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EUR/USD has been falling alongside as US yields rally. It seems that only another taper tantrum can halt the dollar’s ascent – but for now, the Federal Reserve is tolerating higher returns on Treasuries, allowing the dollar to rise, FXStreet’s Analyst Yohay Elam reports.

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“The Fed is seeing through the current hardship and is looking forward toward the vaccine-led recovery. Higher yields reflect optimism, which it welcomes – at least for now. What will it for the powerful central bank to boost bond buys and send the dollar down? A stock market sell-off. The Fed seems unwilling to see “financial conditions” – aka equities – suffer. If investors throw a 2013-style tantrum – when shares fell on the mere hint that the Fed would slow Treasury purchases – Powell may change his mind.” 

“In the meantime, COVID-19 continues raging on both sides of the Atlantic, while the vaccination pace remains sluggish. So far, only around 2% of Americans received at least the first jab, while in most European countries the ratio is below 1%. Investors would need to see immunization stats rising and covid ones falling.” 

“Euro/dollar has dropped below the 50 and 100 Simple Moving Averages on the 4-hour chart and momentum turned sharply to the downside. The Relative Strength Index remains above 30 – outside oversold conditions and allowing for more falls.” 

“Some support awaits at the daily low of 1.2165 – which is the lowest in three weeks. It is followed by 1.2125 – a critical support line that supported EUR/USD more than once in December.” 

“Robust resistance awaits at 1.2205, which was a swing low in late 2020. It is followed by 1.2240, which is where the 100 SMA hits the price.”