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Daily Market Analysis By ForexTime ( FXTM )
Forextime Daily Market Analysis

Oil nears key levels

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Oil continues to struggle on the charts as last week's expectation for oil failed to show any real signs that there was a drain on the US oil inventories. While there was at least some drain on the inventories of -1.66M the expectation of a drop to -2.74M led many to continue to be bearish on oil markets. This has also been further pushed by recent developments in the US market, namely shale continuing to produce a large surplus of oil for the US economy despite the fact many wrote it off after the price drops. OPEC as well has struggled to reign in prices as the market sees it as less of a threat now days given the move to renewables and also the fact that economies are not consuming oil at any great speed anymore.

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For oil markets the bears are looking very much in control. Most pull-backs we have seen thus far on the daily chart instead look more like unwinding in the marketplace and traders looking to take profit. What is also very clear is that the trend is strong and does not look like it has run of steam and support at 44.01 is looking very close. Further support at 43.10 is a very strong level and could be the line in the sand that traders are looking to hit before we see any bulls come back into the market. In the event we do see them swing back in (and they will)expectations for resistance can be found at 45.80 and 47.75. In the event the market does finally turn and we see a strong bullish run in oil I would also be aware of the long term trend line on the daily chart which will be a hard ask in present times.

The Australian economy is not having a good day to day, with Moody's downgrading it's banking sector, sighting weakness in the local economy and over supply in iron ore at present to the Chinese market. Last week's Westpac consumer sentiment report also showed strong weakness in the Australian economy at -1.8%. And even while unemployment may have shifted lower to 5.5%, the jitters are certainly still there for any Aussie bulls left in the market. One thing is clear is that the market will be heavily focused on the Reserve Bank of Australia minutes which are due out shortly.

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Traders so  far have struggled to break through at resistance at 0.7622, and all daily candles looking to move higher have started to look weaker and weaker. If the AUDUSD can move higher, then a next level target at 0.7677 would be ideal. If the market does look to push lower then strong levels of support can be found at 0.7556 and 0.7502. I would also look to focus on the 20 day moving average as potential, given that the market has looked to use it as dynamic support/resistance previously as well. 

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The week ahead: Draghi’s turn to drag the Euro?

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Last week the greenback was the biggest loser among all major currencies. The dollar index slipped to a 10-month low, while the Euro, the Pound, the Lonnie, and the Aussie all posted new 2017 highs.

The dollar has been falling since the beginning of 2017 despite the two rate hikes which occurred in March and June, and the many hawkish comments from FOMC members. Part of the blame falls upon the delay of President Trump’s economic agenda. However, most recently it was the poor economic data that led investors to question the trajectory and speed of interest rates hikes.

Janet Yellen’s testimony to Congress on Wednesday and Thursday did not help the dollar either. She did not seem confident that inflation is on the right path and Friday’s flat consumer price index raised concerns that the Fed may be done with hiking rates this year. U.S. retail sales figures added salt to the wound after recording the biggest drop in more than a year in May falling by 0.3%. The sluggishness in consumer spending, wage growth and inflation will likely to worry Fed officials. Furthermore, if the weakness persists in the next couple of month, it will prove that the slowdown in the economy is not due to transitory factors but probably structural problems. Until data takes a U-turn, dollar bulls will remain reluctant to jump in and the dollar weakness may resume in Q3.

Next week investors will shift their focus to the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan. It has been almost three weeks since Mr. Draghi said, “Deflationary forces have been replaced by reflationary ones.” His confidence and bullish assessment of the euro zone recovery sent the Euro above 1.13 and despite the ECB officials attempts to dampen investors’ expectations over tightening policy the Euro still appreciated by more than 2.5% since June 27.

I think Mario Draghi will choose his words more carefully when the ECB meets on Thursday. The last thing he wants is a strong Euro and tightened financial conditions for now. Since no changes are expected on current monetary policy the tweaks in the statement and Draghi’s tone are all what matters to traders. It is a complicated process to start normalizing policy without disrupting markets and so while the ECB wants to prepare investors for gradual wind-down of asset purchases, policy makers are likely to hint that rate hikes will remain low for a prolonged period. However, I prefer buying the Euro on dips then selling on rallies with end year target around 1.18.

