Today’s Trades 07.11.2018 USDJPY, AUDUSD, EURNZD, EURGBP

Swing

*Good morning/afternoon everyone!*

Escalating trade tensions has been good and not bad for the U.S. dollar and thats why we’re seeing the currency trade higher across the board this morning after the Trump Administration released a new list of Chinese products that are subject to tariffs. China plans to retaliate and investors area waiting with bated breath for their response. The currency hit the hardest by these tensions is the Australian dollar which dropped below 74 cents despite stronger consumer confidence. NZD is also very weak which should not be a surprise as the economy’s underlying weakness is exacerbated by trade troubles. Although US yields are down today and Dow futures are pointing to a significantly lower open, USDJPY is aiming for its March 111.39 high. Producer prices are scheduled for release this morning and a good number could encourage USD/JPY to test resistance. Euro is one of the most resilient currencies at the start of the NY session thanks to the relative stability of German yields and the 1.17 support level. Aside from trade, the main focus will be the Bank of Canada’s monetary policy announcement. The Canadian dollar is trading lower ahead of the event but the market is pricing in a 97% chance of a hike. This tells us that investors are focusing more on guidance than tightening. Looking ahead, risk appetite will be key. If stocks reverse their losses, so will currencies but if the Dow falls 300 points or more, many currencies will extend their losses.

*The MAIN THEMES I see today are*

-AUD
-NZD
+USD
+EUR

*Trading Biases*

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

*Today’s Initial Trades*

Here’s the summary --

1. Buy EURGBP at .8848, Stop at .8820, Target .8876
2. Sell AUDUSD at .7391, Stop at .7419, Target .7363
3. Buy EURNZD at 1.7250, Stop at 1.7222, Target 1.7278
4. Buy USDJPY at 111.22, Stop at 110.94, Target 111.50

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

Today’s Trades 07.10.2018 EURCAD, USDJPY, EURUSD, NZDUSD

Swing

*Good morning/afternoon everyone!*

Investors are buying U.S. dollars this morning on the back of higher U.S. rates and weaker global data. In the Eurozone, the ZEW survey deteriorated in July, causing EUR/USD to finally retreat after last week’s strong rally. We are looking for the pair to test 1.17 but with significant support at that former breakout level, its not clear if there will be a meaningful break. USD/JPY is eyeing its May 111.39 high -- although there are no major U.S. economic reports scheduled for release today, we believe this level will be tested with USD/JPY extending its gains to 111.50. Sterling is under pressure from ongoing political troubles in the UK and softer than expected industrial production. While USD/CAD is up, oil prices hit new highs today and that should limit the pair’s gains. We are short EUR/CAD because we still think CAD will outperform its ahead of Wednesday’s Bank of Canada rate decision. The worst performing currencies today are the Australian and New Zealand dollars. There’s no specific catalyst for their underperformance outside of regional weakness because business confidence increased in Australia and New Zealand credit card spending picked up in June.

*The MAIN THEMES I see today are*

-EUR
-NZD
+CAD
+USD
-JPY

*Trading Biases*

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

*Today’s Initial Trades*

Here’s the summary --

1. Sell EURCAD at 1.1594, Stop at 1.5422, Target 1.5366
2. Sell EURUSD at 1.1723, Stop at 1.1751, Target 1.1695
3. Sell NZDUSD at .6820, Stop at .6848, Target .6792
4. Buy USDJPY at 111.28, Stop at 111 Target 111.56

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

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

Swing

*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

Swing

*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

USDJPY Rejects Key Resistance

USDJPY Rejects Key Resistance

Chart Of The Day

With the week drawing to a close, the rally that took USD/JPY above 110 is losing momentum. Investors are worried that President Trump will stir more trouble at the G7 meeting. He’s widely expected to stick with a hard line on trade, which would amplify criticism and retaliation by other foreign leaders. The pullback in USD/JPY today is driven by a decline in Treasury yields. Jobless claims and continuing claims also ticked higher. There are no U.S. economic reports scheduled for release tomorrow so there’s motivation for a further profit taking on long USD/JPY positions.

