We just had the worst first week of a New Year in history.
The main drivers of the large move down in the US Dollar’s DXY index a week ago Thursday (Dec 3) were the European currency pairs with the USD/CAD and USD/JPY mostly sitting out the decline in the DXY index. The GBP/USD was certainly up on Thursday but had very much underperformed the gains that were seen in the DXY Index as a whole.
The picture is even more dramatic if we look at the weekly data which is now in. Viewing an entire week’s worth of data we can see that the European currency pairs accounted for over 98% of the losses in the DXY Index for the week with the EUR/USD accounting for over 85% of the indexes drop. Additionally not only did the USD/JPY and USD/CAD currency pairs end the week fairly flat they had very little movement throughout the entire week as well trading in a very tight range.
The market is now full of dollar bulls and the main reason there are so many bulls is due to the strong rally we have seen since May of 2014. Yet, any one left within the dollar bear camp is amazingly still screaming for the demise to the USD. Many have claimed, week after week, that the dollar is about to crash, but, alas, the dollar has had other plans, just as we expected back in 2011.
And, just as we were dollar bullish well before the masses have joined us, we are now going to turn dollar neutral very soon for the intermediate term. To that end, I believe the next year or so will likely frustrate both bulls and bears alike. You see, the market is now approaching the target zone for what we were expecting as the top of wave 3 off the 2008 lows. That means that the multi-year rally I was calling for back in 2011 is approaching a climax for wave 3. And, for those that know how to count, after wave 3 comes wave 4.
The ideal scenario takes us into the 1.3215 – 1.3143 level as a retrace for wave ii of (iii), which we would then expect to be followed by a very strong move higher for wave iii of (iii). Click on either image for a much larger version.
Originally published on ElliottWaveTrader.net by Mike Golembesky.