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Forex Weekly Outlook May 30 – June 3

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Jared Martinez

The U.S. dollar continues its run after data showed first quarter GDP growth was higher than previously estimated, and revised upward from 0.5 percent to 0.8 percent. Also, unemployment claims post moderate decline to 268,000 from 278,000, beating economists forecast of 275,000. While this is not bad, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday said an interest rate hike is “Probably appropriate in the coming months“. This is a big statement considering the fact that the market has already priced in the possibility of a June rate hike, and as more investors come to terms with the possibility of unchanged rate in June I expect US dollar to lose some gains. And even more as the odds changes. So I am going to pay attention to the US dollar differently this week, especially with Unemployment rate, ECB press conference, Non-Farm Payrolls and average hourly earnings due this week. Also, I be looking into GBPJPY, NZDUSD and USDCAD.

GBPJPY

The pound has been battered by brexit and its politics, but as the votes draw closer more politicians are coming out to support the Union of Europe and Great Britain, which is gradually increasing investors’ confidence in the region once again. On the other hand, the Bank of Japan is still looking for ways to curtail the yen gains in order to ease the pressure on its manufacturing sector due to weak oversea orders, and with continuous comments from both Japan’s Finance Minister Taro Aso and BOJ governor Haruhiko Kuroda on why current gain is bad for Japan and the needs for them to intervene, they have strategically rendered the yen unattractive. Hence, paving way for GBPJPY buyers.

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So looking at the chart, this pair has gained 597 pips since three weeks ago that I first posted the chart and breach 161.71 resistance level twice but failed to sustain it. Further confirming this upsurge is the three higher-lows double bottom established on the daily chart from the retest to last week Monday/Tuesday and Friday candlestick  that closed as a pin bar. As long as price remains above 161.71 price level, I am bullish on GBPJPY with 165.66 as the first target and 169.21 as the second.

NZDUSD

New Zealand dollar continues to lose ground even after recording $292 million trade surplus from the previous $189 million, and beating analysts forecast of $40 million. The economy is still struggling with low exports and drop in price of global dairy products as China, its largest trading partner is far from recovery.

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This pair has lost about 151 pips in the last three weeks and hit our 0.6771 target, as long as new resistance 0.6771 holds, I am bearish on NZDUSD pair with 0.6609 as the target. Global Dairy Trade report is due on Wednesday.

USDCAD

This week, Canadian monthly GDP and Trade balance reports are due. But since 1.3142 target was hit three weeks ago after May 4th break-out from the downward trend that started on January 20 this year. I can’t help but to treat current trend as a continuation of the break-out, and with the Friday’s bullish pin bar I am bullish on USDCAD this week, and expect a sustained break of 1.3142 resistance level to attract enough buyers to open up 1.3387 target. It is important to keep an eye on Tuesday GDP and make adjustments accordingly.

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Last Week Recap

Last week EURUSD dropped 132 pips in our favour to 1.1109, but short of 1.0925 target. This week, I am neutral on eurusd because of numerous economic data coming out later in the week and uncertainties surrounding June rate hike and brexit.

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Cable rose as high as 1.4738 after the report of “EU Remain” polls were made public. The pair has since lost 132 pips, this week, I am bearish on cable as long as 1.4732 holds, with 1.4509 as the target.

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AUDUSD

Last week,  Australia’s private capital expenditure for the first quarter of the year plunged 5.2 percent from 1.8 percent recorded in the final quarter of 2015.  Showing investors are gradually losing confidence in the economy. The pair dropped 114 pips last week to 0.7144, this week I am still bearish on the Aussie dollar with 0.7088 as the first target, and if the building permit and first quarter GDP report schedule to be released later in the week support this analysis, 0.6699 will be the second target.

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A wonderful week to us all, and please drop comments.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Naira Exchange Rate Improves as CBN Plans to Flood Economy With $20 Billion Diaspora Remittances

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The Naira to US Dollar exchange rate improved by N10 to N490 on Tuesday following the Central Bank of Nigeria’s new directive that allows recipients of diaspora remittances to receive their fund in foreign currency (US Dollar) or via their ordinary domiciliary account.

The move was after the apex bank blamed the parallel market for the wide foreign exchange rate and cautioned analysts for using speculative rates as the real Naira/US dollar rate.

Therefore, the apex bank decided to inject $20 billion annual diaspora remittances into the real sector of the economy and hurt the activities of unscrupulous individuals at the parallel market.

Investors King expects this to gradually moderate the nation’s foreign exchange rate against global counterparts, deepen business activities and fast track economic recovery.

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CBN Amends Forex Receipt as Naira Hits Record Low

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In a bid to simplify and finally liberalize the receipt of diaspora remittances, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has amended its receipt procedures to allow beneficiaries of diaspora remittances receive such inflows in foreign currency (US Dollars).

The apex bank stated in a circular signed by Dr. O.S. Nnaji, Director Trade and Exchange Department, CBN.

In the circular, recipients of remittances can now receive funds in either foreign currency cash (US Dollars) or into their ordinary domiciliary account.

While the International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs) will henceforth receive diaspora remittances in foreign currency through the designated bank of their choice.

The CBN plans to ease forex scarcity, speed up the recovery process and checkmate the activities of speculators and hoarders at the black by injecting diaspora remittances estimated at about $20 billion per year into the real economy.

This is expected to not just improve business activities but also moderate foreign exchange rate from the current N500/US$ and move the central bank a step closer to unifying the nation’s foreign exchange rates.

The circular partly reads “In an effort to liberalize, simplify and improve the receipt and administration of diaspora remittances into Nigeria, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) wishes to announce as follows;

“Beneficiaries of Diaspora Remittances through International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs) shall henceforth receive such inflows in foreign currency (US Dollars) or into their ordinary domiciliary account. Such recipients of remittances may have the option of receiving these funds in foreign currency cash (US Dollars) or into their ordinary domiciliary account.”

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Naira Devaluation Pushed Exchange Rate to N500/US$ at Black Market

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Naira to United States Dollar exchange rate plunged to N500 on Monday after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) devalued the Naira by N6 on Friday amid growing scarcity.

At the current rate, the local currency has lost N140 per US dollar when compared with N360 it was sold in the same month of 2019 and N5 compared to N495 it exchanged on Friday.

In an effort to ease pressure on the nation’s foreign reserves and unify foreign exchange rates in line with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank’s requirement for loans, the CBN devalued the official exchange rate by N6 from N379/US$ to N385/US$ and directed bureau de change operators to sell at N392/US$, up from N386/US$.

However, with importers and businesses looking to meet the usual high demand for goods in December pushing demand for the United States dollar off the roof, Naira’s value has continued to plummet despite efforts by the CBN to prop up its value.

Against the British Pound, the Naira declined to N650, down from N620 it exchanged last week. This depreciation continues against the Euro common currency as the local currency declined to N585.

Lack of liquidity due to the weak foreign reserves, low oil prices and weak demand for the commodity amid production cuts by OPEC and allies is hurting CBN’s ability to effectively intervene at the nation’s foreign exchange markets.

The apex bank usually sells forex to dealers to ease scarcity and facilitate trades. However, lack of foreign revenue generation has forced the CBN to reduce its weekly forex sales to $10,000 per bureau de change operator despite reopening of the economy pushing demand for forex further up.

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