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The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will announce its next monetary policy decision on Tuesday, December 6 at 03:30 GMT and as we get closer to the re

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will announce its next monetary policy decision on Tuesday, December 6 at 03:30 GMT and as we get closer to the release time, here are the forecasts by the economists and researchers of 10 major banks regarding the upcoming central bank's decision. The RBA is set to hike the Official Cash Rate (OCR) by 25 bps from 2.85% to 3.10%, summing up to a total of 300 bps in rate increases in eight months. ANZ “We do think a December pause will be considered, but with the RBA not meeting again until February and the recent wages and employment data being robust we expect the cash rate target to be lifted 25 bps to 3.10%.” Westpac “We anticipate that the RBA will lift the cash rate by 25 bps, to 3.10%. Inflation is still too high and more work needs to be done in our view. Annual headline inflation is expected to hit the 8% mark in the December quarter and to still be above the 2-3 target band at the end of 2023 (at about 4%, we expect).” Standard Chartered “We expect the RBA to hike the cash rate by 25 bps to 3.10% from 2.85% previously. At the November meeting, the central bank reiterated its view that monetary policy operates with a lag and recent rate hikes are yet to be reflected in mortgage payments. In addition, latest data shows that housing prices are already falling on a YoY basis. However, inflation levels remain elevated. The labour market remains very tight and wage pressures remain. As such, we think the RBA may have to continue hiking, but at 25 bps increments instead of 50 bps.”  UOB “We are penciling in another 25 bps hike, which will take the OCR to 3.10%. Thereafter, we look for a hold.” ING “We have decided that the central bank is no longer particularly concerned with the flow of data, and will hike rates another 25 bps despite recent softer-than-expected inflation.”  Danske Bank “We expect a 25 bps hike.” TDS “We expect a 25 bps increase in the target rate to 3.10%, but all eyes will be on any shift in the language suggesting the RBA will pause in early 2023. We don't expect the RBA to shut the door to further rate hikes in 2023 but given the Bank has raised the cash rate 300 bps, 7 months ahead of assumptions, a dovish tweak cannot be ruled out.” SocGen “We expect the RBA to increase its cash rate target from 2.85% to 3.10%.  While policymakers continue to say that they have not ruled out returning to 50 bps hike if necessary, we don’t think that the current environment justifies returning to a 50 bps hike. We reiterate our recently revised terminal policy rate forecast of 3.85%, which matches our forecast of the terminal Fed Funds rate at 5.25% (upper bound).”  Citibank “The final meeting of the year will likely see the RBA hike for the eighth consecutive month. Citi analysts keep their quarterly inflation forecast unchanged at 1.7% and still expect a terminal rate next year unchanged at 3.35% with another 25 bps hike in February to be the last in the cycle, though risks are still tilted to the upside.” NAB “We expect a 25 bps increase. High inflation, a tight labour market and accelerating inflation mean it is too early for the RBA to pause, even as they prioritise keeping the economy on an ‘even keel’. As for the post-Meeting Statement, this could equivocate a little further on the guidance that the Board expects further interest rate hikes in the period ahead.”  

The Institute of Supply Management (ISM) will release the Non-Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) - also known as the ISM Services PMI – at

US ISM Services PMI Overview The Institute of Supply Management (ISM) will release the Non-Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) - also known as the ISM Services PMI – at 15:00 GMT this Monday. The gauge is expected to edge down to 53.1 in November from 54.4 in the previous month. Given that the Fed looks more at inflation than growth, investors will keep a close eye on the Prices Paid sub-component, which is anticipated to rise from 70.7 in October to 73.6 during the reported month. How Could it Affect EUR/USD? Ahead of the key release, the US Dollar drops to over a five-month low amid growing acceptance that the Fed will slow the pace of its rate-hiking cycle. Any disappointment from the US ISM Services PMI will reinforce expectations for a less aggressive policy tightening by the US central bank and exert additional downward pressure on the greenback. Conversely, a stronger reading might fail to impress the USD bulls, suggesting that the path of least resistance for the EUR/USD pair is to the upside. Valeria Bednarik, Chief Analyst at FXStreet, offers a brief technical overview and explains: “The EUR/USD pair holds on to most of its early gains, and the daily chart shows that the risk is skewed to the upside. The pair is posting a third consecutive higher high, also higher lows, while extending gains beyond its 200 Simple Moving Average (SMA), currently at 1.0360. The 20 SMA kept advancing below the longer one and is close to crossing above it. Technical indicators, in the meantime, remain directionless, with the Momentum within positive levels and the Relative Strength Index (RSI) at around 70, without signs of bullish exhaustion.” “The 4-hour chart shows that bulls retain control. An early dip to 1.0518 was quickly reverted, reflecting strong buying interest. At the same time, moving averages maintain their upward slopes below the current level, with the 20 SMA accelerating north and providing dynamic support at around 1.0480. Technical indicators lack directional strength but hold well above their midlines, in line with the absence of selling power,” Valeria adds further. Key Notes  •  EUR/USD Forecast: Bulls working to overtake 1.0600  •  EUR/USD Price Analysis: Immediately to the upside aligns 1.0614  •  EUR/USD eyes additional gains to the 1.0650/1.0750 range – Scotiabank About the US ISM manufacturing PMI The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Index shows business conditions in the US manufacturing sector. It is a significant indicator of the overall economic condition in the US. A result above 50 is seen as positive (or bullish) for the USD, whereas a result below 50 is seen as negative (or bearish).

Canada Building Permits (MoM) came in at -1.4%, above expectations (-2%) in October

The GBP/USD pair reverses a mid-European session dip to the 1.2235-1.2230 area and remains well within the striking distance of its highest level sinc

GBP/USD retreats a bit from a multi-month high, though lacks follow-through.The technical setup still favours bulls and supports prospects for further gains.A sustained break below the 200 DMA is needed to negate the positive outlook.The GBP/USD pair reverses a mid-European session dip to the 1.2235-1.2230 area and remains well within the striking distance of its highest level since June 17 touched earlier this Monday. The attempted intraday US Dollar recovery from over a five-month low lacks bullish conviction amid bets that the Fed will slow the pace of its policy tightening as soon as in December. This, in turn, is seen as a key factor lending support to the GBP/USD pair. That said, a bleak outlook for the UK economy acts as a headwind for the British Pound and keeps a lid on spot prices, at least for now. From a technical perspective, the top end of over a two-month-old upward-sloping channel, currently around mid-1.2300s, continues to cap the upside for the GBP/USD pair. That said, last week's sustained move and acceptance above a technically significant 200-day Simple Moving Average (SMA) for the first time in 2022 support prospects for an eventual breakout through the ascending channel. That said, oscillators on the daily chart have moved on the verge of breaking into the overbought zone and warrant some caution. This makes it prudent to wait for some near-term consolidation or a modest pullback before positioning for the next leg up. Nevertheless, the bias still seems tilted firmly in favour of bullish traders and supports prospects for a further near-term appreciating move. In the meantime, the daily low, around the 1.2235-1.2230 region, now seems to protect the immediate downside ahead of the 1.2200 round-figure mark. Any subsequent decline could still be seen as a buying opportunity and remain limited near the 1.2150 region (200-DMA). The latter should act as a pivotal point, which if broken decisively will negate the positive outlook for the GBP/USD pair. GBP/USD daily chart Key levels to watch  

A strong week for GBP/USD has seen the pair clear with ease the key 200-Day Moving Average, now at 1.2144. Analysts at Credit Suisse look for further

A strong week for GBP/USD has seen the pair clear with ease the key 200-Day Moving Average, now at 1.2144. Analysts at Credit Suisse look for further strength to the May high at 1.2668. Initial support seen at 1.2251 “Cable achieved and briefly exceed the 50% retracement of the 2021-2022 fall and August highs at 1.2278/98. With the pair pulling back below here, we continue to look for a consolidation phase to emerge in the near term. Big picture, we look for this to be temporary if indeed seen, with further strength expected in due course to resistance next at 1.2408, ahead of 1.2519 and eventually the May high at 1.2668, potentially even as far as the 61.8% retracement at 1.2758.” “Support is seen at 1.2251 initially, with 1.2155/35 ideally holding. A break can see a deeper setback to the 13-Day Exponential Average at 1.2049, but with fresh buyers expected here.”  

EUR/USD is inching towards next resistance zone of 1.0630/1.0690. Failure to surpass this area could lead to a short-term pullback, economists at Soci

EUR/USD is inching towards next resistance zone of 1.0630/1.0690. Failure to surpass this area could lead to a short-term pullback, economists at Société Générale report.  The bounce is likely to persist “EUR/USD has given a break above the brief consolidation since mid-November; this crossover highlights the bounce is likely to persist.” “The pair is gradually inching towards next potential resistance zone at 1.0630/1.0690 representing projections, the low of March 2020 and the descending trend line connecting highs of June 2021 and February 2022. In case the up-move falters near this hurdle, a short-term pullback is not ruled out.”   “EUR/USD has recently reclaimed its 200DMA and ideally this Moving Average (1.0365) should provide support should a pullback develop. Failure can lead to a revisit of the lower end of recent consolidation zone near 1.0220.”  

The Turkish Lira has continued to display remarkable stability against the US Dollar in November. Nonetheless, risks remain heavily tilted to the down

The Turkish Lira has continued to display remarkable stability against the US Dollar in November. Nonetheless, risks remain heavily tilted to the downside for the TRY, in the view of economists at MUFG Bank. Intervention is helping to support TRY “According to Bloomberg, Turkey has stepped up interventions to support the Lira over the last couple of months which had raised total intervention close to USD100 billion through to October. The recent pick-up in intervention has coincided with further rate cuts from the CBRT who have continued to lower rates despite elevated inflation.” “Looser monetary policy and credit growth is being deployed to support growth ahead of next year’s elections. Turkey is also acting to secure additional financing from Saudi Arabia and Qatar to support the Lira.” “We continue to expect recent TRY stability to be followed by further weakness.”  

The USD/JPY pair attracts some buyers near the 134.15-134.10 area on Monday and snaps a five-day losing streak to its lowest level since August 16. Sp

USD/JPY gains some positive traction and snaps a five-day losing streak to a multi-month low.A modest USD recovery from over a five-month low is seen as a key factor offering support.Expectations for smaller Fed rate hikes hold back the USD bulls from placing aggressive bets.Traders now look forward to the release of the US ISM Services PMI for short-term impetus.The USD/JPY pair attracts some buyers near the 134.15-134.10 area on Monday and snaps a five-day losing streak to its lowest level since August 16. Spot prices, however, retreat a few pips from the daily top and slide back closer to the 135.00 psychological mark heading into the North American session. The US Dollar stages a modest recovery from over a five-month low touched earlier today and turns out to be a key factor acting as a tailwind for the USD/JPY pair. The upbeat US monthly jobs report released on Friday, including an upside surprise in wages, reaffirmed expectations that the Federal Reserve will continue to hike interest rates in coming months. This, in turn, helps ease the recent bearish pressure surrounding the greenback amid extremely oversold conditions. Apart from this, the optimism over the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in China undermines the safe-haven Japanese Yen and further offers support to the USD/JPY pair. That said, expectations that the US central bank will begin to slow the pace of its policy tightening as soon as in the December meeting is holding back the USD bulls from placing aggressive bets. Furthermore, a weaker risk tone helps limit losses for the safe-haven JPY and seems to cap the major. The market sentiment remains fragile amid growing worries about a deeper global economic downturn. This, in turn, warrants some caution before confirming that the USD/JPY pair has formed a near-term bottom and positioning for any meaningful recovery. Even from a technical perspective, Friday's break below the very important 200-day SMA for the first time since February 2021 supports prospects for an extension of the recent sharp pullback from a 32-year peak. Hence, any subsequent positive move might still be seen as a selling opportunity and runs the risk of fizzling out rather quickly. Traders now look forward to the release of the US ISM Services PMI. Apart from this, the US bond yields will influence the USD price dynamics and provide some impetus to the USD/JPY pair. This, along with the broader risk sentiment, might further contribute to producing short-term trading opportunities around the major. Technical levels to watch  

USD/JPY lost nearly 500 pips last week. Analysts at Credit Suisse continue to look for the 38.2% retracement of the 2021/2022 uptrend at 133.09 to hol

USD/JPY lost nearly 500 pips last week. Analysts at Credit Suisse continue to look for the 38.2% retracement of the 2021/2022 uptrend at 133.09 to hold for a consolidation phase, albeit now only a temporary one. Initial resistance seen at 135.97/136.02 “USD/JPY has seen a further sharp fall for a break of its long-term 200-Day Average (currently at 134.62) for a move to just shy of our lower target of the 38.2% retracement of the 2021/2022 uptrend at 133.09. We continue to look for a floor in this (broad) 134.62 /133.09 zone for now for the unfolding of a consolidation phase.” “Big picture, we now look for an eventual close below 133.09 to clear the way for further weakness to the 130.40 August low next, then the 50% retracement and ‘neckline’ to the multi-year base at 127.47/27.  “Resistance is seen at 135.57 initially, with a break above 135.97/136.02 needed to clear the way for a recovery back to 137.50, potentially the 13DMA at 138.14/18.”  

