Gold, Oil, Currencies & Interest Rates

By Colin Twiggs
August 1, 2007 12:30 p.m. AEST (10:30 p.m. EST)

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Spot gold is consolidating mid-way between resistance at $690 and support at $640. A swing to test the lower border of the large consolidation or retracement to test the upper border remain equally likely. Long term direction would be signaled by a breakout from the large consolidation.

gold chart

Source: Netdania

Crude Oil

On the weekly chart, Light Crude is testing resistance at its 2006 peak of $78/barrel. Expect consolidation below the resistance level or a retracement to the rising trend line.

crude oil


The euro penetrated the new support level at $1.37. Retracement to test the rising trendline indicates a gradual up-trend, but the medium term target of $1.41 (1.37+[1.37-1.33]) is still attainable.

euro us dollar

Source: Netdania

The dollar is falling against the yen. A test of primary support at 115 remains likely.

us dollar yen

Source: Netdania

The Australian dollar fell sharply against the greenback, testing the rising trendline at 0.85, the first line of support. Penetration of support would signal trend weakness, while consolidation at the support level would be a bullish sign. In the longer term, a rise above 0.89 would offer a target of 0.93 (0.89+[0.89-0.85]).

us dollar yen

Source: Netdania

Treasury Yields

The ten-year treasury yield appears headed for a test of support at 4.50%, indicating that expectations of further rates rises are falling. The yield differential (10-year minus 13-week treasury yields) retreated below zero - a negative sign for the economy.

10 year treasuries and yield differential

Short-term (13-week) treasury yields dipped sharply last week, reflecting the flow out of equities, but has recovered to above 4.80%.

13-week treasuries and yield differential

Stock Markets

The Dow Jones Industrial Average attempted to rally off support, but was overcome by sellers. The close below 13250 warns of a secondary correction. Expect a test of primary support at 12800. A fall below 12000 is unlikely - and would signal reversal of the primary trend.

dow jones industrial average

The Shanghai Composite Index, on the other hand, is headed for a test of 5000 (4300+[4300-3600]) after breaking through resistance at 4300. Reversal below 4300 is unlikely - and would re-test support at 3600.

shanghai composite index pennant failure

Wright Model

Probability of recession in the next four quarters is steady at 31 per cent according to the Wright Model.

wright model

It is a tried rule, which will help to guide us in studying the secondary movement, that the change in the broad general direction of the market is abrupt, while resumption of the major movement is appreciably slower. The latter is frequently foretold by a line of accumulation in a bull market or a line of distribution in a bear market.

~ William Peter Hamilton:
The Stock Market Barometer (1922).

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