Why the US Jobs Report Matters Again

Today’s report: Why the US Jobs Report Matters Again

Activity will pick up on Friday, as the US market opens post the 4th of July festivities. The highlight of the day will be the monthly jobs report out of the US, which could take on more meaning than it’s had over the past few years. Here's why.

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Chart talk: Technical & fundamental highlights

EURUSD – technical overview

The major pair has extended its run of declines off the 2008 high, trading down to a fresh multi-month low in May. But with the downtrend looking exhausted, the prospect for a meaningful higher low is more compelling, with a higher low sought out above the multi-year low from 2017, ahead of the next major upside extension. Only a weekly close back below the psychological barrier at 1.1000 would compromise this outlook. Back above 1.1450 will strengthen the view.

  • R2 1.1412 – 25 June high – Strong
  • R1 1.1344 - 25 June low – Medium
  • S1 1.1250 - Mid-Figure – Medium
  • S2 1.1181 – 15 June low – Strong

EURUSD – fundamental overview

The Euro wasn't looking to be moving around much with the US out on holiday, but we did see a little downside pressure on Thursday. Market participants were selling the single currency on the back of some dovish and downbeat leaning ECB Rehn comments, and a below forecast Eurozone retail sales print. Looking ahead, trading conditions will pick up post US holiday, though we still won't be back to full form, with many US traders extending the holiday into a long weekend. On the data front, the highlight will be the US jobs report. Other calendar standouts include German factory orders and an ECB Guindos speech.

EURUSD - Technical charts in detail

GBPUSD – technical overview

The major has been well supported ahead of the 2019 low, helping to strengthen the case for a major base. Look for the market to start making its way back towards 1.3000, with a break above the psychological barrier to expose a retest of the 2019 high up at 1.3380. Only back below 1.2500 would delay the constructive outlook.

  • R2 1.2784– 25 June high – Strong
  • R1 1.2735 – 28 June high – Medium
  • S1 1.2557 – 3 July low – Medium
  • S2 1.2506 – 18 June low – Strong

GBPUSD – fundamental overview

It hasn't been a good week for the Pound, with the currency taking its hits from a string of disappointing PMI readings, and renewed fears associated with no-deal Brexit. On Wednesday, BOE Cunliffe was on the wires highlighting increased odds of no-deal Brexit, while dismissing speculation of financial stability risk. BOE Broadbent was also out, downplaying risks associated with household debt levels. Looking ahead, trading conditions will pick up post US holiday, though we still won't be back to full form, with many US traders extending the holiday into a long weekend. On the data front, we get UK Halifax prices and labour productivity readings, ahead of the anticipated release of the day, in the form of the he US jobs report.

USDJPY – technical overview

The longer-term downtrend remains firmly intact, with the major pair gravitating back towards a retest of major support in the form of the 2018 and 2019 lows respectively, down in the 104s. Any rallies should now be well capped below 110.00, though only a break back above the yearly high at 112.40 would compromise the bearish outlook.

  • R2 108.80 – 11 June high – Strong
  • R1 108.54 – 1 July high – Medium
  • S1 107.53 – 3 July low – Medium
  • S2 106.78 – 25 June low – Strong

USDJPY – fundamental overview

Interesting price action in the major pair this week, with the Yen tracking higher against the Buck, despite the continued run to record highs in stocks. It seems the Yen demand came from currency traders with less optimistic outlooks for risk assets, after President Trump was back at it, warning of taking action against Europe and China for their currency manipulation games. Looking at the Friday calendar, the US jobs report is the only notable standout.

