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Morning Market Review
2019-08-05 08:48 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

EUR showed active growth against USD at the end of last trading week, correcting after a sharp decline on Wednesday and Thursday, which led to the updating of local lows of May 16, 2017. Strong data on retail sales in the euro area contributed to the development of corrective dynamics last Friday. The indicator grew by 1.1% MoM after the decline by 0.6% MoM a month earlier. In annual terms, sales growth accelerated from +1.0% YoY to +2.6% YoY, while analysts expected only +1.3% YoY. A more confident positive dynamics in the euro was hindered by the release of a moderately optimistic report on the US labor market, which, in particular, indicated an acceleration in Average Hourly Earnings in July from +3.1% YoY to +3.2% YoY. During today's Asian session, the pair is trading with a raise. At the beginning of the week, Investors are focused on statistics on business activity in Europe and the US.

GBP/USD

GBP showed moderate growth against USD at the end of last trading week, slightly correcting after a powerful "bearish" rally, which brought the pound to record lows of January 2017. The growth of the instrument on Friday was of a technical nature, since the macroeconomic background did not provide significant support to the British currency, and the previous negative factors associated with Brexit only intensified as the deadline approached. The British Construction PMI published on Friday showed a modest increase in July from 43.1 to 45.3 points, which turned out to be worse than market expectations of 46.0 points. The July US labor market report provided moderate support to the dollar. Nonfarm Payrolls met expectations of 164K jobs. Last month, the figure showed an increase of 193K. Average Hourly Earnings accelerated in July from +3.1% YoY to +3.2% YoY.

AUD/USD

AUD showed ambiguous dynamics against USD on Friday. Macroeconomic statistics published in Australia provided moderate support for the instrument. The growth in retail sales in Australia in June accelerated from +0.1% MoM to +0.4% MoM with a forecast of +0.3% MoM. Australia's Producer Price Index in Q2 2019 showed an increase of 0.4% QoQ and 2.0% YoY, which was better than market expectations of +0.2% QoQ and +1.9% YoY. During today's Asian session, the pair is trading with a decrease. AiG Services Index went down from 52.2 to 43.9 points in June. Commonwealth Bank Services PMI fell in June from 52.6 to 52.3 points. The Composite Index over the same period increased from 51.8 to 52.1 points, which turned out to be better than average expert estimates.

USD/JPY

USD closed last week with a steady decline against JPY, updating local lows of the beginning of the year. Despite the publication of a moderately optimistic report on the US labor market, the dollar is lower than the yen amid a decline in investor interest in risk. The minutes of Bank of Japan meeting published on Friday also contributed to a moderate increase in the Japanese currency, since they did not explicitly indicate a resumption of monetary easing in the foreseeable future. During today's Asian session, USD is trading with a decrease. Even the appearance of weak macroeconomic statistics from Japan does not impede the development of the "bearish" trend. Markit Services PMI in July decreased from 51.9 to 51.8 points with the forecast of the increase to 52.3 points.

Oil

Oil prices showed ambiguous dynamics of trading at the end of last week, slightly correcting after a steady decline the day before. The development of the "bearish" trend for the instrument was provoked by the threats of Donald Trump to introduce duties on the remaining Chinese imports. The increase is expected to be implemented in stages, and the first increase of 10% may take place on September 1, if the parties do not come to a consensus. Moderate support for the instrument on Friday was provided by Baker Hughes report on active oil platforms in the USA. For the reporting week, the number of oil rigs decreased from 776 to 770 units.
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Morning Market Review
2019-08-06 08:47 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

EUR rose against USD on Monday, updating local highs of July 23. EUR was supported by the actions of the US administration, which went on softening its position in the trade dispute with the EU. In particular, the parties managed to reach an agreement on increasing the volume of imported meat from the US to the EU countries. At the same time, trade relations between the US and China continue to deteriorate. Following the decision of Donald Trump to introduce an additional 10% duty on Chinese goods worth USD 300 billion, China promised to respond with tit-for-tat measures. In the meantime, the market can observe a sharp depreciation of the Chinese yuan against the US dollar, which Donald Trump commented on, calling the actions of the Chinese authorities a "serious violation".

GBP/USD

The British pound showed a slight increase against the US dollar on Monday. British Markit Services PMI supported GBP moderately. According to July data, the index rose from 50.2 to 51.4 points, which turned out to be better than neutral forecasts. A more confident growth of the instrument was hindered by increasing market tension as the Brexit date approached and the trade relations between the USA and China worsened. During today's Asian session, GBP is also trading higher, based on the publication of moderately optimistic macroeconomic statistics. BRC Retail Sales Monitor in July showed an increase of 0.1% YoY after declining by 1.6% YoY last month.

AUD/USD

AUD closed Monday with a steady decline against USD, reacting to another aggravation of trade relations between the US and China, which threatens to further slow down the global economy. The development of the "bearish" dynamics in the instrument was also facilitated by macroeconomic statistics. AiG Services Index in Australia went down from 52.2 to 43.9 points in June. Chinese Caixin Services PMI for the same period retreated from 52.0 to 51.6 points with a forecast of 51.9 points. During today's Asian session, the pair is trading with an increase. The focus of investors is on the RBA decision on the interest rate. As expected, the Australian regulator kept the interest rate unchanged at 1%, maintaining the same rhetoric. The RBA expects moderate growth in Australia's economy at 2.50–2.75% in 2019 and 2020. According to the regulator, inflation will return to the target level of 2% by 2020.

USD/JPY

USD continued to decline against JPY at the beginning of the new trading week, updating local lows from the beginning of the year. During today's Asian session, the instrument shows sharp growth, recovering to the levels of last Friday. The market is reacting violently to the aggravation of trade relations between the United States and China, which threatens a new round of deceleration of the global economy. In addition, China began to actively devalue the national currency in order to mitigate the damage from new import duties. Moderate support for the yen on Tuesday is provided by macroeconomic statistics published in Japan. Household Spending in June grew by 2.7% YoY after growth by 4.0% YoY last month. Analysts expected an increase of +1.3% YoY. Average Cash Earnings in June showed an increase of 0.4% YoY after a decline of 0.5% YoY in May. The indicator was better than expected –0.8% YoY.

Oil

On Monday, oil prices fell, reacting to the aggravation of the US-China trade conflict: on Friday, Donald Trump threatened to introduce 10% duty on the remaining Chinese imports in the amount of USD 300 billion from September 1. The PRC said that in this case it would go for retaliatory measures but for now, Beijing is actively depreciating the national currency in order to mitigate the potential damage from new restrictions. In addition to the risks of a slowdown in the global economy and a decrease in oil demand, an aggravation of the conflict could threaten the resumption of imports of Iranian “black gold” from China, bypassing US sanctions. Today, investors are awaiting the publication of an API report on oil reserves for the week of August 2. The previous report reflected a decrease in reserves of 6.024 million barrels.
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Morning Market Review
2019-08-07 08:34 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

The European currency showed ambiguous trading against the US dollar on Tuesday. The instrument maintained an upward trend only at the opening of the afternoon session and showed a slight increase at the beginning of the American trading session. The technical factors contributed to a reduction in the pair, as the news background did not change much. As before, the market is widely discussing the aggravation of the trade conflict between the United States and China, which flows into a full-fledged currency war. The Chinese yuan has fallen against the dollar to its lowest level since 2008, which will significantly weaken the negative effect of Washington's introduction of new import duties from September 1. In addition, the market expects a possible reduction in the interest rate by the Fed in September. Macroeconomic statistics from Germany published on Tuesday did not support EUR. Factory Orders in June increased significantly by 2.5% MoM after the decline by 2.0% MoM in the previous month. Experts expected a growth of +0.5% MoM. In annual terms, the indicator decreased by 3.6% YoY, which is much better than the decrease by 8.4% YoY last month.

GBP/USD

GBP showed a slight increase against USD on Tuesday, continuing the development of corrective dynamics, formed on August 2. The instrument is moderately supported by exacerbation of trade relations between the US and China, which could lead to currency confrontation and force the US regulator to ease monetary policy again. In turn, investors are concerned about the approach of another deadline on Brexit, as the new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not yet made any progress in negotiations with the EU. Today, investors are waiting for the publication of data on Halifax House Price Index.

AUD/USD

The Australian dollar is showing a steady decline against the US currency during the Asian session on August 7, updating record lows of 2009. The development of negative dynamics in the instrument is facilitated by the aggravation of trade relations between the USA and China, as well as hints of a new currency confrontation between the countries. Additional pressure on the position of the pair is provided by weak macroeconomic statistics from Australia and the fact of a sharp decrease in the interest rate by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand from 1.50 to 1.00%. Commenting on the decision in the follow-up statement, the New Zealand regulator pointed to maintaining inflation below 2%, slowing GDP growth, weak growth in the employment market and exacerbating the risks of a slowdown in the global economy.

USD/JPY

The US dollar showed strong growth against the Japanese yen on Tuesday, but again returned to decline during today's Asian session. Investors react rather actively to the aggravation of trade relations between the US and China and fear the start of a currency confrontation amid a significant weakening of the Chinese yuan against the dollar. At the same time, market activity remains quite high, and interest in risk is gradually weakening. Macroeconomic statistics published in Japan yesterday turned out to be moderately optimistic. Average Cash Earnings in June increased by 0.4% YoY after a decline by 0.5% YoY in the previous month. Analysts had expected decline by 0.8% YoY. Household Spending in June grew by 2.7% YoY after growth by 4.0% YoY last month. Experts expected a slowdown to +1.3% YoY.

Oil

Oil prices showed a decline on Tuesday, despite the fact that during the day there was an upward trend caused by a technical correction after a steady decline last week. Pressure on quotes is still exerted by the aggravation of trade relations between the USA and China, which means a further weakening of global demand for "black gold". Support for the prices was provided by Iran’s statements, which threatened to block the oil flow through the Strait of Hormuz if it could not trade its own oil. API Weekly Crude Oil Stock report on Tuesday also provided moderate support for the quotes. Over the week as of August 2, US inventories decreased by 3.400 million barrels after a decrease of 6.024 million barrels in the previous period.
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Morning Market Review
2019-08-08 08:41 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

The European currency showed ambiguous trading against the US dollar on Wednesday. Powerful pressure on the instrument was exerted by macroeconomic statistics published in Germany. Industrial production in June showed a decrease of 1.5% MoM after an increase of 0.3% MoM last month. Analysts had expected the decline of 0.4% MoM. In annual terms, the decrease in the indicator reached –5.2% YoY after –3.7% YoY in May. Experts counted on improving dynamics and reducing production by only 1.8% YoY. USD, in turn, is under pressure from the worsening trade relations between the US and China. The day before, China said it would refuse to purchase American agricultural equipment, and would also consider introducing additional reciprocal import duties. In addition, Donald Trump puts pressure on the Fed and literally demands to continue lowering interest rates.

