A pullback or a time consuming consolidation was expected after last analysis on the 26th of August. Price continued lower until the 20th of September and from there has bounced up strongly.

This analysis will attempt to determine if the bounce is just an upwards swing within an ongoing consolidation or the start of a new upwards trend.

Summary: Price is within a small consolidation. It looks like an upwards breakout may be more likely than downwards. A close above resistance about 96.80 on an upwards day with support from volume would be an upwards breakout. If that happens, then look for the upwards move to end about 97.19 to 97.87.

New updates to this analysis are in bold.

BEARISH ELLIOTT WAVE ANALYSIS

QUARTERLY CHART

US Dollar Elliott Wave Chart Quarterly 2018
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The wave count begins at 0.

A huge double zigzag may be continuing lower.

MONTHLY CHART

US Dollar Elliott Wave Chart Monthly 2018
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Downwards movement from the high in January 2017 cannot be a fourth wave correction within an ongoing impulse higher because a new low below 89.62 would be back in first wave price territory.

That indicates the last big wave up may be a completed three, and for that reason this is my main wave count.

WEEKLY CHART

US Dollar Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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Cycle wave I downwards fits very well as a five wave impulse. This may be reasonably expected to be followed by a three wave structure upwards.

For the USD Index, historically the first second wave correction within a new trend is usually extremely deep, about 0.80 to 0.90 of the first wave it corrects. It would be typical here to see Cycle wave II reach to 0.80 or deeper of cycle wave I. If my target on the daily chart below is wrong, it may not be high enough.

Cycle wave II may be unfolding as a zigzag, which is the most common type of corrective structure.

Primary wave A may now be a completed five wave impulse.

Primary wave B may be complete as labelled on this weekly chart. However, it may also be labelled as incomplete as per the labelling for this movement on the alternate weekly chart below.

If primary wave B continues, then it may be as a flat, combination, double zigzag or triangle. Primary wave B may not move beyond the start of primary wave A below 88.25.

Cycle wave II may not move beyond the start of cycle wave I above 103.82.

Draw a channel about cycle wave II as shown. This is Elliott’s technique for a correction. Primary wave C may end either mid way within the channel or about the upper edge.

DAILY CHART

US Dollar Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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If primary wave B is complete, then primary wave C should have begun. Primary wave B will fit as a brief and shallow zigzag. This is entirely possible; B waves exhibit the greatest variety in Elliott wave structure and price behaviour.

Within primary wave C, intermediate waves (1) and (2) may now be complete. Intermediate wave (3) may have begun.

Within intermediate wave (3), no second wave correction may move beyond the start of its first wave below 94.78.

Intermediate wave (3) may now be ready to exhibit an increase in upwards momentum, as the middle strongest portion of it passes. This may have the strength to effect an upwards breakout from the current consolidation. If price closes above resistance about 97 on an upwards day with support from volume, then have confidence that a third wave up at two degrees is underway.

It is also possible to move the degree of labelling within primary wave B all down one degree and see it as an incomplete flat, combination or triangle.

BULLISH ELLIOTT WAVE ANALYSIS

QUARTERLY CHART

US Dollar Elliott Wave Chart Quarterly 2018
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A single zigzag down to the last major low may still be complete.

A new upwards trend may continue. So far there may be two overlapping first and second waves. Primary wave 2 may not move beyond the start of primary wave 1 below 72.69.

Primary wave 2 should find strong support at the lower edge of the teal base channel if it gets down that low.

MONTHLY CHART

US Dollar Elliott Wave Chart Monthly 2018
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Primary wave 2 may be a complete zigzag. However, this wave down can also be seen as a five and primary wave 2 may yet continue lower.

WEEKLY CHART

US Dollar Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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This bullish wave count sees the last wave down as a completed zigzag. If this is correct, then within primary wave 3 no second wave correction may move beyond its start below 88.25.

Intermediate wave (2) may be an incomplete flat, double zigzag or combination. The first wave down within it is labelled minor wave A; this is a complete zigzag. Minor wave B may now be complete or almost complete, but it may continue higher to make a new high above the start of minor wave A at 96.98 as in an expanded flat.

When minor wave B is complete, then minor wave C may move below the end of minor wave A at 93.81 to avoid a truncation.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

MONTHLY CHART

US Dollar Chart Monthly 2018
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October was a strong bullish month. This may be reasonably expected to be followed by more upwards movement. This supports the main Elliott wave count.

DAILY CHART

US Dollar Daily 2018
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There is a small consolidation with support about 95.30 and resistance about 96.80. A break above resistance would be an upwards breakout. For confidence look for any upwards breakout to have support from volume.

The strong Bullish Engulfing Candlestick pattern also completes a Morning Doji Star. This is very bullish and supports the main Elliott wave count.

Unfortunately, StockCharts do not provide volume data for currencies; no volume analysis is made for the USD Index. This does reduce the accuracy and depth of this analysis.

A note about the correlation co-efficient: Any two sets of data which have a correlation co-efficient that spends time in the shaded area between +0.5 to -0.5 are considered to not have a reliable correlation. Currently, the correlation co-efficient between Gold and the USD Index is very weakly negative at -0.15. This weak negative correlation may be only due to chance and not because there exists a relationship between the two sets of data.

Published @ 03:00 a.m. EST.