EURCHF – technical overview

The recent breakdown below critical range support in the 1.1200 area, has opened the door for the next wave of declines targeting a move back towards initial support in the form of the 1.1000 psychological barrier. The market is trading at its lowest levels in nearly two years and at this point, it would take a daily close back above 1.1279 to take the immediate pressure off the downside.
  • R2 1.1265 – 12 June high – Strong
  • R1 1.1173 – 2 July high – Medium
  • S1 1.1057 – 20 June/2019 low – Medium
  • S2 1.1000 – Psychological – Strong

EURCHF – fundamental overview

The SNB remains uncomfortable with Franc appreciation and continues to remind the market it will need to be careful about any attempts at trying to force an appreciation in the currency. But the SNB will also need to be careful right now, as its strategy to weaken the Franc is facing headwinds from a less certain global outlook. Any signs of sustained risk liquidation, will likely invite a very large wave of demand for the Franc that will put the SNB in the more challenging position of needing to back up its talk with action, that ultimately, may not prove to be as effective as it once was, given where we're at in the monetary policy cycle.

AUDUSD – technical overview

The market has been very well supported on dips since breaking down in early January to multi-year lows. The price action suggests we could be seeing the formation of a major base, though it would take a clear break back above 0.7100 to strengthen this outlook. In the interim, look for setbacks to continue to be well supported ahead of 0.6800.

  • R2 0.7070 – 30 April high – Strong
  • R1 0.7049 – 7 May high – Medium
  • S1 0.6929 – 24 June low – Medium
  • S2 0.6832 – 18 June low – Strong

AUDUSD – fundamental overview

The Australian Dollar has held up well this week, despite US Dollar demand against the Euro and Pound. Aussie has benefited from a more upbeat RBA decision (despite the rate cut), solid economic data and an ongoing bid in US equities. Earlier this week, Aussie building approvals produced an unexpected increase, while the trade surplus came in higher than expected. Aussie traded up to its highest levels in nearly two months as a result. Looking at the Friday calendar, the US jobs report is the only notable standout.

USDCAD – technical overview

The market has come under intense pressure over the past several weeks, extending declines to a fresh 2019 low. However, the longer-term structure remains constructive, with dips expected to be well supported for fresh upside, eventually back above the 2018/multi-month high at 1.3665. At this point, only a weekly close below the psychological barrier at 1.3000 would delay the outlook.

  • R2 1.3230– 21 June high – Strong
  • R1 1.3146 - 1 July high – Medium
  • S1 1.3038 – 4 July/2019 low – Strong
  • S2 1.3000 – Psychological – Strong

USDCAD – fundamental overview

Solid Canada economic data, better bid OIL and ongoing demand for risk assets, all helped to drive the Canadian Dollar to a fresh 2019 high against the Buck this week. Looking ahead, trading conditions will still be thin with many US traders off the desks for long weekends post July 4th celebrations. But the market will be looking to some anticipated data, in the form of the monthly job reports out of the US and Canada.

NZDUSD – technical overview

Despite recent weakness, there's a case to be made for a meaningful low in place at 0.6425 (2018 low). As such, look for setbacks to be well supported above the latter, in anticipation of renewed upside, with only a close below to compromise the outlook. The most recent rally has triggered a double bottom, further strengthening the constructive outlook. Look for a higher low to carve out ahead of 0.6500.

  • R2 0.6783 – 15 April high – Medium
  • R1 0.6727 –  1 July high – Strong
  • S1 0.6595 – 26 June low – Medium
  • S2 0.6535 – 20 June low – Strong

NZDUSD – fundamental overview

The New Zealand Dollar has done a good job shrugging off some softer economic data this week, deferring to a focus on broader US Dollar outflows and an ongoing record run in US equities. Earlier this week, New Zealand June house price inflation sunk to a seven year low. Looking at the Friday calendar, the US jobs report is the only notable standout.

US SPX 500 – technical overview

There have been signs of a major longer term top, after an exceptional run over the past decade. Any rallies from here, are expected to be very well capped, in favour of renewed weakness targeting an eventual retest of strong longer-term previous resistance turned support in the form of the 2015 high at 2140. The initial level of major support comes in at 2729, with a break below to strengthen the outlook. A weekly close above 3000 would be required to compromise the outlook calling for a top.

