Gold rallies as crude finds support

Crude finds support at $30/barrel, iron ore rallies, the Dollar strengthens, long-term interest rates fall and all seems right with the world. But is it? Deflationary pressures in Europe are rising. China cut bank reserve requirements to stimulate lending. And long-term interest rates would be rising, not falling, if confidence is restored.


Nymex WTI Light Crude futures (June 2016) found support at $30 per barrel. Expect a test of $40/barrel. But the primary trend is down and respect of the descending trendline is likely, which would warn of another decline.

Nymex WTI Light Crude June 2016 Futures

* Target calculation: 30 – ( 40 – 30 ) = 20

Long-term interest rates remain weak, with 10-year Treasury yields testing primary support at 1.5/1.65 percent. The flight from stocks is driving up Treasuries (and yields lower), overwhelming sales by China (to shore up the Yuan). Declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum warns of further weakness.

10-year Treasury Yields

The Dollar Index rallied over the past two weeks but further PBOC selling is expected to reinforce resistance at 100. Reversal of 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero would warn of a primary down-trend.

Dollar Index

Gold has benefited from the uncertainty, with consolidation above $1200 suggesting another advance. Breakout above $1250 would offer a target of $1300*.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1200 + ( 1200 – 1100 ) = 1300

The monthly chart, however, reflects a more precarious position. Momentum has clearly shifted, with breach of the descending trendline and a sharp rise on the 13-week indicator. But there is no higher trough confirming the trend change. So pick your entry points carefully and maintain tight stops. This could still go either way.

Spot Gold