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Producer prices in the US have grown significantly

Data released in the first half of the day, slightly supported the European currency, which formed a new uptrend yesterday.

Positively, euro buyers responded to the growth of industrial production in France and Italy in February of this year after more than a sharp decline in the beginning of the year.

According to the report of the statistics agency, industrial production in France in February this year grew by just 1.2% after falling 1.8% in January. Economists predicted that industrial production will grow by 1.3%.

In Italy, the indicator that was mentioned above also added 1.0% after a drop of 1.8% in January of this year. Economists were less upbeat and expected a decline in production in February by 0.5%. Compared to the same period in 2017, the industry in Italy grew by 2.5%, while economists were confident in growth of 4.8%.

The euro has grown well after weak data, which pointed to a decrease in the optimism level of the leaders of small companies in the US in March this year. It is logical to assume that the trade war unleashed by the White House administration negatively affects entrepreneurs who are expecting an improvement of the state of the economy and further develop their business.

According to the report of the National Federation of Independent Business, the optimism index of small business in March dropped to 104.7 points against 107.6 points in February. As noted in the NFIB, despite the decline in the overall index, hiring of employees and spending on the acquisition of new real estate remain at high levels.

Without attention, buyers of the US dollar left the fact that producer prices in the US in March of this year showed a significant growth, which will necessarily create a good overall inflationary pressure in the US economy, as expected by the Federal Reserve.

According to the US Department of Labor, the producer price index rose by 0.3% in March compared to the previous month. The tank index, which does not take into account volatile categories, especially energy prices, rose by 0.3% in March, compared with the previous month.

Economists had expected that the overall index would show an increase of 0.1%, and the base index will grow by 0.2%. Compared to the same period of the previous year, the overall index rose in March by 3.0%, the index excluding food and energy increased by 2.7%.

The British pound disregarded the speech of the representative of the Bank of England Andy Haldane, who said that monetary policy had not had a significant impact on income inequality in the UK. However, without stimulation, unemployment would be higher and GDP would be lower.

So far, demand for the pound remains on the back of a lack of new conversations related to Brexit. UK economic indicators also point to a positive scenario for the economy, which could lead to further hikes in interest rates by the Bank of England. *The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade.

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Gold goes ahead

When investors do not know what to do, they buy gold. Mutual threats of the US and China on the introduction of import duties caused only a temporary decline of stock indices on fears of a slowdown in the world economy due to the trade war. The US administration managed to calm investors, who can not understand how the US dollar will react. According to Morgan Stanley, negotiations between Washington and Beijing, a strong economy, tightening of the monetary policy of the Fed and improvement of the state of foreign trade allow us to rely on the growth of the USD index. Deutsche Bank, on the contrary, is confident of its decline due to a double deficit.

While the foreign exchange market is looking for an answer to the question of how to respond to a trade war, investors are buying up precious metals. ETF stocks continue to increase, and Xetra-Gold, one of the three largest specialized exchange funds, has increased to peak levels since its inception in 2007. This indicates a high demand for the analyzed asset, primarily in Europe.

"Bulls" of XAU/USD particularly do not panic about the potential decline in Indian imports. Bloomberg, referring to its reliable sources in Delhi, who wished to remain anonymous, reported a reduction in shipments to 64.2 tons to that country in March. A year ago, it was about a figure of 121 tons. History shows that if gold flows from East to West ( in ETF), then the chances of getting an uptrend are much higher than the downtrend.

Especially against the background of increasing volatility of precious metals. The 60-day indicator rose to 12.4, the highest for more than a year. In such conditions, one can expect increased activity from central banks in the area of purchases of the analyzed asset for increasing gold and foreign exchange reserves.

Dynamics of gold volatility

If we add to the above, the recent escalation of the conflict around Syria and Iran, the growing likelihood of Russia's response to US economic sanctions and the associated deterioration of global appetite for risk, it becomes clear that the fundamental background contributes to the continuation of the XAU/USD rally.

The return of investors' interest in the single European currency also played a role in the process. Its share in the USD index is 57%. Therefore, the "hawkish" comments made by Ewald Novotny about the completion of QE in 2018 and the increase in the deposit rate from -0.4% to -0.2%, as well as the optimism of other ECB representatives regarding the prospects of a slow down in the first quarter of the economy for the currency bloc, returned hopes of a recovery of an upward long-term trend to bulls of the EUR/USD.

The release of data on US inflation for March and the publication of the minutes of the last meeting of the FOMC can hinder the plans of the fans of the precious metal. Overclocking the CPI and the "hawkish" rhetoric of the Fed will increase the chances of four rate hikes on federal funds in 2018 and will provide short-term support to the dollar.

Technically, breaking through the resistance at $1357 and $1362 per ounce will increase the risks of activating of AB = CD patterns and the realization of their targets by 127.2% and 161.8%.

Gold, daily chart

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The ECB looks with caution in the future

The data in the first half of the day had a negative impact on the exchange rate of the European currency, as it indicated a fall in industrial production in the euro area in February this year compared with January. The minutes of the meeting of the European Central Bank were also not optimistic. According to the report of the statistical agency, industrial production in the eurozone in February this year fell by 0.8% compared with January, while economists expected production growth of 0.2%. Such a sharp reduction will necessarily lead to a slowdown in the growth of the euro area economy in the first quarter of this year. A declining trend is observed for the third month in a row, and each time it is bigger and bigger. Thus, in December, compared with November, industrial production fell by 0.1%, and in January compared with December by 0.6%.

As I noted above, the publication of the minutes of the meeting of the Governing Council of ECB officials, which was held on March 7-8, put pressure on risky assets, which led to a sharp decline in the European currency.

The main reason for such a sharp decline was the ECB's concern over the probability of a trade war with the US, as well as the excessively high euro exchange rate. As noted in the minutes, much emphasis is put on what will be the damage from the trade war, as well as on what measures the European Union will take, which may affect the weakening of investor confidence.

After such a report, one can hardly rely on the regulator to reduce its fiscal incentives in autumn, and especially an increase in interest rates by the European Central Bank in the spring of next year.

As for the technical picture of the EURUSD pair, the development of the market went in accordance to a bearish scenario. Now sellers are working out support levels in the area of 1.2330, continuing to strive for a larger area of 1.2300 and 1.2275.

The British pound strengthened somewhat against the US dollar after a slight decline in the first half of the day. The pound was supported by a speech by David Davis, who is in charge of the UK government for Brexit talks.

According to Davis, at the present time there is a very low probability that the UK and the EU will not reach an agreement on Brexit, and during the transition period, little will change for business. The transition period will give the UK time to prepare for the application of the new rules

Davis also drew attention to the fact that the big plus of Brexit is the ability to independently conclude trade agreements, which in the future will enable the UK to conclude more favorable agreements.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for April 16, 2018

EUR/NZD is following the expected path and is correcting. The minimum corrective target at 1.6793 has already been tested, but we expected a little more correction closer to the 1.6835 - 1.6860 area will be seen before lower again towards the ideal target near 1.6620. The test of 1.6620 will ideally complete the corrective decline from 1.7162. That said it's possible that a larger correction is developing and if this is the case, a decline to 1.6220 should be expected before a more firm bottom is in place.

R3: 1.6860
R2: 1.6820
R1: 1.6793
Pivot: 1.6736
S1: 1.6676
S2: 1.6620
S3: 1.6580

Trading recommendation:
We are looking for an EUR-selling opportunity at 1.6845.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for April 16, 2018

EUR/NZD is following the expected path and is correcting. The minimum corrective target at 1.6793 has already been tested, but we expected a little more correction closer to the 1.6835 - 1.6860 area will be seen before lower again towards the ideal target near 1.6620. The test of 1.6620 will ideally complete the corrective decline from 1.7162. That said it's possible that a larger correction is developing and if this is the case, a decline to 1.6220 should be expected before a more firm bottom is in place.

R3: 1.6860
R2: 1.6820
R1: 1.6793
Pivot: 1.6736
S1: 1.6676
S2: 1.6620
S3: 1.6580

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We are looking for an EUR-selling opportunity at 1.6845.

