Chances For Breakouts Increase After Yesterday’s Consolidation

Dear Traders,

Not much has happened on Thursday apart from several false break-outs that have led to a poor performance. It seemed that the currency market took a breather before establishing new trends. Both major currency pairs traded sideways within narrow ranges and strained trader’s nerves. Only this morning we saw a slight upward trend, driving the euro toward 1.1070 and the cable above 1.40. Currently we are looking for break-outs above 1.1080 in the EUR/USD and above 1.4020 in the GBP/USD.

Nevertheless, euro traders should be cautious with bullish engagements below 1.11/1.1120 as the euro is likely to come under pressure ahead of the next European Central Bank meeting in March considering the ECB’s easing bias. Bullish momentum could thus be limited until 1.1150. Before heading towards the 1.11-level a small hurdle could be at 1.1092. On the bottom side the 1.10-level remains in focus.

The GBP/USD trades currently around the 1.40-level. If the pair is able to break above 1.4020/35 we may see a relief rally towards 1.4085 and 1.4120. A current support could be at 1.3920 and sterling bears should wait for a significant break below 1.39/1.3880 in order to sell GBP toward lower targets.

The performance of the U.S. dollar will mainly hinge on important economic data, such as GDP reports, scheduled for release at 13:30 GMT as well as spending figures and PCE indices, due at 15:00 GMT. In case of any surprises we could see strong fluctuations in the greenback.

Euro traders should keep an eye on German Consumer Prices scheduled for release at 13:00 GMT.

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Bearish Momentum Faded – Time For Corrections?

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While the British pound continued its slide against the U.S. dollar Wednesday, the euro quickly recovered its losses after the U.S. services PMI showed contraction, raising concerns about the resilience of the U.S. economy. The euro initially fell to a low of 1.0957 but was later able to stabilize above the 1.10-mark. We consider the 1.1050-area as a current resistance for the EUR/USD, whereas downside movements could be extended toward 1.0930.

EUR/USD

The euro is still trading within a short-term downward channel. With a sustained break above 1.1070/80 we might see the pair rallying toward 1.1140. However, bearish movements could be limited until the descending trend line, which is currently at around 1.0930.

Chart_EUR_USD_4Hours_snapshot25.2.16

From the eurozone we have Consumer Prices scheduled for release at 10:00 GMT but no changes are expected.

The pound has gained some ground against the greenback and was able to remain above 1.39. Upside movements could be capped at 1.40 and 1.4050 whereas a break below 1.39 could drive the cable towards lower levels at 1.3850.

U.K. Gross Domestic Product figures are scheduled for release at 9:30 GMT, but as long as numbers are consistent with the expectations the impact on the GBP should be limited.

The most important piece from the U.S. will be Durable Goods Orders, due for release at 13:30 GMT. Data is expected to show an improvement, which could add strength to the dollar in the short-term.

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Bearish Bias On GBP/USD And EUR/USD

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Uncertainty and potential risks in the event of a Brexit overshadowed the financial markets Monday and triggered a sharp sell-off in the British pound. Rating companies warned that a U.K. exit from the European Union would hurt business confidence and affect investment negatively. As a result, sterling fell to its lowest level in almost seven years, touching a fresh low at 1.4057. Traders are now wondering how low can GBP go and since we know about the sustainability of sterling’s trends and its ability to fall several consecutive trading days without a major correction, we expect further losses towards 1.40, 1.3960 and 1.39. We bear in mind that, for the time being, the 1.40-level could act as psychological barrier before heading towards record lows at 1.36. A next lower target could be at 1.4020, whereas current resistances are seen at 1.4250 and 1.43.

The next event risk for the pound will be Bank of England Governor Carney’s testimony scheduled at 10:00 GMT today. Carney testifies to lawmakers about the outlook for the U.K. economy and monetary policy and given the BoE’s latest inflation and growth projections, the odds favor further downside momentum.

The euro finally broke below 1.1070 and fell all the way down towards the 1.10-barrier, which has led a current support for the EUR/USD. We expect bearish potential to continue in the near-term, sending the currency pair towards 1.0970 and 1.0920. On the upside, previous support-areas at 1.1070 and 1.11 could now act as resistances.

The German IFO Survey is scheduled for release at 9:00 GMT and could have an short-term impact on the euro.

From the U.S. we will have Consumer Confidence scheduled for release at 15:00 GMT and figures are forecast to show a decline in February which could negatively affect the greenback in short time frames.

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U.S. Dollar Back In Focus: CPI To Determine Direction

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Both EUR/USD and GBP/USD experienced short breakouts of their recent trading ranges but ended the day more or less unchanged against the U.S. dollar. While the euro dropped below the 1.11-level the pair was able to stop its fall just slightly above the current support at 1.1070. The cable, however, traded higher on hopes the UK could reach a deal with the EU on terms of Britain’s membership. As negotiations could last for some time before reaching an agreement and even then, Brexit concerns are not off the table, the pound could be vulnerable to larger losses at any time.

