Welcome back. After a long weekend markets opened the week with not quite a bang but some interesting numbers and equally interesting moves among the majors and their crosses where we saw textbook reactions and some funnymentals off the commodity group. Ã‚Â
With European markets closed for Easter Monday volumes were thin and news sparse allowing us to focus on the only release of note US Existing Home Sales coming out at 5.03 million firmer than consensus expectations of 4.85 million right around the edge of our +/- 0.18 trigger for reacting to the figure. As it is the results should add to the camp of dollar optimists as further evidence that we have already seen the worst of the US downturn. Ã‚Â
Though too early to conclusively say the numbers suggest we may have seen the bottom for US housing in the January/December periods prompting some textbook response with respect to Euro and Cable where knee-jerk reactions saw a firmer dollar even as there is growing evidence that a housing slump is now taking root in their respective economies. Chart wise failure to break key daily Fib retracement levels in EURUSD and GBPUSD however should keep markets on its toes today with the return of liquidity.Ã‚Â
For the commodity pairs however reaction to the numbers appears to be a funnymental with a convoluted intermarket cause and effect. We actually saw the Aussy, Loonie and Kiwi firming after initial whipsaws on the idea that stabilizing US housing should mean the commodities pullback will not be severe, this complementing with charts where much as with the European currencies the dollar is facing some key daily price levels with these currencies. Ã‚Â
And then we have the Yen pairs where we have gotten used to such convoluted intermarket reactions that lately it has become axiomatic that anything that's good for the US is taken as good for risk taking appetite and likely to push currencies paired with the JPY higher. Ã‚Â
Going forward high impact figures will be coming out of Canada with January Retail Sales on the cards where consensus expectations for the headline figure is at 1.1% and ex-Auto numbers are seen coming out at 0.5%. At this point focus should be on the core numbers where a bounce off the unexpected contraction in the prior month should tie in well with what we are seeing from the charts where USDCAD is coming off stiff daily resistances. Ã‚Â
Something to help this bearish view for USDCAD is US Consumer Confidence for the month where market is expecting to see fresh lows with median forecasts at 73.6 a number that could put a quick end to the greenbacks recent bounce.