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Old 07-08-2020, 07:28
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XAU/USD: gold rises

Current trend

Gold quotes are actively growing, setting a new record around $2074 per ounce during yesterday's trading session.

The positive dynamics of the precious metals market attracts more and more new investors who continue to push quotes up. The explosive growth was catalyzed by the fall of the US dollar: traders began to convert assets into gold and oil, and the volumes were distributed in approximately equal shares. The weakening of the US currency has slowed down recently, while the growth of gold continues: investments in oil have not been profitable for more than a month, and investors began to look for a more promising shelter, thereby provoking a flow of cash liquidity into gold from oil.

The macroeconomic indicators of China, the main importer of gold, also speak of the panic nature of growth. The volume of imports of physical gold in July fell to –1.4%, therefore, the growth is formed by the purchase of exchange contracts, which will only grow.

Support and resistance

After reaching the global maximum at 2074.0, the price began to correct downward. Technical indicators keep a global buy signal. The range of fluctuations of the EMA indicator Alligator expands, and the histogram of the AO oscillator forms upward bars.

Resistance levels: 2075.0, 2100.0.
Support levels: 2040.0, 1945.0.
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GBP/USD: the pound is consolidating

Current trend

GBP is showing insignificant growth against USD during today's Asian session. After a noticeable correctional decline on August 7, the "bulls" are trying to recover again, although there are not many reasons for the return of the uptrend at the beginning of the week. The short-term strengthening of USD on Friday was facilitated by the publication of the US labor market report for July. The data turned out to be noticeably better than expectations, but they still could not reverse the global trend towards USD depreciation.

In turn, GBP was moderately supported on Friday by the news of the UK's readiness to conclude a trade agreement with Japan by the end of August. Investors are obviously more interested in a trade deal with the EU, but the establishment of other trade ties in one way or another strengthens the position of the UK after Brexit.

Support and resistance

Bollinger Bands in D1 chart show active growth. The price range is narrowing, reflecting the emergence of ambiguous dynamics of trading in the short term. MACD reversed into a descending plane, having formed a new sell signal (located below the signal line). Stochastic retains a steady downtrend and is currently at the center of its area.

The development of a full-fledged correctional decline is possible in the short and/or ultra-short term.

Resistance levels: 1.3100, 1.3200, 1.3300.
Support levels: 1.3000, 1.2900, 1.2812, 1.2766.
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Old 11-08-2020, 07:23
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Morning Market Review

EUR/USD

EUR is showing insignificant growth against USD during today's Asian session, correcting after falling the day before. USD was supported on Monday by decrees signed by President Donald Trump last weekend. Among other things, Trump has temporarily extended the payment of increased unemployment benefits to American citizens while lawmakers in Congress fail to agree on a new stimulus package. At the same time, the new benefit was revised downward from USD 600 to USD 400, and a quarter of the amount will have to be covered from the state budgets. European investors are awaiting the publication of macroeconomic statistics on economic sentiment from ZEW today. The indicators are predicted to show a slight increase in August; however, noticeable growth of EUR because of these data is unlikely.

GBP/USD

GBP shows moderate growth against USD during today's Asian session, continuing the development of the "bullish" impulse formed yesterday. The instrument is still trying to win back the losses of last Friday; however, the buying activity for GBP remains at a rather low level, as investors expect new drivers to appear on the market. Today traders are focused on the data on the UK labor market for June and July. Claimant Count in July rose sharply by 94.4K after falling by 28.1K last month. ILO Unemployment Rate remained at the level of 3.9% (3M) with the forecast of growth to 4.2% (3M).

NZD/USD

NZD is strengthening against USD during today's Asian session, recovering from a sharp decline at the end of last trading week, when the instrument responded to the publication of the US labor market report for July. Macroeconomic statistics from China provide some support to the instrument, while the continuing geopolitical tensions between the USA and China, as well as the uncertain situation around the COVID-19 pandemic contribute to the development of multidirectional dynamics. Macroeconomic statistics from New Zealand released tonight did not have a noticeable effect on the instrument. Electronic Card Retail Sales in July decreased from 15.6% MoM to 1.1% MoM, which turned out to be significantly worse than the expected 13.8% MoM. At the same time, in annual terms, the indicator increased from 8% YoY to 11.4% YoY. New Zealand investors are focused on the RBNZ meeting on interest rates, which will take place on Wednesday. Analysts do not expect changes in the vector of monetary policy at the moment.

USD/JPY

USD has shown moderate gains against JPY during this morning session, trying to consolidate above 106.00 again. USD is supported by the initiatives of Donald Trump, who signed several decrees aimed at stimulating the economy, without waiting for the resolution of all controversial issues in the American Congress. According to the signed order, the government will resume the payment of increased unemployment benefits of USD 400, which will be partially funded from the budget of specific states. The move, according to analysts, will not only help ease the debt burden of American citizens, but will also allow Trump to increase his popularity among voters ahead of the presidential elections this fall.

XAU/USD

Gold prices are declining during today's Asian trading session, continuing the development of the corrective impulse that formed at the end of the last trading week, when the instrument retreated from its record highs. Moderate growth of USD in response to the signing by Donald Trump of a number of decrees, in particular, on the resumption of the payment of increased unemployment benefits, contributed to the maintenance of the "bearish" dynamics on the instrument yesterday. In turn, the further escalation of tensions between the USA and China contributed to the strengthening of gold, which remains in high demand as a safe-haven asset.
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Morning Market Review

EUR/USD

EUR declines against USD during today's Asian session, updating local lows of August 3. The instrument loses about 0.2%, preparing to test the level of 1.1700 for a breakdown. USD was again supported by President Donald Trump, who announced the preparation of a bill to reduce the capital gains tax. However, closer to the end of the afternoon session, the market still returned to negative dynamics. The euro, in turn, received support after the publication of the results of the ZEW study. ZEW Economic Sentiment in the euro area in August rose from 59.6 to 64 points, which turned out to be significantly better than market expectations of 59.9 points. ZEW Economic Sentiment in Germany for the same period soared from 59.3 to 71.5 points, while forecasts assumed its decline to 58 points.

GBP/USD

GBP declines against USD in today's Asian session, testing the level of 1.3000 for a breakdown. British investors remain focused on Tuesday's publications from the UK, as well as the data on US producer inflation for July. Claimant Count Change in the UK in July showed a record increase of 94.4K, while in June applications showed negative dynamics at the level of –28.1K. Experts expected the growth by 10K only. Claimant Count Rate fell by 2.2% in July after rising by 7.3% a month earlier. At the same time, the ILO Unemployment Rate in June (for 3 months) remained at the level of 3.9%, despite the projected growth to 4.2%.

AUD/USD

AUD shows negative dynamics paired with USD at trading on Wednesday, developing a corrective impulse formed at the end of the last trading week. The decline in the instrument proceeds against the background of some strengthening of USD, which reacts to the actions of Donald Trump. Earlier, the US president extended the payment of an increased unemployment benefit as a temporary support measure, as Democrats and Republicans have so far failed to reach consensus on negotiations on a new economic aid package. The day before, Trump announced work on a bill that provides for a reduction in the capital gains tax, which also triggered the emergence of a short-term impulse for growth. The pressure on AUD on Wednesday is exerted by weak macroeconomic statistics from Australia. Westpac Consumer Confidence in August showed a sharp decline of 9.5% after falling by 6.1% in the previous month. Wage Price Index in Q2 2020 slowed down from +0.5% QoQ to +0.2% QoQ, which was worse than market expectations at +0.3% QoQ.

