4 hours ago | December 18th, 2014 15:00:06 GMT.

December 2014 Philly Fed business index 24.5 vs 27.0 exp


  • Prior 40.8
  • New orders 15.70 vs 35.70 prior
  • Employment 7.20 vs 22.40 prior
  • Prices paid  14.00vs 17.30 prior
  • Capex 21.70 vs 23.00 prior
  • 6 month expectations 51.90 vs 57.70 prior

That makes last month a one off and the dollar is ignoring the numbers. That’s 3 for 3 in poor numbers since the Empire State

US Philly Fed business survey 18 12 2014

US Philly Fed business survey 18 12 2014


4 hours ago | December 18th, 2014 14:45:07 GMT.

December 2014 US Markit services PMI flash 53.6 vs 56.9 exp


  • Prior 56.2
  • New orders 53.1 vs 55.8 prior
  • Employment 52 vs 53.8 in Nov
  • Composite flash 53.8 vs 56.1 prior
  • New orders 53.4 vs 55.6 prior

Lowest reading in the comp since Oct 2013 and employment to the lowest since Oct 2012

Not great numbers and the buck is off around 11 pips to 119.09

US Markit services PMI 18 12 2014

US Markit services PMI 18 12 2014



5 hours ago | December 18th, 2014 14:12:59 GMT.

Forex technical trading: USDJPY extends to new highs


The USDJPY is pushing to new highs in early New York trading. The move is taken the price above the 50% retracement of the December move lower (at the 118.698) and the 200 hour moving average at  118.60 (green line in the chart below). What are the next targets on the topside for the pair?

The high to low trading range for the pair was only 75 pips as New York traders entered for the day. The 22 day average (around a months worth of trading) is running at 137 pips. The push higher is extending the trading range. There is room to roam.

The next targets comes in at the 119.438 and the 119.55 level (61.8% of the move down from the December high, and the December 11 high).  Above that, and traders will be targeting the 119.90 level. This is a targeted topside channel trend line (see chart below)

The USDJPY is pushing to new trading highs

The USDJPY is pushing to new trading highs

Risk can go back to the 50% and the 200 hour MA now. Should the price trade back below this level if the bulls are to remain in control?? I think not .  Closer support/risk for traders now can be found at the highs from earlier in the day (at the 118.95 area. Risk might extend down to the high from yesterday at 118.87). The USDJPY broke above this ceiling and scooted higher. It should now find buyers against that level (see chart below)

USDJPY on the 5 minute chart

USDJPY on the 5 minute chart


5 hours ago | December 18th, 2014 14:11:37 GMT.

If you’re a Greek debt holder you probably won’t be voting for Syriza


Greek Syriza leader Tsipras spoke with Reuters in an exclusive interview and said Europe most “cut or erase” a big part of Greek debt. He said ECB bond maturities can be extended.

If elected he said he will cancel austerity through parliament and renegotiate Greece’s debt but in the same breath he said no one is seeking a new private debt haircut.

There will be plenty of worry about Syriza but all politicians are the same — once they get power, no one wants to run a collapsing government.


Alexis Tsipras


5 hours ago | December 18th, 2014 14:08:13 GMT.

EUR/USD looking poorly as we head towards the 200 mma


As the buck takes off EUR/USD looks like a soggy cat as it edges ever closer to the Jun 2010 support line at 1.2035 and 200 mma at 1.2224.

EUR/USD Monthly chart 18 12 2014

EUR/USD Monthly chart 18 12 2014

Under the 200 mma the next main support point is the 2005 trend line at 1.2110. Just ahead of that is the AUg 2012 low at 1.2133.

Mild resistance may come in at 1.2280 which was support until a moment ago and 1.2350 will be the stronger resistance

EUR/USD H4 chart 18 12 2014

EUR/USD H4 chart 18 12 2014


5 hours ago | December 18th, 2014 14:02:58 GMT.

Stock futures pointing to another rip


The market is rushing into stocks and US dollar ahead of year end.

S&P 500 futures are up 23 points, or 1.15%, to 2031. Gaines yesterday stalled ahead of the Mon/Tues highs but the market will bust higher today.

Everyone wants to give the Fed credit but there was nothing overly surprising and I think 80% of this move is about money that was on the sidelines and just waiting for the event risk surrounding the Fed to pass.

