US Dollar Maintains Gains For A Second Day

December 6, 2017

New York (Dec 6)  The US dollar was seen strengthening for a second day fueled by the optimism from the tax cuts. The dollar maintained gains despite the ISM's non-manufacturing PMI coming out weaker than expected. Non-manufacturing activity was seen falling to 57.4 in November which was below forecasts and weaker than October's print.

Earlier today, the Australian quarterly GDP data showed that the economy posted a growth rate of 0.6% on the quarter. This was below forecasts of a 0.7% increase. The second quarter GDP was revised higher to show a 0.9% increase.

Looking ahead, German factory orders and Swiss inflation data will be released. The NY trading session will see the release of the ADP private payroll numbers. Forecasts point to a 189k headline print.

The Bank of Canada will be holding its monetary policy decision later today. No changes are expected as the central bank is seen keeping rates steady at 1.0%. The central bank was seen hiking rates twice this year.

EURUSD intra-day analysis

EURUSD (1.1840): The EURUSD closed on a bearish note yesterday as price action formed a bearish engulfing pattern on the daily session. The gradual decline could see further downside momentum building up ahead of this Friday's nonfarm payrolls report. After briefly slipping below 1.1822, the euro currency managed to rebound to trade back in the support zone of 1.1843 and 1.1822. However, we expect this rebound to be short lived. Failure to close above the support zone could pave way for EURUSD to post declines to the next lower support seen at 1.1710 - 1.1688.



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