FX Breakout Monitor: Blue Monday for breakout traders
Head of FX Strategy, Saxo Bank Group
Summary: The USD rally attempt from last week has yet to find new sustenance and fresh dollar longs are at risk of a reversal if follow-through strength is not found. Elsewhere, sterling traders faced whiplash today while the JPY remains in focus this week for potential breakout strength.
The big break attempt lower in EURUSD last Thursday over the European Central Bank meeting has yet to find fresh fuel after a mixed US jobs report failed to see follow on broad USD strength on Friday and to start this week. This leaves the breakout monitor more bereft of new signals than it has been in a long time. Still, we have a look at potential JPY strength via AUDJPY, USDJPY and EURJPY soon if the recent firming of the yen turns more pronounced.
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Our recent EURUSD and AUDUSD shorts are at risk of stopping out soon if the USD doesn’t follow through on last week’s firming move. The US dollar has simply been unable to sustain directional moves in either direction against the major currencies after range breaking attempts this year.
Page 1: after last Thursday’s EURUSD break, we have yet to see follow-through lower. Elsewhere, the focus is on especially EURJPY and possibly AUDJPY as breakout candidates. Interesting to note AUDCAD trying to break higher on a day when AUDNZD is registering yet another new low.
We added EURJPY to our watchlist on Friday and the pair narrowly missed a new 19-day close. Nominally, the 19-day low close is less interesting than a close clear of the 124.00 which has supported the price action since the brief meltdown at the beginning of the year.
The following is a left-to-right, column by column explanation of the FX Breakout Monitor tables.
Trend: a measure of whether the currency pair is trending up, down or sideways based on an algorithm that looks for persistent directional price action. A currency can register a breakout before it looks like it is trending if markets are choppy.
ATR: Average True Range or the average daily trading range. Our calculation of this indicator uses a 50-day exponential moving average to smooth development. The shading indicates whether, relative to the prior 1,000 trading days, the current ATR is exceptionally high (deep orange), somewhat elevated (lighter orange), normal (no shading), quiet (light blue) or exceptionally quiet (deeper blue).
High Closes / Low Closes: These columns show the highest and lowest prior 19- and 49-day daily closing levels.
Breakouts: The right-most several columns columns indicate whether a breakout to the upside or downside has unfolded today (coloured “X”) or on any of the previous six trading days. This graphic indication offers an easy way to see whether the breakout is the first in a series or is a continuation from a prior break. For the “Today” columns for 19-day and 49-day breakouts, if there is no break, the distance from the current “Quote” to the break level is shown in ATR, and coloured yellow if getting close to registering a breakout.
NOTE: although the Today column may show a breakout in action, the daily close is the key level that is the final arbiter on whether the breakout is registered for subsequent days.
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