GBP/USD

GBP fell slightly against USD on Wednesday, reacting to weak statistics from the UK. Halifax Housing price Index in July showed a decrease of 0.2% MoM after a decrease of 0.4% MoM last month. Analysts counted on the appearance of positive dynamics (+0.3% MoM). There were few interesting macroeconomic statistics from the USA yesterday, so investors generally adhered to the previous drivers. During the Asian session on August 8, GBP shows corrective growth, despite the continued negative macroeconomic background. RICS House Price Balance in July collapsed by 9% after falling by 1% last month.

AUD/USD

AUD showed ambiguous dynamics against USD on Wednesday. The instrument updated record lows at the opening of the session, responding to the publication of weak macroeconomic statistics from Australia and rather unexpected decision of the RBNZ to lower the rate immediately by 0.50 points. Then, with the opening of European sites, AUD managed to correct, and a further weakening of USD led to the restoration of the pair to the opening levels. During today's Asian session, the pair is trading with a raise. The instrument is supported by good macroeconomic statistics from China, which indicated an increase in exports and a slower decrease in the trade surplus. In July, China's surplus amounted to 45.06B dollars against 50.98B last month. Analysts had expected a decline to 40.00B.

USD/JPY

The US dollar maintains an uncertain downward trend against the Japanese yen, still located near local lows since the beginning of the year. The yen is in demand amid growing market turmoil triggered by a sharp deterioration in trade relations between the US and China. In addition, the market fears new steps from the Fed aimed at easing monetary policy, especially given the constant pressure on the regulator from Donald Trump. The Bank of Japan, in turn, took a wait-and-see approach. According to the latest protocols, the Japanese regulator notes the continued upward momentum for inflation and has not yet considered the possibility of additional stimulus at the next meetings. During today's Asian session, the instrument is trading in both directions, reacting to the publication of ambiguous macroeconomic statistics from Japan. Foreign Investments in Japanese Stocks for the week as of August 2 reduced by JPY 339.9B. Foreign Bonds Buying, in turn, increased by JPY 286.2B.

Oil

Oil prices showed a sharp decline on Wednesday, reaching new seven-month lows against a backdrop of continued deterioration in US-China trade relations. Additional pressure on the quotes was exerted on Wednesday by a report on oil reserves from the US Department of Energy. For a week as of August 2, oil stocks in US warehouses unexpectedly increased by 2.385M barrels, after a decrease of 8.496M barrels over the past period. Analysts had expected negative dynamics to remain at –2.845M barrels. US refining capacity utilization also rose by 3.4% to 96.4%, following an increase in production from 12.200M to 12.300M barrels per day.
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Morning Market Review
2019-08-09 08:23 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

EUR showed ambiguous trading against USD on Thursday. Before the opening of the American session, the euro was trading upwards, receiving support from good statistics from China. In addition, investors continue to evaluate the prospects for a further reduction in the interest rate by the Fed amid a sharp deterioration in US-China trade relations and the CNY devaluation. Chinese data indicated an increase in exports of 3.3% YoY in July after a decline of 1.3% YoY in June. Analysts had expected negative dynamics to remain at –2.0% YoY. Imports for the same period decreased by 5.6% YoY after a decrease of 7.3% YoY. All this led to a slower decrease in the surplus of the trade balance from 50.98 to 45.06 billion dollars with a forecast of a decrease to 40.00 billion.

GBP/USD

The British pound showed a slight decrease against the US dollar on Thursday. In the absence of significant macroeconomic releases, investors continued to take a lead from previous factors. The main "bearish" driver for the instrument remains the prospect of a "tough" Brexit, which could cause significant harm to the UK economy. Already, investors fear a sharp decline in UK trade with EU countries, which could lead to food shortages in the country. During today's Asian session, the pair is trading with a slight growth. The focus of investors is on a large block of macroeconomic statistics from the UK. In particular, a preliminary estimate of UK GDP for the Q2 2019 is expected to be released.

AUD/USD

The Australian dollar rose significantly against the US currency on Thursday, continuing the development of the correctional impulse formed the day before. The instrument was supported by Chinese trade statistics, which, despite the continuing tensions between the US and China, showed an increase in July. Today, the pair is trading in both directions. Investors are focused on the speech of the RBA Governor Philip Lowe and the comments of the Australian regulator on monetary policy. No concrete hints were expected from Lowe's speech on further easing of monetary policy, so the reaction of the market to it was very restrained. The head of the RBA noted the insufficiently rapid increase in inflation in the country, as well as the growth of external economic risks, primarily due to the deterioration of trade relations between China and the United States.

USD/JPY

The US dollar continues a moderate decline against the Japanese yen, returning to local lows, updated on August 7. The development of the "bearish" trend is facilitated by the growth of the Japanese currency against the backdrop of worsening trade relations between the US and China and a decline in interest in risk. During today's Asian session, Japanese macroeconomic statistics provides little support for the yen. According to preliminary estimates, Japan's GDP in Q2 2019 showed an increase of 0.4% QoQ after an increase of 0.6% QoQ in the previous quarter. Investors had expected a slowdown to +0.1% QoQ. Annual GDP data reflected a slowdown from +2.2% YoY to +1.8% YoY, which also turned out to be better than market expectations.

Oil

Oil quotes rose slightly on Thursday, receiving support from the expectation of a decrease in production volumes amid a prolonged decline in prices. In addition, the instrument was supported by strong macroeconomic statistics from China, which signals a slight improvement in global demand, despite growing pressure from the US. The market also reacted positively to statements by Saudi Arabia, which, in addition to the current OPEC+ agreement, calls on all oil exporters to discuss an additional reduction in oil prices in order to maintain a balance of supply and demand in the market. Today, investors are waiting for Baker Hughes US Oil Rig Count report.
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XAU/USD: technical analysis
2019-08-13 10:06 (GMT+2) Gold
XAU/USD, H4

On the 4-hour chart, the instrument is trading on the upper line of the Bollinger Bands. The price remains above its moving averages that are directed up. The RSI is growing, having entered the overbought zone. The Composite is about to test its strong resistance region.

XAU/USD, D1

On the daily chart, the instrument is trading on the upper line of the Bollinger Bands. The price remains above its moving averages that are directed up. The RSI is growing, having entered the overbought zone. The Composite is approaching its strong resistance.

Key levels

Support levels: 1468.0 (local lows), 1440.0 (June highs), 1399.0 (local lows).
Resistance levels: 1532.0 (September 2011 lows), 1560.0 (March 2013 lows), 1584.0 (August 2012 lows).

Trading tips

The price is about to test its strong resistance near 1532.0. There is a chance of a short-term downward correction.
Long positions can be opened from the level of 1532.0 with targets at 1560.0, 1584.0 and stop-loss at 1510.0. Validity – 3-5 days.
Short positions can be opened from the level of 1399.0 with the target at 1365.0 and stop-loss at 1412.0. Validity – 3-5 days.
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XAG/USD: technical analysis
2019-08-14 09:42 (GMT+2) Silver
XAG/USD, H4

On a 4-hour chart, the instrument is trading within a sideways channel formed by the boundaries of Bollinger bands. The pair was corrected to the midline of the indicator, the formation of a side trend continues. The MACD histogram is in the positive area, keeping a signal to open long positions. Stochastic is in the neutral zone, the oscillator lines are reversing upwards.

XAG/USD, D1

On the daily chart, the uptrend is still in force. The instrument is trading near the upper border of Bollinger bands, the indicator cloud is narrowing. The MACD histogram is in the positive area, while keeping a confident signal to open buy orders. Stochastic is in the neutral zone, the oscillator lines are reversing downwards from the border with the overbought zone.

Key levels

Resistance levels: 16.98, 17.10, 17.24, 17.37, 17.51.
Support levels: 16.81, 16.67, 16.57, 16.49, 16.35, 16.25, 16.11, 15.92.

Trading tips

Long positions can be opened from the current level with the target at 17.37 and stop loss 16.67.
Short positions can be opened from the level of 16.65 with the target at 16.25. Stop loss 16.85.
Implementation period: 1–3 days.
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Brent Crude Oil: general analysis
2019-08-16 08:33 (GMT+2) Brent
Current trend

Oil prices are falling. One of the reasons for the fall of "black gold" is associated with a slowdown in the global economy. Thus, statistics from China reflected an unexpected record drop in industrial production to 4.8% against the forecast of 5.8%, the last time such data were recorded 17 years ago. Investors were also disappointed with the German GDP, which has declined in the second quarter.

The second factor, which also negatively affected quotes, was the publication of data on commercial US oil reserves, which grew by 1.58 million barrels against the forecast of –2.78 million barrels. As for the total oil production, it remained at the same level of 12.3 million barrels per day. If the trend continues, it is possible that OPEC may intervene in order to balance the market by reducing energy production.

Today, traders will focus on data on the number of active drilling rigs from Baker Hughes.

Support and resistance

Stochastic is around 23 points and does not give signals for opening positions.
Resistance levels: 59.55, 61.40.
Support levels: 57.71, 56.10.
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Morning Market Review
2019-08-19 08:27 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

The euro closed last week with a steady decline against the US dollar, retreating to new local lows of August 2. The European currency remains pressured amid the publication of ambiguous macroeconomic statistics from the Eurozone. In addition, investors responded positively to Donald Trump’s recent statements that the US-China trade conflict could still end with the signing of a final agreement. Published on August 16, macroeconomic statistics from the United States was ambiguous. Investors were optimistic about the dynamics in the number of building permits, which reflected an increase of 8.4% MoM in July after a decrease of 5.2% MoM last month. However, the changes in the number of new residential houses in July fell by 4.0% MoM after a decrease of 1.8% MoM last month. The dollar was also pressured by The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index. According to preliminary estimates, the index fell from 98.4 to 92.1 points with a forecast of 97.2 points.

GBP/USD

The British pound corrected against the US dollar late last week, updating local highs of August 8th. The pound was supported by technical correction factors, while the situation around Brexit continues to put pressure on GBP. UK citizens may face food and drug shortages during the first few months after the UK leaves the EU without an agreement. Meanwhile, the government of Boris Johnson still does not have any noticeable progress on the issue of concluding an agreement, so there is growing talk about a possible vote of no confidence. On the one hand, this supports the position of the British currency, since there is a real chance to avoid the "tough" Brexit. On the other hand, the growth of political competition threatens with a new crisis, which will be extremely painful for the prospects of the British economy in the face of growing uncertainty in world markets.

AUD/USD

The Australian dollar showed uncertain growth against the US one at the end of last week, recovering slightly after a noticeable decline on August 14. The instrument was supported by technical correction factors, as well as by weak macroeconomic statistics from the United States. The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index in August fell from 98.4 to 92.1 points with a forecast of 97.2 points. Today, the instrument continues the previous trend. At the beginning of a new week, there are few interesting macroeconomic statistics on the market, so investors expect Tuesday when the minutes of the last RBA meeting will be published.

