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 March 19, 2012 09:55 AM


Coming week does not bring as many important fundamental developments as past few days did, and those on the calendar are of somewhat smaller caliber. No policy meetings by central banks and no key unemployment numbers. However, we will have few important inflation data, including the PPI from Germany and the CPI from Canada. In addition, Bank of England minutes are always highly anticipated, so currencies should remain active. Just how active, we could find within few hours of the opening, following the speech by RBA's Governor Glenn Stevens.

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Recently, officials from Australia started to complain about strength of the Aussie. No threats of intervention yet, but it was a change in attitude, following months of no comments on the subject. If Mr. Stevens expresses some concerns, the AUD could respond with a selloff. This would be in line with short-term technical picture in some of the AUD pairs. The AUD-CAD, for example, advanced about 170 pips in the last two days and could be ready for a correction (AUD-USD is virtually identical). On this chart, I would like to see a bearish reversal candlestick pattern to provide entry, with objective of 30-40 pips. That would be a case of fundamentals lining up with technicals.

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From a longer-term perspective, the AUD-CAD just completed a major correction, falling from 1.0781 to 1.0335. Now we need to see if this is a major reversal or only a big pullback within the uptrend. That will be decided when (if) the price returns to 1.0335. A bearish breakout there will probably send the AUD-CAD towards the parity, or at least 1.01. Of course, this will take some time, so in the meantime I will also look for a potential bearish reversal on 4 H chart, which , so far, does not show anything of value to me.

The Swiss Franc reacted in manner contrary to what most would expect. It got weaker before the SNB meeting, but recovered after the announcement. The central bank confirmed its intentions to defend the 1.20 level and the EUR-CHF promptly pulled back to that general area. I would expect the price to start moving much slower, in tight ranges and quietly form a bottom before another price run up. There is no trade here yet, but I will be on a lookout for one. In addition, opening gaps are always possible and could create opportunities. Have a great trading week!

Mike K.

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