Dollar recovers broadly today as the markets are calmed down from the concerns over US-North Korea tensions. Meanwhile, Yen and Swiss Franc also soften mildly as a result. There was no further drastic development regarding the tension during the weekend. Chinese President Xi Jinping had a telephone call with US President Donald Trump on Saturday and urged a peaceful resolution to the issue, and all sides to avoid words or actions that escalate the tensions. Focus will temporary turn back to minutes of Fed, RBA and ECB, as well as a large number of global economic data. But markets will also keep one eye on the US-North Korea development.
Risk aversion dominated the markets last week as tension between US and North Korea suddenly intensified on verbal exchanges of the leaders. DOW initial made new record high at 22179.11 but ended the week down -234.49 pts or -1.06% at 21858.32. S&P 500 closed down -35.51 pts or -1.43% at 2441.32. European indices were harder hit with DAX closed down -283.66 pts or -2.31%. FTSE closed down -201.75 pts or -2.69%. Japan was on holiday on Friday but Hong Kong HSI closed the week down -2.46%. US yields was further hit by tame CPI and PPI data with 10 year yield closed at 2.189, taking out 2.225 near term support decisively. In the currency markets, Yen and Swiss Franc ended as the strongest ones on risk aversion. Commodity currencies ended as the weakest ones, followed by Sterling. Gold surged on risk aversion and Dollar weakness and closed up 2.4% at 1295. WTI crude oil traded like a passerby and struggled to regain 50 on another attempt.
Dollar suffers selloff against most major currencies except Sterling after slightly weaker than expected CPI data. But it's Euro that really shines in early US session, extending recent rally against Sterling and is trying to rebound against Yen and Swiss Franc. That could be technical driven as both EUR/JPY and EUR/CHF are close to near term fibonacci support. Still, for the week as a whole, Yen and Swiss Franc are still trading as the strongest currencies. Commodity currencies and Sterling will likely end as the weakest on risk aversion.
Risk aversion continues to dominate the global financial markets. DOW dropped -204.69 pts, or -0.93% overnight to close at 21844.01, comparing to intra-week high at 22179.11. S&P 500 also lost -35.81 pts, or -1.45% to close at 2438.21. Selloff in equities extends in Asian session. While Japan is on holiday, but Hong Kong HSI is trading down -1.8%, Korean KOSPI down -1.7% and Australia ASX 200 down -1.3%. In the currency markets, Japanese yen remains the strongest currency, followed by Swiss Franc and commodity currencies are all under pressure. Gold is staying firm above 1290 and is still on course for 1300 handle. WTI crude oil, however, is heading back to 48 after breaching 50 briefly.
There is no change in the general risk-aversion mode in the financial markets today. Investors continue to watch the development of US-North Korea tension with much caution. Yen remains the strongest one but Aussie and Canadian Dollar are catching up. Gold extends recent rally and breaches 1290, setting to take on 1300 handle. WTI crude oil was lifted by news that OPEC raised demand forecast and breaches 50 handle finally. Dollar trades lower in early US session, in particular against Japanese Yen after disappointing PPI. New Zealand Dollar remains the weakest one after dovish RBNZ comments.
Risk aversion remains the main theme in the markets. Commodity currencies remain the weakest ones while Yen is staying firm. Dollar trades mildly higher but there is no follow through buying yet. RBNZ rate decision triggered a brief recovery in New Zealand Dollar but Kiwi is quickly back under pressure. Selloff in stocks seem to have stabilized though, with Nikkei hovering in tight range in red today, down around -0.15%. Gold is hovering between 1280/5 after yesterday's rally and is waiting for fresh inspiration. US-North Korea tension will remain the main focus today while data from UK and US will catch most attention.