USD/JPY

The US dollar showed moderate growth against the Japanese yen on August 16, continuing the development of the "bullish" impulse formed the day before. It is curious that the growth of the instrument proceeded against the background of the publication of ambiguous US macroeconomic statistics, which, in particular, indicated a drop in consumer confidence in August. Today, the dollar maintains a weak "bullish" mood. The yen is pressured by weak data on the dynamics of the trade balance. In July, the balance reached a deficit of 249.6 billion Japanese yen, which turned out to be worse than market expectations of 200.0 billion. Japanese exports in July fell by 1.6% YoY after a decline of 6.6% YoY last month. Imports for the same period declined by 1.2% YoY after declining by 5.2% YoY.

Oil

Oil prices showed ambiguous dynamics on Friday, interrupting the development of the "bearish" impulse that formed on August 14. Moderate support for quotes was provided by favorable data on the dynamics of retail sales in the USA, as well as rather optimistic comments by Donald Trump regarding the prospects for concluding a trade agreement between the USA and China. Negative forecasts from OPEC, as well as the published report by Baker Hughes, which reflected the growth of active oil platforms in the USA from 764 to 770 units, restrained more confident price increase.
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Morning Market Review
2019-08-20 08:24 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

The euro showed a decline against the US dollar on Monday but returned to growth today. Strengthening of the instrument is largely technical since the macroeconomic background particularly didn't change. The consumer price index in the Eurozone in July showed a decline of 0.5% MoM after rising by 0.2% MoM last month. Analysts had expected a decline by 0.4% MoM. YoY, the index growth slowed down from 1.3% to 1.0%, which also turned out to be worse than analysts' expectations of 1.1%. On Tuesday, investors are focused on a block of statistics on industrial inflation in Germany for July and the dynamics of production in the Eurozone's construction sector in June.

GBP/USD

At the beginning of the new week, the British pound returned to decline against the US dollar as fears of a recession in the US economy began to gradually fade. Recall that the market reacted quite sharply to the reversal of the yield curve of US treasury bonds, which is usually considered the first sign of the beginning of a recession. Nevertheless, the Fed representatives and President Donald Trump personally managed to calm the markets, as a result of which the yield curve returned to its "normal" form. In turn, pressure on the pound continues to increase as the Brexit deadline approaches. Investors fear that the British economy will face a shortage of food, medicines, and energy in the first few months after leaving the EU without a deal.

AUD/USD

The Australian dollar begins a new week with lateral dynamics against the US currency. A weak decline on August 19 gave way to uncertain growth today. Moderate support for the Australian dollar is provided by the published minutes of the RBA meeting of August 6, given that the meeting itself was neutral. As before, the regulator is ready to take additional measures to stimulate the economy but prefers to act with caution. A significant source of uncertainty in the actions of the RBA remains the growth of external tension, in particular, emanating from the US-China conflict. As for internal factors, the Australian regulator relies on positive dynamics in the labor market. According to the Central Bank, inflation will remain slightly below 2% during 2020 and will exceed this psychological level only in 2021.

USD/JPY

The US dollar is developing an upward trend against the Japanese yen, approaching local highs of August 13 and 15. The "bullish" sentiment on the instrument was strengthened by weak macroeconomic statistics from Japan, published on Monday. In addition, investors calmed somewhat regarding the onset of the recession in the US economy. Today, the pair is trading in both directions, waiting for the appearance of new drivers on the market. On Tuesday, the macroeconomic background remains fairly neutral, so a significant increase in activity should not be expected so far.

Oil

At the beginning of the new week, oil prices rose, having received support due to the aggravation of the conflict in the Middle East. The media got information that one of the Saudi oil fields was attacked by the Yemenite Hussites, although later Saudi Arabia stated that this incident did not affect the dynamics of oil production. In turn, the market welcomed the release of the Iranian oil tanker, which was captured by Gibraltar in July. On August 20, investors are awaiting the publication of an API report on oil reserves for the week of August 16. The previous report reflected growth in stocks by 3.7 million barrels.
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Morning Market Review
2019-08-22 08:28 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

The euro showed a decline against the US dollar on August 21, continuing the development of a flat trend in the short term. Pressure on the European currency was exerted by news of possible aggravation of the US-China trade relations. Donald Trump previously thought about the possibility of introducing import duties on European goods, but the US Presidential Administration then refused this in the face of uncertain relations with China. This time, Trump proposed introducing duties on European cars. Another negative factor for the euro was the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, which threatens another political crisis in the country. Recall that Italy is periodically criticized by the EU because it does not fit into its budget deficit norms (which is fraught with penalties). Today, the euro is trading in both directions, waiting for the appearance of new drivers on the market. Investors are focused on a block of statistics on business activity in Europe for August. The minutes of the ECB meeting on monetary policy are also expected to be published.

GBP/USD

The British pound weakened against the US dollar on Wednesday, offsetting the uncertain growth of the instrument the day before. The growth of the British currency is restrained by the problems around Brexit, which continue to worry the markets. In the near future, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to hold a series of meetings with European leaders in order to create a coalition that would help him convince the European Commission to reconsider a number of issues in the current agreement. The backstop clause on the Irish border is the cornerstone in the agreement. Additional pressure on the pound on Wednesday was provided by macroeconomic publications from the UK. The volume of net public sector borrowing in July fell by −1.917 billion pounds, which turned out to be worse than market expectations of −2.650 billion.

AUD/USD

The Australian dollar showed ambiguous dynamics on Wednesday, but today returned to an active decline. AUD is pressured by published macroeconomic statistics from Australia. Commonwealth Bank’s Services PMI fell in August from 52.3 to 49.2 points, with an expected decline to 51.8 points. The composite index fell from 52.1 to 49.5 points, which also turned out to be worse than forecasts of 51.5 points. The Manufacturing PMI over the same period decreased from 51.6 to 51.3 points (forecast 51.0 points). The US currency was supported by data on the dynamics of sales in the secondary housing market. According to data for July, sales grew by 2.5% MoM against a decline of 1.3% MoM last month.

USD/JPY

The US dollar showed moderate growth against the Japanese yen on August 21, having received support from good macroeconomic statistics on sales in the secondary housing market. The published minutes of the July meeting of the US Fed were mixed, and, as analysts estimate, are not a "bullish" factor for the dollar. Investors were confused by the big disagreements within the FOMC. Some participants suggested reducing the rate immediately by 50 basis points, while others advocated its preservation at the current level. Today, the pair is trading in a downtrend, ignoring weak macroeconomic statistics from Japan. Nikkei Manufacturing PMI in August grew from 49.4 to 49.5 points, which turned out to be worse than the expectations of 49.8 points. The activity index in all industries collapsed in June by 0.8% MoM after rising by 0.3% MoM last month (with a forecast of −0.7% MoM).

Oil

Oil prices showed a slight increase on Wednesday. Quotes were supported by a published report from the US Department of Energy. Over the week of August 16, crude oil inventories fell by 2.7 million barrels to 437.8 million, which was better than market expectations. At the same time, gasoline inventories rose again by 312K barrels, while investors expected a reduction of 200K. The volume of oil production in the United States did not change and amounted to 12.300 million barrels per day.
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2019-08-23 08:25 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

The euro showed ambiguous dynamics against the US dollar on August 22, closing with a slight "bearish" advantage. The European currency was supported by published macroeconomic data on business activity. The Markit Manufacturing PMI for the Eurozone in August rose from 46.5 to 47.0 points against the forecast of a decrease to 46.2 points. Markit Services PMI for the same period increased from 53.2 to 53.4 points, which is also above forecasts of 53.0 points. The composite Manufacturing PMI strengthened from 51.5 to 51.8 points (forecast 51.2 points). Today, the euro is trading in a downtrend. Investors are waiting for Fed Chairman Jerome Powell to speak at the annual Jackson Hole symposium. Powell is expected to comment on future monetary policy plans.

GBP/USD

The pound has appreciably strengthened against the US dollar on Thursday, but today again returned to decline. Strong support for the British currency was provided by the comments of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who recalled that there is time until the end of October to conclude a deal between the UK and the EU. Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed a tougher stance, emphasizing that the EU does not intend to revise the provision on the backstop of the Irish border. He believes that only minor changes are possible in the text of the final agreement. Additional pressure on the pound on Thursday was put by the published CBI report on retail. Sales in August fell by 49% MoM to their lowest levels since December 2008. Analysts had expected a decline of only 11%.

AUD/USD

The Australian dollar returned to active decline against the US dollar on August 22, amid the publication of disappointing macroeconomic statistics on business activity from Australia by Commonwealth Bank. American data on business activity also turned out to be worse than market expectations, however, this did not significantly affect the dynamics of the instrument. The Markit Manufacturing PMI index in the US fell from 50.4 to 49.9 points, while analysts expected growth to 50.5 points. The Services PMI, according to preliminary estimates, fell from 53.0 to 50.9 points with a forecast of 52.8 points. The composite business activity index over the same period decreased from 52.6 to 50.9 points (forecast 51.7 points).

USD/JPY

The US dollar fell against the Japanese yen on August 22, leveling the slight growth the day before. On Thursday, the macroeconomic background remained negative for both the yen and the dollar. Nikkei Manufacturing PMI in August grew from 49.4 to 49.5 points with the forecast of 49.8 points. The activity index in all industries dropped in June by 0.8% MoM after rising by 0.5% in May. The US data reflected a sharp decline in the composite PMI from 52.6 to 50.9 points. Today, the yen is trading with moderate growth. Investors analyze macroeconomic statistics on consumer inflation from Japan and expect Fed Chairman Jerome Powell to speak at the annual Jackson Hole symposium. The national consumer price index in July slowed down from 0.7% to 0.5% YoY, which coincided with analysts' forecasts.

Oil

Oil prices fell moderately on Thursday, responding to worsening forecasts for global economic growth. A more confident decline in quotes was hampered by the previously published EIA report, which reflected a strong decline in oil reserves for the week of August 16. On Friday, investors expect the Fed Chairman Jerome Powell to speak in Jackson Hole. Powell is expected to comment on the prospects for further interest rate cuts in the USA. Given the ongoing pressure on the Fed from President Donald Trump, it is likely that Powell will try to carefully hint at possible timing and ways to support the economy. In the evening, market participants are awaiting the Baker Hughes report on active oil rigs in the US.
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2019-08-26 08:34 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

Euro rose against US dollar on Friday, returning to the local highs of August 15. The instrument grew sharply due to the rapid weakening of the US currency against the background of the speech of the Fed Chairman Jerome Powell at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium. Powell noted that the regulator is ready to further reduce the interest rate if the economic situation so requires. According to him, the trade war with China and the threat of starting one with the EU significantly complicate the development of long-term scenarios for the Fed, as well as contribute to a further slowdown in the global economy. Immediately after Powell’s speech, Donald Trump attacked the Fed with criticism on Twitter, accusing the regulator of inaction. During the Asian session on August 26, the instrument is expected to correct. Investors expect publication of statistics from Germany on the dynamics of business sentiment in August.

