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  • The euro took a knock in Asia on Monday as investors kept an anxious eye on an independence vote in Spain’s Catalonia, while surprisingly strong economic news out of China and Japan offered support to equities and commodities. The euro fell 0.3 percent after the violence-marred vote to trade at $1.1773, though European bourses seemed less troubled with financial bookmakers pointing to small opening gains for the major indices. Spanish police used batons and rubber bullets to thwart an independence vote in Catalonia on Sunday in a show of force that left hundreds injured, according to Catalan officials, and presented Madrid with a huge challenge to calm tensions in the region. The situation was fluid, with the head of the regional government opening the door to a potential declaration of independence from Spain. Dealers emphasised there had been no major selling of euros as yet and neither was there any flow to safe havens, with investors reserving judgement. The dollar was aided by speculation President Donald Trump might choose former Federal Reserve Governor Kevin Warsh to head the central bank. Warsh is considered more hawkish than current chair Janet Yellen so his appointment might lead to faster hikes in interest rates. The risk was enough to nudge yields on two-year Treasuries up to 1.503 percent, ground not visited since late 2008. China’s manufacturing activity grew at the fastest pace since 2012 in September as factories cranked up output to take advantage of strong demand and high prices. The official PMI released on Saturday rose to 52.4 in September, from 51.7 in August. China’s central bank also cut the amount of cash that some banks must hold as reserves for the first time since February 2016 in a bid to encourage more lending to struggling smaller firms and energize its lacklustre private sector. All of which was considered positive for commodity demand. Copper enjoyed its fifth consecutive quarterly gain on expectations of strong demand from top metals consumer China.
  • The dollar started the month on a high note on Monday, underpinned by higher U.S. yields, while the euro came under pressure as investors monitored the aftermath of an independence vote in Spain’s Catalonia. Liquidity was relatively thin on Monday, with China, South Korea, Hong Kong and India and markets closed for public holidays. In Australia, trade was light with Sydney closed for a holiday while Melbourne remained open. The head of Catalonia’s regional government opened the door to a potential declaration of independence from Spain. Data released earlier on Monday showed Japan’s big manufacturers were the most confident about the business outlook in a decade in the last quarter, a closely watched central bank survey showed on Monday, a sign the country’s economic recovery may be gathering steam thanks to robust global demand. The figures could also help premier Shinzo Abe as he tries to convince voters in an Oct. 22 election that his “Abenomics” stimulus policies have improved their livelihoods, analysts say. There are two main directional scenarios for the yen following the election, said Masafumi Yamamoto, chief forex strategist at Mizuho Securities. U.S. data on Friday showed consumer spending barely rose in August. But that was offset by an unexpected increase in the Institute for Supply Management Chicago’s purchasing managers’ index and an in-line reading on consumer sentiment Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said earlier last week that the central bank needs to continue with its gradual rate hikes despite broad uncertainty about the path of inflation. Fed funds futures showed investors were pricing in a nearly three in four chance that the Fed would raise interest rates again in December, from around even odds earlier last month.
  • Oil prices fell on Monday, pausing for breath after posting gains of as much as 20 percent in the third quarter, after a survey pointed to a slight increase in OPEC production in September. The contract reached its highest in more than two years early last week, and posted its fifth consecutive weekly gain. It was Brent's longest weekly bull run since June 2016. he price gains have been supported by anticipated demand from U.S. refiners resuming operations after shutdowns due to Hurricane Harvey, but a quick resumption of shale production could put a dampener on prices. Oil output from the OPEC also rose last month, gaining by 50,000 barrels per day (bpd), a Reuters survey foun. Iraqi exports increased and production edged higher in Libya, one of the OPEC producers exempt from a deal to curb output and support prices. Middle Eastern oil producers are concerned the recent price rise will only stir U.S. shale producers into more drilling and push prices lower again. U.S. energy companies added oil rigs for the first week in seven after a 14-month drilling recovery stalled in August, energy services firm Baker Hughes said on Friday. Hedge funds and other money managers raised their net long positions in U.S. crude futures and options in the week to Sept. 26, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) reported on Friday.