EUR/USD manages to accelerate gains and visit the 1.0580/85 band at the beginning of the week. Further upside in the pair is now likely to pick up pac

EUR/USD keeps the bid bias unchanged around 1.0550.Extra gains are expected to meet the next hurdle at 1.0614.EUR/USD manages to accelerate gains and visit the 1.0580/85 band at the beginning of the week. Further upside in the pair is now likely to pick up pace following the recent surpass of the 200-day SMA and the 10-month resistance line. Against that, there are no resistance levels of note until the June high at 1.0614 (June 27). Further upside in EUR/USD remains on the cards while above the 200-day SMA, today at 1.0362. EUR/USD daily chart  

EUR/USD holds strength above 1.05. Economists at Scotiabank expect the pair to extend its gains toward the 1.0650/1.0750 range. Sentiment shifts const

EUR/USD holds strength above 1.05. Economists at Scotiabank expect the pair to extend its gains toward the 1.0650/1.0750 range. Sentiment shifts constructively “We look for the EUR to remain well supported on modest dips as investors rather focus on the Fed rate cycle than Eurozone fundamentals – at least for now – to support steadily improving EUR-bullish sentiment.”  “Bull trend momentum is solidly EUR-bullish across the short-, medium- and long-term DMI studies, which continues to suggest limited scope for counter-trend EUR corrections.” “The pair has established a clear foothold above 1.05 which should provide a platform for additional gains to the 1.0650/1.0750 range (1.0749 is the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the YTD decline in the EUR).”   

The Kiwi strengthened sharply in November, by a large 7.2%. Economists at MUFG Bank expect the NZD/USD pair to correct lower before staging a sustaine

The Kiwi strengthened sharply in November, by a large 7.2%. Economists at MUFG Bank expect the NZD/USD pair to correct lower before staging a sustained recovery.  NZD encouraged by hawkish repricing of RBNZ rate hike expectations “The RBNZ rate hike of 75 bps was partially priced but the key takeaway was the substantial upward revision by the RBNZ to the estimated terminal rate – from 4.10% previously in August to 5.50%.” “NZD was also propelled higher by the gradual shift away from zero-covid policies in China that are encouraging more optimism over growth next year.” “With the Fed still set to hike further and remain hawkish, we see the NZD correcting weaker before gaining again.”  

Mexico Consumer Confidence came in at 41.7, above expectations (40.7) in November

Mexico Consumer Confidence s.a up to 41.8 in November from previous 41.3

The USD/CAD pair comes under heavy selling pressure on Monday and drops to over a one-week low, though shows some resilience below the 1.3400 mark. Sp

USD/CAD kicks off the new week on a weaker note, though shows resilience below 1.3400.Rallying oil prices underpins the Loonie and exerts some downward pressure on the major.A modest USD bounce from a multi-month low help limit losses, at least for the time being.The USD/CAD pair comes under heavy selling pressure on Monday and drops to over a one-week low, though shows some resilience below the 1.3400 mark. Spot prices, however, remain in the negative territory and now seem to have stabilized around the 1.3420-1.3425 region heading into the North American session. Crude oil prices rally nearly 2.5% on the first day of a new week in reaction to the OPEC+ decision to cut output by 2 million barrels per day from November through 2023. Adding to this, positive signs for fuel demand recovery in China, amid the easing of strict COVID-19 curbs, boost the black liquid. This, in turn, underpins the commodity-linked Loonie and exerts some downward pressure on the USD/CAD pair. The downside, however, remains cushioned amid an intraday US Dollar recovery from its lowest level since late June touched earlier this Monday. Worries about a deeper global economic downturn continue to weigh on investors' sentiment, which is evident from a weaker tone around the equity markets. This, along with an uptick in the US Treasury bond yields, offers some support to the safe-haven buck. The upbeat US monthly jobs report (NFP) released on Friday and an upside surprise in wages point to a further rise in inflationary pressures. The data reaffirmed expectations that the US central bank will continue to tighten its monetary policy and validates Fed Chair Jerome Powell's forecast that the peak interest rate will be higher than expected. This, in turn, is seen acting as a tailwind for the US bond yields. That said, the recent comments by several FOMC Officials support prospects for relatively smaller interest rate hikes by the US central bank. This, in turn, is holding back the USD bulls from placing aggressive bets and should keep a lid on any meaningful recovery for the USD/CAD pair. Next on tap is the release of the US ISM Services PMI, which might influence the USD and provide some trading impetus. Technical levels to watch  

DXY remains under pressure and so far manages to hold the downside just above the 104.00 mark on Monday. The continuation of the selling pressure coul

The index wobbles in the low-104.00s amidst unclear risk trends.The continuation of the downtrend could drop to the 103.40 zone.DXY remains under pressure and so far manages to hold the downside just above the 104.00 mark on Monday. The continuation of the selling pressure could motivate the dollar to accelerate losses and challenge the weekly low at 103.67 (June 27) ahead of another weekly low at 103.41 (June 16). Below the 200-day SMA at 105.59, the dollar’s outlook should remain negative. DXY daily chart  

Economists at MUFG Bank see Bank of Canada caution at its meeting this Wednesday. Thus, the Loonie could come under pressure. BoC should revert to a 2

Economists at MUFG Bank see Bank of Canada caution at its meeting this Wednesday. Thus, the Loonie could come under pressure. BoC should revert to a 25 bps rate increase “We expect to see a degree of caution from the BoC given the flow of economic data clearly points to downside risks. We see the terminal rate pricing (4.25%) as reasonable although we believe there is a bigger risk of the markets moving to price an end after Wednesday’s hike, although it is unlikely the BoC will indicate that at this juncture but if the data on inflation improved and economic data worsened, the BoC could pause in January.” “Weaker economic data in Canada, optimism globally over peak inflation, and slower growth emerging more clearly in the US all suggest the BoC is close to ending its tightening cycle. Any sense of that this week would reinforce our view of CAD underperformance versus G10 becoming the norm going forward.”  

In the view of Markets Strategist at UOB Group Quek Ser Leang, the downside momentum could drag USD/IDR to the 15,280 region. Key Quotes “The sharp dr

In the view of Markets Strategist at UOB Group Quek Ser Leang, the downside momentum could drag USD/IDR to the 15,280 region. Key Quotes “The sharp drop in USD/IDR last week was accompanied by strong downward momentum and further losses are likely this week. The support levels to watch are at 15,280 and 15,100”. “Resistance is at 15,560, a break above 15,640 would indicate that the weakness in USD/IDR has stabilized.”

EUR/JPY rebounds from Friday’s 3-month lows and manages to flirt with the round level at 143.00 at the beginning of the week. Despite the ongoing rebo

EUR/JPY reverses two daily drops in a row and approaches 143.00.A deeper pullback could still test the key 200-day SMA at 139.15.EUR/JPY rebounds from Friday’s 3-month lows and manages to flirt with the round level at 143.00 at the beginning of the week. Despite the ongoing rebound, the cross remains under pressure and could still shed further ground and revisit the critical 200-day SMA in the short-term horizon. The outlook for EUR/JPY is expected to remain positive while above the latter. EUR/JPY daily chart  

USD/MYR remains under pressure and poised to drop further in the near term, suggests Markets Strategist at UOB Group Quek Ser Leang. Key Quotes “USD/M

USD/MYR remains under pressure and poised to drop further in the near term, suggests Markets Strategist at UOB Group Quek Ser Leang. Key Quotes “USD/MYR closed sharply lower for the fourth week in a row last Friday (4.3830, -2.06%). While further weakness is not ruled out, deeply oversold conditions suggest any decline is likely to be at a slower pace and a clear break of 4.3240 is unlikely.” “Resistance is at 4.4180; a breach of 4.4450 would indicate the current weakness has stabilized.”

Colombia Consumer Price Index (YoY) came in at 12.53%, above expectations (12.37%) in November

Colombia Consumer Price Index (MoM) above expectations (0.63%) in November: Actual (0.77%)

The US Dollar weakened further and more substantially in November. After a period of swings back and forth between renewed USD strength and weakness,

The US Dollar weakened further and more substantially in November. After a period of swings back and forth between renewed USD strength and weakness, only later in 2023, we will see a sustained turn weaker for the Dollar, according to economists at MUFG Bank. A period of some rebound for the Dollar seems likely “We do not yet see grounds for a sustained weakening of the USD and expect the coming three-to-four months to be a period of swings back and forth as the fundamental driver of Dollar strength becomes less compelling but equally broader financial conditions remain challenging for a sustained retracement of Dollar strength.”  “QT is ongoing, global dollar liquidity is shrinking and equity valuations remain stretched, all USD supportive factors.” “A peak for the US Dollar may have passed but we would expect swings back and forth between renewed dollar strength and weakness and only later in 2023 will we see a sustained turn weaker for the Dollar.”  

OPEC and its allied producers (OPEC+) have agreed to maintain their current oil-output targets despite a recent decline in energy prices. Oil prices s

OPEC and its allied producers (OPEC+) have agreed to maintain their current oil-output targets despite a recent decline in energy prices. Oil prices showed no immediate reaction, which bode ill for the Norwegian Krone, economists at Commerzbank report.  OPEC+’s long-term price setting scope seems limited “In the run-up to the OPEC+ meeting there had been speculation that the oil cartel might decide in favour of raising oil production volumes. That did not happen, as we found out over the weekend. However, that is not good news for the Norwegian Krone as the price for Brent Oil reacted only very cautiously to these reports.” “Long-term inflation expectations remain well below the peaks of the first half of the year, OPEC+’s long-term price setting scope also seems limited – at least if one assumes that the cartel will continue to play the role of a monopolist it used to play.” “And if there is no significant reaction in the oil price then there is no reason to trade NOK at stronger levels either.”  

European Central Bank (ECB) Governing Council member Gabriel Makhlouf said on Monday, “I do not think we're in restrictive monetary policy rate territ

European Central Bank (ECB) Governing Council member Gabriel Makhlouf said on Monday, “I do not think we're in restrictive monetary policy rate territory now.” Additional quotes “Anticipates that 50 basis point rise is where we’ll end up.” “We haven’t reached the stage that we’re confident we have inflation under control.” “Anticipates that there will be further interest rate increases in the new year.” “Do not see quantitative tightening starting in January, expects to see some changes implemented by end-Q1.” Market reaction EUR/USD is drawing support from the latest hawkish remarks from the ECB policymaker. The pair was last seen trading up 0.16% on the day at 1.0555.

more to come .... About Eurozone Retail Sales The Retail Sales released by Eurostat are a measure of changes in sales of the Eurozone retail sector. I

Eurozone Retail Sales came in at -1.8% MoM in October vs. -1.7% expected.Retail Sales in the bloc arrived at -2.7% YoY in October vs. -2.6% expected.more to come .... About Eurozone Retail Sales The Retail Sales released by Eurostat are a measure of changes in sales of the Eurozone retail sector. It shows the performance of the retail sector in the short term. Percent changes reflect the rate of changes of such sales. The changes are widely followed as an indicator of consumer spending. Usually, positive economic growth anticipates "Bullish" for the EUR, while a low reading is seen as negative, or bearish, for the EUR.

