US Dollar toying with tops near 93.50

The greenback, in terms of the US Dollar Index, is extending the upside vs. its main rival currencies today, now printing fresh daily highs near 93.50.

1. Technical Overview

As of writing the index is gaining 0.44% at 93.46 and a break above 94.03 (23.6% Fibo of the 2017 drop) would expose 94.27 (high Oct.6) and finally 95.90 (38.2% Fibo of the 2017 drop). On the downside, the immediate support lines up at 93.10 (21-day sma) seconded by 92.92 (55-day sma) and then 92.75 (low Oct.13).



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2. Fundamental Overview

The upbeat sentiment around the buck stays unabated during the first half of the week, now lifting DXY to multi-day tops in the mid-93.00s and always backed by the healthy up move in US yields.

In fact, after testing daily tops around 2.33%, yields of the US 10-year reference have now shed around a bp, although they keep the positive momentum intact for the time being.

In the data space, both industrial and manufacturing production came in in line with expectations, expanding 0.3% MoM and 0.1% MoM, respectively. Further data saw the NAHB index surpassing estimates at 68 for the current month, while capacity utilization expanded a tad to 76.0% in September from 75.8%. Earlier in the session, export and import prices rose at a monthly 0.8% and 0.7%, respectively.

Furthermore around the buck, Dallas Fed R.Kaplan (voter, hawkish) argued that some progress in inflation is likely amidst a tight labour market, adding at the same time that fiscal policy and structural changes may provide upside.


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Comparative chart

The performance of the U.S. Dollar Index (orange line) since December 2015, compared to the performance of the S&P 500 stock index (green line), the Spot Gold price (brown line) and the Dow Jones Utilities Average, a proxy for the U.S. 10-Year Treasuries. Zoom on the chart to get more history.


The Bullish Percent Index measures how strong a currency is against a basket of other 20 currencies.

For each of these currencies a cross rate is calculated and plotted on a price and figure chart.

It then evaluates how many of these crosses are on bullish mode.

The percentage indicates how bullish that currency was against all the other 20, as of yesterday's close.


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Dollar Index, USDX

The US Dollar Index (USDX) is an index (or measure) of the value of the United States dollar relative to a basket of foreign currencies, often referred to as a basket of US trade partners' currencies. These currencies are the Euro (constituting 57.6% of the weighting), Japanese Yen (13.6%), British Pound (11.9%), Canadian Dollar (9.1%), Swedish Krona (4.2%) and Swiss Franc (3.6%).
The index started in 1973 with a base of 100.000, and values since then are relative to this base. For example, if the current reading says 99.800, this means that the dollar has fallen 0.2% since the start of the index (99.800 - 100.000). In terms of strategy, the Dollar Index is widely used to hedge risk in the currency markets or to take a position in the US Dollar without having the risk exposure of a single currency pair. 


  • All-time records: Max: 211799.99 on 01/03/2017 - Min: 28.00 on 08/08/1896
  • Last 12 months (March 2016-March 2017): Max: 21799.99 on 01/03/2017 - Min: 15450.06 on 20/01/2016
  • Last 5 years (March 2011-March 2016): Max: 21799.99 on 01/03/2017 -  Min: 12035.01 on 05/06/2012


The US Dollar Index news can be seriously affected by the decisions taken by this organizations and people:

  • Fed, the Federal Reserve of the United States whose president is Janet Yellen. The Fed controls the monetary policy, through active duties such as managing interest rates, setting the reserve requirement, and acting as a lender of last resort to the banking sector during times of bank insolvency or financial crisis.
  • The US Government (and its President Donald Trump): events as administration statements, budget, new laws and regulations or fiscal policy can increase or decrease the value of the Dollar Index.
  • The US Treasury Dept that defines its role as “the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, and as an influential participant in the world economy.” Its President is Steven Mnuchin.
  • US GDP (Gross Domestic Product), the total market value of all final goods and services produced in the United States of America. It is a gross measure of market activity because it indicates the pace at which a country's economy is growing or decreasing. Generally speaking, a high reading or a better than expected number is seen as positive for the Dollar Index, while a low reading is negative.


The US Dollar Index

When I write the Online Trading Academy Forex newsletter, I give my opinion about what I believe is happening to the currencies of the world based on the news I hear, the experts I follow, and my personal experiences of the economic cycles I have seen in the past. This fundamental information helps me understand what reports and indicators the economists of the world believe will shape future events.

A Look at the US Dollar Index

Over the last few months especially, there’s been a lot of focus in the world of Currency Trading upon the state of the US Dollar. No matter what your opinion is of the Greenback, it is still, without question, regarded as the world’s primary reserve currency and holds its weight of recognition across the board.