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 on June 14th, which I will be keeping in mind for identifying fundamental catalysts, preparing for future volatility, and devising trade setups.
GBP: Another Day of Bad News
The United Kingdom received disappointing new unemployment and employee earnings data from the Office for National Statistics this morning at 2 am Eastern Time. The UK’s Average Earnings Index failed to meet forecasts, while the unemployment rate ticked up by an unexpected 0.1% as more workers filed for unemployment benefits than anticipated. This comes on the heels of yesterday's pessimistic news for the UK, including a shocking month-over-month GDP contraction and a worse trade deficit than what was forecast.
Things are not looking up for GBP; the UK’s economy is clearly not performing well, yet the Bank of England (BoE) is forced to attempt to reckon with high inflation numbers while not causing a recession. This is holistically bearish for GBP, with a mild 25 bps rate hike and Monetary Policy Summary from the BoE expected on Thursday at 7 am Eastern Time. Traders could look to continue shorting GBP beforehand, wait for Thursday's fundamental catalyst(s), or perhaps attempt to buy GBP/JPY as the pair may be erroneously oversold on GBP disappointment.
Month-over-month German CPI data came in at precisely what was forecast, 0.9%; however, economic sentiment in Europe came in bleaker than expected today according to the ZEW survey(s). US Producer Price Index (PPI) numbers, another metric for inflation, also met forecasts at 0.8% month-over-month, though Core PPI (which excludes food and energy prices) failed to meet expectations by 0.1%. However, this is secondary for USD as tomorrow’s FOMC news remains the focus. China’s year-over-year retail sales and industrial production numbers are also scheduled to be released tonight at 10 pm Eastern Time, along with their unemployment rate.
This morning saw demand for USD rapidly pick up steam as US inflation data came in hotter than expected. Month-over-month CPI had been forecast to rise by 0.7% in May; at 8:30 am Eastern Time, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that it had increased by 1%, or 8.6% year-over-year, a forty-year high. Likewise, Core CPI (which excludes food and energy prices) was forecast to rise by 0.5% month-over-month, instead hitting 0.6%. On this news, the DXY is up 0.8% and has risen over the 104 level intraday, as EURUSD is down 1% and the S&P 500 is down nearly 3%. With this context in mind, let’s discuss 3 ways to capitalize on inflation now.
Trade Major Pairs
This CPI news is a huge fundamental catalyst for USD pairs since it verifies that the US economy is indeed still overheating, validating further interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. This is very bullish for USD, which makes buying the USD against other currencies even more appealing. If traders are searching for optimal USD pairs to take positions in, a good place to start is by locating pairs where analysis leans in USD’s favor to the greatest degree possible.
Some such options include a) shorting GBPUSD and EURUSD, which receive -7 (‘strong sell’) and -5 (‘sell’) signals, respectively, from the EdgeFinder, and b) going long on USDJPY, which receives a 4 (‘buy’) EdgeFinder signal. Because USD experienced so much buying pressure this morning, conservative traders may want to find an opportune point of entry by conducting technical analysis, e.g., waiting for a pullback and retest of key support/resistance.
Though admittedly a controversial opinion, I am waiting for an optimal point of entry to purchase gold against USD. XAUUSD experienced quite the selloff this morning before a startling recovery, jumping from a low of 1825 to hovering around 1855 at the time of writing this. This jump was seemingly prompted by finding support around the 1830 level, a clear zone of support on a 1-hour timeframe.
I interpret fundamentals being bullish for XAUUSD due to demand for the precious metal in several different industries and its historical status as a safe haven investment in times of economic crisis. There have been periods where gold’s rise in value does not correlate with USD depreciating in value, which is helpful to consider in cases like these. According to the latest COT data, institutional traders are similarly long on both USD (76%) and gold (73.56%). I am planning to purchase XAUUSD if price action retests the trendline depicted on the 1-day timeframe above, though this opportunity may not come if demand continues to grow quickly.
Invest in the Stock Market
Though it may seem strange in the face of persisting hyperinflation and potential for recession, economic downturns and stock selloffs do present myriad buying opportunities for long-term investors. If you are not planning on retiring for decades, you can utilize dips in the stock market and indices to build wealth over time, assuming you are willing to sacrifice immediate results. For example, when the Dow plummets over 600 points like it has today, investors can seize these events as opportunities for cheap purchases that will yield returns years down the road.
