Weekly Analysis: Bearish Pressure Increases, Possible Downtrend Develops as the US Dollar Gains Traction
Weekly Analysis: Despite key economic data being released last week, the pair remained in a relatively tight range, bouncing between 1.1600 support and 1.1700 resistance for the entire week.
Price is consolidating between support and resistance, which is a sign that the pair is preparing for a breakout. The latest move is bearish, testing 1.1600, so if the level can be surpassed, we expect to see a move into the next support, located at 1.1450. On the other hand, if the current support rejects price, the immediate target will become the top of last week’s range (1.1700), followed by the 50 days Exponential Moving Average. As long as price is trading below 1.1700 and below the 50 EMA, our bias is bearish.
The week starts with the Eurogroup Meetings, scheduled Monday and continues with the ECOFIN Meetings scheduled Tuesday. These meetings are closed to the press but participants usually speak to journalists during the day and a formal statement is released at the end of each meeting. The impact is usually negligible on the Euro, unless special developments take place.
Wednesday we don’t have anything major on the economic calendar and Thursday’s only notable event is the release of the EU Economic Forecasts, which is a document released by the European Commission, containing an economic outlook for the EU member states for the next 2 years.
Friday U.S. banks will be closed in observance of Veterans Day and the only important release will be the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment, which is a survey that tries to gauge the opinions of consumers regarding current and future economic conditions. As you can see, we have a slow week ahead, so the technical aspect will probably take center stage.
Last week the Bank of England decided to raise the interest rate from 0.25% to 0.50% but the market expected this hike to be followed by three more next year. However, the Bank’s statement showed that it was planning only two more hikes and this was received as disappointing news, thus weakening the Pound.
The pair is currently testing the support at 1.3050 but it is still ranging and a clear direction hasn’t yet emerged. The 50 days EMA is also flat, supporting the view that the pair is range-bound. The current level of support (1.3050) will be very important early in the week because a break of it will show that bearish pressure is increasing and that we will probably see a more directional behavior, with 1.2950 as first target.
Similar to the other two currencies, the Pound has a light economic week ahead, with only 2 notable releases. Thursday the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) will release an Estimate version of the British Gross Domestic Product and Friday the British Manufacturing Production numbers come out, showing changes in the value of goods produced by the manufacturing sector. These indicators are not known to have a high impact on the currency, but if the actual numbers differs a lot form expectations, the effect will increase.
Written by: Bogdan Giulvezan
The article above is based on the writer’s 7-year experience and it does not constitute trading advice or investment recommendations, just a personal opinion and view of the market.