March 16th 2022: $1.09 Susceptible to a Whipsaw on EUR/USD; H1 Support in View at $1.0843-1.0878

March 16th 2022: $1.09 Susceptible to a Whipsaw on EUR/USD; H1 Support in View at $1.0843-1.0878, FP Markets

Charts: Trading View

(Italics: Previous Analysis)


US equities navigated higher on Tuesday amid plummeting oil prices. WTI engulfed $100 a barrel with Brent ‘testing the waters’ beneath the $100 threshold. The US Dollar Index (USDX) also recovered off worst levels (98.64), consequently weighing on EUR/USD from session highs at $1.1020.

Channel support, extended from the low $1.1186, remains a talking point on the weekly timeframe. Initial enthusiasm from the descending line has deteriorated, emphasising that weekly resistance from $1.1174 is likely to be left unchallenged. Quasimodo support at $1.0778 also remains a level in the spotlight on the weekly timeframe, claiming position under channel support.

Absence of interest from weekly channel support could be a result of trend direction. Recent analysis underlined the following:

The longer-term trend has reflected a bearish status since topping at $1.2350 at the beginning of January (2021). This is reinforced by a weekly trendline support breach, drawn from the low $1.0636, together with the break of the $1.1602 November 2020 low (circled) and the currency pair refreshing year-to-date lows last week at $1.0806.

Referencing the daily timeframe, chart studies are unchanged:

Buyers and sellers are squaring off between descending support-turned resistance, taken from the low $1.1186 (united closely with a 38.2% Fibonacci retracement at $1.1075), and a familiar decision point at $1.0788-1.0854 (as well as an intersecting ascending support, drawn from the $1.0340 3rd January low 2017). Additional Observations are the $1.0727 24th April 2020 low, along with this unit remaining below the 200-day simple moving average (circling 1.1547) since June 2021 and the relative strength index (RSI) exiting oversold space (though yet to reach the 50.00 centreline).

The H4 timeframe continues to work closely with support priced in at $1.0903. Note that while this level shares chart space with the weekly timeframe’s channel support, the lack of buying has seen H4 supply at $1.1139-1.1090 unopposed. For those who read Tuesday’s technical briefing you may recall technical studies highlighted the prospect of a whipsaw above $1.10 to H1 Quasimodo resistance at $1.1019. As evident from Tuesday’s price movement, price did indeed whipsaw the psychological level and fade $1.1019. Prompting a decisive sell during US hours, the currency pair is now fast approaching $1.09, which has H1 Fibonacci support residing directly beneath between $1.0843 and $1.0878 (yellow).

Technical Outlook:

Focus is on short-term action for now. The $1.09 figure on the H1 timeframe is vulnerable to a whipsaw, similar to Tuesday’s $1.10 fakeout. H1 Fibonacci support between $1.0843 and $1.0878 is in good shape to welcome buyers seeking to exploit sell-stops under $1.09.

March 16th 2022: $1.09 Susceptible to a Whipsaw on EUR/USD; H1 Support in View at $1.0843-1.0878, FP Markets


Bids and offers ended the market about even on Tuesday.

Technical structure on the weekly timeframe has price within the walls of prime support from $0.6968-0.7242, which continues to display a fragile tone. Weekly resistance at $0.7501 and prime resistance from $0.7849-0.7599 remain untested.

This is where we are in terms of the currency pair’s trend:

Longer term—the monthly timeframe—has portrayed a downtrend since August 2011, suggesting the 12.6 percent correction from mid-Feb tops at $0.8007 (2021) on the weekly timeframe might be the start of a bearish phase and not a dip-buying correction from the 2021 advance from pandemic lows of $0.5506. This places a question mark on weekly prime support and highlights a possible bearish scene should $0.7051 resistance or prime resistance at $0.7849-0.7599 put in an appearance. If a $0.6968-0.7242 break should come to pass, weekly support at $0.6673 and a 50% retracement at $0.6764 are observable.

In light of Tuesday’s lacklustre performance, we remain unchanged regarding the daily timeframe:

Trendline resistance on the daily timeframe, drawn from the high $0.8007, holding firm at the beginning of last week, and the unit subsequently crossing under the 200-day simple moving average at $0.7306, underpins the bearish setting visible on the weekly timeframe. A familiar decision point from $0.6964-0.7040 may now re-enter the fight. Momentum studies, according to the relative strength index (RSI), also witnessed action pull the indicator’s value south of the 50.00 centreline, showing negative momentum for now.

The H4 timeframe had price shake hands with trendline support, taken from the low $0.6968. Derailing this ascending line, however, unearths a harmonic bat pattern’s PRZ (potential reversal zone) between $0.7109 and $0.7149 (note that we included a 61.8% Fibonacci retracement within the PRZ at $0.7149, as well as a Quasimodo support from $0.7109, which define the zone). Based on the H1 timeframe, candle action is exploring space south of $0.72 and is within reach of support at $0.7169.

