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The US labor market added stunning 255,000 jobs to the payrolls in July, even with an uninspiring 1.2 percent second quarter GDP growth rate and weaker than expected orders. The labor market doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Both wages and average work week also surged in July, confirming the strength of the jobs created as it cuts across manufacturing, healthcare, retails, temporary-help agencies and leisure and hospitality industries.

Even though, the unemployment rate remains low at 4.9 percent in July. The General concerns remain the divergence between the US labor market and the economic growth rate. While labor market is skyrocketing, the economic growth is below 2.6 percent expected by economists in the second quarter — raising questions about the US economic outlook in 2016, if it will be enough to raise rates this year.

Nevertheless, the US dollar gained part of its losses against all its counterparts on Friday.

In the United Kingdom, the Bank of England cut rates by 25 basis points to record low on Thursday and extends stimulus to safe the economy from the aftermath of the Brexit. The pound has since lost about 1.7 percent against the dollar to 1.3061.

While the Reserve Bank of Australia also lowered its official cash rate by 25 basis points to contain surging Aussie dollar and boost exports as explained last week, but sadly the local currency continued to gain against the US dollar after investors abandoned the greenback for the Japanese yen prior to the job report released on Friday. Prompting economists to think the RBA will have to do more to get its consumer prices up.

This week, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand is widely expected to cut rates by at least 25 basis points from current 2.5 percent to 2 percent on Thursday, and another 25 basis points in November to 1.75 percent if Kiwi gains must be capped and inflation target met.  The RBNZ Governor Graeme Wheeler said earlier that the higher exchange rate is damping the growth outlook and that action will be taken as deem appropriate.

In Canada, a total of 31,200 jobs were lost in July and trade balance deficit dipped to 3.6 billion in June, more than 2.6 billion expected, while the unemployment rate rose to 6.9 percent. The Canadian dollar tumbled the most since June on Friday, after the nation’s labor market showed the most jobs were lost since November 2015. Yes, things are not looking good for the loonie, especially with weak consumer spending, weak manufacturing sector and falling oil prices.

This week, EURUSD, USDCAD, USDCHF and AUDUSD top my list.

EURUSD

For the past six weeks this pair has top my list, largely because the greenback is the most balanced currency with clear cut policies to envisage future occurrences. While Euro-single currency has struggled since the U.K. exit the European Union, currently the Euro-manufacturing sector is moderately okay but the risks in the region outweigh its offering investment wise. Another reason why I think this pair could offer a substantial sell opportunity is positive US non-farm payrolls report, what we want to do is ride the sentiment as it becomes clearer.

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Not forgetting, that even at dollar worse moments last week, the Euro-single currency has failed to gain enough against the US dollar to cross the ascending channel started in November to confirm a bullish continuation. So this week, I remain bearish on the EURUSD with 1.0821 as the target, provided 1.1233 resistance holds.

USDCAD

Last week I mentioned the USDCAD and the possibility of what it holds, this week I remain bullish on this pair after breaking 1.3142 resistance amid dwindling Canadian employment rate.  The double bottom formed by the last two candlesticks last week aligned with the higher-lows trend line, a technical break above 1.3142 will confirm our bullish continuation. As long as price remains above 1.3142, I am bullish on USDCAD with a 1.3387 target.

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USDCHF

Last week, I explained the viability of the USDCHF following the decision of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) to intervene in the forex market. Since my last analysis the USDCHF has gained 89 pips to close at 0.9809.

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This week, I remain bullish on USDCHF because the new found strength of the US labor market will likely continue to pressure this pair as investors struggle to decipher the situation with SNB, I believe a sustained break of 0.9843 resistance will open 1.0000 parity level, then our target 2 at 1.0093.

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To read AUDUSD analysis click here

Last Week Recap

The GBPJPY lost 199 pips to close at 132.93 on Friday — below the long established downward trend line and short of our 129.86 target. This week I am bearish on GBPJPY with 129.86 as the target.

