Today’s Trades 06.21.2018 USDJPY, USDCHF, EURGBP, NZDJPY

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*Good morning/afternoon everyone!*

The U.S. dollar is trading lower against all of the major currencies this morning as the profit taking on long U.S. dollar positions continue. Another way to look at it is short covering on EUR/USD, GBP/USD and AUD/USD positions. The euro shot higher today on the back of stronger PMIs but the rally is fading into the NY session as Germany’s political risks and the ECB’s dovishness hangs over the currency. The Bank of England’s hawkishness took GBP/USD through 1.33. Like EUR/USD the pair is off its highs but unlike euro its doing a much better job of holding onto its gains. The best performing currencies this morning are the Australian and New Zealand dollars but there’s no specific explanation for these moves outside of short covering and anti-dollar flows. The big focus today is on the Canadian dollar. Not only will retail sales and consumer prices be released, but there’s also an OPEC meeting. There’s a growing chance of a formal hike but thats not certain as OPEC officials say this meeting is focused on reviewing fundamentals. Either way, we could see big swings in the loonie today and if data is strong, it could create a top in USD/CAD.

*The MAIN THEMES I see today are*

-USD
-CHF
-EUR
+GBP

*Trading Biases*
-USD, -CHF, -EUR, -JPY
+GBP, +AUD, +NZD
mildly +CAD but beware of data

*Today’s Initial Trades*

Here’s the summary --

1. Buy NZDJPY at 76.01, Stop at 75.34, Target 76.29
2. Sell EURGBP at .8760, Stop at .8788, Target .8732
3. Buy USDCHF at .9900, Stop at .9872, Target .9928
4. Buy USDJPY at 110.18, Stop at 109.90, Target 110.46

Close ALL open day trades by 10:20AM NY / 15:20 GMT

Today’s Trades 06.11.2018 USDJPY, USDCAD, USDCHF

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*Good morning/afternoon everyone!*

The most notable move in the FX markets this morning is in USD/JPY which is testing 110 after having traded as low as 109.25 at the start of the Asia session. There are no U.S. economic reports released today but the dollar is propped by the prospect of a Fed rate hike this week and higher yields. The weakest currency is the Canadian dollar which was hit hard by Trump’s attitude at G7, attack on Trudeau and Canada. Investors are still reeling from Friday’s softer Canadian employment report. The British pound is also under pressure following a series of softer economic reports -- the trade deficit widened and industrial production declined. AUD and NZD are flat but the slide in European currencies and the bid for the USD suggests that these currencies will turn lower during the NY session. The European Central Bank also has a policy meeting this week and while the positive momentum in EUR is fading this morning, we think buyers will swoop ahead of the rate decision.

*The MAIN THEMES I see today are*

+USD
-GBP
-CAD
-JPY
-CHF

*Trading Biases*

+USD
-GBP, -CAD, -JPY, -CHF
mildly -AUD and -NZD
neutral EUR

*Today’s Initial Trades*

Here’s the summary --

1. Buy USDCAD at 1.2990, Stop at 1.2962, Target 1.3018
2. Buy USDJPY at 110.01, Stop at 109.73, Target 110.29
3. Buy USDCHF at .9868, Stop at .9840, Target .9896
4. Sell GBPUSD at 1.3353, Stop at 1.3381, Target 1.3325

Close ALL open day trades by 10:20AM NY / 15:20 GMT

USDCHF – More to Go?

USDCHF – More to Go?

Chart Of The Day

One the strongest, yet most ignored trends in the FX market over the past few months has been the one-way rise is USDCHF. Although the pair is overbought registering 13 out of the last 15 up days, it shows no signs of a slowdown as the slow and steady dollar rise continues.

This week the FX market will focus on US inflation data which is expected to bounce, given the sharp rise in gasoline prices. If the numbers meet or beat the forecast, the buck will see more strength as the week progresses. USDCHF now faces resistance at the 1.0050 level, but if it can bust through that ceiling the pair could stretch all the way to 1.0200 before finding sellers again.

Today’s Trades 04.23.2018 – USDCHF, AUDJPY, CADJPY, USDCAD

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*Good morning/afternoon everyone!*

The U.S. dollar is starting the new week with a fresh round of gains as the greenback is trading against all of the major currencies. The main catalyst is the 10 year Treasury yield which is hovering just under 3%. There are no major U.S. economic reports scheduled for release today but last week’s momentum is carrying over to this morning’s trade. The Japanese Yen is the weakest currency followed by the euro which shrugged off upward revisions to EZ PMIs. The commodity currencies are also up across the board although the loonie is the most resilient as oil prices stabilize. Its Monday, so its difficult to say whether there will be continuation after these strong moves but minimally USD/JPY looks like its headed towards 108.50. GBP/USD could test 1.39 but UK yields are up quite a bit this morning as well.

