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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Forex Metrics and Chart Week 40 / 2017

The Top 10 of the Ranking and Rating list for the coming week shows the following stronger currencies being well represented for going long: the GBP(4X) followed by the EUR(3X) and the CHF(2X). The weaker currencies are the JPY(4X) followed by the AUD(2X) with the NZD(2X)
  • EUR/AUD with the GBP/JPY
  • CHF/JPY with the EUR/NZD


Ranking and Rating list

Analysis based on TA charts for all the major currency pairs. Good luck to all. No advice, just info. Every week the Forex ranking rating list will be prepared for the weekend. All the relevant Time Frames will be analyzed and the ATR and Pip value will be set.


For analyzing the best pairs to trade looking from a longer-term perspective the last 13 weeks Currency Classification can be used in support.
This was updated on 17 September 2017 and is provided here for reference purposes:
Strong: EUR, AUD and CAD. The preferred range is from 6 to 8.
Neutral: NZD and CHF. The preferred range is 4 to 5.
Weak: USD, JPY and GBP. The preferred range is from 1 to 3.

When comparing the 13 weeks Currency Classification with the pairs mentioned in the Ranking List above some would then become less interesting. On the other hand, these pairs are at the top of the list partly also because of their volatility. It seems best to take positions for a short period then and take advantage of the high price movements.
With the FxTaTrader Strategy, these pairs are not traded because these would be trades in the 4 Hour chart or in a lower Time Frame. Nevertheless, they may offer good chances for the short term trader.


Currency Score Chart

The Currency Score analysis is one of the parameters used for the Ranking and Rating list which is published also in this article. The Currency Score is my analysis on the 8 major currencies based on the technical analysis charts using the MACD and Ichimoku indicator on 4 Time Frames: the monthly, weekly, daily and 4 hours. The result of the technical analysis is the screenshot here below.

When comparing the 13 weeks Currency Classification with the recent Currency Score, as provided in the image above, we can determine the deviations. In the article "Forex Strength and Comparison" this is analyzed in more detail.


Chart of the Week

The Chart for this week is the USD/JPY 4 Hour chart.
Price is clearly in an uptrend and made a high lately at 113,25. It is now consolidating below that level and around the Tenkan-Sen. It may continue to consolidate in the coming period. 
  1. A nice buy opportunity would be after a pullback around the level of the Kijun-Sen at 112,36. By preference the PSAR should turn positive and the candlesticks should show a good pattern that confirms the entry. This could be the Engulfing pattern, Morningstar etc. etc. Check e.g. the following link for more information: Bulkowski's Top 10 Reversal Candlesticks
  2. The target should be below the latest recent high at 113,25.
  3. After the pullback to the Kijun-Sen the MACD should show strength in the MACD minus Signal, these are the Blue and Red bars. Either the red bars should become shorter or the blue bars larger. The MACD should stay above the zero line.
In case of a stronger pullback with price going far below the Kijun-Sen and the MACD not recovering the set-up is no more valid.
A stop-loss should be below the Kijun-Sen keeping in mind some space for the price to recover in case of the anticipated pullback going around the Kijun-Sen.

  • This is a pair that fits best in Point 2 of the Comparison Table Guide. For more information read my other Weekly article called the "Forex Strength and Comparison".
  • The USD and JPY are both Weak currencies. The Currency Score Difference is 4.
The set-up mentioned remains valid as long as the pair remains in the Top 10 of the coming Weekly Ranking and Rating lists and continues to comply with the point of the Comparison Table Guide mentioned above.


Besides this article, I also use the Forex "Strength and Comparison" which is also available once a week on my blog. In that article, we look in more detail at the relative position of the currencies and pairs. We will look in more detail at the interesting pairs from a longer term perspective for trading in the Daily and Weekly chart. We will use the information from this article, "Ranking, Rating and Score", and analyze it further in more detail.

It is recommended to read the page "Currency score explained", "Introduction to the FxTaTrader Forex Models" and "Statistics and Probabilities" for a better understanding of the article. If you would like to use this article, then mention the source by providing the URL FxTaTrader.com or the direct link to this article. Good luck in the coming week.


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