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Thursday, 16 Sep 2010

Rare Japanese Intervention in Yen Trading Manages to Halt Yen's Bullish Trend

The most significant economic event yesterday was beyond any doubt Japan's ‎confirmation of a unilateral intervention in yen trading in order to put a stop to the ‎soaring currency. The consequences were seen immediately and the yen saw its ‎biggest daily loss in 22 months. Unusual trading is expected today as well. ‎

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Economic News

USD - Dollar Sees Mixed Results Vs. The Majors

The U.S. dollar saw mixed results against most of the major currencies during ‎yesterday's session. The dollar fell about 80 pips vs. the British pound, causing the ‎GBP/USD pair to reach the 1.5650 level. The dollar also saw an irregular 250 pips gain ‎against the Japanese yen, following the recent 15-year low the USD/JPY pair hit ‎earlier this week. The dollar did not show a clear trend against the euro.‎

The dollar was boosted against the yen yesterday following Japan's decision to ‎actively intervene in devaluing the national currency. It was only a couple of days ago ‎the yen reached a 15-year high against the dollar. This in turn caused the bank of ‎Japan to unexpectedly buy dollars in order to halt the soaring yen. As a result the JPY ‎sharply fell against all the major currencies, including the greenback. ‎

Against the rest of the major currencies the dollar failed to see similar results ‎following disappointing U.S. economic releases. The Empire State Manufacturing ‎Index showed that manufacturing in the New York region expanded at a slower pace ‎than forecast in September. In addition, the Industrial Production report showed that ‎total value of output produced by manufacturers rose by 0.2% in August. Analysts ‎had originally predicted the figure to come in at 0.3%. As a result, the dollar dropped ‎slightly against the euro and pound.‎

As for today, a batch of data is expected from the U.S. economy. The most significant ‎releases are likely to be the Producer Price Index, the weekly Unemployment Claims ‎and the Philadelphia Manufacturing Index. Each one of these publications is likely to ‎have a large impact on USD trading. ‎

EUR - Euro Slips Against the Pound; Soars Vs. The Yen

The euro saw a volatile session during trading yesterday. The currency mainly saw ups ‎and downs vs. the U.S. dollar, without marking a clear direction. Against the British ‎pound the euro fell about 100 pips. On the other hand, it gained over 350 pips against ‎the Japanese yen.‎

The euro fell against the pound yesterday following the European Consumer Price ‎Index figure for August. The report showed that the euro-zone's annual inflation rate ‎eased to 1.6% from 1.7% in July, indicating that the European Central Bank has ‎enough room to maintain its loose monetary policy, and to keep interest rates at a ‎record low of 1.00%. Investors interpreted this as an opportunity to open short ‎positions against the euro, especially against high yielding assets, such as the pound.‎
Nevertheless, the euro saw an extraordinary bullish move against the yen. The yen fell ‎against all the major currencies due to the Japanese government's intervention in JPY ‎trading. ‎

Looking ahead to today, the most significant economic release from the euro-zone ‎seems to be the European Trade Balance figure. Trade balance measures the difference ‎in value between imported and exported goods and services over the previous month. ‎A positive figure might support the euro.‎

JPY - Yen Free-falls Following BoJ Intervention in Yen Trading

The yen tumbled against all the major currencies yesterday. It slipped about 250 pips ‎against the dollar, causing the USD/JPY pair to rise from a 15-year low to the 85.50 ‎level. The yen also lost about 350 pips against the euro and about 500 pips against the ‎British pound.‎

The JPY saw its largest daily loss in 22 months after Japan's Finance Minister ‎Yoshihiko Noda said the Bank of Japan actively devalued the currency. This was the ‎first time since 2004 that the Japanese leadership decided to intervene in the forex ‎market. The decision came after the yen saw a 15-year high against the dollar. The fear ‎was that the strong yen would damage Japan's export industry. ‎

