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USDCHF Technical Analysis – The soft US data weighed on the greenback


The USD weakened across the
board since last Friday following the soft US NFP report. The data showed some more labour
market cooling with an increase in the unemployment rate and a decrease in wage
growth. We basically have an economy that is slowing but still growing. We will
see if the market will be able to keep the positive sentiment on soft landing
hopes or start to worry about a recession.

The CHF, on the other hand,
weakened a lot as the SNB cut rates by 25 bps at the last
meeting bringing the policy rate to 1.25% and revising its inflation forecasts
lower. The only thing bullish for the Swiss Franc was the line saying that the
SNB “will be ready to intervene in FX market if needed and as necessary”, but
we already knew that from the Chairman Jordan’s comments, and they won’t do it unless
inflation surprises to the upside or they see risks of inflation overshooting
their projections.

The recent Swiss
report missed expectations once again, so there’s no need for the
central bank to worry about inflation. The probabilities for another rate cut
in September are currently at 50%.

Technical Analysis – Daily Timeframe

On the daily chart, we can
see that USDCHF got rejected from the trendline
and eventually fell below the 0.90 handle as the US data came in on the softer side.
This switched the near-term bias to the downside.

The buyers will want to see
the price breaking above the trendline to regain control and increase the
bullish bets into the 0.9150 level next. The sellers, on the other hand, will
likely step in around the 0.90 handle and the trendline to keep pushing towards
the 0.8885 support.

USDCHF Technical
Analysis – 4 hour Timeframe

On the 4 hour chart, we can
see that we have a strong resistance around the 0.90 handle where we can find
the confluence
of the recent swing low and the 50% Fibonacci

This is where we can expect
the sellers to pile in with a defined risk above the level to position for a
drop into the 0.8885 level next. The buyers, on the other hand, will want to
see the price breaking higher to regain some control and target a breakout of
the trendline.

USDCHF Technical
Analysis – 1 hour Timeframe

On the 1 hour chart, we can
see that we have a minor upward trendline defining the current bullish momentum.
The buyers will likely keep on leaning on the trendline to push into new highs,
while the sellers will want to see a breakout to the downside to start piling
in. The red lines define the average daily range for today.


Today we have Fed Chair Powell testifying to Congress and the markets will be
focused on any view or hint about monetary policy after the recent NFP report.
Thursday will be the most important day of the week as we get the US CPI and
the US Jobless Claims figures. Finally, on Friday, we conclude the week with
the US PPI and the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment survey.

This article was written by Giuseppe Dellamotta at www.forexlive.com.

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