Sir Pipsalot's Tuesday Market Update 08-31-2010

Sir Pipsalot

Former FPA Special Consultant
Hey folks,

Just a short signal tonight as I do not have as much time as usual tonight. Check out my signals from Friday and Monday for more details on my biases.

EUR/USD may have topped at initial resistance just ahead of 1.2790, and I am bearish long term, but the retracement seems a bit shallow to me. I'd prefer to get more downside confirmation or wait for a deeper pullback before getting in short again.

EUR/GBP still looks good for a long as long as 4hr chart trendline support now around 0.8165 holds up. If that trendline fails, I'd look to get out or even flip short.

USD/JPY did not break key resistance cited yesterday and instead moved to the bottom of its hourly chart range. Since I'm already very short on stocks, I don't want to get aggressive on the short side of USD/JPY, so I'd prefer to wait for more of a clear long signal (like a break of 85.92) to help hedge some of the volatility in risk appetite and risk aversion.

Stocks managed to peek into my 1070-1080 sell range, but only overnight Sunday on futures before selling off to now 1045. I'm lowering my buy range on S&P futures to 1000-1010 and maintaining my sell range at 1070-1080.

In news Monday, AU Retail Sales came out slightly high, but not enough to trigger a buy. In news Tuesday:

0830 CAD GDP m/m (0.2% expected) - I normally don't trade CAD GDP, but with little other news out at 0830, it should perform well with a decent 0.2% deviation.
If it comes out at 0.4% or higher, USD/CAD should drop 40 pips over 3-20 minutes.
If it comes out at 0.0% or lower, USD/CAD should rally 40 pips over 3-20 minutes.

0945 US Chicago PMI (57.0 expected) - Stay away from this one as it gets released early to some people at 0942, and even then it only moves maybe 30 pips usually on a big surprise. If you can get the news early somehow at 0942, I'd prefer to trade it on US Equity futures.

1000 US Consumer Confidence (50.7 expected) - While this trade should work decently well on USD/JPY, like most 10:00AM EST US reports, it will likely work even better on US Equity futures like the ES or YM.
--If it comes out at 56 or higher, USD/JPY should rally 30-40 pips over 20 minutes, while US equities should rally 0.3 to 0.6% initially and about 1% over 20 minutes.
--If it comes out at 45 or lower, USD/JPY should fall 30-40 pips over 20 minutes, while US equities should fall 0.3 to 0.6% initially and about 1% over 20 minutes.

2130 AU GDP q/q (0.9% expected) - This report tends to hit about a 30 pip move initally, then consolidate for awhile, then has a very high likelihood of continuing in the direction of the initial move with slow but steady momentum to new extremes. You can try trading a 0.2% trigger instead of 0.3%, but you need to make sure the y/y (2.8% expected) also is 0.2% away as well.
--If it comes out at 1.2% or higher, AUD/USD should rally 30 pips initally and
closer to 50 pips over 30-90 minutes.
--If it comes out at 0.6% or lower, AUD/USD should fall 30 pips initially and closer to 50 pips over 30-90 minutes.

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Sir Pipsalot