Forex today: Daily analysis

Will the Flash Manufacturing PMI support the EUR?

20.05.2020

Euro Area Flash Manufacturing PMI will be released on Friday at 11:00 MT time.

Instruments to trade: EUR/USD, EUR/AUD, EUR/GBP, EUR/JPY

Similar to the same indicator in the UK, the Eurozone Manufacturing PMI’s drop in April was the steepest since its inception in 1997. From 44.5 in March it plunged to 33.4 in the next month. May’s Manufacturing PMI should be in the same spectrum noting the complicated state the European economy is in. Some countries still are experiencing local peaks of infection rates, others are struggling to keep the risk of the second wave of the virus at bay while the gradual economic reopening takes place. Therefore, it would be reasonable to expect the May Flash Manufacturing PMI in Europe to be comparably weak as in April. However, if it happens to positively surprise the market, the EUR will grow in value.

If the figure is better-than-thought, the EUR will rise.
Otherwise, the EUR will fall.

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Main market drivers on May 21

21.05.2020

Let’s start with the stock market. The US-China relationship got worse and set a risk-off market sentiment. The US Senate claimed that it could bar Chinese companies from listing on American exchanges. While President Donald Trump tweeted criticism of China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Everybody took it really seriously. As you can see on the chart S&P 500 has a strong upward trend, but after the swing up yesterday, it hit a 100-day moving average and contracted today. Support levels are at 2815 and 2705. However, if it breaks through the retracement at 2975, it will go up to 3000 and then 3110.

Let’s move on to the oil. May has brought some relief to the oil market. The worst of the demand drop seems to be over. The WTI oil price ticked up to $34 a barrel, while Brent crude rose to $36. Governments are easing lockdowns, and that’s boosting consumption. At the same time, Saudi Arabia, Russia and other OPEC members have started unprecedented oil production cuts, easing the massive oversupply. We haven’t seen such high prices since March 10. If it breaks through the resistance at 35, it may go even further to 37. Support levels are at 27 and 23.

And finally let’s talk about gold. The gold trades at high rates these days. We hadn’t seen any growth yesterday. The price was spiking high, but closed negative. That’s why we could assume that the price will move down in the short term, but the long term remains bullish. It could have a pullback to 1715 or even 1685 and then jump again.

What moves the market on May 22?

22.05.2020
China held out its hand to the US. Will the USA shake it?

The US-China relationship is the focus of attention these days. China pledged to implement the first phase of its trade deal with the US. According to Chinese Premier, “China will continue to boost economic and trade cooperation with other countries to deliver mutual benefits.” On January 15 two sides signed a phase-one trade pact, but the agreement has come under threat as Donald Trump blamed China for the coronavirus outbreak. According to him, he had “a very hard time with China” and he would “save $500 billion” if it cut off ties with China. Also, China for the first time since 1990 hadn’t set its GDP target. All this raised market uncertainty, S&P 500 fell deeper. Let’s look at the chart. The price had been rising since May 14, but it struggled to cross the retracement level at 2975. Now it’s headed down to the support level at 2895. It may be a good entry point to go short as if it breaks through it, the price will dip down to 2815.

JPY benefits from US-China tensions

As we know, both USD and JPY are safe-haven currencies. However, now the Japanese yen has an advantage as it stays outside US-China disputes. Also, today the Bank of Japan released a new lending program to support small businesses. That all played into Japan’s hands, the price of USD/JPY plummeted. Now the price is struggling to cross the 200-period moving average, which it has hit recently. If it breaks through it, it will fell down to 107.1. In other case, it may reach the retracement level at 107.725, that will open doors towards 107.9.

Oil is moving down

The risk-off sentiment on the market pushed the oil prices down. Victor Shum, vice president of energy consulting at IHS Markit in Singapore, said “the nascent demand recovery is still vulnerable, and the drop in prices today is an injection of reality”. Yesterday the WTI oil price had reached unseen highs since March 10. However, it bounced back today. Support levels are 27 and 23. Retracement is 35.

What moves the market on May 25?

