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Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010
Dollar Recovers after Consumer Confidence Report
The U.S. Dollar advanced on Wednesday, gaining 1% against the Japanese Yen and pushing the EUR back under $1.30, after a report showed U.S. consumer confidence fell more than expected, pressuring equities lower and reducing investors' appetite for risky assets.
USD - Dollar Rises on Demand for Greenback's Safety
The U.S Dollar advanced against most of its major counterparts as a decline in U.S. consumer sentiment to a 5 month low revived demand for the relative safety of the world's main reserve currency.
The U.S. consumer confidence for July fell to its lowest level since February with all eyes on consumer durable goods numbers for June later in the session for more evidence about the world's largest economy.
The greenback advanced as much as 1.3% to 87.97 Yen in the biggest intraday gain since June 2. Treasury two-year note yields increased as much as 0.06 percentage point to 0.64% in the biggest intraday climb since June 10. The USD/JPY recent weakness has been related to the very low level of U.S. yields, analysts said. And the fact that the yields are rebounding at this stage is likely to lend some support to the pair.
EUR - EUR Erases Gains; Slips Below $1.30 level
The European currency hovered below a key level on Wednesday, running into profit taking after it hit a 11-week high against the U.S. Dollar, with attention turning toward the Australian Dollar ahead of crucial inflation data. The EUR slipped below the psychological, and technically crucial, level of $1.30, having hit a high of $1.3045 on Tuesday.
The 16-nation currency held some impressive gains against the Japanese yen, trading above 114 yen after having jumped over 1% on Tuesday to a 2-month high.
Traders said the EUR/JPY looked increasingly bullish on charts, especially after it rose above 113.50 yen where it had met lots of offers from Japanese exporters.
Moreover, despite the EUR/USD easing from highs, sentiment toward the single currency remains bullish in the short term with a number of commentators surprised by the resilience of the Euro-Zone economy. On the other hand, doubts remain over the ability of the U.S. economy to avoid a slowdown. Market players say that a sustained break above the $1.30 level could place the single currency against the greenback in a new $1.30-$1.35 trading range in the coming weeks.
JPY - Yen Rises on Safety Demand
Japan's currency gained versus all 16 major counterparts ahead of U.S. reports in two days which are forecasted to show economic and business activity grew at a slower pace. The Yen rose from near a two-month low against the EUR on speculation signs of a slowing U.S. recovery will spur demand for safer assets.
The Yen typically strengthens in times of financial turmoil as Japan's trade surplus makes the currency attractive as it means the nation does not have to rely on overseas lenders. The Yen traded at 87.77 per Dollar from 87.90. The currency gained to 113.95 per EUR from 114.24 yesterday, when it reached 114.42, the weakest level since May 18.
Crude Oil - Oil Falls a 2nd Day after Consumer Confidence Drops
Crude Oil declined for another day after an industry report showed U.S. crude inventories rose and the Conference Board said confidence among the nation's consumers fell, signaling growth and energy demand may falter. Rising oil production capacity in the Gulf of Mexico after Tropical Storm Bonnie fizzled over the weekend without damaging infrastructure also weighed on Oil prices, analysts said.
Oil prices dropped the most in more than 3 weeks Tuesday as the U.S confidence index declined to the lowest level in 5 months. Traders mentioned that there was a sell-off in the crude market because of a fall in U.S. consumer confidence and the sentiment is still weak.
Yesterday the pair pushed to its highest level in the past 3 months before falling backwards to finish almost unchanged, forming a spinning top candlestick formation. This may signal indecision on the part of traders and a lack of buyers in the current uptrend.
The pound was a big gainer in yesterday's trading as the cable breached and closed above the resistance level of 1.5520. The pair has been a strong performer as of recent, recording gains over the past 5 trading sessions. However, technical resistance is forming on the daily chart. The RSI (14) is dropping below the overbought zone while the Slow Stochastic oscillator is forming a bearish cross, indicating the next move may be to the downside. Traders may want to tighten their stops on any long positions.
The yen suffered during yesterday's trading, rising as high as 87.96 while closing above the 20-day simple moving average and the downward sloping trend line that began on June 14th. However, traders may be able to fade the trend as a bearish cross has formed on the 4-hour Slow Stochastic oscillator, indicating that the pair's next move may be lower. Traders can target the resistance level of 87.40 with an extended target at the year to date low of 86.25.
The pair may see a continuation of its recent downtrend in today's trading as the RSI for the pair floats in the overbought territory on the 2 hour and 8 hour charts with most other indicators floating in neutral territory. Traders may be advised to go short for the day.
The Wild Card
The pair may see some downward correction today as the RSI for the pair is floating in the overbought territory on the hourly and 2 hour charts while a bearish cross is evident on the 2 hour and 4 hour charts Slow Stochastic, indicating an imminent downward movement. Furthermore, a breach of the upper Bollinger Band is evident on the 2 hour chart. Forex traders may be advised to go short for the day.
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