Technical analysis: key levels for gold and crude

Gold has regained ground overnight, bringing the price back into a critical resistance level. Meanwhile, Brent has continued its descent, falling into the key $50 mark.

Gold mining
Source: Bloomberg

Gold rallies into major resistance zone

Gold has broken sharply higher overnight, following on from yesterday’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. This has taken us back into a crucial resistance zone.

A break above the $1292 resistance level is needed to continue the creation of higher highs. Should that occur, we would be looking towards the $1296 resistance zone, which if broken, would bring a bullish picture to the longer term. As such, whether we can break through the $1292-$1296 zone will be a major determinant for whether this market becomes bullish for both the short and medium/long term.

Gold price chart

Brent falls into key support level

Yesterday’s gains have dissipated for Brent, with the price falling back into the 200-period simple moving average (SMA) and $50 support level.

That level is a historical support and resistance level, alongside the near-term swing low. The ability or inability to break below that level should provide a guide for the day. An hourly close below that level should bring a signal of further impending downside. 

Brent price chart

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.

Find articles by analysts

This information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited and IG Markets South Africa 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. International accounts are offered by IG Markets Limited in the UK (FCA Number 195355), a juristic representative of IG Markets South Africa Limited (FSP No 41393). South African residents are required to obtain the necessary tax clearance certificates in line with their foreign investment allowance and may not use credit or debit cards to fund their international account.