EURUSD – Pennant Points to Further Gains

Consolidation in the pair since Friday morning may suggest that the bulls are struggling to gain any momentum and once again, dollar strength will prevail. While that may be the case in the longer term, I think we could see some further upside moves in the short term.

The big test facing the pair at the moment is the 50-day simple moving average (SMA), which has capped any upside moves for almost a year, most recently last week. While on the previous couple of occasions, this has been met with strong selling pressure, on this occasion it appears to be holding its own, suggesting it may not be so simple this time around.

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The 4-hour chart potentially support this view. The consolidation over the last 48 hours has led to the formation of a pennant, which is typically a continuation pattern. A break through the top of the pennant would suggest that a break of the 50-day SMA will follow as one of the benefits of these setups is that is offers potential price targets.

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In this case, you take the size of the move on the approach to the pennant and project it above the breakout, which would take price well above the 50-day SMA. It would actually take us just beyond 1.11 which may suggest that a break above the recent trading range of 1.05 – 1.1050, although I would be quite cautious around 1.1050 as these projections aren’t always perfect.

It should also be noted that the 50-period SMA is in the process of crossing above the 200-period SMA on the 4-hour chart which is a sign of bullish momentum change. A break above the pennant and 50-day SMA could complete this and make the charts look increasingly bullish. Of course, the ultimate test of bias would come around 1.1050.

Helping to drive this move is reports today that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has decided to shuffle his negotiating team working on the reform package with the country’s lenders. In effect, he has demoted Yanis Varoufakis who has been at loggerheads with eurozone finance ministers for months, culminating on Friday with them apparently completely losing their patience with him.

This is seen as a positive step for negotiations and already there is talk of Greece revising its reform list and suspending minimum-wage plans. A deal on reforms, which would secure €7.2 billion in bailout funds that Greece needs in order to avoid default, should support the euro which has been weighed down by all of the uncertainty in recent months.

I should stress that a breakout is required for this to look more bullish and this is obviously not guaranteed. Last week the net non-commercial euro position became increasingly short, which would suggest the single currency is still under a lot of pressure.


At the same time, OANDA clients have become slightly less net short in EURUSD today, with the book now being 60.66% short, down from 62.13% on Friday.

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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.