Forex FOREX PRO WEEKLY, July 22 - 26, 2019

Sive Morten

Special Consultant to the FPA

This week stands under sign of some inflation statistics (in EU and UK) and Fed rhetoric of interest rate change. That were two major driving factors. Also we keep an eye on GBP as we will know the name of new PM on next week, 23rd of July. Now Boris Johnson has better chances to take this appointment.

As Reuters reports, the euro dipped on Thursday following a Bloomberg report that the ECB staff are studying a potential change to the bank's inflation goal of "near 2%." Such a move would potentially leave the door open for more ECB stimulus to continue for a longer period, which would exert downward pressure on the single currency.

Sterling rose for a second day, rebounding from a 27-month low against the greenback, on surprisingly strong UK domestic retail sales last month and developments that would make it harder for the next prime minister to force a no-deal Brexit. Data showed UK retail sales unexpectedly grew 1.0% in June, stoking
hopes the economy would avert a downturn in the second quarter. British lawmakers supported proposals to make it harder for the next prime minister to force through a no-deal Brexit by suspending Parliament.

Trading among major currencies was mostly muted as market players wait to see whether the Fed would lower U.S. rates for the first time in a decade and if it would signal more rate cuts down the road.

The futures market implied traders are positioned for at least three rate cuts by year-end, with the first decrease at the Fed's July 30-31 policy meeting.

"If it sounds like it's one and done, there would be massive repricing," said Steven Englander, global head of G10 FX research at Standard Chartered. "That would be hard for the market to digest."

The dollar did not budge after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Bloomberg earlier Thursday there has been "no change to the dollar policy." He later told Reuters that there was no change to the use of a $94.6 billion federal fund intended to stabilize currencies during times of market turmoil.

There has been speculation whether the White House would intervene to weaken the dollar after U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at Europe and China earlier this month for what he called their "big currency manipulation game."

But stunning statement was made a bit later on Thursday by New York Fed President John Williams, who
argued for pre-emptive measures to avoid having to deal with too low inflation and interest rates.

Although a New York Fed representative subsequently said Williams’ comments were academic and not about immediate policy direction, investors still took his remarks along with separate comments from Fed Vice Chair Richard Clarida as a dovish signal from the central bank.

The greenback fell broadly on Thursday after Williams’ remarks bolstered bets that the Fed would cut interest rates by 50 basis points, rather than 25 basis points.

Williams said when rates and inflation are low, policymakers cannot afford to keep their “powder dry” and wait for potential economic problems to materialise.

That is especially true with neutral rates that would neither restrict nor accelerate the U.S. economy “around half a percent,” he said. When adjusted for inflation, the neutral rate is near the Fed’s current policy rate, which is in a range of 2.25-2.50%.

Financial markets quickly reacted, with money market futures pricing in almost a 70% chance of a 50 basis point cut at its policy meeting on July 30-31 at one point.

The odds eased to around 40% after the New York Fed said later that his speech was not about potential actions at the upcoming policy meeting.

Still, Williams’ rate-cut view was echoed by Fed Vice Chair Clarida, who told Fox Business Network the central bank might have to act early and not wait “until things get so bad”.

“Williams’ comments were surprisingly dovish. The NY Fed went all the way to try to modify the message but no one seems to have done so for Clarida, who also said a very similar thing,” said Daisuke Uno, chief strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Bank.

We take careful position in relation to this statement and our trading plan suggests "wait and see" strategy, and it was not in vain as reaction was very short-term and rally was totally cancelled yesterday by opposite price action.
Although probabilities of aggressive rate cut have shown spike on Thursday, now they stand at the same levels - market still expects three rate cuts within a year and two rate cuts this year.

Williams has “reassured markets that his comments were academic and not about immediate policy changes and the dollar has modestly recovered as a result,” said Joshua Tadbir, corporate hedging manager at Western Union Business Solutions.

Investors are now pricing in a 43.1% chance of a 50-basis point cut in U.S. rates later this month, according to CME Group’s FedWatch tool, easing off the 60.2% probability hit on Thursday. The dollar has held up reasonably well as investors bet other central banks also will ease policy.



On Friday more fuel to bearish fire were added by anticipation of more dovish policy from ECB at the beginning of the next week. Investors ramped up bets for a European Central Bank interest rate cut as early as next week.

Money markets are now pricing in a roughly 60% chance of a 10 basis point rate cut next week, versus a 40% chance earlier in the week.

Rabobank analyst Jane Foley said ECB President Mario Draghi had surprised the market with dovish comments twice already in 2019, although her bank’s base case was still for a September cut.

