Two trades to watch: EUR/GBP, Dow Jones
Fiona Cincotta August 17, 2021 2:36 PM
EUR/GBP rises despite encouraging UK labour market data. Dow Jones eases from all time highs ahead of US retail sales & Powell.
EUR/GBP rises despite encouraging UK labour report
EUR/GBP is edging higher despite upbeat UK labour market data and ahead of Eurozone Q2 GDP data.
UK saw 95k new jobs added in May, well ahead of the 75k forecast and 25k in April
Unemployment ticked lower to 4.7% in the three months to June down from 4.8%
Wage growth rises to 8.8% YoY vs 8.5% forecast
Eurozone Q2 GDP also due – this is the second estimate so not expected to be as market moving as the first unless there is a significant difference. 2% QoQ growth expected.
Where next for EUR/GBP?
The pair has trended lower across the year, its has been trading in a descending channel since late April and trades below 50 & 100 dma is established bearish trend.
The pair bounced off the fresh 18-month low of 1.8450 hit last week and has retaken 0.85. The bullish crossover on the MACD supports further upside.
Buyers will need to overcome resistance at 0.8560, the confluence of the 50 dma, the upper band of the descending channel and the August high, which could prove a tough nut to crack. A break-through this level could see 0.8590 the 100 dma tested with a move above here negating the near term downtrend, bringing 0.8670 the July high into sight.
On the down side 0.8470 the April low could offer some support ahead of 0.8450 the 18 month low and the lower band of the descending channel. Beyond here 0.8390 a level last seen in January 2020 could come into play.
Dow Jones eases back from all time high ahead of US retail sales, Powell
Risk off is dominating the markets on Tuesday amid rising covid cases in China and tighter lockdown restrictions. The unfolding geopolitical situation in Afghanistan is adding to the down beat mood.
US retail sales data is in focus, expectations are for a -0.2% MoM decline after an unexpected rise in June to 0.6%.
Data on Friday revealed that US consumer confidence was at the lowest level for almost a decade. Weaker consumer morale often means that consumers rein in spending. Will we see this in the retail sales data?
Fed Chair Powell is also du to speak. Any clues that the Fed is laying the groundwork towards tightening monetary policy could fuel the rotation into cyclicals.
Home Depot is due to report.
Where next for the Dow Jones?
The Dow Jones has been trending firmly higher after rebounding of the July low of 33737, hitting a fresh all time high of 35630 in the previous session.
The index trades above its multi-week ascending trendline and above its 50 & 100 sma on the 4 hour chart in an established bullish trend.
The RSI remains in bullish territory. However, it points lower giving mixed signals.
Any meaning full move southwards would need to over the ascending trendline support at 35430 followed by the 50 sma at 35285 and the 100 sma 35140, this has proved to be a strong support in the past and a move below here would negate the near term up trend. It would take a move below 34750 for the sellers to gain traction.
Any move higher would need to push above 35640 to reach fresh all time highs.
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