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Fundamental Analysis: April 22, 2016

On Thursday, the central events were the ECB meeting and Mario Draghi's speech. The rate remained unchanged by the regulator at 0%. Draghi stated that he does not also deny a transition to the negative rates. The soft policy will remain until the inflation hits 2%.

The dissatisfying retail sales publication cause the pound to decrease in opposition to the US dollar which weaken the optimism regarding the strength of the British economy. The total number of retail sales for March was anticipated to lessen by 0.1%, but it was diminished even lower to 1.3%.

For April, the Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing index reduced and displayed -1.6. Initial Jobless Claims occured at 247,000 contrary to the reported 263,000.

In spite of lower than expected Trade Balance publication, the yen increased slightly wherein the Balance reached 755 billion contrary to the expected 834,6 billion. While the exports increased from -4.0% y/y to -6.8% y/y, imports heightened from -14.2% y/y to 14.9% y/y. Kuroda's speech about further policy easing if necessary supported the yen as well.

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Technical Analysis for EUR/USD: April 22, 2016

The Eurozone’s interest rate was kept parked at 0 percent, ECB president Mario Draghi said on Thursday. The announcement sent the Euro to the bulls but traders’ reaction quickly dissipated, sending the pair to 1.12 levels.

Draghi dismissed reports that helicopter money will soon enter the picture, generally showing an upbeat look on the economy. He kept doors open for a negative interest rate in the future.

Inflation was at 0 percent last month, largely missing ECB’s target of almost 2 percent. Draghi said that the inflation should rise before 2016 ends.

The ECB president also responded to Germany’s criticisms on the former’s soft monetary policies.

"We have a mandate to pursue price stability for the whole of the eurozone and not only for Germany alone,” he said.

The market is now waiting for reactions from Fed.

The MACD is currently below its 9-day EMA, reaching an intraday high of 1.1311. The spot rate is 1.1282 at the time of writing and is still declining. The pair is facing an immediate support at 1.129 and 1.1162, subsequently, while immediate resistance is at 1.1341 and 1.1397 subsequently.

The Eurozone’s monthly manufacturing and services PMI are the next stimulus for the pair. Figures will be released later today.

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Technical Analysis for AUD/USD: April 22, 2016

The Aussie dollar is retracing despite high iron prices, and rallying commodity prices and risk sentiment. The AUD slipped to 0.7726 from today’s high of 0.7775 due to a recovering USD and flat oil prices.

Shortly after ECB President Mario Draghi announced that the Eurozone’s interest rate will remain at 0 percent yesterday, the pair reached 0.78 cents, but similar to the EUR/USD, dipped as well.

The pair’s 4-hour MACD shows a bearish divergence, but the long-term weekly MACD is pushing for a bullish convergence. The MACD indicator is in neutral location.

The pair’s first support occurs at 0.7684 and 0.7646 subsequently, while its first resistance is at 0.7787 and 0.7826.

The greenbacks’ side is fairly quiet with no data outflow later today.

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Technical Analysis for EUR/USD: April 25, 2016

Further than what is anticipated, the Manufacturing PMI in Germany increased in the past month. It can be seen in the index that it grew by 51.9 contrary to the 50.7 in the recent month. Nevertheless, experts had expected the growth of index to 51.0.

The first support occurs at 1.1150 and at 1.1050 subsequently. The first resistance resides at 1.1260 and at 1.1350 subsequently.

A confirmed and a sturdy sell signal has been found. The price is below the Ichimoku Cloud and it is below the Chikou Span. The Tenkan-sen and the Kijun-sen display a descending motion. This movement will remain until the price is below the Cloud.

The MACD indicator is in a negative location. The price is declining.

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Technical Analysis for AUD/USD: April 25, 2016

After the Australian dollar shot up to a 10-month high last week at 0.7834, it entered a bearish weekend and is still extending losses. The exchange rate is now at 0.7716 although it posted a day high of 0.7728 earlier which was almost immediately trimmed.

The AUD has the rising commodity prices and a generally weak USD to reverse the uptrend, but we are expecting the losses to extend at least until the Q1 CPI on Tuesday. Exports and imports figures will be published on Wednesday. RBA assistant governor Guy Debelle will also deliver a speech on Thursday that may foreshadow the direction of future monetary policies.

