Sterling trades generally soft today as markets are awaiting Brexit developments. Scotland’s Outer House of the Court of Session ruled against the request to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek Brexit delay. But that was only because “government’s clearly stated position before the court, there is no need for coercive orders against it or against the Prime Minister to be pronounced.” So, reactions to the ruling are rather muted. For today, Pound is just the third weakest so far, following Australian and New Zealand Dollar. On the other hand, Euro and Swiss Franc are the strongest ones, together with Canadian Dollar.

Technically, more downside is expected in Sterling against Yen and Euro, despite some loss of downside momentum. Selling in the Pound could accelerate if GBP/USD breaks through 1.2204 to resume the decline from 1.2382. AUD/USD lost more ground today and could be heading back to 0.6670 low. Similarly, EUR/AUD is also heading back to 1.6368 temporary top.

In Europe, currently, FTSE is up 0.24%. DAX is up 0.12%. CAC is up 0.18%. German 10-year yield is up 0.003 at -0.582. Earlier in Asia, Nikkei dropped -0.16%. Singapore Strait Times rose 0.69%. Japan 10-year JGB yield dropped -0.0141 to -0.226.

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UK urges EU to match its compromises on Brexit

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he made a “very generous, fair and reasonable offer” to the EU on Brexit. And “what we’d like to hear from you now is what your thoughts are.” And, he also told EU, “if you have issues with any of the proposals that we’ve come up with, then let’s get into the detail and discuss them.”

Johnson’s spokesman also noted, “We are ready to talk to the EU at pace to secure a deal so that we can move on and build a new partnership between the UK and the EU, but if this is to be possible, the EU must match the compromises that the UK has made”. And, “the PM still believes there is an opportunity to get a deal done, but the EU must understand, in order to achieve that, the backstop has to be removed.”

BRC Like-for-Like Sales dropped -1.7% yoy in September, much worse than expectation of -0.8% yoy

Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive, BRC: “With the spectre of a no-deal weighing increasingly on consumer purchasing decisions, it is no surprise that sales growth has once again fallen into the red. Many consumers held off from non-essential purchases, or shopped around for the bigger discounts, while the new autumn clothing ranges suffered from the warmer September weather.

“The longer-term prospect continues to be bleak, with the 12-month average once again plumbing new depths at a mere 0.2 per cent. Online non-food sales growth was the lowest on record, though still compared favourably to the decline in growth at physical stores.

“With four months of negative sales growth since March, the ongoing political gridlock surrounding Brexit is harming both consumers and retailers. Clarity is needed over our future trading relationship with our closest neighbours, and it is vitally important that Britain does not leave the EU without a deal.”

Eurozone Sentix dropped to -16.8, cold shower after central bank easings

Eurozone Sentix Investor confidence dropped to -16.8, down from -11.1 and missed expectation of -13.0. That’s the lowest level since April 2013. Current Situation dropped from -9.5 to -15.5, 5th decline in a row, lowest since December 2014. Expectation index dropped from -12.8 to -18.0.

Sentix noted “there is no positive reaction to the central banks’ aid measures, and economic assessments are broadly negative in October”. The data have the effect of a “cold shower: there is no sign of a trend reversal, all subcomponents are in a descent.” “Particularly worrying is the dynamics of the deterioration of the situation, which signals a downward thrust of -6 points. Fears of recession are and remain immanent. The central bankers have not succeeded in breaking the downward spiral with the measures taken so far.”

Germany’s Overall Index dropped from -12.8 to -19.4, lowest since July 2009. German Current Situation dropped from -10.5 to -18.0, lowest since November 2009. German Expectations dropped from -15.0 to -20.8.

US Overall Index dropped from 5.5 to -4.1, turned negative and lowest since August 2012. US Current Situation dropped from 25.8 to 13.0, lowest since March 2013. US Expectations dropped from 013.0 to -19.8, lowest since January 2019.

German factory orders dropped -0.6% mom, led by domestic orders

German factory orders dropped -0.6% mom in August, worse than expectation of -0.4% mom. Over the year, factory orders dropped -2.1% yoy. Domestic orders decreased by -2.6% mom and foreign orders increased by 0.9% mom. New orders from the euro area were up 1.5% mom, new orders from other countries rose 0.4% mom.

Manufacturers of intermediate goods saw new orders increase by 1.1% mom. The manufacturers of capital goods showed decreases of -1.6% mom. For consumer goods, a decrease in new orders of -0.9% mom was recorded.

Australia AiG construction dropped to 42.6, 13th months of contraction

Australia AiG Performance of Construction Index dropped to 42.6 in September, down from 44.6. The construction industry was on aggregate declined more sharply. Contraction continued for 13th consecutive months with industry activity and new orders falling further into negative territory.

GBP/USD Mid-Day Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 1.2288; (P) 1.2322; (R1) 1.2369; More….

GBP/USD is staying in consolidation in range of 1.2204/2413 and intraday bias remains neutral. On the downside, below 1.2204 will revive the case that rebound form 1.1958 has completed at 1.2582. Intraday bias will be turned back to the downside for retesting 1.1958. On the upside, above 1.2413 will bring stronger rebound to 1.2582 resistance instead.

In the bigger picture, we’d remain cautious on medium term bottoming around 1.1946 (2016 low). Sustained trading above 55 week EMA (now at 1.2727) will extend the consolidation pattern from 1.1946 with another rise to 1.4376 resistance. Nevertheless, decisive break of 1.1946 will resume down trend from 2.1161 (2007 high) to 61.8% projection of 1.7190 to 1.1946 from 1.4376 at 1.1135.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
21:30 AUD AiG Performance of Construction Index Sep 42.6 44.6
23:50 JPY JP Foreign Reserves Sep $1322.6B $1311.6B
05:00 JPY Leading Economic Index Aug P 91.7 91.8 93.7
06:00 EUR Germany Factory Orders M/M Aug -0.60% -0.40% -2.70% -2.10%
07:00 CHF Foreign Currency Reserves (CHF) Sep 777B 767B
07:30 GBP Halifax House Prices M/M Sep -0.40% 0.10% 0.30% 0.20%
08:30 EUR Sentix Investor Confidence Oct -16.8 -13 -11.1
10:40 GBP BRC Like-For-Like Retail Sales Y/Y Sep -1.70% -0.80% -0.50%

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