This morning’s FOMC Meeting Minutes from October show that most members were comfortable not raising rates in October but that December is very much in play. I’ve extracted a few of the key lines from the minutes in summary:
“Most participants saw the downside risks arising from economic and financial developments abroad as having diminished and judged the risks to the outlook for domestic economic activity and the labor market to be nearly balanced.”
“…(Most officials felt conditions in favour of a hike) could well be met by the time of the next meeting.”
This hawkish rhetoric was topped off by language that offered a far more specific hint on the timing of a rate hike than policy makers had previously used.
“…at its next meeting.”
How did the USD react?
So how did the US Dollar react to seemingly hawkish comments? Well markets again took it as the Fed sending some mixed signals. This uncertainty again proving counter-productive as they almost contradicted themselves by again chopping and changing.
There was first of all excitement from traders at the seemingly hawkish nature of the rhetoric but this was soon replaced with disappointment as uncertainty took over as it was realised that this is still nothing new and really just adds to the confusion of how much of a sure thing December now is.
The result for USD pairs was whipsawing price action that has pretty much seen us settle where we began.
A Look at Some Charts:
I wanted to focus on how some of the pairs we have been watching this week have been playing out.
A few days ago we featured Cable as our Chart of the Day. With the pair still in a major bearish trend, price had come back to re-test the previously broken, short term trend line.
The Pound has been the strongest currency against the USD, with Cable not managing to fall to new lows when everything else was getting hammered during the FOMC Minutes whipsaw. However, as long as price is capped below the trend line resistance we have been watching, this short term strength is all still a bit academic.
The Swissy on the other hand took a bit of a beating, retracting back to the pair’s SNB floor level and hopefully some of you got paid on our post.
I still can’t see how negative rates can work long term but there’s at least a short term endorsement for the SNB.
On the Calendar Wednesday:
JPY Monetary Policy Statement
JPY BOJ Press Conference
GBP Retail Sales m/m
USD Unemployment Claims
USD Philly Fed Manufacturing Index
Chart of the Day:
For today’s chart of the day I was asked to do this AUD/JPY chart with moving averages and our traders at Vantage FX get what they want. This is my first posted chart that includes any sort of lagging indicator, so please don’t shoot the messenger! 😉
The weekly chart shows the dominant, bullish channel now broken and at least a short term trend change in effect.
Inside this newly formed bearish channel, price looks to be forming a flag as it heads toward resistance.
Zooming into the daily, we have the 100 SMA on the chart because price is now testing the level as dynamic resistance.
With channel resistance still 300 pips away, is it still a little too early to blindly sell into a moving average?
Dane Williams – @VantageFX
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