Last week’s report highlighted setups in the EURUSD, GBPUSD, USDCHF and the USDOLLAR with the all but the Swissie playing out as planned. (Swissie continues to hold key technical support). As we close out August trade our focus now shifts to the September opening ranges to offer further clarity on our near-term directional biases. Note that event risk picks up next week with 2Q GDP and NFPs and could serve as a catalyst for our current setups. Here are the updated setups on the USDJPY, Gold and the USDOLLAR index.
USDJPY Daily Chart
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- Interim support 96.55/74 (61.8% Retracement / 50% Fib Extension)
- Interim resistance 97.65/72 (50% Retracement / 38.2% Fib Extension)
- Topside breach targets 98.56/75 – Key resistance 99.84/92
- Break below 96.54 targets Key support at 95.37/53 (April TL Sup / 78.6% Fib Ext / 38.2% & 88.6% Retracements)
- Bullish Invalidation below 93.58
- Daily RSI trigger pending for bullish break
- Key Events: Retail Trade tonight, Jobless Rate and CPI tomorrow
Notes: The broader uptrend remains in focus above 95.37 as the pair continues to consolidate. Near-term topside break above 97.72 puts subsequent resistance targets in focus with a move (and close) above 98.75 targeting key resistance at 99.84/92. Long exposure is warranted if this level is surpassed. Daily RSI break below the 40-threshold with price action below 95.37 suggests a deeper correction is at play.
Gold Daily Chart
- Rally halted at channel resistance- Key topside resistance objective $1440-1452
- Breach risks a run on May highs at 1488 (also the 50% retracement off the 2012 high)
- Interim support $1370/76 (61.8% retracement and Fib extension)
- Support break targets $1345 / channel support
- Daily RSI trigger pending for short entry
Notes: Gold has held within the confines of a well-defined ascending channel formation dating back to the June lows. The RSI signature was a true tell this month as we noted in the August 16th weekly forecast, “With the oscillator breaking above the 60-threshold for the first time since August 2012 and price action surpassing the previous monthly high for the first time since October 2012- both constructive developments for gold.” The yellow metal now eyes a key resistance range and while we favor the downside it’s important to note that a breach above would suggest a more significant uptrend may be in the making. A near-term support break below 1370/76 with RSI conviction puts subsequent downside targets back in focus.
USDOLLAR Daily Chart
- Key support range noted last week Still in play 10,650/75
- Medium-term bias bullish above this mark
- Support break targets objectives at 10,580- 10,611
- Broader outlook remains weighted to the topside above this mark
- Daily RSI trigger break suggests mounting topside pressure
- Topside resistance objectives 10,783- 10,800, 10,830 and 10,870.
- Key Events Ahead: 2Q GDP (preliminary) Tomorrow, Personal Consumption/Spending and University of Michigan Confidence on Friday
Notes: Near-term price action looks constructive but we remain cautious as we head into the close of August trade with NFPs on tap next week and the September opening range in focus. Note that daily RSI held the 40-threshold throughout the decline off the July highs suggesting that the move remains corrective in nature. Look for a breach above the monthly open at 10,802 to offer further conviction on long-side exposure.
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---Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist with DailyFX
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