Daily Market Analytics and Trading Recommendations by Tifia Company

#21
EUR/USD: Support and Resistance Levels
24/01/2019

The focus of traders today is the ECB meeting and its decision on the interest rate and the QE program. The ECB's decision on interest rates will be published at 12:15 (GMT), and the ECB press conference will begin at 13:30. The ECB is likely to keep current key interest rates unchanged today. The basic interest rate will remain at the same level of 0%; the ECB deposit rate for commercial banks is also likely to remain unchanged at -0.4%. If the ECB head Mario Draghi again signals the extension or expansion of the QE program, the fall of the Eurodollar will be even stronger.
The immediate targets for the decline are support levels of 1.1300, 1.1285 (Fibonacci level 23.6% of the correction to the fall from 1.3900, which began in May 2014), 1.1270 (December lows), 1.1215 (November and year lows). Negative dynamics prevail.
The alternative scenario assumes the resumption of correctional growth with targets at resistance levels of 1.1510, 1.1560 (EMA200 on the daily chart). In this case, the breakdown of the short-term resistance level of 1.1405 will be a signal for the implementation of this scenario.

Support Levels: 1.1300, 1.1285, 1.1215, 1.1120, 1.1000
Resistance Levels: 1.1392, 1.1405, 1.1510, 1.1560, 1.1680, 1.1780

Trading recommendations

Sell in the market. Stop-Loss 1.1410. Take-Profit 1.1300, 1.1285, 1.1215, 1.1120
Buy Stop 1.1410. Stop-Loss 1.1330. Take-Profit 1.1510, 1.1560

 
#22
WTI: Market Expectations
25/01/2019

The oil market traders seem to be confused due to a number of conflicting fundamental factors. The acute political crisis in Venezuela, which has the world's largest oil reserves on the one hand, and the growth of commercial oil reserves in the United States last week, as well as ongoing trade conflicts and a slowdown in the global economy, on the other hand, create multidirectional oil price vectors.
On Friday (19:00 GMT), a weekly report from the American oilfield services company Baker Hughes on the number of active oil drilling rigs in the United States will be published. Their number declined again in the previous week and currently stands at 852 units against the maximum of 887 units reached at the end of 2018. However, there is a recovery in oil prices after falling in the 4th quarter of 2018 (oil prices in the end of December hit bottom near the mark of 42.00 dollars per barrel of WTI crude oil). Rising oil prices create an incentive for American oil companies to increase production, which, in turn, is a deterrent to rising oil prices. The increase in the number of drilling rigs is a negative factor for oil prices.
WTI crude oil prices reached important resistance levels near $ 52.75 per barrel (ЕМА50 on the daily chart, upper line of the downward channel on the daily chart).
OsMA and Stochastic indicators on the 1-hour, 4-hour, daily charts recommend short positions.
Returning to the zone below 52.75 creates the risk of a resumption of the bearish trend that began in early October 2018.
Also, in the current price dynamics it is possible to distinguish a range with upper and lower lines passing through the marks 54.10, 50.25. Exit from this range can also determine the direction of further price movement.

Support Levels: 52.00, 51.60, 50.25, 50.00, 49.00, 46.00, 42.20
Resistance Levels: 52.75, 54.10, 57.00, 57.80, 58.50, 60.00

Trading scenarios

Sell Stop 51.50. Stop Loss 54.20. Take-Profit 50.00, 49.00, 46.00, 42.00
Buy Stop 54.20. Stop Loss 51.50. Take-Profit 55.30, 56.60, 57.00, 57.80, 58.50, 59.40, 60.00
 
#23
EUR/USD: an important week for the dollar has begun
01/28/2019
Current situation

The focus of traders on the new week began will be the Fed meeting, the publication of data from the US labor market in January, as well as a vote in the British parliament on option "B" of the Brexit deal.
After the last ECB meeting on Thursday, investors were convinced that the ECB will not raise rates in the coming months and, as a maximum, until mid-2020.
The ECB left its interest rates and monetary policy unchanged, and the head of the ECB, Mario Draghi, reported the prevalence of downside risks to the Eurozone economy.
At the same time, the USA also faces problems of domestic and foreign economic nature.
Partial suspension of the US government has had a negative impact on consumer and producer sentiment indicators. It is also likely that the suspension of the work of state institutions had a negative impact on the growth of the US economy in the 1st quarter of 2019.
Last week, the dollar index DXY, reflecting its value against a basket of 6 currencies, fell by 0.5% to 95.50.
Probably, the Fed will not change its monetary policy at a meeting to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday. This will support the US stock markets, but may adversely affect the dollar quotes.
Trading scenarios
Meanwhile, the EUR / USD holds positions reached last Friday near the important level of 1.1400 (ЕМА200 on the 4-hour chart, ЕМА50 on the daily chart).
Indicators OsMA and Stochastic on the 1-hour, 4-hour, daily charts recommend long positions.
In the current situation, long positions with targets at resistance levels of 1.1500 (EMA144 on the daily chart), 1.1560 (EMA200 on the daily chart) look preferable.
The alternative scenario assumes a resumption of the decline. The signal for the development of this scenario will be the breakdown of support levels 1.1400, 1.1383 (ЕМА200 on 1-hour chart) with targets at support levels 1.1300, 1.1285 (Fibonacci level 23.6% of the correction to the fall from 1.3900 level, started in May 2014), 1.1270 (December lows), 1.1215 (November and year lows).
Support Levels: 1.1400, 1.1383, 1.1350, 1.1300, 1.1285, 1.1215, 1.1120, 1.1000
Resistance Levels: 1.1500, 1.1560, 1.1680, 1.1780

Trading scenarios

Sell Stop 1.1375. Stop-Loss 1.1430. Take-Profit 1.1350, 1.1300, 1.1285, 1.1215, 1.1120
Buy Stop 1.1430. Stop-Loss 1.1375. Take-Profit 1.1500, 1.1560


