Sun, Aug 25, 2019 @ 20:26 GMT
Free fall in major treasury yields remain the main focus in the markets today. German 10-year bund yield hit another record low at -0.397 and is now back at -0.378, down -0.013. It closed at -0.324 last week. UK...
FOMC raised the fed funds target range, by +25 bps, to 0.75%-1.00% with 9-1 vote. Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari dissented as he favored leaving the monetary policy unchanged. The Summary of Projections (SEP) shows virtually the same macroeconomic outlook. Moreover, the median dot plot maintained three rate hikes this year and in 2018. Chair Janet Yellen noted that that the projections have not included potential fiscal stimulus promised by President Donald Trump. She also noted that the Committee discussed on balance sheet policy but no conclusion was reached. The market was disappointed, reflected in the decline in US dollar and Treasury yields, as they had anticipated more hawkish statement and some upward adjustments in economic forecasts.
Dollar is back under selling pressure in early US session after all the way bad non-farm payroll report. NFP showed only 156k growth in August, below expectation of 180k. Prior month's figure was revised down from 209k to 189k. Unemployment rate rose to 4.4%, up from 4.3%. And more disappointingly, average hourly earnings grew a mere 0.1% mom, below expectation of 0.2% mom and slowed from prior month's 0.3% mom. EUR/USD took out 1.1928 minor resistance and should have completed this week's pull back. Further rise is now in favor through 1.2 handle back to retest 1.2069 high. USD/CAD dives through 1.2412 low and is now resuming medium term down trend. US will also release ISM manufacturing later today but it's unlikely to help the greenback.
China’s headline CPI rose to a 6-month high of +2.3% y/y in August, up from +2.1% a month ago. However, the increase almost entirely came from food prices which jumped to +1.7%, from +0.5% in the prior month. Taking...
Brexit and US-China trade negotiation were the two major themes last week. After a week of drama, it's still unclear exactly what kind of Brexit deal would get through the Parliament. There's some anticipation for UK Prime Minister Theresa...
The consensus forecast that USD’s rally, which began in February this year, is coming to an end hinges on the theses of overvaluation and stretched FX market longs, the slowdown in US economic growth and the end of current...
As suggested in the CFTC Commitments of Traders report in the week ended August 13, NET LENGTH in USD Index declined -1 487 contracts to 29 842. Speculative long positions dropped -1 457 contracts while short positions added +30...
The financial markets are back in full risk on mode today. China Shanghai SSE jumped 1.8% to 2994.01, just missed 3000 handle. Optimism of bottoming in the slowdown is a factor as Caixin PMI manufacturing rebounded to 49.9, just...
Sterling is generally steady today and gyrates in tight range. UK events are the major focuses with BoE Super Thursday featured. UK Prime Minister Theresa May will also visit Brussels to seek alternative arrangements on Irish border backstop. For...
Euro recovers against Dollar after ECB president Mario Draghi tried to play down concerns over recent weak Eurozone data. But his usual cautiousness is so far capping Euro buying. On the other hand, Dollar's rally also loses some steam,...
Recent upbeat macroeconomic data has lifted speculations for a BOC rate hike in September. Yet, we do not expect the developments since the last meeting should change the central bank’s gradual normalization policy. Policymakers should bear in mind the...
According to the CFTC Commitments of Traders report for the week ended July 2, NET LENGTH for crude oil futures rose +14 007 contracts to 392 810 for the week. Speculative long positions jumped +16 239 contracts and shorts...
Swiss Franc is stealing the show today as it tumbles broadly and sharply across the board. EUR/CHF is trading up 0.6% at the time of writing and is set to take on key resistance level around 1.12. The selloff in the Franc is believed to be a catch up to a combination of recent developments in the financial markets. Those include surge in risk markets including European stocks, oil and commodities. Market expectations are also firm that ECB is on course to exit stimulus down the road, or least, taper its asset purchase. Such expectation is reinforced by the rally in stocks, energy and commodities that would help lift inflation.
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.
Sterling recovers mildly today but remains the weakest major currency for the week. Prime minister Theresa May's speech on Brexit is the main focus and could trigger more volatility in the pound. It's reported that May will reject the idea of "partial" EU member in return for a full control of UK's border. The trade relationship that May would like to push through is unknown. But EU leaders have already made it clear that UK cannot "cherry pick" access to the single markets. The pound could stay under pressure after May's speech. Technically, Sterling is staying bearish against Dollar, Euro and Yen in near term and we'd expect more downside ahead.
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...
Strong risk appetite is keeping the Japanese Yen broadly weak this week. DOW jumped as impressive 302.11 pts or 1.31% to close at 24776.59, turned positive for 2018. S&P 500 followed by rising 24.35 pts or 0.88% to 2784.17....
There wasn't a unified theme in the forex markets last week. Movements in the major currencies were driven by different factors. But a trend to note is that markets attentions were generally back to central banks, from politics. The divisions in Fed and BoE boards were very apparent and showed that the overall policy stances of both central banks could be shifting. Euro was mixed as it's awaiting economic data to push ECB officials to recede from being too dovish. Meanwhile, Canadian Dollar failed to extend the BoC inspired rally as rate hike bets cooled after tame inflation readings. The extended rout in oil price also added some weight to the Loonie and Aussie. New Zealand Dollar, on the other hand, ended as the second strongest one, next to Swiss Franc, on a mild RBNZ hawkish turn.
Dollar strengthens notably in early US session with help from another set of solid job data. Initial claims is back trending down and hit another low since 1969. 10-year yield is also recovering and could head back to 2.5...
US equities ended Friday mildly higher but closed the week down as US president Donald Trump's inauguration provided little inspiration to the markets. DJIA closed at 19827.25 comparing to prior week's close at 19885.73. S&P 500 closed at 2271.31 comparing to prior week's close at 2274.64. Treasury yields, however, were notably higher. 10 year yield closed at 2.467 comparing to prior week's close at 2.309. Dollar ended the week mixed, closing higher against Yen and Canadian but down against all others. Dollar index gyrated around 101 last week, where the 55 day EMA sits. In other markets, Gold hit as high as 1218.9 but lost momentum above 1200 handle. WTI crude oil stayed in recent range and closed at 53.24.
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