Daily Forex Market Preview, 26/01/2018
The U.S. dollar was met with another volatile day as late in the day the U.S. President sought to clarify the Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s comments on preferring a weaker dollar. The greenback was seen extending declines earlier in the day as the ECB left the monetary policy unchanged. With Mario Draghi not addressing the exchange rate of the euro, the common currency briefly rallied to a fresh 4-year high only to reverse the gains by the close of business.
The economic calendar was sparse besides the ECB meeting. Canada’s core retail sales continued to accelerate, rising 1.6% on the month and beating estimates of a 0.8% increase. Headline retail sales however rose just 0.2% and missed estimates of a 0.7% increase.
Looking ahead, GDP data across the UK, Canada and the U.S. will keep the markets busy. The UK’s preliminary GDP is expected to show that the economy advanced 0.4% on the fourth quarter. Canada will be releasing the inflation data which is expected to show a 0.3% decline erasing the increase from the previous month. The U.S. advance GDP report is expected to show a modest increase of 3.0% in the GDP. Later in the day, BoE and the BoJ governors will be speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
NZDUSD 26-01-2018 Intra-day analysis
NZDUSD (0.7338): The NZDUSD posted a second day of declines on Thursday as the rebound in the U.S. dollar pushed the currency pair lower. Price fell below the 0.7333 level earlier today but quickly managed to rise back. In the short term, NZDUSD could be seen consolidating at these levels but the momentum could be weakening as the support at 0.7160 remains in focus to the downside. For the kiwi dollar to post further gains, price action is expected to rise above the previous highs near 0.7400 in order to continue the rally.