Intraday Market Analysis – USD Tests Resistance

USDCHF remains under pressure

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The US dollar jumped over strong wage growth in November. A drop below the recent low of 0.9370 further weighed on sentiment by invalidating the double bottom between August and November. As the latest buyers are forced to bail out, the directional bias remains down. The pair is setting sail for last April’s low of 0.9200. The RSI’s oversold condition led to a bounce which might be capped by strong selling interest. 0.9460 is the first hurdle and the bulls will need to clear 0.9550 before they could press for a recovery.

EURGBP struggles for support

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The higher-beta pound outperforms across the board thanks to improved risk sentiment. The recent rebound came to a halt at 0.8670 and a subsequent fall below the critical floor at 0.8570 indicates that the path of least resistance is down. This is an invalidation of the rally from early September after a two-month-long consolidation. As buying interest becomes scarce, the bears may see a rebound as an opportunity to sell into strength. 0.8500 would be the next target should the sell-off regains momentum.

US 30 bounces off support

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The Dow Jones 30 whipsawed as traders took profit post-NFP. The index has been looking to hold onto its recent gains after a rally above August’s high of 34300. A bounce off the previous consolidation range near 33600 and over the 20-day moving average suggests that the uptrend is still intact. The demand zone between 33600 and 33900 is key in keeping the current bullish framework valid. A close above 34700 could trigger a new round of momentum buying and send the price to last April’s high of 35500.

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