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USDJPY

This pair lost 139 pips before the US dollar gained back part of its losses to the Japanese yen to closed at 101.77, this week I am standing aside on this pair.

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For update on AUDUSD pair click here.

 

 

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 to Dollar Exchange Rate Improves Slightly to N414.07/US$1

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Naira to Dollar exchange rate improved further at the official foreign exchange window on Wednesday despite the ongoing economic uncertainties.

The local currency opened the day at N414.18 to a United States Dollar before closing at N414.07, representing an improvement of 0.16 percent gain.

During the day, Naira plunged to as low as N442 to a United States Dollar at spot fx market. While at the fx future market it was fairly stable at N419. Forex traders exchange $334.97 million on Wednesday.

However, the Central Bank of Nigeria published exchange rates revealed that the United States Dollar was sold at N410.89 on Wednesday to banks. The British Pound and Euro were sold at N565 and N477.74, respectively.

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Naira Gained 0.08 Percent to N414.73 Against the United States Dollar on Monday

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The Nigerian Naira gained against the United States Dollar on Monday after falling to a record low of N422 per US dollar on Friday at the official forex window.

The local currency opened at N414.46 to a United States Dollar, a 0.15 percent improvement from Friday’s closing price.

Naira dropped as low as N425 to a United States Dollar at the spot forex market and to N429.50 at the forward forex market before closing at N414.73 to a United States Dollar at the spot forex market. Forex traders traded $172 million at the official forex window on Monday.

Forex scarcity across key foreign exchange segments and the decision of the central bank of Nigeria to halt the sale of forex to Bureau de Change operators continue to impede forex access in Africa’s largest economy.

Vice President Osinbajo had suggested that the apex bank should look to adopt a new forex policy to better close the gap between the black market and official rates. At the unregulated black market, traders are selling at N570 to US dollar.

This, the Vice President said was what was sustaining the black market.

For context, the Vice President’s point was that currently the Naira exchange rate benefits only those who are able to obtain the dollar at N410, some of who simply turn round and sell to the parallel market at N570. It is stopping this huge arbitrage of over N160 per dollar that the Vice President was talking about. Such a massive difference discourages doing proper business, when selling the dollar can bring in 40% profit!, stated Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Office of the Vice President.

“This was why the Vice President called for measures that would increase the supply of foreign exchange in the market rather than simply managing demand, which opens up irresistible opportunities for arbitrage and corruption.”

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Naira Plunges to Record Low of N422/US$1 at Official Market

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The Nigerian Naira extended its decline to N422 to a United States Dollar at the official forex market, the investors and exporters forex window managed by the FMDQ Group.

Naira opened the day at N413.50 to a US Dollar before plunging to as low as N436 at the spot forex market and N446 at the forward market. The local currency eventually closed the day at N422.07 per US Dollar.

Investors at the window traded $141.94 million during the trading hours of Thursday.

The decline was after Vice President Osinbajo asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to rethink its current forex policy and allow the Naira to reflect market conditions. This, the Vice President said will help close the current gap that exists between the official rate and black market rate.

Media outlets had interpreted the Vice President position as a call for further devaluation of the Nigerian Naira. However, in a statement signed by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Akande explained that Osinbajo is simply calling for a single forex rate to dislodge the activities of speculators and hoarders at the various unregulated black market.

He added that the 40 percent or N160 arbitrage difference between the official rate of N410 and N570 offered at the black market will continue to encourage corruption in the forex market.

“For context, the Vice President’s point was that currently the Naira exchange rate benefits only those who are able to obtain the dollar at N410, some of who simply turn round and sell to the parallel market at N570. It is stopping this huge arbitrage of over N160 per dollar that the Vice President was talking about. Such a massive difference discourages doing proper business, when selling the dollar can bring in 40% profit!

“This was why the Vice President called for measures that would increase the supply of foreign exchange in the market rather than simply managing demand, which opens up irresistible opportunities for arbitrage and corruption.”

At the black market, traders exchanged Naira at N565 to a United States Dollar on Thursday.

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