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Slow Day On The Forex-Any Relief On The Way?!

The trading has been tight across the majors thus far during the Tuesday U.S. session. Small ranges are a sign of limited participation. As we roll into the forex close, I expect to see more of the same.

Slow day Aside from the equities indices, most of today’s charts are pretty dull!

No doubt about it, the forex has been a slow market today. Take a look at the ranges across the majors:

Pair                              Range(pips)

EUR/USD                        44

GBP/USD                        57

AUD/USD                        58                       

USD/CHF                        48

USD/JPY                         52   

Aside from the robust action in the USD/CAD I covered in an earlier update, it has been a very quiet day on the screen. Slow markets can be a challenge to trade, with an impetus being placed upon patience and discipline.

Remember that profitability often stems not from what we make but what we don’t lose!


The Next 24 Hours-Any Market Movers?

This morning’s U.S. metrics did not do much to stimulate participation. Hopefully, a few of these items will shake things up a bit:

Country                             Event

U.S.                                   API Crude Oil Stocks

U.S.                                   FED Chair Janet Yellen Speech

Eurozone                           Non-monetary Policy ECB Meeting

Tomorrow morning’s U.S. session will be headlined by EIA Crude Oil Stocks, Continuing Jobless Claims and Durable Goods releases.

Perhaps the most important item in the coming hours may be Janet Yellen’s speech scheduled for today, just after the forex close. Yellen’s term is winding down as FED Chair and the December FOMC meeting is coming up in three weeks. While it is unlikely that she will make any market moving comments, it is a good idea to be aware of your open positions and have risk quantified.

Other than those releases, it is relatively quiet news cycle. However, we should get some good trading conditions early on in Wednesday’s U.S. session. Traders will be eager to get in an out of the market in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday.       

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Shain Vernier
US Analyst
Shain Vernier has spent over 7 years in the market as a professional futures, options and forex trader. He holds a B.Sc. in Business Finance from the University of Montana. Shain's career includes stretches with several proprietary trading firms in addition to actively managing his own accounts. Before joining FX Leaders, he worked as a market analyst and financial writer.
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