US Dollar Trading Levels for the Week Ahead
- We’re watching key US Dollar trading opportunities in major FX pairs
- Forex volatility remains near record-lows, making a Dollar breakdown unlikely
- Until conditions change, we’re watching important trade setups
Record-low forex market volatility keeps us focused on tight trading ranges in the US Dollar, and indeed we’re looking to USD-buying opportunities as the Greenback trades near key support.
Our DailyFX Volatility Indices currently show that traders expect extremely slow moves in the week ahead, and without a shift in market expectations it seems very unlikely that major USD pairs will break wide ranges. Thus we continue to look for opportunities to range trade—buy near important support and sell significant resistance.
We highlighted the levels we’re watching in the USDJPY and continue to look for buying opportunities near ¥100.80 and selling opportunities closer to ¥102.30. The Euro remains a sell if price nears key resistance at $1.3650, and downside targets start at $1.3580. One wildcard remains the British Pound. It’s entirely possible that the GBP set an important top versus the US currency, but current reward/risk levels actually favor a long position against key support near $1.7000.
Forex Volatility Continues to Trade near Record Lows, Point to Tight Trading Ranges
Data source: Bloomberg, DailyFX Calculations
It’s admittedly unsatisfying to look for such small currency moves, and the temptation remains to trade for much larger trends. Yet you can’t force a shift in market conditions, and more importantly we see evidence that most traders tend to do well in these slow-moving markets.
See the table below for full rundown on a per-currency pair basis and keep track of changing conditions with future e-mail updates via my distribution list.
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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