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AUDCHF Gap Setup- 8545 Resistance Critical

AUDCHF Gap Setup- 8545 Resistance Critical

Michael Boutros, Strategist

Talking Points

  • AUDCHF testing 2014 high
  • Opening range / Sunday gap setup to validate scalp bias

AUDCHF Daily Chart

AUDCHF Gap Setup- 8545 Resistance Critical

Chart Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

Technical Outlook

  • AUDCHF gaps into 2014 highs / key resistance 8534/45- bearish invalidation
  • Breach targets resistance objectives at 8583, 8638 & 8700
  • Support at former TL resistance, channel support, 8353/60- bullish invalidation
  • Ongoing momentum divergence warns of risk for correction lower
  • Daily RSI resistance trigger pending- break would be bullish
  • Limited event risk until month’s end

AUDCHF 30min Chart

AUDCHF Gap Setup- 8545 Resistance Critical

Notes: Divergence along the highs on the intra-week chart above followed by two support-trigger breaks in momentum warns of a possible turnover in the AUDCHF as we test the yearly highs / key resistance at 8544/48. That said, the pair has now filled the Sunday-open gap and we’ll look to play the break of this range with a move below trendline support eyeing subsequent support targets.

Bottom line: the broader topside bias can only be invalidated with a break sub 8353/60: that said, near-term the pair remains at risk for a pullback while below 8545 and we’ll look for a break of the weekly opening range / Sunday gap-fill for validation of our immediate scalp bias. Ultimately, if such a pullback does materialize, it may offer more favorable long entries closer to the 84-handle. Look for the breach above 8545 to put the longs back in play with a break of the daily RSI resistance trigger offering further conviction on long-side exposure.

Note that the average true range has remained rather tight here so we’ll increase the profit targets to 1/3 of the daily ATR- this puts us at approximately 16pips per scalp. There is limited event risk out of Australia and Switzerland heading into the close of August trade and as such we’ll look for broader market sentiment to drive volatility. Follow the progress of this trade setup and more throughout the trading week with DailyFX on Demand.

* It’s extremely important to give added consideration regarding the timing of intra-day scalps with the opening ranges on a session & hourly basis offering further clarity on intra-day biases.

Key Threshold Grid

Entry/Exit Targets



Technical Relevance

Resistance Target 1



Soft Resistance / Pivot

Bearish Invalidation

Daily / 30min


July High / 1.618% Ext / 78.6% Retrace / Weekly ORH*

Break Target 1



38.2% Retracement

Break Target 2



Psychological Barrier / Approximated TL Res

Break Target 3



88.6% Retracement

Break Target 4



R2 Monthly Pivot

Bullish Invalidation

Daily / 30min


38.2% Retrace / Weekly ORL* / TL Support

Break Target 1



6/13 High / 50% Retracement

Break Target 2



61.8% Retracement

Break Target 3



78.6% Retracement / July ORH*

Break Target 4



August 15th low

Break Target 5

Daily / 30min


August Low / 100% Ext

Average True Range

Daily (20)


Profit Targets 15-17pips

*ORH: Opening Range High

*ORL: Opening Range Low

Other Setups in Play:

---Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist with DailyFX

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