GBP/USD

The British pound closed last week with moderate growth, updating the local highs of July 29. The instrument was supported by not the strongest positions in the American currency, which weakened against the background of the slurred speech of Fed Chairman Jerome Powell at a symposium in Jackson Hole. USD was also under pressure from macroeconomic statistics on new home sales in the US. In July, the index declined by 12.8% MoM after growing by 20.9% MoM a month earlier. Analysts had expected "bearish" trend to appear, but counted on only –0.2% MoM decline. The speech of the Bank of England Governor Mark Carney at the symposium was neutral. Carney ignored monetary policy issues and concentrated on finding a replacement for the dollar as a global reserve currency.

AUD/USD

The Australian dollar remains under pressure and shows mainly negative dynamics against the US currency. The growth of the "bearish" sentiment is due to the further aggravation of the trade conflict between the United States and China. Beijing said on Friday that it would introduce new USD 75 billion import duties on US goods in response to similar measures by the United States (new US duties will be imposed on September 1). In addition, China intends to introduce import duties on US cars in the amount of 25%.

USD/JPY

The US dollar showed a steady decline against the Japanese yen on Friday, reacting to a speech by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell at the symposium in Jackson Hole. Powell signaled that the regulator is ready for further stimulation measures if the situation in the economy so requires. After the symposium ended, the Fed action was heavily criticized by Donald Trump on Twitter. Additional support for the yen on Friday was provided by China's announcement of its intention to introduce reciprocal import duties on US goods in the amount of USD 75 billion from September 1. During the Asian session on August 26, the instrument shows corrective growth, opening with a negative gap. With the opening of the American session, statistics on the dynamics of orders for durable goods in the US for July are expected to be released.

Oil

Oil prices fell on Friday, continuing the development of an uncertain "bearish" impulse formed the day before. The development of negative dynamics in the instrument was facilitated by the aggravation of fears regarding a further slowdown in global economic growth. In particular, on Friday, China announced the introduction of reciprocal import duties on US goods in the amount of USD 75 billion, which could significantly postpone the possible signing of a trade agreement between the countries. Moderate support for the instrument on Friday was provided by Baker Hughes report on active oil platforms in the USA. During the week as of August 23, their number decreased by 16 units to 754 units. The previous report indicated an increase by 4 drilling rigs. During the Asian session on August 26, oil quotes showed moderate growth, following the general market trend.
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2019-08-28 08:35 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

The European currency showed a moderate decline against the US dollar on Tuesday, continuing to develop a powerful "bearish" impulse formed the day before. Some pressure on the instrument yesterday was exerted by macroeconomic statistics from Germany. Germany's GDP for Q2 2019 showed a decrease of 0.1% QoQ, which coincided with the decline in the previous period. In annual terms, GDP grew by 0.4% YoY, which met the expectations of analysts and coincides with previous growth rates. Europe's leading economy has been declining for the second quarter in a row, which means the proximity of a technical recession and, coupled with a slowdown in the global economy, creates a very pessimistic picture for the euro. During the Asian session on August 28, the pair is trading downwards again. Investors expect publication of August data on consumer confidence in Germany and Italy, as well as statistics on Private Sector Loans in the euro area in July.

GBP/USD

The British pound showed growth against the US dollar on Tuesday, updating local highs of July 29. Positive dynamics in the instrument was facilitated by macroeconomic publications from the UK and the USA. Gross Mortgage Approvals in the UK in July increased from 42.8K to 43.3K, which turned out to be better than the forecasts of 42.8K. In turn, American statistics turned out worse than the forecasts. S&P/CaseShiller House Price Index in June slowed down from +2.4% YoY to +2.1% YoY with a forecast of +2.5% YoY. During today's Asian session, the instrument is trading in both directions. Pressure on the instrument is exerted by the BRC Shop Price Index. In July, the indicator crashed by 0.4% YoY after falling by 0.1% YoY last month.

AUD/USD

The Australian dollar is again trading lower against the US currency, staying close to its record lows, updated on August 7. The pressure on the instrument intensified after the market did not receive confirmation from the PRC of its intention to resume trade negotiations with the United States, as previously stated by Donald Trump. Apparently, the parties will exchange mutual duties in early September, which will push the global economy to a recession. During the Asian session on August 28, the pair is under pressure from the weak macroeconomic statistics of Australia. Construction Work Done for Q2 2019 fell by 3.8% QoQ after a decrease of 2.2% QoQ in the last quarter. Analysts expected a decrease of 1.0% QoQ only.

USD/JPY

The US dollar fell against the Japanese yen on Tuesday, returning to decline after strong growth the day before. The increased demand for safe assets was due to growing concerns about a further slowdown in the global economy, after China did not confirm the possibility of a resumption of trade negotiations with the United States. At the beginning of the week, Donald Trump said that he had a telephone conversation with the Chinese side, in which China allegedly expressed a desire to go back to the negotiating table.

Oil

Oil prices showed steady growth on Tuesday, continuing the development of the "bullish" momentum that formed at the beginning of the week. Quotes were previously supported by hopes for a resumption of trade negotiations between the US and China. However, according to recent data, these hopes may turn out to be false, since the Chinese side has not yet confirmed Donald Trump's statements. Powerful support for the instrument was provided on Tuesday by the API Weekly Crude Oil Stock. For the week as of August 23, the indicator fell by 11.1 million barrels after a decrease of 3.5 million barrels over the past period. Today, investors are awaiting the publication of the EIA Crude Oil Inventories.
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2019-08-29 08:32 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

The European currency showed a decline against the US dollar on Wednesday, continuing the development of the "bearish" impulse formed at the beginning of the week. The development of negative dynamics is facilitated by the general pessimistic background in the market. Investors fear the onset of a global recession caused by a further escalation of trade tension and a decline in the world's leading economies. Macroeconomic statistics from Europe published on Wednesday turned out to be contradictory. GfK German Consumer Climate remained unchanged at 9.7 points, which turned out to be better than market expectations. At the same time, the Import Price Index continued to decline, decreasing in July by 2.1% YoY after falling by 2.0% YoY last month. Analysts had expected decline by 1.7% YoY only. During today's Asian session, the pair is trading with a raise. Investors expect the release of European statistics on business sentiment. In addition, Germany will report on the dynamics of consumer prices in August.

GBP/USD

The British pound returned to active decline against the US dollar on Wednesday, retreating from the local highs of July 29, updated the day before. The reason for the emergence of negative dynamics was the news that the government of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson intends to appeal to Queen Elizabeth II with a request to extend the break in the work of the British Parliament until mid-October. If Johnson’s plan is implemented, parliamentarians will have virtually no time to prevent Britain’s exit from the EU under a "hard" scenario. During today's Asian session, the instrument is quite stable, waiting for new drivers to appear in the market. Macroeconomic statistics from the UK will only appear on Friday, so today publications from the USA will be in the spotlight. Among other things, investors expect the release of preliminary data on the dynamics of US GDP for Q2 2019.

AUD/USD

The Australian dollar continues to decline moderately against the US currency, approaching its record lows, updated on August 7. Pressure on the instrument is exerted by further escalation of trade tension between the United States and China. This Sunday, countries will exchange mutual import duties, which will only increase the risks of a global economic recession. There is little hope that the United States and China may return to negotiations in the near future. Australian macroeconomic statistics also have a negative effect on the instrument. Construction Work Done for Q2 2019 fell by 3.8% QoQ after a decrease of 2.2% QoQ in the last quarter. Investors had expected a decline of only 1.0% QoQ.

USD/JPY

The US dollar shows ambiguous dynamics of trading against the Japanese yen, trying to develop a "bullish" momentum formed at the beginning of the week. Attitude to risk in the market is constantly changing, which allows the Japanese currency to periodically show moderate growth. In turn, pressure on the yen is exerted by the further escalation of the trade conflict between Japan and South Korea, while the US currency is under pressure from rising tensions on another front, where the United States and China are opposing parties. During the Asian session on August 29, USD is again trading lower, pending the publication of macroeconomic statistics from the United States. A preliminary estimate of US GDP for Q2 2019 is in the spotlight. In addition, investors are interested in Consumer Spending and Pending Home Sales in July.

Oil

Oil prices showed a moderate increase in trading on Wednesday, receiving support from a published report from the US Department of Energy, which confirmed the API data published earlier and reflected a decrease in US oil inventories by 10.027 million barrels. In addition, the Department of Energy reported a significant decrease in gasoline and distillate inventories by 2.1 million barrels. In turn, US oil production again showed growth from 12.300 to 12.500 million barrels per day. More confident positive dynamics in the instrument was hampered by concerns about the development of a recession in the global economy amid worsening trade relations between the US and China.
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2019-09-02 08:40 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

The European currency fell significantly against the US dollar on Friday, updating record lows of mid-May 2017. The pressure on the instrument intensified at the end of last week amid the publication of disappointing macroeconomic statistics from Europe. Retail sales in Germany showed a decrease of 2.1% MoM in July after rising by 3.0% MoM last month. Analysts expected a decline of –1.3% MoM. The EU Core Consumer Price index in August remained at the previous level of +0.9% YoY, while investors expected it to accelerate to +1.0% YoY. Thus, inflation in Europe continues to remain significantly below the ECB target levels, forcing the latter to act more aggressively. A number of analysts believe that the European regulator may resort to new stimulation measures already at the September meeting. In particular, the market does not exclude the possibility of resuming the quantitative easing program.

GBP/USD

The British pound showed a moderate decline against the US dollar at the end of last week, continuing the development of the "bearish" impulse formed on August 28. The pound is still under pressure due to the aggravation of the domestic political situation in the UK amid the approach of the Brexit deadline. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked the Queen for permission to extend the Parliament summer recess until mid-October, so that they would not be able to pass a bill prohibiting the country from leaving the EU without a valid agreement. Members of the opposition parties said they would try to meet the deadlines. However, official statements often contain calls to declare a vote of no confidence in the government. At the end of last week, moderate support to the pound was provided by data on consumer lending. Net Lending to Individuals in July increased from 4.8 to 5.5 billion pounds. Mortgage Approvals in July rose from 66.51K to 66.26K, which also exceeded the market expectations of 66.17K.

