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UK usually is sensitive to this data as it is largely a services and consumption economy.

I decided to place a straddle with the following details: –

Spot: 1.2938

Stop if Bid: 1.2968

Stop if Offered: 1.2908

Let’s see.

Looked at the 1H and 4H AUDUSD charts and felt that the AUDUSD has bottomed and potentially has a chance to move up in the near future.

So decided to buy a 1 month call option with the following details: –

Spot: 0.7340

Premium: 68bps

BE: 0.7408

Expiry: 12 June 2017

Let’s see what happens.

I believe Draghi is going to starting reining in QE as he kind of hinted in his last press conference.

However, because of the Brexit, French elections, Greece and Italy, I can’t help thinking that he might end up also being alittle dovish.

So in truth, I believe he can go either way, but the volatility on the upside seem to be higher than the down side.

I decided to execute a double down call and put option spread with the following details: –

Spot; 1.0905

Call option; BE; 1.0948 with 43bps premium

Put Option; BE; 1.0879 with 26 bps premium

Total premiums; 69bps.

Let’s see what happens. I believe whatever happens tonight will translate into market action over the next few days.

It doesn’t help that it’s a long weekend upcoming up.

 

Given UK’s preoccupation with the Brexit and firms pulling out, I felt that the manufacturing numbers were probably going to be weak.

So decided to put in my GBPUSD straddle with the following details: –

Stop If Offered at 1.2440, Spoat at 1.2460, Stop if Bid at 1.2480

All the data came out weak, and it triggered by Stop if Offered leg, but for some reason the GBP seemed resilient, so I decided to square the position at 1.2400 for a trading profit of 40bps.

UK Services PMI will always be a much looked at data given the services economy that is the UK.

I decided to put in my GBPUSD straddle with the following detail: –

Stop if Offered at 1.2444, Spot at 1.2474, Stop if Bid at 1.2474

Though the PMI came out strong at 55 versus forecast of 53.5, the GBP just didn’t make much of a move, it did trigger my stop if bid leg.

I squared the position at 1.2492 for a small trading profit of 18bps.

 

One of the more significant speeches to be made by Theresa May after triggering Article 50.

So I decided to place a straddle just before the speech with the following details: –

Stop If Offered at 1.2538, Spot at 1.2568, Stop if Bid at 1.2590

After Theresa May announced a possible snap election in June, the GBPUSD started getting bidded.

I followed the spot trade till about 9:25pm and decided to square the position at 1.2725 (high was 1.2745) for a trading profit of 135bps.

Thank you Theresa!!!

 

Yesterday, thought the NY Empire State Manufacturing PMI would be a volatile event.

So, placed two straddles; one EURUSD and the other USDJPY.

Unfortunately, despite the weak data, EUR and JPY hardly moved. I believed the world is on edge about the tension between North Korea and the USA.

So I withdrew both the straddle trades.

Volatility is low, so it’s increasingly more difficult to do intra day spot trades.

I felt the timing was more appropriate for options so decided to execute the following options: –

1 Month GBPUSD Put Option – Strike at Spot 1.2565, premium at 129bps and BE at 1.2436

1 Month USDJPY Call Option – Strike at Spot 108.85, premium at 1.43yen and BE at 110.29

Let’s see what happens.

Was trying to get a feel for the range of the GBPUSD.

The 4H  –  High 1.3441, Low 1.2022, spot at about 23.8% retracement level

1H   –   HIgh 1.2560, Low 1.2119, spot just above 61.8% retracement level

It suggests that if there is positive news coming out of the UK that the 1H could breakout and then the 4H begins to be relevant.

Have to keep watching……………….

I really did not know which way the market is going to move but there was enough buzz in the markeplace to generate sufficient volatility to do my straddle.

At about 1:56am Singapore time I decided to place two straddle trades with the following details: –

EURUSD; Stop if Offered 1.0600, Spot at 1.0630, Stop if Bid 1.0660

USDJPY; Stop if Offered 114.23, Spot 114.53, Stop if Bid 114.83

All SLs at 30bps away.

I decided to square the USDJPY 3 minutes after the announcement at 113.70 and the EURUSD 5 minutes later at 1.0690.

Trading profit of the USDJPY was 0.53yen and EURUSD 30bps.

Not too bad, was hoping for a bigger move, then again, we should be thankful for good and safe trading profits.