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FX Breakout Monitor: Strong JPY and EUR, weak EM

Forex 4 minutes to read

John Hardy

Head of FX Strategy

Summary:  The yen, and to a degree the euro, continue to trade on the strong side, with USDJPY and other JPY crosses poking around at breakout levels to the downside again today. A shift back to a negative tone also has a number of EM currencies on the defensive and gold is pushing the upside of the envelope as well. General market energy levels are increasing markedly.


Today’s Breakout monitor

The FX Breakout Monitor is a concise PDF overview of all current and recent price breakouts for the short and medium term for major FX pairs and spot silver and gold.

A PDF of today’s Breakout Monitor

Below is a snapshot of the full list of currency pairs we track for the breakout monitor. We employ a 50-day EMA for measuring the ATR and the market energy is showing far more determined signs of picking up here – with the top half showing fewer “deep blue/low ATR” readings and the bottom half beginning to show the serious pick up in trading ranges.

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Source: Bloomberg and Saxo Group

In fitting with the tilt back lower into a weak risk sentiment regime today (every day seems to bring a change of direction on that front), the USDJPY pair is poking at the cycle lows, just as EURUSD is mulling the 1.1200 level, while several USD/EM pairs are gunning higher and gold is trading just below its highest daily close for the cycle as of this writing..

Today’s Breakout Highlight: EURUSD
EURUSD is poised at a major level here around 1.1200, a resistance  area that held on several prior occasions and deserves watching as a bull/bear pivot level now that the price action has neutralized the recent run to the lows of the cycle in short order. The next area opened up to the upside stretches toward 1.1400 on a solid break.

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Source: Saxo Group

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