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The dollar weakened on Monday to near an eight-month low ahead of a series of central bank meetings this week. The US Federal Reserve is likely to continue to ease the pace of monetary policy tightening at its upcoming meetings and plans to raise interest rates by 25 basis points at its next two policy meetings.

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USD/JPY pair struggled to hold significant gains above the psychological 130.00 level. The strength of the yen was limited by dovish comments from the BoJ president.

BoJ Governor Kuroda continues to maintain his lenient stance on monetary policy. This comes as investors grow optimistic that rising inflation will result in a hawkish move away from the BoJ. Any further hawkish change from the BoJ seems unlikely with Governor Kuroda at the helm and could happen when the governor steps down in April.

Driven by the risk associated with key central bank events, investors seem reluctant to bet on an aggressive bear market around the USD/JPY pair. In addition, comments fr

New Zealand dollar (NZD/USD) falls right back down

New Zealand dollar (NZD/USD) falls right back down

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 06.05.2022 10:08
The New Zealand dollar has reversed directions on Thursday and is sharply lower. In the North American session, NZD/USD is trading at 0.6418, down a massive 1.90% on the day.   US dollar rebounds after FOMC  The New Zealand dollar is showing plenty of volatility. NZD/USD surged 1.76% on Wednesday but has coughed up all of those gains today. The US dollar lost a step after the FOMC meeting, even though the Fed hiked rates by 0.50%, which was the largest rate increase in 20 years. The Fed continues to show a hawkish stance. The rate-hike cycle will remain aggressive, with Fed Chair Powell signalling at yesterday’s meeting that the Fed will deliver further 0.50% hikes at the June and July meetings. Yet the markets chose to focus on Powell’s statement that a 0.75% hike was not being “actively considered”. Although Powell didn’t rule out such a move, the markets were nonetheless elated, sending equities up and the US dollar broadly lower. It didn’t take long for the US dollar to recover, particularly against the New Zealand and Australian dollars. Perhaps as significant as the Fed’s rate hike was its announcement to implement quantitative tightening, after years of quantitative easing as part of its accommodative policy. Starting in June, the Fed will sell USD 45 billion/mth in assets, which will climb to USD 95 billion/mth in September. The Fed is betting that it can curb inflation through rate hikes and a balance sheet reduction, while ensuring a soft landing for the economy and avoiding a recession. The New Zealand labour market remains robust, as confirmed by the Q1 employment report. The unemployment rate remained at a record low of 3.2%, matching expectations. Significantly, wage growth, which climbed to 3.1% YoY, its highest level since 2008. The surge in wage growth is sure to raise pressure on the central bank to deliver another 0.50% rate hike at the May 25th meeting, which would bring the Official Cash Rate to 2.0%.     NZD/USD Technical 0.6391 is under strong pressure in support, as NZD/USD is sharply lower. Below, there is support at 0.6325 There is resistance at 0.6519 and 0.6648       This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.
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Saxo Bank | FXO Market Update - AUDUSD makes new lows and vols are bid

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 10.05.2022 19:27
Summary:  Risk continue to trade fairly poor while FX getting some relief from the USD bid. EURUSD and USDJPY been relative stable over the last session while AUDUSD is down from 0.7075 on the opening yesterday to 0.6920 lows today. Vols continue to trade bid and AUD vols are considerably higher after the last days move, 1 month AUDUSD up 2 vol from Friday to 15.25. Saxo Bank publishes two weekly FX Options Market Update reports covering changes and updates on the FX Options and FX Volatility market. They describe changes in FX volatility levels, risk premium and ideas how to trade based on these.FX volatility, source Saxo Bank. Vol column: At-the-money volatility for the given maturity. 1w column: Change of the at-the-money volatility for the given maturity over the last week. Source: Bloomberg, Blue: AUDUSD spot, Black: AUDUSD 1 month vol, Red: AUDUSD 1 month risk premium Risk continue to trade poor with equities another leg lower yesterday. FX trades relative stable with EURUSD holding above 1.0500 and USDJPY trading around 130.00 for the last week. Implied vol trades bid while realized vol starts to come lower in some pairs. AUDUSD traded down to 0.6920 today before data came out and showing strength of retail volumes. AUDUSD vols are turbo bid after spot has dropped from 0.7075 on the opening yesterday to 0.6920 lows today. 1 month is up from 13.25 on Friday to 15.25 now, trading as high as 15.70 earlier in Asia with spot on the lows. 1 month risk reversal has moved from 1.8 to 2.8 for puts in the same time and the risk premium has widen over the last days and currently trades at 2.3 vol. Next big data point is USD CPI tomorrow and consensus is for a move lower to 8.1 from the peak at the last reading at 8.5. If this happens we might get a relief rally in risk and USD to trade lower as we get a first indication of a turn around. The elevated vol and risk reversal makes it attractive to sell AUDUSD puts as a trade for a low CPI reading tomorrow. Sell 1 week 0.6900 AUDUSD putReceive 36 pips Alternative Sell 1 month 0.6700 AUDUSD putReceive 40 pips Spot ref.: 0.6960 Source: Saxo Bank The Top/Bottom charts shows the top 5 and bottom 5 values/changes for at-the-money vol, risk reversal (RR) and risk premium of the 45 currency pairs we are tracking. Risk premium: Implied (Imp) minus realized volatility. A positive risk premium means implied volatility trades above realized volatility, i.e. the implied volatility can be seen as “rich”. Change: The difference between current price/volatility and where it closed 1w ago. FX Options Trading: You should be aware that in purchasing Foreign Exchange Options, your potential loss will be the amount of the premium paid for the option, plus any fees or transaction charges that are applicable, should the option not achieve its strike price on the expiry date If you write an option, the risk involved is considerably higher than buying an option. You may be liable for margin to maintain your position and a loss may be sustained well in excess of the premium received. By writing an option, you accept a legal obligation to purchase or sell the underlying asset if the option is exercised against you; however far the market price has moved away from the strike. If you already own the underlying asset that you have contracted to sell, your risk will be limited. If you do not own the underlying asset the risk can be unlimited. Only experienced persons should contemplate writing uncovered options, then only after securing full detail of the applicable conditions and potential risk exposure. Learn more about FX Options: Forex Options – An introduction Forex Options – Exotic options Forex Options - Webinars
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Australia: unemployment rate falls to record low | ING Economics

ING Economics ING Economics 19.05.2022 09:03
Labour market indicators suggest that 25bp rate hikes may not be enough to bring inflation swiftly back within the RBA's target range Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe Source: Shutterstock 3.9% Unemployment rate Record low As expected Unemployment rate falls to record low Today's April labour market data showed a smaller than expected gain in total employment of only 4000. But as this was the net result of what looks like a huge transformation of part-time jobs to full-time jobs, the impact on consumer demand will be far more than this headline employment figure suggests. Full-time employment rose by 92,400, just exceeding the 88,400 decline in part-time jobs. But in addition to longer hours, full-time jobs tend to be better paid, and also offer more perks and job security, all of which are likely to encourage greater spending.  Read next: Altcoins: What Is Litecoin (LTC)? A Deeper Look Into The Litecoin Platform| FXMAG.COM Perhaps even more importantly, the unemployment rate fell to 3.9% from 4.0%. This is a new record low, and suggests that the labour market is very, very tight. Wages, inflation and the unemployment rate Source: CEIC, ING Labour data more of a marginal consideration now Before the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) responded to the recent surge in inflation with a 25bp increase in the cash rate target, labour market data was scrutinized for signs that the central bank's dovish resolve would be challenged. Now that rates have already been raised, that is no longer the case. But labour market data is not irrelevant. Today's drop in the unemployment rate to a new record low, even alongside the relatively more subdued 1Q wage data released yesterday, raises questions about the pace of future hikes.  The question worth pondering is this: "Does it make sense to raise rates in 25bp increments when the inflation rate is so far above target, and so far above the level of policy rates? Or does it make more sense to front-run the early tightening?" Read next: Altcoins: What Is Monero? Explaining XMR. Untraceable Cryptocurrency!? | FXMAG.COM A number of other central banks in the Asia Pacific region are having the same internal conversation right now, having emerged from a similar period of dovishness assuming that most of the inflation spike would be transitory, or largely bypass their economies for various reasons. The consensus of these other central banks seems to be swinging behind a more rapid pace of withdrawal of accommodation, at least for a while. Rate hikes from the RBA in excess of 25bp in the near future can't be ruled out either.   Read this article on THINK TagsRBA rate policy Australian wages Australian unemployment rate Australian inflation AUDUSD Disclaimer This publication has been prepared by ING solely for information purposes irrespective of a particular user's means, financial situation or investment objectives. The information does not constitute investment recommendation, and nor is it investment, legal or tax advice or an offer or solicitation to purchase or sell any financial instrument. Read more Follow FXMAG.COM on Google News
Trading Signals For The New Zealand Dollar To Swiss Franc Pair (NZD/CHF)

Ebury Weekly Analysis: Australian Dollar (AUD), Canadian Dollar (CAD), Chinese Yuan (CNY) | Ebury

Matthew Ryan Matthew Ryan 23.05.2022 15:20
AUD A broadly weaker US dollar, the easing of restrictions in China and expectations of a more rapid pace of tightening by the RBA boosted the Australian currency last week. The Australian dollar was one of the best performing currencies in the G10, briefly rallying through the 0.71 level against the US dollar this morning. The Reserve Bank of Australia’s May meeting minutes showed that the board is prepared to raise rates by larger increments at upcoming meetings in order to tame inflation. The minutes also showed that inflation is expected to increase further in the near-term, which has raised expectations in favour of more aggressive tightening. The latest economic data supports these expectations, with Australia’s unemployment rate falling to 3.9% in April, the lowest since August 1974. The most important event for AUD this week will likely be the release of the May preliminary PMIs on Tuesday, which are expected to remain in expansionary territory. On Friday, April retail sales will be published. Learn more on Ebury CAD The Canadian dollar ended the week modestly higher against the US dollar as Canadian inflation reached a three-decade high, although the currency underperformed most of its G10 peers. Canada’s April inflation surprised to the upside, reaching a 31-year high of 6.8%. The rise in commodity prices, mainly due to the war between Russia and Ukraine, continues to pressure inflation higher. But this is not the only reason and it seems that price pressure is spreading to more components, as core inflation rose to a record high of 5.8%. This data reinforced expectations of another 50 basis point hike at the Bank of Canada’s June meeting, which has continued to provide a bit of support for the Canadian dollar. On Thursday, March retail sales will be published. Aside from that, CAD is likely to be driven by events elsewhere. Read next: Altcoins: What Is Litecoin (LTC)? A Deeper Look Into The Litecoin Platform| FXMAG.COM CNY Last week was a turning point for the yuan, with the USD/CNY pair returning to early-May levels amid a weaker US dollar and improving headlines out of China. News on the Covid front has taken a turn for the better. Shanghai has begun lifting some of its restrictions, with the city set to exit lockdown at the start of next month. Beijing has also continued to resist calls for a lockdown, despite another increase in virus caseloads. Last week’s 15 basis point cut to the PBoC’s 5-year loan prime rate, a reference rate for mortgages, has also raised hopes of an economic revival. The scale of the rate adjustment was larger than expected, and suggests China is serious in its efforts to support the struggling housing sector. Sentiment toward China received an additional boost from President Biden’s suggestions that the US may lift some of the Trump-era tariffs. The noises in that regard have been getting louder in the past few weeks, but the decision itself is not an easy one considering the geopolitical landscape in Asia and doubts about benefits to Americans from such a change. This week we’ll focus primarily on news from China’s Covid front as well as any headlines from president Biden’s trip to Asia, a first since he took office. Read next: Altcoins: Ripple Crypto - What Is Ripple (XRP)? Price Of XRP | FXMAG.COM To stay up to date with our publications, please choose one of the below: 📩 Click here to receive the latest market updates👉 Our LinkedIn page for the latest newsâœÂï¸Â Our Blog page for other FX market reports 🔊 Stay up to date with our podcast FXTalk
Trading Signals For The New Zealand Dollar To Swiss Franc Pair (NZD/CHF)

FX Update: Rates trump risk sentiment as USD driver. | Saxo Bank

John Hardy John Hardy 23.05.2022 14:17
Summary:  The US dollar found only very modest support on Friday as US equity markets plumbed new cycle depths. As risk sentiment rebounded Friday and carried through higher to start the week today, the USD selling has become more aggressive. The fact that risk sentiment has only rebounded since Friday while the US dollar has been selling off for nearly two weeks suggests that US treasury yields, which peaked slightly ahead of the USD, may be the dominant market driver. FX Trading focus: Rates trump risk sentiment as USD driver. As noted on Friday, the near-term focus for FX traders is where and when the USD finds support, if it is going to find support. I suspect that the USD will only properly roll over for the cycle once the Fed has turned back toward easing – at least in a relatively sense, and perhaps this only becomes clear as a reduction in the perceived end-point of this rate hike cycle. In that sense, the market seems in a rush to declare that we have reached that point and that inflation is set to fade from here. Breakeven inflation rates peaked back In late March and have really swooned since the beginning of May. Yields at the short end of the US yield curve remain elevated, but are below the peak reached just before Fed Chair Powell took jumbo hikes of greater than fifty basis points off the table at the May 4 FOMC meeting. The longer end of the US yield curve has consolidated even more and I suspect the combination of the easing back of US yields and inflation expectations, combined with hefty long-USD speculative positioning, that have the USD on its back foot. I have a hard time that peak Fed rate expectations are in the rear view mirror a week before actual quantitative tightening has even begun, but let’s see From here, there is still some room for the USD to fall further without reversing the well-established bull trend, but the comfortable (for USD bulls) portion of that room has been about reduced by half in today’s trade. The yield-fixated USDJPY is in its own category (given BoJ yield-cap policy and the enormity of the move since the pair broke above the 116.35 range top back in March) . For other major USD pairs, the next major area for EURUSD is into 1.0800+, for USDCHF is 0.09525, for USDCAD last gasp support is into 1.2660-1.2715, AUDUSD is discussed below. GBPUSD has a little resistance at the 1.2638 pivot high, but has a lot more wood to chop to suggest a trend reversal, as this downtrend started on the break below 1.3000. Read next: Altcoins: Cardano (ADA) What Is It? - A Deeper Look Into Cardano (ADA) | FXMAG.COM Chart: AUDUSD The AUDUSD has carried through higher after bobbing back above the pivotal 0.7000 level, one that has served as both support and resistance on many occasions since early 2019. Supporting the AUD are the structural shift in the country’s external imbalances for the better, the recent rebound in risk sentiment, a solid recovery in some industrial metal prices associated with Australia’s traditional export mix, and hopes that China is set to stimulate. Working against the Aussie’s favor are a new left turn from the Australian government at the margin, rising concerns that the global economy is set to slow, and the risk that we are far from the end of the asset market deleveraging cycle. From here, bears, for an ideal fresh trading hook, need a quick rejection of today’s action and for the price action to dip back below 0.7000. On the flipside, if this rally persists into 0.7250+ area (most recent major pivot high in that area and just ahead of the 200-day moving average) the latest down-wave would have been rejected and this would suggest the softening up of the bearish risk has been neutralized for now – the next figure (100 pips) in either direction looks very important here for the pair. Source: Saxo Group ECB President Lagarde was out jawboning today on rate outlook, with her comments largely rhyming with market expectations, therefore triggering a modest pick-up from intraday lows in forward ECB expectations, but a rather more pronounced reaction in the euro itself, especially as EURUSD cleared the local pivot high of 1.0642. She basically spelled out that the ECB will hike in July due to the winding down of asset purchases and in saying that a negative interest rate policy will be over by late Q3, suggests that another hike will come at the September meeting. As background concerns continue to plague the Chinese economic outlook and a rise in Beijing Covid case counts has driven new fears of widening lock downs there, China has been out today touting new measures to encourage activity resumption elsewhere and other easing measures in the works, including SME loans and a tax cut on car purchases. Sentiment in general has also gotten a boost from increasing chatter that US President Biden could be set to roll back some of the China tariffs in the all-out effort to get inflation readings down ahead of the US mid-term election in November. Read next: Altcoins: Ripple Crypto - What Is Ripple (XRP)? Price Of XRP | FXMAG.COM Table: FX Board of G10 and CNH trend evolution and strength.For the trend window the FX Board operates with, the USD bull-trend has effectively been erased. As emphasized above, some USD charts still have more room to allow the USD to consolidated lower, but clearly USD bulls are down if not yet out. Otherwise, it is clear we are in flux when no trend reading has an absolute valuer greater than 2 save for NOK. By the way, Poland’s prime minister has been the first politician (that I have noticed) to call for Norway to share its windfall gains from high energy prices. Interesting to watch the political optics on this issue – certainly a forward risk for NOK. Source: Bloomberg and Saxo Group Table: FX Board Trend Scoreboard for individual pairs.EURUSD is trying to cross into a positive trend reading today, but note that the chart context is important for trend status and the downtrend is so entrenched that it is too early to bite on this move. Likewise for USDCHF, although the USDCAD chart looks more credibly bearish on a weak close today. Source: Bloomberg and Saxo Group Upcoming Economic Calendar Highlights (all times GMT) 1230 – US Apr. Chicago Fed National Activity Index 1415 – ECB's Holzmann, Nagel to speak 1415 – UK Bank of England Governor Bailey to speak 1430 – ECB's Villeroy to speak at Davos 2245 – New Zealand Q1 Retail Sales  2330 – US Fed’s George (voter) to speak Source: Saxo Bank
Euro To British Pound (EUR/GBP) Keeps High Levels! USD/CHF And AUD/USD Have Been Consequently Rising. Swiss Franc And Australian Have Strengthened | Orbex

Euro To British Pound (EUR/GBP) Keeps High Levels! USD/CHF And AUD/USD Have Been Consequently Rising. Swiss Franc And Australian Have Strengthened | Orbex

Jing Ren Jing Ren 25.05.2022 09:13
USDCHF struggles for bids The Swiss franc rallied further after the SNB said it would tighten if inflation persisted. The pair has given up more than half of its gains from the past month. A fall below 0.9710 which sits on the 30-day moving average has put the bulls on the defensive. The discount and the RSI’s repeatedly oversold condition may attract some bargain hunters, but buyers need to clear the support-turn-resistance at 0.9710 before a rebound could take shape. On the downside, a break below 0.9570 would deepen the correction to 0.9500. AUDUSD tests resistance The Australian dollar continues to recover as commodities bounce higher. The rebound gained traction after it broke above the first resistance at 0.7050. A combination of short-covering and fresh buying has sent the aussie to the key supply zone near 0.7160. A bullish close would send the pair 100-pip higher to the last hurdle at 0.7260, the bears’ stronghold on the daily chart. Strong selling pressure could be expected due to bearish inertia. The psychological level of 0.7000 is the first support. Read next: Altcoins: What Is Polkadot (DOT)? Cross-Chain Transfers Of Any Type Of Asset Or Data. A Deeper Look Into Polkadot Protocol | FXMAG.COM EURGBP attempts bullish reversal The euro continues higher fuelled by the ECB’s latest hawkish hint. Sentiment stayed bullish after the pair found support over 0.8400. A pop above 0.8530 suggests that sellers scrambled to cover their positions. The RSI’s overbought situation may temper the upward drive momentarily. As the dust settles, the bulls may look to accumulate above 0.8500 ahead of their final breakout attempt. A close above 0.8620 could trigger an extended rally above 0.8720, setting the tone for a bullish reversal in the medium-term. Follow FXMAG.COM on Google News
A Strong Bearish Signal For The Equity Markets And A Significant Support Factor For Dollar (USD)

(USD) US Dollar’s Orderly Retreat Continues | Having A Look At EUR/USD, GBP/USD And AUD/USD | Oanda

Jeffrey Halley Jeffrey Halley 25.05.2022 14:09
Recession jitters send US dollar lower The US dollar eased once again overnight, as US recession fears continue to lead to a repricing lower of Fed tightening expectations. With quantitative tightening starting next week and no signs of inflation falling, that may be more hope than reality. Nevertheless, one must respect the momentum in the short term, and the US dollar bull market correction still looks to have legs in it. ​ The dollar index fell by 0.32% to 101.77 overnight, but Asia is doing its usual countertrend moves today, pushing the dollar index back up to 101.95. The multi-year breakout line is at 102.40 today, forming initial resistance, while 101.50 and 101.00 loom as immediate supports. EUR/USD continued edging higher overnight, rising 0.42% to 1.0735 before falling by 0.28% to 1.0705 in Asia. Momentum already appears to be waning for EUR/USD, but I do not rule out at least a test of 1.0750 and 1.0825, the multi-decade breakout line. A weekly close above the latter is needed to suggest a medium-term low is in place. GBP/USD fell overnight, crushed by EUR/GBP buying, poor data and tax and political risk. It finished 0.42% lower at 1.2535 where it remains in Asia today. Sterling faces political risks, outlined above, today, and these will limit gains. It now has support at 1.2470, with a double top now at 1.2600. Even if the US dollar sell-off continues, sterling will remain euro’s poor cousin. AUD/USD remains steady at 0.7100 today, having probed the downside overnight Lower US yields saw USD/JPY fall 0.85% to 126.85 overnight where it remains in Asia, just below support, now resistance, at 127.00. A deeper selloff, potentially targeting the 125.00 support area, remains entirely possible given the market is still clearly very long USD/JPY. Once again, at those levels though, given the trajectory of US and Japan interest rates, being short becomes a dangerous game. AUD/USD remains steady at 0.7100 today, having probed the downside overnight. AUD/NZD buying is capping gains for now. A hawkish RBNZ today has sent the Kiwi dollar flying, NZD/USD jumping 0.65% to 0.6500. The rally is already showing signs of fatigue and a weekly close above 0.6550 is required to signal a potential medium-term low. Support is distant at 0.6420. Asian FX continued gaining against the US dollar overnight, but a stronger greenback in Asian time has erased those gains. A neutral USD/CNY fixing by the PBOC has given Asian markets little to go on today, with USD/CNY, USD/CNH and USD/THB rising by around 0.30%, while USD/KRW has risen by 0.10%. An impending Bank of Korea hike on Friday should limit the won’s weakness. The Malaysian ringgit looks like the most vulnerable regional currency right now, USD/MYR trading near 4.4000 today. With policy tightening gaining momentum among other Asian central banks, today’s benign inflation data reinforced that outlook. USD/MYR could potentially test 4.4500 by early next week. Read next: Altcoins: What Is Polkadot (DOT)? Cross-Chain Transfers Of Any Type Of Asset Or Data. A Deeper Look Into Polkadot Protocol | FXMAG.COM This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Follow FXMAG.COM on Google News
Video: A Wide Range Of Forex Pairs AUD/USD, USD/JPY, EUR/JPY, EUR/USD And GBP/USD Analysed By Jason Sen (DayTradeIdeas)

Video: A Wide Range Of Forex Pairs AUD/USD, USD/JPY, EUR/JPY, EUR/USD And GBP/USD Analysed By Jason Sen (DayTradeIdeas)

Jason Sen Jason Sen 30.05.2022 07:45
AUDUSD finally tests very strong resistance at 7135/55. Shorts need stops above 7175. A break higher this week is a buy signal targeting 7230/50. Shorts need stops above 7275. Shorts at 7135/55 target 7090 then 7060/50. Further losses test support at 7020/10. Longs need stops below 7000. USDJPY shorts at resistance is at 127.50/70 need stops above 127.80. A break higher is a buy signal targeting 128.20/30, perhaps as far as strong resistance at 128.70/90. Holding resistance is at 127.50/70 targets 127.20/00. A break below 126.80 targets 126.30/20 & eventually 125.80. EURJPY holding strong resistance at 136.50/70 (perfectly on Thursday & Friday) targets 135.60/50 for profit taking on shorts. Further losses target 135.35/25. If we continue lower look for 134.65/55 then strong support at 134.20/00 for profit taking on any shorts. We should have strong resistance again at 136.50/70. Shorts need stops above 136.95. A break higher targets 137.20/30 then 138.00/20. Read next: Altcoins: Tether (USDT), What Is It? - A Deeper Look Into The Tether Blockchain| FXMAG.COM EURUSD longs at support at 1.0670/50 start to work on the bounce towards strong resistance at 1.0800/20 for profit taking. Shorts need stops above 1.0835. Support again at 1.0670/55. Longs need stops below 1.0640. Strong support at 1.0600/1.0590. GBPUSD made a high for the day 6 pips above strong resistance at 1.2640/60. Shorts need stops above 1.2680. A break higher this week is a buy signal initially targeting 1.2725/45. Shorts at 1.2640/60 target 1.2590, perhaps as far as 1.2555/45 for profit taking. To subscribe to this report please visit daytradeideas.co.uk or email jason@daytradeideas.co.uk Follow FXMAG.COM on Google News
Fed And US Dollar (USD) Are All About Mixed Feelings, Christine Lagarde And ECB In General May Support Euro Even In July. BoE's Bailey Also Teases A Rate Hike. XAU, XAG And Crude Oil Went Higher As USD Weakened | OneRoyal

Fed And US Dollar (USD) Are All About Mixed Feelings, Christine Lagarde And ECB In General May Support Euro Even In July. BoE's Bailey Also Teases A Rate Hike. XAU, XAG And Crude Oil Went Higher As USD Weakened | OneRoyal

OneRoyal Market Updates OneRoyal Market Updates 30.05.2022 10:14
Weekly Recap It was another bearish week for the US Dollar as the greenback continued to sell off from YTD highs. The FOMC meeting minutes, released mid-week, did little to inspire a fresh rally in the Dollar. While the minutes confirmed the Fed’s hawkish stance and reinforced expectations for further 50bps hikes in June and July, there was little in the way of exciting details to get bulls reinvigorated. Additionally, with the Fed having seemingly turned more hawkish since that meeting, the minutes felt a little outdated. Christine Lagarde, ECB And Rate Hikes On the data front, a string of weaker-than-expected indicators out of the eurozone heightened growth concerns. With ECB’s Lagarde essentially confirming a July rate-hike, recession fears weighed on European asset markets though EUR itself remained well bid. Elsewhere, equities markets generally saw a choppy week though most indices ended the week in the green, benefitting from the weaker US Dollar. Read next: Altcoins: What Is Polkadot (DOT)? Cross-Chain Transfers Of Any Type Of Asset Or Data. A Deeper Look Into Polkadot Protocol | FXMAG.COM BOE’s Bailey warned that further rate hikes will likely be necessary in the face of rising inflation. The new fiscal package announced by the UK government this week, aimed at helping households fight rising energy bills, has further increased the likelihood of BOE rate hikes in the near-term. Weaker Dollar, Stronger Crude, Gold And Silver Commodities prices were higher over the week also. Gold, silver and oil all rallied on the back of a weaker US Dollar. With monetary policy divergence between the Fed and other central banks drying up, USD pressure has helped commodities stay afloat recently. Coming Up This Week Australian GDP Australian GDP will be closely watched this week on the back of the recent RBA rate hike. With the bank lifting rates and sounding firmly hawkish in its outlook and assessment, this week’s data might further support growing RBA rate hike expectations. With the country having emerged from one of the longest lockdowns of the pandemic, the economy has been on the bounce-back. However, as we have seen elsewhere, the economy has still been rocked by rising inflation and supply constraints. Traders will be keen to see the extent to which these factors weighed on the economy over the last quarter. BOC Rate Decision The BOC is widely expected to raise rates when it convenes for this month’s meeting mid-week. All 30 economists polled by Reuters ahead of the event are looking for a .5% hike. With this in mind, the focus will be on the bank’s forward guidance. If the BOC gives a clear signal that further hikes are coming in the near future, this should drive CAD higher near-term. However, if there is any indication that the BOC might look to hold off on any further rate hikes near-term, this will likely see cad dragged lower. Read next: Altcoins: Cardano (ADA) What Is It? - A Deeper Look Into Cardano (ADA) | FXMAG.COM US Non-Farm Payrolls The latest set of US labour market indicators this week will be closely watched as we head to the June meeting. Recent Fed commentary has been decidedly hawkish and it would likely take a major downside shock to change this narrative. Even then, it certainly wouldn’t impact the June rate hike and would likely only factor in forward guidance issued by the Fed. Still, with slowdown fears building, any weakness would no doubt act as a headwind to risk sentiment in the short-term. Forex Heat Map Technical Analysis Our favourite chart this week is the Dollar Index (DXY) The DYX has pulled back from recent multi-year highs and is now sitting on a make-or-break level at 101.94. This level was the 2020 closing high price. While the level holds as support, DXY is likely to recover and continue the longer-term bull trend. Below here, however, there is room for the correction to develop further towards next support at 100.37 Economic Calendar Plenty of key data releases to keep an eye on this week including Australian GDP, BOC rate decision and US Non-Farm Payrolls to name a few. Please see full calendar below for the complete schedule . Follow FXMAG.COM on Google News
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Crude Oil Is Said To Shape Euro To US Dollar (EUR/USD). Forex Cable (GBP/USD) May Be Supported By BoE Sooner Than Later. (USD/JPY) - Can Japanese Yen Rise? | Oanda

Jeffrey Halley Jeffrey Halley 30.05.2022 13:22
Still improving risk sentiment sends US dollar lower The US dollar declined once again on Friday as improving risk sentiment continues to unwind the 2022 US dollar rally. That has spilt over into Asian markets today, with regional currencies booking some decent gains versus the greenback this morning. On Friday, the dollar index edged 0.12% lower to 101.64, losing another 0.13% to 101.50 in Asia. Support remains at 101.00, with resistance at 102.50. EUR/USD EUR/USD held steady on Friday, closing almost unchanged at 1.0735, with US dollar weakness being reflected in EMFX and the commonwealth currencies. It has gained 0.20% to 1.0755 in Asia, but overall, seems locked in a 1.0700 to 1.0800 range. Oil’s rally may temper single currency gains, with the multi-decade breakout line, today at 1.0830, still a formidable barrier. Read next: Altcoins: What Is Monero? Explaining XMR. Untraceable Cryptocurrency!? | FXMAG.COM GBP/USD GBP/USD closed 0.20% higher at 1.2630 on Friday, adding another 0.14% to 1.2640 in Asia. GBP/USD looks set to trade in a noisy 1.2600 to 1.2700 range as the week gets underway. The government’s cost of living package may prompt faster BOE tightening, supporting the downside, while the economic slowdown continues to slow upside progress. USD/JPY USD/JPY is trading sideways, ranging each side of 127.00 as US yields trade in narrow ranges. That is likely to continue with US bond markets closed today. The chart suggests USD/JPY has further downside potential that could target 125.00. Only a move through trendline resistance at 127.80 changes the picture. AUD/USD & NZD/USD AUD/USD and NZD/USD continue to be driven entirely by swings in global risk sentiment. Another strong performance by Wall Street on Friday maintained that upward momentum and both AUD and NZD were prime beneficiaries. AUD/USD rallied by 0.85% to 0.7160, adding another 0.20% to 0.7175 today. It has resistance at 0.7260, and support at 0.7100. NZD/USD rose by 0.86% to 0.6536 on Friday, rising another 0.17% to 0.6547 today. Resistance nearby at 0.6570 opens a larger rally to 0.6650, with support at 0.6475. Read next: Altcoins: Cardano (ADA) What Is It? - A Deeper Look Into Cardano (ADA) | FXMAG.COM Asian FX rode improving investor risk sentiment higher on Friday, moves reflected throughout the EM space. Gains were led by the Chinese yuan, Korean won, and New Taiwan dollar, all gaining around 0.70%, while even the beleaguered Malaysian ringgit out in a good show, USD/MYR falling to 4.3770. Both the Indonesian rupiah and the Malaysian ringgit should find further strength on higher oil prices, even though it increases their domestic subsidy bills. Oil’s strength is likely the reason the Indian rupee has remained unchanged from Friday through today. CNY, KRW and NTD are rallying strongly today, likely boosted by China’s reopening hopes. USD/CNY, USD/KRW, and USD/NTD have fallen by around 0.80% today. However, if oil prices continue to rise this week, the rally in energy-importing Asian currencies may run out of steam. Follow FXMAG.COM on Google News This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.
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It's Time For Markets To Discount EU Ban On Russian Oil! EUR/USD And AUD/USD Have Gone Up. How Will Euro Exchange Rate Change In The Following Days? Let's Watch Eurozone Inflation! | ING Economics

