On the news front, the U.S. GDP figures will remain the main highlight of the day. It’s expected to be weak, which may drive weakness in the U.S. dollar. The durable goods orders are also likely to come out during the U.S. session and may drive bullish bias in gold and bearish trend in USD.
Economic Events to Watch Today
EUR/USD – Daily Analysis
The EUR/USD pair was closed at 1.10090 after placing a high of 1.10307 and a low of 1.09337. Overall the movement of the EUR/USD pair remained bullish throughout the day. The EUR/USD pair followed its previous day’s move and posted gains on Wednesday for the 3rd consecutive day on the back of new plans of European Union to borrow 750 billion euro to aid economic recovery. The pair EUR/USD climbed to its highest level of 1.10307 since early April on Wednesday.
The European Union unveiled its plans for a 750 billion euros recovery fund, which would help the region to face the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. The total of 750 billion euros includes 500 billion euros in grant and 250 billion euros in loans to member states. However, this plan still requires the backing of all 27 member states, which is more than the Franco-German proposal worth 500 billion euros that was revealed last week.
If member states approve the proposal, some funds will take effect from 2020, but the most significant portion of the proposal would come next year when the first bonds were issued. However, some market participants raised concerns about the lack of details on how the bonds issued will finance the funds.
The proposal was announced ahead of the European Central Bank’s monetary policy meeting, which is due next week, which will provide the bloc’s economic outlook in coronavirus crisis. The proposal lifted the demand for a single currency across the board and supported EUR/USD prices.
Furthermore, on Wednesday, the President of European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, said that the 19 member euro area economy would likely contract by 8%-12% this year. She said that the previously estimated contraction in the Eurozone economy was recorded as 5%, which has probably become outdated now. She added that Eurozone might be somewhere between medium and severe scenarios.
In April, ECB estimated that the euro area’s GDP could fall by between 5% and 12% in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which had medium scenario as 8% contraction. This was depended on the duration of containment measures and the effectiveness of policies and measures to diminish the crisis.
Lagarde also announced that European Central Bank would soon publish a fresh forecast about GDP in early June. On the other and, U.S. dollar faced some pressure on Wednesday, and after dropping to its lowest level in 23 days at 98.72, the U.S. dollar Index raised beyond 99.00 and settled there in late session.
The U.S. economic data showed that the Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index advanced to -27 in May from -53 of April and beat the market expectations of-47. This supported the U.S. dollar across the board ad limited the EUR/USD pair’s gains on Wednesday.
Daily Support and Resistance
- R3 1.1126
- R2 1.1061
- R1 1.1021
Pivot Point 1.0956
- S1 1.0915
- S2 1.0851
- S3 1.081
EUR/USD– Trading Tip
The EUR/USD pair continued to exhibit bullish bias, having violated the triple top resistance level of 1.1004 level. Bullish crossover of the triple top-level is likely to drive more buying in the pair. On the higher side, the EUR/USD prices may head further towards 1.1056 resistance while the next resistance holds around 1.1139. The EUR/USD pair may find immediate support at 1.0995 and 1.0975 level.
GBP/USD – Daily Analysis
The GBP/USD pair was closed at 1.22601 after placing a high of 1.23538 and a low of 1.22041. Overall the movement of GBP/USD pair remained bearish throughout the day. The GBP/USD pair dropped sharply on Wednesday on the back of speculations over Bank of England, potentially cutting interest rates into negative territory and lost near 1% on the day after reaching a high of 1.2353.
Sterling’s mood was generally soured after the comments of chief economist Andy Haldane and Governor Andrew Bailey, who seemed to put the possibility of negative interest rates on the table.
According to Haldane, the consequences of Britain’s banks and lenders’ negative interest rates were the key factors for the Bank of England to consider before making any decision. Haldane said that reviewing and doing were different things, and Bank of England was currently in review phase and has not reached on doing phase yet.
Last week, Governor Andrew Bailey also said that he was less opposed to the negative interest rates given the coronavirus crisis’s circumstances. He also said that there were mixed reviews in the market about the experience of other central banks’ negative interest rates.
On Tuesday, Haldane said that some of the data came in just a shade better than the “scenario for the economy,” which was published by BoE earlier this month. Haldane added that risks remained there that the recovery could be slower as companies and consumers were still cautious because of the possible second wave of coronavirus.
Apart from possible negative interest rates, the Brexit trade agreement’s lack of progress also added to the downward movement of Pound on Wednesday. The United Kingdom has refused to extend the transition period beyond the end of the year, which has increased the odds of a no-deal Brexit, which has exerted negative pressure on British Pound.
However, there were reports on Tuesday that the E.U. might give up its demand for access to the U.K.’s fishing waters to push the paused trade negotiations between the U.S. & E.U. On the U.S. dollar front, the U.S. Dollar Index rose beyond 99.00 and settled there in late session on Wednesday and added the daily losses of GBP/USD pair.
Daily Support and Resistance
- R3 1.259
- R2 1.2477
- R1 1.2405
Pivot Point 1.2292
- S1 1.222
- S2 1.2107
- S3 1.2035
GBP/USD– Trading Tip
The GBP/USD slipped lower after facing resistance around 1.2360 level, which was extended by an upward channel. On the 4-hour timeframe, the 50 EMA is still bullish, but the MACD is suggesting odds of selling bias in the GBP/USD pair as the histograms are forming below zero levels. Today, the Sterling may find immediate support around 1.2225 level while the closing of candles above this level may drive buying until 1.2300 and 1.2360 level. While the violation of support is likely to push the cable further lower until 1.2160 level. Consider taking buying trades over 1.2162 and selling below the same level today.
USD/JPY – Daily Analysis
The USD/JPY pair was closed at 107.714 after placing a high of 107.945 and a low of107.364. Overall the movement of the USD/JPY pair remained bullish throughout the day. The USD/JPY pair surged on Wednesday on the back of the increased mixed market sentiment; the market participants were caught between the opening up of global economy from COVID-19 lockdown and the pressure of the second wave of the virus, emerging trade wars and the long term effects of Hong Kong fight.
On Wednesday, the cold war between China & the U.S. escalated after U.S. Secretary of State; Mike Pompeo reported the U.S. congress that Trump administration no longer consider the status of Hong Kong autonomous from China.
The decision to revoke the Hong Kong autonomous status from China by the United States came in against the new security law introduced by China recently. The law will be presented to the Chinese Parliament on Thursday for approval.
The relation between China and the United States was already disturbed due to the U.S. allegations on China about the spread of coronavirus pandemic and pressuring WHO to refrain it from taking any early action to combat the virus. China has denied such allegations and blamed them back on the U.S. that it was covering its failure to contain the virus by blaming it on China. The safe-haven demand increased after this news, and Japanese Yen gained traction, which kept a lid on any additional gains of the pair USD/JPY.
Daily Support and Resistance
- R3 108.39
- R2 108.16
- R1 107.86
Pivot Point 107.63
- S1 107.33
- S2 107.1
- S3 106.79
USD/JPY – Trading Tips
The USD/JPY prices continue to trade sideways within a narrow trading range of 107.899 – 107.650 level. We may see further trends in the USD/JPY pair as soon as this trading range gets violated. On the higher side, a bullish breakout of 108.450 level while bearish breakout of 107.650 level can lead USDJPY prices lower to 107.350. Let’s look for choppy trading until the trading range gets violated.
All the best for today!