Forex Technical Analysis: The US Dollar rebounds?
Forex Technical Analysis: Throughout last week the US Dollar declined against its counterpart as the released data showed a slowing of economic growth due to bad weather conditions which negatively affected business activity.
The pair finished last week right on 1.3710 resistance, a level which rejected rising prices several times in the past. Lower moves are very possible but the latest momentum is bullish, especially after the bounce off 1.3480 and the break of 1.3650. A move above 1.3710 would consolidate the control of the bulls and would make 1.3830 the next target, while a bounce lower will shift the balance of power only if 1.3650 is clearly broken to the downside.
Monday US Banks will be closed celebrating Presidentsí Day and no major European data is released so the first important event of the week occurs Tuesday in the form of the German ZEW Economic Sentiment. Wednesday the FOMC Meeting Minutes will be released, showing the details of the latest Fed meeting regarding the interest rate and the reasons that influenced the membersí vote.
Thursday is an important day as the French and German Manufacturing PMIs are released and Fed Chairwoman Yellen testifies on the Semiannual Monetary Policy Report. This testimony was originally scheduled last week but was postponed due to weather conditions. The US Consumer Price Index which is the main inflation gauge is announced the same day.
Friday the US Existing Home Sales are released and the G20 Meetings start. The meetings will be attended by central bankers and finance ministers from the 20 member states and have the potential to generate strong, fast moves.
The Pound climbed to 1.6754, the highest level since 2011, fueled by speculation that Bank of England will raise interest rates if the economic conditions keep improving. A positive Inflation Report strongly contributed to the Poundís strength.
Although we considered the bulls to be in control and we expected moves higher, we didnít anticipate that a move into the resistance located at 1.6750 would come before a retracement lower occurred. If this week the pair will complete a retracement, 1.6600 will most likely act as support while the upper target is 1.6880. The Relative Strength Index is approaching the 70 level even on a weekly chart and price traveled a huge distance with no retracement so we anticipate moves to the down side but the main direction is bullish.
United Kingdomís Consumer Price Index which is considered the main gauge of inflation comes out Tuesday but Wednesday will probably be the most important day of the week as the Bank of England will release the Minutes of their latest meeting. The Minutes contain a breakdown of the votes regarding the Interest Rate and the Asset Purchase Facility and important insights into the reasons which determined the membersí votes. At the same time the Claimant Count Change is released, showing the change in the number of unemployed people who ask for social help. The week finishes Friday with the release of the UK Retail Sales which account for the major part of consumer spending and are regarded as a strong market mover.
Written by: Bogdan Giulvezan
The article above is based on the writerís 5-year experience and it does not constitute trading advice or investment recommendations, just a personal opinion and view of the market.
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