Wednesday, October 28, 2009

NordMarkets Morning FX - October 28

The Aussie provided the early focus in Asia with release of CPI (broadly in line with expectations) taking Aussie-dollar up from $0.9180 to $0.9208 before reversing, the move down influenced by strong sales of Aussie-yen. Trade to lows of $0.9072 attracted strong ACB demand that lifted the rate back above $0.9100 into early Europe. These sales weighed on dollar-yen to take this rate through Y91.50 ((NY low Y91.71) to Y91.07, with cross yen sales providing a heavy tone. Asian currencies lost ground to a recovering dollar with central banks seen on top to contain volatility. Euro-dollar again saw decent Asian sovereign demand, providing the main impetus to edge back above $1.4800, from lows of $1.4789, extending the recovery from NY lows at $1.4769. Cable retained a buoyant tone, holding well above Tuesday's pullback lows at $1.6311. Norges Bank in focus, with most expecting a hike of 25bps, the accompanying comments to be of more interest. German CPI state data to begin today. US durable goods and new home sales to provide afternoon interest.

Euro-dollar closed the NY session around $1.4800/05, having recovered off session lows of $1.4769 ($1.4772 50% $1.4480/1.5064) to $1.4821 ahead of the close. Rate initially squeezed down to $1.4789 before meeting ACB demand interest. This buying, along with dollar sales emanating from downside pressure on dollar-yen, acted to take rate up to session highs of $1.4828. Offers placed ahead of $1.4830 kept the rate capped into Europe, the break above into the session allowing it to edge on to $1.4840. Rate currently trades around $1.4830. Offers seen placed between $1.4840/50, a break above to open a move toward $1.4865/70 ahead of $1.4900, though one Asian trader has noted that funds have been more than willing to sell into the ACB inspired recovery. Support now seen back toward $1.4800, with stronger interest noted between $1.4770/60. A break here to $1.4740 with stops placed on a break below. Further demand $1.4725 with talk of short entry sell orders placed on a break below. One trader has suggested that the break of $1.4760 exposes $1.4680.

The euro sees a bear-cross in the daily Stochastic study and another potential cross on 10-day momentum as the pair attempts to sustain a break of the 21-DMA at $1.4825 to turns bear's focus to Fibonacci retracements at $1.4772 and $1.4703. Bulls now need a break above $1.5060/64 to get back in control, although initial resistance is $1.4905/30.

RES 4: $1.5163 76.4% of $1.6039 to $1.2329
RES 3: $1.5080/10 Top of the daily Bollinger band, 1% MAE
RES 2: $1.5060/64 Potential double-day high 23, 26 Oct
RES 1: $1.4905 5-day moving average


SUP 1: $1.4769 Low 27 Oct, 1% moving average envelope
SUP 2: $1.4772 50% retracement of the October advance
SUP 3: $1.4703 61.8% retracement of the October advance
SUP 4: $1.4625 2% moving average envelope

Dollar-yen closed a muted US session Tuesday around the Y91.80 level, with euro-yen again under sell pressure, slipping to Y135.66 and closing just off the lows. Early Asian demand for yen crosses proved to be temporary as exporters sold Aussie-yen in particular, taking dollar-yen back from Y91.81 to trigger stops through Y91.50. Model funds were euro-yen sellers as stops were hit in this pair through Y135.45 down to initial lows near Y135.20. Subsequent bounces were short-lived, dollar-yen extending the lows down to Y91.07 into the Asian afternoon as euro-yen dropped down to Y134.84. Traders noted strong Japanese data adding fuel for yen bulls as retail trade came in at +0.9% m/m, with the y/y rate at -1.4% versus -1.8% previous. European dealing opens with dollar-yen climbing back towards Y91.40, traders now seeing decent-sized stops building on a break below Y91.00, while techs note the failure to hold within the Ichimoku Cloud yesterday. Bids seen coming in around the Y90.80 area, while light offers are at Y91.50, more at Y91.80 and Y92.30/50.

The daily stochastic is poised for a bear-cross in dollar-yen as the market pulls back. However, the market remains above the base of October's rising channel at Y90.51. Initial support is the Tenkan line of the Ichimoku cloud at Y90.80, while initial resistance is at the 5-day moving average at Y91.75 and the Y92.32 high. Euro-yen has pulled back after testing the bull-flag target and the daily stochastic is now seeing a bear-cross. Main Fibonacci levels are Y134.90, which is coming under pressure, and Y133.80, which matches Ichimoku levels and moving average level. Initial resistance is the Tenkan line of the Ichimoku cloud, at Y136.00 and 5-DMA at Y136.80.

