Today’s US Dollar Trading

• USD reverses from early highs, makes lows in some pairs

• Equities better but USD/JPY fails to gain

• Technical objectives met

Overnight Preview

• Look for more two-way action

• Should be quiet ahead of US data in the morning

Looking Ahead to Wednesday

All times EASTERN (-5 GMT)

• 7:30am USD Challenger Job Cuts y/y

• 8:15am USD ADP Non-Farm Employment Change

• 10:30am USD Crude Oil Inventories


The USD started the day on a strong note rising to early highs against most pairs in New York but has since falling back to make lows in some cases. Traders note that today’s US data was as expected and showed no real surprises suggesting that today’s action was driven by technical factors more so than sentiment. Most pairs met technical objectives for S/R during the past 24 hours or so lending some credibility to the argument. GBP continued to firm making highs against the EURO and the USD; climbing to a high print at 1.4994 and holding near the highs. Euro-Sterling cross traders continued to see liquidation and that rate traded to lows late in New York trade adding more upside pressure to GBP. EURO remained under pressure all day but rallied after the fix to make a try for the upper end of the range; high prints at 1.3660 remained unchallenged but the rate rallied over the 1.3520 area after making lows only six hours earlier at 1.3312. traders note that volumes were OK and sovereign or official bids were seen into the lows earlier in the day. Despite better stock prices and the DJIA making highs late in the day USD/JPY was unable to hold gains as expected; high prints in early New York at 94.65 gave way to aggressive selling and the rate gave up the 94.00 handle and remains near 93.70/80 into the end of the day. Traders note that offers were think from smart money above the 94.00 area suggesting that the failure at the 50 day MA was large hands adding to shorts. In my view, the USD has little chance of maintaining a strong upward trend against the Yen through 2009 so today’s technical failure simply underscores the current USD weakness. USD/CHF also failed to hold early gains falling back from high prints at 1.1281 to trade the 1.1160/70 area; traders note the rate has a technical resistance area around the 1.1280/1.1320 area suggesting that sellers are turning aggressive near that area. Traders also expect a rally in Gold prices to add downward pressure to the pair. USD/CAD continues to weaken making low prints at 1.1759 but failing to find solid stops in size. Buyers showed up and that pair rallied back to the 1.1800 handle for now. Traders warn a pullback could get ugly if US fundamentals remain poor through the end of month and the BOC keeps rates firm. In my view, the USD is set to continue in volatile two-way action so traders with open trade gains from today’s reversals need to remain nimble; we will likely cover a lot of the same ground twice.