FX Breakout Monitor: Silver beats gold to the punch

Forex 3 minutes to read

John Hardy

Head of FX Strategy

Summary:  Silver is grabbing our attention with a massive extension higher after a break to a new high yesterday. Gold looking to post a new short term high today as well. The recent USD breakdown not following through in some of the major USD pairs, though some EM currencies looking at fresh highs versus the greenback today.


The FX Breakout Monitor is back, and it is expanded with "autosignals" that show examples of how to trade new breakouts, defined as new 19-day high or low closes not preceded by a breakout in the same direction in the prior week. Click on the link below for a look at the full PDF of the table overview and the Recent New Breakouts tables. See further below for a couple of chart highlights related to today's monitor.

Today’s Breakout monitor

The recent USD breaks lower versus everything from the EUR and GBP to SEK and NZD has faced a few days of consolidation,  muddling the outlook there, but EM currencies remain on the bid with the ruble attempting a new break higher today versus the US dollar despite a larger than expected Russian Central Bank rate cut today that erodes carry for RUB longs.

But it is really in the precious metals department that we are seeing impressive moves with silver (more below) beating gold to the punch in breaking higher versus the USD yesterday, though gold looks to post a new 19-day high today if it holds above 1506 on the close.

Elsewhere, AUDNZD traders were in for whiplash as Wednesday’s new low daily close was quickly rejected today (note that the break failed to clear the range on that one), while EURCHF traders are eyeing the 1.1050 area probably more than the nominal high close for the cycle at 1.1025 for upside break prospects from here. And NOK is so weak that it is actually on the verge of breaking lower versus the mixed US dollar.

Today’s Breakout Highlight: XAGUSD
Often, when silver goes, it goes all at once, as yesterday’s break above the recent range and to a new 19-day high has unleashed a tremendous follow through in today’s trading. The high daily close for the cycle is the next major objective up near 19.60.

Source: Saxo Group
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