Thursday, October 28, 2010

EURUSD—Back at retracement point

My short from 1.3882 on Tuesday profit-stopped out at 1.3851 in yesterday's bounce for +31 pips. I have taken another short trade this morning at 1.3882, the same price as the original. My reasons are:

1) Euro is back at the .618 retracement (Nov. to June) that it fell through on its descent this week
2) This corresponds with a corrective channel top
3) It's nearing the 50% (1.3905) retracement of the move down from 1.4080
4) Within an Elliott Wave interpretation, a wave three is beginning
5) It's near a psychological 1.39 price point
6) The daily 10 SMA at 1.3896 and the daily 20 SMA at 1.3901 add to potential resistance

The 1.3905 provides me with a potential stop and reverse point (although that’s a very tight stop). Another stop point is 1.3948, last week's channel line I was trading off of. Why would one reverse? There's a potential ABC correction on the daily chart. In addition, we've had a higher low (first low of 1.3697 then 1.3794). If it clears the .618 of the longer term move down and clears the 1.3905, there's a chance at another high. I'd expect failure at 1.4035 (the downward resistance line) or at a retest of 1.4159 or perhaps slightly above.

So, even if this trade doesn't succeed, it has the elements of a good trade—reasons for entering, price points that will hint I may be wrong and even a reversal strategy. If I'm right and price starts down, expect support at 1.3794 (yesterday's low) and 1.3697. A move below 1.3587 or 1.3500 would be signs it was in a new leg down, probably to 1.3375/35.

Here's the hourly chart:

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