Today’s US Dollar Trading

• USD fails to hold overnight gains, Swissy makes lows late

• Volumes thinner but better into the lows

• Two-way action evident but stops and short-covering drive trade

Overnight Preview

• Look for two-way consolidation

• USD to follow-through lower near-term

Looking Ahead to Tuesday

All times EASTERN (-5 GMT)

• 9:00am USD S&P/CS Composite-20 HPI y/y

• 10:00am USD CB Consumer Confidence

• 10:00am USD Richmond Manufacturing Index


The USD gave back overnight gains as the Greenback failed to follow through during New York trade; at the close the majors are all better on the day but off their highs suggesting lots of two-way action and a potential short-squeeze underway. US data was better-than-expected this morning as existing home sales showed a gain suggesting that the housing crisis might be ending but savvy traders note that it will take more than one month of gains to suggest the housing problem is mitigating. Most analysts see the gain in sales as positive but would like to see two or three months in a row of gains before calling a bottom in home sales and prices. Economic data remains light ahead of the FOMC meeting and rate announcement due Wednesday but analysts note there isn’t any cuts in interest rates coming suggesting that the rhetoric of the statement will be the main driver of near-term USD sentiment assuming that economic news due later in the week remain flat to lower. GBP rallied off low prints in Asia at 1.3547 to trade to a high print at 1.3997 with traders expressing a rally past 1.4000 can’t be ruled out as large stops are layered above the market; late shorts were left holding the bag today as the market went one way to the highs and despite a mid-session fall back to 1.3850 area the rate regained the 1.3900 handle into the close. Traders now expect a solid close over the 1.3980 area for the month to possibly signal a bid-tone off the new 23-year lows seen last week. Traders note that comments today by BOE MPC member Blanchflower as GBP-negative but the ability for Cable to continue higher suggests more gains are likely near-term. EURO rallied to a high print at 1.3208 before dropping back under the 1.3100 handle briefly before regaining the 1.3100 handle; closing rates around the 1.3150 area suggest more upside is coming. In both EURO and GBP a short-squeeze is likely in play. USD/CHF was under pressure all day never seeing much higher action; the rate dropping to a new low in late New York at 1.1386 and ending below the 100 day MA. Traders note conditions were thin except into the lows suggesting that late longs threw in the towel into the end of day. USD/CAD made a low print under near-term support at 1.2139 before rallying more than a full handle to trade 1.2274; the rate falling off into the close as well looking like a close under the 1.2220 area will turn the charts negative for the middle of the week. The slow mover today was USD/JPY; failing to extend gains or losses beyond existing S/R with high prints in New York at 89.70 and overnight lows at 88.25. The rate is mid-range into the close for a neutral reading into Asia tonight. Look for a quiet open in Asia as China remains closed for the Lunar New Year holiday. Follow-on selling of USD is likely but also expect two-way action.

Forex Analysis written by Jason Alan Jankovsky, featured by