Markets sentiments stabilized as more information was revealed regarding escalation of US-China trade tensions. The Chinese delegation will still travel to the US, with Vice Premier Liu He remaining as the lead negotiator. While there are still a lot...
Dollar is trading mixed in early US session despite positive economic data. Personal income rose 0.4% in September, up from 0.2% and met consensus. Spending jumped solidly by 1.0%, above expectation of 0.9%. Headline PCE accelerated to 1.6% yoy while core PCE was unchanged at 1.3% yoy. However, the greenback is weighed down, especially against Yen, by news that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller launched the first charge on Russian probe. Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, was indicted on 12 counts including "conspiracy against the United States."
Dollar's rally extends in early US session after solid economic data. Headline durable goods orders rose 1.7% in August, versus consensus of 1.0%. Ex-transport orders rose 0.2%, in line with expectation. Dollar traders are keenly looking forward to US President Donald Trump's announcement of tax reform (or just tax cuts?). It's reported that corporate tax rate would be brought down from 35% to 20% level. Top individual income tax rate will also brought down from 39.6% to 35%. Trump is scheduled to deliver a speech in Indianapolis later in the afternoon to promote his plan.
The ECB meeting evolved as we had expected: more dovish, downgraded assessment on economy, leaving unchanged the forward guidance on interest rates. the central bank has acknowledged that the uncertainties in the global economy have intensified and can persist...
Trading activities in the forex markets are rather subdued today. Dollar weakens mildly as traders are staying cautious ahead of FOMC rate decision later on Wednesday. Sterling is also soft as markets eye today's inflation data. On the other hand, New Zealand Dollar remains the strongest one this week and commodity currencies are generally firm. But there is no confirmed signs of a trend there yet. In other markets, US indices gained some ground overnight but DOW and S&P 500 are kept below the historical highs made last week. Treasury yields were mixed with 10 year yield gained a little by 0.002 to 2.385. Asian markets are also mixed with Nikkei trading nearly flat at the time of writing.
Risk aversion dominates the global financial markets as geopolitical tension in Korea Peninsula escalates to a tipping point. North Korea fired a missile over Japan to land in the Pacific Ocean. Japan condemned the act as "an unprecedented, serious and significant threat. US warned that "all options are on the table". Nikkei responded by closing down -0.45% at 19362.55. Major European indices are trading deep in red with FTSE down -1.1%, DAX down -1.7% and CAC down -1.3%. US futures also point to sharply lower open. Gold rides on the sentiment and extends this week's rally, accelerating to as high as 1331.9 so far. In the currency markets, Dollar trades as the weakest ones, followed by commodity currencies and Sterling. Swiss Franc is leading the way up, followed by Yen.
Euro dips broadly today as it's reported that ECB would downgrade inflation forecast in the staff economic projections to be published tomorrow. Bloomberg quoted unnamed source noting that ECB staff forecasts inflation to be at 1.5% in 2017, 2018 and 2019. That's quite notable downward revision from prior forecasts of 1.7%, 1.6% and 1.7% respectively. Weakness in energy price is seen as a major factor for the change. This will add to the case for policymakers to be have more patience regarding any stimulus exit. However, GDP forecast will be another thing that's closely watched for any upward revision. Based on March staff projections, Eurozone economy will grow 1.8% in 2017, 1.7% in 2018 and 1.6% in 2019.
Dollar ended the week as the strongest major currency on optimism that Republicans are on track to get the tax bill passed by the end of the year. However, there was certain indecisiveness in Dollar's rally. In particular, the greenback lost momentum as wage growth in non-farm payroll report disappointed. That added to concerns of lack on inflationary pressure, and thus could slow down Fed's tightening pace. But there are two sides of every coin as the greenback just lost momentum, but not reversed. Dollar will look into this week's FOMC rate hike and economic projections for guidance.
Renewed geopolitical tensions and decline in US inventory have lifted oil prices, sending the front-month WTI and Brent crude oil contracts to highest levels since 4Q14. The Brent crude, pressing the US$ 80/bbl-level, is about to record its 6th...
