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USD Crashes Post FOMC; Euro Trades Surprisingly Resilient

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The FOMC statement sent the U.S. dollar into a tailspin and drove other major currencies to fresh highs. While the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy announcement came in as expected, the market interpreted it as dovish. The reason was that, the policy statement contained too much concern over inflation to give the dollar a boost. While the Fed indicated that it would start unwinding its balance sheet “relatively soon”, a change in language from “later this year” in the June statement, it said inflation remains below the central bank’s 2 percent target even as near-term risks to the economic outlook appear balanced. That fueled speculation the Fed won’t rush to raise interest rates.

The dollar fell sharply post FOMC and pushed the euro and British pound to new highs. EUR/USD hit a fresh 2-year high on the way to 1.18 while GBP/USD broke above 1.31. Given the strong uptrend, bulls might tend to extend gains to 1.18 in the euro and 1.32 in the cable. Nonetheless, we bear in mind that EUR/USD and GBP/USD are in lofty highs, the risk for stronger pullbacks is thus increased.

U.S. Durable Goods Orders are scheduled for release at 12:30 UTC and could have a short-term impact on the greenback.

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Hawkish Fed Surprises

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Incredible but true: The U.S. dollar finally ended the trading day unchanged against the euro and British pound after it came under strong selling pressure following the weak U.S. inflation report. Market participants sold dollars ahead of the FOMC decision on speculation the Fed could forgo raising interest rates again this year. Weaker than anticipated inflation figures have led to the assumption the Fed may grow less hawkish but the opposite happened. The Fed statement was overly hawkish with Fed Chair Janet Yellen noting that the Fed continues to see conditions favorable in place for inflation to rise. Policy makers maintained their outlook for one more hike in 2017 and set out some details of the central bank’s plans to reduce its balance sheet. While U.S. economic data came in on the negative side most recently, it is difficult for the market to trust more the Fed’s rhetoric than the current data output. This fact limited the greenback’s strength and led to an almost unchanged picture.

We went long in both currency pairs EUR/USD and GBP/USD ahead of the Fed statement but gains were limited to smaller targets with the upward trend failing to be sustained.

The euro reversed shy of 1.13 and preferred trending around 1.12. As long as there is no sustained breakout either above 1.1285 or below 1.11, the technical picture in the EUR/USD remains unchanged favoring a sideways trend.

The cable took a glimpse above 1.28 but was unable to hold onto this high level. Sterling traders will watch today’s Bank of England policy decision at 11:00 UTC. While the BoE is unlikely to change its policy, attention will be paid to the central bank’s future guidance. A neutral stance might be considered as positive for the pound whereas a dovish stance could increase the pressure on the pound.

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Market Remained Unimpressed By FOMC Statement

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The market reaction to the FOMC statement was muted with the U.S. dollar ending the trading day virtually unchanged against the euro and British pound. While the Fed minutes confirmed that the central bank is moving toward tightening it also shows continuing disagreement among policy makers. Last month’s decision to hold interest rates at their current level was a close call with three FOMC members dissenting for a rate rise, the minutes showed. Market participants expect the Fed to move in December and while the market is pricing in the probability of year-end hike, the Fed may consider that move to be inevitable to preserve the central bank’s credibility.

Overall, the dollar remains bid on corrections and investors will be looking for dollar dips to buy the currency and participate on the dollar rally. Consequently, we expect further dollar gains in the medium-term but we will pay attention to potential pullbacks in the short-term.

There are no major economic reports scheduled for release today so trading could be quiet.

Here is where we see current resistance and support levels for both currency pairs:

  Resistances Supports
EUR/USD 1.1050/60

1.11

 

1.10

1.0970

 

 

  Resistances Supports
GBP/USD 1.2230

1.2320

1.2150

1.21

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U.S. Dollar Whipsawed On FOMC

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Yesterday was none of our favorite trading days with the U.S. dollar showing a whipsaw performance after the FOMC statement failed to provide clear signals on potential tightening in June. One man’s joy is another man’s sorrow: The market’s response to the central bank’s statement has probably been the most positive scenario for the Fed, as policy makers want to avoid overreactions in the price development. For traders, however, it was rather a struggle against choppy swings and fake-outs. We therefore suffered losses instead of benefiting from the volatile fluctuations.

