Traders Eye Friday’s Jobs Report in Light Session

Thursday is shaping up to be one of the quieter sessions of the week as traders digest the events of the first few days and positions themselves ahead of tomorrow’s US jobs report.

It’s been a very lively start to the week, with Gold having plummeted through the $1,300 support on Tuesday before stabilising temporarily around $1,265, while the pound has hit a new 31-year low and looks on course to extend losses in the coming days and weeks. In both these cases, what we’ve seen so far looks like a dead cat bounce which would suggest further losses are on the horizon. Both are trading marginally in the red again today, but look to be holding off until after tomorrow’s jobs report before making their next moves.

The US dollar has once again been the stand out performer among the majors today, edging higher again as traders continue to price in a rate hike in December following another string of hawkish comments from Federal Reserve policy makers. It will be interesting to see whether this can be sustained into the end of the week as a poor NFP number tomorrow will likely once again case doubt on whether the Fed will pursue further tightening this year. The ADP number on Wednesday – seen as a rough estimate of the NFP – blew no one away but wasn’t quite bad enough to hugely affect the market implied probability of a hike in December. We currently stand at 60% which is very high given that the market has doubted the Fed – as it turns out, correctly – throughout the course of 2016, a year in which the Fed had intended to hike four times but has yet to do so once.


Source – CME Group FedWatch Tool

Oil is pushing for another day of gains, having been on a great run since the start of last week on the back of the OPEC output deal and numerous inventory drawdowns. Even these gains now appear to be running on empty having rallied to the highest level in almost four months on what is effectively a loose deal that may never be carried out as intended and some drawdowns in what is still an oversupplied market.

EUR/USD – Euro Edges Lower, Markets Eye Key US Job Numbers

As for today, focus will be broadly on tomorrow’s jobs data from the US in the absence of many scheduled economic events today. Of the little data we will get today, the one that stands out is initial jobless claims but with the number having rarely deviated from current levels for most of this year, I’m not expecting much from the release.

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Craig Erlam
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the BBC and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, FOX Business and BNN. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.