Week in FX Europe – EUR/JPY’s 12-Big Figure Move Dominates EUR demand

The EUR’s direction this week should have been influenced more by Euro fundamentals – but it was not. The 17-member single currency has ended up being pushed and pulled by a screaming yen that happens to be supported by the BoJ’s aggressive monetary easing program. In hindsight, this week’s asset and forex moves have more to do with the markets anticipation of what the Japanese investor will be doing and not what they are actually doing.

The EUR reached its “prudent” breaking point on Friday. This months EUR/JPY 12-big figure move beckoned long positions to take some profit off the table – with JGB yields rising instead of falling post BoJ is undermining this one directional trade. A healthy trade requires some breathing space and by booking profits for whatever reason – JGB’s getting slammed, headlines on Cyprus asking for more money or Italy needing to raise +EUR60-billion in more funding – that instigates an “orderly retreat” only proves the ‘worth’ in that overall trade.

It is a tad surprising that weaker US retail sales data and consumer sentiment did not produce more dollar buying against the EUR. The market seems comfortable buying EUR’s on dips, despite the daily technicals looking overbought. With no decent sign of a turnaround just yet, buying dips “safety in numbers” remains the number one course of action.

Next week it should be a quiet start to the week with no data from the UK or elsewhere in the Eurozone. There are no auction to even speak of, which should leave investors to ponder over what was said and not said at the Euro-finance ministers meeting in Dublin and possible event risk from North Korea.



* CNY Real GDP
* AUD RBA Policy Meeting Minutes
* GBP Consumer Price Index
* EUR Euro-Zone Consumer Price Index
* EUR German ZEW Survey (Economic Sentiment)
* USD Consumer Price Index
* NZD Consumer Prices Index
* GBP Bank of England Minutes
* CAD Bank of Canada Rate Decision
* USD U.S. Federal Reserve Releases Beige Book
* CAD Consumer Price Index

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Dean Popplewell

Dean Popplewell

Vice-President of Market Analysis at MarketPulse
Dean Popplewell has nearly two decades of experience trading currencies and fixed income instruments. He has a deep understanding of market fundamentals and the impact of global events on capital markets. He is respected among professional traders for his skilled analysis and career history as global head of trading for firms such as Scotia Capital and BMO Nesbitt Burns. Since joining OANDA in 2006, Dean has played an instrumental role in driving awareness of the forex market as an emerging asset class for retail investors, as well as providing expert counsel to a number of internal teams on how to best serve clients and industry stakeholders.
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