Thursday, October 28, 2010

Indexes, Crude Oil, Natural Gas and Gold Close Higher on the Back of the Weaker U.S. Dollar

The S&P 500 index closed slightly higher on Thursday and the mid range close sets the stage for a steady opening on Friday. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought, diverging and are turning bearish hinting that a short term top might be in or is near. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 1167.57 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted. If December extends the aforementioned rally, April's high crossing at 1203.00 is the next upside target. First resistance is Monday's high crossing at 1193.00. Second resistance is April's high crossing at 1203.00. First support is Wednesday's low crossing at 1167.80. Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 1167.58.

Crude oil closed higher on Thursday and the mid range close sets the stage for a steady opening on Friday. Stochastics and the RSI are neutral to bullish signaling that a short term low might be in or is near. Closes above the reaction high crossing at 83.28 are needed to confirm that a low has been posted. Closes below the reaction low crossing at 79.90 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted. First resistance is Monday's high crossing at 83.28. Second resistance is last week's high crossing at 84.80. First support last week's low crossing at 79.90. Second support is the August-September uptrend line crossing near 78.55.

Natural gas closed sharply higher on Thursday as it extends this week's short covering rally. Stochastics and the RSI are bullish hinting that a low might be in or is near. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.930 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted. If December renews this year's decline, weekly support crossing at 3.390 is the next downside target. First resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.930. Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at 4.207. First support is Monday's low crossing at 3.500. Second support is weekly support crossing at 3.390.

Gold closed higher due to short covering on Thursday but remains poised to extend this month's decline. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Friday. Stochastics and the RSI remain neutral to bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices is possible near term. If December extends this month's decline, the 25% retracement level of this year's rally crossing at 1303.50 is the next downside target. Closes above Monday's high crossing at 1349.50 would confirm that a short term low has been posted. First resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 1343.40. Second resistance is Monday's high crossing at 1349.50. First support is last Friday's low crossing at 1315.60. Second support is the 25% retracement level of this year's rally crossing at 1303.50.

The U.S. Dollar closed lower on Thursday ending a two day short covering bounce. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Friday. Stochastics and the RSI remain bullish hinting that a short term low might be in or is near. Closes above the reaction high crossing at 78.61 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted. If December renews the decline off August's high, the November 2009 low on the weekly continuation chart crossing at 74.21 is the next downside target. First resistance is Wednesday's high crossing at 78.51. Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at 78.61. First support is last Friday's low crossing at 75.85. Second support is the November 2009 low on the weekly continuation chart crossing at 74.21.

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