FOREX PRO WEEKLY REPORT January 27-31, 2014

Emerging market currencies were battered on Friday as global investors scrambled for shelter from a broad financial markets sell-off by buying dollars, yen and Swiss francs. The Japanese yen surged to a seven-week high against the dollar, while the Swiss franc touched a four-week peak against the euro as U.S. stocks tumbled and safe-haven Treasuries gained.
“The adjustment process is showing through in emerging market FX rates, particular those of Turkey and Argentina,” said currency strategist Mark McCormick at Credit Agricole in New York. “The G10 currencies, especially the yen, are benefiting.” Global investors remain firmly risk-averse; the sell-off in emerging markets this week, triggered in part by the steep decline in the Argentinian peso, has fuelled renewed concerns about the eventual withdrawal of liquidity as the Federal Reserve tapers its quantitative easing program,” said Samarjit Shankar, director of market strategy at BNY Mellon in Boston.
The dollar fell to a seven-week low of 101.98 yen and was last at 102.24, down nearly 1 percent, while the euro slid to 1.2222 francs, it’s weakest since Dec. 18. The euro last traded at 1.2235 francs, 0.4 percent lower.
The euro was down 0.1 percent versus the dollar at $1.3679 , having jumped 1.1 percent on Thursday, stalling ahead of resistance at $1.37. Both the dollar and euro fell as much as 1 percent against the yen , pressured as well by signs of a slowdown in China and broad expectations of a tightening of monetary conditions this year by some central banks.
Amid a jumbled start to the year for major currency markets, analysts believed money was set to drain out of emerging market economies. Supporting this view, investors have bid strongly for a flurry of large bond issues in the euro zone this month. That helps explain why, along with lackluster U.S. data on Thursday, the year’s other big bet of a stronger dollar against the euro has yet to materialize. “European assets have become a sort of safe haven for investors,” said Alvin Tan, currency strategist at Societe Generale in London. Data published on Thursday showed the euro zone current account surplus hit a record high in November. More broadly, the banking and debt crisis that began in 2007 finally appears to be easing in Europe, and this year should see central banks begin to reel in some of the enormous volumes of cash they have pumped into the world economy.
In other currencies, the Australian dollar fell to US$0.8658, its lowest in 3-1/2 years after Reserve Bank of Australia board member Heather Ridout was reported as saying the currency had not fallen enough and that the currency at 80 U.S. cents would be a “fair deal” for the economy. Sterling has also done well in January, surging to its highest against the dollar in almost three years on Friday on speculation the Bank of England could raise interest rates before the end of the year. But it ended off 0.75 percent in New York at $1.6504.

Although volatility inside the week was significant, on monthly time frame price has changed just for few pips. But recent price action confirms our suggestion that until market stands above 1.33 and coiling around current levels – nothing clear about possible direction. As upward breakout as downward reversal could happen.
On monthly time frame January candle is still an inside one for December and has not made any impact on overall situation yet. Although price has started some downward move recently it has not reached YPP=1.3475 We know that price always gravitates to pivot and Yearly pivot should play its role sooner or later.
If we will follow to market mechanics, we’ll see that currently market should not show any solid retracement down. Any move of this kind should be treated as market weakness and it will increase probability of reversal down. Take a look that as market has hit minor 0.618 AB-CD extension target right at rock hard resistance Fib level and Agreement and former yearly PR1, it has shown reasonable bounce down and now it has tested it again. As retracement after 0.618 target already has happened, it is unlogical and unreasonable to see another deep bounce and it will look suspicious. Right now market still stands on the edge here. From one point of view price has failed to break up, but from another one – it still stands very close to previous highs. As we’ve seen on lower time frames – price has shown fast and drastical reversal. By following logic that we’ve mentioned above, this reversal has chances to become the starting point of upward continuation in big scale.





Despite all positive recent USD data action on EUR does not suggest yet total and final reversal. Price still coiling around edge point and currently chances exist as for upward breakout as for downward reversal, although in recent time downward direction has become dominate. To rely on direction whatever it will be, we need to get clear patterns that could confirm it and point extended targets for us. But we do not have them yet.
Until this will not happen, we probably will have to deal with scalp fast trades on daily chart and lower ones. Thus, approximately we can assume that move above current highs will suggest upward continuation, while breakout below 1.33 will be first sign of possible downward reversal on long-term charts.
Recent upward action stands in contradiction with market mechanic of weekly bearish engulfing pattern and could become starting point of move to weekly extended targets. But first we need to get confirmation of reversal on lower time frames – market should show upward continuation on 4-hour chart and may be to complete the shape of reverse H&S pattern. If market will do this, we will shift to next step of big weekly move. Invalidation point for current upward reversal is recent lows on daily chart. Only if market will move below them we could start to discuss bearish setups again.


The technical portion of Sive’s analysis owes a great deal to Joe DiNapoli’s methods, and uses a number of Joe’s proprietary indicators. Please note that Sive’s analysis is his own view of the market and is not endorsed by Joe DiNapoli or any related companies.



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