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USD/JPY Fundamental Analysis: April 18, 2017

PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:15 am
by Andrea ForexMart
The US dollar crashed to its lowest levels within a five-month period against the Japanese yen as a reaction to North Korea-related tensions during the previous weekend. However, as the USD/JPY pair came within a major retracement barrier at 107.856 points, the USD managed to recover its losses and closed down on a much higher level than expected. The USD/JPY pair closed down the previous session at 108.904 points.

The current volatility level of the USD/JPY pair has been mostly influenced by the price action of the US Treasuries. US bond prices crashed during the previous session immediately after reaching an all-time high since November last year. Now that both the USD/JPY pair and Treasury yields are on their lowest rungs since November 2016, a lot of investors are now speculating that the Trump administration will be unable to complete its campaign promises within the preset timeframe, including the implementation of a new healthcare plan, tax cuts, and even imposing an increased fiscal spending mechanism. In addition, some traders are also saying that the USD was propelled forward by reports that Trump is leaning towards appointing a bank-friendly figure for the Federal Reserve’s vice chair for bank supervision post.

For today’s session, the course of the USD/JPY pair is expected to be dominated mostly by investor sentiment as well as Treasury yields. The currency pair will be able to regain its momentum only if there is an increase in yields and if investors put their interests towards high-earning assets.

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GBP/USD Fundamental Analysis: April 18, 2017

PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:51 am
by Andrea ForexMart
The GBP/USD pair traded on a strong note during yesterday’s session as it was able to not only maintain its gains but has also managed to propel itself forward and attempt to make a dent in the resistance region situated at 1.2600 points. As of the moment it is still unable to make a significant impact in this particular region but it has yet to be seen whether it will be able to make a dent as the European traders are now going back to work after the holidays. A retraction towards the 1.2500 trading range is expected to occur before making any serious gains.

The sterling pound has been doing really well as the market is now waiting for the start of the Brexit negotiations between the EU and UK officials. The negotiations are expected to be very long and very winding, and both sides should be able to hold onto their respective gains. The Brexit process itself is also expected to affect the sterling pound in the long run. The string of economic data released from the UK economy looks good so far, with the Bank of England managing to hold the current economic situation together, however it remains to be seen whether it will still be able to do so once the negotiations begin. The 1.2600 region is expected to be sustained but as the negotiations wear on, this is expected to induce additional volatility into the pair and this is why traders should be extra careful when it comes to trading with the GBP/USD pair in the medium term outlook.

There are no major news releases from both the UK and the US economy for today, and as such, the GBP/USD pair is expected to continue its current trend of ranging and consolidation with a bullish undertone as it again tries to break through the 1.2600 range.

USD/JPY Fundamental Analysis: May 2, 2017

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 5:07 am
by Andrea ForexMart
Investors on the USD/JPY pair chose to pay no mind to the relatively weak economic data coming from the US and instead shifted its focus on the recent increase in the demand for high-yield assets such as stocks, as well as an increase in the yields of US Treasuries. The USD/JPY pair closed down the previous session at 11.824 points after increasing by +0.30% or 0.335 points.

A drop in the US economy’s inflation and factory rates has put out any possible expectations for an interest rate hike this coming June from the Fed. Meanwhile, the PCE index dropped by 0.1 points last March, the index’s largest decrease ever since September 2001. In addition, the Core PCE Price Index increased by 1.6%, which is its smallest gain since July 2016. US Treasury yields surged yesterday after the US government managed to avoid a possible shutdown after clinching a deal for government funding. Equity prices also managed to climb higher, which also heightened the demand for high-risk assets and diminished the demand for the Japanese yen.

The USD/JPY pair could possibly find more support just as long as there is a demand for high-yield assets. However, the currency pair quickly became range-bound since investors are now bracing themselves for the Fed’s interest rate decision this coming Wednesday. As of the moment, the Federal Reserve is not expected to implement an interest rate hike this coming Wednesday, however the USD/JPY could possibly be influenced by the central bank’s statement tomorrow. Traders are advised to look for any clues with regards to the Fed’s next timing for its interest rate hike.

EUR/USD Fundamental Analysis: May 2, 2017

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 8:40 am
by Andrea ForexMart
The EUR/USD pair exhibited a ranging and consolidation during the duration of yesterday’s session. It was a market holiday yesterday in several parts of Europe and Asia, and this is why the market volatility and liquidity levels were on a low during the previous session. In addition, traders are also proceeding with caution since the first week of the month is usually characterized by an influx of economic readings from last month.

