Thursday, December 3, 2009

USDJPY—Short setup?

Flipping through my charts this morning, USDJPY caught my eye as a possible short. Looking at the 3-hour chart, it’s been in a robust downtrend. It has bounced and is currently approaching resistance at 88.64, the downtrend line on this chart from October 26. It’s also at a prior support level on the daily chart and that should reinforce resistance here.

However, I’m holding a bit before I short the pair. First, I’d like to see it touch that trend line. Second, RSI has just moved into overbought and seems to be overtaking the levels achieved in October so momentum is still building. At this point, I’ll begin watching the hourly chart to see if RSI falls off. I’ll also watch candle behavior. If RSI drops, it might be a reasonable short. The stop needs to be tight as there is more resistance overhead at 89.70 (downtrend line from July) and 94.03 (downtrend from March).

Here’s the 3-hour chart:

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