Asian stocks are broadly lower today, as lead by free fall in Hong Kong stocks. But the development is largely shrugged off by the forex markets. New Zealand dollar rebound strongly after RBNZ surprisingly stands pat today. Swiss Franc and Euro are following as second strongest. On the other hand, Canadian Dollar, US Dollar and Yen are currently the weaker ones. Dollar softened overnight after 10-year yield lost the momentum to 2% handle and closed lower.

Technically, USD/CHF’s break of 0.9911 minor support dampens our original bullish view and suggests that consolidation pattern from 1.0027 is extending with another decline. Yen crosses are staying in consolidations. In particular, price actions of EUR/JPY from 121.46 and of GBP/JPY from 141.50 are clearly corrective. We’d expect a break through respective high soon to resume recent rally.

In Asia, Nikkei dropped -0.85%. Hong Kong HSI is down -2.09%. China Shanghai SSE is down -0.42%. Singapore Strait Times is down -0.72%. Japan 10-year JGB yield is down -0.0162 to -0.052. Overnight, DOW closed flat. S&P 500 rose 0.16%. NASDAQ rose 0.26%. 10-year yield dropped -0.034 to 1.909.

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RBNZ stands pat, long-term inflation expectations remain anchored

New Zealand Dollar rebounds strongly after RBNZ surprised the markets by keeping OCR unchanged at 1.00%. There were some expectation of a cut to 0.75%. But RBNZ opted for a hold and just noted “interest rates will need to remain at low levels for a prolonged period”, and pledged to “add further monetary stimulus if needed.”

The RBNZ Committee noted “recent increases in wage and non-tradables inflation” as ‘expected outcome of monetary stimulus transmitting through the economy.” There was “slight decline in one- and two-year ahead survey measures of inflation expectations”. But “long-term inflation expectations remain anchored at close to the 2 percent target mid-point and market measures of inflation expectations have increased from their recent lows.”

Meanwhile the two options of keeping OCR at 1% versus lowering to 0.75% were debated. “Both actions were broadly consistent with the current OCR projection”. There was a consensus to stand pat. ” The Committee noted that the risks to the economy in the near term were tilted to the downside and agreed it would add further monetary stimulus if economic developments warranted it.”

Australia wage price index rose 0.5% qoq, consumer sentiment rose 4.5%

Australia Wage Price Index rose 0.5% qoq in Q3, matched expectations. The trend and seasonally adjusted indexes for Australia both rose 2.2% through the year. The ABS Chief Economist, Bruce Hockman stated “The rate of annual wage growth eased slightly in September after being stable over the past year, continuing to grow at a slightly faster rate than consumer prices over the past year. The largest contribution to wage growth over the quarter was jobs in the health care and social assistance industry.”

Westpac-MI Consumer Sentiment rose 4.5% to 97.0 in November, up from 92.8. Westpac said “This result continues to support the general view that consumers are somewhat unnerved by the announcement of low rates and media controversy around the banks’ responses.”

Trump warned of substantially higher tariffs if no deal with China

US President Donald Trump commented trade negotiation with China during a speech at the Economic Club of New York yesterday. He said “we’re close — a significant phase one deal could happen, could happen soon.” He added the usual rhetoric that China is “dying” for a deal.

However, he also warned, “if we don’t make a deal, we’re going to substantially raise those tariffs. They’re going to be raised very substantially. And that’s going to be true for other countries that mistreat us too.”

Separately, Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council,said it’s “possible” that tariffs with China could be adjusted as part of the trade deal. But neither side would agree to any tariff adjustments until the deal was finalized. He added, “since there’s no formal agreement we can’t say.”

Fed Kashkari takes comfort from uninverted yield curve

Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari said yesterday that he takes “comfort” from the US yield curve now. And, “the fact that the yield curve is now uninverted gives me some indication that we have taken the brakes off the economy”.

The US economic outlook is “somewhat mixed”, he added. “But a little bit more optimistic than maybe it was a couple months ago/”

Meanwhile, Kashari said that most US central banks view the current federal funds rate target of 1.50-1.75% as “modestly accommodative”.

Looking ahead

Inflation data will be the major focuses today. UK will release CPI, RPI and PPI. Germany will release CPI final. Eurozone will release industrial production. Later in the day, US will release CPI.

USD/CHF Daily Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 0.9914; (P) 0.9940; (R1) 0.9956; More

USD/CHF’s break of 0.9911 minor support dampens our original bullish view. Consolidation from 1.0027 is extending with another falling leg. Intraday bias is back on the downside for 0.9851 support, and possibly below. On the upside, break of 0.9978 will target 1.0027 first. Break will resume whole rally from 0.9659.

In the bigger picture, medium term outlook remains neutral as USD/CHF is staying in range of 0.9659/1.0237. In any case, decisive break of 1.0237 is needed to indicate up trend resumption. Otherwise, more sideway trading would be seen with risk of another fall. Meanwhile, break of 0.9695 support will target 0.9541 support instead.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
23:30 AUD Westpac Consumer Confidence Nov 4.50% -5.50%
23:50 JPY Domestic Corporate Goods Price Index M/M Oct -0.30% 1.20% 0.00%
23:50 JPY Domestic Corporate Goods Price Index Y/Y Oct -0.40% -0.30% -1.10%
0:30 AUD Wage Price Index Q/Q Q3 0.50% 0.50% 0.60% 0.50%
1:00 NZD RBNZ Interest Rate Decision 1.00% 0.75% 1.00%
2:00 NZD RBNZ Press Conference
7:00 EUR Germany CPI M/M Oct 0.10% 0.10%
7:00 EUR Germany CPI Y/Y Oct 1.10% 1.10%
9:30 GBP RPI M/M Oct -0.10% -0.20%
9:30 GBP RPI Y/Y Oct 2.60% 2.40%
9:30 GBP DCLG House Price Index Y/Y Jul 1.50% 1.30%
9:30 GBP CPI M/M Oct 0.00% 0.10%
9:30 GBP CPI Y/Y Oct 1.60% 1.70%
9:30 GBP Core CPI Y/Y Oct 1.70% 1.70%
9:30 GBP PPI – Input M/M Oct 0.20% -0.80%
9:30 GBP PPI – Input Y/Y Oct -1.80% -2.80%
9:30 GBP PPI – Output M/M Oct 0.10% -0.10%
9:30 GBP PPI – Output Y/Y Oct 1.30% 1.20%
9:30 GBP PPI – Core Output M/M Oct 0.10% -0.10%
9:30 GBP PPI – Core Output Y/Y Oct 1.90% 1.70%
10:00 EUR Eurozone Industrial Production M/M Sep -0.20% 0.40%
13:30 USD CPI M/M Oct 0.30% 0.00%
13:30 USD CPI Y/Y Oct 1.70% 1.70%
13:30 USD CPI Core M/M Oct 0.20% 0.10%
13:30 USD CPI Core Y/Y Oct 2.40% 2.40%

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