10/12/2010

Trading in EUR/CHF for USD/CHF

Today we arrived at two conclusions: 1) EUR/USD looks bearish. 2) we still like EUR/CHF bullish as discussed a few weeks ago. Thus, we wanted to trade both currency pairs. Of course, we quickly realized that EUR/USD short and EUR/CHF long is the same as trading USD/CHF long. So we did some analysis, and we’re now quite confident in trading USD/CHF long. We’ve switched our EUR/CHF long position to USD/CHF long position.

101210_eurchf_daily

The chart above (EUR/CHF daily chart) identifies why we were happy to switch out of EUR/CHF long. Notice that the pair bounced of 1.28 as expected, with nice MACD divergence. However, it is testing strong resistance, and just broke an ascending trendline, so it may be under pressure for some time.

101210_eurusd_weekly

The next chart (above) shows why we think EUR/USD is bearish. According to the Elliot wave count, the declines from 1.60 have been impulsive (5-waves) and the rallies have been corrective (in three waves). Currently, it looks like EUR/USD is completing a 3-wave rally to correct the drop from 1.50 to 1.18.

Thus, since we generally like EUR/CHF long, and EUR/USD short, we want to go USD/CHF long:

101210_usdchf_monthly 

The 15-yr monthly chart for USD/CHF (above) looks rather bullish. First, notice that a 5-wave decline is nearly complete, which indicates a strong counter-trend rally ahead (multi-year). Second, you can see that price is holding at a very strong, long-term trendline (we believe this line will hold, so if price closes below this line on two monthly candles, we will exit the position). Third, Wave-3 ended with a parabolic move. Then, the currency pair went on to retest the parabolic low twice, but so far has not broken it substantially. We think this is quite bullish. Fourth, notice the MACD divergence that could be potentially forming.

101210_usdchf_weekly

Zooming in on the USD/CHF chart (3y weekly chart above), you can see that Wave-5 has formed inside a channel that very closely resembles an ending diagonal, which indicates strong reversal ahead.

While the technicals appear strong for USD/CHF long, the COT data also supports this notion:

101210_usd_cot_daily

First, notice that the 78-week index for Commercial traders of USD are nearing the 100 percentile mark, meaning commercial traders are becoming very net long.

101210_chf_cot_daily

Swiss franc commercial traders are very close to the 0 percentile mark, indicating that they are very, very net short.

Overall, it is a bit frightening to go long USD/CHF when it’s in such a clear downtrend. However, the technicals indicate that it is nearing support, and the COT data shows that we’re taking on the same position as the smart money commercial traders.

Our trade plan is to exit at a loss if USD/CHF closes below the monthly trendline described above for two monthly candles. Our initial upside target is 1.05, and then 1.15.

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Anonymous said...

Just thought I'd throw in some positive feedback. I have appreciated your views over the past year and I think your long-term view of this currency pair makes a lot of sense from a technical and sentiment standpoint. The only question is whether we'll have the patience to stick with the trade...

Narayana said...

Yeah, it'll be tough because the trend is so strong to the downside. But everyone is quite bearish the dollar because of QE2 blah blah blah.

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