Japan Eco Watchers' Current Index Rises More Than Expected In December (based on rttnews article)
A measure of people's assessment of the Japanese economy improved in December after worsening in the previous two months, survey figures from the Cabinet Office showed Tuesday.
current index of the economy watchers survey rose by 3.7 points to 45.2
in December from 41.5 in November. Economists had forecast the index to
rise to 44.0.
A reading above 50 suggests optimism and a score
below 50 indicates pessimism. The latest increase was the first in three
Meanwhile, the outlook index climbed to 46.7 in December
from 44.0 in the prior month. It was the highest score since September,
when it was at 48.7.
Marcel Thieliant, a Japan economist at
Capital Economics noted that the strong rebound in the Economy Watchers
Survey in December stands in stark contrast with other business surveys which mostly weakened last month.
economist said he would place more weight on small business confidence
and the PMIs, which on balance worsened at the end of last year and
remain consistent with falling industrial output.
USD/JPY Lower (based on benzinga article)
The U.S. Dollar is trading lower against Japan's Yen in afternoon
trading. Some market chatter is looking ahead to the Bank of Japan next
week and is expecting the BOJ to cut Japan's core CPI forecast to 1.5
percent from 1.7 percent.
The USD/JPY is trading weak and for the most part is reacting to
moves in the U.S stock market. The USD/JPY pair is trading at 117.96,
USD/JPY Technical Analysis: Support Below 118.00 Pressured (based on dailyfx article)
The US Dollar is testing the bottom of now-familiar range support below the 118.00 figure against the Japanese Yen
once again. Near-term support is at 117.91, the 23.6% Fibonacci
retracement, with a break below that on a daily closing basis exposing
falling channel support at 116.87. Alternatively, a reversal above
channel top resistance at 119.16 opens the door for a test of the
December 23 high at 120.82.
Prices are too close to support to justify entering
short from a risk/reward perspective. On the other hand, the absence of a
defined bullish reversal signal suggests that taking up the long side
is premature. With that in mind, we will remain flat for now.
if actual > forecast (or actual data) = good for currency (for AUD in our case)
[AUD - Employment Change] = Change in the number of employed people during the previous month. Job creation is an important leading indicator of consumer spending, which accounts for a majority of overall economic activity
Australia Jobless Rate Slips To 6.1% In December
The unemployment rate in Australia came in at a seasonally adjusted
6.1 percent in December, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on
That beat expectations for 6.3 percent, and it was down from the revised 6.2 percent in November.
The Australian economy
added 37,400 jobs to 11,679,400 in December - well above forecasts for
5,000 following the gain of 42,700 jobs in the previous month.
increase in employment was driven by increased full-time employment for
both females (up 23,300) and males (up 18,200). The increase in
full-time employment was marginally offset by a fall in part-time
employment, down 4,100.
The participation rate was 64.8 percent, topping expectations for 64.7 percent - which would have been unchanged.
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Something Interesting in Financial Video January 2015
newdigital, 2015.01.15 11:48
Markets Gone Wild And Turmoil in Europe But Silver Demand Strong
The dollar rallied from .85 to .92 as the 10 year
bond yield went from 2.62% in September to 1.83%. Gold is
recovering from its early November lows at $1,140 as it almost touched
$1,250 this week.
Looking at Europe, it seems Greece is back in the news and it will
probably remain in the news for some time. The Syriza Party is probably
going to win the election and throw out the current regime of
“technocrats.” Syriza has said they will not pay and have told the
people of Greece they will simply default on the loans and leave the
Euro. This is going to create disorder for the short term, but will
allow Greece to regain it’s sovereignty and begin rebuilding it’s
The silver institute is claiming there will be a 27% increase in the
use of industrial silver by 2018–mining operations are either slowing
down or shutting down, where in the world are we going to find 27% more
silver over the next 3 years? According to Andrew Hoffman, that is not
entirely correct. The number of ounces required for industrial use are
going to be further squeezed by the investment demand which, as Steve
St. Angelo has pointed out on numerous occasions, is on the rise and
will continue to rise at a much greater clip than industrial demand.
2013 and 2014 were back-to-back record years for both the American
Silver Eagle and the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf. Not an easy task when
you are talking about 44 million and 25 million, respectively, for the
top two silver coins in the world. That is a massive amount of silver in
just those two products alone. It is unlikely that the new demand will
be satisfied, according to Hoffman.
The US Mint reported for their 2014 sales a gold-silver ratio
of 83.9. Currently, real world ratio is 74.5 ounces of silver to ounces
of gold. According to mother nature there is approximately 9.5 ounces of
silver coming out of the ground for every 1 ounce of gold. There is a
divergence between demand and price.
