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Old 20-11-2020, 00:27
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EUR/USD. November 19, 2020 – Euro shows decline

At the end of yesterday's session, the EUR/USD pair weakened to the level of 1.1810. The current quote for the pair is 1.1835.

The drivers of the decline were the correction of stock indices and gold, which fell in price after the news from Pfizer. The pharmaceutical company said the new COVID-19 vaccine is 95% effective, up from the previously announced 90%. And gold, as a rule, correlates positively with the European currency, therefore, the decline in the precious metal caused a correction in EUR/USD.

The EU summit on the fight against coronavirus kicks off today. Also on the agenda is the issue of the EU budget plan, which was previously blocked by Hungary and Poland. In the evening, the head of the ECB Christine Lagarde will speak.

In the US, data on the number of applications for unemployment benefits will be published. It is expected that the number of initial applications may be reduced from 709 thousand to 685 thousand. And the number of repeated requests should decrease from 6,786 thousand to 6,250 thousand. Also of interest will be the publication of the index of manufacturing activity from the Philadelphia Federal reserve for November and statistics on second-home sales in October.
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GBP/USD. November 20, 2020 – Unexpectedly strong retail sales data supported sterling

Despite the growing risks of a «hard» Brexit, the GBP/USD pair continues to move to local highs in the 1.3300 area. The current quote is 1.3280.

The dynamics of the pair was influenced by the statistics on the labor market in the UK. The number of applications for primary unemployment benefits for the week increased from 711 to 742 thousand against the forecast of 707 thousand. At the same time, investors were pleased with the reduction in secondary circulation from 6.801 million to 6.372 million against expectations of 6.47 million.

Today you should pay attention to the publication of a report on retail sales in the country. The figure in October came out much better than forecasted: sales increased by 1.2% compared to September, when the indicator grew by 1.4%. The forecast assumed growth of only 0.1%. In annual terms, sales increased by 5.8%.

At the same time, difficulties in negotiating Brexit continue to put pressure on the pound. Today it became known that negotiations were suspended again, now due to the discovery of Covid from one of the members of the negotiating team.
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EUR/USD. November 23, 2020 – Euro reached the level 1.1900

EUR/USD maintains upward momentum, approaching the 1.1900 level. The current quote for the asset is 1.1890.

Emotions after the presidential elections in the United States have gradually subsided and now all the attention of the markets is shifting to negotiations in Congress on a new stimulus package for the American economy. Moreover, support for risky assets at the moment is provided by news on the vaccine. The UK is expected to approve a vaccine from Pfizer this week.

Friday's statistics from the euro area showed that consumer confidence in November deteriorated in line with forecasts: to -18.0 points against the October value of -16.0. For the European Union, the corresponding indicator fell in November to -19.0 points from the previous -16.5. The data is not very positive, but it was quite expected.

Today we should pay attention to the index of business activity in the manufacturing sector in Germany: the indicator rose to the level of 57.9 points, which is better than the forecast of 56.5. Activity in the service sector fell slightly short of the forecast and amounted to 46.2. The composite index of business activity for the entire eurozone came out worse than expected: 45.1 points against expectations of 45.8. However, these data did not prevent the euro from continuing to strengthen.

In the evening hours, the USA will present similar data. However, these data are unlikely to support the dollar, as experts predict a decline in absolutely all business activity indices. Thus, the weakening of the dollar will continue throughout the day.
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EUR/USD. November 24, 2020 – Euro is recovering from yesterday's drop to 1.18

Yesterday the euro rate fell sharply to the level of 1.18, but today the EUR/USD quotes returned to the 1.1880 level.

The dollar was supported yesterday by the statistics from the US, which came out stronger than expected and somewhat reduced the fears of market participants about the downturn in the economy. In particular, the preliminary index of business activity in the manufacturing sector from Markit showed an increase in November to 56.7 points against 53.4 earlier. Business activity in the service sector in November increased to 57.7 points from the previous 56.9.

In the eurozone, by contrast, similar indicators look less optimistic. The index of business activity in the manufacturing sector of the region in November fell to 53.6 points from 54.8 in October. The index of business activity in the non-manufacturing sector in November in the euro area deteriorated to 41.3 points from 46.9 earlier.

At the same time, the euro receives support on the news about the productive development of vaccines against coronavirus - the third option is already known. This restrains the dollar's growth and supports interest in the euro as a risky asset.

Today the macroeconomic calendar is almost empty, only the data on house prices in the United States will attract attention, the growth rate of which may accelerate from 5.2% to 5.5%, as well as the Conference Board consumer confidence index for November (data is forecast to deteriorate).
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Brent. November 25, 2020 – Oil continues to renew highs

The oil market continues to grow, hitting multi-month highs. Brent is currently quoted at $48.50 per barrel.

Prices are supported by hopes for improved economic outlook and increased demand for hydrocarbons. Pharmaceutical companies continue to share positive news of the success of the Covid vaccines, boosting hopes for a fast global recovery and resumption of international travel.

Additional support for oil was also provided by the results of the recent US presidential election, which was won by the representative of the Democratic Party, Joe Biden. The political uncertainty surrounding the elections has significantly decreased, which has given strength to risky assets, which traditionally include oil.

EUR/USD. November 25, 2020 – Euro has renewed its maximum in early September

On Wednesday morning, the EUR/USD pair rose to 1.1930, hitting the high of early September. The European currency is supported by hopes that the coronavirus pandemic will be defeated in the near future. Markets are in anticipation of the imminent production of the Covid vaccine and the recovery of the global economy.

At the same time, the pressure on the dollar came from a weaker than expected value of the US consumer confidence index from the Conference Board. In November, the indicator fell to 96.1 points against the forecast of 97.7 and the previous value of 100.9 points. The current value has become the lowest in the last three months. Such data indicate that the stability of the labor market and the general state of the economy are still far from ideal.

