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.
Aussie dropped after the weaker than expected inflation report, as traders took profit after the currency rallied to 2-year against USD and last week. Headline CPI moderated to +1.9% y/y in 2Q17 from +2.1% a quarter ago. The market had anticipated an increase to +2.2%. Key contributors to the weakness were lower automotive fuel prices as global oil prices plunged and the usual seasonal drop in domestic holiday, travel and accommodation prices. RBA's trimmed mean slipped 0.1 percentage point to +1.8%, in line with expectation, while the weighted median CPI climbed +0.1 percentage point to +1.8% in the second quarter. Consumer price levels are an important gauge of central banks' monetary outlook. The dilemma currently facing major central banks worldwide is the continuing economic growth and employment market improvement, alongside subdued inflation. At the July meeting minutes, RBA acknowledged that weak inflation is a global phenomenon with core inflation remaining low while headline inflation turning down..
US stocks ignored policy uncertainty surrounding President Donal Trump and surged to record highs overnight. S&P 500 jumped to record high at 2477.13, up 0.29%, on strong earnings. NASDAQ also rose 0.02% to record at 6412.17. DOW jumped 0.47% to close at 21613.43, just shy of record. Surging oil price, which saw WTI reaching as high as 48.66, is another factor boosting sentiments. Meanwhile, US yields also staged a strong comeback just ahead of FOMC rate decision. 10 year yield closed up 0.072 to 2.326, scoring the largest jump in nearly 4 months. In the currency markets, Canadian Dollar is trading as the strongest major currency for the week while Yen and Swiss Franc are the weakest. Dollar and Sterling are mixed as markets await FOMC meeting and UK Q2 GDP.
Dollar's selloff resumes after Fed is starting its two day policy meeting today. In particular, EUR/USD extends recent rally and is pressing 1.17 as helped by record sentiment data. The greenback, on the other hand, stays weak on uncertainty over Fed's outlook. Politics in the US is also weighing on the greenback. There are news about US President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner's contacts with Russia. There are also news of Trump blasting attorney general Jeff Sessions. And there are news that Trump's boy scout Jamboree speech angered parents. But, there seems to be no news regarding tax reforms and expansive fiscal policies.
The forex markets are treading water in a rather dull start to the week, staying mostly in ranges. Other financial markets are mixed too. NASDAQ hit record high overnight and closed up 0.36% at 6410.81. But DOW and S&P 500 closed down by -0.31% at 21513.17 and -0.11% at 2469.91 respectively. Treasury yield staged a mild recovery with 10 year yield closed up 0.022 at 2.254. Asian markets are trading in tight range with mild loss in Nikkei as it struggles to regain 20,000 handle. In other markets, Gold is losing some upside momentum ahead of 1260 but is staying near term bullish. WTI crude oil is back above 46.6 on recovery and helped keeping USD/CAD below 1.25 handle.
Global financial markets trade in mild risk averse mode today. European indices are dragged down by auto makers and oil producer stocks. Weaker than expected Eurozone PMIs also weigh. US futures also point to lower open. The forex markets are rather mixed with Aussie trading generally higher but Kiwi is the weakest one. Dollar and Euro are soft against most major currencies. Trader, nonetheless, are subdued as markets are eyeing the key events later in the week, including FOMC rate decision and GDP from US and UK.
Dollar and Sterling are trading mixed as another week starts, but both remain the two weakest currency for the month. The greenback will try hard to draw something from FOMC statement to halt its decline, but that's unlikely. Meanwhile, US and UK GDP for Q2 will also catch much attention. Latest economic projections from IMF showed that the world is going to rely less on US and UK for growth this year. And that is, generally speaking, in line with the current market sentiment. In other markets, Gold is staying firm above 1250 handle while WTI crude oil is hovering between 45.5/46.0.
Another week of much volatility in the forex markets. Euro surged to two year high against Dollar as markets took ECB's message as a nod to stimulus withdrawal down the road. The common currency ended as the second strongest one, just next to it's cousin Swiss Franc. On the other hand, Sterling fell broadly as rate hike speculations were dented by much lower than expected CPI reading. Dollar followed closely as markets were getting more dissatisfied with US President Donald's lack of progress in tax reforms. Much volatility was also seen in Australian Dollar on RBA rhetorics. Canadian Dollar also gained against the greenback but is seen as losing momentum.
Canadian Dollar stays firm against dollar in early US session even though it's mixed against other currencies. USD/CAD, trading at 1.2550, has been losing some downside momentum this week, but is still on course to test 2016 low at 1.2460. Headline Canadian CPI dropped -0.1% mom in June. The annual rate slowed to 1.0% yoy, down from 1.3% yoy and missed expectation of 1.1% yoy. That's also the lowest level since October 2015. Nonetheless, two of the three core inflation measures of BoC picked up in the same month. CPI core common rose to 1.4% yoy, up from 1.3% yoy. CPI core median rose to 1.6% yoy, up from 1.5% yoy CPI core trim was unchanged at 1.2% yoy. Meanwhile, Canadian retail sales rose solidly by 0.6% mom in May, beating expectation of 0.4% mom. Ex-auto sales dropped -0.1% mom, missing expectation of 0.4% mom.
Euro surged broadly overnight as markets took ECB President Mario Draghi's comments positively. EUR/USD is now in an important medium term resistance zone of 1.1615/1713 and is maintaining solid upside momentum. The coming weeks will be important for the common currency. Sustained break of the current resistance zone would build up the base for a take on 1.2 handle by the end of the year. Against others, EUR/GBP also took out 0.8948 resistance and is now resuming the rise from 0.8312 towards 0.9304 key resistance. EUR/AUD also showed strong rebound which could have marked the completion of whole correction pattern from 1.5226 at 1.4421.
