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    Forex Technical Analysis: Price direction governed by Interest Rates and Non Farm Employment Report

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    Forex Technical Analysis: The first part of last week was characterized by irregular movement and closed market due to New Year’s Eve and first day of the New Year but once trading resumed the bears took control of the pair, breaking two important levels of support.



    Technical Outlook
    After several attempts at breaking the resistance located at 1.3830, the pair finally started to move to the downside, easily breaking 1.3710 and 1.3650 resistance levels. This indicates that bearish pressure has been building and that sellers are ready to shift the balance of power in their favor. The first target of the pair is 1.3455 followed by 1.3295 and the recently broken levels may turn into resistance if touched again from below.

    Fundamental Outlook
    The first event of the week is Monday’s release of the US Non Manufacturing PMI which is a leading indicator of economic health but excludes the manufacturing sector. Later in the day the US Senate will vote pro or against the nomination of Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve Chairperson, an event which may trigger increased volatility.

    Tuesday the German Unemployment Change comes out, offering insights into the employment situation of Europe’s most influential economy and Wednesday’s most significant event will be the release of the FOMC Meeting Minutes. The Minutes reveal details about the reasons which determined the members’ latest vote regarding the interest rate.

    Thursday is the busiest day of the week as the European Central Bank will announce their interest rate decision which will be followed by a Press Conference. ECB President Mario Draghi will speak at this conference and he will also answer audience questions; this second part of the conference usually creates the strongest volatility of the day as traders try to interpret his answers.

    The trading week finishes Friday with the most important US employment indicator: the Non Farm Employment Change. The report measures fluctuations in the number of employed people excluding the farming sector and it is considered an extremely high impact indicator which can strengthen the US Dollar if higher than anticipated numbers are posted.

    GBP/USD
    Throughout last week the United Kingdom showed slightly worse than anticipated data, a fact which weakened the Pound and allowed the pair to move lower.



    Technical Outlook
    The resistance formed around 1.6550 is holding strong and the first week of the year brought us a bounce lower off this level. Although the pair is in an uptrend on a Daily chart, the latest move down shows that the bears are making an attempt to reverse this trend. If they succeed, the first target is the support located at 1.6250 and a break of this level would bring the pair back into the ranging zone created between the mentioned level and 1.5915.

    Fundamental Outlook
    Early Monday morning the United Kingdom releases the Services Purchasing Managers’ Index which shows the performance of the services sector as perceived by purchasing managers and acts as a leading indicator of economic health. The main event is the announcement of the Official Bank Rate which occurs Thursday and usually creates strong movement although no change is anticipated.

    The last UK event of the week comes out Friday in the form of the Manufacturing Production which holds a great importance as manufacturing represents about 80% of all Industrial production and tends to have a strong impact on the Pound. The important US events of the week will directly affect the pair’s direction as well.

    Written by: Bogdan Giulvezan

    The article above is based on the writer’s 5-year experience and it does not constitute trading advice or investment recommendations, just a personal opinion and view of the market.

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    Forex Technical Analysis: A week filled with major economic indicators

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    Forex Technical Analysis: Last week started without strong movement and a calm economic scene but as soon as better than expected Euro Zone Manufacturing data came out, the Euro strengthened substantially and the pair touched 1.3710 resistance once more.



    Technical Outlook
    Although the bullish trend line was previously broken to the down side, last week’s developments brought price back above it and pierced through 1.3710 resistance. However, on the Daily chart we can notice a pin bar (candle with long upper wick) which suggests rejection and a potential move lower. If 1.3710 holds, the next target may be 1.3550 support but a move above the mentioned resistance will open the door for a move towards 1.3830.

    Fundamental Outlook
    The first event of the week is scheduled Monday and it’s the German Ifo Business Climate which draws its importance for the large sample used: about 7,000 businesses are surveyed and asked to rate the current economic conditions and to offer a 6-month outlook. The US New Home Sales are released the same day, showing the number of houses sold during the previous month.

    Tuesday the United States announce the Durable Goods Sales which represent purchases of goods with a life expectancy of at least three years. Later in the day the US Consumer Confidence indicator is released and is often regarded as a leading indicator of consumer spending.

