Forex Analysis: US Dollar Holds its Ground Despite S&P 500 Rebound

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THE TAKEAWAY:The US Dollar proved resilient despite its safe-haven characteristics, holding above key technical support even as the S&P 500 recovered sharply higher.

US DOLLARTECHNICAL ANALYSIS Prices remain wedged between resistance-turned-support at the upper boundary of a falling channel set from the June 1 high (9881) and the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement at 9963. A break higher exposes the 50% Fib at 10032. Alternatively, a drop below support targets rising trend line support at 9870.

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S&P 500TECHNICAL ANALYSIS – Prices moved higher as expected after putting in a Bullish Engulfing candlestick pattern above support at the 1400 figure, a barrier reinforced by the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement at 1394.30. Buyers have now cleared initial resistance in the 1424.90-1425.10 area, exposing the underside of a rising channel set from early June (now at 1447.70). A further push above that targets 1466.10. The 1424.90-1425.10 region has been recast as near-term support.

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GOLDTECHNICAL ANALYSIS Prices pushed higher as expected after putting in a Bullish Engulfing candlestick pattern above support at 1693.06, the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement, taking out resistance at a falling trend line set from the October 5. Buyers now aim to challenge the 1732.33-35.65 area, marked by a horizontal pivot level and the 23.6% Fib, with a push above that exposing the 1800/oz figure. Trend line resistance-turned-support is now at 1698.76, with the 1693.06 level providing added reinforcement. A drop below the latter boundary exposes the 50% Fib at 1661.32

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CRUDE OILTECHNICAL ANALYSIS Prices are stalling above the 85.00 figure, a barrier reinforced by the 50%Fibonacci expansion at 83.76. Initial resistance lines up at 87.66, the 38.2% Fib, with a break above that targeting a falling trend line set from late September (now at 91.36). Alternatively, a break below 83.76 targets the 80.00 figure and 61.8% level at 79.84.

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--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for Dailyfx.com

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