Technical analysis: key levels for gold and crude

With gold showing signs of weakness and crude turning higher once more, the recent trend looks to be back on the cards.

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Source: Bloomberg

Gold turning lower, yet is the retracement over?

Gold has been turning lower following a deep retracement past the 76.4% level over the past three trading days. Yesterday’s failure to create a new higher high in the afternoon was a telling sign that the bounce could be over and so we have seen the price of gold fall as a result.

There is still a story over whether we are simply creating a new higher low here, with a break back below $1128 required to put that idea to bed. Until then, a bearish outlook remains in place unless we break through $1145, with a break below $1127 providing greater confidence of this view.

Brent turning higher once more

Brent crude is turning in our favour, following a retracement of the rally from $53.00. With that level intact, this pullback seen last week simply provided us with a good entry price. The head and shoulders pattern completed on Friday paved the way for gains into the next key resistance level at $56.15, which has held for now.

However, with a retracement into the 50% Fibonacci seemingly over, we look likely to break higher from here, as long as we push convincingly through $55.55.

An hourly close above that level would point towards a rally into and above $56.20, with the next target at $57.53. We would need to break back below $53 to negate this bullish view.

WTI breaking higher once more

WTI similarly retraced heavily, yet the failure to break below $50.30, followed by the creation of an inverse head and shoulders has pointed towards the resurgence we have been waiting for. With price currently breaking higher from a symmetrical triangle formation, it seems likely that we will see further gains come into play.

Near-term, a break through $53.26 and in particular $53.56 would point towards a strong move higher, with $55.07 the next major resistance. A bullish outlook remains in place unless we see price break back below $50.30.

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