EUR/USD: Has Bearish Head-And-Shoulders Pattern Turned Bullish?

Last week, we highlighted the bearish head-and-shoulders pattern forming on the US Dollar Index. With the euro making up nearly 60% of the dollar index, it’s not surprising that a similar, inverted head-and-shoulders pattern is forming on EUR/USD (see chart below). That said, the longer-term context of the EUR/USD setup makes it particularly interesting.

Specifically, the current inverted head-and-shoulders pattern on EUR/USD’s daily chart, if confirmed, would mark a failure of the well-defined traditional head-and-shoulders pattern on the pair’s weekly chart. As the chart below shows, the pair broke below the neckline at a key long-term previous resistance-turned-support zone around 1.1500 last month but quickly recovered back above that key area. With the weekly RSI breaking out to its highest level in months, the risk of a sharp rally after the failed breakout is growing:

Weekly EUR/USD

Source: TradingView,

As we hinted above, the false breakdown on the weekly chart corresponds with an inverted head-and-shoulders pattern on the daily chart. This pattern, which is equally well-defined, may mark the end of the near-term bearish trend. If confirmed by a break above the neckline near 1.1700, this pattern would suggest a “measured-move” objective of 400 pips, or up around 1.2100.


Source: TradingView,

There’s little in the way of traditional economic data on the calendar from either the US or Europe this week, though traders will key in on ECB President Mario Draghi’s speech on the future of economic policy in the euro area on Wednesday, as well as the Flash PMI readings from the Eurozone on Friday.


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