Yen and Swiss Franc remain the strongest major currencies today with US-North Korean tensions as the main theme of the markets. Japan Nikkei suffered steep selloff today by losing -1.29% to close at 19738.71. Major European indices follow with FTSE down -0.8%, DAX down -1.5% and CAC down -1.8% at the time of writing. Among the currencies, risk sensitive Aussie and Canadian Dollar are hardest hit, followed by Sterling and Euro. Risk aversion pushes gold to as high as 1282.4 so far today as recent rebound resumes. WTI continues to tread water between 48.5 and 49.0.
Yen surges broadly together with Swiss Franc as there are renewed focus on the tension between US and North Korea. US President warned overnight that North Korea "best not make any more threats to the United States". And, Trump said that "they will be met with fire, fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before." That's in response to North Korea's claim that it's ready to give US a "severe lesson". And North Korea claim that it's examining plans to strike US territory Guam. Analysts perceived Trump's response as aggressive. The comments sent DOW down to closed -0.15% lower at 22085.34, comparing to intraday high at 22179.11. USD/JPY breached 109.83 and is resuming recent decline from 114.49.
Sterling suffers renewed selling in generally quiet markets today. EUR/GBP is extending recent rise to as high as 0.9080 so far. GBP/USD is set to test on 1.3 handle. GBP/JPY is the biggest mover today as also affected by broad based rebound in yen. GBP/JPY's break of 144.01 near term support now opens up deeper fall to trend line support at around 142.00. Staying in the currency markets, New Zealand Dollar remains the weakest one as markets anticipate a dovish RBNZ statement later in the week. Canadian Dollar is the second weakest one as WTI crude oil continues to struggle to regain 50 handle. Euro is maintaining its status as the strongest one for the week while Dollar is mixed.
Dollar trades generally lower today after cautious comments from Fed officials. But New Zealand Dollar is even weaker as markets are preparing themselves for a dovish RBNZ rate statement later in the week. At the same time, weak China data is weighing on Aussie. Canadian Dollar also continues to pare back recent gains and as oil consolidates ahead of the release of the OPEC/non-OPEC meeting statement. Euro, Yen and Sterling are so far the relatively firmer ones, with Euro having an upper hand. The economic calendar is rather light for today and trading could remain subdued in summer mood.
Dollar is trying to regain momentum against most major currencies entering into US session, except versus Euro and Swiss Franc USD/CAD takes the earlier today by breaking last week's high. GBP/USD follows closely by taking out last week's low. Meanwhile Euro is so far trading firm against others. In particular, EUR/GBP is also resuming last week's rally and breaches 0.9050. Commodity currencies are trading generally soft today. In other markets, gold continues to hover in tight range between 1260/5. WTI crude oil's sideway consolidation extends and dips below 49 handle. Oil will take some more time to consolidate before having another attempt on 50 handle.
The financial markets are trading in risk-on mode as another week starts, boosted by last week's record run in US equities. In addition to being supported by the set of solid job data, comments from White House economic adviser Gary Cohn also provided some optimism to investors. Nonetheless, in the currency markets, Dollar has turned into consolidative mode instead and is waiting for fresh inspirations. Euro, on the other hand, is regaining some growth. New Zealand Dollar and Yen are trading as the weakest ones so far. In other markets, gold failed to stand firm above 1280 handle last week and retreated on Dollar's rebound. it's hovering in tight range of 1260/5 for the moment. WTI crude oil is also struggling to regain momentum for another attempt of 50 handle yet.
Dollar staged a strong rebound towards the end of the week as boosted by an overall set of solid job data. While the greenback still ended lower against Euro for the week, it's now looking likely that the greenback has found a short term bottom already. It's still early to confirm a trend reversal for Dollar yet. And we believe the key lies in the yet to be confirmed fiscal policy of US President Donald Trump. But for now, Dollar will probably gyrate higher in the early part of this week until CPI release on Friday. On the other hand, while Euro ended the week as the strongest currency, its rallies against Dollar, Yen and even Swiss Franc are starting to look tired. Sterling ended the week generally lower after markets perceived the BoE Super Thursday as a dovish one. But commodity currencies were even weaker with Canadian Dollar starting to pare back the strong gains in the past two months.