Technically, USD/JPY tested and rejected the 200-day SMA and the 61.8% Fib retracement of the December to March decline and is also struggling to hold above the 20-day SMA. The 1 hour, 4 hour and daily charts suggest a further pullback to 109.45 and possibly even a move down to 109.00

Today’s Trades 06.04.2018 – USDJPY, CADCHF, EURNZD

Swing

*Good morning/afternoon everyone!*

The U.S. dollar is trading lower against all of the major currencies this morning with the exception of the Japanese Yen. Recoveries at the end of last week carried over to this new trading week with the Australian dollar leading the gains. AUD is up more than 1% on the back of stronger retail sales data, lifting the New Zealand dollar with it. Profit taking on long US dollar positions also helped euro shrug off softer PPI. Today’s U.S. factory orders and durable goods report are not expected to have a significant impact on the greenback. With stocks pointing higher and yields edging upwards, there’s an appetite for risk that should benefit the yen crosses. We also see a further near term pullback in USD/CAD.

*The MAIN THEMES I see today are*

-USD
+EUR
+GBP
+AUD
+NZD
+CAD
+JPY

*Trading Biases*

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

*Today’s Initial Trades*

Here’s the summary --

1. Sell CADCHF at .7618, Stop at .7646, Target .7590
2. Sell USDJPY at 109.54, Stop ta 109.82, Target 109.26
3. Sell EURNZD at 1.6646, Stop at 1.6674, Target 1.6618

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

GBPCHF -11
EURJPY -5

USDJPY – Have We Hit Support?

USDJPY – Have We Hit Support?

Chart Of The Day

Its been a brutal day for risk as Dow dropped -500 points and Italian political drama upended the markets, but after vicious selloff markets are due for some reprieve. With Italian story now moving off to the sidelines as the country awaits new elections in a few months, the focus shifts to US data as the markets take a look at the first key report of the week -- the ADP employment release.

This week is unusual because all of the preliminary data actually follows the NFPs on Friday, so the ADP is the only clue to how strong the payrolls will be. If the job picture in the US continues to perform to expectation the 10Y yields should start to creep back towards 3.00% and USDJPY should follow in turn. The pair appears to have found some support in front of the 108.00 level and if it can hold the lows, a rally back towards 110.00 could be in store.

USDJPY- Back to 108.50?

USDJPY- Back to 108.50?

Chart Of The Day

Is the party over for USDJPY bulls? With North Korean summit canceled, a relatively dovish Fed and deteriorating housing market, the positive sentiment has been pummelled this week. Although geopolitical tensions can certainly be a sore, the true point of stress may be housing.

The halcyon days of 2006-2007 may be over, but housing along with the supporting services still represents 18% of US GDP and with mortgage rates at 7-year highs affordability has clearly become an issue. With price softening the wealth effect could start to work the other way consumer sentiment could quickly wither. Add to that rising gas prices and stagnant wages and you have the perfect recipe for an unexpected slowdown in Q2 of this year that could force the Fed to slow it rate hike process. With 10-year yield already below 3% USDJPY could see further slide over the next few days as support at 108.50 beckons

USDJPY – Once More to 110.00?

USDJPY – Once More to 110.00?

Chart Of The Day

Last week’s tepid US CPI readings and the weak NFP readings the week before that have cooled traders expectations of Fed rate hikes going forward with the market essentially pricing in the prospect of only 3 hikes this year.

Fed officials, however, continue to assume a hawkish stance with Cleveland President Mester reaffirming the view that inflation may go above the 2% range. So far the Fed analysis has been far too optimistic core CPI readings did push through the 2% ceiling last month – but only just – marking only the second time this year that the core readings have risen above the 2% level.

Part of the reason for muted inflation readings is the woefully slow gains in average hourly earnings. Given the tax cut, the stimulatory aspect of fiscal policy and the relative tightness of the labor market, economists expected nominal wages to rise between 3.5%-4.0% by now, yet the gains have only been 2.6% creating very little real wage growth for the US consumer.

