Tuesday 15 November 2022

 EURJPY Price Analysis: Next on the upside emerges 147.00

  • EURJPY adds to Monday’s uptick and surpasses 145.00.
  • The recovery faces the next hurdle at the 147.00 zone.

EURJPY extends the auspicious start of the week and reclaims the area above the 145.00 barrier on Tuesday.

If the corrective bounce gathers extra steam, then the cross should face initial resistance at the so far November high at 147.11 (November 9). The surpass of this level could open the door to a more meaningful move to the 2022 peak at 148.40 (October 21).

In the longer run, while above the key 200-day SMA at 138.21, the constructive outlook is expected to remain unchanged.


Monday 14 November 2022

Silver Price Analysis: XAGUSD holds steady above mid-$21.00s, around 200 DMA pivotal point

  • Silver reverses an intraday dip to the $21.30 area, though lacks follow-through buying.
  • Repeated failures to capitalize on the move beyond 200 DMA warrants caution for bulls.
  • A convincing break below the $21.00 mark will shift the bias in favour of bearish traders.

Silver attracts some dip-buying near the $21.30 region on Monday and hits a fresh daily peak during the first half of the European session. The white metal is currently placed around the $21.65-$21.70 area, though remains below a five-month high touched on Friday.

Looking at the broader picture, the XAGUSD, so far, has been struggling to capitalize on its positive move beyond the very important 200-day SMA. This makes it prudent to wait for some follow-through buying before positioning for any further near-term appreciating move.

From current levels, the multi-month high, around the $22.05 region, could act as an immediate hurdle. The next relevant resistance is pegged near the $22.45-$22.50 supply zone, which if cleared will be seen as a fresh trigger for bulls and pave the way for additional gains.

The XAGUSD might then accelerate the momentum towards the $23.00 mark and eventually climb to the May swing high, around the $23.25-$23.30 area. Given that RSI on the daily chart is on the verge of breaking into the overbought zone, the latter should act as a tough nut to crack for bulls.

On the flip side, the daily low, around the $21.35 region, now seems to protect the immediate downside. Any further pullback could be seen as a buying opportunity and remain limited near the $21.00 mark, which should now act as a pivotal point for short-term traders.

A convincing break below could trigger some technical selling and drag the XAGUSD to the $20.40 support zone. Failure to defend the said support levels might negate the near-term positive outlook and shift the bias in favour of bearish traders.


Friday 11 November 2022

GBPUSD set to test the August 26 high near 1.19 – BBH

GBPUSD edges higher and is currently trading around the mid-1.1700s. Economists at BBH expect Cable to test the August 26 high near 1.19.

Monthly UK data dump began

“Cable broke above its September 13 high near 1.1740 and sets up a test of the August 26 high near 1.19.”

“Q3 growth came in at -0.2% QoQ vs. -0.5% expected and 0.2% in Q2, which translated into a YoY rate of 2.4% vs. 2.1% expected and 4.4% in Q2. This is just the beginning, as the BoE has warned that the recession had already started and would likely last two years. Of note, strong government spending, GFCF, and net exports all boosted the overall number and those components are likely to be large drags in Q4 and beyond.”


Thursday 10 November 2022

EURUSD looks somewhat fragile again

EURUSD slides below parity. The Euro looks vulnerable again, in the view of economists at Scotiabank.

Euro stocks may support

“Ironically, the recent gains in spot have perhaps been getting some support from relatively better equity market returns in Europe versus North America which has seen better relative investor interest in FX unhedged European equity ETFs, data suggests. Investors want exposure to European stocks and the (cheap looking) EUR, in other words.” 

“Intraday patterns – very tentatively –  suggest some better EUR demand is emerging in the mid-0.99s but the failure to press higher after a strong advance from last week's low leaves the EUR looking somewhat fragile again.” 

“Support is 0.9890/00. Resistance is 1.0040/50.”


Wednesday 9 November 2022

USD Index Price Analysis: Losses expected to accelerate below 109.00

  • DXY regains some poised following three daily pullbacks.
  • The 9-month support line appears around 109.00.

DXY picks up some buying interest and briefly tests the area just beyond 110.00 the figure on Wednesday.

Further weakness in the dollar should not be ruled out despite the current bullish attempt. That said, the loss of the 9-month support near 109.00 carries the potential to magnify the decline and open the taps to extra retracement in the near term.

In the longer run, DXY is expected to maintain its constructive stance while above the 200-day SMA at 104.66.


