Great Graphic: Major Currencies Year-to-Date

This Great Graphic
was created on Bloomberg. 
It shows five major currencies against the
US dollar this year.  To avoid giving a misleading impression, the
currencies are index to start this year at 100 and all the currencies are
quoted in the European style of how many dollars the currency

These kinds of charts are not so much for
trading, but they help illustrate the relative moves that can be masked by
nominal price changes.  

The green line is sterling.  It clear
outperformed in the second half of January, but that phase appears over. 
The white line is the yen, and it is the strongest of the currencies we charted. 
It is up just shy of 3% year-to-date.  The yellow line is the euro. 
It is up about 2.4% so far in 2018.  Both sterling and the euro peaked on
January 25, the line chart tracks closes rather than intraday moves.  The
yen peaked the next day. 

 The fuchsia line is the Australian
dollar and the red line is the Canadian dollar. 
These are the weakest
of the majors this year.  The Aussie is up 0.45% and the Canadian dollar
is up 0.2%.  The Australian dollar peaked on January 26, the same day as
the yen, but since peaking, it has fallen the most (~2.3%) followed by sterling
(~-1.85%). The Canadian dollar peaked on January 31 on an intraday basis. 
The decline since the peak matches sterling’s 1.85% decline.  

Taken together, one gets a distinct impression
that after an impressive rally to start the year, the currencies are rolling
The extent of the dollar’s advance is not yet clear. 
However, the Dollar Index is surpassing the 38.2% retracement of this year’s
decline (~90.05) and is pushing above the 20-day moving average for the first
time since a few days before Christmas.  The 50% retracement is found near
90.55.   A move above 91.00 may be needed to give the dollar bears
second thoughts.  Until then, the balance of opinion seems to view the dollar
bounce as a simple technical correction. 


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