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Yen and Dollar Slightly Firmer, Markets Shrug Poor China Data

Yen and Dollar rise slightly in quiet Asia session today while Aussie and Kiwi weaken. It’s typical risk-off setting with weakness seen in oil price and gold too, but movements are limited. Major pairs and crosses are staying inside Friday’s range for now. Asia stock markets are also mixed with mild weakness seen in China and Hong Kong. There is little reaction to the much poorer than expected economic data from China.

Technically, main focus remains on whether EUR/USD would power through 2017 low at 1.0339. An interest point to note is that USD/CHF has already broke through parity already. A break of 1.0339 in EUR/USD could also quickly push it through parity too. Both Fed and ECB had already provided clear forward guidance on rates. The trigger for EUR/USD’s next move is more likely from intermarket reactions.

In Asia, at the time of writing, Nikkei is up 0.62%. Hong Kong HSI is down -0.37%. China Shanghai SSE is down -0.51%. Singapore Strait Times is up 0.82%. Japan 10-year JGB yield is up 0.0023 at 0.247.

New Zealand BNZ services dropped to 51.4, disappointing in context of easing restrictions

New Zealand BNZ Performance of Services Index ticked down from 51.5 to 51.4 in April. Looking at some details, activity/sales dropped from 53.5 to 52.7. Employment rose from 49.2 to 51.2. New orders/business dropped from 59.0 to 53.6. Stocks/inventories rose from 52.8 to 54.8. Supplier deliveries dropped from 40.5 to 40.1.

BNZ Senior Economist Doug Steel said that “for large parts of the service sector that have been through the ringer over recent times, we suspect any result above breakeven would be welcomed. But, on the other hand, April’s result also looks somewhat disappointing in the context of easing COVID restrictions (from Red to Orange) halfway through the month.”

China retail sales down -11.1% yoy in Apr, industrial production down -2.9% yoy

China retail sales dropped -11.1% yoy in April, worse than expectation of -6.0% yoy. Industrial production dropped -2.9% yoy, versus expectation of 0.7% yoy. Fixed asset investment rose 6.8% ytd yoy, also below expectation of 7.0%.

The “increasingly grim and complex international environment and greater shock of [the] Covid-19 pandemic at home obviously exceeded expectation, new downward pressure on the economy continued to grow.” The NBS said in a statement. But it added, “with progress in Covid controls and policies to stabilize the economy taking effect, the economy is likely to recover gradually.”

Yuan’s decline has somewhat slowed a little last week. USD/CNH is now close to 61.8% retracement of 7.1961 to 6.3057 at 6.8560. Considering bearish divergence condition in 4 hour MACD, USD/CNH could be about to top for the near term. Break of 6.730 support will confirm the turn into a corrective phase in the uptrend.

Retail sales, CPI and employment

Both RBA and ECB will release meeting minutes this week. As for RBA, markets will look for more explanation on the larger than expected rate hike in May, and the hints on the size of the hike in June. As for ECB, policymakers are building up expectation for a July rate hike recently. The ECB minutes should provide some assurance to such expectations.

On the data front, main focuses will be about consumers in the major economies. Retail sales from US and UK will be featured. CPI from UK, Canada and Japan will also be released. Additionally, employment data will from UK and Australia will also be watched. Here are some highlights for the week:

  • Monday: China retail sales, industrial production, fixed asset investment; Japan PPI; Eurozone trade balance; Canada housing starts, wholesale sales; US Empire state manufacturing.
  • Tuesday: RBA minutes; Japan tertiary industry index; UK employment; Italy trade balance; Eurozone GDP, employment; US retail sales, industrial production, business inventories, NAHB housing index.
  • Wednesday: Japan GDP; Australia wage price index; UK CPI, PPI; Eurozone CPI final; Canada CPI; US housing starts and building permits.
  • Thursday: New Zealand PPI; Japan trade balance, machine orders; Australia employment; Eurozone current account, ECB minutes; Canada IPPI and RMPI; US Philly Fed survey, jobless claims, existing home sales.
  • Friday: New Zealand trade balance; Japan CPI; Germany PPI; UK retail sales; Eurozone consumer confidence.

AUD/USD Daily Report

Daily Pivots: (S1) 0.6881; (P) 0.6911; (R1) 0.6968; More…

AUD/USD is staying in consolidation above 0.6828 temporary low and intraday bias remains neutral. Outlook will remain bearish as long as 0.7265 resistance holds. Break of 0.6828 will resume larger fall from 0.8006, and target 0.6756/60 medium term fibonacci level next.

In the bigger picture, price actions from 0.8006 are seen as a corrective pattern to rise from 0.5506 (2020 low). Deeper fall should be seen to 50% retracement of 0.5506 to 0.8006 at 0.6756. This coincides with 100% projection of 0.8006 to 0.7105 from 0.7660 at 0.6760. Strong support is expected from 0.6756/60 cluster to contain downside to complete the correction. However, sustained break of 0.6756/60 would argue that AUD/USD is indeed already in a medium term down trend.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
22:30 NZD Business NZ PSI Apr 51.4 51.6 51.5
23:50 JPY PPI Y/Y Apr 10.00% 9.40% 9.50% 9.70%
02:00 CNY Retail Sales Y/Y Apr -11.10% -6.00% -3.50%
02:00 CNY Industrial Production Y/Y Apr -2.90% 0.70% 5.00%
02:00 CNY Fixed Asset Investment YTD Y/Y Apr 6.80% 7.00% 9.30%
06:00 JPY Machine Tool Orders Y/Y Apr P 30.20%
09:00 EUR Eurozone Trade Balance (EUR) Mar 2.3B -9.4B
12:15 CAD Housing Starts Y/Y Apr 250K 246K
12:30 CAD Manufacturing Sales M/M Mar 2.10% 4.20%
12:30 CAD Wholesale Sales M/M Mar 0.00% -0.40%
12:30 USD Empire State Manufacturing Index May 15.5 24.6

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