Will the recovery hold up?

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Today’s report: Will the recovery hold up?

Price action in the major currencies has been subdued in the aftermath of Monday’s carry unwind fallout, while equities have been attempting to recover. The same can not be said for the commodity currencies, with Aussie, Kiwi and Cad all extending recent declines.

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Chart talk: Technical & fundamental highlights

EURUSD – technical overview

The major pair has extended its run of declines off the 2008 high, trading down to a fresh multi-month. But with the downtrend looking exhausted, the prospect for a meaningful higher low is more compelling, with a higher low sought out above the multi-year low from 2017, ahead of the next major upside extension. Only a weekly close back below the psychological barrier at 1.1000 would compromise this outlook. Back above 1.1412 will strengthen the view.

  • R2 1.1286 – 11 July high – Strong
  • R1 1.1250 - 6 August high – Medium
  • S1 1.1167 - 6 August low – Medium
  • S2 1.1100 – Figure – Strong

EURUSD – fundamental overview

The Euro was still comfortable consolidating the latest round of carry unwind gains from Monday's trade war escalation. German industrial production numbers were well below forecast, putting in the weakest showing on a yearly basis since 2009. Still, the single currency remained well supported on dips, given the bigger picture flows. Looking ahead, Thursday’s calendar features the ECB Bulletin and US initial jobless claims.

EURUSD - Technical charts in detail

GBPUSD – technical overview

The recent breakdown below 1.2400 has opened the door for a fresh downside extension towards the major cycle low from 2016 in the 1.1800s. Longer-term studies continue to suggest the market should be looking to start turning back up, though at this stage, the pressure remains on the downside and it will take a break back above 1.2400 to take the immediate pressure off the downside and revive the outlook supporting a longer-term base.

  • R2 1.2250 – 31 July high – Strong
  • R1 1.2210 – 6 August high – Medium
  • S1 1.2100 – Figure – Medium
  • S2 1.2080 – 1 August/2019 low – Strong

GBPUSD – fundamental overview

The Pound didn't do much moving around on Wednesday, still in wait and see mode, since recovering from last week's multi-month low. There was a little downside pressure after Halifax house prices missed, with a -0.2% print versus the +0.3% expected, though this was offset by comments from UK foreign secretary Raab, who said there was a deal to be had on Brexit with the European Union. Looking ahead, absence of first tier data out of the UK on Tuesday, will leave the focus on Brexit updates, global trade and US initial jobless claims.

USDJPY – technical overview

The longer-term downtrend remains firmly intact, with the major pair slowly gravitating back towards a retest of major support in the form of the 2018 and 2019 lows respectively, down in the 104s. Rallies should continue to be well capped below 110.00.

  • R2 107.57 – 2 August high – Strong
  • R1 107.09 – 6 August high – Medium
  • S1 105.50 – 7 August low – Medium
  • S2 105.00 – Psychological – Strong

USDJPY – fundamental overview

Damage control out of China and assurances from the PBOC the Yuan would not continue to weaken significantly have been behind the latest support for the major pair, trading just off a 7 month low. The latest BOJ Minutes revealed the central bank discussing the risks in global markets and the merits of introducing additional stimulus. Looking ahead, the market will continue to focus on global sentiment and developments on the global trade front. US initial jobless claims are the only notable standout on the calendar.

EURCHF – technical overview

The market is trading at its lowest levels in two years, and at this point, it would take a daily close back above 1.1173 to take the immediate pressure off the downside. The latest breakdown below 1.1000 opens the door for the next major downside extension towards 1.0600.
  • R2 1.1064 – 26 July high – Strong
  • R1 1.1000 – Psychological – Strong
  • S1 1.0864 – 5 August/2019 low – Medium
  • S2 1.0834 – 2017 23 June low – Strong

EURCHF – fundamental overview

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, 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 been under pressure over the past several months, but has also been well supported on dips. The price action suggests we could be seeing the formation of a major base, though it would take a clear break back above 0.7100 to strengthen this outlook. In the interim, look for setbacks to continue to be well supported above 0.6700 on a weekly close basis.

  • R2 0.6868 – 1 August high – Strong
  • R1 0.6819 – 2 August high – Medium
  • S1 0.6700 – Figure – Strong
  • S2 0.6677 – 7 August/2019 low – Strong

AUDUSD – fundamental overview

The escalation on the trade war front and weighing impact on the correlated China economy, has not done any favours for the Australian Dollar, which has just sunk to its lowest levels in over ten years. Dealers reported aggressive selling from hedge funds in that last downside move, with weaker Aussie data only adding to the bearish momentum. Looking ahead, Thursday’s calendar features China trade, and RBA Lowe speech and US initial jobless claims.

USDCAD – technical overview

Despite the recent breakdown to a yearly low, the longer-term structure remains constructive, with dips expected to be well supported for renewed upside, eventually back above the 2018/multi-month high at 1.3665. At this point, only a weekly close below the psychological barrier at 1.3000 would compromise this outlook.

