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The AUD is the strongest and the USD is the weakest as a North American session begins 0 (0)

The AUD is the strongest and the USD is the weakest at the North American session begins. The major currencies are relatively scrunched together and price action has been up and down (or down and up) for many pairs. The USD was higher earlier, especially vs the EUR and GBP with prices of the EURUSD and the GBPUSD declining in the Asian session. However, each has seen a rebound and are trading to new session highs as NA traders enter for the day. Each is also extending above hourly MAs indicative of a more bullish technical bias.

Looking at the EURUSD it is extending above the near converged 100/200 hour MAs at the 1.0214 area. The earlier low could not extend below the low from yesterday and sellers turned to buyers pushing the pair higher toward the moving average levels (see the chart below).

Overnight, Chinese trade data for May reveals a contraction in exports by 7.5% compared to the same period last year, pointing to weakened overseas demand for locally produced goods. This decline follows three consecutive months of export growth as Chinese manufacturers rushed to fill pending orders after COVID-19 restrictions were eased. Additionally, imports experienced a 4.5% drop, albeit at a slower pace than in April. Surprisingly, China’s trade surplus reached a one-year low in May at 452B (vs 676B est and 618B last month), signaling challenges in the post-pandemic recovery for the world’s second-largest economy. These figures underscore the sluggishness in China’s trade sector and highlight the impact of subdued global demand on the country’s export-oriented economy.The People’s Bank of China set the reference rate for onshore yuan at its weakest (for CNY, highest for USD/CNY) since December 1 last year. The PBOC’s persistent affirming of the slide for the yuan is a form of stimulus for the country’s export sector. The data supports that.

Also in the Asian Pacific session, Australian economic growth data for the first quarter of 2023 a day after the surprise 25 bp hike indicated a lower-than-expected GDP growth of 0.2% quarter-on-quarter, missing the already modest estimates of 0.3%. On a year-on-year basis, the growth stood at 2.3%, below the expected 2.4% and the previous quarter’s 2.7%. The data reveals little indication of diminishing price pressures, as the GDP implicit price deflator rose by 1.9% in the March quarter and 6.8% compared to the same period last year. The components of growth show that domestic final demand and capital investment were the primary contributors, while consumption expenditure by households and the government was subdued. Net trade had a negative impact, and changes in inventories did not contribute to growth. The household saving ratio decreased, reaching its lowest level since June 2008, and productivity also declined (inflationary).

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) marginally upgraded its global growth outlook for 2023, citing lower energy prices and improving sentiment. Despite the positive forecast, headwinds remain, including tighter monetary policy and geopolitical tensions. U.S. stock futures dipped slightly, awaiting the Federal Reserve’s upcoming interest rate decision. The problem is that decision is not until next Wednesday. US CPI will be released on Tuesday next week ahead of the rate decision.

Oil prices experienced volatility in trading today as traders reacted to weaker-than-expected Chinese trade data, dampening hopes for increased oil demand from the world’s largest oil importer. Nevertheless, prices are higher in early US trading. Helping on the positive side is industry data released late yesterday indicating a larger-than-anticipated drawdown in crude inventories with crude showing a -1.710M drawdown vs an expected build of 1M. Gasoline saw a build of 2.417M vs +0.9M estimate as the summer driving season begins

A snapshot of the markets currently shows:

  • Crude oil is up $0.71 at $72.45 after trading as low $71.01 overnight.
  • Spot gold is trading down marginally by $-2.35 at $1960.91
  • Silver is near unchanged $23.57
  • Bitcoin is higher at $26,857 despite trouble with the SEC for Binance and Coinbase – two large crpyto exchanges. On Tuesday after the Securities and Exchange Commission sued Coinbase over operating an unlicensed exchange. The dip yesterday added on to steep losses seen on Monday that were sparked by similar charges brought by the SEC against rival Binance, but prices have rebounded from lows near $25,350.

In the premarket for US stocks, the major indices are now trading marginally higher:

  • Dow Industrial Average is trading up 27 points after yesterday’s 10.42 point rise
  • S&P index is trading up 6 points after yesterday’s 10.08 point rise
  • NASDAQ index is trading up 28 points after yesterday’s 46.99 point rise

In the European equity markets, the major indices are also mostly higher. The exception is Spain which is up the strong 0.94%, and Italy which is down 10.3%

  • German DAX +0.09%
  • Frances CAC +0.11%
  • UK’s FTSE 100 +0.14%
  • Spain’s Ibex +0.94%
  • Italy’s FTSE MIB -0.3%

In the Asian Pacific market today stock indices were mixed:

  • Japan’s Nikkei came off of all-time highs on Tuesday and fell-1.82%
  • Hang Seng index rose 0.80%
  • Shanghai composite index rose 0.08%
  • Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 index fell -0.16%

In the US debt market yields are mixed/little changed

  • 2 year yield 4.533% +0.8 basis points
  • 5 year yield 3.861% +0.6 basis points
  • 10 year yield 3.700% unchanged
  • 30 year yield 3.867% -0.7 basis points

In the European debt market, benchmark 10 year yields are mixed:

This article was written by Greg Michalowski at www.forexlive.com.

