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  • MartinWilliams
    News to trade on December 4

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    During the Asian session, the US 10-year Treasury bond yield fell to its three-month lows. Analysts mention the slowdown of inflation as the main reason for this slump.

    As a result, USD/JPY fell sharply below the central pivot at 113.445 and 50-day MA, testing the ground at the 112.860 support.

    The speech by the Federal Open Market committee member Williams at 17:00 MT time can support the US Dollar. If his speech contains hawkish comments, the pair can stick above the 112.860 level.

    EUR/USD keeps appreciating against the weak US Dollar. Today, the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will present the new budget proposal to the EU. For now, the anticipated target is 2% (vs. previous 2.4%). However, the actual target could be even lower. If the new deficit target satisfies the market, the EUR will stick above the resistance at 1.1391. The next resistance lies at 1.1432 (50-day ma). If the USD is supported by the FOMC member’s speech, EUR/USD will fall towards the support at 1.1329.

    Today, the general advocate for the European Court of Justice published an opinion in which he said the UK could revoke Article 50. It provides hope for British supporters to stay in the European Union to reverse Brexit if the withdrawal agreement by the British Prime Minister Teresa May is rejected by Parliament on December 11. At the time of writing, GBP/USD has been rising towards the resistance at 1.2833. In case of more Brexit uncertainties, the pair will stick below the 1.2778 level.

    As the USD keeps sliding with the 10-year Treasury bond yield at its three-month lows, it boosts the price for gold. Currently, the price for the yellow metal is testing the resistance at $1,238. If this level is broken, the next resistance lies at $1,248. If bulls cannot hold this level, the support for gold lies at $1,230.

    The latest news from OPEC contained information about a planned output cut of at least 1.3 million barrels. Brent has already tested the resistance at $63.09 on the news. Further comments about output cut will help the crude to stick above $63.09. If the news on the increased output appears, the price will fall towards the support at $60.88.

    As for WTI, the anticipation of the output cut will help its price to break the resistance at $53.93 and rise towards the next resistance at $55.32. If bears take over, the support for it lies at $52.21.

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  • MartinWilliams
    European equities are backed by trade war truce

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    On Monday, autos, miners, tech as well as crude stocks all managed to surge, powering the EU’s key benchmarks after Chinese and American presidents agreed a temporary truce in their everlasting trade conflict that has roiled financial markets worldwide.

    The DAX index in Germany, which appears to be the most sensitive to China as well as trade war worries, led the way with a 2.5% leap, reaching its highest value since November 14. Additionally, the STOXX 600 rallied by 1.9%, finding itself on track for its most productive day for eight months.

    Financials appeared to be the greatest boost to EU equities because China-exposed bank HSBC tacked on and lenders across the region welcomed the prospect of a détente in a trade conflict that has impacted world economic surge prospects.

    Mining shares SXPP led profits with a 5% ascend because metals rallied on the news that gives China, the world's number one metals consumer, a good push.

    Anglo American, Glencore, and Antofagasta happened to be among the top EU gainers, soaring by 6.1%- 6.9%.

    Car equities SXAP that have been affected by worries of soaring levies, headed north by up to 4.2% right after US leader told that China had agreed to reduce import levies on American-made vehicles.

    German car makers Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler rallied by 4.8%-6.2%, while car suppliers ascended too. Moreover, tire maker Continental ascended by 4.1%, while Faurecia tacked on by 6.9%.

    As for the crude sector SXEP, it gained 2.6% because oil jumped on the trade conflict truce and also ahead of this week’s OPEC gathering, anticipated to result in a supply cut.

    Luxury stocks extremely sensitive to the Chinese economy also turned out to be among top performers, with heavyweight conglomerate LVMH adding 5.3%. Additionally, Gucci owner Kering surged by 6.2%.

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  • MartinWilliams
    Weekly CryptoNews

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    Tim Draper, billionaire, venture investor: “I mean, just by that alone, just that they cost you less, it’s going to be better for people. And so they’re going to move to crypto, and they’re going to go away from the political currency – they call it fiat”

    On Monday, Bitcoin extended losses and fell below $3,700. The recovery for the digital asset started in the middle of the week. Bitcoin rose above the $4,300 level on Wednesday. However, the correction turned out to be short-lived and the traders’ uncertainties formed a red Doji candlestick on Thursday. For now, we can see a limited volatility of the cryptocurrency. If Bitcoin is supported by bullish investors, it can rise towards the next significant resistance at $4,750. If uncertainties around the crypto market continue, it can fall to the support at $3,660. Was it a bearish trap or a rebound?

