5M chart of EUR/USD
The EUR/USD pair sharply grew on Thursday. It wasn't exactly predictable, but it was not illogical either. The first factor to consider is that the pair had been declining over the past month, indicating an impending upward correction. Furthermore, Thursday's macroeconomic backdrop could be interpreted in different ways. The correlation between inflation and the European Central Bank's rates no longer exists, so a more significant slowdown in the EU Consumer Price Index did not trigger a decline in the euro, as it might have a few months ago. We can consider ECB President Christine Lagarde's speech as "moderately hawkish," and the minutes of the recent ECB meeting revealed that several members of the monetary committee supported a 0.5% rate hike in May. Thus, the euro had the right to grow.
There were an adequate number of trading signals, and since the movement was good and there was a trend-driven movement, it is not surprising for traders to gain profit. Initially, the pair bounced from the level of 1.0669 (a buy position should have been opened), then surpassed a critical line (supporting the trade), and finally reached the level of 1.0762 (where profit should have been taken). As a result, you could earn 85 pips. Such opportunities have been rare lately due to the lack of normal intraday trends.
The COT report for May 23 was delivered on Friday. Over the past nine months, COT data has been in line with developments in the market. The net position (second indicator on the chart) has been on the rise since September 2022. The euro started to show strength approximately at the same time. Currently, the net non-commercial position is bullish and keeps growing further. Likewise, the euro is bullish.
Notably, we may assume by the extremely bullish net position that the uptrend may soon stop. The first indicator shows that, and the red and green lines are far away from each other, which is usually a sign that the end of the trend might be nearing. The euro attempted to go down several months ago, but those were just minor pullbacks. In the reporting week, long positions of non-commercial traders decreased by 8,600 and short positions rose by 4,700. The net position dropped by 13,300. The number of long positions exceeds that of short ones by 174,000, a rather big gap. A correction or a new downtrend has started. So, it is clear that the pair will be bearish even without COT reports.
In the 1-hour time frame, the pair surpassed the descending trendline for the second time, clearly indicating its intention to form an uptrend. This should be a correction, and afterwards the downward movement should resume. However, for example, it seems like the pound intends to revive its medium-term uptrend, and the euro might do the same thing. Although, we firmly believe that there are currently no fundamental and macroeconomic reasons for such a move.
On June 2, trading levels are seen at 1.0537, 1.0581, 1.0658-1.0669, 1.0762, 1.0806, 1.0868, 1.0943, 1.1092, as well as the Senkou Span B (1.0807) and Kijun-sen (1.0701) lines. Ichimoku indicator lines can move intraday, which should be taken into account when determining trading signals. There are also support and resistance although no signals are made near these levels. Signals could be made when the price either breaks or bounces from these extreme levels. Do not forget to place Stop Loss at the breakeven point when the price goes by 15 pips in the right direction. In case of a false breakout, it could save you from possible losses.
Today, the event calendar is empty in the European Union. On the other hand, the United States will release its highly anticipated Nonfarm Payrolls and unemployment reports. The market's reaction will depend on the extent and direction of the deviation between the actual values and the forecasts. In any case, volatility could be relatively high today.
Indicators on charts:
Resistance/support - thick red lines, near which the trend may stop. They do not make trading signals.
Kijun-sen and Senkou Span B are the Ichimoku indicator lines moved to the hourly timeframe from the 4-hour timeframe. They are also strong lines.
Extreme levels are thin red lines, from which the price used to bounce earlier. They can produce trading signals.
Yellow lines are trend lines, trend channels, and other technical patterns.
Indicator 1 on the COT chart is the size of the net position of each trader category.
Indicator 2 on the COT chart is the size of the net position for the Non-commercial group of traders.