AUD/USD

The Australian dollar maintains a moderate downtrend against the US currency, again approaching local lows of August 26. Pressure on the instrument is exerted by the uncertain situation surrounding the US-Chinese trade negotiations, which may resume in September, but, according to many analysts, are unlikely to lead to a noticeable improvement in the situation. Meanwhile, the parties introduced mutual import duties on September 1, which may already negatively affect the growth rate of the global economy. During today's Asian session, the instrument is trading in both directions. US markets are closed due to Labor Day, so the Australian dollar has a chance of correction. Moderate support for the instrument is provided by macroeconomic statistics from Australia and China. AiG Manufacturing index went up from 51.3 to 53.1 points in August. Terms of Trade index in Q2 2019 rose from 1.0% to 1.6%. Caixin Manufacturing PMI in August rose from 49.9 to 50.4 points, exceeding the forecast of 49.8 points.

USD/JPY

The US dollar showed a moderate decline against the Japanese yen last Friday, interrupting the development of a "bullish" impulse formed in the middle of the week. The yen was supported by macroeconomic data from Japan published on August 30. The unemployment rate in July fell from 2.3% to 2.2%, while the market expected its growth to 2.4%. Industrial production in July grew by 1.3% MoM and 0.7% YoY, which was significantly better than market expectations. During today's Asian session, the dollar is trading with an increase. The yen is under pressure from Nikkei Manufacturing PMI, which reflected a further decline in business sentiment. In August, the index fell from 49.5 to 49.3 points.

Oil

Oil prices showed a negative trend on Friday after moderate growth throughout the past trading week. The quotes decreased against the background of the corrective growth of the American currency, as well as due to published data from Reuters, which indicated an increase in oil production by OPEC. In August, production increased by 80K barrels, showing growth for the first time in 2019. A more confident negative dynamics in the instrument at the end of the last trading week was hindered by the published Baker Hughes report, which reflected a decrease in the number of active drilling rigs over the week as of August 30 from 754 to 742 units. Additional support for quotes is provided by Hurricane Dorian, which last weekend intensified to the highest category and reached the Bahamas, and this night can reach the coast of Florida.
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2019-09-03 08:48 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

The EUR/USD pair continues to decline, renewing record lows since May 2017. EUR is under pressure amid worsening of the global economic outlook. In particular, investors are seriously concerned about the further escalation of the US-China trade conflict, which could lead to a slowdown in global economic growth. However, the parties agree to return to the negotiating, and the market expects the start of a new round in September. Yesterday’s EU macroeconomic statistics was ambiguous. Thus, Markit Manufacturing PMI in France increased from 51.0 to 51.1 points, while the same indicator in Italy rose from 48.5 to 48.7 points. However, the index in Germany fell from 43.6 to 43.5 points again. In general, EU PMI remained at the previous level of 47.0 points.

GBP/USD

Yesterday, the GBP/USD pair fell steadily, retreating to local lows since August 12. Despite the closed markets in the United States on the occasion of Labor Day, GBP remained under pressure due to the publication of poor UK macroeconomic statistics. So, Markit Manufacturing PMI in August fell from 48.0 to 47.4 points, while analysts' forecasts predicted an increase to 48.4 points. Another negative factor for the price is the prospect of a hard Brexit. The Queen of the United Kingdom approved the plan of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to extend the vacation for the British Parliament until mid-October, which will significantly hinder the adoption of a bill banning the country's exit from the EU without a deal. It is predicted that such a bill could be introduced today.

AUD/USD

AUD is actively falling against USD, renewing local lows since August 26. The development of the “bearish” dynamics, as before, is due to the growth of tension in the market. Last Sunday, China and the United States exchanged mutual import duties, which will negatively affect the dynamics of the world economy in the near future. At the same time, macroeconomic statistics published on Monday moderately supported the instrument. Thus, AiG Manufacturing PMI in Australia in August rose from 51.3 to 53.1 points. The Chinese Caixin Manufacturing PMI over the same period increased from 49.9 to 50.4 points against the forecast of 49.8 points. Today, during the Asian session, the pair is also trading in a downward direction. Investors are waiting for the publication of the RBA decision on the interest rate but do not count on any changes in the monetary policy vector.

USD/JPY

USD has been growing moderately against the JPY since the beginning of the current trading week, approaching the local highs, renewed on August 29. The development of upward dynamics is facilitated by corrective sentiment in USD, as well as the publication of poor macroeconomic statistics from Japan at the beginning of the week. Thus, the volume of Q2 2019 Capital Spending in Japan increased by 1.9% QoQ, slowing down against the previous growth rate of +6.1% QoQ. Nikkei Manufacturing PMI in August fell from 49.5 to 49.3 points, remaining in the stagnation zone. Today, investors are awaiting the publication of a block of macroeconomic statistics on business activity in the United States.

Oil

Yesterday, oil prices fell slightly, weakening the “bearish” momentum formed at the end of last week. The development of negative dynamics is due to the aggravation of the trade conflict between the United States and China after the introduction of mutual import duties on September 1. Also, the market expects the start of a new round of trade negotiations at the end of September, as Donald Trump has repeatedly stated. China also welcomes the opportunity to solve the problem through negotiations but continues to insist on the abolition of part of import duties imposed by Washington earlier. Today, investors are focused on the report of the American Petroleum Institute for Oil Reserves. The previous report reflected a sharp decline in oil reserves by 11.1 million barrels, which was later confirmed by an official report from the US Department of Energy.
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2019-09-04 08:36 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

The European currency showed moderate growth on Tuesday, departing from the updated local lows of May 2017. The reason for the appearance of correctional dynamics, in addition to a number of technical factors, were comments by US Fed officials regarding the prospects for a further reduction in interest rates by the regulator. James Bullard, St. Louis Fed President, said that the current level of rates remains "excessively high" and it would be better if the regulator immediately reduced it significantly, rather than doing it gradually. Later Bullard was supported by Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren, who pointed out the growing risks for the American economy. Today, EUR is trading in both directions. Investors are waiting for the publication of statistics on Services PMI from Europe. In addition, the market is awaiting the speech of Christine Lagarde, who is due to become the new ECB President from November 1, 2019.

GBP/USD

The British pound traded in both directions on Tuesday, managing to recover by the close of the session. During today's Asian session, the pair shows moderate growth, partially offsetting the "bearish" beginning of the current week. The pound reacted positively to news from the UK, where the majority of the House of Commons MPs voted to seize control over parliament's agenda. Parliament may now consider a bill that would oblige British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to request a new deferral of Brexit until January 31, 2020. Johnson is a staunch opponent of deferrals, so he said in response that he would push for early parliamentary elections. Today, investors expect the publication of statistics on the UK Markit Services PMI in August. Construction PMI published the day before fell from 45.3 to 45.0 points against the forecast of growth to 45.9 points.

AUD/USD

The Australian dollar showed strong growth against the US currency on Tuesday and continues to actively develop the "bullish" dynamics during today's Asian session. The growth of the instrument was facilitated by the publication of weak macroeconomic statistics from the US. ISM Manufacturing PMI in August declined significantly from 51.2 to 49.1 points with the forecast of 51.1 points. Today, the pair is supported by released data from Australia and China. Australia's GDP in Q2 2019 grew by 0.5% QoQ, which coincided with the estimates. In annual terms, the Australian economy slowed down from +1.8% YoY to +1.4% YoY, which also came as no surprise. At the same time, the AiG Services Index in August rose significantly from 43.9 to 51.4 points. Chinese data reflected an increase in Caixin Services PMI in August from 51.6 to 52.1 points.

USD/JPY

The US dollar showed a decline against the Japanese yen on Tuesday, reacting to the publication of weak macroeconomic statistics from the US. During today's Asian session, the instrument is trading in both directions, responding to comments by US Fed officials who spoke out in favor of a possible aggressive reduction in interest rates in the near future. Japanese statistics provide moderate support for the yen. Markit Services PMI rose from 51.8 to 53.3 points in August, which was only 0.1 points worse than expectations.

Oil

Oil prices showed a moderate decline on Tuesday, but managed to correct closer to the end of the afternoon session. Pressure on quotes was exerted by the fact that oil production by OPEC members and the Russian Federation increased, which cast doubt on the relevance of the current agreement on limiting production volumes. In addition, investors remain concerned about the development of the US-China trade conflict. Earlier, Donald Trump said that the parties are ready to return to the negotiations, but the date for their resumption has not yet been set. Today, investors are awaiting the release of API Weekly Crude Oil Stock report, the publication of which was delayed by one day due to the celebration of Labor Day in the United States.
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2019-09-05 08:50 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

The European currency showed steady growth against the US currency on Wednesday, continuing the development of a weak "bullish" impulse formed the day before. Optimistic macroeconomic statistics from Europe supported the instrument yesterday. German Markit Services PMI rose from 54.4 to 54.8 points in August, which was better than the neutral forecast. Composite PMI for the same period increased from 51.4 to 51.7 points, also exceeding the forecast of 51.4 points. The euro area's Services PMI also showed positive dynamics. In August, the index rose from 53.4 to 53.5 points, and Composite PMI strengthened from 51.8 to 51.9 points. Additional support for the euro is provided by Fed officials' statements about the need for a more active reduction in interest rates. In particular, St. Louis Fed President, James Bullard, spoke in favor of such a decision on Tuesday.

GBP/USD

The British pound showed strong growth against the US dollar on Wednesday, updating local highs of August 28. The instrument was strongly supported by the decision of the British Parliament to approve a bill obliging Boris Johnson's government to request a new suspension of Brexit from the EU until January 31, 2020. The decision was made with an advantage of 28 votes and now, in order to enter into force, it must receive the approval of the House of Lords. Johnson responded to the decision of the Parliament by introducing a bill to hold early elections on October 15, but this initiative is unlikely to be implemented in such a short time. The likelihood of a hard Brexit scenario has decreased and this has provided significant support to the British currency.

AUD/USD

The Australian dollar continues to grow against the US currency, updating local highs of August 1. The instrument is supported by a weak macroeconomic background from the USA, which constantly reminds the market of the threats of a recession in the American economy. Investors were disappointed to find ISM Manufacturing PMI data. In August, the indicator crashed from 51.2 to 49.1 points, reaching its lowest level since 2016. Analysts had expected a decline to 51.0 points. Wednesday’s Australian statistic was neutral. Australia's GDP for Q2 2019 grew by 0.5% QoQ, which fully met the expectations. In annual terms, the growth of the Australian economy slowed down from +1.8% YoY to +1.4% YoY, but this was also expected. During today's Asian session, investors are focused on statistics on Australia's trade balance for July, which prevents a more confident growth of the instrument. The surplus of the balance in July decreased from AUD 7.977 to 7.268 billion amid a sharp increase in imports.

USD/JPY

The US dollar showed moderate growth against the Japanese yen on Wednesday, correcting upwards after falling the day before. Pressure on the yen is exerted by the prospects for new easing by the Bank of Japan, which was announced on Wednesday by representative of the regulator Goushi Kataoka. In addition, investors continue to monitor the tensions surrounding the trade conflict between Japan and South Korea. Services PMI for August turned out to be moderately optimistic, but failed to meet market expectations. The Jibun Bank index rose from 51.8 to 53.3 points against a forecast of 53.4 points.