    In other news:

    Amazon launched a platform for the creation of the blockchain network based on Hyperledger Fabric or Ethereum;

    The new WTO release said the blockchain would carry out the international economy to a new level in 10-15 years.

    Cryptocurrency wallet Copay was hacked on Monday and now all the private keys belong to hackers. The users were suggested to update the application and withdraw money to a different wallet.

    NASDAQ Bitcoin futures are anticipated to be out in the first quarter of 2019.


    Financial Ministry of the US applied sanctions against two bitcoin addresses, which belong to the residents of Iran or connected with the bypass of the sanctions.

    CFTC of the US released an instruction for developers and users of smart-contracts. In short, if it is used for breaking the law, users will be responsible for it.

    The Ohio state authorities allowed companies to pay taxes in Bitcoins

    British financial regulator handles cases against 50 crypto companies which operate without a license.

    New releases:

    New investment crypto product Amun Crypto Basket ETP has the biggest trade volume on the Swiss trading exchange.

    Bitcoin $4,256.4

    Ethereum $118.44

    Litecoin $33.68

    DASH: $97.43

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  • MartinWilliams
    News to trade on November 29

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    Yesterday, the Fed Chairman Jerome Powell surprised the market with the dovish speech. According to his comments, he is not likely to continue with gradual rate hikes next year. “Interest rates are still low by historical standards, and they remain just below the broad range of estimates of the level that would be neutral for the economy" – the key statement from his speech.

    Today, we anticipate the release of minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee November’s meeting at 21:00 MT time. We will see whether it can provide some support to the USD.

    How did the Fed Chair speech affect the key currency pairs?

    EUR/USD tested the resistance at 1.1378. Dovish tone of the FOMC statement will help the pair to rise towards the resistance at 1.1429. Otherwise, if the statement contains some supportive data for the USD, it will fall towards the support at 1.1284.

    In addition, the Italian budget issue still triggers the investors. According to the latest news, the Italian government is not planning to move their deficit target lower than 2.2%. This is a small update from the previous 2.4% level, which also pulls EUR/USD down.

    The British pound followed the same scenario after the dovish Powell. However, the Brexit uncertainties and negative outlooks ahead of the Parliamentary vote on December 11 keep affecting the market. If the FOMC statement shows uncertainty, GBP/USD will stick above the resistance at 1.2832. More negative news on Brexit will pull the pair towards the support at 1.2738.

    The USD suffered losses while trading against the Japanese yen. Positive comments from the American central bank will help the pair to rise towards the resistance at 114.132. In case of dovish tone, the pair will stick below the support at 113.286.

    During the Asian session, the New Zealand dollar slid due to the unchanged Business confidence numbers at -37%. The weak USD can help NZD/USD to rise towards the resistance at 0.6912. Otherwise, it can stick below the support at 0.6844.

    The AUD, on the other hand, was driven by bulls as the risk-on sentiment across the Asian equity markets increased. If the USD is weak, AUD/USD can continue moving towards the resistance at 0.7376. If the risk-off sentiment increases, the pair will fall below the support at 0.7303.

    In other news, oil extends losses ahead of the OPEC+ meeting on December 6. The fears that OPEC+ will fail to deliver the expected output cuts are moving the market. WTI dropped to the last year levels, testing the ground below $50. More comments on output cuts will help it to rise towards the resistance at $52.77. More uncertainties will pull the price below the psychological support at $50.

    As for Brent, it fell below the $60 level. The next support for the crude lies at $55.74. If the bulls take over, the resistance for it lies at $61.68

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  • MartinWilliams
    News to trade on November 27

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    The Brexit deal is anticipating the votes by parliament on 11th of December. For now, the future Brexit direction depends on whether the parliament will approve the deal. If it is declined, Britain should either expect a second referendum or a hard Brexit. As far as uncertainties around the potential decline are floating, it affects the GBP negatively. More negative news will pull GBP/USD below the 1.2738 support. In case of positive news, it will rise towards the resistance at 1.2832.

    The American CB consumer confidence will be released at 17:00 MT time Last month it reached a higher-than-expected level of 137.9 points. Analysts anticipate a slight decline to 136.2 points in November. If the actual digits are higher, the USD will be supported.

