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Jeremy Wagner RSS Twitter

Head Forex Trading Instructor
Jeremy Wagner

July 31, 2015 My Picks: Short USDMXN
Expertise: Elliott Wave, Technical Analysis
Average Time Frame of Trades: 2 days to 2 weeks

Yesterday, Banco de Mexico (Mexico’s central bank) announced a commitment to sell 200 million USD daily, if needed without a minimum price movement. The bank is looking to keep the exchange rate from spiraling out of control.

With the Fed watchers speculating on a rate lift off, possibly in September 2015, emerging markets like Mexico are under pressure because those capital flows for yield investment get re-routed to the USD. As a result, the bank is playing defense on controlling significant outflows is looking to curb the rapidly increasing exchange rate.

I’m not convinced the Fed rate hike will take place in 2015. Therefore, this story may be exaggerating the price. The COT report suggests net sellers of MXN are at extreme 10 year levels.

Therefore, this presents an opportunity to short the pair using this week’s high as the stop loss level. Wave relationship show up in the 15.00-15.20 area so we are able to lock in a reasonable risk to reward ratio for short USDMXN.

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For those traders who are nervous about shorting the USD, one could consider hedging off the USD by going long USDCAD, short AUDUSD, or short NZDUSD.

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Walker England RSS Twitter

Forex Trading Instructor
Walker England

July 31, 2015 My Picks: Pending Long EURNZD
Expertise: Technical Analysis
Average Time Frame of Trades: 1 Day - 1 Week

Market Condition: Breakout

Target 1: 50% Range Extension 1.7046

Target 2: 100% Range Extension 1.7281

Invalidation: 1.6612

EURNZD 1Day Chart

EURNZD Trading Range

(Created using Marketscope 2.0 Charts)

The EURNZD has advanced as much as 2938 pips from its 2015 low at 1.3881. However, over the last four trading weeks, the pair has been trading in a 469 pip range. If resistance breaks, this could create new breakout trading opportunities back in the direction of the pair’s primary daily trend. Possible targets for a breakout include a 50% extension of the trading range at 1.0746 and a 100% extension at 1.7281.

Alternatively if prices fail to breakout, this suggests the continuation of the current range bound market conditions. This would open up the possibility of prices retracing to the range support at 1.6343.

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Ilya Spivak RSS Twitter

Currency Strategist
Ilya Spivak

July 31, 2015 My Picks: Long USDCAD at 1.2649
Expertise: Global Macro
Average Time Frame of Trades: 1-6 months

I bought USDCAD at 1.2649 and have since booked profit on half of the position. The rest of the trade will remain open to take advantage of any further gains ahead. The stop-loss has been moved to the breakeven level.

Near-term resistance is at 1.3002, the 14.6% Fibonacci expansion, with a break above that on a daily closing basis exposing the 23.6% level at 1.3090. Alternatively, a reversal below the 23.6% Fib retracement at 1.2872 clears the way for a test of the 38.2% threshold at 1.2729.

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Kristian Kerr RSS Twitter

Sr. Currency Strategist
Kristian Kerr

July 30, 2015 My Picks: Short EUR/USD, Pending long USDOLLAR
Expertise: Technicals
Average Time Frame of Trades: A few days to a few weeks

The FXCM US Dollar Index (equally weighted basket of USD versus EUR, JPY, GBP & AUD) failed again last week near the 78.6% retracement of the April – May decline in the 12,050 area. There is some vulnerability in the index the longer it stays below this pivot. However, I would need to see last week’s low around 11,975 give way to trigger a double top on the daily and prime the market for any sort of serious correction lower. Traction over 12,050 would alleviate concerns of a more immediate correction and set the stage for a re-test of the April high.

Still short EUR/USD with a trailing stop now over 1.1100 (closing basis). Will look to add to position on a daily settlement below 1.0800.

Jamie Saettele, CMT RSS Twitter

Sr. Technical Strategist
Jamie Saettele, CMT

July 28, 2015 My Picks: long Yen
Expertise: Technical
Average Time Frame of Trades: days to weeks

June’s USDJPY trade produced a monthly key reversal. The rate has snapped back but a break above the long term resistance confluence (uptrend resistance and the line from the 1995 and 2005 highs) is still needed in order to minimize downside risk. For more, visit SB Trade Desk.

