EUR/USD: real weakness of the greenback or vain hopes for progress in the negotiations?

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In recent weeks, the greenback has shown quite an impressive rally. However, an ambiguous statistical data from the United States, and then positive news about the trade negotiations between Washington and Beijing, then forced it to switch to defense mode against most of the currencies from the G10.

Against the background of improving global risk appetite, the EUR/USD pair fell to the bottom of the level of 1.1250, recovered above the level of 1.1300 and today is trying to gain a foothold above this mark.

Last week, the dollar received the main blow from the internal statistics, which turned out to be significantly worse than the forecast values. In particular, in December, retail sales in the United States declined at the fastest rate in almost a decade, which has led to renewed talk about preparing for a slowdown in the US economy and the best times for the greenback are over.

It is assumed that this week a weak report on retail sales will continue to put pressure on the dollar, especially since the minutes of the Fed's January meeting, which will be published this Wednesday, are likely to confirm the regulator's intention to maintain a wait-and-see position in March.

At the same time, the main negative factor for the single European currency is the fact that the ECB and the European Commission have recently revised downward forecasts for GDP growth and inflation in the region, which in turn postpones the ECB interest rate hike to a later date. In addition, there is still tension on the political scene: the UK's uncontrolled exit from the EU is still on the agenda. Investors are not optimistic about the possibility of introducing trade duties on European cars from the United States.

Currently, positive market expectations regarding the course of trade negotiations between the US and China are the main factor supporting the euro.

Last Saturday, US President Donald Trump announced significant progress in this direction.

It should be noted that previously something similar could already be observed. One can only hope that the White House's comments on the "good pace" of the talks (which, by the way, only two weeks are left) are a sign of a real breakthrough, not false promises.

Thus, to some extent, the further growth of the EUR/USD pair will depend on whether the parties enter into a trade agreement or the United States will extend the deadline for signing it.

However, according to experts, the "bulls" on the euro are not particularly counting on anything, since only a breakthrough above the mark of 1.15 will be a sign of upward dynamics.

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Trading recommendations for the currency pair GBPUSD - placement of trading orders (February 18)

At the end of the last trading week , the currency pair Pound / Dollar showed a high volatility of 112 points. As a result, it had a full-fledged working out of the predicted level and a corrective movement. From the point of view of technical analysis, we have the execution of the previously set forecast, wherein the price still managed to find a pivot point in the surface of the level 1.2770. After the correction phase came, it rolled back to a periodic value of 1.2920. What was the reason for this kind of amplitude? Of course, we can say that there was a technical correction, which we had been waiting for a long time, and this might be true, but you should not forget about the news and news background, which made a significant contribution to this correction. Meanwhile, we have a fairly wide news flow on Friday, wherein the British retail sales statistics first come out, which surprised the market with its growth: Prev. 3, 1% ---> Forecast 3.4% ---> Fct. 4.2%. This news has already set the inertial course for buyers. After that, there is a statistics on industrial production in the United States, where there is a decline from 4.1% to 3.8. Along with that, data on retail sales in the United States was released on Thursday (from 4.1% to 2.3%). Thus, we have a pretty strong negative background on the dollar. Now, we understand why this kind of movement has taken place.

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Today, in terms of the economic calendar , we have a lull, there is no news, and the States are celebrating the "Presidential Day" holiday. Therefore, trading volumes can be reduced. Of course, in the absence of news, you should not forget about the information background, which is always enough around Brexit. For example, on weekends, Prime Minister Theresa May sent a letter to the members of the Conservative Party, in which she urged them to rally in front of Brexit. "Without an agreement on withdrawal, we run the risk that there will be a force in parliament that will stop Brexit completely," the letter says from May. Now, Theresa May intends to return to Brussels for the next discussion with Jean-Claude Juncker, where she will persuade him to make at least some changes to the agreement once again.

Further development

Analyzing the current trading chart, we see how the quotation with positive accuracy reached a periodic level of 1.2920, which previously played the role of a pillar in the market. It is likely to assume that the quotation will try to slow down in an attempt to work out this level in a downward direction. In return, traders try to consider both variations at once. The first one is to rebound from the level, while the second will be a possible breakdown in case of fixation above.

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Based on the available data, it is possible to break down a number of variations. Let's consider them:

- Positions to buy, as we said in the previous review, traders considered buying positions from a slowdown of 1.2770, and when all predicted coordinates were reached. Now, traders monitor the level of 1.2770 for breakdown. And in the case of a clear price fixing above, with the preservation of bullish interest, long positions can resume.

- We consider selling positions in the case of mining level 1.2920, lower than 1.2890. Perspective 1.2850--1.2800 --- 1.2770.

Indicator Analysis

Analyzing the different sector of timeframes (TF ), we see that there was a downward interest against the background of the primary level of 1.2920 in the short term. On the other hand, intraday perspective focuses on the recent corrective movement while the medium term perspective maintains a downward interest against the background of the market.

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Weekly volatility / Measurement of volatility: Month; Quarter; Year

Measurement of volatility reflects the average daily fluctuation, with the calculation for the Month / Quarter / Year.

(February 18 was based on the time of publication of the article)

The current time volatility is 31 points. If stagnation occurs at the level of 1.2920, then the volatility will be fixated on a small amplitude. But in the case of a test or breakdown, we can see an increase in in volatility to the daily average.

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Key levels

Zones of resistance: 1.2920 *; 1.3000 ** (1.3000 / 1.3050); 1,3200 *; 1.3300; 1.3440 **; 1.3580 *; 1.3700.

Support areas: 1.2770 (1.2720 / 1.2770) **; 1.2620; 1.2500 *; 1.2350 **.

* Periodic level

** Range Level

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EUR/USD: the next resistance level is 1.1370

The dollar index goes down, while the euro rises in price for almost all currency pairs: the first trading day of the week continued the trend from Friday, when the EUR/USD pair rebounded from the annual low and restored all lost positions. Today, the downward price dynamics have continued.

The main driving force behind the EUR/USD's price growth is the news background on the prospects for trade relations between the US and China. Let me remind you that this week the parties will resume the negotiation process, which may culminate in the conclusion of a "truce" between the two countries. To be more precise, the parties can only come to a framework agreement, where only the main positions of the future document will be indicated. This "letter of intent" will form the basis of a future deal, the details of which will be discussed between the leaders of the People's Republic of China and the United States during a personal meeting.

Over the weekend, Donald Trump said that "great progress" had already been made on the issue of concluding a trade deal, and he is optimistic about the prospects for the upcoming talks. A similar position was voiced by the leader of China Xi Jinping. According to him, the parties managed to achieve significant success in resolving trade disputes. In unison with their leaders, the negotiations and high-ranking officials, in particular, the US Treasury Secretary, the US Trade Representative, and the Vice-Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, Liu He, appreciated the negotiations.

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Such optimism was reflected in market sentiment. The US dollar, which is usually in demand against the backdrop of increasing global problems, began to actively slow down. The dollar index moved away from local highs in the area of 96.9, not finding the strength to test the 97th figure. And although the decline in this indicator is fairly smooth, the causal link is obvious: the closer Beijing and Washington are to the deal, the weaker the position of dollar bulls.

However, the EUR/USD did not increase only because of this factor. The Brexit theme also concerns traders of the pair, given the approaching deadline. It is worth noting that the news flow regarding the prospects of the "divorce process" does not always affect the pair (unlike the pound, where this topic is in indisputable priority). The single currency reacts to Brexit news mainly when the parties closely approach the red lines of the negotiation process. This week Theresa May will hold talks with the EU leadership (in particular, with Juncker) and with the leaders of the EU countries.

The central issue is the regime of the Irish border, namely, the mechanism of the backstop, which is the main irritating factor for the majority of British deputies. During the weekend there were rumors that the representatives of France offered Brussels to make some certain concessions on this issue, so that the negotiations would move from a dead point. Although journalists later denied this information, traders are still optimistic about the future, in the hope of a long-awaited compromise on the backstop issue. The European currency follows the pound, although at the moment there are no significant reasons for the price increase: there are a lot of rumors around the upcoming talks, which sometimes contradict each other.