The dollar’s weakness drove Sterling to a 10-month high to trade above 1.31 for the first time this year. The pound also found support from BoE’s Ian McCafferty who said the central bank should consider unwinding its 435-billion-pound quantitative easing program earlier than planned and he’s looking to vote for a rate rise again in August. It seems that monetary policy is having more weight than the Brexit talks and if Tuesday’s inflation figures from the U.K. surprised to the upside, expect GBP to continue rallying. However, traders should also keep a close eye on Brexit negotiations which are going to resume on Monday. 

China’s GDP release on Monday will be monitored very closely by Aussie traders. Markets are expecting a 1.7% rise in Q2 from 1.3% in Q1. The RBA minutes are scheduled for release on Tuesday followed by the employment report on Thursday. It requires another set of positive reports to further widen the differentials in bond yields; however, without a shift in monetary policy stance the Aussie gains are likely to be limited. 

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Dollar gasps for air while Euro bulls take a breather

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The Greenback received a thorough pummelling on Tuesday after reports of Republican legislators failing to pass a revised healthcare bill rekindled concerns over Trump’s ability to implement tax cuts and infrastructure spending. Sentiment was already turning increasingly bearish towards the Dollar following last week’s soft US inflation reading, with sellers swiftly exploiting the fresh setback to Trump’s domestic agenda, in order to attack prices further. With the Greenback displaying signs of sensitivity to monetary policy speculations and the probability of a 25-basis-point rate increase in December dropping to 43% according to CME FedWatch Tool, further downside could be on the cards.

As the US economic calendar is fairly thin today, with only US building permits and housing starts in focus, price action is likely to dictate where the Dollar Index trades. Technical traders could be tempted to utilize the technical bounce on the daily time frame to drive the Index lower. A solid breakdown and daily close below 94.60 may encourage a further selloff towards 94.00.

Euro bulls wait for Draghi

Thursday’s main risk event for the Euro will be the European Central Bank meeting, which is widely expected to conclude with monetary policy left unchanged in July. Investors will closely scrutinize the meeting and press conference for clues on whether the central bank may announce plans to reduce its bond-buying program in September. With ECB President Mario Draghi’s optimistic speech in Sintra sparking speculations of QE tapering and also playing a role in the current Euro rally, he may choose his words carefully on Thursday. Although the economic conditions in Europe continue to stabilize, inflation is still far from the 2% target and it will be interesting to hear Draghi’s thoughts on this. While the improving macro-fundamentals and absence of political risk in Europe have heavily supported the Euro, bulls may need further inspiration in the form of QE tapering expectations. It becomes a question of whether Draghi will offer the bulls what they crave or will end up clipping their wings.

From a technical standpoint, the EURUSD is heavily bullish on the daily charts. The breakout and daily close above 1.1500 could encourage a further incline higher towards 1.1615.

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Commodity Spotlight – WTI Crude

WTI Crude Oil edged slightly lower on Tuesday after API reported US inventories increased by 1.63 million barrels last week. Although prices ventured towards $46.55 during Wednesday’s trading session this had nothing to do with a change of bias, but rather profit taking, as sentiment remained bearish. Recent reports of Ecuador publicly admitting that it will not meet OPEC’s cut commitments, presents a threat to the production cut deal, with fears of a domino effect exposing oil prices to further downside risks. The bias towards oil remains bearish and further downside may be expected as the supply overhang erodes investor attraction towards the commodity. Much attention will be directed towards the pending report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) this afternoon, which could compound to oils woes if there is a build in crude inventories.

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European currencies dominate trading

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European currencies have dominated in today's trading as the EURUSD was crowned king of volatility amongst the major pairs, when North American traders came into the fray, while at the same time the GBPUSD continued to take a beating in the currency markets. It's somewhat remarkable to have two currencies intertwined yet going in opposite directions based on the current political events, but for traders it's just another day in the field.

The EURUSD continues to be a big favourite of mine and despite the pullback we saw on Friday it has failed to stimulate the USD bulls to come back into the marketplace. Currently, the Trump effect has faded and despite some outlets of media saying otherwise there seems to be movements to try and investigate further the Russian influence in the US elections. All of this is weighing down on the markets  which believed that a Trump administration would be pro-business. Additionally, the FED continues to send mixed messages unless we see inflation lifting and has even cut back growth forecasts going into 2018 and 2019. US PPI and CPI will be a major focus this week and I would expect the markets to look gleefully on those figures in the long run, but at present the focus is very much on dollar selling based of the current market information and the EURUSD has been one of the largest benefactors.