25.05.2020

Investors are confused. They weigh the prospect of a soon recovery as economies are reopening against the growing US-China tension. Also, analysts anticipate the whole trading to be discreet with US and British markets closed for public holidays.
Stocks gain

The risk-on mood still had a positive impact on stock indexes, such as S&P 500, Nasdaq and Dow Jones. S&P 500 has gained and approached the retracement level at 2975. If it crosses it, it will open doors toward the psychological mark at 3000. Support is at 2895.

Risk-on currencies are under pressure

Whereas, optimism around economic reopening is fading because of the lack of transparency in US-China relationships. Beijing decided to put security laws on Hong Kong, what was viewed negatively by the USA. Investors prefer safe-haven currencies to risk-on ones. AUD, NZD and GBP are moving down under pressure. Let’s look more closely at AUD/USD. It had been a strong upward trend since March 20. Nevertheless, the price has started falling on May 21. It’s may be just a correction. After the pullback to the support line at 0.649, it can move up again. Retracement is at 0.66. Support levels are at 0.649, 0.64 and 0.627.

USD vs JPY

The Japan’s government is expected to lift the state of emergency in Tokyo and its surrounding regions. The US dollar remains the most preferable currency among other safe-haven ones. It has even unbeaten the Japanese yen. USD/JPY has almost broken through the retracement level at 107.725. The next one is at 107.9. Support lines are at 107.35 and 107.1.

Market news on May 26: S&P 500 passed 3000

26.05.2020

Let’s look at main movements on the market today on May 26.
S&P 500 surged

First of all, S&P 500 passed the 3000 mark! The market sentiment is really risk-on today. It’s mainly based on recovery dynamics and potential drug developments. S&P 500 is headed to the next retracement level at 3110. Support levels are at 2960 and 2815.

GBP is moving up

Nevertheless, tensions between Washington and Beijing remain in focus as the USA added 33 Chinese entities to a trade blacklist without warning. It’s better to keep an eye on future developments in their relationship.

But, US-China disputes fail to weigh on risks as Donald Trump hasn’t yet pronounced the last word on the Hong Kong issue. The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the opening of all non-essential shops from June 15. All this played well for the British pound. It has just crossed the retracement level at 1.2265. Now it’s heading to 1.2315. Support levels are 1.22 and 1.216. However, analysts have bearish scenarios for pound in the long-term. Reasons are the end-June deadline to extend the Brexit transition period and the possibility of negative interest rates in the UK.

Oil demand is recovering

Let’s move on to the oil market. The WTI price approaches the retracement level at 35. The head of the International Energy Agency forecasted that the oil market will recover even before the global pandemic. According to him, the oil demand will rebound to its pre-crisis level in the absence of strong government policies, a sustained economic recovery and low oil prices. If the price breaks through 35, it will go further to 37.5. Support levels are 27 and 23.

Trade ideas on May 29

29.05.2020

Let’s look at main movements on the market.
USD/JPY fell down

Investors are waiting for Donald Trump’s response to China’s security law in Hong Kong. As a result, the market uncertainty pushed up the Japanese yen. The USD/JPY is headed down to the support line at 107.1. If the price manages to cross it, it will pave the way towards the next support level at 106.8. Resistance levels are at 107.45 and 107.725.

Stocks dipped on risk-off sentiment

S&P 500, Dow Jones, Nasdaq dipped today. Today the focus of investors has shifted from optimistic prospect of reopening economies to the US-China tensions. China’s parliament on Thursday insisted on the new security legislation in Hong Kong that raised a lot of questions about its future freedom and economic functioning. Everybody’s waiting for the US reaction today. Inevitably, the US-China relationship will get worse. Just yesterday S&P 500 passed the 3060 mark, unseen since March. Support levels are at 3000 and 2960.

Gold is moving up

The gold price rose on the market uncertainty and falling USD. It’s headed up to the retracement level at 1730. If it breaks through it, it will possibly jump up to 1750. Support levels are 1700 and 1680. Most analysts have bullish forecasts for gold as it always sticks to the long-term trend.

AUD/USD surged on weak USD

The Australian dollar went up as the US dollar fell. AUD has been climbing since March 20. Today it has met with a 200-day moving average at 0.6665. If it breaks through it, it will go up to the next resistance level at 0.675. Support lines are 0.66 and 0.65.

