Gold Rising Wedge

By Colin Twiggs
February 12, 2008 4:00 a.m. ET (8:00 p.m. AET)

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Spot gold displays a bearish rising wedge pattern, but I would not place much reliance on this — unless the euro or crude showed similar bearish signs. While the formation has a fairly high failure rate, reversal below $900 would warn of a test of long-term support at $850.

spot gold

Source: Netdania

The short-term chart shows gold consolidating in the same band of $920 to $930 as at the end of January. Breakout above $930 would signal a test of the upper wedge border; while reversal below $920/$915 would be bearish.

spot gold 2 hour chart

Source: Netdania

Crude Oil

March 2008 Light Crude respected primary support and is headed for another test of $100 after breaking through $92.50. Failure of support at $86 is unlikely — and would warn that crude has started a primary down-trend.

crude oil


The euro is consolidating (short-term) between $1.4450 and $1.4600. Upward breakout would signal another test of resistance at $1.49, while downward breakout would test primary support at $1.43.

In the longer term, breakout above $1.49 (and the key psychogical level of $1.50) would offer a target of 1.50+(1.50-1.43)=$1.57; while reversal below $1.43, though unlikely in the present circumstances, would signal a primary down-trend.

euro us dollar short-term

Source: Netdania

The dollar continues in a downward trend against the yen, with a long term target of 100. Short-term consolidation favors another decline — to test the lower border of the trend channel. Reversal above 108 is not expected, but would signal a test of the upper channel; while a fall below 105 would confirm the down-swing.

us dollar yen

Source: Netdania

The Australian dollar respected support at $0.89 against the greenback, a strong bull signal for the broadening bottom formation. Breakout above $0.91 would signal a test of $0.94. Reversal below $0.89 is unlikely — and would warn of a test of $0.85.

australian dollar compared to us dollar

Source: Netdania

The Aussie continues in a down-trend against the yen and only a break above 100 would signal reversal. In the short-term, a rise above 97.50 would be bullish, while a fall below 94 would warn of another test of 90.

australian dollar compared to yen

Source: Netdania

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