There is no end in sight for the global stock market crash yet, not for the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. South Korea (2337 cases, 14 deaths), Italy (605 cases, 17 deaths) and Iran (388 cases, 34 deaths) are the new epicenter and situations keep worsening. In the currency markets, selloff in commodity currencies steepen today while Yen and Swiss Franc are broadly higher.

Technically, USD/CHF breached 0.9613 bottom but recovers quickly. This will be the level the watch and decisive break there will resume whole decline from 1.0237. EUR/USD retreat mildly just head of 1.1063 fibonacci resistance. This would be the right place for EUR/USD to top if rebound 1.0777 is a corrective move as viewed. Break of 1.0931 will bring retest of 1.0777 low.

In Europe, currently, FTSE is down -3.52%. DAX is down -3.99%. CAC is down -3.52%. German 10-year yield is down -0.070 at -0.609. Earlier in Asia, Nikkei dropped -3.67%. Hong Kong HSI dropped -2.42%. China Shanghai SSE dropped -3.71%. Singapore Strait Times dropped -3.23%. Japan 10-year yield dropped -0.0515 to -0.154.

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US personal income rose 0.6%, spending rose 0.2%, PCE and core PCE accelerated

US personal income rose strongly by 0.6% in January, above expectation of 0.3% mom. Spending, however, rose 0.2%, missed expectation of 0.3%. Headline PCE accelerated to 1.7% yoy, up from 1.5% yoy, matched expectations. Core PCE also accelerated to 1.6% yoy, up from 1.5% yoy, but missed expectation of 1.7% yoy.

Goods trade deficit dropped -4.6% to USD -65.5B in January, smaller than expectation of USD -68.5B. Goods exports dropped USD -1.4B to USD -135.7B. Imports dropped USD -4.6B to USD 201.2B. Wholesale inventories dropped -0.2% in January versus expectation of -0.6% .

Canada GDP rose 0.3% in Dec, above expectation of 0.1%

Canada GDP rose 0.3% mom in December, beat expectation of 0.1% mom. Growth is recorded in 15 of 20 industrial sectors. Both goods-producing and services-producing industries expanded, led by rebounds in transportation and warehousing and in the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction sector. Also released, RMPI dropped -2.2% in January versus expectation of 2.1%. IPPI dropped -0.3% versus expectation of 0.1%.

Bundesbank Weidmann questioned if rate cut would ease coronavirus demand shock

Bundesbank Head Jens Weidmann admitted Germany’s economy will certainly be weigh down by global coronavirus outbreak. The economy could miss the central bank’s forecast of 0.6% GDP growth this year. There are numerous trade-related risks to the export-led economy. “Based on the current information, I am expecting this risk to actually materialize to a degree,” he said.

But Weidmann also echoed ECB President Christine Lagarde’s comment that the spread of the coronavirus doesn’t warrant a monetary policy response yet. He questioned “whether you’re likely to go out to restaurants more often” if interest rates are lower.

ECB Governing Council member Vitas Vasiliauskas said the central has a “wait and see approach” regarding the development of the coronavirus. And, “there is no problem for the governing council to meet in some extraordinary way, not to wait until the next monetary policy meeting.”

Meanwhile, Eonia money market futures show that a -10bps rate cut by ECB at June’s meeting is fully priced in.

Germany unemployment rate unchanged at 5%

Germany unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.0% in February, matched expectations. Unemployment dropped -10k, versus expectation of 3k rise. Import price index dropped -0.4%% mom in January, versus expectation of 0.2% mom. CPI was unchanged at 1.7% yoy in February, matched expectations.

Swiss KOF rose to 100.9, retail sales dropped -0.1%

Swiss KOF Economic Barometer rose to 100.9 in February, up from 100.1, above expectation of 97.0. That’s the third rise in a row and it “lingers just above its long-term average”. KOF said “clearly positive growth rates would be expected for the Swiss economy in the near future”. But it also noted that the result is “based on the sentiment before the outbreak of the coronavirus in northern Italy.”

Also, the development was “primarily driven by an improvement in sentiment in the manufacturing sector”. Only financial sector had a “slightly negative impact. The other indicator groups considered in the Barometer (demand for exports, construction, hospitality, other services and domestic consumer demand) show a practically unchanged picture compared to the previous month.

