During yesterday’s trading session, after it has tested the level of 58.44, the price of Brent crude oil fell by almost $3 per barrel, and at its lowest point towards the end of the session was trading near the level of 55.40. Most likely, such a serious decline was caused by a strengthening in the US Dollar amid the publication of positive macroeconomic statistics in the US. Market participants were selling oil futures that are expressed in Dollars.
Today markets are waiting for the publication of the Weekly Crude Oil Stock by the American Petroleum Institute, due at 11:30 pm (GMT+2).
Support and resistance
The instrument is correcting after the sharp fall. The upward correction could continue to the middle MA of Bollinger Bands (56.77).
Support levels: 55.79, 54.74, 53.55.
Resistance levels: 56.49, 57.29, 58.44.
Long positions can be opened after the price consolidation above the level of 56.77 with targets at 57.29, 58.44 and stop-loss at 56.40.
Short positions can be opened after the price consolidation below the level of 55.37 with targets at 54.74, 53.55 and stop-loss at 55.60.
The pair sharply fell yesterday after the release of the FOMC Minutes from the last meeting of the regulator in December. The Minutes showed that the officials are concerned with falling unemployment in the US that in the near future might result in higher inflation. However, it was noted that due to uncertainties regarding Donald Trump’s fiscal policy plans, the pace of further monetary policy tightening is hard to forecast. At present, the Fed is predicting 3 rate hikes in 2017.
Additionally, the Dollar remains under pressure prior to the publication of data on the US labour market, due tomorrow. Strong reading on the Nonfarm Payrolls could provide support to the American currency.
Support and resistance
The pair turned down having failed its 38.2% Fibonacci fan line. Both the RSI and Composite are showing Bearish patterns suggesting the fall could continue.
Support levels: 115.95 (local lows), 114.89 (March 2016 highs), 114.42 (November 2016 highs).
Resistance levels: 118.60 (local highs), 120.29 (July 2015 lows), 121.33 (January 2016 highs).
Short positions can be opened from the level of 115.95 with targets at 114.89, 114.42 and stop-loss at 116.30.
Long positions can be opened from the level of 118.60 with targets at 120.29, 121.33 and stop-loss at 118.17.
The pair significantly grew yesterday amid a substantial weakening in the US Dollar that remains under pressure after the publication of the FOMC Minutes in the middle of the week. The Minutes, despite been quite hawkish, showed that further path of monetary policy tightening in the US is uncertain as the effect to the economy of the promised fiscal stimulus by Donald Trump is unknown yet. The market seems to agree with the regulator about high level of uncertainty, as the Dollar continues falling despite strong statistics that keep coming out in the US.
Additional support to the Pound came from strong data on the Markit Services PMI. In December, the index rose from 55.2 to 56.2 points, well above forecasts.
Today attention needs to be paid to data on the Nonfarm Payrolls in the US.
Support and resistance
On the 4-hour chart, the pair turned down having failed its long-term SMA200, a breakout of which could lead to a growth continuation. However, the Composite has formed a divergence with the RSI and price, suggesting a decline possibility.
Support levels: 1.2322 (local lows), 1.2297 (November 2016 lows), 1.2206 (local lows).
Resistance levels: 1.2433 (local highs), 1.2505 (local highs), 1.2542 (local highs).
Long positions can be opened from the level of 1.2443 with targets at 1.2505, 1.2542 and stop-loss at 1.2412. Validity – 1-2 days.
Short positions can be opened from the level of 1.2297 with the target at 1.2206 and stop-loss at 1.2322. Validity – 1-2 days.
On the daily chart, the instrument is trading just above the middle MA of Bollinger Bands. The price remains below the EMA65, EMA130 and SMA200 that are directed down. The RSI is trying to turn down having broken out its December resistance. The Composite is testing its December resistance as well.
On the 4-hour chart, the instrument is trading on the middle MA of Bollinger Bands. The price remains on the level with the moving averages that are horizontal. The RSI is showing Bullish dynamics. The Composite is about to test its longer MA.
There is a chance the upward correction is going to continue.
Long positions can be opened from the level of 16.71 with targets at 17.07, 17.20 and stop-loss at 16.55. Validity – 2-3 days.
Short positions can be opened from the level of 16.15 with the target at 15.67 and stop-loss at 16.33. Validity – 2-3 days.
The price of Brent crude oil fell at the beginning of the week amid growing concerns that the OPEC countries are going to carry out their agreement to cut the production.
According to the experts, in the first days of January the Iraqi exports going through the port of Basra were the highest in the last 4 years. In addition, oil reserves in Iran’s floating storages significantly fell. In September 2016, their levels halved that indicates an increase in the country’s exports activities.
Oil prices were also pressured by data on the number of oilrigs in the US. For the week ending on 30 December, their number rose by 4 to 529 rigs, reaching the highest level since December 2015. The number of rigs in the US has been growing for the 10th consecutive week.
Support and resistance
Bollinger Bands on the daily chart turned sideways while the price range remains unchanged. MACD is falling and giving a quite strong sell signal. Stochastic is falling as well and approaching the border of the oversold zone.
The indicators recommend waiting for clearer trading signals.
Support levels: 55.07 (local low), 54.37, 53.91 (22 December low), 53.50, 52.68 (8 December low), 51.85.
Resistance levels: 55.77 (20 December high), 56.50, 57.10 (12 December high), 57.52 (6 January high), 58.10, 58.68 (15 July 2015 high), 59.51.
