Gold hesitates on dollar strength

By Colin Twiggs
February 16th, 2012 2:30 a.m. ET (6:30 p:m AET)

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Spot gold displays a small flag consolidation, suggesting continuation of the advance to test $1800/ounce. Breach of the descending trendline indicates that the down-trend has ended and breakout above $1800 would signal an advance to $2100*. Respect of the zero line by 63-day Twiggs Momentum would strengthen the signal. A strengthening dollar, however, would weaken demand for gold.

Spot gold

* Target calculation: 1800 + ( 1800 - 1500 ) = 2100

The US Dollar Index found support above 78. Recovery above 80 would indicate another test of resistance at 82. Rising 63-day Twiggs Momentum continues to signal a strong up-trend. Breakout above 82 would confirm the target of 85*.

US Dollar Index

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

Commodities: Crude rises on Iran tensions

Brent Crude is advancing towards its target of $130/barrel* after breaking resistance at $115. Respect of the zero line by the last trough on 63-day Twiggs Momentum strengthens the bull signal.

ICE Brent Afternoon Markers

* Target calculation: 115 + ( 115 - 100 ) = 130

The broader CRB Commodities Index breached its descending trendline but continues to display uncertainty. Breakout above 325 would signal a primary up-trend with an initial target of 350*. A stronger dollar is likely to retard commodity prices.

CRB Commodities Index

* Target calculation: 325 + ( 325 - 300 ) = 350

The opening up of new markets, foreign or domestic, and the organizational development from the craft shop and factory to such concerns as U.S. Steel illustrate the same process of industrial mutation—if I may use that biological term—that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one. This process of Creative Destruction is the essential fact about capitalism. It is what capitalism consists in and what every capitalist concern has got to live in......

~ Joseph Schumpeter: Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy