Last Friday, after Mario Draghi dragged the euro lower, I noted the delicate position the euro was in after the massive 200-pip collapse on Thursday.
And this morning, it is the turn of GBP/USD to be dragged down (the Salmond effect?). But as the pound is off by more than 150 pips as I write, the euro is holding its own, so far.
Today, I want to reiterate why the Thursday low in EUR/USD is a significant support level – despite what the pound is doing.
On Friday, I noted that the market had declined to the 1.29 area, which lay on my short-term T4 tramline:
That tramline is a support area. But if I may, there are a few other reasons why 1.29 was a major support area.
The ‘golden mean’ pointed the way
This is the daily chart showing the 1.40 top in May:
I have a very good tramline pair stretching back to March, with the lower tramline sporting an excellent prior pivot point (PPP). The market has declined to the lower tramline in wave 3. That is another line of support.
Not only that, but if I apply the common relationship wave 3 = 1.618 times wave 1, I get a target of 1.2907 for wave 3 low. The Thursday low was 1.920 – only 13 pips adrift.
Considering the freefall nature of Thursday’s decline, that is a direct hit in my book.
Isn’t that remarkable? The market ‘knows’ the Fibonacci golden mean ratio of 1.618 is a very significant number and governs many wave relationships relating the high and low extremes. How did the market know when to stop collapsing – right at the 1.618 multiple of wave 1?
Of course, as traders we can use this knowledge to set our price targets – and pay our respects to Sr Fibonacci at the same time as we take profits.
Now, I have three separate reasons to believe the 1.29 area is major support – from two independent tramline sets and one Fibonacci wave ratio. In a way, the 1.39 area represents triple-strong support.
The odds now favour the 1.29 level is the wave 3 low and now we can expect a wave 4 rally.
Watch out for ‘the right hook’
On Friday, I noted that sentiment was heavily euro bearish. This is what I wrote on Friday:
“So now this morning, we are left with the intriguing position that the heavily lop-sided bearish euro sentiment has undoubtedly become even more bearish with yesterday’s action. Earlier in the week the DSI (Daily Sentiment Index) had declined to less than 10%, which is an extreme last seen in May 2010 – over four years ago. This morning, that figure will surely be even lower”.
And on Friday, DSI bull sentiment had indeed declined further – to a lowly 4%, which extreme matched the July 2013 reading, which occurred just prior to a massive euro rally.
Will history repeat? If it does, it will go against the overwhelming majority opinion. Most are convinced the European Central Bank (ECB) will continue to succeed in driving the euro lower. I am not.
And if my analysis is correct, my first target for wave 4 will be the 1.31 – 1.32 area on the upper tramline in the above chart.
And how long will wave 4 likely take to complete before wave 5 down starts? In Elliott wave theory, there is a concept I call “the right look”.
To be a valid wave count, waves should be in rough proportion to each other. Here, wave 1 lasted around 20 trading days. I expect wave 4 to last at least a major fraction of that twenty days (around four calendar weeks).
And if I do get my wave 4 rally, a big short squeeze will be on!