Can Dollar, EUR/USD Break 1.3400-1.3250 Range on House Vote?

  • Can Dollar, EUR/USD Break 1.3400-1.3250 Range on House Vote?
  • Japanese Yen: Did the BoJ Meet Expectations, Will USD/JPY Break?
  • British Pound Faces Jobs Data, BoE Minutes, Cameron Speech
  • Euro Slides Despite Strong Investor Sentiment, Spanish Bond Sale
  • Australian Dollar Unfazed by 4Q CPI Miss
  • Canadian Dollar: What Should We Expect from the BoC Rate Decision?
  • Gold Positioned for Another Breakout as Dollar Faces Deficit Risk Resolution

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Can Dollar, EUR/USD Break 1.3400-1.3250 Range on House Vote?

As equities climbing to fresh five-year highs after hours following the Google and IBM earnings reports and yen’s unrelenting rally shaken, the dollar witnessed a market-wide slide this past session. A second consecutive decline for the Dow Jones FXCM Dollar Index (ticker = USDollar) has carried the benchmark further back from its six-month highs. Critical to the greenback’s performance from here is the bearings for underlying risk trends moving forward. Through the past few weeks, the safe haven currency has been able to divorce itself from the advance of speculative benchmarks like the S&P 500 as risk measures in the FX market maintained pressure for a refuge from potentially adverse swells. Yet, so far this week, fundamental Risk-Reward trendshave recovered from three-month lows and FX volatility has retreated from four month highs.

There are two ways the dollar may progress from here. If general speculative trends remain relatively unchanged, cross-market activity (like a strong yen rally forcing a serious USDJPY move) can play a bigger role. Yet, at anytime risk trends are revived – the dollar will react. Many of the global financing market’s most pressing concerns (Euro crisis, Fiscal Cliff, Chinese economic slump) have tempered. A further reduction of the so-called ‘tail risk’ may take place in the upcoming session when the US House of Representatives votes to temporarily raise the deficit ceiling (to May 19). However, the level of relief rally this provides speculative trends (weight for the dollar) may not be comparable to the Fiscal Cliff resolution as the pressure isn’t particularly intense at the moment. Nevertheless, it would further reduce risk.

Japanese Yen: Did the BoJ Meet Expectations, Will USD/JPY Break?

The market raised a collective eyebrow yesterday after the Bank of Japan (BoJ) announced its monetary policy changes. What was billed as a clear catalyst for over-extended yen crosses (either offering further fuel for sustained rallies or the spark needed for a sharp reversal) proved a complicated evaluation as to whether the speculative masses should be impressed or disappointed. The prevailing consensus heading into the event was that the central bank would adopt a 2 percent inflation target and attach to that objective a vow of unlimited stimulus that would remain in place as long as sustainable price growth remained elusive. That expectation was met…partially. The BoJ announced that it would purchase 13 trillion yen ($147 billion) worth of assets per month, which trumps the Fed’s own monthly $85 billion in Treasury and mortgage backed securities (MBS) purchases. This would have been the rally call to drive the yen crosses to fresh highs, if it weren’t for a serious caveat.

While the size of the program impressed, the market was thrown for a loop when the policy officials said that the ‘unlimited’ stimulus program wouldn’t start until January 2014. For many, this feels like the unsubstantiated threats that Japan’s central bank and government made so frequently (and to little success) over previous years. There is a program of unprecedented proportions lingering in Japan’s future, but many things can happen between now and then. In that 11 months, the Fed will have increased its balance sheet by $935 billion at its current pace - and thereby push Japan further behind in the implicit currency war. Perhaps this was a move that offers the next BoJ governor room to work when Shirakawa is replaced in April. Yet, again, there is still three months for the markets to weigh in.

In the meantime, we find many of the most liquid yen crosses (USDJPY, EURJPY, AUDJPY) standing at the threshold of serious technical support after incredible rallies. With the USDJPY best representing the ‘overbought’ sentiment that has affixed itself to the yen crosses (having matched a record 10 consecutive week rally), we can see the natural inclination for a necessary retracement is pressured by this surprisingly tame BoJ outcome. Yet, commitment to a reversal has yet to be made. Perhaps risk trends may salvage the bulls or send them scrambling.

British Pound Faces Jobs Data, BoE Minutes, Cameron SpeechThere is a heavy round of event risk for the British pound for the upcoming session. Yet, much of its market-moving potential may have already been undermined over the past 48 hours. Prime Minister Cameron’s speech on a possible referendum on the UK’s place in the EU is a top-tier concern, but many of the details were leaked after the initial address was delayed. The typically hit-or-miss BoE minutes may have had their thunder stolen by an assessment offered by BoE Governor King yesterday. Still open to surprise though is the December employment data.