European Monetary Union Retail Sales (MoM) below forecasts (-1.7%) in October: Actual (-1.8%)

European Monetary Union Retail Sales (YoY) below expectations (-2.6%) in October: Actual (-2.7%)

EUR/USD has now rebounded by nine big figures since reaching a trough on 28th September. Economists at MUFG Bank analyze the EUR/USD seasonal outlook

EUR/USD has now rebounded by nine big figures since reaching a trough on 28th September. Economists at MUFG Bank analyze the EUR/USD seasonal outlook in December and note that the pair has gained on 14 occasions over a twenty-year period.  Watch the seasonal EUR bias in December “There is a strong seasonal bias to be mindful of in December. In the last ten years, EUR/USD has gained on eight occasions in December, by an impressive average of 1.5%.”  “Over a twenty-year period, EUR/USD has gained on 14 occasions. This could be a reflection of position squaring ahead of year-end. On average over these periods, market participants have run EUR short positions. That influence could be powerful this year given the scale of long Dollar positioning given the huge move in 2022. That said, the EUR/USD gains in October and November may mean this has already started.”  

The AUD/USD pair climbs to its highest level since August 13 on the first day of a new week, albeit struggles to capitalize on the move beyond mid-0.6

AUD/USD kicks off the new week on a positive note and hits a fresh multi-month high.A combination of factors helps revive the USD demand and caps the upside for the pair.Traders look to the US ISM Services PMI for some impetus ahead of the RBA on Tuesday.The AUD/USD pair climbs to its highest level since August 13 on the first day of a new week, albeit struggles to capitalize on the move beyond mid-0.6800s. The pair trims a part of its intraday gains and retreats to the 0.6800 mark during the first half of the European session. A combination of factors assists the US Dollar to stage a modest recovery from over a five-month low touched earlier this Monday, which, in turn, acts as a headwind for the AUD/USD pair. Worries about a deeper global economic downturn overshadow the latest optimism over the easing of COVID-19 curbs in China. This is evident from a generally softer tone around the equity markets, which drives some haven flows towards the buck and weighs on the risk-sensitive Aussie. Apart from this, an intraday uptick in the US Treasury bond yields offers some support to the greenback. The upbeat US monthly jobs report (NFP) released on Friday and an upside surprise in wages point to a further rise in inflationary pressures. The data validates Fed Chair Jerome Powell's forecast that the peak interest rate will be higher than expected and suggests that the US central bank will continue to tighten its monetary policy. This, in turn, is seen pushing the US Treasury bond yields higher. That said, the recent comments by several FOMC Officials support prospects for relatively smaller interest rate hikes by the US central bank, which might cap gains for the USD. Traders might also refrain from positioning for a deeper corrective pullback for the AUD/USD pair as the focus now shifts to the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting on Tuesday. Heading into the key central bank event risk, the US ISM Services PMI might provide some impetus to the AUD/USD pair, later during the early North American session on Monday. This, along with the US bond yields and the broader risk sentiment, will influence the USD price dynamics and further contribute to producing short-term trading opportunities around the AUD/USD pair. Technical levels to watch  

Markets Strategist at UOB Group Quek Ser Leang noted USD/THB could lose further traction and deflates to the 34.00 region. Key Quotes “USD/THB closed

Markets Strategist at UOB Group Quek Ser Leang noted USD/THB could lose further traction and deflates to the 34.00 region. Key Quotes “USD/THB closed sharply lower by 2.88% last week (Friday’s close of 34.70) before extending its loss in Asian trade today. The rapid improvement in downward momentum is likely to lead to further USD/THB weakness this week.” “The level to watch is at 34.30, followed by 34.05. On the upside, a breach of 35.05 (minor resistance is at 34.85) would indicate that USD/THB is unlikely to weaken further.”

The optimism around the European currency remains well and sound and lifts EUR/USD to new 6-month peaks in the 1.0580/85 band on Monday. EUR/USD up on

EUR/USD advances to new multi-month highs past 1.0580.The EMU Sentix Index surprises to the upside in December.Markets’ attention will be on the US ISM Non-Manufacturing.The optimism around the European currency remains well and sound and lifts EUR/USD to new 6-month peaks in the 1.0580/85 band on Monday. EUR/USD up on USD-weakness EUR/USD advances for the fourth consecutive session and extends further the recent breakout of the key 200-day SMA (1.0362), approaching at the same time the 1.0600 neighbourhood. The continuation of the uptrend in the pair once again comes in tandem with extra decline in the greenback, which morphed into fresh multi-month lows in the USD Index (DXY). In the German money markets, the 10-year bund yield look flatish around 1.85% in context where a 50 bps rate raise by the ECB at the December 15 gathering appears to be shaping up. Data wise in the broader Euroland, the Investor Confidence tracked by the Sentix Index ticked higher to -21.0 for the current month, while November’s final Services PMI dropped marginally to 48.5. In Germany, the final Services PMI receded to 46.1 during last month. In the NA session, the ISM Non-Manufacturing will take centre stage seconded by Factory Orders and the final Services PMI. What to look for around EUR EUR/USD pushes higher and trades at shouting distance from the key 1.0600 region at the beginning of a new trading week. In the meantime, the European currency is expected to closely follow dollar dynamics, the impact of the energy crisis on the region and the Fed-ECB divergence. In addition, markets repricing of a potential pivot in the Fed’s policy remains the exclusive driver of the pair’s price action for the time being. Back to the euro area, the increasing speculation of a potential recession in the bloc emerges as an important domestic headwind facing the euro in the short-term horizon.Key events in the euro area this week: Eurogroup Meeting, ECB Lagarde, Germany Final Services PMI, EMU Retail Sales, Final Services PMI (Monday) - Germany Construction PMI (Tuesday) – EMU Flash Q3 GDP Growth Rate (Wednesday) – ECB Lagarde (Thursday).Eminent issues on the back boiler: Continuation of the ECB hiking cycle vs. increasing recession risks. Impact of the war in Ukraine and the protracted energy crisis on the region’s growth prospects and inflation outlook. Risks of inflation becoming entrenched. EUR/USD levels to watch So far, the pair is gaining 0.11% at 1.0551 and is expected to meet the next up barrier at 1.0584 (monthly high December 5) ahead of 1.0614 (weekly high June 27) and finally 1.0773 (monthly high June 27). On the other hand, the breach of 1.0362 (200-day SMA) would target 1.0330 (weekly low November 28) en route to 1.0222 (weekly low November 21).

The Eurozone Sentix Investor Confidence index improved to -21.0 in December from -30.9 in November vs. -27.1 expected. more to come ...

The Eurozone Sentix Investor Confidence index improved to -21.0  in December from -30.9 in November vs. -27.1 expected. The current situation in the Eurozone rose to -20.0 points in December from -29.5 in November. An expectations index jumped to -22.0 from -32.3, hitting its highest value since March 2022. Key takeaways "The surprisingly high gas levels and the continued stable labor markets are not consistent with a recession.” "In our opinion, however, this correction in assessments should not be misinterpreted as a general trend reversal.” "The dangers of recession have by no means been averted."

United Kingdom S&P Global/CIPS Services PMI meets forecasts (48.8) in November

European Monetary Union Sentix Investor Confidence registered at -21 above expectations (-27.1) in December

United Kingdom S&P Global/CIPS Composite PMI came in at 48.2 below forecasts (48.3) in November

US Dollar is dropping again today despite a strong labour market report. Economists at Commerzbank do not expect the greenback to recover. What could

US Dollar is dropping again today despite a strong labour market report. Economists at Commerzbank do not expect the greenback to recover. What could save the Dollar at this stage? “I could make it easy for myself and simply say: ‘If not even a labor market as strong as this one can provide sustainable support to the US dollar it clearly is beyond saving’.” “One could of course assume now that the Fed would not have reason to lower interest rates again. However, this assumption would only be correct if the US financial market were to remain solid. Following years of cheap money, followed by a rate hike cycle of unparalleled speed some market participants might question that too.”  “Even in the absence of rising unemployment, there might be reasons for the Fed to lower its key rate once inflation pressure eases.”  

Gold price struggles to capitalize on the intraday positive move and retreats from the $1,810 area, or a five-month peak touched earlier this Monday.

Gold price corrects from a five-month high amid modest intraday US Dollar recovery move.Rebounding US Treasury bond yields revives the USD demand and weighs on the XAU/USD.Bets for less aggressive rate hikes by Federal Reserve should help limit losses for Gold price.Gold price struggles to capitalize on the intraday positive move and retreats from the $1,810 area, or a five-month peak touched earlier this Monday. The XAU/USD slips below the $1,800 mark during the first half of the European session and is now flirting with a technically significant 200-day Simple Moving Average (SMA). Modest US Dollar recovery exerts pressure on Gold price The US Dollar reverses an early dip and stages a modest recovery from its lowest level since late June, which, in turn, is seen acting as a headwind for the Dollar-denominated Gold price. The upbeat monthly jobs report released from the United States on Friday and an upside surprise in wage growth pointed to the possibility of a further rise in inflationary pressures. This fuels speculation that the Federal Reserve will continue to tighten its monetary policy and offers some support to the Greenback. Rebounding US Treasury bond yields further weighs on XAU/USD Furthermore, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell last week indicated that the peak interest rate will be higher than expected. This leads to an intraday uptick in the US Treasury bond yields, which is seen as another factor benefitting the US Dollar and driving flows away from the non-yielding Gold price. Apart from this, the latest optimism over the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in several Chinese cities dents demand for traditional safe-haven assets and further seems to weigh on the XAU/USD. Bets for smaller rate hikes by Federal Reserve to limit losses The downside, however, is likely to remain cushioned, at least for the time being, amid rising bets for a relatively smaller 50 bps rate hike by the Federal Reserve at its upcoming meeting on December 13-14. This should continue to lend some support to Gold price, warranting some caution positioning for any meaningful corrective pullback. Traders now look forward to the US ISM Services PMI, due for release later during the early North American session, for short-term opportunities. Gold price technical outlook From a technical perspective, last week’s sustained move beyond the very important 200-day SMA was seen as a fresh trigger for bullish traders. Hence, any subsequent decline is more likely to attract some buyers near the $1,783-$1,782 region. This, in turn, should help limit the downside for Gold price near the $1,761-$1,760 horizontal resistance breakpoint, now turned support. On the flip side, bulls might now wait for some follow-through buying beyond the $1,810 area before placing fresh bets. Gold price might then accelerate the positive momentum towards testing the next relevant hurdle near the $1,830 zone en route to the $1,843-$1,845 supply zone. Key levels to watch  

“I see a 50 basis point increase in interest rates as the minimum needed at our December meeting,” European Central Bank (ECB) Governing Council membe

“I see a 50 basis point increase in interest rates as the minimum needed at our December meeting,” European Central Bank (ECB) Governing Council member Gabriel Makhlouf said on Monday. Additional quotes We have to be open to policy rates moving into restrictive territory for a period in 2023. It is premature to be talking about the end-point for policy rates amid the prevailing levels of uncertainty. There are complex issues involved in quantative tightening. It would be wrong to ascribe our current inflation problem solely to supply shocks. As price pressures broaden across the basket, the risks of persistently high inflation becoming embedded rises, and the case for tighter monetary policy becomes stronger. Increasing share of forecasters expecting high rates of inflation is a development that needs closely monitoring. Related readsECB’s de Guindos: Central bank needs to avoid “M-shaped evolution of inflation”EUR/USD Forecast: Euro could extend correction on safe-haven flows

European Monetary Union S&P Global Composite PMI meets expectations (47.8) in November

European Monetary Union S&P Global Services PMI registered at 48.5, below expectations (48.6) in November

USD/CNH could extend the downside to the 6.9300 region in the next weeks, comment Markets Strategist Quek Ser Leang and Senior FX Strategist Peter Chi

USD/CNH could extend the downside to the 6.9300 region in the next weeks, comment Markets Strategist Quek Ser Leang and Senior FX Strategist Peter Chia at UOB Group. Key Quotes 24-hour view: “We did not anticipate the choppy price actions in USD last Friday as it swung between 7.0050 and 7.0719 before closing at 7.0220 (0.24%). USD fell sharply in early Asian trade and further decline is likely. That said, the pace of any further decline is likely to be slower and the major support level of 6.9600 could be out of reach today. Resistance is at 7.0250, followed by 7.0480.” Next 1-3 weeks: “We turned negative on USD last Thursday (01 Dec, spot at 7.0400). We indicated ‘the recent outsized drop is likely to extend to 7.0200, possibly as low as 7.0000’. USD easily took out both support levels as it plummeted to 7.0050 on Friday and 7.0000 in Asian trade today. We continue to expect USD weakness. The next levels to watch are at 6.9600 and 6.9300. On the upside, a break of 7.0810 (‘strong resistance’ was at 7.1250 last Friday) would indicate that the weakness in USD has stabilized.”