USD/JPY

USD is showing moderate growth against JPY during today's Asian session, updating the local highs of July 24. The day before, the instrument rose sharply in response to a number of optimistic news from the US. In particular, investors welcomed Donald Trump's new initiative to reduce some of the taxes for businesses, and also took a lead from the stabilization of the dynamics of the incidence of COVID-19 in the USA. USD was also supported by the data on producer inflation from the USA. Producer Price Index excluding Food & Energy in July increased by 0.5% MoM and 0.3% YoY, which turned out to be significantly better than market expectations of 0.1% MoM and 0.0% YoY. Today American investors await the publication of the July statistics on consumer inflation, as well as the release of Monthly Budget Statement in the USA.

XAU/USD

Gold prices are showing a steady decline, retreating from record highs. The day before, the instrument fell by more than 3.5% in response to the emergence of new legislative initiatives from US President Donald Trump, who proposed to lower the capital gains tax. In addition, expectations of progress in the discussion of a new economic aid package in the US Congress contributed to the decline in the value of the asset. Finally, the markets have widely discussed the statement of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, who announced the registration of the world's first vaccine against COVID-19, called Sputnik V. It is expected that the mass production of the new vaccine may begin in September, but the drug will enter civilian circulation only closer to the end of all testing stages, that is, in January 2021.
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Old 13-08-2020, 07:07
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NZD/USD: the pair corrects downward

Current trend

The NZD/USD pair corrects downwards against the global growth of the US dollar, trading near the level of 0.6568.

Yesterday, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand decided to leave the interest rate unchanged at 0.25%. At the same time, the regulator expanded the large-scale asset purchase program (LSAP) to 100 billion New Zealand dollars in order to further reduce retail interest rates to achieve the target volume. The bank noted that New Zealand has contained the local spread of COVID-19 in recent months, easing social constraints and revitalizing economic activity, as seen in earlier figures.

There was not much macroeconomic data from the US this week, and it is worth highlighting only yesterday's data on the Core Consumer Price Index, which reached 0.6% for July against the background of the forecast of 0.2%. The situation inside the country continues to be tense, which does not allow the dollar to finally consolidate in an upward trend. As a result of yesterday's session, the USD Index fell again and is now trading around 93.230.

Support and resistance

On the global chart, the upward movement develops within a wide upward channel, and the price is very close to the support line. Technical indicators start to reverse. Fast EMAs of the Alligator indicator crossed, and the AO oscillator histogram approached the transition level.

Resistance levels: 0.6695, 0.6790.
Support levels: 0.6520, 0.6380.
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Brent Crude Oil: the price consolidates

Current trend

Oil prices dropped slightly yesterday and are developing flat dynamics during the first hours of the Friday session. The instrument is still near the level of $45 per barrel but the “bulls” have not yet succeeded in consolidation above this resistance.

This week, some support to the quotes was provided by the data of the report of the US Department of Energy, which recorded another reduction in the stocks of oil and petroleum products in American warehouses. So, for the week of August 7, the figure fell by 4.512 million barrels after falling by 7.373 million barrels in the previous period. Analysts expected a decrease of only 2.875 million barrels.

In turn, pressure on the instrument intensified after OPEC's statements that the cartel expects a decrease in energy demand in 2020 by 9.06 million barrels per day. A month ago, OPEC was counting on a decline of 8.95 million barrels per day.

Support and resistance

On the daily chart, Bollinger bands are moving flat. The price range expands slightly from above, letting the “bulls” renew local highs. The MACD indicator is slightly declining, maintaining a poor sell signal (the histogram is below the signal line). Stochastic, reacting to attempts to grow the instrument in the middle of the week, reversed upwards.

To open new trading positions, it is better to wait until the signals from technical indicators are clarified.

Resistance levels: 45.00, 45.87, 46.49, 47.50.
Support levels: 43.94, 43.00, 41.50, 40.00.
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USD/CAD: the instrument is consolidating

Current trend

During the morning session, the USD/CAD pair shows flat dynamics, consolidating near the local lows of January 2020. At the end of last week, USD rose after the publication of positive macroeconomic statistics but the “bullish” momentum quickly lost its strength. Retail sales rose by 1.2% MoM for July after rising by 8.4% MoM for June. Analysts had expected the value to rise by 1.9% MoM. At the same time, the indicator of the "retail control group" for the same period increased by 1.4% MoM, which was much better than the forecasts of +0.8% MoM.

Canada has pleased investors with an increase in the volume of industrial orders. In June, the index rose by 20.7% MoM after rising by 11.6% MoM in the previous month. Analysts expected the volume to grow by only 16.4% MoM.

Support and resistance

On the daily chart, Bollinger bands smoothly reverse into a horizontal plane. The price range is expanding from below, letting the “bears” renew local lows. The MACD indicator is growing, maintaining a poor buy signal (the histogram is above the signal line). Stochastic is showing a similar trend, reversing upwards near the level of 20. The indicator readings signal in favor of the development of the upward trend in the ultra-short term.

The development of corrective growth is possible in the short and/or super short term.

Resistance levels: 1.3250, 1.3300, 1.3350, 1.3400.
Support levels: 1.3200, 1.3150, 1.3100.
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Morning Market Review

EUR/USD

EUR is gaining ground against USD during today's Asian session, developing an uptrend in the short term and recovering to its previous record highs updated on August 6. The growth of the instrument is facilitated by technical factors while there are not many new drivers in the market. From the macroeconomic statistics published on Monday, only a nondescript NY Empire State Manufacturing Index can be noted, which in August fell sharply from 17.2 to 3.7 points, while investors expected its correction to 15 points. Today, investors are focused on statistics from the US on the dynamics of retail sales. In addition, with the opening of the US session, traders will pay attention to the data on the housing market for July. Interesting data from the eurozone will appear only on Wednesday, when the July statistics on consumer inflation will be published, as well as a meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council will be held.

GBP/USD

GBP is trading higher against USD during today's morning session, gradually recovering to its previous local highs since early March. USD is under pressure from not the most confident macroeconomic statistics from the United States, as well as the continuing high incidence of coronavirus in the USA. GBP, in turn, reacts negatively to the attempts of the UK authorities to keep the incidence rate within the current values. Earlier it became known that citizens who return to the UK from overseas travel will be forced to be on lock down.

NZD/USD

NZD is trading negatively against USD during today's Asian session, reversing downwards again after a tentative rally earlier in the week. The instrument loses about 0.25%, testing the level of 0.6540 for a breakdown. Macroeconomic statistics released on Monday in New Zealand and the USA turned out to be mixed, but did not bring any noticeable changes to the market dynamics. Business NZ Performance of Services Index in July fell from 54.1 to 53.2 points. The US disappointed investors with the decline in the NY Empire State Manufacturing Index, which fell sharply in August from 17.2 to 3.7 points (the forecast assumed a slight decline to 15 points). Today traders are awaiting the release of the New Zealand Global Dairy Price Index data for July.

USD/JPY

USD is significantly declining against JPY during today's Asian trading, continuing to develop a strong "bearish" trend that formed at the end of the last trading week. JPY managed to demonstrate growth on Monday, ignoring the publication of weak macroeconomic statistics from Japan. The data reflected a sharp decline in Japan's GDP dynamics in Q2 2020 by 27.8% YoY after a 2.2% YoY contraction in the previous period. Market forecasts turned out to be quite accurate, but still suggested a slightly less active decline by 27.2% YoY. On a quarterly basis, the Japanese economy lost 7.8% QoQ against the forecast of –7.6% QoQ.

