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  • The dollar was down on Thursday morning in Asia, with investors continuing a retreat from the safe-haven asset after progress in U.S. stimulus measures and Brexit talks boosted risk appetite. Although temporarily boosted after the U.S. Federal Reserve handed down its policy decision on Wednesday, the index dropped below a new low of 90.126, a level that has not been seen since April 2018. Republicans and Democrats in Congress were reportedly “closing in on” approving a $900 billion stimulus bill on Wednesday, the most positive note seen in months. They are also working to pass a $1.4 trillion spending bill for the fiscal year beginning on Oct. 1. by Friday to prevent a government shutdown. Some investors said that the growing optimism in the market will lead to a weaker dollar. The pound was boosted by the progress in Brexit talks between the U.K. and the European Union, rising to $1.3553, a level not seen since May 2018, during the previous session. Although European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the two sides were closer to a deal, she warned that success was not guaranteed. The euro was trading at $1.21945 earlier in the session after reaching $1.22120 overnight, its strongest level since April 2018. As it concluded its two-day policy meeting on Wednesday, the Fed vowed to keep pumping cash into financial markets until the U.S. economic recovery is secure. However, this promise of long-term help disappointed expectations for more immediate help as a second wave of COVID-19 cases in the country leads to an economic slide. Other central banks are also handing down policy decisions before the end of the week. The Bank of England and the Mexican, Swiss and Indonesian central bank will hand down their policy decisions later in the day, with the Bank of Japan and the Bank of Russia handing down their decisions on Friday. The dollar languished near fresh 2-1/2-year lows against its major rivals on Thursday as progress toward agreeing a U.S. stimulus package and a Brexit deal boosted risk appetite at the expense of the safest assets. Congressional negotiators were "closing in on" a $900 billion COVID-19 aid bill, lawmakers and aides said on Wednesday, with the tone the most positive it's been in months. Across the Atlantic, the European Union's chief executive said a deal with the UK was nearer, although success wasn't guaranteed. The Federal Reserve on Wednesday vowed to keep funnelling cash into financial markets until the U.S. economic recovery is secure, a promise of long-term help that fell short of some investors' hopes of an immediate move to shore up a recent pandemic-related slide.
  • Oil hit a nine-month high on Thursday after government data showed a fall in U.S. crude stockpiles last week, while progress towards a U.S. fiscal stimulus deal and strong Asian demand also buoyed prices. U.S. crude inventories fell by 3.1 million barrels in the week to Dec. 11, the Energy Information Administration said, more than analysts' expectations of a 1.9-million-barrel drop. Also boosting oil prices, U.S. lawmakers edged closer to agreement on a $900 billion virus-relief spending package on Wednesday with top Democrats and Republicans sounding more positive than they have in months about getting something done. The United States on Thursday also expanded its campaign to deliver COVID-19 vaccine shots into the arms of doctors and nurses on the frontlines of a pandemic that has killed more than 2,500 Americans a day. Oil was up on Thursday morning in Asia, with a surprise drop in U.S. crude oil supply and hopes that the U.S. Congress will pass the latest stimulus measures easing fuel demand jitters. Crude oil inventory data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released on Wednesday showed a draw of 3.135 million barrels for the week to Dec. 11. This was larger than the 1.937-million-barrel draw in forecasts prepared by Investing.com and the 15.189-million-barrel build seen in the previous week. The EIA comes a day after the American Petroleum Institute reported a 1.973-million-barrel build in crude oil supplies. The EIA data also showed that refinery crude runs fell by 253,000 barrels per day in the past week and that refinery utilization rates fell by 0.8 percentage points in the week. Investors now await whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republicans and Democrats will deliver on his promise “we’re gonna get there” for the latest stimulus measures. The two sides were reportedly “closing in on” approving a $900 billion stimulus bill on Wednesday. Work also continues on passing a $1.4 trillion spending bill for the fiscal year beginning on Oct. 1 by Friday to avert a government shutdown. Also boosting oil prices was the Federal Reserve’s policy decision, handed down on Wednesday at the conclusion of a two-day policy meeting. The decision confirmed the Fed’s strengthened commitment to support the U.S. economy by maintaining its asset purchase program until it sees “substantial further progress” in employment and inflation. With the U.S. continuing to grapple with a second wave of COVID-19 cases, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell added that said the case for fiscal stimulus is “very, very strong” On the vaccines front, an unprecedented COVID-19 immunization drive, which could see thousands more healthcare workers inoculated, continues despite some hiccups on the way. Meanwhile, Moderna Inc's (NASDAQ:MRNA) COVID-19 vaccine mRNA-1273 is expected to receive U.S. regulatory authorization by the end of the week.

