Gold, Oil, Currencies & Interest Rates

By Colin Twiggs
June 19, 2007 4:00 a.m. EST (6:00 p.m. AEST)

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Spot gold rallied over the last few days, but remains in a secondary correction. Expect a test of primary support at $630. Strong crude prices normally support demand for gold, but this is being offset by a strong dollar.

In the longer term, the primary trend remains up and a rise above $695 would signal continuation of the up-trend, while a fall below $630 would signal that the primary trend has reversed.

gold chart

Source: Netdania

Crude Oil

December Light Crude broke out above the right-angled descending broadening formation after a failed down-swing (partial decline). The target is $76 (71+[71-66]).

crude oil


The euro retraced to test the long-term trendline on the weekly chart as expectations rise of further rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. Breakout below the trendline would signal trend weakness, while a fall below $1.29 would reverse the primary trend. Respect of the long-term trendline, on the other hand, would signal another test of resistance at $1.37.

euro us dollar

Source: Netdania

The dollar broke through resistance at 122 against the yen, signaling continuation of the primary advance. Retracement to test the new support level is likely in the short/medium-term, but the long-term target is 135.

us dollar yen

Source: Netdania

The Australian dollar continues its strong up-trend, after the break above 0.8400. The long-term target is 0.9200 from the large triangle on the weekly chart (0.80+[0.80-0.68]).

us dollar yen

Source: Netdania

Treasury Yields

The ten-year treasury yield respected resistance at the 2006 high of 5.25%. Short retracement or a narrow consolidation would be a bullish sign. Higher long-term yields raise the required rate of return on equity investments and place downward pressure on Price-Earnings (PE) ratios in the longer term.

The rising yield differential (10-year minus 13-week treasury yields) is a healthy sign for the economy.

10 year treasuries and yield differential

Short-term (13-week) treasury yields continue to fall, signaling a strong flow from long-term to short-term treasuries in anticipation of future rate hikes.

13-week treasuries and yield differential

Stock Markets

The Hang Seng made a strong breakout above 21000 - so the influence from China is now positive. The Dow Industrial Average consolidated in a narrow range on low volume, a positive sign for the index. Breakout above 13700 is now likely. A fall below support at 13300 is not expected and would warn of a secondary correction.

sp 500 tests all time high

Wright Model

Probability of recession in the next four quarters fell to 38 per cent according to the Wright Model.

wright model

A common thread that runs through most major religions is the Golden Rule:

What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor: that is the whole Torah; all the rest of it is commentary...

~ The Talmud

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

~ The Gospel of Matthew

Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.

~ The Farewell Sermon of Muhammad

What you do not wish upon yourself, extend not to others.

~ The Analects of Confucius

This is the sum of duty; do naught unto others what you would not have them do unto you.

~ Mahabharata (Hindu)

Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.

~ Udana-Varga (Buddhist)

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