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Play of the Day Recaps: October 2 – 6, 2023


Our foreign exchange strategists leaned with bullish USD sentiment this week, which was efficient early on however bumped into issues as merchants possible took income / diminished threat on USD longs forward of the extremely anticipated month-to-month U.S. employment replace.

On Monday, EUR/USD was again on the high of the watchlist with expectations of the U.S. prone to flex its muscle tissues with their upcoming employment updates, and till the market considerably moved to upside to interrupt the downtrend we leaned bearish on EUR/USD in the intervening time.

The inverted head-and-shoulders sample neckline was our space to look at for bearish patterns, which truly didn’t take to lengthy to attract in sellers on Monday, presumably on the continued expectations of one other fee hike from the Fed overshadowing every little thing else.

This truly took the market to our goal space round 1.0500, properly earlier than U.S. jobs information was even launched, and for many who did play these massive bearish candles on Monday on the damaged neckline, it’s possible you noticed a optimistic consequence in case your threat administration plan included taking income on the goal space.

USD/CHF caught our consideration on Tuesday after Switzerland’s client costs replace got here in beneath expectations (-0.1% vs. 0.0% forecast). This helps the “no additional hikes” argument for the Swiss Nationwide Financial institution, an outlook that’s possible to attract in additional sellers than patrons on the Swiss franc.

With that perspective and our broadly lengthy USD bias, we leaned bullish on USD/CHF, and mentioned a number of habits patterns which will sign a protracted set off, together with an upside break of the consolidation sample, in addition to a break-and-retest sample.

Since that put up, the Dollar truly broke to the upside and sustained commerce above the falling trendline for a day. USD sentiment then reversed, probably on a lower-than-expected U.S. ADP personal payrolls replace, and/or revenue taking over USD longs forward of the Friday authorities jobs report.

Regardless of the case could also be, USD/CHF continued decrease via the week regardless of internet optimistic jobs updates main into the Friday NFP report, which confirmed that the U.S.’ employment scenario nonetheless stays very sturdy.

Total, it’s possible this technique dialogue didn’t yield a internet optimistic consequence, however with correct threat administration, it’s very possible the end result wasn’t very detrimental both as USD/CHF worth motion was stored in a good vary this week.

After a less-hawkish-than-expected financial coverage assertion from the Reserve Financial institution of New Zealand, we have been scoping out NZD/USD because the pair broke beneath a rising ‘lows’ trendline on the one hour chart.

Market expectations have been for the quick approaching U.S. ADP and ISM companies PMI experiences to come back in weaker, and we famous the potential of quick protecting (revenue taking) , which when each mixed, might carry the market increased to the rising trendline as soon as once more.

We leaned bearish on the pair on the time, and our set off to probably play the pairs downtrend was if bearish reversal patterns performed out on the trendline, that might spark a brand new downtrend transfer.

Properly, as talked about above, the Dollar did see a pullback this week (possible on USD lengthy revenue taking / rising “tender touchdown” hypothesis), which took the pair to the rising trendline and past.


There have been bearish patterns on the shifting averages above the trendline and if taken as a brief set off, the end result was possible detrimental because the pair continued increased via the remainder of the week.

On Thursday, we noticed that German and French financial updates didn’t spark euro bullish vibes, and with the chart nonetheless in downtrend mode, we mentioned a number of methods for EUR/USD basic bears. However we additionally famous that if draw back momentum didn’t decide up earlier than Friday’s NFP occasion, greatest follow was to remain on the sidelines to keep away from occasion threat.

Properly, the bearish momentum by no means fashioned on EUR/USD after our dialogue, and with NFP quick approaching, our bearish bias was invalidated to keep away from unknown occasion volatility / consequence.

The U.S. employment scenario replace for September got here in fairly sturdy, with the web jobs change information coming in properly above expectations (together with an upwardly revised August quantity). This headline sparked the preliminary USD rally, however when merchants noticed the lower-than-expected wage progress and unemployment fee numbers, sentiment shortly shifted.

It’s possible this was sufficient to immediate merchants to reprice a “tender touchdown” / “peak Fed fee hike cycle” outlook, which imply anti-USD and pro-risk response heading into the weekend.

Total, there was no set off for a brief place, so no detrimental or optimistic consequence if threat managed round our mentioned technique / outlook.

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