The calendar is a bit muted today, and the market can exabit thin trading volume on the news front. However, the focus can stay on German Industrial Production m/m and Sentix Investor Confidence from the Eurozone, which are expected to perform better than the previous month and may underpin the Euro currency. Besides, the U.K. Halifax HPI m/m will also play a slight role in determining the GBP trend, while economists expect HPI to improve from 0.3% to 0.6% this month.
Economic Events to Watch Today
EUR/USD – Daily Analysis
The EUR/USD pair was closed at 1.21185 after placing a high of 1.21772 and a low of 1.21101. After rising for three consecutive days, the EUR/USD pair dropped on Friday after the initial rally. The downfall in EUR/USD pair on the day came in after U.S. job figures’ release.
In the trading session on Friday, the EUR/USD pair rallied slightly on the back of improved risk sentiment and the U.S. dollar’s weakness. The risk perceived EUR/USD followed the optimism regarding the coronavirus vaccine and moved higher in the early trading session on Friday. Besides, the U.S. dollar’s weakness due to the increased spread of coronavirus and hospitalization rate in the U.S. also added strength to the rising EUR/USD pair.
The U.S. dollar was also weak due to increased hopes for the next round of U.S. stimulus package after the CARES Act passed in March. Democrats and Republicans have agreed over a $908 billion stimulus package, and the expectations have increased that a big stimulus will also be delivered soon. The weak U.S. dollar gave a Pushto EUR/USD pair on Friday and raised its prices above the 1.21700 level.
However, the EUR/USD pair’s gains started to reverse and converted into losses after the release of macroeconomic data from the U.S.
At 12:00 GMT, the German Factory Orders for November raised to 2.9% against the expected 1.4% and supported Euro. At 12:45 GMT, the French Gov Budget Balance came in as -159.9B. At 14:00 GMT, the Italian Retail Sales raised to 0.6% against the forecasted 0.2% and supported Euro.
At 18:30 GMT, the Average Hourly Earnings rose to 0.3% against the anticipated 0.1% and supported the U.S. dollar and added pressure on EUR/USD. The Non-Farm Employment Change declined to 245K against the anticipated 480K and weighed on the U.S. dollar.
The Unemployment Rate declined to 6.7% against the anticipated 6.8% and supported the U.S. dollar and dragged the EUR/USD pair. The Trade Balance from the U.S. came in as -63.1B against the anticipated -64.7B and supported the U.S. dollar and weighed on EUR/USD pair. At 20:00 GMT, the Factory Orders for November raised to 1.0% against the anticipated 0.8% and supported U.S. Dollar. Most of the U.S. data came in support of the U.S. dollar that resulted in the EUR/USD pair’s downfall on Friday in the late trading session.
Daily Technical Levels
Pivot point: 1.2139
EUR/USD– Trading Tip
On Monday, the EUR/USD continues to trade sideways amid mixed NFP figures released on Friday. On the higher side, the EUR/USD may find an immediate resistance at 1.2160 and 1.2196 level. While the closing of candles below the 1.2103 level can send the EUR/USD pair further lower until 1.2080 and 1.2040 level. The MACD is strongly bearish; therefore, the idea will be to open a sell trade below the 1.2175 level today to capture quick green pips.
GBP/USD – Daily Analysis
The GBP/USD pair was closed at 1.3413 after a high of 1.35390 and a low of 1.34096. The GBP/USD pair rose to its highest level since May 2018 in the early trading session on Friday over the combined factor of Brexit optimism and the weakness of the U.S. dollar. However, the British Pound cut its gains after the E.U.’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier paused the talks.
During the early trading session on Friday, the GBP/USD pair rose and started to post gains following the Brexit optimism triggered after the agreement was reached over the Fisheries between the U.K. and the E.U. Another factor involved in the GBP/USD pair’s upward momentum was the U.S. dollar’s weakness.
The U.S. dollar index (DXY) that measures the value of the U.S. dollar against the basket of six currencies fell to its six years, the lowest level of 90.47 on Friday. The losses in DXY were due to a combination of factors, including the rising number of coronavirus in the nation and the rising expectations of the U.S. stimulus package.
The number of new coronavirus cases in the past five days in the U.S. reached about 1 million. The hospitalization rate also increased to an alarming level and hit a record high after 101,487 patients were reported to be hospitalized in a single day. This negative news from the U.S. added further pressure on the U.S. dollar and supported the upward trend in the GBP/USD pair in the early trading session on Friday.
British Pound was under demand on Thursday after the U.K. and E.U. reported that they had reached an agreement over one key sticking issue of Fisheries. Investors started to buy GBP/USD in the early trading session on Friday as they continued following the previous trend.
However, the currency pair GBP/USD pair started to decline on Friday after the release of U.S. macroeconomic data and the announcement from Michel Barnier. The E.U. Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said that he had paused the trade talks with the U.K. and added that the conditions for a deal had not yet been met.
