Traders Prepare For Weaker Payrolls – Are They Right?

Dear Traders,

It’s payrolls day and the dollar is clearly tending toward weakness ahead of the first relevant event of the year. Yesterday’s employment data came in mixed with private-sector payroll growth slowing in December while the non-manufacturing ISM index was in line with expectations. Many market participants expect the December employment figures to be weaker, putting the greenback under further selling pressure in the run up to the report. Even if this assumption is correct, wage growth will take center stage in today’s job report. After disappointing November figures average hourly earnings are expected to tick up to 0.3 percent and it is precisely this or a stronger uptick that is needed to put the dollar back in the bullish track. If, however, all key figures of the report disappoint, the greenback will suffer further losses. Let’s wait and see.

The Non-Farm Payrolls report is scheduled for release at 13:30 UTC today.

The euro took a glimpse at the upper side of 1.06 but was not able to hold onto that high level. It will now hinge on the jobs report whether there is still room for further gains toward 1.0650/70. On the downside, traders should keep an eye on the 1.0480-support level. Below 1.0480 we expect the euro to fall back toward the 1.04-mark.

The British pound rose above 1.24 but fell back into its former 1.2350-90-resistance area, which now could prove as a new support for the pound. Below 1.2350 we see a lower bound at around 1.2320. If the pound declines below 1.2270 we expect the bias to shift from bullish to bearish. Above 1.2440, however, we may see a continuation of the upward move, heading for 1.25 and 1.2550. But the price action will depend on the outcome of the payrolls.

We wish you a beautiful and relaxing weekend.

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