XAU/USD

Gold prices are relatively stable during today's Asian session and are consolidating near 1990.00 after the active growth of the instrument the day before. The demand for the metal rose again at the beginning of the week, responding to the weak macroeconomic background in the US and Japan. In addition, investors are still rather skeptical about the new economic aid package being developed by US lawmakers. Additional risks are generated by the upcoming US presidential elections, which, obviously, will be held in a tense atmosphere. In turn, it should be noted that some support for USD on Monday was provided by the news that the US and China decided not to consider the results of the implementation of the first phase of the trade agreement concluded at the beginning of the year. Due to the outbreak of the epidemic, China was unable to fulfill its obligations to purchase agricultural products from the USA, but it had quite objective reasons for that.
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Old 19-08-2020, 07:47
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Morning Market Review

EUR/USD

EUR has shown slight gains against USD during today's Asian session, trading near record highs, updated the day before, when EUR was supported by USD weakness. Uncertainty around the new package of measures to stimulate the US economy continues to exert powerful pressure on USD. American lawmakers still have not come to a consensus, and investors fear that against this background, the Fed may again begin to soften monetary policy, up to the introduction of negative interest rates. Today, European traders focus on macroeconomic statistics on consumer inflation for July. In addition, a meeting of the EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council will take place today.

GBP/USD

GBP is trading higher against USD this morning, hitting record highs since the start of the year. The instrument showed steady growth the day before, despite the fact that there were practically no interesting macroeconomic statistics on the market. Moreover, USD managed to get tangible support after the publication of data on the US housing market. Building Permits rose by 18.8% MoM in July after rising by 3.5% MoM in June. Housing Starts in the same period increased by 22.6% MoM, accelerating from 17.5% MoM. Today, GBP may be affected by publications from the UK on the dynamics of producer and consumer inflation in July, and the US will release the minutes of the July Fed meeting.

AUD/USD

AUD is trading flat during today's Asian session, staying in the area of record highs since February 2019, updated the day before. AUD showed moderate gains, taking advantage of the weakness in USD. In turn, the published minutes of the RBA meeting almost did not affect the dynamics of the instrument, since, unlike the Fed, the Australian regulator feels some freedom in its actions. The Fed, according to analysts, is in an unenviable situation, since US lawmakers still have not been able to ensure the adoption of a new bill on financial aid to citizens and businesses. Insignificant pressure on the instrument on Wednesday was exerted by macroeconomic statistics from Australia. Westpac Leading Index in July slowed down from +0.5% MoM to +0.05% MoM.

USD/JPY

USD is strengthening against JPY during today's Asian session, correcting after active decline at the beginning of the week. The instrument adds about 0.17% and is testing the level of 105.50 for a breakout. The growth of USD proceeds against the background of strengthening technical factors, as investors close part of their short positions. In addition, the Japanese macroeconomic statistics released on Wednesday put some pressure on JPY. Machinery Orders in June unexpectedly declined by 7.6% MoM after an increase of 1.7% MoM a month earlier. Analysts had expected further growth by 2% MoM. In annual terms, the decline in Machinery Orders accelerated from the previous –16.3% YoY to –22.5% YoY, which turned out to be worse than the forecasts of –17.6% YoY.

XAU/USD

Gold prices are trading with a downtrend during today's Asian session, retreating from local highs since August 11, updated the day before. Yesterday, the instrument showed moderate growth, briefly having consolidated above 2000.00 again, against the background of a large-scale weakening of USD in the market. Investors are waiting for qualitative changes from the Fed and US lawmakers, but so far there is very little optimistic news. Moreover, against the backdrop of a difficult epidemiological situation and the upcoming elections in the USA in the coming autumn, the risks of uncertainty increase markedly. Today investors are awaiting the publication of the minutes of the July Fed meeting.
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EUR/USD

EUR is showing slight gains against USD during today's Asian session, recovering from a strong decline the day before, which was triggered by the publication of the last month FOMC Meeting Minutes. The protocols disappointed investors with negative forecasts and the lack of proposals for any specific measures to implement economic and fiscal stimuli. The FOMC members continue to believe that the current epidemic carries long-term risks and can significantly reduce the pace of recovery in certain sectors of the US economy. Wednesday's weak macroeconomic statistics from the euro area put additional pressure on EUR. Consumer Price Index in the euro area fell by 0.4% MoM in July after rising by 0.3% MoM a month earlier. Analysts expected a reduction of 0.3% MoM. Core CPI fell by 0.3% MoM, accelerating the decline from –0.2% MoM.

GBP/USD

GBP is trading with ambiguous dynamics against USD during today's Asian session, located at the level of 1.3100, which was reached against the background of the active decline in GBP the day before. GBP retreated from its all-time highs on Wednesday, in response to the publication of the FOMC Meeting Minutes, which helped strengthen USD amid growing worrisome market sentiment. In turn, the macroeconomic statistics from the UK, published yesterday, provided GBP with quite tangible support, thanks to which the instrument renewed its highs. Consumer Price Index in July rose by 0.4% MoM, accelerating from 0.1% MoM in June. Analysts had expected decline by 0.1% MoM. In annual terms, inflation reached 1% YoY, which also turned out to be better than the neutral forecasts of 0.6% YoY. Retail Price Index in July also increased from 0.2% MoM to 0.5% MoM against the forecast of 0.1% MoM.

AUD/USD

AUD is trading ambiguously against USD during today's Asian session, consolidating after the correctional decline the day before. The instrument has retreated from record highs since February 2019 amid the publication of the FOMC Meeting Minutes from last month. As expected, the minutes did not bring anything concrete to the market, but disappointed investors with negative forecasts and assessments by the Committee members. First of all, there are still risks of a further slowdown in the American economy amid the epidemiological situation. It is not the first time that the protocols have highlighted the need for new economic and fiscal stimulus, but US lawmakers still cannot agree on the amount of potential assistance to the weakened economy. Today, investors are on the publication of data on the dynamics of jobless claims in the USA.

USD/JPY

USD demonstrates flat trading dynamics against JPY during the morning session, consolidating near 106.00. The active growth of USD, provoked by the emergence of the ambiguous FOMC Meeting Minutes, quickly dried up, and now investors are looking for new drivers for growth. Some pressure on JPY is exerted by the nondescript statistics from Japan on Thursday. Foreign Investment in Japan Stocks for the week ending August 14 rose from JPY 165.5 billion to JPY 371 billion. At the same time, Foreign Bond Investment over the same period fell sharply by JPY 182.2 billion after an active growth by JPY 1.442 trillion over the past week. The most interesting macroeconomic statistics from Japan will appear on Friday, when data on the national Consumer Price Index for July, as well as on the PMI in the manufacturing sector from Jibun Bank for August are released.

XAU/USD

Gold prices are recovering during today's Asian session, partially offsetting the sharp drop the day before. By the end of Wednesday, the instrument showed a confident decline in response to the growth of USD after the publication of the controversial FOMC Meeting Minutes. Investors were disappointed with the published minutes, as they again did not contain any specific measures to stabilize the economic situation in the country. Committee members agreed on the need for more aggressive fiscal stimuli, but US lawmakers have yet to overcome existing differences. The question of the possibility of introducing negative interest rates, judging by the protocols, was not raised at all.
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EUR/USD: EUR is recovering

Current trend

EUR is strengthening against USD today, developing the correctional dynamics of Thursday, which replaced the active decline in the instrument on Wednesday amid the publication of the FOMC Meeting Minutes. The recovery of EUR is facilitated not only by technical factors, but also by the macroeconomic statistics from the USA published on Thursday. Initial Jobless Claims for the week ending August 14 increased sharply again from 971K to 1.106M, while analysts expected a further decline in the figure to 925K. At the same time, Continuing Jobless Claims for the week ending August 7 fell from 15.48M to 14.844M, which was better than the projected 15M.

