Dollar: Will NFPs Provide The EURUSD 1.30 Break, S&P 500 Reversal?

By John Kicklighter, Currency Strategist
  • Dollar: Will NFPs Provide the EURUSD 1.30 Break, S&P 500 Reversal?
  • Euro Drops Back to Serious Dollar Support, Troubles SNB as Crisis Fears Return
  • Swiss Franc: Central Bank Forced to Buy Euros as 1.2000 Violated
  • Canadian Dollar Rallies after Best Employment Report Showing In Over 3 Years
  • British Pound Shows Surprisingly Little Reaction to BoE’s Mum Rate Decision
  • Japanese Yen Troubles Growing as Risk Aversion Threatens Devaluation Effort
  • Gold Advances as Crisis Concerns Raise Demand for Alternative Reserve

Dollar: Will NFPs Provide the EURUSD 1.30 Break, S&P 500 Reversal?

Both the dollar and capital market benchmarks are so close to meaningful trend shifts that you can almost feel the heat from the major breakouts that would set the markets alight. With the countdown to NFPs ticking away and the return of European financial stability concerns, it would seem that we have the perfect storm for that critical move. However, there is a problem: unfavorable market conditions. FX traders are no doubt anxious for a meaningful drive, and the high-probability technical patterns that have developed across key dollar- and sentiment-backed benchmarks are feeding expectations. On the risk front, the S&P 500 (which has done its best to avoid the retrenchment that other asset classes have submitted to) dropped back below 1400 and now stands at a 1390-floor that would represent a significant step towards reversal if it fell. EURUSD is the most prominent dollar representative. As the most liquid pair in the market, a break below 1.3000 carries more weight as a fundamental swing rather than an erratic, volatility-derived move.

Ultimately, taking that decisive step to usher in a new thematic trend requires the conviction (or fear) of the masses . That will be hard to do over the final 24 hours of this trading week. While the currency markets are trading, much of the Western World’s capital markets will be closed for the Good Friday holiday. With much of the speculative world offline, we will certainly see a concentration of speculators trading what instruments they can; but it is the ‘investors’ that provide trend. To feed momentum – and in this scenario a bear trend – we need a steady cascade of sell orders at progressively lower levels. Without equities and other critical capital markets online, the impetus to deleverage to raise liquidity and divert capital to safe havens like the dollar will be naturally stunted.

That said, the same conditions that curb trend development also leverage volatility – a concentration of traders that are quick to jump onto fresh momentum are bound to skew things. For that reason, FX traders will need to be particularly careful with how they treat a post- NFPs market reaction. The benchmark for high volatility will likely be heightened, so a larger deviation from the 205,000-payroll and 8.3 percent jobless rate consensus may be needed to shake things up. There is also the question of whether a significant improvement would be bullish or bearish for the dollar. As the market’s favored safe haven currency, a disappointment would lead to drop in capital markets and demand for the greenback (Treasuries). Yet, we have seen the dollar respond more actively to hawkish developments in monetary policy (no QE3, hike in 2013) than pure risk trends recently. But, that may be more a reflection of the lack of any true risk aversion drives so far this year.

Euro Drops Back to Serious Dollar Support, Troubles SNB as Crisis Fears Return

Despite the improved perceptions of regional health after Greece won approval on its second bailout program and its private sector bond restructuring, medium-term issues between fiscal and economic health persist for much of the Euro Zone periphery. This past session, the financial media’s appetite for bloody headlines increased with fresh waves of trouble for Portugal and Spain. The fear is that the former country (already a bailout recipient) will need a ‘bridge’ as it tries to reenter the market next year. That concern was reinforced by news that some of Portugal’s municipalities (“town halls”) may need to restructure their debt. The greater threat though rests on Spain’s shoulders. Whether the issue is the countries’ banks real estate holdings, regional debt, Prime Minister Rajoy’s loosened deficit target – its troubles are “severe.”

Swiss Franc: Central Bank Forced to Buy Euros as 1.2000 Violated

On a day packed with volatility, the most remarkable development over the past 24 hours came from a franc-based pair. That doesn’t happen too often – especially with a pair that is artificially capped. Yet, it was exactly that manipulation that leveraged the importance of the EURCHF’s tumble Thursday . Since September, the SNB has fulfilled its vows to keep this critical pair above 1.2000. That seven-month trend ended yesterday with the euro’s market-wide tumble. The SNB reportedly spent €1Bln pushing the pair back above 1.2000 and they have another €9Bln to keep it up. That may not be enough. With the market only 10-15 pips from its floor, the SNB may need to activate a nuclear option.

Canadian Dollar Rallies after Best Employment Report Showing In Over 3 Years

The Canadian employment stats wouldn’t disappoint Thursday; but despite the free movement without NFPs to immediately curb speculative interest after the report, the loonie wouldn’t win any critical trend points. The 82,300 jobs added in March was the biggest single monthly increase since September 2008. That figure is further backed by solid permanent job numbers as well as a drop in the jobless rate to 7.2 percent. Yet, neither USDCAD nor CADJPY could break their respective congestion patterns. AUDCAD couldn’t even extend an existing trend.

