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Gold & Silver – Daily Outlook August 8


Guest Commentary: Gold & Silver Daily Outlook 08.08.2011

The level of volatility in the financial markets is very high over the weekend news of Standard and Poor’s downgrading the US credit rating ; ECB signaled yesterday it will purchase Italian and Spanish bonds in an attempt to cool down the markets. Today, the Chinese inflation rate for July will be published.

Let’s examine the precious metals market for today, August 8 th :

Gold fell again on Friday by 0.43% and reached $1,651. Silver sharply declined by 3.09% to $38.21.

During August, gold price increased by 1.3% and silver fell by 4.7%.

The chart below shows the normalized gold and silver (July 12 th 2011=100). As seen below, gold and silver rose very rapidly during the first few days in August, but then they have changed direction and declined in the last couple of days.

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S&P Downgrade Ramifications

The rumors of Standard and Poor’s downgrading the US credit rating from AAA to +AA eventually came true as S&P announced it over the weekend. The rumors that floated during last week are probably among the reasons for the sharp falls in Major Stock Markets during the second half of last week. This suggests that there will likely to be a negative reaction to the markets. Gold and silver will probably play the safe heaven card and the demand for them will rise resulting in price hikes during the day.

S&P also kept a “negative” outlook on US credit rating, and claimed it may further downgrade it again within the next couple of years.

The US Treasury Department already attacked the S&P decision to downgrade and pointed out to the mistake S&P made in its projected US government debt of $2 trillion over 10 years; this means the US public debt projection is more stabile than S&P had initially calculated.

Italian and Spanish Bond Problems

The debt crisis in Europe continues to spread and recently it came to Italy’s doorstep. Yesterday, the European Central Bank‘s President Jean- Claude Trichet signaled he is willing to purchase Italian and Spanish bonds in an attempt to curb the market instability, after they had failed to sell its bonds. In return, Berlusconi pledged to make drastic cuts to the Italian government budget. The Euro to US dollar already started the market trading on a rise . This news might have curbed some of the gains in gold and silver prices had it not reacted so dramatically to the news of the S&P downgrade.

USD/ Gold & Silver– August Update

The Euro/ USD exchange rate sharply inclined on Friday by 1.34%; the USD also depreciated against other currencies including the YEN. If the USD will continue to depreciate during the day, this might continue to affect the recent rally of gold and silver. During August there has been a strong correlation between bullion prices and Euro/ USD , USD/CAD and USD/YEN. These correlations however should be taken with a grain of salts as they are not significant (due to very few samples).

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Gold and Silver Outlook:

Gold and silver started the week with very sharp gains after they had declined in the past couple of business days. The news of the US downgrade will probably push traders from US Treasury bills towards gold and silver; the Federal Reserve meeting tomorrow will also be among the factors that could raise the level of anxiety in the markets that will benefit gold and silver traders; this trend however is likely to dissipate very in the next few days and then gold and silver prices will stabilize and resume their slower upward trend.

For further reading: Gold and silver prices outlook for August 2011

Lior Cohen , M.A. commodities analyst and blogger at Trading NRG.

By: Lior Cohen, Energy Analyst for Trading NRG


Dollar on Edge with Deficit Deadline, ISM Report Stokes Volatility


Dollar on Edge with Deficit Deadline, ISM Report Stokes Volatility

By John Kicklighter, Currency Strategist

02 August 2011 03:23 GMT
  • Dollar on Edge with Deficit Deadline, ISM Report Stokes Volatility
  • Euro Drawn Between Dollar Volatility, EU Trouble, Upcoming ECB Decision
  • Australian Dollar Readies for RBA Decision as Risk Trends Pick Up
  • British Pound Tumbles with Risk, Helped Along by Manufacturing Contraction
  • Japanese Yen Looking at More Volatility as Intervention Rhetoric Heats Up
  • Swiss Franc Solidifies Gains After Economics Minister Says Strength to Stay
  • Gold Ramps up the Volatility as Market Debates US Financial Rescue Effort

Dollar on Edge with Deficit Deadline, ISM Report Stokes Volatility

Given the volatility the FX and capital markets demonstrated through the close on Friday and the running countdown for the US to surpass the legal limit on its deficit; excitement was guaranteed through for the opening day of the new trading week. Volatility on the dollar-based majors and broader capital markets stepped it up yet again – though direction is still as lacking as ever. Through Monday’s open, the greenback was once again under pressure as risk appetite started off strong. In fact, S&P 500 futures gapped up 1.2 percent on the Asian open from Friday’s close. In contrast, the dollar didn’t produce such a dramatic jump; but it did lose ground through much of the Asian and early European sessions as news that Congressional leaders reached a compromise on the budget deficit that could offer quick relief to tense financial and credit markets. Though, the fact that the Dow Jones FXCM Dollar Index (ticker = USDollar) slipped as a viable debt solution seemed to be in the works should reflect on the skepticism that is still prevalent in the markets.

This cynicism that a debt deal would be pushed through or that it would offer the dollar an immediate boost could have weighed the greenback indefinitely had a wave of risk aversion not leveraged the currency’s battered safe haven appeal. As the day wore on, data from China, Australia, Japan, the Euro Zone and the United Kingdom reflected a slowing in factory activity that seems to be reflecting a downshift in global growth. The concern was nagging; but fear that a serious economic slump could be in the works didn’t really set in until the US ISM manufacturing activity survey for July crossed the wires. The 50.9 reading was a substantial miss (below even the lowest economist forecast from Bloomberg) and threatened the primary source of growth the US economy has drawn from since the recovery was established back in 2009. In turn, the S&P 500 Index would turn a remarkable bullish gap on the open into an eventual 2.5 percent retracement through the first half of the day.

The ISM indicator, along with the other manufacturing readings from the around the world, are an important reminder that economic activity is cooling. The feeble health of the developed world’s consumer is finally meeting the global shift towards austerity (China, Euro Zone, UK). That leaves the US in a unique position: either join the stimulus withdrawal and suffer the economic slowdown; or pursue financial responsibility and potentially turn a slowdown into a double dip recession. This is another layer of complication to the deficit debate at hand. According to the original timeline; the window is supposed to close by the coming session. That said, it seems that the revised two-stage program that has garnered support from Congressional leaders and already passed the House looks to have a good chance of making it all the way through. Yet, it is still under heavy debate as to whether the planned cuts would be enough to prevent a downgrade by the major credit rating agencies. Such an outcome would surely be dollar negative. Though if this effort tips the global economy, there could be a redeeming value to the greenback.

Related:Discuss the Dollar in the DailyFX Forum, John’s Picks: Controlling Risk is Tantamount as Volatility Prevails and Direction Absent

Euro Drawn Between Dollar Volatility, EU Trouble, Upcoming ECB Decision

Fortunately for the euro, headlines about the US deficit debate are still crowding out many of the updates surrounding the Euro Zone’s own troubles. Notable for the day was the fact that the Italian 10 year government bond yield closed at a record high 6.00 percent while the Spanish equivalent advanced to 6.20 percent. Remember, Greece, Ireland and Portugal required bailouts not long after breaching the 7.00 percent level. In the meantime, volatility in risk trends contributed to dramatic losses for European benchmark equity indexes. It will be interesting to see how this combination of funding troubles and the economic slowdown influences the ECB’s decision later this week. Can then keep ignoring it?

Australian Dollar Readies for RBA Decision as Risk Trends Pick Up

We are quickly approaching the RBA rate decision; and rate expectations are somewhat mixed. Looking at overnight index swaps; we see that there is a 16 percent probability of a 25 bps rate cut yet the 12 month forecast is pricing in 27 bps of easing. If we recall the last meeting, Governor Stevens leveraged the importance of CPI; and the 2Q figures a two-and-a-half year high 3.6 percent. Is that enough to make a call?

British Pound Tumbles with Risk, Helped Along by Manufacturing Contraction

It seems much of the world is on the same path of austerity and economic slowdown that the UK pioneered with its self-imposed deficit efforts. Under these circumstances, it isn’t good to be first; because it is exponentially harder to recovery from a slowdown that was ahead of the global curve. We were reminded of this Monday when the UK factory activity reading turned negative for the first time since September 2009.

Japanese Yen Looking at More Volatility as Intervention Rhetoric Heats Up

Talk of Japanese intervention is picking up amongst policy officials, economists and traders. According to Nikkei news group, the central bank is preparing for FX intervention; and an independent move could be quickly followed by a coordinated effort. Should we take these warnings seriously? The short-term impact can certainly generate volatility; but fighting larger trends (like dollar selling) is always a losing game.

Swiss Franc Solidifies Gains After Economic Minister Says Strength to Stay

There are many examples of failed efforts of intervention; but some of the worst results have to fall to the Swiss National Bank which has come under significant scrutiny due to the losses on its reserves fighting the market tide. The futility of this effort seems to be setting in, however, as we had the nation’s Economic Minister warned the high exchange rate is here to stay and it means “extremely tough years” for exporters ahead.

Gold Ramps up the Volatility as Market Debates US Financial Rescue Effort

Like the US dollar and Treasuries, gold put in for an exceptionally volatile session through Monday. Through that same comparison, though, the metal was just as lacking for direction. To stoke capital flows into the metal once again (or away from it should there be palatable deficit resolution); we need an unmistakable view of the United States’ fiscal position: destined for downgrade or slow return to prudence.

**For a full list of upcoming event risk and past releases, go to www.dailyfx.com/calendar

ECONOMIC DATA

Next 24 Hours

GMT Currency Release Survey Previous Comments
1:30 AUD House Price Index (YoY) (Q2) -3.0% -0.2% Lower expected house index may suggest softening real estate sector
1:30 AUD House Price Index (QoQ) (Q2) -1.0% -1.7%
1:30 AUD Building Approvals (MoM) (JUN) 3.0% -7.9% A mild recovery in building recoveries despite prices fall points to future recovery
1:30 AUD Building Approvals (YoY) (JUN) -10.3% -14.4%
1:30 JPY Labor Cash Earnings (YoY) (JUN) 0.4% 1.0% Japanese labor market still soft
4:30 AUD Reserve Bank of Australia Rate Decision 4.75% 4.75% Major event of the day: Q2 CPI came in higher than expected despite record-high AUD; RBA may change their commentary on rate hikes
6:30 AUD RBA Commodity Price Index (JUL) 109.4 Commodities price index may hit new high on record strength of metals
6:30 AUD RBA Commodity Index SDR (YoY) (JUL) 28.2%
7:15 CHF Retail Sales (Real) (YoY) (JUN) -4.1% Previous was lowest since March 2009
7:30 CHF SVME-Purchasing Managers Index (JUL) 52.5 53.4 PMI expected to be hurt by strong franc
8:30 GBP Purchasing Manager Index Construction (JUL) 53.1 53.6 Index may fall due to government cuts
9:00 EUR Euro-Zone Producer Price Index (MoM) (JUN) 0.1% -0.2% Index correlated with consumer prices expected to weaken on a long-term basis on slower recovery, demand
9:00 EUR Euro-Zone Producer Price Index (YoY) (JUN) 5.9% 6.2%
12:30 USD Personal Income (JUN) 0.2% 0.3% Consumption driver of the US economy expected to stay relatively flat as overall economy still weak, uncertain
12:30 USD Personal Spending (JUN) 0.2% 0.0%
12:30 USD Personal Consumption Exp Deflator (YoY) (JUN) 2.5%
12:30 USD Personal Consumption Exp Core (MoM) (JUN) 0.2% 0.3%
12:30 USD Personal Consumption Exp Core (YoY) (JUN) 1.4% 1.2%
21:00 USD Total Vehicle Sales (JUL) 11.85M 11.41M A small pick-up in vehicle sales may be due to beginning of 2nd half purchasing by institutions
21:00 USD Domestic Vehicle Sales (JUL) 9.25M 8.95M
23:01 GBP BRC Shop Price Index (YoY) (JUL) 2.9% Retail sales index may indicate CPI
23:30 AUD AiG Performance of Service Index (JUL) 48.5 Service sector at post-recession levels
GBP Halifax Plc House Prices s.a. (MoM) (JUL) 0.0% 1.2% House prices watched by BoE may support further lax policies to support economic recovery
GBP Halifax House Price (3MoY) (JUL) -2.8% -3.5%
GMT Currency Upcoming Events & Speeches
12:30 USD Annual Revisions: Personal Income and Spending

SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE LEVELS

CLASSIC SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE – 18:00 GMT

Currency EUR/USD GBP/USD USD/JPY USD/CHF USD/CAD AUD/USD NZD/USD EUR/JPY GBP/JPY
Resist 2 1.5160 1.6600 86.00 0.8900 1.0275 1.1800 0.9020 118.00 146.05
Resist 1 1.5000 1.6475 81.50 0.8550 1.0000 1.1000 0.8750 113.50 140.00
Spot 1.4268 1.6297 77.08 0.7817 0.9561 1.0964 0.8762 109.98 125.62
Support 1 1.4000 1.5935 77.00 0.7800 0.9425 1.0400 0.7745 109.00 125.00
Support 2 1.3700 1.5750 76.25 0.7600 0.9055 1.0200 0.6850 106.00 119.00