Today, European investors are focused on the data on business activity in the euro area for August. Manufacturing PMI is expected to continue moderate growth, while Services PMI is still characterized by negative forecasts.

Support and resistance

In the D1 chart, Bollinger Bands are reversing horizontally. The price range is narrowing from below, reflecting the emergence of ambiguous dynamics of trading in the short term. MACD preserves a moderate downtrend and a previous weak sell signal (located below the signal line). Stochastic demonstrates much more confident dynamics and does not react to the resumption of growth of EUR at the end of the week.

To open new trading positions, it is necessary to wait for the signals from technical indicators to be clarified.

Resistance levels: 1.1914, 1.1964, 1.2000.
Support levels: 1.1850, 1.1780, 1.1700, 1.1657.
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GBP/USD: the pair declines

Current trend

The GBP/USD pair declines after the explosive growth of USD against a basket of world currencies.

Even a significant block of positive macroeconomic information released by the UK Bureau of Statistics on Friday failed to reverse the downward trend. The July Core Retail Sales was 2.0%, better than the 0.2% expected. Retail Sales were 3.6%, which is better than the forecasted 2.0%. August Composite PMI rose to 60.3 points from 57.0 points for July. Manufacturing PMI reached 55.3 points from 53.3 points a month earlier. Service PMI remained at 60.1 points, which is better than the forecast of 57.0 points.

USD rose significantly, causing the pair to fall. USD Index rose from 92.400 to 93.200 in one trading session after August US Manufacturing PMI data release. It amounted to 53.6 points against the forecast of 51.9 points. Existing Home Sales also increased significantly for July, reaching 5.86 million against 4.70 million for June.

Support and resistance

The instrument moves within a broad ascending channel, and after four days of volatile dynamics, it is in a downward wave. The readings of the indicators reflect further decline and on the global chart, they reflect the possibility of a reversal. Fluctuation range of the EMA indicator Alligator narrows and the histogram of the AO oscillator approaches the zero line.

Resistance levels: 1.3240, 1.3350.
Support levels: 1.3030, 1.2620.
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USD/JPY: the growth continues

Current trend

The pair is showing gains amid negative news from Japan, trading at 106.00.

JPY continues to be under pressure from domestic fundamental factors. It became known recently that the two largest airlines, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, will significantly reduce the number of domestic flights due to the introduction of additional quarantine measures in connection with the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Nippon Airways will cut up to 45% of all its flights, while Japan Airlines will cut its number of flights by 43%.

USD began to fall in price against the basket of major currencies again today dropping to the level of 93.150, but this had practically no effect on the pair's rate, as it continues to grow against the background of yesterday's active upward momentum.

Support and resistance

The global descending channel continues to form. At the local interval, the price has reached the resistance line of the inner channel and is ready to form a downward reversal. Technical indicators give a new sell signal. The fast EMAs of the Alligator indicator are below the signal line, and the histogram of the AO oscillator is in the negative zone.

Resistance levels: 106.50, 107.90.
Support levels: 105.40, 104.00.
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EUR/USD: downward correction

Current trend

After a downward correction, the EUR/USD pair is trying to recover, trading at 1.1813.

As soon as the American currency tried to form a new uptrend, another fundamental hit forced the USD Index to decline. Wisconsin has declared an emergency and a curfew at night after police injured African American Jacob Blake on August 23. The US currency is declining, despite the positive data on New Home Sales for July, which rose to 901K against 784K forecasted.

Analysts' expectations of a significant decline in German Q2 GDP came true. A small positive point was that the values were slightly better than forecasts: –9.7% QoQ versus –10.1% expected and –11.3% YoY versus –11.7%. A slight increase is also observed in the IFO business climate index for August, which amounted to 92.6 points against the background of the forecast of 92.2 points.

Support and resistance

The instrument trades within the ascending channel. After reaching the support line, the price practically formed a local Head and shoulders reversal pattern. Fast EMAs on the Alligator indicator have crossed and are ready to overcome the signal one upwards, and the AO oscillator histogram is approaching the transition level.

Support levels: 1.1785, 1.1711.
Resistance levels: 1.1840, 1.1950.
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AUD/USD: trading near record highs

Current trend

AUD maintains an uptrend against USD in the ultra-short term, again approaching record highs since August 19. The instrument is supported by the weak USD, which is retreating practically across the entire spectrum of the market in anticipation of today's publication of updated data on the dynamics of US GDP. In addition, investors are awaiting a speech by the Fed Chairman, Jerome Powell, who may announce changes in the vector of the regulator's monetary policy.

The macroeconomic statistics from Australia also provide moderate support to the instrument. Yesterday, investors drew attention to the data on the dynamics of Construction Work Done. In Q2 2020, the indicator decreased by 0.7% QoQ, after a 1% QoQ decline in the previous quarter. Analysts had expected a sharp 5.8% QoQ drop. Today's Private Capital Expenditure data showed a 5.9% QoQ decline despite forecasts of an 8.4% QoQ fall.

Support and resistance

Bollinger Bands in D1 chart demonstrate flat dynamics. The price range is slightly expanding from above, but is limiting the development of "bullish" trend in the ultra-short term. MACD indicator is growing preserving a weak buy signal (located above the signal line). Stochastic rises more steadily but is rapidly approaching its highs, which reflects risks of the overbought AUD in the ultra-short term.

Existing long positions should be kept until technical indicators are clarified.

Resistance levels: 0.7249, 0.7274, 0.7300.
Support levels: 0.7226, 0.7200, 0.7150, 0.7130.
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EUR/USD

EUR is strengthening against USD during today's Asian session, recovering from the active multidirectional dynamics on Thursday, which was the result of the reaction to the speech of the Fed Chairman Jerome Powell and the publication of macroeconomic statistics from the US. Powell's speech supported USD for a while, as the markets saw the long-awaited changes in monetary policy: now the Fed does not limit inflation to a strict threshold of 2%, but will allow prices to stay above this level for some time so that the American economy could recover after the crisis. Additional support for USD was provided by the updated data on the dynamics of US GDP for Q2 2020. According to new estimates, the indicator dropped by 31.7% YoY, which was better than the market's expectations at –32.5% YoY.

GBP/USD

GBP is growing against USD during today's morning trading session, developing the uptrend that formed earlier this week. Yesterday's trading proceeded with multidirectional dynamics due to the Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's speech; however, GBP still managed to update its record highs since December 17, 2019. Today, investors are focused on the Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey's speech, in which he may clarify the prospects for the monetary policy of the regulator. Also at the end of the week, traders await the publication of July statistics on Personal Income and Spending of American citizens.

NZD/USD

NZD is actively growing against USD during today's Asian session, forming a fairly strong "bullish" trend in the short term. The instrument adds about 0.45% and is testing the level of 0.6660 for a breakout. The uptrend for the instrument at the end of the week is supported by corrective sentiments for USD. USD showed moderate growth after the speech of the Fed Chairman, Jerome Powell, who announced changes in monetary policy in terms of adjusting the inflation target. NZD so far is ignoring the appearance of weak macroeconomic statistics from New Zealand on Friday. Meanwhile, the ANZ Consumer Confidence index in August fell from 104.3 to 100.2 points. Total Filled Jobs in July fell by 7.418M after rising by 2.2M last month.

