EOS, Ethereum and Ripple’s XRP – Daily Tech Analysis – 29/02/20

EOS

EOS fell by 2.56% on Friday. Reversing a 2.31% gain from Thursday, EOS ended the day at $3.4287.

A mixed start to the day saw EOS rise to an early morning intraday high $3.6212 before hitting reverse.

Falling short of the first major resistance level at $3.7749, EOS slid to a mid-day intraday low $3.3535.

EOS fell through the first major support level at $3.4250 before recovering. Finding support late on, EOS struck a high $3.6100 before falling back to $3.52 levels.

At the time of writing, EOS was up by 0.44% to $3.5444. A bullish start to the day saw EOS rise from an early morning low $3.5282 to a high $3.5908.

EOS left the major support and resistance levels untested early on.

EOS/USD 29/02/20 Daily Chart

For the day ahead

EOS would need to move back through to $3.60 levels to support a run at the first major resistance level at $3.6888.

Support from the broader market would be needed, however, for EOS to break out from Friday’s high $3.6812.

Barring a broad-based crypto rally, the first major resistance level would likely leave EOS short of $3.70 levels once more.

Failure to move back through to $3.60 levels could see EOS fall back into the red.

A fall back through the morning low to sub-$3.52 levels would bring the first major support level at $3.3611 into play.

Barring an extended crypto sell-off, however, EOS should continue to steer clear of sub-$3.30 levels.

Looking at the Technical Indicators

Major Support Level: $3.3611

Major Resistance Level: $3.6888

23.6% FIB Retracement Level: $6.62

38% FIB Retracement Level: $9.76

62% FIB Retracement Level: $14.82

Ethereum

Ethereum slipped by 0.1% on Friday. Following a 1.72% gain from Thursday, Ethereum ended the day at $227.36.

A mixed start to the day saw Ethereum rise to an early morning intraday high $234.90 before hitting reverse.

Falling short of the first major resistance level at $237.75, Ethereum slid to a mid-day intraday low $213.63.

Ethereum fell through the first major support level at $218.75 before recovering to $230 levels. A final hour pullback to sub-$227.60 levels left Ethereum in the red for the day, however.

At the time of writing, Ethereum was up by 1.05% to $229.75. A bullish start to the day saw Ethereum rise from an early morning low $227.04 to a high $232.20.

Ethereum left the major support and resistance levels untested early on.

ETH/USD 29/02/20 Daily Chart

For the day ahead

Ethereum would need to break back through the morning high $232.20 to bring the first major resistance level at $236.97 into play.

Support from the broader market would be needed, however, for Ethereum to break back through to $230 levels.

Barring a broad-based crypto rally, the first major resistance level at $236.97 should leave Ethereum short of $240 levels.

Failure to move back through the morning high could see Ethereum give up the early gains.

A fall through back through the morning low to sub-$225.30 levels would bring the first major support level at $215.70 into play.

Barring an extended crypto sell-off, however, Ethereum should steer clear of sub-$210 support levels.

Looking at the Technical Indicators

Major Support Level: $215.70

Major Resistance Level: $236.97

23.6% FIB Retracement Level: $257

38.2% FIB Retracement Level: $367

62% FIB Retracement Level: $543

Ripple’s XRP

Ripple’s XRP fell by 0.48% on Friday. Partially reversing a 3.81% gain from Thursday, Ripple’s XRP ended the day at $0.23764.

Tracking the broader market, Ripple’s XRP rose to an early morning intraday high $0.24450 before hitting reverse.

Falling short of the first major resistance level at $0.2490, Ripple’s XRP slid to a mid-day intraday low $0.2290.

Steering clear of the first major support level at $0.2261, Ripple’s XRP recovered to $0.24 levels before falling back into the red.

At the time of writing, Ripple’s XRP was up by 0.28% to $0.23830. A mixed start to the day saw Ripple’s XRP rise to an early morning high $0.24144 before falling to a low $0.23660.

Ripple’s XRP left the major support and resistance levels untested early on.

XRP/USD 29/02/20 Daily Chart

For the day ahead

Ripple’s XRP will need to break back through to $0.24 levels to support a run at the first major resistance level at $0.2451.

Support from the broader market would be needed, however, for Ripple’s XRP to break out from the morning high $0.24144.

