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Quarterly Long-Term Outlook: Gold, Stocks, Oil, and the Dollar

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Traders benefit the most when they trade a trending market. Trading markets are known to be notorious in hitting stop losses on either side, unless one enters near the lower or upper end of the range. In order to help our readers trade on the right side of the trend, we have analyzed the four most followed asset classes – the US dollar, the S&P 500, gold and crude oil.

  • Go long the US dollar index (DXY) near the 94 levels with a stop loss of 91.9
  • Remain long on the S&P 500 if it stays above 2400 levels. Go short only if 2400 level breaks down
  • Look to buy gold in July, as August and September are cyclically strong months
  • Avoid swing trades on crude oil, as it is likely to remain volatile and range bound

We have analyzed both the long-term and the near-term charts and provided our recommendations. Read on to find the best sectors to profit from in the third quarter of this year.

The US Dollar

The US dollar has just ended its worst quarter since the third quarter of 2010. The Dollar lost strength as the central banks of other developed nations like Canada and Europe hinted on an end of monetary easing. Additionally, if the economic data weakens, traders will lose confidence that the US Federal Reserve will be able to hike once more in this year. Doubts remain on the promised tax reforms by President Donald Trump.

Weekly Chart

The US dollar has been stuck in a range for the past two and half years. The breakout in November of last year could not be sustained and prices fell back into the range. Currently, the dollar index is in a strong downtrend that can take it to the 94 levels, which can be a good entry point to play for a bounce as the RSI is close to the oversold zone. However, any pullback will face resistance at the downtrend lines, as shown in the chart.

Daily Chart

After reaching the top on January 03 of this year, the dollar index has been in a steady downtrend. The fall gained momentum and the pullbacks were stemmed at the downtrend line, as shown in the chart. The dollar index will remain weak as long as it trades below the downtrend line.

However, between the current levels and 94 on the lower side, the dollar index will find a bottom. It should offer us a good entry point close to the lower end of the range that can be played on the long side with a stop loss placed beneath the lows of 91.9.

How to Trade the Dollar Index

  1. The Dollar has not fallen for three consecutive quarters since 2009.
  2. Hence, we expect the dollar to rebound in the third quarter.
  3. Traders should go long once price nears the 94 levels.
  4. Stops should be maintained below 91.9 levels and a target of 98 can be expected

The S&P 500

July has notched an average gain of 1.5% on the S&P 500 from 1928-2017. However, as the quarter progresses, the results tend to weaken and finally turn negative in September, according to the chart from Yardeni Research.

Additionally, the post-election July has seen an average gain of 2.2% since 1953, according to the Jeff Hirsch, Stock Trader’s Almanac & Almanac Investor Newsletter and a Research Consultant at Probabilities Fund Management, LLC.

Now, how do we see the third quarter panning out?

Weekly Chart

The S&P 500 is rising inside an uptrending channel. Its trend is clearly up. However, it has not pulled back towards the 50 week EMA since end-October. Therefore, a negative divergence on the RSI becomes that much more important. 2453.8 is the level to watch out for on the upside. If this level is broken out, then a move towards 2480-2500 is likely, where the index will again face resistance. Let’s zoom and see the same chart for more insight.

Weekly Chart

The S&P 500 has formed a wedge, which is a bearish pattern. The index is threatening to break below the trendline support. If it does, the index will start the much-awaited correction.

Daily Chart

The daily chart shows that the 2400-2415 level is currently holding up well, however, the index faces selling pressure close to the 2450 levels. We expect the index to start a correction in the third quarter and reach 2320 levels if it breaks below 2400 levels.

How Should you Trade the S&P 500 in the Third Quarter?

  1. As long as the 2400-2415 level holds, go long on dips.
  2. If 2400 level breaks, look to sell on any rallies for a target of 2320.
  3. A swift pullback at 2320 is likely, hence, close shorts at 2320 and wait for the next setup.

Analysts Forecast for the S&P 500

S&P 500 forecast in March poll S&P 500 forecast in June poll
Mean 2394 2444
Median 2410 2460
Maximum 2600 2630
Minimum 2100 2100
No of forecasters 43 51

The details of each forecast can be seen here.

Gold

Traders should look to buy gold on dips in the month of July. But why?

Since 1975-2016, the second quarter has been the worst for gold and the tide turns in the third quarter, which is the best quarter in the year followed by the fourth, as shown in the chart below.

When we dig further, we find that July is a relatively calm month for gold. Activity picks up in August and peaks in September, which has a good history of strong performance, as shown in the chart below.

What can we expect from gold in the third quarter of this year?

Weekly Chart

The weekly chart shows that gold is stuck in a downtrend, bound within the falling channel. It has been attempting to breakout of the channel for the past one year, but has not been able to do so. A breakout from the channel will signal a change in trend. Let’s zoom-in on the chart and then analyze again.

A Closer Look

On zooming, we find that gold has formed an equilateral triangle pattern. A breakout from the triangle has a pattern target of 1600 on the upside, however, 1400 is likely to act as a stiff resistance in between.