CLASSIC SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE –EMERGING MARKETS 18:00 GMTSCANDIES CURRENCIES 18:00 GMT

Currency USD/MXN USD/TRY USD/ZAR USD/HKD USD/SGD Currency USD/SEK USD/DKK USD/NOK
Resist 2 13.8500 1.8235 7.4025 7.8165 1.3650 Resist 2 7.5800 5.6625 6.1150
Resist 1 12.5000 1.7425 7.3500 7.8075 1.3250 Resist 1 6.5175 5.3100 5.7075
Spot 11.7277 1.6911 6.7309 7.7906 1.2018 Spot 6.3245 5.2217 5.3789
Support 1 11.5200 1.6500 6.5575 7.7490 1.2000 Support 1 6.0800 5.1050 5.3040
Support 2 11.4400 1.5725 6.4295 7.7450 1.1800 Support 2 5.8085 4.9115 4.9410

INTRA-DAY PIVOT POINTS 18:00 GMT

Currency EUR/USD GBP/USD USD/JPY USD/CHF USD/CAD AUD/USD NZD/USD EUR/JPY GBP/JPY
Resist 2 1.4571 1.6575 78.89 0.8056 0.9667 1.1127 0.8889 113.85 130.45
Resist 1 1.4420 1.6436 77.99 0.7936 0.9614 1.1045 0.8826 111.92 128.03
Pivot 1.4302 1.6337 77.14 0.7834 0.9553 1.0984 0.8779 110.31 126.12
Support 1 1.4151 1.6198 76.24 0.7714 0.9500 1.0902 0.8716 108.38 123.70
Support 2 1.4033 1.6099 75.39 0.7612 0.9439 1.0841 0.8669 106.77 121.79

INTRA-DAY PROBABILITY BANDS 18:00 GMT

\Currency EUR/USD GBP/USD USD/JPY USD/CHF USD/CAD AUD/USD NZD/USD EUR/JPY GBP/JPY
Resist. 3 1.4462 1.6454 77.97 0.7926 0.9657 1.1106 0.8882 111.61 127.17
Resist. 2 1.4414 1.6415 77.74 0.7899 0.9633 1.1071 0.8852 111.21 126.79
Resist. 1 1.4365 1.6376 77.52 0.7872 0.9609 1.1035 0.8822 110.80 126.40
Spot 1.4268 1.6297 77.08 0.7817 0.9561 1.0964 0.8762 109.98 125.62
Support 1 1.4171 1.6218 76.64 0.7762 0.9513 1.0893 0.8702 109.16 124.84
Support 2 1.4122 1.6179 76.42 0.7735 0.9489 1.0857 0.8672 108.75 124.45
Support 3 1.4074 1.6140 76.19 0.7708 0.9465 1.0822 0.8642 108.35 124.07

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Written by: John Kicklighter, Senior Currency Strategist for DailyFX.com


Euro trades Sharply Higher on Greek Deal – What’s Next?


By David Rodriguez, Quantitative Strategist

22 July 2011 23:59 GMT

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Euro trades Sharply Higher on Greek Deal – What’s Next?

Fundamental Forecast for the Euro: Neutral

The Euro rallied sharply against the US Dollar on a breakthrough agreement on further aid for Greece, closing a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the at-risk country and for the broader euro zone. Officials released details of a far-reaching agreement and offered concrete details on further fiscal aid for periphery nations. A pronounced rally across European bond markets and the euro itself underlined that plans were well-received, but a key week for European economic data could ultimately decide euro price action in the days ahead.

Euro zone periphery debt crises are far from over, but the recent agreement ostensibly puts market focus back on economic fundamentals and not on government solvency. Key German Unemployment Change, Consumer Price Index, and Retail Sales figures could subsequently force sharp moves across euro pairs.

The euro had strengthened significantly against the US Dollar and other major counterparts as markets predicted the European Central Bank would be among the most aggressive to raise interest rates from record-lows. Indeed, the ECB has since hiked target rates by 0.50 percent, and Overnight Index Swaps have priced in another 33bps through the coming 12 months. The US Federal Reserve, by comparison, has left interest rates at record lows and traders predict a mere 17bps in interest rate increases through the same stretch. Interest rate differentials favor further EURUSD strength, but it will be important to see momentum remain in favor of further euro gains—especially on key data.

Expectations call for German and broader European Consumer Price Index inflation remained above the ECB’s official target of 2.0 percent through July, and central bank president Jean Claude Trichet has been resolute in calling for fairly aggressive monetary policy measures on elevated price pressures. It will be important to watch for surprises in CPI results as well as employment figures, as both are likely to figure into future ECB moves.

Ultimately, the euro’s direction against key counterparts should depend on traditional fundamentals—not ongoing struggles with periphery nation debt. There remain details that need to be sorted out with the new deal on Greek debt, and individual parliaments must ratify the deal. Yet the long-term nature of the deal suggests troubles with Greece are less relevant to day-to-day price action. Spanish and Italian bond yield surges remain a concern, but stability at or around current levels would decrease fears of further debt stresses.

The Euro/US Dollar has traded to key resistance at a falling trendline from May lows, and whether or not the pair can move above $1.44 could set the tone for the coming months of trade. We will watch European data with great interest, while ongoing developments surrounding US debt ceiling concerns could likewise affect USD pairs. – DR


Growth, Inflation Data and a Rate Decision Make for a Volatile Week


By Christopher Vecchio, Junior Currency Analyst

22 July 2011 20:55 GMT

With the last full week of July ahead, there is significantly more event risk on the docket than the third week in July. Now, as the markets have begun to digest the results of the new bailout of Greece, price action will largely be dictated by key events on the docket, including American and British growth figures, Australian and German consumer price indexes, and a rate decision from the most southern antipodean nation. Still, the markets will continue to listen to jabbering between Democrats and Republicans, as the debt ceiling debacle has still yet to find resolution ahead of the ‘hard’ August 2 deadline.

United Kingdom Gross Domestic Product (YoY) (2Q A): July 26 – 08:30 GMT

The British economy has experienced growth of at least 1.5 percentin each of the past four quarters, on a year-over-year basis, going back to the second quarter of 2010. Surveys indicate that the GDP growth figure released on July 26 will come in at 0.8 percent, well below last quarter’s 1.6 percent pace, on a yearly-basis. Growth forecasts have been revised downwards as the economy has failed to pick up momentum in recent weeks and months, as most recently noted by the Bank of England minutes, released this past week.

Contributing to the downturn has been the persistent Euro-zone debt crisis, which has curtailed investment overseas and demand for British goods. Inflation continues to be stubbornly high at 4.5 percent, more than double the inflation target rate as set by the Bank of England. Although a decline in output should deter further inflation, the priority remains to accelerate economic growth, which is why the central bank has held rates at 0.50 percent for twenty-nice consecutive months.

United States Durable Goods Orders (JUN): July 27 – 12:30 GMT

U.S. Durable Goods Orders are expected to have risen only 0.3 percent after increasing a promising 2.1 percent in May, already revised up from the 1.9 percent initial reading. The increase is still welcomed following a 2.7 percent drop in orders in April. The recent upswing in the closely watched economic indicator is rooted mainly in easing disruptions to factory production in the United States, as supply chain disruptions as a result of the aftermath of the Japanese natural disasters and ensuing earthquake weakened demand. In the fragile U.S. economy, manufacturing has been one of the key areas of strength since the recession abated.

A weaker domestic currency has boosted exports and encouraged manufacturers to continue to make long-term investments. The durable goods orders report is a leading indicator of economic health, and will thus be closely watched to gauge manufacturers’ sentiment and investment activity as the debt ceiling debate looms in the U.S.

Reserve Bank of New Zealand Rate Decision (JUL 28): July 27 – 21:00 GMT

At its last meeting on June 8, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand decided to maintain its key benchmark interest rate at 2.50 percent, on the outlook that the economy is steadily improving following the earthquakes over the past few months. The central bank has determined that the most southern antipodean nation is still in need of stimulus to promote further strengthening. It is widely expected that the key rate will be kept at 2.50 percent at the next monetary policy meeting on July 28, with the Credit Suisse Overnight Index Swaps showing a mere 6.0 percent chance of a 25.0-basis point rate hike. Still, despite such weak expectations, the number of basis points priced into the Kiwi over the next 12-months, 94.0, has boosted the New Zealand Dollar since mid-March.

In spite of such a strong domestic currency, recent data releases indicate that the economy is undergoing robust growth and inflation has risen faster than expected. GDP growth figures released on July 13 came in at 1.4 percent, blowing past a forecast of 0.5 percent growth, while recent inflationary data showed inflation increasing to 5.3 percent, topping expectations of 5.1 percent, on a year-over-year basis. These two important economic indicators will play a major role in determining future the central bank’s cash rate decisions. If the recent growth continues, there is a high probability that there will be a rate hike in September to contain inflationary pressures.

German Consumer Price Index (YoY) (JUL P): July 28 – 04:00 GMT

The German consumer price index has remained steady for the last six months and no change is expected in this figure at the next release next Thursday. According to a Bloomberg News survey, the initial forecast calls for a print of 2.3 percent on a year-over-year basis, matching the number of the previous month. This number is slightly higher than the European Central Bank’s target inflation of “below but close to 2 percent,” but the recent rate hikes enacted by the central bank are expected to help suppress further jumps in inflationary pressures: changes in interest rates take anywhere from two- to six-months to be felt by an economy.

Higher energy prices have been the primary driver keeping inflation above the 2.0 percent mark but “lower food and seasonal food prices can be in part held responsible for the benign pan-German reading.” Since Germany is the Euro-zone’s strongest and largest economy, this reading is closely watched by the European Central Bank as a determinant of their monetary policy decisions.

United States Gross Domestic Product (Annualized) (2Q A): July 29 – 12:30 GMT

The U.S. economy is expected to have experienced very slow economic growth in the second quarter of 2011. The GDP data that will be released on July 29 is an indication that output is increasing at a decreasing rate, albeit at a decreasing rate. Forecasts call for a 1.7 percent growth in output versus a 1.9 percent growth experienced in the first quarter, according to a Bloomberg News survey. Two significant factors contributing to the slow recovery include high food and energy prices and supply chain disruptions following the Japan earthquake.

The ongoing debt ceiling debate has reduced consumer confidence as investors concerns grow about the possibility of a U.S. default. The lowered confidence levels have translated into reduced spending impacting the output produced by the world’s largest economy. At the most recent Federal Reserve monetary policy meeting, the FOMC revised GDP and unemployment forecasts downwards from their April projections. The change in growth forecasts for 2011 and 2012 have been revised from 3.3 percent to 2.9 percent and from 4.2 percent to 3.7 percent, respectively.

Written by Christopher Vecchio, Currency Analyst


Guest Commentary: Gold & Silver – Daily Outlook 07.18.2011


Gold & Silver - Daily Outlook July 18

By Lior Cohen, 
18 July 2011 15:02 GMT

Gold & Silver – Daily Outlook July 18

Gold and silver kept on rising during last week, and they continue to do so this week. Today, the US TIC long term purchases report will be published; the Australian bank will make its decision on the overnight rate.

Let’s examine the news of the day related to the precious metals market for today July 18th:

Gold and Silver–July

Gold price ended last week on a positive note as it rose by 0.05% to $1,590 – its highest price level in 2011 on Friday, July 15th.

Gold rose for ninth consecutive days.

Silver also inclined by 0.97% to $39.07 – the highest price level since May 4th.

During July, gold increased by 5.5%, and silver inclined by 9.5%.

The chart below shows the normalized gold and silver (June 30th 2011=100). It shows that silver has been outperforming gold since the middle of last week; it also shows that up until gold price has inclined by nearly 6% from the beginning of the month, and silver price added 12% to its value in July.

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Euro Debt – Trichet says Europe to Show Determination

The debt concerns in Europe continue to affect traders as the Euro continues to depreciate against major other currencies. The European Central Bank President said that the concerns over the European debt will continue until Europe will act determinedly to overcome this matter.

He also said that ECB won’t accept government bonds as collateral in case a country will reach default:

“If a country defaults, we can no longer accept as normal eligible collateral defaulted bonds issued by the government of that country. Because, in the eyes of the Governing Council, this would impair our ability to be an anchor of confidence and stability.”

US Debt Ceiling Concerns

The US government will need to decide on raising the debt ceiling by the beginning of August; it’s mostly likely to be passed in the next couple of weeks, but in the mean time the internet continues to explore this issue. Moody’s rating agency even went one step further and suggested the United States to eliminate its statutory limit on government debt in order to reduce uncertainty among bond holders.