Barring an extended crypto rally, the first major resistance levels would likely pin Ripple’s XRP back from $0.25 levels.

Failure to move back through to $0.24 levels could see Ripple’s XRP fall back into the red.

A fall back through to sub-$0.2370 levels would bring the first major support level at $0.2296 into play.

Barring an extended crypto sell-off, however, Ripple’s XRP should steer clear of sub-$0.22 levels on the day.

The second major support level at $0.2215 should limit any downside on the day.

Looking at the Technical Indicators

Major Support Level: $0.2296

Major Resistance Level: $0.2451

23.6% FIB Retracement Level: $0.3638

38.2% FIB Retracement Level: $0.4800

62% FIB Retracement Level: $0.6678

Please let us know what you think in the comments below.

Thanks, Bob

US Stock Market Overview – Stocks Drop and the VIX Surges as the Fed Stands Ready

US stocks continue to tumble on Friday, with the major averages down more than 3% at the lows of the session. Some of the larger tech stocks like Microsoft and Apple slammed lower but rebounded to close well off their lows. Gold prices tumbled on Friday, pulling down the metal mining stocks. The Fed was on the tape mid-day saying that they stand ready to lower rates if need be. The market is currently pricing in 3-rate cuts in 2020 with one coming in March of 2020.

All sectors in the S&P 500 index were lower on Friday, led down by Utilities, Energy was the best performing sector in a down tape. Inflation came out in line with expectations, but this did not affect the 10-year treasury yields which dropped to another all-time low. There is little word from the White House about how they will coordinate a response to the coronavirus which is also keeping inventors skittish. The VIX volatility index hit multi-year highs climbing up to 50%, the highest level since 2008.

Inflation Rises

The Personal-consumption expenditures rose 0.2% in January from December, according to the Commerce Department. Personal income advanced 0.6% last month, the largest gain in 11 months. Expectations were for a  0.2% increase in spending and a 0.4% gain in personal income. Gains in income and spending came against the backdrop of still-modest inflation pressures. The price index for personal consumption expenditures, rose 0.1% on the month and was up 1.7% from a year earlier. Year-over-year price gains were 1.5% in December and 1.3% in November.

Mortgages Continue to Buoy Housing Sales

The spread of the coronavirus and the fears associate with it sent bond yields tumbling, the average rate on the popular 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.23%, an 8-year low. The lower yields are buoying housing sales. The 30-year fixed loosely follows the yield on the 10-year Treasury, which is now at a record low.

Gold Price Prediction – Prices Tumble as Momentum Turns Negative

Gold prices were hammered on Friday as a crowded trade lost many weak longs. Prices sliced through short term support levels, despite declining US yields but a steady dollar. Generally, gold prices are negatively correlated to the 10-year yield but the correlation has broken down as gold drop in tandem with US yields. US personal consumption expectations rose in January to an 11-month high.

Technical Analysis

 

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Gold prices were hammered on Friday, as trades quickly exited pushed the yellow metal down more than 4%. Volatility on gold prices surged higher but eased into the close. Why concerns over the spread of the coronavirus continue to weigh on riskier assets, gold has been immune and up until Friday used as a safe-haven asset. Prices sliced through support near the 10-day moving average which is now seen as resistance at 1,615. Prices bounced near the 50-day moving average at 1,569. Prices have also slipped through an upward sloping trend line that comes in near 1,571.

Medium-term momentum has turned negative as the MACD (moving average convergence divergence) index generated a crossover sell signal. This occurs as the MACD line (the 12-day moving average minus the 26-day moving average) crosses above the MACD signal line (the 9-day moving average of the MACD line). The MACD histogram also generated a crossover sell signal, crossing through the zero index level. The downward sloping trajectory of the MACD histogram points to accelerating negative momentum.

Inflation Rises

The Personal-consumption expenditures rose 0.2% in January from December, according to the Commerce Department. Personal income advanced 0.6% last month, the largest gain in 11 months. Expectations were for a  0.2% increase in spending and a 0.4% gain in personal income. Gains in income and spending came against the backdrop of still-modest inflation pressures. The price index for personal consumption expenditures, rose 0.1% on the month and was up 1.7% from a year earlier. Year-over-year price gains were 1.5% in December and 1.3% in November.