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Chart wise the EURUSD is still in its bullish trend. Fridays sell-off was on the back of some positive fundamental news, but it has not managed to carry through into the new week thus far. Support was quick to hold any downward momentum at 1.1719 and continues to look like a strong level, this was further reinforced by the 20 day moving average warding off the dollars bulls in the EURUSD. So far however momentum has stalled as trading has been light with the Monday opening, and it's held up at resistance at 1.1799, but not before testing it today. There is potential to slide further down, but also plenty of potential to climb higher on the back of the US political mess. If we do see a strong push through resistance I would anticipate further climbing to 1.1915 in the current market environment.

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The GBPUSD has been the other mover today after recently looking stronger against the USD, it has struggled to gain any momentum in the last three trading days and looks to be sliding back down the charts again. Support levels will be key here and 1.2972 is looking like a key level to be focused on as well as 1.2843 to see if this is really a strong sell off. If we do see a big jump in the charts for the GBPUSD you can be sure that resistance at 1.3224 will be the target, and we could potentially see a double top if the bears look to strike there again. 

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RBA poised to act in current market

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The Australian dollar continues to be in a bit of a freefall as traders rally on the back of a resurging USD as well as a risk-off attitude when it comes to commodity currencies as of late. One of the major developments though around the Australian economy has been the rise in household debt which is being fed by low interest rates in Australia. Now the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is getting a bit worried and today's wage growth figures are likely to be quite major, on the basis that if the figures are showing sluggish growth then the RBA may be forced to act in the market. If the RBA does act it will be in the form of a rate rise and this would certainly be a double edged sword for the AUDUSD. It could be the case that it does help reduce debt levels, but fixed interest rate traders would look to jump back on board the AUDUSD train in a hurry, and a weak result today with wage growth could actually trigger a jump for the pair.

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On the charts the AUDUSD has cruised lower recently as the bears take hold, and it's looking very much like a classic retracement on the charts. So far it has pushed through the 20 day moving average and is looking like it will test support at 0.7761 and 0.7657 in the future if this slide continues. In the event it does look to push back upwards resistance levels can be found at 0.7901 and 0.8000, but a push through the psychological 80 cent level would be a very hard ask for the AUDUSD unless we saw a major turn in its economic good fortunes in the near future.

One of the more interesting developments has been the movements of the S&P 500 which had a large pull back in the previous week, but has managed to find some legs this week on the chart. American data was positive today on the basis that retail sales jumped to 0.6% m/m (0.3% exp) which is a positive for the US economy. However, there is still a large amount of worry in the markets around the current state of American politics which can swing on a day to day basis. This in turn has seen equity markets a little coy, and also a resurgence in speculative metal markets where traders are looking to hedge.

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The S&P 500 though has struggled to gain momentum today after a strong Monday opening. The push upwards today to come through the trend line was met with resistance and the likelihood of pushing through resistance at 2484 continues to be problematic as the market has show time and time again that any movements to this region seem to encounter bears who believe that we need a lot more information to go higher. If it does fall I'm still watching for that 100 day moving average to act as the first target level for traders and support levels at 2406 and 2353.

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Equity markets struggle to hold off the bears

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The markets have been in minor turmoil today as US equities continued to dip on each rise. This in part was brought on by more bearish weakness in the US economy over the last few days, but also disappointing economic surveys carried out by the New York Fed, which showed that there were more people looking for work, and wage growth was not picking up at all. This comes at a somewhat interesting time, as the labour market has been the cornerstone of the US rebound after the financial crisis, so markets are fearful of anything bad happening to it - especially with a consumer based economy. The trump effect is also continuing to wear off, with neither congress or the administration working together it seems it's very hard for Trumps economic policies to be advanced at present.

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This in turn has spilled over into equity markets in a rather ferocious way, the concern with many is that if the market does indeed start to turn and pull-back we could in turn see more aggressive bearish behaviour - as a number of analysts continue to feel it's overbought. On the charts at present the only thing holding back  the S&P 500 is continuing to be the 100 day moving average, which has so far slowed down the bears on two occasions now. The clear rejection is a good sign if you're bullish, however I am still expecting the bears to strike as Trumps grip looks to weaken (unless anything drastic changes). Support levels below the current 100 day moving average can be found at 2406 and 2353 and I would expect to see a lot of volatility around these levels as it moves lower, so expect big swings. Also, the 200 day moving average is trending up the charts and this will be a key target as well for bears.

