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Technical analysis: Intraday Level For EUR/USD, July 31, 2018

When the European market opens, some Economic Data will be released such as Unemployment Rate, Italian Prelim CPI m/m, Prelim Flash GDP q/q, Core CPI Flash Estimate y/y, CPI Flash Estimate y/y, Italian Monthly Unemployment Rate, German Unemployment Change, Spanish Flash GDP q/q, French Prelim CPI m/m, and German Retail Sales m/m. The US will release the Economic Data too such as CB Consumer Confidence, Chicago PMI, S&P/CS Composite-20 HPI y/y, Personal Income m/m, Personal Spending m/m, Employment Cost Index q/q, and Core PCE Price Index m/m, so amid the reports, EUR/USD will move in a medium volatility during this day.

TODAY'S TECHNICAL LEVEL:
Breakout BUY Level: 1.1765.
Strong Resistance:1.1758.
Original Resistance: 1.1757.
Inner Sell Area: 1.1736.
Target Inner Area: 1.1708. Inner
Buy Area: 1.1680.
Original Support: 1.1669.
Strong Support: 1.1658.
Breakout SELL Level: 1.1651.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for August 1, 2018

EUR/NZD tried to break above short-term important resistance at 1.7205 but failed. We think it is just a matter of time before a new attempt to break above this resistance is seen. A firm break above resistance at 1.7205, will confirm that red wave ii has completed and that red wave iii towards 1.7510 and above is developing.

Short-term, support remains seen at 1.7134 and 1.7116. The later should continue to protect the downside for the expected break above 1.7205. An unexpected break below 1.7116, will indicate that black wave ii/ still is in motion for a spike lower to 1.7066 before turning higher in black wave iii/.

R3: 1.7268
R2: 1.7207
R1: 1.7185
Pivot: 1.7165
S1: 1.7137
S2: 1.7116
S3: 1.7106

Trading recommendation:
We are long EUR from 1.7226 with our stop placed at 1.7110. If you are not long EUR yet, then buy a break above 1.7205 and use the same stop at 1.7110.

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Gold bets on August

July was the fourth consecutive month of gold closing in the red zone. The precious metal has not faced such a protracted peak since 2013. The US economy and the aggressive monetary tightening of the Fed, which gained under the influence of the fiscal stimulus, dealt a serious blow to the positions of the bulls in the XAU/USD. The futures market is almost 70% confident that the Federal reserve will raise rates twice before the end of the year amid a drop in unemployment to 4%, inflation to the target and an impressive +4.1% q/q of GDP for the second quarter.

Quarterly dynamics of gold

While Japanese investors kept the yield of 10-year US Treasury bonds below the psychologically important 3% mark, and the growth of US stock indices did not allow precious metals to play a role in escalating trade conflicts, a strong dollar left it no chance. Even the information from competent Reuters sources about Donald Trump's willingness to announce the expansion of import duties for China by $200 billion was perceived as a reason for selling the XAU/USD in the near future. The dollar, for investors, seems to be a more reliable safe-haven asset than gold.

What can the precious metal answer? First, the seasonal factor can play on its side. August is the second best month for gold after January. By the end of the last month of summer 2017, it has strengthened by more than 4%, and in 2016-2017, ETF reserves added about 4%. Second, speculative net longs have fallen to a record low since the date of the accounting in 2006. They are lower than at the end of 2015, when the Fed started the process of monetary policy normalization. Finally, third, the market has serious doubts about the ability of the US economy to maintain the pace taken in the second quarter. Let Donald Trump in this no doubt, but the logic says the opposite. The gradual fading of the effect of tax reform, tightening of the Fed's monetary policy, trade wars and the dollar's revaluation in April-July increase the risks of a slowdown in GDP in the third-fourth quarters.

Another thing is that the main competitor of the dollar in the face of the single European currency is not shining yet. In April-June, the divergence in economic growth of the US and the eurozone turned out to be the broadest one since 2014. This does not allow us to count on the ECB's departure from ultra-soft monetary policy and creates serious obstacles for the EUR/USD to move upwards.

In the short term, gold is likely to show increased sensitivity to the results of the FOMC meeting and the release of data on the US labor market. The Fed's "dovish rhetoric and sluggish wage growth will push futures prices in the direction of $1,250 per ounce. On the contrary, if the central bank prefers the "hawkish" hunt, and the statistics on wages will please the eye, the precious metal risks to continue the peak in the direction of $1200.

Technically, gold is trying to push off the convergence zone of $1207-1222 (targets for 200% and 88.6% by the AB=CD and "Shark" patterns). If the bulls manage to keep the quotes above the important support, the risks of a rollback to $1,243 and $1,272 will increase.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/JPY for August 6, 2018

EUR/JPY has moved just below the lower boundary at 128.66 (the low has been seen at 158.49). This does fulfill all requirements for our slightly preferred scenario, meaning that a low should be in place for wave ii/ and a new impulsive rally in wave iii/ should be ready to develop. Wave iii/ will ideally make it to 135.74 and possibly even higher.

That said, we need to remember that prices need to prove themselves for a strong rally above 129.62. The possible alternate scenario still remains possible. Under this count, wave ii still is developing as an expanded flat correction. If this count is correct, then we should expect resistance near 129.62 will cap the upside for a final decline towards 126.01 to complete wave ii before wave iii will be ready to take over.

R3: 129.62
R2: 129.18
R1: 129.00
Pivot: 128.77
S1: 128.50
S2: 128.11
S3: 127.69

Trading recommendation:
Our stop at 128.50 was hit for a 45 pips loss. We will re-buy EUR here at 128.72 and place our stop at 128.45.

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Trump's trade policy continues to work

The euro continued to decline against the US dollar in the morning of Monday, August 6, amid the lack of important fundamental statistics, as well as expectations of further interest rate hikes in the United States.

Data on the sharp decline in orders in Germany put pressure on risky assets.

According to a report by the German Ministry of Economy, production orders in Germany declined sharply in June this year due to falling demand from countries outside the eurozone. This suggests that the current tensions in trade relations are already affecting the indicators, which will further exacerbate tensions between the US and the EU.

As indicated in the report, orders in the manufacturing sector in Germany in June 2018 fell by 4.0% compared to May, while economists had forecast a decline in orders by 0.5%. The ministry confirmed the fact that the uncertainty of the prospects of trade policy played a key role.

External orders in the German manufacturing sector in June fell by 4.7% compared to May, while domestic production orders decreased 2.8% compared to the previous month.

As I noted above, a particular decrease in orders was observed from countries that are not members of the eurozone. Here the figure fell by 5.9%. Compared to the same period of the previous year, orders in the German manufacturing sector decreased by 0.8%.

As for the technical picture of the EUR/USD pair, then, most likely, the pressure on the euro will continue. The breakthrough of support of 1.1530 will lead to new large sales in risky assets, with an exit to the lows of the month in the area of 1.1480 and 1.1440. The only hope of buyers in the short term is a return to the resistance of 1.1565, which will lead to an upward correction in the area of 1.16 and 1.1630.

The British pound continued to decline, ignoring the report on the volume of consumer lending in the UK, which in June this year has not changed compared to may. This shows that consumer spending will continue to grow in the future.

According to the Bank of England, in June 2018, net consumer lending to consumers in June amounted to 5.4 billion pounds against 5.3 billion pounds in May. Credit cards in June amounted to 1.6 billion pounds.

As for mortgage loans, the number was at the level of 65,619. As for the technical picture of the GBP/USD pair, the recovery prospects are also quite far. Brexit and uncertainty with a further increase in interest rates in the UK continue to weigh on the pound.

The current main goal of the sellers of the pound is the lows of 1.2890 and 1.2815. If we talk about the prospects for an upward correction, then, apparently, it will be limited in the area of resistances 1.2960 and 1.3000.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for August 8, 2018

EUR/NZD is once again testing important resistance at 1.7224, but we need a clear break above here to confirm that the next impulsive rally towards 1.7510 is in motion. As long as resistance at 1.7224 is able to cap the upside as long does the possibility for a final drop into the 1.7033 - 1.7066 area exist, before completing wave ii/.

Longer-term, we remain bullish EUR/NZD for a rally towards 1.8310 and ultimately higher towards 1.98 - 1.99 area.

R3: 1.7305
R2: 1.7251
R1: 1.7224
Pivot: 1.7187
S1: 1.7150
S2: 1.7115
S2: 1.7094

Trading recommendation:
We are long EUR from 1.7226 with our stop placed at 1.7110.

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Is the black band for gold over?

The leader of the precious metals sector, who marked its worst start in the last decade, managed to take a breather due to the strengthening of the Chinese yuan and the Japanese yen against the US dollar. The strong US currency has become the main culprit of the XAU/USD pair slumping by 7% since the beginning of the year. According to the World Gold Council report, global demand fell to 1959 tons in January-June, which is the lowest value since 2009. During the same period in 2017 it was about 2086 tons. And while interest in jewelry and the use of metal in the industry has been stable, the outflow of capital from the ETF became the main driver of falling prices.

According to WGC research, the reserves of specialized exchange-traded funds increased by a modest 60.9 tons in the first half of 2018. In January-June 2017, the process was significantly faster (+160.9 tons). The dog is buried in the flight of American investors from the market. Against the background of the dispersal of US GDP to 4.1% q/q, they preferred to buy securities rather than revenue-generating precious metals. The story of the collapse of Chinese stock indices under the influence of the slowdown of the Chinese economy and trade wars did not help either. If at the beginning of 2016 gold grew in response to the fall of Shanghai Composite, then this year assets prefer to go one way.

Dynamics of gold and the Shanghai Composite

If we focus on the dynamics of capital outflow from the ETF, we can assume that the XAU/USD will continue the downward campaign. Thus, according to Commerzbank's estimates, after the loss of stock of specialized exchange-traded funds of 29 tons in July, from the beginning of August they sank by another 16 tons. The bank expects that in the near future, under the influence of aggressive monetary tightening of the Fed, gold will test the psychologically important mark of $1200 per ounce. Supporters and speculators, who as of July 31 accumulated a record from 2006 net position on the analyzed asset in the futures market 27 156 contracts, equivalent to 2.7 million ounces.

