USDCHF Technical Analysis – “Make it or break it” moment for the pair


  • The Fed left interest rates unchanged as expected at the last meeting.
  • The macroeconomic projections were revised higher,
    and the Dot Plot showed that the FOMC still expects another rate hike by the
    end of the year with less rate cuts projected in 2024.
  • Fed Chair Powell reaffirmed their data dependency but added that
    they will proceed carefully.
  • The US CPI last week beat expectations on the
    headline figures, but the core measures came in line with forecasts and the
    market’s pricing barely changed.
  • The labour market remains fairly solid as seen once again last week
    with the beat in Jobless Claims, although continuing claims surprisingly missed.
  • The US PMIs
    recently showed that the US economy remains pretty resilient.
  • The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment report last Friday missed across the
    board with the inflation expectations figures spiking back up.
  • The US Retail Sales yesterday beat expectations by a big
    margin with positive revisions to the prior figures.
  • The Fed members continue to cite elevated long-term
    yields as a reason to proceed carefully and will likely pause in November as
  • The market doesn’t expect the Fed to hike anymore.


  • The SNB kept interest rates steady at 1.75% vs. 2.00% expected as the
    central bank sees the significant tightening in recent quarters countering the
    remaining inflationary pressures.
  • The latest Switzerland CPI showed again that the inflation rate
    is comfortably in the SNB’s 0-2% target band for both the headline and core
  • The Unemployment Rate matched the previous reading hovering
    at cycle lows.
  • The Manufacturing PMI saw a notable bounce back although
    it remains in contraction, while the Services PMI remain in expansion.
  • The market expects the SNB to keep
    rates steady at the next meeting as well.

USDCHF Technical Analysis –
Daily Timeframe

On the daily chart, we can see that the USDCHF pair
recently bounced on the key support around
the 0.90 handle where we had the confluence with the
trendline and the
50% Fibonacci retracement level. The
bounce was short-lived though and the price started to fall from the red 21 moving average back
towards the support zone. This might be an ominous sign for the buyers,
especially since the USD couldn’t rally on the back of very strong retail sales

USDCHF Technical Analysis –
4-hour Timeframe

On the 4-hour chart, we can see more closely the
price action around the key support zone with the pair printing lower highs
into the level. The selling pressure is pretty evident, and it could turn out
to be a descending triangle pattern
with a break of the support leading to a selloff into the 0.89 handle. The
buyers will need the price to rise back above the trendline to leave behind a
fakeout and get more conviction to target new higher highs.

USDCHF Technical Analysis –
1-hour Timeframe

On the 1-hour chart, we can see that the
buyers are likely to step in around the current levels with a defined risk
below the support to position for a rally back to the highs. Alternatively,
more conservative buyers may want to wait for the price to take out the last
swing high around the 0.9042 level first before joining the rally. The sellers,
on the other hand, should pile in on the break of the support zone with a
defined risk above it to position for a drop into the 0.89 handle.

Upcoming Events

Tomorrow we will get the latest US Jobless Claims
report and the market will want to see if the miss in Continuing Claims last
week was just a blip or the start of a trend. Later in the day we will also
hear from Fed Chair Powell where the market will be focused on any hint about
the near-term policy outlook.

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