London Forex Report: FED On Track For December Lift Off

FOMC minutes signaled increased hawkishness, emphasizing for the first time prospects of a Fed rate hike in December. “Members emphasized that this change was intended to convey the sense that, while no decision had been made, it may well become appropriate to initiate the normalization process at the next meeting”. This was the first time Fed policy makers explicitly pinned down the timing of its initial rate lift-off, setting the stage for the long-awaited move at next month’s FOMC meeting. USD weakened after sliding post-FOMC minutes as markets turned risk-on amid growing certainty in the Fed’s direction. The USD Index eased after the release of FOMC minutes but managed to hold gains to close at 99.65, up 0.02% for the day.

EURUSD
Outlook: Short Term (1-3 Days): Bearish – Medium Term (1-3 Weeks): Bearish

Fundamental: EUR dropped to a fresh seven month low at 1.0615 followed the FOMC minutes released but then it quickly rebounded towards the 1.0670 zone during early Asian session. Mersch, the executive board member of ECB, said no indication of any economic pessimism due to Paris Terrorist Attacks can be seen .

Technical: While 1.0750 caps intraday upside corrections, bears target a test of 1.0560 next ahead of an assault on year to date lows. Only a close above 1.08 eases immediate downside pressure.

Interbank Flows: Bids 1.06 stops below. Offers 1.08 Stops above.
Retail Sentiment: Bullish
Trading Take-away: Short 1.0830 targeting 1.0560

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GBPUSD
Outlook: Short Term (1-3 Days): Bearish – Medium Term (1-3 Weeks): Bearish

Fundamental: GBP jumped to daily high of 1.5280s after BoE’s Broadbent commented that the November yield curve pushed the CPI forecast over 2% in 2016.

Technical:  While 1.5285 contains upside reactions expect a test of of bids at 1.50 as the next bearish objective. Only a close above 1.53 eases immediate bearish bias

Interbank Flows: Bids 1.5150 stops below. Offers 1.53 stops above
Retail Sentiment: Bearish
Trading Take-away: Sidelines for now

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USDJPY
Outlook: Short Term (1-3 Days): Bullish – Medium Term (1-3 Weeks): Bearish

Fundamental: After the Fed minutes were released, USDJPY went up to touch a three-month peak of 123.67. JPY was slightly recovered at the early Asian session and it is now trading at around 123.30. Japan Merchandise Trade Balance was better than market expectations, showing an improving Japan economy. The BOJ remained on hold in a largely non event meeting of the central bank.

Technical: While 122.50/30 supports downside reactions, market structure remains bullish to test 2015 highs next

Interbank Flows: Bids 122 stops below. Offers 124 stops above
Retail Sentiment: Bearish
Trading Take-away: Long 122.50 stops to entry target 125.50

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EURJPY
Outlook: Short Term (1-3 Days): Bearish – Medium Term (1-3 Weeks): Bearish

Fundamental: Japan’s trade balance recorded its first surplus in eight months for October, the finer details of the data were less impressive, with exports sliding for the first time in over a year.

Technical:  Equality corrective objective at 131.20 achieved, only a close above 133.50 eases immediate bearish pressure, while 132.50 caps upside reactions expect retest of 130.50 lows

Interbank Flows: Bids 130.50 stops below. Offers 132.50 stops above
Retail Sentiment: Bearish
Trading Take-away: Sidelines for now

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AUDUSD
Outlook: Short Term (1-3 Days): Bearish – Medium Term (1-3 Weeks): Bearish

Fundamental: AUD rose to yesterday’s high of 0.7118 after the release of the Australia’s Q3 Wage Price Index which came in right in line with consensus. The FOMC minutes revealed that many members believed conditions for liftoff could well be met by the December meeting, sending the pair down to an overnight low of 0.7067.

Technical: While .7170 caps corrective upside reactions expect a retest and breach of .7010 as bearish momentum builds for a retest of year to date lows. A close above .7200 eases bearish pressure

Interbank Flows: Bids .7000 stops below. Offers .7170 stops above
Retail Sentiment: Bullish
Trading Take-away: Sidelines for now

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USDCAD
Outlook: Short Term (1-3 Days): Bearish – Medium Term (1-3 Weeks): Bullish

Fundamental: CAD weakened against the USD, but trimmed some losses following the release of the FOMC minutes and helped by a partial recovery in crude oil prices.  The number of oil wells drilled in Canada will shrink further in 2016, highlighting the impact of lower crude prices on the oilfield service sector.

Technical: Offers just above 1.3350 stall the upside ratchet, bulls have the ball while 1.3220 supports intraday downside. However a close below 1.3220 would ease the near term bullish bias.

Interbank Flows: Bids 1.3250 stops below. Offers 1.3350 stops above
Retail Sentiment: Bearish
Trading Take-away: Sidelines for now

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