 
#24
USD/CHF: dollar is under pressure
Current dynamics
01/29/2019

The dollar is moderately declining on Tuesday. The DXY dollar index, which tracks the US currency against a basket of 6 other major currencies, has been falling since the opening of today's trading day. At the beginning of the European trading session, futures for the DXY index traded near the 95.35 mark, 9 points lower than the opening price of the trading day.
On Tuesday, investors will wait for the outcome of the vote in the British Parliament on the plan "B" about Brexit, and on Wednesday - the outcome of the meeting of the US Federal Reserve.
Probably, the Fed will keep the current monetary policy unchanged. If Fed Chairman Jerome Powell again signals a cautious approach to further tightening the Fed’s monetary policy, the dollar will be under pressure. Conversely, Powell’s harsh rhetoric will support the dollar.

At the same time, signals appeared to continue the decline of the pair USD / CHF.
Indicators OsMA and Stochastic on the daily chart moved to the side of sellers.
A breakout of the important short-term support level of 0.9910 (ЕМА200 on the 4-hour chart) will confirm a decline signal with targets at the support levels of 0.9875 (ЕМА200 on the daily chart), 0.9765 (ЕМА200 on the weekly chart), 0.9745 (Fibonacci 50% of the upward correction to the last global the wave of decline since December 2016 and from the level of 1.0300), 0.9720 (January lows).
The breakdown of the resistance level of 0.9930 (ЕМА200 on the 1-hour chart) will return the USD / CHF momentum for further growth. Above the support level of 0.9875, long-term positive dynamics of USD / CHF remains.
Support levels: 0.9910, 0.9875, 0.9800, 0.9765, 0.9745, 0.9720, 0.9650, 0.9615, 0.9545
Resistance Levels: 0.9930, 0.9970, 0.9990, 1.0040, 1.0090, 1.0130

Trading Scenarios

Sell Stop 0.9890. Stop Loss 0.9940. Take-Profit 0.9875, 0.9800, 0.9765, 0.9745, 0.9720, 0.9650, 0.9615, 0.9545
Buy Stop 0.9940. Stop Loss 0.9890. Take-Profit 0.9970, 0.9990, 1.0040, 1.0090, 1.0130


 
#25
AUD/USD: Market Expectations
30/01/2019

In December, US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell announced the central bank’s intention to be patient this year in deciding to raise interest rates, taking into account the turbulence seen in financial markets over the past few weeks about the problems of global economic growth. “The US economy is strong”, said Powell. “The main source of concern is global growth”.
If Jerome Powell again signals a cautious approach to further tightening the Fed’s monetary policy, the dollar will be under pressure. Powell’s harsh rhetoric, which is less likely, will support the dollar.
According to the quotations of futures on the Fed's rates, investors estimate the probability of a rate hike in the current year at 18%.
The Fed's decision will be published on Wednesday at 19:00 (GMT), and the Fed’s press conference will begin at 19:30.
At the same time, the Australian dollar received support today after, during the Asian session, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported a rise in Australia's consumer price index (CPI) in the 4th quarter by 0.5% compared with the previous quarter, and by 1,8% in annual terms (the forecast was +0.4% +1.7%, respectively).
In general, the long-term bearish trend AUD / USD is still in force. In the long run, short positions are preferable. The reached local maxima near the 0.7200 mark probably provide a good opportunity to enter a short position on AUD / USD.
Breakdown of the support level 0.7150 (ЕМА200 on the 4-hour chart, ЕМА50 on the daily chart) will return AUD / USD to the inside of the descending channel on the daily chart and will cause the resumption of decline with long-term goals at support levels of 0.6910 (lows of September 2015), 0.6830 (2016 lows).
Below support level 0.7150, short positions are preferable.
An alternative scenario, implying the development of an upward correction, suggests an increase in AUD / USD to resistance levels of 0.7245 (ЕМА144 on the daily chart), 0.7295. Above the resistance level of 0.7295 AUD / USD growth is unlikely.
Support Levels: 0.7150, 0.7100, 0.7085, 0.7025
Resistance Levels: 0.7200, 0.7245, 0.7295, 0.7385, 0.7460

Trading scenarios

Sell in the market. Stop Loss 0.7210. Take-Profit 0.7150, 0.7100, 0.7085, 0.7025, 0.6910, 0.6830
Buy Stop 0.7210. Stop Loss 0.7140. Take-Profit 0.7245, 0.7295, 0.7385, 0.7460


