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FX Price Action Talking Points:

  • A flare of risk aversion began to show earlier today but has since pulled back.
  • Many FX pairs remain in a state of congestion as driven by a lack of recent trend in the US Dollar with the Q3 close fast approaching.
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We’re in the final week of Q3 and the S&P 500 has put in a bearish push below the 2980 level that had previously held support. As looked at last Thursday, given the posturing at highs combined with the lack of strength shown from bulls after the FOMC rate decision, short-side scenarios became of interest and that’s now started to show a bit of run. But, outside of that, many FX pairs remain congested with a lack of apparent trend potential as the Q4 open nears.

US Dollar Remains in Range as Q3 Draws to a Close

The past couple weeks have seen a couple of key drivers come to light and yet, the US Dollar has stuck within a range for most of that period. The ECB announced stimulus and the Federal Reserve cut rates for the second time this year. But, through it all, the Greenback has stuck to a relatively tight range formation as the end of Q3 approaches. Likely – markets are looking for a more concerted dovish shift at the Fed, which hasn’t yet happened. As discussed in the webinar, there are a couple of setups on either side of the scenario that could be attractive, and those will be looked at a little deeper in this piece and a little later in the archived video.

US Dollar Four-Hour Price Chart

us dollar four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; US Dollar on Tradingview

EUR/USD – Beware the Traps

EUR/USD has been a tricky market for much of 2019 already, and this morning saw a bit of resistance develop off of the 1.1000 handle. This could keep focus on deeper potential resistance, taken from around 1.1025 and 1.1075 for short-side swing scenarios.

EUR/USD Four-Hour Price Chart

eurusd four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; EURUSD on Tradingview

GBP/USD – Bullish Potential for Bearish-USD

For bearish USD-scenarios, the topside of GBP/USD remains attractive. The pair is currently testing resistance in the 1.2500-1.2523 zone, and this could be a tough area to chase from. In the webinar, I looked into entry methodology for bullish trend strategies.

GBP/USD Four-Hour Price Chart

gbpusd four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; GBPUSD on Tradingview

USD/JPY Drives on Risk Aversion Flare

USD/JPY hit a big resistance level last week. Since then, the music has stopped for bulls. Price action in the pair is approaching a key level around the 107.00 handle, but should a bounce develop into a lower-high, the door remains open for longer-term short-side scenarios.

USD/JPY Four-Hour Price Chart

usdjpy price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; USDJPY on Tradingview

USD/CAD – Ready to Break?

For short-side USD-scenarios, I’ve been following USD/CAD. The pair has built into a range in the 1.3250-1.3300 zone on the chart, and sellers have pushed a bit-lower today. As discussed in the webinar, this wasn’t a one-sided scenario, however.

USD/CAD Four-Hour Price Chart

usdcad price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; USDCAD on Tradingview

AUD/USD: Looking for the Lower-High

I’ve been following the short-side of AUD/USD for a little while now as one of the more attractive candidates for bullish-USD scenarios. That setup began to fill in nicely last week, with prices quickly running down to the targeted zone from .6760-.6783, and that area has since led to a bounce. As discussed in this week’s technical forecast on the Aussie, the scope for more remains, and a resistance zone resting from .6808-.6829 rests nearby, now confluent with a bearish trend-line as taken from last week’s highs.

AUD/USD Four-Hour Price Chart

audusd four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; AUDUSD on Tradingview

To read more:

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--- Written by James Stanley, Strategist for

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