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FX Price Action Setups Talking Points:

The next week-and-a-half present some interesting items on the economic calendar. On Thursday, the European Central Bank hosts a rate decision with the wide-expectation for a cut. The Fed does the same on the following Wednesday, and at that meeting, we will finally get updated economic projections after the bank’s 25 basis point cut in July. In between a smattering of key risk events shows up, such as US CPI to be released on Thursday alongside the ECB presser to go along with Advance Retail Sales and U of Mich Consumer Sentiment.

In the US Dollar, the currency is holding at a key zone of resistance that runs from 98.33-98.50, which can help to keep the door open for short-side strategies.

US Dollar Four-Hour Price Chart

us dollar four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; US Dollar on Tradingview

On a longer-term basis, the currency remains in a rising wedge pattern, which will often be approached with the aim of bearish reversals. For this to fill-in, we’d likely need a grander dovish push from the FOMC which, at this point, doesn’t look to be in the cards for the September rate decision. October or perhaps even December could be seen as more likely for this to play through.

US Dollar Weekly Price Chart

us dollar weekly price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; US Dollar on Tradingview

EUR/USD – Caught in the Middle Ahead of ECB

Is this the meeting where the European Central Bank makes another throw into the QE array? A rate cut here is widely-expected but that may not move the needle much in Euro price action. A QE announcement, however, could bring far more impact but the bigger question is whether the bank is there yet and with a leadership change set to take place later this year, it may be an inopportune time to make new announcements that will have to be executed upon by someone who hasn’t even taken office yet.

This can set the Euro up for strength potential on an ECB disappointment. From a technical perspective, there isn’t yet much to work with although setups on either side can be justified based on timeframe used for analysis, as discussed in the webinar.

EUR/USD Four-Hour Price Chart

eurusd four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; EURUSD on Tradingview

USD/CHF Sticks to Bullish Channel

For bullish USD-strategies I’ve been following USD/CHF over the past couple of weeks. The pair has stuck to a bullish trend-channel as prices have made a move back above the .9900 level. That scenario can continue until the price of parity comes back into play, looking for a continuation of higher-highs and higher-lows until the psychological level is traded at.

USD/CHF Four-Hour Price Chart

usdchf four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; USDCHF on Tradingview

Bearish USD/CAD For Short-Side USD Themes

On the other side of the Greenback, USD/CAD has filled-in the reversal theme fairly well over the past week. Current support is showing at the secondary target, taken from around the 1.3132 Fibonacci level. Selling here could be a tough prospect but – the prior support level around 1.3200 looms large for lower-high resistance potential.

USD/CAD Four-Hour Price Chart

usdcad four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; USDCAD on Tradingview

AUD/USD Tests Resistance After Near-Parabolic Rally

Those oversold conditions in AUD/USD sure came undone pretty quickly. As US-China relations have calmed, at least in the headlines, AUD/USD has snapped back. But price action is now testing a key zone of resistance that can leave the door open for short-side swing scenarios.

AUD/USD Four-Hour Price Chart

audusd four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; AUDUSD on Tradingview

USD/JPY Breaks Out

Another interesting move has shown in USD/JPY after the pair spent most of the past month trading inside of the 107.00 handle. A BoJ comment about the possibility of even deeper negative rates, combined with calm between US and China have helped to elicit a bit of Yen-weakness with the pair pushing up to the 107.50 level. As shown in the webinar, this can keep the door open for bullish continuation scenarios but, traders may be better served matching that theme of Yen weakness up with another currency, such as the British Pound.

USD/JPY Four-Hour Price Chart

usdjpy price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; USDJPY on Tradingview

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--- Written by James Stanley, Strategist for

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