Standard Bank, on the contrary, believes that the black band for the precious metal has remained in the past. The factor of four increases in the federal funds rate in 2018 is practically taken into account in the quotes of the USD index (the futures market gives about 70% of the probability of such an outcome), investors are unlikely to be surprised by this. But the slower normalization of monetary policy of the Fed or the loss of US GDP by the pair can lead to an increase in XAU/USD quotes to $1,260 per ounce in the third quarter. Before the end of the year, gold can test the level of $1300.

The pluralism of opinions allows the "bulls" of the precious metal to take a breath and contributes to its consolidation in the range of $1205-1235 per ounce. Investors will closely monitor the release of data on US inflation for July. Overclocking the CPU to 3% and above will increase the chances of four Fed rate increases and will contribute to the strengthening of the dollar.

Technically, gold reaching the convergence zone of $1185-1220 per ounce (targets for 88.6% and 113% on the "Double top" pattern) increases the risks of a rollback to the current short-term downward trend.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for August 10, 2018

After some sideways consolidation between 1.7352 - 1.7448 more upside will be expected towards the next minor upside targets at 1.7924 on the way higher towards 1.8369 and 1.8423.

Support is now seen at 1.7404 and again at 1.7352. Ideally the later will be able to protect the downside for a clear break above 1.7480 confirming the next part of the uptrend towards 1.7924.

Only a break below support at 1.7301 will question the expected rally higher.

R3: 1.7667
R2: 1.7564
R1: 1.7480
Pivot: 1.7437
S1: 1.7404
S2: 1.7388
S3: 1.7352

Trading recommendation:
We are long EUR from 1.7226 and we will raise our stop to 1.7275.

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Technical analysis: Intraday Level For EUR/USD, Aug 13, 2018

When the European market opens, there will be no Economic Data released, but the US will release the Economic Data such as Mortgage Delinquencies, so, amid the reports, EUR/USD will move in a low to medium volatility during this day.

TODAY'S TECHNICAL LEVEL:
Breakout BUY Level: 1.1451.
Strong Resistance:1.1444.
Original Resistance: 1.1433.
Inner Sell Area: 1.1422.
Target Inner Area: 1.1395.
Inner Buy Area: 1.1368.
Original Support: 1.1357.
Strong Support: 1.1346.
Breakout SELL Level: 1.1339.


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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for August 14, 2018

We are looking for red wave ii to complete in the 1.7196 - 1.7258 target-zone. Once this correction is complete a new impulsive rally to above 1.7487 is expected for a continuation higher to 1.7924 and 1.8369 as the next upside important upside targets. Short-term only a break above minor resistance at 1.7356 will indicate that a corrective low has been seen for red wave ii and red wave iii is taking over for a rally to above 1.7487.

R3: 1.7487
R2: 1.7417
R1: 1.7355
Pivot: 1.7322
S1: 1.7258
S2: 1.7226
S3: 1.7196

Trading recommendation:
We will re-buy EUR at 1.7245 or upon a break above 1.7356.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for August 15, 2018

After a dip to 1.7220 all requirements for the correction in red wave i has been fulfilled. Therefore we are looking for a break above resistance at 1.7355 to confirm that red wave iii is developing for a break above the peak at 1.7484 as EUR/NZD moves higher towards 1.7924 and 1.8369.

Short-term support is seen at 1.7243, this support should ideally be able to protect the downside, for the expected rally higher. If, however, a break below 1.7243 is seen, a final dip closer to 1.7196 should be expected to complete red wave ii.

R3: 1.7487
R2: 1.7417
R1: 1.7355
Pivot: 1.7299
S1: 1.7270
S2: 1.7243
S3: 1.7220

Trading recommendation:
We are long EUR from 1.7245 with our stop placed at 1.7215.


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

A break above resistance at 1.7355 is still needed to confirm that red wave ii has completed and red wave iii to above 1.7484 is developing.

Short-term, we see support at 1.7262 and again at 1.7238. The later will ideally be able to protect the downside for the break above 1.7355 towards 1.7484 and above, with the next important targets seen at 1.7924 and 1.8369.

R3: 1.7484
R2: 1.7417
R1: 1.7355
Pivot: 1.7299
S1: 1.7270
S2: 1.7243
S3: 1.7220

Trading recommendation: We are long EUR from 1.7245 with our stop placed at 1.7215.

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An alarming bell for pound buyers

Risk assets recovered slightly against the US dollar, but the market continues to be in a bearish trend in general.

The situation around Turkey shows that the Turkish lira and the deby growth of Turkish banks makes all investors refrain also from new investments in risky assets.

Today, one can observe the continuation of a slight strengthening of the Turkish lira against the US dollar, however this harm indicates its stabilization after falling to a record low. Most likely, investors harbor some optimism from the press conference of the Minister of Finance of Turkey, which is due today, and on which Berat Albayrak will present an approximate plan for overcoming the crisis.

The growth of the Turkish currency was approximately 2.5% in line with the closing level of yesterday, and just a week the lira rose against the dollar by 9.9%. Many associate such growth with the promise of Qatar to invest 15 billion dollars in the Turkish economy.

As mentioned above, the press conference of the Turkish finance minister can support the lira, but it can lead to a resumption of its decline if Berat Albayrak does not talk about key issues that worry many investors.

A number of experts are waiting for more resolute measures from the authorities of Turkey. It is expected that in the near future, the Central Bank of the country will raise rates to curb inflation and the government will prepare reforms aimed at a serious decline in the share of borrowed funds in the private sector. It is also expected that Turkey can apply for financial assistance to its partners, which will allow executing short-term debt obligations of banks.

The British pound only strengthened slightly against the US dollar, and then declined again after the release of UK retail sales data, which in July this year resumed their growth. This is a very bad "call" for traders who expect a corrective pair growth in the near future.

As noted in the report, the increase in sales was provided by food and beverages during the World Cup. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, retail sales in the UK increased by 0.7% compared with June, and higher than increased by 3.5% compared to July last year. Economists had expected sales growth of 0.2%.

As for the technical picture of the GBP/USD pair, demand for the pound will remain as long as the trade is above the 1.2660 support, but a return to the intermediate resistance 1.2735 is required to increase the upward correction, the breakthrough will open the direct course to the weekly highs of 1.2825 and 1.2890. While the breakthrough to 1.2660 will hit the pound towards the lows of 1.2570 and 1.2500.

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

Nothing happening here. The range-trading between 1.7220 and 1.7310 continues to dominate the picture. We continue to look for a break above resistance at 1.7310 and more importantly a break above resistance at 1.7355 that confirms red wave ii has completed and red wave iii has taken over for the next impulsive rally towards 1.7924 and 1.8369 as the next larger upside targets.

R3: 1.7484
R2: 1.7417
R1: 1.7355
Pivot: 1.7310
S1: 1.7270
S2: 1.7243
S3: 1.7220

Trading recommendation:
We are long EUR from 1.7245 with our stop placed at 1.7215.

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

EUR/NZD once again failed to break above important short-term resistance at 1.7355 and instead turned around to make a small new low at 1.7211. This is a disappointment and keeps red wave ii alive, but it does not change our larger bullish count calling for more upside pressure above 1.7484 longer-term. To confirm that red wave ii has completed, we still need a break above resistance at 1.7355 and as long as this short-term important resistance remains able to cap the upside, red wave ii could dip closer to 1.7196, but the potential downside should be limited to here for a break above minor resistance at 1.7327 and more importantly a break above 1.7355 confirming red wave iii is developing for a rally above 1.7484.

R3: 1.7355
R2: 1.7327
R1: 1.7275
Pivot: 1.7255
S1: 1.7221
S2: 1.7196
S3: 1.7162

Trading recommendation:
Ous stop was hit for a small loss of 20 pips. We will re-buy EUR at 1.7205 or upon a break above 1.7327 and place our stop at 1.7200.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/JPY for August 23, 2018

EUR/JPY still has not broken important short-term resistance at 128.48, but then it has not started to move strongly lower as we normally should expect at the completion of an expanded flat.

Therefore we are shifting our preferred count in favor of wave C and II having completed with the test of 124.86 and wave III now in its infancy. Under this count EUR/JPY should make a small downward correction towards 127.23 - 127.33 area in red wave iv and then move higher towards the 128.92 - 129.32 area in red wave v.

This will complete black wave i/ and should set the stage for a corrective decline in wave ii/ towards the 125.76 - 126.44 area before the next impulsive rally higher. That said, the possibility of a final dip closer to 124.62 remains possible, but time is running out fast.

R3: 128.92
R2: 128.48
R1: 128.24
Pivot: 127.93
S1: 127.72
S2: 127.50
S3: 127.33

Trading recommendation:
We are 50% long EUR from 126.26 with our stop placed at 126.84. We will take pro

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for August 24, 2018

EUR/NZD has finally broken above short-term important resistance at 1.7355. This former resistance should now act as support if a re-test is needed.

The break above resistance at 1.7355 should have paved the way for a continuation higher towards 1.7484 on the way towards 1.7924 and 1.8369 as the next important upside targets. EUR/NZD is now in a position where it could start accelerate quiet powerfully higher, but we think a clear break above 1.7484 will be needed to see the expected upside acceleration.

R3: 1.7668
R2: 1.7578
R1: 1.7484
Pivot: 1.7366
S1: 1.7355
S2: 1.7325
S3: 1.7281

Trading recommendation:
We bought EUR at 1.7330 and we have placed our stop at 1.7275.

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The dollar declined, but it did not last long

The speech of Fed Chair J. Powell at the economic symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, confirmed that the selected course was during the period of J. Yellen to gradually increase interest rates.

The head of the Central Bank was optimistic about the prospects for further growth of the country's economy, pointing out that "he does not see signals of accelerating inflation much higher than the 2.0% target, as well as the risks of overheating of the US economy." Investors took his words optimistically, despite the fact the continuation of the cycle of raising interest rates in general. It seems that market participants believe that the process of a smooth increase in interest rates gives them the opportunity to "have time" to buy risky assets, making a profit until the moment when rates reach absolute neutral values, which can already be perceived as a signal for large-scale profit-taking.

Investors completely switched to Powell's speech, ignoring the failure of the negotiations between the US and China on customs duties. On other hand, this can be explained by the fact that, very few people in general hoped that they would be positive, and on the other is their influence is already taken into account in market sentiments and quotations. Although Friday was positive, we consider it a temporary phenomenon. Markets will pay attention again to trade wars, and probably, this will push up the US dollar rate again. But at the same time we pay attention to the fact that, the overall lateral dynamics of the dollar paired with major currencies will most likely continue in the short term.

