US Dollar Closing Strong Quarter Leaves USD Bears in Doubt
US Dollar Index (DXY) Talking Points:
- The ONE Thing: The US Dollar continues to be the envy of the G10. Quarter-to-Date returns against the rest of the world show the Canadian Dollar is the best performing currency against the US Dollar in Q2 by only falling 2.6% against the greenback. The Euro & British Pound has fallen 6.05 and 6.63% respectively.
- Repatriation has market participants on both sides of the fence about its effects on the US Dollar, and its potential direction. The Fed’s flow of funds data shows ~$660B of capital sent back into the US from non-financial firms at the start of the year, which may have second-order effects on the US Dollar. Last time the US saw such an inflow of USD was in 2005 where the DXY gained 13% on the year.
- Technical Outlook on the US Dollar: 95 has long been a key ceiling that traders have been watching on a rebound in the US dollar after it hit a low in February. The market trades at spot 94.92, while EUR/USD sits at the key support of 1.15. The start of Q3 should provide some key direction and bias for US Dollar Traders.
Baby, Come Home
US Dollars are homeward bound at an unprecedented rate in Q2 2018. Data from the Federal Reserve shows a sharp net-inflow of USD from non-Financial US Firms.
Source: Bloomberg, Federal Reserve
BAML's Head of Rates Has 'Never Been More Bullish on US'
Some may say the US Dollar rebound is simply a game of catch up or a reversion to the mean. In February, the DXY traded to the lowest level since 2014 as funds were coming onboard, but the question is whether this flow will continue and in so doing, help offset the US’ large current account deficit, which is the argument of Bank of America’s Senior FX strategist Ben Randol et al.
Another of Randol’s colleague’s, David Woo, the rates guru also feels that the US economy is on a roll and the momentum may keep the US ahead of its counterparts. Woo summarized the view on a Bloomberg interview that in his ~22 year career, that he's 'never been more bullish on the US economy.'
Despite the Gains in Q2, DXY Direction Remains In Doubt
The US Dollar had an outstanding Q2 with many traders giving credence to the belief that President Trump’s tough talk on trade and tariff’s helped bolster the US Dollar after it traded to the lowest level since 2014 in February.
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Technically Speaking - US Dollar Index
The most important move in the US Dollar may not have been the strong extension in May, but rather the higher low posted in March that led to the current rally. From the higher low in March on Bullish RSI Divergence, the US Dollar has been a force that no other global currency has been able to stop.
US Dollar Index Daily Chart: Two Aggressive Trend Bounces
Chart Source: Pro Real Time with IG UK Price Feed. Created by Tyler Yell, CMT
Looking at the chart above, the two levels that should stand out are 93.79 and 92.90. These levels are acting as price support, and the candlestick data visualization show that trend continuation was aggressive at these levels.
The continuation of a trend should provide insight into the likely closure of counter trend or short positions and the initiation of long positions that right now are in the money. Only a move below these levels would convince me in the face of the information above about capital inflows that the trend is set for a broader retracement.
The next broad upside target sits at 95.87, the 50% retracement of the 2017-2018 range. Should the price hold above 93.79, the target getting hit may simply be a matter of time.
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