From such data, it can also be concluded that retail sales in December-January will be weaker than forecasts (simply due to less optimism of buyers).

An additional influence on the dynamics of the pair is provided by the news about the readiness of the administration of US President Donald Trump to begin the process of transferring power to Joe Biden.

Today you should pay attention to the block of statistics from the US: GDP for the III quarter, the volume of orders for durable goods in October, the balance of foreign trade in goods for October and the number of initial claims for unemployment benefits in October.
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EUR/USD. November 26, 2020 – Euro will continue to rally

Yesterday, the EUR/USD pair renewed its early September high at 1.1940, later declining to 1.1900.

The European currency is supported by optimistic investor sentiment: the markets expect that an effective Covid vaccine will appear in the near future, which can contribute to a rapid recovery of the global economy.

The short-term strengthening of the dollar yesterday was caused by strong data on new home sales in October: the indicator rose to 999 thousand against the September value of 959 thousand. The positive statistics ended there, and the rest of the US data only disappointed the markets.

In particular, the number of initial applications for unemployment benefits rose again over the week, from 748 thousand to 778 thousand. The GDP level for the third quarter did not change against the previous figure and amounted to 33.1%, which is worse than the forecasted 33.2%. Most disappointing was the data on personal incomes of American households, which fell 0.7% m / m. At the same time, costs increased by 0.5% m / m.

Moreover, at the end of the day, the minutes of the last meeting of the US Federal Reserve System were published, which indicated that the regulator's course was maintained for further easing of monetary policy. Considering all that has been said, we can conclude that the «rally» of the euro will continue in the near future.
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Brent. November 27, 2020 – Oil is correcting after an upward rally

Yesterday Brent began to decline, interrupting the upward rally. Prices failed to hold on to the reached maximum near $49 per barrel and retreated to $47.45. The current quotation is $48.40 per barrel.

Most likely, the driver of the decline was the news that Venezuela, despite the US sanctions, resumed oil supplies to China. This once again caused investors to worry about a possible oversupply of oil.

The Venezuelan state-owned company PdVSA signed a contract with China to resume oil supplies in August this year. And after the publication of the results of the US presidential election, Venezuela apparently decided to ignore Trump's sanctions.

Today is a quiet trading day as the United States continues to celebrate Thanksgiving. Brent will fluctuate weakly around $48.50 a barrel.

EUR/USD. November 27, 2020 – Euro is trading above 1.1900

On Friday, the EUR/USD pair resumed its growth: the current quotation of the asset is 1.1920. Thanksgiving weekend continues in the US, so the dynamics of trading today is rather sluggish.

The euro is strengthening, despite weak data from Germany, published yesterday. The consumer climate index in Germany from the GfK institute for December fell to -6.7 points from -3.1 earlier. This is even worse than predicted, suggesting that consumer sentiment is becoming increasingly pessimistic.

The index of economic expectations fell to -0.2 points from the previous 7.3, which was the worst value since May this year.

Today the macroeconomic calendar is almost empty and the EUR/USD pair will continue to fluctuate slightly above the 1.19 level.
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EUR/USD. November 30, 2020 – Euro continues to rally

The European currency demonstrates steady growth in the trading on Monday, renewing September highs and coming close to strong psychological resistance at 1.20. The current quote for the EUR/USD pair is 1.1983.

The euro is growing despite the negative statistics released last Friday. In particular, the indicator of sentiment in the eurozone services sector in November fell from -12.1 to -17.3 points, while analysts had expected a fall only to -15.5 points. The level of consumer confidence for the same period decreased from -15.5 to -17.6 points.

The main reason for the growth of the EUR/USD pair can be called the general weakness of the US dollar against the background of persisting significant epidemiological risks. In addition, investors expect that with the arrival of the new Joe Biden administration, long-awaited economic reforms will take place, and urgent programs to help the American economy will be approved. And that won't do the dollar any good.

Today we should pay attention to the speech of the head of the ECB Christine Lagarde, the consumer price index for November in Germany, as well as data on the volume of pending home sales in the United States in October.
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GBP/USD. November 01, 2020 – The pound is confidently approaching the level of 1.3300

The British currency continues to show a decline from the 1.3400 highs area. The current quote for the pair is 1.3315.

Investors are still awaiting progress in the Brexit negotiations. Earlier, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, noted that the fate of the trade agreement will be decided this week, while the EU is ready to exit without a deal with Great Britain.

Yesterday, the dynamics of the pound was also affected by economic reports: the volume of consumer lending in October fell by 0.6 billion pounds, but the total number of approved applications increased from 91.454 to 97.5 thousand.

Today we should pay attention to the November house price index from Nationwide and the PMI of the manufacturing sector in the UK. Business activity in the country remained at 55.6 points, while analysts predicted the figure at 55.2. In the US, the manufacturing PMI will also be published and Jerome Powell will speak.
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Brent. December 02,2020 – Oil declines after postponing OPEC+ meeting

During trading on Wednesday, oil recovered somewhat after falling to $46.90 per barrel. The current Brent quote is $47.30.

The pressure on prices increased after OPEC+ postponed until Thursday the final decision on oil production quotas, which will operate from January 1, 2021. The oil cartel was supposed to make the appropriate decision on Tuesday.

Currently, the cumulative reduction in oil production by the alliance countries is 7.7 million barrels per day. OPEC+ planned that from January production will increase by 2 million barrels per day. However, the countries did not reach a consensus during the meeting on Monday due to persistent disagreements between Saudi Arabia and the UAE over countries that were in bad faith in fulfilling the terms of the deal, in particular Russia.

