EUR/USD Trading Strategy: Short at 1.1677
- EUR/USD failed to push above recent highs, managed to break below support
- Trade wars, hawkish Fed, dovish ECB presents an argument for USD strength
- Recent price action has opened the door for a EUR/USD short targeting 1.1509
Lately, the Euro has been consolidation against the US Dollar since the most recent ECB monetary policy announcement. The pair has been oscillating between a high of 1.1852 and a low of 1.1509 over the most month or so. Perhaps the next leg of its journey could be back down to support and this opens the door for a selling opportunity.
The Fundamental EUR/USD Short Argument
Fundamentally speaking, the European Central Bank is more dovish than its US counterpart. At its most recent monetary policy announcement, the ECB did announce an exit to its QE programme with asset purchases to eventually stop by December. However, the central bank is quite patient to begin raising rates thereafter. One could come as early as July 2019 or as late as in the autumn of the same year.
Meanwhile, the Fed is not only on course to deliver one more hike than expected this year, but also an extra one in 2019. This means that the US Dollar, when looking at associated yields, will continue pulling further and further away from its European cousin. The ECB is also facing local economic data that is still tending to underperform relative to economists’ expectations. This could delay a potential hike in 2019 if the trend continues.
Finally, in a situation where sentiment sours and global stocks underperform, the US Dollar could gain some traction given its haven status. This was evident over the past 24 hours when the US pressured China with additional $200b in potential tariffs. More retaliation, from both nations, could have the scope to send benchmark indexes lower around the world. Such an outcome could offer more support to USD.
BACKGROUND: A Brief History of Trade Wars, 1900-Present
Technical Short Setup
Looking at the EUR/USD chart below, the pair has broken below a near-term rising support line after failing to get a close above the highs set earlier this week. In addition, the pair also stopped just short of the daily closes set back in mid-June. With that said, the pair could be heading lower in its oscillation back to the May low around 1.1509 next.
This reveals what could be an attractive selling opportunity. The target of this short will be the May low while a stop will be activated on a daily close above 1.1759. To achieve a minimum risk-reward ratio of two to one, 1.1677 was used as the entry point in this setup. The trade will be closely monitored and more exposure may be added if EUR/USD manages to get below 1.1509.
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— Written by Daniel Dubrovsky, Junior Currency Analyst for DailyFX.com
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USD/JPY Rate Risks Fresh Monthly Highs as Overbought Signal Persists
Japanese Yen Talking Points
USD/JPY remains overbought as Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell strikes a hawkish outlook in front of U.S. lawmakers, and recent price action keeps the topside targets on the radar as the exchange rate initiates a fresh series of higher highs & lows.
USD/JPY Rate Risks Fresh Monthly Highs as Overbought Signal Persists
USD/JPY bounces back from the session-low (112.71) even as U.S. Housing Starts contract 12.3% in June, with Building Permits narrowing 2.2% during the same period, and the dollar-yen exchange rate may continue to appreciate over the remainder of the week as the Federal Reserve appears to be on track to further normalize monetary policy in 2018.
The testimony from Governor Powell suggests the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will continue to embark on its hiking-cycle over the coming months as ‘incoming data show that, alongside the strong job market, the U.S. economy has grown at a solid pace so far this year.’ In turn, Fed officials may show a greater willingness to implement four rate-hikes this year as the committee ‘believes that–for now–the best way forward is to keep gradually raising the federal funds rate,’ and the FOMC may continue to prepare U.S. households and businesses for higher borrowing-costs despite the growing threat of a trade war with China.
Keep in mind, Fed Fund Futures now highlight a greater than 60% probability for a December rate-hike, and expectations for higher interest rates may continue to prop up USD/JPY especially as the Bank of Japan (BoJ) sticks to its Quantitative/Qualitative Easing (QQE) Program with Yield-Curve Control.
With that said, USD/JPY may continue to exhibit a bullish behavior as the exchange rate initiates a bullish sequence and pushes to a fresh monthly-high (113.14), and the topside targets will stay on the radar as long as the Relative Strength Index (RSI) sits in overbought territory.
