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USD/CAD Enters Overbought Zone – Quick Trade Idea! 

The USD/CAD pair was closed at 1.28019 after placing a high of 1.28224 and a low of 1.26851. Since January 11 on Wednesday, amid the US dollar’s broad-based strength and declining crude oil prices, the currency pair rose to its highest. The US Dollar Index measures the greenback’s value against the basket of six major currencies settled above 90.50 level and supported the US dollar. The US dollar gained traction in the market ahead of the US Federal Reserve monetary policy decision and its safe-haven status.

The risk-averse market mood driven by the rising fears about the negative impact of the lockdown restrictions provided support to the safe-haven US dollar. The US dollar strength remained intact even after the Federal Reserve policy announcement on Wednesday and pushed the currency pair USD/CAD higher on board.

The US Federal Reserve kept its interest rates near zero and asset purchase program at the same pace of $120 billion per month. The Bank stated that the US economic recovery remains moderate throughout the month. The economic path was dependent on the progress made in the pandemic and the vaccination program. These comments from the US Central bank and its Chairman gave strength to the local currency greenback that ultimately added gains in the currency pair USD/CAD on Wednesday.

On the data front, at 18:30 GMT, the Core Durable Goods Orders for December increased to 0.7% against the projected 0.5% and supported the US dollar that added further gains in the USD/CAD pair. In December, the Durable Goods Orders weakened to 0.2% against the projected 1.0%, weighed on the US dollar, and capped further upside momentum in the USD/CAD pair.

On the other hand, there was no macroeconomic data from the Canadian side, and on the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil front, the oil remained under pressure due to rising prices of the US dollar. The crude oil fell to $51.84 on Wednesday and weighed on the commodity-linked currency Loonie, which ultimately pushed the already rising USD/CAD pair. 


Entry Price – Sell 1.2879

Stop Loss – 1.2930

Take Profit – 1.2810

Risk to Reward – 1:1

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Profit & Loss Per Micro Lot = -$40/ +$40

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Daily F.X. Analysis, January 28 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – Advance GDP in Focus!

Later today, the focus will remain on the German Prelim CPI and Advance GDP figures from the U.S. both of the events are expected to perform worse than before as the data represents the economic activity of the lockdown period. So most of it is already priced in. However, the U.S. Jobless claims will remain in the highlights, and these are expected to rise again, perhaps due to the second wave of COVID19 in the U.S.

Economic Events to Watch Today  

  


EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

The EUR/USD pair was closed at 1.21117 after placing a high of 1.21696 and a low of 1.20581. The EUR/USD pair posted losses on Wednesday as the Federal Reserve kept its benchmark short-term interest rates unchanged near zero and maintained an asset purchasing program at $120 billion a month. 

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee released its statement from the January meeting that stated that the pace of recovery in economic activity and employment has moderate in recent months with weakness concentrated in the sectors most adversely affected by the pandemic. 

According to the statement, the coronavirus pandemic was causing tremendous human and economic hardship across the United States and worldwide. The committee also stated that the economy’s path would depend significantly on the course of the virus, including the progress on vaccination.

The market’s reaction to the Federal Reserve policy decision kept the EUR/USD pair under pressure, and hence, the currency pair started to extend its losses on Wednesday. Whereas the single currency Euro faced mixed movements throughout the day, the currency remained under pressure with fresh speculations that the ECB could soon cut Eurozone interest rates. The Central Bank was reportedly concerned that markets were pricing out the chances of more interest rate cuts from the ECB. 

Furthermore, the fears for vaccine shortage in Eurozone also weighed on the single currency on Wednesday after the European Union called out vaccine makers AstraZeneca and Pfizer over delivery delays that could slow its recovery from the pandemic. Officials were even threatening to restrict exports and take legal actions as anger mounts. 

According to E.U. officials, AstraZeneca will not deliver as many doses as it promised and has put the government rollout plans and economic recovery at risk. The news came in after Pfizer said that it had delivered fewer doses of its vaccine than expected last week. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen turned up the pharmaceutical companies’ heat and said that Europe had invested billions in helping develop the world’s first coronavirus vaccine to create a truly global common good, and now companies must deliver and honor their obligations. 

The European Union has devoted part of 2.7 billion euros emergency fund to assist with vaccine development. E.U. countries we recounted on the vaccines to rein in the health crisis and jumpstart their economies, but now they were forced to modify their plans. Furthermore, the E.U. urged the pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca to supply it with more coronavirus vaccine doses from U.K. plants to row over shortages. However, the company denied and said that the production delay in European plants could only deliver a fraction of the doses it promised for the first quarter of the year. However, the E.U. insisted that doses made elsewhere should make up the shortfall and d criticize the slow rollout of vaccination.

This vaccine drama in the European Union raised concerns over the delayed economic recovery and added weight on the single currency Euro that ultimately added EUR/USD pair losses on Wednesday.

On a data front, at 18:30 GMT, the Core Durable Goods Orders for December rose to 0.7% against the expected 0.5% and supported the U.S. dollar that added more losses in EUR/USD pair. 

In December, the Durable Goods Orders dropped to 0.2% against the expected 1.0% and weighed on the U.S. dollar. From the European side, at 12:00 GMT, the German GfK Consumer Climate dropped in January to -15.6 against the forecasted -7.8. It weighed on Euro that ultimately dragged the currency pair EUR/USD further on the downside on Wednesday. 


Daily Technical Levels

Support Resistance

1.2119 1.2189

1.2079 1.2217

1.2050 1.2258

Pivot point: 1.2148

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The EUR/USD pair is trading with a bearish bias at 1.2090, facing immediate resistance at 1.2120 level. The EUR/USD is closing three black crows on the hourly timeframe, suggesting selling bias in the pair. On the lower side, the pair is expected to go after 1.2095 and 1.2060 level. The 50 periods EMA are suggesting selling bias in Euro today.

GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD pair was closed at 1.36887 after placing a high of 1.37586 and a low of 1.36590. On Wednesday, the currency pair GBP/USD dropped and posted losses for the day amid the broad-based U.S. dollar strength after the FOMC statement and Fed’s monetary policy decision.

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee released its statement from January’s meeting on Wednesday that mentioned that the Fed will keep its interest rates near zero and maintain the asset purchasing program of $120 billion per month.

Federal Reserve said that the economic path would solely be decided by pandemic and vaccine rollout developments. Other than this, everything stated in the statement issued by FOMC was just as expected and supported the U.S. dollar that ultimately kept the GBP/USD pair under pressure for the day. On the data front, at 18:30 GMT, the Core Durable Goods Orders for December surged to 0.7% against the anticipated 0.5% and supported the U.S. dollar that ultimately added weight on GBP/USD pair. In December, the Durable Goods Orders fell to 0.2% against the anticipated 1.0% and weighed on the U.S. dollar that capped further GBP/USD pair losses. 

From Britain’s side, at 05:01 GMT, the BRC Shop Price Index for the year came in as -2.2% against the previous -1.8%.

The GBP/USD pair rose to its highest since May 2018 on Wednesday however failed to remain there and reversed its direction. The rise in the GBP/USD pair during the session’s early trading hours could be attributed to U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s latest comments.

The PM has said that he hopes that a gradual and phased relaxation of coronavirus restrictions could begin in early March. Johnson said that he intended to set out a plan to ease the lockdown in England. The factors will include death and hospitalization numbers, the progress of vaccinations, and changes in viruses.

He also ruled out schools in England re-opening after the February half term instead set a target of 8-March. He also announced a 10-day self-funded quarantine restriction for all travelers entering the U.K. from high-risk countries under tighter border restrictions to combat new variants of coronavirus. The PM was under pressure from Tory MPs to spell out plans for how the current lockdown will end. Then PM replied that relaxing restriction would depend on emerging data about how effectively the vaccine stops virus transmission. These comments from UK PM raised the local currency, British Pound, to economic recovery and pushed the pair GBP/USD in early trading hours. However, the strength of the U.S. dollar due to the Federal Reserve’s decision in the January monetary policy meeting added pressure on the currency pair. It dragged GBP/USD to the downside.


Daily Technical Levels

Support Resistance

1.3647 1.3783

1.3560 1.3832

1.3511 1.3918

Pivot point: 1.3696

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

A day before, the GBP/USD pair traded bullish after violating the narrow trading range of 1.3680 – 1.3670. It placed a high of around 1.3753 level, and it later reversed back to trade between the same trading range of 1.3696 – 1.3646. The GBP/USD may find support around the 1.3647 level, and violation of this level can extend selling bias until 1.3610. Approaching the 2-hour timeframe, the GBP/USD is holding below 10 and 20 periods EMA, and it may extend the selling trend today. Let’s consider taking a sell trade until 1.3645 and 1.361 level.  

USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY pair was closed at 104.108 after placing a high of 104.197 and a low of 103.579. The USD/JPY pair rose and reached its nine-day highest level on the back of the U.S. dollar’s broad-based strength. 

The currency pair USD/JPY touched its highest since January 19 and surpassed 104 level on Wednesday as the greenback became strong on board. The currency pair preserved its bullish momentum as the U.S. Dollar Index that measures the greenback’s value against the basket of six major currencies rose to a weekly top at 90.62 on Wednesday and boosted the safe-haven U.S. dollar. The strength in the U.S. dollar then ultimately pushed the currency pair USD/JPY on the upside.

The risk-averse market sentiment was confirmed by the declining S&P 500 futures that lost more than 1% on the day. Wall Street’s main indexes also started the day in negative territory and supported the U.S. dollar and USD/JPY pair. On the data front, at 18:30 GMT, the Core Durable Goods Orders for December advanced to 0.7% against the estimated 0.5% and supported the U.S. dollar, and added further gains in the USD/JPY pair. In December, the Durable Goods Orders plunged to 0.2% against the estimated 1.0% and weighed on the U.S. dollar. Nevertheless, investors largely ignored the data as the focus was solely on the FOMC’s policy announcement.

The first policy meeting under Joe Biden’s presidency had all the investors’ focus, and that kept driving the whole market on Wednesday. The Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell made clear that the U.S. Central bank was nowhere near exiting massive support for the economy during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Federal Reserve officials kept the benchmark interest rates unchanged near zero and flagged a moderating U.S. recovery in a statement released by FOMC for the January meeting. The bank repeated that it would maintain its bond-buying program at the current pace of $120 billion of purchases per month until substantial further progress towards its employment and inflation goals. 

After this announcement, the Yields on U.S. 10-year Treasury notes hovered just above 1%, and the U.S. dollar held its gains while the S&P 500 closed 2.6%, down from its steepest drop since October amid growing concerns that stocks have become overvalued. FOMC said in a statement that the pace of the recovery in economic activity and employment has moderated in months, with weaknesses concentrated in the sectors most adversely affected by the pandemic. Central Bank also said that the path for the economy would depend significantly not just on the coronavirus but also on vaccination progress. There was no macroeconomic data from Japan to be released on Wednesday, so the pair USD/JPY continued following the developments made in the U.S. front and continued rising on the day.


Daily Technical Levels

Support Resistance

103.49 103.77

103.38 103.94

103.20 104.05

Pivot point: 103.66

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

The USD/JPY pair is trading with a bullish bias at 104.350, and violation of this level is likely to lead the USD/JPY pair until the 104.745 level. On the lower side, the USD/JPY may find support at the 104.198 level. We can expect USDJPY to bounce off upon the 104.198 level today. On the 4 hour timeframe, the USDJPY pair is likely to close a doji candle below 104.368 level. If this happens, we may see a bearish correction in the USD/JPY pair. Good luck! 

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Daily F.X. Analysis, January 27 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – Big Day, Fed Rate Ahead! 

On the news front, the eyes will remain on the FOMC Statement and Federal Funds Rate, which is not expected to change the interest rate. Still, it will help us understand U.S. economic situation and policymakers’ stance on it. Besides, the Durable Goods Orders m/m from the U.S. will also remain in highlights.

Economic Events to Watch Today  

 


EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

The EUR/USD closed at 1.21595 after placing a high of 1.21756 and a low of 1.21076. The EUR/USD pair edged higher on Tuesday as the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) dropped and the risk appetite in the market witnessed a major turnaround. After a mixed start on the session, the European equities embarked upon a recovery mode and brought back the market’s risk sentiment. The pan-European benchmark, the Euro Stoxx 50, rallied by 1% and lifted the overall market mood. Whereas, the safe-haven U.S. dollar came under pressure after a rise in European equities and come back of risk sentiment that ultimately added gains in the currency pair EUR/USD on Tuesday.

In the early Asian trading session, the main currency pair EUR/USD extended its previous day’s bearish sentiment and fell below 1.2108, on the back of the U.S. dollar’s strength gathered by the risk-off market mood driven by the deadlock over U.S. fiscal stimulus and the renewed US-China tensions over the South China Sea.

On Tuesday, China said that it would conduct military exercises in the South China Sea this week, just days after complaining that a U.S. aircraft carrier group has sailed through the disputed waters. These rising tensions between the world’s two largest economies raised the safe-haven appeal in early trading hours on Tuesday. They lifted the greenback that ultimately dragged the currency pair EUR/USD on the downside.

 However, during early European trading hours, the risk-sentiment started to come back as the positive shift in the tone of the news flow on the coronavirus front. Moderna and Pfizer announced that they were looking into coronavirus booster shots that would specifically target building immunity to variants of the virus, such as that discovered in South Africa a few weeks ago. 

Furthermore, Johnson & Johnson’s CFO has said earlier that they expect to release COVID-19 vaccine trial data next week. The company was very optimistic that they will be releasing a very robust data set. The J&J’s vaccine has been advertised as a game-changer in the vaccination race as it would only require one shot to acquire full immunity. This vaccine-related optimism helped risk sentiment in the market and supported riskier assets like EUR/USD pair on Tuesday.

On the data front, there was no macroeconomic data released from the European side. In contrast, from the U.S. side, at 19:00 GMT, the Housing Price Index from the U.S. for November rose to 1.0% against the forecasted 0.9% and supported the U.S. dollar that capped further upside in the EUR/USD pair. 

The S&P/CS Composite -20 HPI for the year also rose to 9.1% against the forecasted 8.8% and supported the U.S. dollar. At 19:59 GMT, the Richmond Manufacturing Index for January declined to 14 against the forecasted 18 and weighed on the U.S. dollar that added gains in the EUR/USD pair. At 20:00 GMT, the C.B. Consumer Confidence in January rose to 89.3 against the forecasted 88.9 and supported the U.S. dollar and limited further gains in the EUR/USD pair on Tuesday.


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.2108     1.2177

1.2077     1.2215

1.2039    1.2245

Pivot Point: 1.2146

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The EUR/USD pair is trading at 1.2156, facing immediate resistance at 1.2165 level. The EUR/USD has entered the overbought zone on the hourly timeframe, suggesting odds of bearish correction in the pair. On the lower side, the pair is likely to complete 38.2% Fibonacci retracement at 1.2150 and 61.8% Fibonacci retracement at 1.2134. Selling bias seems strong.


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD pair was closed at 1.37363 after placing a high of 1.37443 and a low of 1.36092. GBP/USD pair rebounded on Tuesday during early European trading hours after falling below 1.36100 level. The GBP/USD pair’s comeback was due to the recovered risk appetite in the market and Britain’s strong job report.

However, despite the strong macroeconomic data from Great Britain, the GBP/USD pair benefited from the broad U.S. dollar’s weakness on Tuesday as investors focused more on the U.S. Federal Reserve’s upcoming decision. The risk appetite took a significant turn during the early European trading hours after a downbeat Asa Pacific session. It weighed on the safe-haven U.S. dollar that ultimately lifted the GBP/USD pair on Tuesday. U.S. stocks were high, European equities erased most of Monday’s losses, the crude oil market was also high, and bond yields were rising on both sides of the Atlantic. 

The reason behind the turnaround of the risk sentiment was the positive vaccine news, as Moderna and Pfizer announced last night that they were starting investigating a booster vaccine shot that will come between 6-12 months after the second doses and will provide immunity against the new variants of coronavirus like the one emerged in South Africa in the past few days. Meanwhile, the Johnson & Johnson CFO also said on Tuesday that they expect to release the trail data for their coronavirus vaccine next week. They were very optimistic that the data will be robust and have claimed that their vaccine will be a game-changer in the vaccine race as it will provide full immunity in a single shot.

The rising risk sentiment in the market helped the risk perceived GBP/USD currency pair gain traction and rose to post gains for the day. On the data front, at 19:00 GMT, the Housing Price Index from the U.S. for November surged to 1.0% against the projected 0.9% and supported the U.S. dollar, and capped further upside in the GBP/USD pair. The S&P/CS Composite -20 HPI for the year also surged to 9.1% against the projected 8.8% and supported the U.S. dollar. At 19:59 GMT, the Richmond Manufacturing Index for January decreased to 14 against the projected 18 and weighed on the U.S. dollar, which ultimately added more GBP/USD pair gains. At 20:00 GMT, the C.B. Consumer Confidence in January surged to 89.3 against the projected 88.9 and supported the U.S. dollar that capped further bullish momentum in GBP/USD pair.

From the Britain side, at 12:00 GMT, the Average Earnings Index for the quarter raised to 3.6% against the estimated 2.9% and supported the British pound that pushed the pair GBP/USD even higher on board. For December, the Claimant Count Change declined to 7.0K against the forecasted 47.5K and supported Sterling, which ultimately added more GBP/USD pair gains. In December, the Unemployment Rate from Britain also dropped to 5.0%against the forecasted 5.1% and supported British Pound that lifted the bullish sentiment in GBP/USD pair. AT 16:00 GMT, the CBI Realized Sales in January dropped to -50 against the estimated -32 and weighed on British Pound and capped further upside in GBP/USD pair on Tuesday.

Another reason that could also be attributed to the rising prices of GBP/USD pair on Tuesday was UK PM Boris Johnson’s latest announcement about new travel instructions. The incoming passengers in the U.K. will need to self-fund a quarantine for ten days in a hotel. The new policy was a part of a government strategy to prevent foreign strains of the virus from entering the U.K. This also helped British Pound gain strength and support the GBP/USD pair’s upward momentum on Tuesday.


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3641     1.3717

1.3607     1.3759

1.3565     1.3794

Pivot Point: 1.3683

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

On Wednesday, the GBP/USD pair continues trading with a bullish bias at 1.3733 level after violating the symmetric triangle pattern. The GBP/USD pair is trading with a bullish bias on the two-hourly timeframes, facing immediate resistance at 1.3749 area. A bullish breakout of this level is expected to trigger further buying trends until the 1.3807 mark. Today, we can expect to enter a buy position over 1.3749 and selling below the same. 


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY pair was closed at 103.617 after placing a high of 103.826 and a low of 103.553. After rising for two consecutive sessions, the USD/JPY pair dropped on Tuesday despite the market’s rising risk-on market sentiment. The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY), which measures the value of the greenback against the basket of six major currencies, was up on Tuesday by 0.2% at 90.547 level and supported the U.S. dollar. The safe-haven greenback gained in early trading hours of the day as the rising tensions between the U.S. and China over the South China Sea prompted the risk-off mood. 

On Tuesday, China said that it would conduct military exercises in the South China Sea later this week. This announcement came in just days after they had complained that a U.S. aircraft carrier group has sailed through the disputed waters. This helped the Japanese Yen gain traction due to its safe-haven nature and weighed on the USD/JPY pair. 

The US-China relation also came under headlines after Chinese President Xi Jinping warned against the new cold war. On Monday, Xi warned global leaders against starting a “new Cold War” and urged unity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. He said that building small cliques or starting a new Cold War to reject, threaten or intimidate others will only push the world into division.

The words appeared to be aimed at U.S. President Joe Biden’s plans to revitalize global alliances to counter China’s growing influence. These comments added to the tensions between China and the U.S. and raised the need for safe-haven that ultimately supported the safe-haven Japanese Yen and dragged the pair USD/JPY on the downside. However, the market’s risk sentiment came back during early European trading hours after positive news from vaccine makers came into the market. Moderna and Pfizer announced that they have started working on the booster shots of vaccines that will provide full immunity even against the new variants of the coronavirus like the one that emerged in South Africa. Meanwhile, the Johnson & Johnson CFO also announced that they would release their vaccine data next week, and they were very optimistic that it will be robust data. J&J has claimed that their vaccine will provide full immunity in a single shot, and if the data suggested so, it would be a game-changer in the vaccine race so far.

The rising risk sentiment in the market could not lift the USD/JPY pair, and the pair continued moving in the bearish trend for the day.

On the data front, at 19:00 GMT, the Housing Price Index from the U.S. for November advanced to 1.0% against the anticipated 0.9% and supported the U.S. dollar that capped further losses in the USD/JPY pair. The S&P/CS Composite -20 HPI for the year also advanced to 9.1% against the anticipated 8.8% and supported the U.S. dollar. At 19:59 GMT, the Richmond Manufacturing Index for January fell to 14 against the anticipated 18 and weighed on the U.S. dollar, adding more losses in the USD/JPY pair. At 20:00 GMT, the C.B. Consumer Confidence in January advanced to 89.3 against the anticipated 88.9 and supported U.S. dollar.

From the Japanese side, at 04:50 GMT, the SPPI for the year in December came in as -0.4% against the predicted -0.6% and supported Japanese Yen that added further downside momentum in the USD/JPY pair. At 10:00 GMT, the BOJ Core CPI for the year dropped to -0.3% against the expected -0.1% and weighed on the Japanese Yen.

Furthermore, the losses in USD/JPY were also capped after the announcement from the U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday. He said that the U.S. would accelerate the delivery of coronavirus vaccines across the country as his administration plans to buy 200 million more doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. However, Biden also warned that even with more Americans set to be inoculated sooner than previously anticipated due to additional doses, the pandemic would continue to worsen before it gets better. 

According to the Johns Hopkins University data, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has passed 100 million just over a year since the first cases of the mysterious new illness was reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan. This weighed on market sentiment and supported the safe-haven Japanese Yen that ultimately added the USD/JPY pair’s losses on Tuesday.


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

103.62     103.89

103.50     104.06

103.34     104.17

Pivot point: 103.78

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

On Wednesday, the USD/JPY continues to trade sideways inside a broad trading range of 103.900 – 103.560. The USD/JPY has formed a symmetrical triangle pattern on the 4-hour timeframe, and it has the chance of leading the pair towards the next resistance level of 104.800 upon the breakout of 104.810. The 50 periods EMA supports the bullish trend, and we may have odds of taking a buying trade over the 103.570 level today. Good luck! 

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AUD/USD Three White Soldiers – Downward Channel Set to Break! 

The AUD/USD closed at 0.77128 after placing a high of 0.77471 and a low of 0.76824. AUD/USD pair remained flat throughout the day as it ended its day at the same level it started its day with on Monday. The AUD/USD pair advanced higher during the European trading hours but reversed its gains in the second half of the day on the back of US dollar strength and the risk-off market sentiment. The risk perceived Aussie suffered when the rising global number of deaths and coronavirus cases raised fears for global economic recovery and surged the appeal for a safe-haven.

As the banks were closed due to Australia Day Holiday on Monday, the currency pair AUD/USD left with the US dollar market valuation. The US Dollar Index (DXY) climbed to 90.51 on Monday however struggled to remain there and preserve its bullish momentum. The rising greenback prices added weight to the AUD/USD pair, and the pair started to lose its early daily gains. The US dollar was also strong on board as the rival currencies, including Euro and British Pound, were weak on the day. As well, the prospects of the massive stimulus of $1.9 trillion in coronavirus relief fund were also fading in the market over the speculation of bill facing rejection at Senate. Senate has already passed a bill of 900 billion US dollars in the previous month, and there is very little possibility that they would agree to pass trillions of dollars in spending after a short passage of time.

These hopes also kept the US dollar stronger and continued weighing on the AUD/USD pair on Monday. Meanwhile, the risk-off market sentiment also kept the pair under pressure on the day. The rising number of coronavirus cases and death rate across the globe due to new variants of COVID-19 raised fears of nationwide lockdown in many countries that ultimately raised the question of global economic recovery and supported the risk-off market sentiment.

The risk-sensitive Aussie suffered in risk-off market sentiment and started to decline that ultimately dragged the pair AUD/USD further on the downside, and the pair closed its day on the same level it started its day with, giving flat movement for the day. On the data front, at 19:00 GMT, CB Leading Index from China raised in December to 1.2% against the previous 1.1% and supported the China-proxy Australian dollar, and capped further downside in AUD/USD pair.



Daily Technical Levels

Support Resistance

0.7706 0.7723

0.7698 0.7732

0.7688 0.7741

Pivot Point: 0.7715

The AUD/USD is trading at 0.7733 level, having formed three white soldiers on the two-hourly timeframe. On the higher side, the pair may find an immediate resistance at the 0.7745 level. Continuation of an upward trend can extend buying trend until 0.7745 level. A bullish breakout of 0.7745 level is also expected to trigger further buying until the next target level of 0.7776 level. The MACD is exhibiting a bullish crossover on the two-hourly timeframes, and the downward channel seems to get violated. I will be looking to take a sell trade if the Aussie manages to stay below the 0.7745 level. Good luck! 

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Daily F.X. Analysis, January 26 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – C.B. Consumer Confidence Ahead! 

Investor’s eyes will stay on the Claimant Count Change and Unemployment Rate data from the U.K. as it’s likely to drive market movements during the European session. Later on, the C.B. Consumer Confidence from the U.S. will focus on the New York session today.

Economic Events to Watch Today  

  


EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

The EUR/USD closed at 1.21415 after placing a high of 1.21831 and a low of 1.21158. After rising for two consecutive sessions, the EUR/USD pair dropped on Monday as the common currency remained under pressure due to the slow pace of coronavirus vaccination roll out in Europe. The slow distribution of vaccines and the new manufacturing issues lagged the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in the old continent. After Pfizer told the E.U. that retooling in its Belgian plant would cause a delay, AstraZeneca made a similar announcement on Friday. The bloc has a substantial deal with the British pharmaceutical, and the European regulator was set to approve it on Friday.

Apart from the vaccine delays, the fears of new coronavirus variants were also of concern and could trigger another nationwide lockdown in France, the Eurozone’s second-largest economy. Berlin has also announced to extend its restrictions through mid-February. On the other hand, the safe-haven U.S. dollar was on the back foot across the board due to U.S. President Joe Biden pushing his $1.9 trillion relief program. Simultaneously, moderate Senators were pushing back against approving new expenditure only a month after they approved $900 billion of funds. However, Democrats were set to ram through the package via a reconciliation that would relieve them of the need to receive Republicans’ support.

Another option is to quickly approve the coronavirus-related funds and delaying the other aspects of the suggested package, such as a hike to the minimum wage. These options also kept the prospects of package delivery in the act and kept weighing on the U.S. dollar that ultimately capped further downside in the EUR/USD pair. On the data front, at 14:00 GMT, the German IFO Business Climate dropped to 90.1 against the forecasted 91.5 and weighed on Euro. At 19:00 GMT, the Belgian NBB Business Climate dropped to -7.5 against the expected -8.0 and supported Euro.

It seems like the German Business Climate went down because of the issues mentioned above, as the lockdown restrictions have badly disturbed the business community and weighed on the common currency that dragged the EUR/USD prices on the downside. Meanwhile, equity markets have posted healthy gains over the last few weeks on bets coronavirus vaccines will start to reduce infection rates worldwide and on a stronger U.S. economic recovery under President Joe Biden. 

However, the vaccine rollout has been uneven, with relatively rapid progress in the U.K. but a much slower rollout in France. AstraZeneca warned of further delays to deliveries of its vaccines in Europe on Friday due to production blockage at one of its manufacturing partners. Over the weekend, Italy threatened legal action against both Astra and Pfizer over delivery delays. On Sunday, France has announced to impose a third lockdown that was already under a national 12-hour curfew. All these developments turned the European futures red and weighed on risk sentiment that ultimately dragged the EUR/USD pair on the downside.

On Monday, ECB President Christine Lagarde said that Climate Change could create short-term volatility in output and inflation through extreme weather events and, if left unaddressed, can have long-lasting effects on growth and inflation. ECB announced on Monday that it was creating a team of around 10 ECB employees, reporting directly to Lagarde to set the central bank’s agenda on climate-related topics.

On Monday, the ECB Chief Economist Philip Lane said that the European Central bank primarily focused on bank credit conditions ad bond yields when assessing if financing conditions were favorable. He added that naturally, the focus on credit conditions in the banking system on one side and the bond market on the other side was consistent with the main methods used by central banks in steering financial conditions. On Tuesday, the Federal Reserve will meet for its first monetary policy meeting, and the decision of the meeting will be handed down on the next day. EUR/USD pair traders will keep an eye on Fed’s decision for future impetus.


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.2163       1.2173

1.2158       1.2178

1.2153       1.2183

Pivot Point: 1.2168

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The EUR/USD pair’s technical side has turned bearish as it trades below the support level of 1.2133 level. Formation of the bearish engulfing candle on the hourly timeframe can extend selling bias until the support level of 1.2115 area. Whereas, further selling trend can lead the EUR/USD pair towards the support level of 1.2090 mark. Selling bias seems to dominate the EUR/USD pair today.


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD closed at 1.36757 after placing a high of 1.37232 and a low of 1.36485. The GBP/USD pair struggled to advance on Monday amid the concerns over the coronavirus pandemic that worsened and raised the safe-haven appeal. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed data that suggested the U.K. coronavirus variant actually may be deadlier than other variants. A British report found that the variant was associated with a higher death rate than other variants. But the United Kingdom’s chief scientist Patrick Vallance has stressed to reporters that the evidence was not yet strong. 

Previous research has shown that the variant was more contagious than the previous form of coronavirus. But scientists did not believe it was more deadly as it began spreading in the U.K. last fall. Several separate analysis from British researchers found that the patients infected with the variant have a higher risk of severe disease and death. However, U.K. scientists insisted that these researches have several limitations and that more research was needed to confirm these findings.

These reports raised concerns for economic recovery as the threats of new variants could mean new and stricter restrictions throughout the globe. That raised the risk-off market sentiment that ultimately weighed on the risk perceived GBP/USD pair on Monday.

The British Pound advanced last week against its major rival currencies due to a combination of higher market sentiment and hopes for Britain ramping up its coronavirus vaccination scheme. However, the coronavirus pandemic continued to weigh heavily on the British Pound outlook due to the new variant and its association with the mortality rate. As a result, the U.K. government indicated that the current lockdown could last for quite some time as infection rates remain high in the country. These coronavirus fears continued weighing on the British Pound on Monday and dragged the GBP/USD pair on the downside in the absence of any macroeconomic data from both sides.

On the U.S. side, the safe-haven U.S. dollar was strong on Monday as investors were hesitant to sell it as global coronavirus pandemic fears boosted the appetite for safer assets. The greenback’s strength also weighed on GBP/USD pair and extended its losses on the day. However, the GBP/USD pair’s losses started to reverse in the late session on Monday, and the currency pair ended its day with zero loss or gained as it was closed at the same level it began its day with. The reversal in GBP/USD pair in late trading hours came in due to some good news from the U.K. side. 

The U.K. saw a sustained weakness in the infections and the death toll on Monday as the country reported the lowest cases since mid-December on that day. The British Health Secretary Matt Hancock praised the latest measures to flash early positive signs while conveying heavy vaccination and lockdown success. However, the overall sentiment remained depressing as the delayed U.S. coronavirus aid package and AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccine delivery raised fears for global economic recovery.


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3677       1.3694

1.3668       1.3700

1.3661       1.3710

Pivot Point: 1.3684

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD pair continues trading with a bullish bias after violating the narrow trading range of 1.3680 – 1.3670. On the upper side, the GBP/USD may face resistance at 1.3736 level now, as the pair may form a triple top pattern here. At the same time, the support continues to hold around 1.3697 level. On the 2 hour timeframe, the GBP/USD has formed a symmetric triangle pattern, which is likely to provide resistance at 1.3701 along with support at 1.3613 level. Today, we can expect a choppy session in the Cable pair.   


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY closed at 103.756 after placing a high of 103.934 and a low of 103.670. USD/JPY pair extended its gains on Monday however remained depressive due to the risk-off market sentiment.

The demand for the greenback of risk-aversion pushed the USD/JPY pair to a daily high near 104 level. However, the U.S. treasury yields came under pressure with the yield on benchmark 10-year note down to 1.03% weighed by the news that U.S. President Biden’s stimulus plan faces opposition from Republican and Democrat lawmakers.

The $1.9 trillion stimulus package proposed by Biden is expected to get pass by the House of Representatives that is led by Democrats backing Biden. Still, the bill could face rejection at Senate as many senators were reluctant to pass another massive amount for spending just after a month of releasing $900 billion. However, Democrats were set to push through the package via a settlement that would relieve them of the need to receive Republicans’ support. Another option is to rapidly support the coronavirus-related funds and postpone the other suggested package features, such as a hike to the minimum wage.

Furthermore, the Federal Reserve monthly rate decision followed by Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s news conference is set to deliver later this week. Rates are projected to remain flat at a near-zero level that has stood there for almost a year now due to the coronavirus pandemic crisis. However, Powell’s words will be inspected for even the smallest signal of when recovery is likely expected, and as well as a narrowing of stimulus measures.

Over the past fortnight, Powell has claimed that tapering of stimulus measures will not happen anytime soon. Still, bond traders have completely ignored him and continued pushing yields higher in the hope of proving the Fed chief wrong that ultimately supported the U.S. dollar and raised the USD/JPY pair on Monday. 


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

103.77       103.82

103.74       103.86

103.71       103.88

Pivot Point: 103.80

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

The safe-haven pair USD/JPY continues to trade sideways inside a broad trading range of 104.340 – 103.560. The USD/JPY has formed a sideways channel on the 4-hour timeframe, and it has the chance of leading the pair towards the next resistance level of 104.800 upon the breakout of 104.810. The 50 periods EMA supports the bullish trend, and we may have odds of taking a buying trade over the 103.570 level today. Good luck! 

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Daily F.X. Analysis, January 25 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – ECB President Lagarde in Limelight! 

On the news front, eyes will remain on the ECB President Lagarde Speaks and German Ifo Business Climate figures from the Eurozone. President Lagarde is due to participate in a virtual panel discussion titled “Restoring Economic Growth” at Davos 2021.

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EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

 EUR/USD pair was closed at 1.21707 after placing a high of 1.21893 and a low of 1.21513. The EUR/USD tried to break above the strong resistance level of 1.2200 on Friday but failed as the U.S. dollar strength and the worsened pandemic situation around the bloc added pressure on the single currency Euro.

The U.S. dollar was strong across the board as investors were worried about the chances that President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal failed to gain traction. Hopes have raised that the package’s final deal could be smaller or just be dragged, and this supported the local currency U.S. dollar, which ultimately capped further upside in the EUR.USD pair on Friday.

Meanwhile, the U.S. dollar was also strong due to better than expected macroeconomic data release on Friday. At 19:45 GMT, the Flash Manufacturing PMI rose to 59.1 against the forecasted 56.6 and supported the U.S. dollar, and capped further gains in EUR/USD pair. The Flash Services PMI also rose to 57.5 against the forecasted 53.3 and supported the U.S. dollar. At 20:00 GMT, the Existing Home Sales also rose to 6.76M against the forecasted 6.55M and supported the U.S. dollar, and limited the upward momentum in EUR/USD pair. From the European side, at 13:15 GMT, the French Flash Services PMI dropped to 46.5 against the predicted 48.3 and weighed on Euro. The French Flash Manufacturing PMI raised to 51.5 against the expected 50.6 and supported Euro that added further gains in EUR/USD pair. At 13:30 GMT, the German Flash Manufacturing PMI remained flat at 57.0. The German Flash Services PMI raised to 46.8 against the forecasted 45.1 and supported Euro that ultimately provided additional gains to EUR/USD pair. At 14:00 GMT, the Flash Manufacturing PMI remained flat with the expectations of 54.7. The Flash Services PMI raised to 45.0 against the projected 44.4 and supported Euro and pushed the EUR/USD pair higher. 

