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  1. EUR/USD. April 08, 2020 – Euro consolidated at 1.09 The euro has stabilized in the range of 1.0830-1.0900. Market participants remain neutral in the absence of important macroeconomic publications. Today, one should pay attention only to the publication of the minutes of the previous meeting of the US Federal Reserve System, according to which it will be possible to understand whether all members of the monetary committee agree to sharp cuts in the Fed rate. Also, this publication will allow to get acquainted with the Fed estimates regarding the extent of the recession in the US economy. Yesterday, a videoconference of finance ministers of the eurozone member countries took place, which culminated in the failure of the participants to agree on cooperative measures to overcome the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
  2. Fundamental Brent analysis for April 7, 2020 Brent quotes continue to grow, despite the uncertainty about the upcoming OPEC+ video conference. The current Brent quote is $ 33.75 per barrel. Prices continue to stay above $30 per barrel, receiving support from reports that Russia is ready to discuss a serious reduction in oil production. However, many countries, including Saudi Arabia, cannot come to any formal agreement on quotas and terms, so the situation around the deal remains uncertain. It is worth noting that the United States and Canada will not take part in the OPEC+ virtual meeting on April 9, which put some pressure on the market.
  3. EUR/USD. April 06, 2020 – The euro began to strengthen from the level of 1.0770 The euro suspended its decline at 1.0770 and rebounded to 1.08. Today the news background for the pair is quite calm, only data on the volume of industrial orders in Germany for February and the Sentix investor confidence index for April in the eurozone will be of interest. The first indicator decreased by 1.4% m/m against the previous growth of 4.8% m/m. Regarding the second indicator: analysts expect it to fall to -30.5 points from the previous value of -17.1. At the end of last week, the United States provided data on unemployment in March: the indicator rose to 4.4% from 3.5% earlier, although it was predicted to rise only to 3.8%. The number of jobs outside the agricultural sector decreased by 701 thousand against the expectation of a decrease of 100 thousand. These data put pressure on the dollar, stopping its strengthening. Today, the EUR/USD pair will not show strong price fluctuations: it is expected to move within the range of 1.0750-1.0850.
  4. EUR/USD. April 1, 2020 – Euro continues downtrend Yesterday, trading on the pair EUR/USD ended in a slight minus, and today the downward trend of the euro continues. The pair is moderately declining to the level of 1.09. Pressure on the European currency has had the publication of economic reports from the eurozone. According to preliminary data, inflation in March slowed down from 1.2% to 0.7% year on year, while experts expected a decrease to 0.8%. The base consumer price index was 1% versus 1.2% a month earlier. The dollar was supported by the decision of the US Federal Reserve to expand the ability of dozens of foreign central banks to access dollars during a pandemic. Some support was also provided by data on consumer confidence in March. The country recorded a drop in the consumer confidence index to 120 points, which is the minimum since July 2017. However, market participants expected a decline to 110 points. Today, you should pay attention to the unemployment data in the eurozone for February (the indicator fell to 7.3%). Data from the USA will also be of interest: a change in the number of employees from ADP for March, the index of business activity in the manufacturing sector for March and the ISM manufacturing index for March.
  5. Fundamental analysis for Brent, March 31 Brent crude oil remains under pressure, although quotes today are showing some recovery to $27.70 per barrel. However, this growth does not seem to be lasting, since the external background remains extremely negative for the recovery of the oil market. The pressure on oil is exerted by significant restrictions on business activity in most countries of the world, as well as the threat of increased production in Saudi Arabia and Russia. On the previous day the Saudis announced their intention to increase oil exports by 600 thousand barrels per day since May. This suggests that Moscow and Riyadh do not intend to return to their previous agreements regarding oil production. According to analysts, the global demand for oil in the II quarter of the year may fall by 12 million barrels per day, which will be the strongest decline for all time. Thus, all current factors signal that in the coming months the situation in the oil market may worsen, and the price of «black gold» risks fixing itself below $20 per barrel.
  6. EUR/USD. March 30, 2020 – The level of 1.1160 stopped the growth of the European currency At the end of last week, trading on the EUR/USD pair ended with an increase to the level of 1.1160. The dollar remains under pressure due to a sharp increase in dollar liquidity by the central banks of developed countries. However, today the pair quotes began to decline to the level of 1.1050. The dollar was again in demand amid reports that the quarantine regime in the United States was not expected to end early. The US President said that the authorities extend the restrictive measures until the end of April. Today, attention should be paid to inflation data in Germany, the consumer confidence index in the eurozone, as well as to the change in the volume of pending home sales in February in the United States.
  7. EUR/USD. March 27, 2020 – Correction to the average The currency pair EUR/USD dollar at yesterday's auction rose by more than 1,500 points, closing at 1.1025. The price of EUR/USD reached a key resistance level of 1.1000, located at the convergence of the lines of exponential moving averages for 21 and 60 days - EMA 21 and EMA 60. Strong growth of the pair was promoted by the report on unemployment in the USA published yesterday, which had a strong negative impact on the dollar against all major world currencies. At the same time, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell managed to calm the markets and US stock indices, including the industrial Dow Jones showed daily growth. Despite the strong influence of fundamental factors, in the medium term I still expect the correction to complete and the downward trend to continue, as the European economy also suffers large losses, and investors traditionally prefer to hide from risks in the dollar.
  8. EUR/USD. March 26, 2020 – Breakdown of resistance level of 1.0800 The EUR/USD currency pair yesterday rose another 1000 points, closing at 1.0876. The price of EUR/USD was able to overcome the resistance level of 1.0800 by updating the local maximum for the last 4 trading days. The pair continued corrective growth, and today is testing the level of 1.0900. Apparently, the stimulus programs of the US government have a strong negative impact on the dollar. I expect further development of the correction to the level of 1.1000, located at the point of convergence of the lines of exponential moving averages for 21 and 60 days - EMA 21 and EMA 60.
