Forex Analysis: US Dollar Breaks with S&P 500 on Fed Policy Outlook

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THE TAKEAWAY: The US Dollar pushed sharply higher despite a lack of support from risk appetite trends after the Fed signaled it may end QE faster than expected.

US DOLLAR TECHNICAL ANALYSIS Prices took out resistance at 10082, the 50% Fibonacci expansion. The bulls now target the 61.8% level at 10122, with a break above that that eyeing the 76.4% Fib at 10170. The 10082 level has been recast as near-term support. A reversal back below that exposes the 32.8%expansion at 10044.

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S&P 500 TECHNICAL ANALYSIS – Prices launched sharply higher in the aftermath of a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, taking out a falling trend line set from mid-September and exposing resistance at 1466.10. A break above that targets the 1471.60-1474.90 area marked by the October 5 and September 14 swing highs. Initial support is at 1450.10, the December 19 top, with a break below that eyeing the trend line at 1440.70 and a horizontal pivot at 1432.90.

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GOLD TECHNICAL ANALYSIS Prices reversed sharply lower from resistance at a falling trend line set from late November, with sellers now probing below support at the 38.2% Fibonacci expansion (1649.37). A break of this boundary exposes the 50% level at 1635.24. Near-term resistance is at 1666.86, the 23.6% Fib.

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CRUDE OIL TECHNICAL ANALYSIS Prices are pulling back from resistance at 93.25, the 100% Fibonacci expansion. Near-term support is in the 91.23-92.01 area, marked by the 61.8% and 76.4% Fibs respectively. This barrier is reinforced by the formerly broken top of a rising channel top set from early November.A drop below 91.23 exposes the 90.00 figure. Alternatively, a reversal above 93.25 aims for the 123.6% expansion at 94.51.

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

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