LiteForex Market Analytics

LiteForex analitics. XAU/USD: gold prices are going down

Current trend

Gold prices declined slightly on Thursday, updating the record lows of December 7.

Macroeconomic statistics from the US published on Thursday failed to provide significant support to USD, but investors were focused on the further development of US-China trade relations. Anyway, the published figure for the number of initial jobless claims for the week on December 7 dropped sharply from 233K to 206K, which was better than expected 226K.

Today, traders are focused on the US retail sales data. Analysts expect a sharp slowdown in November from +0.8% MoM to +0.1% MoM, which could have a negative impact on USD. There will also be published the November statistics on industrial production and preliminary December data on business activity.

Support and resistance

Bollinger Bands in D1 chart show moderate growth. The price range is narrowing, reflecting the emergence of ambiguous trading dynamics. MACD is declining keeping a weak sell signal (located below the signal line). Stochastic is declining more actively, but is rapidly approaching its minimum levels, which indicates the risks associated with the oversold instrument.

Technical indicators do not contradict further development of the "bearish" trend in the short term.

Resistance levels: 1247.00, 1250.66, 1255.00.
Support levels: 1240.00, 1237.16, 1233.08, 1229.84.

Trading tips

To open long positions, one can rely on the breakout of 1247.00. Take profit — 1255.00. Stop loss — 1244.00. Implementation period: 1-2 days.
A breakdown of 1240.00 or 1237.16 may be a signal to further sales with target at 1229.84 or 1226.11. Stop loss — 1243.00 or 1245.00. Implementation period: 2-3 days.

 
LiteForex analitics. EUR/USD: general review

Current trend

Today, the pair is correcting upwards, aiming at the level of 1.1352 (Murrey [2/8], the midline of Bollinger Bands).

The euro is strengthening, despite the weak data on inflation in the Eurozone. In November, the basic consumer price index remained at 1.0%, and the general CPI dropped from 2.0% to 1.9%, having fallen below the target level for the first time since May. Investors are more concerned about the upcoming Fed meeting. The rate is expected to be raised once again, this time from 2.25% to 2.50%; but in the future, the rate of monetary tightening may be slowed down. During the month, hints of this were made by several members of the regulator, including its chairman Jerome Powell. Currently, the market expects another three rate hikes next year, and any data on the reduction of their number could put pressure on USD.

Support and resistance

The level of 1.1352 (in the midline of Bollinger Bands) is seen as the key one for the "bulls". Its breakout will give the prospect of further growth to 1.1413 (Murrey [3/8], the upper line of Bollinger Bands) and 1.1474 (Murrey [4/8]). Otherwise, the decline will resume to the levels of 1.1291 (Murrey [1/8]) and 1.1230 (Murrey [0/8]).

Technical indicators do not provide a clear signal: MACD histogram is stable in the negative zone and Stochastic is directed horizontally.

Support levels: 1.1291, 1.1230, 1.1200.
Resistance levels: 1.1352, 1.1413, 1.1474.

Trading tips

Short positions may be opened after the reversal near 1.1352 with targets at 1.1291, 1.1230 and stop loss at 1.1380.
Long positions may be opened from the level of 1.1370 with targets at 1.1413, 1.1474 and stop loss at 1.1330.
Implementation period: 4-5 days.

 
LiteForex analitics. USD/CAD: the pair is growing

Current trend

For two and a half months, the USD/CAD pair has been trading within an upward channel due to the ambiguous Canadian statistics and the growing demand for the American currency. In early December, the price fell to the key support level of 1.3170, failed to overcome it and sharply rose to a local maximum of 1.3450. It was followed by a correction, which was replaced by the current upward impulse with testing of new local highs.

This week, strong data on the US construction sector were published, but traders are waiting for new statistics that can affect the instrument. Today, special attention should be paid to inflation level data in Canada and the Fed's decision on monetary policy. In the second half of the week, GDP and Retail Sales will be released in Canada, and employment market data will be published in the USA.

Support and resistance

In the medium term, the trend will continue, as the growth rate of the economy and key US macroeconomic indicators are increasing. The price can rise to levels of 1.3595 and 1.3785, which were tested at the end of 2016 and the middle of 2017.

Technically, the pair stays within the upward channel, which is supported by the technical indicators’ readings: MACD volumes of long positions are growing, Bollinger bands are directed upwards.

Resistance levels: 1.3495, 1.3530, 1.3570, 1.3595, 1.3650, 1.3785.
Support levels: 1.3450, 1.3390, 1.3375, 1.3355, 1.3290, 1.3225, 1.3170.

