NFP Good Friday:
With Good Friday not actually a federal holiday in the US, today sees the March NFP jobs report released as scheduled.
Although it may feel strange for some of us logging into our trading platforms on a public holiday, it is actually not that uncommon for NFP to fall on Good Friday. The last time we got a Good Friday NFP number was in 2012 with 10 others before that dating back 35 years!
The expected NFP print sits at 247,000 and as I mentioned in yesterday’s morning view, the risk is for a weaker number. On the back of this risk, the USD slipped against most major currencies with traders taking profits heading into the number.
I’ve been speaking about looking at opportunities to get into trades heading into the number, and these profit taking rallies can be seen as this opportunity if you are bullish USD. Historically, there isn’t too much to fear from low holiday liquidity affecting how the number trades as it’s released, but in the lead up during Asia and London I definitely recommend using some caution. Could get some spiky price action.
UK Election Uncertainty:
The run in to the UK elections are in full swing and the risk of a hung parliament is real. Markets can’t deal with uncertainty and this will put further pressure on GBP/USD with a history of dysfunctional coalitions falling apart.
On the matter of a possible hung parliament, I even came across a headline that read: “This could be the UK’s Lehman’s moment” which to me is just a little bit exaggerated… Yes it’s interesting that in the current economic climate, GBP/USD price could take a look at testing it’s GFC swing lows on the Monthly chart, but that’s definitely not the right way of wording it.
So long as there is uncertainty, we are looking at further falls in GBP/USD.
On the Calendar Today:
Most major centres are on holiday for Good Friday, but put a big red circle around NFP come the US session.
AUD Bank Holiday
CHF Bank Holiday
EUR German Bank Holiday
GBP Bank Holiday
CAD Bank Holiday
USD Non-Farm Employment Change
USD Unemployment Rate
The AUD/NZD set a fresh all time low overnight, dropping below 1.0100 which was touched back in 1996. That big fat red line at parity on the chart above is getting mighty close isn’t it! It’s such a big one that I just can’t see the market not trying to push it down to at least have a go at testing the level.
So often this happens with huge psychological levels like this and heading into the RBA decision next week where a cut is expected, I like the idea of selling into any rallies.
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