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Four drivers of gold growth

Precious metals became the main beneficiary of the weakness of the US dollar. The impressive growth of the world economy allowed palladium to hit record highs near $1,140 per ounce. From the beginning of the year, platinum added almost 8% and is one of the leaders of the commodity market. Gold managed to break through to the September peaks, and it appears that the bulls are determined to continue the rally. However, the EUR/USD movement stalled near the 1.23 mark against the backdrop of the ECB's "dovish" rhetoric, so it's too early to talk about the final defeat of the dollar.

Dynamics of precious metals and gold

Source: Financial Times.

The fact that the "greenback" is not at ease and does not react to the growing likelihood of the US GDP being dispersed under the influence of tax reform, or to strong macroeconomic data for the United States, is of paramount importance for the XAU/USD. However, it would be wrong to only talk about a single driver of growth.

The rapid rally in Brent and WTI increases the risks of accelerating consumer prices in the US and other countries. At the same time, central banks, including the Fed, prefer a slow normalization of monetary policy. These circumstances pose serious obstacles to the real yield of treasury bonds, which is a "bullish" factor for gold.

Let's not forget about political and geopolitical risks. On January 19, the US government could be temporarily shut down. More than four years ago, this resulted in a serious slowdown in the US GDP. Yes, the Republicans prepared a draft of its interim financing until February 16, but it looks raw and leads to an emergence of new enemies, which creates problems in the Senate voting. In Germany, negotiations between the bloc of Angela Merkel and the Social Democrats are unlikely to be as easy as initially intended. The Berlin wing of the SPD protested against the coalition, and until the party's congress on January 21-22, uncertainty will loom in the markets. Once again, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reiterated the threat of North Korea and urged China and Russia to implement sanctions more actively.

Thus, a weak dollar, growing risks of accelerating inflation and a fall in the real yield of US Treasury bonds, political uncertainty in the United States and Germany, as well as the possibility of an escalation of the conflict over North Korea lay a powerful foundation for the continuation of the XAU/USD rally. Positions of "bears" look hopeless, however history shows that the trends often unfolded at a time when the crowd firmly believed in their continuation.

In my opinion, the "bulls" for EUR/USD brought the pair too far. Its long-term prospects appears positive, but it is not yet time to win back the factor of normalization of the monetary policy of the ECB, and the presence of political risks in Germany and Italy raises doubts about the validity of current levels. If the euro goes into a correction, the growth of the USD index will help lower the price of gold.

Technically, reaching a target of 88.6% for the "Shark" pattern enhances the risks of pullback in the direction of 23.6%, 38.2% and 50% of the CD wave. Gold, daily chart

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Technical analysis of EUR/USD for Jan 19, 2018

When the European market opens, some Economic Data will be released such as Current Account and German PPI m/m. The US will release the Economic Data too, such as Prelim UoM Inflation Expectations and Prelim UoM Consumer Sentiment, so, amid the reports, EUR/USD will move in a low to medium volatility during this day.

TODAY'S TECHNICAL LEVEL:
Breakout BUY Level: 1.2420.
Strong Resistance:1.2404.
Original Resistance: 1.2377.
Inner Sell Area: 1.2350.
Target Inner Area: 1.2286.
Inner Buy Area: 1.2222.
Original Support: 1.2195.
Strong Support: 1.2168.
Breakout SELL Level: 1.2152.

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The trading plan for the US session is EUR/USD and GBP/USD

EUR/USD
To open long positions for EURUSD, it is required:
Buyers are trying to get ahold of the level of 1.2252, and while the trade is higher, a chance remains for continued growth of the euro with an update of 1.2294 and the main purpose of a test at 1.2342, where I recommend locking in profits. In the event of a decline below the level of 1.2252 in the afternoon, consider new purchases of the euro after a test at the level of 1.2215, or immediately towards a rebound from 1.2169.
To open short positions for EURUSD, it is required:
A return to the level of 1.2252 would be a good signal to increase short positions on the euro for the purpose of a breakdown and consolidation below the support of 1.2215, which opens a direct road to the area of 1.2169, where I recommend locking in profits. In case the euro further grows, it is possible to look for short positions after the formation of a false breakout at 1.2294 or on a rebound from 1.2342.

GBP/USD
To open long positions for GBP/USD, it is required: Buyers are trying to work out a scenario in the morning in order to consolidate above 1.3886, and while the trade is at this level, you can count on continuing an upward trend with an exit towards a resistance of 1.3940. The main target remains in the area of 1.4018. In the event of a return below the level of 1.3886, I recommend that you pay attention to long positions on the pound only after a test at 1.3839.
To open short positions for GBP/USD, it is required:
The return at 1.3886 will signal an opening of short positions for the pound, which will lead to the renewal of daily lows in the area of 1.3839 and will likely reach a new support level of 1.3797, where I recommend locking in the profit. In case of continued growth in the pound during the afternoon, short positions can be considered for a rebound from 1.3940.

Indicator description
Moving Average (average sliding) 50 days - yellow
Moving Average (average sliding) 30 days - green
MACD: fast EMA 12, slow EMA 26, SMA Bollinger Bands 20

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Pound updates annual highs on the background of the report on the labor market

The euro managed to strengthen against the US dollar in the morning against the backdrop of data indicating the likely retention of the euro zone's economic growth rates earlier this year. However, a serious breakthrough in important levels of resistance has not occurred, indicating a restrained demand for risky assets.

According to the IHS Markit report, Germany's economy continues to show good results in early 2018 due to the growth of activity in the services sector. So, the index of supply managers for the German services sector in January 2018 increased to 57.0 points against 55.8 points in December. Economists, on the contrary, expected a decline in the index. The index for the manufacturing sector in January fell slightly, to 61.2 points.

In the eurozone, there are also signs of stable growth, as evidenced by the data.

According to the IHS Markit report, the preliminary composite index of supply managers of the eurozone in January 2018 increased to 58.6 points against 58.1 points in December. It should be noted that the index values above 50 indicate an increase in activity. This growth in the index corresponds to a quarterly growth of the economy by 1%.

In France, the preliminary index of supply managers for the manufacturing sector in January this year dropped to 58.1 points against the December value of 58.8 points. But the preliminary index of supply managers for the services sector, on the contrary, increased in January to 59.3 points against 59.1 points in December. Economists had expected that the service sector index would drop to a level of 58.9 points.

As for the technical picture of the EURUSD pair, there have been no significant changes. The main objective of euro buyers today will be to keep above the 1.2300 area, which will make it possible to count on continuing the upward trend, with the update of the new significant highs of 1.2390 and 1.2430.

The British pound continued its growth against the US dollar, after it became known that the employment rate in the UK from September to November 2017 reached a record high. Meanwhile, wages in the UK declined, which indicates a worsening of the financial situation of consumers after the referendum on Brexit.

According to a report by the National Bureau of Statistics, the employment rate in the UK was 4.3%, which fully coincided with the forecasts of economists. The average earnings in the UK for the period increased by 2.4%, while real wages fell by 0.5%.

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NZD/USD right on major support, time to go long

The price is testing major support at 0.7312 (Fibonacci retracement, horizontal overlap support, long-term ascending support, bullish price action) and a bounce could occur at this level to push the price up to at least 0.7436 resistance (major swing high resistance, Fibonacci extension). RSI (55) sees a long-term ascending support line since November 2017 hold up our bullish momentum really well. We're starting to see a possible break of this long-term support line but our major support remains at 51% and only a clean break of that level would be a precursor that a drop is coming. Buy above 0.7312. Stop loss at 0.7256. Take profit at 0.7436.

