EUR/USD Technical Highlights:
- EUR/USD finds buyers after straight line move lower
- Bounce at risk of failing in the week ahead
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Last week’s net result was relatively even for EUR/USD, even posting a small reversal candle on the weekly time-frame, but nothing super convincing. Nevertheless, the euro could continue to recovery after the big slide its recently experienced.
However, the bounce, given the break of the April trend-line, and more importantly the 2017 high, appears at risk of stalling sooner rather than later and leading to another leg lower. Just ahead is the 200-day MA, but without any price levels in confluence we’ll have to wait and see how a touch of the MA will play out.
A rally up to the broken 2017 high and turn down would hold more appeal for refreshing short positions, as not only is this old support considered a new level of resistance, but the move off of last week’s low will have been sufficient enough to work off oversold conditions.
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EUR/USD Daily Chart (Bounce, then roll over?)
Retail traders have demonstrated interesting behavior in EUR/USD as seen via IGCS Client Sentiment. On such a large move lower, one would have expected traders to take the other side of the decline more aggressively, but at only 1.25 traders long for every 1 short, we aren’t seeing the same kind of shift you would expect. For example, we saw the ratio in GBP/USD swell to 2.5:1 during its recent slide.
Following a bounce in the euro, keep an eye whether this behavior changes on another move lower. If we see an aggressive adding of long exposure in sudden-fashion, from a crowd contrarian standpoint, it could add weight to the notion we will see another leg lower to support in the low-11700s down to 11554.
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—Written by Paul Robinson, Market Analyst
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