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Forex Market Morning Update: 18th August

Welcome to another edition of Forex Market Morning Update. Today, as ever, we dive deeper into the currency landscape, shedding light on some underreported stories that could potentially shape the trading day.

  1. USD/EUR at a Crossroads: The pair continues its tug-of-war, with the USD/EUR trading at 1.1856, a slight dip of 0.15% from its previous close. Market experts suggest the Euro's strength may test the 1.1900 resistance level in the coming week.

  2. Gold Sparkles Amidst Volatility: Gold prices surge, now trading at $1,830 per ounce, up by 0.8%. This rise is attributed to increased market uncertainty and investors seeking safe-haven assets. The next resistance is eyed at $1,840.

  3. Tech Stocks Wobble: The NASDAQ Composite Index faces a setback, dropping by 1.2% to stand at 13,550 points. Leading tech stocks, including Apple and Amazon, saw a decline, pushing investors to re-evaluate their portfolios.

  4. Crude Oil's Rocky Path: Brent crude prices experienced turbulence, currently priced at $84.12 a barrel, remaining flat despite geopolitical tensions. Analysts predict a range-bound movement between $83 and $85 for the week ahead.

  5. Bitcoin's Unpredictable Journey: Bitcoin faces another volatile trading session, currently priced at $26,634, marking a 7.2% drop. Year-to-date, the premier cryptocurrency is down 16.3% from its annual high of $31,818. With regulatory scrutiny and market sentiment shifts, traders are advised to tread with caution in the digital currency space.


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Top Stories:

Oil and the Dollar Correlation: While oil prices remain susceptible to economic data from both China and the U.S., the dollar's reaction remains intriguing. Historically, a stronger dollar has pressured oil prices, but recent market conditions may challenge this long-standing relationship.



Cryptocurrency Influence: The massive drop in Bitcoin and Ether values reverberates beyond the crypto realm. With crypto becoming a crucial part of risk appetite gauging, traditional markets are becoming more reactive to its movements. As of now, the FX market remains cautious.



BTCUSD , Bitcoin, Bar chart showing forex and commodities prices, green/red candles depict daily trading trends. Includes moving average, Bollinger bands, and RSI.


China's Economic Struggles Continue: Amid concerns of an economic slowdown, China is looking to combat the downturn. The People’s Bank of China is pushing back against a weaker yuan, indicating attempts to stabilize the economy. The global market's response to these measures will be crucial.

The U.S. Inflation Challenge: While the Fed aims to contain inflation, U.S. retail sales data suggests a robust economy, further complicating the central bank's decision-making process.


Forex Deep Dive:

  • AUD/JPY Outlook: The Australian dollar against the yen is one to watch. With Australian miners heavily reliant on Chinese demand, China's economic health might dictate the trajectory of this currency pair.


AUD/JPY Bar chart showing forex and commodities prices, green/red candles depict daily trading trends. Includes moving average, Bollinger bands, and RSI.

  • EUR/GBP Analysis: Brexit-related concerns linger. The GBP may face pressure if the Eurozone recovery outpaces the UK's, especially given the recent turbulence due to trading disputes between the two.


EUR/GBP Bar chart showing forex and commodities prices, green/red candles depict daily trading trends. Includes moving average, Bollinger bands, and RSI.

Technical Analysis Insights:

  • USD/CAD: Price action reveals a potential bearish engulfing pattern on the daily chart, hinting at further downside potential.


USD/CAD Bar chart showing forex and commodities prices, green/red candles depict daily trading trends. Includes moving average, Bollinger bands, and RSI.

  • EUR/USD: A symmetrical triangle pattern emerges, suggesting a significant breakout might be on the horizon. Watch out for key resistance and support levels.


Upcoming Events:

  • Bank of Japan's Announcement: After Japan's recent consumer inflation slowdown, traders are keenly awaiting BOJ's stance on its monetary policy.

  • Eurozone Consumer Confidence Index: This indicator, to be released later in the week, might give traders a sense of the public sentiment in the Eurozone.



Market Commentary:

"The interplay between the U.S. and China remains the predominant narrative in today's forex markets. As China grapples with economic downturns, the U.S.' stance on inflation and economic growth is equally critical. Amidst this, traders should keep a watchful eye on technical analysis signals in major currency pairs for short-term trading opportunities." - Dr. Serena Mitchell, Forex Star Chief Analyst.


Did You Know?

Forex market's daily volume surpasses $6 trillion, making it the largest financial market globally. This volume is more than any stock market exchange, illuminating the immense potential and liquidity available to traders.


Wrap-Up:

Market dynamics remain as unpredictable as ever, with geopolitical events, economic indicators, and even digital currency movements playing their part. Stay informed, stay ahead, and most importantly, stay agile in your strategies.

Wishing you a profitable trading day!




Disclaimer: The information in this blog is sourced from reputable entities, but we cannot guarantee its complete accuracy. Always engage with a professional before making any trading decisions.


Trading and investing carry financial risks and could lead to partial or complete loss of funds. Invest only what you can afford to lose and seek advice from an independent financial advisor if you have doubts about your investment choices.

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