Wed, Apr 24, 2019 @ 00:03 GMT
Both bulls and bears added bets on US dollar ahead of the June FOMC meeting, as suggested in the CFTC Commitments of Traders report in the week ended June 12. Both speculative long and short positions were increased in USD...
The December minutes turned out more hawkish than expected. While the policymakers generally judged that the existing monetary policy remained 'appropriate'. They also agreed that the forward guidance might warrant some adjustments as the pace economic recovery accelerated. The minutes noted that the 'transition would take place without a change in sequencing', suggesting that no rate hike would be implemented before the end of the asset purchase program. The minutes indicate that the forward guidance would be a key policy tool in the year ahead.
Dollar surged sharply overnight as boosted by hawkish Fedspeaks, strong rally in treasury yields as well as, solid services data. The greenback is paring some gains in Asian session, to Yen and Swiss Franc on risk aversion. But overall,...
RBA minutes for the April meeting came in less upbeat than the March one, underpinning concerns over developments in Australia's labor and housing market. Policymakers concluded by noting that "developments in the labour and housing markets warranted careful monitoring over coming months". Note, however, that the meeting was held ahead of the release of the March employment report which showed that full-time payrolls rose the most in nearly 30 years. Aussie slumped after the minutes to a 3-day low 0.552.
Dollar trades mixed in early US session despite positive job data. Initial jobless claims dropped 12k to 234k in the week ended February 4, below expectation of 250k. Four week moving average dropped to 244.25, lowest since 1973. Continuing claims rose 15k to 2.08m in the week ended January 28. Also released in US session, Dollar index is hovering in tight range around 100.32 at the time of writing. Near term outlook is mixed. On the negative side, it's still struggling below 55 day EMA (now at 100.65). On the positive side, daily MACD crossed above signal line. We'd maintain that there is prospect of a rebound after getting firm support from 100 handle.
Dollar is trading as the weakest major currency for the week. Dovish comments from Fed officials are weighing on the greenback. Also stocks and yield played catch up after holding and suffered notable lost. DOW closed down -1.07% at 21753.31. 10 year yield dropped through last week's low, losing -0.087 to close at 2.070. 2.0 handle is starting to look vulnerable as recent decline extends.
Since the BOC meeting in May, at which the policymakers removed the “cautious” rhetoric, the market has been raising its bet on a July rate hike. As of today, the market has priced in over 90% chance of a...
Euro surges to highest level since 2015 against Swiss Franc today as boosted by solid improvement in economic sentiments. But the common currency is overwhelmed by Aussie and Kiwi on strong risk appetite. Meanwhile, Sterling also regained ground after the pull back following BoE Governor Mark Carney's cautious speech yesterday. Dollar is generally softer as markets await FOMC policy decision and press conference tomorrow. In other markets, Gold is gyrating in tight range around 1310 but is vulnerable to another dip to 1300 handle. WTI crude oil is also struggling around 50.
The report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that total crude oil and petroleum products stocks slumped -10.58 mmb to 1180.97 mmb in the week ended April 13. Crude oil inventory dropped -1.07 mmb to 427.57 mmb,...
While major US indices extended their record run overnight, Dollar is lagging behind and is turning soft today. DOW closed up 0.37% at 22641.67, S&P 500 up 0.22% at 2534.58, NASDAQ up 0.23% at 6531.71. 10 year yield jumped to 2.361 but pared gain to close down -0.003 at 2.334. Technically, there are a few points to noted. USD/CHF struggled to stand above 0.9772 key near term resistance. USD/JPY also struggles to take out a medium term channel resistance. Meanwhile, AUD/USD also cannot sustain below 0.7807 key support. It's early to tell if Dollar is completing it's near term rebound, but risk is increasing.
Dollar recovers mildly today but momentum has been weak. There is no change in it's general down trend against Euro, Yen and Sterling. And, not the mention the greenback's weakness against Canadian and Aussie. Political uncertainty in US is one of the key factors in limiting any rebound attempt in the greenback. Fed fund futures are now pricing in less than 50% chance of another rate hike by end of the year. And indeed, markets are starting to question that even if Fed does hike, the sluggish inflation outlook will keep it standing pat next year. The drama in the White House seems never-ending with US President Donald Trump replacing his chief of staff Reince Priebus last Friday. Retired General John Kelly was installed in the place. Some analysts noted that could be a turning point for Trump as he's now shaking up his top team.
