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Forex Update: Forex Update: Yen and Dollar Surge as New Year Starts With Flash Crash

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Forex Market Snapshot

Asset Current Value Daily Change
EUR/USD 1.1339 -0.72%
GBP/USD 1.2545 -1.48%
USD/JPY 107.59 -2.08%
AUD/USD 0.6921 -0.93%
GOLD 1,288 0.19%
WTI Crude Oil 45.90 -0.93%
BTC/USD 3,885 1.81%

While financial markets were active all day long, as global markets reopened for 2019, things really got heated following the US market close. Risk-off sentiment dominated in Asian and European trading, then bulls got back in control during the Wall Street session, but following a profit warning by Apple (AAPL), markets broke across the globe.

Risk assets got hit hard again, even as the flash-crash was likely caused by forced liquidations in the illiquid environment. Currency markets saw major dislocations, with the already very strong Japanese Yen and Dollar surging against the risk-on complex. Stocks, bonds, and commodities also followed the risk-off move, but currencies saw the highest relative volatility.

While the assets recovered a large chunk of the losses, the chars remain wounded and the fragility of the market is still apparent, and tomorrow, the US ISM Manufacturing PMI and the ADP Employment Report will pose the first hurdle for the rally attempt that started just before the end of the year.

Technical Analysis

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The USD/JPY was headed lower in early trading, dipping below the August low and the 109 level for the first time since June, continuing the trend as we expected. The after-hours flash crash pushed the pair to a 104 handle, before bouncing back towards the 108 level after the spike lower.

With the pair being deeply oversold after two bearish months and the flash crash, new short positions could be risky here, even as we expect the bearish trend to continue due to the likely persistent global bearish shift. Strong resistance levels are now ahead near 108.25, 108.75, and near the 110.50 level, while long-term support if found near 105.50.

Shanghai Composite Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The early negative trend was, in part, triggered by a much worse than expected Chinese manufacturing PMI, which confirmed the recent soft economic releases from the country and pushed the Shanghai Composite towards its recent bear market low. Apple also cited weakness in the country today in its profit warning, and it seems that the global slowdown remains clear.

The index, which has been leading the way lower in the current broad bearish shift, is now very close to starting another leg higher, and with the other lagging markets are also showing weakness, risk assets will likely remain under pressure despite the rally attempts.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The sudden spike in markets had a much smaller impact on the EUR/USD pair, which already had a very active trading day before the after-hours madness. The pair failed near the top of the long-standing trading range, despite the spiking above the key 1.1440 level, and it got close to the 1.13 level too.

While the trading range is intact in the most traded pair, the positive year-end seasonality was only enough for a range-bound consolidation, and the Euro might already be headed for a test of the low near 1.12, even as the short-term picture remains neutral from a technical perspective. With the broader downtrend clearly being intact traders should be looking for short entries on the rally attempts in the pair.

AUD/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The AUD/USD pair, which has been acting weak from the beginning of December dipped below its October low as expected, even before the flash crash that rattled the Aussie-related pairs too. The pair spiked below the 0.6840 support, before rebounding and settling down near the 0.6930 support/resistance level.

Although we remain bearish on the pair from a broader perspective, a rally up to the previous bear market low could be in the cards in the coming week, especially should investors successfully digest the effects of today’s flash crash.

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3 Things You Need to Know About the Market Today: Trade Rally, Pound Pullback, Tesla Worries

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1, Trade Optimism Drives Rally in Stocks, Oil

Shanghai Composite, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The US government is mulling to lift or ease some of the trade tariffs on Chinese goods, at least according to the reports that surfaced yesterday, and although the rumors were promptly denied by the Treasury, risk assets have been pushing higher ever since. Global stocks are trading at 1-month highs, with understandably, the major US indices and China leading the way higher. We expect further gestures by the two sides in the coming weeks, as the talks progress, but a final agreement could still be months away.

The most affected commodities, such as copper and oil are also up today, and but as we noted this weekend, the oversold rally in risk assets is stretched now. Also, even as the weaker global benchmarks, such as the Shanghai Composite have joined the party, the clear economic slowdown and the bearish technicals make the current environment hostile for bulls

2, Pound Retreats After Hitting 2-Month High Above 1.30

GBP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Besides the Trade War saga, the likely delay of the Brexit deadline has been making waves all week long, and Pound bulls seem to like the idea of a possible “soft” deal with the European Union. The currency hit its highest level against the Dollar since mid-November, topping the 1.30 level, while British stocks are also trading near their 2019 highs.

Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to include the opposition parties following Wednesday’s no-confidence vote, but for now, even starting the talks is challenging, even though the government labeled the first talks “constructive”. In any case, with the chances of a no-deal Brexit being low right now, the Pound could enjoy further gains, especially as long as the global risk rally lasts.

3, Tesla Disappoints With Guidance, Cuts Workforce by 7%

Tesla (TSLA), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While it held up very well during the recent tumroil in the stock market, Elon Musk’s crown jewel, Tesla (TSLA) has been down by as much as 8% today in pre-market trading after warning investors that the electric car maker will likely turn a smaller-than-expected profit in the coming quarter. Tesla is struggling to ramp up the production of the Model 3, while also facing difficulties to hit its cost goal with regards to its “mass” product.

