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US Dollar Technical Analysis: Long-Term Uptrend Back in Play?

US Dollar Technical Analysis: Long-Term Uptrend Back in Play?

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  • US Dollar volatility has settled after March’s Covid-19 turmoil
  • A bullish breakout has managed to survive seesaw price swings
  • Break of 6-week consolidation band suggests uptrend resuming

US Dollar volatility has settled somewhat. Weekly rate of change (ROC) studies on an average of the Greenback’s value against its major counterparts have returned to levels prevailing before activity exploded in March against the backdrop of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

At that time, worries about an imminent credit crisis sent capital scrambling for cash. The unrivaled liquidity appeal of the top global reserve currency sent it flying upward. It recoiled back with equal vigor as the Federal Reserve unleashed a barrage of bold easing measures to rein in funding costs.

Perhaps most notably, all this commotion has left conspicuously intact USD’s breach above resistance established in December 2016 and capping gains since then. The Fed-inspired selloff landed squarely at this barrier – now recast as support – and prices have tellingly stalled there since.

US Dollar price chart - weekly

US Dollar weekly chart created with TradingView

Zooming in to the daily chart, it now appears as though prices may be ready to make good on this resilience. Prices finished last week with a break and close above resistance containing consolidation since early April, suggesting the next phase of the structural advance may be at hand.

US Dollar price chart - daily

US Dollar daily chart created with TradingView

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--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Head APAC Strategist, DailyFX

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