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US Dollar Price Action Setups: GBP/USD, USD/CAD, AUD/USD, USD/CHF

US Dollar Price Action Setups: GBP/USD, USD/CAD, AUD/USD, USD/CHF

James Stanley, Senior Strategist

US Dollar Outlook:

Its been a strong contrarian move to start Q4 across FX markets. The US Dollar rode a full wave of strength in the final week of Q3 to push up to fresh two-year-highs as looked at in this morning’s piece. But a manufacturing ISM print that was released earlier today printed in contraction territory for the second consecutive month, likely owed to USD-strength hitting US manufacturing, and this started a strong sell-off in the US Dollar. That theme hastened shortly after when President Trump remarked on the Fed being out-of-touch on the matter, allowing the US Dollar to get strong while most other developed economies are actively driving weakness into their own currencies.

Perhaps most interesting has been the reaction in US equities. The bullish trend there stalled after the Fed’s second rate cut of 2019 in September. As I had looked at a couple of weeks ago, topside no longer looked as attractive and since then the short-side swing has filled in fairly well. In this webinar, I looked at setups across the US Dollar in the attempt of deducing which currency pairs may be most attractive for themes of both USD-strength and USD-weakness.

US Dollar Four-Hour Price Chart

us dollar four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; US Dollar on Tradingview

EUR/USD Tests Trendline Resistance

Going along with that pullback from two-year-highs in the US Dollar, EUR/USD has bounced from fresh two-year-lows. The pair is currently testing trendline resistance, although this could still be a difficult place to stage bearish approaches on the pair. Potentially more attractive is a prior area of support/resistance around 1.0965 that could allow for stops north of the 1.1000 handle.

EUR/USD Four-Hour Price Chart

eurusd price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; EURUSD on Tradingview

GBP/USD Bounces but Can Bulls Re-Take Control?

I followed the long side of GBP/USD throughout September and the pair showed breakdown during this morning’s European session. Price action has bounced and resistance is now showing in that prior zone of support.

GBP/USD Two-Hour Price Chart

gbpusd price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; GBPUSD on Tradingview

USD/CAD for USD Weakness

While the US Dollar was surging into the end of Q3, USD/CAD continued to respect resistance, highlighting the fact that the Canadian Dollar was fairly strong, as well.

USD/CAD Four-Hour Price Chart

usdcad price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; USDCAD on Tradingview

USD/JPY Reverses at 108.47, Again

Also of interest for USD-weakness is USD/JPY, and this also carries a risk aversion item of interest. The pair reacted to the support looked at last week around 107.00 and bounce all the way up to that same Fibonacci level that helped to set the September high at 108.47. This can keep downside in focus on USD/JPY.

USD/JPY Four-Hour Price Chart

usdjpy price chart

AUD/USD: Ready for a Break?

On the long side of the US Dollar, AUD/USD remains attractive. I had looked at the short-side of the pair over the past few weeks and prices pushed down below the .6700 handle last night. At this point, resistance potential lurks at the ‘flash crash’ swing low from earlier this year, taken from around .6743 on the chart.

AUD/USD Two-Hour Price Chart

audusd price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; AUDUSD on Tradingview

USD/CHF for USD-Strength

usdchf four hour price chart

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

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