"As traders, we must focus on what is real in the markets and not
simply go by what we feel or what we are told to be true. For sure there
may be some of you reading this right now and asking the question of
why you should take my word for it either? I say that is good. I am glad
you are thinking this way. Don’t take my word for granted. Stay
objective and have a great trading week."
AUDUSD Technical Analysis (based on dailyfx article)
The Aussie dollar continued to build on the
bullish momentum of the last few weeks, with the June futures contract
closing the session with a wide spread up candle on the daily chart,
surging through the 0.9300 region on good volumes. The positive tone has
continued overnight and into the early London session with the pair
continuing to climb higher to trade at 0.9337 at the time of writing.
Yesterday’s price action was significant, following the recent period
of sideways consolidation, which saw the pair trading in a narrow
range, between 0.9170 to the downside, and 0.9255 to the upside.
However, with yesterday’s price action now breaching this short term
resistance level, we can expect to see further bullish momentum for the AUD/USD
in the short term, particularly if the 0.9350 high of late December
2013 is breached. Below we now have a solid platform of support in place
as shown on the volume at price histogram on the daily chart, and
provided that volumes remain above average, then we could see a move to
test the 0.9600 high of late October in due course.Weekly :
Moving to the weekly chart, we have a similar picture with an almost
perfect double bottom now developing in the timeframe, and adding
evidence to suggest that the bottom for the pair is now
firmly established in the 0.8650 range, and provided the November 2013
high is taken out, then a return to test parity in the longer term is possible.
Beijing has Narrower Room to Use Policy Tools to Boost Economy, Agency Says
A top economic planning agency has said that China’s room to use
policies to boost the economy is getting less and less as it tries to
prevent a looming economic slowdown in 2014.
The government rolled out plans last week to reduce taxes for small
businesses and speed up railway and affordable housing construction in
order to bolster the flagging economy.
“Policy fine-tuning is required to even out economic volatility, but
room for the government to influence growth is narrowing,” said the
National Development and Reform Commission in a report that analyzes the
implementation of China’s 12th five-year plan (2011-2015).
"Against the backdrop of rising local government debt burdens, high debt
ratios and rapid money supply growth and excessively large social
financing, room for simply using fiscal and monetary policy to manage
demand and promote economic growth is getting smaller and smaller," the
NDRC added. "Improper operation will exacerbate overcapacity and delay
structural adjustments, increase inflationary pressures and accumulate
Last year, Beijing rolled out plans to shift the economy from an
export and investment-driven one to one that is based on innovation,
services and consumption, which it views as more sustainable in the
survey of economists forecast economic growth in the first quarter to
average 7.3 percent, a five-year low, which is also less than 7.7
percent growth recorded in 2013.
A huge segment of the market believe that a further decline in
economic growth and increasing capital outflows will prompt the central
bank to slash the banks’ reserve requirement ratio later in 2014.
2014-04-09 18:00 GMT (or 20:00 MQ MT5 time) | [USD - FOMC Meeting Minutes]
FOMC Meeting Minutes give USD another blow
The FOMC meeting minutes lean to the dovish side, with several members
saying the statement overstates the rate rise pace. These are the
minutes for the first FOMC meeting under Chair Janet Yellen. In that
decision, the Fed dropped the forward guidance and just said that low
rates would remain at hand for a long time after the bond buying program
(QE) ends. In the accompanying press conference, Yellen surprised by
saying that a considerable time is “6 months”. This gave a boost to the
greenback. In the meantime, it lost its shine, even thogh nothing has
really changed in the big picture of the US economy.
Swedish Crown Falls as Central Bank Hints at Lowering Interest Rates
The Swedish crown plunged 0.5 percent against the euro after Riksbank
said it will cut interest rates soon, as the market awaits local
inflation figures this Thursday. The crown fell past 9 crowns a euro to
trade at 9.0027.
"This message from the Riksbank has changed the picture and the euro
will probably extend upward from here," an unnamed head of foreign
exchange with a Scandinavian bank told Reuters.
"Inflation tomorrow is the key now. It seems unlikely that we'll get a
strong number - the data set implies that inflation will be fairly weak.
I think around 9.03 would be first resistance for more gains for the
Despite the expanding economy, Swedish inflation remains very low,
giving central bank officials a lot of headache. This also comes at a
time when household borrowing is very high and the crown has fallen 2
percent since mid-March.
"If we continue to see more bad economic news out of Sweden then of
course it’s hard to say," another dealer told Reuters. "But I think the
Riksbank has given us room to push the euro another five to seven
figures higher depending on inflation tomorrow."
The euro also held steady against most currencies, which analysts
attributed to China’s move to rebalance its forex reserves after it
purchased billions of dollars in March in order to weaken the renminbi.
The currency remained slightly unchanged against the dollar at
$1.3800. The dollar fell by at least 1 yen to trade at 101.55 yen on
Tuesday, before recovering on Wednesday to 102.04 yen. The euro also
rose 0.2 percent to trade at 140.77 yen.
AUDUSD Technical Analysis 10.04.2014 morning (based on dailyfx article)
Ignore Momentum Advice -- Buy Real Growth Stocks (based on Forbes article)
“They” are at it again, trying to trip up our investment plans. A
deluge of articles warns that “momentum” investing (i.e., investors
chasing performance) created a bubble-like environment that is now
popping. The conclusion? Run from growth, and focus on dividends and
Disclosure: Holdings include five stocks mentioned below – Chevron
CVX +1.1%, DR Horton DHI +0.46%, General Electric GE +0.78%, Genesee
& Wyoming and Merck & Co MRK +3.74%.