Long positions can be opened after the breakout of the level of 55.77 with targets at 57.10, 57.52 and stop-loss at 54.00. Validity – 2-3 days.
Short positions can be opened after the price consolidation below the level of 55.00 with targets at 53.50, 52.68 and stop-loss at 55.80. Validity – 2-3 days.
During the trading session on Tuesday the pair was lowering. The USA stock markets show the weakness, which affects the USD negatively. The growth of the Wholesale Inventories index by 1% has also pressured it: the growth of the index reflects the showering of the economical growth and can affect the GDP greatly. The JOLTS Job Openings is 5.522 million against the expected 5.555 million, which doesn’t support the USD also. The Japan Composite Index of Leading Indicators was growing to 102.7 points, exceeding the expectations by 0.1 points, which is good for the economy in the short term.
Donald Trump’s press conference will be held today in the USA. The main issues are expected to concern the plans of increasing the infrastructure investment and the tax decreasing plans. There can be come volatility peaks in the market during the conference.
Support and resistance
On the 4-hour chart the pair was corrected to the middle line of the Bollinger Bands indicator.
The MACD histogram is in the negative zone, keeping the signal to open short positions.
Support levels: 105.50, 115.20, 104.90.
Resistance levels: 116.300, 117.00, 117.50, 118.20.
Open long positions from the level of 116.40 with the target at 117.00, 117.50. Stop loss is at 116.00.
Open short positions from the level of 115.50 with the target at 114.90. Stop loss is at 115.80.
Implementation period: 1-3 days.
On the daily chart, the instrument is growing along the upper line of Bollinger Bands. The price remains below its moving averages that turned horizontal. The RSI is approaching the border of the overbought zone. The Composite starts forming a divergence with the price and RSI suggesting a downward reverse possibility.
On the 4-hour chart, the instrument is growing along the upper line of Bollinger Bands. The price remains above its moving averages that start turning up. The RSI has been forming a Bearish divergence just below the border of the overbought zone. The Composite is about to retest its strong resistance.
There is chance of the downward reverse in the price.
Short positions can be opened after the price rebound from the level of 1207.46 with targets at 1190.65, 1170.55 and stop-loss at 1215.03. Validity – 3-5 days.
Long positions can be opened after the breakout of the level of 1215.03 with the target at 1244.55 and stop-loss at 1205.13. Validity – 3-5 days.
On the 4-hour chart the price has tested the level of 1.0070. The breakout here is possible, as the Bollinger Bands are pointed downwards. Also, the Stochastic has reversed in the same direction, and in this case the significant lowering of the price is possible. In case of the rebound from the level of 1.0070 the correction is possible to the level of 1.0125 (correction cluster 23.6% in the short and middle term) and further to 1.0160 (correction 38.2%) and 1.0190 (correction 50.0%, the middle line of the Bollinger Bands for D1).
On the daily chart there is a downward breakout of the level 1.0120 (correction 23.6%) and the upward fan line 38.2%, and now is reaching the level of 1.0010 (correction 38.2%) and further across the 50.0% fan line to the level of 0.9920 (correction 50.0%) into the area of the crossing with the 61.8% fan line or the curve 38.2%. If the price will reverse at the level of 1.0010 or in case of the upward breakout of the level of 1.0120 the growth is possible to reappear. In this case the correction can continue to the level of 1.0200 (the middle line of the Bollinger Bands) and 1.0300 (correction 0.0%).
Sell the pair below the level of 1.0070 with the target at 1.0010, 0.9920 and stop loss at 1.0110.
Buy the pair above the level of 1.0120 or in case of the reversal at 1.0000 with the target at 1.0200 and 1.0300. Stop loss is at 1.0080 and 0.9970 correspondingly.
On the daily chart, the instrument is trading in the upper Bollinger band. The price remains above its moving averages that are directed up. The RSI is showing Bearish dynamics having broken down its longer MA. The Composite is representing similar pattern.
On the 4-hour chart, the instrument is trading just above the lower line of Bollinger Bands. The price remains above the EMA65, EMA130 and SMA200 that are turning horizontally. The RSI is testing its last week support. The Composite is approaching its support level as well.
The price is consolidating above a strong support level at 11484.2. Its breakdown could lead to a downward correction continuation, however, the main trend remains ascending.
Short positions can be opened from the level of 11484.2 with the target at 11336.1 and stop-loss at 11524.0. Validity – 3-5 days.
Long positions can be opened from the level of 11663.1 with the target at 11792.3 and stop-loss at 11638.5. Validity – 3-5 days.
On the 4-hour chart, the price fell below the level of 0.8718 (23.6% correction) and after a breakdown of the 38.2% fan line (which seems likely as Stochastic is directed down), the fall could continue towards 0.8650 (38.2% corrections for the medium-term and short-term trends) and 0.8590 (50% correction). However, the ascending fan could be an additional obstacle to the price, so in the region of 0.8650 the price might reverse and start growing towards its January highs.
On the daily chart, the price is heading towards the level of 0.8650 (38.2% correction), a breakdown of which would lead to a fall continuation towards 0.8580 (lower line of Bollinger Bands), 0.8545 (23.6% correction). However, there is also a chance of a price reverse and growth towards the levels of 0.8742 (50% correction) and 0.8830 (61.8% correction), but this scenario seems unlikely (Stochastic turned down).
Sell the pair below the level of 0.8650 with targets at 0.8580, 0.8545 and stop-loss at 0.8690.
Buy the pair after the price rebound from the level of 0.8650 with targets at 0.8742, 0.8830 and stop-loss at 0.8620.
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