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Fundamental Analysis of EUR/USD for April 17, 2018

EUR/USD has been quite impulsive with the bullish gains recently which engulfed the recent bearish pressure with a daily candle yesterday. The volatility in the EURUSD is still quite high and expected to have no definite trend momentum until 1.25 is broken above or 1.21 is broken below. Despite having worse economic reports EUR gained good momentum over USD recently which is expected to push higher in the coming days. Today EUR German ZEW Economic Sentiment report is going to be published which is expected to decrease to -0.8 from the previous positive figure of 5.1, Italian Trade Balance report is expected to show an increase to 2.23B which previously was at -0.09B and ZEW Economic Sentiment report is expected to decrease to 7.3 from the previous figure of 13.4. On the other hand, today USD Building Permits report is going to be published which is expected to increase to 1.33M from the previous figure of 1.30M, Housing Starts is also expected to increase to 1.27M from the previous figure of 1.24M, Capacity Utilization Rate is expected to have slight decrease to 77.9% from the previous value of 78.1% and Industrial Production report is expected to decrease to 0.3% from the previous value of 1.1%. Moreover, today FOMC Member Williams and Quarles is going to speak about the nation's interest rate and monetary policy which is expected to be neutral in nature. As of the current scenario, both currencies in the pair is expected to have mixed economic results today and this week there is no further high impact economic reports or events to push the price into a definite trend but as the EUR is quite stronger in comparison to USD with the market sentiment, further bullish momentum is expected after certain retracement along the way in the coming days.

Now let us look at the technical view. The price is currently residing above 1.2350 which was recently broken below with a daily close showing good evidence of price proceeding lower. As of yesterday, after having a daily close above 1.2350 does signify previous bearish move as a false break which is currently expected to push the price much higher in the coming days with the target towards 1.2450-1.25 price area. As the price remains above 1.2350 area, the further bullish pressure is expected in this pair.

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Brent: East is a delicate matter

Donald Trump's statement that "the mission is carried out" after the military strikes against Syria by the United States and its allies allowed the "bears" of Brent and WTI to go on a counterattack. The conflict around Damascus did not turn into a mass brawl and the risks of interruptions in supplies from the Middle East declined, which led to the removal of oil futures from the region of 3.5-year highs. However, fears about the resumption of economic sanctions against Iran, political instability in Venezuela, OPEC's readiness to expand its commitments beyond 2018, and a strong global demand set the fans of black gold in a major way. In addition, who will give his head to be cut-off to guarantee that the US president will not throw out another fortune?

Theoretically reducing the degree of geopolitical risks opens the way for correction. "Bears" are waiting for their hour, guided by the growth of American production by about a quarter from mid-2016 to 10.53 million bpd and the increase in drilling rigs by 73 units from the beginning of the year. The dynamics of indicators indicates that US companies are actively developing production and simultaneously hedging price risks through the sale of futures contracts. The problem is that the decline in stocks indicates the outpacing dynamics of domestic demand. According to the forecasts of experts in Bloomberg, by the end of the week of April 13, oil reserves in the USA will have decreased by 600 thousand barrels and for the first time in the last few years, will have fallen below their five-year average.

Dynamics of US stocks

Thus, the large-scale fiscal stimulus favorably affects domestic demand and allows to cover the negative from the increase in production. The increased interest in black gold in other countries, coupled with the implementation of the Vienna agreements of OPEC, lays a solid foundation under the upward trend for Brent and WTI. Thus, the volume of oil refining in China in March set a new record of 12.13 million bpd. The previous one was recorded in November (12.03 million). The acceleration of the indicator compared with the average for the first two months of the year (11.56 million) and March 2017 (11.19 million) speaks of the growing appetite of the Celestial Empire. The volume of its domestic extraction of black gold is 3.76 million bpd. The indicator is wandering near the lowest mark since June 2011, and its dynamics convince that Beijing is actively buying oil abroad.

The situation can be changed only by the large-scale trade war between the US and China. This is the opinion of the International Energy Agency. Nevertheless, it does not change its forecast for the increase in global demand for 2018 at 1.5 million bpd. This shows that the IEA does not believe in military action. In our opinion, if the world economy headed by the US is beginning to restore the growth rates taken in 2017. The increased interest in oil will allow the "bulls" of Brent to continue the northern trend.

Technically, the April update of the maximum will increase the risks of implementation of the Targets by 161.8% and 200% in the AB = CD patterns. They are located near the marks of $ 75-76.5 per barrel.

Brent, daily chart

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Technical analysis: Intraday Level For EUR/USD, April 19, 2018

When the European market opens, some Economic Data will be released such as Spanish 10-y Bond Auction and Current Account. The US will release the Economic Data too, such as Natural Gas Storage, CB Leading Index m/m, Unemployment Claims, and Philly Fed Manufacturing Index, so, amid the reports, EUR/USD will move in a low to medium volatility during this day.

TODAY'S TECHNICAL LEVEL:
Breakout BUY Level: 1.2438.
Strong Resistance:1.2431.
Original Resistance: 1.2419.
Inner Sell Area: 1.2407.
Target Inner Area: 1.2378.
Inner Buy Area: 1.2349.
Original Support: 1.2337.
Strong Support: 1.2325.
Breakout SELL Level: 1.2318.

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Traders do not have enough reference points

The lack of benchmarks and positive fundamental statistics leads traders to a standstill. On the one hand, trading in the EURUSD pair is below a significant resistance level of 1.2395, which has repeatedly limited the upside potential in risky assets. On the other hand, there are also few who want to to sell the euro and go against the trend.

In the first half of the day, data showed that the positive balance of the current account of the euro area's balance of payments in February 2018 decreased compared to January. According to the report of the European Central Bank, the current account surplus of the balance of payments in February fell to 35.1 billion euros against 39 billion euros in January.

However, compared with February 2017, it should be noted that there was growth. As in 2017, the current account surplus of the euro area's balance of payments was at the level of 29.8 billion euros. For the period from March 2017 to February 2018, the surplus of the current account of the euro area's balance of payments totaled 408.1 billion euros.

Let me remind you that Donald Trump has been advocating a criticism of Germany, and a month ago he spoke in favor of introducing a number of trade duties on the European Union. However, up to now the case never came. The White House administration repeatedly appealed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on insufficient efforts related to the reduction of the trade surplus with the US, but failed to receive any support.

On Thursday afternoon, a report was released from the US Department of Labor, which was ignored by the market.

According to the data, the number of Americans, who applied for unemployment benefits for the first time, fell last week. Thus, the number of initial applications for unemployment benefits for the week from April 8 to 14 fell by 1,000 and was at the level of 232,000, which went against the forecasts of economists who expected the number of applications to be 225,000.

The British pound was lower against the US dollar in the morning amid weak data on retail sales, but then managed to regain its position, as traders began to digest Wednesday's report on inflation in more detail. In fact, if you understand, then there was nothing "terrible" in that report, which could cause such a speculative market reaction to the selling of the pound.

According to a report by the National Bureau of Statistics, retail sales in the UK in March 2018 fell 1.2% compared to the previous month. It happened against the background of bad weather. In general, the economic categories of goods and food suffered. For the 1st quarter of 2018, retail sales in the UK decreased by 0.5% compared to the previous quarter.

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Technical analysis: Intraday Level For EUR/USD, April 23, 2018

When the European market opens, some Economic Data will be released such as German Buba Monthly Report, Flash Services PMI, Flash Manufacturing PMI, German Flash Services PMI, German Flash Manufacturing PMI, French Flash Services PMI, and French Flash Manufacturing PMI. The US will release the Economic Data too, such as Existing Home Sales, Flash Services PMI, and Flash Manufacturing PMI, so, amid the reports, EUR/USD will move in a low to medium volatility during this day.

TODAY'S TECHNICAL LEVEL:
Breakout BUY Level: 1.2333.
Strong Resistance:1.2326.
Original Resistance: 1.2314.
Inner Sell Area: 1.2302.
Target Inner Area: 1.2273.
Inner Buy Area: 1.2244.
Original Support: 1.2232.
Strong Support: 1.2220.
Breakout SELL Level: 1.2213.

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Daily analysis of USDX for April 24, 2018

USDX is posting fresh multi-day highs above the 200 SMA at H1 chart and the resistance zone of 91.75 could be challenged in coming days, as we're watching a possible breakout of the 90.63 level, which has been proven to be a tough resistance to crack. However, a retracement at the current stage should be limited by the moving average mentioned above.

H1 chart's resistance levels: 90.63 / 91.75
H1 chart's support levels: 89.36 / 87.88

Trading recommendations for today: Based on the H1 chart, place buy (long) orders only if the USD Index breaks with a bearish candlestick; the support level is at 90.63, take profit is at 91.75 and stop loss is at 89.49.

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Locking in short positions in euros before the ECB meeting

The data released in the first half of the day had a temporary pressure on the European currency, which, after the daily lows, began to recover gradually against the background of profit taking.

Most likely, big investors will hurry to lock in some of the short positions in euros before an important meeting of the European Central Bank, which will be held this Thursday.

On Tuesday, pressure on the euro might come from weak data on sentiment in the business circles of France, which in April of this year has deteriorated. This happened because manufacturers changed their outlook on their future prospects.