How US protests affect market?

01.06.2020

The main source of volatility for global markets is US-China tensions. Investors were waiting for US President’s speech on Friday for some hints. But, Donald Trump was not so disruptive as everybody expected. He didn’t impose any direct sanctions on China for its treatment of Hong Kong. According to investors, the US impact on China and Hong Kong is likely to be limited and more symbolic while the financial sector is unlikely to be affected.
Stocks gained

That improved the market sentiment and pushed stocks up. Let’s look at S&P 500. It has been climbing since March 20. It has already passed the 3040 mark. If it breaks through the retracement level at 3070, it will make the way towards 3110. Support levels are 3000 and 2935.

EUR surged

Nevertheless, violent protests in some American cities bothered investors, as crowds increase chances for the second coronavirus wave and economic activity loss.

As a result, EUR/USD rose on the weak greenback. Moreover, investors highly expect the ECB to unveil the rescue program with an additional 500 billion euros of asset purchases. All that played well for the EUR.

The price reached the March high at 1.114. The next retracement is at 1.117. If it manages to break through it, it may go even higher to 1.121. Support levels are at 1.11 and 1.10.

Gold moved up

The gold has passed 1740 and it’s moving up to a recent high at 1750. The overall trend is bullish, as you can see. And, the gold is likely to stick to the trend. Support levels are 1730 and 1700.

Oil forecast

Let’s talk about oil a little bit. Crude surged a record 88% in May driven by the OPEC+ deal. What’s more, OPEC+ is likely to expand its supply cuts in next months. However, prices are still well below where they have been at the beginning of the year. That’s because the demand yet need to show a sustained improvement for oil to keep rallying. Thanks to China, its oil demand has risen to near pre-coronavirus levels. However, the US demand stays low because of violent protests in the USA. Lrt’s look at WTI oil chart. If the price crosses the 100-day moving average, it may go further to 37.5. Support are 31.5 and 27.

To trade WTI with FBS you need to choose WTI-20N.

What to trade on June 2?

02.06.2020

AUD surged

The day started with a fresh data from Australia. The Reserve Bank of Australia set a cash rate unchanged. Also, RBA’s governor Philip Lowe was quite optimistic about the future economic recovery. He said: “it is possible that the depth of the downturn will be less than earlier expected”. He noticed that restrictions had been eased and rate of infections reduced. The market sentiment immediately improved and pushed AUD up. We can see on the AUD/USD that it rebounded to its pre-crisis levels. The price broke through all moving averages. Now it’s headed towards the retracement level at 0.69. The next one will be at 0.7. Support levels are 0.675 and 0.665.

Oil prices stabilized at $35

The oil prices are flat as markets wait for the OPEC+ decision. Russia and Saudi Arabia can agree to extend supply cuts in next three months. It will allow WTI oil prices to rebound to $40 a barrel at least. Petrol consumption is recovering, but it still well below pre-coronavirus levels. Speaking about airplanes, it’s hard to say when the industry will come back to normal. The WTI oil price slightly crossed the 100-day moving average and it’s headed to the new high at 37.5. Support levels are 31.5 and 27.

Violent protests in the USA

Violent protests in the USA have made the US dollar really weak. Investors start doubting about the future US recovery. The US economy hasn’t yet recovered from the coronavirus damage, when it met the new challenge. Donald Trump said that he would deploy the military troops if states don’t take measures. That led to S&P 500 contraction for a while. However, stocks are still trading at high levels as most economies are reopening.
Tesla jumped

On Saturday, SpaceX, founded and led by Elon Musk, sent two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. The launch was successful and gave more confidence to investors in Musk and in Tesla. Let’s look at the chart, the price reached pre-crisis positions. The key psychological mark at 900 is really close. Support levels are 805 and 765.

How will USD react to NFP amid coronavirus?

03.06.2020

The US NFP will be reported on Friday, June 5, at 15:30 MT time.