Tuesday 8 November 2022

GBPUSD eases from multi-day high, still well bid below mid-1.1400s amid softer USD

  • GBPUSD gains traction for the second successive day amid sustained USD selling.
  • Hopes for less aggressive Fed rate hikes, the risk-on impulse weighs on the buck.
  • The BoE's gloomy outlook might act as a headwind for the Sterling and cap gains.

The GBPUSD pair attracts some buying following an early dip to the 1.1290 area on Monday and is building on the previous session's goodish rebound from a two-week low. This marks the second successive day of a positive move and lifts spot prices to the 1.1475 region, or a three-day high during the mid-European session.

The US Dollar adds to the post-NFP heavy losses and drops to over a one-week low, which, in turn, is seen as a key factor pushing the GBPUSD pair higher. The mixed results from Friday's release of the US jobs report fueled speculations that the Federal Reserve might slow the pace of its policy tightening. This, along with a generally positive tone around the equity markets, continues to weigh on the safe-haven greenback.

That said, worries about the headwinds stemming from China's commitment to maintaining its economically disruptive zero-COVID policy might keep a lid on the optimism. Moreover, the markets are still pricing in the possibility of at least a 50 bps Fed rate hike move in December. This remains supportive of elevated US Treasury bond yields, which should act as a tailwind for the buck and cap the upside for the GBPUSD pair.

Apart from this, the Bank of England's dovish rate hike last week warrants some caution for aggressive bullish traders. It is worth recalling that the UK central bank raised interest rates by 75 bps - its most forceful act to tame inflation since 1989 - but indicated a lower terminal peak than is currently priced into markets. Moreover, the BoE said that it expects a recession to last for all of 2023 and the first half of 2024.

This, in turn, suggests that any subsequent move up might still be seen as a selling opportunity and runs the risk of fizzling out rather quickly. There isn't any major market-moving economic data due for release on Monday. Hence, the US bond yields, along with the broader market risk sentiment, will play a key role in influencing the USD price dynamics and produce short-term trading opportunities around the GBPUSD pair.


Friday 4 November 2022

Gold Price Forecast: XAUUSD unlikely to move much further from the lows

Gold climbed toward $1,650 despite the hawkish Fed tone. However, the recovery is set to stall, strategists at Commerzbank report.

Gold under pressure following the hawkish remarks made by the Fed chair

“Fed Chair Jay Powell stressed that the speed of rate hikes was not so important anymore and that the key question was the level at which interest rates would finally peak. And this, Fed members now believe, looks set to be higher than they had assumed in September.”

“The Fed’s goal is to bring real interest rates into positive territory. This means that the key rate will remain at a high level until such time as the rate of inflation has fallen below it.”

“Generally speaking, the FOMC meeting turned out to be more hawkish than expected, which was then reflected in higher interest rate expectations and a firmer dollar and ultimately caused the Gold price to fall. Shortly before hitting its yearly low, Gold did a U-turn and began climbing again, though today’s US labour market report could put the brakes on its recovery again.”


Thursday 3 November 2022

Stronger USD heading into year-end amid higher terminal rate expectations – MUFG

The US Dollar has continued to trade at stronger levels after the Fed dashed hopes again for a dovish policy pivot. Higher terminal rate expectations for Fed's hiking cycle are set to continue strengthening the greenback into year-end, economists at MUFG Bank report.

The Fed is shifting to plans for a slower but more extended hiking cycle

“The US rate market is now pricing in 62 bps of hikes at the December FOMC meeting as it weighs up whether the Fed will deliver one final 75 bps hike or step down to a 50 bps hike.” 

“The updated policy statement added as well that the Fed would take into account ‘the cumulative tightening of monetary policy, the lags with which monetary policy affects economic activity and inflation, and economic and financial developments’.”

“The comments signal that the Fed is shifting to plans for a slower but more extended hiking cycle. The increase in market expectations for the Fed’s terminal policy rate support our outlook for an even stronger US dollar heading into year-end.” 


Bailey speech: Bank rate may have to go up further

 Bank of England (BoE) Governor Andrew Bailey is delivering his remarks on the policy outlook and responding to questions from the press following the bank's decision to hike the policy rate by 75 basis points to 3%.

Key takeaways

"If we do not act forcefully now, it will be tougher later."

"Bank rate may have to go up further."

"We think bank rate will have to up by less than priced in markets."

"We are increasing bank rate because inflation is too high."

"Low and stable inflation is the bedrock of a stable economy."