Market participants are looking forward to the outcome of the next meeting: the most likely outcome will be an extension of the current terms of the deal by three months. However, this is unlikely to be enough to offset the negative impact on demand amid the deteriorating situation with the coronavirus in the world, so the sales in the oil market are likely to continue.
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EUR/USD. December 3, 2020 – Euro updated its April 2018 high

Quotes of the EUR/USD pair continue to update their highs: the current price of the euro is 1.2125. The last time the couple was at such heights at the end of April 2018.

The euro is being supported by investors' hopes that the US authorities are about to start supporting the economy. After the Democrats and Republicans in the US Congress agreed on the size of the fiscal stimulus program in the amount of $ 908 billion, the markets returned to the hope that support will be provided later this year.

An additional «bearish» factor for the greenback is rumors that the Fed will start a «twist» operation in December with the purchase of long-term bonds. In addition, yesterday's data on the labor market from ADP also disappointed investors: statistics showed the worst dynamics since July. It is reported that employment in the private sector will grow by only 307 thousand, which is worse than the forecast of 433 thousand and last month's figure of 404 thousand.

The RSI indicator has leveled off to a horizontal position, which signals that the pair will adhere to flat dynamics during the day near the 1.2100 level.
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EUR/USD. December 04, 2020 – Euro has updated its maximum at around 1.2175

The euro continues to renew its multi-year highs, reaching 1.2175. In November, the growth of the pair was due to the general weakness of the US dollar and increased interest in risky assets. In December, the US currency continues to decline against the background of continuing negotiations on fiscal stimulus in the US Congress.

Democrats and Republicans were finally able to agree on the volume of the aid package, which will amount to $908 billion. At the same time, Joe Biden noted that the American economy will need much more injections.

However, the position of the European currency is rather shaky in the medium term. At the moment, it is the eurozone that is the brake on the world economy, which is confirmed by the recently published statistics on business activity in the region. Market participants assume that the European Central Bank will expand the asset purchase program by at least 500 billion euro at its December meeting and will extend its duration until the end of 2021.

Moreover, the European Union faced problems when discussing the creation of a pandemic rescue fund in the amount of 750 billion euros. Poland and Hungary do not agree with the position of the European Commission, and, possibly, these countries will be excluded from the support program. All of these factors increase political uncertainty in Europe, which could put pressure on the euro in the near future.
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AUD / USD. 07.12 | "Inside bar" above the level of 0.7400

On the daily chart, the Australian Dollar / US Dollar currency pair has formed an “inside bar” candlestick pattern based on the resistance level of 0.7400, giving a signal to buy.

At the end of last week, the AUD / USD price renewed its maximum since August 2018 at 0.7448, after which it went into a slight correction. In the medium term, I would like to see further development of the upward trend.

On the one hand, you can take a closer look at purchases according to the specified pattern, on the other hand, first wait for the development of a correction for a more convenient entry into the market. To make a decision, it makes sense to follow the price behavior and the formation of buy signals on lower timeframes. The next upside target is at 0.7500.
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EUR/AUD. 08.12 | Consolidation between the lines EMA 21 and EMA 60

The euro / Australian dollar currency pair has formed on the daily chart a series of doji patterns above the resistance level of 1.6300, located between the exponential moving averages for 21 and 60 days - EMA 21 and EMA 60.

Earlier, the EUR / AUD price renewed its maximum since November 4, after which it corrected to the nearest strong support level - 1.6300. I would like to see the completion of consolidation and continued growth along the upward trend.

I will monitor the appearance of buy signals. The nearest target is at the level of 1.6400, near the EMA 200 line. The medium-term target for growth is at the level of 1.6500.
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GBP / USD. December 09, 2020 - Pin bar "from the level of 1.3300

The GBP / USD currency pair formed a pin bar reversal pattern on the daily chart, rebounding from the 1.3300 resistance level.

The price of the GBP / USD trading instrument corrected to the line of the 21-day exponential moving average - EMA 21, after which it turned around, giving a buy signal. The pound sterling rose in price amid news of the success of the Brexit negotiations.

Most likely, the correction is over and the pair is ready to continue growing. The immediate upside target is 1.3500, which is in the area of ​​highs since May 2018.
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XAU / USD. December 10.2020 - "Absorption" from the EMA 60 line

At the end of yesterday's trading, the gold / US dollar trading pair formed an engulfing candlestick pattern on the daily chart based on the 60-day exponential moving average line - EMA 60.

The price of the trading instrument XAU / USD has renewed its maximum since November 23 at around 1874, after which it turned around, giving a signal to sell. We failed to consolidate at the level of 1860 and, most likely, the pair will start a new downward wave.

It makes sense to take a closer look at sales according to the specified candlestick pattern. The closest reference for the decline is at 1800, near the EMA 200 line.
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NZD / USD. December 11.2020 - Growth to highs

The New Zealand dollar / US dollar currency pair bounced off the round level of 0.7000 in yesterday's trading and formed an engulfing candlestick pattern on the daily chart, giving a buy signal.

The NZD / USD price rose to the 0.7100 resistance level, which is located in the area of ​​the highs since April 2018. Buyers were unable to overcome the resistance at the indicated level, and today the pair went into a slight correction.

In the medium term, I would like to see continued growth along the upward trend. At the same time, it is better to enter new deals after breaking through the level of 0.7100, the next target is at 0.7200.
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EUR/USD. December 14, 2020 – Euro remains in local highs

Euro continues to feel confident in the area of ​​local highs. The couple is stable, even despite the fact that there is no progress with vaccines as such, however, there is still a strong optimism on the market about an early vaccination, which supports interest in risky assets. The current quote for the EUR/USD pair is 1.2160.

Today the macroeconomic calendar is almost empty. Only the data on the volume of industrial production in the euro zone in October will attract attention: the forecast assumes an increase of 1.8% m/m against a decline of 0.4% m/m in September.