 

 
Intraday RESISTANCE LEVELS
2nd October 2017 R1 R2 R3
GOLD-XAU 1,279 1,288-1,294 1,300
Silver-XAG 16.70-17.00 17.50 18.00-18.35
Crude Oil 52.00 52.50-53.00 53.70
EURO/USD 1.1800-1.1875 1.1930 1.1990
GBP/USD 1.3400-1.3450 1.3500 1.3610-1.3700
USD/JPY 113.00 113.60-114.00 114.50

Intraday SUPPORTS LEVELS
2nd October 2017 S1 S2 S3
GOLD-XAU 1,271-1,263 1,252 1,244
Silver-XAG 16.35-16.00 15.60 15.30
Crude Oil 51.00 50.10-49.60 48.90
EURO/USD 1.1750 1.1700-1.1660 1.1600
GBP/USD 1.3260 1.3260 1.3200
USD/JPY 112.80-112.30 111.90 111.50-111.10

Intra-Day Strategy (2nd October 2017)
GOLD-XAU Neutral
Silver-XAG Neutral
Crude Oil Neutral
EUR/USD Neutral to Sell
GBP/USD Neutral to Sell
USD/JPY Neutral to Sell

Gold – XAU

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Gold on Friday made its intraday high of US$1290.29/oz and low of US$1275.99/oz. Gold was down by 0.543% at US$1280.00/oz.

Technicals in Focus:

In daily charts, prices are above 50DMA (1267) and breakage below will call for 1234-1224. MACD is below zero line and histograms are increasing trend and it will bring upward stance in the upcoming sessions. RSI is in overbought region and more upside is expected before it gets stretched. Stochastic Oscillator is in oversold territory and giving positive crossover to confirm bearish stance for intraday trade.

Trading Strategy: Neutral

Based on the charts and explanations above; sell below 1279-1300 keeping stop loss closing above 1300 and targeting 1271-1263 and 1252-1244. Buy above 1271-1244 with risk below 1244, targeting 1280-1288-1294 and 1300-1311.

 
Intraday Support Levels
S1     1,271-1,263
S2     1,252
S3     1,244
Intraday Resistance Levels
R1     1,279
R2     1,288-1,294
R3     1,300

Technical Indicators

Name   Value Action
14DRSI  

38.107

Buy
20-DMA   1311.82 Sell
50-DMA  

1294.74

Sell
100-DMA   1272.19 Buy
200-DMA   1249.21 Buy
STOCH(5,3)   12.881 Sell
MACD(12,26,9)   -5.397 Buy

Silver - XAG

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Silver on Friday made its intraday high of US$16.86/oz and low of US$16.66/oz. Silver settled down by 1.247% at US$16.63/oz.

Technicals in Focus:

On daily charts, silver is sustaining below 200DMA (17.10), breakage above will lead to 17.80-18.00. MACD is above zero line and histograms are increasing trend and it will bring bullish stance in the upcoming sessions. RSI is in oversold region, indicating buy signal for now. The Stochastic Oscillator is in oversold region and giving positive crossover to show upside move for the intraday trade.

Trading Strategy: Neutral

Based on the charts and explanations above, buy above 16.35-15.00 targeting 16.70-17.00-17.30 and 17.70-18.00; stop breakage below 15.00. Sell below 16.70 -18.35 with stop loss above 18.50; targeting 16.80-16.50 and 16.00-15.60.

 
Intraday  Support Levels
S1     16.35-16.00
S2     15.60
S3     15.30

Intraday  Resistance Levels
R1     16.70-17.00
R2     17.50
R3     18.00-18.35

TECHNICAL INDICATORS
Name   Value Action
14DRSI   35.470 Buy
20-DMA   17.34 Sell
50-DMA   17.10 Sell
100-DMA   16.88 Sell
200-DMA   17.12 Sell
STOCH(5,3)   12.137 Buy
MACD(12,26,9)   -0.159 Buy

Oil - WTI

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Crude Oil on Friday made an intra‐day high of US$51.75/bbl, intraday low of US$51.24/bbl and settled up by 0.0969% to close at US$51.62/bbl.

Technicals in Focus:

On daily charts, oil is sustaining below its 200DMA i.e. 49.60 which is a major resistance and breakage above will call for 50.30-51.00. MACD is below zero line and histograms are in decreasing mode will bring bearish stance in the upcoming sessions. The Stochastic Oscillator is in overbought region and giving positive crossover for confirmation of bullish stance; while the RSI is in oversold region and more downside can be expected.

Trading Strategy: Neutral

Based on the charts and explanations above; sell below 52.00-54.40 with stop loss at 54.40; targeting and 51.00-50.10 and 49.60-48.90. Buy above 51.00-48.90 with risk daily closing below 48.90 and targeting 52.00-52.50 and 53.00-53.70.

