Weekly Forex Analysis: December 26th to 30th 2016


EUR/USD

 

Weekly Analysis: Last week the pair’s movement was affected by end of year volatility and we expect this to continue throughout the week that just started. So far support is holding and rejecting price higher but price lacks the necessary steam to blow through resistance.

Technical Outlook

 

After starting last week on a bearish note and piercing through 1.0366 support, the pair retraced higher and is now testing 1.0460 resistance. Both oscillators are showing bullish divergence (price is making lower lows while the indicators are only showing a higher low) and this is a warning that further upside may follow. Keep in mind that it’s only a warning, not a clear signal and the pair is in a downtrend so we cannot exclude the possibility of a move below 1.0366 support. Probably price action will be choppy and affected by Christmas and the changing of the year.

 

Fundamental Outlook

 

This entire week will be affected by the Winter Holidays and by the changing of the year so the economic calendar is light and volatility will be affected. Monday German banks will be closed in observance of Boxing Day, Italian banks due to St. Stephen's Day and U.S. banks are also closed in celebration of Christmas Day.

Tuesday the U.S. Consumer Confidence survey is released, showing the opinions of about 5,000 households regarding current and future economic conditions. Wednesday the U.S. Pending Home Sales will affect the US Dollar, but the effect should be limited because this is considered an indicator with medium impact even under normal circumstances. Thursday and Friday we don’t have anything major on the economic calendar but the approaching of New Year’s Eve will trigger irregular movement and alternating periods of high and low volatility, thus caution is recommended.

 

GBP/USD

 

The pair completed another bearish week and moved clearly below the 50 days Exponential Moving Average but towards the end of the period, price slowed down, probably affected by the Winter Holidays.

Technical Outlook

 

This is the last week of the year, so volatility will be irregular and price action choppy. It’s very likely for the pair to remain between 1.2480 and 1.2090, with a bearish bias as long as price is trading below the 50 period Exponential Moving Average. The last few days have been bearish but candles are small and lack momentum, indicating that we may see a small push up this week. The environment is risky, thus caution is recommended. 

 

Fundamental Outlook

 

Monday and Tuesday UK banks will be closed in observance of Boxing Day and Christmas Day respectively, so price action will be heavily affected. The rest of the week lacks important releases and we expect irregular, possibly sideways movement.

 

Written by: Bogdan Giulvezan