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    FOREX NEWS: US DOLLAR WEAKNESS – A TEMPORARY AFFAIR?



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    Forex News: The US Dollar softened Friday against the Euro, despite the Non-Farm Payrolls report posting a number of 235K jobs, higher than the expected 196K. The weakness was mostly generated by a drop in hourly wages.

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    Technical Outlook

    Friday’s strong climb took the pair above 1.0680 resistance and sent the two oscillators in overbought territory. This move is likely to retrace lower and to find support at 1.0630 but if price continues higher, we don’t expect it to pass 1.0710 before a retracement occurs. Keep in mind that the NFP report was better than expected and this may trigger a delayed strengthening effect on the US Dollar, so a drop into the 50 period Exponential Moving Average is not out of the question.

    Fundamental Outlook

    At 1:30 pm GMT, ECB President Mario Draghi will deliver a speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Labs for Innovation Science and Policy Fostering, in Frankfurt. Although the topic is not directly tied to the financial markets, caution is recommended, as always when Draghi speaks. Other than this, no major events will affect the currencies today.


    GBP/USD

    The pair was mostly unaffected by the Non-Farm Payrolls and remained in a relatively tight range for the entire duration of Friday’s trading session, without threatening support or resistance.

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    Technical Outlook

    Friday’s price action doesn’t give a lot of clues about the next move and our bias is neutral until 1.2215 resistance or 1.2125 support is broken. The pair is in a medium term downtrend but the Relative Strength Index and Stochastic are exiting oversold, moving up and thus increasing the chance of a test of 1.2215. Given the lack of major economic indicator releases, we don’t expect to see a clean break of either support or resistance today.

    Fundamental Outlook

    United Kingdom’s economic calendar is light and the Pound will not be affected today by major economic releases.

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    FOREX NEWS: US DOLLAR STILL FEEBLE, RESISTANCE EXPOSED



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    Forex News: The pair pushed into 1.0710 resistance but there, an expected retracement took place and now price is moving lower, below 1.0680. Mario Draghi’s speech didn’t have a strong impact and yesterday’s price direction was mostly driven by the technical aspect.

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    Technical Outlook

    As seen from the chart above, the Stochastic and Relative Strength Index reached overbought almost at the same time and this also coincided with the touch of 1.0710 resistance. These factors generated a bearish move, which is considered a retracement at the moment, not a reversal. We expect 1.0710 to be tested again today and if the bulls fail to take price above it, this will suggest that a reversal is in the making and 1.0630 will become the first target.

    Fundamental Outlook

    The first important release of the day is the German ZEW Economic Sentiment, a survey of about 275 German investors and analysts that tries to gauge their opinions regarding a 6-month economic outlook. The survey acts as a leading indicator of optimism, with higher numbers strengthening the Euro. The time of the release is 10:00 am GMT and the expected number is 13.2.

    The US Dollar will be affected by the release of the Producer Price Index, which tracks changes in the price charged by producers for their goods. It acts as a leading indicator of inflation because a higher producer price will eventually translate into a higher price paid by the consumer. The release is scheduled at 12:30 pm GMT and the forecast is a change of 0.1% (previous 0.6%).


    GBP/USD

    The pair retraced higher, as it was signaled by the long distance traveled to the downside and by the bottoming pattern formed near 1.2125 support. Overall the bias remains bearish after the retracement becomes exhausted.


    Technical Outlook

    Yesterday’s climb took the pair into the 50 period Exponential Moving Average and now the candles are showing long wicks, which is a sign of indecision; however, this could be just an accumulation for a push above the 50 EMA and above 1.2250 resistance. If this is the case and the two forms of resistance are broken, the pair is likely to climb back towards 1.2350 but this distance will not be traveled in one day unless surprising events take place.

    Fundamental Outlook

    The United Kingdom didn’t schedule important economic releases, thus the deciding factors for direction will be the technical aspect and the U.S. Producer Price Index.

