USD - EUR/USD Fails to Break Significant Resistance Level
Trading of the EUR/USD was extremely volatile today as the pair failed to break a significant resistance level. The Dollar was heavily sold during the Japanese trading session, but two hours into the European session the pair fell short of the significant 1.3300 level and proceeded to fall 1.1%. The pair made a slight recovery and range trading was experienced for the remainder of the day. The EUR/USD closed down at 1.3227 from 1.3245. Against the other major pairs, the Dollar closed up against the Yen at 99.24 from 98.38, while the Dollar lost ground against the Pound to end the day at 1.4997 from 1.4872.
Much of the currency market has been driven by the recent rally in global equity markets. Yesterday was no different. Gains in U.S. equities helped to drive investors into more risky, higher yielding currencies. This has hurt the U.S. Dollar against such currencies as the Australian and New Zealand Dollars.
Due out today are economic indicators that could help to create more volatility in the Dollar's crosses. U.S. Building Permits, which is considered to be an excellent gauge of future economic activity, is due to be released today at 12:30 GMT, along with the U.S. weekly unemployment claims report. Don't expect these numbers to shock the market with positive news. After these releases, the Dollar could end the day down against the EUR, testing the 1.3300 level once again.
EUR - ECB Member Discusses Interest Rate Cut
The EUR is experiencing a decline against most currencies as many market participants are predicating future quantitative easing measures by the European Central Bank (ECB). Comments made yesterday by ECB governor Axel Weber have led traders to believe a future interest rate cut will be made during the ECB's next policy meeting in May. However, the market is also expecting non-traditional policy moves to ease credit conditions in Europe. This could have a negative effect on the European currency, or it could bolster confidence in the EUR's future.
Yesterday the EUR finished lower against the Pound at 0.8816 from 0.8902, while the EUR finished the day against the Yen at 131.27 from 131.34.
Weber stressed that a floor should be set for European interest rates at 1.00%. Rates currently stand at 1.25%. If progress is not made to turn around Europe's economy, then we are likely to see similar purchases of government securities by the ECB as those of its American counterpart, the Federal Reserve.
Today's trading may see the EUR moved by two key data releases; year-on-year CPI and monthly industrial production figures. While many feel inflation has been all but drowned out by media reports of deflationary pressures, some believe that a higher than expected rate of inflation may signal a bit of improvement in the European economy. Monthly industrial production numbers are expected to show a bit of a turnaround. We could see the EUR recover against the Pound to the 0.8850 level.
JPY - Yen Falls from 2-Week Highs
The Yen declined against the Dollar yesterday as reduced risk sentiment had traders aggressively pursuing higher yielding currencies throughout the day. The Japanese currency came off a two-week high against both the Dollar and the EUR. Earlier in the day, traders sold off the Yen in anticipation of better than expected U.S. economic data. Those gains held throughout the day as the numbers beat market estimates. In early morning trading, the USD/JPY was trading at 98.95 while the EUR/JPY was at 130.67.
With little data to come from the Japanese economy this week, we may expect the Yen to continue to trade based on risk sentiment in the market and leading indicators from other economies. Traders are advised to follow the trends of U.S. equity markets as there appears to be a negative correlation with the valuation of the Yen and these markets.
Crude Oil - Crude Oil Inventories Continue to Rise
Despite the large jump in the supply of U.S. Crude Oil Inventories, the price of Crude still remains relatively high. Oil Inventories rose by 5.6 million barrels this week, more than twice the forecasted amount. This is the third consecutive week that Crude Oil stocks have risen. The price of Crude Oil ended the day's trading at $52.20.
Some analysts feel the price of Crude Oil may be fundamentally overvalued. Rising stock markets and an appreciating Dollar may be artificially supporting the commodity. With an absence of positive economic data, the possibility for a drop in Crude Oil prices exists. A possible price target could be below the $49 level.
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Key Overnight Developments
• NZ Manufacturing Contracts for 11th Consecutive Month in March
• UK Annual Retail Sales Fell in March on Jobs Outlook, Says BRC
• US Dollar Reverses Early Losses as China GDP Weighs on Stocks
The Euro initially extended NY-session gains against the US Dollar, testing as high as high as 1.3268 before tumbling -0.5% to yield an effectively flat result ahead of the London trading open. The British Pound followed a similar dynamic, testing as high as 1.5068 before reversing course late into the session. Seesawing price action closely followed Asian stock exchanges – shares initially rose as the US Fed’s Beige Book survey revealed sings that economic turmoil is moderating but the gains were erased after China’s first quarter GDP grew less than expected, adding 6.1% (versus forecasts calling for a 6.2% increase).
Asia Session Highlights
New Zealand manufacturing sentiment improved a bit in March according to Business NZ, a lobby group, as their Purchasing Managers Index rose to 40.7 from 38.9 in the previous month. On balance, the shallow uptick is unlikely to be of lasting significance: the metric remained below the “boom-bust” 50 level for the 11th consecutive month, suggesting business activity was still contracting through March, albeit at a slower pace. Further, the metric has been treading water below 42.6 since hitting a record low at 35.1 in November of last year, suggesting a meaningful rebound is far from assured by the March result.
In the UK, the BRC Retail Sales Monitor revealed transaction values declined -1.2% in the year to March. The metric has fallen in 9 out of the past 10 months. BRC director Stephen Robertson said “Customers are still worried about jobs and their own finances - so they’re keeping spending under tight control.” The unemployment rate ticked up to a 10-year high at 4.3% in February and is expected to average as high as 7.3% this year. Job losses are likely to weigh on disposable incomes, discouraging consumption and weighing on overall economic growth. A survey of economists conducted by Bloomberg forecasts total output will shed -3.6% in 2009.
Euro Session: What to Expect
The final revision of the Euro Zone Consumer Price Index is expected to confirm the annual inflation rate slowed to 0.6% in the year to March, the lowest since the introduction of the Euro. A survey of economists conducted by Bloomberg suggests deepening recession will see the currency bloc’s economy will shrink by a full -3.0% this year, threatening to put inflation into negative territory. Despite the dour outlook, the European Central Bank cut interest rates less than economists expected earlier this month, although bank president Trichet did say that rates had not reached “the lowest limit” and revealed that “the Governing Council intends to decide on further non-standard measures at our next monetary policy meeting”.
Tumbling inflation is also to be noted in Switzerland where Producer and Import Prices are expected to shrink at annual pace of -2.4% in March. The reading suggests continued downward pressure on consumer prices (the headline inflation gauge) after CPI slipped into negative territory for the first time in 5 years to print at -0.4% in the year to March. Weakening domestic conditions will add to external downward pressure on price growth: a survey of economists conducted by Bloomberg suggests that the economy will shrink -2.5% this year, the most since 1975, threatening to entrench deflation expectations. This stands to commit the mountain nation to a long-term stagnation as consumers and businesses perpetually put off spending and investment to wait for the best possible bargain. Although the central bank had previously committed to a very aggressively dovish stance including quantitative easing and currency market intervention, the latter part of the plan may now be off the table considering commitments made at the recent G20 summit in London.
Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Analyst
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