FX And Oil Week Ahead: Will The Pound Get Pounded?

by: The Market Master


More near-term USD downside likely for now.

The pound will likely suffer in the coming months. Key risk at hand is a Scottish referendum.

WTI is in a very precarious position at this juncture.

With Article 50 officially triggered, the long difficult negotiation process for Britain's exit from the EU begins. Whilst the reaction to the triggering of Article 50 is pretty calm for now, we think that the markets have not priced in a Scottish independent Referendum vote at this juncture. Any sign that another independent referendum will be called, will likely lead to significant downside price action in the pound.

On the economic data front next week, we have the non-farm payroll numbers again, which will be the likely highlight for the week. Expectations for a 180k will likely be met given the current jobless claims trend, with the focus once again on wage growth.

Markets Technical Sentiment:
Instrument Fundamentals Short-term bias (1-3 days) 4 hourly timeframe Medium-term trend (1wk-3mths) Daily timeframe Long-term trend (>3mths) Weekly Timeframe
DXY (Dollar Index) Bullish Bullish (SOB) Bullish Bearish Bias being challenged
GOLD Bearish Bullish Bearish Bullish
WTI OIL Bullish Bullish (SOB) Bullish (NYSE:OB) Bearish Bias being challenged (OS)

Trading and Technical Strategy for the week ahead:

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

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Key Levels
Support: 99.68/ 98.40/ 97.12
Resistance: 101.10/ 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 struggle and consolidate in the short term, and will likely see the 97.64 level tested before the next big move up into year end. The key level to the downside at this juncture is the 99 level, which if broken should see the DXY move to the 97.64 target.

Trading strategy:

Given the technical weakness in the DXY, the EUR/USD may be a long candidate around the 1.0620 level, with 1.0500 the key level for the EUR/USD to stay over. Upside targets are around the 1.0970 level at this juncture, if the EUR/USD can stay above 1.0500.


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Key Levels
Support: 1.2500/ 1.2460/ 1.2380/ 1.2300
Resistance: 1.2590/ 1.2610/ 1.2720/ 1.2800
*Level to consider buying at for support & selling at for resistance for intra-day trades

Whilst dollar weakness into next week is likely given the technicals, we think that cable remains an opportune short candidate at around current levels, as Brexit talks commence. Given the EU will likely want to discourage other member states from holding a similar referendum, it is likely that the tone the EU will take with the UK will be harsh. This, coupled with the likelihood of a Scottish independence vote, will likely weigh on the pound further in the coming weeks and months.

Trading strategy:

For medium-term trader, we would take a short position around current levels, with a stop loss at the 1.2590 level, looking for a test of the 1.2120 level to the downside in the coming weeks.


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

GOLD managed to put the bearish downtrend in doubt this past week, after closing over 1250. However, the technical formation remains suggestive of a double top formation in gold, which may see the yellow metal head lower in the coming sessions, if 1260.50 is not broken to the upside.

Trading strategy:

Short-term traders can take short positions in gold at current levels, with a stop loss at the 1260.50 level. Immediate targets to the downside are the 1210 level followed by the 1180 level.


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Key Levels
Support: 50.20 / 49.80/ 49/ 48.30/47.15/ 46.30/ 45.30
Resistance: 51.30/ 52.60/ 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 May 2017 contract.

WTI oil is currently in a very precarious setup, with the next week a likely determining factor from a technical standpoint, how far down WTI will head next. The $47.10 level remains key for WTI, and a break of this level on the pullback next week will likely signal prices close to $40 and lower ahead.

Trading strategy:

We think it is better to stand aside for now in the WTI market, to see how this next consolidation goes first before taking positions. However, aggressive traders can consider selling at current levels with a stop at the 53.50 level, and an open target to the downside. For more updates throughout the week, please join our mailing list.

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