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Old Oct 13, 2015, 12:15pm   #31
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Gold Hits Fresh 7-Week High, What’s Next?[/

CapitalStreetFX started this thread Gold prices surged strongly during London trading hours, with spot gold reaching $1,169.04 a troy ounce, a fresh 7-week high.

The commodity extended its advance on speculation the US Federal Reserve will maintain its rates at record lows for the rest of this 2015, whilst a weaker dollar is also supportive of gold.

The commodity has eased some from its highs, but closed the day above the 1,160.00 level, which maintains the bullish trend in place. Daily basis, the has extended further above its 20 and 100 DMAs, while advancing briefly above the 200 DMA, before closing the day a few cents below it.

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In the same time frame, the technical indicators recovered their bullish slopes above their mid-lines, supporting additional gains for the upcoming sessions.

Shorter term, the 4 hours chart shows that the price is well above a bullish 20 SMA, whilst the Momentum indicator heads higher well above its mid-line, and the RSI indicator hovers around 64, also supporting a continued advance, particularly if the price holds above 1,150, a key psychological support.
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Old Oct 19, 2015, 10:13am   #32
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Could Euro Resume Upside Rally This Week?[

CapitalStreetFX started this thread The EUR/USD pair closed the week unchanged around 1.1350, as the greenback advanced on Friday. The dollar surged amid a general positive tone in local data, as the number of job openings decreased to 5.4 million in August, a little weaker than expectations, but still at high levels.

Consumer sentiment climbed more than forecast in October, with the University of Michigan’s preliminary consumer sentiment index up to 92.1, the first advance in four months. In Europe however, inflation fell into negative territory yearly basis, resulting at was -0.1% in September 2015, down from 0.1% in August. Monthly basis, it come out at 0.2% against previous 0.0%.

The ECB will have an economic policy meeting this week, and market talks point for an extension in its Q3 program, given that inflation remains at record lows. Also, the EU will release its latest PMI figures, a neat barometer of the economic situation. Should the Central Bank refrain from changing its policy, the common currency may get a nice boost and return towards the 1.1500, as long as it previously holds above 1.1280.

For this Monday, the EUR/USD pair maintains a positive technical tone daily basis, although failure at 1.1500 earlier in the week suggests a limited upward potential ahead. Nevertheless, the price holds well above its moving averages, with the 20 DMA acting as a critical support around 1.1280 for the upcoming days, whilst the technical indicators hold well above their mid-lines, albeit lacking upward momentum at the time being.

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In short term, the 4 hours chart presents a bearish tone, with the price having been unable to advance beyond its 20 SMA since last Wednesday, and the technical indicators maintaining strong bearish slopes in negative territory. Friday’s low at 1.1330 provides an immediate support, with a break below it required to confirm a bearish continuation for this Monday.
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Old Oct 20, 2015, 10:55am   #33
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EUR/USD Plunges For Fourth Straight Day

CapitalStreetFX started this thread The EUR/USD pair extends its overnight side-trend, although remains better bid in the early European trades, with trading expected to remain light amid lack of relevant economic data.

The EUR/USD pair trades modestly flat at 1.1330, oscillating in a 20-pips range during most of Asia. The major keeps its range-trade intact and appears to consolidate before next leg lower as the USD bulls are expected to resume its upstreak, riding higher on the recent upbeat US fundamentals.

Moreover, mixed sentiment on the Asian indices also failed to provide any impetus to the shared currency. However, the falling US treasury yields somewhat keep the EUR/USD supported. The benchmark 10-year treasury yields drop -0.61% to 2.016% while the 2-year yields on the US notes decline -1.40% to 0.593%.

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In the day ahead, markets shift their attention towards the US calendar and subsequent Fed speaks as the European session holds nothing relevant in terms of macro data on the cards.

