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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 8/27/2018 11:30:19 PM   
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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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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 8/28/2018 10:31:39 PM   
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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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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 8/30/2018 12:06:11 AM   
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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.
Gold daily chart

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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 8/30/2018 11:39:12 PM   
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GBP/USD. Trading system "Regression channels". The growth of the pound sterling may be temporary

4-hour timeframe

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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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 9/3/2018 12:10:17 AM   
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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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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 9/3/2018 10:43:46 PM   
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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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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 9/4/2018 11:43:04 PM   
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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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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 9/5/2018 11:03:40 PM   
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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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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 9/7/2018 12:25:42 AM   
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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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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 9/10/2018 11:37:26 PM   
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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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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 9/11/2018 11:08:34 PM   
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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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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 9/13/2018 12:39:16 AM   
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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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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 9/14/2018 12:06:59 AM   
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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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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 9/18/2018 12:01:18 AM   
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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.

GBP/USD, daily chart

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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 9/19/2018 1:39:24 AM   
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USD/CAD Bounced Off Support, Prepare For A Further Rise

USD/CAD bounced nicely off its support level at 1.2969 (100% Fibonacci extension, 76.4% Fibonacci retracement, horizontal overlap support) where it could potentially bounce to its resistance level at 1.3010 (50% Fibonacci retracement, horizontal pullback resistance).

Stochastic (55, 5, 3) is bounced off its support level at 3.5% where a corresponding rise could occur.

USD/CAD bounced nicely off its support level where we expect to see a further rise.

Buy above 1.2969. Stop loss at 1.2937. Take profit at 1.3010.



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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 9/20/2018 1:41:28 AM   
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Technical analysis of EUR/USD for September 20, 2018

EUR/USD is below very important long-term resistance. If EUR/USD manages to break and hold above 1.17-1.1730 area, we should expect a big upward move to unfold over the coming weeks towards 1.19-1.21. A rejection however and a break below 1.1620 will be a very bearish sign.



Red line - long-term resistance

Blue line - long-term support

Green line - short-term support

EUR/USD has managed to reach the red trend line resistance more than once but each time prices got rejected. This is a bearish sign. However all pull backs have managed to stay above the short-term support green trend line at 1.1660. A break below this level will most probably open the way for a move towards the blue trend line support at 1.1520. If that level is lost as well we should expect EUR/USD to move towards 1.13-1.14. On the other hand, if the price breaks and stays above the red trend line, I expect a move towards at least 1.19.

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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 9/21/2018 2:08:34 AM   
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Technical analysis of Gold for September 21, 2018

Dollar weakness yesterday helped Gold rise towards its August highs and major short-term resistance and upper channel boundary. Longer-term trend remains bearish. Gold price is at major short-term resistance.



Red line - resistance

Blue line - short-term support

Green lines - bearish channel

Gold price is trading near short-term resistance at $1,210. Here we also find the upper channel boundary resistance. A break above this level will open the way for a push towards $1,220-30. Support is at $1,200 and as long as price is above this level trend will remain mildly bullish.

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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 9/23/2018 11:55:53 PM   
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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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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 9/25/2018 12:00:51 AM   
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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.

GBP/USD daily chart

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RE: Wave Analysis by InstaForex - 9/26/2018 12:25:07 AM   
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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.

Brent, daily chart

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