EURUSD – Key Support Put to the Test

The euro has been paring gains against the dollar recently and is currently on course to extend its losing streak to four days.


However, there is reason to believe that recent selling pressures could ease, opening up a continuation of the move towards the May and June highs.

Firstly, the pair did break above the descending trend line – 1 July highs – last Wednesday which indicates a more bullish sentiment in the pair.

The recent decline has seen price action retest the trend line and while it did breach it temporarily, it is trading back above here. If we see a daily close above here, it could be viewed as confirmation of the break, a bullish signal.

The most recent support, around 1.1020-1.1030, coincides with the 50% retracement of the move from 5 August lows to 12 August highs, as well as the 233-period simple moving average on the 4-hour chart, which has been a notable support and resistance level, and sentiment indicator, in the past.



All of this suggests we could see a reversal off this level but we are yet to see any confirmation of this at this stage. We haven’t even seen any sign of trend exhaustion, which may instead just indicate a phase of consolidation and continuation of the move lower.

The last complete 4-hour candle is certainly bearish, being an almost perfect marabuzo. Moreover, the current candle has so far failed to break above the marabuzo line, which is seen as another bearish signal.

With all that in mind, while the current level would technically mark a logical reversal point for the pair, there is nothing yet to suggest this is the case. Moreover, a break below it would indicate a strong bearish bias as the pair closes back in on 1.10.

A good candle reversal setup on the 4-hour chart, such as a bullish engulfing pattern or morning star formation, would suggest the bearish move has been exhausted.

Open Position Ratios


While OANDA client data suggests the net short position is being reduced which could be seen as a bullish indicator, a comparison of historic data against price below would actually indicate the opposite and support further declines. Historical Position RationsThe above tools and others can be found in OANDA Forex Labs.


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.