Brent crude headed for $145
By Colin Twiggs
March 8th, 2012 4:30 a.m. ET (8:30 p:m AET)
The long-term, monthly chart shows Brent crude testing resistance at $125/barrel. Breakout would signal an advance to the 2008 high of $145. With 63-day Twiggs Money Flow (above zero) flagging a primary up-trend, respect of resistance is unlikely but would indicate another test of the rising green trendline, above $110.
* Target calculation: 125 + ( 125 - 100 ) = 150
I warned in May last year that every spike in crude oil prices over the last 40 years has been followed by a recession. Reading an article today by James Hamilton, he maintains that:
"There is a good deal of statistical evidence... that an oil price increase that does no more than reverse an earlier decline has a much more limited effect on the economy than if the price of oil surges to a new all-time high."
I can find no evidence to support this, especially when two spikes below the 1980 high of $40/barrel — in 1990 and 2000 — both resulted in recessions:
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