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FastBrokers Research Team from FastBrokersFX at 10/30/09


Daily Market Commentary

EUR/USD Tops Out Below 10/27 Highs

The EUR/USD is under some selling pressure today after yesterday’s rally fueled by U.S. Prelim GDP data failed to overcome 10/27 highs, let alone our 1st tier downtrend line. Additionally, yesterday’s buy-side volume came in well below Tuesday’s pop in sell-side activity. As a result, a negative investor sentiment remains in regards to the performance of riskier investment vehicles. The AUD/USD, Cable, and gold are also heading south while the USD/JPY trades higher, indicating a broad-based preference for the Dollar. Although yesterday’s better than expected U.S. Prelim GDP data fueled a risk rally, the bulls were unable to gather enough momentum to overcome topside technical barriers across markets.

Altogether, the last two weeks of econ data has come in negatively mixed, overshadowing the flashes of recovery we’ve seen from Q3 earnings and encouraging EU PMI data. The EU reported German Retail Sales today, which printed 12 basis points lower than analyst expectations. Hence, yesterday’s drop in the German Unemployment Change didn’t translate into higher rates of consumption. Furthermore, U.S. Personal Spending printed a basis point beneath expectations along with declining prices. Investors should also keep in mind that yesterday’s Unemployment Claims number came in 8k higher than anticipated, yet was overlooked due to the optimism surrounding the GDP data. In other words, indicators highlighting future economic performance in Western economies are implying a sluggish Q4. As a result, the fundamental tools aren’t in place for investors to have enough confidence to lock the EUR/USD back into its uptrend just yet.

Technically speaking, this week’s sharp movement below the psychological 1.50 level is a discouraging sign for bulls. However, there remain several uptrend lines we can form, meaning the EUR/USD has a few technical cushions to rely upon before investors can safely cry bear. The EUR/USD has four uptrend lines to fall back on along with the psychological 1.45 level should the currency pair take a turn for the worst. Our 2nd tier uptrend line seems to be a key technical since it runs through October lows and likely represents the support separating the EUR/USD from a retracement towards 1.45. As for the topside, the EUR/USD now has multiple uptrend lines bearing down on price and the psychological 1.50 level becomes a technical barrier once again. Overall, although the uptrend remains intact, investors should tread carefully since U.S. equities are facing headwinds.

Present Price: 1.4761
Resistances: 1.4783, 1.4819, 1.4844, 1.4863, 1.4890, 1.4925
Supports: 1.4727, 1.4700, 1.4671, 1.4638, 1.4608, 1.4578
Psychological: 1.50, 1.45

GBP/USD Deflected by our 2nd Tier Downtrend Line

The Cable’s rally in reaction to yesterday’s positive U.S. Prelim GDP has hit a wall at our 2nd tier downtrend line. As with the EUR/USD, the GBP/USD failed to receive any abnormal topside volume yesterday, indicating bulls weren’t fully behind the risk rally. The lack of topside conviction likely stems from the disappointing U.S. Unemployment Claims number which was overshadowed by optimism surrounding GDP data. Furthermore, Britain released an HPI number today which printed three basis points below expectations and five lower than its previous release. The impressive recovery in Britain’s housing market has been at the heart of the nation’s broader economic stability. Therefore, any week housing data carries a little extra weight in Britain. Regardless, the Pound continues to enjoy its relative strength, as exhibited by the large pullback in the EUR/GBP. Despite today’s HPI number and last Friday’s disappointing GDP data, Britain’s forward looking econ data has been printing positive. Therefore, Sterling investors are taking a wait and see approach to analyze not only what Britain’s Q4 performance looks like, but also how the BoE stands in regards to upcoming monetary policy.

Speaking of British econ data, Britain’s news wire will heat up next week beginning with more HPI data on Monday along with Manufacturing PMI. However, investors will likely be more focused on Wednesday’s Services PMI data. Since services comprise nearly 70% of Britain’s GDP, investors will be looking to see if the previous Services PMI release was a sign of more positive things to come. The U.S. will be releasing some Manufacturing PMI data of its own on Monday to go along with Pending Home Sales. Therefore, it looks like we’ll have an active kickoff next week.

