US DOLLAR FUNDAMENTAL FORECAST: NEUTRAL
- US Dollar still mired in 2019 range, global growth bets next in focus
- Q1 earnings reports, economic data deluge to inform slowdown fears
- Thin pre-holiday liquidity may translate into kneejerk price volatility
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Another week of seesaw price action left the US Dollar mired within the same choppy range that has contained price action since the beginning of the year. The uptrend from early-2018 lows is nominally intact, but the currency has not made meaningful upside progress one way or another since mid-August.
Still, last week’s developments offered a couple useful tidbits. First, the markets still respond to reminders about cooling global growth. The IMF’s grim outlook update had a sobering effect. Second, price moves on the release of US inflation data and March FOMC minutes showed Fed policy speculation continues.
EARNINGS REPORTS, ECONOMIC DATA TO INFORM GLOBAL GROWTH BETS
Looking ahead, a focus on the macroeconomic narrative seems likely as trade war and Brexit negotiations recede to churn on in the background. A steady stream of high-profile corporate earnings reports and ample economic news will inform jittery investors eyeing a business cycle downshift.
US banks including Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Bank of America are due to report first-quarter results. Upbeat announcements from JPMorgan and Wells Fargo buoyed market-wide risk appetite on Friday, sapping demand for haven assets and weighing on the anti-risk US unit.
This need not necessarily repeat however. The FOMC minutes painted the tone on the rate-setting committee more neutral than markets expected, boosting USD. A steady stream of Fed-speak due next week might reiterate that point, diluting scope for weakness on purely “risk-on” grounds.
The data docket is packed. Eurozone PMIs, Chinese GDP, and US industrial production are just some of the noteworthy activity indicators set to cross the wires. If the recently disappointing trend in macroeconomic news flow holds, the outcomes may weaken risk appetite on net. That bodes well for the Greenback.
LIQUIDITY TO SHRINK IN PRE-HOLIDAY TRADE
Finally, the week will be shortened by the Good Friday holiday and overall participation is likely to progressively diminish as Easter weekend draws closer in most of the world’s financial centers. Thin liquidity levels may sap conviction, but they might also amplify any kneejerk volatility.
— Written by Ilya Spivak, Sr. Currency Strategist for DailyFX.com
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US DOLLAR TRADING RESOURCES
Other Weekly Fundamental Forecast:
Weekly Trade Levels for US Dollar, Euro, Sterling, Loonie, Gold & Oil
DXY, Euro, Loonie Monthly Opening-Ranges Intact
The US Dollar Index is trading into the monthly opening-range highs into the start of the week and the focus is a reaction around the 98.05/10 resistance zone- note that the monthly ranges in Euro and Loonie also remain intact. In this webinar we review updated technical setups on DXY, EUR/USD, USD/CAD, GBP/USD, Crude Oil (WTI), Gold, USD/JPY, AUD/USD, EUR/AUD & SPX.
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Key Trade Levels in Focus
DXY – Immediate focus is on topside resistance at 98.05/10. Initial support at 97.87 with near-term bullish invalidation raised to 97.71.
EUR/USD – Euro is coiling into the monthly opening-range just above slope support. Immediate focus is on support at 1.1140. Initial resistance at 1.1187 with near-term bearish invalidation at monthly-open resistance at 1.1215– look for a bigger reaction there IF reached. A break lower would expose 1.1110.
GBP/USD – Sterling broke below multi-month slope support last week with price responding to near-term pitchfork support into the open. Initial resistance at 1.2798 with bearish invalidation at 1.2859. Downside support objectives at the August low-day close at 1.2697 and the 100% extension at 1.2662.
Gold – Risk for near-term recovery while above the yearly / monthly low-day close at 1270. Initial resistance at 1280 with near-term bearish invalidation with the monthly open a 1283.
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—Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist with DailyFX
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AUDUSD Soars on Shock Election, Apple Shares Slump, Risk of S&P 500 Drop
AUD: The Aussie outperforms following a shock election outcome, in which Prime Minister Scott Morrison secured re-election (full story). In reaction, the Aussie gapped higher at the Asia open, reclaiming the 0.69 handle against the greenback. However, as equity markets have headed lower throughout the European morning, risks are for gains to be faded. Alongside this, key headwinds in the form of trade war tensions and a potential RBA June rate cut are likely to limit upside. Reminder, RBA Governor Lowe due to speak tonight after RBA meeting minutes (calendar)
Crude Oil: Oil prices surged at the Asia open as Saudi Arabia signalled that cuts could be extended throughout the remainder of 2019 at the JMMC meeting, while President Trump had also stepped up his critical rhetoric towards Iran. Although, with equity prices beginning to push lower, oil prices have pared the majority of its initial gains.
Equities: US equity futures have headed lower amid the continued crackdown by the US on China’s Huawei, which in turn has chipmakers come under pressure, while Google also stated that they are to restrict the company’s use on android services. Elsewhere, Apple’s price target had been cut by HSBC to $174 (median street price target = $220), citing concerns over China, while tariff led price increases on Apple products could also have dire consequences on demand. Apple shares currently lower by 2.4% in pre-market.
Source: DailyFX, Thomson Reuters
DailyFX Economic Calendar: – North American Releases
WHAT’S DRIVING MARKETS TODAY
- “Gold Price Sell-Off Continues, Silver Price Hits a Six-Month Low” by Nick Cawley, Market Analyst
- “COT Report: Japanese Yen and Euro Shorts Collapse, USD Longs Reduced” by Justin McQueen, Market Analyst
- “Crude Oil Price May Be Carving Out a Top” by Paul Robinson, Currency Strategist
- “Using FX To Effectively Trade Global Market Themes at IG” by Tyler Yell, CMT , Forex Trading Instructor
— Written by Justin McQueen, Market Analyst
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Gold Price Sell-Off Continues, Silver Price Hits a Six-Month Low
Gold (XAU) and Silver (XAG) Price Analysis and Charts.
Gold (XAU) Needs to Support to Hold
The sell-off on gold continues with the precious metal down around $30 in less than a week. Gold is under pressure from a resurgent US dollar, buoyed by last Friday’s Uni of Michigan data which smashed expectations and hit a multi-year high. The important 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level at $1,287/oz. failed to provide any support when broken last week, while the $1,287 – $1,281/oz. zone made up of old horizontal support is being tested now. A clear break and close below opens the way to the recent double bottom around $1,266/oz. which is currently being guarded by the 200-day moving average at $1,268.6/oz. Below here the 50% Fibonacci retracement level at $1,262/oz heaves into view.
Gold (XAU) Daily Price Chart (August 2018 – May 20, 2019)
Silver (XAG) Nears a Fresh Six-Month Low
Another precious metal under heavy selling pressure. Silver is now at levels last seen in early December last year and is over 11% lower since making its recent high of $16.21/oz. in late February. The downtrend since the late-February high continues to be respected and it is possible that silver completely retraces all the way back down to the November 14 low at $13.89/oz. Psychological support at $14.00/oz. may slow the decline, while the CCI indicator shows that the market is extremely oversold.
Silver (XAG) Daily Price Chart (August 2018 – May 20, 2019)
IG Client Sentiment data show that retail traders are 79.1% net-long gold, a bearish contrarian indicator. Recent daily and weekly sentiment shifts give us a stronger bearish contrarian bias.
— Written by Nick Cawley, Market Analyst
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