Gold , Oil & The Dollar
November 14, 2006 5:30 p.m. AEDT (1:30 a.m. ET)
Long Term: Gold is in a primary up-trend with support at $540/$550. If oil prices continue to weaken, the present pattern may evolve into a stage 3 top.
Medium Term: Expect strong support at $55 (the low from November 2005).
Medium Term: The last 6 month's consolidation continues and the direction of any future breakout remains uncertain.
Long Term: Upward breakout (from the consolidation) would test the previous high of $1.37, while a downward break would test primary support at $1.165, threatening to complete a large head and shoulders reversal. A wild card is the large dollar holdings of foreign central banks -- a shift to diversify into other currencies would remove substantial support for the greenback.
Medium Term: Breakout above the recent high of 4.80% would complete a small double bottom with a target of 5.00%. Failure of support and a break of the long-term trendline, on the other hand, would signal long-term weakness.
The yield differential (10-year T-notes minus 13-week T-bills) continues its down-trend below zero, increasing the risk of an economic slow-down.
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My approach is to assign probabilities to each possible outcome. Assigning actual percentages would imply a degree of precision which, most of the time, is unachievable. Terms used are more general: "this is a strong signal"; "this is likely"; "expect this to follow"; "this is less likely to occur"; "this is unlikely"; and so on. Bear in mind that there are times, especially when the market is in equilibrium, when we may face several scenarios with fairly even probabilities.
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