The statement came in somewhat more hawkish, showing that policy makers are less concerned about global risks but it did not provide any hints for a rate hike in June. The greenback whipsawed in response on the unconvincing statement. With still more than six weeks to go before the next Fed meeting in June the focus in the near-term will be on inflation and labor market data from the U.S.

Today, we have the German Unemployment report scheduled for release at 7:55 UTC, followed by the German Consumer Price at 12:00 UTC. If data disappoint the euro could weaken.

Furthermore, the U.S. first-quarter GDP report is due for release at 12:30 UTC and in case of any surprises, the USD may react strongly.

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Fed To Pave The Way For Renewed Dollar Strength?

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We welcome you to a new trading week which promises to be an interesting one with the Federal Reserve meeting and plenty of economic news scheduled for release throughout the entire week. While the economic calendar includes plenty of important news, such as first-quarter GDP numbers from the U.S., U.K. and the Eurozone, the main focus will be on the FOMC statement and the Fed’s plan to raise interest rates twice this year. The Fed is not expected to change monetary policy this month but market participants are eager to learn whether policy makers changed their outlook for rate increases in 2016 or maintain their hawkish policy stance.

Accordingly, the U.S. dollar will be back in focus this week and should determine the direction in both EUR/USD and GBP/USD. Apart from the FOMC meeting, traders will be watching Gross Domestic Product reports and German Unemployment numbers, scheduled for release on Thursday and Friday. The euro dropped as low as 1.1220 on Friday, confirming our presumption of renewed bearish momentum although euro bears have been fooled by the final upswing towards 1.14 before a reversal occurred. The euro would now need to break below 1.1190 in order to revive fresh bearish momentum towards 1.1150 and 1.1080. We expect the 1.1150 and 1.1080/70-levels to lend a crucial support to the EUR/USD before the focus shifts to a break of 1.1050 and 1.10. On the upside, possible resistance levels are currently seen at 1.13, 1.1335 and 1.1360.

GBP/USD

The most important piece of U.K. data will be GDP numbers due for release on Wednesday. Taking a look at the daily chart we see sterling trading within an uptrend channel approaching important resistance levels. The next crucial resistance level is at 1.45, from where sterling will have the opportunity to start a decline. If the pair is able to break above 1.4515, next resistances are seen at 1.4560 and 1.46. As we generally maintain a bearish stance in this pair, we are looking for resistance levels which could cap on gains in the British pound. A current support-zone is seen at 1.43 – 1.4285.

Chart_GBP_USD_Daily_snapshot25.4.16

This week starts off with the German IFO Index, due at 8:00 UTC today, a report which could have a short-term effect on the euro. Furthermore U.S. New Home Sales are scheduled for release at 14:00 UTC.

We wish everyone many profitable trades and a nice week.

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Fed May Shift Towards Slower Pace Of Interest-Rate Hikes

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In the end the market reaction to the FOMC statement was muted and has left much do be desired for currency traders. While the statement was a communications challenge for the Federal Reserve it came in as balanced as possible. Particularly noteworthy is the shift into a wait-and-see mode, which signals a less-hawkish forward guidance. While an interest rate hike at the next FOMC meeting in March is less likely Fed policy makers have left the door open for a March. Officials said that rate increases will depend on how the U.S. economy performs and said that they were “closely monitoring global and financial developments”.

In a nutshell, the Fed may be inclined to move forward at a slower pace of interest-rate hikes but the main focus remains on labor market and inflation data.

The EUR/USD did not show much movement yesterday, trading firmly around the 1.09-mark. For the time being, we expect swings to be muted unless the euro breaks above 1.0960 or vice versa, breaks below 1.08 and 1.0770. Upwards movements could be capped at 1.0925 and 1.0955 while downward swings may be limited until 1.0870 and 1.0820 in the short-term.

The German Consumer Price Index is scheduled for release at 13:00 GMT, a report which could affect the price action in the EUR/USD.

The British pound continued to trade lower against the greenback. We generally favor a bearish stance in GBP/USD and our focus is on the 1.42-barrier. A renewed test of that support level may reinvigorate fresh bearish momentum towards 1.4170, 1.4150 and 1.4120. Current resistance levels are seen at 1.4285, 1.4308 and 1.4340.

