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Dollar Down But Not Out Yet as CPI Awaited

At this point so far, Euro is the strongest one for the week, while Swiss Franc is the weakest, thanks to the upside breakout and rally yesterday. Dollar is more on the soft side too but there is still no clear follow through selling after the decline on Monday. Apparently, traders are still holding their bets, and await today’s US consumer inflation data. Clear deceleration in both headline and core CPI is expected, which should give a nod to a smaller 25bps hike by Fed in February.

Technically, following up on GBP/CHF, after yesterday’s rise, corrective pattern from 1.1574 should have completed with three waves to 1.1094. Further rally is now expected as long as 1.1180 support holds. Retest of 1.1543/74 resistance zone should be seen next. With EUR/GBP struggling to break through 0.8876 resistance firmly, current moves in European majors are more about Swiss Franc’s own weakness.

In Asia, at the time of writing, Nikkei is up 0.05%. Hong Kong HSI is down -0.30%. China Shanghai SSE is down -0.16%. Singapore Strait Times is down -0.45%. Japan 10-year JGB yield is up 0.0039 at 0.510. Overnight, DOW rose 0.80%. S&P 500 rose 1.28%. NASDAQ rose 1.76%. 10-year yield dropped -0.067 to 3.554.

Fed Collins: I’d lean to 25 for Feb meeting

Boston Fed President Susan Collins said in a New York Times interview that “25 or 50 would be reasonable ” for rate hike in February. She added, “I’d lean at this stage to 25, but it’s very data-dependent.”

“Adjusting slowly gives more time to assess the incoming data before we make each decision, as we get close to where we’re going to hold. Smaller changes give us more flexibility,” she said.

ECB de Cos: We plan to continue increasing interest rates significantly in the next meetings

Governing Council member Pablo Hernandez De Cos said yesterday, “we plan to continue increasing interest rates significantly in the next meetings.” Also, tightening will continue “until reaching sufficiently restrictive levels to ensure that the inflation returns to the 2% target over the medium term.”

“Keeping interest rates at tight levels will reduce inflation by dampening demand and will also protect against the risk of a persistent upward shift in inflation expectations”, he explained.

De Cos also noted that Since last meeting, markets have raised the expected terminal rate by 30bps to 3.4%. However, market rates incorporated a positive premium, and “the market’s genuine expectation of what the maximum level of the deposit facility rate would be is somewhat below that figure.”

On the data front

New Zealand building permits rose 7.0% mom in November. Australia trade surplus widened to AUD 13.2B in November, above expectation of AUD 11.3B. Japan bank lending rose 2.7% yoy in December, current account reported surplus of JPY 1.92T in November. China CPI rose to 1.8% yoy in December while PPI rose to -0.7% yoy.

Looking ahead, US CPI is the main focus today while jobless claims will also be released.

EUR/USD Daily Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 1.0730; (P) 1.0753; (R1) 1.0780; More

Intraday bias in EUR/USD remains on the upside despite some loss of upside momentum. Current rally from 0.9534 would target 61.8% projection of 0.9630 to 1.0733 from 1.0482 at 1.1164. On the downside, below 1.0711 minor support will turn intraday bias neutral again first. But near term outlook will stay bullish as long as 1.0482 support holds, in case of retreat.

In the bigger picture, focus stays on 38.2% retracement of 1.2348 (2021 high) to 0.9534 at 1.0609. Rejection by 1.0609 will suggest that price actions from 0.9534 medium term bottom are developing into a corrective pattern. Thus, medium bearishness is retained for another fall through 0.9534 at a later stage. However, sustained break of 1.0609 will raise the chance of trend reversal and target 61.8% retracement at 1.1273.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
21:45 NZD Building Permits M/M Nov 7.00% -10.70%
23:50 JPY Bank Lending Y/Y Dec 2.70% 2.80% 2.70%
23:50 JPY Current Account (JPY) Nov 1.92T 0.65T -0.61T
00:30 AUD Trade Balance (AUD) Nov 13.20B 11.30B 12.22B 12.74B
01:30 CNY CPI Y/Y Dec 1.80% 1.80% 1.60%
01:30 CNY PPI Y/Y Dec -0.70% -0.10% -1.30%
05:00 JPY Eco Watchers Survey: Current Dec 47.9 47.8 48.1
09:00 EUR ECB Economic Bulletin
13:30 USD Initial Jobless Claims (Jan 6) 210K 204K
13:30 USD CPI M/M Dec 0.00% 0.10%
13:30 USD CPI Y/Y Dec 6.50% 7.10%
13:30 USD CPI Core M/M Dec 0.30% 0.20%
13:30 USD CPI Core Y/Y Dec 5.70% 6.00%
15:30 USD Natural Gas Storage -15B -221B

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