Greenback Rebounds from 6-Week Low

The U.S Dollar rose against most other major currencies Tuesday, as comments by Ben Bernanke eased concerns that policy-makers won’t act decisively to head off inflation spawned by efforts to counter the credit crisis. The Federal Reserve Board chairman’s testimony was favorable for the USD, as his assessment on the U.S. economy revived the greenback’s safe-haven appeal.

Economic News

USD – Dollar Rises on Increased Risk Aversion

The U.S. Dollar rebounded while U.S. stocks retreated yesterday after initial gains were overshadowed by cautious outlooks on the economy from corporate executives and Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke. As a result, the USD finished yesterday trading session 100 pips higher against the GBP at the1.6410 level. The greenback also saw bullishness against the EUR and closed at 1.4175.

U.S. government debt prices rose sharply on Bernanke’s comments that an easy money policy would likely be needed for an extended period. Moreover, risk appetite had increased in the past few days after stronger-than-expected U.S. corporate earnings. The latest to report higher-than-expected quarterly results was manufacturer and Dow component Caterpillar Inc. yesterday.

Looking ahead to today, the most important economic indicator scheduled to be released from the U.S. is the Crude Oil Inventories report at 14:30 GMT. Traders will be paying close attention to today’s announcement as it has the potential to boost the USD in the short-term. Traders are also advised to follow Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke’s testimony at around 14:00 GMT. This testimony is very important as it is very likely to impact the Dollar’s volatility. Traders are advised to watch closely, as this is likely to set the pace of the USD going into the rest of the week’s trading.

EUR – EUR and GBP Erase Gaines on all Fronts

The EUR weakened against most of its major currency rivals yesterday on concerns CIT Group Inc. may file for bankruptcy, renewing demand for a refuge. By yesterday’s close, the EUR fell against the JPY, pushing the oft-traded currency pair to 133.17. The EUR experienced similar behavior against the CHF and closed at 1.5160.

The British Pound also fell against the U.S Dollar as a report showed the U.K budget deficit climbed in June to the highest per month since records began in 1993, fueling concern the government will struggle to find buyers for its assets. The drop pushed the GBP down from near the highest level this month against the Dollar. The budget shortfall rose to 13 billion Pounds from 7.5 billion a year earlier. Gilts reversed earlier declines after Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben S. Bernanke told Congress that policy makers will keep Interest Rates “exceptionally low.”

Today, there is plenty of economic news coming from the Euro-Zone that will determine the GBP and EUR levels by the end of today’s trading. From the Euro-Zone, there are the European Industrial New Orders, and French Consumer Spending figures. From Britain, the most important news will be the MPC Meeting Minutes and CBI Industrial Order Expectations figures. All these news events will be important in helping set the strength of the GBP and EUR in this week’s trading.

JPY – Yen Strengthens on Bernanke Testimony

Japan’s currency rose against most of its major counterparts after Bernanke mentioned that at some point the Fed “will need to tighten monetary policy” to counter the emergence of an inflationary problem. The Yen also advanced from near a 2 week low against the U.S dollar on speculation Japanese exporters bought the currency after its 1.8% decline last week.

Traders today have very little fundamental news emanating from Japan as the only indicator being released is the trade balance report. Analysts forecast the figure to increase from its previous reading. This indicator typically generates small amounts of volatility. However, the USD and the GBP appear to be clutching the reins of today’s market. Traders would be wise to note its future direction as it usually carries a heavy impact on the other currencies.

Crude Oil – Oil Stabilizes after Steady Appreciation

Crude Oil slid down slightly, to just above $65 a barrel, on Wednesday, after data showing an unexpected rise in U.S. crude stocks underscored worries about persistently weak demand from the world’s top oil user. The U.S. crude oil stockpiles rose unexpectedly last week as domestic refining activity slumped, the American Petroleum Institute (API) said on Tuesday. However, firm equity markets and a weak Dollar could lend some support to Oil, analysts say.

Crude prices climbed 8.7% for the past week as investors bought futures on expectations of higher fuel demand. Optimism that the worst of the global recession is over followed gains in U.S. leading economic indicators and as financial service companies said earnings climbed.

The release of more closely watched U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data later in the day could confirm the API bearish figures, and will set the trading tone for the commodities market. The EIA will unveil its report at 14:30 GMT.

Technical News

The sustained upward movement of this pair has begun to push the long-term oscillators, such as the daily chart’s RSI, into the over-bought territory. This appears to be putting downward pressure on the price of this pair as it has begun to level off. As momentum shifts into a downward posture, going short with tight stops might be a good strategy.
This pair’s recent drop in value continues to hold the price in the over-sold territory on the RSI of the 4-hour and the hourly charts, signaling upward pressure. While the momentum appears to remain downward, we may likely see a number of upward corrections throughout the day. Buying on the lows and selling on the highs of these fluctuations will be a good strategy today.
Recently, the pair has peaked at the 94.30 level and has been dropping ever since. A bearish cross on the daily chart’s Slow Stochastic suggests that the bearish move might have more steam in it. Going short with tight stops could be the right choice today.
There is a very accurate bearish channel forming on the daily chart as the pair is now floating in the bottom of it. Currently, as all oscillators on the daily chart are pointing down, it seems that the downtrend will extend. Going short might be a good strategy today.

The Wild Card

Crude Oil
It seems that the bullish momentum is still relevant, and that Oil is heading up with plenty of room to run. This can clearly be seen on the 4-hour, daily and hourly charts as all Slow Stochastic and RSI indicators are pointing upwards. Forex traders have a great opportunity to join the bullish move at a very early stage and with a great entry price.

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