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Although oil marched toward $111 a barrel on Tuesday, its highest level in nearly two weeks, some professional traders doubt it will continue to climb.
While a slightly weaker U.S. dollar may have lured some investors, pro trader Anthony Grisanti argued it has more to do with the technicals. In the last few sessions, oil has found support at $90 a barrel, he noted. Between a glut in oil supplies and a sluggish global economy, he doesn't think crude will push much higher than current levels.
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Gold had a rare banner day in trading markets on Tuesday, as a combination of short covering and hopes for more central bank easing sent the yellow metal to a two week high. Still, traders aren't sure what's next for bullion, which has taken a battering since the start of 2013.
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The price of spot gold hit an intraday high of $1,597, up as much as 1.2 percent, its highest level since February 28. Spot gold managed to break above the $1,560 and $1,585 range in which had been confined since the start of March. U.S. gold for April delivery were up one percent at $1,596.
Gold rose above $1,590 an ounce on Tuesday, gaining nearly one percent following comments by an European Central Bank official that euro zone inflation pressures are abating, which was viewed as an indication of continued monetary easing.
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Accommodative monetary policies favor gold as low interest rates encourage investors to put money into the non-interest-bearing assets.
If you've looked a chart of crude oil lately, you might have noticed an odd pattern. The price swings have gotten less and less violent, and the range that crude has traded in has been steadily contracting.
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So why does this matter?
Jeff Kilburg of KKM Financials calls this pattern "coiling," which is just what it sounds like: a sign that the chart is storing up energy which it will soon expend. "When future ranges coil like this," Kilburg explains, "they break out in a violent fashion."
Both industrial production and retail sales in China for the January and February period missed expectations. In addition, inflation rose in February, igniting worries of potential monetary tightening.
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According to experts such as Ara Hovnaian and Ivy Zelman, if you're in the market for a house you'd better get moving.
During interviews on CNBC, both pros suggested that the housing market has so many tailwinds the renaissance is probably unstoppable.
"I think we're in the first or second inning in what's going to be a significant recovery in the market," Hovnanian, CEO of Hovnanian Enterprise, said on CNBC's "Futures Now."
"I'm probably the most bullish fundamentally I've ever been," added Zellman, CEO of Zelman & Associates.
Crude oil's trading range provides a great opportunity.
Crude traded surprisingly well late in the day yesterday, after clearing stops below Wednesday's $90 low.
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Crude continued to the upside even as the dollar continued higher — likely on speculation of more asset purchases by the Bank of Japan. This did not end of happening, and the non-event actually pulled the dollar back slightly off of the highs, allowed crude to hold against its swing highs and current action at $90.75.
Wall Street traded higher on Thursday, buoyed by data that suggested the jobs market was getting stronger.
The Dow Jones hit an intraday record for the third session in a row, climbing as high as 14,344.95 after initially breaking into uncharted territory on Tuesday.
A strengthening economy and loose monetary policy by central banks around the world have pushed U.S. stocks higher this year. While some expect the market will ease off its current lofty levels, so far dips have been short-lived as investors look for an opportunity to buy.
Market bears however, argue that the stock market is currently overbought and that stocks face serious headwinds such as the impact of the sequester. Skeptics remind that the broader S&P 500sits more than 1 percent below its record close. They say, if anything, now is the time to sell stocks and get defensive.
And that takes us to our Futures Now poll of the day.
Have you looked at a chart of natural gas lately? (There's one below) If so, you may have noticed that last week, it managed to break out of a well-defined downtrend.
So what's behind the strength?
Gold is consolidating, but look for a breakout by week's end.
Gold failed at major resistance yesterday, only putting in a high of $1585.8 before selling off to test support at $1,570. Since then, the market has been able to hold $1,570, but has not been able to get the upwards volatility seen early yesterday.
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