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Gold, USD, JPY, Oil, Stocks All Screaming Risk Off

Gold, USD, JPY, Oil, Stocks All Screaming Risk Off

2016-02-24 12:38:00
Christopher Vecchio, CFA, Senior Strategist
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- EUR/USD being sucked into 'Brexit' vortex as existential crisis unfolds.

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Buckle up: cross-asset moves are suggesting that more market turbulence is ahead. Both the Japanese Yen and the US Dollar are pacing the leaders today, but there are alarming concerns going on across the globe.

Precious metals are outperforming on the day (Gold is testing a breakout to the topside - see chart 1 below) while energy markets are dipping lower (Crude Oil hasn't been able to clear out the crucial $35 level - see chart 2 below). Commodity markets are signaling growth concerns and the viability of any policy response, and equity markets are turning lower as a result.

Chart 1: Gold H4 Chart (December 3, 2015 to February 24, 2016)

Gold, USD, JPY, Oil, Stocks All Screaming Risk Off

Chart 2: Crude Oil (USOIL) Daily Chart (December 2014 to February 2016)

Gold, USD, JPY, Oil, Stocks All Screaming Risk Off

European markets aren't faring much better, with EUR/USD pressing towards $1.0900 and GBP/USD dropping below $1.3900. The contagion of a 'Brexit' is spilling over to a full blown existential crisis for the Euro-Zone: if Britain can renegotiate its status, why not anyone else? The clearest example of this unfolding is in EUR/CHF - so it's time to pay attention to Europe more closely (chart 3 below). Both EUR/CHF (bearish rising wedge) and USD/CHF (ascending triangle failure) (chart 4 below) are suggesting that the next wave of risk aversion regarding the Euro-Zone crisis is being revived.

Chart 3: EUR/CHF Daily Chart (February 2015 to February 2016) - Bearish Rising Wedge

Gold, USD, JPY, Oil, Stocks All Screaming Risk Off

Chart 4: USD/CHF Daily Chart (November 2014 to February 2016) - Ascending Triangle Failure

Gold, USD, JPY, Oil, Stocks All Screaming Risk Off

See the above video for technical considerations in EUR/CAD, GBP/CAD, EUR/CHF, AUD/USD, EUR/USD, GBP/USD, and the USDOLLAR Index.

Read more: Several EUR-, GBP-crosses Testing Breakout Levels

--- Written by Christopher Vecchio, Currency Strategist

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