Gold Retreats to $1000

By Colin Twiggs
March 18, 2008 6:00 a.m. ET (10:00 p.m. AET)

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After reaching $1030 on Monday, spot gold retraced to test its new support level of $1000/ounce (resistance when broken becomes support). Expect investors to seize the opportunity to sell dollars and accumulate the precious metal. Intra-day lows below $1000 are not cause for concern, but a fall below $990 would signal weakness.

spot gold hourly chart

The weekly chart shows the strong up-trend of gold and the euro against the dollar — which is likely to continue.

spot gold weekly

Source: Netdania

Crude Oil

April 2008 Light Crude reached $110 before again retracing to test the new support level at $100. The long candlestick tail reflects buying support and the $100 level is likely to hold — with the up-trend continuing.

crude oil


The euro surpassed its medium-term target before retracing to test intra-day support at $1.57. Gold and the euro tend to move in sync, so we should not rule out another retracement. Penetration of the rising trendline would indicate a test of the new support level at $1.50 — affording traders an excellent entry point.

euro us dollar short-term

Source: Netdania

The dollar broke through long-term support at 100 yen and is headed for a test of the all-time low of 80.

us dollar yen

Source: Netdania

The Australian dollar failed to make headway against the weakening greenback, signaling vulnerability to unwinding carry trades. The broadening top indicates the presence of large sellers at a fixed price of $0.9450 to $0.9500. Downward breakout or a failed up-swing would signal a test of primary support at $0.85.

australian dollar compared to us dollar

Source: Netdania

The Aussie is headed for a test of the lower border of the descending broadening formation (which similarly signals large sellers at 100 yen). Breakout would indicate future trend direction. And a fall below 86 would warn of further unwinding of carry trades, offering a long-term target of 86-(108-86)=64.

australian dollar compared to yen

Source: Netdania

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