The various economic data released last week from the U.S. shows an improved economy, especially the consumer price index that rose 0.4 percent in April and 1.6 percent year-on-year. While this is a good news, it is yet uncertain if it’s enough for Fed to increase borrowing cost when job creation is still struggling and gasoline cost rising with oil prices. But with the U.S. dollar renew demands, I have narrowed down pairs I will be looking at this week to EURUSD, GBPUSD and AUDUSD.
Currently, the euro-area is struggling with the possibility of Britain exit from the European Union. This couple with weak manufacturing sector amid global slowdown has created too many uncertainties around the single currency, and as the June referendum draws closer demand is expected to drop as most investors will like to know the out-come of the June vote before making a long-term commitment.
Now to the chart, three weeks ago, eurusd weekly candlestick closed as rejection after reaching 1.1615, and failed again two weeks ago to sustain 1.1338 support level established since January 18th, hence, reaching 1.1178 price level. Its lowest price level in seven weeks. As long as new resistance level 1.1338 holds, I am bearish on EurUSd with 1.0925 as target.
The pound jumped the most this year last week after polls showed brexit risks receding, but quickly lost half of its 331 pips gain immediately the officials of the Bank of England said even with positive outcome in June referendum. U.K. will still require additional stimulus to aid its economy.
Another reason why I think this is a good set up is the chart. The last candlestick of last week, Friday’s candlestick closed bearish, giving us evening star pattern after Thursday’s spinning top rejection. Though its a volatile pair that requires certain monitoring, but trading it against a strong US dollar should give us around 150 pips from 1.4500 with 1.4350 as the target, provided price remains below 1.4500 price level.
The Aussie dollar is worth looking into this week for several reasons, one its economic data failed to support its gains so far this year after inflation fell below the Reserve Bank of Australia target in the first quarter of the year, prompting Governor Glenn Stevens and its monetary committee to cut interest rates by 25 basis points. While the market thinks another 25 basis points cut will be needed to achieve the central bank target. The central bank has stepped forward to maintain its current outlook by leaving interest rates unchanged. A decision that creates more doubt about the state of the economy, and with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. kick-starting a process to sell $9 billion of its Australian asset arm. We can only expect more downfall of the currency in the days to come.
The weekly time-frame confirmed rejection of higher prices with last week close, as long as price remain below 0.7379 I am bearish on Audusd but to minimize risk and maximize profit, it is advisable to wait for Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens Speech due on Tuesday for a better entry while targeting 0.7092.
Last Week Recap
NUDUSD dropped 138 pips last week from the 0.6847 entry level, but has gained back 73 pips since last week Thursday even with negative Global Dairy Trade and Producer Price report, this week New Zealand trade balance report and annual Budget release are due. Hence, I will be looking to sell at a much better price level for 0.6771 that seems to be our new support, and then 0.6609 as explained last week. Provided 0.6847 resistance level still holds.
Last week target was hit at 1.3142, but this week a sustainable close above 1.3142 resistance level is needed to confirm the continuation of trend for another 240 pips with 1.3382 as the target.
Fell short of 161.71 target by 9 pips after gaining 597 pips. This is week, I will stay aside while monitoring price actions and fundamental behind the pair as BOJ comments and England numerous issues from brexit to economic data could trigger volatility.
A wonderful week to us all, and please drop comments.
Bureaux De Change Association Warns Against Hoarding of US Dollar, Says Speculators will Lose
The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) on Sunday warned currency speculators and hoarders of impending losses if they do not desist from creating bogus foreign exchange rates for personal gain.
In a statement titled, “ABCON warns speculators will lose money as CBN has enough reserves to fund market, defend naira”, the association said speculators and hoarders are taking a huge risk as the Central Bank of Nigeria has enough liquidity to defend the Naira and maintain stability against global foreign counterparts.
This is coming few days after the local currency plunged to N484 to a United States dollar and N620 against the British Pound at the black market due to the rising demand and persistent scarcity that most hoarders interpreted as lack of financial muscle on the part of the central bank, especially if the nation’s falling foreign reserves is factored in.
However, ABCON said with about $36 billion foreign reserves, the Central Bank of Nigeria has the necessary means to punish speculators and hoarders they described as enemies of the nation.
President of ABCON, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, explained that the central bank is working to unify the nation’s foreign exchange rates and eliminate past challenges that have made market determined forex rates almost impossible.
He said “I think that the CBN by pushing the official foreign exchange rate from N306 to N379 to the dollar is in line with market demand.
“It has also helped to narrow the official-parallel market rates gap that formed the basis of ridiculous speculations among unpatriotic forex dealers and spectators.”
Gwadabe, however, advised the Federal Government to improve security surveillance at the nation’s land borders to checkmate illegal foreign currency cash deals.
He also asked the central bank to raise liquidity ratio of bureau de change operators to discourage dollar holdings.
Forex Scarcity Plunges Naira to N620 Against British Pound
Naira Exchanges at N620 to a British Pound at Black Market
Lingering foreign exchange scarcity has plunged the Nigerian Naira to a record-low of N620 against the British Pound at the black market.
The declined by a record N14 from the N607 it exchanged to a single British Pound on Thursday to N620 on Friday, signaling rising demand for forex amid persistent scarcity.
Experts have attributed the surge in demand to the usual push for the end of the year sales by importers and businesses looking to close the sales gap created by the COVID-19 lockdown.
The local currency plunged against global counterparts by the most in recent months on Friday. The Naira declined by N13 against the European common currency to exchange at N570.
Similarly, the Naira lost another N4 against the United States dollar to exchanged at N484, further down from N480 it was sold on Thursday.
Experts are predicting further decline for the Nigerian Naira, largely due to the weak macro fundamentals, overexposure to crude oil uncertainty and US Dollar.
US Dollar Gains Against the Nigerian Naira to US$/N480
The United States Dollar continues its bullish run against the Nigerian Naira on the black market on Friday.
The American Dollar gained N5 against the Nigerian Naira to exchange at US$1 to N480 across key black markets in Nigeria.
The US Dollar has been on a bullish run since COVID-19 pandemic plunged oil prices and distrupted Nigeria’s foreign revenue generation at a time global supply chains were grounded and economies shut to curb the spread of ravaging COVID-19.
The Central Bank of Nigeria devalued the Naira twice to accommodate the nation’s new reality and ease pressure on the weak foreign reserves, still rising capital flight among foreign investors looking to exit the economy and weak foreign direct investment impedes the apex bank’s ability to service the economy with enough US dollar.
Therefore, persistent scarcity due CBN’s failure to supply enough liqudity in an economy that depends on import for almost 90 percent of its consumption plunged the Naira value in recent months.
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