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Technical outlook: More Pain For The Dollar?

15 December 2020

The past few weeks have certainly not been kind to the Dollar. It has been bashed, smashed, thrashed and steamrolled by G10 currencies throughout the final quarter of 2020. The string of good news on the vaccine front has boosted global sentiment and stimulated investor risk appetite while hopes around a U.S. fiscal stimulus package continues to weigh heavily on the Greenback. Given how a bipartisan group of US senators are set to present a new fiscal stimulus compromise worth $748 billion, markets remain hopeful over a possible breakthrough on the horizon.

Before we dig into the technicals, let us not overlook the Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday which could impact the Dollar’s near-term outlook. The central bank is expected to leave interest rates unchanged but there could still be some fireworks.

Given how this is the last meeting of 2020, the Fed is likely to adopt a cautious stance over the near-term outlook. However, there could be optimism over the longer-term outlook given how the United States approving the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.

The word around town is that the Fed may issue new guidance extending its emergency bond-buying programme. If the central bank sounds dovish and expresses concerns over the swelling coronavirus cases, the Dollar could be instore for further pain.

What are the technicals saying?

Well, the Dollar Index (DXY) is heavily bearish on the monthly timeframe. 2020 has been a terrible year for the Dollar as trades near levels not seen in two and a half years. After breaching the 92.00 support level, the DXY has cut through various levels like a hot knife through butter. Sustained weakness below 91.00 could trigger a decline towards 90.00 and 88.00, respectively.

It’s the same story on the weekly charts, there have been consistently lower lows and lower highs while prices are trading below the 20 Simple Moving Average. The candlesticks are respecting the bearish channel with 90.00 acting as the next point of interest. A technical rebound towards 92.00 may be on the cards before bears attempt to drag prices lower.

On the daily timeframe, the trend points south. Sustained weakness below the 91.25 intraday resistance could trigger a decline towards 90.00 in the near term. If prices can break above 91.25, a move towards 92.00 could be on the cards.



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