Trading tips

It is relevant to increase the volumes of long positions from the current level and open pending long positions from the levels of 1.3450, 1.3390 with the targets at 1.3595, 1.3785 and stop loss 1.3310.

 
LiteForex analitics. Brent Crude Oil: general review

Current trend

Oil quotes show negative dynamics having reached the level of 56.03, the minimum value for the last 14 months.

Published yesterday, official data from the US Department of Energy, indicating a reduction in oil reserves by 0.497M barrels for the week, could not support the Brent rate. Experts predicted a more significant decrease in the amount of 2.437M barrels for the week. The pressure on prices is exerted by concerns regarding oversupply in the oil market. The new OPEC agreement to reduce oil production will come into force only next month and currently the level of oil production in such countries as the USA, Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation is at a high level. Also, additional pressure on prices is exerted by the general strengthening of USD in connection with the decision of the US Fed to raise the interest rate and to continue tightening monetary policy in 2019.

Support and resistance

Technical indicators show that downward movement potential is preserved. Bollinger Bands and Stochastic are directed downwards. MACD histogram is stable in the negative zone. One may speak about downward movement continuation after the price consolidates below the support level of 56.25. In this case, the decline may continue to the level of 55.46. If the price fails to consolidate below the level of 56.25, then an upward correction is likely to develop with the main target at 57.81, corresponding to the center line of Bollinger Bands.

Resistance levels: 57.03, 57.81, 58.59.
Support levels: 56.25, 55.46, 54.68.

Trading tips

Short positions may be opened from the current level with target at 54.68 and stop loss at 56.00.
Long positions may be opened above the level of 57.03 with target at 57.80–58.00 and stop loss at 56.80.

 
LiteForex analitics. USD/CHF: general analysis

Current trend

USD strengthened slightly against CHF: the pair is now trading near the resistance level of 6/8 Murrey or 0.9948. If the currency can consolidate higher, then the next target will be the level of 7/8 Murrey or 0.9979.

USD may be affected negatively by a significant drop in the stock market. If there is no reversal in the near future, the current decline will be greatest since 2008: only last week, indices lost more than 6%. The leaders of the largest investment banks said that they had enough funds on their balance sheets for lending business and other market operations. On this issue, the Presidential Group on Financial Markets and the Fed will hold a working meeting under the leadership of Stephen Mnuchin.

The second negative point for USD is the shutdown of a part of US government since Donald Trump could not agree with the Senate about government spending. The US president planned to add to the expenditure side a project to build a wall on the Mexico border for a total of $5 billion but the Senate did not agree to sign the bill.

Today, there is no strong movement expected in the market, since many institutions do not conduct financial operations on Christmas Eve.

Support and resistance

Stochastic is at 68 points and does not give signals for opening positions.
Resistance levels: 0.9948, 0.9979.
Support levels: 0.9918, 0.9887.

Trading tips

Short positions can be opened from the level of 0.9979 with the target at 0.9887 and stop loss 1.0003.
 
LiteForex analitics. SPX: general review

Current trend

S&P 500 has recovered slightly after reports from US President Donald Trump about excellent opportunities for buying shares of American companies, which have recently lost in price.

The president also noted that the US economy continues to grow, and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell does an excellent job, although information about Trump’s intention to dismiss an official appeared before. A number of experts believe that the rapid market decline is caused by computer algorithms, since about 85% of operations are automated. On the other hand, the negative dynamics was triggered by fundamental factors, such as the tightening of monetary policy, the geopolitical situation, in particular the trade war between the US and China, as well as weak data on corporate profits of American companies. Also a negative factor for the market is the government shutdown due to the fact that the President was unable to agree with the Congress on government spending. Today, the US Senate will hold another meeting on this issue, but it is likely that it will not be resolved by the end of the year.

Support and resistance

Stochastic is at the level of 86 points indicating the possible correction.
Resistance levels: 2500.0, 2524.0.
Support levels: 2421.9, 2393.8.

Trading tips

Short positions may be opened from the resistance level of 2500.0 with take profit at 2393.8 and stop loss at 2524.0.
 