According to the report of the statistics agency, the business climate index in April 2018 dropped to 109 points from 110 points in March. Economists had expected the index to remain at 110 points.

The index of sentiment in business circles in Germany also showed a decline due to a fall in expectations of companies in the manufacturing sector. According to the Ifo Institute, the business climate index fell in April to 102.1 points from 103.3 points in March. Economists predicted a value of 102.6 points.

On Tuesday, the European Central Bank's report on lending volumes for the first quarter of this year was published, in which banks noted an increase in demand for loans.

This happened because the euro zone banks significantly softened the lending standards in the 1st quarter. Particularly since it concerns the standards of lending for the purchase of housing, as well as the standards of unsecured consumer lending. The report indicates that banks expect further easing of lending standards and in the second quarter of this year.

As for the technical picture of the EURUSD pair, attempts by the bears to squeeze the euro below the day's low were futile. Most likely, the movement for the day will fall under the bullish scenario, which I discussed in more detail in the previous review. A breakthrough and going beyond the level of 1.2215 will lead to further upward correction in the trading instrument with the update of areas 1.2245 and 1.2270.

The Australian dollar managed to recover its position against the US dollar after a major fall in the first half of the day, which happened right after the publication of data on the slower rate of inflation in Australia.

According to the report, Australia's consumer price index in the 1st quarter of 2018 increased by 0.4% compared to the previous quarter and by 1.9% compared to the same period of the previous year. Economists had expected growth of 0.5% and 2.0%, respectively.

Weaker inflation growth rates may not allow the Reserve Bank of Australia to increase its interest rates in the future.

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Gold fell under the crossfire

After the unsuccessful attempt to breakthrough the upper border of the medium-term trading range of $ 1300-1360 per ounce, the gold collapsed downwards on an unfavorable external background. The topic of the trade war in the context of rapid negotiations between Washington and Beijing no longer provides support for safe havens, while the shift in investors' interest in tightening monetary policy of the Federal Reserve extended a helping hand to the rates of the debt market and the US dollar. Precious metals reacts sensitively to the behavior of these assets: the strengthening of the US currency makes imports in the largest consumer countries of the physical asset more expensive. At the same time, non-yielding gold is not able to adequately compete with treasury bonds in the event of an increase in yield.

Dynamics of the yield of US and gold bonds

The growth of rates in the 10-year American debts above the psychologically important level of 3% to the maximum level since the beginning of 2014 has become a real catastrophe for the "bulls" of XAU/USD. Moreover, increasing the attractiveness of bonds leads to the diversification of investment portfolios in their favor, so the cost of servicing ETF products is even more expensive. But in April, according to Commerzbank, the reserves of specialized funds increased by 53 tons, which is equivalent to all inflows for the first quarter. Uncertainty about the US-China trade conflict, geopolitical problems in the Middle East and the reluctance of the US dollar to strengthen in response to the Fed's "hawkish" rhetoric have inflated the demand for these assets, but at the end of April the external background has radically changed. This can lead to loss of the ETF.

In general, it seems that 2015-2016 has returned, when rumors about the normalization of the monetary policy of the Fed pushed up the USD index. In April, the chances of four federal funds rate increases in 2018 increased from less than 30% to almost 50%, which is one of the main drivers of growth in Treasury yields. The second is the increase in inflation expectations under the influence of the Brent rally to $75 per barrel.

Not the least role in the correction of the USD index is the weakness of the euro on the eve of the meeting of the Governing Council. The ECB is concerned about the impact of the revaluation of the single European currency and trade conflicts on the eurozone economy. The latter lost steam in the first quarter, however, its gradual recovery during the rest of the year will return to the market rumors about the normalization of the ECB monetary policy and will help restore the EUR/USD position. Gold will be able to benefit from this fact due to its high correlation with the US dollar.

Technically there is a retest of the lower border of the upward trading channel. If the "bulls" manage to return gold quotes into it and consolidate above the resistance at $1336 per ounce, the risks of recovery of the upward trend will increase. On the contrary, if the buyers do not succeed, the peak of the precious metal in the direction of targeting by 88.6% in the pattern of the "Shark" is likely to continue. Gold, daily chart

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The ECB leaves the rate unchanged, and Draghi leaves the answers

The euro fell in the morning against the US dollar, but did not go beyond the lows. Pressure on the pair had data from the company GfK, according to which the mood of consumers in Germany in May will deteriorate. This will happen because of fears about the geopolitical risks and the growth of protectionism, which the US is promoting with respect to trade.

As indicated in the leading report, the index of consumer confidence in Germany in May was 10.8 points against 10.9 points in April. The data fully coincided with the forecasts of economists.

After the publication of the ECB's decision on the interest rate, the euro again returned to the lows of the day.

Thus, the European Central Bank left the refinancing rate unchanged, at 0.0%, while the deposit rate was also maintained at a negative level of -0.4%.

The ECB said that rates will remain at current levels for an extended period, especially highlighting the point that changes in monetary policy will not be introduced long after the completion of asset purchases. Let me remind you that a number of experts suggest that as soon as the European regulator completely turns off the asset buy-back program, there will immediately appear the prerequisites for raising interest rates.

As for the program of quantitative easing, then, according to the ECB, it will be implemented in the amount of 30 billion euros a month before the end of September this year, and if necessary, then longer.

The ECB President's speech at the press conference led to a surge in market volatility.

Many market participants expected specifics in the statements of the ECB President regarding the asset buy-back program. Despite this, Mario Draghi again blurrily commented on the current situation. According to him, the incoming information speaks in favor of a somewhat moderate position.

With regard to the rate of price growth, Draghi expressed concern about the restrained growth of core inflation, confident that inflation will continue to rise to the target level in the medium term, and that it will still require significant stimulus to maintain it.

Draghi also drew attention to the fact that economic growth will remain confident, large-scale, even though the growth rate has become more moderate compared to the beginning of 2018. In this connection, according to the president of the ECB, there remains a need for sufficient monetary and credit incentives.

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Technical analysis: Intraday Level For EUR/USD, May 02, 2018

When the European market opens, some Economic Data will be released such as Unemployment Rate, Italian Prelim GDP q/q, Prelim Flash GDP q/q, Italian Monthly Unemployment Rate, Final Manufacturing PMI, Final Manufacturing PMI, French Final Manufacturing PMI, Italian Manufacturing PMI, and Spanish Manufacturing PMI. The US will release the Economic Data too, such as Federal Funds Rate, Crude Oil Inventories, and ADP Non-Farm Employment Change, so, amid the reports, EUR/USD will move in a medium to high volatility during this day.

TODAY'S TECHNICAL LEVEL:
Breakout BUY Level: 1.2050.
Strong Resistance:1.2043.
Original Resistance: 1.2031.
Inner Sell Area: 1.2019.
Target Inner Area: 1.1991.
Inner Buy Area: 1.1963.
Original Support: 1.1951.
Strong Support: 1.1939.
Breakout SELL Level: 1.1932.

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Gold tests advisor

The dollar rose from its knees and the yield of 10-year US Treasuries broke through a psychologically important mark of 3%, which made gold a whipping boy. The precious metal fell to the level of 4-month lows, and the market is discussing the prophetic forecast of Larry Kudlow. When assuming the post of chief economic advisor to the president, he recommended buying the US dollar and selling gold. By that time, and the case was in mid-March, the USD index lost about 8.6%, while the XAU/USD, by contrast, added 8.8%, so Kudlow's advice at best was puzzling. In fact, everything turned out differently. The Economic Adviser proved his professionalism. A great start, Larry!

Dynamics of gold and the US dollar

Someone perceived the success of the replacement Gary Cohen as an accident (once a year and a stick shoots), someone - a confirmation of the theory that markets are ruled by people from Washington, whether the Fed or the US administration. Much more important is another - the precious metal and the dollar continue to walk in pairs, although in different directions. The gold is traditionally perceived as a hedge against inflation, but always take into account the dynamics of real rates of the US debt market. The rapid growth in the yield of treasury bonds caused no less a blow to the positions of the "bulls" in the XAU/USD than the "greenback" who rose from the ashes. The precious metal is unable to compete with bonds because of its inability to pay dividends, so it fell into disgrace. Stocks of the world's largest specialized stock exchange fund SPDR Gold Trust fell to 866.77 tons, while XAU/USD prices fell to the lowest level since the end of December.

