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EUR/USD. February 2, 2021 – Euro falls on weak data from Germany

The US dollar continues to trade near local highs in the 1.2050 area. Weak macroeconomic data from Germany put pressure on the European currency.

According to the European statistical agency Eurostat, unemployment in the region remained at 8.3% in December, in line with market expectations. At the same time, the volume of retail sales fell by 9.6% in December after growing by 1.1% a month earlier. Analysts had expected a 2.6% decline. On an annualized basis, sales growth was 1.5% against the forecast of 5%.

Today, the dynamics of the pair will be influenced by the report on the eurozone GDP. Analysts predict that the pace of economic decline in the region in the IV quarter should accelerate from -4.3% to -6.0%, which may provoke further sales of the single currency.

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EUR/USD. February 3, 2021 – Euro near 2-month lows

The euro continues to decline paired with the dollar, reaching 1.20. The last time the single currency traded at such levels was at the beginning of December 2020. The weak rates of vaccination in Europe and the ECB's dissatisfaction with the high rate of the European currency remain negative factors for the euro. The regulator noted that it is closely monitoring the dynamics of the exchange rate and does not exclude a decrease in the rate on deposits, if this will help to accelerate inflation.

Macroeconomic indicators of the euro area are also not encouraging. Although earlier data on GDP for the IV quarter showed a decrease in the economy by 0.7% (q / q) and by 5.1% on an annualized basis, which turned out to be better than forecasts (a decrease by 0.9% and 5.4%, respectively).

Today we should pay attention to the report of the American labor market from ADP, as well as the index of business activity in the service sector ISM. Experts do not expect strong indicators, which may provoke a weakening of the dollar. Moreover, today's statistics may influence the decision in the Congress on incentives, which, if the package of assistance measures is approved, will entail further sales of the American currency.

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EUR/USD. February 04, 2021 – Euro remains weak at 1.20

The EUR/USD pair continues to update local lows, trading below 1.20. Market participants continue to monitor forecasts for GDP growth in the eurozone and the United States, where European countries are clearly losing. Last week, worsened expectations for German GDP this year were published, and traders are now very attentive to any data from the FRG, projecting them to the entire eurozone as a whole.

Earlier Germany published the final data on the index of business activity in the service sector for January, where the indicator was 46.7 points against the previous level of 46.8. The same figure for the euro area rose to 45.4 points from the December value of 45.0.

The preliminary calculation of inflation in the euro area reflected an increase in the indicator by 0.9% (y/y), while the forecast assumed an increase of 0.6%. Core inflation in the region accelerated even more – by 1.4% y/y, while expected to rise by 0.9%.

At the same time, the US dollar was supported by yesterday's positive statistics from ADP. The January report on the number of jobs in the private sector showed an increase of 174 thousand against the forecast of 48 thousand. It should be assumed that tomorrow's report on the US labor market will also exceed the expectations of traders

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EUR/USD. February 05, 2021 – Euro keeps updating new lows

The euro continues to decline at the end of the first week of February: the current quotation of the EUR/USD pair is 1.1950. The main pressure on the European currency rate is exerted by weak economic indicators from Europe and pessimistic forecasts regarding further economic recovery due to the preservation of lockdown regimes in some eurozone countries.

At the same time, the US dollar was supported by yesterday's data on the number of applications for unemployment benefits: the figure fell to 779 thousand against the forecast of 828 thousand and the previous value of 812 thousand. Such figures are a very positive signal for the American economy.

Today it is worth paying attention to the publication of data on the employment market for January. The forecast assumes that unemployment will remain unchanged at 6.7%, and the number of jobs outside the agricultural sector will increase by 85 thousand after a decline in December by 140 thousand. Average hourly wages may rise by 0.3% m/m after the previous growth of 0.8%. Thus, the stronger this statistic is, the more confident the dollar will feel.

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GBP/USD. February 08, 2021 – Sterling holds positions in highs

Quotes of the GBP/USD pair have continued to trade in a wide range of 1.3560-1.3760 for three weeks already. The current quote for the pair is 1.3700.

The pound managed to move away from the lows last week after the Bank of England meeting. The regulator said that the nationwide lockdown, which will last for almost two months, will have no impact on the economic outlook in the future, and the UK GDP will recover by the first quarter of 2022.

