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FX Technical Weekly: Next Cycle Low for GBP/USD is Early 2017

FX Technical Weekly: Next Cycle Low for GBP/USD is Early 2017

2016-10-07 18:34:00
Jamie Saettele, CMT, Sr. Technical Strategist
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  • EUR/USD – 20 day range is insanely small
  • GBP/USD relationship at 1.0970
  • USD/JPY – watch 105.45 (May low)

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FX Technical Weekly: Next Cycle Low for GBP/USD is Early 2017

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-I’m running out of things to say about EUR/USD. This is a weekly report but I’m showing this daily chart to show that the 20 day range (closing prices) is now the smallest since just before the collapse. The range is a measly .92% right now. The lowest range 20 day range EVER was on 5/5/2014 at just .67%. The top was 3 trading days later. I’m wondering if the initial move out of the current tight range will similarly be a ‘false’ move before a trend takes hold.

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GBP/USD

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FX Technical Weekly: Next Cycle Low for GBP/USD is Early 2017

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-The last update noted that “the importance of the current juncture cannot be overstated. If the July low gives, then there may be no support until early 2017 based on the 96 month (8 year) cycle low count.” That cycle count is shown on this chart. A price level of interest is where the decline from the 2014 high (1.7191) would be equal to the 2007-2009 decline in percentage terms (36% declines). The math produces 1.0970.

AUD/USD

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FX Technical Weekly: Next Cycle Low for GBP/USD is Early 2017

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-AUD/USD remains capped by major slope resistance after finding low earlier in the year at ‘macro’ slope support (see the link to the quarterly charts at the beginning of the report). The bullish breakout level (weekly closing basis) is .7719. Strength through there would signal that a basing process is complete for a move to the mid-.80s. Until then, scope remains for additional range trade with support near .7380 (October and December 2015 highs).

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Weekly

FX Technical Weekly: Next Cycle Low for GBP/USD is Early 2017

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-The last weekly update noted that “Kiwi ends the 3rd quarter at the 1985-1993 line, which has proved an important pivot throughout the decades. Remember, September’s rally was capped by the 2005 high and 2012 low at .7460. While not a monthly key reversal, the September candle sports a long upper wick indicating a good deal of overhead. Near term, .7200 is seen as the pivot.” The drop below .7200 casts Kiwi in a bearish light and focus is on .6900 (October 2015 high) before decent support registers.

USD/JPY

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FX Technical Weekly: Next Cycle Low for GBP/USD is Early 2017

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-Last week’s quarterly updates remarked that “the area around 100 is clearly important too (see lows in 1999, 2000, 2005, 2014, and the 2009 high). In summary, the current level is massive support so don’t be shocked if USD/JPY surprises higher in Q4.” USD/JPY begins the 4th quarter on a positive note, not quite trading back to the September high. The big test for this rally is the May low at 105.44.

USD/CAD

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FX Technical Weekly: Next Cycle Low for GBP/USD is Early 2017

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-There is nothing to add to the USD/CAD comments. “The dynamic with the 55 week average in USD/CAD is interesting. This average was resistance in May and July (hit it again this week). The average was support for the last 3 years so the fact that the average has been acting as resistance warns that a bearish cycle is underway. The target on a break under the May low would be the May 2015 low at 1.1919. Meanwhile, strength through 1.3300 could carry to 1.38 (not my ‘preferred’ view).

USD/CHF

Weekly

FX Technical Weekly: Next Cycle Low for GBP/USD is Early 2017

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-USD/CHF continues to trade on a parallel to the 1985-2001 trendline. The parallel has been resistance since October 2006 on each advance so a break higher would be a game changer and target the trendline near 1.1500. Swissie has also reached an important pivot in time. Q3 is 63 quarters from the 2000 high. The 2000 high is 63 quarters from the 1985 high. The way I see it, the symmetry warns of a shift in conditions; from range to a MOVE. The 2011-2014 trendline remains the trigger for a downside break. Given the long term symmetry, caution is urged as per SNB history.

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