If your investment portfolio keeps crashing in the meantime, this does not have to be discouraging since they are merely unrealized losses; they will likely grow in value through the decades if you are invested in index ETFs and other trustworthy funds. Any further selloffs present even more opportunities for regular, small purchases. (However, investing in individual stocks is a completely different story, and I personally believe that even the most skilled retail investors are not sufficiently equipped to handle the inherent risks involved.)
Price action for USD pairs was fascinating today as the DXY reflected bearish momentum that saw a low of nearly 102.15 intraday. This selloff was stopped at approximately 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time when eager buyers sent it soaring, eventually over the 103.3 level. Several factors were at play here, including important European Central Bank news and expectations for new US CPI data tomorrow. I took this opportunity to trade USDCHF this morning; it went well, and I entered and exited the trade in under an hour. Below I explore my process, and why I day traded USDCHF.
In many ways, the fundamentals favor CHF: Q1 GDP growth in Switzerland was positive unlike for the US, unemployment is 1.5% lower than in the US, and year-over-year inflation is gradually climbing. However, the Swiss National Bank currently has its key interest rate at -0.75%, compared to the Federal Reserve’s 1%, which involved a 50 basis point rate hike. On top of this, both CHF and USD are historically safe haven assets, and USD has encountered recent bearish data and increased chances at volatility due to upcoming US CPI data (perhaps indirectly through today’s ECB announcements as well). Thus, I decided I felt comfortable enough to go long on USDCHF as a day trade, but not confident enough to sit in it for too long.
I felt that there were enough technical indications here to warrant a brief long position. On the 1-hour timeframe, the price moved rapidly outside the Keltner Channel walls, and met significant support in two places: the 0.972 zone and the trendline pictured. I interpreted this bearish candlestick as a hasty reaction to meeting resistance around 0.98 (a reaction that could be short lived in light of potential for USD volatility). Thus, I entered at the 0.973 level, and took profit just above the 0.978 level, since I was not confident it could break through 0.98 resistance.
Sentiment analysis also made me feel comfortable entering the position. According to A1 Trading’s EdgeFinder, recent COT data reveals 76% of institutional traders going long on USD, whereas just over 10% are going long on CHF. In contrast, less than 1/3 of retail traders are long on this pair. These are all incredibly bullish signs for USDCHF, making me feel confident in my purchase, especially as Switzerland grapples with neighboring eurozone issues and with today’s arguably banal ECB decision. However, given my aforementioned uncertainties about the pair’s fundamentals and mutual safe haven status, I still planned on an early exit.
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.
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 explore a selection of important economic news today, which can be helpful for identifying fundamental catalysts, prepare for future volatility, and devise trade setups.
Japan: Economy Watchers Sentiment
Released by Japan’s Cabinet Office at 1 a.m. Eastern Time, this indicator gauges economic sentiment in terms of consumer spending by surveying a few thousand service workers in Japan’s economy. Anything over a score of 50 indicates economic optimism; the forecast had been 51.9, but the actual report was 54. This would usually indicate strength for JPY, as it could help push the Bank of Japan towards tightening monetary policy. However, considering their willingness to continue extreme dovishness, I interpret this as a bearish signal for JPY, since the BOJ may feel further emboldened by economic optimism to extend low interest rates.
Euro Area: Final Employment Change & Revised GDP (both q/q)
Released at 5 a.m. Eastern Time, both metrics of economic health were better than previously expected: employment was forecast to increase by 0.5% and ended up increasing by 0.6%, while GDP growth also clocked in at 0.6%, double the percentage expected. These especially contribute to a bullish case for the EUR, since the Euro Area is clearly dealing with an overheated economy, and the European Central Bank seems primed to potentially act and pivot into gradual hawkishness. We will be hearing from the ECB tomorrow.
United States: Final Wholesale Inventories (m/m) & Crude Oil Inventories
Released at 10 and 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time, respectively, these two indicators may showcase some signs of a slowing US economy. According to the Census Bureau, there was a 2.2% increase in the value of goods in stock for wholesalers, where only 2.1% was expected. This reveals supply of such goods outpacing demand in an unexpected fashion. Likewise, according to the Energy Information Administration, the number of barrels of crude oil held in inventory by commercial firms increased by 2 million, whereas a change of -2.6 million had been expected. With crude oil already at staggering price levels, this indication of slowing demand has further implications throughout the US economy, perhaps as a proxy for consumer spending elsewhere. This is bearish news for USD.
