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The assets wrap: the best, the worst, and the most volatile
Another week was full of coronavirus fears, which moved the markets a lot. Let’s consider the best and the worst-performing assets as Monday’s session kicks in.
The best performers
Among the best-performing currency pairs, we need to highlight the USD/BRL pair. The USD strengthened against the Brazilian real by nearly 950 pips within one week, closing at the all-time-high of 4.3959. The poor Brazilian retail data published on Wednesday and the risk-off sentiment weakened the Brazilian real against the US dollar. If the pair reverses, it’s recommended to pay attention to the 4.3 level.
If you are a trader of major currency pairs, look at USD/JPY. The pair rose from the 109.85 level towards the resistance at 112.1. If the USD continues strengthening this week, bulls will break the 112.1 level and target the next resistance at 112.85. On the downside, there is a strong support level at 109.72.
Among commodities, the safe-haven gold, as well as palladium, was the main gainer. The price for gold rose from $1,582 to $1,584 last week and has opened with a gap up today, moving even higher to the $1,690 level. The next key resistance will be placed at the highs of November 2012 at $1,730. In case of a risk-on sentiment, wait for the reversal to $1,567.5.
As for palladium, the price for this metal jumped by $385.5 and reached an all-time high at $2,829. The key support level for bears lies at $2,247.
The worst performers
Of course, the Australian and the New Zealand dollars faced pressure amid the risk aversion. The AUD/USD pair was going down and tested the levels below the 0.6618. The next support for the pair lies at 0.6443. Bulls need to push the pair above the 0.6618 level in order to reach the 0.68 level faster.
The kiwi was down by 143 pips last week, moving lower t the support at 0.6284. If this level is broken, the next support will lie at 0.6155.
Also, GBP/USD was among the weakest pairs last week. It fell from the opening price of 1.3034 to the lows at 1.2848. The closest support lies at 1.2832. The next one will be placed at 1.2726. The upside momentum will be limited by the 1.3053 level.
The award for the most volatile pairs go also to exotics: USD/MXN and USD/TRY showed some sharp moves last week.
What will be the key movers this week?
The first week of November promises to be eventful, as we have the Fed meeting, the BOE update, and the NFP release. Read more details here.
Last week several important economic updates influenced the Forex market. US preliminary GDP fell less than expected (0.6% actual vs. 0.7% forecast). Below you will find the key events to trade on during the week from August 29 to September 2.
This week may be the most important since the year started as the Fed assess the economic outlook and the US presents fresh NFP readings.
S&P Global, a private banking company, will release a monthly change in British Flash Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) on January 24, 11:30 GMT+2. The index is a leading indicator of economic health as businesses react quickly to market conditions, and purchasing managers hold the most current and relevant insight into the company's view of the economy.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics will publish the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) m/m on January 12 at 15:30 GMT+2. The index measures a change in the price of goods and services purchased by consumers.