Tue, Sep 17, 2019 @ 16:33 GMT
The RBA minutes for the November minutes delivered a dovish tone as policymakers expressed concerns over the wage growth outlook. This is consistent with the central bank's worry over household spending as indicated in the meeting statement (released earlier this month). We believe this has added further pressure to Aussie's recent weakness, sending AUDUSD to the lowest level in 5 months. The central bank kept its powder, leaving the cash rate unchanged at 1.5%, in November. We expect the monetary policy would stay unchanged at least until 1H18 and could extend to 2H18.
Dollar trade mildly lower in Asian session after more verbal attack on Fed by Trump. Australian Dollar follows as second weakest, paring some of last week's gains. On the other hand, New Zealand Dollar is the second strongest one,...
Again, we expect BOE to vote unanimously to keep the Bank rate unchanged at 0.75%, as well as to leave the asset purchase program at 435B pound, at the February meeting. While the focus of the meeting remains on...
As suggested in the CFTC Commitments of Traders report in the week ended July 24, NET LENGTH in USD Index gained +1 796 contracts to 29 128. Speculative long positions gained +5 766 contracts while short positions added +3...
It's a very volatile day with two market moving events in BoE Super Thursday and EU economic forecasts. Sterling initially dived sharply after BoE downgraded economic forecasts and painted a slower rate path. But the Pound appears to rebound...
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 forex markets are rather quiet in Asia, as Japan starts an ultra-long 10-day holiday ahead of Imperial succession. New Zealand and Australian Dollar extends the corrective recovery started late last week, ignoring initial weakness in Chinese stocks. On...
Dollar spikes higher in early US session even though the headline Non-Farm Payrolls number is a big disappointment. NFP dropped -33K in September, first contraction seen since 2010. That's also much worse than expectation of 77K. However, it should be noted that the figure was skewed heavily by the impact of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. And the markets seem not to be to bothered by it. Unemployment rate dropped to 4.2%, down from 4.4%, lowest since December 2000. Participation rate also increased to 63.1%, up from 62.9%. The most positive surprise is wage growth. Average hourly earnings jumped 0.5% mom. While wage growth could also be inflated by the hurricanes, it beats an also optimistic expectation of 0.3% mom already.
As trade tensions between Japan and Korea evolve, the latest development is that Japan is preparing to remove Korea from its “white list”. Countries in the list can enjoy preferential treatment on trade with minimum retractions. The move marks...
Dollar's recovery once again loses momentum today. Overall the markets are staying in consolidative mode. Eurozone GDP came in meeting expectations but provides little boost to Euro. It's seems that solid growth data from the region is becoming a norm. Meanwhile, Sterling also rebounds notably today even though political and Brexit news continue. For the moment, the markets are likely holding their breaths, waiting for US President Donald Trump's State of Union address in the upcoming Asian session, as well as tomorrow's FOMC announcement.
Yen spikes lower broadly after BoJ announced to strengthen the framework for continuous powerful easing. But at this point, there is no follow through selling seen yet. Instead, of raising the target on 10 year JGB yields, BoJ simply...
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.
Intensifying recession fear was the main theme in the markets in March, alongside never-ending Brexit and trade tensions. With downside risks to growth starting to materialize, major global central banks started their dovish turns. Most notably, Fed now forecasts...
Sterling is sold off across the board today and remains weak in early US session. The pound falls on fear that UK will opt for hard Brexit and lose access to the single market in EU. On the other hand, FTSE surges to new record high at 7239. UK prime minister Theresa May. May emphasized in a televised interview that Brexit is about "getting the right relationship, not about keeping bits of membership." And she noted that the right relationship is about being "have control of our borders, control of our laws" while having the "best possible deal" for trading with EU. The comments indicated that control of immigration and law prevail access to the single markets. Meanwhile, May also pledged to set out "some more details in the coming weeks" about Brexit ahead of the March 31 deadline for triggering Article 50 for Brexit negotiations.
USDJPY's rally since early February indicates that the correction from the 2016-peak (118.66) made on December 15 is ended at 111.57 on February 7. We remain bullish over the currency pair (i.e. expecting Japanese yen to weaken against US dollar). As we mentioned in our January report, reflation trade, driven by US President Donald Trump's pro-growth policy, such as infrastructural spending, tax cut and deregulations, has driven USD's rally against major currencies since Trump's victory. Hopes that the measures would drive US growth and inflation have lifted speculations on Fed funds rate hikes this year, sending Treasury yields and USD higher. Meanwhile, BOJ's yield curve targeting policy, announced in September last year, would keep the 10-year JGB yields close to 0%. These would help accelerate divergence of Japanese yields from those in the US, pressuring Japanese yen. Recent developments appear to have reinforced such conviction.
As suggested in the CFTC Commitments of Traders report in the week ended August 7, speculative long positions increased +1 039 contracts in USD index futures, while shorts dropped -607 contracts, resulting in an increase in NET LENGTH to...
Swiss Franc rises broadly today as risk aversion stays in the markets, even though Yen is firm but relatively unmoved. Sterling also recovers with help from stronger than expected wage growth. On the other hand, New Zealand and Canadian...
Dollar's selloff accelerates entering into US session today and drags down the Japanese Yen too. Strong employment data may halt the greenback's decline temporary. But it's definitely not enough to trigger a reversal. EUR/USD and GBP/USD are in proximity...
Selloff in Turkish lira and euro has stabilized but the worst is not yet over. As we mentioned in the previous report, the ultimate reason for lira’s slide is President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's failed economic and monetary policy. The...
The report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that total crude oil and petroleum products (ex. SPR) stocks soared +4 mmb to 1315.23 mmb in the week ended August 23. Crude oil inventory slumped -10.03 mmb to...
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