Gold as easily slid into the red zone from the beginning of the year, as it started to kick off. What can save it? Short-term - the absence of signals from the Fed on four hikes in the federal funds rate in 2018 and disappointing statistics on the US labor market for April. Mid-term - the restoration of the global economy after a disastrous first quarter. Do not be surprised that the safe-haven will respond positively to an improvement in the global appetite for risk. In fact, the scheme "overclocking the US economy - increasing the growth rate of global GDP - the normalization of monetary policy by central banks-competitors of the Fed" can cause a re-earn, which will lead to a weakening of the dollar and a return to interest in gold.

Investors should closely monitor the ability of the yield of 10-year US bonds to break the level of 3%, and gain a foothold above it. It does not work out - large accounts will begin to record profits on long positions in US currency.

The technically formed pattern of the "Broadening Wedge" pattern and the transformation of the "Shark" pattern into a 5-0 increase the risks of a pullback in the direction of 23.6%, 38.2% and 50% of the CD wave. Correction, as a rule, is used for selling, however, if bulls on gold manage to return quotes to the resistance at $1352 and $1359 per ounce, the risks of recovery of the upward trend will increase.т.

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Pound and the euro continue to fall

Despite good industrial production figures in Germany for March of this year, the European currency continued its decline against the US dollar and a number of other world currencies on Tuesday morning. The speech of the chairman of the Fed was taken by traders with a certain optimism. Although, Powell did not touch on the conditions of monetary policy but instead spoke more about its impact on other developed economies of the world.

According to the report of the Federal Bureau of Statistics of Germany, industrial production in March 2018 grew by 1.0% compared with February, while economists expected an increase of 0.8%. As stated in the report, the main reason for the growth was the increase in production of capital goods. Compared with March 2017, industrial production in Germany increased by 3.2%.

Good data from Germany, after the disastrous beginning of the year, instilled some optimism in investors, but, as we see on the EURUSD chart, this is not enough.

The morning speech by the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, had a positive effect on the quotes of the US dollar. Powell said that despite the Fed's repeated increase in rates since December 2015, financial conditions in the US have become less stringent, while monetary stimulus has had only a relatively limited impact on the flow of capital in emerging economies in recent years. He also noted that the Fed, as much as possible, clearly intends to talk about the prospects of politics in order to avoid unrest in the markets.

As for the technical picture of the EURUSD pair, the downtrend persists and so far there are no prerequisites for a reversal. The breakdown at the support level of 1.1890 opens up new prospects for updating the lows in the areas of 1.1830 and 1.1790. The main goal now will be the level of the minimum of December 12, 2017 which is the level of 1.1717.

The British pound grew reluctantly but returned to the lower boundary of the side channel, which also indicates the continued downward trend in the trading instrument. Pressure on the pound in the first half of the day could be formed by statements of British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. During the interview, Johnson expressed his dissatisfaction with the plan of the customs agreement, which was proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May and which should enter into force after Brexit.

According to the minister, the variant of the customs agreement contradicts everything that the UK aspired to by agreeing to Brexit and leaving the EU, since the preservation of import duties in favor of the EU will retain control over trade policy and laws.

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Correction potential in the euro can be restrained

The upward correction in the European currency continued on Friday amid a lack of good fundamental statistics on the US economy, as well as rather restrained statements by the representatives of the Federal Reserve, in particular James Bullard, who stated that it was necessary to "slow down" with the increase in rates.

According to the University of Michigan, consumer sentiment in the US in May remained unchanged. Despite the fact that the index is preliminary, the lack of growth in consumer confidence could negatively affect the economy in the second quarter of this year.

Thus, the leading index of consumer sentiment at the University of Michigan in May this year was 98.8 points, unchanged from April. Economists had expected the index to be 98.0 points. Let me remind you that in March the mood index rose to 101.4 points, and then began its decline.

As noted above, the speech of the representative of the Fed Bullard was of a rather interesting nature. Despite the fact that the US economy is in very good condition and there are no problems with inflation growth above 2% the regulator will not, Bullard is concerned that two more rate hikes this year could lead to a coup in the yield curve of government bonds.

In his view, it is wrong to assume that a reversal of the yield curve will not lead to serious changes in the market. In this connection, the official of the Federal Reserve indicated that he will express his disagreement with the further increase of interest rates this year.

His colleague in the role, Loretta Mester, was more optimistic. In her opinion, the Fed may have to make their policies deterrent, as the neutral interest rate increases. However, improving economic prospects will be a strong argument in favor of further tightening of monetary policy, as this will prevent overheating of the economy.

Mester is sure that the prospects for the economy are positive, and the level of full employment has been reached in the labor market.

As for the technical picture of the EURUSD pair, buyers of risky assets have already formed a fairly large upward wave, which led the trading instrument to the resistance level area of 1.1980. Only its breakthrough will serve as a new impetus to the opening of long positions in the expectation of updating the highs of 1.2020 and 1.2070.

If the bulls are not so persistent, and in the resistance area 1.1980 there will be a drop in demand for risky assets, another attempt to return to the market of large sellers with the removal of stop orders of buyers below the support of 1.1930 is not ruled out.

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Weak indicators of GDP growth in the Eurozone put pressure on the euro

The Eurozone's weak economic growth, along with the slowdown in its flagship German economy, has affected the sentiment of traders who are rushing to lock in long positions in the European currency after the recent corrective growth.

According to the Federal Bureau of statistics, German economic growth slowed in the 1st quarter of 2018. As noted in the report, one of the reasons for the slowdown was a series of strikes that swept through Germany. Thus, GDP growth in annual terms was at 1.2% against 2.5% in the 4th quarter of 2017. Economists also predicted a slowdown in the German economy in the 1st quarter.

According to the Bureau of statistics, France's GDP growth for 2017 was revised to 2.2%, from 2%, as previously reported. Good GDP growth was recorded in the 1st quarter in Spain, which partly offset the fall in the overall indicator for the Eurozone.

According to the report of the statistical Agency Eurostat, the growth rate of economic activity slowed. Thus, the Eurozone economy in the 1st quarter of 2018 grew by only 0.4% compared to the previous quarter after an increase of 0.7% in the 4th quarter of last year. These data fully coincided with the preliminary forecast, as well as with the expectations of economists.

As for the technical picture of the EUR/USD pair, the bearish scenario continues to work out. The breakthrough of support at 1.1890, from which the euro continued to grow on Friday, could lead to a number of new short positions and a further decline of the euro towards the low of 1.1850 and 1.1820

The British pound did not receive much support after the publication of the report on the labor market, which indicated that from January to March this year, unemployment in the UK remained at its minimum level.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics, unemployment remained at 4.2 percent, while the number of unemployed in the UK decreased by 46,000 during the reporting period.

Despite this, the pound continues to decline, moving towards the lower border of the side channel, which was formed after the decision of the Bank of England on interest rates last week in the level of 1.3460.

Data from the National Bureau of Statistics also came out in the first half of the day, which indicated that industrial production in China in April of this year increased by 7.0% compared to the same period last year after an increase of 6.0% in March. Economists had expected production to grow by 6.4 percent.

aRetail sales in China rose only 9.4% in April, following a 10.1% increase in March compared to the same period last year. The unemployment rate fell to 4.9% in April.

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Technical analysis of GBP/JPY for May 17, 2018

The GBP/JPY at 4-Hour Charts seem already making higher highs and higher lows after the MACD Divergence with the price but this pair now getting struggles with the Support Become Resistance level at 149.11 events now this pair already breakout above those level now the GBP/JPY must test the 149.11 level first as their new Support before they can go up, this condition already confirmed by the William %R(14) already at Overbought side. So this pair in a short time manner will be going down to test the 149.11 level.

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Daily analysis of EUR/JPY for May 18, 2018

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There are still mixed signals in the market. The EMA 11 is slightly below the EMA 56, and the RSI period 14 is slightly above the level 50. It may be prudent to stay away from this market until there would be a directional movement in it.

At least, in the short-term, nothing has really changed in this market. The price plummeted on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday, to test the demand zone at 129.50. After that, a rally effort was made, which made price rose by 110 pips, thereby frustrating the bears. Investors may want to wait until there is a directional movement in the market.

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Technical analysis of Gold for May 21, 2018

Gold price is breaking down below the recent $1,285-$1,295 consolidation. Gold price could see $1,270-75, but the bearish divergence signs continue to warn us that the next big move will be to the upside. I'm a buyer of Gold at the current or lower levels.

Blue lines - bullish divergence warning
Green lines - target levels
Yellow line - medium-term resistance
Red line - short-term resistance

Short-term resistance is at $1,292. I expect Gold price to soon break above it and move towards our first targets of $1,302-$1,304. Next important resistance is at $1,310-13 where I can see the next big trend test. With a break above this level, the price will move towards the 50% and 61.8% Fibonacci retracement. A weekly close above the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement will open the way for a bigger move towards $1,425. Gold is at its final stages of the move from the $1,365 level.

