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EUR/USD Uptrend Remains Viable If Price Can Hold Above these Levels

EUR/USD Uptrend Remains Viable If Price Can Hold Above these Levels

2018-03-28 16:31:00
Michael Boutros, Technical Strategist
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Euro has seen some volatile sessions recently but on whole, price action continues to trade within the March opening range. The focus is on possible failure on this decline to offer clarity on whether this pullback is just a correction or a larger shift in the near-term trend.

EUR/USD Daily Price Chart

EUR/USD Price Chart - Daily Timeframe

Technical Outlook: Euro broke above the February trendline on Monday with the advance failing just above the monthly opening-range highs. Price is virtually unchanged on the week with the pullback now testing former slope resistance as support. Note that daily RSI has held between 40-60 since the February decline and fails to offer any clarity here.

That said, the longer-term outlook noted in this month’s EURUSD Technical Perspective remains unchanged and the, “broader focus remains on a break of the 1.2167-1.2598 range for guidance with the risk weighted to the topside while above confluence support at 1.2167.

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EUR/USD 240min Price Chart

EUR/USD Price Chart - 240min Timefram

Notes: A few weeks ago we identified a break of near-term uptrend support in EURUSD and kept our focus lower, “targeting the weekly opening-range lows at 1.2291 backed by 1.2265 & 1.2240- both areas of interest for possible exhaustion / long-entries.” Price registered a low at 1.2240 before reversing higher with the pullback now testing the February slope line (resistance) as support. So is that it?

A closer look at near-term price action sees the pair trading within the confines of a modified ascending pitchfork formation extending off the monthly lows. A measured objective of the decline does leave room for a drop lower towards confluence support at 1.2318/22 but intraday losses should be capped by 1.2275(near-term bullish invalidation) IF Euro is still heading higher. I’d still be mindful of resistance at the yearly high-day close at 1.2409 with a breach there putting the 1.2470 & 1.2530 targets back into view.

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Bottom line: We’re looking for exhaustion on this pullback just lower with the decline to offer favorable long-entries. A break below this formation would risk a drop towards 1.2229/40- weakness beyond this level would ultimately look for a test of the monthly lows. From a trading standpoint, I’ll be looking for long-entries on a move towards near-term confluence support. Keep in mind we are heading into the close of the month / quarter this week with Eurozone CPI (Consumer Price Index) & US Core PCE (Personal Consumption Expenditure) on tap ahead of the extended holiday weekend- tread lightly.

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EUR/USD IG Client Positioning

EUR/USD Client Sentiment

  • A summary of IG Client Sentiment shows traders are net-short EURUSD- the ratio stands at -1.81 (35.6% of traders are long) –bullishreading
  • Retail has remained net-short since Apr 18th; price has moved 16.2% higher since then
  • Long positions are 20.3% higher than yesterday and 20.2% lower from last week
  • Short positions are 9.8% lower than yesterday and 7.2% higher from last week
  • We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-short suggests EURUSD prices may continue to rise. Traders are less net-short than yesterday but more net-short from last week. The combination of current positioning and recent changes gives us a further mixed EURUSD trading bias from a sentiment standpoint.

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- Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist with DailyFX

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