Dollar’s rebound extends further in Asian session today. Momentum is starting to looking promising. But technically, there is still no confirmation of reversal yet. At the time of writing, EUR/USD is held well above 1.2205 key near term support. USD/JPY stays below 108.27 near term resistance. The greenback will look further to FOMC minutes to be released later today. Elsewhere in the currency markets, Euro and Sterling are following Dollar as the strongest ones for today. Aussie and Yen are broadly lower.

FOMC minutes to turn more hawkish

It’s generally believed that minutes of the January 30-31 FOMC minutes would show a hawkish twist in the languages The questions is just on the extent. Recent solid data, including job and inflation, are solidifying the case for three rate hikes this year. And markets would now wand to see if more board members are starting to considering four hikes. That would also be tied to policymakers’ view on the impact of the tax reform. In addition, markets will look at whether Fed officials are getting more comfortable with the inflation outlook.

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Dollar has so far received no support from surging treasury yields, Fed hike expectation, nor the tax reform this year. There is doubt on whether the FOMC minutes could give the greenback sustainable strength. We’ll keep an eye on it.

IMF endorses Australia’s tax reform

The International Monetary Fund endorsed Australia’s move to lower corporate taxes. Thomas Helbling, Division Chief in the IMF’s Asia and Pacific Department, said that "for a country like Australia looking at the international standing of corporate tax rates is important and we would endorse that." And according to IMF’s annual assessment, broader tax reform could boost GDP growth by as much as 1.3%, through lowering corporate and personal income tax, while increasing GST and introduce a land tax. According to the Treasury, its target to lower corporate tax to 25% could boost growth by 1% when fully implemented in a decade.

Release from Australia, wage price index rose 0.6% qoq in Q4. Construction work down dropped -19.4%.

Japan PMI: Yen appreciation dragged export growth

Japan PMI manufacturing dropped to 54.0 in February, down from 54.8 and missed expectation of 55.2. In particular, new export orders index dropped notably from 57.4 to 54.0, hitting the lowest level in three months. Markit noted in the release that "recent yen appreciation has coincided with slower new export order growth." Also, "a number of panelists indicated that the stronger currency had prompted them to lower prices to overseas customers." And, "further yen strengthening will create unwanted drag on inflationary pressures".

Also from Japan, all industry activity index rose 0.5% mom in December.

Looking ahead

Eurozone PMIs and UK employment data are the main focuses in European session. US will release PMIs, existing home sales and FOMC minutes later in the day.

USD/CAD Daily Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 1.2526; (P) 1.2559; (R1) 1.2592; More….

USD/CAD rises further today but is still staying below 1.2687 resistance. Intraday bias stays neutral at this point. On the upside, break of 1.287 will resume the rebound from 1.2246 and should target a test on 1.2919 key near term resistance. On the downside, below 1.2450 will target 1.2246 first. Break there will extend the fall from 1.2919 and target 1.2061 keys support level.

In the bigger picture, the rebound from 1.2246 is mixing up the medium term outlook. Nonetheless, USD/CAD is staying below falling 55 week EMA, hence, the bearish case is in favor. That is, fall from 1.4689 is not completed yet. Sustained break of 1.2061 key support will carry larger bearish implication and target 61.8% retracement of 0.9406 to 1.4689 at 1.1424. However, firm break of 1.2919 will revive the case of medium term reversal and turn outlook bullish.

USD/CAD 4 Hours Chart

USD/CAD Daily Chart

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
0:30 AUD Wage Price Index Q/Q Q4 0.60% 0.50% 0.50%
0:30 AUD Construction Work Done Q4 -19.40% -10.00% 15.70% 16.60%
0:30 JPY PMI Manufacturing Feb P 54 55.2 54.8
4:30 JPY All Industry Activity Index M/M Dec 0.50% 0.40% 1.00%
8:00 EUR France Manufacturing PMI Feb P 58 58.4
8:00 EUR France Services PMI Feb P 59 59.2
8:30 EUR Germany Manufacturing PMI Feb P 60.5 61.1
8:30 EUR Germany Services PMI Feb P 57 57.3
9:00 EUR Eurozone Manufacturing PMI Feb P 59.2 59.6
9:00 EUR Eurozone Services PMI Feb P 57.6 58
9:30 GBP Jobless Claims Change Jan 2.3K 8.6K
9:30 GBP Claimant Count Rate Jan 2.40%
9:30 GBP Average Weekly Earnings 3M/Y Dec 2.50% 2.50%
9:30 GBP ILO Unemployment Rate 3Mths Dec 4.30% 4.30%
9:30 GBP Public Sector Net Borrowing Jan -11.0B 1.0B
14:45 USD US Manufacturing PMI Feb P 55.5 55.5
14:45 USD US Services PMI Feb P 54 53.3
15:00 USD Existing Home Sales Jan 5.63M 5.57M
19:00 USD FOMC Meeting Minutes


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