That great advice for April 2000 and April 2009 is terrible for April
2014. The rehabilitation and rebuilding of the broken U.S. economy and
financial system is done. Likewise, stock market participation and
valuations are back to normal. In this environment, “value” (i.e., low
P/E or high dividend yield) stocks offer neither superior return
potential nor better risk protection.
How to invest in this environment
Focus on the right kind of growth. The description, “growth stocks,” carries two meanings: (1) stocks of faster growing companies,
and (2) faster rising stocks. The growth to look for is the first – at
the company level. If the company delivers, the stock price will
Look beyond the fastest growing companies. Since growth can
occur anywhere, do not focus only on hot growth areas like technology
(nor should we, for diversification reasons).
For valuation, look to estimated earnings and expect to pay up.
The forward P/E ratio is Wall Street’s primary measure. Importantly,
for faster growing companies in this market, P/Es generally will be
higher. If not, be sure there is a good reason why the growth stock is
also a value stock.
Ignore dividend yield. Plenty of growing companies pay
dividends, so a diversified growth portfolio can have a decent yield.
The key is to focus on the growth outlook, first and foremost, and let
the dividend yield fall out of the process.
Examples of non-momentum companies with good growth potential
These five companies show that good growth potential exists outside of high growth industries:
Importantly, none qualifies as a momentum stock – yet – as the relative performance shows:
The bottom line
The momentum stock sell-off does not mean we need to run from growth
stocks. The best 2014 strategy is quite the opposite. Owning stocks of
companies that have fast (not fastest) growth prospects. This growth
approach can create a diversified portfolio with a decent dividend
2014-04-10 01:30 GMT (or 03:30 MQ MT5 time) | [AUD - Employment Change]
if actual > forecast = good for currency (for AUD in our case)
Australia posted a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.8 percent
in March, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday.
That handily beat forecasts for 6.1 percent, and it was down from 6.0 percent in February.
The Australian economy gained 18,100 jobs in March 18,100 to 11,553,200 -
blowing away expectations for a gain of 2,500 following the upwardly
revised jump of 48,200 in the previous month (originally 47,300).
Full-time employment decreased 22,100 to 8,029,100 and part-time employment increased 40,200 to 3,524,000.
Unemployment decreased 29,900 (4.0 percent) to 713,200. The number of
unemployed persons looking for full-time work decreased 16,700 to
509,800 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time
work decreased 13,300 to 203,400.
The participation rate was 64.7 percent - in line with forecasts but
down from the upwardly revised 64.9 percent a month earlier (originally
Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 8.0 million hours (0.5 percent) to 1,617.2 million hours.
Trading the News: Bank of England (BoE) Interest Rate Decision (based on dailyfx article)
The Bank of England (BoE) interest rate decision may generate fresh
highs in the GBP/USD should we see a growing number of central bank
officials show a greater willingness to normalize monetary policy sooner
rather than later.Why Is This Event Important:
Indeed, BoE Governor Mark Carney argued the first rate hike may come
before the general election in May 2015 amid the stronger recovery in
the U.K., and a further shift in the policy outlook should continue to
heighten the bullish sentiment surrounding the British Pound as the
central bank moves away from its easing cycle.
Sticky prices paired with the pickup in household & business
activity may push the BoE to adopt a more hawkish tone for monetary
policy, and the policy meeting may trigger a bullish reaction in the
GBP/USD should the central bank lay out a more detailed exit strategy.
However, the BoE may merely reiterate the policy statement from the
March 6 meeting as the central bank continues to assess the margin of
slack in the real economy, and the British Pound may face a near-term
correction should the MPC meeting drag on interest rate expectations.
How To Trade This Event Risk
Bullish GBP Trade: BoE Sounds More Hawkish/Lays Out Detailed Exit Strategy
GBP/USD Daily Chart
GBP/USD H4 Chart
Bank of England (BoE) Interest Rate Decision March 2014GBPUSD M5 : 38 pips range price movement by GBP - Interest Rate news event :
The Bank of England interest rate decision came and went once again in
its usual fashion. As has become the norm, a quick spike in GBP was
followed by an equally fast pullback. As this meeting does not proceed
the ECB, we may see greater follow through, especially in the EURGBP
China Shares Surge Sharply on Shanghai-Hong Kong Investment Rule
China stocks edged up to a near two-month peak after the China
Securities Regulatory Commission announced it was going to permit
cross-border stock trading between markets in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
"Policies launched by Beijing, including state-owned enterprises
reform and the allowing of the issuance of preferred stocks to raise
capital, would boost investor interest in blue chips," said analyst Deng
Wenyuan of Soochow Securities.
However, property stocks sunk on reports by the National Development
and Reform Commission (NDRC) that property debt may bring about
broad-based financial risks, raising concerns over the financing of
China’s real estate market, Reuters reports.
The CSI300 gauge for property stocks was down 0.9% at the close of trading, after sinking 1.6% earlier in the day.
The CSRC said it will take up to six months for China to get ready for the official launch of the trial.