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Nobody wants currency wars

Eurozone

Markets continue to assess under the microscope the results of the ECB meeting on Thursday. Mario Draghi's press conference started with a few dovish statements, as Draghi focused on the slowness and austerity, indicating that it is not necessary to wait for surprises and, especially, some severe steps from the ECB.

Draghi called for dividing the expectations for the rate and the regulation of the asset purchase program. Regarding the rate, Draghi spoke directly, he said, the chances of an increase this year are small. With regards to the repurchase of assets, the position is more hawkish, as Draghi had to declare sustainable economic growth, which could mean confirmation of plans to curtail the repurchase program.

The ECB's lending report released on Friday showed that in December the growth rate of lending to the private sector and non-financial organizations slowed somewhat, but annual rates remain firmly strong, which confirms the conclusion about the sustainability of economic growth in the euro area.

A member of the ECB Executive Board, Benoit Coeure, commented on US Treasury Secretary Munchin's previous statements, saying that attempts to target exchange rates could provoke a currency war, and this is the last thing the world needs. On Thursday, indicating a similar tone, Draghi spoke out, as the issue for the euro is important - excessive strengthening can put downward pressure on inflation, as imports cheapen.

On Tuesday, a preliminary GDP report will be released for the fourth quarter, with a forecast of a 2.6% growth, which is no worse than in the US, which means it will support the euro, all other things being equal. On Wednesday, the report on inflation in January will be released, the forecast is negative, the euro could be under pressure. In general, the reasons for the euro to continue growth without a correction are few, likely a decrease to 1.2323 and consolidation just below the peaks that were reached.

United Kingdom

The UK economy grew slightly stronger in the fourth quarter than forecast, which had a limited support for the pound, which once again renewed its peak after Brexit. However, NIESR forecasted the possibility of growth up to 0.6%, so the market was not very surprised by the result.

The head of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, made an attempt on Friday to knock down a wave of demand for the pound, which, however, proved unsuccessful. Answering a question in an interview with the BBC about quantifying damage from Brexit, Carney said that the country's GDP lost 1% of its growth rate, and by the end of 2018 these losses will grow to 2%. To date, the result of Brexit has been a decline in economic activity of tens of billions of pounds, and it takes time to achieve a higher growth potential.

Carney highlighted the main point - companies are cutting back on investments, as they are waiting for clarity on the UK's trading positions after it leaves the EU.

On Tuesday, the Bank of England will report on consumer and mortgage lending in December. On Wednesday, the Gfk index on consumer confidence will be released. The pound looked very strong last week, and went far into the overbought zone, but the momentum is still strong, and therefore the highs will likely be updated, the nearest support is 1.3995.

Oil

Oil adheres to the most likely scenario, once again the peak is updated, the trends remain the same. Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said in Davos that $25 from its current price is secured by the OPEC + deal, confirming the cartel's position to adhere to the plan to stabilize the market. There is no reason to expect that the OPEC + countries will voluntarily give up the mechanism that fills the scarce state budgets of the oil-producing countries.

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Gold forming a cup and handle reversal, prepare for a strong drop!

Gold has formed a really strong reversal of a cup and handle formation. We look to sell below major resistance at 1344 (Fibonacci retracement, horizontal overlap resistance, cup and handle breakout level) where a strong drop is expected to push the price down to at least 1325 support (Fibonacci retracement, horizontal overlap support, Fibonacci extension).

Stochastic (34,5,3) is seeing descending resistance hold it down really well which corresponds to the drop we're expecting.

Sell below 1344. Stop loss at 1353. Take profit at 1325.

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Inflation did not please investors

The European currency managed to strengthen its positions against the US dollar in the first half of the day, but riskier assets did not receive more powerful support from the large players, as the inflation data in the euro zone fully coincided with the forecasts of economists.

The situation in the German labor market is excellent. According to the data, the number of applications for unemployment benefits decreased, and unemployment reached a record low level.

Thus, the number of unemployed in January this year fell by 25,000 compared to December 2017. Economists had expected a reduction of 16,000. In January, the Federal Labor Agency of Germany registered 736,000 vacancies, which is 89,000 more than in January 2017.

The unemployment rate in Germany fell to 5.4%.

Not surprisingly, after such data, and based on past reports, the German Ministry of Economy raised the forecast for GDP growth in 2018 to 2.4% from 1.9% after growing by 2.2% in 2017. It is expected that such a strong growth will be due to good external and internal demand, as well as good labor market conditions.

The inflation data did not cause any serious changes in the market, as investors expected more serious changes in the dynamics.

According to the report, in January this year, compared with the same period of the past, the consumer price index rose by 1.3%, which fully coincided with the forecasts of economists. As you can see, the current level is far from the level set by the European Central Bank, which is slightly below 2%. Core inflation rose to 1% from 0.9%.

As for the euro-zone labor market, according to the statistics agency's report, the unemployment rate in the eurozone in December 2017 remained unchanged at 8.7% against 8.7% in November. Economists also forecast the current level of unemployment.

Data from ADP did not strongly support the US dollar, although they were much higher than economists' forecasts, which indicates the good position of the US labor market.

According to the report, the number of jobs in the private sector in the US increased by 234,000 in January this year, while economists forecast an increase of 193,000. The ADP noted that there was a strong hiring of medium and large companies.

A serious breakthrough of the level of 1.2450 did not happen. Most likely, traders took a wait-and-see attitude before the Fed decision on interest rates, and the publication of the accompanying statement. Only a real breakthrough of the range 1.2445-1.2455 will lead to continued growth in risk assets with an update of 1.2500 and a new high at 1.2560.

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The buyers of the euro are ready

Despite weak performance in the manufacturing sector, the European currency continues to make attempts to grow against the US dollar. It is maintaining an upward price channel.

It was only in Italy where there was an increase in the index of production while in France and Germany, the similar index slowed slightly.

According to the report of the statics agency, the index of supply managers for the manufacturing sector in Italy for the month of January this year rose to 59.0 points, compared to 57.4 points in December last year. Economists predicted the index at the level of 57.3 points.

In France, there is a marked decrease in activity in the manufacturing sector. According to the report, the index of supply managers for the manufacturing sector in January fell to 58.4 points against the December index of 58.8 points. Economists and market participants did expect a decline to the level of 58.1 points.

In Germany, the index of supply managers also slowed its growth. According to the data, PMI for Germany's manufacturing sector in January fell to 61.1 points against 63.3 points in December 2017. Economists had expected the index to fall to the level of 61.2 points.

If we talk about the euro area as a whole, then there is also a slight decline. According to the statistics agency, the index of supply managers PMI for the production area of the eurozone in January dropped to 59.6 points, compared to 60.6 points in December. The data fully coincided with the forecasts of economists.

It is important to note that finding the index above the level of 50 points indicates an increase in activity.

The current data that's at a rather slight decline in indicators at the beginning of this year will not likely affect the data on GDP seriously in the first quarter of 2018, which is confirmed by the market reaction to the data.

As for the technical picture of the EURUSD pair, so far the situation is developing in favor of buyers as it managed to keep the trade in an upward price channel. The lower limit of this level is at the January 30 low. The breakthrough of resistance at the level of 1.2470 opens up good prospects for the EURUSD pair for further growth of the trading instrument in the area of annual maximums at 1.2540.