AUDIO - Commodities & Futures with Don Dawson (based on fxstreet article)
Commodities have had a rough time of late! Oil is getting crushed,
copper falling like a rock, and others languishing with a strong dollar
and potential global recession. Master trader, Don Dawson joins Merlin Rothfeld
for a look at the driving forces behind these commodities and offers
insights into where they may be headed next. The duo also answer several
listener questions which are also in line with the Futures theme.
USD/JPY Technical Analysis: Yen Touches 1-Month High (based on dailyfx article)
The US Dollar edged lower for a fourth consecutive day against the Japanese Yen,
dipping to the lowest level in a month. A daily close below falling
channel floor support at 116.64 exposes the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement
at 115.48. Alternatively, a reversal above the 23.6% Fib retracement at
117.91 opens the door for a test of channel top resistance at 118.96.
Risk/reward considerations argue against entering short with prices in close proximity to support. On the other hand, the absence of a defined bullish reversal signal suggests taking up the long side is premature. We will remain flat for now, waiting for a more actionable opportunity to present itself.
USD/JPY - Yen Posts Gains As U.S. Unemployment Claims Jumps (based on seekingalpha article)
The Japanese yen continues to move higher, as the pair trades in the
high-116 range on Thursday. On the release front, Japanese Core
Machinery Orders improved to 1.3%, but this was well below expectations.
Later today, Japan will release Tertiary Industry Activity. The markets
are expecting a gain of 0.3%. In the US, Unemployment Claims was
unexpectedly weak, jumping to 316 thousand. PPI posted a decline of
0.3%, matching the forecast. The Empire State Manufacturing Index rose
to 10.3 points and we’ll get a look at the Philly Fed Manufacturing
Index later in the day.
US employment numbers slipped on
Thursday, as Unemployment Claims surprised with a reading of 316
thousand. This was well above the estimate of 299 thousand and was the
highest reading since June 2014. However, the first full week of the
year often shows a spike in claims, since holiday workers are dismissed,
resulting in a higher number of claims. Earlier in the week, JOLTS Jobs
Openings climbed to 4.97 million, easily beating the forecast of 4.86
million. This is the indicator’s highest level since January 2001. The
strong employment numbers are a welcome result of the robust economy, as
the deepening recovery fuels demand for more workers. The health of the
labor market is an important component of any decision to raise
interest rates, so upcoming employment releases will be under the market
microscope as the Fed mulls when to raise interest rates.
in the week, US retail sales caught the markets off guard with sharp
declines in the December readings. Core Retail Sales came in at -1.0%,
while Retail Sales followed suit with a loss of 0.9%. Both key
indicators recorded their worst showings since May 2010. However, retail
sales were solid in the past two months, so the numbers for Q4 will be
in positive territory.
Trading the News: U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) (based on dailyfx article)
A marked slowdown in the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) may trigger a
short-term squeeze in EUR/USD should the development dampen the Federal
Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) scope to normalize monetary policy sooner
rather than later.
Despite expectations for a rate hike in mid-2015, the Fed may sound
increasingly cautious and preserve its highly accommodative policy
stance beyond schedule as the central bank struggles to achieve its
mandate for price stability.Nevertheless, improved business confidence paired with the pickup in
economic activity may limit the downside risk for price growth, and the
stickiness in core inflation may heighten the appeal of the greenback as
a growing number of central bank officials show a greater willingness
to normalize monetary in 2015.
How To Trade This Event Risk
Bearish USD Trade: U.S. CPI Slips to Annualized 0.7% or Lower
EURUSD M5: 13 pips price movement by USD - CPI news event:
The U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) slowed to an annualized rate of 1.3%
from 1.7% in October on the back of falling energy prices, with the
core rate of inflation narrowing to 1.7% from 1.8% during the same
period. Indeed, subdued price pressures raise the risk of seeing the Fed
further delay its first rate hike, but it seems as though the central
bank will normalize monetary policy in 2015 as the committee anticipate
the drop in oil prices to have an positive impact on the real economy.
Despite the initial tick higher in EUR/USD, the dollar remained
resilient against its European counterpart as the pair slipped below the
1.2400 handle during the North American trade to end the day at 1.2343.
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USDJPY M5: 44 pips price movement by USD - CPI news event
Forex Weekly Outlook January 19-23 (based on forexcrunch article)
German ZEW Economic Sentiment, Inflation data in New Zealand, Rate
decision in Japan, the Eurozone and Canada, Employment data from the UK
and the US and housing data from the US. These are the main market
movers on Forex calendar. Join us as we explore the highlights of this
Last week, US data failed to raise optimism with a surprise 0.9% drop
in retail sales registering their largest decline in 11 months and a
1.0% decline in core sales. In the manufacturing sector the Philly Fed
index fell to 6.3 points, while expected to reach 20.3 points. Jobless
claims increased unexpectedly to 316,000 from 297,000 crossing to
300,000 line. However, the Empire State index surged to 10 points from
5.3 in the prior month. Will we see better figures this week?