US TIC Report for May 2011

The Treasury International Capital presents the main changes in the purchases and sales of US long term treasuries during May 2011. In the April report, the net foreign purchases reached $30.6 billion; the increase in purchases was mainly driven by China. In the upcoming report there might continue to be a rise in purchases. If this will be the case, it might bring some confidence and reassurance to the US dollar.

Euro, US Dollar / Gold & Silver– July Update

The Euro/USD exchange rate fell during July by 2.4%, and on Friday it rose by 0.11%. If today the USD will depreciate against major currencies including Australian dollar and Canadian dollar, this might further push gold and silver up.

Gold and Silver Outlook:

Gold and silver continue to rise as they did during last week. For gold the longest streak it had in rising was back in April as it rose for eight consecutive business days (between April 13th and April 25th), which makes the current streak the longest one in 2011 so far. The concerns over the US debt ceiling on the one hand and the European debt on the other are probably among the reasons for this recent rally in bullion metals. Therefore I think that gold and silver will moderate change today, but will likely to continue their upward trend in the following days.

For further reading:

Lior Cohen, M.A. commodities analyst and blogger at Trading NRG.

By: Lior Cohen, Energy Analyst forTrading NRG


6 Month Euro Forecast: Looking for the EURUSD at 1.25


6 Month Euro Forecast: Looking for the EURUSD at 1.25

By David Rodriguez, Quantitative Strategist

13 July 2011 06:00 GMT

The Euro has done well through the first half of 2011, rallying to fresh multi-year highs against the US Dollar and strengthening against almost all G10 counterparts. There remain clear fundamental risks for the single currency in the second half of 2011, and we look for the Euro to fall. The major concern is whether several at-risk countries can remain stable despite clear debt crises. The European Central Bank’s next actions may prove pivotal—especially as the Euro has strengthened on robust interest rate forecasts and is at risk of losses on any significant downgrades. The number of risks to the Euro arguably outweighs those to the US Dollar, leaving us watching for further EURUSD declines. We look for the EUR/USD to end 2011 below 1.25.

European Sovereign Debt Crisis – Where Did We Start and Where Do We Stand?

The euro zone financial debt crisis continues to threaten EUR stability and remains a key risk through the second half of the year. At the forefront of traders’ minds is Greece—can the southern European state withstand market pressures and remain solvent?

Despite a €110 billion three year bailout agreement with the European Union and International Monetary Fund, Greece has yet to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The difficulty lies in the structure of the bailout deal. When the International Monetary Fund agreed to loans, it required that the Greek government return to the debt markets for its borrowing needs as soon as 2012. At the time, this request seemed reasonable. With backstops from the EU and IMF, international investors would be more likely to buy Greek debt. Yet the continuing sell-off in Greek bonds underline that few are willing to hold existing Greek debt—much less buy any newly-issued debt.

The cost to insure against a Greek debt default has recently hit record-highs as seen through Credit Default Swaps, and current sovereign debt ratings imply a 50 percent chance of a Greek default within the coming five years.

A further bailout seems increasingly necessary and likely, but uncertainty over Greece’s ability to repay debts could likewise spread to other at-risk government treasuries.

Spain and Portugal Outlook Uncertain on Funding Needs

The key risk with periphery debt crises has and will always be contagion—will Greece’s troubles affect other periphery nations and even spill into the core through higher bond yields? In absolute terms, bailouts for Greece, Portugal, and Ireland have cost relatively little. Together, the three economies comprise approximately 5 percent of total euro zone Gross Domestic Product. If EMU titans Spain (8.9 percent of GDP) and Italy (12.8 percent of GDP) fall into trouble, however, European coffers may not be able to cope with the required fiscal aid.

The spread between benchmark Spanish and German government bond yields has recently widened to its largest since the inception of the euro—implying that Spain’s relative debt risk is worsening. And though a 10-year Spanish government bond yield of approximately 5.5 percent is low by historical standards, the widening gulf could further exacerbate government deficits. Much the same can be said for Italy. A key question is whether bond troubles in periphery nations can spread to the core, truly threatening the stability of the single currency zone.

Of course, there have been plenty of reasons that the euro has strengthened despite these readily apparent sovereign debt crises.

European Central Bank – Can They Continue to Hike Rates?

Expectations that the European Central Bank will be among the most aggressive central banks in raising interest rates has driven speculative interest in the euro, pushing the price up in the first half of this year. A key question will be whether the ECB will follow through on lofty forecasts and continue to raise interest rates, further supporting the currency.

Robust interest rate forecasts have driven the euro higher against the US Dollar and Japanese Yen—currencies that hold the dubious honor of the two lowest-yielding among the industrialized world.

Overnight Index Swaps, a tool used by major financial institutions to bet on and hedge against interest rate moves, show that traders expect the ECB could raise rates three times through the second half of 2012 in order to head off inflation in the Euro Zone. This compares to forecasts that the US Federal Reserve will leave interest rates roughly unchanged through the same stretch. The Bank of Japan is similarly forecast to leave monetary policy effectively unchanged and to keep Japanese short-term interest rates near zero.

Yet in markets nothing is guaranteed, and indeed we might argue that the euro has seen about all of the yield-linked support it will enjoy. That is to say, it would likely take a material improvement in ECB forecasts (and subsequent rate hikes) to continue driving EUR gains.

Can the European Central Bank continue to set hawkish monetary policy despite clear economic and fiscal struggles in periphery nations? ECB President Jean Claude Trichet has continued to emphasize that the central bank sets policy for the whole of the monetary union and cannot ignore mounting inflationary pressures. Yet with fiscal austerity packages guaranteed across the euro zone, demand-driven inflation could quickly abate and lessen the need for tightened policy.

All else remaining equal, the euro would almost certainly fall on a sharp downgrade in ECB interest rate expectations. Of course, nothing ever remains equal in financial markets and there are a number of mitigating factors that could strongly affect the single currency.

Financial Markets Continue to Drive Currencies

The euro remains a currency closely linked to equities markets, with the EUR/USD tending to rise with stocks, and tending to fall when stocks fall. Further market turmoil could almost certainly derail the recent EUR strength. The correlation between the Euro/US Dollar currency pair and the US Dow Jones Industrial Average has recently been trading near record levels; Dow variation has theoretically explained up to 45 percent of Euro movements. Part of this relationship is the US Dollar’s appeal as the currency of many popular “safe” investments—most notably US Treasury Bonds. On the other side of it, the euro is arguably among the most at-risk assets in financial market upheaval as debt market difficulties could further exacerbate the current European sovereign debt crises.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average limped into the second half of the year, declining for six consecutive trading weeks and posting its worst performance in nearly a decade. It should come as relatively little surprise that especially sharp equities sell-offs forced EURUSD weakness, and indeed a continuation could see the US Dollar further regain ground against its high-flying European counterpart.

Euro in Favorable Long-Term Trend but with Considerable Risks in the Second Half of 2011

The Euro remains well within a decade-long uptrend against the US Dollar, but the medium-term outlook is fraught with risk as doubts remain about euro zone economic and political stability. Of course, the US Dollar is not without its own issues and actual EURUSD price action will depend on a great number of different dynamics.

Whether or not the euro remains in its broader uptrend will greatly depend on developments in sovereign debt crises and market expectations regarding the European Central Bank. It seems that risks generally favor Euro losses, and indeed our forecast remains bearish into the end of 2011.


Gold Approaches Key Support Shift in Appetite to Risk Further Losses


Gold

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Fundamental Forecast for Gold: Bearish

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With risk appetite returning to markets in full force this week, significant gains in equities coupled with the end of the dollar diluting Fed easing policies are likely to see gold remain on the defensive. This week witnessed gold fall 1.17% on the back of the 2.36% drop seen the previous week. The yellow metal now approaches key support at the 100-day moving average at $1475.

Gold’s inability to climb amid weakness in the dollar may be a pre-curser to further losses moving forward. The Dow Jones FXCM Dollar Index (Ticker: USDollar ) declined more than 1.7% this week as improving risk appetite saw traders jettison the greenback for higher-yielding growth-linked assets. Yet the losses in the dollar and advances in the S&P did not translate into gains for gold, suggesting that there may be a fundamental shift away from the metal as an alternate investment. The breakdown of these key correlations continues to suggest gold me be in a technical correction as traders continue seek riskier assets.

With central banks like the ECB now gearing up to raise interest rates in an attempt to combat higher food and energy costs, the long gold anti-inflationary play will begin to lose its luster as sluggish wage growth and higher rates give rise to deflationary concerns. As appetite continues to pick up, gold becomes less of an attractive asset for traders seeking to maximize exposure to higher yielding investments.

However in light of the recent rally seen in equities, one would expect some consolidation ahead of next week’s jam packed global economic docket with rate decisions from the ECB, BOE, and the RBA on tap. The week closes with Friday’s highly anticipated non-farm payroll figures with estimates calling for a read of just 100K after last month’s dismal print of just 54K. If data next week upsets the recent shift in risk sentiment, gold could pair some of the losses seen this week as traders flock to haven assets. However, with central banks moving to curb inflation and interest rates seen on the rise, the metal should remain well anchored with risk weighted to the downside.

A Fibonacci extension taken from the all-time highs on May 2 nd and the June 22 nd peak reveals downside targets below the 100-day moving average at 76.4% extension at 1468, followed by the convergence of the 100% extension and trendline support dating back to July 28 th 2010 at $1440. If the 100-day moving average holds, a rebound sees topside targets at the 50% Fib extension just shy of the $1500 level, backed by $1530.- MB

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Today Market Outlook


Jumat, 24 Juni 2011

MINYAK
Minyak Rebound Setelah Merosot Terkait Rilis IEA

Harga minyak kembali pulih lebih dari 1 dollar setelah anjlok disesi sebelumnya terkait berita adanya pelepasan persediaan cadangan minyak mentah untuk ke 3 kalinya. Harga minyak mentah As menguat $1.17 menjadi $92.19/ barel. International Energy Agency atau IEA mengumumkan pada hari Kamis bahwa badan tersebut akan menambah persediaan minyak mentah dunia sebanyak 2.5% untuk bulan depan dan membawa harga turun, dengan harga minyak AS menghapus penguatan tahun ini.

EMAS
Harga Emas Masih Kuat

Spot emas naik $2.80 di Asia menjadi $1,523.50/ons, pulih dari pelemahan di hari Kamis (23/06) terkait penguatan USD. National Australia Bank telah merevisi perkiraan spot emas untuk kuartal dua tahun 2011 menjadi rata-rata $1,497 dari perkiraan di bulan Mei di $1,450, sementara untuk kuartal ketiga meningkat menjadi $1,467 dari $1,450 di bulan Mei. NAB meningkatkan fokus pada pasar komoditi akibat adanya kemungkinan kegagalan masalah hutang Yunani. Bank tidak merubah perkiraannya  dan masih memprediksi mengenai merosotnya harga dua tahun mendatang. “Diperkirakan harga akan sedikit menurun selama periode ini, permintaan diperkirakan akan terus meningkat bersamaan dengan stabilnya akumulasi oleh bank sentral dan melonjaknya permintaan untuk perhiasan terkait meningkatnya pendapatan di Cina dan India,” katanya.

EUR/USD
Euro Bersiap Turun 3 Kali Pekan Ini

Euro telah bersiap untuk mengalami kejatuhan sebanyak 3 kali dalam seminggu terhadap dollar AS, pelemahan terlamanya dalam 4 bulan, sebelum para pimpinan Uni Eropa akan mencapai kesepatakan di Brussels hari ini terkait pendanaan hutang untuk Yunani. “Dalam perkiraan selama 6 bulan saya melihat level-level penurunan pada Euro”, dikatakan Michael McCarthy, seorang pimpinan market strategist dari CMC Markets. “Untuk situasi Yunani, salah satu masalah untuk pasar bahwa pemecahan masalah akan berlangsung beberapa bulan dan tahun untuk dilakukan”. Euro diperdagangkan di level $1.4263 di Tokyo dari sebelumnya $1.4256 di New York kemarin, bersiap untuk menyambut kejatuhannya 0.3% dalam mingguannya. Mata uang tersebut sempat berada di 114.680 Yen dari sebelumnya 114.78 Yen. Dollar As berada di level 80.54 Yen dari sebelumnya 80.51 Yen, bersiap untuk kenaikan 0.6% minggu ini.

HANGSENG
Bursa Hong Kong Naik; Debut Prada Positif

Bursa saham Hong Kong naik pada awal perdagangan hari Jumat, dengan saham penerbangan yang naik tajam mengikuti aksi jual kontrak minyak mentah semalam, dan saham Prada spA mendapat penguatan dalam perdagangan perdananya. Indeks Hang Seng melaju 0.5% ke 21,876.99, sementara indeks Hang Seng Cina naik 1.1% ke level 12,196.00. Sentimen secara umum tertolong oleh berita kesepakatan bantuan untuk Yunani, tetapi saham penerbangan masih bertahan kuat, reli akibat dari anjloknya harga minyak mentah. China Eastern Airlines Corp menguat 4.4%, Air China Ltd naik 4.2% dan Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd bertambah 1.8%. Prada bergerak naik di perdagangan perdananya, naik 0.3% walau saham tersebut telah diperdagangkan melemah di luar bursa menjelang peluncurannya. Sementara indeks Shanghai sendiri naik 0.1% di awal perdagangan.

