Thin Liquidity Before The Christmas Break?

Dear Traders,

We are entering the final trading period of this year while financial markets are gradually becoming quiet.

Now that top-tier event risk is largely exhausted for the remaining trading days of 2016 we saw some corrective price action last Friday with some profit taking in the U.S. dollar. Nonetheless, there was nothing to be gained for us as currency fluctuations have been modest given the year-end liquidity drain. We recommend securing your monthly and annual profits now and trading at a low risk in the pre-holiday period.

From a technical perspective there is the possibility of further corrective movements in the dollar on the back of profit taking, driving the euro towards 1.0530 while the cable may tend to test the 1.2550-resistance level. Above 1.2570 the pound sterling may head for a test of 1.2650/80. A current support is however seen at around 1.2425.

The euro traded consolidated at around 1.0450 and if it holds above 1.0420 we may see a run for 1.0530. Below 1.04 however, we favor a bearish bias targeting at 1.03.

However we do not expect exaggerated movements within the next days and will take potential profits at smaller targets. The economic calendar is very light in terms of market moving data. The most interesting piece of data could be U.S. Durable Goods Orders alongside the final estimate of third-quarter GDP (Thursday), while the German IFO report scheduled for release today at 9:00 UTC could be worth watching for euro traders.

Furthermore, Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks on the state of the job market today at 18:30 UTC.

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