Footsie falters

Sterling continues to test primary support at 1.13 against the Euro. Twiggs Trend Index peaking below zero warns of selling pressure. Breach of support is likely and would signal a test of the 2016 low at €1.10.

GBPEUR

The FTSE 100 breached medium-term support at 7400 and the long-term rising trendline, warning that momentum is slowing. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Trend Index warns of rising selling pressure. Test of primary support at 7100 is likely.

FTSE 100

* Target: 7400 + ( 7400 – 7100 ) = 7700

Footsie hesitates as Sterling tests support

Brexit uncertainty is likely to continue for an extended period, with Sterling testing primary support at 1.13 against the Euro. Breach would signal a test of the 2016 low at 1.10.

GBPEUR

The FTSE 100 retraced to test support at 7400, with bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow indicating medium-term selling pressure. Respect would confirm the target of 7700*. But breach of the rising trendline is as likely, and would warn of a test of primary support at 7100.

FTSE 100

* Target: 7400 + ( 7400 – 7100 ) = 7700

Footsie stalls as Pound weakens

Sterling continues to test primary support at 1.140 Euro. Breach would signal a decline to the 2016 low at 1.100.

GBPEUR

The FTSE 100 advance stalled, signaled by a doji on the weekly chart, with bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow indicating medium-term selling pressure. Retracement that respects support at 7400 would re-affirm the target of 7700*.

FTSE 100

* Target: 7400 + ( 7400 – 7100 ) = 7700

Footsie stalls as Pound strengthens

Pound Sterling is strengthening against the US Dollar as well as the Euro (mentioned last week). Recovery of the Pound above 1.27 (GBPUSD) completes a triple bottom, suggesting that a base is forming. Crossover of 13-week Momentum above zero indicates a primary up-trend.

Pound Sterling (GBPUSD)

Breakout above 1.20 against the Euro (GBPEUR) would strengthen the signal.

The FTSE 100 continues to test support at 7100. Declining Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term selling pressure. A rising Pound is likely to result in a Footsie test of primary support at 6700.

FTSE 100

Cable drags Footsie lower

Pound Sterling strengthened this week on news of an early election. Despite Brexit fears the Cable, as it is commonly referred to by traders, has been strengthening for several months. Crossover of 13-week Momentum above zero suggests a primary up-trend. Breakout above 1.20 against the Euro would confirm the signal.

Pound Sterling (GBPEUR)

The FTSE 100 retreated from resistance at 7400. Rising troughs on Twiggs Money Flow indicate long-term buying pressure but reversal below 7100 would warn of a correction.

FTSE 100

* Target: 7400 + ( 7400 – 6700 ) = 8100

Why BREXIT matters

From The Guardian, June 14th:

Support for leaving the EU is strengthening, with phone and online surveys reporting a six-point lead, according to a pair of Guardian/ICM polls.

Leave now enjoys a 53%-47% advantage once “don’t knows” are excluded, according to research conducted over the weekend, compared with a 52%-48% split reported by ICM a fortnight ago.

….Prof John Curtice of Strathclyde University, who analyses available referendum polling data on his website whatukthinks.org, noted that after the ICM data, the running average “poll of polls” would stand at 52% for leave and 48% for remain, the first time leave has been in such a strong position.

If the UK votes to LEAVE, we can expect:

  • A sell-off of UK equities. GDP is expected to contract between 1% and 2%. A Footsie breach of support at 6000 would signal a test of 5500, while breach of 5500 would offer a target of 5000 (5500 – [ 6000 – 5500 ]).

FTSE 100

  • UK housing prices fall.
  • A sharp sell-off in UK banks in response to falling GDP, equities and housing — threatening contagion in financial markets.
  • BOE rate cuts to support the UK economy.
  • A sharp fall in the Pound due to uncertainty, lower interest rates and lower capital inflows.

GBPUSD

  • The Euro falls in sympathy, as confidence in the EU dwindles.
  • The US Dollar strengthens, causing the Fed to back off on further interest rate rises.
  • Volatility surges across all markets.
  • Gold spikes upward.

Hat tip to The Coppo Report

A currency war has begun….