The pair struggles below the daily pivot located near 1.1340 which acts as the immediate resistance, beyond which 1.1362/1.1368 (h1 200-SMA & 10-DMA) would be tested and from there to 1.1386 (h1 100-SMA). While the immediate support is located at 1.1300 (psychological levels), a breach of the last would expose 1276 (50-DMA), below which floors open for a test of 1.1260 (daily S2).
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Old Oct 21, 2015, 1:06pm   #34
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EUR/USD Looks Vulnerable As Downside Risk Accelerates

CapitalStreetFX started this thread Majors traded within its recent ranges, with the traded volumes still at their lowest in over two months. Attention has turned now to the upcoming ECB meeting next Thursday, and seems little can be expected ahead of it from currency pairs.

Data released this Tuesday failed to trigger interesting moves, although things continue worsen in Europe, given that German producer prices index fell by 2.1% in September, compared to a year before, much worse than the previous -1.7%.

The EU Current Account surplus for August, hardly a market mover, shrunk to €17.7B, while July data was revised higher, from €22.6B to €25.6B. In the US, housing starts rose by 6.5% in September to an annual rate of 1.21M, following two months of declines, and approaching the 8-year high reached past June.

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The EUR/USD pair retreated from a daily high set at 1.1386 in the European session, ending the day around the 1.1340 level, where it closed last week. From a technical point of view, the pair continues lacking directional strength, although the risk is turning towards the downside in the short term, as the 1 hour chart shows that the early rally was capped by the 100 SMA, while the technical indicators have retreated from near overbought levels and stand now around their mid-lines.

In the 4 hours chart, a brief advance beyond the 20 SMA was quickly reversed, and the indicator maintains a bearish slope, whilst the Momentum indicator has retreated from its mid-line and the RSI hovers around 46, limiting chances of a stronger rally for this Wednesday.
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Old Oct 22, 2015, 12:14pm   #35
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Dollar/Yen Rallies After Trade Balance News

CapitalStreetFX started this thread The USD/JPY pair advanced up to 120.08, ending the day around the 120.00 level, extending its tepid rally for a fifth day in-a-row. Ever since bottoming at 118.05 last week, the pair has been advancing slowly, but steadily, mostly as latest disappointing Japanese data suggest the BOJ will extend its stimulus in its upcoming meeting by then ends of October.

Wednesday’s rally came after the Japanese September trade balance posted a deficit of ¥114.5B against market’s expectations of a ¥84.4B surplus. Imports resulted better than expected, falling by 11.1% against market’s forecast of an 11.7% decline, while exports grew by 0.6%.

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The 1 hour chart shows that the price has advanced further above its moving averages whilst the 100 SMA accelerated its advance, but remains below the 200 SMA. In the same chart however, the technical indicators have lost their early strength and turned flat around their mid-lines.

In the 4 hours chart, the price stalled its advance around the 200 SMA, whilst the technical indicators are also losing their upward strength but holding well above their mid-lines.
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Old Oct 23, 2015, 9:14am   #36
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Crude Oil Rises In Asia Ahead of Rig Count Data

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Crude gained in Asia on Friday ahead of rig count data in the U.s. that will set the tone on supply.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, WTI crude for December delivery rose 0.43% to $45.58 a barrel.

Last week, Baker Hughes (N:BHI) said that the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. decreased by 10 last week to 595, the seventh straight weekly decline. Over the prior six weeks, drillers had cut 70 rigs.

A lower U.S. rig count is usually a bullish sign for oil as it signals potentially lower production in the future.

Overnight, crude futures ticked up on Thursday during a choppy day of trading, as investors continued to react to bearish supply data from a massive stockpile build last week.

On the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), Brent crude for December delivery wavered between $47.70 and $48.72 a barrel, before closing at $48.11, up 0.26 or 0.54% on the day. Brent futures are still down by approximately 1.5% over the last month of trading.

