EUR/USD Weekly Fundamental Analysis September 3-7, 2012, Forecast

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Introduction: Out of the major currency pairs the most popular and easy to trade currency pair is the EUR/USD. It has become so popular with traders these days that even when there is no visible trade to be had it is yet traded as a matter of habit. This is of course something that should be avoided and any investor who trades this currency pair wisely can do so successfully with sizable profits at the end of the day.

The first thing with trading currencies is to realize that the EUR/USD is made up of two separate currencies although considered to be one unit when taken as a pair. The weaknesses and strengths of each currency have to be taken into consideration when trading the unit as it influences the final outcome. Another factor that is often overlooked by traders or investors is that the weakening of one currency along with the strengthening of the other currency in the pair results in the generation of pips. It is according to this that entry and exit from the Forex market has to be done in order to maintain profitability.

  • The interest rate differential between the European Bank(ECB) and the Federal Reserve(FED)
  • Dollar strength drives EUR/USD lower
  • FED intervention to weaken the dollar the sends EUR/USD higher

 

Weekly Analysis and Recommendation: 

The EUR/USD  continued a week of positive gains, trading at the close on Friday at 1.2577 gaining from the opening on Monday at 1.2506. The highlight of the week was Mr. Draghi’s withdrawal from the Jackson Hole event, due to the work load at the ECB. The rumor of the week was that Chancellor Merkel was traveling Europe asking leaders to with hold bailout requests.

Also news that the German Central Bank director has threatened or has in fact resigned over the ECB bond purchase program.

Date

Last

Open

High

Low

Change %

Aug 31, 2012

1.2577

1.2510

1.2637

1.2494

0.54%

Aug 30, 2012

1.2510

1.2531

1.2564

1.2488

-0.17%

Aug 29, 2012

1.2531

1.2570

1.2573

1.2519

-0.32%

Aug 28, 2012

1.2571

1.2501

1.2576

1.2466

0.56%

Aug 27, 2012

1.2501

1.2506

1.2535

1.2490

-0.03%

The market is on tenterhooks regarding a forthcoming announcement from European Central Bank president Mario Draghi, in which he’s expected to announce measures that significantly reduce the pressure on Spain and Italy.

It all started about a month ago, when Mr. Draghi declared in a speech in London, “The ECB is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro. And believe me, it will be enough.”

Since then, the only thing the markets have talked about is what action the ECB might take. That now looks to be buying Spanish and Italian government bonds, to reduce borrowing costs for these countries and so enable them to reform their economies without worrying about financial pressures.

Yet, even now, the details of the central bank’s scheme are unknown. It’s hoped the ECB will make its full announcement next week, on September 6th, at its monthly meeting.

Of course, that means that though the euro is strong for the moment, it could quite easily weaken if next week the European Central Bank disappoints.

Although market expectations for ECB action are high, there are in fact significant pressures on the central bank that limit what steps it can take.

These pressures chiefly come in the form of Jens Weidmann, the head of Germany’s central bank the Bundesbank. Mr. Weidmann opposes the ECB’s proposed bond buying scheme, arguing it comes dangerously close to illegal central bank funding of governments.

There will be plenty of headline risk scattered throughout the week with EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn debating banking union with EU Financial Services Commissioner Michel Barnier missions Joaquin Almunia (Draghi dropped out of this debate).  German Finance Minister Schaeuble speaks on the future of Europe’s single market.  Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and French President Francois Hollande meet, and so do the EU’s Van Rompuy and Hollande.  Auction risk is also elevated with Spain and France poised to tap bond markets hours before the ECB announcement and press conference, and each of Belgium, Austria, the UK and Germany auctioning bonds earlier in the week.  Data risk will be a distant influence behind the ECB meeting.  This includes fresh manufacturing PMI readings for the UK and Italy.  German factory orders have been falling for two of the past three months and signaling net downside risk to Germany’s factory sector, so fresher data for July will help clarify the trend.  So will a round of updates for European trade and industrial production figures.  

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Tier 1 and 2 Economic Releases for August 27-31, 2012

Date

Currency

Event

Actual

 

Forecast

Previous

Aug. 27

SEK

Swedish Retail Sales (MoM) 

0.30%

 

0.20% 

-0.30% 

 

EUR

German Ifo Business Climate Index 

102.3

 

102.6 

103.2 

 

EUR

German Current Assessment 

111.2

 

110.8 

111.5 

 

EUR

German Business Expectations 

94.2

 

95.0 

95.5 

Aug. 28

AUD

HIA New Home Sales (MoM) 

-5.6%

 

 

2.8% 

 

EUR

GfK German Consumer Climate 

5.9

 

5.9 

5.9 

 

USD

CB Consumer Confidence 

60.6

 

66.0 

65.4 

Aug. 29

AUD

Construction Work Done (QoQ) 

