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Heads Up: Fed Chair Yellen Testifies, US Dollar Set for Strong Moves

12 July 2017 07:32 AM BDT
Heads Up: Fed Chair Yellen Testifies, US Dollar Set for Strong Moves
EUR/USD

Forex News: Price action remained slow during yesterday’s trading session, with just a small move above 1.1400. The lacklustre economic calendar contributed to the low volatility.

Technical Outlook

Even if volatility remained low for most of yesterday’s trading session, it is now becoming clearer that the US Dollar lacks the strength to break the 50 period Exponential Moving Average or even 1.1400 decisively, at least for the time being. If the pair remains above 1.1400, we may see a touch of 1.1450 but the direction of the US Dollar may be heavily influenced by Janet Yellen’s testimony.

Fundamental Outlook

Today’s highlight is Fed Chair Yellen’s testimony before the House Financial Services Committee, scheduled at 2:00 pm GMT. The topic is the Semiannual Monetary Policy Report and the text of the testimony will be released 90 minutes prior but during the session, she will answer questions asked by the Committee members, and this is when volatility on US Dollar pairs will increase, so caution is recommended.

 

GBP/USD

The pair dipped lower after an initial climb above resistance, and headed into the support at 1.2850. Volatility was high yesterday and we are now seeing increased momentum to the downside.

Technical Outlook

What looked like a clear break of the 50 period EMA and the resistance at 1.2900 turned to be a fake move, followed by a fast drop into the key support at 1.2850. If this level will be broken today, we will probably see a move into 1.2800 and possibly 1.2770 but a lot will depend on the British wages data and Yellen’s testimony. To the upside, the first barrier is represented by the confluence zone created by the 50 EMA and 1.2900 resistance.

Fundamental Outlook

At 8:30 am GMT the Average Earnings Index comes out, showing changes in the price paid for labor by the Government and businesses. A higher hourly wage indicates that people may start to spend more in the near future, and this usually strengthens the Pound. Today’s forecast is a change of 1.8%, lower than the previous 2.1%.

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