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US Dollar Price Action Setups After Last Week's Bullish Barrage

US Dollar Price Action Setups After Last Week's Bullish Barrage

James Stanley, Senior Strategist

US Dollar Talking Points:

- The US Dollar gained each day of last week as buyers showed-up to reverse a prior three-week pullback. The big question at this point is whether bulls can continue to press-up to fresh monthly highs, or whether last week’s resistance holds as another lower-high, similar to what had happened earlier in the month.

- US Dollar strength showed in an uneven manner last week, with pairs like GBP/USD, AUD/USD and NZD/USD all breaking away to set fresh lows. Moves in EUR/USD or USD/CAD, however, were far more subdued around themes of USD-strength, making for an interesting backdrop as we trade into this week.

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US Dollar Struggles at 98, Can Bulls Continue to Push?

Last week was a strong showing for the US Dollar as the currency put in gains each day Monday through Friday. This quelled a pullback that had lasted for much of the prior three weeks, following a failure to push beyond the yearly-high that was set in late-April. This strength, however, appears to have been unevenly distributed as a number of currency pairs experienced significant sell-offs while the moves elsewhere were more subdued in nature. Pairs like GBP/USD, NZD/USD and AUD/USD showed large moves on their respective charts as US Dollar strength ran rampant. But in pairs like EUR/USD or USD/CAD, last week’s move in the Greenback appears to be a bit more tame. Below, I parse through each of these major currency pairs in the effort of devising strategy for the week ahead.

US Dollar Daily Chart

us dollar daily price chart 5.20.2019

Chart prepared by James Stanley

US Dollar Outlook: Can Bulls Maintain?

The big question for this week is whether the US Dollar powers up for a test of the yearly-high around 98.32, or whether DXY ends up posting another lower-high, similar to what happened in early-May. That lower-high came-in around 98.10, and price action put in a respectable effort to re-test that level last week. But, at this point, buyers have fallen short and the currency has pulled back to start this week.

There are a couple of areas of relevance for pullback themes: Prices are currently testing a confluent zone between two Fibonacci levels of 97.86 and 97.94. A bit-lower, the prior yearly-high around 97.70 can be connected up to last week’s higher-low around 97.76.

US Dollar Two-Hour Price Chart

us dollar two hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

EUR/USD Falls Back Below Long-Term Support

Last week started optimistically for Euro bulls, as EUR/USD pushed up for a re-test of the resistance zone that runs from 1.1250-1.1262. But, similar to what was seen earlier this month, sellers responded at that area and took control of the matter, pushing prices back-below the prior support zone that held the range in the pair for the prior six months. Also similar to early-May, sellers failed to push down to a fresh low following that resistance reaction, and at this point, traders have to contend with yet another higher-low on the chart, making the prospect of bearish continuation strategies a bit less-attractive.

European parliamentary elections take place this week, and ECB meeting minutes from last month’s meeting are released on Thursday. For traders looking to fade last week’s run of strength in the Greenback, reversal strategies may soon become attractive here. For those that are retaining a bearish EUR/USD bias, a pullback to resistance at that prior zone of support could re-open the door for such themes.

EUR/USD Four-Hour Price Chart

eur/usd price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

GBP/USD Poses Breakdown as USD Strength Runs Rampant

One area where USD-bulls were not nearly as shy last week was against the British Pound. After starting the month of May on an upbeat note, sellers attacked to push the currency lower every day of the week. The pair is now testing fresh four-month-lows at a big area of support that runs from 1.2671-1.2721, with the latter of those prices as the 14.4% Fibonacci retracement of the April 2018 – January 2019 sell-off.

Below current price action, the 1.2671 level remains of interest for short-term support, and below that, 1.2620 and 1.2525 show as possible supports. For those looking for a pullback to sell-into, prior price action swings around 1.2771 and 1.2829 remain of interest for near-term resistance.

GBP/USD Four-Hour Price Chart

gbp/usd four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

USD/CAD Holds 1.3500 Resistance

USD/CAD remained remarkably subdued last week given the backdrop in the US Dollar, as USD/CAD continued to grind near resistance around the psychologically important price of 1.3500. This can keep the pair as one of the more interesting markets to follow for themes of USD-weakness. Current support is showing around 1.3423, which is the 78.6% retracement of the May-September 2017 major move. A little-lower is a confluent support zone that runs from 1.3361-1.3385, with the 1.3375 Fibonacci level catching two support bounces over the previous month.

Will the third test see prices finally break-below? If so, the 1.3325 area lurks for the next stop of support potential.

USD/CAD Four-Hour Price Chart

usd/cad four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

AUD/USD: Unfilled Gap Remains After a Brutal Week

Last week was rough for the Australian Dollar with losses on each day Monday-Friday. After clinging to the .7000 level coming into the month of May, last week is when sellers were finally able to make a break-away on the chart to push down to fresh four-month-lows.

Sellers were perhaps a bit exhausted after last week’s showing, and for this week prices gapped-higher. At this point, some unfilled gap remains, begging the question as to whether or not sellers are on the sidelines waiting to push down to fresh lows. This can expose an area on the chart that can be used for tactical purposes: If support does show around this week’s gap, exposing the potential for a higher-low, reversal strategies could come into favor with stops below last week’s low. And if that low is taken out and the stop is hit on reversal setups, the door could then re-open to bearish continuation scenarios, looking for fresh lows. The price of .6827 remains of interest for next stops of support, and below that, the .6750 area remains of interest, as this is very near the price that held the lows after the opening year flash crash.

AUD/USD Two-Hour Price Chart

aud/usd price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

NZD/USD Attempts to Cauterize Support Around .6500 Psychological Level

Similar to AUD/USD above, last week was a brutal showing for the New Zealand Dollar. The primary difference at this point, at least from a short-term perspective, is the fact that NZD/USD has already filled its opening gap. Current support is showing just above the .6500 psychological level, taken from the 76.4% Fibonacci retracement of the 2015-2017 major move. This price was last in play around the November open, when price action set a higher-low before a 450 pip rally that held into the December open.

NZD/USD Four-Hour Price Chart

nzd/usd price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

To read more:

Are you looking for longer-term analysis on the U.S. Dollar? Our DailyFX Forecasts have a section for each major currency, and we also offer a plethora of resources on Gold or USD-pairs such as EUR/USD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY, AUD/USD. Traders can also stay up with near-term positioning via our IG Client Sentiment Indicator.

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--- Written by James Stanley, Strategist for DailyFX.com

Contact and follow James on Twitter: @JStanleyFX

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