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    FOREX NEWS: FED IN THE SPOTLIGHT, US DOLLAR SET FOR BIG MOVES. RATE HIKE EXPECTED



    EUR/USD

    Forex News: European data disappointed yesterday, while the U.S. Producer Price Index showed a better than expected change, triggering a drop into support and a trading session mostly controlled by the bears.

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    Technical Outlook

    Price is testing the support at 1.0630 and the 50 period Exponential Moving Average is in close vicinity, creating a confluence zone which will be difficult to break. The current level was touched several times in the recent past and almost every time the pair had a strong reaction to it, so the same may be happening now; a bounce here is very possible but on the other hand, a break followed by a move below the 50 EMA would be a clear sign of strength from the part of the sellers.

    Fundamental Outlook

    Today is a key day for the US Dollar, because the Fed will meet to announce the interest rate at 6:00 pm GMT and Fed Chair Yellen will hold a press conference half an hour later, discussing the rate decision. A rate hike is expected, from the current <0.75% to <1.00% and if this prediction comes true, the US Dollar will likely strengthen and a lot of volatility will be generated. We recommend caution if trading during the event.


    GBP/USD

    Price dropped yesterday, partly due to technical reasons and partly due to Brexit fears, so now the pair is in a bearish environment, testing support.

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    Technical Outlook

    After failing to stay above the 50 period Exponential Moving Average, the pair is testing 1.2125 and the US Dollar seems to have regained some of its strength. However, a stronger support is located at 1.2090 but it must be noted that the pair is already showing signs of rejection at 1.2125. Today’s price direction will be mainly affected by the fundamental side but the levels to watch remain 1.2090 as support and 1.2250 as resistance.

    Fundamental Outlook

    At 9:30 am GMT we take a look at the UK unemployment situation with the release of the Claimant Count Change, an indicator that shows changes in the number of people who asked for unemployment benefits. The forecast is 3.2K (previous -42.4K) and higher numbers usually weaken the Pound. Of course, later in the day the pair will be directly affected by the Fed rate decision.

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    FOREX NEWS: US DOLLAR BATTERED AS FED HIKES, BUT EXPECTATIONS DISAPPOINT



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    Forex News: The US Dollar came under heavy pressure yesterday as the Fed decided to hike from <0.75% to <1.00% but expectations for 2017 remained at only 2 more hikes, which was generally perceived as dovish and was the main reason for greenback weakness.

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    Technical Outlook

    After failing to break the 50 period Exponential Moving Average, the pair jumped and moved strongly to touch 1.0710 resistance despite a Fed rate hike. If the current resistance is broken, we expect price to re-test it form above, thus confirming it as support; if the pair can firmly remain above 1.0710, then 1.0800 will become the first bullish target but until 1.0710 is broken, a reversal can take place.

    Fundamental Outlook

    At 12:30 pm GMT the US Dollar will be affected by the release of two medium-impact indicators: the Building Permits (anticipated number 1.26M) and the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index (anticipated number 30.2). The former shows the annualized number of residential building permits issued during the previous month and the latter is a survey or purchasing managers that acts as a leading indicator of optimism and economic health. Higher numbers for any of these indicators usually generate US Dollar strength.


    GBP/USD

    US Dollar weakness pushed the pair higher yesterday, taking it into the resistance at 1.2300. It looks like the bearish move is over and the market is turning, with the bulls taking control.

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    Technical Outlook

    The pair moved above the 50 period Exponential Moving Average and the Dollar took a blow from Fed expectations of only 2 more rate hikes this year. This puts control in hands of the bulls and makes us anticipate a break of 1.2300, followed by a move into 1.2350 but the Relative Strength Index is rapidly approaching overbought and usually after a strong move, price retraces to the opposite side. This means that 1.2250 may be touched but as long as the level remains intact, our bias is bullish.

