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ASIA/EUROPE FOREX NEWS WRAP

It’s no secret that the global market has a strong disdain for the Australian and New Zealand Dollars: year-to-date, they were the second and third worst performing majors against the US Dollar, shedding -9.31% and -5.00%, respectively, through yesterday. However, with market positioning extremely one-sided – as Senior Technical Strategist Jamie Saettele notes, a record short position for speculators and a record long position for commercials – it was likely that a correction occurred. Simply put, there were too few sellers in the market to sustain further downside price action in the Aussie and the Kiwi.

Accordingly, today we’re seeing one of the strongest performances out of the commodity currencies over the past year. At the time of writing, the AUDUSD had a 1-day rate of change of +1.90%, and over the past year, this has only happened twice: June 29, 2012, after the Euro-zone summit; and last Monday, June 3, 2013. Nevertheless, this rally in the commodity currency that is unfolding is a longer-term selling opportunity, but reentries should be on hold until market positioning moderates slightly – this is viewed as a short covering rally, not the establishment of new long positions.

Elsewhere, the Japanese Yen has given back some of its gains from yesterday, when a sharp decline in the US Dollar started in the US afternoon session. The Yen piques my interest over the next week to the long side for several reasons still. First, the Bank of Japan refused to act, meaning that there’s little reason to suspect the anxiety Japanese market participants have faced over the past three weeks will end. Second, the USDJPY has slid despite US Treasury yields hitting their highest levels in 16-months (a bearish divergence). Finally, in light of the higher US yields, I think that when the Federal Reserve stands pat next week with QE3, yields will pullback significantly, which historically has been negative for the USDJPY.

Taking a look at European credit, a sharp rebound in government debt across the region – lower yields – has failed to lift the Euro, with the EURJPY rejected on its advance towards ¥129.00. The Italian 2-year note yield has decreased to 1.591% (-6.0-bps) while the Spanish 2-year note yield has decreased to 2.011% (-8.6-bps). Similarly, the Italian 10-year note yield has decreased to 4.286% (-7.7-bps) while the Spanish 10-year note yield has increased to 4.523% (-11.4-bps); higher yields imply lower prices.

RELATIVE PERFORMANCE (versus USD): 10:50 GMT

NZD: +1.41%

AUD: +1.22%

GBP: +0.10%

CAD:+0.09%

EUR:-0.24%

CHF:-0.33%

JPY:-0.62%

Dow Jones FXCM Dollar Index (Ticker: USDOLLAR): -0.06% (-1.25% prior 5-days)

ECONOMIC CALENDAR

Short_Covering_Seen_in_AUD_and_NZD_EURJPY_Fails_at_129.00_body_Picture_1.png, Short Covering Seen in AUD and NZD; EUR/JPY Fails at ¥129.00See 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

Short_Covering_Seen_in_AUD_and_NZD_EURJPY_Fails_at_129.00_body_x0000_i1028.png, Short Covering Seen in AUD and NZD; EUR/JPY Fails at ¥129.00EURUSD: 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.”

Short_Covering_Seen_in_AUD_and_NZD_EURJPY_Fails_at_129.00_body_x0000_i1029.png, Short Covering Seen in AUD and NZD; EUR/JPY Fails at ¥129.00USDJPY: Yesterday I said: “Fundamental risk: the BoJ meets tonight and it is unlikely they announce major new measures or implement some type of support structure to anchor JGB volatility. I favor weakness after the US session close today.” The USDJPY fell by -2.67% from high to low overnight, and is now back near the ¥97.00 level after the BoJ did indeed hold last night. 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), 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, 98.60, 99.25/35; levels to watch to the downside – 96.50, 95.90, 95.00.

Short_Covering_Seen_in_AUD_and_NZD_EURJPY_Fails_at_129.00_body_x0000_i1030.png, Short Covering Seen in AUD and NZD; EUR/JPY Fails at ¥129.00GBPUSD: 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. A near-term top may be forming, but it’s best to be neutral in my opinion.”

Short_Covering_Seen_in_AUD_and_NZD_EURJPY_Fails_at_129.00_body_x0000_i1031.png, Short Covering Seen in AUD and NZD; EUR/JPY Fails at ¥129.00AUDUSD: No change: “Rebounds have been shallow below the ascending trendline off of the October 2011 and June 2012 lows, suggesting that a top in the pair is in place, going back to the July 2011 high at $1.1071. Although there was some upside in the middle of last week, the AUDUSD once again finds itself down at new lows after a bounce, and price has fallen back to the 50% Fibonacci retracement from the May 2010 low to the July 2011 high, at 0.9572, and searching for a base near the October 2011 low at 0.9385/90. Despite excessive downside weakness, retail traders remain long, suggesting that a break below 0.9385/90 – in what would also be a break below major lows set a year ago this past week – could see 0.9380/90 and 0.9210/20 eyed lower.

Short_Covering_Seen_in_AUD_and_NZD_EURJPY_Fails_at_129.00_body_x0000_i1032.png, Short Covering Seen in AUD and NZD; EUR/JPY Fails at ¥129.00S&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.”

Short_Covering_Seen_in_AUD_and_NZD_EURJPY_Fails_at_129.00_body_x0000_i1033.png, Short Covering Seen in AUD and NZD; EUR/JPY Fails at ¥129.00GOLD: 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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