Euro Within Reach Of $1.50

By Colin Twiggs
November 6, 2007 2:00 a.m. ET (6:00 p.m. AET)

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Gold broke through $800 and is likely to retrace to test support at the former resistance level. The metal shows similar appreciation to the euro against the dollar following recent rate cuts by the Fed. Reversal below $770/ounce is now unlikely and would warn of another correction.

spot gold

The long-term target remains at $900 [725+(725-550)].

spot gold weekly

Source: Netdania

Crude Oil

December Light Crude is also advancing rapidly as the dollar weakens. The target of $100/barrel is likely to be tested in the next few weeks, but the accelerating up-trend is in danger of heading into a blow-off, with sharp gains followed by an equally sharp fall. Reversal below $90 is not expected in the short-term — and would warn of a correction.

crude oil


The euro is consolidating in a bullish narrow formation below resistance at $1.45. Breakout would offer a short-term target of $1.50 [1.45+(1.45-1.40)].

euro us dollar short-term

In the long-term the euro continues to test the upper border of the trend channel. Reversal below $1.40 would warn of a correction to the lower channel border, while a breakout above $1.45 would indicate that the up-trend is accelerating. It may be prudent to use the more conservative long-term target of $1.50 [1.35+(1.35-1.20)] which coincides with the short-term target.

euro us dollar

Source: Netdania

The dollar is whipsawing around the former long-term support level of 115 against the yen, indicating uncertainty. Any sign that the yen is strengthening could result in a sharp move as there are a large number of carry trades reliant on the currency. A fall below 113.25 may be sufficient to precipitate this, while failure of support at 112 would signal a test of the key 100 support level (from 2005).

us dollar yen

Source: Netdania

The Australian dollar respected the new support level of $0.9100 on retracement and is now consolidating between $0.9100 and $0.9350. Expect an upward breakout with a short-term target of $0.9600 [0.9350+(0.9350-0.9100)]. Reversal below the rising (green) trendline is unlikely — and would warn of a secondary correction. The long-term target remains parity [0.8900+(0.8900-0.7800)].

australian dollar compared to us dollar

Source: Netdania

It is the greenback which is unstable, and not bullion.

~ Dr. Franz Pick

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