EUR/USD Technicals – S/T Bears Banished But It’s No Bullish Wonderland

Are bulls back in play again?

Despite early bearish push on Boxing Day, prices recovered rather quickly, pushing above Christmas Eve’s closing level during  early European hours. The rally then was was certainly inexplicable considering that all the major European trading centres are closed, and there weren’t any major news being reported either. Hence, this bullish push could be classified under “holiday volatility” where price just move in seemingly random fashion without strong directional follow-through. Considering that the bullish push didn’t manage to stay above 1.37 not to mention the recent swing high of 1.3717, yesterday’s assertion that bearish pressure remain in play was intact.

Hourly Chart


That assertion was still correct until prices suddenly rally a couple of hours ago though. The break of 1.37 changes the immediate S/T bias and invalidates the decline that started on 23rd Dec. Instead, initiative is given to bullish momentum and the rising trendline starting from last Friday enters into focus. However. we’re having no discernible reason why prices are rallying once again. There are good economic data released earlier from both Japan and China, but that should hardly impact EUR. Furthermore, risk appetite in Asia is hardly the most bullish with Nikkei 225 trading lower, hence it is difficult to see why a risk currency like EUR will rally. Also, other risk currencies such as AUD/USD, NZD/USD and GBP/USD are not exhibiting similar rallies currently, suggesting that EUR/USD may be inherently bullish.

Hence, even though 1.3717 should provide adequate resistance that will send EUR/USD packing lower, especially given that Stochastic readings are already in Overbought region, we should not put it past bulls to break the aforementioned resistance and initiate a fresh S/T bullish extension given the peculiarity. Bottomline? This is not a strong bullish setup but selling into this rally may be risky as well.

Daily Chart



Looking at Daily Chart, we can see that overall bearish bias remain in play but we are on the verge of breaking that if bulls are able to climb above the rising trendline and enter into the 1.374 – 1.382 consolidation zone. Stochastic readings have bottomed out and a bullish cycle may well be in play here. But traders need to be aware of the risk/reward ratio if they go in long from here. Right now, there is very little evidence that price may break above 1.382 quickly, and we may see strong rebounds coming should 1.382 holds. On the other hand, the Double Top pattern may well send prices much lower with 1.36 the closest significant support. If bullish traders are comfortable with this, then go ahead.

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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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