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Analysis Topic: Currency Market Analysis

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Currencies

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Rising Crude Oil and G7: Yen Strength or US Dollar Weakness ? / Currencies / Forecasts & Technical Analysis

By: Ashraf_Laidi

The dollar's technical outlook has taken a turn to the worse on a combination of aggressive pre-G7 currency talk favoring yen stability and an 18% increase in oil prices over the past 3 weeks.

Oil Rebound as Fast as Past Decline
An 18% rise over a 3-week period is as significant as a 20% decrease over a 4-week period (oil's decline from mid December to mid January), but oil's rebound has not yet made it to the front pages as it is "only" at 4 week highs, which is not as "spectacular" as 18-month lows - seen in mid January. But the magnitude of the current rebound is comparable to the prior declines. The significance of the recent oil increase is such that US consumers may start to struggle in spending their way to an economic soft landing and keeping intact the Goldilocks scenario (neither too hot nor too cold). A prolonged slowdown in US housing would raise risks of a double whammy for the US economy, especially at a time, when US manufacturing deepens in a recession.

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Currencies

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Market Wrap - US Dollar / Currencies / Forecasts & Technical Analysis

By: Douglas_V_Gnazzo

The US Dollar was up versus the Euro and Yen last week, supposedly based on the speculation that the Federal Reserve will not lower interest rates anytime soon, choosing instead to keep them steady and unchanged. The US Dollar index was down 0.4% for the week, closing out at 84.95. The British pound gained versus the dollar based on speculation that the Bank of England will raise interest rates to slow the economy down, which is expanding at a faster pace then the BOE feels safe with regarding inflationary pressures.

The Yen Carry Trade is alive and well, at least for the moment. The market is short yen meaning it is betting it will fall. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission reported that net shorts rose to a record 173,005 from the prior record of 164,860 the week before.

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Currencies

Friday, January 26, 2007

Currency Market Forecast - Further Aussie Dollar (AUD) Unwinding Ahead due to softer Inflation / Currencies / US Dollar

By: Ashraf_Laidi

This week's softer than expected consumer inflation figures from Australia have eroded chances of a February rate hike and may have finally concluded the 4 ½ year old tightening cycle adopted by the Reserve Bank of Australia, which lifted interest rates from 4.25% to 6.25%. The headline CPI slowed to 3.3% in y/y in Q4 from 3.9% in Q3, undershooting expectations of a 3.6% reading. Although the core CPI (excluding volatile items) edged up to 2.7% from 2.6%, the seasonally adjusted weighted median CPI slipped to 3.0% from 3.2%. Markets were especially caught off guard by the 0.1% decline q/q, which was the first decrease in 8 years. The soft CPI report was clearly a result of falling energy and commodity prices, which triggered a 12.4% drop in gasoline costs and a 5.2% in fruit prices. But the report was instrumental in dampening probabilities of a February rate hike from as much as 80% to less than 15%.
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Currencies

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Turmoil in the currency markets as US builds up crude oil stocks - foretell Iran strike ? / Currencies / Forex Trading

By: Ashraf_Laidi

Light sweet crude is down 20 cents at $54.80 per barrel, after Tuesday's $2.48 jump to $55.04 on reports that the US Dept of Energy will purchase 100K barrels of oil per day starting next spring. While the decision is part of the Bush Administration's latest commitment to reduce US dependency on imported oil, the aggressive approach on beefing up SPR may reflect heightened possibility of a US military strike against Iran as early as March or April, at a time when US navy ships are piling up in the Persian Gulf. Yesterday, markets were filled with chatter of a Kuwait-based newspaper article reporting that the US will launch a military strike on Iran before April 2007, citing "reliable sources".

According to the article, the strikes will be launched from US ships with Patriot missiles guarding all oil-producing countries in the region. The attacks would be planned in April, the last month of British PM Blair in office. The immediate result of such an attack is a protracted run up in oil prices, which could reach the $70 per barrel mark in less than a week.

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Currencies

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Currency Forecasts - Effects of Supplying Oil and Military Troops / Currencies / Forecasts & Technical Analysis

By: Ashraf_Laidi

The 17% decline in oil prices so far this year has recalibrated the FX equation in so far as bolstering expectations of a US consumer-led stability to act as a stabilizer to housing's downside risks. This has considerably diminished chances of a March Fed cut and manifested itself across European and Asian currencies. The role of oil's rebound has been such that it took center stage in FX markets, shadowing a string of positive economic data from the Eurozone and the UK. Aside from freeing US consumers' wallets, falling oil prices have reduced the Sep-Nov trade deficit by over 17%, which is likely to contribute as much as 0.7% to Q4 GDP.

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Currencies

Saturday, January 06, 2007

The global liquidity pyramid is stopping the US Dollar from collapsing / Currencies / Analysis & Strategy

By: Adrian_Ash

What's stopping the US Dollar from doing what it must – and collapsing...?

"Global demand for the Dollar is now driven by the explosion in Dollar-denominated assets," writes Dan Denning from Melbourne, "almost completely out of the control of central banks."

