China's net forex purchases slow in February (based on marketwatch article)
China's central bank and financial institutions bought
a net 128.25 billion yuan ($20.75 billion) of foreign currency in
February, compared with a net purchase of CNY437.37 billion in January,
according to calculations by Dow Jones based on central bank data issued
February was the seventh-straight month of net purchases, suggesting continuing capital inflows into the country.
The banking system's foreign-currency purchase position totaled CNY29.20
trillion at the end of February--slightly higher than CNY29.07 trillion
at the end of January, People's Bank of China data showed.
The data include purchases and sales by commercial banks and other
financial institutions, but mostly reflect transactions by the central
Most analysts view the figures as a proxy for inflows and outflows of
foreign capital as most foreign currency entering the country is
generally sold to the central bank.
Trading the News: U.S. Consumer Price Index (based on dailyfx article)
A slowdown in the headline reading for U.S. inflation may prompt further
declines in the dollar as it dampens the interest rate outlook for the
world’s largest economyWhy Is This Event Important:
Even though the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is widely expected
to discuss another $10B taper in March, the central bank remains poised
to introduce a ‘qualitative approach’ for monetary policy, and a dovish
twist to the forward-guidance may heighten the bearish sentiment
surrounding the reserve currency as Fed Chair Janet Yellen remains
reluctant to halt the zero-interest rate policy (ZIRP).However, U.S. firms may raise consumer prices amid the pickup in wage
growth along with the resilience in private sector spending, and a
stronger-than-expected inflation print may generate a near-term bounce
in the greenback as it puts increased pressure on the Fed to normalize
monetary policy sooner rather than later.
How To Trade This Event Risk
Bearish USD Trade: Consumer Prices Slow to 1.2% or Lower
EURUSD M5 : 22 pips price movement by USD - CPI news event :
2013-03-18 10:00 GMT (or 11:00 MQ MT5 time) | [EUR - German ZEW Economic Sentiment]
if actual > forecast = good for currency (for EUR in our case)
German ZEW Economic Confidence Weakens Sharply
Economic expectations for Germany worsened in March burdened by
Crimea crisis, survey data from the Centre for European Economic
Research/ZEW revealed on Tuesday.
The economic confidence index
dropped more-than-expected to 46.6 in March from 55.7 in February. The
score was forecast to fall to 52.
Meanwhile, experts' assessment
of the current economic situation improved to 51.3 points from 50 a
month ago. Nonetheless, it stayed below the expected level of 52.
expectations for the Eurozone declined by 7 points to 61.5 threshold.
By contrast, the indicator for the current economic situation gained 3.5
points to minus 36.7 points in March.
2013-03-18 12:30 GMT (or 13:30 MQ MT5 time) | [CAD - Manufacturing Sales]
if actual > forecast = good for currency (for CAD in our case)
USD/CAD extends slide after strong manufacturing sales
The Canadian dollar continues recovering, and this time it got a boost
from a stronger than expected rise in manufacturing sales for January,
despite a downwards revision for December. Sales advanced by 1.5%,
better than 0.6% expected. However, this came on top of a bigger drop of
1.5% in December, worse than 0.9% originally reported.
U.S. Stocks Rise on Housing Data, Putin Crimea Comments
“We’ve got a more congenial Russian message this morning and we got
better economic reports here in the States,” John Augustine, chief
market strategist at Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bancorp, said in a
phone interview. His firm oversees $28.2 billion. “The building permits
report was very bullish for the spring and summer housing season. Today,
we move back to better economic reports and focusing on the Fed.”
S&P 500 rallied 1 percent yesterday for its biggest increase in
almost two weeks as a measure of industrial production grew more than
forecast. The gauge dropped 2 percent last week, the most since January,
amid mounting tension in Ukraine and signs of an economic slowdown in China.