“An ECB move would be more likely to have a shock impact...A 25 basis point cut by the Fed is priced in,” she said, adding that euro/dollar could test $1.11 or even $1.10 if the ECB did lower rates.

Central banks are launching another round of policy easing in an attempt to lift stubbornly low inflation and fight signs of an economic slowdown.

Expectations of a dovish shift in the rate cycle have boosted emerging market currencies. MSCI’s emerging market currency index on Friday hit a four-month high.

“We stay bearish on the U.S. dollar but put most focus versus high carry emerging market currencies, helped by global central bank easing,” Morgan Stanley analysts said in a note.

(I could recommend carry on Russian Ruble :D. 7.5% carry trade by annual Central Bank yield and positive trend against EUR and USD.)

So, situation stands tricky. Last week we talked on review of policy by Bank of England into more dovish, now despite that everything is clear with Fed rate cut, ECB is next. And if they will cut rate indeed, this could lead to double bearish effect on EUR/USD as Fed's 25 point is already priced-in.

Recent CFTC data shows that net short position on EUR has not changed. It means that Williams comments have no long-term effect on the market. Otherwise the position should drop more, but we see just pricing-in process of 25 points rate change. As a result net short position decreased more than 2 times in two months:

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Finally, as we keep an eye on GBP as well and track its fundamental background. The Fathom consulting has released new update on UK situation. Here we bring just few extractions.

The outlook for investment, and with it the UK economy, will depend crucially on political developments between now and 31 October, when the UK is due to leave the EU. Fathom’s UK Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI), which we treat as a useful guide to underlying economic momentum, slipped further in June and is now at its weakest in more than six years, consistent with broadly flat economic output. Despite the rhetoric of the favoured leadership candidate, it is of course conceivable that the UK leaves the EU on 31 October with a deal close to that currently on the table. We would give that around a 5% chance. To us, that is more or less the only scenario imaginable that would produce a meaningful near-term rebound in economic sentiment, and with it economic growth.

Much more likely than the UK leaving with a deal on the 31 October is the UK leaving with no deal on that date, or a further postponement of the UK’s departure from the EU following the dissolution of parliament in preparation for a general election. We would give these two options a combined weight of around 90%, split 3:1 in favour of a general election. Either of these outcomes is likely to lead, in the short term at least, to a further, and perhaps marked deterioration in our UK ESI. That is why we see a greater-than-evens chance of a technical recession in the UK within the next twelve months. Getting out of that will require substantially looser fiscal policy than is currently pencilled in by Chancellor Philip Hammond.

That's being said, it seems that next week not the Fed will be major driving factor, but ECB and II Q GDP report and PCE index. So, all eyes on Thursday-Friday on next week.
And the last one... not everybody follow us with gold analysis, but... Gold has hit major monthly target, which significantly increases chances on downside pullback, which should be rather significant. This thing puts the shadow on FX market, as difficult to expect drop on Gold market and rally on FX. Thus, indeed we could get dollar supportive statistics and dovish ECB decision.


So, culmination point is coming as we will meet IIQ GDP next week and Fed decision soon after. Monthly chart shows net market performance in July - despite multiple upside spikes that hide real result, here we could see that dollar stands in plus net, gradually erasing June upside action. MACD trend holds bearish here.

Our nearest culmination point is Fed July meeting which should clarify whether we right or wrong in our hypothesis. Our plan (according to fundamental issues) tends to idea of downside breakout. Rising concern on more dovish ECB policy and upside surprise of GDP data keeps intrigue hot.

As we've said last week, changes are still look insignificant, trend stands bearish. Monthly chart is rather large and any upside action will have retracement feature, until 1.26 area breakout. The first meaningful resistance here stands around YPP of 1.1740 area, which approximately agrees with 3/8 Fib resistance.

As market has minor drivers, situation changes only on lower time frames - daily and below.



Recent week has very small trading range, so we keep up with our "evening star" pattern which supports our bearish short-term view on EUR/USD.

Here we have two potential patterns. The short-term "Evening star" pattern is interesting with two nearest weeks, as it is mostly tactical and doesn't suggest big price swings. In general, "Evening Star" suggests downside continuation, which usually takes the shape of AB=CD pattern on daily/4H chart.

But it is not everything clear with the second pattern, which is reverse H&S as it is difficult to combine bullish character of the pattern and Evening star, which suggests downside drop. We could suggest either H&S destruction or, forming compounded head in a shape of double bottom, if downside action by Evening star will not be too extended. But this is longer perspective and not important right now.


