The US dollar index keeps rounding above the 103.60 historical support level. The buyers have already defended this level for three weeks, highlighting their interest in the greenback. Thus, buying USD looks less risky right now.
Top 4 trading opportunities of December 12
GBP: the room for surprises
It’s an election day in the UK. Traders will watch exit polls. The results will start arriving after 00:30 MT rime on Friday. The results of the vote will become clear by 4:00-5:00 MT time.
The latest opinion polls showed that the Conservative Party has a small majority. This means that the risk of a hung parliament is substantial and the fate of the GBP is hanging in the balance.
In the meantime, Boris Johnson, Prime Minister and the leader of the Conservatives, was in no mood to talk: he hid in an industrial fridge to avoid journalists’ questions.
EUR: mildly negative risks ahead of the ECB
The first meeting of Christine Lagarde as the President of the European Central Bank. Analysts at UBS expect that she will deal with the divided Government Council and won’t initiate any new policy action. Still, the Lagarde may try to make the news. She may comment on the policy tools available to the central bank. In addition, the ECB may lower growth and inflation forecasts for the euro area.
USD: it’s not so bad
Yesterday, the Federal Reserve kept its interest rate unchanged at a 1.5%-2% range during its meeting. What is more important is that the Fed’s dot plot indicated the federal funds rate at 1.6% in 2020, without any changes. You can read more about the outcome of the meeting here.
Trump’s meeting is ahead
Today, US President Donald Trump plans to meet the top trade advisers to discuss tariffs on China. The meeting will be crucial ahead of the tariffs deadline on December 15. According to an anonymous source, the US administration will raise tariffs on Sunday, but the final word will still belong to Trump. The fresh tariffs will increase uncertainties in the process of the US-China trade deal and be hurtful for the risk-weighted assets, such as the AUD, the NZD, and stocks.
What else happens in the market?
On the H4 timeframe, the US dollar index has formed a bullish falling wedge. At the beginning of the trading session, the price is testing the upper border of this wedge. Thus, in case of a higher-than-expected Core PCE Price Index m/m, the US dollar will skyrocket against other currencies.
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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.