Gold, Oil, Currencies & Interest Rates

By Colin Twiggs
June 27, 2007 7:00 a.m. EST (9:00 p.m. AEST)

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Spot gold edged toward a test of primary support at $630. Corrections in a bull-trend are normally a lot sharper, as in March 2007, and the present gradual decline is a sign of (primary trend) weakness. Strong crude prices support demand for gold, but this is being offset by a strong dollar.

In the longer term, the primary trend remains up. A rise above $695 would indicate that the primary advance will continue, while a fall below $630 would signal reversal.

gold chart

Source: Netdania

Crude Oil

The December Light Crude failed breakout above $71/barrel may turn into a bull trap. Expect a test of support at $67, failure of which would warn of a correction to test primary support at $55. Reversal above $71, on the other hand, would signal that the up-trend and target of $76 (71+[71-66]) is intact.

crude oil


The euro recovered above the first line of primary support at $1.3350, with the ECB talking tough on interest rates. Respect of this support level would be a bullish sign, while failure would warn of a test of primary support at $1.29.

euro us dollar

Source: Netdania

The dollar is headed for a test the new support level at 122 against the yen, with the BOJ also adopting a more hawkish pose on interest rates. Respect of the new support level would be bullish, indicating a medium-term target of 129 (122+[122-115]). A fall through the lower trend channel, though not expected, would signal trend weakness.

us dollar yen

Source: Netdania

The Australian dollar retraced after testing resistance at 0.85 against the greenback. Respect of support at 0.8350 would be bullish, while failure would signal a test of medium-term support at 0.8150.

us dollar yen

Source: Netdania

Treasury Yields

The ten-year treasury yield retraced from resistance at the 2006 high of 5.25%, to close at 5.08%. Consolidation above 5.00% would be a bullish sign for bond yields - bearish for bond prices.

The yield differential (10-year minus 13-week treasury yields) fell as short-term rates recovered, but remains positive.

10 year treasuries and yield differential

Short-term (13-week) treasury yields recovered sharply, as the flow from long-term to short-term treasuries abated. Respect of resistance at 4.80% would warn that the down-trend is intact, while failure would signal that the recent equilibrium is restored.

13-week treasuries and yield differential

Stock Markets

The Hang Seng made sharp gains in the last week and is now consolidating below 22000, while US markets are bearish. The S&P 500 is testing short-term support at 1490, while Monday and Tuesday's tall shadows in a down-trend indicate attempted rallies overwhelmed by sellers. Twiggs Money Flow crossing to below zero signals distribution. Failure of support at 1490 would warn of a secondary correction.

sp 500 tests all time high

Wright Model

Probability of recession in the next four quarters fell to 35 per cent according to the Wright Model.

wright model

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