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May 24, 2012

Markets in Need of Reassuring, Risk Positive News; Technicals Oversold

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By Joel Kruger, Technical Strategist for DailyFX.com

  • Risk correlated assets looking for short-term relief
  • Global equities very well offered and in need of bounce
  • No fundamental catalyst for risk reversal as of yet
  • G8 Summit fails to inspire any renewed optimism
  • Eurozone leadership will scramble to avoid Greek exit

Risk correlated currencies will certainly be looking for some relief this week after taking huge hits over the past several days to leave short-term technical studies well oversold. Global equities will also welcome some form of a bounce as they too are well stretched. However, at this point, there is no fundamental catalyst to speak of that could really justify such resurgence in risk appetite. The Euro has managed to find some suspicious bids in recent trade, after stalling ahead of the 2012 lows from January, while other currencies have also found similar bids into Monday.

The G8 Summit has come and gone and as was widely expected (at least from our end), the meeting proved to be a non-factor in terms of coming up with any material solutions on Greece and the Eurozone crisis. From here, there will be a lot of pressure on Eurozone leadership and the European Central Bank to take action to find a credible solution that will not compromise the current Eurozone structure. As we outlined in the previous week, while a Greek exit alone would not necessarily be the worst thing, the impact and symbolic message from such an exit would be far worse, as it would open the door for contagion and a potential exit from other peripheral Eurozone countries.

 

ECONOMIC CALENDAR

TECHNICAL OUTLOOK

EUR/USD: The market remains under intense pressure and the focus for now is squarely on a retest of the 2012 lows from January at 1.2625. While we would not rule out a possibility of a test of this level over the coming sessions, short-term technical studies are well oversold and are showing a need for some form of a corrective bounce from where a fresh lower top is sought out. Ultimately however, any rallies should now be very well capped by previous support turned resistance at 1.3000 in favor of additional weakness over the medium-term that projects deeper setbacks into the lower 1.2000′s.

USD/JPY: The market continues to consolidate around 80.00 and is in the process of looking for a medium-term higher low ahead of the next major upside extension back above the yearly highs at 84.20 and towards 90.00 further up. However, for the time being it remains in question whether the market will still head lower towards the 200-Day SMA by 78.50 before ultimately reversing higher. The key level to watch above comes in by 80.60, and a break and close above this level will officially alleviate downside pressures and suggest that a higher low has now been carved in the 79.00′s.

GBP/USD: The market remains under intense pressure since breaking back below 1.6000 and setbacks could now extend towards next key support in he 1.5600 area over the coming sessions. Still, daily studies are now stretched and we would prefer looking to sell into rallies towards 1.6000 where a fresh lower top is sought out.

USD/CHF: Overall the structure remains highly constructive and we continue to project additional upside over the coming months back above parity. For now, the latest break and close above 0.9335 is expected to accelerate gains for a retest of the yearly highs by 0.9600, while any intraday pullbacks should be very well supported ahead of 0.9200. Ultimately, only back under 0.9000 would negate outlook and give reason for pause.

 

— Written by Joel Kruger, Technical Currency Strategist

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May 23, 2012

US Dollar Index Classical Technical Report 05.22

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The market has now taken out some major resistance by 10,100 to open the door for fresh upside and a bullish continuation over the coming weeks. Next key resistance comes in by the 10,300 area, although, with daily studies now overbought, look for opportunities to buy on dips back towards 10,000 where a fresh higher low is now sought out.

May 22, 2012

US Dollar Index Classical Technical Report 05.21

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The market has now taken out some major resistance by 10,100 to open the door for fresh upside and a bullish continuation over the coming weeks. Next key resistance comes in by the 10,300 area, although, with daily studies now overbought, look for opportunities to buy on dips back towards 10,000 where a fresh higher low is now sought out.

