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GBP/USD, S&P 500 Breakouts in Focus as USD, EUR/USD Remain in Range

GBP/USD, S&P 500 Breakouts in Focus as USD, EUR/USD Remain in Range

James Stanley, Strategist

In this webinar, we used price action to look at macro markets after the bullish breakouts that showed in the early portion of this week in GBP/USD and the S&P 500. While each of these moves have different drivers and characteristics, USD-weakness played a role in each. This has went hand-in-hand with a short-term bearish move in the US Dollar and this opens up the possibility of more downside in the Greenback as we move deeper into this week.

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S&P Bullish Breakout into Resistance

We started off by looking at the S&P 500 after this morning’s bullish breakout. Prices had spent much of the past three weeks building into an ascending wedge pattern, and resistance began to give way yesterday and that strength has lasted into today. We were looking for a move into 2703, or the 50% retracement of the February sell-off, and that’s already taken place. The big question now is one of continuation potential, and we looked at a few bullish trend-lines to illustrate how this recent topside breakout has displayed an increasing and likely unsustainable pace of gains. We looked at a few resistance levels to begin plotting short-side setups in the S&P 500, with possible areas of interest at 2724 and 2744.

S&P 500 Hourly Chart: An Unsustainable Increase in the Pace of Gains Runs into Resistance

spx hourly chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

USD – Intermediate-Term Range with Bearish Short-Term Trend Potential

We looked at the Dollar from a couple of different perspectives: On the four-hour and above the range that’s been in place since January remains. But – on a shorter-term basis, there are signs of trend, as we’ve seen sellers take-over after the NFP report earlier in the month, and that move has continued with lower-lows and lower-highs, all the way into this morning’s trade. This keeps the door open for short-term bearish continuation, targeting the March lows at 89.00 in DXY.

US Dollar via ‘DXY’ Hourly Chart: Lower-Lows, Lower-Highs

us dollar hourly chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

EUR/USD Remains in Range

Going along with that range-bound behavior in USD, we have the well-built range in EUR/USD. On a shorter-term basis, longs could be justified if prices pull back a bit closer to 1.2300, which had helped to set last week’s swing lows. Outside of that, be careful of resistance at 1.2400-and-above.

GBP/USD Bullish Breakout Pulls Back

It’s been fireworks in the British Pound so far in April, as the pair was testing the 1.4000 level around the NFP report no more than two weeks ago and we’ve already moved up to a fresh post-Brexit high earlier this morning. After that high came in, however, a reversal started to show, as indicated by a bearish pin bar off the failed test at that high. Prices have already pulled back to the ‘s1’ level that we looked at earlier this morning at 1.4285. This is the 76.4% retracement of the ‘Brexit move’ in the pair, and this could be used by those looking to take an aggressive stance on continuation. More proactive for longer-term stances could be deeper support at 1.4245 or, perhaps even 1.4200.

GBP/USD Hourly Chart: Pullback After Bullish Breakout Sets Fresh Post-Brexit Highs

gbpusd hourly chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

AUD/USD Holds Resistance

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been looking for resistance in AUD/USD, and the zone of interest has been between .7750-.7780. Prices actually broke out of this zone last week, albeit temporarily, as bears pushed right back, and we’ve seen had a build of lower-high resistance on recurrent tests around .7780. We looked at how a bearish test below .7750 re-opens the door to short-side continuation in the pair.

AUD/USD Hourly Chart: Build of Lower-Highs Keeps Door Open for Shorts

audusd hourly chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

NZD/USD Moving Below Resistance Opens Door for Shorts

We’ve been following the longer-term range in NZD/USD for the past couple of months, waiting for prices to show a bearish short-term move, indicating that the longer-term range may be nearing its next leg-lower. Earlier today saw prices pose a bearish move through .7335, and this keeps the door open for short-side setups. We looked at a series of resistance levels that could be usable for short-side NZD/USD setups.

NZD/USD Hourly Chart: Lower-Lows, Highs as Prices Trade Through ST Support, LT Resistance

nzdusd hourly chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

USD/JPY: Decision Time for Bulls

We looked at the construction of shorter-term USD/JPY themes, and the door remains open for bullish continuation, as we’ve seen a build of higher-lows above points of resistance from last month. The issue at the moment appears to be bulls unwillingness to drive beyond resistance, as we haven’t yet been able to test the swing-high at 107.90. The long side of the pair brings the unattractive option of long-USD exposure in order to take on short-Yen. We looked at a couple of other setups that may be a bit more attractive for that same theme.

USD/JPY Four-Hour Chart: Bulls Attempting to Make a Stand at Higher-Low

usdjpy four hour chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley


This pair has put in a very bullish move over the past few weeks, and that’s largely continued into this morning. The pair has recently started to shy away from the Friday high around the 153.87 Fibonacci level, and this may be preluding a deeper retracement. We looked at possible higher-low support around 152.17 and 151.39.

GBP/JPY Four-Hour Chart: Unable to Take out 76.4% Fibonacci Resistance

gbpjpy four hour chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

EUR/JPY: Support at Prior Resistance Which Was Previous Support

This is one of our FX Setups for this Week, and the door remains open to bullish continuation. We’ve seen a continuation of support around the Fibonacci level at 132.05, and this area had spent most of March as resistance after helping the pair to find support for the final four months of last year.

EUR/JPY Daily Chart: Re-Claims Support Zone, But Can Bulls Hold the Line?

eurjpy daily chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

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