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EUR/USD Entering Turbulence Zone

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By Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboForex

In the nearest future, EURUSD might come under pressure from a couple of factors at the same time. Right now, it is the fundamental background that will determine which scenario will continue and influence the technical aspect.

On Wednesday evening, the two-day meeting of the US Federal Reserve will be over. Investors are barely worrying about the key rate: they are sure that the rate will go up from 1.75% to 2.00%. The Federal Reserve usually makes the range, where the rate is “balancing”, but it’s better to use exact numbers. It is expected to be the second rate increase out of three this year, which were announced by the regulator earlier. However, what happens next is the most interesting part.

It is believed that the comments to be made by the Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell this evening may somehow indicate or hint at the regulator’s further monetary policy. Considering that earlier the labor market showed good numbers and the inflation remained stable, investors can expect everything. What investors want to hear is the fourth rate increase in November or December 2018: market expectations for this move are 75% right now. If the Federal Reserve does provide any information relating to the fourth possible increase, it will be an excellent piece of news for the USD.

On Thursday, the European Central Bank will have another meeting and the situation is quite similar here. Investors are worrying about the things the ECB Governor Mario Draghi may have to say after the meeting. First of all, they are expecting him to tell the financial world if the regulator is really going to close the QE program in September and whether the European economy is ready for this. There have already been several positive evaluations on this topic, but Draghi himself is mum so far.

In case of the European Central Bank, it’s quite clear: if the economy is strong and may improve without the QE program, the program will be closed within specified time. It’s a good signal for the Euro.

Analyzing the movement of EURSUD in the H4 chart over the last couple of weeks, one can consider it as the correction to the upside. After breaking the resistance line of the descending channel, the pair has formed a channel for a new ascending tendency. The short-term technical picture shows an internal descending correction after the price broke the support level of the rising channel. The closest target of this correction may be the support line of the lower projected channel and the current descending channel at 1.1690. To continue the uptrend, the instrument has to break the local resistance line at 1.1795. After breaking the resistance area, the price may continue moving towards the broken support line, which is now a resistance level. The short-term upside target may be close to 1.1877.

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4.5 stars on average, based on 3 rated postsHaving majored in both Social Psychology and Economics, Dmitry went on to continue his education in post graduate. He then worked as a team lead of a tech and fundamental analysis lab in the Applied System Analysis Research Institute. This helped him to acquire all necessary skills and experience to become a successful trader and analyst, as well as a portfolio manager in an investment company. Dmitry is a pro in the financial field who authors articles for various international media. He also holds the position of Chief Analyst at RoboForex.




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Treading the Floods: Cryptocurrency Prices Stable Following Bithumb Attack 

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Cryptocurrencies emerged unscathed Wednesday following yet another security breach of a South Korean exchange, as the market continued to favor a corrective rally for bitcoin and the major altcoins.

Crypto Prices Hold Steady

Bitcoin fell by as much as $200 Wednesday on news of a cyber attack targeting South Korea’s Bithumb exchange. However, the coin quickly recovered and now sits just shy of $6,800, according to data provider CoinMarketCap. Prices peaked at $6,821.56 at 12:34 UTC.

Compared with 24 hours ago, bitcoin’s per-coin value was virtually unchanged.

The ten biggest altcoins by market cap exhibited the same pattern, with prices treading water compared with Tuesday afternoon. The total cryptocurrency market was valued above $290 billion, up from an earlier low of around $282 billion.

Bitcoin and the major altcoins have more or less retained their bullish bias, which suggests that a continuation of the upward trend is likely. Since bottoming last week, coins have rebounded $26 billion.

Bithumb Attack: What We Know

Hackers made off with roughly $31 million in stolen cryptocurrency on Wednesday as Bithumb suffered its third cyber breach in 12 months. The attackers reportedly targeted users’ holdings of XRP, the third-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, by running a series of unauthorized access attempts.

Bithumb was unable to prevent the attack despite spending upwards of 10 billion won ($9 million) on security enhancements. This includes complying with new guidelines for financial institutions requiring 5% of company staff be made up of IT specialists. Bithumb has reportedly exceeded that quota by a wide margin.

The Seoul-based exchange confirmed that it had migrated outstanding crypto balances to cold storage and said it will fully refund affected users. Transactions on the exchange remain suspended for now.

Although news of the attack hit the airwaves on Wednesday, some analysts believe the theft occurred several days earlier as part of Bithumb’s data upgrade. However, the exact cause of the breach remains unclear.

