Key risk events today:
EU Economic Forecasts; BoE Monetary
Policy Report, MPC Official Bank Rate Votes; BoE Monetary Policy Summary and Official
Bank Rate; BoE Gov. Mark Carney Speaks.
Europe’s shared currency shifts into Thursday a shade lower against the buck, retreating from Wednesday’s high at 1.1092. Tier-1 macroeconomic data was limited Wednesday, though better-than-expected Eurozone services PMIs did provide fresh impetus.
the technical front, H4 price left 1.11 unchallenged and chalked up a strong
full-bodied bearish candle going into US hours. As underscored in Wednesday’s
technical research, a distinct double-top pattern has formed (peaks plotted at
1.1179/1.1175) after breaking the 1.1073 October 24 low (the confirmation point).
Some technicians would label the peaks as an ‘eve and eve’ formation, considered
to be a higher-probability pattern. The next downside target on this scale can
be seen at the 1.10 handle, sited close by September’s opening level at 1.0989
and a 61.8% Fibonacci retracement ratio at 1.0994.
more of a broader outlook, sellers show promise at the underside of the current
weekly resistance area drawn from 1.1119-1.1295. Further downside from this
point could make a run for the lower limit of the descending channel taken from
the low 1.1109/the 2016 yearly opening level at 1.0873.
support at 1.1084 was mildly engulfed Tuesday, and was retested as resistance
yesterday. The move exposes the 50-day SMA (blue – 1.1038) which appears to
have begun flattening. Beyond this line, limited support is visible until crossing
paths with familiar demand at 1.0851-1.0950 – houses the 2016 yearly opening
level mentioned above on the weekly timeframe at 1.0873.
In similar fashion to Wednesday’s
outlook, all three timeframes reflect a somewhat bearish vibe. The confirmation
of the H4 double-top pattern, reinforced by a weekly resistance area at 1.1119-1.1295
as well as daily support recently giving way at 1.1084 and serving as
resistance, is likely enough to entice sellers towards the 1.10 neighbourhood.
Traders considering a short based on the
H4 double top pattern may already be in the market; others, however, may have
entered on yesterday’s pullback. Although the H4 timeframe appears set to explore
lower ground, a retest of the 1.11 handle is still not out of the question. In
fact, this would be an ideal location to consider shorts at this point, as
lower-timeframe buy stops would likely be filled above yesterday’s high 1.1092,
consequently providing liquidity for a push lower.
Limited macroeconomic data out of the UK
as well as the political front remaining subdued saw the British pound shed
more than 25 points, or 0.20%, against the US dollar Wednesday.
Tuesday’s retest at the underside of
1.29 on the H4 timeframe, shaped by way of a shooting star candlestick
formation (considered a bearish signal), is so far holding ground. To the left
of current price, limited demand is visible – note 1.2845 and 1.2806 (black
arrows) resemble possible consumption tails – until reaching potential support
off the 1.28 region.
Downside was further confirmed Wednesday
after the daily channel resistance-turned support (extended from the high
1.2582) gave way, consequently exposing daily support pencilled in at 1.2769, closely
shadowed by the 200-day SMA (orange – 1.2703).
With respect to the weekly timeframe, price
action has entered a somewhat indecisive phase over the past two weeks. A
retest at 1.2739 or additional upside towards supply at 1.3472-1.3204/long-term
trend line resistance etched from the high 1.5930 is certainly something to
keep an eye out for, however. The immediate trend faces a downward trajectory
from 1.4376, with a break of the 1.1904 low (labelled potential support)
confirming the larger downtrend from 1.7191.
Areas of consideration:
Whether the H4 shooting star candlestick
configuration was enough evidence to sell (before the daily channel support was
engulfed) was, of course, trader dependent. Yesterday’s downside break of daily
channel support certainly adds weight to the setup and may encourage additional
Irrespective of the entry measure, 1.28
represents an initial take-profit target.
Beneath 1.28, shaded in grey, the
1.2739/1.2769 area is also likely of interest as potential support (and a final
take-profit target for shorts), made up of weekly and daily supports
highlighted above. This area marks an ideal location to bounce from in the
event of a fakeout beyond 1.28.
Down 0.10%, the Australian dollar ceded ground to the buck Wednesday as latest headlines reported November’s phase one deal signing could be delayed to December, according to Reuters citing a US official.
selling pressured H4 flow south of its 0.69 handle and through orders at trend
line support extended from the low 0.6723, as well as support drawn from
0.6883, which is now holding as resistance. Further selling from here has
support coming in at 0.6809 in sight, along with another trend line support
etched from the low 0.6670 and the psychological level 0.68.
respect to the bigger picture, structure remains unchanged from yesterday’s
Weekly price is seen toying with the upper edge of its consolidation zone between 0.6894/0.6677 (light grey). Buying could see the 2019 yearly opening level at 0.7042 enter the fray, though do remain cognisant of the primary downtrend which has essentially been in play since early 2018.