 
#26
EUR/USD: the dollar fell after the Fed decision
01/31/2019
Current situation

At the regular meeting the ECB last Thursday kept its current monetary policy unchanged. ECB President Mario Draghi reported on the prevalence of downside risks for the Eurozone economy, including protectionism in international trade and geopolitical tensions. Earlier, the central bank noted a general balance of risks.
Last Wednesday, the Fed also did not change its monetary policy, maintaining interest rates at the same level.
The cautious position of the US Federal Reserve and the statements of its head Jerome Powell that "the arguments in favor of raising rates have weakened a bit", raised the EUR / USD to a 3-week high near the 1.1515 mark.
Powell reiterated that future policy will be “completely dependent on data”.
Market participants expect the Fed will not raise rates this year.
Now, after the statements of Powell, data from the US labor market, expected on Friday, will attract increased attention of market participants. Data worse than the forecast values and data for December will weaken the likelihood of further tightening of monetary policy and adversely affect the dollar quotes.
From the news today it is worth paying attention to the publication (from 13:30 to 15:00 GMT) of US macro data: data on unemployment applications last week and sales of new homes in November. Positive macro data will provide short-term support for the dollar. Conversely, weak data will adversely affect the dollar quotes and support the EUR / USD pair, which is falling on Thursday after the publication of the weaker-than-expected 4-quarter Eurozone GDP data. According to Eurostat, in the 4th quarter, Eurozone GDP grew by +0.2% (+1.2% in annual terms). Thus, the GDP growth in the Eurozone in 2018 was 1.8% versus 2.4% in 2017. The data again indicate a slowdown in the European economy in 2018.
Trading scenarios
Meanwhile, the EUR / USD holds positions reached last Thursday near an important resistance level of 1.1500 (EMA144 on the daily chart).
The OsMA and Stochastic indicators on the 4-hour, daily charts still recommend long positions.
In the current situation, long positions with targets at resistance levels of 1.1500 (EMA144 on the daily chart), 1.1550 (EMA200 on the daily chart) look preferable.
The alternative scenario assumes a resumption of the decline. The signal for the development of this scenario will be the breakdown of support levels 1.1418 (ЕМА200 on the 1-hour chart), 1.1410 with targets at support levels 1.1300, 1.1285 (Fibonacci level 23.6% of the correction to the fall from 1.3900 level, which began in May 2014), 1.1270 (December lows), 1.1215 (November and year lows).
Support Levels: 1.1418, 1.1410, 1.1350, 1.1300, 1.1285, 1.1215, 1.1120
Resistance Levels: 1.1500, 1.1550, 1.1680, 1.1780

Trading scenarios

Sell Stop 1.1460. Stop Loss 1.1510. Take-Profit 1.1410, 1.1350, 1.1300, 1.1285, 1.1215, 1.1120
Buy Stop 1.1510. Stop-Loss 1.1460. Take-Profit 1.1550, 1.1680, 1.1780


 
#27
XAU/USD: on the eve of NFP publication
01/02/2019

The dollar is falling on Friday, and gold quotes continue to rise. Investors are waiting for publication (at 13:30 GMT) data from the US labor market in January. These data (along with data on GDP and inflation) are crucial for the central bank, including the Fed, in determining the direction and pace of monetary policy.
Strong performance is expected, despite the fact that the number of new jobs in the non-agricultural sector of the US economy in January increased by 165,000 (after a growth in the same period in December by 312,000). The growth in the number of jobs above 150,000 per month is a good indicator. At the same time, unemployment will remain at the lowest levels for many years (3.9%).
If the data is confirmed, the dollar may receive short-term support and strengthen. More important for the further dynamics of the dollar and the price of gold is that the Fed has signaled a pause in the process of further raising interest rates. Last Wednesday, the Fed kept the current monetary policy unchanged, and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said that "there was a little less reason to raise rates", and future policies would "completely depend on data".
A more cautious monetary policy of the Fed, as well as in a situation of worsening growth prospects for the world economy and international trade conflicts, political struggle in Washington, attenuation of fiscal stimulus will help to maintain the demand for gold and the continued growth of its quotes.
However, during the publication of data from the US labor market, a surge in volatility is expected in trading across the entire financial market. Probably more cautious investors would prefer to stay out of the market during this time period.
Meanwhile, the XAU / USD pair is trading near multi-month highs and a mark of 1320.00, through which the upper line of the ascending channel on the daily chart passes. There is a strong positive impulse, and in case of continued growth, the targets are resistance levels of 1357.00 (2017 highs), 1370.00 (start of a decline wave and Fibonacci level 100%), 1375.00 (2016 highs).
An alternative scenario involves the breakdown of support levels of 1283.00 (EMA200 on the 4-hour chart), 1277.00 and the resumption of the bearish gold trend.
Below the support level of 1255.00 short positions will become preferable again.
So far, long positions are preferred.
Support Levels: 1305.00, 1283.00, 1277.00, 1265.00, 1255.00, 1248.00, 1234.00, 1220.00, 1197.00, 1185.00, 1160.00
Resistance Levels: 1327.00, 1357.00, 1365.00, 1370.00, 1375.00

Trading scenarios

Sell Stop 1297.00. Stop Loss 1307.00. Take-Profit 1283.00, 1277.00, 1265.00, 1255.00, 1248.00, 1234.00, 1220.00, 1197.00, 1185.00, 1160.00
Buy Stop 1328.00. Stop Loss 1304.00. Take-Profit 1357.00, 1365.00, 1370.00, 1375.00



 
#28
AUD/USD: RBA will keep current interest rate. Trading scenarios
04/02/2019

The US dollar is trading higher on Monday, and the DXY dollar index futures at the beginning of the European session is at 95.46, 12 points higher than the opening price of the trading day.
As reported last Friday by the US Department of Labor, the number of non-agricultural jobs increased by 304,000 in January, while the average hourly wage in the private sector increased by 3.2% from the previous year. The forecast was +170,000 jobs. Despite the fact that unemployment rose to 4% from 3.9%, it still remains at its lowest level in the last 10 years. Investors considered the report to be generally positive, which gave the US dollar an impetus for further growth.
At the same time, the AUD / USD is falling from the opening of the trading day on Monday and at the beginning of the European trading session, trading near the 0.7230 mark.
On Tuesday, the attention of traders will be directed to the publication at 03:30 (GMT) of the decision on the RBA interest rate. It is expected that the central bank of Australia will leave its key interest rate unchanged, at a record low of 1.5%. Market participants will closely monitor the rhetoric of the RBA's accompanying statement.
The fall in housing prices, the slowdown in consumer spending, weak wage growth, the trade conflict between the United States and China, and the uncertain prospects for the global economy have become factors in the slowdown in GDP growth in 2019.
Any concerns of the RBA leadership regarding the growth of the country's economy can be considered by investors as a signal to resume sales of the Australian dollar.
Meanwhile, AUD / USD is declining, attempting to consolidate below the support level of 0.7245 (EMA144 on the daily chart).
In the event of a breakdown of short-term support levels of 0.7204 (EMA200 on the 1-hour chart), 0.7172 (EMA200 on the 4-hour chart, EMA50 on the daily chart) AUD / USD will move towards the support levels of 0.7085, 0.7025 with the prospect of further decline with long-term goals at the levels support 0.6910 (lows of September 2015), 0.6830 (lows of 2016).
An alternative scenario assumes the resumption of upward correction. In case of a breakdown of the key resistance level of 0.7295 AUD / USD, it will go to resistance levels of 0.7385, 0.7460 (Fibonacci 23.6% of the correction to the wave of decline in the pair from July 2017 and the level of 0.9500. The minimum of this wave is near the level of 0.6830).
Further growth is unlikely due to a number of fundamental factors.
Support Levels: 0.7204, 0.7172, 0.7085, 0.7025
Resistance Levels: 0.7245, 0.7295, 0.7385, 0.7460

