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Dollar Price Analysis: Yellen May Have Cleared Path For DXY Weakness

Dollar Price Analysis: Yellen May Have Cleared Path For DXY Weakness

2017-08-25 16:30:00
Tyler Yell, CMT, Currency Strategist

Key Takeaways:

  • DXY Technical Strategy: DXY remains in “sell the rips” mode below 95.47
  • DXY appears to be exiting a ‘Bear Flag’ pattern that favors further weakness
  • Yellen at Jackson Hole gives no confidence to would-be USD buyers, debt ceiling concerns mount
  • IG Client Sentiment Highlight: EUR (57.6% of DXY) sentiment favors further upside in EUR/USD

All signs clear! That is the message that USD bears took away from Janet Yellen’s speech at Jackson Hole on Friday. The USD traded lower and is approaching the lowest levels since May 2016 after Yellen took her opportunity to speak by dodging future monetary policy and focusing on encouraging thoughtfulness in pulling back regulations.

The risk she is running (known full well by her to be sure) is that as she comes up for re-appointment in February, is that she may not be seen as a team player. This approach has not bode well for government employees since November. It is worth noting she could be replaced by a possible more dovish Gary Cohn, former President of Goldman Sacks, Director of National Economic Councilto President Trump. It’s hard to tie the narrative that far in advanced, but, it could be that she is making her stand at the risk of her position, which could give USD Bears further room to run.

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Another place we have seen Dollar weakness presents itself is through the collapsing spread of 1- and 3-month T-Bills, which are a proxy for concern of Debt Ceiling negotiations. This week, President Trump threatened to back the Government Shutdown if there were resistance on funding his fiscal policy and political agenda of helping build a wall along the US-Mexico Border, a mainstay of his campaign. Regardless, it is worth noting that few Bullish Dollar points showed up this week. Adding to the previously mentioned points, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President and CEO, Richard Kaplan said that the Terminal Rate is likely closer to 2.5% than 3%. While not ground shaking, it does bring another voice to the table of voters in the Federal Reserve who believes the current path painted by the DOT plot is too optimistic. The bond market agrees and has agreed as I have argued in Closing Bell webinars, but as the USD drops further toward 2015 opening range, it is fair to say the FX traders are readjusting their future expectations, and in so doing, taking the USD lower.

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The focal point on the chart is a bear flat that we appear to have validated, which would favor a down trend continuation. I would turn focus to the 2017 low of 92.83, which DXY is dangerously close to, and would be followed by the May 2016 low of 92.03, which has been the target for my rather aggressive DXY bearish view for most of 2017. 92.03 is also the 38.2% retracement of the 2011-2017 range.

Given the strength of the downtrend, it is fair to give a wider leash to the bearish view and only flip a bias from bearish to neutral if the price closes for the day above the August high of 94.15. Until then, I will expect the Bears to carry the flag and the bodies of DXY Bulls.

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DXY below August high (94.15) keeps the focus on downside extension targets @ 92.03, EUR/USD >1.16

Dollar Price Analysis: Yellen May Have Cleared Path For DXY Weakness

Chart Created by Tyler Yell, CMT

IG Client Sentiment Highlight: EUR (57.6% of DXY) sentiment favors further upside in EUR/USD

Dollar Price Analysis: Yellen May Have Cleared Path For DXY Weakness

EURUSD: Retail trader data shows 28.8% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders short to long at 2.47 to 1. In fact, traders have remained net-short since Apr 18 when EURUSD traded near 1.06841; price has moved 10.5% higher since then. The number of traders net-long is 7.2% higher than yesterday and 1.2% higher from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 5.4% lower than yesterday and 9.3% 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. Positioning is less net-short than yesterday but more net-short from last week. The combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a further mixed EURUSD trading bias. (Emphasis mine)


Written by Tyler Yell, CMT, Currency Analyst & Trading Instructor for DailyFX.com

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