Overbought or Not? Examples with EUR/USD


We recently discussed how to identify or dismiss cases in which a currency pair is oversold or overbought. This is based on the character of the bounce from a support or resistance line, together with keeping an eye open on fundamentals.

Here are two examples on EUR/USD from recent weeks.

This is seen on the chart:

Overbought or Not EUR/USD

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1. Dead Cat Bounce – Not Overbought

The first example is from the week beginning in February 20th. The pair continued the previous climb and eventually settled in a range, roughly between 1.3212 and 1.3280.

After reaching higher ground, a bounce came, but this bounce was shallow and limited. The pair didn’t manage was stuck and had a dead cat bounce.

What was the main story those days? The Eurogroup meeting in Brussels managed to cut a deal regarding the second Greek bailout, which was seen as good news at that time, before the doubts began to surface.

Both the dead cat bounce and the good fundamental news eventually paved the road for more gains. The pair moved higher on February 23rd and made an impressing move higher.

2.  Real bounce from resistance

The second example is from the following week, from February 29th. You can see the pair gradually rising towards 1.3486, for a second time, and then retreating.

It didn’t get stuck in a range, but just moved up and bounced lower. This cat is alive.

What happened in the markets at the same time? The ECB performed the second LTRO, and the pair “sold the fact”, as it happened in the first operation.

In addition, Ben Bernanke’s testimony was less dovish than expected, and he gave a boost to the dollar.

The result of the real bounce and these two factors a much weaker EUR/USD in the following days.

This doesn’t work perfectly well each time, but the combination of the character of the bounce and the underlying fundamentals can often point to a direction. It also depends on the character of the pair: some pairs are more predictable than others.

Further reading: 5 Most Predictable Currency Pairs – Q1 2012

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  2. Chartist Ranga on

    As a trader i’m always in search of new information and this article caught my eye. However, the article is greatly disappointing. All you did was pick some select periods in hindsight and explained the prevailing narrative at the time.

    All I can see is that in case 1, price rallied strongly and then moved flat and followed up with a breakout of the range and a quick retest before continuing to rally higher.

    In case 2, price made a modestly higher high and then fell through. I bet there was a bearish divergence right there. There was an early indication that the exhaustion in momentum which resulted in price failing near the previous all time high resistance and validated by a break down of immediate support.

    So what exactly do you mean by OB & OS in this aspect?