The dollar makes its turn – but will it last?

On Wednesday, I suggested that the US dollar was ripe for a turn to the downside following its scorching bull run over the past few weeks (much to the amazement of the majority, of course). 

What I wrote then was: “I have placed my Elliott wave (EW) labels where the latest plunge is a clear third wave (it is long and very strong). And now, the market is entering the price region where the previous major low was made, and this represents potential support. The third wave may have trouble getting through this area, and would be a fitting place for the third wave to terminate”. 

Today, I want to continue the AUS/USD story and check to see if my question has already been answered in the affirmative. 

Have we started the fourth wave? 

Here is the daily chart from Wednesday updated:

AUD/USD spread betting chart 

The decline off the 5 September 0.94 high was relentless with far more down days than up days, and the average down day was larger than the average up day. That is typical of motive third waves – and that is why I am confident with my EW labels, although uncertain if wave 3 has completed. 

Of course, it is too soon to say definitively that the third wave has terminated, but one additional piece of evidence is the positive momentum divergence at the Wednesday’s low (red bar). This divergence is very often a precursor to a trend change of some kind.

Whether the budding rally morphs into a fourth wave is something we can only guess at just yet. But the odds are stacking up. 

But note the classic head and shoulders top that formed from April. The momentum going into the head was weaker than that at the left shoulder – a basic requirement for this pattern. And when the neckline (green line) was broken, that was the ideal trade entry. You had a very high confidence trade there. 

If we have started the fourth wave up then it should last several weeks. That would be on a similar scale as the other waves. Wave 1 lasted five to six weeks and wave 2 lasted about four weeks. At this stage, I estimate wave 4 would last at least four weeks. Remember, fourth waves can often be complex affairs and take some time to play out. 

The market hits my third tramline target

Now let’s zoom in on the hourly chart:

AUD/USD spread betting chart

I started looking for my first tramline with the centre one where I adjusted my line until I captured the greatest number of accurate touch points, especially during the most recent action. That gave me an excellent PPP (prior pivot point) as marked. 

For the second tramline I placed it so that I captured its PPP (also as marked). That gave me a line with several accurate touch points as well as an overshoot, which are most commonly found in strong third wave moves as the market gets ahead of itself temporarily. It quickly realises it has gone too far too fast and makes amends by over-reacting to the upside, as here! 

With my tramline pair I could now draw in my third tramline, which became my first target when the centre tramline resistance was overcome on Wednesday. 

And overnight, the market has hit my third tramline target. 

Naturally, if you were expecting a fourth wave rally (as we were), that break was the ideal spot to take profits on your shorts and even reverse positions in a long trade. 

What if the third wave isn’t finished? 

Of course, there remains the possibility that wave 3 hasn’t yet completed. Here is an alternative possibility:

AUD/USD spread betting chart 

The third wave hit yesterday is the c wave of an a-b-c, which leads to our wave 3 extending below the minor wave 5/b wave low before turning up in wave 4. 

Under this option, a low-risk trade is presented. Can you spot it? 

But at least, the plan to take the major profit on the centre tramline break and even go long there gave us the opportunity to align with a possible large wave 4 rally. Of course, if the latter scenario plays out, we have protected the long trade by moving the protective stop to break even and console ourselves with the huge profit already banked. 

But at some point a large multi-week wave 4 rally appears on the cards.