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Pound returns to politics

Quotes of the GBP/USD slumped to a five-month low as it came under fire on three sides. The lack of a unified position within the conservative party on the basic principles of Brexit has revived political risks, negative statistics on the U.K. continues to reduce the likelihood of tightening the monetary policy of the Bank of England in 2018, and, finally, the unrestrained growth of the yield of Treasury bonds pushes up the US dollar. Such an unfavorable background makes the position of the sterling extremely vulnerable, but Forex is good because the situation can be turned upside down in a matter of moments.

Unexpected comments by Theresa May that Britain will still come out of the Customs Union, became a verdict for the pound. A week ago, the market was walking directly opposite rumors, which at that time had some support for the "bulls" on the GBP/USD. Even for a little while. The Prime Minister said that there is no reason for a second referendum on Scotland's independence, although in the North of the United Kingdom there are quite different sentiments. In general, the divide is felt in all politics, not only in the conservative party, which plays against sterling.

The futures market is on the verge of abandoning the idea of raising the REPO rate by 25 bp in 2018. Previously, there was confidence in two acts of monetary tightening, and after the May meeting of the Bank of England, the likelihood of a hike in August were regarded as a fifty-fifty. However, the busy economic calendar for the week to May 25 a priori nominates the pound for the title of the most interesting currency of the five-day period. Bloomberg analysts expect to see April inflation and GDP for the first quarter at the same levels of +2.5% yoy and +0.1% q/q, and also forecast a slowdown in retail sales to a six-month low. At the same time, the BoE in its most recent accompanying documents noted that the second assessment of January-March, in fact, is likely to be the best. If inflation also begins to move away from the target in the direction of 3%, the idea of two acts of monetary tightening in 2018 will rise from the ashes. And if so, then the "bulls" on the GBP/USD after long ordeals will still feel the ground beneath their feet.

Dynamics of the British inflation

The reason for their optimism can be slowed down and finally, the US dollar. Despite the fact that the news of a truce in the trade war between Beijing and Washington in the form of a temporary cancellation of tariffs for $150 billion imports has benefited the yield of Treasury bonds, however, Bloomberg's median forecast of 3.19% at the end of the year is already close, and the stabilization of the indicator will somewhat curb the enthusiasm of bulls in the USD index. In addition, after a continuous 4-week rally, some of them will probably want to lock in the profit.

Technically, a clear implementation of the "Broadening Wedge" pattern brought the pair's quotes beyond the upward trading channel, and the "bears" - to the operational space, and brought them closer to the target by 88.6% in the "Double Top" pattern at arm's length. It corresponds to the level of 1.32.

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Daily analysis of USDX for May 23, 2018

The index managed to make a retracement from the Monday's highs, but the 200 SMA remains as a dynamic support in the short-term, where also it has formed a fractal. We should remind that a breakout above 94.10 can open the doors for a testing of the 94.88 level. However, a breakout below the 200 SMA on H1 chart should strengthen the bearish bias.

H1 chart's resistance levels: 94.10 / 94.88
H1 chart's support levels: 93.12 / 92.33

Trading recommendations for today: Based on the H1 chart, place buy (long) orders only if the USD Index breaks with a bearish candlestick; the support level is at 94.10, take profit is at 94.88 and stop loss is at 93.30. *The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade.

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Euro and pound fall due to weak data

Data released in the first half of the day on the economy of the euro area and the UK exerted serious pressure on the euro and the British pound, allowing US dollar buyers to further increase their long positions before the publication of the Federal Reserve's protocols, from which many are waiting for signals in the direction of further interest rates .

In the first quarter of this year, the unemployment rate in France rose, indicating a slowdown in the recovery of the euro-zone economy in 2018. According to the report of the statistics agency Insee, the unemployment rate in France in the first quarter of this year rose to 9.2% from 9.0% in the fourth quarter of last year. This happened because of a sharp slowdown in the economy earlier this year.

The euro collapsed after a report came out indicating that the growth of business activity in the euro area in May this year, contrary to all forecasts of economists and ECB representatives, slowed for the fourth consecutive month.

According to a report by research company IHS Markit, the preliminary composite index of supply managers for the euro area in May 2018 was 54.1 points, while economists expected the index to be at 54.8 points.It is important to note that a value above 50 points still indicates an increase in activity.

This slowdown is not surprising. For example, in Germany, the preliminary index of supply managers for the manufacturing sector in May fell to 56.8 points against 58.1 points in May, while it was projected at 57.5 points. The index for the service sector fell to 52.1 points in May against 53.0 points in April.

In general, the composite PMI of Germany dropped to 53.1 points in May, while in April of this year, it was at the level of 54.6 points.

France too, failed to please with good results.

The preliminary composite index of supply managers of the PMI of France fell to 54.5 points in May against 56.9 points in April this year.

As noted above, the British pound went to update the monthly lows paired with the US dollar after it became clear that the annual inflation in the UK in April this year dropped to the lowest level in more than a year.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics, consumer prices rose only by 2.4% in April this year compared with the same period last year. In March, growth was at 2.5%.

The main reason for the decline in prices, as noted in the ONS report, is the drop in prices for air tickets.

All the data fully coincided with the forecast of economists.

The reaction of the Bank of England, most likely, will not take long. In the near future, representatives of the Central Bank will make a number of statements, based on today's data, and most likely, they will not like the buyers of the British pound slightly.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for May 25, 2018

EUR/NZD is now in its final stages of the wave c/ of ii/. Ideally, we will see a minor dip closer to support near 1.6806 before the wave ii/ is complete, but we would not be surprised to see a premature low form for a new rally higher through minor resistance at 1.6958 and, more importantly, above resistance at 1.7061 confirming that the wave iii/ higher to test important resistance at 1.7300 is developing.

R3: 1.7061
R2: 1.6981
R1: 1.6958
Pivot: 1.6915
S1: 1.6883
S2: 1.6846
R3: 1.6806

Trading recommendation: We are looking for a EUR-buying opportunity at 1.6815 or upon a break above 1.6960.

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Trading Plan for EUR/USD for May 28, 2018

Technical outlook:

The EUR/USD pair finally looks to stage a counter trend rally towards the 1.1950/1.2050 levels from here. In the immediate short term outlook, the pair should be looking to take out the 1.1750 levels, which is short term resistance. Then expect a dip towards the 1.1670/80 levels, before the counter trend rally gains further momentum higher. Please note that the 0.382 fibonacci resistance is seen at the 1.1940/50 levels as projected here. Immediate price support is seen at the 1.1500 levels, which should be the next potential target for bears. Now looking into the wave counts, the EUR/USD pair is still progressing into its 3rd wave of a lesser degree and is expected to carve the wave 4, before dropping lower into the wave 5 within the wave (3) as depicted here. Selling on rallies remains a preferred trading strategy for now.

Trading plan:
Aggressive traders may initiate longs around the 1.1675/1.1700 levels going forward; while conservative traders may remain flat for now and look forward to sell again between the 1.1930 and 1.2050 levels respectively.

Fundamental outlook:
There are no major events lined up for the day.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/JPY for May 29, 2018

The rally from 127.11 became much smaller than we expected and the following break back below 127.11 shifted our count back to the prior preferred count calling for a decline to 125.32 before a possible low of the wave C and (E) is in place.

Short-term resistance is seen at 127.28 and a clear break back above here will be the first indication of a low being in place, but only a break above resistance at 128.54 will confirm that the wave (E) has bottomed and a new long-term rally is starting to develop.

R3: 128.54
R2: 127.71
R1: 127.28
Pivot: 126.93
S1: 126.49
S2: 125.80
S3: 125.32

Trading recommendation: We bought EUR at 127.75 and was stopped out shortly after for a loss of 70 pips. We are looking for a new EUR-buying opportunity, but for now we will only buy upon a break above 127.28.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for May 30, 2018

The break below the important support at 1.6670 was unexpected and has forced us to shift our long-term count. This new count still favors a bullish outlook, but sees a very complex corrective structure in the wave ii. From the peak of the wave i at 1.7099 in early February, a double corrective combination has been seen. First, a flat correction as the wave W and then a expanded flat as the wave Y to complete the wave ii. Either the wave ii is complete or very close to completing near after a final spike to just below 1.6653.

In the short-term, a break above the minor resistance at 1.6786 and, more importantly, a break above 1.6903 will confirm that the wave ii has completed and a new impulsive rally in the wave iii is developing above 1.7300.