    The most important event of the week is release of the FOMC Statement and US Federal Funds rate decision scheduled Wednesday. The rate is not expected to change and probably the monetary stimulus issue will be the more important aspect which will most likely create huge volatility in the market.

    Thursday Germany announces the Consumer Price Index which is the main gauge of inflation; the same day, the US releases the Gross Domestic Product which is an economy’s main performance measurement. The trading week finishes Friday with the release of the Euro Zone Consumer Price Index and the German Retail Sales; both are considered high-impact indicators which have the ability to move the market strongly.


    GBP/USD
    The Pound made substantial advances last week and the pair traveled a respectable distance to the north, breaking 1.6600 resistance and printing a new high at 1.6668.



    Technical Outlook
    Although the bulls were in control for almost the entire week, taking the pair above 1.6600 resistance, during the last day of the previous week price dropped for almost 200 pips indicating that a reversal may be happening. The bullish trend line is not clearly broken but if this occurs, the pair’s medium term direction will be bearish and a move toward 1.6250 will be highly probable. Otherwise, 1.6750 is the next target for the bulls.

    Fundamental Outlook
    The main event of the week for the Pound is the release of UK’s Preliminary Gross Domestic Product which is scheduled Tuesday. As mentioned before, the Gross Domestic Product is an economy’s main gauge of performance and the Preliminary release tends to have the greatest impact on price action. Wednesday the UK Nationwide House Price Index is released and Thursday the value of Net Lending to Individuals comes out but both are considered medium-impact indicators and the effect on the pair varies from month to month. Of course, the US events mentioned earlier will have a direct impact on the pair’s movement.

    Written by: Bogdan Giulvezan

    The article above is based on the writer’s 5-year experience and it does not constitute trading advice or investment recommendations, just a personal opinion and view of the market.

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    Forex Technical Analysis: Interest Rates and Non Farm Payrolls guarantee an action-packed week

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    Forex Technical Analysis: Last week the bears scored an important victory and the pair dropped significantly on the back of the US bond purchase program tapering. Although Fed’s decision didn’t trigger an immediate response in the market, the effect was clearly seen during the next two days.



    Technical Outlook
    The uptrend line drawn from July last year was broken decisively and so was the support located at 1.3550. This puts the bears in control from a medium term perspective and opens the door for additional moves to the down side, making 1.3400 the first target of the week. Retracements higher may find good resistance at the recently broken level of 1.3550.

    Fundamental Outlook
    We have a full week ahead of us, with the first important economic indicator being released Monday in the form of the US Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index. Wednesday the ADP Non Farm Employment Change is released; this report is put together by a private company but it usually offers hints about the Government released report which comes out 2 days later.

    Thursday is an important day as the ECB will announce the Interest Rate decision and President Mario Draghi will hold a Press Conference during which he will answer journalists’ questions and will talk about the reasons which determined the interest rate vote. The Press Conference usually creates more volatility than the rate decision itself so we recommend caution if trading at the time.

    Friday the most anticipated report of the week is released: the US Non Farm Employment Change which is considered to be the most important gauge of the employment situation in the United States and almost always a huge market mover.


    GBP/USD
    The pair had another encounter with the resistance located at 1.6600 but this was soon followed by a drop which was mainly triggered by the US developments regarding the reduction of bond purchases.



    Technical Outlook
    Although the pair had a bearish week, the drop wasn’t as significant as the one seen on the EUR/USD and moves to the upside are very possible. However, we favor the short side for the week to come, taking into consideration the fact that price pierced through the uptrend line for the second time and 1.6600 resistance rejected price lower again. First major support is located at 1.6250 and resistance at 1.6600.

    Fundamental Outlook

    Three Purchasing Managers’ Indexes are released throughout the first three days of the week: Manufacturing PMI, Construction PMI and Services PMI, each showing the opinions of purchasing managers about their respective sectors and each having the ability to strengthen the Pound if better than expected values are posted. The most important Pound-affecting event is the Bank of England Interest Rate decision and the Asset Purchase Facility value, both released Thursday. No change is anticipated for either of them but a surprise will trigger huge volatility. The US events mentioned earlier will have a direct impact on the pair.

