15, January 2015

Fundamental analysis

 EUR/USD (a 4-hour chart)

The US dollar was in demand against its main competitors - the dollar index basket (USDX) finished the trading day at the mark of 92.27. During the day the pair EUR/USD remained under pressure amid the "black gold" prices falling. During the day the Brent oil set a fresh low that supported a demand for the dollar.

The UK inflation release disappointed traders - the December CPI fell down to 0.5% in annual terms that is the lowest level since May 2000. The first inflationary pressure compression is caused by the lower oil price. As a result the pair GBP/USD showed a decline to the mark of 1.5076 after which traders took profits and we saw a technical rebound.

On Tuesday the pair USD/JPY took a ride on a roller coaster. At the beginning of the trading day Japan released the November positive payment balance that encouraged bears for short positions opening. At the moment the price fell to the mark of 117.75 where the bulls began to form "longs". The growth in the Tokyo stock market supported a demand for the US dollar and during the European session 118.84. However, after the US stock market sales, the pair dollar/yen was able to update the local lows.