Global equities rebound and are paring back some of this week’s steep losses ahead of weekly close. Dollar is also recovering, in particular against Euro and Sterling. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin comment on Fed also helped give the greenback a mild lift. But for today, Canadian and Australian Dollar are the strongest one so far, while Dollar is the third. On the other hand, Sterling is the weakest one, followed by Euro.

At the time of writing, US futures point to sharply higher open, with triple digit gain in DOW. FTSE is up 0.74%, DAX up 0.74% and CAC up 0.81%. German-Italian spread stays above 300. Italian 10 year yield is down -0.025 at 3.545. German 10 year yield is down -0.008 at 0.512. Earlier today, all major Asian indices closed with gains. Nikkei rose 0.46%, Singapore Strait Times up 0.71%> Hong Kong HSI added 2.21%. China Shanghai SSE gained 0.91% to 2606.91, but still below prior key support at 2638.

Technically, with Dollar’s rebound, focus is now turned to 1.1534 minor support in EUR/USD and 1.3132 minor support in GBP/USD. Break of these two levels will indicate completion of this week’s rebound and could trigger more upside in the greenback.

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US Mnuchin on Chinese Yuan, trade and Fed

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin met with China PBoC Governor Yi Gang on the sidelines of the IMF summit in Indonesia. Mnuchin said after the meeting that “I expressed my concern about the weakness in the (yuan) currency and that as part of any trade discussions, currency has to be part of the discussion. And he added that “we had a productive explanation from his standpoint on those issues” regarding Yuan’s depreciation against Dollar. It’s reported that Yi told people in a closed-door session that China’s monetary policy was on an opposite cycle to that of the US.

Mnuchin declined to comment on whether China would be named a currency manipulator in the upcoming Treasury report. But he emphasized that “The currency report is something we report to Congress. It is done pursuant to two separate pieces of legislation. This is not a political document.” But on trade, Mnuchin insisted that”It has to be that we can reach an agreement on action items that can rebalance the relationship. We’ve made it clear that if they have real action items that they want to discuss that we will listen.”

On Fed, Mnuchin said “The president likes low interest rates. The president is concerned about the Fed raising interest rates too much and slowing down the economy and those are obviously natural concerns.” Meanwhile he called this week’s stock market rout as a “natural correction after the markets were up a lot”. And according to Mnuchin, it’s not related to high interest rates and Fed policy and “there’s really no new information in the market on the Fed or on trade for that matter.”

ECB Draghi: Cliff-edge Brexit a significant downside risk to financial stability

ECB President Mario Draghi reiterated in an IMF conference that “broad-based growth in the euro area will continue.” He added the central bank’s policy measures “continue to underpin domestic demand, which remains the mainstay of the ongoing expansion.” Global expansion will also continue to benefit Eurozone exports.

On inflation, higher headline inflation reflected rise in energy prices. “While measures of underlying inflation remain generally muted, they have been increasing from earlier lows.” And he echoed the monetary policy account that “uncertainty around the inflation outlook is receding.” While ECB is on course to stop asset purchases, he emphasized that “significant monetary policy stimulus is still needed to support the further build-up of domestic price pressures and headline inflation developments over the medium term.”

On financial stability, he said “recent episodes of heightened financial market volatility have led to only limited contagion across countries and markets.” However, “the uncertainty triggered by a cliff-edge Brexit could have the potential to pose a more significant downside risk to financial stability.”

UK Hammond on Brexit negotiation: Positive process, challenging substance

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said that there are still big issues to resolve in Brexit negotiation. He said “what has happened over the last week, ten days, is that there has been a measurable change in pace.” However, “that shouldn’t conceal the fact that we still have some big differences left to resolve. So process is a lot more positive this week – substance still very challenging.”

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker emphasized that “Those who place all their bets on the scenario of a no-deal are wrong: we will have to find a deal. And I think we will find it,” He added that “the Irish issue is obviously extra difficult. It’s true we are not where we should be to strike a deal.”

