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Crude Oil Futures Settle Flat

Crude oil futures failed to hold early gains and settled near the flat line on Friday, as traders weighed demand and supply position in the oil market. While data showing that Chinese economy recorded its slowest expansion in almost thirty years, growing just 6.1% in the year 2019, raised concerns about the outlook for energy demand, the signing of the trade deal and buoyant economic data from the U.S. helped ease these concerns. West Texas Intermediate Crude oil futures ended at $58.54 a barrel, gaining 2 cents for the session. Oil futures rose to $58.98 a barrel earlier in the session. For the week, crude oil futures shed about 0.8%. Brent crude futures ended up $0.23 at $64.85 a barrel. On Thursday, the International Energy Agency said in its report that it expects supply from OPEC will exceed demand for its crude, despite compliance with output cuts. OPEC too has said supply from non-OPEC nations too far exceeds demand for crude. According to a report released by Baker Hughes, the number of active U.S. oil rigs increased by 14 to 673 this week. Oil rig count had declined in the previous three weeks. The material has been provided by…

U.S. Consumer Sentiment Shows Slight Deterioration In January

A report released by the University of Michigan on Friday showed a slight deterioration in U.S. consumer sentiment in the month of January. Preliminary data showed the consumer sentiment index edged down to 99.1 in January from the final December reading of 99.3. Economists had expected the index to come in unchanged. The slight decrease by the headline index came as the index of consumer expectations dipped to 88.3 in January from 88.9 in December. On the other hand, the report said the current economic conditions index crept up to 115.8 in January from 115.5 in December. Surveys of Consumers chief economist Richard Curtin noted the impeachment of President Donald Trump was mentioned but just 1 percent of consumers. “While those that mentioned impeachment were also somewhat less optimistic than other consumers, the small numbers had a negligible impact on the overall level in consumer sentiment,” Curtin said. With regard to inflation, one-year inflation expectations rose to 2.5 percent in January from 2.3 percent in December, while five-year inflation expectations climbed to 2.5 percent from 2.2 percent. The University of Michigan noted the data was initially unavailable on its website due to an accidental cut of fiber networking on…

U.S. Housing Starts Skyrocket To 13-Year High In December

After reporting significant increases in new residential construction in the two previous months, the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing U.S. housing starts saw an even more substantial spike in the month of December. The Commerce Department said housing starts skyrocketed by 16.9 percent to an annual rate of 1.608 million in December after jumping by 2.6 percent to a revised rate of 1.375 million in November. The surge came as a big surprise to economists, who had expected housing starts to rise by 0.7 percent to a rate of 1.375 million from the 1.365 million originally reported for the previous month. With the much bigger than expected increase, housing starts soared to their highest level since hitting a rate of 1.649 million in December of 2006. Single-family housing starts jumped by 11.2 percent to a rate of 1.055 million, while multi-family starts spiked by 29.8 percent to a rate of 553,000. Meanwhile, the report said building permits tumbled by 3.9 percent to an annual rate of 1.416 million in December after climbing by 0.9 percent to a revised rate of 1.474 million in November. Building permits, an indicator of future housing demand, had been expected to slide…

*U.S. Industrial Production Dips 0.3% In December

U.S. Industrial Production Dips 0.3% In December The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

Dollar Rises Vs Most Majors Ahead Of U.S. Industrial Production

Fed’s Industrial production for December will be published at 9.15 am ET Tuesday. Ahead of the data, the greenback traded mixed against its major counterparts. While the greenback held steady against the pound, it rose against the rest of major counterparts. The greenback was worth 110.20 against the yen, 1.1100 against the euro, 1.3044 against the pound and 0.9685 against the franc at 9:10 am ET. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

Portugal Producer Prices Decline For Seventh Month

Portugal’s producer prices fell for the seventh month in a row in December, figures from Statistics Portugal showed on Friday. The producer price index fell 1.6 percent year-on-year in December, following a 1.9 percent decline in November. Excluding the energy group, producer prices fell 1.4 percent in December, following a 1.1 percent decrease in the previous month. Prices for intermediate goods and energy declined 3.3 percent and 2.6 percent, respectively, in December. Investment goods prices rose 0.1 percent. On a month-on-month basis, producer prices fell 0.6 percent in December, following a 0.5 percent drop in the prior month. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

January 17, 2020 : EUR/USD Intraday technical analysis and trade recommendations.

