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U.S. Dollar: Rumors Of Its Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

By David TablishForexFeb 13, 2017 05:51AM ET
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U.S. Dollar: Rumors Of Its Death Are Greatly Exaggerated
By David Tablish   |  Feb 13, 2017 05:51AM ET
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In this post I would like to update the outlook on the US dollar as it's been testing critical support since breaking out from its nearly 2 year horizontal trading range in early November of last year. The daily line chart shows there was a nice clean backtest about a month later to the top rail, which looked like the breaking out and backtesting process was complete.

After a short rally during which it made a higher high, the US dollar declined once more to the top rail causing a lot of uncertainty for many traders. After a slight breach of the top rail, the US dollar is now trading back above that very important trendline.

At this point, based on the daily line chart, below, there is nothing offering evidence the bull market that started in 2011 is over.

USD Daily 2013-2017
USD Daily 2013-2017

This next daily chart for the US dollar is just as important as the horizontal trading range we looked at on the chart above. I don’t believe anyone else has recognized the double H&S bottom that has formed on the right side of the horizontal trading range. As you can see, there were two backtests to the neckline which came in at the same area about two months apart which have held support.

The six week correction from the recent high has given most of the indicators time to reset as shown by the red circles. The neckline at 98.85 still remains critical support.

USD Daily with Double H&S Bottom
USD Daily with Double H&S Bottom

Next let's look at some longer term weekly charts and the bull market that began in 2011. This first weekly chart shows the US dollar in linear scale and the two consolidation patterns we looked at on the charts above.

The bottom rail of the major uptrend channel has done an excellent job of holding support, as shown by the many touches which tell us that rail is very hot and to be respected. The bottom rail of the major uptrend channel also helped in the development of the double H&S bottom as the head and both the bottoms for both right shoulders formed on that trendline.

One last note on this weekly chart. It which shows the 30 week ema held support during the US election spike and then again two weeks ago when the price action was backtesting the neckline.

USD Weekly with Critical Support/Resistance Rail 2010-2017
USD Weekly with Critical Support/Resistance Rail 2010-2017

Below is another weekly look, in log scale, at the bull market uptrend channel that is slightly converging. Big bases lead to big moves and with the 5 1/2 year, 8-point diamond this bull market in the US dollar should have a long way to run yet.

This log scale chart also has a slightly higher price objective than the linear scale chart for this next impulse move up which should be to the 117 to the 120 area as shown by the blue arrows. As I’ve said previously, if the US dollar breaks below the bottom rail of the major uptrend channel, I will wave the white flag and surrender to the bears. However, until that happens I have to remain a bull regardless of all the reasons the US dollar needs to collapse.

USD Weekly 2007-2017
USD Weekly 2007-2017

This next weekly chart is a combo chart which has gold on top and the US dollar on the bottom. This chart shows the major positive divergence for the US dollar to gold made back in 2011 as shown by the purple arrows.

In 2008, gold was topping out just before the big crash while the US dollar was bottoming. From the 2008 crash low, gold went on to make its bull market top in September of 2011. As gold went nearly vertical into its all-time high, you would have thought that the US dollar was crashing and burning. As you can see, the US dollar actually made a higher low vs its 2008 low which is where the positive divergence took place and the beginning of the US dollars bull market.

Since the bull market top in 2011, gold has been declining in a bear market with the top rail holding resistance. That top rail comes in currently around the 1305 area which will be the defining line between the bull and bear market for gold.

If gold can trade back above that 2011 bear market downtrend line, that will be a very big positive that the bull market is back in earnest. On the other hand, if gold fails to take out that very important top rail of the bear downtrend line the bear market lives on.

Gold:USD Weekly 2006-2017
Gold:USD Weekly 2006-2017

Below is another weekly combo chart. This one has the US dollar on top and gold on the bottom. This combo chart shows the major 2011 uptrend channel for the US dollar and the major 2011 downtrend channel for gold.

Over the last year or so you can see the inverse correlation between the US dollar and gold as shown by the H&S bottom on the US dollar and the H&S top on gold, brown rectangle. The neckline and the top rail of the 2011 bear market downtrend channel intersect at the 1305 area which again is going to be the inflection point between the bull and bear market, in my opinion.

USD:Gold Weekly 2008-2017
USD:Gold Weekly 2008-2017

The weekly chart for the PowerShares DB US Dollar Bullish Fund (NYSE:UUP) shows the nearly two-year correction as a bullish falling flag. A complete backtest to the top rail was almost achieved two weeks ago at 25.50.

UUP Weekly with Bullish Falling Flag, 2014-2017
UUP Weekly with Bullish Falling Flag, 2014-2017

The longer term look at the UUP shows a previous bull flag that formed at the end of the major downtrend channel and gave the UUP the energy it needed to finally break out and begin its new bull market.

UUP Weekly 2007-2017
UUP Weekly 2007-2017

This last chart is another proxy for the US dollar which is the WisdomTree Bloomberg US Dollar Bullish Fund (NYSE:USDU) which has a more equal weighting of currencies. This index hasn’t been around very long but it to is showing an uptrend channel with the 30 week ema offering support two weeks ago.

USDU Weekly 2013-2017
USDU Weekly 2013-2017

The last time the US dollar embarked on its impulse move up, starting in the middle of 2014, it ran until March of 2015. Currencies and commodities took a big hit.

This is why it’s so important to get the major direction of the US dollar right. So much depends on which way it moves, especially in the intermediate term.

U.S. Dollar: Rumors Of Its Death Are Greatly Exaggerated
 

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What nobody has done is get a fibbinacci levels on a monthly chart, most of the trendline drawings aren't in the right place
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Good one
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Gold is Money everything else is Credit, I'm so sorry but US$ is Debt.
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