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Technical Outlook for Dow Jones, Copper, Crude Oil, Gold Price & More

Technical Outlook for Dow Jones, Copper, Crude Oil, Gold Price & More

2018-12-19 10:30:00
Paul Robinson, Strategist
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The outcome of today’s FOMC meeting may have a lot to say for stocks, as the Dow and S&P trade at or near important yearly lows. Copper broke lower out of a triangle pattern I’ve been discussing in recent webinars. WTI crude oil broke hard from a symmetrical triangle, in search of support, maybe not get any until around 42. Gold is trying to work its way higher; today’s Fed meeting may dictate whether it gains top-side momentum or falls out of a bullish channel.

Technical Highlights:

  • Dow Jones trading at important support zone as FOMC arrives
  • Copper broke down out of triangle, looking for more weakness
  • Crude oil extends losses out of triangle, where is support?
  • Gold trading higher in channel, but with little inspiration so far

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Dow Jones trading at important support zone as FOMC arrives

The sell-off in U.S. equities has been fierce but it hasn’t. It’s been a relatively large drop off the monthly high, but seemingly without a lot of fear attached. Nevertheless, we may see a rally take hold as big support is at hand. There are several lows from early this year which the Dow is currently sitting on.

Later today, the market will be looking for Fed Chairman Powell and the Fed to take a dovish turn, which may help give stocks a floor, or not. I’ll let price action determine if the Fed has meaning or not, but a bounce looks due and the area down here is as good a spot as any to do so from. Don’t look for it to be a powerful one, though, as general market tone and resistance levels lie not far ahead.

Dow Jones Daily Chart (Trading at important support)

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Copper broke down out of triangle, looking for more weakness

In the past couple of weeks, we’ve been looking at the triangle forming in copper and while I said it was ideal that it waits for January to break, the break is here is anyway. It could turn out to be a false one, but for now we’ll run with the break lower so long as copper doesn’t trade back to the other side of the triangle and can break the 2.64 level. Then the mid-2.50s, followed by the mid-2.40s will be targeted.

Copper Daily Chart (triangle broke)

Copper daily chart, triangle broken

Crude oil extends losses out of triangle, where is support?

The break in the U.S. contract comes from the symmetrical triangle I’ve been watching as of late. Meaningful support doesn’t arrive until around the 42 level, from which it would seem oil might finally be headed for a rally. But buying beforehand or until we see bullish-reversal type price action looks to be asking for trouble.

WTI Crude Oil Daily Chart (Meaningful support near 42)

WTI Crude oil daily chart, meaningful support near 42

Gold trading higher in channel, but with little inspiration so far

The volatility in gold is making it a difficult market to get a handle on at times, but even while this is so there is a decent-looking channel off the November low which traders can use as a guide. Stay within and the bias is higher, but drop below the lower parallel and selling may push gold lower towards the trend-line off the August low.

Gold Daily Chart (trading inside channel)

Gold daily chart, trading inside channel

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---Written by Paul Robinson, Market Analyst

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