EURUSD breaks to new 16 months lows after a sharp reversal on November 7. Meanwhile, the late Friday correction in SP 500 has continued forward to today and points to lower levels.
The video above is a recording of a US Opening Bell webinar from November 12, 2018. We focused on the Elliott Wave and patterns for key markets such as SP 500, Dow Jones, NASDAQ, US Dollar Index, EURUSD, USDJPY, GBPUSD, and NZDUSD.
EURUSD Elliott Wave Chart at 16 Month Lows
EURUSD has broken through support, which has excited the bears. The number of traders positioned to the long side is lower now than when EURUSD bottomed on October 31. Meanwhile, the number of bearish traders has increased over this same period. Taken together, the sentiment reading has fallen from +2.07 to the current reading of +1.83. Sentiment is a contrarian tool and suggests this downtrend may be a temporary move.
The Elliott wave count can place multiple scenarios such that this EURUSD dip lower is a temporary correction and possibly a ‘B’ wave. EURUSD has just reached a level near 1.1240 where the down move since October 16 is equal in length to the September 24 to October 9 down wave. It is possible EURUSD may pause near here but it does not have to. ‘B’ waves are tough ones to trade so wait for resistance to get taken out prior to wading into the bullish waters.
See and read about EURUSD’s live sentiment reading.
US Dollar Index Elliott Wave Chart shows a bear run back towards 94
Opposite of EURUSD, we have US Dollar Index (DXY). DXY pivoted higher when tagging the upward sloping trend channel. This market can continue higher and still be considered within a ‘B’ wave. There are multiple wave relationships coming into play near 98. Therefore, if Dollar Index does not respect this 98 zone, then we will reconsider the more bullish Elliott wave counts.
If the current ‘B’ wave scenario plays out, then DXY may dip back towards the September low near 94. An abbreviated correction that makes it only to around 95 may tip off that an Elliott wave triangle scenario is playing out.
GBPUSD Elliott Wave Picture is a Little Cleaner Than EURUSD
GBPUSD typically moves in similar wave patterns as EURUSD. The recent GBPUSD waves appears to be in stronger one way trending moves. Therefore, it may be worthwhile for us to take some clues as to the dollar’s movement by gauging GBPUSD and if larger impulse waves develop.
It appears as though Cable may have continued weakness is the medium term and a shorter term rally to relieve that oversold pressure would be considered normal. A move below 1.2694 suspends this view.
SP 500 Elliott Wave Consolidates Implying additional weakness
In last week’s webinar, we highlighted how lows near the Friday October 26 low in SP 500 were important. This is due to it forming near the 78.6% retracement level of the April 2, 2018 up trend. On November 9, SP 500 broke down outside of the upward sloping price channel that had been supporting it all week. This breakdown warns of further losses to revisit last week’s low. In doing so, the entire uptrend is at risk as we highlighted the importance of the 2550 level. A break down below 2550 has larger loss implications for SP 500.
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Is Gold Posed to Lose its Luster?
GOLD PRICE FUNDAMENTAL FORECAST: NEUTRAL
- Gold’s recent bullish breakout may come under pressure despite strong safe-haven demand
- A strong US Dollar notching year-to-date highs to limit further advances in gold
- Prospect of a Federal Reserve rate hike pause could shoot the precious metal higher
GOLD PRICE FUNDAMENTAL FORECAST: NEUTRAL
Over the last 5 days of trading, XAUUSD declined 0.72% as investors anxious over slowing global growth sent the US Dollar higher. Although risk-off sentiment should send the precious metal higher, gains in the Greenback overpowered bullish bids for gold. A higher US Dollar makes purchasing gold denominated in America’s currency relatively more expensive thus limiting upside.
Looking to next week, focus will shift to the Federal Reserve as markets await the highly anticipated decision by the central bank’s Federal Open Markets Committee on monetary policy. Markets are currently pricing a 77 percent chance that the Fed will raise its benchmark policy interest rate for the fourth time this year according to the futures market implied probability.
In general, Gold has an inverse relationship with interest rates due to the precious metal not yielding any cash flows like debt instruments. Higher rates result in weakened demand for the commodity as alternative assets such as US Treasuries provide a higher rate of return. If the Fed surprises markets and pauses next week or makes any material downward change to the Fed’s dot-plot, gold could ascend quickly on back of lower future interest rate expectations.
Eyes will also closely watch for the release of several key economic indicators out of America next week. If actual results miss expectations, risk-off sentiment should continue and further boost demand for gold. However, fears over a slowing global economy will incite further rotation of capital from stocks to bonds with investors flocking to the safety of US Treasuries.
