Weekly Forecast Hot Topics:
- NZD – Waiting for the optimism of the market to be replicated with the decision of the RBNZ.
- AUD – No big expectations in the next monetary policy decision.
- CAD – Continuity in the strengthening of the labour market.
This week, the best performer was the Euro <EUR> (0.22%), pushed by the positive data on inflation and industrial activity. The worst performer was Aussie <AUD>, its losses reach¡ng 2.22% due to weak inflation Australian data and the stronger US employment data. Those led to boost the Dollar <DOLLAR> (0.17%) and reverse the losses that were dragging in the week.
NZD – Waiting for the optimism of the market to be replicated with the decision of the RBNZ.
Last week the New Zealand Trade Balance (MoM) reported a historic surplus of $640M, the highest value since March 2015. The main factor contributing to this increase has come from dairy products exported to their principal trading partner, China.
This week, the leading data for the Kiwi will come from the employment indicators (QoQ) and the RBNZ interest rate decision. The unemployment figure is expected to increase slightly from 4.6% in October 2017 to 4.7%. As for the interest rate decision, no big surprises are expected, analysts expect the RBNZ to keep the interest rate at 1.75%.
Technically, we expect more downside moves for the Kiwi. In EURNZD we observe a bullish continuation that could reach 1.7174 before it starts a bearish sequence.
EUR-NZD 4-hour chart ( click on the image to enlarge)
AUD – No big expectations in the next monetary policy decision.
During the last trading period, inflation data (YoY) was published, which was expected to be equal to or higher than 2%. However, it did just reach 1.9%, baffling the market and removing the possibility of a new increase in the interest rate by the RBA.
For this week, the most expected event for the Aussie will be the monetary policy decision, in which no changes are expected in the current rate that is set at 1.5%.
On the technical level, we still expect weakness in the Aussie group before starting a new strengthening of the oceanic currency. In the EURAUD, we expect the price to reach the 1.6026 level, where it could complete a higher grade connector and start a new bearish cycle.
EUR-AUD daily chart ( click on the image to enlarge)
CAD – Continuity in the strengthening of the labour market.
This week will end with the publication of the Canadian employment data. Continuity in the strengthening of the labour market is expected, in the unemployment rate the estimated consensus is a slight increase that reaches 5.8%; however, current levels of unemployment are the lowest of four decades.
Technically, we continue to expect new lows for the Loonie, which could even lose the psychological support of 1.20, a large bearish cycle which started in January 2016.
USD-CAD daily chart ( click on the image to enlarge)