Notícias do Mercado

26 novembro 2021
  • 19:39

    GBP/USD steady around 1.3340 amid a risk-off market mood

    • The discovery of a new COVID-19 variant in South Africa that could be harder to combat spurred risk-off market mood.
    • The British pound fell on COVID-19 new variant though ended the day in the green, up 0.09%.
    • GBP/USD upward move caused by US dollar weakness.

    The British pound recovers from earlier losses during the day, despite risk-of-market sentiment clouding the financial markets due to discovering a new COVID-19 variant in South Africa. At the time of writing, the GBP/USD is trading at 1.3341, up some 0.14%.

    In the overnight session, market sentiment dampened as South Africa announced the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) said that it is a variant of concern, posing a threat that could confound countries’ efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. According to sources cited by CNBC, “that the variant contains a “unique constellation” of more than 30 mutations to the spike protein, the component of the virus that binds to cells. This is significantly more than those of the delta variant.”

    The mutations found on the B.1.1.529 COVID-19 variant called omicron are linked to antibody resistance, affecting how the virus behaves regarding vaccines, treatments, and transmissibility. According to Tulio de Oliveira, a Scientist in South Africa, cited by CNBC, said the variant contains around 50 mutations.

    Putting COVID-19 theme on the side, the latest development in Brexit could weaken the GBP. On Friday, UK Brexit Minister David Frost said that “while we would still like to find a negotiated solution with the EU on the Northern Ireland Protocol, the gap between our positions is significant, and we are ready to use Article 16.” Meanwhile, his counterpart Maros Sefcovic said that “a decisive push was needed to ensure predictability” in the case of supplying medicines.

    Back to the GBP/USD, in the overnight session, the pair remained subdued, despite the risk-off mode that weakened most risk-sensitive currencies, versus safe-haven peers, except for the US dollar. The British pound dipped as low as the S2 daily pivot point at 1.3272 when the coronavirus news crossed the wires but bounced off, reclaiming the 1.3300 figure.

    That said, GBP/USD traders would need to focus on the developments of Brexit, the Bank of England, and the new coronavirus variant. On Friday, GBP/USD bulls held their ground; however, coronavirus developments over the weekend could worsen market mood conditions that could favor USD bulls.

    GBP/USD Price Forecast: Technical outlook

    The GBP/USD pair keeps trading within a descending channel of 350 pips wide or so. The dip witnessed in the session on risk aversion briefly touched the bottom-trendline of the abovementioned. However, it rejected the downward move, forming a candle chart called “hammer” in the daily chart, indicating that bulls regain control in the near term. Nevertheless, the daily moving averages (DMA’s) with a downslope reside above the spot price, reinforcing the downtrend.

    In the outcome of a corrective move to the upside, the November 12 swing low support-turned-resistance at 1.3352 would be the first resistance. A breach of that level would expose crucial resistance areas, like the September 29 cycle low support now resistance at 1.3411, followed by the November 18 high at 1.3513.

    On the other hand, the 1.3300 psychological would be the first support, that once broken, could pave the way for further losses, finding key support levels on its way down. The next support would be the November 26 low at 1.3278, followed by the figure at 1.3200.

     

  • 18:57
  • 18:56

    EUR/GBP spikes higher towards 0.8500 as markets dial down global central bank rate hike bets

    • EUR/GBP spiked towards 0.8500 on Friday as markets were rocked by the latest Covid-19 developments.
    • The pair benefitted from a moderation of global central bank rate hikes.

    EUR/GBP saw sharp upside on the final trading day of the week, surging from close to the 0.8400 level to print session highs near 0.8500. As trade draws to a close for the week a little earlier than usual thanks to the US Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the pair is trading in the 0.8480 area with on-the-day gains of about 0.85% or 72 pips. That marks the pair’s worst daily performance since 3 November, when the Bank of England surprised markets by opting to leave interest rates unchanged.

    The latest rally only takes EUR/GBP back to as high as levels seen midway through the month, and the pair remains more than 1.3% below earlier monthly highs. The pair’s long-term downtrend is nowhere near yet under threat.

    The reason for the heightened volatility on Friday was a combination of risk-off flows and dovish repricing of central bank expectations in light of the latest Covid-19 developments. Other analysts cited thin market liquidity conditions as exacerbating things due to the US holidays. GBP is typically more sensitive to swings in risk appetite than the euro, partially because the euro’s negative yield encourages traders to use it as a “funding currency” for risky bets, that then get unwound in times of strife (leading to “haven” flows back to the euro). Moreover, GBP is more exposed to dovish central bank repricing than the EUR given that markets near-term tightening from the BoE and not from the ECB (though, to be fair, the latter is set to end the PEPP in March).

    The shift in central bank pricing that benefitted the euro versus the pound can be summed up by looking at by comparing movements in interest rate futures. The three-month December 2022 sterling LIBOR future was up over 10 points to 98.82 on Friday (implying 10bps less tightening expected by the end of 2022) versus a 4.5 point rise in the euro equivalent future (implying 4.5bps less tightening by the end of 2022).

    Elsewhere, with focus very much on the macro story and the potential economic, fiscal and monetary implications of the newly discovered Covid-19 variant, Brexit headlines and BoE speak were ignored. In fairness, neither offered surprises; Brexit talks rumble on without signs of progress and while the BoE’s chief economist Huw Pill was understandably worried about the Covid-19 variant news.

     

  • 17:58

    Silver Price Forecast: XAG/USD plummets almost 2%, amid a risk-off market mood

    • XAG/USD falls on the back of the discovery of a new COVD-19 variant in South Africa.
    • Risk-off market mood spurred by the COVID-19 NU variant triggered a sell-off in the precious metals segment.

    Silver (XAG/USD) extends its overnight session losses, plunges 1.91% in the day, trading at $23.14 during the New York session at the time of writing. The discovery of a new COVID-19 variant called NU in South Africa dented the market sentiment.

    South Africa discovered a new COVID-19 variant, which dampened market sentiment

    According to wires, the global scientific community is on alert. There is a chance that the new COVID-19 variant “NU” discovered in South Africa, could be more virulent than the Delta and vaccine-resistant. Scientists said that it has many mutations on the spike protein, and it is the “most evolved” variant yet discovered from the original virus.

    In the overnight session, XAG/USD reached a daily high at $23.70. However, once the level was reached, COVD-19 news crossing the wires triggered a $0.40 drop that found some follow-through as the European and North American sessions progressed. In the last couple of hours, silver broke below $23.00 but bounced off Friday’s low at $22.87, reclaiming the $23.00 as of writing.

    In the meantime, the US Dollar Index, which tracks the greenback’s performance against a basket of six rivals, falls 0.60%, sits at 96.15, underpinned by falling US T-bond yields, with the 10-year benchmark note, slides 14 basis points, down to 1.50%.

    Therefore, COVID-19 developments would be the main drivers for silver and commodity traders. It is worth noticing that gold is trading with heavy losses, collapsed $15.00 in the day, standing at $1,785, at press time. Further, Western Texas Intermediate (WTI), US crude oil benchmark is down 11.63%, trading at $68.91.

    XAG/USD Price Forecast: Technical outlook

    Silver (XAG/USD) has a bearish bias, as depicted by the daily moving averages (DMA’s) residing above the spot price. That, alongside the Relative Strenght Index (RSI) at 36, indicates that the non-yielding metal still has enough room to print another leg-down.

    In the outcome of extending the downtrend, the first demand zone would be the $23.00 figure. A breach of the latter would expose crucial support levels, like the October 12 swing low at $22.34, followed by the psychological $22.00.

     

  • 16:51

    Brexit: UK's Frost reiterates UK ready to trigger Article 16

    UK Brexit Minister Lord David Frost said on Friday that, while we would still like to find a negotiated solution with the EU on the Northern Ireland Protocol, the gap between our positions is significant and we are ready to use Article 16. These comments are in line with remarks he made earlier in the week.

    Frost’s EU counterpart Maros Sefcovic also made comments earlier. He said that a decisive push was needed to ensure predictability.

  • 16:46

    South African Scientist: We have every indication that vaccines are still effective

    According to South African Scientist Ian Sanne, we have every indication that vaccines are still effective in preventing severe Covid-19 disease from the new variant. However, Sanne said that South African authorities would have conducted more tests by the middle of next week. 

  • 16:44

    USD/MXN heads for highest daily close in a year, back near 22.00

    • Mexican peso under pressure amid global risk aversion due to new COVID variant.
    • The retreat in USD/MXN found support above 21.65, now is approaching 22.00.

    The USD/MXN is rising 1.50% on Friday, adding to weekly gains. It peaked during the Asian session at 22.15, the highest level since September 2020 and then pulled back finding support at 21.65. As of writing it is hovering around 21.90 as the market’s sell-off continues.

    The concerns triggered by the new COVID-19 variant hits market sentiment. Equity markets tumbled in Europe and in the US, the Dow Jones is falling by 2.70% and the Nasdaq by 1.95%.

    Emerging market currencies are falling sharply. The worst performers are the Turkish lira (USD/TRY +4.45%), the South African rand (USD/ZAR + 1.75%) and the Mexican peso.

    The USD/MXN was already sharply higher for the week, not only boosted by global developments but also by domestic factors. The change in the nomination for the next head of the Bank of Mexico sent the Mexican peso lower earlier on the week.

    The US dollar is up by almost 5% over the last five days versus the Mexican peso; the biggest rally since September of last year. It is about to post the highest close in more than a year. The rally could go on if market conditions remain negative.

    Technical levels

     

  • 16:30

    USD/CHF plunges below 0.9250 amid risk-aversion in the financial markets

    • South African NU COVID-19 variant jitters spurred risk aversion.
    • USD/CHF plummeted from 0.9350s towards 0.9230s as market sentiment dampened.
    • USD/CHF broke the 50-DMA, bears eye the 100-DMA and the 0.9200 figure.

    The USD/CHF plummets during the New York session, down 1.44%, trading at 0.9223 at the time of writing. In the overnight session, COVID-19 jitters, around a new virus variant called NU, found in South Africa, dented the market sentiment, as safe-haven currencies like the Swiss franc and the Japanese yen are rising against most G8 currencies, including the US dollar.

    South African NU COVID-19 variant jitters spurred risk aversion

    In the overnight session, the USD/CHF traded near the highs 0.9350s, but the news of the new COVID-19 NU variant found in South Africa spurred the downward move in the pair, breaking crucial levels on the way south. The 50-day moving average (DMA) at 0.9234 has been broken at press time, exposing the 100-DMA right around the 0.9200 figure.

    Data coming out of South Africa keeps the global scientific community on alert. There is a chance that the NU variant might be more virulent than the Delta, and it could be vaccine-resistant. According to scientists, it has a high number of mutations on the spike protein, and it is the “most evolved” variant yet discovered from the original virus.

    That said, in the near term, USD/CHF traders would lie on COVID-19 developments, alongside macroeconomic outlook and market sentiment, which could offer some fresh impetus to act on it. 

    USD/CHF Price Forecast: Technical outlook

    The USD/CHF is south of the 50-DMA, approaching the 0.9200 figure, trading near two-week lows. Nevertheless, the fundamentals have not changed as the move was triggered by market sentiment, so the pair is tilted to the upside. Also, the October 26 swing high at 0.9226 resistance-turned-support, alongside the 50-DMA, capped the downside move at the moment, but a daily close over the levels mentioned above is needed to confirm a bottom.

    On the way south, the confluence of the 100-DMA and the 0.9200 figure would be the first support area. A breach of the latter would expose crucial support levels, like the 200-DMA at 0.9168, followed by 0.9100.

    On the flip side, in the outcome of reclaiming 0.9230, that would expose the July 2 swing high at 0.9274, followed by the 0.9300 figure. 

     

  • 16:26

    South Africa Health Minister: Reaction of UK and Europe to Covid-19 variant unjustified

    South African Health Minister Mathume Phaahla asid on Friday that the reaction of the UK and other countries in Europe to the Covid-19 variant found in South Africa was unjustified, according to Reuters.

    South Africa is acting with transparency, he insisted, and while preliminary studies do suggest variant may be more transmissible, the reaction of some countries by imposing travel bans are completely against norms and standards of the WHO. Phaahla continued that he is confident that vaccines remain major bulwark in terms of protecting us from the virus.

  • 16:21

    ECB's de Cos: PEPP should in theory end in March 2022

    European Central Bank Governing Council member Hernandez de Cos said the PEPP should, in theory, end in March 2022, according to Reuters. He added that other programmes or instruments at ECB's disposal are linked to hitting to sustained 2% inflation target and that the conditions for interest rate hikes had not yet been met by ECB's forward guidance policy.

    Market Reaction

    The euro has not responded to the latest comments from ECB's de Cos, with FX markets much more focused on Friday on the concerning new South African Covid-19 variant. 

  • 16:16

    WTI dives below $70.00, down more than 11%, worst fall since 2020’s negative price debacle

    • WTI has been under severe selling pressure in recent trade and is now under $70.00.
    • That marks a more than 11% decline on the day, its worst session since last year’s negative prices.

    Front-month WTI futures have been getting absolutely battered in recent trade and have recently dropped below the $70.00 level. That marks a more than $8.50 decline (over 11%) on the day, its worst such day since the front-month WTI futures contract swung deeply into negative territory in April 2020.

    The oil market’s implosion comes on a day when countries across the world have been implementing (or are considering implementing soon) travel restrictions to countries where cases of the new, highly concerning South African Covid-19 variant have been detected. As the new variant spreads, which it is expected to do over the coming weeks, it seems highly likely that further travel restrictions will be imposed. All of this could be catastrophic for jet fuel demand, a key component of global crude oil consumption.

