Today’s US Dollar Trading
• USD opens mixed, ends lower
• Technical levels hold gains in check
• Stops in range
• Look for two-way action to continue
• Technical trade likely
Looking Ahead to Tuesday
All times EASTERN (-5 GMT)
• 08:30 Export Prices ex-ag
• 08:30 Import Prices ex-oil
• 08:30 Retail Sales forecast 0.0%
• 08:30 Retail Sales ex-auto forecast 0.5%
• 10:00 Business Inventories 0.3%
This data likely to be a non-event. Markets are really watching for the larger data due on Wednesday.
The USD is ending the day heavily mixed to start the week. Initially firmer in overnight Asia the Greenback gave back hard-won follow-on gains from European trade at previous S/R areas against most major pairs. Cable advanced on cross-spreading demand to post a high print in New York for the day at 1.9635 making the day an outside-range engulfing bar on the daily; a strong potential reversal signal from the two-month lows at 1.9441 earlier in the day. Although the trade was considered a strong signal the volumes were not impressive suggesting the rate will follow-through only modestly the next 24-36 hours. EURO rallied back to the potential sell-zone in the 1.5550 area for a high print at 1.5572 before dropping back a bit on the close. Traders note stops in range triggered on the rally over the 1.5450/60 area overnight; lows at 1.5365 went unchallenged in New York. Model account demand also seen suggesting that momentum traders are coming in on the buy side. Also active in USD/JPY, model traders likely had their stops too close to protect themselves against a reversal suggesting that the EURO and the Yen will whipsaw traders the next 24-36 hours. Look for a pullback in both pairs; EURO/JPY also active overnight suggesting the USD will remain under pressure against the Yen near-term. Highs in USD/JPY at 104.05 were offered rumored by semi-official names and the rate is off the highs to finish New York. For the most part, the Greenback had a solid two-way day against most of the majors and despite the two-way action is holding between established support and resistance. The GBP likely will follow-through to the upside a bit but sellers are expected to show at the 1.9680/1.9720 area. EURO has likely made the high for the week seeing as no real stops over the 1.5550 area were seen today and that is precisely where they would have been if shorts were active over the weekend; aggressive traders can look to ADD to open shorts in EURO at the 1.5550 area OB today and tomorrow. Looking ahead, expect technical trade to dominate ahead of Wednesday’s CPI data; Tuesday’s data likely no factor.
Analysis by: Forexpros.com written by Jason Alan Jankovsky
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