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Trading the Majors (Oct. 3, 2017)

Trading the Majors (Oct. 3, 2017)

2017-10-03 18:30:00
James Stanley, Strategist

Trading the Majors (October 3, 2017)

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- In this webinar, we used price action to look at macro markets ahead of this week’s Non-Farm Payrolls report (to be released on Friday). As we came into this session, the U.S. Dollar had shown a steady stream of strength in the weeks’ prior, and this helped to denominate the discussion.

- We started off by looking at the U.S. Dollar via ‘DXY’. The Dollar continued the recent short-term move of strength, but with prices remaining below the key resistance zone that runs from 94.08-94.30, the longer-term bearish trend remains intact. This week sees a couple of US-based pressure points, but the big one is on Friday with the release of September Non-Farm Payrolls. Already, expectations are super low due to the devastating impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

- We then moved over to EUR/USD, which continues to grind in the longer-term support zone that we’ve been following. The big question here is when bulls return, or whether we’re headed for a deeper retracement. We outlined a couple of approaches based on how aggressively/conservatively a trader may want to treat the move.

- We then looked at GBP/USD, which is still driving lower in the short-term bearish move. This is coming very close to the 50% retracement of that August-September bullish ramp, and we may see deeper lows before the bigger-picture bullish trend is ready to return. The key zone of interest here is 1.3117-1.3187, as each of these prices are derived from longer-term Fibonacci studies, and price action remaining above this zone retains the potential for bullish longer-term strategies.

- We then moved over to USD/JPY, which continues to trade above the key zone of support/prior resistance from 111.61-112.43. Current resistance continues to show off of the 113.21-area, and this can be helped to demarcate bullish continuation approaches. Traders can look to utilize inside price action, awaiting a re-test of support in the effort of tightening the initial stop; or, traders can use outside price action by letting a bullish break open the door for current resistance to be used as higher-low support.

- We then looked at USD/CAD, which continues to run in a bullish channel that has just recently crossed the 23.6% retracement of the May-September bearish move. This bullish move can run for a while, and this opens the door to resistance around 1.2660 for those bearish continuation themes.

- AUD/USD appears to be gaining traction on short-side. After being one of the highest-flying majors as the pair ascended above the .8000 psychological level, AUD/USD has turned around and is currently carrying bearish qualities. For USD-strength continuation setups, this could be attractive given the succession of lower-lows that have begun to show on shorter-term charts.

- EUR/JPY is still bullish, but the longer we remain near support the less optimistic bullish continuation appears to be.

- GBP/JPY is becoming interesting for short-side plays, and we discussed a few possibilities in the latter portion of the webinar, before Q&A.

--- Written by James Stanley, Strategist for

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