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EUR/USD Price Outlook: Euro Back Above 1.13 – Bull Trap or Breakout?

EUR/USD Price Outlook: Euro Back Above 1.13 – Bull Trap or Breakout?

2019-02-12 20:00:00
Michael Boutros, Technical Strategist
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Euro has rallied more than 0.6% against the US Dollar today with a reversal back above a critical inflection zone threatening the broader downtrend in price.These are the updated targets and invalidation levels that matter on the EUR/USD charts. Review this week’s Strategy Webinar for an in-depth breakdown of this setup and more.

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EUR/USD Daily Price Chart

EUR/USD Price Chart - Euro Daily

Technical Outlook: In my latest EUR/USD Weekly TechnicalOutlook we noted that the price was testing a break below critical support at the 1.13-handle with a weekly close below needed to keep the short-bias viable. Euro briefly registered a low at 1.1258 today before reversing sharply higher with price poised to post an outside-daily reversal candle.

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EUR/USD 120min Price Chart

EUR/USD Price Chart - Euro 120min

Notes: A closer look at price action shows Euro breaking above descending channel resistance extending off the monthly highs with the advance now probing through the objective weekly opening-range high at 1.1330. A push higher here keeps the focus on topside objectives at 1.1356 and the 50% retracement / pitchfork resistance at 1.1385/90 – look for a bigger reaction there IF reached with breach targeting 1.1416/20 and the yearly open at 1.1445.

Initial support rests at 1.13 backed by near-term bullish invalidation at the 11/28 swing low at 1.1267- a break below this level would be needed mark resumption of the broader downtrend targeting 1.1233 and 1.1215.

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Bottom line: The focus remains on the 1.13-handle for now with the short-bias at risk while above. Ultimately a breach above pitchfork resistance is needed to suggest a more significant low is in place and IF this reversal is legit, intraday losses should be limited to 1.1267. From a trading standpoint, I’ll favor fading weakness while above today’s low targeting the upper parallels. That said, weakness beyond 1.13 should be approached with extreme caution- a weekly close will be the ‘tell’ moving deeper into February trade - tread lightly.

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EUR/USD Trader Sentiment

EUR/USD Trader Sentiment
  • A summary of IG Client Sentiment shows traders are net-long EUR/USD - the ratio stands at +2.42 (70.7% of traders are long) – bearishreading
  • Traders have remained net-long since February 4th; price has moved 1.1% lower since then
  • Long positions are46.6% higher than yesterday and 49.7% higher from last week
  • Short positions are 68.4% higher than yesterday and 33.6% lower from last week
  • We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests EUR/USD prices may continue to fall. Yet, traders are less net-long than yesterday but more net-long from last week and the combination of current positioning and recent changes gives us a further mixed EUR/USD trading bias from a sentiment standpoint.

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- Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist with DailyFX

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