Spot Gold

The Federal Reserve, Bank of England, European Central Bank and Bank of Japan all expanded their balance sheets (commonly referred to as quantitative easing or QE for short) post-2008 to counteract a contracting money supply and prevent a deflationary spiral. These actions also have the beneficial effect of weakening the currency and improving international competitiveness.

China was considered immune because of its persistent current account surplus and $4 Trillion in foreign reserves. But the recent sharp contraction in Chinese exports to the EU suggest otherwise.

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) responded by effectively devaluing the Yuan. So far the “one-off adjustment” has been repeated on three consecutive days.

USDCNY

The Euro appreciated considerably against the US dollar as CNY carry trades are unwound.

EURUSD

Gold broke out of its narrow rectangle between $1080 and $1100 per ounce as investors scuttled to the safety of bullion.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1100 – ( 1200 – 1100 ) = 1000

The Yen displays little net gain or loss.

USDJPY

The Dollar Index does not include China’s Yuan and is falling primarily because of the Euro. The Broad Trade-Weighted Index which includes the Yuan is calculated weekly; so it will take a few days before we can assess the impact.

Dollar Index

Competing devaluations are likely to continue as each state (or trading block) attempts to maintain an export surplus. This is a zero sum game, so each action will inevitably elicit an equivalent response from major trading partners. Currency markets are awash with vast sums of liquid capital and an estimated $9 Trillion in carry trades (where hedge funds borrow in a low-interest-rate currency and invest in another at higher rates). Any beggar-thy-neighbor escalation is likely to destabilize financial markets and the precarious balance may prove difficult to restore.

During the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis George Soros called for international regulation of financial markets to prevent a reoccurrence.

It is time to recognize that financial markets are inherently unstable. Imposing market discipline means imposing instability, and how much instability can society take? …. To put it bluntly, the choice confronting us is whether we will regulate global financial markets internationally or leave it to each individual state to protect its interests as best it can. The latter course will surely lead to the breakdown of the gigantic circulatory system, which goes under the name of global capitalism.

~ George Soros: The Crisis of Global Capitalism (1998)


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Aussie & Euro rally, but for how long?

The Aussie Dollar continues to pressure primary support at $0.8650. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum below zero indicates a primary down-trend. Respect of resistance at $0.89 would strengthen the signal. Breach of primary support would confirm, offering a target of the 2010 low at $0.80.

Aussie Dollar

* Target calculation: 87 – ( 94 – 87 ) = 80

The Euro retraced to test its new resistance at $1.28. Declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum (below zero) confirms a strong down-trend. Respect of resistance would warn of another decline, while breach of medium-term support at $1.25 would target the 2010/2011 lows of $1.20.

Euro/USD

* Target calculation: 1.28 – ( 1.40 – 1.28 ) = 1.16

Aussie Dollar & Yen break support

Dollar strength is affecting not only gold and commodities, but even the strongest of the currency crosses.

The Aussie Dollar broke support at $0.92 against the greenback, warning of a correction. Expect support at $0.89. Reversal of 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero, however, suggests a primary down-trend — confirmed if primary support at $0.87 is penetrated. Recovery above $0.925 is unlikely, but would indicate a false break.

Aussie Dollar

The greenback similarly broke through resistance at ¥105.50 against the Japanese Yen. Rising 13-week Twiggs Momentum above zero signals a primary up-trend. Reversal below ¥105 is unlikely, but would warn of another test of ¥104.

USD/JPY

* Target calculation: 105.5 + ( 105.5 – 101 ) = 110

The Euro is already in a primary down-trend against the Dollar. Declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum, below zero, confirms a strong down-trend. Expect support at $1.2750/$1.2800, but a rally is unlikely to break the descending trendline and resistance at $1.31.

Euro/USD

* Target calculation: 1.35 – ( 1.40 – 1.35 ) = 1.30

Footsie resilient while Euro, DAX falter

The Euro is in a primary down-trend, having broken support at $1.35. Declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum (below zero) confirms. Expect short-term support at $1.31 on the weekly chart, with long-term support at $1.27/$1.28.

Euro

Germany’s DAX encountered resistance below 9700/9800 and 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero warns of selling pressure. Reversal below 9300 would warn of another test of primary support at 9000.

