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UK Brexit Sec. Raab: There is an understanding we’re approaching end point in negotiations
UK Brexit Sec. Raab: There is an understanding we’re approaching end point in negotiations

UK Brexit Sec. Raab: There is an understanding we’re approaching end point in negotiations

September 20, 2018 02:33   FXStreet   Markets Market News  

British Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab is delivering remarks as he speaks live on the LBC Radio.

Key quotes (via Reuters)

  • There is an understanding we’re approaching end point in negotiations
  • Doesn’t think it is likely that parliament will try and force a second referendum if there is no deal.
  • Chequers may not be perfect, but is the most credible plan for Brexit.
  • Now is the time to close in on a Brexit deal.
  • True to say UK wouldn’t have control over manufacturing standards, but would be able to sign free trade deals with other countries under chequers.
  • Need EU side to move in our direction in Brexit talks.

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Crude Oil WTI Technical Analysis: Oil approaching critical resistance near $71.50 a barrel
Crude Oil WTI Technical Analysis: Oil approaching critical resistance near $71.50 a barrel

Crude Oil WTI Technical Analysis: Oil approaching critical resistance near $71.50 a barrel

September 20, 2018 02:03   FXStreet   Markets Market News  

  • Crude oil bulls are eager to push WTI above the September high in order to extend the main bull trend. 
  • Crude oil is trading above its 50, 100 and 200-period simple moving averages while the RSI, MACD and Stochastics are displaying bullish momentum. However, bulls will need to break above 71.41-63 zone, (September 4 high and July 13 high) in order to extend the bull leg. 
  • Failure to break above 71.41-63 zone can lead to a rotation back down to 69.00

Crude oil WTI 4-hour chart

Spot rate:                  70.94
Relative change:       1.60%     
High:                         71.01
Low:                          69.61

Main Trend:               Bullish 

Resistance 1:           71.41-63 zone, Sept.4 high-July 13 high
Resistance 2:           73.00 figure and supply level
Resistance 3:           75.00 figure

Support 1:                70.53 May 24 low
Support 2:                70.00 figure
Support 3:                69.44 June 25 high
Support 4:                69.30 August 24 high 
Support 5:                69.00 figure.

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USD/JPY can smoothly appreciate – Nomura
USD/JPY can smoothly appreciate – Nomura

USD/JPY can smoothly appreciate – Nomura

September 20, 2018 01:53   FXStreet   Markets Market News  

Analysts at Nomura explained that the BOJ left its policies unchanged, as widely expected. 

Key Quotes:

“As it introduced new forward guidance on short- and long-term rates while allowing more flexibility in JGB yields at the previous meeting, it likely wants to monitor the efficacy of policy changes/tweaks for now”

” Muted market reaction to Governor Kuroda’s press conference suggests the market accepted the forward guidance, and we expect JGB yields to stay low and stable. The introduction of forward guidance has reduced the risk of market misunderstanding, keeping the correlation between USD/JPY and rate spreads high.”

“As US yields rise, USD/JPY can smoothly appreciate, in our opinion.”
 

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Breaking News: Irish PM Varadkar: No closer to Brexit deal than in March
Breaking News: Irish PM Varadkar: No closer to Brexit deal than in March

Breaking News: Irish PM Varadkar: No closer to Brexit deal than in March

September 20, 2018 01:33   FXStreet   Markets Market News  

Arriving at the Salzburg summit, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said that they were no closer to reaching a Brexit deal than they were in March. The GBP/USD reacted negatively to these comments to erase around 30 pips in the last minutes and was last seen trading at 1.3130, losing 0.15% on the day.

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Strong data may compel the FOMC to keep raising rates – Standard Chartered
Strong data may compel the FOMC to keep raising rates – Standard Chartered

Strong data may compel the FOMC to keep raising rates – Standard Chartered

September 20, 2018 01:03   FXStreet   Markets Market News  

“US data has been very strong so far in 2018, buoyed by fiscal stimulus, solid business investment and ongoing labour-market strength,” notes Standard Chartered economist Sonia Meskin.

