Gold losing its luster

By Colin Twiggs
April 1st, 2013 2:00 a.m. EDT (5:00 p:m AEDT)

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Inflation pressures are easing and Elliot Clarke summarizes Westpac's outlook for US inflation as follows:

This week we decompose the Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) deflator to assess what inflation pressures currently exist and how they are likely to develop. The conclusion is that the inflation picture argues for an extended period of extremely accommodative policy settings and it may even serve to delay the timing of the initial interest rate increase well beyond the timeframe currently envisaged by markets.

Soft treasury yields, a weak dollar and weaker gold price tend to support this view.

Interest Rates and the Dollar

The yield on ten-year Treasury Notes is ranging in a narrow band between 2.60 percent and 2.80 percent. Breakout above 2.80 would indicate an advance to 3.50 percent* — confirmed if there is follow-through above 3.00 percent — but declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum continues to warn of weakness. Breach of primary support at 2.50 percent is as likely and would signal a primary down-trend.

10-Year Treasury Yields

* Target calculation: 3.00 + ( 3.00 - 2.50 ) = 3.50

The Dollar Index is testing medium-term resistance at 80.50. Breakout would suggest that a bottom is forming, but only recovery above 81.50 would signal a trend change. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum oscillating below zero, however, is typical of a primary down-trend. Breach of primary support at 79.00 would signal a decline to 76.50*.

Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 79.0 - ( 81.5 - 79.0 ) = 76.5

Gold and Silver

Silver failed to imitate gold's performance in the first quarter and is headed for a test of primary support at $19/ounce. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum likewise failed to cross to above zero, suggesting continuation of the primary down-trend. Breach of primary support would offer a target of $16, while respect of support would test resistance at $22/ounce.

Spot Silver

Spot gold is undergoing a strong correction, having breached the rising trendline and support at $1320/ounce. The remains bullish, but breach of primary support by Silver or continued decline of 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero would negate this. Failure of primary support at $1200 is unlikely, but would offer a target of $1000/ounce*.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1200 - ( 1400 - 1200 ) = 1000


Copper is a commodity rather than a precious metal, but is also used as a store of value. At present, copper is testing long-term support at $6800/tonne. Follow-through below $6600 would signal continuation of the primary down-trend to $6000/tonne*. Recovery above the descending trendline (at $7000) is unlikely, but would suggest that a bottom is forming.


* Target calculation: 6750 - ( 7500 - 6750 ) = 6000

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