ING Economics ING Economics 31.05.2022 08:01
EU partial ban on oil and hawkish commentary from Fed's Waller were the headlines with the US out on holiday. Indian GDP for 1Q22 out later.  Source: shutterstock Macro outlook Global: With the US out on vacation yesterday, there isn’t too much overnight catch-up to do for Asia, though commodity markets are responding to the partial EU ban on Russian oil agreed upon yesterday. FX markets continued their recent gains against the USD though. EURUSD  has now risen to 1.0787, bringing it close to resistance levels just above 1.08. The AUD also continued to make gains, and is currently flirting with 0.72. Within the Asia FX pack, the KRW led the charge, shooting lower to 1238, with the CNY close behind in terms of gains at 6.66. Despite the holidays, the Fed’s Waller struck a more hawkish tone at a speaking engagement than his colleague, Raphael  Bostic, who had recently advocated a possible September pause in hikes. Waller, in contrast, suggested that 50bp hikes should remain on the table until inflation was closer to 2%. Newswires continue to run with stories looking for the trough in the equity sell-off, but also suggesting that the bond sell off is also over. One of those views is likely to be wrong. But whichever is the case, it is a good reflection of the current market sentiment which is looking for turning points. More choppiness ahead seems likely as a result. It is a relatively light day for G-7 macro data today. The EU’s May inflation should show a rise from 7.5% to 7.8%. But ECB rate hike intentions have been clearly flagged for now, so this shouldn’t make too many ripples. And in the US, we have house price figures and consumer confidence numbers. Consumer confidence has barely any correlation with consumer spending, so we can probably give it only a cursory examination. House prices appear to be reaching a peak in year on year growth, but until or unless they show a marked reversal in direction, can probably also be glossed over. India: 1Q22 GDP, which is released at 8pm SGT tonight, should come in at about 4.0%YoY (consensus is 3.9%YoY). That should bring the annual fiscal-year GDP growth for 2021/22 to 8.7%. For the 2022/23 fiscal year, we are forecasting 7.2% GDP growth. Rising prices and tighter monetary policy as well as global disruptions and a less helpful base comparison account for the apparent slowdown.  China: Official PMIs will be released this morning. We expect both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing PMIs will come in under 50, i.e. signalling monthly contraction. That result will mainly reflect the fact that Beijing was in lockdown for most of May, adding extra pressure on activity while Shanghai was also still in lockdown. Unemployment should remain high and will add uncertainty to the non-manufacturing PMI even if Shanghai residents resume work and production starting from 1st June.   Korea:  April monthly activity data signals that China’s lockdown dragged down Korean manufacturing production while local reopening supported services, construction, and consumption activity. Manufacturing production plunged -3.3%MoM (vs -1.3% market consensus), the first monthly drop in seven months. Meanwhile, the construction and services sectors rose modestly for the second straight month, with notable rises in hotels & restaurants and personal services (11.5% and 8.7%) respectively. Consumption fell -0.2% but mainly due to a decline in pharmaceutical consumption, while durable goods, including automobiles, rose slightly. Overall, the April data was on weak side, yet the recent approval of a supplementary budget (62 trillion KRW) and the reopening of China should boost the recovery in the coming months.  Japan: April Industrial production fell -1.3% MoM sa (vs -0.2% market consensus) the first fall in three months, with China’s lockdown hampering supply chains and production activity. However, consumer sales were relatively sound with retail sales and department store sales up by 2.9% YoY and 4.0% respectively. Meanwhile, labour conditions also improved. The jobless rate in April dropped to 2.5% (vs 2.6% market consensus and March) and the job-to-application ratio ticked up to 1.23 (vs 1.22 in March). We ought to be on the watch for tighter labour market conditions leading to wage growth, which is the key that the Bank of Japan has been looking for to gauge a sustainable inflation trend. What to look out for: EU inflation and US non-farm payrolls South Korea industrial production (31 May) Japan retail sales and job-applicant ratio (31 May) China PMI manufacturing (31 May) Thailand trade balance (31 May) Eurozone CPI inflation (31 May  US Conference board expectations (31 May) South Korea trade (1 June) Regional PMI manufacturing (1 June) Australia 1Q GDP (1 June) US ISM manufacturing (1 June) Indonesia CPI inflation (2 June) Australia trade balance (2 June) US ADP jobs, initial jobless claims, durable goods orders (2 June) South Korea CPI inflation (3 June) US non-farm payrolls and ISM services (3 June) Read this article on THINK TagsEmerging Markets Asia Pacific Asia Markets Asia Economics Disclaimer This publication has been prepared by ING solely for information purposes irrespective of a particular user's means, financial situation or investment objectives. The information does not constitute investment recommendation, and nor is it investment, legal or tax advice or an offer or solicitation to purchase or sell any financial instrument. Read more
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Is It A Turning Point For Australian Dollar To US Dollar (AUD/USD)!? Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Decreased! | Oanda

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 01.06.2022 15:27
The Australian dollar is in calm waters this week, as AUD/USD trades quietly just below the 0.73 level. GDP slows to 0.8% Australia’s Q1 GDP slowed to 0.8% QoQ, after a massive 3.6% QoQ gain in Q4 of 2021. Investors were braced for a softer release after the impressive Q4 surge, and the Q1 reading actually outperformed, beating the estimate of 0.5%. This has resulted in a muted response to GDP, with the Aussie edging slightly higher. The whipsaw movement in GDP makes it difficult to predict the underlying strength of the economy. As far as the RBA is concerned, the respectable growth in Q1, which translates into 3.2% annualized growth, doesn’t interfere with its rate-tightening plans. Monetary policy has not focused all that much on GDP, with the RBA concentrating on the labour market, wage growth and inflation. The RBA holds its meeting next week, and is likely to tighten by another 25-bps, which would bring the cash rate to a (still low) 0.60%. Australia’s current account contracted to AUD 7.5 billion in the first quarter, down sharply from AUD 13.2 billion in Q4 of 2021. The decline was a strong increase in imports, which outstripped exports. This is consistent with strong retail sales, as consumers continue to spend in the follow-up to the removal of Covid restrictions. In the US, the Fed commenced quantitative tightening this week and the Fed continues to send out hawkish messages. Fed Governor Christopher Waller urged the Fed to continue its rate hikes and said that he supported raising rates above the “neutral level”, which is not supportive or restrictive for growth. The Fed estimates the neutral level around 2.5%, which leaves plenty of room for further hikes. Fed Chair Powell has signalled that the Fed will deliver 50-bps hikes in June and July, followed by a pause in September. AUD/USD Technical 0.7207 is under pressure in resistance. Above, there is resistance at 0.7252 There is support at 0.7121 and 0.7076 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.
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USD - Waiting For NFP! Check How Are EUR/USD & AUD/USD Doing Ahead Of The US Data Release!| Oanda

Jeffrey Halley Jeffrey Halley 03.06.2022 12:25
US dollar eyes nonfarm payrolls There was a wax on, wax off feel to currency markets overnight. Soft ADP Employment data spurring a risk-on rally across asset classes as the Fed hiking outlook was tempered. The US dollar staged a broad retreat, unwinding all its gains from the day before in the major space except for USD/JPY. Asian market volatility is being dampened by holidays across the region today, including mainland China and Hong Kong, and the UK later today.  US dollar loses all of its previous gains - MarketPulseMarketPulse The dollar index tumbled by 0.78% to 101.75 overnight, an exact reversal of the rally from the day before. It is unmoved in Asia and support/resistance lies at 101.40 and 102.70. Its fate will be decided by this evening’s US Non-Farm Payrolls.   EUR/USD reversed all its previous day’s losses, rising 0.91% to 1.0750 where it remains in Asia. Resistance between 1.0770 and 1.0830 remains a formidable barrier, with support at 1.0650. Sterling reversed all its previous day’s losses, rising 0.75% to 1.2575 where it remains in Asia. It has support/resistance at 1.2460 and 1.2670. USD/JPY was almost unchanged at 129.85 as US bond yields barely moved. It remains unchanged in Asia. It has support/resistance at 129.00 and 131.30. Their fate will be decided by this evening’s US Non-Farm Payrolls.   AUD/USD staged a bullish outside reversal day overnight, making a new low before closing higher than the high of the day before, thanks to the broad-based risk-on rally after the US data. It leapt 1.27% higher to 0.7260 overnight where it remains today. AUD/USD has support at 0.7150, and the overnight rally took it above its 50/100/200-day moving averages (DMAs) between 0.7230 and 0.7255 as well. A soft Non-Farm print tonight could see AUD/USD rise to test 0.7350, with a weekly close at these levels being a bullish signal technically. Its fate will be decided by this evening’s US Non-Farm Payrolls.   Asian FX currencies booked modest gains overnight, with the rise in oil prices tempering the fast money inflows. Both the Malaysian ringgit and Philippine peso actually fell overnight, a result I suspect, of rising subsidy bills as oil prices climb higher. The Indonesian rupiah has rallied 0.70% to 14,420.00 today, while the KRW and MYR have risen by 0.10%. With a swathe of holidays across the region today, and no PBOC USD/CNY fixing, Asian markets look content to watch from the sidelines as we head into US data this evening and the weekend. Their fate will be decided by this evening’s US Non-Farm Payrolls. This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. https://www.marketpulse.com/20220603/us-dollar-loses-all-of-its-previous-gains/
Tempting FX Pair - GBP To USD! Analysis And Tips For British Pound To US Dollar

Shocking Forex Rates!? EUR/USD Decreased A Little Bit, So Does British Pound (GBP) And AUD/USD. USD/JPY (US Dollar To Japanese Yen) Showed Decent Performance | Oanda

Jeffrey Halley Jeffrey Halley 06.06.2022 16:23
US dollar pares gains from NFP report Friday’s higher Non-Farm Payroll data saw the US dollar reverse much of its losses from Thursday, characterising a very choppy back-and-forth week last week. The dollar index rose by 0.40% to 1.0217, leaving the index slightly higher for the week. Notably, the rally was not enough to lift the index above its 102.35 pivot point, suggesting that the downside remains the path of least resistance still. Support/resistance lies at 101.30 and 102.70. In Asia, the China reopening trade has pushed the index slightly lower to 102.11.  US dollar eases lower in Asia - MarketPulseMarketPulse EUR/USD fell only slightly by 0.27% to 1.0720 on Friday post-data, where it remains in Asia. ​ Resistance between 1.0770 and 1.0830 remains a formidable barrier, with support at 1.0650. However, the single currency continues to show resilience at these levels, and resistance could be seriously tested if China’s reopening trade continues to support risk sentiment. Volumes will be impacted by European holidays today.   Sterling tumbled by 0.70% to 1.2490 on Friday in yet another whipsaw session. It remains there in Asia today. It has support/resistance at 1.2460 and 1.2670. A UK leadership challenge this week may serve to limit gains but a clean break of 1.2670 opens a potentially larger rally to 1.2800 and 1.3000, while the failure of 1.2460 could see sterling fall to 1.2400.   USD/JPY rose 0.73% to 130.85 on Friday, accounting for most of the dollar index gains post US data as US bond yields firmed slightly. USD/JPY has edged 0.15% lower to 130.65 today despite dovish BOJ comments, but the US/Japan rate differential should continue to support the downside unless US yields suddenly fall sharply. It has support at 129.00 and resistance at 131.00, a double top, and 131.30.   AUD/USD fell post US data as risk sentiment turned south. It finished 0.80% lower at 0.7205, easing another 0.20% to 0.7195 in Asia. AUD/USD has nearby support at 0.7180, an ascending one-month trendline, with resistance between its 50/100/200-day moving averages (DMAs) between 0.7225 and 0.7255. RBA hiking concerns ahead of tomorrow’s RBA meeting look set to limit gains in the short term.   USD/Asia moved higher on Friday on firm US data, with the Korean won, New Taiwan dollar, Singapore dollar, and India rupee the main losers, being favourites by fast-money to express risk sentiment of late. Yuan trading was impacted by a China holiday. Markets are quiet in Asia today, with Asian currencies booking only small gains versus the greenback. The sharp rise in oil prices on Friday, which continues in Asian trading today, is likely limiting Asia FX gains. The double-edged sword of China’s reopening is that oil prices are likely to remain firm as well as demand returns. This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.
FX Daily: Reports of sterling’s demise are exaggerated

AUDUSD: Yes, US Dollar (USD) Is Really Strong And Boosted But What About Its (AUD) Australian Cousin? | InstaForex

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 06.06.2022 15:16
Relevance up to 11:00 2022-06-11 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/313016 Divergences in the Fed's monetary policy with other central banks and American exceptionalism, when US GDP growth was faster than that of its main competitors and the global economy as a whole, allowed the USD index to soar to 20-year highs. However, an increase in the federal funds rate slows down the gross domestic product in the States, while in some other countries the opposite process is underway. Divergence in economic growth is no longer playing on the side of the US dollar. It has serious opponents. The decline in employment growth and inflation, disappointing statistics on business activity, and the real estate market are strong evidence of the loss of a pair of US GDP. This is normal in the context of the tightening of the Fed's monetary policy. The question is, will an aggressive rate hike provoke a recession? Australia's economy, by contrast, continues to accelerate. The strongest labor market in the last 48 years, benefits from problems with grain supplies from Ukraine and India, a strong raw materials market in general, and hopes for monetary incentives from China to open the way for further economic growth of the Green Continent. In the first quarter, it accelerated to 3.3% y/y and to 0.8% q/q, which, against the background of the sliding of the American analog into the red zone, became one of the drivers of the AUDUSD rebound from the levels of the May lows by 5.7%. Rapid GDP growth, inflation at 5.1%, which is above the upper limit of the targeted range of 2-3%, and the lowest unemployment in almost half a century allowed the RBA to begin a cycle of tightening monetary policy. Dynamics of the main economic indicators of Australia     Now the markets are worried about how much the cash rate will grow at the meeting on June 7? 15 out of 29 Bloomberg experts predict that by 25 bps, three - by 50 bps, and the remaining 11 - by 40 bps. Financial markets also adhere to the latter opinion. Proponents of gradual monetary restriction nod to household debt, and an increase in the cost of services will lead to a decrease in consumption. The latter accounts for 60% of GDP. "Hawks" talk about the need to rein in inflation as quickly as possible and cite the example of the Fed and other central banks that use big steps. In my opinion, when a significant part of the positive from the increase in the federal funds rate is already embedded in the US dollar quotes, while Bloomberg experts' forecasts for the cash rate growth limit of up to 2% fall short of market expectations of 2.8% by December and up to 3.6% a year later, the AUDUSD pair has not yet revealed its potential. UBS predicts its growth to 0.76 by the end of 2022 and to 0.78 by the end of March 2023, and this makes sense. AUDUSD, the daily chart     Technically, finding AUDUSD above fair value and moving averages indicates the dominance of "bulls". A breakout of resistance at 0.7255, where an important pivot level is located, or a rebound from supports at 0.714 and 0.71 should be used to form long positions.
We May Say That RBA's 50bp Move Is Highly Expected

AUD/USD: Maybe Australian Dollar (Like On A Rollercoaster) Has Held Its Breath, But It Surely Wants To Go Up Rising Against US Dollar... | Oanda

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 06.06.2022 23:43
The Australian dollar went on a wild ride late last week. AUD/USD jumped 1.27% on Thursday, only to cough up most of these gains on Friday.  The Aussie is showing little movement today, as the markets eye the Reserve Bank of Australia rate decision on Tuesday. Aussie in calm waters ahead of RBA - MarketPulseMarketPulse RBA poised for back-to-back rate hikes The RBA is widely expected to raise interest rates back-to-back, for the first time since 2013. It’s not clear what the size of the hike will be, with the most likely scenario being a 40-bps increase, which would raise the cash rate to 0.75%. If the RBA opts for a modest 25-bps hike, investors could be disappointed and the Australian dollar could lose ground. The RBA started its rate-hike cycle last month and is expected to raise rates to 3% or even higher, which means that the Bank will be raising rates in the second half of the year and into 2023. The aggressive rate hiking by the RBA will help the Australian dollar keep pace with the US dollar in terms of the US/Australia rate differential. US yields climbed on Friday after the May nonfarm payrolls were stronger than expected. The economy added 390 thousand jobs, above the forecast of 325 thousand and indicating that the labour market remains robust. The report has solidified expectations that the Fed will deliver 50-bps hikes at the June and July meetings. Federal Chair Powell has signalled that the Fed will take a pause from rate hikes in September, but that view is by no means unanimous. On Thursday, Fed Vice Chair Brainard said the Fed should not take a break from rate hikes in September, and that the Fed might continue with 50-bps hikes if inflation doesn’t peak. What makes Brainard’s comments noteworthy is that she is considered a leading dove on the Fed, which is indicative of the hawkish pivot the Fed has taken as inflation continues to accelerate. Echoing Brainard, Fed member Mester said that the Fed had to act aggressively to contain inflation and that could mean an increase at the September meeting. . AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD is testing resistance at 0.7207. Above, there is resistance at 0.7252 There is support at 0.7121 and 0.7076 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.
We May Say That RBA's 50bp Move Is Highly Expected

Australian Dollar (AUD) Aussie stabilizes after nasty tumble. How Is AUD/USD Doing? | Oanda

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 14.06.2022 12:48
It has been a rough spell for the Australian dollar, which has steadied after a four-day slide. This downswing saw AUD/USD plunge over 300 points and break below the symbolic 70 level. Market nerves weigh on the Australian dollar Ahead of today’s FOMC rate meeting, risk sentiment is nowhere to be found. The US inflation report and expectations that the Fed will remain very aggressive have raised fears of a recession in the US. This has allowed the US dollar to surge, especially against risk-related currencies like the Australian dollar. Back in early April, AUD/USD was trading close to the 0.76 line, but the Aussie has been hammered, with drops of some 400 points in April and May. With US inflation hitting a new 40-year high of 8.6%, some commentators are using the word “panic” to describe the financial markets. There are voices calling on the Fed to deliver a massive 0.75% hike at today’s meeting, though it would be a shock if the Fed did anything other than raise rates by 0.50%. Fed Chair Powell may use his press conference to hint at a 0.75% hike at a later date if inflation doesn’t start to fall soon, and such a message would likely boost the surging US dollar. With no sign of an inflation peak, it’s clear that the Federal Reserve will have to keep its foot pressed to the floor when it comes to upcoming rate hikes. This makes it likely that the Fed will deliver 50-bp hikes in June, July and September. Just a couple of weeks ago the Fed signalled it would take a break in September, but that now seems a luxury it can’t afford, given that inflation continues to accelerate. The Australian dollar didn’t get any relief from Australian releases, as NAB Business Confidence for May slowed for a second straight month, with a reading of 6 points, down from 10 previously. We’ll get a look at Westpac Consumer Confidence for June later today. The May reading came in at -5.6%, and another sharp loss could see the Aussie resume its downward movement. . AUD/USD Technical There is weak support at 0.6902, followed by support at 0.6765 There is resistance at 0.6973 and 0.7110   This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.
The Australian Jobs Report In December Had A Negative Impact On The Australian Dollar (AUD)

Fluctuating FX Pair - AUDUSD! How Much Is 1 Australian Dollar!? Trading plan for AUDUSD for June 17, 2022 | InstaForex

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 17.06.2022 14:19
Relevance up to 12:00 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Technical outlook: AUDUSD rose through the 0.7070 mark on Thursday before finding resistance. The currency pair is pulling back and is seen to be trading close to the 0.6995 mark at this point of writing. Also note that prices have confirmed a huge Engulfing Bullish candlestick pattern on the daily chart after bouncing from the 0.6850 low early this week. AUDUSD bulls will be poised to hold prices above 0.6850 to remain in control and push at least towards the 0.7450 level going forward. The currency pair seems to be unfolding a corrective rally, which might terminate above 0.7275 before reversing lower again. Immediate price resistance is seen towards the 0.7660 mark and a break is required to confirm a change in the larger degree trend. AUDUSD is working on a meaningful downswing between the 0.7660 and 0.6830 levels for now. The 0.618 Fibonacci retracement of the above drop is seen through the 0.7345 mark as projected on the daily chart. The currency is expected to face formidable resistance as prices attempt to push through that mark going forward. Trading plan: Potential rally through 0.7300-400 against 0.6800 Good luck!   Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/280625
The Australian Jobs Report In December Had A Negative Impact On The Australian Dollar (AUD)

AUD/USD Technical Analysis and Trading Tips for June 21, 2022

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 21.06.2022 15:38
Relevance up to 13:00 2022-06-24 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade.   Market participants as a whole reacted rather restrainedly to the decision of the central bank to raise the interest rate and to today's speech of the head of the RBA, and the publication of minutes from the June meeting of the bank.     AUD remains under pressure, primarily against the US dollar. As of this writing, AUD/USD is trading near 0.6945, continuing to decline towards the lower border of the descending channel on the weekly chart, which is currently below 0.6800. Given the Fed's propensity to pursue a tighter monetary policy and in anticipation of further strengthening of the US dollar, a deeper decline in AUD/USD should be expected.     A breakdown of local support levels 0.6850, 0.6800 will confirm our assumption, and AUD/USD will head towards multi-year lows reached in March 2020 near 0.5665, 0.5510 with intermediate targets at support levels 0.6500, 0.6455 (23.6% Fibonacci retracement to the wave of the pair's decline from 0.9500 in July 2014 to 2020 lows near 0.5510), 0.6270, 0.5975.     The continued positive upward trend in 10-year US bond yields makes the dollar an attractive asset for investment, given the prospects for further tightening of the Fed's monetary policy. The dollar is also actively used as a defensive asset, winning over traditional defensive assets such as gold, franc, and yen.     In an alternative scenario, AUD/USD will again try to break through the key resistance levels 0.7240 (200 EMA on the daily chart), 0.7210 (144 EMA on the daily chart), 0.7305 (200 EMA on the weekly chart, 50 EMA on the monthly chart). A breakdown of the resistance levels 0.7600 (200 EMA on the monthly chart), 0.7640 (144 EMA on the monthly chart) will bring AUD/USD into the zone of a long-term bull market. Support levels: 0.6900, 0.6850, 0.6800, 0.6455, 0.6270, 0.5975, 0.5665, 0.5510 Resistance levels: 0.6970, 0.7000, 0.7037, 0.7070, 0.7120, 0.7210, 0.7240, 0.7265, 0.7305 Trading Tips Sell Stop 0.6915. Stop-Loss 0.7010. Take-Profit 0.6900, 0.6850, 0.6800, 0.6455, 0.6270, 0.5975, 0.5665, 0.5510 Buy Stop 0.7010. Stop-Loss 0.6915. Take-Profit 0.7037, 0.7070, 0.7120, 0.7210, 0.7240, 0.7265, 0.7305   Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/314087
The RBA Surprised With A Smaller 25 bp Hike , Sterling (GBP) Rose, The USD Has Weakened

FX:AUD/USD Chart Shows A Long, Gradual Slide. RBA Is Fuelled With Strong Australian Labour Market Data.

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 14.07.2022 15:11
Australian employment sparkles It has been a week of the good and the bad/ugly from Australian releases. The employment report for June, released earlier today, improved from May and easily beat expectations. The economy created 88.4 thousand jobs, up from 60.6 thousand in May and well above the 30.0 thousand estimate.  The unemployment rate dropped to 3.5%, down sharply from 3.9% in May (3.8% exp.). This is good news for the RBA, which is relying on a robust labour market to bear the weight of an aggressive rate policy. The RBA has raised the cash rate to 1.35%, with more hikes on the way. The relatively low cash rate hasn’t had much effect on soaring inflation, which surged to 5.1% in the first quarter. Australia releases Q2 inflation on July 27th, the same day as the Federal Reserve policy meeting. The RBA has said that inflation could top 7%, which would exacerbate the current cost of living crisis. Higher inflation has taken a bite out of business and consumer confidence, which headed southward earlier in the week. Westpac Consumer Confidence index for July came in at -3.0%, its ninth decline in 10 months. As well, NAB Business Confidence for June slowed to 1, down from 6 in May. Consumers and companies don’t have much confidence in the economic outlook, and that can translate into decreased spending in a time of uncertainty, which would be bad news for the economy. Inflation releases tend to grab the headlines, especially with inflation going up and up. However, the RBA is no less concerned with inflation expectations, as inflation will be even harder to curb if consumers and businesses expect inflation to continue to rise and rush to make purchases, thus exacerbating the pressure on prices. Earlier in the week, Melbourne Institute Inflation Expectations remained high at 6.3%, although this was an improvement from the previous reading of 6.7%. . AUD/USD Technical There is resistance at 0.6782 and 0.6839 0.6706 is a weak support line, followed by 0.6649 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Aussie shrugs off superb jobs report - MarketPulseMarketPulse
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AUD/USD - Australian Dollar Did Really Well On Monday! | The US CPI Is Expected To Fall, RBA May Hike Rates By 50bps

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 09.08.2022 13:50
In the European session, the Australian dollar is trading at 0.6991, up 0.10% on the day. This follows massive gains on Monday, when AUD/USD soared 1.04% and briefly pushed above the symbolic 70 level. The US dollar’s recent rally has fizzled, but don’t count Uncle Sam out. US Treasury yields have been dropping, which is indicative of investor demand for safety. There is plenty of uncertainty in the air about the US economy, and heated debates about whether the economy is in a recession or not are not contributing to greater confidence in the economic outlook. Markets eye US inflation report Wednesday’s US inflation report could have a strong impact on the currency markets. Headline CPI is expected to fall to 8.7%, down from 9.1%, while core CPI is forecast to rise to 6.1%, up from 5.9%. If the headline reading is higher than expected, it will boost the case for the Fed to raise rates by 0.75% in September and the dollar should respond with gains. Conversely, a soft reading from the headline or core releases would ease the pressure on the Fed and could send the dollar lower. In Australia, confidence releases were a mix. Westpac Consumer Sentiment for August posted a second straight decline of 3%. Consumer confidence has dropped for nine consecutive months, declining some 22.9% during that time. There was better news from the NAB Business Confidence index for July, which jumped to 7, up from 2 points. Business Conditions climbed to 20, up from 13 prior. The indicator points to broad-based strength in business conditions, despite the global slowdown and weaker domestic activity due to higher rates. As well, purchase and labour costs and retail prices rose, which points to higher inflation and another hike from the RBA in September, likely of 0.50%. AUD/USD Technical There is weak resistance at 0.7016, followed by resistance at 0.7120. 0.6943 has switched to support. Below, there is support at 0.6839 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Aussie rally takes breather - MarketPulseMarketPulse
We May Say That RBA's 50bp Move Is Highly Expected

FX: What's Possibly Ahead Of USD/JPY And AUDUSD?

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 09.08.2022 15:23
Relevance up to 08:00 2022-08-11 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Positive sentiment ruled over markets on Monday, as a result of which stock indices in Asia and Europe rose. Dynamics in the US, meanwhile, was quite ambiguous. After the release of strong data on US employment and average wages last Friday, markets began to doubt if the Fed will soften its stance on monetary policy. This led to a sharp increase in dollar demand, as well as mixed dynamics in markets, primarily in the US. The better-than-expected figures allow the Fed to continue raising rates without the fear of a weakening labor market. This, of course, is negative for stock markets. Nevertheless, investors are now focused on the upcoming US inflation report tomorrow, which could indicate whether the Fed will raise rates further or not. If the data turns out to be in line with the forecast and shows a corrective decline in annual terms from 9.1% to 8.7%, and a slowdown from 1.3% to 0.2% on a monthly basis, it is likely that the central bank will remain on its previous position, that is, a pause in rate hikes in August then a sharp decline to 0.25% in the next months. This will be taken as good news by markets, possibly leading to a new, but limited rally. If the value of inflation falls even more, expect a more vigorous increase in positive sentiment. But if inflation continues to increase, sell-offs will escalate, while dollar will rise even more. This is because the Fed will most likely continue its aggressive rate hike. In other words, a slowdown in inflationary pressure, or even a slight decrease, will put pressure on dollar and increase risk appetite. Further pressure, meanwhile, will raise dollar and push down stocks and other assets. Forecasts for today:     AUD/USD The pair is trading above the support level of 0.6965. Further selling pressure could lead to a local fall to 0.6870. USD/JPY The pair is below 135.15. But increased buying pressure will push the quote to 136.25. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/318414
The Australian Jobs Report In December Had A Negative Impact On The Australian Dollar (AUD)

Forex: Wow! AUD/USD Skyrocketed By 1.5% Yesterday!

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 11.08.2022 12:45
The Australian dollar has extended its gains today, after rising sharply on Wednesday. In the European session, AUD/USD is trading at 0.7099, up 0.26% on the day. Aussie rockets on US inflation Spectacular. That says it all about the Australian dollar’s surge on Wednesday. AUD/USD jumped 150 points and briefly punched above the 0.7100 level for the first time since June 10th. The catalyst for the Aussie’s good fortune was the US inflation report, as July inflation fell and took the US dollar on a nasty tumble against the majors. The US headline and core inflation releases both came in lower than the forecast.  Core CPI remained steady at 5.9%, lower than the forecast of 6.1%. However, the real news was the headline reading, which dropped to 8.5%, down sharply from 9.1% in June and below the estimate of 8.7%. The markets jumped all over the report, and “inflation peak fever” is spreading, as hopes rise that inflation is finally receding. This sentiment sent the US dollar reeling, on the assumption that the Fed can breathe easier and ease its hiking – perhaps “only” a 0.50% hike after back-to-back increases of 0.75%. Before investors celebrate the demise of inflation, an examination of the facts is in order. The inflation rate of 8.5%, although lower than last month, is still close to a four-decade high. Inflation fell chiefly due to a drop in gas prices, but with the volatility we are seeing in the oil markets, gasoline could quickly change directions. Perhaps most importantly, inflation remains broad based – the core reading, which excludes food and energy costs, remained steady at 5.9%. As the Fed has been warning, the fight against inflation remains far from over, and the rate tightening cycle has by no means run its course. The Reserve Bank of Australia is also in a tough fight against inflation, and is no doubt pleased with today’s MI Inflation Expectations release for July. Inflation Expectations fell to 5.9%, down from 6.3% in June, marking a second straight deceleration. This will likely result in a decline in the forward guidance from the RBA, which would likely weigh on the Australian dollar. The RBA holds its next rate meeting on September 6th. AUD/USD Technical There is weak resistance at 0.7016, followed by resistance at 0.7120 0.6943 has switched to support. Below, there is support at 0.6839 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Australian dollar rises to 2-month high - MarketPulseMarketPulse
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Japanese Yen (JPY) Rise. Energy Prices Are Finally Falling!?

