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U.S. Dollar Higher Amid Coronavirus Fears

The U.S. dollar firmed against its major counterparts in the European session on Friday, as investors sought safe-haven assets following grim Eurozone business survey, as well as continued COVID-19 concerns after virus cases exceeded one million. The IHS Markit eurozone services purchasing managers index slumped to a reading of 26.4 in March from 52.6 in February, the worst-ever reading in the history of the series, as the covid-19 pandemic and associated measures taken to contain the outbreak through Europe weighed heavily on business performance. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases crossed the 1 million mark globally with a death toll of 53,030, according to the new tally from Johns Hopkins University. Around 1,015,403 people have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus across the world. Investors didn’t react to the disappointing U.S. jobs data for March. Data from the Labor Department showed that the U.S. employment fell much more than expected in the month of March. The report said employment plunged by 701,000 jobs in March after jumping by an upwardly revised 275,000 jobs in February. Economists had expected employment to slump by 100,000 jobs compared to the addition of 273,000 jobs originally reported for the previous month. With the much…

Sweden Services Sector Activity Weakest Since 2012

Sweden’s services sector contracted at the fastest rate in 15 years to hit its lowest level since 2012, survey data from Swedbank and the logistics association SILF showed on Wednesday. The Purchasing Managers’ Index for the services sector decreased to 46.9 in March from 56.4 in February.Any reading below 50 suggests contraction in the sector. The latest monthly decline was the largest in the survey’s fifteen-year history and the reading was the lowest since 2012. The order index and production sub-indices recorded the biggest declines in March followed by employment. The sub-index for the suppliers’ delivery times increased for the second straight month, reaching a record high. “Normally, rising delivery times mean increased demand pressure, but this time it is rather a lack of supply that contributes to longer delivery times partly because of the corona virus and closed borders,” Swedbank analyst Jorgen Kennemar said. Service sector companies plans contracted in March, which indicates a darker economic outlook in the future. The Composite PMI, which combines manufacturing and services, fell to 45.9 in March from 55.4 in the previous month. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

April 3, 2020 : GBP/USD Intraday technical analysis and trade recommendations.

Since January 13, progressive bearish pressure has been built above the price level of 1.2780-1.2800 until March the 2nd when transient bearish consolidation below 1.2780 took place within the depicted wide-ranged slightly bearish channel.Shortly after, significant bullish rejection was demonstrated around 1.2780 on March 4. Hence, a quick bullish movement was expressed towards the price zone of 1.3165-1.3200 where significant bearish pressure brought the pair back below 1.2780, 1.2500 then 1.2260 via quick bearish engulfing H4 candlesticks.Recently, the GBPUSD has reached new LOW price levels around 1.1450, slightly below the historical low (1.1650) achieved in September 2016.Recently, the GBP/USD pair looked very OVERSOLD around the price levels of 1.1450 where a double-bottom reversal pattern was recently demonstrated.Technical outlook will probably remain bullish if bullish persistence is maintained above 1.1890-1.1900 (Double-Bottom Neckline) on the H4 Charts.Bullish breakout above 1.1900 (Latest Descending High) invalidated the bearish scenario temporarily & enabled a quick bullish movement to occur towards 1.2260.Next bullish targets around 1.2520 and 1.2680 were expected to be addressed if sufficient bullish momentum was maintained.However, early bearish pressure signs have originated around 1.2470 leading to another bearish decline towards 1.2265.That’s why, H4 Candlestick re-closure below 1.2265 is needed to hinder further bullish advancement…

Japanese Yen Higher Amid Rising Risk Aversion

The Japanese yen climbed against its major counterparts in the Asian session on Friday amid rising risk aversion, as oil prices retraced gains and a private survey showed that China’s services sector contracted further in March. Survey data from IHS Markit showed that China’s services activity contracted in March due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on demand and supply chains. The Caixin services Purchasing Managers’ Index rose to 43.0 in March from 26.5 in February. However, a score below 50 indicates contraction. Oil prices fell after soaring on Thursday following President Donald Trump’s comment that he expects Russia and Saudi Arabia to co-operate on output reduction. The United States reported a record 6.648 million jobless claims last week led by shut downs to contain the virus. Investors await the March payroll data due at 8:30 am ET. Economists are expecting a drop of 100,000 jobs last month, while the unemployment rate is seen rising to 3.8 percent. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases crossed the 1 million mark globally with a death toll of 53,030, according to the new tally from Johns Hopkins University. Around 1,015,403 people have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus across the world….