Oil

Oil prices rose significantly on Wednesday, receiving support from strong macroeconomic publications from China, which contributed to some reduction in tensions regarding a further slowdown in the global economy. Caixin Services PMI showed an increase from 51.6 to 52.1 points. At the beginning of the week, China also reported an increase in activity in the manufacturing sector. Caixin Manufacturing PMI strengthened from 49.9 to 50.4 points, returning to growth. The report of the American Petroleum Institute reflected the growth of oil reserves for the week as of August 30 by 0.401 million barrels after a record decrease of 11.100 million barrels for the previous period. On Thursday, investors expect similar statistics from the US Department of Energy. According to current forecasts, oil reserves will show a decrease of 2.488 million barrels.
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2019-09-06 08:46 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

Yesterday, the EUR/USD pair was trading ambiguously, closing around the zero level. During the day, the European currency moved upward, supported by news around the trade conflict between the United States and China. After lengthy attempts, the parties agreed to start a new phase of bisideways negotiations, which will be held in Washington early in October. The market is not sure if the upcoming discussions will be successful, however, given the long-term deterioration of the situation in this area, the news is a powerful “bullish” factor. In turn, the euro was under pressure of poor statistics on Factory Orders in Germany. For July, the indicator decreased by 2.7% MoM and 5.6% YoY, which was significantly worse than the data for the previous period +2.7% MoM and –3.6% YoY. Analysts were counting on –1.5% MoM and –1.1% YoY. Today, investors are focused on data on the dynamics of Eurozone GDP and the level of employment for the second quarter of this year. US investors are waiting for the August report on the labor market.

GBP/USD

Yesterday, the GBP/USD pair rose steadily, rising to the levels of August 28. Active growth of the instrument is also observed during today's Asian session, allowing the British currency to update local highs of July 29. GBP is supported by the decision of the British Parliament to block the possibility of Britain leaving the EU without an existing agreement. If a compromise on the terms of the agreement is not reached, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be forced to request a new postponement until the end of January 2020. On Friday, traders are focused on the block of statistics from the UK on housing prices and the forecast for consumer price inflation. With the opening of the American session, the market is waiting for the publication of the August report on the US labor market. The ADP report on private sector employment released on the eve reflected the increase in the number of new jobs in August by 195K after an increase by 142K last month.

AUD/USD

The AUD/USD pair is growing within the correction, recovering to local highs of August 1. The instrument is supported provided by news on the approval of the start of a new stage of trade negotiations between the United States and China, which give hope for a positive outcome of the protracted trade war. Yesterday’s statistics from Australia did not support the price. Thus, the volume of exports from Australia in July grew by 1.0% MoM after an increase by 1.4% MoM last month. The dynamics of imports rose by 3.0% MoM after a decrease of 3.5% MoM. Such a sharp increase in imports led to a decrease in the surplus of the country's trade balance from 7977 million to 7268 million, which was worse than market forecasts of 7400 million AUD. Today, during the Asian session, the AiG Australian Construction Sector Activity Index supports the national currency. In August, the indicator rose from 39.1 to 44.6 points, exceeding the average forecasts of analysts.

USD/JPY

Yesterday, the USD/JPY pair rose significantly, renewing local highs of August 2. The strengthening of the instrument proceeds amid some investor enthusiasm after announcing a new round of negotiations between the US and China in early October. More confident upward dynamics were hindered by poor macroeconomic statistics from the USA. Thus, the index of business activity in the services sector from Markit for August fell from 50.9 to 50.7 points against the forecast that the indicator would stay at the same level. In turn, a similar index from ISM steadily rose from 53.7 to 56.4 points against the expected increase to 54.0 points. Today, during the Asian session, the growth of the pair is promoted by an uncertain macroeconomic background from Japan. Household spending in Japan for July slowed from +2.7% YoY to +0.8% YoY with a forecast of +1.1% YoY. The indicator of changes in the level of wages in July fell by 0.3% YoY after rising by 0.4% YoY a month earlier.

Oil

Yesterday, oil prices rose steadily, briefly exceeding the level of $62 per barrel. The instrument was strengthened by news around the agreement on the start of a new round of trade negotiations between the United States and China, which gave hope for an improvement in the situation with world oil demand. Additional support for quotes was provided by the report from the US Department of Energy on the dynamics of stocks of petroleum products in warehouses in the United States. For the week of August 30, oil volumes decreased by 4.771 million barrels after a decrease of 10.027 million barrels over the past period. Analysts had expected a decrease of only 2.488 million barrels.
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USD/CHF: the dollar is strengthening
2019-09-09 08:53 (GMT+2) USD/CHF
Current trend

The USD/CHF pair continues to grow moderately, recovering to local highs of September 3. However, a report on the US labor market published last Friday turned out to be ambiguous, which caused a short-term correction of the US currency. Nonfarm Payrolls for August rose by 130K, which turned out to be noticeably worse than forecasts of 157K. Wages also slowed from +3.3% YoY to +3.2% YoY with a forecast of +3.1% YoY.

Today, during the Asian session, the instrument is trading with a fairly confident increase. On Monday, there is a lack of key US statistics to be published, so European data will be in the spotlight. In Switzerland, a report on the unemployment rate for August will be released. Analysts expect the indicator to remain around 2.3%.

Support and resistance

On the daily chart, Bollinger bands are actively growing. The price range is slightly expanding from above, letting the “bulls” renew local highs. MACD indicator restores the upward trend, forming a new buy signal (the histogram consolidates above the signal line). The dynamics of Stochastic is similar, it reversed upwards.

Current indicators do not contradict the further development of the uptrend in the short and/or ultra-short term. It is better to keep the current long positions in the nearest time intervals.

Resistance levels: 0.9905, 0.9927, 0.9945.

Support levels: 0.9876, 0.9858, 0.9835, 0.9797.
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Morning Market Review
2019-09-10 08:37 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

The European currency showed moderate growth against the US dollar on Monday, again approaching its local highs, updated at the end of last week. European currency was supported by good data from Germany. Exports from Germany in July increased by 0.7% MoM after a decrease of 0.1% MoM last month. Analysts had expected negative dynamics to worsen to –0.5% MoM. Imports showed a steady decrease of 1.5% MoM for the same period after a rise of 0.5% MoM last month with a forecast of –0.3% MoM. All this led to a marked increase in the trade balance in Germany. In July, it reached EUR 20.2B against the previous value of EUR 18.1B. Experts predicted a decrease to EUR 17.5B. The "bullish" sentiment for the instrument was also supported by data on Investor Confidence from the euro area. In September, according to Sentix, the indicator showed growth from –13.7 to –11.1 points, which turned out to be better than expectations of –14.0 points.

GBP/USD

The British pound rose significantly against the US dollar earlier this week, updating local highs of July 29. Moderate support for the instrument on Monday was provided by macroeconomic statistics from the UK, which signaled a decrease in the risks of a recession in the British economy. The UK GDP in July grew by 0.3% MoM after zero dynamics last month. Analysts had expected growth by 0.1% MoM only. Industrial Production in July also increased by 0.1% MoM after a decline of 0.1% MoM in June. Manufacturing Production over the same period strengthened by 0.3% MoM after a decrease of 0.2% MoM a month earlier. During today's Asian session, the instrument is trading in both directions. Investors are focused on July/August UK labor market statistics.

AUD/USD

The Australian dollar continues a confident upward rally paired with the US currency, updating local highs of July 31. The growth of the instrument is facilitated by good macroeconomic publications from Australia. Home Loans in Australia rose sharply in July by 5.0% MoM after a decline of 0.8% MoM a month earlier. Another "bullish" factor for the instrument is China’s step towards resolving its trade conflict with the United States. Beijing has offered to purchase some agricultural products from the US in exchange for easing restrictions for Huawei. In addition, China expects to postpone the introduction of new import duties on its goods. During today's Asian session, the pair is trading with a decrease. Despite the publication of strong data on consumer inflation in China, investors are in no hurry to open new purchases, preferring to take profits.

USD/JPY

The US dollar is strengthening against the Japanese yen, updating local highs of August 2. At the beginning of the week, the yen is under pressure from macroeconomic data from Japan. Bank Lending slowed in August from +2.3% to +2.1% YoY. The annual GDP data for Japan in Q2 2019 showed the expected slowdown from +1.8% YoY to +1.3% YoY. On a quarterly basis, the indicator decreased from +0.4% QoQ to +0.3% QoQ. Eco Watchers Survey Outlook in August fell from 44.3 to 39.7 points, which turned out to be worse than the average expectations. In turn, Eco Watchers Current Index for the same period increased from 41.2 to 42.8 points.

Oil

Oil prices showed moderate growth on Monday after Saudi Arabia announced the replacement of the current Minister of Energy by Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, who is part of the OPEC delegation. The markets hope that such a step will further develop relations between the countries that are members of the cartel, which is especially important now that information has appeared on the excess of the agreed oil production limits by some parties to the agreement. Another positive factor for the instrument was the growth of China's oil imports in August by 3% MoM. Today, investors are focused on the American Petroleum Institute Weekly Crude Oil Stock report as of September 6.
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Morning Market Review
2019-09-11 08:43 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

The European currency showed ambiguous dynamics paired with the US dollar on Tuesday, closing with almost zero result. Investors remained focused on the prospects for US-Chinese trade negotiations. The market was supported by statements by US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, who noted that the parties are close to forming the fundamental points of the agreement in the field of intellectual property protection in the USA. In turn, China may increase the volume of orders for American agricultural machinery and products in order to achieve a number of concessions from the United States, in particular, delaying the introduction of new high import duties. Additional pressure on the euro is exerted by the expectation of the ECB meeting, which will be held this Thursday. Investors expect rather sharp steps from the regulator aimed at further easing of monetary policy.

GBP/USD

The British pound showed flat dynamics against the US dollar on Tuesday. Investors were focused on the statistics on the UK labor market. Average Earnings ex Bonus in July slowed down from +3.9% 3MoY to +3.8% 3MoY, which coincided with the forecasts. Average Earnings Index + Bonus for the same period increased from 3.8% 3MoY to 4.0% 3m / g. The Unemployment Rate in July for 3 months fell from 3.9% to 3.8%, although analysts did not expect any changes. Claimant Change in August increased from 19.8K to 28.2K. Thus, investors were somewhat reassured regarding a possible recession in the British economy. Nevertheless, despite the very decisive actions of the British Parliament, the threat of a hard Brexit still remains. The Parliament rejected the bill on holding of early elections, but soon it will have to go on an extraordinary recess until mid-October.

