David Long

“Flash Boys” and a subdued night on the markets. April the 4th, 2014

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“Flash Boys” has caused quiet the stir since it was published 3 days ago. Michael Lewis brought us “Liar’s Poker”, “The Big Short”, “Moneyball” and “The Blind Side” (the last two made into movies) has taken on High Frequency Trading and its role in the market place. Google his name or the books’ title and see how many hits you get already. The stock market is abuzz with the debate and its making its way into currency trading.

I also recommend reading Liar’s Poker and the Big Short.

News from overnight was reasonably subdued, stocks continued to rally whilst copper and oil came off the boil. Economic figures from US bolstered the bid in stocks and the interest rate market, which in turn put the bid into the greenbacks. Busy day today of data but biggest will be Draghi and the ECB monetary policy.


DATA HIGHLIGHTS TODAY – AU Retail Sales and Trade Balance & Gov Stevens. UK Services PMI. EU ECB Meeting. Cad Trade Balance. US Trade balance and non-manufacturing PMI.


AUDUSD – A LHLL low range day. Still looking for the retracement as momentum is on the too high side.

Resistance: 9300/9390

Support: 9085/8900/8654


EURUSD – An engulfing seller bar as the market awaits Draghi tonight. Stay away for the time being.

Resistance: 14050/14260/14320

Support: 13740/13488


GBPUSD – An inside bearish bar and we wait for the market to decide in which direction it wishes to move. Have moved stop to protect the trades’ profit, so we wait.

Resistance: 16785/1.69/1.70

Support: 16300/15950/15830


NZDUSD – Smoked! Not all bad news though, we should be preparing to look for buying opportunities perhaps.

Resistance: 8676/8842

Support: 8090/7925/7714


USDCAD – Non-committal on the ema with a LHLL.

Resistance: 11170/11233

Support: 10859/10715


USDJPY – Has overcooked but still giving HH’s. Looking for a pullback to get in on.

Resistance: 105.57/108.35/110.50

Support: 100.62/100/99.80


GOLD – Some profit taking overnight saw some buyers in the market, still no reason to get long, look for shorting opportunities.

Resistance: 1427/1480

Support: 1,265/1,180/1,040


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