Trading scenarios

Sell in the market. Stop Loss 0.7280. Take-Profit 0.7204, 0.7172, 0.7085, 0.7025, 0.6910, 0.6830
Buy Stop 0.7305. Stop Loss 0.7240. Take-Profit 0.7385, 0.7460



 
#29
GBP/USD: Dollar lacks positive momentum
05/02/2019

After, on Tuesday morning, the RB of Australia expectedly kept the interest rate unchanged, the volatility of trading on the foreign exchange market at the beginning of the European session decreased significantly. Major dollar currency pairs, with the exception of AUD / USD, are traded on Tuesday in a narrow range. The US dollar and the market as a whole do not have enough drivers for further movement.
Probably, such a driver will be the publication in the first half of the US trading session (15:00 GMT) of the report of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) on activity in the non-manufacturing sector of the United States. Economists expect the non-production composite index from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) in January to fall to 57.1 from 58.0 in December. Although an index value above 50 indicates an increase in activity, a relative decline in the indicator may have a short-term negative impact on the dollar.
Market participants will also closely monitor the performance of the US President Donald Trump in Congress later on Tuesday with an annual message on the state of the country. Any signals from Trump about a positive change in the sides' positions in the negotiations between the US and China will support the dollar, which needs a strong positive impetus for further growth after the Fed meeting last week. As you know, on Wednesday the Fed kept its current monetary policy unchanged and signaled its intentions to be more restrained in regard to further rate increases. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said at a press conference that "there was a little less reason to raise rates".
According to the central bank executives, the current level of inflationary pressure does not force the Fed to take any action.
Many investors do not expect further increases in the Federal Reserve rates this year. Moreover, futures on the Fed rates on Monday indicated an 11% chance of lowering the Fed rates by the end of the year. Last week, this probability was 21%, according to the CME Group.
The dollar index DXY, reflecting its value against a basket of 6 currencies, is moderately rising from the opening of the trading day on Tuesday. At the beginning of the European session, futures for the DXY dollar index traded near the 95.68 mark, 10 points higher than the opening price of the trading day.
GBP / USD has fallen on Tuesday for 4 days in a row. Weak macro data, unresolved situation with the UK exit from the EU, as well as worsening situation in the world, volatility in financial markets and restraint of the Federal Reserve System can force the Bank of England to take a softer stance with regard to its monetary policy. Any hints of the bank towards a softer policy will cause a sharp decline in the pound.
Indicators OsMA and Stochastic on the 1-hour, 4-hour, daily charts switched to the short positions.
After GBP / USD is fixed in the zone below the support level of 1.2920 (ЕМА50 on the daily chart, ЕМА200 on the 4-hour chart) short positions will again become relevant.
The main trend is still bearish. The objectives of the decline are support levels of 1.2600 (lows of June 2017), 1.2485, 1.2365.
Support Levels: 1.2975, 1.2920, 1.2860, 1.2785, 1.2700, 1.2670, 1.2600, 1.2485, 1.2365, 1.2110, 1.2000
Resistance Levels: 1.3040, 1.3065, 1.3125, 1.3210, 1.3300, 1.3470, 1.3690

Trading scenarios

Sell in the market. Stop Loss 1.3070. Take-Profit 1.2975, 1.2920, 1.2860, 1.2785, 1.2700, 1.2670, 1.2600, 1.2485, 1.2365
Buy Stop 1.3070. Stop Loss 1.2990. Take-Profit 1.3125, 1.3210, 1.3300, 1.3470, 1.3690


 
#30
AUD/USD: Trading recommendations
06/02/2019

On Wednesday, AUD / USD broke through important short-term support levels of 0.7210 (EMA200 on the 1-hour chart), 0.7172 (EMA200 on the 4-hour chart, EMA50 on the daily chart) and continues to decline towards support levels of 0.7085, 0.7025.
On Friday (00:30 GMT), the RBA will comment on the prospects for its monetary policy. There will also be given forecasts regarding the further growth of the Australian economy, labor market, inflation. If forecasts turn out to be negative, then the Australian dollar and AUD / USD will continue to decline.
Long-term reduction targets are at support levels of 0.6910 (lows of September 2015), 0.6830 (lows of 2016).
Negative dynamics prevails; below the resistance level 0.7172 short positions are preferable.
Support Levels: 0.7100, 0.7085, 0.7025
Resistance Levels: 0.7172, 0.7210, 0.7245, 0.7295, 0.7385, 0.7460

Trading recommendations

Sell in the market. Stop Loss 0.7190. Take-Profit 0.7100, 0.7085, 0.7025, 0.6910, 0.6830
Buy Stop 0.7215. Stop Loss 0.7160. Take-Profit 0.7245, 0.7295, 0.7385, 0.7460


 
#31
NZD/USD: external negative background may intensify
07/02/2019

Randal Quarles, deputy chairman of the US Federal Reserve System for Supervision of the Banking Sector, said Wednesday that he was worried about the negative impact of events taking place abroad. “Global risks are probably the most significant”, said Quarles, pointing in particular to the slowdown in China’s GDP growth. Chinese imports occupy the lion’s share of New Zealand exports.
The slowdown of the world and Chinese economies have the most negative impact on commodity prices, as well as on commodity currencies, including the New Zealand dollar.
On Thursday, the NZD declines after the publication on the eve of the weaker-than-expected data from the New Zealand labor market. According to the Statistics Bureau of New Zealand, unemployment in the country increased in the 4th quarter of 2018 (4.3% versus 4.0% in the 3rd quarter and 4.1%, as expected, according to the forecast).