A similar index that's already in the UK, also did not put pressure on the British pound, even despite its slowdown to a 6-month low.

According to a report by research company IHS Markit Ltd., the index of supply managers for the UK manufacturing sector in January was 55.3 points compared to 56.2 points in December. The value of the index above 50 indicates an increase in activity. Economists had expected the index to be 56.5 points.

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Daily analysis of GBP/USD for February 05, 2018

The pair is struggling to consolidate the price action above the resistance level of 1.4280 and it seems that the 200 SMA could act, once again, as a dynamic support. If that happens, GBP/USD could resume the overall bullish bias and can skyrocket towards the 1.4393 level. MACD indicator remains in the negative territory, calling for a leg lower.

H1 chart's resistance levels: 1.4280 / 1.4393
H1 chart's support levels: 1.4060 / 1.3937

Trading recommendations for today:
Based on the H1 chart, buy (long) orders only if the GBP/USD pair breaks a bullish candlestick; the resistance level is at 1.4280, take profit is at 1.4393 and stop loss is at 1.4168.

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Technical analysis of EUR/USD for Feb 06, 2018

When the European market opens, some Economic Data will be released such as Retail PMI, French Gov Budget Balance, and German Factory Orders m/m. The US will release the Economic Data too, such as IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism, JOLTS Job Openings, and Trade Balance, so, amid the reports, EUR/USD will move in a low to medium volatility during this day.

TODAY'S TECHNICAL LEVEL:
Breakout BUY Level: 1.2444.
Strong Resistance:1.2437.
Original Resistance: 1.2425.
Inner Sell Area: 1.2413.
Target Inner Area: 1.2384.
Inner Buy Area: 1.2355.
Original Support: 1.2343.
Strong Support: 1.2331.
Breakout SELL Level: 1.2324.

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The deficit of foreign trade in the US at record highs

Despite the good data for Germany, which came out in the morning, demand for the US dollar remained.

According to the report of the German Ministry of Economics, orders in the manufacturing sector of Germany in December last year grew due to strong demand from abroad. Thus, the total volume of production orders in December 2017 increased by 3.8% compared with the previous month, while economists expected that the growth in December will be 0.6%.

As I noted above, the leaders were export orders, which grew by 5.9%, while internal orders increased by only 0.7% compared to the previous month.

The US dollar has ignored the data on the next wave of growth of foreign trade deficit in the US, which peaked in nine years. This happened as a result of growth in imports due to strong consumer demand.

According to the report of the US Department of Commerce, the foreign trade deficit in December 2017 increased by 5.3% compared to the previous month and amounted to 53.12 billion US dollars. Economists had expected a deficit of $52.0 billion.

Import to the US grew by 2.5% to $ 256.5 billion. The increase in imports of goods during the holiday season had a negative impact on the indicator. There was also an increase in imports of cars and capital goods. Export grew by only 1.8% to $ 203.4 billion.

Speech by Fed official Bullard was generally ignored by the market.

Fed President St. Louis James Bullard said today that the relationship between the employment market and inflation has disrupted, and inflation expectations have risen. First of all, he was referring to the latest report of the US Department of Labor, which pointed to a serious increase in labor forces and an increase in wages, which would definitely spur inflation in early 2018, giving it a serious upward momentum along with economic growth.

Bullard also noted that the tax bill will promote investment growth, but the monetary policy is currently close to neutral and does not need to be adjusted.

It is worth paying attention to the fact that his opinion is at odds with the recent statements of his colleagues, in which it was clearly indicated that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year.

The deficit of Canada's foreign trade in December grew due to the fact that imports prevailed over exports, which slowed significantly compared to the previous month.

According to the Bureau of Statistics of Canada, the foreign trade deficit in December 2018 increased by 3.19 billion Canadian dollars. Economists forecast a deficit of C$ 2.25 billion in December. Imports in December rose by 1.5%, to a record level of 49.70 billion Canadian dollars, while exports increased by 0.6%, to 46.51 billion Canadian dollars.

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Daily analysis of USDX for February 08, 2018

The index managed to do a rebound above the 200 SMA and gathered momentum towards the 90.30 level. A higher continuation is expected once USDX does a break above 90.63. To the downside, the 200 SMA continues to provide dynamic support but if it gives up, the bearish side could get again another breath.

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 sell (short) orders only if the USD Index breaks with a bearish candlestick; the support level is at 89.36, take profit is at 87.88 and stop loss is at 90.81.

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Technical analysis of EUR/USD for Feb 09, 2018

When the European market opens, some Economic Data will be released such as Italian Industrial Production m/m and French Industrial Production m/m. The US will release the Economic Data too, such as Final Wholesale Inventories 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: 1.2314.
Strong Resistance:1.2307.
Original Resistance: 1.2295.
Inner Sell Area: 1.2283.
Target Inner Area: 1.2254.
Inner Buy Area: 1.2225.
Original Support: 1.2213.
Strong Support: 1.2201.
Breakout SELL Level: 1.2194.

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Euro and Pound Test Key Support

Eurozone
The euro makes weak attempts to stay above 1.22, but success is possible only if the wave of panic in the stock and debt markets goes down, taking the form of correction, although deeper.
On Wednesday, the consumer inflation index will be published in Germany in January. It is expected to show a decline from 1.6% to 1.4% relative to December, but according to the forecast, the HICP index should remain unchanged at 1.4%. Also on Wednesday, Eurostat will publish an estimate of the eurozone's GDP in the fourth quarter, and there are no reasons for concern either - the PMI Markit and ESI economic activity indicators calculated by the European Commission are growing at a record pace, which, given the high correlation between PMI and GDP, which makes it possible to look at economic growth with optimism.

The problem for the eurozone is something different - the growing surplus of foreign trade leads to the need to seek the use of surplus capital. At the same time, the growth of inflation in the eurozone is not sufficient to force the ECB to begin the unwinding of its monetary policy. The spread between the yields of European and American securities is growing, and the capital from the eurozone will be in demand by investors in the US if rates in US banks continue to grow, especially since the threat of four rate hikes in the current year suddenly became real.

Monetary authorities of the eurozone will not prevent the outflow of excess capital, since this process will allow the euro to be controlled, but if the panic in the markets continues and it comes to a serious crisis, the euro may significantly weaken. Correction of the EUR USD pair is not yet completed, it is possible to decrease to 1.21, but the chances to stay above this support are still high. On Monday, the euro could return to zone 1.2305 / 20, further dynamics will be determined by whether a wave of panic that has covered the markets will develop.

United Kingdom
The pound last week has undergone multidirectional pressure. On Wednesday, the Bank of England supported the pound, leaving the rate unchanged and at the same time hinting that it could accelerate the process of raising rates due to higher economic growth rates.

Updated forecasts suggest GDP growth in 2018 at 1.8%, which, however, is below the growth rates in the US and the euro area, the equilibrium unemployment rate is reduced from 4.5% to 4.25%, and inflation by 2020 will be 2.2%, which is higher than the target 2%, which means an increase in the rate is required.

At the same time, as can be seen from the report, the growth of inflation occurred due to other goods, that is, most likely due to imports. The strengthening of the pound eliminates this factor in the coming months.

