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• Euro, British Pound Remain in Consolidation Mode vs. US Dollar
• Commodity Dollars Surge as Canadian, New Zealand Data Surprises to the Upside, FX Carry Trades Gain
• Swiss Franc Remain Range Bound vs. Euro as Data Highlights Swiss Deflation Risks



US Dollar, Japanese Yen To See High Volatility on Tuesday Amidst Goldman Sachs (GS) Earnings, US Retail Sales

The US dollar and Japanese yen both took a hit on Monday and ended the day as the weakest of the majors thanks to a surge in risk appetite that took the DJIA and S&P 500 up more than 2 percent. Economic data certainly did not drive these moves, as the release of the US budget statement was disappointing with the deficit hitting $94.3 billion in June, bringing the deficit for the fiscal year to $1.1 trillion. Instead, FX carry trades and equities were driven higher as speculation mounts that Goldman Sachs earnings for the second quarter will indicate that the firm made huge profits, painting a brighter outlook for the financial sector as a whole. While a large increase in profits is sure to ignite significant risk appetite, these optimistic expectations are bordering on the extreme, creating potential for disappointment and high volatility. This makes it important for traders to be careful with the amount of capital they put on the table.

Forex traders may also notice choppy price action upon the release of US advance retail sales, which are projected to rise 0.4 percent for the month of June, which would mark the second straight improvement, and excluding autos, retail sales are anticipated to increase by 0.5 percent. However, there is potential for a worse-than-expected result, as the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) said that same-store sales tumbled 5.1 percent in June from a year earlier, which was the sharpest decline since March. All told, a negative reading has the potential to stoke risk aversion in the markets, and thus, US dollar strength. On the other hand, surprisingly strong results could offer a boost to FX carry trades and equities.

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Euro, British Pound Remain in Consolidation Mode vs. US Dollar

The euro and British pound were mixed on Monday, but from a longer-term perspective, pairs like EURUSD and GBPUSD remain range bound and we have yet to see any sort of directional break. On Tuesday, the UK consumer price index may reflect lessening price pressures for the month of June. Indeed, the annual rate of CPI growth is forecasted to fall to a nearly two-year low of 1.8 percent from 2.2 percent, keeping inflation within the central bank's acceptable range of 1 percent - 3 percent, but below their 2 percent target. If CPI falls more than projected, the British pound could pull back sharply as the markets will anticipate that the BOE will expand their quantitative easing efforts even further in August. On the other hand, if CPI holds strong, the currency could rally in response. Ultimately, though, a breakout in EURUSD and GBPUSD may have more to do with a directional move in the US dollar, as the currency has just treaded water since the beginning of June.

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Commodity Dollars Surge as Canadian, New Zealand Data Surprises to the Upside, FX Carry Trades Gain

The Canadian dollar and New Zealand dollar were the strongest currencies of the day while the Australian dollar trailed close behind as carry trades benefited from increased risk appetite. Meanwhile, Canadian and New Zealand economic data was surprisingly strong. First, New Zealand sales rose 0.8 percent in May, and excluding autos, spending rocketed 1.6 percent, which was sharpest increase since February 2007. The results suggest that the New Zealand economy is holding up rather well and that there is no need for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand to cut rates any further. In Canada, surveys published by the Bank of Canada reflected positive sentiment on the business outlook, and slight improvements in lending conditions. Indeed, the business sales outlook index surged to a nearly 10-year high of 38.0 in Q2 from -22.0 in Q1 as a greater number of firms anticipate increasing sales volume over the next 12 months. Adding to the mix, the Senior Loan Officer Survey showed that lending conditions remain tight, but to a lesser degree than what loan officers saw in Q4 2008 and Q1 2009.

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Swiss Franc Remain Range Bound vs. Euro as Data Highlights Swiss Deflation Risks

The Swiss franc was mixed across the majors, and ended the day little changed against the euro after the Swiss producer and import price index rose a slight 0.1 percent during the month of June, while the year-over-year rate plunged to a nearly 23-year low of -5.6 percent from -5.0 percent, adding to evidence that the Swiss economy faces severe deflation risks. Indeed, these downward price pressures are the reason why the Swiss National Bank has turned to physical intervention to try to prevent the Swiss franc from appreciating. All told, EUR/CHF remains within an intraday falling channel formation, with support now at 1.5087/90 and resistance at 1.5170. SNB directorate member Thomas Jordan said two weeks ago that they continue to consider interventions to prevent an excessive rise in the Swiss franc, and as a result, traders should beware that the further EUR/CHF falls, the greater the potential for intervention grows.

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