S&P 500 Price Forecast – Stock Markets Have Wild Ride on Friday

The S&P 500 broke down significantly again during the trading session on Friday, showing signs of stability midday. Having said that, the market is extraordinarily oversold, and we have just seen one of the worst selloffs ever. At this point, the market is likely to see a hard bounce, but that bounce may or may not be sustainable. Quite frankly, I don’t think it’s likely to happen. The 200 day EMA above will more than likely offer resistance, and it’s not until we clear that level on a daily close then I think the market can truly bounce.

S&P 500 Video 02.03.20

The weekend can bring anything, not the least of which would be central banks deciding to cut rates or do something to help markets. That being said though, it can only help so much and at this point I think that the markets are probably resigned to sell rallies in the short term, at least until the coronavirus disappears or at least gets under control before the market can truly gain for a longer-term move. To the downside, if we were to break down below the lows of the Friday session this could really start to unwind things in cause a lot of problems. At this point, I don’t see an argument to start buying, at least not without some type of major help from outside. Overall, this is a market that if you try to bite here you might be “catching a falling knife.” Any bounce later in the day could be simple short covering than anything else. At this point, the sellers are still very much in control.

Silver Price Forecast – Silver Markets Break Down Drastically

Silver markets broke down significantly during the trading session on Friday, breaking through the 200 day EMA which of course is a very negative sign. Silver is going to be a bit interesting considering that the market participants are likely to go looking at the $16.50 level. That’s an area that I think continues to attract a lot of attention as it was previous support but quite frankly it’s probably only a matter of time before we break down a bit. Precious metals of course are a bit of a safe haven when it comes to markets, but silver has an industrial component as well, and that of course is part of what’s getting punished.

SILVER Video 02.03.20

Furthermore, the markets may have witnessed a bit of forced liquidation of silver as a lot of traders would have been in profit. By taking profits here they can pay for losses elsewhere. That’s simply the market looking for liquidity where it can find it. At this point, silver is more than likely going to find a bottom, but I think we may have a little bit more pain to go. Over the weekend we may get some central bank interest-rate cuts, so that could help silver, but there are far too many question marks out there right now to simply put money to work. This is a very dangerous market and essentially a “50-50 proposition” that we are dealing with. At that point, it’s no longer trading but it then becomes gambling. That of course is not very advisable. Expect extreme volatility on Monday regardless of what happens over the weekend.

Crude Oil Price Forecast – Crude Oil Markets Break Down Yet Again on Friday

WTI Crude Oil

The West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil market has broken down significantly during the trading session on Friday to slice down below the $45 level. It is possible that we get a bit of a bounce from here, but any bounce should be sold into, especially if we get closer to the $50 level. OPEC needs to cut production to have any hope of a bounce for a longer-term move, and quite frankly even then I don’t think that will be enough as people are worried about global demand and the longer-term oversupply that we already have. With that being the case, I am a seller. However, if we break down below the lows again, we could go looking towards the $40 level.

Crude Oil Video 02.03.20

Brent

Brent markets have also broken down, to slice down below the $50 level. It’s very likely that the market may go looking towards the $45 level given enough time, but in the short term a little bit of a recovery may be possible. That recovery should continue to be sold into as there are far too many reasons to think that this market is going to fall apart again. Granted, we can’t go in one direction forever but clearly buying is all but impossible less something drastically changes. We would need to see the coronavirus situation suddenly disappear, something that’s not going to happen. Ultimately, this is a market that seems as if it is going to go lower given enough time but with all things, you don’t chase the trade.

Natural Gas Price Forecast – Natural Gas Markets Fall Yet Again

Natural gas markets have broken down a bit during the trading session on Friday again, as the market continues to show signs of weakness. Quite frankly, the oversupply of natural gas doesn’t seem to be going the way anytime soon, and therefore I think that rallies will continue to be sold. We are starting to see a little bit of a bounce late in the day but that’s probably just people taking profits into the weekend.