However, on Friday, the pound's declined resumed after the EU negotiator Michel Barnier stated that the Brexit agreement might not be reached. It is obvious that Brexit still remains the main factor of influence on the pound rate.

On Tuesday, data for January on retail sales and consumer inflation will be published. The forecasts are neutral and meet the expectations of the Bank of England. Determining the dynamics of the pound will continue to be based statements on Brexit, as well as the development of the situation with sales in the stock and debt markets. At the level of 1.3700/30 is the key support level, the pound has a chance to stay higher, the breakdown will worsen the technical picture and will contribute to a rapid decline on the background of flight from risk.

Oil
The weakening of oil looks like a rout, which is expected, based on the development of the situation in the markets. Oil reacts to the threat of slowing the growth of global GDP and the development of a full-scale crisis, and this is the main driver of decline.

Another factor contributing to the decline is the production growth in the US. In addition, Baker Hughes reported a sharp increase in the number of drilling last week by 29 pcs, which indicates an increase in investment in the industry.

Support for Brent resisted until 60.98, the channel is still up, so growth attempts after the formation of the bottom are not ruled out.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for February 13, 2018

Wave summary:
The rally from 1.6854 is not yet convincing, but if support at 1.6897 is able to protect the downside for a new rally above minor resistance at 1.7023 the correction in wave ii should be complete and wave iii developing for a rally to and above resistance at 1.7479 on the way higher to 1.7777.

A break below 1.6897 will risk a new decline to 1.6853 and maybe even closer to 1.6830 before wave ii is complete.
R3: 1.7045
R2: 1.7023
R1: 1.6966
Pivot: 1.6897
S1: 1.6878
S2: 1.6853
S3: 1.6830

Trading recommendation:
We are long EUR from 1.6977 with our stop placed at 1.6845.

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Good data on inflation led to the growth of the US dollar

The euro slumped in relation to the US dollar in the morning, before the release of important data on inflation in the US. The main reason for the pressure on the euro could be data on the slowdown in economic activity in Germany at the end of last year.

According to the report, Germany's GDP in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared with the previous quarter, increased by 0.6%. In annual terms, growth was 2.3%. These data fully coincided with the forecast of economists.

As noted in the statistics agency, the good growth rates are maintained due to the high external demand for premium goods. The acceleration of exports was also indicated.

Inflation in Germany slowed at the beginning of this year, which is an alarming call for the ECB. According to the data, the consumer price index fell by 0.7% in January of this year compared with December 2017, which fully coincided with the forecasts of economists. Core inflation fell by 1.0%.

Italy's GDP showed the fastest growth in the last seven years. According to the National Bureau of Statistics Istat, Italy's economy in 2017 grew by 1.6% compared with 2016.

As for the growth of the eurozone's GDP, the growth in the 4th quarter compared to the 3rd quarter was 0.6%, and compared to the same period in 2016, GDP increased by 2.7%. These data also fully coincided with the forecasts of economists.

The good economic indicators of the Eurozone at the end of 2017 have repeatedly led the European Central Bank to pay attention to the current situation in monetary policy, as well as the volume of the bond repurchase program, the reduction of which could lead to further euro growth in the medium term.

Data on the growth of inflation in the second half of Wednesday increased demand for the US dollar, which managed to regain even more positions lost at the beginning of the week against the euro and the British pound.

According to the report, the consumer price index in the US in January 2018 increased by 0.5%, exceeding the forecast of economists, who expected an increase in inflation of only 0.3%. Compared to the same period in 2017, inflation increased by 2.1%.


The base index, which does not take into account volatile prices, increased by 0.3% in January, with a growth forecast of 0.2%. Compared to the same period in 2017, the index grew by 1.8%.

Given such good performance, the short-term growth of the US dollar against the euro and the pound may continue, as it is possible that a good inflation rate in the US could seriously affect the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates, which could again be hiked this spring.

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The dollar takes the initiative

Positive macroeconomic data allowed the dollar to finally recoup from a prolonged fall caused by panic sell-offs in stock markets.

Against the euro, the dollar fell below the psychological level of 1.24, the reason was the increased demand for the dollar after unexpectedly positive data on the housing market for January. The number of new buildings grew by 9.7%, experts expected growth of only 3.4%, and also by 7.4% the number of building permits increased with a forecast of 3.5%. Growth in activity in the construction sector may lead to a slowdown in housing prices.

The University of Michigan's report on consumer confidence turned positive, the sentiment index rose to 99.9 against 95.7 in December, apparently, the mood of the taxation was positively influenced by the start of the tax reform, with a deterioration in sentiment rather than growth. The peak that was formed - the second since 2004 - indicates that in the American society, the perception of reforms is assessed positively.

In addition, the rise in prices for imports and exports were above forecasts, which will affect inflation, and we will get quite a confident growth in the dollar, even despite the recent turmoil in the stock market.

The forecast for GDP growth in the first quarter from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta improved slightly and amounts to 3.2% on Monday evening. The negative from the weak data on retail sales and consumer inflation is somewhat stable, the threat to the selling of the dollar has decreased significantly.

Markets can not yet understand how the tax reform will affect the US economy. In pre-election promises, Trump focused on the fact that he would begin to reduce the budget deficit and the huge debt, but in reality so far everything is developing in the opposite scenario. The budget deficit will significantly increase this year, as well as the level of public debt. As for the corporate sector, there is still no desire to reduce borrowing, on the contrary, the benefits of tax cuts can cause not a decrease in debt, but its growth - companies intend to issue more bonds this year than in 2017. This trend , if it is implemented, can completely reverse the intent of the tax reform on its head.

The key event of the upcoming week is the publication of the minutes of the FOMC meeting on January 31. The test of the statement slightly changed in regards to the meeting in December, but it was impossible to understand what estimate the members of the Cabinet gave to the launched tax reform. A detailed alignment can again lead to an increase in volatility, since the forecast for the number of rate hikes this year will directly depend on it. While the markets are confident of two increases in March and June, further opinions vary, and the protocol can greatly affect market sentiment. Business activity indexes from Markit will also be released on Wednesday.

At the moment, the dynamics of the indices is opposite, the production PMI rose in January to 55.5p compared to 55.1p in December, which indicates the strongest growth in the manufacturing industry since March 2015. Regional data show continued growth, the ISM index rose more than expected , so on Wednesday, most likely, there will be a confirmation of growth in business activity.

At the same time, in the service sector, activity slowed for several months in a row, which quite distorted the overall picture. It is expected that against the backdrop of growing consumer confidence and confident labor market data, the PMI index in the services sector will also show growth, which will provide additional support to the dollar.

Thus, by the end of the week, the dollar managed to survive the blow and has good chances to stay on the achieved levels.

Monday is a holiday in the US, so strong movements due to lack of objective data are not expected. The likelihood against commodity currencies appears to be at its highest, however, the yen will not enjoy less demand, the growth of usdjpy is unlikely. It is also possible to resume demand for gold and the Swiss franc.

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

Wave summary:
A break above the minor resistance at 1.6865 will indicate that the wave ii has completed and the wave iii higher to 1.7470 and 1.7777 is developing.

