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Focus On U.K. Job Report, U.S. Retail Sales

Dear Traders,

Despite the upswing in the euro and British pound, Monday proved to be a fairly quiet trading day with any larger market moves lacking. While the upside potential in the EUR/USD was limited to a high of 1.1996, none of our daily signal entries was triggered in the GBP/USD. With the crucial 1.20-barrier remaining a hart nut to crack for euro bulls, the focus shifts back to the euro’s down trend and the next support around 1.19. If the single currency drops below 1.1880 we may see a continuation of the euro’s down move.

Revisions to the Eurozone GDP Q1 figures are scheduled for release along with the ZEW Surveys today at 9:00 UTC but both reports might take a backseat to the final April CPI release on Wednesday.

The British pound refrained from a sustained climb above 1.36 and fell back towards 1.3550.

On the data front, we have the U.K. jobs figures scheduled for release at 8:30 UTC and these numbers have the potential to spark volatility in the pound, provided that the report surprises. Sterling traders should thus keep an eye on the job numbers this morning. Technically speaking, the GBP/USD still finds itself within a trading range between roughly 1.36 and 1.35. Looking for sustained breakouts, we will keep tabs on prices either above 1.3650 or below 1.3440.

From the U.S. we have Advance Retail Sales scheduled for release at 12:30 UTC, a report that could have a short-term impact on the price action in the dollar.

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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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Pound Rises As BoE Hints At Rate Hike

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What a trading day for Sterling traders! The pound jumped to 1.34 as the Bank of England hinted at a rate hike “in the coming months”. While the central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee voted 7-2 to keep interest rates on hold, it was talking in much stronger terms about tightening. The pound initially plunged to 1.3150 before jumping to fresh one-year highs. Sterling traders’ efforts paid off and we were able to gain a nice profit of more than 100 pips by trading our yesterday’s long entry.

BoE Governor Carney said that the majority of the MPC see that “the balancing act is beginning to shift” and that “some adjustment of interest rates may be needed in the coming months”. The market is now looking to the November meeting as a possible time for a BoE rate hike. The Bank of England meeting in November is a Super Thursday on which the central bank releases its inflation report, along with the economic outlook and its rate decision. However, there is some doubt about the BoE’s strong rhetoric: If MPC officials have deliberately taken a hawkish tone to support the market’s appetite for sterling in order to slow inflation it may be some time before they are going to raise rates.

We currently see GBP/USD trading around 1.34. Next hurdles will be at 1.3450 and 1.3480 before the focus shifts to a potential bullish breakout beyond 1.35. Looking at larger time frames, a break of the 1.35-level will be crucial for a long-term bullish trend.

The U.S. dollar in contrast benefitted from the U.S. CPI which fueled hopes for a Federal Reserve rate hike in December. Furthermore, the Trump reflation trade came back into focus, providing some relief for the greenback.

U.S. Retail Sales are due for release at 12:30 UTC but today’s report is not expected to help the USD strengthening.

EUR/USD: The support around 1.1830 is still unbroken but this could change in the near-term – provided that the euro remains below 1.1950. We now expect the pair to trade between 1.1950 and 1.18. Any breakouts above or below that range could accelerate the respective momentum.

We wish everyone a relaxing weekend.

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BoE Disappoints, Pound Falls, What’s Next?

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The Bank of England disappointed investors that have been buying the British pound ahead of the Inflation report as the medium-term inflation forecast came in lower than expected. Traders who had hoped for a hawkish tone or more than one dissent calling for a rate hike in the BoE’s monetary policy statement were disappointed. Officials cut their economic growth forecasts this year to 1.9 percent from 2 percent. While the BoE sees a slightly weaker path in the medium-term it expects inflation to be accelerating again by the end of 2019. To sum up, it can be said that the central bank is moving more slowly with a potential rate hike not being in the cards until 2019.

The pound dropped in response to the weaker forecasts but the slide came to a halt at around 1.2850. If sterling climbs back above 1.29 and is able to hold above that level we shift our focus back to a potential test of the 1.30-resistance level.

Today, traders will pay close attention to important U.S. economic reports such as Retail Sales and Consumer Prices, both reports are due for release at 12:30 UTC. Investors are looking for a positive reading, confirming that the U.S. economy is picking up the pace enough to withstand higher interest rates. However, a disappointment in U.S. data could send the dollar lower, providing the basis for fresh upswings in the cable and euro.

Last but not least, University of Michigan Confidence is due for release at 14:00 UTC.

We wish you good trades and a wonderful weekend.

