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Rising dollar but commodities strengthen

By Colin Twiggs
July 19th, 2012 3:30 a.m. ET (5:30 p:m AET)

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The rising dollar suggests weaker gold and commodity prices. The US Dollar Index continues to test resistance at 83.50. Breakout would target the 2010 high at 88.50, with an interim target of 86*, while respect would test support at 81.50. 63-Day Twiggs Momentum oscillating above zero indicates a strong up-trend.

US Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 82 + ( 82 - 78 ) = 86

Spot Gold continues to test primary support at $1530 per ounce, while 63-day Twiggs Momentum below zero warns of a primary down-trend. Breakout would offer a target of $1300*. QE3, however, would start a new up-trend.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1550 - ( 1800 - 1550 ) = 1300

Spot Silver is similarly testing primary support at $26 per ounce. Failure would offer a target of $16*.

Spot Silver

* Target calculation: 26 - ( 36 - 26 ) = 16

Commodities, and not just crude oil, however, have rallied strongly. 63-Day Twiggs Momentum oscillating below zero indicates a strong down-trend and CRB Commodities Index respect of its descending trendline would warn of a decline to 240*. Penetration above the trendline is unlikely, but would suggest that a bottom is forming.

CRB Commodities Index

* Target calculation: 270 - ( 300 - 270 ) = 240

Brent Crude has already penetrated its descending trendline, suggesting that a bottom is forming, but 63-day Twiggs Momentum continues to indicate a primary down-trend. Recovery of the indicator above zero would strengthen the bull signal, while a peak below zero would signal a primary decline to $75 per barrel*.

ICE Brent Afternoon Markers

* Target calculation: 100 - ( 125 - 100 ) = 75



If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.

~ Charles Darwin

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