March 9th 2022: EUR/USD Daily Resistance Hampering Risk-On Recovery

March 9th 2022: EUR/USD Daily Resistance Hampering Risk-On Recovery, FP Markets

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(Italics: Previous Analysis)


Europe’s single currency received a ‘risk-on boost’ Tuesday, movement strongly snapping a three-day bearish phase. The US Dollar Index (USDX) rotated south and US Treasury yields rose across the curve.

The amalgamation of the daily timeframe’s decision point zone at $1.0788-1.0854 (extended from May 2020), together with the relative strength index (RSI) rebounding from oversold terrain and H4 prime support at $1.0785-1.0820, underpinned a ‘technical’ bid. It should be noted that weekly price is seen rebounding ahead of Quasimodo support from $1.0778, sited a handful of pips under the daily decision point area.

While EUR/USD bulls dominated Tuesday, with scope for further upside visible on the weekly timeframe to resistance at $1.1174, daily resistance at $1.0941-1.1000 is in play.

According to trend on the bigger picture, a downside bias has been seen since topping at $1.2350 at the beginning of January (2021) on the weekly timeframe. 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 retest of weekly resistance at $1.1473-1.1583. Therefore, a test of weekly Quasimodo support at $1.0778—area not seen since pandemic lows of March 2020—could still be seen. Adding to this bearish view, the daily timeframe has remained south of its 200-day simple moving average at $1.1577.

Lower on the curve, H4 action unseated resistance at $1.0903 on Tuesday which could invite an approach to resistance at $1.0991. EUR/USD outperformance also elevated the currency pair north of $1.09 on the H1 timeframe, potentially paving the way for continuation buying to $1.10 and a decision point from $1.1025-1.1008. Harmonic traders might also acknowledge the alternate AB=CD bearish formation at $1.007 (extended D-leg to a 1.272% Fibonacci projection).

Technical Outlook:

While the daily timeframe is testing resistance at $1.0941-1.1000 and the trend points lower, the H1 overrunning $1.09 and the H4 powering above resistance at $1.0903 signals short-term buyers may take aim at $1.10 on the H1 (joined by a H1 decision point and a H1 alternate AB=CD as well as H4 resistance at $1.0991).

A retest of $1.09 as support, therefore, might be somewhere buyers make a show. Additionally, the $1.10 region may be a location active sellers welcome price. Note that if $1.09 fails to offer a ‘floor’, sellers are likely to push lower, targeting the weekly timeframe’s Quasimodo support from $1.0778 (the $1.08 region on the H1).

 March 9th 2022: EUR/USD Daily Resistance Hampering Risk-On Recovery, FP Markets


In spite of improved risk sentiment, AUD/USD finished Tuesday pencilling in a second consecutive session in the red.

The weekly timeframe’s prime support area at $0.6968-0.7242 recently watched buyers gain power, though despite recording a fifth consecutive week higher, bulls are struggling to reach resistance at $0.7501. The higher timeframe trend may help answer for the lacklustre bid:

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 (despite recent upside) places a question mark on weekly prime support. If a break lower should come to pass, weekly support at $0.6673 and a 50% retracement at $0.6764 are observable.

Developments on the daily timeframe shows price extended its retracement slide on Tuesday, following Monday’s test of trendline resistance, drawn from the high $0.8007. This led price under the 200-day simple moving average at $0.7318, with some traders perhaps betting on further underperformance towards a daily decision point at $0.6964-0.7040. The relative strength index (RSI) on the daily timeframe also reveals the value fast approaching the 50.00 centreline. Clearing this level shows negative momentum: average losses exceeding average gains.

Following the reaction from a Fibonacci cluster between $0.7412 and $0.7392 on Monday, H4 support is now under pressure in the shape of a 50% retracement at $0.7266 and a 38.2% Fibonacci retracement at $0.7260. Removal of current support exposes H4 trendline support, drawn from the low $0.6968. The picture on the H1 timeframe, nonetheless, reveals price has room to explore lower levels until support at $0.7238 after an earlier retest of $0.73 on Tuesday. Interestingly, a decision point area sits just above $0.73 at $0.7330-0.7316.

Technical Outlook:

The daily timeframe tunnelling through the 200-day simple moving average at $0.7318 places H4 support at $0.7266-0.7260 in a vulnerable setting. This, therefore, highlights a possible whipsaw above $0.73 on the H1 into the H1 decision point at $0.7330-0.7316, which may be viewed as a bearish scenario should the noted move come to fruition.

