Gold Strengthens But Oil Weakens

By Colin Twiggs
October 5, 2009 9:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. AET)

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US Dollar Index

The US Dollar Index is testing short-term resistance at 77.50. Breakout above resistance and the declining trendline would warn that the down-trend is weakening. Reversal below 76 is, however, more likely and would signal another down-swing with a target of 74.50*. The weakening dollar exerts upward pressure on gold, crude oil and general commodity prices.

US Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 76.00 - ( 77.50 - 76.00 ) = 74.50


Spot gold respected support at $985 and is now headed for a test of resistance at $1020. Upward breakout is more likely and would indicate an advance to $1100*. Retracement that respects support at $1000 would be a bullish sign. Reversal below $985 is unlikely, but would warn of a correction to test primary support at $900. In the long term, breakout above $1000 offers a target of $1300*; failure of support at $900 remains unlikely, but would signal a primary down-trend to test the November low at $700.

Spot Gold

* Target calculations: 1000 + ( 1000 - 900 ) = 1100 and 1000 + ( 1000 - 700 ) = 1300

The Market Vectors Gold Miners Index [GDX] has yet to respond to the rising gold price, retreating from its upper trend channel. Respect of short-term resistance at $45 and reversal below $43 would be a bearish sign for gold. Divergences between gold miners and physical gold often forewarn of changes in the spot price.

Market Vectors Gold Miners Index


Spot silver is testing the new support level at $16; respect would signal a primary advance, with a target of $19*. Failure of support is less likely, but would indicate a test of the lower trend channel and support at $14.

Spot Silver

* Target calculation: 16 + ( 16 - 13 ) = 19


Platinum is testing short-term resistance at $1300. Penetration would signal a primary advance with a long-term target of $1500*, while breakout below the trend channel would warn that the up-trend is weakening.


* Target calculation: 1300 + ( 1300 - 1100 ) = 1500

Crude Oil

Crude oil is edging lower, forming a weak down-trend — with a lower high at $73 followed by a new low below $67. The weakening dollar works against this, and recovery above $73 would signal a primary advance with a target of $86*. Failure of support at $65, however, would confirm a secondary correction to test primary support at $59/$60.

WTI Crude

Source: Netdania

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

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