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U.S. Dollar Trading (USD) even though FX markets were open the important London markets were closed and many stocks markets remained closed. Better than expected Chinese PMI released on Monday saw December PMI upgraded to 50.3 above the 50 expansion level and has helped improve risk appetite. Looking ahead, FOMC Minutes Released and December PMI Manufacturing forecast at 53.2 vs. 52.7 previously.

The Euro (EUR) the Euro kept to a 50 pip range with slow movement for most of the day. The ongoing Eurozone debt crisis is still the main story in the markets and more debt auctions this week could set the tone for the rest of the week and month. EUR/JPY broke below the key Y100 level as the USD/JPY slumped and is pulling the EUR/USD lower. Looking ahead, December Employment Change forecast at -10k vs. -20k previously. The Unemployment rate is forecast unchanged at 6.9%.

The Japanese Yen (JPY) the heavy selling on Friday say the major open below Y77 and this continued to the be the level the pair stayed at for the entire trading day. The market will be watching closely for comments from Japanese companies and politicians about the strength of the EUR/JPY with the major trading partner slipping below Y100 and has moved down from Y170 highs 3 years ago.

The Sterling (GBP) a rally above 1.5500 on Friday was consolidated on Monday in thin trading with the UK markets closed. The Outlook is not mixed with the EUR/GBP having completed large moves lower and the Eurozone debt crisis no longer creating panic selling. If stocks were to rally then a move back to 1.5700 is very possible throughout the week.

The Australian Dollar (AUD) the AUD/USD continued to be supported on Monday after a move up to the top end of its recent range on Friday. The outlook is improving with China economic data not slumping as much as feared and the RBA signaling it does not have to cut rates on local economic factors alone. The key resistance on the topside is 1.0500 and will be the bulls target if 1.0300 breaks today after a strong opening on in Asia Tuesday.

Oil & Gold (XAU) Gold is rallying aggressively as the market bargain hunts from $1520 lows last week. OIL/USD Spiked above $100 a barrel on Tuesday morning with the reopen of the commodities exchange after Iran’s missile test over the weekend.

Pairs to watch

AUD/USD moving higher now?

EUR/USD to break above 1.3000 as stocks rally?

TECHNICAL COMMENTARY

Currency

Sup 2

Sup 1

Spot

Res 1

Res 2

EUR/USD

1.2828

1.2860

1.2980

1.3017

1.3055

USD/JPY

76.00

76.58

76.85

77.74

78.98

GBP/USD

1.5337

1.5408

1.5530

1.5600

1.5692

AUD/USD

0.9861

1.0052

1.0285

1.0380

1.0447

XAU/USD

1500.00

1544

1578

1593

1616

OIL/USD

99.00

100.00

100.30

101.50

103.50

Euro – 1.2980

Initial support at 1.2860 (Jan 10 low) followed by 1.2828 (Sept 14 2010 low). Initial resistance is now located at 1.3017 (Dec 22 support) followed by 1.3055 (Dec 28 high)

Yen – 76.85

Initial support is located at 76.58 (Nov 18 low) followed by 76.00 (Big Figure). Initial resistance is now at 77.74 (Dec 30 high) followed by 78.98 (Nov 1 high).

Pound – 1.5530

Initial support at 1.5408 (Dec 14 low) followed by 1.5337 (Dec 19 low). Initial resistance is now at 1.5600 (Dec 27 high) followed by 1.5692 (Dec 28 high).

Australian Dollar – 1.0285

Initial support at 1.0052 (Dec 21 high) followed by the 0.9861 (Dec 15 low). Initial resistance is now at 1.0380 (Dec 8 low) followed by 1.0447 (Mar 3 high).

Gold – 1578

Initial support at 1544 (Dec 44 low) followed by 1500 (Big Figure). Initial resistance is now at 1593 (Dec 28 low) followed by 1642 (Dec 14 high).

Oil – 100.30

Initial support at 100.00 (Intraday Support) followed by 99.00 (Intraday Support). Initial resistance is now at 101.50 (Intraday resistance) followed by 103.50 (Intraday Resistance).

Written by Anthony Darvall