USD: Coiling below the key 95.15 level
Matt Weller, CFA, CMT June 18, 2018 6:44 PM
FIFA has trumped forex so far in trade this week, with the major currencies consolidating in relatively tight ranges against one another. The US dollar is consolidating against its rivals so far today, gaining ground against the commodity dollars and pound sterling but losing ground against traditional safe havens such as the yen and Swiss franc.
The US Dollar Index, which measures the performance of the world’s reserve currency against a weighted basket of six of its major rivals, is testing a critical level as we go to press. The index surged up to test its 11-month high at 95.15, breaking out from a bullish flag pattern in the wake of both Wednesday’s FOMC meeting and Thursday’s ECB meeting; this level that has capped rates in October, November, and late May as well.
Over the last two days, the dollar index has formed two small-bodied candles, signaling indecision amongst USD traders. Whether this consolidative price action precedes a breakout above resistance or a pullback from the key 95.15 ceiling remains to be seen, but because traders have had an opportunity to digest last week’s big moves, short-term traders can have more confidence playing a break from Friday’s range.
Source: Trading View, FOREX.com
Fundamentally speaking, the highlight of this week’s trade may well be Wednesday’s central banker panel at the ECB Forum, when the heads of the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of Japan, and Reserve Bank of Australia will all discuss policy and issues in central banking. Otherwise, Thursday’s BOE meeting and Friday’s Canadian CPI report could each influence their respective currencies, with a potential spillover effect on the US dollar index.
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