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US Dollar Gains After Strong Home Sales Data
Charts show how the currency pairs are holding up.
Nadia Simmons    

The US dollar extended gains after stronger-than-expected US home sales data. Earlier today, the Commerce Department showed that new-home sales rose 9.6% to 468,000 units in January, while analysts had expected a 1% drop to 400,000. What impact did this largest increase in five and a half years have on major currency pairs?

EUR/USD


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As you see on the above chart, earlier today, EUR/USD broke below the lower border of the rising trend channel and declined below the February 20 low. Therefore, our bearish scenario from our last report is up to date:

...we may see a decline even to around 1.3613, where the price target for the pattern is (please note that it corresponds to a height of the trend channel). More importantly, if the pair drops below the February 20 low, we will likely see a post-double-top decline. In this case, the price target for the sellers will be around 1.3600 (marked with a light blue rectangle). From this perspective, in both cases we will likely see a decline below the upper border of the declining trend channel (marked with blue), which will be a strong negative signal that could trigger further deterioration.

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

GBP/USD


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In my firm's last report, we wrote the following:

...a corrective upswing...took the pair to the previously broken lower border of the rising wedge...if this strong resistance line encourages sellers to act, we will likely see another attempt to move below the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement. Please note that this scenario is reinforced by the fact that GBP/USD confirmed a breakdown below this medium-term resistance line in recent days (we saw four consecutive closes).

Yesterday, GBP/USD gave up the gains and reversed, finishing the day for the fifth time in a row below the lower border of the rising wedge. From this perspective, it seems that the recent upswing was nothing more than a verification of the breakdown, which is a bearish signal. If this is the case, we will likely see a drop to (at least) the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement in the coming day (or days).

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

USD/JPY


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From this perspective, we see that the situation hasn't changed much as USD/JPY remains in the rising wedge (marked with light blue) between the 23.6% and 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level (based on the recent decline). So, what my firm wrote in yesterday's report is still up to date.

...as long as there is no breakout above the upper line (or a breakdown below the lower border), a bigger upswing (or downswing) is not likely to be seen....The upper line is currently reinforced by a resistance zone created by the January 13 low and January 31 high (marked with orange). If this resistance is broken, we will likely see an upward move to at least the declining resistance line based on the January 10 and January 23 highs (marked with red). However, if this strong resistance encourages sellers to act, we will see a drop to the lower border of the rising wedge in the near future. If the pair drops below this important support line, we will probably see a re-test of the strength of the February low. At this point it's worth noting that 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 the CCI generated a sell signal and Stochastic Oscillator is close to doing it. So, a bearish scenario is more likely at the moment.

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

USD/CAD


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As you see on the daily chart, the situation has improved as USD/CAD moved higher earlier today. Despite this increase, the pair remains in a consolidation range (marked with light blue) between Monday's high and low. From this perspective, if the exchange rate climbs above the upper border of this formation, we may see further improvement and the first upside target would be the February 21 high (slightly below the upper line of the rising trend channel). However, we should keep in mind that all indicators support sellers at the moment as sell signals remain in place.

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

USD/CHF


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I am quoting the following from my firm's last report:

...the pair dropped below a support zone (marked with green), which suggests that we will likely see a re-test of the strength of the February low in the nearest future. If this support level holds, we may see another attempt to invalidate the breakdown below the major resistance line.

Yesterday, we saw such price action as USD/CHF almost touched the monthly low. Earlier today, this support level encouraged buyers to act, which resulted in a sharp corrective upswing that took the pair above the short-term resistance line (marked with blue). Although this is a positive signal, we saw similar increases in recent days. So far, none of them brought buyers a victory, and the exchange rate reversed. From this perspective, as long as the pair does not close the day above this major resistance line, another attempt to move lower can't be ruled out. Nevertheless, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that all indicators support buyers at the moment (the CCI and Stochastic Oscillator generated buy signals). Taking this fact into account, if USD/CHF climbs above yesterday's high, we may see a post-double-bottom rally. In this case, the price target for the pattern would be around 0.8968. However, we should keep in mind that before buyers realize this scenario, they will have to break above the very short-term declining line (marked with red), which may not be so easy, because this resistance line successfully stopped further improvement (several times) earlier this month.

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

AUD/USD


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Earlier today, AUD/USD extended losses and almost dropped to the very short-term rising support line (marked with green), which remains the nearest major support. If this important line holds and encourages buyers to act, we may see a corrective upswing (similarly to what we saw on Monday) and a comeback to around this week high. However, if it is broken, we will likely see further deterioration and a drop to a support zone created by the February 13 and February 20 lows. Please note that slightly below this area is also the February 10 low (currently reinforced by the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level based on the recent rally), which may pause or even stop further declines.

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

For the full version of this essay and more, visit Sunshine Profits' website.

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.