    Yesterday, fresh comments by US president Donald Trump on raising tariffs in Chinese imports resulted in gains of the US dollar index. However, it could not break the psychological level of 97. If today’s release outperforms the forecast, the USD can stick above the resistance at 97. Otherwise, it will fall to the support at 96.55 which lies near the 100-day MA.

    As for USD/JPY, the pair was a big gainer yesterday. It crossed the 50-day MA and the 113 level. If the USD extend its gains today, the pair will manage to stick above the resistance at 113.64. If the USD disappoints the investors, it can fall below the support at 113.29.

    As for the NZD, at 22:00 MT we are awaiting the Reserve bank of New Zealand to publish its financial stability report. We will see if the central bank provides any hints for changing its dovish tone due to the increased inflationary and employment data.

    Trump’s comments made the New Zealand dollar to fall below the 100-MA on a 4-hour chart. However, the pair managed to recover. If the RBNZ report is hawkish, we can expect the pair to rise towards the resistance at 0.6806. In case of the strong USD, the pair will drop to the support at 0.6738.

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  • MartinWilliams
    5 things you need to know this week!

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    The speech by the European Central bank president Mario Draghi (Mon, 16:00 MT (14:00 GMT) – the ECB president will testify before the European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee about monetary policy. His speeches make the EUR volatile.

    The Reserve bank of New Zealand financial stability report (Tue, 22:00 MT (20:00 GMT) – the inflationary pressures in November increased, however, the RBNZ did not alter its forecast to the rate changes. The tone of the RBNZ has been more dovish than usual during the last months. If it changes the course based on inflation and employment data, we can anticipate some volatility to the NZD.

    US preliminary GDP (Wed, 15:30 MT (13:30 GMT) – the economy of the US grew by 3.5% in the last quarter, higher, than the expected 3.3% by experts. The digits came as a result of positive releases of private inventory investment, personal consumption expenditures, local and state government spending, nonresidential fixed investment, and federal government spending. On Wednesday, analysts anticipate the preliminary GDP to reach 3.6%. If this data is higher than expected, it will contribute to the rise of the USD.

    The speech by the Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell (Wed, 19:00 MT (17:00 GMT) – the Fed Chair will make his speech on the topic “The Federal Reserve’s Framework for Monitoring Financial Stability” in New York. Yet another possibility for the USD traders to take an advantage from the volatility.

    US Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes (Thu, 21:00 MT (19:00 GMT) – in November the Fed downgraded its assessment of the business investment level. We expect the Thursday’s meeting to shed the light on the bank’s concern about the slowdown. In addition, the hints on December’s rate hike are expected.

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    Yesterday, the British Prime Minister Theresa May got the deal from the European Commission. European leaders warned Britain that there is no plan “B”. For now, the future direction of Brexit depends on whether it can be approved by the Parliament. Politicians announced the middle of December to be the deadline for this decision. If it is no deal, then it will add the uncertainties amid the expectations of the second referendum or hard Brexit.

    One of the most anticipated events of the week is the G20 summit where the US president Trump and the Chinese president Xi Jinping will meet. If the steps resolving trade tensions are taken by both sides, it will be highly appreciated by markets. However, it will make the US Dollar weaker. In addition, the members will talk about the direction of oil prices in 2019.

    The Italian government will discuss the possibility of a lower deficit target today at 20:30 MT (18:30 GMT). Tria may present different budget goals during the meeting. However, the Italian deputy prime minister is not intended to change the fiscal measures. This can add uncertainties to the future measures of the Italian deficit.

    US, Mexico, and Canada may sign the USMCA trade agreement during this week.

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  • MartinWilliams
    Weekly CryptoNews


    Charlie Lee, the founder of Litecoin (LTC): “You can’t regulate something without controlling it … If states are very friendly and welcoming to it (which they should be) that would be better, but even if they put a ban on Bitcoin, people will still use Bitcoin … There’s a saying which I don’t think is passed around enough anymore and that’s “You can take your country out of Bitcoin, but you can’t take Bitcoin out of your country.” And it’s very true.”

