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EURUSD Soars On No News: ECB Now Intervening In FX?

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Out of nowhere, and based on no news whatsoever, the EURUSD just jumped by 40+ pips in what appears to have been one trade. There is no news to justify this move, as the only possibly related headline to come out was that the Greek finance minister sees parliament vote on the new EUR 130bln aid deal in January. This is neither news, nor is it bullish. In addition, we have information now that Intesa has now been halted on the Italian market due to excessive (downward naturally) volatility. Which begs the question: has the ECB decided it has had enough of bond monetizations and is now actively engaged in FX warfare against the Fed, or are French banks now massively dumping USD assets and buying EUR with the proceeds with indescriminate abandon, as was reported first previously here.

 


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Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:20 | Link to Comment BaBaBouy
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Europes' gonna make Cairo look like a Sunday Stroll in the Park...

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:22 | Link to Comment Hansel
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Have you seen the latest video from Cario?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oa2Cm9dqUqY

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:24 | Link to Comment ratso
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Tyler has previously posted a long article on how euro repatriation is affecting the euorusd cross.

Maybe this is just more repatriation.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:28 | Link to Comment firstdivision
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This is where I'm at a bit of a loss.  If the Euro is looking to be on its last leg, why repatriate to Euros?  Wouldn't you want more USD to convert to Deutche Mark, Franc, Peso, etc.? 

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:33 | Link to Comment swissaustrian
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The real question is: Why does everybody think that French banks have the majority of their liabilities denominated in EUR? It´s more likely that they´re looking for USDs.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:39 | Link to Comment ratso
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Dollar assets like USD stocks and bonds are being sold to try and prevent liquidity in the banking and finance sector from seizing up like a seized engine.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:49 | Link to Comment sqz
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@swissaustrian

French banks like other European banks are having to meet capital adequacy targets. Since they are loath to raise fresh capital in this environment, it is much easier for them to sell off assets. The highest liquidity assets, and therefore easiest to sell and buy, tend to be in USD. Also, EZ bank liabilities are mainly, rather unsurprisingly, in EUR (retail and business deposits from Europe etc).

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:17 | Link to Comment ratso
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Right you are.   That is also why gold and gold ming stcks are selling off.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:22 | Link to Comment Threeggg
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Nothing to do with tomorrows options expiry on the Gold/Silver contracts right ?

Wink, wink ~

 

Nothing.....................................LOL

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:31 | Link to Comment Ghordius
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shhht! nobody writes here about the Au/Ag options expirations here!

no, it does not make sense - somehow Tyler is convinced that the EUR/USD "should be lower".

I am quite sure the MegaBanks want it at 1.30 for December (from their customer's propaganda)

To me, it looks like "dropping" to the level I would expect, 1.425, which is what IMHO it will reach by Easter.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:38 | Link to Comment Ghordius
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why should the ECB be "actively engaged in FX warfare against the Fed"?? The Currency War is still in it's "down" leg. And the FED is not interested in fighting an impossible "up" leg since as Global Reserve Currency it really can't - except with gold.

It's all about the US Money Market Managers, IMO. The MegaBanks want them in the EU Bonds market with, of course, CDS and lots and lots of FX hedges. Hence the furious propaganda so that they can be fleeced...

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:22 | Link to Comment Mike2756
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All of the strength is in the euro and the swiss. I'd say the aussie and the loonie are better tells to where we are headed.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:57 | Link to Comment narnia
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China has a larger trade surplus with EU. They are the most likely USD to EUR converters and the biggest trader on the market.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:53 | Link to Comment SHEEPFUKKER
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pass the trash

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:44 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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Paraphrase of a truly wise man's words (slightly altered only to fit the context what lay ahead in the European Union, and then, the global economy, sovereign and banking funding/insolvency issues):

"First they laugh at the truth. Then they fight the truth. Then the truth wins, bitchez."

 

Math doesn't lie. You can't have your saving of the European Union in even remotely an approximate form as now, with a shared currency, without massive inflation for all Europeans rivaling anything they've seen since the WWII era, and making the late 1970s and very early 1980s seem positively tame by comparison.

The big institutional investors, banks and even sovereign with exposure to PIIGS+France+UK sovereign debt are now petitioning, threatening, blackmailing/extorting politicians to allow the ECB to fire up their CERN € printing machine (that The Bernank is actually envious of) so as to be able to print faster than the speed of light, allowing these entities to get out of their exposure while the € still has the ability to allow them to liquidate and diversify quickly into other asset classes before the € soon becomes the Charmin Rough Texture.