John Hardy John Hardy 16.08.2022 10:05
Summary:  Weak data out of China overnight, together with a surprise rate cut from the PBOC and collapsing energy prices later on Monday saw the Japanese yen surging higher across the board. Indeed, the two key factors behind its descent to multi-decade lows earlier this year, rising yields and surging energy prices, have eased considerably since mid-June with only modest reaction from the yen thus far. Is that about to change? FX Trading focus: JPY finding sudden support on new disinflation narrative Weaker than expected Chinese data overnight brought a surprise rate cut from the Chinese central bank and seems to have sparked a broadening sell-off in commodities, which was boosted later by a crude oil drop of some five dollars per barrel on the news that Iran will decide by midnight tonight on whether to accept a new draft on the nuclear deal forward by the Euro zone. In response, the Chinese yuan has weakened toward the highs for the cycle in USDCNH, trading 6.78+ as of this writing and  (there was a spike high to 6.381 back in May but the exchange rate has been capped by 6.80 since then), but the Japanese yen is stealing the volatility and strength crown, surging sharply across the board and following up on the move lower inspired by the soft US CPI data point. US long yields easing considerably lower after an odd spike last Thursday are a further wind at the JPY’s back here. In the bigger picture, it has been rather remarkable that the firm retreat in global long-date yields since the mid-June peak and the oil price backing down a full 25% and more from the cycle highs didn’t do more to support the yen from the yield-spread angle (Bank of Japan’s YCC policy less toxic as yields fall) and from the current account angle for Japan. Interestingly, while the JPY has surged and taken USDJPY down several notches, the US dollar is rather firm elsewhere, with the focus more on selling pro-cyclical and commodity currencies on the possible implication that China may be content to export deflation by weakening its currency now that commodity prices have come down rather than on selling the US dollar due to any marking down of Fed expectations. Still, while the USD may remain a safe haven should JPY volatility be set to run amok across markets, the focus is far more on the latter as long as USDJPY is falling Chart: EURJPY As the JPY surges here, EURJPY is falling sharply again, largely tracking the trajectory of longer European sovereign yields, which never really rose much from their recent lows from a couple of weeks back, making it tough to understand the solid rally back above 138.00 of late. After peaking above 1.90% briefly in June, the German 10-year Bund, for example, is trading about 100 basis points lower and is not far from the cycle low daily close at 77 basis points. The EURJPY chart features a rather significant pivot area at 133.50, a prior major high back in late 2021 and the recent low and 200-day moving average back at the beginning of the month. After a brief JPY volatility scare in late July and into early August that faded, are we set for a second and bigger round here that takes USDJPY down through 130.00 and EURJPY likewise? A more significant rally in long US treasuries might be required to bring about a real JPY rampage. Source: Saxo Group The focus on weak Chinese data and key commodity prices like copper suddenly losing altitude after their recent rally has the Aussie shifting to the defensive just after it was showing strength late last week in sympathy with strong risk sentiment and those higher commodity prices. Is the AUDUSD break above 0.7000-25 set for a high octane reversal here? AUDJPY is worth a look as well after it managed to surge all the way back toward the top of the range before. The idea that a weak Chine might export deflation from here might be unsettling for Aussie bulls. The US macro data focus for the week is on today’s NAHB homebuilder’s survey, which plunged to a low since 2015 in June (not including the chaotic early 2020 pandemic breakout months), the July Housing Starts and Building Permits and then the July Retail Sales and FOMC minutes on Wednesday. With a massive relief in gasoline prices from the July spike high, it will be interesting to see whether the August US data picks up again on the services side. The preliminary August University of Michigan sentiment survey release on Friday showed expectations rising sharply by over 7 points from the lowest since-1980 lows of June, while the Present Situation measure dropped a few points back toward the cycle (and record) lows from May. Table: FX Board of G10 and CNH trend evolution and strength. The JPY is the real story today, but as our trending measures employ some averaging/smoothing, the move will need to stick what it has achieved today to show more. Watch out for a big shift in the commodity currencies in coming days as well if today’s move is the start of something. Elsewhere, the JPY comeback is merely taking CHF from strength to strength, although even the might franc has dropped against the JPY today. Source: Bloomberg and Saxo Group Table: FX Board Trend Scoreboard for individual pairs. Big momentum shift afoot today and watching whether this holds and the JPY pairs and pairs like AUDUSD and USDCAD to see if we are witnessing a major momentum shift in themes here. Also note NOK pairs like USDNOK and EURNOK here. Source: Bloomberg and Saxo Group Upcoming Economic Calendar Highlights (all times GMT) 1400 – US Aug. NAHB Housing Market Index 0130 – Australia RBA Meeting Minutes Source: FX Update: JPY jumps on deflating energy prices, fresh retreat in yields.
Yesterday's Economic Data From The US Eased Fears Of Recession

US Giving More Manufacturing Jobs This Year But The Production Disappoints

Marc Chandler Marc Chandler 16.08.2022 10:30
After two-quarters of contraction, many still do not accept that the US economy is in a recession  Federal Reserve officials have pushed against it, as has Treasury Secretary Yellen. The nearly 530k rise in July nonfarm rolls, more than twice the median forecast in Bloomberg's survey, and a new cyclical low in unemployment (3.5%) lent credibility to their arguments. If Q3 data point to a growing economy, additional support will likely be found.   While the interest rate-sensitive housing sector may still feel the squeeze, we note that activity is at historically strong levels  Housing starts are expected to have fallen for the third consecutive month in July. That would be the longest decline since the last four months of 2018. However, around 1.5 mln annualized pace, starts are still elevated. Permits, which are leading indicators, are holding up even better. They peaked at the end of last year a little below 1.9 mln and may have fallen to around 1.65 mln in July. Since the Great Financial Crisis, they were above 1.5 mln only once (October 2019). before the surge began in mid-2020. Existing home sales have come off a bit more  They are expected to have fallen for the sixth consecutive month in July. It is the worst streak since 2013. Indeed, they are likely to fall below the 5 mln annualized mark for the first time since January 2019. Elevated mortgage rates are the highest since 2008 and have squeezed buyers while rising inventories have sparked some anecdotes about price cuts. The number of houses for sale rose for the first time in three years, around three months at the current pace of sales. Below five months of inventory is regarded as tight by realtors. Of interest, first-time buyers accounted for almost a third of the sales in June. Cash sales accounted for a quarter of all transactions in June. Houses were on the market for an average of two weeks last month, the shortest for more than a decade. Recall that new home sales are recorded on contract signings, while the existing home sales are counted on closes.   While the housing market is softening, consumption and output appear to have begun Q3 on solid footing  Retail sales, which account for around 40% of consumption, are expected to have edged by 0.1%-0.2% after a 1.0% rise in June. The drop in gasoline prices will likely be seen here and weigh on the retail sales, which are reported in nominal terms. Core retail sales, which excludes auto, gasoline, building materials, and food services, are expected to have risen 0.6% after 0.8% in June. More people working and earning a little bit more (on average), i.e., the income effect should help underpin consumption.   Manufacturers added 30k people to their payrolls in July, the most in three months and matching last year's average pace  The US has added more manufacturing jobs through July than it did in the same period a year ago (273k vs. 161k). Manufacturing output has disappointed. It fell by 0.5% in both May and June. The decline in vehicle and parts output may have been partially reversed in July amid a recovery in auto sales. Higher commodity prices encouraged mining output in May and June (1.2% and 1.7%, respectively). It may have slowed as commodity prices fell in July. The scorching summer and demand for air conditioning likely boosted utility output, which had fallen in June (-1.4%).  On a year-over-year basis, industrial output often contracts into a recession but not always before the start of the recession  Through June, it has risen by almost 4.2%. The capacity utilization rate is expected to have above 80.0% for the fourth consecutive month. That would match the last cyclical peak in 2018, the longest since the Great Financial Crisis. Utilization rates fall sharply during a recession. In two of the last three recessions, capacity usage fell before the downturn was dated. In the Financial Crisis, the peak coincided with the start of the recession. The US also reports the capital flow data for June (TIC on August 15) While a favorite of reporters and analysts, it is not a market mover. Through May, net long-term foreign capital inflows have been a little more than $465 bln., which is about an 8.5% increase from a year ago. Finally, the Empire State Survey August 15) and the Philadelphia Fed surveys (August 18), the first look into August aside for the weekly jobs claims and mortgage applications. The market appears to put more weight on some components of the Philly survey.   Three economic releases from Japan will draw attention  Japan reports its first estimate of Q2 GDP to kick off the week. The world's third-largest economy contracted at an annualized rate of  0.5% in Q1 but is expected to have rebounded to 2.7% in Q2. That translates into a 0.7% quarterly expansion (seasonally adjusted) after shrinking by 0.1% in Q1. Consumption and business investment rebounded. Inventories were likely unwound. After rising 0.5% in Q1, the median forecast in Bloomberg's survey looks for a 0.3% decline. The GDP deflator has been negative for the past five quarters. It was at -0.5% in Q1, but economists (Bloomberg survey) project a decline to -0.8%.  Despite the GDP deflator still showing deflation's grip, the July CPI (August 19) is likely to show inflation continues to rise above the BOJ's target  It targets the CPI, excluding fresh food, at 2.0%. It stood at 2.2% in June and is likely to have ticked up a little in July. The Tokyo CPI has already been reported. The core measure rose to 2.3% from 2.1%. Tokyo's headline rate increased to 2.5% from 2.3%, and the measure excluding food and energy crept up to 1.2% from 1.0%.  July trade figures will be reported on August 17 Japan is experiencing a  massive terms-of-trade shock. In the first half of this year, Japan reported a JPY7.94 trillion (~$59 bln) deficit. In H1 21,  it had a trade surplus of about JPY810 bln (~$6 bln). The problem is not with merchandise exports. In June, they were up almost a fifth from last year, when they were by nearly 50% over 2020. Imports have surged with food and energy prices. Merchandise imports had risen 46% above the year-ago level in June, and that is after an increase by a third from June 2020.   The UK and Canada report July retail sales and CPI  The UK also publishes its latest employment report, while Canada updates housing starts and portfolio flows. The data poses headline risk, but the macroeconomic backdrop is unlikely to change significantly. The Bank of England warns that the economy will enter a protracted recession that will carry into 2024. The Bloomberg survey found that the median forecast assessed a 45% probability of a recession over the next 12 months.   UK's labor market is fairly strong, and the unemployment rate is at 3.8%, having bottomed at 3.7% in March, the lowest level since 1974. Inflation is rising, and the base effect underscores the upside risk. Last July, CPI was unchanged on the month.   While wage growth may be strong, it is insufficient to cover the rising cost of living and this squeezing consumption June was the first month since October 2021 that retail sales, excluding gasoline, rose. However, UK retail sales, reported in volume terms, have fallen an average of 0.5% a month over the past 12 months. If there is going to be relief for the UK household, it will have to come from the new government. The Bank of England has one objective. Bring down inflation. The swaps market has discounted almost an 85% chance of another 50 bp increase to 2.25% at the September 15 meeting. It sees a year-end rate of around 2.80%, implying nearly 75 bp hikes in Q4.   Canada's labor market improvement is stalling, and it looks like the economy is too The monthly GDP downshifted from 0.7-0.8% in February and March to 0.3% in April and flat in May. Retail sales have been strong, flattered by rising prices. Through May, they have increased by an average of 1.5% a month. The average in the first five months of 2021 was 0.6. Canadian inflation accelerated to 8.1% in June and may have slowed in July for the first time since June 2021. Underlying core measures are expected to have stayed firm. Last month, the Bank of Canada surprised the market with a 100 bp hike in the overnight lending rate to 2.50%. The swaps market briefly took the possibility of a 75 bp hike at the September 7 meeting very seriously but now has slightly better than a 40% chance.  In Australia, the labor market is in focus  It added 60k full-time positions on average a month in Q2 after a 50.5k average in Q1. The pace is likely to moderate. The participation rate of 66.8% set in June was a record high. The unemployment rate of 3.5% was also a record low. There are some signs that the overall economy may be losing some momentum. Still, with CPI accelerating from 5.1% in Q1 to 6.1% in Q2, the Reserve Bank of Australia is tightening policy. After delivering the first hike in May of 25 bp, it lifted the cash target rate in 50 bp clips in June through August. Speculation of another 50 bp hike at the September 6 meeting is seen as slightly better than even money.  The Reserve Bank of New Zealand meets on August 17  It will most likely deliver the seventh hike in the cycle that began last October. After three quarter-point moves, it delivered three 50 bp hikes. The cash target rate now stands at 2.50%. With Q2 inflation rising faster than expected (7.3% year-over-year), unemployment low (3.3% in Q2; record low set last December at 3.2%), more forceful action is possible. However, the swaps market judges it unlikely and has about a 90% chance of a 50 bp hike reflected in current prices. The New Zealand dollar is strong, at its best level in two months, but maybe too strong. Although it closed firmly ahead for the weekend, it looks stretched from a technical perspective, perhaps signaling a "buy the rumor, sell the fact" type of activity.  Norway's central bank, Norges Bank, meets on August 18  A few hours after Norway reports Q2 GDP, Norges Bank makes its rate announcement. Typically, it prefers to adjust policy when it updates its economic assessment, similar in this regard to the European Central Bank. However, last week's CPI shock heightens the risk it breaks from the pattern. Headline CPI jumped 1.3% in July, lifting the year-over-year rate to 6.8%. The median forecast (Bloomberg's survey) was for an unchanged 6.3% pace. The underlying rate, which excludes energy and adjusts for tax changes, surged by 1.5%, nearly twice as much as expected. As a result, the year-over-year change was boosted to 4.5% from 3.6%.   The deposit rate stands at 1.25%  Norges Bank began the tightening cycle last September but has raised it by a cumulative 125 bp. However, among the high-income countries in Europe, only the UK's policy rate is higher. Sweden's inflation is higher at 8.5% (July from 8.7% in June), and its policy rate is 50 bp less than Norway. Since June 16, the day after the FOMC meeting that results in the first 75 bp rate hike, the Norwegian krone has been the strongest major currency, gaining 3.9% against the US dollar and 6.8% against the euro. Look for the dollar to correct higher, even if a 50 bp hike is delivered.    Disclaimer   Source: Week Ahead: More Evidence US Consumption and Output are Expanding, and RBNZ and Norges Bank to Hike
The AUD/JPY Currency Pair Is Moving In A Downward Trend

Don't Give Up Aussie! AUD Lost Over 1% On Tuesday. Australian Dollar Was Affected By Situation In China - COVID And Monetary Policy

Craig Erlam Craig Erlam 18.08.2022 14:18
The Australian dollar edged lower following today’s Australian employment report but has reversed directions. In the European session, AUD/USD is trading at 0.6957, up 0.28%. Australian employment report disappoints Australia released the July employment report, and the numbers were surprisingly soft. The economy lost 40.9 thousand jobs, well below the estimate of 25.0 thousand. This follows a strong gain of 88.4 thousand in May. Making the report sting even more, full-time positions fell by 86.9 thousand. The silver lining was a drop in the unemployment rate to 3.4%, down from 3.5%. However, that was likely due to the participation rate falling to 66.4%, down from 66.8%. The Australian dollar lost ground following the job report release but has reversed directions. The Aussie tumbled 1.23% on Tuesday, as ominous developments in China are weighing on the currency. The latest news was the Chinese central bank lowering its 1-year MLF loans to 2.75%, down from 2.85%. The spike in Covid cases and the worsening property crisis have resulted in a decline in credit growth, and the PBOC has loosened policy in an effort to boost credit demand. The Aussie is sensitive to developments in China, which is Australia’s number one trading partner. The RBA meets next on September 6th and another rate hike is likely, even with the weak job report. The markets have priced in a 25 basis point hike, which would bring the cash rate to 2.10%. The RBA minutes, published on Tuesday, indicated that further rate hikes were coming, but reiterated that the Bank would be guided by economic data and the inflation forecast. . AUD/USD Technical There is resistance at 0.7053, followed by a monthly resistance line at 0.7122 AUD/USD has support at 0.6968 and 0.6902 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Aussie bounces back after soft jobs report - MarketPulseMarketPulse
The Euro Is Moving Towards The Target Level

Everyone Is Dissapointed In Euro (EUR). Japanese Officials Have To Face Discontests From Yields Rise

Marc Chandler Marc Chandler 21.08.2022 23:14
For many, this will be the last week of the summer. However, in an unusual twist of the calendar, the US August employment report will be released on September 2, the end of the following week, rather than after the US Labor Day holiday (September 5).   The main economic report of the week ahead will be the preliminary estimate of the August PMI  The policy implications are not as obvious as they may seem. For example, in July, the eurozone composite PMI slipped below the 50 boom/bust level for the first time since February 2021. It was the third consecutive decline. Bloomberg's monthly survey of economists picked up a cut in Q3 GDP forecasts to 0.1% from 0.2% and a contraction of 0.2% in Q4 (previously 0.2% growth). Over the past week, the swaps market has moved from around 80% sure of a 50 bp hike next month to a nearly 20% chance it will lift the deposit rate by 75 bp.  The UK's composite PMI fell in three of the four months through July  However, at 52.1, it remains above the boom/bust level, though it is the weakest since February 2021. The Bank of England's latest forecasts are more pessimistic than the market. It projects the economy will contract by 1.5% next year and another 0.3% in 2024. It has CPI peaking later this year at around 13% before falling to 5.5% in 2023 and 1.5% in 2024. Market expectations have turned more hawkish for the BOE too. A week ago, the swap market was pricing in a nearly 90% chance of another 50 bp hike. After the CPI jump reported in the middle of last week, the market fully priced in the 50 bp move and a nearly 30% chance of a 75 bp hike.   Japanese officials have successfully turned back market pressure that had driven the benchmark three-month implied volatility to 14% in mid-June, more than twice as high as it was at the start of the year  It slipped below 10% in recent days. The BOJ was forced to vigorously defend its 0.25% cap on the 10-year bond. It has spent the better part of the past three weeks below 0.20%. The BOJ has not had to spend a single yen on its defense since the end of June. However, with the jump in global yields (US 10-year yield rose 20 bp last week, the German Bund 33 bp, and the 10-year UK Gilt nearly 40 bp) and the weakness of the yen, the BOJ is likely to be challenged again.   The economy remains challenging  The composite PMI fell to 50.2 in July from 53.2 in June. It is the weakest reading since February. It has averaged 50.4 through July this year. The average for the first seven months last year was 49.0. The government is working on some support measures aimed at extending the efforts to cushion the blow of higher energy and food prices. Japan's Q2 GDP deflator was minus 0.4%, which was half of the median forecast in Bloomberg's survey, but it shows the tough bind of policy. Consider that the July CPI rose to 2.6%, and the core measure, which the BOJ targets, excludes fresh food, rose to 2.4% from 2.2%. The target is 2%, and it was the third month above it. Tokyo will report its August CPI figures at the end of the week.   Australia's flash PMI may be more influential as the futures market is nearly evenly split between a 25 bp hike and a 50 bp move at the September 6 central bank meeting  The minutes from the RBA's meeting earlier this month underscored its data dependency. However, this is about the pace of the move. The target rate is currently at 1.85%, and the futures market is near 3.15% for the end of the year, well beyond the 2.5% that the central bank sees as neutral. The weakness of China's economy may dent the positive terms-of-trade shock. The Melbourne Institute measure of consumer inflation expectations fell in August for the second month but at 5.9%, is still too high.  Through the statistical quirkiness of GDP-math, the US economy contracted in the first two quarters of the year  A larger trade deficit did not help, but the real problem was inventories. In fairness, more of the nominal growth resulted from higher prices than economists expected rather than underlying activity. Still, it does appear that the US economy is expanding this quarter, and the high-frequency data will help investors and economists assess the magnitude. While surveys are helpful, the upcoming real sector data include durable goods orders (and shipments, which feed into GDP models), July personal income and consumption figures, the July goods trade balance, and wholesale and retail inventories.   Consumption still drives more than 2/3 of the economy, and like retail sales, personal consumption expenditures are reported in nominal terms, which means that they are inflated by rising prices  However, the PCE deflator is expected to slow dramatically. After jumping 1% in June, the headline deflator is expected to increase by 0.1%. This will allow the year-over-year rate to slow slightly (~6.5% from 6.8%). The core deflator is forecast (median, Bloomberg's survey) to rise by 0.4%, which given the base effect, could see the smallest of declines in the year-over-year rate that stood at 4.8% in June. Given the Fed's revealed preferences when it cited the CPI rise in the decision in June to hike by 75 bp instead of 50 bp, the CPI has stolen the PCE deflator's thunder, even though the Fed targets the PCE deflator. Real consumption was flat in Q2, and Q3 is likely to have begun on firmer footing.   The softer than expected CPI, PPI, and import/export prices spurred the market into downgrading the chances of a 75 bp hike by the Fed next month  After the stronger than expected jobs growth, the Fed funds futures priced in a little better than a 75% chance of a 75 bp hike. It has been mostly hovering in the 40%-45% range most of last week but finished near 55%. It is becoming a habit for the market to read the Fed dovishly even though it is engaged in a more aggressive course than the markets anticipated. This market bias warns of the risk of a market reversal after Powell speaks on August 26.   At the end of last year, the Fed funds futures anticipated a target rate of about 0.80% at the end of this year. Now it says 3.50%. The pace of quantitative tightening is more than expected and will double starting next month. There is also the tightening provided by the dollar's appreciation. For example, at the end of 2021, the median forecast in Bloomberg's survey saw the euro finishing this year at $1.15. Now the median sees the euro at $1.04 at the end of December. And even this may prove too high.    The FOMC minutes from last month's meeting recognized two risks. The first was that the Fed would tighten too much. Monetary policy impacts with a lag, which also acknowledges that soft-landing is difficult to achieve. The market initially focused on this risk as is its wont. However, the Fed also recognized the risk of inflation becoming entrenched and characterized this risk as "significant." The Jackson Hole confab (August 25-27) will allow the Fed to help steer investors and businesses between Scylla and Charybdis.  Critics jumped all over Fed Chair Powell's claim that the Fed funds target is now in the area the officials regard as neutral. This was not a forecast by the Chair, but merely a description of the long-term target rate understood as neither stimulating nor restricting the economy. In June, all but three Fed officials saw the long-term rate between 2.25% and 2.50%. To put that in perspective, recall that in December 2019, the median view of the long-term target was 2.50%. Eleven of the 18 Fed officials put their "dot" between 2.25% and 2.50%. The FOMC minutes were clear that a restrictive stance is necessary, and the Fed clearly signaled additional rate hikes are required. The discussions at Jackson Hole may clarify what the neutral rate means.  Barring a significant downside surprise, we expect the Fed will deliver its third consecutive 75 bp increase next month. The strength and breadth of the jobs growth while price pressures remain too high and financial conditions have eased encourages the Fed to move as fast as the market allows. However, before it meets, several important high-frequency data points will be revealed, including a few employment measures, the August nonfarm payroll report, and CPI.   The market is also having second thoughts about a rate cut next year  At the end of July, the implied yield of the December 2023 Fed funds futures was 50 bp below the implied yield of the December 2022 contract. It settled last week at near an 8 bp discount. This reflects a growing belief that the Fed will hike rates in Q1 23. The March 2023 contract's implied yield has risen from less than five basis points more than the December 2022 contract to more than  20 bp above it at the end of last week.   Let's turn to the individual currency pairs, put last week's price action into the larger context, and assess the dollar's technical condition  We correctly anticipated the end of the dollar's pullback that began in mid-July, but the power for the bounce surprises. Key technical levels have been surpassed, warning that the greenback will likely retest the July highs.   Dollar Index: DXY surged by more than 2.3% last week, its biggest weekly advance since March 2020. The momentum indicators are constructive and not over-extended. However, it closed well above the upper Bollinger Band (two standard deviations above the 20-day moving average), found near 107.70. Little stands in the way of a test on the mid-July high set around 109.30. Above there, the 110-111.30 area beckons. While the 107.50 area may offer some support now, a stronger floor may be found closer to 107.00.   Euro:  The euro was turned back from the $1.0365-70 area on August 10-11 and put in a low near $1.0030 ahead of the weekend. The five-day moving average slipped below the 20-day moving average for the first time in around 3.5 weeks. The MACD is trending lower, while the Slow Stochastic did not confirm the recent high, leaving a bearish divergence in its wake. The only caution comes from the euro's push through the lower Bollinger Band (~$1.0070). Initially, parity may hold, but the risk is a retest on the mid-July $0.9950 low. A convincing break could target the $0.96-$0.97 area. As the euro has retreated, the US two-year premium over Germany has trended lower. It has fallen more than 30 bp since peaking on August 5. We find that the rate differential often peaks before the dollar.   Japanese Yen: The dollar will begin the new week with a four-day advance against the yen in tow. It has surpassed the (61.8%) retracement objective of the pullback since the mid-July high (~JPY139.40) found near JPY136.00. The momentum indicators are constructive, and the five-day moving average has crossed above the 20-day for the first time since late July. It tested the lower band of the next resistance bans seen in the JPY137.25-50 area at the end of last week. But it appears poised to re-challenge the highs. As volatility increases and yields rise, Japanese officials return to their first line of defense: verbal intervention.  British Pound: Sterling took out the neckline of a possible double top we have been monitoring that came in at $1.20. It projects toward the two-year lows set in mid-July near $1.1760, dipping below $1.18 ahead of the weekend. As one would expect, the momentum indicators are headed lower, and the five-day moving average has fallen below the 20-day moving average for the first time in four weeks. It has closed below its lower Bollinger Band (~$1.1910) in the last two sessions. A convincing break of the $1.1760 low clears the way to the March 2020 low, about 3.5-cents lower. Initial resistance is now seen around $1.1860 and, if paid, could signal scope for another 3/4 to a full-cent squeeze.  Canadian Dollar:  The Canadian dollar was no match for the greenback, which moved above CAD1.30 ahead of the weekend for the first time in a month. The momentum indicators suggest the US dollar has more scope to advance, and the next target is the CAD1.3035 area. Above there, the CAD1.3100-35 band is next. The high since November 2020 was recorded in the middle of July around CAD1.3225. After whipsawing in Q1, the five- and 20-day moving averages have caught the big moves. The shorter average crossed above the longer moving average last week for the first time since July 21. Initial support will likely be encountered near CAD1.2935.   Australian Dollar:  The Aussie was sold every day last week. It is the first time in a year, and its 3.4% drop is the largest since September 2020.   The rally from the mid-July low (~$0.6680) to the recent high (~$0.7135) looks corrective in nature. Before the weekend, it tested the rally's (61.8%) retracement objective. The momentum indicators are falling, and the Slow Stochastic did not confirm this month's high, creating a bearish divergence. A break of the $0.6850-60 area may signal follow-through selling into the $0.6790-$0.6800 band, but a retest on the July low is looking increasingly likely. Initial resistance is now seen near $0.6920.   Mexican Peso:  The peso's four-day slide ended a six-day run. The peso lost about 1.6% last week, slightly better than the 2.25% slide of the JP Morgan Emerging Market Currency Index. This month, the US dollar peaked around MXN20.8335 and proceeded to fall and forged a base near MXN19.81. It has met the (38.2%) retracement objective around MXN20.20 before the weekend. The next (50%) retracement is near MXN20.3230. The 200-day moving average is closer to MXN20.41. The dollar is probing the 20-day moving average seen a little below MXN20.24. The momentum indicators have only just turned up for the greenback. We suspect there may be potential to around MXN20.50 in the coming days.   Chinese Yuan:  The yuan was tagged with more than a 1% loss against the dollar last week, its biggest decline in three months. A combination of poor Chinese data, its small rate cut, and a resurgent US dollar spurred the exchange rate adjustment. At the end of July, China's 10-year yield was about 11 bp on top of the US. However, it switched to a discount after the US jobs data (August 5), and the discount grew every day last week, reaching 35 bp, the most since late June. After gapping higher before the weekend, the greenback reached nearly CNY6.8190, its highest level since September 2020. The next target is around CNY6.85, but given the divergence of policy, a move back toward CNY7.00, last seen in July 2020, maybe a reasonable medium-term target. The PBOC's dollar fix ahead of the weekend showed no protest of the weaker exchange rate.     Disclaimer   Source: Flash PMI, Jackson Hole, and the Price Action
Week Ahead: India (Indian rupee - INR), Australia (Australian dollar - AUD)

Week Ahead: India (Indian rupee - INR), Australia (Australian dollar - AUD)

Ed Moya Ed Moya 09.05.2022 07:01
A close eye will also stay on energy markets which has shown traders remain convinced that the market will remain tight given OPEC+ will stick to their gradual output increase strategy and as US production struggles to ramp up despite rising rig counts.  Energy traders will continue to watch for developments with the EU nearing a Russian energy ban.     India The Reserve Bank of India sprung a surprise rate hike on markets this past week, sending the Sensex lower whilst providing some support to the INR temporarily. India’s CPI inflation release on Thursday will be this week’s key risk event. If the data comes in above expectations at 7.30%, expectations will rise of a faster more aggressive hiking cycle from the RBI which was quite hawkish in its guidance after the hike. THat will send Indian equities sharply lower once again, while possibly mollifying the impact on the INR from a rampant US Dollar.   Australia Australia could be a correlation trade for the tier-1 PMI releases from China over the weekend. Poor China data could see the AUD and local equities pressured with most of Asia, ex-Japan closed.SImilarly, a decent showing by the China PMIs will have a positive impact. Markets, especially currency markets, could face liquidity issues and see sharp moves if the weekend news wire is heavy as Australia and Japan will be the only two major centres open. Most attention will be focused on Tuesday’s RBA rate decision. A 0.15% hike is fully priced by markets and the clouds from Ukraine and China are weighing heavily on AUD/USD anyway. If the RBA does not hike AUD/USD could fall sharply in the short-term. If the RBA hikes and adjusts its guidance to a more hawkish, AUD/USD could potentially see a big move higher.
Fed is expected to hike the rate by 50bp, but weaker greenback and Treasury yields don't play in favour of the bank

Fed Is Determined To Fight Inflation! Forecasts For USD/JPY And AUD/USD - 29/08/22

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 29.08.2022 11:48
Federal Chairman Jerome Powell, speaking at a symposium in Jackson Hole, did everything to make the market finally realize that the central bank will stop at nothing in its plan to curb inflation in America. In the last article, we suggested that if the head of the Fed did not throw a surprise at the markets, then it would be possible to observe another local rally in the stock and other asset markets with a simultaneous increase in demand for government bonds and a weakening of the US dollar. And that would very likely have been the case if Powell hadn't made a targeted statement pointing out that while controlling inflation through higher interest rates, slower growth and softer labor market conditions would hurt households and businesses , "failure to restore price stability will mean much more pain" in the long run. It seems that weak hopes have finally collapsed, and this largely confirms the recovery in the growth of treasury yields amid falling demand for them. The yield of the 10-year T-Bond benchmark is already confidently staying above the 3% level and, after a slight downward correction, resumed growth. It is likely that a further sell-off in the government debt market will push it up to an immediate high of 3.5%. How will the US dollar behave in the context of continued aggressive rate hikes and growth in Treasury yields? We believe that it will have to further strengthen against major currencies, despite the fact that rates will also rise in other economically developed countries of Europe, Canada, Australia, and so on. Here it will be supported by the growth of Treasury yields and the flight of capital from Europe, as well as from countries with emerging economies, with the exception of Russia and China. In this case, we can expect the growth of the dollar index ICE to the mark first at 110, and then to 111 points. In fact, it will be possible to say that the dollar exchange rate against major currencies will linger for a long time at the level of the beginning of this century. As for the possible dynamics of the markets this week, the release of data on inflation in the eurozone, which is expected to rise again, and, of course, the latest figures on unemployment in America, will play a leading role here. Considering the Fed's general position regarding rates, we believe that if the data on the number of new jobs comes out no worse than expected, the US central bank will once again be confident that it is on the right course, fighting inflation and using the still strong labor market for this, trying to bring down the economy before serious problems arise, like a high temperature with aspirin, by aggressively raising interest rates. It is likely that after local consolidation, the smooth strengthening of the dollar will continue, and the markets will remain between the hammer of Fed rates and the anvil of inflation. Forecast of the day:     AUDUSD pair The pair is trading below 0.6865. Consolidation below this mark may be the basis for the pair's fall to 0.6800. USD/JPY pair The pair is at the level of 138.90. If it does not settle above it, it may correct down to 138.45, and then again rush to 139.40. Relevance up to 09:00 2022-08-31 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/320143
The Australian Dollar (AUD) Has Recovered Most Of Those Losses

FX: AUD/USD Post Powell's Rhetoric And Looming Hikes

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 29.08.2022 12:40
The Australian dollar has started the week in negative territory, extending the sharp losses seen on Friday. In the European session, AUD/USD is trading at 0.6849, down 0.63%. US dollar flies after Powell’s rate remarks The US dollar ended the week on a high note, courtesy of Fed Chair’s hawkish speech at the Jackson Hole Symposium on Friday. Powell’s message didn’t veer from what the Fed has been telegraphing the markets for weeks, but this time around investors internalized the message, which sent the equity markets reeling before the weekend. Powell stated that the Fed would continue to use all its tools to fight inflation, acknowledging that high interest rates would remain for some time, and the Fed would be careful not to ease policy prematurely. Significantly, Powell said that the Fed would not change policy based on one or two reports of lower inflation. This statement could well have been a response to the market euphoria about a Fed U-turn in policy after July’s inflation dropped unexpectedly. Powell’s speech was unusually brief, which may have been an attempt to prevent investors from looking for some dovish remarks in the speech and ignoring Powell’s message. The concise speech left no room for ambiguity – the Fed will continue to raise rates until it’s convinced that inflation has peaked and is on the decline. In Australia, retail sales bounced back in July with a strong 1.3% gain, blowing past the estimate of 0.3% and above the 0.2% reading in June. The reading hasn’t helped the Aussie any, as investors continue to digest Powell’s speech at Jackson Hole. The RBA meets next week, and the rebound in retail sales will make it easier for the central bank to remain aggressive and deliver a 50 basis point hike for a fourth straight time. AUD/USD Technical There is resistance at 0.6919, followed by a monthly resistance line at 0.6983 0.6830 is a weak support line. Below, there is support at 0.6766 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Aussie tumbles after hawkish Powell - MarketPulseMarketPulse
The US Dollar Index Price Is Expected To Produce A Bearish Reaction

The US Dollar (USD) Surrendered Earlier Gains And Remains Lower!

