14/04/2014: Geopolitical tensions in Ukraine threaten a flight to safety once more with the dollar finding support

Market Overview

After yet more losses on Wall Street on Friday, Asian markets were mixed on Monday. The S&P 500 lost almost another per cent with weak results from JP Morgan, the first of the big banks to report, weighing on sentiment, while the tech-laden NASDAQ came under even more pressure. Focus is once more on Ukraine as the government threatened pro-Russian separatists in the eastern city of Slaviansk with military action. With the UN Security Council holding an emergency meeting today, the situation is certainly not getting any better and this could mean that investor risk appetite takes a knock once more.

Forex trading early in the European session shows the US dollar is finding support and beginning to claw back some lost ground. European equity markets are following the selling pressure from Wall Street with further losses this morning. Trading will be hoping that Eurozone Industrial Production can give them something positive to focus on this morning at 10:00BST, while the US Retail Sales at 13:30BST are expected to show a month-on-month improvement from 0.3% to 0.8% which could also help to support the dollar.

Chart of the Day – USD/CHF

After five straight days of declines on Dollar/Swiss, there are signs of a turnaround. For the past week, the falling 21 hour moving average has been used as the basis of resistance as the sell-off has taken to the lowest since 19th March. With support now in place at 0.8739, the dollar has rallied this morning and a gap higher after the weekend has moved clear of the 21 hour moving average (now 0.8764), which has also now turned higher. Intraday hourly momentum indicators are also improving strongly. The early European trading has been positive for the dollar once more and a move above the overnight high at 0.8784 would open 0.8805, above which opens the minor trading band 0.8823/46.

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EUR/USD

Signs of a correction could be brewing once more. After four strong daily candlesticks last week, a “doji” candle denoting indecision, on Friday has now been followed by weakness on Monday morning. After the weekend break, a gap lower has been seen on Euro/Dollar. The daily chart shows to gap to Friday’s low at $1.3862 as still open and should be filled today, but if the price action merely fills the gap (returns to the gap price but then closes below it which is bearish) and cannot close the gap (return to the price and close above it) then this would be seen as a bearish indication near term. The intraday hourly chart has deteriorated by the move, trading under the 55 hour moving average once more. A breach of the overnight low at $1.3830 would bring the Euro back into the next band of support around $1.3778/$1.3811.

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GBP/USD

The failure to make the move above the key multi-year high at $1.6822 has resulted in a consolidation in Cable. However this consolidation is threatening to form a corrective top pattern. The overnight gap lower below the intraday support at $1.6716 has opened the prospect of a head and shoulders top pattern. The rate has immediately recovered to reject the move, however the pressure could now increase to the downside and any move back below today in European trading would suggest the intent of a correction. The pattern gives an implied move back to $1.6612. Intraday hourly momentum indicators are in weak configuration and with deteriorating moving averages, if Cable is unable to move back above the resistance band around $1.6750 then this downside momentum could tell.

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USD/JPY

The strength of the downside pressure has just reduced in the past couple of days as Dollar/Yen has consolidated and trades at the bottom of the 10 week sideways trend channel. The 144 day moving average can still be considered to be supportive at 101.60, whilst the daily momentum indicators look to pick up once more from a ranging configuration. For signs of a recovery, on the intraday hourly chart, watch for a supported move above the 55 hour moving average which has been resistance over the past couple of sessions. Also a move above 101.71 and 101.84 which have been the last two peaks. The intraday support band is 101.31/39. The intraday momentum indicators are improving although they are still in bearish configuration. For signs of a potentially sustainable recovery there would need ot be a move above the reaction high at 101.97.

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Gold

The gold price complete its 8th consecutive higher low on Friday as the recovery continues. Having now moved through the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of the $1391.76/$1277.29 at around $1321, the upside is now be open for a move towards the 50% Fibonacci level at $1334, whilst the next price resistance comes in at $1342.43. Daily momentum indicators are nicely pushing higher as a crossover buy signal has formed on the MACD lines. The intraday hourly chart shows the uptrend channel continues to pull the price higher as corrections back towards previous breakout highs are seen as chances to buy. The low of the channel currently comes in around $1315, whilst the hourly moving averages are all rising strongly as a combination of the 55 and 89 hour moving averages are supportive between $1315/$1320.

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