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Daily Report on October 18, 2017
European shares opened modestly higher on Wednesday after mixed trading in Asian equities earlier. Despite fresh records for U.S. stocks in the previous trading session on Tuesday, the MSCI Asia Pacific Index was little change with Australia’s S&P/ASX 500 Index and South Korea’s Kospi index ending flat. While Japan’s Topix index closed less than 0.1 percent higher and the Shanghai Composite Index was up 0.1 percent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index inched lower.
The Stoxx Europe 600 Index gained 0.1 percent, supported by an increase of 0.2 percent in the U.K.’s FTSE 100 Index. However, Germany’s DAX Index marked the first retreat in a week with a decline of 0.1 percent. Whereas, politic turmoil kept Spanish equities in negative territory. Futures on the S&P 500 Index ticked up less than 0.05 percent to the highest on record.
The U.S. dollar advanced on Wednesday amidst rising speculation over a possible appointment of a hawk as Fed chair as well as progress on U.S. tax reforms. The dollar index rose 0.1 percent to 93.58 after having surged to as high as 93.729 on Tuesday. The greenback was supported after U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday gained crucial support for a vote on a budget resolution that is vital to President Donald Trump’s hopes of signing tax reform legislation into law before January.
Crude oil futures rose on Wednesday following a report released by the American Petroleum Institute on Tuesday that showed U.S. crude supplies dropped by 7.1 million barrels for the week ended October 13th. Inventories date published by the Energy Information Administration is due to come out later in the day with analysts expecting a drop of 3.9 barrels in crude inventories.
Fig: CADJPY H4 technical chart
CADJPY rebounded from a firm support at 89.000 with its price action surging above a couple of moving averages which confirms the uptrend. Further advances are forecast for the currency pair as the RSI index is heading upwards which shows a strengthening bullish momentum. The ADX index is also witnessing a widening gap between the +DI and –DI lines, supporting the signals for extending up moves.
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Fig: USDJPY H4 technical chart
The pair USDJPY has been trapped between a support at 38.2% Fibonacci retracement and a resistance at 50.0% level. The pair is also trading sideways which has sent the ADX index to as low as 22.08. However, the price action has penetrated a couple of moving averages from below which RSI index rebounded to jump into the positive territory. Further upbeat moves are anticipated to support the price to reach the 50.0% Fibonacci handle.
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Fig: USDCHF H4 technical chart
USDCHF bounced back from a significant level at 38.2% Fibonacci retracement with the support from two moving averages that are lingering below the price action. Both RSI and ADX indices are rising, not to mention a widening distance between the +DI and –DI lines, suggesting further increases for the pair. A resistance at 0.98350 is anticipated to be tested.
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Fig: SILVER H4 technical chart
Silver resumed its downbeat moves following a consolidation that came after the price action broke below the long-term MA50. The sellers are dominating in the market, as indicated by the RSI index that has slipped to as low as 37.39. Although ADX index is ticking down slightly, the –DI and +DI lines are diverging. Further declines are expected to send the precious metal’s price to a support at 16.850.
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Fig: Natural Gas H4 technical chart
Natural gas futures slumped from a significant level at 38.2% Fibonacci retracement and is looking set to complete its double-top pattern as it is testing the neck level at 2.9135. The price action has crossed over the long-term MA50. RSI index is heading downwards, indicating an overwhelming and strengthening bearish force in the market. The commodity is forecast to test a support at 2.8800.
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Fig: BRENT H4 technical chart
Brent crude price has been trading sideways to higher with the support from a couple of moving averages which are hanging below the price action. RSI index is heading higher at as high as 62.17, which shows a strengthening bullish force for the commodity. The price is expected to inch higher in an attempt to test a resistance at 58.850.
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