    Written by: Bogdan Giulvezan

    The article above is based on the writer’s 5-year experience and it does not constitute trading advice or investment recommendations, just a personal opinion and view of the market.

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    Forex Technical Analysis: Bulls struggling to continue last week’s momentum

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    Forex Technical Analysis: Last week the pair’s direction has been highly influenced by the Fundamental aspect: ECB President Mario Draghi made positive comments regarding signs of economic recovery, strengthening the Euro and the US Non Farm Payrolls posted a worse than anticipated value, weakening the greenback.



    Technical Outlook
    Price bounced higher after a touch of 1.3480 and moved into the strong resistance zone created by the confluence of 1.3650 and the down trend line drawn from last year’s high. This is a potential turning point which could bring sellers into the market and make 1.3480 the first target to the down side but US Dollar weakness generated by the Non Farm Payrolls report combined with Euro strength may generate an extended move into 1.3710 resistance. At the moment there are no clear signs of a reversal to the down side, just a strong resistance zone ahead.

    Fundamental Outlook
    The first important event comes Tuesday in the form of Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s testimony on the Semiannual Monetary Policy Report in Washington DC and is followed Wednesday By Mario Draghi’s speech at the European Monetary Institute Conference in Brussels. Both speeches can create strong moves, depending on the matters discussed and the attitude of the participants.

    Thursday the US Retail Sales are released, showing the change in the volume of sales made at retail level compared to the previous month. Since retail sales represent about two thirds of the entire consumer spending, the indicator has a high impact on the pair. Friday the German Gross Domestic Product is announced; being an economy’s main performance gauge, it has the potential to affect the Euro strongly, pushing it higher if better values are shown and weakening it if the numbers don’t meet expectations. Later in the day the University of Michigan will announce the US Consumer Sentiment which is a leading indicator of consumer spending.


    GBP/USD
    Last week Bank of England kept both the Interest Rate and the Asset Purchase Facility value unchanged and the main market mover was the US Non Farm Payrolls report which weakened the US Dollar and allowed the pair to move higher.



    Technical Outlook
    On a Daily chart we can notice an almost perfect bounce off the support level located at 1.6250 which confirms once again the strength of this level. The first important resistance is located at 1.6600 but we don’t anticipate price to travel such a long distance to the north; bullish moves are very probable during the week to come but we still consider the medium term direction is controlled by the bears and this makes another touch of support a high probability scenario.

    Fundamental Outlook
    The only Pound affecting event of the week is Wednesday’s release of the Bank of England Inflation Report which will be accompanied by a Press Conference held by Governor Mark Carney and other Monetary Policy Committee members. The Inflation Report contains the Bank’s expectations regarding inflation and economic growth for the next two years and will most likely strengthen the Pound if it contains a positive outlook. Of course, the US events mentioned earlier will have a direct impact on the pair’s direction.

    Written by: Bogdan Giulvezan

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    Forex Technical Analysis: Turmoil on the fundamental scene – Interest Rates and Employment situation

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    Forex Technical Analysis: Throughout last week data was mixed for both European and American economies, a fact which generated a lot of back and forth movement. A clear move finally came during the week’s final trading day on the back of a higher than anticipated European CPI and a weaker US Gross Domestic Product.



    Technical Outlook

    The recent rally took the pair close to the most important resistance of the year so far: 1.3830. The month that just ended was controlled by the bulls almost completely but this doesn’t mean that a break of the mentioned resistance is mandatory. In the past, 1.3830 acted as a strong barrier in front of rising prices and another rejection is very possible. If this is the case, 1.3710 will be the first level of importance to the down side. The week ahead is full of high impact events which will most likely decide the pair’s next direction; the technical aspect will be overshadowed by these major events.

    Fundamental Outlook

    Monday’s main event will be Mario Draghi’s testimony in Brussels, before European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. As always, his public speeches are a source of volatility and sharp moves, depending on the president’s attitude and answers so we recommend caution if trading at the time. The US Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index is released the same day, offering an overview of the American manufacturing sector health.

    The next important release of the week comes Wednesday in the form of the American Non Farm Payrolls, a report which is released by Automatic Data Processing, Inc., not by the US Government; usually this report offers hints about the government-released report which comes out 2 days later.

