Euro-Dollar: Downside Projections

Although I am long term bearish dollars, I cannot ignore the fact that the near term outlook for the greenback has changed. Important technical levels (1.40 in the EUR/USD, 1.60 in GBP/USD and 97 in USD/JPY) have been broken and there is a good chance that economic merits rather than risk appetite could be driving the dollar.

The greenback weakened tremendously over a short period of time and was due for a serious bounce. The lack of major U.S. economic data until Wednesday of next week could lead to a further rally in the dollar as the euphoria from the non-farm payrolls report lingers over the currency market. I have been both short and long term dollar bearish since the beginning of May and even though my views on reserve diversification have not changed, it may be better for traders to wait and rebuild those dollar shorts at higher levels. I believe that the sharp rise in bond yields is a combination of stronger investor confidence and concern about U.S. public finances.

Since the beginning of 2008, there have been numerous “corrections” preceding strong rallies in the EUR/USD ranging anywhere from 3.5 to 6 percent. From this week’s high of 1.4340, a 3.5 percent correction would take the EUR/USD down to 1.3840 while a 6 percent correction would take the currency pair down to 1.3480.


Chart: Bloomberg

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2 Comments on Euro-Dollar: Downside Projections

  1. The EUR/USD continues to flirt with the 1.440 price handle, teasing the forex market with an initial push higher, only to fall back exhausted in later trading, and today’s price action has replicated this once again, promising much in the morning, only to fail to deliver later in the day. However before we assume that this level may prove to be an immovable barrier to any move higher for the euro vs dollar, it is important to note the role of the 40 day moving average, as once again yesterday it provided the platform for a push higher following the wide spread down bar of the previous day, and creating once again a series of lower highers as we edge on up towards this price level. Yesterday’s candle also closed above the 14 day moving average, but marginally below the 9 day average. If today’s candle holds firm then in my view this will be another in a long series of failures to break through the 1.44 barrier, and each time we see a failed attempt on the daily chart then this adds to the likelihood of a move lower in the medium term.

  2. what does that mean to me do i buy $800.00 uds in euros today or wait until may 1st when i travel to barcelona cruise ship will convert all cruise at rate of departure so on may 14 will be last day to purchase at that price of may 1st then do i convert all back to usd before returning on may 18th to usa

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