Euro Slides Despite Strong Investor Sentiment, Spanish Bond Sale

The euro lost ground against most of its major counterparts this past session. While risk trends and the yen may skew a performance assessment, it is still surprising that the shared currency did not do better on the day’s headlines. Eurozone investor sentiment hit a two-and-a-half year high; a Spanish 10-year bond sale drew record demand; and the EU is considering term changes for Ireland and Portugal’s rescue.

Australian Dollar Unfazed by 4Q CPI Miss

Last week, a significant miss by New Zealand’s fourth quarter CPI reading led AUDNZD to cover a more than 100-pip range in the span of minutes. The potential was clear for the Australian version of the data considering the RBA is active in altering its monetary policy. Yet, the 2.2 percent annual inflation pace tempered the speculative ranks. It missed expectations, but remains above target.

Canadian Dollar: What Should We Expect from the BoC Rate Decision?

Monetary policy decisions are important events nowadays. Though, for the Bank of Canada (BoC), these gatherings have proven less than mundane. The central bank has maintained a hawkish bearing with no sign of action through the immediate future. The market will meet the upcoming policy decision with tame expectations – but those are the conditions that ‘surprise’ plays out best in.

Gold Positioned for Another Breakout as Dollar Faces Deficit Risk Resolution

We have seen many lead-ins to breakouts for gold over the past few months, and we find ourselves at yet another catalyzing point. Price action has contracted into a terminal congestion just below $1,700. At the last break point, follow through lacked due to a lack of a fundamental catalyst. This time, however, we may find more of a push should the dollar respond significantly to a House vote to lift the debt ceiling.

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ECONOMIC DATA

GMT

Currency

Release

Survey

Previous

Comments

0:30

AUD

CPI (QoQ)

0.4%

1.4%

Showing signs of higher inflation since its trough reached in 12/2011 (QoQ) and 06/2012 (YoY). Higher inflation is AUD positive.

0:30

AUD

CPI (YoY)

2.4%

2.0%

0:30

AUD

CPI RBA Trimmed Mean (YoY)

2.4%

2.4%

2:00

CNY

Conference Board China Leading Eco Index (DEC)

5:00

JPY

Bank of Japan Monthly Economic Report (JAN)

9:30

GBP

Bank of England Minutes

9:30

GBP

Claimant Count Rate (DEC)

4.8%

4.8%

Moving between 4.40 and 4.90 since 2009.

9:30

GBP

Jobless Claims Change (DEC)

0.5K

-3.0K

Oscillates between 5 and -15 in every quarter since 2012.

9:30

GBP

Average Weekly Earnings (3M/YoY)

1.6%

1.8%

Three year average at 2.1.

9:30

GBP

Weekly Earnings exBonus (3M/YoY)

1.5%

1.7%

Non finaicial industry earnings remains far from 2007 high.

9:30

GBP

ILO Unemployment Rate (3M)

7.8%

7.8%

9:30

GBP

Employment Change (3M/3M)

28K

40K

Declining since high on 07/2012 at 236K.

10:00

EUR

Euro Area Government Debt

10:00

CHF

ZEW Survey (Expectations) (JAN)

-15.5

Growth prospect trending higher from previous low on 09/2011.

12:00

USD

MBA Mortgage Applications (JAN)

15.2%

Large swing in the data set.

14:00

CAD

Teranet/National Bank HPI (MoM) (DEC)

-0.3%

-0.4%

Consistent peaks seen in June of each year.

14:00

CAD

Teranet/National Bank HP Index (DEC)

154.02

Trending higher since 2007.

14:00

CAD

Teranet/National Bank HPI (YoY) (DEC)

3.1%

3.4%

Moving around 3 over the last two years.

14:00

USD

House Price Index (MoM)

0.7%

0.5%

Trending higher since 03/2011

15:00

CAD

Bank of Canada Rate Decision (JAN)

1.00%

1.00%

Expected to remain unchanged at 1%.

15:00

EUR

Euro-Zone Consumer Confidence (JAN)

-26

-26.5

Six year average at -16.6.

21:30

NZD

Business NZ PMI (DEC)

48.8

Declining moderately over the last three years.

23:50

JPY

Merchandise Trade Balance Total (Yen) (DEC)

-¥953.4B

The seasonally adjusted trade balance shows a larger trade deficit.

23:50

JPY

Adjusted Merchandise Trade Balance (Yen) (DEC)

-¥868.5B

23:50

JPY

Merchandise Trade Exports (YoY) (DEC)

-4.2

-4.1

Exports are increasing since 09/2012.

23:50

JPY

Merchandise Trade Imports (YoY) (DEC)

1.7

0.8

One year average at 4.1.

23:50

JPY

Foreign Buying Japan Bonds (Yen) (JAN)

¥139.0B

Large swing in data set.