Meanwhile, the EUR/USD pair hit its highest in the week on Friday, but the day’s gains were small as the European leaders showed frustration about the slow vaccination pace. The new mutants of coronavirus raised fresh concerns in the European Union as the governments considered imposing stricter border controls and banning non-essential travel.

The European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde warned that the pandemic still poses severe risks to the Eurozone economy as concerns grow about new variants and sluggish vaccination campaigns. While many countries were struggling to reduce the number of infections, the emergence of more contagious virus variants first discovered in the U.K. and South Africa has added to nervousness. 

However, one factor that helped the common currency in this depressing environment to stay strong onboard was European Central Bank’s latest decision. ECB said that risks remain tilted to the downside, but they were less pronounced. The President of ECB also emphasized the need for more monetary support while the policy remained unchanged. 


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.2127       1.2190

1.2086       1.2214

1.2063       1.2254

Pivot point: 1.2150

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The EUR/USD continues trading bullish at 1.2173 level and holding right above the 1.2158 support mark. Over this level, the EUR/USD has chances of bullish trend continuation until 1.2220 level. The pair has recently closed candles over 1.2158, and the continuation of the upward trend seems very likely as the 50 periods EMA supports the pair. On the higher side, the EUR/USD may find a target around 1.2220 level.


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD pair was closed at 1.36816 after a high of 1.37358 and a low of 1.36354. After rising for three consecutive days, the GBP/USD pair dropped on Friday as the coronavirus pandemic hit the country hard and raised concerns for economic recovery as the lockdown restrictions extended. 

The GBP/USD pair also fell on Friday amid the broad-based strength of the greenback triggered by the rising U.S. Treasury yields and the stronger than expected macroeconomic data. The U.S. dollar was also strong as the market’s investors shifted their focus from Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion massive stimulus package and rather ignored its prospects.

The GBP/USD pair saw selling pressure on Friday as the death toll around the country rose to an alarming level amid the coronavirus’s new variant. According to a rolling analysis by Oxford University, until Thursday, the U.K. had the highest per capita daily death toll of any other country globally, around twice that of the United States.

Given this state, the British government extended the nationwide lockdown till July 17 and also decided to quarantine travelers from high-risk coronavirus countries for at least 10-days as it failed to curb the rising number of coronavirus variant infections. Meanwhile, Britain’s hospitals were also struggling under an ever-growing flow of patients. In the extended lockdown situation, the economic concerns raised rapidly and weighed on the Sterling that ultimately dragged the currency pair GBP/USD on the downside.

Furthermore, on Friday, a U.K. report was released that stated a realistic possibility that the new U.K. variant had a higher mortality rate than other variants. While the data was not decisive but UK PM Boris Johnson said that there was some evidence that the new variant may be connected with a higher degree of mortality. This news added concerns about economic recovery and weighed on the British Pound that added GBP/SD pair losses.

On the data front, at 19:45 GMT, the Flash Manufacturing PMI advanced to 59.1 against the projected 56.6 and supported the U.S. dollar that dragged the GBP/USD pair even on the downside. The Flash Services PMI also advanced to 57.5 against the projected 53.3 and supported the U.S. dollar. At 20:00 GMT, the Existing Home Sales also advanced to 6.76M against the projected 6.55M and supported the U.S. dollar and added GBP/USD pair losses.

From Britain’s side, at 05:01 GMT, the GfK Consumer Confidence for January dropped to -28 against the expected -30 and supported British Pound that capped further downward momentum in GBP/USD pair. At 14:30 GMT, the Flash Manufacturing PMI for January dropped to 52.9 against the forecasted 53.5 and weighed on the British Pound, ultimately pushing the pair GBP/USD lower. The Flash Manufacturing PMI also dropped to 38.8 against the expected 45.2 and weighed on British Pound and added GBP/USD pair losses.


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3676      1.3763

1.3624      1.3798

1.3589      1.3850

Pivot Point: 1.3711

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD pair continues trading with a bullish bias after violating the narrow trading range of 1.3680 – 1.3670. On the higher side, the GBP/USD may find resistance at 1.3736 level now, as the pair may form a triple top pattern here. At the same time, the support continues to hold around 1.3697 level. Bullish bias dominates. 


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY closed at 103.769 after placing a high of 103.884 and a low of 103.446. After falling for two consecutive sessions, the USD/JPY pair rose on Friday amid the broad-based U.S. dollar strength; however, the sentiment remained depressing as the pandemic raised concerns for the economic recovery. The U.S. Dollar Index that measures the value of the greenback against the basket of six currencies was up by 0.1% on Friday to 90.243 level and supported the U.S. dollar that ultimately added gains in the currency pair USD/JPY.

The U.S. dollar was also high onboard on Friday as the U.S. Treasury yields also rose on the day amid the idea of greater borrowing to fund the additional stimulus proposed by Joe Biden for %1.9 trillion as it could raise the inflation and change the Federal Reserve’s ultra-loose monetary stance. This supported the risk-on market sentiment that ultimately supported the USD/JPY pair as traders were prepared to buy riskier currencies on the idea of quicker than previously expected global economic recovery after the additional stimulus to the economy.

However, these hopes deteriorated after the new variants of coronavirus from the U.K. and South Africa raised global economic concerns in the market. According to a report released on Friday from the U.K., there was a convincing possibility that the new variant of coronavirus in Britain had a higher death rate than other variants. While the data was not conclusive, but UK PM Boris Johnson said that there was some evidence that the new variant may be related to a higher degree of mortality.

This prompted U.S. President Joe Biden to reinstate a ban on most non-US citizens entering the country from Brazil and the U.K., where more transmissible variants of the coronavirus have emerged recently months. According to public health officials, the U.S. also added South Africa to the restricted list as the concerning variant has already spread beyond South Africa. Arrivals from Ireland and 26 countries in Europe were also banned to protect the people of the U.S. as it has already faced the pandemic on an extreme level.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that these measures were taken to protect Americans and reduce the risks of these variants spreading and worsening the current pandemic that already affected about 25 million Americans. These developments raised the global economic recovery concerns and added in the risk-off market sentiment that ultimately capped further upside in the USD/JPY pair.

On the data front, at 19:45 GMT, the Flash Manufacturing PMI increased to 59.1 against the anticipated 56.6 and supported the U.S. dollar that added in the upward momentum of the USD/JPY pair. The Flash Services PMI also increased to 57.5 against the anticipated 53.3 and supported the U.S. dollar. At 20:00 GMT, the Existing Home Sales also increased to 6.76M against the anticipated 6.55M and supported the U.S. dollar that pushed the USD/JPY pair higher.

At 04:30 GMT, National Core CPI for the year from Japan came in as -1.0% against the projected -1.1% and supported Japanese Yen. At 05:30 GMT, the Flash Manufacturing PMI dropped to 49.7 against the forecasted 50.1 and weighed on the Japanese Yen, supporting the upward momentum in the USD/JPY pair on Friday.


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

103.33      103.67

103.16      103.84

102.99      104.01

Pivot point: 103.50

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

On Monday, the safe-haven pair USD/JPY continues to trade sideways inside a broad trading range of 104.340 – 103.560. The USD/JPY has formed a sideways channel on the 4-hour timeframe, and it has the chance of leading the pair towards the next resistance level of 104.800 upon the breakout of 104.810. The 50 periods EMA supports the bullish trend, and we may have odds of taking a buying trade over the 103.570 level today. Good luck! 

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Daily F.X. Analysis, January 22 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – Manufacturing & Services PMI Ahead!  

On the news front, eyes will remain on the Manufacturing PMI and Services PMI figures from the Eurozone, U.K., and the United States. Almost all of the economic figures are expected to perform poorly than in previous months. Price action will depend upon any surprise changes in the PMI figures.

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EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

UR/USD pair was closed at 1.21671 after placing a high of 1.21728 and a low of 1.21022. Despite the rising fears of the Eurozone falling into recession due to the damage caused by pandemic across the bloc, as warned by the European Central Bank President Christin Lagarde, the Euro rose against the U.S. dollar to a one-week high.

On Thursday, the European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said that the coronavirus pandemic was still posing serious risks to the eurozone economy as lockdowns were tightened across the region. She added that the start of vaccination campaigns across the euro area was an important milestone in resolving the ongoing health crisis. Nonetheless, the pandemic continued to pose serious risks to public health and the euro area and the global economies.

In many of the European nations, the New Year began with stricter social restrictions and national lockdowns. This week, Germany extended a national lockdown until February 14, and the Netherlands announced that there would be a curfew starting from next week. France also chose to intensify its curfew hours earlier this month, while Portugal decided to close schools from Friday.

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Europe has reported more than 16 million coronavirus infections, with more than 400,000 deaths so far. Lagarde said that it was ready to update its policies whenever necessary amid the economic uncertainty. She added that ECB’s main policy target was to achieve an inflation rate close to 2%. 

Meanwhile, at its policy meeting on Thursday, ECB kept its interest rates and its huge stimulus program unchanged. The main refinancing operations remained flat at 0.00%, the marginal lending facility at 0.25%, and the deposit facility at -0.50%. The Governing Council has also decided to continue the purchases under the pandemic emergency purchase program (PEPP) with a total of 1850 billion euros until at least the end of March 2022.

In December, the bank estimated a GDP rate of 3.9% for 2021 and 2.1% for 2022. However, according to ECB, there were doubts over how the euro area will cope this year after a 7.3% GDP drop last year. ECB also signaled it might not need the full extent of its emergency purchase program to support the recovery. However, chances for an increase in the program were also mentioned to ensure the euro area economy remains well-financed. These comments from Lagarde failed to reverse the upward momentum of the EUR/USD pair on Thursday.

On the data front, at 19:30 GMT, the Consumer Confidence from Europe for January dropped to -16 against the expected -15 and weighed on Euro that capped further upside in EUR/USD pair. From the U.S. side, at 18:30 GMT, the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index for January rose to 26.5 against the forecasted 11.2 and supported the U.S. dollar that limited the upward momentum in EUR/USD pair. The Unemployment Claims from last week were decreased to 900K from the forecasted 930K and supported U.S. dollar. 

For December, the Building Permits rose to 1.71M against the forecasted 1.60M and supported the U.S. dollar. From December, the Housing Starts also rose to 1.67M against the forecasted 1.56M and supported the U.S. dollar that also weighed on the rising EUR/USD prices.

Despite strong macroeconomic data from the U.S., the greenback remained on the back foot on Thursday. It declined almost 0.2% against its rival currencies amid the rising hopes for a further stimulus package under Joe Biden’s administration. This weakness of the U.S. dollar also supported the EUR/USD pair’s rising prices on Thursday.

Furthermore, the U.S. recorded the death toll from coronavirus above 400,000, and it was expecting about 500,000 deaths from the pandemic by mid-February. This alarming situation prompted Joe Biden to sign orders to intensify the vaccination program that ultimately added to the market’s risk sentiment and supported the risk perceived EUR/USD pair on Thursday.


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.2006      1.2091

1.2039      1.2106

1.2058      1.2139

Pivot Point: 1.2062

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The EUR/USD is trading with a bullish bias at 1.2128 level. The EUR/USD is holding right below 50 periods EMA on the hourly timeframe, extending the EUR/USD pair’s resistance. On the lower side, the support level continues to hold around 1.2120 and 1.2062 level. The MACD and RSI are suggesting a mixed bias for the EUR/USD pair. Buying can be seen over 1.2115.


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD pair was closed at 1.37332 after placing a high of 1.37456 and a low of 1.36469. GBP/USD pair rose to its highest since May 2018 on Thursday amid broad-based U.S. dollar weakness and a rising appetite for risk. The GBP/USD pair rose for 3rd consecutive session on Thursday as the global appetite for risk was raised, with Joe Biden sworn in as 46th President of the United States. Another reason behind the rising GBP/USD prices was the weaker U.S. dollar driven by the rising hopes for a massive stimulus package under Biden’s administration.

The new President is expected to announce a $1.9 trillion stimulus package to help the American economy survive through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has cost more than 400,000 American lives. Markets were confident that the stimulus package would boost the global economic situation and, in turn, will also push the risk-sensitive Pound higher.

 Moreover, the British Pound was already strong onboard due to Bank of England’s governor Andrew Bailey who expected a pronounced recovery in Britain’s economy as vaccination against coronavirus is underway. On Thursday, the Bank of England released the credit conditions survey that indicated an increase in the mortgage payment default rates at the beginning of 2021 as the pandemic’s economic impact hit the households. This weighed a little over British Pound and capped further upside in GBP/USD pair on Thursday.


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3622      1.3717

1.3576      1.3764

1.3528      1.3811

Pivot Point: 1.3670

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD pair continues trading sideways between a narrow trading range of 1.3740 – 1.3703 level. On the lower side, a bearish breakout of 1.3703 level can extend the selling trend until the next support level of 1.3679 level. Conversely, a bullish crossover of 1.3740 can extend buying trend until the 1.3775 level. Let’s keep our eyes on the 1.3700 level today.


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY pair was closed at 103.489 after placing a high of 103.666 and a low of 103.325. The currency pair USD/JPY remained under consolidation and posted small losses as the U.S. dollar remained weak throughout the day. The main driver of currency pair USD/JPY on Thursday remained the rising hopes for massive stimulus from the new President of the U.S. and the latest growth outlook from the Bank of Japan.

The Bank of Japan kept its monetary policy steady on Thursday, upgraded its economic forecast for the next fiscal year, and warned of escalating risks to the outlook as new coronavirus emergency measures threatened to disrupt a fragile recovery.

Bank of Japan maintained its targets under yield curve control at -0.1% for short-term interest rates and around 0% for 10-year bond yields. The Governor of BOJ Haruhiko Kuroda said that the board had discussed the bank’s review of its policy tools due in March, though he also dropped a few hints on the outcome.

In the fresh quarterly projections, the Bank of Japan upgraded next fiscal year’s growth forecast to a 3.9% expansion from a 3.6% gain seen three months ago based on hopes the government’s huge spending package will soften the blow from the pandemic. This projection raised the Japanese Yen that ultimately weighed on the USD/JPY pair on Thursday.

However, BOJ offered a depressing view on consumption and warned that services spending would remain under strong downward pressure due to the fresh state of emergency measures taken this month. Kuroda said that the risk of Japan sliding back into deflation was not high and signaled the BOJ had offered sufficient stimulus, for now, to ease the blow from COVID-19.

On the data front, at 18:30 GMT, the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index for January advanced to 26.5 against the anticipated 11.2 and supported the U.S. dollar. The Unemployment Claims from last week fell to 900K from the anticipated 930K and supported the U.S. dollar that capped further downside in the USD/JPY pair. For December, the Building Permits advanced to 1.71M against the anticipated 1.60M and supported the U.S. dollar. The Housing Starts from December also advanced to 1.67M against the anticipated 1.56M and supported the U.S. dollar and limited USD/JPY pair losses.

From Japan, at 04:50 GMT, the Trade Balance from December dropped to 0.48T against the expected 0.70T and weighed on the Japanese Yen that limited the downfall in the USD/JPY pair on Thursday. Despite the stronger than expected macroeconomic data from the U.S., the greenback fell by 0.2% against the basket of six currencies and weighed on the USD/JPY pair as the hopes for a massive stimulus package from Democratic President Joe Biden increased.

Joe Biden is expected to announce a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that will ultimately weigh on the local currency. Furthermore, the rising death cases from coronavirus in the U.S. also weighed on the U.S. dollar as the death toll surpassed 400,000 and raised fears. The weakness of the U.S. dollar dragged the USD/JPY prices on the downside on Thursday.


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

103.53      104.16

103.31      104.56

102.91      104.78

Pivot Point: 103.94

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

On Friday, the USD/JPY continues to trade sideways inside a wide trading range of 104.340 – 103.560. The USD/JPY has formed a sideways channel on the 4-hour timeframe, and it has the chance of leading the pair towards the next resistance level of 104.800 upon the breakout of 104.810. The 50 periods EMA supports the bullish trend, and we may have odds of taking a buying trade over the 103.570 level today. Good luck! 

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AUD/USD Bearish Engulfing Candle – Is It Good Time to Sell?

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During Tuesday’s early European trading session, the AUD/USD currency pair snapped its previous two-day losing streak and caught some fresh bids around above 0.7700 level mostly due to the recent upticks in S&P 500 index, which tend to underpin the perceived risk currency Australian dollar and contributes to the currency pair gains. Hence, the market trading sentiment was being supported by the optimism over the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and hopes for additional U.S. fiscal stimulus measures. 

Across the pond, the broad-based U.S. dollar bearish bias, triggered by multiple factors, also played its major role in strengthening the currency pair. In contrast to this, the long-lasting coronavirus distress globally keeps questioning the market’s upbeat mood, which could cap gains for the currency pair. At this time, the AUD/USD currency pair is currently trading at 0.7710 and consolidating in the range between 0.7672 – 0.7725.

The market trading sentiment has been gaining positive traction since the day started and was being supported by the optimism over the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and hopes for additional U.S. fiscal stimulus measures. As per the latest report, the U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is prepared to take office on January 20, pushing for the $1.9 trillion stimulus package already outlined last week. In the meantime, the Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen is also expected to push the government to “act big” with its next coronavirus relief package when she testifies before the Senate later on Tuesday. Hence, the prevalent upbeat market mood underpinned the Australian dollar’s perceived risk currency and contributed to the currency pair gains.

At the USD front, the broad-based U.S. dollar failed to gain any positive traction during the early European trading hours amid risk-on market sentiment. Apart from this, the greenback losses could also be associated with the low-interest record rates’ expectations. Conversely, the expectations of a larger government borrowing recently triggered a fresh leg up in the U.S. Treasury bond yields, which might help the U.S. dollar limit any meaningful downside. However, the losses in the U.S. dollar pushed the currency pair higher. The U.S. Dollar Index that tracks the greenback against a bucket of other currencies dropped by 0.11% to 90.653 by 11:03 PM ET (4:03 AM GMT). 

On the bearish side, the long-lasting worries about the continuous surge in new COVID-19 cases challenging the upbeat market sentiment and turned out to be one of the key factors that kept the lid on any additional gains in the currency pair. Furthermore, the cautious sentiment ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugural ceremony also probes the bulls.

In the absence of high impact economic events from the U.S., the U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen’s testimony will influence the USD price dynamics. Meanwhile, the broader market risk sentiment could produce some short-term trading opportunities around the currency pair.


Daily Support and Resistance

S1 0.7606

S2 0.7642

S3 0.7662

Pivot Point 0.7679

R1 0.7698

R2 0.7715

R3 0.7752

The AUD/USD is trading at 0.7709 level holding below an immediate resistance level of 0.7725. The recent closing bearish engulfing candles can trigger odds of selling bias in the AUD/USD pair. However, we are not taking a sell trade yet, as the 50 periods EMA and MACD is staying in a bullish zone. Let’s keep an eye on the 0.7722 level as selling can be expected below this level along with buying over the 0.7722 mark. Good luck! 

 

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Daily F.X. Analysis, January 19 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – Economic Sentiment Under Spotlight!

The eyes will remain on the European German ZEW Economic Sentiment data and the Current Account figures from Europe on the news front. All of the figures are expected to have a mixed impact, which may put sideways in the single currency Euro. Besides this, the eyes will stay on the German Final CPI figures.

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EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

Today in the Asian trading session, the EUR/USD currency pair successfully extended its overnight bullish streak and remained supportive around just below 1.2100 level of upbeat market trading that weighed on the U.S. dollar. The U.S. dollar weakness was seen as one of the key factors that pushed the currency pair higher. However, the sentiment around the equity market was being supported by the expectations of additional fiscal stimulus. It should be noted that the U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is ready to take Office on January 20, pushing for the $1.9 trillion stimulus package already planned last week. Meanwhile, the cautious sentiment ahead of the Biden government’s inauguration and the coronavirus (COVID-19) worried added further weakness to the greenback and contributed to the currency pair gains. Across the Atlantic, the Eurozone finance ministers’ latest push for financial support for their economies to boost the post-pandemic recovery plans also played its major role in underpinning the EUR/USD currency pair. 

The escalating concerns over the COVID-19 cases and economically-painful hard lockdowns keep questioning the pair’s upside momentum on the bearish side. As of writing, the EUR/USD currency pair is currently trading at 1.2087 and consolidating in the range between 52.17 – 52.49. The market trading sentiment managed to erase its previous-day losses and turned positive during the Asian trading session on the day. However, the reason could be attributed to the high expectations of additional fiscal stimulus. It is worth recalling that the U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is ready to take Office on January 20, pushing for the $1.9 trillion stimulus package already outlined last week. In the meantime, the Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen is expected to push the government to “act big” with its next coronavirus relief package when she testifies before the Senate later on Tuesday. This latest optimism put a bid under risk assets and weighed over the safe-haven U.S. dollar. 

On the bearish side, the concerns about rising COVID-19 cases and economically-painful hard lockdowns keep challenging the upbeat market performance, which was seen as the key factor that kept the lid on any additional gains the currency pair. As per the latest report, the COVID-19 cases in Europe, the U.S., and the U.K. decreased somewhat but still not satisfactory as the strains are spreading faster, which in turn cause fresh activity restrictions. Moving ahead, the market traders will keep their eyes on the German ZEW survey, which is due to release later in the day. Meanwhile, the covid updates and any additional stimulus hint will also be key to watch.


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.2006      1.2091

1.2039      1.2106

1.2058      1.2139

Pivot Point: 1.2072

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The EUR/USD is trading over 1.2064 support level, and closing of bullish engulfing candles over the same level supports the chances of

bullish correction until the 1.2115 level. On the lower side, the bearish breakout of the 1.2065 level can drive the selling trend until the support level of 1.2005. The 50 EMA and MACD suggest the pair is oversold and should reverse back slightly before exhibiting selling bias.


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD currency pair failed to stop its previous session bearish bias and drew some offers around the 1.3535 level mainly due to the prevalent cautious mood, which underpinned the U.S. dollar and contributed to the currency pair losses. The optimism over the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines helps the currency pair to limit its deeper losses along with capping the losses could be the latest report by U.K. vaccine deployment minister Nadhim Zahawi that everyone will be granted a vaccine by September. Currently, the GBP/USD currency pair is currently trading at 1.3537 and consolidating in the range between the 1.3524 – 1.3602.

Despite the on-going optimism about a potential treatment/vaccine and U.S. coronavirus (COVID-19) stimulus bill, the market risk mood failed to stop its previous negative performance and stay bearish during the European session amid growing market concerns over the potential economic fallout from the continuous rise in new COVID-19. The worries were further fueled by Friday’s disappointing U.S. monthly Retail Sales figures for December. 

At the USD front, the broad-based U.S. dollar extended its early-day gaining streak and remained bullish during the European session on the day as investors still preferring to invest in the safe-haven assets in the wake of the risk-off market sentiment. However, the U.S. dollar gains were seen as one of the key factors that kept the currency pair lower. 

The currency pair was further pressured across the ocean by the imposition of fresh restrictions in the U.K. On the other hand, the optimism over the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines failed to give any meaningful support to the currency pair. The market traders will keep their eyes on the BOE Gov Bailey Speaks along with the Candian Housing Starts data. In the meantime, the coronavirus saga developments could play a key role in influencing the market risk sentiment and the USD price dynamics. 


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3555      1.3722

1.3445      1.3781

1.3387      1.3890

Pivot Point: 1.3613

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD pair trades have bounced off over the support level of 1.3534 level, and it’s likely to face resistance at the support become resistance level of 1.3617 level. Bullish crossover of this level can extend buying trend until 1.3697 area. On the lower side, the violation of the 1.3534 support level can extend the selling trend until the 1.3457 level. The MACD and RSI are in support of buying; thus, we should consider buying over 1.3617 and selling below the same.   


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY currency pair failed to stop its previous-day declining streak and remained depressed near 103.70 level mainly due to the worsening coronavirus (COVID-19) woes in the U.S., Europe, and some of the notable Asian nations like Japan, which fuel doubts over the global economic recovery and weighs on the market trading sentiment. In that way, the prevalent cautious sentiment benefitted the safe-haven Japanese yen and was seen as one of the key factors that exerting pressure on the USD/JPY currency pair. 

In contrast to this, the broad-based U.S. dollar strength, backed by the market risk-off tone, has become the key factor that helps the currency pair limit its deeper losses. Meanwhile, the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine’s positive developments help the market trading sentiment limit its deeper losses, which might change the currency pair’s direction. As of writing, the USD/JPY currency pair is currently trading at 103.77 and consolidating in the range between 103.69 – 103.93.

Despite the optimism about a potential treatment/vaccine, the market risk mood failed to stop its previous negative performance and stay bearish during the European session amid growing market concerns over the potential economic fallout from the continuous rise in new COVID-19. These worries were further fueled by Friday’s disappointing U.S. monthly Retail Sales figures for December. At the data front, the core retail sales declined 1.4% month-on-month in December, which was higher than the 0.1% contraction in forecasts and the 1.3% contraction recorded in November. Simultaneously, the Producer Price Index (PPI) increased 0.3% month on month in December, while retail sales declined 0.7% MoM in the same month. 

At the coronavirus front, the coronavirus (COVID-19) resurgence in Europe and the U.S. is still not showing any sign of slowing down, which keeps fueling the doubts over the economic recovery as the authorities in the U.S. and Europe keep imposing back to back restrictions over activities in efforts to control the spread of the virus. This, in turn, exerted downside pressure on the market risk tone and contributed to currency pair losses.

The traders will focus on the BOE Gov Bailey Speaks, and the Candian Housing Starts data. In the meantime, the coronavirus saga developments could play a key role in influencing the market risk sentiment and the USD price dynamics. 


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

103.53      104.16

103.31      104.56

102.91      104.78

Pivot Point: 103.94

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

The USD/JPY continues to trade sideways in between a wide trading range of 104.340 – 103.560. The USD/JPY has formed a sideways channel on the 4-hour timeframe, and it has the chance of leading the pair towards the next resistance level of 104.800 upon the breakout of 104.810. The 50 periods EMA supports the bullish trend, and we may have odds of taking a buying trade over the 103.570 level today. Good luck! 

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Daily F.X. Analysis, January 18 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – Martin Luther King Day! 

The market may offer thin trading volume and volatility on the back of a holiday in the U.S. The U.S. banks will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day. However, the German Buba report will be in focus today to predict price action.

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EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

During Monday’s early European trading hours, the EUR/USD currency pair failed to stop its previous session losing streak and remained sideways around the 1.2071 mark due to the sluggish market sentiment underpinned the safe-haven U.S. dollar and contributed to the currency pair gains. Besides this, the selling bias around the currency pair could also be attributed to the rising COVID-19 and stricter activity restrictions in Europe, raising doubts about the European economies and pushing the shared currency down. Conversely, the EUR/USD currency pair’s declines were rather unaffected by the latest reports suggesting that Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte faces a confidence vote in the lower house. Currently, the EUR/USD currency pair is currently trading at 1.2075 and consolidating in the range between the 1.2065 – 1.2086.

The global equity market failed to stop its previous session’s bearish performance and remained sluggish during the early European session as concerns about the potential economic fallout from the Covid-19 surge remain on the cards. These concerns were triggered after Friday’s disappointing U.S. monthly Retail Sales data. At the data front, the core retail sales declined 1.4% month-on-month in December, which was higher than the 0.1% contraction in forecasts and the 1.3% contraction recorded in November. Meanwhile, the Producer Price Index (PPI) increased 0.3% month on month in December, while retail sales declined by 0.7% in the same month.

The equity market losses could also be tied to the prevalent cautious mood ahead of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s first day of duty and initially negative signals for taxpayers and Canadian oil companies. In that way, the bearish tone around the equity markets was seen as one of the key factors that helped the safe-haven U.S. dollar.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.2148     1.2178

1.2129     1.2189

1.2118     1.2208

Pivot Point: 1.2159

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The EUR/USD is trading over the 1.2065 support level, and the closing of Doji candles above the same level supports the chances of

bullish correction until the 1.2115 level. On the lower side, a bearish breakout of 1.2065 can extend the selling trend until the support level of 1.2005. The 50 EMA and MACD suggest the pair is oversold and should reverse back a bit before exhibiting selling bias.


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD currency pair failed to maintain its overnight bullish bias and drew some offers around the 1.3680 level mainly due to the downbeat market trading mood, which underpinned the U.S. dollar bullish and contributed to the currency pair losses.

At the USD front, the broad-based U.S. dollar managed to extend its early-day gaining streak and remained bullish during the European session on the day as investors still prefer to invest in the safe-haven wake of the risk-off market sentiment. The U.S. dollar has been supported by the Democrat victories in the runoff Senate elections in Georgia earlier in the month, which saw a surge in U.S. yields as Democrats got control of Congress. The U.S. dollar gains were seen as one of the key factors that kept the currency pair lower. The U.S. Dollar Index that tracks the greenback against a bucket of other currencies rose by 0.05% to 90.800 by 10:46 AM ET.

At home, the wave of the coronavirus and tighter travel restrictions in Europe keep fueling the doubts over economic recovery as back-to-back lockdown restrictions negatively affect economic activities. The latest report suggests the total novel coronavirus cases of 23,653,919 yesterday against 23,440,774 in the previous report on January 16.

Besides this, the selling bias around the currency pair could also be associated with the ever-rising numbers of COVID-19 and tougher lockdown restrictions in the U.K., which keep raising doubts over the economic recovery. In contrast to this, the latest reports suggest that the Bank of England (BOE) will keep the interest rates unchanged until 2024 to avoid negative rates, which helped the currency pair limit its losses. Also capping the losses could be the latest optimism around the coronavirus better situation in the U.K. 


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3555     1.3722

1.3445     1.3781

1.3387     1.3890

Pivot Point: 1.3613

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD pair also trades sideways between a narrow trading range of 1.3549 – 1.3452. On the higher side, a bullish breakout of 1.3549 level can extend the buying trend until the next resistance area of 1.3628 and 1.3698. Conversely, a bearish breakout of 1.3549 support level can extend the selling trend until 1.3455 and 1.3346. 


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY currency pair successfully maintained its bullish bias and took steps near mid- 103.00 regions largely due to the market’s downbeat mode and a big rally in the U.S. bond yield retained the U.S. dollar bullish and added to the currency pair accruals. Nevertheless, the market trading opinion was being pressed by the ever-rising figures of COVID-19 and stricter lockdown restrictions that keep fueling doubts over the global economy’s recovery. 

Meanwhile, the equity markets’ slumps were further bolstered by the renewed Sino-US tussle, which extended some support to the safe-haven Japanese yen and capped the upside for the USD/JPY currency pair. Conversely, the optimism about a potential treatment/vaccine and U.S. coronavirus (COVID-19) stimulus bill keeps challenging the market risk-off mood, which might change the direction for the USD/JPY currency pair. Currently, the USD/JPY currency pair is currently trading at 103.78 and consolidating in the range between 103.70 – 103.85.

The market trading sentiment failed to stop its early-day negative performance and remained pessimistic during the Asian trading session. The downfall was completely sponsored by the fears of intensifying coronavirus (COVID-19) conditions throughout the world, which keeps fueling the doubts over the global economic recovery from COVID-19. As per the latest report, France recently imposed a new nationwide lockdown, while German Chancellor Merkel is considering toughening the German lockdown. Apart from this, nearly 22M people are currently under strict lockdown conditions in China’s Hebei province. This happened right after the country posted the largest number of new Covid-19 infections in over 5-months on Wednesday. 

At the USD front, the broad-based U.S. dollar managed to extend its early-day gaining streak and remained bullish during the European session on the day as investors still prefer to invest in the safe-haven securities back of the risk-off market sentiment. The greenback has been supported by the Democrat victories in the runoff Senate elections in Georgia earlier in the month, which saw a surge in U.S. yields as Democrats got control of Congress. The U.S. dollar gains were seen as one of the key factors that kept the currency pair lower. The U.S. Dollar Index that tracks the greenback against a bucket of other currencies rose by 0.05% to 90.800 by 10:46 AM ET.

At home, the wave of the coronavirus and tighter travel restrictions in Europe keep fueling the doubts over economic recovery as back-to-back lockdown restrictions negatively affect economic activities. The latest report suggests the total novel coronavirus cases of 23,653,919 yesterday against 23,440,774 in the previous report on January 16.


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

103.53     104.16

103.31     104.56

102.91     104.78

Pivot Point: 103.94

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

The safe-haven currency pair USD/JPY slipped to trade at 104.054 level amid increased demand for safe-haven assets. The USD/JPY has formed an upward channel on the 4-hour timeframe, and it has the chance of leading the pair towards the next resistance level of 104.340 level. The 50 periods EMA supports the bullish trend, and we may have odds of taking a buying trade over the 103.570 level today. Good luck! 

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AUD/NZD Upward Channel Underpinds – Bullish Setup in Play! 

The AUD/NZD pair is trading with a bullish bias at 1.07901 level, facing immediate support at 1.07820 level. On the higher side, the pair may find resistance at the 1.07990 level, and a bullish crossover of 1.0799 level can extend the buying trend until the 1.0810 level. The MACD is closing histograms over 0, suggesting bullish bias in the AUD/NZD pair. In any case, the pair can drop until the 1.0782 level before extending further higher. Here’s a trade plan…


Entry Price – Buy 1.07861

Stop Loss – 1.07461

Take Profit – 1.08261

Risk to Reward – 1:1

Profit & Loss Per Standard Lot = -$400/ +$400

Profit & Loss Per Micro Lot = -$40/ +$40

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AUD/USD Bullish Bias Continues – Symmetric Triangle Plays!

On Thursday, the AUD/USD trades bullish at 0.7767, and an upward violation of the 0.7778 mark is likely to extend the bullish trend until the next target of the 0.7818 mark. Whereas the support holds around the 0.7722 mark. The RSI and MACD are suggesting bullish sentiment; thus, we have begun a buying trade at the 0.7750 mark. 

The prevailing risk-off market mood also weighed on the risk-sensitive Australian dollar that ultimately added further pressure over the AUD/USD pair. On Tuesday, the daily death toll in the United States from the coronavirus hit a record of 4327 as the Trump administration attempted to fast-track the roll-out of vaccinations across the country. The US has the highest toll in the world from the coronavirus with a total of above 3lacs deaths, and it has also reported the highest number of infections with 22,959,610 confirmed cases of coronavirus. 

Despite lockdown and restrictive measures, these rising cases of coronavirus added to the risk-off market sentiment in the market and weighed on the risk perceived by Aussie that ultimately added pressure on the declining AUD/USD pair. Furthermore, the mixed signals from some of the US Federal Reserve members on how much longer policy can stay so accommodative also dragged the treasuries and supported the demand in US dollar that ultimately added in the losses of AUD/USD pair.


Entry Price – Sell 0.77599

Stop Loss – 0.77199

Take Profit – 0.77999

Risk to Reward – 1:1

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Profit & Loss Per Micro Lot = -$40/ +$40

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Daily F.X. Analysis, January 14 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – U.S. Fed Chair Powell Speech in Focus! 

The eyes will remain on the ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts due during the late European session on the data front. Alongside, the U.S. Unemployment Claims and Fed Chair Powell Speaks will remain in highlights today.

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EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

The EUR/USD closed at 1.21577 after placing a high of 1.22226 and a low of 1.21396. The U.S. dollar recovered on Wednesday and weighed on EUR/USD pair that resulted in losses for another day. On Tuesday, the benchmark 10-year Treasury yields fell nearly seven basis points from a 10-month high hit on the day following strong demand at a $38 billion 10-year auction and comments from the U.S. Federal Reserve officials reiterating that monetary policy was going to stay supportive. 

