January Is Typically Dominated By U.S. Dollar Strength

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The U.S. dollar jumped to the highest level in 14 years against the euro as U.S. manufacturing expanded. From a seasonality perspective, January is the greenback’s best month of the year and thus typically a bearish month for the EUR/USD. Looking back at the past performance, this pair has usually depreciated in January, making it an attractive opportunity to sell the pair on dips.

The euro touched a fresh low at 1.0340 but ended the trading day slightly above 1.04. From a technical perspective, we expect the EUR/USD to trade between 1.05 and 1.0370 in short-term time frames.

The British pound tested its 1.22-support which has proved intact for the time being. If the pound falls below that level we anticipate a lower support-level at 1.2150/30. Above 1.2310, however, sterling may head for a test of 1.2350 and 1.2380.

Today, the focus shifts to the Eurozone Consumer Price report, due for release at 10:00 UTC and the FOMC minutes of the Dec. 13-14 meeting, scheduled for release at 19:00 UTC. However, the Federal Reserve minutes are not expected to be a big market mover since Fed officials are unlikely to reveal anything new about the timing of the next policy move. Economists will also be looking for insights into policy maker’s thinking about fiscal policy changes under President-elect Trump and how they might react to measures. Nonetheless, the central bank will probably maintain a wait-and-see mode as too much remains uncertain.

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