In such circumstances, it is impossible to make any clear predictions, so this fundamental factor can not be called reliable. By the way, a UK government spokesman said today that following a European voyage by the prime minister, the Cabinet could change the terms of the deal or even delay Brexit. This suggests that London doubts that Theresa May will be able to convince her colleagues that the terms of the deal need to be revised. But traders are still inclined to believe optimistic rumors, so both the pound and the euro show a positive trend.

The Bundesbank report published today also provided indirect support to the EUR/USD pair. Recently, news from Germany does not please investors: economists of the German government revised the forecast of GDP growth downwards, and macroeconomic indicators for December and January were released in the "red zone".

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The report of the German central bank also acknowledged the slowdown of the main parameters of the national economy. But at the same time, members of the regulators stressed that they did not observe any signs that a slowdown in GDP growth would turn into a decline in the economy. Such an unexpected conclusion was supported by the European currency, especially against the background of Monday's nearly empty economic calendar. During the European session, the Bundesbank report became the only more or less significant source of news, while the American sites are closed today on the occasion of the celebration of Presidents Day.

Thus, the euro-dollar pair has the potential for further correctional growth: today, the price tested the first resistance level of 1.1340 (the Tenkan-sen line on the daily chart). If the pair bulls overcome this barrier, they will approach a stronger level - 1.1370 (the middle line of the Bollinger Bands on the same timeframe).

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AUD/USD. The aussie will go through a busy trading week

The AUD/USD pair shows mixed dynamics this month. In early February, the bears interrupted the price growth and pulled it down by more than 200 points. However, they failed to overcome the mark of 0.7000, and was followed by a corrective pullback, which subsequently received its continuation. As a result, the pair recovered almost all lost positions and is now trading in the mid-71st figure.

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This week, the aussie will trade in conditions of increased price turbulence. There are many reasons for this. First, the minutes of the last RBA meeting will be published on Tuesday. A little later on (Thursday) we will learn the data on the growth of the Australian labor market. The head of the Reserve Bank of Australia Philip Lowe, who will speak in the country's Parliament on Friday, will report to the members of the Standing Committee on Economics of the House of Representatives, can also give impetus to the pair. The very theme of the presentation suggests a broad assessment of the current situation, so the market will respond to this speech accordingly. And in the end, the traders of the pair will keep track of the main political theme of the week: we are talking about the next (according to some information – the final) round of talks between Beijing and Washington.

All these fundamental factors will have a significant impact on the dynamics of AUD/USD, so each of them should be discussed in more detail. So, tomorrow we will know the text of the minutes of the last RBA meeting. Here it is worth recalling that traders actually ignored the results of this meeting. Contrary to pessimistic expectations, the regulator reacted rather restrained to the current economic situation. So, on the eve of the meeting, many analysts warned that the central bank will significantly reconsider its position on the country's GDP growth this year (up to 2.8% and below), but these fears were not justified: the regulator reduced the forecasts of economic growth to 3% from the previous forecast of 3.5%.

This fact even made it possible for the pair's bulls to claim an increase in price, but after a few days, such intentions were crossed out by the head of the RBA, who voiced too pessimistic comments. He acknowledged the heightening of both external and internal risks. The trade war between China and the United States could flare up with a new force in spring, pulling the world economy and the commodity market. Ascertaining this fact, Lowe stated that the regulator can react to external circumstances accordingly, and the option of lowering the interest rate cannot be ruled out.

It is worth noting here that earlier in the text of the accompanying statement of the RBA, there was a phrase that "the next action relative to the interest rate will most likely be upwards". Now the reverse option is not excluded. That is why the minutes of the last meeting of the Australian central bank in this case is quite significant. If the majority of the members of the RBA share the point of view of their "chief", then the aussie will once again fall under a wave of selling.

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The dynamics of the labor market can also have a significant impact on the aussie. The unemployment rate should remain at the same five-percent mark, but the increase in the number of employees will decline slightly (relative to the previous month) to 15.2 thousand. The Australian dollar will again be under pressure if the real result is different from the forecast (especially downward). Here it is necessary to carefully look at the structure of indicators. The fact is that employment growth in December was entirely due to part-time hiring. But full employment, on the contrary, decreased by three thousand, continuing the negative trend. This factor adversely affects the dynamics of wage growth, since full-time positions offer a higher wage level. If a similar dynamic takes place in January, then even a low level of unemployment will not save the aussie from a pressure of being sold.

Despite the fact that risks of resuming the downward trend is quite high, short positions on the pair should be treated with extreme caution, especially if the price approaches the psychologically important level of 0.7000. This is due to the US-China trade negotiations, the next round of which will be held this week in Washington.

The priority of this fundamental factor for the aussie is unconditional - the Australian economy is too dependent on the Chinese, so any positive signals from the fields of the negotiation process will push the pair up, regardless of the results of macroeconomic reports. Donald Trump shows unusual optimism about the upcoming dialogue - and if his expectations are met, then the fundamental picture for most currency pairs will change significantly, and above all - for the AUD/USD pair. Because of this factor, you must not forget about the "foot".

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Thus, on the approach to the "round" mark of 0.70, there is a strong support level of 0.7030 - at this price point the lower line of the Bollinger Bands coincided with the upper boundary of the Kumo cloud (on the daily chart). But the resistance level is the mark of 0.7280 - this is the upper line of the Bollinger Bands on the same timeframe.

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GBP/USD. 18th of February. Results of the day. A correctional growth for the British pound

4-hour timeframe

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The amplitude of the last 5 days (high-low): 54p - 98p - 77p - 117p - 113p.

Average amplitude for the last 5 days: 92p (98p).

The British pound sterling moves up with minimal volatility on the first trading day of the new week. Today is President's Day in the United States, calendars, news, it's absolutely empty for both the US and the UK. There are no new posts on the topic of Brexit. Data regarding the introduction of a state of emergency in the United States and a possible new "shutdown", have no effect on the dollar as of yet. For the British pound, the current upward correction is one of the few chances to improve its position. As we have repeatedly said, there were no fundamental reasons to strengthen the British pound. Moreover, so far, we have not even seen the light at the end of the tunnel. At the end of last year, we assumed that for the British currency, the days of certainty come after two years of absence thereof. However, experience has shown that it has been a month and a half of 2019, and "things are still there". It is still unclear whether the agreement between the EU and the UK will be signed and when will Brexit take place? The whole process lasts for more than two years, and the final date of March 29 can be easily postponed. The most surprising and discouraging fact is that it might be postponed for about a year. That is, the whole procedure will be delayed for another year. Here we are not even talking about the pound, but about the fact that the UK will remain in limbo for another year, which is unlikely to have a positive impact on the country's macroeconomic indicators. In general, the longer this epic continues, the less likely the pound is to grow in the medium and long term.

Trading recommendations:

The GBP/USD currency pair continues its upward correction. Therefore, now the longs are relevant in small lots with a target of 1.2972. At the same time, there is still no reason for a better strengthening of the British currency.

Sell positions can be resumed to support the level of 1.2786 if the bears are able to seize the initiative on the instrument and gain a foothold below the Kijun-sen critical line.

In addition to the technical picture, fundamental data and the timing of their release should also be taken into account.

Explanation of illustration:

Ichimoku Indicator:

Tenkan-sen-red line.

Kijun-sen – blue line.

Senkou span a – light brown dotted line.

Senkou span B – light purple dotted line.

Chinkou span – green line.

Bollinger Bands Indicator:

3 yellow lines.

MACD:

Red line and histogram with white bars in the indicator window.

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EUR/USD. 18th of February. Results of the day. Monday passes with a minimal advantage for the euro

4-hour timeframe

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The amplitude of the last 5 days (high-low): 30p - 63p - 82p - 82p - 72p.

