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Potential downward paths ahead for crude oil and gold

WTI crude oil and gold prices look poised to fall in the near term, according to analysts at Trading on the Mark.

Crude oil and gold markets have been choppy in recent weeks, but downward trends could resume for both commodities in the near term.

Crude oil could dip 

The near-term bearish case is stronger for US oil benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI), as depicted by the grey path on the chart below. The pattern down from the high of wave [B] would look better with a new low for wave (I) seated among the supports indicated between $66.75 and $61.60 a barrel. This is true for both our primary (grey) and alternative (green) paths for wave [B] on the chart.

The alternative path shown in green, below, reflects the possibility that wave (I) might already be complete, with price currently bouncing in wave (II). If price follows the green path this week, it would leave the decline from early June looking more corrective than impulsive. That would increase the probability that the rest of the decline will follow an ending diagonal pattern into the low of wave [ii] instead of an impulsive pattern, and it would make it more difficult for price to reach the lowest supports shown on the chart. 

Source: Trading on the Mark

Gold loses its glitter

Gold prices have mostly stayed within a channel since early May. We view the recent test of the upper channel boundary as a probable fourth wave of a downward impulse. The easiest path this week and next week is likely to be downward, testing supports near $1,921 or $1,910 an ounce, and possibly lower.

Source: Trading on the Mark

The near-term bullish alternative path drawn in green on the above chart would allow for a cleaner impulsive sub-wave (C) to finish wave [IV] of the decline. In that event, we would watch the resistance levels from $2,006 to $2,020 to cap the move.

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