Trading plan for April 28

Kira Iukhtenko

Demand for the US dollar revived on Monday in the global environment of uncertainty. We’ll watch the consumer confidence index on Tuesday (14:00 GMT). Market attention is glued to the Wednesday’s US calendar: there are advance Q1 GDP (12:30 GMT) and FOMC meeting (18:00 GMT) on the schedule. Rate hike expectations will likely fix on September after these releases, so the USD bullish correction is limited.

EUR/USD pulled down from the 1.0900 mark as the Greek voes continue to hurt market sentiment. Last week’s Eurogroup meeting failed to bring any progress; negotiations continue. Tomorrow there are no releases on the agenda, while on Wednesday Germany will release its April CPI (forecast: -0.1% vs. 0.5% in March). Support is seen at 1.0710 and 1.0660.

GBP/USD retraced from the 1.5150/5200 resistance area (100-day MA, trend line). Break above 1.5200 could open the way to the 1.5500 area, but the direction will get clear after the UK and US Q1 GDP releases and the Fed. UK is scheduled to release its preliminary Q1 GDP tomorrow (forecast: +0.5% vs. +0.6% in Q4).

USD/JPY found buying interest at 118.80 and climbed above 119.00 on Monday. Watch Japanese retail sales late on Monday (22:50 GMT). The indicator is expected to have plummeted by more than 7% in March, so we could see more JPY weakness. Another push to 120.00 or 120.50 is expected. By the way, Fitch rating agency downgraded Japan's credit rating from A+ to A over the weekend.

AUD/USD is trying to hold above 0.7800. Resistance lies in the 0.7840 (April highs) and at 0.7890 (100-day MA), while support – at 0.7760, 0.7680 and 0.7640/25. RBA governor Stevens will deliver a speech at 22:40 GMT on Monday.

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