Risk Sentiments Up, Sterling Down Here's Why

Updated 10:58AM 09/01/2020


USD and CHF are the top G10 FX gainers today while GBP and NOK are the top losers, down -0.55% and -0.35% vs the dollar. Safe-haven currencies such as the yen fell further on Thursday as the Iran-U.S. conflict eased and markets raised hopes of a U.S.-China trade deal. The de-escalation of conflict between U.S.-Iran was due to President Trump retaliating with sanctions rather than military action. Sterling plummeted to around two-week lows versus USD after BoE's Mark Carney said that a "relatively prompt response" may ensue if the weakness in the economy persists. In the Asian equities space, the Nikkei 225 closed up 2.31% at 23,739.87, Hang Seng closed 1.68% at 28561.0 and Kospi ended 1.63% at 2186.45. The European equities were trading firm with the FTSE up +0.53% at 7615.38, DAX up +1.18% at 13476.86, and CAC up +0.4% at 6055.23. In the rates market, global yields were trading mixed; the US 10-year yield was trading at 1.8703% and the Bund 10-year yield trading at -0.241%. In the energy space, the Brent (front month) is trading up (0.37%) for the day at $65.68.

 

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EURUSD Chart (Two-week)

 
 

Strategy: Support at 1.1100 for 1.1167
Short-term view: EUR/USD support at 1.1100, MACD and RSI are flat. Hence, we see a move to 1.1167. Below 1.1100 to open 1.1068.

 

GBPUSD Chart (Two-week)

 
 

Strategy: Resistance at 1.3100, for 1.2950
Short-term view: GBP/USD resistance at 1.3100, MACD and RSI are weak. Hence, we expect a dip to 1.2950. Above 1.3100 to open 1.3150.

 

USDJPY Chart (Two-week)

 
 

Strategy: Support at 108.81 for 110.00
Short-term view: USD/JPY support at 108.81, RSI and MACD are improving. A move higher to 110.00 is likely. Below 108.81 to open 108.01

 

AUDUSD Chart (Two-week)

 
 

Strategy: Support at 0.6836 for 0.6950
Short-term view: AUD/USD MACD and RSI are bottoming out and support at 0.6836. A move towards 0.6950 is likely. Below 0.6836 to open 0.6780.

 
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