    Thursday’s main event is the ECB Interest Rate decision which will be followed by the ECB Press Conference. No rate change is expected but the Conference is almost always a market mover; however, price direction cannot be anticipated and will depend almost entirely on Mario Draghi’s attitude and answers to journalists’ questions.

    Friday the focus shifts towards the United States for the release of the Non Farm Employment Change report (also known as Non Farm Payrolls). This is the most important data regarding the jobs situation in the US and has the potential to be the week’s main market mover, especially if a surprising number is posted.


    GBP/USD

    Last week was mostly controlled by the bulls and the pair bounced off the support located at 1.6600, climbing to touch 1.6750. However, a worse than expected UK Gross Domestic Product was posted and the optimism which surrounds the Pound seems to fade away.



    Technical Outlook

    A major resistance sits in front of rising prices and although the bulls were in control last week, the rally lacks momentum. The Daily candles are small, with long wicks compared to the real body, a fact which suggests that indecision is present in the market. We anticipate a clear break of either 1.6750 resistance or 1.6600 support but the direction of this break will be highly affected by the week’s fundamental events.

    Fundamental Outlook

    The week opens Monday with the release of the British Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), followed Tuesday by the Construction PMI and Wednesday by the Services PMI. All are leading indicators of economic health focused on their respective sectors and have the potential to strengthen the Pound if better numbers are posted.

    Bank of England will announce their Interest Rate decision on Thursday, as well as the Asset Purchase Facility value. Although no change is anticipated for either of them, strong movement is likely to be generated. The important US events will have a direct impact on the pair as well.


    Written by: Bogdan Giulvezan

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    Forex Technical Analysis: Bearish pressure is building up. Fundamentals hold center-stage

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    Forex Technical Analysis: Trading was affected last week by growing tensions regarding the Ukraine crisis which generated choppy price action and a lot of reversals. US economic data was mixed and contributed to the pair’s lack of clear direction.



    Technical Outlook

    The fact that bulls managed to keep price above 1.3830 for an entire week and also printed a new high at 1.3965, shows that the uptrend is still not exhausted. If this new high will be broken again this week, the next level of interest to the upside is the psychological resistance located at 1.4000 which is also a big round number and this kind of levels tend to have great importance for price action. Although the pair is in an uptrend, a move below 1.3830 would be proof of bear-strength and would make 1.3710 the next target of the week.

    Fundamental Outlook

    The first day of the week brings us the release of the Euro Zone Consumer Price Index which is the most important gauge of inflation but it tends to have a limited impact on the pair because the German CPI (which accounts for the major part of European inflation) was already released. Tuesday the German ZEW Economic Sentiment will be the main European event while the US will release the Consumer Price Index which, as mentioned before, has high inflationary implications.

    Wednesday has the potential to be the most volatile day of the week and all eyes will be on the US for the release of the Interest Rate, FOMC’s Economic Projections and Fed Chairman Yellen’s Press Conference. The press conference is likely to be a huge market mover, especially in its second part when Janet Yellen will answer audience questions. The Fed will also decide whether they will further adjust the monetary stimulus program or not, an issue which has been a top concern of market participants and is likely to generate tremendous volatility.

    Thursday the US Existing Home Sales and the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index are released, offering insights into the situation of the housing market and the progress of the manufacturing sector. The last important event of the week comes out Friday in the form of the Euro Zone Trade Balance which shows the difference between imported and exported goods. The impact of this indicator is not always high, especially if the actual number is close to the forecast.


    GBP/USD

    The beginning of last week was characterized by a strong move lower which took the pair close to 1.6600 support but for the rest of the week, the bears struggled without success to continue the move and break the mentioned level.



    Technical Outlook

    The balance of power starts to shift in favor of the bears although the pair is still in a range defined by 1.6750 resistance and 1.6600 support. Important to note is the fact that last week price moved up after a touch of 1.6600 but the bears quickly took it back down, resulting in a Daily pin candle (Thursday). Pin bars usually indicate rejection and in this particular case, a move south is expected, but the fundamental aspect of the week will have an important role and may change this scenario.