Dollar is trading firm is Asian session today and maintains overnight gains inspired by positive ADP and GDP data. That was accompanied mild strength in stocks, with DOW closed up 0.12%. 10 year yield also edged higher by gaining 0.007 to 2.143. Dollar index dived to as low as 91.62 yesterday but seems to be getting strong support fro 91.91/3 key level and rebounded. The key will lie in tomorrow's non-farm payroll report. As risk aversion eased, Yen is trading in red against all other major currencies for the week, except Canadian Dollar. Gold also pares back much of this week's gain and is back pressing 1300, after hitting as high as 1331.9 earlier in the week. The Loonie is weighed down by weakness in oil price which sees WTI dips to as low as 45.58.
European majors are generally under pressure today. Weak economic data from Eurozone and UK is one of the factors. Stocks are indifferent to the data though, and rise broadly probably on expectation that loose monetary policy will stay longer....
Risk aversion dominates the financial markets today. European indices are trading broadly lower with FTSE leading the way by losing more than -0.7%. CAC and DAX are both down -0.5% respectively. DJIA had the worst day for this year yesterday and is set to extend the sharp fall as suggested by futures. Nikkei lost -2.13% earlier today as additionally pressured by report of North Korea's failed missile test. Stocks are sold off sharply on concerns that US president Donald Trump doesn't have the ability to fulfil his election promises and push through his policies.
Dollar trades mildly higher in Asian session today but remains the second weakest major currency for the week, next to Sterling. Main focus is turning to employment data from US. Markets are expecting non-farm payroll report to show 175k growth in January while unemployment rate would be unchanged at 4.7%. Average hourly earnings are expected to grow 0.3% mom. Looking at other employment related data, ADP report showed 246k growth in January, much stronger than December's 151k. Four week moving average of initial jobless claims dropped 10k to 248k during the period. Employment component of ISM manufacturing surged to 56.1, up from 52.8. Conference board consumer confidence, however, dropped to 111.8, down from 113.3. Overall, other employment data points to a strong NFP report today. But the question is, based on current market sentiment, it's unsure if Dollar will respond positively to a set of good numbers.
Dollar suffers steep selloff in early US session after shockingly poor retail sales data. The release of December's sales was delayed due to government shutdown. And we've finally got some clues on how bad the US economy performed on...
Global markets are in mild risk averse mode on concerns over US-China trade talk. That came after Trump said he will not meet Chinese President Xi this month to complete the trade agreement. Yen and Swiss Franc are trading...
Once again securing a super majority (two-third of seats) in the snap election on October 22, Japan's LDP/ Komeito coalition would continue to lead the lower house, possibly until 2021. The landslide victory indicates that PM Shinzo Abe would likely be re-elected for a third presidential term in the LDP next year, allowing him to push forward his political and economic policies with a stronger mandate. There are several reasons for the rally in Nikkei and USDJPY after the election outcome. Just like the previous elections we have seen before, the stock market and currency of a country usually weaken amidst of political uncertainty. Re-election of the ruling party has removed of uncertainty at least in the near-term. This bodes well for the stock market and currency. Unlike other currencies which tend to rise on lessened uncertainty, Japanese yen fell on diminished demand for safe-haven asset. Another reason for the rise in Japanese stock market and yen was expectations of lengthy monetary easing by BOJ. Meanwhile, widening US-Japan yield spread would also continue to support USDJPY in the medium term.
Global treasury yields are boosted by solid data from China today. German 10-year yield hit at high as 0.104 and is now back at around 0.08. US 10-year yield breaches hit 2.614 and it's now trying to own 2.6...
Yesterday, PBOC announced a -50 bps reduction in reserve requirement ratio (RRR) for commercial banks. The move, effective from July 5, aims at easing the tightening in credit condition with the injection of about RMB 700B of liquidity to...
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