Sterling ended the week as the best performing one. But the late selloff, and rejection by resistance against Dollar and Yen, suggest that the latter too were in the driving seat. Weakness was apparently see in Euro, New Zealand Dollar, and to a lesser extent Australian. Dollar could be further building up the case for stronger near term rebound. But some more technical levels need to be taken out to confirm.
Overall markets were pretty mixed though, acting like something are turning the corner. US President-elect Joe Biden’s new stimulus package triggered no bullish response from stock investors. But the late pull back didn’t warrant a deep correction yet. At the same time, persistent strength was seen in Asia, in particular in Nikkei and HSI. US yields failed to accelerate through channel resistance sustainably, but there is no sign of topping. Gold tried to recover but lacked follow through buying.
Dollar index building up conditions for stronger rebound
Dollar index managed to extend the recovery from 89.20 last week and closed at 90.77, mainly thanks to the pull back in EUR/USD. The condition of a stronger near term rebound is building up. Decisive break of 91.01 resistance and sustained trading above 55 day EMA (now at 91.11) should confirm short term bottoming at 89.20, just head of 88.25 support, on bullish convergence condition in daily MACD. Stronger rally would than be seen back towards 94.74 resistance.
EUR/USD to test 1.2058 cluster support now
For the above mentioned move to happen, EUR/USD would need to break through 1.2058 cluster support (38.2% retracement of 1.1602 to 1.2348 at 1.2063, 55 day EMA at 1.2067) decisively. In that case, deeper fall would be seen to medium term channel support (now at 1.1901). But rebound from currently level, followed by break of 1.2222 minor resistance, will retain near term bullishness in EUR/USD. That would also bring retest of 1.2348 high, corresponding to 89.20 low in DXY.
EUR/JPY accelerated down after breaking trend line support
Judging from the overall strength of Dollar, we’re not expecting a break mentioned 1.2058 cluster support in EUR/USD. But from the perspective of Euro’s weakness, that might actually happen. In particular, EUR/JPY broke its trend line support firmly last week, and accelerated downward. Decline from 127.48 should take on 38.2% retracement of 121.63 to 127.48 at 125.24 in the early part of this week. Firm break there could at least bring deeper correction to 61.8% retracement at 123.86. That could solidify Euro’s selloff against the greenback too.
NZD/USD’s fall from 0.7314 extended further, but other commodity currencies still firm
NZD/USD’s decline from 0.7314 also extended lower last week, confirming short term topping at 0.7314. It should now be in correction to rise from 0.6598 at least. Deeper fall should seen seen to 38.2% retracement of 0.6598 to 0.7314 at 0.7037. Sustained break there, and 55 day EMA, could argue that it’s probably in correction to whole rise from 0.5469. Further decline should then be seen to 0.6797 resistance turned support.
At this point, AUD/USD is holding above 0.7641 support. USD/CAD is also holding below 1.2834 resistance. Hence, NZD/USD’s decline could still be viewed as a move of its own. But a break of 0.7037 fibonacci level could also argue that NZD is the leading one in a broad based pull back in commodity currencies.
Gold’s correction from 2075.18 still in progress for 1764.31 and below
To gauge the chance of a Dollar rebound, we’ll also continue to look at the development in Gold. Gold edged lower to 1871.05 last week but recovered since then. More consolidations could be seen, but even in case of another rise, 4 hour 55 EMA (now at 1867.05) should limit upside. Break of 1817.05 should target 1764.31 and below, to extend the whole correction from 2075.18. That, if happens, should affirm Dollar’s strength.
USD/CHF stayed in tight range below 0.8919 last week and outlook is unchanged. Initial bias remains neutral this week first. On the upside, decisive break of 0.8919 should confirm short term bottoming at 0.8756, on bullish convergence condition in 4 hour MACD. Considering bullish convergence condition in daily MACD too, USD/CHF could be corrective whole fall form 0.9901 in this case. Intraday bias will be turned back to the upside for 38.2% retracement of 0.9901 to 0.8756 at 0.9193. Though, break of 0.8821 minor support will bring retest of 0.8756 low instead.
In the bigger picture, decline from 1.0237 is seen as the third leg of the pattern from 1.0342 (2016 high). There is no clear sign of completion yet. Next target will be 138.2% projection of 1.0342 to 0.9186 from 1.0237 at 0.8639. In any case, break of 0.9294 resistance is needed to signal medium term bottoming. Otherwise, outlook will remain bearish in case of rebound.
In the long term picture, price actions from 0.7065 (2011 low) are currently seen as developing into a long term corrective pattern, at least until a firm break of 1.0342 resistance.