USD/JPY

USD is actively strengthening against JPY during today's morning trading session, updating local highs since August 14. The pair is gaining about 0.30% and is preparing to test the strong resistance at 107.00. The appearance of a "bullish" momentum for the instrument was caused by yesterday's publication of good macroeconomic statistics from the USA, as well as by the results of the speech by the Fed Chairman, Jerome Powell, who was able to calm and support the markets for a while. Weak statistics from Japan provide additional support to the pair today. Tokyo Consumer Price Index slowed down in August from the previous 0.6% YoY to 0.3% YoY, which turned out to be much worse than market expectations at 0.8% YoY.

XAU/USD

Gold prices are rising during today's Asian session, recovering from the decline the day before, which was a reaction to the long-awaited speech of the Fed Chairman Jerome Powell. In the long term, the US regulator will not restrict inflation to a threshold of 2%, but will allow prices to remain above this level for some time to compensate for years of extremely low consumer prices. In addition, Powell, in his speech, paid much attention to the situation on the labor market, promising to develop a number of new measures to stabilize and restore it. Additional support for USD was provided by the revised indicators of US GDP dynamics for Q2 2020. However, even according to the updated data, the US economy lost more than 31%.
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USD/JPY: the pair is trading in both directions

Current trend

The US dollar is actively growing against the Japanese yen today, compensating for the sharp drop at the end of last week. Then the yen showed active growth and retreated from two-week lows in response to the resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who decided to leave the post due to deteriorating health. The demand for the Japanese currency rose markedly, as analysts suggested the beginning of a possible repatriation of capital due to the sharply increased political uncertainty.

This week, the yen is pressured by the ambiguous macroeconomic statistics. Retail sales in July decreased by 3.3% MoM and 2.8% YoY, which turned out to be significantly worse than the market forecasts of +8% MoM and +2.4% YoY. Industrial output contracted by 16.1% YoY in July after falling by 18.2% YoY last month. MoM, the indicator rose by 8%, sharply accelerating from the previous value of +1.9%.

Support and resistance

Bollinger Bands in the D1 chart demonstrate a gradual decrease. The price range is narrowing from above, reflecting a sharp change of trend in the short term. MACD is going down having formed a weak sell signal (histogram is located under the signal line). Stochastic is declining more actively and is currently rapidly approaching its minima.

The current showings of the indicators do not contradict the further development of the downtrend in the short and/or ultra-short term.

Resistance levels: 105.67, 106.00, 106.46, 106.79.
Support levels: 105.29, 105.00, 104.50, 104.17.
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XAG/USD: silver prices rise

Current trend

Today, during the Asian session, silver prices are actively growing, renewing local highs since August 11 and continuing the development of the “bullish” impulse that formed at the end of the last trading week. The instrument is strongly supported by the Fed's soft monetary policy, as well as the continuing uncertainty in the American economy in connection with the upcoming presidential election. The epidemiological situation in the world also raises concerns. Despite the successes achieved in the development of a vaccine, an effective remedy has not yet appeared, and most of the world's economies still have to maintain some of the quarantine restrictions, taking new measures to stimulate and support growth.

On Tuesday, investors expect a block of macroeconomic statistics on business activity in the US for August. Also, Lael Brainard, a member of the US Federal Reserve Open Market Committee, will speak during the day.

Support and resistance

On the daily chart, Bollinger Bands grow moderately. The price range expands but not as fast as the “bullish” activity develops. MACD reverses upwards, forming a new buy signal (the histogram is above the signal line). Stochastic grows more actively but is rapidly approaching its highs, indicating that silver is overbought in the ultra-short term.

It is better to keep the current long positions in the short-term and/or ultra-short term until the signals from technical indicators are clarified.

Resistance levels: 28.78, 29.81, 30.50.
Support levels: 28.00, 27.00, 26.17, 24.92.
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EUR/USD

EUR is trading in both directions against USD during today's Asian session, consolidating at 1.1900. EUR retreated from its record highs since May 2018 and the important psychological level of 1.2000, responding to the emergence of not the most confident macroeconomic statistics from Europe yesterday. Core Consumer Price Index in the euro zone slowed down in August from 1.2% YoY to 0.4% YoY, which turned out to be noticeably worse than market expectations at 0.9% YoY. Consumer Price Index for the same period fell by 0.2% YoY, while investors expected its growth by 0.2% YoY. Unemployment Rate in the euro area in July rose from 7.7% to 7.9%, which was only 0.1% better than the forecasts. In turn, USD received some support after the publication of statistics from the US on business activity from ISM. Today, traders are focused on the US ADP report on Employment Change in August, as well as the monthly economic review, the Fed's Beige Book.

GBP/USD

GBP is trading near zero against USD during today's morning session, retreating from its highs since the end of last year. The instrument was supported moderately by data from the UK yesterday, but later, with the publication of statistics on business activity from the US, the "bulls" began to rapidly lose their positions. The UK data was encouraging showing growth in Consumer Credit. In July, the indicator rose by GBP 1.2 billion after falling by GBP 0.382 billion in the previous month. Analysts had expected positive dynamics at GBP 0.678 billion to appear. At the same time, Markit Manufacturing PMI in the UK in August fell from 55.3 to 55.2 points. Today analysts expect the speeches of the representatives of the Bank of England, Andrew Haldane and Ben Broadbent, who may concretize the prospects of the monetary policy of the regulator for the near future.

AUD/USD

AUD is trading down against USD during today's Asian session, interrupting yesterday's "bullish" rally when it hit record highs since August 2018. In addition to the correctional growth of USD, AUD is under pressure from the macroeconomic statistics from Australia published on Wednesday. Australian GDP for Q2 2020 collapsed by 7% QoQ after falling by 0.3% QoQ in the prior period. The forecasts suggested a 6% QoQ decline. In annual terms, the Australian economy declined by 6.3% YoY, which also turned out to be significantly worse than market expectations at the level of –5.3% YoY. In Q1 2020 the Australian economy showed growth by 1.4% YoY.

USD/JPY

USD is trading marginally higher against JPY, testing 106.00 for a breakout. The instrument received support the day before after the publication of upbeat statistics from the US on business activity; however, the positions of USD remain extremely vulnerable ahead of the publication of the labor market report at the end of the week. ISM Manufacturing PMI in the USA in August rose from 54.2 to 56 points, which significantly exceeded the projected 54.5 points. ISM Manufacturing New Orders Index for the same period jumped from 61.5 to 67.6 points, while analysts expected it to decline to 53.5 points.

XAU/USD

Gold prices are slightly declining during today's Asian session, developing weak corrective dynamics after updating local highs since August 19. The instrument is still supported by the prospect of maintaining low interest rates in the US for a long period of time. Earlier, the Fed changed its approach to its inflation target and allowed prices to rise above 2% to offset the negative effect of a prolonged period of low inflation. In addition, the previous epidemiological risks remain in force, posing a threat of re-closure of economies and the return of part of quarantine restrictions. Finally, USD remains under pressure ahead of the US presidential elections this fall.
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EUR/USD

EUR has been declining against USD during today's Asian session, building on the corrective momentum formed last Tuesday when the instrument reversed downwards after updating its two-year highs. In addition to the development of technical factors, some pressure on EUR on Wednesday is exerted by uncertain data from Germany. Retail Sales in Germany fell by 0.9% MoM in July after decreasing by 1.9% MoM in the previous month. Analysts had expected positive dynamics at 0.5% MoM. On an annualized basis, Retail Sales slowed down from +6.7% YoY to +4.2% YoY, which, however, turned out to be slightly better than the forecast of a slowdown to +3% YoY. Today, traders are focused on the statistics on Services PMI of the euro area for August and July data on the dynamics of Retail Sales in the euro area.

