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Key Economic News Today

Most weekdays offer the release of a flurry of economic data that can influence price action in the financial markets. Due to the surplus of information available, it can be difficult to parse and locate which indicators are most helpful in terms of fundamental and sentiment analysis. Here, we consider key economic news today, which I will be keeping in mind for identifying fundamental catalysts, preparing for future volatility, and devising trade setups.

Euro Area: Monetary Policy Statement & ECB Press Conference

This morning the European Central Bank (ECB) made plain their monetary policy intentions: they will be ending their quantitative easing program with the start of July and implementing an interest rate hike of 25 basis points that month as well, with another identical hike scheduled for September. This caused a great deal of volatility for EUR this morning, with buying pressure spiking before quickly being overtaken by bearish momentum. This is likely because, despite a change in tune from the ever-dovish ECB, the markets had already anticipated these plans, and the ECB’s key rate will remain in the negative even after July’s hike.

United States: Unemployment Claims & Natural Gas Storage

The past week saw 229,000 American workers file for unemployment claims, while only 205,000 claims had been forecast. An additional 97 billion cubic feet of natural gas was held in US storage this past week as well. Both data suggest a slowing US economy with more unemployment and less consumer spending, which is bearish news for USD. However, this information is merely the prelude for tomorrow’s CPI and Core CPI data month-over-month, expected from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. With economic health teetering in response to the Federal Reserve’s pivot towards hawkishness, tomorrow’s inflation data may be a significant fork in the road for USD. The DXY is currently surging today, clearing and then hovering around the 103 level intraday.

Canada: BOC Financial System Review

This morning the Bank of Canada (BOC) released their annual Financial System Review, in which they analyze Canada’s economic wellbeing and any significant threats they are wary of. They revealed particular concern about the effect of rate hikes on the global economy, as well as its effect on those in Canada contending with high household debt and a hot housing market. While they covered a broad variety of topics including cybersecurity and climate strategy, I personally interpreted the report as being rather dovish, though they did express less concern about the effect of rate hikes on Canada’s non-financial businesses. This may have prompted some of the CAD bearish momentum we saw this morning.

China: CPI (year-over-year)

Due tonight from the National Bureau of Statistics of China at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time, China’s CPI is expected to hit 2.2% year-over-year, though CPI data from the past two months have surpassed forecasts. Considering yesterday’s report on China’s monthly trade balance exceeded forecasts by over $20 billion, it seems plausible that tonight’s CPI data will likewise reflect a booming economy. Though CNY functions somewhat differently than other currencies due to more centralized control of its value and limited access for traders and investors, it is helpful to monitor China’s economy as its performance has global implications regarding trade imbalances and industrial competition.

Key Takeaways

While there are many currency pairs worth buying and selling in the foreign exchange markets, many pairs worth watching fly under the radar of retail traders, particularly minor pairs. The EdgeFinder, an A1 Trading tool for traders aiming to holistically bolster their analysis skills, is helpful for identifying such opportunities for trade setups. Today we will look at which three pairs the EdgeFinder currently evaluates as most worth selling, and why. We will employ fundamental, technical, and sentiment analysis as we explore 3 pairs worth selling now.

GBP/CAD

3 Pairs Worth Selling Now

In terms of fundamentals, CAD has a narrow, but important, lead over GBP. While the UK has an unemployment rate 1.5% lower than Canada’s, the Bank of England has been slower to respond to their inflation threat than the Bank of Canada, lagging 0.5% behind regarding benchmark interest rates. Q1 GDP growth in both countries has been identical, percentagewise. In terms of technical analysis, we have seen a steep downtrend for over three months, plummeting from nearly 1.74 to 1.58, with 1.58 being a historic support zone. Considering the seasonality bias in CAD’s favor (historically performing well this month), we may well see a breakout to the downside, followed by a retest of 1.58 as resistance and continued bearish momentum. Regarding sentiment analysis, double the percentage of institutional traders long on GBP are long on CAD, and retail traders are strongly bullish on the pair, both bearish signals. Thus, this pair has earned a -6 rating from the EdgeFinder, a strong sell signal.

GBP/NZD

3 Pairs Worth Selling Now

Regarding fundamentals, NZD is far ahead of GBP. New Zealand has an unemployment rate 0.5% lower than the UK’s, and the Bank of England has been far slower to respond to their inflation threat than New Zealand’s Reserve Bank, leaving their benchmark interest rate a full 1% lower. New Zealand’s Q1 GDP growth was a whopping 2.2% greater than the UK’s as well. In terms of technical analysis, we are seeing a retest of resistance in the form of a steep downtrend since February 2022, with higher lows being formed as well. Considering the seasonality bias in NZD’s favor, we may well see a bearish continuation, making this retest a potential selling opportunity. In terms of sentiment analysis, retail traders are fairly divided on the pair, while institutional traders are similarly shorting both currencies, offering little information on the pair. Taken altogether, GBP/NZD has earned a -7 rating from the EdgeFinder, a strong sell signal.

EUR/CAD

3 Pairs Worth Selling Now

Regarding fundamentals, CAD is far sturdier than EUR. Canada’s unemployment rate is 1.6% lower than in the Euro Area, and the Bank of Canada has been far more aggressive than the European Central Bank regarding rate hikes, with their benchmark interest rate currently 1.5% higher. (This may change as the ECB is contemplating a more hawkish rate hike strategy.) Canada’s Q1 GDP growth was approximately 0.5% greater than the Euro Area’s as well. In terms of technical analysis, there has been a strong downtrend since summer of 2020, with the 1.34 support level recently being retested rapidly. Although seasonality bias weighs in EUR’s favor, the pair appears ripe for a breakout to the downside. In terms of sentiment analysis, institutional traders are somewhat divided on the pair, while retail traders are bullish, a bearish signal. Taken altogether, this pair has earned a -6 rating from the EdgeFinder, a strong sell signal.

Key Takeaways

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