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Monday, 22 December 2014 - Market Commentary
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: EUR/USD is weaker having traded to the top of its recent range and come near the top of the long term down trend dating from its June 2011 high up at 1.48 . We expect this to be a heavy resistance zone and we may see some choppy moves around this 1.3250 – 1.3350 range. Relative interest rates have provided for recent strength in EUR, and are likely to provide for further support ahead of next week’s FOMC given the focus on the Fed’s forward guidance thresholds. The ECB meeting two days later on August 1st will be a key focus as market participants look to Draghi for his reaction to both the improving outlook for Europe (PMI’s) and the implications of the recent strengthening in Euro.
We expect a range today of 1.3240 to 1.3290
Charts : EUR/USD USD/EUR
: GBP/USD is weaker falling to near term support around 1.5370 – The pair has been trading in a narrow range all week, and we should see this move develop and give new direction coming into next week’s more data heavy calendar which will include on Thursday, the UK MPC minutes and interest rate decision, and on Friday the US non-farm payrolls numbers.
We expect a range today of 1.5330 to 1.5400
Charts : GBP/USD USD/GBP
: The Loonie continues to trade in last week’s range, with no significant data for North America the focus will remain on oil prices and end of year positioning. The CFTC data showed the bullish sentiment for the USD is softening as the longs held against all majors narrowed through the week. Saudi Arabian Oil Minister confirmed they will not budge on oil production and called out non OPEC members to cut if they feel the need. His comments continued on to settle markets as he highlighted that a lower oil price will help the global economy to recover and in time increase demand for oil.
We expect a range today of 1.1560 to 1.1650
Charts : USD/CAD CAD/USD
: USD/JPY has seen significant weakness today, falling back below the 100 level. The Yen strength was caused by market perception of a “stronger” than expected CPI number, coming in at 0.2% vs 0.1% expected and indicating an increase of inflation in line with the BOJ policies. However, looking at the various components which make up this number we can see that the core drivers of inflation have come from higher energy prices and higher food costs – indicating “bad” cost push inflation, instead of “good” demand pull inflation (via increasing wages). This is not a good sign for the long term health of Japanese companies or the economy.
We expect a range today of 98.00 to 98.60
Charts : USD/JPY JPY/USD
US Stocks have maintained their update trajectory overnight, notching up their biggest three day rally in three years. Whilst there have been no substantial developments overnight to upset the consensus view that the US remains on track to record modest growth next year data did show that the purchase of previously owned US homes dropped by a greater than expected amount in November. In currency developments overnight volatility levels have tumbled in what appears to be a low liquidity environment. Maintaining its strength when valued against the Japanese Yen this morning (119.979), the Euro also opens steady at a rate of 1.2221. In what’s shaping up as the final major hurdle before the Christmas break investors will be watching closely Final GDP and Durable Goods Orders from the United States this evening.
Data releases
No data today
NZD: Trade Balance
Bank Holiday
GBP: Current Account, Final GDP q/q
Charts : USD/EUR EUR/USD USD/JPY

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