EUR/USD Technicals – Bears Maintain Pressure Despite Bullish Pullback Yesterday

EUR/USD managed to rally yesterday despite weaker than expected German Service PMI and Consumer Price Index. Prices did have a slight bearish pullback during early US session but that has nothing to do with the 2 aforementioned economic data, and appears to be a mild bearish pullback after 1.36 was broken. The subsequent affirmation of 1.36 resistance turned support sent prices up even higher once again, allowing price to hit the next resistance level of 1.3645. This push is further fuelled by weaker than expected ISM Non-Manufacturing Composite number which weakened USD on slight speculative play that the new Fed Chairman Janet Yellen (who incidentally would be voted in by the Senate later) may go easy on the QE tapering lark. However, 1.3645 held despite a handful of attempts to break it, keeping overall bearish bias intact and EUR/USD has been trading lower since US session ended.

Hourly Chart


With all things considered, it is difficult to see yesterday’s rally as anything but a S/T corrective move.  Firstly, prices did advanced lower and hit a low near 1.357 before the sudden pullback happened. This was already expected from a technical perspective  as price was bearish but a pullback was always in the books considering that price haven’t had a significant bullish response ever since the turn of the new year. Furthermore, with a potential Triple Top pattern forming on the Daily Chart, a retest of the 1.363 support turned resistance (seen in Daily Chart) is actually welcomed by bears as this would allow bears to size up the measure of bulls and help to confirm the Triple Top.

Moving forward in the short-term, Stochastic indicator affirms the overall S/T bearish bias with Stochastic curve in the midst of a bearish cycle with Stoch levels already below the recent interim trough seen during the bearish pullback. This suggest that bearish conviction is stronger than before and favors a continued bearish push along the descending trendline.

Daily Chart


Speaking of the Triple Top pattern, should we close today’s candle below 1.363 accompanied by a bearish candle the next day, the Triple Top pattern will be confirmed. However, Stochastic readings are firmly within the Oversold region and there is a chance that prices may stay between 1.353 and 1.363 (consolidation between late Nov and early Dec)  for an extended period of time before the next leg of bearish extension starts. This will allow bears to rest after the strong slide down from 1.38 and Stochastic readings will most likely push up and primed for the next bearish cycle.

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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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