The dollar will be bought for a number of reasons. The first and foremost process is the method of capital transfer to the States from emerging markets and from Europe, where the likelihood of a large-scale financial crisis that raged in Turkey has increased significantly, putting European banks at high risk and investing considerable capital in the country's economy. The next problem is Italy, which can get into the debt "bag" on the background of high public debt. The dollar will also receive support in the wake of the trade war between Washington and Beijing as a currency refuge. And, of course, the Fed's position to smoothly continue, as the process of raising interest rates will be a good incentive for its purchases.

Forecast of the day:

After reaching the local maximum on Friday on the wave of J. Powell's speech, the EUR/USD pair may turn down again if it hover below the 1.1620 level. Against this background, it can adjust to 1.1535 after overcoming the 1.1600 mark.

The AUD/USD pair is trading above the 0.7315 mark. It may continue to adjust down to 0.7255 after overcoming this level. The reason is still the continuing tension between the US and China on customs duties.

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Confidence in the short-term growth of the euro is gradually declining

The euro continues to rise against the U.S. dollar, which was formed in the middle of this month. It looks like investors are planning to end the month on a positive note, getting close to the large monthly resistance levels.

Data on lending in the eurozone and confidence in France supported the euro in the first half of the day, but a number of international economic agencies predict a slowdown in the euro in the short term.

For many technical indicators, risky assets are in the overbought zone, and a good downward correction has not been observed for a long time. Also, the EUR/USD pair got close to fairly large levels of resistance, from which a strong bearish trend was formed in the middle of summer of this year. This is another signal to the fact that there is no need to hurry with the purchase from the current levels.

As I noted above, bank lending in the euro area continued to grow in July this year.

According to the report of the European Central Bank, lending to non-financial companies increased by 4.1% compared to the same period last year. Good indicators were also noted in household lending, which in July 2018 increased by 3.0%, as in the previous month.

As for the M3 money supply indicator, it turned out to be slightly worse than forecasts. According to the data, the annual growth of M3 monetary aggregate slowed to 4.0% from 4.5% in June. Economists had expected the indicator to grow by 4.3 percent.

Good data on consumer morale in France maintained confidence in further economic growth. According to the report of the statistics agency, the consumer confidence index in France in August this year remained at 97 points against 97 in July. Economists had also forecast the index to be 97 points.

An important report on consumer confidence in the US will be published on Tuesday in the afternoon, which can significantly affect the US dollar. It is expected that the indicator of consumer confidence in the US will decrease to 126.6 points in August against 127.4 points in July this year.

As for the technical picture of the EUR/USD pair, the prospects for the movement of the euro remained unchanged. The failure of breaking the resistance of 1.1700 for today could lead to the decline of the European currency against the background of profit taking and return to the area of the lows of 1.1625 and 1.1590.

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Gold threw "bears" overboard

The fastest intraday gold gain over the past five months, against the backdrop of Jerome Powell's speech in Jackson Hole, forced the market to rack his brains over the question: from what level will the speculators start fixing profit in short positions en masse? Their net shorts by the end of the week by August 21 increased to 90 thousand contracts. Commerzbank notes that over the past few weeks, long positions have remained virtually unchanged, while short positions grew. The speech of the FRS chairman squeezed a part of the "bears" from the market.

From what levels will the others run? From January's highs, gold lost about 11% of its value and speculators continued to actively sell in April-August against the backdrop of the strengthening of the US dollar. The latter took away from the precious metal the function of the asset-refuge and grew rapidly during the escalation period of trade conflicts between the US and other countries. At the same time, the divergence in economic growth and the monetary policy of central banks played into the hands of the "bulls" at the USD index. The Fed raised the federal funds rate, and the US GDP grew by 4.1% in the second quarter. Gold fans found it difficult to counter something to their opponents, which led to the growth of net shorts to record highs.

Dynamics of speculative positions on gold

It did not receive support from the precious metal from the side of physical demand. Along with the drop in ETF stocks to the lowest level since 2016 and the reduction of Chinese net imports from Hong Kong to 44 tonnes in July, which is the worst monthly indicator since the beginning of the year, bad news came from India. Heavy rains and floods inflicted $ 3 billion damage to local farmers, which is this class of buyers that is most active in the Diwali wedding season.

Since mid-August, the situation began to change. Donald Trump confused the dollar bulls with comments about his dissatisfaction with the activities of Jerome Powell as chairman of the Fed, to which the latter responded with "dovish" rhetoric in Jackson Hole. The head of the Central Bank is confident that inflation will not go far above the 2% target, and therefore it is not necessary to raise the federal funds rate aggressively. After his speech, the dollar fell out of favor, marking the worst weekly dynamics since February. On the contrary, the bulls on XAU/USD came to their senses after the knockdown.

I do not think that the dollar's positions are hopeless. The extent of the trade conflict between the US and China did not declined entirely. The chances of the four monetary restrictions in the FRS this year are still high (74%), the leading indicator from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta signals a 4.6% increase in US GDP for the third quarter. The market turned out to be too emotional for the performances of the White House and the chairman of the Federal Reserve, but gradually calmed down. According to RBC Wealth Management, only a break of $ 1225 ounce will launch an avalanche of mass closure towards speculative short positions.

Technically, the necessary condition for continuing the rally is the ability of the bulls to gain a foothold above the 1209 mark.
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GBP/USD. Trading system "Regression channels". The growth of the pound sterling may be temporary

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Technical data:
Higher channel of linear regression: direction - down.
The lower channel of linear regression: direction - down.
The moving average (20; flattened) is up.
CCI: 159.4805

Yesterday, the GBP/USD currency pair showed impressive growth, after Michel Barnier, the main negotiator for Brexit from the EU, announced the forthcoming special offer for London. But according to the European Union, he did not mentioned the proposal's essence and how it will be resolved all disagreements with Britain. However, the markets reacted with strong purchases of the British pound. We believe that this market reaction is short-term and impulsive. So far, even the essence of the proposal is unclear. It is likely that Theresa May will not agree with this proposal, but almost nobody doubts that the negotiations will drag on beyond October. Thus, the pound sterling will remain under market pressure, and even Trump's desire to weaken the dollar may not prevent further strengthening of the pound/dollar, while with other currencies paired with the dollar may decline. The data on personal income adjustments and expenditure of the population in the United States will be publish today. Possibly, this data can affect the traders' mood but the most important agenda for today is about global topics, so these reports are unlikely have a significant effect to the trading course. From a technical point of view, a correction is brewing, as there was a very strong growth yesterday, and the last bar is painted in blue today.

Nearest support levels:
S1 = 1.2939
S2 = 1.2817
S3 - 1.2695
Nearest resistance levels:
R1 = 1.3062
R2 = 1.3184
R3 = 1.3306

Trading recommendations:
The GBP/USD pair may start to adjust. Correction can be worked out (if a second blue bar is formed in a row), since the descending sentiment of the pair remains. The target for short positions is the moving average line in small lots.
Buy-positions are recommended to resume in case of a reversal of the Heiken Ashi indicator above or overcoming the 1.3062 level. The next target for the bulls will be the Murray level of 1.3184.
In addition to the technical picture, one should also take into account the fundamental data and the time of their release.
Explanations for illustrations:
The upper channel of linear regression is the blue lines of unidirectional motion.
The junior channel is linear-violet lines of unidirectional motion.
CCI - the blue line in the regression window of the indicator.
Moving average (20; smoothed) - the blue line on the price chart.
Murray Levels - multi-colored horizontal stripes.
Heiken Ashi is an indicator that color bars in blue or purple.
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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/JPY for September 3, 2018

EUR/JPY has declined nicely and is now hovering just below our 128.78 - 129.00 target zone. We are looking for a recovery towards 129.85 next and from there it will be decided, whether more corrective downside pressure is needed or not.

In the short-term, a break above resistance at 129.14 will confirm the expected rally towards 129.85 and maybe even a continuation towards 130.87 and beyond.

If support at 128.54 gives away first, then a minor dip to support at 128.30 should be expected before a recovery is seen, but the potential downside should be limited for now.

R3: 129.85
R2: 129.32
R1: 129.14
Pivot: 128.83
S1: 128.54
S2: 128.30
S3: 127.94

Trading recommendation:
We took profit on our short position at 129.10 for a nice little profit of 58 pips and at the same time bought EUR. We have placed our stop at 128.10.

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Pound: we only dream of peace

Political risks throw the British pound into the heat, then in the cold. The statement of the chief negotiator from the EU Michel Barnier that Brussels is ready to offer London an unprecedented deal, allowed quotes of the GBP/USD to soar above the psychologically important mark of 1.3. Alas, a few hours later Barnier declared a categorical disagreement with Theresa May's plan. At the same time, former Brexit Secretary David Davis said that he would vote against the Prime Minister's program, which involves significantly worse conditions than there were.

Theresa May will have a daunting task - first to find a compromise within the country, and then to reach an agreement with the EU. The situation is aggravated by the Congress of the Conservative party in September. And if in June the prime minister managed to maintain her leadership, now she will have to undergo a new test. As a result of the aggravation of political risks, the volatility of the sterling may come out of the trading range and go up, which will negatively affect the positions of the bulls on the GBP/USD. Britain has the highest ratio of the negative current account to GDP in the G20 countries, its financing requires an inflow of investments, and it is difficult to lure non-residents to the local market in conditions of increased volatility of the pound.

The dynamics of the volatility of the pound

The pressure on sterling is exerted by disappointing macroeconomic statistics. The index of purchasing managers in the manufacturing sector in August was marked by the worst dynamics in the last two years. Export orders fell below the critical level of 50 for the first time since April 2016. As Bloomberg research shows, British companies preferred to save money instead of taking advantage of the devaluation and increase investment. Now, in the face of fears about the slowdown of the world economy, the decline in external demand creates serious problems for them.

It should be recognized that the fall of the GBP/USD contributed to the gradual recovery of the US dollar. Difficulties in negotiations between the United States and Canada lead investors to the idea that the settlement of the dispute between Washington and Beijing may take even longer, and the truce between the US and the EU will end very soon. As a result, the risks of escalation of trade conflicts have increased, which provides support to the US dollar.