Meanwhile, the spread between the international and U.S. domestic benchmarks of crude stood at $2.82, above Wednesday’s level of $2.41 at the close of trading.
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Old Oct 26, 2015, 8:47am   #37
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EUR/USD Loses 400 Pips In Two Days, What’s Next?

CapitalStreetFX started this thread Central Banks led the way last week, and will continue doing so during the upcoming days. After the ECB tip toed further easing for the upcoming December, the PBoC slashed its rates on Friday, reducing its benchmark lending rate by 25 bps and the reserve requirements ratio for banks by 50 bps during the European morning, leading to a strong recovery in European and American stocks, which ended up boosting the greenback across the board.

This week, the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan will have monthly economic meetings, and while the first is expected to remain on hold, the market will be looking for any tip on the date of a US rate hike. As for the BOJ, investors are expecting some extension of the ongoing stimulus, and a continued JPY decline.

The EUR/USD pair lost almost 400 pips in two days, falling as low as 1.0995 on Friday, before posting a shallow bounce and ending the week barely above the 1.1000 mark. The pair has broken below a long term ascendant trend line coming from April low at 1.0519, and the break has strong bearish implications, regardless whatever the US FED announces this week in its Thursday´s policy meeting. As long as upward corrective movements meet selling interest around 1.1120, the downside remains favored.

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Technically, the daily chart shows that the pair is currently below its moving averages, with the 200 DMA converging with the broken trend line around 1.1120, the mentioned critical resistance, whilst the technical indicators maintain their strong bearish slopes below their mid-lines. In the 4 hours chart, the technical indicators have lost their bearish potential, but remain in extreme oversold readings, far from suggesting the pair may correct higher. Renewed selling interest below 1.1000, should lead to a continued decline down to 1.0920 this Monday, with the ultimate bearish target for this week at 1.0840.
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Old Oct 27, 2015, 7:58am   #38
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USD/JPY Finally Breaks the 121.00 Resistance Area

CapitalStreetFX started this thread The USD/JPY pair erased most of its intraday losses, recovering from a daily low of 120.57 reached after the release of US disappointing data, recovering above the 121.00 level by the end of the day.

The Japanese Yen got a boost during the previous Asian session, after PM Abe adviser, Hamada, stated that there’s no need for the BOJ to ease, as long as market expectations for a FED rate hike keep the yen weak.

Nevertheless, investors are now convinced that the latest ECB decision may force the BOJ to act, to prevent further JPY appreciation.

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The pair is still unable to overcome its 200 DMA, a major resistance level tested by the end of the last week around 121.45, but the 1 hour chart shows that the bullish potential is increasing, as the technical indicators are crossing their mid-lines towards the upside, whilst the price is clearly above a bullish 20 SMA.

In the 4 hours chart, the Momentum indicator retreated from overbought levels and continues heading lower above its 100 level, although the RSI has turned back higher after correcting extreme readings, now heading higher around 62, all of which supports further gains for this Tuesday. Support levels: 120.70 120.35 120.00 Resistance levels: 121.45 121.80 122.05
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Old Oct 28, 2015, 8:43am   #39
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Wall Street Under Pressure Amid Low Oil Prices, Disappointing Earnings

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US indexes closed slightly lower, with the DJIA down by 41 points and ending the day at 17,581.43. The Nasdaq lost 4 points, whilst the S&P closed 0.26% lower.

Lower oil prices and disappointing earnings reports dragged Wall Street lower, with investors already being in cautious mode ahead of the FED’s meeting outcome. Car maker Ford plunged over 4% after reporting quarterly earnings below market’s forecast, attributing the slide to higher taxes.

Also, weaker-than-expected US data weighed on investors sentiment, which stayed side-lined, ahead of any rate move clue. The Dow daily chart shows that, despite setting a lower low for the week, the index remains within its latest range, near the fresh 2-month high set late last week. Also, the index stands well above its 200 DMA, whilst the technical indicators have turned flat well above their mid-lines, maintain the risk towards the upside.

