Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bulls Make a Stand as Short Covering Takes Crude Oil, Markets Higher

The S&P 500 closed higher due to short covering on Wednesday as it consolidates some of this month's decline. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Thursday. Stochastics and the RSI are oversold but remain neutral to bearish signaling that additional weakness is possible near term. If September extends this month's decline, July's low crossing at 1003.10 is the next downside target. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 1092.61 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted. First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 1071.89. Second resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 1092.61. First support is today's low crossing at 1037.50. Second support is July's low crossing at 1003.10.

Crude oil closed higher due to short covering on Wednesday as it consolidated some of this month's decline. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Thursday. Stochastics and the RSI are oversold but remains neutral to bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term. If October extends this month's decline, May's low crossing at 70.35 is the next downside target. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 77.80 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted. First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 74.54. Second resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 77.80. First support is today's low crossing at 70.76. Second support is May's low crossing at 70.35.

Gold closed higher on Wednesday and tested the 75% retracement level of the June-July decline crossing at 1239.60 as it extends the rally off July's low. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought, diverging but are turning neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term. If August extends the rally off July's low, the 87% retracement level of the June-July decline crossing at 1253.30 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 1209.40 would temper the friendly outlook. First resistance is today's high crossing at 1242.00. Second resistance is the 87% retracement level of the June-July decline crossing at 1253.30. First support is Tuesday's low crossing at 1210.90. Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 1209.40.

The U.S. Dollar closed higher on Wednesday as it extends this month's rally. The mid range close sets the stage for a steady opening on Thursday. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term. If September extends this month's rally, the reaction high crossing at 84.73 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 82.01 would temper the near term friendly outlook. First resistance is Tuesday's high crossing at 83.64. Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at 84.73. First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 82.85. Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 82.01.



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