EURUSD moved to a five day high (on a closing basis) at 1.1345 this morning bringing last Thursday’s peak at 1.1379 back into scope, with the May-15 peak at 1.1466 just behind. A run of encouraging data, and perky May inflation data, out of the Eurozone has enabled to the euro to hold ground against the dollar, despite the rekindled Fed tightening narrative following the strong May US payrolls report. The forex market is also taking a sanguine view of Greece’s continuing standoff with its creditors at bailout negotiations. There were fresh reports that the European Commission is trying to look into ways to get Greece some alternative funding that doesn’t require a positive bailout review, but even Juncker is increasingly exasperated with Greece’s hostility towards creditors and their offers. As Greece will have to negotiate further funding beyond the remaining monies from the current bailout, the hard line stance taken by Tsipras and Co is a gamble with Greece obviously banking on the fact that foreign ministers and heads of state, as well as the G7 will eventually value Greece’s strategic position in the south-east of Europe and its importance as a Nato partner more than the fact that continuing Eurozone membership will cost taxpayers elsewhere in the Eurozone dearly, and that without solving the country’s underlying problems.
According to ECB’s Liikanen QE could be extended, beyond September 2016 if needed. We have heard this before, but in the current climate it may go some way to dampen the rise in yields although the official commitment to bond buying it counterbalanced somewhat by the central bank’s very relaxed attitude to the rise in long term yields. Bund futures, which fell into negative territory, are slightly up again on the day, but off opening highs.
EURUSD moved on Friday pretty well according to my script. I said in Friday’s report that the pair was approaching an intraday resistance at 1.1285 and that EURUSD is not likely to rise much higher but will react lower and remain weak. I also said that I don’t expect the pair to move to 1.1006 support today. The pair turned lower from 1.1280, remained weak and moved to the south after NFP figures came out with a big surprise. And price never moved to 1.1006 that day.
Now we’ve seen a rally back into the same resistance area that turned the pair lower Thursday last week. The picture is less clear than on Friday as price has reacted lower from the resistance but has since found buyers at the same region that resisted moves higher on Friday. If prices keeps on making lower timeframe higher lows over the next two to three hours it is likely that buyers try to challenges the daily resistance levels again. Should this fail and price move lower from here the next intraday support would be at 1.1178 after which there are no clear support levels before intraday support before 1.1133. The pivotal daily low from Friday is at 1.1050. This range could be target for intraday shorts. However, if price create a lower daily high at current levels it is more likely that serious buyers are looking to buy EURUSD long between 1.0887 and 1.1006. Daily support and resistance levels are 1.1049, 1.1006 and 1.1324, 1.1380.
Currency Pairs, Grouped Performance (% Change)
USD, JPY and EUR strength has been the overall theme for this morning but now we are seeing some change with EUR performance getting a bit more mixed and GBP weakening. AUD has been weak while NZDJPY, AUDJPY and GBPJPY have been among the weakest performers in individual pairs while EURAUD and EURNZD have been strong. NZDJPY is still trading sideways at a daily support and lower Bollinger Bands (20) while AUDJPY is edging closer to pivotal daily candles and the lower end of consolidation range. EURAUD is continuing the uptrend that got boosted when Eurozone core CPI was reported well above expectations at 0.9%.
Main Macro Events Today
- Chinese CPI and PPI were released today. CPI fell 0.2% in May from April, below the forecast median of 0.0%, rising 1.2% vs a year-ago May compared to a 1.3% median and 1.5% in April. Food CPI rose 1.6% in May vs a year-ago, while non-food CPI grew 1.0%. PPI sank 4.6% vs year-ago levels, below -4.5% median forecasts, but same as April levels. Overall, this still points to price declines, especially on the producer side, amid ongoing signs of overcapacity and economic slowing.
- Eurozone GDP: there was no variation in the actual figures from expectations. Eurozone GDP was expected the second reading of Eurozone Q1 GDP to confirm growth rates of 0.4% q/q and 1.0% y/y respectively. This left the focus on the breakdown but without a major revision, however, the numbers are too backward looking to change the overall outlook for growth and monetary policy.
- Swiss CPI for May dipped to a new cycle low of -1.2% y/y, meeting the median forecast and down from April’s -1.1%. The sharp drop into deflation in recent months is largely a consequence of the franc’s 15%-plus appreciation in January when the SNB abandoned its cap. This is troubling to Swiss policymakers, though they will be consoled by last week’s appreciation in EUR-CHF to 10-weeks above 1.0500.
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