Daily FX Trading Update: Pickup in Risk Appetite Hurts USD – Feb. 4, 2015

Daily FX Trading Update: Pickup in Risk Appetite Hurts USD - Feb. 4, 2015

The US dollar was in for an FX trading selloff yesterday when risk appetite picked up and traders dumped the safe-haven currency. Data from the US economy was weaker than expected, as factory orders marked a 3.4% decline versus the projected 1.8% drop while the previous month’s reading was downgraded to show a 1.7% decline. The ADP non-farm employment change report is up for release today and it might provide a preview for Friday’s NFP release. The report is expected to show a 224K gain in hiring, slightly weaker compared to the previous 241K increase. Also lined up today is the ISM non-manufacturing PMI, which might improve from 56.2 to 56.6.

The euro recovered to the dollar and the yen in yesterday’s FX trading sessions, as risk sentiment improved. Data from the euro zone was better than expected, as Spain reported a smaller increase in joblessness of 78.0K versus the projected 83.4K. For today, the Spanish and Italian services PMI readings are due, along with the region’s services PMI. Euro zone retail sales data is also up for release and a 0.1% drop is eyed.

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The pound bounced back in recent FX trading when the UK construction PMI beat expectations. The report showed a climb from 57.6 to 59.1, reflecting a faster pace of industry expansion. The services PMI is up for release today and it might have a stronger impact on pound movement, as the sector contributes a huge chunk to overall economic growth. The reading is slated to climb from 55.8 to 56.6 and a stronger than expected report might lead to more pound gains.

The franc consolidated to the dollar and was barely able to take advantage of the FX trading profit-taking that occurred among most dollar pairs when the Swiss trade balance fell short of estimates. The surplus narrowed from a downgraded 3.80 billion CHF to 1.52 billion CHF, smaller than the estimated 2.17 billion CHF figure. There are no reports due from Switzerland today.

The yen gave up a lot of ground to its FX trading rivals when risk appetite picked up. There have been no reports released from Japan yesterday and none are due today, indicating that risk sentiment might continue to drive FX trading price action among yen pairs.

The comdolls were able to breathe a sigh of relief when risk appetite took over the markets and spurred strong gains. Data from New Zealand was better than expected, as the employment change figure indicated a 1.2% quarterly gain in hiring. The jobless rate climbed from 5.4% to 5.7% but this was spurred by an improvement in the participation rate. The dairy auction also printed strong results, as prices climbed by 9.4%. Canada’s Ivey PMI is up for release today and a drop from 55.4 to 53.8 is expected.

To contact the reporter of the story: James Brennan at james@forexminute.com

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Samuel Rae is an active retail trader across a variety of assets, including currencies, stocks and commodities and the author of Diary of a Currency Trader (Harriman House). His personal strategy focuses primarily on classical technical charting patterns with a fundamentally supportive bias, combined with a strict, risk management-driven approach to entries and exits. He is an Economics graduate from Manchester University, UK.