*Good morning/afternoon everyone!*
The U.S. dollar is heading in the NY trading session lower against most of the major currencies. The only currency that is underperforming the greenback is the Japanese Yen. Its weakness along with the resilience of USD/JPY tells us that risk appetite remains strong. US stocks climbed to record highs yesterday and stock futures are pointing to positive open. The Swiss Franc is the best performer but the only reason why the euro isn’t matching the Franc’s rise is because it took some time for the currency to break 1.17. The euro’s rally is also supported by the pullback in Italian yields and comments from Germany’s foreign minister who said he expects the US to revoke tariff threats.
The next stop should be the 100-day SMA near 1.1750. While sterling could also move higher on US dollar weakness, the latest Brexit headlines suggest that negotiations aren’t going as well as the UK hopes. Prime Minister May said a no deal Brexit is not the end the world and the UK’s Fox said they made a fair and reasonable offer to the EU. They also said hard Brexit is not off the table. These are not the type of headlines we want to see out of the talks — UK leaders should be touting progress and the nearing of a deal rather than alternative options. The big focus today are the trade talks between US and Canada. Foreign minister Freeland will be in Washington to resume negotiations and its not clear if we’ll know how the talks went today or tomorrow. The Canadian dollar is trading firmly ahead of the meeting and appears poised for a move down to 1.29. The Australian and New Zealand dollars also extended their gains. US trade and consumer confidence numbers will be released during the NY session.
*The MAIN THEMES I see today are*
+EUR, +CAD, +CHF, +NZD, +GBP
*Today’s Initial Trades*
Here’s the summary —
1. Buy EURUSD at 1.1703, stop at 1.1675 Target 1.1731
2. Buy GBPUSD at 1.2899, Stop at 1.2871, Target 1.2927
3. Sell AUDCHF at .7182, Stop at .7210, Target .7154
4. Sell EURCAD at 1.5137, Stop at 1.5165, Target 1.5109
Close ALL open day trades by 10:20AM NY / 15:20 GMT