US Dollar Erases Losses

By Nadia Simmons  MAR 03, 2014 4:35 PM

Charts show how positive economic data releases impacted currency pairs.

 


Earlier today, the US dollar moved higher after positive economic data. The Commerce Department reported that personal spending rose 0.4% (above expectations for an increase of 0.1%) and personal income rose 0.3% (also above expectations for a 0.2% increase. Additionally, the core PCE price index rose 0.1% in line with expectations. What impact did it have on major currency pairs?

EUR/USD


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As you see on the daily chart, although EUR/USD broke above a strong resistance zone created by the 76.4% and 78.6% Fibonacci retracement levels based on the entire December-February decline (additionally this area is reinforced by the December 30 high), the pair gave up the gains and declined below it earlier today. With this downswing, the exchange rate also dropped below the previously broken lower border of the rising trend channel. From this perspective, it seems that if the pair does not manage to come back above these levels, we will likely see further deterioration and the downside target will be around Friday low.

Very short-term outlook: mixed
Short-term outlook: bullish
Medium-term outlook: mixed
Long-term outlook: bearish

Trading position (short-term): In my firm's opinion, no positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

GBP/USD


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Looking at the above chart, we see that the situation has deteriorated slightly as GBP/USD declined below the upper line of the rising wedge. Taking this fact into account, we will likely see another attempt to reach the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level. This scenario is currently reinforced by the position of the indicators -- they all declined generating sell signals, which supports sellers at the moment.

Before we summarize this currency pair, let's take a closer look at the four-hour chart.


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From this perspective, we see that GBP/USD broke below the lower border of a consolidation range (marked with blue), which suggests that we will likely see further deterioration in the following hours -- especially if the exchange rate drops below the rising green support line (which is also a lower border of a small rising channel). This scenario is currently reinforced by sell signals generated by all three indicators (the RSI, CCI, and Stochastic Oscillator).

Very short-term outlook: mixed
Short-term outlook: mixed
Medium-term outlook: mixed
Long-term outlook: mixed

Trading position (short-term): In my firm's opinion, no positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective at the moment as the current situation is unclear.

USD/JPY


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On Friday, USD/JPY closed the day below the lower border of the rising wedge (marked with light blue), which triggered further deterioration earlier today. Therefore, what my firm wrote in its previous report is up to date.

...if the sellers successfully push the pair below the very short-term support line (the lower border of the rising wedge), we will probably see a re-test of the strength of the February low (as a reminder, the price target after a breakdown is a bit lower than the monthly low, and we marked it with a yellow rectangle). Looking at the position of the indicators, we see that sell signals remain in place supporting further deterioration.

Very short-term outlook: mixed with bearish bias
Short-term outlook: mixed with bearish bias
Medium-term outlook: bullish
Long-term outlook: bearish

Trading position (short-term): In my firm's opinion, the situation is too unclear to go short or long at the moment. So, no positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

USD/CAD


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As you see on the daily chart, there were two attempts to move lower, but the sellers failed and USD/CAD came back to the consolidation range. From this perspective, the overall situation hasn't changed much and is still a bit unclear as the pair remains between Friday high and low. Nevertheless, we should keep in mind that the last three candles from the previous week created a bearish evening-star candlestick pattern (marked with an orange rectangle), which together with the current position of the indicators supports sellers at the moment. Taking these facts into account, it seems that if the exchange rate closes the day below the February 24 low, we may see further deterioration and a drop to the lower border of the rising trend channel, which corresponds to a support zone created by January 22, February 7, and February 13 lows. However, if the buyers do not give up and invalidate the reversal candlestick formation (a daily close above 1.1158), we may see an upward move even to the January high.

Four-Hour Chart


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From this perspective, we see that there was a small head-and-shoulders pattern, which triggered a decline on Friday. As you see on the above chart, the sellers without a problem realized their bearish scenario and pushed the pair to the 50% Fibonacci retracement level (based on the recent rally) once again. Earlier today, this support level encouraged buyers to act and the exchange rate rebounded. Despite this growth, USD/CAD didn't even reach the neckline of the bearish formation and still remains below two resistance lines marked with red (additionally, the lower line is currently reinforced by a bearish candlestick pattern -- an evening star), which suggests that we may see another attempt to move lower in the nearest future (especially if the Stochastic Oscillator generate a sell signal).

Very short-term outlook: mixed
Short-term outlook: mixed
Medium-term outlook: bullish
Long-term outlook: bearish

Trading position (short-term): In my firm's opinion, no positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

USD/CHF


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Looking at the above chart, we see that the situation hasn't changed much as USD/CHF still remains between the 2014 low and the declining resistance line (marked in green). Therefore, what my firm wrote in its previous report is still up to date.

...the exchange rate reached not only the next support zone, but also hit a fresh 27-month low... the sellers realized a bearish scenario after a breakdown below the lower border of the triangle (marked with light orange). If this area encourages buyers to act, we may see a corrective upswing in the coming day (or days). However, if they do not push the pair above the declining resistance line (marked in green) in the near future, it seems that we may see further deterioration. In this case, the downside target will be around 0.8755, where the next declining support line intersects with the 112.8% Fibonacci extension level and the 127.2% Fibonacci projection.

Very short-term outlook: bearish
Short-term outlook: bearish
Medium-term outlook: bearish
Long-term outlook: bearish

Trading position (short-term): In my firm's opinion, the situation is too unclear to go long or short at the moment.

AUD/USD


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On the above chart, we see that although AUD/USD extended losses and dropped below a support zone (created by the February 10 low and the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level), buyers didn't give up and triggered a corrective upswing, which took the pair above these important levels. An invalidation of a breakout is a bullish signal, which suggests that we may further improvement (especially when we take into account the fact that the CCI and Stochastic Oscillator are very close to generating buy signals). If this is the case, we will likely see an upswing to the previously broken, very short-term rising support/resistance line (marked with green). Nevertheless, we should keep in mind that as long as the pair remains below this line, another attempt to move lower can't be ruled out.

Very short-term outlook: mixed
Short-term outlook: mixed
Medium-term outlook: bearish
Long-term outlook: bearish

Trading position (short-term): In my firm's opinion, no positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

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Nadia is a private investor and trader, dealing in currencies, commodities (mainly crude oil), and stocks. Using her background in technical analysis, she spends countless hours identifying market trends, major support and resistance zones, breakouts, and failures. In her writing, she presents complex ideas with clarity that enables you to easily understand market changes, and profit from them. Nadia is the person behind Sunshine Profits' three premium trading services: Forex Trading Alerts, Oil Trading Alerts, and Oil Investment Updates.

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