USD/CHF Price Analysis: Faces selling pressure above 0.9100 after weak US PMI

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The USD/CHF pair faces a sell-off above the round-level support of 0.9100 in Tuesday’s early American session. The Swiss Franc asset falls as the US Dollar Index (DXY) drops to 105.80 after the S&P Global reported weak preliminary PMI data for April.

The agency reported that both Manufacturing and Services PMI missed expectations. The Manufacturing PMI slips below the 50.0 threshold that separates expansion from contraction. The factory data lands at 49.9 lower than the expectations of 52.0 and the prior reading of 51.9. The Services PMI drops to 50.9 from the consensus of 52.0 and the former reading of 51.7. Going forward, investors will shift focus to the United States core Personal Consumption Expenditure Price Index (PCE) data for March, which will be published on Friday.

The core PCE Price Index data is the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) preferred inflation measure. It is estimated to have grown steadily by 0.3% on a month-on-month basis, with annual inflation softening to 2.6% from 2.8% recorded in February. This will influence market expectations of Fed rate cuts, which are currently anticipated in the September meeting.

10-year US Treasury yields rise further to 4.64% as the Fed continues to argue that the current monetary policy framework is appropriate as stubbornly higher inflation in the first quarter of this year cannot be ignored.

The formation of the USD/CHF pair on a four-hour timeframe appears to be a Rising Wedge chart pattern, which indicates a limited upside and is generally followed by a breakdown move. The 20-period Exponential Moving Average (EMA) at 0.9100 glued with the Swiss Franc asset, suggesting indecisiveness among market participants.

The 14-period Relative Strength Index (RSI) shifts to the 40.00-60.00 range, indicating a consolidation ahead.

Fresh downside would appear if the asset breaks below the psychological support of 0.9000, which will expose it to March 22 low at 0.8966, followed by March 1 high at 0.8893.

In an alternate scenario, an upside move above April high of 0.9150 will drive the asset towards the round-level support of 0.9200. A breach of the latter will push the asset further to 4 October 2023 high at 0.9232.


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