DAX

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 found similar resistance at 3200. A 13-week Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero, however, would indicate buying pressure, while a fall below zero would warn that sellers dominate. Reversal below 3100 would warn of another test of primary support at 3000.

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50

The Footsie shows more resilience, testing long-term resistance at 6850/6900. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow oscillating above zero indicates long-term buying pressure, but there is a major psychological barrier at 6900/7000 (the 1999 high) that has to be overcome. Breach of support at 6500 is unlikely, but would warn of a reversal.

FTSE 100

* Target calculation: 7000 + ( 7000 – 6000 ) = 8000

Euro, Yen plunge against Dollar

The Euro broke support at $1.33, signaling a further decline against the Dollar with a target of $1.30*. Falling 13-week Twiggs Momentum, below zero, warns of a strong down-trend. Recovery above $1.35 is most unlikely, but would suggest that the down-trend is slowing.

Euro/USD

* Target calculation: 1.35 – ( 1.40 – 1.35 ) = 1.30

The recent rally of the Euro against the Russian ruble has faltered. An economic contraction and rising tensions over Eastern Ukraine both contributed. The Euro remains in an up-trend and recovery above RUB 49 would suggest another attempt at the previous high of RUB 51. But failure of support at RUB 46 would signal a primary down-trend. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum oscillating close to zero reflects current uncertainty.

Euro/Rouble

Vladimir Putin is attempting to exploit fault lines in the US/European alliance, targeting the powerful European farming and motor industry lobbies. Unauthorized incursions into Ukrainian territory by his white-painted “aid convoy” are another example, where the infringement is so apparently inoffensive that Angela Merkel will find it difficult to convince her European allies to escalate sanctions further. Failure to react will merely embolden Putin to conduct further minor infringements in defiance of the EU, confident in their response, until the Ukraine suffers “death by a thousand cuts”.

Putin

Only if the US/EU adopt an aggressive escalation, as suggested here on Defence & Freedom, are they likely to contain Russian aggression.

“…a defensive and reactionary game plan makes one predictable. The very existence of a crisis should be understood as a hint that someone used this predictability to predict the outcome of a produced crisis — and arrived at the conclusion that it’s a good idea. Aka failure of deterrence.”

Japan

As with the Euro, the Japanese Yen is also weakening against the Dollar. The Greenback broke resistance at ¥103.50, signaling a rally to test the 2013 high. Follow-through above ¥104 would confirm. Rising 13-week Twiggs Momentum above zero strengthens the signal. Reversal below ¥103 is unlikely, but would warn of another test of primary support at ¥101.

USD/JPY

Australia

The Aussie Dollar, however, is holding its own — ranging between $0.92 and $0.95 against the US Dollar. The narrow band and 13-week Twiggs Momentum holding above zero both suggest continuation of the up-trend. Breakout above $0.95 would suggest a target of $0.97. Reversal below $0.92 is unlikely at present, but would warn of a decline to the band of support between $0.87 and $0.89.

Aussie Dollar

The ASX 200, retracing slightly from resistance at 5650, is also influenced by strong foreign investment flows. Indications are predominantly bullish, including 21-day Twiggs Money Flow forming troughs above zero. Follow-through above 5660 would signal another advance, with a medium-term target of 5850. Reversal above 5550 is unlikely, but would warn of another test of primary support.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5650 + ( 5650 – 5450 ) = 5850

Gold finds support as Euro falls

  • Treasury yields warn of a decline
  • Euro trending lower
  • Dollar halts at resistance
  • Gold finds short-term support

Interest Rates and the Dollar

The yield on ten-year Treasury Notes retreated below 2.50 percent, warning of a decline to 2.00 percent*. Follow-through below 2.40 would confirm. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum below zero strengthens the signal. Reversal above 2.65 is unlikely, but indicate an advance to 3.00 percent.

10-Year Treasury Yields

* Target calculation: 2.50 – ( 3.00 – 2.50 ) = 2.00

The euro is in a primary down-trend, having broken primary support at $1.35. Target for the initial decline is $1.30*. Declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero confirms the down-trend. Recovery above $1.35 is unlikely, but would warn of a bear trap.