Moreover, the regulator noted that there is some discomfort from an overly inflated balance sheet, and this raises expectations of a faster decline in government bond purchases. This speaks of the likely further tightening of the monetary policy of the Central Bank, which will inevitably lead to a strengthening of the British currency.

Today the macroeconomic calendar is empty, so the pair will continue to trade near the 1.3700 level.

EUR/USD. February 08, 2021 – Consolidation just above the 1.20 level

On Monday, the euro is falling moderately after the publication of economic reports from the euro area. In particular, the Sentix index of investor confidence in the eurozone economy in February fell by 0.2 points against the forecasted growth of 1.9 points. Industrial production in Germany in December remained at the level of November, while analysts had expected an increase of 0.3%.

Last Friday, it became known that the US Senate passed a bill allowing the adoption of a $1.9 trillion stimulus plan proposed by President Joe Biden without Republican support. This suggests that the final version of the stimulus bill may be agreed upon in March.

At the same time, weak statistics on the US employment market only accelerates the process of agreeing on the aid package. In January, the unemployment rate fell to 6.3% from 6.7% earlier, but this is where all the positive ends. Only 49 thousand new jobs were created outside the agricultural sector, with a forecast of an increase of 85 thousand.Average hourly wages in January grew by only 0.2% m / m against the forecast of growth by 0.3% and growth by 1.0 %.

The current quote for the EUR/USD pair is 1.2020. The macroeconomic calendar is empty for today, so the instrument will continue to move almost horizontally in the area just above 1.20.

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EUR/USD. February 09, 2021 – Euro is stable around 1.2100

The euro continues to trade in the area of local highs near 1.2100. The European currency is growing, despite weak statistics from the eurozone. Sentix investor confidence index in February fell to -0.2 points against 1.3 in January. At the same time, the forecast assumed an increase to 4.1 points.

Data from Germany also turned out to be worse than forecasted: the statistics on industrial production reflected a zero change in the indicator against the forecast of growth by 0.1% m/m and the previous fact of increase by 1.5%.

So, we can say that the EUR/USD pair is growing mainly due to the general weakness of the US dollar in the Forex market. The American currency is weakening amid the process of adopting the stimulus package in the United States. Some days before, a bill was passed to approve Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion anti-crisis program without Republican support in the Senate.

Today the macroeconomic calendar is empty, so the pair will move moderately near the 1.2100 level.

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EUR/USD. February 10, 2021 – Euro consolidated above 1.2100

The EUR/USD pair continues to trade above 1.2100 and is not going to give up the pace for now. The current quote for the pair is 1.2125. There were very few macroeconomic statistics on Monday and Tuesday, it is worth noting only the data on the index of optimism in small business in the United States. The indicator fell to 95.0 points, while analysts predicted growth to 96.6.

Today, all the attention of the markets is drawn to the publication of data on inflation in the US for January. The significance of this report is quite large: it will either give the White House an excuse to speed up the process of agreeing on the aid package, or it will allow it to take the time to make important decisions.

Analysts expect the US CPI to rise 0.3% mom, after rising 0.4% in December. Core inflation in January could have increased by 0.2% MoM after increasing by 0.1% in December.

In the evening hours, you should pay attention to the speech of the head of the US Federal Reserve System Jerome Powell. It is expected that the politician will give his assessments to the published statistics on inflation and touch on some of the nuances of the regulator's monetary policy.

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EUR/USD. 11.02 | European currency continues to dominate

The euro/dollar continues to maintain potential for growth: the current quotation of the pair is 1.2125.

Inflation statistics were released yesterday: US CPI rose 0.3% mom in January, in line with forecasts after expanding 0.4% mom in December. Annual inflation is estimated at 1.4% against 1.5% earlier. The core consumer price index did not change at the beginning of the year.

The head of the US Federal Reserve System also made a speech yesterday. Jerome Powell noted that plans for a global stimulus remain unchanged. This suggests that nothing threatens interest rates for a long time. Moreover, the regulator hinted that inflation could exceed the target level of 2%, and this is quite acceptable, since the economy should try to grow on its own.

Today the macroeconomic calendar is not rich in publications. Attention should be paid only to the weekly report on the number of applications for unemployment benefits, which may support the position of the greenback.

