Gold breaks $1700

By Colin Twiggs
December 6th, 2012 2:00 a.m. ET (6:00 p:m AET)

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Gold broke support at $1700 per ounce, indicating a test of primary support at $1675. Breakout would offer an initial target of $1600*, with a long-term target of the May 2012 low at $1525. Declining 63-day Twiggs Momentum indicates weakness but values above zero still reflect a primary up-trend and the weakening dollar suggests strong support.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1675 - ( 1750 - 1675 ) = 1600

The Dollar Index broke medium-term support at 80 on the weekly chart while the dollar is approaching its September low against the euro. The 63-day Twiggs Momentum peak below zero indicates a primary down-trend — confirmed if primary support at 78.50 is broken. Recovery above 81.50 is most unlikely but would indicate an advance to 84.

US Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 78.5 - ( 81.5 - 78.5 ) = 75.5

The daily chart shows retracement to confirm resistance at 80.

US Dollar Index

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