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Friday, 24 Sep 2010
EUR to Benefit from American and Japanese Bank Moves?
With rising fears about additional monetary easing by the Federal Reserve, speculators have begun to exit many of their USD positions in favor of higher yielding assets. Bank intervention in Japan also has many investors weary of entering yen positions in the near future, but poor fundamentals out of Europe have traders just as concerned about their investments in the euro zone, but have the added benefit of less government tinkering. The EUR's best bet for the moment could be to lie low and reap the benefits of a rapidly dropping USD and JPY.
USD - USD Stable despite Monetary Easing Speculations
The US dollar has been holding steady against most of its currency rivals, despite fundamentals showing a shift away from the safety of the greenback. A positive jobs report pushed the USD/CAD towards 1.0380, while conflicting reports out of Europe have the EUR/USD stalling at 1.3340 and the GBP/USD appearing to consolidate just below 1.5700.
With rising fears about further monetary easing by the Federal Reserve, speculators have begun to exit many of their USD positions in favor of higher yielding assets. A narrowing of the yield gap between the US and Japanese bonds also put pressure on the greenback as traders exited their carry trades, adding downward momentum to the dollar.
Today's durable goods orders out of the United States have a chance to add modest support to the USD if the figure is in line, or above, expectations. Rising durable goods orders is representative of increased demand for US manufacturing goods and services, which has a residual effect across the American economy.
EUR - EUR Gaining Amid Global Monetary Changes
The euro's rise continued in today's Asian trading sessions, but some analysts have begun to anticipate a softening of the EUR in the hours ahead. The EUR/USD saw a healthy 60 pip gain since the opening of the Asian session, currently trading at 1.3350. The EUR/GBP also rose modestly, sitting just above 0.8505.
Bank intervention in Japan has many investors weary of entering yen positions in the near future, but poor fundamentals out of Europe have traders just as concerned about their investments in the euro zone. Today's German Ifo Business Climate report could show a minor decline in economic sentiment in the region's largest economy. However, most analysts do not expect the Ifo report to carry much weight given the load of speculation emerging from the US and Japan.
With Japanese bank interventions and potential monetary easing by the US Federal Reserve, the euro's best chances of weathering the storm may be to lie low and do what it can to downplay its negative data releases. No news may be the best news for the euro zone's single currency for the moment.
JPY - JPY on Shaky Ground; Traders Awaiting Second Wave of Bank Intervention
The Japanese yen slumped against the US dollar and the EUR in today's early trading on speculation Japan is selling its currency after intervening in the market last week. The yen slid 1% to 85.22 per dollar from 84.38 in New York yesterday, however, it since stabilized back around $85.
Japan has yet to express satisfaction at the current value of its currency. This has led many speculators to anticipate a second wave of bank intervention sometime in the near future. The speculation alone has helped drop the yen against many of its currency counterparts. But should the Bank of Japan (BOJ) intervene in the market once more, traders are likely to see a very sharp drop in the value of the yen, primarily against the US dollar.
With no news expected out of Japan before the weekend's close, European and American reports will likely control today's movements, setting the pace for early next week. Traders would be wise to follow today's two leading events, the German Ifo Business Climate and the US Core Durable Goods Orders report.
Crude Oil - Crude Oil Fundamentals Could Be Weaker than Many Expected
The price of Crude Oil continues to float between $73.50 and $76.50 as markets digest the impact of Japan's bank interventions and speculation about further monetary easing in the United States. The summer driving season in Europe and America did little to support oil prices this year. Fundamentals remain weak for Crude Oil, and few expect growth levels to return to pre-2007 levels anytime soon.
With the current price of Crude Oil trading just below $75.00 a barrel, there appears to be technical pressures mounting to push the price higher in today's trading. Retreating optimism in Europe and a possible boost to American manufacturing growth both provide fundamental support to oil prices, but the specter of additional quantitative easing in the United States remains overhead.
Traders appear weary of purchasing the dollar, and the expected result should be a rise in oil prices. On the contrary, though, the support currently being experienced seems softer than expected and has many analysts concerned that fundamentals are in fact weaker than most have forecast.
The price of this pair has been floating in the over-bought territory on the daily RSI for some time now, suggesting strong downward pressure. A fresh bearish cross on the daily Stochastic (slow) supports this notion. As the price tests an important psychological barrier near 1.3350, going short may be a wise tactic for fast profits today.
The recent uptick on this currency pair has just pushed the price into the over-bought territory on the daily RSI, suggesting an increase in downward pressure today. The price has also recently turned downward and exited the over-bought territory on the weekly RSI, suggesting that a cascading downward movement may have already been initiated on a larger time-scale. Going short may turn out to be the preferred strategy before the weekend's close.
The price on the USD/JPY has recently shifted into an upward direction on the weekly RSI, also just exiting the over-sold territory, suggesting a rise in upward momentum. With impending bullish crosses on the daily and weekly MACDs, it may turn out that bullishness is on the way. Traders may want to take advantage of this movement by entering long positions on this pair throughout the day.
This pair continues to decline, pushing the price into the over-sold region on the daily RSI, and even deeper into the weekly RSI, indicating that an upward correction is expected. An impending bullish cross on the daily Stochastic (slow) supports this notion. Going long may not be a bad idea.
The Wild Card
The movements of this pair seem to suggest that the price has reached a recent high which is unsupported. The 4-hour, daily and weekly RSI show the price as over-bought, while the daily Stochastic (slow) and MACD have impending bearish crosses. Forex traders may want to evaluate their positions on this pair, especially since it appears that a bearish correction may be imminent. Going short on this pair could turn out to be an excellent gamble before the weekend's close.
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