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USD Receives Boost On Hawkish Yellen Comments

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The U.S. dollar was bolstered by hawkish comments from Fed Chair Janet Yellen on the first day of her testimony. While Yellen did not reveal much new information, she was surprisingly hawkish, saying that “waiting too long to remove accommodation would be unwise, potentially requiring the FOMC to eventually raise rates rapidly, which could risk disrupting financial markets”. In other words, the pace of interest rate hikes could accelerate, still leaving the door open for a hike in March. Market participants will now shift their focus to the U.S. Consumer Price data with the intention to evaluate the need for faster rate normalization.

The greenback traded higher against the euro and British pound and while we generally expect further gains in the dollar, traders should also prepare for some pullbacks in short-term time frames.

The euro found some halt at 1.0560 and it may now tend to correct recent losses towards 1.0615 and possibly even 1.0630. Today’s price action will, however, again hinge on the demand for dollars. In case of better-than-expected CPI data the euro could extend its losses towards 1.0540 and 1.05.

The British pound dropped towards 1.2440 after the U.K. Consumer Price Index failed to meet market expectations. Signs of weaker price growth may encourage the Bank of England to maintain a neutral monetary policy. From a technical perspective, the cable is still confined within a sideways trading range between 1.2550/85 and 1.2440. A break below 1.2440 may prompt sterling bears to sell sterling towards 1.2350 and further 1.2270. On the topside, the pound will need to break through 1.2530 and 1.2560 in order to invigorate fresh bullish momentum.

We will keep an eye on the U.K. Labor Market report, due for release at 9:30 UTC, which could affect the price action in the GBP/USD, provided that there is any surprise.

Higher volatility is expected during the U.S. session with Consumer Prices and Advance Retail Sales scheduled for release at 13:30 UTC.

Fed Chair Yellen will testify before the House Financial Services Committee at 15:00 UTC.

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U.S. Dollars Recovers On Hawkish Fed Rhetoric

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The U.S. dollar regained some strength following a slew of hawkish Fed rhetoric. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reiterated in a town hall meeting that the U.S. economy is doing quite well. She was optimistic on the labor market and inflation and wage growth, saying that inflation is close to the Fed’s 2 percent goal.

These hawkish remarks helped the greenback to recover from its recent lows. The euro peaked at 1.0684 before falling back toward the 1.06-support level. Below 1.0570 we may see further losses towards 1.0480.

The British pound took a brief glimpse above 1.23 but was not able to stabilize above that high level. The 1.21-level will now be back in focus and if the pound drops below that mark, we expect a next lower target to be at 1.20. The beginning of next week is going to be interesting for sterling traders as U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will set out her Brexit vision in a speech on Tuesday. Recent speculation about a so-called ‘hard Brexit’ has increased the pressure on the pound.

Today we will watch important economic data releases such as U.S. Retail Sales, scheduled for release at 13:30 UTC and University of Michigan Confidence due at 15:00 UTC. The Retail Sales report is expected to show an uptick in December and should this be confirmed, the dollar could recover even more quickly.

Have a nice weekend.

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Pound Comes Under Selling Pressure After May Comments

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We welcome you to a new trading week. While liquidity returns to the markets, providing a more volatile trading environment, there will be no top-tier economic reports until late in the week. Thus, with no market-moving data scheduled for release until Friday, trading could be quieter and prices more range-bound in the first half of the week.

Those who did a trading break last Friday and did not reinvest weekly profits (as recommended), have not missed out on anything. On the contrary, trading during U.S. payrolls release has once again proved to be more loss-making rather than profitable as high volatile swings bear a high risk for both pending and open orders. The U.S. dollar received a small boost as wage growth rose by 0.4 percent, giving reason for optimism that growth in the U.S. economy is poised to accelerate. While the focus was on wages, monthly payrolls fell short of analysts’ expectations but this decline is not enough to change the Federal Reserve’s hawkish monetary policy stance.

The euro tumbled toward the lower bound of 1.05 and we shall now turn our focus to the 1.0480-level. If the euro falls below that support level we expect further losses towards 1.04 and 1.0370. However, considering that the euro recently traded sideways, we anticipate the price action to be limited to a price range between 1.0640 and 1.0340.

The pound’s price action is dominated by political risk and fears of a so-called hard Brexit.The pound sterling traded lower against the greenback after comments by Prime Minister Theresa May on the U.K.’s European Union negotiations. May signaled regaining control of immigration and lawmaking are her Brexit priorities even if that means quitting Europe’s single market. Bearish momentum accelerated this morning, pushing the pound below its crucial support at 1.22. If the currency pair is unable to stabilize above 1.22, we expect further losses towards 1.2120 and 1.21. Looking at the technical picture we see that the descending trend line of the recent downward channel is currently at 1.2120, providing an attractive opportunity to buy sterling towards 1.22. A short-term resistance is however seen at 1.2270.