    On Monday, Bitcoin crossed the psychological level at $5,000, testing the ground below $4,300. The analysts tell two main reasons for this slump. At first, the recent hard fork of Bitcoin Cash added uncertainties to the market. The hard fork happened due to the conflict resulted in the creation of two blockchains: Bitcoin ABC and Bitcoin SV. This led to a creation of two different coins listed to various exchanges, which started to battle over the hash power. In addition, the recent US Securities and Exchange Commission comments against ICOs disappointed the investors. The regulator applied penalties against two cryptocurrency companies because they failed to register initial coin offerings as securities. It’s also worth to mention, that the risk-off sentiment across equity markets might contribute to the bitcoin losses. On Wednesday, buyers pushed the price above the $4,700 level but did not manage to hold it. Today, the granddad of cryptocurrencies has already tested the support at $4,258. More uncertainties will pull its price below this level. If bulls are strong, Bitcoin can rise towards the resistance at $4,750.

    In other news:

    Chinese miners drop out of business. One of the Chinese mining pools F2Pool announced the recent collapse of a price forced companies to fire thousands of miners to stop losses.

    Chainalysis counted that the number of bitcoin payments decreased by 80% since December 2017 because of the recent Bitcoin plunge.

    Cryptocurrency exchange platform OKEx closed positions in the amount of 135 million dollars without any warning. That’s why traders had big losses.


    Bitcoin ABC can be called a winner of the “hash war” as most of the crypto exchanges and CoinMarketCap accepted it as BitcoinCash adherent. As for BCH SV, it was accepted as a separate coin. Will the bleeding of the crypto market stop as the war ended?

    Grant Thornton International approved stablecoin USDC is backed by US dollars.


    Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will launch its own cryptocurrency in 2019. It will be used as an internal currency for trans-border transactions between the banks.

    Since January 1, 3000 cigarette stores in France are planning to launch operations in Bitcoin.

    New releases:

    The launch of a new trading platform Bakkt and start of Bitcoin-futures trades was postponed to January 24, 2019.

    Bitcoin $4,380.1(-4.15%)

    DASH $106.0 (-6.99%)

    Ethereum $124.89 (-7.23%)

    Litecoin: $31.71 (-5.68%)

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  • MartinWilliams
    News to trade on November 22

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    Please, note!

    On November 22nd and 23rd due to Thanksgiving celebration, the trading schedule for metals and American futures will be changed.

    On November 22nd:

    •Trading for XAUUSD, XAGUSD, Palladium, Platinum will be closed at 20:00 MT;

    •Trading for WTI, BRENT will be closed at 19:45 MT

    On November 23rd:

    •Trading for XAUUSD, XAGUSD, Palladium, Platinum will be closed at 20:45 MT

    •Trading for WTI, BRENT will be closed at 20:30 MT

    Please, keep these changes in mind when planning your trading sessions. Do not hesitate to contact the FBS Support team in case you have any questions.

    Yesterday, the European Commission rejected the proposed Italian budget. Italian authorities including deputy's Prime Minister Matteo Salvini are planning future negotiations on this topic. Positive news can help the EUR to gain towards the resistance at 1.1487. If the uncertainties appear, EUR/USD will fall to the support at 1.1350.

    The EU and the UK negotiators have agreed on draft Brexit, according to today's news. Now the future of this agreement depends on the decision of 27 EU members. This is a good news ahead of the EU Summit on November 25. The British PM Theresa May will try to finalize the Brexit agreement before Sunday's summit. Today, she is expected to make her speech to parliament at 16:30 MT (14:30 GMT) time.The GBP was supported heavily by the news, jumping above the resistance at the central pivot at 1.2874 and testing the 1.29 level. The next resistance for the cable lies at 1.3026. In case, of uncertainties, the British pound can fall towards the support at 1.2677.

    During the Asian session, the NDZ/USD sellers pulled the New Zealand dollar, making it the biggest loser during the Thanksgiving holidays. The kiwi propped below the support at the central pivot at 0.6820. The next support lies at 0.6756. If the risk-on sentiment across the equity markets stabilizes, NZD/USD will rise towards the resistance at 0.6882 (200-day MA).

    As for the AUD, the economists at ANZ pushed their expectations for a rate hike to August 2020. It drove the Australian dollar to test the support at 100-day MA at 0.7251. If the bearish pressure increases, AUD/USD can fall towards the next support at 0.7216. The risk-on sentiment can help the aussie to stick above 0.7277.

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  • MartinWilliams
    News to trade on November 21

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    The US dollar index fell from the resistance at 96.69 ahead of the European session.

