Gold tests resistance as dollar weakens

By Colin Twiggs
February 23rd, 2011 9:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p:m AEDT)

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US Dollar Index

The Dollar Index is testing medium-term support at 77 and failure would threaten primary support at 76. Completion of a Twiggs Momentum (21-day) peak below zero would warn of continuation of the primary down-trend. Breach of primary support would offer a target of 71*.

US Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 76 - ( 81 - 76 ) = 71


Gold is testing resistance at $1420 in response to the weaker dollar and turmoil in the Middle East. Breakout above $1420 would signal a fresh advance to $1520*. A Twiggs Momentum (21-day) trough above zero would confirm.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1420 + ( 1420 - 1320 ) = 1520

Rising Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) on GLD indicates buying pressure. Again, a trough above the zero line would signal a primary advance.

Spot Gold GLD


Silver's brief consolidation, between $32.50 and $34.50 per ounce, is another bullish sign. Breakout above $34.50 would indicate that the up-trend is accelerating.


* Target calculation: 31 + ( 31 - 27 ) = 35

Crude Oil & Commodities

Chaos in Libya is fueling an accelerating up-trend in crude prices. Twiggs Momentum (21-day) rising above its existing band confirms. The target of $110/barrel* has now been reached.

Crude Oil

* Target calculation: 90 + ( 90 - 70 ) = 110


The upward trend channel on the CRB Commodities Index reflects a strong rise in a broad range of commodities, from crude to copper, from cotton to cocoa. The Australian dollar is lagging after tracking the CRB index closely for the last two years; expect an upward breakout and fresh advance.

CRB Commodities Index


The euro is headed for another test of resistance at $1.42, but bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow warns of another correction to test primary support at $1.28.

Euro US Dollar

UK Pound Sterling

The pound is stronger, with rising Twiggs Money Flow indicating buying pressure. Breakout above $1.62 would test the 2009 high of $1.70*. Failure of primary support at $1.53 is now unlikely.

Pound Sterling

* Target calculation: 1.62 + ( 1.62 - 1.53 ) = 1.71

Japanese Yen

The yen continues to range between ¥80 and ¥84.50 against the dollar. Twiggs Momentum oscillating around the zero line indicates uncertainty. Breach of support at ¥80 would warn of a primary decline to ¥76*, while breakout above ¥84 would signal the end of the down-trend and a primary advance to ¥88*.

US Dollar Yen

* Target calculation: 84 + ( 84 - 80 ) = 88; 80 - ( 84 - 80 ) = 76;

Australian Dollar

The Aussie dollar is again testing support at parity against the greenback. The large ascending triangle is a bullish sign and a rising CRB Commodities index strengthens the signal. Breakout above resistance at $1.02 would offer a target of $1.08*.

Australian Dollar US Dollar

* Target calculation: 1.02 + ( 1.02 - 0.96 ) = 1.08

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