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Forex Weekly Outlook May 15-19

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  • Forex Weekly Outlook May 15-19

The US economic data released last week showed the economy is growing at a steady pace ahead of the next Federal Reserve meeting in June.

However, there were noticeable weaknesses in the figures. For instance, while the Producer Price Index rose 0.5 percent in April, the inflation rate rose less than projected –up 0.2 percent from plunging 0.3 percent in March.  Suggesting, perhaps the inflation is not rising as previously anticipated by policy-makers.

Similarly, retail sales climbed 0.4 percent in April. Also, below the 0.6 percent expected by experts but more than the 0.1 percent increase recorded in March.

This shows that while consumers are optimistic as shown by the University of Michigan consumer sentiment (97.7), inflation is hardly breaking out and wage remains soft. Therefore, it is unlikely that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will feel pressure enough to raise rates in June as that would impact wage and hurt consumer spending substantially.

In the U.K, factory production plunged further by 0.6 percent in March after declining 0.3 percent in February. Indicating that rising inflation has started affecting the manufacturing sector.

Also, the Monetary Policy Committee members voted to keep asset purchase at 435 billion with the official bank rate at 0.25 percent ahead of June 8 election.

Overall, the US economy remains resilient ahead of FOMC meeting in June, however, few inconsistencies may hamper June rate hike and possibly put a temporary stop to the current dollar rally as the market looks to the U.K. for clues on the possible direction of the Brexit.

This week, USDJPY and EURGBP top my list.

USDJPY

Last week this pair gave us 156 pips but was 8 pips short of our target 114.43. While I am not convinced that USDJPY would break 114.43 resistance, given current economic data, there is a probability of price hovering between 112-114 price level before a possible break below the descending channel. A sustained break below 112.47 support levels should increase sell orders and pressure price below 111.81 support levels.

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Therefore, this week I will be looking to sell this pair as the market looks to decipher FOMC stance ahead of June rate decision. An optimistic outlook would boost this pair rally and vice versa.

EURGBP

This pair closed as a dragonfly doji on weekly candlestick after data showed the U.K. factory output plunged for second consecutive month.

While this pair has failed to honor the head and shoulders formation shown in the chart, it should also be noted that price has remained above the neckline for the past 5 weeks and closed above 0.8471 resistance level for the first time last week.

Forex Weekly Outlook May 15-19

Again, with inflation rate rising and manufacturing sector slowing down, consumer spending that contributes about 70 percent of the economy would likely start reflecting those weaknesses. Therefore, this week I will be looking to buy this pair above 0.8471 support level with my target 1 at 0.8557 resistance, the 20-day moving average. A sustained break should attract enough buyers to open up 0.8717 resistance.

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 Gains N1 to N483 Against US Dollar as CBN Warned Speculators of Impending Doom

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Naira Remains under pressure

The Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday warned speculators and hoarders of the United States Dollar against creating artificial forex scarcity for personal gain.

Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, said black market forex rates does not reflect the economic reality of the Nigerian Naira as that section of the forex is tainted with bribes and individuals looking to profit at the expense of the nation.

We do not agree that the determining factor for our currency should be based on a market that is tainted, where people go to offer bribes,” he stated during a virtual monetary policy committee briefing in Abuja.

The Nigerian Naira gained N1 against the United States dollar to trade at N483 at the parallel market also known as the black market, up from N484 it traded on Monday.

Emefiele said “The black market is illegal where people do not provide documentation to support transactions. It is unfortunate and unfair for analysts to say Nigeria’s exchange rate is at 480 per dollar.”

The Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) agreed with the central bank, saying speculators and currency hoarders are responsible for the wide forex rates. The association warned that speculators are going to lose money given that the apex bank has foreign reserves of $36 billion to support the local currency and meet forex demands.

The apex bank left the interest rate unchanged at 11.5 percent to further stimulate growth in the real sector and speed up the recovery process with cheaper loans. Other ratios were left unchanged as well.

Speaking on the rising inflation rate, Godwin Emefiele attributed the 14.23 percent increase in consumer prices to the rising pump price, the recent #EndSARS protest and structural policies.

Therefore, it looks like the apex bank will damn rising inflation for the first time to focus on economic productivity, new job creation and general growth.

The Naira CBN official rate remains $379 to a United States Dollar while it exchanged at N385 on the Investors and Exporters Forex Window on Tuesday.

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Bureaux De Change Association Warns Against Hoarding of US Dollar, Says Speculators will Lose

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Naira Dollar Exchange Rate

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.

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Forex Scarcity Plunges Naira to N620 Against British Pound

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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.

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