EURUSD

* Target calculation: 1.35 – ( 1.40 – 1.35 ) = 1.30

The Dollar Index has run into resistance at 81.50, evidenced by tall wicks (“shadows”) on the last two weekly candles. Weakness in Europe is likely to drive the Dollar higher, while lower treasury yields would retard the advance. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Momentum above zero suggests a primary up-trend. Breakout above 81.50 would signal a primary advance to 84*. Reversal below 81.00 is unlikely, but would warn of another test of primary support at 79.00.

Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 81.50 – ( 81.50 – 79.00 ) = 84.00

Gold

Gold found short-term support at $1280/$1300. Oscillation of 13-week Twiggs Momentum around zero continues to indicate hesitancy. Breach of support at $1240/$1250 would warn of a primary down-trend. Recovery above $1350 remains unlikely at present, but would indicate another test of $1400/$1420.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1200 – ( 1400 – 1200 ) = 1000

Gold weakens on Dollar strength

  • Treasury yields find support
  • Euro signals a primary down-trend
  • Dollar continues to strengthen
  • Gold weakens

Interest Rates and the Dollar

The yield on ten-year Treasury Notes recovered above 2.50 percent, suggesting that a bottom is forming. Follow-through above 2.65 would strengthen the signal. Reversal below 2.40, however, would confirm a decline to 2.0 percent*.

10-Year Treasury Yields

* Target calculation: 2.50 – ( 3.00 – 2.50 ) = 2.00

The Euro broke primary support at $1.35, signaling a primary decline with a target of $1.30*. Reversal of 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero confirms the down-trend. Recovery above $1.35 is unlikely, but would warn of a bear trap.

EURUSD

* Target calculation: 1.35 – ( 1.40 – 1.35 ) = 1.30

The Dollar Index rallied on strong GDP figures, testing resistance at 81.50. Breakout is likely and would signal a primary advance with a target of 84*. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Momentum above zero indicates a primary up-trend. Reversal below 80.50 is unlikely, but would warn of another test of primary support at 79.00.

Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 81.50 – ( 81.50 – 79.00 ) = 84.00

Gold

Gold is testing support at $1295/$1300. Failure of support would warn of a primary down-trend. Breach of $1240/$1250 would confirm. Recovery above $1350 is unlikely at present, but would indicate another test of $1400/$1420. Reversal of 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero would strengthen the bear signal, but oscillation close to the zero line presently signals hesitancy.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1200 – ( 1400 – 1200 ) = 1000

Aussie Dollar: Should RBA ‘lean against the wind’?

The Euro rallied to resistance at $1.37 after testing primary support at $1.35 and the rising long-term trendline. Recovery above $1.37 would suggest a rally to $1.39/$1.40, but descending 13-week Twiggs Momentum remains below zero, warning of weakness. Breach of $1.35 is equally likely and would signal a decline to $1.31*.

Euro/USD

* Target calculation: 1.35 – ( 1.39 – 1.35 ) = 1.31

The Aussie Dollar is again testing resistance at $0.94. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum holding above zero suggests continuation of the up-trend. Follow-through above $0.95 would suggest a target of $0.97. Reversal below $0.92 is unlikely at present, but would warn of a decline to the band of support between $0.87 and $0.89.

Aussie Dollar

A monthly chart of the Euro against the Swiss Franc shows how the Swiss central bank intervened in 2011 to prevent further appreciation against the Euro and protect local industry. The Australian central bank faced a similar challenge in 2011, but from a different cause, with the Aussie Dollar rising strongly against the greenback on the back of a mining investment boom. The RBA sat on its hands and failed to “lean against the wind” as called for by Prof Warwick McKibbin. Local industry has suffered irreparable damage in the ensuing period.

Aussie Dollar

Aussie Dollar threatens breakout, Euro tests support

The Aussie Dollar continues to test resistance at $0.94. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Momentum above zero suggests continuation of the up-trend, testing resistance at $0.97. Reversal below $0.92 is unlikely at present, but would warn of a decline to the band of support between $0.87 and $0.89.

Aussie Dollar

The Euro respected primary support at $1.35 and the rising long-term trendline. Recovery above $1.37 would suggest a rally to $1.39/$1.40, but descending 13-week Twiggs Momentum crossed below zero, warning of weakness. Breach of $1.35 would signal a decline to $1.31*.