Twitter: @SunshineProfits
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US Dollar Gains After Strong Home Sales Data
Charts show how the currency pairs are holding up.
Nadia Simmons    

The US dollar extended gains after stronger-than-expected US home sales data. Earlier today, the Commerce Department showed that new-home sales rose 9.6% to 468,000 units in January, while analysts had expected a 1% drop to 400,000. What impact did this largest increase in five and a half years have on major currency pairs?

EUR/USD


Click to enlarge

As you see on the above chart, earlier today, EUR/USD broke below the lower border of the rising trend channel and declined below the February 20 low. Therefore, our bearish scenario from our last report is up to date:

...we may see a decline even to around 1.3613, where the price target for the pattern is (please note that it corresponds to a height of the trend channel). More importantly, if the pair drops below the February 20 low, we will likely see a post-double-top decline. In this case, the price target for the sellers will be around 1.3600 (marked with a light blue rectangle). From this perspective, in both cases we will likely see a decline below the upper border of the declining trend channel (marked with blue), which will be a strong negative signal that could trigger further deterioration.

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

GBP/USD


Click to enlarge

In my firm's last report, we wrote the following:

...a corrective upswing...took the pair to the previously broken lower border of the rising wedge...if this strong resistance line encourages sellers to act, we will likely see another attempt to move below the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement. Please note that this scenario is reinforced by the fact that GBP/USD confirmed a breakdown below this medium-term resistance line in recent days (we saw four consecutive closes).

Yesterday, GBP/USD gave up the gains and reversed, finishing the day for the fifth time in a row below the lower border of the rising wedge. From this perspective, it seems that the recent upswing was nothing more than a verification of the breakdown, which is a bearish signal. If this is the case, we will likely see a drop to (at least) the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement in the coming day (or days).

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

USD/JPY


Click to enlarge

From this perspective, we see that the situation hasn't changed much as USD/JPY remains in the rising wedge (marked with light blue) between the 23.6% and 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level (based on the recent decline). So, what my firm wrote in yesterday's report is still up to date.

...as long as there is no breakout above the upper line (or a breakdown below the lower border), a bigger upswing (or downswing) is not likely to be seen....The upper line is currently reinforced by a resistance zone created by the January 13 low and January 31 high (marked with orange). If this resistance is broken, we will likely see an upward move to at least the declining resistance line based on the January 10 and January 23 highs (marked with red). However, if this strong resistance encourages sellers to act, we will see a drop to the lower border of the rising wedge in the near future. If the pair drops below this important support line, we will probably see a re-test of the strength of the February low. At this point it's worth noting that 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 the CCI generated a sell signal and Stochastic Oscillator is close to doing it. So, a bearish scenario is more likely at the moment.

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

USD/CAD


Click to enlarge

As you see on the daily chart, the situation has improved as USD/CAD moved higher earlier today. Despite this increase, the pair remains in a consolidation range (marked with light blue) between Monday's high and low. From this perspective, if the exchange rate climbs above the upper border of this formation, we may see further improvement and the first upside target would be the February 21 high (slightly below the upper line of the rising trend channel). However, we should keep in mind that all indicators support sellers at the moment as sell signals remain in place.

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

USD/CHF


Click to enlarge

I am quoting the following from my firm's last report:

...the pair dropped below a support zone (marked with green), which suggests that we will likely see a re-test of the strength of the February low in the nearest future. If this support level holds, we may see another attempt to invalidate the breakdown below the major resistance line.

Yesterday, we saw such price action as USD/CHF almost touched the monthly low. Earlier today, this support level encouraged buyers to act, which resulted in a sharp corrective upswing that took the pair above the short-term resistance line (marked with blue). Although this is a positive signal, we saw similar increases in recent days. So far, none of them brought buyers a victory, and the exchange rate reversed. From this perspective, as long as the pair does not close the day above this major resistance line, another attempt to move lower can't be ruled out. Nevertheless, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that all indicators support buyers at the moment (the CCI and Stochastic Oscillator generated buy signals). Taking this fact into account, if USD/CHF climbs above yesterday's high, we may see a post-double-bottom rally. In this case, the price target for the pattern would be around 0.8968. However, we should keep in mind that before buyers realize this scenario, they will have to break above the very short-term declining line (marked with red), which may not be so easy, because this resistance line successfully stopped further improvement (several times) earlier this month.

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

AUD/USD


Click to enlarge

Earlier today, AUD/USD extended losses and almost dropped to the very short-term rising support line (marked with green), which remains the nearest major support. If this important line holds and encourages buyers to act, we may see a corrective upswing (similarly to what we saw on Monday) and a comeback to around this week high. However, if it is broken, we will likely see further deterioration and a drop to a support zone created by the February 13 and February 20 lows. Please note that slightly below this area is also the February 10 low (currently reinforced by the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level based on the recent rally), which may pause or even stop further declines.

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

For the full version of this essay and more, visit Sunshine Profits' website.

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.

