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Dollar Slips On Trump Comments

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Despite a relatively quiet start to the new week, buyers in both EUR/USD and GBP/USD were able to book some profit.

During the Asian session we saw the U.S. dollar extending its slide against its major peers after comments from U.S. President Donald Trump who said that he was “not thrilled” with Federal Reserve Chairman Powell’s raising of interest rates. Trump said the Fed should be more accommodating on rates helping him to boost the economy. Consequently, the dollar gave up some of its gains, pushing other counterparts higher in return.

Whether this could be the end of the dollar’s summer rally remains to be seen and hinges on trade talks between China and the U.S. as well as on the Fed’s point of view in terms of tighter monetary policy.

 

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U.S. Dollar’s Climb Slows

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Trading has been quiet on Monday with both pairs consolidating within tight ranges. While the EUR/USD headed for a test of 1.19 providing short traders a small profit, trading the GBP/USD was a little choppy and left much to be desired.

GBP/USD: The short-side continuation proved to be a challenge in this pair after a crucial support was marked at 1.35. However, as long as the cable remains below 1.3590 we favor the downward movement.

EUR/USD: The euro was able to hold above 1.19, at least for the time being. For bearish momentum to accelerate we will wait for the price to drop below 1.1880. As mentioned in yesterday’s analysis, euro bulls should better wait for a break above 1.20.

There are no interesting reports scheduled for release today. Fed’s Chairman Powell will speak at an event in Zurich at 7:15 UTC, but his speech may have no direct impact on the dollar.

In terms of global political risk, the U.S. dollar could be moved by U.S. President Trump’s Iran deal decision today at 18:00 UTC. Trump will announce whether the U.S. will leave the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.

 

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USD Falls On White House Instability, EUR And GBP Trend Upwards

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The pound was yesterday’s best performer while GBP/USD broke above a descending trend line that is held in the cable since January. As mentioned in previous analysis, we now take a rather bullish stance in this pair but recommend long-term oriented traders waiting for a bullish break of the 1.40-barrier.

The U.K.’s Spring Budget statement has helped the pound to regain some strength as growth forecasts were upgraded.

U.S. CPI data, on the other side, was not strong enough to alter Fed rate hike expectations and thus, the dollar weakened against other major peers. The next FOMC meeting is on March 21 but with inflation holding steady, market participants are bracing for a dovish rate hike next week.

Meanwhile, the dollar came under increased pressure as White House instability continues. U.S. President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and this sudden staff turnover comes only one week after Gary Cohn resigned from the White House. Trump administration concerns generally pose a threat to the greenback.

GBP/USD: The pound broke out of its triangle formation and headed towards 1.40. We now wait for a sustained break above that psychological barrier in order to anticipate further gains towards 1.4070 and 1.4150. A lower support is seen around the 1.3830-level.

EUR/USD: The euro traded with a tailwind on the back of a weakening dollar while breaking above 1.2370. As expected in Monday’s analysis, that upside break encouraged bulls to drive the euro toward a test of 1.24 and it will be interesting whether the single currency is able to stabilize above that level.

Today we will listen to ECB President Draghi’s speech at 8:00 UTC and keep an eye on the U.S. Retail Sales Report scheduled for release at 12:30 UTC.

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U.S. Dollar Strengthens, Trump Tax Plan Back In Focus

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The U.S. dollar strengthened against its major counterparts as comments from Federal Reserve Chair Yellen and President Trump bode well for some renewed upward momentum in the greenback. Yellen boosted expectations for a rate hike in December, saying the Fed “should be wary of moving too gradually” in its rate hike cycle. The Fed does not want to surprise markets when raising rates earlier than expected and while the probability of what the market is currently pricing in is still a little bit too low, Yellen seeks to prepare markets for another rate increase this year.

Moreover, the greenback received some boost from Trump’s comments on the long-awaited tax plan. Recent comments included lowering the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent while the individual tax rate should be lowered to 35 percent. However, full details of the tax plan have yet to be revealed. Trump is expected to announce his tax overhaul plan today during a speech in Indiana.

Furthermore, U.S. Durable Goods Orders are scheduled for release at 12:30 UTC but this report is not expected to have a major impact on the USD.

From a fundamental perspective, the dollar trade might be preferable now but traders should also pay attention to the technical picture in order to confirm the current forecast.

EUR/USD

The euro dropped below an important support area at 1.1830-1.18. As long as the pair remains well below 1.1830, we expect further losses towards 1.1730 and possibly even 1.1680. For the euro to regain some strength it would need a renewed break above 1.1865 and further 1.19. A resistance is seen at around 1.1970.

The British pound was able to hold above 1.34. If GBP/USD breaks below 1.3380 we anticipate further losses. A current resistance is however seen at 1.3550.

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US Election: A Fateful Day?

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It’s Election Day in the U.S. and no other event matters financial markets more than this historical presidential election. The U.S. dollar slightly strengthened amid speculation that a Clinton win is more likely and therefore will pave the way for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month.