Before pressing for higher ground on the weekly timeframe, daily traders must contend with a swing resistance plotted at 0.6910, a trend line resistance (extended from the high 0.7393) and a 200-day SMA (orange – 0.6948). The 50-day SMA (blue – 0.6809) currently faces northbound, while the said 200-day SMA still points south. It may also interest some traders that a violation of the 200-day SMA potentially clears the runway for an advance towards Quasimodo resistance at 0.7047, closely followed by another layer of resistance priced in at 0.7062 (set nearby the 2019 yearly opening level on the weekly timeframe at 0.7042).
Areas of consideration:
The H4 close beneath H4 trend line
support mentioned above at 0.6723/support at 0.6883 will possibly be viewed as
a bearish indicator today, targeting H4 support coming in at 0.6809/trend line
support etched from the low 0.6670.
Conservative traders may opt to wait and
see if a retest forms prior to pulling the trigger, though, as this helps
identify seller intent as well as providing additional entry and risk levels to
Should the current H4 candle close as is
off the underside of resistance at 0.6883, this may be considered a sell signal
by some traders; others, however, may require a retest of 0.69.
USD/JPY bulls failed to sustain gains
north of the 109 handle on the H4 timeframe in recent sessions, as latest
headlines reported November’s phase one deal signing could be delayed to
December, according to Reuters citing a US official. Support on the H4 scale
appears limited, according to our technical studies. Trend line support
(extended from the low 104.44) may offer a possible ‘floor’, though at this
point traders’ crosshairs will likely be fixed on the 108 handle/October’s
opening level priced in at 108.07.
On more of a wider perspective, technical
research on the daily timeframe has resistance in play at 109.17, which aligns
closely with the 200-day SMA (orange – 109.02). 109.17, as underscored in
yesterday’s technical outlook, is a key level, boasting significant history.
Higher up on the curve, nonetheless, we have weekly price threatening a move to
the 2019 yearly opening level at 109.68 and a 127.2% Fibonacci ext. point at
109.56 (taken from the low 104.44).
Areas of consideration:
Wednesday’s technical outlook had the
following to report:
109 on the H4 is a key barrier this
A decisive rejection off the top edge of
109 suggests weakness around daily resistance mentioned above at 109.17 and a
potential run to the 2019 yearly opening level at 109.68 on the weekly scale. A
close above 109.17 on a H4 closing basis is likely sufficient to consider a
A violation of 109, on the other hand,
helps validate a downside bias from daily resistance at 109.17 and perhaps
clears the runway south to H4 trend line support pencilled in from the low
104.44, followed by October’s opening level at 108.07/the 1.08 handle. A H4
close beneath 109 followed up with a retest that holds is likely enough to
attract sellers into the market.
Should the current H4 candle close as
is, therefore, this may be viewed as a signal to sell, with protective
stop-loss orders sited above daily resistance at 109.17.
Crude oil snapped a three-day winning
streak Wednesday as risk appetite cooled, along with a bearish inventory
report. WTI selling weighed on the Canadian dollar, consequently lifting
USD/CAD 0.20% higher.
Technical action on the weekly timeframe
exhibits a bullish presence at the moment as buyers extend last week’s recovery
of trend line support (extended from the low 1.2061) in reasonably strong
fashion. Additional upside from this point has tops around 1.3342 in sight,
closely followed by the 2017 yearly opening level at 1.3434 and trend line
resistance taken from the peak at 1.3661.
The key observation on the daily
timeframe is supply at 1.3239-1.3199. Intersecting with this area is the 50-day
SMA (blue – 1.3211), with the 200-day SMA (orange – 1.3273) positioned a few
USD/CAD movement recently re-entered a
familiar resistance area between 1.32/1.3187 on the H4 scale (comprised of a
50.0% retracement ratio at 1.3194, August’s opening level at 1.3187 and a trend
line support-turned resistance etched from the low 1.3134). Note this area also
unites with the underside of daily supply mentioned above at 1.3239-1.3199 and
the approach, on the H4 timeframe, forms by way of an ABCD correction (red
Areas of consideration:
The H4 resistance area at 1.32/1.3187 is
likely eyed by a number of traders this morning for possible shorting
opportunities. Not only is it bolstered by daily supply at 1.3239-1.3199, it
also comes with a H4 ABCD approach (red arrows).
