What are the charts saying for the major currency pairs
The EURUSD traded to a a new low for the year this week taking out the October 6 low at 1.15284. That’s the good news. The not so good news is that the new low was only about five pips lower than the previous low at 1.15236. Sellers did not exactly endorse the break.
The inability to run to the downside led to corrective price action on Wednesday and Thursday. The high price reached 1.16238 on Thursday before correcting lower in the North American session. On Friday, the price traded up and down and closed trading near the midpoint of the range for the day at 1.1603.
Technically on the hourly chart above, the low price on Friday reached near the low from Thursday and also stayed above a swing area between 1.1583 and 1.1586 9see green numbered circles in the chart above). That area along with the rising 100 hour moving average at 1.1575 and sideways 200 hour moving average at 1.15704 are barometers on the downside in the new trading week. Move below those levels would increase the bearish bias. Stay above and the corrective buyers hold onto at least some control (with work to do).
On the topside, the 100 week moving average cuts across at 1.16085. Getting and staying above that level in the new week would disappoint the sellers who sold on the break below both the 100 and 200 week moving averages two weeks ago.
Also near that 100 week MA level are swing lows from September and November 2020 (see daily chart below) which came in at 1.1601 and 1.1611 respectively.
As a result, a move above that area would have traders looking toward a swing area between 1.1663 and 1.17035 also from the daily chart below. Move above it and the buyers can claw back even more control from the sellers on the disappointment from the break to the downside.
PS. The 200 hour MA is at 1.1570. The 200 week MA is at 1.1569. The EURUSD traders are looking for the next shove and the technical levels (above and below) are there to give that push.
The GBPUSDs major technical hurdles last week week included getting back above the 50% midpoint of the move down from the September 14 high to the low reached on September 29. That midpoint came in at 1.36617. The low price near the close on Thursday and into the open on Friday stayed above that midpoint level. That gave the buyers the confidence to move higher. On Friday the price reached the highest level since September 17.
On the topside, the price high on Thursday reach 1.3733. That was near the high end of a swing area between 1.3723 and 1.3733 (see red numbered circles). Also near that level was the 61.8% of the move down from the September 14 high at 1.37208.
All those levels were broken on Friday on its way to the new week high. The price closed above that area, keeping the buyers more in control.
Needless to say, in the new week a move back below the aforementioned technical levels between 1.37208 and 1.3733 would be a bearish/disappointing development for the break buyers that should lead to a rotation back toward the swing high from last Monday’s trading at 1.36738. It would take a move below the 50% midpoint and the rising 100 hour moving average at 1.36617 at 1.36508 (and moving higher) to further increase the bearish bias.
Conversely, if the 1.37208 level can hold support, the next upside target comes in at a swing area between 1.3790 and 1.3800. Just above that is the falling 100 day moving average which will be around 1.3813 on Monday.
The USDJPY surged higher on Thursday and again on Friday and in the process moved above swing highs from December and November 2020 at 113.704 and 114.20 respectively, but fell just short of the October swing high at 114.54. The price at the end of the week is trading at the 114.18 level between those swing highs going back to November and December in 2020.
In the new week, traders will take their clue from those highs. Trade above the high of the extremes at 114.53 would increase the bullish bias. Conversely trade back below the 113.704 level should lead to more downside corrective probing.
Should the sellers push below the 113.704 level, the rising 100 hour MA (see hourly chart below) comes in at 113.612 (and moving higher – see blue line in the chart below). A rising trend line that held support on Thursday on the hourly chart below comes in at 113.45 (and moving higher). Move below each should see more downside probing with the 113.00 swing low from Tuesday and the rising 200 hour MA at 112.725 as targets.
Longer term, the 112.22 to 112.389 swing highs from April 2019 in February 2020 would be targets if selling intensifies.
Conversely if the October swing high at 114.54 level can be broken, traders would next look toward the November 2017 high at 114.73. Move above that level and the door opens up for even more upside momentum as the buyers assume more control. The 115.50 is the next major target on a break.