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EUR/USD has been able to stabilize as the US dollar takes a breather. However, the recent retreat of the greenback looks only temporary – a dead-cat bounce in EUR/USD that could end in a fresh downfall, Yohay Elam, an Analyst at FXStreet, reports.

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“Officials at the Fed are denying the need to taper bond buys in 2021. However, they are contemplating printing fewer dollars – and not mentioning adding new ones. Moreover, the Fed seems to tolerate the increase in long-term interest rates as reflected by higher Treasury yields – the key upside dollar driver.” 

“Coronavirus continues raging on both sides of the Atlantic, albeit at a marginally slower pace in Germany. The full impact of the festive season – when families met – is still to be seen. The new covid variants have been blamed for a quicker spread. The pressure is mounting on European governments to increase vaccinations.”

“EUR/USD has been holding above critical support at 1.2125, which is now a double-bottom after hitting that level on Monday. While holding onto that level is a bullish sign, bears are gaining ground. The pair is struggling to trade above the 200 Simple Moving Average on the 4-hour chart and momentum remains to the downside. Moreover, the Relative Strength Index is above 30 – thus outside oversold conditions.” 

“Below 1.2125, the next cushions are 1.21, 1.2075, 1.2060 and 1.2040 – all were stepping stones on the way up in December. Some resistance awaits at the daily high of 1.2175, followed by 1.2205, which was a cushion in late December.”