Gold, inflation and the Dollar
By Colin Twiggs
May 12th, 2015 3:30 a.m. ET (5:30 p.m. AEDT)
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The (5-year) inflation breakeven (Treasury yield - TIPS) recovered from the oil price fall to post 1.66% on May 8.
Growth in average hourly earnings (manufacturing - production and non-supervisory employees) also recovered to 1.49% at the end of April.
The stronger inflation outlook lifted the yield on 10-year Treasury notes above resistance at 2.25%. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Momentum above zero also signals an up-trend. Target for the breakout is 2.65%*. This is a bearish sign for bonds, but only breakout above long-term resistance at 3.00% would signal that the secular bull market is over.
* Target calculation: 2.25 + ( 2.25 - 1.85 ) = 2.65
The Dollar Index found support at 94 in response to rising yields. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum is declining, but recovery above 96 would suggest that the correction is over and another test of 100 likely. Otherwise, expect strong support at the primary trendline around 92.
Gold is testing medium-term support at $1180/ounce. Breach would test the primary level at $1140. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum holding below zero suggests continuation of the primary down-trend. Failure of $1140 would test the long-term target of $1000*.
* Target calculation: 1200 - ( 1400 - 1200 ) = 1000
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