Gold, Oil, Currencies & Interest Rates

By Colin Twiggs
June 06, 2007 0:30 a.m. ET (2:30 p.m. AET)

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Spot gold consolidated in a small pennant over the last few days, an upward breakout would herald another test of resistance at $690; while a downward break would signal a test of support at $650 and likely continuation of the secondary correction.

In the longer term, the primary trend remains up and a rise above $690 would signal continuation of the up-trend, while a fall below $630 would warn that the trend has reversed. Strong crude prices should support demand for gold.

gold chart

Source: Netdania

Crude Oil

December Light Crude continues in a right-angled descending broadening formation; the failed swing to the lower border signals that an upward breakout is likely.

crude oil


The euro respected the first line of primary support at $1.34 and appears set for a test of resistance at $1.37. Reversal below support at $1.34, though now unlikely, would break the long-term trendline, signaling trend weakness. However, only a fall below primary support at $1.29 would reverse the up-trend and this also appears unlikely. A rise above the 2005 high of $1.37, on the other hand, would continue the primary advance.

euro us dollar

Source: Netdania

The dollar respected resistance at 122 against the yen. Narrow consolidation would be a bullish sign and breakout above 122 would signal a long-term up-trend.

us dollar yen

Source: Netdania

The Australian dollar respected intermediate support at 0.8150 before rallying sharply back to resistance at 0.8400. Failure to test the first line of primary support at 0.8000 suggests a strong up-trend.

us dollar yen

Source: Netdania

Treasury Yields

Ten-year treasury yields are trending upwards after completing a new high above 4.90%. A break of the orange downward trendline would suggest that the super-cycle bear trend may be over - reinforced if there is a rise above the 2006 high of 5.25%. Higher risk-free yields tend to raise the required rate of return for equity investments and lower Price-Earnings (PE) ratios.

The yield differential (10-year minus 13-week treasury yields) is improving, suggesting a more positive outlook for the economy.

10 year treasuries and yield differential

Short-term treasury yields are consolidating between 4.60% and 4.80%, suggesting lower targets set by the Fed. A fall below 4.60% would confirm that the Fed is increasing liquidity in the economy in the hope of engineering a soft landing. Prospects of further rates hikes appear minimal and rates may remain constant for some time.

13-week treasuries and yield differential

Stock Markets

China is recovering and the S&P 500 is testing support after breaking the previous all-time high of 1530. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow highlights profit-taking. A fall below the trend channel would warn of a secondary correction, while reversal above 1540 would signal a test of the upper channel line.

sp 500 tests all time high

Wright Model

Probability of recession in the next four quarters retreated to 41 per cent according to the Wright Model.

wright model

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