Let’s briefly summarize the main points:

  • Final polls show a small but not insurmountable lead for Clinton
  • Results will start to come in after polls begin closing at 23:00 UTC (6 p.m. Eastern time)
  • Voting across the country will finish at 6:00 UTC (1 a.m. EST)
  • 4:00 UTC (11 p.m. EST) Earliest possible time to announce the winner.
  • Trump win would send the USD lower, at least initially. In the long-run, the dollar may strengthen on tax cuts and spending increases. The markets will face increased volatility and uncertainty. Risk-aversion will dominate.
  • Clinton win would send the USD higher as the focus shifts to Fed rate hike in December. Her victory could reinvigorate a fresh dollar rally while investors would become less risk-averse.
  • A tight race between Clinton and Trump would add uncertainty, which would be dollar-negative in the hours after the election.

As the price action will be determined by the latest polls, traders should prepare for both scenarios. In case of a Trump win, both of our major currency pairs will trade higher. Thus the euro could rise towards 1.12-1.1250 and even towards 1.14. The British pound could rise towards 1.2670/1.27. In case of a Clinton win however, the euro could fall towards 1.08 whereas the British pound might drop back towards 1.21. Let’s be surprised.

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U.S. Payrolls To Take Back Seat To Election Uncertainty

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It is payrolls-day again but this time, U.S. employment data is however not the market’s main concern. Market participants are bracing for election volatility and severe turbulence with only few days to go before the Nov. 8 presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Traders are adjusting dollar positions to avoid risks ahead of the historical U.S. vote. The market became more nervous since Clinton’s lead over Trump has shrunk in the past days while a Trump victory has not yet been priced in. The dollar recently weakened against its counterparts in the light of that increasing uncertainty about the outcome.

Economists are looking for U.S. nonfarm payrolls to climb by 175k last month whereas a healthy report would reinforce the assumption that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next month. If the report falls however short of expectations, the greenback could face another round of weakness. The payrolls report is scheduled for release at 12:30 UTC.

Technically, the euro finds itself in a current trading range between 1.1125 and 1.1050. Looking at the daily chart we see that the downward channel is still unbroken, which could predict upcoming bearish momentum in the EUR/USD. As long as the euro remains below 1.1150 we see a higher likelihood for a downward movement.

chart_eur_usd_daily_snapshot4-11-16

However, we do not expect today’s NFP report to change the sentiment in the euro as big market players remain risk-averse ahead of next Tuesday/Wednesday – and that’s what we are doing.

The GBP/USD broke above the falling trend line of its recent downward channel and further gains might be possible but let’s be surprised and prepare for both bullish and bearish scenario. A new support could be at 1.2340 whereas a next major resistance is only seen around 1.2670.

chart_gbp_usd_4hours_snapshot4-11-16

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Focus Shifts From U.S. Dollar Rally To Non-U.S. Event Risks

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We welcome you to a new trading week. While the last week ended with broad based U.S. dollar strength, the greenback could be pushed into the background this week given major event risks such as the European Central Bank meeting on Thursday as well as important economic reports from China and U.K.

Market participants will be closely watching U.K. inflation data on Tuesday. Consumer Price Inflation is forecast to accelerate in September given the fact that sterling’s recent drop boosts inflation. We saw the pound tumbling towards 1.2150 where it found some support for the time being. We anticipate some upward movements towards 1.2225/50 ahead of tomorrow’s report, whereas a break below 1.2130 may boost bearish momentum towards 1.21 and 1.2090.

Euro traders are eagerly awaiting the ECB’s policy decision and the announcement from ECB President Mario Draghi. The market was rocked earlier this month by a report that the central bank could start to taper its bond-buying program of 80 billion euros a month. Draghi could therefore attempt to calm the market by emphasizing that the stimulus would continue. The euro fell below 1.10 and tested the 1.0970-support level on the back of a strong dollar. Whether the EUR/USD could be vulnerable to further losses may hinge on the ECB announcement. If Draghi announces changes to the QE program the euro will react accordingly. For the time being, we consider the 1.0970-50 price area as a support for the pair. On the topside we see a current resistance at 1.1150.

From the U.S. we will have less market moving data this week with the CPI report (Tuesday) being the only interesting piece of economic data. Politically, U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will hold their final debate on Wednesday. 

Today, Eurozone Consumer Prices are scheduled for release at 9:00 UTC but this report is not expected to have a major impact on the euro. Furthermore, U.S. Industrial Production figures are due at 13:15 UTC.

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U.S. Presidential Debate In Full Swing But Investors Remain Risk-Averse

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This week started with some volatile swings in the Forex market with GBP/USD being the most volatile currency pair on Monday. The British pound dropped again towards its current support at 1.2910 before it started a relief rally. The cable has been torn between the rising fears of a “hard Brexit” and the weakening dollar.  The euro, however, rebounded against the U.S. dollar and the pair tested its resistance zone around 1.1275/85. As stated in yesterday’s analysis euro bulls should better wait for prices above 1.13 and even better above 1.1350. As long as the euro remains below 1.13, our focus shifts to a break of the 1.12-support.

The pound sterling traded volatile during the Asian session as the first U.S. presidential debate is in full swing. A Clinton win is seen as dollar-positive while a Trump victory would lead to chaos in the markets and has not yet been priced in. Investors remain risk-averse in the run-up to the presidential election in November and seek safe havens. Recent polls show a close head-to-head contest between the two candidates.

Apart from the U.S. debate and safe haven flows, U.S. Consumer Confidence, due at 14:00 UTC could have an impact on the greenback.

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