R3: 1.6903
R2: 1.6828
R1: 1.6786
Pivot: 1.6710
S1: 1.6653
S2: 1.6642
S3: 1.6607

Trading recommendation:
Our stop at 1.6665 was triggered for a loss of 150 pips. We will be looking for a new buying opportunity, but waiting for a break above 1.6786.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for May 31, 2018

Wave ii/ likely saw a low with the test of 1.6624. We still need to see a break above the resistance-line near 1.6734 and more importantly a break above minor resistance at 1.6764 to add confidence in our view that a low likely is in place. As long as minor resistance at 1.6764 is able to cap the upside, we could still see another attack towards the downside, but the downside potential seems very limited from here.

A break above minor resistance at 1.6764 will target the more important resistance at 1.7062 and above here will confirm that wave iii/ to above 1.7300 is developing.

R3: 1.6903
R2: 1.6829
R1: 1.6764
Pivot: 1.6705
S1: 1.6683
S2: 1.6656
S3: 1.6624

Trading recommendation:
We will buy a break above minor resistance at 1.6764 and if done place our stop at 1.6620.

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The trade war holds the

The Australian dollar was marked by an impressive spurt due to an increase in global appetite for risk after the release of data on the US labor market, the release of strong statistics on retail sales and optimistic forecasts of the OECD. The authoritative organization believes that the Reserve Bank of Australia will begin to raise the main interest rate at the end of 2018 against the background of acceleration of average wages and inflation. GDP will grow by 2.9% this year and by 3% next year, unemployment will decrease to 5.4% in 2018 and to 5.3% in 2019. OECD believes that the main reasons for strong economic growth in Australia will be favorable the conjuncture of the commodity market and strong external demand.

The optimism of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development is not shared by the futures market, which, on the contrary, has shifted the expectations of the first increase in the cash rate since 2016 from the current 1.5% to the second half of 2019. Along with unfavorable internal factors in the form of sluggish labor and inflation, leaving much to be desired (unlike the main developed countries, unemployment in Australia is far from full employment (5%), investors are apprehensive about the trade wars, the rise in the cost of borrowing in the United States and the Italian political crisis. The shift in the timing of the start of the normalization of the monetary policy of RBA, along with the worsening global appetite for risk, put pressure on the Australian dollar.

Dynamics of MSCI EM and the probability of increasing the cash rate

One of the main problems of the "Aussie" is connected with the growth of the yield of US treasury bonds against the background of expectations of raising the Federal Reserve rate on federal funds to 2.5% within 12 months. This circumstance, coupled with the unwillingness of the RBA to change anything in the field of monetary policy, allows Morgan Stanley to recommend its clients to sell the AUD/USD. The yield differential between the 10-year Australian and American bonds is -15 bp, with an average value of the indicator for the last five years at +68 bpts. Such a situation on the debt market deprives the "Aussie" of support from carry traders who prefer to invest in assets of developing countries.

Additional pressure on the "Aussie" poses the risks of a trade war. The US is going to pause it, then revive the idea of import duties on steel and aluminum due to the intractability of its trading partners from Canada, Mexico and the EU, they openly shout about military actions. Donald Trump on his Twitter account said if you one $800 billion annually, there is no point in fearing a trade war. Under US pressure, China could reduce purchases of goods and services from Australia, which will negatively affect its economy. However, short-term strong statistics on retail sales, GDP and moderate optimism of the RBA may contribute to the correction of AUD/USD.

Technically, the return of the pair's quotations to the boundaries of the long-term upward trading channel will increase the risks of implementing the Bat pattern with a target of 88.6%.

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The growth of the UK economy resumed

Weak data on the euro area in the first half of the day hurt the European currency, which again failed to gain the right move to get beyond the large resistance levels paired with the US dollar, which were formed yesterday.

The report on the budget deficit of France partially supported the euro only.

According to the data, the budget deficit of France for the first four months of this year decreased compared to the same period in 2017.

Thus, the budget deficit amounted to 54.3 billion euros at the end of April this year against 57.9 billion euros at the end of April 2017.

As noted in the report of the Ministry of Finance, the deficit was reduced as a result of a sharp decrease in costs, as well as the recapitalization of energy companies. It should be noted that tax revenues have also decreased. As I noted above, retail sales in the euro area were the main reason for the decline in the European currency in the first half of the day.

According to the data, in April of this year, retail sales in the euro area grew by only 0.1% compared to March, where data were revised up to a growth of 0.4%. Compared to the same period in 2017, retail sales grew by 1.7% against growth by 1.5% in 2017. A weak sales report is likely to affect the eurozone's GDP in the second quarter of this year, which will have a negative impact on the European currency in the medium term.

Today, for the first time, a new Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, delivered a speech before the senate, who said that the main economic indicators will be achieved not through a strict economy, but through economic growth, which will also reduce public debt.

Conte also said that Italy will introduce a minimum hourly wage and universal basic income. He also noted that the taxation system will be simplified and become fairer.

As for the technical picture, it did not change much in comparison with the morning forecast. The pressure on the euro is maintained, which gradually returns the trading instrument to important levels of support in the area of 1.1620.

The British pound grew strongly against the US dollar after a report that showed that activity in the UK services sector grew in May this year, giving a good boost to economic growth after weakening at the beginning of the year.

According to the research company IHS Markit, the index of supply managers for the service sector in May rose to 54.0 points from 52.8 points in April. Let me remind you that the index values above 50 indicate an increase in activity.

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Gold monitors the Fed

Having closed in the red zone for two months in a row, gold begins to rise from the ashes amid increasing rumors that the 6-week US dollar rally has come to an end. The escalation of trade tensions with China, Mexico, and Canada on the part of Washington testifies to the interest of the US administration in the weakness of its own currency. It was such speculation in the market during the height of the trade wars in the 1990s and 2000s that lowered the USD index by 20% and 12%. According to TD Securities, already in the fourth quarter of the precious metal will exceed the mark of $ 1400 per ounce, which was last seen in 2013. The company forecasts an average price of $ 1375 in October-December.

Dynamics of gold and dollar

The gradual decline in political risks in Italy after the announcement of the new Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte that the issue of the republic's exit from the eurozone is not on the agenda, as well as rumors about China's readiness to increase US imports of agricultural and energy goods by $ 70 billion in response to the abolition of tariffs The US reduced the demand for safe haven assets. Does not find gold support and in the physical asset market. According to authoritative sources Bloomberg, who wished to remain anonymous, purchases of precious metals by India in May fell to 77.6 tons (-39% m / m). According to the results of the third month of the spring of 2017, imports amounted to 126.2 tons. In January-May of this year, the figure fell to 289.3 tons (-42% y / y). One of the reasons is the weakness of the rupee, which has depreciated by 5% against the US dollar since early 2018. Dynamics of gold in rupees and dollars

However, if during the rest of the year the world economy synchronizes its growth, including thanks to the restoration of GDP in the eurozone, then the forces of dollar "bulls" will begin to melt before our eyes, which will support both rupee and Indian imports. An indicative example is the second half of 2017, when talks about the normalization of monetary policy by central banks-competitors of the Federal Reserve made from the American currency an outsider G10.

It is possible that the gold could rush up after the euro got rid of political chains already now, however, the offensive movement of the bulls on XAU / USD is holding back the FOMC meeting scheduled for June 13. The futures market gives a 94% probability of raising the federal funds rate to 2%, and precious metals traditionally fall before the historic meetings of the Fed, so that after them, take off thanks to the implementation of the "sell on the rumor, buy on facts" principle. Judging by the actual for 2016-2017 templates, it makes sense to form long positions on gold immediately after the announcement of the verdict of the Federal Reserve.

Technically, the "bulls" leave no attempts to withdraw quotes from the descending channel, take the resistance by $ 1302 per ounce and activate the "Crab" pattern. If they succeed, the chances of achieving a target of 161.8% will increase. It corresponds to $ 1,350. On the contrary, a successful support test at $ 1,288 will open the way for the "bears" to the south as part of the "Expanding Wedge" pattern. Gold, daily chart

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The dollar continues to weaken before the meeting of the Federal Reserve

The dollar declines at the trading session in Europe against almost all major currencies. The main reason for this, in our opinion, is the reduction in expectations that the Fed will decide this year to raise interest rates four times.

The exchange rate of the American currency is gradually decreasing in the wake of a similar drop in the hopes of market players that the currency wars launched by Donald Trump will exert pressure on economic growth both within the States and the entire world economy. In addition, the slowdown in the first quarter of the country's GDP growth and the stagnation of inflationary pressures began to shake the hopes of investors that the regulator will go on increasing interest rates four times this year.

