Traditionally, investors expect the financial markets to be quiet and consolidative during shortened trading weeks. There’s usually less participation and less liquidity as investors square their positions and close their books early. But 2020 has been a year like no other, and we would not be surprised to see new multi-month highs and lows set in currencies this week. In fact, there’s precedent. and actually have a history of breaking out or reaching new milestones Thanksgiving week. Just take a look at the charts below:
In 2019, USD/JPY hit a six-month high the day before Thanksgiving, while EUR/USD hit a one-month low the day after Thanksgiving. There were no milestones in 2018, but in 2017, EUR/USD and hit one-month highs Thanksgiving Day, while USD/JPY fell to a two-month low the day before Thanksgiving. In 2016, the EUR/USD dropped to an 11-month low the week of Thanksgiving, while USD/JPY rose to a seven-month high. There was no meaningful movement in sterling that year. In 2015, EUR/USD and GBP/USD fell to a 7-month low the week of Thanksgiving as USD/JPY consolidated. In most cases, the trend that was in place immediately before the holidays continued.
We are far away from any multi-month highs or lows in USD/JPY, but EUR/USD’s two-month high is within 100 pips. History cautions us not to be complacent over the next 24 to 72 hours. U.S. markets are closed on Thursday, but currencies continue to trade around the clock in other parts of the world. There are a number of U.S. economic reports scheduled for release on Wednesday, including revisions to Q3 , , , and . There could be big moves but it’s more likely to come from coronavirus headlines or President Donald Trump’s political actions.
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