USD/INR Technicals – S/T Bullish Breakout Seen But 61.3 May Be Bridge Too Far

Hourly Chart


USD/INR saw a sudden spike this morning, a reflection of the decline in India’s main stock index Sensex. However, before Rupee bears get too carried away, it should be noted that the decline in Sensex is merely a profit taking exercise after prices have hit a record high the day before. Hence, traders hoping for a strong bullish follow-through of current Channel Breakout may be disappointed to know that reasons for further weakness in INR just isn’t there.

On the USD front, price action of Gold and US Stocks showed that market may be once again getting immune from QE Tapering fears, and hence USD may not be as bullish in the short run as well even if the Fed does implement a cut in QE next week. Furthermore, the lack of Tapering Fears means that US stocks may be able to climb higher with less inhibitions, which will weaken USD as the need for safe haven will be lower. Even though long-term direction for USD/INR remains higher due to the discrepancy between US and India’s economic strength, there is very little bullish ongoing in the short-term.

From a pure technical perspective, price may have pushed a fresh weekly high but bulls will need to clear 61.3 resistance and preferably above 61.4 in order to show that the bullish conviction has legs to run. However stochastic does not favor such a move with Stoch Curve already within the Overbought region, and we shouldn’t be surprise if prices fail to break the 61.3 resistance or perhaps even reverse lower here .

Weekly Chart


Not much development from the Weekly Chart though, as price will need to hit below 60.5 and above 61.3 for stronger directional signals. Stochastic is not exactly helpful here as both Stoch/Signal lines are pointing lower despite being within the Oversold region, and considering that this is the Weekly Chart, it may take 2-3 more weeks at the minimum before a proper bullish cycle signal can emerge. Nonetheless, should prices close around current levels and close above 61.3 in the following week, the likelihood of a false break into the 59.0 – 61.3 consolidation zone increases, and the long-term uptrend will be in play which opens up Channel Top as a viable bullish target.

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Mingze Wu

Mingze Wu

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Based in Singapore, Mingze Wu focuses on trading strategies and technical and fundamental analysis of major currency pairs. He has extensive trading experience across different asset classes and is well-versed in global market fundamentals. In addition to contributing articles to MarketPulseFX, Mingze centers on forex and macro-economic trends impacting the Asia Pacific region.
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