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Technical analysis: key levels for gold and crude

Gold has pushed back to $1200 but is unable to move beyond it, while oil looks set to head back to $52.

Gold bars
Source: Bloomberg

Gold eyes $1200

Gold recovered the $1200 level overnight but is encountering difficulty holding on to this key area. A failure to push higher leaves the downtrend from $1220 intact, and we would look to $1174 and $1153 as first targets.

A push back above $1200 would be a positive sign, but the price will need to reclaim $1220 and then break higher to suggest that a fresh bullish move is underway.

Gold

WTI could see 10 December low

The steady push towards the $52 support level goes on, with a rally yesterday to $53.50 providing a fresh selling opportunity. It looks like the sellers remain in charge, so we now watch to see if they can break $52 and push on to the 10 December low below $51.50.

A bounce from $52 would suggest the trading range remains intact, with the possibility that the price now moves back towards the key $54 area for WTI.

WTI

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