GOLD Fundamentals (based on dailyfx article)
Fundamental Forecast for Gold: Bearish
are off for a second consecutive week as the commodity rout continued
with the precious metal off by more than 1% to trade at 1155 ahead of
the New York close on Friday. The losses come amid ongoing strength in
the greenback as the EURUSD
drifted deeper into 12year lows. However with prices now coming into a
key area of technical support and major event risk on tap next week, the
short-side of the trade may be at risk near-term.
Disappointing US retail sales data this week cooled
the dollar’s rally temporarily as the weaker print dampened the argument
that lower energy prices would drive more consumer spending. Still, the
Fed remains on course to raise rates later this year as the labor
market recovery continues to approach maximum employment and although
inflation remains subdued, the central bank expects “transitory” factors
to subside in the medium-term. Look for the dollar to maintain its
footing as higher interest rate expectations continue fuel demand with
gold to remain under pressure amid weak inflation and strength in the
policy meeting next week will be central focus for markets with Chair
Janet Yellen and company releasing the updated quarterly projections on
growth, inflation and employment. The subsequent press conference will
be of particular interest as market participants attempt to ascertain
the Feds timeline for normalizing monetary policy. A more cautionary
stance could offer a reprieve to the recent sell-off in bullion which
will open next week just above a critical support zone.
Last week we noted, “bottom line: looking lower while below Friday’s highs with support expected into 1150.” From
a technical standpoint, gold ended a 9-day losing streak on Friday, the
longest in nearly 40years and leaves the precious metal just above a
critical region of support defined by longer-term Fibonacci
relationships as well as the 2014 lows at 1150. This support zone is
backed by 1137. A break below this threshold risks sharper losses for
bullion with subsequent support objectives seen at 1125/30, 1099 &
the 2010 low at 1044. Interim resistance stands at 1172/73 and this
level will serve as our near-term bearish invalidation level with a
breach above targeting trendline resistance off the January highs which
converges on a basic 23.6% retracement of the yearly range at 1185
heading into mid-next week. Bottom line: its downtrend at support- with
major even risk next week likely to offer a catalyst for price action on
either a recovery back into the yearly trendline, or a continuation of
the broader primary downtrend.
The dollar stormed the board, with the euro and the pound standing out as the biggest losers. The Fed decision is the key event in a week that also features rate decision in Japan and Switzerland, employment data from the UK and the US and many more. These are the major events on FX calendar. Join us as we check on the highlights of this week.
The US job market demonstrated renewed strength with a 36,000 fall in the number of jobless claims, reaching 289,000. However, retail sales disappointed, dropping 0.6% in February as harsh weather reduced sales and affected growth in the first quarter. Also consumer confidence slipped. Will the US economy shake off winter slowdown? For the US dollar it did not really matter. EUR/USD reached levels last seen over 12 years ago, with parity seeming closer and also the previously strong pound gave in. The Aussie was supported by jobs data, the kiwi by an upbeat central bank and the loonie was hit by oil. Let’s start,
Nikkei forecast for the week of March 16, 2015, Technical Analysis
The Nikkei had a very positive week over the last five sessions,
pulling back to the ¥18,500 level. By doing so, we found enough buyers
to turn things back around and form a positive candle. With that being
the case, the market looks like it’s ready to go to the ¥20,000 level,
which of course has been our longer-term target yet again. We believe
the pullbacks continue to offer value, and that ultimately we will go
even higher than the ¥20,000 level. The ¥18,000 level below that is
massively supportive, as it was once resistive. We are not interested in
selling this market until we break down way below there. We do not see
that happening anytime soon, so we will simply stay on the sidelines if
we pullback, which of course offers a bit of support at various levels
below. We think that the buyers will look to take advantage of the
liquidity offered by the Bank of Japan going forward, and will do so in
the form of buying Japanese stocks.
The Japanese yen has been looming large in the equation lately, and
as it loses value, it’s very likely that the Nikkei will continue to
respond positively to doing so. We believe that the Nikkei will not only
a ¥20,000, but probably levels well be on that given enough time. We
believe this is more or less a long-term buy-and-hold type situation,
and with that we are essentially in the “buy only” camp. We have no
scenario in which we are willing to sell the Nikkei as long as we are
above at least ¥18,000, and probably even ¥17,000. If we break down
below there, then of course a lot of things have changed, but ultimately
it would take a significant amount of change in the attitude of the
market to have that happen at this point in time. With that, we are
bullish and remain so for the foreseeable future as we can’t even seem
to hang onto losses for any real length of time at this point.