In the 4 hours chart, however, the upward potential has lost part of its steam, as the Momentum indicator heads lower below its 100 level, albeit the RSI indicator maintains a bullish slope around 66 and the index struggles around a bullish 20 SMA. The index needs to break above 17,682 the mentioned high, to be able to extend its rally, with buyers still seeing on dips towards the 17,550/70 region.
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Old Oct 29, 2015, 8:46am   #40
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Asian Stock Markets Finally Halt Unprecedented Winning Streak

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Asian stocks pared their biggest monthly advance in six years and the dollar held gains against most peers after the Federal Reserve bolstered prospects for a December interest-rate increase. The yen climbed with Japanese bond yields after a surprise jump in industrial production.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell for a third day, trimming its first monthly advance since April. U.S. futures slipped after the Fed’s commentary helped drive the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to the highest close since Aug. 18.

South Korea’s won led losses among emerging-market currencies. The yen was stronger for the third time in four days after output unexpectedly exceeded all 32 estimates in a Bloomberg survey, curbing speculation that the Bank of Japan will expand stimulus this week.

Odds the Fed will move on rates at their next meeting jumped to 46 percent from around 32 percent a week ago, after the central bank dropped a reference to global risks and asserted that economic growth remains “moderate.”

Underlining the divergence of U.S. policy from the rest of the world, China cut rates for a sixth time in 12 months last week, while New Zealand’s central bank governor said today that another reduction in borrowing costs is likely and Sweden expanded its bond purchase program Wednesday.
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Old Oct 30, 2015, 11:33am   #41
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Yen Gains Momentum Ahead of Key Decisions By BoJ

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The yen held stronger Friday ahead of a central bank review on rates and subsequent outlook for the economy.

USD/JPY traded at 120.93, down 0.17%, after the household data and consumer prices and unemployment. AUD/USD changed hands at 0.7099, up 0.36%.

In Japan, September household spending plunged 1.3% month-on-month, well below the 0.3% gain seen, national core CPI eased 0.1%, less than the 0.2% drop expected, and unemployment stayed steady at 3.4% as expected.

Consumer spending remains lackluster despite a gradual pickup in nominal wages and possibly due to the uncertainty over global growth and stock markets.

Investors are now looking at the Bank of Japan one-day policy meeting on Friday as industrial output shows signs of life even as the central bank is expected to revise down growth and inflation forecasts in its semi-annual Outlook Report due the same day.

Expectations of further eased have ebbed and waned for another round of aggressive monetary easing to boost prices more than two years into a massive stimulus program of ¥80 trillion.

In Australia comes housing credit for September rose 0.8%, a faster pace that the 0.5% gain in August, while housing credit was up 0.6%, unchanged from the previous month. Producer prices gained 0.9% in the third quarter.

The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, fell 0.08% to 97.29.

Overnight, the dollar pushed lower against the other major currencies on Thursday, after the release of disappointing U.S. data dampened optimism over the strength of the economy.
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Old Nov 2, 2015, 9:14am   #42
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Euro/Dollar Tests Key Trendline Resistance

CapitalStreetFX started this thread The dollar gave back some ground on Friday, mostly on month-end profit taking, but closed the month with gains after the US Federal Reserve surprised the market with a hawkish statement and opening doors for a December rate hike.

In Europe, October annual inflation met expectations of 0.0% against previous -0.1%, whilst the US Consumer Sentiment missed expectations, resulting at 90.0, and below a preliminary reading of 92.1, while Personal Income and Spending, both grew at the slowest pace since January in September, up by 0.1% each.

The EUR/USD pair advanced up to 1.1072 but the rally was quickly faded, reflecting a strong negative sentiment towards the common currency. Having closed the week barely above the 1.1000 figure, the dominant bearish trend remains firm in place, given that the daily chart shows that selling interest surged on an approach to the 200 DMA, whilst the Momentum indicator maintains a strong bearish, despite being in oversold territory.