  9. EUR/USD. March 25, 2020 – Correction development. The EUR/USD currency pair is at 1.0800, the updated three-day high at 1.0885, but then rolled back. The price of EUR/USD rose by more than 500 points. Today the pair continues corrective growth. Apparently, buyers aimed at the level of 1.0900 and, most likely, will reach it in the near future. Corrections for stretching the borders are at around 1.1000, EMA 21 and EMA 60. I observe the development of situations that await the return of sellers to the market.
  10. Fundamental Brent analysis for March 24, 2020 On Monday, a barrel of Brent crude was trading in a narrow price range at around 27.00, in the region of lows over the past 17 years. Today, oil quotes are gradually recovering mainly due to the weakening US dollar. As of 13:00 Moscow time, Brent crude rose by 5.33%, to $ 28.47 per barrel. The American currency is becoming cheaper due to the decisive actions of the US Federal Reserve. Regulatory officials announced an unlimited program of quantitative easing, let us know that they will buy as many assets as needed. The previously announced QE volume was equal to $ 700 billion. At the same time, in the medium term there are no factors that would allow oil to restore its lost positions.
  11. EUR/USD. March 20, 2020 – Euro continues to weaken: 1.0650 and this is not the limit The euro continues to update lows paired with the dollar. The EUR/USD quotes fell to the level of 1.0650, from where the euro made a corrective rebound to the level of 1.0755. The US dollar has been in high demand in recent days as investors flee into defensive assets amid the spread of panic in the markets due to the coronavirus. A growing number of world central banks are softening their monetary policies: in particular, the Fed has already lowered the rate, the Bank of England, the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Central Bank of Indonesia, the Philippines, Brazil and Taiwan. Moreover, it became known that the US Federal Reserve, together with the central banks of Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Australia and other countries, launched swap lines to provide dollar liquidity directly to central banks for at least 6 months. Will these measures be enough to reduce the level of panic on world markets, time will tell. And today you should pay attention to the release of data on changes in home sales in the secondary market in the United States, the balance of payments of the ECB in January and the report from Baker Hughes on the number of active oil drilling rigs.
  12. AUD/USD. March 19, 2020 – Australian dollar continues downtrend Today, the Australian dollar fell to the level of 0.55 paired with the dollar, but managed to recover to 0.58. The pair AUD/USD fell even before the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) lowered interest rates to 0.25%, which was a record low. The head of the regulator, Philip Lowe, said that the bank’s board of directors will not increase the target rate until full employment and inflation target of 2-3% are achieved. According to current data, in February the unemployment rate in Australia unexpectedly fell from 5.3% to 5.1%. Analysts had expected the rate to remain unchanged. Employment in the country increased by 26.7 thousand people in February, while estimates of specialists suggested an increase of only 6.3 thousand. Thus, the unemployment rate fell by 66%. During the day, the pair will fluctuate near the level of 0.58.
  13. EUR/USD. March 18, 2020 – Euro fluctuates below 1.10 The euro continues the downward trend, having broken down the level of 1.10. The US dollar remains strong amid increased demand for dollar liquidity amid rising investor concerns about an impending recession in the global economy. In addition, the greenback was supported by plans of the US presidential administration to introduce a full package of measures to support the economy, including making payments of $1,000 to all residents (to stimulate domestic demand). At the same time, pressure on the euro continues to be provided by incredibly weak data on economic conditions and sentiments from ZEW in Germany. The first indicator fell in March to -43.1 points against the forecast of -30 points. The economic sentiment index fell to -49.5 points, although experts expected a decline to -26.4. The economic sentiment index in all countries of the eurozone amounted to -49.5 points against 10.4 a month earlier. During the day, the EUR/USD pair will continue to fluctuate below the strong support level of 1.10.
  14. EUR/USD. March 17, 2020 – Euro collapsed after the release of ZEW data from Germany Today, the US dollar began to rise, reaching 1.1000. The currency received the main support from expectations that the world central banks will follow the example of the US Federal Reserve and also lower interest rates in their countries in the nearest future. The spread of coronavirus around the world has led investors to flee to safe harbors, in particular – to the US dollar. This trend of strengthening the American currency was interrupted on Sunday, when the US Federal Reserve decided to urgently reduce the rate to 0-0.25%. However, already on Tuesday the general background changed, and the upward trend in the dollar returned to the markets. Today, you should pay attention to the publication of the March index of economic expectations and sentiment from ZEW in Germany. The indicator crashed from a level of 8.7 points to -49.5. Such a strong decline put significant pressure on the euro, becoming the sharpest decline since December 1991.
  15. EUR/USD. March 16, 2020 – Dollar weakens after Fed’s decision to cut rate again The US dollar came under strong pressure after an emergency cut in the US Fed rate on Sunday. The regulator reduced the rate immediately by 100 bp. to 0-0.25% for the first time since 1982, and also announced the launch of a large-scale program for the purchase of financial assets with a total volume of $700 billion. As a result, the EUR/USD pair rose to the level of 1.1230. The situation with the further development of the coronavirus pandemic puts pressure on all global markets. More and more countries restrict the movement of people, close their borders and introduce other quarantine measures. In the United States, a state of emergency was declared on Friday. The set of preventive measures of the US government signals the increased risks of a recession in the US economy, which forms a negative background for all risky assets. During the day, the pair will fluctuate near the level of 1.12.
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