The euro-dollar is in retreat, but there's an opportunity

  • The unilateral repudiation of the multilateral agreement with Iran and the threat by the US to impose sanctions of countries that continue to do business with Iran carries a much broader threat to the Euro and Euro pairs.
  • The Euro-dollar chart reflects this growing concern with a retreat from resistance and the development of a rapid downtrend.
  • The trend behavior is strong but it is also influenced by short term fundamental factors developing in response to the continued attacks of multilateral treaty conditions.
U.S. dollar, British pound and euro notes.
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U.S. dollar, British pound and euro notes.

The carefully negotiated structure of global rules and trade treaties are being torn down, dismantled and disregarded by the United States which is unilaterally making up new rules and conditions.

This is not a spectator sport. All global markets and currencies are players and collateral damage. The unilateral repudiation of the multilateral agreement with Iran and the threat by the US to impose sanctions of countries that continue to do business with Iran carries a much broader threat to the Euro and Euro pairs.

Coward countries seek capriciously granted, and just as easily withdrawn, exemptions but the damage to the international order of free trade is ongoing.

The Euro-dollar chart reflects this growing concern with a retreat from resistance and the development of a rapid downtrend. This retreat has a downside target near 114.5.

The Euro-dollar chart is defined by long term trading bands. The trend behavior develops within the environment of trading band activity.

Starting in March 2015, the Euro-dollar has traded in a broad trading band. The upper resistance level for the band is near 1.145. The lower level of the band is support near 1.05. The breakout above 1.145 had a target near 1.24 and this was achieved.

The classic application of trading band analysis uses the width of the band and projects this beyond the upper and lower edges of the band to set the next target levels. This value is projected below the upper edge of the trading band to give the downside target near 1.145.

There is a weak support level near 1.16 and traders will watch for some temporary consolidation near this level. It is a weak support level because the 1.16 level has historically not acted as a support level.

Using the same trading band calculation method, a fall below 1.145 has a downside target near 1.05. The Euro-dollar trading inside this trading band from 2015 March until 2017 July so this has a long term and significant influence on the market.

The current fall towards 1.145 is a sharp collapse of the uptrend that prevailed from 2017 July to 2018 March. Traders watch for consolidation to develop near the upper edge of the long term trading band near 1.145.

The current retreat offers short term trading opportunities which can be exploited using the ANTSSYS method to trade the retreat and rally rebound behavior. The trend behavior is strong but it is also influenced by short term fundamental factors developing in response to the continued attacks of multilateral treaty conditions. This trade environment carries a higher than usual level of sovereign or political risk.

Daryl Guppy is a trader and author of Trend Trading, The 36 Strategies of the Chinese for Financial Traders, which can be found at www.guppytraders.com. He is a regular guest on CNBC Asia Squawk Box. He is a speaker at trading conferences in China, Asia, Australia and Europe. He is a special consultant to AxiCorp.

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