USD Technical Forex Analysis for Forex Traders
The USD suffered a violent whipsaw today first rising to highs during early New York trade before reversing to make lows against some pairs and end mixed. Rising to highs against the GBP, low prints were hit early as stops and aggressive selling dropped the rate to a low print 0f 1.4395 before short-covering and aggressive buying lifted the pair back to the 1.4500 handle to hold around 1.4510/20 area most of the day. Traders note middle-eastern names on the buy side around the 1.4420 area and slightly lower as the 50 day MA offered support helping the rate to reverse during the London fix.
Traders note cross-spreaders also active on the sell side of the Sterling spreads helping to push the rate lower but most caught wrong-footed as the rate rallied. Helping to lift the GBP higher, EURO rallied after lows at 1.2885 overnight were bought lifting the rate to hold around the 1.2530 area; shortly before the London fix the rate exploded to the upside triggering stops above the 1.3000 handle for a high print at 1.3038 before two-ay action dropped the rate back under the 1.3000 handle. Eventually recovering to hold the 1.3020 area in late trade the EURO holds above key S/R into the close. USD/CHF remained under pressure eventually making new lows on the day at 1.1599 before lifting to the 1.1680 area in two-way action; the rate fails into the end of the day to trade the 1.1620/30 area in light trade making for a near-term technical top with a weaker close.
USD/JPY found support on a dip to the 97.50 area with a low print at 97.56 before regaining the 98.00 handle in late trade; high prints overnight at 98.75 remained unchallenged but the rate holds 98.10/20 area into the end of day. USD/CAD rallied to a high print while the Greenback moved higher elsewhere making a top at 1.2479 before reversing to make lows at 1.2326; the rate ends the day around the 1.2380 area after briefly whipsawing back to the 1.3400 handle but the rate couldn’t hold the gains. In my view, the USD is continuing to set-up a top as has been the case the last few weeks; most traders note that momentum traders tried to buy USD as the GBP wilted this morning but were turned back across the board despite the rally mid day in most pairs.
The Greenback is unable to hold gains heading into the end of week suggesting the possibility that the majors have found their bottom for this week and possibly for the month setting up a further decline to end the month. Look for the USD to remain two-way overnight as traders await the results of the G-7 meeting this weekend resulting in quiet trade ahead; key S/R levels are now in play and if the majors can hold gains a short-covering rally is likely near-term.
Today’s US Dollar Trading
• USD early strength evaporates
• Some pairs make lows after London fix
• Traders note large names on the bid in EURO and GBP
• Look for the USD to remain two-way overnight
• Likely a weak end to the week coming
Looking Ahead to Thursday
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