Technical Outlook:

AUD/USD extending position beneath the 200-day simple moving average should not surprise, according to the longer-term trend. In conjunction with this, a H4 trendline support breach could be seen, consequently leading the candles to the harmonic bat pattern’s PRZ between $0.7109 and $0.7149 (yellow). Although the trend points lower, the harmonic zone is likely to remain on buyers’ watchlists.

Should the above come to fruition and we do explore under H4 trendline support, the $0.7150 level is a location H1 players could hone in on.  

 March 16th 2022: $1.09 Susceptible to a Whipsaw on EUR/USD; H1 Support in View at $1.0843-1.0878, FP Markets


In conjunction with the daily timeframe’s relative strength index (RSI) entering overbought terrain, upside momentum begun to peter out around YTD pinnacles on Tuesday. The slowdown could be due to the weekly timeframe closing in on resistance from ¥118.64, shadowed closely by a 1.618% Fibonacci projection at $119.77 and a channel resistance, pencilled in from the high ¥110.97. However, in support of additional upside, the currency pair has been stepping higher since early 2021, clearly visible on the weekly timeframe within an ascending channel (¥102.59-¥110.97). In line with this, the overall longer-term trend has been climbing since 2012 (check monthly timeframe). The 21.5 percent correction from June 2015 to June 2016 provided a dip-buying opportunity, as did a subsequent 14.8 percent correction from December 2016 to pandemic lows formed early March 2020. Overall, the primary trend is higher, with the secondary trend promoting additional advances.

As evident from the daily timeframe, you may recall price ruptured the upper limit of an ascending triangle formation last week (Quasimodo resistance at ¥116.33). Toppling ¥116.33 allows analysts to chart a pattern profit objective by extending the ‘base’ distance (blue vertical box) from the breakout point to ¥120.11. This, along with the trend, informs market participants that USD/JPY may attempt to confront (and overthrow) noted weekly resistances. An alternative scenario, nonetheless, is price responding from weekly resistances and retesting ¥116.33 to draw a dip-buying theme in line with the current trend.

¥118.57 resistance and prime resistance at ¥119.29-118.80 and now within reach on the H4 scale. A rotation lower on this timeframe could trigger a run as far south as daily support mentioned above at ¥116.33. Analysis based on the H1 timeframe reveals Tuesday dipped sub ¥118 and touched ¥117.70, a painful move causing a ‘bear trap’. ¥118.50 warrants attention as resistance, joined by H4 resistance from ¥118.57. An additional note is H1 ascending channel resistance-turned support around ¥117.70, drawn from the high ¥115.79.

Technical Outlook:

Weekly resistance is likely to make a show between ¥119.77 and ¥118.64. Whether this area contains enough fuel to derail the trend and stop daily price from reaching the ascending triangle’s profit objective at ¥120.11 is difficult to estimate at this point.

Short term, H4 prime resistance at ¥119.29-118.80 and H4 resistance from ¥118.57 might interest sellers, given their close connection with weekly resistance at ¥118.64. In light of the areas being positioned against the underlying trend, sellers from this region will likely resort to waiting for additional confirmation to form before committing.

 March 16th 2022: $1.09 Susceptible to a Whipsaw on EUR/USD; H1 Support in View at $1.0843-1.0878, FP Markets


Sterling remains in an exposed position against its US counterpart. Weekly prime resistance from $1.3473-1.3203 is a crucial technical element. Should this area carry out its duties, weekly support from $1.2719 is a level that might be tested in the coming weeks. Additional weakness is supported by the overall trend:

Trend direction has been southbound since late 2007 tops at $2.1161. As a result, the 25 percent move from pandemic lows in March 2020 to February 2021 may be viewed as a pullback within the larger downtrend. This, of course, places a question mark on the 8.5 percent ‘correction’ from February 2021 to March 2022; it may in fact be the beginning of a longer-term push to the downside and not a dip-buying scenario.

Resistance at $1.3082 welcomed price once again on Tuesday and remains in the fight on the daily timeframe. Channel support, drawn from the low $1.3160, and support seen at $1.2826 are support objectives should further selling emerge. Technicians will note the currency pair continues to operate south of the 200-day simple moving average at $1.3611. We can also see that the relative strength index (RSI) remains within oversold territory and could do so for a prolonged period given the current downtrend.

H4 price demonstrates scope to close in on support at $1.2965, weighed by daily resistance underlined above at $1.3082. An additional technical consideration is the H4 falling wedge, shaped between $1.3623 and $1.3273. The view from the H1 timeframe shows that supply from $1.3103-1.3069 proved strong resistance, an area joined by the $1.31 figure. $1.30 also continues to demand attention, as does H1 Quasimodo support at $1.2950.

Technical Outlook:

In view of the current technical position, analysis remains mostly unchanged:

Weekly, daily and H4 timeframes indicate additional weakness could materialise. With that, $1.30 appears vulnerable on the H1 timeframe and emphasises a break lower, aiming for H4 support at $1.2965 and H1 Quasimodo support from $1.2950 (which happens to intersect with daily channel support).

 March 16th 2022: $1.09 Susceptible to a Whipsaw on EUR/USD; H1 Support in View at $1.0843-1.0878, FP Markets


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