The Big Picture
By Colin Twiggs
March 06, 2007 6:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. AEDT)
Ten-year treasury yields are testing the 3-year trendline. Respect of the trendline would signal another rally to test resistance at 5.25%, while failure would warn of reversal to a down-trend. Low long-term treasury yields to some extent offset the negative impact of an inverted yield curve, encouraging higher valuations in the stock market; while high yields have the opposite effect.
The negative yield differential (10-year minus 13-week treasury yields) is increasing, warning of pressure on banking margins and a possible contraction of bank credit, restricting new investment.
The S&P500 has retraced after testing its 1999/2000 high of 1500. Respect of the long-term trendline would signal another test of resistance at 1500; failure would indicate a loss of upward momentum. Twiggs Money Flow shows a strong bearish divergence, warning of distribution, and there are no signs yet of a short-term base -- still too early for swing traders to go bargain-hunting.
Spot gold reversed $10 short of its target of $700, falling
sharply through the first line of support at $650 before
halting at the long-term trendline. These are typical signs of
a healthy up-trend: slow, steady rallies followed by short,
sharp reactions as traders cover their positions. The up-trend
remains intact unless there is a fall below $630, warning of a
loss of momentum. A fall below $600 would signal reversal to a
down-trend, while a rise above $650 would signal another rally
with a target of $750 ( 690 + [ 690 - 630 ] ).
Rising crude oil prices continue to support demand for gold: (a) as an inflation hedge; and (b) as OPEC producers tend to buy gold with surplus funds. A weaker dollar would also boost gold prices, but there is no strong trend as yet.
Crude oil is holding above the new support level of $60/barrel. A rise above $64 would signal reversal of the down-trend. I am wary of V-bottoms, however, they have a strong tendency to become W-bottoms or inverted head and shoulders.
The euro formed a bullish broadening formation above intermediate support. A partial decline would signal an upward breakout, while a partial up-swing, though less likely, would warn of a downward breakout. If resistance at $1.34 is penetrated, expect further substantial resistance at the 2005 high of $1.37.
The dollar reversed sharply and appears headed for a test of support at 114.50 against the yen after penetrating the upward trendline. A fall below support would signal reversal to a down-trend and possible test of long-term support at 100. Respect of support, on the other hand, would signal further consolidation between there and 121.50.
Probability of recession in the next four quarters has leveled off at 45 per cent according to the Wright Model.
There is some evidence that the Wright model may understate the probability of recession in a low interest rate environment (as at present).
In centuries past, people hearing the rooster crow as the sun
came up decided that the crowing caused the sunrise. It sounds
silly now, but every day the experts confuse cause and effect
on Wall Street...
~ Peter Lynch: One Up on Wall Street
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