LiteForex analitics. Morning Market Review

On Wednesday, the US dollar strengthened significantly against most majors, with the exception of the yen. Despite the correction that began during Asian trading, the US currency did not lose its accumulated advantage. The overall decline in the US stock market contributes to strengthening of the dollar. Investor interest in the USD returns amid fears of a slowdown in economic growth in the world in general and in China in particular. Macroeconomic events that can affect the dollar rate today include statistics from the United States on ADP Nonfarm Employment Change (15:15 GMT+2), Initial Jobless Claims (15:30 GMT+2), as well as statistics on ISM Manufacturing PMI (17:00 GMT+2). It is expected that ADP Nonfarm Employment Change will remain unchanged at the level of 179K in December, and the number of initial jobless claims will rise to 220K per week from 216K a week earlier. SM Manufacturing PMI is expected to decline to 57.7 points in December from 59.3 points a month earlier. If the forecasts prove right, the rate will fall under pressure.

EUR/USD

Quotes of the pair EUR/USD decreased to 1.1361 due to the strengthened USD. In the absence of news from euro area, the movement of the instrument will be influenced by the statistics from the United States.

GBP/USD

Quotes of GBP/USD went down to 1.2547 under pressure of the strengthening USD. Today, investors will focus on Construction PMI in the UK. The indicator is expected to fall to 52.9 points in December from 53.4 points a month earlier. If the forecast proves right, the pound may fall under pressure.

USD/JPY

After active decline and testing the support level of 104.68, during the Asian session, the USD/JPY quotes managed to recover some of the lost positions, correcting to the area of 106.70. Today, the stock exchanges in Japan are closed, so the dynamics of the instrument will be influenced by news from the United States.

AUD/USD

Quotes of the AUD/USD pair during the Asian session fell to the level of 0.6762, after which they corrected to the level of 0.6958 rather quickly. Due to the absence of significant macroeconomic releases in Australia, the movement of the instrument is mostly technical.

Gold

Quotes of gold demonstrate a positive trend during the Asian trading having reached 1290.00.
 
LiteForex analitics. XAU/USD: general analysis

Current trend

Gold is trading at semi-annual highs. The market situation made investors pay attention to traditional shelter assets, such as gold, JPY, and treasury bonds.

Yesterday, the fall of the American stock market, provoked by Apple, strengthened the instrument. Company CEO Tim Cook announced a decrease in profit forecast in the first quarter of this year. Similar statements were made earlier by representatives of other US companies. This news reinforced concerns about a slowdown in global economic growth amid a decline in industrial production in China and the EU. In addition, negative macroeconomic indicators and the suspension of the work of the government in the United States catalyze the interest of market participants in gold.

On Friday, traders are cautious due to an extremely rich news background. Investors are closely watching the stock market. Growth stocks of large American companies may provide treasury income and increase the attractiveness of the dollar, weakening the demand for gold.

Support and resistance

On the 4-hour chart, the instrument tests the upper border of Bollinger bands. The indicator is pointing up, and the price range is widening, indicating continued growth of the instrument. MACD histogram is in the positive zone, keeping a strong buy signal. Stochastic is preparing to leave the overbought area.

Resistance levels: 1296.83, 1308.67, 1322.51.
Support levels: 1886.00, 1274.66, 1263.65, 1247.45, 1232.55.

Trading tips

Long positions can be opened from the current level with the target at 1322.50 and stop loss 1283.50.
Short positions can be opened below the level of 1282.90 with the targets at 1270.00, 1255.90 and stop loss 1290.30.

Implementation period: 1–3 days.
 
LiteForex analitics. Morning Market Review

US dollar declines moderately against the majors during the Asian session. Macroeconomic releases that can affect the rate of the instrument today include the publication of the FOMC minutes, which can shed light on the Fed's future monetary policy. It was decided to extend the trade negotiations between the United States and China, which lasted two days, by one more day.

EUR/USD

The quotes of the EUR/USD pair after yesterday's decline, caused by weak data on the level of business confidence in the eurozone and the slowdown in industrial production in Germany, corrected in the Asian session to the level of 1.1457. Today, investors will pay attention to the EU Unemployment Rate (12:00 GMT+2). The indicator is expected to remain unchanged at the level of 8.1% in November.

GBP/USD

Quotes of GBP/USD demonstrate moderate positive dynamics having risen to 1.2740 during the Asian session. Today, market participants will pay attention to the speech of the Bank of England’s Governor Mark Carney (17:30 GMT+2). His comments may lead to an increase in the volatility of the pound in the short term.

USD/JPY

Quotes of USD/JPY rose to the level of 109.00. The pair is supported by positive investors’ expectations regarding the outcome of trade negotiations between the United States and China.

AUD/USD

Quotes of the pair AUD/USD demonstrate moderate positive dynamics and are traded near the level of 0.7155.

