Home Prices Rise In April But Pace Is Slowing, Says S&P/Case Shiller
Prices of single-family U.S. homes sold during the month of March rose
0.2% over February on a non-seasonally-adjusted basis, according to the
latest S&P/Case Shiller report. Long-term data indicates that price
gains are cooling off across the country.
“The year-over-year changes suggest that prices are rising more slowly,”
said David M. Blitzer, S&P Dow Jones Indices Index Committee
chairman. “Annual price increases for the two Composites have slowed in
the last four months and 13 cities saw annual price changes moderate in
March. The National Index also showed decelerating gains in the last
EUR/USD Technical Analysis – Selloff Expected to Resume
is aiming to move lower after taking out the bottom of a Rising Wedge
chart formation carved out over the past six months. Near-term support
is now at 1.3598, the 76.4% Fibonacci retracement. A break below this
barrier targets the February 3 low at 1.3476. Resistance is at 1.3673,
the 61.8% level, with a turn above aiming for the Wedge bottom at
We entered short EURUSD at 1.3654 in line with our long-term fundamental outlook.
The initial target is 1.3598. A stop-loss is set to activate on a daily
close above 1.3710. We will book profit on half of the trade and trail
the stop to breakeven once the first objective is hit.
NZD/USD Technical Analysis – Focus Remain on 0.85 Figure
The New Zealand Dollar declined against its US counterpart as expected
after prices formed a Bearish Engulfing candlestick pattern. A break
below rising trend line set from late March has exposed the 0.8500-13
area, marked by the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement and the October 22
close. A further push below that aims for the 50% level at 0.8415. The
trend line – now at 0.8562 – has been recast as resistance, with a turn
back above that eyeing the 23.6% Fib at 0.8607.
The 0.85 figure has acted as formidable horizontal
support over the past two months and we will opt to wait for that level
to be broken as a signal of downside conviction before entering short.
In the meantime, we remain flat.
2014-05-28 01:00 GMT (or 03:00 MQ MT5 time) | [NZD - ANZ Business Confidence]
if actual > forecast = good for currency (for NZD in our case)
NZD - ANZ Business Confidence = Level of a diffusion index based on surveyed manufacturers, builders, retailers, agricultural firms, and service providers
New Zealand Business Confidence Continues To Fall In May
New Zealand business
confidence eased in May although the outlook on general business
prospects remained positive, results of a survey by ANZ Bank showed
The balance of business confidence slipped 11 points
from the previous month's score to 53.5 in May. This is also 17 points
below February's peak.
The slide in confidence can be attributed
to higher interest rates, fall in commodity prices, high NZ dollar and
leveled out house prices, the survey showed. However, though confidence
in all sub-sectors eased in May, the levels of confidence remained well
Activity expectations of firms regarding their own
business fell to 53 points from 51 points in April, still remaining
close to double the long-term average. Expected profitability fell for
the third consecutive month, but at 31, the situation still augurs well
for investment and employment.
Thirty percent of businesses are
expected to hire more staff over the year, the same score as in the
previous month. Investment intentions, though remaining higher than
average, fell to 23 in May from 30 in April. Export intentions dropped
to 25, leveling with October 2013.
construction activity is expected to rise by 63 percent and
construction activity by 59 percent, with the confidence indices rising
to 63.2 and 58.8, respectively, in May.
The survey showed that the composite growth indicator signals a potential 5.7 percent growth in economy.