 
Intraday Support Levels
S1     51.00
S2     50.10-49.60
S3     48.90

Intraday Resistance Levels
R1     52.00
R2     52.50-53.00
R3     53.70

TECHNICAL INDICATORS
Name   Value Action
14DRSI   6.890 Sell
20-DMA   49.95 Buy
50-DMA   48.89 Buy
100-DMA   47.76 Buy
200-DMA   49.60 Sell
STOCH(5,3)   59.514 Sell
MACD(12,26,9)   1.024 Sell

EUR/USD

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EUR/USD on Friday made an intraday low of US$1.1771/EUR, high of US$1.1831/EUR and settled the day up by 0.263% to close at US$1.1815/EUR.

Technicals in Focus:

On daily charts, prices are sustaining above 20DMA (1.1937), which become immediate support level, break below will target 1.1700-1.1600. MACD is below zero line but histograms are increasing mode which will bring bullish view. Stochastic is in neutral territory and giving negative crossovers to signal for bearish outlook for intraday. 14D RSI is currently in neutral region and giving upwards directions to consider buy.

Trading Strategy: Neutral to Sell

Based on the charts and explanations above; sell below 1.1800-1.2000 targeting 1.1770-1.1700-1.1660 and 1.1600-1.1555 with stop-loss at daily closing above 1.2000. Buy above 1.1770-1.1555 with risk below 1.1550 targeting 1.1825-1.1890 and 1.1950-1.1990.

 
Intraday Support Levels
S1     1.1750
S2     1.1700-1.1660
S3     1.1600

Intraday  Resistance Levels
R1     1.1800-1.1875
R2     1.1930
R3     1.1990

TECHNICAL INDICATORS
Name   Value Action
14DRSI   42.627 Buy
20-DMA   1.1900 Buy
50-DMA   1.1843 Buy
100-DMA   1.1570 Buy
200-DMA   1.1129 Buy
STOCH(5,3)   33.087 Sell
MACD(12,26,9)   -0.0014 Buy

GBP/USD

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GBP/USD on Friday made an intra‐day low of US$1.3349/GBP, high of US$1.3441/GBP and settled the day by down by 0.319% to close at US$1.3397/GBP.

Technicals in Focus:

On daily charts, prices are sustaining above 20DMA (1.3306) is become major support level. 14-D RSI is currently in neutral region and direction is difficult to predict on RSI bases. The Stochastic Oscillator is in overbought territory and giving negative crossover to confirm bearish stance. MACD is below zero line and histograms are decreasing lead to downward movement.

Trading Strategy: Neutral to Sell

Based on the charts and explanations above; short positions below 1.3400-1.3770 with targets at 1.3350-1.3300 and 1.3270-1.3200. Buy above 1.3350-1.3200 with stop loss closing below 1.3200 targeting 1.3400-1.3450-1.3500 and 1.3610-1.3700.

 
Intraday Support Levels
S1     1.3260
S2     1.3260
S3     1.3200

Intraday Resistance Levels
R1     1.3400-1.3450
R2     1.3500
R3     1.3610-1.3700

TECHNICAL INDICATORS
Name   Value Action
14DRSI  

58.801

Buy
20-DMA   1.3353 Buy
50-DMA   1.3129 Buy
100-DMA   1.3008 Buy
200-DMA   1.2751 Buy
STOCH(5,3)   26.700 Sell
MACD(12,26,9)   0.105 Buy

USD/JPY

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USD/JPY on Friday made intra‐day low of JPY112.20/USD and made an intraday high of JPY112.72/USD and settled the day up by 0.133% at JPY112.48/USD.

Technicals in Focus:

In daily charts, JPY is sustaining above 200DMA (112.15), which is major support on the daily chart. 14-D RSI is currently is approaching oversold region. MACD is above zero line but histograms are in decreasing mode which might lead to downward movement. The Stochastic Oscillator is approaching overbought territory and signaling to sell as it has given negative crossover to confirm bearish stance.

Trading Strategy: Neutral to Sell

Sell below 113.00-114.50 with risk above 114.50 targeting 112.80-112.30 and 111.50-111.0-110.35. Long positions above 112.80-111.10 with targets of 113.60-114.00 and 114.50-115.00 with stop below 111.00.

 
Intraday Support Levels
S1     112.80-112.30
S2     111.90
S3     111.50-111.10

INTRADAY RESISTANCE LEVELS
R1     113.00
R2     113.60-114.00
R3     114.50

TECHNICAL INDICATORS
Name   Value Action
14DRSI   63.777 Buy
20-DMA   110.97 Buy
50-DMA   110.40 Buy
100-DMA   111.03 Buy
200-DMA   112.00 Sell
STOCH(9,6)   63.755 Buy
MACD(12,26,9)   0.722 Sell

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