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Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Lower World Economic Growth Forecast

18 April 2013
Jim Wyckoff Commentary -  TheCropSite

GLOBAL - Gold and crude oil prices were under strong selling pressure in Asian trading Thursday, but then posted a solid recovery during European trading hours.

The International Monetary Fund this week forecast lower world economic growth, in the latest signal that the major economies of the world continue to sputter, or only see tepid growth. Low inflation readings in the major world economies are also a bearish factor for the beaten-down raw commodity sector.

Asian stock markets were lower overnight amid the sell-off in the raw commodity sector during Asian trading hours. European stock markets rose Thursday, boosted by a successful auction of Spanish government bonds.

There is a Group of 20 meeting in Washington, D.C. that begins Thursday. The market place will
pay close attention to any proclamations regarding foreign exchange rate, financial and/or economic policies coming out of the confab.

Reports overnight said the big investment fund BlackRock has done some bargain hunting and purchased gold this week. U.S. economic data due for release Thursday includes the weekly jobless claims report, leading economic indicators, and the Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey. -Jim

US Dollar Index

The U.S. dollar index is lower in early U.S. trading, on a corrective pullback from Wednesday’s strong gains. The index has turned choppy recently but the bulls on Wednesday did regain upside near-term technical momentum.

Slow stochastics for the dollar index are bullish early today. The dollar index finds shorter-term technical resistance at Wednesday’s high of 82.815 and then at 83.000. Shorter-term support is seen at 82.500 and then at 82.250. Wyckoff's Intra Day Market Rating: 4.5

NYMEX Crude Oil

Crude oil prices are higher early today after hitting a fresh 9.5-month low of $85.61 in Asian trading today.

Bears still have downside near-term technical momentum. In May Nymex crude, look for buy stops to reside just above resistance at $89.00 and then at $90.00. Look for sell stops just below technical support at $87.00 and then at $86.06. Wyckoff's Intra-Day Market Rating: 6.0


Markets were firmer overnight. Recent moisture in the U.S. Corn Belt and Plains states is turning from a bearish underlying factor for grains, to a bullish factor for corn.

The specter of corn-planting delays is now likely this spring. The corn-planting delay issue will likely be a major market factor when trading gets under way next week, if not sooner. Grain traders will continue to look to the outside markets for direction, especially given the volatile trading seen in crude oil and gold recently.

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