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U.S. Dollar Continues Slide After Trump State Of The Union Speech

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Turn-around Tuesday lived up to its name and we got what we were looking for: A reversal of the dollar’s short-lived recovery and a very good daily and monthly profit. The U.S. dollar is being sucked into the maelstrom triggered by the ‘America First’ agenda of the Trump administration. As for the depreciation of the greenback and the long-term outlook, we can point out that the protectionism move will negatively influence the world’s largest economy.

The dollar extended its slide after U.S. President Trump’s State of the Union speech. As expected, Trump sought to strike a positive tone and described a “New American Moment” of wealth and opportunity. Trump called on Congress to pass a 1.5 trillion infrastructure-spending plan but this campaign promise was widely expected by the markets. Thus, the dollar’s reaction to his speech was muted.

EUR/USD

The euro recovered some of its losses after the 1.2330-support proved intact. Now that the single currency has stabilized above 1.24 we could see another test of 1.2450, a short-term resistance in the EUR/USD. If the euro finds its way above 1.2460 we expect further gains towards 1.25 and possibly even 1.2650.

The British pound started a relief rally after the psychological support at 1.40 has been tested. If the pound climbs above 1.4210 we may see a rise towards 1.43 but this depends on the risk appetite and demand for dollars ahead of the FOMC decision.

The next upcoming risk event will be the FOMC rate decision at 19:00 UTC but no changes are expected. It will be Janet Yellen’s last FOMC meeting before her term ends in February.

Before coming to the FOMC decision, we will keep an eye on the Eurozone Consumer Price report, due at 10:00 UTC, followed by the ADP report at 13:15 UTC.

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All Eyes On The FOMC Decision Even Though No Changes Are Expected

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While the euro ended yesterday’s trading day virtually unchanged, the pound sterling headed for a test of 1.33 but reversed some of its gains just shy of that barrier. Whether we will see a sustained breakout above 1.33 remains to be seen and hinges on the risk appetite for pounds ahead of tomorrow’s BoE Super Thursday. The bank of England is widely expected to raise interest rates for the first time in a decade but this move is shrouded in suspicion. We will discuss the risk potential in tomorrow’s analysis.

Today’s focus will be on the Federal Reserve and the market’s appetite for U.S. dollars. It could thus be a turbulent trading day with traders bracing for higher volatility in all USD crosses.

The FOMC rate decision today at 18:00 UTC is top listing but the market is virtually certain that no change to the benchmark will be made this month. Economists expect policy makers to keep rates on hold for now and increase them at the December meeting. The probability of a December rate hike is at 83 percent. However, even if today’s Fed decision is unlikely to serve as a big market mover it could still surprise dollar bulls. In case of a less hawkish outcome, in other words, if there are a number of hawkish dissents, the dollar could give up some of its gains. Let us be surprised.

With regard to the U.S. tax reforms, the House Republicans are expected to release the tax bill text on Thursday.

We also have the ADP Report scheduled for release at 12:15 UTC followed by the ISM Manufacturing Index due at 14:00 UTC, so there is plenty of economic data that could affect the price action in the greenback today.

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UK Referendum Cast Its Shadows Before – Investors Are Turning To Safe Assets

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We welcome you to a new trading week and it is getting more and more exciting as we are approaching the U.K. referendum next week, which will maintain its grip on the markets. The U.S. dollar appreciated against the euro and British pound last Friday as it benefited from safe-haven flows in the run-up to the U.K. vote. The British pound broke below 1.43 as anxiety about a potential Brexit considerably reduced the demand for sterling. While the Yen benefits most from safe-haven flows, the appetite for U.S. dollars mainly hinges on the Federal Reserve’s tightening cycle. Despite a busy economic calendar this week, the main focus will therefore be on the FOMC rate decision on Wednesday. No one expects the Fed to raise interest rates this month but Janet Yellen’s press conference could set the tone of the debate on further tightening in 2016. Apart from the FOMC announcement, the June 23 referendum is casting its shadows before: A survey published last Friday showed the ‘Leave’ camp being in the lead. U.K. Consumer Prices are scheduled for release on Tuesday, while the Bank of England will announce its monetary policy decision on Thursday. However, overshadowed by Brexit concerns, the BoE announcement is going to be a non-event for traders.

From the U.S. we have Advanced Retail Sales (Tuesday) and the CPI report (Thursday) scheduled for release. All in all, it could be a busy week for traders and as long as there is volatility in the markets, there will be opportunities for larger gains.

GBP/USD

The cable broke below its crucial support at 1.43 and could be headed for a test of 1.41 and 1.4050 in a next step. Looking at the daily chart we see a current downward channel which suggests further bearish momentum towards the lower bound at 1.4080. But be careful: The pound fluctuates in an oversold territory and could now be vulnerable to volatile upswings. Thus, pullbacks towards 1.4350 and 1.44 are not unlikely.

Chart_GBP_USD_Daily_snapshot13.6.16

From the Eurozone there will be no major economic reports on the calendar. Thursday’s Consumer Price report could have a minor impact on the euro but how the EUR/USD will trade this week, will mainly hinge on the performance of the greenback and safe-haven demand. The euro marked a current support at 1.1230. With a break below 1.1225 it could extend its losses towards 1.1195 but we expect bearish momentum to be limited as the currency pair could be vulnerable to some pullbacks now. We see a current resistance at 1.13/1.1320.

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