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USD/CHF plunges after PCE data

  • USD/CHF fell in the session on Friday, plunging to 0.9016, after rising slightly to 0.9070 earlier in the session.
  • With US inflation figures in line with market expectations, markets could be anticipating a less aggressive stance from the Fed.
  • The possibility of rate cuts in September has increased slightly.

The pair USD/CHF is trading lower following the release of the latest US inflation data on Friday. This change occurred despite the fact that inflation figures, indicated by the Personal Consumption Expenditure Price Index (PCE), remained stable at 2.7% year-on-year in April, which coincided with market expectations.

On the other hand, the underlying Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) Price Index, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, saw an increase of 2.8% year-on-year, consistent with analysts' estimates. What appears to be weakening the USD is the smaller-than-expected monthly change of 0.2%, which was below the 0.3% expected. The odds of relief from the Federal Reserve (Fed), however, remained largely unchanged, except for a slight increase in the probability that the first rate cut will occur in September. Those odds remain low for June and July.

USD/CHF technical analysis

In the daily analysis, the RSI has fallen into negative territory, indicating a change in momentum that favors sellers for the time being. Simultaneously, the MACD Indicator shows red bars, pointing towards increasing bearish momentum.

USD/CHF Daily Chart

USD/CHF appears to have lost some of its shine from earlier in the week, when it held above the 20-, 100-, and 200-day SMAs. This previous positioning was a strong indicator of an uptrend, with market dominance leaning towards buyers. However, following the recent decline, the pair has lost its position above the 20-day SMA at 0.9095, indicating a less positive near-term outlook.

USD/CHF

Summary
Latest price today 0.9023
Today's daily change -0.0011
Daily change % today -0.12
Today's daily opening 0.9034
Trends
SMA20 Journal 0.9091
SMA50 Daily 0.9087
SMA100 Journal 0.892
SMA200 Journal 0.8889
Levels
Previous Daily High 0.9141
Previous Daily Low 0.9031
Previous Weekly High 0.9158
Previous Weekly Low 0.9079
Previous Monthly High 0.9195
Previous Monthly Low 0.8998
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 0.9073
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 0.9099
Daily Pivot Point S1 0.8996
Daily Pivot Point S2 0.8959
Daily Pivot Point S3 0.8886
Daily Pivot Point R1 0.9106
Daily Pivot Point R2 0.9179
Daily Pivot Point R3 0.9216

Source: Fx Street

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