Dollar is given a lift in early US session by a set of overall solid employment. After initial hesitation, the greenback is gaining some upside momentum with GBP/USD dropping through 1.3096 minor support. USD/CHF also breaks last week's high at 0.9726 to resume rebound from 0.9347. Focus will now turn to 110.97 minor resistance in USD/JPY and break there will indicate near term bottoming. EUR/USD, though, stays firm above 1.1722 minor support and it's near term bullishness remains relatively safe.
Focus of the market will turn back to US economic data today. Economists expect non-farm payroll to show 180k growth in the US job markets in July, down from prior month's 222k. Unemployment rate is expected to drop to 4.3%. Average hourly earnings are expected to grow solidly by 0.3% mom. Looking at other employment related data, ADP private job growth slowed to 178k in the same month, down from 191k. Nonetheless, the three month average of ADP rose 10k from 191k to 201k. Employment component of ISM manufacturing dropped to 55.2, down from 57.2. Employment component of ISM services also dropped to 53.6, down from 57.8. Initial jobless claims were steady though, with four month average improved from 244k to 242k. Conference board consumer confidence also rose from 117.3 to 121.1. Other employment related data were mixed in general. Also from US, trade balance will be released.
Sterling tumbles sharply as markets perceive BoE announce as a rather dovish one. BoE left monetary policy unchanged at widely expected. Bank rate is held at 0.25% and asset purchase target at GBP 435b. The rate decision came with 6-2 vote as generally expected. Ian McCafferty and Michael Saunders maintained their push for a 25bps hike. Chief economist Andy Haldane, who sounded hawkish recently, didn't vote for a hike. New comer Silvana Tenreyro didn't follow her predecessor Kristin Forbes and, voted for unchanged.
Sterling is trading as the second strongest currency for the week so far, next to Euro, as markets await BoE Super Thursday. While monetary is widely expected to be unchanged, the vote split and inflation report will catch all attention from the markets. Meanwhile, commodity currencies are generally lower even though risk appetite remains firm in the stock markets. DOW extended its record run and closed up 0.24% at 2201.24, above 22k handle. US treasury yields were mixed with 10 year yield closed up 0.011 at 2.262. In other markets, Gold dipped notably and is trading below 1270. WTI crude oil recovered after a steep dip earlier this week to below 48.50. WTI is currently trading at 49.4 and struggles to regain 50 handle.
Dollar is steady in early US session and is little affected by job data miss. The ADP employment report showed 178k growth in private sector jobs in July, below expectation of 190k. DOW futures also stay steady and the index could have a go at 22000 handle today as recent rally extends. Non-farm payroll to be released on Friday is a key event to watch. And it's expected to show 180k growth overall in July.
Yen falls sharply in Asian session on risk appetite flows. Strong earnings from Japanese companies lifted Nikkei back above 20000 handle as the index is trading up 0.6% at the time of writing. That followed another record close in DOW overnight, at 21963.92, up 0.33%. Euro is benefiting most from the developments, in particular, with EUR/JPY finally taking out 130.76 resistance to resume recent rally. Markets will have an eye on German DAX today, which rebound by 1.1% yesterday. That mark the complete of a recent correction and if that's the case, strength in DAX would likely support the Euro further. Meanwhile, Dollar also recovers mildly today, against most except Euro as markets await ADP private employment data from US. Talking about employment, New Zealand Dollar is trading as the weakest one as dragged down by Q2 job data.
European majors are generally the strong ones this week so far. While Euro and Sterling lost some intraday momentum after yesterday's rally, they're both remain firm as supported by solid economic data. ON the other hand, While data from US are not too back, the greenback is being pressured by the political drama in the White House. Aussie is leading commodity currencies down as RBA warned of its recent appreciates in the rate decision statement.