Yesterday, U.S. Jobless claims affected all major currencies and pairs when the Unemployment Claims came in higher than expected. Today, traders should look to continue following reports out of the EU Economic Summit as it goes into its second day. U.S. Existing Home Sales will also be released at 14:00 GMT, which will be a good indicator for trading in many currencies and commodities.
Forex Market Trends
USD – U.S. Jobless Claims Erase Greenback Gains
On Thursday, the EUR/USD held steady around 1.3100 in the afternoon trading session after data showed applications for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped to 388K in the week ending Oct. 13th, erasing gains in the greenback from the prior week, and the GBP/USD fully retraced its rally on better than expected UK Retail Sales during the London session with a beginning low of 1.6115 to reach a high of 1.6170 before declining to a low of 1.6120.
Today, look to the U.S. Existing Home Sales to be released at 14:00 GMT as a leading indicator of economic health. A better than expected result today may signal positive changes in the U.S. economy and could help the dollar in afternoon trading.
EUR – 2nd Day of EU Economic Summit
Yesterday was the first day of the EU Economic Summit. The euro hit a five-month high against the yen, 104.13, during Thursday afternoon trading, buoyed by solid demand at a Spanish bond sale and greater optimism on the global economy. Yesterday, the Swiss Franc continued its declining trend against the euro that it started about a month ago.
Today, euro traders will want to pay attention to the euro-zone German PPI and Current Account data, scheduled to be released at 6:00 GMT and 8:00 GMT, respectively. The EU Economic Summit meets all day today, for the second day, to discuss Spain, Greece, banking union, and plans for monetary and economic integration. If the EU Economic Summit suddenly voices a pessimistic note with regards to the euro-zone economic recovery, the common-currency could turn bearish during mid-day trading.
CAD – Canadian Core PPI and PPI On Tap
Canadian Whole Sales numbers were released better than expected yesterday at 0.5%. After bottoming out in the 0.9763 region Thursday morning (session low), the USD/CAD has pared its losses on the heels of economic data in both the United States and Canada, whereby regaining over 35 pips to test the 0.9800 range again during the waning stages of European trading Thursday. The EUR/CAD rose throughout Thursday trading and seeing about a 20 pip jump upward at 14:30 GMT.
Today, there are two major Canadian news releases Canadian investors should note, Canadian Core CPI and Canadian CPI, to be released at 12:30 GMT. Any better than expected Canadian data could result in the CAD recouping some of yesterday’s losses against the euro.
Crude Oil – Crude Oil Falls to $90.65
Crude Oil dropped to $90.65 a barrel in early Thursday afternoon trading, pressured by signs of a healthier supply outlook and a rise in U.S. jobless claims, offsetting Chinese data signaling stabilization in the economy of the world’s second-largest oil consumer. Then after a few hours of trading, crude oil had recouped its losses.
As for today, traders are advised to watch carefully after the leading stock markets and the major economic indicators which will be published from the U.S. and Euro-Zone, such as U.S. Existing Home Sales and EU Current Account data, in order to predict next movements in oil prices.
The EUR/USD cross has experienced a bullish trend for the past week. However, it seems that this trend may be coming to an end. For example, the weekly chart’s Stochastic Slow signals that a bearish reversal is imminent. A downward trend today is also supported by Williams Percent Range. Going short with tight stops may turn out to pay off today.
The cross has experienced much bullishness in the last 2 days, and currently stands at the 1.6125 level. There is much evidence in the chart’s oscillators that supports a possible bearish correction today. This is supported by weekly chart’s Slow Stochastic. Going short with tight stops may turn out to bring big profits today.
The USD/CHF cross has experienced a bearish trend for the past 2 weeks. However, it seems that this trend may be coming to an end. The Williams Percent Range of the Weekly chart shows the pair floating in the over-sold territory, indicating that an upward correction will happen anytime soon. Going long with tight stops might be a wise choice.
The pair has been range-trading for a while now, with no specific direction. The Daily chart’s Slow Stochastic providing us with mixed signals. The 4 hour charts do not provide a clear direction as well. Waiting for a clearer sign on the hourlies chart might be a good strategy today.
The Wild Card
DAX prices rose significantly in the last week and peaked at 7440.75. However, the daily charts’ RSI is floating in an overbought territory suggesting that a recent upwards trend is loosing steam and a bearish correction is impending. This might be a good opportunity for forex traders to enter the trend at a very early stage.
Written by Forexyard.com