The sharp rise in the U.S. yields resulted from the bond-market sell-off triggered by the rising hopes for massive stimulus measures largely funded by government borrowing after the Democrats claimed the Senate in Georgia runoff elections. 

At 12:00 GMT, the German WPI for December raised to 0.6% against the expected 0.1% and supported Euro on the data front. At 14:00 GMT, the Italian Industrial Production for November dropped to -1.4% against the expected -0.4% and weighed on Euro. At 15:00 GMT, the Industrial Production for November also raised to 2.5% against the expected 0.2% and supported Euro. From the U.S. side, at 18:30 GMT, the Consumer Price Index for December remained unchanged at 0.4%. The Core CPI for December also came in line with the forecasts of 0.1%. The European Central bank President Christine Lagarde called on Wednesday for global regulation of Bitcoin, saying that the digital currency had been used for money laundering activities in some instances and that any loopholes needed to be closed. The largely anonymous nature of cryptocurrencies has raised the concerns that they could be used for money laundering and other legal activities.

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard said that unemployment for the lowest-paid workers in the U.S. was above 20%, and it underscores the importance of policy help for the economy. Brainard said that the figure indicated how uneven the recovery has seen since efforts to control the coronavirus pandemic resulted in the biggest quarterly GDP drop since the Great Depression. She also said that the level highlighted the need for accommodative policy, but she stated that it was too early to say how long Fed’s measures will stay in place. These comments from Brainard added strength to the U.S. dollar and added losses in EUR/USD pair on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the losses in EUR/USD pair were extended after the German Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted to extend the current lockdown in Europe’s largest economy through the end of March. Extending the lockdown will hurt the Eurozone’s economy that could drag it to a double-dip recession, and it weighed on the local currency Euro that ultimately added weight on EUR/USD pair on Wednesday. Furthermore, On Wednesday, the House voted in favor of impeachment against Donald Trump, and he became the first U.S. President to be impeached twice. The House voted to impeach Trump on incitement of insurrection after the President incited a violent crowd to storm the Capitol last week, ultimately resulting in five deaths. These developments kept the safe-haven greenback under demand and added further losses in EUR/USD pair.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.2148       1.2178

1.2129      1.2189

1.2118      1.2208

Pivot Point: 1.2159

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The EUR/USD is gaining support at the 1.2136 level, and violation of this can cause further dip until 1.2105 and 1.2065 level. On the higher side, the EUR/USD pair may face resistance at the 1.2170 level, and a bullish breakout of this level can prolong the buying trend until 1.2220. The RSI and MACD have shifted their selling trends; therefore, we may see further sell-off upon the bearish breakout of the 1.2136 level today.


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD closed at 1.36364 after placing a high of 1.37010 and a low of 1.36115. The GBP/USD pair dropped on Wednesday after British Pound started trimming its previous daily gains amid the U.S. dollar recovery. The greenback recovered strength, and the DXY rose back to the area of the daily high near 90.30. The gains were modest as Wall Street trades mixed and despite the decline in the U.S. treasury. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield fell to 1.09%, its lowest since January 8. 

After the third national lockdown in the U.K. was announced last week, there had been speculations that the Bank of England (BoE) could introduce negative interest rates to help support the economy, which proved negative for the British Pound. However, following Tuesday’s comments from Bank of Governor Andrew Bailey, which ended the speculation, Sterling has since rallied and continued to find support from markets. Furthermore, the British Pound also rose as Home Secretary Priti Patel addressed the nation and said that the current lockdown restrictions were strict enough, claiming investors who had been worried that tougher restrictions could have been announced to tackle rising infection rates. 

The prospects of new restrictions added weight to the local currency, and it was further supported by the comments from the Scottish Minister, who announced further restrictions. Nicola Sturgeon urged people to minimize their interaction and keep in mind that the virus was there with everyone. He said that people should assume that they have the virus or any person they were in contact with and urged the public to prevent it from spreading by following the rules and SOPs. The rising number of coronavirus cases and imposed lockdowns in the nation added weight to the local currency Sterling, which ultimately added the GBP/USD pair’s losses.

The U.S. Inflation rate and the rising U.S. Treasury yields helped and supported the U.S. dollar supported due to its safe-haven status from the rising number of coronavirus cases U.S. fiscal stimulus speculations. The rising demand for the U.S. dollar added in the losses of the British Pound to the U.S. Dollar exchange rate and dragged it down on Wednesday.

For Cable investors, any coronavirus developments will remain in focus for the end of the week, with success in the rollout of vaccines seen as British Pound positive. Sterling investors will also be watching Friday’s U.K. growth data, which could weaken the GBP/USD exchange rate. 

The British Pound investors will also be looking to Federal Reserve officials over the coming days, with Fed chair Jerome Powell speaking and indicating that U.S. monetary policy will be kept loose and the U.S. dollar is likely to struggle further. Greenback investors will also be focusing on Friday’s initial jobless claims that could also disappoint the traders.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3555      1.3722

1.3445      1.3781

1.3387      1.3890

Pivot Point: 1.3613

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD is trading at 1.3692, and it has closed a Doji candle on the four hourly timeframes, and it may extend a bearish correction in the GBP/USD pair. On the lower side, the support stays at 1.3636 and resistance at 1.3692 and 1.3720 today. The GBP/USD pair’s 10 & 20 periods EMA is supporting bullish bias in the Sterling. The MACD and RSI support bullish bias; therefore, bullish bias dominates over the 1.3646 level today.


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY pair closed at 103.869 after placing a high of 103.995 and a low of 103.523. The pair refreshed daily tops on Wednesday, reversed an intraday dip near a one-week low, and recovered a quarter of the previous day’s losses. The U.S. Dollar demand rose on Wednesday amid the retracement slide from a 10-month high hit of U.S. treasury yield on a 10-year note that ultimately added to the USD/JPY pair’s upward momentum. The U.S. dollar was also high onboard amid the risk-off market sentiment on Wednesday due to increased infection cases and imposed lockdowns worldwide.

The Benchmark 10-year Treasury yields fell nearly seven basis points from a 10-month high hit on Tuesday following strong demand at a $38 billion 10-year auction. The comments from U.S. Federal Reserve officials stating that monetary policy would stay supportive also helped the U.S. dollar regain its strength and support the USD/JPY pair’s gains on Wednesday.

On the data front, at 04:50 GMT, the M2 Money Stock for the year from Japan remained flat at 9.2%. At 10:58 GMT, the Prelim Machine Tool Orders from Japan raised in December to 8.7% against November’s 8.6%. . From the U.S. side, at 18:30 GMT, the Consumer Price Index for December remained unaffected at 0.4%. The Core CPI for December also came in line with the projections of 0.1%.

The Kansas City Fed President Esther George has said that she does not expect the Fed to react if inflation exceeds the central bank’s 2% goal. Earlier in the month, the Democrats claimed the Senate after the runoff elections in Georgia that raised hopes for larger stimulus measures funded by the government borrowing. This resulted in a bond-market sell-off that drove U.S. yields sharply higher, helped stall the U.S. dollar’s decline, and supported the USD/JPY pair’s upward trend. 

The U.S. Federal Reserve officials expect a quick economic recovery if coronavirus vaccinations continue to gather pace; however, that could leave markets estimating about the outlook for the monetary policy by Central Bank. Federal Reserve might not recourse to faster than expected loosening of coronavirus stimulus efforts. Such a move from the Fed could put pressure on it to raise interest rates faster than expected, and this would help the U.S. dollar gather strength and support the rising USD/JPY pair. Moreover, on Tuesday, the daily U.S. coronavirus death-toll hit a record of 4327 as the Trump administration moved to rush the rollout of vaccinations across the country. During the holiday season around January 8, the rising death-toll was first seen in the U.S. with 4000 deaths, and it has reached 4327 now.

The total number of deaths in the United States from coronavirus has reached 382,624, and it is the biggest death-toll in the world. The U.S. also has the highest number of coronavirus cases globally, with 22,959,610 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Despite lockdown and restrictive measures, these rising coronavirus cases added weight on the U.S. dollar and capped further gains in the USD/JPY pair.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

103.53      104.16

103.31      104.56

102.91      104.78

Pivot Point: 103.94

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

The safe-haven currency pair USD/JPY slipped to trade at 104.054 level amid increased demand for safe-haven assets. The USD/JPY has formed an upward channel on the 4-hour timeframe, and it has the chance of leading the pair towards the next resistance level of 104.340 level. The 50 periods EMA supports the bullish trend, and we may have odds of taking a buying trade over the 103.570 level today. Good luck! 

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AUD/USD Symmetric Triangle Pattern – Potential Sell Trade!

The AUD/USD closed at 0.77738 after placing a high of 0.77772 and a low of 0.76865. The AUD/USD pair recovered on Tuesday after the US dollar came under fresh pressure due to the US’s rising political risks.
The risk-sensitive Aussie gained traction on Tuesday despite the rising risk-off mood in the market. The risk sentiment suffered on Tuesday as the FBI told that it had received information indicating armed protests were being planned at all 50 state capitols and Washington. These comments also weighed on the US dollar that ultimately added to the AUD/USD pair’s rising prices on Tuesday.

On the other hand, the greenback was weak during Tuesday as the US Dollar Index that measures the value of the US dollar against the basket of six major currencies fell to 90.20 level and supported the upward momentum in AUD/USD pair. The risk-off market sentiment was also supported by the rising number of coronavirus cases and the increased tougher restrictions across the world to curb coronavirus spread. Meanwhile, the 10-year US Treasury yields were up by almost 2% on Tuesday, suggesting that DXY’s downside will remain limited if yields continued to rise.

On the data front, there was no macroeconomic data to be released from Australia. While From the US side, at 16:00 GMT, the NFIB Small Business Index for December fell to 95.9 against the expected 100.1 and weighed on the US dollar that ultimately added in the gains of AUD/USD pair. At 20:00 GMT, the JOLTS Job Openings for November rose to 6.53M against the anticipated 6.42M and supported the US dollar that capped further gains in AUD/USD pair. At 20:02 GMT, the IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism came in line with the anticipations of 50.1.

From China, the M2 Money Supply for the year dropped to 10.1% against the forecasted 10.7% and weighed on China-proxy Aussie that capped further upside in AUD/USD pair. The New Loans from China raised to 1260B against the forecasted 1250B and supported China-proxy Aussie that added AUD/USD pair gains.

On Tuesday, Donald Trump’s administration said that it gave millions of coronavirus vaccine doses that it had been keeping back for second shots and encouraged states to offer them to all Americans above age 65 or with persistent health conditions. These comments added in the risk sentiment and supported risk perceived Aussie that ultimately added the AUD/USD pair’s upward momentum.


Daily Technical Levels
Support Resistance
0.7650 0.7756
0.7605 0.7817
0.7544 0.7862
Pivot point: 0.7711

The AUD/USD pair jas formed a symmetric triangle pattern, supporting a selling bias in the pair. On the 2 hour timeframe, the Aussie is likely to find support at the 0.7722 level along with a resistance level of 0.7776. The MACD and RSI support selling bias, whereas the 10 & 20 periods EMA are suggesting selling bias. The AUD/USD is showing a bearish crossover on the two-hourly timeframes, supporting a selling bias. Let’s consider taking a sell trade below 0.7760 today. Good luck!

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EUR/GBP Violates Descending Triangle Pattern – Sell Signal In Play! 

The EUR/GBP pair is trading with a bearish bias at a 0.8930 level, having violated the support level of 0.8940. The Euro seems to get weaker as the European countries have tightened measures to fight coronavirus after a brief relaxation over the Christmas and New Year period. They have re-imposed lockdowns, closed shops and offices, and introduced laws to make it easier for governments to impose further restrictions to battle the pandemic. 

These new lockdown measures across Europe to fight the second wave of coronavirus raised the fears of a double-dip recession in the Eurozone that added weight on the single currency Euro and capped further upside in the EUR/USD pair on Tuesday.

The Sterling is gaining strength as Bailey said that there were many issues with cutting interest rates below zero, and such a move could hurt banks. After these comments from Bailey, the British Pound gained traction and raised that ultimately pushed the EUR/GBP pair lower.

Meanwhile, The Deputy Governor of Bank of England, Ben Broadbent, said on Tuesday that Britain’s coronavirus pandemic was likely to have a limited long-run impact on inflation and has led to less short-term downward pressure on prices than might have been expected from the slump in headline economic output.

On the technical side, the EUR/GBP has violated the support level of 0.8940, and now it’s likely to extend the selling trend until it reaches 0.8873. The MACD and RSI are in support of selling; thus, we have entered the selling trade in the EUR/GBP pair. Here’s a trading plan…


Entry Price – Sell 0.89138

Stop Loss – 0.89538

Take Profit – 0.88738

Risk to Reward – 1:1

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Profit & Loss Per Micro Lot = -$40/ +$40

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Daily F.X. Analysis, January 13 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – U.S. Inflation Report in Focus! 

On the news front, eyes will remain on the ECB President Lagarde Speaks as she may discuss the upcoming monetary policy event; however, the major focus will remain on the U.S. Inflation rates, which may help determine the further direction of the U.S. dollar.

Economic Events to Watch Today  

  


EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

The EUR/USD closed at 1.22077 after placing a high of 1.22095 and a low of 1.21369. After falling for three consecutive sessions, the EUR/USD pair rose on Tuesday as the U.S. dollar eased and U.S. Treasury declined. The U.S. Dollar had hit a more than two and half year lowest level in January after sliding for months as the U.S. Federal Reserve cut its interest rates and speculation of heavy rounds of fiscal stimulus under President-elect Joe Biden’s tenure. However, after Democrats won the Georgia runoff elections, the hopes for massive stimulus packages increased, and the U.S. Treasury yields started to rise that ultimately lifted the U.S. dollar.

This rise in the U.S. dollar weighed heavily on EUR/USD pair during last week; however, the recent rally in U.S. Treasury yields ran out of the stream, and the dollar came back to its previous levels. The U.S. Treasury yield on a 10-year note reached a 10-month high on Tuesday but ultimately had a reverse effect and weighed on the U.S. dollar. This slide-in U.S. dollar added gains in EUR/USD pair on Tuesday as the investors started taking profits. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that country was ready to settle its frayed relationship with the European Union back on track and called on the 27 nation bloc to display the same determination. 

These new lockdown measures across Europe to fight the second wave of coronavirus raised the fears of a double-dip recession in the Eurozone that added weight on the single currency Euro and capped further upside in the EUR/USD pair on Tuesday.

On the data front, there was no macroeconomic data to be released from Europe while from the U.S., at 16:00 GMT, the NFIB Small Business Index for December dropped to 95.9 against the expected 100.1 and weighed on the U.S. dollar that ultimately added in the gains of EUR/USD pair. At 20:00 GMT, the JOLTS Job Openings for November rose to 6.53M against the expected 6.42M and supported the U.S. dollar that capped further gains in EUR/USD pair. At 20:02 GMT, the IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism came in line with the forecasts of 50.1.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.2159     1.2234

1.2111     1.2259

1.2085     1.2308

Pivot point: 1.2185

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The EUR/USD is gaining support at the 1.2200 level, and below this, it can dip further until the 1.2189 level. On the higher side, the pair may face resistance at the 1.2226 level, and a bullish breakout of this level can extend the buying trend until 1.2260. The RSI and MACD support a bullish trend, but there’s a chance of bearish correction upon the violation of 1.2190. On the 4 hour timeframe, the EUR/USD pair may face resistance at the 1.2220 level, which is extended by a downward trendline.


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD closed at 1.36645 after placing a high of 1.36702 and a low of 1.34932. After falling for four consecutive sessions, the GBP/USD pair raised on Tuesday after Sterling strengthened amid the Bank of England’s positive comments. The Pound Sterling jumped against the U.S. dollar and the Euro on Tuesday as comments from the Bank of England’s governor Andrew Bailey on the viability of negative interest rates dampened some sub-zero rates’ expectations in the U.K. 

Bailey said that there were many issues with cutting interest rates below zero, and such a move could hurt banks. After these comments from Bailey, the British Pound gained traction and raised that ultimately pushed the GBP/USD pair higher on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, The Deputy Governor of Bank of England, Ben Broadbent, said on Tuesday that Britain’s coronavirus pandemic was likely to have a limited long-run impact on inflation and has led to less short-term downward pressure on prices than might have been expected from the slump in headline economic output. Broadbent said that a smaller slowdown in inflation reflected shifts in consumer demand during the pandemic that had led to temporary capacity constraints in businesses, as well as support to household incomes from government furlough schemes.

On the data front, at 05:01 GMT, the BRC Retail Sales Monitor for the year for December dropped to 4.8% against the expected 5.9% and weighed on British Pound and capped further upside in GBP/USD pair. From the U.S. side, at 16:00 GMT, the NFIB Small Business Index for December declined to 95.9 against the projected 100.1 and weighed on the U.S. dollar that ultimately added the gains of the GBP/USD pair. At 20:00 GMT, the JOLTS Job Openings for November surged to 6.53M against the projected 6.42M and supported the U.S. dollar that capped further GBP/USD pair gains. At 20:02 GMT, the IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism came in line with the projections of 50.1.

On the other hand, the U.S. dollar was also weak on Tuesday as the U.S. Dollar Index dropped as investors kept an eye on U.S. politics while pressure continued to grow to impeach President Donald Trump. Furthermore, the U.S. dollar was also weak as the prospects of massive stimulus packages from Joe Biden’s government raised as he has shown a willingness to add trillions in new relief bills that ultimately supported the upward momentum of the GBP/USD pair.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3555     1.3722

1.3445     1.3781

1.3387     1.3890

Pivot point: 1.3613

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD is trading at 1.3692, and it has closed a doji candle on the four hourly timeframes, and it may extend a bearish correction in the GBP/USD pair. On the lower side, the support stays at 1.3636 and resistance at 1.3692 and 1.3720 today. The GBP/USD pair’s 10 & 20 periods EMA is supporting bullish bias in the Sterling. The MACD and RSI thesupport bullish bias; therefore, bullish bias dominates over the 1.3646 level today.


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY pair closed at 103.749 after placing a high of 104.333 and a low of 103.718. After rising for four consecutive days, the USD/JPY pair dropped on Tuesday amid the slide in the U.S. dollar. The U.S. dollar index dropped to fresh weekly lows in the 90.20 level as hopes for additional fiscal stimulus raised and provided support to high yielding equities. The House of Representatives introduced an impeachment article against U.S. President Donald Trump that weighed on the U.S. dollar and dragged the pair USD/JPY on the downside.

The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) fell almost 0.3% on Tuesday against its rivals, while the 10-year U.S. Treasury yields dropped to a session’s low of 1.146%. The U.S. stocks opened higher on Tuesday and recovered from the previous session’s losses, with investors looking for additional fiscal stimulus amid continued political turmoil. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down by 0.3%, and the S&P 500 was down by 0.6% lower while NASDAQ was low by 1.2%.

On the data front, at 04:50 GMT, the Bank Lending for the year from Japan dropped to 6.2% against the forecasted 6.5% and weighed on the Japanese Yen that capped further losses in the USD/JPY pair. The Current Account Balance from Japan for November raised to 2.34T against the forecasted 2.00T and supported the Japanese Yen that ultimately added the USD/JPY pair’s losses. At 10:00 GMT, the Economic Watchers Sentiment dropped to 35.5 against the expected 36.9 and weighed on the Japanese Yen, which capped further losses in the USD/JPY pair.

From the U.S. side, at 16:00 GMT, the NFIB Small Business Index for December decreased to 95.9 against the anticipated 100.1 and weighed on the U.S. dollar that ultimately added further losses in the USD/JPY pair. At 20:00 GMT, the JOLTS Job Openings for November increased to 6.53M against the anticipated 6.42M and supported the U.S. dollar that capped further losses in the USD/JPY pair. At 20:02 GMT, the IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism came in line with the anticipations of 50.1.

Meanwhile, the safe-haven appeal rose on Tuesday after fears rose that there could be further disruptions in the days leading up to Biden’s inauguration on January 20. FBI has said that it has received information specifying that armed protests were being planned at all 50 state capitols and Washington. The FBI’s comments raised the safe-haven appeal and supported the safe-haven Japanese Yen that ultimately added the USD/JPY pair’s losses on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard said that the federal banking agencies were in the process of enlisting requests for information on the risk management of artificial intelligence applications in financial services. Whereas, the Boston Federal Reserve Bank President Eric Rosengren said that the U.S. economy could see a strong rebound in the second half of this year as vaccinations became widely available and that monetary policy will remain accommodative. However, the virus was still driving the economy. The losses in USD/JPY pair were also capped on Tuesday after the Donald Trump administration said that it was releasing millions of coronavirus vaccine doses and urged states to offer them to all Americans over age 65 or with chronic health conditions.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

103.53     104.16

103.31     104.56

102.91     104.78

Pivot point: 103.94

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

The safe-haven currency pair USD/JPY slipped to trade at 103.623 level amid increased demand for safe-haven assets. On the lower side, the USD/JPY pair has completed 38.2% Fibonacci retracement at 103.611 level, and on the further lower side, the USD/JPY pair may find support at 50% Fibonacci level of 103.400 level. The MACD and RSI support selling bias; therefore, we may find support at the 103.283 level. Let’s consider taking the buying trade over the 103.283 level and selling below the same. Good luck! 

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Daily F.X. Analysis, January 12 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – Stronger Dollar In Play! 

On the fundamental side, the economic calendar is likely to offer a thin trading volume, and it may offer thin volatility to the market. However, the focus can remain on the MPC Member Broadbent Speaks due to the European session today.

Economic Events to Watch Today  

  


EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

The EUR/USD closed at 1.21499 after placing a high of 1.22258 and a low of 1.21320. The currency pair extended its losses on Monday and dropped for the third consecutive day amid the broad-based U.S. dollar strength. On Monday, the rising risk-off market mood strengthened the U.S. dollar following the news that China was intensifying coronavirus measures to limit the nation’s rising infection rate. Whereas, greenback investors were also optimistic that President-elect Joe Biden would push for a multi-trillion-dollar stimulus package.

The growing concerns over an increasing number of coronavirus cases throughout Europe and China increased the demand for safe-haven, weighing on the risk perceived EUR/USD pair on Monday. The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced on European countries to curb a new variant of coronavirus that was first detected in the U.K.

The WHO Europe director Hans Kluge has said that coronavirus’s new variant has hit almost 22 European nations, and it was an alarming situation. Many countries have imposed a full national lockdown to stop it from spreading further. However, Hans said that tougher measures were needed to flatten the steep vertical line of rising cases in some countries. These warnings by WHO also raised safe-haven appeal and added losses in the risk-sensitive EUR/USD pair on Monday.

There was no data to be released from the U.S. side on the data front, while from Europe, at 14:30 GMT, the Sentix Investor Confidence dropped to 1.3 against the forecasted 2.0 and weighed on Euro that ultimately added further losses in EUR/USD currency pair. 

On the U.S. front, the recent hike in the greenback was largely a result of higher U.S. Treasury yields that has resulted in a U.S. dollar short squeeze and pushed the greenback to higher levels. The U.S. Dollar Index continued to move higher and has climbed to 90.67, up by 0.67% on the day that added more weight on EUR/USD pair on Monday. 

The greenback was also strong on Monday amid the optimism regarding the prospects of massive stimulus packages from the president-elect Joe Biden. The incoming President has vowed to deliver two major stimulus packages in 2021. He has also said that his first order after joining the office on January 20 will be to increase the number of direct payments to $2000. This has also supported the U.S. dollar and weighed on EUR/USD pair on Monday.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.2171      1.2215

1.2155      1.2243

1.2127      1.2259

Pivot Point: 1.2199

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The EUR/USD is obtaining support at the 1.2144 level, and below this, it can dip further until the 1.2100 level. On the higher side, the pair may face resistance at the 1.2216 level. The RSI and MACD support bullish correction and may prompt a bounce off in the EUR/USD pair until the 1.2216 level. Beneath 1.2216, we can again see a dip in EUR/USD. On the hourly timeframe, the EUR/USD pair may find resistance at 1.2170, but the bullish crossover may offer us a quick buy position as the MACD supports the buying trend in the EUR/USD pair today. 


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD closed at 1.35100 after placing a high of 1.35679 and a low of 1.34507. The GBP/USD pair lost ground on Monday and dropped to a fresh 2-weeks lowest level amid the broad-based U.S. dollar strength. The pair GBP/USD witnessed some selling for the fourth consecutive session on Monday and extended its retracement slide from 33-months highs. The momentum drew the GBP/USD pair further below as the strong rally in the U.S. Treasury bond yields supported the U.S. dollar. The greenback recovered from nearly three-year lowest level after the treasury yields rally amid the hopes of additional U.S. fiscal stimulus measures. Investors started pricing in the prospects for a more aggressive U.S. fiscal spending in 2021 after the Democratic sweep in the U.S. Senate runoff elections in Georgia.

Meanwhile, the concerns about the surge in new coronavirus cases and the new tougher restrictions in Europe and China to fight against the new variant also weighed on the market sentiment as the safe-haven appeal emerged and contributed to the GBP/USD pair’s decline on Monday.

On Monday, England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty said that the United Kingdom was enrolling its most challenging weeks since the start of the coronavirus pandemic as hospitals were overrun. He said that the U.K. was now at the worst point of the pandemic, and although they will have the vaccine in the future, the numbers were higher than they were in the previous peak. 

The U.K. has already suffered more deaths due to the new variant than any European nation and recently became the fifth nation on earth to reach the grim milestone of three million cases. Whitty said that there were currently more than 30,000 patients in the hospital than 18,000 during the first peek of the virus in April. Despite the nationwide lockdown, the rising number of coronavirus cases in the U.K. also weighed on the British Pound that ultimately added losses in the GBP/USD pair.

Moreover, the Bank of England policymaker Silvana Tenreyro announced on Monday that skipping British interest rates beneath zero could promote the economy by more than increasing bond purchases. The Bank of England was currently looking at Britain’s financial system’s negative rates’ technical feasibility. She said that she was pushing back against arguments that negative interest rates would be ineffective in boosting demand or would cause significant damage to the bank’s profitability. 

These dovish comments from Tenreyro weighed on British Pound that added losses in the GBP/USD currency pair on Monday.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3496      1.3553

1.3475      1.3589

1.3439      1.3611

Pivot Point: 1.3532

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD has disrupted the sideways trading range of 1.3531- 1.3505 range on the higher side. Closing of candles above this area can trigger buying until the next resistance level of 1.3585 level. On the higher side, the resistance continues to stay at the 1.3605 mark. The 10 & 20 periods moving averages are suggesting odds of bullish trend continuation today. 


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY pair was closed at 104.239 after placing a high of 104.396 and a low of 103.848. The currency pair USD/JPY rose for the fourth consecutive session on Monday and reached its highest level since December 10. The gains in USD/JPY were due to the stronger greenback as the U.S. Dollar Index was at weekly highs above 90.50 level on Monday. Wall Street’s main indexes were down on Monday, with Dow Jones down by 0.37% and the NASDAQ by 0.85%. The U.S. Treasury yield on a 10-year note hit the 1.136% level, which was the highest level since the March spike.

The rising treasury yields were due to the rising hopes of additional stimulus measures from the incoming Democratic President Joe Biden. He has promised to deliver two massive stimulus packages to aid the economy through the coronavirus pandemic in 2021. He also has said that his first order after joining the office on January 20 will be to increase the number of stimulus checks to $2000 from $600, which will be given to most Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Other than that, the USD/JPY pair continued to rise despite the rising risk-off market sentiment in the market. Mainland China saw its most significant daily rise in coronavirus cases in over five months. China’s health authority said on Monday that the new infections in Hebei province surrounding Beijing were continuously rising.

China saw almost 18 new imported infections from overseas, and on Monday, the country in northeastern Heilongjiang province moved into lockdown after reporting new coronavirus infections. These developments in the world’s second-largest economy added weight to risk sentiment that ultimately supported the safe-haven greenback and pushed the USD/JPY pair higher.

Meanwhile, the calls for Trump’s impeachment raised after he encouraged his supporters’ riots on Capitol Hill during the previous week that also kept the market sentiment soar. In Washington, the speaker of House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, called for Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet to remove Donald Trump from office before moving to impeachment. This also helped raised the risk-off market sentiment and supported the USD/JPY pair’s upward momentum.

Furthermore, on Monday, the President and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Raphael Bostic, said that interest rates could rise sooner than anticipated as the economy was recovering more quickly than projected from the coronavirus damage. 

Fed had previously hoped that rates would remain unchanged until at least 2023, whereas Bostic believes that the Fed’s emergency measures to fight the pandemic can start to be rolled back within the next two years, if not sooner. These comments from Bostic supported the U.S. dollar and added gains in the USD/JPY pair. However, the Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will deliver a speech on Thursday and reaffirm interest rates to stay around zero through at least 2023.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

103.90      104.17

103.74      104.26

103.64      104.43

Pivot Point: 104.00

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

On Tuesday, the safe-haven currency pair USD/JPY is trading at 104.123 level, facing resistance at 104.400. On the 4 hour timeframe, the USD/JPY pair implies bullish bias, and as the 10 and 20 EMA are in support of upward trend whereas the MACD stays over 0, suggesting a bullish trend in the safe-haven USD/JPY pair. An upward breakout of the 104.223 level can extend the buying trend until the 104.610 level today. Let’s consider taking the buying trade over the 104.223 level and selling below the same. Good luck! 

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AUD/USD Violates Ascending Triangle – Double Bottom Support! 

The AUD/USD closed at 0.77665 after placing a high of 0.77984 and a low of 0.77280. The currency pair AUD/USD remained flat throughout the day on Friday and closed its day at the same level it began its day with as the risk rally pushed the pair higher and the US dollar strength dragged the pair AUD/USD lower at the same time. 

The risk-sensitive Aussie just went with the flow and boosted by rallying equities and persistent hopes that the economic chaos triggered by the coronavirus pandemic was on its final stage. The risk sentiment in the market was also supported by the latest announcement from the UK on Friday. The UK announced that it’s medical regulatory has approved a third vaccine for coronavirus made by Moderna for emergency use authorization. 

The rising risk sentiment was also supported by the decreasing political risk in Washington related to power transition. The US President Donald Trump has agreed to a transition of power, and this has raised the risk sentiment in the market and supported the upward momentum in AUD/USD pair in the early trading session. However, the AUD/USD pair’s gains were lost in the late trading hours on Friday after the US Dollar became strong across the board. The greenback was high on Friday, with the US Dollar Index above the 90.00 level for the first time this week. The US treasury yields on the 10-year note were also high on Friday, with 3% up for the day and 21% up for the week. All these factors added to the US dollar demand that ultimately weighed on AUD/USD pair and forced the pair to lose its early daily gains.

On the data front, from the US side, at 18:30 GMT, the Average Hourly Earnings for December raised to 0.8% against the predicted 0.2% and supported the US dollar that added further weight to AUD/USD pair. In December, the Non-Farm Employment Change plunged to -140K against the predicted 60K and weighed on the US dollar. During December, the Unemployment Rate plunged to 6.7% against the predicted 6.8% and supported the US dollar that added further AUD/USD pair losses. At 20:00 GMT, the Final Wholesales Inventories for November came in as 0.0% against the predicted -0.1% and weighed on the US dollar.

The AUD/USD pair remained flat throughout Friday amid the mixed market sentiment and left the investors to await the publication of the final reading of November Retail Sales from Australia while China will provide an update on inflation that will also remain under close observation by AUD/USD investors. 

On Thursday, China will release its December Trade Balance that may also impact AUD/USD pair. The US’s CPI data on Wednesday and Retail Sales on Thursday will also affect the AUD/USD pair’s momentum in upcoming days.


Daily Technical Levels

Support Resistance

0.7700 0.7755

0.7679 0.7789

0.7645 0.7811

Pivot point: 0.7734

The AUD/USD pair has bounced off over the 0.7690 level, forming a bullish engulfing candle on the 2-hour timeframe. It may bounce off to trade until the 0.7740 level, where 10 & 20 periods EMA are likely to extend resistance at 0.7740. On the lower side, the AUD/USD may find support at the 0.7690 level. A bearish breakout of 0.7690 level can extend the selling trend until the next support area of 0.765 level today. Good luck! 

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Daily F.X. Analysis, January 11 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – Stronger Dollar In Play! 

On the news side, the European Sentix Investor Confidence will be in focus, along with speeches from UK MPC Member Tenreyro, and the U.S. FOMC Member Bostic will remain in highlights. The U.S. dollar was also strong on the board, mainly because of the rising U.S. treasury yields that rose more than 3% on the day. The unemployment rate and average hourly earnings data from the U.S. support the greenback. 

Economic Events to Watch Today  

  


EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

The EUR/USD pair was closed at 1.22122 after placing a high of 1.22844 and a low of 1.21928. The EUR/USD pair dropped on Friday and extended its losses amid the broad-based strength of the U.S. dollar on the day amid the rising U.S. Treasury yields.

The U.S. dollar was also strong on the board, mainly because of the rising U.S. treasury yields that rose more than 3% on the day. The unemployment rate and Average Hourly earnings data from the U.S. also supported the greenback that ultimately added further losses in the currency pair EUR/USD. From the U.S. side, at 18:30 GMT, the Average Hourly Earnings for December rose to 0.8% against the forecasted 0.2% and supported the U.S. dollar and weighed on EUR/USD prices. In December, the Non-Farm Employment Change fell to -140K against the forecasted 60K and weighed on the U.S. dollar and capped further losses in EUR/USD pair. 

During December, the Unemployment Rate fell to 6.7% against the forecasted 6.8% and supported the U.S. dollar that added further EUR/USD pair losses. At 20:00 GMT, the Final Wholesales Inventories for November came in as 0.0% against the forecasted -0.1% and weighed on the U.S. dollar that limited the losses in EUR/USD pair on Friday.

Meanwhile, the fact that Democratic leader and incoming President Joe Biden will have complete control over all three legislative houses included the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate, also supported the U.S. dollar as it suggested a stable government ahead. The U.S. President Donald Trump also agreed to an orderly transition of power that also lifted the lingering political risk from the local currency and gave further strength to the U.S. dollar that ultimately added further pressure on the EUR/USD pair on Friday.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.2228     1.2330

1.2186     1.2388

1.2127     1.2431

Pivot Point: 1.2287

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The strength in the U.S. dollar also dragged the EUR/USD pair lower to the 1.2175 level. For the moment, the EUR/USD is gaining support at the 1.2175 level, and below this, it can dip further until the 1.2130 level. On the higher side, the pair may face resistance at the 1.2216 level. The RSI and MACD support bullish correction, and these may cause a bounce off in the EUR/USD pair until the 1.2216 level. Below 1.2216, we can again see a dip in EUR/USD.


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD pair was closed at 1.35606 after placing a high of 1.36356 and a low of 1.35382. The currency pair GBP/USD remained flat throughout Friday as it showed no movement and closed the day at the same level it started its day with. The pair GBP/USD raised during the early trading session on the day but faced some heavy pressure during the second half of the day and closed the trading week at the same level it started its day on Friday. The rise in the early trading session was caused after the U.K. announced the approval to use its third coronavirus vaccine. However, the downward pressure on the currency pair was caused by the relative strength of the U.S. dollar amid the rising U.S. Treasury yields on the day.

After the coronavirus press conference of the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday, the PM announced that the army would be brought in to help aid the vaccination rollout. On Friday, Britain’s medical regulatory approved Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use. The U.K. also agreed to purchase an additional 10 million doses; however, the Moderna vaccine will not play a part in the first stage of Britain’s vaccine rollout.