The ECB meeting last week did not please the bears either. The European regulator did not give any signals regarding further monetary policy and the high rate of the single currency. Moreover, the situation with Brexit no longer scares investors, which also allows the euro to remain in the highs.

Experts note that the meeting of the US Federal Reserve may become the only factor that can cool the ardor of sellers. It is known that the Fed is not going to launch a «twist», which, together with the lack of plans for fiscal stimulus, may provide visible support to the dollar.

Brent. December 14, 2020 – Oil returns to February highs

Brent crude oil prices rise on Monday, trading at $50.50 a barrel. The asset is supported by general market optimism regarding the imminent mass vaccination against coronavirus, which should restore global demand for fuel. Vaccinations are starting in the United States today, which gives hope for the lifting of quarantine restrictions in the near future.

Prices were further supported by an explosion on a tanker in a Saudi port, raising concerns about a possible disruption to supplies. Shipping company Hafnia reported an explosion on one of its tankers following an «external unidentified object strike» while unloading at the port of Jeddah.

However, the problem of falling demand is also exacerbated by an increase in supply. On Friday, Baker Hughes announced an increase in the existing oil rigs in the US by 12 units, to 258. Earlier, the OPEC + countries also agreed to increase oil production by 500 thousand barrels, starting in January 2021. Given that the threat of oversupply is becoming more real, a reversal in the oil market could occur at any time.
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EUR/USD. December 15, 2020 – Euro is stable at 1.2170 area

The EUR/USD pair remains stable on Tuesday, trading in the highs just below the 1.2170 level.

Eurozone industrial output statistics for October released yesterday exceeded analysts' expectations, reflecting 2.1% m/m growth. The forecast implied an increase of 1.8%, while a month earlier the indicator rose by 0.1% m/m.

At the same time, the US dollar is under pressure from further actions of the American authorities in the issue of providing financial assistance to the economy. It is noted that a bipartisan incentive plan may be presented at the Congress level in the coming hours. We are talking about an amount of $908 billion, and the financing will most likely take place in 2 stages.

Today we should pay attention to the data on the volume of industrial production in the US for November, the degree of utilization of production facilities, import prices and the index of business activity in the manufacturing sector in New York. Experts predict that the rate of decline in American industry may slow down from -5.3% to -5.0%. And although the scale of the slowdown is extremely small, this data may be a reason for the dollar to strengthen by the end of the day.
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Brent. December 16, 2020 – The oil market is growing despite a number of negative factors

Oil prices continue to remain stable above $50 a barrel, ignoring all the fundamental factors that could cause a corrective pullback.

First, according to the OPEC forecast, oil demand in 2021 will remain low, and oil consumption worldwide will average 97.3 million barrels per day in the IV quarter of the year. By comparison, in 2019, the same figure was recorded at over 100 million barrels.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has similar views, which has lowered its forecast for a recovery in demand in 2021 by 170 thousand barrels per day – to 5.7 million barrels per day.

Secondly, an increasing number of countries in Europe and states in the US are tightening coronavirus restrictions during the Christmas and New Year periods, which will also negatively affect oil demand.

Today we should pay attention to the data on changes in US oil reserves last week. Analysts predict a drop in US oil inventories by 1.9 million barrels, an increase in gasoline inventories by 2.6 million barrels and an increase in distillate stocks by 1.1 million barrels.

EUR/USD. December 16, 2020 – Euro broke through the level of 1.22 on expectations of the results of the US Federal Reserve meeting

The European currency continues to renew its multi-year highs, breaking the 1.22 mark. The currency was supported by the news that Germany from December 23 will issue a permit for the use of vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech, as well as strong statistics from the euro area.

The main event of the day today will be the announcement of the results of the US Federal Reserve meeting. Market participants are almost sure that after a large-scale expansion of the ECB's quantitative easing program, it is highly likely that the Fed will take similar steps. And this is an extremely negative factor for the US currency rate.

Moreover, the situation on the labor market in the United States is noticeably worsening: the current indicators indicate not only a slowdown in the pace of its recovery, but also an increase in unemployment.

From the economic reports today it is worth highlighting the data on the index of business activity in the manufacturing sector in Germany: the indicator came out better than forecast (58.6 points against the forecast of 56.4). The similar index in the service sector also increased (47.7 against the forecast of 44.0 points). Moreover, business activity throughout the eurozone also showed an increase in all indicators, which was another positive factor for the euro exchange rate.
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Brent. December 17, 2020 – Oil has updated the maximum in 9 months after the US Federal Reserve meeting

Brent crude hit a 9-month high on Thursday after the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported declining US inventories last week. The current Brent price is $51.80 per barrel.

According to yesterday's statistics, crude oil inventories in the United States fell by 3.135 million barrels over the week (to 500.1 million barrels), which was better than the forecast for a decrease of 1.9 million.

Additional support to the asset is provided by some progress in the discussion of the issue of fiscal stimulus in the US Congress, as well as strong demand for oil in Asia. American lawmakers yesterday came close to an agreement on measures to support the economy in the amount of $900 billion.

At the same time, the US dollar was again under pressure. This time, the driver of the weakening of the currency was the results of yesterday's meeting of the US Federal Reserve: the regulator kept the rate at 0-0.25% per annum, while predicting that the rate would remain at this level until 2023.

GBP/USD. December 17, 2020 – Sterling has renewed its maximum in 2.5 years

The British currency continues to update maximum after maximum. The current quote for the GBP/USD pair is 1.3570. The last time such values ​​were recorded in mid-May 2018.

The pound is growing amid weakness in the US dollar and strong business activity in the UK. Manufacturing activity in the country in November rose to 57.3 points after rising to 55.6 in October. At the same time, activity in the service sector was in the red zone.