ECB left interest rates and the QE program unchanged in July. The members also decided to keep the QE reference in the forward guidance. The central bank indicated it would continue buying assets in the market for some time and President Mario Draghi admitted that "inflation is not where we want it to be, nor where it should be" and "that's why a substantial degree of accommodative monetary policy is still needed". The single currency plunged after the dovish statement. However, it reversed to gains and jumped to a fresh 14-month high against USD after Draghi indicated that QE discussion would begin in autumn.
Euro trades mildly highly on cautious but optimistic comments from ECB President Mario Draghi after the central left monetary policy unchanged. But it's staying in range against Dollar, Yen and even the weak Sterling. EUR/USD dipped to 1.1478 earlier today but is now back at 1.1550. Though, it's held below temporary top at 1.1582. EUR/JPY and EUR/GBP are trading in recent range below 130.76 and 0.8948 respectively. Sterling remains the weakest major currency for the week as weighed down by weaker than expected inflation data even though retail sales surprised on the upside today. Dollar regains some ground today but follows Pound as the second weakest major currency.
As expected, BOJ left its monetary stance unchanged in July. The central bank voted 7-2 to keep its target for 10-year JGBs at around 0% and its short-term deposit rate at -0.1% as expected. It also maintained the measure to buy government bonds at an annual rate of 80 trillion yen. What is more dovish is that the central bank now forecasts it would take longer than previously anticipated for the economy to achieve the +2% inflation target. It is the 6th time that the central bank pushed back the projected timing for achieving the inflation target. USDJPY has rebounded +0.23% since the announcement.
Dollar recovers in general today as markets turned into consolidation mode. Euro is treading water while markets await ECB rate decision and press conference. Traders would be eager to hear how ECB President Mario Draghi would clarify his comments in the past few weeks. Or Draghi will just let markets' perceived ECB hawkishness be an assumed base case. Meanwhile, Yen is steady as BoJ delivered what are expected, keeping policies unchanged, raising growth forecast and lowering inflation forecast. Aussie was lifted briefly by solid job data but quickly retreated.
The forex markets are in rather dull mode today with lack of new drivers. Sterling remains the weakest currency for the week and markets continue to pare back expectation of a near term BoE hike. Dollar follows closely as there are talk emerging that US President Donald Trump would achieve nothing this year after the collapse of the health care bill. Euro also trades generally lower today as markets await ECB rate decision and press conference. But some volatility could be see in the upcoming Asian session first, with Australia employment data and BoJ policy decisions featured.
Dollar index continues to hover around 10 month low as the greenback stays generally weak, except versus Sterling. Treasury yields also extended recent pull back overnight. 10 year yield dropped -0.046 to close at 2.263, comparing to this month's high at 2.396. Markets saw the collapse of the second healthcare bill in US Senate as another sign of US President Trump's failure in pushing through his agenda. And it's doubtful when Trump would finally start working his pro-growth policies, including tax reforms, through the Congress. On the other hand, stocks were resilient on receding expectation of more policy tightening by Fed. Indeed, both NASDAQ and S&P 500 closed at record highs at 6344.31 and 2460.61 respectively.
Sterling is sold off sharply after slowdown in inflation reading dents hope of a near term BoE hike. The violent move in the Pound makes it the weakest currency today, overtaking Dollar and Kiwi. The greenback tumbles broadly after another failure of Trump care and stays generally weak as traders pare back expectations of another Fed hike this year. Kiwi was sold off sharply earlier as CPI miss suggests that RBNZ was right not to turn hawkish. Meanwhile, Australian Dollar remains the strongest one today as RBA minutes raised hope of a hawkish turn in the central bank. Trading in other currencies are mixed. In other markets, Gold again rides on Dollar weakness and is back pressing 1240. WTI crude oil also firms up mildly and is back above 46.
Dollar tumbles sharply as two Republicans senators announced their rejection of the US President Donald Trump's health care bill. The current version is short of at least two votes to advance and is seen as effectively dead by analysts. The development will further delay the work on tax and fiscal reforms, which are scheduled to come after health care. Markets continue to questioned the ability of Trump on pushing through his economic agenda and delivering his election promises. That adds to doubt of whether the economy could sustain another rate hike by Fed this year. Meanwhile, New Zealand Dollar follows as the second weakest currency after lower than expected CPI reading. On the other hand, Australian Dollar leads other currencies high as boosted by hawkish RBA minutes.
RBA minutes for the July meeting suggested that policymakers acknowledged the economic growth and the improvement in the labor market recently. The members also discussed the appropriate neutral rate which they believed should be at +3.5%, well above the current cash rate of 1.5%. This heightened market expectations of a potential rate hike in the near-term. As such, Aussie jumped to a 2-year high after the release of the minutes.
The forex markets remain generally range-bound except that Swiss is attempting for a recovery. Meanwhile Aussie is extending last week's rally ahead of RBA minutes. Gold rides on Dollar's weakness and is extending last week rebound to 1234.7 so far. On ther other hand WTI crude oil is losing momentum again as it's struggling around 55 day EMA. Economic data released today triggered little reactions. Empire State manufacturing in US dropped to 9.8 in July, down from 19.8, below expectation of 9.8. Canada international securities transactions came in at CAD 29.5, above expectation of CAD 9.78b. Eurozone CPI was confirmed at 1.3% yoy in June while core CPI was unrevised at 1.1% yoy. Trading could remain subdued in US session. But events in upcoming Asian session from Australia and New Zealand might trigger some volatility.