Gold breaks out on dollar weakness

By Colin Twiggs
August 23rd, 2012 2:30 a.m. ET (4:30 p:m AET)

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Raised expectations of further quantitative easing by the Fed caused the Dollar to fall sharply. Penetration of the rising trendline by the US Dollar Index would warn that a top is forming. Reversal of 63-day Twiggs Momentum below zero would suggest a primary trend reversal. Respect of support, however, would indicate that the market overreacted and the primary trend will continue.

US Dollar Index

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

Spot Gold broke resistance at $1650 per ounce, indicating a primary up-trend. Recovery of 63-day Twiggs Momentum above zero strengthens the signal. A trough above zero or retracement that respects the new support level would confirm the breakout, suggesting an advance to $1800.

Spot Gold

The CRB Commodities Index also benefited from the weaker dollar, breaking medium-term resistance at 305 to indicate a test of the February high at 325. Recovery of 63-Day Twiggs Momentum above zero suggests a trend reversal, but only a trough above zero would confirm.

CRB Commodities Index

Brent Crude continues to test resistance at $115 per barrel. Breakout would indicate a test of the March high at $126. Reversal below $108 is unlikely, but would signal another test of support at $90/$100. 63-Day Twiggs Momentum recovery above zero would strengthen the bull signal.

ICE Brent Afternoon Markers

A trend is a trend is a trend
But the question is, will it bend?
Will it alter its course
Through some unforeseen force
And come to a premature end?

~ Sir Alec Cairncross