On Tuesday the DXY index closed up slightly, despite the weak US stats. Durable goods orders, the consumer confidence index and the service sector PMI for the country were all worse than expected.
The FOMC meeting which began yesterday is holding the dollar from falling. The Federal Reserve’s interest rate decision will be made public this evening at 20:00 EET.
The US consumer confidence index for October stood at 97.6 (forecasted: 102.9, previous: reassessed from 103.0 to 102.6).
Durable goods orders in the US for September were down by 1.2% (forecasted: -1.3%, previous: -3.0%).
Main news of the day:
- At 12:00 EET, Germany’s Gfk consumer confidence index for November will be out;
- At 20:00 EET, the FOMC decision will be out for the public to see;
- At 22:00 EET, the RBNZ will make public its interest rate decision.
The weak stats couldn’t manage to lend a hand to the euro bulls. The euro fell following the GBP.
All attention is on the Fed decision. It’s expected that the rates will be left unchanged. If everything goes as expected, market participants will look for hints in the press release as to when the rate will be finally put up.
Due to this important currency market event, I made my forecast for up to 20:00 EET. The RBNZ will give its interest rate decision within two hours of the Fed giving theirs. As such, volatility this evening will be high.
- Intraday target maximum: n/a, minimum: n/a, close: n/a;
- Intraday volatility for last 10 weeks: 119 points (4 figures).
The euro/dollar is trading under the LB at 1.1034. Despite the AUD’s fall after Aussie stats came out, I’m still expecting the euro/dollar to sit in a sideways until 20:00 EET. It would be nice if we could see a strengthening below 1.10 today.
The euro/dollar rate is still in a correctional phase. On Tuesday the euro didn’t return to 1.10. The euro/pound cross was supporting it after UK GDP data came out. The technical picture is indicating a continued fall to 1.0807-1.0818 (minimums from 27th May and 20th July). Only the US Fed can stop the euro falling. Now to thee Weekly.
Nothing has changed on the weekly graph. The indicators are indicating a further fall for the euro. The target is 1.0818.