    The release of core durable goods orders today at 15:30 MT time can impact on the further movement of the USD. Analysts expect it to increase by 0.4%. If the actual data outperforms the forecast, it will lift the greenback higher. In that case, the US Dollar index will stick above the 96.69 resistance. The next resistance for the index lies at 97.13. If the actual digits disappoint the market, the USD index will slide towards the support at 95.88.

    The risk-off sentiment across the Asian equity markets has continued today amid the further declines on Wall Street. Despite that fact, the Antipodeans started bid on Wednesday after the massive falls yesterday. The weak US dollar can help the aussie to stick above the resistance at 0.7250 (100-day MA). However, the negative news on future negotiations between the US and China can have a negative effect on AUD/USD. For instance, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer criticized the trade practices of China, calling them "market-distorting". Further negative news on the trade war ahead of the meeting of the Chinese president Xi and US president Trump in a couple of weeks, as well as the stronger US Dollar, can pull the Australian dollar below the support at 0.7216. The next key level for AUD/USD lies at 50-day MA which acts as a support at 0.7170.

    NZD/USD follows a similar scenario. The bullish US Dollar index and negative news on trade negotiations will move the pair down to the support at 0.6756. In case of the increased risk-on sentiment, the kiwi will stick above the resistance at 0.6820. The next resistance is situated at 200-day MA at 0.6882.

    What about the European session?

    At first, we anticipate the European Commission to make a decision on the revised Italian budget at 13:00 MT time. For now, the unchanged deficit targets in the budget may trigger worries, as Italy is in breach of the EU law. According to European sources, the public debt cannot be higher than 60% of GDP. However, Italy keeps being skeptical and says the expansionary measures are needed to support the whole European economy. If the European Commission disapproves the proposal, it will have a negative effect on the EUR. EUR/USD will likely to fall below the support at 1.1350. If the pair extends falls, the next support lies at 1.1280. However, if the budget targets are successfully renegotiated, EUR/USD will rise towards the resistance at 1.1487.

    As for GBP/USD, the British Prime Minister Theresa May is scheduled to meet with the European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at 18:30 MT time ahead of the EU summit on November 25 where the official version of the Withdrawal Agreement to be presented. Yesterday GBP/USD fell amid the new uncertaintes. It demanded the Madrid's veto over Gibraltar's future status. Otherwise, it will vote against a deal. However, a single country cannot have a major influence on blocking the agreement. It is worth to mention, Gibraltar has been a major point of contention in British-Spanish relations.

    If the British pound is supported by the positive Brexit news, it will go upwards to face the 1.2874 resistance. Further uncertainty will drive the cable down to the support at 1.2677.

    The news reported the Saudi Arabian oil production surged to a record high in early November.

    In addition, today the Iraq Deputy oil minister announced the OPEC will meet to stabilize the crude's prices and supply. Tomorrow they will meet to discuss the oil output cuts.

    WTI was slightly lifted by the news. Yesterday it fell below the pivot support at 53.69. News on production cut will help WTI to rise above 53.69 and move towards the resistance at 57.48. If more news on the rising oil supply is published, the further falls will drive the oil price below the 53.69 level. The next support is placed at 50.97 pivot.

    Brent fell below the 63.85 level yesterday. Comments on controlling the oil supply will help Brent to stick above the resistance at 63.85. Otherwise, it will fall downwards to the support at 60.65.

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  • MartinWilliams
    News to trade on November 20

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    The British pound started to recover yesterday after Theresa May’s comments on Brexit during the CBI conference. In addition, the rumors on submitting the no-confidence vote in her leadership started to fade after ministers failed to reach the target of 48 letters. Today, the Bank of England Governor Mark Carney testified the inflation report to the parliament. According to his words, BOE is not going to provide additional analysis of a no-deal Brexit scenario and look at a scenario related to the withdrawal agreement. In addition, BOE policymaker Michael Saunders commented on slowing economic conditions due to Brexit and announced the gradual tightening of the policy. The mixed comments resulted in GBP/USD trading sideways during the day. If there is more positive news on Brexit, the British pound can stick above the resistance at 1.2874. Dovish comments and negative news will move the pair down to the support at 1.2677.

    OPEC-Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee will have a meeting later today. Earlier, The International Energy Agency (IEA) Chief Faith Birol said the oil prices are entering the time of uncertainties. More comments from OPEC members can shake the oil market.

