FX And Oil Week Ahead: Fed Hike Imminent?

by: The Market Master


Greenback upside likely in the coming weeks.

Gold multi-week decline in play, lower lows possible.

WTI reverses bullish setup, now potentially in a multi-week decline.

The non farm payroll numbers beat as expected, though wages continue to disappoint in terms of growth. At this point, all eyes will be on the upcoming FOMC meeting with a hike now being priced in. Market participants will likely be watching the FOMC statement rhetoric at the upcoming meeting for direction, with an indication that 2017 could see three or more hikes likely to boost the greenback further from current levels.

Trading and Technical Strategy for the week ahead:

Dollar Index, DXY (UUP, USDU, UDN, FXE, FXB)

Charts created by themarketjournal, data provided by SAXO markets

Key Levels
Support: 101.10/ 99.68/ 98.40/ 97.12
Resistance: 104/104.50/ 105.25/ 106
*Level to consider buying at for support and selling at for resistance for intra-day trades

The USD continues to hold up given the market pricing an interest rate hike at the upcoming FOMC meeting. At this juncture, nothing remains unchanged as long as 100.40 on the DXY holds. Should 100.40 break to the downside, a test of 97.31 will then be the next likely scenario.

Trading strategy:

We continue to view the Australian Dollar (NYSEARCA:FXA) as the ideal currency to bet against the dollar, given challenging data in the recent months. We think traders can sell at current levels with a stop loss at 0.7620, and a downside target at 0.7480.


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Key Levels
Support: 1170/ 1130/ *1100/ 1050
Resistance: 1205/ 1245/1265/1280/1305/1330/1360/1400
*Level to consider buying at for support & selling at for resistance for intra-day trades

GOLD continued declining on Fed expectations, and the current multi-week decline could see lower lows below 1125 in the coming weeks. Next week should see the metal test 1180 for a bounce, to set up for another down leg thereafter.

Trading strategy:

High risk short term traders can look to buy the metal at 1180 for a bounce with a stop at 1176, looking to exit around 1200. It is important to note that the risk to the downside for the metal is high at this time, and the potential for it to exceed downside move expectations is high given the current Fed expectations.


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Key Levels
Support: 48.30/47.15/ 46.30/ 45.30
Resistance: 52.60/ 51.30/ 50.20/ 49.80/ 49/ 53.80/ 55/ 56.20/ 57/ 58.50
*Level to consider buying at for support & selling at for resistance for intra-day trades

*Note on our price chart: Before we dive into the WTI technical analysis, we have decided to use the WTI continuous futures price as a chart instead of the original spot price posted in our article. This price will match the nearest dated WTI crude futures contract which will switch automatically once the contract settles, moving on to track the next nearest dated futures contract. We will also be only analyzing the technical aspect of the WTI price, given the fundamental aspect of WTI oil is well covered by many subject matter experts in the energy commodities section. At this time, the nearest dated futures contract being tracked by the above price chart is the April 2017 contract.

WTI oil broke down from its multi-week bullish breakout, and the move may have now reversed the price to a multi-week downtrend move as per our writing last week. Traders who went long and stopped out at $51.50, were likely spared the majority of the carnage in WTI this past week. However, whilst short term supply numbers have left the price of WTI in ruins for now, we are still bullish long term on WTI prices. However, we would exercise prudence at this stage for any long positioning, until multi-month overbought conditions are worked off.

Trading strategy:

We think short term high risk traders can play a bounce at around $48.10, with a stop loss at $47.30 and a take profit at $49.60. We personally will be avoiding playing the bounce, and will be looking for longer term setups to go long XLE.

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