Average amplitude for the last 5 days: 66p (60p).

On Monday, February 18, the EUR/USD currency pair continues the upward movement started last Friday. The movement is not too strong, but nevertheless. No important macroeconomic reports have been published today, so we exclude the fundamental component in the impact on the movement of the pair. From our point of view, the main reason for the strengthening of the European currency is a strong support area of 1.1250 – 1.1290, which the pair failed to overcome with three attempts. Thus, it is quite possible that a new upward movement to the level of 1.1500 started from current price values. Of course, the report on industrial production in the US also disappointed traders, the figure unexpectedly fell in January. Also, there was also a threat of a new "shutdown" in the United States, as Trump failed to agree with Congress on the financing of the wall project on the border with Mexico. Trump is now going to introduce a state of emergency that will allow him to use the funds from a special fund. The Democrats have already indicated their desire to sue Trump's decision, and Trump himself has indicated a desire to veto any decision of Congress. However, we do not believe that the American epic with the wall will put strong pressure on the US dollar. Therefore, at the moment, the highest level for the euro will be 1,1500. From a technical point of view, the "dead cross" has not even been abolished yet. The upward movement may continue to the nearest target – 1.1345.

Trading recommendations:

The EUR/USD pair continues its weak upward movement. Thus, long positions with targets of 1.1345 and 1.1391 are now relevant, but in small lots, since the "golden cross" has not been formed at the moment.

Sell orders will again become relevant not earlier than when the traders overcome the moving average line with targets of 1.1259 and 1.1237, but they have to rely on a stronger downward movement.

In addition to the technical picture, fundamental data and the timing of their release should also be taken into account.

Explanation of illustration:

Ichimoku Indicator:

Tenkan-sen-red line.

Kijun-sen – blue line.

Senkou span a – light brown dotted line.

Senkou span B – light purple dotted line.

Chikou span – green line.

Bollinger Bands Indicator:

3 yellow lines.

MACD:

Red line and histogram with white bars in the indicator window.

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Fractal analysis of major currency pairs for February 18

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The currency pair Euro / Dollar price forms the initial conditions for the top of February 15 and we expect their development after the breakdown of 1.1333. For the Pound / Dollar currency pair, we follow the formation of the expressed initial conditions for the upward cycle of February 14 and the level of 1.2973 is the key resistance. The currency pair Dollar / Franc is following the formation of the downward structure of February 13 and the development of which is expected after the breakdown of 1.0022. For the currency pair Dollar / Yen, the price is in correction from the upward structure and the upward movement can continue after the breakdown of 110.84. For the currency pair of Euro / Yen, the price issued a local upward structure of February 15 and the level of 124.69 is the key support. For the currency pair Pound / Yen, the price forms the expressed initial conditions for the top of February 15 and the development of which is expected after the breakdown of 143.43.

Forecast for February 18:

Analytical review of H1-scale currency pairs:

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For the Euro / Dollar currency pair, the key levels on the H1 scale are 1.1423, 1.1406, 1.1379, 1.1360, 1.1333, 1.1305, 1.1287, 1.1268 and 1.1232. We follow the formation of the initial conditions for the top of February 15. An upward movement is expected after the breakdown of 1.1333. In this case, the goal is 1.1360 and in the area of 1.1360 - 1.1379 is the price consolidation. The breakdown of the level of 1.1379 should be accompanied by a pronounced move towards the potential target of 1.1406, an in the area of 1.1406 - 1.1423 is the price consolidation, and also from here, we expect a withdrawal into a correction.

The short-term downward movement is possible in the area of 1.1305 - 1.1287 and the breakdown of the latter value will lead to an in-depth correction. The goal is 1.1268 and this level is the key support for the upward structure. Its breakdown will have a downward trend. In this case, the goal is 1.1232.

The main trend is the formation of initial conditions for the top of February 15.

Trading recommendations:

Buy 1.1333 Take profit: 1.1360

Buy 1.1362 Take profit: 1.1377

Sell: 1.1305 Take profit: 1.1288

Sell: 1.1286 Take profit: 1.1268

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For the currency pair Pound / Dollar, the key levels on the H1 scale are 1.3119, 1.3064, 1.3026, 1.2973, 1.2954, 1.2904, 1.2877 and 1.2839. The price forms the potential initial conditions for the top of February 14 and the development of which is expected after the price passes the range of 1.2954 - 1.2973. In this case, the goal is 1.3026 and in the area of 1.3026 - 1.3064 is the short-term upward movement, as well as consolidation. The potential value for the top is considered the level of 1.3119, after reaching which we expect a departure to a correction.

The short-term downward movement is expected in the area of 1.2904 - 1.2877 and the breakdown of the latter value will lead to a prolonged correction. The target is 1.2839.

The main trend is the formation of initial conditions for the top of February 14

Trading recommendations:

Buy: 1.2973 Take profit: 1.3026

Buy: 1.3028 Take profit: 1.3062

Sell: 1.2904 Take profit: 1.2880

Sell: 1.2875 Take profit: 1.2840

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For the currency pair Dollar / Franc, the key levels on the H1 scale are 1.0075, 1.0055, 1.0042, 1.0022, 1.0001, 0.9987, 0.9967 and 0.9956. The price forms the downward structure of February 13. The continuation of the downward movement is expected after the breakdown of 1.0022. In this case, the goal is 1.0001 and in the area of 1.0001 - 0.9987 is the price consolidation. The breakdown of the level of 0.9987 should be accompanied by a pronounced move to the level of 0.9967. The potential value for the bottom is considered to be the level of 0.9956, near which we expect consolidation.

The short-term upward movement is expected in the area of 1.0042 - 1.0055 and the breakdown of the last value will lead to a prolonged correction. The target is 1.0075 and this level is the key support.

The main trend is the formation of a downward structure of February 13.

Trading recommendations:

Buy: 1.0042 Take profit: 1.0055

Buy: 1.0057 Take profit: 1.0075

Sell: 1.0020 Take profit: 1.0001

Sell: 1.0000 Take profit: 0.9988

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For the currency pair Dollar / Yen, the key levels on the scale of H1 are 111.74, 111.32, 111.08, 110.84, 110.42, 110.25 and 109.97. The price is in deep correction from the rising structure on January 31. An upward movement is expected after the breakdown of 110.84. In this case, the first target is 111.08. The short-term upward movement is possible in the area of 111.08 - 111.32 and the breakdown of the latter value will lead to a movement to the potential target of 111.74, upon reaching which we expect a rollback downwards.

The range of 110.42 - 110.25 is the key support for the top. Its price passage will have to form a downward structure. In this case, the potential target is 109.97.

The main trend is the rising structure of January 31, a deep correction.

Trading recommendations:

Buy: 110.84 Take profit: 111.08

Buy: 111.10 Take profit: 111.30

Sell: Take profit:

Sell: 110.25 Take profit: 110.00

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For the currency pair Canadian dollar / Dollar, the key levels on the H1 scale are 1.3341, 1.3297, 1.3272, 1.3251, 1.3217, 1.3193, 1.3178, 1.3134 and 1.3104. The price is close to the cancellation of the ascending structure of February 13, for which a breakdown of level 1.3217 is necessary. In this case, the first target is 1.3193 and the price passage of the range of 1.3193 - 1.3178 must be accompanied by a pronounced downward movement. The target is 1.3134. The potential value for the bottom is considered the level of 1.3104, upon reaching which we expect a rollback to the top.

The short-term upward movement is possible in the area of 1.3251 - 1.3272 and the breakdown of the latter value will lead to the movement to the level of 1.3297. This level is a key resistance for the subsequent development of the upward trend on the H1 scale.

The main trend is the upward structure of February 13, the stage of deep correction.

