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  • Dollar Gains but Trend First Requires a Serious Breakout
  • British Pound: BoE’s Carney Says QE Possible, Cable Rebounds Above 1.5500
  • Japanese Yen Rally Stalled as Nikkei and Carry Trade Put in a Weak Bounces
  • Euro Looks for Volatility - Not Trend - With Upcoming Event Risk
  • Oil Trades above $110 and at a Two-Year High on Syrian Concerns
  • Emerging Market Currencies: Indian Rupee Collapse vs Brazilian Real Stability
  • Gold Matches Strongest Run in 12 Months…and it’s Not a Reversal Signal
Dollar Gains but Trend First Requires a Serious Breakout

With the exception of NZDUSD, the US dollar posted gains against all of its major counterparts this past session. In turn, we find the Dow Jones FXCM Dollar threatening to turn congestion into a meaningful bull trend with the right encouragement. However, that breakout (technically demarked on the index at 10,760 or below 1.3300 for EURUSD) requires a stronger drive than what the benchmark has mustered to this point. Looking to the fundamental backdrop, the recent tumble in equities, capital outflow from emerging markets and surge in energy prices is a strong tonic for a reserve currency like the greenback. Yet, the risk implications are not yet heavy enough to spark the guttural demand for an ultimate reserve currency that is burdened by the outflow of capital due to foreign Treasury unwindingahead of the Taper. If fear builds to a crescendo where liquidity is prized above all else – a market-wide deleverage from risky assets – both the dollar and US Treasuries will surge.

British Pound: BoE’s Carney Says QE Possible, Cable Rebounds Above 1.5500

Sterling traders were prepared for volatility in response to Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carney’s policy speech, and they weren’t disappointed. The talk in Nottingham was the central bank head’s first official speech on subjects, but its importance was set by the changes that he has already presided over through the past two months. Following the BoE’s adoption of forward guidance as a possible replacement policy default to quantitative easing, the market has worked to unwind the bearish pressure heaped on the currency through the opening months of the year. The recovery effort from recession fears and stimulus bloat has been underway for some weeks, but there is still adjustment to be had. A remark from the Governor that stimulus was still an option going forward should the swell in rates curb growth confirmed there is a bearish argument, but it didn’t surprise the market. What it may do, however, is curb the belief that there is a sterling discount to work off.

Japanese Yen Rally Stalled as Nikkei and Carry Trade Put in a Weak Bounces

This week’s most impressive trend – the Japanese yen’s hearty rally – came to an end this past session just as serious technical resistance came into view for the single currency. To overtake the next hurdle on the charts would be a sign of conviction that the market does not seem willing to commit to just yet. In the balance, we have an exceptional Bank of Japan stimulus program providing buoyancy to pairs like USDJPY and EURJPY, while record low carry is pressuring the market to reversal. The central bank’s effort is consistent but fully priced in. The carry gap will be defined by risk trends. So, we watch capital flows. That said, the Nikkei 225 has steadied and the 10-year JGB hit a three month high.

Euro Looks for Volatility - Not Trend - With Upcoming Event RiskThere was little consistency and drive from the euro this past session. Finding some reprieve from Tuesday, Euro-area’s equity benchmarks pulled up from their painful dives and credit risk stabilized. That said, sovereign bond yields rose for nearly the entire region and the regional VSTOXX volatility measure extended its drive higher. The euro – like the backdrop capital markets it represents – is prone to a breakout and rapid swell in volatility. Looking at implied volatility measures or a simple Average True Range (ATR) we find complacency exceptionally high as technical boundaries grow tighter. A breakout with trend implications would be best served for FX traders, but euro-based fundamentals have generated limited engagement from the market. Instead, we should watch for simple breakouts – possibly on the German jobs report.

Oil Trades above $110 and at a Two-Year High on Syrian Concerns

The CBOE’s oil volatility index tells the story. In the past two days, the activity indicator (considered by many a gauge of fear) has soared 25 percent. This incredible jump in activity comes thanks to a rally in the underlying commodity – as much as $6.30 or 6 percent over the same period. This drive was enough to push the benchmark US oil futures contract to $112 per barrel and mark the highest level for the commodity since May of 2011. The source of this drive is clear – the United States’ and Western nations’ threatening to take actions in Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons on rebels. The supply-and-demand risk is clear, but there is a countervailing force at work as well. As energy costs skyrocket, struggling economic growth is further put in jeopardy and demand fades alongside risk trends. The draw for an oil reversal is strong, but it will be a risky proposition until Middle East tensions cool.