    The latest developments in oil markets have not gone unnoticed by OPEC+. According to sources cited by Reuters, the cartel is monitoring developments around the new, concerning Covid-19 variant and some members are expressing concern that it may worsen the outlook for oil markets. The group meets next week to decide on oil production policy and there is already speculation that they might implement new output cuts. The group was already rumoured to be mulling halting its recent run of consecutive monthly 400K barrel per day output hikes in response to the US and other nations' decision to release oil reserves.

  • 16:16

    Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD back under $1800 as markets extend sell-off

    • XAU/USD retreats more than $10 from daily highs.
    • Wall Street indices down more than 2%.
    • US yields at lowest in two weeks, 10-year at 1.50%.

    Gold prices are up for the day but off highs. XAU/USD jumped to $1815 during the European session but then turned to the downside, pulling back under 1800$. The risk aversion environment kept gains limited and favoured the retreat.

    US Treasuries are sharply higher on the back of risk aversion. The US 10-year is at the lowest since November 10 at 1.49%, after being near 1.70% two days ago; the 30-year is down 6% at 1.84%.

    Concerns about the new COVID-19 variant weighed on market sentiment and is looking to affect monetary policy expectations. The restrictions announcements across Europe pushed equity and crude oil prices sharply to the downside.

    Initially, XAU/USD reacted to the upside, boosted by lower US yields. The rally was limited, and as of writing, it is retreating, affected by the global sell-off and a mixed US dollar. A firm recovery above $1810 could remove the negative tone in the short term; while a daily close under $1780 would suggest more losses ahead.

    Technical levels

     

  • 16:10

    OPEC+ monitoring the new virus variant, some concerned over outlook - Reuters

    According to OPEC+ sources cited by Reuters, the cartel is monitoring developments around the new, concerning Covid-19 variant and some members are expressing concern that it may worsen the outlook for oil markets. This comes ahead of next week's OPEC+ policy meeting. 

    According to Reuters, an OPEC delegate said of the new variant that it was "not good as it adds bearishness to an already weak outlook". Another delegate reportedly noted the steep drop in oil prices on Friday, but said it was not yet clear how significant an impact the variant would have. "I am very concerned," Reuters quoted the delegate as saying. "There are many unknowns at the moment."

  • 16:07

    Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD points to further gains as new covid variant sours sentiment

    After falling to its lowest level since early November at $1,778 on Wednesday, gold has staged a decisive rebound ahead of the weekend and settled near $1,800. In the view of FXStreet’s Eren Sengezer, XAU/USD looks to extend rebound amid renewed coronavirus fears.

    Gold's inverse correlation with US Treasury bond yields stays intact

    “Although a better-than-expected increase in Nonfarm Payrolls could provide a boost to the dollar, the market reaction could remain limited unless vaccine producers reassure markets that they will be able to handle the new variant.”

    “In case Fed officials refrain from suggesting that they will need to stay patient in the face of renewed coronavirus fears, US T-bond yields could regain traction and cap XAU/USD’s upside. On the other hand, gold could continue to gather strength if safe-haven flows continue to dominate the financial markets.”

    “On the upside, $1,815 (Fibonacci 38.2% retracement of the latest uptrend) aligns as first resistance ahead of $1,825 (20-day SMA). In case the latter turns into support, XAU/USD could target $1,840 (Fibonacci 23.6% retracement).”

    “The bearish pressure could increase with a daily close below $1,790 (50-day SMA, 100-day SMA, 200-day SMA) and cause gold to fall toward $1,780 (Fibonacci 61.8% retracement), $1,770 (static level).”

     

  • 15:47

    AUD/USD continues to trade heavily in mid-0.7100s, afer probing 0.7100 level earlier in the session

    • AUD/USD is consolidating in the mid-0.7100s having nearly hit the 0.7100 level earlier in the session.
    • The pair is on course for steep daily losses amid heightened pandemic fears.
    • A break of 0.7100 could see the pair drop quickly to 0.7000.

    AUD/USD tumbled below key support in the form of the late September low at 0.7170 on Friday and eventually fell as low as 0.71125, as risk assets were pummeled amid a spike in pandemic-related fears. The pair has since recovered back to close to 0.7140, but still trades with losses of about 0.7% or 50 pips on the day and is on course to end the week down 1.2%.

    For now, dip-buying and profit-taking on previous short positions have kept AUD/USD above support in the 0.7100 area. Should this support break, a run towards the next key area of support around 0.7000 is likely.

    Concerning new variant

    The latest data out of South Africa regarding a recently discovered new Covid-19 variant has caused global health authorities and the scientific community highly concerned. There is a chance that 1) the variant might be more virulent than the delta variant and 2) the variant might be vaccine-resistant. According to the scientists who have sequenced the variant’s genome, it has a high number of mutations to the spike protein (the part the mRNA vaccines are designed to target). According to some in the scientific community, it is the “most evolved” variant yet discovered from the original virus.

    Risk-off, Aussie lower

    Thus, a major theme in the news on Friday has been various countries around the world reimposing travel restrictions to South Africa and other nations known to house the new variant. Market participants have been dumping risk assets out of fear that not only travel restrictions will hurt the global economic recovery, but also that the countries may be forced into further lockdowns again if the new variant is as dangerous as feared.

    The Aussie is thus not a good asset to hold in these conditions, given its historic strong correlation to risk appetite and the Australian economy’s exposure to global economic conditions. Moreover, industrial metals took a beating on Friday amid fears of a global economic slowdown, with the Bloomberg Industrial Metals subindex (BCOMIN) lurching 3.8% lower. The export of industrial metals and their ingredients such as copper and iron ore are key for the Australian economy.

  • 15:30

    ECB's de Guindos: The new variant is worrying

    European Central Bank Vice President Luis de Guindos said on Friday that the new Covid-19 variant is worrying. We have to be patient even if markets are volatile, he added, before stating that it is his personal opinion that policy will remain accommodative. On the PEPP he said it will end in its expected size at the end of March. 

    Market Reaction

    The euro has not reacted to the latest remarks from de Guindos, though it has in recent trade managed to pop back to the north of the 1.1300 level. 

  • 15:23

    ECB's Lagarde: Expects inflation to begin to slow from January

    European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said on Friday that she expects inflation to begin to slow from January, according to Reuters. We will take action if it becomes necessary, she added, before stating that, under the current conditions, she expects we will no longer need net bond purchases under the PEPP by the Spring. 

  • 15:18

    USD/JPY under pressure tumbles below 113.50 amid risk aversion

    • Concerns about the new COVID variant triggers sell off across financial markets.
    • Japanese yen among top performers boosted by risk aversion and lower US yields

    The USD/JPY is falling sharply on Friday, having the worst day in months after fears over a new COVID-19 variant trigger sharp declines across financial markets. The pair is losing more than 200 pips, trading around 113.30/40, the lowest level since November 10.

    The pair opened the slightly below 115.50 and near multi-year highs but then it started to move lower and accelerated again during US hours boosted by risk aversion.

    In Wall Street, the Dow Jones is losing 2.60% and the Nasdaq 1.65%. In Europe main indices lost more than 3%. The announcement of travel restriction from Africa to Europe weighed damaged considerably market sentiment boosting the demand for safe-haven assets.

    US yields tumbled favoring even more the Japanese yen. The US 10-year that a few sessions ago was flirting with 1.70% is testing 1.50%, the 30-year yield dropped from above 2% to 1.85%.

    If USD/JPY consolidates below 113.40, more losses seem likely. The next support level is seen around 113.20 that protects 113.00. Below attention would turn to the November low at 112.70.

    Technical levels

     

  • 15:10

    USD/CAD rallies, approaches 1.2800 amid risk-off market sentiment spurred by new COVID-19 variant

    • The COVID-19 NU variant found in South Africa, spurred a sell-off of assets with the “risk” word attached to it, boosting safe-haven currencies.
    • USD/CAD advances sharply, up more than 1%, amid risk-off market sentiment.
    • USD/CAD: A break above 1.2800 could expose a move towards the YTD high at 1.2948.

    The USD/CAD rallies on the back of market participants’ concerns regarding the new COVID-19 variant found in South Africa, advance 1.01%, trading at 1.2777 during the New York session at the time of writing. Market sentiment has been the driver of the session, with the NU COVID-19 variant found in South Africa, which seems to have more mutations, evading vaccines. Countries like the UK, Singapore, and Israel, included some African nations on its red list. Further, Japan imposed tighter border restrictions.

    In the overnight session, amid thin liquidity conditions, due to a shorter New York session, increased the volatility in the pair, which on Thursday closed near 1.2649. The news of the NU COVID-19 variant spurred the rally, which left behind all the daily pivot levels on its way north, trading at fresh two-month highs, approaching the 1.2800 figure.

    USD/CAD Price Forecast: Technical outlook

    The USD/CAD pair is accelerating the upward move. On the way up, broke the September 29 swing high resistance at 1.2774, leaving the year-to-date high around 1.2948 as the last line of defense of USD/CAD bears. Nevertheless, in overbought conditions, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) at 73 suggests the pair might consolidate before USD/CAD traders could determine which way the pair could be headed.

    In the continuation of the upward move, the first resistance would be the psychological 1.2800. A breach of the latter would expose crucial supply zones, with the September 20 swing high at 1.2895, followed by the year-to-date August 20 cycle high at 1.2948.

    On the flip side, the September 29 swing high-turned support at 1.2774 would be the first support. A break of that level would expose the 1.2700 round psychological, followed by the November 25 high at 1.2676.

     

  • 14:43

    EUR/USD rebounds sharply, eyes 1.1300 level, as global dovish central bank repricing hits dollar

    • EUR/USD rebounded sharply on Friday to just below 1.1300 and is set for its best day since May.
    • Dovish repricing in global central bank expectations has hit the hawkishly priced USD harder than the comparatively dovishly priced euro.

    EUR/USD has rebounded sharply on the final trading day of the week amid a spike in broader market volatility owing to concerns about a new, potentially vaccine-resistant, Covid-19 variant in South Africa. The pair has rebounded to just below 1.1300 from early Friday Asia Pacific session lows just above 1.1200, a near 90 pip (roughly 0.8%) rally on the day. If the pair closes the week out at current levels, that would mark its best one-day performance since early May.

    Some traders were perplexed by the pair’s strong performance. Typically, the US dollar is seen as more of a safe-haven asset than is the euro, so why is the euro outperforming the dollar by such a significant degree on a day characterised by risk-off flows?

    Why the upside?

    Some FX strategists said that the latest Covid-19 developments had encouraged market participants to take profit on short-euro positions, with the euro (before this Friday) heavily oversold. It is true that, until Thursday, EUR/USD’s Relative Strength Index score was 26.62, below the 30 level that technicians view as signifying oversold conditions.

    But the story of euro outperformance versus the US dollar likely has more to do with an adjustment of central bank policy tightening expectations. In recent weeks, central banks have been a key driver of FX markets. Fed tightening expectations had been being brought forward amid strong US data, high inflation and hawkish Fed speak, benefitting the buck, while the ECB maintained a more dovish stance and the outlook for the Eurozone deteriorated amid rising Covid-19 infection rates.

    If a nasty new Covid-19 variant does spread globally and damages the global economic recovery, this thus leaves the US dollar more vulnerable to a dovish repricing in Fed policy expectations than it does the euro. This seems to be the view of USD and EUR short-term interest rate markets on Friday.

    Money market repricing

    The December 2022 three-month eurodollar future (a proxy for where markets expect the Fed funds rate to be next December) jumped 17 points to 99.10 on Friday. In other words, markets reduced their Fed tightening expectations for 2022 by 17bps. Meanwhile, the December 2022 three-month Euribor future was up a much more modest 3 points to 100.38, though this was it highest in over a month.

    Given that the December 2022 eurodollar future was trading at 99.50 as recently as the start of October, there is plenty more room for upside if the Covid-19 situation in the US deteriorates in the coming months. This would present as an upside risk to EUR/USD.

     

  • 14:40

    EUR/USD set to rally toward the upper 1.13s/low 1.14s in the next few weeks – Scotiabank

    EUR/USD gains on short-covering and approaches 1.1300. As economists at Scotiabank note, December seasonal trends are bullish. Subsequently, the pair could race higher to the upper 1.13s/low 1.14s in the next few weeks.

    EUR/USD is poised to close out the week on a bullish note

    “The EUR is one of the better performers on the session but this probably reflects positioning – short-covering – rather than any particular reassessment of the EUR’s outlook.”  

    “The squeeze higher will serve to relieve the oversold condition on the shorter-term studies and we reiterate that seasonal trends do tend to be more USD-negative in December – the month that has delivered the strongest gain on average (+1.2%) for the EUR in the past 25 years.”

    “A decent squeeze on EUR shorts could see spot rally to the upper 1.13s/low 1.14s in the next few weeks.”

     

  • 14:34

    EU's Von der Leyen: All air travel to countries with new variant should be suspended

    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday that all air travel to countries with the new variant should be suspended until we have a clear understanding of it, as reported by Reuters.

    The EU's contracts with vaccine manufacturers say that the vaccine must be adapted immediately to new variants as they emerge, von der Leyen further noted.

    Market reaction 

    The shared currency continues to outperform its rivals following these comments. As of writing, the EUR/USD pair was up 0.72% on a daily basis at 1.1286.

  • 14:32

    USD/JPY: Close below 114.12/02 to open up the 112.80/73 mark – Credit Suisse

    USD/JPY is seeing a sharp pullback in line with the ‘risk-off’ phase emerging. Analysts at Credit Suisse see scope for a fresh correction to emerge with more important support seen at 112.80/73.

    A ‘risk-off’ phase is now seen likely to delay the uptrend

    “Whilst our broader outlook stays bullish, we see scope for a fresh correction/consolidation to emerge here in line with further equity weakness.” 