After initial spike on news of French presidential election, Euro quickly retreated. While weakness in the common currency is limited so far, the price actions suggest that it's now in a near consolidation phase. And focus will move away from Euro to others. Two major focuses of the week are BoE Super Thursday and RBNZ rate decision. In particular, Sterling could ride on cross buying in EUR/GBP and a hawkish twist in BoE inflation report to extend recent rise. Meanwhile, Loonie and Aussie will look into development in energy and commodity markets. Canadian Dollar rebounds today with the help of recovery in oil price. However, WTI is starting to feel heavy again ahead of 47 handle. Overall, Dollar recovers broadly but the outlook is mixed so far as it's not in focus.
The FOMC minutes for the December meeting revealed that policymakers were optimistic about the path of economic expansion. This was partly a result of the government's fiscal stimulus. On the tax cut, some members judged that it would help boost both capital and household spending, although the magnitude remains uncertain. The December rate hike of +25 bps was data-dependent but a key factor was the strong employment market. While wage growth was still "modest", a few members forecast it to accelerate as the job market tightened further. Many members expected that the tightening labor market would lead to higher inflation in the medium- term, but some continued to judge that core inflation would persistently stay below the 2% target. The rate hike in December was not unanimous as Chicago Fed President Charles Evans dissented.
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.
The Japanese Yen traders mildly firmer this week and maintains gains after BoJ stands pat and lowers inflation forecast. Risk appetite recedes as traders are preparing for big events like BoE and NFP later in the week. Also, markets could be a bit disappointed by news that US will adopt a phased approach in the tax cuts. Meanwhile, disappointing Germany inflation is weighing down global yield slightly, and bond traders turned a bit more cautious ahead of Eurozone CPI today. Meanwhile, Sterling remains firm as markets await BoE rate hike. Aussie, Kiwi, Euro ad Swiss Franc are the softer ones.
Risk appetite are generally firm globally today and it's best reflected in Germany 10-year yield, which turns positive for the time in more than a week. It's a rather clear indcation of a positive turn in overall sentiments. There...
In its first meeting in 2018, RBA maintained the cash rate unchanged at 1.5%. 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.
Euro surges broadly today as traders cheer the agreement by EU leaders on migration. Australian Dollar follows as the second strongest as Chinese stocks lead a strong rebound in Asian equities. At the time of writing the Shanghai composite...
The forex markets are rather steady in Asian session today. Dollar is paring some gains and trades slightly lower. But it remains the strongest one for the week together with Canadian Dollar. New Zealand Dollar, however, trades broadly lower...
Dollar recovers broadly today, except versus Japanese yen. But momentum in the greenback doesn't warrant a sustainable rebound yet. For the moment, Euro is still in the driving seat in the forex markets. Political news out of Germany over the weekend looked positive as Chancellor Angela Merkel secured support form her allies on grand coalition. This will remain a major topic of attention for the week ahead. Besides, US Senate is set to floor their version of tax bill and could trigger some volatilities on the markets. The economic calendar is light today but will build up intensity towards the end of the week. In particular, inflation data from Eurozone, US and Japan are the highlights.
Sterling ended last week as the weakest major currency. The Conservatives' losing of majority in the parliament created much uncertainty on politics, economic policies and Brexit negotiation. While the selloff in the Pound was steep, it's so far holding on to key support level against Dollar, Euro and Swiss Franc. And it seems like traders are still holding some of their bets to watch the developments in near term. Euro ended as the second weakest major currency for the week as traders were not satisfied with the tiny hawkish move in ECB's language. And the general weakness in European majors also dragged the Swiss Franc.
Dollar is attempting a recovery today but stays weak against Japanese Yen. Risk aversion remains the main theme in the global financial markets with all major European indices trading in red at the time of writing. US futures also point to lower open. Upbeat economic data from US provide little support to the greenback as traders stay deeply concerned with US President Donald Trump's political turmoil. Initial jobless claims dropped 4k to 232k in the week ended May 13, better than expectation of 240k. That's also the lowest level in more than 28 years since 1973. Claims has now stayed below 300k handle for 115 straight week, longest stretch since 1970. Continuing claims dropped 22k to 1.9m in the week ended May, lowest since 1988. Continuing claims also stayed below 2m level for the fifth straight week. Philly Fed survey rose to 38.8 in May, beating expectation of 18.5.