Transport stocks threaten fall

By Colin Twiggs
June 9th, 2011 4:00 a.m. ET (6:00 p:m AET)

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Bellwether transport stock Fedex is threatening primary support at 85. Failure would confirm the reversal signal from UPS — with negative implications for the broader economy.

Fedex and UPS

UK stocks fell on Wednesday, with the FTSE 100 signaling a correction to test primary support at 5600. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) holding below zero warns of strong selling pressure.

FTSE 100 Index

The Shanghai Composite Index recovered above primary support at 2700, but retreated Thursday for another test. Downward breakout would confirm the reversal signal from the Shenzhen Index.

Shanghai Composite Index

US Dollar Index

The Dollar Index is headed for a test of primary support at 73; failure would warn of a decline to 70*. Bullish divergence on Twiggs Momentum, however, suggests that the down-trend is weakening and recovery above 76.50 would signal a reversal.

US Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 73 - ( 76 - 73 ) = 70


Gold is testing the upper border of is trend channel. Respect of $1575 would signal a down-swing to the lower channel. Breach of $1475 would confirm. A stronger dollar would weaken gold.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1575 + ( 1575 - 1475 ) = 1675

The Gold Miners ETF threatens a double top reversal. Breakout below 53 would complete. Bearish divergence on 21-day Twiggs Money Flow and a fall below zero confirm strong selling pressure. Primary trend reversal on gold miners would warn of a similar reversal on the physical metal.

Gold Miners ETF


Silver continues to range between $33 and $39; breakout will indicate future direction. Penetration of the long-term trendline would warn that the primary trend is weakening.



The CRB Commodities Index displays a similar pattern, consolidating between 335 and 350. Breakout will indicate future direction. Again, the dollar is likely to have a strong influence.

CRB Commodities Index

Crude Oil

Brent crude continues to test resistance at $117/barrel. Breakout would signal an advance to $125, while respect would warn of another test of support at $110. A slowing of the global economy, as signaled by declining transport stocks, would weaken demand for crude, making reversion to the long-term trendline at $90 more likely. A stronger dollar would also lower prices.

Brent Crude Oil


The euro is consolidating in a narrow band (between $1.455 and $1.47), indicating continuation of the rally to test $1.50*.

Euro US Dollar

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

Swiss Franc

The sovereign debt crisis has bedeviled the euro, as indicated by the sharp fall against the Swiss franc since early 2010.

Swiss Franc CHF

* Target calculation: 1.24 - ( 1.32 - 1.24 ) = 1.16

* Target calculation for CHFUSD: 1.00 + ( 1.00 - 0.80 ) = 1.20

Despite the strength of the Swiss franc, gold has appreciated more than 250% in CHF over the last 6 years, compared to approx. 340% against the USD.

Swiss Franc CHF

UK Pound Sterling

The pound respected its long-term trendline and is testing short-term resistance at $1.65. Breakout would indicate continuation of the rally to $1.67. Failure of support at $1.60 is unlikely but would warn of a correction to $1.53.

Pound Sterling

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

Japanese Yen

The dollar is again testing long-term support at ¥80. Failure would signal a down-swing to ¥75*, but would be likely to spur further efforts by the BOJ to halt appreciation of the yen.

US Dollar Yen

* Target calculation: 80 - ( 85 - 80 ) = 75

New Zealand Dollar

The kiwi dollar threatens a breakout above $0.82, its 2008 high against the greenback. Follow-through would signal an advance to $0.84*.

NZ Dollar/ USD

* Target calculation: 81 + ( 81 - 78 ) = 84

Australian Dollar

The Aussie dollar is retracing for another test of support at $1.05 against the greenback. Failure would test medium-term support at $1.02, while recovery above $1.075 would signal an advance to $1.15*. Declining momentum, however, favors a downward breakout.

Australian Dollar US Dollar

* Target calculation: 1.10 + ( 1.10 - 1.05 ) = 1.15

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