Twitter: @SunshineProfits
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US Dollar Gains After Strong Home Sales Data
Charts show how the currency pairs are holding up.
Nadia Simmons    

The US dollar extended gains after stronger-than-expected US home sales data. Earlier today, the Commerce Department showed that new-home sales rose 9.6% to 468,000 units in January, while analysts had expected a 1% drop to 400,000. What impact did this largest increase in five and a half years have on major currency pairs?

EUR/USD


Click to enlarge

As you see on the above chart, earlier today, EUR/USD broke below the lower border of the rising trend channel and declined below the February 20 low. Therefore, our bearish scenario from our last report is up to date:

...we may see a decline even to around 1.3613, where the price target for the pattern is (please note that it corresponds to a height of the trend channel). More importantly, if the pair drops below the February 20 low, we will likely see a post-double-top decline. In this case, the price target for the sellers will be around 1.3600 (marked with a light blue rectangle). From this perspective, in both cases we will likely see a decline below the upper border of the declining trend channel (marked with blue), which will be a strong negative signal that could trigger further deterioration.

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

GBP/USD


Click to enlarge

In my firm's last report, we wrote the following:

...a corrective upswing...took the pair to the previously broken lower border of the rising wedge...if this strong resistance line encourages sellers to act, we will likely see another attempt to move below the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement. Please note that this scenario is reinforced by the fact that GBP/USD confirmed a breakdown below this medium-term resistance line in recent days (we saw four consecutive closes).

Yesterday, GBP/USD gave up the gains and reversed, finishing the day for the fifth time in a row below the lower border of the rising wedge. From this perspective, it seems that the recent upswing was nothing more than a verification of the breakdown, which is a bearish signal. If this is the case, we will likely see a drop to (at least) the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement in the coming day (or days).

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

USD/JPY


Click to enlarge

From this perspective, we see that the situation hasn't changed much as USD/JPY remains in the rising wedge (marked with light blue) between the 23.6% and 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level (based on the recent decline). So, what my firm wrote in yesterday's report is still up to date.

...as long as there is no breakout above the upper line (or a breakdown below the lower border), a bigger upswing (or downswing) is not likely to be seen....The upper line is currently reinforced by a resistance zone created by the January 13 low and January 31 high (marked with orange). If this resistance is broken, we will likely see an upward move to at least the declining resistance line based on the January 10 and January 23 highs (marked with red). However, if this strong resistance encourages sellers to act, we will see a drop to the lower border of the rising wedge in the near future. If the pair drops below this important support line, we will probably see a re-test of the strength of the February low. At this point it's worth noting that 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 the CCI generated a sell signal and Stochastic Oscillator is close to doing it. So, a bearish scenario is more likely at the moment.

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

USD/CAD


Click to enlarge

As you see on the daily chart, the situation has improved as USD/CAD moved higher earlier today. Despite this increase, the pair remains in a consolidation range (marked with light blue) between Monday's high and low. From this perspective, if the exchange rate climbs above the upper border of this formation, we may see further improvement and the first upside target would be the February 21 high (slightly below the upper line of the rising trend channel). However, we should keep in mind that all indicators support sellers at the moment as sell signals remain in place.

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

USD/CHF


Click to enlarge

I am quoting the following from my firm's last report:

...the pair dropped below a support zone (marked with green), which suggests that we will likely see a re-test of the strength of the February low in the nearest future. If this support level holds, we may see another attempt to invalidate the breakdown below the major resistance line.

Yesterday, we saw such price action as USD/CHF almost touched the monthly low. Earlier today, this support level encouraged buyers to act, which resulted in a sharp corrective upswing that took the pair above the short-term resistance line (marked with blue). Although this is a positive signal, we saw similar increases in recent days. So far, none of them brought buyers a victory, and the exchange rate reversed. From this perspective, as long as the pair does not close the day above this major resistance line, another attempt to move lower can't be ruled out. Nevertheless, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that all indicators support buyers at the moment (the CCI and Stochastic Oscillator generated buy signals). Taking this fact into account, if USD/CHF climbs above yesterday's high, we may see a post-double-bottom rally. In this case, the price target for the pattern would be around 0.8968. However, we should keep in mind that before buyers realize this scenario, they will have to break above the very short-term declining line (marked with red), which may not be so easy, because this resistance line successfully stopped further improvement (several times) earlier this month.

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

AUD/USD


Click to enlarge

Earlier today, AUD/USD extended losses and almost dropped to the very short-term rising support line (marked with green), which remains the nearest major support. If this important line holds and encourages buyers to act, we may see a corrective upswing (similarly to what we saw on Monday) and a comeback to around this week high. However, if it is broken, we will likely see further deterioration and a drop to a support zone created by the February 13 and February 20 lows. Please note that slightly below this area is also the February 10 low (currently reinforced by the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level based on the recent rally), which may pause or even stop further declines.

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

For the full version of this essay and more, visit Sunshine Profits' website.

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.

Twitter: @SunshineProfits
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