It has been a rough year so far for the U.S. dollar.

The U.S. Dollar Index ($USD) peaked at 103 on the first trading day of 2017. It has been trending lower ever since.

On Monday, the index closed near 92 – its lowest point of the year. The dollar is now down almost 11% in 2017.

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But it looks to me like the buck is gearing up for a bounce.

Take a look at this chart…

For all of 2017 – during the dollar’s relentless decline – whenever $USD dropped to a new low, the key technical indicators (like the MACD and RSI) also dropped to new lows. This sort of “confirming” action in the indicators is a sign of a strong downtrend – one that was not ready to reverse.

Now, though, the indicators are telling a different story.

The dollar dropped to a new low on Monday. But both the MACD and RSI are well above the lows they hit earlier in August. This “positive divergence” tells us the strength of the downtrend is fading. This is an early sign that the dollar may be ready to reverse and start moving higher.

Of course, technical divergence by itself isn’t enough to justify aggressively buying the buck. It’s usually best to wait for some small display of strength – like having the dollar gap lower one day and then slowly reverse the loss and close higher on the session. That sort of move, at the end of a long downtrend, often exhausts all the sellers.

And that is exactly what happened yesterday. $USD gapped lower – down 0.5%, which is a big daily move for a currency – and then slowly reversed and closed up 0.1%.

This action, combined with the positive divergence on the chart, is a pretty good indication that the buck is ready to rally.

Best regards and good trading,

Jeff Clark

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