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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 - Market Commentary
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: EUR/USD is weaker having traded to the top of its recent range and come near the top of the long term down trend dating from its June 2011 high up at 1.48 . We expect this to be a heavy resistance zone and we may see some choppy moves around this 1.3250 – 1.3350 range. Relative interest rates have provided for recent strength in EUR, and are likely to provide for further support ahead of next week’s FOMC given the focus on the Fed’s forward guidance thresholds. The ECB meeting two days later on August 1st will be a key focus as market participants look to Draghi for his reaction to both the improving outlook for Europe (PMI’s) and the implications of the recent strengthening in Euro.
We expect a range today of 1.3240 to 1.3290
Charts : EUR/USD USD/EUR
: GBP/USD is weaker falling to near term support around 1.5370 – The pair has been trading in a narrow range all week, and we should see this move develop and give new direction coming into next week’s more data heavy calendar which will include on Thursday, the UK MPC minutes and interest rate decision, and on Friday the US non-farm payrolls numbers.
We expect a range today of 1.5330 to 1.5400
Charts : GBP/USD USD/GBP
: The Canadian Dollar is weak, down 0.40%, from yesterday’s close. Quarterly and monthly end flows have given temporary strength to the USD. Canadian GDP released this morning and was mainly inline, as year over year printed at 2.4% as expected, but month over month printed better than expected at -0.1%. The FED will use this week’s data as a gauge on the economic conditions of the US. Oil prices are lower after both Brent and WTI fell below their 50 day moving averages. Geopolitics in Yemen, Nigeria and Iran are expected to create for turbulent conditions in oil pricing. For the remainder of the week we will be paying close attention to non-farms, unemployment and jobless claims. Trade balance figures should be insightful as well with the strong dollar likely to put some pressure on those figures. The USD/CAD is currently trading at 1.2728.
We expect a range today of 1.2670 to 1.2771
Charts : USD/CAD CAD/USD
: USD/JPY has seen significant weakness today, falling back below the 100 level. The Yen strength was caused by market perception of a “stronger” than expected CPI number, coming in at 0.2% vs 0.1% expected and indicating an increase of inflation in line with the BOJ policies. However, looking at the various components which make up this number we can see that the core drivers of inflation have come from higher energy prices and higher food costs – indicating “bad” cost push inflation, instead of “good” demand pull inflation (via increasing wages). This is not a good sign for the long term health of Japanese companies or the economy.
We expect a range today of 98.00 to 98.60
Charts : USD/JPY JPY/USD
The Greenback advanced again against its European counterpart as investors look to short Euro positions on expectations of widening monetary policy fundamentals. It is widely accepted that the U.S. Federal Reserve will announce an upward revision to benchmark interest rates before the end of 2015 while fresh concerns surrounding Greece’s ability to meet reform requirements has highlighted the contrast in policy directions. The Euro has lost 11% through 2015 already and further moves toward parity can be expected if Greece and Eurozone creditors are unable to compromise on reform. Officials again rejected Greek reform proposals citing their ambiguous nature and failure to truly address economic rebuilding. The USD found added support in a stronger than anticipated consumer confidence report although gains were tempered by a softer Chicago PMI read. US macroeconomic fundamentals continue to fluctuate dictating the Fed’s economic outlook but doing little to sway investor sentiment. Monetary policy expectations continue to drive direction as we look to FOMC members Williams and Lockhart for guidance through Wednesday.
Data releases
AIG Manufacturing Index and Building Approvals
NZD: No Data
Tankan Manufacturing and Non- Manufacturing Index and Final Manufacturing PMI
GBP: Manufacturing PMI
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