The highlight this week is the Fed’s announcement on Wednesday about its interest rates. Consumer confidence is also due on Tuesday.

The first support is at 0.7661 and 0.7622 subsequently while the first resistance is at 0.7743 and 0.7781 subsequently.

The MACD indicator is in negative territory. The price is rising.

Australian markets are on a break today as it celebrates the Anzac day.

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Technical Analysis for NZD/USD: April 25, 2016

The NZD breached support of 0.6880 on Friday and is now moving within the range of 0.6843 and 0.6877.

Trading is relatively quiet in NZ market as the country commemorates the Anzac day together with Australia. A near-term trend reversal will materialize if the Kiwi breaks through the support at 0.6793.

Volatility is expected later this week as the Reserve Bank of New Zealand convenes to decide on the future of the country’s interest rate, although it is believed that it will retain the 2.25 percent rate.

The USD remains soft but its future depends on the Fed’s announcement on Monday.

The first resistance is at 0.6895 and 0.6930 subsequently. The MACD indicator is in negative location. The price is climbing.

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Technical Analysis for USD/JPY: April 26, 2016

On Monday, the dollar fell contrary to the yen, bidding goodbye to the three weeks of growth. The market was expecting for the Fed and BoJ meeting.

The first support occurs at 110.60 and at 109.60 subsequently. The first resistance lies at 111.40 and at 112.20 subsequently.

A confirmed and a sturdy buy signal has been found. The price is over the Ichimoku Cloud and it is on top of the Chikou Span. The Tenkan-sen displays an ascending motion and the Kijun-sen forms a horizontal movement. The ascending movement will remain until the price is over the Cloud.

The MACD indicator is in a positive location. The price is correcting.

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Technical Analysis for NZD/USD: April 26, 2016

The New Zealand dollar recovered when markets opened on Tuesday while the USD index is still weak.

Ahead of the RBNZ’s announcement on monetary policies, the central bank’s shadow board put together by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research urged that interest rate should remain at 2.25 percent, causing the bird to fly a little higher.

The pair broke through yesterday’s resistance of 0.6895, peaking at 0.6897 earlier today. The kiwi dollar is currently testing 0.69 levels and is trading at a 42-pip range.

The initial support is at 0.6848 and 0.6814 subsequently. The immediate resistance is now at 0.6921. The MACD indicator is in negative location. The spot exchange is at 0.6893 and rising.

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Technical Analysis for EUR/USD: April 26, 2016

Buying interest are surrounding the Euro as markets remain vigilant ahead of the FOMC meeting. Lower than expected home sales from the US also added upward pressure to the Euro.

Annual home sales only reached 511,000 from last year’s 519,000, hugely missing forecasts of 520,000. The spotlights are now on Fed’s two-day policy meeting that will commence later today and the announcement from the BOJ on Thursday.

The pair rose to 1.1301 today, almost hitting the nearest resistance of 1.1305. The next resistance is at 1.1362. The first support occurs at 1.1243 and 1.1187 subsequently.

The exchange rate is now at 1.1295. The MACD is in a negative location. The price is climbing.

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Fundamental Analysis: April 27, 2016

The America filled the economic calendar with its important releases yesterday. For March, the Durable Goods Orders record was issued first wherein it came out at 0.8% in opposition to the report of 1.8%. Meanwhile, the Consumer Confidence for April hitted 94.2 wherein the recent value was 94.2 and the report was 96.0. Traders were hoping to have a glimpse of sign about the state of the economy before the Fed release their decision on Wednesday. And this could also have an effect on any further activity of the dollar. Now, investors abstain from opening new positions before the meeting.

The Eurozone did not have any significant news yesterday. After a solid increase, the EUR/USD pair reduced a bit by the end of the trades.

Meanwhile, the UK has issued Mortgage Approvals index for March wherein the data came in at 45.1K in opposition to the report of 46.0K. The GBP/USD pair displayed an increase but diminished a bit by the end of the trades.