As long as the minor resistance at 1.6865 is able to cap the upside as long must we allow for a final spike lower to 1.6740 before completing the wave ii.
R3: 169.78
R2: 1.6860
R1: 1.6825
Pivot: 1.6770
S1: 1.6740
S2: 1.6681
S3: 1.6630

Trading recommendation:
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Technical analysis of NZD/USD for February 21, 2018

Our first downside target which we predicted in yesterday's analysis has been hit. NZD/USD is still expected to trade with a bearish outlook. The pair is capped by a bearish trend line since February 16, which confirmed a negative outlook. The downward momentum is further reinforced by both declining 20-period and 50-period moving averages. The relative strength index lacks upward momentum.

To conclude, below 0.7375, look for a new drop with targets at 0.7305 and 0.7280 in extension.

The black line shows the pivot point. Currently, the price is above the pivot point, which is a signal for long positions. If it remains below the pivot point, it will indicate short positions. The red lines show the support levels, while the green line indicates the resistance levels. These levels can be used to enter and exit trades.

Resistance levels: 0.7410, 0.7440, and 0.7485.
Support levels: 0.7335, 0.7295, and 0.7330.

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Weak data on the euro area is weighing on the euro

Weak data, including the preliminary, in the production and services sectors of the euro area put pressure on the European currency in the first half of the day. However, there was no significant sale of risky assets. This again indicates that most traders will focus on the Federal Reserve's protocols today.

The British pound collapsed against the US dollar after the release of a weak report on the UK labor market, where there was a significant surge in the number of unemployed.

In Germany, which is the flagship of the European economy, the growth rates of the manufacturing and services sectors have slowed. According to IHS Markit, the purchasing managers' index for the German services sector in February 2018 dropped to 55.3 points versus 57.3 points in January with economists expecting the February value to be at 57.0 points. The PMI for the manufacturing sector fell to 60.3 points from 61.1 points in January.

The preliminary index of supply managers for the manufacturing sector in France also fell in February, reaching 56.1 points compared to 58.4 points in January. Economists had expected a less significant decline, to a level of 58.1 points.

The preliminary index of supply managers for the services sector in France dropped to 57.9 points in February against 59.2 points in January this year. Economists had expected the index to remain unchanged at 59.2 points.

As a result business activity in general for the euro area slowed in February.

According to the report of IHS Markit, the composite index of supply managers of the eurozone in February fell to 57.5 points from 58.8 points in January. It is important to note that a value of above 50 in the index indicates an increase in activity. Economists also expected the decline but only to 58.5 points.

The technical picture in the EURUSD pair remained unchanged compared with the morning forecast. In the event of a decline in the euro after the publication of the Fed's protocols, opening long positions is best after the major support levels of 1.2240 and 1.2200 have been updated.

The British pound, as noted above, fell sharply against the US dollar after it became known that unemployment in the UK in the fourth quarter of 2017 increased.

According to the report of the National Bureau of Statistics, the number of unemployed in the UK increased by 46,000 from October to December 2017. The unemployment rate was at 4.4% while economists expected unemployment to remain unchanged at 4.3%.

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ECB report disappointed traders

The European currency remained under pressure in tandem with the US dollar after the release of a weak report on the business climate in Germany. The traders were also not optimistic about the report of the European Central Bank on monetary policy.

According to the Ifo Institute, the German business climate index declined for the month of January this year. This was due to the fact that the expectations of the companies in the manufacturing sector deteriorated for the next six months.

Thus, the business sentiment index in February fell to 115.4 points from 117.6 points in January, while economists had expected the index to reach 117 points for the month of February. Despite this, the market reaction was rather restrained, as many traders were also confident that it would be difficult to surpass the positive sentiment in the German economy observed at the beginning of the year. The additional problems for exporters as reflected in the mood index, created a strong euro, as well as volatile capital markets.

The publication of the minutes from the last meeting of the European Central Bank put pressure on the European currency because many traders and investors did not find the necessary signals from the regulator in connection with the end of the bond redemption program, which is expected to be completed this fall.

Thus, the leaders of the ECB considered the inflation to still be too low as discussed in their January meeting. This suggests that it is too early to change monetary policy.

As for the technical picture of the EURUSD pair, there have been no significant changes compared to the morning forecast. Still, you can expect to form an upward correction towards the end of the week, which may start from the support levels of 1.2260 and 1.2240 in the short term. However, there is no need to exclude today's possibility of sellers updating to a larger support area of 1.2210, where large players will also announce themselves.

The British pound negatively reacted to the UK GDP report and fell in the morning against the US dollar. According to the data, the UK economy in the fourth quarter of 2017 grew weaker than expected.

The report of the National Bureau of Statistics indicates that the UK GDP in the fourth quarter grew only by 0.4% against a preliminary estimate of 0.5%. On an annualized basis, GDP growth in the fourth quarter was revised downward to 1.6% from 2.0%. For the entire 2017, the UK's GDP grew by 1.7%. The main problem for the government remains to be the Brexit, which continues to affect many sectors of the economy.

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The ECB (European Central Bank) is disturbed

Eurozone
According to the macroeconomic studies published last week, the expansion period of the eurozone economy that lasted for at least two years is coming to an end.

The evaluation of the ZEW Institute that showed a slowdown in growth rates was confirmed by other studies. All three PMI Markit indices came in worse in January than in December, despite the continuous expansion, the rates are slowing down.

Business climate indices and economic expectations of IFO in February, significantly slowed down, while the expansion phase is completed. Companies are less satisfied with the current business situation, as euphoria is coming to an end, indices are falling across the entire spectrum of the economy specifically in production, wholesale, and construction.

The minutes of January meeting of the ECB was published on Thursday, which contained a number of disturbing statements. In particular, a number of ECB members expressed displeasure with the intention of the US authorities to help administrative measures to reduce the dollar, which, among other things, will be reflected in damage to the European economy and reduce import prices.

The ECB has no unity on the continuation of soft policy since strong economic performance and the growing euro prevents finding the balance.

On Wednesday, inflation data will be published in the euro area for February. While the outlook is negative which could possibly decline to 1.2%, and will help reduce the euro, update the February lows and attempt to reach the support zone at 1.2105 / 40.

United Kingdom
The British pound reacted by reducing the number of negative macroeconomic data. The GDP growth in 4 square meters is composed of 1.4% only, which is lower than expected. The weak data is because of the decline in the consumer demand amid high inflation, which is the minimum result for 5 years.

The increase of commercial investment in 2017 was 2.1% with a forecast of 2.4%, the growth was unexpected to be completely zero in the fourth quarter.

According to CBI, the growth of retail sales continues to slow down, the overall balance has decreased to + 8p against + 12p in January, which indicates a decrease in household incomes.

The pound is under pressure despite the favorable external background. Briefly, the dollar looks stronger but the positive expectations from the Brexit talks on March 22-23 will soon start to have a stronger impact. The formed wedge is threatened with a breakthrough, but its horizontal pattern does not provide an opportunity to indicate the direction. The Support can be found at 1.3855, and the resistance is at 1.4008.

Oil
Oil received a number of positive signals last week, which allowed the quotations to come back to the level of $ 70/ barrel. The first factor was the publication of the report from the US Department of Energy, which states that hydrocarbon reserves were reduced by 1.6 million barrels against a backdrop of sustained production growth. While the markets expect an increase in inventories of 1.9 million barrels.

OPEC was inspired by the success of collaboration intended to change the setup of relations into a long-term direction, for which experts from both OPEC and independent producers are working on. The structure of a new partnership will begin to operate after the expiration of the current agreement in late 2018.