China: USD-Denominated Trade Balance
Tentatively due today, the CGAC will be releasing data on China’s trade balance, which is frequently a surplus to some degree. While China is forecast to have net exported $58 billion, it could exceed expectations like prior months, despite China’s recent zero-COVID policy measures which limited economic activity. Not only do these growing margins signal CNY strength and continued economic growth for China, they also ostensibly indicate lower growth expectations for trade partners and economic competitors, such as the US, due to corresponding trade deficits. This information will come on the heels of lowered global economic growth forecasts from the World Bank and the OECD.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EURUSD saw a breakout to the upside of a four month long bearish trendline on Monday, as bullish momentum caused it to close over 120 pips higher on big monetary policy news from the European Central Bank (ECB). Christine Lagarde, the ECB’s President, announced they will be pivoting away from net asset purchases, and subsequently negative interest rates, in the next several months. At the time of writing this, the EURUSD sits at 1.072 as buying pressure continues. With that in mind, let’s dive deeper as we explore how to trade EURUSD now.
As mentioned previously, EURUSD bulls have a lot to be excited about. Lagarde described the next steps in the eurozone’s monetary policy agenda as being something of a “turning point”, which is especially significant when traders consider that negative interest rates were an ECB precedent prior to Covid-era ultraloose monetary policy. This new direction, interpreted in conjunction with rising inflation in the eurozone, along with a solid 0.4% Q1 increase in seasonally adjusted GDP for the EU, are particularly validating for eager buyers.
However, when looking at the greater economic context, things may not be quite what they seem; peripheral, yet significant, data paint a bleaker picture for the EU than what the bullish momentum currently reflects. Unemployment in the eurozone is nearly double that in the US, the ECB lags far behind the Federal Reserve in terms of rate hike aggression, and the EU has gradually phased out frequent trade surpluses for deficits. On top of this, Europe is still in the throes of contending with the war in Ukraine and corresponding sanctions, with an EU embargo on Russian oil expected in the next few days. Thus, I estimate that the recent buying pressure for the EURUSD will be short lived, or perhaps only premature.
The recent breakout to the upside of bearish trendline(s) is impressive, with the historic 1.04 support level having prompted a powerful reversal for the EURUSD. However, I am anticipating a retest of the significant 1.07-1.08 resistance zone, and a return to bearish momentum. I imagine this retest will correlate with the DXY seeing a retest of its 1.02 support level, once a significant resistance level in March 2020. Thus, I entered a short position in the EURUSD at 1.07, and I am hoping to take profit at 1.04.
According to A1 Trading’s EdgeFinder tool, 31% of retail traders are currently long on EURUSD, while 69% are short, a bullish indication. This pairs well with the current COT data, which reveals about 75.5% of institutional traders going long on the USD, a decline of over 1%, while over 52% are long on the EUR, up nearly 0.5%. It is also important to note that this data, released on Friday, has not captured the bullish sentiment we have seen so far this week. However, I am still anticipating a return to form for institutional traders, wherein their orders will once again align with the general economic pessimism in the eurozone.
Learn how to trade EURUSD, the largest and most traded currency pair in the entire world. The Euro is so heavily traded due to massive economies in the United States, and European union. The need for high volumes of currency exchange between these two areas makes the EURUSD a very popular currency pair to trade. The high trading volume in this pair makes it an attractive market to trade - for both experienced and new traders. One major advantage of trading the EURUSD is that this high trading volume usually leads to tighter spreads (and hence lower trading costs + easier execution!)
When trading the EURUSD, fundamental analysis plays a large role.
A major component to the Euro rising or falling has to do with the central bank policies of each respective economy. If the dollar for example is hawkish, and has a strong outlook for the US economy, it is possible to see the Euro fall, causing the currency pair to fall.
If the Euro is strong, and/or the dollar is weak, we would expect to see weakening unemployment in the US, and/or strong figures coming from the Euro region in things like inflation (CPI), retail sales, unemployment, etc.
When trading the EURUSD, technical analysis can be a useful tool to help with entries and exits. The EURUSD shifts from being a back and forth, choppy market, to a strongly trending market.
In times of back and forth, lazy price action, the EURUSD can be a great range bound market to trade. Simple Bollinger band, and support and resistance concepts can work great when employed properly during this time.
When the EURUSD is in a trending state, watch for breakouts on the higher timeframes, and pullbacks to key levels of support or resistance.
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