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Dollar slides after drop in Manufacturing data.
By Jean-Claude Braha - ACM Senior Trader
Yesterdays News and Events:
Last weekâ€™s news that the euro rose to a 20-month high against the dollar prompted some politicians to urge the ECB to put the brakes on its monetary tightening cycle. But while the euro rise, it leaves overall monetary conditions looking pretty tight. The Dollar slid to its lowest in months against most major currencies on Friday after weak US factory data which reinforced the view the Federal Reserve would cut benchmark interest rages next year. Sterling jumped to a 14-year high and Euro a 20-month high after the Institute for Supply Managementâ€™s survey of National manufacturing in November showed a lowest since April 2003 at 49.5. A reading under indicates a contraction. Fridayâ€™s report added more concerns about a slowing in the US economy following Thursday data which showed Business activity in the Midwest down in November for the first time in 3 Â˝ years. GbpUsd rose to 1.9848 +1% highest since September 1992. EurJpy hit a record high of 154.11 +0.5%. UsdJpy fell to a 3 Â˝ month low at 114.95 -0.6%. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke did not discuss the economy or the outlook for inflation or interest rates on Friday in brief remarks at a conference on monetary policy.
Todays Key Issues:
Only focus will be; Euro-zone October PPI due at 10:00 GMT is expected 0.2% vs -0.5% (MoM) and 4.1% vs 4.6% (YoY).
The Risk Today:
EurUsd maintained the latest weeks strong bull trend, breaking up another resistance on Friday at the 1.3305. A run till 1.3400 is likely to come and bring Euro closer to the key resistance 1.3480. Following this, we could see again 1.3665 (high December 2004). Strong support from Friday is holding 1.3220, but only a break of Wednesday's 1.3130 low would signal a powerful correction against the bull euro trend. UsdChf tested the key support 1.1920. And there's not much below there till 1.1760 (76.4% retracement of the big rally from 1.1286 to 1.3287). Not far off is the April 2005 1.1740 support. Only a move above 1.2120 high from Wednesday would put the bear trend on hold. Other than psychological round numbers like 1.9800, 1.9900 and 2.0000, GbpUsd has little in the way of significant resistance till the 2.0100 (high December 1992). Support formed Friday at the day's 1.9635 low, but only a break of the 1.9435 reaction low from Wednesday would put the bull trend on hold in the short term. UsdJpy is moving out of its recent consolidation to the downside, as the break of the last week's 115.40 low would open the door toward the 114.45 (50% retracement of the 108.98 to 119.90 decline). Next resistance is 114 low from last August. Resistance remains at the 116.60 high point from last week.
Resistance and Support:
|EURUSD ||GBPUSD ||USDJPY ||USDCHF |
|1.3665 T ||2.0100 T ||119.90 T ||1.2346 K |
|1.3480 K ||1.9900 S ||118.60 S ||1.2185 S |
|1.3400 P ||1.9825 S ||116.60 S ||1.2120 M |
|1.3325 ||1.9777 ||115.60 ||1.1938 |
|1.3220 S ||1.9550 K ||115.40 P ||1.1920 K |
|1.3130 P ||1.9465 S ||114.45 S ||1.1760 S |
|1.2941 M ||1.9435 K ||114.00 S ||1.1740 S |
|S: Strong, M: Minor, T: Trendline, K: Keylevel, P: Pivot |
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