AUD/USD

The Australian dollar showed ambiguous dynamics against the US currency on Tuesday, closing near the levels of the beginning of the afternoon session. The reason for the emergence of ambiguous trading was the correctional sentiment in favor of the US dollar. Additional pressure on the instrument was provided by weak data from Australia. NAB Business Confidence in August fell from 4 to 1 point. NAB Business Survey for the same period receded from 2 to 1 point. During today's Asian session, the instrument again shows steady growth. Statistics published in Australia turned out to be negative, but did not affect the instrument significantly. Westpac Consumer Sentiment in September showed a decline of 1.7% YoY after rising by 3.6% YoY last month.

USD/JPY

The US dollar continues to grow steadily against the Japanese yen, updating local highs of August 1. Positive dynamics in the instrument proceeds against the backdrop of increased interest in risk, despite persisting factors of uncertainty in the market. Statistics from Japan published the day before puts pressure on the yen. Machine Tool Orders in August showed a decrease of 37.1% YoY after a decrease of 33.0% YoY. During today's Asian session, moderate support for the yen is provided by BSI Large Manufacturing Conditions index. In Q3 2019, the index fell by only 0.2 points after a decrease of 10.4 points in the previous quarter.

Oil

Oil prices showed moderate growth on Tuesday, receiving support from the statements of the new Minister of Energy of Saudi Arabia, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, who noted that the OPEC+ alliance will exist in the long term, and the current agreement on limiting oil production is likely to be extended. Nevertheless, the instrument failed to consolidate at new highs, and by the time the afternoon session closed, sales were prevailing in the market. However, the development of the "bearish" sentiment could not be stopped by API Weekly Crude Oil Stock report. For the week as of September 6, the indicator dropped by 7.200 million barrels after an increase of 0.401 million barrels over the past period. Today, investors are awaiting the publication of the EIA Crude Oil Inventories.
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Morning Market Review
2019-09-12 08:46 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

European currency showed a steady decline against the US dollar on Wednesday, updating local lows of September 4. Investors corrected their open long positions on EUR before the ECB meeting on monetary policy. It is expected that the European regulator can go for an additional reduction in the deposit rate from –0.4% to –0.5% and keep the key rate at zero level. In addition, the ECB is expected to take other steps aimed at stimulating the European economy. In particular, the head of regulator Mario Draghi previously actively discussed the possibility of resuming the quantitative easing program. The ECB activities are likely to affect the decisions of other regulators. In particular, the Fed and the Bank of England are expected to hold meetings next week.

GBP/USD

The British pound is showing ambiguous dynamics paired with the US currency, consolidating near its local highs, updated at the beginning of the week. Investors are still focused on the Brexit situation. The day before, it became known that Scottish appeal court found that Boris Johnson suspended the Parliament unlawfully. The government, in turn, noted that they were disappointed with such a court decision and would appeal it to the Supreme Court. During today's Asian session, the RICS Housing Price Index provides some support for the instrument. In August, the indicator fell by 4% MoM after a decline of 9% MoM last month. Analysts had expected a significantly sharper decline of 11% MoM.

AUD/USD

The Australian dollar closed trading on Wednesday with ambiguous dynamics against the US currency. The instrument was under pressure from weak macroeconomic statistics from Australia. Westpac Consumer Sentiment in September showed a decline of 1.7% after rising by 3.6% last month. At the same time, American statistics came out better than the forecasts. The Core PPI in August showed an increase of 0.3% MoM after a decrease of 0.1% MoM in July. In annual terms, the indicator accelerated from +2.1% YoY to +2.3% YoY, while analysts expected +2.2% YoY. MBA Mortgage Applications for the week as of September 6 strengthened by 2.0% after a decrease of 3.1% over the past period. During today's Asian session, the Australian dollar is showing strong growth, updating local highs from July 31. Support for the instrument is provided by Donald Trump's decision to postpone the introduction of regular import duties on Chinese goods from October 1 to October 15.

USD/JPY

The US dollar continues to grow steadily against the Japanese yen, updating local highs of August 1. Support for the US currency is provided by moderately optimistic macroeconomic statistics on industrial inflation in the United States, published the day before. In addition, a slight improvement in the prospects for future US-Chinese trade negotiations contributes to increased demand for risk. China announced the abolition of part of import duties on American goods, and Donald Trump in response announced the postponement of the introduction of new increased duties. Thus, the market has received confirmation that the parties are preparing for a new round of negotiations in October and are interested in ending the conflict. Statistics from Japan published during today's Asian session turned out to be contradictory and did not provide significant support to the yen. The PPI in August fell by 0.9% YoY after a decline of 0.6% YoY last month. Analysts had expected decline by 0.8% YoY. Core Machinery Orders in July fell by 6.6% MoM after growth of 13.9% MoM last month. Analysts had expected the decline of 9.0% MoM.

Oil

Oil prices fell significantly on Wednesday, retreating under the onslaught of the rising USD and the publication of a report from the US Department of Energy. According to the report, over the week as of September 6, Crude Oil Inventories fell by 6.9M barrels after a decrease of 4.8M barrels over the past period. Analysts had expected a decrease of only 2.6M barrels. At the same time, the oil refining capacities grew by 0.3% and reached the level of 95.1% against the forecast of a decrease of 0.6%. US oil production remained unchanged at 12.400M barrels per day.
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Morning Market Review
2019-09-13 08:48 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

EUR rose against USD on Thursday, updating local highs of August 29. At the same time, during the day the instrument traded mainly with a decrease, and the published ECB decision on monetary policy even led to a short-term collapse of EUR to the lows of September 3. As expected, the European regulator kept the key interest rate unchanged at 0.0% and lowered the deposit facility rate to –0.50%. The ECB also announced the launch of a new quantitative easing program of EUR 2.6 trillion at a rate of EUR 20 billion per month in November. Despite the fact that the regulator’s decision coincided with forecasts, analysts note that a certain split has been outlined in the ECB camp, and this may threaten new problems in the future. However, the European regulator is waiting for changes soon as Christine Lagarde, who now heads the IMF, will take the chair.

GBP/USD

GBP showed a slight increase against USD on Thursday, continuing the development of flat dynamics in the short term. The focus of investors remains on the situation with Brexit. Despite the efforts of the British Parliament, the threat of the hard Brexit persists, since a new deal has not yet been developed, and the British Prime Minister remains adamant about the Irish border backstop. Yesterday's US statistic was ambiguous. In August, the Consumer Price Index slowed from +0.3% MoM to +0.1% MoM, which coincided with the forecasts. In annual terms, consumer inflation grew by 1.7% YoY, which turned out to be worse than market expectations of +1.8% YoY. Core CPI showed an increase of 0.3% MoM with a forecast of +0.2% MoM.

AUD/USD

AUD showed moderate increase against USD, updating local highs of July 31. At the same time, the instrument failed to consolidate at new highs, and by the time the afternoon session closed, USD won back part of the losses amid cautious optimism from the publication of consumer inflation in the US. AUD is supported by emerging progress in the US-Chinese trade negotiations. Earlier the parties made concessions to each other: Washington postponed the date of another increase in import duties, and Beijing resumed import of agricultural machinery, raw materials and medicines from the US. Investors today are focused on macroeconomic statistics on US retail sales in August. In addition, traders are interested in data on import prices and Michigan consumer expectations in September.

USD/JPY

USD continues a confident upward rally against JPY, updating highs of August 1. USD is supported by a high demand for risky assets amid some improvement in global prospects. In particular, investors are optimistic about the start of a new round of trade negotiations between the United States and China, because this time the parties approach this process with some groundwork. During today's Asian session, the instrument is trading in both directions. Traders are interested in data on retail sales and Michigan consumer expectations in the US. It is possible that at the end of the week the instrument will try to correct against the background of the closure of part of the long dollar positions.

Oil

Oil prices fell on Thursday, responding to OPEC+ decision to leave the parameters for reducing oil production unchanged. The central place in the discussions was given to the reduction of production in Russia, Nigeria and Iraq to the indicated levels, and it was decided to postpone the discussion of the issue of changing these levels to the December meeting of the cartel. Additional pressure on the instrument was provided by the ECB decision to lower deposit rates and to launch a new program of quantitative easing. Immediately after the publication of the decision of the European regulator, Donald Trump again criticized the Fed and demanded immediate action. It is possible that the decision of the American regulator next week will be adjusted according to the example of the ECB, and the market will see a more active easing of monetary policy. On Friday, investors expect the Baker Hughes Oil Rig Count in the US to be published.
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Morning Market Review
2019-09-16 08:40 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

The European currency ended last week trading with moderate growth against the US dollar, updating local highs of August 27. Positive dynamics of the instrument was facilitated by the improved prospects for resolving the US-Chinese trade conflict. After a series of concessions by the parties, the negotiations, which should begin in October, have a high chance of ending successfully. In addition, Donald Trump spoke out for the possibility of reaching some kind of interim solution by signing a temporary agreement that would resolve a number of basic issues. The focus of European investors remained on the outcome of the ECB meeting on Thursday. As expected, the regulator lowered the deposit rate to the level of –0.50%, and also announced the resumption of the quantitative easing program. In addition, the ECB has revised its basic forecasts for GDP and inflation.

GBP/USD

The British pound rose significantly against the US dollar on Friday, updating local highs of July 25. The instrument was supported by news on Brexit, according to which the Democratic Unionist Party, which is an ally of the ruling Conservative party, said it would approve an agreement with the EU if an item on the Irish border was excluded from it. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also spoke on the "moderate optimism" in the matter of concluding a deal with the EU. During today's Asian session, the instrument is trading in both directions. The Rightmove House Price Index decreased by 0.2% MoM after a decrease of 1.0% MoM in the previous month. YoY, the indicator slowed from +1.2% to +0.2%.

AUD/USD

The Australian dollar showed growth against the US currency on Friday, updating local highs of July 31. Optimistic signals about the US-Chinese trade negotiations, which may end with the signing of an interim agreement between the parties, contributed to the "bullish" sentiment on the instrument. During today's Asian session, the pair is also trading higher. However, the overall activity of buyers remains restrained. More confident development of the uptrend is hindered by weak statistics from China. In August, Retail Sales in China slowed from +7.6% YoY to +7.5% YoY, which turned out to be much worse than market expectations of +7.9% YoY. Industrial Production growth rate decreased from +4.8% YoY to +4.4% YoY against the forecast of +5.2% YoY.

USD/JPY

The US dollar closed last week with a fairly steady growth against the Japanese yen, updating local highs of August 1. "Bullish" activity remains on Monday, but the instrument showed a significant gap down at the opening and is now forced to recoup to its previous local highs. The US dollar is in demand amid improved prospects for US-Chinese trade negotiations, after the parties made mutual concessions, and Donald Trump announced the possibility of concluding an interim agreement. The macroeconomic statistics from the US published on Friday was contradictory. Retail Sales in August decreased from +0.8% MoM to +0.4% MoM, which, however, turned out to be better than expectations of +0.2% MoM. At the same time, Michigan Consumer Sentiment in September showed an increase from 89.8 to 92.0 points with a forecast of 90.9 points.

