USDU - An Important Perspective On The US Dollar

We started following this US dollar index, USDU, about a year or so ago which has a more equal weighting of different currencies than the $USD. Even though I don’t post it much, this alternative US dollar index has some very interesting Chartology on it which may be giving us an important clue as to the intentions of the Dollar .

If you recall the Standard US dollar index ($USD) was testing a major inflection point in May around the 92 area earlier this year. It did finally bottom but left some unfinished business behind. This is the daily chart I was following at the time for the USDU which shows the H&S top in place and the decline that took the price action down to the low at the 25.50 area. From that low the USDU began a decent rally but couldn’t trade above the neckline extension line at reversal point #2 before the bears took charge again. The bulls were able to stop the decline at reversal point #3 and a laborious rally took the USDU back up to the top of the trading range where the neckline extension line came into play again along with the 200 day moving average.

Reversal point #4 started the next decline back down to the bottom rail of what we can now call a triangle that has four completed reversal points when the price action hit the bottom rail recently. The bulls were able to only put in a modest rally over next four days when the bears took charge again. As you can see, yesterday the bears were able to break the bottom rail of the blue triangle and today that was followed by a large gap down. When you’re following a well defined chart pattern and you see a gap over an important trendline that generally signals the pattern is finished building. It’s never 100% but generally that is a good sign.

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As always, it’s important to put the consolidation pattern in perspective to see how it fits into the bigger picture. The weekly chart below shows the potential of what might be happening. As you can see, the blue triangle is breaking down this week, which may very well be the right shoulder of a much bigger H&S reversal pattern with the big neckline #2 being part of a double H&S top.

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DanV 5 years ago Contributor's comment

Hi, Thankyou for sharing your chart analysis on USD. I am keenly interested in deciphering DXY so took a detailed look in to your idea in this article. I have never before checked this particular instrument (EFT), however, I think (unless I am missing something) there is possible data issue from

I have checked this chart with and Tradingview, and feel that appears to be the odd one out and seems to give different perspective than the other 2. For comparison here is the Tradingview snapshot of weekly chart -

It does not seem to have the same feel in structure and comparative H&S patterns you have show on your chart. From my perspective we have close to 78.6% retracement of the May 2014 low to Dec 2015 high which appear to have abc decline possibly completing in May 2016 low. If so then retracement bounce could be in progress and wave b low (magenta) should form above 25.5 with wave c (magenta) developing with 27 zone as possible target.

Would be interested in your feed back. Thanks.

Bill Myers 5 years ago Member's comment

Great catch DanV, I'm curious to hear more about this too.

DanV 5 years ago Contributor's comment

Well I was hoping too, but it seems that the Author do not have the time for these questions to be answered directly.

It might just be something about the Data Feed or charting programme. But for what it’s worth here is a link to snapshot of the same instrument from which seems very similar to my chart from Tradingview in above comments.

July 2014 low around 24.50 Approx and high Dec 2015 is around 29.4 = approx 4.9

4.9 * 78.6% = 3.85 Therefore $25.4 – $3.85 = $25.55 which is 6th May 2016 low so it has retraced 78.6% as shown in both my charts.

But may be best we leave it here.

DanV 5 years ago Contributor's comment

The only thing I note is that the ETF has been running since 2013 and data on both my charts only starts from 2014. So based on that the Fib retracement I am showing on my charts are in correct. Where as the Author’s chart shows earlier data from lows in $21 region. So that is the discrepancy. Still both charts of same instruments look different which is puzzling

Rambus Chartology 5 years ago Author's comment


I am Rambus Manager and Editor. he does not do responses personally ( a time thing)

I see your point

I believe Rambus Chart is Log Scale but that shouldn't make such a large difference on this short a time period

All we can do is watch the charts. Rambus uses Stockcharts Exclusively

The big difference in the two charts is the left armpit area is much higher on your chart

Hard to understand how there could be a great difference. Data Feed?


Gary ( for Rambus Chartology)

Rambus Chartology 5 years ago Author's comment

Further to my above reply. This Chart Below Argues for the problem being with Your trading View Chart

UUP overlaid with $USD and also with the USDU show none of these have come close to a 78% Fibo Retrace....barely 32%


DanV 5 years ago Contributor's comment

Thankyou for your reply. As I have commented above it seems that commencement of data for the ETF on both my charts is from July 2014 where as the ETF commenced in Dec 2013. So the fib retracement I mentioned is wrong. But also there is some difference in other data as I explained which do not quite line up with your observation.

Regardless I am anticipating a partial retracement from here before reverting to downside.

Thanks again.

DanV 5 years ago Contributor's comment

Thankyou for your reply. Will be sure not to bother him again.

Rambus Chartology 5 years ago Author's comment

I am responding to you. I am the Author see my response below

Chee Hin Teh 5 years ago Member's comment

thanks for sharing