GBP/USD. February 11, 2021 – The pair is stable above 1.38 level

On Thursday, the pound declines moderately from highs near 1.3870 to 1.3800.

The recent strengthening of the British currency was supported by the growing demand for risky assets and the general weakening of the US dollar amid expectations of a decision on fiscal stimulus. Market participants are almost certain that the program proposed by Joe Biden will get approval in Congress anyway, despite the resistance of the Republicans, who demand a reduction in the aid package.

The dollar is also under pressure after Jerome Powell's speech yesterday. The head of the Fed said that it may take years for the full recovery of the labor market, as the consequences of the pandemic turned out to be more devastating than initial forecasts. Powell also noted that the regulator does not intend to abandon the course of super-soft monetary policy.

Today the macroeconomic calendar is not rich in publications. Attention should be paid only to the data on the number of initial applications for unemployment benefits in the United States. And tomorrow will be published reports on the dynamics of British GDP and industrial production data. The economy is expected to grow 0.5% qoq in Q4 2020. Industrial production may show the same growth of 0.5% in December last year.

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EUR/USD. February 12, 2021 – The pair consolidates at 1.2100

The EUR/USD pair continues to consolidate in the 1.2100 area. Experts note that the instrument has already strengthened enough for traders to «take a break and look around».

Yesterday was published data on the number of applications for unemployment benefits in the United States: the indicator fell to 793 thousand against the level of last week at 812 thousand, while the forecast assumed a reduction in the indicator to 755 thousand. Analysts note that although statistics on the employment sector are not uniform, there are more and more positive facts in it.

As for the eurozone, here the short-term outlook looks worse than previously thought. According to experts' expectations, the eurozone's GDP in 2021 will grow by 3.8% against earlier expectations of a rise of 4.2%. At the same time, long-term expectations have improved: next year the European economy may grow by 3.8% instead of the previous forecast of 3.0%.

Today you should pay attention to the report on December industrial production in the euro area, as well as preliminary data on the consumer confidence index in the US for February. The forecast assumes growth to 80.8 points from 79.0 points earlier.

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EUR/USD. February 15, 2021 – Euro is stable at local highs

The EUR/USD pair continues to hold in positive territory above the 1.2100 level. The current quotation of the asset is 1.2135.

Today in the United States is a day off in honor of the President's Day, so the day promises to be calm. From economic statistics, it is worth highlighting only the publication on industrial production in January in the euro area: the decline in industrial production amounted to 1.6% after an increase of 2.6% mom in December. In addition, a meeting of the Eurozone finance ministers kicks off today. And Germany will publish a monthly economic report.

Friday's statistics from the US showed that the consumer confidence index from the University of Michigan fell to 76.2 points in February against the previous value of 79.0 and the forecast of growth to 80.8 points. Such indicators are the lowest for the last six months. The index of current economic conditions reflected a decline to 86.2 points in February from 86.7 in January. Thus, the US dollar will continue to weaken tomorrow, after the weekend.

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EUR/USD. February 16, 2021 – Euro continues to dominate against dollar

The EUR/USD pair continues its ascent on Tuesday. The current quote for the asset is 1.2163. The euro is strengthening, even despite yesterday's weak economic statistics from the eurozone: industrial production in the eurozone in December fell by 1.6% m/m, while the forecast expected a decline of 0.4% m / m. A month earlier, the indicator rose by 2.6% m/m. On an annual basis, the indicator declined 0.8% against the forecast of a decline of 0.3%.

Experts predict that in January and February similar indicators will be relatively similar, but in March the picture should change radically.

Today we should pay attention to the preliminary statistics on GDP in the Eurozone for the IV quarter. The indicator fell by 0.6%, which turned out to be better than the forecasted reduction by 0.7%. On an annualized basis, the region's GDP fell by 5%, which is also better than the forecast of -5.1%.

Also of interest are the data on economic sentiment in Germany from the ZEW: the index rose to 71.2 points, which is better than the forecast of a decline to 59.6. Considering the general weakness of the US dollar on the market and positive statistics from Europe, we can safely expect further growth of the European currency.

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GBP/USD. February 17, 2021 – Sterling started to decline from highs

On Wednesday, the GBP/USD pair declines moderately from 1.3950. The current quote for the asset is 1.3890.