-0.2%

 

1.0% 

7.8% 

 

CHF

KOF Leading Indicators 

1.57

 

1.50 

1.41 

 

EUR

German CPI (MoM) 

0.3%

 

0.2% 

0.4% 

 

USD

GDP (QoQ) 

1.7%

 

1.7% 

1.5% 

 

USD

Pending Home Sales (MoM) 

2.4%

 

1.0% 

-1.4% 

 

USD

Beige Book 

 

 

 

 

 

NZD

Building Consents (MoM) 

2.0%

 

3.0% 

5.7% 

Aug. 30

JPY

Retail Sales (YoY) 

-0.8%

 

-0.2% 

0.2% 

 

AUD

Building Approvals (MoM) 

-17.3%

 

-5.0% 

-1.0% 

 

AUD

Private New Capital Expenditure (QoQ) 

3.4%

 

2.4% 

7.7% 

 

EUR

German Unemployment Change 

9K

 

8K 

9K 

 

USD

Core PCE Price Index (MoM) 

0.0%

 

0.1% 

0.2% 

 

CAD

Current Account 

-16.0B

 

-15.0B 

-10.2B 

 

USD

Personal Spending (MoM) 

0.4%

 

0.4% 

0.0% 

 

USD

Initial Jobless Claims 

374K

 

370K 

374K 

 

USD

Continuing Jobless Claims 

3316K

 

3307K 

3321K 

Aug. 31

KRW

South Korean Industrial Production (YoY) 

0.3%

 

0.5% 

1.4% 

 

JPY

Unemployment Rate 

4.3%

 

4.3% 

4.3% 

 

JPY

Tokyo Core CPI (YoY) 

-0.5%

 

-0.6% 

-0.6% 

 

JPY

Industrial Production (MoM) 

-1.2%

 

1.7% 

0.4% 

 

GBP

Nationwide HPI (MoM) 

1.3%

 

0.1% 

-0.8% 

 

EUR

CPI (YoY) 

2.6%

 

2.5% 

2.4% 

 

EUR

Unemployment Rate 

11.3%

 

11.3% 

11.3% 

 

CAD

GDP (MoM) 

0.2%

 

0.1% 

0.1% 

 

USD

Chicago PMI 

53.0

 

53.5 

53.7 

 

USD

Michigan Consumer Sentiment 

74.3

 

73.6 

73.6 

Historical: From 2010 to Present

Highest: 1.4940 USD on May 04, 2011.

Average: 1.3434 USD over this period.

Lowest: 1.1877 USD on Jun 07, 2010.

 

Economic Highlights for the upcoming week… Tiers 3 keep your eyes on these

Date

Time

Currency

Event

Forecast

 

Previous

 

 

Sep. 04

05:30

AUD

Interest Rate Decision 

3.50% 

 

3.50% 

 

 

 

15:00

USD

ISM Manufacturing Index 

50.0 

 

49.8 

 

 

Sep. 05

02:30

AUD

GDP (QoQ) 

0.8% 

 

1.3% 

 

 

 

14:00

CAD

Interest Rate Decision 

1.00% 

 

1.00% 

 

 

Sep. 06

02:30

AUD

Employment Change 

5.0K 

 

14.0K 

 

 

 

02:30

AUD

Unemployment Rate 

5.3% 

 

5.2% 

 

 

 

12:00

GBP

Interest Rate Decision 

0.50% 

 

0.50% 

 

 

 

12:45

EUR

Interest Rate Decision 

0.75% 

 

0.75% 

 

 

Sep. 07

15:00

CAD

Ivey PMI 

58.0 

 

62.8 

   

Upcoming Government Bond Auctions

Date Time Country 

Government Bond Auction

Date  Time  Country 

Sep 03  09:10  Norway  Bond auction

Sep 03  10:00  Belgium  OLO auction

Sep 04  00:30  Japan  Auctions 10Y JGBs

Sep 04  09:15  Austria  Bond auction

Sep 04  09:30  Belgium  Auctions Dec 2012 (3M) & Feb 2013 (6M) T-bills

Sep 04  14:30  UK  Details 0.75% 2034 I/L Gilt & 1.75% Sep 2022 Gilt on Sep

Sep 05  09:10  Sweden  Nominal bond auction

Sep 05  09:30  Germany  Eur 5.0bn Sep 2022 Bund auction

Sep 05  09:30  UK  4.5% 2042 Gilt auction

Sep 06  00:30  Japan  Auctions 30Y JGBs

Sep 06  08:30  Spain  Bono auction

Sep 06  08:50  France  OAT auction

Sep 06  09:10  Sweden  I/L bond auction

Sep 06  15:00  US  Announces 3Y Notes on Sep 11, 10Y Notes on Sep 12 &

Sep 07  15:30  Italy

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