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Forex Signal (Thursday April 19, 2012 NY TIME 10:00am EDT – US Existing Home Sales

Discussion in 'Current Forex Trading Signals' started by Stavro D'Amore, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Stavro D'Amore

    Stavro D'Amore Former FPA Special Consultant

    Jul 29, 2011
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    Today we have US existing home sales, please see my trade plan below

    US Existing Home Sales
    Forecast 4.62M
    Previous 4.59M
    Pair to trade: EUR/USD

    Triggers we need:
    BUY EUR/USD 4.22M
    SELL EUR/USD 5.02M

    Economical Impact: Extremely Critical
    Typical Result: Good for currency
    Occurrence: Released monthly, about 23 days after the month ends

    About our Triggers:
    US Housing sector forecasted to arrive at 4.75M. We are looking for a deviation on this trade of 400K either way. This is a very critical news release as many traders and economists will be focusing on this news release. Should this trade deviate, we will see major volatility in all US pairs. We can expect to see about 45pips on the initial spike, before another 20 pips on a double spike, before we see our required retrace.

    What is it? Why does the market care?
    The Existing Home Sales measures the annualized number of existing residential buildings that were sold during the previous month. This report helps to analyze the strength of the US housing market, which helps to analysis the economy as a whole. While this is monthly data, it is reported in an annualized format (monthly figure x12). Existing homes make up the majority of total sales and therefore tend to have more impact than New Home Sales.

    It's a leading indicator of economic health because the sale of a home triggers a wide-reaching ripple effect. For example, renovations are done by the new owners, a mortgage is sold by the financing bank, and brokers are paid to execute the transaction. A higher than expected reading should be taken as positive/bullish for the USD, while a lower than expected reading should be taken as negative/bearish for the USD.

    Method I use to trade this:
    Stavro D’Amore Trading Method

    Euro Crisis
    See my views

    Approximately 15 minutes prior to the news release, I will be looking for a short term LONG position in EUR/USD.
    I would be out of this LONG trade 2 minutes before the actual release, or to avoid any spreads that should widen.

    I will look for a 30-50% retracement in the original spike before entering a trade; I will sell half my position as soon as I hit the original high point of the first initial spike and place a SL at entry price. My TP level would be just before a resistance level or if the chart decides to form a support level, looking at a 15 minute chart time frame.

    I do recommend spike trading as an option when

    Historical Chart and Data for US Existing Home Sales

    All the best

    Stavro D’Amore

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