These factors were the main reason why the currency pair consolidated within a small range of less than 50 pips. Today could be considered as the legitimate start of the week, and now that there is an expected surge of data coming from last month, the market is expected to undergo some significant volatility for today. The EUR/USD pair ran at 200 pips during the previous week following the results of French national elections, and this is why the currency pair could possibly be subject to corrections, although it has yet to be seen just how significant these corrections would be. The 1.0850 trading range is expected to ward off any corrections at least for the time being while the market waits for the release of economic data this week. The FOMC meeting minutes, the NFP report, and a speech from Yellen will be released within the week which could induce volatility in the pair. However, the market will be looking out for any hints of a Fed rate hike this June and if this does not happen, then the EUR/USD pair could possibly test the 1.1000 trading range.

For today’s session, there are no major economic releases from both the EU and US economy for today, and the EUR/USD pair is expected to undergo a consolidation with bearish undertones for the rest of today’s session.

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GBP/USD Fundamental Analysis: May 2, 2017

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 9:33 am
by Andrea ForexMart
Yesterday was a very slow trading day for the GBP/USD pair as the market holidays in Europe and Asia left several trading desks vacant, thereby decreasing the amount of market volatility. The currency pair had briefly attempted to test its range highs at 1.2945 points but then eventually dropped in value as the day progressed before finally closing down yesterday’s session at 1.2900 points.

There is little market volatility nowadays in spite of Trump being as crass as usual with regards to his public comments on Twitter regarding US relationships with other countries such as Russia and China, mostly because market players have somehow gotten used to the President’s attitude. As a result, the GBP/USD pair was largely affected since it still has no definite course of action as of late. However, it is only a matter of time before the expected surge of economic data which usually occurs during the first week of a new month. The GBP/USD pair is expected to exhibit more consolidation until all the scheduled economic reports are released within the week, starting from the FOMC minutes this coming Wednesday.

For today’s session, the UK economy will be releasing its Manufacturing PMI data during the EU session, with the said reading expected to follow the recent slew of positive economic data from the region during these past few months. If this indeed happens, then the cable pair could possibly test its range highs yet again within today’s session.

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EUR/USD Fundamental Analysis: May 4, 2017

PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 7:38 am
by Andrea ForexMart
The USD had a very positive trading session yesterday as a result of a positive economic dollar-related news. This then helped the dollar to eclipse the value of other currencies, and the EUR/USD pair was no exception. The currency pair had started out yesterday’s session on a somewhat slower pace as the market anticipated the release of important economic readings and had spent the majority of yesterday trading within its range highs. However, as the said financial data started coming in, the dollar was able to capitalize on this slew of good news and prop itself up higher, putting significant downward pressure on the currency pair which is now trading at just under 1.0900 points.

The first bit of good news came in the form of the ADP employment report, which surprisingly came out as expected, considering the fact that last month’s NFP report had failed to meet market expectations. Up next was the manufacturing report which also came out as positive, and this increased the USD’s value even more. However, by this point, the dollar was still somewhat at par with the value of the euro since the market chose to standby for the release of the FOMC meeting minutes. The said minutes were released halfway during the NY session, and since there was no accompanying press conference the market had no choice but to pick on the results of the minutes itself. The Fed did not give any indication of the schedule of the next rate hike, however it pointedly ignored the somewhat tame economic growth in the Q1, which the market took as a signal that the central bank might be preparing for another June rate hike. This triggered a dollar buy which pushed down the EUR/USD pair towards under 1.0900 points.

As of this point, the market is starting to price in a June rate hike although there are still no definite hints as of the moment. For today’s session, the market is expecting the release of the US unemployment claims data while Draghi will be speaking during the latter part of the NY session. There is little volatility expected today as the NFP report is due to be released tomorrow. The EUR/USD pair is expected to trade with bearish undertones for the rest of today’s sessions.

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GBP/USD Fundamental Analysis: May 4, 2017

PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 8:58 am
by Andrea ForexMart
The GBP/USD pair was unable to move past its resistance level of 1.2950 points, causing the pair to retreat under this region where it is currently situated. The construction PMI data was released yesterday, and this particular bit of data had exceeded initial market expectations, adding up to the string of positive economic data coming in from Tuesday’s session. These series of data was able to help keep the sterling pound under its bid price and traded in a relatively steady trading manner during the first few hours of yesterday’s session.