The Health Minister of Britain, Matt Hancock, said that about 1.5 million people have already been vaccinated across the U.K. and Moderna’ ‘s vaccine will allow them to accelerate their vaccination program even further once doses become available in spring. These comments from the U.K. added optimism and supported the GBP/USD pair to rise in the early trading session on Friday.

However, the gains in GBP/USD currency pair could not live for long as the pair faced heavy pressure from the U.S. dollar’s strength and the rising number of coronavirus cases and deaths across the U.K. despite vaccine rollout. The U.S. Dollar was strong across the board after the U.S. Treasury yields rose on Friday to more than 3% amid the full sweep victory of Democrats over the Senate. The incoming President Joe Biden is expected to have full control over the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives added in the local currency as the incoming government will have more stability in rules.

In the capital, London’s mayor declared a major incident on Friday and issued a warning that hospitals in the city were close to being overrun. London’s situation was critical with the spread of the virus out of control as the city was declared to be at a crisis point. These developments in the U.K. also added pressure on British Pound and dragged the pair lower on Friday.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3496     1.3553

1.3475     1.3589

1.3439     1.3611

Pivot Point: 1.3532

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD has violated the sideways trading range of 1.3625 – 1.3530 level, and closing of candles below this area can trigger selling until the next support level of 1.3452 level. On the higher side, the resistance continues to stay at the 1.3530 mark. On the hourly timeframe, the GBP/USD pair has violated the descending triangle pattern at the 1.3547 level, and now this level is likely to provide selling in the pair. Violation of the triangle pattern can extend selling bias today.


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY pair was closed at 103.951 after placing a high of 104.090 and a low of 103.602. The USD/JPY pair raised on Friday and extended its gains as the U.S. dollar was strong across the board amid the rising U.S. Treasury bond yields. The USD/JPY pair staged an impressive rebound and rose more than 150 pips in two days as the 10-year U.S. Treasury bond yield placed almost 13% gains in these two days. Over the week, the 10-year note U.S. Treasury yield has risen by about 21% and has supported the greenback since then. 

The U.S. dollar’s strength added further gains in the USD/PY pair and extended its upward momentum on Friday to its highest since December 15. The U.S. Dollar Index was also high beyond the 90.00 level for the first time in the week and supported the USD/JPY pair’s rise. Meanwhile, another factor involved in the rising demand for the U.S. dollar was Donald Trump’s comments, who agreed on a smooth transition of power. The political risk related to transition power that rose after Thursday’s attack was lifted and supported the local currency on Friday that eventually helped the USD/JPY pair to rise further n board. It means that the incoming President Joe Biden will have control over all three legislative bodies, the White House, the House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate, to give his Democratic Party stability in rules. 

Despite all these positive sentiments, the incoming president promised to deliver two massive stimulus packages in 2021, and his first order is expected to increase the direct payment checks to $2000 kept the local currency USD under pressure and capped further upside in the USD/JPY pair. 

On the data front, at 04:30 GMT, the Household Spending from Japan in November raised to 1.1% against the expected -1.0% and supported the Japanese Yen that capped further upside in the USD/JPY pair. At 10:00 GMT, the Leading Indicators from Japan remained flat at 96.6%. 

From the U.S. side, at 18:30 GMT, the Average Hourly Earnings for December advanced to 0.8% against the projected 0.2% and supported the U.S. dollar that pushed the USD/JPY pair higher. In December, the Non-Farm Employment Change decreased to -140K against the projected 60K and weighed on the U.S. dollar. During December, the Unemployment Rate decreased to 6.7% against the projected 6.8% and supported the U.S. dollar that added further gains in the USD/JPY pair. At 20:00 GMT, the Final Wholesales Inventories for November came in as 0.0% against the projected -0.1% and weighed on the U.S. dollar that capped further upside in the USD/JPY pair on Friday. Furthermore, the USD/JPY pair’s upward momentum was also supported by the rising risk sentiment in the market. The risk flows were encouraged after the U.K. approved another vaccine from Moderna on Friday. U.K. became the first country to approve a third coronavirus vaccine for emergency use authorization that lifted the market’s risk sentiment that ultimately added weight on the safe-haven Japanese Yen and pushed the USD/JPY pair even higher on board.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

103.18     104.19

102.56     104.58

102.16     105.21

Pivot Point: 103.57

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

The USD/JPY is trading at 104.123 level, facing immediate resistance at 104.223. On the 4 hour timeframe, the USD/JPY pair suggests bullish bias, and as the 10 and 20 periods, EMA is in support of buying trend while the MACD holds above 0, supporting bullish bias in the USD/JPY pair. A bullish breakout of the 104.223 level can extend the buying trend until the 104.610 level today. Let’s consider taking the buying trade over the 104.223 level and selling below the same. Good luck! 

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Market Profile Singles Indicator Review

Today we will examine the Market Profile Singles Indicator (we could also call it a single print indicator or gap indicator), which is available on the mql5.com market in metatrader4 and metatrader5 versions.

The developer of this indicator is Tomas Papp, who is located in Slovakia, and currently has 7 products available on the MQL5 market.

It is fair to point out that four of his products are completely FREE and are in a full-working version. These are: Close partially, Close partially MT5, Display Spread meter, Display Spread meter MT5. So it’s definitely worth a try.

Overview of the Market Profile Singles 

This indicator is based on market profile theory. It was designed to show “singles areas.” But, what exactly is a singles area?

Theory of the Market Profile Singles

Singles, or single prints, or gaps of the profile are placed inside a profile structure, not at the upper or lower edge. They are represented with single TPOs printed on the Market profile. Singles draw our attention to places where the price moved very fast (impulse movements). They leave low-volume nodes with liquidity gaps and, therefore, the market imbalance. Thus, Singles show us an area of imbalance. Singles are usually created when the market reacts to unexpected news. These reports can generate extreme imbalances and prepare the spawn for the extreme emotional reactions of buyers and sellers.

The market will usually revisit this area to examine as these price levels are attractive for forex traders, as support or resistance zones. Why should these traders be there? Because the market literally flew through the area, and only a small number of traders got a chance to trade there. For this reason, these areas are likely to be filled in the future.

The author also adds: “These inefficient moves tend to get filled, and we can seek trading opportunities once they get filled, or we can also enter before they get filled and use these single prints as targets.”

The author points out: Used as support/resistance zones, but be careful not always. Usually, it works very well on trendy days. See market profile days: trend day (Strategy 1 – BUY – third picture) and trend day with double distribution (Strategy 1 – SELL- third picture).

Practical use of the Market Profile Singles Indicator

So let’s imagine the strategies that the author himself recommends. Of course, it’s up to you whether you use these strategies or whether you trade other strategies for the singles area. Here we will review the following ones:

  • Strategy 1: The trend is your friend
  • Strategy 2: Test the nearest level
  • Strategy3: Close singles and continuing the trend

The author comments that these three strategies are common and repeated in the market, so it is profitable to trade them all.

The recommended time frame is M30, especially when using Strategy 2.

It is good to start the trend day and increase the profit, but be aware that trendy days happen only 15 – 20% of the time. Therefore, the author recommends mainly strategy 2, which is precise 75-80% of the time.

 

Strategy 1 – BUY :

  1. A bullish trend has begun.
  2. The singles area has been created.
  3. The prize moves sideways and stays above the singles area.
  4. We buy above the singles area and place the stop loss under the singles area.
  5. We place the profit target either according to the nearest market profile POC or resistance or under the nearest singles area. We try to keep this trade as long as possible because there is a high probability that the trend will continue for more days.

Strategy 1 – SELL :

  1. The bear trend has begun.
  2. The singles area has been created.
  3. The prize goes to the side and stays under the singles area.
  4. We sell below the singles area and place the stop loss above the singles area.
  5. We will place the target profit either according to the nearest market profile POC or support or above the nearest singles area. We try to keep this trade as long as possible because there is a high probability that the trend will continue for more days.

 

Before we start with Strategy 2, let’s explain the Initial Balance(IB) concept. IB is the price range of (usually) of the first two 30-minute bars of the session of the Market Profile. Therefore, Initial Balance may help define the context for the trading day.

The IBH (Initial Balance High) is also seen as an area of resistance, and the IBL (Initial Balance Low) as an area of support until it is broken.

Strategy 2 – one day – BUY:

This strategy will take place on a given day.

  1. There is a singles area near IB. (a singles area was created on a given day)
  2. The price goes sideways or creates a V-shape
  3. We expect to return to the singles area or IB. We buy low and place the stop loss below the daily low (preferably a little lower) and place the target profit below the IBL (preferably a little lower).

 

Strategy 2 – one day – SELL:

This strategy will take place on a given day.

  1. There is a singles area near IB. (a singles area was created on a given day)
  2. The price goes sideways or creates a reversed font V
  3. We expect to return to the singles area or IB. We sell high and place the stop loss above the daily high (preferably a little higher) and place the target profit above the IBH (preferably a little higher).

 

Strategy 2- more days- BUY:

This strategy takes more than one day to complete (Singles were created one or more days ago)

  1. After the trend, the price goes sideways and does not create a new low (or only minimal but with big problems)
  2. Nearby is a singles area (Since the price cannot go to one side, there is a high probability that these singles will close).
  3. We buy at a low, placing a stop-loss order a bit lower. We will place the target profile under the singles area.

 

Strategy 2- more days- SELL:

This strategy takes longer than one day (Singles were created one or more days ago)

  1. After the trend, the price goes to the side and does not create a new high (or only minimal but with big problems)
  2. Nearby is a singles area ( Since the price cannot go to one side, there is a high probability that these singles will close ).
  3. We sell at a high, and we place a stop-loss a bit higher. We will place the target profile above the singles area.

Strategy 3 – BUY:

  1. The current candle closes singles.
  2. Add a pending order above the singles area and place the stop-loss under the singles area or the candle’s low. (whichever is lower)
  3. Another candle must occur above the singles area. (If this does not happen, we will delete the pending order) .
  4. We will place the profit-target either according to the nearest market profile POC or resistance or under the nearest singles area.

 

Strategy 3 – SELL:

  1. The current candle closes singles.
  2. Add a pending order under the singles area and place the stop-loss above the singles area or candle’s high (whichever is higher).
  3. Another candle must occur under the singles area. (If this does not happen, we will delete the pending order) .
  4. We will place the profit-target either according to the nearest market profile POC or support or above the nearest singles area.

Discussion

These strategies look really interesting.  As the author himself says:

It’s not just a strategy. There is more to it in profitable trading. For me personally, they are most important when trading: Probability of profit, patience, quality signals with a good risk reward ratio (minimum 3: 1) and my head. I think this is the most important.

In this, we must agree with the author.

 

Service Cost

The current cost of this indicator is $50. You are also able to rent the indicator. For a one-month rental, it is $30 per month. There is also a demo version available it is always worth testing out the demos before purchasing. Though.

After purchasing the indicator, the author sends two more indicators to his customers as a gift: Market Profile Indicator and Support and Resistance Indicator.

Conclusion: There are only 2 reviews for the indicator so far, but they have 5 stars and are very positive.

For us, this indicator is interesting, and it is a big plus that the author shares his strategies. The price is also acceptable since the indicator costs 50 USD = 5 copies (10-USD / 1 piece), and since the author sends another 2 indicators as a gift, this price is really worthwhile.

The author added:

By studying the market profile and monitoring the market, I came up with an indicator and strategies we would like to present to you. Here you can try it for free :

 

MT4: https://www.mql5.com/en/market/product/52715

MT5: https://www.mql5.com/en/market/product/53385

 

And here you can watch the video:

 

 

Also, a complete description of the strategies and all the pictures can be seen HERE :

Other completely free of charge tools:

https://www.mql5.com/en/users/tomo007/seller#products

 

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Daily FX Analysis, January 07 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – Eyes on Series of US and European Events! 

It’s going to be a busy day from the news front, as the market will be focusing on the German Factory Orders m/m, ECB Economic Bulletin, Retail Sales, and CPI figures from the Eurozone economy that can drive price action in the Euro pairs during the UK session. On the other hand, the dollar’s movement can be influenced by Unemployment Claims and ISM Services PMI scheduled to be released during the US session.

Economic Events to Watch Today  

 


EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

The EUR/USD pair was closed at 1.23259 after placing a high of 1.23492 and a low of 1.22653. The depressed US dollar after the signs of a Democratic win in the US Senate runoff elections and the rebounded risk-on market sentiment helped EUR/USD pair to post gains on Wednesday.
The markets anticipated a Democratic win in the US Senate election in Georgia that would evacuate the track for a bigger fiscal stimulus package; the greenback came under pressure. Democrats won one US Senate race in Georgia and led in another on Wednesday, moving closer to a sweep in a Deep South state. The result will be announced on late Wednesday, and winning both seats by Democrats will give Congress control to power the President-elect Joe Biden’s policy goals.

Biden has said that he wanted two fiscal stimulus packages in 2021 to support his economy through the pandemic. His first order is expected to increase the stimulus paychecks amount to $2000 rejected by Republicans. These hopes kept the US dollar under pressure and supported the upward momentum in the EUR//USD pair.

On the data front, at 10:00 GMT, the German Prelim CPI for December dropped to 0.5% against the expected 0.6% and weighed on Euro and capped further upside in EUR/USD pair. At 12:45 GMT, the French Prelim CPI for December also dropped to 0.2% against the forecasted 0.4% and weighed on Euro. At 13:15 GMT, the Spanish Services PMI for December raised to 48.0 against the expected 44.5 and supported the single currency Euro and added further EUR/USD pair gains. At 13:45 GMT, the Italian Services PMI for December declined to 39.7 against the estimated 45.0 and weighed on the single currency Euro.

At 13:50 GMT, the French Final Services PMI came in line with the expectations of 49.1. At 13:55 GMT, the German Final Services PMI dropped to 47.0 against the anticipated 47.7 and weighed on Euro and capped further upside in EUR/USD pair. At 14:00 GMT, the Final Services PMI from Europe also fell to 46.4 against the forecasted 47.4 and weighed on Euro. At 15:00 GMT, the PPI for November from the Euro area raised to 0.4% against the expected 0.2% and supported Euro and gave strength to the EUR/USD pair’s rising prices.

From the US side, at 18:15 GMT, the ADP Non-Farm Employment Change for December declined to -123K against the forecasted 60K and weighed on the US dollar that gave further gains to EUR/USD pair. At 19:45 GMT, the Final Services PMI for December also declined to 54.8 against the forecasted 55.2 and weighed on the US dollar and helped EUR/USD to rise further. At 20:00 GMT, the Factory Orders for November rose to 1.0% against the forecasted 0.7%, supported the US dollar, and capped further gains in EUR/USD pair.

Meanwhile, the market’s risk sentiment was improved after the resurgence in global manufacturing as shown in various surveys this week despite the rising coronavirus cases, which also gave strength to the risk perceived EUR/USD pair on Wednesday.


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.2257      1.2318

1.2220      1.2344

1.2195      1.2380

Pivot point: 1.2282

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The EUR/USD continues trading with a bullish bias at 1.2367, facing resistance at the 1.2350 level. On the lower side, the support continues to hold around the 1.2278 level. Simultaneously, the bullish breakout of the 1.2350 resistance level can extend buying until the 1.2435 level. The leading indicators such as RSI and MACD support selling, but the EUR/USD 50 periods EMA is likely to support at 1.2289. 


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD pair was closed at 1.36075 after placing a high of 1.36711 and a low of 1.35380. The currency pair came under pressure on Wednesday amid the rising number of coronavirus cases in the UK, depressing comments from Andrew Bailey, and the poor macroeconomic data from Great Britain.

The UK has more new coronavirus cases per capita than any other major country globally as the number of daily cases topped 60,000 for the first time this week. The latest data suggested that around one in 50 people in the UK currently have the virus. Only the US has a per capita infection rate nearly equivalent to the UK of any country with more than 1 million cases.

Since December 06, the average number of new daily cases has risen from around 15,000 to above 55,000. PM Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that about 1.3 M people have so far received a coronavirus vaccination. The rising number of coronavirus made the UK the worst-hit country in Europe in terms of cumulative cases and weighed on its local currency British Pound, which ultimately added weight to the GBP/USD pair.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Governor of Bank of England Andrew Bailey risked reigniting the politically charged debate over Brexit by predicting that the trade deal struck with the European Union could end up costing the UK economy the equivalent of more than 80 billion pounds.
During his first public comments since Britain completed its withdrawal from the bloc on December 31, Bailey endorsed warnings from the Office for Budget Responsibility, the fiscal watchdog, that gross domestic product will be as much as 4% lower in the long term than it would be had the country remained in the EU.

These comments from the Bank of England governor right after the Brexit completion raised fears and added weight on Sterling that eventually dragged the GBP/USD currency pair on the downside. On the data front, at 14:30 GMT, the Final Services PMI from Great Britain for December dropped to 49.4 against the expected 499 and weighed on British Pound and added more losses on the currency pair GBP/USD.

From the US side, at 18:15 GMT, the ADP Non-Farm Employment Change for December fell to -123K against the anticipated 60K and weighed on the US dollar and capped further losses in GBP/USD pair. At 19:45 GMT, the Final Services PMI for December also fell to 54.8 against the anticipated 55.2 and weighed on the US dollar. At 20:00 GMT, the Factory Orders for November surged to 1.0% against the anticipated 0.7% and supported the US dollar that added further GBP/USD pair losses.

However, the GBP/USD pair’s losses were somewhat recovered in the late trading session over the positive sentiment that was mostly driven by the rising expectation that the Democrats will win both seats in Georgia’s Senate runoff. A clean sweep for the Democrats would hand charge of both houses of Congress to the incoming administration that would pave the way for Joe Biden to push through more stimulus. This left the US dollar under pressure and supported the GBP/USD pair in late trading hours.


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3572      1.3660

1.3518     1.3696 

1.3483      1.3749

Pivot Point: 1.3607

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD pair continues to consolidate in a narrow trading range of 1.3625 – 1.3556. The Sterling may face immediate resistance at the 1.3625 level, and the continuation of an upward trend can lead the Cable towards the 1.3700 resistance level. On the lower side, the breakout of 1.3545 support can extend the selling trend until the 1.3468 level.


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY pair was closed at 103.049 after placing a high of 103.442 and a low of 102.590. The higher US yields and the market’s risk appetite boosted the USD/JPY prices on Wednesday. Since March, the currency pair bounced from the lowest levels, near 102.50, and peaked at 103.43, a one-week high.

The main driver of the pair USD/JPY remained the US yields followed by the elections to decide the US Senate’s composition. The 10-year yield reached 1.05%, its highest since March, and supported the US dollar that ultimately pushed the USD/JPY pair higher on board. The market sentiment was not affected by the weaker than expected US economic data as the Dow Jones was at record highs, up by 1.55%, and the NASDAQ gained 0.51%.

Markets were pricing the prospects of a Democratic win in the US Senate runoff elections in Georgia. The Democrats already have the House of Representatives, aka lower chamber of Congress, in their control. Winning the Senate elections will also give them control over the upper chamber that means they will have a complete majority in the US legislative assembly and the power to push forward their agenda.

The term of Joe Biden will begin on January 20. He has hinted that he wanted at least two stimulus packages in 2021 to overcome the damage caused and expected to continue from the coronavirus pandemic. Markets were also pricing their bets on the prospects of Biden’s first order that is expected to push out $2000 checks to most Americans that had been strictly opposed by the Republicans.

On the data front, at 10:00 GMT, the Consumer Confidence from Japan for December dropped to 31.8against the anticipated 32.6 and weighed on the Japanese Yen that added more gains in the USD/JPY pair.
From the US side, at 18:15 GMT, the ADP Non-Farm Employment Change for December decreased to -123K against the projected 60K and weighed on the US dollar that capped further gains in the USD/JPY pair. At 19:45 GMT, the Final Services PMI for December also decreased to 54.8 against the projected 55.2 and weighed on the US dollar that limited additional USD/JPY pair gains. At 20:00 GMT, the Factory Orders for November increased to 1.0% against the projected 0.7% and supported the US dollar that added further gains in the USD/JPY pair.

Furthermore, some of the USD/JPY pair’s gains were lost in late trading hours of Wednesday as the rising number of coronavirus cases kept the global economic recovery under pressure and safe-haven demand intact. On Wednesday, Japan’s number of coronavirus cases reached its highest level as the government faced mounting pressure from health experts to impose a strict state of emergency for Tokyo.

In Portugal, about 10,027 new cases on Wednesday were reported, which was the highest since the pandemic started. Ontario reported 3266 new coronavirus cases that brought the total number of coronavirus in the region to 200,626. All these fears kept the safe-haven Japanese yen supportive that ultimately weighed on the USD/JPY pair and lost most of its gains for the day on Wednesday.


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

102.49      103.08

102.24      103.44

101.89      103.68

Pivot Point: 102.84

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

The USD/JPY bounced off to violate the resistance level of 102.960 level, and now it’s working as a support for the USD/JPY pair. The pair may find resistance at the 103.430 level. Overall, the bullish bias seems strong as the USD/JPY pair has crossed over 50 EMA at the 103.063 level. Taking a look at the 2-hour timeframe, the USD/JPY has closed a bullish engulfing candle over 102.962 level that can drive the further bullish trend in the USD/JPY pair. Let’s consider taking a buy trade over the 102.960 level today. Good luck!

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Daily F.X. Analysis, January 06 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – ADP Non-Farm Employment Change Ahead! 

On the news front, eyes will remain on the Services PMI figures from the Eurozone, U.K., and the United States. Almost all economic figures are expected to perform better than previous months, perhaps due to a lockdown lift. Price action will depend upon any surprise changes in the PMI figures. Later today, the U.S. ADP figures will also drive some volatility in the market.

Economic Events to Watch Today  


EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

The EUR/USD pair was closed at 1.22984 after placing a high of 1.23055 and a low of 1.22419. The renewed U.S. dollar weakness and the prospects for a Democratic majority in the Senate after the runoff election in Georgia boosted the market sentiment that supported the upward trend in EUR/USD pair on Tuesday.

The U.S. Dollar Index that gauges the greenback’s value against the basket of six major currencies fell by almost 0.38% on Tuesday to an 89.53 level that ultimately added gains in EUR/USD pair. The U.S. Dollar was also under stress on Tuesday amid the US Georgia runoff elections that would decide the future of the U.S. Senate. The outcome will be crucial for incoming president Joe Biden as the Senate majority helps pass the law and confirm the cabinet appointments. The result is expected on Wednesday. It has made investors cautious about placing any strong bids in favor of the U.S. dollar, resulting in the upward momentum of EUR/USD.

On the data front, at 12:00 GMT, the German Retail Sales for November raised to 1.9% against the expected -2.0% and supported the single currency Euro and added further gains in EUR/USD pair. At 13:00 GMT, the Spanish Unemployment Change in December raised to 36.8K against the expected 30.5K and weighed on the single currency Euro that capped further EUR/USD pair gains. At 13:55 GMT, the German Unemployment Change for December declined to-37K against the expected 10K and supported the single currency Euro that added further EUR/USD pair gains. At 14:00 GMT, the M3 Money Supply for the year from Eurozone raised to 11.0% against the forecasted 10.6% and supported the single currency Euro that added additional EUR/USD pair gains. The Private Loans for the year from Eurozone dropped to 3.1% from the expected 3.3% and weighed on Euro that further capped gains in EUR/USD pair.

From the U.S. side, at 20:00 GMT, the ISM Manufacturing PMI from December rose to 60.7 against the estimated 56.6 and supported the U.S. dollar, and capped further gains in EUR/USD pair. The ISM Manufacturing Prices also raised to 77.6 against the anticipated 66.0 and supported the U.S. dollar. The Wards Total Vehicle Sales raised to 16.3M against the estimated 15.8M and supported the U.S. dollar, ultimately limiting further gains in EUR/USD pair.

On Wednesday, the HIS Markit will release the Services PMI data for Germany and the Euro area. From the U.S., the ADP Employment Change will also be featured in the economic docket that will impact EUR/USD prices. Furthermore, the investors will keep a close eye on the Georgia election results.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.2257      1.2318

1.2220      1.2344

1.2195      1.2380

Pivot point: 1.2282

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The EUR/USD is trading with a mixed bias at the 1.2272 level, having violated the upward trendline at the 1.2252 level. At the moment, the pair is likely to face resistance at the 1.2307 level along with a support area of 1.2245 and 1.2215. Bullish bias seems dominant today, so a bullish breakout of 1.2307 can extend buying until the next resistance level of 1.2345.


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD pair was closed at 1.36278 after a high of 1.36420 and a low of 1.35540. Despite the third nationwide lockdown in the U.K., the GBP/USD pair raised on Tuesday amid the broad-based U.S. dollar weakness. The U.S. Dollar Index that measures the value of the U.S. dollar against the basket of six major currencies fell by 0.38% towards the two years, the lowest level of 89.53, and weighed on the greenback that ultimately supported the gains in GBP/USD pair.

The U.S. dollar was weak across the board despite the safe-haven appeal in the market mainly because of the Georgia runoff elections in the U.S. The runoff will decide the future of the U.S. Senate. It will be essential for Joe Biden, the upcoming Democratic president of the U.S., as it holds major importance in the U.S. Congress being its upper chamber. Senate holding party could easily approve its bills, which is the main attractiveness for getting majority votes in the Georgia runoff elections. Since 2014, the Senate has been controlled by the Republican Party, and if Democrats win on Wednesday, the extra two seats will give them effective control.

On the other hand, the British Pound was under pressure on Tuesday as the number of new daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.K. has topped 60,000 for the first time since the pandemic started.

According to the government figures on Tuesday, the number of people who tested positive was 60,916. It came in as England and Scotland announced new strict lockdowns with people told to stay at home. The country is entering another nationwide lockdown to control coronavirus’s new variant affected the local currency and GBP/USD pair. However, investors did not give much attention to it and continued moving with the weakness of the U.S. dollar that ultimately pushed the GBP/USD pair higher.

There was no macroeconomic data on the data front to be released from the U.K. From the U.S. side, at 20:00 GMT, the ISM Manufacturing PMI from December surged to 60.7 against the anticipated 56.6 and supported the U.S. dollar and capped further gains in GBP/USD pair. The ISM Manufacturing Prices also rose to 77.6 against the projected 66.0 and supported the U.S. dollar. The Wards Total Vehicle Sales surged to 16.3M against the expected 15.8M and supported the U.S. dollar that ultimately limited further GBP/USD pair gains.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3572      1.3660

1.3518      1.3696

1.3483      1.3749

Pivot point: 1.3607

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The Cable’s technical side also remains mostly unchanged as the GBP/USD pair consolidates between 1.3632 – 1.3556 after violating the support level of 1.3609 level. On the higher side, the Sterling may find resistance at 1.3632 and 1.3697 level while support at 1.3550 and 1.3473 level. Choppy trading expected. 


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY pair was closed at 102.716 after placing a high of 103.189 and a low of 102.603. On Tuesday, the currency pair USD/JPY came under resumed bearish pressure through the American trading hours and reached its lowest level in nearly ten months at 102.60. The intensified selling pressure surrounding the U.S. dollar in the second half of the day forced the USD/JPY pair on the lower side. The U.S. Dollar Index that measures the value of the greenback against the basket of six major currencies fell to its multi-year lowest level at 89.44 by 0.47% on Tuesday and weighed heavily on the USD/JPY pair.

The U.S. Dollar was also weak across the board ahead of the results of the Georgia runoff elections. The state of Georgia held runoff elections for its two Senate seats. The results will determine who gets to control the U.S. Senate for the next two years and will consequently have a profound impact on the course of U.S. fiscal policy. The U.S. Republican Party has been controlling the U.S. Senate since 2014, and markets are betting that the Republicans will still win at least one of the seats and cement its hold on the upper chamber of the U.S. Congress.

On the data front, at 04:50 GMT, the Monetary Base for the year from Japan raised to 18.3% against the forecasted 18.0% and supported the Japanese Yen that ultimately weighed on the USD/JPY pair. From the U.S. side, at 20:00 GMT, the ISM Manufacturing PMI from December rose to 60.7 against the forecasted 56.6 and supported the U.S. dollar, and capped further losses in the USD/JPY pair. The ISM Manufacturing Prices also raised to 77.6 against the projected 66.0 and supported the U.S. dollar that limited further losses in the USD/JPY pair. The Wards Total Vehicle Sales raised to 16.3M against the estimated 15.8M and supported the U.S. dollar that ultimately limited further losses in the USD/JPY pair.

Meanwhile, the rising demand for safe-haven appeal in the market also supported the safe-haven Japanese Yen that ultimately weighed on the USD/JPY pair. The U.K. entered into a third nationwide lockdown on Monday as the daily count of new coronavirus cases surpassed 60,000 figure for the first time since the pandemic started. The PM Boris Johnson said that it was crucial to control the spread of a new variant of coronavirus that was more contagious.

Meanwhile, Germany also stretched its nationwide lockdown until the end of the month and announced tougher new restrictions to curb rising cases of coronavirus infections. New York on Monday reported its first case of a new variant of the coronavirus that has been reported in more than 30 countries so far. In the past four days, the U.S. has added about 1 million new coronavirus cases that have pushed the total number of cases beyond 21 million. This rising number of cases across the globe added fears for the recovery of the global economy and increased the appeal for safe-haven that ultimately supported the safe-haven Japanese Yen and added weight on the USD/JPY pair on Tuesday.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

102.49      103.08

102.24      103.44

101.89      103.68

Pivot point: 102.84

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

The technical side of the USD/JPY also remains mostly unchanged as the USD/JPY is trading sharply bearish at 102.74. On the downside, the USD/JPY pair may find support at the 102.595 level along with resistance at 102.930. The USD/JPY pair has formed a downward channel on the two-hourly timeframes, which is likely to keep the pair bearish. The MACD and 50 EMA is suggesting selling bias in the USD/JPY. Let’s consider taking sell trades below the 102.850 level today. Good luck!

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EUR/JPY Crosses Below 50 Periods EMA – Sell Signal in Play!

The EUR/JPY is trading sideways at 126.564 – 126.105, having crossed below 50 periods EMA. On the higher side, the EUR/JPY may find resistance at the 126.450 level. The EUR/JPY is trading bearish amid a surge in safe-haven appeal. The reason for the bearish trend in the EUR/JPY as prices for crude oil fell, and gold surged.

One of the reasons behind increased safe-haven appeal can be linked with the dip in crude oil prices. Crude oil prices could also be associated with the previous day released downbeat China’s Caixin Manufacturing PMI data, which confirmed that the activity slowed in December. The gauge dropped to 53.00 in December from November’s 54.9, against the expected figures of 54.9. The government PMI also fell to 51.9 in December from 52.1 in November.

Despite the risk-off market sentiment, the broad-based U.S. dollar failed to gain any positive traction and edged lower on the day amid the probability of an additional U.S. financial aid package and speculations that the Fed will keep interest rates lower for a longer period. Apart from this, the optimism over a possible coronavirus vaccine urges investors towards riskier currencies and higher-yielding assets rather than the safe-haven asset, which eventually leads to further losses in the safe-haven U.S. dollar. However, the losses in the U.S. dollar kept the USD/JPY currency pair lower. As of now, the U.S. Dollar Index that tracks the greenback against a bucket of other currencies dropped by 0.04% to 89.812 by 8:49 PM ET (1:49 AM GMT).

On the contrary, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) showed an approximately 95% success ratio of the leading coronavirus vaccines after two doses, which becomes the key factor that helps the currency pair limit its deeper losses.

The EUR/JPY is likely to find resistance at the 126.420 level; thus, we have opened a sell trade. Check out the trade setup below.



Entry Price – Sell 126.22

Stop Loss – 126.62

Take Profit – 125.82

Risk to Reward – 1:1

Profit & Loss Per Standard Lot = -$400/ +$400

Profit & Loss Per Micro Lot = -$40/ +$40

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Gold Breakout Ascending Triangle Pattern – Bullish Bias Dominates! 

During Monday’s Asian trading session, the precious metal managed to extend its early-day positive performance and remained bullish around above the $1,920 level as the sharp rise in global COVID-19 cases and the possibility of more countries imposing tighter restrictions tend to underpin the safe-haven yellow metal. Meanwhile, the broad-based U.S. dollar weakness, triggered by the market upbeat mood, also played its key role in underpinning the gold prices as the price of gold is inversely related to the price of the U.S. dollar. However, the market trading sentiment was being supported by the optimism surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, Brexit headlines, and the U.S. covid aid package. 

In that way, the upbeat market sentiment was seen as one of the key factors that kept the lid on any additional gold gains. Furthermore, the upticks in the gold prices could also be attributed to the escalating US-China tussles, which eventually lend some support to the safe-haven yellow metal. As of writing, the yellow metal prices are currently trading at 1,923.70 and consolidating in the range between 1,893.81 – 1,925.35.

The market trading sentiment managed to extend its last week’s positive performance and stay positive on the day as the U.S. stocks futures’ bullish appearance tends to highlight the risk-on sentiment. Behind this positive performance was the optimism surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, Brexit headlines, and the U.S. covid aid package. Across the ocean, the latest upbeat prints of Asian activity numbers from Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, and Taiwan for December also played its major role in underpinning the market trading sentiment. However, the positive tone around the market sentiment favors the gold buyers via U.S. dollar weakness.

As a result of the risk-on mood, the broad-based U.S. dollar failed to gain any positive traction and remained bearish on the day. Meanwhile, the losses in the U.S. dollar were further bolstered by the easy money policy of the U.S. Federal Reserve and central bankers elsewhere. It is worth mentioning that the U.S. Federal Reserve is set to release the minutes from its December meeting on Wednesday. In that way, the market players will be looking for more detail on making their forward policy guidance more explicit and the chance of a further increase in asset buying in 2021. Hence, the losses in the U.S. dollar becomes the key factor that helps the gold to stay bid as the price of gold is inversely related to the price of the U.S. dollar. 

Elsewhere, the upticks in the gold prices could also be attributed to the concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) and tussles between the U.S. and China. The coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to rise, with above 85 million COVID-19 cases as of Jan. 4, with over 20.6 million cases of them in the U.S. Apart from the U.S., Japan is also gaining attention amid the recent surge in the cases and the death toll. As per the latest report, Japan recorded more than 3,100 new cases overnight. While Tokyo reported 816 new infections, bringing the cumulative total to 62,590, the largest among the country’s 47 prefectures so far. This, in turn, the government of Japan is seeking expert advice on whether to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures. 

Looking forward, the market traders will keep their eyes on Caixin Manufacturing PMI for December, which is expected to reprint 54.9. Meanwhile, the second readings of monthly PMIs from Europe, the U.K., and the U.S. can decorate the calendar ahead. In addition to this, the updates about the U.S. stimulus package will be key to watch. In the meantime, the risk catalyst like geopolitics and the virus woes, not to forget the Brexit, will not lose their importance. 


Daily Support and Resistance

S1 1863.1

S2 1879.13

S3 1888.81

Pivot Point 1895.17

R1 1904.84

R2 1911.2

R3 1927.24

On Monday, the gold is trading sharply bullish at the 1,925 level. Gold has disrupted the ascending triangle pattern at the 1,898 mark on the daily chart, and now gold is likely to encounter resistance at 1,933 and 1,965 marks. The buying trend can be seen in gold, but unfortunately, our trades are closed at stop loss. I will be looking to take another buying trade once gold retraces back to 1,913 level. Good luck! 

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Daily F.X. Analysis, January 04 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – Manufacturing PMI In Focus! 