Further support for the pound is provided by the progress in negotiations between the UK and the EU on the controversial Brexit issues. The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that there is «a way to an agreement» and in fact, the deal could be concluded in the next few days. Moreover, Britain has signed a customs agreement with the United States, ensuring business continuity.

At the same time, the results of yesterday's meeting of the US Federal Reserve System exerted strong pressure on the dollar rate. The US regulator kept the target range for the federal funds rate at 0-0.25% and said it intends to maintain this range until conditions in the labor market reach peak employment levels and inflation approaches 2%.
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EUR/USD. December 18, 2020 – Euro continues the «northern campaign»

The continuing weakening of the US dollar and rising stock indices continue to provide strong support for the EUR/USD pair. The current quote for the pair is 1.2270. However, the higher the quotes rise, the more painful it will fall, especially since the main factors supporting the euro (successful Brexit and fiscal stimulus) may not be implemented.

It became known yesterday that negotiations between the EU and the UK are again at a deadlock, and the issue of fishing is again not the only controversial point. Not all is well in the US Senate either: the parties cannot come to a final agreement on the scope of the incentive program.

And even if the other day Congress approves the aid package, which, together with the vaccination of the population, can become a strong driver of US GDP growth, investors may recall the «dollar smile theory». If the United States soon begins to show a better economic recovery than other countries, the greenback will inevitably go up the hill.

The economic calendar is practically empty today. Only the data on the IFO business climate index in Germany will be of interest: the indicator came out better than forecast (92.1 against 90.9 points), which also supported the European currency today.
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Brent. December 21, 2020 – Oil starts to decline on news of Covid mutation

At the beginning of the week, Brent crude oil shows a decline from the $52.30 area to $49.25 per barrel. The current Brent price is $50.30 per barrel.

The decline was driven by the return to the market of fears regarding the mutation of the coronavirus in the UK. The British authorities said that a new strain has been identified in the country, the spread of which is several times higher than previous indicators. The same mutation of the Covid-19 virus has been found in the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia, according to WHO.

Oil market participants fear that a new mutation will call into question the economic recovery in the world and again negatively affect the demand for hydrocarbons.

Another factor in the weakening of the asset is the potential growth of the world oil supply, which may increase by 1 million barrels already in January due to additional supplies from OPEC+ countries, Libya, the United States and Iran.

EUR/USD. December 21, 2020 – Euro started a protracted correction

As predicted by last week's forecasts, the euro rate has moved to a retreat from the highs. The current quote for the EUR/USD pair is 1.2168. The dollar is on the side of a whole set of factors: here and the mutation of COVID-19 in the UK, and Brexit, and the vote in the US Congress on fiscal stimulus.

Despite the fact that lawmakers were able to agree on the volume of a new stimulus package in the United States, it is too early to talk about a complete solution to the issue. Now the bill must pass a vote in two chambers of the US Congress. And it is possible that a failure is possible here.

News from Britain that a new Covid-19 stamp has been opened, the spread of which is several times higher than previous indicators, exerted strong pressure on the euro. Epidemiologists fear that recently developed vaccines may be powerless against the new threat, and economists are already questioning economic growth next year.

In the UK, there is another factor of pressure on the pound and the euro – Brexit, the issues and disputes of which have not yet been resolved. The risks are high that instead of one big agreement, the parties will have to sign several different agreements.

Thus, the downward correction of the euro is only gaining momentum. The forecast for today assumes further strengthening of the dollar below the level of 1.2150.
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EUR/USD. December 22, 2020 – Euro strengthens again on fundamental background

During morning trading, the EUR/USD pair showed some weakening, dropping to the level of 1.2200. Both houses of the US Congress approved a $892 billion fiscal stimulus package, which could slightly improve US economic performance in the first quarter of the new year.

However, almost immediately, the euro began to strengthen again amid positive news on Brexit. The current quote for the pair is 1.2230. Today it became known that the UK and the EU may agree on fishing quotas, which brings back hopes for a full Brexit deal before the end of this year.

EUR/USD was also supported by statements from the WHO, which announced that the new Covid strain found in the UK is less transmissible than other infections. This means that existing vaccines can handle it as well.

Thus, the decision of Congress and the breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations provided strong support for the bulls on EUR/USD. The next target for the asset is 1.2250 and above.
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Brent. December 23, 2020 – Oil declines for the third day in a row

Oil quotes are declining during Wednesday morning trading: the current price of Brent is $49.90 per barrel. The asset was pressured by data from the American Petroleum Institute (API), according to which US oil reserves rose by 2.7 million barrels over the week (to about 497.7 million), while analysts predicted a decline of 3.2 million barrels.

Additional pressure on Brent continues to be exerted by concerns about a further drop in demand for hydrocarbons amid prolonged lockdowns in many countries.

In addition, US President Donald Trump threatened yesterday not to sign a bill on measures of financial assistance to the US economy in the amount of $892 billion, calling for an increase in the amount of payments to citizens from $ 600 to $ 2 thousand. It is worth noting that if Trump does not approve the new law by the end of this year, a recession for the United States will become almost inevitable.

EUR/USD. December 23, 2020 – Euro returns to 1.22 level after decline a day earlier

The US dollar on Wednesday again declines against the euro after some strengthening a day earlier. The day before, the American currency received support amid growing demand for safe assets after the news of the coronavirus mutation appeared. Then the dollar managed to strengthen to the level of 1.2950. The current quote for EUR/USD is 1.2190.

Today the pressure on the dollar is exerted by the approval of the US Congress of a new stimulus package. The adoption by the American authorities of measures to support the economy, as well as the expectation of an early vaccination, support the optimism of investors regarding the future prospects of the global economy. And this, in turn, leads to a weakening of the greenback.

