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EUR/USD Technical Analysis: Resistance Now Above 1.12 (based on dailyfx article)

  • EUR/USD Technical Strategy: Flat
  • Support: 1.1040, 1.0712, 1.0461
  • Resistance:1.1266, 1.1515, 1.1764

The Euro continues to push higher against the US Dollar having reversed as expected after showing a bullish Morning Star candlestick pattern. Near-term resistance is at 1.1266, the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement, with a break above that on a daily closing basis exposing the 50% level at 1.1515. Alternatively, a move back below the 1.0959-1.1040 area (23.6% Fib, March 18 high) clears the way for a test of the March 31 low at 1.0712.

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Focus Now Turns to 1.15 for EUR-USD

Analysts are now talking about 1.15 being achievable. The question on everyone's mind is this - will 1.10 finally break and lead to higher levels for the euro?

"We still believe the gains in the EUR/USD are corrective, but purely technically alone this range breakout can allow for some upside extension. 1.1275-1.1500 is a very strong technical resistance zone to be mindful of in that regard," says a morning forecast note from Lloyds Bank.

Euro Exchange Rate: Focus Now Turns to 1.15 for EUR-USD
Euro Exchange Rate: Focus Now Turns to 1.15 for EUR-USD
  • 2015.04.30
  • Will Peters
  • www.poundsterlinglive.com
“While above 1.0660 the immediate outlook remains bid. Minor support lies at 1.0660 and this guards the 1.0520/1.0457 recent lows.” Commerzbank. German bund yields crashed lower in the mid-week session as trading desks were forced to dump them at cut prices owing to a lack of demand and plentiful supply. When bunds fall we tend to see the...
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AUDIO - Spotting the Patterns with Bill Henner

Economic data and the fed proved to be the major market movers on Wednesday, yet special guest Bill Henner spotted something different. With 25 years of floor trading experience in Chicago, Mr. Henner is no stranger to market patterns. The duo discuss the current market condition as well as what Bill has gleaned from the charts.


Sergey Golubev
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EUR/USD May Target Mid-$1.1500s; USD/JPY Best Bet for USD Gains (based on dailyfx article)

  • EURUSD double bottom may target mid-$1.1500s.
  • USDJPY positioning favors further gains on USD recovery.

The ECB's QE trade has consisted of three components in 2015: a weaker Euro; higher bond prices/lower bond yields; and higher equity markets. This week especially, we've seen that trend reverse, and quite quickly: the Euro has rallied; German yields, especially at the long-end, have shot higher; and equity markets across the Euro-Zone have slipped.

There is thus a split in the US Dollar's prospects, depending upon where you look. In EURUSD, the potential for a move into the mid-$1.1500s seems possible given the potential double bottom nature of the recent consolidation breakout, boosted by the extreme Euro short positioning seen in the futures market. On the other hand, if the US Dollar is to continue its recovery after the shelling it took over the past two weeks, then USDJPY may offer the best opportunity, given that the market is the least short the Japanese Yen since Q4'12 - right before Abenomics began and the Yen's meltdown commenced.


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Forex Weekly Outlook May 4-8 (based on forexcrunch article)

The US dollar experienced a very turbulent week, tumbling down and recovering, but not against the euro. Close elections in the UK, an important rate decision in Australia, employment data from New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the all- important US non-Farm Payrolls release are key events. These are the highlight events on Forex calendar for this week. Here is an outlook on the top events coming our way.

The Federal Reserve downgraded its economic outlook amid soft growth data.  The Fed admitted recent weakness in the first quarter relating it to temporary factors. Inflation will have to climb back to 2% and the job market needs to improve further before a rate hike is announced. However, the Fed believes the US economy will rebound in the second quarter.  Meanwhile, jobless claims released last Thursday, surprised markets with a 34,000 fall in the number of claims nut not all data points impressed.  The biggest winner was the euro, that broke critical resistance and seems unstoppable. Poor data weighs on the pound towards the elections and central banks weigh on the kiwi and the Aussie.