SP 500 futures

S&P 500 futures


5 hours ago | December 18th, 2014 13:51:27 GMT.

USD/JPY busts 119.00


High so far of 119.12 as markets keep the post-Fed party going.

Talk of offers at 119.20 and 119.50. The Dec 11 high was 119.55.

EUR/USD also at a fresh session low.

More USD/JPY orders here.


5 hours ago | December 18th, 2014 13:45:35 GMT.

Forex Technical trading: USDCHF and EURCHF get a boost, but what are the charts saying?


The SNB has played a hand and helped push the USDCHF and the EURCHF to the upside.  What are the charts telling us now?

The SNB introduced negative interest rates on sight deposits today and that has helped push the USDCHF and the EURCHF quickly to the upside. The negative rates will be introduced on January 22nd, which is the date of the next ECB meeting when speculation is the ECB will continue their easing.

For thoughts and details on the move, required reading is found at the links below:

Is the SNB front running the ECB and where is EUR/CHF going now?
The SNB is ready to take more measures if required
SNB had to intervene in FX markets in last few days says Jordan
SNB’s Jordan says they are committed to purchasing unlimited quantities of FX to enforce cap

The Weekly USDCHF chart.

The Weekly USDCHF chart.

As far as the technicals go , looking at the weekly chart, the USDCHF tested and moved above the 2013 high at the  0.9837 level. The high reached 0.9847 but quickly scampered back below that old high (it stayed  above the level for seven minutes in total). So there is some sellers who have been  long the pair (or EURCHF) who are happy to let go with the quick jump higher..

The correction lower pushed the price back down to the 100 bar MA on the 5 minute chart (see blue line in the chart below – at 0.9773 currently), where buyers entered. That is good for the buyers/longs. Stay above and the buyers remain in control intraday.

Now, the  move lower  off the days highs, did take the price below the 50% of the days trend spike higher  (at 0.9784 – see 5 minute below), but given the quick race, higher, there were probably some longs up[ there, who got nervous.  I imagine little traded on the way higher.  So those traders may have been washed out. What the holding of the MA does, is defines the risk on the downside. I would like to see the price stay above that level now.    On the topside a move above the 0.9837-47 area will be the next target hurdle. Above that the 0.9893 is a level to aspire towards  (see weekly chart above).

The USDCHF held the 100 bar MA on the 5 minute chart.

The USDCHF held the 100 bar MA on the 5 minute chart.

Looking at the EURCHF, the move higher was more pronounce on that chart (see 5 minute chart below).

Needless to say, the chart is proof that the giant is in the game and I would expect them to keep that advantage (or you would think they would). The rise higher, like in the USDCHF was quick and the correction off the high has not been a joy for those who bought in the top 38.2% (above 1.20599-65 area). However, the lows held above the rising 100 bar MA (blue line in the 5 minute chart below and if the price can stay above that level, all is well with the pair (and for the bulls/buyers).

5 minute chart in the EURCHF

5 minute chart in the EURCHF

Although the 1.2000 level is further back in the rear view mirror, is it enough for the SNB to have it at that distance, or do they want to see the persistent bid into the CHF disappear and the pair to move even farther away?

The SNB has consistently had to lower inflation forecasts through the year (the estimate for 2015 is now -0.1%). A strong currency, weak oil and commodities just make it even harder. The currency should not be so strong but it is hard to fight the tide.   With the ECB ready to act again as early as next month, they are swimming upstream.  Add to that things like the  Russia crisis and other flight into safety events (like stock flush outs) and the Pavlovian reaction is to park it in the CHF .

Looking at the daily chart of the EURCHF, the picture can be more worrisome for those who have lived through the last dip to the 1.2000 level.  The move higher today was able to break above the 100 day MA but the price held below the topside trend line (see chart below).  The price is back below the 100 day MA at the 120.65 level.

A move back above this level is needed to take some of the fear away from those traders who in the past, bought dips in the EURCHF all the way down to the 1.20003 level with no satisfaction   Will they now face a similar creep back down?  Will the crowded longs just keep a lid on any rallies?   Be aware of the 100 day MA level. Get above it and the pressure is off for the creep lower. Stay below it, and the creep may begin to resurface.



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