Daily FX Analysis, Aug 16 – Major Trade Setups & Economic Events!

On Friday, the U.S. dollar index experienced gains following a surge in U.S. retail sales eased concerns about the world’s top economy. Previously, the greenback was on track for a weekly gain versus safe-haven currencies such as the Japanese yen and the Swiss franc, pointing to some respite for frayed nerves following fears of recession and rallies in Hong Kong rattling financial markets. With that, one this is clear; the market is trading risk-off sentiment and investors are looking to park their investments into the non-risky or safe-haven assets such as gold, silver, and Japanese yen while sell-off is experienced in stock markets. Bitcoin, on the other hand, traded yesterday upwards and moved to $10,407, representing a 0.82% price increase on the day. Bitcoin has consolidated from just under $10,000 to over $12,000 this month and had most recently been on a downward streak. BTCUSD continues to hold below the strong resistance level of 10,400, currently dropping to near $10,000. Yesterday’s move looks like a lower’s high. Therefore the next target can be a lower low around 9,682. However, a bullish breakout of 10,420 can lead BTC towards 10,600 and 10,900. Economic Calendar – U.S Building Permits & Consumer Confidence!     EUR/USD – Slips Lower Amid Descending Triangle Breakout The EUR/USD pair declined to a new 2-week low of 1.1091, as US economic figures shocked to the upside, while ECB’s Rehn discoursed about “significant” stimulus required. US Retail Sales increased by 0.7% in July, more than doubling the 0.3% boost expected.

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Daily FX Analysis, Aug 15 – Major Trade Setups & Economic Events!

On Thursday, the U.S. dollar index continues to trade choppy due to lack of market-moving fundamentals. The market is currently trading the Risk-off theme which is driven by global slowdown across the board, for instance, a day before we saw weakening German data as well as a big miss on China data. As per Reuters poll of foreign exchange strategists, the Chinese yuan is likely to decline further beyond the current 7 per dollar rate across the upcoming year as Beijing steps back from managing the currency amid tariff threats from Washington. Bitcoin also remained in highlights, especially after BTC/USD found itself trading around $9,700, down a jaw-dropping 8% in the past 24 hours. This move surprised many traders as the drop came after Goldman Sachs analyst recently claimed that Bitcoin could soon hit $14,000, adding that BTC’s medium-term prospects are looking surprisingly bullish. Economic Calendar – U.S & U.K’s Retail Sales In Play! Retail Sales m/m – 8:30 GMT The UK retail sales, listed to be published later this session at 8:30 GMT, is expected to sink -0.3% m/m in May, following a 1.0% figure seen in June. Indeed, no-Brexit sentiments and ongoing geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and China is making consumers frightened which is causing a drop in retail sales. Worse than expected figures may put extra weight on Sterling today. US Retail Sales – 12:30 GMT The US economy is focused on consumption and inflation figures as this has been an opulent cause of the growth of late.

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