US Dollar Index (DXY) Talking Points:

  • The ONE Thing:The US Dollar strength may be a simple reversion. When looking at a weekly chart of the US Dollar Index, thestrength found in mid-April matched that found in July 2014. Whatís more is that when looking at a long-term price channel drawn off a 2007 momentum extreme, the momentum happened at the same level along the time continuum. Technically speaking, it may have just been time for the US Dollar to strengthen.
  • Tuesday saw currencies not named the US Dollartake a beating with a focus on Emerging Markets with the South African Rand down 2% and the Mexican Peso down 1% on the session. While some saw the upward reversion of retail sales for March as a catalyst, there may bea bigger shift developing that can be seen in higher yields across the US Treasury yield curve, which has seen a parallelshift higher of late.
  • Cash, an indexclass marked by the 3-month US Treasury Billshave become a contender again,and that may mean more capital flows into the US Dollar. When looking at the return offered by 3-month government debt, it now aligns with the S&P 500ís dividend yield for the first time since 2008. Such a development is seen as an inflection point and may cause the US Dollar to firm further over time.

Long-Term Technical Levels For US Dollar Index:

Resistance:94.46/96.01 (November closing high/ 50% retracement of 2017/2018 range)


Support:91.46/90.93 (200-DMA/ 26-Day Midpoint from Ichimokuís Kijun-Sen)

Weekly US Dollar Chart: Aggressive Strength Off Channelís Lower Bound

Recent Strength A Long-Term Reversion?

Chart Source: Pro Real Time with IG UK Price Feed. Created by Tyler Yell, CMT

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The US Dollar Index pushed to fresh 2018 highs on Tuesday in what looks like an aggressive unwind of recentlyestablished short positions. From a fundamental perspective, you could say the move was triggered as NY Fed Inflation Expectation Survey showed 3% as consensus over 1- and 3-years out. Additionally, bond markets are seeingnew trend highs in10-year yields,and theUS Treasury2's versus 10's curve has steepenedthe marketís convention on inflation and a more aggressive Fed.

Traders are likely to engage inopportunistic or tactical long US Dollar trades after tactical US Dollar short trades were invalidated.See one here.

The strength since mid-April may bestbe viewed through the lens of the weekly chart that showed a deeply oversold US Dollar via the RSI(5) that was due fora bounce. Now, a move toward the 200-WMA may be instore near 95 if the move higher continues and the support levels above holds.

Daily Dollar Index Via Ichimoku Says Trend On!

Recent Strength A Long-Term Reversion?

The daily chart with Ichimoku applied has one interpretation: Trend on. Previously, we mentioned the 9-period midpoint at 92.44 may now act as resistance. That did not hold,andnow Mondayís low and the 200-DMA at 91.83/46 respectively should be looked to as supportfor what could be a broad move higher.

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---Written by Tyler Yell, CMT

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