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Forex Weekly Outlook April 10-14

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  • Forex Weekly Outlook April 10-14

The US economy added fewer jobs in March than projected, adding just 98,000 people to the payroll but the unemployment rate improved to 10 years low of 4.5 percent from 4.7 percent recorded in February. While, the figure is disappointing and a lot of analysts have predicted possible change in the Federal Open Market Committee stand, there are other fundamental factors that says otherwise. For instance, wage growth was steady at 2.7 percent year-on-year, while the unemployment claims declined to a 5-week low of 234,000. Perhaps this explained why the U.S dollar gained against all its counterparts on Friday after the report was made public. Again, global uncertainty after the Syria attack continued to aid haven assets and has also boosted the Japanese yen against its counterparts.

On oil, crude oil prices rallied on Friday after the US launched a missile strike against Syria, sparking fears that an escalation of the conflict in the crude-rich Middle East could disrupt supplies and further aid OPEC strategy. However, Fitch Ratings in its latest report forecast crude oil prices would average $52.50 per barrel in 2017. This is $7.4 per barrel higher than $45.1 per barrel recorded in 2016.

Also, crude oil experts and analysts expect the surge in the US oil production to continue disrupting OPEC strategy until both the OPEC and non-OPEC member states reached another consensus on production cut later in the year.

In Canada, the labour market added 19,600 jobs in March but the rise in the number of people looking for a job increased the unemployment rate from 6.6 percent to 6.7 percent in March. Canada has so far created a total of 82,600 jobs in the first three months of the year. This was after weak manufacturing sector plunged job creation in 2016 and impact exports amid global oil glut.

However, the manufacturing sector has expanded from 2016 low to 55.5 in March after recording a 54.7 in February. Also, the manufacturing employment rose by 24,400 in March, making it the highest one-month increase since August 2002. Therefore, businesses and investors are projecting continuous gain in the labour market—especially with the newly signed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement expected to add at least $25 billion a year to the economy.

In the UK, the services sector rose to 55 in March, pushing businesses to raise their prices at the quickest pace in over 8 years. Experts believed it’s going to be a tough year for consumers following the report that both the manufacturing and construction sectors shrank in February. This further added to signs that the economy is losing momentum.

Last week, the Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney urged banks to get contingency plans for all potential Brexit outcomes. Signaling increase uncertainty and possible recession, especially with both consumer spending and housing price slowdown with demands.

Generally, the US economy remains strong with its uncertainty, while Canada’s economy is gradually improving with growing global economic outlook. Both the UK and the Euro-area remains uncertain ahead of Brexit.

This week I will be reviewing past analysis in relation to current happenings.

GBPJPY

Forex Weekly Outlook April 10-14In a sequel to my analysis three weeks ago, this pair has dropped 222 pips but yet to hit our first target at 134.90 support levels. But with both the construction and manufacturing sectors shrinking and housing price growth plunging to a 4-month low. I remain bearish on this pair as long as price remains below 141.47, I will expect a sustained break to expose 129.85 targets.

AUDJPY

Forex Weekly Outlook April 10-14Last week, this pair topped our list and has since plunged by 163 pips to close at around 83.34, which was below the ascending line called temporary reversal. Therefore, this week I expect the current surge in the yen attractiveness and Aussie weak economic outlook ahead of surging household debt and bubble housing sector to further aid bearish move of this pair towards our last week target of 80.82.

CADJPY

Forex Weekly Outlook April 10-14Since I mentioned this pair sell potential three weeks ago, it has failed to sustain its bearish move. Even after giving us about 133 pips and hitting our first target. However, due to the positive Canada’s economic outlook and growing manufacturing sector that has continued to support job creation. I will step aside this week to better assess the pair in relation to series of economic data due this week.

NZDUSD

NZDUSDWeeklyThis pair has plunged 71 pips since last week but far from our target of 0.6716. Therefore, as long as price remains below 0.7071 I am bearish on this pair and will be looking to add to my sell position below 0.6893 support levels for 0.6716 targets.

