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Tech Targets: EUR/USD, GBP/USD, AUD/USD, NZD/USD, USD/JPY – January 22

The US Dollar is getting stronger once again, amid growing concerns about global growth and US-Chinese relations. What levels should we be watching?

Here is their view, courtesy of eFXdata:

EUR/USD:  Neutral (since 21 Aug 18, 1.1485): EUR is under mild downward pressure, could test the 1.1330 support.  No change in view. However, key resistance has moved lower to 1.1440 from 1.1460.

We have held the same view since last Wednesday (16 Jan, spot at 1.1415) wherein “EUR is under mild downward pressure and could test the 1.1330 support”. Since then, EUR has edged lower and on last Friday, it made a ‘fresh’ low of 1.1350. The price action reinforces our view and we continue to see a chance for 1.1330 to be tested. A dip below this level is not ruled out but in view of the lackluster momentum, the next major support at 1.1300 is unlikely to yield. On the upside, only a move above 1.1460 (no change in key level) would indicate that the current mild downward pressure has eased.

GBP/USD: Neutral (since 21 Aug 18, spot at 1.2795): GBP is still trading within a broad range.

There is not much to add to the update from yesterday (21 Jan, spot at 1.2865). As highlighted, the sharp pull-back from the strong 1.3000 resistance (last week’s high of 1.3001) suggests that GBP is not ready for a sustained up-move just yet. The current movement is viewed as part of a broad consolidation range and GBP is expected to trade sideways for now, likely between 1.2750 and 1.2980.

AUD/USD: Neutral (since 13 Sep 18, spot at 0.7170): Consolidation phase in AUD could persist.  No change in view, see the update from yesterday below.

We have held the same view since last Monday (14 Jan, spot at 0.7205) wherein the “recovery in AUD has room to extend to 0.7270″. Since then, AUD has traded mostly sideways and the prolonged consolidation has resulted in a loss in upward pressure. From here, the weakened underlying tone suggests AUD is unlikely to threaten 0.7270. The recent consolidation phase would likely persist for a while more. In other words, AUD is expected to continue to trade sideways, likely between 0.7090 and 0.7230.

NZD/USD: Neutral (since 07 Dec 18, 0.6880): NZD under mild downward pressure, could grind lower to 0.6710.  No change in view.

We highlighted last Thursday (17 Jan, spot at 0.6775) that “NZD is under mild downward pressure and could grind lower to 0.6710″. NZD has weakened since then but not by much and the 0.6710 level is still not tested. However, there is no change to our outlook and as the underlying tone has weakened further, a dip below 0.6710 would not be surprising. That said, we do not expect the next support at 0.6675 to come into the picture for now. On the upside, only a move above 0.6805 (level previously at 0.6850) would indicate that a short-term bottom is in place.

USD/JPY:  Neutral (since 09 Oct 18, 113.10): Scope for USD to test 110.00.  No change in view.

We have expected USD to strengthen since last Thursday (17 Jan, spot at 109.00) but were of the view that sustained move above 109.40 is unlikely. We added, “only an unlikely NY closing above 109.40 would suggest USD is ready to challenge 110.10″. USD touched 109.88 last Friday before ending the day on a firm a note at 109.76 (+0.48%). While the advance appears to be running ahead of itself, there is scope for USD to test 110.00 in the coming days (odds for a move to the next resistance at 110.40 are not high). That said, in order to maintain the current build-up in momentum, USD has to extend its gain soon (say within these couple of days) or the current upward pressure would ease quickly. Conversely, a move below 108.90 would indicate a short-term top is in place.

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Yohay Elam

Yohay Elam

Yohay Elam: Founder, Writer and Editor I have been into forex trading for over 5 years, and I share the experience that I have and the knowledge that I've accumulated. After taking a short course about forex. Like many forex traders, I've earned a significant share of my knowledge the hard way. Macroeconomics, the impact of news on the ever-moving currency markets and trading psychology have always fascinated me. Before founding Forex Crunch, I've worked as a programmer in various hi-tech companies. I have a B. Sc. in Computer Science from Ben Gurion University. Given this background, forex software has a relatively bigger share in the posts.