At the beginning of the US trading session, NZD / USD is trading below key levels of 0.6805 (ЕМА200 on the daily chart), 0.6775 (ЕМА144 on the daily chart), near 0.6745, through which the bottom line of the ascending channel passes on the 4-hour chart. In the event of a breakdown of the support level of 0.6745, NZD / USD will go to the nearest local support level of 0.6710, a breakdown of which will mean the return of NZD / USD to a bearish trend.
Only after NZD / USD returns to the zone above the resistance level of 0.6805, will it be possible to return to NZD / USD purchases again.
Probably, before the RBNZ meeting on monetary policy, which will take place on February 12, the New Zealand dollar will remain under pressure, given the overall negative external macroeconomic background. If the RBNZ signals a propensity to reduce the rate, the New Zealand dollar may decline significantly.
If the Fed again announces the possibility of a rate hike this year, the negative fundamental background for the New Zealand dollar in its dynamics against the US dollar will increase significantly.
Resistance Levels: 0.6745, 0.6710, 0.6655, 0.6515, 0.6430
Support Levels: 0.6775, 0.6805, 0.6860, 0.6970, 0.7080

Trading recommendations

Sell Stop 0.6735. Stop Loss 0.6785. Take-Profit 0.6710, 0.6655, 0.6515, 0.6430
Buy Stop 0.6785. Stop Loss 0.6735. Take-Profit 0.6805, 0.6860, 0.6970, 0.7080

 
#32
USD/CAD: the dollar is rising amid investor concerns. Trading scenarios
08/02/2019

Commodity currencies, such as New Zealand, Australian, Canadian dollars, fell on Thursday and continue to decline on Friday amid investor concerns about the global economy.
The USD / CAD pair is trading before the start of the US trading session near the 1.3317 mark, above the important short-term support level of 1.3275 (ЕМА50 on the daily chart, ЕМА200 on the 4-hour chart).
Investors are once again concerned about the state of the global economy, which causes the purchase of defensive assets and the dollar. At the beginning of the European session on Friday, DXY dollar index futures traded at 96.46, 12 points higher than the opening price of the trading day.
White House economic adviser Larry Cudlow told the Fox Business Network that China and the United States are still far from a deal in trade. Hopes for a new trade agreement between the countries weakened after Cudlow's statements.
If a trade truce is not concluded, then on March 2, the United States will raise duties on imports of goods from China by another $ 200 billion to 25% from 10%.
This can have a very negative impact on stock markets and commodity prices, as well as causing investors to withdraw into defensive assets and the dollar.
Declining prices are also putting pressure on CAD quotes. On Thursday, WTI crude oil prices closed at a low from January 28 at $52.64 per barrel.

Above key support levels of 1.3185 (ЕМА144 on the daily chart), 1.3135 (ЕМА200 on the daily chart), 1.3100 (ЕМА50 on the weekly chart) positive dynamics of USD / CAD prevails.
Long positions are preferred. Growth targets - resistance levels of 1.3450 (Fibonacci level 23.6% of the downward correction to the pair's growth in the global uptrend since September 2012 and 0.9700), 1.3665 (2018 highs), 1.3790 (2017 highs).
The breakdown of the important short-term support level of 1.3275 will be the beginning of the development of an alternative scenario for reducing USD / CAD with targets at the support levels of 1.3135, 1.3100.
Support Levels: 1.3275, 1.3185, 1.3135, 1.3100
Resistance Levels: 1.3370, 1.3450, 1.3600, 1.3665, 1.3790

Trading scenarios

Sell Stop 1.3290. Stop Loss 1.3330. Take-Profit 1.3185, 1.3135, 1.3100
Buy Stop 1.3330. Stop-Loss 1.3270. Take-Profit 1.3370, 1.3450, 1.3600, 1.3665, 1.3790


 
#33
XAU/USD: Technical Analysis
11/02/2019

The dollar is rising again at the beginning of the new week. DXY dollar index futures traded at the beginning of the European trading session near the 96.62 mark, almost 20 points above the opening price of the trading day.
Meanwhile, the growth of XAU / USD stopped after at the end of January this currency pair reached of the next multi-month high near the mark of 1326.00.
On Monday, XAU / USD broke through an important short-term support level of 1310.00 (ЕМА200 on the 1-hour chart) and continues to decline towards the important support level of 1292.00 (ЕМА200 on the 4-hour chart).
In the event of a breakdown of this support level, XAU / USD may decline to key support levels of 1265.00 (ЕМА200 on the weekly chart), 1259.00 (ЕМА200 on the daily chart). Above these levels there is a long-term positive trend. In the case of their breakdown, XAU / USD risks returning a long-term bearish trend with targets at support levels of 1197.00 (November lows), 1185.00 (Fibonacci 23.6%), 1160.00 (2018 lows).
After the breakdown of the local resistance level of 1326.00, XAU / USD growth may resume with targets at resistance levels of 1357.00 (2017 highs), 1370.00 (start of a decline wave and Fibonacci level 100%).
Below the short-term resistance level of 1310.00, short positions are preferable.