*The MAIN THEMES I see today are*

+USD
+CHF
-GBP
-JPY
-AUD
-NZD

*Trading Biases*

+USD, +CHF
-GBP, -AUD, -NZD, -JPY
mildly -EUR, +CAD

*Today’s Initial Trades*

Here’s the summary --

1. Buy AUDJPY at 82.70, Stop at 82.42, Target 82.98
2. Buy CADJPY at 84.60, Stop at 84.32, Target 84.88
3. Sell USDCHF at .9755, Stop at .9783, Target .9727
4. Sell USDCAD at 1.2780, Stop at 1.2808, target 1.2752

Close ALL open day trades by 10:20AM NY / 15:20 GMT

Today’s Trades 04.09.2018 – GBPCHF, USDJPY, USDCHF, EURNZD

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*Good morning/afternoon everyone!*

We’re starting the new trading week with stability. U.S. stock futures are pointing to a positive open after selling off sharply on Friday thanks in part to the recovery in Asian and European equities. Treasury yields are also pointing higher, supporting the rally in the greenback. The dollar is up against most of the major currencies with the exception of sterling and the New Zealand dollar. Investors still believe or at least hope that trade tensions between the U.S. and China amounts to nothing more than posturing as no sanctions have gone in effect and so far there hasn’t been further antagonism from China. The euro is under pressure from softer German trade data while the New Zealand dollar is benefitting from AUD/NZD, which has fallen to a 1 year low. Sterling on the other hand is up thanks to stronger house prices and a rise in Gilt yields. Keep an eye on the headlines as geopolitical risks remain the key focus -- we could get a NAFTA deal this week and increased tensions with China.

*The MAIN THEMES I see today are*

+USD
+GBP
-CHF
-EUR
-JPY

*Trading Biases*

+USD,+GBP
-EUR, -CHF, -JPY
mildly -NZD
neutral CAD, AUD

*Today’s Initial Trades*

Here’s the summary --

1. Buy USDCHF at .9606, Stop at .9578, Target .9634
2. Buy USDJPY at 107.13, Stop at 106.85, target 107.41
3. Buy GBPCHF at 1.3545, Stop at 1.3517, Target 1.3573
4. Sell EURNZD at 1.6843, Stop at 1.6871, Target 1.6815

Close ALL open day trades by 10:20AM NY / 15:20 GMT

USDCHF – Walking it Way to .9700?

USDCHF – Walking it Way to .9700?

Chart Of The Day

After bottoming out at .9200 in mid-February the Swissie has declined by 500 pips against the buck -- a stealth rally that has been hardly noticed. Although the franc remains the beneficiary of risk aversion flows, the move into the pair is becoming less frequent as the world adjusts to Trumps mad-dog tweets and realizes that most of them are bark not bite.

On the flip side, any further growth in NFPs should assure yet another rate hike by the Fed further blowing out the spread to +2.75% to the dollar and making the short carry ever more painful.

All of this suggests that barring any blow up in geopolitical risk or massive miss on the economic front, USDCHF should continue to crawl towards the .9700 figure over the near-term horizon.

Today’s Trades 04.04.2018 – EURCAD, AUDJPY, GBPCHF, USDCHF

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*Good morning/afternoon everyone!*

China rolled out $50B in tariffs overnight, sending USD/JPY and risk appetite plunging lower. While the greenback has not fallen across the board (it is up versus GBP, AUD and CAD), it is certainly vulnerable to additional weakness in the NY session as Dow futures, which are down 500 points signal a very ugly open. The U.S. is stirring up the trouble so the greenback will be punished but risk aversion makes it difficult for other currencies to extend their gains as well. This morning’s non-manufacturing ISM and ADP reports will still have an impact on the greenback but at this point, it may be a sideshow to trade tensions. Next to the yen, the New Zealand dollar is the best performing currency, rising on the back of AUD/NZD flows. The Australian dollar is down slightly with weaker building approvals offset by stronger retail sales. Australia is also particularly vulnerable to China’s troubles. USD/CAD should rise further as oil prices continue to fall. Euro is up thanks in part to a higher CPI estimate.