Oil has the potential for further growth, which is supported by the sustained recovery of the world economy against the backdrop of controlling production volumes. If Brent quotes will be able to hold above 64.20 until next week, it is likely to establish a next high close to January's 70.82.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for February 27, 2018

Wave summary:
EUR/NZD has rallied nicely and is headed towards the first more substantial resistance near 1.7100. Once this resistance is cleared, the way higher to 1.7470 and 1.7777 is open.

Support is now seen at 1.6850, and the important support is seen at 1.6780.

R3: 1.7094
R2: 1.6990
R1: 1.6937
Pivot: 1.6887
S1: 1.6850
S2: 1.6780
S3: 1.6723

Trading recommendation:
We are long EUR from 1.6790, and we will move our stop higher to 1.6775.

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Data on the US economy supported the US dollar

Data on inflation in Germany did not affect the quotations of the European currency, as attention was solely focused on the speech of the chairman of the Federal Reserve.

According to the statistics agency, Germany's preliminary consumer price index rose 0.5% in February from January, while the index grew 1.4% compared to the same period in 2017. These data almost completely coincided with the expectations of experts who projected an increase of 0.5% and 1.5% respectively.

The base index, which does not take into account the volatile categories of goods, also increased by 0.5% in February and by 1.2% compared to February 2017. Given the fact that the data was in line with economists' forecasts, recent statements by ECB representatives that the stance of monetary policy will remain unchanged, along with the confirmation of such intent by the president of the central bank, Mario Draghi, it speaks of the weak prospects for the growth of the euro in the early spring of this year .

The data pointing to a drop in demand for goods with a long service life, passed for investors without a trace. According to the report of the US Department of Commerce, orders for durable goods in January this year decreased by 3.7% compared with the previous month. Economists had expected the decline to be 1.6%. As noted in the report, the main drop was mainly due to a 10% decrease in orders for transportation equipment. New orders for capital goods fell by 0.2%. The fall of this indicator is the first "call" that consumers are starting to save more.

Housing prices in the US in December of last year continued to grow. This report was presented by CoreLogic/Case-Shiller. Thus, the national housing price index in December grew by 6.3% compared to the same period last year. As experts say, the current sharp rise in prices already exceeds the growth of salaries in the US, which can affect inflation this year and slow it down a little.

Good data on consumer confidence in the US only supported the US dollar, which began its rapid growth after the speech of the new head of the Fed, Jerome Powell.

According to the Conference Board, the consumer confidence index in February this year reached 130.8 points against 124.3 points in January. Economists had expected the index in February to be 127.0 points. The report also indicates that the volatility of the stock market did not affect consumers who showed higher optimism about short-term prospects.

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Inflation in the euro area declines for the third consecutive month

All the attention of traders was focused on the data on inflation in the euro area which disappointed market participants. Inflation in the euro area is declining for the third consecutive month. What can we expect from the euro?

No matter how it seems, the inflation rate that was set in the autumn of last year is gradually extinguished with the euro zone's CPI is declining for the third consecutive month. This is a very unpleasant fact for the European Central Bank which set a 2% target in the next few years.

This is also an unpleasant moment for traders who are betting on the further strengthening of the euro at the beginning of this year. The main reason for the lack of demand is the probable postponement of the deadline for the curtailment of the ECB's repurchase program, which was scheduled for the fall of this year. Also, we have to forget about all the talk about raising interest rates in early 2019.

Let's understand why it happened that way.

According to today's data, even if it is preliminary, it can be seen that in February this year, the inflation rate in the eurozone slowed for the third month in a row. So, consumer prices in the euro area for the month of February rose by only 1.2% compared to the same period in 2017, which is below the target level of the ECB, set just below 2%. As early as November 2017, inflation showed an increase of 1.5%.

A number of experts associate a slowdown in inflation with a decline in energy prices, which revived the CPI in 2016 and kept it growing throughout 2017. Also, there is a noticeable lack of a fundamental link between the acceleration of economic growth and the rise in inflation that was to occur. A similar situation is observed in the United States.

If we talk about core inflation, which does not take into account volatile prices for energy and food products, then growth was at 1%.

As I have already mentioned, a number of European Central Bank leaders, including its president Mario Draghi, made it clear that as long as there is no concrete evidence of an increase in inflation, no one will talk about a change in soft monetary policy despite good economic growth.

It is important to note that the strong growth of the US dollar began yesterday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell made a speech in the Congress where he said that there was an improvement in the prospects for the US economy, which keeps the Federal Reserve's policy rigid. So he outlined his position on further raising interest rates.

As for the technical picture of the EURUSD pair, the breakthrough in the support level of 1.2200 could significantly collapse the trading instrument, since there is a mass of monthly stop orders for buyers of risky assets below this range. The breakthrough at the level of 1.2200 will lead to a pair of support in the areas of 1.2130 and 1.2080, which will also allow us to hook the level of 1.2050.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for March 2, 2018


Wave summary:
There is not really anything new to say here. We continue to look for a continuation higher through the resistance at 1.6960 and 1.6999 for a continuation towards 1.7094 and 1.7470 as the next upside targets.

Short-term support is seen at 1.6867 and again at 1.6809.
R3: 1.7094
R2: 1.6999
R1: 1.6960
Pivot: 1.6900
S1: 1.6867
S2: 1.6809
S3: 1.6778

Trading recommendation: We are long EUR from 1.6790 with stop placed at break-even.

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USD/JPY approaching resistance, prepare to sell

The price is seeing strong resistance at 106.47 (Fibonacci retracement, Fibonacci extension, horizontal overlap resistance, descending resistance) and a strong reaction could occur at this price to push it down to 104.77 support (Fibonacci extension). We do have to watch out for intermediate support at 105.24 (horizontal swing low support) which needs to be broken to open a further drop.

RSI (89) sees descending resistance hold price down really well with its bearish momentum.
Sell below 106.47. Stop loss at 107.34. Take profit at 104.77.

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Daily analysis of EUR/JPY for March 7, 2018

EUR/JPY
There is recently an upwards bounce in the market – in the context of a downtrend. The upwards bounce is yet to nullify the downtrend, but it would do so as soon as the price goes above the supply zone at 132.50, which would require a strong buying pressure. Right now, the EMA 11 is almost crossing the EMA 56 to the upside, and the RSI period 14 is above the level 50. Once the EMA 11 is above the EMA 56, the bias on the market would turn bullish.

There is still a Bearish Confirmation Pattern in the market, but the recent rally has become a threat to the extant bearish outlook. Nonetheless, a strong rally is in the offing, as the outlook on EUR pairs remains bullish for this week.

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Gold was trapped

The news about the resignation of the chief economic adviser to the president Gary Cohn allowed gold to mark its best daily level since Valentine's Day. If an ardent opponent of protectionism, an ex-candidate for the presidency of the Fed, withdraws from his post, a potential global trade war is unlikely to be avoided. And in it, all weapons will look good. Including - large-scale selling of US Treasury bonds by the main holders in the face of China and Japan. I believe other countries will do the same. Their desire to get rid of the power of the dollar will force them to shift to gold. Thus, trade wars are potentially capable of providing the precious metal with invaluable support.

Until March, investors' demand for ETF products was characterized by mixed dynamics. The fall in the XAU/USD and the increase in gold volatility contributed to an outflow of 5.1 tonnes in February. The biggest losses were suffered by European (-7.3 tons) and North American stock-exchange specialized funds (-5.1 tons), while Asians, on the contrary, replenished their reserves (+7.9 tons). As a result, according to the latest figure, it has increased by 10% since the beginning of the year.