European Central Bank (ECB) Vice-President Luis de Guindos provides his outlook on growth and inflation during his latest appearance on Monday. Key qu

European Central Bank (ECB) Vice-President Luis de Guindos provides his outlook on growth and inflation during his latest appearance on Monday. Key quotes Inflation is starting to decelerate but still sees inflation hovering around 7% by mid-2023. The ECB needs to avoid "M-shaped evolution of inflation" whereby there is a re-acceleration after slowing down. The economic deceleration is not as deep as expected. Market reaction Amidst slightly hawkish comments from the ECB policymakers, EUR/USD is advancing 0.12% on the day to 1.0550, at the press time.

Germany S&P Global/BME Services PMI came in at 46.1, below expectations (46.4) in November

GBP/USD has climbed above 1.2300 for the first time since late June. Economists at ING believe that the pair is unlikely to extend its race higher bey

GBP/USD has climbed above 1.2300 for the first time since late June. Economists at ING believe that the pair is unlikely to extend its race higher beyond 1.25. Cable is still a Dollar story “We struggle to see Cable extend its rally to 1.25 and beyond, but it will undoubtedly be primarily a Dollar/risk sentiment story driving the pair before the BoE meeting.” “A contraction below 1.20 seems more appropriate given global and UK macro fundamentals.”  See: GBP/USD now looks at 1.2400 – UOB  

Germany S&P Global/BME Composite PMI came in at 46.3 below forecasts (46.4) in November

France S&P Global Composite PMI in line with forecasts (48.7) in November

France S&P Global Services PMI registered at 49.3, below expectations (49.4) in November

The greenback, when tracked by the USD Index (DXY), appears to regain some poise early in the European morning around the 104.50 region on Monday. USD

The index attempts a mild rebound in the mid-104.00s.The dollar drops to new 6-month lows near 104.00 earlier on Monday.ISM Non-Manufacturing, Factory Orders next of note in the US docket.The greenback, when tracked by the USD Index (DXY), appears to regain some poise early in the European morning around the 104.50 region on Monday. USD Index now focuses on data Following an earlier drop to fresh 6-month lows near the 104.00 neighbourhood, the index regains some upside traction and stages a so far lacklustre comeback in the wake of the opening bell in Euroland. The recovery in the dollar comes in line with so far marginal price action in US yields across the curve, as market participants continue to digest Friday’s Nonfarm Payrolls figures while investors seem to have already fully priced in a half-point interest rate hike at the Fed’s meeting on December 14. Later in the NA session, the focus of attention is expected to be on the release of the ISM Non-Manufacturing for the month of November seconded by Factory Orders and the final prints of the S&P Global Services PMI. What to look for around USD The dollar attempts a bounce after dropping to as low as the boundaries of 104.00 the figure, or 6-month lows, at the beginning of the week. While hawkish Fedspeak maintains the Fed’s pivot narrative in the freezer, upcoming results in US fundamentals would likely play a key role in determining the chances of a slower pace of the Fed’s normalization process in the short term.Key events in the US this week: Final Services PMI, ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI, Factory Orders (Monday) – Balance of Trade (Tuesday) – MBA Mortgage Applications, Consumer Credit Change (Wednesday) – Initial Jobless Claims (Thursday) – Producer Prices, Advanced Michigan Consumer Sentiment, Wholesale Inventories (Friday).Eminent issues on the back boiler: Hard/soft/softish? landing of the US economy. Prospects for further rate hikes by the Federal Reserve vs. speculation of a recession in the next months. Fed’s pivot. Geopolitical effervescence vs. Russia and China. US-China persistent trade conflict. USD Index relevant levels Now, the index is gaining 0.07% at 104.58 and faces the next up barrier at 105.59 (200-day SAM) followed by 107.19 (weekly high November 30) and then 107.99 (weekly high November 21). On the other hand, the breakdown of 104.11 (monthly low December 5) would open the door to 103.41 (weekly low June 16) and finally 101.29 (monthly low May 30).  

Italy S&P Global Services PMI above expectations (48.3) in November: Actual (49.5)

EUR/USD continues to push higher toward 1.0600. Economists at ING expect the pair’s rally to run out of steam around the 1.0600/1.0650 area. Energy sc

EUR/USD continues to push higher toward 1.0600. Economists at ING expect the pair’s rally to run out of steam around the 1.0600/1.0650 area. Energy scares coming back? “Given the high sensitivity of EUR/USD to the eurozone’s terms of trade (which is primarily driven by energy prices), further upside risks for energy commodities equal downside risks for the Euro.” “This week, some Dollar stabilisation could make the EUR/USD rally run out of steam around the 1.0600/1.0650 area, and possibly lead to a more sustainable drop below 1.0450/1.0500.” “We remain bearish on the pair into year-end.”  

Citing two sources with knowledge of the matter, Reuters reported on Monday, China is on course to downgrade its management of COVID-19 as a top-level

Citing two sources with knowledge of the matter, Reuters reported on Monday, China is on course to downgrade its management of COVID-19 as a top-level Category A infectious disease to a less strict Category B disease as early as January. developing story ...

According to Markets Strategist Quek Ser Leang and Senior FX Strategist Peter Chia at UOB Group, USD/JPY could attempt some consolidation in the very

According to Markets Strategist Quek Ser Leang and Senior FX Strategist Peter Chia at UOB Group, USD/JPY could attempt some consolidation in the very near term ahead of the probable resumption of the downside. Key Quotes 24-hour view: “Last Friday, we highlighted that ‘While further weakness is not ruled out, the massive drop over the past couple of days is overextended and it remains to be seen if USD could challenge the next support at 134.00’. USD subsequently plummeted to 133.60, rebounded to 135.97 before dropping back down to close at 134.30 (-0.72%). Downward pressure appears to have eased somewhat and this combined with oversold conditions suggests USD is unlikely to weaken further. Today, USD is more likely to trade sideways between 133.80 and 135.65.” Next 1-3 weeks: “Last Friday (01 Dec, spot at 137.20), we highlighted that downward momentum is still strong but it is left to be seen if USD can maintain the frenetic pace of decline. We indicated, the next level to watch is at 134.00. USD subsequently plummeted to 133.60 before rebounding. Further USD still appears likely even though oversold short-term conditions could lead to 1-2 days of consolidation first. The next level to monitor is at 133.00. On the upside, a breach of 136.70 (‘strong resistance’ level was at 137.05 last Friday) would indicate that the weakness in USD that started late last month has stabilized.”

The GBP/USD pair kicks off the new week on a positive note and hits its highest level since September 16, though the momentum runs out of steam ahead

GBP/USD retreats from a multi-month top amid a modest intraday USD recovery.An uptick in the US bond yields and a softer risk tone underpin the safe-haven buck.A bleak outlook for the UK economy further contributes to capping gains for the pair.The GBP/USD pair kicks off the new week on a positive note and hits its highest level since September 16, though the momentum runs out of steam ahead of mid-1.2300s. The pair trim a part of its intraday gains and retreats below the 1.2300 mark during the early part of the European session. A combination of factors assists the US Dollar to stage a modest recovery from over a five-month low touched earlier this Monday, which, in turn, acts as a headwind for the GBP/USD pair. Despite the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in China, worries about a deeper global economic downturn continue to weigh on investors' sentiment. This is evident from a softer tone around the equity markets, which, along with an uptick in the US Treasury bond yields, offer some support to the safe-haven buck. The upbeat US monthly jobs report (NFP) released on Friday and an upside surprise in wages point to a further rise in inflationary pressures. This validates Fed Chair Jerome Powell's forecast that the peak interest rate will be higher than expected and pushes the US Treasury bond yields higher. That said, firming expectations that the US central bank will slow the pace of its policy tightening might keep a lid on any further gains for the USD. In fact, the markets expect a 50 bps rate hike in December. The British Pound, on the other hand, is undermined by a bleak outlook for the UK economy. Apart from this, Bank of England (BoE) Chief Economist Huw Pill's dovish comments last week, indicating that inflation could begin to fall, might hold back bullish traders from placing aggressive bets around the GBP/USD pair. The mixed fundamental backdrop, meanwhile, suggests that the major is more likely to consolidate its recent strong gains ahead of the final Services PMIs from the UK and the US.g Later during the early North American session, traders will take cues from the release of the US ISM Services PMI. This, along with the US bond yields and the broader risk sentiment, will influence the USD price dynamics and produce short-term trading opportunities around the GBP/USD pair. Technical levels to watch  

Following his weekend’s remarks, European Central Bank (ECB) Governing Council member and French central bank governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau sai

Following his weekend’s remarks, European Central Bank (ECB) Governing Council member and French central bank governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau said on Monday, it is “too soon to talk about the terminal rate.” He added that the central bank will “decide what is needed on a meeting-by-meeting basis.” more to come ...

The Kiwi ended the week on a high, closing above 0.64, a level not seen since August. Economists at ANZ Bank expect the NZD/USD pair to test the 0.645

The Kiwi ended the week on a high, closing above 0.64, a level not seen since August. Economists at ANZ Bank expect the NZD/USD pair to test the 0.6450 mark.  USD could be volatile into next week’s Fed meeting “We start the week with the USD on its knees despite data suggesting that even if the Fed hike by ‘only’ 50 bps next week (not a small hike; just not a gigantic one!) they may lift their terminal rate projection above 5%. If that occurs, the question we’re pondering is; how will the USD fare? We may be shaping up for an epic battle between the ‘recessionists’ and the ‘rate-watchers’, all of which portends USD volatility.” “We see NZD fair value at ~0.65; that suggests it can maintain its strength, but it may be a bumpy ride.” “The next major technical target is 0.6450 (the Aug high).”  

European Central Bank (ECB) board member and Bank of Portugal Governor Mario Centeno said on Monday that the inflation peak may be reached in the four

European Central Bank (ECB) board member and Bank of Portugal Governor Mario Centeno said on Monday that the inflation peak may be reached in the fourth quarter of this year. Contradicting Centeno, France's Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said that the “inflation peak is not yet over, will last for some months.” Market reaction The Euro is unfazed by these above comments, as EUR/USD is holding steady at around 1.0540, as of writing.

Spain S&P Global Services PMI registered at 51.2 above expectations (50.5) in November

Austria Gross Domestic Product (QoQ): 0.2% (3Q) vs -0.1%

Both the Chinese Renminbi as well as the Pacific G10 currencies (AUD and NZD) are benefitting quite clearly from the fact that several cities in China

Both the Chinese Renminbi as well as the Pacific G10 currencies (AUD and NZD) are benefitting quite clearly from the fact that several cities in China decided to ease coronavirus curbs. Nonetheless, excessive AUD and NZD are not justified, according to economists at Commerzbank. China’s leadership is reacting “Corona measures are being eased more quickly than one might have assumed even last week. In particular as the introduction of these measures had initially caused CNY, AUD and NZD weakness the FX market had potential for a correction. I completely agree with that, in particular as I was critical about the initial market reaction. At the same time, I caution against throwing out the baby with the bath water.” “I know that everyone blamed the corona lockdowns (and fears of them) for weak growth in China. However, even if we see a reversal in China’s lockdown policy that does not mean that everything will be happiness ever after. That means that excessive AUD and NZD strength is not justified.”  

In light of advanced results from CME Group for natural gas futures markets, open interest extended the uptrend on Friday, now by around 4.3K contract

In light of advanced results from CME Group for natural gas futures markets, open interest extended the uptrend on Friday, now by around 4.3K contracts. In the same direction, volume reversed two daily drops in a row and increased by around 45.7K contracts. Natural Gas: A drop to $4.75 appears in store Prices of natural gas dropped further on Friday amidst increasing open interest and volume, which is supportive of the continuation of the decline in the very near term. Against that, a potential test of the October low at $4.75 per MMBtu seems to have started to emerge on the horizon.

