Gold Looks For Support

By Colin Twiggs
April 8, 2008 11:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. AET)

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Spot gold broke support at $900, signaling the start of a secondary correction. The primary trend remains intact and would only reverse if support at $775 is penetrated. Expect medium-term support at $850.

spot gold hourly chart

Gold and the euro have moved in sync since 2006. Precious metals were affected by across-the board profit-taking in commodities, while the euro has been relatively unscathed. Further weakness in the dollar should ensure that gold resumes its upward path — in line with the euro.

spot gold hourly chart

Source: Netdania

Crude Oil

June 2008 Light Crude is testing resistance at the previous high of $108. Strong volume signals selling pressure and a likely reversal to test support at $99/100. A rise above $108.50, while not expected, would indicate a strong up-trend.

crude oil


The euro shows a bullish ascending triangle below resistance at $1.59. Breakout would offer a short-term target of 1.59+(1.59-1.53)=$1.65. A failed swing, where price reverses without testing the upper border of the formation, while not expected, would warn of a downward breakout and a test of $1.50.

euro us dollar short-term

Source: Netdania

The greenback formed a narrow rectangle below 103 yen. Upward breakout would test the upper border of the main trend channel, while reversal would test 95 — with a likely downward break to test the all-time low of 80.

us dollar yen

Source: Netdania

The Australian dollar respected support at $0.90 and is headed for a test of resistance at $0.95. The higher low confirms that the up-trend is intact; breakout above $0.95 would offer a target of parity — 0.95+(0.95-0.90)=1.00.

australian dollar compared to us dollar

Source: Netdania

The Aussie continues to display a descending right-angled broadening pattern against the yen. Expect strong resistance at 100. A failed up-swing would warn of a downward breakout — and a long-term target of 86-(108-86)=64.

australian dollar compared to yen

Source: Netdania

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