09, January 2017

EUR/USD (a 4-hour chart)

General overview

Weak data from the Eurozone slowed down buyers’ activity on Friday: Factory Orders and Retail Sales in Germany came in worse than expected. All eyes were on today's release of US NFP numbers which were expected to come around 180K.

Current situation

The bullish market structure remained in place on Friday. Buyers met a barrier at 1.0600 and had to step back. The EUR/USD rolled back in the Asian session and made another attempt to retake the level in the European one. A fresh selling pressure pushed the pair downwards ahead of the NY opening. The price continued developing well above the moving averages in the 4 hours chart. The moving averages were mixed with the 100 and 200 EMAs pointing lower and the 50-EMA turning upwards. The resistance is at 1.0600, the support comes in at 1.0550.

The technical indicators kept heading north within positive territory. The MACD histogram grew which indicates buyers’ strength. RSI oscillator remained within overvalued territory.

Trading recommendations

The bullish momentum is likely to be regained if the pair extends its recovery towards 1.0650 and 1.0700 levels. On the other hand the upbeat NFP release may support the US dollar and weigh on the euro. In this scenario the currency pair will return to a downside and my drop to 1.0450.