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Forexpros.com Daily Analysis - 04/06/08

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  1. ForexAnalysis

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    Apr 13, 2008
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    Daily Forex Trading Analysis

    Today’s US Dollar Trading
    • Bernanke comments roil the USD, active buying lifts into resistance
    • Volumes die after initial lift
    • USD falls back late to reverse gains.

    Overnight Preview
    • USD likely to drop further overnight
    • Expect two-way action

    Looking Ahead to Wednesday
    All times EASTERN (-5 GMT)
    • 7:30am USD Challenger Job Cuts y/y 27.4%
    • 8:15am USD ADP Nonfarm Employment Change -30K
    • 8:30am USD Nonfarm Productivity q/q 2.5%
    • 8:30am USD Unit Labor Costs q/q 2.0%
    • 10:00am USD ISM Non-Manufacturing Composite 51.0
    • 10:35am USD Crude Oil Inventories -8.8M

    Today’s USD trading offered a bit of a surprise as Fed Chair Ben Bernanke spoke openly about the desire for a higher USD on world markets. Initially sparking a massive short-covering rally the comments panicked some traders into aggressive buying. Better-positioned traders used the rally to open aggressive shorts or to add to existing shorts as the resulting rally failed to trigger any technical reasons to hold long USD. In fact, quite the opposite in my view. With the highest single volume seen in weeks on the day, none of the major pairs advanced beyond any near term technical resistance or support. As I mentioned this morning, the entire move was a sucker play and a bull-trap. Less-experienced forex traders panicked into a long USD position only to be caught in the market at the close with no gain. Although the ranges were impressive, the USD failed to hold gains across the board. High prints were sold and never challenged twice suggesting that the rates had no follow-through interest past the first rush of panic. For the record, GBP fell back to the 1.9600 area; low print at 1.9604 before sovereign demand emerged and the rate rallied back to close above the 1.9630 area making for a technical bottom. EURO fell through stops for a low print at 1.5410 but found solid bids to post a late rally back to the 1.5465 area. USD/JPY rallied on stops and active buying for a high print at 105.57 but found large offers and fell back under the 104.80 area on the close making for a large selling wick on the day. Swissy whipsawed as well, high prints at 1.0492 before dropping back to close a full handle lower at 1.03895 area. Across the board, the USD whipsawed everybody and once the dust settled—there was no change to the big picture making today a great day to sell USD. Look for tomorrow’s ADP private payrolls data to be unfriendly to the USD and the sell-off to resume in earnest.

    EUR/USD Daily

    Resistance 3: 1.5650
    Resistance 2: 1.5620/30
    Resistance 1: 1.5550
    Latest New York: 1.5460
    Support 1: 1.5410/20
    Support 2: 1.5380
    Support 3: 1.5330

    Bernanke comments create a bear-trap sell-off; aggressive traders can get long again anytime as the rate fails to attract enough active selling. Late shorts getting creamed on the close. Volumes still only moderate but sellers can’t get the edge. Favor the long side on dips; upside bias still remains and a limit order is the way to go I think. Weekly studies show buy signals as well. Support at 1.5500 gave way to light stops after the news but the rate found bids and now has crossed the opening range. The bottom is in my view, Overhead resistance appears firmer on the approach to the 1.5800/20 area which is a long ways from here now. Look for model and momentum accounts active on the offer overnight Monday and/or Tuesday.

    Data due Wednesday: All times EASTERN (-5 GMT)

    3:30am EUR ECB President Trichet Speaks
    4:00am EUR Services PMI (r) 50.6
    5:00am EUR Retail Sales m/m 0.2%

    USD/JPY Daily

    Resistance 3: 105.80
    Resistance 2: 105.50/60
    Resistance 1: 105.30
    Latest New York: 105.20
    Support 1: 104.20/30
    Support 2: 103.70/80
    Support 3: 103.40/50

    Volumes died back to zero once the Bernanke comments were out; lack of follow-through suggests a total head-fake for the longs. Hold shorts—nothing to do but wait as the bulls run for the exits. Expect lots of two-way action and the rate is likely to cover a lot of the same ground twice the next 24-48 hours. This week’s data may be largely ignored until NFP out later in the week. Rate is probing for stops on the other side of the 104.00 handle and first attempt cleared them all as the rate topped 105.20. Longs likely rolling stops up underneath close-in so expect volatility later today.

    Data due Wednesday: All times EASTERN (-5 GMT)

    Analysis Provided by: Forexpros.com written by Jason Alan Jankovsky

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