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Forex Analysis: Dollar Probes Higher, S&P 500 Waits for Follow-Through

Forex Analysis: Dollar Probes Higher, S&P 500 Waits for Follow-Through

2012-12-10 03:05:00
Ilya Spivak, Head Strategist, APAC
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THE TAKEAWAY: The US Dollar is probing cautiously higher but a well-supported rally will need matching follow-through on bearish cues emerging in S&P 500 technical positioning.

US DOLLAR TECHNICAL ANALYSIS Prices put in a bullish Piercing Line candlestick pattern above support at 9933, the 23.6% Fibonacci expansion, hinting a move higher is ahead. Initial resistance lines up at 9983, the underside of a rising channel set from mid-September (9980) reinforced by the 14.6% Fib (9986). A break above that targets the November 21 close at 10046. Alternatively, a drop below 9933 initially exposes the 38.2% level at 9848.

Forex_Analysis_Dollar_Probes_Higher_SP_500_Waits_for_Follow-Through_body_Picture_4.png, Forex Analysis: Dollar Probes Higher, S&P 500 Waits for Follow-Through

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

S&P 500 TECHNICAL ANALYSIS – Prices put in a bearish Evening Star candlestick pattern below resistance in the 1424.90-1430.90 area, hinting the upward correction witnessed since mid-September may be over and the dominant down trend ready to resume (although follow-through has yet to materialize). Initial support lines up at 1406.20, the 14.6% Fibonacci expansion, with a break below that exposing the 23.6% mark at 1394.30. Alternatively, a push back above 1430.90 targets 1466.10.

Forex_Analysis_Dollar_Probes_Higher_SP_500_Waits_for_Follow-Through_body_Picture_3.png, Forex Analysis: Dollar Probes Higher, S&P 500 Waits for Follow-Through

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

GOLD TECHNICAL ANALYSIS Prices broke lower after putting in a Bearish Engulfing candlestick pattern, taking out support at a rising trend line set from late June. Sellers now aim to challenge the November 5 low at 1672.50. The trend line (now at 1711.06) has been recast as resistance, with a push back above that aiming to challenge 1752.55.

Forex_Analysis_Dollar_Probes_Higher_SP_500_Waits_for_Follow-Through_body_Picture_2.png, Forex Analysis: Dollar Probes Higher, S&P 500 Waits for Follow-Through

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

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CRUDE OIL TECHNICAL ANALYSIS Prices moved lower as expected after putting in a Shooting Star candlestick. A bearish continuation Flag chart pattern now appears to be in the works, with a break of support at 85.76 confirming the setup and initially exposing the 38.2% Fibonacci expansion at 84.04. Near-term, resistance is at 89.19. A push above that aims for the Flag top at 90.76.

Forex_Analysis_Dollar_Probes_Higher_SP_500_Waits_for_Follow-Through_body_Picture_1.png, Forex Analysis: Dollar Probes Higher, S&P 500 Waits for Follow-Through

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

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

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