American lawmakers have agreed on a program to support the economy, including direct payments to citizens in the amount of $600. However, Donald Trump demanded that Congress increase payments to $2 thousand or $4 thousand for spouses.

The euro is growing today also due to a breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations. The fishing issue has not yet been resolved, but sterling (and after it the euro) is showing significant growth, which suggests that investors still believe in the signing of a trade agreement.
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EUR/USD. December 24, 2020 – Consolidation at 1.22

The EUR/USD pair is showing consolidation in the area of ​​local highs at 1.2200.

Yesterday's weak statistics put some pressure on the dollar rate. In particular, the number of initial applications for unemployment benefits did not increase as much as analysts predicted, but still the figure is still above 800 thousand, which is a high figure. Moreover, in November, the growth in durable goods orders slowed, personal income and expenses fell, and new home sales fell sharply.

In addition, the consumer confidence index in the US fell to 88.6 points in December, while experts had expected the index to rise to 97 points.

At the same time, the European currency is supported by the approaching final in the Brexit negotiations. Experts note that the main controversial issues have already been practically resolved, and if an agreement between the EU and the UK is adopted, the euro may rush to the area of ​​1.2300.

Today the macroeconomic calendar is almost empty, the markets are getting ready for Christmas. In the United States, it is a shortened day, and European exchanges do not work at all throughout the day. However, today you should still pay attention to the statistics on basic orders for durable goods in the US in November.

GBP/USD. December 24, 2020 – Sterling continues to storm the area of ​​local highs

The British sterling was the leader on Wednesday trading, confidently moving to a local maximum at around 1.3570. Negative factors in the form of the emergence of new strains of coronavirus and the lack of progress in the Brexit negotiations have not yet put pressure on the British currency, but everything can change at any time.

The pressure on the US dollar was exerted by yesterday's weak statistics. In particular, the number of initial applications for unemployment benefits did not grow as much as expected, but still the figure is still above 800 thousand.Moreover, in November the growth in the volume of orders for durable goods slowed down, income and expenses of individuals decreased. and new home sales fell sharply.

At the same time, the sterling is supported by the hopes of investors for the successful completion of negotiations on Brexit, despite the fact that the deadline for making a decision on a trade deal is rapidly approaching. Negotiations between the EU and the UK lasted all night, and if an agreement is reached, the pound will rush to new highs in the 1.40 area. If the negotiations fail, the dynamics of the British currency will depend on whether the debate continues in the future.

Today the macroeconomic calendar is almost empty, the markets are preparing for Christmas, so the movement of the pair will be limited by a narrow range below the 1.3570 level.
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GBP/USD. December 28, 2020 – Pound falls despite achieving Brexit trade deal

The pound sterling declines on Monday despite the successful completion of post-Brexit deal negotiations. The current quote for the EUR/USD pair is 1.3480.

The UK and the European Union have nevertheless managed to agree on the terms of a trade deal, according to which free trade between Britain and the EU countries will be preserved, as well as visa-free travel and balanced access to markets and marine resources.

Starting December 31 (the date when London officially leaves the EU borders), trade deals will go without quotas and tariffs, but this does not apply to services and financial offers. Experts note that reaching an agreement is an excellent sign for the pound sterling, however, the further exchange rate will adjust to the circumstances.

EUR/USD. December 28, 2020 – The pair is storming again in the last week of the outgoing year

At the beginning of the last trading week of the outgoing year, the EUR/USD pair continues to demonstrate multidirectional dynamics. In the morning the quotes reached the level of 1.2250, but immediately dropped to 1.2200.

Most of the factors that increase uncertainty in the markets have already ceased to be relevant, but the pair continues to storm. The UK was finally able to agree with the EU on Brexit, and Donald Trump in the US still approved a $2.3 trillion economic aid project adopted by Congress. These events imply a sharp rise in demand for risky assets, but the euro is in no hurry to storm resistance levels.

The fact is that many investors have gone on vacation or are waiting for new drivers, which can be taken into account in building a trading strategy for the next year.

In addition, market participants are very interested in the success of vaccination in the cut of the global economic recovery, as well as Joe Biden's policy to further stimulate the US economy. If the Fed maintains its plan to inject large amounts of money into the economy, the EUR/USD pair could rise to 1.30 early next year.
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Brent. December 29, 2020 – Oil market demonstrates growth in the pre-New Year week

Oil prices are steadily growing during trading on Tuesday amid growing investor appetite for risky assets. A strengthening factor was the adoption of new stimulating measures in the United States. The cost of February futures for Brent rose to $51.65 per barrel, while the price of WTI reached $48.30 per barrel.

On Monday, the House of Representatives of Congress approved an increase in stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000 at the request of Donald Trump. Moreover, on Sunday, Trump signed the country's fiscal 2021 budget of $2.3 trillion. It is noted that the budget includes a package of measures to support the economy in a pandemic in the amount of $900 billion.

In addition, the general weakness of the US dollar also supports oil prices. However, experts believe that the growth of the oil market may be suspended due to concerns about a new strain of coronavirus and imposed restrictions on the movement of people between countries.
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EUR/USD. December 30, 2020 – Dollar has updated two-year lows

On Wednesday, the dollar renewed multi-year lows in pairs with many currencies: paired with the euro, the dollar reached its lowest level in two years at around 1.2300. The pressure on the greenback was put on by the postponement of the immediate consideration of raising household payments to $2,000.

The dollar index fell to 89.711 against a basket of six major currencies, its lowest level in more than two years.

Earlier, the dollar also showed a decline, and risky assets – growth. The reason was the signing by Donald Trump of a bill to help the population and economy in the fight against coronavirus. And while the payout remains uncertain, many analysts predict that the US currency could weaken further next year, as newly elected US President Joe Biden is expected to push for even greater economic support.