Tyler Yell, CMT RSS Twitter

Forex Trading Instructor
Tyler Yell, CMT

July 27, 2015 My Picks: Bullish USDJPY
Expertise: Intermarket Analysis, Sentiment, General Technical Analysis,Elliott Wave
Average Time Frame of Trades: 1-3 Weeks

Bias: Bullish Toward Channel Top Near 127

Point to Establish Long Exposure: Into Ichimoku Cloud in the 122.18-123.06 region

Invalidation Level: Channel Low & 100-dma 121.55

Target: 127+


The JPY has strengthened vs. the USD ~0.5% on the weekly open after China's Shanghai Index dropped 8.6% to open the week. However, the risk-off sentiment seems to be contained, as is common in clear trends, while technical indicators, specifically Ichimoku & the Andrew's Pitchfork look to provide support.

Looking for a move to the top of the channel on the FOMC announcement later this week. Resistance will be a focal point for many institutions at 124.40 as it has held and allowed USDJPY to print a lower high three times since mid-June.

A break and close above resistance will continue to affirm that upside target of ~127.

Protective stops are placed below the lower median line of the pitchfork and a great deal of force would likely be needed to get there in the form of larger Risk-off sentiment from continued deterioration in global equity and commodity markets.

Shorter-term: if the Tenkan-Sen or Conversion line (9-period midpoint) continues to point higher, the bias will remain bullish. If the Tenkan-Sen (black line on chart), turns south, the immediate view will be neutral for larger bias higher.

Other Key USDJPY Levels of Focus:


* 3rd resistance: 124.38 76.4% Fib Resistance of Corrective Range

* 2nd resistance: 124.19 Lower high & July 23 high

* 1st resistance: 123.57 July 22 low

* Spot: 123.20

* 1st support: 122.92 55-DMA

* 2nd support: 121.55 Protective Stop & 100-DMA

* 3rd support: 120.51 July 8th low & May 5 high

David Rodriguez RSS Twitter

Quantitative Strategist
David Rodriguez

July 15, 2015 My Picks: Sell gold on close below 1150
Expertise: System Trading
Average Time Frame of Trades: 2-10 Weeks

Gold is testing a key trendline as it's remained in 'neutral' territory for its longest stretch since 2010. A breakdown targets a much larger decline and a resumption in the multi-year downtrend. I like getting short on a daily close below $1150 with initial targets at March, 2010 lows of $1040. Max risk on the position would be a daily close back above key trendline support at $1150.

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John Kicklighter RSS Twitter

Chief Currency Strategist
John Kicklighter

June 23, 2015 My Picks: Pending: EURUSD, EURJPY, GBPUSD, USDJPY, NZDJPY
Expertise: Fundamentals and Technicals
Average Time Frame of Trades: 1 Day to 1 Week

Looking across the Dollar, Euro and Yen majors; there are plenty of pairs that look well positioned from a technical perspective. Yet, once again the fundamentals may act as a barrier for follow through. With uncertainty or the focus pushed forward, expectations could pump the break on what looks like otherwise clean technical setups.

For the Euro setups, there are good looking setups; but resolution on Greece - for better or worse - is necessary. EURUSD in particular is in a diminishing wedge below 1.1500, but needs a decisive outcome from the debt standoff to have a fighting chance for follow through. A clear fundamental outcome would be good for either direction, but I prefer a scenario where the deal falls through and it clear 1.1250. The same is true of EURJPY, which could easily clear 138 congestion floor if a Greek crisis proved contagious.

For a Euro long view scenario, one of the better positioned pairs is EURCAD which puts a listless Canadian Dollar against a theoretically motivated counterpart. Clearing a 16-month channel resistance around 1.40 would be the key technical move, but fundamentals are crucial here.

For the Yen crosses, a clear risk view is necessary and we are as lacking of conviction there as anywhere else. A USDJPY move towards 125 on a clear risk appetite drive could be an opportunity but it has a narrow window and dubious support. I'd prefer seeing risk aversion pull down equities and the Yen crosses. USDJPY below 122.50, 121.50 and then 120 are the key stages. I am also partial to NZDJPY given it broke a major neckline on a six-year rise and head-and-shoulder pattern. A staging from a retest at 85.50 or projection below 84 may prove viable levels to work with.

From the Dollar crosses, focus on rate forecasts is still strong but the wait-and-see mentality is not as magnetized to the future as it was last week leading into the FOMC decision. That may ease trend development on pairs that aren't 'distracted' by upcoming event risk. I'm watching GBPUSD as it turns from its 50% Fib of the July 2014 to April 2015 bear phase around 1.5900. Without something to hold it back, perhaps this pair finds follow through more readily.

GBPUSD Turns at Big 50% Fib

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