Technical analysis: key levels for gold and crude

Oil is fighting hard for $38, but overall it looks like the sellers are still in charge.

Gold bars
Source: Bloomberg

Gold puts sellers on the front foot
Given the steady progression of lower-highs since mid-March for gold, it might prove sensible to see rallies as possible selling opportunities. A failure to push on beyond $1240 indicates the sellers are back in charge, with targets around $1220 and then $1210 in sight. 

WTI keeps low trend
Although back above $38 for now, the commodity is still trending lower. A move back below $38 would then target $36, the low from 15 March, with the third weekly pivot support at $34.44 the next target. The price has to move above $40 to indicate firm bullish momentum. 

This information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.

Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 79% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.