USD/JPY Daily Chart
- Broader outlook for USD/JPY remains constructive as both price and the RSI preserve the bullish trends from earlier this year, with the pair at risk of extending the advance from earlier this week as it carves a string of higher highs & lows.
- Another close above the 112.40 (61.8% retracement) to 112.80 (38.2% expansion) region opens up the Fibonacci overlap around 113.80 (23.6% expansion) to 114.30 (23.6% retracement).
- Will keep a close eye on the RSI as it trades in overbought territory, with a move below 70 raising the risk for a pullback in the exchange rate as the bullish momentum wanes.
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EUR/CAD Chart Triangulating, Downside Break Favored
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EUR/CAD is a cross-rate we’ve been watching recently given its technical positioning on the daily/weekly chart and its price action on the 4-hr chart. The top and drop in late-June put price back below a slope rising up from February 2017 in addition to the bottom of a shorter-term channel since the end of May.
Since declining below these thresholds we’ve seen a weak response. Looking at the 4-hr chart, we initially viewed the price sequence over the past month+ as an upward leaning head-and-shoulders pattern, but more recently with a contraction in price action we are seeing a triangle form. It could make for a complex right shoulder, but focus is now centered on the developing wedge. (Either way, whether one considers it a bearish wedge break or H&S breakdown, bias is the same…)
Given the context of the aforementioned daily slope/channel as well as the chart leaning lower off the March high, a downside break of the wedge is preferred. An undercut will initially have a swing-low from mid-June in focus in the vicinity of 15150/115, followed by a line running over January right around 15000 (yes, this t-line could be the neckline of a broader head-and-shoulders pattern). Beneath there lies the low near 14900 from the end of May.
EUR/CAD Daily Chart (Slope in play)
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EUR/CAD 4-hr Chart
We’ll take it one step at a time. A break below the bottom of the pattern on the 4-hr will have the trade in motion, with a stop placed back inside the pattern. Targeting 15150/115, 15000/4917. We’ll play it by ear as targets near – if momentum is strong, then looking to extend the trade, if momentum stalls then look to start peeling off the position.
On the flip-side, in the event of a breakout to the top-side and recapture of the aforementioned slope, traders may want to play the wedge breakout from the long-side – but given it will be uphill, on this end it is likely a trade which will be avoided.
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For another recently expressed bearish bias on this cross, check out Tyler Yell’s take on EUR/CAD.
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British Pound May Rebound on UK Inflation Uptick
TALKING POINTS – UK CPI, BRITISH POUND, POWELL, BEIGE BOOK, US DOLLAR
- First UK CPI gain in seven months might boost British Pound
- US Dollar may extend gains on Powell testimony, Beige Book
- Lull in top-tier event risk makes for quiet Asia Pacific trade
A lull in high-profile event risk translated into quiet consolidation across the G10 FX space in Asia Pacific trade. Volatility might make a comeback in European market hours however as UK CPI data comes across the wires. The headline on-year inflation rate is expected to rise to 2.6 percent, marking the first increase in seven months.
The British Pound suffered heavy losses yesterday ahead of a House of Commons vote on an amendment that would force the UK into the EU customs union if no new post-Brexit trade agreement were reached. Prime Minister Theresa May opposed the move and speculation that it might pass anyway stoked worries about an imminent leadership challenge.
The government prevailed by a razor-thin majority, de-escalating the situation at least somewhat. That coupled with a strong CPI print that reminds investors of an incoming BOE interest rate hike might offer Sterling a lifeline. The priced-in policy path reflected in OIS rates puts the probability of tightening at Augusts’ meeting of the rate-setting MPC committee at a healthy 77.6 percent.
Later in the day, another day of testimony from Fed Chair Powell is in focus. This time, he will appear in the House of Representatives having spoken before a Senate Committee yesterday. A hawkish lean in those comments drove the US Dollar higher yesterday, as expected. More of the same coupled with an upbeat Fed Beige Book survey might keep the greenback on the offensive.
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— Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for DailyFX.com
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