FOREX NEWS: ALL EYES ON THE US DOLLAR. MASSIVE MOVEMENT ANTICIPATED
Forex News: The pair had a slow session yesterday, with price bouncing in a relatively tight range. The 50 period Exponential Moving Average was touched again but the bulls lacked the necessary strength to break it.
Some rejection is seen at the 50 EMA but overall, yesterday’s session lacked any conviction and price did not move with a clear bias. The market is likely to remain in a tight range, with low volatility and choppy movement until the U.S. events unfold and afterwards, direction will be determined by their outcome. If price moves into 1.1240 resistance or 1.1170 support before the key events scheduled for today, we expect to see bounces rather than breakouts.
We have a big day ahead for the US Dollar: at 12:30 pm GMT the U.S. Consumer Price Index is released and expected to post a change of 0.2%, same as previous. This is a key gauge of inflation and usually has a strong impact on the US Dollar, with higher numbers strengthening it. At the same time, the U.S. Retail Sales numbers come out, showing changes in the total value of sales made at retail level. This is another important indicator that can strengthen the greenback if it posts higher numbers. The forecast for today is a change of 0.1% compared to the previous 0.4%.
At 6:00 pm GMT the Fed will announce the interest rate (current <1.00%, forecast <1.25%) along with a FOMC Statement that offers details about the reasons that determined the rate decision. Half an hour later, at 6:30 pm GMT, Fed Chair Yellen will hold a press conference during which she will answer journalists’ questions. All these events have the potential to create very high volatility, so caution is recommended throughout the day.
The Pound benefited from a better than expected CPI (forecast 2.7%, actual 2.9%) and rallied before reaching the support at 1.2635. Overall the session was bullish but the pair is still under pressure.
The positive vibe received by the Pound yesterday, may extend into the resistance located at 1.2770 but we don’t expect to see further upside because if the level is broken, the pair will encounter the 50 period EMA, which will offer another form of resistance. To the downside, 1.2635 remains a strong support but today both currencies in the pair will be affected by important releases, so the technical aspect is secondary.
The Average Earnings Index is today’s highlight for the Pound. The indicator is scheduled for release at 8:30 am GMT and shows changes in the price that businesses and Government pay for labor. Usually a higher pay means that people will spend more in the near future and this strengthens the Pound; today’s forecast is a change of 2.4%, same as previous.