Monday, November 1, 2010

Markets Close Mixed as Traders Anxiously Await FOMC Announcement

The U.S. stock indexes closed mixed today on some profit taking. The indexes are still at or near for the move highs. The stock index bulls have the solid overall near term technical advantage as price uptrends are in place on the daily bar charts. Traders are anxiously awaiting Wednesday afternoon's FOMC announcement. Friday also will see the important U.S. employment report issued, so trading action in the stock indexes could become more volatile as the week progresses.

Crude oil closed up $1.32 at $82.75 a barrel today. Prices closed near mid range today. Trading has been choppy recently. Bulls and bears are still on a level near term technical playing field.

Natural gas closed down 20.2 cents at $3.836 today. Prices closed near the session low today after hitting a fresh three week high early on. The bears still have the solid overall near term technical advantage. However, technical odds are increasing that a market low is in place.

Gold futures closed down $5.10 at $1,352.50 today. Prices closed nearer the session low today after hitting a fresh two week high early on. Profit taking was featured. Bulls do still have some upside technical momentum after producing a bullish weekly high close on Friday. Bulls also still have the overall near term and longer term technical advantage.

The U.S. dollar index closed up 3 points at 77.49 today. Prices closed nearer the session high today. Trading has been choppy at lower price levels. Dollar index bears still have the firm overall near term technical advantage.




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