Gold & Oil Rise As Dollar Falls
By Colin Twiggs
October 20, 2009 1:00 a.m. ET (4:00 p.m. AET)
The US Dollar Index is consolidating in a narrow band below resistance at 76. In the short term, expect a test of 74.50*. Reversal above 77.50 is most unlikely, but would indicate that the down-trend has ended. The greenback is replacing the yen as the favorite weak currency used for carry trades. Hedge funds effectively borrow dollars then sell them to invest in a high-yielding currency like the Australian Dollar, pocketing the interest rate spread — and reinforcing the dollar's downward spiral.
* Target calculation: 76.00 - ( 77.50 - 76.00 ) = 74.50
Crude oil broke through resistance at $75 to signal a primary advance with a target of $85*, on the back of a weakening dollar. Reversal below $75 is unlikely, but would form a rising wedge reversal pattern; breakout below the rising trendline would strengthen the signal.
* Target calculation: 75 + ( 75 - 65 ) = 85
Spot gold shows signs of an accelerating up-trend, after three trendlines of increasing slope. Retracement respected support at $1040 and breakout above $1070 would indicate an advance to $1100*. Reversal below $1040 is unlikely, but would test $1000. In the long term, the break above $1000 offers a target of $1300*; failure of support at $985 is unlikely, but would warn of a primary trend reversal.
* Target calculations: 1000 + ( 1000 - 900 ) = 1100 and 1000 + ( 1000 - 700 ) = 1300
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The only bearish sign is a divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-day), warning that the Market Vectors Gold Miners Index [GDX] has encountered selling pressure. Breakout above $50 would confirm the rise in spot gold, while reversal below $43 would signal a secondary correction (and bearish sign for gold). Divergences between gold miners and physical gold often forewarn of changes in the spot price.
Spot silver continues to advance, the latest retracement respecting support at $17. Breakout above $18 would offer a target of $19*. Reversal below the rising trendline at $17 is unlikely, but would warn of a secondary correction.
* Target calculation: 18 + ( 18 - 17 ) = 19
Platinum continues its primary advance, testing resistance at $1350. Breakout above $1360 would test the medium-term target at 1450*. Reversal below the rising trendline at $1300 is unlikely, but would warn of a secondary correction. In the long term, expect a primary advance to $1500*; failure of support at $1100 is most unlikely, but would signal a primary down-trend.
* Target calculations: 1350 + ( 1350 - 1250 ) = 1450 and 1300 + ( 1300 - 1100 ) = 1500
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