Dollar tests support; gold and commodities strengthen

By Colin Twiggs
August 9th, 2012 2:30 a.m. ET (4:30 p:m AET)

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The US Dollar Index made a false break above resistance at 83.50 before retracing to test support at 81.50. Respect of support and the rising trendline would confirm the primary up-trend is intact. Breakout above 83.50/84.00 would signal an advance to 86.00* in the next few weeks and to the 2010 high at 88.50 in a few months. Another 63-day Twiggs Momentum trough above zero would reinforce the healthy up-trend. Failure of support at 81.50 is unlikely, but would warn of a trend reversal.

US Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 82 + ( 82 - 78 ) = 86

Spot Gold continues to consolidate on the weekly chart between $1530 and $1650 per ounce. 63-Day Twiggs Momentum below zero warns of a primary down-trend. Recovery above zero, however, would confirm that a bottom is forming. Breakout below primary support at $1530 would offer a target of $1300*; recovery above $1640 would indicate an advance to $1800.

Spot Gold Weekly

* Target calculation: 1550 - ( 1800 - 1550 ) = 1300

The daily chart displays a symmetrical triangle formation. Breakout would indicate direction of the next primary move. The failed down-swing — with a reversal short of the lower border — suggests an upward breakout. Follow-through above 1640 would confirm.

Spot Gold

The CRB Commodities Index broke its descending trendline, indicating that a bottom is forming. Breakout above medium-term resistance at 305, strengthening the signal, would test 325. Reversal below 295, however, would suggest another test of 265. Recovery of 63-Day Twiggs Momentum above zero would also suggest a primary up-trend.

CRB Commodities Index

Brent Crude has already penetrated its descending trendline, suggesting that a bottom is forming. Follow-through above $108 strengthens the signal. Recovery of 63-day Twiggs Momentum above zero would indicate a primary up-trend, while a peak below zero would signal a decline to $75 per barrel*.

ICE Brent Afternoon Markers

* Target calculation: 100 - ( 125 - 100 ) = 75

Asia: India recovering but China & Japan bearish

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