Major Currencies at Crossroad
As we enter the U.S. holiday season the world’s most heavily traded currencies appear to be at a crossroad with all three¬†at¬†monthly structure.¬†
In Figure 1 we see the Weekly U.S. Dollar index chart, with price holding right at the confluence of it’s Monthly Directional line in maroon, and¬†it’s Monthly bear trendline. The Dollar Index is also showing a higher low¬†than the 2009 low.
EURUSD is showing a similar pattern, yet in the opposite direction in Figure 2. It’s currently below it’s Monthly directional line, in maroon, but holding above the Monthly trendline. ¬†EURUSD is also showing a lower low and a lower high than where it traded in ’08 & ’09. ¬†¬†¬†
After testing historic support at¬†approx. 80.00¬†earlier USDJPY is still below it’s Monthly Directional Line in maroon, but above the Monthly Trendline on this weekly chart in Figure 3.¬†¬†A reversal higher in this¬†pair would¬†likely¬†mean that influential Japanese investors¬†are buying into the global recovery theme, and starting to deploy investment funds overseas, unlike in 2009 & much of 2010 when they¬†took¬†a more “wait and see” approach following the U.S. economic stimulus.¬†
The big question from our standpoint becomes can the U.S. Dollar rally — reverse –without signaling a flight to¬†quality, as it has¬†in the past? And if the answer to that question is “maybe”, how will the current correlation between currencies and asset class markets shake out?
And then there is the other side of the coin: is this just going to prove another opportunity to get positoned¬†in the same direction as the current¬†existing long-term trends?¬†¬†
Where prices are¬†come¬†month-end should provide some clarification.
Jay¬†Norris is¬†the author of¬†¬†Mastering the Currency Market, McGraw-Hill, 2009 which is the text book for the intermediate level trading¬†course offered though¬†Trading-U.com¬†see: Trading Courses¬†¬†Jay’s second book Mastering Trade Selection and Management, McGraw-Hill will be¬†in book stores in 2011.¬†¬†
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