if actual > forecast (or actual data) = good for currency (for USD in our case)
[USD - Durable Goods Orders] = Change in the total value of new purchase orders placed with manufacturers for durable goods. t's a leading indicator of production - rising purchase orders signal
that manufacturers will increase activity as they work to fill the
U.S. Durable Goods Orders Show Unexpected Decrease In September
New orders for U.S. manufactured durable goods unexpectedly showed a
notable decrease in the month of September, according to a report
released by the Commerce Department on Tuesday, with orders extending
the steep drop seen in August.
The report said durable goods
orders fell by 1.3 percent in September after plunging by 18.3 percent
in August. The continued decrease came as a surprise to economists, who
had expected orders to increase by about 0.5 percent.
orders for transportation equipment, durable goods orders fell by a more
modest 0.2 percent in September compared to a 0.7 percent increase in
the previous month. Economists had also expected ex-transportation
orders to climb by 0.5 percent.
Forex technical trading (VIDEO): Keeping the EURUSD buyers in control (October 28th, 2014).
The EURUSD has been able to move higher in trading on Monday after
finding support above a low from November 2012, the 100 hour MA and the
38.2% of the move down from last week.|Traders will be eyeing these levels in the new trading day, to see if
what was broken can remain broken – keeping the buyers in control.
Video: EURUSD, GBPUSD and USDJPY Trade Potential on FOMC
If the FOMC
decision significantly alters the Dollar's position in the monetary
policy ranks, what pair is best positioned for the change? What trades
are primed for a significant 'risk' response to the central bank's
actions? The upcoming monetary policy decision holds significant sway
over both immediate volatility levels as well as big-picture fundamental
trends. Against a backdrop of surprisingly low volatility readings, a
tremendous rebound in equities and a stubborn US Dollar
position; there are heavy biases and plenty of opportunity. These
different facets position GBPUSD as a favored relative yield setup,
USDJPY as a key 'risk' trade and EURUSD a balance of both worlds. We
look discuss these pairs, the FOMC rate decision and other event risk
ahead in today's Trading Video.
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The EUR/USD pair had a volatile session during the day on Tuesday, but truthfully I believe that this market is waiting to see went the Federal Reserve does as far as an interest rate decision today. I recognize that the Federal Reserve more than likely will keep rates exactly where they are, but will really get the market moving is the statement. If there is hints of the Federal Reserve tightening of monetary policies or at least some type of hawkish behavior, that will be very good for the US dollar, and send this pair much lower. On the other hand, if they make it abundantly clear that the market should and anticipate any type of hawkish stance from the Federal Reserve anytime soon, then this pair could go higher.
Looking at the chart though, I cannot help but notice that the 1.28 level is the beginning of significant bearish pressure, pain all the way to the 1.30 handle. I have been suggesting this for some time, and there is nothing on this chart that even remotely suggests that it’s about the change. I believe ultimately some type of resistant candle in this vicinity will be an excellent selling opportunity as we break the bottom of what looks like a bearish flag, and the perhaps head down to the 1.25 level during the next several days.
[USD - Federal Funds Rate] = Interest rate at which depository institutions lend balances held at the
Federal Reserve to other depository institutions overnight. Short term interest rates are the paramount factor in currency valuation
- traders look at most other indicators merely to predict how rates
will change in the future.
Federal Reserve calls end to QE3 - Full Text of the Fed’s Statement
The US Federal Reserve has announced the formal conclusion of its
latest bond-buying program, commonly referred to as QE3, while
reaffirming plans to hold interest rates at current levels for a
The US central bank said
it would make a final $US15 billion taper to its quantitative easing
program from next month, concluding a 10-month process that has seen
it gradually reduce its bond buying from $US85 billion.
expected move came at the end of a two-day meeting of the Fed’s
policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), with market eyes
now shifting to the central bank’s view on the US economy and outlook
for rate hikes.
“The committee judges that there has been a
substantial improvement in the outlook for the labour market since the
inception of its current asset purchase program,” the Fed’s statement
“Moreover, the committee continues to see sufficient
underlying strength in the broader economy to support ongoing progress
toward maximum employment in a context of price stability.
“Accordingly, the committee decided to conclude its asset purchase program this month.”
“The committee anticipates, based on its current assessment, that it
likely will be appropriate to maintain the 0 to 0.25 per cent target
range for the federal funds rate for a considerable time following the
end of its asset purchase program this month,” the Fed advised.
if incoming information indicates faster progress toward the
committee's employment and inflation objectives than the committee now
expects, then increases in the target range for the federal funds rate
are likely to occur sooner than currently anticipated.
if progress proves slower than expected, then increases in the target
range are likely to occur later than currently anticipated.”
Janet Yellen-led central bank noted that the US economy had expanded at a
"moderate" pace since its last meeting in mid-September, while the
underutilisation of labour resources was "gradually diminsihing" and
long-term inflation expectations remained "stable".
Here is the full text of the Federal Reserve’s policy statement.
EUR/USD Technical Analysis: Short Trade Making Progress (based on dailyfx article)
looks to be resuming its down trend resumption following the completion
of a Flag chart formation. Near-term support is in the 1.2500-34 area,
marked by the October 3 low and the 23.6% Fibonacci expansion, with a
daily close below that exposing the 38.2% level at 1.2316.
Alternatively, a reversal above trend line resistance at 1.2759 opens
the door for a test of the 23.6% Fib retracement at 1.2852.
[USD - GDP] = Annualized change in the inflation-adjusted value of all goods and services produced by the economy. It's the broadest measure of economic activity and the primary gauge of the economy's health.
EUR/USD Technical Analysis: Bounce Hinted Above 1.25 Mark (based on dailyfx article)
The Euro appears to be returning to the down trend against the US Dollar
after completing a Flag continuation pattern last week. A daily close
below support in the 1.2500-34 area marked by the October 3 low and the
23.6% Fibonacci expansion exposes the 38.2% level at 1.2316. A Hammer
candle hints a near-term bounce may be in the cards however. A turn
above trend line resistance at 1.2746 clears the way for a challenge of
the 23.6% Fib retracement at 1.2852.
GBPUSD Fundamentals (based on dailyfx article)
The British pound finished the week notably lower versus the resurgent
US Dollar, but a busy week of economic event risk ahead suggests the GBP/USD may see big moves and could very well stage a reversal.
Watch for any surprises out of an upcoming Bank of England Rate Decision
and/or the highly-anticipated US Nonfarm Payrolls report to drive the
lion’s share of Sterling/Dollar moves in the week ahead. Traders are
clearly preparing for big volatility across the major FX pairs as 1-week
volatility prices have hit their highest since the Scottish Referendum
vote in September.
We do not expect the Sterling will see the same level of turmoil on a
simple BoE rate announcement. Yet we need only look to the past week’s
Bank of Japan interest rate decision to see the effects of a truly
surprising central bank meeting. Analysts widely expect that the
Monetary Policy Committee will leave interest rates unchanged and
therefore produce no post-decision statement. To that end we’ll watch
earlier-week PMI figures to gauge sentiment ahead of next week’s Bank of
England Quarterly Inflation Report.
Beyond UK event risk it remains important to watch how the US Dollar and
British Pound start the new month. Through September it seemed as
though the US Currency was unstoppable as it hit fresh peaks against
almost all major counterparts. Yet the month of October brought
considerable consolidation. Late volatility suggests that November could
produce a material change in market conditions. And indeed historical
seasonality studies have shown that major currencies are more likely to
see important reversals at the beginning and end of a given calendar
period. Let’s watch and see how the Sterling starts to gauge whether a
more significant breakdown is likely.