Marc Chandler Marc Chandler 30.08.2022 13:12
Overview: Corrective pressures were evident yesterday and they extended today in Asia and Europe but seem to be running their course now. Market participants should view these developments as countertrend and be wary of waning risk appetites in North America today. Most Asia Pacific equities rallied earlier today, save China and Hong Kong. Europe’s Stoxx 600 has retraced most of yesterday’s losses and US futures are trading higher. Benchmark bond yields are softer with the US 10-year note yield off about 3.5 bp to below 3.07%. European yields are mostly 3-5 bp lower, but UK Gilts are pressured by reports that foreign investors were heavy sellers last month. The US dollar surrendered earlier gains yesterday and is mostly lower today. The Australian dollar is leading the charge, despite a much sharper than expected fall in building approvals. Among emerging market currencies, only the Philippine peso and Taiwanese dollar are failing to push higher. Gold is soft, despite the weaker greenback and lower yields. It is nursing losses for the third session. After a sharp 4.25% gain yesterday, October WTI is pulling back by around 1.75% today toward $95. US natgas is off 2%, while Europe’s benchmark has extended yesterday’s 19.5% drop with a further 6.6% slide today. China’s property sector woes are weighing on the steel sector and iron ore prices have fallen 8% over the past two sessions and is below $100 for the first time this month. December copper is off 1% after falling 2.3% yesterday. December wheat is paring yesterday’s 4.6% gain.  Asia Pacific Japan reported that its unemployment rate was unchanged in July at 2.6%. The job-to-applicant ratio unexpectedly ticked up to 1.29 from 1.27. The upticks in the yen, however, are more related to the pullback in US yields than the developments in the Japanese economy. Tomorrow, Japan reports July industrial output, and after the 9.2% surge in June, related to the lagged response to re-opening in Shanghai likely eased a bit. Retail sales offer the opposite trajectory. They fell a whopping 1.3% in June and likely stabilized in July, allowing for a small gain. In June apparel and general merchandise purchases were particularly weak. Rising interest rates are squeezing Australia's property market more intensely than expected. Building approvals plunged 17.2% in July, six-times more than the median forecast in Bloomberg's survey. The drop was driven by the private sector apartments rather than houses. The number of private sector approvals was the lowest since January 2012. The disappointment did prevent the Australian dollar from recovering today, amid the general pullback in the US dollar, but the odds of a 50 bp hike next week were shaved to around 65% from 70% yesterday. Rains in Sichuan have eased the energy emergency allowing large-scale industry to result production this week. The provincial government downgraded the emergency to level-one from level-two yesterday and several companies (including Toyota, Honda, and Foxconn) indicated a resumption of production. Cooler weather was also helping reduce household demand for electricity. Yet, Sichuan has gone from drought to flood. Reports suggest that nearly 325 mines, including 60 coal mines, with 5000 workers have been asked to take shutdown for precautionary reasons. Meanwhile, the zero-Covid policy has led to lockdowns in parts of Shenzhen. Softer US rates and a downside correction in the US dollar after reaching JPY139 yesterday has seen the greenback ease toward JPY138.15. The JPY137.95 area corresponds to a (38.2%) retracement of the dollar rally since before Powell spoke at Jackson Hole at the end of last week. We suspect the corrective pressure have been exhausted or nearly so and expect North American traders to buy the dollar the on the dip. Yesterday's low was slightly above JPY137.35. The Australian dollar took out a neckline of what may be a potential head and shoulder top yesterday but recovered to close above it (~$0.6850). Follow-through buying today has lifted it to around $0.6955. Here too, we think the short squeeze has nearly run its course in the European morning. The $0.6965-70 area may offer the nearby cap. For the fifth consecutive session, the PBOC set the dollar's reference rate lower than the market (median in Bloomberg's survey) expected, and the gap today (~249 pips) was the most since the Bloomberg survey began four years ago (CNY6.8802 vs. CNY6.9051). The PBOC seemed willing to accept an orderly decline of the yuan, especially given the divergence of monetary policy, but wants to avoid a vicious cycle. This was underscored by its announcement of a consultation period as it considers a news policy to require prior approval for companies wishing to sell long-term debt in offshore markets. At the same time, we read the fixing as a type of affirmation through negation, i.e., the PBOC's action acknowledges the strength of the demand for dollars. The dollar rose to a two-year high yesterday, after rising nearly 2% over the previous two weeks. Today, it slipped less than 0.1%. Europe Attention turns to eurozone's August inflation, ahead of tomorrow's aggregate report. Spain began with a 0.1% month-over-month increase that saw the harmonized year-over-year pace ease for the first time in four months. It slipped to 10.3% from 10.7%. However, the core rate rose to 6.4% from 6.1%. German states have reported, and they all showed of the year-over-year rate, even as the month-over-month change moderated to 0.2%-0.4%. The median forecast in Bloomberg's survey sees a 0.4% increase in the harmonized rate for an 8.8% year-over-year increase (from 8.5% in July). The risk is on the upside. With the surge in energy prices, the Bundesbank chief Nagel warned that Germany inflation could rise to over 10%. The EU is holding an emergency energy ministers meetings on September 9 to consider efforts to coordinate a response. The focus appears capping gas prices and/or decoupling electricity prices from gas prices. EU countries have already "spent" and estimated 280 bln euros on tax cuts or subsidies for energy. Quietly, the German two-year yield has doubled in the past two weeks from 0.53% on August 15 to 1.10% yesterday. The German yield has risen faster than comparable US yield. As a consequence, the US 2-year premium has fallen below 240 bp for the first time since early July. It recorded a three-year peak on August 5 a little more than 277 bp. One of the spurs to the more than 22 bp increase in the German two-yield over the past two sessions has been the push from some of the hawks for a 75 bp move at next week's ECB meeting. While it is noteworthy that it was not done via leaks to the press this time, as sometimes is has appeared in the past, and the market seems to think it is likely. The swaps market shows it be a little more than a 60% chance of materializing, up from about a 20% chance a week ago. Our own subjective assessment is that a steady series of 50 bp hikes is more likely to achieve a consensus than a jump to 75 bp and a return to 50 bp or even 25 bp. Given the fragile economic condition, and with little to gain from a larger move than cannot be achieved through the ECB's forward guidance, a stable, predictable course is likely preferable. That said, the provocative tactics of the hawks seems to be an attempt to deliver a fait accompli to the ECB. If they deliver a 50 bp hike, they will appear as dovish versus expectations and could pressure the euro lower in disappointment. The short-covering bounce in the euro began yesterday when the $0.9900 area held. There are a little more than 3 bln euros in options struck there that roll-off today. The gains maybe spurring demand related to 1.55 bln in options struck at $1.00 that expire tomorrow. The euro is at its best level since Powell spoke. Just prior to the Fed Chair's speech last week, the euro spiked to $1.0090. This area should provide a cap now. Sterling's recovery off yesterday's two-year low (~$1.1650) seems less inspired and has not been able to push above yesterday's high (~$1.1785). And even if it does, the upticks will likely be limited to the $1.18 area, which is the (61.8%) retracement of the decline since the high set before Powell spoke (($1.1900). The intraday momentum indicators are stretched by the gains of a little more than half a cent in the European morning. Separately, the decision by the Hungarian central bank is awaited. It is expected to hike the base rate by 100 bp today after hiking by 300 bp last month. This move will bring the base rate to 11.75%. It was at 2.4% at the end of last year.    America The two-year breakeven has now fallen slightly more than 25 bp over the past three sessions to about 2.70%. Over the three sessions, the nominal two-year yield has risen by a grand total of three basis points to 3.42%. The odds of a 75 bp hike next has edged to about 75% from about 66% before Powell spoke at Jackson Hole and gave no signal besides saying it could be 50 bp or 75 bp move. The difference, the 25 bp is coming in addition to the other anticipated moves. What this means is the market now sees the year-end Fed funds target closer to 3.75% rather than 3.50%. The implied yield of the March 2023 Fed funds futures is pricing in about an 80% chance of a hike in Q1, unchanged for the third consecutive session. The market also continues to price in 7-9 bp of easing by the end of next year as it has for the past five sessions. Ahead of the US jobs data, which are the highlight of the week, with the ADP estimate tomorrow, house prices, the Conference Board's consumer confidence, and the JOLTS report on job openings are featured today. While the Fed's Kashkari's comments about the stock market and the Fed's objective of tightening of financial conditions are really revealing anything new, the undiplomatic expression seemed to set the chins wagging. Equity prices are part of the financial conditions but so are interest rates, ease of credit, and asset prices more generally. House price inflation appears to be slowing and this alongside weaker financial asset prices are part of the process. Canada reports its Q2 current account surplus, which is reflecting the positive terms-of-trade shock. Consider that in 2019, before Covid, Canada recorded a C$47 bln current account deficit. With a Q2 surplus of C$6.8 bln expected, it would mean Canada has recorded a nearly C$11 bln current account surplus in H1 22. Tomorrow, Canada reports Q2 GDP and it is expected to have accelerated to around 4.4% form 3.1% in Q1. Still, even with today's modest gain, the Canadian dollar is off about 2.7% this year against the US dollar. The broader risk environment is a more important driver of the exchange rate. Mexico reports its July unemployment rate. It is expected to have ticked up to 3.53% from 3.35%. The market does not appear sensitive to this time series. Tomorrow, the central bank's inflation report is due, but it’s unlikely to impact expectations for a 75 bp hike late September. The US dollar set a new high for August near CAD1.3075 before pulling back toward CAD1.2990. Follow-through selling today has been limited to the CAD1.2970 area, just above CAD1.2965 retracement objective. The momentum indicators suggest that losses below that will be limited and instead the greenback could recover toward CAD1.3025. The Mexican peso's resilience is evident. It continues to trade well within this month's range. The dollar has built a base around MXN19.81 and has not closed above the 20-day moving average (~MXN20.0735) since August 2. However, further dollar losses today look limited.     Disclaimer   Source: Turn Around Tuesday Began Yesterday, Likely Ends before Wednesday
The Australian Dollar Might Draw Support From Rising Bets

Japanese Yen (JPY) And Australian Dollar (AUD) Are Still Standing!

Marc Chandler Marc Chandler 31.08.2022 12:41
Overview:  The rise in global interest rates continues. The US 10-year yield is a few basis points to near 3.15% and European benchmarks are mostly 5-6 bp higher. Of note, the sharp sell-off in UK Gilts is being extended. Yesterday’s 10 bp rise has been followed by another 14 bp surge today. Italian bonds are also getting hit. The 10-year yield is up a little more than 10 bp. The US dollar is mostly firmer against the major currencies, though the yen and Australian dollar are little changed. Among the emerging market currencies, a small number of Asian currencies, including the Chinese yuan and South Korean won are firmer, but most are under pressure. Equity markets in the Asia Pacific region were mixed, but the downside bias is evident in Europe, where the Stoxx 600 is lower for the fourth consecutive session and seven of the last nine. It is at new lows since mid-July. US futures are narrowly mixed and have a three-day loss in tow. Gold is also making new lows for the August and traded at $1711 having been above $1800 in the middle of the month. Iraq says its exports will not disrupted by the violent demonstrations helped the October WTI contract reverse lower yesterday (possible key downside reversal) and today it is testing the 200-day moving average near $89. US natgas is steady after falling 3.3% yesterday. Europe’s Dutch benchmark is up nearly 5% to snap a three-day slide of over 20%. Iron ore jumped nearly 3.8% to resurface above $100 and halt the two-day slide of almost 8%. December copper is slipping lower for the fourth session and is trading near four-week lows below $354. December wheat is slipping further after falling 2.7% yesterday.  Asia Pacific China's composite August PMI eased to 51.7 from 52.4. The contraction in the manufacturing sector continued with the PMI below 50 for the second consecutive month (49.4 vs. 49.0). The drought, power outages, Covid disruptions, and the ongoing drag from the end of the property bubble are hobbling the economy. The drop in supplier delivery times (49.5 from 50.1) are illustrative. Output and new orders continued to fall. The non-manufacturing PMI slowed to 52.6 from 53.8. Construction, reflecting, the emphasis of government efforts on manufacturing remained a bright spot at 56.5, albeit down from 59.2 in July. Japan's industrial production and retail sales were better than expected. Industrial production has surged 9.2% in June (month-over-month) in a response to the re-opening of Shanghai from Covid lockdowns and many expected a small pullback in in July. Instead, the preliminary estimate has it growing by another 1% in July. Autos, boilers, and turbines output grew, according to the report. Retail sales rose by 0.8% in July, more than twice the median in Bloomberg survey after the June series was revised to show a 1.3% decline rather than 1.4%. Autos, food, and beverages led the better-than-expected report. Today's data suggests a firm start to Q3. Economists expect the world's third-largest economy to expand by around 2.0% in Q3. The US claims, and echoed by many media outlets, that it is not seeking to change the status quo about Taiwan, but that Beijing is. Beijing claims that it is the US that is the antagonist. Both assessments seem correct. Leave aside Pelosi's visit and the other official visits, often using US military aircraft. Forget about reports of US military advisers in Taiwan for nearly two years. Consider a bill before Congress that proposes to declare Taiwan an important non-NATO ally. Consider Senator Blackburn's suggestion earlier this week that it is "may be" time to revisit the US one-China policy President Biden has intimated as much on several occasions only to have his comments "walked back." Beijing is no innocent bystander. It continues to harass Taiwan and challenge others in the South China Sea, including the Philippines and Japan. Yesterday, Taiwan fired warning shots for the first time at a PRC drone near an offshore island. Beijing struck a secret deal with the Solomon Islands a few months ago and one of the consequences has become clearer in recent days. Last week, a US coast guard ship was denied refueling permission by the Solomon Islands, which has declared a moratorium on all US Navy visits pending an update of its protocol of procedures. The US embassy was closed in the Solomon Islands nearly two decades ago, but plans on re-opening it, according to press reports earlier this year. The yen did not react much to the better-than-expected local data, and the firm US yields kept the US dollar firm. The greenback is little changed, but so far, holding below yesterday's high slightly above JPY139.05. It is also holding above yesterday's low just above JPY138.00, where the five-day moving average is found. The Australian dollar finished North American session on its lows yesterday, near $0.6855. There has been no follow-through selling yet today and the Aussie poked above $0.6900 before finding new offers, which is also where the five-day moving average is found. Position-adjusting around the expiration of options for A$400 mln today at $0.6875 and tomorrow for A$720 mln at $0.6867 may be contributing to the choppy tone. For the sixth consecutive session, the PBOC set the dollar's reference rate below market expectations (Bloomberg survey) as CNY6.8906 vs. CNY6.9083. The dollar gapped higher on Monday against the yuan. It entered the gap today, which extends to last Friday's high around CNY6.8730 and recorded a low near CNY6.8870. Its sideways movement follows a two-and-a-half week gain of about 2.3%. Europe France reported slightly softer inflation but also considerably weak consumer spending. The EU harmonized CPI rose 0.4% in August for a 6.5% year-over-year rise (6.8% in July). France caps on energy prices run until the end of the year, but the government is considering new measures and the EU is considering collective action. Service price inflation was sustained, and food and manufactured goods prices accelerated. Consumer spending fell 0.8% in July compared with a 0.2% decline median projection in Bloomberg's survey. June's 0.2% increase was shaved to 0.1%. The third quarter is off to a weak start. After contracting by 0.2% in in Q1, the French economy expanded by 0.5% in Q2. The 0.3% forecast for Q3 might be a bit optimistic. Italy's harmonized CPI jumped to 9.0% from 8.4%. Many economists had hoped for a dip to 8.2%. The month-over-month gain of 0.8% followed a 1.1% decline in July. Recall that yesterday's German inflation edged up to 8.8% from 8.5% and Spain's eased to 10.3% from 10.7%. The aggregate eurozone inflation figures were worse than expected. The headline rose to 9.1% from 8.9%. However, more troubling was the jump in the core rate to 4.3% from 4.0%. The median forecast in Bloomberg's survey looked for a 4.1% year-over-year core rate. The euro was sold to session lows (~$0.;9975) a few minutes before the report. The swaps market is pricing in a slightly greater chance of a 75 bp hike next week by the ECB, just shy of a 66% chance. It was about 50% at the end of last week. There is a dramatic interest rate adjustment taking place in Europe, which over time, will likely impact the foreign exchange market. Yesterday, we noted that the Germany two-year interest rate more than doubled in the past two weeks (from about 0.50% on August 16 to almost 1.20% on Monday and about 1.18% today). This has overwhelmed the increase in US yields and sliced the US premium to about 230 bp, the lowest since early July. The UK 2-year Gilt is not slouch. It has played a bit of catch-up yesterday and traded above 3% for the first time since 2008. It spent most of July and the first half of August below 2%. At the start of the year, the UK and US two-year yields were near parity. The more aggressive trajectory of Fed policy had given the US a 135 bp premium as recently as mid-August. The premium has collapsed to around 45 bp, the least since mid-March. After holding above $0.9900 on Monday's test, the euro reached $1.0055 yesterday before sold in North America back down to $0.9980. Today's low has been about $0.9975, and the intraday momentum indicators suggest it could stabilize for a little. The nearby cap may be around $1.0020. With the August CPI estimate behind it, the next two key events are this Friday's US jobs report and next week's ECB meeting. Sterling was sold to new two-year lows yesterday near $1.1620 and remains pinned in the trough today. It has recorded lower highs this week, and today, for the first, time has not traded above $1.1700. However, like the euro, the intraday momentum indicators for sterling suggest some consolidation is likely in the North American morning. America Two recent business surveys have caught our attention. First, a survey of CFOs by Deloitte found that 73% regarded persistent inflation as bigger threat than a recession, with the other 27% more concerns about a recession. What is a bit surprising by this is that judging from the recent earnings many businesses have been able to lift prices to more than covering rising costs, including wages. Adjusted pre-tax profits rose 6.1% in Q2 over Q1, which had seen a 2.2% decline quarter-over-quarter. By another metric that measures pre-tax profits as a percentage of gross value added, corporate profit margins rose 15.5% in Q2, the widest in more than 70 years. Separately, and somewhat less surprising, a survey by the US-China Business Council of its 117 members found over half attributed plans to cancel or delay investment plans in China due to its Covid-related restrictions. Most said the negative effects were reversible, but 44% said it would take "years" to restore confidence. ADP launches a new methodology for its estimate of private sector employment today. In its press release, it claims the report will be more robust, using granulated data based on payrolls covering 25 mln US workers. In addition, estimate of the current month's nonfarm private sector employment change, it will also provide weekly data from the previous month by industry and business size. A new pay measure is also being introduced. ADP did not provide an estimate for July, pending this methodological change. The median forecast in Bloomberg's survey of 15 economists is for a 300k increase, though the average is a bit lower at 280k. Yesterday's report on job openings (July JOLTS) was around 850k more than expected and the June series was revised higher. The Fed funds futures are pricing in about a 75% chance that the third 75 bp hike will be delivered next month. It was about a two-thirds chance before Fed Chair Powell spoke at Jackson Hole. The dramatically smaller than expected Canadian Q2 current account surplus reported yesterday (C$2.7 bln rather than the C$6.8 bln expected warns of downside risks with today's Q2 GDP report. The current account surplus in the first quarter was revised sharply as well (C$2.7 bln from C$5.0 bln). Bloomberg' survey of a dozen economist generated a median forecast of 4.4% annualized pace after 3.1% expansion in Q1. The monthly GDP figures are more troubling. The cumulative monthly increases n Q1 were 1.4%. June figures will be reported today. The median forecast calls for a 0.1% increase, which would bring the Q2 cumulative increase to 0.4%. We note that Canada's 10-year breakeven has risen from about 1.93% at the start of last week to 2.20% today. On the other hand, the five-year breakeven has eased about six basis points at the same time and is below 2.10% today. The Bank of Canada meets next week, and although the market flirted with another 100 bp increase, it appears to recognize a 75 bp move is more likely. Separately, a small and minor cabinet reshuffle is expected later today, with no policy implications.   The US dollar is trading at new highs for the month today against the Canadian dollar. Yesterday, it traded above CAD1.31 for only the third time this year but closed slightly below it. It is extending the leg up that began last week near CAD1.29 and has approached CAD1.3115. The spike high recorded in the middle of last month was near CAD1.3225. The intraday momentum indicators are stretched but the key remains the broader risk appetite (S&P 500 proxy). Initial support now may be in CAD1.3060-80 area. The greenback is trading firmly against the Mexican peso and is near a seven-day high above MXN20.22. The high set on August 19 around MXN20.2670 is the key to the immediate outlook. A move above it, could spur a move toward MXN20.35-37. But, if it holds, it may signal a consolidative phase. That said, note that the five-day moving average is poised to cross above the 20-day moving average for the first time since late July.    Disclaimer   Source: EMU August CPI at 9.1%, while the Core Rate Jumps to 4.3%
We May Say That RBA's 50bp Move Is Highly Expected

Forex: Hold On Tight Australian Dollar (AUD)! RBA Decision May Make You Jump Soon!

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 31.08.2022 20:40
The Australian dollar has stabilized today after sharp losses on Tuesday. In the European session, AUD/USD is trading at 0.6853, unchanged on the day. Construction Work Done slides Australia’s construction sector continues to post soft numbers this week. Construction Work Done fell 3.8% in Q2 (vs -0.9% in Q1), shy of the market consensus of 0.9%. This key indicator has been struggling, with two declines in the past three quarters. On Tuesday, Building Permits tumbled 17.2% in August (vs -0.6% in July), well off the estimate of -3.1%. The weak data should serve as a reminder the Australian economy is showing signs of slowing down, as the Reserve Bank of Australia’s aggressive tightening cycle is showing results. The RBA meets next on September 6th. In all likelihood, the RBA will deliver a 0.50% increase, as inflation hasn’t shown any signs of peaking. In the second quarter, inflation rose to 6.1%, up from 5.1% in Q1. Policy makers are hoping to avoid a recession and guide the economy to a soft landing, but the central bank, like the Fed, has made clear that its paramount goal is to curb inflation and avoid inflation expectations from becoming anchored. In the aftermath of Fed Chair Powell’s no-nonsense speech at Jackson Hole last week, the markets seem to have heard Powell’s message loud and clear. The markets have priced in a 75 basis point hike at 72.5%, with a 50bp increase at 27.5%, according to CME’s FedWatch. Just yesterday, the odds were 65%-35%, and we can expect further movement in market pricing as investors look for clues as to what the Fed has planned at the September 21st meeting. The Fed has stated that its rate decisions will be data-dependent, which means that Friday’s non-farm employment report could be a market-mover. AUD/USD Technical There is resistance at 0.6919, followed by resistance at 0.6983 0.6830 is providing support, followed by 0.6766 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Aussie shrugs off soft construction data - MarketPulseMarketPulse
S&P 500, Nasdaq, EUR/USD, Brent Crude Oil And Gold Trade Lower

FX: Australian Dollar (AUD) May Decrease, GPB/USD Seems To Feel Worse | Indices: S&P 500 Plunged, So Did Nasdaq

ING Economics ING Economics 01.09.2022 08:02
USD off to a strong start at the beginning of September Source: shutterstock Macro outlook Global markets: US equities continued their slow bleed on Wednesday, the S&P500 dropping another 0.78% and the NASDAQ going 0.56% lower. This wasn’t exactly a one-way street, with some periods of strength within the session, but the downtrend was never seriously threatened. Equity futures are poised for more weakness today too, which could set the scene for other asset markets today ahead of tomorrow’s payrolls release. 2Y US Treasury yields added another 5.1bp yesterday, which probably didn’t help the tone in equities, and 10Y yields put on another 9bp to reach 3.19%.  News from the Fed: Loretta Mester is reported as saying that she favours rates above 4% next year and no cut in rates in 2023. That probably helped keep Treasury yields rising across the curve. But despite the downbeat market sentiment and rising USD rates EURUSD managed to rise to 1.004, up from 1.001 this time yesterday. In contrast, the AUD is looking troubled again today following its sell-off yesterday and sits at 0.6835, and looks more likely to keep going down than head back up. Cable too looks in bad shape, dropping to 1.1599 and the JPY is hurtling upwards and at 139.29, the question is, do we hit 140 today? Asian FX saw some decent gains from the KRW yesterday, which pulled back to 1338. The INR is also still benefitting from rumours of the inclusion of government securities into global bond indices. Today, the USD looks rampant, however, and it may well be a different story. G-7 Macro: Yesterday’s ADP survey was published with a new methodology to make it more accurate (in line with payrolls) and it delivered a weakish looking 132,000 employment gain. It’s impossible to tell if this will be reflected in tomorrow’s jobs report, but it does seem to suggest that at least a slowdown from 528,000 jobs gain reported in July is on the cards. Manufacturing ISM data is the main release from the G-7 today. A slight decrease from last month’s 52.8 reading is the median expectation. The prices paid index is also expected to come down a bit more from last month’s reading of 60.0. There are also PMI releases in Europe and German retail sales to watch out for. India: Indian 2Q22 GDP wasn’t quite as punchy as had been expected, though the heavily base-affected release is a little tricky to interpret right now. A 13.5% YoY gain was a bit down on the 15.3% increase that had been expected, but probably still leaves India on track to achieve 7% growth this calendar year. Strong investment (+20.1%YoY) and private consumption (25.9%) underpinned the result. Though the boost from the re-opening of the economy will probably fade next quarter, and the economy will face stronger headwinds from falling external demand, higher inflation and rising domestic interest rates.  The fiscal deficit figures for July actually registered a small surplus, which is an improvement on last year’s equivalent fiscal balance and should keep India on track to meeting or even beating its 6.4% (GDP) deficit target. Australia: Private capital expenditure released at 0930 SGT provides the first insight into next week’s 2Q22 GDP figure. The median forecast is for a 1% gain. A further clue comes the day before the release when we get the net trade contribution component. We are tentatively looking for a robust 1% QoQ expansion of activity in 2Q22, which will add to the pressure on the Reserve Bank to keep leaning against inflation. Korea:  The trade deficit widened to a record USD -9.4 billion in August, almost double the USD 4.8 billion deficit recorded in July. Exports grew 6.6% YoY in August (vs a revised 9.2% in July and a market consensus of 5.6%). As early data suggested, semiconductor exports were quite weak with a -7.8% drop while petroleum/chemical and automobiles led the growth. Meanwhile, imports surged 28.2% YoY in August (vs 21.8% in July and market consensus of 23.7%) due to increases in energy, semiconductors, and chemicals. Separately, Korea’s manufacturing PMI fell to 47.6 in August from 49.8 in July. This is its lowest reading since July 2020. The output index fell to only 44.6, staying below 50 for the fourth month in a row. Combining this weak PMI data with the trade deficit data and yesterday’s weaker-than-expected industrial production outcomes, we are revising our growth forecast lower for the second half of the year and now expect a small contraction Indonesia:  August inflation is set for release today.  Both headline and core inflation have been on an uptrend this year with headline inflation now past the central bank’s target.  Headline inflation will likely settle close to 5%YoY while core inflation should exceed 3%.  Accelerating inflation and a planned subsidized fuel hike were enough to prod Bank Indonesia to finally hike rates at their last meeting and we believe that BI is not done for the year.  Faster inflation, especially after the fuel hike should keep BI on a hiking path.  What to look out for: Regional PMI manufacturing and US NFP South Korea GDP and trade (1 September) Regional PMI manufacturing (1 September) China Caixin PMI manufacturing (1 September) Indonesia CPI inflation (1 September) US initial jobless claims and ISM manufacturing (1 September) Fed's Bostic speaks (2 September)  South Korea CPI inflation (2 September) US non-farm payrolls and factory orders (2 September) Read this article on THINK TagsEmerging Markets Asia Pacific Asia Markets Asia Economics Disclaimer This publication has been prepared by ING solely for information purposes irrespective of a particular user's means, financial situation or investment objectives. The information does not constitute investment recommendation, and nor is it investment, legal or tax advice or an offer or solicitation to purchase or sell any financial instrument. Read more
The Australian Dollar Might Draw Support From Rising Bets

Further Decline In Stock Market Indices. Probability To Raise The Discount Rate.

