EUR/USD Drops to Support, USD Range Expands Ahead of CPI, FOMC

Talking Points:

– This week’s mercantile calendar is comparatively tame compared to a past integrate of weeks; though entrance some-more into concentration is subsequent week’s FOMC rate decision, that is now display an 88.8% possibility of a hike. This will be Jerome Powell’s initial rate preference as a conduct of a bank, and this is an well-suited time to get a feel for how Mr. Powell’s reign atop a bank competence take place.

– Before we get to subsequent week’s widely-expected rate hike, we get acceleration information out of a United States tomorrow morning, and this has been a hot-button around US Dollar cost action. The Greenback is now saying operation enlargement forward of a subsequent dual weeks’ outlay, and this has helped to qualification a support exam in EUR/USD while GBP/USD is contrast shorter-term resistance. Also of seductiveness is a longer-term setup in USD/JPY, that has supposing adequate support to relieve a shorter-term sell-off, formulating a second shorter-term exquisite crowd formation.

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US Inflation Data This Week – FOMC Next Week

The subsequent integrate of weeks are lining adult to be utterly engaging for a US Dollar, utterly after final week’s clever NFP print. Non-Farm Payrolls blew by a expectation of +205k to imitation during +313k; though lagging Average Hourly Earnings was a bit of a interruption and a net cost movement outcome was a spinning tip arrangement for Friday in DXY. A spinning tip is identical to a Doji in a fact that they’re both ‘indecision’ indicators, though a spinning tip has a somewhat wider physique than what competence uncover adult in a Doji.

US Dollar Price Chart around ‘DXY’: Daily Time-Frame, Friday NFP Produces Spinning Top, 90.00 Support

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Chart prepared by James Stanley

The price action that we saw final week around NFP helps to uncover how critical acceleration information is in a stream context. Even a blowout on a title array couldn’t bleed any poignant strength in a Greenback, and a expected reason given is a aegis of that lagging AHE. Speaking to this theme, Feb saw a slight kick on a headline, +200k v/s an expectancy of +180k, though a US Dollar struck a spate of strength that lasted for about a week; mostly on a basement of a surprisingly clever Average Hourly Earnings imitation in that report. That array creatively came-in during 2.9%, though was revised down to 2.8% on Friday. Feb Average Hourly Earnings unhappy by coming-in during 2.6% contra a expectancy of 2.8%.

This is pivotal given on subsequent week’s calendar is a Federal Reserve during a rate decisions that’s widely-expected to pierce a hike. Probabilities are now during 88.8% for a rate travel subsequent Wednesday around CME Fedwatch. Before we get to that rate decision, we have US CPI information on a calendar for tomorrow; and this should make for an engaging backdrop for USD cost movement as we get closer to that subsequent rate composition out of a FOMC.

US Dollar Price Chart around ‘DXY’: Four-Hour Time-Frame, Expanding Range as FOMC Nears

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Chart prepared by James Stanley

EUR/USD Bounces Around Prior Support/Resistance Levels

That surging up-trend in a Euro that played-out by Jan continues to rest after another unsuccessful try to take-out a 1.2500 psychological level. Last week, prices couldn’t even get-up to 1.2500 as sellers came in about 50 pips early to assistance punch prices behind down to before support. On Friday, we looked during a support turn from January/February around 1.2281; and that cost helped to roost EUR/USD adult to another before support turn around 1.2335. Sellers have come behind on a early partial of a morning, giving a coming that a deeper pierce might be in a cards. The prices of 1.2213 and 1.2167 turn engaging for subsequent supports, and this can be used for short-side distinction targets or intensity jumping-off points for longer-term bullish strategies. The support structure from Feb continues to uncover reactions, and these levels can sojourn serviceable until invalidated by uninformed highs or lows.

EUR/USD Price Chart: Four-Hour Time-Frame, January/February Support Structure Holding

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Chart prepared by James Stanley

The longer-term bullish trend remains, though prices might have a deeper dive in store before that bigger-picture up-trend is prepared for resumption.

EUR/USD Price Chart: Daily Time-Frame, Longer-Term Confluence of Support

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Chart prepared by James Stanley


Cable is in a identical mark as EUR/USD, despite with opposite timing. That longer-term bullish up-trend stays in-order in GBP/USD, though rather than carrying a range-bound sourroundings over a past integrate of months, GBP/USD has been putting in lower-lows and lower-highs, as governed by this forward trend-line on a four-hour chart.

GBP/USD Price Chart: Four-Hour Time-Frame, Descending Trend-Line

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Chart prepared by James Stanley

Last week’s swing-high during 1.3930 can be useable for short-term bearish approaches; as lower-high insurgency subsequent this turn keeps a doorway open for short-side setups with eyes on re-tests of before lows towards 1.3700.

On a longer-term basis, there are dual areas of seductiveness for bigger-picture support. We’ve been following one section that comprises a organisation of pitch highs from Q4 of final year, and this runs from 1.3589-1.3658. Below that, around a 1.3500 psychological level, is a Fibonacci turn during 1.3478, and this support has already come into play in 2018, assisting to set a swing-low in early Jan before a span rocketed-up to uninformed post-Brexit highs.

GBP/USD Price Chart: Daily Time-Frame, Deeper Support Potential

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Chart prepared by James Stanley

USD/JPY Testing Long-Term Support

We’ve been following USD/JPY’s support exam over a past few weeks, as a support side of a exquisite crowd started to come into play in Feb and, given then, a lows have mostly been contained. That support has been aided in-part by a Fibonacci retracement, a 23.6% turn of a 2015-2016 vital move. A break-below that Fibonacci turn exposes a four-year low in a span for a re-test around a 99.00 level.

USD/JPY Price Chart: Weekly Time-Frame, Long-Term Support Test

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Chart prepared by James Stanley

Since that Fibonacci support came into play progressing in March, near-term cost movement has been congesting, formulating another shorter-term exquisite wedge. This shorter-term crowd is shown subsequent in red, with a support turn from a before crowd represented in blue. This can keep a doorway open for short-side strategies targeting re-tests of before lows and, if we do get that support mangle in a longer-term setup, a doorway could open for extremely some-more down-side towards that 99.00/100.00 level.

USD/JPY Price Chart: Four-Hour Time-Frame, Wedge within Longer-Term Formation

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Chart prepared by James Stanley

To Avoid a US Dollar: EUR/JPY

We can mix some of a above themes in a bid of avoiding a US Dollar that, frankly, has utterly a bit going on during a moment. Not usually do we have this week’s acceleration followed by subsequent week’s Fed; though a Dollar is in a midst of an expanding range, that will mostly show-up in front of a large move, in one instruction or a other.

For those looking to work with Euro debility and Yen strength, EUR/JPY could be an appealing candidate, and cost movement in a span is display a build of bearish structure that could be heading into a directional move. The before cost of 132.05 helped to set support for a final three-and-a-half months of 2017. As a span continued to uncover strength in January, a annulment in Feb saw this cost find a array of support tests before finally giving way. The past integrate of weeks have seen mixed tests of insurgency around this area, with lower-lows and lower-highs copy throughout.

EUR/JPY Price Chart: Daily Time-Frame, Build of Lower-Lows, Highs; Resistance during Prior Support

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Chart prepared by James Stanley

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