    Crude is trading sideways while the comments from leaders on oil supply keep affecting the market. If the comments during the OPEC meetings are related to the reduction of oil production, Brent can rise towards the resistance at 67.86. Otherwise, it will fall downwards to the support at 63.85.

    As for WTI, the uncertainties on the market yesterday formed a hanging man candlestick. It demonstrates the strong resistance at 57.48. The cut of the production can help WTI to stick above 57.48. More comments on unsuccessful US sanctions will make WTI drop towards 53.69.

    Yesterday, International Monetary fund warned about the risks in the Australian economy. The key topics included the path of lower interest rates by RBA, slowing in the housing market and risks from trade tensions. In addition, the RBA announced the possible rate hike during the next meeting. However, it did not have a major effect on the AUD, as the risk-off sentiment across the technical stocks’ holders drove the aussie below the central pivot at 0.7237. Today, AUD/USD has tested the 50-day MA. If the risk-off sentiment escalates, the support for the AUD/USD lies at 0.7216. Otherwise, it will rise upwards to the resistance at 0.7390. In addition, the trade tensions between the US and China keep being the market mover. That’s why this news may affect the Australian currency.

    The New Zealand dollar was supported today by the stronger milk production data. The trade tensions between the US and China will add a downside momentum to NZD/USD. In that case, it will fall towards the support at 0.6820. Otherwise, the first resistance lies at 200-day MA at 0.6882.

    The main factors that affecting EUR/USD today are the anticipation of the response to the proposal of the revised Italian budget tomorrow. Italy's deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio suggested the further negotiations on the budget solution with EU authorities without getting rid of main measures in the budget. For now, the spread between Italian and German 10-year bond yields keeps rising. As a result, the EUR has been falling today. If the spread increases, EUR/USD will drown to the support at 1.1350. However, if the USD weakens, it will have the pair to get back its gains. In that case, the resistance lies at 1.1451.

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  • MartinWilliams
    5 things you need to know this week


    Reserve bank of Australia monetary policy meeting minutes (Tue, 2:30 MT (00:30 GMT)) – the central bank is anticipated to repeat its positive economic forecasts, at the same time being cautious about the further steps in monetary policy.

    Speech by the Bank of Japan governor Kuroda (Tue, 5:30 MT (3:30 GMT)) – On Monday the Japanese governor Haruhiko Kuroda said about the good conditions of the economy. BOJ will continue to conduct its ultra-loose monetary policy, according to his words. He mentioned the declining profits of regional banks as one of the risks of destabilizing the financial system. We will see, how his speech in Tokyo on Tuesday can affect the Japanese currency.

    British inflation report hearings (Tue, 12:00 MT (10 GMT)) – the Governor of the Bank of England and the monetary policy committee are scheduled to present the inflation report to the Parliament.

    US Core durable goods orders m/m (Wed, 15:30 MT (13:30 GMT) – the indicator is expected to rise by 0.4%. It represents the change in the total value of new purchase orders for durable goods, excluding transportation items.

    Canadian CPI and core retail sales m/m (Fri, 15:30 MT (13:30 GMT)) – Last months' digits for both of the indicators disappointed the investors. They fell by 0.4% (vs. expected rise of +0.1%). The forecasts have not been released yet, but we are awaiting them closer to the release. If this month's data is higher than the expectations, the Canadian dollar can gain.

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    US vice president Mike Pence fueled the tensions between the US and China during the APEC talks in Papua New Guinea. He warned APEC nations against taking Chinese loans. At the same time, Chinese president Xi expressed his negative opinion on US tariffs. The disagreement on WTO reforms led countries to failure on reaching a consensus on the final statement after two days of speaking. As for the US and China, this weekend added doubts on reaching a further deal during the meeting of US president Trump and Xi Jimping at the G20 Summit.

    Brexit news keeps attracting the attention of the market. For now, Theresa May received 42 votes of no-confidence. If this number reaches 48, the possibility for May to stay as a leader of the party and the prime minister will decline. In addition, Michel Barnier suggested prolonging a transition period for Great Britain to December 2022. We anticipate the special EU summit on November 25 as a date for discussing the deal between sides.

    Oil fell after the comments made by Iranian president Rouhani. He noted that the US failed with sanctions. Iran will continue to supply oil to other nations.

