Friday, October 15, 2010

Stock Market and Commodities Commentary For Friday Evening Oct. 15th

The S&P 500 index closed lower due to profit taking on Friday as it consolidates below the 87% retracement level of the April-July decline crossing at 1178.21. The mid range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Monday. 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 1148.52 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 Wednesday's high crossing at 1180.80. Second resistance is April's high crossing at 1203.00. First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 1160.64. Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 1148.52.

Crude oil closed lower due to profit taking on Friday as it consolidates some of the rally off August's low. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Monday. Stochastics and the RSI are neutral to bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 80.62 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted. Closes above last week's high crossing at 85.08 are needed to renew the rally off August's low. First resistance is last week's high crossing at 85.08. Second resistance is the 75% retracement level of May's decline crossing at 88.07. First support last week's low crossing at 80.98. Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 80.62.

Natural gas closed lower on Friday renewing this year's decline. The low-range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Monday. However, stochastics and the RSI are oversold and turning neutral to bullish hinting that a low might be in or is near. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.827 are needed to confirm that a low has been posted. If November extends 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 3.827. Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at 4.250. First support is today's low crossing at 3.520. Second support is weekly support crossing at 3.390.

Gold closed lower due to profit taking on Friday as it consolidates some of the rally off July's low. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Monday. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought, diverging but remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices is possible near term. Upside targets will now be hard to project if it extends this year's rally into uncharted territory. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 1324.30 would confirm that a short term top has been posted. First resistance is Thursday's high crossing at 1388.10. First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 1350.00. Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 1324.30.

The U.S. Dollar closed higher due to short covering on Friday and posted a key reversal up. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Monday. Stochastics and the RSI are oversold, diverging and are turning neutral to bullish hinting that a short term low might be in or is near. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 78.66 would confirm that a short-term low has been posted. If December extends the decline off August's high, the 87% retracement level of the 2009-2010 rally on the weekly continuation chart crossing at 76.07 is the next downside target. First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 77.61. Second resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 78.66. First support is today's low crossing at 76.34. Second support is the 87% retracement level of the 2009-2010 rally on the weekly continuation chart crossing at 76.07.

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