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Trading Sentiment on EUR/USD Unclear

Despite the release of Germany's economic data, investors are largely taking a wait and see approach when it comes to the EUR/USD pair. According to official data, the Germany economy grew by 0.4% in the fourth quarter, holding well in line with what markets had earlier anticipated. It was faster than 0.1% rise in the third quarter. The annual GDP advanced to 1.2%, which was slower than 1.5% rise in the previous quarter. […]

What Is Gold Standard?

The gold standard is a monetary system in which a country backs its currency with a reserve of gold and allows currency holders to exchange their notes and coins for gold. For many years up to 1914, most of the world's leading currencies had their exchange rate determined by the gold standard. The economic disruption resulting from the first world war led the combatants to abandon the link to gold. The UK returned to the gold standard in 1925, before quitting […]

GBP/USD: Under Pressure — Forecast — February 23rd 2017

In this video, the Trading Central looks at the currency pair GBP/USD for the February 23rd session. GBP/USD — The British pound has reversed the course to the downside. On the intraday 30-min chart, we can see that, after a strong rebound, the GBP/USD pair yesterday peaked at around 1.2510, which happens to be a very key resistance, that has been in place for a week. Currently, the pair is capped by the 50-period Moving Average. Now, we […]

Daily Forex News and Analysis — February 23rd 2017

Wall Street closed mixed after the close on Tuesday, after minutes released from the Federal Reserve's previous meeting signaled that an interest rate hike is coming fairly soon. The Dow Jones added 0.16% to its value, to hit a new all time high, the S&P 500 fell by 0.11%, and the NASDAQ lost 0.09% from its value. The US dollar remained ahead of other major currencies, hovering at 1-week high […]

Oil Prices Expected to Resume Growth

Today, markets are keeping an eye on crude stockpiles data from the United States. The previous data from the US Energy Department confirmed a negative forecast of higher oil production and revival in drilling activity. Crude stocks in the US advanced by over 9.5 million barrels in a week on February 19th. Concerns over oil glut in the market led to a drop in the WTI crude price. The Texas Light Sweet price tried to breach the $53.60 support […]

What Is a Long Position?

A long position is the purchase of a security, commodity or financial instrument, like shares or bonds in the belief that its price will rise, with the aim of making a gain from the increase. Conversely, a short position is when an investor borrows a share or other financial instrument for a fee and then sells it. The investor does this in the expectation that the price will fall and the share or position can be bought back at a lower price later, […]

EUR/JPY Remains Under Pressure — Forecast — February 22nd 2017

In this video, the Trading Central looks at the currency pair EUR/JPY for the February 22nd session. EUR/JPY — Looking at the intraday 30-min chart, indeed the pair remains under pressure, below the strong overhead resistance of 119.95. The pair is also capped by the declining 50-period Moving Average. Further weakness is expected below this overhead resistance. The first target is at the 119.50 level. The next target is at the 119.05 level.

AUD/USD Under Spotlight

Early in the global day, traders shifted their focus toward the AUD/USD pair. The Australian currency advanced against the US dollar to a 5-day high at 0.7695 in the Asian trade and later corrected downwards at 0.7684. The upbeat report on Australia's wages triggered activity of the Aussie bulls. Wage growth in Australia increased by 0.5% on quarter in the final quarter of 2016, up from a 0.3% gain in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Australia's main trade partner posted a report […]

Euro Withers Against US Dollar

Despite the release of strong macroeconomic data from Germany, the euro continues to hit fresh lows. Today, the EUR/USD pair touched 1.05. German business expectations showed signs of improvement in February. The corresponding index increased from 104 from January, when it grew to 103.3. Analysts expected the business expectations index to decline to 103. In addition, the German entrepreneurs feel more optimistic about the current assessment for February. The index climbed to 118.4 […]

Daily Forex News and Analysis — February 22nd 2017

US stocks were higher after the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Utilities, Consumer Goods, and Oil & Gas sectors led shares higher. The Dow Jones rose by 0.58% and the NASDAQ added 0.47% to its value. The US dollar traded higher against most major currencies on expectations for a rate hike by the Federal Reserve next month. Today, the US Existing Home Sales is expected at 5.55 million vs. 5.49 million previously, […]