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FX Price Action Setups in EUR/USD, USD/CAD, NZD/USD and USD/CHF

FX Price Action Setups in EUR/USD, USD/CAD, NZD/USD and USD/CHF

2018-11-21 16:00:00
James Stanley, Strategist
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FX Price Action Setups in EUR/USD, USD/CAD, NZD/USD and USD/CHF

This is an archived webinar from yesterday (November 20th, 2018), and below are updated charts speaking to the same themes and setups as discussed in that session.

Tomorrow brings the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, and the day after brings Black Friday along with half-day sessions across US equity exchanges. This can bring a backdrop of low-liquidity conditions across markets, FX included, and given some of the themes that remain in the headlines, that can lead to sharp moves that are even more unpredictable than usual. I had tried to account for this in the webinar, taking a longer-term or bigger picture look at some of the most pressing themes; and below, I look at updated charts around each of those major markets.

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US Dollar Bounces From Key Support, Finds Trend-Line Resistance

In yesterday’s webinar, I looked at the US Dollar after a rather strong move had developed following a support test earlier in the morning. That support came in at a key area, as 96.04 is the 50% marker of the 2017-2018 bearish run in the currency, and this is the same price that helped to produce four different resistance inflections in the month of October.

US Dollar Four-Hour Price Chart

us dollar usd four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

Buyers showed-up on a re-test of that level, and largely remained in-control through the US session, helping to push USD back-up to 96.88. But, that bullish motivation seemed to wane as prices re-approached 97.00, and since yesterday’s US close the Dollar has held that resistance, getting an assist from a bearish trend-line as taken from last week’s lower-highs.

US Dollar Hourly Price Chart

us dollar usd hourly price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

The longer-term backdrop in the Dollar is still bullish, as just last week saw fresh yearly highs print. But, prices may pose a deeper retracement before that long-term bullish trend is ready to continue. The focal point for now appears to be on whether buyers come-in to produce a higher-low above yesterday’s swing, and to meter that move, traders can look for a bullish break above the bearish trend-line to indicate the return of buyers. This can open the door for a re-test of the 97.50 high.

US Dollar Daily Price Chart

us dollar usd daily price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

EUR/USD Bounces From 1.1355

In yesterday’s webinar, I looked at short-term support level in EUR/USD that had previously functioned as a bit of resistance. This takes place at 1.1355, and this price helped to form a higher-low on EUR/USD in the overnight session. This produces a mirror image of the US Dollar backdrop looked at above, in which there’s a longer-term trend of weakness that may see a short-term item of strength before that bigger picture theme is ready to return. The big point of interest at this juncture is whether EUR/USD can re-test the resistance zone at 1.1448-1.1500, and whether sellers help to hold the highs at a lower-level than what was seen earlier in the week.

EUR/USD Four-Hour Price Chart

eurusd eur/usd four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

Alternatively, traders can look for a down-side break through short-term support at 1.1355 to open the door for bearish breakout strategies targeting a 1.1300 re-test.

EUR/USD Hourly Price Chart

eurusd eur/usd hourly price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

GBP/USD in a Dangerous Spot for Bears

The Thanksgiving holiday will not quell headlines around Brexit, and when combined with low-liquidity conditions, this can be a dangerous market to be working with. Just one headline around the shaky dynamics of Brexit can produce a sharp move that may gap through stops.

While the backdrop here appears pretty negative given Brexit headlines of recent, bears may be in for a difficult ride as prices near a big batch of longer-term support. The level of 1.2671 helped to form the yearly low on the pair, and this was set back in August as a stern bearish trend ran into the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement of the Brexit move. When another bearish run neared this level in late-October, sellers shied away from a re-test, helping to produce a higher-low; and a similar instance happened last week on the heels of Dominic Raab’s resignation, when Sterling went back into a downward spiral that produced yet another higher-low.