Instruments to trade: EUR/USD, USD/JPY, GBP/USD

NFP is the essential indicator that depicts the US economic health. It is released shortly after the month ends. It’s a must-see for every trader as most times it has a huge impact on the market. There is a general rule that USD will rise, if NFP is better than expected. Nevertheless, the coronavirus reality breaks all rules. The market doesn’t react now as most expect it. The reason is USD has a safe-haven title and it goes up, when the market sentiment is risk-off. Last time on May 8, non-farm payrolls were better than forecasted, USD movements were mixed as firstly the greenback dropped on a risk-on sentiment after the report, but then climbed the next day. Anyway, the report is more likely to bring fresh volatility in the market and create great trading opportunities.

Catch the impulse after the report and join the market movement.

Risk-on sentiment eased on June 4

04.06.2020

The market takes a breath after the rally up. What is next?
Stocks have a pause

S&P 500 passed the 3100 mark, unseen level since March. The reopening of economies and stimulus packages across the world improved the market sentiment. Investors believe that the worst is over. And, according to Bloomberg, we’ll see more support for the stock market.

Moreover, the US ADP private payrolls were much less than analysts expected. The data showed that only 2.76 million lost jobs, when 9 million were anticipated. That’s still a poor data, but it’s a sign that the economy is moving in the right direction. Today traders will wait for the US unemployment claims at 15:30 MT time.

Let’s look at the S&P 500 chart. Yesterday it showed the best 50-day trading stretch. If the price advances further, it may ramp up to the March 3 high at 3250. Support levels are 3000 and 2935.

OPEC+ meeting in doubt

Oil closed at the highest level since March: WTI - $37 and Brent - $40. However, today prices slightly contracted. Most investors are in a wait-and-see mode ahead of the OPEC+ meeting. The question is for how long the oil alliance will cut supply. If they agree to extend cuts till the end of the year, it will definitely push prices up. Look at the Brent oil chart below. The price is exactly under the 100-day moving average. If it breaks through it, it will surge up to $45. Support levels are $36 and $34.

To trade Brent with FBS you need to choose BRN-20N.
Gold dropped under risk-on

XAU/USD couldn’t find any demand in such a risk-on atmosphere. The price fell down to the support level at 1700. The next support is at 1680. Resistance levels are 1730 and 1750. Gold set a really bullish trend. And, it’s unlikely that it will reverse soon. It looks more like a short term contraction. Tomorrow NFP at 15:30 MT time should add some volatility to the market. Be ready!

ECB statement today

The European Central Bank will have a meeting today at 14:45 MT time and then later hold a press conference at 15:30 MT time. Click here to know how to trade EUR after the ECB statement.

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NFP forecasts from 10 major banks

05.06.2020

Today is the big day! Investors are waiting for NFP at 15:30 MT time. NFP shows the change in the number of employed people during the previous month, excluding the farming industry. Today it will reveal the employment change in May. It’s one of the most important indicators for all traders as it causes strong market movements. Here below you’ll find predictions from 10 major banks. Their forecasts vary from -2.2 million to -10 million. The most common one is -8 million.

RBC Economics

RBC Economics provides economic analysis and forecasts to the largest bank in Canada - the Royal Bank of Canada and its clients. They anticipate a 2.2 million decline in payrolls after April’s 20.5 million drop and a further increase in the unemployment rate to 20%.

Wells Fargo

It’s the world’s fourth-largest bank, located in San Francisco. Wells Fargo’s analysts believe non-farm payrolls will drop by 8 million and the unemployment rate will climb to 20%.

NBF

NBF is abbreviation for the National Bank of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. They expect the US employment to drop by 7.5 million.

CIBC

The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, commonly referred to as CIBC, is one of the “Big Five” banks in Canada. CIBC analysts suggest that around 6 million jobs were shed in May and the unemployment rate will rise by 18.6%.

ING

The ING Group is a Dutch banking and financial services corporation headquartered in Amsterdam. The expect the huge 10 million drop in non-farm payrolls and a rise in unemployment to 20%.

Westpac

Westpac is the Australia’s first bank, located in Sydney. Its economists predict a 7.5 million decline in employment in May and the unemployment rate to peak at 20%.

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank is a multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany. Its analysts forecast a 6.1 million drop in nonfarm payrolls, with the unemployment rate rising to 19.1%.

