Forex News and Events:
The consolidation of the USD and moderation in risk appetite continues today as a barren data schedule provides little impetus for a break out in major currency pair ranges. Today’s docket is solely occupied with policy maker speeches, but even yesterday’s offerings from Geithner, Fisher and Trichet were muted in impact on FX markets. The most newsworthy element from Geithner’s address to the Joint Economic Committee yesterday was the palpable sense of frustration at a lack of progress on China’ attitude to yuan valuation and global rebalancing. As much as US officials may wax lyrical on the progress made by President Obama’s visit to the Far East, the fact remains that the Chinese have little to no motivation to change tack on their currency stance now, and as such, the CNY is not going anywhere. To further undermine the alleged progress US officials have made on the issue, overnight comments from China central bank Governor Zhou Xiaochaun made the analogy of China’s involvement in the currency as “like watching a tournament”. He expanded further that “We just watch the game. Regardless who wins or loses, the issue of whether the winner or loser benefits the spectator doesn’t arise”. Hardly rhetoric likely to encourage progress on the issue. For the rest of the day, only Trichet’s speech in Frankfurt remains to watch, and of course the possible expiry of the rumoured EURUSD option structure with barriers at 1.4800 and 1.5100. All signs point to a slow day’s trading ahead.
Today's Key Issues (time in GMT):
The Risk Today:
EurUsd The range trade continues as we consolidate between 1.4800 and 1.4990; and with very little momentum provided by the light news calendar, there remains decent support and resistance building up at those levels. Only an hourly close above 1.4994 or break lower through 1.4800 negates this scenario.
GbpUsd As we guessed yesterday, GBPUSD broke through the1.6663 support and rising wedge uptrend yesterday and now looks to target 1.6272 support below where the lower limit of the bullish trend comes in. Near term resistance comes in at yesterday's high 1.6745, but a break above there would suggest a possible test of 1.6870.
UsdJpy The downtrend remains firmly entrenched as recent support turned ressistance at 89.10 capped the pair overnight. Expect the downwards momentum to retest 88.60 near term support, and after that a look at 88.00 resistance.
UsdChf The pattern of higher lows over the week looks to be forming an ascending traingle formation with horizontal ressitance in that 1.0186 - 1.0205 zone; an area of supply that has so far contained rallies on the last 6 attempts. The 1 week uptrend comes in around 1.0110 to provide near-term support, but clearance of 1.0205 is still needed to pull USD bulls into the pair.
Resistance and Support
S: Strong, M: Minor, T: Trendline, K: Keylevel, P: Pivot