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 01.09.2022 14:21
Last month was quite difficult for investors as they expected the Fed to tone down the rate increases, but the members insisted the opposite. It resulted to extremely high volatility, which led to a sharp decline in the stock indices of both Europe and the US. The situation in the forex market, meanwhile, was ambiguous because traders no longer believe that after a pause in raising interest rates in August, the Fed will lift them by 0.25% to 0.50% in September. Even so, the central bank continues to say that it will take advantage of the situation of the labor market and continued business activity in order to decisively suppress inflation. Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester confirmed this by remarking that rates could hit 4% early next year. Most likely, the central bank will stop only when the economy deteriorates. There is a 73% probability of a 0.75% increase in the discount rate this month, and following Mester's estimate, the Fed will raise rates either by 0.25% or by 50% at the remaining 3 more monetary policy meetings. In terms of public debt, sell-offs will continue in the US, which will support dollar. Stock indices, meanwhile, will decline further, interspersed with local rebounds. Oil quotes, on the other hand, are unlikely to drop noticeably because demand remains quite large for the time being. The decline observed recently was only caused by the growth of dollar and start of recession in Europe, which forces EU countries to save on energy resources. The military conflict in Ukraine is a factor as well. As such, there is a huge chance that dollar will rise after a local rebound. It will continue to dominate markets, putting pressure on commodity assets. The upcoming report on US jobless claims and index of business activity in the manufacturing sector of Germany, the eurozone and the US will affect sentiment. Forecasts for today: AUD/USD The pair corrected to 0.6840. If selling pressure increases, the quote will fall to 0.6700. GBP/USD Although the pair is trading above 1.1570, quotes could decrease if macroeconomic statistics come out weaker than the forecasts.       Relevance up to 08:00 2022-09-03 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/320526
A Softer Labour Market In Australia And Its Possible Consequences

War In Ukraine Affected Australia And It's Not Only About Inflation. AUD/USD Has Significantly Decreased Since The Beginning Of The War

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 01.09.2022 14:41
The Australian dollar is showing limited movement today. In the European session, AUD/USD is trading at 0.6835, down 0.10%. Australian Capex falls for a second successive quarter Australian Private Capital Expenditure disappointed in Q2, with a reading of -0.3% (vs -0.3% in Q1), well below the forecast of 1.5%. This follows weak construction data on Tuesday, as Construction Work Done posted a second straight decline, coming in at -3.8% in Q2. These numbers are a further indication that the Australian economy is slowing down, as a weak global economy and higher interest rates have dampened economic activity. The Australian dollar has not reacted to these weak releases, as the currency is much more sensitive to global developments than internal data. The war in Ukraine has raised the price of energy and food imports for Australians and caused high inflation. As well, risk appetite has been dampened, and AUD/USD has tumbled about 650 points since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Additionally, the Federal Reserve continues to tighten policy, and this has boosted the US dollar over the past few months. With Fed Chair Powell delivering a “read my lips” speech at Jackson Hole, pledging to continue raising rates, there is room for the Australian dollar to continue to lose ground. The RBA meets next on September 6th. In all likelihood, the RBA will deliver a 0.50% increase, as inflation hasn’t shown any signs of peaking. In the second quarter, inflation rose to 6.1%, up from 5.1% in Q1. Policy makers are hoping to avoid a recession and guide the economy to a soft landing, but the central bank, like the Fed, has made clear that its paramount goal is to curb inflation and avoid inflation expectations from becoming anchored. Read next: Italy: This Year's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Is Expected To Hit Quite Impressive Level!| FXMAG.COM Investors will be keeping a close eye on US nonfarm payrolls on Friday. The markets are expecting a strong gain of 300 thousand for August, after the massive 528 thousand gain in July. A strong NFP will provide support to the Fed’s plans to remain aggressive and should boost the US dollar. Conversely, a weak reading will raise speculation that the Fed will have to ease up and the US dollar could react with losses. AUD/USD Technical There is resistance at 0.6919, followed by resistance at 0.6983 0.6830 is providing support, followed by 0.6766 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Aussie yawns after Capex dips - MarketPulseMarketPulse
The Australian Dollar Might Draw Support From Rising Bets

Does The Sensitive Australian Dollar Stand A Chance Of Stabilizing?

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 02.09.2022 14:13
After three straight losing sessions, the Australian dollar is in positive territory today. In the European session, AUD/USD is trading at 0.6802, up 0.21%. It has been a rough stretch for the Australian dollar, which fell 2.89% in August. On Thursday, AUD/USD fell as low as 0.6771, its lowest level since July 15th. The Australian dollar is sensitive to risk and the black clouds hovering over Europe have sapped risk appetite and are weighing on the Aussie. Russia shuts Nord Stream 1  The war in Ukraine has raised the price of energy and food imports for Australians and caused high inflation. Headline CPI rose to 6.1% in Q2, the highest level since 1990. The potential energy crisis in Europe has badly strained relations between Western Europe and Russia and dampened risk sentiment. Moscow has shut down the Nord Stream 1 pipeline for three days of maintenance, although Germany has charged that this is a pretense and the pipeline is fully operational. If the gas flow is not renewed on Saturday, we could have a full-blown energy crisis come Monday morning. In addition, The Federal Reserve’s hawkish policy, which finally has been internalized by the markets, has boosted the US dollar, which has made broad gains against the major currencies. The RBA has its hands full with rising inflation and a slowing economy. Policy makers are hoping to avoid a recession and guide the economy to a soft landing, but the central bank, like the Fed, has made clear that its paramount goal is to curb inflation and avoid inflation expectations from becoming anchored. The RBA meets on September 6th and the markets have priced in a 0.50% hike, which would be the third consecutive 0.50% increase. All eyes are on the US nonfarm payrolls report, which could result in volatility in the currency markets in the North American session.  The markets are expecting a strong gain of 300 thousand, and a reading around this level would indicate that the labour market remains strong. This could push the US dollar higher, as the Fed is relying on a robust labour market to continue with sharp rate increases. However, a weak NFP report could weigh on the US dollar, as it would force the Fed to consider easing policy, which could mean a 0.50% hike in September rather than a 0.75% increase. . AUD/USD Technical 0.6830 is a weak resistance line, followed by resistance at 0.6919 There is support at 0.6766 and 0.6677 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.
Are You Ready Australian Dollar (AUD)? Reserve Bank Of Australia Decides On The Cash Rate Today!

Are You Ready Australian Dollar (AUD)? Reserve Bank Of Australia Decides On The Cash Rate Today!

ING Economics ING Economics 06.09.2022 09:11
Reserve Bank of Australia rate action today's main focus Source: shutterstock Macro outlook Global: US markets were closed for Labor Day yesterday, though European bourses were mostly in the red and if early trading out of New Zealand is any guide, Asia Pacific markets will not open today in an ebullient mood. There is no Treasury pricing to consider today because of yesterday’s holiday. But bond futures seem to suggest some further upward creep in 10Y yields today. EURUSD is roughly unchanged from this time yesterday, though did have a look at pushing below 0.988 before recovering to sit at 0.994 currently. The AUD is looking a touch stronger at 0.6814, and Cable is also looking a bit less weak at 1.1555 as the UK takes on a new Prime Minister. The JPY lost some further ground yesterday but is looking a bit perkier in early trading today, moving down to 140.46. Asian currencies were mostly soft against the USD yesterday.  G-7 Macro: There’s not much on the G-7 Macro calendar today and the main overnight news is the token supply target cut by OPEC+ (see here for more on this) Australia: The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will decide how much to raise the cash rate today, with most analysts looking for a 50bp increase to 2.35%, though a few are forecasting only a 25bp move. Analysts have been making a lot out of some text in recent RBA statements noting that rates were not on a "preset path", though it seems a bit of a leap to view this as code for “rates will be increased at a slower pace”, which is how some are viewing it. Still, we’ll know soon enough. Philippines: Philippine August inflation is set for release today.  Market expectations point to a 6.4%YoY rise driven largely by substantial increases in the price of food, transport and utility items.  Transport groups have lobbied for a fare price increase which is expected to be granted within the week.  Meanwhile, storm damage from the recent typhoon will also likely nudge up prices for vegetables and fruit in the near term.  We expect inflation to stay elevated with the central bank likely hiking rates at each of the remaining policy meetings over the rest of the year.      What to look out for: ECB meeting Philippines CPI inflation (6 September) Australia RBA meeting (6 September) Taiwan CPI inflation (6 September) US ISM services (6 September) Australia GDP (7 September) China trade (7 September) Taiwan trade (7 September) US trade balance (7 September) Japan GDP (8 September) Australia trade balance (8 September) ECB policy meeting (8 September) US initial jobless claims (8 September) Philippines trade (9 September) China CPI inflation (9 September) US wholesale trade (9 September) Read this article on THINK TagsEmerging Markets Asia Pacific Asia Markets Asia Economics Disclaimer This publication has been prepared by ING solely for information purposes irrespective of a particular user's means, financial situation or investment objectives. The information does not constitute investment recommendation, and nor is it investment, legal or tax advice or an offer or solicitation to purchase or sell any financial instrument. Read more
Sturdy Australian Labour Market With Over 13K Full-Time Jobs, AUD/USD May Decrease Further, RBA Decides On Interest Rate On November 1st

Reserve Bank Of Australia Hikes Again! Aussie (AUD) Seems To Be Itself

ING Economics ING Economics 06.09.2022 09:27
Australia's Reserve Bank raised its cash rate target a further 50bp to 2.35% at its meeting today. Rates may now increase at a slower pace over the remainder of the year, and AUD may struggle to recover amid external challenges The Reserve Bank of Australia today hiked rates by 50bp 2.35% Cash rate target +50bp As expected A hike today was never in doubt Today's 50bp hike in the cash rate target to 2.35% was comfortably the median expectation of forecasting analysts, though there were still a few who thought the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) might deliver a smaller 25bp hike. The logic for the smaller rate hike view stemmed from the language in the previous meeting's statement that there was no predetermined path for rates, though as it turned out, while that is probably true, it was not code to indicate a slowdown in the pace of tightening.  Now what? But now we are at 2.35%, which by some reckoning is close to a "neutral" rate that neither stimulates nor restricts the economy, there is a greater chance that rates may now continue to be raised at a slower pace. The latest statement to accompany today's decision repeats much of the text from the pivotal paragraph from August's meeting on future rate decisions. Namely: "The Board expects to increase interest rates further over the months ahead, but it is not on a pre-set path. The size and timing of future interest rate increases will be guided by the incoming data and the Board's assessment of the outlook for inflation and the labour market." This doesn't give much away and is essentially no change from August.    But one factor that may enable the RBA to tighten at a more moderate pace from now on is the fact that unlike some other central banks, such as the US Federal Reserve, the RBA meets monthly, so 25bp hikes at each of the remaining meetings this year will still take policy rates to the lower end of a restrictive setting by the year-end. And given the lags from policy changes to the real economy and inflation, tightening in 25bp increments from now on may be viewed as prudent and limiting the risks of over-tightening and damaging the economy unnecessarily. Such an approach would give more time for the economy to show signs that it is beginning to respond to the RBA's tightening "medicine", though of course, if the economy and inflation do not respond satisfactorily, there is nothing to stop further 50bp hikes.  AUD remains vulnerable The RBA policy has not been a major driver of AUD moves since the start of the year and today’s quite muted reaction to the 50bp rate hike is another case in point. Incidentally, a switch to 25bp rate increases from now on may force some dovish re-pricing in the RBA rate expectation curve. As external factors – in particular risk sentiment and China’s outlook – remain key for the AUD outlook in the near term, downside risks are still quite elevated. Our forecasts for AUD/USD still embed a small recovery by year-end but are mostly justified by USD seasonal weakness in December and any rally may still struggle to go far beyond the 0.70 mark. Read this article on THINK TagsRBA rate policy RBA rate decision Australian economy Disclaimer This publication has been prepared by ING solely for information purposes irrespective of a particular user's means, financial situation or investment objectives. The information does not constitute investment recommendation, and nor is it investment, legal or tax advice or an offer or solicitation to purchase or sell any financial instrument. Read more
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Rate Hike Didn't Turn AUD Upside Down. S&P 500 (SPX) Decreased By 0.41%, Nasdaq Lost 0.74%.

ING Economics ING Economics 07.09.2022 08:28
Surging bond yields won't help risk sentiment Source: shutterstock Macro outlook Global: US equities returned from their holiday yesterday, but the mood remained gloomy, with the S&P500 dropping 0.41% and the NASDAQ falling 0.74%. The session wasn’t particularly brutal. Both indices just fell at the open and stayed low. Equity futures remain in the red today, so the slow bleed in equities looks like it will continue today. However, given the sharp pick up in 2Y US Treasury yields (+11.6bp), it is a bit surprising that equities didn’t fall even more. 10Y yields also added 16bp, taking them to 3.349%. There is probably still some more upside here, but after these moves, we may see a bit of consolidation. Bond futures aren’t suggesting much direction currently. The EUR continues to lose ground to the USD, and EURUSD is now 0.9894. The AUD also took no comfort from yesterday’s 50bp rate hike from the Reserve Bank of Australia and has slid to 0.6729. At 1.1508, Cable is also well down and we are probably looking at a 1.14 handle before long. The JPY has also continued its ascent, rising to 143.24. It’s not clear what or how this dollar rampage will be ended. The USD is looking a bit overbought right now, so like bonds, we may see a pause in the carnage before too long. The CNY led the other Asia Pacific currencies in retreat yesterday, moving to 6.9545. G-7 Macro: European labour market and revised 2Q22 GDP figures are on today’s calendar, together with German July industrial production (-0.6%MoM fall expected). These are followed later by the US Trade numbers for July which are expected to show the trade deficit narrowing to USD70.2bn. Markets may withhold some of their firepower for tomorrow's ECB meeting.  Australia: At 0930 SGT, Australia releases its 2Q22 GDP numbers. We are looking for a slightly stronger than consensus 1.0%QoQ figure (consensus is 0.9%QoQ). Yesterday’s net export contribution and last week’s capex figures both indicate some upside to the consensus forecast. The GDP numbers won’t directly affect the RBA’s rate-setting thinking, but they will highlight the scale of the job that needs to be done to get inflation back down to target. China: China will release trade data today. We expect export growth to exceed import growth, leading to a trade balance of nearly USD100bn in August. Our expectation of almost no growth in imports reflects the weakness of the domestic economy, though the big trade balance could help support GDP growth slightly. Taiwan: Taiwan will also release trade data today. We should see a similar picture to that in Mainland China with exports growing faster than imports. The key detail to watch is semiconductor-related exports and imports. This is especially important for imports, which will provide a hint about the growth prospects of semiconductor exports that are so important for Taiwan’s economy. Korea: The current account balance recorded a surplus of USD 1.1bn in July but the goods trade account turned to a deficit of USD -1.2 bn, the first time it has done so since April 2012. This is mostly due to higher energy prices, but also, export growth slowed due to weak IT demand and weak exports to China.  In the financial account, domestic stock equity investments by foreigners declined for the sixth straight month, while bond investment continued its increase from January 2020. Japan: USDJPY slid to 143 for the first time since 1998. Rate differential widening is the main reason for this depreciation. The recent better-than-expected US data probably also pushed the yen weaker. USDJPY may show some correction this morning, but the trend direction is not likely to change any time soon. We expect there will be more verbal intervention but this is unlikely to be effective at this point. Japan’s last intervention to curb depreciation was in 1998 during the Asian financial crisis. Despite the yen’s rapid depreciation, we still don’t believe it will trigger a policy shift by the Bank of Japan. What to look out for: China trade data and ECB meeting Australia GDP (7 September) China trade (7 September) Taiwan trade (7 September) US trade balance (7 September) Japan GDP (8 September) Australia trade balance (8 September) ECB policy meeting (8 September) US initial jobless claims (8 September) Philippines trade (9 September) China CPI inflation (9 September) US wholesale trade (9 September) Read this article on THINK TagsEmerging Markets Asia Pacific Asia Markets Asia Economics Disclaimer This publication has been prepared by ING solely for information purposes irrespective of a particular user's means, financial situation or investment objectives. The information does not constitute investment recommendation, and nor is it investment, legal or tax advice or an offer or solicitation to purchase or sell any financial instrument. Read more
Energy Crisis May Be Too Much For UK Economics, Australian Dollar (AUD) Loses As Risk Is Reduced

Energy Crisis May Be Too Much For UK Economics, Australian Dollar (AUD) Loses As Risk Is Reduced

Jing Ren Jing Ren 07.09.2022 08:27
AUDUSD struggles for bids The Australian dollar takes a hit as risk appetite continues to recede across markets despite the RBA’s 50bp hike. A bearish MA cross on the daily chart shows a deterioration in sentiment. A fall below the demand zone near 0.6800 has left the aussie vulnerable. A lack of buying interest may send the pair to the recent lows around 0.6680, which is a critical floor to keep the price afloat in the medium-term. 0.6830 is a fresh hurdle but rebounds have so far been opportunities to sell at a better price. USOIL tests critical floor WTI crude weakens due to lingering concerns over demand. The recent bounce has failed to clear the daily resistance at 109.00, given back all its gains instead by retesting the base at 91.50. As sentiment remains pessimistic, the path of least resistance might still be down. A bearish breakout would force the bulls to bail out and attract momentum sellers, exacerbating volatility in the process. A drop below the psychological level of 90.00 could extend losses beyond 85.00. A recovery may be brief with 97.20 as the first resistance.   UK 100 in limited recovery The FTSE 100 struggles as the UK's finances might over-stretch with the energy crisis. On the daily chart, the index is going sideways between two boundaries 7000 and 7640. A breakout on either side would dictate the next direction in the weeks to come. In the meantime, range trading could be the name of the game. The short-term recovery is heading up to 7380, but 7480 from a faded bounce could be a tough level to crack. On the downside, 7180 is the immediate support and 7050 a major level to test the bulls’ resolve.
The RBA Surprised With A Smaller 25 bp Hike , Sterling (GBP) Rose, The USD Has Weakened

Australian GDP Rose 0.4%, In Q3 It Can Get Even Higher! Reserve Bank Of Australia May Face A Hard Nut To Crack

ING Economics ING Economics 07.09.2022 10:02
At an annualised pace of more than 3.5%, the 2Q22 GDP data indicates the scale of the task facing the Reserve Bank in taming demand sufficiently to dampen inflation Source: istock 0.9% 2Q22 GDP quarter-on-quarter 3.6% year-on-year As expected Growth as expected - still strong though 2Q22 GDP growth in Australia was 0.9% quarter-on-quarter, in line with the market consensus, though the year-on-year rate came in a bit higher at 3.6% YoY from an expected 3.4%, due to downward revisions to previous GDP numbers, lifting the annual comparison.  2Q22 contributions to QoQ GDP growth by expenditure type Source: CEIC, ING Consumer spending remains strong The chart above illustrates the contribution to the GDP total growth figure from selected expenditure categories, and it sheds light on the problem facing the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). Firstly, household consumer spending is still growing rapidly, adding 1.1ppt to the headline figure. This will need to come down if overall demand is to soften sufficiently to dampen inflation. Private gross fixed capital formation (private capex) is looking much more subdued, which reflects weakness not just in residential construction, but across the whole investment spectrum. This segment of the economy has been soft for some time and it is unlikely to dramatically improve given the rates and tough external background...it could even get worse. Net exports (exports minus imports) are still doing a lot of the heavy lifting. Imports didn't deliver any drag this quarter and exports were a positive boost. But unless domestic demand softens, we should expect the contribution from this sector overall to diminish in the quarters ahead. There is also likely to be a boost next quarter from inventory accumulation, given the drawdown apparent this quarter, so we may be in for another similar headline figure of around 1.0% QoQ in 3Q22. If so, that would put full-year 2022 GDP growth on track to exceed 4% - not really conducive to getting inflation down rapidly and might indicate that rates will have to go higher and stay higher for longer to achieve the RBA's aim.  Read this article on THINK
Sturdy Australian Labour Market With Over 13K Full-Time Jobs, AUD/USD May Decrease Further, RBA Decides On Interest Rate On November 1st

RBA's Decision Didn't Make AUD (Australian Dollar) Increase. Cash Rate May Reach 3% By The End Of 2022

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 07.09.2022 15:17
AUD/USD has posted slight losses today, trading at 0.6726. This follows a disastrous Tuesday, when the Aussie fell 0.92%. Earlier, AUD/USD fell as low as 0.6999, its lowest level since July 14th. Australian GDP within expectations Australia’s GDP for Q2, released earlier today, has helped stabilize a wobbly Australian dollar. GDP posted a 0.9% gain, just shy of the estimate of 1.0% and above the 0.8% in Q4. Consumer spending remains robust, and the economy was supported by strong export numbers, as commodity prices remain high. The Australian dollar’s woes seem more a case of US dollar strength than AUD weakness. We are seeing global interest rate continue to head higher, which has dampened the appetite for risk-related assets, such as the Australian currency. An aggressive Federal Reserve, supported by solid US numbers, has boosted the greenback. Tuesday’s US ISM Services PMI rose to 56.9 in August, up from 56.7 in July and higher than the 55.1 estimate. The report pointed to an increase in business activity and strong consumer demand, despite high inflation and rising interest rates. The RBA delivered a fourth straight hike of 0.50% on Tuesday, but the sizeable increase failed to boost the Australian dollar, as the move had been anticipated by the markets. The Australian dollar has not been responsive to recent RBA moves, losing ground yesterday and after the July meeting. The cash rate is now at 2.35%, which is expected to hit 3% by the end of the year, with further hikes expected in 2023. Today’s move brings rates close to the neutral level of around 2.5%, which means that the RBA is likely to deliver one more 50bp hike and then scale back to 25bp increases, contingent on inflation and the strength of the labour market. AUD/USD Technical 0.6737 is a weak resistance line. Above, there is resistance at 0.6846 There is support at 0.6661 and 0.6552   This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Canadian dollar steady ahead of BoC meeting - MarketPulseMarketPulse
Sturdy Australian Labour Market With Over 13K Full-Time Jobs, AUD/USD May Decrease Further, RBA Decides On Interest Rate On November 1st

Australia’s Economy, ECB Decision In Focus, The UK Has Problem With A Dockers

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 08.09.2022 09:27
Summary:  The combination of a nearly 6% drop in crude oil price, a retracement of the dollar to close to parity with the Euro and a 8bp fall in the 10-yar treasury yields have jointly put together an environment for the stock market to rally and snap a 7-day losing streak since the Jackson Hole. The Bank of Canada raise its policy rate by 75bps, as expected. August trade data from China was much weaker than expectation with both exports and import falling. Excluding inflation, real export growth was estimated to be negative and crude oil import growth in volume terms was negative in August. The news contributed to the fall in crude oil price yesterday. What is happening in markets?   Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I)  The U.S. equity markets bounced off from the trough of the post-Jackson Hole decline and snapped a 7-day losing streak to finish Wednesday decisively higher, S&P500 +1.8%, Nasdaq 100 +2.1%.  The move higher was largely driven by a confluence of macro factors: lower bond yields, and announcing new products at the company’s annual event.  lower US dollar, and lower crude oil price plus short covering and call option delta hedging. With a 5.7% decline in crude price, the energy space was the only sector in the S&P 500 that fell. Twitter (TWTR:xnys) surged 6.6% following a Delaware court rejected Elon Musk’s request to delay a trial into the reclination of his offer to acquire Twitter. Snap (SNAP:xnys) jumped 6.4% after the Verge magazine cited an internal memo from CEO Spiegel stating the company’s goals to grow its user base by 30% and bring up revenue by 20% by the end of 2022. Apple (AAPL:xnas) gained 1.4% after a new line of products at its annual event. Apple did not raise prices for its new iPhone 14 series.  U.S. treasuries (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) Nick Timiraos at the Wall Street Journal (who is believed to be the Fed’s mouthpiece to guide market expectations) suggested that Fed Chair Powell’s “public pledge to reduce inflation even if it increases unemployment appears to have put the central bank on a path to raise interests by 0.75 percentage point rather than 0.50 point this month”. Fed Vice Chair Brainard pledged to fight against inflation “for as long as it takes” but also mentioned risks that might potentially be caused by over-tightening. The money market curve is pricing in a 78% chance a 75bp hike at the September FOMC. Treasury yields however fell across the curve as crude oil price went sharpy lower, 2-year yields -7bps, 10-year yield -8bps. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSIU2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Hong Kong stocks notably underperformed their mainland counterparts second day in a row.  Hang Seng Index lost 0.8% and Hang Seng Tech Index dropped 1.3% while CSI300 was little changed. Heavyweight financial names HSBC (00005:xhkg) and AIA Group (01299:xhkg) tumbled about 2%.  The short video and live streaming names dragged on the China Internet space, Kuaishou (01024:xhkg) -3.7%, Bilibili (09626:xhkg) -4.2%.  U.S. House Representative Dusty Johnson (Republican, South Dakota) introduced the Block the Tok Act, a bill that would if enacted, prohibit Tik Tok from accessing U.S. citizen’s user data from within China and block Tik Tok’s apps on U.S. government devices.  Tencent (00700:xhkg) is increasing its stake in French video game developer Ubisoft (UBIP:xpar) but the latter’s founder retaining majority control.  Following President Xi Jinping stressing China’s determination to “mobilize resources nationwide to achieve breakthroughs in core technologies in key fields” in a high-level reform planning meeting on Tuesday, semiconductor leader SMIC (00981:xhkg) gained 1.2%. China developer Soho China (00410:xhkg) jumped 11% after Chairman Pan Shiyi and CEO Pan Zhangxin Marita resigned.  The Covid-19-related lockdowns, a weakening yuan, the disappointing August trade data from China, and the rise in U.S. interest rates continued to pressure the sentiment of the stock market.     USDJPY holding up despite softer yields USDJPY eased after hitting highs of 145, but still remained above 144 in early Asian hours on Thursday despite softer US yields overnight. The threat of intervention remains as Japan’s final Q2 GDP released this morning suggests markets may continue to test the Bank of Japan’s resolve to keep an accommodative policy. Q2 GDP was revised higher to 3.5% q/q annualized from 2.2% earlier. 10Y JGB yields are also at 2-month highs and in close sights of the 0.25% cap. Verbal intervention has had little effect, and real intervention will need a coordinated effort and will only increase the volatility as long as the US yields are on the rise. The only real scope of a yen recovery will be seen if US economic data starts to deteriorate or Bank of Japan tweaks policy. Crude oil prices (CLU2 & LCOV2) Oil prices steadied in the Asian morning after steep declines in the last few days amid demand concerns especially with China pushing further with its zero Covid policy. Chengdu extended a lockdown in most of its downturn areas, raising concerns the restrictions will hurt oil consumption. A stronger dollar, despite softer yields, also weighed on investor appetite. Supply issues made little impact, even as EIA lowered its annual oil production targets, with domestic production now expected to reach 12.6mb/d, and raised its demand outlook, with annual petroleum usage rising 2mb/d through next year. The likelihood of an Iran nuclear deal in the near term is also fading. What to consider? Fed speakers, and another possible WSJ leak? Federal Reserve Vice Chair Brainard noted rates will need to rise further and policy will need to be restrictive for some time. She needs to see several months of low inflation readings to be confident inflation is moving down to 2% but how long it takes to get back to target will depend on a combination of continued easing in supply constraints, slower demand growth, and lower markups, against the backdrop of anchored expectations. Mester (2022 voter) reaffirmed that she is not yet convinced about inflation peaking yet, and she also spoke on the August jobs report, where she said they are beginning to see some moderations but labour market conditions remain strong. Besides, WSJ's Nic Timiraos wrote: "The Federal Reserve appears to be on a path to raise interest rates by another 0.75 percentage point this month in the wake of Chairman Jerome Powell’s public pledge to reduce inflation even if it increases unemployment." While the Fed is not yet in a blackout period, with Chair Powell set to be on the wires later today, there is little chance this could be a leak like last time. Still, money market pricing of a 75bps rate hike at the September meeting has picked up from 68% on Tuesday to 81% now. China’s exports in August slowed In U.S. dollar terms, China’s exports in August come in much weaker at +7.1% YoY (Bloomberg consensus: +13% YoY; July: +18.0% YoY).  Once adjusting the data with export price inflation, the real growth of exports may have turned negative in August YoY.  Export growth decelerated across destinations, except Russia (having risen to 26.4% YoY in August from 21.4% in July).   The growth of export to the U.S. was particularly weak, having turned to minus 4.2% YoY in August from a growth of 10.9% in July.  Imports growth was also slower than expected, coming in at +0.3% YoY (Bloomberg consensus +1.1% YoY; July: +2.3%). The weakness in import growth tends to indicate weak domestic demand.  The growth of imports from the U.S. slowed to -7.5% YoY in August from -4.3% YoY in July. Import volume growth for crude oil was negative at -9.4% YoY in August, little changed from -9.5% in July but import volume of coal bounced to a growth of 5.0% YoY in August from -22.1% in July. Import volume of iron ore declined to -1.3% YoY in August from a growth 3.1% in July.  The import volume of copper, however, increased to +26.4% YoY in August from 9.3% in July.     Australia’s economy grew stronger than expected YoY vindicating more rapid hikes are coming Australia’s A$2.2 trillion economy grew at 0.9% q/q in the second quarter (beating Bloomberg estimates), while growing 3.6% y/y also beating the 3.4% expected. Australia’s economic firepower came from record high commodity exports, with exports now accounting for 1% of GPD YoY. The data also showed the economy strengthened by a boost in retail sales with department store sales at record pace. Services and economic earnings were also able to offset the pull back in savings rates, which fell for the third straight quarter to 8.7%, as households are having to dive into their bank accounts to pay record high energy prices. AUDUSD vulnerable of another pull back The USD against the Aussie popped to its highest level since June 2020, after a Wall Street Journal article suggested Fed Chair Powell is committed to reducing inflation with a 0.75% hike likely in September. What also supports this is that stronger than expected US economic data continues to come through (with the most recent data showing the US services sector is healthy), validating the Fed has room to rise rates. Basically, the market is thinking the Fed has room to be more aggressive, while the RBA’s hikes are more subdued. Bottom line, you can’t fight the Fed. The technical indicators suggest the AUDUSD could also retest its lows, while the USDAUD could touch its April 2020 high. Australia assures its Asian customers it will remain a reliable LNG supplier; but it won’t guarantee anything Australia’s Minister for resources has again been called on to ‘pull the trigger’ and limit gas exports given the projections show Australia will have an energy shortage next year. The Minster said although it has the matter under control, it cannot guarantee it won’t be limiting exports. Japan imported A$17 billion of the fossil fuel from Australia last year. As such Japan says it’s watching the situation closely. Bank of Canada raised rates As expected, Bank of Canada hiked rates by 75bps bringing the rate to 3.25% into restrictive territory, given the central bank’s estimate of neutral rate is 2-3%. The tone remained hawkish, but lacked clear guidance as it reiterated that further hikes will be necessary to bring inflation to target, implying the BoC is not done yet and will move even further into restrictive territory. While growth is slowing and housing prices are down 18% since February, but short-term inflation expectations remain high, signalling a risk that elevated inflation becomes entrenched. NIO earnings Chinese EV maker NIO (NIO:xnys/09866:xhkg) reported better-than-expected revenue of RMB 9.57 billion due to pent-up demand. The company delivered 25,059 vehicles in Q2, a 14.4% growth from last year. Gross margins, however, decreased to 16.7% from 18.1% in Q1 this year and 20.3% in Q2 last year. Management’s guidance for Q3 delivery was 31,000 to 33,000 vehicles, below analyst expectations.  ECB rate hike in focus; what could it mean for EURUSD? The European Central Bank meeting will be in focus after plenty of chatter around front-loading rate hikes in the last few days. Most members have come out in support of a 75 basis point rate hike for the September, and the market pricing suggests 125 basis points between September and October meetings (so one 75bps and one 50bps). Only Philip Lane seemed to strike a different tone, saying that he would prefer step-by-step hikes to make sure the financial markets have time to absorb the tightening in a measured manner. August inflation for the Euro area, reported last week, also suggested further price pressures with a 9.1% YoY print from 8.9% YoY previously. Market pricing suggests a 67bps rate hike today, and a cumulative hike of 129bps by October or 157bps by year-end. With a 75bps rate hike not fully priced in for September, such a move along with commitment to do more front-loading could be positive for EURUSD in a knee-jerk. Still, with energy crisis in focus and EU emergency meeting scheduled for tomorrow, it may remain hard for EURUSD to stay above parity. Only a 100bps rate hike will really count as a hawkish surprise. If ECB decides to go for 50bps, we could see EURUSD test the cycle lows. New dockers strike in the United Kingdom (UK) The UK has been facing recurring transport disruptions over the past few years. This is related to Brexit, Covid and now higher cost of living. A dockers strike at Felixstowe port (the country’s first container port) ended a few days ago. But a new one is looming at the port of Liverpool. The dockers trade union is calling for a strike from 19 September to 3 October (at least) after negotiations to raise salary failed. This matters a lot. The port of Liverpool is a key hub for transatlantic sea transport. If inflation continues to rise (which is likely), expect much more strikes to come and not only in the transport industry. Social tensions will probably increase sharply in the coming months.   For a week-ahead look at markets – tune into our Saxo Spotlight. For a global look at markets – tune into our Podcast.   Source: APAC Daily Digest: What is happening in markets and what to consider next – September 8, 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
The AUD/USD Lost After RBA Governor Remarks, The End Of An Era For The UK

