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Daily Market Commentary

Discussion in 'Forex Daily News & Outlook' started by gcitrading, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. gcitrading

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    EURO
    The euro lost ground-à-vis the U.S. dollar today as the single currency tested bids around the US$ 1.3870 level and was capped around the $1.4000 figure. Traders were unable to push the common currency above the psychologically-important US$ 1.4000 figure despite gains in U.S. equities markets and crude oil prices. Many data were released in the U.S. today. First, weekly initial jobless claims climbed 3,000 to 608,000 from a revised 605,000 while continuing jobless claims printed at 6.687 million from a revised 6.835 million the prior week. The modest improvement in continuing claims and small rise in initial claims could be a positive for the troubled U.S. employment sector. Second, the May index of leading indicators climbed 1.2%, above expectations. Third, the June Philadelphia Fed index of manufacturing activity improved more than expected to -2.2 from -22.6 in May. Traders are still talking about the government’s plan to enact major changes at the Federal Reserve, including adding the mandate to become a prudential systemtic risk regulator and reducing or taking away its consumer finance mandate. In eurozone news, the German Chancellor Merkel pledged support for new rules on financial markets supervision and said they must be “common and binding.” The German government reported it plans to issue €310 billion in new debt through 2013. Euro bids are cited around the US$ 1.3435 level.

    JPN/CNY
    The yen depreciated vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar today as the greenback tested offers around the ¥96.70 level and was supported around the ¥95.60 level. Bank of Japan and the Japanese government upgraded their assessments of the Japanese economy, lending credence to economists’ view the economy may have already bottomed out. There are tentative signs that industrial production and the export sector are improving. The central bank is expected to keep its overnight call rate target unchanged at 0.10% for the foreseeable future. The Nikkei 225 stock index lost 1.39% to close at ¥9,703.72. U.S. dollar offers are cited around the ¥104.15 level. The euro moved higher vis-à-vis the yen as the single currency tested offers around the ¥135.00 figure and was supported around the ¥133.00 figure. The British pound moved higher vis-à-vis the yen as sterling tested offers around the ¥158.45 level while the Swiss franc moved higher vis-à-vis the yen and tested offers around the ¥89.35 level. In Chinese news, the U.S. dollar weakened vis-à-vis the Chinese yuan as the greenback closed at CNY 6.8337 in the over-the-counter market, down from CNY 6.8360.

    STERLING
    The British pound weakened vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar today as cable tested bids around the US$ 1.6185 level and was capped around the $1.6470 level. Data released in the U.K. today saw CML May gross mortgage lending decline to ₤10.3 billion. Also, May retail sales were off 0.6% m/m and 1.6% y/y, a stark contrast with April’s 0.9% m/m and 2.6% y/y increases. Third, May public sector borrowing reached a record net ₤19.9 billion. Fourth, the May CBI industrial trends survey rallied to -51 from -56. Cable bids are cited around the US$ 1.6110 level. The euro moved higher vis-à-vis the British pound as the single currency tested offers around the ₤0.8605 level and was supported around the ₤0.8490 level.
     
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