The pound will have a rather difficult week, because after the release of data on business activity in the manufacturing sector, the indices of purchasing managers in the construction sector and in the service sector will be published. The last indicator is very important, as the non-production sector accounts for around 80% of British GDP. Add to this the continuing political risks, and it will become clear that the purchase of sterling should be treated very carefully. The aggravation of tensions between the EU and the UK and Theresa May's problems with retaining leadership in the Conservative party and with the vote in Parliament will become a catalyst for GBP/USD sales.

Technically, a breakthrough of support at 1,2835 and 1,2775 will increase the risks of implementing the target by 88.6% and 113% for the "Shark" pattern.

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Brent inspired by hurricanes

While investors are pondering whether OPEC and Russia will be able to compensate for the decline in Iranian exports, the approach of hurricane Gordon to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico allowed the "bulls" of Brent at arm's length to approach the psychologically important mark of $80 per barrel. The share of this territory accounts for about 17% of production and 45% of processing of all American oil, where it does not get agitated and start curtailing production? However, the impact of hurricanes on pricing in the oil market is often temporary. If a natural disaster is not as devastating as originally anticipated, buyers can begin to lock in profits.

According to information gathered with the help of tankers, oil exports from Iran declined by 14% in August. Competent Wall Street Journal sources inside the country report a decrease from 2.3 million b/d in June to 1.5 million b/d in September. Deliveries of oil from the largest OPEC producer are falling by leaps and bounds, and in fact even before the entry into force of US sanctions in early November is still far. Exports to Europe fell by 45% in July, to South Korea-by 40%, India is considering a 50% reduction in purchases, although along with China and Turkey will continue to receive oil from Tehran. The hole should close the cartel, and Bloomberg experts expect production growth to 420 thousand b/d in August, to 32.74 million b/d. If the actual figure is smaller, "bulls" in Brent and WTI will continue their attacks.

Dynamics of oil production by OPEC

Despite the fact that Nigeria has tried to rein in speculators, saying that its efforts and the efforts of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Angola are sufficient enough to compensate for the reduction of Iranian exports, the big banks are reviewing their forecasts upwards. Thus, Barclays believes that the North sea variety under the influence of US sanctions and the decline in production in several producing countries may exceed $80 per barrel in the short term. The average price forecast for 2020 was raised from $55 to $75 per barrel. BNP Paribas doubts that the decline in supplies from Iran, the occasional interruptions in Libya and the decline in production in Venezuela will be offset by an increase in OPEC production. The bank expects to see Brent averaging at $79 per barrel in 2019.

Favorable market conditions can easily be taken advantage of by American manufacturers. According to the US Energy Information Administration, the volume of production in the United States increased from May to June by 230 b/d and at any time could touch on the psychologically important level of 11 million b/d. Alas, the market still ignores this as a "bearish" driver for Brent and WTI, preferring to win back the factors of the hurricane and American sanctions against Iran.

Technically, on the daily chart, Brent achieved a target of 88.6% on the "Shark" pattern, which increases the probability of rollback in the direction of 23.6%, 38.2% and 50% of the CD wave. If the bulls manage to update the September peak and gain a foothold above it, the risks of continuing the upward campaign to the target will increase by 113%.

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Gold wings have been clipped

August turned out to be the fifth consecutive month of gold closing in the red zone. The precious metal lost more than 2% amid the acceleration of the US economy, increasing the chances of four acts of monetary tightening of the Federal Reserve in 2018 and tensions over trade wars. And only moderately - "dovish" rhetoric of Jerome Powell in Jackson hole allowed the "bulls" to lick some of its wounds and try to break above $1210 per ounce. Alas, the joy of buyers was short-lived. In early September, the dollar began to recover in the face of problems in the negotiations between the United States and Canada and Donald Trump's intentions to expand the size of import duties against China by $200 billion.

The dynamics of gold

According to Citigroup Global Markets, investors do not need the gold in a world where stocks and bond yields are rising. The precious metal does not bring dividends and interest as equity and debt securities, and its status as a safe-haven asset has been taken away by the US dollar. As a result, speculators are increasing net short positions on the precious metal for the fifth week in a row and brought them to record highs. The stocks of the largest specialized fund SPDR Gold Shares fell to its lowest levels since November. From the levels of April highs, the index has lost 14%.

However, everything in this world is relative. Silver feels much worse than gold, the loss of which is about 16% since the beginning of the year. Due to the high proportion of industrial use in aggregate demand, this metal is more vulnerable to a slowdown in the global economy than the sector leader. As a result, their ratio has soared to the highest levels since the global financial crisis.

Dynamics of the ratio of gold and silver

Further dynamics of the XAU/USD will entirely depend on the US dollar, whose position looks strong. First, the Atlanta Federal Reserve predicts that US GDP in the third quarter will accelerate to 4.6%. Secondly, the futures market estimates the probability of four Federal funds rate increases in 2018 at 75%. A month ago, the figure was only slightly higher than 60%. Third, Trump is about to expand the size of import tariffs against China, which will increase the risks of a slowdown in the Chinese economy and put pressure on the markets of developing countries.

What can save gold from the sixth consecutive month of closing in the red zone? Correction in the US stock market, verbal intervention of Donald Trump, the deterioration of macroeconomic statistics in the United States and, finally, a breakthrough in the relationship between Washington and Beijing. So far, three of the four above events seem unlikely, and the rhetoric of the US president tends to put pressure on the dollar only in the short term. In this regard, sales of the XAU/USD on growth remain valid.

Technically, the inability of the bulls to hold gold prices above $1209 per ounce indicates their weakness. The initiative moved to the "bears", which broke through the lower border of the short-term upward trading channel and intend to restore the downward trend.

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EUR/JPY Testing Support, Prepare For A Bounce

EUR/JPY is approaching its support at 127.94 (61.8% Fibonacci extension, 50% Fibonacci retracement, horizontal pullback support) where the price is expected to bounce up to its resistance at 129.69 (61.8% Fibonacci retracement, horizontal swing high resistance).

Stochastic (55, 5, 3) is approaching its support at 2% where a corresponding bounce is expected.

EUR/JPY is testing its support where we expect to see a bounce.

Buy above 127.94. Stop loss at 127.01. Take profit at 129.69.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for September 10, 2018

We continue to look for more upside pressure towards the next sub-target at 1.7820. Longer term resistance at 1.7820 only should prove to be a temporary cap as more upside towards strong resistance at 1.8369 remains expected.

Support is now seen at 1.7683 and again at 1.7638 only a break below the later, we confirm more sideways consolidation, and a dip to 1.7605 before the next strong push higher.

R3: 1.7820
R2: 1.7750
R1: 1.7734
Pivot: 1,7701
S1: 1.7683
S2: 1.7638
S3: 1.7605

Trading recommendation:
We are long EUR from 1.7330 with our stop placed at 1.7565, Upon a break above 1.7734 we will move our stop higher to 1.7595.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for September 11, 2018

EUR/NZD keeps making headway towards the sub-target at 1.7820. Ideally, this resistance will only make a temporary top for the next swing higher towards the more important resistance at 1.8369.

Support is now seen at 1.7668 and if a break below here is seen, then a corrective decline closer to support at 1.7605 could be seen, but it should be short-lived as the steady uptrend continues higher towards 1.8369. R3: 1.8016

R2: 1.7919
R1: 1.7820
Pivot: 1.7738
S1: 1.7701
S2: 1.7668
S3: 1.7605

Trading recommendation:
We are long EUR from 1.7330 and we will move our stop higher to 1.7660.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for September 12, 2018

The 1.7820 targets have now been tested. The question is whether this was the top of red wave iii and a correction in red wave iv is needed now? We have seen a quite massive negative divergence being build in the run higher to 1.7820, so it should come as no surprise if a minor correction in red wave iv is about to begin. A break below 1.7738 will indicate this is the case.

That said, the rally to 1.7820 only represents the minimum extension target of red wave i. Therefore, we have to be equally ready for this extension to continue towards the next extension targets at 1.7954 (the 200% extension of red wave i) or even higher to the 261.8% extension target of red wave i at 1.8184.
R3: 1.7954
R2: 1.7900
R1: 1.7825 Pivot: 1.7738
S1: 1.7678
S2: 1.7629
S3: 1.7590

Trading recommendation:
We are long EUR from 1.7330 and we will move our stop higher to 1.7730.

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Intraday technical levels and trading recommendations for GBP/USD for September 13, 2018

The recent bearish movement of the GBP/USD has shown signs of weakness since September 5 when an ascending bottom was established around 1.2800

The GBP/USD pair is currently testing the depicted downtrend line which comes to meet the pair around 1.3025-1.3090.

This price zone (1.3025-1.3090) corresponds to 50% and 61.8% Fibonacci levels where evident bearish rejection should be anticipated.

As long as sings of bearish rejection are demonstrated below 1.3020 (50% Fibo level), the short-term outlook remains bearish towards 1.2840 and 1.2780.

On the other hand, successful bullish breakout above 1.3090 will probably hinder the current bearish movement allowing further bullish advancement to occur towards 1.3200, 1.3250 and 1.3315.

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US again "courting" China

The unexpected offer of Americans to resume negotiations with China on trade duties on Wednesday evening led to a surge of optimism in the markets and a local weakening of the US dollar.

It seems that the US will not abandon the desire to "dent" China in the issue of the ratio of trade between countries. So far, they have not been able to do this, because the main problem of "exceptional", in our opinion, is their arrogance towards trading partners and the desire to use any methods to achieve their narrow-minded economic and political goals without taking them into account.

Earlier we have already mentioned that the trade balance not only, according to the latest data, has not shifted in favor of the Americans, but also fell, and the PRC's appeal to the WTO to punish the United States for their illegal actions could force the latter to resort to a new round of negotiations. Also, they may have realized that D. Trump's latest threats to expand the impact of new import tariffs by another 267 billion dollars did not have an effective impact on the leadership of "China", which was the reason for the desire to continue the negotiation process.

On this wave, the US and European stock indexes were supported by the results of trading on Wednesday, but already on Thursday the Chinese did not show such unambiguous optimism, which indicates that local investors are not confident in the success and perceive the proposals of the Americans as another trick and nothing more. We also believe that there will be no success in this process unless the United States engages in constructive and truly equitable negotiations.

Given this state of affairs, we believe that the weakening of the dollar against commodities and commodity currencies will be local, which means that after the weakening of the US currency and another disappointment in the negotiations, we can observe a turn in the interest of market players towards purchases.