On the news front, eyes will remain on the Manufacturing PMI and Services PMI figures from the Eurozone, U.K., and the United States. Almost all economic figures are expected to perform better than previous months, perhaps due to a lift of lockdown. Price action will depend upon any surprise changes in the PMI figures.

Economic Events to Watch Today  

  


EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

The EUR/USD pair was opened at 1.22387, and it has placed a high of 1.22584 and a low of 1.22276 so far. The currency pair is currently moving at 1.25514 and has shown a consolidative move since the start of the day.

The U.S. dollar was weak across the board on Monday and the starting day of the week and pushed the currency pair EUR/USD higher on board. However, the EUR/USD pair’s gains remained consolidative ahead of the release of macroeconomic data from the European side.

At 13:15 GMT, the Spanish Manufacturing PMI for December is forecasted to come in as 52.6 compared to November’s 49.8, which, if met, will be supportive to the single currency Euro and will probably add gains in EUR/USD pair. At 13:45 GMT, the Italian manufacturing PMI for December is also expected to surpass the previous 51.5 and come in as 53.5 and support the single currency Euro to add further gains in EUR/USD pair. At 13:50 GMT, the French Final Manufacturing PMI is projected to remain flat at 51.1 for December. At 13:55 GMT, The German Final Manufacturing PMI for December is also projected to remain the same as November’s 58.6. At 14:00 GMT, the Final manufacturing PMI for December from the whole Eurozone is also expected to remain flat at 55.5.

From the U.S. side, at 19:45 GMT, the Final Manufacturing PMI from the U.S. for December is anticipated to release as 56.3 against the previous 56.5 and weigh on the U.S. dollar be beneficial for EUR/USD pair. At 20:00 GMT, the Construction Spending for November is estimated to decline to 1.1% compared to the previous 1.3%, and if the actual meet the expectations, then EUR/USD will gain more as the U.S. dollar will become weak.

Apart from macroeconomic data, the gains in EUR/USD pair were very limited at the start of the trading session as the rise in coronavirus cases in Europe urged the countries to get ready to extend lockdowns to control the spread of the virus. Not in Europe, but all countries across the world, including UK, Canada, India, the USA, Japan, and Mexico also have seen a rise in the number of infection cases that has prompted the need for safe-haven and resulted in the consolidative movement of EUR/USD pair on Monday.

The risk perceived EUR/USD pair faced pressure while moving upward as the risk sentiment in the market deteriorated after the rising number of coronavirus cases throughout the globe. However, the currency pair EUR/USD remained on the plus side as the European countries have started immunizing people against coronavirus in earnest, but huge discrepancies in vaccination pace exist.

Meanwhile, the U.S. dollar was also weak ahead of Tuesday’s Georgia runoff elections that will decide the control of the U.S. Senate and also the fate of President-elect Joe Biden’s legislative agenda. Whereas, Senate ended the demand for an increase in direct payments from $600 to $2000 by Donald Trump and supported by Democrats as Republicans did not approve it and weighed on the U.S. dollar that ultimately kept the EUR/USD pair higher.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.2179      1.2279

1.2144      1.2344

1.2078      1.2379

Pivot Point: 1.2244

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The EUR/USD is trading with a bearish bias today at the 1.2248 level, having violated the upward trendline at the 1.2252 level. Closing of candles below this trendline confirms a breakout, and there’s a strong odd of selling trend’s continuation until 1.2203. The next support may be found around the 1.2175 level below this, along with resistance at 1.2258 and 1.2313. The 50 periods EMA is likely to extend resistance at the 1.2262 level, and supporting selling trend in the EUR/USD today! 


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

On January 04, the currency pair was opened at 1.36471, and it has placed a high of 1.36982 and a low of 1.36436 so far. The pair is currently moving at 136884 and is rising to place gains for the 4th consecutive session on Monday. The U.K. was enjoying its first trading session as an independent nation on Monday as the transition period for Brexit ended on Thursday when the United Kingdom finally ended its ties with the European Union, almost a year after its formal departure from the 27-nation bloc.

After four and a half years, when the majority in the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, the end of the transition period was a significant moment in the history of the U.K. Great Britain will now forge a separate path after almost five decades as part of the bloc. 

According to PM Boris Johnson, Britain will be an open, generous, outward-looking, internationalist, and free-trading country free to do things differently and, if necessary better than the E.U. On Sunday, the PM Boris Johnson said that he intended to carry on as a prime minister after Brexit.

Although the British Pound will see a selling pressure given the impact of Brexit sooner or later, the investors were favoring the currency in the beginning hours of the trading session ahead of the macroeconomic data or any major news as after a long fight between the E.U. & U.K.; the country has departure from the E.U. with a deal beneficial for both sides successfully.

At 14:30 GMT, the Final Manufacturing PMI for December is expected to remain flat at 57.3. The Mortgage Approvals from Britain in November are expected to decline to 82K from October’s 98K and weigh on British Pound that could drag the pair GBP/USD lower. The Net Lending to Individuals for November is also expected to decline to 3.0B from October’s 3.7B and weigh on British Pound and limit the GBP/USD pair’s upward trend. Furthermore, the pair was also supported in the Asian session due to the weakness of the U.S. dollar on Monday. The U.S. dollar was weak due to the broad market optimism and rallying equities. Some news from the U.S. Congress unveiled that Nancy Pelosi was re-elected as the U.S. House Speaker, which indicated an easy way for further stimulus. 

Meanwhile, Georgia’s electoral runoff will also decide the Senate majority’s fate and will be crucial to watch on Tuesday. All these developments kept the greenback under pressure and supported GBP/USD’s rising prices on Monday during the early session.

Apart from Brexit and U.S. headlines, the currency pair came under pressure as the market’s risk sentiment was affected by the increase in the number of coronavirus cases throughout the globe. 

The rising number of infections from COVID-19 raised fears that countries might extend the restrictions that would have a negative impact on global economic recovery. These fears kept the risk perceived GBP/USD pair under pressure and kept its gains limited during the Asian session on Monday.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3623      1.3705

1.3573      1.3737

1.3540      1.3788

Pivot Point: 1.3655

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD pair has also violated the resistance level of 1.3617 level, and on the higher side, the next target remains at the 1.3698 level. On the lower side, the GBP/USD pair may find support at the 1.3617 level for now. We can expect a continuation of an upward trend in the Sterling today. The 50 periods EMA is supporting bullish bias at the 1.3600 level, and at the same time, the upward channel is also likely to keep Sterling bullish on Monday. Let’s consider taking buying trades over 1.3609 and selling below the 1.3698 level today. 


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

On January 04, the USD/JPY opened at 103.096, and it has placed a high of 103.314 and a low of 102.932 since then. The pair USD/JPY was currently moving at 103.023 and was placing losses for the day.

In the Asian trading session, the U.S. dollar was down on Monday, with investors continuing to put pressure on the safe-haven assets on the first trading day of 2021. The rising expectations that the U.S. interest rates will remain low and hopes for an eventual global economic recovery from coronavirus will likely continue to slow the dollar down against other major currencies.

The U.S. Dollar Index that measures the value of the U.S. dollar against the basket of six major currencies was down by 0.25% to 89.67 on the day to slightly below the level it ended 2020 at 89.766. The U.S. dollar weakness added to the downward momentum of the USD/JPY pair on Monday.

The Federal Reserve is due to release the minutes from its December meeting on Wednesday. Investors will be looking for more detail on the discussions about making their forward policy guidance more explicit and the chance of a further increase in asset buying in 2021. Meanwhile, the USD/JPY pair was also down in early trading hours on Monday as the rising number of coronavirus cases throughout the world raised the safe-haven appeal in the market. 

On Sunday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that severe lockdown restrictions would be installed in England to fight against the new variant of coronavirus that has pushed the infection rates to their highest record levels. Whereas, School unions have raised called for the closure of all schools for a couple of weeks as the virus was spreading faster, but Johnson said to parents that they should send children to school as the threats to young kids from the deadly virus were very small.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Canada reported an estimated 4800 more cases of the deadly coronavirus that added to the country’s total caseload and made it 586,425. Canada said that the rise in the number of coronaviruses was seen after the holiday season. In India, 16,660 fresh cases were reported in a single day that sent the total number of infections to 10,341,291. 

Americans have been reported to flee to Mexico to avoid the lockdown restrictions back at home. According to Times, about half a million Americans traveled to Mexico in November, whereas Mexico has reported an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in November and December.

The global sum of coronavirus cases reached 85,489,058, out of which 60,443,211 have recovered, and 1,850,202 have died so far. The U.S. cases reached a total of 21,110,917 number and remained the worst-hit county by the world’s coronavirus. Despite the vaccine rollout, the rising number of coronavirus cases throughout the globe added to the fears that countries will enter new lockdown restrictions and affect global economic recovery. These fears raised the market’s safe-haven appeal and supported the safe-haven Japanese Yen that ultimately weighed on the USD/JPY pair. 

On the data front, at 05:30 GMT, the Final Manufacturing PMI in December came in as 50.0 against the expected 49.7 and supported the Japanese Yen that added in the losses of the USD/JPY pair on Monday. From the U.S. side, at 19:45 GMT, the Final Manufacturing PMI from the U.S. for December is projected to come as 56.3 against the previous 56.5 and weigh on the U.S. dollar add in the losses of USD/JPY pair. At 20:00 GMT, the Construction Spending for November is estimated to decrease to 1.1% against the previous 1.3% that could weigh on the U.S. dollar and USD/JPY pair as well.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

103.02      103.34

102.85      103.49

102.70      103.66

Pivot Point: 103.17

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

The USD/JPY is trading sharply bearish at 102.940, gaining support at the 102.940 level. The USD/JPY pair has formed a downward channel on the two-hourly timeframes, which may extend resistance at 103.300 as at the same level 50 periods EMA is also extending resistance. Today, we need to keep an eye on the 102.940 mark as a violation of this may offer us a sell trade until the 102.598 level. The MACD and RSI are suggesting selling bias in USD/JPY today. Good luck!

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GBP/USD Bounces off Support – Quick Buy Signal Update!

The GBP/USD pair was closed at 1.36245 after placing a high of 1.36255 and a low of 1.34888. The British Pound to U.S. Dollar exchange rate climbed to weekly highs as the U.K. Parliament voted for the Brexit trade deal. Barely 24 hours before the U.K.’s final split from the European Union, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit trade deal won approval from the U.K. Parliament. The agreement earlier crossed the House of Commons with 521 votes in favor of 73 opposing it. The Scottish National Party (SNP) was against the bills while stating that it will harm Scotland’s fishing industry and told PM Johnson that it would bolster the case for independence.

The GBP/USD pair has also violated the resistance level of 1.3617 level, and on the higher side, the next target remains at the 1.3698 level. On the lower side, the GBP/USD pair may find support at the 1.3617 level for now. We can expect a continuation of an upward trend in the Sterling today.

Daily Technical Levels

Support Resistance

1.3456 1.3533

1.3413 1.3567

1.3379 1.3611

Pivot Point: 1.3490


Entry Price – Buy 1.3662

Stop Loss – 1.3622

Take Profit – 1.3702

Risk to Reward – 1:1

Profit & Loss Per Standard Lot = -$400/ +$400

Profit & Loss Per Micro Lot = -$40/ +$40

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AUD/USD Soars Higher – Upward Channel Supports! 

The AUD/USD closed at 0.75809 after placing a high of 0.76223 and a low of 0.75570. After placing bullish moves for two consecutive days, the AUD/USD pair fell after a long weekend despite the rising risk-on market sentiment amid the rebound in the greenback. The US President Donald Trump raised the global markets on Monday after signing the coronavirus stimulus bill that was long-awaited and has been under negotiations since May. Though his demand for $2000 paychecks and removal of section 230 was currently under debate in the Senate, the US Treasury has already said to disburse $600 weekly paychecks.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi showed readiness to get the $2000 passed in Congress. This raised the risk sentiment in the already high market because of the vaccine rollout and Brexit optimism. However, the Aussie-China tussle and the fear of a new variant of coronavirus kept the pair AUD/USD under pressure.

According to the data released by the General Administration of Customs, China’s import of Australian copper concentrate fell by 34% to 26,717 tonnes in November, the lowest level since January 2017. On the other hand, Australia insisted the World Health Organization (WHO) inquiry into coronavirus origin must be robust, despite China’s tensions.

Looking forward, a lack of major data requires the pair of traders to watch risk catalysts for immediate direction. Among them, the US stimulus passage and any developments on the Canberra-Beijing tension will be the key. 

Meanwhile, the US dollar was weak across the board due to the stimulus bill turned into legislation after Trump signed it. The US Dollar Index that tracks the greenback against a basket of other currencies edged down 0.15% to 90.112 that capped further downside in AUD/USD pair. In the absence of any macroeconomic data and holiday-thinned trading, the currency pair AUD/USD remained depressed on Monday.


Daily Technical Levels

Support Resistance

0.7548 0.7616 

0.7519 0.7653

0.7481 0.7683

Pivot point: 0.7586

The AUD/USD is trading bullish at the 0.76050 level, forming an upward channel on the two-hourly timeframes. The AUD/USD pair may find resistance at the 0.7625 level, and a bullish breakout of this level can extend the buying trend until the 0.7680 level. On the lower side, the support stays at the 0.7560 mark. Bullish crossover of AUD/USD pair is likely to drive the further upward trend in Aussie; however, taking a bullish trade can be risky at this movement, especially when the market volatility is at its lowest. Good luck! 

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USD/CAD Sideways Trading Continues – Brace to Capture Breakout! 

A day before, the USD/CAD opened at 1.28497, and it has placed a high of 1.28602 and a low of 1.28277 so far. The USD/CAD pair dropped on Monday amid the US dollar’s weakness and the rising crude oil prices. The USD/CAD pair dropped on Monday on the first day of the new trading week as the market’s risk sentiment was improved and supported the risk perceived Canadian Dollar. The risk sentiment in the market was high due to the latest Brexit trade-deal optimism and was further supported by the news of the US stimulus bill.

On Sunday, the US President Donald Trump signed a $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and government funding bill that added optimism over a last-minute Brexit trade deal and supported the risk perceived Canadian Dollar. The strong Loonie added pressure on the USD/CAD pair that started to decline on Monday.

The US President Donald Trump, who initially called the bipartisan coronavirus bill a disgrace and threatened to reject the bill, backed down from his decision and signed the bill to make it legislation. The bill will include $900 billion in coronavirus relief bill and $1.4 trillion in government funding that would expire after 24 hours. The passing of the second round of the coronavirus relief bill before the US government shutdown soared the risk sentiment and pressured on the US dollar that ultimately added further to the USD/CAD pair’s losses. The greenback was lower in early trading hours on Monday as USD bulls were largely unimpressed by a goodish pickup in the US Treasury bond yields. 

Meanwhile, on the WTI Crude oil front, the energy source prices rose on Monday as they hit $48.25 due to increased risk sentiment in the market and lower US dollar prices. The rising crude oil prices supported the commodity-linked currency Loonie that ultimately added further pressure on the USD/CAD pair on Monday. Another reason behind the declining USD/CAD pair and the Canadian Dollardollar’s strength against the greenback could also be the last-minute Brexit deal. On the last trading session on Thursday, the Canadian Dollar was strong against its counterpart US dollar as Britain secured a long-awaited Brexit deal with the EU. 

The US dollar was already lower because of the Brexit deal against the basket of major six currencies, and Trump’s decision to pass the US stimulus bill added further in it that pushed the US Dollar Index lower on Monday and supported the bearish momentum in USD/CAD pair.

In the absence of any major macroeconomic release from the Canadian or US side, the pair USD/CAD continued declining on the back of the rising Canadian Dollar, improved risk sentiment amid the Brexit deal and US stimulus package, and the declining US dollar and rising Crude oil prices on Monday.


Daily Technical Levels

Support Resistance

1.2826 1.2856

1.2814 1.2874

1.2796 1.2886

Pivot Point: 1.2844

The USD/CAD consolidates in a narrow trading range of 1.2860 – 1.2812 level. The market isn’t moving a lot as the global banks are closed due to the boxing day holiday. The 50 EMA and MACD are suggesting odds of neutral bias in the market. However, we can expect to take a buying trade over the 1.2860 level to target the 1.2930 level. On the lower side, the violation of the 1.2810 level can extend the selling trend until the 1.2760 level. Let’s wait for a breakout to capture a quick buy or a sell trade. Good luck! 

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Daily F.X. Analysis, December 28 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – Boxing Day Holiday! 

Welcome back to a fresh week after a long weekend. I hope you had a fantastic Christmas. The global banks will be closed in observance of Boxing Day today; therefore, we may have thin volatility and trading volume today in the market. Let’s check out the technical side of the market. 

 

Economic Events to Watch Today  


 

EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

The EUR/USD succeeded in maintaining its overnight bullish bias and remained well bid around above the 1.2200 level. However, the currency pair’s sentiment was being supported by the latest progress over the massive U.S. government spending bill and COVID-19 relief measures, which undermined the safe-haven U.S. dollar and contributed to the currency pair gains. 

Moreover, the S&P 500 Futures sentiment was further bolstered by the recent passage of the Brexit deal and upbeat comments from the covid vaccine producers, which in turn, added further weakness to the greenback and contributed to the currency pair gains. In contrast to this, the intensifying concerns about increasing COVID-19 deaths and the possibility of economically-painful hard lockdowns keep questioning the pair’s upside momentum. As of writing, the EUR/USD currency pair is currently trading at 1.2226 and consolidating in the range between 1.2181 – 1.2227.

The S&P 500 Futures enter the 3,700 marks and refreshed intraday high near 3,710 during early Monday. The market trading sentiment recently gained bids after U.S. President Donald Trump signed the much-awaited coronavirus (COVID-19) aid package, which instantly boosted the investor’s confidence. As per the New York Post, President Trump has signed a $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief and government funding bill that includes $600 stimulus checks for most Americans. The funding bill authorizes direct checks of $600 for people earning up to $75,000 per year. In addition to this, the bill creates a new $300 weekly unemployment supplement and replenishes a forgivable loan program for small businesses, while there’s an additional $600 per child stimulus payment. This latest optimism put a bid under risk assets and weighed over the safe-haven U.S. dollar. 

Elsewhere, the gains in the currency pair were further bolstered after the passage of the Brexit deal and upbeat remarks from the covid vaccine makers. As per the latest report, the U.K.’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that the United Kingdom is now seeking trade deals with Australia, the United States, and countries in the Indo-Pacific region.” Across the pond, the AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said that their covid vaccine is effective against the new strain, which in turn exerted an additional positive impact on the market trading sentiment and contributed to the currency pair gains.

Looking ahead, the market traders will keep their eyes only on updates surrounding the virus, vaccine, and the U.S. stimulus package. However, the global markets may witness a dull trading session amid the year-end celebration mood and off at major bourses. 

Daily Technical Levels

Support Resistance

1.2143 1.2231

1.2090 1.2266

1.2055 1.2320

Pivot point: 1.2178

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The EUR/USD is trading with a bullish bias at the 1.2224 area, having crossed over the triple top resistance level of 1.2200, now working as a support for the EUR/USD. Continuation of an upward trend can extend the buying trend until the 1.2250 level. The EUR/USD pair violates the symmetric triangle pattern, which is likely to drive further upward movement in the market. Bullish bias seems dominant today.

GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD currency pair managed to maintain its bullish bias through the first half of the Asian session and remained bullish around above the mid-1.3500 level due to the prevalent risk-on market sentiment, which tends to undermine the safe-haven U.S. dollar and contributes to the currency pair gains. Hence the market trading sentiment was supported by the hopes of coronavirus vaccine and progress toward a massive U.S. government spending bill and COVID-19 relief measures. 

On the contrary, the currency pair trimmed some of its sharp gains during Monday’s European session as the renewed uncertainties over the future of the recently signed Brexit deal tend to undermine the British Pound even as markets are off in the U.K. Furthermore, the currency pair’s gains were also capped by the growing market concerns about the continuous rise in new coronavirus cases and the enforcement of fresh restrictions in the U.K. As of writing, the GBP/USD currency pair is currently trading at 1.3561 and consolidating in the range between 1.3530 – 1.3576.

Despite the recent passage of the Brexit deal, the doubts over the key issues like the level Playing Field, Finance, and Gibraltar remain on the cards as the U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has admitted it is an agreement which does not have as much as he would have liked about the financial services sector and regulatory equivalence. He further added that this agreement would give the people hope that we will remain in close dialogue with our European partners regarding things like equivalence decisions. In that way, the uncertainties over the recently signed Brexit deal’s future exerted downside pressure on the GBP/USD currency pair.

Despite this, the S&P 500 Futures managed to extend its previous session’s positive performance and refreshed intraday high near 3,710 during the early European session on the day. The market trading sentiment recently gained bids after U.S. President Donald Trump signed the much-awaited coronavirus (COVID-19) aid package, which instantly boosted the investor’s confidence. As per the New York Post, President Trump has signed a $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief and government funding bill that includes $600 stimulus checks for most Americans. The funding bill authorizes direct reviews of $600 for people earning up to $75,000 per year. 

In addition to this, the bill creates a new $300 weekly unemployment supplement and replenishes a forgivable loan program for small businesses, while there’s an additional $600 per child stimulus payment. This latest optimism put a bid under risk assets and weighed over the safe-haven U.S. dollar. 

Looking ahead, the market traders will keep their eyes only on updates surrounding the virus, vaccine, and the U.S. stimulus package as the global markets witnessing a dull trading session amid the year-end celebration mood and off at significant bourses. 

Daily Technical Levels

Support Resistance

1.3442 1.3562

1.3378 1.3618 

1.3322 1.3683

Pivot point: 1.3498

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The Sterling is trading with a bullish bias at 1.376 level, heading further higher towards the next resistance level of 1.3650 level. Support stays at 1.3495 level today. This support level is extended by an upward trendline, which can be seen in the 4-hour timeframe. On the higher side, the GBP/USD pair can prolong the buying trend unto the 1.3622 level, and the bullish trend continuation can lead the GBP/USD pair towards the 1.3706 mark. 

USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY failed to stop its previous-session bearish bias and remained depressed around below the 103.50 level, mainly due to the broad-based U.S. dollar weakness. The fresh optimism was pressuring the U.S. dollar that the U.S. President Donald Trump signed a $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief and government funding bill, urging investors to retreat from the safe-haven investment riskier assets. Apart from this, the losses in the U.S. dollar could also be attributed to the lingering doubts over the U.S. economic recovery from COVID-1, which adds further burden around the U.S. dollar and contributes to the currency pair losses. 

The upbeat market sentiment, backed by the hopes of coronavirus vaccine and the U.S. covid stimulus, boosted investors’ confidence and undermined the safe-haven Japanese yen, which, in turn, was seen as one of the leading factors that helped the USD/JPY currency pair to limit its deeper losses.

Despite the worries over the coronavirus pandemic’s resurgence, the optimism over a possible vaccine for the highly infectious coronavirus disease has remained supportive of the market risk tone. Also favoring the optimism could be the recent comments from the covid vaccine producers. As per the keywords, AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said that their covid vaccine is effective against the new strain. Thus, the risk-on market mood tends to undermine the safe-haven Japanese yen, which becomes the key factor that lends some support to the currency pair to ease the intraday bearish pressure surrounding the USD/JPY currency pair.

In addition to this, the sentiment around the equity market was improved further after U.S. President Donald Trump signed a $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief and government funding bill. It is worth noted that U.S. President Trump had signed a $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief and government funding bill that includes $600 stimulus checks for most Americans. The funding bill authorizes direct reviews of $600 for people earning up to $75,000 per year. Furthermore, the bill creates a new $300 weekly unemployment supplement and provides a forgivable loan program for small businesses. Besides this, there’s an additional $600 per child stimulus payment. 

This, in turn, the broad-based U.S. dollar failed to stop its bearish trend and remained depressed on the day. Apart from this, doubts over the U.S. economic recovery remains on the cards amid rising COVID-19 deaths, which adds further burden around the greenback. However, the losses in the U.S. dollar becomes the key factor that kept the currency pair lower. Meanwhile, the U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback against a bucket of currencies, dropped by 0.15% to 90.112 by 12:09 AM ET (5:09 AM GMT).

In contrast to this, the optimism around the equity market was slightly unaffected by the intensifying market worries regarding the continuous rise in new coronavirus cases in the U.S. and Europe, which keep sparking the worries over the global economic recovery through imposing new lockdown restrictions on economic and social activity. Furthermore, the equity market gains were also capped by the renewed uncertainty over the Brexit deal and intensified China-US tussles.

There isn’t any major market-moving economic data due for release on the day, which in turn, the market traders will keep their eyes only on updates surrounding the virus, vaccine, and the U.S. stimulus package as the global markets seeing a dull trading session amid the year-end celebration mood and off at major bourses.

Daily Technical Levels

Support Resistance

103.47 104.02

103.25 104.37

102.91 104.58

Pivot point: 103.81

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

The USD/JPY trades choppy in between a narrow trading range of 103.750 – 103.360 level. The safe-haven USD/JPY pair faces immediate support of 103.360, and the formation of candles above this level can drive the buying trend until 103.746. Whereas, bullish trend continuation can extend further buying trend until 104.090 level. The MACD and RSI are suggesting selling bias as it’s forming histograms below 0 level. While the 50 EMA also supports the selling trend. Let’s consider taking a selling trade until the 102.990 level today. Good luck!

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Forex Basic Strategies

What Happens When an Asset Tests a Level of Support?

He who lives by the crystal ball will eat shattered glass, said Ray Dalio. The ways to analyze the market are increasing by the day, all for the purpose of giving traders the foundation for trading. The more knowledge one has, the less likely he/she is going to rely on sentiment or intuition.

Support and resistance have emerged as two of the most discussed aspects of technical analysis. The two terms refer to the price levels that traders use in the chart to determine certain patterns. These levels are important because they can stop an asset from getting pushed in a certain direction.

Support and Resistance Differences

Although support and resistance may come in many forms, they can be defined as follows:

Support is a price that has not come down for a while. Such a pause in price movement is triggered by a higher demand or buying interest. Support always occurs where we expect to see a downtrend and where buyers tend to enter the market.

Resistance is an indication that an uptrend may pause for a while owing to a concentration of supply. Resistance also signifies that certain asset experiences difficulty breaking through, which may result in a potential fall. The greater the number of times the index or stock has tried to break through the resistance, the stronger the resistance in question is.

Both support and resistance are confirmations of supply and demand levels that can be identified with the use of trendlines and moving averages.

Supply and Demand vs. Support and Resistance

All support and resistance levels result from supply and demand levels. When the price of an asset drops, demand rises, forming the support line as a result. Conversely, prices increase causing selling interest, which leads to the formation of resistance zones.

Price Movement

Whenever a price reaches support or resistance, it can either bounce back in the opposite direction or break through the price level until it reaches the next support/resistance level. These support and resistance zones can thus serve as potential entry or exit points.

Whether the price bounces off or breaks through the support or resistance lines, traders can always get an idea of the direction towards which the price is heading and have their theory confirmed or refuted promptly.

Should the price move in an unfavorable direction, traders can close the position at a small loss. However, if the price moves to the trader’s benefit, the entire trade can turn out to be quite rewarding. This idea gives birth to many reversal strategies.

Concerns

Now that we understand what happens when an asset tests the support line, we need to address possible problems in trades that use support and resistance as a tool to identify price action

First of all, support and resistance levels are one of the key concepts used by technical analysts. As their popularity is undeniable, so is the fact that they can create hotspots in the chart. If your support line is easily created by most market participants, you will surely see the heightened concentration in that area of the chart. And, the more traders rely on the use of support and resistance, the greater the chance that the big banks will step in and manipulate the price.

Secondly, many traders like to use support (and resistance) lines for predicting where the price is going to go. Unfortunately, we cannot know if there will be any reversals or breakthroughs in advance. What we can quite often attract, however, is an uncontrollable and unexpected change in price triggered by an elevated concentration of traders in a specific price level.

Thirdly, there is a rise in the number of social media accounts that claim they know where the right support lines are in the chart. These posts and offers are used as fishing hooks intended to lure people to trade based on the information provided for which the authors receive payment. Do not trust all products you find online just because someone claims to know exactly what you want to hear.

Next, support and resistance do not function equally well in different trading markets. These terms may serve stock or crypto traders much better than currency traders for example. Some brokers’ websites contain information on where support and resistance lines can be found in the chart, but do not forget that these companies earn money when the price moves in the exact opposite direction from where you would want it.

Also, if you use support lines in combination with another similar tool, you may increase your susceptibility to external influence (i.e. large banking institutions). The more you rely on the tools the majority of traders prefer, the greater the chance of your trade being whipsawed.

And, if we see several support lines in the chart, which one are we supposed to use? How do I know that I have chosen the right one? 

Last, if there are variations in the degree of my success, how can I know that support (and resistance) is a reliable tool for sure?

Conclusion

When you test how support and resistance works, make sure to take detailed notes of all of your trades, including the total wins and losses. Sometimes, we get a feeling that something is a great tool just because it once brought us some good results. 

Traders need to feel certain that the tools they use in trading are going to give them consistent results – both in terms of wins and losses. If you get one good win and then take five consecutive losses, your account will suffer. You may have a problem even with fewer losses if they end up cutting your entire account in half. No win can compensate for such a loss percentage, and no tool should be trusted if it leaves room for such scenarios.

What is more, the trading community seems to love support and resistance lines, but the fact that there are very few critical observations of this tool should raise questions. 

If you are a beginner, you should definitely pay attention to the testing phase and record every step diligently. You must know if your support and resistance lines are going to serve you or make your account suffer. 

However, if you find your support (or resistance) lines to provide you with continuous success, there is no reason for you to question their worth any further. If you have good results, you need to keep that skill consistent. Having a hunch could be a skill if you can do it time after time, the lingering question remains: is that talent going to vanish as you change psychologically and physically?

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Forex Signals

Gold Trade Choppy – Can Upward Channel Underpin? 

During Friday’s Asian trading session, the yellow metal prices failed to extend their overnight winning streak. They edged lower around the $1,880 level mainly due to the upbeat market sentiment, which tends to undermine the yellow-metal prices as investors continuing a retreat from the safe-haven asset after progress in U.S. stimulus measures and Brexit talks. Elsewhere, the reason behind the risk-on market sentiment could also be associated with the expectations for global economic recovery on potential coronavirus vaccines. 

In contrast to this, the widespread rise in the COVID-19 cases from the U.K., U.S., and Europe keeps challenging the market risk-on mood, helping the bullion prices limit their deeper losses. Apart from this, the US-China long-lasting tussle is also questioning the market upside momentum, which also caps further downside for the gold. Besides this, the broad-based U.S. dollar weakness has also played its major role in supporting the gold prices as the price of gold is inversely related to the price of the U.S. dollar. The yellow metal is currently trading at 1,883.14 and consolidating in the range between 1,878.60 – 1,886.06.

The news about vaccine rollouts was supporting the market trading sentiment. In the meantime, the progress on both Brexit trade talks and the latest U.S. stimulus measures also boosted the market trading sentiment, which tends to undermine the safe-haven metal prices. As per the latest report, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she hopes to receive the final legislative text on the deal later on Thursday. Whereas, President Donald Trump said by a tweet that stimulus talks were looking good. However, the lawmakers are now confident to approve the stimulus before the year-end. Additionally, the market trading sentiment was supported by the on-going hopes of the coronavirus vaccine. Thus the positive tone surrounding the market trading sentiment was seen as one of the key factors that kept the gold prices under pressure. 

At the USD front, the broad-based U.S. dollar failed to stop its long bearish bias and dropped towards its worst week in a month as demand for the safe-haven assets declined amid progress toward agreeing U.S. fiscal stimulus. It is worth mentioning that the U.S. dollar was down 1.2% for the week so far and has dropped by 12.7% from a 3-year peak in March, falling to 89.862, just above a 2-and-a-half-year low seen on the previous day. Besides, the U.S. dollar losses could also be associated with Powell’s dovish comments on inflation. The U.S. Federal Reserve’s promised to keep interest rates low until an economic recovery is secure. However, the U.S. dollar losses helped the yellow-metal prices limit its deeper losses as the price of gold is inversely related to the U.S. dollar price.

In contrast to this, the growing worries over the resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic have been destroying the hopes of the global economic recovery, which keeps challenging the market trading sentiment and help the yellow-metal prices to limit their deeper losses. On the other hand, the long-lasting tussle between the United States and China remains on the cards as the U.S. continuously imposing sanctions on Beijing. This, in turn, added further questions around the market trading sentiment and became the key factor that kept the lid on any additional losses in the safe-haven metal prices.

Looking ahead, the market traders will keep their eyes on U.K. Retail Sales m/m, which are scheduled for publicity later in the day. Meanwhile, the German PPI m/m data will also be key to watch. Apart from this, the updates surrounding the Brexit, virus, and U.S. stimulus package will not lose their importance. 



Daily Support and Resistance

S1 1807.17

S2 1827.65

S3 1840.79

Pivot Point 1848.13

R1 1861.27

R2 1868.61

R3 1889.09

The yellow metal gold is trading in between a tight range of 1,884 – 1,880 mark. Gold retraced downward to complete 38.2% Fibonacci level of 1,876. On the daily timeframe, gold has formed an upward channel supporting gold around 1,874 level along with a resistance level of 1,894 and 1,910 level. The 50 periods EMA holds around 1,864, suggesting an upward trend in gold; however, we are not opening a buying trade yet as the MACD forms histograms below 0, supporting a selling trend. Let’s consider taking a buying trade over the 1,874 level today. Good luck! 

 

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Forex Signals

AUD/USD Ascending Triangle Pattern Support – Buying Setup Looms! 

The AUD/USD closed at 0.76263 after placing a high of 0.76393 and a low of 0.75668. The AUD/USD rose above the 0.76300 level on Thursday to its highest level since June 2018 amid the broad-based weakness of the US dollar and the rising risk sentiment in the market. The risk-sensitive Aussie benefited from the market’s broadly positive risk appetite that raised the Wall streets’ main indexes added in the gains of AUD/USD pair. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite indices hit an all-time high on Thursday and added in the risk sentiment that gave strength to risk perceived Aussie.

The dovish comments from Chairman of Federal Reserve Jerome Powell reassured market participants that the Fed’s ultra-accommodative monetary policy stance was not going anywhere anytime soon. This news also added in the risk sentiment, supported the risk-sensitive Australian dollar, and pushed the AUD/USD pair higher.

Furthermore, the UK and EU prospects reaching a deal before the end of the year as the EU parliament had given the deadline to get an agreement before 20th December also increased and supported the risk perceived Aussie and added in the upward trend of the AUD/USD pair.

On the data front, at 05:30 GMT, the Employment Change in November raised to 90.0K against the expected 40.9K and supported Aussie and added in the gains of AUD/USD pair. In November, the Unemployment Rate also decreased to 6.8% against the forecasted 7.0% and supported the Australian dollar and supported the upward momentum of the AUD/USD pair.

From the US side, at 18:29 GMT, the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index in December fell to 11.1 against the projected 20.1 and weighed on the US dollar and added AUD/USD pair gains. At 18:30 GMT, the Unemployment Claims from last week raised to 885K against the estimated 817K and weighed on the US dollar and supported the AUD/USD pair’s an upward trend. For November, the Building Permits surged to 1.64M against the forecasted 1.55M and supported the US dollar that capped further gains in AUD/USD pair. The Housing Starts in November remained flat as anticipated 1.55M.

The greenback was weak across the board on Thursday as the US Dollar Index (DXY) fell to its lowest since April 2018, below 90 levels to 89.7. The US dollar weakness was due to many factors, including the rising prospects of reaching a deal between Democrats and Republicans over the second round of the US stimulus bill. 