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In the same chart, the RSI indicator has managed to bounce from oversold levels, but remains well into negative territory, leaving room for additional declines. In the 4 hours chart, the pair is struggling around a bearish 20 SMA, whilst the technical indicators have failed to advance above their mid-lines, but lack enough bearish strength to confirm a bearish movement ahead.

Support levels: 1.0960 1.0920 1.0880

Resistance levels: 1.1050 1.1090 1.1125
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Old Nov 3, 2015, 10:57am   #43
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Gold Holds Range As Investors Seek Clarity on US Monetary Policy Outlook

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Gold traded in a narrow range in Asia on Tuesday with investors treading water ahead of more clarity on the outlook for U.S. interest rates.

On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold for December delivery was up 0.02% to $1.132.90 a troy ounce, swinging between narrow gains and dips.

Silver for December delivery fell 0.16% to $15.385 a troy ounce.

Copper for December delivery rose 0.05% to $2.314 a pound.

The Federal Reserve faces headwinds in raising interest rates by the end of 2016 as economic data and global growth in economies like China present a poor backdrop for stricter monetary policy.

Overnight, gold futures slumped to near monthly lows on Monday, as mixed manufacturing data in China provided investors with added uncertainty on demand in the world’s second-largest economy.

Last month, the Caixin China manufacturing purchasing managers index rose to 48.3, up from 47.2 in September, according to research firm Markit.

Any reading below 50 provides strong indications of contraction in factory activity. It marks the eighth consecutive month of contraction in China’s manufacturing sector. China’s official manufacturing PMI, released on Sunday, remained below analysts’ forecasts at 49.8, unchanged from the previous month.
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Old Nov 4, 2015, 9:19am   #44
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Asian Stocks Surge, Kiwi Dollar Plunges After Employment News

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Asian stocks rose as a first-day surge by units of Japan Post propelled Tokyo shares higher, extending a global rally that added almost $250 billion to equities on Tuesday. New Zealand’s dollar weakened for the sixth time in seven days after a drop in employment and dairy prices.

All 10 industry groups on the MSCI Asia Pacific Index advanced. The Topix index rallied after Tuesday’s holiday as Japan Post’s banking unit and holding company jumped at least 17 percent in the biggest initial offering of the year.

Taiwan shares jumped on an announcement that President Ma Ying-jeou will meet China’s President Xi Jinping in Singapore on Saturday. The kiwi headed for its weakest close in almost a month, while Asian emerging-market currencies gained. Gold rose with industrial metals.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index climbed 1.4 percent by 10:58 a.m. in Tokyo, headed for its biggest daily gain since Oct. 23. The Topix rose 1.4 percent, clawing back some of Monday’s losses, while the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index surged more than 2 percent.

Shares of Japan Post’s insurance unit soared 44 percent. The Japanese government raised 1.44 trillion yen ($12 billion) from the three-pronged IPO, which was oversubscribed within days of going on sale last month. The offering was part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to convince Japanese to put more of their savings to investments.
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Old Nov 5, 2015, 9:10am   #45
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Chinese Stock Markets Poised For Major Bullish Reversal

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The Shanghai Composite Index rose toward a bull market as government support underpins a rebound from China’s $5 trillion stock rout.

Asian emerging-market currencies slipped against the dollar and Australian bonds dropped as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled a possible interest rates increase next month.

The Shanghai gauge was set to close more than 20 percent above its Aug. 26 low, meeting some investors’ definition of a bull market.

South Korea’s won and Malaysia’s ringgit led declines as the Dollar Spot Index traded near its highest levels since March. Australian 10-year yields rose for a sixth day Thursday, tracking global bond losses.

China’s extreme measures to prop up the stock market, as well as deep cuts to interest rates and banks’ reserve ratios, have restored almost $1.5 trillion in value to the nation’s equities since their August nadir.
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