The ADP employment report as well as the non-manufacturing data came in next, and these helped to further strengthen the stance of the USD as they both were able to meet expectations. The FOMC minutes were then released hereafter, wherein members of the central bank chose to snob the results of the Q1 GDP data, which was taken as a bullish mark for the USD since a large-scale buy was triggered during the NY session. The GBP/USD pair then plummeted through 1.2900 points and is now trading at 1.2875 points. The pair’s support levels are situated at 1.2850 points and since the NFP is expected to come in during yesterday’s session, the cable pair is expected to be able to maintain its hold on this particular region while it continues to consolidate.

For today’s session, we have the UK economy’s services PMI data as well as the US economy’s unemployment claims data, both of which are expected to induce volatility in the currency pair. The market is not expected to have much activity today as there is an influx of economic data scheduled for tomorrow.

USD/JPY Fundamental Analysis: May 4, 2017

PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 9:26 am
by Andrea ForexMart
The USD/JPY pair traded just within the reaches of its six-week high as the Fed refused to remove the possibility of a June rate hike, although the country’s economic growth weakened during the previous quarter. The Fed chose to maintain its current interest rates and had highlighted the positive outlook for the labor market during its two-day meeting, which could possibly be an indicator that at least two more interest rate hikes are scheduled to be carried out within the year. The USD/JPY pair closed down the previous trading session at 112.759 points after increasing by +0.69% or 0.0770 points.

The current Fed statement and the previous statement do not have any stark contrasts except for the central bank choosing to ignore the GDP data this time. The futures markets are now pricing in a 93% probability that the Fed will be implementing an interest rate hike this coming June. The next FOMC meeting is set on June 13-14 which will be followed by a press conference from Janet Yellen. Based from the Fed’s meeting minutes released yesterday, the Fed could possibly raise its interest rates by up to 25 basis points up to three times in a row before the year ends. If this indeed happens, then the US dollar would eventually become a very attractive and a very lucrative investment for market players.

For today’s session, market volatility will not be expected to to increase since the majority of market players will be saving their energies for the release of the NFP report this Friday.

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EUR/USD Fundamental Analysis: May 11, 2017

PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 10:45 am
by Andrea ForexMart
The EUR/USD pair continues to exhibit an intermittent trading action, which has been the pair’s dominant price trend ever since the beginning of this week. The market had initially expected the currency pair to start off this week with a bang and consistently exhibit a positive trading stance throughout the week due to Macron’s recent victory in the French polls, but as of now the currency pair is on the backfoot as its bulls have decided to retreat and take out profits in order for them to purchase the EUR/USD pair lower as it continues its correction.

In addition to the EUR/USD pair’s weakness, the greenback has also been strengthening across the board as traders are now about to conclude their June rate hike pricing. All of these factors has caused the EUR/USD pair to exhibit corrections at under 1.0900 points. However, during the past two days, the currency pair has been either ranging and consolidating or exhibiting a choppy price action, which is an indication that the market is attempting to create its own base. The currency pair is expected to create a base for another bullish attempt as the after-effects of the most recent rate hike is now losing its relevance and the improvements in the EU economy is now starting to become more evident in the market.

For today’s session, there are no major news releases from the EU although the US economy will be releasing its unemployment claims and PPI data, although these are not expected to make a significant dent in the current status of the currency pair. The EUR/USD pair can be safely expected to remain its choppy action at the 1.0850 trading range throughout the day.

USD/JPY Fundamental Analysis: May 16, 2017

PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 9:56 am
by Andrea ForexMart
The USD/JPY pair experienced a turnaround during yesterday’s trading session after a sudden high demand for high-risk assets manifested during the earlier parts of the Monday session. The JPY was initially boosted by flight-to-safety buys but immediately disappeared as market investors chose to shift their focus to the surge in US equity markets. The USD/JPY pair closed down yesterday’s session at 113.787 points after increasing by +0.41% or 0.464 points.

Investors were generally worried with regards to Trump’s unexpected firing of FBI Director James Comey, the cyber-attack which made headlines last Friday, and the ballistic missile launch from the DPRK. The currency pair then began to hit rock-bottom after traders were practically unresponsive to these recent developments. This price action from the USD/JPY shows that investors might have become somewhat oblivious to these said developments. In fact, the cyber-attack was able to benefit the market after tech giants such as Cisco posted gains following the said online attacks.

For today’s trading session, investors will be waiting for the release of industrial production data, mortgage delinquencies data, building permits, capacity utilization data, and housing starts data from the US economy. If this specific set of data comes out as a market disappointment, then the chance of the Fed implementing more rate hikes in the future might be lessened, although the June rate hike has been pretty much priced in by the market already. In any case, this could also cause the US dollar to drop further in value.

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