Danske Bank

Headquartered in Copenhagen, it is the largest bank in Denmark and a major retail bank in the northern European. Danske Bank’s analysts think that employment in the USA has dropped by 10 million. However, they mentioned that we may be too pessimistic.

TDS

TD Securities is a reliable Canadian investment bank. According to economists at TD Securities, the -8 million consensus for payrolls is too weak. Their forecast is -3 million. The TDS expects less weakness than consensus in the unemployment rate as well: a 2.8% rise to 17.5%, versus 19.5% for the consensus.

Goldman Sachs

It’s an American multinational investment bank, headquartered in New York City. Analysts at Goldman Sachs expect a 7.25 million drop in payrolls and a jump to 21.5% in the unemployment rate.

Follow the NFP report at 15:30 MT time today and catch the market movement!

Market movers on June 8

08.06.2020

Oil prices surged after successful OPEC+ meeting

OPEC+ members have signed a significant deal to cut the oil supply by 9.6 million barrels a day next month. In addition, any country that failed to fully implement output cuts should compensate it during next months. Also, keep in mind that countries a reopening and demand is recovering. That all played well for oil prices: WTI oil opened today at $40 a barrel and Brent oil – at $43. It’s the highest level for over three months! Here below you can see how U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette welcomed the deal on Saturday.

Let’s look at the Brent oil chart. It’s headed towards 50% Fibonacci retracement level at $45. And, this price is likely to be reached soon. The next retracement level will be at $51.5. Support levels are $39 and $36.

S&P 500 is aggressively climbing up

First of all, look at the chart. You’ll see really great performance of S&P 500. The price has passed $3190. If it crosses the retracement level at $3250, it will clear the way up towards $3335. Support levels are 3110 and 3000. What is the reason of such a fast growth? The reason should be the optimistic market sentiment as economies are reopening.

Gold is recovering its losses

The recent drop of the shining metal seems to be in the process of restoration: XAU/USD is one step away from testing $1,700. Noting the cloudy status of the US-China relations, we are likely to see that cross upwards pretty soon.

FOMC statement on June 10

09.06.2020

Instruments to trade: EUR/USD, USD/JPY, USD/CHF

On June 10 at 9:00 MT time the Fed will report updated economic and financial guidelines — the first ones since last December. Also, later at 9:30 MT time the FOMC will held the press conference. There are no doubts that rates won’t go below zero as the US economy has a real potential of a V-shaped recovery as S&P 500 has almost reached the pre-crisis level. Some analysts consider that may be it’s time to even increase rates as the NFP data was encouraging. The May jobs report showed that only 2.5 million people lost jobs, while economists anticipated 8 million. Also, the unemployment rate turned out 13%, when the forecast was 20%. It was a breath of a fresh air after a long time of the negative market sentiment.
How the Fed will react to all this?

Despite a positive May jobs report, it’s highly expected that the Fed won’t change the interest rate policy and will continue stimulating the economy. According to Sam Bullard, senior economist at Wells Fargo, rates will remain near zero until the end of 2021.

Some analysts wonder that the Fed may stop its quantitative easing program on the positive tone as the economy is improving. While others think that authorities will leave its policy unchanged and wait for better indicators “until the economy has weathered recent events and is on track to achieve maximum employment and price stability”. Their quantitative easing has been reduced significantly with just $4 billion dollars per day of Treasury purchases scheduled for the coming week versus 75 billion dollars at the peak of the crisis. The Fed is likely to continue the purchases in the amounts that would be needed. On the economic outlook, most strategists think the Fed will once again focus on the severity of the situation and downgrade risks, but also may mention that the economic activity is bottoming out.

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Market outlook on June 10

10.06.2020

USD is still loosing positions against major currencies. There is a good chance to gain on it! Let’s have a closer look.

EUR is back on track

EUR had been climbing for over two weeks since May 26, but it dropped on Friday after the encouraging NFP data. Nevertheless, this week EUR started on a positive footing. It’s headed towards pre-crisis highs at 1.15. Support levels are at 78.6% and 61.8% Fibonacci levels, 1.131 and 1.117, respectively.