GBP/USD

During today's Asian session, GBP is retreating from its record highs, updated on September 1. Investors are fixing long profits against USD practically across the entire spectrum of the market, which triggered a correctional decline. Meanwhile, fundamentally the situation changes little. Earlier it became known that the US Treasury Department again rejected the latest proposal for new measures to support the American economy, put forward by the Democratic Party. American lawmakers continue to demonstrate their inability to agree in a difficult time for the country's economy, which cannot provide any support to USD. Today, British investors are awaiting a speech by the Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, who may touch upon the prospects of the regulator's monetary policy for the near future in his speech.

NZD/USD

NZD has seen a slight decline against USD during today's morning trading session, retreating from record highs since July 2019, updated the day before. The instrument loses about 0.26%, testing the level of 0.6750 for a breakdown. Technical factors contribute to the decline in the instrument, as traders seek to close part of their long positions ahead of the publication of the August US labor market report on Friday. Meanwhile, Wednesday's ADP report on Employment Change in the US was disappointing. According to the published data, employment in the country grew by only 428K new jobs, which turned out to be twice worse than market expectations. Statistics from China provides moderate support to NZD on Thursday. Caixin Services PMI in August fell by only 0.1 points to 54 points, while experts had expected a sharp decline to 50.4 points.

USD/JPY

USD rallies moderately against JPY during today's Asian session, continuing to develop a weak "bullish" signal that formed earlier in the week. Macroeconomic statistics from the US released yesterday turned out to be mixed, but investors preferred to focus only on the positive moments. The volume of Factory Orders in the US in July showed an increase of 6.4% MoM, repeating the data for the previous period. Experts expected the indicator to slow down to +6% MoM. Today, traders are focused on data on the dynamics of Jobless Claims in the US, as well as the August report from ISM on business activity in the US services sector. Interesting statistics from Japan are not expected until the beginning of next trading week, so investors are likely to continue to discuss the process of forming a new Japanese government after the resignation of Shinzo Abe.

XAU/USD

Gold prices are consolidating during today's morning session after a strong decline the previous day, which brought the instrument back to 1930.00. On Wednesday, USD almost completely ignored the release of the disappointing ADP employment report, which reflected the growth of new jobs in the private sector, almost half of the predicted values. In turn, gold continues to benefit from the failures of US legislators to develop a new package of measures to support the US economy.
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XAU/USD: general review

Current trend

During today's Asian session, the price of gold futures contracts rose to the level of 1942.38 after Thursday's correction. Major US indices fell by 3-5% after the publication of weak macroeconomic statistics the day before. The US Trade Deficit in July rose to USD 63.6B from USD 53.5B a month earlier, which turned out to be much worse than the projected growth to USD 58B. The US Services PMI fell from 58.1 to 56.9 points in August, the first decline since April, when the coronavirus pandemic began to affect the market. The publication of disappointing statistics has raised concerns among investors about the recovery of the American economy, causing a cooling of risk sentiment, and increasing their interest in safe-haven assets.

Today, market participants are focusing on macroeconomic statistics on the US labor market. According to analysts, the US Unemployment Rate in August could fall to 9.8% from 10.2% in July, and Nonfarm Payrolls could rise by 1.400M after increasing by 1.763M in the previous month. If the forecast proves right, gold may fall under pressure.

Support and resistance

Bollinger Bands are directed downwards on the 4-hour chart. The MACD indicator is in the negative zone. Stochastic is showing a steady rise, being halfway to the overbought level.

Resistance levels: 1942.38, 1951.50, 1972.02, 1992.54.
Support levels: 1922.08, 1903.11, 1862.12.
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USD/CAD: the pair shows ambiguous dynamics

Current trend

Today, during the Asian session, the USD/CAD pair is growing moderately, recovering from the active decline yesterday due to the market reaction to the publication of ambiguous reports on the US and Canadian labor markets. Now, the dollar has added about 0.32% and is preparing to test the level of 1.3100 for a breakout.

Canadian statistics for August reflected a sharp decline in the number of employees from 418.5K to 245.8K, which was significantly worse than market expectations of 275K. The unemployment rate in the country fell from 10.9% to 10.2%, which almost coincided with market forecasts of 10.1%. At the same time, the positive investor sentiment was supported by the average hourly wage, which increased by 6% YoY in August, as well as the Ivey business activity index, which was significantly better than forecasted: 67.8 points against 57.5 points.

Support and resistance

On the daily chart, Bollinger bands are steadily declining. The price range expands slightly from above, reflecting the ambiguous nature of trading in the short term. The MACD indicator is growing, maintaining a poor buy signal (the histogram is above the signal line). Stochastic is also strengthening, signaling in favor of further growth of the instrument in the ultra-short term.

The development of upward dynamics is possible in the nearest time intervals.

Resistance levels: 1.3100, 1.3132, 1.3160, 1.3200.
Support levels: 1.3043, 1.3000, 1.2975, 1.2950.
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GBP/USD: decline in instrument

Current trend

The GBP/USD pair is in a downtrend due to USD Index strengthening and is trading around 1.3130.

Discussions on a package of agreements on Britain's exit from the EU continue. Yesterday, it became known that the Parliament intends to approve a bill according to which the clause of the Brexit agreement, in which Northern Ireland will be assigned the status of an official subject of the UK customs space, will be canceled. It caused serious discontent from the EU, as it actually violates the terms of the entire agreement. Thus, the already half-forgotten GBP driver is relevant again.

Locally, the instrument is under pressure from the growing US dollar. The quotes of the index, which shows the ratio of the US dollar to a basket of world currencies, exceeded 93 points and are at 93.177.

Support and resistance

The price moves is within the boundaries of the global Expanding formation pattern, approaching the support line within the fifth wave. The likelihood of a further decline is quite high, as indicated by technical indicators: Alligator indicator’s EMA fluctuations range is expanded, and the AO oscillator histogram is below the zero line with a downward trend. Considering the statistics of this pattern, the probability of the formation of the sixth upward wave is more than 70%.

Resistance levels: 1.3170, 1.3260.
Support levels: 1.3090, 1.2970.
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NZD/USD: technical analysis

Current trend

The NZD/USD pair has significantly corrected downward after rising and is currently trading near the level of 0.6628. The global ascending channel is on the verge of implementation, and the instrument is moving near the support line. Today, it may try to break it again.

Locally, inside the channel, the Head and shoulders reversal pattern finishes forming, and in case of successful completion of the Second shoulder, the required sell signal will be received. Technical indicators are already reversing downwards: fast EMAs on the Alligator indicator crossed, and the AO oscillator histogram continues to decline, approaching the transition level.

Support and resistance

Resistance levels: 0.6700, 0.6790.
Support levels: 0.6525, 0.6290.
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EUR/USD: the pair is correcting upward

Current trend

The EUR/USD pair is correcting upwards due to the decline in the US dollar against the basket of world currencies and is trading around 1.1825.