Gold

The rate of gold declines during Asian trading and is testing 1281.14.
 
LiteForex analitics. Morning Market Review

US dollar is showing weak negative dynamics against the majors during the Asian session. After active growth the day before, the observed decline in the dollar is correctional. In general, the pressure on the dollar continues to be exerted by the mitigated rhetoric of some representatives of the US Fed, including Jerome Powell, who said that the regulator could postpone the next increase in the interest rate in 2019. Today the statistics on the Consumer Price Index in the US (15:30 GMT+2) will be able to influence the rate. The indicator in monthly terms is expected to decrease to –0.1% in December from 0.0% a month earlier, and in annual terms it can decrease to 1.9% in December from 2.2% in the previous month. If this forecast is right, it will put pressure on the US dollar in the short run.

EUR/USD

The pair EUR/USD rose to 1.1526 due to the weakening USD. In the absence of news from the euro area, the movement of the instrument will be influenced by the news from the United States.

GBP/USD

The GBP/USD pair is growing insignificantly and is trading at 1.2756 during the Asian session. Investors are waiting for the publication of macroeconomic data from the UK on GDP, industrial production and manufacturing production (11:30 GMT+2). GDP is expected to remain unchanged at the level of 0.1% in November. Industrial production is expected to rise to 0.3% in November from –0.6% a month earlier. Manufacturing production is expected to rise to 0.4% MoM in November from –0.9% a month earlier, and YoY it can rise to –0.7% in November from –1.0% a month earlier. In general, confirmation of forecasts may support the GBP.

USD/JPY

The USD/JPY pair is moderately declining having fallen to 108.26 during the Asian session. Statistics from Japan published tonight turned out to be ambiguous and was ignored by the market. Household Spending YoY decreased to –0.6% in November from –0.3% a month earlier, and in monthly terms, the value of the indicator decreased less than expected and amounted to 1.1% in November against 1.8% a month earlier.

AUD/USD

Quotes of the pair AUD/USD show moderate positive dynamics reaching the level of 0.7210. The instrument is supported by positive data from Australia, published at night. Retail sales rose to 0.4% in November from 0.3% a month earlier.

Gold

The gold rate is growing against the backdrop of a weakening dollar, reaching 1293.00.
 
LiteForex analitics. WTI Crude Oil: price is consolidating

Current trend

After an active growth at the beginning of the year, oil prices are consolidating near the level of $50 per barrel.

"Black gold" is supported by investors' hopes for a positive outcome of China-US trade negotiations and the end of the trade conflict in the near future. In addition, quotes are rising against the background of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, which reported a likely reduction in production by 4.8% to 1.42 million barrels per day in 2019, which is the minimum figure for the last 30 years.

Last Friday, Baker Hughes US Oil Rig Count report affected the instrument positively. During the week, the number of rigs decreased by 4 to 873 units. Over the past period, the figure also declined from 885 to 877.

Support and resistance

On the daily chart, Bollinger bands are growing steadily. The price range narrows, reflecting the emergence of ambiguous trading dynamics in the short term. The MACD indicator is growing, keeping a buy signal (the histogram is above the signal line), and is testing the zero line but is not likely to consolidate above it. Stochastic declines, reacting to the active “bearish” dynamics of the beginning of the week.

The current readings of the indicators do not contradict the further development of the corrective decline in the short and/or super short term.

Resistance levels: 52.00, 53.19, 54.43, 55.64.
Support levels: 50.00, 49.00, 48.05, 47.00, 45.80.

Trading tips

Long positions can be opened after the rebound from the level of 50.00 with the target at 52.00 or 53.19. Stop loss is 49.00.

Short positions can be opened after the breakdown of the level of 50.00 with the target at 48.05 or 47.00. Stop loss is 51.00.

Implementation period: 2–3 days.
 
LiteForex analitics. Morning Market Review

The US dollar is declining against the pound and the Australian currency, however, it shows a sideways trend paired with the euro and is growing against the yen. Today, investors will pay attention to the publication of PPI in the US (15:30 GMT+2). The indicator in monthly terms is expected to decrease to –0.1% in December from 0.1% a month earlier, and in annual terms it can remain unchanged at 2.5% in December. In the afternoon, speeches by members of the US Federal Reserve are expected. Speech by Neel Kashkari is planned for 18:30 (GMT+2), and speeches by Esther George and Robert Kaplan are expected at 20:00 (GMT+2). From their speeches, investors are hoping to understand the intentions of the regulator regarding the rate hike in 2019. Speeches of officials of this rank can have a significant impact on the dynamics of the dollar.

