After initial selloff, Euro quickly rebounds as ECB Mario Draghi’s press conference is not as dovish as the statement suggests. September ECB decision could be live, depending on upcoming economic projections. For now, Euro is the strongest one for today, followed by Sterling. Dollar is the third strongest, supported by strong durable goods data. New Zealand and Australian Dollar are the weakest.

Technically, EUR/USD breached 1.1107 low to 1.1101 but rebounds strongly. A short term bottom is likely formed and stronger rise would be seen back to 1.1193/1282 resistance zone. USD/JPY finally breaks 108.37 resistance, which suggests resumption of rebound from 106.78. But that’s more due to weakness in Yen, as reaction to ECB and US data, rather than strength of Dollar.

In other markets, DOW open lower and is trading down -100 pts. 10-year yield is up 0.04 at 2.09. In Europe, FTSE is down -0.49%. DAX is down -1.73%. CAC is down -0.99%. German 10-year yield is up 0.024 at -0.350, after diving to new record low at -0.418. Earlier in Asia, Nikkei rose 0.22%. Hong Kong HSI rose 0.25%. China Shanghai SSE rose 0.48%. Singapore Strait Times rose 0.38%. Japan 10-year yield dropped -0.0041 to -0.15.

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ECB opens door to rate cut, but Draghi not dovish enough

ECB keeps monetary policy unchanged as widely expected. Main refinancing rate is kept at 0.00%. Marginal lending facility and deposit facility rates are held at 0.25% and -0.40% respectively. Forward guidance is changed to reflect the possibility of lower interest rates. That is, interest rates are expected to “remain at their present or lower levels at least through the first half of 2020”. Also ECB “stands ready to adjust all of it instruments” if “medium-term inflation outlook continues to fall short of its aim”. The statement clearly include the “possibility of lower interest rates”, opening the door for rate cut ahead.

However, President Mario Draghi is not as dovish in the press conference. Most importantly, there was no discussion on rate cuts today. Additionally, no unanimity was achieved among policy makers regarding the next move, just “convergence” of views. The comments argue that there is a lack of urgency for any action. And, September’s decision could be live, depending on upcoming economic projections.

On the economy, Draghi said slower growth outlook “mainly reflects the ongoing weakness in international trade in an environment of prolonged global uncertainties, which are particularly affecting the euro area manufacturing sector.”On the other hand, “activity levels in the services and construction sectors are resilient and the labor market is still improving.”

Nevertheless, risks “remain tilted to the downside, reflecting the prolonged presence of uncertainties related to geopolitical factors, the rising threat of protectionism, and vulnerabilities in emerging markets.” Incoming data continue to point to “somewhat slower growth” in Q2 and Q3.

“Inflationary pressures remain muted and indicators of inflation expectations have declined.” But, over the medium term,”underlying inflation is expected to increase, supported by our monetary policy measures, the ongoing economic expansion, and stronger wage growth.”

German Ifo dropped to 95.7, economy is navigating troubled waters

German Ifo Business Climate dropped to 95.7 in July, down from 97.5 and missed expectation of 97.0. Expectations Index dropped to 92.2, down from 94.0, missed expectation of 94.0. Current Assessment Index dropped to 99.4, down from 101.1, missed expectation of 100.4.

Clemens Fuest, President of the ifo Institute, said “the mood in German C suites is growing uneasy… Companies were less satisfied with their current business situation and are also looking ahead with increased skepticism. The German economy is navigating troubled waters.”

Manufacturing index was in “freefall” and dropped from 1.3 to -4.3. “Such a major decline was last seen in February 2009” and, “no improvement is expected in the short term, as businesses are looking ahead to the next six months with more pessimism.” Services Sector index dropped from 20.3 to 17.7, with expectations slightly pessimistic for the first time since July 2009. Trade index “slid sharply” from 7.9 to 1.4. “Companies are assessing their current situation as considerably less positive, and their outlook for the coming months is markedly more skeptical.” Construction Index dropped rose from 23.0 to 23.3.

US durable goods orders, jobless claims beat expectations

US durable goods orders rose 2.0% to USD 246.0B in June, beat expectation of 0.7%. Ex-transport orders rose 1.2% to, also beat expectation of 0.2%. Excluding defense, new orders increased 3.1 percent.

