USD/CHF Approaches Key Level Amidst Fed Rate Cut Speculation

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FX:USDCHF   U.S. Dollar / Swiss Franc
The USD/CHF pair is edging closer to the critical 0.8900 level, driven by speculation of the first rate cut by the Federal Reserve scheduled for July. This movement comes amidst contrasting economic indicators from both the US and Switzerland.

In the US, the core Consumer Price Index (CPI), which excludes volatile food and oil prices, surprised investors by rising at a steady pace of 3.9%, contrary to expectations of a decline. Fed policymakers closely monitor core inflation data to gauge the appropriate monetary policy. Persistent core inflation figures could prolong the period of restricted interest rates, adding further support to the argument for maintaining current levels.

Conversely, the Swiss Franc faces pressure as price pressures within the Swiss economy decelerate notably. January saw the monthly CPI grow by a modest 0.2%, falling short of the forecasted 0.6% increase. Additionally, annual inflation witnessed a significant slowdown to 1.3% from the anticipated and prior reading of 1.7%. This easing inflationary pressure may provide room for the Swiss National Bank (SNB) to adjust its tight monetary policy stance.

From a technical standpoint, the recent surge in the USD/CHF pair towards the 0.8900 resistance level signals a potential retracement. This level coincides with the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level, amplifying its significance as a potential barrier to further upside movement. Moreover, both the Stochastic indicator and RSI are indicating overbought conditions, suggesting a possible reversal in the near term.

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