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Dollar Softens Again as Global Stocks Regain Ground ahead of Weekend

Dollar is back under pressure today as global stock markets strengthen mildly before weekend. Though, overall markets are relatively mixed as we’re seeing some strengthen in both Swiss Franc, Euro and Aussie. On the other hand, Sterling, and Canadian are softer. The developments suggest that major pairs and crosses are trading more on their own rather than on a main unified theme.

Technically, 1.1880 temporary top is EUR/USD is back in focus, together with 0.9030 temporary low in USD/CHF. Break there could make way for more Dollar decline to recent low, like 1.2011 resistance in EUR/USD. But to have more decisive moves, we’d probably also need gold bulls to commit to push it through 1933.17 resistance too.

In Europe, currently, FTSE is up 1.49%. DAX is up 1.19%. CAC is up 1.55%. German 10-year yield is up 0.0136 at -0.553. Earlier in Asia, Nikkei rose 0.18%. Hong Kong HSI rose 0.54%. China Shanghai SSE dropped -1.04%. Singapore Strait Times rose 0.36%. Japan 10-year JGB yield rose 0.0038 to 0.039.

UK PMI composite dropped to 52.9, Q4 to slow sharp, risk of a renewed downturn risen

UK PMI Manufacturing dropped to 53.3 in October, down from 54.1, above expectation of 53.1. PMI Services dropped to 52.3, down from 56.1, missed expectation of 54.0. PMI Composite dropped to 52.9, down from 56.5, a 4-month low.

Chris Williamson, Chief Business Economist at IHS Markit, said: “The slower growth of output, the renewed fall in demand and further deterioration in the labour market suggest the economy started the fourth quarter on a weakened footing. While Brexit preparations may cause a short-term boost to some parts of the economy ahead of 31st December, rising COVID-19 cases and the imposition of local lockdown measures bode ill for the near-term economic outlook. While the fourth quarter still looks likely to see the economy expand, the rate of growth looks to have slowed sharply and the risk of a renewed downturn has risen.”

Also from UK, retail sales rose 1.5% mom, 3.0% yoy in September, versus expectation of 0.6% mom, 3.7% yoy. Retail sales ex-fuel rose 1.6% mom, 6.4% yoy, versus expectation of 0.6% mom, 4.9% yoy.

Eurozone PMI composite back in contraction, diverging sectors and countries

Eurozone PMI Manufacturing rose to 54.4 in October, up from 53.7, beat expectation of 53.1. That’s also the highest level in 26 months. PMI Services dropped to 46.2, down from 48.0, missed expectation of 47.0. PMI Composite dropped to a 4-month low at 49.4, down from 50.4.

Chris Williamson, Chief Business Economist at IHS Markit said:

“The eurozone is at increased risk of falling into a double-dip downturn as a second wave of virus infections led to a renewed fall in business activity in October. The survey revealed a tale of two economies, with manufacturers enjoying the fastest growth since early-2018 as orders surged higher amid rising global demand, but intensifying COVID-19 restrictions took an increasing toll on the services sector, led by weakening demand in the hard-hit hospitality industry.

“The divergence is even starker by country. While Germany is buoyed by its manufacturing sector booming to a degree exceeded only twice in almost 25 years of survey history, the rest of the region has sunk into a deepening downturn.

“While the overall downturn remains only modest, and far slighter than seen during the second quarter, the prospect of a slide back into recession will exert greater pressure on the ECB to add more stimulus and for national governments to help cushion the impact of COVID-19 containment measures, which not only tightened across the region in October but look set to be stepped up further in November.”

Germany PMI Manufacturing rose to 58.0 in October, up from 56.4, above expectation of 55.5. That’s also the highest level in 30 months. However, PMI Services dropped to 48.9, down from 50.6, missed expectation of 49.0. PMI Composite hit a 2-month low at 54.5, down from 54.7.

France PMI Manufacturing dropped slightly to 51.0 in October, down from 51.2, matched expectations PMI Services dropped to 46.5, down from 47.5, below expectation of 47.0. PMI Composite dropped to 47.3, down form 48.5, hitting a 5-month low.

Japan PMI manufacturing edged up to 48.0, slow-going recovery could remain

Japan PMI Manufacturing rose slightly to 48.0 in October, up from 47.7, but missed expectation of 48.4. Markit noted that was the “slowest deterioration in the health of the manufacturing sector since January”. PMI Services dropped to 46.6, down from September’s 46.9. PMI Composite rose 0.1 to 46.7.

Bernade Aw, Principal Economist at IHS Markit, said: “recovery is slow-going and could remain so in the coming months as a global resurgence of COVID-19 cases could weigh on Japanese economic activity, particularly in the external facing sectors”.