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Weekly Market Outlook 20 – 25 Juni 2011


Market Outlook 20 – 25 Juni 2011

15 dari 23 pedagang, investor, dan analis yang disurvei oleh Bloomberg mengatakan Komoditi Emas akan naik minggu ini. Komoditi Emas naik sebesar 7,5% tahun ini, mencapai harga tertingginya di $1,577.60/troy ounce pada tanggal 2 Mei 2011, karena investor mencari logam mulia sebagai perlindungan kekayaan terhadap kenaikan inflasi dan penurunan nilai mata uang.
Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes, RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) pada 21 Juni 2011 pukul 08:30 WIB akan membahas kondisi ekonomi yang mempengaruhi keputusan mereka dalam menentukan tingkat suku bunga kedepan. Hasil yang positif akan men-support Aussie.

German ZEW Economic Sentiment dan German Ifo Business Climate Level indeks gabungan berdasarkan survei investor dan analis institusi Jerman, dan Level indeks gabungan terhadap manufaktur, bangunan, grosir dan pengecer. Laporan keduanya bulan ini di prediksi mengalami penurunan.

Existing Home Sales Jumlah bangunan yang terjual per tahun kecuali konstruksi yang baru di Amerika Serikat diprediksi akan mengalami penurunan, sebesar 4.83M, dari 5.05M. Apabila pada 21 Juni 2011 di rilis di bawah 4.83M, maka akan berdampak negatif bagi Dollar.

Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting minutes, Bank of England (BOE) Pada tgl 22 Juni 2011 akan mengadakan pertemuan mengenai kebijakan moneter, yang mempengaruhi keputusan mereka dalam menentukan tingkat suku bunga kedepan. Hasil yang positif akan menguntungkan Sterling.

FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) Statement Bank sentral Amerika Serikat pada tgl 22 Juni 2011 akan menyampaikan pernyataannya mengenai ekonomi Amerika, di barengi dengan penetapan tingkat suku bunga  pada Federal Funds Rate. dilanjutkan dengan FOMC Press Conference. Diprediksi The Fed tetap mempertahankan tingkat suku bunga di bawah 0.25%.

Inflation Report Hearings, Gubernur BOE (Bank of England) dan beberapa anggota MPC (Monetary Policy Committee) Pada tanggal 23 Juni 2011 akan menyampaikan testimoni mengenai inflasi. Pernyataan yang optomistik akan berdampak positif bagi Poundsterling.

New Home Sales. 

Jumlah rumah baru yang terjual di Amerika Serikat yang akan di rilis pada tgl 23 Juni 2011, di prediksi mengalami penurunan tipis, sebesar 311.000, dari 323.000. Apabila di rilis di bawah 311.000 maka akan berdampak negatif bagi Dollar.

BOE (Bank of England) Gov King Speaks, Gubernur Bank of England – Mervyn King Akan menyampaikan pidatonya pada 24 Juni 2011 pukul 16:30 WIB mengenai kebijakan moneter Inggris. Pernyataan yang optimistik akan menguntungkan Poundsterling.

Untuk indikator ekonomi global pada minggu ini tidak banyak rilis data ekonomi global yang penting, namun pengumuman suku bunga the Fed pada Rabu malam nanti akan jadi perhatian besar pasar, walau kemungkinan masih akan bertahan rate-nya. Secara umum agenda rilis data ekonomi yang kiranya perlu diperhatikan investor minggu ini, adalah:

Dari kawasan Amerika: Berupa rilis data Existing Home Sales pada Selasa malam; kemudian pengumuman Federal Funds Rate yang keumungkinan besar bertahan di level 0.25% pada Rabu tengah malam; berlanjut dengan rilis New Home Sales serta rilis tenaga kerja Unemployment Claims mingguan yang biasa menjadi perhatian pasar pada Kamis malam; terakhir adalah Core Durable Goods Orders pada Jumat malam.

o Dari kawasan Inggris dan Eropa: berupa pengumuman German ZEW Economic Sentiment pada Selasa sore; serta German Ifo Business Climate di waktu Jumat petang.

Minggu lalu di Pasar Forex Nilai tukar mata uang dollar mengalami penguatan secara umum lebih di akibatkan melemahnya mata uang Euro di minggu yang kedua, di tengah menguatirkannya situasi menuju ‘default’ untuk Yunani.

Index dollar terpantau naik ke level 75.445 dari yang pernah di 73’an.
Minggu yang lalu Euro terus melemah di minggu yang kedua oleh situasi makin terkungkungnya perekonomian Yunani, yang kemudian rebound di akhir minggu dengan EUR/USD bertengger di level 1.4305. Untuk minggu ini market range-nya akan berada antara resistance pada 1.4690 dan 1.4940, sedangkan level support di 1.4253 dan kemudian pada 1.3970.

Poundsterling Pada minggu lalu juga terkoreksi terhadap dollar, walau tidak setajam Euro, dan berakhir di level 1.6177. Untuk minggu ini, level Resistance terdekat pada 1.6548 dan kemudian 1.6747, sedangkan Support kalau tembus 1.6059 akan berada pada 1.5932 dan kemudian 1.5752.
Untuk USD/JPY Secara umum minggu lalu melemah terbatas dan ditutup di 80.01, pasar di minggu ini berada di antara Resistance pada 82.27 dan 85.59, serta Support level pada 78.82.

Sementara itu Aussie dollar terpantau seminggu lewat menguat terbatas yang berakhir di 1.0617. Range minggu ini masih di antara resistance 1.0887 dan 1.10 sementara support level di 1.0440 dan 1.0288.

Untuk pasar di Stock Index Futures pada minggu lalu di regional Asia masih terus melorot di minggunya yang ketujuh secara umum, tertekan oleh kekuatiran akan sentiment situasi ekonomi di Yunani dan Eropa.

Indeks Nikkei sementara ini masih tetap konsolidasi, berakhir di 9375. Rentang pasar saat ini antara level resistance di 10300 dan kemudian ke level 10875, serta support pada level 9360 dan lalu 8370. Sementara itu,
Indeks Hangseng Berjangka di Hongkong minggu lalu ditutup melemah tajam ke level 21609. Minggu ini masih berada dalam range level resistance di 22617 dan berikutnya 23785, sementara support-nya di 21026 serta 20250.

Bursa saham Wall Street minggu lalu masih sempat melemah namun rebound di akhir pekannya untuk menahan lanjutan pelemahan terpanjang sejak 2008, diwarnai dengan concern global terhadap ancaman resesi baru dunia.

Dow Jones Industrial berakhir di level 12004.30; saat ini dalam range resistance terdekat level 12573 dan kemudian 12876, sementara support di level 11566 dan pada 10950.

Index S&P 500 minggu lalu naik sedikit naik ke level 1271.50. Berikutnya, maka market range-nya akan berada di antara resistance level 1296 dan 1345, sementara level support berada di 1250 dan 1170.

Untuk Pasar Emas Minggu lalu terpantau menanjak terbatas di tengah munculnya kekuatiran ancaman resesi atas perekonomian global, dan berakhir di $1538.45/troy ounce, sesuai presdiksi sebelumnya. Untuk minggu ini Emas di perkirakan dengan bertahap masih berpeluang menguat kembali oleh kenaikan demand dan safe haven, dengan rentang berada antara Resistance pada $1574 dan $1580, sementara Support ada di $1460 serta berikut $1410/troy ounce. Di Indonesia, harga emas terpantau sedikit menguat di tengah terkoreksinya rupiah, ditutup di akhir pekan pada Rp 424,600

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Kompromi Masalah Yunani Selamatkan Aussie


Sabtu, 18 Juni 2011 02:08 WIB
TODAY’S ANALYSIS FOREX

Dollar Australia menghentikan penurunan 2 hari berturut-turut pada hari Jumat setelah Kanselir Jerman Angela Merkel sepakat untuk berkompromi dan bekerja sama dengan European Central Bank dalam mengupayakan paket bailout baru untuk Yunani, yang memulihkan permintaan untuk aset beresiko.

Aussie juga berhasil mencatat kenaikan mingguan terbesar dalam satu bulan terhadap mata uang AS pasca produktivitas industri China dilaporkan meningkat.
“Jerman telah melunak dan mereka tidak akan secara resmi meminta kontribusi pihak swasta untuk Yunani, sehingga kita dapat melihat sentimen terhadap resiko mulai membaik,” kata Charles St-Arnaud, abalis forex pada Nomura Holdings Inc. di New York. “Apresiasi Dollar Australia minggu ini lebih disebabkan oleh faktor pertumbuhan di China yang nampaknya tidak melambat secepat yang telah diperkirakan.”
Produktivitas sektor industri China meningkat sebesar 13,3% pada bulan lalu, yang melampaui perkiraan para ekonom, disertai penjualan ritel yang naik 16,9%, menurut laporan biro statistik. Indeks harga konsumen juga mencatat kenaikan 5,5% persen, yang sesuai ekspektasi pasar.
Sementara perbankan telah diperintahkan untuk menyisihkan lebih banyak uang sebagai cadangan.
Namun penguatan mata uang negara Pasifik Selatan yang ber-yield lebih tinggi ini nampaknya masih akan terbatas seiring data AS yang lebih lemah dari perkiraan mendorong spekulasi bahwa pemulihan pada ekonomi terbesar di dunia itu tengah goyah.
Saat ini AUD/USD diperdagangkan pada kisaran $1.0615 atau sekitar 0,5% lebih tinggi dibandingkan harga pembukaan hari Jumat.
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Saturday, June 18, 2011 2:08 pm
TODAY’S FOREX ANALYSIS

The Australian dollar stopped down 2 days in a row on Friday after German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to compromise and cooperate with the European Central Bank in seeking a new bailout package for Greece, which restore the demand for risky assets.
Aussie also has recorded the biggest weekly gain in a month against the U.S. currency after China was reported to increase industrial productivity.

“Germany has softened and they would not formally ask for a private party for Greece, so we can see the sentiment against the risk of getting better,” said Charles St-Arnaud, abalis forex at Nomura Holdings Inc. in New York. “The appreciation of the Australian dollar this week was driven more by growth factors in China that do not seem to slow down as quickly as anticipated.”

Productivity of China’s industrial sector increased by 13.3% in the last month, which exceeded expectations of economists, with retail sales rising 16.9%, according to the statistics bureau report. The consumer price index also recorded an increase of 5.5% percent, which according to market expectations.

While banks have been instructed to set aside more money as reserves.
However, strengthening the currency of South Pacific countries that had higher yield this still seems to be limited as U.S. data weaker than expected prompted speculation that the recovery of the world’s largest economy was being shaken.

Currently AUD / USD traded at $ 1.0615, or about 0.5% higher than the opening price on Friday.


Gagal Mengatasi Krisis Eropa


Euro Gagal Atasi Krisis Hutang Yunani

Euro melemah secara luas pada hari Rabu setelah para menteri zona Euro gagal mencapai kesepakatan mengenai cata mengatasi krisis hutang Yunani, ditambah peringatan Moody’s atas potensin downgrade pada bank-bank besar Perancis. Meningkatnyab keengganan investor terhadap aset beresiko yang dipicu krisis hutang terus menekan euro turun sebanyak 1,5% pada perdagangan hari Rabu.

Analis mengatakan bahwa aksi mogok nasional di Yunani untuk menentang langkah penghematan juga terus menekan Euro bergerak lebih rendah,
sedangkan pembahasan yang sedang berlangsung mengenai rencana bantuan hutang kian memperkuat kemungkinan penyebaran masalah hutang ke negara
zona Euro lainnya. Pertemuan para menteri keuangan zona Euro pada hari Selasa lalu telah gagal untuk mencapai kesepakatan tentang bagaimana keterlibatan investor swasta pemegang obligasi Yunani dalam pembiayaan paket bailout baru. Keprihatinan investor diperburuk oleh peringatan dari lembaga pemeringkat Moody’s yang mengatakan tengah meninjau ulang peringkat BNP Paribas SA, bank terbesar Perancis, serta Societe Generale SA dan Credit Agricole SAn terkait eksposur mereka terhadap hutang Yunani.

Klaim Pengangguran Mengecewakan Pound

Sterling anjlok di hari Rabu pasca data tenaga kerja Inggris menunjukkan jumlah klaim pengangguran Inggris bertambah sebanyak 19,600 di bulan Mei, dua kali lipat perkiraan kenaikan sebesar 7,000 dan kenaikan terbesar sejak Juli 2009, sementara pertumbuhan upah melambat menguatkan pandangan suku bunga akan tetap bertahan di tahun 2011.

