Thu, Aug 22, 2019 @ 07:00 GMT
Dollar trades broadly higher this week so far, but strength is limited by weakness in treasury yields and risk aversion. WTI crude oil dropped as low as 42.75 yesterday before recovering mildly to 43.5. DOW and S&P 500 retreated after hitting records highs on Monday and closed lower by -0.29% and -0.67% respectively. Nikkei followed and is trading down -0.48% at the time of writing. Notable weakness is seen in 30 year yield while extends this year's decline and lost -0.053 to close at 2.735. 10 year yield also closed lower by -0.037 but stays above last week's low at 2.103 so far. In other markets, Gold remains weak and struggles to regain 1250 after dipping to 1242.4.
Sterling dives broadly today after BoE Governor Mark Carney tried to talk down rate hike expectations and said it's not the time yet. Meanwhile, Canadian dollar was also pressured as WTI crude oil tumbles through 43.76 support to as low as 42.93, hitting the lowest level since November. The Japanese Yen rebounds as risk appetite recedes. Meanwhile, Dollar and Euro are trading mixed. Technically, key focuses in US session will be on whether GBP/USD would take out 1.2633 support, and whether EUR/GBP would take out 0.8865 resistance.
Dollar rose mildly overnight but strength was so far limited. Comments from Fed officials were mixed and provided little guidance to the greenback. Meanwhile, Japanese Yen trades broadly lower on solid risk appetite and recovery in yields. DOW and S&P 500 surged to record close at 21528.99 and 2453.46 respectively. Nikkei followed and gains 0.81% to 20230.41. US 10 year yield recovered by adding 0.033 to 2.190, but it's still limited below 2.229 resistance. Similarly, dollar index is held below 97.77 resistance. EUR/USD is also staying above 1.1109 support. There is no change in Dollar's bearish trend yet.
Dollar strengthens mildly in early US session after positive comments from New York Fed President William Dudley. He didn't sound much concerned with low inflation. Instead, he noted that the US is "pretty close to full employment. And if labor market continues to tighten further "wages will gradually pick up". And with that "inflation will gradually get back to 2%". Regarding the economy, Dudley also expressed that he is "confident" that the expansion has "quite a long way to go". USD/JPY could be revisiting last week's high at 111.41. But the EUR/USD is holding well above 1.1109 support which keeps it mildly bullish. Overall, the forex markets are staying inside Friday's range.
Yen's weakness continue in quiet trading today and trades a touch softer after trade balance release. But overall, the markets are trading in tight range. The only exception is New Zealand Dollar which is resuming this month's broad based rally ahead of RBNZ rate decision on Thursday. Sterling recovers mildly as Brexit negotiations are finally starting today. Dollar and Euro are mixed. In other markets, gold is trading in tight range between 1250/60 for the moment. WTI crude oil is also range bound below 45 handle.
Central banks were back in the driving seats in the forex markets last week. Four central banks, Fed, BoE, SNB and BoJ, delivered their monetary policy decisions. But they were all overshadowed by comments from BoC that indicated the next move would be a hike. Canadian dollar ignored the extended selloff in oil price and ended the week as the strongest major currency. Aussie and Kiwi closely followed and took the second and third places. Sterling was boosted by the surprise that three policy makers voted for a rate hike in BoE MPC meeting and closed the week up against Dollar, Euro and Yen. Dollar followed as Fed, after raising interest rate by 25bps, maintained the forecast of a total of three hikes this year. Meanwhile, Yen and Swiss Franc ended as the weakest major currencies as markets were starting to price in an era of monetary policy stimulus exit.
Commodity currencies are set to end the week as the strongest ones, but not because of commodity prices. Canadian dollar is the largest gainer for the week after the hawkish twist in BoC comments. Meanwhile, Aussie was boosted by unemployment data and receding bet on RBA cut. Sterling and Dollar followed as supported by hawkishness of respective central banks. Meanwhile, Yen tumbled across the board as the global economy is starting to exit the era of ultra-loose monetary policies. In other markets, gold suffered steep selloff this week and is now trying to find support around 55 day EMA at 1257. WTI crude oil dropped to as low as 44.22 and couldn't find buying to recovery back above 45 handle yet.
BoJ left monetary policies unchanged today as widely expected. Benchmark interest is kept at -0.1%. Meanwhile, under the yield curve control framework, the central bank continues to target 10 year JGB yield at around 0%. Annual pace of asset purchase is held at JPY 80T. Locally, BoJ noted that "private consumption has shown increased resilience against a background of steady improvement in the employment and income situation". Globally, BoJ said that overseas economies were "continuing to grow at a moderate pace as a whole". Overall tone in the central's statement was slightly more upbeat than the previous one.
Dollar extends post FOMC rebound in early US session after positive economic data. Initial jobless claims dropped 8k to 237k in the week ended June 10, below expectation of 241k. Four-week moving average rose 1k to 243k. That's the 119 straight weeks initial claims stayed below 300k handle, last seen in early 1970s. Continuing claims rose 6k to 1.935m in the week ended June 3 staying below 2m handle for the 9 straight week, last seen back in 1973. Empire State manufacturing index rebound to 19.8, up from -1. Philly Fed survey though, retreated to 27.6 but beat expectation of 25.0. Industrial production, rose 0.0% in May while capacity utilization dropped to 76.6%.
