Wednesday, October 27, 2010

SP 500 Signals Turning Bearish, Crude Wants to Move Higher

The S&P 500 index closed lower due to profit taking on Wednesday as it consolidates some of this fall's rally. The mid range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Thursday. 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 1165.21 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 today's low crossing at 1167.80. Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 1165.21.

Crude oil closed lower due to profit taking on Wednesday as it consolidates some of the decline off this month's high. The mid range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Thursday. Stochastics and the RSI are turning bullish signaling that a short term low might be in or is near. Closes above the reaction high crossing at 84.80 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 last week's high crossing at 84.80. Second resistance is this month's high crossing at 85.08. First support last week's low crossing at 79.90. Second support is the August-September uptrend line crossing near 78.43.

Natural gas closed slightly higher on Wednesday due to short covering as it consolidated some of this year's decline. Stochastics and the RSI are turning bullish hinting that a low might be in or is near. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.941 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted. If December extends this year's decline, weekly support crossing at 3.390 is the next downside target. First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 3.825. Second resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.941. First support is Monday's low crossing at 3.500. Second support is weekly support crossing at 3.390.

Gold closed lower due to profit taking on Wednesday and remains poised to extend this month's decline. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Thursday. 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 the 10 day moving average crossing at 1345.40 would confirm that a short term low has been posted. First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 1345.40. Second resistance is this month's high crossing at 1388.10. 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 higher due to short covering on Wednesday as it extends the rebound off last Friday's low. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Thursday. Stochastics and the RSI are 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 extends 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 today'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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