Key quotes

“We expect this momentum to extend into H2-2018 and 2019. We upgrade our GDP growth forecast for 2018 to 2.9% (2.7% prior), 2019 to 2.6% (2.3%), and our core PCE forecast for 2019 to 2.2% (2.1%). Our core PCE forecast for 2018 remains 2.0%. We see the terminal fed funds target rate (FFTR) at 3.50% (3.00%) in the current business cycle, and forecast further 25bps rate hikes in September 2019 and December 2019.”

“We expect the FOMC to upgrade its median real growth projection at the September meeting, and see a decent chance that the Committee’s median non-accelerating inflation rate of unemployment (NAIRU) estimate will decline too.”

“We expect the FOMC to keep hiking even if core inflation remains benign. Since monetary policy works with a lag, we believe the Committee will be compelled to respond to accelerated growth momentum to keep inflationary pressures and financial stability risks in check.”

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USD/JPY: BoJ leaves policy unchanged, yen to remain weak vs G10’s – Scotiabank
USD/JPY: BoJ leaves policy unchanged, yen to remain weak vs G10’s – Scotiabank

USD/JPY: BoJ leaves policy unchanged, yen to remain weak vs G10’s – Scotiabank

September 20, 2018 00:53   FXStreet   Markets Market News  

Analysts at Scotiabank explained that the BoJ left policy settings unchanged at today’s meeting, as expected. 

Key Quotes:

“Policy makers are expected to maintain accommodative settings for some time to come, with inflation still lagging well below the BoJ target.”

“We think the JPY is liable to under -perform other G-10 currencies in the medium to longer run as policy settings will remain relatively loose while other central banks edge towards a moderately tighter stance.”

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AUD/USD advances to 20-day high above 0.7250 as DXY fails to stay in positive territory
AUD/USD advances to 20-day high above 0.7250 as DXY fails to stay in positive territory

AUD/USD advances to 20-day high above 0.7250 as DXY fails to stay in positive territory

September 20, 2018 00:33   FXStreet   Markets Market News  

  • Commodity rally helps the AUD gather strength on Wednesday. 
  • US Dollar Index struggles to make a meaningful recovery after mixed data releases.
  • Coming up: RBA Bulletin at 1:30 GMT on Thursday.

After spending the majority of the day in a relatively tight range near mid-0.72s, the AUD/USD pair gained traction in the NA session and rose to its highest level since August 30 at 0.7275. As of writing, the pair was trading at 0.7270, adding 0.72% on the day.

The strong performance of commodities led by a sharp rally in oil prices and an improved market sentiment on Wednesday seems to be providing a boost to the commodity-sensitive AUD. 

On the other hand, since its run up to the 95 handle last Friday, the US Dollar Index is still having a difficult time determining its next near-term direction. Today’s macroeconomic data releases from the United States showed that housing starts in August increased by 9.2% to 1.282 million to surpass the analysts’ estimate of 1.235 million. However, the potential positive impact of this data was offset by a disappointing 5.7% decline seen in building permits. Meanwhile, a separate report revealed that the current account deficit in the second quarter eased to $101.5 billion from $121.7 billion. As of writing, the DXY was down 0.12% on the day at 94.50.

In the early Asian session on Thursday, the RBA is going to publish its quarterly Bulleting that includes a summary of latest economic and financial developments in Australia.

Technical levels to consider

The pair could face the initial resistance at 0.7285 (50-DMA) ahead of 0.7345 (Aug. 29 high) and 0.7375 (100-DMA). On the downside, supports are located at 0.7215 (daily low), 0.7185 (20-DMA) and 0.7140 (Sep. 17/Sep. 18 low).

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UK Chancellor Hammond: Confident we will deliver Chequers Brexit deal
UK Chancellor Hammond: Confident we will deliver Chequers Brexit deal

UK Chancellor Hammond: Confident we will deliver Chequers Brexit deal

September 20, 2018 00:03   FXStreet   Markets Market News  

In an interview with BBC, British Chancellor Hammond said that he was confident they would deliver the Chequers Brexit deal for Britain. Hammond further added that he believed British Prime Minister Theresa May would get their message across to the leaders of the EU member states, as reported by Reuters.

