Trading The U.S. NFP (Nonfarm Payroll) Employment Release, July 8, 2016

US NFP is expected to be around 181K, and with the Fed not likely to do anything until we get at least a few above 150K releases in a row, today’s release may not bring any long-term change for the USD, but short-termwise we should see plenty of action if we get our tradable figures.

8:30am (NY Time) US NF Employment Forecast 181K Previous 38K 8:30am (NY Time) US Unemployment Rate Forecast 4.8% Previous 4.7% Deviation: 70K (BUY USD 251K / SELL USD 111K)

The Trade Plan Today’s NFP Employment Change release is forecasted at 181K. The Unemployment Rate is expected to be at 4.8%. If we get a significantly lower release on the NFP (111K or worse) and slightly higher Unemployment Rate (4.8% or more), I’d be looking to SELL the USD against stronger currencies as speculation for Feds to further delay the next rate hike. On the other hand, if we get a strong NFP release (251K or better) and the Unemployment Rate falls or remain at 4.8%, USD could strengthen and I would BUY USD against other weaker currencies (use CSM or recommended pairs above).

Outlook Score Outlook score is derived from market sentiment, focus, and economic indicators for the currency. It represents the long-term trend of the currency and its market perception. In short, a strong Outlook Score means more long-term demand for the currency, and a weak Outlook Score is the opposite.

TO BE UPDATED ON July 7, 2016

NFP Trading Strategy Let’s talk about how to trade this release: We’ll wait for the numbers to come out but continue to hold on a trade, Even if we get our tradable figures (251K to 111K). Wait for a possible revision of the previous release number of 38K, and market usually overreacts with the Revision and chances favor that a solid trade will present itself if we don’t get a conflicting releases between the revision and the actual release; at this point, still stay out of the market.

Then the next step is to wait for the Unemployment Rate, which is expected to be at 4.8%. If the Unemployment Rate were to surprise higher, we’ll have to make a decision based on the market sentiment coming into this release… Of course, if Unemployment rate were to fall below 4.5%, then we should see a surge in USD as traders speculate Fed accelerate rate hiking process.

After all of the numbers have been released, wait for the market to push and wait patiently for a decent retracement before getting in. Look for recent support/resistance areas for entry as a high impact news with various components are extremely volatile, and those who are patient will always get a chance to enter with a much better entry.

DEFINITION US NFP Employment measures the change in number of employed people during the previous month, excluding the farming industry. A rising trend has a positive effect on the nation´s currency. Job creation is an important indicator of economic health because consumer spending, which is highly correlated with labor conditions, makes up a large portion of GDP. This report is the first of the month that relates to labor conditions, making it susceptible to big surprises.

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