Trading recommendations:

Buy: 1.3251 Take profit: 1.3270

Buy: 1.3274 Take profit: 1.3295

Sell: 1.3215 Take profit: 1.3195

Sell: 1.3176 Take profit: 1.3136

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For the currency pair Australian dollar / dollar, the key levels on the H1 scale are 0.7249, 0.7219, 0.7197, 0.7168, 0.7132, 0.7113 and 0.7093. We are following the development of the ascending cycle of February 11. An upward movement is expected after the breakdown of 0.7168. In this case, the target is 0.7197 and in the area of 0.7197 - 0.7291 is the short-term upward movement, as well as consolidation. The potential value for the top is considered the level of 0.7249, upon reaching which we expect a rollback downwards.

The short-term downward movement is possible in the area of 0.7132 - 0.7113 and the breakdown of the latter value will lead to an in-depth correction. The target is 0.7093 and this level is the key support for the upward structure.

The main trend is the upward cycle of February 11.

Trading recommendations:

Buy: 0.7168 Take profit: 0.7197

Buy: 0.7199 Take profit: 0.7219

Sell: 0.7132 Take profit: 0.7115

Sell: 0.7111 Take profit: 0.7095

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For the currency pair Euro / Yen, the key levels on the H1 scale are 126.08, 125.85, 125.50, 125.35, 125.04, 124.88 and 124.69. The price has issued local initial conditions for the top of February 15. The short-term upward movement is expected in the area of 125.35 - 125.50 and the breakdown of the last value should be accompanied by a pronounced upward movement. The goal is 125.85. The potential value for the top is considered the level of 126.08, after reaching which we expect a rollback to the correction.

The short-term downward movement is possible in the area of 125.04 - 124.88 and the breakdown of the latter value will lead to an in-depth correction. The goal is 124.69 and this level is the key support for the top.

The main trend is the formation of the ascending structure of February 15.

Trading recommendations:

Buy: 125.35 Take profit: 125.50

Buy: 125.52 Take profit: 125.85

Sell: 125.04 Take profit: 124.88

Sell: 124.86 Take profit: 124.70

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For the currency pair Pound / Yen, the key levels on the H1 scale are 144.58, 144.13, 143.43, 143.17, 142.61, 142.33 and 141.91. We are following the formation of the ascending structure of February 15. We expect a short-term upward movement in the area of 143.17 - 143.43 and the breakdown of the last value should be accompanied by a pronounced upward movement. The target is 144.13. The potential value for the top is considered the level of 144.58, upon reaching which we expect a rollback to the correction.

The short-term downward movement is possible in the area of 142.61 - 142.33 and the breakdown of the latter value will lead to an in-depth correction. The goal is 141.91 and this level is the key support for the top.

The main trend is the formation of the ascending structure of February 15.

Trading recommendations:

Buy: 143.45 Take profit: 144.10

Buy: 144.15 Take profit: 144.55

Sell: 142.61 Take profit: 142.35

Sell: 142.30 Take profit: 141.94

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Oil prices have reached three-month highs, is it worth counting on continued growth?

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Today, black gold has been trading near maximum values since the end of November 2018 amid a reduction in oil production by OPEC member countries and optimistic expectations regarding the resolution of trade disputes between the United States and the Middle Kingdom.

Over the past week, the cost of raw materials of Brent brand increased by almost 6.7% and WTI - by 5.4%.

Should we expect a further increase in oil prices?

"The decline in the production of black gold by OPEC and non-cartel countries supports the oil rally, but the risks of a global recession are largely underestimated, so the growth of quotations can be replaced by their decline," Saxo Bank experts say.

According to Capital Economics experts, the likelihood that the rally will continue until the end of the year is low. They expect that the cost of raw materials of the Brent variety can sink to the level of $ 50 per barrel.

Analysts at Bank of America also see growing risks of lower oil prices in the medium term.

"It is assumed that in the coming months, black gold may fall in price due to increased production in the United States and falling global demand, but in the long-term horizon, it will be traded near current levels," representatives of the financial institute noted.

"The fact is that in addition to the "bearish" factors, there are potential "bullish". It is possible that participants in the OPEC + transaction may sacrifice market share for higher prices and further reduce the production of raw materials. In addition, quotes can be supported by lower capital spending, as well as geopolitics and inflation," they added.

According to their estimates, this year the cost of Brent crude oil averages $ 70 per barrel.

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Trump and EUR: Trump is preparing to impose a state of emergency in the United States. The demand for the euro may increase

On Friday evening, news emerged that US President Donald Trump was imposing a state of emergency since the US Congress was unable to agree on the allocation of the necessary funds for the construction of the wall. The White House said that the introduction of a state of emergency would allow the use of funds intended for other items of expenditure. A total of $ 8 billion is planned to be spent on the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico.

The American president said on Friday that he was going to impose a state of emergency to solve security problems at the border, and soon all the documents needed for that would be prepared. Trump noted that the construction of the wall is a key point for national security, and is ready to be sued because of the decision to declare a state of emergency.

As for the trade talks that took place last week, the US president announced good results, which leaves hope for the preservation of good relations between the US and China. Trump expects the second summit with the DPRK leader to be as successful as the first.

The US dollar, which showed growth in the first half of the day against the euro and a number of other world currencies, then fell sharply again after the release of weak fundamental data indicating a slowdown in US economic growth.

According to the report, industrial production in the United States in January 2019 declined sharply. This happened because of a serious decline in the production of cars.

According to the US Federal Reserve, industrial production fell by 0.6% in January compared with December 2018. Economists had expected industrial production to grow by 0.1%. Compared with January 2018, industrial production grew by 3.8%.

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Manufacturing production in January fell by 0.9%, while production in the mining sector grew by only 0.1%. Capacity utilization in January fell to 78.2%. Current economic data indicates that the US economy is strong enough, but shows a slight decline.

A good report on the growth of American consumer optimism came to the aid of the US dollar in the afternoon. The increase mainly occurred after the completion of the suspension of the US government, as well as against the backdrop of the fact that the Federal Reserve took a pause in the process of raising interest rates.

According to leading data from the University of Michigan, the consumer sentiment index in February 2019 was 95.5 points versus 91.2 points in January.

Import prices in the US declined in January, indicating a slowdown in inflation.

As stated in the report of the US Department of Labor, import prices in January 2019 fell by 0.5% compared with December, while economists had expected a fall in prices compared to December of 0.3%. Compared to the same period of the previous year, prices fell by 1.7%.

On Friday, a report was also released, which testified to business growth in the area of responsibility of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. According to the data, the Fed-New York manufacturing index rose to 8.8 points in February against 3.9 points in January. Economists had expected the February index to be 7 points.

As for the technical picture of the EURUSD pair, euro buyers can "exhale". Trade has moved above the level of 1.1280, and demand for the euro may continue in the near future. The main task will be fixing above the maximum of 1.1325, which will strengthen the demand for risky assets and lead the trading instrument to last week's highs of 1.1360 and 1.1400.

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Eurozone is preparing for the worst

The report of the US Department of Commerce, which explicitly states that car imports pose a threat to national security, shifts the focus from trade negotiations in Beijing to problems in the eurozone, as it dramatically increases the chances of introducing protective duties on European cars.

Investigation on this issue was initiated by Trump back in May last year, and the findings present a serious problem for foreign manufacturers. If Trump decides to take advantage of the findings and tries to impose a 25% duty on European automakers, the EU's response will not take long to wait, which, on the one hand, will lead to a fall in the euro, on the other, will mean another step in isolating the United States from the rest of the world.

In the next 24 hours, we should expect White House comments on this issue and, as a result, an increase in volatility, since the chosen scenario of reaction to the report will have serious consequences for the dollar.

On Wednesday, the minutes of the January Fed meeting will be published, which will be important in terms of the Fed's plans to further reduce the balance.

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On Friday, ECB board member Benoit Coeure gave an extensive commentary on the economic prospects of the eurozone. The keynote at Coeure was the recognition of a stronger and wider slowdown than the ECB had expected, and that the regulator intends to consider the issue of a new round of TLTRO. According to him, he is "not enthusiastic about the rate increase, then to reduce them again", which should be interpreted by the markets quite unequivocally - the policy of the ECB will not be aimed at strengthening the euro.