 March 9th 2022: EUR/USD Daily Resistance Hampering Risk-On Recovery, FP Markets


Against the Japanese yen, the US dollar recorded another positive session on Tuesday, extending Monday’s recovery gains. Bolstered by rising US Treasury yields, the weekly timeframe has price action within touching distance of the 1.272% Fibonacci projection at ¥116.09.

Recent outperformance in USD/JPY should not surprise in regards to our recent trend studies:

The trend in this market favours buyers at the moment. The currency pair has been stepping higher since early 2021, clearly visible on the weekly timeframe. 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. The weekly timeframe’s 1.272% Fibonacci projection, as you can see, has remained a headwind since the beginning of this year. Should sellers strengthen their grip, weekly channel support, extended from the low ¥102.59, could be an area we see enter the frame.

The daily and H4 picture also remains pretty much unchanged:

The daily chart has been in the process of chalking up an ascending triangle pattern (typically considered a continuation arrangement) since December 2021 between Quasimodo resistance at ¥116.33 and an ascending line drawn from the low ¥112.53. Toppling ¥116.33 would allow analysts to chart a pattern profit objective by extending the ‘base’ distance (blue vertical box) from the breakout point. Withdrawing under the ascending line would seat supply-turned demand from ¥112.66-112.07 in the picture. Not only is the area in the company of a 78.6% Fibonacci retracement at ¥112.00 and a 50% retracement from ¥112.55, technicians will acknowledge the widely watched 200-day simple moving average housed within the zone at ¥112.45. Note that the relative strength index (RSI) is also rebounding from support between 40.00 and 50.00 (a ‘temporary’ oversold range since 10th May—common view in trending markets).

From the H4 timeframe, the unit is entrenched within a range between ¥114.72 and ¥115.78 (price ended Tuesday testing the upper base of this range). Points of interest outside of this consolidation are the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement at ¥114.57 (green horizontal line) and the daily timeframe’s Quasimodo resistance at ¥116.33. An additional note, of course, is the decision point from ¥113.54-113.78, joined closely with a possible AB=CD bullish pattern at ¥113.84.

Technical movement according to the H1 timeframe has price action testing two Quasimodo resistances at ¥115.75 and ¥115.69. Selling has been thin so far, discovering support around ¥115.42. A break of the aforementioned resistances will likely have breakout buyers take aim at ¥116.

Technical Outlook:

H4 range resistance at ¥115.78 appears fragile, as do the two H1 Quasimodo resistances at ¥115.75 and ¥115.69. For that reason, a breakout above the aforementioned levels could see price zero in on the ¥116 figure. This is positioned closely with the 1.272% Fibonacci projection at ¥116.09 and daily Quasimodo resistance at ¥116.33.

  March 9th 2022: EUR/USD Daily Resistance Hampering Risk-On Recovery, FP Markets


GBP/USD ended Tuesday muted, despite ranging between $1.3144 and $1.3082. This followed three days of heavy downside from daily resistance at $1.3355.

Technical developments on the higher timeframes has weekly price shaking hands with a double-top [$1.4241] profit objective at $1.3090. This is also joined by the daily timeframe’s Quasimodo resistance-turned support at $1.3082 and the relative strength index (RSI) entering oversold conditions.

In terms of trend, recent research noted the following:

Longer-term trend direction has been southbound since late 2007 tops at $2.1161. As a result, the move from pandemic lows in March 2020 could be viewed as a pullback within the larger downtrend. This, of course, places a question mark on the 8 percent ‘correction’ from February 2021 to December 2021; it may in fact be the beginning of a longer-term push to the downside and not a dip-buying scenario.

Out of the H4 timeframe, price movement is engaging with support between $1.3079 and $1.3120. H4 resistance is seen overhead at $1.3137. As for the H1 timeframe, the unit spent Tuesday’s session hugging $1.31, unable to breach $1.3133.

Technical Outlook:

The weekly timeframe’s double-top profit objective at $1.3090 sharing space with daily Quasimodo resistance-turned support at $1.3082, in addition to H4 support at $1.3079-1.3120 and $1.31 on the H1, is considered a (technically) strong support.

Consequently, from a technical perspective, sellers have their work cut out for them if they intend on absorbing the aforementioned support levels. This could see additional buyers enter the fray as we move into Wednesday’s more liquid sessions (UK and US).

 March 9th 2022: EUR/USD Daily Resistance Hampering Risk-On Recovery, FP Markets


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