Emerging Market Currencies: Indian Rupee Collapse vs Brazilian Real Stability

There is a divergence in the performance of the emerging markets and the currencies that fit the grouping. On one extreme, we have the Indian Rupee which suffered an incredible 4 percent collapse just this past trading day to stoke fears of an uncontrolled crash. At the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the Brazilian Real which has recovered as much as 5.4 percent of its aggressive three-month, 20 percent plunge through last week. Much of the difference in performance between these two has to do with the policies that officials have implemented. Brazil’s central bank introduced a $60 billion FX program last week aimed at curbing panicked demand for US currency and its central bank raised the benchmark lending rate 50 bps (to 9.00 percent) Wednesday evening. This is a concerted effort to curb instability and to keep capital in Brazil. In contrast, India’s effort has been limited to its own central bank offer access to dollars (through swaps) only to its three largest, domestic oil companies. For the emerging markets as a whole, the MSCI fund stabilized this past session. Any hint of risk aversion though..

Gold Matches Strongest Run in 12 Months…and it’s Not a Reversal Signal

Though Wednesday’s 0.2 percent advance was the smallest in gold’s series of daily gains, it was nevertheless the fifth consecutive climb for the precious metal. That matches the longest run since August 23 of last year – before the massive bear leg began in October. Throughout this period, there have been 10 instances of four-plus day rallies for the commodity; and the move that often followed was a stumble that reengaged a dominant trend. Yet, the tide in momentum is changing. Gold is up over 20 percent from its mult-year low on June 28th, and the push has proven consistent enough to turn the 20 and 50-day moving averages positive. If we see a natural turn after an impressive run under these circumstances, it is likely to prove the correction rather than the trend – that is, unless there is a strong fundamental push to undermine bulls. The greatest threat to the precious metal would be a rally from the greenback based on risk. Investors are still sore from gold volatility.

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ECONOMIC DATA

GMT

Currency

Release

Survey

Previous

Comments

1:00

AUD

HIA New Home Sales (MoM) (JUL)

3.40%

Growth has been positive since March.

1:00

NZD

NBNZ Business Confidence (AUG)

52.8

Last month, business confidence rose to its highest level since March 1999.

1:00

NZD

ANZ Activity Outlook (AUG)

43.7

1:30

AUD

Private Capital Expenditure (2Q)

0.00%

-4.70%

Growth has been slowing since the first quarter of 2012.

7:55

EUR

German Unemployment Change (AUG)

-5K

-7K

The German economy has been adding fewer jobs since March 2010.

7:55

EUR

German Unemployment Rate s.a. (AUG)

6.80%

6.80%

8:30

GBP

Lloyds Business Barometer (AUG)

41

The index has been positive since August 2012.

12:00

EUR

German CPI - EU Harmonised (YoY) (AUG P)

1.70%

1.90%

Inflation has been slowing since hitting a multi-year high of 2.4% in late 2011.

12:00

EUR

German CPI (YoY) (AUG P)

1.70%

1.90%

12:30

USD

Core Personal Consumption Expenditure (QoQ) (2Q S)

0.80%

0.80%

Two weeks ago, initial jobless claims fell to the lowest readings since late 2007. Employment data remains a part of the Federal Reserve’s forward guidance on monetary policy. Growth in personal consumptions has been hovering around 2% since 2011.

12:30

USD

Gross Domestic Product (Annualized) (2Q S)

2.20%

1.70%

12:30

USD

Gross Domestic Product Price Index (2Q S)

0.70%

0.70%

12:30

USD

Initial Jobless Claims (AUG 23)

331K

336K

12:30

USD

Personal Consumption (2Q S)

1.70%

1.80%

12:30

USD

Continuing Claims (AUG 17)

2988K

2999K

12:30

CAD

Industrial Product Price (MoM) (JUL)

0.30%

0.30%

Canada has reported a current account deficit since the end of 2008.

