Weekly Technical Analysis
The euro moved higher against the dollar and the yen on Friday after Greece secured an agreement with the euro zone to extend its bailout by four months.
EUR/USD edged up 0.13% to 1.1383 in late trade, recovering from session lows of 1.1278, while EUR/JPY was up 0.18% to 135.47.
The euro zone approved the extension of Greece’s €240 billion bailou...
Monthly Technical Analysis
Markets have been hit by growing concerns over a possible Greek exit from the euro area if the country missed a debt payment...
Athens has until Monday to present a list of reforms to be approved by the country’s creditors in order to secure the four-month bailout extension, which will give it more time to s
reach a lasting agreement with its creditor...
The pound edged lower against the dollar on Friday as weaker-than-expected domestic retail sales data weighed and eased back from seven-year peaks against the euro after Greece secured an agreement with the euro zone to extend its bailout by four months.GBP/USD was down 0.12% to 1.5394 in late trade, off Wednesday’s seven-week highs of 1.5479.The drop in sterling came after the Office for National Statistics said U.K. retail sales fell 0.3% in December, compared to forecasts of a 0.2% decline. On a year-over-year basis, retail sales rose 5.4%, falling slightly short of expectations of 5.9%.
The dollar was little changed against the yen on Friday, while the euro pushed higher after Greece secured an agreement with the euro zone to extend its bailout by four months.USD/JPY ended Friday’s session at 119.02, little changed for the day, while EUR/JPY was up 0.18% to 135.47.
The Australian dollar rose to a two-week high against its U.S. counterpart on Friday, as appetite for riskier assets was boosted after euro zone finance ministers agreed on a deal to extend Greece’s €240 billion bailout by four months.Athens has until Monday to present a list of reforms to be approved by the country’s creditors in order to secure the extension, which will give it more time to reach a lasting agreement with its creditors
The pair is still attempting to rise and breach 0.9290. Breaching the latter and stabilizing above it is positive and supports the upside move. The pair is currently targeting 0.9475; breaching and holding above it favors a new bullish wave, while breaking 0.9040 threatens to fail the suggested expectations
Gold ended Friday's session close to a six-week low after euro zone finance ministers agreed on a deal to extend Greece’s bailout by four months, dampening the safe-haven appeal of the precious metal.On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold futures for April delivery shed $2.70, or 0.22%, to settle at $1,204.90 a troy ounce by close of trade on Friday. Futures were likely to find support at $1,197.20, the low from February 18, and resistance at $1,222.90, the high from February 19.
West Texas Intermediate oil futures fell sharply on Friday, after data showed that the pace of falling rigs in the U.S. slowed last week, underlining concerns over a glut in supplies.On the New York Mercantile Exchange, crude oil for delivery in April tumbled $1.02, or 1.97%, on Friday to end the week at $50.81 a barrel.
U.S. natural gas futures rallied more than 4% on Friday to hit a four-week high, as forecasts for freezing weather across large parts of the U.S. boosted expectations for much higher heating demand.On the New York Mercantile Exchange, natural gas for delivery in March surged 11.7 cents, or 4.13%, on Friday to settle at $2.951 per million British thermal units by close of trade. Earlier in the day, prices hit $2.984, the most since January 22.