EUR/USD on the path to further gains?
James Chen December 4, 2013 4:47 PM
<p>EUR/USD EUR/USD (daily chart) has been gradually grinding its way higher within a short-term bullish trend that has lasted since the early November low around […]</p>
EUR/USD (daily chart) has been gradually grinding its way higher within a short-term bullish trend that has lasted since the early November low around $1.3300 support.
This bullish run was initiated after the pair plunged from close to a two-year high of $1.3830 in late October down to a low around $1.3300 support (also a key 50% Fibonacci retracement of the prior bullish trend) in early November before rebounding.
The rebound has thus far recovered well more than half of the noted plunge and appears poised for further potential recovery. The 50-day moving average is well above the 200-day moving average, a significantly bullish indication. The key upside objective currently resides around the $1.3700 resistance level, with any further upside potentially seeking a re-test of the noted $1.3830 long-term high. Any breakout above that high could potentially begin targeting $1.4000 and then $1.4250. The key downside support level to watch, especially on a breakdown below $1.3500, currently resides around the $1.3400 price level.
GBP/USD (daily chart) recently made a major breakout above several key resistance levels, including $1.6260 and the major $1.6300 level, disrupting the trading range that had been in place since mid-September. That trading range resided roughly between $1.6260 resistance to the upside and $1.5900-area support to the downside, and was situated at the high end of a long and steep bullish trend extending back to July’s $1.4800-area low.
The recent range breakout above $1.6300 tentatively confirmed a continuation of the bullish trend and put the pair on track to target the $1.6500 and $1.6750 resistance levels to the upside. Major downside support after the breakout of the trading range now resides around the noted $1.6300 broken resistance.
USD/JPY (daily chart) has established a new 6-month high, hitting its intermediate price target at the Y103.00 resistance level. This brings the currency pair close to its multi-year high of Y103.72 that was established in late May, and closer to a confirmed continuation of the bullish trend that has been in place since the September 2012 low near Y77.00.
The current bullish run has been steep and virtually unrelenting since the pair broke out above a large triangle pattern consolidation in early November. That breakout went on to reach its initial target around the key Y100.00 psychological level, and then pushed swiftly higher to its second major target at the Y103.00 resistance level. Currently, the clear subsequent target to the upside is a re-test of the noted Y103.72 high, a breakout above which would finally confirm a continuation of the longstanding uptrend. In that event, further upside resistance targets reside around 105.00 and Y108.00. Tentative downside support currently resides around the Y101.50 level.
AUD/USD (daily chart) has continued to sustain its dramatic plunge to approach its multi-year depths once again.
The current drop occurs after the pair formed a head-and-shoulders reversal pattern with its late-October high at $0.9757. Shortly after breaking down below the neckline of this reversal pattern in early November, there was a brief pullback to the upside before the pair swiftly began its current slide. With the downside target of the head-and-shoulders pattern having been fulfilled around the $0.9050 level, the directional outlook for AUD/USD continues to be bearish.
Overall, the substantial bullish correction that was halted by the noted head-and-shoulders pattern represented a 50% Fibonacci retracement of the long and steep plummet from April to August.
Currently, clear downside objectives reside around the $0.9000 psychological support level followed by the $0.8850-area multi-year low. Any breakdown activity below the latter level would clearly confirm a continuation of the overall bearish trend, with a further downside target around $0.8600. Key upside resistance currently resides around the $0.9300 level.
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