EUR/USD

The EUR/USD pair is moving within the range of 1.1449–1.1488. Investors are awaiting publication of data from the euro area on the trade balance (12:00 GMT+2), as well as the speech by the ECB President Mario Draghi (17:00 GMT+2).

GBP/USD

The pair GBP/USD continues showing positive dynamics having risen to 1.2908 during the Asian session. Today, investors are waiting for the outcome of the vote in the British Parliament on Brexit. Theresa May calls on MPs to approve the treaty, arguing that the consequences could otherwise be catastrophic. In case of failure of the vote, the Prime Minister will have three working days to prepare an alternative version of the contract.

USD/JPY

The USD/JPY pair is rising actively and has reached the level of 108.74 during the Asian session. Due to the absence of significant macroeconomic releases in Japan, the movement of the instrument is mostly technical.

AUD/USD

The pair AUD/USD is rising having reached 0.7217 during the Asian session. Against the background of the absence of macroeconomic releases from Australia, the movement of the instrument's rate is of a technical nature.

Gold

Quotes of gold demonstrate lateral dynamics and are traded near the level of 1290.00.
 
LiteForex analitics. Morning Market Review

The US dollar moderately strengthens against the euro and the yen, but shows a lateral trend paired with the Australian currency. Statistics from the USA, published yesterday, indicated a decline in the Producer Price Index to –0.2% in December from 0.1% a month earlier, but did not have a significant impact on the instrument. Investors continue to follow the news regarding the US government shutdown, which has been going on for the fourth week and, according to representatives of the administration, may last until the end of February. This situation threatens the market with possible negative consequences. Macroeconomic statistics, which can influence USD today, include the data on retail sales in the USA (15:30 GMT+2).

EUR/USD

The EUR/USD pair dropped to the level of 1.1410. EUR is under pressure from yesterday’s speech by the ECB President Mario Draghi at the European Parliament. The official believes that the slowdown in the economy can last longer than expected. Uncertainty about Brexit puts additional pressure on the euro. Yesterday, the British Parliament rejected an agreement on the UK leaving the EU, prepared by Prime Minister Theresa May.

GBP/USD

The GBP/USD pair showed ambiguous dynamics on Tuesday amid heightened volatility caused by the outcome of a vote in the UK Parliament on withdrawal from the EU. Quotes fell to the level of 1.2667, after which they quickly returned to the level of 1.2869, where they are trading during today's Asian session. Yesterday, the British MPs rejected an agreement prepared by the government of Theresa May and the EU. MPs voted 432 to 202 to defeat the proposal. Now the Prime Minister has three days to present an alternative to the Brexit agreement. During this time, Theresa May will probably try to get new concessions from the EU, as well as convince the Parliament to support the deal. The instrument today may be affected by the speech of the Bank of England head Mark Carney (11:15 GMT+2), as well as statistics on the CPI in the UK in December (11:30 GMT+2).

USD/JPY

After active growth on Tuesday, the USD/JPY pair corrected down to 108.47 during today's Asian session. Yesterday's statistics from Japan was ignored by investors. The movement of the instrument rate is primarily technical. Tertiary Industry Activity Index was better than expected, but worse than in the previous month and amounted to –0.3% in December against 2.2% a month earlier.

AUD/USD

The AUD/USD pair shows lateral dynamics within the range of 0.7224–0.7178 and has changed slightly on the whole.

Gold

Quotes of gold have ambiguous dynamics. After an active decline yesterday and a test of the level of 1286.56, the instrument rate returned to 1292.15 during the Asian session.
 
LiteForex analitics. Morning Market Review

The US dollar is moving horizontally paired with the euro, falling against the pound and the Australian currency, but is strengthening against the yen. The instrument is supported by macroeconomic statistics from the USA published yesterday. The number of initial jobless claims dropped to 213K from 216K a week earlier, which is the lowest level in the last 5 weeks. Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index was better than expected reaching 17.0 points in January against 9.1 points a month earlier. Today, investors are waiting for the publication of data on Industrial Production in the US. It is expected that the indicator will fall to 0.2% in December from 0.6% a month earlier. If this assumption is right, it will put pressure on the US dollar in the short run.

EUR/USD

The EUR/USD pair is moving within the range of 1.1370–1.1403. Today, the macroeconomic calendar of euro area lacks important releases, so the movement of the rate will depend on the news from the US. Investors continue monitoring the development of the situation around Brexit. After the failure of a vote in the British Parliament, Theresa May must prepare a fallback deal.

