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US Dollar Price Action Setups: EUR/USD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY, NZD/USD

US Dollar Price Action Setups: EUR/USD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY, NZD/USD

James Stanley, Senior Strategist

US Dollar Price Action Talking Points:

  • The US Dollar continues lower in the Q4 pullback theme, currently testing support in the rising wedge formation.
  • Significant strength has shown in both EUR/USD and GBP/USD as Brexit progress has shown. But this theme is far from over.
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US Dollar Q4 Pullback Continues

The Q4 pullback in the US Dollar has continued as the USD put in a push earlier this morning down to fresh two-and-a-half month lows. This has come along with some notable moves of strength in both EUR/USD and GBP/USD as progress has begun to show in the ongoing Brexit scenario. Nothing is done yet, however, as that deal must pass through the House of Commons in a vote this weekend, thereby setting up for an environment of continued volatility in both pairs.

In this webinar, I looked at setups around the US Dollar to go along with looks at both Gold and Oil later in the session.

US Dollar Breaks Down to Fresh Two-Year-Lows, Tests Wedge Support

First off the long-term chart: Prices are currently testing the support side of a rising wedge formation after a rather aggressive sell-off in the first couple of weeks of Q4. As discussed in the webinar, this scenario may need a bit of pullback before longer-term USD bears can continue pushing down to even fresher lower-lows.

US Dollar Daily Price Chart

us dollar daily price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; US Dollar on Tradingview

On a shorter-term basis, lower-high resistance potential remains off of the prior point of resistance found around 97.70, which had provided the swing-highs in DXY in November and December of 2018 along with March and June of 2019. A bit-higher brings the zone of Fibonacci levels from 97.86-97.94.

US Dollar Daily Price Chart

us dollar daily price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; US Dollar on Tradingview

EUR/USD Breaks Out

In our last webinar we looked at a ‘nexus’ of confluence in EUR/USD, coming from both a bearish trend-line projection as well as the support side of a bear flag formation. That support check around the 1.1000 level led into a pronounced bullish move and prices in the pair are now perking up to fresh monthly highs.

EUR/USD Four-Hour Price Chart

eurusd eur/usd four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; EURUSD on Tradingview

GBP/USD: Cable Jumps on Brexit Dynamics, Nothing is Finished Yet

I’ve been following the long side of GBP/USD, looking for re-entry as recently as Tuesday from a key zone of support around prior resistance. And while that filled-in well, price action has been erratic over the past two days thereby producing problems from a risk management perspective.

GBP/USD Four-Hour Price Chart

gbpusd gbp/usd four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; GBPUSD on Tradingview

USD/JPY: Attractive for USD-Strength/Recovery Scenarios

As followed over the past two weeks, USD/JPY remains attractive for long-USD scenarios. This is supported by the fact that the pair remains so close to recently fresh two-month-highs even as the US Dollar dips down to fresh monthly lows.

At this point, price action in USD/JPY is testing support at prior resistance from the area on the chart investigated for as such on Tuesday.

USD/JPY Four-Hour Price Chart

usdjpy price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; USDJPY on Tradingview

NZD/USD Tests Range Resistance

I’ve been following the short side of AUD/USD for USD-strength scenarios but as looked at in the webinar that theme no longer looks very attractive. On the other hand, NZD/USD has put in a more subdued bullish move as this USD-weakness has priced-in, and prices in the pair are currently testing resistance around prior October swing highs, keeping the door open for range strategies as one of the possible manners of incorporating USD-strength.

NZD/USD Four-Hour Price Chart

nzdusd nzd/usd price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; NZDUSD on Tradingview

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--- Written by James Stanley, Strategist for

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