Crude Oil Rising

By Colin Twiggs
October 12, 2009 10:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. AET)

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Crude oil broke out of its weak downward trend channel, rallying to penetrate medium-term resistance at $73 on the back of a weakening dollar. Expect a test of $75 in the short term. A marginal new high followed by reversal below $73, however, would form a rising wedge reversal pattern. In the long term, breakout above $75 would confirm a primary advance with a target of $86*, while failure of support at $65 would signal reversal to a primary down-trend.

WTI Crude

Source: Netdania

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

US Dollar Index

The US Dollar Index is again testing support at 76; breakout would offer a short-term target of 74.50*. Reversal above 77.50 is unlikely, but would indicate that the down-trend has ended. A 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 is consolidating between $1060 and $1040. Upward breakout is more likely and would indicate an advance to $1100*. Reversal below $1040 would retrace to test $1000; respect of support at $1020 would be a bullish sign. In the long term, breakout above $1000 offers a target of $1300*; failure of support at $985 is unlikely, but would warn of a primary trend reversal.

Spot Gold

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

The Market Vectors Gold Miners Index [GDX] breakout above $50 would confirm the rise in spot gold. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (13-week), however, warns of selling pressure. Reversal below $43 would signal a secondary correction — 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 similarly testing its upper trend channel. The medium-term target is $19*, but reversal below $16 would warn of a secondary correction.

Spot Silver

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


Platinum found support at $1250 before rallying to test resistance at $1350. Upward breakout is likely and would offer a medium-term target of 1450*, but reversal below $1250 would warn of a secondary correction. In the long term, expect a primary advance to $1500*, while breakout below the trend channel would warn that the up-trend is weakening.


* Target calculations: 1350 + ( 1350 - 1250 ) = 1450 and 1300 + ( 1300 - 1100 ) = 1500

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