Top Day Recommendations
What a day. I can’t remember when gold made a new high for the month and a new low for that same month on the same day. Expect more selling this morning on margin liquidations. The selling was a reaction to the lack of a mention of QE3 by the Fed Chairman yesterday. Also the Beige Book was upbeat and Chicago area PMI was better than expected and the most recent estimate of GDP was higher than expected. All of this served to make the dollar stronger and the argument for QE3 not all that compelling. Buyers of gold between 1750 and 1775 looking for a pop to 1804 were trapped and the route was on. The crowded room emptied quickly. Oil fell but regaining its footing. Stocks were off but couldn’t hold a candle to the metals complex. So, where do we go from here? The metals have to rebalance so until that process is completed, stay away.
Week of February 27 - March 02
|Feb||10:00||Pending Home Sales||Jan||-0.5%||1.0%||-3.5%|
|Feb||08:30||Durable Orders -ex||Jan||0.6%||0.2%||2.2%|
|Feb||07:00||MBA Mortgage Index||02/25||NA||NA||-4.5%|
|Feb||08:30||GDP - Second||Q4||2.8%||2.8%||2.8%|
|Feb||08:30||GDP Deflator -||Q4||0.4%||0.4%||0.4%|
|Feb||14:00||Fed's Beige Book||Feb|
|Mar||08:30||PCE Prices - Core||Jan||0.2%||0.2%||0.2%|
Numbers are good up until the close of business today. These are strictly technical in nature, not fundamentally based or biased.
U is Up
D is Down
PRD is Potential Reversal Day
S2 is Weekly strong support
S1 is Weekly good support
DS is Daily Support
DR is Daily Resistance
R1 is Weekly Good Resistance
R2 is Weekly Strong Resistance
Levels are for the most active futures contract
Daily Support and Resistance
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