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ASIA/EUROPE FOREX NEWS WRAP

The USDJPY fell to its lowest level in two months – since April 4, the day that the Bank of Japan unveiled its sweeping QE program that touched off the run to ¥100.00 – and the Dow Jones FXCM Dollar Index (Ticker: USDOLLAR) has erased all of its gains since the first week of May. Needless to say, it’s been tough to be a US Dollar bull of recent, thanks to meddling by the BoJ (will they or won’t they add accommodative measures to soothe investors’ fears?) and by the Federal Reserve, who meets next Wednesday for a critical policy meeting (will they or won’t they reduce the pace of QE3?).

Price action in the Euro has been particularly informative overnight, as the EURUSD – seemingly aloof to the rising Italian and Spanish bond yields following the European Central Bank’s policy meeting last Thursday – failed to take back the $1.3400 level, and at the time of writing, was trading back under Right Shoulder resistance on a developing Head & Shoulders pattern. Accordingly, the 4H chart this morning showed a Bearish Key Reversal – that is, there was a new high, only to be faded with price closing below the prior period’s low.

If the US Dollar is to stabilize against the Yen – truly the lever right now in markets – and fulfill its potential EURUSD Head & Shoulders destiny, then today’s Advance Retail Sales (MAY) report could help spur a reversal in sentiment, even if only through the end of the week. The consensus forecast, per a Bloomberg News survey, is for slight growth of +0.4% m/m from +0.1% m/m in April, as a notable turnaround in automobile purchases is expected to have driven consumption. Considering that US data has missed to the downside in recent weeks (save NFPs), a major beat here would be a big surprise and likely put the “QE3 taper trade” back on the table – long USDJPY, short US Treasuries, and short precious metals.

Taking a look at European credit, short-term peripheral bond yields have continued to press higher relative to their core counterparts, putting increased pressure on the Euro over the course of the morning so far. The Italian 2-year note yield has increased to 1.732% (+2.6-bps) while the Spanish 2-year note yield has increased to 2.107% (+0.8-bps). Conversely, the Italian 10-year note yield has decreased to 4.347% (-3.4-bps) while the Spanish 10-year note yield has decreased to 4.576% (-3.2-bps); higher yields imply lower prices.

RELATIVE PERFORMANCE (versus USD): 10:50 GMT

JPY: +1.71%

AUD: +0.90%

CAD: +0.55%

NZD:+0.25%

GBP:-0.01%

CHF:-0.03%

EUR:-0.04%

Dow Jones FXCM Dollar Index (Ticker: USDOLLAR): -0.51% (-0.93% prior 5-days)

ECONOMIC CALENDAR

EURUSD_Rejected_at_1.3400_USDJPY_Falls_Continues_Touches_Sub_94.00_body_Picture_1.png, EUR/USD Rejected at $1.3400; USD/JPY Falls Continues, Touches Sub-¥94.00See the DailyFX Economic Calendar for a full list, timetable, and consensus forecasts for upcoming economic indicators. Want the forecasts to appear right on your charts? Download the DailyFX News App.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS OUTLOOK

EURUSD_Rejected_at_1.3400_USDJPY_Falls_Continues_Touches_Sub_94.00_body_x0000_i1028.png, EUR/USD Rejected at $1.3400; USD/JPY Falls Continues, Touches Sub-¥94.00EURUSD: No change: “With daily RSI divergence presenting itself dating back to the yearly high set in February, the EURUSD is facing resistance at 1.3300/20 (late-February swing high post-Italian election, 23.6% Fibonacci retracement on Jul’12 low to Feb’13 high). At this point in time, I still favor a bullish bias, but there is evidence of overextension in the near-term given 1H and 4H RSI divergence. Now, the bigger pattern (Head & Shoulders) is in conflict with momentum (8-EMA>21-EMA>200-SMA); I prefer to stay neutral.” We had a tag of the level where the Right Shoulder should form – 1.3225 – with a small overshoot to 1.3333. Price has come off since then, and considered in context of (1) the USDCHF failing to set a new monthly low as the EURUSD set a new monthly high today and (2) the EURJPY reversing sharply off of ¥129.00, there is evidence building that a turn may be coming.

