Fundamental analysis for February 18, 2016

22 February, 2016

Fundamental analysis for February 18, 2016

Despite positive stock markets sentiment and good USA labor market data the dollar failed to grow. Investors were also pleased with the lack of negative reports from China, where the inflation reached the forecasted level. The Fed's meeting minutes released on Wednesday impacted the dollar as well. The regulator's soft tone was interpreted by traders as another retreat from December's plans.

The ECB minutes pointed that the inflation would remain at low levels. Mario Draghi said the ECB was ready to implement additional monetary policy easing at the next meeting on March 10th. We again got the divergent expectations of a policies change of the two central banks. By the end of the trades the pair euro/dollar slightly increased.

The UK published retail sales release for January at the level of 2,3%m/m and 5,2%y/y against the forecasted 0,8%m/m and 3,6%y/y. The positive trend in the labor market allows us to expect retail sales growth compared with the previous month. An increase of wages was recorded in the UK during the period from November to December last year. The pair pound/dollar showed a growth by the end of the trades.

The OECD lowered its growth forecast for Japanese GDP to 0.8% from 1.0% in 2016. The Japanese yen strengthened against the dollar by 5.1% since the beginning of this year. That fact reduced the national products competitiveness in foreign markets. The trade deficit in Japan amounted to 645.9 billion in January, which is 5 times more than in the last quarter of 2015. The pair dollar/yen closed the trades with a decrease.


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Gold has jumped to 1265 level

The resistance holds at 1280, support comes in at 1245.9. Major resistance is highlighted at 1295.4. Next target is set at 1350...

Gold prices bounced off

The spot was struggling to build onto the recovery during the night trades. Buyers lost their steam at 1265 where the pair found some fresh offers....

Golld turned around and reversed

The bullish trend remained intact on Tuesday. The price bounced from the upper limit...


Gold prices remained in a consolidation phase

Sellers led the spot to 1250 the other day but failed to break below the level. The price remained sandwiched between 1250 - 1255...

DAX grew amid a fresh buying interest

European stocks opened in green when markets recovered from Trump’s failure in Congress. Investors focused on Brexit...

Pound reached its monthly high

The pound remained in an upward channel on Tuesday. The price pulled back from its upper limit...


Brent maintained its ask tone

Sellers continued driving the benchmark lower after a brief pause at 50.80 dollars per barrel...

Gold prices remained in green

The bullish market structure remained in place on Thursday...

Gold prices traded in green

The gold recovery stalled around 1235 dollars per ounce on Monday. Buyers did not find any reason to move the price further. The precious metal was slowly declining...

  


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