USDINR opened at 71.05 y’day the pair traded in the 70.92-71.26 range. Spot USDINR closed at 71.24, loss of 12 ps for USD as against prior close of 71.12. RBI reference rate was fixed at 71.15. Feb USD/INR closed at 71.27, gain of 8 ps for USD as compared to prior day’s close of 71.19. Feb Euro/INR closed at 80.90, GBP/INR at 92.95 and Yen/INR at 64.39.
Expect USDINR spot to trade in the 71.15-71.36 range today. Spot and cash imports can be covered on decline to 71.15 and Cash exports can be covered at around 71.35 today.
FII’S have bought Rs 2566 Cr of Indian Equities in Feb. FII’S have bought Rs 2062 Cr of Indian Equities in this calendar Year till date. FII’S have sold Rs 150 Cr of Indian debt securities in Feb. FII’S have sold Rs 2752 Cr of Indian debt in this calendar year till date.
Benchmark Nifty climbed 0.51% y’day. DOW climbed 63 points (0.24%) y’day. Nikkei climbed 0.15% and Hang seng climbed 0.41 %. y’day.
Euro is now at 1.1338, Pound at 1.3038,Yen at 110.75.
Commodities: Gold is now at USD 1328 and WT1Crude at USD 56.88 /Brent at USD 66.93
Interest rates: USD 10 Yr yield is at 2.65% and 3 m libor closed at 2.657%. Indian 10 yr benchmark yield closed at 7.35%.
Economic news: ECB minutes noted that downside risks to growth have increased significantly due to BREXIT and trade issues. ECB also acknowledged that “slowdown in euro area growth appeared to be deeper and more broad-based than previously anticipated”. And, “negative developments had become more widespread across the euro area, and risked affecting several components of demand”.
Fed member said that Fed has come to end of rate hike cycle.
Data highlights : – US Weekly jobless claims dipped to 216k, durables order climbed 1.2% m/m.
-US Phily Fed mfrg index improved to -4.1 and existing home sales declined marginally to 4.94 mn.
-EU PMI(mfrg) declined to 49.2 and PMI(services) climbed to 52.3.
Friday’s calendar: EU CPI and German Ifo survey.
Daily Support/Resistance table
MAJOR SUPPORTS/RESISTANCES AND TREND TABLE
Technicals: Spot closed below 100 day moving averages but still above 200 day major moving average. 20 day moving average is at 71.25. 50 day moving average is at 70.85. 200 day moving average is at 70.20. Daily MACD is in sell zone, implying top at 71.84. Important support zone is at 70.85 and later at 70.40 . Spot closed above its average level of the day.
Intra day supports and resistances for Feb contract are:
PP: 71.24,S1:71.08, S2:70.97, R1:71.35, R2:71.51.
Hedging strategy for USD/INR: Hedging decisions be taken according to comfort and accounting rates.
CROSS CURRENCY TECHNICALS:
EURO/USD: The pair is below 200 day moving average. Next Major resistance is at 1.1520 and later at 1.1570. Major support is at 1.1265/1.12. Daily MACD is in sell zone, implying an important top at 1.1520. Weekly MACD is in buy zone, implying important bottom at 1.1215.
GBP/USD: The pair is sideways and trading between major moving averages.Daily MACD is in sell zone, implying important top at 1.3220 and weekly MACD is in buy zone, implying important bottom at 1.2440. Important resistance is at 1.3220. Important support is at 1.2770.
USD/YEN: The pair is below major moving averages. Daily MACD is in buy zone, implying important bottom at 105. Next important resistance is at 111.50/112.