September 27, 2018
|Pulse of the Market
· The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the third time this year by 25bp
· USD/CAD broke to the upside following the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy announcement
· After consolidating for 4 consecutive trading sessions, EUR/USD is prime for a breakout
· Sterling, on the other hand, was surprisingly resilient due largely to the massive short exposure
|The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the third time this year by 25bp. The U.S dollar appreciated against all of the major currencies after the rate decision except for the Japanese Yen and Swiss Franc. The inconsistency in the Dollar’s performance is a sign of risk aversion. The Dow dropped more than 100 points today while 10-year yields fell nearly 5bp. The Fed’s rate hike should have driven Treasury yields higher especially after they said not much has changed since June, but the fact that it indicates that Chairman Powell failed to satisfy the bulls. Between the central bank’s economic projections, the dot plot and Powell’s comments on the economy, there’s no question that the Fed will continue to raise interest rates. Fed fund futures were unchanged after the rate decision with the market pricing in 77% chance of a follow-up move in December. Powell described the economy as strong and said he’s positive on growth. Investors were hoping for unambiguously hawkish comments from the Fed Chair and while he had a lot of good things to say, the mere mention of the possibility of rate cuts capped the rally. According to Powell, if inflation surprises to the upside, they could move faster but if the economy slows they would probably cut rates. They also oppose taking away more of their tools (in case there’s a need for them). While the risk of easing is minimal, because of these comments today’s move can’t be described as a hawkish hike (it wasn’t a dovish one either). Looking ahead, 113 could turn into a double top for USD/JPY. After consolidating for 4 consecutive trading sessions, EUR/USD is prime for a breakout. Although tomorrow’s ECB economic bulletin and Eurozone consumer confidence report are likely to be positive, we think EUR/USD is vulnerable to a correction. Shorter term charts show a strong rejection of 1.18 and if EUR/USD breaks below 1.1725, we could see a swift sell-off towards 1.1670.|
|06:00||German GfK Consumer Confidence (OCT)||Medium||10.5||10.5|
|06:35||BOJ Kuroda speaks in Tokyo||High|
|08:00||ECB Publishes Economic Bulletin||Medium|
|12:00||German Consumer Price Index (YoY) (SEP)||High||2.0%||2.0%|
|12:30||U.S Advance Goods Trade Balance (AUG)||High||-$70.6b||-$72.2b|
|12:30||U.S Gross Domestic Product Annualized (QoQ) (2Q)||High||4.2%||4.2%|
|12:30||U.S Personal Consumption (2Q)||Medium||3.8%||3.8%|
|12:30||U.S Durable Goods Orders (AUG )||High||1.9%||-1.7%|
|12:30||U.S Initial Jobless Claims (SEP 22)||Medium||210k||201k|
|13:30||ECB President Draghi Addresses ESRB Conference in Frankfurt||High|
|14:00||BOE’s Carney chairs panel in Frankfurt.||High|
|14:00||U.S Pending Home Sales (YoY) (AUG)||Medium||-0.5%|
|20:30||U.S Powell Makes Brief Remarks on U.S Economy at Senate Event||High|
|21:45||Canada Poloz Speech in New Brunswick||High|
|23:01||U.K GfK Consumer Confidence (SEP)||Medium||-8||-7|
The single currency ended yesterday’s trading session lower as the dollar gained in choppy trading after the Federal Reserve raised U.S interest rates as expected for the eighth time, flagged more rate hikes and signaled the end of the “accommodative” policy era. The statement said the Fed still foresees another rate hike in December. Overall, the EUR/USD traded with a low of 1.1724 and a high of 1.1796 before closing the day around 1.1737 in the New York session.
The Japanese Yen spiked higher shortly after the release of the U.S Fed interest rate decision in reaction to the central bank’s monetary policy statement and comments from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell. That move raised the most questions with some traders saying this likely means that the Fed no longer believes its policy is accommodative. Overall, the USD/JPY traded with a low of 112.61 and a high of 113.11 before closing the day around 112.70 in the U.S session.
The British Pound slipped as investors remained cautious about negotiations between Britain and the EU on a Brexit deal and as broader currency markets waited for an expected Fed interest rate hike. With little in the way of big market-moving economic data in the near-term, domestic politics and sentiment around Brexit talks remain the driver for the pound. Overall, the GBP/USD traded with a low of 1.3136 and a high of 1.3215 before closing the day at 1.3164 in the New York session.
The Canadian Dollar weakened to its lowest in more than a week against the greenback as the Fed hiked interest rates and investors worried that Canada would be left out of a trade deal with its NAFTA counterparts. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shrugged off U.S pressure to quickly agree to a deal on the North American Free Trade Agreement. Overall, USD/CAD traded with a low of 1.2942 and a high of 1.3022 before closing the day at 1.3016 in the New York session.
The Australian Dollar held firm ahead of what should be a well-flagged rise in US interest rates. The Australian Dollar traded slightly lower today in Asian session as ABS job vacancy data softened and Chinese industrial profits pulled back sharply. The US Federal Open Market Committee raised its interest rates yesterday. Overall, AUD/USD traded with a low of 0.7238 and a high of 0.7313 before closing the day at 0.7255 in the New York session.
EUR/JPY is trading above 14, 50 and 100 days moving average. Fast stochastic is giving a bullish tone and MACD is also issuing a bullish stance. The Relative Strength Index is above 764 and lies above the neutral zone. In general, the pair has lost 0.44%.
Currently, GBP/JPY is trading above 14, 50 and 100 days moving average. Fast stochastic is issuing a bullish tone and MACD is also indicating a bullish stance. The Relative Strength Index is above 61 reading and lies above the neutral zone. On the whole, the pair has lost 0.34%.
Currently, the cross is trading above 14 and below 50, 100 days moving average. Fast stochastic is giving a bullish tone and MACD is also indicating a bullish stance. The Relative Strength Index is above 58 reading and lies above the neutral region. In general, the pair has lost 0.11%.
This cross is currently trading above 14, 50 and 100 days moving average. Fast stochastic is indicating a bullish tone and MACD is also issuing a bullish signal. The Relative Strength Index is above 51 and lies above the neutral region. On the whole, the pair has lost 0.09%.
This cross is trading below 14, 50 and 100 days moving average. Fast stochastic is issuing a bullish stance and MACD is also indicating a bullish tone. The Relative Strength Index is above 52 and lies above the neutral region. In general, the pair has lost 0.02%.
|FOREX Closing Prices for September 26, 2018|
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