NATGAS Video 02.03.20

The inventory figure this week was miserable, showing that there is not enough demand still. The lack of demand by the markets for natural gas continues to hamper any type of price appreciation, but quite frankly we have much bigger issues than that now. The oversupply simply is going nowhere until there are bankruptcies in the United States. We are about to see massive credit issues for a lot of the companies that have been supplying the market was so much natural gas, and that will force bankruptcies. That in turn will eventually disrupt supply, something the market desperately needs. Until then, it’s all but impossible to buy this market, because quite frankly there are too many things working against it.

Furthermore, the weather in the United States continues to be warming up, and that will drive down demand as well. At this point in time, there’s nothing good about this market in fading the rallies continues to be a major issue. The $1.80 level would be the first place at be looking to sell on signs of weakness, followed by the $2.00 level after that. In fact, I see the $0.20 region as an entire barrier that will be broken.

Gold Price Forecast – Forced Selling Of Yellow Metal

Gold markets fell hard during the session on Friday, as we have sliced through the $1600 level. By doing so, the market shows signs of extreme weakness as we have not only broken through a big figure, but we have also touched the 50 day EMA. Looking at this candlestick, it is extraordinarily negative, but at this point if we break down below the 50 day EMA it could unwind this market even further. The $1550 level will be the next target, and then eventually the $1500 level. At this point, any rally needs to clear the $1600 level on a daily close to begin buying. If we do that before the weekend, then it might be a bit of speculation that the server banks around the world looking to cut interest rates, but quite frankly that is still a gas.

Gold Price Predictions Video 02.03.20

If the market gets news over the weekend, this could be an extraordinarily volatile place to be. Quite frankly, pay attention to the $1600 level to determine which direction you should be trading, but you won’t be able to have that information until the markets open up. This weekend could be extraordinarily important for gold, so to suggest that we know what’s going to happen before all of the news gets out of the way would quite frankly be ineffectual. The world is certainly teetering on the edge of panic, and eventually that should help gold but we don’t know where the bottom is quite yet.

USD/JPY Price Forecast – US Dollar Continues to Melt Down Against Yen

The US dollar has broken down rather significantly during the training session on Friday, as we continue to see a run to safety and the financial markets. The Japanese yen is reasserting itself as a safety currency, as we have seen in spades over the last several sessions. The US markets have been selling off, and therefore money is flying out of New York as more concerned about coronavirus hit the headlines. As I record this, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 900 points, and looking very much like it’s going to reach 1000 lost yet again.

USD/JPY Video 02.03.20

The USD/JPY pair is getting close to the 200 day EMA, an area that will of course attract a lot of attention. At this point, I think that the 200 day EMA could cause a little bit of a bounce, but if we do break down below there then the longer-term trend suddenly becomes negative again. The ¥110 level is essentially “fair value” in the longer-term consolidation area and we have just gotten smoked by a false break out. Because of this, it’s likely that we may return to ¥110 again, as market memory dictates. However, the market is literally moving by the most recent headline, and to be honest the correlation between the S&P 500 in the USD/JPY pair has returned to the norm again, so pay attention to this correlation, as we are getting oversold, and it’s a matter of time before we get some type of nasty bounce. In other words, you can’t short the market quite right now, as you would be “chasing the trade.” That being said, it will be interesting to see what happens next but I would advise keeping a very small position regardless of what you choose to do.

GBP/USD Price Forecast – British Pound Struggles to Hang On to Gains Against Greenback

The British pound initially tried to rally during the trading session on Friday, just as it did on Thursday. However, just as we had seen on Thursday, the sellers overwhelmed the pair, and the British pound cannot hang on to gains. It looks at this point that the market is going fully into a “risk off” type of situation. I believe also that the British pound is suffering not only due to the fact that the global markets are complete mess, but the fact that the never-ending source of tension between the UK and the EU continues. Ultimately, I do think that the greenback is a bit oversold against most currencies, but the British pound will probably continue to be a little bit more insulated.

GBP/USD Video 02.03.20

If we break down below the 1.28 handle, it very well could open up the door to at least the 200 day EMA. At this point, it’s likely that the market would have a serious fight on his hand to determine the direction of the trend overall pair the market turning around and recapturing the 1.30 level though would be rather bullish and showed just how strong the British pound is in general. At that point, I would anticipate that the basing pattern would be somewhat completed, and we should go looking towards 1.35 handle. However, as things are starting to develop on the coronavirus front and the massive amount of money going into the US bond markets, that’s looking less likely by the day.