The US dollar was also weak because of the rising number of coronavirus cases in many US states despite the vaccine rollout and lockdown. The reports suggested that the total number of coronavirus cases in the US reached 17M and made the country the hardest-hit country in the world by the pandemic. Furthermore, the Federal Reserve’s latest decision to extend its bond purchases program also added pressure on the greenback that ultimately affected the movement of the AUD/USD pair. All these factors combined and weighed on the US dollar on Thursday that added strength in the currency pair AUD/USD pair.


Daily Technical Levels

Support Resistance

0.7550 0.7592

0.7542 0.7606

0.7509 0.7633

Pivot point: 0.7565

On the technical front, the AUD/USD is trading slightly bullish at 0.7590, facing immediate resistance at the 0.7640 level. Bullish crossover of this level can extend upward trend until the next target level of 0.7680. However, failure to break above the 0.7680 level can extend selling moves until the support area of the 0.7580 AND 0.7545 level. The 50 periods EMA is suggesting a buying trend, but the MACD is suggesting a buying scenario. Thus, we should look for buying trades over the 0.7580 level. Good luck! 

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Forex Market Analysis

Daily F.X. Analysis, December 18 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – German IFO Business Climate in Focus! 

On Friday, the fundamental side-eyes will remain on the German Ifo Business Climate figures, which are expected to drop from 90.7 to 90.2 along with the current account data, which is likely to drop from 25.2 B to 22.6B. Both of these figures extend bearish pressure on the Euro. Later, the Canadian retail sales will be in focus as it may drive some price action in the Canadian pairs.


 

Economic Events to Watch Today  

 


EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

The EUR/USD pair was closed at 1.22679 after placing a high of 1.22725 and a low of 1.21897. EUR/USD pair extended its gains on Thursday and peaked in April 2018, amid the broad-based U.S. dollar weakness and the rebound of the Eurozone economy. The U.S. dollar weakness was derived from various factors, including rising hopes that the coronavirus relief bill will release soon, the dovish comments from Powell post-meeting, and the soft U.S. labor market data on Thursday. 

The Democrats and Republicans were close to reaching a deal over a new $900 billion proposal, including $600-$700 in paychecks and unemployment benefits. The U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has even said that it might be possible that U.S. lawmakers will have the agreement in writing by the end of Thursday. These rising hopes for the U.S. stimulus bill added pressure on the U.S. dollar that ultimately supported the EUR/USD pair’s upward movement.

Powell emphasized that the Fed was following outcomes-based policies, which means if progress slows toward achieving those outcomes, then-Fed could step up its asset purchases. Powell’s dovish comments weighed on the U.S. dollar and supported rising EUR/USD prices on Thursday. Furthermore, on Thursday, the soft labor market data weighed on the U.S. dollar as the Unemployment Claims from last week surged to 885K. The weak U.S. dollar because of rising unemployment claims also supported the upward momentum in EUR/USD pair on Thursday.

On the data front, at 15:00 GMT, the Final CPI for the year in November remained flat at -0.3%. The Final Core CPI from Eurozone in November also remained as expected at 0.2%. From the U.S. side, at 18:29 GMT, the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index in December declined to 11.1 against the projected 20.1 and weighed on the U.S. dollar and supported EUR/USD prices. At 18:30 GMT, the Unemployment Claims from last week surged to 885K against the projected 817K and weighed on the U.S. dollar. For November, the Building Permits surged to 1.64M against the projected 1.55M and supported the U.S. dollar. The Housing Starts in November remained flat as projected 1.55M.

The Eurozone economy was rebounded as suggested by the December Eurozone’s Composite PMI that rose above 49 levels compared to expected 45.3 and supported the single currency. However, the Eurozone market confidence was tempered by the news that Germany, the largest Eurozone economy, would re-enter lockdown in January to curb coronavirus spread.

Meanwhile, the global economic outlook continued to improve following the news that Europe will be rolling out coronavirus vaccines. The E.U. Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said that the coronavirus vaccination would start from December 27 in Austria, Germany, and Italy. The Health Minister Jens Spahn said that if the approval comes as planned, Germany will start vaccination on December 27. The potential vaccine rollout in Europe raised the Eurozone economy’s outlook and supported the single currency Euro and added the EUR/USD pair’s gains.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.2143      1.2231

1.2090      1.2266

1.2055      1.2320

Pivot point: 1.2178

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The EUR/USD bullish bias continues to drive an upward movement at 1.2245, and continuing an upward trend is likely to be continued. On the 4 hour timeframe, the EURUSD has entered the overbought zone, and it has completed 23.6% Fibonacci retracement at the 1.2240 level. A bearish breakout of 1.2240 can send the EUR/USD pair towards a 38.2% Fibo level of 1.2214. The odds of buying seems strong over the 1.2214 level today.


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

 The GBP/USD pair was closed at 1.35833 after placing a high of 1.36244 and a low of 1.34950. GBP/USD pair extended its gains for the third consecutive day on Thursday and peaked since May 2018 due to broad-based U.S. dollar weakness. The British Pound pared some gains on Thursday after the U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that it was likely that a deal would not be reached until the European Union eased its stance over key sticking issues, including fishing rights.

Johnson poured cold water on the deal’s hopes, saying that it looked very likely that the agreement will not be finalized until the European Union shifts its position substantially. This update came in the right after the positive comments from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who said that the progress in trade negotiations was seen.


Despite the hints of possible progress on a post-Brexit trade deal, PM Johnson has not shied away from his views that the possible outcome for the U.K. to leave the E.U. was without a deal. In this scenario, the U.K. and E.U. will follow the terms and conditions under the World Trade Organization that would not be good for both nations. The European Parliament has given Brexit negotiators until December 20 to strike a deal to allow enough time to ratify a potential agreement before the end of the U.K.’s transition period to leave the E.U.

Furthermore, on Thursday, the Bank of England kept interest rates at the lowest level on record after warning that rapid growth in coronavirus infections will deliver a bigger hit to the U.K. economy than expected in the final months of 2020. The official interest rate was kept unchanged at 0.1% by BoE, while the bank also left the Q.E. bond-buying program unchanged at 895 billion pounds after pumping an additional 150 billion pounds into the economy last month.

The bank acknowledged that against a backdrop of soaring coronavirus infections amid the second wave of the pandemic has forced the government to launch tier-3 restrictions in England and tighter control over Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland that has put the economy under pressure. The bank projected that the GDP of the U.K. in the final three months of 2020 would contract by a little over 1%, which means that national output for 2020 will be 11% below 2019, and it will be the biggest recession in 300 years. These dovish comments from the Bank of England removed some of the GBP/USD pair’s daily gain on Thursday.

On the data front, at 17:00 GMT, the Asset Purchase Facility from Great Britain in December remained flat at 895B. 

From the U.S. side, at 18:29 GMT, the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index in December fell to 11.1 against the anticipated 20.1 and weighed on the U.S. dollar and supported the GBP/USD pair. At 18:30 GMT, the Unemployment Claims from last week rose to 885K against the anticipated 817K and weighed on the U.S. dollar, and added further gains in GBP/USD pair. For November, the Building Permits rose to 1.64M against the anticipated 1.55M and supported the U.S. dollar. The Housing Starts in November remained flat as anticipated 1.55M.  The U.S. dollar was weak across the board as the hopes for the second round of stimulus bills raised as the Democrats and Republicans were coming closer to reach a $900 billion proposal that would include $600 to $700 paychecks and unemployment benefits. The rising hopes that U.S. stimulus will reach an agreement soon weighed on the U.S. dollar and added in the gains of GBP/USD.

The U.S. dollar was also weak because of the rising number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. despite the vaccine rollout. According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. confirmed 247,403 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, and the number of Americans’ deaths was recorded as 3656 in a single day. Meanwhile, the risk perceived the latest improvement in risk sentiment also supported British Pound after the hopes of another vaccine approval rose. A vaccine by Moderna that will offer about 94% protection against the coronavirus was set to get emergency authorization as early as this week by US FDA. On Thursday, a panel of 22 members of experts met to discuss the efficacy and potential side effects of Moderna’s vaccine. However, the American public will start receiving vaccine shots possibly after months, and in the meantime, the hospitals across the country will be caring for the coronavirus patients. These rising optimism raised the hopes that global economic recovery will reach soon and supported the risk sentiment that added strength in Sterling and helped GBP/USD pair to continue its upward movement.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3442      1.3562

1.3378      1.3618 

1.3322      1.3683

Pivot point: 1.3498

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD is trading at 1.3550 level, facing an immediate support level of 1.3518 level. This support level is extended by an upward trendline, which can be seen in the 4-hour timeframe. On the higher side, the pair can extend the buying trend until the 1.3588 level, and the continuation of the buying trend can also lead Sterling towards the 1.3625 level. Support holds around the 1.3518 level, and a breakout can lead the pair towards the 1.3495 area. Bullish bias dominates today.


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY pair was closed at 103.074 after placing a high of 103.560 and a low of 102.872. The currency pair USD/JPY fell for the third consecutive day on Thursday amid the U.S. dollar’s broad-based weakness. The U.S. dollar fell significantly against the Japanese Yen, and the USD/JPY pair reached 102 level on Thursday as the U.S. dollar index fell below 90 levels for the first time since April 2018. The U.S. Dollar Index that measures the value of the U.S. dollar against the basket of six currencies fell to 89.7 level on Thursday and dragged the USD/JPY pair further on the downside towards its lowest since March.

On Thursday, the Wall Street main indexes rose modestly, with Dow Jones up by 0.39% and the NASDAQ by 0.42%. Meanwhile, the Japanese Yen performed well against its rivals across the board despite the risk appetite and kept the USD/JPY pair under pressure. The hopes for the second round of U.S. stimulus bill from Congress rose and weighed on the U.S. dollar as the Democrats and Republicans reached a consensus over the proposal of $900 billion stimulus aid that will include $600-$700 in the paychecks and unemployment benefits. Furthermore, the rising number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. were also weighing on the local currency as the cases in total reached about 17M in the U.S. Despite the vaccine rollout in the U.S., the rising number of coronavirus causes added pressure on the U.S. dollar and added further downside on the USD/JPY pair.

The USD/JPY pair’s downward momentum was the disappointing U.S. jobless claims on Thursday. On the data front, at 18:29 GMT, the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index in December decreased to 11.1 against the estimated 20.1 and weighed on the U.S. dollar that added pressure over the USD/JPY pair. At 18:30 GMT, the Unemployment Claims from last week increased to 885K against the estimated 817K and weighed on the U.S. dollar and dragged the pair USD/JPY further on the downside. Building Permits for November increased to 1.64M against the estimated 1.55M and supported the U.S. dollar. The Housing Starts in November remained flat as estimated at 1.55M.

Since September, the rising number of unemployment claims to the highest level suggested the effect of increasingly restrictive measures in many states due to increased coronavirus cases and people’s loss of confidence. Meanwhile, in Japan, the main upcoming event was the central bank meeting on Friday. The most likely scenario was a no change in the monetary policy setting and keeping the rates at -10bps and the 10-year JGB yield target at 0.00%. The emergency lending facilities are expected to extend beyond the current run-off date of March 31, 2021. There were no macroeconomic figures to be released from Japan on Thursday, so the pair USD/JPY kept following the U.S. dollar movements that were weak across the board on the day.


Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

103.47      104.02

103.25      104.37

102.91      104.58

Pivot point: 103.81

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

The USD/JPY has reversed the selling bias to trade at the 103.550 level. The safe-haven currency pair is trading beneath an immediate support mark of 103.750, and the formation of candles beneath this level will reinforce the bearish breakout. If this happens, we may have an opportunity to short the USD/JPY pair today. Bearish bias looks firm as the MACD is creating histograms underneath 0, and the 50 periods EMA is operating around 103.800 level, suggesting strong probabilities of selling. On the lower side, the USD/JPY pair may find subsequent support at the 102.900 level. It can be a good idea to take a selling position below 103.750 today. Good luck!

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USD/CAD Selling Bias Dominates – Sell Signal Update! 

The USD/CAD pair was closed at 1.27392 after placing a high of 1.27892 and a low of 1.26931. The currency pair USD/CAD raised on Wednesday despite the weakness of the US dollar and rising crude oil prices amid the dovish comments from Governor of Bank of Canada Tiff Macklem.

On Wednesday, the US dollar was weak across the board due to the rising hopes for a further stimulus package from Congress and the dovish comments from the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee in its meeting. The bipartisan proposed that originally worth $908 billion was divided into two bills of $748 billion and $160 billion, was closer to reach a deal and get pass by Congress by the end of this week and weighed on the US dollar.

On the other hand, the WTI crude oil prices raised above $47 per barrel on Wednesday amid the declining crude oil inventories in the US over the last week. The US crude oil inventories dropped last week to -3.1M against the forecasted -2.8M and supported the crude oil prices that gave strength to the Canadian dollar that ultimately weighed on the USD/CAD pair on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Governor of Bank of Canada Tiff Macklem warned the nation’s economy that could temporarily shrink again amid the second wave of virus cases and lightened the positive mode of the market that was lifted by the vaccine news. In his last speech of the year on Tuesday, Macklem said that uncertainty persisted and new restrictions could trigger a small contraction at the start of 2021. Sometime later next year the normal activities could resume because of the rollout of vaccines.

On the data front, at 18:30 GMT, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for November from Canada was increased to 0.1% from the forecasted 0.0% and supported the Canadian dollar. The Common CPI declined to 1.5% against the expected 1.6% and weighed on the Canadian dollar and added gains in the USD/CAD pair. The Median CPI, however, came in line with the expectations of 1.9%. The Trimmed CPI declined to 1.7% against the estimated 1.8%and weighed on the Canadian dollar and supported an upward trend in the USD/CAD pair. 

The Foreign Securities Purchases during October in Canada were declined to 6.92B against the forecasted 10.05B and weighed heavily on the Canadian dollar and supported the gains in the USD/CAD pair. The Wholesale Sales in October surged to 1.0% against the expected 0.7% and supported the Canadian dollar. At 18:32 GMT, the Core CPI from Canada for November came in as 0.2%. The poor macroeconomic data from Canada weighed on local currency and ultimately added strength to the USD/CAD pair.

From the US side, at 18:30 GMT, the Core Retail Sales for November dropped to -0.9% against the expected 0.1% and weighed on the US dollar. The Retail Sales for November also dropped to -1.1% against the expected -0.3% and weighed on the US dollar. At 19:45 GMT, the Flash manufacturing PMI for December increased to56.5 against the expected 55.9 and supported the US dollar and added gains in the USD/CAD pair.

 The Flash Services PMI for December dropped to 55.3 against the expected 55.7 and weighed on the US dollar. At 20:00 GMT, the Business Inventories for October increased to 0.7% against the expected 0.6%and weighed on the US dollar. The NAHB Housing Market Index also dropped to 86 against the expected 88 and weighed on the US dollar and capped further upside in the USD/CAD pair.



Daily Technical Levels

Support Resistance

1.2665 1.2752

1.2632 1.2806 

1.2578 1.2839

Pivot point: 1.2719

The technical side of the USD/CAD is trading at 1.2708 level, holding below an immediate resistance level of 1.2743 mark which is extended by a downward trendline. On the lower side, the next support holds around 1.2693 level and violation of this level can extend further selling until the next support area of 1.2650 level. The MACD and RSI are in support of selling while the 50 periods EMA is dispensing a strong selling bias in the Loonie. let’s consider taking a selling trade below 1.2743 level until 1.2695 level.

Entry Price – Sell 1.27107

Stop Loss – 1.27507

Take Profit – 1.26607

Risk to Reward – 1:1.25

Profit & Loss Per Standard Lot = -$400/ +$400

Profit & Loss Per Micro Lot = -$40/ +$40

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USD/CAD Bearish Bias Dominates – Descending Triangle Pattern in Play! 

The USD/CAD pair was closed at 1.26982 after placing a high of 1.27713 and a low of 1.26878. After placing gains for two consecutive days, the USD/CAD pair dropped on Tuesday amid the broad-based US dollar weakness and the rising crude oil prices.

The US dollar was weak across the board on Tuesday as the hopes for further stimulus measures from the US Congress increased. The House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called a meeting of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to discuss the final government funding and coronavirus relief bill.

The optimism that Republicans and Democrats will reach a deal over the bipartisan package of coronavirus added weight on the US dollar and dragged the USD/CAD pair on the downside. Furthermore, the rising risk sentiment in the market and the increasing hopes that vaccine rollouts will help in global economic recovery raised the demand for WTI crude oil prices that gave strength to the commodity-linked Loonie and ultimately added weight on the USD/CAD pair.

On the data front, at 18:13 GMT, the Housing Starts raised to 246K against the forecasted 220K and supported the Canadian dollar that added pressure on the USD/CAD pair, and added in its losses on Tuesday. At 18:30 GMT, the Manufacturing Sales from Canada dropped to 0.3% against the forecasted 0.5% and weighed on the Canadian dollar. 

From the US front, at 18:30 GMT, the Empire State Manufacturing Index for December declined to 4.9 against the forecasted 6.3 and weighed on the US dollar that added losses in USD/CAD pair. The US Import Prices in November also fell to 0.1% against the forecasted 0.3% and weighed on the US dollar that ultimately added further losses in the USD/CAD pair. At 19:15 GMT, the Capacity Utilization Rate from the US for November rose to 73.3% against the forecasted 73.1% and supported the US dollar. The Industrial Production in November also increased to 0.4% against the forecasted 0.3% and supported the US dollar that limited the downward momentum in the USD/CAD pair on Tuesday.

Furthermore, the US dollar was also weak across the board on Tuesday because of the rising number of coronavirus cases in the region. The hospitalization rate in the US also increased as a record of 109,331 people were in the hospitals for coronavirus in the US in a single day over the weekend. The death toll has also surpassed 300,000 levels in the US, and this has feared the nation despite the vaccine rollout. These fears added weight on the local currency US dollar that ultimately added in the downward momentum of the USD/CAD pair.


Daily Technical Levels

Support Resistance

1.2665 1.2752

1.2632 1.2806

1.2578 1.2839

Pivot Point: 1.2719

The technical side of the USD/CAD is trading at 1.2728 level, holding below an immediate resistance level of 1.2743 mark which is extended by a downward trendline. On the lower side, the next support holds around 1.2693 level and violation of this level can extend further selling until the next support area of 1.2650 level. The MACD and RSI are in support of selling while the 50 periods EMA is dispensing a strong selling bias in the Loonie. let’s consider taking a selling trade below 1.2743 level until 1.2695 level. Good luck! 

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Daily F.X. Analysis, December 16 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – U.K.Manufacturing PMI Figures Ahead! 

On the news front, eyes will remain on the series of Manufacturing PMI figures from the Eurozone, U.K., and the U.S. Although it’s a low impact event, it may help determine the market sentiment today.

 

Economic Events to Watch Today  

 


EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

The EUR/USD pair closed at 1.21522 after placing a high of 1.21687 and a low of 1.21210. Despite the coronavirus related lockdowns, the EUR/USD pair moved higher on Tuesday as the European stock markets traded higher amid the optimism over the ongoing Brexit trade negotiations.

The European Union negotiator Michel Barnier said that securing a trade deal with Britain was still possible. In contrast, European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said that there was some movement over the sticking points.

According to the Times of London, the two sides had made progress on the level playing field, and only the biggest obstacle to a deal has left of differences over fishing rights. However, the hopes increased that some form of a deal could be reached with just days to go before the U.K. leaves the E.U. trading bloc. This optimism kept the single currency Euro higher and supported the upward momentum in EUR/USD pair.

On the data front, at 12:45 GMT, the French Final CPI for November came in line with the expectations of 0.2%. At 15:00 GMT, the Italian Trade Balance for October raised to 7.57B against the forecasted 5.40B and supported Euro and added gains in the EUR/USD pair.

On the U.S. front, at 18:30 GMT, the Empire State Manufacturing Index for December declined to 4.9 against the projected 6.3 and weighed on the U.S. dollar that added further gains in EUR/USD pair. The U.S. Import Prices in November fell to 0.1% against the projected 0.3% and weighed on the U.S. dollar and supported the upward momentum in EUR/USD pair. At 19:15 GMT, the Capacity Utilization Rate from the U.S. for November rose to 73.3% against the projected 73.1% and supported the U.S. dollar. The Industrial Production in November also surged to 0.4%against the projected 0.3% and supported the U.S. dollar and capped further gains in EUR/USD pair.

Meanwhile, the lockdown restrictions increased in Europe, given the region’s rising number of coronavirus cases. On late Monday, the U.K. government imposed tighter restrictions on London amid the increased infection rates. It cited that these may be partly linked to a new variant of the coronavirus. From Wednesday, Germany will also enter a lockdown that will include the closure of non-essential stores. Netherland also announced a new five-week lockdown, while Italy was considering more restrictions over the Christmas holidays.

Throughout the region, these lockdown restrictions added pressure on the single currency Euro and capped further gains in the EUR/USD pair on Tuesday.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.2126       1.2175

1.2099       1.2197

1.2077       1.2224

Pivot point: 1.2148

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The precious metal gold continues to trade bullish at 1,857, having crossed over double top resistance level of 1,857 level. On the higher side, the metal opens up further room for buying until the next target level of 1,865 and 1,875 level. On the lower side, the precious metal gold may find support at 1,848, and below this level, the metal may drop until the 1,832 level. Let’s consider staying bullish over 1,848 today. The 50 periods EMA supports a bullish bias, keeping the EUR/USD pair in a little bit of buying mode. Simultaneously, the MACD and RSI are also supporting a buying trend; thus, we should look for a buying trade over the 1.2175 level to target the 1.2265 level today. 


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

 The GBP/USD pair closed at 1.34635 after placing a high of 1.34688 and a low of 1.32800. The GBP/USD pair was among the best performer on the day amid the speculation regarding the prospect of an imminent Brexit deal.

There were speculations mostly amongst Conservative M.P.s that a Brexit deal was close and might be voted in the House of Commons next Monday and Tuesday. This optimism led the GBP/USD pair higher in the market to post gains for the day.

After posting losses for three consecutive days, the currency pair GBP/USD pair rose by nearly 1% on Tuesday after the speculation that there had been progressing on the issue of a level playing field. The European Union negotiator Michel Barnier said that reaching a trade pact with Britain was still possible. At the same time, European Commission Ursula von der Leyen noted that there was some progress made over the sticking points.

British Pound is highly sensitive to Brexit progress, and any news showing optimism regarding the post-Brexit trade deal with the E.U. will have a great impact on the GBP/USD pair. This was the reason behind the sudden surge in GBP/USD currency pair on Tuesday despite the renewed lockdown restrictions by the U.K. government over London.

The Health Secretary of the UK, Matt Hancock, said on Monday that this week London would return to a strict lockdown as the coronavirus cases have soared in the British capital. Hancock said London would move from England’s Tier 2 – high alert local restrictions to Tier 3 – very high alert on Wednesday noon. 

Under the highest restriction level, all hospitality venues, including pubs, restaurants, and cafes, will close except for takeout and delivery. People will avoid unnecessary traveling and reduce the number of journeys. Residents in London will be restricted from meeting in private gardens or outdoor venues.

Meanwhile, on the data front, at 12:00 GMT, the Average Earnings Index from Great Britain raised to 2.7% against the forecasted 2.2% and supported the British Pound that added gains in the GBP/USD pair. The Claimant Count Change from the U.K. raised to 64.3K against the expected 10.5K and weighed on British Pound. The Unemployment Rate from the U.K. dropped to 4.9% from the expected 5.1% and supported the Sterling that added strength to the GBP/USD pair.

From the U.S. side, at 18:30 GMT, the Empire State Manufacturing Index for December fell to 4.9 against the estimated 6.3 and weighed on the U.S. dollar that added further gains in GBP/USD pair. The U.S. Import Prices in November dropped to 0.1% against the estimated 0.3% and weighed on the U.S. dollar and supported the upward momentum in GBP/USD pair. At 19:15 GMT, the Capacity Utilization Rate from the U.S. for November surged to 73.3% against the estimated 73.1% and supported the U.S. dollar. The Industrial Production in November also rose to 0.4% against the estimated 0.3% and supported the U.S. dollar.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3338       1.3528

1.3218       1.3595

1.3147       1.3719

Pivot point: 1.3404

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD pair is trading at 1.3460 level, facing immediate resistance at 1.3475 and 1.3538 level. While the support stays at 1.3430 and 1.3401 level. The RSI and MACD support the buying trend in the market, while Cable has the potential to stay bullish over 1.3400 today. A choppy session can be expected until the pair violates the 1.3345 – 1.3309 range.


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY pair closed at 103.647 after placing a high of 104.150 and a low of 103.604. The USD/JPY pair failed to capitalize on its previous daily gains and dropped on Tuesday over the fears of a new variant of coronavirus and the increased lockdown restrictions over the globe.

The safe-haven appeal in the market returned after the U.K. Health Minister Matt Hancock told parliament that a new variant of the coronavirus associated with faster spread had been identified in southeast England. This led to widespread concern as headlines in the newspaper called this new variant “Super covid” and “mutant covid.”

Matt Hancock added that about 60 different local authorities had recorded coronavirus infections caused by the new variant. He also said that the World Health Organization had been notified, and a detailed study by U.K. scientists has started.

The fear of new and improved disease raised the market’s safe-haven appeal as London went into renewed lockdown restriction of Tier-3 level. Along with London, Germany and Netherland also extended their lockdown restrictions. The rising demand for safe-haven assets added strength to the Japanese Yen that ultimately weighed on the USD/JPY pair.

Meanwhile, on the data front, at 18:30 GMT, the Empire State Manufacturing Index for December declined to 4.9 against the anticipated 6.3. It weighed on the U.S. dollar that added further losses in the USD/JPY pair. The U.S. Import Prices in November fell to 0.1% against the anticipated 0.3% and weighed on the U.S. dollar and added further in the losses of the USD/JPY pair. At 19:15 GMT, the Capacity Utilization Rate from the U.S. for November rose to 73.3% against the anticipated 73.1% and supported the U.S. dollar. The Industrial Production in November also surged to 0.4% against the anticipated 0.3% and supported the U.S. dollar and capped further losses in the USD/JPY pair.

Furthermore, on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. senior official for infectious diseases, predicted that the U.S. could begin to achieve early stages of herd immunity against the deadly coronavirus by late Spring or Summer. 

Fauci said that to see an impact of the vaccine over the coronavirus spread, almost 50% of people would have to get vaccinated. To achieve herd immunity, 75 to 85% of people would have to get vaccinated. 

Herd immunity occurs when enough people become immune to the disease that the spread of the virus from one person to another person becomes unlikely. Fauci pointed to polio and measles as examples of herd immunity. Despite these positive statements from the top health official from the U.S., the USD/JPY pair failed to reverse its direction upward because of traders’ focus on the new variant of coronavirus.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

103.47       104.02

103.25       104.37

102.91       104.58

Pivot Point: 103.81

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

The USD/JPY is trading dramatically bearish, falling below 103.700. This resistance area is extended by a double bottom pattern, which later was violated on the 2-hour timeframe. Below this level, the USD/JPY pair has odds of extending a sell trade until the next support level of 103.211. The 50 EMA and MACD are supporting selling bias. Thus we can expect to sell below 103.700, to target the 103.200 mark. Good luck! 

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AUD/USD Supported Over 0.7515 Level – Is It Good Time to Buy? 

The AUD/USD pair was closed at 0.75324 after placing a high of 0.75779 and a low of 0.75243. After placing gains for three consecutive days, the AUD/USD pair dropped on Monday despite the market’s risk flows. After rising above the highest level since June 2018, the AUD/USD pair saw heavy technical selling in the market. The pair reached above the 0.75700 level and faced heavy selling pressure as the investors started to take profits from their trades. The profit-taking overshadowed the market’s risk flows, and the pair AUD/USD continued falling on Monday. 

The risk sentiment was improved on Monday due to the latest vaccine rollout in the US and Canada after the UK. The US started giving Pfizer and BioNtech vaccine doses to nurses and health officials on Monday as it provides a 95% efficacy rate against the coronavirus.

The vaccine rolls out raised hopes that the global economic recovery will soon begin as the coronavirus will become less of a threat. This optimism raised the risk sentiment in the market but failed to impress the risk-sensitive Aussie buyers.

The risk sentiment was also supported by the latest hopes that the US coronavirus stimulus bill will be released soon to support the US economy from the coronavirus impact. The US dollar also came under pressure as the coronavirus cases, and the death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 300,000 number. The US dollar weakness could not impress the AUD/USD buyers, and the pair continued its bearish movement on Monday.

Meanwhile, the AUD/USD pair was under pressure on Monday as Biden has said that he will not remove the tariffs on Chinese products by Trump immediately. The President-elect nominated Katherine Tail for the role of US trade representative said on Friday that she was the trade enforcer against China’s unfair trade practices that will be a key priority in the Biden-Harris administration. It was a sign that Donald trump’s trade war will continue, which weighed on the China-Proxy Australian dollar and added losses in the AUD/USD pair on Monday.


Daily Technical Levels

Support Resistance

0.7514 0.7570

0.7492 0.7602

0.7459 0.7625

Pivot point: 0.7547

The AUD/USD is trading sideways at 0.7515, but it’s supported by an upward trendline that can be seen in the 2-hour timeframe. On the higher side, the AUD/USD is forming a double top level at 0.7527, which is now extending resistance. The leading technical indicators such as MACD and RSI support the buying trend, while the 50 periods EMA is also supporting the AUD/USD pair at 0.7515. Let’s consider buying over 0.7515 level to capture quick 40 pips. Good luck! 

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Daily F.X. Analysis, December 15 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – U.K. Labor Market Figures! 

Investor’s eyes will stay on the French Final CPI and Italian Trade Balance due from the European Economy. Economists are expecting no major changes in these inflation and trade balance data. Thus it may go muted. However, the Claimant Count Change and Unemployment Rate data from the U.K. is likely to drive market movements. Let’s keep an eye on U.K. labor market figures today.

Economic Events to Watch Today  

 


EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

During Tuesday’s Asian trading session, the EUR/USD currency pair managed to extend its overnight winning streak and sidelined near above the 1.2150 level mainly due to the risk-on market sentiment. That was supported by the upbeat China data and optimism over treatment for the highly infectious coronavirus, which weakens the safe-haven U.S. dollar and contributes to the currency pair gains. Moreover, the upbeat market tone was further boosted by the further U.S. stimulus package’s rising expectations, which add further burden around the U.S. dollar and boost the currency pair. 

On the contrary, the ongoing concerns about increasing COVID-19 deaths and the possibility of economically-painful hard lockdowns become the key factor that kept the lid on any additional gains in the currency pair. As of writing, the EUR/USD currency pair is currently trading at 1.2149 and consolidating in the range between 1.2143 – 1.2165.

As we already mentioned, the market trading sentiment succeeded in extending its previous day bullish bias and still representing positive performance on the day as the bullish appearance of Asia-Pacific stocks and the gains of the U.S. stocks futures tends to highlight the risk-on mood. However, the risk-on market sentiment could be attributed to the vaccine optimism and upbeat China data, which showed the economic recovery increased in November. On the data front, China’s Retail Sales increased by 5.0% year-on-year in November, marking the 4th-successive month of growth. Industrial Production, a gauge of manufacturing, mining, and utility output, rose 7% year-on-year versus October’s 5.9% growth. 

On the other hand, the renewed optimism over a possible vaccine for the highly infectious coronavirus disease also keeps supporting the market trading sentiment. It is worth recalling that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted permission for emergency use to BNT162b2, the COVID-19 vaccine co-developed by Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (F:22UAy) on December 11. The approval will see the first U.S. deliveries of BNT162b2 later in the day, which lifted hopes that the world’s largest economy will likely see a reduction in the COVID-19 cases. However, the positive developments over the covid vaccine keep favoring the market risk-on mood and undermine the safe-haven U.S. dollar.

As in result, the broad-based U.S. dollar failed to stop its previous day bearish bias and drew further offers on the day as demand for the safe-haven assets decreased amid progress toward agreeing on U.S. fiscal stimulus and optimism for a Brexit deal. On the other hand, the U.S. dollar losses were further bolstered by the Fed’s expectations to keep interest rates low for an extended period at its last policy meeting of 2020. However, the U.S. dollar losses helped the gold prices to deeper its losses as the gold price is inversely related to the U.S. dollar price. The U.S. Dollar Index Futures that tracks the greenback against a bucket of other currencies dropped to 90.642.

On the contrary, the concerns about rising COVID-19 deaths and the possibility of economically-painful hard lockdowns keep challenging the upbeat market performance, which becomes the key factor that kept the lid on any additional gains currency pair. As per the latest report, the growing virus cases recall the local lockdowns in the U.K. and the U.S. After New York, that was witnessed readiness to enter a second full lockdown as the number of COVID-19 cases surge. In addition to this, Germany also extended national activity restrictions. Across the ocean, the fears of a full-fledged trade/political war between the West and China also challenge the market’s upbeat mood. The tension between the two biggest economies in the world was fueled after the U.S. imposed back to back travel restrictions over the Chinese Communist Party members and their families.

In the absence of the major data/events on the day, the market traders will keep their eyes on the continuous drama surrounding the U.S. stimulus package. In the meantime, the risk catalyst like geopolitics and the virus woes, not to forget the Brexit, will also be key to watch for a fresh direction. 

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.2044       1.2133

1.2006       1.2186

1.1954       1.2223

Pivot point: 1.2096

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The technical side of the EUR/USD is still unchanged as it trades at the 1.2131 level, facing immediate resistance at 1.2160 and 1.2196 level along with a support level of 1.2085. Closing of candles below the 1.2103 level can send the EUR/USD pair further lower until 1.2080 and 1.2040. The 50 periods EMA supports a bullish bias, keeping the EUR/USD pair in a little bit of buying mode. Simultaneously, the MACD and RSI are also in support of a buying trend; thus, we should look for a buying trade over the 1.2175 level to target the 1.2265 level today. 


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

During Tuesday’s Asian trading session, the GBP/USD currency pair maintained its strong bid tone through the first half of the Asian session and remained positive around the 1.3335 level mainly due to the reports suggesting that the U.K. and the E.U. agreed to extend Brexit talks. Furthermore, the bid tone surrounding the British pound was further bolstered after the E.U.’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said that they could face every hurdle to reach a post-Brexit trade deal. 

Across the ocean, the broad-based U.S. dollar fresh weakness, backed by the market risk-on mood, also played its major role in underpinning the currency pair. At a particular time, the GBP/USD currency pair is currently trading at 1.3333 and consolidating in the range between 1.3312 – 1.3348. Moving on, the traders seem cautious to place any strong position ahead of the U.K. jobs data, which is due to release later in the day.

It is worth recalling that the U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President announced that they discussed the key issues and decided to go for another round of discussions to reach a historic trade deal, which in turn, raised expectations for a free trade agreement before the end of Brexit transition period on December 31. However, these hopes were further fueled after the E.U.’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, told them to use every way to reach a post-Brexit trade deal.

Despite the prevalent doubts over the global economic recovery from coronavirus (COVID-19), the market trading sentiment managed to extend its previous day’s positive performance. It remained supportive by optimism over a potential vaccine/treatment for the highly infectious coronavirus. Let me remind you that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted permission for emergency use to BNT162b2, the COVID-19 vaccine co-developed by Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (F:22UAy) on December 11. However, the positive developments over the covid vaccine keep favoring the market risk-on mood and undermine the safe-haven U.S. dollar.

