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We’re looking at a US Dollar that has been losing its grip in recent days, with softer US inflation readings and another round of US tariffs on China driving the Dollar weakness. Meanwhile, ECB official speak has been leaning more to the hawkish side, while in the UK, optimism around a Brexit deal has gained some momentum.

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Technical highlights

  • EURUSD Contemplating trend shift
  • GBPUSD Signs of turning back to topside
  • USDJPY Rallies should continue to be capped
  • EURCHF Well supported into major zone
  • AUDUSD Correction underway off yearly low
  • USDCAD Lots of chop but no clear direction
  • NZDUSD Working off of a 2.5 year low
  • US SPX 500 Considering topping pattern
  • GOLD (spot) Signs of major basing pattern
  • BTCUSD Risk for deeper setbacks
  • ETHUSD Hovers just off major support

Fundamental highlights

  • EURUSD Draghi appearance on the calendar
  • GBPUSD Theresa May gets ready for Austria
  • USDJPY Renewed trade tension invites Yen demand
  • EURCHF SNB Jordan welcomes others to normalise
  • AUDUSD Aussie takes in latest RBA Minutes
  • USDCAD Canada still waiting on the NAFTA deal
  • NZDUSD Kiwi to get latest GDT auction results
  • US SPX 500 Fed model will be important to watch
  • GOLD (spot) Plenty of institutional demand
  • BTCUSD Trying to hold up on brighter prospects
  • ETHUSD Sentiment downturn a worry for ETH

Performance v. US dollar since weekly open

Further reading

EURUSD – technical overview

A market correction out from the 2018 low in August could be on the verge of becoming an uptrend, with the price poking back above the Ichimoku cloud for the first time since it broke down in April. This would be a significant development and could get the major pair thinking back to earlier this year when it was making +3 year highs in the 1.2550 area. Look for a break above the August high at 1.1734 to strengthen the outlook. Meanwhile, only back below 1.1500 would negate the outlook.

  • R2 1.1734 – 28Aug high – Strong
  • R1 1.1722 – 14Sep high – Medium
  • S1 1.1571 – 12Sep low – Medium
  • S2 1.1527 – 10Sep low – Strong

EURUSD – fundamental overview

The Euro was right back to making moves to the topside after a minor hiccup this past Friday, with most of the moves attributed to renewed weakness in the US Dollar on the back of last week’s softer US inflation readings and this latest news of another round of US tariffs on China. Monday’s Eurozone CPI readings came in as expected and didn’t turn any heads, though we did hear from a number of ECB officials who were leaning more to the hawkish side. As far as today goes, we get a Draghi appearance and some US NAHB housing data as the key standouts.

EURUSD – Technical charts in detail

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GBPUSD – technical overview

The market has been trying to work off the 2018 low from August, with a recent poke above 1.3000 encouraging the possibility for a more meaningful recovery ahead. At the same time, setbacks will need to hold up around the 1.2800 area and push back through 1.3214 to strengthen this outlook. Inability to do so will expose a retest of the yearly low.

  • R2 1.3214 – 26Jul high – Strong
  • R1 1.3174 – 29Jul high – Medium
  • S1 1.3027 – 13Sep low – Strong
  • S2 1.2964 – 11Sep low  – Medium

GBPUSD – fundamental overview

There has been a lot more optimism and a lot less fear and panic relating to the Brexit outlook in recent days and the Pound has been able to take advantage of this. Theresa May will be traveling to Austria on Wednesday for a meet with her EU counterparts in an attempt to push towards a Brexit deal. The other side of this coin has also helped the Pound, with the US Dollar coming under pressure on the back of last week’s softer US inflation data and soft Dollar implications from this latest round of US tariffs on China. Looking at the day’s calendar, we don’t get anything of interest out of the UK, while in the US, only NAHB house prices stand out.

GBPUSD – Technical charts in detail

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USDJPY – technical overview

Rallies continue to be very well capped, with the medium-term outlook still favouring lower tops and lower lows. Look for a daily close back below 109.78 to strengthen the bearish outlook, opening the door for the start to a move back down towards 108.00 which guards against the 104.60 area 2018 low. Only back above 113.20 would compromise the bearish structure.

