John Kicklighter

John Kicklighter

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Fundamental analysis and market themes.
John Kicklighter is a Senior Currency Strategist and head of DailyFX in New York City and San Francisco where he specializes in combining fundamental and technical analysis with money management. Actively trading since he was a teenager, his experience ranges from spot currency, financial futures, commodities, stocks and options on all these instruments for his personal accounts. He holds a Finance and Investment degree from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in New York City.



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Caveats to a EURUSD Break and Questions for S&P 500 Slip After Fed

The Fed has made clear that it is easing up the reigns on normalization, but the favorable turn in monetary policy is being met with the same lackluster response as the seeming turn in trade wars. Wh...

S&P 500 Hit by Trade War Rumors, EURUSD Ready to Break on Fed

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The Fed rate decision on tap Wednesday is arguably this week’s top scheduled event risk. Speculation over rate forecasting is only one facet of this meeting’s critical importance. Why is ...

S&P 500 Shows Little Enthusiasm After ’Break’, Expect Same from EURUSD

The S&P 500 cleared resistance late last week, but there is little appetite to flood in behind the break. EURUSD and GBPUSD seem on the cusp of the same. Should we limit expectations ahead of the...

Weekly Technical Forecast: EURUSD, Dow and Crude Look for Breakouts with Legs

The benchmarks of the financial market have clearly run the extent of the easy recovery from the fourth quarter tumble.

Weekly Technical Forecast: EURUSD, Dow and Crude Look for Breakouts with Legs

The benchmarks of the financial market have clearly run the extent of the easy recovery from the fourth quarter tumble.

Dollar Reverses in Large Range, EURUSD Pressure Builds Towards Break

The DXY Dollar Index suffered its worst week’s performance since August, but the technical picture looks no closure to resolution of its persistently narrowing range. What are the levels to wat...

Charging Dollar, Pound and Euro Breaks from Fed, Brexit and PMIs

The S&P 500 and crude have earned the most technical of breakouts but follow through is all but absent. Technical progress requires fundamental motivation in these markets and the Fed Decision, B...

S&P 500 Makes No Move to Break, Pound Absorbs Another Brexit Delay

The markets are delivering serious unrequited love to traders as the S&P 500 refuses to make something out of its public resistance hold, oil offers no breakout follow through and GBPUSD settles ...

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Breakout hopes are high in the markets as we head into the second half of the week. While most assets are still forming some measure of range, the S&P 500 and GBPUSD have staged at resistance whi...

Weekly Technical Forecast:Weigh S&P 500 Reversals, EURUSD Breaks and Gold Trends

The medium-term measures of activity in the global markets remains remarkably low – especially against a backdrop of heavy swings in 2018 and an overloaded laundry list of fundamental issues. Y...

Dollar Traders On Alert After EURUSD’s 1.1200 Slip Pushes DXY to Ceiling

With considerable help from the Euro via EURUSD, the Dollar posted a dramatic charge this past week to test a key range high resistance. After a Friday retreat, is the Dollar still in a position to e...

S&P 500 Reversal, Dollar Break and Gold Trend Could All Follow a Single Source

This past week was loaded with technical potential between the US indices reversing, EURUSD pressuring 1.1200 support and gold jumping back to the bulls. Are these moves that take hold in fundamental...

A Break Lower for S&P 500 Prices and EURUSD - Are These Trends?

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Volatility and scheduled event risk are a natural draw for traders, regardless of market, analytical approach or time frame. Yet, with volatility comes risk. That’s what defines this week&rsquo...

Weekly Technical Forecast: Dow’s Incredible Climb is Slowing and EURUSD’s Range is Ripe

Volatility continues to drain from the market, cutting down the opportunities to jump start critical breakouts or trends. That is problematic for US indices like the Dow and S&P 500 given the rema...