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EURUSD ranging before the CPI releases

Business confidence in Germany rose for the first time in seven months. On Monday the German IFO business climate survey surprised to the upside being 104.7 instead of 103.0 as expected. The German GDP figures (0.1%) for the last quarter were left well behind of those released in the US on Tuesday. The preliminary GDP in the US was more positive than analysts expected with the figure being at 3.9%. That is 0.6% better than expected. On Thursday we will have preliminary inflation figures from Germany and then the euro area CPI estimate on Friday. The logic from the fundamental side suggests that should these statistics show that there is no inflation the pressure on the ECB to act sooner will grow. The focus of the central bank is now on inflation and therefore signs that the euro area might be heading towards deflation should cause the market participants to adjust their positions accordingly and sell euro.

EURUSD M

EURUSD, Monthly

From technical point of view EURUSD is now at a major support area that has been able to turn traders from bearish to bullish (and price higher) in several occasions in the past. Since 2006 none of the moves below the current level have been sustainable in medium to long term. In 2009 this very level turned price higher in two occasions and in 2010 we had an attempt to take EURUSD below 1.20. This failed even though the euro crisis was at its worst and market participants sought safety from the US Dollar. Many analysts interviewed in Bloomberg TV at the time shared their views on how they expected EUR to move to parity with the US Dollar (one euro would be worth one US Dollar). Now, we have stimulus promises from the ECB president Mario Draghi that have made analysts suggest that EUR will move as low as 1.15. This would mean euro visiting levels it has not seen since November 2003. Will the coming QE mean it is different this time and this move to 1.15 might actually happen? Obviously this is possible, but in the light of current price action it is not likely to happen immediately. This far Mr. Draqhi has been able to talk the market down but in terms of tangible and meaningful action he has not been able to deliver much. In terms of economic growth prospects in the euro area and the United States it makes sense assume that the Dollar will be favoured by the markets in the long run but as we are looking for short term trading opportunities it makes sense to concentrate on the current price action as it develops and technical setups available for us today and over the rest of the week. The downside momentum has clearly slowed down with market being close to forming a small narrow range bar in monthly time frame. The price is at a monthly pivot from 2010 and at the Bollinger bands. If the support holds for the rest of the week and through the euro area CPI releases, we have a monthly narrow range bar indicating that market is at a turning point. In my experience technical levels will prevail unless some unexpected news exceeds the expectations and traders have to quickly revalue the underlying assets and their strategies. This could cause the market move beyond major technical support and resistance levels.

EURUSD D

EURUSD, Daily

In the daily chart we can see that EURUSD is forming a bullish wedge. In fact, it can be seen in both weekly and daily charts. Both RSI and Stochastic Oscillator have bullish divergence as price moves below 1.2360 have been rejected twice. This has created a short term double bottom. In addition, the pair has once again moved away from the regression channel, a further indication of momentum slowdown. Resistance levels at daily pivot candle are also weekly resistance levels. As they coincide with a descending trendline and the proximity of Bollinger Bands I am looking for short signals between 1.2512 and the daily Bollinger Bands (1.5 stdv Band currently at 1.2568).

EURUSD 240

EURUSD, 240 min

In the four hour chart the pair is in a range, so selling the resistance levels and buying at support is the preferred strategy. The price is now approaching the 1.2512 resistance (weekly and daily pivot) with the Bollinger bands stalling the current move a bit. Pay attention to the area between weekly resistance at 1.2512 and a daily high at 1.2568 that also coincides with the descending trend line. I am looking for short signals at or above 1.2512 (a momentum reversal confirming the trade idea). As we are in a range I would look to buy either in the region of 1.2400 or close the support at 1.2360. Again the momentum changes in 15 min and or 60 min resolutions will help us to decide whether to stay short or cover.

Conclusion:

From technical point of view EURUSD is now at a major support area that has been able to turn traders from bearish to bullish (and price higher) in several occasions in the past. The downside momentum has clearly slowed down with market being close to forming a small narrow range bar in monthly time frame. The price is at a monthly pivot from 2010 and at the Bollinger bands. If the support holds for the rest of the week and through the euro area CPI releases, we have a monthly narrow range bar indicating that market is at a turning point. In weekly and daily chart we can see that EURUSD is forming a bullish wedge. In the four hour chart the pair is in a range, so selling the resistance levels and buying at support is the preferred strategy. I am looking for short signals at or above 1.2512 (a momentum reversal confirming the trade idea). As we are in a range I would look to buy either in the region of 1.2400 or close the support at 1.2360. Momentum changes in 15 min and or 60 min resolutions will help us to decide whether to stay short or cover.

Disclaimer: Nothing in this communication contains, or should be considered as containing, an investment advice or an investment recommendation or a solicitation for the purpose of purchase or sale of any financial instrument.

Janne Muta
Chief Market Analyst
HotForex

Wednesday, 26 Nov, 2014 / 1:07

Source : https://blog.hotforex.com/eurusd-ranging-before-the-cpi-releases/

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