Key for US Dollar Trend Themes: EURUSD
Given the heavy allocation of the single currency in the composition of the US Dollar, in which the Euro makes up more than 57% of DXY’s composition, and the case can be made that the Dollar likely isn’t going anywhere without the Euro’s agreement. To be sure, the theme of digestion in the US Dollar relates very well to a similar theme in EURUSD, in which prices have been range-bound for the past five months. Making matters even more interesting – this range has held through a variety of both positive and negative drivers.
Of recent, the support side of that formation has come under attack. But, to date, bears haven’t been able to make much ground as buyers have continued to thwart their efforts around two key Fibonacci levels on the chart. At the price of 1.1212 is the 61.8% retracement of the ‘lifetime move’ in EURUSD; and a bit-lower, around 1.1187 is the 61.8% marker of the 2017-2018 bullish move. This zone was a key part of the backdrop in EURUSD for FX Setups of the Week; and thus far this area has held the lows into this morning’s ECB rate decision.
EURUSD Two-Hour Price Chart
If the US Dollar is going to post a bullish breakout beyond the 97.71 level that’s functioning as the yearly high, a downside break in EURUSD below 1.1175 will likely need to take place, as well. The big question is, again, whether the backdrop is supportive of such a theme from a timing perspective. In relevance to today’s FOMC meeting minutes, this would likely need to contain a considerably more-hawkish outlook than what is being expected across capital markets, where there has even been a growing chorus of calls for the next FOMC move to be a rate cut as opposed to a hike.
For Strategies of USD-Weakness, a More Dovish Fed: Gold
If the US Dollar is to continue showing trepidation around those yearly highs, and if there is a brewing bearish theme in the currency, Gold prices can remain as attractive.
As looked at yesterday in the Gold Price Outlook, support has built in around two key Fibonacci levels running from the approximate 1275-1286. This zone of price action has already held up three different tests from January to April; and if the US Dollar is going to show tendencies of breakdown, bullish breakouts and a continuation of strength in Gold prices could remain as an attractive theme.
Gold Price Eight-Hour Price Chart
Taking a step back, and Gold prices are in a similar pattern of digestion, albeit shorter-term than that of the US Dollar. That longer-term support goes along with a series of lower-highs in Gold prices, and this can make for a difficult spot to establish exposure, particularly for trend or continuation strategies. Traders looking at top-side strategies in Gold prices can look for an initial test beyond trend-line resistance, which comes in around the 1314 level, at which point higher-low support can be sought out. Given the prior support/current resistance zone that runs from 1302-1310, that could be an area of interest to re-purpose in the event of a bullish backdrop.