SNB Invervention Threats Gather Steam as Franc Target Rate is Floated
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European Session Summary
The Swiss Franc continued its rapid deterioration across the major currencies in the overnight session, as reports emerged that the Swiss National Bank was preparing to set a target exchange rate of 1.1000 for the EUR/CHF. The target rate is expected to be only a temporary measure, in order to help the Swiss export sector, which has lost significant work due to the higher cost of Swiss goods.
EUR/CHF Hourly Chart: August 5 to August 15, 2011
Charts created using Strategy Trader– Prepared by Christopher Vecchio
Similarly, the resilient Franc, particularly over the past three months, has weighed on the Swiss Market Index, falling as much as 28.91 percent from its May high; the index remains 18.83 percent lower over the past three-months, as intervention rumors have propped up the SMI.
Pre-North American Session
In data ahead of the North American session open, a U.S. Treasury report showed that confidence in American economic policy – fiscal and monetary alike – deteriorated in June, as the net buying of long-term equities and government securities fell to $3.7 billion from $24.2 billion in May. The considerably weaker figure suggests that international demand for American securities was significantly impeded by the U.S. debt deadlock, the net result of which was a downgrade by Standard and Poor’s on August 5. The key figure to examine would be the October print of the Treasury’s report, which will reflect transactions in August.
Thus far, on the day, the Dow Jones FXCM Dollar Index has traded lower, holding near session lows at 9481.74, at the time this report was written. The index traded as high as 9540.76, after opening at 9529.31. The soft TIC data previously discussed could weigh on the Dollar throughout the session.
24-Hour Price Action
Key Levels: 12:45GMT
Written by Christopher Vecchio, Currency Analyst
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