On the other hand, a breakdown from the triangle has a lower target of 840, with major supports at 1120 and 1050. So, what can we expect in the third quarter?

Daily Chart

If we look at the near-term charts, we find that gold has formed an ascending triangle pattern. A breakdown of the triangle will signal a range bound action between 1200-1300 levels for the third quarter. The 20 and the 50-day EMA’s have been crisscrossing each other, which

On the other hand, if the yellow metal finds support at the trendline, it is likely to trade higher towards the 1300 levels.

So, How should Traders Approach Gold?

  1. Look to buy gold on dips in July. We expect higher prices in August and September.
  2. First level to watch is 1235 on the trendline. If this level doesn’t break, we should look to buy on any uptick and move above 1250. The stop loss can be placed below 1230 levels and the target price is 1300.
  3. If, however, the trendline breaks, the traders should look to add close to the 1210-1220 range and keep a stop loss below 1190 levels. The first target price will be 1260 and 1300 thereafter.

Though we are positive on gold for the second half of the year, Robin Bhar, head of metals research at Societe Generale holds a different view. He expects gold to average $1225/toz in the third quarter and $1200/toz in the fourth quarter. He points to the Fed tightening, either by means of higher interest rates or balance-sheet deleveraging as the reason for the fall in gold prices from the current levels.

Crude Oil

Crude oil continues to be in a crisis, as the supply glut has failed to resolve even with the production cuts by OPEC and its allies.

The investment banks are scaling back their lofty forecasts given in December of last year and in the first quarter of this year.

A Wall Street Journal survey of 14 Investment banks have forecast WTI to average $52 per barrel in 2017, a decline of $2 from a similar survey in May.

Goldman Sachs has cut its forecast for the third quarter to $47.5 per barrel from an earlier forecast of $55 per barrel. Similarly, Bank of America has cut its sky-high forecast of $70 per barrel to $47 per barrel for the third quarter. Others like Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase and Societe Generale have also cut their earlier predictions. Where do we see crude oil in the third quarter?

Weekly Chart

Crude oil has been trading in a range of $42-$52 per barrel for more than a year. After breaking out of the range in December, oil spent most of the first quarter above the range. However, in the second quarter, it fell to the lower end of the range as crude oil inventories showed no signs of reducing.

In the third quarter, we don’t expect the range to be broken on either side, unless OPEC and its allies decide to deepen their production cuts or Saudi Arabia abandons the production cuts and starts pumping oil.

Daily Chart

Crude oil is not showing any clear pattern to suggest a trade at the moment. The current pullback is likely to face resistance at the 46.71 and at 48.4. The next fall towards 42 levels will be a buying opportunity. However, traders should wait for a successful retest of the lower end of the range before buying.

What is our Advice for Crude Oil?

  1. Range bound trading is likely to continue in the third quarter.
  2. Difficult to swing trade oil unless we get an opportunity to go long near the $44 per barrel levels

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Crypto Update: Coins Extend Weekly Losses as Altcoins Still Glued to Support Levels

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We are having another broadly negative session so far in the cryptocurrency segment, with most of the majors sporting limited losses, and with only a few coins showing relative strength. While the picture is far from being disastrous, we have seen some technical deterioration in the top coins, as Ripple is still bleeding lower, and as Ethereum fell below the $200 price level again.

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The likes of Litecoin, Dash, EOS, IOTA, NEO, and ETC are still weak from a technical perspective, and although some of the minor coins are still faring somewhat better, at least short-term, the overall picture remains overwhelmingly bearish.

Bitcoin’s stability is still a plus for bulls here, but with no sign of meaningful bullish momentum among the top digital currencies, traders should remain defensive even with regards to the relatively stronger coins.


BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The most valuable coin is trading slightly lower amid the segment-wide drift lower, but the $6275 support is still well below the current level, and the volatility in BTC’s market continues to be very low. A move below would warn of a test of the $6000 and $5850 levels, and for now, the short-term sell signal is still in place in our trend model despite Bitcoin’s stability.

The next major support zone below $5850 is found between $5000 and $5100, while resistance is ahead at $6500, $6750, and $7000.

Ripple’s Weakness Casts a Shadow on the Market

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple hasn’t been able to hold last week’s gains, and the coin moved below $0.46 this week, warning of a coming test of the $0.42 level, and a possible resumption of its broader downtrend after its surge in September.

Below $0.42 support levels are found near $0.375 and $0.355, and further weakness could soon lead to a downgrade in our trend model with regards to the long-term outlook, with strong resistance levels still ahead near $0.51, $0.54, and $0.57.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin has been one of the stronger coins so far today, but from a broader perspective, it remains relatively weak and the $51 support level looks more and more vulnerable. A break below primary support would likely lead to a test of the bear market low near $47, with the next major support zone below that found at $44.