  • R2 1.3433– 18 June high – Strong
  • R1 1.3345 - 7 August high – Medium
  • S1 1.3178 – 5 August low – Medium
  • S2 1.3105 – 31 July low – Strong

USDCAD – fundamental overview

Bank of Canada rate cut expectations have risen in the face of all this turbulence on the global trade front, while ongoing downside pressure in the price of OIL has added to Loonie bearishness in recent sessions. An above forecast Canada Ivey PMIs reading failed to factor into price action. Looking ahead, Thursday’s calendar features Canada housing data and US initial jobless claims.

NZDUSD – technical overview

Despite recent weakness, there's a case to be made for a meaningful low, with the market trading back down to medium-term cyclical low territory in the 0.6300-0.6400 area. As such, look for setbacks to be well supported in the days ahead, in anticipation of renewed upside. Only a weekly close below 0.6300 would give reason for rethink. Back above 0.6600 will take the immediate pressure off the downside.

  • R2 0.6589 – 6 August high – Strong
  • R1 0.6500 –  Psychological – Medium
  • S1 0.6400 – Figure – Medium
  • S2 0.6378 – 7 August/2019 low – Strong

NZDUSD – fundamental overview

Kiwi traders were caught off guard on Wednesday, after the RBNZ delivered a surprise decision, opting to go for 50 basis points of cuts over the 25 expected. The central bank didn't stop there, citing slowing GDP and growth headwinds, while talking about the introduction of a full suite of unorthodox policy measures if needed. This resulted in a drop to a 3.5 year low against the Buck. Looking ahead, Thursday’s calendar features China trade and US initial jobless claims.

US SPX 500 – technical overview

There have been signs of a major longer term top, after an exceptional run over the past decade. Any rallies from here, are expected to be very well capped, in favour of renewed weakness targeting an eventual retest of strong longer-term previous resistance turned support in the form of the 2015 high at 2140. The initial level of major support comes in at 2729, with a break below to strengthen the outlook. A monthly close above 3000 would be required to compromise the outlook calling for a top.

  • R2 3029 – 26 July/Record high – Strong
  • R1 2961 – 2 August high – Strong
  • S1 2777 – 6 August low – Medium
  • S2 2729 – 3 June low – Strong

US SPX 500 – fundamental overview

Although we've seen the market extending to fresh record highs in 2019, on the back of the Fed policy reversal, with so little room for additional easing, given an already depressed interest rate environment, the prospect for a meaningful extension of this record run, on easy money policy incentives, should no longer be as enticing to investors as it once was. Meanwhile, expected renewed tension on the global trade front, should continue to be a drag on investor sentiment. We recommend keeping a much closer eye on the equities to ten year yield comparative going forward, as the movement here is something that could be a major stress to the financial markets looking out.

GOLD (SPOT) – technical overview

The recent breakout above the 2016 high at 1375 was a significant development, and suggests the market is in the early stages of a bullish move that follows a multi-month consolidation. The next major level of resistance comes in around 1600, while in the interim, look for any setbacks to be well supported above 1400.

  • R2 1600 – Round number – Strong
  • R1 1511 – 7 August/2019 high – Strong
  • S1 1400 – Psychological – Strong
  • S2 1382 – 1 July 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

Overall, look for additional upside to be limited for now, as the market continues to correct and consolidate, in the aftermath of a major surge in the second quarter of 2019. Any setbacks should be very well supported ahead of 7,000, with an eventual higher low sought out in favour of a bullish continuation back above the 2019 high at 13,748. Only a weekly close below 7,000 would compromise the constructive outlook.

  • R2 13,748– 26 June/2019 high – Strong
  • R1 12,310 – 6 August high – Medium
  • S1 10,000 – Psychological – Strong
  • S2 9,075 – 17 July low – Strong

BTCUSD – fundamental overview

Bitcoin enjoyed a spectacular run in the second quarter of 2019, racing to fresh yearly highs, surging towards 14k, on the back of increased adoption and more openness from the traditional investor community. The news of tech giants now turning towards the world of crypto has invited a higher profile that should be a net positive in the long run. At the same time, it also exposes the ethos to fresh critique from higher ups at the central bank and government levels. The market is also going through a period of technical adjustment after the fierce run up, though we anticipate continued demand from institutional players starved for yield in a world where global equities are now under pressure.

BTCUSD - Technical charts in detail

ETHUSD – technical overview

The market is in the process of a major correction after a surge in the second quarter of 2019. Look for setbacks to be well supported above of previous resistance turned support at 170 on a weekly close basis, in favour of the next major higher low and bullish resumption back towards and through the 2019 high up at 363. Ultimately, only a weekly close below 170 would compromise the longer term constructive outlook.

  • R2 290 – 11 July high – Strong
  • R1 250 – Psychological – Medium
  • S1 191 – 16 July low – Strong
  • S2 170 – 24 February High  – Strong

ETHUSD – fundamental overview

There was a lot more buzz around adoption following the Q2 2019 Bitcoin surge, with many mainstream names coming out in support of blockchain integration. Demand for web 3.0 applications is on the rise, and Ethereum is the blockchain with the biggest front end application potential. At the same time, profit taking in the aftermath of the rapid Q2 appreciation has triggered a healthy period of correction, while critique of the space from the likes of President Trump and Fed Chair Powell, along with worry associated with fallout in the global economy, are stories that could keep the more risk correlated crypto asset weighed down in the second half of the year. Risk off in the global economy is expected to result in Eth underperformance relative to Bitcoin.

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