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US Dollar - Put Up or Shut Up

By , Sr. Technical Strategist  and  Joel Kruger, Technical Strategist
20 April 2012 21:21 GMT

PRICE TREND / RANGE TABLE

250 Days

60 Days

20 Days

PriceRank

Range

Rank

PriceRank

Range

Rank

PriceRank

Range

Rank

AUDCAD

22

868

0

8

600

59

26

303

0

AUDCHF

67

2802

79

15

607

20

47

225

0

AUDJPY

61

1658

28

37

812

12

42

509

58

AUDNZD

28

1362

4

24

544

93

74

316

11

AUDUSD

32

1693

8

10

630

12

32

332

0

CADCHF

82

2291

23

63

467

22

68

268

16

CADJPY

68

1314

40

56

920

54

42

394

21

CHFJPY

53

2869

71

53

1003

34

47

527

84

EURAUD

28

2128

77

85

758

15

53

320

0

EURCAD

11

1505

5

29

587

0

32

403

21

EURCHF

22

2726

25

15

151

8

47

73

0

EURGBP

0

922

76

0

344

59

0

234

100

EURJPY

49

2275

68

53

1219

34

47

664

84

EURNZD

23

3295

25

80

808

0

58

530

53

EURUSD

20

2275

39

31

512

0

42

391

68

GBPAUD

81

1832

43

100

1011

42

100

468

11

GBPCAD

69

1143

0

100

568

19

100

343

0

GBPCHF

98

3336

14

100

547

27

100

361

84

GBPJPY

84

1829

37

76

1390

56

58

628

42

GBPNZD

53

2501

0

100

1122

22

100

587

32

GBPUSD

67

1385

0

100

475

2

100

277

0

NZDCAD

53

864

0

7

402

0

5

205

0

NZDCHF

74

2010

56

15

395

0

37

227

0

NZDJPY

75

1210

11

37

682

8

21

301

16

NZDUSD

46

1473

11

5

413

0

0

228

0

USDCAD

51

1252

35

46

228

0

42

188

47

USDCHF

67

2528

8

51

404

0

53

250

5

USDJPY

89

861

0

64

815

58

47

309

16

-PriceRank is the percentile rank of the last daily close compared most recent 250, 60 and 20 daily closes (100=highest close and 0 = lowest close)

-Range is the difference in pips of highest high – lowest low over X days (250, 60, 20) – for example, a range of 500 under the 20 days column means that the highest 20 day high – the lowest 20 day low = 500 pips

-Rank is the percentile rank of the range over X days (250, 60, 20) – for example, a rank of 100 under the 20 day column means that the range over the last 20 days is the highest it has been in 20 days

*The following 4 charts are updated from last week. It’s important to keep these ideas and their implications fresh in our minds.

Yen Futures (black on top) / 10 Yr US Treasury Note Futures (green on bottom)

Weekly

US_Dollar_-_Put_Up_or_Shut_Up_body_tenyear.png, US Dollar - Put Up or Shut Up

Prepared by Jamie Saettele, CMT

Jamie – A new high in the 10 year (the entire treasury complex) is most likely not going to be coincident with a new high in Yen (new low in USDJPY). This divergence will help in timing the next USDJPY long (more on USDJPY pattern below). There is a new weekly closing high right now but the intraday high (1/31 high) is 132’02.

Copper Futures & COT Data

Weekly

US_Dollar_-_Put_Up_or_Shut_Up_body_copper.png, US Dollar - Put Up or Shut Up

Prepared by Jamie Saettele, CMT

Jamie – Reported speculative positions flipped to net short 2 weeks ago for the first time since September 2011. The previous flip to net short was in July 2008. The financial crisis ensued. Copper is often referred to as “Dr. Copper” as its fluctuations are indicative of global economic strength. A 2 year topping pattern warns that another crisis is around the corner (China??).

Dow Jones FXCM Dollar Index (Ticker: USDOLLAR)

Daily

US_Dollar_-_Put_Up_or_Shut_Up_body_usdollar.png, US Dollar - Put Up or Shut Up

Prepared by Jamie Saettele, CMT

Jamie – All you need to know right now about the Dow Jones FXCM Dollar Index (Ticker: USDOLLAR) is that 9893 defines the trend (above is bullish and below is bearish). This thing is coiled and primed to explode. A drop below 9893 would negate the bullish bias and shift focus to the trendline that extends off of the February lows in the mid 9800s.

JoelThe market remains locked in a multi-day consolidation and should continue to chop between the 9,600-10,100 area. Overall, we do retain a bullish outlook given the broader recovery structure out from a major base in 2011 and therefore recommend looking to buy on dips in favor of an eventual break above 10,100.

Euro / US Dollar

Daily

US_Dollar_-_Put_Up_or_Shut_Up_body_eurusd.png, US Dollar - Put Up or Shut Up

Prepared by Jamie Saettele, CMT

Jamie – Look lower as long as price is below the April high of 13379. Watch the channel closely as a drop below would be a ‘tell’ that the decline from 13379 is a 3rd wave rather than a C wave. On the other hand, a rebound from that level (or spike below and recovery) would favor a C wave interpretation. The end of week rally is probably a last gasp before reality sets in for the EURUSD. Resistance is strong at the current level from former pivots and the underside of former trendline support.