RES 4: Y94.00/05 Ichimoku Cloud top, 61.8% retracement of Aug/Oct decl
RES 3: Y93.30 High 7 Sep, 100-day moving average
RES 2: Y92.90 50% retracement of Aug/Oct decline
RES 1: Y92.53/64 Failure high 21 Sept, Projected channel top from 8 Oct


SUP 1: Y90.51/68 Support line 8 Oct, 38.2% of October rally
SUP 2: Y90.15/25 Kijun & 21-day moving average
SUP 3: Y90.09/17 Low 20 Oct, 50% of October rally
SUP 4: Y89.66 61.8% retracement of October rally

Opened Asia around $1.6378 with rate influenced by the early CPI react rally in Aussie, edging to an early high of $1.6406.Rate reversed off highs, the move down seen in line with Aussie as both Aussie-yen and sterling-yen came under pressure out of Tokyo, cable pressed to lows of $1.6338, though traders reported that sterling continues to enjoy an underlying buoyant tone, though just off recent pullback lows of $1.6251, seen after last Friday's release of poor UK GDP. Cable bounced between $1.6330/35 and $1.6380/85 through the balance of the session, currently trading around $1.6370 in early European dealing. Offers remain in place between $1.6380/85,a break above to open a move back toward $1.6400/05. Support $1.6335/30, a break to allow for a retest of Tuesday's pullback area between $1.6315/10 ahead of $1.6295/85 area. Stops noted below $1.6280, which if tripped to expose recent pullback lows of $1.6251, with bids seen to $1.6250.

The bearish engulfing pattern in cable as well as the bear-cross in the stochastic turned bear's attention to Fibonacci retracements of the $1.5708 to $1.6694 rally from $1.6201 and the $1.6115/60 support area, which starts with the 21-DMA. While $1.6251 remains the low, upside retracements are $1.6474, $1.6526. Euro-sterling is pulling back further from the 21-DMA but signals from daily studies are not convincing, with the stochastic and momentum studies bouncing along the lows.

RES 4: $1.6726/40 76.4% retracement of $1.7041-$1.5708, High 11 Sep
RES 3: $1.6680/95 Current top of the daily Bollinger band, High 23 Oct
RES 2: $1.6526 61.8% retracement
RES 1: $1.6440/73 Hourly high, 50% of 23 Oct decline


SUP 1: $1.6240 Low 19 Oct
SUP 2: $1.6201 50% retracement of the October recovery
SUP 3: $1.6160 21-day moving average
SUP 4: $1.6115/34 High 8 Oct, Low 1 Sep, Spike 30 Sep, Low 21 Sep

Dec Bunds opened down 2 ticks Wednesday at 121.50, but reversed direction after strong gains towards the Chicago close after stellar 2-year Note auction and stronger than expected Australia CPI data. Focus is on supply from Germany, which includes re-opening of the 2.5% Oct 2014 Bobl 155 and 1.75% Apr 2020 BUNDei issue for combined size of E7.0bln. US sells $41.0bln 5-year Note auction. Also eyed is German state CPI data and Norges Bank is set to become the first European central bank to pull the rate hike trigger by 25bps to 1.50%.

European data for Wednesday started at 0700GMT with German import prices, which fell 0.9% on the month in September, bringing the annual change to -11.0%. Energy costs fell back 5.7% on the month and plummeted 38.1% year-over-year. Export prices declined 0.1%, leaving the annual fall at 3.2%.

This is followed at 0830GMT by the Italian ISAE business survey. At 0900GMT, the ECB is due to publish the Euro area bank lending survey. Also in Europe today, the flash German HICP data for October is due after all the states have reported, with forecasts of unchanged m/m, -0.2% y/y.

In the UK, September Land Registry House Prices are due, at 1100GMT. US data starts at 1100GMT with the weekly MBA Mortgage Application Index, which is followed by Durable Goods Orders at 1230GMT, which are expected to rise 1.5% in September after the revised 2.6% drop in August. Boeing reported 20 orders in September, down from the 32 reported in August.

In Norway, the Norges Bank announces its monetary policy decision at 1300GMT, which is followed by a press conference. Overall, the market is looking for a 25bps hike to 1.50%, although there is a chance of a 50bps rate hike. One leading reason deterring a 50bps move is the recent Nok strength. The focus is also on the Monetary Policy Report and, in particular, the new projected path of policy rates to gauge how much more rate hikes will be likely into 2010. All in all, the Norges Bank is seen as likely to be the first European central bank to pull the rate hike trigger.

US data continues at 1400GMT, when new home sales are expected to rise further to a 440,000 annual rate in September after rising modestly in August to the strongest pace in nearly a year.

This is followed at 1430GMT by the weekly Crude Oil Stocks data.

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