Bagaimanapun, disaat bersamaan ILO juga merilis angka tingkat pengangguran yang sesuai ekspektasi masih bertahan pada 7,7% dalam periode Februari-April, turun dari 7,9% yang tercatat dalam periode November-Januari. “Para pembuat kebijakan harus dapat menerima kenyataan bahwa laju inflasi pada upah masih terkendali. Dan dengan data seperti itu, maka Bank of England nampaknya benar-benar tidak perlu menaikkan suku bunga dalam waktu dekat,” kata Alan Clarke, ekonom Scotia Capital.

Apresiasi Franc Akan Desak SNB Pertahankan Suku Bunga.

Lonjakan Franc Swiss ke level rekor mungkin akan memaksa presiden bank sentral Philipp Hildebrand untuk tetap mempertahankan suku bunga mendekati nol hingga kuartal berikutnya. Swissy telah mencatat kenaikan sebesar 3,5% pada bulan lalu, yang mendorong para ekonom dari Bank of America Merrill Lynch, UBS AG dan Julius Baer Group Ltd untuk menggeser ekspektasi mereka terhadap kenaikan suku bunga menjadi pada pertemuan bulan September.
Berdasarkan hasil survey terhadap 26 ekonom, Swiss National Bank diperkirakan akan mempertahankan suku bunga acuan tidak berubah pada 0,25% dalam
pertemuan hari Kamis. Para pembuat kebijakan SNB khawatir jika apresiasi mata uang yang berlebihan akan melukai eksportir seperti produsen jam Swatch Group AG dengan tingginya tekanan harga bahan bakar. Sementara bank-bank sentral mulai dari Frankfurt hingga ke Stockholm telah mulai memperketat kendali moneter, Hildebrand justru menganggap Franc sebagai  sebuah “beban” dan memperkirakan pertumbuhan ekonomi akan melemah.

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Failed to Overcome Debt Crisis Euro Greece

The euro fell broadly on Wednesday after the euro zone ministers failed to reach agreement on cata overcome the debt crisis of Greece, plus warnings on potensin Moody’s downgrade of large banks in France. Meningkatnyab investor aversion to risky assets that triggered the debt crisis continues to push the euro down as much as 1.5% in trading Wednesday.

Analysts said that a national strike in Greece to oppose austerity measures also continue to push the Euro to move lower, while the ongoing discussion about increasing debt relief plan to strengthen the possibility of distributing debt issues to other euro zone countries. Meeting of euro zone finance ministers on Tuesday failed to reach agreement on how the involvement of private investors bondholders Greece in the financing of new bailout package. Investor concerns are exacerbated by a warning from Moody’s rating agency that said it is reviewing ratings BNP Paribas SA, France’s largest bank, and Societe Generale SA and Credit Agricole SAN their exposure to debt related to Greece.

Unemployment Claims Disappointing Pound

Sterling tumbled on Wednesday after data showed the number of UK workforce jobless claims increased by 19.600 in the UK in May, double the estimated increase of 7.000 and the biggest gain since July 2009, while wage growth slowed reinforce the view interest rates will persist in 2011 .

However, at the same time the ILO has also released the corresponding unemployment rate expectations remained at 7.7% in February-April period, down from 7.9% recorded in the period from November to January. “Policy makers should be able to accept the fact that the rate of inflation on wages are still under control. And with such data, the Bank of England seems to really do not need to raise interest rates anytime soon, “said Alan Clarke, economist at Scotia Capital.

Appreciation Franc Will Urge Preserve SNB Interest Rate.

Swiss franc surges to record levels may force the central bank president Philipp Hildebrand to keep interest rates near zero until the next quarter. Swissy has recorded an increase of 3.5% last month, prompting economists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, UBS AG and Julius Baer Group Ltd. to shift their expectations of higher interest rates to be at a meeting in September.
Based on the results of a survey of 26 economists, the Swiss National Bank expected to keep benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0.25% in Thursday’s meeting. SNB policy makers worried that excessive currency appreciation would hurt exporters such as manufacturers of Swatch Group AG by the high pressure fuel prices. While central banks from Frankfurt to Stockholm has begun to tighten monetary control, Hildebrand actually considers franc as a “burden” and predicted economic growth would weaken.


Commodity Update


Kegagalan Menaikkan Batas Hutang AS Beresiko Buruk Bagi Pasar
Gubernur Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke pada hari Selasa memperingatkan bahwa kegagalan untuk menaikkan batas limit hutang pemerintah yang saat ini ada pada 14.3 triliun dollar dapat berpotensi mengakibatkan AS kehilangan kredibilitas. Bernanke mengatakan dengan tidak adanya resolusi cepat untuk mengatasi batas hutang, AS dapat kehilangan peringkat hutang AAA miliknya, sementara status dollar sebagai reserve mungkin akan terancam. “Bahkan penundaan sementara dalam pembayaran obligasi pemerintah atau bunganya
dapat mengakibatkan gangguan pada pasar keuangan dan sistem pembayaran,” ucap Bernanke dalamm persiapan event yang disponsori Committee untuk Responsible Federal Budget. Tidak adanya tindakan yang diambil juga dapat “menciptakankeraguan fundamental mengenai kredibilitas AS serta merusak peran dollar dan oblgasi di pasar global untuk jangka panjang,” tambah Bernanke.

Kecemasan Inflasi Angkat Emas
Emas naik untuk ditutup di atas $1,524 pada hari Selasa, mengakhiri penurunan selama 2 hari berturut-turut, terdorong oleh meningkatnya tekanan inflasi di Cina dan kenaikan tajam pada komoditas industri terutama minyak mentah dan tembaga. Data Cina menunjukkan laju inflasi berada dalam level tercepat dalam hampir selama 3 tahun, sementara penjualan ritel AS turun kurang dari perkiraan. “Kecemasan yang lebih buruk terhadap data ekonomi telah diantisipasi. Selera resiko menguat dipasar, dan sebagian mengalir menuju emas,” ucap Bill O’Neill, partner pada LOGIC Advisors. Emas menguat seiring inflasi di Cina dan India bertambah cepat di bulan Mei, memicu Beijing untuk menaikkan persyaratan modal perbankan dan mendesak India untuk menaikkan tingkat suku bunga pekan ini setelah pertumbuhan di dua negara besar di Asia ini
menunjukkan tanda perlambatan.

Data Ekonomi AS dan Cina Lambungkan Minyak Ke Atas $98
Harga minyak naik pada hari Selasa dan minyak brent menyentuh level tertinggi dalam lebih dari 5 pekan setelah data Cina dan AS mengindikasikan kokohnya perekonomian global, meredakan kecemasan atas berkurangnya tingkat permintaan minyak mentah. Kenaikan minyak brent melebihi minyak mentah di awal sesi dan mendorong selisih antara brent dan minyak mentah ke rekor tinggi diatas $22 per barel, sebelum kembali turun. Gangguan suplai minyak mentah di Libya dan Nigeria dan ketatnya pengiriman di North Sea menjaga penguatan minyak brent. “Ada indikasi data ekonomi AS akan mulai membaik bulan depan, dan jika kita melihat data penjualan ritel, terkecuali sektor otomotif yang
terpukul akibat gempa bumi Jepang, sebetulnya naik 0.3%,” ucap Amrita Sen, analis minyak pada Barclays Capital. Wall Street yang ikut pulih akibat data Cina
dan AS juga menambah sentimen positif minyak.

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Failure to Raise the U.S. Debt Limit Bad For Market Risk

Federal Reserve Governor Ben Bernanke on Tuesday warned that failure to raise the limit on government debt that currently exist at 3.14 trillion U.S. dollars may potentially result in loss of credibility. Bernanke said that with no quick resolution to address the debt limit, the U.S. could lose its AAA debt rating, while the dollar as a reserve status may be threatened. “Even the temporary delays in the payment of government bonds or interest thereon may cause disruption in financial markets and payment system,” Bernanke said dalamm preparatory event sponsored Committee for Responsible Federal Budget. The lack of action taken can also be “fundamental menciptakankeraguan about U.S. credibility and damage to the dollar and oblgasi role in the global market for the long term,” Bernanke added.

Inflation Fears Lift Gold

Gold rose to close above $ 1.524 on Tuesday, ending a decline for 2 days in a row, driven by rising inflationary pressures in China and a sharp rise in industrial commodities, especially crude oil and copper. Chinese data show the rate of inflation is the fastest level in almost 3 years, while U.S. retail sales fell less than expected. “Anxiety is worse on the economic data have been anticipated. Tastes stronger market risk, and some flowed into gold,” said Bill O’Neill, partner at LOGIC Advisors. Gold rose as inflation in China and India grow rapidly in May, sparked by Beijing to raise capital requirements for banks and urged India to raise interest rates this week after growth in two major countries in Asia is showing signs of slowing.

U.S. Economic Data and catapulted China to top $ 98 Oil

Oil prices rose on Tuesday and Brent oil touched its highest level in more than 5 weeks after China and U.S. data indicate kokohnya global economy, relieve the anxiety of the reduced level of demand for crude oil. The increase exceeded Brent crude oil at the beginning of the session and encourage the difference between the Brent and crude oil to a record high above $ 22 per barrel, before heading back down. Crude oil supply disruptions in Nigeria and Libya and the tight delivery in North Sea Brent oil to maintain reinforcement. “There are indications that U.S. economic data is beginning to occur next month, and if we look at retail sales data, including the automotive sector is hit by the earthquake Japan, actually rose 0.3%,” said Amrita Sen, oil analyst at Barclays Capital. Wall Street is part of China recover from data and U.S. oil also adds a positive sentiment.


Debt crisis overshadowed Euro Appreciation


Krisis Hutang Bayangi Apresiasi Euro

Euro dan mata uang ber-yield lebih tinggi diperdagangkan menguat pada Selasa, seiring pulihnya risk appetite pasca serangkaian data China mampu meredakan kecemasan melambatnya pertumbuhan global, begitu juga kenaikan persyaratan cadangan perbankan China. Meskipun begitu, trader menilai euro tetap berpotensi didera sell on rallies mengingat masih adanya kecemasan krisis hutang Yunani dan ketidakpastian rencana keterlibatan sektor swasta. Inflasi Cina melambung ke level tertinggi dalam 34 bulan, dan langkah bank sentral China menaikkan persyaratan cadangan bank sebesar 50 basis poin, menurut analis merupakan sebuah skenario dari pemerintah China dalam meredam laju ekonomi secara perlahan. Hal tersebut dapat mengangkat sentimen terhadap resiko dalam jangka pendek, yang ditunjukkan dengan kenaikan solid pada saham-saham Eropa dan AS. Pada hari yang sama, menteri keuangan zona Euro berdiskusi guna membahas bagaimana keterlibatan investor swasta pemegang obligasi Yunani dalam paket pinjaman ke-2 untuk Yunani menjelang batas waktu kesepakatan pada 20 Juni mendatang.

 

Kenaikan Pound Beresiko

Sterling menguat versus Dollar AS yang tengah berjuang untuk pulih di hari Selasa, namun apresiasi sterling justru memperbesar resiko terjadinya aksi jual mengingat data inflasi Inggris mengikis kepercayaan investor akan adanya kenaikan suku bunga oleh Bank of England dalam waktu dekat. Inflasi tingkat konsumen di Inggris tumbuh dengan laju 4,5% pada tingkat tahunan di bulan Mei, bertahan di level tinggi 2½- tahun dan jauh lebih tinggi dari target BoE pada 2%. Namun para analis menilai jika angka tersebut belum cukup untuk mendesak BoE menaikkan suku bunga dari rekor rendah 0,5% dalam beberapa bulan ke depan, meski BoE berulang kali memperingatkan adanya resiko inflasi dapat mencapai 5% sebelum kembali mereda. Posisi Sterling akan semakin tertekan untuk beberapa bulan kedepan, seiring bank-bank sentral besar seperti European Central Bank diprediksi akan kembali menaikkan suku bunganya, sementara QE2 Fed akan segera berakhir.

 

Data AS Bantu Dollar Memperdayai Yen
Dollar AS berbalik menekan Yen Jepang dan memangkas penurunan terhadap sebagian besar mata uang lainnya pada hari Selasa pasca terjadi lonjakan pada data inflasi AS dan penurunan angka penjualan ritel AS yang kurang dari perkiraan. Data menunjukkan kenaikan terbesar sejak 2008 pada harga produsen tahunan AS, mengangkat yield obligasi dan menambah daya tarik Greenback. Euro dan mata uang ber-yield tinggi lainnya yang sempat menguat pada awal sesi harus melepas gain terhadap dollar pasca data dirilis.
“Bagusnya data AS pada awalnya mendukung resiko, tetapi sekarang Dollar terlihat mulai menguat terhadap semua mata uang,” kata Kathy Lien, direktur
riset pada GFT Forex di New York. Penjualan Ritel AS pada bulan Mei merosot untuk pertama kalinya dalam 11 bulan terakhir akibat penerimaan dealer mobil yang turun tajam. Namun penurunan penjualan ritel itu masih lebih sedikit dibandingkan estimasi. Sementara Inflasi Harga Produsen AS untuk tingkat tahunan melonjak jauh di atas ekspektasi. “Data seimbang dan layak, sehingga mendorong yield naik dan diikuti oleh Dollar terhadap Yen,” kata Omer Esiner, kepala analis pasar Commonwealth Foreign Exchange di Washington.

