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Market Trading Risks: Speculative, Anxious Impatient Results

Monday's trading provided a solid oversight for day traders to observe market conditions in commodities, Forex and equities. Financial institutions appear to be leaning towards a belief the U.S Federal Reserve will have to become more dovish, but financial institutions and other large players are worried about shadows being caused by inflation concerns and timeframes which are likely sparking nervous wagers.


Via the commodities, results saw Gold come down from highs on Friday which approached the 2,380.00 USD perch, and drop to lows around 2333.00 yesterday. The precious metal remains within sight of record values, this as questions persist about USD direction, and speculative forces bet. WTI Crude Oil meanwhile climbed from a selloff late Friday and into yesterday's opening while challenging the 77.75 USD vicinity, and as of early Tuesday is now over the 79.00 mark again.


Also within the volatile world of commodities it needs to be mentioned that Cocoa which regained a portion of its higher price values last week and finished Friday above 9,000.0 USD per metric ton, fell swiftly in yesterday's trading session and is now traversing 7,357.0 USD. Cocoa has enjoyed a spectacularly wide ride of maneuvering via market forces. The commodity is still valued within loftier heights when compared to its historical averages, and demonstrates the speed and danger (and opportunity) of price velocity.

Further signs of risk appetite and fragile notions are being exhibited via U.S equity indices, which produced sideways price action yesterday as important economic data awaits and will certainly churn short-term and mid-term perspectives. The S&P 500 is again within sight of record levels, while investors of it and the Dow Jones 30 and Nasdaq 100 all brace for this week's data which will affect their risk outlooks.


Monday, 13th of May, New Zealand Inflation Expectations - yesterday's quarterly result came in slightly below the previous report. The decrease of inflation concerns likely helped the NZD/USD spark Monday's climb above 0.60300 briefly. This morning's early trading is seeing sideways action as U.S inflation reports are anticipated and the currency pair ebbs around 0.60180.



Tuesday, 14th of May, U.K Average Earnings Index, a gain of 5.7% has just been posted. This result will make GBP/USD traders nervous because it highlights that inflation remains sticky in Britain. While last week's GDP numbers from the U.K showed an improvement, the growth certainly was not spectacular. The range of the GBP/USD remains choppy and bullish day traders targeting higher ratios on the belief the currency pair remains in oversold territory need to consider their timeframes and bias. While the 1.26000 may look like a logical target, it will take weaker U.S inflation and USD centric price action to get there.


Tuesday, 14th of May, U.S Core Producer Price Index - last month's core report matched expectations. However, the PPI numbers occasionally spell trouble in Forex. Higher inflation results from the U.S would certainly kickstart volatility for all major currency pairs today.


Wednesday, 15th of May, U.S Consumer Price Index - this reading could prove to be the prime mover for financial assets this week because of its potential affect on behavioral sentiment. The Federal Reserve watches this number because of the influence it has on the American public. Forex will react to this report and if it is weaker than anticipated this would create weaker USD centric price action. The U.S will also report Retail Sales and the Empire State Manufacturing Index statistics on Wednesday.


Thursday, 16th of May, Japan Preliminary Gross Domestic Product - last month's report came in with a gain of 0.1%. This GDP data carries an expectation of minus -0.4%. Traders who like fundamentals should pay attention to revisions within the statistical pages. The Bank of Japan remains in a curious and suspicious predicament. After two interventions, the USD/JPY has climbed incrementally once again. The BoJ is certainly keeping their eyes on the USD/JPY and know financial institutions are still wagering against the Japanese Yen.


Day traders should be extremely cautious with the USD/JPY because the BoJ has the ability to strike with a massive blow when not expected. Risk management is essential for speculators wagering on this currency pair. Evidence of speculative interest in the USD/JPY correlates to the notion that while the USD has been weaker against many major currencies recently, the Japanese Yen remains within a weaker and elevated price range.


Friday, 17th of May, China Industrial Production and Retail Sales - economic dark clouds continue to cascade on Asia's largest economy. The industrial numbers will be watched by investors certainly, but the overall health of Chinese consumers will likely be the focal point. The USD/CNY remains within bullish terrain, but the Shanghai Stock Exchange's SSE Index has done well since its lows in the first week of February.


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