Support Levels: 1302.00, 1292.00, 1277.00, 1265.00, 1259.00, 1248.00, 1234.00, 1220.00, 1197.00, 1185.00, 1160.00
Resistance Levels: 1310.00, 1315.00, 1326.00, 1357.00, 1365.00, 1370.00, 1375.00

Trading recommendations

Sell Stop 1298.00. Stop Loss 1317.00. Take-Profit 1292.00, 1277.00, 1265.00, 1259.00, 1248.00, 1234.00, 1220.00, 1197.00, 1185.00, 1160.00
Buy Stop 1317.00. Stop Loss 1298.00. Take-Profit 1326.00, 1357.00, 1365.00, 1370.00, 1375.00


 
#34
GBP/USD: Current Dynamics
12/02/2019

According to the National Bureau of Statistics of the United Kingdom, the country's GDP grew by 1.3% in the 4th quarter (year on year) against 1.6% growth in the 3rd quarter (the forecast was +1.4%). In December, GDP fell by 0.4%. It was the weakest growth since 2012. The slowdown was mainly due to a reduction in investment in 2018.
Many economists predict that in the first quarter of 2019, UK real GDP will grow by 0.3% compared with the previous quarter.
In the case of a “tough” Brexit, the British economy may fall into recession. Uncertainty about future relations with European countries will persist for several more years, many economists say.
At the beginning of the European trading session, the GBP / USD pair is trading near the 1.2845 mark, and the pressure on the pound and the GBP / USD pair persists.
At the same time, many economists see foreign trade as the main source of concern for the global and American economies.
This week high-level trade negotiations will be held in Beijing. Investors hope to conclude an agreement before the planned increase in trade duties in March.
If trade negotiations are again disrupted, then investor sentiment will deteriorate again, which will lead to a fall in stock indices and an increase in defensive asset prices. The deterioration of US trade relations with China may have an even more negative impact on both the Chinese and the American economy. And this is a negative factor for the dollar.

So far, preferred short positions. The main trend of GBP / USD is still bearish. The objectives of the decline are support levels of 1.2600 (lows of June 2017), 1.2485, 1.2365.
Purchases can only be considered after GBP / USD returns to a zone above the key resistance level of 1.3020 (ЕМА200 on the daily chart) and an increase to the resistance level of 1.3210 (Fibonacci level 23.6% of the correction to the decline of the GBP / USD pair in the wave that started in July 2014 years near the level of 1.7200).
The first signal for opening long positions will be the breakdown of important short-term resistance levels of 1.2920 (ЕМА200 on the 4-hour chart), 1.2895 (ЕМА50 on the daily chart).
Support Levels: 1.2800, 1.2785, 1.2700, 1.2670, 1.2600, 1.2485, 1.2365, 1.2110, 1.2000
Resistance Levels: 1.2895, 1.2920, 1.2960, 1.3020, 1.3065, 1.3125, 1.3210

Trading recommendations

Sell in the market. Stop Loss 1.2940. Take-Profit 1.2800, 1.2785, 1.2700, 1.2670, 1.2600, 1.2485, 1.2365
Buy Stop 1.2940. Stop Loss 1.2840. Take-Profit 1.2960, 1.3020, 1.3065, 1.3125, 1.3210


 
#35
S&P500: market expectations
02/13/2019

Expectations of a positive outcome of negotiations between the US and China and the conclusion of a trade truce supports investor optimism.
US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that "tariff increases for Chinese imports on March 1 may not occur if we are close to a trade agreement".
On Wednesday, investors will focus on the publication (at 13:30 GMT) of US inflation indicators. It is expected that the growth rate of consumer inflation in the United States slowed in January. This is a positive factor for the US stock market.
After the December Fed meeting, the head of the central bank, Jerome Powell, repeatedly stated that the Fed could be more patient in raising rates. In his opinion, the central bank is ready to change its policy “substantially” if necessary, and that it will listen carefully to the market. On Wednesday, Powell said that "incoming data suggests that the US economy is in good shape," supporting investors' optimism, putting on further growth of the US stock market.

At the moment, the S&P500 index is trying to develop an upward trend above the key support level of 2700.0 (ЕМА200 on the daily chart). Growth targets are resistance levels of 2873.0, 2936.0.
Alternative scenario: breakdown of support level 2660.0 (ЕМА200 on 4-hour chart) and further decline with targets at support levels of 2615.0, 2603.0, 2584.0, 2450.0 (ЕМА200 on the weekly chart), 2386.0 (Fibonacci level 50% of the correction to the growth since February 2016), 2256.0 (Fibonacci level 61.8%), which will indicate the break of the S&P500 bullish trend.
Support Levels: 2733.0, 2700.0, 2676.0, 2615.0, 2603.0, 2584.0, 2533.0, 2507.0, 2450.0, 2386.0, 2335.0
Resistance Levels: 2817.0, 2873.0, 2936.0

Trading recommendations

Sell Stop 2730.0. Stop Loss 2770.0. Objectives 2700.0, 2676.0, 2615.0, 2603.0, 2584.0, 2533.0, 2507.0, 2450.0, 2386.0, 2335.0
Buy Stop 2770.0. Stop Loss 2730.0. Objectives 2800.0, 2817.0, 2873.0, 2936.0