Apart from a busy docket of scheduled speeches from several central bank officials, the only interesting piece of economic data will be U.S. Retail Sales and Consumer Confidence on Friday.

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Fed December Rate Hike Has Been Almost Completely Priced In; Time For A Correction?

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After the dust settled around the U.S. Presidential elections, market participants returned to business as usual while risk appetite has been boosted by the Trump reflation trade. The focus now shifts back to Federal Reserve rate hike in December, while there was some concern that a Trump victory would give the Fed reason to delay further tightening. Instead the U.S. dollar and U.S. yields are running higher amid speculation Trump’s plans to boost infrastructure spending will spur rate hikes as inflation and economic growth pick up. Fed rate hike odds are currently holding above 80 percent and economic data this week may further support the Fed’s hawkish bias.

Most attention will be paid to Tuesday’s economic calendar with Eurozone GDP data, U.K. Consumer Prices and U.S. Retail Sales due for release. On Thursday, U.S. Consumer Prices are worth watching followed by Janet Yellen’s testimony before the Joint Economic Committee. CPI figures should be strong enough to keep the Fed on track to hike rates next month while Yellen is expected to maintain her bias towards higher rates. Last but not least, ECB President Mario Draghi is scheduled to speak at the Euro Finance Week in Frankfurt on Friday. The European Central Bank is expected to hold its course while analysts focus on a small alteration in the size and scope of the QE program in December rather than a rate cut.

Overall, economic conditions for the Eurozone remain stable and euro traders should bear in mind that the recent dip in EUR/USD can be attributed to the dollar’s rate expectations. Thus, the appetite for USD will continue to dominate the price action for the time being.The currency pair tested the support area around 1.0770 and it will now be interesting whether this support proves to be strong enough to withstand the downward pressure. If the euro drops below 1.0770 we expect further losses towards 1.07 and 1.0630. Near-term resistances are seen at 1.0850 and 1.0950.

The GBP/USD dropped back below 1.26 but the decline came to a halt slightly above 1.25. If the pound is able to climb back above 1.26, we expect further gains towards 1.2720. Sterling bears should however focus on a break below 1.2440, reinvigorating fresh bearish momentum towards 1.2350 and 1.2270. U.K. CPI data on Tuesday will receive most attention but Wednesday’s U.K. Employment Report may also be worth watching.

We wish you a good start to the new week and many profitable trades.

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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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Traders Prepare For High Volatility Today

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The British pound has recovered some losses after it tested the lower bound of its current downtrend channel. Based on that channel we now see a current resistance at 1.3290 while any bearish moves could be limited until 1.3130. Today will be an interesting trading day for sterling traders as the Bank of England is scheduled to announce its rate decision alongside the release of the MPC meeting minutes.

The BoE is expected to hold its benchmark interest rate steady at today’s meeting but the minutes of officials’ deliberations may offer fresh clues to their thinking on Britain’s post-Brexit economy, particularly on whether another rate cut is still in the cards later this year given that growth appears to be holding up better than expected. Yesterday’s U.K. labour data showed resilience following the Brexit vote while the U.K. unemployment rate stayed steady at an 11-year low.

The BoE rate decision and MPC meeting minutes are scheduled for release at 11:00 UTC and traders should prepare for volatile swings in the GBP/USD. Before the important event, U.K. Retail Sales are due for release at 8:30 UTC.

Apart from the British pound the focus will be on the U.S. dollar today with the U.S. Retail Sales report and Philadelphia Fed Survey scheduled for release at 12:30 UTC. Stronger U.S. data will fuel speculations that the Fed could tighten monetary policy at their FOMC meeting next week.

EUR/USD

The euro finally showed some larger swings yesterday, testing its current resistance zone around 1.1270. In the 4-hour chart we see a symmetrical triangle, which may predict increased momentum after the euro broke above or, respectively, below that pattern. Above 1.1275 we see chances of a rise towards 1.1310, the resistance line of the recent downtrend channel. If the euro breaks above that resistance line we watch out for pullbacks around the 1.1330-level as it could act as a crucial resistance. On the bottom side a break below 1.1220 could send the euro lower towards 1.1170 and 1.1130.

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From the eurozone we have Consumer Prices scheduled for release at 9:00 UTC but no changes are expected. How the euro will trade today will mainly hinge on the performance of the greenback.

We wish you many profitable trades for today.

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