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Austrian Chancellor Kurz: Hard Brexit would be difficult for Europe, would be terrible for UK
Austrian Chancellor Kurz: Hard Brexit would be difficult for Europe, would be terrible for UK

Austrian Chancellor Kurz: Hard Brexit would be difficult for Europe, would be terrible for UK

September 19, 2018 23:53   FXStreet   Markets Market News  

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz crossed the newswires in the last hour saying that the EU’s Barnier made “step towards Britain,” and they expected the UK to do the same. “Hard Brexit with no deal would be difficult for Europe, would be terrible for the UK,” Kurz further added, as reported by Reuters.

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USD/JPY Technical Analysis: The weekly high might be in
USD/JPY Technical Analysis: The weekly high might be in

USD/JPY Technical Analysis: The weekly high might be in

September 19, 2018 23:33   FXStreet   Markets Market News  

  • USD/JPY bulls are trying to keep the main bull trend going.
  • USD/JPY is trading at weekly highs after finding some resistance just below the 112.50 level. Failure to break above the level can lead to a pullback down towards 111.84 (August 29 swing high) as the RSI and Stochastics indicator are slowly losing steam and not confirming the new high. 
  • A sustained bull breakout above 112.50 might lead to a continuation up to 113.18 (2018 high). 

USD/JPY 4-hour chart

Spot rate:                 112.31
Relative change:      -0.05%     
High:                        112.46
Low:                         112.17

Main trend:               Bullish 

Resistance 1:    112.50 figure
Resistance 2:    113.18, 2018 high
Resistance 3:    114.00 figure

Support 1:    112.00-112.17 zone, figure and August 1, swing high
Support 2:    111.84 August 29 swing high
Support 3:    111.84 August 29 swing high
Support 4:    111.54 August 6, high 
Support 5:    111.45 August 8 high
Support 6:    111.00 figure
Support 7:    110.75, July 23 swing low
Support 8:    110.00 figure
Support 9:    109.37 June 25 low

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WTI in highs around $70.50 post-EIA
WTI in highs around $70.50 post-EIA

WTI in highs around $70.50 post-EIA

September 19, 2018 23:03   FXStreet   Markets Market News  

  • Crude oil prices move higher above the $70.50 area.
  • WTI prints fresh 5-day tops beyond $70.50 per barrel.
  • US crude oil inventories dropped more than 2.0 mbpd last week.

Prices of the barrel of the American reference for the sweet light crude oil are prolonging the upside today, recording fresh multi-day peaks in the mid-$70.00s in the wake of the DoE’s weekly report.

WTI in multi-day tops around $70.50

Prices of the barrel of the West Texas Intermediate are advancing for yet another session on Wednesday supported by the latest figures from the weekly report on US supplies by the EIA.

WTI moved higher after the EIA reported US crude oil supplies dropped by 2.057 mbpd during last week, missing initial forecasts.

Additionally, Weekly Distillate Stocks rose by 0.839 mbpd and Gasoline inventories decreased by 1.719 mbpd, bettering consensus.

Furthermore from the report showed supplies at Cushing diminishing by 1.250 mbpd, adding to last week’s 1.242 mbpd decrease.

In the meantime, the upside momentum in crude oil found extra wings in earlier comments by Saudi officials, who showed no apparent concerns in case the barrel of Brent climbs to the $80.00 mark in an scenario of supply disruptions.

In addition, US sanctions against Iran (expected to kick in on November 4) keep sustaining the sentiment around crude oil and could likely limit occasional dips.

Moving forward, Baker Hughes will publish on Friday its weekly figures for the US drilling activity.

WTI significant levels

At the moment the barrel of WTI is up 1.25% at $70.68 and a breakout of $71.89 (high Sep.4) would aim for $72.80 (high May 22) and finally $75.34 (2018 high Jul.3). On the flip side, the next down barrier emerges at $69.45 (21-day SMA) followed by $69.19 (10-day SMA) and then $67.23 (low Sep.7).

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United States EIA Crude Oil Stocks change registered at -2.057M above expectations (-2.741M) in September 14
United States EIA Crude Oil Stocks change registered at -2.057M above expectations (-2.741M) in September 14

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