The Big Picture

By Colin Twiggs
March 27, 2007 1:00 a.m. ET (4:00 p.m. AET)

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Spot gold continues to respect the long-term (green) trendline, indicating that the up-trend is healthy. Expect a test of resistance at $690. Breakout above this level would have a target of $750 ( 690 + [ 690 - 630 ] ).

Rising crude oil prices may strengthen demand for gold.


Source: Netdania

Crude Oil

May Light Crude found support at $59/barrel and has rallied sharply to test resistance at $64. Breakout would signal resumption of the up-trend with a target of $69 ( 64 + [ 64 - 59 ] ). Failure would indicate further consolidation between $59 and $64.

crude oil


The euro broke through the December 2006 high of $1.34 and is headed for a test of the 2005 high of $1.37. The target for a breakout above $1.37 would be $1.57 ( 1.37 + [ 1.37 - 1.17 ] ).

euro us dollar

Source: Netdania

The dollar made a weak upward breakout from its pennant consolidation against the yen. Breakout took place in the last third of the pennant (thanks Neil) and we should not read too much into this unless there is a rise above 119. Respect of resistance would signal another test of 114.50, failure of which would signal reversal to a down-trend and a test of 109. A rise above 119, on the other hand, would signal another test of resistance at 122.

us dollar yen

Source: Netdania

Treasury Yields

Ten-year treasury yields are testing the long-term (green) trendline and support at 4.5%. Respect of the trendline would signal another rally to test 5.25%, while failure would warn of reversal to a down-trend. Low (long-term) treasury yields encourage higher valuations in the stock market, offsetting to some extent the negative impact of an inverted yield curve.

10 year treasuries and yield differential

The negative yield differential (10-year minus 13-week treasury yields) continues to warn of pressure on banking margins and contraction of bank credit, restricting new investment.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

The Dow Jones Industrial Average broke through resistance at 12350 and displays a bullish long tail after a retracement to test the new support level at [M]. Twiggs Money Flow is rising strongly above zero, signaling short-term accumulation. Expect recovery above 12500 and a test of resistance at 12800. Reversal below 12350 is unlikely, but would warn of another test of support at 12000.

dow jones industrials

Wright Model

Probability of recession in the next four quarters has crept up to 46 per cent according to the Wright Model.

wright model

There is some evidence that the Wright model may understate probability of recession in a low interest rate environment (as at present).

We have been misled by a false dichotomy: inflation or unemployment. That option is an illusion. The real option is only whether we have higher unemployment as a result of higher inflation or as a temporary side effect of curing inflation.

~ Milton Friedman: Free To Choose

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