Gold, Oil, Currencies & Interest Rates

By Colin Twiggs
May 29, 2007 6:00 a.m. EST (8:00 p.m. AEST)

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Spot gold broke down from the trend channel, warning that the trend is weakening. The small pennant over the last four days is likely to resolve in a downward direction, signaling a test of primary support at $630. The primary trend remains up. In the longer term, a rise above the April high would signal a test of the upper trend channel; while a fall below $630 would warn that the trend has reversed. Probabilities remain about even, considering that strong crude prices should support demand for gold.

gold chart

Source: Netdania

Crude Oil

December Light Crude respected the upper border of the descending broadening formation and has pulled back slightly. Upward breakout would be positive, but the pattern is prone to pull-backs and only a rise above $71 would be a reliable signal.

crude oil


The euro is retracing towards the first line of primary support at $1.34. Failure of support would break the long-term trendline and signal trend weakness. In the longer term, a fall below primary support at $1.29 would signal reversal; while a rise above the 2005 high of $1.37 would signal continuation of the primary advance.

euro us dollar

Source: Netdania

The dollar continues in a bearish rising wedge against the yen on the weekly chart. This is a reversal pattern, but breakout above the upper border would signal pattern failure and continuation of the up-trend.

us dollar yen

Source: Netdania

The Australian dollar's continues to retrace and is likely to test the first line of primary support at 0.80. Respect of support remains likely and would be a bull signal, while failure would signal trend weakness.

us dollar yen

Source: Netdania

Treasury Yields

Thirty-year treasury yields [TYX] have broken above their 15-year (downward) trendline, signaling weakness in the super-cycle bear-trend, but this is yet to be confirmed by ten-year treasury notes [TNX] below. A TNX rise above 4.90% would signal a primary up-trend. However, only a rise above 5.25% (and 5.30% for TYX) would signal a trend change in the super-cycle. The yield differential (10-year minus 13-week treasury yields) remains above zero, suggesting a more positive outlook for the economy.

10 year treasuries and yield differential

Short-term treasury yields respected the new resistance level at 4.80% on their (upward) retracement. Reversal below their recent low of 4.60% would confirm that the Fed is increasing liquidity in the economy (in the hope of engineering a soft landing); while a rise above 4.80% would indicate that the recent fall was a temporary aberration. Prospects of further rates hikes appear minimal and rates may remain constant for some time.

13-week treasuries and yield differential

Stock Markets

This week is dominated by China, with heavy distribution on the Hang Seng and Shanghai indices. A Hang Seng fall below 20000 would signal a secondary correction that would test support at the lower channel line. Reversal above 21000, though unlikely considering the signal on Twiggs Money Flow, would signal continuation of the primary advance.

sp 500 tests all time high

Wright Model

Probability of recession in the next four quarters retreated to 43 per cent according to the Wright Model.

wright model

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