EUR/USD: FED also concerned about inflation

EUR/USD Current price: 1.2550

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The world is worried about low inflation, and the FED is no exception: ““many participants observed the committee should remain attentive to evidence of a possible downward shift in longer-term inflation expectations,” according to the latest FOMC Minutes, released this US afternoon. The dollar suffered a setback, extending its daily decline against the EUR to 1.2599, although the common currency gains were quickly erased. Nevertheless, the pair not going down either, consolidating around pre news level around 1.2560. Technically the 1 hour chart shows an increasing bullish potential, as per price advancing above its moving averages as indicators grinding higher above their midlines, while the 4 hours chart shows indicators advanced some above their midlines, whilst 20 and 100 SMAs converge around 1.2510, offering strong intraday support. Some further advances should be expected towards 1.2620 immediate short term resistance, in route to 1.2660 strong static resistance zone.

Support levels: 1.2540 1.2500 1.2450

Resistance levels: 1.2620 1.2660 1.2700

EUR/JPY Current price: 147.97

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American indexes run higher after the FED, as the Central Bank didn’t offer many clues about an upcoming rate hike, with index surging as chances of a move early 2015 diminished and pressuring down yen pairs with the EUR/JPY up to 148.11, fresh year highs. Short term, the pair is as lately extremely overbought according to technical readings in the 1 hour chart, with RSI aiming higher around 81; in the 4 hours chart indicators stand firm in positive territory, with RSI also in overbought territory, and far from signaling a short term retracement. As it happens usually with yen crosses, once a trend is set, prices tend to move in one way despite whatever oversold/overbought conditions indicators may indicate: further gains are to be expected, with some consolidation in between, and retracements seen as buying opportunities.

Support levels: 147.70 147.24 136.90

Resistance levels: 148.20 148.60 149.00

GBP/USD Current price: 1.5702

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Pound extended its early gains against the greenback, trying tp extend them above the 1.5700 figure after FED’s news. The pair was quite a ride this Wednesday, down to a fresh year low of 1.5582 early European session, pressured ahead of BOE Minutes. These last resulted quite hawkish compared to latest gloomy quarterly inflation report, as two policymakers again voted for rate hikes despite a weaker economic outlook. Technically, the pair seems to be developing a double bottom daily basis around 1.5585, albeit the neckline of the figure stands at 1.5740, November 17th high, which means further gains above it are required to confirm it. Short term, the 1 hour chart shows price above a mild bullish 20 SMA and indicators grinding higher above their midlines, while the 4 hours chart shows indicators losing upward strength but above their midlines, supporting some further advances. The level to watch to the downside is 1.5650, as a price decline below it should deny the possibility of a recovery and favor a decline back towards 1.5600/10 price zone.

Support levels: 1.5650 1.5610 1.5585

Resistance levels: 1.5740 1.5770 1.5815

USD/JPY Current price: 117.82

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The USD/JPY suffered a short squeeze lower with the news, down to 117.37, but quickly trades at fresh highs for the year, having already flirted with the 118.00 figure. Market reaction shows clearly the strength of buyers around the pair, and the 1 hour chart shows indicators regaining the upside after barely correcting overbought readings, whist price again accelerated way above 100 and 200 SMAs. In the 4 hours chart indicators head higher above their midlines, supporting the shorter term view, and pointing for some further advances with immediate resistance now at 118.20.

Support levels: 117.45 117.05 116.60

Resistance levels: 118.20 118.60 119.00

AUD/USD Current price: 0.8612

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The AUD/USD pair was unable to shrug off the bearish momentum seen since the day started, failing to maintain the short term gains triggered by the news and diving to new daily lows near the 0.8600 figure. The 1 hour chart shows price was rejected by a strongly bearish 20 SMA while indicators remain in bearish territory, gaining bearish strength. In the 4 hours chart RSI accelerates south approaching 30, momentum stands below 100 and 20 SMA slowly turns south now in the 0.8710 price zone. The  downside is now exposed towards 0.8550 price zone, with a break below probably triggering the latest bulls’ stops and favoring a stronger downward acceleration for the upcoming sessions.

Support levels: 0.8580 0.8550 0.8505

Resistance levels: 0.8645 0.8690 0.8740