Forex Update

By Colin Twiggs
August 10th, 2012 7:30 p.m. ET (9:30 a:m AET)

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The Euro retreated after encountering resistance at $1.2400/1.2450. Respect of the rising trendline, however, would confirm that the primary down-trend is losing momentum and a bottom is forming. Recovery above $1.2450 would strengthen the signal. Reversal below $1.2150 would warn of another down-swing — confirmed if primary support at $1.2050 is broken — with a target of $1.185.

Euro/US Dollar

* Target calculation: 1.215 - ( 1.245 - 1.215 ) = 1.185

Pound Sterling's up-trend against the Euro continues on the Weekly chart. Respect of support at €1.255 would indicate an advance to €1.315*. Rising 63-day Twiggs Momentum is evidence of a strong primary up-trend.

Pound Sterling/Euro

Canada's Loonie broke above parity, headed for a test of resistance against the greenback at $1.02. Long-term bullish divergence on 63-day Twiggs Momentum and recovery above zero suggest a primary up-trend.

Canadian Dollar/Aussie Dollar

The Aussie Dollar is similarly headed for a test of resistance at $1.08 against the greenback. Breakout would offer a long-term target of $1.20* but calls for RBA intervention to prevent further appreciation are growing. Professor Warwick McKibbin told The Australian Financial Review:

When a portfolio shift into Australian currency is observed, the exchange rate change should be completely offset so the shock only affects the money markets rather than the real economy. If the shock cannot be observed precisely then the central bank should "lean against the wind", that is intervene to slow down the extent of appreciation of the exchange rate.
Aussie Dollar/USD

* Target calculation: 1.08 + ( 1.08 - 0.96 ) = 1.20

The Aussie retreated from resistance at R8.75 against the South African Rand and is testing support at R8.50. Failure of support would signal a primary down-trend with an initial target of $8.25*.

Aussie Dollar/South African Rand

* Target calculation: 8.50 - ( 8.75 - 8.50 ) = 8.25

The Aussie broke medium-term resistance at ¥82.50 against the Japanese Yen, heading for a test of the upper range border at ¥88/¥90. The Australian Dollar/Japanese Yen has been a good reflection of global risk tolerance since 2009, oscillating between ¥72 and ¥90 as risk tolerance rises or falls. Rising 63-Day Twiggs Momentum and recovery above zero suggest a primary up-trend as the Aussie Dollar's status as a reserve currency grows, attracting capital inflows.

Aussie Dollar/Japanese Yen

Asia: India recovering but China & Japan bearish

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