British Pound Shows Surprisingly Little Reaction to BoE’s Mum Rate Decision

One of the most disappointing ‘high profile’ pieces of event risk in the FX world is the Bank of England’s rate decision. Not only is the central bank’s moves known well ahead of time (effective transparency), but their custom of withholding commentary when no changes are taken leaves speculators walking away with absolutely nothing to work with. Nevertheless, traders will persevere. With the most recent 50 billion sterling worked into the bond program and a fresh round of data (including Q1 GDP) available for next months’ decision, there is plenty to speculate on.

Japanese Yen Troubles Growing as Risk Aversion Threatens Devaluation Effort

We knew that this would be a prominent and persistent threat to Japanese policy officials’ efforts to devalue their currency. Risk aversion is the catalyst for carry trade deleveraging . For the yen to depreciate, carry demand has to hold steady (if not strengthen). With the S&P 500 in an exaggerated bull trend this year without a meaningful correction and signs that central banks are pulling back on stimulus, it is only a matter of time before there is a natural risk (and carry retracement). We had a taste of that Thursday, but a bigger move still awaits.

Gold Advances as Crisis Concerns Raise Demand for Alternative Reserve

The greenback managed a third consecutive rally through this past session, but the momentum behind the move is flagging. The restraint allowed gold’s more concerted effort to produce a bullish close of its own. News that credit rating agency Egan Jones (the first to downgrade the United State’s top rating) lowered the US measure again to AA boosts the alternative-store-of-wealth and anti-inflation appeal that the metal represents. However, the real catalyst for this drive was the renewed fear surrounding Europe’s financial stress. Gold is still a glut for options.

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ECONOMIC DATA

Next 24 Hours

GMT

Currency

Release

Survey

Previous

Comments

5:00

JPY

Coincident Index (FEB P)

93.6

92.7

Japanese preliminary February surveys expected to grow, may show yen effects on economy

5:00

JPY

Leading Index (FEB P)

95.8

94.4

12:30

USD

Change in Non-farm Payrolls (MAR)

205K

227K

US labor markets expected to cool slightly after large recovery, manufacturing sector expected to weaken substantially

12:30

USD

Change in Private Payrolls (MAR)

221K

233K

12:30

USD

Change in Manufacturing Payrolls (MAR)

21K

31K

12:30

USD

Unemployment Rate (MAR)

8.3%

8.3%

12:30

USD

Underemployment Rate (U6) (MAR)

14.9%

12:30

USD

Avg Hourly Earning All Employees (MoM) (MAR)

0.2%

0.1%

Labor productivity growing moderately, show gain if economy picks up recovery pace

12:30

USD

Avg Hourly Earning All Employees (YoY) (MAR)

1.9%

1.9%

12:30

USD

Avg Weekly Hours All Employees (MAR)

34.5

34.5

12:30

USD

Change in Household Employment (MAR)

428

19:00

USD

Consumer Credit (FEB)

$12.000B

$17.776B

Credit weaker on higher yields

CHF

Business Climate Index (1Q)

128.2

Swiss national surveys may slow drop on global recovery sentiment; strong CHF still restrains

CHF

Entrepreneur Confidence Index (1Q)

122

SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE LEVELS

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CLASSIC SUPPORT/RESISTANCE – EMERGING MARKETS 18:00 GMT

SCANDIES CURRENCIES 18:00 GMT

Currency

USD/MXN

USD/TRY

USD/ZAR

USD/HKD

USD/SGD

Currency

USD/SEK

USD/DKK

USD/NOK

Resist 2

16.5000

2.0000

9.2080

7.8165

1.3650

Resist 2

7.5800

5.6625

6.1150

Resist 1

14.3200

1.9000

8.5800

7.8075

1.3250

Resist 1

6.5175

5.3100

5.7075

Spot

12.8759

1.7914

7.8307

7.7644

1.2597

Spot

6.7544

5.6974

5.7953

Support 1

12.5000

1.6500

6.5575

7.7490

1.2000

Support 1

6.0800

5.1050

5.3040

Support 2

11.5200

1.5725

6.4295

7.7450

1.1800

Support 2

5.8085

4.9115

4.9410

INTRA-DAY PROBABILITY BANDS 18:00 GMT

\ Currency

EUR/USD

GBP/USD

USD/JPY

USD/CHF

USD/CAD

AUD/USD

NZD/USD

EUR/JPY

GBP/JPY

Resist. 3

1.3206

1.5964

83.21

0.9309

1.0014

1.0415

0.8256

108.92

131.91

Resist. 2

1.3169

1.5930

82.98

0.9282

0.9994

1.0384

0.8230

108.56

131.49

Resist. 1

1.3133

1.5896

82.75

0.9254

0.9973

1.0353

0.8205

108.19

131.08

Spot

1.3060

1.5828

82.29

0.9200

0.9932

1.0291

0.8154

107.47

130.25

Support 1

1.2987

1.5760

81.83

0.9146

0.9891

1.0229

0.8103

106.75

129.42

Support 2

1.2951

1.5726

81.60

0.9118

0.9870

1.0198

0.8078

106.38

129.00

Support 3

1.2914

1.5692

81.37

0.9091

0.9850

1.0167

0.8052

106.02

128.59

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