Forex Analysis: Dollar Quietly Breaks 1.2700 as Risk Trends Slow to Take

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  • Dollar Quietly Breaks 1.2700 as Risk Trends Slow to Take
  • Euro Slides as Officials Discuss Greece’s Growing Stimulus Need
  • Australian Dollar Jumps after Weekend Chinese Trade Data, Risk Sensitive Now
  • British Pound Faces 200-Day Moving Average Ahead of UK Data
  • Japanese Yen: Recession and Stimulus Signals Fail to Sway Safe Haven Flows
  • New Zealand Dollar: Should Traders Expect Another Spike in Response to Retail Sales?
  • Gold Threatens Reversal as Volume Cools, Fiscal Cliff Fears Ease

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Dollar Quietly Breaks 1.2700 as Risk Trends Slow to Take

The dollar – like the broader capital and Forex markets – was virtually unmoved through Monday’s trading session. To get a sense of the activity level for the day, we find that the FX Volatility Index hit a fresh 5-year low, the average true range (ATR) on EURUSD held just above its own multi-year low and volume on the benchmark US equity indexes was the lowest seen since the holiday period of 2009. The bank holiday in the US (for Veterans day) certainly curbed its fair share of speculative interests and the impasse on the most prominent fundamental concerns ensured full restraint. All that considered, though, we still find risk aversion making progress this morning and the dollar slowly inching out progress. EURUSD has slipped below 1.2700 while working on its fifth consecutive decline and GBPUSD is hovering just above its 200-day moving average at 1.5850. With the Dow Jones FXCM Dollar (ticker = USDollar) knocking on 10,000, pressure is building.

Top two concerns for the greenback to start this week are risk trends and the Fiscal Cliff. Just as surely as these two themes can act as drivers for the reserve currency and general financial markets, they can also anchor these assets. In the balance between risk and reward, volatility is still the odd-man-out. The implied volatility measures essentially measure insurance costs against an aggressive, adverse move in underlying markets – in other words ‘risk’. Yet, with the currency market fear measure at fresh five-year lows (7.54 percent) and the standard VIX Index for equities retreating from the highs of the past three months (just below 20 percent), there is little stress on the markets to force FX traders to the safety of the US dollar.

Taking a tentative change in tack, however, we can already see risk trends start to stir again in the early morning hours of Tuesday. With the dollar (and many of its pairings) so close to a significant breakout, traders will be on edge looking for substantive moves. That said, it is the follow through that make the trade – not just the break. To carry through on meaningful technical moves, we need the themes to kick in. US politicians from both sides of the political isle have taken the opportunity recently to voice their belief that a deal can be struck to avoid the Fiscal Cliff at year’s end. That would alleviate the threat to US ratings (dollar bullish), but it could also ease pressure on risk trends (dollar bearish). This morning though, it seems the dollar is tentatively seeing the best of both worlds: easing downgrade threats without pulling back on risk.

Euro Slides as Officials Discuss Greece’s Growing Stimulus Need

Though its slide was restrained (owing to the tempered pace of underlying speculative trends), the euro was still trading lower against all of its major counterparts this past session. Had volatility been more a prevalent factor, conditions could have been very different for the world’s second most liquid currency. Nevertheless, the consistency in the euro’s decline was founded on an interesting mix of developments. Over the weekend Greece’s Parliament approved the 2013 budget (along with its austerity measures) and EU officials assured that the €5 billion in debt coming due Friday would be rolled forward to avoid a technical default. Despite this bid to ‘buy more time’, the market showed little optimism. Just as prominent was news that the country would be granted another 2 years to meet its target deficit-to-GDP ratio…at a potential cost of an additional €32.6 billion. The markets are growing impatient with quick fixes. Coming up we have another EU meet and Greek bond auction.

Australian Dollar Jumps after Weekend Chinese Trade Data, Risk Sensitive Now

The correlation between AUDUSD and the S&P 500 has improved over the past week, but the relationship is still closer to random than the common risk trend-defined drive we are used to. That skew was temporarily bolstered to open the week when the market had a chance to respond to the Chinese trade figures (the $32 billion surplus for October – highest since 2009 – was reported on Saturday). With the 12-month RBA rate outlook topping out, the Aussie dollar is likely to reconnect to risk trends. Now, we need a clear push for yield or liquidity.

British Pound Faces 200-Day Moving Average Ahead of UK Data

Taking a page from the euro’s book, the pound is lower against all of its counterparts with the exception of the euro so far this week. The spillover concerns with the Euro-area situation are certainly there (the UK’s decision to shoot down the EU budget certainly didn’t help), but they won’t likely carry the sterling unless a euro-bound move really takes off. That leaves us in need of clear catalyst while GBPUSD hovers just above the 200-day moving average at 1.5850. The upcoming UK inflation data can help with that, but it will be hard to force selling there.

Japanese Yen: Recession and Stimulus Signals Fail to Sway Safe Haven Flows

Newswires have not been kind to Japanese financial markets to start the week. On the economic docket, the first reading of 3Q Japanese GDP reported a 3.5 percent contraction on an annualized basis. That may be just slightly worse than expectations, but it is still the worst performance for the world’s third largest economy since the earthquake (first quarter 2009). This painful reading prompted the Prime Minister and BoJ governor to warn that more stimulus / intervention may be on the way, but traders seem to expect little traction to these efforts.

