Weekly Analysis: Key Resistance Levels Tested. Possible Long Term Uptrend Resumption
Weekly Analysis: Last week price action slowed down and the pair traded in a relatively tight range between 1.2000 support and 1.2092 resistance. Overall it was an uneventful week and the pair is likely to enter a consolidation phase.
After the big climb seen during the Winter Holidays, price is now bouncing between support and resistance in anticipation of the next breakout. Last year’s high at 1.2092 is a key level for long term price action and a break would show uptrend resumption, followed by moves higher (next potential resistance is located at 1.2280). If the pair bounces at the current resistance, we will probably see a move into the 50 days Exponential Moving Average and possibly 1.1900 – 1.1875 area; the oscillators are coming down from overbought, indicating that a move lower is likely.
The week opens with the release of the Eurozone Retail Sales scheduled Monday, which has a low-to-medium impact on the Euro and the next two days will lack any notable releases for both currencies.
Action picks up a bit Thursday with the release of the US Producer Price Index, which shows changes in the price that producers charge for their goods and services. This indicator has inflationary implications because usually a higher producer price translates into a higher consumer price.
Friday will be the busiest day of the week, with two important releases: the US Consumer Price Index (one of the main gauges of inflation) and the US Retail Sales. Both have a strong impact on the US Dollar, with higher numbers strengthening it, so we expect increased volatility, especially because the rest of the week lacks major releases.
The pair had a mixed week, with the US Dollar showing brief moments of strength at the time of the FOMC Minutes release. The US jobs data came out worse than anticipated but the market reaction was jerky and without strong directional movement.
Price bounced at 1.3616 resistance and appeared to move lower, towards 1.3450 support. This level can still be reached over the course of this week if the pair bounces again around 1.3600. The current level at 1.3550 will be important to watch on the lower time frames because the way price behaves around it will determine if the immediate target is 1.3600 – 1.3616 or 1.3450.
The Pound has a very slow economic week ahead, with Wednesday being the only day with notable releases: the Manufacturing Production and NIESR GDP Estimate. The former report shows changes in the total value of goods generated by the manufacturing sector and the latter is just an estimate of the Gross Domestic Product so its impact is sometimes overlooked by market participants.
Written by: Bogdan Giulvezan
The article above is based on the writer’s 8-year experience and it does not constitute trading advice or investment recommendations, just a personal opinion and view of the market.