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Gold traders are having a field day at present on the back of this uncertainty, and it's clear that with any weakness in the equity markets we will see people look to hedge against the bad times in speculative metals and of course safety currencies. Gold has thus far trended strongly, with the bulls looking very strong with the potential to breakout. Previous movements where hindered by strong resistance at 1295 and a double top sent gold tumbling for some time. Fridays test though showed there is certainly a large amount of resolve to push through and look to touch higher resistance levels at 1313 and 1338, all of which are looking strong targets - 1338 being the strongest level at present. If Gold does a reversal then certainly support at 1258 and 1233 are likely to be where the bears look to aim, however the bulls have thus far been quite promising and the trend is generally every traders friend. 

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Oil set to turn on data

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Crude oil has been doing the rounds on media as it sits at a key turning point according to various analysts, and it's easy to see why given that market trending seems to have slowed down. Many in the market now believe that we are going to see the bulls make some sort of resurgence and they point at the current drawdown's from private and public data as the catalyst for further surges in the future. Tonight's drawdown of -3.5M barrels was to be expected by most, however the surge in gasoline is still a little worrying at this stage and it will be interesting to see how markets treat that tomorrow with the Department of Energy (DOE) figures. I also believe that in the long run oil prices are likely to rebound given OPEC's recent efforts, but it will come about when the US shale industry actually slows down, and does not keep boosting production further. Many believed that shale would die off with low prices; nevertheless they become more efficient, meaner and aggressive than ever before and have survived thus far as a result.

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Crude on the charts has seriously slowed down and the DOE data due out tomorrow will give it some serious movement as usual. Today's market is responding to a weak US dollar, and if we do see a strong US dollar well you can expect that to impact oil as well with further tests on support at 46.50 and 45.47. When the bulls do come back into the market and they will, I expect to see large tests on resistance at 48.82 and of course the level to beat which is 50.21, but encompasses that psychological 50 dollars a barrel zone. With a large push on here markets could quickly rally behind the bulls in the short term, especially if the US continues to post drawdown's with its crude oil inventory.

The Canadian dollar has been a strong against the USD in Q2 and is looking to further extend that going into Q3 this year. This has been underpinned by USD weakness, but also by a resurgence in the Canadian economy as of late with retail sales lifting to 0.7% m/m (0.1% exp) - a positive sign for an economy so underpinned by its resources and the fluctuations in the markets. While the Trump effect wearing off will have a positive effect and oil prices starting to look a little more bullish, it could be a good chance for the CAD to claw back further ground against the USD.

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Chart wise the USDCAD has been in a bearish trend for some time, and the trend is always your friend. After a brief pull-back led in part by USD shorts being oversold, the CAD looks poised to make some strong moves again and is currently held up at support at 1.2553, with the potential to extend further to 1.2429. Given the recent movements we could see a bounce higher to resistance, but the potential for a double top certainly exists at 1.2757 in the current market environment. 

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Risk aversion reigns supreme in markets

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Markets continue to be risk off today, as commodity currencies took a beating - no more so than the NZD. Recently markets had been piling into fixed interest rate currencies as economic optimism boomed, however that has recently turned as Trumps allure has worn off, and the markets remain more cautious than ever.  The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has not helped as they attempted to jawbone the NZDUSD last week as well; this is not really much of a surprise though anymore as the governor tends to every chance he gets. However, it's not all doom and gloom for the pair with trading balance data due out shortly and markets expecting to see -200M (NZD) as a reading, which will certainly be negative compared to the previous surplus. A fall here would be bearish signal, however trade balance data has shown in recent times to be quite resilient and could easily surprise the markets here as well. Exports will also be a key focus for traders, as a jump here would also boost the case for a stronger NZD.

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So far the NZDUSD has had a very rough day with a sharp fall on today's attack on anything risky. At present it's held up on support at 0.7219 ahead of today's trade balance data reading. If we see a negative result, I would expect it to drop down to 0.7157 over the course of the evening. If we do see a positive result them a jump higher to 0.7323 would not be far off and even the possibility of further extensions to resistance at 0.7400. A push past the 74  cent mark may be a bit of a struggle though with the current conditions and the Jackson Hole meeting giving the potential to cause surprises in the markets.

Crude oil I touched on yesterday and for good cause as Department of Energy data came through and showed another drawdown of -3.33M barrels, just under expectations of -3.48M. However, it also showed a drawdown in gasoline reserves of -1.22M barrels as well, so the market has taken this as a positive. It's likely that analysts will take this as a positive sign and that OPEC which has imposed production cuts efforts are likely to be working. I am inclined to agree, but at the same time US production is increasing, and if it does taper off then we could see markets naturally relax a little more and the bulls take control.