With the traditional car makers slowly but surely closing in on the company, and given the looming cash flow issues, the coming quarters will crucial for the Musk. The company just avoided bankruptcy in its early days, and some bears think that the fierce competition and the production issues could lead to a crisis yet again. The company’s workforce skyrocketed in recent years, and today CEO Musk also announced that it will lay off 7%, approximately 3000 workers, to cut costs after the expansion. He stated that,

“We unfortunately have no choice but to reduce full-time employee headcount by approximately 7%, we grew by 30% last year, which is more than we can support, and retain only the most critical temps and contractors (…)”

While today, earnings reports will be few and far between, Netflix (NFLX) will also be in focus after reporting yesterday in after-hours trading, and for now, the streaming giant is also trading lower despite the broad overnight rally in stocks.

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Stellar Price Analysis: Grayscale Announces XLM Based Trust; XLM/USD Stuck Within Bearish Structure

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  • Global digital asset management firm, Grayscale, has announced an investment vehicle based around XLM.
  • XLM/USD is moving within the confinements of a bearish pattern structure, subject to a breakout south.

XLM/USD has been subject to very narrow and choppy trading, which has been going on for the past eight sessions now. Price action is moving within a range-block formation, which is seen across the board with several of its peers. This type of behavior does indicate of some potential vulnerabilities to the downside.

The current consolidation mode taken up came into play after a prior period of range-trading, which saw a deep breakout on 10th January. XLM/USD had plummeted by a hefty 20% to its lowest levels seen since 17th December. Despite the mid-December bull run, which was seen to the end of the month, it has not escaped the bear market. Therefore, bull rallies continue to be sold with some force by the bears.

Grayscale Stellar Lumens Trust

Grayscale Investments, a global digital asset management organization, has announced the launch of an investment vehicle based on Stellar Lumens (XLM). This is aimed at giving investors exposure to the cryptocurrency XLM. It is the sixth largest by market cap, just over the $2 billion mark, at the time of writing.

The asset management company tweeted via their official account, “We are excited to announce two big developments! First, today marks the launch of Grayscale Stellar Lumens Trust! Investors can now gain exposure to the price movement of XLM through a traditional investment vehicle.”

Grayscale’s Managing Director, Michael Sonnenshein, noted that this Stellar product that they have introduced was brought in on the back of investor demand. Furthermore, he details that Grayscale’s push to offer investors exposure to “established blockchain projects with substantial traction and resources.” Sonnenshein lastly concluded by noting he is bullish on Stellar and the real use cases that it brings.

Technical Review – XLM/USD

XLM/USD daily chart. Price action is moving within triangular structure.

Price action is currently moving within a triangular pattern structure. XLM/USD has been trading within this since the start of December. The lower support was tested to the downside on 14th December at around $0.094000-$0.093500 prior to the big bounce. Life kicked back into the bulls, forcing the rally up to the tracking resistance, around $0.131500. Furthermore, the pattern has further been confirmed, with several tests to the lower and upper acting trend lines.

Lastly, in terms of the described structure, it can also be perceived as a bearish pennant formation, which again point to downside. Support is currently tracking around the $0.107000 area, and a failure to hold will see the December low retested to the downside, $0.093500. Immediate resistance can be observed at $0.120000-$0.1215000.

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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XRP Price Analysis: XRP/USD Behavior is Demonstrating Strong Downside Vulnerabilities

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  • Ripple’s XRP was trading up with modest gains in the latter part of Wednesday, just some 0.60%.
  • XRP/USD continues to move within a narrowing range-block formation. The price is subject to a breakout, with risks pointing to the downside.

Recent Price Behavior

Ripple’s XRP is seen holding very modest gains of 0.6% in the latter part of Thursday’s session. Price action remains limited, given the narrow trading range, in which it is moving in. There is a lack of commitment from both sellers and buyers, and as a result a range-block formation can be eyed. XRP/USD has been within the confinements of this for the past seven sessions now. Currently, there aren’t any technical suggestions of the bulls recovering and picking up the mid-December momentum again.

Given the above-detailed price behaviour, risks point to the downside. One of the key reasons for this is XRP/USD moved into consolidation mode after a recent hard fall on 10th January. Prior to the drop, the price was trading sideways, which was seen from 19th December, apart from the freak spike to $0.46 on 24th December. A technical breakout was then observed, as mentioned on 10th January, where XRP/USD dropped a huge 20%. Keeping in mind the described recent journey for the price, similar movements are currently playing out.

Range-block

XRP/USD 4-hour chart.

A breakout is imminent, given that price action is getting tighter. It is worth noting the key levels around this range-block. In terms of the lower support, this should be noted at the $0.3200 mark, the recent low area of 13-14th January. The upper part of this technical formation is eyed at $0.3450, the high from 11th and 14th January.

If the bears manage to force a breach of the above-described, then XRP/USD will quickly be forced to give up the psychological $0.3000 mark. A large area of demand is seen tracking from $0.3000-$0.2500. This has proven to find strong buyers on several occasions – December 2017, August and September 2018.

Furthermore, to see XRP/USD fly the way it has in the past will require a serious amount of upside momentum. Given all of this sideways trading and consolidating, the price is building new areas for itself to have to break down. In terms of upside resistance, this should be noted running from $0.3500 up to $0.4000. Lastly, the price as mentioned earlier, was ranging here between 19th December to 10th January.

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