Is the euro set for a big comeback?

Trends can simply run on and on in foreign exchange markets. And that catches out many less experienced traders, says John C Burford. But is the euro finally due a turn?

In my last post on the EUR/USD of 4 January, I laid out a case for a potential counter-trend rally starting around year-end.

I posted the daily chart going back ten years, which showed a strong tendency for this market to make major turns around the New Year. I've repeated it below.

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There is a strong 12-month cycle at play here, as you can see.

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Could history be repeating itself now?

In that post, I also showed charts (see below) where I had possible buy-stops (marked by the purple bars)placed to catch a potential rally.


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Since then, the markets sold off some more and the buy-stoporders were not touched, so no harm done.

Trader tip: placing entry orders using stops is an excellent technique when attempting to catch a trend reversal. But one drawback is that protective stop placement becomes difficult. I may produce a video on this topic of protective stop placements at a later date.

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This action illustrates vividly the character of foreign exchange markets the tendency for trends to carry on, and on, and on!

You can see this in many long-term charts, and that is why there are many experienced traders who trade the momentum in the expectation that trends will generally continue.

Many inexperienced traders try bottom-fishing on a hope, then get their heads handed to them as the market just carries on.

But with the powerful 12-month cycle at work, are we about to see a turn?

Trying to find the turning point for the euro

On Wednesday, with the market having challenged the 1.2680 level, I believed if a turn was about to occur, I would need to see a rally to an important tramline.

So, I went searching for reliable tramlines, and found this on the hourly chart yesterday:


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I first drew the centre tramline (best fit), and proceeded to connect the two low points for the lowest tramline. The upper tramline then drew itself (at the same distance above the central line, as the bottom tramline was below it).

Then we had an upward break. I was very pleased to see the potential positive momentum divergence at Wednesday's low, as that gave me the courage to place buy-stop entry orders in the region of the purple bar.

An amazing set of tramlines

I tend to get excited by the possibility of getting on board a potential major move early, especially when it is counter-mainstream.

I have drawn tramlines on a very short-term chart (see below). To cement its validity, I need to ensure that there are more touch-points from previous trading. This is the amazing result:


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If you look closely, you will find a multitude of excellent touch-points going back to last April, despite the complexity of the chart!

I believe these tramlines will continue to act as lines of support and resistance.

As I write on Friday morning, the market has moved up and my buy orders are filled.

And this morning, the market has indeed rallied to my first target in the 1.2880 area (see the earlier chart, which I've repeated below), and is currently backing off as it hits resistance.


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OK, the market has reached first base is there a home run on the cards?

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Now is the time to look at the bigger picture on the daily chart:


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I have shown the upper tramline in previous emails, and it remains valid.

But now, with the recent 1.27 low in place, my lower tramline confirms its placement, as the lower tramline takes in the significant 1.20 low and touches the recent 1.27 low. How pretty!

At the summer 2010 1.20 low, the market made a scalded cat bounce up away.

Will we see a similar action this time? After all, the market apparently does not like trading between these tramlines it has not spent much time there.

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If this plays out, my upper target will be the underside of the upper tramline in the 1.32 1.34 zone. Now that's what I would consider a home run for the bulls!

To wrap up, let's have a look at the current short-term chart:


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I have drawn the new set of tramlines, and the purple bar represents solid chart resistance exactly at the 1.2880 area, which is where the previous tramline position occurs!

I would expect some pause in the rally here, but with the short-euro trade being so crowded as I explained last time more short-covering would set this market alight.

But first, the market may try to drop back to the centre tramline, where the rally would be tested.

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There is an option for me to then place low-risk trades, since a significant drop below the centre tramline would likely doom the rally attempt, at least for now.

If you're a new reader, or need a reminder about some of the methods I refer to in my trades, then do have a look at my introductory videos:

The essentials of tramline trading Advanced tramline trading An introduction to Elliott wave theory Advanced trading with Elliott waves Trading with Fibonacci levels Trading with 'momentum' Putting it all together

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