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EURUSD Dropping Despite Unremarkable Trichet Press Conference

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The sudden plunge in the EURUSD can only be attributed to Waddell and Reed rushing to sell a few nickels worth of the FX pair, as the JCT ECB press conference has ended, and contrary to what some are saying, had nothing notable in it. In fact it was the usual liefest, in which the Europe Fed big man had the gall of saying the US wants a strong dollar: who appoints these pathological liars? Here is Goldman's Erik Nielsen with a rounddown of the bulletin of bullshit.

The ECB’s press conference has just ended; it lacked any important news.  The prepared statement was shorter than usual, but Trichet clarified a number of points otherwise left out (or open to interpretation due to the shorter text), including:

  • On the Euro, Trichet sounded surprisingly relaxed, and he repeated the usual stuff, name that (1) FX should reflect fundamentals; (2) US wanting a strong dollar (!!!) and (3) that nobody likes excessive volatility.   But he confirmed that the FX issues will be discussed in Washington.
  • Trichet confirmed that their gradual exit strategy continues, and he hinted quite clearly that they intend a return to competitive bidding, and hence an end to full allotment, probably some time next year.  Interesting, if not surprising, he was clear that this is not unanimous, but he sounded very confident that this is in store.
  • Asked about the reports on future differentiated haircuts on sovereign debt, Trichet responded that they are always considering their policies for possible changes.  Given my role in proposing this, I am obviously biased, but I thought he missed a good opportunity to shoot this one down, if he had wanted to.  So I continue to think this will happen, although it may take a year or two before we get there.

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Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:45 | 632049 infotechsailor
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...clearly that they intend a return to competitive bidding...


no foreign central banks will exit until amerika exploders

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:23 | 632060 iota
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Not the only one moving. $20 drop on spot gold. If you buy the dips, that's a decent dip.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:24 | 632063 snowball777
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Ire-who? Portu-what? Grease? I'm sorry, you're breaking up...

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:25 | 632067 RobotTrader
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Looks like the retail stocks are celebrating the big drop in commodity prices today.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:32 | 632088 SDRII
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yeah better sales. Might want to check in on H&M - sales flying margins crushed

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:31 | 632084 Sudden Debt
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I do believe the dollar is a strong currency.

If you don't believe me, just do the following:

1. Take 1 dollar bill

2. place it on a rock

3. and try to hit that dollar bill with your fists as hard as you can!

I bet it'll start hurting after 100 times and the dollarbill will still be there!


Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:36 | 632093 wiskeyrunner
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Buy this dip, tomorrows numbers are rigged to look good. All economic data till the election will be rigged. It's not right but you can either kick the dirt and mutter under your breath, or you can make some free money in this risk free fed pump.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:37 | 632098 HelluvaEngineer
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Dollar up.  Gold down.  Market up.  Gotta love it.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:39 | 632100 Commander Cody
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(1) FX should reflect fundamentals; (2) US wanting a strong dollar (!!!) and (3) that nobody likes excessive volatility.

Liar, liar, pants on fire!  FX fundamentals?  Strong dollar - who in the US, expect perhaps those who still believe in liberty and are governed by, what some used to refer to as, the Constitution?  Nobody likes excessive volatility?  I'd say a few trading desks would disagree.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:40 | 632109 gwar5
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Something is cooking, no confidence, Ben is calling all the shots, and Trichet is just carrying his water and stalling trying not to spill any beans and screw it up right now

Probably doesn't help that Japan now has the jitters, nobody there wants to fall on a sword or lose their head

....Clearly they're all stalling Bernanke on purpose, just waiting for his psychological assessment reports to get back to them first so they can look it over and make sure he's not mad as a hatter




Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:40 | 632110 DYLAND
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The reason why the EUR- USD is dropping because the move from Aug 24th to Oct 7th matches the price move from June 7th to Aug 6th. Simple Geometry.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:42 | 632116 system failure
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GOLDMAN SUCKS recommendation to buy the EUR was dead on yesterday. I must say, you will be rich when you do the opposite of GOLDMAN SUCKS and KRAMMERs recommendations. Simply unreal at how bold their comments are into the slaughter. LOL

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:45 | 632122 mr_fro2000
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lovin how Waddell and Reed is the defacto reason for all negative news.

im stealing this sentiment for my personal life.  if anything ever goes bad im blaming Waddell and Reed.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:46 | 632129 infotechsailor
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blame it on capitalism.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:54 | 632143 Cognitive Dissonance
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I blamed last nights erectile dysfunction on Waddle. Then I thought about Reeds and things stiffened right up.

However by that time my wife had rolled over and gone to sleep so I blamed Tyler and the ZH crew. :>)

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:57 | 632160 primefool
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They are all relaxed because Ben has the oil and gold markets covered and completely under control. As well as the Treasury markets and stock markets .
All markets are free to do as Ben dictates. Free markets.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:04 | 632181 Grand Supercycle
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Updated FTSE weekly chart:

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:04 | 632185 A_MacLaren
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Fiat volatility is never a good sign.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:12 | 632212 unwashedmass
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gang rape on gold and silver.....spectacular buys in the miners getting even better....

little tiny boy MNEAF...announced five new veins of high grade silver this morning......1.95 per share......i am loving this....

thank you JPM...

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:17 | 632235 Dr. Engali
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But Goldman told me to buy the Euro.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:22 | 632254 unwashedmass
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ah you betcha they did. someone had to buy them out.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:59 | 632435 virgilcaine
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Risk off.. me bitchez.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:30 | 632558 system failure
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We should be closer than ever to that dump the hay wagon and unload phase pretty soon. Maybe today!!!




Waddell and Reed must be selling

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