    Fundamental Outlook

    The Bank of England will announce today at 12:00 pm GMT the interest rate, accompanied by a Monetary Policy Summary and a breakdown of the MPC members’ rate votes. The rate is not expected to change form the current 0.25% and we don’t expect to get any clear hints towards a near-future hike or cut, so the event will probably create just temporary volatility.

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    FOREX NEWS: WEAKNESS CONTINUES, RETRACEMENTS IN SIGHT AS OSCILLATORS REACH OVERBOUGHT LEVELS



    EUR/USD

    Forex News: The pair pushed higher yesterday, above 1.0710 and returned to re-test the level from above, thus establishing it as support. The economic data released yesterday was mixed and didn’t have a substantial impact on the pair.

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    Technical Outlook

    It looks like the bulls are in clear control of the pair and now that 1.0710 is support, we expect price to head towards 1.0800 in the medium term. However, it must be noted that both oscillators are approaching overbought and the Relative Strength Index is also showing bearish divergence (price is making a higher high and the oscillator is making a lower high), which is a signal that a move south may soon follow. If this potential move extends below 1.0710 and 1.0680, the 50 EMA will become the first place where bullish action may resume.

    Fundamental Outlook

    The University of Michigan will release today at 2:00 pm GMT a Consumer Sentiment survey, which gauges the opinions of about 500 consumers regarding current and future economic conditions. Usually a higher number than the forecast 97.1 shows optimism and strengthens the US Dollar but to a limited extent.

    Also today the G20 Meetings start, attended by central bankers and finance ministers from the member states. Volatility may increase, depending on the matters discussed.


    GBP/USD

    The Bank of England decided to maintain the rate unchanged but one of the 9 members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) saw the need for a rate hike (previously all agreed to hold rates) and this triggered Pound strength that took the pair above another resistance level.

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    Technical Outlook

    Although the Pound is in control and several resistance levels have been broken, we expect a move lower, possibly after 1.2385 is reached. Supporting this view is the fact that both oscillators are approaching overbought and also, price travelled a long distance without a deeper pullback. A good target for this potential move down is 1.2300.

    Fundamental Outlook

    The Pound will not be affected by major economic releases today but United Kingdom representatives will attend the G20 Meetings and this may be a cause for increased volatility.

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    DAILY ANALYSIS: PULLBACKS IN SIGHT, AS OSCILLATORS REACH OVERBOUGHT LEVELS



    EUR/USD

    Daily Analysis: The Consumer Sentiment survey released Friday by the University of Michigan didn’t have a strong impact on the US Dollar, mostly because it came very close to analysts’ expectations, but the pair retraced lower due to overbought conditions signalled by both oscillators.

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    Technical Outlook

    The move lower seen Friday should be considered just a simple retracement at the moment, not a reversal but it is very possible to extend into the support at 1.0710. As long as this barrier remains intact, our view is bullish, anticipating a move into 1.0800; however, such a long distance will not be travelled today probably, mostly due to the lack of major economic releases, a fact which may generate ranging price action. Also, the oscillators are just coming out of overbought, favouring a touch of support.

    Fundamental Outlook

    Today’s direction will be mainly driven by the technical aspect because the United States and Europe have a lacklustre economic calendar, without any major releases.


    GBP/USD

    Price action was choppy Friday but the buyers managed to remain in control and to keep the pair above 1.2350. Rejection is present and the upside momentum seems to fade away but the medium term bias is still bullish.

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    Technical Outlook

    Long wicks have started to appear on the last few candles and both oscillators have reached overbought, with price at resistance. These factors suggest that a deeper retracement will soon follow, so we don’t expect to see a break of 1.2420 today but if the pair does move above this level, the extent should be limited. After the potential retracement, we expect the pair to move above 1.2420 and into 1.2480 but this will not happen today unless surprising developments take place.

    Fundamental Outlook

    Similar to the other two currencies, the Pound will not be affected today by major economic releases, so the technical side will be the main market mover.