As in result, the broad-based U.S. dollar failed to stop its previous day bearish bias and drew further offers on the day as demand for the safe-haven assets decreased amid progress toward agreeing on U.S. fiscal stimulus and optimism for a Brexit deal. On the other hand, the U.S. dollar losses were further bolstered by the Fed’s expectations to keep interest rates low for an extended period at its last policy meeting of 2020. However, the U.S. dollar losses provided an additional boost to the GBP/USD currency pair and remained supportive of the strong intraday positive move. The U.S. Dollar Index Futures that tracks the greenback against a bucket of other currencies dropped to 90.642.

On the bearish side, the concerns about rising COVID-19 deaths and the possibilities of the economically-painful hard lockdowns keep challenging the upbeat market performance, which becomes the key factor that kept the lid on any additional gains in the currency pair. As per the latest report, the growing virus cases recall the local lockdowns in the U.K. and the U.S. After New York, that was witnessed readiness to enter a second full lockdown as the number of COVID-19 cases surge. In addition to this, Germany also extended national activity restrictions. 

Moving on, the traders seem cautious to place any strong position ahead of the U.K. jobs data, which is due to release later in the day. From the projected view, the U.K. labor market report is anticipated to show that the average weekly earnings, including bonuses, in the 3-months to October, to increase from the previous 1.3% to 2.2%, while ex-bonuses, the wages are seen improving from 1.9% to 2.6% during the stated period. 

In addition to this, the number of people asking for jobless benefits is expected to rise from -29.8K previous to +50K in November. Moreover, the ILO Unemployment Rate may rise from 4.8% to 5.1% during the 3- months ending in October. However, the positive earnings growth tends to underpin the GBP; conversely, the low figures would be seen as negative for the GBP currency.

In the absence of the major data/events on the day, the market traders will keep their eyes on the continuous drama surrounding the U.S. stimulus package. In the meantime, the risk catalyst like geopolitics and the virus woes, not to forget the Brexit, will also be key to watch for a fresh direction. 

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3338       1.3466

1.3280       1.3536

1.3209       1.3594

Pivot point: 1.3408

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD is trading at the 1.3330 level, maintaining a narrow trading range of 1.3345 – 1.3309. A lack of high-impact economic data drives the choppy session; however, the market will be offering us labor market figures, which are expected to be worse than before, and it may drive selling in the Sterling. Technically, the bearish breakout of the 1.3309 level can extend the selling trend until the 1.3265 level, whereas a bullish breakout can lead it towards the 1.3409 mark. A choppy session can be expected until the pair violates the 1.3345 – 1.3309 range.


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

During Tuesday’s Asian trading session, the USD/JPY currency pair managed to stop its previous day losing streak and drew some modest bids around well above the 104.00 level. However, the bullish sentiment around the currency pair was supported by the upbeat market mood, which undermined the safe-haven Japanese yen and contributed to the currency pair gains. Apart from this, the latest local lockdowns in the northern hemispheres and the surge in Tokyo’s virus figures added further pressure on the Japanese yen and boosted the currency pair. On the contrary, the broad-based U.S. dollar, triggered by the upbeat market mood, has become the key factor that capped further upside momentum for the currency pair. Currently, the USD/JPY currency pair is currently trading at 104.09 and consolidating in the range between 103.98 – 104.15. 

As we already mentioned, market trading sentiment has been gaining positive traction since the day started and supported by the optimism over the U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College. As per the latest report, the U.S. President-elect Joe Biden recently won Electoral College and claimed his victory over President Donald Trump by achieving over 270 votes needed. In addition to this, the intensifying hopes of the U.S. covid stimulus also positively impacted the market trading sentiment. These hopes were triggered after Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged policymakers toward an early aid package while also indicating good progress in the discussions. 

Across the ocean, the reason behind the risk-on market sentiment could also be attributed to the upbeat China data, which showed the economic recovery improved in November. On the data front, China’s Retail Sales increased by 5.0% year-on-year in November, marking the 4th-successive month of growth. Industrial Production, a gauge of manufacturing, mining, and utility output, rose 7% year-on-year versus October’s 5.9% growth. 

On the other hand, the renewed optimism over a possible vaccine for the highly infectious coronavirus disease also keeps supporting the market trading sentiment. It is worth recalling that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted permission for emergency use to BNT162b2, the COVID-19 vaccine co-developed by Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (F:22UAy) on December 11. The approval will see the first U.S. deliveries of BNT162b2 later in the day, which lifted hopes that the world’s largest economy will likely see a reduction in the COVID-19 cases. However, the positive developments over the covid vaccine keep favoring the market risk-on mood and undermined the safe-haven assets like the Japanese yen and U.S. dollar.

At the USD front, the broad-based U.S. dollar extended its previous session bearish bias. It failed to gain any positive traction during the Asian trading hours amid risk-on market sentiment. Apart from this, the greenback losses could also be associated with the Fed’s expectations to keep interest rates low for an extended period at its last policy meeting of 2020. However, the U.S. dollar losses might stop bulls from placing any strong position and keep a lid on any further gains for the USD/JPY currency pair. The U.S. Dollar Index Futures that tracks the greenback against a bucket of other currencies dropped to 90.642.

However, the market trading sentiment was rather unaffected by the fresh lockdown restrictions in Britain and Europe. As per the latest report, the growing virus numbers recall the local lockdowns in the U.K. and the U.S. After New York, a willingness to enter a second full lockdown as the number of COVID-19 cases surge. In addition to this, Germany also extended national activity restrictions. 

In the absence of the major data/events on the day, the market traders will keep their eyes on the ongoing drama surrounding the U.S. stimulus package. In the meantime, the risk catalyst like geopolitics and the virus woes, not to forget the Brexit, will also be key to watch for a fresh direction. 

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

104.04       104.41

103.86       104.60

103.67       104.78

Pivot Point: 104.23

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

The USD/JPY is hardly moving as it continues to trade sideways below the 104.150 resistance area. This resistance area is extended by a double top level on the 2-hour timeframe. Bullish crossover of 104.156 level can open buying until 104.590 level. Conversely, the support holds around 103.910 level. A bearish breakout of this support can drive the selling trend until the next support area of 103.700 and 103.500. Let’s keep an eye on a breakout before placing any bullish or bearish bets. Good luck! 

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Daily F.X. Analysis, December 11 – Top Trade Setups In Forex on Friday! 

On the news front, eyes will remain on the German Final CPI m/m, which are expected to remain unchanged, and it may not drive any major movement in the market. BOE Gov Bailey is due to hold a press conference about the Financial Stability Report in London. Euro Summit also remains in highlight as the heads of state from the European Union countries are due to discuss the banking union and the capital markets union in Brussels.

 


EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

The EUR/USD closed at 1.21215 after placing a high of 1.21588 and a low of 1.20633. After falling for four consecutive days, the EUR/USD pair rose on Thursday amid the European Central Bank’s latest decision.

On Thursday, the European Central Bank held its interest rates on its main refinancing operations at 0.00%, marginal lending facility at 0.25%, and the deposit facility at -0.50%. ECB said that it would continue to monitor the exchange rate’s developments about their possible implications for the medium-term inflation outlook.

The European Central Bank expanded its massive monetary stimulus program by another 500 billion euros as the second wave of lockdown measures weighed on the euro area’s economic recovery. It also expanded the emergency bond purchases scheme for nine months worth 1.85 trillion euros and aimed to keep firms and governments afloat until the economy was ready to re-open.

Central Bank also announced that it would hold the interest rates at the same level until the inflation outlook comes close to its below 2% target. The additional support to the Eurozone economy from ECB added that the Eurozone economy will now recover quickly. These hopes added strength in the single currency Euro that helped EUR/USD pair to post gains on Thursday. Meanwhile, on the Data front, at 12:45 GMT, the French Industrial Production for October raised to 1.6% against the expected 0.4% and supported the single currency Euro. From the U.S. side, at 18:30 GMT, the CPI for November rose to 0.2% against the estimated 0.1% and supported the U.S. dollar. The Core CPI for November also raised to 0.2% against the expected 0.1% and supported the U.S. dollar. The Unemployment Claims from last week rose to 853K against the forecasted 723K and weighed on the U.S. dollar that added strength in the EUR/USD pair on Thursday.

The U.S. dollar was also weak on Thursday as the Unemployment claims rose from their expected level during last week due to increased restrictive measures in the U.S. and supported the EUR/USD pair’s upward trend. Furthermore, the U.S. dollar came under more pressure after releasing additional stimulus by the European Central Bank. The U.S. lawmakers were also unable to sort out disagreements over aid to state and local governments, holding up a broader spending package. The U.S. dollar weakness added further support to the upward momentum of the EUR/USD pair.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.2044       1.2133

1.2006       1.2186

1.1954       1.2223

Pivot point: 1.2096

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The technical side of the EUR/USD continues to remain the same as the pair is trading at 1.2103 level, facing immediate resistance at 1.2160 and 1.2196 level along with a support level of 1.2085. Closing of candles below the 1.2103 level can send the EUR/USD pair further lower until 1.2080 and 1.2040. Euro Summit will remain in highlights, and the choppy session is expected until the release of the event.

 


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD pair was closed at 1.32900 after placing a high of 1.34108 and a low of 1.32453. The GBP/USD pair declined on Thursday as the meeting between PM Boris Johnson and E.U. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen failed to bridge major gaps between them.

PM Boris Johnson offered his ministers to prepare for the strong possibility of a no-deal Brexit. He said that the E.U.’s current offer was unacceptable because the U.K. could not be treated like its twin. He added that the deal offered by the E.U. was not sensible and was unlike any other free trade deal. He said that it was a way of keeping the U.K. locked in the E.U.’s regulatory orbit.

Johnson added a strong possibility that they would have a solution that will be much more like an Australian & Canadian relationship with the E.U. However, after the meeting, the PM Boris Johnson and E.U. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen agreed that a firm decision should be taken about the future of the talks by Sunday. The talks between the E.U.’s top negotiator Michel Barnier and the U.K.’s top negotiator David Frost will resume Brussels. Whereas, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that it was unlikely the negotiations would be extended beyond Sunday.

At 05:30 GMT, the RICS House Price Balance from the U.K. raised 66% against the estimated 64% and supported British Pound. At 12:00 GMT, the Construction Output in October declined to 1.0% against the expectations of 1.2%. The Gross Domestic Product from Great Britain in October remained flat with expectations of 0.4%. The Goods Trade Balance from the U.K. showed a deficit of -12.0B against the forecasted -9.6B and weighed on British Pound and added losses in the GBP/USD pair. The Index of Services for the quarter also dropped to 9.7% against the expected 9.8% and weighed on Sterling and added further losses in GBP/USD pair. The Industrial Production in October surged to 1.3% against the expected 0.3% and supported British Pound. The Manufacturing Production for October also raised to 1.7% against the projected 0.3% and supported British Pound. 

At 18:30 GMT, the CPI for November surged to 0.2% against the anticipated 0.1% and supported the U.S. dollar that added pressure on GBP/USD pair. For November, the Core CPI also rose to 0.2% against the anticipated 0.1% and supported the U.S. dollar and added losses on GBP/USD pair. The Unemployment Claims from last week increased to 853K against the anticipated 723K and weighed on the U.S. dollar.

Moreover, the E.U. outlined contingency measures for a no-deal Brexit that reflected significant uncertainty whether a deal would be in place on January 1, 2021. This also raised the expectations that a Brexit deal might not be reached and weighed on GBP/USD pair on Thursday.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3338       1.3466

1.3280       1.3536

1.3209       1.3594

Pivot point: 1.3408

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD is trading at the 1.3313 level, holding below an immediate resistance level of 1.3322. On the upper side, the GBP/USD pair can lead to a 1.3390 level, and support stays at 1.3269, which is extended by a double bottom level. Selling bias seems dominant, therefore, we should be looking for a sell trade only upon the violation of 1.3265 level. The lagging technical indicators like 50 EMA is suggesting selling bias, thus we should look for selling trades below 1.3400 and upon breakout 1.3265 level too.   

 


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY was closed at 104.212 after placing a high of 104.577 and a low of 104.139. The USD/JPY pair rose in the early trading session on Thursday amid the rising risk sentiment in the market after the stimulus measure from ECB and the vaccine optimism. On Thursday, an independent committee of experts recommended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the use of Pfizer and BioNtech’s coronavirus vaccine for people over the age of 16. It will be up to the FDA to decide whether to follow the recommendation or not. The agency is anticipated to announce its decision within days, and if it decides to approve the vaccine, then the health care workers could begin receiving the shots almost immediately.

The vaccine optimism in the U.S. raised the risk sentiment in the market as the chances for vaccine approval raised the chance for quick economic recovery and weighed on the safe-haven Japanese Yen, which ultimately added gains in the USD/JPY pair. The European Central Bank announced expanding its debt purchases scheme and further stimulus measures that also added in the market’s risk sentiment and supported the upward trend in the USD/JPY pair after weighing on the safe-haven Japanese Yen.

However, the USD/JPY pair failed to hold its gain on Thursday and started to decline as the U.S. Unemployment claims from last week raised to their highest since September 19 level. The rise in Americans’ jobless claim benefits was due to the states’ increased restrictive measures that halted economic activities. The raised unemployment claims weighed on the U.S. dollar and dragged the USD/JPY pair on the downside. 

On the data front, at 04:50 GMT, the BSI Manufacturing Index for the 4th quarter raised to 21.6 from the expectations of 3.5 and supported the Japanese Yen and weighed on the USD/JPY pair. The Producer Price Index from Japan came in line as expected -2.2%.

From the U.S. side, at 18:30 GMT, the CPI for November rose to 0.2% against the projected 0.1% and supported the U.S. dollar. The Core CPI for November also raised to 0.2% against the estimated 0.1% and supported the U.S. dollar. The Unemployment Claims from last week rose to 853K against the forecasted 723K and weighed on the U.S. dollar that made the USD/JPY pair to lose all of its gains on Thursday.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

104.04        104.41

103.86        104.60

103.67        104.78

Pivot Point: 104.23

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

The USD/JPY violation of the symmetric triangle pattern at 104.346 faked out as the safe-haven currency pair reversed trade within the same triangle pattern. The current trading range of the USD/JPY pair remains 104.375 – 103.650, and violation of this range can extend the selling trend until the next support area of 103.200 level. Typically, such a triangle pattern can breakout on either side; this, we should be careful before opening any trade. The market is neutral as investors seem to wind up their positions ahead of the December holidays. Good luck

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Daily F.X. Analysis, December 10 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – Eyes on ECB Policy Decision! 

On the news front, it’s going to be an important day for the Euro and U.S. dollar as investors await the Main Refinancing Rate and the U.S. CPI figures during the European and the U.S. session. The ECB monetary policy decision, especially the Main Refinancing Rate, is expected to remain unchanged while the Inflation figures can support the U.S. dollar today.

Economic Events to Watch Today  

 


EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

The EUR/USD pair was closed at 1.20811 after placing a high of 1.21471 and a low of 1.20585. On Wednesday, the currency pair EUR/USD continued its bearish trend for the fourth consecutive day amid the deteriorated risk sentiment and higher U.S. yields that supported the greenback. The U.S. dollar was strong on Wednesday as the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) rose above the 91.00 level, which was the highest in two days. The coronavirus situation in the U.S. has escalated to an alarming level as more than 200,000 Americans tested positive for the coronavirus every day on average. The total number of infections in the U.S. has surpassed 15 million.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, warned on Monday that the country was likely to see a Thanksgiving-related spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in another week or so, in the middle of Hanukkah and just ahead of Christmas. The rising number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. raised the appeal for safe-haven and supported the greenback that ultimately added losses in EUR/USD pair.

Meanwhile, another reason for the continuous losses in the EUR/USD pair was the latest news from Great Britain about the coronavirus vaccine. On Wednesday, Britain’s health officials warned people with significant allergies to avoid receiving the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine as two people reported an adverse reaction.

On the data front, at 12:00 GMT, the German Trade Balance for October showed a surplus of 18.2B against the expected 18.7B and weighed on Euro. From the U.S. side, at 20:00 GMT, the Final Wholesale Inventories for October surged to 1.1% against the forecasted 0.9% and weighed on the U.S. dollar. The JOLTS Job Opening for October also rose to 6.65M against the expected 6.30M and supported the U.S. dollar that added further losses in EUR/USD pair.

The U.S. dollar was also strong onboard after the hopes for further stimulus package were diminished with the White House’s latest proposal. Steven Mnuchin submitted a proposal on Wednesday worth $916 billion. The offer included only $40 billion towards unemployment benefits that were far less than the amount proposed in the package from a bipartisan group of lawmakers worth $180 billion. Democrats rejected the proposal as they have been trying since the CARES ACT for additional financial aid for laid-off workers.

This new proposal from the Trump administration gave mixed signals in the market. Some believed that the stalemate between Republicans & Democrats would remain intact for long to reach a deal. Others believed that the White House has reengaged in talks for the first time since the election and that it was a positive sign that a compromise could be reached before the end of the year. All the stimulus uncertainty added strength to the U.S. dollar and weighed on the riskier EUR/USD pair on Wednesday.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.2042     1.2131

1.2006     1.2184

1.1954     1.2220

Pivot point: 1.2095

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The technical side of the EUR/USD continues to remain the same as the pair is trading at 1.2103 level, facing immediate resistance at 1.2160 and 1.2196 level along with a support level of 1.2085. Closing of candles below the 1.2103 level can send the EUR/USD pair further lower until 1.2080 and 1.2040. However, the focus is likely to stay on the ECB monetary policy decision, especially the Main Refinancing Rate, which is expected to remain unchanged. The choppy session is expected until the release of the ECB report.

 


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD pair was closed at 1.34060 after placing a high of 1.34778 and a low of 1.33455. The GBP/USD pair ended its day in positive territory on Wednesday and climbed above 1.34700 as the final round of talks between UK PM Boris Johnson and the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen started.

Ahead of the talks, the U.K. Pm Boris Johnson said that the E.U. insisted on terms that no prime minister could accept in EU-UK trade talks. The PM said that a good deal was still there to be done as the E.U. sought an automatic right to retaliate against the U.K. if its labor and environmental standards diverge from theirs. PM Boris Johnson also said that the E.U. could not accept the U.K. as having sovereign control over its fishing waters after Brexit. Major disagreements remain over fisheries, business competition rules, and governance issues.

PM Boris Johnson said that a deal would not be possible if the E.U. insisted that if a new law is passed in the future and if the U.K. did not follow suit, then the E.U. wanted an automatic right to punish the U.K. and retaliate. He also claimed that the E.U. wanted the U.K. to become the only country in the world not to have sovereign control over its fishing waters. He said that he would not believe that any prime minister of this country could accept under these terms. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that a Brexit deal was still possible but insisted that the E.U. single market’s integrity must be respected.

On Wednesday, PM Boris Johnson arrived in Brussels to find common grounds on significant differences that have stalled the talks for eight months. Over the past couple of days, the optimism has increased that a deal might reach as both sides have successfully reached a post-Brexit arrangement in principle over the Irish border. This optimism kept the British Pound on the upside ahead of the talks and pushed the GBP/USD pair higher. Both sides have confirmed that these final talks’ decision will be revealed on Sunday, and this statement forced investors to lose some of its early daily gains.

Meanwhile, on the USD front, the U.S. dollar was strong across the board. The risk sentiment deteriorated, and safe-haven appeal emerged after the rising number of coronavirus cases posted global economic recovery threats despite the vaccine development. The total number of infections in the U.S. surpassed 15 million on Wednesday, and it was reported that almost 200,000 Americans were tested positive for coronavirus every day in the U.S.

Furthermore, the British Pound lost some of its gains in the late trading session on Wednesday after Britain’s top medical adviser warned people with significant allergies to avoid having Pfizer and BioNtech’s vaccine shots as they could give an adverse reaction. On Wednesday, two people were reported to have an adverse reaction to Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine in Great Britain and weighed on the local currency that capped further gains in GBP/USD pair.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3301     1.3453

1.3236     1.3542

1.3148     1.3606

Pivot point: 1.3389

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD is trading at 1.3378, holding below an immediate resistance level of 1.3395. On the higher side, the GBP/USD pair can lead to a 1.3437 level, and support stays at 1.3340, which is extended by an upward trendline. Overall it’s an ascending triangle, and it typically breaks on the higher side; thus, we can expect the GBP/USD price to move until 1.3435.


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY pair was closed at 104.231 after placing a high of 104.403 and a low of 104.050. USD/JPY pair extended its gains for the second consecutive day on Wednesday as the U.S. dollar gained traction on the day. The hopes for the second round of massive stimulus package from Congress decreased n Wednesday after the Trump administration came up with a new proposal. The U.S. Secretary State Steven Mnuchin submitted a new proposal for an economic relief package that would offer far fewer unemployment benefits than what has been offered by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

The unemployment benefits for millions of jobless Americans would be delivered as $180 billion under the framework proposed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers. But in contrast to this, the new package submitted by the Trump administration included $40billion in new funding for unemployment benefits.

The bipartisan effort of $908 billion packages has brought the Democrats and Republicans closer to a compromise on a coronavirus package. However, the new White House proposal of $916 billion was a sharp rejection from Democrats as the White House’s proposal was strongly criticized by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer in a joint statement.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives agreed on a one-week extension of federal government funding that would give lawmakers more time to agree on a massive coronavirus relief package. However, the Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said that lawmakers were still looking forward to a relief package.

These developments raised the uncertainty related to the U.S. stimulus package, supported the U.S. dollar, and supported the USD/JPY pair’s upward trend.

Meanwhile, on the data front, At 04:50 GMT, the Core Machinery Orders for October raised to 17.1% against the forecasted 2.6% and supported the Japanese Yen. The M2 Money stock for the year from Japan also raised to 9.1% against the estimated 8.9% and supported the Japanese yen that capped further gains in the USD/JPY pair.

On the U.S. front, at 20:00 GMT, the Final Wholesale Inventories for October rose to 1.1% against the anticipated 0.9% and weighed on the U.S. dollar. The JOLTS Job Opening for October also raised to 6.65M against the projected 6.30M and supported the U.S. dollar that added further gains in the USD/JPY pair.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

104.10      104.44

103.90      104.60

103.75      104.79

Pivot point: 104.25

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

The USD/JPY has violated the symmetric triangle pattern at 104.346, and it opens further odds of buying until the 104.750 level. The pair has recently disrupted the sideways trading series of 104.200 – 103850. Now it’s trading at 104.300 level, especially after bouncing off over 103.700 level on the lower side, supporting the pair nearby 103.700 mark. 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 104.700 today. Good luck

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USD/CHF Violates Descending Triangle Pattern – Brace for a Sell Signal! 

During Wednesday’s trading session, the USD/CHF currency pair failed to stop its previous-day bearish bias and remained pessimistic around below the 0.8900 level. However, the reason for the bearish tone around the currency pair could be associated with the broad-based U.S. dollar weakness. The U.S. dollar was being pressured by the optimism over the potential vaccine for the hazardous coronavirus infection, which urges investors to retreat from the safe-haven assets. 

Apart from this, the U.S. dollar losses could also be attributed to the on-going concerns of further monetary easing by the U.S. Federal Reserve, which adds burden around the U.S. dollar and contributes to the currency pair losses. On the contrary, the upbeat market sentiment boosted investors’ confidence and undermined the safe-haven Swiss Franc, which, in turn, was seen as one of the leading factors that help the USD/CHF currency pair to limit its deeper losses. Currently, the USD/CHF currency pair is currently trading at 0.8879 and consolidating in the range between 0.8871 – 0.8897.

The equity market had been flashing green since the Asian session started. The reason could be associated with the major positive catalysts. Be it the renewed probabilities of the U.S. aid package or optimism over treatment for the highly infectious coronavirus, both factors have favored the market trading sentiment. Therefore, the risk-on market mood tends to undermine the safe-haven Swiss franc, which becomes the key factor that lends some support to the currency pair to ease the intraday bearish pressure surrounding the USD/CHF currency pair.

The hopes of potential vaccines were further boosted after the U.K.’s has started vaccination, witnessed after the 1st-patients inoculated with BNT162b2, the COVID-19 vaccine co-developed by Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (F:22UAy). In addition to this, the sentiment around the equity market was improved further after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told that the stimulus discussions had made good progress. Meanwhile, the U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin offers a larger amount than the previously highlighted $908 billion for the stimulus package. 

At the USD front, the broad-based U.S. dollar failed to stop its bearish trend and remained depressed on the day as doubts persist over the U.S. economic recovery from COVID-19. Besides this, the risk-on market sentiment, backed by the optimism over a potential vaccine for the highly contagious coronavirus disease, also played its major role in undermining the safe-haven U.S. dollar. Besides this, the U.S. dollar losses could also be attributed to the concerns of further monetary easing by the U.S. Federal Reserve, which tends to undermine the American currency. However, the losses in the U.S. dollar becomes the key factor that kept the currency pair lower. Meantime, the U.S. Dollar Index, which tracks the greenback against a bucket of other currencies, dropped to 90.778.

Conversely, the optimism around the equity market was slightly unaffected by the intensifying market worries regarding the continuous surge in new coronavirus cases in the U.S. and Europe, which fueled the global economic recovery concerns imposing new lockdown restrictions on economic and social activity. Furthermore, the equity market gains were also capped by the lingering uncertainty over the Brexit deal and intensified China-US tussles over the U.S. sanctions on Chinese diplomats and the arrest of the Hong Kong opposition party members by police.

Moving ahead, the market traders will keep their eyes on the U.S. stimulus headlines and vaccine news. In the meantime, the updates surrounding the Brexit trade talks and the Sino-US tussle could not lose their importance on the day.

Daily Support and Resistance

S1 0.8767

S2 0.8839

S3 0.8874

Pivot Point 0.8911

R1 0.8946

R2 0.8982

R3 0.9054

Technically, the USD/CHF pair is gaining support above the 0.8875 mark, and it’s triggered an upward wave to achieve a 23.6% Fibonacci retracement mark of 0.8935. On the further higher front, an upward movement and violation of 0.8933 mark can drive more buying trend unto next Fibo level of 61.8% at 0.8965. However, the pair has formed a descending triangle pattern which, if violated, can send the pair until the 0.8835 level. Check out a trading plan below. 

Entry Price – Sell 0.88778

Stop Loss – 0.89178

Take Profit – 0.88378

Risk to Reward – 1:1

Profit & Loss Per Standard Lot = -$400/ +$400

Profit & Loss Per Micro Lot = -$40/ +$40

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AUD/USD Breaking Below Double Bottom Level – Selling Bias in Play! 

The AUD/USD pair was closed at 0.74189 after placing a high of 0.74532 and a low of 0.73722. The currency pair AUD/USD extended its bearish moves on Monday amid the rising demand for the greenback and the improving risk-off market sentiment. The risk perceived Aussie came under fresh pressure on Monday as the rising number of coronavirus cases in the US forced many state governors to expand the restrictions that ultimately diminished the hopes of the US economic recovery and raised the appeal for risk-averse market sentiment.

In the first trading session of Monday, the AUD/USD pair printed fresh multi-year highs above the 0.7450 level, but the pair started to decline after the risk-averse mode took its pace in the market.

The latest sanctions over 14 Chinese officials by the US also added in the risk-averse market sentiment and weighed on the risk perceived Aussie that dragged the AUD/USD pair on the downside. The Beijing-backed government of Hong Kong expelled four opposition members last month that ended up having the US government impose sanctions on Chinese officials and a travel ban and blocking any assets the official might have within the US.

On the data front, at 02:30 GMT, the AIG Services Index in November came in as 52.9 compared to 51.4. At 05:30 GMT, the ANZ Job Advertisements in November came in as 13.9% compared to 11.9%.

The Chinese Trade Balance showed a surplus of 75.4B US dollars in the month of November and gave strength to the China-proxy Australian dollar due to their trading relationship and capped further losses in the AUD/USD pair on Monday.

Another factor involved in the declining AUD/USD pair’s prices on Monday was the US dollar’s strength due to its safe-haven status. The greenback gained traction in the market after the risk-off mood appeared because of the rising number of coronavirus cases in the US and the increasing hospitalization rate. The strong US dollar also added pressure on AUD/USD pair on Monday.


Daily Technical Levels

Support Resistance

0.7421 0.7437

0.7413 0.7445

0.7406 0.7453

Pivot point: 0.7429

Technically, the AUD/USD pair breaks below the double bottom support level of 0.7417, and its violation of the 0.7420 level can extend the selling trend until 0.7375. The support level of 0.7372 level is extended by an upward trendline support level of 0.7372. The MACD supports selling bias, and recent bearish engulfing and closing below the 0.7415 level can extend the selling trend until the 0.7375 level today.  

Entry Price – Sell 0.74057

Stop Loss – 0.74457

Take Profit – 0.73657

Risk to Reward – 1:1

Profit & Loss Per Standard Lot = -$400/ +$400

Profit & Loss Per Micro Lot = -$40/ +$40

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USD/CAD Completes 23.6% Fibonacci – What’s Next? 

The USD/CAD closed at 1.27841 after placing a high of 1.28735 and a low of 1.27720. The USD/CAD pair extended its losses towards its lowest level since May 2018 amid the strength of the Canadian dollar against the US dollar and the rising crude oil prices. On Friday, the Canadian dollar outlook improved on the expectations that the currency will benefit from the domestic economic stimulus and the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine. On Monday, the Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland forecasted the budget deficit to hit a historic C$382 billion on coronavirus emergency aid. She also added that C$100 billion would be rolled out in stimulus once the virus came under control.

These statements from the Canadian Finance Minister added strength to the Canadian dollar as the hopes for Canadian economic recovery increased. The strong Canadian dollar added heavy pressure on the USD/CAD pair on Friday and dragged the pair on the downside.

Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar was also strong because of the positive macroeconomic data on Friday. At 18:30 GMT, the Employment Change from Canada raised to 62.1K against the forecasted 22.0K and supported the Canadian dollar and added losses in USD/CAD pair. 

The Unemployment Rate from Canada dropped to 8.5% against the forecasted 9.0% and supported the Canadian dollar and supported the USD/CAD pair’s downward trend. The Trade Balance from Canada came in as -3.8B against the forecasted -3.2B and weighed on the Canadian dollar.

From the US side, at 18:30 GMT, the Average Hourly Earnings raised to 0.3% against the estimated 0.1% and supported the US dollar, and capped further losses in the USD/CAD pair. The Non-Farm Employment Change declined to 245K against the estimated 480K and weighed on the US dollar and supported the USD/CAD pair’s losses. The Unemployment Rate dropped to 6.7% against the estimated 6.8% and supported the US dollar. The Trade Balance from the US came in as -63.1B against the estimated -64.7B and supported the US dollar. 

At 20:00 GMT, the Factory Orders for November raised to 1.0% against the estimated 0.8%, supported the US Dollar, and capped further USD/CAD pair losses. Most of the US dollar economic data came in favor of the US dollar, but the NFP employment change or the job creation by the US economy fell short of expectations and weighed on the US dollar that added losses in the USD/CAD pair.

Another important factor involved in the USD/CAD pair’s losses on Friday was the rising crude oil prices. The price of crude oil, one of Canada’s major export, rose on Friday above $46 per barrel after the coronavirus vaccine’s speedy approval that would boost the global economic recovery and ultimately increase the energy demand. The higher crude oil prices supported the commodity-linked currency Loonie and added pressure on the currency pair USD/CAD on Friday.


Daily Technical Levels

Support Resistance

1.2825 1.2918

1.2791 1.2977

1.2733 1.3011

Pivot point: 1.2884

The USD/CAD slipped to trade at a 1.2811 level, holding above an immediate support level of 1.2775. Above this level, the commodity currency pair has formed a Doji candle, suggesting odds of selling bias until the 1.2770 level. Taking a look at the 4-hour timeframe, the USD/CAD pair has closed a bullish engulfing pattern at the 1.2811 level, and it may head upward until the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level of 1.2837 level. Bullish trend continuation can lead to its prices further higher until the next resistance level of the 1.2904 level marks a 61.8% Fibonacci level. Good luck! 

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AUD/USD Upward Channel In-Play – Brace for a Buying Trend! 

The AUD/USD closed at 0.74260 after placing a high of 0.74435 and a low of 0.74100. After rising for three consecutive days, the AUD/USD pair dropped on Friday and posted small losses as it remained confined in a range between 0.74100 and 0.74400. The currency pair rose in the early trading session on Friday as it followed the previous day’s trend and because of the Australian side’s supportive economic data. Another factor involved in the rising AUD/USD prices in the early trading session was the improved risk-sentiment from the latest development in the coronavirus vaccine.

The approval for emergency use authorization to Pfizer and BioNtech added in the risk sentiment as the hopes for global economic recovery increased and supported the risk-sensitive Aussie. The strong Australian dollar pushed the AUD/USD pair higher in early trading hours on Friday. On the data front, at 05:30 GMT, the Retail Sales from Australia raised to 1.4% against the projected 0.5% and supported the Australian dollar, and capped further losses in AUD/USD pair.

From the US side, at 18:30 GMT, the Average Hourly Earnings rose to 0.3% against the expected 0.1% and supported the US dollar and added pressure on AUD/USD pair. The Non-Farm Employment Change fell to 245K against the expected 480K and weighed on the US dollar, and capped further losses in AUD/USD pair. The Unemployment Rate fell to 6.7% against the expected 6.8% and supported the US dollar. The Trade Balance from the US came in as -63.1B against the expected -64.7B and supported the US dollar. At 20:00 GMT, the Factory Orders for November rose to 1.0% against the expected 0.8% and supported US Dollar and added pressure on AUD/USD pair.

Despite the US’s disappointing Job report, the unemployment rate and factory order data managed to support the US dollar through the rough time and exerted downward pressure on AUD/USD pair. Meanwhile, the AUD/USD pair’s losses were also limited because of the underlying pressure on the US dollar after the agreement between Democrats and Republicans over the $908 billion stimulus package. The agreement on the bipartisan proposal added hopes that a massive stimulus could also be approved and weighed on the US dollar that kept the losses in AUD/USD pair limited on Friday.


Daily Technical Levels

Support Resistance

0.7407 0.7461

0.7376 0.7482

0.7354 0.7514

Pivot point: 0.7429

The AUD/USD slipped to trade at 0.7372 level, holding above an upward support level, which is extended by an upward channel. The AUD/USD channel may drive upward movement until 0.7405 and 0.7440 resistance levels on the higher side. Conversely, a bearish breakout of 0.7372 level can extend the selling trend until the next support level of 0.7337. The RSI and MACD are reporting selling bias in the pair. Good luck! 

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Daily F.X. Analysis, December 03 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – Services PMI under Spotlight! 

The focus will remain on the range of services PMI numbers from the Eurozone and U.K. on the data front. Most of the data is anticipated to be neutral; nevertheless, the U.S. Unemployment Claims and ISM Services PMI will be the main highlight of the day.

Economic Events to Watch Today  

 


EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

The EUR/USD closed at 1.21150 after placing a high of 1.21182 and a low of 1.20398. The EUR/USD pair rose to its highest since April 2018 on Wednesday amid rising optimism from the vaccine front and the fiscal stimulus hopes.

On Wednesday, the U.K. regulator approved Pfizer and BioNtech’s vaccine for emergency use to fight against the coronavirus. This news added further support to the already improved risk sentiment in the market and helped the EUR/USD pair to rise as it is a riskier asset.

On the data front, at 12:00 GMT, the German Retail Sales for October raised to 2.6% against the projected 1.3% and supported Euro that added further gains in EUR/USD pair. At 13:00 GMT, the Spanish Unemployment Change dropped to 25.3K against the estimated 54.5K and supported Euro and added further gains in EUR/USD pair. At 14:00 GMT, Italian Monthly Unemployment Rate for October declined to 9.8% against the forecasted 9.9% and supported Euro and helped EUR/USD rise. At 15:00 GMT, the PPI for October raised to0.4% against the forecasted 0.2% and kept the single currency Euro and gave additional support to EUR/USD pair. The Unemployment Rate in Eurozone remained flat at 8.4%.