JoelThe latest round of setbacks have stalled ahead of some key multi-week support by 1.3000 and from here we still can not rule out risks for additional consolidation above 1.3000, before considering bearish resumption. Ultimately, any rallies towards 1.3300 should be well capped, while a break and daily close back under 1.3000 would accelerate declines to the early 2012 lows at 1.2660.

British Pound / US Dollar

Daily

US_Dollar_-_Put_Up_or_Shut_Up_body_gbpusd.png, US Dollar - Put Up or Shut Up

Prepared by Jamie Saettele, CMT

JamieI’ve been very wrong on the GBPUSD as it continues to march to its own beat. The rallies have been intermittent, leading to false bullish breakouts. False breakouts are often good candidates to fade, but continued false breakouts are diabolical. In any case, resistance is expected from the October 2011 high at 16165 (reinforced by trendline resistance). This week’s range is considered a ‘large range’ (largest in 13 weeks). Previous ‘large ranges’ have indicated exhaustion of the underlying move.

JoelThe recent break back above 1.6000 now opens the door for fresh upside towards the October 2011 peak at 1.6150. However, any additional gains beyond 1.6150 should prove hard to come by, and we once again see risks for a bearish reversal in favor of renewed weakness back down towards key support by 1.5800. A break and close below 1.5800 will then accelerate declines. Ultimately, only a weekly close above 1.6150 would negate underlying bearish bias.

Australian Dollar / US Dollar

Daily

US_Dollar_-_Put_Up_or_Shut_Up_body_audusd.png, US Dollar - Put Up or Shut Up

Prepared by Jamie Saettele, CMT

Jamie The AUDUSD is stationary right now (this week’s range was the smallest since February 2007) and there is no change to recent commentary. “From a risk standpoint, 10464 is the bearish line in the sand for me. Exceeding that level would shift focus to former supports at 10509 and 10597.” The recent advance failed at the underside of former trendline support and channel resistance. 10145-10386 is the opening range for the year (first 2 weeks) and a break of the early year range would open up the floodgates towards 9860 and 9660. CPI on Monday should spark volatility.

JoelOur bearish outlook in this market is being reaffirmed with the latest pullback from the mid-1.0400’s and we continue to project deeper setbacks over the coming days and weeks back below parity. A fresh lower top now looks to be carving by 1.0465 but only back above 1.0640 would delay and give reason for concern. From here, look for a break and close back below 1.0300 to open the next downside extension towards 1.0000 over the coming sessions.

US Dollar / Japanese Yen

Weekly Bars

US_Dollar_-_Put_Up_or_Shut_Up_body_usdjpy.png, US Dollar - Put Up or Shut Up

Prepared by Jamie Saettele, CMT

JamieThe USDJPY faces resistance from the 20 day average and short term trendline resistance at 8180-8200 (4/10 high is also at 8185 and series of former lows from March and April is in the vicinity). While I am of the persuasion that the longer term has turned higher, I remain on the lookout for a new high in the 10 year in order to create divergence that will time the next USDJPY long. What’s more, equities appear vulnerable and a broad sell off in risk would likely correspond to weakness in Yen crosses. At this point, late April (next week) / early May is my best guess regarding the timing of longs. All Yen traders should be aware of the Bank of Japan rate decision on Thursday.

JoelOur bearish outlook in this market is being reaffirmed with the latest pullback from the mid-1.0400’s and we continue to project deeper setbacks over the coming days and weeks back below parity. A fresh lower top now looks to be carving by 1.0465 but only back above 1.0640 would delay and give reason for concern. From here, look for a break and close back below 1.0300 to open the next downside extension towards 1.0000 over the coming sessions.

Euro / Japanese Yen

Daily

US_Dollar_-_Put_Up_or_Shut_Up_body_eurjpy.png, US Dollar - Put Up or Shut Up

Prepared by Jamie Saettele, CMT

Jamie – Combine the EURUSD and USDJPY analysis and you get an idea of what might happen in EURJPY. In this case, I’m looking lower and probably sharply lower in the coming weeks towards 10461. Currently testing a downward sloping 20 day average, additional resistance comes in at former support at 10847. Charts tell a story and the charts of the euro crosses suggest a bearish market reaction to the issues currently plaguing Europe. That said, the long term trend in Yen crosses has likely turned higher (see USDJPY). The conflict has me looking elsewhere for trades.

JoelThe corrective pullback from the March 111.40 highs looks to have finally found solid support in the 105.00 area and from here we look for the formation of a medium-term higher low in favor of the next upside extension, eventually back above 111.40. Ultimately, only a weekly close below 105.00 would negate and give reason for concern.

Euro / Canadian Dollar

Daily

US_Dollar_-_Put_Up_or_Shut_Up_body_eurcad.png, US Dollar - Put Up or Shut Up

Prepared by Jamie Saettele, CMT

Jamie – The EURCAD is one of my favorite trades right now. “The January low (12874) is in sight and a break would target the January 2011 (and all of 2011) low at 12776 and then the 2010 (from June) low at 12449…A stop on any shorts should be kept to 13333.” Action for all of 2012 may compose a triangle. I favor shorts between the current level and 13245.

--- Written by Jamie Saettele, CMT, Senior Technical Strategist for DailyFX.com

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Jamie is the author of Sentiment in the Forex Market.

--- Written by Joel Kruger, Technical Strategist for DailyFX.com

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20 April 2012 21:21 GMT