Forex trading plan for August 13

By Eizabeth Belugina

China’s devaluation of the yuan, which acted as the bullish factor for the greenback in the first two days of the week, is now creating doubts on whether the US Federal Reserve will raise interest rates soon. In addition, the number of job openings in the United States came out lower than expected.

On Thursday the market’s attention will be focused on the release of the US retail sales figures (12:30 GMT). The economists expect a 0.5% growth in both the headline and core indicators in July after a decline in June. Any disappointment will increase pressure on American currency, while its growth in case of positive figures should be limited.

EUR/USD rose above 1.1150 and is moving to 1.1200. The main driver of the pair is the dollar’s weakness, so euro may spike up more before the US data releases. Resistance is at 1.1215 (July 10 high) and 1.1245 (June 30 high). Support is at 1.1100/1088 and 1.1035. On Thursday Greek Parliament will vote to decide if the measures in the third bailout program will be implemented.

GBP/USD sipped to 1.5530 before recovering to 1.5615. UK labor market data came out mixed: the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits during the previous month declined (GBP positive), though earnings growth has slowed down more than expected (GBP negative). The unemployment rate remained at 5.6% where it rose in the previous month. There will be no more important news from Britain this week. Resistance is at 1.5640 and 1.5690/5700. Below 1.5615 the pound will slide to 1.5400/5380.

USD/JPY managed to close above 125.00 on Tuesday, but was then still rejected down to 124.20. Support is at 123.65 guarding the way to 123.00.

AUD/USD spiked down to 0.7215 before recovering to 0.7387. Initially Aussie was affected by the news that China has once again set official yuan rate significantly lower. Still, the possibility of Aussie’s advance isn’t high. The psychological resistance is at 0.7400 and then at 0.7440. Support is at 0.7260 and 0.7215/00.

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