Trading Setups / Chart in Focus:
The EURUSD fell significantly lower today after finding resistance at the 8 day EMA. Price is now once again hovering just above the key support near 1.2640 – 1.2620, if we move and close below that level we will probably see a large move lower as support below this level is scarce until about 1.1900. Traders can still look to sell this market on rotations higher into resistance on the intra-day or daily charts, pending price action confirmation.
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In the currency markets today, the euro gave up 1 percent to the U.S. dollar, one day before a key meeting of euro-zone leaders to discuss the euro-zone debt crisis as fears grow that Greece will have to drop the euro.
The Japanese yen lost modest ground to the British pound and Canadian dollar and more significant ground to the greenback today as the greenback gained across the board; however the yen gained against the other majors today.
In the U.S. markets today, stocks gave up gains into the New York close as hopes faded for an improvement in the euro-zone debt crisis.
The Dow lost 1.67 points, or 0.01 percent, the S&P 500 added 0.64 points, or 0.05 percent, and the Nasdaq lost 8.13 points, or 0.29 percent.
Upcoming important economic announcements (New York time): 5/23/2012
Tentative: Japan – BOJ Press Conference
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