Currency Movers for June 19, 2015

June 19, 2015

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EURUSD stayed inside the wedge and created shooting star candle in daily resolution and reacted lower from proximity of 1.1324 resistance. This morning we’ve seen weakness and some reaction higher from 1.1304. As the Greek situation is not likely to have a quick resolution I don’t expect EURUSD to move strongly today. I expect the pair to find support today around 1.1296 (another support at 1.1270) while upside is probably limited to yesterday’s high of 1.1435. I am seeing an intraday resistance at 1.1353 while daily support and resistance levels in EURUSD are: 1.1296, 1.1152, 1.1020 and 1.1435, 1.1380, 1.1467.

According to Bloomberg reports ECB is to hold an emergency teleconference today to discuss a Greek central bank request for more ELA funding. The central bank apparently is worried about the amount of capital withdrawn from Greek banks, which reportedly amounted to EUR 2 bln this week. ELA funding was just lifted on Wednesday and is conducted by and at the risk of the Greek central bank, but the ECB can limit overall amounts. It is increasingly difficult to argue that Greek banks fundamentally are solvent, which is a precondition for ELA funding, but the ECB clearly doesn’t want to be the one pulling the plug on Greece. The EU emergency summit on Monday will give yet another chance for an agreement, and without a deal capital controls almost seem inevitable.

Greece continues to dominate Eurozone markets, the rumour mill and official comments from both sides. This means ongoing volatility and wider intra-day ranges. Eurozone bond spreads narrowed slightly and Bunds underperformed Gilts as some safe haven flows were unwound and this trend is likely to continue amid fresh action to get a deal with Greece. EU President Tusk called an emergency summit on Greece on Monday to try and stem capital outflows, which the ECB is increasingly worried about. Reports that the ECB suggested Greek banks may close Monday were denied, but the Greek central bank reported called for further ELA funding. The risk of capital controls is rising.

U.S. reports signaled a long-await June factory sector bounce that will hopefully permeate the remaining June data, alongside a 0.4% May CPI rise that slightly undershot market forecasts and a narrower than expected $113.4 bln Q1 current account gap. The June Philly Fed moved to 15.2 from 6.7 coincided with a ISM-adjusted rise to 53.2 from 50.0, and defied Monday’s weaker Empire State data to signal some upturn in sentiment after a half-year stretch of dismal readings. We also saw a 12k initial claims drop to a lean 267k in the BLS survey week that undershoots both prior BLS survey weekly readings and monthly averages. We saw a second consecutive 0.7% leading indicators rise in May that added to the positive spin, leaving the economy in good position to outperform the low-balled GDP estimates released after yesterday’s FOMC meeting.

Currency Pairs, Grouped % Performance

USD has been stronger this morning following EURUSD hitting and failing to penetrate the 1.1424 resistance yesterday and dollar finding support levels against other currencies as well. AUD has lost ground this morning and is down especially against the USD, CAD and GBP. There is some strength in GBP but the performance is a bit mixed. JPY performance has been likewise while EUR is down against most of the competitors.

Nearest daily support and resistance levels for AUD pairs:

AUDUSD               0.7605 / 0.7864
EURAUD               1.1127 / 1.4770
GBPAUD               2.0028 / 2.0775
AUDJPY                94.32  /  97.30
AUDCAD               0.9410 / 0.9717
AUDNZD               1.1115 / 1.1304

Main Macro Events Today

Bank of Japan Monetary Policy Statement. As expected BoJ maintained the low interest rates its stimulus programme while it remained positive in its assessment of the economy. BoJ has conviction that growth will strengthen enough to accelerate inflation to its 2 percent target without additional monetary easing.

German May PPI inflation rose to -1.3% y/y from -1.5% y/y in April, with prices unchanged over the month. Producer price inflation remains in negative territory, but has clearly bottomed out at the start of the year and is slowly moving higher as negative base effects from energy prices start to fall out of the equation.
Canadian CPI could expand at a 0.9% y/y rate in May following the 0.8% growth rate in April. CPI is seen rising 0.5% on a month comparable basis in May after slipping 0.1% in April. Forecast risk: Mixed for total CPI given the rise in gasoline prices but 1.3% appreciation in the CAD that could restrain prices of imported goods. April was the first month the CAD gained ground against the USD since July of 2014 and the improvement continued in May on an average basis. Core CPI risk is modestly upward given ongoing upward pressure on the core CPI.

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