On Thursday, from the important events of the day we will highlight the outcome of the ECB meeting on monetary policy. We do not expect any breakthrough statements and changes in the bank's policy. It is likely that it will continue with its plan and then smoothly reduce the program of quantitative easing until the end of this year, which is positive for the euro. But it is unlikely to expect its strong growth when paired with the US dollar, as the process of raising rates in the US will compensate for the pressure of the euro, so we believe that the overall sideways trend of the euro/dollar pair in the short term will continue.

The forecast for today:

The EUR/USD pair is trading in the range of 1.1530-1.1650 in anticipation of the ECB meeting. Probably, the pair will remain in this range, turning down and rushing to its lower border.

The AUD/USD pair is trading above 0.7170. We do not expect a strong growth of the pair, as the RBA is unlikely to decide before the end of this year to raise rates on the wave of instability in the world. A price decrease below 0.7170 may be the reason for the price to fall to 0.7100.

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The pound is waiting for a signal to attack

The meeting of the Bank of England was held without noise and dust, and sterling is preparing to release important statistics on inflation and retail sales, observing the development of the situation in the field of trade wars. According to the regulator, the consequences of the conflict between the US and China for the world economy may be slightly worse than initially expected. The concern of MPC is evoked by developments in emerging markets. The committee unanimously voted to maintain the repo rate at 0.75% and said that by the end of 2019 excess demand could lead to further tightening of monetary policy.

In general, the meeting was held in line with expectations, and the increase in estimates of GDP growth of the UK from 0.4% to 0.5% q/q in the third quarter provided little support to the sterling. Markets were expecting a more positive result amid the acceleration of the average wage to 2.9% y/y and the economy to 0.6% in May-July, however, the central bank cooled the offensive ardor of the bulls with the statement that these figures came in line with the forecast. According to the regulator, inflation is moving in the direction of 2%, which suggests the possibility of using the "let's sit and see" approach.

The pound continues to show increased sensitivity to politics. Rumors that Brussels and London failed to achieve progress on the Irish border, has pushed prices higher, but a statement by the Labour Party that the opposition would vote against Theresa May's plan returned the bulls from heaven to earth. The correlation between the headlines about Brexit and the volatility of the sterling reached a record 70%, which is conclusive evidence that the growth of the GBP/USD is hampered primarily by politics.

Dynamics of correlation between Brexit headlines and sterling volatility

Unlike the volatility of the pound, the volatility of the euro fell to a 5-month low. The ECB's plans to phase out QE and hold rates until at least September 2019 make the monetary policy transparent. Given the fact that the timing of the continuation of the normalization of BoE may shift from the end of 2019 to a later or, conversely, an earlier period, investors have a great opportunity to win back macroeconomic statistics on Britain in the EUR/GBP pair. According to Nomura, the release of retail sales data for August (September 20) looks particularly attractive. A pleasant surprise will contribute to the decline of the euro in the direction of £0.85. It should be noted that the consensus forecast of Bloomberg experts for the end of 2018 is £0.89.

As for the GBP/USD pair, much will depend on the development of the situation in the field of trade wars. Donald Trump threatens to impose additional tariffs of $200 billion on Chinese imports and invites to negotiations. The Chinese media claim that Beijing will not conduct a dialogue at gunpoint. The escalation of the conflict will increase the demand for reliable assets, including the US dollar.

Technically, if the bulls on the GBP/USD pair manage to hold the quotes above the support at 1.3035 and take the resistance by 1.313, the risks of implementing the target by 88.6% on the Shark pattern will increase.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for September 24, 2018

EUR/NZD should stay above the peak of red wave i at 1.7488 for the next impulsive rally towards 1.8031. If an unexpected break below 1.7488 is seen, the we will have to make a recount of the rally from 1.6534 and count the rally as a series of waves ones and twos. This is not our preferred count, but it remains a possibility as long as re stay below 1.7783. A break above here will confirm that the next impulsive rally is developing higher towards 1.8030 and longer term closer to 1.8369.

R3: 1.7711
R2: 1.7680
R1: 1.7650
Pivot: 1,7620
S1: 1.7586
S2: 1.7539
S3: 1.7488

Trading recommendation:

We are long EUR from 1.7615 with our stop placed at 1.7515. If you are not long EUR yet, the wait and buy a break above 1.7680 and start by using a stop, just below the most recent low.

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The pound has reached a dead end

Can the central bank normalize monetary and credit policy, macroeconomic statistics improve, and the currency fall? Maybe if the weight is attached to its feet by politics. It would seem that the positive signals from GDP, average wages and retail sales should have given the pound an acceleration, because the timing of the next increase in the REPO rate has shifted from early 2020 to summer 2019. Before the Austrian EU summit, everything went smoothly: the GBP/USD pair rose to a two-month high, but Theresa May's speech in Salzburg confused the "bulls" with all the cards.

On the eve of the meeting of representatives of the European Union, the parties were full of optimism. Brussels was determined to provide London with preferential conditions unknown to any other country, Michel Barnier argued that he was ready to work day and night to make the deal happen, and Germany said that it would take the plan in general terms, in order to discuss the details later on. It would seem that everything is going to ensure that, as a last resort, by November, the parties will sign an agreement. However, the EU's rejection of Theresa May's plan has caused heated criticism from the British prime minister. In her opinion, the relationship reached a deadlock, and the UK is better off left without a deal than sign a bad agreement. What is the reason for May's violent aggression? It is unlikely that she was enraged by the reluctance of Brussels to approve the program. Most likely, the head of government needed to get support within the country.

As a result of the sharp speech of the British prime minister, the GBP/USD pair lost about 1.5%, which was its worst daily dynamics in the last 15 months. National Australia Bank claims that 2.5% of the rally of the trade-weighted sterling went too far, its volatility reached its highest level since February, and MUFG notes that the trading range for the analyzed pair can be very wide – from 1.15 to 1.45 – depending on the hard, soft Brexit or lack of agreement on the divorce of the UK with the EU.

The dynamics of the volatility of the pound

The strengthening of political risks and the growth of volatility are important factors that constrain the strengthening of the pound. The higher the volatility of quotations, the less the desire of non-residents to buy British assets. London, on the other hand, needs to finance the current account deficit, so a decrease in capital inflows should be seen as a "bearish" factor for the sterling.

It should be taken into account that there are always two currencies in any pair. And the peak of the GBP/USD pair at the end of the week to September 21 is due, among other things, to a slight recovery of the US dollar. Investors expect an increase in the federal funds rate following the September FOMC meeting, China's reluctance to negotiate with the United States speaks of the escalation of the trade conflict, while the main opponent of the dollar in the face of the euro is burdened by weak statistics on business activity and political problems in Italy.

Technically, there is a struggle for an important level of 1,312. If victory is celebrated by "bears," the risk of a pullback after reaching the target of 88.6% for the the "Bat" pattern will increase. On the contrary, the victory of the bulls will create prerequisites for the continuation of the GBP/USD rally.

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Brent ignores Trump's calls

When there is no agreement in the comrades, their business will not go smoothly. Contrary to the calls of Donald Trump, OPEC did not increase oil production in order to suspend the growth of prices. Inside the cartel, there is a clear division between those who can do it, but would like to see a corresponding increase in demand, and those who are unable to expand production, and it is satisfied with the current levels of Brent. Futures on the North Sea variety, by the way, updated the four-year high. The market is amplified by rumors that the increase in global demand (according to the International Energy Agency, the figure will grow by 1.4 million b/d in 2018 and 1.5 million b/d in 2019), the reduction of Iranian exports and the reluctance of OPEC to increase production will lead to such a deficit of oil, which has not been seen for several decades.

Oil closes in the positive territory for the fifth consecutive quarter, which has not happened since the beginning of 2007, when six straight quarters of growth inflated the WTI quotes to a historic high of $147.5 per barrel. In the current situation, the expansion of the imbalance allows banks to set "bullish" forecasts for Brent and WTI. In particular, BofA Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan believe that the North Sea variety can jump up to $95 per barrel.

Not the least role in the September oil rally was played by a weak dollar. Despite the strong US economy and labor market, as well as the Fed's desire to continue the cycle of monetary policy normalization, speculators preferred to get rid of the US currency at the end of the quarter, as the escalation of trade disputes between Washington and Beijing could not provide it with the expected support. At the same time, the risks of Donald Trump's impeachment in the event of the Democrats' victory in the midterm elections to Congress in November are growing. Taking into account the existing correlation of the USD and Brent index, the growth of black gold looks quite logical.

Dynamics of Brent and USD index

It can not be said that politics does not even consider the oil market. Rising prices have the potential to increase ordinary Americans' spending on gasoline and reduce the effectiveness of the fiscal stimulus. This is a serious trump card in the hands of opponents of Donald Trump. In this regard, the President's calls for OPEC to increase production look logical.

Despite the fact that sanctions against Iran are a pronounced "bullish" factor for Brent and WTI, there is an opinion in the market that it is unlikely to become a long-term driver of growth in quotations. Moreover, the reduction in global demand under the influence of trade wars (IMF estimates it at 150-200 thousand b/d) may limit the potential for oil growth. In my opinion, much will depend on the buyers' refusals and on the scale of hostilities between the US and China. So far, several countries have expressed their intention to reduce purchases of oil from Tehran, including India, South Korea, Japan and others.

Technically, the implementation of the target by 113% on the "Shark" pattern increases the risks of a rollback. If the bulls do not stop there, the probability of achieving the target by 161.8% for AB=CD will increase.

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The Fed will open gold eyes

Gold continues to sleep peacefully near the $1200 per ounce mark, but it is unlikely that an experienced investor will be deceived by such calmness. The market is cyclical, trends are replaced by consolidations, trading ranges give way to new trends, so the current sleepy state will probably end soon. We need a reason to wake up. And they are quite capable of becoming the events of the end of September. The Fed meeting, the publication of the draft budget of Italy and the release of data on European inflation will directly affect the USD index, and in fact its dynamics has become the main "bearish" driver for the XAU/USD. Since the beginning of the year, the precious metal has lost about 8% on expectations of an increase in the Federal funds rate and on fears of increased trade tensions.

Despite low prices, physical demand does not support gold. Stocks of the largest specialized stock exchange fund SPDR Gold Shares fell to 742 tons, the lowest level since February 2016. Since the beginning of the year, the figure has lost 11.2%. Rumors of an increase in import duties in India from the current 10% to 12-13%, and possibly up to 20%, increase the risks of reducing demand for precious metals in the country - its largest consumer. At the same time, the People's Bank of China has not purchased gold for two years in order to increase its reserves. However, the holy place is never empty: Russia has claimed the status of the largest buyer, increasing its own reserves to 64.3 million ounces (about 2000 tons). In August, they rose by 31 tons. Bloomberg reports that the official Delhi will leave tariffs at the same level, as it fears an increase in smuggling, and ETF stocks tend to follow the price, and not vice versa.