GBP/JPY Price Forecast – British Pound Gets Hammered Against Japanese Yen Yet Again

The British pound has broken down significantly during the trading session on Friday, as we continue to see a major breakdown and risk appetite. The Japanese yen is acting as a safety currency again, so having said that it’s likely that the markets will continue to drive toward the yen until the overall attitude of traders around the world stabilizes. Having said that though, it’s difficult to imagine a scenario where we will see some type of major turnaround right away. On the other side of that equation is the fact that the market is getting oversold, so a bounce is probably very likely. Even if that’s the case though, it’s very difficult to simply just jump in and buy this market because it is “cheap.”

GBP/JPY Video 02.03.20

If we break down below the ¥139 level, then the bottom will fall out of this pair and we will continue to go much lower. It should be noted that the British pound has held up a little bit better against the Japanese yen over the last several months, so this pair may have further to fall than other ones. When compared to other pairs such as the AUD/JPY and the NZD/JPY, there’s much more real estate to the downside if we do get a complete breakdown and collapse in confidence. Rallies at this point will probably be sold into unless of course something changes drastically, so we will probably have to look towards the weekly chart in order to make a bigger decision. If that’s the case, pay attention to how it breaks and of course my analysis here on longer time frames. This clearly looks very bearish at the moment though.

EUR/USD Price Forecast – Euro Roles Over As Fear Continues

The Euro rallied initially during the trading session on Friday again, but as time wore on, the market participants started selling it in order to form a rather bearish looking candlestick. Ultimately, the 1.10 level is a major area and it makes sense that resistance would show up in this area. At this point, the market looks very likely to go looking towards the lows again, because quite frankly we are in a large downtrend and quite frankly the European Union is starting to see an explosion in coronavirus cases. I do believe that the market is starting to look at the fact that the European Union is almost into a recession, and certainly looks as if it is going to head in that direction.

EUR/USD Video 02.03.20

To the upside, the market does break above the top of the candlestick for the day, then we could see a bit of a melt up, but I don’t think that’s going to be the case. Quite frankly as we go to the weekend a lot of people will have wanted to close the long position that they may have had in the Euro, as the US dollar continues to offer safety over the longer term. Granted, there was a repricing of the US dollar due to concerns about the coronavirus expanding in the United States, but at the end of the day we are in a downtrend and nothing has changed in the European Union, and therefore we should continue to see plenty of weakness.

AUD/USD Price Forecast – Australian Dollar Gets Hammered

The Australian dollar has been hammered during the trading session on Friday, but at this point it’s likely that the market will have to bounce a bit due to the fact that it is oversold. Granted, the Australian dollar is highly sensitive to the Chinese economy and what’s going on there, which of course is getting crushed by the coronavirus situation. A lack of demand for copper and other raw materials out of Australia will probably continue to suffer, so at this point I think it’s likely that the market will sell the Australian dollar is a bit of a proxy. Furthermore, the US dollar is picking up quite a bit of momentum due to the fact that the markets are completely freaking out around the world, as the coronavirus has seemingly accelerated.

AUD/USD Video 02.03.20

The market participants will more than likely sell into any rally that we get at this point, so looking for signs of exhaustion will be the way to go. I believe at this point, it’s a matter of time before you get some type of opportunity to sell this pair. Quite frankly, if we do break down below the lows of the Friday session, it is of course a selling signal, but I much prefer selling rallies Sibley because we are a bit overextended. I still believe that this pair is probably going to go looking towards the 0.63 handle, which was the bottom of the financial crisis back over a decade ago. To the upside, I believe that the 0.66 level could offer more selling, and most certainly the 0.67 level will. All things being equal it’s likely that the market could see a bit of a bounce late in the Friday session just due to short covering.

Gold Price Forecast – Did Gold Prices Peak?

Since January, we’ve been calling for Gold to reach $1700 by March. Prices hit $1691.70 on Monday before reversing sharply. The massive liquidation in stocks this week may have forced a premature top in Gold.

On Monday I wrote, Gold Nears $1700 Target as Stocks Plummet. Our Gold Cycle Indicator jumped to 405 and entered maximum topping, suggesting the 6-month cycle was nearing maturity. I assumed prices would stretch a little higher, but the ensuing market liquidation proved overwhelming.