GBP/USD

The pair GBP/USD continues showing positive dynamics and rose to 1.2970 during the Asian session. Theresa May survived a vote of no confidence and is preparing an alternative Brexit deal for January 21. Macroeconomic releases able to influence the instrument today include data on retail sales in the UK (11:30 GMT+2). The indicator in monthly terms is expected to decrease to –0.8% in December from 1.4% a month earlier, and in annual terms it can remain unchanged at 3.6% in December.

USD/JPY

The pair USD/JPY rose to 109.37 due to the positive statistics from the US. Statistics from Japan published this night puts pressure on the yen. National Core CPI went down to 0.7% in December from 0.9% a month earlier.

AUD/USD

The AUD/USD pair rose to 0.7202 during the Asian session. In the absence of significant releases, the movement of AUD is technical.

Gold

Quotes of gold demonstrate lateral dynamics and are traded near the level of 1291.02.
 
LiteForex analitics. Morning Market Review

After active growth on Friday, the US dollar is moderately declining against most majors during today's Asian session. Due to the holiday in the US, investors correct their long dollar positions. Investors are still focused on the US-China trade negotiations. The market remains optimistic, perceiving data on a possible softening of the American position as a sign of a conclusion of a big deal.

EUR/USD

The EUR/USD pair rose to 1.1375 during the Asian session due to correction of USD. Due to the absence of important releases in the euro area, the movement of the instrument is technical.

GBP/USD

The pair GBP/USD continues showing negative dynamics having declined to 1.2856 during the Asian session. There are no significant releases planned in the British macroeconomic calendar today. Today Prime Minister Theresa May is to submit an alternative option for the country's withdrawal from the EU to the UK Parliament.

USD/JPY

Quotes of the pair USD/JPY decreased to 109.57 due to the low trading activity. Due to the absence of important releases in the US and Japan, the movement of the instrument is technical.

AUD/USD

Quotes of the AUD/USD pair went up to the level of 0.7167 during the Asian session, ignoring the weak data on HIA New Home Sales in Australia. According to statistics published tonight, the value of the index fell to –6.7% in December from 3.6% a month earlier.

Gold

During the Asian session, the quotations of gold tried to consolidate below 1281.25 several times, but failed and the rate moved to the phase of the upward correction.
 
LiteForex analitics. Morning Market Review

Morning Market Review
2019-01-22 10:12 (GMT+2)
USD strengthens moderately against most majors, with the exception of the yen. On Monday, the American stock exchanges were closed due to the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so there was a decrease in trading activity. Macroeconomic releases able to influence the instrument today include data on existing home sales in the US (17:00 GMT+2). The indicator is expected to reduce to 5.25M in January from 5.32M a month earlier. If this forecast is right, it will put pressure on the US dollar in the short run.

EUR/USD

Quotes of the EUR/USD pair went down to 1.1355 against the background of low trading activity. Investors are waiting for the publication of data from the euro area on ZEW Economic Sentiment. The indicator is expected to amount to –20.1 points in January against –21.0 points a month earlier. Despite the expected small increase in the indicator, pessimism in European business circles will continue to prevail, which could adversely affect the euro.

GBP/USD

The GBP/USD pair is moderately declining and is trading at 1.2878 during the Asian session. Yesterday, Theresa May presented an alternative Brexit plan in the British Parliament. As it turned out, the fallback is not much different from the previous one, rejected by Parliament. Among the main differences proposed there is the abolition of 65 pounds fee for EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit. A repeated referendum on the issue of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU will not be held. Also, the British Prime Minister said that the government has changed its policy and will listen more to the opinion of MPs during the work on a new Brexit agreement. Macroeconomic releases that could have an impact on the pound today include data on unemployment and average earnings in the UK (11:30 GMT+2).

USD/JPY

The USD/JPY pair is declining moderately and is testing the level of 109.37 during the Asian session. As there is lack of key economic releases, the instrument is traded under the influence of technical factors.

AUD/USD

The AUD/USD pair dropped to 0.7138 during the Asian session. The pressure on the Australian currency is still exerted by weak data on new home sales in Australia, as well as weak statistics on China's GDP for the fourth quarter.

Gold

After testing the level of 1277.20, gold quotations slightly corrected upwards, but the downward trend still persists.
 