    “A closing break below the near-term uptrend from late September at 114.12/02 would confirm a deeper setback to the 113.59 recent reaction low, then more importantly at the 112.80/73 November low and rising 55-day average, with better support expected here.”

    “Resistance is seen at 114.78 initially, above which can see a move back to 115.03, with better resistance now expected at 115.24/52.”

     

  • 14:27

    EUR/JPY remains depressed below 129.00 as risk-off dominates

    • EUR/JPY’s weakness hast retested recent lows around the 128.00 level.
    • New strain of COVID heavily weighs on investors’ sentiment.
    • The Japanese yen surges along with the risk aversion.

    The strong buying interest around the Japanese yen puts EUR/JPY under extra pressure in the sub-129.00 levels so far on Friday.

    EUR/JPY weaker on coronavirus headlines

    EUR/JPY retreats for the third session in a row and challenged the area of recent tops in the 128.00 neighbourhood on Friday, although it managed to regain some upside traction soon afterwards.

    The risk aversion mood irrupted into the markets at the end of the week in response to the resurgence of coronavirus concerns, all after a new variant appeared in Southern Africa. Fanning the flames, this new variant comes at a time where COVID cases are already increasing at quite an alarming pace in the old continent.

    The prevailing risk aversion lends extra oxygen to the demand of the Japanese safe haven, while the moderate decline in US yields sponsors the daily pullback in the greenback.

    In the euro docket, the German Import Prices rose more than estimated in October: 3.8% MoM and 21.7%. YoY. In addition, the ECB’s M3 Money Supply expanded at an annualized 7.7% during October.

    EUR/JPY relevant levels

    So far, the cross is losing 0.63% at 128.40 and a surpass of 129.59 (weekly high Nov.23) would expose 130.04 (100-day SMA) and then 130.54 (200-day SMA). On the downside, the next support comes at 127.97 (monthly low Nov.19) followed by 127.93 (monthly low Sep.22) and finally 125.08 (2021 low Jan.18).

  • 14:21

    Turkish President Erdogan: There's no turning back from the new economic programme

    Turkish President Recep Erdogan said that there is no turning back from the new economy programme on Friday, according to Bloomberg. Interest rates will decline, he continued, and the Turkish people will not be crushed under high interest rates. 

    Market Reaction 

    USD/TRY has spiked higher in response to the latest remarks from the Turkish President. The pair lept from around 12.40 to above 12.60 at one point, though has since moderated back to the 12.40s again.  

    Analysts were hoping that, following the lira's recent sharp depreciation in response to the CBRT's recent run of rate cuts, the Turkish President might reduce his pressure on the central bank to embark on further rate cuts. Needless to say, the President seems to be doubling down on what many view as a calamitous policy of pressuring/bullying to CBRT into cutting interest rates.  

  • 14:06

    S&P 500 Index: Close below 4673 to further increase downside pressure – Credit Suisse

    Prior to the ‘risk-off’ seen overnight economists at Credit Suisse had already been looking for a correction lower. This ‘risk-off’ phase has the potential to exacerbate this risk and they are alert to the potential formation of a bearish ‘reversal week’, which would be seen confirmed on a close below 4673 today.  

    Resistance moves to 4703 initially

    “We are alert to the formation of a bearish ‘reversal week’, which would be seen on a close below 4673 today. This would then reinforce our call for a correction lower for a fall to our objective at 4568/66 – the 38.2% retracement of the October/November rally – and probably more likely the 63-day average and price support at 4524/20, which we would look to ideally hold for now.” 

    “A weekly close below 4520 would warn of a more serious correction lower with support seen next at 4448/38.” 

    “Resistance moves to 4703 initially, with 4732/50 ideally capping.”

     

  • 13:42

    ECB's de Guindos: Impact on economy of new variant will be smaller than in the past

    European Central Bank Vice President Luis de Guindos said on Friday that, despite worry about the new Covid-19 variant, he thinks the impact on the economy will be smaller than in the past, according to Reuters. Luis de Guindos added that he didn't think the economic impact would be comparable to a year or two ago, as the economy has adjusted to pandemic restrictions. 

    On the economy, he said that uncertainty is much more elevated than in the past about inflation and that the Eurozone economy should grow about 5.0% this year and then very strongly in 2022. 

    Market Reaction

    The euro did not react to de Guindos' comments. 

  • 13:42

    EUR/USD Price Analysis: Next on the upside comes 1.1374

    • EUR/USD rebounds further and approaches 1.1300 .
    • The next target of now for bulls emerges at 1.1374.

    EUR/USD adds to the recovery witnessed in the second half of the week and looks to reclaim the 1.1300 barrier.

    If 1.1300 is cleared, ideally in the short term, then the focus of attention is forecast to shift to 1.1374 (high November 18) before the 20-day SMA at 11415 and the weekly peak at 1.1464 (November 15).

    The probability of further losses remains unchanged as long as EUR/USD trades below the 2-month resistance line (off September’s peak) near 1.1570. In the longer run, the offered stance in spot is expected to persist while below the 200-day SMA at 1.1836.

    EUR/USD daily chart

     

  • 13:40

    BoE's Pill: A resurgence of the pandemic would mean we have to be more cautious

    Bank of England Chief Economist Huw Pill said on Friday that a resurgence of the pandemic would mean that the bank would have to be more cautious, according to Reuters. There are risks on two sides for the economy, he added. 

    Elsewhere, on QE, Pill said that the idea that there would not be any run-off might be optimistic and he hoped any impact would be modest. Moreover, Pill noted that he hoped the UK could return to having a positive real interest rate. 

    Market Reaction

    GBP has not seen a reaction to Pill's comments. But they do highlight the fact that the latest Covid-19 developments are likely to strengthen the argument made by more dovish BoE members for patience when it comes to rate hikes.

    "If the world is about to be engulfed by a new, potentially vaccine resistance variant of Covid-19, is now the time to be raising interest rates?" is a powerful argument that will likely be made against a rate hike next month. 

    UK money markets seem to be viewing the likelihood of a December rate hike as diminished. The three-month sterling LIBOR future contract for December 2021 (a proxy for where investors expect the BoE's interest rate to be next month) rose another 2.5 point on Friday to 99.84. That marks a 6 point rise on the week and it even hit highs at 0.9985 earlier in the session.

    For reference, the December 2021 LIBOR future would need to be trading under 99.75 to imply that a 15bps rate hike (to 0.25%) was fully priced in by the market ahead of next week's policy decision. At 99.84, only a few bps of tightening is implied, implying a low likelihood of a rate hike in December. 

  • 13:27

    Pfizer: If vaccine-escape variant emerges, expects to develop, produce new vaccine in about 100 days

    According to vaccine-maker Pfizer, in case there was a "vaccine-escape" variant, the company expects to be able to develop and produce a new tailor-made vaccine against that variant within about 100 days.  

  • 13:15

    AUD/USD: A move to 0.6758 is easily achievable on a break below 0.7106 – Credit Suisse

    AUD/USD has fallen sharply on the risk-off moves sparked by the new covid variant. Analysts at Credit Suisse believe that a weekly close below the 2021 low at 0.7106 would confirm a major top to suggest further sustained weakness, with scope for a move to retracement support at 0.6758.

    Resistance moves lower to 0.7274

    “We are now very confident that the market is in the process of forming a much larger long-term top, which would be confirmed by a weekly close below the 2021 low at 0.7106. If confirmed, this would turn the long-term risks lower and suggest that aggressive further weakness is likely, with the next supports seen at 0.7053/48, which is the 38.2% retracement of the 2020/21 rise, then 0.6991.” 

    “The size of the top suggests a move to 0.6758 is easily achievable over the medium-term.” 

    “Near-term resistance moves lower to 0.7200/10, with more important resistance staying at 0.7265/74, which should hold into the close to maintain a high degree of confidence in the breakdown.”

     

  • 13:07

    BoE's Pill: Provided jobs market remains strong, rates will need to gradually rise

    Bank of England Chief Economist Huw Pill said on Friday that provided the jobs market continues to be strong, interest rates will need to gradually increase in the coming months, according to Reuters. The economic picture is still uncertain, he added, saying that the BoE can’t give precise guarantees on what will happen to interest rates. Moreover, the BoE should take a cautious approach to policy, assessing each decision on a step-by-step basis, he noted, adding that, in his opinion, the burden of proof has now clearly shifted onto the rates decision. 

    In September, Pill said, I was seeking data to confirm my assessment of the strength of the post-pandemic recovery and accumulation of inflationary pressures. Now, he added, I scan incoming information for challenges to that view.

    If the data evolves unfavourably and inflation is forecast to fall below target at the policy-relevant horizon, he said, the BoE can remain on hold, or even reverse course. However, he caveated, if the data strengthens and inflation is forecast to remain persistently above target, we can continue to raise rates. I do not see an immediate threat of UK inflation de-anchoring from its 2% target at the policy-relevant medium-term horizon, Pill noted. 

    In my view, Pill continued, the ground has now been prepared for policy action and given that the incoming data supports the conclusion that the recovery is continuing. However, the Monetary Policy Committee’s steer remains a conditional statement. 

    Market Reaction

    Pill's comments suggest he supports a BoE rate hike next month. Though market participants already suspected that he supported this, they will now be more confident. Thus, his remarks might lend gentle support to the pound. But the overarching market focus of the day remains on the newly discovered and highly concerning new Covid-19 variant in South Africa. 

  • 12:58

    WTI battered by South Africa Covid-19 variant fears, drops to $74.00/barrel area

    • Crude oil battered as nations move to restrict travel amid fears of new South African Covid-19 variant.
    • WTI drops all the way back to the $74.00 level, but are off lows in the $72.00s.

    Crude oil markets have taken a battering on the final trading day of the week, with front-month WTI future prices trading around $74.00, a more near $4.00 or roughly 5.0% drop on the day. But WTI is well off earlier session lows around $72.75, where losses at the time stood at nearly 7.0% or over $5.0.

    Risk appetite battered

    Global risk appetite has taken a significant turn for the worse, with global equities under heavy selling pressure, risk-sensitive currencies and industrial commodities also being hit and safe-haven assets including sovereign bonds, safe-haven currencies and precious metals flying higher.

    Market participants have been dumping risk assets in response to the latest news regarding a recently discovered Covid-19 variant in South Africa. Genomic analysis of the variant shows suggests that it might be the most evolved version of Covid-19 yet, with as many as 32 spike protein mutations. Early data on its spread in South Africa shows that it is rapidly outcompeting the delta variant. The scientific community and public health experts fear the new variant might be able to escape immunity acquired by past natural infection or vaccination, a notion which anecdotal evidence at this point supports.

    Travel bans hit oil

    In response to the raising of alarm bells in South Africa about this new variant, nations have been taking steps to implement travel restrictions. The UK and Singapore have put various African nations on their travel red lists and Israel has already implemented a travel ban to the region, while Japan is announced a general tightening of inbound travel restrictions. Market participants expect further restrictions to be forthcoming. The EU Commission is already mulling the proposal of an emergency travel ban on regions affected by the new variant, while the top US infectious disease export Anthony Fauci has said indicated that the US is in contact with South African scientists, though will not implement travel bans just yet.

    Crude oil is highly vulnerable to travel bans as it would dent jet fuel consumption, which makes up a significant amount of global daily demand. This explains why the losses in crude oil markets have been comparatively more severe than in other asset classes such as equities. Various market commentators noted on Friday that the latest Covid-19 developments are likely to be a game-changer for OPEC+, who meet next week to decide on policy. The cartel is therefore highly unlikely at this point to continue with output hikes until there is more certainty with regards to the global health picture and regarding the level of restrictions that are going to placed on global travel.

  • 12:54

    US Dollar Index Price Analysis: Leg lower could extend to 95.50

    • DXY accelerates the downside and revisits 96.20.
    • Extra losses should be contained around 95.50.

    DXY adds to Thursday’s losses and drops to the 96.20 region, or 4-day lows, on Friday.

    If the selling pressure gathers further traction, then the index is likely to face initial contention in the 95.50 region (November 18) ahead of the minor down barrier at the 20-day SMA at 95.26.

    In the meantime, while above the 2-month support line (off September’s low) around 94.00, extra gains in DXY remain well on the table. In addition, the broader constructive stance remains underpinned by the 200-day SMA at 92.41.

    DXY daily chart

     

  • 12:41

    US NIAIH's Fauci: No indications new Covid-19 variant yet in US, will decide on travel bans soon

    US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Director Anthony Fauci said on Friday that there were not yet any indications that the new Covid-19 variant was already in the US, according to Reuters. The US will decide on any potential travel bans after getting more information, Fauci added, saying that the US was in close communication with South African scientists. 

    Market Reaction

    The latest comments from Fauci have not impacted the market's already very downbeat sentiment. Market participants eagerly await more information about the new variant and what the global policy response to it, if it is as dangerous as feared, might be. 

  • 12:00

    Mexico Trade Balance s/a, $: $-2.088B (October) vs previous $-1.697B

  • 12:00

    Mexico Trade Balance, $ below expectations ($-2.4B) in October: Actual ($-2.701B)

  • 11:44

    EUR/JPY Price Analysis: The 128.00 area holds the downside, for now

    • EUR/JPY adds to the recent pullback and retests 128.00.
    • Further south comes the August/September lows at 127.93.

    EUR/JPY extends the downside and revisits the 12800 region at the end of the week.

    The continuation of the downtrend remains in the pipeline and therefore another visit to the monthly low at 127.97 (November 19) looks likely in the short-term horizon. A move further south should see the August and September low around 127.93 retested.

    Looking at the broader picture, the outlook for the cross is expected to remain negative while below the 200-day SMA, today at 130.54.

    EUR/JPY daily chart

     

  • 11:43

    India FX Reserves, USD: $640.4B (November 19) vs $640.11B

  • 10:49

    USD/CNH: Upside pressure mitigated below 6.3750 – UOB

    A drop below 6.3750 is seen alleviating the upbeat momentum in USD/CNH, suggested UOB Group’s FX Strategists.

