Dollar at Critical Support, and We See Strong Risk of a Bounce
- Short-term volatility prices jump ahead of critical event forex event risk
- US Dollar trades near significant support ahead of important data
- Divergence in key Dollar pairs warns that a reversal may be imminent
FX Options markets are ramping up bets on sharp price moves as we await key data out of the US and a European Central Bank interest rate decision. All the while, the Euro trades at critical price resistance at the confluence of its 200-day Simple Moving Average and key congestion near $1.3675.
Forex Volatility Prices Jump Noticeably Ahead of key Event Risk
Data source: Bloomberg, DailyFX Calculations
Yet in broad terms we see a number of signs that the Dollar may remain in its larger range versus the Euro and other counterparts. While the DailyFX 1-week Volatility Index has risen noticeably, 3-month and 1-year indices continue near record lows. In other words: few are betting on a Dollar breakdown here.
The beginning of the new month, calendar quarter, and second half of the year leaves us ripe for new currency trends. If the Dollar does indeed break down here, we could be at the start of a larger EURUSD uptrend and USDJPY turn lower. Given that currencies have stuck to such tight trading ranges heading into this week, however, this seems relatively unlikely. And indeed we maintain our calls for buying major currencies at support and selling at resistance (i.e. range trading).
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DailyFX Individual Currency Pair Conditions and Trading Strategy Bias
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Volatility Percentile – The higher the number, the more likely we are to see strong movements in price. This number tells us where current implied volatility levels stand in relation to the past 90 days of trading. We have found that implied volatilities tend to remain very high or very low for extended periods of time. As such, it is helpful to know where the current implied volatility level stands in relation to its medium-term range.
Trend – This indicator measures trend intensity by telling us where price stands in relation to its 90 trading-day range. A very low number tells us that price is currently at or near 90-day lows, while a higher number tells us that we are near the highs. A value at or near 50 percent tells us that we are at the middle of the currency pair’s 90-day range.
Range High – 90-day closing high.
Range Low – 90-day closing low.
Last – Current market price.
Bias – Based on the above criteria, we assign the more likely profitable strategy for any given currency pair. A highly volatile currency pair (Volatility Percentile very high) suggests that we should look to use Breakout strategies. More moderate volatility levels and strong Trend values make Momentum trades more attractive, while the lowest Vol Percentile and Trend indicator figures make Range Trading the more attractive strategy.
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