*The MAIN THEMES I see today are*

-USD
-CAD
-GBP
+NZD
+JPY
+CHF

*Trading Biases*

-USD, -CAD, -GBP, -AUD
+NZD, +JPY, +CHF
neutral EUR

*Today’s Initial Trades*

Here’s the summary --

1. Buy EURCAD at 1.5750, Stop at 1.5722, target 1.5778
2. Sell AUDJPY at 81.45, Stop at 81.73, Target 81.17
3. Short GBPCHF at 1.3462, Stop at 1.3490, Target 1.3434
4, Sell USDCHF at .9582, Stop at .9610, Target .9554

Close ALL open day trades by 10:20AM NY / 15:20 GMT

Today’s Trades 04.03.2018 – EURUSD, USDCHF, CHFJPY, EURAUD

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*Good morning/afternoon everyone!*

While Monday’s sell-off in U.S. stocks carried over to Asian and European equities, it did not translate into further losses for currencies. USD/JPY is back above 106 and trading higher against the euro and sterling. Stronger than expected UK PMI manufacturing numbers failed to lift GBP and we think this is a sign of weakness rather than strength. The second quarter has begun and many traders are back from their Easter holidays though participation is still less than usual. The most important event risk this week will be Friday’s non-farm payrolls report so investors will be looking at all of the leading indicators ahead of the release. However there are no major U.S. economic reports today so between the positive open suggested by U.S. stock futures and the rise in 10 year Treasury yields, we could see further U.S. dollar strength vs. European currencies. Gains in USD/JPY appear to be capped below the 200-SMA on the 4 hour charts near 106.30 for the time being. The commodity currencies are outperforming with AUD supported by the central bank’s outlook for faster growth in 2018. They still maintain a steady policy stance. New Zealand has a dairy auction later this morning.

*The MAIN THEMES I see today are*

+USD
+AUD
-EUR
-CHF
-GBP

*Trading Biases*

+USD, +AUD, +NZD
-EUR, -CHF, -GBP
mildly +CAD
neutral JPY

*Today’s Initial Trades*

Here’s the summary --

1. Sell EURUSD at 1.2293, Stop at 1.2321, Target 1.2265
2. Sell EURAUD at 1.6000, Stop at 1.6028, Target 1.5972
3. Sell CHFJPY at 111.01, Stop at 111.29, Target 110.73
4. Buy USDCHF at .9567, Stop at .9539, Target .9595

Close ALL open day trades by 10:20AM NY / 15:20 GMT

Today’s Trades 03.20.2018 – USDCAD, USDCHF, CADJPY, GBPUSD

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*Good morning/afternoon everyone!*

After yesterday’s sharp sell-off in stocks, we are seeing risk appetite return this morning with the U.S. dollar trading higher against most of the major currencies. USD/JPY is at 106.50 and EUR/USD is holding above 1.2300 but support looks tenuous as the dollar could add to its gains ahead of tomorrow’s FOMC rate decision. Sterling took a hit from weaker CPI and could succumb to stronger selling than the euro. The commodity currencies are holding on strong with USD/CAD eyeing a move to 1.3050 and beyond. The Australian dollar is one of the strongest performers for no reason other than the fact that it experienced heavy selling over the past few days, so a healthier reversal is likely. The New Zealand dollar is lagging behind as investors worry about this morning’s dairy auction and tomorrow afternoon’s RBNZ rate decision.

*The MAIN THEMES I see today are*

+USD
+CAD
+AUD
-GBP
-EUR
-CHF

*Trading Biases*

+USD, +CAD, +AUD
-GBP, -EUR, -CHF, -JPY
neutral NZD

*Today’s Initial Trades*

Here’s the summary --

1. Buy CADJPY at 81.40, Stop at 81.12, Target 81.68
2. Buy USDCHF at .9528, Stop at .9500, Target .9556
3. Sell GBPUSD at 1.4030, Stop at 1.4058, Target 1.4002
4. Sell USDCAD at 1.3068, Stop at 1.3096, Target 1.3040

Close ALL open day trades by 10:20AM NY / 15:20 GMT

Today’s Trades 02.26.2018 – EURJPY, AUDUSD, USDCHF

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*Good morning/afternoon everyone!*