 

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Debt crisis overshadowed Euro Appreciation

Euro and the currency had traded higher yields rose on Tuesday, as the recovery in risk appetite of China’s post-series data can relieve anxiety slowing global growth, as well as the increase in China’s banking reserve requirements. Even so, traders assess the euro still has the potential to sell on rallies suffered due to the presence of anxiety and uncertainty Greek debt crisis plan for private sector involvement. Chinese inflation soared to its highest level in 34 months, and the steps China’s central bank raised bank reserve requirements by 50 basis points, according to analysts is a scenario of the Chinese government in reducing the rate of the economy gradually. It can lift sentiment toward risk in the short term, as indicated by a solid rise in European stocks and U.S.. On the same day, discussing the Euro zone finance ministers to discuss how the involvement of private investors in the Greek bondholders 2nd loan package to Greece before the time limit agreed on 20 June.

Pound Increase Risk

Sterling strengthened versus the U.S. dollar is struggling to recover on Tuesday, but the appreciation of sterling would increase the risk of indiscriminate selling as data for UK inflation will erode investor confidence in the existence of interest rate hikes by the Bank of England in the near future. UK consumer inflation rate grew at a rate of 4.5% at an annual rate in May, remained at a high level of 2 ½ – year and much higher than the BoE target at 2%. But analysts assess if the number is not enough to urge the BoE to raise interest rates from a record low 0.5% in the months ahead, although the BoE has repeatedly warned of the risk of inflation could reach 5% before returning to subside. Sterling will be increasingly depressed position for a few months ahead, as the major central banks like the European Central Bank is expected to again raise interest rates, while the QE2 Fed will soon end.

U.S. Data Help Dollar Yen deceptive

U.S. Dollar Japanese Yen turned press and trim decline against most other currencies on Tuesday after going spike in U.S. inflation data and the decline in U.S. retail sales figures are less than expected. Data showed the largest increase since 2008 in the annual U.S. producer price, lifting bond yield and add interest greenback. Euro and currencies were other high yield which was strengthened in the early session gains against the dollar should be released after the data was released.
“Good U.S. data initially support the risk, but it now looks dollar began to strengthen against all currencies,” said Kathy Lien, director
research at GFT Forex in New York. U.S. Retail Sales in May declined for the first time in 11 months from receipt of car dealerships fell sharply. But the decline in retail sales was still less than the estimate. While the U.S. Producer Price Inflation to an annual rate soared far above expectations. “Data balanced and reasonable, thus pushing the yield up and followed by the dollar against the yen,” said Omer Esiner, chief market analyst at Commonwealth Foreign Exchange in Washington.


Forex News Update


 

Forex news updateEuro Pulih Ditengah Debat Hutang Yunani
Euro menguat terhadap Dollar AS pada hari Senin, pulih dari penurunan pada awal sesi menyusul aksi short-covering para pedagang memberikan sedikit ruang bagi Euro. Namun perseteruan di antara para pembuat kebijakan masih membatasi gain euro. Para petinggi di Eropa nampaknya masih belum mencapai kesepakatan mengenai rencana keterlibatan investor swasta dalam restrukturisasi hutang Yunani, yang terus diserukan oleh Jerman, meskipun ECB telah  memperingatkan akan potensi gejolak pasar. Sementara investor mulai memangkas peluang kenaikan kembali suku bunga dalam beberapa bulan ke depan, bahkan setelah presiden ECB Jean-Claude Trichet sensinyalkan kemungkinan adanya kenaikan suku bunga pada bulan Juli, mengingat ECB masih mempertahankan proyeksi inflasi 2012 tidak berubah. Teppei Ino, analis mata uang pada Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ di Tokyo, memperkirakan Euro dapat terjatuh kembali ke posisi rendah bulan Mei di $1.3968 seiring krisis hutang zona Euro dan berkurangnya prospek kenaikan suku bunga menjadi fokus pasar.
Poundsterling Optimis Jelang CPI Inggris
Sterling menguat terhadap Dollar AS dan menyentuh level tinggi dalam lebih dari sepekan terhadap euro pada hari Senin, dipicu oleh kecemasan hutang zona Eropa dan antisipasi investor terhadap data inflasi hari Selasa yang diperkirakan menunjukkan kenaikan, kendati kecemasan rapuhnya perekonomian Inggris membuat sterling rentan. Analis teknikal mengatakan pergerakan konstan di bawah MA100 pada $1.6246 akan membawa sterling menuju $1.6055 dan
kemudian $1.6000 yang merupakan MA 200.

CPI tahunan diperkirakan tetap pada 4,5% pada bulan Mei. Hasil rilis di atas level tersebut mungkin akan memberikan dorongan bagi Cable, meskipun menurut analis tidak akan bertahan lama kecuali para investor yakin jika BoE akan merespon dengan menaikkan suku bunga. “Kenaikan inflasi akan mendorong Sterling naik, tapi mungkin hanya akan berumur pendek,” kata Lee McDarby, kepala dealing pada Investec. “Pasar perlu melihat kemajuan pada data sebelum ada pembicaraan mengenai kenaikan tingkat suku bunga.” Sentimen Sterling juga berpotensi terpukul pekan ini seiring data tenaga kerja hari Rabu dan penjualan ritel di hari Kamis dapat menambah kecemasan goyahnya ekonomi Inggris.

Franc Kian Menarik Sebagai Safe-Haven
Franc Swiss menguat terhadap hampir semua mata uang utama setelah belum adanya kesepakatan mengenai bantuan finansial untuk Yunani memicu investor beralih ke aset paling aman di Eropa, dengan yield obligasi Portugal dan Irlandia yang naik menuju rekor tinggi. Sementara SNB diperkirakan akan memutuskan menahan tingkat suku bunga di 0.25% pada pertemuan tanggal 16 Juni mendatang serta tidak mensinyalkan melakukan intervensi untuk membatasi penguatan franc.
“Investor melirik Franc Swiss lebih karena status safe haven-nya,” kata Elizabeth Gregory, analis pasar pada Swissquote Bank SA di Jenewa. “Ketidakpastian masih terus menyelimuti zona Euro, sementara prospek pertumbuhan Swiss nampak cerah. Maka tren penguatan Franc Swiss akan berlanjut.” Pejabat di Eropa menemui jalan buntu mengenai keterlibatan investor swasta dalam restrukturisasi hutang Yunani.

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Euro Recovers Amid Debate Greek Debt

The euro strengthened against the U.S. dollar on Monday, recovering from the decline at the beginning of the session following the action of short-covering by traders give little room for the Euro. But the feud between the policy makers are still limiting the gain euros. European officials has not yet reached agreement on the involvement of private investors plan to restructure debt in Greece, which kept called for by Germany, although the ECB has warned of the potential market turmoil. Meanwhile, investors began to increase in opportunities to cut interest rates again in coming months, even after ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet sensinyalkan possibility of a rate hike in July, given the ECB still retains the 2012 inflation projection unchanged. Teppei Ino, currency analyst at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in Tokyo, estimates that Euro could fall back to a lower position in May at $ 1.3968 as the Euro zone and the debt crisis reduced
the prospect of higher interest rates become the focus of the market.

Optimistic About Coming to the UK pound sterling CPI

Sterling strengthened against the U.S. dollar and touched a high level in more than a week against the euro on Monday, sparked by fears the euro zone debt and investors’ anticipation of Tuesday’s inflation data are expected to show an increase, despite concerns the fragility of the British economy making sterling vulnerable. Technical analysts say the movement is constant under MA100 at $ 1.6246 would bring sterling to $ 1.6055 and
then $ 1.6000 which is the MA 200.
The annual CPI is expected to remain at 4.5% in May. Results release above that level would probably give a boost for Cable, although according to analysts will not last long unless the investors believe that if the BoE will respond by raising interest rates. “The increase in inflation would push Sterling rose, but may only be short-lived,” said Lee McDarby, head of dealing at Investec. “The market needs to see progress on the data before there is talk about rising interest rates.” Sterling sentiment also has the potential to hit this week as the employment data on Wednesday and retail sales on Thursday to increase the anxiety fragile UK economy.

Franc increasingly interesting as the Safe-Haven

Swiss franc strengthened against most major currencies after the lack of agreement on financial aid to Greece triggered investors to switch to the safest assets in Europe, with Portugal and Ireland bond yield which rose to a record high. While the SNB is expected to decide to hold interest rates at 0.25% at the next meeting June 16 and not signaling to intervene to limit the strengthening of franc.
“Investors Swiss Franc glanced over because its safe haven status,” says Elizabeth Gregory, analyst market in Swissquote Bank SA in Geneva. “Uncertainty continues surrounding the Euro zone, while Switzerland‘s growth prospects seem bright. And the Swiss franc strengthened the trend will continue. “Officials at the European impasse regarding the involvement of private investors in the debt restructuring Greece.


Asia Stocks Fall on Growth Outlook; Euro Reaches Month’s Low


EMAS
Dollar AS Mixed, Emas dan Perak Stabil

Spot emas stabil hari Senin, setelah merosot hamper 1% disesi sebelumnya, sementara dollar AS mixed – turun terhadap Euro, naik terhadap sekumpulan mata uang dan libur di Australia, diperkirakan membuat perdagangan berjalan tidak menentu. Spot emas bergerak naik 0.2% ke level $1,532.30. Dollar AS turun 0.1% terhadap dollar AS, naik 0,.05% terhadap sekumpulan mata uang rival. Emas berada dalam tekanan setelah Wall Street melanjutkan kembali kejatuhannya mengikuti lemahnya data perdagangan Cina minggu lalu. Harga perak naik 0.2% ke levekl $36.21 setelah merosot lebih dari 3% hari Jumat.

MINYAK
Minyak Minyak Kikis Kejatuhan, Raih $99.29

Kontrak minyak mentah AS kembali meraih level penutupan hari Jumat dilevel $99.29 per barel di perdagangan elektronik pada hari Senin pagi di Asia, setelah merosot dibawah $98.90. Harga untuk pengiriman bulan Juni berada di level $99.29, hanya 2 sen dibawah harga penutupan New York. Kontrak tersebut telah turun dibawah $100 hari Jumat sebagai pertanda bahwa Arab Saudi mungkin akan menaikkan produksi.

EUR/USD
Euro Diguncang Isu Perpecahan Petinggi Eropa

Euro bergerak tertekan di zona merah di sesi pagi hari Senin setelah merosot terhadap Dollar AS di akhir pekan lalu akibat merebaknya lagi kekhawatiran hutang Yunani serta akibat investor mempertimbangkan kembali ekspektasi terhadap kenaikkan suku bunga Bank Sentral Eropa. Mata uang tunggal ini masih berpotensi melanjutkan penurunan karena pasar kembali terfokus pada kecemasan hutang Yunani, serta simpang siurnya berita mengenai perkembangan proses bailout Yunani yang membingungkan, Pelaku pasar dibingungkan oleh keinginan Jerman agar investor swasta turut berkontribusi pada bailout kedua, namun pihak ECB mengutarakan keengganannya menambah bantuan bagi Yunani. Perpecahan pendapat, visi maupun misi di antara para petinggi zona Euro tersebut telah mengguncang pasar valuta sehingga akan menambah kekhawatiran bahwa krisis dapat berlangsung lebih lama dan akan terus menekan Euro.

NIKKEI
Nikkei Rebound, Abaikan Buruknya “Machinery”

Indeks Nikkei Jepang dibuka merosot dengan gap-down terutama akibat jatuhnya data machinery orders, sinyal perlambatan ekonomi global serta anjloknya saham Toyota Motor setelah buruknya perkiraan pendapatan (earnings).
Data core machinery orders Jepang bulan April diluar perkiraan anjlok ke angka -3.3% dari sbelmunya -2.9% dan jauh dbawah ekspektasi +2.2%. Angka yang buruk ini memberikan sinyal bahwa terganggunya pasokan energi tengah menggerus belanja modal (capital expenditure). Namun setelah merosot, Nikkei kembali rebound terkait investor melakukan short covering dan mengabaikan data karena mereka mulai merasakan mungkin sudah saatnya untuk kembali berinvestasi di Nikkei. Menurut sejumlah trader, rendahnya valuasi saham, digelontorkannya program rekonstruksi $300 miliar, optimisme Bank of Japan, dan munculnya tanda pemulihan aktivitas operasional perusahaan Jepang merupakan alasan untuk mengoleksi saham Jepang.

