“Look at us. Everybody’s trying to get out of Washington, and we’re the only schmucks trying to get in.”
With it being the 4th of July in the US and with all the turmoil around Greece, today’s cover photo just seemed right. I’m sure someone with better Photoshop skills than myself can put the UFO above the Greek Parthenon and send it back to us on Twitter or Facebook!
On the back of last night’s Thursday Non-Farm Payroll miss, the odds of a Fed rate hike in September seem to be drifting. NFP came in at 223K v the 231K expected. This slight miss in itself didn’t put a whole lot of pressure on the USD, but last months’ 280K was revised down to 254K which added to the data dependent uncertainty and saw a USD sell off across the board.
If you remembered yesterday’s Asian Session Morning blog, we took a look at USD/JPY into NFP and talked about the levels that we had to manage our risk around on either side of the market.
As you can see, price crept up to trend line resistance before selling off it hard on the NFP miss. This was a good result because shorting into resistance you would have made a nice 50 pips while if you were long, you could have easily taken a break-even.
On the Calendar Today:
With NFP out of the way, the US on holidays and the Greek referendum to be decided over the weekend, today’s data shouldn’t be too game changing. A day like today isn’t one to get chopped out of trades on short term news spikes.
Once again, I want to just stress that with the uncertainty of what the Greek referendum result will be, I wouldn’t be holding any notable positions over the weekend. We just don’t know what markets are going to do.
AUD Retail Sales
CNY HSBC Services PMI
GBP Services PMI
USD Bank Holiday
Chart of the Day:
As the NFP spike fallout settles down, GBP/USD sits in a nice actionable zone.
The middle line is the interesting on here, with this being the 4th touch of a previously broken and chopped trend line. So often these sorts of lines ‘re-active’ further down the line, even if they have been broken numerous times and are therefore still significant to keep on your chart.
This level just happens to be the 50% fib support level as well. As I’ve said before, I’m not the biggest Fibonacci guy, but in this case it does give us some nice horizontal levels in which to place our stops around if we are trading to the long side.
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