A potential move to 0.6915 remains on the cards once AUD/USD clears 0.6850, suggest Markets Strategist Quek Ser Leang and Senior FX Strategist Peter C

A potential move to 0.6915 remains on the cards once AUD/USD clears 0.6850, suggest Markets Strategist Quek Ser Leang and Senior FX Strategist Peter Chia at UOB Group. Key Quotes 24-hour view: “We expected AUD to ‘trade between 0.6765 and 0.6845’ last Friday. AUD subsequently dropped to 0.6743 before rebounding quickly. We view the price movements as part of a consolidation and expect AUD to trade within a range of 0.6760/0.6850 today.” Next 1-3 weeks: “There is not much to add to our update from last Friday (02 Dec, spot at 0.6800). As highlighted, while further AUD strength is not ruled out, it has to break clearly above 0.6850 before an advance to 0.6915 is likely. The likelihood of a clear break of 0.6850 would remain intact as long as AUD does not move below 0.6730 (no change in ‘strong support’ level from last Friday).”

Silver retreats from the mid-$23.00s or the highest level since late April touched earlier this Monday and drops to the lower end of its daily range d

Silver surrenders its intraday gains to the highest level since late April touched earlier this Monday.The technical setup still favours bullish traders and supports prospects for further appreciating move.A convincing breakdown below the 200-day SMA is needed to negate the near-term positive outlook.Silver retreats from the mid-$23.00s or the highest level since late April touched earlier this Monday and drops to the lower end of its daily range during the early European session. The XAG/USD is currently trading just above the $23.00 round-figure mark, up around 0.10% for the day. Slightly overbought RSI (14) on the daily chart turns out to be the only factor prompting some profit-taking around the XAG/USD. The near-term bias, however, remains tilted in favour of bullish traders in the wake of last week's sustained breakout through a technically significant 200-day SMA and the $22.00 mark. Hence, any subsequent pullback might still be seen as a buying opportunity and is more likely to remain limited, at least for the time being. From current levels, any further slide below the $23.00 mark is likely to find decent support near the $22.60-$22.55 horizontal resistance breakpoint. The next relevant support is pegged near the $22.00 mark, below which the XAG/USD could slide further to the $21.40 area. The latter marks the 200 DMA and should act as a strong base. A convincing break below will negate the near-term positive outlook and pave the way for a deeper corrective pullback. On the flip side, the multi-month peak, around the $23.50-$23.55 region, could act as an immediate resistance. Some follow-through buying should allow the XAG/USD to aim back to reclaim the $24.00 mark for the first time since April. The positive momentum could get extended towards the $24.25-$24.30 zone en route to the $24.55-$24.60 region. Silver daily chart Key levels to watch  

The US Dollar Index (DXY) has retraced 40% of the up-move since spring 2021, and economists at Société Générale expect more. Time to sell the Dollar “

The US Dollar Index (DXY) has retraced 40% of the up-move since spring 2021, and economists at Société Générale expect more. Time to sell the Dollar “We expect the Dollar to be the weakest of the G10 currencies in 2023, though it won’t fall in a straight line.” “The Fed is closer to the end of its rate-hiking cycle than most. If taming inflation triggers a harder economic landing than expected, that will happen later rather than sooner. For now, a soft landing isn’t good for the Dollar.” “A backdrop of soft economic landings, monetary policy pivots and a correction in energy prices (which have been very dollar-supportive) suggests the Dollar Index will reverse most if not all the gains it saw between January and September 2022, taking it back below 100.”  

CME Group’s flash data for crude oil futures markets noted traders trimmed their open interest positions for the second day in a row on Friday, this t

CME Group’s flash data for crude oil futures markets noted traders trimmed their open interest positions for the second day in a row on Friday, this time by around 9.3K contracts. In the same line, volume dropped by around 79.4K contracts, partially reversing the previous build. WTI: Immediately to the upside comes $83.32 Friday’s downtick in prices of the WTI was in tandem with shrinking open interest and volume, exposing the probability of a short-term rebound. That said, the next hurdle of note for the commodity comes at the so far December peak at $83.32 (December 1).

In the opinion of Markets Strategist Quek Ser Leang and Senior FX Strategist Peter Chia at UOB Group, GBP/USD now shifts the focus to the 1.2400 regio

In the opinion of Markets Strategist Quek Ser Leang and Senior FX Strategist Peter Chia at UOB Group, GBP/USD now shifts the focus to the 1.2400 region. Key Quotes 24-hour view: “Last Friday, we highlighted that ‘there is room for another leg higher in GBP to 1.2350 before the risk of a pullback increases’. However, GBP plunged to 1.2137 in NY trade. The decline was however, short-lived as GBP rebounded strongly from the low and closed slightly higher at 1.2293 (+0.24%). We still see room for GBP to edge higher but a break of 1.2350 appears unlikely today. Support is at 1.2245, followed by 1.2200.” Next 1-3 weeks: “There is no change in our view from last Friday (02 Dec, spot at 1.2260) where GBP is likely to continue to advance and the next level to monitor is at 1.2400. However, after the sharp but brief drop to 1.2137 in NY trade, upward momentum has eased somewhat. To look at it another way, while we continue to expect GBP to advance, it may take a while before 1.2400 comes into the picture.”

Here is what you need to know on Monday, December 5: US Dollar struggles to find demand to start the week with the US Dollar Index, which lost nearly

Here is what you need to know on Monday, December 5: US Dollar struggles to find demand to start the week with the US Dollar Index, which lost nearly 1.5% last week, trading at its weakest level since late June below 104.30 in the early European session. S&P Global will release the final November Composite PMI surveys for Germany, the Eurozone, the UK and the US on Monday. Sentix Investors Confidence and Retail Sales data will also be featured in the European economic docket. Finally, market participants will watch the ISM Services PMI from the US closely in the second half of the day. On Sunday, several cities in China decided to ease coronavirus curbs, helping the risk sentiment improve during Asian trading hours. Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region, said that shopping centres, restaurants and markets will open from Monday.  Zhengzhou residents will not be required to show COVID test results to take public transport, taxis and to visit public areas. Officials also announced that people living in Nanning will not have to provide a negative COVID test to take the subway. Although the data from China revealed that the Caixin Services PMI declined to 46.7 in November from 48.4 in October Asian equity indexes performed well on Monday. The Shanghai Composite gained 1.5% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose more than 3%. Nevertheless, US stock index futures trade virtually unchanged and the 10-year US Treasury bond yield stays in positive territory slightly above 3.5%. Meanwhile, following its meeting over the weekend, OPEC and its allied producers (OPEC+) have agreed to maintain their current oil-output targets despite a recent decline in energy prices. Crude oil prices showed no immediate reaction to this decision and the barrel of West Texas Intermediate was last seen trading in a narrow channel at around $80.EUR/USD continued to push higher toward 1.0600 and reached its strongest level in over five months early Monday. Europen Central Bank (ECB) board member François Villeroy de Galhau said on Sunday that he is in favour of a 50 basis point rate hike in December but this comment doesn't seem to be having a significant impact on the Euro's performance against its rivals. After having closed the fourth straight week in positive territory, GBP/USD preserved its bullish momentum early Monday and climbed above 1.2300 for the first time since late June. Although the pair edged slightly lower in the early European morning, it continues to trade in positive territory above 1.2300.USD/JPY lost nearly 500 pips last week and started the new week in a calm manner. The data from Japan showed that the Jibun Bank Services PMI came in at 50.3 in November, slightly higher than the flash estimate of 50. USD/JPY largely ignored this data and was last seen moving sideways above 134.50.AUD/USD gained traction during the Asian trading hours and climbed above 0.6800. Early Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of Australia will announce monetary policy decisions early Tuesday.Reserve Bank of Australia Preview: Hinting toward an end to its rate hike cycle?Gold price edged lower on Friday after the upbeat November jobs report from the US but managed to climb above $1,800 early Monday. With the 10-year US T-bond yield holding steady, however, XAU/USD seems to be having a difficult time gathering bullish momentum for now.Bitcoin gained traction to start the new week and was last seen trading at its highest level in three weeks at around $17,300. Ethereum is up more than 1% on Monday, trading near $1,300.  

Turkey Producer Price Index (YoY) dipped from previous 157.69% to 136.02% in November

Sweden Current Account (QoQ) registered at 31.7B, below expectations (46.4B) in 3Q

Turkey Consumer Price Index (MoM) declined to 2.88% in November from previous 3.54%

Turkey Consumer Price Index (YoY) dipped from previous 85.51% to 84.39% in November

Turkey Producer Price Index (MoM) fell from previous 7.83% to 0.74% in November

Open interest in gold futures markets shrank by around 7K contracts at the end of the week, partially reversing the previous build according to prelim

Open interest in gold futures markets shrank by around 7K contracts at the end of the week, partially reversing the previous build according to preliminary readings from CME Group. Volume followed suit and went up by around 43.6K contracts following two daily pullbacks in a row. Gold: Next target now comes at $1,879Gold prices closed Friday’s session with modest losses following a sharp advance in the previous sessions. The corrective decline, however, came on the back of shrinking open interest and volume, removing strength from further losses and opening the door to the continuation of the uptrend instead. The next target of note for the yellow metal is now seen at the June high at $1,879 per ounce troy (June 13).

Gold price resumes the uptrend and hits five-month highs beyond the $1,800 mark. What’s next? FXStreet’s Dhwani Mehta analyzes XAU/USD’s technical ou

Gold price resumes the uptrend and hits five-month highs beyond the $1,800 mark. What’s next? FXStreet’s Dhwani Mehta analyzes XAU/USD’s technical outlook. Bulls remain in control  “Gold price has taken out the August 10 high at $1,808, now heading closer toward the July 4 high at $1,814. The next bullish target is seen at the $1,820 round figure.” “The 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) has turned flat just beneath the overbought territory, suggesting the potential upside in Gold price.” “In case of any retracement in Gold price, if the 200-Daily Moving Average (DMA) at $1,796 gives way, then a drop toward the November 15 high at $1,787 cannot be ruled out. The correction could then extend toward the previous day’s low of $1,778.”

The USD/JPY pair struggles to gain any meaningful traction on Monday and oscillates in a narrow trading band around the very important 200-day SMA thr

USD/JPY lacks any firm directional bias and oscillates in a narrow range on Monday.The underlying bearish sentiment around the USD continues to act as a headwind.An uptick in the US bond yields, the easing of COVID-19 curbs in China offer support.The USD/JPY pair struggles to gain any meaningful traction on Monday and oscillates in a narrow trading band around the very important 200-day SMA through the early European session. The pair is currently trading just above mid-134.00s and remains well within the striking distance of a four-month low set on Friday amid sustained US Dollar selling. As investors look past the upbeat US monthly jobs report released on Friday, expectations that the Fed will slow the pace of its policy tightening continue to weigh on the buck. In fact, the USD Index, which measures the greenback's performance against a basket of currencies, sinks to its lowest level since late June. Apart from this, the recent hawkish comments by Bank of Japan (BoJ) board member Asahi Noguchi underpins the Japanese Yen and act as a headwind for the USD/JPY pair. That said, the latest optimism over the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in several Chinese cities keeps a lid on any meaningful gains for the safe-haven JPY. Furthermore, a generally positive tone around the US Treasury bond yields offers some support to the USD/JPY pair and helps limit the downside, at least for the time being. The mixed fundamental backdrop is holding back traders from placing aggressive bets and leading to subdued/range-bound price action on the first day of a new week. From a technical perspective, Friday's breakdown below the 200 DMA for the first time since February 2021 could be seen as a fresh trigger for bearish traders. Furthermore, the USD/JPY pair's inability to attract any buyers or register a meaningful recovery adds credence to the negative outlook. This, in turn, suggests that the path of least resistance for the major is down and supports prospects for an extension of the recent sharp pullback from a 32-year peak touched in October. Market participants now look forward to the US economic docket, highlighting the release of the ISM Services PMI for a fresh impetus later during the early North American session. Apart from this, the US bond yields will influence the USD price dynamics. Traders will further take cues from the broader risk sentiment to grab short-term opportunities around the USD/JPY pair. Technical levels to watch  

FX option expiries for Dec 5 NY cut at 10:00 Eastern Time, via DTCC, can be found below. - EUR/USD: EUR amounts 1.0300 560m 1.0445-50 1.02b 1.0500 728

FX option expiries for Dec 5 NY cut at 10:00 Eastern Time, via DTCC, can be found below. - EUR/USD: EUR amounts         1.0300 560m 1.0445-50 1.02b 1.0500 728m 1.0570-75 1.04b - GBP/USD: GBP amounts         1.2300 253m - USD/JPY: USD amounts                      134.00 980m 135.45 362m 136.00 291m - USD/CHF: USD amounts         0.9400-10 1.34b 0.9575 720m - USD/CAD: USD amounts        1.3550 440m 1.3600-15 476m - EUR/GBP: EUR amounts         0.8500 1.7b

Markets Strategist Quek Ser Leang and Senior FX Strategist Peter Chia at UOB Group noted further upside momentum in EUR/USD still remains on the table

Markets Strategist Quek Ser Leang and Senior FX Strategist Peter Chia at UOB Group noted further upside momentum in EUR/USD still remains on the table in the next few weeks. Key Quotes 24-hour view: “Our expectations for EUR to break the major resistance at 1.0550 did not materialize as it plummeted to 1.0426 in NY trade before rebounding strongly to close at 1.0538 (+0.15%). While upward momentum has eased somewhat, we see room for EUR to edge above 1.0550. However, EUR is unlikely to challenge the next resistance at 1.0620. Support is at 1.0505, followed by 1.0480.” Next 1-3 weeks: “We continue to hold the same view as last Friday (02 Dec, spot at 1.0525). As highlighted, the risk for EUR remains on the upside and the next level to focus on is at 1.0620, followed by 1.0690. That said, after the sharp and brief drop to 1.0426 in NY trade on Friday (the decline came close to breaking our ‘strong support’ level at 1.0420), upward momentum has eased somewhat. While we continue to see upside risk, the 1.0620 level may not come into view so soon. On the downside, there is no change in the ‘strong support’ level at 1.0420.”  

