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US Dollar Weekly Price Outlook - DXY to Fresh Highs or Turn & Dive?

US Dollar Weekly Price Outlook - DXY to Fresh Highs or Turn & Dive?

2018-10-26 18:30:00
Michael Boutros, Technical Strategist
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In this series we scale-back and take a look at the broader technical picture to gain a bit more perspective on where we are in trend. The US Dollar is up nearly 3% from the September lows with the index now approaching the yearly highs into the close of the month. Here are the key targets & invalidation levels that matter on the DXY weekly chart. Review this week’s Strategy Webinar for an in-depth breakdown of this setup and more.

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US Dollar Index - DXY Weekly Price Chart

Notes: Into the start of October trade we noted that the ‘battle lines’ were drawn in the US Dollar Index as price approached confluence resistance at high-week close at 96.13, “a close above this threshold would be needed to keep the long-bias in play with such a scenario targeting parallel resistance (red) / yearly highs at 96.98.” DXY carved out a clean monthly opening range for nearly three-weeks before breaching higher with the advance now targeting the this key threshold.

A weekly close above would be needed to keep the immediate long-bias viable with such a scenario targeting the 61.8% retracements of the 2017 decline at 97.87. Key longer-term resistance is eyed at the April 2017 uncovered close at 99.98- note that a parallel of the yearly slope (red) converges on this region into the start of December trade. Initial support now rests back with the 200-week moving average around ~95.75 with a bullish invalidation now raised to the 95-handle / channel support.

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Bottom line:The monthly opening range break does keep the focus weighted to the topside in the US dollar- but the index is approaching a critical resistance confluence at the yearly highs – look for a reaction into this zone next week. From a trading standpoint, a good place to reduce long-exposure / raise protective stops. I’ll be on the lookout for possible price exhaustion heading into the close of the month. Keep in mind we get the release of the October Non-Farm Payrolls next Friday.

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

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