FOMC meeting minutes: Will it add any new information to the markets?

23 November, 2016

With the Fed funds rate hike probability now assigning a full 100% probability for a rate hike in December, today's FOMC meeting minutes could be a non-event. After various Fed member speeches post US elections and more importantly the Fed Chair, Janet Yellen's testimony to Congress, the meeting minutes for the November FOMC meeting will at best ascertain the rate hike views unless members explicitly highlight concerns in a particular segment of the US economy. The US dollar index closed bullish after a bearish reversal on Monday, but still no clear signs of a pullback to the rally.

EURUSD Intra-day Analysis

EURUSD (1.0629): EURUSD closed with a doji yesterday, but prices remain stuck near the 1.0600 handle. The flat price action after the falling trend line was broken a few days ago is likely to remain flat unless there is a strong upside breakout above 1.0680. We continue to look at the possibility of a corrective rally towards 1.0900 which could see renewed selling pressure retake the currency pair. Alternately, the downside is currently supported by a fragile support at 1.0500, which if breaks could see further trend continuation.

GBPUSD Intra-day Analysis

GBPUSD (1.2406): GBPUSD continues to range within the 1.2500 and 1.2400 price levels, but the bias is increasing to the downside. On the 4-hour chart, the price is currently bearish following the doji pattern above 1.2400. A bearish close here could signal near-term weakness which could push GBPUSD lower towards 1.2250 - 1.2224 support. To the upside, short term resistance is seen at 1.2500, and only a convincing break above this resistance could signal further gains in store.

USDCAD Intra-day Analysis

USDCAD (1.3439): USDCAD turned bullish yesterday after the mixed retail sales figures. Price posted a strong reversal off 1.3380, and further upside could see the dollar post gains towards 1.3500. With the OPEC meeting now just a week away, USDCAD could be under pressure. The daily chart time frame shows bearish indications that could see price eventually fall towards 1.3287. Therefore, look for resistance to be established at 1.3500 ahead of a renewed bearish momentum in USDCAD.


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