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S&P 500 Index Drops Below 3900 On Inflation Fears

Fears about inflation due to expectations of a faster recovery of the global economy have caused a fall in global stock markets and a move towards commodities and spot metals. 

The S&P 500 index is sharply lower, trading at 3883.1 or 0.6% off the pace despite strong gains in the shares listed under the Energy Index. The Financial stocks also gained on the day, but the other 9 indices on the S&P 500 were lower. 

Gold is considered a hedge against inflation and this is driving prices on the XAU/USD higher at the expense of stocks. This has allowed the bears on the S&P 500 to drive down shares to two-week lows.

Technical Levels to Watch

Today’s candle has formed a doji with a downside gap, located at the 3870.0 support level. If the candle ends this way and we have a follow-up long bullish candle, then we could have a morning doji star pattern, which is rare. This scenario would allow bulls to aim for the 3950.4 resistance, where the all-time high resides. Further price advance could then have a chance to target the 4005.9 level (161.8% Fibonacci extension).

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On the flip side, a decline that takes out 3879.0 brings in 3823.9 as the next downside target, with 3765.1 and 3721.2 serving as additional targets to the south. 

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S&P 500 Index; Daily Chart

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