Also released, retail sales dropped -0.1% yoy in January, below expectation of 0.3% yoy.

Mixed data from Japan while Abe pledges to “watch” coronavirus developments carefully

A batch of mixed economic data is released from Japan today. Industrial production rose 0.8% mom versus expectation of 0.4% mom. According to the survey by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, manufacturers expected output to growth 5.3% in February and than shrink sharply by -6.9% in March. However, unemployment rate jumped to 2.4% versus expectation of being unchanged at 2.2%. Housing starts dropped -10.1% yoy in January versus expectation of -6.1 yoy. Tokyo CPI core slowed to 0.5% yoy in February, down from 0.7% yoy, missed expectation of 0.6% yoy.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to take policy steps is needed to shield the economy from the impact of coronavirus outbreak. He said “if the virus spread, it could have a huge impact on the economy. And, “we’re therefore watching developments carefully.” He added, Japan has “reserves to tap for virus response”. But there is “no immediate need for additional funding” yet.

USD/CHF Mid-Day Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 0.9647; (P) 0.9709; (R1) 0.9743; More

USD/CHF drops to as low as 0.9606 today and breaches 0.9613 support, but recovers quickly. Intraday bias remains the downside at this point. Decisive break of 0.9613 will resume whole decline from 1.0237 and target 0.9541 support next. On the upside, above 0.9695 minor resistance will turn intraday bias neutral and bring recovery. But upside should be limited well below 0.9848 resistance to bring fall resumption.

In the bigger picture, medium term outlook remains neutral as USD/CHF is staying sideway trading started from 1.0342 (2016 high). Fall from 1.0237 is a leg inside the pattern and could target 0.9186 (2018 low). In case of another rise, break of 1.0237 is needed to indicate up trend resumption. Otherwise, more sideway trading would be seen with risk of another fall.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
23:30 JPY Tokyo CPI Core Y/Y Feb 0.50% 0.60% 0.70%
23:30 JPY Unemployment Rate Jan 2.40% 2.20% 2.20%
23:50 JPY Industrial Production M/M Jan P 0.80% 0.40% 1.20%
23:50 JPY Retail Trade Y/Y Jan -0.40% -1.10% -2.60%
00:01 GBP GfK Consumer Confidence Feb -7 -8 -9
00:30 AUD Private Sector Credit M/M Jan 0.30% 0.20% 0.20%
05:00 JPY Housing Starts Y/Y Jan -10.10% -6.10% -7.90%
07:00 EUR Germany Import Price Index M/M Jan -0.40% 0.20% 0.20%
07:30 CHF Real Retail Sales Y/Y Jan -0.10% 0.30% 0.10% 0.80%
07:45 EUR France GDP Q/Q Q4 -0.10% -0.10% -0.10%
08:00 CHF KOF Leading Indicator Feb 100.9 97 100.1
08:55 EUR Germany Unemployment Rate Feb 5% 5% 5%
08:55 EUR Germany Unemployment Change Feb -10K -3K -2K -4K
13:00 EUR Germany CPI M/M Feb P 0.40% 0.30% -0.60%
13:00 EUR Germany CPI Y/Y Feb P 1.70% 1.70% 1.70%
13:30 USD Personal Income M/M Jan 0.60% 0.30% 0.20% 0.10%
13:30 USD Personal Spending Jan 0.20% 0.30% 0.30% 0.40%
13:30 USD PCE Price Index M/M Jan 0.10% 0.10% 0.30%
13:30 USD PCE Price Index Y/Y Jan 1.70% 1.70% 1.60% 1.50%
13:30 USD Core PCE Price Index M/M Jan 0.10% 0.20% 0.20%
13:30 USD Core PCE Price Index Y/Y Jan 1.60% 1.70% 1.60% 1.50%
13:30 USD Goods Trade Balance (USD) Jan -65.5B -68.5B -68.3B -68.7B
13:30 USD Wholesale Inventories Jan P -0.20% -0.60% -0.20% -0.30%
13:30 CAD GDP M/M Dec 0.30% 0.10% 0.10%
13:30 CAD Raw Material Price Index Jan -2.20% 2.10% 2.80%
13:30 CAD Industrial Product Price M/M Jan -0.30% 0.10% 0.10%
14:45 USD Chicago PMI Feb 45.3 42.9
15:00 USD Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index Feb 100.9 100.9

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