May 21, 2012

European Central Bank and European Leadership Need to Step Up Now

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By Joel Kruger, Technical Strategist for DailyFX.com

  • Eurozone leadership needs to step up now
  • Impact of Greek exit would be catastrophic
  • Currencies oversold and still in need of some corrective action

We have now reached a point where a serious emergence of leadership in the Eurozone is needed. While some would argue that a Greece exit would be best, as it would rid the rest of the Eurozone from having to deal with the Greek financial crisis, we contend that a Greek exit would be catastrophic, as it would only open the door for exits by other ailing economies within the Eurozone. It is true that in the grand scheme, Greece is a rather small threat to the broader economy, but if investors started to expect such exits from other countries as a result, this would truly be an unwelcome development which would significantly undermine the Euro’s prospects.

As such, we feel that the proper response, in the interests of stability, is for Eurozone leadership to act fast and make the necessary commitment to ensure that they will be there through the worst of times, despite the costs associated with such a commitment. It is easy to stay loyal and show commitment when it is not needed, but it is in times of crisis when one is really tested to step up and back up convictions. Now is the time for European leadership to step up and swallow whatever necessary to keep the local and global economy from slipping deeper into the abyss. One of the major critiques of the Eurozone is the ability for so many different countries to stand together under one economic umbrella. Clearly this is now being tested, and the only way to respond, is through a unified commitment at whatever the cost.

 

ECONOMIC CALENDAR

TECHNICAL OUTLOOK

EUR/USD: The market remains under intense pressure and the focus for now is squarely on a retest of the 2012 lows from January at 1.2625. While we would not rule out a possibility of a test of this level over the coming sessions, short-term technical studies are well oversold and are showing a need for some form of a corrective bounce from where a fresh lower top is sought out. Ultimately however, any rallies should now be very well capped by previous support turned resistance at 1.3000 in favor of additional weakness over the medium-term that projects deeper setbacks into the lower 1.2000′s.

USD/JPY: The market continues to consolidate around 80.00 and is in the process of looking for a medium-term higher low ahead of the next major upside extension back above the yearly highs at 84.20 and towards 90.00 further up. However, for the time being it remains in question whether the market will still head lower towards the 200-Day SMA by 78.50 before ultimately reversing higher. The key level to watch above comes in by 80.60, and a break and close above this level will officially alleviate downside pressures and suggest that a higher low has now been carved in the 79.00′s.

GBP/USD: The latest daily close below 1.6050 now opens the door for an acceleration of declines over the coming days back down towards next key support in the 1.5800′s. At this point, look for any intraday rallies to be very well capped ahead of 1.6200, while only back above 1.6300 would negate outlook and give reason for pause.

USD/CHF: Overall the structure remains highly constructive and we continue to project additional upside over the coming months back above parity. For now, the latest break and close above 0.9335 is expected to accelerate gains for a retest of the yearly highs by 0.9600, while any intraday pullbacks should be very well supported ahead of 0.9200. Ultimately, only back under 0.9000 would negate outlook and give reason for pause.

 

— Written by Joel Kruger, Technical Currency Strategist

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May 20, 2012

Friday’s Session Kicks Off in Apocalyptic Fashion; Where is the Bottom?

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By Joel Kruger, Technical Strategist for DailyFX.com

  • Panic, fear and uncertainty take hold of markets
  • Euro looking to establish below 2012 lows from January
  • Yen starts to find renewed bids on flight to safety status
  • Eurozone political turmoil fuels intensified risk off trade
  • Rating agency downgrades and Greek political developments weigh

The risk liquidation continues into Friday, and markets to this point have shown no real interest in any form of a bounce. The US Dollar and Yen have been the prime beneficiaries on their flight to safety status, while the Swiss Franc is still not participating given the aggressive SNB intervention measures. We wonder how much it is costing the SNB to keep the EUR/CHF cross propped above 1.2000, especially in these intense risk-off markets. At this point, the Euro should accelerate to test the yearly lows from January by 1.2625, although any additional declines from there would be hard to comprehend in light of the severely oversold daily technical studies.

Elsewhere, US equities are now testing some key support levels, while gold has finally found some bids ahead of $1500. It certainly isn’t common to see so many analysts bearish on the Euro and risk in general. We have seen even the most aggressive Euro bulls retract their positions, and these include some larger banks, hedge funds and even central banks.

