Gold, Oil, Currencies & Interest Rates
By Colin Twiggs
September 11, 2007 4:30 a.m. EST (6:30 p.m. AEST)
Spot gold broke through resistance at $690 and is now consolidating above the new support level — a bullish sign. Expect a test of resistance at the 2006 high of $730 as investors seek safety from turbulent financial markets.
December Light Crude is headed for a test of resistance at $76/barrel. Narrow consolidation below the resistance level would be a strong bull signal.
The euro again broke through resistance at $1.37, indicating that the long-term up-trend will continue.
Carry trades are the next area of vulnerability in financial markets. Expect more to unwind as the dollar weakens against the yen. The fall below 114 signals continuation of the primary down-trend.
The Australian dollar is consolidating between 0.8150 and 0.8350. Breakout above 0.8350 would place the primary down-trend in question, while a downward breakout would confirm the down-trend.
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Ten-year treasury yields broke through support at 4.50%/4.40%,
indicating that the downward trend from the 20-year super-cycle
will continue; while recovery above 4.50% would signal a false
The yield differential (10-year minus 13-week treasury yields) remains close to zero, signaling pressure on bank margins. Concern over tightening bank credit and the non-bank commercial paper market continues.
The fall in short-term (3-month) treasury yields indicates that investors remain highly risk-averse, while an effective federal funds rate below 5.0% reveals that the Fed continues to assist the banking system with additional liquidity. Whether the official target is reduced or not is largely academic as rates have already been effectively lowered.
The real impact of the sub-prime crisis will not be visible until results for the September quarter are available.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is consolidating between 13000 and 13500 on low volume — a positive sign. And Twiggs Money Flow holding above zero remains bullish. Monday's doji, however, indicates uncertainty and reversal below 13000 would warn that the correction is likely to continue.
The Nikkei broke through short-term support at 16000 confirming the primary down-trend.
The FTSE 100 is headed for another test of primary support at 6000, while Twiggs Money Flow signals distribution. A close below 6000 would confirm the primary down-trend.
The Hang Seng and Shanghai Composite remain bullish (some would say irrationally exhuberant), while the ASX All Ordinaries advances tentatively on low volume.
Probability of recession in the next four quarters remains at a low 26 per cent according to the Wright Model. From past recessions (indicated by pairs of vertical lines) we can see that the model fairly accurately predicts recessions caused by a contraction of the money supply, but I suspect I suspect that it may not be as accurate in identifying the mischief caused by maintaining artificially low interest rates.
.....where Fortune is concerned: she shows her force where
there is no organized strength to resist her; and she directs
her impact there where she knows that no dikes and embankments
are constructed to hold her.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (1532)
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