USDCHF Technical Analysis – Key levels in play


  • The Fed left interest rates unchanged as
    expected at the last meeting.
  • The macroeconomic projections were revised higher
    as the economy showed much stronger resilience than expected and the Dot Plot
    showed that the majority of members still expects another rate hike by the end
    of the year with less rate cuts in 2024.
  • Fed Chair Powell
    reaffirmed their data dependency but added that they will proceed carefully as
    they are trying to find the optimal level of rates. Powell also added that the
    soft landing is not the base case at the moment, although they are aiming for
  • The latest US Core PCE
    in line with expectations with disinflation continuing steady.
  • The labour market
    displayed signs of softening although it remains fairly solid as seen also last
    week with a strong beat in Jobless Claims and
    yesterday with the beat in Job Openings.
  • The ISM Manufacturing PMI beat
    expectations in another sign that the US economy remains resilient.
  • The market doesn’t expect the Fed to hike again at
    the moment, but rate cuts continue to be priced out in 2024.


  • The SNB kept interest rates steady at 1.75% vs. 2.00% as the central
    bank sees the significant tightening in recent quarters countering the
    remaining inflationary pressures.
  • The 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.

USDCHF Technical Analysis –
Daily Timeframe

On the daily chart, we can see that the USDCHF pair
has been rallying non-stop since the beginning of September as the SNB was
expected to end its tightening cycle while the resilient US data could still
lead to another rate hike by the end of the year. The recent break above the
0.9144 swing level opened the door for a rally into the 0.9442 level.

USDCHF Technical Analysis –
4-hour Timeframe

On the 4-hour chart, we can see that the last leg
higher is diverging with the
MACD which is
generally a sign of weakening momentum often followed by pullbacks or
reversals. In this case, if we do get a pullback, there’s a strong support zone
around the 0.91 handle where we can find the confluence of the trendline and the
50% Fibonacci retracement level.
That’s where the buyers are likely to step in again with a defined risk below
the support to target the 0.9442 level. The sellers, on the other hand, will
want to see the price breaking through the trendline to pile in even more and
target the next major trendline around the 0.90 handle.

USDCHF Technical Analysis –
1-hour Timeframe

On the 1-hour chart, we can see that we
have a minor support zone around the 0.92 handle where there’s also the 38.2%
Fibonacci retracement level for confluence. This is where we can expect to see
more aggressive buyers to pile in with a defined risk below the support to
position for a rally into the 0.9442 level. If the price breaks below the
support though, we will have a new lower low and the market structure on this
timeframe would turn bearish. In that case, the sellers are likely to pile in
and position for a drop into the 0.91 handle.

Upcoming Events

Today on the agenda we have the ADP report and the
ISM Services PMI. Tomorrow, we will see the latest Jobless Claims data, which
continues to show a solid labour market. Finally on Friday, it will be the time
for the NFP report which is the only one the Fed will see before its next rate

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