The Chart du Jour

Euro Excess

April 25, 2000

By, Barclay T. Leib

Please don't ask why the stock market rallied today. It did something it shouldn't have done and we are honestly confused. On April 19 we suggested that the DJIA should not intersect 10,982. Now it has and then some. While there is a tremendous amount of noise and volatility around which we must formulate our views, within a bearish overall context, it may be prudent to step aside and simply watch the price action for a day or two. We remain bearish, but concerned that our anticipated roadmap is starting to diverge.

One thing that might shortly be an opportunity is some sort of countertrend bet on the euro. Previously hedge fund macro traders were bottom picking the euro. Today felt like a true stop-loss regurgitation. Yet, here we stand within a band of resistance on the dollar that we have discussed for sometime, with the specific rhythm pointing toward approximately 2.1620 basis the old USD/DEM chart as a natural stopping point. We quote below from part of an article we published last fall:

Between 1985 and 1995, the U.S. dollar fell from a high of 3.3480 DM to a low of 1.3454 DM. A "natural" minimum retracement of this decline that a trader might expect to transpire at some point would be a 38.2% retracement of the distance between those two extremes, or a move up to 2.1104. 1.618 times the 1995 low of 1.3480 equals 2.1811. The band between 2.1104 and 2.1811 thus becomes a logical minimum target zone for a rally that would fit nature's general rhythm. A full .618% retracement of the 1985-1995 decline would yield a target of 2.5830 -- a level certainly possible with time, but which would be unlikely to be reached before a tremendous amount of work between 2.1104 and 2.1811 first.


Chart produced using Advanced GET End-of-Day

We also note that the sentiment levels on the Deutsche mark futures (let that read euro futures) have also been running quite extreme. Just 4% of respondants to Market Vane's Bullish Consensus survey are currently bullish the mark (euro). Such a level is typical of a dangerously overbought dollar. The combination of such an extreme with an important band of Fibonacci resistance means that those still astute enough to be long the dollar against Europe should say "thank you" and take their money off the table. Those who like being a contrarian should start to look at bullish DM (euro) strategies, particularly if we were to reach the upper end (2.1811) of the above mentioned band of resistance -- and particularly if we were to still be in this resistance area on our May 4th cycle date. We cannot pinpoint exactly where the dollar strength should abate between 2.1104 and 2.1811 (the 2.1620 level is our best guess loosely eye-balling the rhythm of 15 years of data), but we are sure that this range will contain a significant high. The equivalent levels basis the euro cash are .9268 and .8967.

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