Market update: US dollar struggles at resistance amid softening data; EUR/USD, GBP/USD, USD/CAD price set-ups
The US dollar index is struggling at key resistance, raising the prospect of a retreat, while EUR/USD and GBP/USD are around key support levels.
USD vs EUR, GBP, CAD
The recent struggle at key resistance reinforces the view that the US dollar’s (DXY index) rally is losing steam as recent data eases concerns that the US economy is resurging.
The US Economic Surprise Index has rolled over from two-year highs in a sign that much of the optimism could be in the price. The ongoing disinflation coupled with early signs that the labor market could be cooling (unemployment jumped in August) has capped expectations of further tightening by the US Federal Reserve.
Markets are now pricing in a more than 90% chance that the Fed will keep interest rates on hold when it meets later this month, with around 60% chance of no more rate hikes this year.
Moreover, the rapid support measures in recent months by China to revive the economy are providing a floor to sentiment, at least for now, weighing on the greenback. Having said that, the DXY index would need to fall below 102.50 103.00 for the uptrend to reverse.
On technical charts, the short-term bullish pressure remains intact after the DXY index rebounded last week from quite a strong converged floor at 102.50-1.0300, including the 89-period moving average and the lower edge of the Ichimoku cloud on the 240-minute charts. As highlighted in a recent update, the index needs to fall below the support for the uptrend to change.
DXY index daily chart
Zooming out, the index has been struggling to clear past a tough barrier at the May high of 104.70, slightly above the 200-day moving average. Negative divergence on the daily charts (declining momentum associated with flat index levels) is a sign that the index lacks the strength to break past the barrier, raising the risk of a retreat.
DXY index (USD) 240-minute chart
EUR/USD: awaiting confirmation of a low
EUR/USD is near a fairly strong cushion on the 200-day moving average, coinciding with the lower edge of an upward-sloping channel, and the 89-week moving average. Despite the choppy price action since the beginning of 2023, the pair hasn’t made a lower low since late last year, suggesting that the broader bias remains up.
However, any fall below 1.0500-1.0600 could threaten the uptrend. Meanwhile, EUR/USD is looking oversold, raising the prospect of a rebound. For any rebound to be material, the pair would need to cross above last week’s high of 1.0950.
EUR/USD weekly chart
GBP/USD: settles in a range
GBP/USD continues to be weighed by important immediate resistance at the August 10 high of 1.2820, slightly below another barrier at the end-July high of 1.3000, reinforcing the bigger-picture consolidation
So far, the pair is holding above quite strong converged support at the end-June low of 1.2600, a shade above the 200-day moving average. Only a break below the May low of 1.2300 would disrupt the higher-low-higher-high sequence since late 2022. Until then, the trend could be sideways at best.
GBP/USD daily chart
USD/CAD: at a key threshold
USD/CAD is testing a crucial resistance at the Q2-2023 high of 1.3650. For the broader downward bias to remain intact, the pair needs to hold below this resistance. This follows a rebound in July from near-strong converged support on the 200-week moving average and the 89-week moving average. However, any break below last week’s low of 1.3500 would confirm that the short-term upward pressure had faded.
USD/CAD weekly chart
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