USD/CAD has witnessed a sheer downside after surrendering the critical support of 1.3442 in the Asian session. The loonie asset has dropped firmly bel

USD/CAD is at a make or a break near the round-levels support of 1.3400.Upbeat US Nonfarm Payrolls have failed to provide a cushion to the US Dollar.The Bank of Canada is set to hike its interest rates by 50 bps consecutively for the second time.USD/CAD is expected to deliver more losses on a breakdown of the Ascending Triangle pattern. USD/CAD has witnessed a sheer downside after surrendering the critical support of 1.3442 in the Asian session. The loonie asset has dropped firmly below the round-level support of 1.3400 in the Tokyo session as a significant improvement in risk appetite has impacted the US Dollar. The US Dollar Index (DXY) has turned sideways after registering a fresh five-month low at 104.14. The USD Index is expected to extend its losses ahead as the risk-on impulse has strengthened dramatically. The US Dollar is facing immense pressure as the Federal Reserve (Fed) is shifting its mindset towards a slow rate hike culture to safeguard the United States economy from financial risks. S&P500 futures are displaying a lackluster performance as investors are awaiting the release of US ISM Services PMI data for fresh impetus. Meanwhile, the 10-year US Treasury yields have recovered firmly to near 3.53% on upbeat US Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) data. Also, hawkish commentary from the Federal Reserve policymaker about interest rate peak has weakened US Treasury bonds. Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said on Friday, "We are probably going to have a slightly higher peak to Fed policy rate even as we slow pace of rate hikes," reported Reuters. Upbeat US Nonfarm Payrolls failed to provide cushion to the US Dollar Markets participants were expecting that only better-than-projected US labor market data could add life to the US Dollar. The Greenback has been facing immense pressure from investors after Federal Reserve policymakers started sounding ‘less hawkish’ on interest rate guidance. On the labor front, the United States economy added 261K fresh jobs against the projections of 200K. The jobless rate remained unchanged at 3.7%. The catalyst that could support the US Dollar ahead is the improvement in Average earnings data. The labor cost index has improved to 5.1%. Robust labor demand along with higher wage rates possess the capability of accelerating inflation as higher wages would force households to more spending on durables. This could refresh troubles for Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell. Recovery in oil prices and upbeat Canadian employment data supported the Canadian Dollar The Canadian Dollar has been supported by a recovery in oil prices and better-than-projected payroll data.  Oil prices recovered sharply amid multiple tailwinds. Easing lockdown curbs in China and upbeats US Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) data strengthened global economic projections. It is worth noting that Canada is a leading oil exporter to the United States economy and solid oil prices support the Canadian Dollar.   The Canadian economy added 10.1K jobs in November vs. the projections of 5K. Also, the Unemployment Rate has eased to 5.1% against the projections of 5.3%. This is going to delight the Bank of Canada (BOC) to announce a higher rate hike in its mission of bringing price stability. Bank of Canada is set to hike interest rates further Canada’s inflation rate remained unchanged in October at 6.9%, which indicates that the Bank of Canada is required to continue its policy tightening measures further to curtail inflationary pressures. In October’s monetary policy, Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem hiked interest rates by 50 basis points (bps). As per the estimates from CIBC, the Canada central bank will continue its 50 bps rate hike regime. Analysts at CIBC point out that the Bank of Canada will increase rates by 50 bps on Wednesday, before pausing in 2023. A 50 bps rate hike by the Bank of Canada will accelerate the interest rate to 4.25%. This is going to widen the BOC-Fed policy divergence, which is impacting the Loonie asset for now. USD/CAD technical outlook USD/CAD is at a make or a break near the edge of the upward-sloping trendline of the Ascending Triangle chart pattern on a four-hour scale. The upward-sloping trendline of the chart pattern is placed from November 16 low at 1.3228 while the horizontal resistance is plotted from November 10 high at 1.3571. The Loonie asset has dropped below the 50-and 200-period Exponential Moving Averages (EMAs) at 1.3436 and 1.3459 respectively, which indicates that the short-term and long-term trend is bearish. Meanwhile, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) (14) is hovering around 40.00.  A breakdown of the same will trigger a bearish momentum.          

The EUR/USD pair is seen building on last week's breakout momentum beyond the very important 200-day SMA and gaining traction for the fourth straight

EUR/USD scales higher for the fourth successive day and climbs to a fresh multi-month high.Bets for smaller Fed rate hikes continue to weigh heavily on the USD and remain supportive.Hopes for easing COVID-19 curbs in China further seem to undermine the safe-haven buck.Traders now look to the final Services PMI from the Eurozone and the US For a fresh impetus.The EUR/USD pair is seen building on last week's breakout momentum beyond the very important 200-day SMA and gaining traction for the fourth straight day on Monday. The upward trajectory lifts spot prices to the 1.0585 area, or the highest level since late June and is sponsored by the prevalent bearish sentiment surrounding the US Dollar. In fact, the USD Index, which measures the greenback's performance against a basket of currencies, sinks to over a five-month low amid expectations for a less aggressive policy tightening by the Fed. Market participants seem convinced that the US central bank will soften its stance and deliver a relatively smaller 50 bps rate hike at its upcoming meeting on December 13-14. This, along with the optimism over hopes for the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in China, continues to undermine the safe-haven buck. That said, the upbeat US monthly jobs report released on Friday validates the view that the Fed will continue to tighten its monetary policy, although at a slower pace. An upside surprise in US job gains and wages points to a further rise in inflationary pressures, adding credence to Fed Chair Jerome Powell's forecast that the peak rate will be higher than expected. This, in turn, offers some support to the US Treasury bond yields, which should help limit the USD losses and keep a lid on the EUR/USD pair. Furthermore, the European Central Bank (ECB) policymaker Francois Villeroy de Galhau sounded less hawkish and backed the case for a 50 bps rate hike in December. This might further hold back bulls from placing fresh bets around the EUR/USD pair, at least for the time being. Traders now look to the release of the final Services PMI prints from the Eurozone and the US. Later during the early North American session, the US ISM Services PMI should contribute to producing short-term opportunities around the EUR/USD pair. Technical levels to watch  

Markets in the Asian domain are displaying mixed responses as the risk impulse is turning precautionary ahead of US ISM Services PMI data. S&P500 futu

Chinese equities have soared as the economy has started focusing on easing Covid-19 restrictions.Higher interest rate peak projections by Fed’s Evans have supported US Treasury yields.Oil prices lost strength as OPEC didn’t extend production cuts. Markets in the Asian domain are displaying mixed responses as the risk impulse is turning precautionary ahead of US ISM Services PMI data. S&P500 futures have turned subdued as hawkish commentary from Federal Reserve (Fed) policymaker on targeted interest rate has restricted the upside while Friday’s upbeat Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) strengthened the cushion. Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said on Friday, "We are probably going to have a slightly higher peak to Fed policy rate even as we slow pace of rate hikes," reported Reuters. This has resulted in a significant recovery in the 10-year US Treasury yields above 3.54%. At the press time, Japan’s Nikkei225 eased marginally, ChinaA50 jumped 1.70%, Hang Seng soared 3.38% and Nifty50 dropped 0.46%. Nikkei225 is following the footprints of the S&P500 futures, displaying lackluster performance on Monday. Also, investors are awaiting Overall Household Spending for further guidance. The economic data is seen higher at 3.4% vs. the former release of 2.3%. A better-than-projected household spending would indicate higher expectations for short-term inflation. Meanwhile, Chinese equities are performing stronger as the economy is reopening after a prolonged Covid-19 lockdown to contain the mess. The administration has decided to ease curbs after a severe protest from the general public as restrictions on the movement of men, materials, and machines didn’t leave sufficient funds to offset payment for perishable goods. This has also resulted in a recovery for economic projections ahead. On the oil front, oil prices have surrendered the majority of Monday morning gains and have dropped to near $80.60 after a firmer recovery from $79.66. The absence of further production cuts by OPEC+ in its December 4 meeting dented the sentiment of oil bulls. The oil cartel will stick to two million barrels cut per day till November 2023 for now. Also, easing China’s Covid curbs and upbeat US NFP supported oil recovery.  

Singapore Retail Sales (YoY) below forecasts (13.4%) in October: Actual (10.4%)

Singapore Retail Sales (MoM) registered at 0.1% above expectations (0%) in October

The AUD/USD pair has extended its recovery from 0.6770 to above 0.6850 in the Asian session. The Aussie asset has witnessed stellar buying interest fr

AUD/USD has been accelerated above 0.6850 amid a cheerful market mood.A third consecutive 75 bps rate hike is expected from the RBA.Fed’s Evans sees a higher interest rate pace but has favored a deceleration in the interest rate hike pace.The AUD/USD pair has extended its recovery from 0.6770 to above 0.6850 in the Asian session. The Aussie asset has witnessed stellar buying interest from the market participants as the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is all set to tighten its policy further for bringing price stability. Apart from the RBA’s monetary policy, a positive market mood has also strengthened the Australian Dollar. A sheer decline in safe-haven’s appeal has dragged the US Dollar Index (DXY) to a fresh five-month low at 104.14. S&P500 futures have turned subdued as Federal Reserve (Fed) policymaker has proposed a higher interest rate peak despite a slowdown in rate pace. This has also brought a significant recovery in the 10-year US Treasury yields to near 3.53%. Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said on Friday, "We are probably going to have a slightly higher peak to Fed policy rate even as we slow pace of rate hikes," as reported by Reuters. On the Australian front, RBA Governor Philip Lowe is set to hike its Official Cash rate (OCR) further to trim the inflation rate. In October month, the Australian Consumer Price Index (CPI) dropped to 6.9% after printing a high of 7.3%. Economists at UOB Group cited that “We are penciling in another 25 basis points (bps) hike at the final monetary policy meeting of the year on 6 Dec, which will take the OCR to 3.10%. This would be the third consecutive 25 bps rate hike by the RBA. Going forward, investors will keep an eye on Australian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data, which will release on Wednesday. The Australian economy is likely to deliver a decline in the growth rates to 0.7% and 1.8% on a quarter and an annual basis.  

