Now that the Dollar Index (DXY) has reacted lower from a historical resistance area and EURUSD (the heaviest component in the DXY) has created a narrow range bar in the weekly time frame we have potential in EURUSD for a larger than usual corrective move against the trend. The narrow range candle signals that supply and demand where in balance last week, something that doesn’t sit well with those holding on to their shorts. We’ve also had the pair moving outside the trend channel that used to contain the move. This increases the likelihood that we will get a larger than usual contra trend move. Oscillators are oversold but edging higher with price crossing above the lower Bollinger Bands. Fibonacci levels (23.6%, 38.2% and 61.8%) coincide with the resistance levels I have identified in the chart.
I wrote on Monday after the Syriza election victory in Greece: “I find it significant that EURUSD, although it is still in a downtrend, has not moved significantly lower on the news Syriza winning the Greek elections. Rather it is ticking higher after the smallish initial drop… Market reactions are important as was proven with my analysis with Gold. A positive reaction to a news item that should have been negative for Gold hinted that it was time to buy the yellow metal, regardless all the negative fundamental analysis available at the time. This proved to be exactly the right time to buy Gold. Now, this same logic when combined with technical analysis could provide us with a trade opportunity in Euro against weaker currencies”. The price action on that day resulted in a hammer bar and the price has moved higher ever since, proving once again that the market reaction to the news is more important than the news itself. Price has reached a resistance level at 1.1540 and Stochastics is getting into overbought area. This has stalled the advance. We have a support level at 1.1368 and the next resistance area coinciding with the 50% Fibonacci level is at 1.1755, fairly close to the upper Bollinger Bands.
EURUSD, 240 min
Price moved outside the regression channel before Greek elections and has now made an over shoot in the opposite direction. A shooting star candle at the 1.1540 resistance indicates selling pressure but there has not been much downside momentum after the candle was created. Stochastics indicate that the momentum is reversing. The nearest support level is at 1.1368.
The narrow range candle in the weekly time frame signals that supply and demand where in balance last week, something that doesn’t sit well with those holding on to their shorts. We’ve also had the pair moving outside the trend channel that used to contain the move. This increases the likelihood that we will get a larger than usual contra trend move.
EURUSD is overbought in terms of Stochastics in the 4h chart and signals that there is potentially a momentum reversal taking place. However, the downside momentum after the shooting star candle has been sluggish. This could be explained by the 1.1368 support being relatively close. Price can turn lower from here but the shorts trades are likely to be short lived with a daily support area being so close. This might put off some market participants and limit the downside potential from these levels. The 1.1755 is likely to be a better level for high probability trades as several technical factors coincide in the proximity of this level.
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Chief Market Analyst