Dollar strengthens

By Colin Twiggs
January 13, 2011 6:00 a.m. ET (8:00 p:m AEDT)

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US Dollar Index

The US Dollar Index is consolidating between 79 and 81.50. Upward breakout is more likely, especially considering that Twiggs Momentum (21-day) is holding above zero. Breakout would signal a primary advance with a medium-term target of 84*, while reversal below 79 would test primary support at 76.

US Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 79 + ( 81 - 76 ) = 84


A strengthening dollar is likely to weaken precious metals and commodity prices. Gold is forming a rounding top while bearish divergence on Twiggs Momentum (21-day) warns of a correction. Failure of support at $1360 would first test $1320, but could carry as low as the June high of $1260.

Spot Gold


Silver also shows a bearish divergence on Twiggs Momentum (21-day), warning of a correction with a target of $20/$21. Failure of support at $28 would confirm.


Crude Oil

Brent Crude, however, appears unaffected by the stronger dollar, rising strongly off support at $88/barrel. Twiggs Momentum (21-day) holding above zero indicates a healthy up-trend.

Crude Oil

* Target calculation: 88 + ( 88 - 68 ) = 108


The euro breached support at $1.30, strengthening the bear signal on Twiggs Momentum (holding below the zero line). Recovery above $1.34 is most unlikely and retreat below $1.30 would test primary support at $1.26.

Euro US Dollar

UK Pound Sterling

The pound rallied off support at $1.53, but large bearish divergence on Twiggs Momentum (21-day) continues to warn of reversal to a primary down-trend. Failure of primary support at $1.53 would complete a large head and shoulders pattern and confirm the signal. Recovery above $1.60 remains unlikely, but would indicate an advance to $1.66*.

Pound Sterling

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

Japanese Yen

The dollar continues to test long-term support at ¥80. Twiggs Momentum oscillating around zero signals uncertainty, but the longer term picture is more positive, suggesting a bottom. Recovery above ¥84.50 would signal a new up-trend.

US Dollar Yen

Australian Dollar

The Aussie dollar penetrated its rising trendline and bearish divergence on Twiggs Momentum warns of a reversal. Failure of support at $0.96 would signal a decline to $0.90*. Breakout above $1.02 is now unlikely, but would offer a target of $1.08.

Australian Dollar US Dollar

* Target calculation: 0.96 - ( 1.02 - 0.96 ) = 0.90

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