Quick update: DOW seems to be finally getting some support around 24000 handle. It’s recovering after dipping to 23778.74 and is up 1.2% at the time of writing. Let’s see how it goes.

Global stock markets selloff continues today. At the time of writing, all major European indices are trading in red. FTSE 100 is down -1.9%, DAX down -2.4% and CAC 40 down -2.7%. DOW just had the biggest single day point drop yesterday. US futures suggest the selloff is going to continue, at least in the early part of today’s US session. In the currency markets, Dollar is trading broadly higher today, but overwhelmed by New Zealand Dollar. Yen follows closely as the third strongest today, but the strongest for the week. Notable weakness is seen in European majors.

Economic data are talking a back seat today. US trade deficit widened to USD -50.4b in December. Canada trade deficit widened to CAD -3.19b in December. Eurozone retail PMI dropped from 53.0 to 50.8 in January. German factory orders rose 3.8% mom in December. Australia retail sales dropped -0.5% mom in December, trade balance indicated AUD -1.36b deficit in December.

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German Merkel to make painful comprises in turbulent times

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is still in overtime coalition negotiation with SPD today. Merkel said that "each of us will have to make painful compromises and I am ready for that." Specifically, she pointed to the "the movements on the stock markets over the last hours" and said "we live in turbulent times". Andreas Scheuer, secretary general of CSU said "we have to come to an agreement tonight. Anything else would be unreasonable for our citizens." SPD negotiator Carsten Schneider said a deal was close and "we have 90-95 percent".

BoJ Kuroda: Inappropriate to hike or even lift yield target

BoJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda ruled out the possibility of an early hike today. He said that "Japanese inflation hasn’t even reached 1 percent. As such, it’s inappropriate to prematurely shift monetary policy just to create future policy space." He further added that "it’s inappropriate to raise our 10-year government bond yield target now, even by a small margin." Also Kuroda downplayed recent stock market routs and said the recovery in Japan, US and Europe is "broadening across sectors and the outlook remains good as a trend."

RBA stands pat, upbeat over economic outlook

RBA maintained cash rate unchanged at 1.50%. The decision had been widely anticipated. As suggested in the accompanying statement, the central bank continued to see positive economic developments both globally and at home. Policymakers have turned slightly more upbeat over the domestic growth outlook, projecting GDP to expand ‘a bit above 3% over the next couple of years’. Meanwhile, RBA revealed that the central forecast for CPI is ‘a bit above 2% in 2018. This marks a more hawkish tone when compared with December’s language. While the job market has improved a lot, with the unemployment rate falling to the lowest level in 4.5 years, wage growth has remained lackluster. This has raised concerns over household expenditure. More in

GBP/USD Mid-Day Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 1.3890; (P) 1.4020; (R1) 1.4088; More…..

GBP/USD’s decline accelerates to as low as 1.3835 today and breaks 1.3915 support. The development suggests that a short term top is at least formed at 1.4345 and deeper decline should be seen. Intraday bias is now on the downside for 1.3651 resistance turned support. For the moment, it’s unsure where the decline is corrective rise from 1.3038, or that from 1.1946, or it’s reversing the trend. Break of 1.3651 will turn to key fibonacci level at 1.3429. On the upside, above 1.3999 minor resistance will turn intraday bias neutral first.

In the bigger picture, sustained break of 1.3835 key resistance level indicates that rebound from 1.1946 is at least correcting the long term down from from 2007 high at 2.1161. Further rise should now be seen back to 38.2% retracement of 2.1161 (2007 high) to 1.1946 (2016 low) at 1.5466. Medium term outlook will stay bullish 38.2% retracement of 1.1946 to 1.4345 at 1.3429, in case of deep pull back.

GBP/USD 4 Hours Chart

GBP/USD Daily Chart

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
00:01 GBP BRC Sales Monitor Y/Y Jan 0.60% 0.70% 0.60%
00:30 AUD Trade Balance Dec -1.36B 0.25B -0.63B 0.04B
00:30 AUD Retail Sales M/M Dec -0.50% -0.20% 1.20% 1.30%
03:30 AUD RBA Rate Decision 1.50% 1.50% 1.50%
07:00 EUR German Factory Orders M/M Dec 3.80% 0.70% -0.40% -0.10%
09:10 EUR Eurozone Retail PMI Jan 50.8 53
13:30 CAD International Merchandise Trade (CAD) Dec -3.19B -2.3B -2.5B -2.71B
13:30 USD Trade Balance Dec -53.1B -52.1B -50.5B -50.4B
15:00 CAD Ivey PMI Jan 55.2 60.7 60.4

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