Dollar Index: The big picture

By Colin Twiggs
October 20th, 2011 3:00 a.m. ET (6:00 p:m AET)

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When markets are volatile it often pays to take a step back and look at the big picture. A monthly chart shows the Dollar Index ranging between 70 and 90 since 2003, with the 80 level alternating as mid-range support/resistance. The index recently pulled back from resistance at 80 and will now either re-group for another attempt or medium-term support will give way, signaling a test of long-term support.

Dollar Index Monthly

Zooming in to the daily chart shows narrow consolidation above medium-term support at 76.50. Breakout above 77.60 and the descending trendline would signal another test of 80, while failure of support at 76 would mean a decline to 73.50*.

Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 76.5 - ( 79.5 - 76.5 ) = 73.5

In the long term, breach of 73.50 would test 70, while breakout above 80 would signal an advance to 90. If support at 70 fails, gold will rocket through $2000/ounce, but that is only likely to occur if the Fed rolls out QE3.

Gold heads for $1600

Spot gold is headed for a test of support at $1600/ounce; failure would offer a target of $1500*. In the long term, the primary trend remains up and breakout above $1700 would signal an advance to $1900.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1700 - ( 1900 - 1700 ) = 1500

Amex Gold Bugs index ($HUI) is headed for a test of primary support at 500 on the weekly chart. Failure would signal a primary down-trend with an initial target of 400* — and warn of a similar reversal for spot gold. Declining 63-day Twiggs Momentum slipped below zero to strengthen the bear signal.

Amex Gold Bugs Index

* Target calculation: 500 - ( 600 - 500 ) = 400

Aussie Dollar down-trend

Another monthly chart — this time of the Aussie dollar against the greenback. The decline of the last 3 months found support at $0.94 before rallying to a high of $1.04. Breach of the rising trendline indicates that the primary up-trend has ended; confirmed by bearish divergence on 63-day Twiggs Momentum and reversal below zero. Failure of support at $0.94 would signal a decline to $0.84.


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