Dollar recovered overnight as Fed delivered the widely expected rate hike. The overall announcement, including new economic projections, was not as bad as some anticipated. Fed maintained the projection of a total of three rate hike this year. Downward revision in 2017 inflation forecast was somewhat offset by the upward revision in GDP forecast and downward revision in unemployment rate forecast. On other hand, both growth and inflation forecasts for 2018 and 2019 were held unchanged. While the greenback was lifted, it's clearly not out of the woods yet as markets seem not fully convinced by what Fed said.
Dollar recovers after Fed doesn't disappoint the market and raised federal funds rate by 25bps to 1.00-1.25%. Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari dissented and voted for standing pat this time. But the greenback is supported by the fact that Fed didn't change inflation forecast for 2018 and 2019. Also, Fed maintained interest rate projections unchanged for 2017 and 2018. Fed released an "addendum to the political normalization principles" laying down the guidelines to shrink its balance sheet. Overall, even though the greenback was sold off after CPI disappointment earlier today, it's kept above key support level around 1.13 handle against Euro and more stimulus is needed to trigger sustained breakout.
Dollar is under some renewed selling pressure in early US session after poor economic data. Headline CPI dropped -0.1% mom, rose 1.9% yoy in May. The annual rate was notably slower than prior month's 2.2% and missed expectation of 2.0%. Core CPI rose 0.1% mom, 1.7% yoy. The annual rate was also slower than prior month's and expectation of 1.9% yoy. Headline retail sales dropped -0.3% in May, below expectation of 0.1%. Ex-auto sales dropped -0.3% versus expectation of 0.2%. The weakness against Canadian Dollar is particularly clear as USD/CAD is now clearing 1.3222 key near term support firmly. There is prospect of EUR/USD revisiting 1.1298 key resistance level even before FOMC announcement.
US markets regained strength overnight with DOW and S&P 500 closed at record highs as selloff in tech stocks stabilized. DOW gained 92.8 pts, or 0.44% to end the day at 21328.47. S&P 500 rose 10.96 pts, or 0.45% to close at 2440.35. However, no strength was seen in treasury yields as 10 year yield lost -0.006 to close at 2.207, staying well below 2.297 resistance and maintains near term bearish outlook. In the currency markets, Canadian Dollar remains the strongest one as boosted by hawkish twist in BoC officials' rhetorics. Meanwhile, Dollar is trading as the weakest major currency for the week. The development argues that traders could be quite concerned with a dovish FOMC hike today.
Canadian Dollar remains the strongest major currency today as boosted by comments from BoC official. Meanwhile, Sterling follows closely as lifted by stronger than expected consumer inflation data. On the other hand, the Japanese Yen trades as the weakest major currency as risk aversion recedes. Dollar follows as the second weakest as traders are getting cautious ahead of FOMC rate decision tomorrow. In other markets, Gold is suffering steep selling and is back at around 1262. WTI crude oil also stays soft in tight range around 46.
Canadian Dollar jumps sharply overnight as boosted by comments from a top BoC official that raises prospect of a rate hike. Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Wilkins said in a speech that adjustment to lower oil prices was "largely behind us" with help of the rate cuts in 2015. And, there are "encouraging signs" of broadening growth across regions and sectors. Meanwhile, there is "significant monetary policy stimulus in the system". And, she noted that "as growth continues and, ideally, broadens further, Governing Council will be assessing whether all of the considerable monetary policy stimulus presently in place is still required." This is seen by the markets as an indication that the door for further rate cut from the current 0.50% is closed. And the next move would be a hike.
The Japan Yen surges broadly today on risk aversion as last week's selloff in NASDAQ is spreading over. At the time of writing, DAX is trading down -0.9% while CAC is down -1.0%. FTSE is down a mere -0.1% as helped by renewed selling in Sterling. While DOW opens nearly flat, NASDAQ is losing another -1% in early trading. Elsewhere, the Pound is under some pressure again as it breaches last week's low against Euro and Yen. Dollar is also trading softer as despite firm expectation of an FOMC rate hike later in the week.
Sterling trades mildly softer against Dollar, Euro and Yen today. But it's holding above last week's low so far. After the disastrous election, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced her new cabinet on Sunday. Stability was clearly seen as her priority as all the most senior ministers stay. The list includes Chancellor of Exchequer Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon and Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Also, David Davis kept his job as Brexit Secretary. While there are still calls for May to quit, she seems to have steadied the boat, as least for the moment. And preparing for Brexit negotiation with EU would now be back as one of her top priorities.
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.
Sterling stabilized a bit after the post UK election sharp fall. After suffering the election backslash and losing majority in the parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May visited the Queen at Buckingham Palace to get permission to form a new government. May emphasized that "what the country needs more than ever is certainty" and "now, let's get to work". The Conservatives is now expected to form coalition with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party. And both parties reached consensus to keep May in the position for now. But overall, May's political survival remains in question. And, there are five candidates identified who could fill the role of Prime Minister, including Boris Johnson, Philip Hammond and David Davis.
Sterling tumbles sharply and broadly as the UK election is now very likely proved to be a serious blow to Prime Minister Theresa May and the Conservatives. While the Tories would still get the most seats, exit polls showed that it's going to lose majority and get only 318 seats, down -13 from prior parliament. On the other hand, Labour would probably set 267 seats, up 35. That means UK is now heading to a hung parliament and that is seen by many market participants as the worst case scenario. Much uncertainty would be injected into UK politics, economic policies and most importantly, the Brexit negotiation with EU. And it clearly showed that May's bold decision for a snap election has backfired and it's now even uncertain how long May will stay as Prime Minister.
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