  1. Australian rate decision: Tuesday, 4:30. The Reserve Bank of Australia kept its cash rate at 2.25% for the second consecutive month in April, as the majority of policy makers decided against another rate cut. The last rate cut in February was designed to boost growth in non-mining sectors. RBA governor Glenn Stevens notes in his rate statement that further easing measures will be announced in the next few months. No change in rate is expected this time, but there is no 100% consensus. This means that a rate cut will hit the Aussie, and another “no cut” is set to boost it.
  2. US Trade Balance: Tuesday, 12:30. The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in February to the lowest level since 2009, reaching $35.4 billion. Economists expected deficit will rise to $41.3 billion. However, the strong dollar, weak global demand and lower crude oil prices probably impacted trade balance in February. Despite the low deficit, economic growth slowed considerably in the first quarter. Exports declined 1.6% to $186.2 billion, the smallest since October 2012, while imports from China fell 18.1%, pushing the politically sensitive U.S.-China trade deficit down 21.2 percent to $22.5 billion. Trade deficit is expected to grow to 39.7 billion in March.
  3. US ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI: Tuesday, 14:00. The U.S. non-manufacturing sector continued to expand at a slower pace in March, as service companies increased their export orders. Economists expected Non-Manufacturing PMI to reach 56.6. The majority of respondents’ were positive about business conditions and the overall economy. The ISM’s new orders index increased to 57.8 in March from 56.7 in February. The export index jumped to 59.0 from 53.0. The ISM business activity index declined to 57.5 from 59.4 in February and 61.5 in January. Non-manufacturing PMI is expected to reach 56.2 in April.
  4. NZ employment data: Tuesday, 22:45. New Zealand’s employment market expanded 1.2% in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to 0.8% growth in the previous quarter. Economists expected a 0.8% rise in the number of new positions. Despite the bigger than expected job gain, the unemployment rate increased to 5.7% from 5.4% in the third quarter, posting the highest unemployment rate since Q1 2014. Analysts estimate an average of 5.2% in 2015. New Zealand’s employment is expected to grow by 0.7% in the first quarter, while the unemployment rate is forecasted to decline to 5.5%.
  5. US ADP Non-Farm Payrolls: Wednesday, 12:15.  The U.S. private sector registered the smallest job gain in more than a year, adding 189,000 positions in March. The reading was below market forecast of 227,000 jobs and weaker than the 212,000 increase in posted the previous month. Harsh winter, a strong dollar and weaker global demand were partial causes for the disappointing jobs release.  ADP private sector employment is expected to grow by 185,000 in April.
  6. Janet Yellen speaks: Wednesday, 13:15. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will speak in Washington DC. She may speak about the recent FOMC rate decision the state of the job market. Market volatility is expected.
  7. Australian employment data: Thursday, 2:30. Australia’s labor market expanded by 37,000 new jobs in March, pulling the unemployment rate down to 6.1%. The majority of jobs asses were full time positions. Economists expected a lower gain of 14900 positions and forecasted unemployment of 6.3%. Productivity has climbed increasing employers’ demand for workers. Improved job prospects expected to lift household incomes and boost the economy. Australian labor market is forecasted to expand by 3,100 jobs, while the unemployment rate is expected to reach 6.2%.
  8. US Unemployment Claims: Thursday, 12:30. The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment fell last week to the lowest level since 2000, indicating the weakness in the labor market during March was only temporary. The number of initial claims plunged 34,000 a seasonally adjusted 262,000, beating forecasts for 290,000 new claims. The four-week moving average declined l 1,250 to 283,750.
  9. UK elections: Thursday, initial results expected late in the US session. After 5 years of a Conservative-LibDem coalition, incumbent David Cameron boasts an recovering economy while Labour leader Ed Miliband points to deteriorating standards of living. The markets would prefer a Conservative government, the current coalition or at least an outright majority for Labour. However, things look much more complicated, with both leading parties expected to fall short of a majority and a hung parliament also on the cards – an uncertain situation with negative ramifications for the pound. Polls are too close to call, making it an interesting event indeed.
  10. Canadian employment data: Friday, 12:30. The Canadian economy unexpectedly added 28,700 jobs in March, beating forecasts of jobs contraction. The majority of jobs were part-time positions, but employers also cut 28,200 full-time jobs. The main gain was detected in the service sector. RBA Governor Stephen Poloz stated that first quarter growth will be badly affected by the recent oil price collapse. The labor participation rate edged up to 65.9% from 65.7%. The unemployment rate remained at 6.8% while expected to tick up to 6.9%.
  11. US Non-Farm Payrolls: Friday, 12:30. US non-farm payrolls disappointed in March showing job growth of 126,000 positions, far below the 246,000 gain expected by analysts and following 295,000 job addition in February. Meanwhile the unemployment rate remained stable at 5.5% in line with market forecast. The employment-population ratio remained at 59.3%, while the participation rate edged down to 62.7% in March from 62.8% in the prior month. US private sector is expected to gain 231,000 jobs, lowering the unemployment rate to 5.4%.
Sergey Golubev
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US Dollar Fundamentals (based on dailyfx article)

Fundamental Forecast for Dollar: Neutral

  • The Dollar dropped to a two-month low this past week and closed out April with its first monthly decline in 10 months (DXY)
  • Will this week’s NFPs offer a clearer signal on rate expectations than this past week’s GDP/FOMC combo?

