Thu, Feb 20, 2020 @ 11:08 GMT
Canadian dollar drops broadly as employment data missed market section. While it's trading as the weakest one for today, the movement in USD/CAD is rather muted. That's because focus is turning to the greenback again as selling gathers momentum....
The financial markets are generally steady in Asian session today. Dollar turns slightly softer against Euro and commodity currencies, but losses are so far limited. Though, Sterling is clearly weak as pressured by speculations of BoE rate cut. The...
Recent correction does not change our relatively positive outlook over USDJPY this year. Donald Trump's victory at the US presidential election last November triggered sharp rally in interest rates and USD, facilitated by unwinding of USD shorts and opening of USD longs. Despite a pullback after soaring to a recent high 118.66 in mid-December, reflation trades, hinging on the bets that Trump's administration would drive quicker growth and inflation, remain in play and should push USDJPY higher after consolidation. Yield curve targeting announced in September indicates that BOJ would strive to keep the 10-year JGB yields close to its target by buying sufficient amounts of bonds. This, together with the sharp rise in US yields, helps accelerate divergence of Japanese yields from those in the US, pressuring Japanese yen. We do not feel surprised if prices corrects to 110-112 in 1Q17. Rather, it offers a buying opportunity for a resumption of recent rally. Risk to USDJPY's strength is slower-than-expected and/or milder-than-expected implementation of Trump's pro-growth policy.
Yen and Swiss Franc gap up as the week starts while Dollar and Aussie trade broadly lower. Nikkei tumbles in early trading and is down -170 pts at the time of writing. Gold resumes recent rally and surges to as high as 1343.5. Korea tension resurfaces as North Korea conducted a sixth nuclear test on Sunday. It's believed that this one, an advanced hydrogen bomb or a long-range missile, is of a significantly larger scale and more powerful, as an Pyongyang described the underground explosion in a televised statement that it's a "perfect success in the test of a hydrogen bomb for an ICBM". And, "the creditability of the operation of the nuclear warhead is fully guaranteed." It's even claimed that the detonation of the bomb triggered an initial magnitude 6.3 earthquake in the northern part of North Korea. The United Nations Security Council was set to meet later on today to discuss fresh sanctions against the country.
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.
The RBA minutes for the October meeting reinforced its cautious stance on the monetary policy. With the cash rate unchanged at 1.5% for 24 consecutive months, the members have seen no urgency to make adjustment. While affirming the next...
Markets are generally quite today with US on holiday. PBoC's stimulus measure might have boosted Chinese stocks higher. Reactions from other markets are rather muted. Investors remain generally cautious as this week's February sentiment data will reveal how much...
Dollar is paring some gains today but it remains the strongest major currency for the week so far. While bond yields remains firm today, the greenback is losing some momentum. Euro and Sterling are trading firmer while commodity currencies remain weak. Released from US, initial jobless claims rose 12k to 272k in the week ended September 23, above expectation of 269k. Continuing claims dropped -45k to 1.93m in the week ended September 16. Trade deficit narrowed to USD -62.9b in August. Wholesale inventories rose 1.0% in August. Q2 GDP was revised up to 3.1% with price index unchanged at 1.0%.

British pound volatility has recently increased, not only because the general election is approaching, but also because some opinion polls suggest a hung parliament. The latest YouGov/ Time voting intention survey shows that support for the Conservatives declined markedly to 42% while the Labours gained +3 points to 39%. The 3-point lead by the Conservatives is the narrowest since PM Theresa May has called for the snap election in April. The Liberal Democrats hovered around single-digit, the UKIP remained on 4% and votes for other parties are at 8% (from 7%). Converting percentages to numbers, PM May's Conservative Party, while remaining the biggest party, might lose as much as 20 seats, down from 330 to 310, in the upcoming general election. If the election outcome results in a hung parliament, it would be the second time since 1974, and the seventh time since the beginning of the 20th century.

Global stock markets are staging a strong rebound today as China announced to cut bank reserve requirement to help the private sector and small companies. There is also a sense of optimism as China and US finally confirmed that...
Risk aversion is the dominant theme today, with deep selloff in global equity markets. Treasury yields took a dive while gold and oil prices surge. Sentiments are rocked by abrupt escalation in Middle East tensions, after US military had...
As suggested in the CFTC Commitments of Traders report in the week ended November 19. NET LENGTH in USD Index dropped -3 159 contracts to 24 625. Speculative long positions fell -2 408 contracts and short positions added +751...
Swiss Franc ended last week as the strongest one, very much thanks to the selloff in EUR/CHF. Uncertainty over the EU policy of the new Italian government sent Euro broadly lower, which ended as the weakest. Despite surge in...
Monetary easing from central banks remain a major background theme in the markets. Euro is sold off this week as markets are preparing for dovishness from ECB today. While immediate policy action is not envisaged, President Mario Draghi is...
European Parliament approved that Brexit would be extended further to October 31, from April 12. It is possible for the UK to leave earlier should the UK Parliament approve a Withdrawal Agreement (the deal). A review of the situation...
Fed lowered the policy rate by -25 bps to 1.75-2.00%, although market expectations of a rate cut diminished markedly ahead of the meeting. The decision was not unanimous. Yet, it revealed a more divided Fed. The updated median dot...
BOE voted 9-0 to leave the Bank rate unchanged at 0.75%. It also maintained the asset purchase program at 435B pound and corporate purchase at 10B pound. BOE also made detailed discussion on the problems stemmed from Brexit uncertainty. The...
Sterling ended as the strongest one last week as it looks like Conservative is set to have a majority win in the upcoming elections. If materialized, UK is finally heading for an orderly Brexit next January, clearing all uncertainties....
The market is thrilled by comments from Michel Barnier, EU chief negotiator on Brexit, who noted that the EU is “prepared to offer Britain a partnership such as there never has been with any other third country”. We do...
Dollar trades mixed in early US session after release of a batch of economic data. While Euro stays down for the day, it's already pared back much of the earlier loss. At the time of writing, Canadian dollar is the weakest major currency today as WTI crude oil dips below 50 handle again. That's followed closely by Euro and Dollar. Released in US, S&P Case-Shiller 20 cities house price rose 5.9% yoy in March. US Personal income rose 0.4% in April, spending rose 0.4%. PCE core slowed to 1.5% yoy. From Canada, current account deficit widened to CAD -14.1b in Q1. IPPI rose 0.6% mom in April, RMPI rose 1.6% mom in April.
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