Tomorrow’s US Retail Sales will provide the most important view of the state of US final demand. The market is anticipating a rebound in US Retail Sales of 0.5% from 0.2% the month prior. If Retail Sales improve USDJPY will make another run at 110.00, but if the number misses its mark once again and shows a paltry growth of 0.2% or worse, the Fed futures market will start to pare its bets regardless of what the Fed officials will say as evidence will continue to mount that case for further tightening is simply not there.

USDJPY – Going for 110.00?

USDJPY – Going for 110.00?

Chart Of The Day

Despite less than stellar US data, USDJPY shrugged off concerns over slowdown and plowed ahead as the bulls have 110.00 firmly in view. Tomorrow the market will get a look at ADP and FOMC statement and as long as jobs print at 175K or better and the Fed reaffirms its hawkish stance the markets are likely to test the ket resistance within the next few days.

Although US economy shows some signs of a slowdown, it remains well in expansionary territory and its monetary policy continues to be the most restrictive in the G-11 universe and that above all else is keeping USDJPY propped up for the time being.

Will USD/JPY Hit 110? Not so Fast.

Will USD/JPY Hit 110? Not so Fast.

Chart Of The Day

Will USD/JPY Hit 110? Not so Fast.

After rising for 6 days straight, USD/JPY finally consolidated today above 109. The decline in Treasury yields prevented USD/JPY from rising but U.S. data was better than expected with jobless claims falling to its lowest level in 49 years. Durable goods orders also rose 2.6%, against expectations for 1.6% increase while the trade deficit shrank to -$68B from -$75.9B. There are 2 event risks in the next 24 hours that will affect how USD/JPY trades. Tonight, the Bank of Japan has a monetary policy announcement. The BoJ firmly believes in the need for easy monetary policy so no changes are expected but they will be releasing their latest economic projections including their first forecasts for 2020. Tomorrow, first quarter U.S. GDP numbers are scheduled for release and while investors are positioning for a strong report, the drop in non-defense capital goods orders, the stagnation in durable goods ex transportation, weakness in retail sales at the start of the year points to a softer release. Therefore if GDP falls short of expectations, we could see end of week profit taking in the greenback.

Technically, USD/JPY has broken above the 100-day SMA and 50% Fibonacci retracement of June to December 2016 rally. However as shown in the chart, the rally stopped right at the 100-week SMA near 109.50. This is a significant resistance level that USD/JPY needs to break in order to make a run for 110. If it fails here, support is at 108.75 and a break below that level could see the pair slip all the day down to 108.

Today’s Trades 04.12.2018 – GBPUSD, USDJPY, USDCAD

Swing

*Good morning/afternoon everyone!*

The currency markets are eyeing geopolitical risks this morning as President Trump says an attack on Syria could happen very soon, or “not at all.” While this creates more confusion than clarity, investors are relieved that an announcement wasn’t made overnight. By hitting Syria, the President is taunting Russia and the greatest implication aside from military engagement, U.S. dollar weakness and risk aversion is higher oil prices. USD/CAD remains under pressure was investors eye the headlines for updates on Trump’s decision. Softer Eurozone industrial production makes the euro the weakest performing currency this morning. Sterling came back strongly after dropping below 1.4150. USD/JPY has moved to the top of its recent range on the back of higher bond yields and Dow futures, which are pointing to a positive open. AUD is flat while NZD continues to outperform. There are no major U.S. economic reports scheduled for release today so keep on the headlines and stocks.

*The MAIN THEMES I see today are*

+GBP
+CAD
+NZD
-EUR
-USD (but +USDJPY)

*Trading Biases*

+GBP, +CAD, +NZD
-EUR, -USD (except USDJPY), -AUD, -CHF, -JPY

*Today’s Initial Trades*

Here’s the summary --

1. Sell USDCAD at 1.2594, stop at 1.2623, Target 1.2563
2. Buy USDJPY at 107.13, Stop at 106.85, Target 107.41
3. Buy GBPUSD at 1.4185, stop at 1.4157, Target 1.4213

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