 
#36
EUR/USD: pending US retail statistics
14/02/2019

Futures on the dollar index DXY, reflecting its value against a basket of 6 major world currencies, is traded on Thursday almost unchanged before the publication of US reports on inflation and retail sales, near the mark of 97.00. The DXY dollar index has been growing for the second week in a row.
On Wednesday, the growth of the dollar was supported by positive macro statistics, which indicated a rise in inflation in the US + 1.6% in January, which turned out to be better than the forecast + 1.5%. The base consumer price index (excluding food and energy) in January increased by 2.2% (the forecast was + 2.1%). The data indicated that inflation in the US is near the target Fed level of 2%. If inflation continues in the coming months, the likelihood of another interest rate increase in the United States will increase, making the dollar more expensive and attractive to investors.
At the same time, European macro statistics released on Thursday indicated a slowdown in the European economy at the end of 2018.
According to the data of the Federal Bureau of Statistics of Germany, published on Thursday, the country's GDP grew in the 4th quarter of 2018 by only 0.1% after a decrease in the 3rd quarter of 2018 by 0.8% (year-on-year).
The German economy in the 4th quarter of 2018 for the first time in six years was on the verge of recession.
Eurozone GDP in the 4th quarter rose by + 0.2% (+ 1.2% in annual terms), which coincided with the forecast and the first estimate. Eurozone GDP growth in 2018 was 1.8% versus 2.4% in 2017, which once again indicated a slowdown in the growth of the European economy.
The Eurodollar reacted negatively to the publication of statistics on Wednesday and Thursday, updating the 3-month low near the 1.1249 mark.
On Thursday, market participants will follow the publication of US retail sales data at 1:30 pm (GMT). Retail sales in the US are expected to increase by + 0.4% in December (against + 0.9% in November and + 0.3% in October).
In general, the indicators can be considered positive. However, their relative decline may adversely affect the dollar quotes. Data better than the forecast will resume the growth of the dollar.

Currently, EUR / USD is trading near 1.1270, below key resistance levels of 1.1530 (ЕМА200 on the daily chart), 1.1480 (ЕМА144 and the upper line of the downward channel on the daily chart). Downward dynamics prevail. A further decline is likely with targets at support levels of 1.1215 (November and year lows), 1.1200, 1.1000 (bottom line of the downward channel on the weekly chart).
Support Levels: 1.1270, 1.1215, 1.1120, 1.1000
Resistance Levels: 1.1335, 1.1380, 1.1480, 1.1530, 1.1680, 1.1780

Trading recommendations

Sell Stop 1.1245. Stop-Loss 1.1310. Take-Profit 1.1215, 1.1120, 1.1000
Buy Stop 1.1310. Stop Loss 1.1245. Take-Profit 1.1335, 1.1380, 1.1480, 1.1530


 
#37
WTI: Market expectations
15/02/2019

On Friday, WTI oil prices are in a narrow range near $54.50 a barrel, and oil market participants are waiting for the publication (at 18:00 GMT) of a weekly report from the American oilfield service company Baker Hughes on the number of active oil drilling rigs in the US. Their number increased in the previous week and currently stands at 854 units, although this is below the maximum of 887 units reached at the end of 2018.
At the moment, oil prices are recovering after falling in the 4th quarter of 2018 (oil prices in the end of December hit bottom near the mark of 42.00 dollars per barrel of WTI crude oil). Rising oil prices create an incentive for American oil companies to increase production, which, in turn, is a deterrent to rising oil prices. The increase in the number of drilling rigs is a negative factor for oil prices and will create prerequisites for the subsequent decline in oil prices.
At the present moment, a number of positive fundamental factors prevail over negative ones. Possible further rise in oil prices.
Last Tuesday, the price of WTI crude oil broke through an important resistance zone at 52.75 (ЕМА200 on 4-hour chart), 53.10 (ЕМА200 on 1-hour chart, ЕМА50 on the daily chart) and maintains a positive trend, trading on Friday at resistance level of 54.50 (December highs).
In case of breakdown of the local resistance level of 55.50, the price growth will continue with targets at the resistance levels of 56.50 (ЕМА200 on the weekly chart), 57.80 (ЕМА144 on the daily chart and the Fibonacci 38.2% level of the correction to the growth wave that started in February 2016 from the support level, passing near the mark of 27.30), 59.00 (EMA200 on the daily chart).
The alternative scenario will be associated with the breakdown of the support level of 52.00 (Fibonacci level of 50%) and the resumption of decline in the downstream channels on the daily and weekly charts, the lower limit of which passes near the mark of 27.30.
So far, positive dynamics prevail. Long positions are preferred.
Support Levels: 53.55, 53.10, 52.75, 52.00, 51.60, 50.25, 50.00, 49.00, 46.00, 42.20
Resistance Levels: 55.50, 56.50, 57.00, 57.80, 59.00, 60.00

Trading Scenarios

Sell Stop 52.90. Stop Loss 55.10. Take-Profit 52.75, 52.00, 51.60, 50.25, 50.00, 49.00, 46.00, 42.20
Buy Stop 55.10. Stop Loss 52.90. Take-Profit 55.50, 56.50, 57.00, 57.80, 59.00, 60.00


 
#38
EUR/USD: Support and resistance levels
18/02/2019

At the beginning of the European trading session, the EUR / USD pair is trading above the support level of 1.1300, attempting to break the short-term resistance level of 1.1320 (ЕМА200 on the 1-hour chart).
The indicators OsMA and Stochastic on the 1-hour, 4-hour, daily charts turned to long positions.
In case of a breakdown of the resistance level and continued growth, EUR / USD will be able to reach the next important resistance level of 1.1375 (ЕМА200 on the 4-hour chart, ЕМА50 on the daily chart).
The maximum correctional growth is possible to the key resistance levels of 1.1480 (EMA144 on the daily chart), 1.1530 (EMA200 on the daily chart). Above the resistance level of 1.1530, growth is unlikely against the background of strong fundamental factors indicating the slowdown of the European economy and the acceleration of the American economy.
The dollar remains the preferred currency. Downward dynamics prevail. Short positions are preferred.
In case of resumption of decline and after the breakdown of the support level of 1.1285 (Fibonacci 23.6% of the correction to the fall from the level of 1.3900, which began in May 2014), the reduction targets will be the support levels of 1.1270 (December lows), 1.1215 (November and year lows), 1.1200, 1.1000 (bottom line of the downward channel on the weekly chart).
Today is a public holiday on the occasion of President’s Day The exchanges will be closed, trading volumes will be small.
Probably, until the end of today's trading day, the EUR / USD pair will remain trading near the current levels and the support level of 1.1300. Breakdown of the resistance level of 1.1320 today is unlikely due to the lack of important news drivers and low trading volumes.
Support Levels: 1.1300, 1.1285, 1.1215, 1.1120, 1.1000
Resistance Levels: 1.1320, 1.1375, 1.1480, 1.1530

