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Firm NFP Report to Undermine EUR/USD Recovery; Bear-Flag Takes Shape

Firm NFP Report to Undermine EUR/USD Recovery; Bear-Flag Takes Shape

David Song, Strategist

- U.S. Non-Farm Payrolls to Increase Less Than 200K for Fourth Consecutive Month.

- Unemployment Rate to Hold at Annualized 4.9% for Second Month.

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Trading the News: U.S. Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP)

A 180K rise in U.S. Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP) may fuel the bullish sentiment surrounding the greenback and trigger a pullback in EUR/USD should the report put increased pressure on the Federal Reserve to further normalize monetary policy.

What’s Expected:

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Why Is This Event Important:

With the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) widely anticipated to lift the benchmark interest rate at the December 14 meeting, a further improvement in labor market dynamics may encourage the central bank to implement higher borrowing-costs in 2017 especially as the U.S. economy approaches ‘full-employment.’ However, Chair Janet Yellen and Co. may make further attempts to buy more time as officials warn ‘market-based measures of inflation compensation have moved up but remain low; most survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed, on balance, in recent months,’ and the permanent voting-members may largely endorse a wait-and-see approach going into the year ahead as ‘the federal funds rate is likely to remain, for some time, below levels that are expected to prevail in the longer run.

Expectations: Bullish Argument/Scenario




ISM Manufacturing (NOV)



Advance Retail Sales (MoM) (OCT)



NFIB Small Business Optimism (OCT)



Improved business confidence accompanied by resilience in private-sector consumption may push U.S. firms to expand their labor force, and an upbeat NFP report may spark a bullish reaction in the greenback as it puts increased pressure on the FOMC to raise the benchmark interest rate in 2017.

Risk: Bearish Argument/Scenario




Advance Goods Trade Balance (OCT)



Wholesale Inventories (MoM) (OCT P)



Capacity Utilization (OCT)



Nevertheless, easing production paired with the widening trade deficit may drag on the U.S. labor market, and another weaker-than-expected employment print may undermine the near-term strength in the dollar as it drags on interest-rate expectations.

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How To Trade This Event Risk(Video)

Bullish USD Trade: U.S. Economy Adds 180K Jobs or More

  • Need red, five-minute candle following the NFP print to consider a short EUR/USD position.
  • 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: U.S. NFP Report Disappoints

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

Potential Price Targets For The Release


EUR/USD Daily Chart

Chart - Created Using Trading View

  • EUR/USD may stage a larger rebound it continues to hold within the ascending channel from the November low (1.0518), while the Relative Strength Index (RSI) continues to recover from oversold territory, but the longer-term outlook remains tilted to the downside as a bear-flag formation takes shape.
  • Interim Resistance: 1.0780 (100% expansion) to 1.0800 (23.6% retracement)
  • Interim Support: 1.0500 (50% expansion) to 1.0517 (December 2015-low)

Impact that the U.S. NFP reporthas had on EUR/USD during the previous release


Data Released



Pips Change

(1 Hour post event )

Pips Change

(End of Day post event)



11/04/2016 12:30 GMT





October 2016 U.S. Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP)

EUR/USD 5-Minute


The U.S. economy added another 161K jobs in October following a revised 191K expansion the month prior, while the jobless rate narrowed to an annualized 4.9% from 5.0% during the same period. At the same time, the Labor Force Participation Rate down ticked to 62.8 from 62.9% in September, while Average Hourly Earnings climbed 2.8% per annum to mark the fastest pace of growth since June 2009. The ongoing improvement in the labor market accompanied by the pickup in household earnings may push the Federal Reserve to deliver a December rate-hike as the data prints foster an improved outlook for growth and inflation. The greenback gained ground following the overall improvement in labor market dynamics, but the market reaction was short-lived, with EUR/USD bouncing back from 1.1080 to end the day at 1.1139.

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--- Written by David Song, Currency Analyst

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