The British pound/U.S. dollar (GBP/USD) currency pair broke down earlier on the back of a slightly disappointing UK wages data and after reports emerged that Prime Minister Theresa May could lose an important parliamentary vote on Brexit. Apparently, Labour will support a move from pro-European Tory MPs to keep the UK in a customs union with the EU if no trade deal is reached by January.
The U.S. dollar was higher across the board against major pairs on Friday. Trade war concerns rose heading into the weekend and the comments from U.S. President Donald Trump during the week sparked a rally of USD buying. Trump has been outspoken on NATO, trade and the Brexit deal while economic indicators and the US Fed have been supportive of the greenback.
The coming week, starting Monday, July 16, should present more sideways markets than breakouts, although gold and the Eurodollar currently (as of Friday morning on July 13) have pivots with breakout lower setups. Of course, the Eurodollar extreme candle reversal up signal and the gold moving average supports on multiple time frames with bullish candlestick patterns can cause a lower-pivots rejection in each/either symbol. Such a rejection would be bullishly volatile, whilst various groups of traders would, in theory, battle it out.
The biggest themes in the markets this week can be summarized as: U.S. dollar strength; weakness in foreign currencies – particularly where the central bank is still dovish such as the Japanese yen and Swiss franc; and positive sentiment in the markets.
The euro flattened out early gains as the Pound dropped a penny on Brexit uncertainty at 8:30 am CT. While the pressure bled into the Euro, we do find this move a bit more technical than fundamental. The paring also occurred when ECB President Mario Draghi began speaking; he was upbeat on the economy and the positive effects of quantitative easing.
After a three-month rally for the U.S. dollar, the month of July started on the back foot last week as the likes of the euro, pound and Aussie all found some much-needed support. But the yen was lagging behind last week, undermined in part by the fact the Bank of Japan remains one of the most dovish central banks out there.
The coming week (July 13) should yield an array of trending bullish breakouts, upticks, and up-to-sideways plays (except bearish-sideways crude oil). How are we going to know which bull trades to take/place that are clear signals or high-probability wins? I don’t know. I can lay out the information I have for informed/educated reader decisions that include the countertrade perspectives.
Mirroring the going stock market indecisiveness, the risk-sensitive euro/Japanese yen currency pair is currently stuck below a key technical area around 129.50. We are waiting to see if it will start to break down with some follow through now, or whether the buyers will come back and regain control. Furthermore, gold’s sizeable rally on Tuesday may also be indicative of investors growing increasingly risk-averse.
There ’s a picture taking shape in the macroeconomic world that can be seen in the correlated actions of the most significant traders in the currency, interest rate, stock and precious metal markets. We’ll deliver the data and the markets. You can draw your conclusions as to how it all plays out amid a trade war backdrop.