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USD/ZAR – US Dollar Set Up to Decline vs South African Rand

USD/ZAR – US Dollar Set Up to Decline vs South African Rand

2020-01-22 12:05:00
Paul Robinson, Strategist
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USD/ZAR Highlights:

  • USD/ZAR turning lower from confluent resistance
  • Rising wedge price action breaking, kicking off move lower

The first couple of days this week saw USD/ZAR running up against stiff resistance coming from several angles; the downtrend line from October, horizontal level extending over from September, and the 200-day MA.

Both days resulted in minor reversals, which suggests that the area around 14.50/60 is indeed a difficult one to clear. Adding to the trading bias is the generally negative tilt to the chart since around the middle of last year.

Dialing in on the 4-hr time-frame, further strengthening the case for shorts is the breaking of a rising wedge formation that developed since the January 2 low. The choppy, narrowing price action points to an expansion in volatility that should begin to develop with the underside trend-line having just broken overnight.

There is some support around the 14.35 line to watch, but there might not be a lot of support on a downswing until several trend-lines are met that are running through the 14.08/13.97 vicinity. The distance from here to support offers up a good amount of potential profit for shorts, while the stop-out point (above yesterday’s high at 14.5972) is close enough to make risk/reward favorable with a ratio in excess of 1:2.

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USD/ZAR Daily Chart (turning down from confluent resistance)

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USD/ZAR 4-hr Chart (breaking the rising wedge)

USD/ZAR 4-hr chart, breaking the rising wedge

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---Written by Paul Robinson, Market Analyst

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