Goldman Sachs Weighs Crypto Trading as an Option

U.S. multinational investment bank Goldman Sachs is considering taking a bigger dive into cryptocurrency by launching a full-scale trading operation, according to COO David Solomon.

“We are clearing some futures around bitcoin, talking about doing some other activities there, but it’s going very cautiously,” Solomon said during an interview in China, as reported by CCN. “We’re listening to our clients and trying to help our clients as they’re exploring those things too.”

Currently, the Wall Street investment giant is clearing bitcoin futures contracts. It has also announced plans to introduce a new bitcoin trading operation, which includes using its own money to trade with clients in a variety of contracts linked to bitcoin.

Institutional traders are awaiting the arrival of custodial services dedicated to cryptocurrency before taking the full plunge into digital assets. To that effect, the San Francisco-based  Coinbase exchange is leading the charge by announcing a new line of crypto custodial services to unlock up to $10 billion in institutional capital.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Crypto Update: Bitcoin Stalls at $6750 as Rally Attempts Fade

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The top coins are trading slightly lower today in early trading, as the rally of the last two days ran into strong resistance. The majors are all holding up above last week’s lows but the short-term downtrend that could have significant long-term implications is clearly intact. The overnight dip was partly fueled by news on yet another possible exchange hack, this time Bithumb, but the losses are limited so far.

Correlations are still elevated between the majors even as relatively narrow trading ranges dominate the market. Trading activity remains low, as the segment continues to consolidate last week’s wild swings, and summer trading conditions are also starting to set in. The total value of the market is hovering around $280 billion, as the rebound failed to hold the capitalization above the $300 billion mark.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin failed to regain the $6750 resistance despite several rally attempts, as it continues to trade dangerously close to last week’s lows and the crucial long-term resistance between $5850 and $6000.  The short-term trading range around the $6350 level is intact, and the coin remains on a sell signal on the 4-hour time-frame. Further resistance is ahead near $7000 and $7350, while primary support is currently found at $6500.

Ethereum Still Strong but Short-Term Picture Shaky for Altcoins

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While the long-term outperformance of Ethereum is still impressive, the other previously leading coins are not ahead of the broader market, and without a clear leadership, a sustained rally is not realistic. The current setup favors at least a re-test of the lows, and possibly another leg higher with regards to the majority of the top altcoins.

Ethereum is trading above the $500 level despite the early selloff today, and the coin is just below the declining trendline, although with several strong resistance levels above the current price, the coin will likely follow the broader market lower in the coming days. Primary resistance is still ahead between $555 and $575, while further support below $500 is found at $450, $400, and $380.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple remains below the $0.54 level, EOS is just above the $10 support, and the most bullish Binance Coin is also drifting lower today, with IOTA’s short-term relative weakness being apparent. Among the long-term laggards, Litecoin, Dash, and Monero are all under pressure, and should they breach last week’s lows, selling could intensify again.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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Technical Update: Gold Continues Sliding, Falls Below Key Support

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On May 17, we discussed gold breaking below the lower boundary of its 4-month, 70-dollar trading range (trading range – $1,300 to $1,370 in Figure 1 and horizontal trendlines in Figure 2 – GLD shown).

Figure 1. Gold Daily Chart

Technical Developments

  • After the initial break below the horizontal trading range, gold found support at the trendline connecting the December 2016 & December 2017 lows (support – green trendline; retest – last green arrow).
  • Over the next couple of weeks, the commodity staged several attempts to move back within the horizontal range however it halted at two major resistances:
    1. Its 200 SMA (white line in Figure 2 and blue line in Figure 1).
    2. The support-turned-resistance horizontal trendlines (lower bright blue and purple trendlines in Figure 2).
  • On Friday (June 15), gold moved below the trendline that had served as support in May and June (green trendline).
  • This week, the commodity has continued to slide, so far, giving no indications that it will quickly recover and move above its broken support.

Figure 2. GLD Daily Chart

Implications

  • Gold’s sharp decline on June 15 confirmed the importance of the green trendline. The break below it is deemed significant, at least in the short-term.
  • Given the break below the 1.5-year support (green trendline) and the lack of major support levels in the $1,240 – $1,280 range, the target obtained from the trading range breakdown is likely to be met (target – $1,230 obtained by projecting the $70-dollar height of the pattern from the point of the breakdown).

Outlook

  • Short-term bearish as long as the commodity remains below the lower of the green trendline and its 200 SMA (currently at $1,308).
  • Neutral with a bullish bias if gold quickly moved back above the green trendline and subsequently above its 200 SMA.
  • Short- and long-term bullish above $1,380, as a break above 2016’s high will activate the previously discussed longer-term upward targets.

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