I say go Icelandic, because there's no way out of the fractional reserve banking created EU nightmare, to be replicated on a global scale, without pain, and investors should bear losses first and foremost (you know, it's a quaint concept that investors should have to swallow losses, even though investment is subject to risk, when brilliant people like Hank Paulson & The Bernank refuse mandating haircuts, instead insisting that taxpayers, small and mid-size businesses, savers and the very responsible citizens pay the price, via subsidization and inflation, for the wretched excesses of governments, Wall Street, imbecilic 'too-big-to-fail' large banks [soon to be too-big-to-save] and the investment/financial sector in general).

This volatility signals that damn fork in the road they've been trying to not come to has arrived.

Good luck, bitchez. Hedge accordingly if you've not done so.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:32 | Link to Comment Antifaschistische
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Re: End the Fed "I say go Icelandic, because there's no way out of the fractional reserve banking created EU nightmare...and investors should bear losses first and foremost.

You're 100% correct, but here's why this won't happen.

Governments don't tax losses.

Governments are incentivized to force capital gains upon the masses, thus extracting extra taxation with devalued currencies.  This is why the market is not allowed to punish investors who’ve invested unwisely. We must feed the beast.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:26 | Link to Comment Caviar Emptor
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Kuwait next flashpoint. Riots last month (kept very quiet in MSM) is what provoked Obama to announce we're "pulling out of Iraq". Guess what. We're pulling in to Kuwait

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 14:11 | Link to Comment onarga74
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We're going to nuke Iran first then get to the more important things like Kuwait and Belize.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 14:27 | Link to Comment reload
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If Iran is agressed, Bahrain gets ugly - very fast.

The backlash from the putdown earlier this year will be big. Bahrain `security forces` perpetrated what can only be described as atrocities. Largely unreported in the media. Medical staff who treated wounded protesters have been given 25 year jail terms.

The Shia majority are not going to forget or be kept in submission easily if there are Shias elsewhere being `matyred`

All on the doorstep of the wonderful Kingdom of Saud. Unintended consequences.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:20 | Link to Comment swanpoint
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soaring, bitchez!

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:21 | Link to Comment Odin
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Nah, just a glitch in the Matrix...

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:21 | Link to Comment deepsouthdoug
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Thanks for the clarity.  I was trying to figure out was going on.  In this case no news means I'll hold my shorts a bit longer.   

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:21 | Link to Comment c'mon man
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Soccer fans know how to riot...

 

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:22 | Link to Comment DosZap
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c'mon man

Yep, cause their usually Snockered.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:21 | Link to Comment BW
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Dumping USD assets buying Euros.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:22 | Link to Comment Quintus
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Why would the ECB do that?  EUR/USD wasn't at any particularly dangerous tipping point.

I prefer the 'Panic repatriation' interpretation.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:39 | Link to Comment Captain Benny
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Agreed, there is some serious panic and they needed to repatriate.  Something very very very big is going on.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:22 | Link to Comment dereksatkinson
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The Fed, not the ECB, is probably doing this.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:22 | Link to Comment konputa
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No news is good news, apparently.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:24 | Link to Comment prains
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somebody just got in the hot tub without a bathing suit

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:22 | Link to Comment Johnny Yuma
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Fade it!

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:45 | Link to Comment Johnny Yuma
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Looks like the ECB is giving everyone -1's today on their comments. Lol!

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:23 | Link to Comment greg2514
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I have seen everything now! Maybe GS going for 1.40 again

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:23 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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Capital repatriation. Banks need money on their books. Lot's of margin calls. I'd fade the bounce.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:24 | Link to Comment DeadFred
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Someone's front running the US credit downgrade. My WAG

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:24 | Link to Comment qussl3
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This is why i am not short this POS.

Fucking retarded no reason ping pong action.

FX brokers must love this crap.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:24 | Link to Comment Caviar Emptor
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When things begin to crumble, expect the unexpected. 

Always bad when very unexpected things happen. Market hates that

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:24 | Link to Comment buzlightening
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Ezero rock solid as sponge bob square pants enjoys getting soaked.  Who didn't know it all ends in disaster and mf gobble your money was only a warning as to how fast your burnokio bux can be locked up.  In an instant; overnight.  Get out of the western bankstering system or die a horrible financial death along with it.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:25 | Link to Comment common_sense
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RUMOR IS HERE:  AGAIN LIKE IN SEPTEMBER.... BARROSO AND EUROBONDS...ARE COMING BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK...

THIS TIME IS TRUTH, OF COURSE...

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:26 | Link to Comment zonkie
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It is someone dumping dollar.  WTI also rose last few minutes. Has QE3 chatter intensified?

