Which way will the euro go now?

With the eurozone debt crisis rumbling on, trading the euro has proven challenging. John C Burford looks at where the single currency might go next.

Over the weekend, initial optimism about having found a magic bullet for the euro debt crisis waned fast.

This has been a repeating pattern, which has given traders many rallies on which to short the euro against the US dollar.

Lets look at the euro/US dollar chart.

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On Friday, the market was bouncing off my lower tramline following a sharp break. This break and the relief rally are forming a classic Elliott wave pattern and is confirming my bear market analysis (so far).

But, I can now draw an extra set of tramlines to trade off.

First, let's look at the Elliott wave pattern (for more on Elliott waves, see my video here: An introduction to Elliott wave theory).


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The decline off the 27 October high occurred in five clear waves. Wave 3 is a classic long and strong move. The fifth wave is a truncated wave in that it did not make a new low (lower than wave 3). Truncations do occur, especially on short-term moves and where the third wave is especially strong, as here.

Now, the relief rally that occurred off the back of wave 5 is in a clear A-B-C format. Wave C is higher than wave A and has retraced only a Fibonacci 38% of the entire move down (you can check this for yourself).

If my labelling is correct, these small-scale waves are part of a larger structure, where my wave 3 (red) can be counted as a larger wave 1 (green) down, wave C (yellow) is a new wave 2 (green), and the next move will likely be a green wave 3 down.

If I am correct, this wave will be very large I am looking for a long and strong move.

Confirming the patterns

But to confirm my analysis, the market must break the support provided by my lower tramline. As always, this could be strong support and lead to a rally. I must be always alert to this possibility.

So now let's zoom in on this relief rally on the 30-minute chart:


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The A-B-C pattern nicely fits into a new tramline pair, as marked. The touch-points, marked by my green arrows, are textbook!

The new lower tramline (the heavier line) closely follows the old' one, and provides added support.

So as of now, the market has fallen into good support, and so a good trade would be for me to enter resting short-selling orders just below the two tramlines in anticipation of the possible large decline, as forecast by my Elliott wave analysis.

Of course, some traders will have jumped the gun and shorted near the wave C high!

A possible target for the euro

OK, I'll try to come up with a possible target, if this potential trade works out as planned.

Here is the daily euro chart going back eight months:


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The chart contains some very useful information!

The recent rally has carried to the Fibonacci 23.6% retrace of the big move from the June low to the May high. That is where it met the underside of my centre tramline in a classic 'kiss'.

Also, the drop to the 3 October low took it right to my lower tramline, thus confirming its validity as a line of support.

If this support is still operative from here, any move down to it should be met with good support. Also note the tramline is crossing the 50% Fibonacci level a few days from now. This 50% level should also provide solid support.

Thus, I think I have a very good case for suggesting that if the market can make it to this level, that would be a great place for me to take any short-term profits. This crossing will occur in mid-November in the 1.34 area.

How's that for using my simple chart-based analytical methods for producing a forecast for price and time!

Remember that markets rarely follow this exact a script, so I will be amazed if things work out this precisely. But it is a good template for me to work off.

Naturally, if the current tramline support holds, we shall see a bounce. But I will only need to re-asses my analysis if it can exceed wave C.

Later this week, I hope to cover the Dow and gold.

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:

Trading with 'momentum'

The essentials of tramline trading

Advanced tramline trading

An introduction to Elliott wave theory

Trading with Fibonacci levels

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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.