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Currencies

Thursday, January 04, 2007

British Pound (GBP) Dollar currency forecast and trade point 4-Jan-07 / Currencies / Forecasts & Technical Analysis

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The British Pound (GBP) rallied strongly into early December to just below 1.99, and within touching distance of £/$2.00. The sideways trend which had the appearance of being corrective in the run up to another assault higher, which started as we came into the New Year. That assault failed at 1.9750, and changes the picture as the Pound drifts down to its current level of 1.9511
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Currencies

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Will China lead a Stampede out of the US Dollar ? / Currencies / Analysis & Strategy

By: Gary_Dorsch

The $2 trillion per day foreign exchange market never sleeps. Yet for the past six months, the big-3 central banks, the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, and the Bank of Japan managed to lull the currency markets into a deep trance. Since last May, the big-3 central banks corralled the US dollar to within a 3% to 5% trading range against the British pound, the Euro and Japanese yen.

The big-3 central banks utilized their three major weapons, (1) relentless jawboning, (2) Japanese threats of intervention, and (3) coordinated rate hikes, telegraphed far in advance to avoid any nasty surprises in the markets. But the big-3’s spell-binding magic act began to wind down on November 25th, when Chinese deputy central banker Wu Xialong jolted the foreign currency markets, warning other Asian central bankers of the future risk of a US dollar devaluation.


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Currencies

Friday, December 01, 2006

US Dollar tumbles against most major currencies falling to historic lows against the British Pound and the Euro / Currencies / Strategic News

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The dollar hits new lows against several major currencies, plunging to 1.96 Dollars to the British Pound, 1.33 Dollars to the European Euro, and to 115.5 Japanese Yen to the Dollar. The recent downtrend has been developing since early October, since when US interest rate expectations of further rises have shifted to a possibility of cuts in the new year in the face of a slowing economy on the back of a slump in the US housing market.

The downtrend was recently further reinforced by the outcome of the US election and rumors that the Chinease were planning on significantly diversifying their reserves away from the dollar, including comments made by the Governor of the Chinease Central bank as implying as such.

British Pound (GBP/$) Euro (EUR/$)
   
Japanese Yen ($/JPY) Canadian Dollar ($/Can$)
   
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Currencies

Monday, November 27, 2006

Japanese economy continues to grow as the dollar weakens / Currencies / Strategic News

By: Sarah_Jones

The Japanese economy grew by 0.5 percent in the three months to September, with GDP at 2.0 percent, showing a seventh straight quarter of positive growth, according to the Japanese Cabinet Office, beating market expectation of just 1.2%. This supports the view of a further strengthening in Japanese stock and housing markets.
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Currencies

Friday, November 10, 2006

China's plan to diversify $1trillion reserves sends the dollar plunging / Currencies / Strategic News

By: Sarah_Jones

The statement by the Chinese central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan on Thursday that 'China has a clear plan to diversify its $1 trillion foreign exchange reserves and is considering various options to do so', sends the dollar reeling in response.

The diversification comment made by Zhou, was in retaliation to Democratic US Senator Schumer an leading US-China trade/currency critic's celebratory comments following the Democrats election victories. Senator Schumer, has been pushing for tariffs on Chinese goods amid charges it artificially keeps an undervalued yuan to make exports cheap. Along with others, Schumer wants a 27.5 percent levy on imports from China

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Currencies

Thursday, November 02, 2006

How does the US Dollar Defy the Law of Gravity ? / Currencies / Analysis & Strategy

By: Gary_Dorsch

Trading in foreign exchange is akin to judging a reverse beauty contest. The trick is to buy the “least ugly” currency at the right time. Nearly every central bank is engaging in some sort of manipulation of its currency, from outright intervention in the marketplace, such as in Brazil and China, to pumping up the money supply to inflate local stock markets, such as in Australia, China, England, the Euro zone, and India. Other central banks engage in “verbal jawboning” to keep traders in check.
 
Central banks are key players in the $2 trillion-a-day currency market, and traders are always on the lookout for signals that central banks are diversifying their FX reserves away from the US dollar. Global central bank reserves have more than doubled to $4.9 trillion in just three years, with particular focus on the massive US dollar stockpiles built up by Asian central banks, which could be switched into other currencies such as the Euro, Japanese yen, British pound, or Gold.
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Currencies

Sunday, October 29, 2006

The US Dollar Bear Market - Is the downtrend about to resume ? / Currencies / Forecasts & Technical Analysis

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The US Dollar (USD Index) has sold off strongly in recent weeks, does this signify a resumption of the long-term dollar bear market ?

After Bottoming in late 2004 at 80.39 , after which we have basically seen a correction against the downtrend that has taken the dollar to as high as 92.6 in late 2005, since which the trend has been down with recent sideways activity within the range of 87 to 84. With most recent action closing near the lower end of the range at 85.20

The US Dollar Bear Market - Is the downtrend about to resume ?

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Currencies

Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Pound is finding resistance above 190 / Currencies / British Pound

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The British Pound has rallied strongly from the lows earlier in the year to 190, but now has hit heavy resistance at above 190, which suggests a correction is likely.

The Pound is finding resistance above 190


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Currencies

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Is it time for the British Pound to resume its Bull Market ? / Currencies / British Pound

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The British Pound (GBP) has spent the last 6 months building a firm support base between 170 and 178, and is now showing signs that it is ready to resume the main uptrend that began June 2001.

Is it time for the British Pound to resume its Bull Market ?

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Currencies

Thursday, January 01, 1970

Forex Trading Perspective, Trends & Finding New Opportunities / Currencies / Forex Trading

By: EWI

Jim Martens shares key insights into trading currencies with the Wave Principle

In this brand-new video interview, EWI Senior Currency Strategist Jim Martens shows you his approach to the forex markets -- and how the "simplicity" of Elliott wave analysis has guided him through 23 years of forecasting.

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