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As international buying of Uncle Sam’s bonds increases, foreigners must convert their currency into US Dollars. This drives up demand for the Greenback which becomes a headwind for gains in gold due to the inverse relationship between the two assets.
A third key driver to take note of that will determine gold’s next move higher or lower will be the performance of the Chinese Yuan. As the damaged Asian economy continues to experience downward pressure amid worsening economic data due to the ongoing trade war with the United States, the Dollar may appreciate further against its Chinese counterpart.
The importance of USDCNY to gold is seen in their strong negative correlation. Trade talks between the world’s largest economic powerhouses will largely drive returns for the currencies with the CNY benefiting from any progress President Xi can make with President Trump towards de-escalation tension or reaching a deal.
Due to the mixed event risks and waning bullish technical indicators, the forecast for XAU will be neutral over the week of December 17. Take a look at client sentiment for insight on client positioning and trader bearish or bullish biases.
–Written by Rich Dvorak, Junior Analyst for DailyFX
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Euro Shorts in Charge on Tri-break
EUR/USD Technical Highlights:
- Triangle finally broke, has Euro rolling downhill
- November low, Nov ’17 t-line initially targeted
- Must be cautious once at support, may put in floor
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Triangle finally breaks, has Euro rolling downhill
Friday’s breakdown finally put the Euro outside of the triangle it had been forming over the course of the past month. It’s been an anticipated event, but confirmation was needed first before running with a more aggressive short bias.
Looking lower there is support not too far away. First up is the November low at 11215, followed by the lower trend-line extending over from November of last year; resides around roughly 11180. The way EUR/USD has been trading we’ll want to pay close attention to how it reacts once support is met.
The moves over the past few months haven’t been sustained for very long and this could be another unsustainable drive lower. With that in mind, from a tactical standpoint if the Euro starts to turn up from one of the aforementioned levels then it may be best to call it a wrap as a quick counter-trend bounce could develop.
If, however, selling pressure increases and a break below support unfolds, then perhaps a little momentum may kick in towards near 11100 or worse. It seems unlikely we will see too much power given not only the Euro’s behavior in past months but also because there is only about a week left in the year of full market participation before we go into ‘holiday’ mode. However, even as such, watch and follow the price action first.
Traders are generally long EUR/USD, see the IG Client Sentiment page to see how this acts as a contrarian indicator and is supportive of lower prices.
EUR/USD Daily Chart (Levels, lines to watch)
EUR/USD 4-hr Chart (Triangle broke Friday morning)
—Written by Paul Robinson, Market Analyst
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Gold Weekly Technical Outlook: Price Rally Pulls Back ahead of FOMC
In this series we scale-back and look at the broader technical picture to gain a bit more perspective on where we are in trend.Gold prices snapped a three-week winning streak with the precious metal off by nearly 1% ahead of the New York close on Friday. Here are the key targets & invalidation levels that matter on the Gold (XAU/USD) weekly chart heading into the close of the year.Review this week’s Strategy Webinar for an in-depth breakdown of this setup and more.
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Notes:In my most recent Gold Technical Outlook we noted that price was, “responding to up-slope resistance and while we could see some near-term weakness, the focus remains higher while above within this formation” (channel formation in red). Gold is testing near-term support into the close of the week at 1234/36 where the 2017 December low converges on the 200-week moving average with more significant support seen at 1216/21– a region defined by the December open, the 38.2% retracement of the August advance and basic channel support. A break here would risk a larger setback with such a scenario targeting broader bullish invalidation at the yearly low-week close at 1184.
Initial resistance stands at the 50% retracement of the yearly range at 1263 with a breach above the highlighted slope confluence at 1270 needed to validate a larger reversal in price targeting 1287 and the 2018 open at 1302.
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The immediate threat remains for a deeper pullback IF price slips below 1234 but the medium-term focus remains higher while above 1216. From a trading standpoint, look for weakness to offer more favorable entries lower down near slope support.
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Gold Trader Sentiment
- A summary of IG Client Sentiment shows traders are net-long Gold – the ratio stands at +3.55 (78.0% of traders are long) – bearish reading
- Long positions are 1.4% higher than yesterday and 5.8% higher from last week
- Short positions are 2.0% lower than yesterday and 4.9% higher from last week
- We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests Gold prices may continue to fall. Traders are further net-long than yesterday & last week, and the combination of current positioning and recent changes gives us a stronger Gold-bearish contrarian trading bias from a sentiment standpoint.
— Written by Michael Boutros, Technical Currency Strategist with DailyFX
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