DJIA rebounded strongly overnight by closing up 150.52 pts or 0.73% at 20701.50. S&P also rebounded by gaining 16.98 pts or 0.73% to close at 2358.57. Some attributed the rebound to strong economic data. Conference Board consumer confidence jumped to 125.6 in March, hitting the highest level since December 2000. But from our point of view, the rebound in stocks were mainly technical driven. Strong support was seen in both DJIA and S&P 500 from 55 day EMA. Meanwhile, the rebound in stocks was also accompanied by yields and Dollar index. The development suggests that reversal Trump trade has at least passed the first climax even though there is no sign of it being completed yet. The focus is turned to Sterling selling as Brexit day finally arrives.

Fed Fischer: Two more hikes seems about right

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Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer sounded hawkish in his interview by CNBC. He said that two more rate hikes "seems about right" for this year. He noted that it is "the sensible thing to do" to watch and wait White House’s fiscal policies which jumping the gun on the results. US President Donald Trump’s failure on health care act changed Fischer’s "internal calculus" but the the overall economic outlook. Separately, Fed Governor Jerome Powell said Fed is "getting closer" to achieving maximum employment. Inflation is "still a bit short, but not terribly short" of target. He reiterated that "it’s appropriate if we stay on this path for us to gradually raise interest rates."

BoC Poloz: Costs of protectionism are steep

In Canada, BoC Governor Stephen Poloz emphasized that the "correlation between economic progress and openness" is "striking". And, "when trade barriers are falling, when people are coming to our shores and when investment is rising, Canadians prosper." In response to the current protectionist approach of US Trump, Poloz warned that "protectionism does not promote growth and its costs are steep." Regarding immigration, Poloz said that Canada would have to rely entirely on immigration in less than 30 years to maintain population growth. And, "take away the force of international migration since Confederation, and Canada would be around 10 million people, not 36 million as we are today."

Sterling weakness could be temporary

Sterling is sold off deeper as the Brexit Day finally comes. UK Prime Minister is schedule to trigger Article 50 today, nine months after the historical Brexit referendum last year. And, UK will officially end the 44 year old membership with EU. As the negotiation starts, there are three main focuses, immigration, trade relationship and the cost of the "divorce". It’s generally expected that EU leaders will take a tough stance considering the rise in euroskeptism, nationalism and populism in Europe in general. However, at the moment, there is no fresh news regarding Brexit and all should already be priced in the markets. Hence, while the pound stays bearish against Dollar, there is no fresh evidence of bearishness against the others yet.

Take GBP/AUD as an example, it’s the worst performing pair for the week so far. The pull back from 1.6568 is deep and steep. But at this point, there no change in the overall outlook. The choppy fall from 1.7204 is seen as a corrective move and could be finished at 1.5905 already. Another rise is in favor to extend the pattern from 1.5665 low. And above 1.6568 will target 1.7204 and possibly further to 38.2% retracement of 2.0534 to 1.5665 at 1.7525. This will remain the preferred case as long as 1.5905 support holds.

Elsewhere…

Japan retail sales rose 0.1% yoy in February, below expectation of 0.7% yoy. German import price rose 0.7% mom in February versus expectation of 0.4% mom. Swiss UBS consumption indicator rose to 1.5 in February. UK will release mortgage approvals and M4 money supply. US will release pending home sales later today.

GBP/USD Daily Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 1.2395; (P) 1.2496; (R1) 1.2551; More

GBP/USD’s sharp decline and strong break of 1.2468 minor support suggests that rebound from 1.2108 is completed at 1.2614 already. Intraday bias is turned back to the downside for 1.2108 support next. Overall, price actions from 1.1946 are viewed as a consolidation pattern pattern. Break of 1.2108 support will be the first sign of larger down trend resumption and would target 1.1946 low for confirmation. On the upside, above 1.2614 will bring another rise. In that case, we’d expect upside to be limited by 1.2705/2774 to bring down trend resumption eventually.

In the bigger picture, fall from 1.7190 is seen as part of the down trend from 2.1161. There is no sign of medium term reversal yet. Sustained trading below 61.8% projection of 2.1161 to 1.3503 from 1.7190 at 1.2457 will target 100% projection at 0.9532. Overall, break of 1.3444 resistance is needed to confirm medium term bottoming. Otherwise, outlook will remain bearish.

GBP/USD 4 Hours Chart

GBP/USD Daily Chart

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
23:50 JPY Retail Trade Y/Y Feb 0.10% 0.70% 1.00%
6:00 EUR German Import Price Index M/M Feb 0.40% 0.90%
6:00 CHF UBS Consumption Indicator Feb 1.43
8:30 GBP Mortgage Approvals Feb 69.5k 69.9k
8:30 GBP M4 Money Supply M/M Feb 0.50% 0.90%
14:00 USD Pending Home Sales M/M Feb 2.00% -2.80%
14:30 USD Crude Oil Inventories 5.0M

 

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