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Technical analysis: key levels for gold and crude

Commodity divergence continues apace, with gold rallying and crude prices falling. As both look to get back on trend, it is a case of ‘the trend is your friend’.

Worker overlooking an oil refinery plant
Source: Bloomberg

Gold back to challenge resistance once more

Gold prices retraced a marginal amount overnight, with price turning higher once more this morning. With both Fibonacci (76.4%) and trendline resistance in close proximity, we need to see an hourly close above $1251 to provide confidence of further gains.

That said, be aware we are gradually moving towards the $1264 resistance level. That level will be crucial to the outlook of gold, where a break through it would provide a medium-term bullish view to match the short-term outlook.

Brent gains unlikely to last

Brent managed to gain some ground yesterday despite the build in US crude inventories. That said, the brief break below $50.32 says a lot, with the downtrend remaining intact.

The wider, longer-term view is one of an uptrend, where a break below $44.11 would be required to negate this. Until then, it looks likely there is further room for downside, with the current rally looking like a selling opportunity. As long as we do not break $53.31, a bearish outlook remains preferable.

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