23:50

JPY

Foreign Buying Japan Stocks (Yen) (JAN)

¥233.8B

Capital inflow decreases since 01/04/2013.

GMT

Currency

Upcoming Events & Speeches

05:00

JPY

Bank of Japan Monthly Economic Report

08:00

GBP

UK PM Cameron to Deliver Speech on EU Relationship

15:00

ALL

IMF Releases World Economic Outlook Update

16:15

CAD

BoC Governor Carney Holds Press Conference

21:30

USD

|| Earnings – Apple 4Q

-

USD

US House of Reps Votes on Extending Debt Ceiling to May

SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE LEVELS

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CLASSIC SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE EMERGING MARKETS 18:00 GMTSCANDIES CURRENCIES 18:00 GMT

Currency

USD/MXN

USD/TRY

USD/ZAR

USD/HKD

USD/SGD

Currency

USD/SEK

USD/DKK

USD/NOK

Resist 2

15.5900

2.0000

9.2080

7.8165

1.3650

Resist 2

7.5800

6.1875

6.1150

Resist 1

15.0000

1.9000

9.1900

7.8075

1.3250

Resist 1

6.8155

5.9190

5.8200

Spot

12.6375

1.7687

8.8500

7.7533

1.2282

Spot

6.5146

5.6050

5.5812

Support 1

12.5000

1.6500

8.5650

7.7490

1.2000

Support 1

6.0800

5.5840

5.6000

Support 2

11.5200

1.5725

6.5575

7.7450

1.1800

Support 2

5.8085

5.3350

5.3040

INTRA-DAY PROBABILITY BANDS 18:00 GMT

Currency

EUR/USD

GBP/USD

USD/JPY

USD/CHF

USD/CAD

AUD/USD

NZD/USD

EUR/JPY

GBP/JPY

Resist. 3

1.3429

1.5951

89.47

0.9371

0.9985

1.0619

0.8482

119.49

141.88

Resist. 2

1.3401

1.5921

89.24

0.9352

0.9970

1.0599

0.8463

119.09

141.46

Resist. 1

1.3373

1.5892

89.02

0.9332

0.9955

1.0579

0.8444

118.70

141.04

Spot

1.3316

1.5832

88.56

0.9292

0.9924

1.0539

0.8405

117.92

140.21

Support 1

1.3259

1.5772

88.10

0.9252

0.9893

1.0499

0.8366

117.14

139.38

Support 2

1.3231

1.5743

87.88

0.9232

0.9878

1.0479

0.8347

116.75

138.96

Support 3

1.3203

1.5713

87.65

0.9213

0.9863

1.0459

0.8328

116.35

138.54

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  • Currencies
    Currencies
    NamePriceChange% Chg
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    USDSGD=X
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    EURSGD=X
    2.1128-0.001-0.05%
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    81.4583+0.1662+0.20%
    SGDJPY=X
    6.1666+0.0039+0.06%
    SGDHKD=X
    2.6040+0.0056+0.22%
    SGDMYR=X
    9,261.9111+5.8848+0.06%
    SGDIDR=X
    4.9763+0.0094+0.19%
    SGDCNY=X
    1.1650-0.0003-0.02%
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    Commodities
    NamePriceChange% Chg
    1,291.90+1.30+0.10%
    GCM14.CMX
    19.55-0.14-0.70%
    SIK14.CMX
    91.62-1.25-1.35%
    ^XAU
    3.11-0.01-0.40%
    HGK14.CMX
    102.02+0.08+0.08%
    CLM14.NYM
  • Bonds
    Bonds
    TreasuryYield (%)Yield Change
    1.74+0.03
    ^FVX
    2.690.00
    ^TNX
    3.460.00
    ^TYX

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    Most Actives
    NamePriceChange% Chg
    2.210.0000.00%
    JS8.SI
    1.150.0000.00%
    U6C.SI
    0.122-0.001-0.81%
    B22.SI
    0.107+0.001+0.94%
    A53.SI
    3.75-0.010-0.27%
    Z74.SI
  • % Gainers
    % Gainers
    NamePriceChange% Chg
    0.58+0.030+5.45%
    H17.SI
    0.141+0.007+5.22%
    S56.SI
    0.135+0.010+8.00%
    I9T.SI
    0.23+0.010+4.55%
    G50.SI
    0.36+0.010+2.86%
    B9S.SI
  • % Losers
    % Losers
    NamePriceChange% Chg
    0.30-0.015-4.76%
    K29.SI
    0.205-0.010-4.65%
    510.SI
    1.17-0.045-3.70%
    S53.SI
    0.33-0.010-2.94%
    T12.SI
    0.155-0.004-2.52%
    5EL.SI