Monthly dynamics of demand for ETF products

Source: WGC.
Annual dynamics of demand for ETF products

Source: WGC.
In my opinion, the value of the investment demand for precious metals was influenced by the strengthening of the US dollar. The fastest growth in the weekly wage in January over the past few years has strengthened the risks of overclocking inflation and the aggressive monetary tightening of the Fed. Moreover, the new head of the Federal Reserve was optimistic about the US economy and the way of betting on federal funds. The President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, William Dudley, indicated four hikes in 2018 - a gradual normalization of monetary policy. As a result, the futures market increased the chances of such an outcome to 34%, and gold plunged into a wave of selling. Everyone remembers perfectly how uncomfortable it felt at the eve of the historic FOMC meetings in 2017.

Nevertheless, the growing likelihood of the implementation of the policy of anti-globalization, Donald Trump, significantly tempered investors' appetite for risk. If the stock indexes behaved rather restrained in response to the high-sounding statements of the US president on tariffs on the import of steel and aluminum, the resignation of Gary Cohn convinced that the matter should be taken very seriously.

In the medium term, gold can be trapped in consolidation: on the one hand, news about the trade war will provide support to the bulls on the XAU/USD; on the other hand, the return of the divergence idea in the monetary policy of the Federal Reserve and the central banks-peers can become a saving straw for the US dollar. In my opinion, in the second and third quarters, against the background of the return of the normalization theme, its strength will run out, so the price will drop to the lower border of the trading range of $1300-1360 per ounce, which makes sense to use for purchases.

Technically, if the bulls manage to return gold quotes to the limits of the upward medium-term trading channel, then the risks of implementing the target values by 113% and by 127.2% according to the Shark and AB = CD patterns will increase. Gold, daily chart

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Technical analysis of EUR/USD for March 09, 2018

When the European market opens, some economic data will be released such as the French Industrial Production m/m, the French Gov Budget Balance, the German Trade Balance, and the German Industrial Production m/m. Meanwhile, the US will also deliver some reports such as the Final Wholesale Inventories m/m, the Unemployment Rate, the Non-Farm Employment Change, and the Average Hourly Earnings m/m. So amid the reports, EUR/USD will move in a medium to high volatility during this day.

TODAY'S TECHNICAL LEVELS:
Breakout BUY Level: 1.2369.
Strong Resistance:1.2362.
Original Resistance: 1.2350.
Inner Sell Area: 1.2338.
Target Inner Area: 1.2309.
Inner Buy Area: 1.2280.
Original Support: 1.2268.
Strong Support: 1.2256.
Breakout SELL Level: 1.2249.

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USD/JPY has reached our profit target perfectly, prepare for further rise

The price has risen perfectly to our profit target and looks poised to rise further after breaking a strong descending resistance-turned-support line. We look to buy above 106.48 (Fibonacci retracement, horizontal overlap support, breakout level) for a push up to 108.51 (Fibonacci retracement, horizontal pullback resistance). We do have to be cautious about 107.78 resistance as the price might react off that level.

RSI (89) has made a similar bullish exit signaling a change in momentum from bearish to bullish.

Buy above 106.48. Stop loss at 105.81. Take profit at 108.51

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Technical analysis of NZD/USD for March 22, 2018

NZD/USD is expected to trade with bullish outlook. The pair is still showing upward momentum after a break-out from a resistance level at 0.7185 (now a key support). Currently, it is trading at levels above both the 20-period and 50-period moving averages while targeting the first upside target at 0.7260 (around the high of March 19). The relative strength index is well directed in the 70s, indicating strong upward momentum for the pair. Upon crossing 0.7260, the next upside target at 0.7280 would come into sight.

The black line shows the pivot point. Currently, the price is above the pivot point which is a signal for long positions. If it remains below the pivot point, it will indicate short positions. The red lines show the support levels, while the green line indicates the resistance levels. These levels can be used to enter and exit trades.

Resistance levels: 0.7260, 0.7305, and 0.7350.
Support levels: 0.7150, 0.7125, and 0.7100.

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Daily analysis of EUR/JPY for March 23, 2018

EUR/JPY
The long-awaited bearish bias has already surfaced on this cross. The price plunged yesterday, breaching the supply zone at 129.50 to the downside. The demand zone at 129.00 was tested before the price bounced upwards (temporarily). The demand zone at 129.00 would be tested once again, and get broken to the downside, as the market moves further downwards.

There is a Bearish Confirmation Pattern in the market, and it has become clearer as price goes further downwards owing to a bearish outlook on the cross. The EMA 11 is below the EMA 56, and the RSI period 14 is below the level 50.

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Daily analysis of EUR/JPY for March 26, 2018

EUR/JPY
The conditions in the market is quite choppy. Although the market is choppy, the bearish trend has been maintained.Price has been going southward since February 5, having lost almost 800 pips since then. Last week, there was a rally attempt in the context of an uptrend, which was halted once the supply zone at 131.50 had been tested.

Further upward movement was effectively prevented. The market shed 250 pips following that, to test the demand zone at 129.00, and closed below the supply zone at 129.50. The expected weakness in EUR, as well as the bearish outlook on the market, may enable the demand zones at 129.00, 128.50, and 128.00 to be tested this week.

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Daily analysis of GBP/USD for March 27, 2018

The pair stays strong in the short-term as the price action is consolidating above the support zone of 1.4136. Currently, GBP/USD is facing off the resistance level of 1.4225, which is the last hurdle ahead of the 1.4269 level and if it manages to break above such area, the bulls could strengthen in the short-term. MACD indicator remains in the positive territory, favoring to the bulls.

H1 chart's resistance levels: 1.4225 / 1.4269
H1 chart's support levels: 1.4136 / 1.4061

Trading recommendations for today: Based on the H1 chart, buy (long) orders only if the GBP/USD pair breaks a bullish candlestick; the resistance level is at 1.4225, take profit is at 1.4269 and stop loss is at 1.4185.

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

When the European market opens, the US will release the Economic Data such as ISM Manufacturing Prices, Construction Spending m/m, ISM Manufacturing PMI, and Final 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: 1.2372.
Strong Resistance:1.2365.
Original Resistance: 1.2353.
Inner Sell Area: 1.2341.
Target Inner Area: 1.2312.
Inner Buy Area: 1.2283.
Original Support: 1.2271.
Strong Support: 1.2259.
Breakout SELL Level: 1.2252.

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Pound - The Dark Horse of G10

In the first quarter, the British pound added 4 percent against the US dollar due to a reduction in political risks and an increase in the likelihood of a continuation of the cycle of normalization of the monetary policy of the Bank of England in May, above 80 percent. Slowing inflation from 3 percent to 2.7 percent and increasing wages to 2.8 percent can be expected to bolster the purchasing power of the population and the acceleration of GDP. As a result, the factor of underestimation can play on the side of the pound.

While the OECD claims that the economy of the United Kingdom will show the slowest growth rates among developed countries, a pleasant surprise is able to help the "bulls" in the GBP/USD to restore an upward trend. For example, you do not need to go far: at the end of 2016, Bloomberg experts gave modest estimates of the eurozone's GDP for 2017 at + 1.7%. In fact, the indicator was received positively with the 2.5% rally, which became one of the key drivers of strengthening the euro by 14%. As a clue to the future dynamics of the economy of the United Kingdom can serve as evidence from business activity. The statistics on purchasing managers' indices adds saturation to the economic calendar and pushes the pound for the most interesting currency of the first week of April.

