US Dollar at Special Risk of Pullback versus Euro and British Pound
- US Dollar fails to break significant resistance
- Our focus remains on USD pairs as the Dollar remains the driver
The US Dollar trades in a tight price range versus the Euro and other major currencies, but here’s why we see growing risk of an important USD reversal.
Professional traders have bought aggressively into the recent US Dollar rally versus the Euro and other major counterparts, and the currency’s inability to break key technical resistance leaves it at risk if traders decide to shed USD-long positions.
Indeed, recent Commitment of Traders data shows large speculators are their most long the US Dollar versus the Euro (short EURUSD) since it traded near $1.20 over two years ago. This in itself does not guarantee that the Dollar is at an important turning point. Yet it highlights that many of those traders are likely to get rid of EURUSD-short positions in a hurry and send the Euro sharply higher on a short-covering rally.
Dow Jones FXCM Dollar Index Stalls at key Resistance, Increasing Risk of Pullback
Source: FXCM Trading Station Desktop, Prepared by David Rodriguez.
In terms of trading strategy we thus look to key resistance levels in the Euro and Sterling in particular. Last week we highlighted similar risks of an important GBPUSD low, and our Senior Market Strategist writes that the Euro is at danger of a “short-squeeze rally”. Staying above $1.3300 keeps our short-term bullish bias intact, while the Sterling should hold key lows at $1.6660 to realistically rally through the foreseeable future.
Of course if traders show fear of a sharp USD reversal they’re not necessarily showing it; forex volatility prices have fallen off of recent multi-month peaks. In short, this suggests that few are betting on or hedging against sharp currency moves through the foreseeable future.
Forex Volatility Prices Show Early Signs of Lasting Reversal
Data source: Bloomberg, DailyFX Calculations
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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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