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Watch Out For Higher Volatility Today

Dear Traders,

As expected, there wasn’t much volatility in the Forex market Wednesday with the euro and pound remaining within narrow price ranges. The GBP/USD was able to stabilize above 1.32 following an upbeat U.K. Services PMI report but the pair rejected the 1.3250-hurdle, at least for now. Generally speaking, the medium-term outlook for the pound is still bullish as market participants prepare for a potential rate hike in August. Odds for an August rate hike are currently at 53 percent.

BoE Governor Carney speaks in Newcastle today at 10:00 UTC and any comments on monetary policy could get the pound moving.

The euro appears to lose some of its downside momentum while we see a higher likelihood of an imminent break above 1.1690 and possibly even 1.1720 in the short-term. The euro’s slight upward bias was also backed by reports that some ECB members are seeing a rate hike in late 2019 as ‘too late’.

From the U.S. we have the ADP report, scheduled for release at 12:15 UTC, followed by the ISM Non-Manufacturing index at 14:00 UTC.

Last but not least, we will pay attention to the FOMC meeting minutes due at 18:00 UTC, which are expected to have a positive tone. If the minutes signal further steepening in the appropriate policy path, the dollar could receive some fresh boost.

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Will The Pound Receive A Boost From U.K. GDP Data?

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The U.S. dollar appreciated against its major counterparts in the aftermath of the Fed’s minutes. The tone of the FOMC minutes was passively hawkish while the transcript showed increasing confidence that economic growth will pick up steam despite inflation concerns.  Market participants are now pricing in the possibility of a tighter Fed rate hike path with a current 90 percent chance of a next rate hike in March and a 60 percent chance of three rate hikes through the year. The possibility of even four rate hikes in 2018 is currently over 20 percent. After initial teething problems, the dollar was finally able to end the trading day in positive territory against the euro and pound.

The British pound was volatile as expected but again failed to overcome the 1.40-barrier. Technically speaking, however, we got the price breakouts we were looking for and given the fact that 1.40 remained unbroken we got a dip towards 1.39. A next lower target could now be at around 1.3850/30.

Today we have the U.K. GDP scheduled for release at 9:30 UTC and this report could possibly provide a boost to the weakening pound.

EUR/USD: The euro traded with a downward tilt on the back of a strengthening dollar but from a technical perspective, we still see this pair confined to a sideways trading range between 1.2550 and 1.22. Only if the euro breaks significantly below 1.22 the short-term outlook will shift in favor of the bears.

The next top event risk is the minutes from the European Central Bank’s January meeting which are due at 12:30 UTC. However, unlike the January release, which covered the December meeting which had a new set of Staff Economic Projections revealed, the coming minutes will have much less hard information to discuss. Thus, it could be a non-event for euro traders.

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Yen Serves As Safe Haven On Korea Worry; Euro And Pound Unmoved

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Nothing much has changed in the EUR/USD and GBP/USD while a holiday trade was clearly in effect on Tuesday. Other currencies, such as the yen were sought as a safer haven after North Korea said Tuesday it successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile, escalating tensions between North Korea and the U.S.

The political turmoil comes ahead of the G-20 summit in Hamburg this weekend. U.S. President Trump will attend the G-20 summit and is expected to hold his first meeting with Putin.

Today, market participants will focus on the Federal Reserve and its minutes from the latest FOMC meeting. Investors are looking for clues on the path for interest rates ahead of the U.S. jobs report due on Friday. With a number of market participants doubting the Fed rate hike plans, the FOMC meeting minutes could be an interesting event for traders.

The FOMC minutes are scheduled for release at 18:00 UTC.

The EUR/USD found some near-term support at 1.1335 but we expect a stronger support to be at 1.13. If the euro falls below 1.1280 we could see a slide towards 1.1220. Euro bulls should however focus on a renewed break above 1.14 in order to buy euros towards 1.15.

The GBP/USD refrained from dipping significantly below 1.29, at least for the time being. In order to sell pounds we will keep an eye on prices below 1.2880. Lower supports are seen at 1.2850 and 1.28. Buyers of the GBP/USD should either take advantage of corrections towards 1.2885 and 1.28 or wait for a breakout above 1.3030.

The U.K. PMI report is scheduled for release at 8:30 UTC and could have a short-term impact on the pound.

We wish you good trades for today!

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Euro And Cable Remain Above Crucial Support Levels

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The FOMC minutes failed to provide fresh hawkish evidence dollar bulls had hoped for and at the end of the trading day, there was nothing to gain. While the minutes confirmed the likelihood of a June rate hike, they have been casting doubts over the future trajectory for rate increases. Fed policy makers stated that they wanted more evidence that the recent economic slowdown is in fact transitory. Consequently, these statements were interpreted as slightly more dovish due to the lack of certainty to the policy pace. Following the disappointing minutes, the U.S. dollar gave up previous gains and pushed the euro and pound again higher in return.

The EUR/USD finally rose towards its recent resistance area around 1.1260. Once the 1.1270-level is broken to the upside the euro could climb towards 1.13 and 1.1350. On the bottom side, the 1.1160-support remains intact. There are no major economic reports scheduled for release today, so trading might be quiet.

