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USD/CHF Grasps on to .9500: But Can Strength Survive?

USD/CHF Grasps on to .9500: But Can Strength Survive?

2018-03-19 17:08:00
James Stanley, Currency Strategist
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Talking Points:

- USD/CHF has continued to trade-higher after the aggressive down-trend in the pair started to reverse in mid-February. But with prices now running into a key Fibonacci level around the psychological .9500, do bulls have the ammunition to break-out to further highs?

- The longer-term trend remains down in USD/CHF, and the bullish theme that started in mid-February started just after fresh two-year lows in the pair. We look at how traders can use short-term price action to look for a return of the longer-term, bigger-picture theme of weakness in the pair.

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USD/CHF Grasps on to .9500

The US Dollar continues to battle around the 90.00 level on DXY; and given the expanding range that’s shown in the Greenback’s price action since February, we may be on the cusp of a large move in the US Dollar. But, despite this direction-less near-term nature, USD/CHF has continued to creep-higher on charts as Swiss Franc-strength takes a back seat.

As we came into February, CHF-strength was quite prominent, and this had helped USD/CHF to exhibit one of the cleaner down-side USD scenarios across major pairs. But, as we looked at two weeks ago, those prior semblances of weakness in the pair began to recede as price action in USD/CHF started to show bullish tonalities. That theme has largely continued as USD/CHF has put in a couple of tests of the psychological level at .9500, with some short-term support showing after a pullback earlier this morning.

USD/CHF Four-Hour Chart: Franc-Strength Recedes, Higher-Highs, Higher-Lows

usd/chf four hour chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

The big question, of course, is one of sustainability: Can one of the more pronounced scenarios of USD-weakness all-of-the-sudden turn into the polar opposite, as one of the pairs showing a rather clear situations of US Dollar strength?

Scrolling out to longer-term charts suggests that this bullish move is still corrective in nature, particularly when taking into account the longer-term context around USD/CHF. That streak of strength began to develop just after the pair had punched down to fresh two-year lows; and this was the same day that the US Dollar (via ‘DXY’) had set its own three-year low (February 16th). At this point, we’re seeing a bit of resistance around the 38.2% retracement of that bearish move; and that resistance began on Friday and has thus far continued into the new week.

USD/CHF Daily Chart: Short-Term Strength Runs into Resistance

usdchf daily chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

Moving Forward

For those harboring a bullish view of the pair, a break above the near-term high could make that scenario of topside continuation look more attractive, and this could also open up the possibility of using the .9500-.9513 zone that’s currently helping to shape resistance as higher-low support.

Alternatively, a bearish break below the prior swing-low/previous swing-high of .9480 could open the door for short-side strategies, as we’d then have a near-term lower-low pointing to the greater possibility of reversal of this recent theme of strength. For those looking to be a bit more conservative with trying to catch the bearish reversal, awaiting a break of the bullish trend-line off of the February/March lows could also open the door to short-side strategies in the pair. While that trend-line is near the .9480 level, the two don’t intersect into confluence until tomorrow evening.

USD/CHF Hourly Chart: Bullish Trend-Line Remains as Price Action Tests Around .9500

usdchf hourly chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

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

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