Gold, Oil, Currencies & Interest Rates

By Colin Twiggs
July 03, 2007 3:00 a.m. EST (5:00 p.m. AEST)

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Spot gold is testing the upper border of the trend channel. Upward breakout would indicate that the secondary correction may be coming to an end - not confirmed until we see a higher low followed by a higher high.
The falling US Dollar Index and rising crude prices should increase demand for gold.

In the longer term, the primary trend remains up. A rise above $695 would indicate another primary advance (with a target of $760), while a fall below $630 would signal reversal.

gold chart

Source: Netdania

Crude Oil

December Light Crude threatened a bull trap, but quickly reversed direction after a closing price reversal. Respect of support at $71 would signal that the up-trend and target of $76 (71+[71-66]) is intact.

crude oil


The euro strengthened against the dollar, anticipating a widening rate spread between the two currencies. Breakout above $1.37 would give a medium term target of $1.41 (1.37+[1.37-1.33]), but the currency first has to overcome stern resistance at $1.37. Failure of support at $1.33 is unlikely and would warn of a test of primary support at $1.29.

euro us dollar

Source: Netdania

The dollar retraced to test support at 122 against the yen as Japanese business confidence rises, strengthening the argument for future rate hikes. Respect of support at 122 would be bullish, indicating a medium-term target of 129 (122+[122-115]). Downward breakout from the rising trend channel would signal weakness - and a possible re-test of primary support at 115.

us dollar yen

Source: Netdania

The Australian dollar rose sharply after respecting support at 0.8350. The medium term target is 0.8650 (0.8400+[0.8400-0.8150]).

us dollar yen

Source: Netdania

Treasury Yields

The ten-year treasury yield retraced to 5.00% as expectations of further rate hikes fade. The yield differential (10-year minus 13-week treasury yields) remains positive.

10 year treasuries and yield differential

The recovery of short-term (13-week) treasury yields continues. 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 is holding in a bullish consolidation below 22000 despite a rising yuan threatening to weaken dollar exports. The Nikkei 225 remains bullish, headed for a test of the 2007 high of 18300.

The S&P 500 is consolidating between resistance at the all-time high of 1540 and support at 1490. The index appears headed for a test of the upper border, but there is no clear indication of the likely breakout direction. Failure of support at 1490 would warn of a secondary correction, while breakout above 1540 would signal another primary advance with a short-term target of 1590 (1540+[1540-1490]).

sp 500 tests all time high

Wright Model

Probability of recession in the next four quarters fell to a low 34 per cent according to the Wright Model.

wright model

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