Correction Target

If the gold cycle peaked at $1691.70, then I won’t expect the next 6-month low until late April or early May. Preliminary analysis supports a decline to $1480 – $1520.

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What could change our outlook? If stocks continue to plummet, then the Fed will be forced to cut interest rates, and that could put gold back on its feet. With the S&P 500 down 13.40% for the week (as I write), the Fed could announce something as soon as this weekend.

Don’t Let The Bull Throw You

Despite all the volatility, precious metals and miners are in long-term bull markets. There will be pullbacks and corrections, sometimes deep – don’t let these events shake you. The bull is powerful and will do its best to throw you. Grit your teeth, cinch down that flank strap, and decide not to be thrown.

AG Thorson is a registered CMT and expert in technical analysis. He believes we are in the final stages of a global debt super-cycle. For more information, please visit https://goldpredict.com/

 

Natural Gas Price Fundamental Daily Forecast – May Be Overcooked; Don’t Get Caught Shorting Weakness

Natural gas futures hit a multi-year low on Friday, strongly suggesting the winter heating season is over and traders are ready to move on to the spring. Besides the weather, traders are also blaming the steep losses this week on coronavirus fears.

Another catalyst behind Friday’s rout is the loss of 22.3 gas-weighted heating degree days (gHDD) from the American model over the past 24 hours, according to forecaster DTN, which adjusted its latest forecast to warmer ahead of Friday’s opening.

At 14:39 GMT, April Natural Gas is trading $1.722, down $0.30 or -1.71%. The low of the session so far is $1.642.

U.S. Energy Information Administration Weekly Storage report

On Thursday, the EIA reported that domestic supplies of natural gas fell by 143 for the week-ending February 21. Total stocks now stand at 2,200 trillion cubic feet, up 637 billion cubic feet from a year ago, and 179 billion cubic feet above the five-year average, the government said.

Going into the report, traders were looking for a larger-than-average withdrawal for the week-ending February 21.

A Bloomberg survey predicted withdrawals ranging from 145 Bcf to 165 Bcf, with a median of 156 Bcf. Polls by the Wall Street Journal and Reuters produced similar results, while NGI’s model projected a pull of 152 Bcf.

The EIA recorded a 167 Bcf draw for the similar week last year, while the five-year average withdrawal stands at 122 Bcf.

Daily Forecast

Now that the market has hit its multi-year low at $1.642 and winter has been officially put to bed (aside from a few pockets of cold weather than tend to pop up in March) speculators can kick back and relax. What this means is that a few of the major short-sellers are likely to start booking profits so there exists the possibility of a meaningful short-covering rally over the near-term.

Start watching for signs of a bottom like a lower-low, higher-close, commonly known as a closing price reversal bottom. Turning higher on a move over yesterday’s close at $1.752 can produce such a move.

Don’t get complacent if short. This market can turn higher in a hurry if the short-sellers start to take profits. The next rally may have nothing to do with the weather.

The S&P 500 Enters Correction, Coronavirus Fear Grows, Consumer Data Still Solid

The U.S. Market Is Down In Early Trading

The U.S. index futures are down hard again in Friday trading. This is the 7th day of decline and puts the major indices deep in correction territory. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ Composite are all down more than 10% in that time.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 1200 points in Thursday action, its biggest one-day drop on record. This has been the worst week for equities since 2008 and the pain is not yet over.

The sell-off was sparked by the coronavirus and the market’s realization it will have a profound impact on global GDP this year. Yesterday’s warning from Goldman Sachs, that EPS growth would fall to 0% or lower, is the prime example. In virus news, the spread of the virus is not contained. New Zealand and Nigeria have reported their first cases while China and South Korean totals continue to rise. South Korea is now the center of the spread with 500 new cases. China’s epidemic appears to be slowing with only 327 new cases.

The virus is expected to gain a foothold in the U.S. and may already have done so. California reported its first case of community-based transmission and now has roughly 8,500 hundred people under observation.