Technically speaking, the Cable’s inability to test 10/23 highs has dragged the currency pair into a wedge pattern. Fortunately for bulls, the Cable is finding some strength above 1.65, meaning the psychological level could work in the GBP/USD’s favor. Furthermore, the Cable as multiple uptrend lines to rely upon. On the other hand, there’s still a medium-term downtrend at work, meaning the Cable has its work cut out for it to the topside.

Present Price: 1.6507
Resistances: 1.6562, 1.6585, 1.6605, 1.6635, 1.6676, 1.6704
Supports: 1.6506, 1.6468, 1.6431, 1.6397, 1.6356, 1.6326
Psychological: 1.65, 1.60

USD/JPY Heads Back Below 91

A selloff is taking place in the riskier FX pairs and the USD/JPY is following suit, telling us investors prefer the Yen over the Dollar as a safe haven right now. Today’s strength in the Yen also stems from the BoJ’s decision to end a couple of its bond purchasing programs in an effort to tighten liquidity. Today’s monetary policy falls in line with the BoJ’s more conservative stance since the DPJ took office. Furthermore, the BoJ was likely encouraged by the USD/JPY’s recent solid performance above its important 90 threshold. However, today’s larger than expected decline in both the Tokyo Core CPI and Household Spending tell us the BoJ can’t be too conservative with its monetary policy since deflationary pressures are still bearing down on consumer prices. Additionally, even though this week’s Industrial Production number printed better than analyst expectations, the 1.4% rate of growth is unsubstantial compared to the huge declines we witnessed during late 2008/early 2009. Hence, Japan’s economy still faces a long path to recovery.

Meanwhile, investors should keep an eye on the S&P futures and monitor their ability to sustain yesterday’s rally. The USD/JPY has been behaving in a more consistent, positive correlation with U.S. equities, although it’s uncertain how long this will last. Therefore, investors can also compare the USD/JPY to the S&P’s stronger correlations, including the EUR/USD, AUD/USD, and gold. Japanese markets will be closed on Monday for a banking holiday, meaning the Asia session trading could be light. Techncially speaking, the USD/JPY’s inability to test 10/26 highs yesterday was a bit discouraging as far as a near-term uptrend is concerned. However, the currency pair does have a couple more uptrend lines to fall back on along with 10/20 lows and the psychological 90 level. As for the topside, our 2nd and 3rd tier downtrend lines bear overhead along with 10/26 and 9/21 highs.

Present Price: 90.86
Resistances: 91.22, 91.32, 91.44, 91.61, 91.78
Supports: 90.83, 90.68, 90.49, 90.34, 90.21
Psychological: 90

Gold Declines with Risk Aversion

Gold had a nice little pop yesterday as investors exited the Dollar in reaction to stronger than expected U.S. Prelim GDP data. However, as with the EUR/USD and GBP/USD, gold’s positive momentum fell short of important topside technical barriers, mostly notably $1050/oz and our 3rd tier uptrend line. Investors are now exiting their risk trades today as optimism wanes in the face of negatively mixed data. The S&P futures are also trading off by over -1% and crude over -2%. Gold is following its positive correlations to a tee today and is heading back below our 2nd tier uptrend line. Hence, markets are showing us that investor uncertainty is outweighing optimism. The positive Q3 earnings season has been priced in, and investors are now looking towards Q4 fundamental economic performance.

Despite today’s pullback in gold, the precious metal still has our 1st tier uptrend line to fall back on along with 10/27 and 10/28 lows. As for the topside, gold is facing a newly formed downtrend line along with its psychological $1050/oz level and 10/26 highs. Meanwhile, investors should monitor the EUR/USD’s ability to hold above its technical cushions along with the S&P’s battle at 1050. A large technical setback in either could drag gold lower due to their positive correlations.

Present Price: $1039.60/oz
Resistances: $1043.60/oz, $1046.91/oz, $1049.98/oz, $1053.76/oz, $1058.26/oz
Supports: $1036.03/oz, $1032.01/oz, $1029.41/oz, $1024.44/oz, $1018.53/oz
Psychological: $1050/oz, $1000/oz.