U.K. GDP numbers are due for release at 9:30 GMT and if GDP is lower than expected, sterling could easily slide below 1.42.

Important U.S. data are scheduled for release at 13:30 GMT with U.S. Durable Goods Orders, followed by Pending Home Sales at 15:00 GMT.

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Will FOMC Statement Pose A Risk To Dollar Bulls?

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The biggest story Friday was the sharp rise in the GBP/USD. After hitting a fresh five-year low at 1.4079 on Thursday, the currency pair rallied towards 1.4365 despite Friday’s weaker-than expected retail sales report. The rise can be attributed to the result of profit-taking after the recent linear decline in the British pound. The cable now faces the 1.4250/30 support-area once again but as long as the pair remains trading above that zone we expect some possible upward swings which may occur in the near-term (see technical analysis below).

The most important piece of U.K. economic data will be Gross Domestic Product, scheduled for release on Thursday and if data disappoints to the downside, sterling could be vulnerable to further losses again. On Tuesday, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney appears in Parliament to speak on financial-stability risks and a major topic could be the U.K. referendum on its membership in the EU and a potential “Brexit“.

The EUR/USD trended slightly lower, moving around the 1.08 support level. For the time being, we anticipate the 1.0770-level to be the next support before a renewed downswing toward 1.0730/15. On the upper side, we see current resistance-levels at 1.0835 and 1.0860.

The most important piece of Eurozone data this week will be the German IFO report, due for release at 9:00 GMT today. If IFO numbers fall short of expectations, the euro could tumble toward lower targets. Furthermore, German Consumer Prices are scheduled for release on Thursday.

All eyes will be on the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy meeting on Wednesday. While the central bank is not expected to alter its monetary policy and there will be no press conference, the statement could fail to add further strength to the U.S. dollar. Rather, the risk for the USD is to the downside, in case the FOMC statement turns out to be more dovish, suggesting a rate hike in March is less likely.

Further important U.S. economic reports are due for release with Consumer Confidence (Tuesday), Durable Goods Orders (Thursday) and U.S. Gross Domestic Product (Friday).

GBP/USD

Looking at the 4-hour chart, we see that there could be some upside room after a break of 1.4365. A next bullish target could be at 1.4420/45 with a possible extension until 1.4470. However a current support-zone is seen at 1.4250/30 and if the cable falls again below that level, we expect bearish momentum to accelerate towards 1.4170 and 1.4130.

Chart_GBP_USD_4Hours_snapshot25.1.16

 

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Much Ado About Nothing

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In the end there was ‘much ado about nothing’. Market participants who had hoped for immediate sustainable moves after the Fed’s decision, were disappointed. The price action was relatively muted with only small fluctuations to both sides. In the end the U.S. dollar was the winner and accelerated against the euro and British pound.

Federal Reserve policy makers unanimously voted to raise interest rates up to 0.5 percent. This alone was the most hawkish scenario as there were no dissenters. Moreover, policy makers forecast an appropriate rate of 1.375 percent at the end of 2016, indicating four rate increases next year. This is unambiguously less dovish than the market anticipated. The FOMC is confident that inflation will rise and highlighted that the risks to the outlook for economic activity and the labor market are now “balanced”.  On the bottom line the Fed statement encouraged dollar bulls not to give up on the dollar rally in the long-run. Nonetheless, we expected more momentum on that historic day. Investors are likely to begin their holiday season now, a reason for smaller movements and a decline in volume.

Important data for today (timezone GMT):

9:00 EUR German IFO Report

9:30 UK Retail Sales

13:30 USA Philly Fed Index 

The reports could have a short-term impact on the currency pairs, but market participants are likely to digest the new Fed era and could be looking to buy dollars at lower levels. We therefore generally expect a bearish bias.

EUR/USD: Traders should pay close attention to the 1.08-level. If the euro falls below 1.0780, we see chances that it drops 100-200 pips towards the south.

GBP/USD: The focus is on the 1.49-barrier. Once this level is significantly breached, GBP could find a next support at 1.4820/15.

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