12:30

CAD

Raw Materials Price Index (MoM) (JUL)

0.80%

0.30%

12:30

CAD

Current Account (BoP) (Canadian dollar) (2Q)

-$14.8B

-$14.1B

22:45

NZD

Building Permits (MoM) (JUL)

1.30%

-4.00%

Recently, the RBNZ has introduced limits on mortgage lending to try to cool off the housing sector.

23:05

GBP

GfK Consumer Confidence Survey (AUG)

-14

-16

Last month, consumer confidence reached the highest level since April 2010.

23:15

JPY

Nomura/JMMA Manufacturing PMI (AUG)

50.7

Economists expect inflation to continue at the same pace as last month. The Bank of Japan has made clear their intensions to hold off on further monetary easing to allow the current program to run its course. Higher inflation could reduce expectations for the BoJ to introduce more stimulus in the future. These figures could also help the Japanese economic panel meeting this week to assess the impact of a sales tax increase on the economy.

23:30

JPY

National CPI (YoY) (JUL)

0.70%

0.20%

23:30

JPY

Household Spending (YoY) (JUL)

0.30%

-0.40%

23:30

JPY

Jobless Rate (JUL)

3.90%

3.90%

23:30

JPY

National CPI Ex-Fresh Food (YoY) (JUL)

0.60%

0.40%

23:30

JPY

National CPI Ex Food, Energy (YoY) (JUL)

-0.20%

-0.20%

23:30

JPY

Job-To-Applicant Ratio (JUL)

0.93

0.92

23:30

JPY

Tokyo CPI Ex-Fresh Food (YoY) (AUG)

0.40%

0.30%

23:30

JPY

Tokyo CPI Ex Food, Energy (YoY) (AUG)

-0.30%

-0.40%

23:30

JPY

Tokyo CPI (YoY) (AUG)

0.50%

0.40%

23:50

JPY

Industrial Production (YoY) (JUL P)

1.80%

-4.60%

23:50

JPY

Industrial Production (MoM) (JUL P)

3.60%

-3.10%

GMT

Currency

Upcoming Events & Speeches

-:-

JPY

Japanese Economic Panel Meets on Sales Tax Increase (26-31)

1:30

JPY

BOJ Board Member Morimoto Speech

12:50

USD

Fed’s Bullard to Speak to Leadership Memphis

18:00

USD

Fed's Lacker Speaks in Virginia

SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE LEVELS

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CLASSIC SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE

EMERGING MARKETS 18:00 GMT

SCANDIES CURRENCIES 18:00 GMT

Currency

USD/MXN

USD/TRY

USD/ZAR

USD/HKD

USD/SGD

Currency

USD/SEK

USD/DKK

USD/NOK

Resist 2

13.5900

2.1000

10.7250

7.8165

1.3650

Resist 2

7.5800

5.8950

6.5135

Resist 1

13.4800

2.0500

10.5000

7.8075

1.3250

Resist 1

6.8155

5.8475

6.2660

Spot

13.2881

2.0363

10.3005

7.7549

1.2752

Spot

6.5011

5.5941

6.0453

Support 1

12.8900

1.9750

9.3700

7.7490

1.2000

Support 1

6.0800

5.5600

5.8700

Support 2

12.6000

1.9075

8.9500

7.7450

1.1800

Support 2

5.8085

5.4440

5.7400

INTRA-DAY PROBABILITY BANDS 18:00 GMT

\CCY

EUR/USD

GBP/USD

USD/JPY

USD/CHF

USD/CAD

AUD/USD

NZD/USD

EUR/JPY

Gold

Res 3

1.3449

1.5673

98.94

0.9320

1.0568

0.9090

0.7941

131.90

1447.02

Res 2

1.3420

1.5640

98.61

0.9297

1.0547

0.9061

0.7914

131.47

1437.48

Res 1

1.3391

1.5606

98.29

0.9273

1.0525

0.9031

0.7887

131.05

1427.93

Spot

1.3334

1.5540

97.64

0.9225

1.0483

0.8972

0.7834

130.19

1408.84

Supp 1

1.3277

1.5474

96.99

0.9177

1.0441

0.8913

0.7781

129.33

1389.75

Supp 2

1.3248

1.5440

96.67

0.9153

1.0419

0.8883

0.7754

128.91

1437.48

Supp 3

1.3219

1.5407

96.34

0.9130

1.0398

0.8854

0.7727

128.48

1447.02

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