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Dovish Fed Testimony to Foster EUR/USD Gains

Dovish Fed Testimony to Foster EUR/USD Gains

- Fed Chair Janet Yellen to Testify to Senate Banking Committee, House Financial Services Committee.

- Will Chair Yellen Endorse a Dovish Outlook for Monetary Policy?

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Trading the News: Federal Reserve Humphrey-Hawkins Testimony

The semi-annual Humphrey-Hawkins testimony with Fed Chair Janet Yellen may produce headwinds for the greenback and spark a near-term advance in EUR/USD should the central bank head show a greater willingness to further delay the normalization cycle.

What’s Expected:

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Why Is This Event Important:

Following the unanimous vote to retain the current policy in June, Chair Yellen may largely endorse a wait-and-see approach amid the uncertainties clouding the economic outlook, and more of the same from the central bank head may encourage market participants to push out bets for the next rate-hike as the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) remains in no rush to implement higher borrowing-costs.

Expectations: Bullish Argument/Scenario

Consumer Price Index ex. Food & Energy (YoY) (MAY)2.2%2.2%
Advance Retail Sales (MoM) (MAY)0.3%0.5%
Personal Spending (APR)0.7%1.0%

Signs of sticky price growth accompanied by the pickup in private-sector consumption may prompt Chair Yellen to adopt a more upbeat tone for the U.S. economy, and a shift in the policy outlook may generate a bullish reaction in the dollar as it fuels interest-rate expectations.

Risk: Bearish Argument/Scenario

Real Average Weekly Earnings (YoY) (MAY)--1.1%
Consumer Credit (APR)$18.000B$13.416B
Non-Farm Payrolls (MAY)160K38K

Nevertheless, Chair Yellen may largely preserve a cautious outlook for the region amid subdued wages paired with the sharp slowdown in job growth, and the greenback stands at risk of facing near-term headwinds should the central bank head talk down bets for an imminent rate-hike.

How To Trade This Event Risk(Video)

Bullish USD Trade: Chair Yellen Turns Upbeat on Economy

  • Need red, five-minute candle following the statement to consider a short trade on EUR/USD.
  • If market reaction favors a bullish dollar trade, sell EUR/USD with two separate position.
  • Set stop at the near-by swing high/reasonable distance from entry; look for at least 1:1 risk-to-reward.
  • Move stop to entry on remaining position once initial target is hit; set reasonable limit.

Bearish USD Trade: Fed Testimony Drags on Interest-Rate Expectations

  • Need green, five-minute candle to favor a long EUR/USD trade.
  • Implement same setup as the bullish dollar trade, just in reverse.

Potential Price Targets For The Release


EUR/USD Daily Chart
  • EUR/USD may resume the upward trend carried over from December following the failed attempt to test the June low (1.1113), with a break/close above 1.1460 (78.6% retracement) raising the risk for a run at the 2016 high (1.1615).
  • Key Resistance: 1.1760 (61.8% retracement) to 1.1810 (38.2% retracement)
  • Key Support: Interim Support: 1.0380 (78.6% expansion) to 1.0410 (61.8% expansion)

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Impact that the Humphrey-Hawkins Testimony has had on EUR/USD during the previous release

PeriodData ReleasedEstimateActualPips ChangePips Change
FEB 201602/10/2015 14:00 GMT-----22+59

February 2016 Humphrey-Hawkins Testimony


Fed Chair Janet Yellen struck a dovish outlook for monetary policy while delivering the Humphrey-Hawkins testimony, with the central bank head warning current economic conditions will only warrant a ‘gradual’ rise in the benchmark interest rate as amid the external risks surrounding the U.S. economy. Moreover, Chair Yellen argued ‘monetary policy is by no means on a preset course’ as the central bank remains data dependent, and the central bank may have little choice but to further delay its normalization cycle amid the slowdown in global growth. The initial decline in EUR/USD was short-lived, with the pair climbing back above the 1.1250 region to end the day at 1.1287.

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--- Written by David Song, Currency Analyst

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