At the same time, the chances of the euro significantly increased. According to the latest data, CPI rose 1.9% year-on-year, reaching close to the 2.0% target set by the ECB. This news, as well as the possible preservation of the growth rate of the region's economy, which the GDP data will have to signal today, may allow the Euro-currency to continue a more confident recovery. It is projected that in annual terms the eurozone's GDP will remain at the same level, 2.5%, and its quarterly value will keep the growth rate 0.4%. If the data does not disappoint, it will be possible to expect a noticeable growth of the single currency, and this is most likely to be observed in the eurodollar pair, as now the changes in the prospects for the ECB monetary policy are marked.

An additional stimulus to the growth of the euro could be the G-7 summit, where current conflicts can be resolved and new agreements reached, which can reduce the degree of tension and the probability of expanding trade wars. Although such a probability exists, it is unlikely that Donald Trump will seriously retract. Therefore, this growth in hopes may turn out to be short-lived.

Forecast of the day:

EURUSD is trading at the level of 1.1830. Positive data from the euro area's GDP may push the pair up to 1.1900, but for this it needs to overcome the 1.1830 mark and gain a foothold above it.

The GBPUSD pair has overcome the level of 1.3450 on the wave of "weakness" of the US dollar. It is likely that before the Fed meeting to be held next week, the pair will receive support and grow to 1.3550.

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Trump and the Big Seven: Did not reach an agreement

Trump and the Big Seven: They did not reach an agreement.

On Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, Canada hosted the G-7 summit. Despite the large number of issues on the agenda, the issue is really only one, it's the main one: the new fees that Trump introduces against the US trade partners - against China and Mexico - and against the US allies - Canada and European countries.

The outcome of the first day of the summit is short: they did not agree. There are no joyful media reports about a "breakthrough" in the main issue. All the efforts of the participating countries turned out to somehow sign the final text - it must be signed before the middle of the Saturday, June 9, as Trump announced in advance that he would fly early to Hong Kong for a meeting with the head of North Korea.

All media write that everything could have ended even worse-the refusal of countries to sign the final text - and this is actually a complete collapse of the group of seven.

Let's note an interesting turn of the plot around Russia. Trump, even before the summit, to all the other leaders of the Seven, unexpectedly said that it was necessary to return Russia to the Seven (that is, to the G8, respectively). Trump's proposals were quickly rejected by the leaders of Germany and Britain, but Italy supported it. Very quickly, literally within one or two hours, Putin's spokesman Peskov said that the Kremlin (read - Putin) is not interested in returning to the G8 - "we are more interested in developing other formats." (On this day, Putin met with the leader of China, Xi Jinping).

At the very meeting of the Group of Seven, Trump did not raise the topic of Russia's accession to the Group of Eight. At the same time, it was stated that "all European countries in the Group of Seven are against the return of Russia - until the conflict is settled in Ukraine" (that is, Italy was promptly "persuaded"). Still, we note that Germany and Sweden and Finland agreed to the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline - which was opposed by Trump ... (this is not about the Group of Seven, but important for the overall picture).

The result is this: the General Statement of the Group of Seven will most likely be signed - but there is no main text in the text - a decision on the trade dispute over the new Trump duties. At the same time, the EU is preparing an introduction in July of reciprocal duties on goods from the United States. The last attempt to agree - Merkel's proposal to convene a "forum" specifically on the issue of trade conflicts.

How will this affect the markets? I do not think that we will have a noticeable gap at the opening on Monday. But I do not see any reason for rapid growth.

EURUSD - closing day and week.

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EUR/CHF Bounced Off Support, Prepare For Further Rise

EUR/CHF bounced off its support at 1.1581 (61.8% Fibonacci extension, 61.8% & 38.2% & 23.6% Fibonacci retracement, horizontal overlap support) where we expect prices to rise to its resistance at 1.1658 (61.8% Fibonacci extension, horizontal swing high resistance).

Stochastic (55, 5, 3) bounced off its intermediate support at 10% where a corresponding rise is expected.

Buy above 1.1581. Stop loss at 1.1534. Take profit at 1.1658.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for June 19, 2018

Our short-term expectations for EUR/NZD was spot on. First, we saw a minor corrective set-back to 1.6671 (we were looking for 1.6676) before moving higher to 1.6795 (we were looking for a rally into the 1.6768 - 1.6793 area to complete the first impulsive rally of the 1.6567 low. With this five wave rally complete with the test of 1.6795 we will be looking for a correction in wave ii/ into the 1.6652 - 1.6679 area before moving higher in wave iii/ towards at least 1.7047.

R3: 1.6842
R2: 1.6817
R1: 1.6794
Pivot: 1.6758
S1: 1.6728
S2: 1.6695
S3: 1.6671

Trading recommendation:
We will sell EUR here at 1.6772 and place our stop at 1.6845. We will take profit and buy EUR at 1.6680

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for June 20, 2018

Wave i/ extended higher to a peak at 1.6831 before letting wave ii take over for a correction lower to at least the low of wave four of one lesser degree at 1.6671. This is very close to the 61.8% corrective target of wave i/ seen at 1.6667. Once this correction is complete near the 1.6667 - 1.6671 area, we will be looking for wave iii/ higher to at least 1.7086.

Short-term, we expect minor resistance at 1.6766 to be able to cap the upside for the decline into the 1.6667 - 1.6671 area to complete wave ii/.

R3: 1.6830
R2: 1.68.12
R1: 1.6788
Pivot: 1.6766
S1: 1.6729
S2: 1.6700
S3: 1.6680

Trading recommendation: We are short EUR from 1.6772 and we will move our stop +revers lower to 1.6815. We will take profit and buy EUR at 1.6680.

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Technical analysis of Gold June 21, 2018

If We look at the Daily Charts from Gold, We can see clearly they moving in Weekly Up Slope Channel, and now they have a retracement to the down side as long as they not breakout and close above the 1304.93 Gold will going down 1236.09 as their Support level.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for June 22, 2018

The minor correction we expected from 1.6921 moved slightly lower than expected and spiked down to 1.6806, but that does not change our outlook for a new impulsive rally soon towards 1.7133 and above.

Short-term, we could see another minor spike to near 1.6806 before the next move higher should be expected.

Only an unexpected break below support at 1.6737 will question our bullish outlook.

R3: 1.7025
R2: 1.6964
R1: 1.6933
Pivot: 1.6890
S1: 1.6837
S2: 1.6784
S3: 1.6737

Trading recommendation:
We are long EUR from 1.6815 with our stop placed at 1.6730. If you are not long EUR yet, then buy near 1.6806 or upon a break above 1.6933 and use the same stop at 1.6730.

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Trading Plan for Crude Oil for June 26, 2018

Technical outlook:
A medium-term time frame has been presented (4 hours) here, and the most probable wave counts have been labelled here. It looks to be like a bearish resumption trade setup is getting ready in Crude Oil now. Let us understand the wave counts from sub 73.00 levels. The drop from 73.00 to almost 63.50 has been an impulse (unfolding into 5 waves) as labeled here. The entire drop can be labeled as wave (1). The subsequent rally then unfolded into a probable Zigzag (5-3-5) corrective wave structure, labeled as a-b-c here. Also note that the termination of the wave (2) is just at Fibonacci 0.618 resistance, around 69.50 levels, which triggered a sharp reversal yesterday. if this ave structure holds to be good, we should witness a continued drop lower towards 58.00 and 48.00 respectively. Ideally, prices should now stay below 73.00 levels going forward.

Trading plan:
Remain short now, stop above 73.00, target 58.00 at least.

Fundamental outlook:
Watch out for US Consumer confidence numbers to be out today at 10:00 AM EST.

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Technical analysis of AUD/USD for July 04, 2018

Overview:
Last week, the AUD/USD pair fell from the level of 0.7474 towards 0.7348. Now, the price is set at 0.7371. The resistance is seen at the levels of 0.7426 and 0.7474. Moreover, the price area of 0.7474 remains a significant resistance zone. Therefore, there is a possibility that the AUD/USD pair will move downside and the structure of a fall does not look corrective. The trend is still below the 100 EMA for that the bearish outlook remains the same as long as the 100 EMA is headed to the downside. Thus, amid the previous events, the price is still moving between the levels of 0.7426 and 0.7257. If the AUD/USD pair fails to break through the resistance level of 0.7426, the market will decline further to 0.7474 as the first target. This would suggest the bearish market because the RSI indicator is still in a negative spot and does not show any trend-reversal signs. The pair is expected to drop lower towards at least 0.7302 so as to test the daily support 2. On the other hand, if a breakout takes place at the resistance level of 0.7474, then this scenario may become invalidated.