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    FOREX NEWS: RESISTANCE HOLDS. US DOLLAR STAGES A COMEBACK?



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    Forex News: Yesterday’s price action slowed down and the pair retraced after making another attempt to break last week’s high. The fundamental scene was lacklustre, without major announcements.

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    Technical Outlook

    Price printed a lower high, which is a sign that the bullish run may come to an end or at least that we will see a move into 1.0710 support. By the time price reaches support, the 50 period Exponential Moving Average will probably climb and will be in close vicinity of 1.0710, thus creating a confluence zone that will increase the chances of a bounce higher. A move below the moving average and the mentioned level would show that the balance of power is tipping towards the sellers; however, the pair is still in a good uptrend, so a move above the minor resistance around 1.0775-1.0780 will add more strength and would make 1.0800 the first target.

    Fundamental Outlook

    Today the ECOFIN Meetings start and will be attended by Finance Ministers from the European Union member states. The matters discussed may have an impact on the Euro but the meetings are closed to the press and a formal statement is released at the end of the day.


    GBP/USD

    Price pierced 1.2420 resistance yesterday but in the afternoon the US Dollar showed signs of recovery and pushed the pair lower. The bearish move is considered a simple retracement, which was overdue, considering the overbought position of the oscillators.

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    Technical Outlook

    The move lower seen yesterday was mostly generated by the fact that price travelled a long distance north without a proper retracement and was signalled earlier by the overbought condition of the oscillators. However, the pair remains in a short-to-medium term uptrend and this means that once the overbought condition is cleared and a notable level is touched, we may see another push higher. The first level of importance is 1.2350 and there we expect to see a resumption of the uptrend.

    Fundamental Outlook

    The release of the British Consumer Price Index is today’s highlight, scheduled at 9:30 am GMT and expected to show a change of 2.1% from the previous 1.8%. The CPI is the main gauge of inflation and can have a strong impact on the currency, with higher numbers usually strengthening it so be careful if you plan on trading at the time of release.

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    FOREX NEWS: POUND POSTS FRESH HIGHS ON THE BACK OF SOLID INFLATION DATA



    EUR/USD

    Forex News: After moving very close to 1.0710 support yesterday, the pair jumped higher and briefly took out 1.0800 resistance, in a session that was controlled by the bulls almost entirely.

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    Technical Outlook

    The resistance at 1.0800 was breached yesterday but after moving above it, the pair returned below and is now showing some signs of exhaustion, with the Relative Strength Index continuing to hover near its overbought level. Considering that 1.0800 is both psychological and technical resistance, we expect to see a deeper retracement from here, and a potential touch of 1.0775, which was previously resistance and now may turn into support. Overall the bias is bullish and the uptrend is healthy but in need of a pullback.

    Fundamental Outlook

    The day ahead lacks major economic releases, with the most notable one being the U.S. Existing Home Sales, scheduled at 2:00 pm GMT and expected to show a reading of 5.59M. The indicator shows the annualized number of homes sold, excluding new constructions and usually strengthens the US Dollar if it posts figures above expectations but the impact is not very high.


    GBP/USD

    The British Consumer Price Index released yesterday exceeded expectations, showing a 2.3% change and this was the main reason why the Pound had another solid day against an already soft Dollar.

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    Technical Outlook

    After bouncing around 1.2350 support, the pair shot up through 1.2420 and reached 1.2480 resistance. In the past the pair spent a lot of time moving above and below this level, so we are likely to see some reaction this time as well; also, the Relative Strength Index is touching its overbought level, signalling that a move south may be next. If the current bullish impulse continues past 1.2480, we expect the extent to be limited and followed by a pullback but overall the bias remains bullish.

    Fundamental Outlook

    The Pound will not be affected by major economic releases, so the technical aspect will be the main driver behind price action today.

