Monday, November 1, 2010


October was the fourth month that Euro had a higher high and higher low. It didn't close above the psychological 1.40 but a high is a high. As I wrote on Friday, a short look backwards (10 years) shows that Euro has gone up in November in eight of the last ten years. 10 data points does not a statistically reliable study make but it's worth noting. From eyeballing the monthly chart one can see that the downtrend line is coming in above current prices at around 1.4535. As I also wrote on Friday, this is in the range of some price targets and is just above the .618 retracement of the entire move down from 2008 which is at 1.4450. Looking at the red channel lines, one can see that this would be within the range of a correction since many corrections stay within parallel lines drawn off the origin of A to the end of wave B. So a close above that downtrend line would be a piece of evidence that this correction is over. Notice the words, "piece of evidence." Technical analysis is made up of the weight of evidence and those that trade on only one piece (or one indicator) often end up broke. Another way of looking at this is to see the lines within the red channel as representing a massive bull flag (and I do mean massive—a price target from this would be astonishingly high but I'll let you figure that out).

Note the rise from the classic morning star formation. Note, too, that three of the last four candles are very bullish and that even with the upper shadow on the October one, the bulls are coming into the month in control of the situation. To me, unless bears take control soon, this strengthens the argument that prices may rise to the downtrend line and that this November might be another up month in line with the scant, ten-year seasonal data.

When I look at other evidence, such as my daily point and figure charts (not shown), I have an internal downtrend (45°) line coming in at 1.4180 (not too great) but I also have price targets well above that line.

On the other hand, sentiment is very bullish and markets have a way of going against that. On a daily basis it can be reasonably argued that we're at the top of an Elliott Wave correction (see prior posts) although wave c at 1.618 times that of wave A also pushes us into the mid 1.40s. Then there is that pesky harmonic pattern (the bat) that I blogged about at the beginning of October that would a high well above where we are now.

OK, I have some mixed evidence but the weight of it is leaning bullish. Therefore my choice as a trader is to buy pullbacks in the shorter time frame. I'll discuss that in the next post. Price behavior, once it gets to 1.4450 to 1.4579 (the January high) is going to be key. Maybe it will get there this month.

Here's the monthly chart:

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