    The European Commission is expected to deliver its response to the proposal of the revised Italian budget on Wednesday. Earlier, Italy left its deficit target unchanged at 2.4 percent in 2019. Future uncertainties can shake the euro.

    Have a successful week of trading!

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  • MartinWilliams
    Japanese exports rebound in October

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    In October, Japan's exports rebounded following dives provoked by a series of natural disasters. That’s what a Reuters survey disclosed on Friday. However, fears over global demand as well as the US-China trade conflict still pressure.

    Exports were anticipated to leap by 9% in October from 2017. That’s the fastest tempo of gain since January, according to the interview of 16 financial analysts. In September, they dived by 1.3%.

    As for imports, they rallied by 14.5% from 2017, providing a trade deficit of up to 70 billion yen.

    Financial analysts told that the overall tempo pace of expansion in global trade is currently decelerating and Japan’s exports surge has appeared to be quite sluggish. However, they’re assured that adverse impacts from natural disasters diminished.

    Notwithstanding the fact the American economy is firm enough, but the economies in other areas are slumping, thus impacting global trade, including Japan's exports.

    The finance ministry is expected to uncover the trade data at 8:50 a.m. on November 19.

    In addition to this, the survey also disclosed that the nationwide core consumer price index without fresh food prices, but with fuel costs managed to head north by up to 1% in October from 2017. That’s a steady outcome from September.

    Besides this, financial analysts added that leaps in crude prices till September probably assisted to ramp up costs of energy-related items, although those weren’t firm enough to have the core CPI underpinned.

    Furthermore, the Japanese government is expected to uncover the CPI data on November 22 at 8:30 a.m.

    As a matter of fact, Japan's economy headed south more than anticipated in the third quarter, affected by natural disasters as well as a dive in exports. That’s a worrying sign that trade protectionism is starting to heavily impact overseas demand.

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  • MartinWilliams
    News to trade on November 15

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    The series of unfortunate events are chasing the British pound today. At first, the release of retail sales dropped by 0.5% (vs. the expected rise of 0.2%). After that, the UK Brexit Minister Dominic Raab announced his resignation. According to his words, he cannot further support the current terms of the Brexit proposal to EU. Despite that, the UK Conservative Lawmaker said that committee has the 48 letters calling for a no-confidence vote against the UK PM May As a result, GBP/USD fell significantly testing the October's lows. Up to this moment, it is testing the support at 1.2817. If more uncertainties appear, GBP/USD can extend slide towards the support at 1.2677. Positive news on Brexit will help the pair to recover. If it happens, the resistance for the pair lies at 1.3035.

    The United States is awaiting the releases of retail sales and core retail sales at 15:30 MT time. Experts forecast the total retail sales to increase by 0.6% in October. At the same time, the level of retail sales excluding automobiles will rise by 0.5%. Higher-than-expected levels will be supportive for the greenback. In addition, the speech by the Fed Chair Powell at 18:30 can bring some optimism to US dollar bulls.

    Earlier today, the Fed Chair Jerome Powell could not help the USD to recover from the weak CPI release. As a result, the US dollar index could not hold its price at 97 level. If the USD gains support today from the retail release, it will rise above the resistance at 97.21. Otherwise, it can fall towards the support at 96.35, unless the Fed Chair fails to deliver a positive message.

    The level of crude oil inventories is anticipated at 18:00 MT time. The number of barrels is projected to increase by the additional 2.9 million. If the actual level is higher, the oil price will extend its losses. Recently, OPEC announced the future plans of 1.4 million production cut in December. As a result, Brent gained, testing the 66.06 resistance yesterday. If OPEC continues to follow the strategy of rising barrel prices, Brent can cross the resistance at 66.06. The next resistance lies at 67.96. However, the increased levels of oil production will drive Brent towards the support at 62.98.

    As for WTI, it also rose and tested the resistance at 56.26. The supply cut will pull the price above the 56.26. The next resistance is placed at 58.11. Bearish pressure can move WTI downwards to the next support at 53.25.

    The upbeat employment data for Australia supported the aussie today. The number of employed people increased by 32.8 thousand workers (vs. 19.9 expected) and the unemployment rate hit 5% (vs. the expectations of 5.1%). It helped the Australian dollar to cross the 100-day MA at 0.7254 and test the resistance at 0.7292. Risk-on sentiment across the equity market will help the Australian dollar to stick above 0.7292. However, the US Vice President Mike Pence said about no plans of meeting with Chinese officials in near future. It can increase the US-China uncertainties according to the future direction of the trade war and make the aussie fell below the support at 0.7237 towards the next support at 0.7171.