EUR/USD remains capped by 200-day SMA
made another recovery attempt at the beginning of the European session
and retested daily highs, but it was once again capped by the 1.3635/40
area, leaving the euro vulnerable near 2-month lows.The EUR/USD
found resistance at a high 1.3637 and slid to fresh daily lows at 1.3624
in recent dealings. The EUR/USD however, continues to consolidate in a
narrow range Wednesday, showing lack of determination to extend a move
either side of the board, as investors await German unemployment figures
and Eurozone confidence data.EUR/USD vulnerable ahead of ECB decision next weekThe
EUR/USD remains vulnerable, having hit a 2 ½-month low of 1.3611
Tuesday. The shared currency has been under broad pressure lately after Draghi
said the bank was comfortable with ease further next month. However,
this has been largely priced in, leaving room for disappointment when
the ECB meets next week.EUR/USD technical levelsAt
time of writing, the EUR/USD is trading at 1.3630, virtually unchanged
on the day, with immediate resistances seen at 1.3637 (May 28
high/200-day SMA), 1.3668 (May 27 high/10-day SMA) and 1.3687 (May 22
high) ahead of 1.3700 (psychological level). On the other hand, supports could be found at 1.3624 (May 28 low), 1.3611 (May 27 low) and 1.3600 (psychological level).
2014-05-28 12:55 GMT (or 14:55 MQ MT5 time) | [USD - Redbook index]
if actual > forecast = good for currency (for USD in our case)
USD - Redbook index = The Johnson Redbook Index, released by Redbook Research Inc.,
is a sales-weighted of year-over-year same-store sales growth in a
sample of large US general merchandise retailers representing about
9.000 stores. By dollar value, the index represents over 80% of the
equivalent "official" retail sales series collected and published by the
US Department of Commerce.
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Deutsche Bank braced for fines in forex probes
Deutsche Bank AG is preparing for fines in connection with
investigations into possible manipulation of emerging markets currency
rates and is also braced for civil lawsuits, two sources familiar with
the views of the bank's management said.
The bank's internal investigations have uncovered isolated
irregularities in trading of the Russian rouble and the Argentine peso,
one of the sources told Reuters.
The other source said Deutsche Bank had said it had found no evidence of irregularities in major currency pairs.
Deutsche Bank, Germany's largest bank and the world's second-largest
foreign exchange trader, has suspended around half a dozen staff in
connection with currency trading irregularities and has said it is
cooperating with authorities.
"Our investigations into trading in FX markets are ongoing and, as we
have previously said, as part of those investigations we are reviewing
trading in emerging market currencies," the bank said in a written
statement sent to Reuters.
A spokesman for German financial watchdog Bafin declined to comment.
Numerous banks have been caught up in allegations of manipulation of global forex rates.
Commerzbank, Germany's second-largest bank, said last week it had
fired one trader and suspended another on suspicion they had tried to
manipulate the Polish zloty's euro exchange rate.
Investigations into forex rates are running alongside scrutiny of
benchmark interest rates. Eight financial firms have been fined billions
of dollars for manipulating Libor and other reference rates, and the
probe into the largely unregulated $5.3 trillion-a-day forex market
could prove even costlier.
Bafin said last week that discoveries in the forex probe were
worrying and it was "much, much bigger" than the investigation into
benchmark interest rates.
Deutsche Bank has set aside around 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion) in
legal provisions in anticipation of fines and settlements, though the
bank has not specified which risks or potential fines have been covered
with those provisions. ($1 = 0.7345 Euros)
2014-05-29 01:30 GMT (or 03:30 MQ MT5 time) | [AUD - Redbook index]
AUD - Private Capital Expenditure = Change in the total inflation-adjusted value of new capital expenditures made by private businesses. It's a leading indicator of economic health - businesses are quickly
affected by market conditions, and changes in their investment levels
can be an early signal of future economic activity such as hiring,
spending, and earnings
Australia Capital Expenditure Dips 4.2% In Q1
Total new capital expenditure in Australia was down a seasonally
adjusted 4.2 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2014, the
Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday - coming in at A$37.076
That missed forecasts for a decline of 1.9 percent following the 5.2 percent drop in the fourth quarter.
On a yearly basis, total new capital expenditures were down 5.0 percent.
Capex for buildings and structures tumbled 7.4 percent on quarter and 2.5 percent on year to A$24.524 billion.
Capex for equipment, plant and machinery added 2.8 percent on quarter but dropped 9.6 percent on year to A$12.552 billion.