Gold and commodities — bear rally likely to fail
By Colin Twiggs
July 4th, 2013 12:30 a.m. EDT (2:30 p:m AET)
Gold found support at $1200/ounce, but the rally was short-lived, encountering resistance at $1260. Breakout would test resistance at $1300/1320, while reversal below $1230 would again test $1200. Continuation of the down-trend is likely, and failure of support at $1200 would offer a medium-term target of $1100*.
* Target calculation: 1200 - ( 1300 - 1200 ) = 1100
The Gold Bugs index (representing un-hedged gold stocks) diverged from the spot price in 2012 and retreated, relatively, a lot further since 2011. Does that mean the spot price will follow — or that gold stocks are oversold? I have no idea how far gold will eventually fall, but do take this as a bearish sign for the metal.
Nymex WTI light crude broke resistance at $98/barrel and follow-through above $100 would confirm a primary up-trend. Brent continues to range between $100 and $106, with the spread narrowing to less than $4/barrel. Rising Nymex crude prices reflect a stronger US economy, and should ensure the spread closes completely in the months ahead.
Commodity prices are largely driven by Chinese demand, as reflected by the correlation between Dow Jones/UBS Commodity Index and the Shanghai Composite. The Shanghai is in a strong primary down-trend and likely to drag commodities even lower. Breakout below support at 125/126 would offer a long-term target of the 2009 low at 100*. Not good news for Australian resources stocks, even though the impact is cushioned by a falling Aussie Dollar.
* Target calculation: 125 - ( 150 - 125 ) = 100
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