Tue, Apr 23, 2019 @ 06:14 GMT
Brexit uncertainty continues to be the key determinant of sterling’s movement in the coming quarters. Market consensus signals that GBPUSD would rally as much as 4% in 6 months and about 6% in 2019. The forecasts are based on...
After breaking several technical levels, New Zealand dollar looks vulnerable to further fall against both Australian dollar and US dollar. We believe the selloff over the past few days is driven by several factors, including weakness in soft commodity prices, unwinding of net speculative long positions, government's GDP growth downgrade and uncertainty in the upcoming parliamentary election.
We remain cautious over the 90-day ceasefire on US- China trade dispute. Over the weekend, the US agrees to postpone raising tariff on US$200B worth of Chinese goods from 10% to 25%. In return, China would buy significant amount...
As suggested in the CFTC Commitments of Traders report in the week ended August 14, NET LENGTH of USD index increased further, by +1 931 contracts, to 30 102 for the week. This was driven by the fact that...
As suggested in the CFTC Commitments of Traders report in the week ended March 26, NET LENGTH in USD Index fell as both speculative long and short positions dropped. NET LENGTH for USD index slipped -650 contracts, to 25...
We view the recent decline in Australian dollar as a catch-up of the selloff of the iron ore price from its February peak. Spot price for 62% benchmark iron ore slumped more than 30% in 2 months after reading a peak of US$90/tones on February 21. During the period, AUDUSD had been trading within a broad range and dropped around -2%. The relatively resilience in Aussie was likely driven by the broad-based weakness in the greenback as soft dataflow had diminished expectations of a rate June rate hike. Recall the selloff of iron ore prices accelerated in March, after China's pledge reduce steel capacity. The tighter liquidity conditions in China's money markets have reinforced concerns over the government's efforts to crack down the steel industry.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore* (MAS) last Friday announced to increase the slope of the Singaporean dollar nominal effective exchange rate (SGD NEER) policy band “slightly”, the first adjustment since the policy tool was reduced to 0% in April...
US President Donald Trump's renewed threat to withdraw from the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) reminds us that renegotiation of this 23-year-old deal has begun. While the US has accused Canada of both lumber and dairy trades, its focus is more on Mexico with Trump keeping demanding its third trading partner to pay the bill for construction of the wall along the border. In our opinion, the core of NAFTA renegotiation is to narrow US' trade deficit. With US' trade deficit with Canada on the fall, it would put harder pressure on Mexico in the negotiations.
As suggested in the CFTC Commitments of Traders report in the week ended July 31, traders trimmed bets on USD index (DXY) futures. Speculative long positions slid -372 contracts while shorts declined -3 557 contracts, resulting in an increase...
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...
The two most astonishing features in the financial market over the past week were soaring US Treasury yields and crude oil prices. After making a fresh 4-year high last Friday, the 10-year yield extended gains and eventually broke above...
Canada and the US eventually reached a preliminary trade deal, named USMCA, just a few hours before the US-imposed negotiation deadline. Obviously, the market was thrilled by the “breakthrough”, evidenced by the rally of Canadian dollar and, to a...
UK PM Theresa May demonstrates to us that her way to end dispute is compromise (to counterparty) and threat (to own people). After months of negotiation, the Withdrawal Agreement for Brexit was approval unanimously by EU member states on...
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.
The CFTC Commitments of Traders report in the week ended October 23 shows that all major currencies (except USD) were in NET SHORT positions. Bets on USD index increased on both sides. Speculative longs gained +2 989 contracts while...
We refrain from overtly optimistic over US-China trade negotiations. Following US officials’ Beijing trip which included a meeting with China’s Xi Jinping on Friday, both countries released their own statements. Yet, the tones of which suggested that discrepancies remain....
Political uncertainty re-emerged in Europe shortly after the being improved on French presidential election. Now, it is Italy's turn with a snap election later this year becoming increasingly likely. With major parties converging to a deal on a new electoral law, an early election might take place in coming months, probably synchronizing that of German's in September. The euro reacted negatively and declined to the lowest level in more than a week before rebound. The 10-year Italian-German yield spread soared to almost the highest level in a month on concerns that the rapidly-rising Five Star Movement, the populist, euro-skeptic political party, could eventually become part of the coalition in Italy and destablize European Union again.
The dust is settled on the result of US midterm elections. As polls have suggested, the Congress is split with Republicans continuing the control of the Senate and Democrats is taking over the House. In our election preview, we have...
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...
USD's slump accelerated as increasing political uncertainty, accompanying disappointing inflation data, has intensified concerns over the country's growth outlook. Four consecutive days of selloff, accumulating loss of over -2%, has sent the DXY index to a 6-month low of 97.33 before recovery. Leading the rally against US dollar was the euro. With removal of one political risk after the French election, the market has turned its attention to the region's economy of which the development have been encouraging. Rebound in inflation and positive sentiment indices have raised speculations that the ECB would add some hawkish twists in its forward guidance. EURUSD has rallied as much as +2.7% over the past 4 trading days. The sustainability of the single currency's strength depends on the tone of ECB and FOMC meeting statements in June.
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