Currencies Consolidate

By Colin Twiggs
August 20, 2009 10:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p:m AET)

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The euro has been edging upwards since early June, but this is more consolidation than trend, with the currency slipping below the new support level of $1.43. Recovery (above $1.43) would signal that the gradual up-trend is likely to continue, while breakout below the trend channel would warn of reversal to a primary down-trend. Penetration of support at $1.38 would confirm the down-trend and target the April low of $1.29.

Euro US Dollar

British Pound

The pound is consolidating in a narrow band between $1.60 and $1.66 against the greenback. The failed breakout in early August indicates weakness and failure of support at $1.60 would confirm reversal to a primary down-trend. Continued currency debasement by the Bank of England should ensure that the pound weakens against major trading partners.

Pound Sterling

Japanese Yen

The dollar is testing support at ¥94 after retreating from the upper trend channel. Penetration of support would indicate a test of the lower channel around ¥90. Again, the trend is gradual, edging lower rather than a strong decline, possibly due to BOJ support for the dollar.

US Dollar Yen

Australian Dollar

The Aussie dollar is testing the new support level at $0.82 against the greenback. Respect of support would indicate a primary advance with a target of $0.90*, while failure would test primary support around $0.7650. Recent commodity price weakness, as indicated by the decline of the CRB Commodities Index, is likely to prevent further advance of the little battler — unless we see recovery above the August peak at 269.

Australian Dollar US Dollar

* Target calculation: 0.80 + ( 0.80 - 0.70 ) = 0.90

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