About Andrew Bailey (via bankofengland.co.uk)

"Andrew Bailey previously held the role of Deputy Governor, Prudential Regulation and CEO of the PRA from 1 April 2013. While retaining his role as Executive Director of the Bank, Andrew joined the Financial Services Authority in April 2011 as Deputy Head of the Prudential Business Unit and Director of UK Banks and Building Societies. In July 2012, Andrew became Managing Director of the Prudential Business Unit, with responsibility for the prudential supervision of banks, investment banks and insurance companies. Andrew was appointed as a voting member of the interim Financial Policy Committee at its June 2012 meeting."

Wednesday 2 November 2022

GBP/USD could test 1.1300 on a dovish BoE – ING

GBP/USD continues to fluctuate at around 1.15. But a USD-positive FOMC and a dovish surprise by the Bank of England (BoE) could drag cable down to 1.13, economists at ING report.

EUR/GBP may climb back into the 0.8650-0.8700 area

“We continue to highlight the risk of a dovish surprise (50 bps hike) by the BoE tomorrow. The combination of a USD-positive FOMC and a GBP-negative BoE means cable could test 1.1300 by the end of the week.”

“EUR/GBP may climb back into the 0.8650-0.8700 area in the coming days.”


US: ADP Employment Change rises 239K in October vs. 193K expected

 The data published by Automatic Data Processing (ADP) showed on Wednesday that private sector employment in the US rose by 239,000 in October. This reading came in better than the market expectation of 193,000. September print of 208,000 got revised down to 192,000. 

Developing story...

Market reaction

The US Dollar Index showed no immediate reaction to this data and was last seen losing 0.22% on the day at 111.30.

Tuesday 1 November 2022

USD Index Price Analysis: Upside target remains at 114.00

  • DXY comes under pressure soon after hitting daily highs near 111.60.
  • Next on the upside still emerges the 114.00 region.

DXY reverses three consecutive daily advances and slips back below the 110.00 mark on turnaround Tuesday.

Despite the ongoing corrective downside, the near-term bullish stance in the dollar remains unchanged and with the immediate target at the 114.00 area ahead of the 2022 high at 114.78 (September 28).

The near-term upside bias is expected to hold while above the 8-month support line near 108.60. The proximity of the 100-day SMA also reinforces this area of contention.

In the longer run, DXY is expected to maintain its constructive stance while above the 200-day SMA at 104.22.


Silver Price Analysis: XAG/USD sees vulnerable, sustained weakness below $19.00 awaited

  • Silver shows some resilience below the $19.00 mark and reverses the early dip to a multi-day low.
  • The technical set-up still favours bearish traders and supports prospects for further near-term fall.
  • A sustained strength beyond the $20.00 psychological mark is needed to negate the negative bias.

Silver reverses an intraday dip to sub-$19.00 levels, or a multi-day low and climbs to the top end of its daily trading range heading into the North American session. The XAG/USD pair is currently hovering around the $19.15-$19.20 region, still down over 0.20% for the day.

From a technical perspective, any subsequent move-up is likely to face resistance near the $19.30-$19.40 confluence support breakpoint. The said area comprises the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level of the sharp downfall from the monthly peak and the 100-hour SMA, which should now act as a pivotal point for intraday traders.

A sustained strength beyond might trigger a short-covering move and allow the XAG/USD to reclaim the $20.00 psychological mark. The positive momentum could get extended towards an intermediate hurdle near the $20.50 area, above which bulls could target the $21.00 mark en route to the monthly peak, around the $21.25 region.

On the flip side, the $18.95-$18.90 zone coincides with the 23.6% Fibo. level. A convincing break below will be seen as a fresh trigger for bearish traders and expose the $18.00 mark, with some intermediate support near the $18.30-$18.25 region. The XAG/USD could eventually drop further to challenge the YTD low, around the $17.55 area.


Malaysia: BNM could pause its hiking cycle in November – UOB

 Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) could make an impasse in its tightening cycle at the November 3 event, suggests Lee Sue Ann, an Economist at UOB Group.

Key Quotes

“Given that inflation expectations are anchored to official targets and risks to the domestic growth outlook are tilting to the downside, we believe BNM will tread more cautiously”.

“We expect BNM to take an intermittent pause to assess the effect of its cumulative 75bps rate hikes to date, domestic policy outcomes, as well as higher external risks and weaker global outlook. As such, we expect the OPR to be left unchanged at 2.50% at the coming Nov meeting”.

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