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FX Price Action Setups: EURUSD, USDJPY and USDCAD

FX Price Action Setups: EURUSD, USDJPY and USDCAD

2019-02-26 20:02:00
James Stanley, Currency Strategist
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FX Price Action Setups in EURUSD, USDJPY and USDCAD

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US Dollar Drops From Fibonacci Resistance to Fresh Weekly Low

It’s been a busy morning in the US Dollar as FOMC Chair Jerome Powell began the bank’s twice-annual testimony in-front of Congress. This morning brought the Senate Finance Committee and tomorrow brings the House Financial Services Committee. While sounding fairly positive on the economy as a whole, Chair Powell remained non-committal to future rate hikes and this helped to bring on a move of USD-weakness.

Initially the US Dollar firmed after Powell’s opening statement, with resistance soon setting in off of the 96.47 Fibonacci level. But buyers could not hold the move and sellers soon came-in to push lower, and prices broke-below the 96.30 support that had held the lows since last week.

The next area of interest for USD support is the 96-96.04 support zone; and for short-term resistance, the prior area of support around 96.30 remains of interest.

(edit) while writing up the archive for the webinar (but before publishing), prices have broken down to the next support zone of interest.

US Dollar Hourly Price Chart

us dollar usd hourly price chart

EURUSD Range Holds but Buyers Showing Less Enthusiasm

I’ve been looking at the EURUSD range over the past couple of weeks and that theme has continued to hold. The issue with the pair is short-term price action, as buyers have had a tendency to slow their approach as prices have tested resistance levels above the 1.1360 area; and current prices are quite far away from recent support to justify a move back to 1.1448. But with prices now tip-toeing above that resistance, can the door be opening for another test of the 1.1448-1.1500 longer-term resistance area?

EURUSD Four-Hour Price Chart

eurusd eur/usd price chart

GBPUSD Puts in Aggressive Breakout

This morning brought some volatility to the British Pound around a report that Theresa May is preparing to delay the Brexit vote into March. This helped to propel GBPUSD up to fresh 2019 highs, and that move showed a pullback ahead of the Powell testimony. But, as USD-weakness came-in during the Q&A, GBPUSD pushed back up to fresh highs, running as high as 1.3285 before digesting that recent movement. As discussed in the webinar, this morning brought the potential for reversal scenarios; but given the continuation of the bullish move, that thesis no longer looks as attractive. For GBPUSD bulls or, for those looking for bearish-USD options, looking for topside continuation in GBPUSD may be an attractive theme. I looked at three possible pullback levels during the webinar that can be used for such a purpose.

GBPUSD Hourly Price Chart

gbpusd gbp/usd price chart

USDCAD Holds Lower-High

In USD/CAD, the pair has continued to show bearish tendencies as brought upon by lower-lows and lower-highs that have printed over the past few weeks. This setup appears to be very much tied with Oil prices, as the bullish bounce that showed in USDCAD at the start of this week appears correlated with the bearish push in WTI. As shared on Oil, this isn’t necessarily a directional change as much as an inflection, and this can keep the door opened for a bullish Oil thesis as well as bullish CAD, bearish USDCAD.

USDCAD Four-Hour Price Chart

usdcad usd/cad price chart

WTI Oil: Can Oil Bulls Stage a Defense of $55?

Oil prices softened yesterday after a specific tweet on the topic; but that pullback showed up at an interesting point on the Oil chart. The level of 57.47 is the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of the 2016-2018 major move in WTI, and this is a price that started to show as resistance last week. So, at this point, that appears to be more of an inflection than a point of reversal.

The big question at this point is whether bulls will defend the $55 level, or whether another trip to the 51.48 level is in the cards, as this is the 50% marker of that same major move and previously helped to build-in a double-bottom formation in January and February of this year.

WTI US OIL Four-Hour Price Chart

US OIL WTI CRUDE

USDJPY Breakout Falters, Support at Prior Resistance?

Despite the US Dollar’s themes of weakness over the past week and a half, USDJPY has held up fairly well, all factors considered. This highlights just how weak the Japanese Yen has been of recent, and this can be evidenced in the GBPJPY chart shared below.

USDJPY put in a false breakout in the early portion of this week, and prices soon pulled back to find support around a bullish trend-line. Should USD-weakness continue to show, this can put the bullish theme in USDJPY further on the back-burner, opening the door for a re-test of support at the prior resistance zone of 109.67-110.00.

USDJPY Four-Hour Price Chart

usdjpy usd/jpy price chart

EURJPY Builds into Bear Flag

This is a longer-term observation, so it may take some time to get into a workable spot. But after the surge of Yen-strength to start the year, EURJPY has spent much of the time since building into a bullish channel. And as looked at in the webinar, the pair retains bullish qualities on short-term charts, so this formation may not yet be ready to work. But, this is something to keep on the radar in the event of another wave of ‘risk off’ themes through global markets.

EURJPY Daily Price Chart

eurjpy eur/jpy price chart

GBPJPY Tests Key Fibonacci Level – Reversal Potential

As shared in the webinar, this would have to be looked at as an extremely aggressive setup; but GBPJPY has put in significant strength so far today to run up to fresh three-month highs. Prices began to resist at the 147.04 level, which is the 61.8% retracement of the 2011-2015 major move in the pair; but perhaps more importantly this level has a plethora of recent inflections.

This can open the door to reversal potential. It could be seen as a lower-probability setup given the fact that this has been an aggressive topside breakout and the trader would, essentially, be looking for something ‘new’ to happen. But, it could present an attractive risk-reward ratio for those looking at or open to reversal setups.

GBPJPY Four-Hour Price Chart

gbpjpy gbp/jpy price chart

USDCHF: Swissy Slides Back to Parity – Can Bears Push to .9902?

USDCHF is testing a big support zone now at the parity spot on the chart. Bears have yet to make a significant push back below the level but should USD-weakness remain as a theme in the near-term, this setup can remain attractive. For next supports, the .9902 Fibonacci level remains of interest after helping to set the late-January swing-low.

USDCHF Four-Hour Price Chart

usdchf usd/chf price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

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

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