Gold Pennant

By Colin Twiggs
October 21, 2008 5:00 a.m. ET (8:00 p.m. AET)

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Since breaking through support at $820, spot gold has consolidated in a small pennant, signaling continuation. Expect a test of $740. Failure would offer a target of $560, calculated as 740 - ( 920 - 740 ). Respect of support is less likely because of the down-trend; and would signal another test of $920.

Spot Gold daily chart

In the long term, the broadening descending wedge is normally a bullish sign, but the recent failed up-swing warns of a downward breakout.

Spot Gold weekly chart

Source: Netdania

Crude Oil

West Texas Intermediate Crude is retracing to test the new resistance level at $80. Downward breakout from the small flag is likely, signaling another down-swing with a target of $60.

Crude Oil

In the long term, breakout below $70 per barrel would be likely to test $50. The wild card could be OPEC cuts in production, which would strengthen support. Member states have already experienced a substantial drop in revenues, however, and there is some doubt whether they would all comply with any agreed cuts — voluntarily suffering a further drop in revenue.

Crude Oil weekly

Source: Netdania


The euro respected the band of resistance between $1.3900 and $1.4000 in recent weeks and is again testing support at $1.3250. Expect support to fail, offering a target of $1.25; calculated as 1.3250 - ( 1.4000 - 1.3250 ).

Euro US Dollar

Source: Netdania

The dollar retraced to test the new resistance level at 1.15 against the swiss franc. Respect would signal another test of parity, while breakout would not indicate a trend reversal unless support at 1.15 is later respected.

US Dollar Swiss Franc

Source: Netdania

The dollar is headed for another test of the new resistance level of 103.50 against the yen. Breakout would not necessarily indicate a trend reversal unless the new support level is later respected. Reversal below the rising short-term trendline (at 99) would warn of another test of 96.

US Dollar Yen weekly

Source: Netdania

The Australian dollar formed a pennant against the greenback, warning of continuation of the down-trend. Downward breakout would offer a target of $0.5000, calculated as 0.65 - ( 0.78 - 0.63 ). Upward breakout is less likely and would test $0.8500 — with some resistance at $0.7800.

Australian Dollar US Dollar

Source: Netdania

The pound also strengthened markedly against the Aussie dollar, but has now formed a bearish descending triangle on the short-term chart. Failure of support at 2.43 would offer a target of 2.20, calculated roughly as 2.45 - ( 2.70 - 2.45 ).

GBP Australian Dollar

Source: Netdania

If we look at the weekly chart, the Aussie is consolidating between 63 and 75 against the yen. Upward breakout remains less likely because of the down-trend, but at this stage there is no further indication. Failure of support at 63 would offer a target of 55, calculated as 65 - ( 75 - 65 ).

Australian Dollar Yen

Source: Netdania

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~ C.S. Lewis