I believe that the market conditions of the physical asset will gradually improve, and to predict the further dynamics of the XAU/USD it makes sense to look at factors such as trade wars and FOMC meetings. During the current cycle of normalization of monetary policy of the Fed, gold reacted quite clearly to the increase in the Federal funds rate: on the eve of the meetings, it fell, then quickly restored the lost positions. In my opinion, this dynamics is due to the implementation of the principle of "sell on rumors, buy on facts".

Dynamics of gold and Fed rate

The failure occurred in June, when the tightening of monetary policy did not lead to an increase in the value of the precious metal. In summer, investors were keen on buying the US dollar amid divergence in economic growth between the United States and other countries. They believed that China and the developing countries would slow down, while Washington would not feel the pain of trade wars. Currently, the world has changed. The US economy may lose momentum, while EM assets look oversold. In this respect, the former associated with the recovery of gold prices after the FOMC meetings is quite capable of playing.

Technically, the exit of the precious metal from the trading range of $1184-1214 per ounce will allow it to determine the direction of further movement. The breakout of the upper limit will increase the risks of the rally in the direction of $1240 and $1260. On the contrary, a successful storm of support for $1184 will open the way for the "bears" to the south.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for September 28, 2018

The daily trading range is getting smaller and smaller, indicating that energy is building for the next larger move towards the upside. A break above minor resistance at 1.7685 will be the first good indication, that the next impulsive rally towards 1.8030 is developing, while a break above resistance at 1.7732 will confirm this rally is well underway. Support at 1.7580 should continue to protect the downside for the expected break above 1.7685 and above.

R3: 1.7823
R2: 1.7783
R1: 1.7732
Pivot: 1.7685
S1: 1.7651
S2: 1.7626
S3: 1.7580

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The dollar returns to the game

The US dollar did what it had to do. It strengthened due to the increase in the Federal funds rate to 2.25% and the Fed's intentions to bring it to 3.5% in 2019. The central bank plans to tighten monetary policy once this year and three times next year, which makes the "greenback" a very attractive currency against the background of the slowness of its main competitors. Yes, the head Of the Bank of Austria Ewald Nowotny requires an earlier increase in the rate on deposits from the ECB, but the "hawks" of the Governing Council would not be "hawks" if they did not make such statements. While core inflation in the euro area is not going to go far from the 1% mark, the European Central Bank is unlikely to change its plans.

The divergence in the monetary policy of the Fed and the ECB is not the only trump card in the hands of the "bears" for the EUR/USD. The peak of the pair in April-August was associated with different rates of economic growth and trade wars, and if investors' views on the conflict between the US and China have changed, hen there is little doubt in the strength of the American economy. The growth in the negative balance of trade led to a deterioration in GDP forecasts for the third quarter from the Atlanta Federal Reserve to 3.8%, but this figure is still impressive. At the same time, the dynamics of business activity in the eurozone indicates serious concerns of the manufacturing sector, and given the close correlation of the purchasing managers' index and GDP, it can be assumed that the economy of the currency bloc is far from its optimal conditions. As if under such conditions, the ECB did not have to postpone plans for the start of the normalization of monetary policy in September 2019 for a later period.

Another problem of the euro is Italy. Eurosceptics secured from the Ministry of Finance of the republic a budget deficit of 2.4% of GDP in order to fulfill pre-election promises. But this figure does not effectively reduce the debt of the country to €2.3 trillion. In its absolute size, Italy is the largest borrower of the eurozone, in relative terms – inferior to one in Greece. Yes, after a compromise in Rome was found, the markets calmed down a bit, and the yield differential of Italian and German bonds could not rewrite the three-month highs recorded at the beginning of September, but who knows what will happen in October?

The dynamics of the spread of interest rates on the debts of Italy and Germany

Thus, the EUR/USD pair has plenty of trump cards to continue the downward campaign, however, I would not write off the euro from accounts ahead of time. First, as the midterm elections in the US approach, the dollar will be worried about political risks. Second, if macroeconomic statistics for the eurozone begin to improve, and Italy's financial markets stabilize, the single European currency will gain ground. In this regard, it is extremely doubtful that the main currency pair could rewrite the August low.

Technically, the "bears" for the EUR/USD pair intend to storm the support at 1.153-1.1535 and activate the subsidiary "shark" pattern with a target of 88.6%. If they succeed, the risks of continuing the peak to 1.135 will increase.

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Trump won an important victory - concluded a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico

At the last moment, one day before the expiration of the NAFTA agreement, the representatives of the USA and Canada managed to reach an agreement. A new trade agreement between the US, Mexico, and Canada was formed - the USMCA agreement (by the names of the participating countries).

Trump managed to get from Canada concessions on access to the Canadian dairy market for US farmers, as well as, for car manufacturers and on the protection of intellectual property.

This is a very important success for Trump - before the by-election to Congress in November, against the backdrop of the extremely tough US-China trade war unleashed by Trump. Just a week ago, the United States introduced duties for 200 billion dollars of goods from China in response to 60 billion dollars of goods from the United States.

Trump is critical that Republicans win in November and retain a majority in the lower house of Congress. Otherwise, Trump will become a "lame duck" two years before the US presidential election and the mood of voters is determined by the economy.

The US-Canada-Mexico market is huge, amounting to $ 1 trillion of Import-exports per year.

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EUR/USD: the recalcitrant Italians drown the euro

The narrative around the state budget of Italy for the next year continues, putting strong pressure on the European currency. The EUR/USD pair fell to 1.5 – month lows, currently testing a strong resistance level of 1.1520, which is the lower limit of the Kumo cloud on the monthly chart. If the price is fixed under this level, the pair will soon enter the 14th figure, confirming the dominance of bears on the pair.

Despite the fact that the proposed draft Italian budget does not violate the EU requirements in terms of the permissible size of the deficit (not more than three percent), it caused an uproar in Brussels. The EU leadership has strong arguments for its discontent: if last year the Italian authorities laid the budget deficit at the level of 1.6%, now they want to raise this bar to 2.4% at the previously agreed 0.8%. And this is despite the fact that the size of Italy's public debt is one of the highest in the eurozone (here the Italians are second only to the Greeks), and the unemployment rate in some areas of the country reaches 30 percent. But these facts do not confuse politicians who recently came to power on the wave of populist promises. Now they have to fulfill (at least partially) their promises – at the expense of "inflating" the budget.

It is worth noting that the political events in Italy are unfolding quite dynamically – in the last five years the country was led by four prime ministers. None of them held office for more than two years. Representatives of the current coalition are well aware that time is playing against them, and if Brussels wins the "budget battle", their positions will weaken in many ways. That is why the Italian deputy prime minister said today that he will not back down "one iota" from those expenses that were planned in the scandalous draft budget. In particular, we are talking about an increase in pensions and social benefits. In addition, representatives of the "League" want to carry out next year's tax reform by changing the tax rate on personal income: 15% for households with incomes less than 80,000 per year and 20% for those whose income exceeds this level.

These intentions are opposed by Brussels and Italy's Minister of Finance – practically the only influential "opposition" in the current government. In his opinion, the maximum allowable size of the budget deficit is 1.9%, but not the declared 2.4%. He also recalled that the Italian national debt exceeds 130% of GDP (2.3 trillion euros), and the actions of politicians offset the work on reducing the debt burden. It is noteworthy that to date Italy's budget indicators are consistent with the European Union, according to which the deficit was to be reduced from 1.6% of GDP this year to 0.8% in 2019, and in fact to zero in 2020. Now Rome shows the opposite trend - instead of the previously agreed 0.8%, it proposes to set the bar at 2.4% of GDP.

Such a sharp turn provoked a strong reaction from Brussels. According to the Italian press, if Rome implements the stated scenario, the European Commission will reject the draft budget and even consider the issue of applying sanctions against Italy. It is worth noting that we are talking about a fairly broad time frame: until October 20, members of the Italian government must approve the draft budget (in one form or another), before the end of November, this budget will be considered by the European Commission, and the sanctions procedure can be implemented at the beginning of next year. Therefore, if Rome decides on the declared budget deficit, the European currency will be under pressure for a long time.

In general, the EUR/USD pair reacted quite cautiously to the Italian event, until one of the ECB representatives commented on the situation. Thus, the head of the Bank of Finland Olly Ren said that the plans of the Italian government are alarming, and now the regulator is likely to "carefully monitor the risks." Obviously, if the Italian crisis worsens (especially if the European Commission returns Rome's unapproved draft budget), then at the next meeting of the ECB (October 25), the regulator will significantly soften its rhetoric, thereby putting additional pressure on the euro.

The current situation has its consequences, and not only in the context of the foreign exchange market. In particular, the Italian stock index FTSE MIB lost 3.7% amid a selling of Italian government bonds. If panic increases, this trend will continue.

However, in my opinion, the Italian crisis will end quite quickly when a certain peak is reached. Most likely, a compromise will be reached, assuming a reduction in the budget deficit under the two percent mark. On the one hand, Brussels will avoid a political crisis in Italy, and, on the other hand, Italian politicians will be able to partially fulfill their election promises, and the responsibility for the unfulfilled part will be transferred to the shoulders of the European Union, "which did not allow them to implement their plans." From a political point of view, this is a fairly convenient and "safe" position, so it will be surprising if Italian politicians show excessive principledness on this issue.

From a technical point of view, the euro-dollar pair has reached an important support level of 1.1520 (the lower limit of the Kumo cloud on the monthly chart). If bears push this mark, then the next support level will be the mark of 1.1440 (the bottom line of the Bollinger Bands indicator on W1).

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Gold saved by speculators

If the assets that have been marching in different directions for a long time begin to move in the same direction, there is a reason for bewilderment and search for the causes of what is happening. It turns out – you can find a good investment idea. Over the past few months, the main driver of the weakness of gold was the strong US dollar. Nevertheless, the political crisis in Italy increased the demand for safe-haven assets and contributed to selling the EUR/USD. At the same time, it played the principle of "when everyone sells, there is a great opportunity to buy." At the auction on October 2 at the beginning of the US session, the volume of operations within 10 minutes exceeded the average 100-day indicator by more than 12 times. While the crowd was selling the precious metal, sincerely hoping for a strong dollar, the big players, on the contrary, bought it. Bottoms up?

