EURUSD – Euro Rally Breaks Key Resistance

Yesterday (EURUSD – Break Lower Looking Increasingly Likely) I noted that despite trading in a range for much of the last month, EURUSD continues to have a slight bearish bias because it:

  • remained in the descending channel;
  • had formed a pennant during the last month (slight lower highs and higher lows);
  • was still trading below the 50-day SMA.

EURUSD daily

Well, one of those conditions is under threat as today’s euro rally has propelled the pair above the descending trend line that it has traded below since the middle of December.

It’s important to note that there has been no close above the trend line on the 4-hour chart and I would like to see at least this before I view it as a legitimate break, if not on the daily. Lower time frames could also offer useful insight if we see a successful retest.

eurusd 4hr

The fact that yesterday’s 1.08 high has been broken is certainly another red flag though and may suggest that a move towards Friday’s 1.0850 high is on the cards. A break of this level would suggest to me that we could see another test of the 50-day SMA which has proven to be a solid level of resistance in the past.

Should this be broken, it would raise serious questions about whether the upper end of the month-long trading range can hold. It would certainly suggest to me that a more bullish bias has appeared in the market.

The upper end of the trading range around 1.1030 – 1.1050 would be under serious threat in my view and a break of this would suggest the long overdue correction has arrived.

If, on the other hand, this turns out to be a false breakout, which would not be unusual, the 50-period SMA on the 4-hour chart and previous support of 1.0660 could come under serious pressure and quickly.

OANDA clients have become increasingly net short over the last 24 hours, with 61.99% now holding a short position. History suggests that is not necessarily a bearish sign though, in fact, it could even be perceived as bullish.

Open Position Ratio
Historical Position RatiosEspecially when paired with the COT report that shows net non-commercial positions (those held by large speculators, mainly hedge funds and banks trading currency futures for speculation purposes) for the euro are becoming less short.


Craig Erlam
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the BBC and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, FOX Business and BNN. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.