The GBP/USD traded stable above 1.29 and every attempt to sell the pair below 1.2950 proved unsuccessful. Above 1.30 the pound may tend towards a renewed test of the 1.3040-resistance. A break of that level could result in a rise towards 1.3080. U.K. GDP figures are due for release at 8:30 UTC and if there is a surprise, the pound could react with a volatile price action.

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Market Ignored FOMC Minutes, U.S. Dollar Strength Is Still Awaited

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Following the FOMC minutes, nothing has actually happened in the market and it appears that market participants have completely ignored the possibility of a Federal Reserve rate hike at the upcoming meeting. The minutes showed that Fed officials see a hike ‘fairly soon’, confirming the hawkish bias while nothing in that report directly suggested that a March hike is off the table. The market however, has interpreted the minutes to be less hawkish as Fed policy makers expressed confidence they can take their time raising interest rates as there is little risk of an overshooting of inflation.

In summary, yesterday was none of our favorite trading days as we have hoped for larger market movements and more profitable swings.

The euro bounced off the 1.0490-support and recovered some losses after the U.S. dollar failed to gain strength from the minutes. We now expect the EUR/USD to trade within a range of 1.0615 and 1.0450.

The technical picture in the GBP/USD remained virtually unchanged with the pound continuing to trade sideways. The risk is however tilted to the downside and if the pound drops back below 1.2425 we see a higher possibility of upcoming bearish momentum towards 1.2385 and 1.2350. On the upside, we will wait for a significant break above 1.25 in order to shift the focus towards higher price levels.

There are no major economic reports scheduled for release today and thus the price action could hinge on the appetite for USD. Given the fact that the Fed is currently the only central bank that is on track to raise rates, we generally expect further strength in greenback.

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Quiet Trading On Thanksgiving?

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The FOMC minutes did not provide any new insights but did confirm the market’s assumption that a December rate hike should be a done deal. The minutes showed that Federal Reserve officials saw a strengthening case to raise interest rates as the labor market improved ‘appreciably’, with some saying a hike should take place next month. The U.S. dollar extended its gains versus the euro while the common currency fell to a fresh one-year low.

As stated in yesterday’s analysis, we now see next support levels at 1.0520 and 1.0470 and if these barriers fall, the next stop could be at parity. A current resistance is however seen at 1.06.

U.S. markets will be closed for Thanksgiving, which is why we expect market movements to be limited amid a low liquidity environment. Let’s see.

The only piece of economic data will be the German IFO index due at 9:00 UTC, which could have a minor impact on the euro.

The British pound remains the only major currency to outperform the U.S. dollar and traded resiliently between 1.2470 and 1.2360. Sterling traders were looking in vain for any profitable movements and so we had to record some losses after three failed sell attempts. However, the technical picture has not changed and we still wait for a break of 1.2515 or 1.2350 respectively.

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U.S. Dollar Consolidates Within Quiet Trading Environment

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While Friday’s payrolls data came in below the market’s expectations it had only little impact on the performance of the U.S. dollar. Non-farm payrolls rose by 156K last month while the jobless rate ticked up to 5.0 but the small slowdown was not expected to prevent the Federal Reserve from raising rates in December. The dollar slightly weakened against its counterparts after Friday’s data but the short-term correction does not change the overall picture.

The economic calendar this week is very light in terms of market moving data. From the U.S. we only get the FOMC minutes (Wednesday) and the Retail Sales report (Friday). Moreover, the focus will be on Fed speak, here in particular on Fed chair Yellen who is scheduled to speak on Friday.

EUR/USD

The euro remained firmly above 1.11 but gains were capped at 1.12. With no market moving data we expect the currency pair to remain confined to a trading range between 1.1250 and 1.11. Below 1.1090, however, we expect the euro to fall towards lower targets at 1.1050 and 1.0950.

GBP/USD

The cable formatted a current trading range between 1.2450 and 1.2350. Above 1.2480 we see chances of a move towards 1.26 while a renewed break below 1.23 may invigorate further bearish momentum.

Trading could be quiet on Monday so we recommend taking profits even at smaller levels if possible.

We wish you a good start to the new week and good trades!

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Pound In Free Fall Amidst Uncertainty

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The free fall of the British pound continues with the U.K. economy facing difficult times in the aftermath of Britain’s vote to leave the EU-bloc. The huge sell-off in the pound was the biggest story in the market yesterday and it continued even during the Asian trading session, sending the pound to a record low of 1.2797. The effects of Brexit on the U.K. economy and its confidence are becoming more and more evident. Meanwhile, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney outlined more tools to contain the Brexit fallout, pledging to implement any other measures needed. Carney warned of prospects for “a material slowing of the economy” amid concern over the health of the global economy.Given the high level of uncertainty in the U.K. commercial property market, three of the U.K.’s largest real estate funds have frozen almost 9.1 billion pounds of assets to halt Brexit retreat. All in all, the pound’s future does not look bright and traders should expect further losses given the uncertain environment. Dark clouds are gathering on Britain’s horizon and this is only the beginning.