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:29 | Link to Comment jomama
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surely this move must be based on fundamentals.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:10 | Link to Comment Zero Debt
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Fundamental analysis

Technical analysis

Manipulation analysis

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:37 | Link to Comment citrine
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Not necessarily in that order, is it?

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:29 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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Eurobonds to save Europe.  When markets start to collapse, recycle a EuroRumor.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:30 | Link to Comment Caviar Emptor
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Property-casualty group diving today, Alleghany down 7%

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:35 | Link to Comment mayhem_korner
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Pourquoi?

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:30 | Link to Comment tomreagan
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Check out the 10yr treasury vs. stocks vs financial corporates today. Bank corporates are getting pummeled (as is EIB and other yankee names recently as Asia dumps in record amounts. And yes they do take down most of yankee auctions). Financials are getting smoked,the last time they were this wide 10yr Treasuries were @ 1.77%. Today, they can only muster a 5bp rally and have stalled at 1.95% while stocks are creamed. Selling to buy EUR because the EURUSD vs S&P correlation is all that matters? Hmmm?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDH9Jq5AWkQ

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:30 | Link to Comment CvlDobd
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I said I another thread.

A colleague mentioned that Cramer said the key to understand the equityarket is the currencies.

So stocks will not care what Currencies do from here on.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:31 | Link to Comment swissaustrian
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Weird stuff. Equities didn´t follow. Gold doesn´t count today, because tommorow is options expiry...

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:32 | Link to Comment youngman
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I am thinking there should be enough demand to override the Bank raid today...so far not....

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:31 | Link to Comment youngman
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Its probably JAPAN...lol....the last three headlines on ZeroHedge....is all it takes to make me buy more gold and silver....this market is crazy....no more fundimentals...no more economics..its Central Bank vs Central Bank...scary...and add in HFT´s and regulations...or lack thereof..sorry..I´ll stay outside and watch

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:31 | Link to Comment YesWeKahn
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Saw that too, it must be Goldman sacks's God hand.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:31 | Link to Comment PicassoInActions
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it can be suis.

They have to hold CHF at certain level so they are forced to buy good amount of EURO

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:35 | Link to Comment swissaustrian
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It´s pretty irrelevant which FX the SNB buys as long as they´re selling CHFs. Most of the interventions took place in USD/CHF not EUR/CHF

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:31 | Link to Comment slewie the pi-rat
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PPT i would think

trying to light a unicorn fart under the S&P and the R2K

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:38 | Link to Comment Cult_of_Reason
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EIB/IMF sells gold and converts USD into EUR (buying Euros) to prop it up -- they are afraid people will lose confidence in EUR (if they see it plunging) and everything collapses within days.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:14 | Link to Comment gmrpeabody
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Apparently I am helping them, cause I am adding to my PHYS!

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 14:33 | Link to Comment narnia
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more likely the G20 nations are managing their currency reserves to match the SDR weighting being discussed before the mother of all IMF printing coming soon.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:33 | Link to Comment SwingForce
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Goldman covering their shorts......

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:33 | Link to Comment Caviar Emptor
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Hank Greenberg suing Uncle Sam for 2008 takeover of AIG (!) lol

http://blogs.wsj.com/deals/2011/11/21/hank-greenberg-cites-constitution-...

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:07 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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Wait, didn't he go on TV every day for 2 weeks straight begging for a bail-out, because as he put it, "It's the quintessential American institution, and cannot be allowed to fail?"

They're gonna have to increase the dosage of fluoride in my water if I'm to be expected to fall for this.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:34 | Link to Comment sabra1
Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:36 | Link to Comment Bold Eagle
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The loss of customers' funds at MF Global is better than expected at $1.2 bln, that's why zEURo spiked. My bet is on gravity though.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:08 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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Jamie Dimon's gettin' paid!

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:36 | Link to Comment jaygee
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more buyers than sellers makes the price go up

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:09 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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Like, buyers named ECB?

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:37 | Link to Comment vote_libertaria...
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I'm going out on a limb here.  Some anonymous short selling dude in his Mom's basement caused it.

 

Yeah...that's the ticket.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:39 | Link to Comment sabra1
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RobotTrader?

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:43 | Link to Comment hollowbody
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Just a few people with some ideas after following the link to Rollover,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDWWENGUhO4&feature=related

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 15:47 | Link to Comment seek
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A FYI to anyone who wants to watch, the only thing worth it in the movie is the ending. I invested the two hours to watch this dog just a couple weeks ago, and it's plodding, has a very sparse storyline, and no T&A. But an awesome doomer-porn last 10 minutes. Here's the last 10 minutes with the doom-porn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPYLJoq_40Y

 

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:37 | Link to Comment tahoebumsmith
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The ECB is Intervening in Europe, The FED is intervening in The US, The BOJ has gone ballistic in Japan and the only thing it has gotton us is more debt and more instability. What they will do to keep the derivitives ponzi from coming unraveled? Pretty soon the only option they will have left is to hide...And you wonder why the underground bunker business is thriving?