    Key Quotes

    24-hour view: “We highlighted yesterday that USD ‘could break 6.4000’. However, USD traded in a quiet manner and within a narrow range of 6.3866/6.3964. The quiet price actions offer no fresh clues and USD could continue to trade sideways, likely between 6.3830 and 6.3970.”

    Next 1-3 weeks: “We continue to hold the same view from yesterday (25 Nov, spot at 6.3940). As highlighted, mild upward pressure could lead to USD edging higher to 6.4070. On the downside, a breach of 6.3750 (no change in ‘strong support’ level) would indicate that the current mild upward pressure has dissipated.”

  • 10:46

    Three key things to watch out for in FX markets in 2022 – ING

    ING's Global Head of Markets, Chris Turner, lays out three key things to watch out for in the FX world next year.

    Three key FX themes for 2022

    “The first thing to watch out for is a stronger dollar. The US economy continues to perform extremely well, so watch out for interest rate rises from the Fed.”

    “Commodity currencies, those which are linked to a country's export of raw materials, are set to do well. We are thinking Canada, Norway and Russia here.”

    “The final thing to look for is some weakness in the Chinese renminbi. It has been one of the strongest currencies in 2021 but we believe the authorities will be happy to see that drift lower next year.”

     

  • 10:22

    Brent Oil nosedives toward critical support at the $73.00 200-DMA – SocGen

    Brent Oil has embarked on a phase of pullback after retesting 2018 high of $86.70. On Friday, Brent is down more than 5% and has already pierced the $77.80/50 support. $75.60 is next and the 200-day moving average (DMA) at $73.00 is critical, according to strategists at Société Générale.

    Brent looks poised to head lower towards $75.60

    “MACD indicator is below its trigger within negative territory denoting prevalence of downward momentum.”

    “Holding below last week's peak of $83.00, Brent looks poised to head lower towards $77.80/77.50 and perhaps even towards $75.60.”

    “The 200-DMA near $73.00 could be a crucial support.”

     

  • 10:01

    GBP/USD to see a short-term rebound from the 1.3250 support – SocGen

    Cable has drifted below 1.33 on risk-off. Next support is seen at the 1.3250 level. Holding above here, GBP/USD could stage a short-term bounce, economists at Société Générale report.

    1.3250 is next support

    “GBP/USD is in vicinity to the support of 1.3250 representing weekly Ichimoku cloud. Defending this can result in a short-term rebound.”

    “1.3570/1.3600 will be a near term hurdle.”

     

  • 09:54

    Germany's Spahn on COVID situation: Complete contact reductions could come into effect

    Commenting on the coronavirus situation in Germany, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Friday that they will have to take drastic measures if they fail to take decisive action now, per Reuters. "Complete contact reductions could come into effect then," Spahn added.

    Additional takeaways

    "Coronavirus situation is dramatic, more serious than at any other time in pandemic so far."

    "Wake-up call has not reached everyone in Germany."

    "This wave will spread across Germany."

    "Number of contacts between people must be reduced."

    Market reaction

    Safe-haven flows continue to dominate the financial markets on Friday and Germany's DAX 30 Index was last seen losing nearly 3% on a daily basis at 15,450.

  • 09:31

    USD/JPY: Bets for further upside have been trimmed – UOB

    The prospect for extra gains in USD/JPY now seems to have lost some momentum, commented FX Strategists at UOB Group.

    Key Quotes

    24-hour view: “We highlighted yesterday that ‘deeply overbought conditions suggest that USD is unlikely to strengthen much further’ and we expected USD to ‘consolidate and trade between 115.00 and 115.55’. USD subsequently traded between 115.22 and 115.45 but lurched lower during early Asian hours. The downside risk has increased but 114.60 is expected to offer solid support (next support is at 114.30). Resistance is at 115.20 followed by 115.40.”

    Next 1-3 weeks: “We noted yesterday (25 Nov, spot at 115.35) that further USD strength appears likely but overbought conditions could lead to 1 to 2 days of consolidation first. While USD subsequently consolidated between 115.22 and 115.45, it lurched lower during early Asian hours. The sudden and sharp loss in momentum indicates that the odds for further USD strength have diminished considerably. A break of 114.60 (no change in ‘strong support’ level) would indicate that USD strength has come to an end.”

     

  • 09:27

    USD/TRY reverses the recent weakness, back above 12.0000

    • USD/TRY resumes the upside above the 12.0000 mark.
    • Earlier comments from deputy finmin hurts the lira.
    • Spot recedes from all-time highs past 13.0000.

    The Turkish lira resumes the downtrend and pushes USD/TRY back above the key barrier at 12.0000 the figure at the end of the week.

    USD/TRY up on inflation-rates chatter

    The Turkish currency depreciates on Friday in response to earlier comments from Deputy Finance Minister N.Nebati, who insisted on defending the low-interest-rate policy carried out in the country.

    In line with President Erdogan’s latest speech, Nebati highlighted the “wrongness of the high interest, low inflation policy”, while added that there are no issues with the current policy of keeping the One-Week Repo Rate lower than inflation.

    The lira might beg to differ on the latter, as it lost around 35% since the easing cycle started on September 23, when the Turkish central bank reduced the policy rate by 100bps to 18.00%.

    USD/TRY key levels

    So far, the pair is gaining 0.87% at 12.0569 and a drop below 11.5451 (low November 24) would expose 11.3370 (10-day SMA) and then 10.5292 (20-day SMA). On the other hand, the next up barrier lines up at 13.1105 (all-time high Nov.24) followed by 14.0000 (round level).

  • 09:07

    EUR/SEK: Riksbank's steps toward tightening unable to underpin the krona – ING

    Sweden’s Riksbank has made two subtle, but notable shifts towards tightening at its November meeting. The impact on the krona proved quite contained and short-lived as external factors seem to matter more for the SEK now, according to economists at ING. 

    External factors simply matter more than the Riksbank now

    “On Thursday, the Riksbank took two tentative steps to tightening – first, by introducing a hike in its rate forecasts (a 20bp increase in 2024), then by signalling they could start shrinking the size of their balance sheet in 2023. The move was a hawkish surprise even if it did not come anywhere close to the market’s tightening bets, which are now for 40bp in 2022 and 40bp more in 2024.”

    “External drivers should remain dominant for SEK in the coming weeks and the risk is that – despite the krona having a positive seasonality in December – we could see a EZ growth re-rating capping the recovery.”

    “We are currently forecasting 10.00 at the end of December, but given the worsening of the virus situation in Europe this is increasingly looking too optimistic for SEK.”

     

  • 09:01

    European Monetary Union M3 Money Supply (3m) rose from previous 7.6% to 7.7% in October

  • 09:00

    European Monetary Union Private Loans (YoY) came in at 4.1% below forecasts (4.2%) in October

  • 09:00

    Austria Purchasing Manager Index down to 58.1 in November from previous 60.6

  • 09:00

    European Monetary Union M3 Money Supply (YoY) registered at 7.7% above expectations (7.4%) in October

  • 09:00

    Italy Business Confidence above expectations (114) in November: Actual (116)

  • 09:00

    Italy Consumer Confidence above expectations (117) in November: Actual (117.5)

  • 08:58

    EUR/USD set to hold above 1.1200 into the weekend – ING

    EUR/USD registered modest gains on Thursday and continues to edge higher toward 1.1250 on Friday. Economists at ING expect the world’s most popular currency pair to hold above 1.1200 into the weekend.

    Holding above 1.1200 for now

    “We see the euro as still vulnerable due to the Covid situation in Europe which is further widening US-EZ rate expectations.” 

    “A major question now is whether the new variant has already reached Europe (which is geographically closer to Africa). This could deal another blow to EZ sentiment and the EUR, which otherwise seems to have marginally benefited from its low-yielding status as the new variant shook markets and may hold above 1.1200 into the weekend.”

    “We have heard some ECB members this week indicating that PEPP will end in March. Still, the EUR has been quite unreactive to policy comments with most of the focus on the current covid-related re-rating of EC growth expectations.”

     

  • 08:30

    Sweden Retail Sales (YoY) increased to 5.2% in October from previous 4.8%

  • 08:30

    Sweden Retail Sales (MoM) climbed from previous -0.3% to 0.4% in October

  • 08:05

    EUR/GBP: Scope to revisit the 0.8659/73 highs since May on a move above 0.8596 – Commerzbank

    EUR/GBP bounces off the base of its longer-term channel at 0.8376. As Axel Rudolph, Senior FICC Technical Analyst at Commerzbank, notes, the pair is set to challenge initial resistance at the April 2021 low of 0.8471.

    EUR/GBP to target 0.8239 on a break below 0.8376

    “EUR/GBP recently sold off into new lows for the year of 0.8377 but this has not been confirmed by the daily RSI. So far the cross is holding the base of the 2021 down channel at 0.8376. This should hold the initial test. Below here attention should revert to the 0.8239 2019 low and the 200-month ma lies at 0.8167.”

    “Initial resistance is 0.8471, the April 2021 low.”

    “Only a move above 0.8596 (5th November high) will signal scope to revisit the 0.8659/73 highs since May.”

     

  • 08:01

    Sweden Consumer Confidence (MoM) below forecasts (105.7) in November: Actual (99.7)

  • 08:00

    Switzerland Gross Domestic Product (YoY) above expectations (3.2%) in 3Q: Actual (4.1%)

  • 08:00

    Switzerland Gross Domestic Product s.a. (QoQ) registered at 1.7%, below expectations (2%) in 3Q

  • 07:58

    USD/JPY to retain a positive momentum while 112.73 holds – Commerzbank

    USD/JPY has reached the March 2017 high at 115.51 which capped. The pair is posting large losses below mid-114.00s on Friday and could extend its slump to the 112.73 early November low, Axel Rudolph, Senior FICC Technical Analyst at Commerzbank, reports.

    Initial support comes in at the uptrend line of 114.04

    “Nearby support below the three-month support line at 114.04 lies at the 113.59 November 19 low and also at the 112.73 early November low. While it holds overall upside pressure should remain in play. Further down sits the 111.66 July high.”

    “Above 115.60 is the 117.56 level, the 1998-2021 resistance line and 119.41, the downtrend from 1975.”

     

  • 07:52

    AUD/USD to reach a low of 0.70 by June-2022 – Westpac

    The December meeting of the Federal Reserve is expected to see a significant change in the Committee’s approach to policy, according to economists at Westpac. Subsequently, they expect AUD/USD to settle at 0.70 by June 2022.

    FOMC to accelerate rate hikes

    “At the December 14-15 meeting, we now expect the taper to be accelerated to conclude in March 2022, making room for three 25bp rate hikes at the June, September and December 2022 meetings.”

    “From end-2022 to June 2024, we then see a further three rate hikes (one every six months) to a federal funds rate of 1.625%.”

    “Our expectation that the economy can settle at trend growth with full employment is also behind our view that the US 10-year yield will hold above the federal funds rate over the entire forecast period, only retreating from a peak of 2.30% at September 2022 to 2.20% end-2023 and 2.00% end-2024 as inflation risks abate.”

    “While divergent rate expectations and risks related to delta are set to weaken the euro to June 2022, once the first hike is delivered by the FOMC and prospects for Europe and the global economy, and Asia in particular, strengthen, the DXY index is forecast to fall back from 98.6 to 97.4 end-2022, and 95.9 end-2023.”

    “We now see the low point in the AUD/USD at 0.70 by June lifting to 0.73 by end-2022 and sustaining that upswing in 2023 to 0.78.”

     

  • 07:46

    France Consumer Confidence above expectations (98) in November: Actual (99)

  • 07:43

    EUR/USD to see a minor bounce from the 1.1240/1.1180 support zone – Commerzbank

    EUR/USD gathers upside traction and advances to 1.1230. The pair may find short-term support at the 1.1240/1.1180 zone, Axel Rudolph, Senior FICC Technical Analyst at Commerzbank, reports.

    A move above 1.1604 is needed to alleviate downside pressure

    “EUR/USD continues to dig into the October and December 2019 highs at 1.1240/1.1180 which are still expected to offer support, especially since the new low has not been confirmed by the daily RSI and two Tom DeMark 13 counts.” 

    “Any bounces will find tough resistance at the 1.1604 five-month downtrend and while capped here, the overall bias remains negative.”

    “Initial resistance is 1.1374, the November 18 high, followed by the 20-day ma at 1.1413.”

    “Below 1.1160 (TD support) would target 1.1000, the 78.6% retracement of the move seen in 2020.”

     

  • 07:43

    AUD/USD: Further downside looks likely – UOB

    AUD/USD remains poised to extend the ongoing downtrend in the near term, according to FX Strategists at UOB Group.

    Key Quotes

    24-hour view: “We expected AUD to ‘trade sideways between 0.7185 and 0.7225’ yesterday. AUD subsequently traded between 0.7181 and 0.7208 before breaking 0.7170 during early Asian hours. Downward momentum has improved and AUD is likely to weaken further. However, any further weakness is expected to encounter strong support at 0.7140. Resistance is at 0.7185 followed by 0.7200.”

    Next 1-3 weeks: “Yesterday (25 Aug, spot at 0.7205), we highlighted that ‘a breach of 0.7170 would not be surprising but it is left to be seen if AUD could maintain a foothold below this level’. AUD cracked 0.7170 during early Asian hours and the rapid improvement in downward momentum suggests that there is room for AUD to weaken further. That said, it is too early to tell if AUD could move to the year-to-date low near 0.7105 (there is a rather strong support level at 0.7140). Overall, only a breach of 0.7235 (‘strong resistance’ level was at 0.7255 yesterday) would indicate that the current weakness has stabilized.”

