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Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Asian, European Stocks Higher Overnight

19 April 2013
Jim Wyckoff Commentary -  TheCropSite

GLOBAL - Asian and European stocks were higher overnight, with US stock indexes also higher early Friday morning, amid an improved investor risk appetite to end the week.

In the U.S., focus of traders and investors Friday morning was not on the markets but on an intense manhunt for one terrorist involved in the Boston Marathon bombing. A second terrorist suspect was killed overnight. There is a Group of 20 meeting in Washington, D.C. that began 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. There is no major U.S. economic data due for release Friday.

US Dollar Index

The U.S. dollar index is slightly lower in early U.S. trading. 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 this week’s high of 82.815 and then at 83.000.  Shorter-term support is seen at 82.460 and then at 82.250. Wyckoff's Intra Day Market Rating: 4.5

NYMEX Crude Oil

Crude oil prices are firmer early today on short covering after hitting a 9.5-month low of $85.61 on Thursday. Bears still have the near-term technical advantage. 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 $87.50 and then at $87.00. Wyckoff's Intra-Day Market Rating: 5.5


Markets were slightly lower overnight. Recent moisture in the U.S. Corn Belt and Plains states is deemed a bearish underlying factor for grains, even though it could turn to a bullish factor for corn, due to the specter of corn- planting delays now likely this spring. The corn-planting delay issue could become be a major market factor when trading gets under way next week. 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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