Gold Heads For $1260

By Colin Twiggs
August 19, 2010 5:30 a.m. EDT (7:30 p:m AET)

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US Dollar Index

The US Dollar Index found resistance at 83. Breakout would indicate that the correction is over, while respect would re-test support at 80. Penetration of the descending trendline indicates that the down-trend is weakening — and support at 80 is likely to hold. The signal would be strengthened if 63-day Twiggs Momentum forms another trough above zero.

US Dollar Index


Gold is headed for another test of $1260 after breaking through resistance at $1220. Breakout above $1260 would offer a target of $1360*. Bearish divergence on 63-day Twiggs Momentum, however, continues to warn of weakness and respect of resistance would indicate another test of primary support at $1160.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1260 + ( 1260 - 1060 ) = 1360

Crude Oil

Crude is headed for a test of primary support at $70 after breaking its rising trendline and short-term support at $76. Bearish divergence on 63-day Twiggs Momentum warns of further weakness.

Crude Oil

* Target calculation: 70 - ( 80 - 70 ) = 60


The euro is testing the rising trendline; penetration would indicate that the recent rally has weakened, and reversal below $1.25 would indicate another test of primary support at $1.19. Twiggs Momentum (63-day) reversal below its rising trendline already warns of a correction; and a completed peak below zero would signal another primary decline.

Euro US Dollar

UK Pound Sterling

The pound is testing the new support level at $1.55. Respect would confirm the advance, with a target of $1.67*. A Twiggs Momentum (63-day) recovery above the zero line strengthens the signal. Failure of support at $1.55 is unlikely, but would warn of another correction.

Pound Sterling

* Target calculation: 1.55 + ( 1.55 - 1.43 ) = 1.67

Japanese Yen

The dollar is consolidating in a narrow range above primary support at ¥85. Recovery above short-term resistance at ¥86.50 would indicate a rally to test ¥89. A narrow rectangle above support, however, would be a strong bear signal. A trough below zero on 63-day Twiggs Momentum would indicate another primary decline. And failure of primary support would offer a target of ¥75*.

US Dollar Yen

* Target calculations: 85 - ( 95 - 85 ) = 75

Australian Dollar

The Aussie dollar is encountering increased resistance as it approaches $0.9350. Reversal below the rising trendline would indicate that the rally is weakening. 63-day Twiggs Momentum oscillating around the zero line indicates hesitancy. In the long term, breakout above $0.9350 would offer a target of parity, while reversal below $0.87 would test primary support at $0.81.

Australian Dollar US Dollar

* Target calculation: 0.93 + ( 0.93 - 0.81 ) = 1.05

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