Euro Drops as Italian Fears Return, CAD Pressured by NAFTA - US Market Open
USD: The US Dollar is the outperformer today following yesterday’s Fed monetary policy meeting. Despite the initial dovish reaction to the dropping of the word “accommodative”. The USD firmed as Chairman Powell remained upbeat over the economic performance, adding that fiscal stimulus continues to provide a tailwind. Elsewhere, strong US data has added to the positive Dollar sentiment with durable goods orders printing firmly above expectations, while PCE figures also rose above estimates.
EUR: Italian politics take centre stage once again with focus on the Italian draft budget announcement. Both the League and 5 Star Party have pushed for a larger budget deficit (above 2%), placing the Finance Minister, Tria, in a difficult position, given that he has pledged to keep spending under control and within the EU rules (under 2%). Consequently, a refusal to get on board with the coalition government’s plans may lead to his resignation prompting Euro lower.
CAD: USDCAD has continued its recent rise after the pair failed to make a firm break below the 200DMA. As such, the pair had broken above the psychological 1.30 level before breaching the 50 and 100 MAs at 1.3050. Concerns over NAFTA are beginning to mount yet again with the touted October 1st deadline looming. Given that there are little signs of an agreement emerging any time soon, CAD remains on the back foot.
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EURUSD: Data shows 41.4% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders short to long at 1.41 to 1. In fact, traders have remained net-short since Aug 21 when EURUSD traded near 1.13731; price has moved 3.5% higher since then. The number of traders net-long is 8.3% higher than yesterday and 77.6% higher from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 4.4% higher than yesterday and 40.3% higher from last week.
We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-short suggests EURUSD prices may continue to rise. Yet traders are less net-short than yesterday and compared with last week. Recent changes in sentiment warn that the current EURUSD price trend may soon reverse lower despite the fact traders remain net-short.
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--- Written by Justin McQueen, Market Analyst
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