The driver of the pound's decline was the strengthening of the US dollar in the market, which received support from a sharp rise in the yield of US debt bonds. However, the British currency does not intend to give up primacy so easily: the sterling receives strong support from the high rates of vaccination in the UK. Experts note that the rate of vaccination of the country's population is much higher than the world average.

Today you should pay attention to the publication of inflation data in Britain. The consumer price index in monthly terms decreased by 0.2%, which turned out to be better than the forecast of decline by 0.4%. Annual inflation in January accelerated to 0.7% from 0.6% in December. Also of interest are data on the price index of British producers: the indicator rose by 0.7%, while analysts predicted growth of 0.5%.

In the US, statistics on producer prices will be published in the same way, as well as on the volume of retail sales. In the evening hours, it is worth paying attention to the data on the volume of industrial production and the publication of the FOMC minutes.

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February 18 | Fundamental analysis of oil market

Brent quotes continue to renew multi-month highs: on Thursday, the asset quotes reached $65.40 per barrel. The last time at such marks the price of oil was in January 2020. The current Brent quote is $64.70.

The abnormal cold in Texas, which led to the suspension of the operation of several oil platforms, continues to contribute to the rise in prices. As a result, oil production in the United States fell by 2.6 million barrels per day. Combined with optimism about the rapid spread of vaccines in the world and a decrease in the number of coronavirus cases, this will lead to the fact that the bullish rally in oil prices will continue in the near future.

An additional local factor in the growth of Brent quotes was a report from the American Petroleum Institute (API), according to which US oil reserves fell by 5.8 million barrels over the week. Today you should pay attention to similar statistics from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the US Department of Energy. Analysts predict a decline in US oil reserves by 2 million barrels.

However, there are also risks. Experts note that the current rise in prices may lead to a revision of the terms of the OPEC+ deal at a meeting on March 3-4. It is also expected that Saudi Arabia may announce the cancellation of the unilateral production cut of 1 million barrels per day during February and March. In this scenario, the oil market may face a deep correction.

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EUR/USD. February 19, 2021 – Euro returns to growth

The EUR/USD pair is again approaching highs: the current quotation of the asset is 1.2140. The pressure on the dollar was exerted by yesterday's data on the number of claims for unemployment benefits in the United States: the indicator rose to 861 thousand against expectations of a decrease to 775 thousand. Such statistics indicate that the labor market in the United States remains unstable.

The data on the real estate market in January was also mixed. The number of building permits issued rose to 1.88 million from 1.70 million, while the number of new home starts fell to 1.58 million from the December level of 1.68 million. American businesses are still uncertain about future demand, despite low interest rates.

Today the macroeconomic calendar is quite diverse. The eurozone presented a preliminary index of business activity in the manufacturing sector for February: the indicator rose to 57.7 (better than the forecast of 54.3 points). A similar index in the service sector fell short of forecasts, falling to 44.7 points against growth expectations to 45.9.

In the evening hours, data on business activity will be presented by the United States. You should also pay attention to the important indicator of sales in the secondary housing market in January, which can demonstrate a local decline in the indicator. The Fed's monetary policy report will be released late in the evening.

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EUR/USD. February 22, 2021 – Euro grows weakly from the level of 1.2100

Last Friday, trading closed at 1.2100, and today the pair opens the day with growth to 1.2130. The European currency is supported by strong macro statistics from the Eurozone.

In particular, the February business activity indices of the Eurozone manufacturing sector were published last Friday. The indicator rose to 57.7 points against the forecasted decline to 54.3 points. The composite PMI of the euro zone was 48.1 points, while analysts had expected an increase to 48 points. At the same time, the indicator remains below the level of 50 points for the fourth month in a row, which indicates a decline in economic activity in the region.

On Monday, support for the European currency was provided by the data on the business climate index from IFO in Germany: the indicator rose from 90.3 to 92.4 points. Analysts had expected the index to reach 90.5 points. The index of business expectations in the largest European economy also came out better than forecast, showing an increase from 91.5 to 94.2 points.

The trading day promises to be calm, as the macroeconomic calendar is almost completely empty today. In the evening hours, you should pay attention to the speech of the ECB Heads Christine Lagarde.

