Despite the low volatility, the US dollar continues to make waves, edging to new highs for a third day versus the Singapore dollar (SGD), looking at a new high close versus CAD and AUD today and even threatening to break higher versus gold and silver and euro.
Elsewhere, action is mostly muted and we note that one of the more interesting technical breaks of late – the EURSEK push down through the recent range lows, is backfilling badly today – typical of the action in the Scandies of late.
Sterling is looking higher again versus the CHF and the rather weak euro, possibly setting up an extension after the prior surge failed to yield much for sterling bulls. Still, a lot of event risk uncertainty ahead of the December 12 UK elections.
Today’s Breakout Highlight: AUDUSD
As we are writing this post, the AUDUSD is pushing on the local pivot that is the last real support line ahead of the sub-0.6700 lows (note that the pair has not close below that round figure in over a decade), though the nominal low daily close for the cycle is 0.6786. The broadly firmer USD gives some confidence, but the very compressed trading ranges and a number of false breaks virtually all over FX of late are cause for concern for momentum traders. The key data from the US is up next week ahead of the subsequent week’s FOMC meeting. In Australia, the RBA’s Lowe will be out speaking later today.