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    News to trade on November 14

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    The British pound will be in focus today. At first, today's CPI release increased by a lower-than-expected level of +0.1%.

    After that, Theresa May is scheduled to meet with her cabinet to discuss the draft Brexit agreement at 16:00 MT time. If the Cabinet agrees, the next step will be to get the approval at the House of Commons. For now, the DUP from Northern Ireland and the Labour leadership expressed their negative opinions. However, Theresa May thinks the fear of a no-deal Brexit can drive Conservatives and Labor party to support the agreement.

    According to newspapers, the UK Cabinet Ministers Raab, Hunt, Javid, Gove, and Cox said they would agree on the draft Brexit paper.

    Up to now, Brexit headlines are driving the pair.

    Higher-than-expected CPI data can give a positive momentum to GBP/USD and help it to cross 50-day MA and 100-day MA and test the resistance at 1.3036. If the Brexit agreement will be approved, the cable will stick above 1.3036. However, if more uncertainties take over the market, the pair will fall below the 1.2896 support.

    CPI of the US is also gaining attention today at 15:30 MT. Analysts expect it to rise by 0.3% in October. As for the core CPI, it is forecast to increase by 0.2%. Comments by Chinese president Xi ahead of his meeting with President Trump at G20 and positive mood across the equity markets weakened the US Dollar, however, the inflation data can support the currency.

    On the daily chart of the US Dollar index, the index is trading lower than yesterday. If CPI is higher than expected, the index can rise above the resistance at 97.21. Weak CPI data and risk-on sentiment among traders can pull it down towards the 96.35 support.

    Yesterday the Italian government kept the budget targets for deficit and GDP for 2019 unchanged. In response, the European Commission may initiate the immoderate deficit procedure. If the USD gains after the CPI release, EUR/USD will fall below the support at 1.1265. If the bearish pressure for the pair weakens, the pair will stick above the resistance at 1.13.

    In its latest monthly oil market report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) cut the demand forecasts for the OPEC crude oil for 2019. Up to now, WTI is trading at November 2017 levels, testing the resistance at $56.26. If the easing of the sanctions continues, WTI can fall towards the next support at $53.25

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    News to trade on November 13

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    The British quarterly average earnings report was released today at 11:30 MT time. It reached 3% in this quarter as well as it was expected. It gave a positive momentum for the British pound. Hopes that the British Prime Minister Theresa May will present a draft of a workable Brexit deal by the November’s EU summit exist but still not clear.

    Yesterday the strong US dollar in a combination with never-ending Brexit tensions made the cable form a gap and test the support at 1.2817. Today’s release helped the British pound to test the resistance at 1.2896. However, more negative news on Brexit can push the pair below 1.2817.

    Italy is expected to resubmit its unfortunate budget today. Last month the European Commission rejected its budget, due to the lack of deficit control. However, Italy made very little changes to it. So, if the European Commission changes its mind today, watch EUR/USD turns bid.

    As we can see from the chart, yesterday a strong US dollar pushed the pair below the psychological level at 1.13 and made it fall below the next support at 1.1265. A series of lower highs created a bearish scenario for the pair. If the Italian budget to be approved today, the pair will have a chance to cross 1.1265. The next resistance lies at 1.13. In case of more uncertainties, the next support lies at 1.1197.

    During the Asian session, Chinese trade war negotiator announced his plans on visiting the US for trade talks. He attempts to ease rising trade tensions ahead of a meeting of Chinese president Xi and US president Trump.

    As a result, the Australian dollar bounced from the support at 0.7171 and is heading towards the resistance at 0.7237. If the bullish pressure continues, the aussie can stick above 0.7237. The strong USD can pull the pair below the support at 0.7171. The next support for the pair lies at 0.7117.

    As for NZD/USD, the pair is testing the resistance at 0.6726. The next resistance lies at 0.6825. If the USD is strong, the pair can fall downwards to the support at 100-day MA at 0.6658.

    Positive update of the trade negotiations increased the risk-on sentiment across the Asian equity markets. That is why USD/JPY is targeting the resistance at 114.268. The bullish pressure will help the pair to stick above 114.268. If the USD is weak, the pair will fall below the support at 113.609.

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