The U.S. dollar is starting the North American trading session lower against all of the major currencies but it is quietly recovering its losses, particularly against the Japanese Yen as U.S. stocks point to a positive open. Thanks to the early performance of U.S. equity futures and the overnight rallies in European and Asian stocks, today should be a day of improved risk appetite. This could benefit all of the yen pairs and drive the Swiss Franc lower. It should also be positive for risk currencies like the EUR and AUD but on a technical basis, the rallies are meeting resistance which suggests that the USD could lead the gains rather than the demand for risk. We had initially sold EURGBP but exited on Brexit noise. Corbyn’s comments that the UK is still in the dark over May’s Brexit plans and will not be joining a customs union after Brexit is a threat to the currency’s earlier gains. The euro is at the upper end of its 4 day range and Mario Draghi’s speech at 9AM NY could affect how the currency trades. The commodity currencies are also beginning to give up their earlier gains as well with CAD and AUD the weakest performers. Today’s U.S. new home sales report is not expected to have a significant impact on currencies as investors wait for Fed Chair Powell’s testimony on Tuesday.

*The MAIN THEMES I see today are*

+USD
-JPY
-CHF
-AUD
-NZD

*Trading Biases*

+USD
-CHF, -JPY, AUD, -NZD,
mildly +EUR
mildly -GBP, -CAD

*Today’s Initial Trades*

Here’s the summary --

1. Buy USDCHF at .9344, stop at .9315, Target .9372
2. Sell AUDUSD at .7861, Stop at .7889, Target .7833
3. Buy EURJPY at 131.68. Stop at 131.40. Target 131.96

Close ALL open day trades by 10:20AM NY / 15:20 GMT

Today’s Trades 02.22.2018 – EURAUD, NZDUSD, USDCHF, AUDUSD

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*Good morning/afternoon everyone!*

While the Japanese Yen is trading higher against across the board today, the U.S. dollar is down against all of the major currencies except for sterling which fell on the back of weaker GDP. This divergence between the yen and the greenback reflects the battle in risk. After selling off sharply in the last 2 hours of trade, U.S. stocks futures are pointing to only a modestly lower open. Asian stocks took a hit but European stocks have stabilized. Given the recent vol in stocks it is too early to tell whether equities will resume their slide in North American trade. Meanwhile the best performing currencies this morning are comm dollars with AUD leading the gains. Canadian retail sales are scheduled for release this morning and we are seeing profit taking on long USD/CAD positions ahead of this key report. The euro has shrugged off a softer IFO report and while USD/JPY is in a clear downtrend. Jobless claims are also on the calendar.

*The MAIN THEMES I see today are*

-EUR
-GBP
+AUD
+NZD

*Trading Biases*

-USD, -EUR, -GBP
+AUD, +NZD, +CHF
neutral JPY, mildly +CAD

*Today’s Initial Trades*

Here’s the summary --

1. Buy NZDUSD at .7333, stop at .7305, Target .7361
2. Sell EURAUD at 1.5710, Stop at 1.5738, Target 1.5682
3. Sell USDCHF at .9377, Stop at .9405, Target .9349
4. Buy AUDUSD at .7819, Stop at .7791, Target .7847

Close ALL open day trades by 10:20AM NY / 15:20 GMT

Today’s Trades 02.01.2018 – USDCAD, EURUSD, USDCHF

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*Good morning/afternoon everyone!*

The positive momentum generated by Wednesday’s FOMC statement carried over to Asia and Europe where investors continued to drive the U.S. dollar higher against all of the major currencies. This morning, the greenback is struggling to extend its gains particularly against the JPY as the pair nears 109.77 (Jan 26 high) resistance. The EURO continues to be one of the strongest currency, holding well above 1.2400 and aiming for a move above 1.2450. GBP is also up which surprising considering given softer manufacturing PMI. The commodity currencies are the weakest AUD leading the slide. The Canadian dollar is holding up best but each day it manages to stay above 1.2300, the greater chance of a bottom followed by a strong move upwards. Jobless claims and the ISM non-manufacturing reports are scheduled for release this morning but the focus will be on non-farm payrolls.

*The MAIN THEMES I see today are*

+EUR
+USD
-AUD
-CHF
-CAD

*Trading Biases*

+EUR, +USD
-AUD, -CAD, -CHF, -JPY
mildly +GBP, -NZD

*Today’s Initial Trades*

1. Buy USDCAD at 1.2325, Stop at 1.2297, Target 1.2353
2. Buy USDCHF at .9335, Stop at .9307, Target .9363
3. Buy EURUSD at 1.3436, Stop at 1.2408, Target 1.2464

*EURCAD closed for +21 and NZDUSD for -6

Close ALL open day trades by 10:20AM NY / 15:20 GMT