Friday, September 7, 2012

Non Farm Payrolls Preview

Coming Up Today

  • UK Manufacturing Production
  • Canadian Employment Change
  • US Non Farm Payrolls

The ECB Meeting came and went yesterday. The big surprise was that Mario Draghi announced that the central bank had cut its GDP forecasts for the EU for 2012 and 2013. All that other bond buying stuff was as expected. In any event, on the news, the EURUSD tanked from about 1.2650 to 1.2560. But, that move was short lived as Forex traders quickly ignored the EU and took their cue from equity traders that were going bananas on the strong ADP Employment change and Initial Claims figures that were released. The news caused the S&P 500 to hit four year highs. As a result, rather than care about the cut in GDP forecasts, Forex traders put their attention on the fact that the ECB was in fact going to expand its bond purchasing program (big surprise!) and positive US news. The change in sentiment triggered an overall risk rally that continues this morning.

 Yesterday’s moves bring us to today’s Non Farm Payrolls. Based on last month’s better than expected data and yesterday’s ADP figure, it’s safe to say that Forex traders are expecting to see another positive result. Two items to watch are the USDJPY and Gold. The USDJPY spiked higher from around 78.40 to a high of 79.00 on the ADP news yesterday. Similariliy, prices of Gold fell as the dollar strengthened against other safe havens. However, until this morning, Gold’s weakness was minimal. As such, prices of Gold could see a sharp rally if the NFP fails to impress and expectations of QE3 entering the market. On the other hand, the USDJPY continues to look like a solid buy on positive US news. Although the Bank of Japan is setting pat itself and isn’t stimulating, it appears like Forex traders are looking for excuses to short the yen.  

Charts to Watch

EURCHF: Back from the dead, the EURCHF has sprung to life over the last few days. Currently the pair traded above 1.2100 this morning and has found support on its way. Traders should keep watching to see if another base forms in the pair to reveal support that was sitting at 1.2000 has climbed higher.

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