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Thursday, 23 Sep 2010
Dollar Declines to 5-Month Low Against the EUR
The US dollar traded near a five-month low versus the EUR before a U.S. report today that may show existing home sales are close to a 10-year low, adding to signs the world's largest economy is struggling to recover.
USD - US Dollar Extends Losses
The US dollar fell against most of the major currencies on Wednesday, a day after the Federal Reserve said it was ready to take further action to boost the U.S. economy and fend off any deflationary threats. As a result, the dollar fell to its lowest level versus the yen since Japan intervened last week and closed around 84.50. The dollar experienced similar behavior against the EUR to trade at session highs above 1.3400.
The U.S. Federal Reserve's policy-making open market committee on Tuesday set the tone after it said it was prepared to take new stimulus measures if necessary. While the Fed left interest rates at record lows, it suggested further credit easing in a statement. Those measures would likely include buying treasury bonds, causing the market to brace for further dollar losses. The Fed comments will likely keep the dollar weak in the near-term, as the bank's stance is expected to keep downward pressure on U.S. interest rates, analysts said.
Today's Unemployment Claims and Existing Home Sales releases are expected to have a strong impact on the US currency. Any result could be a surprise, and the dollar could go either way as a result. In any case, traders are unsure how the market will react to today's data. A weak report could feed risk aversion, boost Treasuries and actually aid the US dollar. Then again, a better than expected result might be seen as a sign of relative US economic strength, and lift the dollar. Or it could also encourage risk-taking and aid commodities and higher-yielding currencies at the dollar's expense.
EUR - EUR/USD Hits 5-Month High
The EUR experienced a bullish trading session yesterday, as it appreciated in most of its major currency pairs. The 16-nation currency extended gains versus the dollar during yesterday's trading session, rising to its highest level in five months to trade above 1.3400 amid a broad sell-off in the USD. The European currency finished around 60 pips higher against the JPY to finish yesterday's trading session at the 113.30 level.
The pound slipped against the EUR on Wednesday to the lowest level since May, after the report showed the British budget deficit widened in August more than expected, increasing the possibility of further budget spending cuts. The EUR/GBP reached today 0.8560, the highest level since May 28th, after it dropped to the intraday low of 0.8462.
The UK public sector net borrowing was £15.9 billion in August, compared to the borrowing of £14.1 billion in a year ago. The current budget posted the deficit of £13.3 billion in August. Analysts say that the pound may fall further versus the EUR.
JPY - Yen Makes Big Gains on Dollar
The Yen rose on Wednesday to its highest level against the dollar since Japan intervened last week, fuelling speculation of more intervention after the Federal Reserve raised expectations it would print more dollars to help the U.S. economy. The USD/JPY fell yesterday as low as 84.26 before correcting itself. Currently the pair is trading around the 84.60 level.
Top Bank of Japan officials flagged rising risks to the nation's growth as the yen climbed in the aftermath of the US Federal Reserve signaled its willingness to consider more monetary stimulus. The remarks came a week after Japan sold yen for the first time in six years in response to a strengthening currency that threatened to derail the economy's recovery. The BOJ may be pressured to consider further liquidity injections after the government's decision to intervene and the Fed's signal it may ease more.
Many traders expect Japan to step in between 83.00 and 85.00 yen. They said the authorities had called banks to ask if they will be staffed on Thursday, a Japanese national holiday, in an apparent attempt to keep traders cautious over intervention.
OIL - Crude Oil Rises Above $75 a barrel
Oil prices rose above $75 a barrel Wednesday, boosted by a weaker dollar. But gains were limited by a report showing an unexpected rise in US supplies last week, a sign demand for crude oil may not be improving.
Oil and other commodities denominated in dollars for global trading tend to rise when the U.S. currency falls as they become cheaper for holders of other currencies. A move away from dollar-based pricing of the world's leading commodity could further weaken the greenback.
As for today, traders should pay attention to the US Crude Oil Inventories report as it tends to have a large impact on Crude Oil prices recently, especially for the short-term.
After a strong rally over the last few days, the pair is finally seeing some downward correction with some room for the trend to continue. Looking at the daily chart, a breach of the upper Bollinger Band is evident with the RSI for the pair floating in the overbought territory. A bearish cross is evident on the 4 hour and 8 hour chart's Slow Stochastic. Going short with tight stops may be preferred for the day.
The pair is currently range trading between 1.5630 and 1.5690 with most indicators in neutral territory. The RSI for the pair floats near the overbought territory on the 4 hour and daily chart indicating some downward movement may still be expected from the pair. Going short with tight stops for the day may be advised.
After a strong downward move some correction may be expected for the pair as the RSI is floating in the oversold territory on the 4 hour and 8 hour charts and a bullish cross is evident on the 8 hour chart's Slow Stochastic. Going long for the day may be a good option.
A breach of the lower Bollinger Band is evident on the daily chart with the RSI for the pair floating in the oversold territory on the 8, 4 and 2 hour charts. Furthermore, a bullish cross is evident on the 8 hour chart's Slow Stochastic. Going long with tight stops may be advised for the day.
The Wild Card
After a long bullish run, some correction may be in store for the pair. A bearish cross is evident on the daily chart's Slow Stochastic with the RSI for the pair floating in the overbought territory on the 4 hour, 8 hour and daily charts. Moreover, a breach of the upper Bollinger Band can be seen on the daily chart, indicating an imminent downward move. Forex traders are advised to go short for the day.