SINGAPORE: LME nickel may test a resistance at $19,665 in four weeks, a break above which could lead to a gain to $21,069.

The resistance is identified as the 100% projection level of an upward wave C from $10,525. The preceding wave A could be divided into three waves. The third wave labelled c is roughly 1.618 times the length of the first wave labelled a.

Such a ratio may be applied to the relation between the wave C and the wave A, which means the wave C may travel to about $25,314.

A retracement analysis on the downtrend from $29,425 to $7,550 reveals a break above the 50% retracement at $18,488. The metal is expected to gain more to $21,069, which will be targeted when it breaks the nearest resistance at $19,665.

Even though the current bullish momentum looks pretty strong, it is doubtful if nickel could overcome the barrier at $19,665 in its first attempt.

Chances are it may pause around this resistance and start a correction towards $18,488. The correction will be classified as a pullback towards $18,488. Upon the completion of this pullback, the wave C would resume.

* Wang Tao is a Reuters market analyst for commodities and energy technicals. The views expressed are his own.

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