The S&P Futures Slip After Another Wave of Negative Data

Yesterday’s rally fueled by better than expected Prelim GDP data has almost been erased and the futures are trading back below the psychological 1050 level. Investors are slamming U.S. equities again after Personal Spending and the Core PCE Price Index both came in below analyst expectations. On a positive note, today’s Chicago PMI headed over 50, registering expansion (50+) for the first time since September 2008. Hence, manufacturing continues to benefit from the Dollar’s recent round of depreciation. However, investors should keep in mind that this week’s economic data has been very weak overall. Placing yesterday Prelim GDP number aside, we received weaker than expected unemployment, spending, housing, durable goods, and consumer sentiment data this week. Hence, the path to recovery is riddled with speed bumps, providing investors with enough incentive to take profits and place a downward pressure on equities. The sore thumb continues to be the U.S. Unemployment Rate. The decline in Unemployment Claims has been agonizingly slow and is leveling off again. The high level of unemployment is clearly weighing on consumer sentiment and consequently personal spending.

Meanwhile, investors are a bit concerned that some central banks will tighten their liquidity too quickly and choke the global economic recovery. After all, economic data has been mixed, and despite the positive Q3 earnings season we have yet to see how corporations can perform once stimulus measures wear off. The U.S. will kick off next week with ISM Manufacturing PMI and Pending Home Sales releases. The Fed will also make a monetary policy decision on Wednesday, meaning present volatility should carry over into next week.

Technically speaking, yesterday’s rally was unable to overstep any significant topside barriers. The futures are back below the psychological 1050 level and are testing Wednesday lows. Meanwhile, the futures are falling even further behind what is now our 2nd tier uptrend line. We’ve highlighted this trend line several times in the past since it runs through October lows. The S&P’s inability to get back above our 2nd tier uptrend line is a disconcerting sign, and indicates that the S&P futures may retrace towards October lows (1013) after all. That being said, October lows (1013-1020) serve as the next technical cushion along with the highly psychological 1000 level. As for the topside, the S&P face 1050 along with 10/27 highs and our new downtrend lines.

Price: 1045.50
Supports: 1042, 1036.5, 1030.5, 1023, 1014.25
Resistances: 1050, 1060.5, 1066.5, 1070.5, 1082.25
Psychological: 1050, 1075, 1000

Crude Fluctuates Below $80/bbl with Weak Equities, Strong Dollar

Crude futures are trading back below the psychological $80/bbl again today after yesterday’s pop in reaction to the stronger than expected Prelim GDP data. The U.S. received another wave of negatively mixed economic data today to go along with yesterday’s overlooked higher than expected weekly Unemployment Claims reading. In all, unemployment continues to rise and the level of consumption and spending has been disappointing as a result. Low rates of consumer confidence and personal spending are taking a bite out of the expected aggregate demand for crude. Therefore, crude futures are getting hit today while following the S&P futures lower. The Dollar has naturally been a beneficiary of the growing negative investor sentiment as investors head towards the Greenback for safety. As a result, crude’s correlations are falling into line and serve as useful analysis tools. Hence, investors should monitor the EUR/USD’s interaction with Wednesday lows and our uptrend lines. Meanwhile, the S&P’s retracement below its Wednesday lows could signal a movement towards October lows along with the highly psychological 1000 level. Such a development would yield further weakness in crude.

On the other hand, crude does have stronger near-term technical cushions than the S&P futures since crude has benefited from the rapid decline of the Dollar. As a result, crude has cushions standing nearby in the form of our 1st and 2nd tier uptrend lines along with 10/15 lows and the psychological $75/bbl. As for the topside, crude has to deal with the psychological $80/bbl and faces 10/29 highs along with our newly installed downtrend lines.

Price: $78.06/bbl
Resistances: $78.67/bbl, $79.24/bbl, $80.14/bbl, $80.60/bbl, $81.48/bbl
Supports: $77.66/bbl, $77.30/bbl, $77/bbl, $75.74/bbl, $74.91/bbl
Psychological: $80/bbl, $75/bbl

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