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Weakness Continues, Retracements in Sight as Oscillators Reach Overbought Levels

Fri, Mar 17 2017, 07:59 GMT

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EUR/USD

Forex News: The pair pushed higher yesterday, above 1.0710 and returned to re-test the level from above, thus establishing it as support. The economic data released yesterday was mixed and didn’t have a substantial impact on the pair.

Technical Outlook

It looks like the bulls are in clear control of the pair and now that 1.0710 is support, we expect price to head towards 1.0800 in the medium term. However, it must be noted that both oscillators are approaching overbought and the Relative Strength Index is also showing bearish divergence (price is making a higher high and the oscillator is making a lower high), which is a signal that a move south may soon follow. If this potential move extends below 1.0710 and 1.0680, the 50 EMA will become the first place where bullish action may resume.

Fundamental Outlook

The University of Michigan will release today at 2:00 pm GMT a Consumer Sentiment survey, which gauges the opinions of about 500 consumers regarding current and future economic conditions. Usually a higher number than the forecast 97.1 shows optimism and strengthens the US Dollar but to a limited extent.

Also today the G20 Meetings start, attended by central bankers and finance ministers from the member states. Volatility may increase, depending on the matters discussed.

 

GBP/USD

The Bank of England decided to maintain the rate unchanged but one of the 9 members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) saw the need for a rate hike (previously all agreed to hold rates) and this triggered Pound strength that took the pair above another resistance level.

Technical Outlook

Although the Pound is in control and several resistance levels have been broken, we expect a move lower, possibly after 1.2385 is reached. Supporting this view is the fact that both oscillators are approaching overbought and also, price travelled a long distance without a deeper pullback. A good target for this potential move down is 1.2300.

Fundamental Outlook

The Pound will not be affected by major economic releases today but United Kingdom representatives will attend the G20 Meetings and this may be a cause for increased volatility.

Published on Fri, Mar 17 2017, 07:59 GMT

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