It was difficult to expect any other assessment from the representative of the ECB if we proceed from the dynamics of market indicators. On Thursday, the February PMI indices will be published, in January, they indicated not even weak growth, but stagnation and the trend are not improving. In any case, we already know about a further decrease in the volume of new orders.

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Since Monday is a holiday in the USA, the market dynamics will most likely be low. Growth attempts will be blocked with a high probability in the resistance area of 1.1340, the support will be Friday at least 1.1232. Trade will be conducted in the side range with some aggression towards its lower border.

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Retail sales in the UK significantly exceeded forecasts in January, which was a big surprise for experts - growth was 1% with a forecast of 0.2%, year-on-year growth of 4.2% with a forecast of 3.4%. Part of the growth is due to numerous discounts, partly due to the weak results of December. In any case, the pound received little support against the background of continuing uncertainty about Brexit.

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The intrigue regarding the future stay of the UK in the EU gets a long-awaited development. After the next failure of Theresa May in parliament during the voting on the border with Ireland, when she failed to obtain the necessary powers to resolve this issue in negotiations with the EU, it became clear that the possibilities of the May's Cabinet were close to exhaustion. Despite the failure, May continues to insist on a legally binding document on participation in the Customs Union with a clear timeframe, the EU may already be beginning to lean towards a different strategy.

The EU leadership intends to hold talks with Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, who takes a different position and offers permanent British participation in the Customs Union. If the indicated negotiations allow to work out a unified position, then May's Cabinet will be doomed - it will be much easier for European politicians to wait for May's resignation, early parliamentary elections and the subsequent conclusion of an agreement with the Cabinet, which will be headed by Corbyn, which will completely solve the Brexit problem.

The case seems to be developing in just such a scenario since rumors that part of May's cabinet is ready to resign are becoming more and more insistent if no agreement is reached with the EU before February 27 and ratification is not held.

The pound in the current environment can not determine the direction. May's confident victory could have given him a strong bullish impulse, but it is no longer clear which of the scenarios would be more pragmatic in terms of benefits for the British economy. Deciding on the direction will help publication on Tuesday of the report on the labor market, which will give some understanding of inflationary perspectives, while the most likely is the trade in the side range with some margin in favor of growth. The nearest resistance is 1.2958, then 1.2995, but in the absence of news, this goal is unlikely to be achieved.

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February 18, 2019: EUR/USD is demonstrating weak bullish recovery around the lower limit of its channel.

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Since June 2018, the EUR/USD pair has been moving sideways with slight bearish tendency within the depicted bearish Channel (In RED).

On November 13, the EUR/USD pair demonstrated recent bullish recovery around 1.1220-1.1250 where the current bullish movement above the depicted short-term bullish channel (In BLUE) was initiated.

Bullish fixation above 1.1430 was needed to enhance a further bullish movement towards 1.1520. However, the market has been demonstrating obvious bearish rejection around 1.1430 few times so far.

The EUR/USD pair has lost its bullish momentum since January 31 when a bearish engulfing candlestick was demonstrated around 1.1514 where another descending high was established then.

On February 5, a bearish daily candlestick closure below 1.1420 terminated the recent bullish recovery.

This allowed the current bearish movement to occur towards 1.1300-1.1270 where the lower limit of the depicted DAILY channel comes to meet the pair.

The EUR/USD pair is demonstrating weak bullish recovery around the depicted price zone (1.1300-1.1270) with early signs of bearish reversal probability.

A bearish flag pattern may become confirmed if bearish persistence below 1.1250 is achieved on the daily-chart basis. Pattern target is projected towards 1.1000.

Trade Recommendations:

A counter-trend BUY entry was already suggested near the price level (1.1285) (the lower limit of the depicted movement channel).Stop Loss to be located below 1.1225 while T/P level to be located around 1.1350 and 1.1420.

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Analysis of EUR / USD Divergences for February 18. New bearish divergence will push the pair down again?

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The EUR / USD pair on the 4-hour chart after the formation of the bullish divergence at the MACD indicator made a reversal in favor of the euro and began the process of growth in the direction of the correction level of 23.6% - 1.1358. On February 18, a bearish divergence near the CCI indicator is brewing. The education will allow traders to expect a reversal in favor of the US dollar and the resumption of a fall in the direction of the correctional level of 0.0% - 1.1218. Hanging quotes from the Fibo level of 23.6% will similarly work in favor of the beginning of the fall of the pair.

The Fibo grid was built on extremums from September 24, 2018, and November 12, 2018.

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On the 24-hour chart, the pair reverted to the correction level of 127.2% - 1.1285. Fixing the pair under this level will work in favor of the US dollar and a further fall in the direction of the next Fibo level of 161.8% - 1.0941. Regular quotes from this level will allow us to count on a turn in favor of the EU currency and the beginning of growth in the direction of the correction level of 100.0% - 1.1553.

The Fibo grid is built on extremums from November 7, 2017, and February 16, 2018.

Recommendations to traders:

Purchases of the EUR / USD pair can be made now with the goal of 1.1358, as the pair completed the closure above the level of 1.1269 (with the formation of bullish divergence), and the Stop Loss order below the level of 1.1269, and keep open purchases until the formation of the bearish divergence.

Sales of the EUR / USD pair can be carried out with the target of 1.1219 if the pair perform a rebound from the Fibo level of 23.6% or in case of a bearish divergence, and a Stop Loss order above the level of 1.1358.

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GBP / USD plan for the American session on February 18. The pound is trying to maintain the upward momentum

To open long positions on the GBP / USD pair, you need:

Pound buyers seem to be hooked on the resistance of 1.2924, and as long as trading will be conducted above this range, you can count on new highs around 1.2986 and 1.3047. A formation of a false breakdown in the afternoon will be a good signal for new purchases. With the scenario of recovery below the support of 1.2924, long positions in the pound can be considered on a rebound from 1.2868 low.

To open short positions on the GBP / USD pair, you need:

Only a return below the support level of 1.2924 can put pressure on the pound, which will lead to a larger sale to the area of minimum 1.2868, where I recommend taking profits. In the case of continued GBP/USD growth in the second half of the day or news on Brexit, new short positions can be considered after updating the highs of 1.2986 and 1.3047.

More in the video forecast for February 18

Indicator signals:

Moving averages

Trade is conducted above the 30- and 50-medium moving, which indicates a possible continuation of the growth of the pound in the short term.

Bollinger bands

Only a breakthrough of the upper limit of the Bollinger Bands indicator around 1.2945 will lead to a new increase in the pound. The lower limit in the 1.2885 area will limit the fall, where you can count on long positions.

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Description of indicators

MA (moving average) 50 days - yellow

MA (moving average) 30 days - green

MACD: fast EMA 12, slow EMA 26, SMA 9

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Indian oil signed the first contract for the purchase of American oil for $ 1.5 billion

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the largest oil and gas corporation in India, signed the first annual contract for the purchase of oil from the United States worth $1.5 billion from the United States worth $ 1.5 billion, according to the chairman of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Sanjiva Singh. The daily volume of oil supplies amounted to 60,000 barrels.

The contract will begin in April and end in March 2020. In addition to signing the contract, the company agreed on conditions for importing up to 3 million metric tons of oil from the United States as part of a strategy to diversify oil suppliers.

Earlier, IOC acquired hydrocarbons from the United States on the spot markets and also concluded a short-term deal to buy 6 million barrels of US oil from November 2018 to January 2019.

Thanks to a new deal, Indian Oil Corporation will be able to reduce its dependence on OPEC, as well as strengthen trade relations between India and the United States.

