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Article Summary: EURJPY has trended 350 pips in the past 2 weeks yet it hasn’t broken its March 21, 2012 high. This makes the recent increase a possible counter trend move leaving EURJPY vulnerable to a sell off.

One of the most popular forex trading strategies is trend following. This is because identifying trends is quick and relatively easy. As a result, trend trading is one of the first strategies taught when learning to trade forex.

Using technical analysis, we can identify the stronger trending moves by reviewing forex charts. However, one time frame may not be enough to accurately assess the direction of the trend. Therefore, we need to incorporate multi-time frame analysis so we can see the bigger picture trends.

Learn Forex – 350 Pip Trend on EURJPY

EURJPY_Largest_Mover_for_Past_10_days_body_Picture_3.png, Learn Forex: EUR/JPY Largest Mover for Past 10 Days

(Created using FXCM’s Marketscope 2.0 charts)

For example, for the past 2 weeks, the EURJPY has moved the farthest by increasing nearly 350 pips. Does that mean the trend is up or is this just a correction of the previous down move?

Learn Forex – 78.6% Fibonacci Retracement Level

EURJPY_Largest_Mover_for_Past_10_days_body_Picture_2.png, Learn Forex: EUR/JPY Largest Mover for Past 10 Days

(Created using FXCM’s Marketscope 2.0 charts)

As you can see above, prices have been working higher since July, but have yet to clear the highest price point in 2012 near 111.40. In fact, by placing Fibonacci retracement levels on the March 2012 to July 2012 down trend, we will see that the EURJPY has merely approached the 78.6% retracement level (horizontal blue line). Additionally, there was a previous swing high near 108 in April (green circle) that may act as resistance too.

Many traders look to the 78.6% level as the retracement of last resort because a good risk to reward ratio is available simply by trading the trading range.

Learn Forex – EURJPY Risk versus Reward

EURJPY_Largest_Mover_for_Past_10_days_body_Picture_1.png, Learn Forex: EUR/JPY Largest Mover for Past 10 Days

(Created using FXCM’s Marketscope 2.0 charts)

Therefore, this recent increase in price may simply be an opportunity for us to sell at better (higher) prices. The trading opportunity is to sell the EURJPY at the 78.6% retracement level near 107.5 placing the stop loss just above the March 2012 high. If price creates a higher high than 111.40, then we want out of our short trade.

Happy Trading!

---Written by Jeremy Wagner, Head Trading Instructor, DailyFX Education

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