Another negative factor for the dollar is the expectation that the US Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low for a very long time.
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Brent. December 31, 2020 – What awaits the oil market in 2021?

In April 2020, Brent crude hit multi-year lows, falling to $16 a barrel amid the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and the price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia. At the same time, the price for American WTI crude oil fell into the area of ​​negative values.

Experts note that the consumption of crude oil and liquid fuels in the world for the year decreased by 9% (from 101 million barrels per day in 2019 to 92.4 million barrels). However, an agreement to cut oil production under OPEC + allowed oil to recoup most of the losses by the end of 2020. Today Brent quotes are holding at $51.50 per barrel.

However, it is possible that at the beginning of 2021, quotations may again fall to $30 per barrel amid the announcement of new lockdowns in many countries due to the further spread of coronavirus in the world. But, nevertheless, the market is now dominated by optimism. Analysts still expect the global economy to recover next year, which can support the demand for commodities. The oil price range is expected to be in the range of $40-65 per barrel over the next year.

On the last day of the outgoing year, Brent quotes settled at $51.40 per barrel.
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EUR/USD. January 04, 2021 – Dollar falls against most currencies

At the beginning of the first trading week of the new year, the US dollar depreciates against many competing currencies. In a pair with the euro, the greenback fell again to the level of 1.2300. The US currency is under pressure from growing appetite for risky assets amid continued optimism about the global economic recovery in 2021.

The incidence of coronavirus in the world and the beginning of vaccination of the population in many countries remain the main topics of discussion by analysts. Bloomberg experts note that without widespread vaccine distribution, the dynamics of the foreign exchange market will strongly depend on the dynamics of the spread of Covid.

The economic calendar for today is not very diverse. Germany presented data on the index of business activity in the manufacturing sector: the indicator came out worse than expected (58.3 against expectations of 58.6 points). A similar release of data from the euro area also reflected a decrease in the indicator: from 55.5 to 55.2 points.

But the business activity index in the UK came out better than expected: the index rose to 57.5 (forecast 57.3 points). In the evening hours, the US will also release its business activity figures.
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Fundamental Brent analysis for January 5, 2021

On Tuesday afternoon, world oil prices shifted to growth amid expectations of an OPEC+ decision to further cut oil production in February. The current quotation of the asset is $52.05 per barrel.

The meeting of all OPEC+ countries was supposed to end yesterday, but the participants in the meeting failed to reach an agreement on the volume of reductions next month, and the debate will continue today. The meeting participants are discussing two proposals: to increase production in February by 500 thousand bpd or to keep production at the January level. Russia and Kazakhstan are in favor of increasing production by 0.5 million bpd from February, while the rest of the countries are in favor of extending production at current levels.

Oil prices are also supported by continued optimism related to the recovery in demand. The start of coronavirus vaccination in many countries gives hope for the early lifting of restrictions on movement, which, in turn, will contribute to the growth of demand for raw materials.

However, despite vaccinations, the world today is still seeing an increase in the incidence of Covid-19, which suggests that in the short term, the increase in demand will still slow down.
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EUR/USD. 06.01 | Euro has renewed its maximum at 1,2340

The euro is trying to gain a foothold above the 1.34 level. The current quote for the EUR/USD pair is 1.2340, which has become the next maximum since the beginning of 2018.

At the moment, investors are awaiting the election results from Georgia. As you know, Donald Trump continues to fight for the presidency, accusing the Democrats of rigging elections. However, the result of the recalculation should in no way affect the Fed's ultra-soft policy and monetary stimulus. Moreover, Democrats’ victory (with their stimulus plan) will only strengthen the upward impulse of the S&P 500 and lead to further weakening of the US dollar and a rise in risky assets.

During the day, the dynamics of the EUR/USD pair will also be influenced by the publication of business activity indices in Europe and the US, data on consumer prices in Germany and statistics on the number of people employed in the non-agricultural sector in the US from ADP. FOMC minutes will be published late in the evening.
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EUR/USD. January 07, 2021 – Democrats won the Senate, the dollar went up

The Democrats won the Senate election, which greatly increases the likelihood of continued full stimulus and expansion of US infrastructure spending. However, at the same time, it is possible that taxes will increase and regulation will be strengthened.

The completion of the elections reduced market uncertainty and led to the strengthening of the US dollar. The current quote for the EUR/USD pair is 1.2245. Now the demand for risky assets can only increase with the escalation of the trade war between the United States and China or with a strong deterioration in macroeconomic indicators in the United States.

The minutes of the US Federal Reserve meeting were published yesterday evening. The document confirmed the regulator's plans not to abandon the super soft policy for a long time, until inflation steadily grows to target levels and significant improvements in unemployment statistics. Also, the volume of asset purchases ($120 billion per month) will not change.

Today you should pay attention to the ECB meeting and the decision of the regulator on monetary policy. The first this year Non-farm Payrolls report in the USA will be published tomorrow, experts expect very weak indicators.
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GBP/USD. January 11, 2021 – The sterling starts the year weakening

The GBP/USD pair continues to decline, reaching 1.3460. The sterling is under pressure from the negative fundamental background. In particular, due to the nationwide lockdown announced in the UK back on January 4, the blow to economic growth in the country will be more severe than in other European countries.

Experts expect that GDP will fall by 2.7% in the first quarter of the year, and this may lead to a decrease in the interest rate by the Bank of England in February. Earlier it was expected that the regulator would cut the rate only by the end of the year. And even the adoption of the Brexit agreement will not be able to allay the concerns of the Central Bank, since a number of questions remain on the deal.

