The Japanese stages a strong rally today, possibly in response to US President Donald Trump’s comments about shutting the the government. Strength in Yen is particularly apparent against New Zealand as NZD/JPY dives through recent support at 79.07. USD/JPY is being rejected from 4 hour 55 EMA and is possibly now heading back to 108.59. But at same time, Euro also surges broadly after solid PMI data that suggests growth momentum to continue. EUR/GBP extends recent rally through 0.92 handle. EUR/USD is at this point, staying is recently established range but looks set to retest 1.1846 minor resistance again. It looks like the forex traders are getting a bit impatient waiting for Jackson Hole symposium.

Trump threatens government shutdown over US-Mexican wall

While there were revived hope of tax reform by US President Donald Trump’s administration, Dollar seemed to have struggle to gain momentum due to Trump’s comments. To be more particular, Trump said yesterday that "if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall." If the Congress does not reach a funding deal by September 30, the US government will shut down. At the same time, even if Republicans and Democrats could agree on a deal that exclude the US-Mexico border wall, Trump can, in theory, veto it. And the government will still shut down. Secondly, Trump said that he didn’t think there would be a deal in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. And Trump said that "we’ll end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point:.

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Eurozone PMI: Best growth spell for a number of years

Eurozone PMI manufacturing rose to 57.4 in August, up from 56.6 and above expectation of 56.3. Eurozone PMI services, however, dropped to 54.9, down from 55.4 and below expectation of 55.4. Germany PMI manufacturing rose to 59.4, up from 58.1, beat expectation of 57.7. Germany PMI services rose to 53.4, up from 53.1 and beat expectation of 53.3. France PMI manufacturing rose to 55.0, up from 54.9 and beat expectation of 54.5. France PMI services dropped to 55.5, down from 56.0, below expectation of 55.8.

Markit noted that "this is another positive set of numbers for the euro area, which continues to enjoy its best growth spell for a number of years." And strength in factory orders "bodes well for the labor market as firms will likely look to hire extra staff to deal with outstanding work."

ECB Draghi: QE supported the economy and inflation

Ahead of Jackson hole symposium in US, ECB President Mario Draghi delivered a speech in Lindau, Germany. Draghi defended quantitative easing program. He noted that "a large body of empirical research has substantiated the success of these policies in supporting the economy and inflation, both in the euro area and in the United States." And, "policy actions undertaken in the last 10 years in monetary policy and in regulation and supervision have made the world more resilient."

UK May softens stance on European Court of Justice

In UK, it’s reported that Prime Minister Theresa May is softening her stance on EU Court in Brexit negotiation in hope of speeding up the process to trade agreements. May was clear with her stance that UK could "take back control of our laws and bring an end to the jurisdiction". But now, May said that UK will avoid European Court of Justice’s "direct jurisdiction". That is seen as a compromise for ECJ to have some say in governing and any post Brexit dispute. And of course, there could still be some influence from ECJ on UK laws.

Japan economy supported by a mixed of strengthened demand

Japan PMI manufacturing rose to 52.8 in August, up from 52.1 and beat expectation of 52.3. That’s also the highest level in six months. Markit noted that expansion in the Japanese economy "continues to be supported by a mix of strengthened demand from both domestic and external sources: public work projects and stronger sales to South East Asia were both reported by panellists as areas of growth in August."

NZD/JPY heading to 75.65

NZD/JPY’s break of 79.07 support confirms resumption of decline from 83.90. 61.8% retracement of 75.65 to 83.90 is taken out already. Intraday bias is now on the downside for 75.65 key support level next. As this point, it’s slightly more likely that price actions fro 83.767 are forming a sideway pattern. Hence, we’ll start to look for bottoming signal above 75.65. But break of 80.59 resistance is needed to indicate short term reversal. Otherwise, near term outlook will stay mildly bearish in case of recovery.

EUR/GBP Mid-Day Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 0.9157; (P) 0.9167; (R1) 0.9180; More

EUR/GBP’s rally continues today and reaches as high as 0.9217 so far. Break of channel resistance suggests upside acceleration. Intraday bias remains on the upside for 0.9304 key resistance next. At this point, there is no clear sign of up trend resumption yet. Hence, we’ll be cautious on strong resistance from 0.9304 to limit upside and bring another fall. But firm break of 0.9304 will confirm up trend resumption and pave the way to 0.9799. On the downside, below 0.9159 minor support will turn intraday bias neutral first.

In the bigger picture, price actions from 0.9304 are viewed as a medium term corrective pattern. It’s uncertain whether it is finished yet. But in case of another fall, we’d expect strong support from 0.8116 cluster support (50% retracement of 0.6935 to 0.9304 at 0.8120) to contain downside and bring rebound. Whole up trend from 0.6935 is expected to resume after consolidation from 0.9304 completes. In that case, 2008 high at 0.9799 will be the next target.

EUR/GBP 4 Hours Chart

EUR/GBP Daily Chart

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
0:30 JPY PMI Manufacturing Aug P 52.8 52.3 52.1
7:00 EUR France Manufacturing PMI Aug P 55 54.5 54.9
7:00 EUR France Services PMI Aug P 55.5 55.8 56
7:30 EUR Germany Manufacturing PMI Aug P 59.4 57.7 58.1
7:30 EUR Germany Services PMI Aug P 53.4 53.3 53.1
8:00 EUR Eurozone Manufacturing PMI Aug P 57.4 56.3 56.6
8:00 EUR Eurozone Services PMI Aug P 54.9 55.4 55.4
13:45 USD US Manufacturing PMI Aug P 53.4 53.3
13:45 USD US Services PMI Aug P 54.9 54.7
14:00 USD New Home Sales Jul 610K 610K
14:00 EUR Eurozone Consumer Confidence Aug A -2 -2
14:30 USD Crude Oil Inventories -8.9M



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