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:38 | Link to Comment Fetor
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I think it's because of Snooki's new book.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:56 | Link to Comment onarga74
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I understand it's titled "The New Jayne Mansfield for Croutons" or "How to Spank the Clown Without a Boner.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:40 | Link to Comment Trad3er_1337
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WHY DOSE EVERYONE HERE THINK THAT THE WHOLE WORLD REVOLVES AROUND THE EUR/USD.... OBVESLY NOONE HERE TRADES FX... EVERYONE SEEMS TO FORGET THAT THERE ARE OTHER DRIVERS OF THE FX MARKETS. A LITTLE BIT IF RESEARCH AND STUDY AND YOU WILL SEE THE RELATIONSIPS... MOVES IN THE CROSSES WILL MOVE THE MAJORS... IE THIS LAST MOVE WHICH CAME FROM EUR/CHF... IF YOU HAVE A LOOK YOU WILL SEE THAT THE USD FELL SHARPLY AGAINST THE CHF WHERE AS THE EUR DID NOT, THIS THEN IN TURN STRENGTHEN THE EUR AGAINST THE USD...

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:47 | Link to Comment gmrpeabody
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Your CAPS LOCK is on....

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:59 | Link to Comment Fetor
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Either way you'd be a fool to buy this.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:10 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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Might I recommend decaf?

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:40 | Link to Comment jaygee
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cover em up boys, if things are so bad for the euro, then why is it still 1.35? Seems it should be so much lower. Why not?

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:46 | Link to Comment tomreagan
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For the same reason Treasuries have only traded between 1.95 and 2.06 since 10/31. Because they are both being massively manipulated for small amounts as volume has plunged and liquidity has vanished

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:58 | Link to Comment Trad3er_1337
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Because things in the US arnt a whole lot better then in europe... the main reason that the EUR/USD plunged is because of the USD/JPY... The USD has been prevented from falling against the yen by the BOJ however the EUR has not so when EUR/JPY plumbeted and the USD/JPY did not (due to fear of another BOJ intervention which cam a week or so latter) the EUR/USD also Plumbeted... However you will notice that the when the eur/jpy rallied the usd/jpy did not so this is why the rally in the EUR/USD happend and why the EUR/USD is so resilient.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:41 | Link to Comment Jalarupa
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Pump and dump...Weekly open holding strong

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:56 | Link to Comment Jalarupa
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PWND o_0

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:44 | Link to Comment AGoldhamster
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Our group expects Gold, silver, Indices, EURUSD to bottom 22nd or 23rd. Then a rebound for around the next 4 weeks.

Besides that I suggest to be careful with holding positions overnight in Asia. The most evil selloffs and/or washouts in recent years most often started during Asia session when the rest of the planet is asleep.

DYOD.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:49 | Link to Comment gmrpeabody
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Our group...?

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:22 | Link to Comment dereksatkinson
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He's a pretty good gold trader lots of people watch over at kitco.  Has a good track record so he's no dumby. Not a perma-bull.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 14:24 | Link to Comment AGoldhamster
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All honor goes to Cyclist. I'm just a student.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:26 | Link to Comment falak pema
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when in doubt, drown by numbers in group sex, group alcohol, group betting, group shorting, group snorting and group suicides. 

You are perfect as client for group on and Walmart as you can buy group junk food at discount prices. 

March on WS Groupee has to be the word that makes Newt crinch and Gingrich grab for the pepper can. 

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:01 | Link to Comment Fetor
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Our group = you and your hamster?

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:18 | Link to Comment Zero Debt
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Or a lot of hamsters

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:23 | Link to Comment Reptil
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bwahaha!

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:12 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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Does your hamster celebrate Turkey Day? That's always a fun day for those Asians, and other non-pilgrims.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:51 | Link to Comment jaygee
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sniff, sniff. Is that a short squeeze i smell?

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:53 | Link to Comment jaygee
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ya grmpeabody, you know...."them"

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:01 | Link to Comment alpharack
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This is the perfect set up to strengthen short position in EURUSD; a EURUSD collapse is imminent.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:02 | Link to Comment Fetor
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1.3555 Let the selling begin.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:07 | Link to Comment BlueStreet
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Maybe they'll lock up Corzine in a cell next to Angelo Mozillo, oh wait, that's right....