  • R2 3050 – Psychological – Strong
  • R1 3000 – 4 July/Record high – Medium
  • S1 2911 – 26 June low – Medium
  • S2 2867 – 13 June low – Strong

US SPX 500 – fundamental overview

Although we've seen the market extend to another record high in 2019, exhausted monetary policy tools post 2008 crisis suggest the prospect for a meaningful extension of this record run at this point in the cycle is not realistic. Meanwhile, expected renewed tension on the global trade front, should continue to be a drag on investor sentiment. We recommend keeping a much closer eye on the equities to ten year yield comparative going forward, as the movement here is something that could be a major stress to the financial markets looking out.

GOLD (SPOT) – technical overview

The recent breakout above the 2016 high at 1375 was a significant development, and suggests the market is in the early stages of a bullish move that follows a multi-month consolidation. The next major level of resistance comes in around 1500, while in the interim, look for any setbacks to be well supported above 1300.

  • R2 1488 – May 2013 high – Strong
  • R1 1440 – 25 June/2019 high – Strong
  • S1 1358 – 20 June low – Medium
  • S2 1320 – 11 June low – Strong

GOLD (SPOT) – fundamental overview

The yellow metal continues to be well supported on dips with solid demand from medium and longer-term accounts. These players are more concerned about exhausted monetary policy, extended global equities, political uncertainty, systemic risk and trade war threats. All of this should keep the commodity well supported, with many market participants also fleeing to the hard asset as the grand dichotomy of record high equities and record low yields comes to an unnerving climax.

BTCUSD – technical overview

The market has enjoyed a nice run since breaking out above a consolidation between Q4 2018 and Q1 2019, though the rally had resulted in extended technical readings after racing through 10k psychological barrier. Overall, look for additional upside to be limited for now, to allow for these technical readings to unwind some more from stretched readings, before the market considers that next meaningful push. Setbacks should ideally be supported ahead of 7,000.

  • R2 14,335– 15 January high (2018) – Strong
  • R1 13,748 – 26 June/2019 high – Medium
  • S1 9,721 – 2 July low – Medium
  • S2 8,935 – 19 June low – Strong

BTCUSD – fundamental overview

Bitcoin is enjoyed a spectacular run in the second quarter of 2019, racing to fresh yearly highs, surging through 10k, on the back of increased adoption and a clear readiness for the investment community to welcome the new digital asset into the mainstream. The news of tech giants now turning towards a world of crypto transactions has given Bitcoin a major boost, with the latest moves over at Facebook, only serving to give crypto assets additional credibility. The market is going through a period of technical adjustment after the fierce run up, though we anticipate renewed demand from institutional players into the dip.

BTCUSD - Technical charts in detail

ETHUSD – technical overview

The recovery has recently accelerated to a fresh 2019 high, surging through medium-term resistance at 300 and back into critical previous support from back in 2018 around 355. The upside break suggests the market is now looking to establish a meaningful base, in favour of bullish structural shift. Still, shorter-term, the run was looking stretched and before we see that next major upside extension, expect rallies well capped, to allow extended readings to continue unwinding before the market gets going again. Setbacks should now be well supported ahead of 200.

  • R2 400 – Psychological – Strong
  • R1 363 – 26 June/2019 high – Medium
  • S1 272 – 2 July low – Medium
  • S2 260 – 19 June low  – Strong

ETHUSD – fundamental overview

There has been a lot more buzz around adoption following the Q2 2019 Bitcoin surge, with many mainstream names coming out in support of blockchain integration. Demand for web 3.0 applications is on the rise, and Ethereum is the blockchain with the biggest front end application potential. At the same time, profit taking in the aftermath of the rapid Q2 appreciation has triggered a healthy period of correction, while worry associated with fallout in the global economy, could be a theme that keeps the more risk correlated crypto asset weighed down, or at least underperforming against Bitcoin in the second half of the year.

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