However, if the mass vaccination is successful, the pound could recover somewhat in the second quarter. In the meantime, the British currency will continue to decline.
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EUR/USD. January 12, 2021 – The dollar stopped his rally at the level of 1.2130

On Tuesday, the dollar suspended its growth in the area of ​​1.2130. The EUR/USD pair has been hovering at 1.2150 for the second session in a row. The euro received some support after the release of data on the consumer confidence index in the euro zone from the Sentix institute in January: the indicator rose by 1.3 points against a decline earlier by 2.7. However, these statistics turned out to be worse than the forecast of 2.0 points growth.

The dollar continues to receive support from the election of a new president in the United States (Joe Biden will take office on January 20). Global markets are optimistic about the Democrat's plans to allocate additional trillions to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Markets are usually a little nervous when it comes to stimulus processes as they can accelerate inflation and negatively affect the US currency. However, now in the foreground is the yield on 10-year government bonds, which keeps the US dollar afloat.

Today the macroeconomic calendar is not rich in publications, so the pair will continue to trade near the level of 1.2150. Attention should be paid only to the data on new vacancies (JOLT) for November in the United States. A job overview will give you an idea of ​​what is happening in the labor market in relation to recruitment. Analysts point out that 6.652 million vacancies were recorded in October.
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EUR/USD. January 13, 2021 – The pair cannot determine the movement vector

The EUR/USD pair continues to trade in different directions, fluctuating within the range of 1.2130-1.2230. The current quote for the euro is 1.2165.

Yesterday the dollar weakened across the entire spectrum of the market amid declining yields on US government bonds. Today, the US currency has turned around and is showing corrective growth.

Today you should pay attention to the publication of inflation data for December. Analysts predict that the CPI added 0.1% mom after gaining 0.2% mom in November. Experts note that the more neutral the statistics are, the better for the dollar, since inflation surges would now be a high risk (in anticipation of the imminent introduction of a new stimulus package).

In the evening, the US Federal Reserve Beige Book will be published. Usually the market does not react to such publications, but they are important for understanding the general picture of what is happening in the American economy.
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January 14, 2021 – Why is the oil market declining?

Yesterday, Brent quotes updated an almost annual maximum at $57.38 per barrel, but today the asset has dropped to $55.77.

The pressure on prices was exerted by data on changes in US oil product inventories. According to a report by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the US Department of Energy, crude oil inventories in the country fell by 3.2 million barrels for the week, while analysts predicted a decline of 3.8 million. A day earlier, API released a similar report, according to which oil reserves decreased by 5.8 million

The report from the EIA also showed that gasoline inventories rose by 4.4 million barrels, and distillate stocks by 4.8 million barrels, which was worse than forecasts (3.2 million and 2.8 million barrels, respectively).

Additional pressure on Brent came from the recovery of the US dollar in the Forex market. The USD Index, which measures the US currency against a basket of six major foreign exchange competitors, rose 0.3% on the day. The new US President Joe Biden will speak today. The head of the White House may announce new measures to support the economy, which will put pressure on the dollar and, as a result, lead to an increase in oil prices.
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GBP/USD. 15.01 | Consolidation in the 1.36-1.37 price range

The GBP/USD pair continues to trade within the range of 1.36-1.37. The current quote is 1.3655.

Currently, the epidemiological situation in the UK continues to deteriorate. Moreover, on the eve of the country's Ministry of Transport announced the cancellation of flights with a number of South American states and Portugal after the discovery of a new strain of coronavirus in Brazil. Despite this, the British currency continues to trade in the area of ​​the recent two-year highs. The fact is that market participants still take into account the high probability of the introduction of negative rates by the Bank of England.

At the same time, the dollar is under pressure from the decline in Treasury yields and the weak report on claims for unemployment benefits, published yesterday. According to the US Department of Labor, the number of Americans who filed initial applications for unemployment benefits amounted to 965 thousand, more than the forecast of 795 thousand. During the day, the movement of the pair within the current price range will continue.
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EUR/USD. January 18, 2021 – Euro continues to decline

The euro continues to decline against the dollar on Monday, reaching 1.2060. Weak economic statistics from the US, as well as uncertainty in the timing of the discussion of Joe Biden's stimulus program put pressure on risky assets.

It is noted that the package of measures to support the economy proposed by Biden includes direct payments to Americans in the amount of $1,400, a temporary increase in payments to the unemployed, and an increase in the minimum wage at the federal level to $15 per hour. However, experts believe that the new president will not be able to pass the stimulus plan in this form through Congress.

This week, all the attention of the markets will be drawn to the speech in the Senate of the former chairman of the Federal Reserve System Janet Yellen on Tuesday. Market participants expect that the country's new finance minister will make it clear that they are taking an approach in which the dollar should be determined by the market. This will mean that the Ministry of Finance does not intend to interfere with the dynamics of the national currency.

Today is a day off in the United States to celebrate Martin Luther King Day, so the pair will continue to trade weakly around 1.2080.

Brent. January 18, 2021 – The oil market continues to decline on Monday

On Monday, oil prices continued to decline, reaching $54.50 per barrel. Such dynamics was a consequence of the strengthening of the US dollar, as well as a decrease in traders' optimism amid an increase in the incidence of Covid in the world. However, statistics from China, showing GDP growth of 2.3% (more than forecast) and an increase in industrial production in December by 7.3%, limit the decline in oil prices today.

Experts note that the oil market has grown strongly lately, and the current decline is giving it some respite. The key event for the market in the near future will be the inauguration of the US President-elect Joe Biden and his further economic program.

Brent was also under pressure at the end of last week with data from the American oil service company Baker Hughes. The report reflected an increase in the number of operating oil rigs in the US last week by 12 units to 287 rigs. The number of work units has been increasing for eight consecutive weeks.

The current Brent quote is $54.80. During the day, we expect a slight recovery in the price to the $55 per barrel area.
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