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Technical analysis: key levels for gold and crude

The overnight resurgence in gold and crude seems unlikely to last, as the price begins to sell back into the downtrend once more.

An offshore oil rig
Source: Bloomberg

Gold resurgence looks temporary

The bounce seen in gold yesterday has brought the price back to the 50-period simple moving average (four hour), with it failing to close above trendline resistance. The price of gold has been on a clear downward trend and despite this respite, we have seen no signs that this upside will last. As such, unless the price closes above the $1081 resistance, further downside seems likely, with support of note at $1064 and $1053. Resistance levels to watch are the trendline and SMA convergence, along with $1077 and $1081.

Gold chart

US crude erasing overnight gains

US crude has been somewhat choppy over recent weeks and this week is no exception. While the intraday direction of oil for the time being seems to change on a daily basis, it is clear for now that the $42.00 support level is absolutely key to price action over the past week. Thus should this current selling push the price back to $42.00, another bounce seems likely. Or else a close below the support level could provide the impetus to see US crude move back towards $41.00 and $40.00 levels.

US crude chart

Brent resurgence short-lived

The overnight gains in Brent are also being unwound, with 50-hour SMA resistance leading to a sharp selloff in the current hourly candle. This coincides with $45.31 resistance, from both Wednesday and Thursday’s support. Given the downtrend in play over the past week, another leg lower seems likely, with support levels of $44.78 and $44.45 near-term levels to watch. 

Brent crude chart

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