Dollar finds resistance as bond yields meander

Long-term Treasury yields continue to move sideways, building a base, with 10-year yields oscillating between 2.0% and 2.6%. Breakout above the 2014 high of 3.0% appears a long way off despite the Fed gradually raising short-term rates. Rising yields increase the opportunity cost of holding gold, reducing demand.

10-year Treasury Yield

Higher interest rates would be likely to strengthen the Dollar. The bear rally on the Dollar Index has run into resistance at 95. Reversal below the rising trendline at 94 would warn of another test of primary support.

Dollar Index

Gold, rising interest rates and the falling Yuan

Interest rates are rising. Upward breakout from an ascending triangle formation on 10-year Treasury yields indicates an up-trend.

10-year Treasury Yield

A rate hike from the Fed would increase pressure on the Chinese Yuan, leaving the PBOC with a dilemma. Either allow the Yuan to slide, which could panic investors and borrowers into a rout, or sell off more of its $3.2 trillion foreign exchange reserves to slow Dollar appreciation against the Yuan.

USDCNY

Long tails on USDCNY indicate buying at the 6.60 support level. Breakout above 6.70 would warn of another advance (decline for the Yuan).

Rising interest rates increase downward pressure on gold but a falling Yuan would boost demand as a store of value. Spot Gold is above the rising trendline on a weekly chart but expect a test of support at $1300/ounce. Momentum holding above zero continues to indicate a healthy primary up-trend. Respect of support at $1300 would confirm. Breach of support remains unlikely but would signal trend weakness and a test of primary support at $1200.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1300 + ( 1300 – 1050 ) = 1550

Gold trend continues

Interest rates have stabilised with an ascending triangle formation on 10-year Treasury yields suggesting reversal to an up-trend. Recovery above 1.60% would confirm.

10-year Treasury Yield

Rising interest rates increase downward pressure on gold. Tall shadows for the last three weeks indicate selling pressure and a test of support at $1300 is likely. But the metal remains well above the rising trendline on a weekly chart and Momentum holding above zero indicates a healthy primary up-trend. Respect of support at $1300 would confirm. Breach of support is unlikely but would signal weakness.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1300 + ( 1300 – 1050 ) = 1550

Gold finds support as Euro falls

  • Treasury yields warn of a decline
  • Euro trending lower
  • Dollar halts at resistance
  • Gold finds short-term support

Interest Rates and the Dollar

The yield on ten-year Treasury Notes retreated below 2.50 percent, warning of a decline to 2.00 percent*. Follow-through below 2.40 would confirm. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum below zero strengthens the signal. Reversal above 2.65 is unlikely, but indicate an advance to 3.00 percent.

10-Year Treasury Yields

* Target calculation: 2.50 – ( 3.00 – 2.50 ) = 2.00

The euro is in a primary down-trend, having broken primary support at $1.35. Target for the initial decline is $1.30*. Declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero confirms the down-trend. Recovery above $1.35 is unlikely, but would warn of a bear trap.

EURUSD

* Target calculation: 1.35 – ( 1.40 – 1.35 ) = 1.30

The Dollar Index has run into resistance at 81.50, evidenced by tall wicks (“shadows”) on the last two weekly candles. Weakness in Europe is likely to drive the Dollar higher, while lower treasury yields would retard the advance. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Momentum above zero suggests a primary up-trend. Breakout above 81.50 would signal a primary advance to 84*. Reversal below 81.00 is unlikely, but would warn of another test of primary support at 79.00.

Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 81.50 – ( 81.50 – 79.00 ) = 84.00

Gold

Gold found short-term support at $1280/$1300. Oscillation of 13-week Twiggs Momentum around zero continues to indicate hesitancy. Breach of support at $1240/$1250 would warn of a primary down-trend. Recovery above $1350 remains unlikely at present, but would indicate another test of $1400/$1420.

Spot Gold

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

Dollar strengthens while bonds fall

The Dollar Index is headed for a test of resistance at 84.00/84.50. Respect of the rising trendline indicates a healthy up-trend — as does the 13-week Twiggs Momentum trough above zero. Breakout above 84.50 offer a long-term target of the 2010 high at 89*.

Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 84 + ( 84 – 79 ) = 89

Treasury yields are softening as the Fed talks down the prospect of ending QE, but the primary trend remains upward. Respect of support at 2.00% for 10-year Treasuries would indicate a healthy up-trend (for yields), while brief retracement that respects 2.30% would warn of sharply falling bond prices and further instability.

10-year Treasury Yields

Gold falls while Treasury yields rise

Gold is testing primary support at $1340/ounce. Breach of support would signal another primary decline, while follow-through below $1320 would confirm.

Spot Gold
Declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero indicates a healthy primary down-trend. Breach of primary support would offer a target of $1100*.
Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1300 – ( 1500 – 1300 ) = 1100

Silver displays a similar down-trend on the monthly chart, offering a target of $16/ounce*.
Spot Silver

* Target calculation: 26 – ( 36 – 26 ) = 16

Dollar Index

The Dollar Index respected its primary trendline at 80.50 on the weekly chart. Recovery above 81.50 would indicate another test of 84. Declining peaks on 13-week Twiggs Momentum, however, suggest a weak up-trend. Failure of support at 80.50 would warn of another test of primary support at 79.

Dollar Index

Treasuries

Treasuries fell, with yields rising sharply after today’s FOMC announcement. Target for the advance of 10-year Treasury Yields is 2.60%*.

10-Year Treasury Yields

* Target calculation: 2.10 + ( 2.10 – 1.60 ) = 2.60

Crude Oil

Crude is rising despite the stronger dollar, with Nymex WTI breaking resistance at $98/barrel and Brent testing resistance at $106. The spread between the two has narrowed to around $8 and is likely to close further as the US economy recovers faster than Europe. Follow-through of Nymex crude above $100/barrel would confirm a primary up-trend, reflecting a stronger US economy — if the dollar is strengthening.

Brent Crude and Nymex Crude

Commodities

The Dow Jones/UBS Commodity Index, assisted by crude oil, found support at 130 on the weekly chart. Expect a test of the declining trendline at 134, but the primary trend is down and, with China weakening, a test of  primary support at 125/126 remains likely.

Dow Jones UBS Commodities Index

S&P 500 and Nasdaq test resistance

The S&P 500 index is testing resistance at 1300. Breakout would signal a primary up-trend with a target of 1450* for the initial advance. Mild bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow warns of selling pressure, however, and reversal below the rising trendline would indicate another test of primary support at 1160.

S&P 500 Index

* Target calculation: 1300 + ( 1300 – 1150 ) = 1450

The Nasdaq 100 is also testing resistance, at 2400. Rising 63-day Twiggs Momentum and 13-week Twiggs Money Flow both suggest an upward breakout, which would offer a target of 2800* for the initial advance.

Nasdaq 100 Index

* Target calculation: 2400 + ( 2400 – 2000 ) = 2800

Treasury yields are falling, indicating a flight to safety. Uncertainty in Europe and China is likely to hurt the market and we should only accept bull signals if they have strong confirmation.
10-Year Treasury Yield