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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, +NZD
-EUR, -CHF, -GBP
*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