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USD/CHF Technical Analysis: Parity as the Decision Point

USD/CHF Technical Analysis: Parity as the Decision Point

James Stanley, Contributor

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Talking Points:

  • USD/CHF Technical Strategy: intermediate-term: mixed + choppy; short-term: bearish.
  • Swissy has shown support at the confluent level around .9950; but after a recent lower-low and another lower-high, bullish strategies will not be favored until price action climbs back-above parity.
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In our last article, we looked at the potential for a burgeoning up-trend in USD/CHF, given the respectable drive seen in the Greenback towards the end of March. And this move did extend above the 1.0100 level in Swissy, giving rise to the hope for the top-side break of a bearish trend-line that’s held price action in USD/CHF since the beginning of 2017. But as geopolitical pressures began to mount over the situation developing on the Korean peninsula, Dollar strength waned and Swissy drove right-back down to the confluent zone of support around the .9950 level.

Chart prepared by James Stanley

This recent false breakout leaves USD/CHF in a rather directionless manner. U.S. Dollar strength appears elusive at the moment, and this has removed a significant amount of motivation away from the top-side potential in the pair.

But from that above chart, you may have noticed something interesting about this most recent iteration of support around the .9950 level; and that’s the same confluent zone that we’ve been watching for the better part of the past half-a-year in the pair. There’s quite a bit going on around this price, as .9951 is the 61.8% retracement of the 2010-2011 major move in Swissy. At .9947 we have the 50% retracement marker of the ‘Trump Bump’, and at .9958 we have the 50% retracement of the much shorter-term recent move off of the March lows into the April highs. And this level isn’t just theoretical, as we saw a considerable amount of resistance show up around this price last year while USD/CHF was range-bound for much of the year ahead of U.S. elections.

Suffice it to say – there are/were plenty of reasons for buyers to step in around that level; and thus far we’ve seen support around this confluent zone hold. But the bigger question is whether this area of support is strong enough to propel a new trend that might, eventually, see a top-side break of that descending trend-line. And until buyers are able to push price action back-above the vaulted parity figure, traders will likely want to remain dubious of such an occurrence.

Chart prepared by James Stanley

For traders looking at near-term exposure in USD/CHF, shorts can be favored while price resides below parity with the area around 1.0040 as potentially attractive for stop placement. If we do see price action break back-above parity, bullish themes could become attractive again.

Chart prepared by James Stanley

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

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