Dollar Bounce Hurts Gold

By Colin Twiggs
August 11, 2009 2:30 a.m. ET (4:30 p.m. AET)

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US Dollar Index

The US Dollar Index retreated above 78.50, warning of a bear trap. Recovery above 79.50 would confirm the trap, while breakout above 81 would indicate a trend reversal with an initial target of the March low of 83. Retreat below 78.50, however, would test the lower channel border around 74*. The rising US dollar indicates weaker gold and oil prices.

US Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 78.5 - ( 83 - 78.5 ) = 74


Spot gold retreated below support at $950, warning of a possible bear trap. Penetration of the rising trendline would strengthen the signal, while failure of support at $925 would confirm. Reversal above $960, however, would signal a test of $1000. In the long term, breakout above $1000 would signal a primary advance with a target of $1100*, while failure of support at $900 would test the April low of $865.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1000 + ( 1000 - 900 ) = 1100

The Market Vectors Gold Miners Index [GDX] retreated below $40. Failure of support at $35 (and breakout below the trend channel) would warn that the primary trend is reversing; penetration of support at $30 would confirm — a bearish sign for spot gold. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) reversal below zero would strengthen the signal.

Market Vectors Gold Miners Index


Spot silver is retracing to test support at $14.00, the lower trend channel. Respect of support would signal an advance to $16.00, a positive sign for gold, while failure would warn of a test of the July low at $12.50. In the long term, failure of support at $12.50 is unlikely, but would test primary support at $12.00; while breakout above $16.00 would offer a target of $19.00*.

Spot Silver

* Target calculation: 16 + ( 16 - 13 ) = 19.00

Crude Oil

Crude oil is retracing to test the new support level at $73 [green], in line with the CRB Commodities Index. Respect would signal a primary advance with a target of $86*/barrel, while reversal below $67 [orange] is unlikely, but would signal a bull trap.

Brent Crude

* Target calculation: 73 + ( 73 - 60 ) = 86

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