Sterling traders should keep an eye on the U.K. Retail Sales report scheduled for release along with Public Finances at 9:30 GMT. Retail sales are forecast to show an increase and if figures beat expectations, GBP could head for a renewed test of 1.44 and further 1.4425 and 1.4445. Below 1.4270 we favor a bearish stance, shifting the focus to lower levels at 1.4250 and 1.42.

The euro bounced back from the 1.1070-level and climbed above 1.11 again. Whether the common currency is able to stay above that level remains to be seen and could hinge on the appetite for U.S. dollars. U.S. Consumer Prices are scheduled for release at 13:30 GMT and if CPI data surprise to the upside the greenback could rally in response. Bear in mind that a break below 1.1070 could send the euro quickly towards 1.1050 and 1.0990. Current resistances are seen at 1.1150 and 1.12.

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Euro And Cable Are Stuck In Tight Ranges

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As expected, the FOMC minutes failed to trigger any major market movements and both currency pairs traded boringly within tight trading ranges. Consequently, there was nothing to be gained for traders.

Many Federal Reserve officials saw increased downside risks to the outlook for the U.S. economy if the recent global market turmoil, including the slowdown in China was sustained, the minutes showed. While rate hike expectations for 2016 have been gradually priced out, there is still a small chance for the Fed to raise interest rates in the middle of the year. Policy makers emphasized that the timing and pace of adjustments will depend on future economic and financial developments and so, if the U.S. economy continues to improve the Fed could follow its path of further tightening.

We will wait and see and focus on technical conditions. The EUR/USD formatted a current trading range between 1.12 and 1.11 and traders should rather wait for any sustained breakout above or below that range. If the euro breaks above 1.1215, there is a next hurdle at 1.1240/50, which needs to be broken before we can shift our focus to 1.13 again. On the downside, we expect the 1.1085-70 area to be crucial for further bearish momentum. With a break of 1.1070, we could see the euro falling towards 1.1050 and 1.0990.

The GBP/USD remained well above 1.4240 but was not able to exceed the 1.4340-level. Once the 1.4340-level will be breached to the upside, sterling could rally towards 1.4380 and 1.44. Above 1.4410 the next crucial level could be at 1.4450. However, below 1.4270 we will turn our focus towards the 1.42-mark.

Today we will keep an eye on the following important economic reports which may have an impact on the currencies:

12:30 EUR ECB Meeting Minutes

13:30 USA Philly Fed Index

16:00 USA Crude Oil Inventories

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FOMC Minutes Could Fail To Be A Big Market Mover

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Break-out traders who had hoped for larger fluctuations in the EUR/USD have been disappointed by yesterday’s inconsistent performance. In addition, we had a bit bad luck with our short-entry and had to give up some of our previous gains. Sterling traders, however, were able to take advantage of high volatility in the GBP/USD and gain profits in both directions.

All eyes will be on the FOMC minutes today, but it is doubtful whether the Fed meeting minutes will be a big market mover. Given the last monetary policy statement and Yellen’s latest remarks on the economy, the Fed’s stance is anticipated to be neutral to slightly dovish, which would be dollar-negative in the near-term. Looking back on the trading day of the last Federal Reserve meeting, we saw the EUR/USD trending upwards, while the GBP/USD was trending downwards. While we do not expect today’s FOMC minutes to have a major impact on the currencies, we expect the euro trade higher against the greenback ahead of the minutes, whereas the cable could be vulnerable to further losses.

For the British pound, the most important piece of data will be today’s U.K. labor market report scheduled for release at 9:30 GMT. While the unemployment rate is forecast to show a decline, the focus will be on wage growth, which is expected to expand at a slower pace. If Weekly Earnings fall short of expectations, we could see sterling tumbling towards 1.42 and 1.4150.

GBP/USD

The cable broke below its recent trading range and currently tests the lower trend line of its secondary uptrend channel. If the pair breaks below 1.4265 and further 1.4240 next lower targets are seen at 1.4208, 1.4150 and 1.4130. On the upside, the currency pair would need to break significantly above 1.4370 and further 1.4410 in order to rally towards 1.4475 and 1.4550.

Chart_GBP_USD_4Hours_snapshot17.2.16

 

Important economic data for today:

9:30 UK Labor Market Report

13:30 USA Housing Data & PPI

19:00 USA Fed Minutes

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Cable Remains Trading Sideways – Focus On CPI

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The euro dropped below 1.1160 as ECB President Mario Draghi confirmed the central bank’s easing bias. The ECB stands ready to act in the light of recent financial turmoil and would pay close attention to the impact of renewed declines in energy prices as well as the ability of banks to transpose the ECB’s monetary policy. Draghi said “if either of these two factors entail downward risks to price stability, we will not hesitate to act”. His remarks to the European parliament indicate that the central bank could unveil further stimulus at their next ECB meeting in March. The EUR/USD traded lower in response to Draghi’s statement.