Conservative sellers may look to enter
at current price, though position protective stop-loss orders above the top
edge of daily supply at 1.3239. An alternative is to wait and see if H4 action produces
a bearish candlestick signal and then base entry and risk levels off this
USD/CHF prices finished unmoved Wednesday,
ranging no more than 25 points on the day. Considering yesterday’s lacklustre
performance, the following report will echo thoughts put forward in Wednesday’s
The technical setting on USD/CHF has the
H4 candles firm above the 0.99 handle and challenging trend line resistance
extended from the high 1.0027. A violation of this structure implies a possible
move to the 0.9970 October 28 high, closely trailed by October’s opening level
at 0.9977. It may also interest some traders to note the relative strength
index (RSI) is seen topping just south of overbought terrain.
With reference to the higher timeframes,
supply at 1.0014-0.9892 on the weekly timeframe has remained at the forefront
of this market since early September. An upside move out of the said supply may
draw in Quasimodo resistance at 1.0124, while downside has the 2018 yearly
opening level at 0.9744 in view. According to the primary trend, price reflects
a slightly bullish tone; however, do remain aware we have been rangebound since
the later part of 2015 (0.9444/1.0240).
Daily flow recently crossed back above
the 50-day SMA (blue – 0.9916), consequently exposing the 200-day SMA (orange –
0.9953), followed by a nearby area of familiar resistance at 1.0010/0.9986.
Note yesterday’s action formed an indecision doji candlestick pattern off the noted
Areas of consideration:
With the 50/200-day SMAs closing in on
each other, direction on the daily timeframe is limited for the time being. The
fact the 50-day SMA offers support at the moment places a bold question mark on
the current H4 trend line resistance.
The green area on the H4 scale between
1.0000 (parity), Quasimodo resistance at 0.9989 and October’s opening level at
0.9977 is still likely of interest for shorts. Not only is it positioned within
the walls of the current weekly supply, the H4 zone is also glued to the
underside of the noted daily resistance area.
Dow Jones Industrial Average:
Major US equity benchmarks wrapped up Wednesday
mixed as investors continue to digest the latest rally that lifted Wall
Street’s three main indexes to fresh all-time highs. The Dow Jones industrial
average closed unchanged; the S&P 500 added 2.15 points, or 0.07% and the
tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 erased 14.15 points, or 0.17%.
Dow registered an all-time high of 27498 Tuesday, though closed in the shape of
a daily shooting star candlestick formation (considered a bearish signal). So far,
the sellers have been unable to capitalise on the recent topping formation,
though at the same time, the buyers also lack oomph.
underlined in Wednesday’s technical briefing, with little stopping the index
from exploring higher ground, the daily bearish candlestick motion might just
be enough to force a retest at weekly support coming in at 27335.
Areas of consideration:
Weekly support at 27335 is central to
today’s outlook. A retest of this level, preferably by way of a H4 bullish
candlestick formation (entry and risk can then be set according to this
structure), is likely enough to entice buyers into the market. Once/if the
trade moves in favour, trailing the position behind swing lows is an option.
The price of gold, in $ terms, printed a
modest recovery Wednesday, reclaiming a portion of Tuesday’s downside move. All
in all, though, limited change is visible in terms of technical structure. As
such, much of the following piece will represent ideas aired in Wednesday’s report.
As highlighted in Monday’s technical
briefing, the H4 candles have been busy carving out a consolidation
between a support area coming in at 1481.1-1490.2 and a resistance zone at 1519.9-1512.1
since early October. Outside of this consolidation, nearby resistance resides
in the form of September’s opening level at 1526.2, whereas below we have
October’s opening level pencilled in from 1472.8. Additionally, the relative
strength index (RSI) is seen exiting oversold territory.
Weekly price trades back at the top edge
of a familiar support area at 1487.9-1470.2. Resistance is seen at 1536.9,
whereas two layers of support are visible at 1392.0 and 1417.8, in the event we
navigate lower ground. With respect to the longer-term primary trend, gold has
been trading northbound since the later part of 2015 (1046.5).
price trades back within the walls of a descending channel (1557.1/1484.6),
though tested the upper limit of this boundary yesterday. A break above here
has immediate resistance in the form of the 50-day SMA (blue – 1501.0).
Increased selling has a support area priced in at 1448.9-1419.9 in view, which
happens to align closely with a 38.2% Fibonacci retracement ratio at 1448.5.
the expectation on the H4 timeframe is for a recovery from the lower edge of
its range, though a whipsaw to October’s opening level at 1472.8 is not out of
the question. Although buying is bolstered by the fact we’re also coming off a
weekly support area, daily price must, once again, contend with the upper edge
of the daily channel resistance and 50-day SMA. As such, buying may be
problematic at this point.
the absence of clearer price action, opting to remain on the side lines may be
the better path to explore.
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