The broad declining trend is clearly intact, in the coin and traders and investors shouldn’t enter new positions here, with our trend model being negative on all time-frames, and with strong resistance levels ahead near $56, $59, and $64.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum continues to show relative weakness, and although remained stable in recent days, the broader setup hints on a likely test of the bear-market low. The coin drifted below the $200 level today, but volatility remains low, and trading activity is still very light.

The currency remains on sell signals on all time-frames, even as the immediate outlook is rather neutral, with key support found near $180, $170, and $160, and with strong resistance zones ahead near $235 and $260.

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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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Zcash (ZEC) Price Analysis: Market Cap Growth Continues, More Updates Coming Soon

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  • Zcash moves up to rank 19 on the top cryptocurrencies by market capitalization.
  • The Sapling upgrade just a few days away, as Zcash team suggest there could be more announcements soon.

Zcash (ZEC) continues to jump up the ladder, with its growing market capitalization. Last week it managed to creep into the top 20 cryptocurrencies, by market cap. Most recently, it has now moved up to rank 19. At the time of writing, it is seen at $624.5 million, ahead of VeChain (VET) with $612.6 million.

Countdown for Sapling Upgrade

It is just under 6 days now until the anticipated Sapling upgrade from the Zcash foundation. According to the firm, ‘Activation block 419200 will be mined October 29, 2018 01:31 UTC+00:00 assuming 150 seconds/block.’ The build-up of this is something that has appeared to be very supportive in the elevation of the ZEC price.

The Sapling is a network upgrade that boasts increased efficiency for transactions of which are shielded. They will facilitate broad mobile, exchange and vendor adoption of the Zcash shielded addresses. Zcash’s goal is to also see increased speed with these shielded transactions; it is touted that transactions can be shielded in less than 1 second.

New Announcements Coming Soon?

The Zcash team via their Twitter account have continued to count down their upcoming upgrade, tweeting “Is your product is #Sapling-ready? Or you would like to learn more about supporting the #Zcash Sapling upgrade? Reach out and let’s connect!” Within the tweet, they covered existing Salping-ready services listing; Bithumb, BitGo, Coinomi, Lamassu, Ledger, Suprnova, Trezor and WinZEC. They noted “MORE COMING SOON!” implying there are potential pending partnerships and integrations in the works.

Technical Review – Daily Chart

ZEC/USD daily chart

ZEC/USD bulls are on the hunt for an extended breakout north, as a vital trend line is being tested. A break of the mentioned resistance is seen tracking at $126. If a breach and daily close above, should open to door wide open to some buying pressure. The bulls will be met right away by some supply running from $130-133. As a result, sellers have knocked the price down throughout October, within this territory. Finally, for upside targets, a rally up to $145, would like then come into play. The price last traded here on 28th September.

In terms of support, this is seen all the way back down at $110. A lower supporting trend line can be observed tracking here. This has been active since mid-September. Furthermore, a buying area is noted from $100-95.

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: Reports Indicate National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) is Set to Go Live With xCurrent

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  • Sources suggest National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) are moving closer to going live within Ripple’s xCurrent solution.
  • Despite current XRP/USD selling pressure, a bullish technical set up is still seen as a potential.

National Bank of Kuwait Ready to Use xCurrent

One of the largest banks in the Middle East, National Bank of Kuwait (NBK), is readying to move forward with xCurrent. It is reported this could be in place within the next few weeks. xCurrent is Ripple’s enterprise software solution that facilitates banks to instantly settle cross-border payments, providing end-to-end tracking.

The latest suggested is that the NBK are currently awaiting to receive the green light from the Central Bank of Kuwait. Sources close to the matter, are said to note that NBK are currently preparing for its first transaction with the xCurrent solution. In terms of time frame, the suggestions are for the back end of October, or by early November. These sources are being cited by the newswire, Crypto Briefing.

Earlier this year, in May, the National Bank of Kuwait mentioned Ripple via their official Twitter account. They tweeted, “NBK leads the way in Kuwait in a partnership with RippleNet to offer instant cross-border payments to customers Ripple.” Nothing further on this, from either the NBK or Ripple was noted.

It is important to note that the xCurrent solution does not use XRP tokens, unlike xRapid, which enables banks to send payments using XRP. It can then be transacted back into the appropriate fiat currency by the receiver. On the basis of the above noted, it is likely to have a direct influence on the value of XRP.

Technical Review – 4-hour Chart

XRP/USD 4-hour chart

Despite the consistent downside pressure observed with XRP/USD, a potential bullish technical set up can still be eyed. As seen on the 4-hour time frame, price action has been moving within a bullish flag pattern. The lower support has recently been penetrated by the market bears.

Near-term support eyed immediately at $0.4660-40 area, the below trend line. Further south, a demand zone is seen running from $0.4535 down to $0.4350. This was an area that caught the price during some hard selling at the back end of September. Bulls managed to kick started a recovery at this low area on 25th September. Should this technical set up fail to play out, eyes will then be on $0.4000 for support. Last traded down here on 15th October. Lastly, looking at resistance, this is seen just ahead at $0.4650, upper trend line of the flag. Ahead, there is heavy supply heading into and within the $0.5000 territory.

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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