USDCHF Technical Analysis – The pair is at a key spot


  • The Fed hiked by 25 bps as
    expected and kept everything unchanged.
  • Fed Chair Powell reaffirmed their data dependency
    and kept all the options on the table.
  • Inflation expectations and CPI readings continue to
    show disinflation with the last two Core CPI M/M figures
    coming in at 0.16%.
  • The US PMIs missed
    expectations across the board last week, while the US Jobless Claims remained
  • Fed Chair Powell’s speech at the Jackson Hole Symposium was
    mostly in line with what he said previously but he stressed on the need to be
    careful going forward and that continued strength in the labour market may
    require further rate hikes.
  • Yesterday, the US Job Openings and Consumer Confidence reports
    missed expectations by a big margin.
  • The market doesn’t expect another hike from the
    Fed, but the next NFP and CPI data will be crucial to confirm or change this


  • The SNB raised interest rates by 25 bps as expected at the last
    meeting and communicated that additional rate hikes cannot be ruled out as it
    maintains the hawkish stance.
  • The Switzerland CPI showed the inflation rate easing
    even more within the SNB 0-2% target band.
  • The Unemployment Rate ticked higher a little.
  • The market expects the SNB to pause
    at the next meeting.

USDCHF Technical Analysis –
Daily Timeframe

On the daily chart, we can see that USDCHF
eventually reached the key resistance zone
around the 0.8858 level where we had the confluence with the
downward trendline and the
50% Fibonacci retracement level.
The sellers stepped in there with a defined risk above the level to target new
lows. At the moment, the short-term trend is still bullish as the price has not
made a new lower low yet and the moving averages are
crossed to the upside, but after yesterday’s weak US data, we may expect more
sellers coming into the market soon.

USDCHF Technical Analysis –
4-hour Timeframe

On the 4-hour chart, we can see that we had a divergence with the
MACD right
when the price was approaching the key resistance zone. This is generally a
sign of weakening momentum often followed by pullbacks or reversals. In this
case, if the price bounces around the 0.8761 level we might have just a
pullback, but if it breaks lower making a new lower low, then we can expect new
lows coming soon after.

USDCHF Technical Analysis –
1-hour Timeframe

On the 1-hour chart, we can see that we
have a nice bearish setup if the price pulls back into the previous support now turned
around the 0.8815 level where we have
also the confluence with the 50% Fibonacci retracement level. In fact, we can
expect the sellers to pile in there with a defined risk above the level and
target a break of the 0.8761 support to reach new lows. The buyers, on the
other hand, will want to see the price breaking higher to position for a
breakout of the 0.8858 resistance zone.

Upcoming Events

This week is an important one given that we will see
many key labour market data for the US, including the NFP, before the next FOMC
meeting. Today, we have the US ADP report and after yesterday’s misses, a weak
report is likely to increase recessionary fears. Moving on to tomorrow, we will
see the US Jobless Claims and the US PCE data. Finally, we conclude the week
with the Switzerland CPI, the US NFP and the ISM Manufacturing PMI on Friday.
Although the Fed keeps all the options on the table, it’s also leaning more
towards a pause in September, so we will need a very strong NFP to raise the
chances of another hike at the upcoming meeting.

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