USD/CHF slides to mid-0.9200s, fresh daily low amid renewed USD selling


  • USD/CHF comes under some renewed selling pressure on Tuesday amid sustained USD selling.
  • Bets for a less hawkish Fed offset a further recovery in the US bond yields and weigh on the USD.
  • The risk-on environment could undermine the safe-haven CHF and lend some support to the pair.
  • Investors might also prefer to move to the sidelines ahead of the crucial central bank event risks.

The USD/CHF pair attracts fresh sellers following an early uptick to the 0.9315 area on Tuesday and extends the sharp intraday downfall through the first half of the European session. The pair drops to the 0.9250-0.9245 area in the last hour and reverses a major part of the previous day's positive move.

The Swiss Franc (CHF) draws support from the latest optimism led by the news that UBS will rescue Credit Suisse in a $3.24 billion deal, which helps ease fears of widespread contagion risk. This, along with sustained US Dollar selling for the fourth successive day amid expectations that the Federal Reserve (Fed) will soften its hawkish stance, is seen exerting downward pressure on the USD/CHF pair.

In fact, the markets have been pricing in a smaller 25 bps rate hike in March and the possibility that the US central bank might even start cutting rates during the second half of the year. This, to a larger extent, offsets a further recovery in the US Treasury bond yields and drags the USD Index, which tracks the Greenback against a basket of currencies, to its lowest level since February 14 in the last hour.

It, however, remains to be seen if bears can maintain their dominant position amid a generally positive tone around the equity markets, which tends to undermine the safe-haven CHF. Traders might also refrain from placing aggressive directional bets and prefer to wait for the outcome of the highly-anticipated two-day FOMC monetary policy meeting, scheduled to be announced during the US session on Wednesday.

The key focus, however, will remain on the accompanying policy statement and updated economic projections. This, along with Fed Chair Jerome Powell's comments at the post-meeting press conference, will be closely scrutinized for clues about the future rate-hike path. This, in turn, will influence the USD and provide a fresh impetus to the USD/CHF pair ahead of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) meeting on Thursday.

Technical levels to watch

USD/CHF

Overview
Today last price 0.9254
Today Daily Change -0.0037
Today Daily Change % -0.40
Today daily open 0.9291
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 0.9321
Daily SMA50 0.926
Daily SMA100 0.9359
Daily SMA200 0.9543
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 0.9312
Previous Daily Low 0.924
Previous Weekly High 0.9342
Previous Weekly Low 0.9072
Previous Monthly High 0.9429
Previous Monthly Low 0.9059
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 0.9285
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 0.9268
Daily Pivot Point S1 0.925
Daily Pivot Point S2 0.9209
Daily Pivot Point S3 0.9178
Daily Pivot Point R1 0.9322
Daily Pivot Point R2 0.9353
Daily Pivot Point R3 0.9393

 

 

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