On the previous week post about the Yen, we noticed that there was consistent buying in the hourly chart, and that a dip into the lower part of the range would give a long opportunity. This happened, and right in the next London session!
On trading ranges showing VSA buying signals, like we note on the trading guide, you can also wait for a breakout of the trading’s range high. If on the break, the volumes pick up, it’ll be a confirmation of accumulation. This is what happened in USDJPY, and since then, it has been on a long rally, until stopping on a long-term trendline.
Apart from the down trendline, the momentum of the uptrend is now fading, and there is significant supply showing up. This is inevitable on resistance areas, but still, if you’re holding a long in intraday, this is a good time to start reducing the position size, and wait for a trendline break to add into. Personally I’m holding a long daily trade, and waiting to see how the daily bar closes.
If the trendline is broken, it’ll be a long/adding signal. If supply keeps showing up on the hourly, and/or there are low volume rallies into the current selling bar, it’ll be a short signal.
The Pound went through a sell-off in the last days, after testing a resistance at 1.471. The volumes showed supply through May when attempting to rally to the 1.4700 area, but the prices held on below it, with only minor shake-out attempts. Even though there was an up trendline, which shows the long-term trend, a trend can always change, and that’s usually the case when there is professional selling over an extended period of time.
The trade was taken on early London session on the reaction rally, where more sluggish action was seen, and the take-profit set above the nearby trendline.
AUDUSD on the 15 minutes timeframe, is showing significant buying at nearby prices, with an inverse head-and-shoulders price pattern. This price pattern is characterized by 3 bottoms, and unlike many other unreliable price patterns, this one has actually a sound logic behind it: the first bottom is met with buying, and so the down move is halted. On the 2nd bottom, the lowest of the three, the market is shaken-out by being taken to new low ground, setting off stop-losses and triggering shorts on break-out traders. The market then reverses on professional buying using the ‘discounted’ prices, and then it still goes down one more time for some more buying, or just for supply testing. Though, using the prices alone isn’t enough, the volumes give useful information which should also be incorporated. In this case, VSA showed demand on the 3 bottoms, until the very last bar where the pattern’s high was broken.
On the last high, AUDUSD showed a no-demand test (testing higher prices for demand orders), which was met by a sudden down move, confirming the lack of demand. For an up move to continue, I expect prices to come closer to the lower part of the trending channel first.
For the past months, Euro/Yen has seen buying between 121.00 – 124.50, shown by the multiple strong signals at this area, and the high volumes at the bottom. It’s a quite loose accumulation pattern, since the market made a lower low at mid April (point 2) than the first bottom at February/2016 (point 1), along with the very significant selling seen on the lower timeframes, on the last rally (point 3). There is also a down trendline nearby, and due to these reasons, I’d be more inclined to trade a break-out of it on a lower timeframe such as H4, where it’ll be easier to manage the trade for a faster exit.
In the 4-hours timeframe, in point 1 VSA marked the bar as Major Supply, and as Supply using multi-timeframe analysis (showing as a circle). In this lower timeframe the most recent buying can be more easily seen, starting in point 2, where the arrows are pointing. Those are either high volume bars (red painted bars), which after a strong fall and price congestion, show demand in a more ‘disguised’ way than the VSA signals, and 2 VSA Demand signals. In point 3 there is another Demand signal, which is also a churn.
It’ll be valuable to see if there is a break-out of the trendline for a long trade, and to be alert for supply signals in the zone of previous supply, painted as the red rectangle. At 24/May (Tuesday) German ZEW Economic Sentiment is being announced, which if positive, could provide a price boost towards 124.670.
On the last post I noted that USDJPY was on a trading range, and the closest zone to watch was between 106.200 – 106.300. Prices reached that zone on the Asian session, and did so on wide high volume bars, breaking-out 106.200 to the downside, which also made the background turn to weak. The price was still sustained for a few hours after demand, but a few hours before London’s open, the activity spiked up again and more selling showed up again as a wide-range down bar, closing on its lows. These lower prices didn’t held up for long though, and after one more demand signal from VSA, the prices broke a down trendline and kept the uptrend until heavy supply hit the market and turned it sideways, onto the trading range we are seeing at the present. USDJPY is also getting to the break-out point of 107.600 support, which is important because that is the last point where many sellers got in. I would like to see a small rally after this downtrend, or the background turning weak, to consider taking short positions. Any position will have to be taken at most at tomorrow’s London session and in a low timeframe, as NFP is on Friday.
This pair is near a support, at 79.527, and near a down trendline now at 80.100. Yesterday we have seen more demand above the formed support, though the rally after it failed spectacularly after there was no follow-up to the very high volume candle, with VSA showing a minor Supply signal 2 bars afterwards. The correction is showing low volumes, hinting at a temporary lack of supply, and the background is very strong. Reversals at sensitivity 7 have a good record on this pair and timeframe, even weeks back, and one near the support would be a possible long entry point. The safest would be to wait for the trendline break though, for confirmation. Meanwhile the prices are reaching the demand zone and it’s also important to be on the look-out for selling in the form of wide high volume down bars, like was seen on USDJPY yesterday on a similar occasion. Together with USDJPY, if the price/development confirms it, they could be two good pairs to trade against each other (one long and one short), since they are positively correlated by 50% due to the Yen.