GBP keeps rallying

Now GBP/USD is approaching the 78.6% Fibonacci retracement level at 1.2825. The British pound is likely to gain this week as UK Business Secretary claimed further easing of lockdown restrictions. If it crosses it, it will clear the way up towards the three-month high at 1.31. In opposite, if the pair fails to grow, it will meet the support level at the 200-day moving average at 1.265. If it breaks it down, it may fall deeper to 1.25.

Gold is moving up

XAU/USD reversed after the pullback last week. It’s going towards the retracement level at the high of May 29 at $1730. If it breaks it out, it will open doors to the highest point for over 8 years at $1750. Otherwise, if it starts falling, it will meet support levels at $1700 and $1680.

USD/JPY is steeply falling down

USD/JPY has easily passed the support at 107.5. Now it’s getting closer to the next support at 107. If it crosses it, it may plummet even deeper to 106. However, if some factors push USD/JPY up, the pair will meet the resistance – the 200-day moving average at 108.5.

Main market drivers on June 11

11.06.2020

Risk-off prevails on the market. Consider trade ideas that presented below.

Fed statement

Yesterday Jerome Powell, the Chairman of the Fed, made a rate statement and gave economic guidelines. All market participants waited for that big event. The Powell’s speech was quite dovish. He claimed that the Fed will continue pumping stimulus until the US employment comes back to pre-crisis rates. Jerome Powell was really clear to leave rates below zero for longer: “ We’re not even thinking about thinking about raising rates”. According to him, the Fed will use all its tools such as low interest rates and enormous amounts of bond purchasing as long as it takes. The economy faces “considerable risks” over the medium term, the Fed mentioned in its statement.

Stocks slumped

Fears of a second coronavirus wave and the caution from the Fed pushed stocks down. S&P 500 is trading near the 78.6% Fibonacci level at 3140. If it breaks it down, it will open doors towards the support at 3000. However, if risk-on comes back soon, stocks can rise again and meet the resistance at 3300.

Gold contracted

Gold prices closed lower yesterday, the first time after three sessions going up. The Fed claimed that it will hold rates near zero at least through 2022. That makes gold a favorable asset for investors in the long term. However, the future risk-on as economies are recovering may weigh on gold prices. XAU/USD is moving down towards the support line at $1725. If it crosses it, gold may fall even deeper to the key barrier at $1700. The resistance is at $1750.

GBP/USD dropped

The Fed’s guideline for the future slow recovery has set risk-averse on the market. The British pound fell down yesterday. If GBP breaks through the 200-day moving average and the support at $1.265, it will be a pivotal moment for bearish traders as GBP may fall even deeper to the key 1.25 psychological mark after that. Nevertheless, if any positive news pushed the British pound up, it will meet the resistance at 1.2825.

Oil decreased

American crude stockpiles raised to a record high. That’s why, investors have fears about the future oil oversupply. Let’s look at the WTI oil chart. The price fell yesterday to $38. If it continues dipping, it will meet the support level at $34 and then at $30. However, oil prices are unlikely to fall down so far. Economies are recovering and the oil demand will increase at the same race. The resistance is at $47.5.

Be ready for the next market fall

16.06.2020

All of us have the fear to loose money. And, when the market crash happens, most of us keep it to ourselves. However, it’s not the best approach as we just sit and loose the potential profit we would have, if we were a little bit braver. So, let’s learn what every trader should do, when the market falls again.

Keep calm

Yes, it’s hard to leave emotions aside, but it’s so important not to panic in times of market crashes. For example, in 150 years the S&P 500 fell by 30% or more 15 times, or about once a decade on average. And what does always happen next? It recovers again and again. Sometimes it takes months, less often – years. It’s not a good idea to park your money in the stock market in these moments, but if you already have them, it will be better to hung on as stocks will rebound anyway. While many investors panic and sell all their stocks settling for low prices and possibly even significant losses.

Make a wish list

The most famous investor Warren Buffet said: “We [he and partner Charlie Munger] simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful”. Make now a wish list of stocks you’ve always wanted. So, the next time, when the market crash happens, you’ll enjoy buying all of them at very low prices. And then the market bounces back, prices will surge and you’ll gain.

