European Open Preview – Wall Street pulls back; euro hit by German PMIs

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 8:00 am GMT

US markets retreat as healthcare stocks ‘feel the Bern’ Moves in FX generally subdued, but euro takes a hit after German PMIs Retail sales data coming up in UK, US, and Canada today Wall Street inches down as healthcare stocks weigh ‘Sanders risk’ US equity markets retreated modestly on Wednesday, with losses in the healthcare sector eclipsing encouraging earnings elsewhere. The benchmark S&P 500 fell by 0.23%, weighed down by pharmaceutical giants UnitedHealth (-1.87%), Pfizer (-2.49%), and Merck (-4.72%), among [..]

Technical Analysis – NZDUSD faces strong support at 0.6720; completes 3-month low

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 7:11 am GMT

NZDUSD reached a fresh three-month low of 0.6665 on Wednesday but it failed to end the day below the medium-term consolidation area with upper boundary the 0.6940 resistance and lower boundary the 0.6720 support.  The pair remains slightly below the 200-day simple moving average (SMA) suggesting more losses, while the RSI indicator is sloping south in the negative territory. If the bears manage to take control and penetrate the sideways channel, support would likely come from the lower boundary near 0.6705. [..]

European Open Preview – Aussie jumps on China GDP boost but limited gains for stocks

Posted on April 17, 2019 at 8:14 am GMT

Fears of a global slowdown ease substantially after China posts stronger-than-expected GDP data for the first quarter The data lifts risk-assets with the Australian dollar being the main beneficiary But broader gains are limited amid caution about the outlook China GDP beats expectations, industrial output surges Markets cheered upbeat economic figures out of China on Wednesday, continuing the series of positive numbers out of the country over the past couple of weeks. China’s economy expanded by 6.4% year-on-year in the [..]

New Zealand Q1 CPI ahead for the kiwi – Forex News Preview

Posted on April 16, 2019 at 9:17 am GMT

The New Zealand dollar was knocked down in late March when the country’s central bank surprised markets by saying that the next move in interest rates will likely be down rather than neutral. The disappointment following the policy meeting and the lack of clarity about the future of the global economy allowed sellers to take control since then, with the spotlight turning now to NZD inflation to be delivered on Tuesday at 2245 GMT for any new rate signals. According to forecasts, [..]

European Open Preview – Major pairs steady as China GDP awaited; aussie slips on rate cut bets

Posted on April 16, 2019 at 8:15 am GMT

Dollar steady as markets await economic releases for more clues on outlook amid signs of green shoots China GDP will be the week’s highlight and key in building on the current risk-on tone Market mood to also be determined by US earnings season as banks’ results underwhelm Aussie worst performing currency after RBA sets condition for rate cut Dollar off lows ahead of important data The positive risk sentiment from Friday continued to ease slightly on Tuesday as investors preferred [..]

Week Ahead – China Q1 GDP eyed; inflation data to dominate elsewhere

Posted on April 12, 2019 at 1:44 pm GMT

Markets will take a break from central banks and Brexit news over the coming week as the focus moves firmly onto economic fundamentals. Monthly inflation reports will be the dominant release, followed by retail sales estimates. The latest flash PMIs will also be keenly watched amid tepid signs of a recovery in some parts of the world. But while the upcoming data could prove significant in identifying shifting trends, major FX pairs will likely struggle to break out of their [..]

European Open Preview – Earnings season kicks off; dollar struggles to advance

Posted on April 12, 2019 at 6:38 am GMT

US earnings season commences with JPMorgan & Wells Fargo Dollar advances alongside US yields, but pares gains Yen retreats ahead of US-Japan trade talks, gold follows Earnings season kicks off with major US banks US equity markets closed practically flat yesterday, though the Nasdaq Composite (-0.22%) did post some losses, with traders appearing reluctant to take on new positions ahead of what promises to be a stormy earnings season. US banking behemoths JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo will report their [..]


Technical Analysis – NZDUSD remains in consolidation area; stochastics suggest bullish bias

Posted on April 11, 2019 at 9:05 am GMT

NZDUSD has been developing within a consolidation area over the last three months with upper boundary the strong resistance level of 0.6940 and the support level of 0.6720. In the near term, the price rebounded on the 200-day SMA, posting three positive days. Technically, the %K line of the stochastic oscillator is gaining ground after the bullish cross with the %D line in the previous days, while the MACD is trying to advance above trigger line in the negative territory. [..]

European Open Preview – Draghi briefly sinks euro; Brexit delayed again

Posted on April 11, 2019 at 7:56 am GMT

ECB’s Draghi hints at more stimulus, but euro tumbles only modestly and recovers quickly Dollar pulls back after disappointing US CPI data, looks to Fed speakers today EU grants Brexit extension – Varadkar’s remarks indicate way forward Euro tumbles as Draghi hints at more stimulus, but only modestly As expected, the European Central Bank (ECB) kept both its policy and forward guidance unchanged yesterday. President Draghi maintained a cautious tone, highlighting that incoming data remain weak, especially in the manufacturing [..]

European Open Preview – ECB meeting, EU Brexit summit, and much more

Posted on April 10, 2019 at 7:42 am GMT

Today is packed with market-moving events, including an ECB meeting, an EU summit on Brexit, US inflation data, and Fed minutes ECB is likely to maintain a dovish tone amid growth, trade concerns EU set to offer UK long but ‘flexible’ Brexit extension Meanwhile, trade uncertainty returns to haunt stocks ECB meets – No action, but perhaps more cautious language The European Central Bank (ECB) will announce its policy decision at 11:45 GMT, but the real action will likely begin [..]

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