Dollar breakout causes gold tremors

By Colin Twiggs
December 15th, 2011 4:00 a.m. ET (8:00 p:m AET)

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The Dollar Index broke through resistance at 80.00, signaling a primary advance to 85.00. Rising 63-day Twiggs Momentum indicates a strong up-trend.

Dollar Index

* Target calculations: 80 + ( 80 - 75 ) = 85

The stronger dollar caused spot gold to weaken, testing the band of support between $1550 and $1600/ounce.

Spot Gold

Gold is also testing the lower trend channel on the weekly chart. Cross of 63-day Twiggs Momentum below zero warns of a trend reversal. Failure of support at $1550 would confirm a primary down-trend.

Spot Gold Weekly

* Target calculation: 1600 - ( 1800 - 1600 ) = 1400

Brent Crude is testing medium-term support at $105/barrel. Failure would indicate a test of the lower trend channel.

Brent Crude

CRB Commodities Index is similarly testing support at 292. Breakout would offer a target of 265*.

CRB Commodities Index

* Target calculation: 295 - ( 325 - 295 ) = 265

Some readers questioned why gold and stocks are falling simultaneously — one normally rises when the other falls. A possible explanation is that expectation of quantitative easing, both from the Fed and ECB, has been supporting both markets. As prospects of QE recede, inflation forecasts will be lowered and demand for inflation-hedge assets (stocks and commodities) will fade. We should see a corresponding rise in bond prices (and falling yields) as a result.

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