EUR/USD Technical Analysis: Aiming Above 1.12 Figure (based on dailyfx article)
The Euro rose as expected against US Dollar,
with prices now poised to make a move above the 1.12 figure. Near-term
resistance is at 1.1263, the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement, with a break
above that on a daily closing basis exposing the 50% level at 1.1513.
Alternatively, a reversal below 1.0955 (trend line
resistance-turned-support, 23.6% retracement) clears the way for a test
of the 1.0456-541 area (March 16 low, the 23.6% Fib expansion).
Our long-term outlook
envisions Euro weakness. With that in mind, we will treat any on-coming
upswing as corrective and look to enter short once signs of a renewed
turn lower emerge. In the meantime, we will remain on the sidelines.
Gold nears $1,200 in 6-day winning streak (based on marketwatch article)
Meanwhile, David Govett of Marex Spectron isn’t buying into this recent stretch of strength for gold. “I
cannot see the Fed raising rates in the near future with inflation
non-existent, so the current dollar weakness may be with us for a
while,” he said. “However, it will happen at some stage and with the
rest of the world on an economic slowdown, the U.S. may be the only game
in town. In the long run, I would still want to be long dollars, short
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EUR/USD Continues to Put Pressure on the 1.1040 Resistance (based on forexminute article)
EUR/USD rallied from 1.0462 to 1.1040 last week. The main bullish
breakout move followed the FOMC statement. After that, there was a sharp
pullback, but that held above 1.06 and maintained a bullish outlook.
Let’s follow up on the price action since this breakout and
The 4H chart shows that price has continued to threaten the 1.1040
resistance. During the 3/24 session, there was a bearish engulfing
candle. However, this candle failed to extend the retreat and price held
above 1.09. This suggests that the bulls in this market is in control
in the short-term.
Also note the 200-period SMA just above
1.1040. A break above 1.1050 is likely to open up further bullish
correction. When we look at the daily chart, we can see some room to
rally until a key pivot around 1.1270. If price stalls here, and the
daily RSI also stalls around 60, be ready for a bearish attempt at least
to test the 1.09 level that acted as support in the previous couple of
EUR/USD Mid-Session Technical Analysis for March 26, 2015 (based on fxempire article)
The EUR/USD is trading better at the mid-session. Overnight, the
market held a key 50% level at 1.0956 and is also trading on the bullish
side of a downtrending angle at 1.0949, indicating that more than
short-covering may be going on. Both of these levels are new support.
If 1.0949 fails as support then look for an acceleration to the
downside with a steep uptrending angle at 1.0822 the next downside
With the EUR/USD chewing through a high at 1.1025 and a closing price
reversal top at 1.1028, traders have set their sights on the Fibonacci
level at 1.1072. There could be a technical bounce at this level since
the main trend is down, but this price is also a potential trigger point
for an upside breakout.
If 1.1072 is taken out with conviction then look for a possible
acceleration into 1.1168. This is followed by another angle at 1.1199
and a major, long-term 61.8% level at 1.1211.
Look for a bullish tone to develop over 1.1072 and a bearish tone under 1.0956.
EURUSD Morning Reversal- EURUSD Opens to a False Breakout (based on dailyfx article)
The EURUSD has opened the day with a false breakout in early London
trading. Prices moved above resistance found at the R4 Camarilla pivot
near 1.1031, but quickly slipped back into the pivot range. Range
resistance begins at the R3 pivot found at the psychological 1.1000
price point. Immediately price continued to decline down to range
support found at the S3 pivot at a price of 1.0937.
Currently price is again trading outside of its 63 pip range. In the
event that price begins to decline further, trend traders may elect to
look for a breakout under the S4 pivot. This would signal a potential
increase in USD strength and traders would look for a reversal back in
the direction of the markets predominant trend. Conversely, if price
moves back inside of range support, this may temporarily suspend any
further attempts at a market breakout.