The GBP/USD pair has shifted its auction profile above the critical hurdle of 1.2300 in the Asian session. The Cable has witnessed significant buying

GBP/USD has refreshed its five-month high above 1.2340 and is expected to extend its rally amid risk-on profile.After an upbeat US NFP data, a better-than-projected US ISM Services PMI release would trigger negative market impulse.  The GBP/USD pair has shifted its auction profile above the critical hurdle of 1.2300 in the Asian session. The Cable has witnessed significant buying interest from the market participants as the risk-on profile has strengthened further. The major has refreshed its five-month high above 1.2340 and is expected to extend its rally amid significant interest for risk-perceived assets. The US Dollar Index (DXY) has refreshed its five-month low at 104.14 amid rising odds of a slowdown in current interest rate hike pace by the Federal Reserve (Fed). To reduce financial risks and to observe the outcome of efforts made yet to bringing price stability, the Fed will decelerate its rate expansion pace. S&P500 futures are displaying a subdued performance as investors have turned precautionary ahead of US ISM Services PMI data. Meanwhile, the 10-year US Treasury yields have jumped to near 3.53%. The upbeat US Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) data reported on Friday failed to propel the US Dollar, however, a better-than-projected US ISM Services PMI release could fetch firmer cushion for the same. As per the consensus, the economic data is seen at 55.6 vs. the prior release of 54.4. Apart from that, the catalyst which will impact Cable is the ISM Services New Orders Index data, which is seen higher at 58.5 against the former release of 56.5. After displaying decent demand for labor by the United States economy, firmer forward demand for services would trigger risk-off mood. Robust demand in the US economy would indicate higher expectations for short-term inflation, which could compel the fed to continue current rate hike pace. On the UK Front,  

Following a meeting where the OPEC and its allies (OPEC+) decided to continue its existing policy, Kuwait's Oil Minister Bader al Mulla said late Sund

Following a meeting where the OPEC and its allies (OPEC+) decided to continue its existing policy, Kuwait's Oil Minister Bader al Mulla said late Sunday that OPEC+'s decisions are based on oil market data and ensure the market's stability. He added that the impact of slow global economic growth, soaring inflation and high -nterest rates on oil demand are a cause for "continuous caution". Related readsOPEC+ agrees to maintain their current oil-output targetsWTI jumps firmly above $81.50 amid US Dollar’s weakness and easing China’s Covid curbs

In its latest forecasts on the UK economy, the Confederation of Business Industry (CBI) said on Monday, they see Britain entering a year-long recessio

In its latest forecasts on the UK economy, the Confederation of Business Industry (CBI) said on Monday, they see Britain entering a year-long recession in 2023 amid high inflation and falling business investment. Key takeaways “Britain is in stagflation - with rocketing inflation, negative growth, falling productivity and business investment. Firms see potential growth opportunities but ... headwinds are causing them to pause investing in 2023.” “Britain's economy is on course to shrink 0.4% next year, marking a sharp downgrade from its last forecast in June, when it predicted growth of 1.0% for 2023.” “CBI predicts inflation will be slow to fall, averaging 6.7% next year and 2.9% in 2024.” “The CBI forecast business investment at the end of 2024 will be 9% below its pre-pandemic level, and output per worker 2% lower.” Market reaction GBP/USD is little affected by the CBI’s gloomy economic outlook, trading 0.32% higher on the day at 1.2325.

Gold price is trading close to its best levels in five months above $1,800 at the start of a new week, with risk flows dominating as China expands the

Gold price kicks off the week on a solid footing, as the US Dollar extends weakness.  China reopening optimism and dovish Fed expectations offset higher US Treasury yields. Gold price eyes a fresh upswing toward $1,822 amid a lack of healthy resistance levels.    Gold price is trading close to its best levels in five months above $1,800 at the start of a new week, with risk flows dominating as China expands the covid reopening to Shanghai and Hangzhou. A better risk profile and dovish Federal Reserve expectations continue to remain a weight on the US Dollar, despite a big beat on the US Nonfarm Payrolls data. The US economy added 263,000 jobs in November, better than 200,000 but below 284,000 in October, according to the latest data released last Friday. Following the upbeat US payrolls data, markets appear convinced that the Fed’s dovish pivot could help the economy with a ‘soft landing’. The Fed has entered the ‘blackout period’ and, therefore, all eyes now remain on the US ISM Services PMI and Preliminary UoM Consumer Sentiment data due for release this week for fresh trading impetus in Gold price. Also read: Gold Price Weekly Forecast: XAU/USD to attract additional buyers above $1,800Gold Price: Key levels to watch more to come ... Here is how it looks on the tool About Technical Confluences Detector The TCD (Technical Confluences Detector) is a tool to locate and point out those price levels where there is a congestion of indicators, moving averages, Fibonacci levels, Pivot Points, etc.  If you are a short-term trader, you will find entry points for counter-trend strategies and hunt a few points at a time. If you are a medium-to-long-term trader, this tool will allow you to know in advance the price levels where a medium-to-long-term trend may stop and rest, where to unwind positions, or where to increase your position size.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI), futures on NYMEX, has displayed a stellar rebound to near $81.63 in the Tokyo session as easing lockdown restrictions i

WTI has accelerated to near $81.60 as the Chinese economy is easing Covid-lockdown measures.A significant decline in the US Dollar has also strengthened oil prices.OPEC+ has not announced fresh supply cuts, continuing current cuts till November 2023.West Texas Intermediate (WTI), futures on NYMEX, has displayed a stellar rebound to near $81.63 in the Tokyo session as easing lockdown restrictions in China has infused an adrenaline rush into the oil bulls. The oil price has recovered dramatically after correcting to near the round-level support of $80.00. The responsive buying action in oil prices is backed by easing Covid-19 curbs in China after their severe protest for reopening the economy. This has reaffirmed higher oil demand projections as the reopening of the Chinese economy indicates no restrictions on the movement of men, materials, and machines. Economic activities in the Chinese economy will start gearing up and will cement oil demand in the largest oil-purchasing country. Also, weakness in the US Dollar Index (DXY) is strengthening the oil prices. The USD Index has refreshed its five-month low below 104.20 as the risk appetite theme has been strengthened by the market participants amid rising expectations for deceleration of the interest rate hike pace by the Federal Reserve (Fed). Apart from that, a solid United States labor market indicates robust demand for oil. On the supply front, OPEC+ didn’t announce further production cuts in its meeting on December 4 apart from the extension of the prior promise of cutting two million barrels of oil production per day till November 2023. This resulted in a corrective move in the oil prices but a firmer recovery backed by easing zero-Covid policy in China has resumed oil’s upside journey.      

Following poor China data, NZD/USD is perched at the highs of the bullish cycle following a series of daily bullish closes since mid-November. The pri

NZD/USD has been inching higher on the charts into daily resistance.China data capped the advance in NZD/USD on the release.  Bears are lurking and eye a correction, but focus is on the greenback. Following poor China data, NZD/USD is perched at the highs of the bullish cycle following a series of daily bullish closes since mid-November. The price has rallied to a high of 0.6417 following a move towards the August 0.6468 high. The US Dollar has been the driver with a switch in sentiment that has been supportive of risk appetite and the high beta complex. Reuters reported that China's services activity shrank to six-month lows in November as widening COVID containment measures weighed on demand and operations, a private-sector business survey showed on Monday, pointing to a further hit to economic growth. The Caixin/S&P Global services purchasing managers' index (PMI) fell to 46.7 from 48.4, marking the third monthly contraction in a row. The 50-point index mark separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis. Meanwhile, a surprisingly strong US jobs report weighed on the greenback and fell to test the 104.50s.  Even though the US Nonfarm Payrolls data showed that stronger-than-expected hiring reflected the tightness of the labour market, investors faded the US dollar as Fed officials spoke dovish on the outlook. Average hourly earnings arrived at 0.6%, well above expectations for a 0.3% gain, and the participation rate also declined to 62.1%. Analysts at ANZ bank explained that ''we start the week with the USD on its knees despite data suggesting that even if the Fed hike by ‘only’ 50bp next week (not a small hike; just not a gigantic one!) they may lift their terminal rate projection above 5%. If that occurs, the question we’re pondering is; how will the USD fare? We may be shaping up for an epic battle between the “recessionists” and the “rate-watchers”, all of which portends USD volatility.'' The analysts see NZD fair value at ~0.65; ''that suggests it can maintain its strength, but it may be a bumpy ride. The next major technical target is 0.6450 (the Aug high).'' NZD/USD technical analysis  The NZD is riding the dynamic support into resistance but a correction could be on the cards. The Fibonacci scale sees the prospects of a move towards the 61.8% ratio near 0.6281.

Reuters reports that China's services activity shrank to six-month lows in November as widening COVID containment measures weighed on demand and opera

Reuters reports that China's services activity shrank to six-month lows in November as widening COVID containment measures weighed on demand and operations, a private-sector business survey showed on Monday, pointing to a further hit to economic growth. The Caixin/S&P Global services purchasing managers' index (PMI) fell to 46.7 from 48.4, marking the third monthly contraction in a row. The 50-point index mark separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis. AUD/USD update AUD/USD has been firm in the open and continues to print fresh bull cycle highs, testing towards 0.6850. On the daily time frame, however, support is expected in the 50% mean reversion area and lower quarter of the 0.6700s. This could be targeted in the days ahead if the bulls throw in the towel. Should the supporting trendline be broken, a move below 0.6640/50 could be a significant bearish development ahead of the critical remaining calendar events for the year that include the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Federal Reserve. On the flip side, a continuation opens risk towards September highs near 0.6920.  About the Caixan Services PMI    The Caixin Services PMI™, released by Markit Economics, is based on data compiled from monthly replies to questionnaires sent to purchasing executives in over 400 private service sector companies. The panel has been carefully selected to accurately replicate the true structure of the services economy.

China Caixin Services PMI below forecasts (48.8) in November: Actual (46.7)

The EUR/USD pair has refreshed its five-month high at 1.0549 in the Asian session. The major currency pair has witnessed a juggernaut rally after a re

EUR/USD has refreshed a five-month high above 1.0550 on positive market sentiment.A breakout of the neutral channel has exposed the pair for a fresh upside.The RSI (14) is aiming to shift into the bullish range of 60.00-80.00 for sheer bullish momentum.The EUR/USD pair has refreshed its five-month high at 1.0549 in the Asian session. The major currency pair has witnessed a juggernaut rally after a responsive buying action below 1.0440 on Friday. The US Dollar has witnessed immense pressure amid the risk appetite theme and is an inch far from testing the previous week’s low around 104.38. Meanwhile, S&P500 is displaying a subdued performance ahead of US Services PMI data. The 10-year US Treasury yields have recovered to near 3.53% portraying a cautious mood despite improvement in risk-sensitive assets. The EUR/USD pair has shifted its business above the psychological resistance of 1.0500 after a breakout of the neutral channel formation on an hourly scale. The breakout of the aforementioned chart pattern indicates more upside ahead. The 20-and 50-period Exponential Moving Averages (EMAs) at 1.0526 and 1.0494 respectively are aiming higher, which adds to the upside filters. Meanwhile, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) (14) is attempting to shift into the bullish range of 60.00-80.00, which indicates more upside ahead. Going forward, a break above a fresh five-month high at 1.0552 will drive the major currency pair toward the round-level resistance at 1.0600, followed by May 5 high at 1.0642. On the flip side, a drop below Friday’s low at 1.0429 will drag the major currency pair toward December 1 low at 1.0393. A slippage below the latter will drag the asset toward November 30 low at 1.0290. EUR/USD hourly chart         

In recent trade today, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) set the yuan (CNY) at 7.0384 vs the last close of 7.0500. About the fix China maintains stric

In recent trade today, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) set the yuan (CNY) at 7.0384 vs the last close of 7.0500.  About the fix China maintains strict control of the yuan’s rate on the mainland. The onshore yuan (CNY) differs from the offshore one (CNH) in trading restrictions, this last one is not as tightly controlled. Each morning, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) sets a so-called daily midpoint fix, based on the yuan’s previous day's closing level and quotations taken from the inter-bank dealer.

Ireland Purchasing Manager Index Services down to 50.8 in November from previous 53.2

The AUD/USD pair has witnessed a sharp recovery in the Tokyo session after a corrective move below 0.6780. The Aussie asset has accelerated to near 0.