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EUR / USD plan for the US session on February 18. The demand for euro remains in the absence of important data

To open long positions on EUR / USD pair, you need:

The buyers managed in the first half of the day with the task of fixing above the resistance of 1.1323, which I paid attention. While trading will be conducted above this range, the demand for the euro will remain that will lead to an update of the highs around 1.1359 and 1.1394, where I recommend taking profits. In the case of a return below the support level of 1.1323, it is best to return to long positions immediately to a rebound from the 1.1282 low.

To open short positions on EUR / USD pair, you need:

The bears need to return under the support level of 1.1323, which will allow the sales of the euro to resume to the support area of 1.1282, where I recommend taking profits. Today, the absence of important fundamental statistics in the second half of the day and a low trading volume can save demand for the euro. In this scenario, it is best to consider short positions on a rebound from the maximum of 1.1359.

More in the video forecast for February 18

Indicator signals:

Moving averages

Trade is conducted above the 30- and 50- medium moving, which indicates a possible continuation of the growth of the euro in the short term.

Bollinger bands

Growth is limited by the upper limit of the Bollinger Bands indicator around 1.1335. Its breakthrough will lead to a new rising wave in the euro. A downward correction will be limited by the average boundary of the indicator in the area of 1.1305.

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Description of indicators

MA (moving average) 50 days - yellow

MA (moving average) 30 days - green

MACD: fast EMA 12, slow EMA 26, SMA 9

Bollinger Bands 20

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GBP / USD. 18th of February. The trading system. "Regression Channels". May is going to Brussels again

4-hour timeframe

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Technical details:

The senior linear regression channel: direction - up.

The junior linear regression channel: direction - down.

Moving average (20; smoothed) - sideways.

CCI: 107.8597

The currency pair GBP / USD on Monday, February 18, continues the upward movement that started on Friday and has overcome the moving average. Meanwhile, the confrontation between the British Parliament and Theresa May continues. This week, the Prime Minister of Great Britain will again go to Brussels to discuss the conditions of Brexit with all EU leaders once again. We believe that this May trip will also end in nothing. May herself understands this, but she really needs to create the maximum appearance of her efforts to negotiate with Brussels. In this case, she will be able to shift the responsibility for Brexit to the parliamentarians, based on the fact that she tried her best to get new concessions for the country from the EU. Theresa May has already managed to speak in Parliament once again and called on members of her party to unite and sacrifice their own preferences for a higher goal - the future of the country. She called for support of her agreement on withdrawal from the EU, hinting that if the parliament rejects this document again, that Brexit can stop completely. In general, nobody expected anything else from Theresa May. It is clear that Ms. May will continue to push her Brexit plan without any major changes, since the European Union is not going to take these changes. In the meantime, less and less remains, and it is possible that the date of the "divorce" will have to be postponed to a later date.

Nearest support levels:

S1 - 1.2878

S2 - 1.2848

S3 - 1.2817

Nearest resistance levels:

R1 - 1.2909

R2 - 1.2939

R3 - 1.2970

Trading recommendations:

The pair GBP / USD has fixed above the MA, therefore the trend in the instrument temporarily changed to ascending. Now, it is recommended to consider long positions with targets of 1.2939 and 1.2970.

Short positions will again become relevant after the price is fixed back below the moving average line. The targets, in this case, will be Murray levels of 1.2848 and 1.2817.

In addition to the technical picture should also take into account the fundamental data and the time of their release.

Explanations for illustrations:

The senior linear regression channel is the blue lines of the unidirectional movement.

The junior linear channel is the purple lines of the unidirectional movement.

CCI is the blue line in the indicator regression window.

The moving average (20; smoothed) is the blue line on the price chart.

Murray levels - multi-colored horizontal stripes.

Heikin Ashi is an indicator that colors bars in blue or purple.

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EUR / USD. 18th of February. The trading system. "Regression Channels". Trump continues to "beat out" money for the construction

4-hour timeframe

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Technical details:

The senior linear regression channel: direction - sideways.

The junior linear regression channel: direction - down.

Moving average (20; smoothed) - down.

CCI: 64.6385

The last trading day of last week ended with an unexpected strengthening of the European currency. From the negative data of the second half of Friday, we can note only the unexpectedly failed report on industrial production in the United States. This indicator lost 0.6% in January against the forecast of + 0.1%. It also appeared that Donald Trump is going to introduce a state of emergency on the border with Mexico in order to circumvent Congress in the matter of financing the construction of the wall. According to Democrats, Trump is abusing power, but, knowing Trump, he is unlikely to stop halfway in this matter. According to the leader of the United States, most of the drug smuggling from Mexico goes right through unprotected parts of the border. Money for this project will have to come from the military budget, however, according to Trump, the required amount will not affect the funding of various military programs. Despite the rather interesting nature of these events, it is unlikely that they provoked the fall of the US dollar. Most likely, the fall of the US currency was due at least to technical factors. At the moment, the pair has worked a moving average line, but could not consolidate above it. A rebound in the price from the MA can trigger a resumption of the downward movement.

Nearest support levels:

S1 - 1.1292

S2 - 1.1230

S3 - 1.1169

Nearest resistance levels:

R1 - 1.1353

R2 - 1.1414

R3 - 1.1475

Trading recommendations:

The EUR / USD currency pair has adjusted to the moving average. The rebound in the prices from the MA and the turn of the indicator Heikin Ashi down will signal the resumption of the downward movement and the short positions with targets in the area of 1.1250 - 1.1230 will become relevant.

Buy orders are recommended to be considered no earlier than the Bulls overcome the moving average line with the first target of 1.1353. To date, neither in the States nor in the European Union are there any important macroeconomic reports planned.

In addition to the technical picture should also take into account the fundamental data and the time of their release.

Explanations for illustrations:

The senior linear regression channel is the blue lines of the unidirectional movement.

The younger linear regression channel is the purple lines of the unidirectional movement.

CCI - blue line in the indicator window.

The moving average (20; smoothed) is the blue line on the price chart.

Murray levels - multi-colored horizontal stripes.

Heikin Ashi is an indicator that colors bars in blue or purple.

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Weekly review for the pair GBP / USD from February 18 to 23, 2019

Trend analysis (Fig. 1).

This week, the price will move up with the first goal of 1.2993, the rolling level of 38.2% (blue dashed line).

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Fig. 2 (weekly schedule).

Comprehensive analysis:

- Indicator analysis - down;

- Fibonacci levels - up;

- Volumes - up

- Candlestick analysis - up;

- Trend analysis - down;

- Bollinger lines - down;

- Monthly schedule - up.

The conclusion of the complex analysis - upward movement.

The total result of the calculation of the candle of the GBP / USD currency pair on a weekly schedule: the price of the week is likely to have an upward trend with the absence of the first lower shadow of the weekly white candle (Monday is up) and the presence of the second upper shadow (Friday is down).

This week, the price will move up with the first goal of 1.2993, the rolling level of 38.2% (blue dashed line).

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Weekly review of the pair EUR / USD from February 18 to 23, 2018

Trend analysis (Fig. 1).

When moving down, the first lower target of 1.1235 is the support line (blue bold line). The probability of breaking through the support line is small.

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Fig. 2 (weekly schedule).

Comprehensive analysis:

- Indicator analysis - down;

- Fibonacci levels - neutral;

- Volumes - up;

- Candlestick analysis is neutral;

- Trend analysis - up;

- Bollinger lines - down;

- Monthly schedule - down.

Conclusion on a comprehensive analysis - downward movement.

The total result of the calculation of the EUR / USD currency pair candle on a weekly schedule: the price of the week is likely to have a downward trend with the absence of the first upper shadow from the weekly black candle (Monday - down) and the absence of the second lower shadow (Friday - down).

When moving down, the first lower target of 1.1235 is the support line (blue bold line).

Then maybe move up.