The AUD/USD Lost After RBA Governor Remarks, The End Of An Era For The UK

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 09.09.2022 09:11
Summary:  U.S. Treasury yields rose 6-7bps after the ECB hiked 75bps and Fed Chari Powell’s speech. U.S. equity markets were quiet and managed to finish the session moderately higher. Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Lowe said interest rates were not on a “pre-set path” as the economic outlook was uncertain. Crude oil bounced by 1%. In Japan, a meeting between the MOF, BoJ, and FSA sent signals that FX intervention remains on the cards. The European Union is holding an emergency meeting to discuss measures to tackle the energy crisis in Europe and China is scheduled to release CPI and PPI today. What is happening in markets?   Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I)  U.S. stock markets closed higher in a choppy session, S&P 500 +0.7%, Nasdaq 100 +0.5%.  Trading was quiet after the well-anticipated ECB 75bp hike and Powell’s now consistent hawkish script.  The 6-7bp rise in bond yield did not move stocks.  VIX edged down further to 23.6. On the corporate front, T-Mobile (TMUS:xnas) announced a buyback program authorization for 7.5% of the company’s market cap and expected to complete the buyback by Sep 2023. U.S. treasuries (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) Following a 75bp hike by the ECB and Fed Chair Powell sticking to his hawkish stance in a speech yesterday, U.S. treasury yield jumped 6 to 7 bps across the curve.  Money market rates are pricing in a 85% chance of a 75bp hike on September 22.  Chicago Fed President Evans said the Fed “could very well do 75 in September” but his mind “is not made up” yet. The Treasury Department announced the size of next week’s 3/10/30-year auction at a total size of USD91 billon.  Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSIU2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Hang Seng Index underperformed its major Asian peers which advanced more than 1% across the board to continue its multi-session decline since the beginning of September and finished the day 1% lower.  The weakness in Tencent (00700.xhkg), -3.1%, Chinese developers, and energy stocks dragged down the benchmark index in Hong Kong.  According to filings to the stock exchange, about USD7.6 billion worth, or 2% of the market cap, of Tencent shares have been transferred to CCASS, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong’s clearing and settlement system.  Prosus, Tencent’s largest shareholder holding 27.99% of shares outstanding, confirmed that it has transferred 192 million shares of Tencent to CCASS and is selling Tencent shares.  In June, Prosus (PRX:xams) announced that the company was going to offload its stake in Tencent to raise cash to buy back its own shares and Naspers’ (NPN:xjse) shares (Prosus’ parent) at a discount to NAV. The Chinese developer space was once again under selling pressure.  CIFI (00884:xhkg) tumbled 13.6% following credit agency S&P downgraded the long-term rating of the company’s senior unsecured debts by 1 notch to BB- from BB. Country Garden (02007:xhkg) plunged by 6.8%.  Energy stocks declined on sharp fall in crude oil price, CNOOC (00883:xhkg) -3.6%, PetroChina (00857:xhkg) -1.9%.  The Chinese automaker space was sold, Great Wall Motor (02333:xhkg) -4.7%, Geely (00175:xhkg) -3.1%, BYD (01211:xhkg) -3.0%, Li Auto (02015:xhkg) -3.0%, XPeng (09868:xhkg) -2.6%. After the Hong Kong market close, Bilibili (09626:xhkg/BILI:xnas) reported a larger than expected loss in 2Q2022 on the deterioration of gross and operating margins.  The company’s ADR plunged 15%.     USDJPY paid little heed to Japan’s three-party meeting USDJPY stuck close to 144-levels on Thursday despite stronger signs of concern from the Japanese authorities. The meeting between Japan’s MOF, central bank and FSA ended with some strong verbal signals that direct intervention remains on the cards, but even if that was to happen, it will only increase the volatility in the yen and cannot possibly reverse the move as long as the monetary policies of the US and Japan continue to diverge. EURUSD gained some bids in early Asian morning to rise to 1.002, but the move remains fragile especially with the emergency meeting scheduled for today. GBPUSD reversed the overnight weakness to rise to 1.1540 with dollar losing some momentum in early Asian trading hours.  Crude oil prices (CLU2 & LCOV2)  A slight recovery was seen in crude oil prices overnight despite the hawkish Fed rhetoric and a further surge in the dollar. Supply side dynamics remained in focus, with the EIA saying that crude inventories rose by 8.85 million barrels last week, while supplies dropped in the largest storage hub of Cushing. Gasoline inventories also gained, but there was no change to oil production. Putin warned that Russia will not supply energy to any nation that backs a US-led price cap on its crude oil sales. However, with WTI futures now priced at ~$83/barrel and Brent futures below $90, eyes are again on OPEC+ which hinted earlier this week the intention was to keep crude oil prices around the $100-mark. Demand concerns have picked up since the OPEC meeting due to widening China lockdowns and more aggressive central bank rate hikes.   Copper (HGc1) Copper is showing signs of stabilizing despite demand concerns from China as Covid restrictions continue to be tightened. Copper rose above $3.50 per pound overnight, as supply concerns remain top-of-mind with mining companies continued to struggle to meet their production targets with top producer Chile has seen its exports slump to a 19-month low due to water restrictions and lower ore quality - while demand from China, surprisingly is showing signs of strengthening as infrastructure push ramps up. Having found support last week at $3.36/lb, after retracing 61.8% retracement of the July to August rally, copper is currently staring at resistance in the $3.54 area where recent lows and the 55-day moving average merges. For a real upside and trend reversal to occur the price needs to break above $3.78/lb while a break below $3.36/lb could see the metal take aim at $3/lb.  What to consider? The Queen of England has passed away and Charles has taken the throne  It’s the end of an era for the UK with the passing of Queen Elizabeth, age 96. Some of the Queen’s key moments since reigning from the 1980s to today include: in 1986 Elizabeth became the first monarch to visit China. It was an important piece of Britain’s diplomatic effort as it prepared to return Hong Kong to Chinese control. In 2011, The Queen became the first British monarch to set food in Ireland in 100 years, with the trip being widely praised as a historic moment of reconciliation. In 2012 the Queen celebrated 60 years on the throne and in 2022 Elizabeth became the first and only British monarch to reach 70 years on the throne. Politicians from the Commonwealth and across the world paid tribute to the Queen. UK Parliament will pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth on Friday and Saturday. Australian Parliament will not sit next week.   ECB’s 75bps rate hike As was generally expected, the European Central Bank went ahead with a 75bps rate hike on Thursday, taking the deposit rate to 0.75%. President Lagarde said risks to inflation are on the upside and growth are on the downside, but did not rule out further tightening. The ECB raised projections for inflation (5.5% in 2023 now vs 3.5% earlier), lowered growth for 2023 (0.9% vs 2.1%), and 2024 (1.9% vs 2.1%) while raising growth for 2022 by a notch. Lagarde said that 75 bps was not the norm, but “moves will not necessarily get smaller” as policy was dependent on data and on a meeting by meeting basis, echoing Lane’s comments from last week. ECB’s Lane was however noted to be more hawkish yesterday than what his previous comments suggested. This keeps the door for another 75bps rate hike still open.  Fed Chair Powell stays in the chorus Fed Chair Jerome Powell stuck to the tune that the Federal Reserve members have been singing, suggesting a 75bps rate hike at the September meeting as inflation reins. He noted that the labor market is “very, very strong” and wages are elevated, while also signaling that growth will likely fall below trend. On inflation expectations, a key concern for Fed officials, the Fed chair said that today they are well anchored over the long-term, but the clock is ticking and the Fed has more concerns that the public will incorporate higher inflation expectations in the short-term. Fed’s Evans also hinted at a 75bps rate hike for September. With the chorus on inflation getting louder and market pricing for September being very close to a 75bps rate hike, a softer headline inflation print next week likely has the potential to usher in a relief rally. If, however, inflation remains high, we could see another leg down in equities.   Australia’s trade surplus halves as coal and iron ore exports fall from record highs. What next? Australia’s trade surplus almost halved in July, plunging from A$17.1b to an A$8.7b surplus, when the market expected the surplus balance to fall to just A$14.5b. It comes as exports of coal and iron ore fell from their record highs, dragging down total exports by 10%. Coal export earnings fell 17% with the northern hemisphere in peak summer, while iron ore export earnings fell 15% tarnished by China’s slowdown. Australian imports (covering outbound tourists) rose 5% with Aussies escaping the record cold winter to enjoy the European sun. The market responded to the drop in exports, with the Coal futures price falling to a 3-day low, losing 1.7%, taking the two-day loss to 7%, which pulls the price away from its record. For investors it’s a timely reminder, energy commodity prices are seasonally impacted, and could remain volatile before picking up later this year when we think peak buying is expected. Australian bonds and equities price in the RBA will be less aggressive, so it’s risk-on again RBA Governor Phillip Lowe sees a slower pace of rate hikes while conceding a sharp slowdown in global growth will make it hard to avoid a soft landing. The AUDUSD lost 0.4% after his remarks. While short-term rates as measured by the 3-year Australian bond yield fell 0.17% - supporting the risk assets rally. As such, the Australian Technology Sector surged to its highest level in a week. But sophisticated Australian investors seem skeptical that the RBA will slow the pace of hikes. Australian interest rate futures suggest rates could peak at 3.6% by mid-next year. We think the market would also be especially rate rises will slow as Australia’s Resources Minster was tapped for the second time to restrict Australian energy exports, as the nation is tipped to run out of energy in 2023. EU proposes five measures to curb gas demand and prices Ahead of Friday’s emergency energy meeting, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen proposed five radical steps to curb costs and demand: 1) Smart savings of electricity by mandatory targets to reduce peak hour demand for electricity; 2) Cap on revenues of companies producing electricity with from low-cost sources such as wind and solar with profits being re-channeled to vulnerable people and companies; 3) Solidarity contribution from fossil fuel companies; 4) Liquidity support for energy utility companies in order for them to cope with elevated market volatility; 5) Cap on Russian gas revenues on the remaining 9% Russia supplies to Europe, down from a pre-war level around 40%. China’s PPI is expected to have risen as CPI remained stable in August PPI is expected to fall sharply to 3.2% (Bloomberg consensus) in August from 4.2% in July.  Base effect and a decline in coal prices in August could be factors contributing to the deceleration in producer price inflation.  CPI, however, is expected to edge up to 2.8% in August from 2.7% in July.  Analysts suggest that favourable base effect was offset by vegetable price increases amidst the heatwave. Bilibili reported below expectation earnings on margin compression   Bilibili (09626:xhkg/BILI:xnas) reported a worse than expected adjusted loss per share of RMB4.98 (Bloomberg consensus: loss per share RMB4.37, 2Q2021: loss per share RMB2.23). Revenue came in at RMB4.91 billion, largely in line with analyst estimates. The larger-than-expected loss came from disappointing margins.  Gross margin contracted to 15.3% from 16.4% in 1Q2022 and 22.4% in 2Q2021 due to the weak performance of the mobile game business (segment revenue -15% YoY).  Operating margin deteriorated to -39.4% in 2Q2022 from -33.9% in 1Q2022 and -20.9% in 2Q2021 which are attributable to higher general and administrative expenses +44% YoY) as well as research and development expenses +68% YoY).   The company’s revenue guidance of RMB5.6bn-5.8bn for 3Q was below market expectations.  A lender appointed receivers to siege Evergrande’s Hong Kong headquarters premises The Financial Times said that a lender had appointed receivers to siege the headquarters building of China Evergrande (03333:xhkg, suspended) and looked to force a sale of the premises.  The distressed developer’s Hong Kong headquarter has been pledged to secure a loan from a syndicate of lenders led by China Citic Bank International.  Evergrande has previously been served a winding-up petition and is scheduled to have a hearing on the petition at the High Court on 28 Nov 2022. Separately, the Wall Street Journal reports that a consortium of Chinese state-owned banks and private enterprises agreed to pay USD1.05 billion in a court-arranged auction for Evergrande’s 14.6% in Shengjing Bank, a regional bank based in Shenyang, Liaoning province. For a week-ahead look at markets – tune into our Saxo Spotlight. For a global look at markets – tune into our Podcast.     Source: APAC Daily Digest: What is happening in markets and what to consider next – September 9, 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
The Australian Dollar Might Draw Support From Rising Bets

The Slowdown In The Chinese Economy And The RBA's Fight Against Inflation

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 09.09.2022 15:56
The Australian dollar has posted sharp gains today. In the European session, AUD/USD is trading at 0.6837, up 1.27%. China inflation falls unexpectedly China’s economy has been stalling, as global demand has weakened and China rigorously enforces a zero-Covid policy. The slowdown in the Chinese economy has hurt global growth, but the silver lining is that August inflation also dropped, which has taken the edge off global inflation. China is a key driver of external inflation pressures, and the decline will be welcome news in the major economies, where inflation remains enemy number one and has led to a sharp tightening in policy. China released the August inflation earlier today. On an annualized basis, August CPI was up 2.5%, lower than the 2.7% gain in July and below the consensus of 2.8%. The Producer Price Index for August slowed to 2.3%, down from 4.2% and below the estimate of 3.1%. The drop in CPI in the world’s number two economy has raised risk sentiment and sent risk-related currencies like the Aussie sharply higher today. The RBA raised rates by 0.50% earlier this week, bringing the cash rate to 2.35%. RBA Governor Lowe said on Thursday that the RBA would need to raise interest rates at least twice more to contain the “scourge” of inflation. Lowe reiterated that the pace and extent of future rate hikes would be data-dependent, especially inflation and wage growth. After four straight hikes of 0.50%, the RBA may decide to ease up in October with a small hike of 0.25%. Next week’s employment report will be an important factor in the RBA’s rate decision. . AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD is testing support at 0.6737. Below, there is support at 0.6661 There is resistance at 0.6737 and 0.6846 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.
Sturdy Australian Labour Market With Over 13K Full-Time Jobs, AUD/USD May Decrease Further, RBA Decides On Interest Rate On November 1st

Forex: Australian Dollar (AUD) Benefited From Chinese Data, But The US Inflation And Australian Indicators Print Are Still Ahead Of Aussie

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 12.09.2022 21:26
The US dollar has continued its retreat against most of the major currencies today. The Australian dollar has jumped on the bandwagon, climbing about 2% in just two days. AUD/USD is trading at 0.6882 in the North American session, up 0.59% on the day. Australian Dollar (AUD) Driven By Chinese News The Australian dollar skyrocketed on Friday after China’s inflation report indicated that CPI dropped in August to 2.5%, down from 2.7% and lower than expected. The decline in inflation in the world’s number two economy will lower global inflation, and this raised risk sentiment on Friday. The Australian dollar, which is very sensitive to developments in China, climbed 1.36%. The Australian currency’s dependence on China is a double-edged sword, as lower growth in China will weigh on the Australian economy and the Australian dollar. In the meantime, AUD/USD has jumped on the bandwagon and hit a 2-week high. Read next: Fed May Hike The Rate By 75bp, Oracle (ORCL) And Adobe (ADBE) To Release Their Earnings Shortly| FXMAG.COM We’ll get a look at Australian and business and consumer confidence indicators on Tuesday. NAB Business Confidence is expected to tick lower to 6, down from 7 prior. However, Business Conditions are forecast to improve to 27, up from 20 prior. The Westpac Consumer Sentiment index has posted nine straight declines, pointing to prolonged consumer pessimism about economic conditions. US inflation next The US releases a critical inflation report on Tuesday. August inflation is the last major release prior to the Fed meeting on September 21st and headline CPI is expected to drop for a second straight month, from 8.5% to 8.1%. Another drop in inflation will likely result in some headlines that inflation has peaked. Still, the Fed is committed to remaining aggressive and the markets have priced in a 75 basis point hike at around 90%. Lower gasoline prices may push headline CPI lower, but core CPI is expected to rise to 6.1%, up from 5.9%. AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD is testing support at 0.6737. Below, there is support at 0.6661 There is resistance at 0.6737 and 0.6846   This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Aussie rally continues, business confidence next - MarketPulseMarketPulse
The US PCE Data Is Expected To Confirm Another Modest Slowdown

Market Eyes On US CPI Results, Increased Risk Sentiment

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 13.09.2022 13:35
Summary:  An important US CPI release up later today, which could extend the USD weakening move in the short term if we see a soft print, with JPY crosses likely the most sensitive to any jolt the data delivers to US treasury yields. Elsewhere, it is all about market sentiment, which has rushed higher on hopes that Ukrainian battlefield momentum will continue and change the game for the European energy outlook. FX Trading focus: US CPI release and USD picture. AUDNZD in the spotlight. Over the last few days, the US dollar has largely weakened as a function of brightening risk sentiment and hopes that the energy situation might eventually improve for Europe if Ukrainian battlefield successes compound further and prove a gamechanger for the medium term energy outlook for Europe. It’s impossible to predict developments there, but to get a more determined extension higher, we’ll need a steady stream of improvements and something that can bring the prospect of actual deliveries of Russian natural gas through the pipelines. I’m not sure I understand the path in that direction in the near term. That brings us to today’s August US CPI release, which is expected to show headline inflation at -0.1% month-on-month and +8.1% year-on-year, with the more important core “ex Food and Energy” CPI reading expected at +0.3% MoM and +6.1% YoY (vs. +5.9% in July and a cycle peak of ). The core print, especially the month-on-month reading, is far more important than the headline data. Look for a significant reaction on a downside miss even of 0.1%, but the market may get very upset if we get a +0.4% or higher reading. It’s hard to know how the market is positioned for this data point, given that Fed expectations are pinned near the highs of the cycle, while the USD has backed off very sharply and risk sentiment has enjoyed a strong surge. The latter suggests that the surprise side is a hot core inflation reading. Chart: GBPUSDSterling is trading a bit firmer as the currency is the most sensitive to prospects for an improved natural gas delivery outlook, with the markets hopes up on that front due to developments in Ukraine. The UK August payrolls data this morning was stronger than expected and the unemployment dropped to a nearly 50-year low of 3.6% versus expectations for 3.8% expected. And yet, August Jobless Claims posted their first positive reading since early 2021 and are trending very sharply higher. The Bank of England is rapidly seeing expectations repriced for a 75 basis point hike at next Thursday’s meeting, but it’s not fully there yet. Ahead of today’s US CPI release, GBPUSD is trading up close to the first important resistance, the major pivot low in July near 1.1760. The next few sessions should be pivotal for the pair. AUDNZD update as the pair pushes on resistance again. The drumbeat of economic data out of Australia is not particularly encouraging, and the last Australian trade balance saw the surplus shrinking sharply after a string of record levels in recent months. That surplus relative to the new very large external deficits that New Zealand has been running due to its reliance on energy imports is one of the key factors favouring a significant break higher in AUDNZD into a new range above the 1.1250 that has held since 2017 (and on a weekly close basis since 2015, with the highest weekly close since 2013 only slightly above 1.1300). Watching that pair for a change of mentality, as fair price in the very long term perspective looks more like 1.2000+. The Norwegian Regions Survey for August showed the first negative print (-0.16 vs. +0.80 in July) for the expected growth for the next six months since 2009, a fairly remarkable development suggesting that the oil and gas boom has not sufficiently offset concerns for real growth in the country. NOK trades a bit weaker this morning versus the euro and SEK, with NOKSEK only having a bit more than a figure to worth with before suggesting a reversal lower (1.0500 area versus current 1.0620 as of this writing). Table: FX Board of G10 and CNH trend evolution and strength.The USD is leaning lower – does the CPI deliver the coup de grace today? Elsewhere, the weak JPY will be very sensitive to the US treasury market reaction on the back of the CPI, as its weakness is reflection of US treasury yields pinned near the highs for the cycle. Table: FX Board Trend Scoreboard for individual pairs.USDCAD is trying to turn negative – let’s have a look at the US CPI release today and the close on the day before drawing conclusions. EURUSD flipped positive yesterday and needs to remain above 1.0100 after the US data today to keep the focus higher, perhaps to 1.0350 next. Upcoming Economic Calendar Highlights 1000 – US Aug. NFIB Small Business Optimism 1230 – US Aug. CPI 1700 – US 30-year T-bond Auction Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/forex/fx-update-usd-eyes-cpi-europe-eyes-energy-prices-13092022    
The Australian Jobs Report In December Had A Negative Impact On The Australian Dollar (AUD)

Australian Dollar (AUD) Could Be More Likely To Be Supported By RBA If The Employment Report Go Robust

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 13.09.2022 15:55
The Australian dollar continues to rally and has climbed above the 0.69 level for the first time in September. AUD/USD has gained 150 points since Thursday, as the US dollar continues to lose ground. Australia released key confidence indicators earlier today, and the decent numbers gave the Aussie a slight push higher. NAB Business Confidence climbed to 10 in August, marking a 4-month high. This was up from 7 and above the forecast of 6 points. NAB Business Conditions remained steady at 20, shy of the estimate of 27 points. Westpac Consumer Sentiment for September bounced back with a strong 3.0% gain, crushing the forecast of -0.3% and recovering from the -3.0% read in August. The rebound is somewhat surprising, as it was the first gain since November 2021 and the RBA just raised interest rates. The survey noted that consumer confidence still remains low, at 84.4. Perhaps the drop in gasoline prices gave a jolt to consumer optimism. Next up is the Australian employment report on Thursday. The market consensus stands at 35.0 thousand for August, which would be a huge rebound after the -40.9 thousand reading in July. A strong release will make it easier for the RBA to remain aggressive as it continues to battle inflation. US inflation next It could be a busy day for the markets, with the US releasing August inflation later today. Headline CPI is expected to drop for a second straight month, from 8.5% to 8.1%, driven by lower gas prices. Core CPI, however, is expected to rise to 6.1%, up from 5.9%. If headline CPI does fall, it would mark a second straight decline, and likely lead to some headlines proclaiming that inflation has peaked. However, Fed Chair Powell has said loud and clear that the Fed will pursue its aggressive stance, even if one or two inflation reports show declines. The markets were exuberant after the unexpected drop in July inflation, sending the US dollar sharply lower. Since then, investors appear to have internalized that the Fed is not about the reverse policy, and I don’t expect a repeat performance from the US dollar, even if inflation is lower than expected. AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD has support at 0.6807 and 0.6737 There is weak resistance at 0.6915, followed by resistance at 0.6985 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Australian dollar extends gains on solid data - MarketPulseMarketPulse
The Australian Dollar Might Draw Support From Rising Bets

From The Outside, The Australian Currency Still Has No Support

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 14.09.2022 08:18
The Australian dollar's fall from yesterday amounted to 2.27% (157 points). This happened amid a powerful flight from risk - the US stock index Nasdaq lost 5.16%. This morning, data came out on the deterioration of New Zealand's balance of payments for the 2nd quarter (-27.82 billion dollars y/y against -23.27 billion y/y in the previous period). On the other hand, a slight increase in inflation indices in the UK is expected today, and in the euro area, a drop in July industrial production by 1.0%. From the outside, the Australian currency still has no support. The price went under the target level of 0.6755 on the daily chart, ahead of it is the target level of 0.6685, and below it is 0.6640. The signal line of the Marlin Oscillator has unfolded from the upper boundary of the falling channel, ahead of it there is enough distance to the lower boundary of the channel for the price to fall by another one and a half figures. The price settled under the target level of 0.6755 on the four-hour chart. The decline occurs under both indicator lines. We are waiting for the development of a downward movement towards the designated goals. Relevance up to 04:00 2022-09-15 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/321620
FX Volatility Remains Subdued, The Investor Mood Seems To Be Leaning Towards A 2023 Slowdown

The Currency Market Is Getting Ready For A Recovery

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 14.09.2022 12:24
Markets collapsed on Tuesday after the release of consumer inflation data in the US. The report has indicated that inflation increased by 0.1% m/m and 8.3% y/y in August, instead of a decline that economists have been expecting. Of course, traders reacted negatively to the news, primarily because it is likely that the Fed will continue raising rates aggressively in order to curb high inflation. But if the figure declines, albeit gradually, the Fed may consider not a 0.75% rate hike, but a 0.50%. That would return risk appetite and lead to a decrease in both Treasury yields and dollar. So, positive market sentiment will return, perhaps starting today as an upward movement is seen in European and US stock indices. A rebound is also brewing in the forex market, prompted by the slight weakening of dollar. That being said, attention should be paid to the data on manufacturing inflation in the US as a slowdown will increase positive market sentiment. Forecasts for today: AUD/USD The pair is trading below 0.6725. If negative trends continue in the markets, the quote will continue to decline towards 0.6685. EUR/USD The pair is consolidating above 0.9965. Further buying pressure will push it to 1.0100. Relevance up to 08:00 2022-09-16 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/321648
Analysis Of The AUD/JPY Currency Pair Scenarios

Report Results And Their Impact On The Market And Decisions Of The Fed And Bank Of Japan

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 14.09.2022 13:28
Summary:  The core US August inflation data shocked the market as prices reportedly rose at twice the expected rate in August at the core. This triggered a massive spike back higher in the US dollar, with the market caught on the wrong foot and suddenly forced to entertain the risk of a 100 basis point rate hike from the Fed at next week’s FOMC meeting. Overnight, the Bank of Japan and Japanese Ministry of Finance upped the ante on intervention risks, tempering the rise in USDJPY. FX Trading focus: Core CPI shocker from the US resets the USD. Beware the BoJ. The headline US CPI data came in slightly above expectations, with a year-on-year reading of 8.3% vs. 8.1% expected and a month-on-month reading of +0.1% vs. -0.1% expected, the latter a solid surprise given sharp drops of late in gasoline prices. But the real shock was the core Ex Food and Energy inflation reading of +0.6% month-on-month, twice what was expected. This triggered an enormous slide in risk sentiment as the market rushed to price the risk that the FOMC might hike as much as 100 basis points next week. As of this morning, nearly 85 basis points of tightening are priced in the market for next meeting. The Fed doesn’t like to surprise the market, so if that builds a bit higher rather than receding back closer to 75 basis points on its own accord by early next week, the Fed will need to send out the WSJ’s Timiraos to pen an article guiding for 75 basis points if it wants to avoid shocking the market. There are a number of good reasons that the market was looking for a softer print yesterday, and this one data point is not enough to suggest that inflation will continue at the run-rate suggested by the August CPI data point, but as is readily evident, it had changed the odds on the size of next week’s hike, the guidance in the wake of that hike in terms of the monetary policy statement and the Fed’s own macro-economic projections. To get follow-on USD strength here, the next data points of note are tomorrow’s US August Retail Sales and weekly US initial jobless claims. I lean for the risk of a stronger than expected Retail Sales data point due to the psychological boost of gasoline prices having dropped so precipitously from their June highs and as millions of US consumers saw their student debt loads drastically reduced by the Inflation Reduction Act that was passed mid-month. As for the weekly claims, these seem to be in a new declining trend after rising into the early summer period from record lows (adjusted for population) earlier in the year. The Bank of Japan and Japanese Ministry of Finance, as I discuss below, may make life difficult for FX traders. Chart: AUDUSDInteresting to note that the USD reaction was most violent against some of the traditional risk-correlated currencies like AUD and NZD, with AUDUSD suddenly poking down close to cycle lows this morning, or at least below the lowest daily close of the cycle at one point this morning. To get new lows, we’d likely need to see the weak risk sentiment persisting her and a test of the June market lows, together perhaps with the Fed delivering a 100 basis point hike next week and US 10-year yields moving above the 3.50% cycle high from June (this morning trading at3.43%.) The recent price action cemented the 0.6900+ area pivot high as the key tactical resistance of note. Australia reports employment data tonight. The Bank of Japan carried out a “rate check” in the FX market, which is widely seen as a precursor for actual market intervention. This tamed the USDJPY move higher from sub-142.00 levels to nearly 145, as the gains were pared back below even 143.00 this morning, with the JPY also firmer broadly. Finance Minister Suzuki said nothing could be ruled out in response to the weakening JPY and that if the current trend persisted, stepping into markets is an option. But as past experience has shown, intervention often only creates temporary volatility if the underlying issue is not addressed - in this case, the Bank of Japan's insistence on maintaining very low rates and capping yields out to 10 years. If yields continue to rise globally, Japanese officialdom will have an enormous and likely unwinnable fight on its hands if the Bank of Japan fails to change its policy. In the meantime, history shows that determined intervention can make for very choppy markets, even for other USD pairs as USDJPY volatility spikes back and forth. Table: FX Board of G10 and CNH trend evolution and strength.The USD has leaped back higher – watching for the degree to which the price holds and follows through if the 100 basis point FOMC move scenario next week solidifies amidst a supporting cast of data. Note the marked NOK weakening, a theme discussed yesterday. And note the CHF Strength – an interesting test for the EURCHF pair next week over the SNB meeting, given EU plans to cap energy prices as the pair trades near multi-year lows. Will there be a bit more caution from the SNB than before? Table: FX Board Trend Scoreboard for individual pairs.We noted many pivotal USD pairs yesterday: well the USD provided a pivot and then some yesterday – now about seeing whether the action remains choppy a la USDJPY or reasonably smooth new USD trend can develop. Note USDNOK trading up against a big resistance line, NZDUSD toying with 0.6000 this morning and AUDUSD not far from the cycle lows, while USDCAD has poked near the cycle top. Also, very interesting signs of possible exhaustion of weak GBP sentiment as the currency is rolling higher against a growing cast of the smaller G10 currencies (GBPNOK, GBPNZD, GBPAUD on the cusp, etc.) Upcoming Economic Calendar Highlights 1230 - US Aug. PPI  1230 - Canada Jul. Manufacturing Sales 1430 - ECB's Villeroy to speak 2245 - New Zealand Q2 GDP 2350 - Japan Aug. Trade Balance 0120 - China Rate Announcement 0130 - Australia Aug. Employment Data Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/forex/fx-update-us-august-cpi-triggers-a-landslide-beware-the-boj-14092022  
Sturdy Australian Labour Market With Over 13K Full-Time Jobs, AUD/USD May Decrease Further, RBA Decides On Interest Rate On November 1st