    Fundamental Outlook

    Bank of England Governor Mark Carney is scheduled to speak Tuesday in London at the Annual Mais Lecture. His speeches are potential market movers and the market often reacts to his attitude or to clues about future interest rates. Wednesday the Band of England will make public the Minutes of their latest Meeting; the Claimant Count Change which is released the same day will offer insights into the British jobs situation. These are the main events for the Pound but the pair will be directly affected by the US data released throughout the week.


    Written by: Bogdan Giulvezan

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    Forex Technical Analysis: A potential weakening of the long-term uptrend

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    Forex Technical Analysis: Last week the market finally came out of its indecision state and the bears took control of the pair on the back of a hawkish Fed Meeting. The US monetary stimulus program was cut by another 10 billion US Dollars and predictions were made about a potential Interest Rate increase, two factors which triggered US Dollar strength and a drop for the pair.



    Technical Outlook

    As we can see on the Daily chart above, the pair is in a long term uptrend and the latest drop looks like a retracement, not a reversal. However, a move below the important support located at 1.3710 would severely weaken the uptrend and would make 1.3480 the next target for the bears. Because the pair is trending up, a touch of 1.3710 may result in a bounce higher, especially if at the time, the Relative Strength Index will be in oversold territory.

    Fundamental Outlook

    The first major economic indicator of the week ahead is released Monday in the form of the German Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index which acts as a leading indicator of economic health focused on the Manufacturing sector. The same indicator but for the US economy will also be released later in the day.

    Tuesday’s main releases will be the German Ifo Business Climate and the US Consumer Confidence; these indicators are gauges of optimism among businesses and consumers respectively and usually have a hefty impact on the market. Wednesday the only important release is the US Durable Goods Orders which is a leading indicator of production because a higher number suggests that production will have to increase to fill those orders. The indicator also shows consumer optimism because durable goods require a larger investment and are often purchased when the consumer feels confident about the economic situation.

    The last major release of the week is scheduled Friday and it’s the German Consumer Price Index, an indicator which usually has a great impact on the Euro and can strengthen it if higher than anticipated numbers are posted. A higher CPI indicates that inflation has increased and this may eventually determine the European Central Bank to adjust interest rates since the German economy represents the major part of the Euro Zone economy.


    GBP/USD

    The US Dollar strengthened against most of its counterparts as a result of the Fed decisions and the Pound was no exception. This strength seen throughout last week generated the much anticipated break of 1.6600 and as a result, almost the entire week was bearish.



    Technical Outlook

    Similar to the EUR/USD, this pair is in a long term uptrend so even if the bears are in control for now, moves north are a distinct possibility. If price starts to move up, the first resistance will be encountered at the recently broken level of 1.6600 and a move back above this level would indicate underlying bull strength. The first major support is located at 1.6250 and although we don’t anticipate a touch of this level to occur this week, a strong move towards it would show bear strength and a clear weakening of the uptrend. Keep an eye on the Relative Strength Index as it’s approaching oversold territory and can add bullish impulse if it will go below the 30 level and start to move up from there.

    Fundamental Outlook

    The Pound will be affected by two important releases this week: the Consumer Price Index and the Retail Sales. The first indicator comes out Tuesday and as mentioned before, it’s the main inflation gauge and is closely watched by the Bank of England because values outside a certain scale call for a rate adjustment. United Kingdom’s Retail Sales are released Thursday and usually have a high impact on the pair’s movement because the majority of consumer spending is represented by sales made at a retail level. Higher numbers are indicative of a thriving economy and potentially a stronger Pound. The pair’s movement throughout the week will be highly affected by the US economic indicators mentioned above.


    Written by: Bogdan Giulvezan

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    Forex Technical Analysis: Euro Zone Interest Rate and U.S. Employment data – A tough week ahead

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    Forex Technical Analysis: During last week, the US economy posted mostly better than anticipated data and the greenback strengthened as a result. The pair traveled south and touched main support which couldn’t be broken.