LiteForex analitics. Morning Market Review

US dollar is falling against most majors. Yesterday's weak statistics on Existing Home Sales in the US exerts pressure on the instrument. The indicator went down to 4.99M in December from 5.33M in the previous month (–6.4%). The US macroeconomic calendar lacks important releases today. The movement of the USD paired with other currencies will be affected by the external factors. On the whole, the longest-lasting government shutdown continues to have a negative impact on the instrument. The parties are still far from a compromise, so it is possible that the government agencies shutdown will last until February or March. Such a scenario can lead to a weakening of the national economy by 0.5%.

EUR/USD

The pair EUR/USD rose to 1.1366 due to the weakening USD. In the absence of news from the US and the euro area, the movement of the instrument will be influenced by technical factors.

GBP/USD

Quotes of the pair GBP/USD rose to the level of 1.2939, where they are consolidating during the Asian session. Yesterday's strong data on the labor market in the UK, as well as the general weakening of the US currency, support the pound. Today, market participants are waiting for the publication of data on CBI Industrial Trends Orders. The indicator is expected to drop to 5 points in January from 8 points in the previous month. If the forecast proves right, the pound may fall under pressure.

USD/JPY

The USD/JPY pair today rose to 109.76 during the Asian session. Pressure on the yen is exerted by weak export data and All Industries Activity Index of the Japanese economy. Exports fell to –3.8% in December from 0.1% a month earlier, which is the most significant drop in the last two years. All Industries Activity Index went down to –0.3% in November from 2.1% a month earlier. As expected, the Bank of Japan left the interest rate unchanged at –0.10% and lowered its forecast for core consumer inflation from 1.4% to 0.9% in the fiscal year starting in April.

AUD/USD

Quotations of the pair AUD/USD rose to the level of 0.7141 due to the general weakening of USD. Due to the absence of important releases, the movement of the instrument is technical.

Gold

Due to the yesterday's weak US statistics, gold quotations increased to 1284.00.
 
LiteForex analitics. Morning Market Review

The US dollar shows ambiguous dynamics against most majors, falling against the euro, pound and the yen, but strengthening against the Australian dollar. Today, market participants expect the publication of data from the United States on Initial Jobless Claims (15:30 GMT+2), as well as on Manufacturing PMI (16:45 GMT+2). It is expected that the number of initial jobless claims will rise to 220K from 213K a week earlier. Manufacturing PMI is expected to fall to 53.5 points in January from 53.8 points a month earlier. If this forecast is right, it will put pressure on the US dollar in the short run.

EUR/USD

During yesterday's trading, the quotes of the EUR/USD pair strengthened significantly and reached the level of 1.1380, near which they are consolidating during the Asian session. Today, investors are waiting for the publication of data from the euro area on the Manufacturing PMI as well as on Services PMI (11:00 GMT+2), and also for the ECB interest rate decision. The rate is expected to remain unchanged at the level of 0.00%. Today at 15:30 GMT+2, Mario Draghi is expected to give a press conference. It is expected that the head of the ECB will describe the risks to the European economy and assess the results of the completed asset purchase program. Draghi’s opinion will be particularly important due to the potential aggravation of trade relations between the US and the EU. Manufacturing PMI is expected to remain unchanged at the level of 51.4 points in January. Services PMI is expected to grow to 51.5 points in January from 51.2 points a month before.

GBP/USD

The pair GBP/USD is showing positive dynamics having risen to 1.3070 during the Asian session. The pound is supported by the likely extension of the Brexit negotiation process and the postponement of the UK’s final withdrawal from the EU from March 29 to a later date. Today, the macroeconomic calendar of the UK lacks important releases, so the movement of the rate will depend on external factors.

USD/JPY

The pair USD/JPY dropped to 109.57 due to the general weakening of USD. As there is a lack of key economic releases, the movement of the price is of technical nature.

AUD/USD

During the Asian trading session, the quotes of AUD/USD are traded in both directions. After the publication of positive statistics on the labor market in Australia, the rate of the instrument rose to the level of 0.7165, after which it just as quickly went down to the level of 0.7103. Employment Change turned out to be better than the forecasts and amounted to 21.6K in December against 37.0K a month earlier (with the forecast of +16.5K). The Unemployment Rate dropped to 5.0% in December from 5.1% a month earlier.

Gold

Gold quotations are falling moderately having dropped to 1281.25 during Asian trading.
 