Australian Dollar (AUD): How Is Australian Jobs Market Linked With Reserve Bank Of Australia

Jing Ren Jing Ren 14.09.2022 14:48
Jobs figures are back in focus in Australia following some interesting comments from RBA Governor Lowe a few days back. Of course the RBA doesn't care about the employment situation directly. But the theory is that jobs support consumer demand, which in turn supports prices. With the employment situation expected to turn around, particularly going into Australia's spring season, does that mean it's time to start considering a change in RBA policy? The Governor insists that it's not, and that policy will be consistent. The issue is that market expectations seem to not align with the RBA's outlook, pricing in more hikes into next year. In his latest speech, Lowe appeared to be trying to temper expectations. One key point is insisting that Australia did not need to follow the Fed's rate higher, citing the employment situation. What is the employment situation? Australia has relatively low unemployment, which has contributed to upward pressure in wages. However, wages have not kept pace with rising inflation, which means the RBA doesn't have to worry about a wage-price spiral. With housing prices starting to fall, but exports remaining strong, there is a case that the reserve bank might not feel as much urgency to control the market. Healthy appetite for raw materials from China has continued to support the dollar, which in turn puts downward pressure on prices. Given the amount of imports from Australia, this might have a bigger impact on reducing inflation than direct monetary policy. Recently there has been a little weakness in employment, but that was seen as a result of lower participation. Increasing labor force participation would be seen as helping the RBA's objective to bring prices down, as it would help increase production and solve some of the supply side issues. For that reason, the RBA might be wary about going above the neutral rate. Lowe did not give a specific range, just simply said that current policy was "nearer". What to look out for Australia August unemployment rate is expected to stay steady at 3.4%, despite the participation rate expected to tick up a couple of decimals to 66.6% from 66.4% prior. Australian firms have been complaining for months that they have been having trouble enticing workers back. The employment change is projected to turn around, and show 35K jobs created compared to -49.9K in July. These figures are seasonally adjusted to account for Australia coming out of the middle of winter. Chief sector that had been impacted over the last few months was construction as home sales and prices started to fall. Potential market reaction The issue now is whether the RBA will hike another 50bps or just do 25bps at their next meeting at the start of October. So far, there is much consensus, but the market still seems to be betting on a more hawkish option. Better jobs numbers would actually give the RBA more room to maneuver, and could be interpreted by the market as meaning a harsher hike is more likely. On the other hand, if the labor market were to not show the expected rebound, it could shake some of the confidence that policy will be as tight as expected, and weaken the Aussie.
A Softer Labour Market In Australia And Its Possible Consequences

Australian Dollar (AUD) Plunged Yesterday, Reserve Bank Of Australia Stays Vigilant To This Week's Data

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 14.09.2022 15:56
The Australian dollar is licking its wounds today, after a brutal collapse on Tuesday. AUD/USD is trading at 0.6739 in the European session, up 0.12%. US inflation sends USD soaring On Tuesday, I noted that the Australian dollar had edged higher, thanks to decent consumer and business confidence data. That changed in a hurry after the US inflation report, and by the end of the day, AUD/USD had plunged an astounding 2.29%. The Aussie wasn’t alone, as the US dollar posted sharp gains against all the major currencies. In the US, investors were dismayed with the August inflation report, even though headline inflation fell to 8.3%, down from 8.5%, thanks to lower gasoline prices. The reading was well above the consensus of 8.0%, and core CPI rose to 6.3%, up from 5.9% and above the forecast of 6.1%. The markets reacted sharply to the news, as equity markets slumped and the US dollar was off to the races. The market response was a polar opposite to the July inflation report, when market euphoria sent the stock markets flying and the US dollar tumbling. Read next: Markets Look Like Battlefields After The US Inflation Print. S&P 500, Dow Jones And Nasdaq All Plunged. Forex: Will BoJ Intervene?| FXMAG.COM The latest inflation numbers have removed any expectations of a modest 50bp increase at the Fed’s meeting next week and have raised the possibility of a massive 100bp hike. The markets have priced in a 75bp increase at 60% and a 100bp rise at 40%, compared to 80% for 75bp and 20% for 100bp after the inflation report was released. I expect these odds to continue to fluctuate as we get closer to the September 21st meeting. Larry Summers, a former Treasury Secretary, said on Tuesday that the inflation report indicated that the US has a “serious inflation problem” and a 100bp move would “reinforce credibility”. Australian Jobs Market Data To Be Released This Week Market attention will shift to the Australian employment report on Thursday. The market consensus stands at 35.0 thousand for August, which would be a huge rebound after the -40.9 thousand reading in July. A strong release will make it easier for the RBA to remain aggressive as it continues to battle inflation. The RBA will be keeping a close eye on Consumer Inflation Expectations, which will also be released on Thursday. The index is expected to rise to 6.7% in August, up from 5.9% in July. AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD is testing resistance at 0.6737. Above, there is resistance at 0.6807 There is support at 0.6629 and 0.6559 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Aussie stabilizes after freefall - MarketPulseMarketPulse
The Australian Jobs Report In December Had A Negative Impact On The Australian Dollar (AUD)

Australian Dollar (AUD): What Does The Employment Data Mean To Reserve Bank Of Australia?

ING Economics ING Economics 15.09.2022 12:12
A 33,500 increase in employment was very close to the consensus expectation (+35,000), though the slight uptick in the unemployment rate may encourage the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to slow to a 25bp hike at its next meeting 33,500 Employment gain From previous month As expected Not much to take away from this report With the headline employment number more or less in line with the consensus forecast, made up from a solid 58,800 increase in full time jobs, offsetting a 25,200 decline in part-time jobs, this report doesn't really signify anything for forthcoming RBA policy decisions. However, with the RBA suggesting that it is looking for excuses to slow the pace of tightening from here on, there is equally nothing here to stop them from doing that at their October meeting if nothing else comes along to upset that view.  Australian unemployment rate Turning point? Source: CEIC Unemployment rate ticks up One factor that helps the 25bp rather than 50bp view is that the unemployment rate ticked a bit higher in August, rising from 3.4% to 3.5%. The numbers of unemployed rose by 14,100 which mostly reflects an increase in those entering the labour force looking for work (possibly because it is harder to make ends meet with inflation running above 6%). So this doesn't really signify a genuine softening of the labour market. But it maybe signifies that this is coming closer.  Market reaction to the data was fairly muted, except for a temporary AUD sell-off as the figures were initially incorrectly reported as showing no employment change.  Read this article on THINK TagsReserve Bank of Australia Australian Unemployment Australian labor report Australian employment Australia Disclaimer This publication has been prepared by ING solely for information purposes irrespective of a particular user's means, financial situation or investment objectives. The information does not constitute investment recommendation, and nor is it investment, legal or tax advice or an offer or solicitation to purchase or sell any financial instrument. Read more
The US PCE Data Is Expected To Confirm Another Modest Slowdown

The US Yields And The US Dollar Likely Can Move In The Same Direction

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 15.09.2022 14:26
Summary:  The US dollar remains firm after the shocking CPI data from Tuesday and with US Retail Sales for August today the latest data point ahead of the FOMC meeting next Wednesday, where a sizable minority are looking for 100 basis points from the Fed, while US long yields have run out of range to the upside. The Chinese yuan is trading weakly after China passed on easing rates any further overnight and despite the country moving to ease rules on property investment, with USDCNH hitting 7.00 today. FX Trading focus: USDCNH breaks above 7.00. USD eyes retail sales, new peak in long yields. The reaction in US yields and the US dollar after the far stronger than expected US August core CPI data from Tuesday is holding up well, with US yields all along the curve perched at or near the highs for the cycle and the 10-year US Treasury benchmark yield running out of range into the key high from June at 3.50%. The US Retail Sales report for August out shortly after this article is published is likely to drive the next step for US yields and the US dollar, which will likely move in the same direction. Somewhere out over the horizon, however, I wonder how the US dollar trades in the event a recession is afoot and investors are still marking down equities, not on a the challenge to multiples from higher yields, but on a profits recession. The past “norm” is for equities to only bottom out during the phase in which the Fed is rapidly easing to get ahead of a cratering economy. For now, the bout of risk off has seen NZD and NOK as the interesting pair of weakest currencies, with AUD and CAD not far behind and sterling struggling a bit more today, even as the market edges up the pricing of the Bank of England next week closer to 75 basis points (still only slightly more than 50/50 odds according to futures prices). Sterling almost can’t hope to perform well if risk sentiment But perhaps most importantly, the USD sell-off picked up its pace a bit today on USDCNH breaking above 7.00 for the first time since the summer of 2020 and despite constant PBOC pushbacks via setting the daily fixing stronger for the last three weeks and more on a daily basis. Overnight, China kept its rate unchanged as well, though there were a couple of bright spots in thew news from China overnight, as local authorities have listened to Xi Jinping’s calls for easing up on property investment with a raft of measures. As well, the Chengdu Covid lockdowns are easing. Still, any significant extension above 7.00 in USDCNH will have markets on edge, particularly if the 7.187 all time highs come into view. The USD strength and yield remaining pinned higher have emboldened prevented a further slide in USDJPY after USDJPY traded south of 143.00 overnight. We all know that the BoJ/MoF will more than likely step in if USDJPY trades north of 145.00 again, but note the more profound correction in crosses like AUDJPY, possibly a better place to speculate for a JPY resurgence if risk sentiment remains downbeat. That pair has rejected the recent extension above 97.00, though it probably needs to cut down through 95.00 together with tamer long global yields to suggest something bigger is afoot. Chart: AUDUSDThe Aussie caught a broad, if brief, bid overnight on a strong August jobs report, but wilted again in today’s trade as risk sentiment deflated once again and as the move lower in the CNH versus the US dollar picked up a bit of extra steam and crossed the psychologically important 7.00 level. Watching the lows for the cycle here below 0.6700 for a possible extension to at least 0.6500 on a break lower and a retest of the cycle lows from June. Table: FX Board of G10 and CNH trend evolution and strength.Interesting to note the CHF topping the leaderboard as EURCHF tries at the cycle lows today and Europe can’t get on the same page on its attempts to cap energy prices (drives risk of higher CPI outcomes and more CHF strength to offset). Elsewhere, the NZD is the weakest of the lot, while Japanese officialdom has impressed with its latest verbal intervention, as can be seen in the tremendous momentum shift over the last week in the broader JPY picture. Table: FX Board Trend Scoreboard for individual pairs.AUDNZD remains in a positive trend, but it’s at a multi-year range top as we watch whether a proper trend develops. Elsewhere, NZDUSD is grinding down into the psychologically challenging sub-0.6000 levels, while USDCAD is banging on the cycle resistance at 1.3200 and USDNOK is poking at local highs and only a bit more than a percent from its highest close since the pandemic panic of early 2020 around 10.25. Wondering if today will prove a pivot day for EURGBP that confirmed the up-trend. Upcoming Economic Calendar Highlights 1230 – US Weekly Initial Jobless Claims 1230 – US Sep. Empire Manufacturing 1230 – US Aug. Retail Sales Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/forex/fx-update-usdcnh-breaks-above-700-usd-eyes-retail-sales-15092022
A Softer Labour Market In Australia And Its Possible Consequences

Australian Jobs Market Data, AUD/USD And Incoming Reserve Bank's Of Australia (RBA) Decision

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 15.09.2022 16:35
The Australian dollar is showing little movement today after the solid Australian employment report. Australian employment rebounds The Australian labour market remains resilient, as indicated by a solid August employment report. The increase in employment of 33.5 thousand was very close to the consensus of 35 thousand, with the gain of 58.8 thousand full-time jobs especially impressive. The release was within expectations and the Australian dollar’s response has been muted. The unemployment rate ticked higher to 3.5%, up from 3.4%. The employment data likely will not change things for the RBA, which meets on October 6th. The RBA has delivered 50bp rate hikes four straight times, but may be looking to ease its tightening and guide the economy to a soft landing. If the RBA needs an excuse to hike by 25bp, it could hang its hat on the slight rise in the unemployment rate. Australia’s Inflation Expectations slowed to 5.4% in August, marking a third consecutive decline. This is a dose of good news for the RBA, which wants to ensure that inflation expectations do not become unanchored in an environment of red-hot inflation. Read next: Crude Oil Price Has To Struggle Through A Way Full Of Obstacles| FXMAG.COM In the US, the August inflation report resulted in plenty of volatility, as stock markets fell sharply before recovering. The US dollar rose sharply after inflation came in at 8.3%, higher than the forecast of 8.1%. The markets have been forced to recalibrate after assuming that inflation had peaked and the Fed would make a U-turn on policy. The Fed has been consistent in its hawkish message, and it seems that the markets are finally listening. The FOMC is expected to raise rates by 75bp, with market pricing showing plenty of fluctuation. Currently, there is a 74% likelihood of a 75bp increase, with a 26% of a massive 100pt hike. Gone is the anticipation of a “modest” 50bp rise, as the Fed is expected to continue to stay aggressive until inflation shows unmistakable signs that it has peaked and is moving lower. The Fed is saying that inflation will be brought down to the 2% target in 2023, but it looks like the road to low inflation will have bumps along the way, as the battle with inflation has been difficult and that is likely to continue to be the case. AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD has weak support at 0.6737, followed by support at 0.6629 There is resistance at 0.6807 and 0.6915   This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Australian dollar yawns after jobs report - MarketPulseMarketPulse
FX Volatility Remains Subdued, The Investor Mood Seems To Be Leaning Towards A 2023 Slowdown

Mixed Macroeconomic Data And Behavior Of Currency Pairs

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 16.09.2022 14:18
Summary:  The US dollar continues to drive higher together with the pricing for the Fed’s terminal policy rate reaching new highs near 4.50%. The JPY managed to hold the line and then some against a surging greenback as the market seems unwilling to challenge the Bank of Japan for now despite the higher US yields. Elsewhere, the descent in sterling is verging on scary, with GBPUSD staking out new record lows since 1985 below 1.1400 as EURGBP broke the range highs. FX Trading focus: Sterling descent getting scary after weak UK Retail Sales. USDJPY stays tame even with stronger USD and higher US treasury yields. The USD arched to new highs this morning versus a majority of G10 currencies, with USDJPY the notable pair not participating in the move as the market seems unwilling to challenge the Bank of Japan for now. One of the proximate triggers for a shift lower in risk sentiment late yesterday was the weak result and guidance from FedEx after US trading hours. As well, US short treasury yields continue to rise and provide plenty of pressure on markets. As for USDJPY, arguably longer yields are a more important coincident indicator, and US long yields have not yet broken to new cycle highs (3.50% for the US 10-year Treasury benchmark) although they are pushing hard on that level. The short end of the US yield curve, continues to rise apace even as the predictions for next week’s meeting pulled back slightly, meaning that the “terminal rate” for the cycle is getting priced higher – and has nearly hit 4.50%, more than a hundred basis points above where it was in early August. Data from the US yesterday was mixed. The headline US August Retail Sales report was slightly stronger than expected at +0.3% MoM vs. -0.1% expected, but July was revised down to -0.4% from 0.0%. The core Retail Sales data was slightly weaker than expected at +0.3% ex Autos and Gas, likewise with a negative revision (down to +0.3% for July after +0.7% was reported). Important to note that the US reports Retail Sales in nominal dollar changes, so this report suggests stagnating volumes. The latest weekly jobless claims data point yesterday was the lowest since late May, extending the recent falling trend. The UK August Retail Sales data this morning, on the other hand, was distinctly weak and set off an extension lower in sterling, as EURGBP broke above 0.8722 for the first time since early 2021 UK reports Retail Sales in volumes, not in nominal prices, and the month-on-month data developments were extremely weak, pointing to a steep real growth slowdown. Sales including petrol fell -1.6% MoM in August and -1.5% ex petrol. The August Ex Petrol volumes dip takes the data below the 2019 level in August, the first time that has happened in this calendar year. Waiting for the close of trade today for next steps as we have quarterly “witching” of massive derivatives exposures in the US today and with it, possibly erratic trading. Very interesting to see the combination of USDJPY unwillingness to move today together with USDCNH on the rise (so CNHJPY dropping), while EURUSD is also a bit stuck and backing up after trying lower in the European morning today. Some USD exhaustion creeping in at least within the G3? And if risk sentiment continues to deteriorate, will it remain always a function of the rising Fed expectations, or can it jump horses to concerns for the economic cycle? In other words, the eventual chief question may be: what happens to the USD if bond and stocks diverge in direction? Chart: GBPUSDGBPUSD declines took on extra energy this morning in the wake of the weak August UK Retail Sales data that showed a sharp contraction in volumes in August, a sign of real GDP contraction. This took EURGBP to new highs since early 2021 (pointing that out as an indication of isolate GBPS weakness), while GBPUSD drove down to record lows since the mid-1980’s. Not sure what can bring relief for sterling here save for a halt to the relentless rise in US yields and/or thawing risk sentiment after the steep plunge this week. As for next level, only round, psychological ones seem relevant as the 1985 lows near 1.0500 are impossible to compare in real effective terms after 37 years. Bulls will have to hope that sentiment shifts here and for a quick rejection of the new lows to confirm a divergent momentum scenario (stochastic indicator turning back higher after new price lows posted with indicator not at new lows). EURCHF hit new cycle lows yesterday below 0.9550, but these were rapidly rejected. Without any catalyst I could identify, this looks like possible intervention – perhaps as energy prices have calmed, meaning that the SNB wants to lean a bit the other way now? Very curious to hear the SNB next Thursday. Table: FX Board of G10 and CNH trend evolution and strength.The stronger euro beginning to stick out, as does the JPY resilience, as the smaller currencies and sterling have traded weakest. Gold hit the skids on breaking below the big range level around 1,680. CNH is on the weak side, which is interesting, given the strong US dollar, but let’s watch 7.20 in USDCNH to see if there is any real fireworks potential. Table: FX Board Trend Scoreboard for individual pairs.JPY has strengthened enough to have a go at flipping stronger versus NOP and NZD today. More interested in whether the CNHJPY rate flips negative next week. Upcoming Economic Calendar Highlights 1200 – Poland Aug. Core CPI 1215 – Canada Aug. Housing Starts 1400 – US Sep. Preliminary University of Michigan Sentiment Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/forex/fx-update-sterling-descent-takes-gbpusd-to-historic-low-16092022
The Australian Dollar (AUD) Has Recovered Most Of Those Losses

Australian Dollar (AUD) - Helpful Facts While Considering Possible Moves Of RBA

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 19.09.2022 23:30
The Australian dollar has started the week with considerable losses. In the North American session, AUD/USD is trading at 0.6694, down 0.40%. Will minutes shed light on RBA’s plans? It’s a light calendar this week for Australian releases. One of the highlights is the Reserve Bank of Australia’s minutes of the September meeting, which will be released on Tuesday. At the meeting, the RBA hiked rates by 0.50% for a fourth straight time, bringing the cash rate to 2.35%. RBA Governor Lowe has made it quite clear that additional rate hikes are coming, and last week he told a parliamentary committee that the 2.35% rate “is still too low”. At the same time, Lowe has signalled that he plans to slow the pace of tightening.  Lowe could decide to lower rates to 0.25% as soon as the October 6th meeting, but that is by no means certain, given that inflation rose to 6.1% in the second quarter, up from 5.1% in Q1. Inflation is the RBA’s number one priority, and Lowe may not want to ease up on rates until there are clear signs that inflation has peaked. The RBA is also concerned about inflation expectations, and there was good news last week as inflation expectations slowed to 5.4% in August, which was a third successive decline. This week sees several major banks holding rate meetings, highlighted by the Federal Reserve meeting on September 21st. The Fed has relied on a strong labour market to continue tightening at a steep pace as it grapples with high inflation. In August, inflation dipped for a second straight month, but the 8.3% reading was higher than the consensus. Inflation is proving to be more persistent than expected, which means that the Fed will have to remain more hawkish than the markets had anticipated. This sentiment has sent the US dollar higher. The markets have priced in a 0.75% hike at the upcoming meeting, with an outside chance of a massive 1.00% increase. With the Fed remaining in hawkish mode, the short-term outlook for the US dollar appears bright. AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD has support at 0.6623 and 0.6523 There is resistance at 0.6769 and 0.6869 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Australian dollar falls, RBA minutes loom - MarketPulseMarketPulse
FX Volatility Remains Subdued, The Investor Mood Seems To Be Leaning Towards A 2023 Slowdown

The Major Currency Pairs On The Forex Market And Their Move Ahead Of Important Decisions

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 20.09.2022 10:35
Here is what you need to know on Tuesday, September 20: Major currency pair trade in familiar ranges on Tuesday as investors move to the sidelines ahead of key central bank policy decisions. The US Dollar Index (DXY), which closed virtually unchanged on Monday, moves sideways slightly above 109.50 and the market mood improves modestly with US stock index futures rising between 0.2% and 0.3%. Later in the day, Building Permits and Housing Starts data for August will be featured in the US economic docket. Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures from Canada will also be watched closely by market participants. Wall Street Journal author Nick Timiraos, who correctly leaked the 75 basis points (bps) rate hike in July, published an article late Monday and refrained from suggesting that the Fed could raise its policy rate by 100 bps on Wednesday. The greenback lost some interest after this development and the DXY erased its daily gains. The benchmark 10-year US Treasury bond yield stays relatively quiet near 3.5% on Tuesday. Federal Reserve Preview: Forecasting 5% interest rates? Dollar to move on dot-plot, Powell's pledges. Earlier in the day, Sweden's central bank, Riksbank, announced that it raised its policy rate by 100 bps to 1.75%, compared to Reuters' estimate for a rate increase of 75 bps. With the initial reaction, EUR/SEK fell to a fresh daily low of 10.7305 but managed to recover to the 10.8000 area. During the Asian trading hours, the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) September monetary policy meeting minutes showed that policymakers saw a case for a slower pace of rate increases as becoming stronger. AUD/USD's reaction to the RBA's publication was largely muted and the pair was last seen trading flat on the day at around 0.6730. Annual CPI in Canada is expected to decline to 7.4% in August from 7.6% in July. Ahead of this data, the USD/CAD pair trades in a tight range near the mid-1.3200s. EUR/USD managed to stage a rebound in the second half of the day on Monday and closed in positive territory above parity. The pair was last seen posting small daily gains near 1.0030. GBP/USD clings to modest daily gains at around 1.1450 early Tuesday. “There aren’t currently any negotiations taking place with the US and I don’t have any expectation that those are going to start in the short to medium term," British Prime Minister Liz Truss said regarding a potential trade deal with the US but these comments were largely ignored by market participants. The data from Japan revealed on Tuesday that the National CPI climbed to 3% in August from 2.6% in July. Although this print came in stronger than the market expectation of 2.6%, USD/JPY managed to hold its ground and was last seen rising 0.2% on the day at 143.50. Gold is having a tough time attracting buyers and trading in negative territory slightly above $1,670. The resilience of the 10-year US T-bond yield makes it difficult for XAU/USD to gather recovery momentum. Bitcoin shook off the bearish pressure late Monday but it's yet to reclaim $20,000. Ethereum gained nearly 3% on Monday but failed to preserve its bullish momentum early Tuesday. At the time of press, ETH/USD was down 1% on the day at $1,360.
NZD/USD: Reserve Bank Of New Zealand Is Expected To Hike The Rate By 50bp

Reserve Bank's Of Australia Meeting Minutes Didn't Surprise Markets. RBA May Be Thinking Of The October Hike, Could Australian Dollar (AUD) Be Fluctuating Shortly?

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 20.09.2022 12:18
The Australian dollar is in negative territory today. AUD/USD is trading at 0.6706, down 0.30% on the day. RBA says rates to increase The RBA minutes of the September 6th meeting didn’t shed any new light on the central bank’s rate policy, and the Australian dollar’s response has been muted. The minutes reiterated the message that the markets have already heard from Governor Lowe – additional rate hikes are coming, but the size of the hikes will depend on inflation and growth. The minutes noted that rates are approaching “normal settings”. At the meeting, members argued over whether to raise rates by 25bp or 50bp – in the end, the Bank went for the latter option, bringing the cash rate to 2.35%. With no inflation or employment data prior to the October meeting, the RBA may still be up in the air with regard to the size of the rate hike right up to decision time. This will make for an interesting meeting which could trigger volatility from the Australian dollar. There are arguments to be made on both sides. Inflation rose to 6.1% in the second quarter, and as the RBA’s number one priority, Lowe may want to keep the pedal on the floor until there are clear signs that inflation is moving lower. On the other hand, inflation expectations have slowed over three straight months, a possible indication that inflation may have peaked or will do so shortly. Lowe would very much like to guide the economy to a soft landing, which would be facilitated by a modest 0.25% hike. The Federal Reserve meets on Wednesday, with the markets expecting a 0.75% hike. There is about a 20% chance of a massive full-point hike. The markets will be listening carefully to the Fed’s guidance – if it is hawkish, the US dollar should respond with broad gains. AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD has support at 0.6623 and 0.6523 There is resistance at 0.6769 and 0.6869 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. AUD/USD dips after RBA minutes - MarketPulseMarketPulse
The Aussie Pair Investors Have Turned Risk Averse Ahead Of The Release Of The US PCE Price Index Report

Is the USD/CAD Pair Moving Towards The Top Boundary ?

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 20.09.2022 13:35
Canada CPI Overview Statistics Canada will release the latest consumer inflation figures for August later during the early North American session on Wednesday, at 12:30 GMT. The headline CPI is expected to decline by 0.1% MoM as compared to a modest 0.1% rise reported in July. Furthermore, the yearly rate is anticipated to decelerate from 7.6% to 7.3% in August. More importantly, the Bank of Canada's Core CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, is estimated to rise by 0.3% MoM in August and come in at 6% on a yearly basis, down from 6.1% in July. Analysts at RBC Economics offer a brief preview of the report and explain: “We look for a dip from 7.6% in July to 7.2% in August – down from a recent peak of 8.1% in June. But beneath the weakening headline number, some prices are still powering up. Food price growth likely accelerated again. And we look for the rate excluding food and energy products to hold steady at 5.5%. Alongside this, the Bank of Canada’s preferred core inflation measures also likely remained elevated. We continue to believe the headline inflation rate has hit its peak as lower commodity prices and easing global supply chain pressures lower growth in goods prices. But we don’t expect ‘core’ measures to peak until later this year when higher interest rates start to cut deeply into consumer demand.” How Could it Affect USD/CAD? The Bank of Canada (BoC)focuses more on the core rate. If the reading comes in line with expectations or slightly above, it will fuel speculations the BoC will keep its aggressive stance. This might be enough to provide a modest lift to the Canadian dollar, though subdued action around crude oil prices could cap any meaningful upside. Conversely, a softer print should allow the USD/CAD pair to build on its intraday positive move amid resurgent US dollar demand. Nevertheless, the fundamental backdrop suggests that the path of least resistance for the USD/CAD pair is to the upside. Hence, a subsequent strength back towards testing the highest level since November 2020, around the 1.3345 region touched on Monday, remains a distinct possibility. The momentum could further get extended towards the top boundary of a multi-month-old ascending channel, currently placed just ahead of the 1.3400 round-figure mark. On the flip side, the 1.3220-1.3210 region, coinciding with the overnight swing low, might continue to protect any meaningful pullback ahead of the 1.3200 mark. Any subsequent decline might still be seen as a buying opportunity and find decent support near the 1.3120-1.3115 region. This is closely followed by the 1.3100 mark, below which the USD/CAD pair could accelerate the fall towards the next relevant support near the 1.3055 horizontal zone. Key Notes   •   Canadian CPI Preview: Forecasts from five major banks, core inflation to stay high   •   USD/CAD Forecast: Bullish potential intact, Canadian CPI eyed ahead of FOMC meeting   •   USD/CAD: Levels below 1.30 might remain out of reach for now – Commerzbank About Canadian CPI The Consumer Price Index (CPI) released by Statistics Canada is a measure of price movements by the comparison between the retail prices of a representative shopping basket of goods and services. The purchasing power of CAD is dragged down by inflation. The Bank of Canada aims at an inflation range (1%-3%). Generally speaking, a high reading is seen as anticipatory of a rate hike and is positive (or bullish) for the CAD.
The Forex Market Awaits Tomorrow's Fed Rate Hike Decisions

The Forex Market Awaits Tomorrow's Fed Rate Hike Decisions

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 20.09.2022 13:55
Summary:  These are remarkable times as the Riksbank manages to surprise the market with a full 100 basis point rate hike and yet EURSEK trades unchanged within half an hour of the decision. This is likely on faltering risk sentiment this morning in Europe as the market mulls the risk that the Powell Fed has come to realize that actions speak far louder than guidance, as we mark up the odds for a 100 basis point hike at tomorrow’s FOMC meeting. FX Trading focus: Fed’s obsession with not surprising may be a thing of past: look for 100 basis points after Riksbank went 100 bps this morning. The Swedish Riksbank surprised today with a 100 basis point hike to take the rate to 1.75%, a move only a minority were looking for. This, in addition to guidance that the Riksbank would look to continue hiking rates, took Swedish yields higher, but didn’t do much for the currency. The reaction there, in fact, was remarkable as EURSEK fell well over a percent on the decision only to trade above the level prevailing immediately before the announcement within five minutes and then rising to new cycle highs since March a bit over half an hour after the decision. As I wrote in this morning’s Quick Take, I suspect SEK weakness (EURSEK top of range, USDSEK near all-time highs of 11.04 from 2001) might have tipped the scales, though the krona was not mentioned explicitly in the Riksbank’s statement today. That takes us to the FOMC meeting tomorrow. I have suggested in recent comments that it is less material whether the Fed moves 75 or 100 basis points at tomorrow’s meeting, provided that the Fed maintains sufficiently strong guidance on the terminal rate by the end of this year and an even higher rate forecast for 2023, but my thinking has evolved this morning and I am already leaning far more in favour of the Fed delivering 100 basis points. One aspect that in the past might have held back the Fed from hiking more than the market has priced (80-85 bps priced in this morning, depending on the measure of expectations) was the seeming Fed obsession with having the rate decision fully priced before the fact as was so patently obvious ahead of the June 16 FOMC meeting, which saw the leak of a WSJ article by noted Fed whisperer Nick Timiraos suggesting a 75 basis point move when the market was priced for only a 50-bp move. Given the stark Jackson Hole speech from Fed Chair Powell and the strong CPI data and other resilient US data, I wonder if this Fed is happy to change behaviour and let a proper surprise rip the market with a 100-bp move tomorrow together with a strong lifting of guidance and a 2024 PCE core forecast lift from its 2.3% level. Even better would be a 112.5 move that does away with the silly quarter-point upper-lower bound of the Fed policy rate and sets the rate to 3.50%.  Already, given that the market’s thinking is shifting in the direction of a 100-bp move tomorrow, the Fed almost has to do so or it will be delivering a dovish surprise with anything less. Fed actions will speak louder than guidance. Chart: USDJPYGet ready for chaos in USDJPY as US 10-year yields are already rising to new cycle highs ahead of the FOMC meeting and the Bank of Japan meeting only hours later in Asia’s Thursday session. The Bank of Japan and Ministry of Finance achieved a modicum of respect with their latest verbal intervention, as fresh highs in long US treasury yields haven’t seen USDJPY challenge the 145.00 level yet, but if the Bank of Japan fails to shift after a more hawkish Fed (our bias), then watch out for significant volatility risk to the upside, followed by a likely intervention fight to follow, as discussed in my colleague Charu’s latest excellent piece.   RBA minutes overnight were nothing to write home about for Australian rates, but AUDNZD jumped higher through the key 1.1250 area resistance, a possibly seismic move we have been out the lookout for since the pair approached that level a few weeks ago. We have argued that a significant resetting higher of the currency pair is possible – possibly toward 1.2000 and higher – given the diverging trajectories of the two countries’ current accounts. Table: FX Board of G10 and CNH trend evolution and strength.The kiwi is getting squashed and the RBNZ may have to change its mind about where the policy cycle may have to go at some level of NZD weakness. Elsewhere, watching the G3 over the FOMC to see if a hawkish surprise can continue to drive USD strength there as well as versus the weaker currencies. If we are set to test new equity bear market lows, SEK may be set for extended weakness and USDSEK may be set for a go at its all time high above 11.00 as EURSEK is also threatening higher. Table: FX Board Trend Scoreboard for individual pairs.AUDNZD has torn above resistance – big development there, even if nominally, there are some shreds of resistance up to 1.1430 before the big space opens up on the chart. Elsewhere, EURSEK trades top of range despite and USDSEK is 2% from all time level of 2001 ahead of FOMC meeting tomorrow. Interesting that USDJPY remains range-locked despite US 10-year yield at new highs this morning – helmets on there as noted above. Upcoming Economic Calendar Highlights 1230 – Canada Aug. Teranet/National Bank Home Price Index 1230 – US Aug. Housing Starts & Building Permits 1230 – Canada Aug. CPI  1700 – ECB President Lagarde to speak Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/forex/fx-update-riksbank-raises-risk-of-100-bp-hike-from-fomc-20092022
Sturdy Australian Labour Market With Over 13K Full-Time Jobs, AUD/USD May Decrease Further, RBA Decides On Interest Rate On November 1st

AUD/USD: Is There Any Sign Of RBA Lifting The Pedall Off The Metal?