Since November 14, the price levels around 1.1000 has stood as a significant DEMAND-Level offering adequate bullish SUPPORT for the pair on two successive occasions.During this Period, the EUR/USD pair has been trapped within a narrow consolidation range between the price levels of 1.1000 and 1.1085-1.1100 (where a cluster of supply levels and a Triple-Top pattern were located) until December 11.On December 11, another bullish swing was initiated around 1.1040 allowing recent bullish breakout above 1.1110 to pursue towards 1.1175 within the depicted short-term bullish channel.Initial Intraday bearish rejection was expected around the price levels of (1.1175).Moreover, On December 20, bearish breakout of the depicted short-term channel was executed. Thus, further bearish decline was demonstrated towards 1.1065 where significant bullish recovery has originated.The recent bullish pullback towards 1.1235 (Previous Key-zone) was suggested to be watched for bearish rejection and another valid SELL entry.Suggested bearish position has achieved its targets while approaching the price levels around 1.1110.As expected, the Key-Level around 1.1110 has provided some bullish rejection. That’s why, the previous bullish pullback was expected to pursue towards 1.1140 and 1.1175 where the depicted key-zone as well as the recently-broken uptrend are located.Recent signs of bearish rejection were demonstrated around 1.1175. That’s…

BTC analysis for 01.17.2020 – Bearish divergence on the 4H time-frarrme, selling opporutnities are preferable

Industry news:It seems that crypto-custody has been kept a secret from institutional investors.Few things have improved in 2019 as much as the custody of cryptocurrency, and the regulators’ attitude towards it. While a Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund still waits on the doorsteps of the SEC, institutional companies entering the cryptocurrency custody market has grown.Coinbase snapped up custody provider Xapo, Fidelity entered the crypto-storage space, and the Intercontinental Exchange’s digital assets platform Bakkt launched offering both trading and custody. Yet, investors have been kept in the dark.According to a survey by Bitcoin ETF hopeful Bitwise Asset Management, institutional investors have a crypto-custody problem. The problem, however, is a lack of information, not a lack of solutions.Technical analysis:BTC has been trading upside but it found solid supply near the $9.000 level. I found the bearish divergence on the MACD oscillator, which is sign that buyers got exhausted.Watch for selling opportunities on the rallies with the downward targets at the price of $8.590 and $8.445.Major resistance is set at the price of $9.000.Support levels and downward target are set at the price of $8.592 and $8.445.The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

GBP/USD 01.17.2020 – Broken bearish flag on the daily time-frrame, watch for selling on rallies with main target at 1.2960

GBP has been trading downwards. The price tested and rejected of the level of 1.3120. I see further downside on the GBP and potential re-test of 1.2960 and 1.2910. The rejection of the Bollinger middle line is the early trigger for the downside. I also found potential for bearish outside candle. My advice is to watch for selling opportunities on the rallies using the hourly/4H time-frame.MACD oscillator is showing bearish stance and reading below the zeroMajor resistance is set at the price of 1.3120.Support levels and downward targets are set at the price of 1.2960 and 1.2910.The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

Trading recommendations for EUR/USD

Using complex analysis, we can see that the correction phase from the range of 1.1080 reached its local peak. This was located near the level of 1.1180. Since Wednesday, the correction has been under pressure, confirmed by a temporary lateral movement, and the structure of which there were impulses, locally reaching the area of the control level with shadows. The amount of the change in the correction was much larger than initially considered, which is more than 50% relative to the downward movement since the beginning of the year.
Because of this, traders are not losing faith in the resumption of the downward trend, snd considers the recent correction as a kind of a variable component that does not carry a fracture of earlier bars. In fact, if the quote manages to fix at least below 1.1115, this theory will sparkle with new colors and most traders will believe in a downward move.
In terms of volatility, we have extremely stable indicators that are close to the average daily value. Such statistics confirm a rather good emotional background of the market, where both speculators and intraday traders get along, which cannot be said about conservative market participants.
Analyzing the past…