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Analysis of GBP / USD Divergences for February 18. The pound is still prone to fall

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The GBP / USD pair on a 4-hour chart fixed above the correction level of 50.0% - 1.2869 after the formation of a bullish divergence in the CCI indicator. As a result, on February 18, the growth process can be continued in the direction of the Fibo level of 61.8% - 1.2969. Also today, a bearish divergence is brewing at the CCI indicator. Its formation will allow us to count on a reversal in favor of the US currency and the resumption of a fall in the direction of the correctional level of 38.2% - 1.2765.

The Fibo grid is built on extremes from September 20, 2018, and January 3, 2019.

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On the hourly chart, the pair rebounded from the correctional level of 76.4% - 1.2799, started to grow and completed the closing above the Fibo level of 61.8% - 1.2878. Thus, the growth of quotations can be continued in the direction of the correction level of 50.0% - 1.2943. On the current chart, a bearish divergence is brewing at the MACD indicator, which allows you to count on a turn in favor of the American currency and a slight drop in the direction of the correctional level of 76.4%.

The Fibo grid was built on extremes from January 15, 2019, and January 25, 2019.

Recommendations to traders:

Purchases of the GBP / USD pair can be carried out now with a target of 1.2943 and a Stop Loss order below the level of 61.8%, as the pair completed the close above 1.2878 (hourly chart) and keep them open until a bearish divergence is formed on any chart.

Sales of the GBP / USD pair can be carried out with a target of 1.2799 and a Stop Loss order above the level of 50.0% (or a divergence peak) if the pair bounce off at 1.2943 (hourly chart) or a bearish divergence is formed on any chart.

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Simplified wave analysis. Overview of USD / CHF for February 18

Large TF:

The main movement of the franc since February last year looks at the "north" of the chart. A preliminary calculation allows you to wait for at least 3 lifting figures until the first serious stop. The structure is traced in the wave (A + B + C).

Small TF:

In the wave that began on September 21, the first 2 parts are fully formed and the final part (C) is formed. To complete the preparation of the price, you need to complete an intermediate pullback down.

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Forecast and recommendations:

In the coming days, the price of the pair will be a flat mood. Estimated support shows the expected reversal zone. This guide can be used by traders to search for entry into long positions.

Resistance zones:

- 1.0090 / 1.0140

Support areas:

- 0.9990 / 0.9940

Explanatory notes for the figures: The simplified wave analysis uses waves consisting of 3 parts (A – B – C). On each of the considered scales of the graph, the last, incomplete wave is analyzed. Zones show calculated areas with the highest probability of reversal. The arrows indicate the wave marking by the method used by the author. The solid background shows the formed structure, the dotted - the expected movement.

Note: The wave algorithm does not take into account the duration of tool movements over time. To conduct a trade transaction, you need confirmation signals from the trading systems you use!

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Simplified wave analysis. Overview of USD / JPY for February 18

Large TF:

A bullish wave has been developing on the weekly scale of the Japanese yen chart since March last year, the structure of which completed the first 2 parts.

Small TF:

The ascending segment, which began on January 3, gave rise to the final part in a larger wave structure. The wave develops in pulse type, with minimal recoils. Before further rise, the price is to complete a rollback down.

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Forecast and recommendations:

The scope of the previous price growth is estimated at least 3 price patterns. Next week, an "outset" is expected. For bull traders, the upcoming price rollback will provide a good opportunity to strengthen their purchases or enter the market on the most favorable terms.

Resistance zones:

- 110.90 / 108.80

Support areas:

- 109.80 / 109.30

Explanatory notes for the figures: The simplified wave analysis uses waves consisting of 3 parts (A – B – C). On each of the considered scales of the graph, the last, incomplete wave is analyzed. Zones show calculated areas with the highest probability of reversal. The arrows indicate the wave marking by the method used by the author. The solid background shows the formed structure, the dotted - the expected movement.

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Wave analysis of GBP / USD pair on February 18. The pound still shows signs of life

Wave counting analysis:

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On February 15, the GBP/USD pair gained about 80 bp. However, if the current wave counting is correct, the pair proceeded to build a downward third wave or c and forms the first two internal waves. There is also a possibility that the last two increases on one decline, which is a nonstandard 2nd wave. Yet, in this case, a descending third wave is expected. Protective orders can be placed just above this level. On the subject of Brexit, nothing new can be said now. Theresa May is going for a to a new voyage across Europe with the aim of new negotiations on the conditions for leaving the European Union.

Purchases targets:

1.3033 - 23.6% Fibonacci

Sales targets:

1.2734 - 61.8% Fibonacci

1.2619 - 76.4% Fibonacci

General conclusions and trading recommendations:

The wave pattern still assumes the construction of a new downward wave. Thus, now I recommend selling again the instrument with targets located near the estimated marks of 1.2826 and 1.2734, which equates to 50.0% and 61.8% Fibonacci. It is advisable to place protective orders above 1.2917.

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Simplified wave analysis. Overview of EUR / USD for February 18

Large TF:

In the bear trend that dominates the market since November last year, an upward wave structure has been formed. A preliminary calculation of the potential puts it in place of the correction.

Small TF:

Since January 10, the downward motion vector dominates on the chart. The structure forms a distinct zigzag (A + B + C). The price is approaching the potential reversal zone. Before the final pull-down, a rollback is possible.

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Forecast and recommendations:

As for the flat price range, preparations for a price leap upwards are completed. Given the corrective nature of growth, it is premature to make investments. When buying, it is recommended to reduce the lot size.

Resistance zones:

- 1.1350 / 1.1400

Support areas:

- 1.1210 / 1.1160

Explanatory notes for the figures: The simplified wave analysis uses waves consisting of 3 parts (A – B – C). On each of the considered scales of the graph, the last, incomplete wave is analyzed. Zones show calculated areas with the highest probability of reversal. The arrows indicate the wave marking by the method used by the author. The solid background shows the formed structure, the dotted - the expected movement.

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Simplified wave analysis. Overview of #USDX (US dollar index) for February 18

Large TF:

The vector of the main trend direction from February last year looks up. The structure of the wave formed the first 2 parts (A + B). Since September, the final part of the wave (C) takes the form of a zigzag.

Small TF:

The incomplete index wave is ascending, starting from January 10th. It formed a sequence (A + B + C). In the framework of the latter part, a downward pullback is expected in the coming days.

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Forecast and recommendations:

This week, the character of the movement of the US dollar is expected to be mainly flat. Before another attempt to break up, some weakening of the position is likely. Strengthening the rates of national currencies in the major pairs at this time will allow traders "bears" to enter the market from more favorable positions.

Resistance zones:

- 97.45 / 97.65

Support areas:

- 96.45 / 96.25

Explanatory notes for the figures: The simplified wave analysis uses waves consisting of 3 parts (A – B – C). On each of the considered scales of the graph, the last, incomplete wave is analyzed. Zones show calculated areas with the highest probability of reversal. The arrows indicate the wave marking by the method used by the author. The solid background shows the formed structure, the dotted - the expected movement.

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GBP / USD plan for the European session on February 19. The pound may continue to grow but under certain conditions

To open long positions on the GBP / USD pair, you need:

Good fundamental data on Friday led to the formation of an upward correction in the pound, which can continue today. This requires a breakthrough and consolidation above the resistance of 1.2924, which will give a new impetus to growth in the area of highs at 1.2986 and 1.3047, where I recommend taking profits. In the case of a downward correction, which can be observed in the first half today, long positions in the GBP/USD pair can return to the false breakdown from the support of 1.2868, where the moving averages are concentrated. Another option is to look for a rebound from the minimum of 1.2812, where the lower limit of the ascending channel passes.

To open short positions on the GBP / USD pair, you need:

The formation of a false breakdown in the resistance area of 1.2924 will be the first signal to open short positions in the pound in order to reduce and test support 1.2868, where I recommend to take profits. However, the main goal of sellers will at least be at 1.2812, but even testing this area will not lead to the resumption of the downward trend. This requires an update in the level of 1.2769. In case of further growth of the GBP/USD pair, you can consider short positions on the rebound from the maximum of 1.2986.

Found in the video review.