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GBP/USD. February 24, 2021 – Sterling renews three-year high

The pound sterling continues to confidently renew highs, rising above the 1.42 level. The current quote for the GBP/USD pair is 1.4172. The last time such values were observed at the beginning of January 2018.

The currency was supported by the speech of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who noted that he was satisfied with the rate of vaccination and the general epidemiological situation. The prime minister also announced a reduction in quarantine restrictions from March 8. Note that the rate of vaccination in the country today remains the fastest in the world.

Additional support for the British currency was provided by yesterday's data on the labor market in the UK. According to the United Kingdom Office for National Statistics, the unemployment rate rose from 5% to 5.1% in December, better than expected to rise to 5.2%. The number of applications for unemployment benefits fell by 20 thousand against the projected growth of 35 thousand. The average level of wages, taking into account bonuses, increased by 4.7%, experts had expected an increase of 4.1%.

Today you should pay attention to the inflation report from the Bank of England: as a rule, on its basis, the regulator decides on the further course of monetary policy.

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EUR/USD. February 25, 2021 – Euro hits local highs

On Thursday, the euro continues to rise, reaching 1.2233. The currency is still supported by macroeconomic statistics from Europe. According to the published data, the German economy grew by 0.3% in the IV quarter of 2020. The economic recovery was driven by the growth of investments (by 1%) and exports (by 4.5%), which offset the decline in consumer spending (by 3.3%) and government spending.

At the same time, a strong pressure on the US dollar was exerted by the speech of the head of the US Federal Reserve before Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday. Jerome Powell noted that the regulator intends to continue a soft policy without raising interest rates for a long period of time. Until inflation reaches the 2% target and employment returns to pre-crisis levels, rates will remain at historic lows.

Another important factor influencing the dynamics of the EUR/USD pair is the issue of agreeing on new fiscal stimulus measures in the United States. The Democrats are slated to pass a $1.9 trillion Senate bailout tomorrow, after which the bill will be sent to President Joe Biden for signature. If the stimulus package is adopted in full, huge cash infusions can accelerate inflation, which will have a very detrimental effect on the US currency.

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Brent. February 26, 2021 – «Black gold» is losing ground

The oil market began to correct: Brent quotes fell on Friday to $64.90 per barrel. Earlier, oil strengthened amid comments from the Fed about keeping interest rates at extremely low levels for a long time, until the regulator sees a noticeable improvement in the situation in the US economy. Additional support for oil quotes was provided by signs of recovery in energy demand, as well as a reduction in oil reserves in the United States. Since the peak levels of US crude oil inventories in June 2020, they have dropped by more than 90 million barrels, according to the latest figures from the US Department of Energy.

However, despite the positive external background, Brent still started to decline. The sell-off was driven by a general deterioration in market sentiment, which triggered a risk aversion for investors. Additional concerns are raised by the upcoming OPEC+ meeting next week, which is expected to change oil production quotas from April. Experts predict that the organization could discuss an increase in production by 500 thousand barrels per day.

It is worth noting that at the upcoming meeting, Saudi Arabia may announce the cancellation of the unilateral commitment to further cut production. And this could return another 1 million barrels of oil a day to the market. Thus, under these conditions, the decline in «black gold» may continue to $60 per barrel.

EUR/USD. February 26, 2021 – Euro fell to the level of 1.2100

On Friday, the euro began to correct, falling to the level of 1.2100. The dollar was supported by macroeconomic statistics from the United States: data on the volume of orders for durable goods in January reflected an indicator growth of 3.4% y/y, expecting an expansion of 0.9% m/m and the previous fact of a rise of 0.5% m/m.

GDP statistics for the IV quarter came out neutral: the economy grew by 4.1% against the forecast of growth by 4.2% and the previous estimate at 4.0%.

Positive news came from the employment market as well. The weekly report on the number of applications for unemployment benefits in the United States reflected a decrease in the indicator to 730 thousand against last week's data at 841 thousand and forecasts of about 828 thousand.

Today you should pay attention to the parameters of personal expenses and income of Americans for January. In terms of income, an increase of 9.4% is expected. In addition, the final value of the consumer confidence index from the University of Michigan for February will be published. If the data does not disappoint again, the dollar will continue to strengthen.

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GBP/USD. March, 1, 2021 – Sterling is back below 1.4000

At the end of last week, the sterling fell to 1.3890 amid the global strengthening of the US dollar in the market. The current quote for the GBP/USD pair is 1.3950.