Dynamics of gold prices

According to Commerzbank, gold will surely move upwards in the direction of $1,300 per ounce, since the external background is favorable for it. First, the increase in the scale of trade wars leads to an acceleration of inflation, which at the current rate of normalization of monetary policy of the Federal Reserve will reduce the real yield of US Treasury bonds. This factor is bullish for the XAU/USD. Secondly, Brexit and the political crisis in Italy, along with trade wars, lead to a slowdown in business activity around the world. This slows down the growth rate of the world economy and delays the central banks' plans to normalize monetary policy. The profitability of the global bond market is falling, and gold is growing. Finally, thirdly, blazing Rome increases the demand for safe-haven assets.

The eurosceptic government persuaded Finance Minister Giuseppe Tria to adopt the draft budget for 2019 with a deficit of 2.4% of GDP. Their predecessors talked about 1.6% in 2018 and 0.8% in 2019. The current plan needs to be coordinated with the EU, which is already beginning to show discontent. So, Jean-Claude Juncker said that Brussels should do everything possible to avoid a new Greece. This time in Italy. Indeed, if the European Union accepts the figures proposed by Rome, the rest of the participating countries will begin to express dissatisfaction, which will strengthen the position of eurosceptics in the eurozone. On the other hand, it is necessary to find a common language with Italy, because from the side of the League and the Five Stars from time to time there is talk that the republic would be better without the euro.

Thus, the political crisis in Europe, trade wars and growing risks of falling real bond yields amid accelerating inflation and declining growth rates of business activity have contributed to the rise of gold towards the upper limit of the medium-term trading range of $1184-1214 per ounce. Speculators did not play the least role in this process. In my opinion, the external background is favorable for the precious metal, which increases the probability of breaking the upper limit of consolidation.

Technically, the output of gold outside the trading border will increase the risks of implementing the target by 88.6% using the "Bat"pattern.

Gold, daily chart

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AUD/USD. The pair is approaching the stronghold of bulls - 0.7000

The Australian dollar paired with the US currency weakened to 2.5-year lows, entrenched in the 70th figure. This dynamics is associated not only with the strengthening of the greenback, although the rhythm of today's trading is set by the US dollar. "Hawkish" comments of the head of the Federal Reserve provoked an increase in the yield of 10-year treasuries, and this fact in turn influenced the dynamics of dollar pairs.

Despite the clear dominance of the US currency, in the context of the AUD/USD pair, it is worth considering that it will be difficult for traders to break through the base of the 70th figure and go lower. The last time such a maneuver was in January 2016 - but even then the bears of the AUD/USD could not keep the price within the 69th figure for more than one week. Therefore, short positions should be treated with extreme caution: the pair is too close to a strong support level.

The long weekend in China (the country celebrates Independence Day throughout the week) shifted the focus of AUD/USD traders' attention to other fundamental factors. The theme of the US-China trade conflict has faded into the background, as the parties have so far "dispersed in the corners of the ring", also due to the national holiday in China. The Australian dollar did not get any benefit from this fact - on the contrary, now the pressure of the US currency has increased due to the tougher rhetoric of the Fed representatives.

And it's not just about Jerome Powell, who yesterday quite transparently hinted at the acceleration of the rate hike. In particular, speakers in recent days, Charles Evans, Eric Rosengren, Lael Brainard stated the need for further tightening of monetary policy ,and Brainard even allowed the possibility of accelerating the pace of the rate hike. Jerome Powell spoke about this, however, not directly, but in very clear hints. The meaning of its position is difficult to distort: apparently, the Fed will raise the interest rate three or four times next year and only in 2020 will it think about the level of the neutral rate.

The overall strengthening of the US dollar has not spared the AUD/USD pair. The yield spread between 10-year US and Australian bonds expanded to record levels in favor of the United States: the last time such dynamics was observed as much was 37 years ago. By and large, at one point connected many factors, the combination of which had a strong pressure on the Australian dollar.

The Reserve Bank of Australia is also not an "ally" of the Australian, as the devaluation of the national currency plays only into the hands of inflationary processes. The regulator has repeatedly stated this fact, each time voicing their concerns, if the AUD/USD exchange rate was approaching the region of the 80th figure. At their last meeting, which took place this week, the members of the RBA took a wait-and-see position, confirming the general expectations of the market about the prospects of monetary policy. According to the majority of traders, the issue of raising interest rates may not be considered until the second half of next year, and RBA members are in no hurry to dissuade the market from this.

Thus, the Australian currency does not have its own strength to resist, so the "aussie" is entirely dependent on the dynamics of the US dollar. In turn, this means that the motion vector of the AUD/USD in the short term depends on the Nonfarms, the release of which is scheduled for tomorrow. If the number of employed in the non-agricultural sector exceeds the 200,000 mark, the unemployment rate will drop to 3.8%, and the dynamics of the average wage will remain within 0.3-0.4%, the US currency will continue its offensive in all dollar pairs (except for the pound-dollar pair, where the subject of Brexit dominates).

Technically, the AUD/USD pair also shows a clearly bearish picture, and on the "higher" timeframes (daily, weekly and monthly chart). On each of them the price is on the lower or between the middle and lower lines of the Bollinger Bands indicator. Ichimoku Kinko Hyo indicator shows a strong bearish "Parade of lines" signal, and oscillators also signal the priority of the downward movement.

You can define several goals of the downward scenario, depending on the timeframe: D1 – 0,7070 (the goal is almost reached); W1 – 0,7055 and MN – 0,7005. When passing the above values, the pair will target the main "price stronghold" – the mark of 0.7000. Here it should be noted that the above support levels are not a reliable stronghold – the main battle will unfold for a decrease in the 69th figure.

Tomorrow's Nonfarms can impulsively reduce the price to the base of the 70th figure, but this price breakthrough should be treated with caution. In the area of multi-year lows, the pair can gradually buy back, and in the first trading days of the next week it can move away from record lows. Short positions in this case are appropriate only in the range of 0.7090-0.7010 or when the pair is fixed in the 69th figure. But to participate in the "battle" for a breakthrough in the 69th figure is very risky, since its outcome is not predetermined.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for October 8, 2018

There was no time for a correction and EUR/NZD is moving directly higher towards the next target at 1.8030. Support is now seen at 1.7800 and again at 1.7758, only a break below the later support will indicate a deeper correction towards 1.7643 unfolding, before the next advance towards the 1.8369 target.

R3: 1.8100
R2: 1.8030
R1: 1.7900
Pivot: 1.7800
S1: 1 7758
S2: 1.7692
S3: 1.7642

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The pound gets rid of the ballast

If you get rid of the ballast, it'll be a lot more fun. Over the past few months, the policy has restrained the offensive outbursts of the bulls on the GBP/USD. While most investors sleep and see the pound rise significantly higher, political risks prevent them from starting to form long positions. In past years, the Conservative Party conference invariably turned into a collapse of the sterling, and Theresa May's statement about the impasse in negotiations with Brussels leads its fans to sad arguments.

This time, nothing extraordinary happened at the Tory's meeting. The prime minister was not allowed to doubt the leadership. At the same time, rumors about the advancement of the Irish border issue led to a decrease in the EUR/GBP to the area of 3-month lows. Investors are playing on the contrast: while the fire of the political crisis in Italy is only heating up, in Britain, on the contrary, everything is moving towards the conclusion of an agreement. According to Reuters, London's new proposal to Brussels avoids large-scale checks on the border with Ireland, which signals progress in the negotiations.

Not the slightest role in strengthening the pound is played by the growth of the yield of British bonds to the area of 2-year highs. If the UK manages to achieve an orderly exit from the EU, the risks of continuing the Bank of England's monetary policy normalization cycle will increase. At the same time, the threat of an acceleration in inflation forces investors to flee from local debt obligations. If we add to this London's desire to take a step from fiscal consolidation to GDP acceleration and the potential growth of bond issuance associated with it, it becomes clear why the debt market rates are steadily moving upwards. Their increase raises the attractiveness of British assets, boosts demand for them and contributes to the revaluation of the sterling.

Dynamics of British bond yields

At the same time, there are always two currencies in any pair, so the success of one of them does not necessarily lead to a shift in a certain direction. The dollar also looks very attractive at the moment. The futures market increased the likelihood of three acts of monetary tightening of the Federal Reserve in 2019 from 40% to 42%, the duration of employment growth outside the agricultural sector does not get tired of rewriting records (96 consecutive months), and unemployment fell to a low of almost half a century. Against this background, the rise in the yield of US Treasury bonds to the peak in the spring of 2011 should not be surprising.

In the week to October 12, investors working with the GBP/USD will monitor the political situation in Britain, as well as the release of data on GDP of the UK for June-August and US inflation. In May-July, the economy of the United Kingdom accelerated to 0.6%, and if it continues in the same spirit, the pound will receive an additional trump card.

Technically, after a rollback to 50% of the AD wave of the "Bat" pattern, and the rebound from the lower limit of the upward trading channel, the "bulls" on the GBP/USD launched an attack in order to update the September high. If this happens, the chances of implementing the target by 161.8% on the AB=CD pattern will increase. GBP/USD daily chart

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Brent found the culprits

If at the beginning of 2018 someone started talking about the fact that Brent will finish the year near the mark of $100 per barrel, they would surely laugh at him. Best case scenario. Nevertheless, over the past 12 months, the North Sea variety has added about 50% of its value, and the psychologically important mark no longer seems like an impossible dream. US economic sanctions against Iran, strong global demand, supply disruptions from Venezuela and other countries and the difficulties of US shale production pushed oil futures to the 4-year highs. And from them to $100 per barrel at hand.

If Donald Trump wants to find those responsible for the rapid rally of Brent and WTI, then he should look in the mirror. According to Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, the US president's tweets bring confusion to the markets. Investors do not know how to act and what will happen in the future. In addition, Washington's actions against Tehran are too aggressive. Iranian exports before the announcement of sanctions since November were estimated at 2.5 million b/d. And if the market was initially set up with the fact that the sanctions would reduce it by 0.4-1 million b/d, then the current version of bringing the indicator to zero does not look great. At the end of the first week of October, the country exported 1.1 million b/d according to information received from tankers. The Tehran government says about 1 million b/d. In September, it was about 1.6 million b/d. Supplies are rapidly declining, but before the imposition of sanctions more time.