Today, the ECB meeting should be held, at which a decision on monetary policy for the next quarter will be made. Although most analysts do not expect the current rate to be changed, there are concerns about further easing. In August, floating inflation reached the level of –0.2%, which is a critical value requiring immediate measures, the most effective of which will be to reduce the interest rate to the negative zone.

The American currency, which showed strength at the beginning of the week, began to decline again, and the reasons are again not economic. The air temperature in the state of California continues to break records and is approaching 50 degrees Celsius, which has already provoked the strongest forest fires that are approaching large cities. In this regard, grid operators are warning of possible power outages in Los Angeles.

Support and resistance

Yesterday, the asset quotes left the ascending channel, breaking the support line, and tries to consolidate below it. Technical indicators point downwards. Alligator indicator’s EMA fluctuations range narrows but the fast EMAs have not yet crossed. AO histogram is below the zero line.

Resistance levels: 1.1850, 1.2000.
Support levels: 1.1750, 1.1580.
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USD/CAD: USD tries to correct

Current trend

USD shows ambiguous dynamics of trading against CAD today. Yesterday the instrument showed moderate growth, despite the publication of weak macroeconomic statistics on the dynamics of jobless claims in the US. Initial Jobless Claims for the week ending September 4 remained at the same level of 884K, which turned out to be worse than the market's expectations, which expected a decrease to 846K. Continuing Jobless Claims for the week ending August 28 rose by 13.385M, following an increase of 13.292M in the prior period. Investors expected a slowdown in the growth rate of the indicator to 12.925M.

Today traders are focused on the US statistics on consumer inflation for August. Market forecasts assume that the growth of consumer prices in August will slow down from +0.6% MoM to +0.3% MoM. Canada will release the data on the level of Capacity Utilization for Q2 2020.

Support and resistance

Bollinger Bands in D1 chart demonstrate flat dynamics. The price range is narrowing from above insignificantly, reflecting the ambiguous nature of trading of recent days. MACD indicator is growing preserving a weak buy signal (located above the signal line). Stochastic, having approached the level of "80", reversed downwards, responding to the surge of the "bearish" trend at the trading on Wednesday.

To open new trading positions, it is necessary to wait for the signals from technical indicators to be clarified.

Resistance levels: 1.3200, 1.3250, 1.3300, 1.3350.
Support levels: 1.3160, 1.3132, 1.3100, 1.3043.
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EUR/USD

EUR shows insignificant growth against USD during today's Asian session, continuing the development of the moderate "bullish" impulse formed at the end of previous week. EUR is testing 1.1850, waiting for new drivers to appear on the market. Today, European investors are awaiting the publication of July data on the dynamics of industrial production in the eurozone. Forecasts assume that on a monthly basis, Production will accelerate from +9.1% MoM to +10% MoM, while the annual rate is likely to indicate a deterioration in dynamics from –12.3% YoY to –18.3% YoY. In addition, the market continues to analyze the results of the last week's speech by the ECB President Christine Lagarde. The regulator did not change the parameters of monetary policy, and Lagarde took a wait and see attitude, not responding to a noticeable increase in the EUR/USD rate which started in March.

GBP/USD

GBP is marginally strengthening against USD in the trading of today's morning session, retreating from the local lows since July 24, updated at the end of last week. The growth of GBP is technical in nature, while the pair continues to remain under the pressure of sharply increased risks associated with the hard Brexit. Markets are still trying to figure out what Boris Johnson is trying to achieve, having stepped up criticism of the EU recently. Last week the British government passed a bill that could allow the UK to actually violate international law on the issue of trade with Northern Ireland. It is possible that these are only political machinations, which are designed to bargain with the EU for the best terms of the deal, but so far Johnson's position looks quite plausible.

AUD/USD

AUD is trading near zero against USD during today's Asian session, developing mostly flat dynamics at the end of the last trading week. Last Friday's macroeconomic statistics from the US was again ambiguous. In August, the Consumer Price Index in the USA slowed down from +0.6% MoM to +0.4% MoM, which was slightly better than market expectations at +0.3% MoM. In annual terms, inflation accelerated from +1% YoY to +1.3% YoY with the forecast of growth by 1.2% YoY. Excluding food and energy, prices increased by 0.4% MoM and 1.7% YoY, which was also slightly better than the forecasts of +0.2% MoM and +1.6% YoY. Interesting statistics from the US and Australia are not expected today, but on Tuesday Australia will publish the minutes of the last RBA meeting and will release a quarterly survey of consumer sentiment from Westpac.

USD/JPY

USD is trading in different directions against JPY in today's Asian session, developing a flat channel that formed at the beginning of the month. The ambiguous macroeconomic statistics from the US on the dynamics of consumer inflation, published at the end of last week, did not provide significant support to USD, while JPY was expecting the publication of new drivers. Today's macroeconomic statistics from Japan provide moderate support to JPY, as a result of which the pair is actively testing the level of 106.00 for a breakdown. Industrial production in July increased by 8.7% MoM, accelerating from the previous value of +8% MoM. In annual terms, the pace of production decreased by 15.5% YoY, also slightly better than forecasts at the level of –16.1% YoY. Capacity Utilization rose by 9.6% in July, after rising by 6.2% in June.

XAU/USD

Gold prices are slightly strengthening during today's morning trading, testing 1950.00 for a breakout. Quotes are recovering, offsetting the decline at the end of the last trading week, when the ECB representatives reaffirmed their commitment to a wait and see attitude. The President of the European regulator Christine Lagarde did not react to the high rate of EUR, and also disappointed those investors who were counting on additional measures to stimulate the economy. At the same time, the demand for gold remained high amid persisting epidemiological risks. In addition, traders are actively discussing the upcoming US presidential elections and the inability of US lawmakers to approve new measures to support the economy. Last week, the US Senate again blocked a proposal from the Republican Party to allocate USD 300 billion to combat the consequences of the epidemic.
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WTI Crude Oil: oil prices consolidate

Current trend

Oil prices show flat trading dynamics, trading near the level of $37 per barrel. The weakness of USD, which is again fixed on almost the entire spectrum of the market, does not allow the instrument to recover, as prices are still under the pressure of uncertainty in the global economy. Also, investors react negatively to reports that Libya intends to resume oil production, which could have a devastating effect on the fragile balance of global supply and demand. Earlier, OPEC said that oil demand will decrease by 9.46 million barrels per day this year, which is much worse than previous estimates.

On Tuesday, traders wait for a block of US statistics on the dynamics of industrial production and the report of the American Petroleum Institute on oil reserves for the week of September 11. The previous data reflected an increase of 2.97 million barrels.

Support and resistance

On the daily chart, Bollinger bands moderately decline. The price range narrows slightly, remaining spacious enough for the current level of market activity. MACD tries trying to reverse upwards; however, it keeps the sell signal (the histogram is below the signal line). Stochastic grows more actively but now its dynamics is weakly correlated with the real situation on the market.

To open new trading positions, it is better to wait for the signals from technical indicators to be clarified.

Resistance levels: 38.00, 38.41, 39.31, 40.00.
Support levels: 36.75, 36.00, 35.00.
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Morning Market Review

EUR/USD

EUR is trading near zero against USD during today's Asian session, hovering at 1.1850. The day before, EUR managed to demonstrate moderate growth against USD and even updated local highs since September 10, but the "bulls" failed to consolidated at new levels (at 1.1900). The instrument was supported moderately by the data from Germany, released on Tuesday. ZEW Economic Sentiment in September rose from 71.5 to 77.4 points, which turned out to be better than the negative forecasts, which assumed a decrease in the indicator to 69.8 points. In the euro area, ZEW Survey showed a moderate increase in Economic Sentiment in September from 64 to 73.9 points, which also exceeded the projected 62.8 points. Today, investors are focused on the publication of the final minutes of the two-day Fed meeting on the interest rate. In addition, traders are awaiting the release of the August statistics on the dynamics of retail sales in the United States.

