Trading plan for January 24

The main focus for today will be on the rate decision and the press conference by the ECB. Traders are awaiting the comments by the ECB president Mario Draghi on the recent slowdown in the biggest economies of Eurozone: Germany, France, and Italy. Analysts anticipate the ECB to acknowledge weaker growth and inflation outlook. If Mr. Draghi sounds unconfident, the EUR may fall. On the other hand, his positive tone will push the EUR up. 

Also, the recent news on the trade talks between the US and China and the US shutdown worries resulted in mixed trading of the USD/JPY pair. Today, the Senate will vote on a pair of bills that could end the month-long partial shutdown. Optimistic news on that matter may push the USD up against the Japanese yen. 

Let’s look at how the EUR has been trading against the USD.

As we can see on the daily chart, the pair has been trading below the 50-day MA. According to the parabolic SAR, the trend for the pear is bearish. A successful break of the current downtrend may push EUR/USD up. Otherwise, the pair will continue to decline.

Let’s look at the H4. As we can see, the possible dovish tone of the ECB is already priced in, as the pair has been falling down. If the pressure continues, the pair may stick below the support at 1.1344. The next support is placed at 1.1330. If Mario Draghi’s statement contains supportive data, the pair will rise. The next resistance lies at 1.1402. The break of this level will push the pair to the next resistance at 1.1410.

As for USD/JPY, the month-long uptrend for the pair is still on. On H4, if the pair gets positive momentum, it will rise to the resistance at 109.872. The next resistance is placed at 110.45. Otherwise, if the negative news on the shutdown is released, the pair will fall to the support at 109.395. The next support is placed at 109.214.

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