The attraction set for the safe assets provoked the buying of yen. The gossips regarding the BoJ who won't implement fresh soft measures also sustained the yen. We are thinking that the regulator will cautiously assess the impact of the running measures furthermore and will implement the new ones only in June. The USD/JPY pair consolidated.

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Technical Analysis for GBP/USD: April 28, 2016

As it has been expected, the Gross Domestic Product of the UK heightened by 0.4%, while its economy made an increase of 0.6%. The interest for the pound were sustained a bit by the 10-year UK government bonds yield which showed a growth in the Bonds Market.

The first support stands at 1.4480 and at 1.4400 subsequently. While the first resistance occurs at 1.4560 and at 1.4650 subsequently.

A confirmed and a sturdy buy signal has been found. The price is over the Ichimoku Cloud and it is on top of the Chikou span. The Tenkan-sen displays an ascending movement and the Kijun-sen creates a horizontal movement. The ascending movement will remain until the price is over the Cloud.

The MACD indicator is in a positive location. The price is consolidating.

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Technical Analysis for EUR/USD: April 28, 2016

The US and Germany government bonds yield differential has reduced in the bond market which also served as a "bullish" factor for the euro. Since commodity prices are in the US currency, the commodity market displayed an ascending trend that normally had a negative effect on the dollar. The center of attraction were focused on the US Fed meeting.

The first support occurs at 1.1260 and at 1.1150 subsequently. The first resistance resides at 1.1350 and at 1.1450 subsequently.

A confirmed and a poor sell signal has been found. The price is below the Ichimoku Cloud and it is below the Chikou Span. The Tenkan-sen displays an ascending motion and the Kijun-sen creates a horizontal movement. The descending motion will remain until the price is below the Cloud.

The MACD indicator is in a positive location. The price is growing.

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Fundamental Analysis: April 29, 2016

On Wednesday, the dollar were constantly steadfast to other major currencies as a preparation for the last Federal Reserve System political speech. Investors put their attention to the result of the political meeting expecting for any signs about the interest rates modification in June. The Fed left the rates remained at 0.5%.

In Germany, the Consumer Confidence outstandingly improved as it came at 9.7 in opposition to the recent value of 9.4. The consumers think that the economy of Germany will get better for the next months and look forward to its modest improvement. The EUR/USD stabilized a little.

Since the market realized that the UK economy gained by 0.4%, the pound ceased in growing together with the expectations of economists, but it slowed down to 0.6% in the recent quarter. In the first quarter, the UK economy grew by 2.1% on annual basis, which is the same with the recent quarter and rather high than the anticipated 2.0%. The GBP/USD pair reduced by the end of the trades.

Meanwhile, the USD/JPY pair heightened by the end of the trades.

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Technical Analysis for NZD/USD: April 29, 2016

The kiwi is hovering 20 pips below 0.70 handle after recording losses from an intraday high of 0.6990. With rate decisions coming from a number of currencies this week, NZD is showing the second strongest performance after the Yen.

The ANZ Business Confidence released today showed that companies are expecting positive economic activity as it jumped from 3.2 in March to 6.2 in April. Thirty-five percent of the surveyed firms predict an interest rate cut in the next policy meeting.

On the US side, personal spending will be released today while a deluge of data including manufacturing PMI and nonfarm payroll will come next week.

The first support is at 0.6918 and 0.6883 subsequently. The first resistance is at 0.7037 and 0.7072 subsequently. The MACD indicator is in neutral location. The price is rising.

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Technical Analysis for EUR/USD: May 3, 2016

In opposition to the anticipation of most of us, the Manufacturing PMI in Germany reduced. The indicator displayed the data of 51.8 contrary with 51.9 in the recent month wherein it was seasonally revised. Meanwhile, experts hoped for the index to be at the recent level of 51.9.

The first support occurs at 1.1450 and at 1.1350 subsequently. The first resistance resides at 1.1550 and at 1.1650 subsequently.

A confirmed and a sturdy buy signal has been found. The price is over the Ichimoku Cloud and it is on top of the Chikou Span. The Tenkan-sen shows an ascending motion and the Kijun-sen forms a horizontal movement. This movement will remain until the price is over the Cloud.

The MACD indicator is in a positive location. The price is growing.