 

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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Daily Naira Exchange Rates; Thursday, May 6, 2021

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Naira depreciated further at the parallel market on Thursday as the local currency traded at N485 to a United States Dollar. The Nigerian Naira exchanged at N676 to a British Pound and N585 to a Euro as shown below.

Naira Black Market Exchange Rates

Morning * Midday** Evening *** Final Rates

Date USD GBP EURO YUAN Canadian Australian
NGN BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL
06/05/2021 480/485 665/676 575/585 62/69 395/405 292/320

Bureau De Change Naira Rates

Date

USD

GBP

EURO

NGN

BUY/SELL

BUY/SELL

BUY/SELL

06/05/2021

475/482

663/676

575/587

06/05/2021

475/482

663/676

575/587

Central Bank of Nigeria’s Official Naira Rates

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CBN Extends N5/$ Incentive Period to Boost Dollar Inflow

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has extended the N5 per US Dollar incentive on forex remittance indefinitely to boost liquidity and further deepen economic recovery.

The initiative was scheduled to end on May 8. It was introduced to encourage recipients of dollars to use formal banking channels and help the central bank capture such inflows to boost the stability of the local currency, which has been under pressure after oil prices plunged last year.

“We hereby announce the continuation of the scheme until further notice,” the regulator said in a statement on its website on Thursday.

The naira has been devalued three times since last year after a sharp drop in oil earnings, which accounts for 90% of foreign-exchange inflows, and remittances from workers abroad led to a dollar crunch in the West African nation, which produces the most crude in Africa. The local unit traded for 410.31 on the investors and exporters window, also called Nafex, as of 8:51 a.m. in Lagos.

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Dollar Falls as Risk Appetite Improves, Sterling Dips on BoE

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The dollar dropped to its lowest point in three days on Thursday as global market risk appetite improved, while sterling zig-zagged after the Bank of England slowed the pace of its bond-buying, but left interest rates unchanged.

Fewer Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week, data showed, as COVID-19 vaccination efforts and massive amounts of government stimulus led to a further reopening of the economy.

While the U.S. economy has been gaining steam, Federal Reserve speakers on Wednesday downplayed the risks of higher inflation.

Those statements reinforced “the lower-for-longer mentality with regards to interest rates,” making the greenback less appealing, said Neil Jones, head of FX sales at Mizuho.

The safehaven U.S. dollar was last down 0.31% at 91.977 against a basket of peer currencies.

“What we’ve seen early in New York is a little bit of back-and-forth gyrations, just because of the Bank of England meeting,” said Erik Bregar, director and head of FX strategy at the Exchange Bank of Canada.

The Bank of England said it would slow the pace of its bond-buying as it sharply increased its forecast for Britain’s economic growth this year after its coronavirus slump, but it stressed it was not tightening monetary policy.

“They kept their QE target in place but they said they are going to reduce the weekly pace of purchases, but that’s not a signal and so sterling has kind of gone up and down and done nothing at the end of the day,” Bregar said.

The pound was last down 0.08% against the weaker dollar at $1.3900 .

The euro was up 0.47% versus the dollar at $1.2061 , and up 0.65% against the pound, at 86.88 pence per euro.

Investors were also paying attention to elections in Scotland that could herald a political showdown over a new independence referendum.

The Australian dollar fell sharply overnight when China said it would stop its economic dialogue with Australia, but the currency had recovered to trade close to flat on the day as European markets opened.

The Aussie was up 0.1% versus the U.S. dollar at 0.77515 at 1028 GMT, having hit as low of 0.7701 overnight.

The New Zealand dollar also dropped and was down 0.1% on the day.

“The announcements of the formal suspension of the economic dialogue between China and Australia should not have a lasting impact on markets given the already strained relationship between the two ahead of the event,” wrote ING strategists in a note to clients.

The Canadian dollar hit a three-and-a-half year high, helped by oil price gains and the Bank of Canada’s recent shift to more hawkish guidance.

In cryptocurrencies, ether traded around $3,500 after reaching a record high of $3,559.97 on Tuesday, skyrocketing nearly 800% this month.

Bitcoin declined 0.2% to $57,392.75.

The meme-based virtual currency Dogecoin soared on Wednesday to an all-time high, extending its 2021 rally to become the fourth-biggest digital coin.

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