At 18:15 GMT, the ADP Non-Farm Employment Change for November fell to 307K against the anticipated 433K and weighed on the U.S. dollar and added further in EUR/USD pair. After the release of macroeconomic data on Wednesday, the currency pair EUR/USD raised sharply and surpassed the 1.2100 level as all the data was in favor of it. Meanwhile, the lawmakers in Washington continued their negotiations related to a fiscal stimulus deal to support the U.S. economy. The negotiations weighed on local currency and made the U.S. dollar weak across the board. Furthermore, the optimism about a $908 billion package also boosted the market’s risk sentiment and weighed on the U.S. dollar that added additional gains in EUR/USD pair.

The U.S. dollar was also weak because of the rising number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. On Wednesday, the total number of deaths from coronavirus set a new record in a single day, and hospitalizations also reached an all-time high. On Wednesday, about 100,200 patients of coronavirus were hospitalized in the U.S. The U.S. Dollar Index on Wednesday slumped to its lowest level in more than 30 months at 91.10 and supported the upward momentum of the EUR/USD pair.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.1971       1.2122

1.1873       1.2175

1.1819       1.2273

Pivot point: 1.2024

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The bullish bias of the EUR/USD continues to dominate the market as the pair surged further higher until the 1.2117 level. On the higher side, the EUR/USD may find an immediate resistance at 1.2150 and 1.2196 level. Simultaneously, the closing of candles below the 1.2153 level can send the EUR/USD pair further lower until 1.2080. On the 4 hour timeframe, the EUR/USD has formed an upward channel, which is suggesting odds of further buying trend in the pair. The MACD is forming histograms above 0, suggesting odds of an upward trend in the market. Let’s consider the buying trend until the 1.2200 level today. 


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD closed at 1.33651 after placing a high of 1.34410 and a low of 1.32875. The British Pound erased gains and slipped to a 3-week lowest level on Wednesday after the E.U.’s chief Brexit negotiator said that progress in talks had stalled and cooled the expectations that a deal was near.

Michel Barnier said that a deal was not guaranteed and signaled that differences over key issues, including access to the U.K. fishing waters and level playing field rules, were still there. A day before this news, reports suggested that post-Brexit trade talks had reached the so-called tunnel. Tunnel refers to a situation where both parties don’t leave until a consensus is reached.

Ahead of the update, there were signs the ongoing impasse was starting to frighten some members, who have called on the E.U. to start preparation for a no-deal scenario. There likely could be another twist to come in Brexit talks in the days ahead with the U.K.’s proposal for a new finance bill. This bill undermines some parts of the original Brexit Withdrawal agreement, and it could dent the little progress in negotiations seen so far.

Whereas, Barnier said that if the U.K. government moved ahead next week with draft clauses in the Finance Bill that were inconsistent with the Withdrawal Agreement, then the talks will come under crisis.

All these negative reports depressed Brexit’s expectations and started to weigh on British Pound that added losses in GBP/USD pair. The time for an end of Brexit transition period on December 31 has come near, and if a deal has not been reached by then, U.K. will have to follow WTO rules and regulations while trading with the E.U.

Meanwhile, on the data front, at 05:01 GMT, the BRC Shop Price Index for the year dropped to -1.8% against the forecasted -1.3% and weighed on British Pound and added pressure on GBP/USD pair. On the U.S. front, at 18:15 GMT, the ADP Non-Farm Employment Change for November dropped to 307K against the anticipated 433K and weighed on the U.S. dollar, and capped further losses in the GBP/USD pair.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3340       1.3468

1.3263       1.3519

1.3212       1.3595

Pivot point: 1.3391

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD is trading sideways in between a fresh trading range of 1.3305 – 1.3445. Breakout of this range can lead the Cable price towards the 1.3517 level. The volatility seems low ahead of the Christmas holidays. However, the European session can trigger a buying trend until the 1.3515 level, while support continues to stay at the 1.3305 level. A bearish breakout of the 1.3305 level can trigger selling until the 1.3212 level. The MACD and RSI are suggesting a bullish bias in the market. Let’s consider taking buying trades over 1.3305 and 1.3447 level today.


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY pair was closed at 104.410 after placing a high of 104.749 and a low of 104.223. The USD/JPY pair raised for the third consecutive day on Wednesday amid the market’s optimism. However, most of USD/JPY’s daily gains were lost during the late trading session as U.S. stimulus raised.

The risk sentiment in the market was improved after the successful vaccine development from famous drug companies. Pfizer and BioNtech even received approval from the U.K. administration for emergency use authorization of their vaccine on Wednesday. Pfizer & BioNtech became the first in the world to get approval for the widespread use of their vaccine. It means that their vaccine can now be used to prevent the coronavirus officially, and it raised the risk sentiment in the market that ultimately added weight on the Japanese Yen due to its safe-haven nature; thus, it supported the upward momentum of the USD/JPY pair.

The Monetary Base for the year dropped to 16.5% against the forecasted 17.2%. At 09:59 GMT, Consumer Confidence raised to 33.7 against the anticipated 33.0 and supported the Japanese Yen that capped additional gains in the USD/JPY pair on Wednesday. At 18:15 GMT, the ADP Non-Farm Employment Change for November fell to 307K against the estimated 433K and weighed on the U.S. dollar that limited the gains of the USD/JPY pair on Wednesday.

The prospects of a U.S. coronavirus relief package weighed on the greenback and forced the currency pair USD/JPY to lose most of its daily gains. As the $1.4trillion spending bill’s support increased, the top U.S. economic officials on Tuesday advised Congress to present more assistance for small businesses to survive during the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Patrick Harker said on Wednesday that due to the increased spread of the coronavirus and delayed fiscal help along with the permanent job loss of some workers, the U.S. economic growth has been moderate.

Harker also forecasted moderate growth for the rest of this year and the first quarter of 2021. He also predicted that the economy would stay below pre-pandemic levels. Harker also said that if the vaccine is widely available by next spring and summer, then the growth will pick up in the second half of the next year. Harker added that more financial support was needed to get the economy to that point and to support low-income households.

Harker also said that the Central Bank’s emergency lending programs should be extended beyond next year as they are set to expire on December 31. Harker’s comments came in after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asked the Fed to return the unused funds. All these comments added pressure on the U.S. dollar as the continuous demand for a second stimulus bill weighed on local currency.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

104.13       104.54

103.95       104.77

103.72       104.95

Pivot point: 104.36

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

The USD/JPY is trading with a sideways trading range of 104.600 – 104.200, holding below an immediate resistance level of 104.600. On the lower side, the safe-haven currency pair may find support at the 103.719 level. The pair seems to disrupt the resistance level of 104.600, and if this happens, the USD/JPY may soar until the next resistance area of 105.030 level. The MACD and RSI support the buying trend, but we should only take buying positions over the 104.600 level today. Good luck!

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EUR/JPY Bullish Engulfing Signals Further Buying – Quick Signal Update!

During Tuesday’s early European trading session, the EUR/JPY currency pair managed to extend its overnight bullish streak and drew some further bids around closer to the 125.00 level mainly due to the market risk-on mood, which tends to undermine the safe-haven Japanese yen and contributes to the currency pair gains. Hence, the market trading sentiment was being supported by the prospects of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Across the pond, the shared currency upticks also played a significant role in underpinning the currency pair. On the contrary, the long-lasting coronavirus woes in the U.S. and Europe keep challenging the upbeat market sentiment, which becomes the key factor that kept the lid on any additional gains in the currency pair.

On the contrary, the intensifying coronavirus woes across the globe and intensifying lockdowns restrictions in Europe and the U.S. keep challenging the upbeat market performance and become the key factor that kept the lid on any additional gains in the currency pair.

In the absence of the key data/events on the day, the market traders will keep their eyes on US ISM Manufacturing PMI for November and original comments from the Fed Chair’s Testimony for fresh impetus. In addition to this, the updates about the U.S. stimulus package will also be key to watch. In the meantime, the risk catalyst like geopolitics and the virus woes, not to forget the Brexit, will not lose their importance.


Daily Support and Resistance
S1 122.99
S2 123.8
S3 124.11
Pivot Point 124.62
R1 124.93
R2 125.44
R3 126.25

The EUR/JPY has violated the resistance level of 124.780, and above this, the pair has the potential to go after the 125.530 level. However, if the EUR/JPY pair fails to stay over 124.750 support, the odds of bearish reversal will also remain solid. The leading indicator, such as MACD is supporting the buying trend. Checkout a trade setup below.

Entry Price – Buy 124.898

Stop Loss – 124.498

Take Profit – 125.298

Risk to Reward – 1:1

Profit & Loss Per Standard Lot = -$400/ +$400

Profit & Loss Per Micro Lot = -$40/ +$40

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Daily F.X. Analysis, November 30 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – ECB President Lagarde Speaks!

On the news front, the eye will remain on the ECB President Lagarde Speaks, OPEC Meetings, Chicago PMI, and Pending Home Sales m/m. The U.S. events are expected to perform badly, and the dollar index can bear a bearish hit.

Economic Events to Watch Today  


EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

The EUR/USD pair was closed at 1.19637 after placing a high of 1.19637 and a low of 1.19060. EUR/USD pair raised near its highest level since August amid the increasing risk-on sentiment. Due to Thanksgiving celebrations, the EUR/USD pair continued to move higher in the upward direction in the absence of U.S. traders.

The risk perceived EUR/USD pair gained traction on Friday after the optimism surrounding the market related to the coronavirus vaccine increased. The hopes for a quick economic recovery also increased along with the vaccine progress and supported the market’s risk sentiment that lifted the global equity market on Friday.

The news regarding vaccines from several candidates and their efficacy rates raised hopes that the economy would come back to its pre-pandemic levels, and that weighed on the safe-haven greenback. The U.S. dollar was also weak across the board after the smooth transition of the White House. Joe Biden is set to take power on January 20, and he is expected to work on a second stimulus bill that would weigh on the U.S. dollar.

The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) that measures the U.S. dollar value against the six currencies basket was also under pressure and at a new monthly low level at 91.8 level on Friday. The U.S. dollar weakness combined with the vaccine optimism added strength in the EUR/USD pair and helped it reach near its highest since mid-August level.

Meanwhile, the single currency Euro was also strong on Friday after releasing strong macroeconomic data from the European Union. At 12:00 GMT, German Import Prices for October raised to 0.3% against the expected 0.1% and supported Euro. At 12:45 GMT, the French Consumer Spending for October also raised to 3.7% from the forecasted 3.6% and supported the single currency Euro. The French Prelim CPI for November surged to 0.2% against the forecasted 0.0% and supported Euro. The French Prelim GDP for the quarter also surged to 18.7% against the anticipated 18.2% and supported Euro. The Euro’s strength added further gains in the already rising EUR/USD pair and pushed it higher on board.
The rising risk sentiment in the market also supported the stock market worldwide as the outlook of the upcoming year 2021 was improved due to the successful development of the coronavirus vaccine.

Furthermore, the victory of Joe Biden in the U.S. Presidential elections also added positivity to the market mood because he has signaled a more promising approach toward international relations, unlike Trump. Due to his promise of keeping smooth trade relations with China and other countries, the favorable global trade conditions improved the global risk sentiment and supported the riskier assets like EUR/USD pair.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.1885      1.1934

1.1859      1.1957

1.1836      1.1983

Pivot point: 1.1908

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The EUR/USD pair is trading with a bullish bias at the 1.1974 area, facing immediate resistance at the 1.1975 area. Closing of candles below this level suggests chances of bearish correction as the pair has entered the overbought zone. However, the bullish breakout of the 1.1975 level can extend the buying trend until the next resistance level of the 1.2010 level. The bullish bias remains dominants today. Let us consider taking a selling trade below the 1.1979 level, and above this, the next target stays at 1.1997.


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD pair was closed at 1.33066 after placing a high of 1.33815 and a low of 1.32856. The GBP/USD pair continued its previous day’s bearish move and extended its losses on Friday amid the increased Brexit worries. Despite the positive risk environment in the market, the currency pair GBP/USD pair posted losses for the day on Friday as the deadline for the transition period was coming closer day by day, and a deal has still not been secured. With only 34 days left for the Brexit-transition period to end, the pressure on both sides, the E.U. and the U.K., has increased to reach a deal by Saturday to complete the required paper-work legislation process in time.

Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier reached London for in-person talks after completing his quarantine, and this was the only positive news surrounding Brexit. UK PM Boris Johnson has said that the U.K. will prosper with or without a deal, and the likelihood of a deal is dependent on the E.U. There were still disagreements on Fisheries, governance, and level playing field that needed to sort out to reach a deal.

The rising uncertainty regarding Brexit has been weighing on the local currency British Pound. The E.U. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, along with the E.U. chief negotiator Barnier, said that they do not know if a deal was possible as the talks were in progress.

On Friday, Barnier told MEPs that he was prepared for a further four days of make-or-break Brexit negotiations, with growing skepticism among E.U. member states about the utility of further talks. Barnier has said that he would work through the weekend and then maybe one-or-two more days in the last-ditch attempt to bridge the large gaps between both sides and reach a deal.

E.U. sources have said that there was a growing feeling that the lack of progress and the need to prepare businesses for the consequences of a no-deal British departure from the E.U. made it unwise for talks to continue beyond then. These concerning statements from both sides have weighed on British Pound and added losses in GBP/USD pair.
Whereas, the U.K.’s foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday that the next week would be very significant for Brexit, in reply to how near the deadline was in trade talks with the European Union. He said that this was a very significant week, the last real major week, subject to further postponement.

As the last 4-6 days for securing a Brexit deal have reached, the local currency pressure also increased and weighed on Sterling that ultimately weighed o GBP/USD pair ahead of any decision despite the improved risk sentiment in the market because of vaccines progress.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3319     1.3397
1.3281     1.3437
1.3241     1.3475
Pivot point: 1.3359

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD traded in line with our previous forecast to hit the support level of 1.333, which is extended by an upward channel. On the higher side, Cable may find resistance at 1.3400 level that’s extended by the double top pattern on the two-hour timeframe. Simultaneously, the bullish crossover of the 1.3400 level is likely to open additional room for buying until the 1.3446 level. On the 4 hour timeframe, the GBP/USD pair has formed a bullish channel that supports the pair at the 1.333 area, and violation of this level on the lower side can drive a sharp selling trend until the 1.3270 mark. The RSI and MACD are suggesting a selling trend in sterling. However, I will prefer to open a buying trade over the 1.3330 area and selling trade below the same level today.


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY pair was closed at 104.064 after placing a high of 104.279 and a low of 103.904. Despite the improved risk-on market sentiment, the USD/JPY pair dropped for the second consecutive session amid the U.S. dollar weakness. The U.S. dollar weakness was driven by the increased expectations of a large-scale stimulus from the new Biden administration to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Joe Biden has been fighting to provide massive stimulus support to the economy to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. As he has won the U.S. Presidential elections and is now due to take power on January 20, the chances for a massive stimulus fiscal support to the economy has increased and weighed on the U.S. dollar.

The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) that tracks the greenback against a basket of six other currencies was down by 0.1% to a 3-months lower level at 91.8. The trade market volume was also limited, keeping the U.S. dollar under pressure due to Thanksgiving Holiday in the U.S. as many traders were enjoying a long weekend.

Meanwhile, the environment around U.S. politics also got better with President Trump’s latest decision to leave office regarding Electoral College votes for Biden. This smooth transition of power in the White House also supported the risk-on market sentiment and weighed over the safe-haven greenback that added losses in the currency pair USD/JPY.
Furthermore, on the data front, at 04:30 GMT, the Tokyo Core CPI for the year came in as -0.7% against the expected -0.6% and weighed on the Japanese Yen and capped further losses in the USD/JPY pair on Friday.
The risk-on market sentiment failed to impress the USD/JPY buyers. The traders were more focused on the U.S. dollar’s weakness instead of the rising optimism surrounding the global economic recovery due to vaccine development.

Several candidates worldwide, including Pfizer & BioNtech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca, have reported a 60-95% efficacy rate of their vaccine ad said that it would be available for use within weeks as some have applied for US FDA approval for emergency authorization use.

AstraZeneca vaccine is considered the cheapest vaccine as it can be stored at ordinary room temperature or refrigerator temperature, but it requires two dosages to reach a 90% efficacy rate. The hopes for global economic recovery and the outlook for 2021 have improved and weighed on the safe-haven U.S. dollar that ultimately added pressure on the USD/JPY pair.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

104.27      104.63

104.09      104.79

103.92      104.98

Pivot point: 104.44

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

The USD/JPY pair’s recent price action has violated the choppy trading range of 104.700 – 104.056. On the lower side, the USD/JPY pair can drop further until the next support level of 103.667 level, especially after the breakout of the 104.150 support level. On the higher side, a bullish breakout of 104.700 resistance can extend the buying trend until the next resistance area of 104.700 and 105.063 level. On the lower side, the support continues to hold around the 103.667 level. The MACD suggests selling bias in the USD/JPY pair; thus, we should consider selling trade below 104.150 and buying above the same. Good luck!

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Daily F.X. Analysis, November 27 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – French Events in Focus! 

The economic calendar is a bit muted on the last trading day of the week as investors seem to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. However, France is due to report few low impact economic events such as French Consumer Spending with a positive forecast of 3.6% vs. -5.1%, Prelim CPI m/m with a neutral forecast of 0.0%, and Prelim GDP with a neutral growth rate forecast of 18.2% vs. 18.2%. These events are likely to have a muted impact on the market today. 

 

Economic Events to Watch Today  

  


EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

The EUR/USD pair was closed at 1.19123 after placing a high of 1.19406 and a low of 1.18850. EUR/USD pair hit a fresh 2-months high on Thursday in the early trading session and started to decline and ended up posting losses for the day after the German Consumer Confidence contracted.

At 12:00GMT, the German GfK Consumer Climate in November missed the market’s expectations and dropped to -6.7 against the expected -4.9 and weighed on Euro. At 14:00 GMT, the M3 Money Supply for the year from Eurozone remained flat at 10.5%. Private Loans for the year also came in line with the expectations of 3.1%.

The Eurozone’s largest economy, Germany, appeared to struggle to shake off the coronavirus crisis as consumers’ confidence declined. The investors became cautious about it. That weighed on the single currency Euro and added in the losses of EUR/USD pair.

Furthermore, the European Central bank (ECB) published its November policy meeting minutes in which the policymakers believe that there was the possibility that pandemic might have long-lasting effects. They were cautious that pandemics might take a toll on the demand side, supply sides and reduce the economy’s growth potential.

Minutes revealed that Inflation would remain negative for longer while employment could contract further. Policymakers believed that flexibility from PEPP was essential to its continued success, and they wanted to wait for a further fiscal response before reacting instead. They were of the review that more bond-buying may not have the same impact now. There were no surprises in the minutes as Central Bank has begun to pave the way towards additional easing next December.

The single currency Euro came under pressure after releasing these minutes from the European Central Bank and weighed on EUR/USD pair on Thursday. The U.S. markets were closed due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, and as Friday is not an official holiday, thin trading is expected to extend into the weekend.

Moreover, the currency pair also followed yesterday’s release of the flash US GDP data for the third quarter that remained low at 33.1% in annualized terms and raised concerns over the world’s largest economy. The coronavirus vaccine and the U.S. stimulus talks are considered as the prevailing risks to the Federal Reserve’s outlook going ahead.

The demand for safe-haven greenback continued to slip with the global economy’s improving outlook after the release of vaccines for a deadly virus. The weak U.S. dollar kept the losses in EUR/USD pair limited on Thursday.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.1885      1.1934

1.1859      1.1957

1.1836      1.1983

Pivot point: 1.1908

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

On Friday, the direct currency pair EUR/USD is trading with a bullish bias at the 1.1912 level, holding above an immediate resistance becomes a support level of the 1.1905 level. On the higher side, the EUR/USD pair may find resistance at 1.1979, and a bullish breakout of 1.199 level can extend the upward trend until 1.1942. On the 2 hour timeframe, the EUR/USD pair has violated the symmetric triangle pattern that was extending resistance at the 1.19052 level, and now this level is working as a support. Let’s consider taking a buying trade over the 1.1905 level, and above this, the next target stays at 1.1997.


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD pair was closed at 1.33550 after a high of 1.33974 and a low of 1.33218. GBP/USD pair struggled to surpass the 1.3400 level and was unable to do so during the early European session, and after that, sellers came in and reversed the pair’s movement to as low as 1.3320 level.

The GBP/USD pair was amongst the worst performers on Thursday out of the G10 currencies, with losses of around 40 pips on the day. After posting gains for four consecutive days, the GBP/USD pair declined on Thursday. Much of the GBP/USD pair’s bullish rally was due to the U.S. dollar’s weakness following the U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s victory at the start of the month was also escalated by the combination of vaccine optimism and the increasingly dovish tone of the FOMC.

Federal Reserve is expected to squeeze their asset purchase program in December to offer the economy more stimulus because of the rising number of coronavirus cases across the States that has forced the local governments to impose a second lockdown, as the fiscal stimulus from Congress remains indefinable.

Meanwhile, British Pound has also performed significantly better during this month as the hopes surrounding the Brexit deal were higher after the French compromise over the fisheries issue. An agreement over one sticking point also revealed progress made in the Brexit agreement and supported the Sterling that added gains in GBP/USD pair. Furthermore, the vaccine development from Pfizer & BioNtech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca also gave strength to the GBP/USD pair after adding demand for the market’s risk sentiment.

However, on Thursday, the tone behind GBP/USD was changed somewhat after the hopes for a Brexit deal started to fade away. Many reports suggested that the remaining key sticking issues related to Ireland and level playing field were proving to be very hard to reach an agreement. During Thursday’s European session, the Irish Foreign Minister said that Brexit’s outstanding issues were proving to be complicated. E.U. sources also reported that talks between the E.U. and the U.K. were not going well. Simultaneously, the French Foreign Minister put public pressure on the U.K. to adopt a more realistic negotiating stance on Wednesday that faded the optimistic tone around the market and weighed on GBP/USD pair.

During the Thanksgiving Holiday in the U.S. and, in the absence of any macroeconomic data from the U.K., the GBP/USD pair continued following the latest headlines and dropped on Thursday.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3318      1.3394

1.3282      1.3434

1.3242      1.3470

Pivot point: 1.3358

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD traded in line with our previous forecast to hit the support level of 1.333, which is extended by an upward channel. On the higher side, Cable may find resistance at 1.3400 level that’s extended by the double top pattern on the two-hour timeframe. Simultaneously, the bullish crossover of the 1.3400 level is likely to open additional room for buying until the 1.3446 level. On the 4 hour timeframe, the GBP/USD pair has formed a bullish channel that supports the pair at the 1.333 area, and violation of this level on the lower side can drive a sharp selling trend until the 1.3270 mark. The RSI and MACD are suggesting a selling trend in sterling. However, I will prefer to open a buying trade over the 1.3330 area and selling trade below the same level today. 


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY pair was closed at 104.233 after placing a high of 104.479 and a low of 104.214. On Thursday, the U.S. dollar was down in early trading session subdued by weak U.S. economic data. The optimism surrounding the coronavirus vaccines prompted investors to seek out riskier assets instead of safe-haven. The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) was down on Thursday against the basket of six major currencies by 0.3% at 91.97 level, the lowest level in more than two months as the volume was limited due to the holiday in the U.S. for Thanksgiving.

In late Wednesday, the Federal Reserve released the minutes of its last monetary policy meeting, and they showed that Fed members debated on a range of options on bond purchases to support the recovery, including pivoting to purchases of longer-term securities that could put more pressure on the dollar by keeping longer-term yield unattractively low. These comments from the Fed weighed on the U.S. dollar and added pressure on the USD/JPY pair on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the number of global coronavirus cases reached above 60 million on Thursday, out of which 12.7 million were from the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University. Many states in the U.S. started to impose restrictive measures to curb the increasing numbers of coronavirus cases that led to more job losses, weighed on the U.S. dollar, and kept the USD/JPY pair under pressure.

Positive data from 3 vaccine candidates and their efficacies, along with a smoother transition to Joe Biden administration in the U.S., added pressure on the greenback and forced investors to move towards riskier currencies. Reports also suggested that the Fed’s monetary easing was on its way that continued weighing on the greenback and added pressure on the USD/JPY pair. Apart from this, a mixed performance in the European equity markets provided a modest lift to the safe-haven Japanese yen that ultimately contributed to the USD/JPY pair’s fall on Thursday.

Due to the absence of any macroeconomic data on the day and the thin liquidity conditions due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, the pair USD/JPY continued following the last day’s economic data of Unemployment claims that showed a negative labor market report and added pressure on the pair.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

104.27      104.63

104.09      104.79

103.92      104.98

Pivot point: 104.44

USD/JPY – Trading Tips

The USD/JPY pair’s recent price action has violated the choppy trading range of 104.700 – 104.056. On the lower side, the USD/JPY pair can drop further until the next support level of 103.667 level, especially after the breakout of the 104.150 support level. On the higher side, a bullish breakout of 104.700 resistance can extend the buying trend until the next resistance area of 104.700 and 105.063 level. On the lower side, the support continues to hold around the 103.667 level. The MACD suggests selling bias in the USD/JPY pair; thus, we should consider selling trade below 104.150 and buying above the same. Good luck! 

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Beware of these Supply and Demand Zones on the GBPJPY

The short-term overview for the GBPJPY pair reveals the sideways movement in a trading range bounded by its 90-day high and low range between levels of 133.040 and 142.714. The cross recently developed a rally that found resistance in the bullish sentiment zone resistance located on 140.296, where the GBPJPY presents a set of scenarios.

Technical Overview

The following 12-hour chart illustrates the short-term market participants’ sentiment bounded by the 90-day high and low range. The figure presents a bullish bias that remains active since the GBPJPY found fresh buyers on 133.040.

After the cross found resistance at 140.296, the price action retraced it until a neutral zone located on 137.877, forming an intraday sideways channel that suggests a pause in the short-term bullish cycle.

On the other hand, the following figure unveils that the retail traders’ market sentiment is positioned on the bearish side. As the chart shows, 75% of retail traders hold their positioning on the sell-side, which is contrarian.

(source: myfxbook.com)

In this context, we can see that numerous retail traders are expecting a downward movement, while the price action remains moving in the bullish sentiment without exposing a reversal pattern. Thus, it is plausible the GBPJPY pair could develop a new upward movement.

Short-term Technical Outlook

The short-term Elliott Wave view shows a movement inside an incomplete corrective wave of Minor degree, labeled in green, which could be in its wave C

The following chart shows the price action developing an upward corrective rally, which could correspond to a wave (ii) or (b) of Minute degree identified in green. In this context, the following movement should correspond to wave (iii) or (c).

Under this scenario, if the supply zone between 139.831 and 140.315 confirms the end of the current second segment, in blue, GBPJPY should begin a decline to the first demand zone between 137.594 and 137.196. Moreover, the market action could extend its down move toward the next demand zone between 134.997 and 134.404.

An alternative scenario considers the possibility of the price extending its advance beyond the 140.315 level. In this case, the GBPJPY could find fresh sellers in the next supply zone between 141.759 and 142.714. The pair could complete its wave B in green and start to weaken, developing the wave C subdivided into a five-wave sequence with a potential target in the demand zones identified in green.

Finally, the invalidation level of the bearish scenario is set above the origin of wave A in green at 142.714

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Daily F.X. Analysis, November 26 – Top Trade Setups In Forex – Thanksgiving Day! 

The economic calendar is a bit muted amid the Thanksgiving holiday. Most Forex brokers remain open for every holiday except Christmas and New Year’s Day. Stock markets and banks have slightly different holiday schedules. In addition to this, the eyes will remain on ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts during the European session. It’s a detailed record of the ECB Governing Board’s most recent meeting, providing in-depth insights into the economic conditions that influenced their decision on where to set interest rates. 

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EUR/USD – Daily Analysis

The EUR/USD pair closed at 1.19136 after placing a high of 1.18959 and a low of 1.18334. EUR/USD pair extended its upward momentum on Wednesday amid the broad-based U.S. dollar weakness and the rising optimism around the market. 

The risk sentiment was triggered by the latest vaccine development that suggested a quick economic recovery and pushed riskier assets like EUR/USD pair on the higher levels. The currency pair EUR/USD rose and placed fresh highs on Wednesday after reaching its highest level since mid-August.

The U.S. dollar was weak on Wednesday after the release of mixed and depressing data from the U.S. The Unemployment claims rose unexpectedly and weighed on the U.S. dollar, and supported the upward momentum in EUR/USD pair.

On the data front, there was no data from the Europe side on Wednesday, while from the U.S., at 18:30 GMT, the Prelim Gross Domestic Product for the third quarter came in line with the anticipations of 33.1%. The Unemployment Claims from last week rose to 778K against the projected 732K and weighed on the U.S. dollar. The Core Durable Goods Orders for October rose to 1.3% against the estimated 0.5% and supported the U.S. dollar. The Durable Goods Orders also rose to 1.3% from the projected 1.0% and helped the U.S. dollar. The Goods Trade Balance from the U.S. for October came in as forecasted -80.3B. The Prelim Wholesale Inventories for October rose to 0.9% against the estimated 0.4% and weighed on the U.S. dollar that added strength to EUR/USD pair.

At 18:36 GMT, the Prelim GDP Price Index for the third quarter also remained as expected at 3.6%. At 20:00 GMT, the Revised UoM Consumer Sentiment for November also came in line with the projections of 76.9. The Core PCE Price Index for October remained flat with the predictions of 0.0%. The New Home Sales for October surged to 999K against the anticipated 972K and supported the U.S. dollar. The Personal Income declined to -0.7% from the projected 0.0% and weighed on the U.S. dollar added in the gains of EUR/USD pair. The Personal Spending raised to 0.5% from the forecasted 0.4% and supported the U.S. dollar. The Revised UoM Inflation Expectations also came in line as expected at 2.8%.

On Wednesday, the European Central Bank released its review on the economy’s financial stability. The central bank warned that European banks would not see profits return to the pre-pandemic level before 2022. According to ECB, the Eurozone leaders have struggled to make sizeable profits over the last decade after the 2008 global financial crisis with more robust regulatory scrutiny and low-interest rates. While the recent coronavirus crisis has worsened bottom lines further, and that will continue to affect the financial sector in the coming months.

In simple words, the banks’ profitability will remain weak, which could hurt their ability to lend money to businesses and individuals that would also reflect the economy’s weak health. These comments from ECB failed to break the upward momentum of the EUR/USD pair on Wednesday.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.1888     1.1936

1.1861     1.1957

1.1841     1.1984

Pivot point: 1.1909

EUR/USD– Trading Tip

The EUR/USD is trading with a bullish bias at the 1.1936 level, holding below an immediate resistance level of 1.1979. On the higher side, the EUR/USD pair may find resistance at 1.1979, and a bullish breakout of 1.199 level can extend the upward trend until 1.1942. On the 2 hour timeframe, the EUR/USD pair has violated the symmetric triangle pattern that was extending resistance at the 1.19052 level, and now this level is working as a support. Let’s consider taking a buying trade over the 1.1905 level, and above this, the next target stays at 1.1997.


GBP/USD – Daily Analysis

The GBP/USD pair closed at 1.33864 after a high of 1.33935 and a low of 1.33037. GBP/USD pair extended its gains for the 4th consecutive session on Wednesday amid the U.S. dollar weakness and the rising global market confidence due to vaccine progress. Meanwhile, the currency pair GBP/USD also remained under pressure on Wednesday after the Brexit uncertainty returned to the market.

The GBP/USD pair has been trading with an upside bias since the start of this week due to rising optimism in the market regarding the latest vaccine developments. Pfizer and BioNtech first reported its vaccine’s efficacy rate, followed by Moderna and AstraZeneca within two weeks. The back to back vaccine progress and the fact that Pfizer and BioNtech have already filed for emergency use authorization of their vaccine and others being in line for it has further supported the market’s risk sentiment.

The risk perceived GBP/USD pair gained traction and saw a jump in demand on expectations that the U.K. and the E.U. were getting closer to reaching a deal on Brexit. However, on Wednesday, the lack of recent progress raised uncertainty in the market and weighed on British Pound.

The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian recently commented that British proposals in the latest negotiations were insufficient. He also accused the U.K. of slowing talks over secondary subjects and playing with the calendar. He urged that securing a deal over fisheries will not be the adjustment variable in the talks.

Meanwhile, a BBC reporter Katya Adler also tweeted that E.U. sources have said that there were doubts about the E.U. Brexit negotiator Michelle Barnier going to London to negotiate once he leaves quarantine on Friday and that the talks were not going well. These updates were also confirmed by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who said on Wednesday morning that she could not say if there will be a deal and the next few days would be decisive.

All this Brexit news dented the expectations that the two sides will eventually reach a deal on key sticking points. However, market participants decided not to react to such news for Wednesday and continued following the market’s optimism.

On the data front, at 18:30 GMT, the Prelim Gross Domestic Product for the third quarter remained flat with the expectations of 33.1%. The Unemployment Claims from last week surged to 778K against the anticipated 732K and weighed on the U.S. dollar. 

The Core Durable Goods Orders for October raised to 1.3% against the forecasted 0.5% and supported the U.S. dollar. The Durable Goods Orders increased to 1.3% from the estimated 1.0% and helped the U.S. dollar. The Goods Trade Balance from the U.S. for October remained flat at -80.3B. The Prelim Wholesale Inventories for October raised to 0.9% against the projected 0.4% and weighed on the U.S. dollar that added strength to GBP/USD pair.

At 18:36 GMT, the Prelim GDP Price Index for the third quarter also came in line with the projections of 3.6%. At 20:00 GMT, the Revised UoM Consumer Sentiment for November also remained flat at 76.9. The Core PCE Price Index for October stayed the same at 0.0%. The New Home Sales for October raised to 999K against the estimated 972K and supported the U.S. dollar. The Personal Income fell to -0.7% from the forecasted 0.0% and weighed on the U.S. dollar added in the GBP/USD pair’s gains. The Personal Spending rose to 0.5% from the projected 0.4% and supported the U.S. dollar. Revised UoM Inflation Expectations also remained flat at 2.8%.

Daily Technical Levels

Support   Resistance

1.3325     1.3416

1.3269     1.3451

1.3235     1.3507

Pivot Point: 1.3360

GBP/USD– Trading Tip

The GBP/USD is trading bullish around 1.3396 level, facing resistance at 1.3400 level. The resistance level is extended by the double top pattern at 1.3400 level, and a bullish crossover of 1.3400 level is likely to open further room for buying until 1.3446 level. On the 4 hour timeframe, the GBP/USD pair has formed a bullish channel that supports the pair at the 1.333 area. The RSI and MACD are suggesting a buying trend in sterling. However, I will prefer to open a buying trade over the 1.3396 area today. 


USD/JPY – Daily Analysis

The USD/JPY pair closed at 104.456 after a high of 104.596 and a low of 104.253. The USD/JPY pair stayed relatively low, around 104.5 level for the majority of the day, and remained more down during the American trading hours due to mixed macroeconomic data releases from the U.S.

The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) edged lower in the late American session, remained at the 91.97 level, and kept the U.S. dollar depressed. On the data front, at 18:30 GMT, the Prelim Gross Domestic Product for the third quarter remained flat at 33.1%. The Unemployment Claims from last week rose to 778K against the expected 732K and weighed on the U.S. dollar. The Core Durable Goods Orders for October rose to 1.3% against the expected 0.5% and supported the U.S. dollar. The Durable Goods Orders surged to 1.3% from the anticipated 1.0% and helped the U.S. dollar. 

The Goods Trade Balance from the U.S. for October remain