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US Dollar Rally Accelerates Even as S&P 500 Edges Higher

US Dollar Rally Accelerates Even as S&P 500 Edges Higher

2012-10-04 02:00:00
Ilya Spivak, Head Strategist, APAC
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THE TAKEAWAY: The US Dollar has managed to extend its advance even as the S&P 500 has continued to edge higher, diverging from the familiar risk on/off dynamic.

S&P 500 – Prices are edging higher after putting in a Bullish Engulfing candlestick pattern above support at a rising trend line set from late July. Initial resistance lines up at 1466.10, with a break above that targeting the top of a channel established from the June 4 low (now at 1490.10). Alternatively, a break below trend line support (now at 1445.90) exposes 1422.40.

US_Dollar_Rally_Accelerates_Even_as_SP_500_Edges_Higher_body_Picture_5.png, US Dollar Rally Accelerates Even as S&P 500 Edges Higher

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

CRUDE OIL Prices reversed lower from resistance at 93.60, the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement, to break below the 38.2% level at 89.44. Sellers now aim to challenge the 50% Fib at 86.04, with a push lower beyond that exposing the 61.8% expansion at 82.66. The 89.44 level has been recast as near-term resistance, with a break back above that targeting 93.60 anew.

US_Dollar_Rally_Accelerates_Even_as_SP_500_Edges_Higher_body_Picture_6.png, US Dollar Rally Accelerates Even as S&P 500 Edges Higher

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

GOLD Prices remain range-bound above a falling trend line connecting major swing highs since early November 2011 (1746.79). Near-term resistance is at 1790.55-1802.80 area, with a break above that exposing 1850.00 and the 1900.00 figure. Support is reinforced by the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement at 1737.59, with a push below that targeting the 38.2% and 50% Fibonacci retracements at 1704.25 and 1677.30 respectively.

US_Dollar_Rally_Accelerates_Even_as_SP_500_Edges_Higher_body_Picture_7.png, US Dollar Rally Accelerates Even as S&P 500 Edges Higher

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

US DOLLAR Prices broke through the top of a rising channel set from the September 14 swing low to challenge the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement at 9929. A further break above this boundary targets falling trend line resistance at 9965. The channel top (now at 9909) has been recast as support, with a push back below that eyeing the 50% retracement at 9893.

US_Dollar_Rally_Accelerates_Even_as_SP_500_Edges_Higher_body_Picture_8.png, US Dollar Rally Accelerates Even as S&P 500 Edges Higher

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

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

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