Gold hesitates as the Dollar strengthens
By Colin Twiggs
September 5th, 2013 3:00 a.m. EDT (5:00 p:m AET)
Spot gold is testing support at $1380/ounce. Breach would indicate a test of the rising trendline and support at $1350. Penetration of the trendline would warn that the rally is slowing and another test of primary support at $1200 is likely. But respect of the trendline remains as likely, and would offer a target of $1500*.
* Target calculation: 1425 + ( 1425 - 1350 ) = 1500
The Dollar Index encountered resistance at 82.50. Narrow consolidation or a short retracement would suggest a breakout — and another test of the July high at 84.75. Recovery of 63-day Twiggs Momentum above zero favors this, but respect of resistance would again test primary support at 80.50.
Nymex WTI light crude retreated below its new support level at $108/barrel, suggesting a test of the rising trendline and support at $103. Brent crude, however is advancing on the back of rising Middle East tensions and falling Libyan production. Expect resistance at the 2013 high of $118/119. Breach of the rising trendline is most unlikely for both Nymex and Brent &mdash expect the up-trend to continue.
* Target calculation: 108 + ( 108 - 98 ) = 118
The Shanghai Composite Index [green line] continues its gentle rise, helping to support commodity prices. But tall shadows on the last two candles indicate selling pressure on Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index. Reversal below 130 would warn of another test of primary support at 124/125.
* Target calculation: 130 + ( 130 - 125 ) = 135
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~ Margaret Thatcher, Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World (2002)