 Stocks On The Move

Caterpillar is the worst-performing stock in the Dow. The bellwether of global economic activity was down as much as 3.0% in early pre-market trading but cut the losses to only -2.0% by the open of the session. Shares of Apple were also down about 3.0% in early trading while Chevron and Cisco both posted losses near 2.0%. Hard-hit S&P 500 stocks include Norweigan Cruise Lines and American Airlines are moving lower in today’s session and down more than 20% since the broad-market sell-off began.

Paypal is the latest to issue a warning about the virus. The global payments company says revenue will be impacted by the virus because the cross-border activity is slowing. Paypal says revenue will come in at the lower end of the previously stated range and below consensus.

Consumer Data Remains Strong

The day’s economic calendar is topped by the Personal Income and Spending data. The report shows income rose by a larger than expected 0.6% while spending increased only 0.2%. Analysts had been expecting income to rise by about 0.3% and spending the same. Looking in the rearview mirror, the previous month’s income was revised down by 0.1% while spending was revised higher. On the inflation front, PCE prices rose 0.1% last month and are up 1.7% YOY. At the core level, consumer inflation is up 1.6% from last year.

Price of Gold Fundamental Daily Forecast – Watch for Buyers as Market Enters Value Area

Gold prices are down over 1% on Friday as investors continued to book profits after a recent run-up in prices. The market has now give back more than half of its gains from the rally that began on February 5. Nonetheless, the precious metal is set to finish with a third consecutive monthly gain although it is likely to end the week with a loss.

At 13:25 GMT, April Comex gold is trading $1623.80, down $18.70 or -1.14%.

The weakness in gold this week has come as a surprise to some. One would think that with the global equity markets plunging over 10% in just a matter of days, gold prices would’ve soared. But that hasn’t been the case.

Gold is probably under pressure this week for a number of reasons. Firstly, it may be too costly or overpriced. Secondly, traders may have fully priced in the sooner-than-expected rate cuts from the Fed. Thirdly, some of the bigger hedge funds may be booking profits to offset some of their losses or to meet margin calls in other markets. Finally, investors may have determined that buying U.S. Treasurys for safe-haven protection is a better play due to liquidity issues in gold.

Daily Forecast

We said earlier in the week that the longer-term fundamentals for gold are bullish and that investors may not buying again when the market hits a value zone. Not everyone has the money to chase a market higher.

Gold is currently trading inside a value zone defined as $1628.10 to $1604.80. Watch the price action and read the order flow on a test of this zone to determine if buying is taking place. Ideally, we’d like to see a closing price reversal bottom, but that moves seems unlikely today unless there is a dramatic turnaround.

Gold may have to spend a few days inside the value zone, building a support base, before prices move higher.

Silver Daily Forecast – Silver Slides to 10-Week Low

Silver has lost ground for a fourth straight day. Currently, silver is trading at $17.12, down $0.64 or 3.65% the day.

Silver Approaching $17

It has been a rough week for silver. The metal is down 7.5% and is on track to post its worst week since October 2016. Silver is struggling to stay above the symbolic 17.00 level, which has held since mid-December.

As a precious metal, silver can be considered a safe-haven asset. At the same time, it also has use as an industrial component, and this aspect has sent silver prices sharply lower. For example, silver is found in photovoltaic (PV), which is a key component in the manufacture of solar panels. China boasts the largest PV silver market in the world, and the coronavirus resulted in many PV factories having to close. South Korea, another industrial hub for silver, has been hit hard by the coronavirus, as the country’s economic activity has been sapped.

Will Fed Trim Rates in Response to Corona?

Only a few weeks, ago, Federal Reserve policymakers were confidently indicating to the markets that they did not anticipate lowering rates in 2020. However, the devastating economic consequences of the coronavirus may cause the Fed to reconsider this stance.

On Thursday, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said that the Federal Reserve was paying “close attention” to the outbreak and said that “policymakers must commit to provide extraordinary accommodation in order to meet their mandate.” If the coronavirus spreads in the U.S., the Fed may be forced to cut interest rates.

 

Silver Technical Analysis

As silver falls, support levels continues to break. The 200-day EMA is situated at 17.10 and is located at the candlesticks. This is immediately followed by the round number of 17.00. Below, we find support at 16.30, which is protecting the 16.00 level. Above, we have resistance at 17.50, with the 50-EMA at 17.81. This is followed by the key line of 18.00.