So, we haven't needed to wait too long to get the clarity. Our Friday plan to wait and see what will happen, what patterns will be formed was correct, as upside rally was totally erased, which looks bearish. Besides we've got bearish grabber here at "C" point. Although it's target stands close, just under recent lows, it could put the foundation of greater collapse as market could start preparation to tough week.

Besides, we should not forget about psychological factors. Market just cancelled strong rally action, which is treated as "mistake", hence EUR should proceed in "correct" direction. Dollar index confirms the grabber as well.


In short-term perspective everything stands relatively clear. Until daily grabber (and bearish engulfing pattern) is valid, we have bearish context, which suggests short position against grabber's top.It means that on intraday chart we need to catch some upside pullback, and currently we like K-resistance around 1.1233-1.1241 area, that also includes WPP:


Investors' concern and doubts on upside continuation is growing. Recent fundamental background and price behavior mostly supports bearish view, which corresponds bearish patterns that we've started to trade two weeks ago. Among our forum members more often sounds bearish suggestions as well. We drift on light bearish sentiment in the beginning of the week, coming gradually to "X" point of ECB meeting and GDP release on Friday.

The technical portion of Sive's analysis owes a great deal to Joe DiNapoli's methods, and uses a number of Joe's proprietary indicators. Please note that Sive's analysis is his own view of the market and is not endorsed by Joe DiNapoli or any related companies.


Update on EUR. I am dropping my bullish stance on EUR. All upside action looks weak and corrective. On daily chart with top on 1.1415 I think that EUR has completed flat correction, red wave B, and that we have started printing wave 1 of wave C to downside. I believe that we are now in wave 4 of that wave 1 and its most probable shape is triangle in my view.

Daily chart: Blue wave C which was final leg of red wave B is likely finished on 1.1415. There are clear 5 waves in that wave C.

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1 H chart: Full wave count and expectation for likely triangle in wave 4.

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15 min chart: More detailed wave count. Here I want to show you that recent upside action is not impulse, but corrective ABC pattern. It had shape of ZigZag in that wave A, now we are printing wave B which is likely to be deep and also ZigZag.

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How to trade this?

1st position sell entry in zone 1.1250-1.1260, TP zone = 1.12-1.1220, SL = 1.1287
2nd position buy entry in zone 1.120-1.1220, TP zone = 1.1260-1.1270, SL=1.1179
3rd position sell entry in zone 1.126-1.1270, TP zone = 1.1220-1.1240, SL = 1.1287
4th position buy entry in zone 1.1220-1.1240, TP zone 1.1245-1.1255, SL = 1.1179
5th main position sell entry in zone 1.1245-1.1260 TP zone < 1.11, SL = 1.1287
Update on EUR. My trading plan which I posted 2 weeks ago works perfectly so far. Price action proves my expectation that we are now in triangle in wave 4. Every upside and downside action fails to breaks previous top or bottom, but retracements are very deep, even 88.6 fib levels are reached in all waves. We should be now in wave E to upside which should not break 1.1287 top, and should end in 1.1250-1.1270 zone after which wave 4 should be completed and bearish wave 5 should start with targets just under 1.1106 lows.

Daily chart:


4 H chart: Clear triangle formation visible.


1 H chart: Full wave count shown.


How to trade this?

1st position, long entry in zone 1.1210-1.1225, SL=1.1192, TP zone = 1.1250-1.1270
2nd main position, short entry in zone 1.1250-1.1270, SL1=1.1287, SL2=1.1340, TP zone = 1.1050-1.11


Update on GBP. I completely agree with Sive's longer term bearish view on GBP, but I expect some upside action to happen since I believe we are now in wave 4 to upside on daily chart.

Monthly chart:


Weekly chart:


Daily chart: This is main chart at the moment. Wave 3 was powerful to downside but looks completed now. Since wave 2 had shape of flat, 335 structure, I expect wave 4 to be ZigZag, 535 structure to upside.


1 H chart: Here I want to take a look on recent upside action. It looks like wave 5 of wave A has started, and it's targets are around 1.1258 level.


How to trade this?

Long entry in zone 1.249-1.251, SL1=1.2470, SL2=1.2422, TP zone = 1.256-1.2580


Hi guys, it's been a while since my last post so let me show you my updated scenarios.

The larger structure ufolding from 1.2556 has reached its moment of truth. Our critical key level is 1.1324. Be ready for an explosive price action - either direction.

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Greetings guys, it's worth recalling to see how our structure evolved over the past few weeks. Prices found a way and postponed our moment of truth a bit. All three scenarios remain valid with minor adjustments / new key levels.