  • 07:37

    US 10-year Treasury yield to gradually rise to 2.25% by end-2022 – SocGen

    Economists at Société Générale target the US 10-year Treasury yield at 2.25% by end-2022 as the trajectory for growth and employment remains strong.

    The Fed is unlikely to let the yield curve flatten too much

    “The trajectory for growth and employment remains strong, which supports our call for modestly higher yields.”

    “We expect the 10y Treasury yield to rise to 2.25% by end-2022 and the yield curve to remain relatively range-bound.”

    “The Fed is likely to err on the side of caution and not allow the yield curve to flatten too much.”

     

  • 07:36

    Forex Today: Risk aversion dominates markets ahead of the weekend

    Here is what you need to know on Friday, November 26:

    The intense flight to safety on Friday is weighing heavily on risk-sensitive currencies and global stock indexes while allowing the greenback to find demand despite falling Treasury bond yields. Reports of the new coronavirus variant, which was detected in South Africa, showing immune evasion and possibly rendering current vaccines ineffective is forcing investors to seek refuge. The economic calendar won't be featuring any high-tier data releases and market participants will remain focused on risk perception ahead of the weekend.

    Japan's Nikkei 225 Index is down nearly 3%, the UK's FTSE and Germany's DAX 30 both look to open around 2% lower than Thursday's closing levels. Moreover, US stocks futures, which will close early due to the Thanksgiving holiday, are down between 1.6% and 1.3% and the 10-year US Treasury bond yield is falling more than 5%.

    EUR/USD registered modest gains on Thursday and continues to edge higher toward 1.1250 on Friday. The shared currency is also attracting demand as a safe haven.

    AUD/USD and NZD/USD pairs are both down nearly 1% amid risk aversion. The barrel of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) is down more than 4% amid the worsening energy demand outlook and USD/CAD is trading at its strongest level since late September near 1.2750.

    GBP/USD is struggling to gain traction and stays around 1.3300 in the early European session. The UK has announced that it has suspended flights to six African countries.

    USD/JPY is posting large losses below mid-114.00s on Friday as the JPY continues to gather strength.

    Gold is capitalizing on falling US Treasury bond yields and trading above $1,800 following the steep decline witnessed earlier in the week.

    Cryptocurrencies: After rebounding toward $60,000, Bitcoin turned south on Friday and was last seen losing 3% on the day around $57,300. Ethereum, which gained 6% on Thursday, is trading in the negative territory below $4,500.

  • 07:30

    Switzerland Employment Level (QoQ) registered at 5.213M above expectations (5.129M) in 3Q

  • 07:30

    Switzerland Employment Level (QoQ) above forecasts (5.129M) in 3Q: Actual (5213M)

  • 07:26

    USD/CHF to see a correction lower towards the 0.9250 mark – Commerzbank

    USD/CHF has probed the 0.9368 September high which capped. Axel Rudolph, Senior FICC Technical Analyst at Commerzbank, epxects the pair to correct lower towards the 0.9250 level initially.

    Above 0.9373/75 will target the 0.9472 April high

    “USD/CHF has reached 0.9368, the September high, and made its current November high at 0.9373 before coming off again. We would allow for further profit-taking in this vicinity.”

    “Initial support is the 19th November low at 0.9250, but the downside should be contained by the 2020-2021 uptrend at 0.9112. We also have 0.9227, the 26th October high and 0.9150, 25th October low ahead of the 0.9112 uptrend.” 

    “If 0.9373 and the next higher early March high at 0.9375 were to be overcome, the April peak at 0.9472 would be next in line.”

     

  • 07:12

    EUR/USD challenges 2-day highs near 1.1230, looks to ECB

    • EUR/USD gathers upside traction and advances to 1.1230.
    • Markets’ attention remains on the strong pick-up in COVID cases.
    • ECB’s Lagarde, Schnabel, Panetta, De Guindos all due to speak later.

    The single currency extends the optimism in the second half of the week and lifts EUR/USD to the 1.1230 area on Friday.

    EUR/USD looks to yields, ECB

    EUR/USD advances for the second session in a row on Friday on the back of the renewed knee-jerk in the dollar and amidst increasing risk-off sentiment sustained by coronavirus concerns.

    Indeed, several European countries continue to report a fast rebound in COVID cases and open the door to fresh lockdown measures in the very near term and with the main impact expected on the economic activity just ahead of the Christmas festivities.

    In the docket, German Import Prices surprised to the upside in October, rising 3.8% MoM and 21.7% from a year earlier. Later in the day, Chairwoman Lagarde is due to speak followed by Board members Schnabel, Panetta and De Guindos.

    What to look for around EUR

    EUR/USD seems to have found some contention in the 1.1190/85, or fresh cycle lows, so far this week. The pair continues to suffer the ECB-Fed policy divergence, while the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Europe also adds to the deteriorated outlook for the single currency in the last part of the year. Also weighing on the pair, the loss of momentum in the economic recovery in the euro area - as per some weakness observed in key fundamentals – is also seen pouring cold water over investors’ optimism on the economic recovery.

    Key events in the euro area this week: ECB’s Lagarde (Friday).

    Eminent issues on the back boiler: Asymmetric economic recovery post-pandemic in the region. Increasing likelihood that elevated inflation could last longer. Pick-up in the political effervescence around the EU Recovery Fund in light of the rising conflict between the EU, Poland and Hungary on the rule of law. ECB tapering speculations.

    EUR/USD levels to watch

    So far, spot is gaining 0.25% at 1.1234 and faces the next up barrier at 1.1277 (10-day SMA) followed by 1.1374 (high November 18) and finally 1.1412 (20-day SMA). On the other hand, a break below 1.1186 (2021 low Nov.24) would target 1.1185 (monthly low Jul.1 2020) en route to 1.1168 (low Jun.19 2020).

     

  • 07:06

    AUD/USD Price Analysis: Pierces yearly support line to aim for 0.7105

    • AUD/USD takes offers to refresh three-month low during a three-day downtrend.
    • Oversold RSI conditions probe bears at the key support line, daily closing awaited.
    • Bear cross keeps buyers away until crossing 100-DMA.

    AUD/USD marks the heaviest daily fall in three weeks while taking offers around 0.7135, down 0.78% during Friday morning in Europe.

    The Aussie pair bears cheer a sustained trading below a three-month-old support line, now resistance around 0.7260, as well as downbeat MACD signals and a bear cross of the 20-DMA to 100-DMA, to aim for the yearly bottom of 0.7105.

    However, oversold RSI conditions may challenge the sellers around an ascending support line from November 2020, around 0.7140. Hence, a daily closing below the recently broken trend line becomes necessary to convince the bears.

    Should the pair sellers conquer the key support line, a south-run towards the 2021 bottom surrounding 0.7100, marked in August, become imminent.

    Meanwhile, corrective pullback remains elusive below the previous support line from August 20, near 0.7260.

    Even so, bulls remain cautious until crossing the 20-DMA and the 100-DMA, respectively close to 0.7315 and 0.7345.

    To sum up, AUD/USD sellers have some downside room to travel before hitting the key hurdle.

    AUD/USD: Daily chart

    Trend: Further downside expected

     

  • 07:05

    Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD to grind higher towards $1,850

    Gold is trading back around the $1,800 round-figure mark. XAU/USD could rise as high as $1,850, FXSTreet’s Haresh Menghani reports.

    Renewed COVID-19 jitters provided a goodish lift

    “In the absence of any major market-moving economic releases from the US, the focus will remain on developments surrounding the coronavirus saga. Apart from this, the US bond yields and the USD price dynamics will play a key role in influencing gold's intraday momentum on the last day of the week.”

    “The support around the $1,783-82 zone would now act as a key pivotal point for short-term traders. A convincing break below will be seen as a fresh trigger for bearish traders and pave the way for additional losses. The XAU/USD could then accelerate the fall towards the $1,770-69 area en-route the monthly swing low, near the $1,759 region.”

    “Momentum above the $1,800 mark is likely to confront resistance near the $1,807-08 region. Some follow-through buying could trigger a short-covering move and push gold prices beyond an intermediate hurdle near the $1,818 area, towards testing a static resistance near the $1,832-34 supply zone. A convincing breakthrough the latter will suggest that the corrective fall has run its course and lift the XAU/USD to the next relevant barrier near the $1,850 region.”

     

  • 07:01

    Norway Retail Sales increased to 1% in October from previous 0.5%

  • 07:00

    Germany Import Price Index (MoM) came in at 3.8%, above forecasts (2.1%) in October

  • 07:00

    Germany Import Price Index (YoY) came in at 21.7%, above expectations (19.6%) in October

  • 06:55

    Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD battles key hurdle to $1,817 – Confluence Detector

    • Gold cheers risk-off mood, extends bounce off three-week low.
    • US Trader’s return, virus woes and heavy yields to keep buyers hopeful.
    • Gold Price Forecast: New COVID-19 variant boosts XAU/USD, hawkish Fed to cap gains

    Gold (XAU/USD) pokes intraday high to mark the heaviest daily run-up in a week, up 0.55% around $1,799 heading into Friday’s European session. The yellow metal benefits from the plunge in US Treasury yields to extend the previous day’s recovery moves, mainly due to the covid variant woes.

    That said, the 10-year bond coupon drops the most since July and its two-year counterpart marking the heaviest fall since March 2020 amid fears over the COVID-19 variant. The fall in the Treasury yields also weigh on the US Dollar Index (DXY), down 0.09% near 96.68 by the press time. It’s worth noting that the woes concerning the coronavirus strain don’t allow equities to benefit from the softer yields and receding chatters over the Fed rate hike.

    With the US traders returning from the Thanksgiving Day holiday, although for a smaller session, the risk-off mood may get an additional boost, which in turn could propel the gold prices towards the north of the $1,800 hurdle. However, Fed policymakers haven’t yet stepped back from the rate hike calls, neither did inflation numbers. As a result, the gold buyers will need a stronger push to cross the immediate resistance.

    Gold Price: Key levels to watch

    The Technical Confluences Detector shows that the gold price stays firmer above critical support around $1,790, which is the intersection of the SMA50 one-day, Fibonacci 61.8% one-day and previous low on four-hour. However, the bulls need to conquer the $1,800 resistance to retake the controls. The same includes upper Bollinger Band on one-hour, Fibonacci 23.6% one-month, as well as previous highs on 15-minute and one-hour.

    Should buyers manage to conquer the $1,800 threshold, pivot point one-week S3 and previous high on four-hour will act as a validation point for the further upside around $1,802.

    Following that, a smooth run-up towards Pivot point one-month R1 and previous month high, surrounding $1,816-17, can’t be ruled out.

    On the contrary, $1,795 challenges the gold sellers on an immediate basis, the level comprises Fibonacci 23.6% one-day, SMA10 one-hour, Bollinger Band four-hour Middle and SMA100 one-day.

    Also acting as short-term support is the $1,792 mark that holds together SMA50 one-hour, Fibonacci 38.2% one-day and SMA200 one-day.

    Further, a clear break of $1,792 will need validation from the $1,790 support before fetching the quote towards $1,781 support including pivot point one-day S2.

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    About the Technical Confluences Detector

    The TCD (Technical Confluences Detector) is a tool to locate and point out those price levels where there is a congestion of indicators, moving averages, Fibonacci levels, Pivot Points, etc.  If you are a short-term trader, you will find entry points for counter-trend strategies and hunt a few points at a time. If you are a medium-to-long-term trader, this tool will allow you to know in advance the price levels where a medium-to-long-term trend may stop and rest, where to unwind positions, or where to increase your position size.

  • 06:48

    GBP/USD risks a breakdown of 1.3300 – UOB

    In opinion of FX Strategists at UOB Group, there is still room for Cable to breach 1.3300 and retest 1.3260 in the next weeks.

    Key Quotes

    24-hour view: “Yesterday, we held the view that GBP ‘has room to dip below the major support at 1.3300’. Our expectations did not materialize as GBP edged lower to 1.3308. While downward momentum is not exactly strong, we still see chance for GBP to dip below 1.3300 before a more sizeable rebound can be expected. That said, the next support at 1.3260 is unlikely to come into the picture. Resistance is at 1.3345 followed by 1.3365.”

    Next 1-3 weeks: “There is no change in our view from yesterday (25 Nov, spot at 1.3335). As highlighted, in view of the improved downward momentum, GBP could break the major support at 1.3300. A break of this level would shift the focus to 1.3260. Overall, the downside risk is deemed intact as long as GBP does not move above 1.3390 (‘strong resistance’ level was at 1.3410 yesterday).”

  • 06:42

    US Dollar Index gives away some gains, drops to 96.70

    • DXY comes under mild pressure following recent peaks.
    • US markets return to activity post-Thanksgiving holiday.
    • There will be no data releases in the US calendar on Friday.

    The greenback, when tracked by the US Dollar Index (DXY), sheds some ground and revisits the 96.70 region on Friday.

    US Dollar Index looks to yields

    The index adds to Thursday’s small losses and retests the 96.70 region, as US markets are expected to return to the normal activity following the Thanksgiving holiday. It is worth recalling that the stock market and the bonds market will see a reduced activity on Friday and close at 6pm GMT and 7pm GMT, respectively.

    In the meantime, the broad backdrop for the dollar remains constructive and supported by firm expectations of a lift-off in rates by the Federal Reserve at some point in H2 2022. In addition, the pace of the current QE tapering could be accelerated depending on the performance of the inflation.

    The small drift lower in the buck comes despite the moderate drop in US yields, where the 10y note drops below 1.55% and the 30y breaks below 1.90%.

    No data releases scheduled in the US calendar on Friday will leave the attention to the speech by the ECB’s C.Lagarde in the European morning.