The head of the Bank of England said last Friday that the regulator expects negative growth in the first quarter of 2021. Andrew Bailey also noted that several sectors of the economy, including retail, hospitality and tourism, were hit harder than expected by the second and third blockages. At the same time, the head of the Central Bank also noted good prospects, mainly due to the active recovery of the trade sector.

The regulator also said that inflation risks are generally balanced. And the rise in British securities yields is a consequence of more positive news in the economy, rather than worries about inflation.

The UK released preliminary February business data today. PMI in manufacturing rose better than expected: 55.1 points against the forecast of growth to 54.9 and the previous value at 54.1 points. In the evening hours, you should pay attention to the similar figure from the USA.

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USD/CAD. March 02, 2021 – Loonie weakens amid sales in the oil market

The USD/CAD pair dropped to the key support level of 1.25, which was already an obstacle in the way of the «bears» in 2016 and 2018. In 2021, the asset again failed to gain a foothold below this level and bounced off it, breaking through the resistance level of 1.27. The current quote for the pair is 1.2670.

The Canadian dollar was supported by a strong rise in oil prices to $66.75 per barrel last week. However, today oil is showing a correction, which also puts pressure on the CAD rate.

At the same time, the US dollar is receiving support from growing Treasury yields and positive economic statistics. In particular, in January, orders for durable goods grew by 1.4%, GDP in the IV quarter added 4.1%, and the number of applications for unemployment benefits amounted to 730 thousand, which is below forecasts.

Also, the dynamics of the dollar was influenced by the agreement in the US House of Representatives of Biden's proposed fiscal stimulus package in the amount of $1.9 trillion. Now the document must be approved by the Senate, and only then will it go to the president for signature.

On Tuesday, the RSI indicator is consolidating in the neutral zone, which signals the formation of a flat below the level of 1.27.

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EUR/USD. March 3, 2021 – The pair is volatile in the corridor 1.20-1.21

The EUR/USD pair demonstrates high trading volatility in the 1.20-1.21 range. The current quote for the pair is 1.2060. Such activity was caused, first of all, by the comments of monetary politicians. In particular, Fed Governor Lael Brainard said that the outlook for the American economy looks positive, since the vaccination process is at an active pace and means an early victory over the pandemic. However, this does not mean that the Fed will quickly roll back its stimulus programs.

Brainard also noted that someday the Fed will have the opportunity to raise rates, but such changes will occur gradually.

Today we should pay attention to the final values of the index of business activity in the services sector for February in the eurozone and Germany. The index of the euro zone came out better than the forecast (45.7 against expectations of 44.7 points), but the German index fell short of expectations (45.7 against 45.9 points). In the evening hours, the US will present statistics on the number of jobs in the private sector from the ADP. Average forecasts assume growth by 203 thousand after strengthening earlier by 174 thousand. The stronger the report, the better for the dollar.

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GBP/USD. March 04, 2021 | Pound falls on weak statistics

The British pound weakened slightly during the trading session on Thursday. The current quote for the GBP/USD pair is 1.3950.

The pound was pressured by the weak macroeconomic data from Great Britain published yesterday. The index of business activity in the services sector in February fell from 49.7 to 49.5 points, and did not reach the level of 50 points. An additional driver of sales was the presentation of the UK budget, which provides for an increase in corporate taxes from 19% to 25% in order to combat the growing national debt of the country (2.1 trillion pounds). Also, the government will suspend the income tax thresholds until 2026.

Economic statistics from the United States came out ambiguous. In particular, the index of business activity in the service sector from Markit rose from 58.9 to 59.8 points, while the similar index from ISM, on the contrary, fell sharply from 58.7 to 55.3 points.

The markets were also somewhat disappointed by the ADP report on employment in the US private sector, which reflected the growth of jobs only by 117 thousand in February after increasing by 195 thousand in January. Today the focus is on the speech of the head of the US Federal Reserve Jerome Powell, as well as statistics on the dynamics of applications for unemployment benefits in the US.

EUR/USD. March 4, 2021 – Consolidation at 1.2050

The EUR/USD pair continues to trade within the 1.20-1.21 range. The current quote for the asset is 1.2050. Yesterday, the yield on US government bonds rose sharply, which contributed to the strengthening of the US dollar across the entire spectrum of the market.

