USD - Dollar to Go Bearish on Strong Equity Market
The positive homes sales and manufacturing figures from the U.S. last week helped increase risk appetite resulted in the Dollar dropping significantly against the EUR. The bullish equity markets also continued to drive the greenback lower last Friday. The EUR/USD pair was trading as high as the 1.4374 level on Friday, and now trades at 1.4330. The GBP/USD cross began Friday's trading at 1.6442, and now stands at the 1.6535 level. This in itself indicates the very high volatility that the forex market has been going through in recent weeks.
The key meeting in the latter part of last week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is likely to play a key role in USD trading for today and this week. Traders should follow news still flowing from the developments from this meeting that was attended by central bankers and key financial experts. Additionally, forex traders need to pay close attention to economic news that will come out of Britain and the Euro-Zone, as news from these 2 regions will help establish the greenback's dominance against its main currency pairs today.
Looking ahead to this week, there are many economic data releases which will affect the Dollar. This includes CB Consumer Confidence, New Homes Sales, Prelim GDP, and Unemployment Claims. Also, the USD may indeed continue to go bearish if the equity market continues to rise rapidly. This could happen if traders continue to increase their risk appetite. In addition, the Personal Spending and Revised UoM Consumer Sentiment figures at 12:30 and 13:55 GMT on Friday are set to dominate the mind of traders at the conclusion of this trading week.
EUR - EUR Rises on Increased Optimism
The EUR/USD rate reached as high as 1.4374 last week, and it now stands at 1.4330. This has come about as the U.S. economy and other leading global economies, such as Germany and France continue to rise out of the recession. On the other hand, the British economy hasn't been fairing well as of late, as the EUR/GBP rate opened at 0.8608 last Thursday. However, it now stands at 0.8680, which signals a loss in confidence in the GBP since the beginning of Thursday's trading.
Due to the more optimistic patterns that we have seen from Germany, France, Japan and even the U.S., the EUR continues to strengthen as a response. However, Britain is lagging far behind, as she has a fragile banking system, debt is 60% of GDP and the printing of money is out of control. Things are so bleak that even the Governor of the Bank of England (BoE), Mervyn King, has run out of ways to stimulate the British economy. This may explain the GBP's weakness against the EUR and CHF last week.
Leading analysts forecast the possibility of a sell-off of the GBP at the commencement of this week. Nevertheless, this may actually reverse as the week drags on. Today, there is much important economic news coming out of the Euro-Zone, including Industrial New Orders at 9:00 GMT. Furthermore, there is a lot of data coming out of the Euro-Zone during the coming trading week. Thus the EUR is set to be a key currency in the forex market this week.
JPY - Yen to Lead Forex Trading This Week!
Recently, Japan's economy rose out of recession, beating even the best of estimates. Moreover, we saw some bullishness in the previous week for the Yen. For example, the Japanese currency rose heavily vs. the USD. There may be a number of reasons for this. Mixed figures from the U.S. played a role, as pessimistic unemployment figures from the U.S. economy, and increased risk appetite hurt the USD. The USD/JPY cross went was as low as 93.46 last week, and it is currently trading at the 94.60 level.
As there are many important data releases coming out of Japan this week, there is great potential for volatility in the Yen. A number of releases, such as the Trade Balance, Household Spending and Tokyo Core CPI figures are scheduled to be released this week. These releases will help forex traders get a taste of the health that the Japanese economy currently is in. Therefore, it is reasonable to suggest that the Yen will have a crucial role in leading forex trading this week.
Crude Oil - Oil Set to Hit $75 a Barrel?
Oil recorded a good trading week overall, as the commodity now stands at $74.30 a barrel. Crude prices were helped by a number of different factors last week. Improvements in data coming out of the leading global economies did help. A weak Dollar last week also helped push up the price of Crude, as the commodity itself is priced in Dollars. Additionally, the Crude Oil Inventories figures plummeting last week also drove-up the price of Crude.
Last week's behavior contradicted many people's expectations, as they expected Crude Oil to have another bearish trading week. However, last week shows that the black gold still has much support. Trading on Friday saw Crude rise by $1.75, which was probably due to the weak USD. If the U.S. continues to release positive economic news and the USD continues to weaken, we may see Crude prices hit $75 a barrel very soon.
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Key Overnight Developments
• Currency Markets Ignore Rally on Asian Stock Exchanges
• Australian Dollar Options Traders Price in Bearish Reversal
The Euro kept to a narrow 20-pip range above 1.4330 in overnight trading. The British Pound followed suit, trading sideways above the 1.65 level.
Asia Session Highlights
With no significant economic data on the calendar, currency markets took a muted tone in overnight trading. A strong equities rally failed to translate into meaningful FX volatility: Asian shares rose on last Friday’s US Existing Home Sales and optimistic comments from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, both of which have already been priced into exchange rates.
Currency options markets showed the Australian Dollar rally that began in early March may be running out of steam. Options to sell the Aussie next month rose to cost 2.32% more than to buy the currency at current rates, showing traders were willing to be the biggest premium to protect against a drop in the Australian unit since mid-February. Technical positioning is supportive of a bearish scenario.
Euro Session: What to Expect
The economic calendar is decidedly bare in European hours, with June’s Euro Zone Industrial New Orders report the only item on the docket. Expectations call for orders to rise 1.6%, the largest monthly increase in 17 months. Manufacturing figures across most key markets have shown signs of improvement in recent months on the back of aggressive government stimulus measures (often focused on infrastructure projects) and widespread inventory restocking efforts. Still, the long-term trend in orders is far from encouraging: the annualized rate of decline is set to print at -28.6%, a reading well within the range of values noted since the beginning of the year. A meaningful, sustained return to growth will require the re-emergence of private demand in the Euro Zone’s key export markets, an outcome that seems unlikely considering nearly all of them (excluding Russia) are expected to see unemployment rise at least through 2010, trimming incomes and discouraging spending.
Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Analyst
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