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Barclays says ... (based on forexlive article)
"The two key drivers of the multi-year downtrend in the EUR
remain in force. In our view, remain the two that we identified last
summer: 1) persistently low expected returns to capital in the euro area
due to its relatively larger output gap and its structural impediments
to growth; and 2) an Odyssian commitment by the ECB to a long period of
low (or negative) interest rates. Both forces continue to augur
for a much lower EUR, despite an encouraging pick-up in euro area
economic indicators and a likely slowing in the pace of Fed tightening,"
"In particular, as long as the ECB is committed to highly elastic
provision of liquidity, the EURUSD will struggle to find its footing and
risks come primarily from the US economy. In our view, a stabilization
or turn in the EUR will require a sustained and convincing pickup in
real investment or acceleration in core inflation that all into question
the ECB's commitments. Neither appears on offer anytime soon," Barclays
"Two-way risks almost certainly have risen and we do not expect
the torrid pace of EUR depreciation to be sustained. But the two
drivers of EUR weakness appear strong, suggesting to us that the EUR
still has much further to fall in its multi-year downtrend," Barclays argues.
How much lower?
Forex Weekly Outlook Mar 30-Apr 3 (based on forexcrunch article)
Canadian GDP, US Consumer Confidence, Trade Balance and
important employment data including ADP Non-Farm Employment Change and
the all-important Non-Farm Payrolls. Join us as we explore the top
events of this week.
Last week, US labor market continued to improve with a decline in the number of jobless claims,
reaching 282,000. Robust job creation and better employment conditions
have strengthen the labor market spurring growth. However, the final GDP release
for the fourth quarter of 2014 slightly disappointed remaining
unchanged at 2.2%, below the 2.4% forecast. Despite a 4.4% jump in
consumer spending, the economy shrank at an annual rate of 2.1% in the
first quarter due to severe winter storms. Nevertheless, economists
forecast stronger growth in the coming months, as the labor market
continues its positive expansion trend.
US Dollar Fundamentals (based on dailyfx article)
Fundamental Forecast for Dollar: Bullish
The Dollar came dangerously close to a nasty
speculative spill this past week. While the medium-term fundamental
picture supports the currency’s progress over its counterparts, there is
enough evidence that the market has ran beyond its quantifiable
advantage and is therby exposed to a rebalance. However, it seems to
realize a correction in the Dollar’s incredible run, their needs to be a
more motivated thrust for profit taking. Soon to close out a record nine consecutive month rally
(on the ICE Dollar Index), we face a market more sensitive to
week-to-week event risk and a docket that can strike exposed nerves.
With a ‘trader’s’ mentality in mind, bulls head into
the new trading week with a little more breathing room. Fed Chairwoman
Janet Yellen lended support to to the run in her Friday afternoon
speech. As is her method, she offered enough balance to her comments to
feed both a dove’s and a hawk’s convictions on where monetary policy is
heading. Though potentially interpretive, Yellen remarked that they should not wait until they have returned to the 2 percent inflation target before they move.
Given it takes time for policy to filter into the economy, that makes
sense. However, from an investor’s perspective, this fits a concerted
effort made by the central bank to ready the market for the inevitable –
with heavy insinuation that it can happen earlier than many expect.
Indeed, when we look at what the market’s
expectations for pricing in monetary policy paths, it is clear that
there is plenty of room for adjustment on both sides. The
Dollar is perhaps one of the most hawkish reflecting instruments, but
that may be due in part to its exceptionally dovish counterparts
(particularly the BoJ and ECB). On the other end of the spectrum, we
find Fed Fund futures – specifically tailored to hedging rate forecasts –
pricing the first hike way out into November and no follow up until
March/April of next year. This is enough skepticism in the market that a
steady march to mearly meet what is the consensus amongst analysts,
economists and primary dealers can generate further Dollar gains.
After the FOMC
rate decision two weeks ago and Yellen’s remarks this past week, it is
clear that the first hike is increasingly data dependent. That will
emphasize the importance of significant fundamental developments in the
rates picture. In the register of event risk, few items will outshine
the BLS labor conditions report for influence. That said, the March update is due on Friday
(Good Friday). From this data though, the wage growth report should be
paid specific attention. This is the connection between labor growth and
inflation. And, on the topic of inflation, the Fed’s preferred reading –
the PCE deflator – is due on Monday. And, between those two high
profile book ends, we have no fewer than 10 Fed speeches scheduled. This
should be an interesting, speculative week.