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EURUSD Drops Below 1.1530 Ahead of NFP

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Important: I use New York close charts so that each 24-hour period closes at 5 pm EST.

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Two days ago we looked at how EURUSD had reached the key support zone at 1.1530. The idea, at least for me, was to wait and see if sellers could force a daily close (New York 5 pm EST) below the area.

Given the September 27th breakdown and resulting weekly bearish engulfing candle, I wasn’t interested in buying the euro.

It didn’t take long for euro bears to breach 1.1530 support. Yesterdays 1.1476 got the job done which means the area should begin to attract sellers on a retest as new resistance.

As you can see from the chart below, the pair is now retesting the underside of 1.1530. That’s no surprise considering how the single currency was 140 pips below the daily mean (10 and 20 EMAs) at yesterday’s close.

You may know that markets love to retrace 50% of recent moves. There’s something about that number that attracts price like a magnet. We often see this phenomenon with candlestick patterns like the pin bar and engulfing bar.

It’s no coincidence that 1.1530 is 50% of Wednesday’s range. And it just so happens that, although not at a swing high, yesterday’s range did engulf the prior session, so a retest of the 1.1530 (resistance) area was likely.

As long as sellers can keep EURUSD contained below 1.1530 on a daily closing basis, I’ll remain cautiously bearish. I’m also interested in catching the next leg lower, but not until I see a proper signal to get short.

Alternatively, a daily close back above 1.1530 would negate the bearish outlook. It would also put 1.1530 in a supportive role once more with key resistance coming in at 1.1620.

For now though, sellers remain in control. Keep in mind, however, that we have non-farm payrolls coming up on Friday at 8:30 am EST. The event doesn’t pack the punch it used to, but it isn’t a release to be trifled with nonetheless.

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6 comments
Lucky says

Hi there, I don’t even understand the language of the chart. Is this sell or buy

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    Pierre Mifsud says

    If it does not break the resistance indicated clearly by Justin at 1.1530 then it is still selling. If it breaks it, then the next clear resistance level is at 1.16190….so for example buy it above 1.1530 and take target to 1.16190 if it breaks the 1.1530 handle….it is that easy my friend

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      Roy says

      Yep. Coach makes it plain. All the time.

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Sipho says

the H4 bearish pin bar below the resistance area looks convincing , but lets wait for the NFP before we consider selling the markets .

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andre dix says

Hi Justin

Yup all about patience, observing and sitting on your hands, thanks once again for your commentary and insight.

Andre Dix

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Zawar says

Do you think its a buy or sell plzzz tell me

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