Moving on, Moody’s downgrade of 16 Spanish banks, along with Spanish yields rising back above 6% has not helped matters, while comments from Greek SYRIZA leader Tsipras that his party will not join the any pro-bailout coalition only weighs further on risk sentiment. European leadership needs to step up and offer a solution; otherwise, we could see additional risk liquidation over the coming hours. It is more than likely that the burden will fall on the European Central Bank, and the introduction of a Eurobond or additional bond buying could offer some relief. Other tools at the ECB’s disposal include the LTRO and the ability to cut rates, both of which would also likely be viewed as a risk positive. One thing is for sure, the G8 Summit kicks off today and we should expect nothing from this front in terms of any helpful solutions.

 

ECONOMIC CALENDAR

TECHNICAL OUTLOOK

EUR/USD: The market remains under intense pressure and the focus for now is squarely on a retest of the 2012 lows from January at 1.2625. While we would not rule out a possibility of a test of this level over the coming sessions, short-term technical studies are well oversold and are showing a need for some form of a corrective bounce from where a fresh lower top is sought out. Ultimately however, any rallies should now be very well capped by previous support turned resistance at 1.3000 in favor of additional weakness over the medium-term that projects deeper setbacks into the lower 1.2000′s.

USD/JPY: The market continues to consolidate around 80.00 and is in the process of looking for a medium-term higher low ahead of the next major upside extension back above the yearly highs at 84.20 and towards 90.00 further up. However, for the time being it remains in question whether the market will still head lower towards the 200-Day SMA by 78.50 before ultimately reversing higher. The key level to watch above comes in by 80.60, and a break and close above this level will officially alleviate downside pressures and suggest that a higher low has now been carved in the 79.00′s.

GBP/USD: The market remains under intense pressure since breaking back below 1.6000 and setbacks could now extend towards next key support in he 1.5600 area over the coming sessions. Still, daily studies are now stretched and we would prefer looking to sell into rallies towards 1.5900 where a fresh lower top is sought out.

USD/CHF: Overall the structure remains highly constructive and we continue to project additional upside over the coming months back above parity. For now, the latest break and close above 0.9335 is expected to accelerate gains for a retest of the yearly highs by 0.9600, while any intraday pullbacks should be very well supported ahead of 0.9200. Ultimately, only back under 0.9000 would negate outlook and give reason for pause.

 

— Written by Joel Kruger, Technical Currency Strategist

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May 19, 2012

US Dollar Index Classical Technical Report 05.18

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The market has now taken out some major resistance by 10,100 to open the door for fresh upside and a bullish continuation over the coming weeks. Next key resistance comes in by the 10,300 area, although, with daily studies now overbought, look for opportunities to buy on dips back towards 10,000 where a fresh higher low is now sought out.

May 18, 2012

US Dollar Index Classical Technical Report 05.17

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The market has now taken out some major resistance by 10,100 to open the door for fresh upside and a bullish continuation over the coming weeks. Next key resistance comes in by the 10,300 area, although, with daily studies now overbought, look for opportunities to buy on dips back towards 10,000 where a fresh higher low is now sought out.

May 17, 2012

US Dollar Index Classical Technical Report 05.16

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The market has now taken out some major resistance by 10,100 to open the door for fresh upside and a bullish continuation over the coming weeks. Next key resistance comes in by the 10,300 area, although, with daily studies now overbought, look for opportunities to buy on dips back towards 10,000 where a fresh higher low is now sought out.

May 16, 2012

US Dollar Index Classical Technical Report 05.15

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The market remains locked in a multi-day consolidation and should continue to chop between the 9,600-10,100 area. Overall, we do retain a bullish outlook given the broader recovery structure out from a major base in 2011 and therefore recommend looking to buy on dips in favor of an eventual break above 10,100.

May 15, 2012

US Dollar Index Classical Technical Report 05.14

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The market remains locked in a multi-day consolidation and should continue to chop between the 9,600-10,100 area. Overall, we do retain a bullish outlook given the broader recovery structure out from a major base in 2011 and therefore recommend looking to buy on dips in favor of an eventual break above 10,100.

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