Trading plan for May 14

EUR/USD rose above 1.1300. Initially the single currency was affected by a bit lower than expected euro area’s economic growth in Q1 (0.4% vs. forecast of 0.5%) and a decline in the region’s industrial production, but then the US released weak retail sales figures (growth slowed down from 1.1% to 0%) which hurt the greenback. This is the evidence that the US economy is doing badly in the second quarter. On Thursday watch American PPI and unemployment claims. In France and Germany banks will be closed for a holiday. Resistance is at 1.1390, 1.1470 and 1.1500. Support is at 1.1160 and 1.1100.

GBP/USD remains supported on Wednesday even despite the dovish inflation report. The BOE lowered its 2015-2016 growth forecast and confirmed that inflation will stay subdued before returning to the target in 2 years. BOE’s forecasts are based on gradual rate hikes, beginning from mid-2016. As a result, expectations for a rate hike in 2015 decreased today. Note that the labor market data reflected improvement. As for the technicals, we remain bullish for GBP/USD above 1.5500 and target 1.5790 in the coming sessions. Post-election optimism and USD-disappointment will likely drive the pair up.

USD/JPY slid to 119.00 and may test lower levels at 118.50/30 and 118.00. Resistance is at 119.80. AUD/USD jumped up to 0.8100 on the expectations on more easing in China and bad news from the US. Aussie has a chance to strengthen to 0.8200/40. Support is at 0.8030 and 0.8000.

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