GBP/USD

GBP is marginally strengthening against USD during today's Asian trading session, building on the corrective momentum that formed earlier this week. The instrument is steadily retreating from its two-month lows, although the positions of GBP are still under pressure from the ambiguous prospects around the Brexit trade deal. The macroeconomic statistics from the UK published on Tuesday was contradictory. Claimant Count Change in August rose again by 73.7K after increasing by 69.9K in the previous period, which turned out to be much better than market expectations, which assumed a sharp increase in the figure by 100K. At the same time, the Unemployment Rate from ILO in July, as expected, increased from 3.9% to 4.1%. Claimant Count Rate in August increased from 7.4% to 7.6%.

AUD/USD

AUD is developing upward dynamics against USD and is growing again this morning session. The day before, the pair showed one of the strongest gains in recent years; however, it failed to consolidate at new levels, and by the end of the afternoon session the instrument had lost most of the positions it had won. AUD was strongly supported by the data from China. Industrial Production rose sharply in August by 5.6% YoY after increasing by 4.8% YoY in the previous month. Analysts were expecting strong data, but hoped for +5.1% YoY. Retail Sales for the same period increased by 0.5% YoY after rising by 1.1% YoY a month earlier. Additional support to AUD was provided by the neutral minutes of the RBA meeting, published on Tuesday. As expected, the regulator did not change the parameters of monetary policy, and the question of lowering the rate in the near future was not raised.

USD/JPY

USD declines against JPY during today's Asian trading session, developing an ultra-short term downtrend that formed earlier this week. The pair is losing about 0.1% and testing the level of 105.25, the lowest since August 28, for a breakdown. The positions of USD remain vulnerable before today's publication of the final minutes of the Fed meeting, while JPY is receiving timid support from macroeconomic publications from Japan. Today's data showed improved Exports in Japan. In August, export volumes fell by 14.8% YoY, recovering slightly from the previous decline of 19.2% YoY. Imports for the same period fell by 20.8% YoY after a decline of 22.3% YoY last month. Improved export dynamics led to an increase in Japan's Trade Balance in August from JPY 10.9B to JPY 248.3B.

XAU/USD

Gold prices are slightly strengthening during today's Asian session, offsetting the weak decline the day before and trying to recover to two-week local highs. The negative dynamics for the instrument on Tuesday was facilitated by the uncertain growth of USD, caused by a number of technical factors. In turn, expectations of new easing of monetary policy by the Fed kept the pair from a stronger correction. Support was also provided by weak data from the US. Industrial Production in the US in August grew by only 0.4% MoM after a sharp increase of 3.5% MoM in the previous month. Analysts had expected growth of 1% MoM.
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USD/JPY: the pair declines again

Current trend

The USD/JPY pair declined amid negative investor reaction to the US Federal Reserve's decision, trading at 105.00.

Today, the Bank of Japan kept its course, chosen back in 2016, and kept the interest rate at –0.10%. In an explanatory letter, the regulator noted that it will continue to purchase Japanese government bonds so that the yield on 10-year JGB will remain near the zero level. The bank will begin to actively acquire ETFs and real estate in Japan, as well as investment trusts. The volume of corporate bonds in circulation will remain at 3 trillion yen. In general, the decision is absolutely expected, which has hardly influenced the market so far.

Last night, the US Federal Reserve decided to keep the current monetary policy unchanged, and the interest rate remained at 0.25%. FOMC forecasts for economic performance in the future did not instill optimism in the market. The level of real GDP by the end of the year is expected to be no higher than –3.7%, and the unemployment rate will drop below 7.6%.

Support and resistance

The pair exited the local Triangle pattern and declines within the next downward wave within the global channel. Technical indicators issued a new sell signal. Alligator indicator’s EMA fluctuations range began to expand downwards, and the histogram of the AO oscillator moved into the negative zone.

Resistance levels: 105.40, 106.90.
Support levels: 104.70, 103.00.
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Morning Market Review

EUR/USD

EUR shows insignificant gains against USD during today's Asian session, developing a correctional impulse that formed yesterday, when the instrument retreated from its local lows since August 12. The recovery of EUR is facilitated by the weakening of USD after a short growth against the background of the results of the Fed meeting. On Wednesday, the regulator left interest rates and volumes of the quantitative easing program unchanged, noting the readiness to use all available instruments, as well as the need for additional stimulation of the national economy. Additional pressure on USD was provided by data from the US. The number of Initial Jobless Claims for the week ending September 11 fell from 893K to 860K, which was slightly worse than market expectations of 850K. Building Permits in August reflected a drop of 0.9% MoM after rising by 17.9% MoM in July. Markets expected a moderate 4.4% MoM growth.

GBP/USD

GBP is showing ambiguous dynamics at the end of the trading week, consolidating near 1.2950. Yesterday, investors took a lead from the published minutes of the Bank of England meeting, which provoked a sharp decline in the instrument during the day. As expected, the regulator made no changes into the monetary policy parameters. The rate remained at 0.1%, and the asset purchase facility remained at the level of GBP 745 billion. At the same time, it became known that members of the board were considering the potential possibility of applying negative interest rates, if the economic situation so requires. Investors reacted to such statements with a wave of selling; however, by the end of the trading session on Thursday, GBP still managed to win back most of its losses. Additional pressure on the instrument remains due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. The bill proposed by the British Prime Minister effectively thwarted the negotiation process, which was already not particularly optimistic.

AUD/USD

AUD strengthens marginally against USD during today's Asian trading session, developing flat dynamics in the short term. AUD is recovering after a hesitant attempt by USD to strengthen amid the publication of neutral minutes from the Fed meeting. The instrument was supported by the data from Australia the day before. The markets reacted rather optimistically to the decline in the Unemployment Rate in Australia from 7.5% to 6.8%, while forecasts assumed its growth to 7.7%. At the same time, the Employment Change increased by 111K after increasing by 119.2K last month. Analysts had expected employment to drop by 50K jobs. Today, investors are focused on the Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index release in the US.

USD/JPY

USD is showing corrective gains during today's morning trading session, retreating from local lows since July 31, updated the day before. The growth of the instrument is supported by technical factors, as investors fix their profits before the weekend. In addition, JPY positions on Friday are under pressure from not the most confident macroeconomic statistics from Japan. National Consumer Price Index slowed down in August from +0.3% YoY to +0.2% YoY, which turned out to be sharply worse than market expectations of growth to +0.6% YoY. National Consumer Price Index Excluding Food and Energy slowed down from +0.4% YoY to +0.2% YoY, which also turned out to be worse than the neutral forecasts.

XAU/USD

Gold prices show corrective growth during today's Asian session, recovering after the decline the day before. The asset fell by more than 1% on Thursday, responding to the minutes of the Fed meeting published on Wednesday, which did not contain specific measures to further support the US economy. Moreover, the regulator tried to support the markets by issuing updated, more optimistic forecasts for the pace of economic recovery and normalization of the situation in the labor market. In turn, the minutes of the meeting of the Bank of England, released yesterday, contributed to a moderate rise in gold. The regulator did not change the parameters of monetary policy; however, traders learned that the Bank of England is seriously considering the prospects of introducing negative interest rates.
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