Gold surge as the dollar falls

By Colin Twiggs
April 20th, 2011 11:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p:m AET)

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Gold broke through $1500, offering a medium-term target of 1550*. Twiggs Momentum (21-day) rising above zero indicates a strong up-trend.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1440 + ( 1440 - 1380 ) = 1500; 1430 + ( 1430 - 1310 ) = 1550

Twiggs Money Flow on GLD is now rising strongly, confirming buying pressure.

Spot Gold GLD


Silver broke through its upper trend channel, warning of an accelerating up-trend that could lead to a blow-off. The strong rise on Twiggs Momentum confirms trend strength.


US Dollar Index

The primary cause of the surge in precious metals is the decline of the US dollar, with the index now testing its 2009 low of 74. Failure would warn of another down-swing. Twiggs Momentum holding below zero confirms the strong down-trend.

US Dollar Index

Crude Oil

Nymex WTI crude is testing medium-term support at $106/barrel. Failure would test $96, warning of a possible top, while respect of support would signal a further advance. Remember that there is massive speculative interest driving the current price surge and at some point we are likely to experience a blow-off.

Crude Oil

* Target calculation: 105 + ( 105 - 97 ) = 113


The CRB Commodities Index has also been boosted by dollar weakness and is testing resistance at 370. Breakout would signal a test of the upper trend channel. The Australian Dollar is surging ahead since breaking through resistance, playing catch-up with commodity prices.

CRB Commodities Index


The euro broke through $1.45, continuing its advance to $1.50 after a brief retracement to confirm support at $1.42.

Euro US Dollar

* Target calculation: 1.40 + ( 1.40 - 1.30 ) = 1.50

UK Pound Sterling

The pound continues to test resistance at $1.64. Breakout is likely, after the short retracement, and would offer a long-term target of the 2009 high at $1.70*. Completion of a Twiggs Momentum trough above zero (by a rise above 2%) would confirm trend strength.

Pound Sterling

* Target calculation: 1.63 + ( 1.63 - 1.53 ) = 1.73

Japanese Yen

The dollar is retracing to test medium-term support at ¥80. Respect would indicate that the BOJ has succeeded in its attempt to stop the yen from strengthening.

US Dollar Yen

Australian Dollar

The Aussie dollar also benefited from the weaker greenback, surging to a new high of $1.075. The immediate target is $1.08*. We need a correction to confirm support at $1.02 before there can be a serious attempt at $1.14.

Australian Dollar US Dollar

* Target calculation: 1.06 + ( 1.06 - 1.04 ) = 1.08

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