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Technical Analysis for USD/JPY: May 3, 2016

The Manufacturing PMI of the USA for April heightened to 51.8. Many traders had looked forward for the index to lessen by 51 in opposition to 51.5 recorded in March. Meanwhile, the Manufacturing PMI of Japan surpass our expectations and grew by 48.2 contrary to the report of 48.0.

The first support occurs at 105.80 and at 105.00 subsequently. The first resistance lies at 106.60 and at 107.40 subsequently.

A confirmed and a sturdy sell signal has been found. The price is below the Ichimoku Cloud and it is below the Chikou Span. The Tenkan-sen and the Kijun-sen form a horizontal motion. The descending movement will remain until the price is below the Cloud.

The MACD indicator is in a negative location. The price is correcting.

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Fundamental Analysis: May 13, 2016

The sturdiness of the world economy was left vague even though the dollar was sustained by the restored risk appetite. The Initial Jobless Claims volume was issued by the US wherein the data came in at 294,000 contrary with the expected 270,000. The political event of the day were the statements which came from Rosengren E. and Mester L, the Fed representatives. Mester stated that the risks which relative with the Fed reports should not affect the monetary policy management. While Rosengren proposed that the risks of leaving the rates unmodified seem too inferior for a long term of time.

The Germany issued the Wholesale Price Index wherein the data came in at 0,3% m/m in opposition with the expected 0,2% m/m while the Eurozone issued Industrial Production wherein the data came in at -0.8% m/m contrary with the expected 0.1% m/m.

The significant event of the day was the Bank of England meeting. The rate was remained unmodified by the regulator at 0.5%. At the same time, the inflation report of the Central Bank became the center of attraction. We hope that the growth in assessment of the inflation in the present year could help the pound to rise and counterbalance concerns about the cost of lending decrease. The Central Banks anticipates the inflation to restore at 0.2%.

In the midst of short positions closing, the dollar still managed to increased in opposition to yen. However, the US currency was still under pressure caused by the vagueness of probable increase in the global market.

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Technical Analysis for GBP/USD: May 13, 2016

The significant event on Thursday was the inflation report of the Bank of England. As we have expected, the Central Bank statements about the economy and the inflation increase were quite negative. The rate remained unmodified by the UK regulator at the level of 0,5%.

The first support occurs at 1.4400 and at 1.4320 subsequently. The first resistance stands at 1.4480 and at 1.4560 subsequently.

A confirmed and a sturdy sell signal has been found. The price is below the Ichimoku Cloud and it is below the Chikou Span. The Tenkan-sen displays a horizontal motion and the Kijun-sen forms a descending movement creating a "Golden Cross". The descending movement will remain until the price is below the Cloud.

The MACD indicator is in a negative location. The price is declining.

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Technical Analysis for USD/JPY: May 16, 2016

The Service Sector activity in Japan has reduced more than expected last month. Tertiary Industry Index seasonally corrected displayed -0,7% contrary with -0,1% in the recent month. The experts anticipated a decrease to -0,2%.

The first support occurs at 108.20 and at 107.40 subsequently. The first resistance stands at 109.00 and at 109.80 subsequently.

The price is in the Ichimoku Cloud and it is over the Chikou Span. The Tenkan-sen forms a horizontal movement and the Kijun-sen displays an ascending movement.

The MACD indicator is in a positive location. The price is consolidating.

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Fundamental Analysis: May 17, 2016

Earlier on Monday, the dollar has stabilized as the sturdy US reports, Retail Sales and Consumer Sentiment, reduced the investor's concerns regarding the development in the economy. The positive data also enliven the expectations that the Fed may brought up the interest rates as soon as possible contrary with what is expected. But later on, the dollar dropped to its low.

The Monday trading was frail with inferior volatility amidst the empty economic calendar. The financial markets in Germany and France refrain from working as they celebrate the Holy Spirit on Monday. We have not heard any significant report from the UK.

Meanwhile, the previous gains of yen in opposition with the dollar was lost. The reason of its fall was because of the unsatisfying Chinese economic forecasts.

The center of our attraction this week would be the Machine Tool Orders in Japan, the forecast of the Fed, Consumer Prices and the Industrial Production in the Us.

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