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US Dollar Reversal Persists, Technical Picture Looking Worrying

The technical picture for the USD is looking more troubled as the index extends losses below the 103 handle. The latest catalyst stemming from reports that US President Biden is considering a move to cut China tariffs in order to ease inflationary pressures. This prompted a modest boost in risk sentiment, sapping demand from the safe-haven Dollar. What’s more, hawkish comments from ECB’s Lagarde further exacerbated losses in the greenback with the ECB President essentially pre-committing to a 25bps rate hike in July and September.


“Based on current outlook, we are likely to be in a position to exit negative interest rates by the end of the third quarter”

That being said, with positioning also very much on the long USD side, there could more pain for the USD as bullish bets are squeezed, particularly if equities remain stable. In turn, 103 now represents resistance, while short term support sits at 101.28, which marks the 23.6% retracement of the Jan 2021-May 2022 bull trend. Elsewhere, across the majors, while 1.07 will be watched in EUR/USD, the area to watch will be 1.0750, meanwhile, 127.00 will be key for USD/JPY.


Data shows 67.81% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders long to short at 2.11 to 1. The number of traders net-long is 0.12% lower than yesterday and 15.26% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 0.94% lower than yesterday and 26.37% higher from last week.

We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests EUR/USD prices may continue to fall.

Positioning is more net-long than yesterday but less net-long from last week. The combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a further mixed EUR/USD trading bias.

US Dollar Chart: Daily Time

US Dollar Reversal Persists, Technical Picture Looking Worrying

Source: Refinitiv


May 23, 2022 | DailyFX
Justin McQueen, Strategist

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