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EURUSD continues to probe the downside as Italian government bond yields creep higher – the 10-yr now yields 3.60% – and the US dollar continues to gain strength. This situation has been played out over the last couple of weeks but EURUSD price action is now closing in on an important support level, which if broken could lead to a further, sharp, fall.
Euro negatives remain a weak Italian government bond market, fueled by ongoing budget concerns, a strong US dollar complex, driven by tighter US monetary policy and recent hawkish chatter from Federal Reserve speakers suggesting the US economy may be stronger, for longer.
A look at the daily price chart shows the pair currently trading a fraction above the 50% Fibonacci retracement level of the January 2017 – February 2018 rally at 1.14480, a level neared four times in the last week. Below here there is very little price action ahead of the August 15 low – a 16-month nadir – at 1.13010
IG Client Sentiment Datashow how investors are currently 57.5% net-long EURUSD and combined with recent positional shifts, we get a strong bearish contrarian trading bias.
If we have a look at the four-hour chart we see a cluster of trades between 1.14599 and 1.14840 over the last six days, while the pair is also currently capped by the 20- and 50-day moving average cloud, as well as the important 200-day moving average.
According to the latest CFTC Commitment of Trader’s report (CoT), large speculators continue to shun the Euro and are 7,101 contracts short of the single currency this week – a near-52 week low – compared to a long position of 3,696 contracts in the prior week. At one stage earlier this year, speculators were long of 151,476 contracts.
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