    What to look for around USD

    The index clinched new cycle tops in the vicinity of 97.00 earlier in the week. The intense move higher in the buck remains well underpinned by the “higher-for-longer” narrative around current elevated inflation, which in turn lend wings to US yields and bolsters speculations of a sooner-than-estimated move on interest rates by the Federal Reserve. Further support for the dollar comes in the form of the solid recovery in the labour market, Biden’s infrastructure bill and positive results in US fundamentals.

    Eminent issues on the back boiler: US-China trade conflict under the Biden’s administration. Debt ceiling issue. Geopolitical risks stemming from Afghanistan.

    US Dollar Index relevant levels

    Now, the index is retreating 0.10% at 96.68 and a break above 96.93 (2021 high Nov.24) would open the door to 97.00 (round level) and then 97.80 (high Jun.30 2020). On the flip side, the next down barrier emerges at 95.51 (low Nov.18) followed by 94.96 (weekly low Nov.15) and finally 94.56 (monthly high Oct.12).

  • 06:13

    Asian Stock Market: Bears on roll as covid variant sours sentiment, yields drop too

    • Asian shares see the red amid fears of the coronavirus variant.
    • Japan weighs border closure for South Africa and five other nations.
    • WHO and UKHSA calls special meetings to discuss virus strain.
    • US Commission calls for tighter controls on money flow to China markets.

    Asian equities print the heaviest fall in three months as the covid woes escalate. While portraying the mood, MSCI's index of Asia shares outside Japan drops 1.8%, the most since August whereas Japan’s Nikkei 225 print 2.5% by the press time of early European morning on Friday.

    It should be observed that Japan’s Nikkei fail to cheer news that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pushed for a wage hike policy. The reason could be linked to the chatters, spotted by Jiji news, suggesting border controls for South Africa and five other nations due to the virus resurgence.

    Stocks in China and Hong Kong have additional concerns to worry about as the Financial Times (FT) cites the US-China Economic Security Review Commission to signal challenges for funds flowing from Washington to Beijing. The same drowns shares in Australia and New Zealand, by around 2.0% at the latest, whereas markets in Indonesia and South Korea are down nearly 1.5% by the press time.

    India’s BSE Sensex drops over 2.0% tracking the broad risk-off mood even as India Finance Secretary T. V. Somanathan said, per Reuters, “Year will end with Capex at or close to budget estimates.”

    It’s worth noting that the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) have both called for a special meeting to discuss the new version of the virus and any fears emanating from it to confirm its status as a “variant of concern.” The chatters over the virus version spotted from South Africa, with a formal name of B.1.1.529, grow stronger and weigh on the risk appetite as it is said to be immune to the vaccines.

    On a broader front, yields dropped sharply with the 10-year bond coupon declining the most since July and its two-year counterpart marking the heaviest fall since March 2020. Additionally, US stock futures are also down over 1.0% whereas prices of oil slump 3.0% but those of gold gain 0.50% by the press time.

    Given the virus fears back to the table, covid updates are the key to follow for fresh impulse.

    Read: Yields drop the most in a week, S&P 500 Futures down too amid risk-off mood

  • 05:52

    USD/JPY flirts with daily low, around 114.70-65 region

    • USD/JPY witnessed aggressive long-unwinding trade on Friday amid the risk-off impulse.
    • The new COVID-19 variant spooks investors and triggers a sharp fall in the equity markets.
    • Retreating US bond yields kept the USD bulls on the defensive and added to the selling bias.

    The USD/JPY pair maintained its heavily offered tone heading into the European session and was last seen hovering near the lower end of its daily trading range, around the 114.70-65 region.

    The detection of a new and possibly vaccine-resistant coronavirus variant triggered a fresh wave of the global risk-aversion trade. This was evident from a sharp drop in the equity markets, which forced investors to take refuge in traditional safe-haven assets, including the Japanese yen. This, in turn, was seen as a key factor that led to aggressive long-unwinding trade around the USD/JPY pair.

    Meanwhile, The global flight to safety led to a steep decline in the US Treasury bond yields. In fact, the yield on the benchmark 10-year US government bond fell over 5% and kept the US dollar bulls on the defensive and dragged the USD/JPY pair further away from a near five-year top set in the previous day. However, expectations for an early policy tightening by the Fed could help limit further losses.

    The markets seem convinced that the Fed would be forced to raise interest rates sooner rather than later to contain stubbornly high inflation. The bets were reinforced by hawkish FOMC minutes on Wednesday, which revealed that policymakers were open to speeding up the tapering of the bond-buying program and moving quickly to raise interest rates if high inflation persists.

    Even from a technical perspective, the USD/JPY pair, so far, has shown some resilience below the 200-hour SMA. In the absence of any major market-moving economic releases, traders might refrain from positioning for any further depreciating move. This makes it prudent to wait for a strong follow-through selling before confirming that the recent strong bullish trajectory has run out of steam.

    Technical levels to watch

     

  • 05:51

    EUR/USD: Scope for further decline - UOB

    FX Strategists at UOB Group suggested the downtrend in EUR/USD could reach the 1.1160 level in the next weeks.

    Key Quotes

    24-hour view: “We highlighted yesterday that EUR ‘could weaken further but oversold conditions suggest 1.1160 is likely out of reach’. However, EUR traded in a relatively quiet manner between 1.1196 and 1.1230 before closing little changed at 1.1206 (+0.08%). Momentum indicators are turning neutral and EUR is likely to consolidate and trade sideways. Expected range for today, 1.1190/1.1235.”

    Next 1-3 weeks: “Our update from yesterday (25 Nov, spot at 1.1200) still stands. As highlighted, while conditions remain oversold, the breach of 1.1200 has opened up the way for EUR to weaken to 1.1160. All in, EUR is expected to stay weak as long as it does not move above 1.1270 (no change in ‘strong resistance’ level from yesterday). Looking ahead, the next support level of note below 1.1160 is at 1.1100.”

     

  • 05:47

    USD/INR Price News: Indian rupee bears pierce key trend line, 200-SMA above 74.50

    • USD/INR takes the bids to refresh intraday high, rises the most in two weeks.
    • Clear upside break of six-week-old trend line, 200-SMA joins upbeat RSI to favor buyers.
    • 50% Fibonacci retracement will validate the run-up towards 75.00.

    USD/INR jumps the most in a week, refreshes intraday high to 74.70 during Friday’s European morning.

    The Indian rupee (INR) pair’s run-up could be linked to the successful break of a descending trend line from October 12 and 200-SMA. Given the absence of overbought RSI, the upside momentum has further room towards the north.

    However, 50% Fibonacci retracement (Fibo.) of October-November declines, around 74.75, acts as a validation point for the quote’s run-up towards the 75.00 threshold.

    Following that, a monthly high of 75.20 and an October 18 peak of 75.37 may entertain USD/INR bulls before directing them to the last month’s top near 75.65.

    On the contrary, a daily closing below the stated resistance-turned-support line of 74.58 will aim for the weekly support line near 74.45.

    It should be noted, however, that the USD/INR weakness past 74.45 will make it vulnerable to decline towards the 74.00 round figure, comprising the November 18 low.

    USD/INR: Four-hour chart

    Trend: Further upside expected

     

  • 05:22

    EUR/USD defends 1.1200 as yields drop on coronavirus woes, ECB’s Lagarde eyed

    • EUR/USD prints mild gains but struggles to lure bulls around 16-month low.
    • Germany’s virus-led death toll crosses 100,000 mark, fears of virus variant spread.
    • DXY tracks yields to the south as Fed rate hike odds dwindle amid covid resurgence.
    • ECB’s Lagarde, Panetta eyed for fresh impulse, US traders’ reaction after holiday and yields will be important.

    EUR/USD grinds higher during the most upbeat daily performance heading into Friday’s European session. The major currency pair seesaws around 1.1225, up 0.13% intraday, while cheering the downbeat yields despite covid woes in Europe.

    Germany marks a jump in the coronavirus led deaths to cross the 100,000 mark. Reuters said, “Another 351 people have died from coronavirus, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 100,119, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed. The number of new daily cases hit a new record of 75,961.” On the same line, Austria already announced local lockdowns due to the virus outbreak but French Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Thursday that they will not announce any new coronavirus-related lockdown or curfew, as reported by Reuters.

    On a broader front, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a special meeting to discuss the new version of the virus and any fears emanating from it to confirm its status as a “variant of concern.” The chatters over the virus version spotted from South Africa, with a formal name of B.1.1.529, grow stronger and weigh on the risk appetite as it is said to be immune to the vaccines.

    While portraying the mood, the US 10-year Treasury yields drop eight basis points (bps) to 1.565%, extending Wednesday’s pullback from the monthly peak whereas the S&P 500 Futures mark 1.0% downside at the latest. That said, the US Dollar Index (DXY) drops 0.08% to 96.70 at the latest.

    It’s worth noting that the virus woes weigh on the yield and reject the rate hike calls. However, the ECB policymakers haven’t been hawkish either, which in turn probes the EUR/USD bulls of late.

    The Governing Council members generally agreed that the “hump” in inflation will subside next year even as the supply bottlenecks will last longer than initially anticipated, per the latest Minute Statement of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) October meeting. Additionally, Chief Economist Philip Lane reiterated that he expects inflation to fall below target over the medium term.

    Moving on, speeches from ECB President Christine Lagarde and policymaker Fabio Panetta will offer intermediate direction but major attention will be paid to the covid updates and yields for clear direction.

    Technical analysis

    EUR/USD corrective pullback remains below the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement (Fibo.) of March 2020 to January 2021 upside, which in turn suggests the pair’s further declines. In addition to the stated key Fibonacci retracement level around 1.1295, a convergence of the 50% Fibo. and March 2020 high near 1.1500, as well as the 200-week SMA level of 1.1552, also challenge the buyers. On the contrary, lows marked during the late June 2020, surrounding 1.1170, question the sellers before the re-entry.

     

  • 05:11

    Turkish Deputy Finance Minister Nebati: Manipulative attacks will not have significant impact on lira

    “Turkey is determined to implement a low-interest-rate policy,” said the nation’s Deputy Finance Minister Nureddin Nebati during early Friday.

    The policymaker adds, “Rates should be decreased to combat supply-side inflation.”

    USD/TRY regains upside momentum

    Following the news, USD/TRY picks up bids to $12.15, up 1.35% on a day, while snapping the two-day pullback from the record top.

    It should be noted, however, that the covid woes weigh on the US Treasury yields and the US Dollar Index (DXY) to keep the USD/TRY bulls in check.

  • 05:00

    Singapore Industrial Production (MoM) came in at 2.4%, above forecasts (0%) in October

  • 05:00

    Singapore Industrial Production (YoY) above expectations (14.7%) in October: Actual (16.9%)

  • 04:49

    GBP/JPY: Bears dominate in full swing below 153.00 on Brexit, covid chatters

    • GBP/JPY remains pressured near two-week low after declining the most since last Friday.
    • French fishermen ready to bloc Tunnel over licence row, EU’s Šefčovič is in London to discuss NI border issues.
    • South African variant propels market’s rush to risk safety, Moody’s rating, Japan data adds strength to JPY.
    • Brexit, coronavirus headlines become the key for fresh impulse.

    GBP/JPY licks its wound around 152.70, after dropping the most in a week to refresh fortnight low with 152.47 ahead of Friday’s London open. The cross-currency pair witnessed the double-whammy attacks amid coronavirus fears and the Brexit woes while pleasing the bears.

    French fishermen are ready to block the Channel Tunnel and major ports on Friday to mark their disappointment from the British fishing licensing rules. The UK government has already urged the policymakers to not use illegal means but the same is less likely to stop the French outrage.

    On the positive side, the London visit of EU’s Brexit officer Maroš Šefčovič may please the British diplomats should the parties agree over the Northern Ireland (NI) border protocol that shows positive progress of late.

    It’s worth noting that the Bank of England (BOE) Governor Andrew Bailey’s rejection of inflation fears the previous day cuts the rate hike odds and weighs on the GBP/JPY prices as well.

    Alternatively, Japan’s recent unlock and Moody’s rating outlook joins firmer inflation data to help the yen gain more. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said, per Reuters, “If any new coronavirus variants are identified we will reconsider our border controls as needed.” “Stable outlook on Japan reflects moody's view that japan's fundamental economic and institutional strengths will support the recovery,” said the global rating agency Moody’s in its latest rating update.

    Talking about data, Japan’s Tokyo Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for November jumped to 0.5% versus 0.1% prior on a YoY basis while the CPI ex Fresh Food eased from 0.4% market forecast to 0.3%, compared to 0.1% prior. Further, the CPI ex Food, Energy matched -0.3% expectations on the yearly basis.

    Elsewhere, fears that the Fed’s rate hike will be delivered at the wrong time weigh on the market sentiment and underpin the US dollar’s safe-haven demand. That said, the covid-19 woes spread outside the initial fear-zone of Europe on concerns relating to the variant, with a formal name of B.1.1.529, which is linked to South Africa and is immune to the vaccines. For the same, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UKHSA have called for special meetings on Friday.

    While portraying the mood, the US 10-year Treasury yields drop eight basis points (bps) to 1.565%, extending Wednesday’s pullback from the monthly peak whereas the S&P 500 Futures mark 1.0% downside at the latest.

    Moving on, risk catalysts are likely to keep the driver’s seat amid a light calendar.

    Technical analysis

    200-DMA restricts short-term GBP/JPY downside around 152.50, a clear break of which becomes necessary for the bears to keep controls. Otherwise, a corrective pullback towards breaking the 20-DMA level near 153.80 can’t be ruled out.

     

  • 04:29

    NZD/USD Price Analysis: Drops further towards yearly low near 0.6800

    • NZD/USD prints six-day south-run to refresh the three-month low.
    • Clear break of 14-month-old support line directs bears to yearly low, September 2020 high.
    • Three-week-long resistance line resistance line adds to the upside filters.