Oil

Oil prices showed a decline last week, despite the fact that on September 10 quotes updated local highs of early August. The instrument was supported on Friday by Baker Hughes Oil Rig Count, which reflected a decrease in the number of rigs from 738 to 733 units. The new week trading opened with a sharp gap up. The rise in oil prices was facilitated by news from Saudi Arabia, where on September 14 supporters of the Yemeni rebel movement started a fire at an oil refinery, which halved oil production.
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Morning Market Review
2019-09-17 08:49 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

EUR showed a decline against USD on Monday, retreating from its local highs of August 27 updated at the end of last week. The pressure on the instrument was provided by weak data from China, as well as by a number of statements by representatives of the ECB that noted the low growth rates of the European economy. Retail sales in China in August showed a slowdown from 7.6% to 7.5% YoY with a forecast of +7.9% YoY. Over the same period, Industrial Production slowed down from +4.8% YoY to +4.4% YoY, which also turned out to be worse than the forecast of +5.2% YoY. During today's Asian session, the instrument shows corrective growth, awaiting the publication of European statistics on business sentiment. However, analysts do not foresee a confident growth of the pair, therefore, only weak USD exchange rate could perhaps help the “bulls”.

GBP/USD

GBP fell against USD at the beginning of the current trading week, reacting to several factors. Investors are still concerned about the slow pace of development around Brexit. There is not much time left until the deadline, and Boris Johnson is trying more to enlist the support of his supporters, rather than looking for ways to get the agreement approved in parliament. Johnson’s meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was unsuccessful. Moreover, the British Prime Minister reiterated his intention not to request a postponement of Brexit. It is likely that Johnson will try to ignore the parliament’s ban on the hard Brexit, but this threatens to exacerbate the political crisis in the UK, which will negatively affect the country’s economy if it does leave the EU at the end of October.

AUD/USD

AUD showed ambiguous trading dynamics against USD on Monday, falling under pressure from weak macroeconomic statistics from China. In addition, investors are actively reacting to the aggravation of the situation in the Middle East and the increased threat of a US war with Iran. Last weekend, the oil refining facilities of Saudi Arabia were attacked, which caused a rapid increase in oil prices. The US was quick to blame Tehran for the attacks, and Donald Trump announced his readiness to retaliate after confirming the suspicions of Saudi Arabia. During today’s Asian session, the pair shows a downward trend. Investors are focused on statistics from Australia and published minutes of the RBA meeting of September 3, at which the rate was maintained unchanged at 1.00%. Australian Housing Price Index in Q2 2019 showed a decline of 0.7% QoQ after a decrease of 3.0% QoQ last month. Analysts had expected a decrease of 1.0% QoQ.

USD/JPY

USD showed strong growth against JPY on Monday. However, it is worth noting that the instrument opened with a significant gap down, so by the end of the trading session USD only managed to recoup its losses at the opening. Meanwhile, JPY is supported by the aggravation of the situation in the Middle East after a series of attacks on oil refineries in Saudi Arabia. The United States accused Iran of assault and declared readiness to retaliate if Saudi Arabia confirms Tehran’s responsibility for the attack. During today's Asian session, the pair is trading in both directions. Investors expect the situation in the Middle East to develop and are awaiting the publication of macroeconomic statistics from the USA on retail sales and industrial production in August.

Oil

Oil prices showed ambiguous dynamics on Monday, after the market opened with record growth of more than 10% amid a worsening situation in the Middle East. At the weekend, oil refineries in Saudi Arabia were attacked by drones, which led to a reduction in Saudi production by half. The United States accused Iran of assault, saying it was ready to strike back if Saudi Arabia confirms Washington’s suspicions. In addition, Donald Trump approved the use of petroleum products from the US strategic reserve to help stabilize supply and demand in the market. On Tuesday, investors focus on the American Petroleum Institute Crude Oil Stock report for the week as of September 13, which last time showed a decrease in reserves of 7.2 million barrels. There is little hope that today’s report will be positive.
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Morning Market Review
2019-09-19 08:37 (GMT+2)
EUR/USD

The European currency again showed a decline against the US dollar on Wednesday, partially offsetting the active growth of the instrument the day before. The development of the downtrend was promoted by contradictory macroeconomic statistics from Europe, as well as by the results of the meeting of the Fed, at which the US regulator made a predicted decision to reduce the interest rate to 2.00%. Euro area's CPI in August showed a slight increase of 0.1% MoM after a decline of 0.5% MoM last month. Analysts expected a more active growth of +0.2% MoM. In annual terms, inflation growth remained at the previous level of 1% YoY. Construction Output in the euro area in July fell by 0.73% MoM after rising by 0.64% MoM last month. The indicator was worse than the forecast of +0.70% MoM. In annual terms, production volumes slowed down from +1.6% YoY to +1.1% YoY, which turned out to be slightly better than the forecast of +1.0% YoY.

GBP/USD

The British pound showed a decline against the US dollar on Wednesday, retreating from its local highs, updated the day before. Pressure on the instrument was provided by statistics on Consumer Inflation published in the UK. CPI in annual terms slowed down from +2.1% YoY to +1.7% YoY, which turned out to be worse than the forecast of +1.8% YoY. Core CPI for the same period strengthened by 1.5% YoY with the forecast of 1.8% YoY. In monthly terms, the index growth accelerated from 0.1% MoM to +0.4% MoM, which did not reach the forecast of +0.7% MoM. Another negative factor for the pound is still the situation around Brexit. Earlier the European Commission approved the possibility of delaying the deadline for Brexit, but reminded the UK of financial obligations. Today, investors are focused on the Bank of England meeting on the interest rate. Given the high degree of uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the British regulator is not expected to make any changes to the monetary policy vector, however, official comments will continue to be important.

AUD/USD

The Australian dollar showed an active decline on Wednesday and continues the steady development of the downtrend during today's Asian session. The Fed’s decision to lower the interest rate to 2.00%, which was published the day before, only slightly affected the position of the American currency, since it had long been incorporated into current quotes. Investors are focused on the statistics on the Australian labor market today. Employment Change in August showed an increase of 34.7K jobs after an increase of 41.1K last month. Analysts expected only +10.0K. Participation Rate increased from 66.1% to 66.2%, which also turned out to be better than the forecast. At the same time, the Unemployment Rate in August expectedly increased from 5.2% to 5.3%.

USD/JPY

The US dollar closed Wednesday trading with moderate growth against the Japanese yen, updating local highs of August 1. During today's Asian session, the instrument shows an active decline, retreating from updated highs. In addition to a number of technical factors, pressure on the pair is exerted by the decision taken by the Fed yesterday to lower the interest rate to 2.00%. Despite the fact that the decision of the US regulator was quite predictable, a certain intrigue persisted, and some analysts expected more active actions of the regulator, as repeatedly called on by Donald Trump. Jerome Powell did not disclose any plans for the remaining year, noting only that they “will act according to the situation.” Today, investors are focused on the Bank of Japan meeting on the interest rate. As expected, the Japanese regulator left the key rate unchanged at –0.1%, indicating growing risks and a high level of uncertainty in the global economy.

Oil

Oil prices continued a moderate decline on Wednesday, developing a downtrend since the beginning of the week, when the instrument opened with a sharp upward gap in response to a series of attacks on the oil production capacities of Saudi Arabia. On Tuesday, quotes plummeted amid statements by Saudi Arabia about the full restoration of oil production in a few weeks. Additional pressure on the instrument yesterday was exerted by the EIA report indicating an increase in oil inventories for the week as of September 13 by 1.1M barrels. The volume of oil production in the United States did not change and amounted to the previous 12.400M barrels per day.
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EUR/USD

The European currency showed strong growth against the US dollar yesterday, at some point reaching levels of opening trading on Wednesday, which ended with a fairly confident decline of the instrument. At the close of yesterday's session, the euro retreated, having lost most of its gains. The reason for the appearance of a corrective pullback was good data from the United States. Existing Home Sales in August increased by 1.3% MoM after growth of 2.5% MoM last month. Analysts had expected decline by 0.4% MoM. Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index in September fell from 16.8 to 12.0 points, which was still better than market expectations of 11.0 points. During today's Asian session, the euro is trading with an increase again. Investors expect publication of German PPI and preliminary data on Consumer Confidence in the euro area in September.

GBP/USD

The British pound rose significantly against the US dollar on Thursday, updating local highs of July 15. The Bank of England Meeting Minutes published the day before did not affect the dynamics of the instrument, since they fully met market expectations. The British regulator unanimously decided to keep the interest rate at the current level of 0.75%. The volume of the quantitative easing program remained at around 435 billion pounds. In turn, statistics on Retail Sales in the UK exerted little pressure on the pair. In August, the indicator fell by 0.3% MoM after growth of 0.4% MoM last month. In annual terms, the index has slowed from +3.4% YoY to +2.7% YoY, with the forecast of +2.9% YoY. The main factor behind the growth of the pound was the comments of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who noted that he believed in the conclusion of the Brexit deal before October 31.

AUD/USD

The Australian dollar is slightly correcting against the US currency during today's Asian session, recovering from two days of steady decline. Contradictory data on the Australian labor market put pressure on the instrument on Thursday. Despite a steady increase in employment by 34.7K jobs in August, the country's Unemployment Rate reached new highs at 5.3%, which is likely to push the RBA to new measures to stimulate the economy. Nevertheless, after a series of world regulators meetings, the attention of investors is once again shifting to the process of negotiations between the US and China, which should begin in October. So far, the prospects for a new round of trade talks look very encouraging.

USD/JPY

The US dollar fell against the Japanese yen on Thursday, retreating from local highs, updated the day before. The decrease in the instrument is largely technical in nature, since the market situation is not changing much. Demand for the Japanese currency is supported by a further decrease in forecasts for world GDP growth and the uncertain situation around Brexit and the new round of US-Chinese trade negotiations. During today's Asian session, investors focus on consumer inflation statistics from Japan. In August, the National Consumer Price Index slowed down from the previous +0.5% YoY to +0.3% YoY, which turned out to be twice worse than forecasts. The investment indicators were also negative. Foreign Bonds Buying for the week as of September 13 slowed from 727.2 to 476.0 billion Japanese yen. Foreign investment in the Japanese stocks fell by 971.9 billion yen after a decrease of 161.5 billion.

Oil

Oil prices corrected on Thursday, departing from local lows, updated after a steady decline in quotes at the beginning of the week. The situation with drone attacks on Saudi oil production complexes is gradually fading into the background, but now investors are paying attention to the depletion of oil reserves in Saudi Arabia, which will not allow it to restore supply volumes just as easily in the event of new attacks. Meanwhile, the situation in the Middle East remains tense. The day before, US President Donald Trump ordered to significantly increase sanctions against Iran, which could lead to a new round of crisis in the region.
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