Gold and dollar triangles

By Colin Twiggs
July 7th, 2011 4:00 a.m. ET (6:00 p:m AET)

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As discussed last week, gold continues in a primary up-trend. The triangle formation on the weekly chart could resolve in either directon: upward signaling a new advance or downward warning of a reversal. Declining 63-day Momentum favors the downside; a fall below 5% would strengthen the signal. Breakout below the trend channel would also warn of a reversal.

Spot Gold Weekly

The spot price is rallying on the daily chart, headed for a test of $1550/ounce. Breach of the ascending trendline, however, warns of a correction to the long-term trendline. Declining 21-day Momentum strengthens the signal.

Spot Gold Daily

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

The AMEX Gold Bugs Index ($HUI), reflecting unhedged gold stocks, broke out of its downward trend channel, suggesting buying support for the metal. Follow-through above 530 indicates a test of 555. Respect of the zero line by 21-day Momentum, however, would warn of another down-swing — and failure of support at 495 would confirm.

AMEX Gold Bugs Index


Silver continues to test support at $33, while 21-day Momentum holds below zero. Downward breakout would be bearish for gold.


US Dollar Index

The Dollar Index continues in a triangle formation on the weekly chart. Breach of resistance at 76.00/76.50 would signal a primary trend reversal, while failure of support at 74 would warn of another decline — with a target of 70*. With 63-day Momentum below zero, expect continuation of the primary down-trend; a peak that respects the zero line would confirm. Another down-swing would be bullish for gold.

US Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 74 - ( 76.5 - 72.5 ) = 70


The CRB Commodities Index recovered above 335 to signal another test of 350 on the weekly chart, but bearish divergence on 63-day Momentum continues to warn of a primary down-trend. Recovery above 350 is unlikely but would indicate another advance, while reversal below 335 would confirm the down-trend. Direction of the dollar is again likely to have a strong influence.

CRB Commodities Index

Crude Oil

Brent crude is almost a mirror image of the CRB index (of which it is a sizable component), but with support at $110 and resistance at $120.

Brent Crude


The euro is also in a triangle formation, with 21-day Momentum oscillating close around zero, reflecting consolidation. Breakout above $1.46 would indicate another advance, with a target of $1.56*; while a fall below $1.41 would warn of a reversal — confirmed if primary support at $1.40 is broken.

Euro US Dollar

* Target calculation: 1.46 + ( 1.50 - 1.40 ) = 1.56 or 1.41 - ( 1.50 - 1.40 ) = 1.31

Swiss Franc

The Swiss franc continues its primary up-trend against the dollar, but bearish divergence on 21-day Momentum warns of a correction. Breakout below the trend channel on the daily chart — and breach of $1.17 — would confirm.

Swiss Franc CHF

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

UK Pound Sterling

The pound retreated below primary support at $1.60 on the weekly chart, warning of a down-trend. Follow-through below $1.59 would confirm a target of $1.53*.

Pound Sterling

* Target calculation: 1.60 - ( 1.67 - 1.60 ) = 1.53

Japanese Yen

The dollar continues to test support at ¥80; the narrow consolidation is a bearish sign. Failure of support would signal a decline to ¥75*, but would also spur BOJ efforts (as in March) to halt appreciation of the yen. Weak 63-day Momentum, holding below zero, suggests a down-trend.

US Dollar Yen

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

New Zealand Dollar

The Aussie dollar has been appreciating against its New Zealand counterpart since early 2009, signaled by 50-week Momentum holding above zero. With weakening commodity prices, AUDNZD is testing support in the $1.28/$1.30 band. There is no hint on the Momentum chart of a reversal, but breach of support would warn of a primary down-trend — with a target of the June 2010 low at $1.22*. Recovery above $1.32, on the other hand, would test the band of resistance at $1.36/$1.38 — and continue the primary up-trend.

NZ Dollar Weekly

* Target calculation: 1.30 - ( 1.38 - 1.30 ) = 1.22

Australian Dollar

The Aussie dollar is testing resistance at $1.075/$1.080 against the greenback. Follow-through above the declining trendline indicates the correction is over. Short retracement below $1.08 favors a breakout, which would signal an advance to $1.12*. Reversal below $1.04 is now unlikely, but would test parity at $1.00. 21-day Momentum close to zero indicates no clear trend, but a trough that respects the zero line would suggest an advance. We also need to keep an eye on the CRB index as a confirmed down-trend would weaken the AUD.

Australian Dollar US Dollar

* Target calculation: 1.08 + ( 1.08 - 1.04 ) = 1.12

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