Gold Tests $1260

By Colin Twiggs
September 2, 2010 3:00 a.m. EDT (5:00 p:m AET)

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Gold is headed for another test of $1260; breakout would signal an advance to $1360*. Twiggs Momentum recovery above its declining trendline would indicate continuation of the primary up-trend. Respect of the trendline, however, would signal another test of support at $1160.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1260 + ( 1260 - 1160 ) = 1360

US Dollar Index

The US Dollar Index is retracing to test support after encountering resistance at 83.5. Failure of support at 80 would signal a decline to 76.5*, while recovery above 83.5 would indicate a rally to 89. Respect of the zero line by 63-day Twiggs Momentum would strengthen the bull signal.

US Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 80 - ( 83.5 - 80 ) = 76.5

Crude Oil

Crude is headed for a test of primary support at $70. Twiggs Momentum (63-day) oscillating around zero indicates uncertainty. Failure of support would offer a target of $60/barrel*, while recovery above $80 would signal an advance to $90.

Crude Oil

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


The euro is testing medium-term support at $1.25. Failure would signal another test of primary support at $1.19. Respect of support is less likely because Twiggs Momentum (63-day) remains below zero, but would indicate the start of a primary up-trend.

Euro US Dollar

UK Pound Sterling

The pound is testing support at $1.54; respect would confirm the advance to $1.66*. Twiggs Momentum (63-day) respecting the zero line from above suggests continuation of the up-trend.

Pound Sterling

* Target calculation: 1.60 + ( 1.60 - 1.54 ) = 1.66

Japanese Yen

The dollar broke through primary support at ¥85 and is headed for a test of support at the 1995 low of ¥80. The Bank of Japan threatens to intervene to prevent further appreciation, but there are doubts about the political will to do so. Recovery above ¥86.50 is unlikely at this stage, but would warn that the down-trend is weakening — as would 63-day Twiggs Momentum recovery above its declining trendline.

US Dollar Yen

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

Australian Dollar

The Aussie dollar respected its rising trendline and is advancing to test resistance at $0.9350. Rising 63-day Twiggs Momentum above the zero line suggests continuation of the advance. In the long term, breakout above $0.9350 would offer a target of parity, while reversal below $0.88 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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