After one week of intensive negotiations in London, the U.K. and E.U. agreed to pause talks because the post-Brexit deal conditions were not met. Barnier said that E.U. Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and PM Boris Johson would try to make progress on a deal in the next meeting that will take place on Saturday.
After these comments by the E.U. top negotiator, the earlier optimism that the deal was imminent could be reached before the end of the week. These updates suggested that talks have reached a very critical stage, and anything could happen. It raised the market’s uncertainty and supported the safe-haven greenback that exerted pressure on GBP/USD pair.
On the data front, at 14:30 GMT, the Construction PMI from Great Britain raised to 54.7 against the projected 52.3 and supported British Pound and limited the losses in GBP/USD pair.
From the U.S. side, at 18:30 GMT, the Average Hourly Earnings surged to 0.3% against the projected 0.1% and supported the U.S. dollar and added losses in GBP/USD pair. The Non-Farm Employment Change fell to 245K against the projected 480K and weighed on the U.S. dollar. The Unemployment Rate fell to 6.7% against the projected 6.8%, supported the U.S. dollar, and dragged GBP/USD pair. The Trade Balance from the U.S. came in as -63.1B against the projected -64.7B and supported the U.S. dollar. At 20:00 GMT, the Factory Orders for November surged to 1.0% against the projected 0.8% and supported U.S. Dollar and added losses in the GBP/USD pair on Friday.
Daily Technical Levels
Pivot Point: 1.3364
GBP/USD– Trading Tip
The GBP/USD is falling dramatically from 1.3450 to 1.3230 level by the time of covering this report. On the 4 hour timeframe, the GBP/USD pair has dipped sharply and has already violated the upward channel, which supported the pair around the 1.3350 level. The Cable may find the next support at 1.3204 level, and below this, the next support can also be found around 1.3100 level today. On the higher side, the resistance hold around the 1.3300 mark. The MACD and RSI are suggesting selling bais in the pair, we should look for selling trades below 1.3350 and buying over 1.3185 level today.
USD/JPY – Daily Analysis
The USD/JPY pair was closed at 104.186 after placing a high of 104.242 and a low of 103.736. The currency pair USD/JPY rose on Friday amid the supportive U.S. macroeconomic data and the increased U.S. yields.
On Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Labour reported that only 245K jobs were added to the economy while the unemployment rate fell by 0.2% in November and supported the U.S. dollar.
On the data front, at 18:30 GMT, the Average Hourly Earnings advanced to 0.3% against the anticipated 0.1% and supported the U.S. dollar and added gains in the USD/JPY pair. The Non-Farm Employment Change declined to 245K against the anticipated 480K and weighed on the U.S. dollar capped further gains in the USD/JPY pair. The Unemployment Rate declined to 6.7% against the anticipated 6.8% and supported the U.S. dollar.
The Trade Balance from the U.S. came in as -63.1B against the anticipated -64.7B and supported the U.S. dollar and pushed the pair USD/JPY higher. At 20:00 GMT, the Factory Orders for November advanced to 1.0% against the anticipated 0.8% and supported the U.S. Dollar, and added further gains in the USD/JPY pair.
The U.S.’s supportive data proved good news for the market that pushed the S&P 500 to an all-time high and raised the U.S. 10-year yield by 5bps to 0.97%. The rise in U.S. yields also added strength in the U.S. dollar and added gains in the USD/JPY pair. The less than expected job creation by the U.S. Labor Department made the near-term U.S. fiscal stimulus more likely and exerted pressure on Congress to swiftly avert the labor market’s slowdown.
However, the risk sentiment was also strong in the market after the vaccine optimism escalated and supported the hopes that the economic activities will return to pre-pandemic levels. These hopes, along with the rising expectations that the world’s largest economy will also recover soon as the stimulus package was near to be delivered, added to the risk-sentiment. These risk flows added weight on the safe-haven Japanese Yen that supported the USD/JPY pair and pushed it higher.
Meanwhile, the gains in the USD/JPY pair were also limited because of the rising number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. Over the period of 5 days, the U.S. has recorded about 1 million new coronavirus cases, and the hospitalization rate in the U.S. also hit its highest record by reaching more than 104,000 patients in a single day.
The USD/JPY pair rose on Friday due to supportive U.S. macroeconomic data, higher U.S. yields, and the rising risk sentiment in the market due to global economic recovery hopes.
Daily Technical Levels
Pivot point: 104.01
USD/JPY – Trading Tips
The USD/JPY is trading within a symmetric triangle pattern seen in the 4-hour timeframe. The pair lately violated the sideways trading range of 104.600 – 104.200, and now it’s trading at 104.300 level, especially after bouncing off over 103.700 level on the lower side, supporting the pair around 103.700 level. On the downside, the USD/JPY may find support at the 103.200 level upon a bearish breakout of the 103.750 support level. While resistance stays at 104.350 and 104.700 today. Good luck