Gold and commodities falling while Dollar weakens

By Colin Twiggs
August 8th, 2013 5:30 a.m. EDT (7:30 p:m AET)

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Gold is drifting lower after breaking support at $1300/ounce. Penetration of support at $1270 would signal a re-test of primary support at $1200, but reversal above $1300 remains as likely and would indicate another test of $1350. Breakout above $1350 would target $1400.


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The Gold Bugs Index, representing un-hedged gold stocks, continues its sharp fall. Follow-through below 200 would indicate a test of the 2008 low at 160 — a bearish sign for the spot metal.

Gold Bugs Index

Dollar Index

The Dollar Index is heading for a test of primary support at 80.50. Respect of the rising trendline would be a bullish sign, but bearish divergence (and reversal below zero) on weekly Twiggs Momentum warns of weakness. Breach of 80.50 would signal a primary down-trend.

Dollar Index

Crude Oil

Nymex WTI light crude twice respected resistance at $108/barrel. Reversal below last week's low at $103 would warn of a test of $98, while respect would suggest another strong advance. Brent crude is likely to track its US counterpart closely.

Crude Oil

* Target calculation: 98 + ( 98 - 86 ) = 110


Copper is testing long-term support at $6800/ton. Follow-through below $6600 would confirm another primary decline.


The Shanghai Composite Index is holding above its 2012 low at 1950, but further weakness is likely and would drive commodity prices lower. Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index breached long-term support at 125/126, offering a target of the 2009 low at 100*. Not good news for Australian resources stocks, even if the impact is cushioned by a falling Aussie Dollar.

Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index

* Target calculation: 125 - ( 150 - 125 ) = 100

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