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Greenback Treading Water

Categories: AUD, CAD, EUR, GBP, JPY, Markets, News, USD

The greenback appears to have treaded water in a very quiet, slightly nervous overnight session.  Yesterday afternoon, a re-hashed comment by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin supporting a “strong dollar”, lifted the US dollar across the board.

Shortly afterwards, the ECB’s Ewald Nowotny, musing about how the central bank could end quantitative easing, said “The American model was to finish bond purchases first, but this model might not transfer well to Europe, then added, “interest rates also wouldn’t have to be increased simultaneously nor to the same extent.”
“The ECB could also raise the deposit rate earlier than the prime rate,”

Traders only saw the last line, about interest rates rising, and EURUSD soared along with EUR crosses, including EURCAD.

Asia FX markets were extremely quiet, preferring to await the outcome of the G20 meeting and wary of headlines from the Trump/Merkel meeting today.

NZDUSD. NZDUSD inched higher on positive Business NZ PMI data and AUDUSD followed Kiwi higher.

USDJPY flat-lined, content to consolidate its-post-FOMC losses.

EURUSD held on to yesterday afternoon’s gains. The Eurozone posted a smaller trade surplus for January then for December but it wasn’t a factor for FX traders.

Sterling has held on to it’s post-Bank of England policy meeting gains. Monetary Policy committee member, Kirsten Forbes wanted to raise UK interest rates.  Traders reacted like she did.

Oil prices remain on the defensive. WTI traded either side of $49.00/barrel without any conviction. Traders are concerned that production continues to out-strip demand.

USDCAD is well above yesterday’s 1.3274 low but continues to be undermined by the doveish FOMC results.

Better-than -expected US data results (Preliminary Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index for March, Capacity Utilization and Industrial Production) could spark a pre-weekend bout of profit taking after this week’s US dollar sell-off. The G20 meeting and risk of US protectionism chatter, aggressive rhetoric towards North Korea from the US, and missile launches from Syria to Israel also support some US dollar “safe-haven” demand.  USDCAD could see fresh selling pressure if Manufacturing shipments surprise to the upside (forecast -0.4%, m/m)

The search for leprechauns and bar stools should ensure a quiet afternoon session.


Overnight Ranges







USDCAD 1.3325 1.3343 1.3311
EURUSD 1.0774 1.0781 1.0754
USDJPY 113.22 113.48 113.20
GBPUSD 1.2390 1.2397 1.2326
USDCHF 0.9950 0.9976 0.9947
AUDUSD 0.7690 0.7693 0.7665
NZDUSD 0.7005 0.7000 0.6977
USDMXN 19.1954 19.2730 19.1954
WTI   48.99 49.01 48.63
Close 4:00 pm EDT-Open 6:00 am  EDT


USDCAD Technical outlook:

The intraday USDCAD technicals are bearish. The break below 1.3420 and again at 1.3380 suggests a short-term peak is in place at 1.3532.  A move below 1.3270 will target support at the well-defended 1.3210 area. A break of 1.3210 will lead down to the January low of 1.2972.   A rally above 1.3380 would lead to 1.3270-1.3420 consolidation.  For today, USDCAD support is at 1.3310, 1.3270 and 1.3250.  Resistance is at 1.3350, 1.3380 and 1.3420

Today’s Range 1.3280-1.3380

Chart: USDCAD 4 hour with support noted





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