Crude Oil Depends On China

By Colin Twiggs
August 19, 2008 11:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. AET)

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Spot gold found support at $770, the low of the December 2007 consolidation. Expect a retracement to test the new resistance level at $850.

Spot Gold daily chart

In the long term, expect a band of support between $700 and $750. The calculated target for the primary down-trend is $700, that is $850 - ($1000 - $850).

Spot Gold monthly chart

Source: Netdania

Crude Oil

West Texas Intermediate Crude is edging lower towards medium-term support at $110/barrel. Slowing of the decline indicates support and we are likely to see a retracement to test the new resistance level at $122. Falling demand, however, as the global economy heads for recession, should ensure that the retracement is short-lived.

Crude oil

Source: Netdania

The rise in crude oil demand over the last 5 years, as discussed in last week's newsletter, is largely due to growth in demand from China. So far the Chinese economy has withstood the global slow-down, maintaining GDP growth above 10 percent per year. The Shanghai Composite index, however, has fallen more than 60 percent from its 2007 peak — an indication of what China can expect when the euphoria from the Olympics has faded. Falling crude oil demand from China would threaten long-term support at $100.

Shanghai Composite Index

The calculated long term target is $122 - ($145 - $122). Failure of support would test the 2007 low of $50/barrel. This remains less than a 50% probability, however. And hope is not a strategy.

Crude oil monthly chart

Source: Netdania


The euro found short-term support at $1.46 and is likely to retrace towards $1.50. The calculated target is $1.46, that is $1.53 - ($1.60 - $1.53), but $1.43 remains a more likely long-term support level.

Euro US dollar short-term

Source: Netdania

The dollar commenced a primary up-trend against the yen after breaking through resistance at 108.50/109.00. Expect retracement to test the new support level at 108.50; respect would confirm the up-trend.

I have drawn two supporting trendlines: the lower encapsulates all price activity, while the upper ignores the two downward spikes. Future respect of the latter would indicate trend strength.

US dollar Yen

Source: Netdania

The Australian dollar has performed about as well as our Olympic cycling team: promising much and then crashing badly. It is now consolidating above a band of support between $0.85 and $0.86. Retracement would test $0.90, while failure of support would warn of a test of $0.77.

Australian dollar US dollar

Source: Netdania

The Aussie found short-term support at 95. Retracement would be unlikely to reach 100, while failure of support would test primary support between 88 and 90.

Australian dollar Yen

Source: Netdania

The gold standard has one tremendous virtue: the quantity of the money supply, under the gold standard, is independent of the policies of governments and political parties. This is its advantage. It is a form of protection against spendthrift governments.

~ Ludwig von Mises

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