EURUSD Technical Analysis (based on dailyfx article)
Trading the News: U.K. Jobless Claims Change (based on dailyfx article)
Potential Price Targets For The Rate Decision
GBPUSD M5 : 100 pips price movement by GBP - Claimant Count Change news event :
2013-03-18 23:50 GMT (or 00:50 MQ MT5 time) | [JPY - Trade Balance]
if actual > forecast = good for currency (for JPY in our case)
Japan Trade Deficit Y800.3 Billion
Japan posted a merchandise trade deficit of 800.309 billion yen in
February, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday - sliding into the
red for the 19th consecutive month.
The headline figure missed
forecasts for a shortfall of 600.9 billion yen following the downwardly
revised record deficit of 2,791.7 billion yen in January (originally
2,789.97 billion yen).
Exports were up 9.8 percent on year - also
shy of expectations for 12.5 percent following the 9.5 percent increase
in the previous month.
Exports to China surged 27.7 percent on year to 1,074.853billion yen,
while exports to all of Asia were up 12.5 percent on year to
Exports to the United States added 5.6
percent on year to 1,063.575 billion yen, while exports to the European
Union climbed an annual 13.9 percent to 609.548 billion yen.
Imports added an annual 9.0 percent versus forecasts for 7.2 percent following the 25.1 percent spike a month earlier.
from Asia gained 772 percent on year to 2,749.544 billion yen, while
imports from China alone collected an annual 5.72 percent to 1,185.620
Imports from the United States jumped 20.8 percent on
year to 579.923 billion yen, while imports from the European Union
jumped 15.4 percent to 646.886 billion yen.
The adjusted trade
balance registered a deficit of 1,133.2 billion yen, missing forecasts
for a shortfall of 907 billion yen following the upwardly revised 1,763
billion yen deficit in January (originally 1,818.8 billion yen).
EURUSD Fundamentals 19.03.2014 (based on dailyfx article)
Trading the News: Federal Open Market Committee Meeting
Indeed, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is
widely anticipated to reduce its asset-purchase by another $10B in
March, but the market reaction may not be as clear cut as the previous
rate decisions as market participants expect a material shift in the
Why Is This Event Important:
Indeed, a growing number of Fed officials have
highlight a new ‘qualitative’ approach for monetary as the jobless rate
approaches the 6.5% threshold for unemployment, while a dovish twist to
the central bank’s forward guidance may heighten the bearish sentiment
surrounding the greenback as it drags on interest rate expectations.
How To Trade This Event Risk
Bullish USD Trade: FOMC Cuts Another $10B & Sees Greater Scope to Normalize
Bearish USD Trade: Fed Implements Dovish Twist to Forward Guidance
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AUDUSD by USD - Federal Funds Rate news event :
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What is FOMC Meeting
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.1% to 16,354 and the Standard
& Poor's 500 index gained 0.1% to 1,874. The S&P 500 is inching
back up toward its record high close of 1878.04. The Nasdaq composite index dropped 0.1% to 4,331.
U.S. Federal Reserve is scheduled to issue a statement at 2 p.m. ET
Wednesday and hold a press conference after the end of its two-day
policy meeting. It is the central bank's first policy meeting since Janet Yellen replaced Ben Bernanke as chair.
analysts expect the Fed to continue to reduce its monetary stimulus at
the speed it has already set, trimming its monthly bond purchases by
another $10 billion. It is also expected to revise its economic
Wall Street will also be closely watching to see if the
Yellen-led Fed adjusts its "forward guidance" as it relates to when it
will start hiking short-term interest rates, which are currently
targeted around 0%.
The Fed had been using a 6.5% unemployment
rate as its 'threshold" to start the process, or at least kick off the
debate, about raising rates. However, with the jobless rate now at 6.7%
and the rate itself viewed as a flawed measure of the actual health of
the job market, the Fed is expected to start phasing out the numerical
"Forward guidance will be the most closely watched
aspect of the meeting," says market strategist Andrew Busch of The Busch