Canadian Dollar turned mixed as the brief lift from election results faded. Instead, the Loonie is under mild selling pressure after poor retail sales data. Nevertheless, Sterling is the weakest one for today as traders turn cautious ahead of vote on Brexit and bill time table. Pull back in the Pound also drags down Euro and Swiss Franc. On the other hand, Yen is recovering notably following weakness in German and US treasury yields. Dollar and New Zealand Dollar trail.

Technically, as noted earlier today, Dollar has been losing downside momentum as seen in EUR/USD, AUD/USD, GBP/USD and USD/CHF. Some levels will be watched to decide whether Dollar could confirm bottoming for sustainable rebound. The levels include 1.1062 minor support in EUR/USD, 1.2749 support in GBP/USD, 0.6810 in AUD/USD and 0.9904 resistance in USD/CHF.

In other markets, US 10-year yield is down -0.0368 at 1.768. In Europe, currently, FTSE is up 0.70%. DAX is up 0.06%. CAC is down -0.05%. Earlier in Asia, Hong Kong HSI rose 0.23%. China Shanghai SSE rose 0.50%. Singapore Strait Times rose 0.69%. Japan was on holiday.

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Canada retail sales dropped -0.1%, ex-auto sales dropped -0.2%

Canada retail sales dropped -0.1% mom in August to CAD 51.5B, below expectation of 0.4% mom. Ex-auto sales dropped -0.2% mom, above expectation of -0.3% mom. Sales were down in six sectors, representing 51% of total retail trade. Retail sales in Ontario dipped -0.8%. In Manitoba (-1.6%) retail sales were down for the first time in three months. Sales rebounded in British Columbia (+0.8%) and New Brunswick (+3.8%).

In other news from Canada, Justin Trudeau is expected to cling on to power as Prime minister after his Liberal Party won 156 seats in the federal elections, versus Conservatives’ 95 seats. That was a blow to the Liberals as they lost 21 seats, and short of 170 seats majority. But the Liberals could still easily form a minority government with support from left-leaning parties.

Tusk: EU to decide on Brexit extension in the coming days

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker complained that “in truth it has pained me to spend so much of this mandate dealing with Brexit when I have thought of nothing less than how this union could better do for its citizens – waste of time and waste of energy,”

He added, “we need now to watch events in Westminster very closely, but it’s not possible, not imaginable that this parliament would ratify the agreement before Westminster has ratified the agreement. First London, then Brussels and Strasbourg”.

European Council President Donald Tusk said today that he was already discussion UK’s Brexit extension request with E27 leaders. And decision would be made “in the coming days”. He added that “a no-deal Brexit will never be our decision.”

UK Commons to hold second reading vote on Brexit bill

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal will come back to the Commons today, after twice being denied a vote. A vote on Second Reading, the general principle of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, is expected to be held at around 1900GMT. After that, a vote on Program Motion will be held shortly after, for the timetable for the bill’s passage.

The first vote would be the real moment of truth for Johnson. If he’s defeated there, the bill is dead. Though, it’s currently generally believed that Johnson would get a very narrow win. The second vote is about the timing of Brexit. The government is trying to push through a Third reading this Thursday, so as to meet the Oct 31 Brexit deadline. It’s highly doubtful if MPs would support this accelerated schedule. If not, another Brexit delay is inevitable.

Released from UK, public sector net borrowing rose to GBP 8.7B in September. CBI industrial order expectations dropped to -37. in October.

China said it won’t decouple from the development of international industries

China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) spokesman said “we will look at the trade friction between China and the United States with an open mind and a big heart.” And, “we will not blindly emphasize ‘self-reliance’, and not decouple from the development of international industries.”

Separately, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said that “as long as we respect each other and seek equal cooperation, there are no disagreements that cannot be resolved between China and the United States.” He also emphasized, “What China wants is to deliver a better life for the Chinese people. We don’t want to take anything from anyone else. There’s no such thing as China replacing anyone or threatening anyone.”

GBP/USD Mid-Day Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 1.2885; (P) 1.2949; (R1) 1.3023; More….

A temporary top should be in place at 1.3012 in GBP/USD with today’s retreat. Intraday bias is turned neutral for some consolidations first. Downside of retreat should be contained above 1.2582 resistance turned support to bring another rally. On the upside, above 1.3012 will extend the rise from 1.1958 to 161.8% projection of 1.1958 to 1.2582 from 1.2195 at 1.3205 next.

In the bigger picture, current development affirms the case of medium term bottoming at 1.1958, ahead of 1.1946 (2016 low). At this point, rise from 1.1958 is seen as the third leg of consolidation from 1.1946. Further rise would be seen back towards 1.4376 resistance. For now, this will remain the favored case as long as 1.2195 support holds.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
08:30 GBP Public Sector Net Borrowing (GBP) Sep 8.7B 8.9B 5.8B
10:00 GBP CBI Industrial Order Expectations Oct -37 -23 -28
12:30 CAD Retail Sales M/M Aug -0.10% 0.40% 0.40% 0.60%
12:30 CAD Retail Sales ex Autos M/M Aug -0.20% -0.30% -0.10% 0.00%
14:00 USD Existing Home Sales Sep 5.45M 5.49M
14:30 CAD BoC Business Outlook Survey

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