Make an emergency fund

This extra money will give you an opportunity to buy assets at good prices from your above wish list. Moreover, you won’t depend from any unforeseen factors.

Diversify your portfolio

Don’t focus only on one currency, stock or any asset. Rebalance your portfolio and you’ll reduce your risks significantly. Finally, be ready to react, monitor the market, remember that even the bearish stock market is an opportunity!

What drives the market on June 17?

17.06.2020

The market sentiment is mixed today. How to trade in such an uncertain environment?
Fundamental factors

The Fed’s chairman Jerome Powell reported yesterday: “until the public is confident that the disease is contained, a full recovery is unlikely.” He anticipates the long way for economy to stabilize as levels of output and unemployment are still well below pre-crisis levels. He pointed to the widening gap between rich and poor in the USA as the crisis hit mostly low-income Americans and minorities.

The new coronavirus outbreak happened in Beijing. China imposed strict restrictions. Also, Florida reported record new cases. Concerns about the second wave raised.

Nevertheless, 1 trillion dollars from the Trump administration encouraged investors as well as the Federal Reserve has started to buy individual corporate bonds.

Technical tips

EUR/USD

EUR/USD formed the head and shoulders pattern on the 4-hour chart. If the price falls below the neckline support at 1.1200, it will drop even further after that. Also, the MACD indicator signals the bearish prospect for EUR as it went below zero. Otherwise, if the price crosses the left shoulder’s high of 1.1350, it will open doors towards new highs near 1.1400.

S&P 500

S&P 500 has been climbing up the fourth day straight. Now it meets the resistance at 78.6% Fibonacci level at 3135. The move above this line will set a further bullish trend. The next resistance will be at 3230. Nevertheless, if the price drops below the key psychological support at 3000, it may fall even deeper to 2930. Watch closely!

XAU/USD

Gold is trading near $1730 last days. There are no huge price movements because market participants are hesitating as both risk-off and risk-on factors weigh a lot. On the economic side, the second round of Fed’s Chairman Jerome Powell and the US housing data can give additional hints to gold traders. The resistance is at 1750. Support levels are 1715 and 1700.

Coming market events:

The Canadian consumer price index at 15:30 MT time will give the fresh stimulus. If the data is better than expected, CAD will rise.

The US housing data will be published at 15:30 MT time.

The second round of the Jerome Powell’s speech will be at 19:00 MT time. It will influence the overall market sentiment.

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Market news and trade ideas on June 19

19.06.2020

Risk-averse weakened and riskier assets climbed up. Let’s have a closer look.
Fundamental factors

The Bank of England cut its bond-buying program by about a half. Investors believe it’s too early as there is still a real potential of a second coronavirus wave. Of course, GBP fell down yesterday after the announcement. Also, the possible no-deal Brexit is another negative factor that can push GBP down in the long run.

The USA and China are suffering from the coronavirus resurgence. New cases in Florida exceeded the past week’s average and Texas hospitalizations jumped by another record.

Tensions between China and the USA are growing. According to the Chinese professor Wang Jisi, “China-US ties today worse than Soviet-US relations during the cold war”. Lu Zhengwei, chief economist at the China Industrial Bank, said that the Chinese issue will be one of the key points during the US presidential election, which may lead to disruption in the Chinese economy, mostly in market expectations.

Technical tips
GBP/USD

The British pound has gained today after falling down the whole week. Now it’s captured between the 100-day moving average above and the 50-day MA below. If it breaks through the above resistance at 1.2500, it will surge further to 1.2680. Otherwise, the move below 1.2400 can push the price down to the support at 1.2300.

S&P 500

Today S&P 500 is heading towards the two-weeks high at 3230. It has almost crossed the 78.6% Fibonacci level at 3135. However, if risk-averse comes back the next week, it may drop to the support at the key psychological mark at 3000.

XAU/USD

Gold has gained on the weak US dollar and surged up. It’s going to the resistance level at 1740. If it crosses it, it will rise further to 1750. Otherwise, if it falls down below the support $1720, it may drop even deeper to 1700.

WTI crude oil

Oil prices rose on the recovered demand as lockdowns eased in most countries. The WTI oil is approaching the three-months high at $40. The move above may push the price even higher to the resistance at the 200-day moving average at $45. Nevertheless, if it falls down, it will meet support levels at $34 and $30.

