Using Fibonacci targets to short the euro and the Dow

Following on from his look at the euro and the Dow Jones markets, John C Burford spots an opportunity to make a short trade as the two diverge.

Market developments came thick and fast on Wednesday afternoon, as I suspected in my previous email. Within a few hours of writing that, there was a resolution to my dilemma whether to trade or not.

If you recall, I wrote: "the Dow has hit an exact Fibonacci target, but is shy of my tramline target. And the euro has hit my tramline target, but is somewhat short of my Fibonacci retrace target."

But now (as of Wednesday June 1) the euro has hit the Fibonacci 50% retrace at 1.4450 (the actual high this afternoon has been just eight pips overshoot).

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So now all Fibonacci levels and tramline targets have been hit.

The euro and the Dow diverge

Curiously, while the euro was moving up to the 50% level at 1.4450, the Dow was in steep decline. This surprised me, as the markets had been moving pretty much in lock-step.

Something was up.

All I can say is that this incident illustrates the power of the markets to overcome just about everything and make it to its Fibonacci retraces and then reverse.

To actually see it happen in real time is very exhilarating.

Now I can draw some tramlines since we have more highs and lows to use and here is the Dow chart as I write:


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On my first tramline, I can draw lines across the recent highs with good touch-points - marked in red arrows.

The next tramline is the line second-from-bottom and it also passes through two important lows, marked with yellow arrows. As I write, the market is resting right on this line (green arrow).

The central tramline has some good touch-points and I will now draw the lowest tramline equidistant from that.

This will give me a first target in case the market decides to keep moving down.

I have zoomed in with a 30-minute chart and have marked the four tramlines:


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The market is now challenging T2, and if it gives way, I can expect a move down to T4.

Note also the low at the 15:00 hour on 1 June at 12,475. There will be many sell stops there, I feel. A move to that level should trigger all those sell stops and propel the market down further.

The tramlines indicate a short sale

So a short sale just below T2 is indicated. Naturally, my 3% rule for protective stop placement should be employed if this order is filled.

So we have the Dow at a critical juncture, what is the state of play over in the euro? Here is the chart:


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While the Dow was falling, the euro was completing its mission of making the summit at the 1.4450 level. (I did say that this level was to be critical.)

Note there is a slight overshoot of my tramline.

Remember, one of my rules of thumb is that when you see an overshoot of a well-constructed tramline following a strong directional move, it usually indicates a reversal is at hand.

Even if not, you can still short on the overshoot using a close protective stop and expect at least a dip which enables you to move your stop to break even using my break-even rule.

This helps protect capital a very good thing.

This is how Dow trading ended on Wednesday:


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Of course, short-term traders would be looking to take profits before the close.

Believers in my tramline methods could be shorting the euro here at the upper tramline around 1.4450, using a close 35 pip protective stop.

My targets? They are at the tramline levels, as shown.

The next few hours should see things move very quickly. I expect to write more on the Dow and euro very soon, so watch this space.

But by the time you read this, the charts will almost certainly look very different!

John is is a British-born lapsed PhD physicist, who previously worked for Nasa on the Mars exploration team. He is a former commodity trading advisor with the US Commodities Futures Trading Commission, and worked in a boutique futures house in California in the 1980s.


He was a partner in one of the first futures newsletter advisory services, based in Washington DC, specialising in pork bellies and currencies. John is primarily a chart-reading trader, having cut his trading teeth in the days before PCs.


As well as his work in the financial world, he has launched, run and sold several 'real' businesses producing 'real' products.