Breakouts and Breakdowns - Heating Oil and Gold appear headed in opposite directions

Metals - gold bullion stacked

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In reviewing the charts of the markets I often trade, it's evident that Heating Oil has decisively broken through the bottom of its wedge pattern, whereas Gold has established a classic "cup and handle" formation. From a technical perspective, these markets seem to be moving in opposite directions.

The weekly chart, tracing back to the summer of 2022, shows that Heating Oil has developed a wedge pattern and has experienced a downside breakout. Last week, Heating Oil rebounded nearly 3%, yet the trend suggests that lower prices are more probable in the short term.

Conversely, gold has exhibited a classic "cup with handle" pattern and has broken out upwards. The most striking aspect is the pattern's prolonged duration. The chart in question is on a monthly scale, with the cup's left side originating in late 2011, a full 12 years prior. The extended duration of the pattern, coupled with the highly bullish "cup with handle" formation, is further emphasized by the vigorous breakout. To top it off, the breakout has demonstrated remarkable continuation.

Based on these charts, Heating Oil and Gold appeared headed in opposite directions.


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