Dynamics of PMI in services and GDP in Britain

Source: Trading Economics.

Moderately negative PMI forecasts in production (54.7 versus 55.2 in February) and construction sectors (50.8 against 51.8), as well as in services sector (54 versus 54.5) may become a kind of rehearsal, what will happen to the pound for the rest of the year. Strong factual data inspire "Bulls" for GBP/USD to take advantage of.

Positive from macroeconomic statistics, coupled with the decision on the transition period for Britain until 2019, which should be interpreted as a reduction in political risks, untie the hands of the Bank of England. The Committee on Monetary Policy has plenty of "hawks" who were waiting for clues from Brussels. The futures market expects an increase in repo rates in May and November, the normalization cycle may continue in February 2019. Adjustments to this trajectory can be made by politics and the economy. In particular, "bears" for the sterling pound say that it is too early to speak about certainty with regard to Brexit and refer to volatility growth from 7.8% in October-December to 8.3% in January-March. ING, on the other hand, claims that the pound's violent response to a transitional report indicates its underestimation.

When predicting the future dynamics of GBP/USD, one should not forget about such a factor as trade wars. The exchange of import duties between the US and China worsens the global appetite for risk, which negatively affects the desire of investors to invest in financial markets in Britain and is a deterrent for sterling.

Technically, the necessary condition for the recovery of the "bullish" trend for GBP/USD is a breakthrough resistance at 1.425. In this case, the child pattern AB=CD with a target of 200% will be activated. While the pair's quotes are above 1.3705, the situation is controlled by buyers.

GBP/USD, daily chart

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RBA leaves rates unchanged, and China is in charge of the US

The Australian dollar managed to strengthen its positions against the US dollar after the decision of the Reserve Bank of Australia to leave the key interest rate unchanged. However, there are a number of points that indicate a tightening of conditions in the short-term financing markets in US dollars.

According to yesterday's decision, the Reserve Bank of Australia left the key interest rate unchanged at 1.50%, while stating that the rates correspond to the target level of inflation and economic growth. Despite this, a number of commercial banks have resorted to raising the cost of short-term financing, which also led to an increase in mortgage rates.

The RBA also expects further progress in reducing unemployment, as leading indicators show a strong increase in employment. Despite this, the regulator expects that the growth of salaries, most likely, will remain low for some time.

As for economic forecasts, experts in the RBA continue to project faster growth of GDP this year, which in the future will lead to a gradual return of inflation to the target level.

As for the technical picture of the AUD/USD pair, there are still no major changes. The small short-term growth of the Australian dollar is likely to be temporary, as the US-China trade war, which is only gaining momentum, could negatively affect the Australian economy.

Considering short positions in the AUD/USD pair would be best done after a correction to the areas of resistance at 0.7750 and 0.7780, and the breakthrough of current support levels in the area of 0.7640 will lead to another wave of selling in the trading instrument with the output towards new lows of 0.7560 and 0.7500.

On Sunday, it became known that the US and China could not negotiate on trade tariffs, although last week there were clear "glimpses" in the negotiations. The Chinese authorities imposed duties on the import of a number of goods from the United States, claiming retaliatory measures, after the administration of Donald Trump had imposed levies on the supply of steel and aluminum from China. As noted in the report of the Ministry of Finance of China, duties are raised by 25% of the tariff for American pork and a number of other commodity items, as well as 15% of the tariff for fruits and 120 commodities from the US.

As a result of such protectionist measures, investors once again turned their attention to gold, which yesterday rose strongly in price. Many traders are afraid of a more protracted trade war between the US and China, as well as the fact that a number of retaliatory measures with all the ensuing consequences of the European Union. This will necessarily lead to an increase in the costs of manufacturing companies and adversely affect the growth rate of the economy.

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Gold answers with tooth for tooth

Gold quite rapidly responded to the United States and China's transition from a conflict to massive military action. China is ready to to retaliate in the "tit for tat", answering exactly the same way as its opponent. If the introduction of Washington's import duties on steel and aluminum on Beijing is estimated at $3 billion, then $50 billion was announced to match it for the Washington's allegations of violation of intellectual property rights along with duties for the supply of 106 US products, including soybeans, chemicals, airplanes and cars. According to China, the accusations are unproven, unilateral protectionism is flourishing, and the beast must be planted back into the cage.

It seems that Donald Trump has found a worthy opponent capable of putting an end to his desire to reduce the negative balance of foreign trade from the current $375 billion to a hundred billion. China is ready to defend its own interests, but the trade war does not bring anything good. Like any war, in principle. The slowdown in global GDP as a result of supply chain disruption, the acceleration of inflation under the influence of rising import prices and the aggressive monetary tightening of the Fed are bringing the US economy closer to a recession. The situation is aggravated by the growth of the national debt, which must be financed, and the problems in this area put serious pressure on the US dollar.

Indeed, if we assume that the United States will not stop at this and will pay all Chinese import duties, then China will have to take other measures, since supplies from the United States are less than its own in the opposite direction. An adequate response will require the sale of treasury bonds, rumors about it a few weeks ago, the dollar dropped. The greenbacks weakness can push gold to around $1,400 an ounce and higher, which significantly exceeds the median forecast of Bloomberg experts.

Forecasts and dynamics of gold

Traders with 40-year experience note that for several decades, precious metal has been sensitive to the USD index and the yield of US bonds. In this regard, its limited sensitivity to the trade war looks logical: despite the collapse of the stock indices, the dollar has remained stable. Perhaps the reason should be sought in the fact that the duties are not yet in effect, or that they may not do so at all. It is likely that Beijing and Washington will sit at the negotiating table, and their constructive nature will allow investors to turn their heads again towards the Fed. Thus, BNP Paribas claims that gold will close the year in the red zone, and IHS Markit expects prices to fall below $1200 on the background of four increases in the federal funds rate.

Unlike "bears" in precious metals, central banks continue to believe in its bright future. Thus, the Russian regulator in February added 22.8 tonnes to gold and currency reserves after 18.9 tonnes in January and 224 tonnes in 2017. The growth rate is the 11th consecutive month.

Technically, a breakthrough in resistance at $1357-1362 per ounce will open the way for bulls to target 127.2% and 161.8% for the AB = CD pattern. They are located near the marks of $1390 and $1405.

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Sensation from North Korea

AUD / USD
On Friday, the Australian dollar did not give rise to the speculative sentiment of the European and American traders and was fundamentally declined by 10 points on the general unfavorable background of foreign markets. Oil lost in price slightly more than 2%, iron ore -0.08%, copper -0.7%.

This morning, investors were satisfied with the growth in the construction sector activity from AIG in the March assessment, the growth came in from 56.0 to 57.2 points. The NAB business confidence index will be release tomorrow, as the March forecast showed results of 12 against 9 in February. Also, the stock markets of the APR failed to grow badly today despite the Friday drop in the US market, with the Nikkei 225 + 0.68%, S & P / ASX 200 + 0.37%, and China A50 + 0.26%. The possible optimism is related to Kim Jong-un's statement about the readiness to test the nuclear weapons and to conduct a denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The "Australian" currency could possibly grow in the range of 0.7760 / 75.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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