The rally in the EUR-CAD, which lifted it from 1.2875 to 1.3479, hit an obstacle last week. It came as a combination of things, which included the 100 SMA, previous resistance level and overextended price. Bollinger bands, with the price clearly above, demonstrated that particular aspect. A bearish candlestick pattern, the dark cloud cover, marked the turning point.
By now, the EUR-CAD retreated to 1.3025, where it found an earlier established support. The price movement is likely to slow down now, trapping this pair in a consolidation, also defined before the latest advance. We should expect smaller price swings, within the 1.3025-1.3241 range. Eventual breakout will probably determine the next direction of the EUR-CAD.
Among the best performing currency pairs in 2012, the AUD-JPY, the AUD-JPY has shown significant gains. Last week it reached as high as 87.99, where it encountered a strong resistance. Together with severely oversold RSI indicator, that proved too difficult to cross, at least for now. The price developed a reversal pattern and turned south, touching 84.80 in early Wednesday trading.
While this correction appears sharp, it is of normal proportions, considering the size of the preceding rally. In fact, it might not be much larger. It depends what happens at the next supported level, or the 84 area. We should watch carefully, because the AUD-JPY could resume the uptrend from there. Otherwise, the price will head for the 81 handle, where the main trendline is waiting.
Finally, after a prolonged slowdown, the GBP-NZD started to increase in volatility. The price moved higher, taking cue from multiple divergences with technical indicators. On Monday, in one swift jump, the GBP-NZD broke the minor resistance at 1.9130. It continued to advance on Tuesday, reaching 1.9483, almost the implied resistance of the 1.95 level.
Here things get tricky for this rally. The price developed a large shooting star, which is a bearish candlestick reversal pattern, probably marking the extent of this run up. For a full-blown reversal, we need to see another large bearish candlestick on Wednesday, now in early stages of formation. The short-term direction of the GBP-NZD depends on how the price will close today.
In line with most other Japanese yen pairs, the CHF-JPY hit an important high last week. Its impressive advance pushed the price to 90.23, a resistance level from an earlier high. There the rally lost momentum, and the CHF-JPY started to pull back. In early Wednesday trading, this correction touched as low as 87.67.
So far, the price has not reached any established support levels. Because of that, we can use the Fibonacci retracement levels for some possibilities. The 38% is at 87.00, while the 50% is at 85.70. If the CHF-JPY is going to retain the general bullish sentiment, one of these levels should become a support. If not, this correction could turn into a bearish reversal, but we need to see more price development.