  • R2 112.63 – 20Jul high  – Strong
  • R1 112.18 – 14Sep high – Medium
  • S1 111.15 – 11Sep low – Medium
  • S2 110.39 – 7Sep low – Strong

USDJPY – fundamental overview

Overall, offers continue to cap USDJPY upside and there’s still plenty of risk for downside given correlations with what looks to be an overinflated and vulnerable US equity market. The combination of exhausted monetary policy accommodation and escalating tension on the global trade front after the US announced it would be pushing forward with another round of tariffs on China, have contributed to keeping the major pair capped into its latest run up. This also comes at a time when PM Abe has recently been quoted as saying he ‘doesn’t think easing should go on forever,’ wanting the central bank to works towards a price stability target. Looking ahead, the market will continue to monitor risk sentiment while taking in US NAHB house prices.

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EURCHF – technical overview

A recent breakdown to a fresh 2018 low has intensified downside pressure, exposing the possibility for a more significant bearish structural shift. Look for a daily close below 1.1200 to strengthen this outlook. Back above 1.1455 would be required to take the pressure off the downside.

  • R2 1.1455– 28Aug high – Strong
  • R1 1.1344 – 11Sep high – Medium
  • S1 1.1184 – 7Sep/2018 low – Strong
  • S2 1.1100– Figure – Strong

EURCHF – fundamental overview

Last week, SNB Jordan was on the wires doing his thing, trying to talk down the Swiss Franc, this time encouraging broader policy normalizations, which would have the effect of weakening the Franc on the yield differential implication. Overall, the SNB remains uncomfortable with Franc appreciation and continues to remind the market it will need to be careful about any attempts at trying to force an appreciation in the currency. But the SNB will also need to be careful right now, as its strategy to weaken the Franc is facing headwinds from a less certain global outlook. Any signs of sustained risk liquidation between now and year end, will likely invite a very large wave of demand for the Franc that will put the SNB in the more challenging position of needing to back up its talk with action, that ultimately, may not prove to be as effective as it once was given where we’re at in the monetary policy cycle.

AUDUSD – technical overview

The market has entered a period of correction after sinking to fresh multi-month lows. There is room for the correction to extend to the topside, though ultimately, the downtrend remains firmly intact, with only a break back above the 0.7500 handle forcing a reconsideration.

  • R2 0.7236 – 4Sep high – Strong
  • R1 0.7230– 13Sep high – Medium
  • S1 0.7086 – 11Sep/2018 low – Medium
  • S2 0.7000 – Psychological – Strong

AUDUSD – fundamental overview

The RBA Minutes have come and gone and haven’t factored all that much, with the Australian Dollar already having done a good job of telegraphing the release while also getting distracted by bigger picture themes. The Australian Dollar is trying to work its way out from multi-month lows, with some broad based selling in the US Dollar helping to spur on an overdue correction. Last week’s softer round of US inflation data and the latest news the US is pushing another round of tariffs on China, have been behind the Dollar weakness and have also helped to prop Aussie as a consequence. Looking ahead, risk sentiment will be monitored, while on the data front, only US Empire manufacturing stands out.

USDCAD – technical overview

The uptrend has entered a corrective phase since topping out in June, which could still invite a deeper corrective decline before the next upside extension gets underway. Still, look for any weakness to be well supported ahead of 1.2500 with only a break back below this psychological barrier to negate the constructive outlook.

  • R2 1.3175 –  11Sep high – Strong
  • R1 1.3079 – 12Sep high – Medium
  • S1 1.2977 – 13Sep low – Medium
  • S2 1.2888 – 28Aug low – Strong

USDCAD – fundamental overview

The Canadian Dollar has been looking forward to a NAFTA deal getting done sooner than later, though talks continue to drag on and this latest news of the US administration pushing forward with another round of China tariffs has not helped matters. Still, the Loonie remains bid on dips at the moment, with the currency absorbing fallout from renewed broad based US Dollar weakness after the Buck took a hit from last week’s softer round of US inflation data. Monday’s Canada home sales rose 0.9% month over month from 1.9% in July, with the pullback perhaps keeping the Loonie from wanting to rally much on the broad US Dollar selling. Looking ahead, we get Canada manufacturing and US NAHB house prices.

NZDUSD – technical overview

The market has entered a period of correction after sinking to a 2.5 year low. There is room for the correction to extend to the topside, though ultimately, the downtrend remains firmly intact, with only a break back above 0.6750 to force a reconsideration.

