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Reverberating Aftershocks From Fed Policy Shuts Down AUD and JPY

Reverberating Aftershocks From Fed Policy Shuts Down AUD and JPY

2013-06-20 16:28:00
Kevin Jin,

THE TAKEAWAY: USD strongly gains after yesterday’s FOMC meeting > AUDUSD hits lowest level since September 2010 > USDJPY accelerates towards ¥98.00.

The USD continues its strong gains today after unexpectedly hawkish FOMC commentary hints that QE tapering may occur by the end of the year. The Dow Jones FXCM Dollar Index (Ticker: USDOLLAR) gains +78 (+0.731%) on the day to 10741 at the time of writing. This is the index’s highest reading since June 6. Bonds continue their losses as 10YR US treasury yields increase +3.6bps (+1.53%) to 2.389% at the time of writing. Yields reached a high of 2.469% during European hours but yields declined after New York trading commenced.

Commodities are sharply lower across the board today: Gold -4.01% (to 1297.11); Silver -6.47% (to 20.03); WTI -2.73%; Brent -2.96% at the time of writing. Equities are also globally lower among developed and emerging markets: S&P 500 -1.66%; Euro Stoxx -3.41%; Nikkei -1.74%; BSE Sensex -2.74%; Jakarta Composite -3.68% at the time of writing.

Several pieces of data were released today. From Asia, Chinese Flash Manufacturing data showed a contraction (actual: 48.3; Bloomberg News survey expected: 49.1). China also faces a very tight credit situation as Overnight Shibor (Chinese Libor) makes record highs. Out of Europe, the Swiss National Bank maintains the 1.2000 EURCHF floor. Eurozone PMI readings beat expectations (actual: 48.9; Bloomberg News survey expected: 48.1) but the market seems to be more focused on pricing the FOMC decision with the EURUSD extending falls. In North America, the US Philly Fed Survey beat Bloomberg News survey expectations of -2.0, coming in at +12.5. US Initial Jobless Claims (JUN 15) came in worse than Bloomberg News expectations of 340K, coming in at 354K. This caused a decline in the USD but price action was not strong enough to halt the upwards trend.

AUDUSD 15-minute Chart: June 20, 2013

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Charts Created using Marketscopeprepared by Kevin Jin

The AUDUSD is a heavy decliner today, falling -95 pips (-1.024%) to $0.9183 at the time of writing. This marks the lowest level since September 2010 as falling gold prices, bearish Chinese news, and risk-off sentiment add fuel to Aussie bears. The currency moved lower throughout Asian trading until making a low of .9162 soon after London Open. The red horizontal line above is the weekly S2 pivot level and it served as rough support for the AUDUSD at .9178. There was a rough +40 pip rally towards New York Open, but this was quickly sold off and the pair remains around the S2 pivot at the time of writing.

GBPUSD 15-minute Chart: June 20, 2013

Reverberating_Aftershocks_From_Fed_Policy_Shuts_Down_AUD_and_JPY_body_Picture_3.png, Reverberating Aftershocks From Fed Policy Shuts Down AUD and JPY

Charts Created using Marketscopeprepared by Kevin Jin

The GBPUSD declines -15 pips (-0.097%) to $1.5457 at the time of writing. Most of the selling occurred during Asian hours and the pair regained much of its losses soon into London trading and managed to hold its prices through London close. The cable remains range-bound between 1.5491 – its Asian session high—and 1.5430 through most of today’s trading.

EURUSD 15-minute Chart: June 20, 2013

Reverberating_Aftershocks_From_Fed_Policy_Shuts_Down_AUD_and_JPY_body_Picture_2.png, Reverberating Aftershocks From Fed Policy Shuts Down AUD and JPY

Charts Created using Marketscopeprepared by Kevin Jin

The EUR/USD is also down today, falling -75 pips (-0.564%) to $1.3205 at the time of writing. The pair declined throughout all of Asian trading and through most of London hours until finally rebounding towards London close. The low was made at 1.3160 and the pair currently moves up towards the weekly S1 pivot of 1.3215, which served as resistance for most of London hours.

USDJPY 15-minute Chart: June 20, 2013

Reverberating_Aftershocks_From_Fed_Policy_Shuts_Down_AUD_and_JPY_body_Picture_1.png, Reverberating Aftershocks From Fed Policy Shuts Down AUD and JPY

Charts Created using Marketscopeprepared by Kevin Jin

The USDJPY remains as one of the most interesting pairs to watch as the pair continues its long-term rise. The USDJPY fell through the psychologically important ¥100.00 level on June 3 and declined to as low as 93.77 on June 13. However, the FOMC meeting yesterday provided the USDJPY enough power to reach its current 98.13 level as people are again becoming bullish on USDJPY. The pair traded up to 98.27 before giving back some of those gains. The pair remains range bound at the time of writing, between the 98.27 high and the weekly R1 pivot providing support at 97.65.

--- Written by Kevin Jin, DailyFX Research

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