Price & Time: USD Peak After Payrolls?

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Foreign Exchange Price & Time at a Glance:

USD/JPY:

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Charts Created using Marketscope – Prepared by Kristian Kerr

  • USD/JPY broke above the 6th square root progression of last month’s low on Monday to trade to its highest level in almost a month
  • Our trend bias remains higher in the exchange rate while over 97.60
  • The 61.8 % retracement of the May to June decline in the 99.95 area is immediate resistance and a close over this level is required to maintain the immediate upside tack
  • Medium-term focused time cycle analysis indicates that the latter half of the week is a turn window
  • Near-term support seen around 98.60, but only weakness below 97.60 undermines the positive technical structure and turns us negative on the rate

Strategy: Like holding long positions above 97.60

Instrument

Support 2

Support 1

Spot

Resistance 1

Resistance 2

USD/JPY

*97.60

98.60

99.75

*99.95

*100.55/65

USD/CHF:

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Charts Created using Marketscope – Prepared by Kristian Kerr

  • USD/CHF traded to just below the 4th square root progression of the June low on Monday in the .9510 area before stalling
  • Our trend bias is higher in the rate while above the 2nd square root progression of last month’s low in the .9320 area
  • The 1x2 Gann angle line of the year-to-date high converges with the 4th square root progression of last month’s low in the .9515/25 area over the next few days and a close above this level will be needed to trigger the next important move higher
  • A medium-term cycle turn window is seen around the end of the week
  • The .9415/00 area is immediate support, but only aggressive weakness below .9320 alters the positive technical outlook and turns us negative on the dollar

Strategy: Like holding long positionis while above .9320

Instrument

Support 2

Support 1

Spot

Resistance 1

Resistance 2

USD/CHF

*.9320

.9415/00

0.9480

*.9515/25

.9565

XAU/USD:

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Charts Created using Marketscope – Prepared by Kristian Kerr

  • XAU/USD fell below several key long-term retracements last week to trade at its lowest level since August of 2010 before finding support at Fibonacci symmetry in the 1180 area
  • While below 1284/1301 our trend bias has to remain lower in the metal, but the break of the 1248 2nd square root progression of last week’s low is suggestive of a more important turn
  • The cyclical picture is a bit unclear as a Gann time cycle relationship with the October high did exist late last week, but a more important window looks to be around mid-July
  • The 1st square root progression of last week’s low at 1215 is immediate support, but back under 1180 needed to signal a broader downtrend resumption
  • Strength on a closing basis over 1301 would alter the negative structure and turn us positive on the metal

Strategy: Reduced short postions favored while below 1301.

Instrument

Support 2

Support 1

Spot

Resistance 1

Resistance 2

XAU/USD

*1180

1214

1255

*1284

*1301

Focus Chart of the Day: FXCM Dollar Index

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Several Fibonacci based time cycle techniques point to the end of this week and the start of next week as being significant for a few dollar pairs and a likely short-term cyclical inflection point. The fact this turn window coincides with a fundamental event line Non-Farm Payrolls makes it even more compelling and suggests to us that the data could influence the currency markets for at least a few days. The FXCM Dollar Index corroborates this analysis of the single pairs and points to a turn around the same time. In the index, however, the idealized time for a turn actually is early next week (Monday) which makes us wonder whether the data will force a final spike in the direction of the trend. More on this as it unfolds. For the moment the cyclical picture seems to favor a USD peak.

--- Written by Kristian Kerr, Senior Currency Strategist for DailyFX.com

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