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    XE Market Analysis: Asia - Dec 23, 2013

    There was a little ebbing and flowing though volumes and market participation were low in typical Christmas week trade. EUR-USD settled around 1.3700, and USD-JPY around 104.00, with the dollar in a broad consolidation mode after last week's advance following the Fed taping announcement. USD-CAD dipped under 1.060 in the wake of forecast-beating GDP data out of Canada, making one-week low of 1.0584. China's yuan edged out a fresh record high of 6.0702 against the dollar, down from Friday's close of 6.0713 and the Dec-10 low of 6.0703. The PBoC had set central parity rate at 6.1161 today. The currency has risen 2.6% in 2013.

    [EUR, USD]
    EUR-USD has settled in the upper 1.36s after logging a two-week low to 1.3625 on Friday. The new low had reflected a general bid tone in the USD. Decent selling interest has been reported in EUR-JPY, which is at near five-year high levels. EUR-USD's Dec-6 low of 1.3618 is the next support level, ahead of 1.3600. The 50-day moving average is situated at 1.3575. Resistance is at 1.3680 and 1.3700. Trade will now be very quite until the new year.

    [USD, JPY]
    USD-JPY has been trading narrowly around the 104.00 in quite trade. Tokyo was closed today. We expect the yen to remain on a weakening path during the early part of 2014. Japanese policymakers are pursuing a weak sterling and there will be market concerns about the impact of the planned 8% rise in sales tax next April, to which the BoJ is expected to offset this by taking further easing measures. At its meeting last week, the central bank maintained monetary policy unchanged, reaffirming its commitment to expand the monetary base by an annual 60-70 tln yen. USD-JPY's major-trend peak at 104.63 and 104.50 are marked as resistance. We continue to target 105.00.

    [GBP, USD]
    We continue to target 1.6500 in Cable. Resistance is marked at 1.6400, support at 1.6320 and 1.6320. S&P last week affirmed the U.K. 's triple-A rating but kept a negative outlook, saying that the country would be vulnerable to a downgrade if growth was not sustained (the main risk to which stems from Eurozone). Cable has been in a bullish trend for six months, reflecting a trade-weighted appreciation of the currency over this time as U.K. recovery took hold. We anticipate more of the same during the early part of 2014. Forward looking survey evidence, such as from PMI order data, and the CBI industrial trends survey, strong mortgage lending figures (which signal house price potential two to four months down the track), support this view.

    [USD, CHF]
    The Swiss currency's safe haven premium has unwound some now that the period of Fed policy uncertainty is over. EUR-CHF breached above 1.2250 last week, well up on the pre-Fed eight-month low of 1.2166. Resistance comes in at 1.2280, marks a series of former lows seen between October and November. Support is now at 1.2220 and 1.2200. USD-CHF faces resistance at 0.9000, but can be expected to breach this over the coming sessions.

    [USD, CAD]
    USD-CAD dipped under 1.060 in the wake of forecast-beating GDP data out of Canada, making one-week low of 1.0584. The pair has been looking stretched technically, with prevailing levels having deviated above the 200-day moving average by a comparatively wide margin by historical standards (the average is presently situated at 1.0420). This conviction may have been strengthened by the repeated U-turns lower from levels above 1.0700 over the last three weeks, and we may see a period of price stasis or a deeper correction over the coming weeks. Support is suggested by the Dec-12 low of 1.0561 and the 1.0550 level, between which are encompassed a multiple of former daily lows and daily highs that were recorded over the last six-months.

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