    NZD/USD remains pressured around 0.6825 after dropping to the lowest since late August during early Friday. That said, the Kiwi pair registers 0.50% intraday loss while printing the six-day downtrend.

    Having conquered a 14-month-old support line, NZD/USD bears smashed 61.8% Fibonacci retracement (Fibo.) of September 2020 to February 2021 upside, which in turn suggests the quote’s further weakness towards the yearly bottom of 0.6805.

    Though, oversold RSI conditions may trigger a corrective pullback from the 0.6805 threshold, if not then the September 2020 peak of 0.6800 will act as an extra filter before directing the quote towards 78.6% Fibo. near 0.6715.

    Alternatively, 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level of 0.6875 and the previous support line near 0.6900 guards short-term NZD/USD upside.

    Following that, a confluence of the 50% Fibo. and short-term descending trend line, as well as the mid-November’s swing high, respectively around 0.6990 and 0.7085, will lure the pair buyers.

    Overall, NZD/USD bears keep reins but the 0.6805-6800 region appears a tough nut to crack for them.

    NZD/USD: Daily chart

    Trend: Further weakness expected

     

  • 04:20

    Moody's affirms Japan's A1 rating, maintains stable outlook

    “Stable outlook on Japan reflects moody's view that japan's fundamental economic and institutional strengths will support the recovery,” said the global rating agency Moody’s in its latest rating update on early Friday.

    In doing so, Moody’s keeps Japan’s A1 rating while also announcing a stable outlook.

    USD/JPY extends south-run below 115.00

    Given the coronavirus-led risk aversion in the full swing, coupled with fears of the Fed’s rate hike at the wrong time, USD/JPY drops below the 115.00 psychological level. That said, the yen pair is down 0.65% intraday around 114.65 by the press time.

    Read: USD/JPY bears smash 115.00 as yields extend pullback

  • 03:53

    Breaking: GBP/USD refreshes yearly low around 1.3300 on coronavirus, Brexit woes

    GBP/USD prints six-day downtrend to refresh 11-month low.

    Brexit war escalates between the UK and France, EU’s Šefčovič to visit London for further NI border talks.

    UK HSA announces technical meeting to brief over virus variant, fears of Fed rate hike at the wrong time add to the risk-off mood.

    Yields, Brexit and covid headlines are the key for fresh impulse.

  • 03:47

    USD/CHF roils five-day uptrend to drop towards 0.9300 on covid fears, Swiss GDP eyed

    • USD/CHF consolidates weekly gains, drops the most in six days.
    • Virus woes spread on concerns over South African variant, WHO calls for special meeting.
    • Fears of Fed’s rate hike at the wrong time adds to the risk-off mood.
    • Swiss Q3 GDP eyed for fresh impulse but risk catalysts are the key.

    USD/CHF stays pressured around intraday low after snapping the five-day advances during early Asian session on Friday. That said, the quote registers the most daily losses in over a week while posting 0.9330 as a quote, down 0.27% on a day.

    The risk barometer pair justifies the Swiss currency’s (CHF) safe-haven status on sour sentiment due to the coronavirus fears ahead of the key Swiss Q3 GDP data.

    The covid-19 woes spread outside the initial fear-zone of Europe on concerns relating to the variant, with a formal name of B.1.1.529, which is linked to South Africa and is immune to the vaccines. For the same, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a special meeting on Friday and may announce it as the variant of concern.

    Additionally weighing the risk appetite are the chatters that the Fed’s much-lauded monetary policy tightening will be at the wrong time.

    Amid these plays, the US 10-year Treasury yields drop eight basis points (bps) to 1.565%, extending Wednesday’s pullback from the monthly peak. Additionally portraying the risk aversion are the downbeat prints of the S&P 500 Futures, -0.80% intraday, as well as the Asia-Pacific stocks.

    While the virus updates are important for near-term USD/CHF moves, Q3 Swiss GDP will also direct the pair traders. Forecasts suggest the growth number will rise from 1.8% prior to 2.0% QoQ on a seasonally adjusted basis. However, the YoY print is likely easing from 7.7% to 3.2%.

    Other than that, the US traders’ return from the Thanksgiving Day holiday and the yields are also important to watch for clear direction.

    Technical analysis

    A clear downside break of a 12-day-old ascending trend line directs USD/CHF bears to 10-DMA level surrounding the 0.9300 threshold.

     

  • 03:14

    Coronavirus update: WHO calls special meeting to discuss variant

    Having witnessed a sluggish day due to the US Thanksgiving Day holiday, market players struggle with a risk-off mood during Friday as the coronavirus concerns weigh on the sentiment.

    Among the key catalysts were the chatters over the virus version, with a formal name of B.1.1.529, which is linked to South Africa and is immune to the vaccines.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a special meeting to discuss the new version of the virus and any fears emanating from it to confirm its status as a “variant of concern.” Scientists said, per Reuters, “The variant, detected in South Africa, may be able to evade immune responses. British authorities think it is the most significant variant to date, worry it could resist vaccines and have hurried to impose travel restrictions on South Africa.”

    It’s worth noting that the news of finding two cases of the new virus variant in parts of Southern Africa, from two travelers arriving in Hong Kong, also weighs on the sentiment.

    Elsewhere, Germany marks a jump in the coronavirus led deaths to cross the 100,000 mark. Reuters said, “Another 351 people have died from coronavirus, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 100,119, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed. The number of new daily cases hit a new record of 75,961.”

    Austria already announced local lockdowns due to the virus outbreak while French Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Thursday that they will not announce any new coronavirus-related lockdown or curfew, as reported by Reuters.

    On a different page, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno showed concerns over the virus variant and said, “If any new coronavirus variants are identified we will reconsider our border controls as needed.”

    Furthermore, Australia’s daily covid cases rise to the highest levels since October 29, per ABC News.

    It should be noted that the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) calls for a technical briefing to discuss the variant, which in turn becomes important and weigh on the market sentiment as well.

    Read: Yields drop the most in a week, S&P 500 Futures down too amid risk-off mood

  • 02:52

    WTI Price Analysis: Pullback from 100-EMA eyes weekly support line at $76.00

    • WTI takes offers to refresh intraday low, prints the biggest daily losses in a week.
    • Descending RSI line, failures to cross 100-EMA favor sellers.
    • Break of $76.00 will confirm bearish chart pattern signaling further declines to $71.50.

    WTI stands on slippery ground, down over 2.0% near $76.40 during early Friday. In doing so, the black gold drops the most in a week amid the three-day downtrend.

    A one-week-old ascending triangle bearish formation portrays the commodity’s latest weakness, coupled with a downward sloping RSI line.

    The quote currently drops towards the pattern’s support line near $76.00, a break of which confirms the theoretical fall towards the $71.50 level.

    However, the recent low near $74.60 and July’s top of $74.20, followed by September’s high near $73.10, will act as intermediate halts during the south-run.

    Meanwhile, the corrective pullback will eye for the 100-EMA level of $78.70 before directing the quote towards the stated triangle’s resistance surrounding the $79.00-20 area.

    In a case where the WTI crude oil rises past $79.20, bulls will aim for the November 11 top near $81.10 before challenging the November 09 peak of $83.60.

    Overall, WTI prices are likely to remain weak but a clear break of the stated triangle becomes necessary for the bears to keep reins.

    WTI: Four-hour chart

    Trend: Further weakness expected

     

  • 02:35

    USD/CAD snaps three-day fall to poke 1.2700 on sour sentiment, weak oil prices

    • USD/CAD takes the bids to refresh intraday top, rises the most since Monday.
    • Virus woes spread outside Eurozone amid fears of a new variant, light calendar, heavy yields also propel the pair.
    • Oil prices drop as SPR releases join fears of softer demand due to COVID-19.
    • No major data/events on calendar but risk catalysts are the key to follow for fresh impulse.

    USD/CAD refreshes intraday high to 1.2693 to mark the first positive day in the last four with 0.36% daily gains by the press time of early Friday. In doing so, the Loonie pair takes clues from the US dollar’s strength and the downbeat prices of Canada’s main export item, namely WTI crude oil.

    In addition to a jump in the virus cases inside Eurozone, fears of a rigorous virus variant that is immune to the vaccines and spreads faster also weigh on the market sentiment, which in turn underpin the US dollar’s safe-haven demand.

    While the risk-off mood weighs on the commodities and takes oil with it, plans of the SPR (Strategic Petroleum Reserves) releases from the US, China, Japan and India seem to exert additional downside pressure on the WTI crude oil prices, down 2.11% intraday around $76.40 at the latest.

    Poland, Germany and France struggle to defend their “no national lockdown” concerns whereas chatters of a faster spreading virus variant add to the risk-off mood. “Germany crossed the threshold of 100,000 COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday with a surge in infections posing a challenge for the new government,” said Reuters.

    The word also spreads that the recently found version of the coronavirus, with a formal name of B.1.1.529, is linked to South Africa and is immune to the vaccines. For the same, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a special meeting on Friday and may announce it as the variant of concern.

    Amid these plays, the US 10-year Treasury yields drop six basis points (bps) to 1.583%, extending Wednesday’s pullback from the monthly peak. Additionally portraying the risk aversion are the downbeat prints of the S&P 500 Futures, -0.80% intraday, as well as the Asia-Pacific stocks.

    As virus woes are in the driver’s seat, COVID-19 updates will be the key for USD/CAD prices, not to forget the US traders’ reaction to the change in risk appetite amid a light calendar.

    Technical analysis

    A clear upside break of the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement (Fibo.) of August-October downside, near 1.2700, becomes necessary for the USD/CAD bulls to retake controls.

     

  • 02:30

    Commodities. Daily history for Thursday, November 25, 2021

    Raw materials Closed Change, %
    Brent 81.54 -0.12
    Silver 23.551 0.11
    Gold 1788.478 0.03
    Palladium 1860.66 0.63
  • 02:18

    Japan’s Matsuno: If any new coronavirus variants identified, we will reconsider border controls

    “If any new coronavirus variants are identified we will reconsider our border controls as needed,” said Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno per Reuters.

    The policymaker adds, “New covid variety that has yet to be discovered in Japan.”

    Market reaction

    The news adds strength to the virus-led risk-off mood in the markets and weighs on the US stock futures, as well as Treasury yields. It’s worth noting that the fears of the virus variant spreads outside Eurozone of late amid chatters that the new version, with a formal name of B.1.1.529, is linked to South Africa and is immune to the vaccines.

    Read: Yields drop the most in a week, S&P 500 Futures down too amid risk-off mood

  • 01:53

    Breaking: AUD/USD breaks Sep critical daily lows, 0.7106 eyed

    AUD/USD is moving in a strong downtrend and extending lows as the bottom falls out of the market, breaking the Sep daily support along the way. 

    AUD/USD 15-min chart

    The 15-min gap is something that traders may wish to consider fading at this juncture as the price would be expected to retest the prior support that would be expected to act as resistance. 

    AUD/USD daily chart

    The bears will be eyeing the 0.7106 August lows at this juncture but countertrend traders will be waiting to pounce as well:

    The bulls will note the 61.8% golden ratio that is now aliged with the presumed resistance structure and 23rd November lows near 0.7206.

  • 01:42

    US Dollar Index Price Analysis: DXY sellers need validation from 96.65

    • US Dollar Index bounces off intraday low, grinds higher around 16-month top.
    • 20-SMA, 13-day-old support line restricts immediate downside.
    • Bearish MACD signals, Doji at multi-day top keep sellers hopeful.

    US Dollar Index (DXY) pares intraday losses around the highest levels since July 2020, bouncing off daily lows to 96.72 by the press time of early Friday.

    The greenback’s corrective pullback from intraday low seems to have limited life considering the bearish MACD signals and the DXY’s ability to rise past 96.94, as portrayed by the Doji candle at the 16-month top.

    Given the trend-reversal suggesting candle and MACD signals, the US Dollar Index bears remain hopeful. However, a clear downside break of the 20-SMA and an ascending support line from November 09, near 96.65, becomes necessary for the seller’s entry.

    Following that, November 17 swing high near 96.25 can offer an intermediate halt during the fall targeting the 96.00 round figure.

     In a case where greenback sellers dominate past 96.00, November 11 low of 95.51 and 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the monthly run-up, near 95.00 will be in focus.

    Alternatively, recovery moves may initially aim for the 97.00 threshold before directing the DXY bulls towards June 2020 high close to 97.80.

    DXY: Four-hour chart

    Trend: Pullback expected

     

  • 01:42

    AUD/NZD Price Analysis: Bulls could be denied as AUD/USD breaks daily lows

    • The bulls have tried to step in at a critical level of support.
    • AUD/NZD could be pressured here, taking into account AUD/USD. 

    AUD/NZD has tried to move lower and AUD/USD has continued lower as follows:

    The move is strong and there appears to be no catalyst although USDCNH is on the move higher today. Nevertheless, there is room for more downside in AUD/USD towards the daily lows. This should weigh on the cross and a break of the dynamic support would be expected to result in a downside correction:

    AUD/NZD H1 chart

  • 01:30

    Schedule for today, Friday, November 26, 2021

    Time Country Event Period Previous value Forecast
    00:30 (GMT) Australia Retail Sales, M/M October 1.3% 2.5%
    07:45 (GMT) France Consumer confidence November 99 98
    08:00 (GMT) Switzerland Gross Domestic Product (YoY) Quarter III 7.7% 3.2%
    08:00 (GMT) Switzerland Gross Domestic Product (QoQ) Quarter III 1.8% 2%
    08:00 (GMT) Eurozone ECB President Lagarde Speaks    
    09:00 (GMT) Eurozone Private Loans, Y/Y October 4.1%  
    09:00 (GMT) Eurozone M3 money supply, adjusted y/y October 7.4% 7.4%
  • 01:27

    Yields drop the most in a week, S&P 500 Futures down too amid risk-off mood

    • US 10-year Treasury yields extend Wednesday’s pullback from monthly peak.
    • S&P 500 Futures, Asia-Pacific stocks are down too.
    • Virus woes escalate amid fears of fresh variant that spreads faster, resist vaccines.
    • Fed rate hike concerns, China headlines and covid updates may entertain traders during a short-trading day to end the week.

