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Friday's Session Kicks Off in Apocalyptic Fashion; Where is the Bottom?

Friday's Session Kicks Off in Apocalyptic Fashion; Where is the Bottom?

2012-05-18 05:52:00
Joel Kruger, Technical Strategist
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  • Panic, fear and uncertainty take hold of markets
  • Euro looking to establish below 2012 lows from January
  • Yen starts to find renewed bids on flight to safety status
  • Eurozone political turmoil fuels intensified risk off trade
  • Rating agency downgrades and Greek political developments weigh

The risk liquidation continues into Friday, and markets to this point have shown no real interest in any form of a bounce. The US Dollar and Yen have been the prime beneficiaries on their flight to safety status, while the Swiss Franc is still not participating given the aggressive SNB intervention measures. We wonder how much it is costing the SNB to keep the EUR/CHF cross propped above 1.2000, especially in these intense risk-off markets. At this point, the Euro should accelerate to test the yearly lows from January by 1.2625, although any additional declines from there would be hard to comprehend in light of the severely oversold daily technical studies.

Elsewhere, US equities are now testing some key support levels, while gold has finally found some bids ahead of $1500. It certainly isn’t common to see so many analysts bearish on the Euro and risk in general. We have seen even the most aggressive Euro bulls retract their positions, and these include some larger banks, hedge funds and even central banks.

Moving on, Moody’s downgrade of 16 Spanish banks, along with Spanish yields rising back above 6% has not helped matters, while comments from Greek SYRIZA leader Tsipras that his party will not join the any pro-bailout coalition only weighs further on risk sentiment. European leadership needs to step up and offer a solution; otherwise, we could see additional risk liquidation over the coming hours. It is more than likely that the burden will fall on the European Central Bank, and the introduction of a Eurobond or additional bond buying could offer some relief. Other tools at the ECB’s disposal include the LTRO and the ability to cut rates, both of which would also likely be viewed as a risk positive. One thing is for sure, the G8 Summit kicks off today and we should expect nothing from this front in terms of any helpful solutions.

ECONOMIC CALENDAR

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TECHNICAL OUTLOOK

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EUR/USD:The market remains under intense pressure and the focus for now is squarely on a retest of the 2012 lows from January at 1.2625. While we would not rule out a possibility of a test of this level over the coming sessions, short-term technical studies are well oversold and are showing a need for some form of a corrective bounce from where a fresh lower top is sought out. Ultimately however, any rallies should now be very well capped by previous support turned resistance at 1.3000 in favor of additional weakness over the medium-term that projects deeper setbacks into the lower 1.2000's.

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USD/JPY:The market continues to consolidate around 80.00 and is in the process of looking for a medium-term higher low ahead of the next major upside extension back above the yearly highs at 84.20 and towards 90.00 further up. However, for the time being it remains in question whether the market will still head lower towards the 200-Day SMA by 78.50 before ultimately reversing higher. The key level to watch above comes in by 80.60, and a break and close above this level will officially alleviate downside pressures and suggest that a higher low has now been carved in the 79.00's.

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GBP/USD:The market remains under intense pressure since breaking back below 1.6000 and setbacks could now extend towards next key support in he 1.5600 area over the coming sessions. Still, daily studies are now stretched and we would prefer looking to sell into rallies towards 1.5900 where a fresh lower top is sought out.

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USD/CHF:Overall the structure remains highly constructive and we continue to project additional upside over the coming months back above parity. For now, the latest break and close above 0.9335 is expected to accelerate gains for a retest of the yearly highs by 0.9600, while any intraday pullbacks should be very well supported ahead of 0.9200. Ultimately, only back under 0.9000 would negate outlook and give reason for pause.

--- Written by Joel Kruger, Technical Currency Strategist

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