Upon reaching $1235, there has been significant selling on gold by major players, which can be seen by the volumes in both Forex (on high liquidity brokers) and Futures. An important high was made at $1272, which held on multiple break-out attempts. On the most recent low, VSA also showed some demand, which started this new rally onto the previous highs. Volumes are drying up and today’s price is on the lows of the day. If the weakness continues on this rally, it’ll form an head and shoulders top (with selling behind, which is perhaps more important than the price formation), and we’ll be looking for shorts near $1272 or on the break-out of $1204.
Brent Crude Oil
Brent Crude Oil took a pause in the uptrend and corrected, when prices reached the upper part of the trading channel like we noted on the last Crude Oil analysis. On reaching the trendline, both VSA and Reversals signaled a reversal, but after the trendline was broken the rally attempt first showed high volume on a narrow range bar (first arrow), afterwards an upthrust, a bar making a higher high but closing on the lows, and afterwards more high volume even though prices didn’t move much.
Later, again using the previously set sensitivity (4), Reversals showed the way, and finally the retracement was over, this time without any vacillating type of rally. This rally made the prices reach the top of the daily channel. Right now lower timeframes look more promising to trade crude, since the current move is already well extended, though there is no significant weakness to look for shorts just yet.
Tomorrow the number of US non-farm employment change numbers will be released, together with the Unemployment rate. Before, at 9:30 UTC+1, the British manufacturing PMI will also be known. GBPUSD is on a short-term uptrend, and on the long-term, it’s near a down trendline. In the last top at yesterday’s London/US session, there was considerable supply, and as in today’s London session prices attempted to rally, it was met by further selling, shown as an upthrust. Due to this recent weakness, a break of the up trendline would be a good confirmation of a downtrend to come. If the news are positive to GBPUSD however, since there are sellers around 1.441 – 1.444, a whipsaw could occur as these could take the high liquidity as an opportunity to continue shorting.
In the first hours of today’s London session, activity and volumes spiked up in gold. This activity, VSA showed, was major supply hitting the market, just below a high formed days before, on heavy supply, at $1258. In the last post we noted that below $1270, the “control point” of selling of the last weeks, we should be looking for shorts in lower timeframes, and this was the ‘golden’ opportunity.
In M15 there were multiple supply signals, and the background turned from strong to neutral.
In M5 the dynamic trend turned red shortly after, when the short was taken, with SL above the previous high and TP a bit above the down trendline, where buying is to be expected. Prices went down on wide range and reached the target, with the rally afterwards showing low volume. When prices attempted to break the trendline, VSA showed Minor Demand, and the price then went up on high volume. The no-demand test shown in M5 (pink bar) succeeded, as there was supply afterwards and its low was broken, which is a temporary stop of the uptrend. The background is strong in M5, and more demand, or a bullish test, just above the broken down trendline, would be a long.
EURUSD has been in a strong uptrend after breaking out from a base last week. The prices also broke an important down trendline in a furious up movement, on high volume and wide range up bars. It’s now in a critical area that will be characterized by a high volatility.
In areas of previous resistances, this volatility and volume spikes are normal, and can be somewhat tricky to understand, but using VSA and Reversals this job is simplified as they’ll show the most important bars. We should first look at the background: it was strong during these movements, and so we should look for up reversals. In the hourly chart, the first one (zone 1) appeared at the same time as major supply, which is something to avoid. The other two (zone 2) were in an area of previous demand, and were soon confirmed by another strong VSA signal. Down reversals on the other hand, signaled less significant movements that lasted for a shorter amount of time.
On to the current action (zone 3), Reversals showed a down Reversal, which marked almost the absolute high of this correction. Apart from that, after these such high volumes, I’d expect prices to continue further with small or no retracement. If they don’t keep advancing, it means much of that volume was supply hitting the market. The market has to show it’s not being conditioned by the supply anymore, with low volume bars or a successful bullish test, above the previous resistance.
Euro/Yen has been ranging since the beginning of January, when looked at from a 4-Hours perspective. Volume-wise though, it has been very active, and understanding this activity is essential to know what the major players are doing.
- First there were several demand signals just as 2016 was starting. This halted the down move. Afterwards there stopping volume when reaching 129.0 area (red bars).
- More recently, there was a major shake-out, painted as Major Demand by VSA – there was a lower low made, yet prices closed on the highs of the bar, and above the previous support. This was a move to hit stop-losses which provided plenty of liquidity for professional buying.
- Approaching the down trendline, there was a no-demand test (pink bar) – as prices penetrated the trendline, the volumes didn’t keep up, which means there wasn’t much demand. On the next bar, prices refused to close down though, on a relatively high volume. This could mean renewed interest in an up move, and the confirmation will be the trendline break on good volume (checking the hourly might be the best). If the bearish test succeeds, as in a failure to seeing a breakout of the trendline and/or test’s high in the next bars, I’d expect prices to drift downwards onto the support. The ultimate level to watch for is the resistance at 129.074.