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Weekly Forex Forecast (July 18 – 22, 2016)

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After carving out a 150 pip range last week, EURUSD closed just 20 pips below the opening price. However, despite the lack of direction, the pressure remains weighted to the downside following the Brexit-inspired break of channel support on June 24th.

What’s interesting about last week’s price action is that the pair respected the 1.1060 handle on a weekly closing basis. Friday’s selloff put the pair back below this level, which was broken one week prior on July 8th.

The pair’s inability to hold above the 1.1060 level on the weekly chart suggests that sellers remain in control. And although last week did form a bearish pin bar, its development within a sideways market makes it an unfavorable pattern to trade in my opinion.

That said, I continue to watch for selling opportunities while below the former channel support that extends from the December 2015 low. Only a close back above this level would negate the bearish bias.

Looking lower, the first level of support comes in near the Brexit low at 1.0940. A close below that would expose the March 10th ECB low at 1.0820.

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EURUSD key technical levels on the daily time frame

GBPUSD managed to reclaim some of the post-Brexit losses last week. However, the rally ended on a sour note as Friday’s session gave back 140 of the 195 pips gained on Thursday.

The late-week selloff could be a sign of things to come in the week ahead. Then again, the post-Brexit volatility and uncertainty that has been swirling for weeks now have made it difficult to get a read on the pair with any degree of confidence.

For this reason alone, I’ll continue to avoid trading GBPUSD as I feel there are better, less volatile opportunities available.

For those who insist on trading the British pound against the US dollar, key resistance can be found at the 1.3500 handle while support comes in at 1.30.

GBPUSD support and resistance levels on the daily chart

AUDUSD gave up ground heading into the weekend, forming a bearish engulfing candle after surrendering the bullish break that occurred on July 12th.

With the pair now back below the trend line that extends from August of 2014, the odds of a move lower in the week ahead have increased exponentially. The bearish engulfing pattern is another indication of continued weakness.

From here traders can watch for selling opportunities on a retest of the 0.7580 area as new resistance. A more conservative approach would be to wait for a close below channel support that extends from the current 2016 low at 0.6827.

The event calendar is relatively light for the Australian dollar with the exception of Monday’s monetary policy meeting minutes at 9:30 pm EST.

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AUDUSD bearish engulfing pattern

Similar to AUDUSD, the NZDUSD broke a significant level going into the weekend. The channel support that extends from the May low was tested previously on two separate occasions before the 4-hour break you see below.

I mentioned this pattern on Thursday as one to watch. What was particularly interesting was how the pair had tested support several times yet failed to challenge the upper boundary of the channel since the pre-Brexit highs on June 24th.

When a market begins to lean against support or resistance in this fashion, it’s often an early warning sign that a breakout is imminent. Although Friday’s price action stayed true to this idea, it’ll be important to see follow through in the week ahead to help confirm that buyers have indeed capitulated.

I’m short from 0.7180 and will watch to see how the pair reacts at 0.7080 if tested. Below that, the next level of support comes in at the June lows at 0.6986. A break below that could trigger a much larger decline toward 0.6900 and possibly the May low at 0.6675.

As for event risk, the NZD isn’t wasting any time getting started with the Q2 CPI reading on tap today at 6:45 pm EST.

NZDUSD key break below channel support on the daily time frame

EURAUD is one that I mentioned on Tuesday of last week after breaking below a four-year support that extends from the 2012 low. In fact, this is one of two multi-year levels with the other being wedge resistance that extends from the 2008 high.

Visit last week’s post for more details on the larger pattern that’s in play.

Following Tuesday’s commentary, we can see where the pair successfully retested the level as new resistance over the next three sessions. However, I’ve yet to take a position here due to the extent that the 10 and 20 exponential moving averages were lagging behind the price action.

The disparity between price and the moving averages was an indication that some consolidation was in order before the next leg lower; something we continue to see even as we start the new week.

Also, given the fact that I’m bearish the Australian dollar, I’d like to see some form of price action confirmation here before pulling the trigger on a short position. The first level of support comes in at the December 2015 low of 1.4350.

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EURAUD key break below former wedge support

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Joshua says

Hi Mr. Benneth,

I really enjoy your set up on daily time frame especially for this week. it is clear and understandable. Well done.

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    Justin Bennett says

    Glad to hear it, Joshua. Thanks for stopping by.

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