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Technical analysis: key levels for gold and crude

Gold is under real pressure for the first time in weeks, while oil is rebounding after heavy losses yesterday. 

Oil pump
Source: Bloomberg

Gold price slumps, but selling opportunities have been sparse

The gold price has slumped below the rising trendline that has dominated since December. However, rallies have been short-lived intraday and have offered little opportunity for fresh selling, with the price sharply oversold over the past 18 hours. We would look for a move back towards $1240 and the 50-hour simple moving average for a more promising selling opportunity. 

Brent bounce in progress

Yesterday’s sharp drop saw the Brent crude price drop to its lowest level in almost a month, but a small bounce is now in progress after the price fell to oversold levels intraday.

Buyers would need to reclaim $55.56 in the first instance, but if the price can’t get back above $56 the risk is that further selling will develop to send the price back to $54 and the lows of early January. 

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