This past week, the USDollar posted its first drop on a monthly basis in 10 consecutive months. At the same time, the week ended on a rally that closed out the period little changed. We are in a phase of technical and fundamental limbo. A correction for the Greenback is not without its merits: the Dollar’s exceptionally consistent run can be overinflated by trend-following speculative interests that need to retrench and rate speculation has softened alongside the quality in data. Then again, the currency’s and economy’s ‘relative’ appeal is still exceptionally strong. With the Dollar transitioning from a steady bull trend to a period of consolidation and now suffering its most painful slide in a year, the burden to generate momentum on this week’s fundamental themes will be more evenly distributed.

For fundamental traders, the most recognizable catalyst in the week ahead will be the April labor statistics due on Friday. It is not unreasonable to peg the NFPs the week’s top event risk. It is an easy-to-interpret indicator and taps directly into what has driven the Dollar and FX market generally through the past year: monetary policy expectations. However, there will be hurdles to overcome for this data to lock in a definitive currency move. The most prominent obstacle for the report will be its Friday release. There will be plenty of anticipation, but confirmation comes late in the week.

In the data itself, the elements that cut closest to the key determinants for monetary policy will carry the most weight. The unemployment rate is already well beyond levels previously set as targets, so its up- or downtick will generate lower amplitude waves. The missing element in the timing of the Fed’s liftoff is tangible inflation pressure. For that reason, the earnings data will likely prove the most important update. The current consensus is for a 2.3 percent increase in wages year-over-year, which would match the strongest pace since 2009. Should the data meet or ‘beat’ this forecast, it would tip the uneasy equilibrium in rate speculation that we were left with following this past week’s poor 1Q GDP reading and the FOMC’s suspiciously status quo statement. Alternatively, a ‘miss’ is likely to carry less weight as it fighting a current whereby the Fed remains well ahead of the policy curve.

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USDJPY Fundamentals (based on dailyfx article)

Fundamental Forecast for Yen: Neutral

  • US Dollar/Japanese Yen exchange rate very sensitive to US Treasury Yields
  • Weekly Volume Report: USDJPY volume profile looks encouraging for bulls


Dollar Technicals Say Bearish Reversal, Fundamentals Don’t Agree
Dollar Technicals Say Bearish Reversal, Fundamentals Don’t Agree
  • 2015.05.02
  • John Kicklighter
  • www.dailyfx.com
This past week, the USDollar posted its first drop on a monthly basis in 10 consecutive months. At the same time, the week ended on a rally that closed out the period little changed. We are in a phase of technical and fundamental limbo. : the Dollar’s exceptionally consistent run can be overinflated by trend-following speculative interests that...
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GBPUSD Fundamentals (based on dailyfx article)

Fundamental Forecast for British Pound: Neutral

  • GBP/USD Continues to Carve Bullish Series as Retail FX Remains Short
  • GBP/USD First 6 Day Rally Since December 2013


GBP/USD Advances Fizzles Ahead of U.K. Election- 1.5000 on Radar
GBP/USD Advances Fizzles Ahead of U.K. Election- 1.5000 on Radar
  • 2015.05.02
  • David Song
  • www.dailyfx.com
Headlines surrounding the U.K. election are likely produce increased volatility for GBP/USD, but the uncertainties clouding the fiscal outlook may only act as a near-term driver for the British Pound as the Bank of England (BoE) remains on course to normalize monetary policy. A hung parliament is likely to produce near-term headwinds for the...
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AUDUSD Fundamentals (based on dailyfx article)

Fundamental Forecast for the Australian Dollar: Neutral

  • Compelling Evidence Stacks Up Against Widely Expected RBA Rate Cut
  • Australian Dollar Set to Rise if Easing Bets are Disappointed Yet Again


Australian Dollar May Rise as RBA Disappoints Rate Hike Bets
Australian Dollar May Rise as RBA Disappoints Rate Hike Bets
  • 2015.05.02
  • Ilya Spivak
  • www.dailyfx.com
Australian Dollar price action made for a wild ride last week. First, a surge of nearly two percent early in the week produced the largest daily rally in 15 months and took at long-standing range resistance at the 0.79 figure against its US counterpart. Then, in the final 48 hours of the week, a sharp selloff erased the advance and put the...
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GOLD Fundamentals (based on dailyfx article)

Fundamental Forecast for Gold: Neutral

  • Gold Springs a Bear Trap
  • Gold Eyes Monthly Top, SPX 500 Chart Warns of Downturn Ahead


Gold Marks Outside Weekly Candle on FOMC- 1165 in Focus Ahead of NFP
Gold Marks Outside Weekly Candle on FOMC- 1165 in Focus Ahead of NFP
  • 2015.05.02
  • Michael Boutros
  • www.dailyfx.com
Gold prices fell to a 6-week low with the precious metal off by more than 0.50% to trade at $1172 ahead of the New York close on Friday. The decline marks the fourth consecutive weekly loss and comes amid a volatile session for bullion with prices testing the monthly close highs before reversing course to take out the monthly lows late in the...