Technical analysis: key levels for gold and crude

Oil is doing its best to recover, while gold faces a choice between two trendlines.

Gold stuck between trendlines

The price for gold continues to bounce off the post-December 2016 rising trendline, providing some hope. But the bulls now need to see the price move back above the rising short-term trendline from the May low, which it broke below last week.

This would need a push above $1303, and then the $1307 area will come into play. A drop below $1290 would break the longer-term rising trendline and see support around $1284 tested.

WTI bulls need to step up

We are rapidly approaching crunch time for the rising trend for WTI. If it can get back above $66.45 and retake the post-September rising trend, then bullish momentum may accelerate.

However, a failure to recover the trendline would likely bring out new sellers. Still, the bounce off $64.18 yesterday is still a higher low from the May low near $62.00, meaning that bears need to approach this one with caution. If it can recover $66.60 then a push back towards the recent highs near $73.00 may well start to develop.

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