  • R2 0.6728 – 28Aug high – Strong
  • R1 0.6617 – 6Sep high – Medium
  • S1 0.6502 – 11Sep/2018 low – Medium
  • S2 0.6500 – Psychological – Strong

NZDUSD – fundamental overview

Overall, the New Zealand Dollar is trying its best to work its way out from another fresh 2.5 year low this week, on the back of broad based US Dollar declines from softer US inflation readings and another round of US tariffs on China encouraging the US administration’s soft Dollar policy. Looking ahead, risk sentiment will be monitored in light of the latest tension around the global trade outlook, though we also get a GDT auction and US NAHB house prices.

US SPX 500 – technical overview

A market that has been extended on the monthly chart is at risk for a major correction, with the possibility for a massive double top formation. Any rallies should now continue to be very well capped around the record high from January, in favour of renewed weakness back below the 2530 area yearly low (double top neckline) and towards a retest of strong longer-term resistance turned support in the form of the 2015 high at 2140. Only a weekly close above 3000 would negate the outlook.

  • R2 2950 – Psychological – Strong
  • R1 2918 – 29Aug/Record – Medium
  • S1 2865 – 7Sep low – Medium
  • S2 2846 – 22Aug low – Strong

US SPX 500 – fundamental overview

Stocks have been bid right back to record highs in recent weeks, though investor immunity to downside risk is not as strong these days. The combination of Fed policy normalisation, US protectionism, ongoing White House drama and geopolitical tension are all warning of capitulation ahead, despite this latest run. The Fed has also finally acknowledged inflation no longer running below target in 2018, something that could very well result in less attractive equity market valuations given the implication on rates. We recommend keeping a much closer eye on the equities to ten year yield comparative going forward, as this could be something that inspires a more aggressive decline in this second half of 2018.

GOLD (SPOT) – technical overview

Despite a recent run of of declines, the overall outlook remains constructive, with the market in the process of carving out a longer term base off the 2015 low. Look for any additional weakness to be well supported above 1150 on a daily close basis, in favour of the next major upside extension back towards critical resistance in the form of the 2016 high at 1375. Key resistance comes in at 1236, with a push back above to strengthen the outlook.

  • R2 1266 – 9Jul high – Strong
  • R1 1236 – 26Jul high – Strong
  • S1 1188 – 11Sep low – Medium
  • S2 1160 – 16Aug/2018 low  – Strong

GOLD (SPOT) – fundamental overview

The yellow metal continues to be well supported on dips with solid demand from medium and longer-term accounts. These players are more concerned about exhausted monetary policy, extended global equities, political uncertainty, systemic risk and trade war threats. All of this should keep the commodity well supported, with many market participants also fleeing to the hard asset as the grand dichotomy of record high equities and record low yields comes to an unnerving climax.

BTCUSD – technical overview

The downtrend remains firmly intact, with the next lower top now sought out around $7,000 ahead of a retest and break below the current yearly low. Only a push back above $8,500 would ultimately negate and force a bullish structural shift, while below the yearly low could open a more intensified decline towards the September 2017 low around $2,975.

  • R2 7,405 – 4Sep high – Strong
  • R1 6,985 – 6Sep high – Medium
  • S1 6,110– 8Sep low –Medium
  • S2 5,860 – 14Aug low  – Strong

BTCUSD – fundamental overview

Overall, bitcoin is doing its best to try and hold up above $6,000 in 2018 after undergoing a massive decline off the record high from December 2017. At the moment, the market has found some stability around the $6,000 barrier, with buyers stepping in on the view that the regulatory challenges will eventually work themselves out, leaving a very bullish picture for a technology with tremendous potential.

BTCUSD – Technical charts in detail

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ETHUSD – technical overview

The market remains under pressure in 2018, extending its run of intense declines to fresh 2018 lows. The next level of major support comes in around $160, which goes back to the low from July 2017. Daily studies are however oversold, which could warn of a bigger corrective bounce before the next downside extension and bearish continuation. It would take a break back above $321 to officially take the pressure off the downside.

  • R2 321 – 18Aug high – Strong
  • R1 247 – 6Sep high – Medium
  • S1 167 – 12Sep/2018 low – Medium
  • S2 158 – July 2017 low  – Strong

ETHUSD – fundamental overview

We’ve been seeing quite a bit of weakness in the price of Ether in 2018 and there is still legitimate risk for deeper setbacks, given technical hurdles within the Ethereum protocol, ongoing regulatory challenges and a global macro backdrop exposing risk correlated projects on the Ethereum blockchain. Meanwhile, monetary policy normalisations around the globe and an anticipated reduction in global risk appetite are placing a tremendous strain on ERC20 projects that have yet to even produce proper use cases and proof of concept.

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