    Technical Outlook

    The support level located at 1.3710 was touched but the bears’ power wasn’t enough for a break; however, the subsequent bounce up doesn’t necessarily mean that higher prices will follow and we expect another encounter with support. If this new potential touch of 1.3710 will result in another failed break, it could mean that bulls are ready to take back control of the pair and take it above 1.3830. The Relative Strength Index on a Daily chart doesn’t indicate an extreme condition of the market and at the moment we are still in an uptrend (from a Daily chart perspective).

    Fundamental Outlook

    The first important event of the week is the release of the Euro Zone Consumer Price Index which shows fluctuations in inflation. A higher value is considered bullish for the Euro because the ECB may step in to adjust the Interest Rate if inflation becomes worrying. A speech of Fed Chairman Yellen is scheduled for the same day and can be a source of strong movement.

    Tuesday the release of the US Manufacturing PMI is the only notable event while Wednesday, Automatic Data Processing Inc. will announce the US Employment Change numbers. This report is generated by a private company but it manages to offer hints about the Non Farm Payrolls which are released 2 days later and are regarded as the most important US employment indicator.

    The most important event of the week is scheduled Thursday and it’s the ECB Press Conference which follows the Interest Rate decision. The Rate is not expected to change so Mario Draghi’s speech at the press conference will probably overshadow the rate decision release. He will also answer journalists’ questions and his attitude will most likely trigger sharp moves.

    The last market-mover of the week comes out Friday in the form of the US Non Farm Employment Change (also known as Non Farm Payrolls or NFP) which is considered to be the main gauge of employment levels in the United States. Employment is closely related to consumer spending so a higher reading for the NFP usually strengthens the US Dollar.


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    The bulls were in control of last week’s price action, taking the pair above the important level of 1.6600 on the back of a much better value of United Kingdom’s Retail Sales.



    Technical Outlook

    The pair is in a clear uptrend from a long term perspective and now bulls scored another victory by taking price back above 1.6600. The Relative Strength Index doesn’t show an overbought condition so price still has room to move to the upside, solidifying the control of the bulls; however, if price returns below 1.6600 early in the week, the uptrend line drawn from late 2013 will offer good support and a break of this line can trigger a continued move lower.

    Fundamental Outlook

    Monday Bank of England Governor Mark Carney will speak at a press conference in London and throughout the week, three Purchasing Managers’ Indexes will be released: the Manufacturing PMI, Construction PMI and Services PMI will come out Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday respectively. These are leading indicators of economic health, each focused on a different sector and with the ability to strengthen the Pound if better numbers are posted. The important US events mentioned earlier will have a direct and strong impact on the pair as well.


    Written by: Bogdan Giulvezan

    The article above is based on the writer’s 5-year experience and it does not constitute trading advice or investment recommendations, just a personal opinion and view of the market.

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    Forex Technical Analysis: Price encounters strong support. Direction is likely to be determined by economic data

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    Forex Technical Analysis: Throughout last week, the bears were in control of the pair, on the back of Euro weakness generated by Mario Draghi’s comments made at the ECB Press Conference. He expressed concerns about deflation and said that unconventional methods may be applied in order to counter it.



    Technical Outlook

    The week ended lower and the major support located at 1.3710 was tested. This shows that bearish pressure is present but bullish signs exist as well: price has reached the uptrend line drawn from July 2013 and 1.3710 is not decisively broken. These two types of support (diagonal and horizontal) create a confluence zone around 1.3700 which is a lot stronger than simple support. Since the pair is at such an important level, a bounce-or-break scenario is in play: a break will most likely generate a move close to 1.3480 which is the next support (probably such a move will not be completed in a single week), while a bounce may take price back into 1.3830 resistance.

    Fundamental Outlook

    The week ahead is slower in terms of economic releases than the one that just ended, with the first two days lacking major indicators. Notable however are Monday’s German Industrial Production numbers and the US Jobs Openings that are released Tuesday. Wednesday the FOMC Meeting Minutes are released, containing insights into the reasons that stood behind the latest Federal Funds Rate vote and other details of the meeting. Usually this event has a high impact and it’s closely watched by market participants in an attempt to find hints about future monetary direction.