Will the dollar stop plan B?

All attempts by the Fed to rein in the US dollar were futile. Neither a sharp reduction in the federal funds rate, nor the launch of unlimited purchases of Treasury and mortgage bonds under QE, nor the transfer of liquidity to foreign central banks using swaps and repos has dampened investors’ interest in buying the USD index. If this continues, I am afraid that currency interventions will be necessary. According to BofA Merrill Lynch, this will happen when the EUR/USD pair falls to 1.05.
In theory, this scale of dollar liquidity and the rapid expansion of the Fed’s balance sheet should have knocked the “American” down. Nevertheless, the number of supporters of the “dollar smile” theory is growing rapidly. It assumes that at the first stage, the USD index is strengthened due to the strength of the US economy and the associated inflow of capital to the US securities market. When a recession begins, the dollar peaks as investors flee to safe-haven assets. Then, thanks to those who want to save stock indices from falling into the abyss with the help of aggressive monetary expansion, the Fed forms the bottom of the smile. After that, the dollar begins to grow again, as…

Analysis for Gold 04.03.2020 – Watch for the potential breakout of the channel to confirm downside. Gold is at the major

Corona virus news:China seeks to lead amid talk of 10m potential global casesResidents of Wuhan, the Chinese city where the Covid-19 pandemic began, have been told to stay indoors and remain vigilant ahead of an easing of travel restrictions. Meanwhile, Beijing is stepping up a media campaign in the west to frame its handling of the disease as an example of global leadership. The country’s Covid-19 statistics have been called into question, but on Thursday China recorded just 31 new cases, 29 of them in people arriving from other countries.Technical analysis: Gold has been trading upwards.The price tested and rejected of the very important pivot level at $1.619, which is sign that there is potential for downside rotation.I found the upward channel that is active and the eventual breakout to the downside may confirm further drop towards the levels at $1.566 and $1.515. Selling opportunities will be preferable in case of the downside break.If you see the breakout of $1.620 level, watch for buying opportunities on the dips with the target at $1.643. Stochastic oscillator is showing overbought condition and potential for the downside movement.Intraday resistance level is set at the price of $1.619Support levels and downward targets are set at…

Analysis of EUR/USD on April 3, 2020

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Hello, dear colleagues!
The main event of today and the whole week will be data on the US labor market, which will be published at 13:30 London time. Economists’ forecasts are disappointing. It is expected that the unemployment rate will rise from 3.5% immediately to 3.8%, and the growth of the average hourly wage will be the usual 0.2%. As for the creation of new jobs in non-agricultural sectors of the American economy, this indicator may fall to minus 100 for the first time since the financial and economic crisis of 2008.
In principle, market participants are well aware that in the context of the ongoing rampant COVID-19 around the world, strong data on the US labor market can not be expected. Interest is aroused by the actual figures and the reaction of investors to them. Has the coronavirus epidemic had such a significant impact on the economy of the United States of America, or will it be a little later? There will certainly be negative consequences for the world’s leading economy. The question is when exactly to expect a peak?
So far, it is in the United States that the most severe outbreak of a new type of coronavirus is…

Analysis of AUD/USD on April 3, 2020

Hello, dear traders!
It’s time to consider the AUD/USD currency pair, the technical picture of which is quite interesting. But more on that later.
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), along with other leading global central banks, announced the introduction of temporary swaps in the US currency in order to increase liquidity. In addition, the RBA together with the Australian government decided to allocate about 100 billion Australian dollars to support the Australian economy.
Let’s look at the technical picture for the AUD/USD currency pair, and since this tool is analyzed once a week, let’s start with the corresponding timeframe.
Weekly

After falling to the level of 0.5510, the pair began to adjust from the previous fairly strong and prolonged decline. Attempts to continue to recover losses in the current five-day trading failed at the level of 0.6215, from where the pair again turned in the south direction.
In fairness, it should be noted that the results of weekly trading will be determined by data on the US labor market, which will be published at 13:30 (London time). Economists’ forecasts are very pessimistic, and if the actual numbers turn out to be even worse than expected, the US currency risks falling under a wave of sales.
The current…