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Technical analysis: Intraday Level For EUR/USD, July 05, 2018

When the European market opens, some Economic Data will be released such as French 10-y Bond Auction, Spanish 10-y Bond Auction, Retail PMI, and German Factory Orders m/m. The US will release the Economic Data too, such as Crude Oil Inventories, ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI, Final Services PMI, Unemployment Claims, ADP Non-Farm Employment Change, and Challenger Job Cuts y/y, so, amid the reports, EUR/USD will move in a medium to high volatility during this day.

TODAY'S TECHNICAL LEVEL:
Breakout BUY Level: 1.1718.
Strong Resistance:1.1711.
Original Resistance: 1.1700.
Inner Sell Area: 1.1689.
Target Inner Area: 1.1661.
Inner Buy Area: 1.1633.
Original Support: 1.1622.
Strong Support: 1.1611.
Breakout SELL Level: 1.1604.

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Technical analysis of NZD/USD for July 06, 2018

The NZD/USD (kiwi) pair continues to move downwards from the level of 0.6840. This week, the pair dropped from the level of 0.6840 to trade around the 0.6775 level. This level of 0.6840 coincides with the major resistance today. Today, the first resistance level is seen at 0.6840 followed by 0.6880, while daily support 1 is found at 0.6742. Also, the level of 0.6775 represents a key price today for that it is acting as major resistance/support this week. Amid the previous events, the pair is still in a downtrend, because the NZD/USD pair is trading in a bearish trend from the new resistance line of 0.6840/0.6807 towards the first support level at 0.6742 in order to test it. If the pair succeeds to pass through the level of 0.6742, the market will indicate a bearish opportunity below the level of 0.6742. Then, resell again at the price of 0.6742 with the targets of 0.6716 and 0.6697. On the other hand, if a breakout happens at the resistance level of 0.6840, then this scenario may be invalidated.

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Technical analysis: Intraday Level For EUR/USD, July 09, 2018

When the European market opens, some Economic Data will be released such as Sentix Investor Confidence, and German Trade Balance. The US will also release the Economic Data such as Consumer Credit m/m, so amid the reports, EUR/USD will move in a low to medium volatility during this day.

TODAY'S TECHNICAL LEVEL:
Breakout BUY Level: 1.1808.
Strong Resistance:1.1801.
Original Resistance: 1.1790.
Inner Sell Area: 1.1779.
Target Inner Area: 1.1751.
Inner Buy Area: 1.1723.
Original Support: 1.1712.
Strong Support: 1.1701.
Breakout SELL Level: 1.1694.

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Wave analysis of EUR / USD. The euro continues to adhere to the working scenario

Analysis of wave counting:

During the trades on Friday, the currency pair EUR / USD added about 50 percentage points, remaining thus in the stage of construction of the proposed wave 3, c, 4. If this is the case, then the quotes will continue to rise with targets near the mark of 1.1856, which corresponds to 100.0% of Fibonacci, and higher. The wave c can assume a pronounced 5-wave structure, which allows one to assume the growth of the pair to area 20 of the figure. The construction of wave 5 of the downward trend section is being postponed for an indefinite period.

The objectives for the option with sales: 1.1440 - 323.6% of the Fibonacci of the highest order
1,1118 - 423.6% of Fibonacci

The objectives for the option with purchases:
1.1866 - 100.0% of Fibonacci
1.2072 - 127.2% of Fibonacci

General conclusions and trading recommendations:

The pair EUR / USD continues to rise within wave 3, c, 4. Thus, on July 9 I recommend to remain in purchases with targets located near the calculated marks of 1.1856 and 1.2072, which corresponds to 100.0% and 127.2% of Fibonacci. Return to sales, I recommend after receiving confirmation of the completion of the entire wave 4. At the moment there is no sign of the completion of the construction of this wave.

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Brent disobeyed the president

Interruptions in supplies in Libya, Venezuela, Canada and Norway, Iran's threats to block the Strait of Hormuz, and some weakness of the US dollar after the release of the US labor market report for June allowed the bulls for Brent and WTI to continue the rally. If oil can update the May highs, the road in the direction of $ 83-85 per barrel will be opened. According to Tehran, the aim of restraining the price of black gold tweets of Donald Trump, in fact, can bring the North Sea grade to the psychologically important mark of $ 100 per barrel. Who is bigger? Sanford C. Bernstein & Co draws attention to the reduction in oil companies' stocks by an average of 30% since the beginning of 2000 and the increase in urban population in Asia by 1 billion over the next two decades. As a result, the demand for cars and gasoline will rise sharply, which will launch a new super cycle on black gold and allow it to grow to $ 150 per barrel.

The US president demands from his military allies (primarily from Saudi Arabia) to increase production to 2 million bpd, knowing full well that the OPEC decisions on the curtailment of the production of "bulls" for Brent and WTI at the end of June cannot be stopped. The states are exerting pressure on buyers of Iranian oil, and if their plan to reduce exports from this Middle Eastern country translates into life, then the market will take 2.5 million bpd. Tehran is the fifth oil producer in the world with a production volume of 3.8 million bpd. The country's leadership claims that it is ready to sell as much black gold as it can.

The support of Brent and WTI is provided by the factor of production reduction in Libya from 1.28 million bpd in February to the current 527 thousand bpd. According to Capital Economics estimates, the market may lose about 2 million bpd from Iran and 1 million bpd from Venezuela, which will widen the deficit and help develop the "bullish" conjuncture of the black gold market.

At first glance, instead of putting pressure on OPEC, Donald Trump could spur the activity of American producers. For a long time, the oil market was living in tug-of-war conditions between those working on reducing the cartel's output and companies from the States that used price increases to hike their own production and simultaneously hedge the risks. They let the number of drilling rigs from Baker Hughes grow (+5 to 863 in the week of July 6), and the Energy Information Administration forecasts an increase in production to a record 11.8 million bpd, no problems with the infrastructure have been canceled. For example, in the Perm basin in 2019 will produce 1 million bpd more than its pipes can afford to pump.

Extraction and power of pipelines

The hand to help the "bulls" for Brent and WTI is fixing profit to the US dollar after the publication of disappointing statistics on US unemployment and the average wage. The first indicator increased from 3.8% to 4%, the second did not reach the forecasts of experts from Bloomberg (+ 0.2% vs. + 0.3% m / m)

Technically, a breakthrough of resistance at $ 79.5 and $ 80.5 per barrel will open the "bulls" along Brent road to the north in the direction of the target for 127.2% and 161.8% for the AB = CD pattern.

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Trading Plan for EUR/USD for July 12, 2018

Technical outlook:

The hourly EUR/USD chart presented here indicates that the currency pair is dropping in a corrective manner since printing highs at the 1.1790 levels recently. At this point in time, prices are finding support at a past resistance turned support zone around the 1.1660/70 levels. According to the Fibonacci extensions displayed here, it remains quite possible for the pair to drop through the 1.1650/30 levels to find further support before turning higher. The price support is seen at the 1.1590 levels, followed by the 1.1530 levels, respectively, while interim resistance is seen at the 1.1790 levels. Most probable direction is to push higher at least one last time towards 1.1850 and above, before reversing lower again. Please note that in the medium term, till the prices remain below the 1.2150 levels, bears shall be in complete control.

Trade plan:

Aggressive traders, now look to buy again between the 1.1630/60 levels, with stop below 1.1550 and target above 1.1850.

Fundamental outlook:

Watch out for USD CPI at 0800 AM EST today.

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Technical analysis of NZD/USD for July 13, 2018

Overview: The NZD/USD pair continues to move downwards from the level of 0.6840 (23.6% of Fibonacci retracement). This week (from 9 to 13 July 2018), the pair has dropped from the level of 0.6840 to trade around the 0.6775 level. This level of 0.6840 coincides with the major resistance today. Today, the first resistance level is seen at 0.6840 followed by 0.6880, while daily support 1 is found at 0.6742. Also, the level of 0.6775 represents a key price today for that it is acting as major resistance/support this week. Amid the previous events, the pair is still in a downtrend, because the NZD/USD pair is trading in a bearish trend from the new resistance line of 0.6840/0.6807 towards the first support level at 0.6742 in order to test it. If the pair succeeds to pass through the level of 0.6742, the market will indicate a bearish opportunity below the level of 0.6742. Then, resell again at the price of 0.6742 with the targets of 0.6716 and 0.6697. On the other hand, if a breakout happens at the resistance level of 0.6843, then this scenario may be invalidated.

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Technical analysis of Bitcoin For July 16, 2018

The Bitcoin at the 4-hour charts looks clearly moving in a Bearish bias. This can be confirmed by the price still moving in a down slope channel and the Exponential Moving Average period 21 still bellow the Linear Weighted Moving Average period 55, as long as the price does not break out and close above the 6,360.51, it is highly likely the bias from this cryptocurrency will still be in a Bearish condition.

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