 

 
Intraday RESISTANCE LEVELS
17th December 2020 R1 R2 R3
GOLD-XAU 1,881-1,890 1,905 1,918-1,931
Silver-XAG 25.65-26.05 26.50 27.00-27.65
Crude Oil 49.20-50.00 50.40 50.90-51.50
EURO/USD 1.2240-1.2275 1.2350 1.2400-1.2475
GBP/USD 1.3610-1.3660 1.3710 1.3800
USD/JPY 103.80-104.50 105.00 105.40-105.90

Intraday SUPPORTS LEVELS
17th December 2020 S1 S2 S3
GOLD-XAU 1,868-1,860 1,849 1.830-1,821
Silver-XAG 24.95-24.50 23.90 23.20-22.60
Crude Oil 48.00-47.50 46.50 45.10-44.60¬
EURO/USD 1.2190-1.2150 1.2090 1.2050-1.1990
GBP/USD 1.3540-1.3470 1.3400 1.3340-1.3300
USD/JPY 103.15-102.50 102.05 101.60-101.20

Intra-Day Strategy (17th December 2020)
GOLD-XAU Buy on Dips
Silver-XAG Buy on Dips
Crude Oil Neutral to Buy
EUR/USD Neutral to Buy
GBP/USD Neutral to Sell
USD/JPY Neutral to Sell

Gold – XAU

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Gold on Wednesday made its intraday high of US$1865.66/oz and low of US$1844.64/oz. Gold up 0.571% at US$1863.86/oz.

Technicals in Focus:

In daily charts, prices are below 50DMA (1899) and breakage above will call for 1916. MACD is above zero line and histograms are also increasing trend and it will bring upward stance in the upcoming sessions. RSI is in neutral region and more upside is expected before it gets stretched. Stochastic Oscillator is in oversold territory and giving negative crossover to bearish stance for intraday trade.

Trading Strategy: Buy on Dips

Based on the charts and explanations above; buy above 1849-1796 with risk below 1796, targeting 1868-1880 and 1890-1900. Sell below 1868-1900 keeping stop loss closing above 1900, targeting 1850-1829-1821 and 1811-1796-1790.

 
Intraday Support Levels
S1     1,868-1,860
S2     1,849
S3     1.830-1,821
Intraday Resistance Levels
R1     1,881-1,890
R2     1,905
R3     1,918-1,931

Technical Indicators

Name   Value Action
14DRSI  

54.041

Buy
20-DMA   1833.19 Sell
50-DMA  

1871.78

Sell
100-DMA   1905.27 Sell
200-DMA   1812.19 Buy
STOCH(5,3)   85.503 Buy
MACD(12,26,9)   -6.276 Sell

Silver - XAG

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Silver on Wednesday made its intraday high of US$25.48/oz and low of US$24.42/oz settled up by 3.270% at US$25.25/oz.

Technicals in Focus:

On daily charts, silver is sustaining below 50DMA (24.30), breakage above will lead to 25.00. MACD is below zero line and histograms are decreasing trend and it will bring bearish stance in the upcoming sessions. RSI is approaching neutral region, indicating buy signal for now. The Stochastic Oscillator is in oversold region and giving negative crossover to show downside move for the intraday trade.

Trading Strategy: Buy on Dips

Based on the charts and explanations above, Sell below 26.05-27.70 with stop loss above 27.70; targeting 24.95-24.50-23.90 and 23.20-22.00-21.60. Buy silver in between 24.95-21.60, targeting 26.05-26.50-26.80 and 27.00-27.65 with stop loss should be place on the breakage below 27.65.

 
Intraday  Support Levels
S1     24.95-24.50
S2     23.90
S3     23.20-22.60

Intraday  Resistance Levels
R1     25.65-26.05
R2     26.50
R3     27.00-27.65

TECHNICAL INDICATORS
Name   Value Action
14DRSI   58.473 Buy
20-DMA   20.93 Sell
50-DMA   24.15 Sell
100-DMA   25.07 Sell
200-DMA   20.93 Buy
STOCH(5,3)   65.268 Sell
MACD(12,26,9)   0.061 Buy

Oil - WTI

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Crude Oil on Wednesday made an intra‐day high of US48.08/bbl, intraday low of US$47.31/bbl and settled up by 0.639% to close at US$48.03/bbl.

Technicals in Focus:

On daily charts, oil is sustaining above its 20DMA i.e. 45.74 which is a support level and breakage below will call for 45.74. MACD is above zero line and histograms are in increasing mode will bring bullish stance in the upcoming sessions. The Stochastic Oscillator is in overbought region and giving positive crossover for confirmation of bullish stance; while the RSI is in neutral region and more upside can be expected to reach the overbought region, which is highly probable.

Trading Strategy: Neutral to Buy

Based on the charts and explanations above; buy above 48.50-44.00 with risk daily closing below 44.00 and targeting 49.30-50.00-50.40 and 50.90-51.50. Sell in between 49.20-51.30 with stop loss at 51.30; targeting 48.50-47.50-46.60 and 45.10-44.60-44.00.

