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Article / 12 October 2017 at 14:54 GMT

FX Board: Sterling battered but not fully broken — #SaxoStrats

Head of FX Strategy / Saxo Bank
  • Capitulation below 1.18 could see EURUSD to cycle lows
  • Weak close could see cable re-test the key 1.30 area
  • EURSEK rallies hard on weak Swedish CPI release

Sterling is underwater again on the Brexit stalemate, but a push downclose to the 1.3250 level saw buyers emerge. Photo: Shutterstock

By John J Hardy

Please see today's FX Board PDF attached to this post for the latest Notes of Interest, Trend and Trend Heat readings, as well as a few thoughts on key chart developments below.


EURUSD teased above the 1.1835 pivot line and 21-day SMA without much volatility after the Federal Open Market Committee minutes late yesterday. The lack of follow-through should perhaps not come as a surprise as we await big news from the US, like the identity of who President Trump will nominate to head the Federal Reserve from next February. 

A capitulation back well below the 1.1800 level could see bears out for at least another tactical go at the lows for the cycle and a bit beyond. In the meantime, we expect the usual uncertainty as long as we are in low volatility and below perhaps 1.2000.


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Source: Saxo Bank 


Cable saw an ugly follow-through bar lower after today's highs just grazed the old pivot area above 1.3250. If we close on a weak note, the pair could go on to probe the recent lows and the psychologically important 1.3000 area. 

Source: Saxo Bank  


EURSEK rallied hard after a weak September CPI print from Sweden today. The action took the pair back above the 200-day moving average and if we sustain a rally above here (and perhaps above 9.60) we could go on to challenge the 9.75 area eventually as a weakening CPI is likely seen as providing insufficient evidence for the Riksbank to shift its very accommodative stance.

Source: Saxo Bank  


NOKSEK is an interesting one after the weak Swedish print as both EURNOK dropped and EURSEK rallied hard. The pair has been in a channel for an eternity, but a break higher could raise interesting in a bigger theme developing.

Source: Saxo Bank 

— Edited by Michael McKenna

John J Hardy is head of FX strategy at Saxo Bank 
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FX Board for Thursday, October 12, 2017


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