Advance goods trade deficit narrowed -1.2% to USD 74.2B, but was larger than expectation of USD -72.4B. Wholesale inventories rose 0.2% mom, below expectation of 0.4% mom.

Initial jobless claims dropped -10k to 206k in the week ending July 20, below expectation of 220k. Four-week moving average of initial claims dropped -5.75k to 213k. Continuing claims dropped -13k to 1.676m in the week ending July 13. Four-week moving average of continuing claims dropped -4.5k to 1.697m.

China MOFCOM: Some Chinese firms willing to continue to buy US farm products

Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman Geo Feng confirmed that next round of US-China trade negotiation will happen in Shanghai for two days on July 30-31.

It’s reported that China has already agreed on unspecified purchases of US agricultural production. Gao said in a regular press conference that “Some Chinese firms are willing to continue to buy some U.S. agricultural goods, and they have asked for prices from their U.S. suppliers and will sign commercial contracts soon.”

But Gao also clarified that the purchases will be decided by companies themselves according to market functioning. Such purchases bear no direct relationship to restart of trade talks.

RBA Lowe: Prepared to provide additional easing, extended period of low interest rates expected

In a speech delivered today, RBA Governor Philip Lowe reiterated the dovish stance that, “the Board is prepared to provide additional support by easing monetary policy further.” At the same time, “whether or not further monetary easing is needed, it is reasonable to expect an extended period of low interest rates.”

Lowe also noted, “on current projections, it will be some time before inflation is comfortably back within the target range”. And, it’s “highly unlikely that we will be contemplating higher interest rates until we are confident that inflation will return to around the midpoint of the target range.”

He also defended current inflation target a said it has “stood the test of time”. He warned that lowering the target could “hardly seems a good way to build long-term credibility”. ” Lowe said. “Shifting the goal posts could also entrench a low inflation mindset.” Thus, “this brings me back to the question: is inflation targeting still appropriate? The short answer is yes.” And, ” the evidence does not support the idea that a change to our inflation target would deliver better economic outcomes than achieved by our current flexible inflation target,” he noted.

EUR/USD Mid-Day Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 1.1125; (P) 1.1141; (R1) 1.1154; More

After dipping to 1.1101, EUR/USD drew support from 1.1107 low and recovered. With break of 1.1158 minor resistance, intraday bias is turned neutral first. Stronger recovery could be seen. But for now, break of 1.1282 resistance is needed to confirm completion of fall from 1.1412. Otherwise, another decline will remain mildly in favor. Though, firm break of 1.1282 will bring stronger rise to 1.1412 resistance.

In the bigger picture, on the one hand, 1.1107 is seen as a medium term bottom on bullish convergence condition in weekly MACD. On the other hand, rejection by 55 week EMA retains medium term bearishness. Outlook stays neutral for now. On the downside, break of 1.1107 will resume the down trend from 1.2555 (2018 high) to 78.6% retracement of 1.0339 to 1.2555 at 1.0813. Meanwhile, break of 1.1412 will resume the rebound to 38.2% retracement of 1.2555 to 1.1107 at 1.1660.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
23:50 JPY Corporate Service Price Y/Y Jun 0.70% 0.80% 0.80% 0.90%
08:00 EUR German IFO Business Climate Jul 95.7 97 97.4 97.5
08:00 EUR German IFO Expectations Jul 92.2 94 94.2 94
08:00 EUR German IFO Current Assessment Jul 99.4 100.4 100.8 101.1
10:00 GBP CBI Reported Sales Jul -16 -8 -42
11:45 EUR ECB Rate Decision 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
11:45 EUR ECB Marginal Lending Facility 0.25% 0.25% 0.25%
11:45 EUR ECB Deposit Facility Rate -0.40% -0.40% -0.40%
12:30 EUR ECB Press Conference
12:30 USD Wholesale Inventories M/M Jun P 0.20% 0.40% 0.40%
12:30 USD Durable Goods Orders Jun P 2.00% 0.70% -1.30% -2.30%
12:30 USD Durables Ex Transportation Jun P 1.20% 0.20% 0.40% 0.40%
12:30 USD Advance Goods Trade Balance (USD) Jun -74.2B -72.4B -74.5B
12:30 USD Initial Jobless Claims (JUL 20) 206K 220K 216K
14:30 USD Natural Gas Storage 40B 62B

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