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EURUSD: all bears need now is a ‘lower low’

Fawad Razaqzada

The EURUSD has been trending lower in recent weeks and the selling pressure has accelerated over the past few days as the investor focus has returned to the interest rate differential between the US and Eurozone economies. Whereas the Fed has signalled that it is ready to hike rates later this year, the ECB has only recently started QE and there were no suggestions from President Mario Draghi today that the bank is ready to trim or end the €60 billion a month stimulus programme early. In fact, Draghi said the ECB has temporarily increased emergency funding to Greek banks by €900m. Thus, the ultra-accommodative monetary policy is here to stay for now and this should in theory put downward pressure on European bond yields, which in turn could depress the euro even further. more…

USD/JPY: where to next?

Fawad Razaqzada

The appetite for risk has improved noticeably this week, as evidenced by a sharp rebound across the global equity markets. FX traders have likewise witnessed the unwinding of some safe haven trades with CHF and JPY both falling sharply following their recent gains. The US dollar has performed well given the fact that the weekly unemployment claims disappointed expectations and after the minutes from the FOMC’s last policy meeting contained very little in the way of new information other than what we already knew. However, as some FOMC members are concerned about the developments in China and Greece, more…

Gold: moment of truth

Fawad Razaqzada

We have repeatedly commented that gold’s near term outlook does not look bright because of the apparent lack of interest from investors worried about the crisis in Greece. Whereas the European stock markets have fallen quite dramatically in response to the deteriorating Greek situation, the precious metal has barely shown much reaction. Admittedly, this has been in part because of the strength of the US dollars, which has been climbing steadily higher this week in anticipation of Thursday’s US jobs report. As it turned out, more…

Silver unable to shine despite raised Grexit fears

Fawad Razaqzada

Though precious metals have bounced off their session lows, they are generally continuing to struggle for form despite the increased uncertainty about Greece. Gold is now down for the fifth consecutive day and although silver has managed to buck the trend from time to time, it too is a touch lower today and also on the week. Investors are hoping that an eleventh-hour deal for Greece will be struck today, which is part of the reason why European stocks are clinging on to their gains. more…

GBP/USD Testing Key Resistance Ahead Of US Data

Farad Razaqzada

The GBP/USD is up for a third consecutive session, extending its gains from the base of 1.5170 formed on June 1. The upsurge has been primarily driven by a weaker US dollar rather than a stronger pound, with the dollar index now down for a third straight day. But the pound has also gained some ground on the back of some mixed bag UK economic data of late. Today’s numbers showed manufacturing production unexpectedly fell 0.4% in April, wiping out the March increase, while industrial production was up 0.4% over the month when an increase of only 0.1% was expected. more…