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Gold, Oil, SPX Trading Around the Election

This week we have a major wild card (Election) happening on Tuesday. Most of you know I don’t get involved with political discussion for several reasons… one of them being that I am Canadian “an outsider” looking in.

That being said, it looks and feels as though the market has been propped up and oil has been held down from an invisible force. Lots of theories going around saying higher stock and lower/stable oil prices will give voters the warm fuzzies to keep the current leaders elected… I prefer trading the charts and not getting caught in the Wall St. hype.

Let’s take a quick look at some charts

SPY – SP500 ETF Trading Vehicle

The broad market has been finding buyers as the beginning of each month and it looks as though it’s ready for another bounce. I do want to note that Tuesday or Wednesday we could see a very sharp move in the market as investors around the world digest the outcome. It is very important to keep positions small and or use protective stops incase of a flash crash or flash rally for those of you trying to pick a top.

Gold Price – Futures Contract

The price of gold looks to be setting up for another wave down in my opinion. More often than not we see a sharp pullback, sideways chop then a pop above recent highs. It’s that pop above recent highs which tends to suck in long positions only to roll over and make new lows quickly after. As noted in previous reports, gold has support around $1300 area and that’s what I am looking for. Again this week’s election will trump recent price action so we really just need to sit tight until the smoke settles.

Crude Oil Futures:

Crude oil has been trading sideways for a solid month while the US dollar has been dropping at tremendous rate. Many oil traders believe the price is being manipulated to stay down until the election is finished because of the strong negative affect rising oil prices have on the economy/end user/voters.

Weekend Trading Conclusion:

In short, this is a going to be a wild week in the market. Keeping position sizes small and using protective stops is crucial during times like these. We have taken profits on both of our positions from last week and have moved our stops to breakeven for the balance just incase of a crash.

Overall, I am neutral on the market for a couple days until we see what type of blip we get on the charts.

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Chris Vermeulen

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Monday Jan 12 – Precious Metals & Oil Update

Special Swing Trading Report on Gold, Silver & Oil – CLICK HERE

PRECIOUS METALS

February gold closed higher on Friday as it consolidated some of this week’s decline. The mid-range close sets the stage for a steady opening on Monday. Stochastics and the RSI remain bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near-term. If February extends this week’s decline, trendline support drawn off the November-December lows crossing near 804.60 is the next downside target. Closes above the 10-day moving average crossing at 865.50 would signal that a low has been posted. First resistance is last Monday’s high crossing at 892.00. Second resistance is October’s high crossing at 938.80. First
support is Wednesday’s low crossing at 836.00. Second support is trading line support crossing near 804.60.

March silver closed higher on Friday due to short covering as it consolidates above the 10-day moving average. The mid-range close sets the stage for a steady opening on Monday. Stochastics and the RSI are neutral to bearish signaling that a short-term top might be in or is near. Closes below the 20-day moving average crossing at 10.908 are needed to confirm that a short-term top has been posted. If March extends the rally off October’s low, the reaction high crossing at 12.230 is the next upside target. First resistance is Monday’s high crossing at 11.770. Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at 12.230. First support is the 20-day moving average crossing at 10.908. Second support is Monday’s low crossing at 10.570. 

ENERGY MARKET
February crude oil closed lower on Friday as it extended Thursday’s breakout below the 10-day moving average crossing at 42.98. Today’s low-range close sets the stage for a steady opening on Monday. The door is open for additional weakness and a possible test of last week’s low. Closes below last Wednesday’s low crossing at 36.94 would temper the near-term friendly outlook in the market. Stochastics and the RSI have turned bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near-term. If February renews the rally off December’s low, the reaction high crossing at 52.95 is the next upside target. First resistance is the 20-day moving average crossing at 43.34. Second resistance is Tuesday’s high crossing at 50.47. First support is today’s low crossing at 39.38. Second support is last Wednesday’s low crossing at 36.94.