China exports to US grew despite trade war, imports shrank for another month

China’s trade surplus surprisingly widened in September, as trade surplus with US jumped to record high at USD 34.1B. As trade war started and escalated to another phase, exports to US continued to grow while imports from the US contracted for another month. For the year as a whole, China continued to have faster import growth with EU, than exports.

In USD terms, China’s trade surplus widened to USD 31.7B in September, well above expectation of USD 19.4B. Exports rose 14.5% yoy to USD 226.7B. Import rose 14.3% yoy to 195.0B.

For the month of September

  • Exports to EU rose 1.2% mom, 11.4% yoy to USD 37.4B. Imports from EU dropped -0.6% mom, rose 9.1% yoy to USD 24.7B. Trade surplus rose 9.9%, 37.7% yoy to USD 12.7B.
  • Exports to US rose 5.2% mom, 14.0% yoy to USD 46.7B. Imports from US dropped -5.8% mom, -2.3% yoy to USD 12.6B. Trade surplus rose 9.9% mom, 21.5% yoy to USD 34.1B.

From January to September

  • Exports to EU rose 11.4% yoy to USD 301.5B. Imports from EU rose 14.1% to USD 205.2B. Trade surplus rose 6.1% yoy to USD 96.3B.
  • Exports to US rose 12.9% yoy to 348.8B. Imports from US rose 8.3% to USD 123.0B. Trade surplus rose 15.5% to USD 225.8B.

Elsewhere

New Zealand BusinessNZ manufacturing PMI dropped 0.3 to 51.7 in September. Australia home loans dropped -2.1% mom in August. Japan M3 rose 2.8% yoy in September. Tertiary industry index rose 0.5% mom in August. German CPI was finalized at 2.3% yoy in September, unrevised. Eurozone industrial production rose 1.0% mom in August, above expectation of 0.4% mom. US import price index rose 0.5% mom in September.

GBP/USD Mid-Day Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 1.3195; (P) 1.3222; (R1) 1.3261; More

With 4 hour MACD crossed below signal line, a temporary top is formed at 1.3257. Intraday bias in GBP/USD is turned neutral first. Another rise cannot be ruled out yet. But we’d still expect upside to be limited by 1.3316 key fibonacci level to limit upside to bring down trend resumption eventually. On the downside, below 1.3132 minor support will turn bias back to the downside for 1.2921 first. However, sustained break of 1.3316 would pave the way to next fibonacci level at 1.3721.

In the bigger picture, whole medium term rebound from 1.1946 (2016 low) should have completed at 1.4376 already, after rejection from 55 month EMA (now at 1.4062). The structure and momentum of the fall from 1.4376 argues that it’s resuming long term down trend. And this will be the preferred case as long as 38.2% retracement of 1.4376 to 1.2661 at 1.3316 holds. However, firm break of 1.3316 would bring stronger rebound to 61.8% retracement at 1.3721. And, the eventual depth of the fall from 1.4376, and the chance of hitting 1.1946 low, will depend on the strength of the interim corrective rebound from 1.2661.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
21:30 NZD BusinessNZ Manufacturing PMI Sep 51.7 52
23:50 JPY Japan Money Stock M2+CD Y/Y Sep 2.80% 2.90% 2.90%
0:30 AUD Home Loans M/M Aug -2.10% -0.90% 0.40% 0.00%
2:54 CNY Trade Balance (USD) Sep 31.7B 19.4B 27.9B
2:54 CNY Trade Balance (CNY) Sep 213B 192.3B 179.8B
4:30 JPY Tertiary Industry Index M/M Aug 0.50% 0.30% 0.10% -0.10%
6:00 EUR German CPI M/M Sep F 0.40% 0.40% 0.40%
6:00 EUR German CPI Y/Y Sep F 2.30% 2.30% 2.30%
9:00 EUR Eurozone Industrial Production M/M Aug 1.00% 0.40% -0.80% -0.70%
12:30 USD Import Price Index M/M Sep 0.50% 0.30% -0.60% -0.40%
14:00 USD U. of Mich. Sentiment Oct P 100.9 100.1

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