Japan CPI core ticked up to -0.3% yoy, no price growth for six months

Japan CPI core (all item ex-food) ticked up to -0.3% yoy in September, from August’s -0.4% yoy, better than expectation. Still, core CPI hasn’t be positive for six months since May. The negative reading was caused largely by the government’s travel discount campaign. Yet, taking that facto out, core CPI was just flat. All item CPI dropped to 0.0% yoy, down from 0.2% yoy. CPI core-core (all item ex-food and energy) ticked up to 0.0% yoy, from -0.1% yoy.

BoJ will release its quarterly economic outlook along with policy statement on October 29. No policy change is expected at the meeting. Though, inflation forecasts could be downgraded to reflect the temporary downward price pressure of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s Go To Travel campaign.

Australia CBA PMI composite rose to 53.6, but subdued new business casts doubts of upturn durability

Australia CBA PMI Manufacturing dropped to 54.2 in October, down from September’s 55.4. PMI Services rose to 53.8, up from 50.8. PMI Composite rose to 53.6, up from 51.1.

Bernard Aw, Principal Economist at IHS Markit, said, business confidence strengthened as ” firms expect the eventual return of normal market conditions” after restrictions easing. But “subdued ” new business growth casts doubts on the “durability of the current upturn”. Firms are “saddled with unused capacity” while companies “reduced their workforce” again.

New Zealand CPI rose 0.7% qoq in Q3, missed expectation and RBNZ’s forecast

New Zealand CPI rose 0.7% qoq in Q3, turned positive from Q2’s -0.5% qoq, but missed expectation of 0.9% qoq. Annually, CPI slowed to 1.4% yoy, down from Q2’s 1.5% yoy, missed expectation of 1.7% yoy. Separately released, RBNZ core CPI based on sectoral factor model was unchanged at 1.7% yoy.

The inflation readings are substantially below RBNZ’s own forecast of 1.1% qoq and 1.8% yoy as presented in the August MPS. While the economy appeared to be rebounding well from pandemic slump, risks to inflation outlook are clearly to the downside. As inflation is expected to slow further ahead, the case for more RBNZ easing continues to build up. It’s just a matter of time when negative rates will be adopted.

EUR/USD Mid-Day Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 1.1798; (P) 1.1833; (R1) 1.1853; More…..

Intraday bias in EUR/USD stays neutral first as it’s limited below 1.1880 temporary top. Further rise is expected as long as 1.1688 support holds. Break of 1.1880 will target a test on 1.2011 high. Nevertheless, break of 1.1688 will likely resume the correction from 1.2011, and turn bias to the downside for 1.1612 and below.

In the bigger picture, rise from 1.0635 is seen as the third leg of the pattern from 1.0339 (2017 low). Further rally rise should be seen to cluster resistance at 1.2555 next, (38.2% retracement of 1.6039 to 1.0339 at 1.2516 ). This will remain the favored case as long as 1.1422 resistance turned support holds.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
21:45 NZD CPI Q/Q Q3 0.70% 0.90% -0.50%
21:45 NZD CPI Y/Y Q3 1.40% 1.70% 1.50%
22:00 AUD CBA Services PMI Oct P 53.8 50.8
22:00 AUD CBA Manufacturing PMI Oct P 54.2 55.4
23:01 GBP GfK Consumer Confidence Oct -31 -28 -25
23:30 JPY National CPI Core Y/Y Sep -0.30% -0.40% -0.40%
0:30 JPY Manufacturing PMI Oct P 48 48.4 47.7
6:00 GBP Retail Sales M/M Sep 1.50% 0.60% 0.80%
6:00 GBP Retail Sales Y/Y Sep 3.00% 3.70% 2.80%
6:00 GBP Retail Sales ex-Fuel M/M Sep 1.60% 0.60% 0.60%
6:00 GBP Retail Sales ex-Fuel Y/Y Sep 6.40% 4.90% 4.30%
7:15 EUR France Manufacturing PMI Oct P 51 51 51.2
7:15 EUR France Services PMI Oct P 46.5 47 47.5
7:30 EUR Germany Manufacturing PMI Oct P 58 55.5 56.4
7:30 EUR Germany Services PMI Oct P 48.9 49 50.6
8:00 EUR Eurozone Manufacturing PMI Oct P 54.4 53.1 53.7
8:00 EUR Eurozone Services PMI Oct P 46.2 47 48
8:30 GBP Manufacturing PMI Oct P 53.3 53.1 54.1
8:30 GBP Services PMI Oct P 52.3 54 56.1
13:45 USD Manufacturing PMI Oct P 53.3 53.2
13:45 USD Services PMI Oct P 54.5 54.6

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