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GOLD
U.S. Dollar Mixed, Gold and Silver Stable

Spot gold is stable on Monday, after slumping almost 1% disesi before, while the U.S. dollar mixed – fell against the euro, up against a set of currencies and holidays in Australia, is expected to make a trade run is uncertain. Spot gold moved up 0.2% to as low as $ 1,532.30. U.S. Dollar fell 0.1% against the U.S. dollar, up 0, .05% of a set of rival currencies. Gold came under pressure after Wall Street resumed its fall following the weakness of China’s trade data last week. Silver prices rose 0.2% to levekl $ 36.21 after slumping more than 3% on Friday.

OIL
Oils Fall $ 99.29

U.S. crude contract again reached its closing level Friday dilevel $ 99.29 per barrel in electronic trading on Monday morning in Asia, after slumping below $ 98.90. The price for delivery in June at the level $ 99.29, just 2 cents below the closing price in New York. The contract had fallen below $ 100 on Friday as a sign that Saudi Arabia likely will increase production.

EUR / USD
Euro hit by European Officials Split Issues

Euro moves depressed in the red zone in the morning session on Monday after slumping against the U.S. dollar at the end of last week due to another outbreak of the Greek debt concerns and caused investors to reconsider the increase in interest rate expectations for the European Central Bank. The single currency is still potential to continue the decline as the market re-focused on debt worries Greece, and the intersection siurnya news about the development process of confusing the Greek bailout, market actors confused by the German desire for private investors to contribute to the second bailout, but the ECB expressed reluctance to add assistance to Greece. The split opinions, visions and missions among the top brass has rocked the euro zone currency markets so that will add to fears that the crisis may last longer and will continue to push the Euro.

NIKKEI
Nikkei Rebound, Ignore Bad “Machinery”

Japan’s Nikkei index opened with a gap declined mainly due to the fall-down machinery orders data, signal a global economic slowdown and the slump in shares of Toyota Motor after a bad estimate of income (earnings).
Japan’s core machinery orders data in April fell to figure out the estimated -3.3% from -2.9% and far sbelmunya dbawah expectations of +2.2%. These bad figures signal that the disruption of energy supplies was eroded capital expenditure (capital expenditure). But after a slump, the Nikkei rebound related investors to short covering and ignore the data because they begin to feel it may be time to re-invest in the Nikkei. According to some traders, low stock valuations, digelontorkannya $ 300 billion reconstruction program, optimism Bank of Japan, and emerging signs of recovery of the operational activities of Japanese companies is the reason for collecting Japanese stocks.


EUR Rawan Koreksi Lebih Dalam


Jumat, 10 Juni 2011 13:52 WIB
TODAY’S ANALYSIS FOREX

Pasangan mata uang EUR/USD anjlok hari ini akibat investor Eropa memicu stop-loss selling orders pada level 1.4487. EUR sempat menyentuh 1.4465, kemudian saat ini diperdagangkan pada 1.4479.

Sikap pemodal Eropa dipengaruhi oleh komentar dari Jean-Claude Trichet kemarin. ECB memberi sinyak kenaikan suku bunga pada bulan Juli depan. “EUR/USD bergerak dalam prinsip buy the rumor and sell on fact,” ujar seorang senior dealer bank di Tokyo. Setelah komentar suku bunga, pasar menanti pernyataan ECB soal hutang Yunani. Sikap ECB bisa mempengaruhi tingkat kecemasan pasar terhadap isu lama ini. EUR/USD berpeluang anjlok ke 1.4450, sementara EUR/JPY bertengger di 115.91 dan rentan menuju 115.50.
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EUR Prone In-Depth Correction
Friday, June 10, 2011 13:52 pm

TODAY’S FOREX ANALYSIS

Currency pair EUR / USD fell today due to European investors selling triggered stop-loss orders at 1.4487 level. EUR had touched 1.4465, and is currently trading at 1.4479.

The attitude of European investors are influenced by comments from Jean-Claude Trichet yesterday. ECB gives sinyak rate hike in July next. “EUR / USD moves in principle to buy the rumor and sell on fact,”said a senior bank dealer in Tokyo. After the comments in interest rates, market awaits ECB statement about Greek debt. ECB’s attitude can affect the level of market anxiety on the issue recently. EUR / USD likely to fall to 1.4450, while EUR / JPY at 115.91 and vulnerable perched towards 115.50.


Market Today Outlook


MINYAK

Diterjang Sentimen Beragam, Minyak Lemah

 Harga minyak mentah Amerika Serikat (AS) pada awal hari Rabu (08/06) berada dalam kisaran terendah 1-bulan. Kinerja minyak menyusul penurunan persediaan AS yang dirilis lebih besar dibanding perkiraan. Pasar kini tengah memperkirakan apakah OPEC akan menaikkan target produksi. Harga minyak di NYMEX naik 54 sen ke level $99.63 per barel, setelah sempat naik 8 sen ke level $99.09 per barel. Para investor memperkirakan OPEC menaikkan tingkat produksi hanya untuk mengejar output di atas target atau memberi sinyal penambahan output sebenarnya dan bukan hanya berdasarkan target. Pemerintah AS hari Selasa menaikkan perkiraan permintaan minyak mentah dunia untuk 2011, mengingat Jepang dan negara lain akan memerlukan lebih banyak minyak mentah untuk keperluan tenaga listrik. Hal ini menambah tekanan bagi OPEC menaikkan produksi.

EMAS

Emas Nantikan Keputusan ECB

Emas turun terkait pasar menunggu hasil pertemuan Bank Sentral Eropa di hari Kamis (09/06). Spot emas di kisaran $1,541/troy ons, turun $4.30 dari penutupan pasar New York. Kenaikan suku bunga dapat membantu penguatan EUR/USD; komoditi yang berbasis USD, diantaranya logam mulia. Investor memegang mata uang lain  saat dollar melemah. Emas sempat dibuka menguat, menyentuh level tinggi di $1,546.39/ons setelah pimpinan Federal Reserve, Bernanke memberi komentar mengenai kondisi ekonomi AS di hari Selasa (07/06). Namun sampai adanya kejelasan mengenai kenaikan suku bunga Eropa, emas tampaknya  akan terus berada di kisaran level sat ini, menurut trader yang bermarkas di Singapura. “Penguatan emas pagi ini disebabkan komentar Bernanke di hari Selasa, namun emas saat ini kembali melemah dan tampaknya pasar  tidak akan bergerak lebih tinggi,” katanya.

AUD/USD

Aussie Turun Meski Data kuat

 Aussie sedikit melemah meski data pinjaman perumahan yang dirilis biro statistik Australia hari ini menunjukkan kenaikan untuk bulan April. Nilai pinjaman rumah untuk kepemilikan rumah meningkat 6.3%  menjadi 13.8 milyar AUD, sementara angka pinjaman untuk investasi rumah merosot 1.6% menjadi 6.0 milyar AUD. AUD/USD di buka di 1.0719 di perdagangan Asia setelah dirilisnya data perekonomian terakhir yang buruk, mata uang melemah ke 1.0638, lebih dari 80 poin di bawah harga saat di buka. Aussie telah menyentuh level support di 1.0640 dan saat ini berada di kisaran 1.0660. Level support di 1.0627 (level tinggi 17 Mei), 1.0610 dan 1.0592 (level rendah 3 Juni).

NIKKEI

 Nikkei turun 0.4% menjadi 9400 di sesi pagi terkait penguatan yen (USD/JPY 79.81, EUR/JPY 116.98) yang membebani pasar. “Dengan pernyataan dari pimpinan Fed AS, Ben Bernanke mengenai prospek ekonomi AS yang lemah, ada tendensi untuk pelemahan dollar,” kata Yumi Nishimura, analis pasar senior Daiwa Securities. Nikkei berpeluang untuk bergerak di kisaran 9350-9450. 20/33 Topix subindeks melemah terseret pelemahan saham utilities. Tokyo Electric Power turun 6.5% menjadi Y202. Dentsu turun 2.9% menjadi Y2,066 akibat merosotnya penjualan untuk bulan Mei sebanyak 12.1%. Nintendo turun 6.2% menjadi Y16,830. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha naik 4.6% menjadi Y273 akibat kenaikan peringkat oleh UBS menjadi Buy dari Neutral. Mitsubishi UFJ FG naik 0.8% menjadi Y363 dan Sumitomo Mitsui FG naik 0.4% menjadi Y2,285 setelah JPMorgan menaikkan peringkat keduanya menjadi Overweight dari Neutral.

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OIL
Various hit sentiment, Weak Oil

Crude oil prices United States (U.S.) in early Wednesday (06/08) are within the range of 1-month low. Performance of oil following a decline in U.S. inventories released greater than expected. Markets now predict whether OPEC would raise production targets. Oil prices on the NYMEX rose 54 cents to as low as $ 99.63 per barrel, after briefly rose 8 cents to as low as $ 99.09 per barrel. Investors expect OPEC to raise production levels only to pursue the above target or output signals the addition of actual output and not just based on the target. The U.S. government Tuesday to raise world crude oil demand forecast for 2011, as Japan and other countries will require more crude oil for power generation purposes. This added pressure on OPEC to increase production.

GOLD
Gold Look forward to the ECB decision

Gold market related down pending the outcome of the European Central Bank meeting on Thursday (09/06). Spot gold in the range of 1.541 USD / troy ounce, down $ 4.30 from the closing of the New York market. The increase in interest rates to help strengthen the EUR / USD, USD-based commodities, including precious metals. Investors holding other currencies when the dollar weakens. Gold had opened higher, touching a high level at $ 1,546.39 per ounce after the head of the Federal Reserve, Bernanke’s comments about the condition of U.S. economy on Tuesday (07/06). But until there is clarity about the European rate hike, gold will likely continue to be in the range of this sat level, according to traders based in Singapore. “Strengthening of gold this morning due to Bernanke’s comments on Tuesday, but the current gold market again weakened and apparently will not move higher,” he said.

AUD / USD
Aussie Down Despite strong data

The Australian dollar weakened slightly while housing loan data released by the Australian statistics bureau today show a rise for the month of April. Value of home loans for home ownership increased by 6.3% to AUD 13.8 billion, while the number of loans for investment homes dropped 1.6% to 6.0 billion AUD. AUD / USD opened at 1.0719 in Asian trading after the release of the latest bad economic data, currency weakened to 1.0638, more than 80 points below the current price in the open. Aussie has touched the level of support at 1.0640 and is currently in the range of 1.0660. Support level at 1.0627 (May 17 high level), 1.0610 and 1.0592 (low level of June 3).

NIKKEI

Nikkei down 0.4% to 9400 in the morning session related to the strengthening of the yen (USD / JPY 79.81, EUR / JPY 116.98) are weighing on the market. “With the statement from the head of the U.S. Fed, Ben Bernanke about the prospect of a weak U.S. economy, there is a tendency for the weakening dollar,” said Yumi Nishimura, a senior market analyst at Daiwa Securities. Nikkei likely to move in the range of 9350-9450. 20/33 Topix subindeks weakening dragged down shares of utilities. Tokyo Electric Power fell 6.5% to Y202. Dentsu fell 2.9% to Y2, 066 due to slumping sales for the month of May as many as 12.1%. Nintendo fell 6.2% to Y16, 830. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha rose 4.6% to Y273 from the increase ratings by UBS to Buy from Neutral. Mitsubishi UFJ FG rose 0.8% to Y363 and Sumitomo Mitsui FG rose 0.4% to Y2, 285 after JPMorgan raised rating to Overweight from Neutral them.


Koreksi Euro Terbatasi Prospek Suku Bunga


Selasa, 07 Juni 2011 – 09:36 WIB
Koreksi Euro Terbatasi Prospek Suku Bunga

Euro sempat mengalami koreksi lemah setelah salah satu pejabat Jerman menyebutkan bailout kedua Yunani masih belum pasti, namun koreksi penurunan akhirnya dibatasi oleh sentimen positif terhadap prosek suku bunga zona Eropa.

Pada hari Jumat silam petinggi zona Eropa dikabarkan selangkah lebih maju menuju bailout baru untuk Yunani yang menurut media Jerman bisa mencapai lebih dari €100 milyar dan mendorong euro ke level tinggi 1 bulan di $1.4657.
Meskipun demikian, pasar tetap berasumsi Yunani akan memperoleh waktu lebih panjang dalam membayar hutangnya sembari menantikan Presiden ECB Jean-Claude Trichet yang akan mensinyalkan kenaikan suku bunga di bulan Juli pada hari Kamis lusa.
Jika Trichet kembali menggunakan frase “waspada tinggi” dalam menanggapi tekanan inflasi, ini merupakan petunjuk adanya kenaikan suku bunga pada bulan Juli.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011 – 9:36 pm
Corrections constrained Euro Interest Rate Outlook

The euro had experienced weak correction after German officials said one of the two Greek bailout still not sure, but ultimately limited by correction decreased the positive sentiment towards prosek eurozone interest rates.