DAX forecast for the week of March 16, 2015, Technical Analysis
The DAX broke
higher during the course of the week, as we cleared to fresh new highs.
That being the case, the DAX will offer buying opportunities every time
it pulls back, and that’s exactly how we are going to approach this
market. We believe that there is massive support below for this market,
which of course will offer plenty of buying opportunities below.
Ultimately though, we believe that looking for value as the best way to
play this marketplace. We are overbought, so being patient will be
necessary for those of you who are not already long.
NASDAQ forecast for the week of March 16, 2015, Technical Analysis
The NASDAQ as you can
see fell hard during the course of the week, as the 5000 level offered
enough resistance the previous week. Ultimately, we feel that the market
should continue to find support though at lower levels. As you can see
on the chart, the 4800 level was previous resistance, so it should now
be support. If we can get some type of supportive candle, we would be a
buyer in that general vicinity, and would also buy supportive candles
all the way down to the 4600 level.
S&P 500 forecast for the week of March 16, 2015, Technical Analysis
The S&P 500 broke
down during the course of the week, as you can see on the chart.
However, we think that the real support is closer to the 2000 level, so
having said that we are bearish for the short-term but recognize that
longer-term traders will have the ability to buy supportive candles
below. Those supportive candles will give us an opportunity to take
advantage of the longer-term uptrend, which of course has been very
steady over the last several months. We have no interest whatsoever in
selling this market.
Gold forecast for the week of March 16, 2015, Technical Analysis
The gold markets
as you can see fell during the course of the week, testing the $1150
level. Because of this, we feel that the market will more than likely
continue to drop a bit this week, as the real support is closer to the
$1140 region. Ultimately, we will have to see what happens at the $1140
level, so for long-term traders this is a market that’s probably best
left alone until we either get a supportive candle there, or break down
below that level on a weekly close.
EUR/USD forecast for the week of March 16, 2015, Technical Analysis
The EUR/USD pair broke
down during the course of the week slicing through the 1.05 level at
the end of the Friday session. Because of this, looks like the market is
ready to continue going much lower, and a break down below the bottom
of the range should send this market looking for the parity level given
enough time. Ultimately, if we rally at this point in time it should
just simply be thought of as value in the US dollar as it is the favored
currency by Forex traders around the world.
EUR/USD weekly outlook: March 16 - 20 (based on investing.com article)
The euro dropped to 12-year lows against the dollar on Friday as
mounting expectations for higher U.S. interest rates bolstered investor
demand for the greenback.
hit lows of 1.0462, the weakest since January 9, 2003 before pulling
back to 1.0496 in late trade, still down 1.31% for the day.
The single currency had already weakened broadly this year after the
European Central Bank unveiled a trillion-euro quantitative easing
program in January.
The euro turned sharply lower after the bank started asset purchases on Monday, pushing euro area bond yields to new lows.
Lower bond yields make the single currency less attractive to
investors at a time when expectations are building that the Fed could
start rising interest rates mid-year.
The U.S. dollar index,
which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket
of six major currencies, advanced 1.22% to 100.32 late Friday, a level
last reached in April 2003.
Sentiment on the euro was also hit by uncertainty over Greece’s
future in the euro zone, after euro area finance ministers rejected
proposed economic reforms put forward by Athens in exchange for more
The euro was also lower against the pound, with EUR/GBP
at 0.7116, holding above the seven-year low of 0.7013 set on Wednesday.
The common currency fell to a 20-month low against the yen, with EUR/JPY hitting lows of 126.91 before easing back to 127.36 at the close.
In the week ahead, investors will be focusing their attention on
Wednesday’s Federal Reserve policy statement to see if it would drop its
reference to being patient before raising rates. Tuesday’s ZEW report
on German economic sentiment will also be closely watched.
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EURUSD Daily Pivot Point Support / Resistance (based on dailyfx twitter account)