However, the further rally of the dollar remains questionable, and the blame is weak macroeconomic statistics. According to the ADP, the economy created just 117,000 new jobs in February, which is significantly less than the forecast of 177,000. Activity in the service sector also slowed: the ISM index fell from 58.7 to 55.3 points. Today we should pay attention to the release of data on applications for unemployment benefits, it is expected that the figure will once again decline.

Also important will be the statistics from the eurozone, which can exert strong pressure on the euro. The 0.6% growth in retail sales in Europe is expected to be followed by a 1.2% decline. In other words, consumer prices have finally begun to rise, while sales have plummeted. This indicates the instability of inflationary processes in the region, and Europe may once again slide into deflation.

The RSI indicator has consolidated in the neutral zone, which signals the continuation of the sideways trend at 1.2050 until the release of economic statistics, which will determine the further direction of movement of the EUR/USD pair.

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EUR/JPY. March 08, 2021 | Consolidation at 129.00

During the trading session last week, the EUR / JPY currency pair formed on the daily chart a series of pin-bar and doji candlestick patterns at the resistance level of 129.00, giving a signal to sell.

Earlier, the EUR / JPY price renewed its maximum since November 2018 at 129.96, after which it corrected to the nearest strong support level - 129.00. There is still not enough strength to continue the upward trend, it may first be necessary to rewrite local minimums near 128.00, near the EMA 21 line.

Selling according to this pattern is risky because it is against the trend. I will monitor the appearance of buy signals. The immediate target for growth and strong resistance is at the round level of 130.00.

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EUR/USD. March 9, 2021 | Euro falls to 1.1830 after US Senate stimulus package

The US dollar continues to strengthen in the market, the current quotation of the EUR/USD pair is 1.1865. The American currency was supported by the adoption by the US Senate of the stimulus project in the amount of $1.9 trillion on Sunday. Trades in America are quite volatile due to fears of rising inflation, which may accelerate against the backdrop of new infusions of funds.

The EUR/USD pair may become one of the most vulnerable pairs this week. Moreover, the increased demand for the dollar and the «dovish» rhetoric of the European Central Bank may lead it to new 4-month lows.

In addition, the unexpected slowdown in industrial production in Germany from 1.9% to -2.5% also exerted strong pressure on the single currency. And combined with the low rates of vaccination, the protracted quarantine and the growth in the profitability of the public debt in Europe, this does not bode well for the euro.

Today it is worth paying attention to the third estimate of the eurozone's GDP, which should once again show an acceleration in the rate of economic decline from -4.3% to -5.0%. However, the two previous estimates showed the same results, and this fact is already incorporated into the value of the European currency. Therefore, we do not expect any strong movements during the day, and the pair will continue to trade in the area of local minimums.

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EUR/USD. March 10, 2021 | Consolidation at 1.19

On Wednesday, EUR/USD consolidates at 1.1900 in anticipation of US February inflation data in the evening. The consensus forecast assumes an increase of 0.4 percentage points. up to 1.7%.

Such expectations are quite logical, since the rise in prices for industrial goods and energy resources contributed to an increase in the consumer price index. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell in his recent speeches also pointed to the rise in inflation in the next few months.

If analysts' forecasts come true, the dollar may strengthen somewhat, but high volatility should not be expected, as investors will refrain from opening positions before tomorrow's ECB meeting.

GBP/USD. March 10, 2021 | The pair is in the 1.39 area in anticipation of US inflation data

On Wednesday, the GBP/USD pair is trading with no definite direction in the 1.3900 area. Over the past two weeks, the pound has shown a downward correction, but investors continue to believe in the «bullish» outlook for the asset with a return to the level of 1.40.

This optimism was fueled by news that the UK authorities have decided to ease quarantine measures. Since Monday, for example, schools have started operating in the country. Additional support for the sterling was provided by yesterday's report on retail sales, which showed an indicator growth of 9.5% against expectations of an increase of 7.0%.

Today you should pay attention to the report on consumer inflation for February in the United States. Analysts expect inflation to rise by 0.4%. Such values are clearly not enough for the FRS to somehow change the monetary policy, but they are quite enough to put pressure on the US dollar.

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