Gold, Oil, Currencies & Interest Rates

By Colin Twiggs
August 28, 2007 8:40 p.m. EST (10:40 a.m. AEST)

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Spot gold reversed at $670, confirming a downward trend channel that is likely to test primary support at $640. A fall below $656 (from the July 27 low) would strengthen the signal. In the longer term, gold continues to range between resistance at $690 and support at $640; only a failed swing or breakout will indicate future direction.

gold chart

Source: Netdania

Crude Oil

December Light Crude recovered to above the recently-penetrated support level of $70, indicating that the down-trend is weakening. Respect of $70 by the next retracement would be a positive sign, but only a rise above $73 would signal that the down-trend has ended and confirm that the primary up-trend is intact. Failure of support at $67 remains just as likely, and would warn of a test of the January 2007 low of $55.

crude oil


The euro respected resistance at the April high of $1.37. Retreat below $1.36 would signal another test of the long-term rising trendline. Reversal above $1.37 is less likely and would indicate a test of resistance at $1.3800/$1.3850. The primary trend remains intact unless support at $1.3250 is broken.

euro us dollar

Source: Netdania

The dollar is whipsawing around the former primary support level of 115 against the yen, the high volatility signaling uncertainty. Expect a primary down-trend to test long-term support at 100 as carry trades are unwound. A fall below support at 112 would confirm this, while a rally above 117/117.50 (though less likely) would indicate that the down-trend is failing.

us dollar yen

Source: Netdania

The Australian dollar also displays high volatility: rallying sharply before respecting support at 0.8350. Respect of the former primary support level of 0.8150 would be a bullish sign, but we are likely to see another test of key support at 0.8000. Respect of 0.8000 would be a weaker bull signal, while failure of support would confirm the primary down-trend. The latter scenario remains most likely as it goes with the prevailing trend, rather than against it.

us dollar yen

Source: Netdania

Treasury Yields

Ten-year treasury yields are testing support at 4.50%. Expect further consolidation between 4.50% and 5.25% as the 2003 - 2007 up-trend converges with the downward trendline from the 20-year super-cycle. Breakout below 4.50%/4.40% would indicate that the super-cycle down-trend is intact.

The yield differential (10-year minus 13-week treasury yields) reversed sharply as T-Bill yields recovered, but concern over tightening bank credit remains.

10 year treasuries and yield differential

Short-term (13-week) treasury yields have recovered from last week's panic, but remain in a strong down-trend if resistance at 4.40% is respected.

13-week treasuries and yield differential

The effective federal funds rate recovered to 5.27%, indicating that the Fed is no longer injecting liquidity into the financial markets. This also means that prospects for a cut in the federal funds rate (at the next FOMC meeting on September 18) are fading. The full effect of the sub-prime crisis has not yet been felt and it will take several months before we see the real impact on earnings. The level of adjustable rate mortgages to be reset (at the end of their "honeymoon" period) will increase in September before peaking in October 2007 at $50 billion, according to Credit Suisse —and the level will remain above $30 billion per month for the next year. Total ARMs due to be reset over 2007 and 2008 exceed $1 trillion, so the eventual cost to the financial sector may well exceed $100 billion.

effective federal funds rate

Stock Markets

Low volumes on the Dow Jones Industrial Average indicated little interest in last week's rally which finally petered out on Monday. Expect another test of 12800, while a fall below the August low would signal a test of primary support at 12000.

dow jones industrial average

The Nikkei has failed to recover above the former primary support level of 16600 and respect of this level would confirm a strong down-trend. The FTSE 100 faltered at 6200 and is headed for another test of primary support at 6000. A close below 6000 would confirm the (primary) down-trend. The Hang Seng is hesitating at 23500 and is likely to retrace in sympathy with the Dow. The Shanghai Composite index, on the other hand, continues to charge ahead undaunted, having exceeded its target of 5000 —but we should expect some (slight?) retracement in sympathy with other markets.

ftse 100 index

Wright Model

Probability of recession in the next four quarters fell to 26 per cent according to the Wright Model.

wright model

The man who is right always has two forces working in his favor —basic conditions and the men who are wrong.

~ Jesse Livermore in Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefevre.

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