 500 Await Clarity 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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