US dollar squeeze continues

US dollar edges higher after a strong overnight session

The greenback continued to remorselessly squeeze months-worth of US dollar shorts overnight, propelled by an equally remorseless grind higher in US yields. The dollar index climbed 0.41% to 90.47, edging higher to 90.51 in Asia. The index’s next target will be the 91.00 regions, with capitulation opening further gains to 92.00.

Much the same story is playing out in the G-10 space. EUR/USD, GBP/USD, AUD/USD and NZD/USD have all suffered downside breakouts, with the technical picture suggesting more losses ahead. Meanwhile, USD/CHF is testing resistance at 0.8920, the site of four daily tops in the past month. A break of 0.8920 targets further gains to the 0.9050 regions.

Confirmation of further US gains will likely arrive from USD/JPY. At 104.20, it is within shouting distance of its 6-month downtrend line, today at 104.55. That is followed by the 100-day moving average (DMA) at 104.75. A daily close above the latter signalling an advance that could stretch as far as 107.00.

Although the Chinese yuan continues to hold firm around 6.4600 to the dollar, some warning signs are being signalled elsewhere. USD/THB is threatening resistance at 30.250, and USD/IDR rose 1.50% yesterday to 14,200.00. USD/SGD moved through trendline resistance yesterday at 1.3275, climbing to 1.3300 this morning. Dollar strength combined with Covid-19 restrictions and the Malaysian King’s State of Emergency declaration saw USD/MYR burst through two-month resistance at 4.0300 yesterday. USD/MYR has since risen to 4.0600 today. That signals further gains to 4.0700 and 4.1000 initially.

The yuan is now appreciating on a TWI basis versus much of the G-10 and regional Asian currencies. It will be interesting to see the tolerance of the PBOC to that situation. Some Asian currencies are signalling weakness ahead, and a sudden jump in the PBOC USD/CNY fixes will accelerate that trend. The PBOC’s hand will likely not turn on a one-week dollar rally, but that outlook might change if the situation persists.

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Jeffrey Halley

Jeffrey Halley

Senior Market Analyst - Asia Pacific
With more than 30 years of FX experience – from spot/margin trading and NDFs through to currency options and futures – Jeffrey Halley is OANDA’s senior market analyst for Asia Pacific, responsible for providing timely and relevant macro analysis covering a wide range of asset classes. He has previously worked with leading institutions such as Saxo Capital Markets, DynexCorp Currency Portfolio Management, IG, IFX, Fimat Internationale Banque, HSBC and Barclays. A highly sought-after analyst, Jeffrey has appeared on a wide range of global news channels including Bloomberg, BBC, Reuters, CNBC, MSN, Sky TV, Channel News Asia and the New York Times. He was born in New Zealand and holds an MBA from the Cass Business School.
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