US Dollar Remains an Attractive Buy, but Only at These Price Levels
- US Dollar poised to hit fresh highs against major counterparts
- Reaction of DJ FXCM Dollar Index at key resistance is important warning
- Pullback in FX volatility prices suggests price action may slow
Traders sent the Dollar to fresh highs across the board, and the Dow Jones FXCM Dollar Index now trades at important price resistance levels. The fact that the USDOLLAR has pulled back at the confluence of its 52-week moving average and 50% retracement of its peak-to-trough decline suggests that the USD may consolidate before its next push higher. And indeed we’re cautious of buying the Greenback until we see some price consolidation.
DJ FXCM Dollar Index Rallies Sharply, Encounters Key Resistance
Source: FXCM Trading Station Desktop, Prepared by David Rodriguez.
Forex volatility remains another key factor which warns against chasing Dollar gains at these prices. We noted last week that traders had priced in an important jump in USD price moves ahead of a key week of event risk. Yet those same markets now show one-week volatility prices are once again near record-lows, and it seems traders are positioned for price consolidation before the next major Greenback moves.
Forex Volatility Prices Drop, Suggests Slower US Dollar Moves Ahead
Data source: Bloomberg, DailyFX Calculations
We are thus looking at key price support levels for the US Dollar versus the Euro and the British Pound. For the EURUSD our Strategist notes a key potential inflection level at $1.3485, and in our opinion selling remains attractive as long as the pair remains below the $1.3500 mark.
In the GBPUSD we’re keeping a close eye on how price reacts near current lows, as the $1.6820 level likewise marks the February high and key congestion. As long as price remains below potentially pivotal resistance at $1.7000, we remain in favor of GBP-short positions.
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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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