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For crude bulls resistance at 48.82 is the target to look to break with further extension at 50.21 likely to be the strong point and key area to break into going forward. If we do see USD strengthening however this could slow things down and even force oil down lower. In that event support levels at 46.50 and 45.47 are likely to be the key targets here and would most likely be the line in the sand for bulls with the recent trends. 

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Gold surges on U.S. hurricane woes

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It's been a quiet day today globally, with little in the way of movements on the currency markets and in equities. However, gold has jumped into action and broken through the 1300 barrier for the first time since November. This is quite unusual given it's a bank holiday in the UK and that the market has been quiet, but it could be a case of traders hedging their bets on further issues with the hurricane, which is causing so much damage to Texas at present. What is abundantly clear, is that there has been a double top in the gold market and for some time and it has been itching to get higher on the charts; and after breaking through it looks like the upside may actually win here. The only way I can really see it being pulled back down is by either a stronger USD in the market, or the next FOMC being hawkish on the possibility of a rate rise.

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Either way gold is looking remarkably bullish on the charts and was shortly stopped by resistance at 1313. Tomorrow with London and NY open will be the real test to see if gold can sustain above the 1300 mark, but I am certainly a believer in it with all the uncertainty. For bullish traders looking for new targets then 1338 is likely to be the next big line in the sand to target, but it may take some time or worsening economic information to push it that high. If the bears do take back some control and look to push it lower and I would be focused on the 20 day moving average. Thus far it has acted as dynamic support on a number of occasions and there is every reason for this to continue in the long run given traders bullish temperament in the market.

Oil has also been one to watch today with the hurricane causing issues in Huston, well known as an important oil region where a large amount of oil is refined the flooding has caused oil prices to drop. As a result traders are now expecting to see a rise in oil surpluses in the upcoming Department of Energy (DOE) inventory data over the next few weeks, and a likely possibility of a drawdown in gasoline supplies.

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On the charts oil has certainly been pushed lower and is showing continuing signs of a bearish trend despite the recent drawdown's from the DOE. Thus far the push through the bearish level at 46.50 has failed and pulled back slightly, however if the current trend is anything to go by we could indeed see another movement lower and the possibility of a further extension to 45.47. 

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US markets surge on GDP figures

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US markets clawed back ground today as the hurricane started to let up in Texas and move across to Louisiana giving some reprieve for the embattled state. This was further boosted by GDP figures out today, which showed the annual rate q/q jumping to 3.0% (2.7% exp) - a strong result in for the US economy despite the recent turmoil. There will be question marks now about the economy and if it can growth further though with the Trump effect wearing off, but this lends strong weight to a potential December rate hike from the FED. There will now also be strong bets on a positive initial jobless claims report tomorrow, however the month to come may see it boosted by the damage caused by the hurricane.

For the market, turning heads today, the EURUSD was like no other, after recently hitting a high not seen since 2015 it has done an about turn after some stiff resistance. This is not to say the EUR is losing ground, it certainly has been making up plenty against the ever weaker GBP. For me though the EUR is likely to continue to be a strong currency in the foreseeable future as data continues to be positive and some of the weaker countries are now starting to show strong signs of growth with the accommodative monetary policy laid out by the European Central Bank.

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The EURUSD hit stiff resistance at 1.2060 and the market is looking to jump higher on the charts in the near future as it travels up the bullish channel. Today's announcement has certainly given the bears a good swipe, and allowed traders to unwind positions. It's likely we could see further trending down and the 20 day moving average will be interesting to watch to see if the bears have really taken hold, a push through would confirm some bearish sentiment with a target at support at 1.1800. Further support can be found at 1.1798 and 1.1621 with the likelihood that these levels will be key to stopping further falls. The reality is that the USD could strengthen and push things lower, but with Germany recently recording a record trade surplus it seems that any weakness in the Euro may be a temporary thing.

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Back on US soil and with the storm slowly subduing it's clear that the S&P500 is back in business when it comes to volatility with some strong movements over the last two days as traders once again defended bearish swipes on the 100 day moving average. This bullish sentiment around the moving average lends weight to the idea that we could see a resurgence and eager traders will be wanting to see if they can take another crack at the 2484 level which has acted as strong resistance recently. I would be surprised to see a push through however unless US economic data does improve a bit more, which could take some time after the impact in one the US's most productive states. 

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