Furthermore, the OMT bond buying program returns to the headlines. The Federal Constitutional Court holds again a hearing in a lawsuit against the European Central Bank’s Outright Monetary Transactions program (OMT), a never-used bond buying program announced in 2012. If Germany’s top judges decide that the ECB is overstepping its mandate, they could restrict the central bank’s options.

The Eurozone ZEW Survey is scheduled for release at 10:00 GMT along with German ZEW Index and if figures are even lower than the expectations, the euro could accelerate its decline.

The British pound traded lower on Monday but still remained within its current trading range. U.K. Consumer prices are due for release today at 9:30 GMT and may help to determine a clear direction and increase the momentum. A sustained break below 1.4350 could drive the cable towards 1.4290, whereas a break above 1.4540 may invigorate renewed bullish momentum.

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Can U.S. Retail Sales Boost Attractiveness Of The USD?

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After the first day of testimony from Janet Yellen the currency market returned to business as usual. Investors ignored the second day of her testimony and shifted their focus away from the dollar towards safe havens such as the yen. The euro continued to benefit from its role as a funding currency and trended upwards, extending its gains as far as 1.1376. The cable, however, traded lower and dropped towards its support at 1.4380. The GBP/USD defined a current trading range between 1.4590 and 1.4380 and therefore may need a catalyst in order to extend movements above or below that range. The U.S. Retail Sales report and U.S. Consumer Confidence, scheduled for release today, may trigger some movements in the greenback.

The euro traded resiliently above 1.13 on Thursday and euro-bulls must have strong nerves in order to pocket their later profits. Unfortunately we terminated our trading slightly too early and therefore missed out on the last profitable upward move in the EUR/USD.

The most important economic report today will be U.S. Retail Sales due for release at 13:30 GMT. Stronger spending is an indication of strength in the U.S. economy which is why the Fed is closely monitoring this report. Given the forecast of no outstanding rise, the risk is to the downside for the USD. In case the report surprises with a far higher increase than 0.1 percent, the greenback could rally.

Furthermore we have the GDP reports from the eurozone, scheduled for release at 10:00 GMT, which could have a short-term impact on the EUR/USD. Last but not least, Michigan Confidence, due for release at 15:00 GMT could affect the dollar.

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Will Yellen Help Breathing New Life Into The U.S. Dollar?

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The U.S. dollar has become more fragile following the global market turmoil. Until recently, the greenback was considered a safe haven currency but the roles have reversed. Since the Federal Reserve set up a policy tightening path amidst global economy slowing and other central banks turning to negative rates, the U.S. dollar lost a large part of its demand. Investors are sceptical whether the Fed can continue raising interest rates this year, making the long-dollar trade unattractive.

Fed chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to appear before the House Financial Services Committee today at 15:00 GMT and market participants will be scrutinizing her remarks for hints of whether the Fed may downplay chances of a March rate hike. Even though the U.S. job market has been surprisingly strong, many analysts believe the central bank could shift to a dovish tone, preparing the market for no changes next month. However if Yellen keeps the door open to possible tightening in March, we could see the dollar strengthening. We will wait and see and prepare for high volatility at the time of the testimony.

Before the main event risk, sterling traders should keep an eye on U.K. Industrial and Manufacturing Production, scheduled for release at 9:30 GMT. The cable traded between 1.4515 and 1.4378 providing no clear direction. While today’s price action will be determined by investor’s appetite for U.S. dollars, we will focus on the following important price levels:

  Resistances Supports
GBP/USD 1.4520

1.4545

1.46

1.4640

1.4375

1.4350

1.4245

1.4150

 

  Resistances Supports
EUR/USD 1.1330

1.1380

1.1450

1.15

 

1.1155

1.1105

1.1070

1.0980

 

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Euro Benefits As Funding Currency – Sterling Under Pressure

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The euro advanced as it plays an important role as a funding currency at times of market turmoil. Before rallying above 1.12 the common currency was able to gain ground above 1.1085. For the time being, we continue to expect the 1.1070/50-level to act as a current support-zone. On the upper side, next important price levels could be at 1.1260 and 1.1280. While many traders are wondering how high the euro may go, we should bear in mind, that a strong rise in the euro, much to the displeasure of the European Central Bank, brings policymakers on to the scene in order to talk down the currency. We expect verbal intervention by the ECB should the euro rise further.

The cable, however, declined towards its next important support-level at 1.4350. As long as Brexit concerns remain on the table, the currency is likely to remain under pressure. We expect increased bearish momentum as soon as sterling breaks below 1.4330/25. Lower targets could be at 1.4240 and 1.4180. A short-term resistance-zone is seen at 1.4450/65. Above 1.4475, sterling may climbs towards 1.4540.

Today we have second-tier data scheduled for release, which is expected to have only a minor impact on the currencies.

9:30 UK Trade Balance

15:00 USA Wholesale Inventories

(Timezone GMT)

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