EURUSD_Rejected_at_1.3400_USDJPY_Falls_Continues_Touches_Sub_94.00_body_x0000_i1029.png, EUR/USD Rejected at $1.3400; USD/JPY Falls Continues, Touches Sub-¥94.00USDJPY: The failure to achieve the 50% retracement of the selloff from the May 22 to the June 7 low at ¥99.35 bodes poorly (99.28 reached and rejected on Monday), and with US Treasury yields at their highest level in 16-months and the USDJPY sinking, there is probably trouble ahead (I don’t think Fed begins QE3 taper in June; thus yields fall as bond prices move up, weighing on USDJPY). Levels to watch to the upside – 97.70, 97.70, 98.60, and 99.25/35; levels to watch to the downside – 96.50, 95.90, 95.60, and 95.00.

EURUSD_Rejected_at_1.3400_USDJPY_Falls_Continues_Touches_Sub_94.00_body_x0000_i1030.png, EUR/USD Rejected at $1.3400; USD/JPY Falls Continues, Touches Sub-¥94.00GBPUSD: No change from Friday: “Indeed, the pair has rallied to the 200-SMA at 1.5700 before reversing, and finds itself holding near early-May highs, as well as the 50% Fibonacci retracement of the January high to March low, at 1.5585. Similarly, the pair found resistance at the top rail of the ascending channel off of the March and May lows (drawn to the early-May high); and in context of the daily RSI failing at 66 again.” The GBPUSD is creeping back towards its 200-SMA once more, at 1.5698, but thus far has failed on the swing higher and is working on a lower high relative to last Thursday. Once more, “A near-term top may be forming, but it’s best to be neutral in my opinion.”

EURUSD_Rejected_at_1.3400_USDJPY_Falls_Continues_Touches_Sub_94.00_body_x0000_i1031.png, EUR/USD Rejected at $1.3400; USD/JPY Falls Continues, Touches Sub-¥94.00AUDUSD: The daily Hammer yesterday at major support – the Oct’11 low as well as the Nov’09 and Apr’10 highs between $0.9380/410 – has yielded to a surge higher today, back to the 8-EMA at 0.9538. It’s worth pointing out that the last big countertrend rebound – June 3 – produced a rally back to the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement from the April high to May low (at the time), and then failed. If this happens again, the AUDUSD could climb back to 0.9620/25 before sellers reemerge.

EURUSD_Rejected_at_1.3400_USDJPY_Falls_Continues_Touches_Sub_94.00_body_x0000_i1032.png, EUR/USD Rejected at $1.3400; USD/JPY Falls Continues, Touches Sub-¥94.00S&P 500: No change: “The S&P 500 found support ahead of the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the April swing low to May swing high (1593.6) on Thursday, and following the better NFP print, and closed the week above the conflux of the 8-/21-EMA at 1630/33. Now price faces a new challenge: the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the decline from the May high to the low on Thursday at 1653. A daily close here opens the door for a run back at the yearly high of 1687.4.”

EURUSD_Rejected_at_1.3400_USDJPY_Falls_Continues_Touches_Sub_94.00_body_x0000_i1033.png, EUR/USD Rejected at $1.3400; USD/JPY Falls Continues, Touches Sub-¥94.00GOLD: No change: “If the US Dollar turns around, however (as many of the techs are starting to point to), then Gold will have a difficult gaining momentum higher. Indeed this has been the case, with Gold failing to reclaim the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the April meltdown at $1487.65, only peaking above it by 35 cents for a moment a few weeks ago.”

--- Written by Christopher Vecchio, Currency Analyst

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