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Technical analysis: key levels for gold and crude

Gold’s rally may be pausing for breath, while oil has recovered its losses and is looking to push higher. 

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Gold bars
Source: Bloomberg

Gold to have a short stop on the way up?

Gold longs have done well over the past week, but a pause would now be entirely plausible. The price has neared resistance at $1264, where the first part of the post-December rally peaked on 27 February.

A drop back from this level could also provide a more meaningful retracement, which has been lacking over the past 48 hours. As long as $1240 holds the rally is intact, while further upside targets above $1264 lie at $1270, $1276 and then on to $1300.

Gold price chart

Brent getting bullish

Yesterday’s surge put the fight back into the Brent, reversing Tuesday’s losses. Now the price needs to push above $52.50, the area above which gains have proved fleeting since the beginning of the week.

Above here the price will target $53.82. Yesterday’s dip to $51.50 brought out the buyers, so similar instances should be viewed as further buying opportunities. The bullish outlook is only seriously threatened if we see a drop back below $50. 

Brent price chart

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