Upcoming events

The ECB economic summit will be held today. Authorities will discuss the economic outlook in the context of COVID-19.
The Canadian retail sales will be published at 15:30 MT time. 

How to trade on June 23?

23.06.2020
Fundamental factors

Trump’s adviser Peter Navarro roiled the market. He said that the US-China trade deal is over during the interview by Fox News. Stock dropped



Later, the US president calmed the market’s participants down. The phase one agreement of the trade deal is enforceable. Both sides officially claimed that they intend to stick to the deal.
That situation has proven that the US-China relationship is still one of the key drivers of the market.
The Australian Manufacturing PMI tuned out 49.8, it was better than analysts expected. That data encouraged investors as above 50.0 indicates industry expansion. AUD jumped.
The Japanese Manufacturing PMI came worse than forecasts. JPY loosened.

Technical tips
S&P 500

Most analysts don’t expect another pullback this week. S&P 500 is headed towards new highs. It has just passed 3110. If bulls are as strong as most anticipate, the stock index will surge to 3225. Support levels are 3020 and 3000.

AUD/USD

The AUD/USD rose on the positive industry data. If it crosses the resistance at 0.6950, it will open doors toward the June high at 0.7020. Nevertheless, if risk-averse returns, the pair will slump to 0.6800.

USD/JPY

The Japanese yen weakened against the US dollar on the poor PMI data. The 50-day moving average at 107.40 is a key resistance that the pair struggles to break. If it crosses it, it will soar to 38.2 % Fibonacci level at 107.85. Support levels are 106.80 and 106.00.

WTI oil

The WTI oil price has reached the three-months high. It has crossed $40.5 a barrel. Now it’s moving up towards the early March highest point at $47.5. Support levels are $36 and $32.

To trade WTI with FBS you need to choose WTI-20N.
Upcoming news today:

The French, German and EU PMI will be released at 10:15, 10:30 and 11:00 MT time, respectively.
The UK PMI will be reported at 11:30 MT time.
The US PMI will be published at 16:45 MT time.  

Risk-off is back. All eyes on the US data.

25.06.2020

The market sentiment deteriorated as the USA and some other countries are suffering from the new virus resurgence. Investors worry that the economic reopening may be delayed.
Fundamental factors

Australia has recorded its largest peak in COVID-19 cases since April. The US states such as Florida and California exceeded daily highs.
Investors are concerned that governments may impose strict restrictions and lockdowns again. That may lead to devastating results for most businesses. Stocks dropped on that worries.
Margie Patel, portfolio manager at Wells Fargo Asset Management, said that stocks just need to take a breath and then they may continue rallying.
The USA revealed new tariffs on export goods from the Eurozone. The EU considers to ban the entry for Americans. The US-EU tensions began to heat up.
The IMF lowered its guidelines for the global economic recovery and predict deeper downturn and slower rebound.

Technical tips
S&P 500

S&P 500 dropped dramatically, but the 200-day moving average stopped it at the 3,020 level. If it manages to cross this line, it will open doors towards the key psychological mark at 3,000. Follow the release of the US GDP and unemployment claims at 15:30 MT time. It will be the strong catalyst for the further falling, if the data comes worse than expected. Otherwise, if the market catches the risk-on stimulus after the report, stocks may soar. In this case, look for resistance levels at 3,110 and 3,225.

XAU/USD

Gold is headed to new highs. Market participants found it the most attractive safe-haven asset amid the current uncertainty. The US dollar gains too, but gold still prevails. If it crosses the resistance at 1,775, it will surge to 1,800. Support levels are 1,717 and 1,700. Again, the US data will have a huge impact on gold. Don’t miss out.

AUD/USD

AUD/USD has tumbled significantly as Australia suffers from the largest high in coronavirus cases. Look for the break below the 0.6830 level, as the pair may fall even deeper to the next support at 0.6800. Resistance lines are the 50-day moving average at 0.6890 and the high of June 23 at 0.6920.

Upcoming event:

The US GDP and unemployment claims at 15:30 MT time will make the market really volatile. Follow the report!

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