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FX Price Action Setups post-FOMC: GBP/USD, AUD/USD, USD/CAD, USD/CHF

FX Price Action Setups post-FOMC: GBP/USD, AUD/USD, USD/CAD, USD/CHF

2019-09-19 19:01:00
James Stanley, Currency Strategist

Price Action Talking Points:

  • It’s been a busy day in the headlines but on the charts, very little excitement has shown in USD or EUR/USD.
  • Elsewhere, however, may produce items of interest in a few other pairings, as looked at in this webinar.
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Yesterday’s FOMC rate decision didn’t offer much in the realms of clarity. The Fed did cut rates again for the second time this year, following nine rate hikes through 2015-2018. But, the dot plot matix was unclear as to whether another cut was coming this year or in 2020 as the FOMC attempted to strike a tone of stability. At this point, nothing has yet broken: The US Dollar remains in a range as does EUR/USD, and the S&P 500 is back above the 3k marker. But -that doesn’t mean that this theme is over and for traders, it may be time to try to look for what may be around-the-next-corner.

Next week’s economic calendar is rather busy and this could certainly prod some volatility across markets.

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US Dollar Sticks to Range

Given the events over the past day this may be at least a little surprising but, the US Dollar remains in its near-term range. This range has remained in-play through both the ECB QE announcement as well as the FOMC rate cut.

us dollar two hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; US Dollar on Tradingview

My personal bias here remains bearish, largely taken from the longer-term rising wedge formation that remains in-play.

US Dollar Weekly Price Chart

us dollar weekly price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; US Dollar on Tradingview

EUR/USD Non-Directional for Now

Similarly, EUR/USD hasn’t shown much for direction of recent, and this keeps the pair in an unattractive spot for picking on trends.

EUR/USD Four-Hour Price Chart

eurusd price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; EURUSD on Tradingview

GBP/USD: Fresh Highs, Topside Potential for Bearish-USD Scenarios

I’ve been following GBP/USD for some time now on the long side, looking for a continued bounce from a long-term trendline that came into play in August. During the webinar prices burst up to another fresh six-week-high, keeping the door open for more.

At this stage, support potential exists around prior resistance, as taken from the 1.2500-1.2523 area on the chart.

GBP/USD Four-Hour Price Chart

gbpusd price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; GBPUSD on Tradingview


Also on the bearish side of the US Dollar, USD/CAD can remain as attractive.

USD/CAD Four-Hour Price Chart

usdcad four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; USDCAD on Tradingview

AUD/USD for Bullish-USD Scenarios

On Tuesday I looked at a potential topping setup in AUDUSD as a resistance area had helped to hold the highs. Prices had already begun to tip-toe lower but, in response to the FOMC rate decision, price action quickly ran down to the first target area where a bit of support began to develop. In the webinar, I looked at mannerisms of continuation in that short-side theme.

AUD/USD Two-Hour Price Chart

audusd price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; AUDUSD on Tradingview

USD/CHF Sticks to Channel

Also on the long side of the US Dollar, USD/CHF can remain of interest. Price action remains in the bullish trend channel that’s been going for a month now, and support potential exists around the .9902 Fibonacci level.

USD/CHF Two-Hour Price Chart

usdchf price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; USDCHF on Tradingview

To read more:

Are you looking for longer-term analysis on the U.S. Dollar? Our DailyFX Forecasts have a section for each major currency, and we also offer a plethora of resources on Gold or USD-pairs such as EUR/USD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY, AUD/USD. Traders can also stay up with near-term positioning via our IG Client Sentiment Indicator.

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

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