 

 

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:10 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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EUR/USD green, gentlemen.  Draghi?

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:15 | Link to Comment eurusdog
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If the ECB is intervening, they have good precedent to do so. The week of US Thanksgiving can have mad flow. Last year the pair dumped over 550 points the week of Thanksgiving. in 2007, the pair saw 100 points rise before hitting a top and falling 500 points by Dec 20. Any ground given up this week could be costly and not seen again for a damn long time!

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:20 | Link to Comment Trad3er_1337
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Why the strength? Bcause things in the US arnt a whole lot better then in europe... the main reason that the EUR/USD plunged is because of the USD/JPY... The USD has been prevented from falling against the yen by the BOJ however the EUR has not so when EUR/JPY plumbeted and the USD/JPY did not (due to fear of another BOJ intervention which cam a week or so latter) the EUR/USD also Plumbeted... However you will notice that the when the eur/jpy rallied the usd/jpy did not so this is why the rally in the EUR/USD happend and why the EUR/USD is so resilient.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:21 | Link to Comment falak pema
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PMs getting clobbered, especially gold.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:36 | Link to Comment Threeggg
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Isn't this what the whole market is about ? Real assets vs paper ?

Make no mention of the Gold/Silver options expiry tomorrow !

 

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:38 | Link to Comment onarga74
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Don't you know the rules?  Since gold can never go down you have to say "gold has temporarily stopped going up." That way it can still be regarded as a safe investment.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:21 | Link to Comment jaygee
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i don't know who did it but if it was just a short cover, it probably would have rertaced a bit by now. SInce it hasn't i can assume this was a long position and they are sitting under the bid now. Just a little food for thought. Everyone thinks the euro is going lower and has positioned themselves accordingly. So there are the stops to be run.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:24 | Link to Comment dereksatkinson
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Good point.  Might just be normal market action in a very thin holiday week.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:27 | Link to Comment H H Henry P P P...
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That was pathetic move from ECB.  Japan can erect a bigger candlestick on their USD/JPY than the Europeans can with their currency.  And the Japanese are known for having the smallest candlesticks in the world.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:46 | Link to Comment integrale
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Where's George Soros in all this?  Doesn't he want to break the ECB?

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 14:00 | Link to Comment chaartist
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i dont know whats with liquidity, today they were hunting for stops like hell. They are doing with FX what they want, there is no market and logic to those moves. 

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 14:10 | Link to Comment The 100 Trillio...
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"According to White House, President Obama called Italian PM Monti and voiced full confidence in Italy"

We have a winner!

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 14:39 | Link to Comment kavaron
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How about short squeeze? Show me one euro bull, there is none left. Market very often shakes out weak hands before resuming the trend.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 14:49 | Link to Comment The Count
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Am I the only one thinking... 40 pips...out of nowehre...so what, thats nothing for this cross.... hardly news or even noteworthy...now a 400 pip move,thats MAYBE news...

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 15:49 | Link to Comment merchantratereview
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oy gevalt with the drama.

 

EUR/USD spike was a simple retesting Friday's weekly close. (and the EMA 100 in the 1 hour)

 

My grandmother could have predicted that!

 

(I faded a correated pair for a few pips. hurrah.....technical looks like consolidation/stall at this level for "awhile")

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 16:41 | Link to Comment derkesthai
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I still believe that the relative strength of the EUR, in the face of ever increasing bad news is, as Merkel stresses repeatedly, the crisis is perceived to be one of confidence. In some sense they are right [In God we trust, no gold here] although, I believe they are spot off and are attempting to cure the symptoms vs the disease through market interventions. The news - that is the cover for these interventions. Doesn't matter the news content, headlines, or color of ink. Today, no news, but can get by with it sometimes because everyone will look for a rational trade savvy reason where none exists. None other than intervention by the eurozone's PPT. Don't know who exactly and maybe some here do or have a lead. Whomever it is is stacking up losses which someday will see the light of day.

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 17:26 | Link to Comment Cadavre
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Has the obvious since the get-go failure of the very famous super committee been priced out or priced in (it's so confusing)? Or, are market makers waiting for muggle notification by the Cramster during one of his epic, though thoroughly mesmerizing "think beyond the edge of your spreadsheet" sermons?

There may be one play for a day: hack super committee member and staff brokerage accounts ... follow the bread crumbs of corruption down the path to a dripping money pot?

(my first ZH post and i am soooo wet with anticipation of rudely taking it up backside as my vain attempts to merge with the group grope in the eye of the storm are exposed!)

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 18:37 | Link to Comment Ghordius
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"wet with anticipation of rudely taking it up backside"?
Necrophilic wet or ...?

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