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Economic Events: (GMT)
No economic reports but today is the first day of meetings at the WEF conference in Switzerland
13:30 USD Core Durable Goods Orders (MoM) 0.9% 0.3%
13:30 USD Durable Goods Orders (MoM) 2.0% 3.7%
Durable Goods Orders measures the change in the total value of new orders for long lasting manufactured goods, excluding transportation items. Because aircraft orders are very volatile, the core number gives a better gauge of ordering trends. A higher reading indicates increased manufacturing activity.
A higher than expected reading should be taken as positive/bullish for the USD, while a lower than expected reading should be taken as negative/bearish for the USD.
13:30 USD Initial Jobless Claims 370K 352K
13:30 USD Continuing Jobless Claims 3432K
Initial Jobless Claims measures the number of individuals who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time during the past week. This is the earliest U.S. economic data, but the market impact varies from week to week. Continuing Jobless Claims measures the number of unemployed individuals who qualify for benefits under unemployment insurance.
A higher than expected reading should be taken as negative/bearish for the USD, while a lower than expected reading should be taken as positive/bullish for the USD.
15:00 USD New Home Sales 320K 315K
New Home Sales measures the annualized number of new single-family homes that were sold during the previous month. This report tends to have more impact when it's released ahead of Existing Home Sales because the reports are tightly correlated.
Analysis and Recommendations:
The USD/CHF trading at 0.9308 advancing 0.37%.
The dollar index, which tracks the performance of the USD versus a basket of six other major currencies, was up 0.47% to hit 80.37.
German Chancellor Merkel surprised the markets today when she said that there is the possibility of a Greek default. Merkel conceded that Europe's first ever multibillion bailout coupled with savage austerity was not working after two years of crisis that has brought the single currency to the brink of unravelling. Merkel also noted that she would like the European court of justice (ECJ) be empowered to police the public spending and budget policies of the 17 countries in the euro.
Merkel called for the eventual creation of a European political union, with many more national powers ceded to a central government, a strengthened bicameral European parliament, and the ECJ assuming the role of Europe's supreme court.
In light of these statements and demands, it is surprising that the euro has not dropped like a hot potato. These feeling are not mutually shared among the nations of the EU.
Greek creditors today insisted that as part of a negotiated default that the ECB also take a significant write down of the Greek holding, which the ECB has flatly refused. Christine Lagarde of the IMF today said it maybe necessary for the ECB to give in.
In Switzerland the The World Economic Forum is opening this evening with Chancellor Merkel as the keynote speaker.
In the US, President Obama will make his State of the Union speech, pushing for more economic sharing and a better distribution of the wealth of the nation. He is expected to show that the US is in recovery mode. Economic reports from the US housing industry dissappointed today, giving the dollar some weakness. Allowing the euro to recover.
The markets are waiting for FOMC statements shortly along with Angela Merkels speech in Davos.
Today the markets began to focus on Portugal, who will likely need additional bailout money shortly. Credit Default Swap insurance surged today on Portugese debt, a sign that problems are in the works.
The USD is expected to maintain and push up over the next day or two, reaching its high resistance point.
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