Sive Morten

Special Consultant to the FPA
Howdy everybody,

So, we've talked a lot about coming fundamental events in our weekly report, but in daily updates we focus on tactical issues. The cornerstone of our short-term view is weekly evening star pattern, which takes the shape of H&S pattern on daily chart of EUR and DXY, and it suggests drop somewhere to 1.1050 area.
It means that our view mostly corresponds to Stag's 1st and partially to 3rd scenarios. Partially because our pattern has more contracted horizon.

Everything that we've said in weekend stands valid, as, Indeed, after minor upside pullback EUR continue dropping. Our bearish grabber has worked as well:

Still, on intraday charts we have closer standing targets. For instance, the same AB-CD has COP extension, which is enveloped by butterfly extensions. We could mark this area approximately as 1.1150.

Butterfly has its own inner AB=CD pattern, and its XOP target stands at the same 1.1150 as we could see on 1H chart:

So, market could get there by Thursday. Next impulse should come from ECB decision. Now it is widely suggested that it should be down as rumors talk on possible 10 point rate cut by ECB.


Update on EUR. Although triangle has failed, I still expect something similar to happen. I expect one more bullish retracement before true downside action starts, that C leg of wave 4 could end up anywhere in 1.1240-1.1310 zone, and should have 5 waves in it. I think that this downside action is still part of wave 4, not part of wave 5, and that small bullish bounce will happen.

4H chart:


1 H chart:


How to trade this?

1st position : Long entry in 1.1180-1.1190 zone, SL=1.1130, TP zone = 1.1240-1.1310
2nd main position: Sell entry in zone 1.1240-1.1310, SL=1.1340, TP zone = 1.1050-1.11

Sive Morten

Special Consultant to the FPA
Morning guys,

Well there are not many comments needed today. On daily chart no new patterns have been formed, market is moving through free space as major 5/8 support and all Pivots have been broken already, no oversold yet as well. It means that next support is the lows at 1.11-1.1120. As you probably know collapse has happened due D. Trump and Congress agreement on US national debt ceil, which has been increased and it should be sufficient for two years. This brought big relief to the markets and USD jumped.

This, in turn, perfectly completed our yesterday trading plan - market has hit COP, 1H XOP and butterfly at 1.1150:

Today we expect technical relief and pullback around 30%. We still have butterfly on 4H and its target is at least 3/8 retracement. Thus, on 1H chart, we could watch for DRPO "Buy" for example and pullback to 1.1170-1.1190 area. It is also logical from psyche of investors. Collapse was solid and fast, tomorrow is ECB, so profit should be taken off the table:


Update on EUR. Price action proved my expectations wrong, this downside action looks like wave 5 to downside, or part of wave 5. My 3 most probable scenarios all suggests upside action. Two of them are retracements on recent downside action, and one of them is impulse, and if that is true EUR will go over recent top on 1.1415. This last scenario, if upside action is impulse is possible, but I do not consider it likely, If ECB brings positive surprise, that could happen. I expect upside action to be retracement as most probable path for EUR.

Daily chart: This is key chart where I will show you my 3 most probable expectations:


4 H chart: More detailed wave count.


How to trade this?

Long entry in zone 1.1130-1.1150, SL=1.1105, TP1 zone = 1.120-1.1225, TP2 zone = 1.1270-1.130, TP3 zone = 1.1650-1.1750

Sive Morten

Special Consultant to the FPA
Morning everybody,

Hardly today we need a lot of comments as obviously everybody wait for ECB statement. We bring few adjustments to our yesterday view. On daily chart market slowly tending lower to our major 1.1060-1.1070 target. This level is also daily OS, as we've said in weekly report - "floor for the week". As rumors suggest 10 points rate cut by ECB, EUR could reach the target even today. The abscence any valuable support level makes this task even simpler:

On 4H chart, we see inability of the market to show even minor pullback from reached extension targets and butterfly pattern. This points on bearish sentiment and existence of solid selling offers. Here we see triple "tweezer top" price action which points on this issue. It means that chances on direct downside continuation have increased and we could get streight downside acceleration:

On 1H chart we see failed attempts of retracement even better. Also hourly chart provides signs of bearish dynamic pressure, as price stands flat with bullish MACD. DRPO "Failure" also stands here:

That's being said, we suggest no longs now and think that market could show downside acceleration, at least by technical picture. ECB could turn everything from top to bottom, but this factor is out of our control and makes no sense to gamble about it.

Sive Morten

Special Consultant to the FPA
Update on EUR. Price action proved my expectations wrong, this downside action looks like wave 5 to downside, or part of wave 5. My 3 most probable scenarios all suggests upside action...
Congrats, man, great prophecy :rolleyes:
I was able to suggest just first part to the downside ;)