20 Feb: Mixed markets ahead of US holiday, today. Japan Trade Balance, EU Consumer Confidence in focus.

By | February 20, 2017
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The dollar was mixed while stocks were initially slightly easier on Friday ahead of the holiday weekend as investors traders booked some profits while waiting on details of Donald Trump’s tax and spending plans although by the end of the session they were more or less back to flat. The main action was seen in Sterling, which tumbled after disappointing retail sales data for January, which unexpectedly dropped -0.3% mm versus expectation of a 1.0% rise. The metals and oil were rangebound.

This week is a little light on data and looks likely to be dominated by political developments from Washington. Today will get off to a quiet start, it being a US holiday – Presidents Day – so look out for any statements coming from that! The flash PMIs will be a focus in midweek, when we also get Central Bank Minutes from the RBA (Tue) and the FOMC (Wed), which will be closely scrutinised. There will be various central bank speakers through the week but there is little to come Thursday/Friday, and it could end up being rather a choppy few days.

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EURUSD: A little heavy, but remains rangebound within 1.06/1.07.

USDJPY: Jpy seeing mild demand on de-risking ahead of the US long weekend.

GBPUSD: Lower after soft  UK Retail Sales.

AUDUSD: Back below 0.7700, in the middle of the recent range on rising trend support

NZDUSD: Choppy, mildly heavy.


STOCKS: Choppy, initially heading a little lower but pretty much unchanged by the end of the Friday session.

METALS: Rangebound

OIL (WTI):  Rangebound

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EURUSD: 1.0609
Res  1.0635  1.0680  1.0710
Sup  1.0600  1.0555  1.0580
USDJPY: 112.90
Res  113.30  113.50  113.80
Sup  112.85  112.60  112.40
GBPUSD: 1.2407
Res  1.2450  1.2485  1.2525
Sup  1.2380  1.2345  1.2305
USDCHF: 1.0026
Res  1.0050  1.0085  1.0120
Sup  1.0000  0.9965  0.9930
AUDUSD: 0.7668
Res  0.7685  0.7710  0.7730
Sup  0.7660  0.7635  0.7605
NZDUSD: 0.7182
Res  0.7220  0.7240  0.7255
Sup  0.7155  0.7135  0.7120
S+P: 2348
Res  2352  2360  2370
Sup  2336  2330  2320
DJI: 20591
Res  20630  20650  20700
Sup  20555  20500  20400
ASX SPI: 5758
Res  5778  5790  5814
Sup  5740  5728  5700
GOLD: 1235
Res  1244  1256  1266
Sup  1230  1220  1210
SILVER: 17.98
Res  18.10  18.20  18.45
Sup  17.90  17.75  17.55
OIL (WTI): 53.70
Res  54.05  54.30  55.00
Sup  53.25  53.00  52.70