Ñurrency movers for May 20, 2015

May 20, 2015

EURUSD, Daily

EURUSD has remained under pressure since trading sideways at support for yesterday afternoon. ECB pledges of accelerated or expanded QE this week have contributed to the correction we’ve seen this week from Friday’s three-month high at 1.1466. There also remains a lack of substantive progress between the Greek government and creditors in bailout negotiations, despite all too familiar optimistic sound-bites from various officials. The ECB considers widening of eligible Greek assets, but also raising the haircut on Greek collateral according to Greek newspaper Kathimerinini. This would maintain the lifeline for Greek banks, as the net effect should be broadly neutral. Time for a deal is running out, but if Tsipras hopes he can circumvent the Eurogroup and strike a deal at the margins of the upcoming summit in Riga, he is likely be mistaken. Creditors continue to insist on the agreed conditions, even though it is clear that they want to keep Greece in the Eurozone, as the impact of the first member exiting the Eurozone is uncertain.

After trading a bit too long sideways at support yesterday the lack of upside momentum turned into a downside move this morning. EURUSD has fallen below the supporting rising trendline and to a 38.2% Fibonacci level that also coincides with a daily pivot low from May 5th. Today’s low at the time of writing has been 1.1060, only 8 pips above the March 26th high and now the latest complete 4h candle is a hammer. Therefore it seems that market is placing some significance to the March 26th high as support. At the same time Stochastics are edging close to oversold levels. This suggests that the down move is getting overdone. However, at the same time the move below 1.1131 pivotal support created a resistance level that is relatively close to the current price. This combination of support and resistance levels could lead to price stalling at current levels before the direction is resolved. Nearest support and resistance levels are at 1.1052 and 1.1131. Additionally there is intraday resistance at 1.1158. If these are cleared the next significant daily resistance level is at 1.1324.

Currency Pairs, Grouped Performance (% Change)

This morning we’ve seen some USD and GBP strength coupled with EUR and AUD weakness but the moves have been relatively small. DXY has run into a resistance at levels that turned it lower in the beginning of May AUDUSD has been the weakest dollar pair while GBP has been able to resist the USD strength and is practically unchanged.

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