Only rumors about a more friendly attitude of the US to the buyers of Iranian oil allowed the "bears" on Brent and WTI to counterattack. The United States will not put pressure on India if Delhi does not completely refuse to import oil from Tehran. However, the information has not yet been confirmed, which allows investors to return to their favorite topic. When the $100 per barrel mark is reached. Players who did not have time to jump into the train leaving for the north are trying to make money on options. Since the beginning of September, the bets made with the help of futures contracts that the psychologically important level will be reached by January have doubled. BofA Merrill Lynch speaks openly about $100 per barrel and assesses the impact on the global economy. According to the bank's forecasts, global GDP growth will lose 0.2 pp from high oil prices, while the main victims will be the eurozone, Britain and Japan. Much will depend on the US dollar. Its weakness can be a catalyst for the rally of Brent and WTI.

Dynamics of US dollar and oil

Support for black gold is provided by information about the approaching hurricane Michael to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and the forecast of experts Bloomberg to raise US stocks for the third week in a row.

Technically, the achievement of target levels at 161.8% according to the AB=CD pattern increases the risk of a rollback. At the same time, even the breakthrough of diagonal support in the form of the lower border of the ascending short-term trading channel will not allow the "bears" to breathe calmly on Brent. Until such time as the quotes are above $76.7 per barrel, the situation is controlled by the bulls.

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/NZD for October 11, 2018

The break above resistance at 1.7847 told us that the corrective decline from 1.7929 had completed prematurely and a new impulsive rally towards 1.8030 and 1.8369 should be unfolding.

Despite our expectation of a new impulsive rally towards 1.8030, we should be aware of the possibility of a more complex correction unfolding, but the minimum upside target should be 1.7929 if a larger flat correction is in the making.

R3: 1.8030
R2: 1.7960
R1: 1.7929
Pivot: 1.7882
S1: 1.7835
S2: 1.7800
S3: 1.7774

Trading recommendation:
We are long EUR from 1.7847 and we will place our stop at 1.7780. Upon a break above 1.7882 will will move our stop to break-even at 1.7847.

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GBP / USD pair: plan for the American session on October 11. Speech by Mark Carney supported the pound

To open long positions on GBP/USD pair, you need:

Buyers managed to stay above the support level of 1.3184, which I mentioned in the morning review, and the comments of the Governor of the Bank of England allowed traders to increase their long positions. The main task for the second half of the day is to break through and consolidate above resistance 1.3220, which will lead to the formation of a new upward movement in the pound with a maximum of 1.3269, where taking profits are recommended. In the case of a decline in GBP / USD in the afternoon, long positions can return immediately to the rebound from the support of 1.3147.

To open short positions on GBP / USD pair, you need:

Sellers will try to keep the pair below the resistance of 1.3220 and the formation of a false breakdown on it will lead to a larger downward trend with repeated support test of 1.3184. A break of 1.3184 will allow us to expect an increase in short positions in the GBP / USD pair by updating the lows in the area of 1.3147 and 1.3098, where taking profits are recommended. In the case of the pound rising above the resistance of 1.3220 in the second half of the day, it is best to return in short positions on a rebound from a high of 1.3269.

Indicator signals:

Moving Averages

The price is above the 30-day and 50-day moving average, which indicates continuous growth of the pound.

Bollinger bands

The upside potential is limited by the upper line of the Bollinger Bands indicator around 1.3236. The breakthrough of which will lead to a new wave of pound growth.

Description of indicators

MA (moving average) 50 days - yellow
MA (moving average) 30 days - green
MACD: fast EMA 12, slow EMA 26, SMA 9
Bollinger Bands 20

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Elliott wave analysis of EUR/JPY for October, 2018

EUR/JPY has seen a low at 129.12 and we are now looking for a break above minor resistance at 129.80 and more importantly a break above short-term important resistance at 130.51. It will confirm that blue wave (2) has completed and blue wave (3) towards 138.10 is developing.
Support is now seen at 129.34 and then at 129.12.
R3: 130.85
R2: 130.51
R1: 130.05
Pivot: 129.80
S1: 129.34
S2: 129.12
S3: 128.99

Trading recommendation: We will buy EUR at 129.10 or upon a break above 129.80.

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GBP/USD. October 15th. Results of the day. The fate of the pound may be decided at the summit on October 17-18

4-hour timeframe

The amplitude of the last 5 days (high-low): 105 p-117 p-79 p-66 p-111 p.

Average amplitude over the last 5 days: 96 PT (97 p). The British pound opened today with a large "gap" down, but managed to close it during the day.

In principle, the technical picture of the last two days for EUR/USD and GBP/USD pairs is the same. The only difference is that the pound is more volatile. At the moment, the price has consolidated back above the Kijun-sen line, which may mean the completion of a deep correction and the resumption of an uptrend. However, the MACD indicator is still pointing down (!!!), which is due to the formation of a "gap" at the opening of the market. Thus, the indicator readings are simply incorrect now. As for the fundamental component, in addition to the report on retail sales in the US, which slightly increased the demand for the pound during the day, there is nothing to note today. Even no new rumors about Brexit has not been received. Thus, market participants are fully focused on the summit, which will be held on 17-18 October, and which is highly likely to be either signed an agreement or negotiations will fail completely. Of course, everyone, especially traders, now believe that the "deal" will be signed. But we think the odds are about 50/50. If the parties could easily concede on the Northern Ireland border, they would have done so long ago. Nobody wants to give in, and Britain needs the "deal" first. But additional concessions to the European Union will lower Theresa May's political ratings even more. Not everyone is happy with her rule and negotiations in the UK.

Trading recommendations:

The GBP/USD currency pair seems to have completed the correction, but the breakdown of the Kijun-sen line may be false, given the nature of the next bar. Thus, now it is recommended to hurry with the opening of new longs, it is better to wait for clarification of the situation.

Sell positions are relevant as long as the price is below the Kijun-sen line. But MACD did not react to the upward correction and now can not signal its completion with a turn down.

In addition to the technical picture should also take into account the fundamental data and the time of their release.

Explanation of the illustration:

Ichimoku indicator:

Tenkan-sen - the red line.

Kijun-sen - the blue line.

Senkou Span A - light brown dotted line.

Senkou Span B - light purple dotted line.

Chinkou Span - green line.

Bollinger Bands indicator:

3 yellow lines.

MACD Indicator:

Red line and histogram with white bars in the indicator window.

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GBP/USD: turned away from the pound

Wednesday's trading day is marked by uncertainty. The dollar is gaining momentum ahead of the publication of the latest minutes of the Federal Reserve, and the pound and defensive instruments are waiting for the outcome of the EU summit. General nervousness plays in favor of the US currency, especially after the recovery of the US stock market. The British currency, in turn, is not only under the pressure of negative rumors about Brexit, but also due to the slowdown of inflation indicators. There was no trace of yesterday's optimism, after which the GBP/USD pair headed towards the 30th figure.

Meanwhile, there are no results of the key summit yet: only a working dinner will be held tonight, while Theresa may is holding bilateral meetings with its participants. Therefore, the main statements will be announced or closer to the night or (most likely) by tomorrow. But the pound is already getting cheaper throughout the market, as negative forecasts regarding the Brussels meeting began to prevail in the information field. For example, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today that Germany has begun preparations for a chaotic Brexit, as the issue of the Irish border remains an insurmountable stumbling block. The head of the European Council Donald Tusk yesterday took a similar position, adding that the probability of "hard" Brexit is high as ever.

Representatives of other countries are less categorical, but most of them are wary of the upcoming negotiations. Increasingly, there are thoughts that the parties need a time gap until November, December or even January. It is difficult to say whether the rhetoric of the Europeans is a "strategic maneuver" on the eve of the main negotiations, but, apparently, the parties do not really expect any breakthrough from the October meeting.

According to a number of experts, there is an elementary "game of nerves": despite the fact that the parties planned to reach a compromise in September, the so-called "red line" is still relatively far away. Therefore, so far it is possible to exhaust each other with threats of chaotic Brexit with all the ensuing consequences. Such behavior is a risk, as after another failure in Brussels under Theresa May could once again stagger the prime minister's chair, not only in opposition to the labour, as there are many representatives of the Conservative Party who oppose her.

However, according to other experts, Theresa May is in no hurry to make a deal at this summit. The fact is that at the end of October, the British Parliament will adopt the country's budget for the next year, in connection with which the prime minister needs the votes of deputies. In turn, representatives of the Democratic Unionist Party (May's coalition ally) threatened the prime minister that they would not support the adoption of a financial document if it made concessions on the Irish border. Therefore, Theresa May can delicately circumvent this problem by postponing the signing of the agreement for November.

Thus, the preliminary information background does not bode well for the bulls of the GBP/USD, and today's weak data on inflation offset the positive effect of yesterday's release on the labor market (where a significant increase in wages was recorded).

The dollar, for its part, is also beginning to exert pressure: the US currency again began to be in demand against the backdrop of an uncertain geopolitical situation. Yesterday, several Republican congressmen called for sanctions against Saudi Arabia if information about Riyadh's involvement in the disappearance of an opposition journalist is confirmed.

In addition, the minutes of the September meeting, published today, can also support the dollar. Although this meeting took place before the release of rather weak inflation data in the US, the rhetoric of the document is important for the market. Here it should be recalled that the Federal Reserve in September not only raised the rate, but also excluded from the text of the accompanying statement the definition of "stimulating" in relation to the monetary policy.

Although in the future, Fed officials (including Powell) stressed that the actions of the regulator are still mild and not deterrent. The minutes of the meeting can clarify this situation, thus outlining the prospects of monetary policy next year. In other words, today's release may, firstly, increase the probability of a hike in December, and secondly, increase/decrease the probability of accelerating the pace of monetary policy tightening in 2019. If the "hawkish" notes will prevail, the dollar will get another reason for its growth.

From a technical point of view, the situation with the GBP/USD pair has not changed: the price is still clamped in the range of 1.3105-1.3280, where the support level is the middle line of the Bollinger Bands indicator, which coincides with the Tenkan-sen line on the daily chart, and the resistance level is the top line of the Bollinger Bands on the same timeframe. Depending on the outcome of the EU summit, the pair will go to one of the boundaries of the range, followed by its breakdown.

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