 
Intraday Support Levels
S1     48.00-47.50
S2     46.50
S3     45.10-44.60¬

Intraday Resistance Levels
R1     49.20-50.00
R2     50.40
R3     50.90-51.50

TECHNICAL INDICATORS
Name   Value Action
14DRSI   72.216 Sell
20-DMA   45.74 Buy
50-DMA   42.20 Buy
100-DMA   41.50 Buy
200-DMA   36.68 Buy
STOCH(5,3)   97.130 Buy
MACD(12,26,9)   1.547 Buy

EUR/USD

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EUR/USD on Wednesday an intraday low of US$1.2124/EUR, high of US$1.2211/EUR and settled the day up by 0.403% to close at US$1.2198/EUR.

Technicals in Focus:

On daily charts, prices are sustaining below 20DMA (1.2050), which become immediate resistance level, break above will target 1.1990. MACD is above zero line and histograms are increasing mode which will bring bullish view. Stochastic is in overbought territory and giving positive crossovers to signal for bullish outlook for intraday. 14D RSI is currently in overbought region and giving no directions to consider right now.

Trading Strategy: Neutral to Buy

Buy above 1.2190-1.1840 with risk below 1.1800, targeting 1.2240-1.2275-1.2350 and 1.2400-1.2475. Sell below 1.2240-1.2475 targeting 1.2190-1.2150-1.2090 and 1.2050-1.1990-1.1960 with stop-loss at daily closing above 1.2475.

 
Intraday Support Levels
S1     1.2190-1.2150
S2     1.2090
S3     1.2050-1.1990

Intraday  Resistance Levels
R1     1.2240-1.2275
R2     1.2350
R3     1.2400-1.2475

TECHNICAL INDICATORS
Name   Value Action
14DRSI   73.812 Buy
20-DMA   1.201.201.20505050 Buy
50-DMA   1.1891 Buy
100-DMA   1.1473 Buy
200-DMA   1.1473 Buy
STOCH(5,3)   89.758 Buy
MACD(12,26,9)   0.0011 Buy

GBP/USD

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GBP/USD on Wednesday made an intra‐day low of US$1.3433/GBP, high of US$1.3553/GBP and settled the day up by 0.407% to close at US$1.3506/GBP.

Technicals in Focus:

On daily charts, prices are sustaining above 20DMA (1.3134) is become immediate support level. 14-D RSI is currently in neutral region and direction is difficult to predict on RSI bases. The Stochastic Oscillator is in oversold territory and giving negative crossover to confirm bearish stance. MACD is above zero line but histograms are increasing lead to upward movement.

Trading Strategy: Neutral to Sell

Based on the charts and explanations above; sell in between 1.3600-1.3710 with targets at 1.3540-1.3470-1.3400 and 1.3340-1.3290-1.3200 stop-loss should be 1.37. Buy above 1.3540-1.3290 with targets 1.3600-1.3660 and 1.3710-1.3800 with stop loss closing below 1.3290.

 
Intraday Support Levels
S1     1.3540-1.3470
S2     1.3400
S3     1.3340-1.3300

Intraday Resistance Levels
R1     1.3610-1.3660
R2     1.3710
R3     1.3800

TECHNICAL INDICATORS
Name   Value Action
14DRSI  

53.783

Buy
20-DMA   1.3317 Sell
50-DMA   1.3133 Buy
100-DMA   1.3080 Buy
200-DMA   1.2746 Buy
STOCH(5,3)   68.940 Buy
MACD(12,26,9)   0.009 Sell

USD/JPY

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USD/JPY on Wednesday made intra‐day low of JPY103.25/USD and made an intraday high of JPY103.91/USD and settled the day down by 0.197% at JPY103.44/USD.

Technicals in Focus:

In daily charts, JPY is sustaining above 200DMA (108.30), which is initial support on the daily chart. 14-D RSI is currently in overbought region and chances of downward are expected based on RSI. MACD is above zero line but histograms are in decreasing mode which might lead to downward movement. The Stochastic Oscillator is in neutral territory and signaling to sell as it has given negative crossover to confirm bearish stance.

Trading Strategy: Neutral to Sell

Sell below 103.80-108.00 with risk above 108.00 targeting 103.15-102.50-102.05 and 101.60-101.20. Long positions above 103.10-101.00 with targets of 103.80-104.50-105.00 and 105.40-105.90- with stop below 105.00.

 
Intraday Support Levels
S1     103.15-102.50
S2     102.05
S3     101.60-101.20

INTRADAY RESISTANCE LEVELS
R1     103.80-104.50
R2     105.00
R3     105.40-105.90

TECHNICAL INDICATORS
Name   Value Action
14DRSI   57.307 Buy
20-DMA   104.40 Sell
50-DMA   105.36 Sell
100-DMA   105.36 Sell
200-DMA   106.45 Sell
STOCH(9,6)   57.253 Sell
MACD(12,26,9)   -0.199 Sell

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