Reaction to Fed Biggest Driver

By Peter Aan.

Over the last four decades of watching the markets, I have noticed how often the initial reaction to a news event or report is wrong, or at least overdone. Such it was with the Fed announcement yesterday, where the initial reaction in many markets was short lived, and the markets either turned south or moderated their initial gains. The equity markets are overrun with bears this morning, while the precious metals markets have seen the bulls return. Here’s what I see now:

The strength we saw on Wednesday morning, after having second thoughts yesterday, has followed through nicely this morning, and we are approaching the resistance at 1147.30 (December contract) that I wrote about. If we can penetrate that level, the next resistance is a more important one at 1169.80, the August high. We have plenty of momentum now to the upside, and the market is not overbought, so the easiest path is to head higher.

Silver easily took out the short-term resistance levels I wrote about previously. It is overbought, but the trend is undeniable. We now have the August high of 15.770 (December) in our sights.

Platinum has only a fraction of the strength we are seeing in Gold and Silver, but still seems to by trying to put in a triple bottom as discussed on Wednesday. A further confirmation of this would be a close above Wednesday’s high of 976.7 (October). If the bulls are successful, watch for a test of the resistance levels in the 1024.00 to 1038.50 area.

We got a strong close on Wednesday above the 605.00 level I discussed. Today’s strength may put the market back on track to work towards a test of the 625.80 (December) high from August.

Peter Aan joined Dillon Gage in 1983, and is currently a metals trader for our metals division. He is the author of numerous articles for Futures magazine and Stocks and Commodities magazine. He is the author of The Relative Strength Index: A Comprehensive Research Report and a co-author of Trading Tactics: A Livestock Futures Anthology, published by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.