 

Oil Price Fundamental Daily Forecast – Prices May Be Too Cheap for Buyers to Ignore

U.S. West Texas Intermediate and international-benchmark Brent crude oil futures hit multi-year lows on Friday and were set for their steepest weekly decline in more than four years as the spread of the coronavirus raised fears of a global recession and consequently lower demand for crude oil and other refined fuels.

At 12:54 GMT, April WTI crude oil is at $45.73, down $1.36 or -2.95% and April Brent crude oil is at $51.04, down $1.14 or -2.18%.

Benchmark Brent crude, which fell about 2% on Thursday, has lost around 13% this week, putting it on track for its steepest decline since January 2016. The front-month April contract expires later on Friday.

“Brent crude under $50 a barrel will be a nightmare scenario for OPEC and may well provoke a … response of some kind from the core grouping,” said Jeffrey Halley, a senior market analyst at brokerage OANDA.

Still Hope of Rebound in Demand

Some market participants are expecting the recent sell-offs to be reined in as soon as the demand fears wane. Furthermore, with coronavirus cases in China beginning to slow, the country may soon return to full production, while the spread of the virus runs its course throughout the rest of the world.

“We have to believe that the COVID-19 virus will be contained sooner rather than later. I’m optimistic we should see some positive news by mid-next week at the latest,” said Sukrit Vijayakar, director of energy consultancy Trifecta.

“Subsequently, the sudden drop in demand will rise back just as suddenly, to at least 75% to 90% of prior levels. The rise back will be spurred by current low prices.”

Daily Forecast

The markets are getting pretty close to levels that will become attractive to speculators, but there has to be a catalyst to get the markets moving higher. China’s PMI data over the week-end are expected to come in weak, but that news may already be priced into the market.

News from China started the selling, and news from China is likely to ignite the rally. If you believe the data, the virus may be subsiding in China and the country may start to go back to work. Once investors know the duration of the virus then they’ll be better able to figure out when the outbreak is likely to end in the rest of the world. This will then encourage more buying in crude oil along with extremely cheap prices.

EUR/USD Mid-Session Technical Analysis for February 28, 2020

The Euro is trading lower shortly after the U.S. opening on Friday after the single currency hit its highest level since February 4 earlier in the session. The rally this week has been fueled by speculation of a sooner-than-anticipated rate cut by the U.S. Federal Reserve in the wake of the rout in U.S. equity markets and increasing fears of a global recession.

At 12:34 GMT, the EUR/USD is trading 1.0996, down 0.0004 or -0.03%.

The EUR/USD rally began to fizzle and the Forex pair turned lower after a key market gauge of long-term Euro Zone inflation expectations fell to a record low on Friday as concerns about the spread of coronavirus intensified.

The five-year forward fell to 1.1182%, its lowest level ever. It measures expected Euro Zone inflation over a five-year period, Reuters reported.

Daily EUR/USD

Daily Technical Analysis

The main trend is down according to the daily swing chart. However, momentum is trending higher. The main trend will change to up on a trade through the last main top at 1.1095. The main trend changes to down on a move through the last swing bottom at 1.0778.

The first main range is 1.1239 to 1.0778. Its retracement zone is 1.1007 to 1.1062. Today’s rally stopped inside this zone at 1.1053.

The new short-term range is 1.0778 to 1.1053. Its retracement zone at 1.0916 to 1.0883 is the next potential downside target.

Daily Technical Forecast

Based on the early price action and the current price at 1.0996, the direction of the EUR/USD the rest of the session on Friday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to the main 50% level at 1.1007.

Bearish Scenario

A sustained move under 1.1007 will indicate the presence of sellers. The next downside target is a downtrending Gann angle at 1.0995. This is a potential trigger point for an acceleration to the downside.

If 1.0995 fails as support then look for a potential break over the near-term into the short-term retracement zone at 1.0916 to 1.0883.

Bullish Scenario

A sustained move over 1.1007 will signal the presence of buyers. The first upside target is a downtrending Gann angle at 1.1029. Overcoming this angle will indicate the buying is getting stronger with potential upside targets coming in at 1.1053 and 1.1062.

Taking out 1.1062 could trigger a surge into a resistance cluster at 1.1095 – 1.1096.