Gold hesitates as the Dollar strengthens

By Colin Twiggs
September 5th, 2013 3:00 a.m. EDT (5:00 p:m AET)

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Spot gold is testing support at $1380/ounce. Breach would indicate a test of the rising trendline and support at $1350. Penetration of the trendline would warn that the rally is slowing and another test of primary support at $1200 is likely. But respect of the trendline remains as likely, and would offer a target of $1500*.


* Target calculation: 1425 + ( 1425 - 1350 ) = 1500

Dollar Index

The Dollar Index encountered resistance at 82.50. Narrow consolidation or a short retracement would suggest a breakout — and another test of the July high at 84.75. Recovery of 63-day Twiggs Momentum above zero favors this, but respect of resistance would again test primary support at 80.50.

Dollar Index

Crude Oil

Nymex WTI light crude retreated below its new support level at $108/barrel, suggesting a test of the rising trendline and support at $103. Brent crude, however is advancing on the back of rising Middle East tensions and falling Libyan production. Expect resistance at the 2013 high of $118/119. Breach of the rising trendline is most unlikely for both Nymex and Brent &mdash expect the up-trend to continue.

Crude Oil

* Target calculation: 108 + ( 108 - 98 ) = 118


The Shanghai Composite Index [green line] continues its gentle rise, helping to support commodity prices. But tall shadows on the last two candles indicate selling pressure on Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index. Reversal below 130 would warn of another test of primary support at 124/125.

Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index

* Target calculation: 130 + ( 130 - 125 ) = 135

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