Dollar spiked lower overnight after quickly stabilized, as supported by surge in treasury yields. Fed Chair Jerome Powell announced that adoption of “average inflation targeting”. That goes beyond the “symmetric” targeting, and allows inflation to overshoot to average out at 2% over time. While there was some initial jitters after Powell noted the overshoot would be “moderate”, traders eventually made up their mind in pushing yields higher.
Suggested readings on Fed:
- Powell Announced Dovish Shift to Fed’s Monetary Policy, Targeting Averaging Inflation and shortfall of Maximum Employment
- Powell Announces Changes to Monetary Policy Framework
- Fed’s Average Inflation Target Means Low Rates for Longer
Yen tumbled broadly and sharply as a result of the strong rally in yields. However, it’s rebounding in Asia afternoon. Japanese markets turn into risk aversion mode on rumors that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is going to resign on health issue. We’ll see how the overall situation unveil later in the day.
US 10-, 30-yr yield jumped on Fed Powell
10-year yield rose 0.059 to close at 0.746, resuming the rebound form 0.504. The notable support from 55 day EMA is a positive development for TNX. It should now be on track to take on June’s resistance at 0.957. Technically, firm break there would confirm completion of the whole consolidation pattern from 1.266. But we do not envisage this for the near term.
Similarly, 30-year yield closed up 0.094 at 1.500. Rebound from 1.165 has resumed after drawing support form 55 day EMA. Further rise should be seen to 1.761 resistance next. Firm break there will confirm completion of the consolidation pattern from 1.940.
AUD/JPY triangle breakout, heading to long term channel resistance
AUD/JPY is the biggest mover this week, helped partly by boost from risk-on markets. More importantly, Yen is experiencing steep, broad-based selloff, in reactions to the post-Powell surge in treasury yields. The decisive break of 76.78 resistance confirmed resumption of whole rise from 59.89. We’d be cautious on the case of quick reversal after a triangle breakout thrust. But in any case, 76.78 resistance turned support will be the first line of defense. 75.55 support is the second. AUD/JPY should now challenge long term channel resistance at around 80.45.
Gold back below 4H EMA after initial spike
Gold initially spiked higher overnight on Fed Powell but quickly retreated. It’s now back below 4 hour 55 EMA. The development dampened the bullish case of upside breakout. Instead, consolidation from 2075.18 is set to extend further in the near term. On the downside, break of 1902.73 will resume the fall from 2015.66, as the third leg of the consolidation from 2075.18. In this case, deeper decline would be seen to 1862.55 support.
On the upside, break of 2015.66 will bring retest of 2075.18 high. We’re not expecting a firm break there yet even in this case. But that would depend on the upside momentum when the rally happens.
On the data front
Japan Tokyo CPI core dropped -0.3% yoy in August, much worse than expectation of 0.3% yoy rise. Germany Gfk consumer sentiment and CPI, France CPI and GDP, Eurozone confidence indicators and Swiss KOF will be featured in European session. Later in the day, US will release personal income and spending, goods trade balance, Chicago PMI, and U of Michigan sentiment.
USD/JPY Daily Outlook
Daily Pivots: (S1) 105.89; (P) 106.29; (R1) 106.98; More...
Much volatility in seen in USD/JPY in the last 12 hours. But it’s, after all, still bounded in range of 105.10/107.05. Intraday bias remains neutral first. On the upside, break of 107.05 will revive the case of near term reversal and bring stronger rally. On the downside, break of 105.10 will target a test on 104.18. Break there will resume whole decline from 111.71.
In the bigger picture, USD/JPY is still staying in long term falling channel that started back in 118.65 (Dec. 2016). Hence, there is no clear indication of trend reversal yet. The down trend could still extend through 101.18 low. However, sustained break of 112.22 should confirm completion of the down trend and turn outlook bullish for 118.65 and above.
Economic Indicators Update
|23:30||JPY||Tokyo CPI Core Y/Y Aug||-0.30%||0.30%||0.40%|
|06:00||EUR||Germany Gfk Consumer Confidence Sep||2||-0.3|
|06:45||EUR||France CPI M/M Aug P||0.40%|
|06:45||EUR||France CPI Y/Y Aug P||0.70%||0.90%|
|06:45||EUR||France Consumer Spending M/M Jul||3.20%||9.00%|
|06:45||EUR||France GDP Q/Q Q2||-13.80%||-13.80%|
|07:00||CHF||KOF Economic Barometer Aug||90||85.7|
|09:00||EUR||Eurozone Economic Sentiment Indicator Aug||84.9||82.3|
|09:00||EUR||Eurozone Services Sentiment Aug||-26.1|
|09:00||EUR||Eurozone Consumer Confidence Aug||-15||-14.7|
|09:00||EUR||Eurozone Industrial Confidence Aug||-13||-16.2|
|09:00||EUR||Business Climate Aug||-1.8|
|12:00||EUR||Germany CPI M/M Aug P||-0.50%|
|12:00||EUR||Germany CPI Y/Y Aug P||-0.10%|
|12:30||CAD||GDP M/M Jun||5.20%||4.50%|
|12:30||USD||Personal Income M/M Jul||-0.20%||-1.10%|
|12:30||USD||Personal Spending Jul||1.50%||5.60%|
|12:30||USD||PCE Price Index M/M Jul||0.40%|
|12:30||USD||PCE Price Index Y/Y Jul||0.80%|
|12:30||USD||PCE Core Price Index Y/Y Jul||0.90%|
|12:30||USD||PCE Core Price Index M/M Jul||0.40%||0.20%|
|12:30||USD||Wholesale Inventories Jul P||-1.00%||-1.40%|
|12:30||USD||Goods Trade Balance (USD) Jul||-72.3B||-70.6B|
|13:45||USD||Chicago PMI Aug||51||51.9|
|14:00||USD||Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index Aug||72.8||72.8|