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The US dollar is strengthening against the euro and the yen, but is declining against the pound and the AUD. The instrument is supported by macroeconomic statistics from the USA published yesterday. Manufacturing PMI increased to 54.9 points in January from 53.8 a month earlier. Initial jobless claims dropped to 199K from 212K a week earlier. Services PMI was better than the forecast of 54.0 points, but dropped to 54.2 points in January from 54.4 points a month earlier. Fundamental events today include Durable Goods Orders data in the US (15:30 GMT+2). It is expected that the indicator will rise to 1.8% in December from –4.3% a month earlier. If this assumption is right, it will support the instrument in the short run.

EUR/USD

The EUR/USD quotes amid yesterday's weak statistics on business activity indices in the eurozone and the ECB’s decision to leave interest rates unchanged at 0.00% at least until the end of summer fell to 1.1288. However, during today's Asian session, they are corrected upwards. Investors are waiting for the publication of data on German Ifo Business Climate Index. The indicator is expected to fall to 100.7 points in January from 101.0 points a month earlier. If the forecast is implemented, the rate of the instrument will fall under additional pressure.

GBP/USD

The GBP/USD pair rose to 1.3131 during the Asian session. The pound is supported by the news about Democratic Unionist Party's intention to support the alternative Brexit deal by Theresa May next week. Today, traders are waiting for statistics from the UK gross mortgage approvals (11:30 GMT+2). The indicator is expected to decline to 38.9K in December from 39.4K a month earlier. If the forecast proves right, it could put pressure on the pound in the short term.

USD/JPY

The USD/JPY pair today rose to 109.76 during the Asian session. Statistics from Japan released at night indicated an increase in Tokyo Core CPI to 1.1% in January from 0.9% a month earlier, but could not provide support to the yen.

AUD/USD

Quotations of the pair AUD/USD are declining moderately having amounted to 0.7095 at the backdrop of the absence of macroeconomic releases.

Gold

During the Asian session, quotes of gold are growing moderately and consolidated above the level of 1280.00.
 
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EUR/USD

The EUR/USD pair rose at the Asian session and is now trading at 1.1410. The market remains optimistic after the temporary cessation of the government shutdown in the United States. On Friday, President Donald Trump signed a decree financing the government for a period of three weeks. Trump made a deal with the Democrats, who, according to the American media, promised to allocate a significant part of the budget for the construction of the border wall with Mexico. It is not excluded that in three weeks the shutdown will resume if promises are not kept. During the day, European investors will be waiting for the speech of the ECB President Mario Draghi in the European Parliament. Perhaps he will share his opinion on the state of the European economy. Last week after the regulator's meeting, Draghi noted that the risks to the growth of the European economy had become negative, which is associated with geopolitical factors and the threat of protectionism. However, the likelihood of a recession in the euro area is low.

GBP/USD

The pair GBP/USD started the week trading in the range of 1.3180–1.3210. Investors hope that within a week the issue of Brexit can be clarified. On Tuesday, a second vote is expected on a deal with the EU, but since the second version of the agreement does not differ much from the one rejected by the House of Commons, the chances for its support by the MPs are low. Repeated rejection of a deal with the EU could lead to the extension of negotiations and even to concessions from the leadership of the European Union, since neither side wants a tough Brexit. During the day, the market is waiting for the speech of Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, who can share his opinion on the prospects of the British economy in connection with Brexit, as well as highlight the further monetary policy of the regulator.

AUD/USD

During today's Asian session, the AUD/USD pair rose to the level of 0.7202 amid reports of the resumption of the US government, but has now corrected to the area of 0.7190. However, in general, the pair is moving under the influence of technical factors, since it is a day off in Australia, the stock exchanges are closed, and trading activity is low.

USD/JPY

Quotations of the pair USD/JPY during the Asian session continued declining and reached the level of 109.30. The yen is being strengthened as a safe haven asset against the background of a possible delay in the negotiations between the US and the PRC. Last week, US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, said that the parties are still far from the deal. Today, the minutes of the last meeting of the Japanese regulator was published, but it did not give anything new to investors. Bank of Japan officials noted that in general, the Japanese economy continues to grow moderately, exports, industrial production and domestic demand increase moderately as well. Inflation continues to move to the target level of 2.0%. At the same time, the risks of world trade instability and increased protectionism remain. Under these conditions, the regulator will continue to maintain its current "dovish" monetary policy until inflation reaches 2.0%. Rates will remain at the same level for a long time.

Gold

Quotes of gold had ambiguous dynamics during the Asian session. At first, after a significant increase on Friday, they corrected to the level of 1300.00, but now they have won back their positions and are trading at the level of 1303.00.