USD Bounces from Key Confluent Support


US Dollar Price Outlook Talking Points:

  • The US Dollar is coming out of a brutal week in which sellers maintained control for much of the period. Price action found support at a key Fibonacci level around 96.47, which coincides with the 200 Day Moving Average. But can buyers re-grab control of the matter or is this a mere pause point in a bigger-picture sell-off?
  • As looked at in FX Price Action Setups for this week, there are setups on either side of the matter and arguments to seemingly support either scenario. Below, I look at an extension of reversal potential around EURUSD while focusing on longer-term bearish continuation themes in AUDUSD after a big zone of resistance came into play.
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US Dollar Change-of-Pace

Last week was a brutal showing for the US Dollar as dovish comments from FOMC Chair Jerome Powell led into a disappointing NFP report that was released on Friday. This extended a bearish move that began on the Friday prior, just after the US Dollar was making a move towards a re-test of the two-year-high. Price action in USD sank all the way down to a trend-line that’s helped to hold support since last September. Sellers continued to push all the way until the 96.47 Fibonacci level came into play, which is the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement of the 2011-2017 major move in the US Dollar.

That price helped to hold the Friday low, and after a small gap-higher to start this week’s trade, price action has continued to claw back a portion of last week’s losses.

US Dollar Daily Price Chart: Confluence of Support

us dollar usd price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

US Dollar: From Ascending Triangle to Rising Wedge

Coming into Q2, the US Dollar had built into an ascending triangle pattern. This is a theme in which a series of higher-lows are coupled with a horizontal level of resistance. Such a formation will often be approached in a bullish manner with the expectation of topside breakouts, looking for the same enthusiasm that’s driven bulls in at higher-lows to, eventually, take out the horizontal resistance on the chart.

And that happened earlier in Q2; sort of. Buyers did push the currency up to fresh two-year-highs in both April and May. But bulls couldn’t do much after that, leading to a bit of posturing near the highs that restrained further gains. But, those wicks on the weekly chart from failed attempts from buyers have built-in another formation of note, and that’s a rising wedge pattern. From those highs, a bullish trend-line has shown, but this trend-line carries a weaker angle than that of the support trend-line, leading to the formation of this pattern. And this one, unlike the ascending triangle, will often be approached with the aim of bearish reversals, looking for the lack of enthusiasm from buyers at or near highs to, eventually, carry over for a re-test of support ahead of a down-side break.

This places even more emphasis on Fibonacci support around 96.47. A break-below can expose a series of levels underneath price action.

US Dollar Weekly Price Chart

us dollar usd weekly price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

EURUSD Might Have Room to Rally Should USD Breakdown Continue

Should the US Dollar continue to break-down, there are a series of interesting options for traders to work with. Key of which is the pair that likely few would harbor many bullish aspirations around, as the European economy continues to struggle and political risks have continued to envelop the bloc. But, as discussed last week, these are known factors that are likely priced-in to some degree; whereas the fast shift in FOMC rate expectations is a new dynamic that may still have some room to be priced-in. If this does show-up, the topside of EURUSD could be interesting on a near-term basis. I had looked at this backdrop in this week’s FX Setups, looking for EURUSD bulls to show higher-low support above the key area of prior resistance, taken from around 1.1250-1.1265. This can keep the door open for risk levels below last Friday’s low.

EURUSD Four-Hour Price Chart

eurusd eur/usd price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

AUDUSD Reacts to Resistance: Can Sellers Hold the Move

On the other side of the US Dollar, AUDUSD may retain some interest for bearish themes which, in-turn, would be bullish around the US Dollar. Last week brought upon the peculiar situation of a rate-hike rally in AUDUSD, likely owed to the similar theme looked at above with last week’s rate cut being adequately priced-in ahead of the announcement.

AUDUSD rallied all the way up to the resistance zone looked at that spans from .7000-.7019. Price action has been on retreat so far this week, moving down for a quick test of last week’s support around the .6960 level. This keeps the pair of interest for USD-strength strategies; and should the US Dollar pose a bounce this week, target potential could be opened up on AUDUSD around the .6900 level, followed by the five-month-lows at .6860.

AUDUSD Four-Hour Price Chart

audusd aud/usd price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

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— Written by James Stanley, Strategist for DailyFX.com

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