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FX Setups for the Week of February 11, 2019

FX Setups for the Week of February 11, 2019

2019-02-08 19:11:00
James Stanley, Currency Strategist

FX Setups for the Week of February 11, 2019

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US Dollar Bulls Continue to Run

It was a big week for US Dollar bulls after the currency set a higher-low last week after the FOMC rate decision. Buyers have remained in-control for much of the time since, and already USD is making a fast approach towards the 2019 high around the 97.00-handle. A pullback that developed this week off of monthly highs was stopped short, with buyers returning to show support around the 96.47 level, which is the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement of the post-Election move in DXY.

For next week, the economic calendar brings high-impact US data on Wednesday (CPI) and Friday (Advance Retail Sales, U of Mich Consumer Sentiment). This can help to keep the Dollar’s recent bullish trend in-focus, and below I look at two setups designed for next week based around the US Dollar.

US Dollar Four-Hour Price Chart

us dollar usd four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

Bullish USDJPY on a Top-side Break Through 110.10

It’s already been a busy year for USD/JPY. The Japanese Yen came into the year with a significant surge of strength, with USD/JPY jumping all the way down below the 105.00 psychological level after trading above 111.00 just a week earlier. But calm soon prevailed and Yen-sellers returned, helping the pair to recover.

The 109.67-110.00 resistance zone looked at last month soon came back into play. This area held three separate topside advances in the month of January, and as the door opened into February, 110.00 continued to help hold the highs in the pair. As looked at in yesterday’s webinar, a range had even developed within that resistance zone, indicating the bulls are continuing to persist despite the continued defense of 110.00 from sellers.

A topside break through this zone next week, with prices pushing up to fresh two-month highs can re-open the door to bullish strategies in the pair. The past month-plus of price action has built in an ascending triangle formation on the chart; which will generally be approached in a bullish manner with the expectation for the motivation that’s brought bulls in at higher-lows to eventually take out the horizontal resistance that’s held the highs.

Next possible areas of resistance following a break to fresh highs would be 110.86 (61.8% Fibonacci retracement), 111.40 (late-December swing-highs) and 112.34 (76.4% Fibonacci retracement.

USD/JPY Four-Hour Price Chart

usdjpy usd/jpy four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

Bearish USDCAD on Hold Below 1.3326

It was a busy week in USD/CAD, as the pair firmed after last Friday’s support inflection at the 1.3066 Fibonacci level. As Oil prices dropped, CAD weakened, and this propelled prices in USDCAD back-above the 1.3300 handle in this week’s trade, albeit temporarily. Canadian employment numbers on Friday morning brought a bit of strength back into the currency, but USD/CAD sellers were thwarted at the support zone looked at in yesterday’s webinar that runs from 1.3235 up to 1.3259.

Taking a step back, should resistance hold at this morning’s highs, this would open the door for a continuation of the lower-lows and lower-highs that printed in the pair throughout this year. This can keep the door open for bearish strategies with the next potential areas of support around 1.3180, 1.3132, 1.3065 and then the psychological level of 1.3000.

USDCAD Eight-Hour Price Chart

usdcad usd/cad eight hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

To read more:

Are you looking for longer-term analysis on the U.S. Dollar? Our DailyFX Forecasts have a section for each major currency, and we also offer a plethora of resources on USD-pairs such as EUR/USD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY, AUD/USD. Traders can also stay up with near-term positioning via our IG Client Sentiment Indicator.

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--- Written by James Stanley, Strategist for DailyFX.com

Contact and follow James on Twitter: @JStanleyFX


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