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Dollar Retracement Gets Underway | CHF, NZD

Whilst the dollar's bounce could extend further, bears are likely to seek opportunities to fade into the current rally.


Needs less to say, the USD had a terrible December in line with its seasonal tendency. Yet prices are undergoing a much-needed correction after such a volatile move. The question now becomes as to whether it will provide bears another entry point at a higher-prices, or can it perform a complete reversal? Given the Fed continue to inflate their balance sheet, we suspect dollar gains are merely corrective at this stage.


USD/CHF: A bearish engulfing month was confirmed for the Swissy, although our forward returns analysis showed the following month has a positive expectancy. Yet the gains were not compelling, and it still allows for losses earlier in the month even if prices are to reverse their way to a positive close.

Technically a bounce hasn’t come as such a surprise, given the bullish hammer on NYE failed to close beneath key support and warned of a bear-trap. Momentum is clearly bullish and we could see this retrace towards 0.9970 resistance. Yet with a core bearish bias, we’d then seek bearish setups beneath this key level, or switch the bias with a break above it.

  • Near-term bias is bullish, with potential for a run towards 0.9770
  • As we suspect the current rally is corrective, bears could seek short positions below 0.9770 if evidence of a swing high materialises
  • A break beneath the bullish hammer opens up a run for the September 2018 low.


NZD/USD: We’ve outlined on several occasions a bullish case for NZD ahead of RBNZ’s February meeting. And we retain this core view unless data turns south beforehand. But unlike AUD/USD, its upside appears stretched over the near-term and a retracement is now underway, making it viable for counter-trend traders to buck the trend whilst trend traders seek a lower entry price.

Its trend is undeniably bullish and prices are respecting a tight bullish channel. A bearish pinbar on NYE warned of exhaustion and momentum has since turned. Whilst the daily trend remains bullish above the 0.6555 low, we’re looking for signs the correction has ended somewhere above the 0.6648 high or the lower bullish trendline.

  • Near-term bias is bearish below the 0.6756 high
  • As prices have found support near the 38.2% Fibonacci ratio and the 10-day eMA, we could see a minor bounce before the next leg lower as part of a 3-wave correction
  • Bears could target the 0.6650 area, or bulls could look for evidence that a higher low has formed above this level and / or the lower trendline
  • This could provide a better reward to risk ratio for bulls, who are looking for a break above 0.6790
  • A break above 0.6790 brings the 2019 into focus.


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