Trading recommendations

Sell Stop 1.1290. Stop Loss 1.1335. Take-Profit 1.1215, 1.1120, 1.1000
Buy Stop 1.1335. Stop Loss 1.1280. Take-Profit 1.1375, 1.1480, 1.1530
 
#39
GBP/USD: Brexit theme is in the foreground
02/19/2019
Current dynamics

The data presented on Tuesday by the National Bureau of Statistics of the United Kingdom, which generally coincided with the forecast, indicated an increase in the average wage in the country from October to December (excluding bonuses by 3.4%) and a decrease in the number of unemployed.
Unemployment remained at 4%, the lowest in four decades, the number of unemployed in the UK from October to December declined by 14,000 compared with the previous three-month period. The growth rate of wages far exceeds inflation, which in January was 1.8%.
However, the Bank of England is unlikely to take any action regarding monetary policy, given the uncertainty about the prospects for Brexit.
The economic performance of the UK is still in the background, as market participants expect clarification of prospects for Brexit.
The British pound almost did not respond to strong data on the UK labor market, indicating an increase in average wages and a decrease in the number of unemployed.
Now market participants will expect the results of the voting next week in the British Parliament regarding Brexit. If British Prime Minister Theresa May is defeated again, the pound will again be under pressure. If there is no agreement between the EU and the UK regarding trade relations after March 29 (the UK’s exit date), then a "hard" Brexit, as Bank of England CEO Mark Carney stated earlier, will be a disaster for the British economy. This may not happen in reality; however, a significant blow will be dealt to the pound in the foreign exchange market.

For now, the GBP / USD remains within the narrow range between the support level of 1.2900 (ЕМА200 on the 1-hour chart, ЕМА200 on the 4-hour chart, ЕМА50 on the daily chart) and the resistance level of 1.2960 (ЕМА144 on the daily chart).
So far, more likely resumption of decline. In the event of a breakdown of the support level of 1.2700, the targets for the decline will be the support levels of 1.2600 (lows of June 2017), 1.2485, 1.2365.
Support Levels: 1.2900, 1.2800, 1.2785, 1.2700, 1.2670, 1.2600, 1.2485, 1.2365, 1.2110, 1.2000
Resistance Levels: 1.2960, 1.3020, 1.3065, 1.3125, 1.3210

Trading scenarios

Sell Stop 1.2890. Stop Loss 1.2970. Take-Profit 1.2800, 1.2785, 1.2700, 1.2670, 1.2600, 1.2485, 1.2365
Buy Stop 1.2970. Stop Loss 1.2890. Take-Profit 1.3020, 1.3065, 1.3125, 1.3210

 
#40
AUD/USD: on the eve of the publication of the minutes from the January Fed meeting
20/02/2019

The focus of traders on Wednesday will be the publication (19:00 GMT) of the minutes from the January Fed meeting. Earlier in the week, New York Fed President John Williams said he did not see the need to raise interest rates if growth or inflation rates did not change.
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, after the January meeting of the Fed, also spoke more restrained about the prospects for further monetary tightening, saying that "the policy is not predetermined. We (at the Fed) will pay close attention to incoming economic and financial data".
If the texts of the protocols are also soft in content and rhetoric of statements by the Fed leaders, this will have a stimulating effect on the US stock markets.
The dollar is likely to react with more restraint to the publication of the protocols, since market participants are unlikely to find something new for themselves in them.
Recently, there has been a restrained approach on the part of the leaders of world central banks with regard to the monetary policy of their banks.
The decisive role in these conditions for the dynamics of the US dollar will be played by macro statistics coming from the United States.
In the context of world trade wars, the American economy looks more stable, which will attract investment in it and will support the demand for the dollar in the long term.
For traders who trade AUD and AUD / USD, pay attention to the publication at 00:30 (GMT) on Thursday of data from the Australian labor market.
As expected, in January, the number of employed Australian citizens increased by 15,000 people (against +21600 in December), while unemployment remained unchanged at 5%. In general, the indicators can be called positive. Data better than forecast will strengthen AUD.
On Wednesday, the Australian Finance Minister said that “risks (for the Australian economy) are increasing both domestically and abroad”, although, in his opinion, “the labor market remains strong”, and “will eventually support wage growth”.

Meanwhile, AUD / USD is trading on Wednesday at the 0.7150 balance line (ЕМА50 on the daily chart, ЕМА200 on the 4-hour chart), which is also in the middle of the range between the levels of 0.7055 (February lows) and 0.7225 (ЕМА144 on the daily chart).
In case of breakdown of the local resistance level of 0.7180, AUD / USD will go to the upper part of the specified range and to resistance levels of 0.7225, 0.7275 (ЕМА200 on the daily chart). Growth above the resistance level of 0.7275 is unlikely.
The breakdown of the short-term support level of 0.7130 (ЕМА200 on the 1-hour chart) will be a signal to resume sales with targets at the support levels of 0.6910 (lows of September 2015), 0.6830 (2016 lows).
Support Levels: 0.7150, 0.7130, 0.7100, 0.7085, 0.7055, 0.7025
Resistance Levels: 0.7225, 0.7275

Trading recommendations

Sell Stop 0.7120. Stop Loss 0.7180. Take-Profit 0.7100, 0.7085, 0.7025, 0.6910, 0.6830
Buy Stop 0.7180. Stop Loss 0.7120. Take-Profit 0.7225, 0.7245, 0.7275