    Having witnessed sluggish trading on the Thanksgiving Day holiday, market sentiment sours during early Friday, taking down the US Treasury yields and stock futures at the latest.

    That said, the US 10-year Treasury yields drop 5.5 basis points (bps) to 1.589%, extending Wednesday’s pullback from the monthly peak. Additionally portraying the risk aversion are the downbeat prints of the S&P 500 Futures, -0.40% intraday, as well as the Asia-Pacific stocks.

    While fading the Fed-led boost to the monthly high, the Treasury yields seem to fear from the latest COVID-19 headlines that drive the market’s rush to risk safety. Also challenging the yields could be a lack of directives after Wednesday’s mixed US data and soft PMIs.

    Poland, Germany and France struggle to defend their “no national lockdown” concerns whereas chatters of a faster spreading virus variant add to the risk-off mood. The word also spreads that the recently found version of the coronavirus, with a formal name of B.1.1.529, is linked to South Africa and is immune to the vaccines.

    Other than the COVID-19 woes and fears that the Fed will hike the benchmark rate at the wrong time, the Sino-American tussles also weigh on the market sentiment amid a light calendar day. the US-China tension gradually escalates following the virtual meeting between US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. While China’s inability to perform the phase one deal terms sparked initial fears of another round of the US-China tussles, issues relating to Vietnam and Taiwan recently added fuel to the fire. The US invites Taiwan to one of its home events and keeps its warships moving in the troubled water surrounding the Asian nation, which in turn hints at political jitters with Beijing.

    Furthermore, China’s struggling firms like Evergrande and Kaisa also challenge the risk appetite.

    Looking forward, a lack of major data/events can push the traders to extend the latest risk-off mood amid virus fears. Also important are the headlines relating to the US-China relations and the Fed moves. It’s worth noting that the US markets will close early on Friday.

  • 01:23

    USD/CNY fix: 6.3936 vs the previous fix of 6.3980

    In recent trade today, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) set the yuan (CNY) at 6.3936 vs the previous fix of 6.3980 and the prior close of 6.3863.

    About the fix

    China maintains strict control of the yuan’s rate on the mainland.

    The onshore yuan (CNY) differs from the offshore one (CNH) in trading restrictions, this last one is not as tightly controlled.

    Each morning, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) sets a so-called daily midpoint fix, based on the yuan’s previous day closing level and quotations taken from the inter-bank dealer.

  • 01:08

    AUD/JPY Price Analysis: Teases key Fibonacci support on upbeat Australia Retail Sales

    • AUD/JPY bounces off weekly low but fails to stay firmer.
    • Australia Retail Sales jumps the most in 2021 during October.
    • Failures to cross 50-SMA, descending Momentum line keep bears hopeful.
    • 78.6% Fibonacci retracement of bear’s radar, bulls need validation from three-week-old horizontal area.

    AUD/JPY struggles to overcome weekly low, despite the firmer Aussie Retail Sales data favoring the quote’s rebound during early Friday. The cross-currency pair picks up bids to 82.42 at the latest, printing a three-day low with 0.60% daily loss.

    Australia Retail Sales not only crossed 2.5% market consensus and 1.3% prior reading but also marked the heaviest increase in October to jump with a 4.5% YoY print.

    Even so, the AUD/JPY remains pressured around the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement (Fibo.) level of October’s upside amid the downbeat Momentum line.

    The corrective pullback remains elusive until crossing 83.10 resistance confluence including the 50% Fibo. and 50-SMA.

    Also acting as an upside filter is the horizontal area comprising multiple highs marked since November 08 around 84.15-20.

    Meanwhile, a clear downside past 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level of 82.30 will direct the quote towards 78.6% Fibo. near 81.25.

    While the 82.00 threshold may act as a buffer during the fall, the last month’s bottom of 79.90 will be crucial to watch past 81.25.

    AUD/JPY: Four-hour chart

    Trend: Further weakness expected

     

  • 00:44

    AUD/USD pauses at three-month low under 0.7200 on strong Aussie Retail Sales

    • AUD/USD stays pressured at the lowest levels since August, recently bouncing off intraday low.
    • Preliminary reading of Australia Retail Sales jumped past 2.5% forecast, 1.3% prior in October.
    • Virus woes, Fed rate hike concerns weigh on market sentiment.
    • US open, risk catalysts will be in the spotlight amid a light calendar.

    AUD/USD bounces off intraday low, also the lowest levels since August 23, as strong Australia Retail Sales figures battle risk-off mood during early Friday. That said, the Aussie pair picks up bids near 0.7175 to consolidate intraday loss of 0.20% by the press time.

    Australia Retail Sales crossed 2.5% market consensus and 1.3% prior reading in October to jump with a 4.5% YoY print.

    Read: Aussie Retail Sales big beat fends off the bears in AUD/USD

    As the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has already shown its intent to “wait and watch” before announcing the rate hike details, the AUD/USD traders are less impressed with the data despite showing an immediate bounce from a multi-day low. The reason could be linked to the sour sentiment that weighs on the quote due to the pair’s risk barometer status.

    That said, the risk-off mood could be linked to the fresh coronavirus woes, mainly emanating from the Eurozone, as well as escalating fears of a Fed rate hike at the wrong time. At home, Australia’s daily covid cases rise to the highest levels since October 29, per ABC News.

    While Poland, Germany and France struggle to defend their “no national lockdown” concerns, chatters of a faster spreading virus variant add to the risk-off mood.

    On the other hand, the latest FOMC Minutes and the Fedspeak have been hawkish enough to keep the Fed rate hike concerns on the table. Also, challenging the sentiment is the 30-year high print of the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, namely the Core PCE Price Index for October.

    Against this backdrop, the US 10-year Treasury yields drop 5.5 basis points (bps) to 1.589%, extending Wednesday’s pullback from monthly peak after a day off due to the US Thanksgiving Day holiday. Additionally portraying the risk aversion are the downbeat prints of the S&P 500 Futures and Australia’s benchmark equity index, ASX 200.

    Having witnessed initial reaction to the Aussie data, AUD/USD traders may rely on the qualitative factors to determine near-term market moves. Among them, Fed, coronavirus and US-China chatters will gain major attention.

    Technical analysis

    Given the sustained trading below a three-month-old support line, now resistance around 0.7260, as well as downbeat MACD signals and a bear cross of the 20-DMA to 100-DMA, AUD/USD sellers remain hopeful to test the yearly bottom of 0.7105. However, oversold RSI conditions may challenge the sellers around an ascending support line from November 2020, around 0.7145. Meanwhile, corrective pullback remains elusive below the previous support line from August 20, near 0.7260.

     

  • 00:41

    Aussie Retail Sales big beat fends off the bears in AUD/USD

    Australia October Retail Sales arrived at +4.9% vs the 2.5% expected for the month which is a big beat. Xmas shoppers and the covid related pent-up demand is a likely contributing factor with the nation easing out of lockdown. 

    AUD/USD corrects post Retail Sales

    AUD/USD is trying to establish a base following a sharp drop earlier in the session. From an hour perspective, the price fall following a steady decelerating drift to the upside with a perfect touch of the 61.8% ratio:

    From a daily perspective, the price could be due for a significant correction from daily lows and back into test the 0.7200 area:

    Why do Retail Sales matter to traders?

    The primary gauge of Australia’s consumer spending, the Retail Sales, is released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) about 35 days after the month ends. It accounts for approximately 80% of total retail turnover in the country and, therefore, has a significant bearing on inflation and GDP.

    This leading indicator has a direct correlation with inflation and the growth prospects, impacting the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) interest rates decision and AUD valuation. The stats bureau uses the forward factor method, ensuring that the seasonal factors are not distorted by COVID-19 impacts.

  • 00:30

    Australia Retail Sales s.a. (MoM) above forecasts (2.5%) in October: Actual (4.9%)

  • 00:28

    Gold Price Analysis: Bulls line up for a correction in the greenback

    • Gold is consolidating following a heady fall on the back of US strength.
    • The greenback is drifting and lacks momentum, so eyes scan the forex board for clues.
    • EUR/USD is meeting a critical level of support which could lead to a meanwhile bullish correction. 

    Gold was little changed, with markets in the US closed for Thanksgiving but remains heavy following the renomination of Jerome Powell as a hawkish move. At the time of writing, the yellow metal is trading up 0.20% vs the greenback which appears to be consolidating.

    The downtrend is well established due to the US dollar's strength whereby the greenback reached a fresh cycle high this week. The Federal Reserve is priced for a faster pace of tapering whereas the European Central Bank remains dovish, supporting the greenback due to the divergence. ECB minutes on Thursday showed inflation is still expected to fall back below 2% in the medium term. December will be an important month in this regard due to the US Consumer Price Index and the central bank meetings. 

    The Fed minutes yesterday could be more impactful when full markets return next week, but they were leaning towards a faster pace of tapering and a rate hike coming sooner. Next Saturday, the Fed blackout period will start, so if there are any speakers next week, what they say will be crucial for the greenback before Nonfarm Payrolls on Friday and US CPI later in the month as the other key events. 

    Market pricing the Fed too hawkish?

    Meanwhile, analysts at TD Securities said that'' gold's broadly range-bound trading range has subjected trend followers to numerous whipsaws, oftentimes catalyzing buying flows near the range's highs, and selling flows near the range's lows.''

    ''In this sense, we still don't see a catalyst for the yellow metal to breakout of the trading range, given TD Securities' forecast of slowing growth and inflation next year which suggests that market pricing for Fed hikes may ultimately prove too hawkish.''

    ''Interestingly, the recently added Shanghai gold length has remained resilient to the technical failure, but Shanghai silver traders have continued to add to their shorts, reflecting our view of a more vulnerable fundamental outlook for the white metal despite the resiliency thus far observed in price action,'' the analysts added.

    Gold technical analysis

    The bears are in charge, but there appears to be consolidation taking form and there could be a test of the upside between now and the next critical events surrounding the Fed. Additionally, EUR/USD, (euro is the largest component of the DXY index) has fallen towards a retest the monthly counter-trendline. If this holds, then the dollar could be in for a significant correction which would be expected to support gold prices. Still, there is room to go until the trendline is met. However, the horizontal support could lead to a meanwhile correction in EUR/USD.

  • 00:17

    USD/JPY bears smash 115.00 as yields extend pullback

    • USD/JPY extends the previous day’s U-turn from multi-month top.
    • Yields remain on the back foot after reversing from monthly high.
    • Japanese PM Kishida eyes 3% wage hike, Tokyo inflation data came in mixed for November.
    • US open, risk catalysts will be in the driver’s seat.

    USD/JPY remains on the back foot for the second consecutive day after rising to the highest levels since January 2017. That said, the yen pair takes offers around 114.90 to refresh the intraday low during the initial hour of Tokyo open on Friday.

    The quote’s latest weakness could be linked to the US Treasury yields that re-start trading, after the Thanksgiving Day holiday, with the same bearish bias portrayed on Wednesday. The benchmark 10-year Treasury yields drop 5.5 basis points to 1.589% by the press time.

    The fresh coronavirus woes, mainly emanating from the Eurozone, join the fears of the Fed rate hike to weigh on the market sentiment of late. While Poland, Germany and France struggle to defend their “no national lockdown” concerns, chatters of a faster spreading virus variant add to the risk-off mood.

    Elsewhere, the latest FOMC Minutes and the Fedspeak have been hawkish enough to keep the rate hike concerns alive. On the same line was the 30-year high print of the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, namely Core PCE Price Index for October.

    At home, Japan’s Tokyo Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for November jumped to 0.5% versus 0.1% prior on a YoY basis while the CPI ex Fresh Food eased from 0.4% market forecast to 0.3%, compared to 0.1% prior. Further, the CPI ex Food, Energy matched -0.3% expectations on the yearly basis.

    Other than the mixed inflation data, chatters that Japanese PM Fumio Kishida is up for pushing a 3.0% wage hike this spring, per Kyodo News, adds strength to the Japanese yen (JPY).

    Amid these plays, Japan’s Nikkei drops 1.5% and the S&P 500 Futures mark 0.35% intraday loss at the latest.

    Moving on, a lack of major data/events may challenge the USD/JPY traders but further consolidation of the weekly gains can’t be ruled out amid the sour sentiment.

    Technical analysis

    The resistance-turned-support line from October 20 restricts immediate USD/JPY declines around the 115.00 threshold, a break of which will need validation from 114.50-45 area comprising multiple levels marked in the last six weeks to recall the bears. Alternatively, the recent high near 115.50 and late January 2017 peak of 115.62 can test short-term buyers.

     

  • 00:15

    Currencies. Daily history for Thursday, November 25, 2021

    Pare Closed Change, %
    AUDUSD 0.71861 -0.11
    EURJPY 129.238 0.05
    EURUSD 1.12049 0.08
    GBPJPY 153.617 -0.09
    GBPUSD 1.33156 -0.05
    NZDUSD 0.68491 -0.34
    USDCAD 1.26454 -0.08
    USDCHF 0.9356 0.2
    USDJPY 115.322 -0.04
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A Teletrade-DJ International Consulting Ltd presta actualmente os seus serviços numa base transfronteiriça, nos Estados do EEE (excepto na Bélgica) ao abrigo do regime de passaporte MiFID, e em determinados países terceiros . A TeleTrade não fornece os seus serviços para residentes ou nacionais dos EUA.

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