Dollar is set to end the week as the week as the worst performing as corrections in the financial markets extend. Asian indices are generally higher following another day of strong close in the US overnight. Yen follows Dollar as the second weakest naturally as risk aversion eased. Meanwhile, Sterling is surprisingly the strongest one for now, followed by Australian Dollar and then New Zealand. Gold is staying firm above 1500 handle for now while WTI crude oil is in range above 20.40 temporary low.

Technically, Dollar broke near term support levels against Euro, Sterling and Swiss Franc. The development suggests that deeper correction is likely underway. It’s still early to tell if the greenback is reversing but the case is opened up. 106.75 minor support tin USD/JPY could provide an early indication of more weakness in the greenback. On the other hand, break of 1558 support in gold could hint that Dollar is coming back.

In Asia, Nikkei closed up 3.88%. Hong Kong HSI is up 0.69%. China Shanghai SSE is up 0.29%. Singapore Strait Times is up 1.88%. Japan 10-year JGB yield is up 0.01221 at 0.020. Overnight, DOW rose 6.38%. S&P 500 rose 6.24%. NASDAQ rose 5.60%. 10-year yield dropped -0.047 to 0.811.

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US coronavirus cases surged pass China, DOW snapped strongest 3-day gains since 1931

Strong rebound in US stocks continued overnight with DOW wrapped up its strongest three-day rally since 1931. At the same time number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US surged through China, and Italy, as the pandemic worsens. Total infections now reached 85,594, versus 81,340 as “reported” in China and 80,589 in Italy. Coronavirus deaths in the US hit 1,300, relatively low comparing to Italy’s 8,215, Spain’s 4,365 and China’s “reported” death of 3,292.

New York state is hardest hit with 38,977 infections and 466 deaths. New Jersey (6,876), California (4,044), Washington(3,207) and Michigan (2,856) are quite far behind. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo warned, “any scenario that is realistic will overwhelm the capacity of the healthcare system.” The projected shortfall in ventilators is “astronomical” according to Cuomo.

DOW rose 1351.62 pts or 6.38% to close at 22552.17. Corrective target of 38.2% retracement of 29568.57 to 18213.65 at 22551.22 is met already. Upside momentum is starting to diminish as seen in hourly MACD. But there is no sign of topping yet. Thus, further rally could still be seen into early part of next week.

However, we’d expect the correction to complete anywhere between 22551 and 61.8% retracement at 25230.99. Break of 55 hour MACD would likely indicate completion of the rebound and bring retest of 18213.65 low.

EU divided on using coronabonds to fight the pandemic crisis

EU leaders failed to agree on a coordinated coronavirus response yesterday after marathon debates. European Council President Charles Michel admitted after the meeting that “We had tonight a very strong political debate. It was a useful debate, it was a necessary debate.,”

The major division centered around the idea of a “European recovery bond” or “coronabonds” as pushed forward by Italy. France, Spain and seven other member stated backed using EU debt to lift members out of a recession and increase spending on healthcare.

But that was rejected by Germany and the Netherlands. German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted that coronabonds is “not the point of view of all member states”. And, “ESM is the preferred instrument for me.” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the ESM would be the “last resort”, and the Hague would not back joint debt.

On the data front

Japan Tokyo CPI core slowed to 0.4% yoy in March, down from 0.5% yoy, matched expectations. US will release February personal income and spending later today, together with PCE inflation.

EUR/USD Daily Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 1.0918; (P) 1.0988; (R1) 1.1106; More

EUR/USD’s rebound from 1.0635 was stronger than expected and broke 1.0981 minor resistance. Further rise will now be in favor as long as 1.0888 minor support holds, for 61.8 retracement of 1.1496 to 1.0635 at 1.1167 next. Considering bullish convergence condition in daily MACD, sustained break of 1.1167 will raise the chance of larger reversal and turn focus to 1.1496 key resistance. On the downside, break of 1.0888 will argue that the rebound has completed and turn bias back to the downside for retesting 1.0635 low.

In the bigger picture, whole down trend form 1.2555 (2018 high) should have resumed. Next target is 61.8% projection of 1.2555 to 1.0777 from 1.1496 at 1.0397. This level is close to 1.0339 (2017 low). On the upside, break of 1.1496 resistance is needed to indicate medium term reversal. Otherwise, outlook will remain bearish even in case of strong rebound.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
23:30 JPY Tokyo CPI Core Y/Y Mar 0.40% 0.40% 0.50%
12:30 USD Personal Income M/M Feb 0.30% 0.60%
12:30 USD Personal Spending Feb 0.30% 0.20%
12:30 USD PCE Price Index M/M Feb 0.10% 0.10%
12:30 USD PCE Price Index Y/Y Feb 1.70% 1.70%
12:30 USD Core PCE Price Index M/M Feb 0.10% 0.10%
12:30 USD Core PCE Price Index Y/Y Feb 1.60% 1.60%
15:00 USD Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index Mar F 93.3 95.9

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