GBP/USD Four-Hour Price Chart

gbpusd gbp/usd four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

On a bigger-picture basis, the pair remains in a bout of mean reversion that’s been going for more than three months now. Traders looking for directional trend-based plays can look for a break of this range to open the door to such strategies. But extreme caution should be utilized if doing anything in GBP markets around the Thanksgiving holiday.

GBP/USD Weekly Price Chart: Holding Higher-Lows Around Long-Term Support

gbpusd gbp/usd weekly price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

USD/CHF with Bearish Potential After Fresh November Lows

On the short-side of the US Dollar, USD/CHF has become of interest over the past week following a break back-below the parity figure. I started looking at this in FX Setups of the Week two weeks ago with the goal of trading a reversal, and the theme of USD-weakness helped as prices pushed off of fresh two-year highs to break back-down below the parity figure.

A bit of support has played-in off of the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the 2016-2018 major move, and this is a very valid reason for a pause in the down-trend. This can open the door for lower-high resistance potential around that key price of parity.

USD/CHF Four-Hour Price Chart

usdchf usd/chf four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

USD/CAD Bounce From Confluent Support to Fresh Four-Month Highs

On the long-side of the US Dollar, USD/CAD was set up in a fairly interesting manner coming into this week, finding a bit of support at a confluent area on the chart. The price of 1.3132 is the 61.8% retracement of the May-September, 2017 major move, and this level lined up with a bullish trend-line connecting the October and November swing-lows in the pair.

That support has led into a vigorous bounce so far this week, and prices have now set fresh four-month highs. The key at this point would be to look for a pullback around continuation approaches, and a zone of interest for such exists around the 1.3200 level on the chart.

USD/CAD Four-Hour Price Chart: Higher-Low Support Potential

usdcad usd/cad four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

AUD/USD: Support Zone Plays Out Again

Coming into this month, AUD/USD was an attractive setup for USD-weakness, and that theme largely remained through the first portion of November as a stark 2018 down-trend finally saw some element of retracement. Of issue and key for the approach was a confluent support zone that runs from .7185-.7205, as this helped to form support in the first and third weeks of the month. This price came into play again in the overnight session, and so far buyers are pushing ahead.

Traders should be very careful here, as this bounce comes on the heels of a rather consistent week-long sell-off. This doesn’t necessarily close the door on bullish approaches, as last night brought along a higher-low; but this does urge caution as the pair has went from extreme bearish coming into October into very bullish in the first few weeks of November.

Also of note – there is some remaining unfilled gap atop price action from this week’s open; which is only about five pips wide. This could be an area of resistance to be watchful of in the coming days.

AUD/USD Two-Hour Price Chart

audusd aud/usd two hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

NZD/USD With Deeper Pullback Potential

On a similar chord as the above in AUD/USD, NZD/USD has had a fairly visible bullish backdrop so far in November, and this comes after a 2018 that saw the currency spend much of the period in a bearish state.

The month of October was key, as USD-strength didn’t show so prominently in AUD/USD and NZD/USD, with each of those pairs digging into and showing some element of respect to longer-term support. This kept prices in the pair hanging on just long enough for USD-weakness to re-appear, at which point both AUD/USD and NZD/USD were free to fly-higher.

This led to fresh four-month highs in NZD/USD as the pair jumped in the first few weeks of November, crossing a number of resistance levels in the process. This week saw a quick bounce from support at one of those prior resistance levels of .6819, as this is the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement of the 2014-2015 sell-off in the pair. This is the same level that helped to set a quick swing-high earlier in the month around the RBNZ rate decision. And while that support did help to push prices back-up to another resistance level at .6870, bulls were unable to continue the move, and a steep drop developed yesterday to produce a fresh lower-low after a lower-high.

This indicates that NZD/USD may have a deeper retracement in store before the bigger-picture bullish trend might be ready to continue. Of watch for that theme is the bearish trend-line connecting the lower-highs of the past week; and a topside break of the resistance zone at .6870-.6877 could be construed in a bullish manner.

NZD/USD Hourly Price Chart

nzdusd nzd/usd hourly price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

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

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