On Friday the euro zone officials reportedly set a step forward towards a new bailout for Greece which, according to German media could reach more than € 100 billion and pushed the euro to as low as 1-month high at $ 1.4657.

Nevertheless, the market still assumes Greece will have a longer time in paying its debts while waiting for ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet to be signaling higher interest rates in July on Thursday after tomorrow.

If Trichet re-using the phrase “high alert” in response to inflationary pressures, this is an indication of higher interest rates in July.

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Euro Incar Target Lebih Tinggi


Senin, 06 Juni 2011 17:04 WIB
TODAY’S ANALYSIS FOREX

Euro masih diperdagangkan dekat level tinggi 1 bulan terhadap dollar, ditopang oleh ekspektasi redanya krisis utang Yunani dan perbedaan suku bunga. Uni Eropa/IMF telah utarakan paket bailout baru, yang akan gantikan kesepakatan €110 miliar tahun lalu jika Athena jalankan kebijakan penghematan lebih lanjut dan percepat privatisasi. Der Spiegel laporkan bail-out baru mungkin lebih dari €100 miliar. “Harapan segera selesainya krisis Yunani berikan alasan untuk beli euro,” ungkap Kurt Magnus, petinggi Nomura Holdings.

Meski belum ada solusi jangka panjang untuk krisis utang zona-euro, tapi optimisme jelang pertemuan ECB pada hari Kamis berdampak positif terhadap mata uang tunggal Eropa. Aksi beli hedge-fund berhasil bantu euro raih $1.4657 di sesi Asia. Trader melihat stop-loss order di area $1.4670/80 dengan $1.4710 sebagai resisten berikutnya. Sebagian analis bahkan targetkan euro capai $1.50 dalam beberapa minggu mendatang di tengah berlanjutnya sentimen pelemahan dollar.

Bursa saham AS gagal catatkan koreksi dalam paska jeleknya data non-farm payrolls dan partai oposisi Yunani enggan menentang kebijakan penghematan,” ungkap startegis BNP Paribas. “Euro dapat raih target $1.5000 jika ECB isyaratkan perlunya kenaikan suku bunga pada pertemuan Juli.” Analis cukup optimis ECB akan berikan pernyataan hawkish pada pertemuan Kamis nanti dan isyaratkan berlanjutnya pengetatan moneter.

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Euro Target Aims Higher
Monday, June 6, 2011 17:04 pm
TODAY’S FOREX ANALYSIS

The euro was still trading close to levels of 1-month high against the dollar, bolstered by expectations letup Greece’s debt crisis and interest rate differentials. EU / IMF has pointed out the new bailout package, which will replace the € 110 billion deal last year when Athens run further policy savings and speed up privatization. Der Spiegel reported new bail-out may be more than € 100 billion. “Hope the completion of the Greek crisis immediately give a reason to buy euros,” said Kurt Magnus, senior Nomura Holdings.

Although there is no long-term solution to the debt crisis, euro zone, but optimism ahead of ECB meeting on Thursday a positive impact on the European single currency. Action successful hedge-fund buying helped the euro reach $ 1.4657 in Asian session. Traders saw stop-loss order at $ 1.4670/80 area with $ 1.4710 as the next resistance. Some analysts even sees the euro reached $ 1.50 in the coming weeks amid continued weakening dollar sentiment.

“U.S. stock markets failed to Put a correction in the post-ugly non-farm payrolls data and Greek opposition parties reluctant to oppose the policy of saving,” said BNP Paribas strategic. “The euro may reach $ 1.5000 if the ECB’s target suggests the need for higher interest rates at the meeting of July.” Analysts are optimistic the ECB will give hawkish statement on Thursday meeting and suggests the continued tightening of monetary.


Bailout Yunani, Payrolls AS Picu EUR Bidik $1.4670



Senin, 06 Juni 2011 11:12 WIB

TODAY’S ANALYSIS FOREX

Mata uang tunggal Euro terus bertahan di kisaran kuatnya dalam 1-bulan terhadap USD di hari Senin setelah akhir pekan lalu tim “troika” (Uni Eropa, European Central Bank dan IMF) sepakat untuk memberi bantuan internasional berikutnya bagi negara Yunani di awal bulan Juli.
Euro turut makin perkasa setelah dollar A.S terpukul oleh buruknya angka tenaga kerja (Non-farm payrolls/NFP) yang juga menghantarkan tingkat pengangguran meningkat tipis menjadi 9,1% dari sebelumnya 9,0%.

“Pasar tenaga kerja masih sangat lemah dan jika kondisinya tetap seperti ini, Federal Reserve mungkin tidak akan menaikkan suku bunga hingga dalam 12 bulan mendatang”, ungkap Kathy Lien, direktur riset valas pada GFT.

“Angka tenaga kerja AS yang lemah akan memberikan dukungan positif untuk EUR/USD belum lagi investor terus disemangati bahwa ECB masih memiliki rencana untuk menaikkan suku bunga pada musim panas ini,” imbuhnya.

Secara teknikal resisten terdekat berikutnya untuk EUR berada di $1.4670 kemudian $1.4700. Sementara bila EUR sanggup mendobrak lagi level $1.4620, pergerakan akan sedikit bearish menuju support terdekat di level $1.4580 dan $1.4520

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Greece bailout, U.S. payrolls Trigger Shutter $ 1.4670 EUR

Monday, June 6, 2011 11:12 pm

TODAY’S FOREX ANALYSIS

Euro single currency continues to survive in the strong range in 1-month high against the USD on Monday after last weekend’s team “troika” (the European Union, the European Central Bank and the IMF) have agreed to give international aid next to the Greek state at the beginning of the month July.
The euro also more powerful after the U.S. dollar hit by poor rates of labor (Non-farm payrolls / NFP), which also delivers the unemployment rate increased slightly to 9.1% from 9.0% previously.

“The labor market is still very weak and if the conditions stay like this, the Federal Reserve might not raise interest rates until the coming 12 months, ” said Kathy Lien, director of currency research at GFT.

“The number of weak U.S. labor force will provide positive support for the EUR / USD continues encouraged investors not to mention that the ECB still has plans to raise interest rates this summer,” he added.

The next nearest technical resistance for the EUR was at $ 1.4670 and $ 1.4700. Meanwhile, when the EUR could break down again at $ 1.4620, the movement will be slightly bearish toward the nearest support level of $ 1.4580 and $ 1.4520


Kesuksesan Yunani Bantu Reli Euro


Jumat, 03 Juni 2011 – 22:07 WIB

Kesuksesan Yunani Bantu Reli Euro

Euro raih level tinggi 1 minggu terhadap dollar setelah Athena katakan inspeksi Uni Eropa/IMF terhadap Yunani berakhir positif. Meski, pasar nantikan bailout kedua untuk Yunani, tapi Kementrian Keuangan tidak sebutkan perjanjian apapun akan bantuan lebih lanjut.

“Diskusi pemerintah Yunani dengan perwakilan dari Komisi Eropa, ECB, dan IMF hasilkan kesimpulan yang positif,” ungkap Kementrian Keuangan. Uni Eropa, ECB, dan IMF akan publikasi hasil pemeriksaan  terhadap implementasi bailout €110 milyar tahun lalu. Perdana Menteri George Papandreou juga akan bertemu dengan Jean-Claude Juncker, ketua kelompok menteri keuangan zona-euro, untuk sampaikan rencana anggaran jangka menengah. Yunani mungkin ajukan pemotongan anggaran belanja lebih dalam, kebijakan yang dapat tingkatkan pendapatan, dan menjual aset negara demi bujuk Uni Eropa dan IMF untuk berikan pinjaman darurat tambahan untuk waktu yang lama.

Sementara itu, euro lanjutkan reli setelah data malam ini tunjukkan lambatnya pemulihan sektor tenaga kerja AS. Euro tengah uji resisten 1.4566, level Fibonacci 61.8% dari kejatuhan 4 Mei hingga 23 Mei; dimana penutupan harian di atas level tersebut dapat pacu kenaikan hingga 1.4647, harga tertinggi 21 April.

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ECB Mungkin Setujui Rollover Hutang Yunani


Kamis, 02 Juni 2011 – 18:11 WIB

ECB Mungkin Setujui Rollover Hutang Yunani

European Central Bank  mungkin dukung rencana yang dorong investor untuk membeli obligasi Yunani baru untuk gantikan surat utang yang telah jatuh tempo, menurut nara sumber Bloomberg. Ini tentunya tunjukkan pelunakan keengganan ECB atas rencana restrukturisasi demi selesaikan krisis utang. ECB masih kaji rencana tersebut karna dapat ringankan beban Yunani tanpa ajukan default. ECB masih tentang rencana perpanjangan waktu pembayaran obligasi yang jatuh tempo.

ECB tentang setiap kebijakan yang dapat dikategorikan sebagai default karena takut bisa picu kekacauan dalam sistem perbankan Eropa. Komisaris Eropa, Olli Rehn, kemarin utarakan masih kaji rencana rollover dan petinggi ECB Juergen Stark katakan rencana tersebut tidak masuk kategori default. Petinggi Eropa kini tengah bujuk investor untuk terima rencana rollover utang yang jatuh tempo dengan cara berikan status khusus, pembayaran kupon lebih tinggi, atau agunan.

Sementara itu, euro menguat di sesi London, sentuh 1.4485, akibat optimisme akan selesainya krisis utang zona-euro dan komitmen Kanselir Merkel untuk tetap dukung euro.

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EU Berusaha Rampungkan Bailout Kedua Untuk Yunani


Selasa, 31 Mei 2011 – 04:47 WIB

EU Berusaha Rampungkan Bailout Kedua Untuk Yunani

Uni Eropa berlomba untuk merampungkan pake bailout kedua untuk Yunani yang pinjamannya akan dirilis bulan depan serta menghidnarkan resiko kebangkrutan negara zona Eropa, menurut pejabat Uni Eropa pada hari Senin. “Saya cukup optimis,” ucap kepala menteri keuangan zona Eropa, Jean-Claude Juncker, setelah berdiskusi dengan Presiden Perancis Nicolas Sarkozy. Restrukturisasi total hutang Yunani bukanlah piliha, ucapnya, membuka peluang kemungkinan untuk melibatkan sektor swasta, seperti advokasi dari Sarkozy pekan lalu.

Sementara partai oposisi konservatif Yunani meminta pemangkasan pajak sebagai syarat konsensus dengan pemerintahan Sosialis untuk pengetatan kebijakan lanjutan, yang dikatakan oleh Brussels sangat penting untuk menjamin dikucurkannya bailout kedua.

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Komoditi Masih Dibayangi Koreksi



MINYAK

 Minyak Bertahan Turun $5, Dekat $98

 Harga minyak mentah turun lebih dari 4% kemarin setelah adanya kenaikan persediaan bensin ditengah melambatnya permintaan membawa harga bergerak turun, memicu penghentian perdagangan selama 5 menit dan memicu aksi jual komoditi minggu ini. Perdagangan minyak mentah dan produk lainnya dihentikan setelah kontrak bahan bakar bensin turun 2 sen, walau terbatas, memicu penghentian selama 5 menit guna meredam gerakan pasar. Kejadian ini adalah yang pertama kali terjadi sejak krisis keuangan yang terjadi di bulan September 2008. Bahan bakar bensin turun lebih jauh setelah perdagangan dilanjutkan, menembus level teknikal. Total volume mencapai rekor 240.000 lot. Harga minyak mentah AS turun ke sekitar $98 per barel, setelah menyentuh serendahnya di level $97.50 per barel.

EMAS

 Mengapa Komoditas Kembali Anjlok?

 Euro kembali tertekan turun dan komoditas kembali anjlok. Krisis hutang Yunani dan kecemasan tingginya inflasi di Polandia dan Inggris telah meningkatkan kecemasan mengenai perekonomian zona Eropa, mengakibatkan aksi jual besar-besaran pada euro dan melambungkan dollar. Ini seperti dejavu atas penurunan tajam yang terjadi pekan lalu. Komoditas kembali terkoreksi. Minyak terhampar di bawah $100, perak turun sebanyak $3, timah berada pada level terendah sejak Desember silam. Trader sektor komoditas telah mengalihkan perhatiannya dari banjir yang terjadi di AS menjadi kecemasan inflasi di Eropa dan Cina. Kendati ada penurunan pada tingkat inflasi konsumen di Cina, masih ada kecemasan bahwa Cina akan menaikkan tingkat suku bunga untuk melambatkan pertumbuhan dan tingkat permintaan dari negara berkembang untuk energi dan komoditas lainnya akan tertekan turun. Hari ini, potensi dampak banjie di bagian Midwest pada produksi energi tidak begitu mencemaskan seiring fakta bahwa tingkat permintaan bensin di AS berkurang.