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Ethereum Technical Analysis 0 (0)

Ethereum faced downward
pressure due to the recent shift towards a more hawkish stance in the markets,
with expectations of additional rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. This impact
is attributed to Ethereum’s classification as a risk asset, as its correlation
with traditional markets and fundamentals has increased with wider adoption.
However, these hawkish expectations have started to diminish due to
disappointing economic data. Nevertheless, this week, Ethereum was further
affected by regulatory concerns raised by the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission (SEC).

Specifically, the SEC filed
a lawsuit against Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange,
and its Chairman Zhao on Monday. The allegations include mishandling customer
funds, providing false information to regulators, and misleading investors
about operational safeguards. The following day, the SEC also sued Coinbase for operating as an unregistered broker.
Despite these regulatory challenges, Ethereum experienced a significant rally,
possibly driven by expectations that increased regulation would strengthen the
overall cryptocurrency market or simply due to a technical rebound.

Ethereum Technical Analysis
– Daily Timeframe

On the daily chart, Ethereum bounced on the 50% Fibonacci retracement level
and started to range between the 1900 level and the Fibonacci support. The
market got stuck in a range as the fundamentals remain increasingly bearish
with hawkish or recessionary expectations and attacks on the regulatory front.
The divergence with the
signalled a possible pullback or reversal coming when the price broke out of
the 2029 high and eventually that’s what we got.

Ethereum Technical Analysis
– 4 hour Timeframe

On the 4 hour chart, we can better see the current
rangebound price action and the yesterday’s rally soon after the SEC sued
Coinbase. There’s not much to glean from this chart as support and resistance
levels are messy and the markets are in a limbo until the next week’s CPI and
FOMC events.

Ethereum Technical Analysis
– 1 hour Timeframe

On the 1 hour chart, we have some support zone
at the 1840 level where we can find the confluence with the 38.2% and 50%
Fibonacci retracement levels. We may find buyers leaning on this area with a
defined stop below it and target the 1920 high. The sellers, on the other hand,
are likely to pile in if the price breaks below the 1840 support zone and
target the 1681 level.

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ECB’s Makhlouf: It would be a question of judgement on rate hikes beyond the summer 0 (0)

  • Once we’ve reached a peak on rates, they are likely to stay there for a while
  • Not going to say how long that will be
  • Some people in markets are pricing in rate cuts by end of the year, I’d be interested in how they are coming to that conclusion

There is a hint of sarcasm in his last point, as the narrative among central banks now is that they will keep rates higher for longer. As for the other remarks, they are consistent with what we have heard before from his colleagues.

This article was written by Justin Low at www.forexlive.com.

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ForexLive European FX news wrap: Dollar lightly lower as markets lack appetite 0 (0)



  • AUD leads, USD lags on the day
  • European equities mostly little changed; S&P 500 futures flat
  • US 10-year yields down 1.3 bps to 3.687%
  • Gold flat at $1,961.98
  • WTI crude up 1.0% to $72.45
  • Bitcoin down 0.2% to $26,900

It was a mostly sideways session as markets are lacking any appetite or real conviction, with the countdown to the US CPI and Fed decision next week starting a little early.

The lack of key economic releases this week isn’t helping with that, leaving traders and investors with little to work with. There were some ECB speakers during the session but they didn’t offer anything new.

The only real eye catching detail is perhaps in Turkey, with the lira imploding further in a over 7% drop against the dollar to fresh record lows.

Besides that, equities and bond market sentiment are looking rather subdued and disinterested. Meanwhile, major currencies were initially lacking any real direction but we are seeing the dollar sit mildly lower on the day currently.

That said, the ranges are leaving a lot to be desired as USD/JPY continues to stick around 139.30-50 mostly and EUR/USD also gyrating in and around the 1.0700 mark. AUD/USD is perhaps the notable dollar pair at the moment with a push to 0.6700, its highest levels in three weeks. The pair is now running up against key resistance and large option expiries on the day.

This article was written by Justin Low at www.forexlive.com.

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AUD/USD climbs to three-week highs as buyers seek to extend upside momentum 0 (0)

The dollar is losing a little bit of ground now in European trading and the aussie is taking full advantage of that, as it seeks to post a fifth consecutive day of gains today. AUD/USD is now trading above 0.6700 for the first time in three weeks and more importantly, buyers are attempting a break above the 200-day moving average (blue line) of 0.6690.

A break above that as well as the 61.8 Fib retracement level of the swing lower last month at 0.6680 will put the focus back on the 100-day moving average (red line). That is where buyers have failed to get above since April trading and it is seen at 0.6744 currently.

Beyond that, the April and May highs close to 0.6800 will offer the next big test for AUD/USD in trying to seek a further upside leg.

This week, the aussie has been helped by the RBA surprising with a rate hike. And with little else going on in markets, it continues to find legs in this latest run higher. The daily close is going to be crucial and while the dollar might only be pushing and pulling against other major currencies at the moment, this is one to watch as it is contesting key technical levels on the week.

This article was written by Justin Low at www.forexlive.com.

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