• USD/CHF catches aggressive bids on Thursday and rallies over 200 pips from the daily low.
  • The SNB’s 50 bps seems to have disappointed traders and weighs heavily on the Swiss franc.
  • The USD trims a part of intraday retracement losses and remains supportive of the move up.

The USD/CHF pair catches aggressive bids after the Swiss National Bank announced its policy decision earlier this Thursday and continues scaling higher through the mid-European session. The momentum lifts spot prices to a fresh two-week high, though stalls ahead of the 0.9860-0.9870 supply zone tested in August and earlier this month.

The SNB hikes its policy rate by 75 bps, as was widely expected, though some market participants have been pricing in a more aggressive 100 bps increase going into the decision. This turns out to be a key factor that weighs heavily on the Swiss franc and prompts aggressive short covering around the USD/CHF pair.

The strong intraday ascent takes along some short-term trading stops placed near the 100-day SMA. A subsequent strength and acceptance above the 0.9700 mark prompt some technical buying. This, along with the emergence of some US dollar dip-buying, provides an additional lift to the USD/CHF pair and remains supportive.

The initial market reaction to the news that the Japanese government has intervened in the forex market is fading rather quickly. Apart from this, a more hawkish stance adopted by the Federal Reserve continues to act as a tailwind for the greenback. This, in turn, supports prospects for additional gains for the USD/CHF pair.

Bulls, however, might prefer to wait for a sustained strength beyond the 0.9860-0.9870 region before positioning for any further appreciating move. Next on tap will be the release of the US Weekly Initial Jobless Claims data, which might influence the USD price dynamics and provide some impetus to the USD/CHF pair.

Technical levels to watch

USD/CHF

Overview
Today last price 0.9819
Today Daily Change 0.0155
Today Daily Change % 1.60
Today daily open 0.9664
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 0.9691
Daily SMA50 0.9632
Daily SMA100 0.9687
Daily SMA200 0.9491
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 0.97
Previous Daily Low 0.962
Previous Weekly High 0.9661
Previous Weekly Low 0.948
Previous Monthly High 0.9808
Previous Monthly Low 0.9371
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 0.967
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 0.9651
Daily Pivot Point S1 0.9623
Daily Pivot Point S2 0.9582
Daily Pivot Point S3 0.9543
Daily Pivot Point R1 0.9703
Daily Pivot Point R2 0.9741
Daily Pivot Point R3 0.9783

 

 

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