AUD/USD has advanced firmly to near 0.6820 as the focus has shifted to RBA monetary policy.The RBA is expected to hike its interest rates by 25 bps consecutively for the third time.Solid US NFP failed to infuse fresh blood into the US Dollar.The AUD/USD pair has witnessed a sharp recovery in the Tokyo session after a corrective move below 0.6780. The Aussie asset has accelerated to near 0.6820 and is expected to extend its gains toward the previous week’s high around 0.6845 amid the risk appetite profile. Meanwhile, the US Dollar Index (DXY) has turned sideways marginally above Friday’s low around 104.40 as positive market sentiment has trimmed safe-haven’s appeal. The upbeat United States Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) has failed to fetch ground for the US Dollar. In November, the US economy added fresh 263K jobs vs. the prior release of 200K. Also, the labor cost index has improved to 5.1% on an annual basis. A solid labor market along with escalating wages indicates a further increment in inflationary pressures as households carries higher funds for disposal. This may accelerate demand for perishable and durable goods, which could keep price growth active. On the antipodean front, investors are awaiting an interest rate decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), which will be announced on Tuesday. Economists at UOB Group cited that “We are penciling in another 25 basis points (bps) hike at the final monetary policy meeting of the year on 6 Dec, which will take the OCR to 3.10%. It is worth noting that this could be the third consecutive 25 bps rate hike by RBA Governor Philip Lowe. The monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI) dropped to 6.9% in October against the prior release of 7.3%. Still, the inflation rate is significantly far from the targeted rate of 2%, which compels for the continuation of policy tightening. Apart from that, investors will keep an eye on Caixin Service PMI data. The economic data is seen marginally higher at 48.8 vs. the former release of 48.4.      

The US dollar fell on Friday despite a surprisingly strong jobs report and fell to test the 104.50s where the price is consolidating in the Tokyo open

US Dollar bears eye a break below daily support.Bulls could be attracted which could open risk towards 105.50 or a 50% mean reversion near 105.75. The US dollar fell on Friday despite a surprisingly strong jobs report and fell to test the 104.50s where the price is consolidating in the Tokyo open. Even though the Nonfarm Payrolls data showed that stronger-than-expected hiring reflected the tightness of the labour market, investors faded the US dollar as Fed officials spoke dovish on the outlook.
Average hourly earnings arrived at 0.6%, well above expectations for a 0.3% gain, and the participation rate also declined to 62.1%. Nevertheless, following a strong move by the US dollar bulls, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans made dovish comments that put an end to the rally in the greenback. The central banker said that the pace of increases is likely to slow and added that the Fed will likely need to raise borrowing costs to a "slightly higher" peak than envisioned in forecasts from September. The comments turned sentiment although, as analysts at ANZ Bank argued, ''the data were a well-timed reminder that the path to lower inflation is going to be hard fought.'' Meanwhile, analysts at TD Securities argued, that the jobs data should help to stem some of the USD's bleeding, but suggested a reversal is unlikely to materialize. ''We think the USD positioning squeeze is advanced but a reassessment is unlikely to occur until US CPI and the December Fed.'' US Dollar daily chart As seen, the price is sandwiched between support and resistance following the break below the daily trendline support.  A break below support is needed to avoid a correction into the prior lows near 105.50 or a 50% mean reversion towards 105.75. Should these areas hold on a retest, there will be prospects of a downside continuation towards 1.0350 and the figure. 
 

Hong Kong SAR Nikkei Manufacturing PMI came in at 48.7, above expectations (48.6) in November

The USD/JPY pair has attempted a break above the immediate hurdle of 134.50 in the Tokyo session. The asset is expected to remain on the tenterhooks a

USD/JPY is likely to drag to near 134.00 as investors have turned precautionary ahead of US Services PMI data.Fed’s Evans has favored a higher interest rate peak despite a slowdown in the rate hike pace.An upbeat US Services New Orders Index data could propel short-term inflation expectations.The USD/JPY pair has attempted a break above the immediate hurdle of 134.50 in the Tokyo session. The asset is expected to remain on the tenterhooks as investors are awaiting United States Services PMI data for fresh impetus. The risk profile is still optimistic as Federal Reserve (Fed) policymakers don’t call for the continuation of the current interest rate hike pace. Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said on Friday, "We are probably going to have a slightly higher peak to Fed policy rate even as we slow pace of rate hikes," as reported by Reuters. The US Dollar Index (DXY) is hovering around its immediate support of 104.50 and is looking to test Friday’s low around 104.40. The risk appetite theme is likely to keep hammering the US Dollar bulls amid a significant decline in safe-haven’s appeal. Meanwhile, 10-year US Treasury yields have rebounded after dropping below 3.50% in the Asian session as the market mood is turning precautionary ahead of the US Services PMI data.  As per the projections, the economic data is seen at 55.6 lower than the prior release of 54.4. In the US Services PMI gamut, the New Orders Index is seen solid at 58.5 against the former release of 56.5. This indicates robust demand ahead, which could de-anchored short-term inflation expectations and henceforth, ruin the risk-on profile. On the Tokyo front, Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda highlighted the risk of a slowdown in inflation from CY2023. This may propel the BOJ to continue with policy easing in order to keep inflation near the targeted rate of 2%. Going forward, the Overall Household Spending data will be of utmost importance. The economic data is expected to improve to 3.4% from the prior release of 2.3% on an annual basis.  

Japan Jibun Bank Services PMI came in at 50.3, above forecasts (50) in November

Australia Company Gross Operating Profits (QoQ) registered at -12.4%, below expectations (10.1%) in 3Q

Australia TD Securities Inflation (YoY) increased to 5.9% in November from previous 5.2%

New Zealand ANZ Commodity Price came in at -3.9%, below expectations (-1.5%) in November

Australia TD Securities Inflation (MoM) increased to 1% in November from previous 0.4%

The USD/CAD pair is displaying back-and-forth moves around 1.3470 in the early Asian session. The loonie pair has turned sideways as investors are shi

USD/CAD is oscillating around 1.3470 as investors are awaiting BOC’s monetary policy.Loonie’s downside has been restricted by sluggish oil prices while the weak US Dollar has capped its upside.Unchanged Canada’s October inflation is expected to continue BOC’s policy tightening measures.The USD/CAD pair is displaying back-and-forth moves around 1.3470 in the early Asian session. The loonie pair has turned sideways as investors are shifting their focus toward the interest rate decision by the Bank of Canada (BOC), which is due on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the risk-appetite theme is supporting the Canadian Dollar as the solid United States labor market failed to propel the chances of the current policy restriction pace by the Federal Reserve (Fed). The US Dollar Index (DXY) is highly expected to test Friday’s low around 104.40 amid higher appeal for risk-perceived assets. S&P500 futures have displayed subdued performance as the upside has been capped by upbeat US Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) data while the downside is supported by solid risk appetite. For further guidance, market participants are keeping an eye on US ISM Services PMI data, which is seen higher at 55.6 vs. the prior release of 54.4. Also, the Services New Orders Index data, which is expected to land higher at 58.5, will hog the limelight. This might fetch US Dollar’s lost ground as robust demand could accelerate inflation guidance from the Fed and its policymakers. On the Canadian Dollar front, the interest rate decision by the BOC will be of significant importance. Analysts at CIBC point out that the report supports their view that the Bank of Canada will increase rates by 50 bps next week, before pausing in 2023. Canada’s inflation remained unchanged at 6.9% in October. Therefore, the absence of exhaustion signals in inflation supports further policy tightening from BOC Governor Tiff Macklem. On the oil front, OPEC has decided of sticking to a two million barrels per day production cut till November 2023. The absence of extended production cuts as expected by the market participants has dragged the oil prices dramatically to near $80.00. Meanwhile, easing Covid-19 curbs in China has strengthened oil demand projections. A sell-off in oil prices to near $80.00 has impacted the Canadian Dollar, being a leading exporter of oil to the United States.  

The GBP/USD pair has witnessed marginal selling pressure after failing to cross the 1.2300 hurdle in the early Tokyo session. The Cable recovered shar

The Cable is facing barricades while attempting to break above 1.2300.Advancing 20-and 50-EMAs signifies more upside ahead.A range shift by the RSI (14) into the 60.00-80.00 area will strengthen Pound Sterling.The GBP/USD pair has witnessed marginal selling pressure after failing to cross the 1.2300 hurdle in the early Tokyo session. The Cable recovered sharply on Friday after a sheer correction to near 1.2150 on the release of robust United States Employment data. Meanwhile, the risk impulse is extremely bullish as the Federal Reserve (Fed) is still looking to trim the interest rate hike pace. The US Dollar Index (DXY) is declining toward Friday’s low of around 104.40. On an hourly scale, Cable witnessed a significant buying interest after dropping to near November 24 high of around 1.2150 on Friday. The recovery was full of strength and it pushed Cable near the critical resistance of 1.2300. Advancing 20-and 50-period Exponential Moving Averages (EMAs) at 1.2260 and 1.2210 add to the upside filters. Meanwhile, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) (14) has recovered after dropping to near 40.00. A break inside the bullish range of 60.00-80.00 would trigger a bullish momentum. For further upside, a decisive break above Friday’s high at 1.2311 will drive Cable toward June 16 high at 1.2406, followed by the round-level resistance at 1.2500. Alternatively, a decisive drop below Wednesday’s low at 1.1900 will drag the Cable toward November 22 low at 1.1825. A slippage below the latter will drag the pair to near November 21 low at 1.1779. GBP/USD hourly chart  

Gold price (XAU/USD) is facing immense pressure in conquering the round-level resistance of $1,800.00 in the early Tokyo session. The precious metal i

Gold price is hovering around $1,800.00 as investors await US ISM Services PMI data.The upbeat US NFP data has failed to fade the odds of the Fed’s rate hike slowdown.Solid United States Services New Orders could drive inflation expectations higher.Gold price (XAU/USD) is facing immense pressure in conquering the round-level resistance of $1,800.00 in the early Tokyo session. The precious metal is highly expected to display more gains ahead and may extend towards a fresh three-month high at $1,824.63 as the upbeat US Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) failed to fade the risk appetite theme. The US Dollar Index (DXY) is looking to re-test the previous week’s low around 104.40 as the market participants are of the view that solid employment generation in November is unable to fade expectations of a slowdown in interest rate hike pace by the Federal Reserve (Fed). Also, the 10-year US Treasury yields have dropped further below 3.50% and are not getting any intermediate cushion. The economic catalyst that investors are awaiting for further guidance is the United States ISM Services data, which will release on Monday. The economic data is seen higher at 55.6 vs. the prior release of 54.4. Apart from that, the catalyst which will impact Gold prices is the ISM Services New Orders Index data. The economic data is expected to land higher at 58.5, which indicates robust demand by households that may provide a cushion to inflation ahead. Gold technical analysis On an hourly scale, the Gold price has picked up decent demand after a correction to near November 15 high at $1,777.32. The yellow metal is aiming to reclaim a three-months high at around $1,805.00. The Gold price has scaled above the 20-period Exponential Moving Average (EMA) at $1,795.90 after sensing support from the 50-EMA around $1,790.00, which indicates that the short-term trend has tilted north. Gold hourly chart  

Australia S&P Global Composite PMI: 48 (November) vs 47.7

Australia S&P Global Services PMI came in at 47.6, above forecasts (47.2) in November

Australia AiG Performance of Construction Index increased to 48.2 in November from previous 43.3

The EUR/USD pair is hovering around a fresh five-month high at 1.0545 in the early Asian session. The major currency pair is expected to extend its ra

EUR/USD is looking to conquer 1.0550 as the focus has shifted to Eurozone Retail Sales data.The USD Index failed to extend recovery despite solid additions in the labor market.A solid Eurozone retail demand is going to strengthen inflation expectations ahead.The EUR/USD pair is hovering around a fresh five-month high at 1.0545 in the early Asian session. The major currency pair is expected to extend its rally to near 1.0550 ahead amid an upbeat market mood. Expectations of a decline in interest rate hike extent ahead by the Federal Reserve (Fed) have underpinned the risk appetite theme for a longer period. The US Dollar Index (DXY) is expected to test the previous week’s low around 104.40 as the recovery move banked on stronger-than-projected United States Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) data faded after failing to extend the rebound move above 105.60. S&P500 ended on a subdued note on Friday as upbeat labor additions acted as a double-edged sword for the market. The 10-year US Treasury yields continued their downside journey and dropped below 3.50% as the Fed is highly expected to decelerate its rate hike pace. The US NFP data rose to 263K, significantly higher than the projections of 200K. Demand for labor remained extremely solid in November despite accelerating interest rates by the Fed. This implies robust retail demand by the households, which could be a barrier to the declining inflation desire. Apart from that, Average Hourly Earnings rose to 5.1% respecting solid labor demand, which is going to support inflation as households will have higher money at their disposal. On the Eurozone front, investors are awaiting the release of the Retail Sales data, which will release on Monday. The economic data is expected to improve dramatically by 2.7% against a contraction of 0.6% on an annual basis. A solid retail demand is going to strengthen inflation expectations ahead as it is not providing any incentive to factory owners to offer lower prices for products and services.        
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