Given the pound’s sharp depreciation, investors seek for safer assets, flocking into the U.S. dollar. The euro dropped towards 1.1035 as a result of that risk aversion. A next important support is seen around the 1.0990-level. Below 1.0980, we expect the euro to fall towards 1.0940 and 1.0870. On the upper side, the euro rejected the 1.1186-level, from where it went into a tailspin. With the 1.12-resistance being intact for the time being, euro bulls should wait for a break above 1.1215/20 in order to buy euros towards higher targets.

Market participants pushed back their bets for a Federal Reserve rate hike this year, even though the Fed is likely to stay on track to raise interest rates if growth and inflation expectations are met.

The Fed releases minutes from its June 14-15 FOMC meeting, but the FOMC minutes are expected to take a backseat to heightened concerns about global growth and risk aversion.

The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index, scheduled for release at 14:00 UTC will be watched closely whereby a better figure could add further strength to the greenback.

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Will Draghi Liberate The Euro From Its Narrow Trading Range?

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We can call the latest FOMC minutes a non-event for traders as the minutes revealed nothing fundamentally new. Several Federal Reserve policy makers argued against an April interest rate hike while some favored it. Although the minutes reflect inconsistency in terms of the timing of rate hikes, the Fed’s fundamental stance remains more hawkish than dovish. All Fed officials agreed on the relative health of the U.S. economy amidst persistent global risks. Nonetheless, several officials advocated a cautious approach as they worried that slowing global growth could hurt U.S. exports and reduce corporate investments.

While market participants see no chance of an April hike the odds increase slightly for a June hike but first top 50 percent for a rate increase in December. The market has a difficulty in pricing in rate hikes for 2016 but if future U.S. data show that the economy continues to improve, the dollar will begin to rally.

The British pound confirmed its bearish bias and showed that there is still room for a further decline ahead of the upcoming U.K. referendum in June. The currency pair tested the 1.40-support but was able to recover most of its losses towards the end of the day. For any bullish engagements the 1.4175-level should be of primary interest as a break above that level could send the pound towards 1.4230. However the trend is down and if GBP falls back below 1.4080, we could see another dip lower.

The euro is still captured between 1.1430 and 1.13 and every attempt to break significantly above 1.14 has resulted in a reversal. Once the 1.1440-level has been breached to the upside we might see an attempt to test the 1.1480/1.15 level. However, if the pair remains below 1.14 we will favor a bearish stance and focus again on a break below 1.1335 and further 1.13. A break below 1.1285 could drive the euro as low as 1.1240/20.

Chart_EUR_USD_4Hours_snapshot7.4.16

The most important risk event for the euro will be the speech by ECB President Mario Draghi in a meeting at the Council of State in Lisbon, Portugal. The speech is scheduled for around 14:00 GMT. The risk for the euro is to the downside as Draghi might take the opportunity to put pressure on the common currency.

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The Lack Of Market Moving Data Could Result In Sideways Motion

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Friday’s U.S. labor market report showed that the economy is still performing well overall. While the unemployment rate rose to 5 percent from 4.9 percent as more people entered the labor force, closely-watched average hourly earnings increased 0.3 percent. The uptick in wages and a solid 215k gain in payrolls add confidence that the U.S. economy will hold up against slowing global growth. The U.S. dollar strengthened in response to the report but gains were limited in the EUR/USD, whereas the cable came under increased pressure on the back of a weaker manufacturing PMI and amid concern that economic and political uncertainty could deter investment inflows from overseas.

As expected the short-term uptrend in the British pound has been reversed and the focus returns to the next support levels at 1.4150 and 1.4050. Short-traders efforts paid off last Friday as our short-entry proved to be profitable and reached our target of 90 pips. Before shifting our focus to next support zones at 1.4140 and 1.4120, the cable must break below 1.4170. After a break below 1.41 a next important support is seen at 1.4050. On the topside we expect upward movements to be limited until 1.4320 and 1.4345.

The euro marked a current resistance around the 1.1440-level. With a renewed break above 1.1415 we might see another test of that resistance level followed by a rise towards 1.1460 and further 1.15. Remaining below 1.14, we expect the 1.1350-level to lend a short-term support to the euro. However, below 1.1335 the focus will shift to the 1.13-barrier.

This week’s economic calendar is relatively light in terms of market moving data. Apart from the FOMC minutes on Wednesday we get some speeches from Fed Presidents throughout this week as well as a speech by ECB President Mario Draghi, scheduled for Thursday. The only important piece of U.S. data will be the ISM Non-Manufacturing index, due for release on Tuesday.

Sterling traders should pay attention to Tuesday’s PMI reports as well as Manufacturing and Industrial Production figures, due for release on Friday.

Today, the U.K. Construction PMI, scheduled for release at 8:30 GMT could have an impact on the British pound.

The FOMC minutes are not expected to be a big market mover as Fed Chair Janet Yellen has just reiterated the Fed’s approach to proceed cautiously in raising interest rates. Given that cautious outlook, the dollar could thus show further signs of weakness.

We wish all traders a good start to this week and many profitable trades.

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