New Zealand Dollar: Should Traders Expect Another Spike in Response to Retail Sales?

Over the past couple of weeks, the kiwi dollar has found itself particularly prone to volatility generated through fundamentals. The third quarter employment figures were particularly market moving. We should be cautious of the same in the upcoming session with the retail sales report for the same period on deck. The bar is set rather low at a 0.4 percent pickup expected, but feeding into risk aversion would carry the most weight.

Gold Threatens Reversal as Volume Cools, Fiscal Cliff Fears Ease

Over the past two active trading days, gold has lost its bullish momentum and started to threaten a reversal. To truly gain traction, we need two things. First, a true advance from the US dollar would negate the need for the anti-fiat / anti-inflation asset. Second, if the fiscal cliff concerns continue to abate, the stability of the financial system will be reinforced and the metal with no yield and questionable liquidity will be ease.

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-15%

Lack of buyers continue pushing prices lower

4:30

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-4.1%

Final data expected to confirm lower demand for heavy goods

4:30

JPY

Industrial Production (YoY)(SEP F)

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-8.1%

4:30

JPY

Capacity Utilization (MoM) (SEP F)

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-2.6%

8:15

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0.0%

0.3%

Prices largely depend on EU demand, good indicator of regional economic health

8:15

CHF

Producer & Import Prices (YoY) (OCT)

0.0%

0.3%

9:00

EUR

Italian CPI - EU Harmonized (YoY) (OCT F)

2.8%

2.8%

Inflation expected to be stable, but may be quicker than liked by the ECB

9:00

EUR

Italian CPI (NIC incl. tobacco) (YoY) (OCT F)

2.6%

2.6%

9:30

GBP

CPI (YoY) (OCT)

2.4%

2.2%

Prices expected to rise following Olympics

9:30

GBP

Core CPI (YoY) (OCT)

2.2%

2.1%

9:30

GBP

CPI (MoM) (OCT)

0.2%

0.4%

9:30

GBP

PPI Output Core n.s.a. (YoY) (OCT)

1.4%

1.2%

Producer prices may also follow consumer prices higher, though follow through for next months may be questionable

9:30

GBP

PPI Output n.s.a. (YoY) (OCT)

2.5%

2.5%

9:30

GBP

PPI Input n.s.a. (YoY) (OCT)

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-1.2%

9:30

GBP

Retail Price Index (YoY) (OCT)

2.9%

2.6%

Retail prices seen as most direct effect of increased demand during Olympic games

9:30

GBP

RPI Ex Mort Int.Payments (YoY) (OCT)

2.9%

2.6%

9:30

GBP

ONS UK House Prices (YoY) (SEP)

2.0%

1.8%

BoE-watched survey expected higher

10:00

EUR

German ZEW Survey (Current Situation) (NOV)

8

10

ZEW surveys expected to show deterioration again in next months as Greek impasse continues

10:00

EUR

German ZEW Survey (Econ Sentiment) (NOV)

-10

-11.5

10:00

EUR

Eurozone ZEW Survey (Econ Sentiment) (NOV)

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-1.4

12:30

USD

NFIB Small Business Optimism (OCT)

93

92.8

US data continues to improve

15:00

USD

IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism (NOV)

54

54

19:00

USD

Monthly Budget Statement (OCT)

-$113.0B

-$98.5B

Budget deficit continues to widen as fiscal cliff becomes point of concern

21:45

NZD

Retail Sales Ex Inflation (QoQ) (3Q)

0.4%

1.3%

New Zealand inflation expected to slow after poor employment data

23:30

AUD

Westpac Consumer Confidence (NOV)

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1.0%

Consumer confidence grows slowly

23:30

AUD

Westpac Consumer Confidence Index (NOV)

-

99.2

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Upcoming Events & Speeches

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The Network of Central Banks and Finance Ministries Meet

08:00

EUR

EU Finance Ministers Meet

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Greece to Sell Bills

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Greece Finance Minister Speaks to EU Lawmakers

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USDTRY

USDZAR

USDHKD

USDSGD

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USDSEK

USDDKK

USDNOK

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2.0000

9.2080

7.8165

1.3650

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6.1875

6.1150

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15.0000

1.9000

9.1900

7.8075

1.3250

Resist 1

6.7835

5.9190

5.7800

Spot

13.2389

1.8033

8.7508

7.7505

1.2240

Spot

6.7741

5.8794

5.7567

Support 1

12.5000

1.6500

8.5650

7.7490

1.2000

Support 1

6.0800

5.5840

5.6000

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11.5200

1.5725

6.5575

7.7450

1.1800

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5.3350

5.3040

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1.5967

80.03

0.9577

1.0068

1.0502

0.8245

101.86

127.21

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1.2765

1.5941

79.88

0.9558

1.0051

1.0479

0.8227

101.59

126.91

Resist. 1

1.2738

1.5916

79.73

0.9538

1.0035

1.0457

0.8208

101.31

126.61

Spot

1.2685

1.5865

79.43

0.9500

1.0001

1.0413

0.8170

100.75

126.00

Support 1

1.2632

1.5814

79.13

0.9462

0.9967

1.0369

0.8132

100.19

125.40

Support 2

1.2605

1.5789

78.98

0.9442

0.9951

1.0347

0.8113

99.91

125.10

Support 3

1.2578

1.5763

78.83

0.9423

0.9934

1.0324

0.8095

99.64

124.79

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