As for today, the yen is likely to remain the most volatile currency of all the majors. ‎Traders are advised to look for notifications regarding the BoJ's actions in the market, ‎and take under consideration that if the Japanese leadership will continue to intervene, ‎the yen may see another bearish session.‎

OIL - Crude Oil Falls For the 3rd Day to $74.70 a Barrel

Crude oil fell to a session low of $74.70 a barrel yesterday. After starting out at ‎around $76.50 a barrel, oil saw a sharp drop before correcting some of its losses to end ‎the day around $75.50 a barrel.‎

Crude fell yesterday after U.S. regulators agreed to a Friday Restart of Enbridge's ‎biggest pipeline from Canada, restoring crude supplies to Midwest refineries. In ‎addition, reports showed that demand for gasoline in the U.S, the world's largest oil ‎consumer, fell by 2.6% lately. The combination of bigger supplies and lower demand ‎typically lead to a drop in prices.‎

Looking ahead to today, traders are advised to follow the leading economic ‎publications, especially from the U.S. and the euro-zone, as they tend to have a large ‎impact on crude oil trading. Traders should keep in mind that positive results are likely ‎to support crude oil prices.‎

Technical News


The bullish trend is losing its steam and the pair seems to be consolidating around the ‎‎1.2990 level. There is a bearish cross forming on the 4-hour Slow Stochastic, ‎indicating a bearish correction might take place in the nearest future. When the ‎downward breach occurs, going short with tight stops appears to be the preferable ‎strategy


The daily chart is showing mixed signals with its RSI fluctuating in neutral territory. ‎However, the 4-hour chart's RSI is already floating in the over-sold territory ‎suggesting that the recent downward trend is losing steam and a bullish correction is ‎impending. Going long with tight stops might be the right strategy today.‎


The volatility this pair has seen recently has created a number of contradictory signals. ‎The hourly chart shows a bullish cross on the Slow Stochastic, indicating an upward ‎movement may be coming. Contrary to this is the bearish cross on the 4-hour chart, ‎signaling an impending upward movement. Waiting for a clear signal might be wise ‎today. ‎


The pair has been range-trading for a while now, with no specific direction. The Daily ‎chart's Slow Stochastic providing us with mixed signals. The 4 hour charts do not ‎provide a clear direction as well. Waiting for a clearer sign on the hourlies chart might ‎be a good strategy today.‎

The Wild Card


This pair has been trading very flat these past few weeks, but has now begun to show ‎signs of life. The MACD on the hourly and 4-hour chart shows clear bullish crosses, ‎signaling an impending bullish move. The daily chart also has a bullish cross on the ‎Slow Stochastic, which supports this notion. Forex traders can join this upcoming ‎trend by entering early buy positions and riding the upcoming spike for profits this ‎week. ‎

Current Time: 11/28 09:10 GMT
# Time $€£¥ Event Per. Prev. Fore. Act. Imp.
22:45NZD+ Building Consents m/m-5.7%--1
EUR+ German Prelim CPI m/m0.0%--3
00:30AUD+ MI Inflation Gauge m/m0.0%--1
00:50JPY+ Retail Sales y/y-0.2%--3
00:50JPY+ Prelim Industrial Production m/m1.1%--1
01:00AUD+ HIA New Home Salesm/m-4.0%--1
01:00NZD+ ANZ Business Confidence10.5--5
01:30AUD+ Company Operating Profits q/q-1.9%--3
01:30AUD+ Private Sector Credit m/m0.8%--1
06:00JPY+ Housing Startsy/y2.6%--1
09:00CHF+ KOF Economic Barometer99.8--3
10:30GBP+ Net Lending to Individualsm/m4.9B--3
10:30GBP+ M4 Money Supplym/m-1.0%--1
10:30GBP+ Mortgage Approvals69K--1
11:00EUR+ Italian Prelim CPI m/m0.2%--1
14:30CAD+ Current Account-17.4B--3
15:45USD+ Chicago PMI56.2--3
16:00USD+ Pending Home Salesm/m-2.3%--3
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