Indicator signals:

Moving averages

Trade is conducted above the 30- and 50-day moving, which indicates the formation of an upward correction.

Bollinger bands

Today, the Pound growth may limit the upper limit of the Bollinger Bands indicator in the area of 1.2950. In case of correction, you can purchase the pair on a rebound from the lower border in the area of 1.2815.

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Description of indicators

MA (moving average) 50 days - yellow

MA (moving average) 30 days - green

MACD: fast EMA 12, slow EMA 26, SMA 9

Bollinger Bands 20

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EUR / USD plan for the European session on February 18. Weak US statistics hit the dollar

To open long positions on EUR / USD pair, you need:

Euro rose expectedly after another weak report on the US economy on Friday. At the moment, buyers can retain an upward correction but on condition that they manage to break through and gain a foothold above resistance 1.1323, which will lead to larger growth in the levels of 1.1359 and 1.1394, where I recommend fixing profits. In the case of EUR/USD decline in the first half of the day against the background of the absence of important statistics, you can consider long positions at a false breakdown from the middle of the 1.1282 channel or buy a rebound from the lower border of 1.1235, which will return the pair to the downward trend.

To open short positions on EUR / USD pair, you need:

Bear is required to form a false breakdown in the area of resistance at 1.1323, which will lead to a downward correction to the support area of 1.1282, where I recommend taking profits since the bulls will try to resume their purchases from this level. In the absence of demand in the area of 1.1282, a breakthrough at this range will open a direct path to the minimum around 1.1235. In a scenario of further upward correction, long positions can return today after the testing the maximum of 1.1359 or rebound from 1.1394.

Found in the video review.

Indicator signals:

Moving averages

Trading above the 30-day and 50-day moving averages, which indicates the formation of an upward correction. A moving average test will be an additional signal to buy euros.

Bollinger bands

A break of the upper border of the Bollinger Bands indicator around 1.1330 will be a signal to buy. In the event of a decline in the euro, the average border in the region of 1.1290 and the lower boundary in the area of 1.1250 will act as a support.

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Description of indicators

MA (moving average) 50 days - yellow

MA (moving average) 30 days - green

MACD: fast EMA 12, slow EMA 26, SMA 9

Bollinger Bands 20

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Forecast for EUR / USD pair on February 18, 2019

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As expected, US President Trump signed the budget for the current year on Friday and at the same time, he declared a state of emergency due to illegal migration. This even allows him to raise funding for the wall with Mexico to $8 billion. But there was also unexpected news, the US industrial production collapsed by 0.6% in January with the forecast of + 0.1%. Moreover, production capacity utilization decreased from 78.8% to 78.2%. Consequently, the news caused the euro to return to the opening day after it lost 60 points.

On the four-hour chart, a triple convergence has already formed with the Marlin indicator. The potential growth expands even more with the current first growth target at the resistance of the nested line in the price channel near the 1.1358 mark on the daily chart. Fixation of the price above the line will allow continuous growth to the Fibonacci correction level of 61.8% from the last line of decline in the period of January 31 to February 15 at 1.1407.

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Technical analysis of USD/CAD for February 18, 2019

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Overview:

The USD/CAD pair continues to move upwards from the level of 1.3228. Today, the first support level is currently seen at 1.3228, the price is moving in a bullish channel now. Furthermore, the price has been set above the strong support at the level of 1.3228, which coincides with the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level. This support has been rejected three times confirming the veracity of an uptrend. According to the previous events, we expect the USD/CAD pair to trade between 1.3228 and 1.3328. So, the support stands at 1.3228, while daily resistance is found at 1.3328. Therefore, the market is likely to show signs of a bullish trend around the spot of 1.3228. In other words, buy orders are recommended above the spot of 1.3228 with the first target at the level of 1.3328; and continue towards 1.3295. However, if the USD/CAD pair fails to break through the resistance level of 1.3328 today, the market will decline further to 1.3228-1.3200.

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Technical analysis of GBP/USD for February 18, 2019

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Overview:

The GBP/USD pair continues to move downwards from the areas of 1.3210 and 1.2913 in the long term. Last week, the pair dropped from the level of 1.3210 to 1.2913 which coincides with a ratio of 61.8% Fibonacci on the H4 chart. Today, resistance is seen at the levels of 1.3130 and 1.3210. So, we expect the price to set below the strong resistance at the levels of 1.3130 and 1.3210; because the price is in a bearish channel now. Amid the previous events, the price is still moving between the levels of 1.3010 and 1.2734. Overall, we still prefer a bearish scenario as long as the price is below the level of 1.3010. Furthermore, if the GBP/USD pair is able to break out the bottom at 1.2913, the market will decline further to 1.2734 (daily support 1). Hence, the price will fall into a bearish trend in order to go further towards the strong support at 1.2734 to test it again. The level of 1.2704 will form a double bottom. On the other hand, if the price closes above the strong resistance of 1.3210, the best location for a stop loss order is seen above 1.3250.

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Indicator analysis. Daily review for February 18, 2019 for the pair EUR / USD

On Monday, the price may continue to move upwards. The first upper target 1.1343 is the upper fractal.

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Fig. 1 (daily schedule).

Comprehensive analysis:

- indicator analysis - up;

- Fibonacci levels - up;

- volumes - up;

- candlestick analysis - up;

- trend analysis - up;

- Bollinger lines - up;

- weekly schedule - up.

General conclusion:

On Monday, the price may continue to move upwards. The first upper target 1.1343 is the upper fractal. After lunch, the market will be narrow (US holiday).

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Wave analysis of EUR / USD for February 18. Quiet monday

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Wave counting analysis:

On Friday, February 15, the bidding ended for the pair EUR / USD by a fall of 60 basis points with the same boost. Therefore, at the end of the day, the pair did not lose a single bp. At the same time, the estimated wave 3 no longer looks as perfect as it has been for days, but it still retains the probability of beginning to build a new upward wave, possibly the fourth within the triangle. This might be perhaps the first wave of the new triple up. One way or another, the option of building an upward wave remains the most attractive for the tool. Today, President's Day is celebrated in America. Meanwhile, there's no strong news in Europe.

Sales targets:

1.1228 - 127.0% Fibonacci

1.1215 - 0.0% Fibonacci

Shopping goals:

1.1356 - 23.6% Fibonacci

1.1444 - 38.2% Fibonacci

General conclusions and trading recommendations:

The pair allegedly completed the construction of the downward wave 3. Thus, now I recommend buying with targets located near the estimated level of 1.1444, which corresponds to 38.2% Fibonacci. A successful attempt to break through the levels of 127.2% and 0.0% Fibonacci will lead to a further decrease in the instrument.

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Intraday technical levels and trading recommendations for GBP/USD for February 18, 2019

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On December 12, the previously-dominating bearish momentum came to an end when the GBP/USD pair visited the price levels of 1.2500 where the backside of the broken daily uptrend was located.

Since then, the current bullish swing has been taking place until January 28 when the GBP/USD pair was almost approaching the supply level of 1.3240.

That's when the current bearish pullback was initiated around slightly lower price levels near 1.3215 (around the depicted supply levels in RED).

This was followed by a bearish engulfing daily candlestick on January 29. Thus, the GBP/USD pair lost its bullish persistence above 1.3155 as a result.

Hence, the short-term scenario turned bearish towards 1.2820-1.2800 where (50% Fibonacci level) as well as a previous prominent top are located (Highlighted in BLUE) where price action should be watched cautiously.

Lack of bullish demand has been demonstrated on the recent few daily candlesticks until Friday when significant bullish recovery was demonstrated around Fibonacci 50% level (bullish engulfing daily candlestick)

For the bullish side to regain dominance, bullish breakout above 1.2920 (38.2% Fibonacci) should be re-established early.

On the other hand, bearish breakdown below 1.2830 (Fibo 50%level) enhances a further decline towards the price zone of 1.2690-1.2700 where significant bullish demand will probably be demonstrated.

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