    Thursday the ECB will release their Monthly Bulletin; it contains information about the statistical data which was analyzed by the Bank when the Interest Rate decision was made and also an economic outlook. The G20 meetings will start Thursday as well, with the main focus being Russia and Ukraine. Irregular movement may be experienced throughout the day. Friday the G20 Meetings will continue and the US will release their Producer Price Index and Consumer Sentiment, two important indicators which can move the pair strongly if surprising numbers are posted.


    GBP/USD

    The British data released last week disappointed and the result was a move below 1.6600. The US employment data did not create strong directional movement mostly because the actual number was close to the anticipated one. Overall we had a bearish week, which lacked strong momentum.



    Technical Outlook

    Last week’s descent brought the pair close to the trend line drawn from last November’s lowest point but a serious attempt at breaking it wasn’t made. The level of 1.6600 was broken to the downside once again but the break is not strong so we might see moves higher, especially if the trend line mentioned before will be touched. A clear move below 1.6600 and below the trend line would mean that bears are starting to pick up momentum and the uptrend will be severely weakened.

    Fundamental Outlook

    United Kingdom’s Manufacturing Production will be released Tuesday; the indicator measures the efficiency of the manufacturing sector which makes up for about 80% of the entire British Industrial Production so this is generally regarded as a high impact release.

    Thursday is the most important day of the week for the Pound as the Official Bank Rate and Asset Purchase facility are announced. Although no change is expected for either one, the day will most likely be characterized by strong movement. Throughout the week, the pair will be strongly affected by the US releases as well.

    Written by: Bogdan Giulvezan

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    Forex Technical Analysis: Easter approaches, bringing irregular movement

    EUR/USD


    Forex Technical Analysis: Last week the bulls scored a major victory and what appeared to be a break of support actually turned into a clear and strong bounce higher which took the pair close to the year’s high.



    Technical Outlook

    The trend line we mentioned last week, combined with the strength of 1.3710 support, generated an almost perfect bounce higher. The uptrend is intact and the bulls are in control of the market so we expect price to move higher, approaching or even breaking the year’s high located at 1.3965. Because price traveled a hefty distance in a single direction, we also expect bearish retracements before bulls can take price higher. The main levels to watch this week are 1.3965 as resistance and 1.3830 as support, followed by 1.3710; the trend line will also provide diagonal support if it’s touched again.

    Fundamental Outlook

    The week begins Monday with the release of an important US indicator in the form of Retail Sales. Being a major part of American consumer spending, sales made at a retail level can highly influence the pair’s direction and can strengthen the US Dollar if better numbers are posted. Tuesday the German ZEW Economic Sentiment is released, followed by the US Consumer Price Index which has inflationary implications and will probably be the day’s main event.

    Wednesday it’s Euro Zone’s turn to release the Consumer Price Index. Its importance comes from the fact that ECB closely watches it when the Interest Rate decision is made, in an attempt to keep inflation between certain ranges (just below 2% is considered optimal).

    The last event of the week is Thursday’s release of the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index which is a survey based on the opinions of about 250 manufacturers from the Philadelphia district. Friday most Banks will be closed in celebration of Good Friday so irregular movement and low liquidity will be present.


    GBP/USD

    The Pound strengthened significantly last week, on the back of positive economic data and this translated into a bullish rally above 1.6750 resistance.



    Technical Outlook

    The latest bullish move was stopped by the resistance located at 1.6820, a level which wasn’t visited by price since the year 2009. Now we can notice that a Double Top has formed; this chart pattern which is considered bearish is often seen at the end of an uptrend or before a major retracement. This makes us believe that price will slide towards 1.6600 but keep in mind that bulls are showing a lot of strength so moves north have a high probability of happening.

    Fundamental Outlook

    The British Consumer Price Index will be released Tuesday and will probably be the week’s main event for the Pound as the CPI is the prime measurement of an economy’s inflation. Higher values have the ability to strengthen the Pound, taking the pair higher. Wednesday the UK Claimant Count Change is announced, tracking changes in British unemployment and Friday Banks will be closed. Of course, the US events mentioned above will directly influence the pair throughout the week.


    Written by: Bogdan Giulvezan

    The article above is based on the writer’s 5-year experience and it does not constitute trading advice or investment recommendations, just a personal opinion and view of the market.

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