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    FOREX NEWS: BULLISH MOMENTUM WANES, BRITISH RETAIL SALES EYED FOR NEXT MOVE



    EUR/USD

    Forex News: The pair slowed down yesterday as the upside momentum faded and the bears stepped in, creating a pullback. The U.S. House data was softer than anticipated but the impact was mild and this contributed to the overall slow session.

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    Technical Outlook

    The pair retraced lower but bounced perfectly at 1.0775, which is now support and a place where the pair might show some interesting movement in the future. The bias remains bullish and we expect to see a touch of 1.0830, followed by 1.0850 but a move below 1.0775 would invalidate such a scenario for the time being and would make the 50 period Exponential Moving Average the first target.

    Fundamental Outlook


    At 12:45 pm GMT, Fed Chair Yellen will speak at the Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference. We don’t expect this speech to trigger strong movement but it all depends on the matters she will discuss and her attitude; nonetheless, caution is recommended.

    The release of the U.S. New Home Sales is today’s other notable event, scheduled at 2:00 pm GMT and expected to show a number of 566K. The impact is usually medium but a reading above expectations is considered bullish for the US Dollar.


    GBP/USD

    The pair had trouble breaking the resistance zone around 1.2480 and retraced lower yesterday, for a perfect touch of 1.2420. For now support is holding and the bias remains bullish.

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    Technical Outlook

    The bounce at 1.2420 and the consequent move up show that the US Dollar is still weak and that we will soon see a break of 1.2480, which will open the door for a move into 1.2550. Both oscillators remain very close to overbought and this increases the chances of an extended move lower but even if this happens, as long as the pair is trading above the 50 period Exponential Moving Average, the overall bias is bullish.

    Fundamental Outlook

    The British Retail Sales come out today at 9:30 am GMT, showing changes in the total value of sales made through retail outlets during the previous month. A higher change than the forecast 0.4% usually brings Pound strength and the opposite is true for a lower reading.

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    FOREX NEWS: BEARISH PRESSURE MOUNTS, AHEAD OF EUROPEAN PMIS, U.S. DURABLE GOODS ORDERS



    EUR/USD

    Forex News: The US Dollar remained mostly indifferent to Yellen’s speech and to the better than expected figure posted by the U.S. New Home Sales. All this combined with the lack of major news from the Euro side, generated a slow and choppy trading session.

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    Technical Outlook

    It’s becoming clearer that the bullish momentum has faded as the buyers failed to reach 1.0830 and the candles started to show long wicks in their upper side. However, the sellers also lack strength and determination so currently there is no short-term clear bias but as long as the 50 period Exponential Moving Average is below price and angled upwards, the overall trend is up.

    Fundamental Outlook

    At 9:00 am GMT two medium-impact indicators are released: the European Manufacturing PMI (expected reading 55.3) and Services PMI (expected reading 55.4). These are surveys of purchasing managers that focus on the health of the two sectors and usually strengthen the Euro if they show a better than expected reading but the releases tend to be overlooked if the actual figure matches or comes very close to analysts’ expectations.

    On the US Dollar side we have the Durable Goods Orders, released at 12:30 pm GMT and expected to show a change of 1.1%. The impact is medium to high, with numbers above forecast strengthening the greenback.


    GBP/USD

    The Pound continued its climb yesterday, fuelled by better than expected British Retail Sales (actual 1.4%; forecast 0.4%). Resistance is clearly broken but the oscillators are still overbought.

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    Technical Outlook

    The pair is trading above the resistance at 1.2480 but most of yesterday’s move was generated by the solid British Retail Sales reading and from a strictly technical point of view, the need for a retracement lower has increased. Both oscillators are overbought and price has travelled a long distance without a proper pullback so today we expect a move south. The levels of interest are 1.2550 as resistance and 1.2480 as support.

    Fundamental Outlook

    The Pound will not be affected today by major economic releases, so the technical aspect and the U.S. Durable Goods Orders will be the main factors that will affect the pair’s direction.

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