Euro/USD

* Target calculation: 1.35 – ( 1.39 – 1.35 ) = 1.31

Europe: DAX and Footsie test resistance

  • Euro weakens.
  • Stocks in a strong up-trend.

The Euro is testing primary support and the rising trendline at $1.35 on the weekly chart. Bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Momentum, followed by a cross below zero, warns of a trend reversal. Breach of support would strengthen the signal. Recovery above $1.37, however, would suggest another test of $1.40.

Euro

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 is trending strongly on the monthly chart. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Momentum above 10% would complete another trough above zero, further strengthening the trend. Reversal below 3000 and the primary trendline is most unlikely, but would warn of a reversal.

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50

* Target calculation: 3200 + ( 3200 – 3000 ) = 3400

The Footsie is again testing resistance at 6850. Follow-through above 6900 would signal an advance to 7200*. Falling 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates short-term selling pressure, but long-term oscillations above zero reflect strong buying pressure. Reversal below 6800 is less likely, but would warn of another correction.

FTSE 100

* Target calculation: 6800 + ( 6800 – 6400 ) = 7200

The DAX is sitting at the psychological barrier of 10000. Expect retracement to test support at 9800. Respect is likely and follow-through above 10000 would signal an advance to 10500* Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow above the declining trendline suggests that selling pressure is easing. Reversal below 9750/9800 is unlikely, but would warn of a correction to the rising trendline.

DAX

* Target calculation: 9750 + ( 9750 – 9000 ) = 10500

Europe hesitant

The Euro is retracing to test support at $1.37 on the monthly chart. Bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Momentum continues to warn of medium-term weakness, and penetration of the rising trendline/support at $1.35 would warn of a bull trap. Follow-through above $1.40 is unlikely at present, but would signal an advance to $1.46*.

Euro

* Target calculation: 1.37 + ( 1.37 – 1.28 ) = 1.46

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 found support at 3100. Recovery above 3180 would signal another advance, but bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Momentum suggests weakness. Failure of 3100 would warn of a correction to test 2900/3000.

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50

The DAX found support at 9200 and recovery above 9400 would suggest another test of 9800. Breakout above 9800 is unlikely, but would offer a target of 10600*. Bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow continues to indicate medium-term selling pressure, until the descending trendline is broken. Further consolidation between 9000 and 9800 is the most likely outcome. Breach of primary support at 9000 is unlikely, but would signal reversal to a primary down-trend.

DAX

DAX Volatility is rising, but continues to indicate low risk typical of a bull market.

DAX

The Footsie similarly found support at 6500. Recovery above 6750 would signal another attempt at 6850. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow oscillating above zero continues to indicate healthy (long-term) buying pressure. Reversal below 6400 (and the rising trendline) is unlikely, but would signal a primary reversal. Breakout above 6850 is also unlikely at this stage, so again further consolidation is the most likely outcome.

FTSE 100

Europe: Tensions rising

Moscow’s MICEX index plunged over the last two weeks as tensions rise over the fate of Crimea and the Ukraine.

MICEX

Countries neighboring Ukraine, such as Poland, have also suffered from increased uncertainty. The Warsaw WIG index is testing primary support at 50,000. Follow-through below 49,500 would signal a primary down-trend.

Warsaw WIG

Germany’s DAX is also testing primary support, at 9000. Failure would signal a primary down-trend. Bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow continues to warn of medium-term selling pressure.

DAX

Rising DAX Volatility, above 20, reflects moderate risk.

DAX

The Footsie is headed for another test of primary support (6400) after breaking 6700. Breach would signal a down-trend, but respect of support remains as likely.

FTSE 100

* Target calculation: 6800 + ( 6800 – 6400 ) = 7200

A monthly chart shows the Euro testing its long-term descending trendline at $1.39. Follow-through above $1.39 seems incongruous at present, but would signal an advance to $1.44*. Bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Momentum continues to warn of medium-term weakness, however, and reversal below $1.37 would indicate another correction.

Euro

* Target calculation: 1.36 + ( 1.36 – 1.28 ) = 1.44