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 20.09.2022 16:09
AUD/USD remains depressed near 0.6700 mark amid stronger USD, seems vulnerable A combination of factors prompts fresh selling around AUD/USD on Tuesday. Aggressive Fed rate hike bets, elevated US bond yields revive the USD demand. Recession fears also underpin the buck and weigh on the risk-sensitive aussie. The AUD/USD pair attracts fresh selling in the vicinity of mid-0.6700s, or a three-day high touched earlier this Tuesday and continues losing ground through the early North American session. The pair is currently placed near the lower end of its daily trading range, around the 0.6700 mark, and remains well within the striking distance of its lowest level since June 2020. The Australian dollar started weakening following the release of the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) September meeting minutes. The central bank reiterated that policy was not on a pre-set path and noted that interest rates are getting closer to normal levels. The RBA further added that it sees the case for slowing the pace of rate hikes. This, along with resurgent US dollar demand, is exerting downward pressure on the AUD/USD pair. Expectations that the Federal Reserve will stick to its aggressive rate-hiking cycle to curb stubbornly high inflation assist the greenback to rebound swiftly from a one-week low. The US central bank is expected to deliver at least a 75 bps rate hike at the end of a two-day monetary policy meeting on Wednesday. This, in turn, remains supportive of elevated US Treasury bond yields and continues to act as a tailwind for the greenback. Apart from this, a softer risk tone - amid growing recession fears - provides an additional lift to the safe-haven buck and contributes to driving flows away from the risk-sensitive aussie. The USD sticks to its intraday gains and moves little following the release of the mixed US housing market data. Nevertheless, the fundamental backdrop suggests that the path of least resistance for the AUD/USD pair is to the downside. Bearish traders, however, might prefer to wait for some follow-through selling below the 0.6670 region before positioning for any further depreciating move. Investors might also refrain from placing aggressive bets and prefer to move to the sidelines ahead of the key central bank event risk - the highly-anticipated FOMC decision on Wednesday. Technical levels to watch
The Situation In Ukraine And The Fed's Decision Strongly Affect The Currency Pairs

The Situation In Ukraine And The Fed's Decision Strongly Affect The Currency Pairs

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 21.09.2022 13:14
Tension in markets has increased markedly. Investors are already aware that interest rates will rise by 0.75% to 3.25%, so they are trying to determine the overall impact to the US economy and global financial markets. Most likely, the effect will be negative as rates above 3% are definitely restrictive, affecting the income of businesses, industrial activity and employment. Rising interest rates will hit companies that have high debts first, which will lead to a slowdown in production and beginning of layoffs. In this situation, the stock market may sink deeper, and many companies and businesses will go bankrupt. Treasury yields will also increase, which will lead to a rise in the cost of servicing the public debt by the US government. In the event of geopolitical tensions, no rate hikes, even by the ECB, will ease pressure in the market. This is because dollar is a safe haven asset and a better option in the face of military conflict in the Euro area. Another supporting factor for dollar is the decreasing demand for stocks, which was also brought upon by the increase in rates and the desire of the Fed to actively raise them further. The situation will only change if, at the press conference, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell announces that further plans on interest rates will depend on the incoming inflation data. Stocks and other commodities, such as gold, will rally at that time, while dollar will fall. This is because a decrease in inflation will prompt the Fed to ease the pace of rate increases, and then stop it altogether. Forecasts for today: USD/CAD The pair is trading above 1.3370. If the conflict in Ukraine intensifies, demand for dollar will surge, which will lead to a growth towards 1.3500. AUD/USD The pair fell below 0.6675 because of the escalation of crisis around Ukraine. If the Fed raises rates by 0.75%, the quote will dip further to 0.6585. Relevance up to 09:00 2022-09-23 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/322248
AUD/USD – Federal Reserve Is Expected To Hike The Rate By 75bp Today, RBA Decides In October

AUD/USD – Federal Reserve Is Expected To Hike The Rate By 75bp Today, RBA Decides In October

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 21.09.2022 14:08
The Australian dollar has edged lower today. Earlier, AUD/USD dropped to 0.6654, its lowest level since May 2020. Risk sentiment has soured after Russia announced that it is moving quickly to annex territories that it has captured in Ukraine. European leaders quickly denounced the move as a “sham”. An annexation would seriously escalate the conflict in Ukraine, as Russia could argue that any fighting in the annexed territory was an attack on sovereign Russian land. President Putin also ordered the mobilization of 300,000 reservists, an indication of how badly the campaign is going for Moscow. Fed poised to deliver 75bp increase All eyes are on the Federal Reserve which wraps up its policy meeting later today. The Fed is expected to hike by 0.75%, which would bring the benchmark rate to 3.25%. This move would be significant as rates would move above the neutral rate level of 2.5%, into restrictive territory. There is an outside chance that the Fed will raise rates by a full point, which would unnerve the markets and likely send the US dollar sharply higher. Aside from the rate hike, investors will be keenly monitoring the Fed’s latest quarterly forecasts for the economy. This will include projections for unemployment and interest rate levels. The Fed is expected to remain hawkish and argue that the price of higher unemployment and a further rise in rates is the painful but necessary price to rein in inflation. RBA says rates to increase The RBA minutes of the September meeting didn’t contain any surprises. The minutes reiterated the message that further rate hikes are coming, but the size of the hikes will be data-dependent. At the meeting, members argued over whether to raise rates by 25bp or 50bp – in the end, the Bank went for the latter option, bringing the cash rate to 2.35%. With no inflation or employment data prior to the October meeting, RBA members may again be split over how much to tighten. This should make for an interesting meeting that could trigger volatility from the Australian dollar. AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD has support at 0.6623 and 0.6523 There is resistance at 0.6769 and 0.6869   This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Australian dollar extends losses - MarketPulseMarketPulse
The Bank Of Japan Should Do The Opposite Of What Western Banks Are Doing

The Bank Of Japan Should Do The Opposite Of What Western Banks Are Doing

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 21.09.2022 14:18
Today, the US Federal Reserve will finally announce its decision on interest rates and present new economic projections as well as the dot plot. On Wednesday morning, the futures market saw an 82% probability of a 75 basis point rate increase and an 18% chance of a hike by 100 basis points at once, which is in line with the earlier forecasts. Meanwhile, the greenback is edging higher but its upside potential is limited. During the day, demand for risk assets could increase as the Kremlin is preparing to hold a referendum in four partially occupied regions of Ukraine on joining Russia. This could trigger geopolitical jitters and change the course of the military confrontation. USD/CAD Inflation in Canada slowed to 7% in August from 7.6% in the previous month, beating economists' forecasts. Core inflation came at 5.8% versus 6.1% a month earlier. In this light, expectations of the hawkish Bank of Canada could ease, causing a drop in the loonie. The Canadian regulator will hold the board meeting in a week. Now there is a high probability of a more than 50 basis point rate rise. Otherwise, the Bank of Canada could choose to pause with tightening as the CPI, excluding food and energy prices, grew by 2.6% on a seasonally adjusted and yearly basis, the lowest rise since February 2021. In other words, with a slowdown in the inflation rate, the Bank of Canada could take some time – at least 5 weeks until the next meeting – to see how things unfold. The net long position on CAD dropped by 481 million in a week. CAD positioning is still bullish although bearish sentiment is increasing. Meanwhile, the fair value is rising. Last week, the target stood at the swing high of 1.3222, The quote broke through the barrier and approached the technical resistance level of 1.3335. The impulse is still strong and is unlikely to end any time soon. The new target is seen in the 1.3640/60 resistance zone. The price could approach the range already by the end of the week. USD/JPY In Japan, inflation hit 3% year-over-year in August, coming above market expectations. Still, Japan is not one of those countries that are now dealing with soaring inflation. Although the price of goods in the country accelerated by 5.7% year-over-year, the price of services saw an uptick of just 0.2% (49.54% of the whole index). This is due to a sluggish rise in wages and long-term prospects of decreasing internal demand amid the depopulation and aging of Japanese society. The Bank of Japan simply cannot set the same inflation target as in the West, given its significant structural differences. In other words, while other central banks, including the Federal Reserve and the ECB, are doing everything to tame inflation, the Bank of Japan should do the opposite. Therefore, the Japanese regulator will hardly change its stance on monetary policy. The Bank of Japan has recently checked to see how the yen is doing. It called dealers at commercial banks to find out about the current state of the foreign exchange market. The bank does this, expecting intervention from the government (the Minister of Finance), which is legally responsible for the country's exchange rate policy. Exchange rate checking serves a dual purpose. Firstly, it lets the market know that the government is ready to intervene. Secondly, it signals that the authorities are concerned about the speed of market change. Oftentimes, after such checks, the government intervenes to stabilize the yen, especially since the yield on 10-year bonds has been holding 1 point above the target (0.251%) for several days. In other words, intervention is the only thing that can be done. This is also a signal of an imminent inflow of liquidity. So, the yen is likely to deepen its weakening. The net short position on JPY is still increasing, with a weekly gain of 1.883 billion. The currency is likely to stay bearish, with the fair value above the long-term MA. In this light, short-term consolidation slightly below 145 is coming to an end and could be followed by a breakout above the mark. The psychologically important level stands at the next target of 147.71. Still, it could hardly be reached. The Federal Reserve's monetary stance is likely to be exactly the opposite of the Bank of Japan's in the long run. So, the yen will remain in a bear trend unless, of course, sudden geopolitical events change the balance of risk. Relevance up to 08:00 2022-09-26 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/322234
EU Gloomy Picture Pointing To A Gradual Approach To Recession

How Much Have European Governments Invested In Supporting Businesses And Consumers, The Demand For Copper And More

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 22.09.2022 08:47
Summary:  The Fed’s 75bps rate hike came with a strong message emerging from the Dot Plot that rate hikes will continue despite risks of slower economic growth and higher unemployment rate. Clear focus remains on tightening the financial conditions, which was reflected in equities and other risk assets. Russia’s partial mobilization has raised geopolitical concerns as well, adding a risk-off bid to the US dollar. EURUSD appears to be heading for 0.98 even as pressure on the Japanese yen remains capped due to lower long-end US yields. Hard to expect Bank of Japan pivot today, but FX comments could be the highlight before focus turns to another jumbo hike from the Bank of England later. What is happening in markets?   Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) are looking bearish again The Fed managed to deliver a hawkish surprise without going for a 100bps rate hike, as the message was clear – rate hikes will continue even if economic pain worsens. While the initial reaction from equities was a negative one, some ground was regained with Powell’s presser, once again, lacking further hawkish surprises. However, Powell said in his concluding Q&A response that rates will likely get to levels seen in the Dot Plot, reigniting their signaling power after initially warnings against taking the Dot Plot as Fed’s plan. Whether that was the catalyst or not is hard to tell, but stocks went on to sustain new lows into the close. What’s for sure is the Dot Plot still gives a clearer message on the Fed’s path than Powell. S&P500 fell below 3800 to close down 1.7% while NASDAQ 100 was down 1.8%. General Mills (GIS:xnys) reported better-than-expected earnings and raised its outlook, which helped it to defy the broader market decline, while also lifting other food stocks such as B&G Foods (BGS:xnys) and Kellogg (K:xnys), and supporting the overall consumer staples sector. Another chemical manufacturer joined the chorus of negative pre-announcements. Chemours (CC:xnys) revised down its 2022 EBITDA by 7% from its previous guidance, citing weaker demand from Europe and Asia. Lennar (LEN:xnys), up by 0.9%, reported adj. EPS of USD5.18, beating consensus estimate of USD4.87, primarily due to a lower tax rate and an improvement on margins. Unit orders, however, fell 12% Y/Y, missing expectations of modest growth, signing moderating housing demand, especially in Texas and the West. U.S. treasuries (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) After the Fed delivering a 75bps hike as expected but signaling a hawkish higher terminal rate of 4.6% in 2023 as well as projecting lower real GDP growth rates (0.2% in 2022, 1.2% in 2023, 1.7% in 2024) and higher unemployment rates (4.4% in 2023, 4.4% in 2024, 4.3% in 2025) than the long-run equilibrium levels (1.8% real GDP growth, 4% unemployment rate) anticipated by the Fed, the treasuries yield curve went further inverted, with 2-10 year spread closing at -54bps. Traders sold the 2-year notes, bring yields up by 7bps to 4.05% in response to clear “no pivot” message from the Fed. On the other hand, long-end yields declined on the Fed’s acceptance of slower growth and higher unemployment for longer as a price to put inflation under control. The 10-year yields fell 3bps to 3.53% and 30-year yields plunged 7bps to 3.50%. The U.S. yield curve’s trend to go deeper into inversion continues. The 3-month bills versus 10-year notes yield spread may go negative (inverted) as the 3-month rates keep rising on Fed tightening and the 10-year yield being anchored by improved inflation expectations. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSIU2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Stocks in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Shenzhen bourses continued to decline, with Hang Seng Index and CSI300 Index falling 1.8% and 0.7% respectively, and both making new lows.  Hang Seng Tech Index (HSTECH.I) lost 3%, dragged down by China Internet, tech hardware, and EV names.  Sunny Optical (02382:xhkg) tumbled 10.5% as analysts had concerns over a saturated smartphone market and increased competition in smartphone cameras.  Alibaba (09988:xhkg) and Tencent (00700:xhkg) declined 3.7% and 2.5% respectively.  While real estate stocks gained on the mainland bourses after some Chinese cities relaxed second-property buying restrictions, shares of Chinese developers traded in Hong Kong fell, with CIFI 00884:xhkg) tumbling 11.3%, Country Garden (02007:xhkg) sliding 4%.  The solar power space plunged from 5% to 8%.  Following the news of a partial mobilization in Russia to bolster armed forces, higher crude oil prices boosted the shares prices of energy companies, CNOOC (00883:xhkg) up by 2.2%, PetroChina (00857:xhkg) up by 1.2%.  %.  A tanker shipping company, COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation (01138:xhkg) soared more than 8%.  Bloomberg reported that Chinese refiners are applying for quotas from the Chinese government to export as much as 16.5 million tons of fuel oil, such as gasoline and diesel. A dry bulk shipping company, Pacific Basin (02343:xhkg) surged 7.9% after the Baltic Dry Index jumped over 11%.  The tanker shipping space and natural gas space gained and outperformed in A shares.  Asian markets to face risk-off after a hawkish Fed message Australia holds a National Day of Mourning to honour the Queen. Trading of ASX instruments will not occur as the ASX is closed. Trading resumes Friday September 23. Japan’s Nikkei 225 opened down 1.4%, eying the Bank of Japan meeting later today. Taiwan, Indonesia and the Philippines are also likely to raise rates today. AUDNZD and the NZ trade balance AUDNZD remained supported above 1.1320 and upside tests were seen with the relative current account balances in play. NZ reported August trade data this morning and imports accelerated while exports have declined. The deficit in NZ Trade Balance data has widened further to -$12.28B vs. the prior release of -$11.97B on an annual basis. Also, the monthly deficit has widened to -$2,447M against the former figure of -$1,406M. This is a contrast to Australia which is reporting fresh highs in trade balance due to its bulk of commodity exports. The next focus for AUDNZD is perhaps 1.1516, the high of 2015. EURUSD heading for 0.98 EURUSD broke lower to fresh 20-year lows of 0.9814 amid Putin’s partial mobilization and the strength of the dollar from the hawkish Fed signals. While the ECB stays hawkish as well, the relative hawkishness still tilts in favour of the Fed due to the harsh winter coming up especially for Europe as Russia has cut gas supplies. Stronger case of a recession also continues to bode for more downside in EURUSD in the near-term. Crude oil (CLU2 & LCOV2) Crude oil prices bumped up higher on Wednesday after Putin’s speech but gains faded later in the day amid a hawkish Fed boosting the US dollar and strengthening the case for a deeper economic slowdown. The EIA data saw a 1.1mn barrel build in crude stocks, similar to the private data, although given the 6.9mn barrel SPR release, that was a net 5.8mn draw. WTI futures slid below $83/barrel although some recovery was seen in early Asian hours, and Brent futures attempted to head back over the $90/barrel mark.   What to consider? Powell beats the hawkish drum louder The Federal Reserve delivered its third consecutive 75bps rate hike and showed no sign of easing its push into restrictive territory as it battles to cool inflation. This comes despite Fed’s latest projections showing slower growth and a rise in unemployment next year. The FOMC raised the benchmark rate to 3-3.25% and projected the terminal rate at 4.6% in 2023, suggesting Fed will remain committed to bring inflation down even if that means significant economic pain. Fed members estimate the economy will grow 0.2% in 2022, down sharply from a prior forecast of 1.7%. Growth forecasts were also revised lower for 2023 and 2024 to 1.2% and 1.7% from 1.7% and 1.9%, respectively. The central bank now sees the unemployment rate at 3.8% at year-end, up slightly from a prior forecast of 3.7%. But labor supply and demand may likely be restored in subsequent years, with unemployment expected to reach 4.4% in 2023 and remain unchanged the following year, according to the Fed's projections. That is above the prior June forecast of 3.9% and 4.1% unemployment in 2023 and 2024, respectively. Russia’s partial mobilization spurs risk off Russian President Putin, in his televised speech to the nation Wednesday morning, announced partial mobilization, calling up 300k reserves, whilst threatening the west with “All means of destruction, including nuclear ones”. Referendums in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye (15% of Ukraine territory) are scheduled September 23-27, and any fighting in these regions will eb considered as attacks on “Russian territory” and thus pave the way for a potential military escalation, justifying the use of mass destruction weapons. Looking out for some FX comments at the Bank of Japan meeting While it is still hard to expect a pivot from the Bank of Japan this week, given that Governor Kuroda remains focused on achieving wage inflation, the meeting will still likely have key market implications. There will likely be increased voicing of concerns by the authorities on yen weakness, and there is also some chatter around the Bank of Japan bolstering its lending programs to support the private sector as high inflation curbs spending. Also watch for intervention risks as highlighted here. Bank of England may tilt to hawkish despite recession concerns The BoE meets on Thursday after last week’s meeting was delayed by a week for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. Policymakers are expected to hike rates by another 50bps, which would bring the Bank Rate to 2.25%, although a 75bps hike is still on the table. Beyond September, analysts forecast a 50bps increase in November and 25bps in December, taking the Bank Rate to 3%, where it is expected to stay until October 2023. Also worth highlighting is the “fiscal event” delivered by new Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng on Friday. This will be his first statement on how he plans to deliver new Prime Minister Liz Truss' pledge to make the U.K. a low tax economy, which risks stoking inflation in the medium-term. However, short-term plans on energy support package suggests lower inflation to end this year, but that wouldn’t be enough for the BoE to go easy on its inflation fight. Rio Tinto joins BHP in saying Copper’s near-term outlook is challenged Rio Tinto’s CEO has joined a suite of companies, including BHP, saying copper’s short-term outlook faces pressure. From supply-chain issues to 30-year high inflation and restricted demand from China, the metal is seeing less demand, and supply is outpacing supply. However, that is not expected to be the case over the longer term. Goldman Sachs predicts copper demand will be greater than supply by 2025, and will push prices to twice their current levels. Copper is used in everything from buildings to automobiles, to wiring in homes and mobile phones. Chinese media called for Loan Prime Rate Cuts Although the Loan Prime Rates (“LPR”) were fixed at the same level earlier this week, leading Chinese financial newspapers, including the China Securities Journal and Shanghai Securities Journal are calling for LPR cuts in the coming months to boost the economy.  Temporary measures to shield European consumers from high energy prices are becoming permanent According to the calculations of the Brussels-based think tank Bruegel, European governments have allocated about €500bn to protect consumers since September 2021 (see the report). The exact figure is higher because Bruegel has not yet counted the most recent packages from the United Kingdom, Germany and Denmark. We would not be surprised if the total amount will reach at some point next year €1tr. But there is more. European governments have also allocated more to support utilities facing risk of liquidity crisis (several instruments are used including loans, bailouts and fully fledged nationalisation). This represents a total amount of €450bn (this is actually above half of the NexGenerationEU funding which was agreed after the Covid crisis). Dreadful growth forecasts for the eurozone We all know forecasting is a tricky task, even more so in the current macroeconomic environment (the impact of the energy crisis is tough to assess). Yesterday, Deutsche Bank revised downward its 2023 growth forecast for the eurozone, from minus 0.3 % to minus 2.2 %. This is a massive drop in GDP if it happens. It would actually be the third lowest euro area GDP growth since WW2 (behind 2009 and 2020, of course). This shows how expectations are low for the eurozone next year.   For a week-ahead look at markets – tune into our Saxo Spotlight. For a global look at markets – tune into our Podcast.   Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/equities/apac-daily-digest-sept-22-2022-22092022
Intervention In The Yen (JPY) Still Remains A Far Cry| The Pound (GBP) Is The Weakest Against The Dollar (USD)

Intervention In The Yen (JPY) Still Remains A Far Cry| The Pound (GBP) Is The Weakest Against The Dollar (USD)

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 27.09.2022 11:04
Summary:  Havoc has spread to the markets, not just with the Fed staying the hawkish course, but with the collapse in confidence in the UK economy after a fiscal policy and lack of monetary policy response adding into the mix with a massive bond selloff. Meanwhile, the surge in the US dollar continued taking its toll on several currencies, and the effect of Japan’s intervention from last week has also faded. Earnings pressure may be the next shoe to drop, and recession concerns also still need to be priced in more broadly. Fed’s high-for-longer message is now being taken seriously The September FOMC meeting was not precisely a pivot point for the Fed, but more so for the markets which finally understood the Fed’s message on inflation. The dot plot, particularly, conveyed two key messages as listed below. Even though the accuracy of the dot plot remains in doubt, given a very weak correlation with what actually transpired previously, it is a great signalling tool to understand the intentions of the FOMC members. Terminal rate is seen at ~4.6%, which was above what Fed funds futures were pricing in before the meeting. Even slower growth and higher unemployment levels, as conveyed by the Fed’s projections, would not deter the central bank from hiking rates There was some pushback on premature easing, with the dot plot showing a 4.5-5.0% rate even at the end of December 2023. Alongside that commitment to tighten, the Fed is now at the full pace of its quantitative tightening program, which is sucking liquidity out of financial markets at a rapid pace. The aim is to shrink the Fed’s balance sheet by $95bn a month — double the August pace. While quantitative tightening strongly influences liquidity conditions and asset markets, it is less useful in directly impacting inflation. While systemic risks from QT may remain contained, it ramps up the rise in Treasury yields as the Fed’s balance sheet shrinks and the amount of Treasuries in private hands increases. Trussonomics pushing UK to an emerging market status Sterling has fallen close to 10% on a trade-weighted basis in a little under two months, and has surpassed the Japanese yen to be the weakest against the US dollar year-to-date. An immediate response from the Bank of England may have saved some face, but remember that last week’s BOE decision was a pretty split vote as well with two members voting for 75bps rate hike and one calling for a smaller 25bps rate hike as well. So, it remains hard to expect a prudent policy response from the BOE, and a parity for GBPUSD in that case may not prove to be the floor. UK’s net forex reserves of $100bn are also enough to only cover two months of imports, or roughly equal to 3% of GDP as compared to Japan’s 20% and Switzerland’s 115%. But it’s not just about the sterling crisis in the UK, but more generally a crisis of confidence. Not to forget, inflation forecasts for end of the year are already at 10%+ levels and the market is now pricing in over 200bps of rate hikes by the end of the year, with two meetings left. The central bank will need to deliver this massive tightening simply to keep the sterling where it currently is and that won’t reverse the impact of the government’s decisions on UK markets. The scale and speed of the hikes could also do significant damage to the economy. The iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (EWU:arcx) traded lower by another 1.8% on Monday and is now down 7.3% over the last one week. Bank of Japan’s patience will keep getting tested We wrote earlier about what will need to change to call it a top in the US dollar, and nothing seems to be in order yet except some of the non-US officials starting to get concerned about currency weakness. Still, the intervention from Bank of Japan didn’t have long lasting effects on USDJPY, even as it helped to strengthen the yen against some of the other currencies such as the EUR, GBP or AUD. It may have also helped to stop some speculative shorts. But a coordinated intervention in the yen still remains a far cry, with the weakness in the Japanese yen being BoJ's own-doing due to the yield curve control policy. Japanese government bonds will likely continue to test the patience of Bank of Japan with its yield curve control policy. Downside for Japanese government bonds (JGB1c1) will potentially spike exponentially if the BOJ pivots at some point. Earnings pressure may be next While the Q2 earnings season proved to be more resilient than expectations, intensifying inflation concerns have turned corporates more cautious on the outlook and less optimistic for the near-term earnings performances. We have seen some downward revision of EPS estimates for the third quarter in July and August, and we still cannot rule out further grim outlook and margin pressures. Estimates for S&P 500 earnings in 2022 stood at $226.15 per share as of August 31, according to FactSet. This is down 1.5% from the $229.60 per share estimate as of June 30. For 2023, analysts now expect EPS of $243.68, down 2.8% from the June estimate of $250.61. So far, companies dealt with rising inflation by passing on increased costs to consumers, given the pandemic-era fiscal support measures underpinned strength in the consumer side. These increased pass-through was also visible in higher CPI prints. But with the economic outlook getting duller by the day, there is bound to be some pushback from the consumers and that will likely show up in the earnings report card. From a sectoral perspective, tech stocks will likely be battered as tight corporate budgets weigh and the US 10-year yields are in close sights of 4%. Semiconductors, a barometer of global economic health, could also face further pressure. Meanwhile, the oil and gas sector was the saviour of the Q2 earnings season, but would also likely see some pressure in Q3, unless the outlook starts to look slightly more upbeat with improving capex plans. Dollar pivot is the next key catalyst to watch The majority of the market downfall we have seen so far has come from a rapid shift in cost of capital and correcting peak valuation. The next leg, as discussed above could be the earnings recession. Still, economic recession risks remain and history suggests that the market lows do not come until after the recession begins (see chart below). Still, with the US 10-year yields approaching 4% - which maybe a likely ceiling – the focus turns to a reversal in the US dollar as the next pivot, not the Fed. Testing those key levels could mean a short-term bounce in equities which may be favourable for building new short positions as the trend still remains down. Alternatively, for investors, it would rather be optimal to look for signs of selling exhaustion to accumulate long positions, such as VIX above 40. Historically, a decline in stocks of the order of 20% makes it buying stocks after they have been down 20% from record highs has been a good risk/reward proposition for longer-term investors.     Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/macro/macro-insights-approaching-a-breaking-point-but-not-without-more-pain-first-27092022
The Australian Jobs Report In December Had A Negative Impact On The Australian Dollar (AUD)

This One May Affect Australian Dollar (AUD)! Look At The Australian Retail Sales! What Could It Mean For Reserve Bank Of Australia?

ING Economics ING Economics 28.09.2022 11:22
Following the 1.3%MoM gain in July, the faster-than-expected 0.6%MoM August increase in retail sales throws doubt on the conjecture that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) can begin to ease back on the pace of rate increases at forthcoming meetings Australian retail sales Source: Shutterstock 0.6% August retail sales MoM% Better than expected Household sector shrugging off rate hikes If the Reserve Bank of Australia's rate tightening is slowing the economy, it isn't really evident in the latest retail sales figures for August. The headline sales number registered growth of 0.6%MoM. This was admittedly down from the super-strong 1.3% gain in July. But following such a strong July figure, more statistical pull-back might have been expected if the underlying pace of sales were indeed slowing. Instead, the 3-month annualized rate of retail sales growth is still running at more than 8%, which even allowing for re-opening effects (these should be largely if not wholly through the pipeline by now) looks inconsistent with an economy that only needs modest rate hikes from here on. That prospect of a slowdown in the pace of tightening has been fostered by some official RBA comments, though it is looking increasingly at odds with the very hawkish US Fed rhetoric, the slide in the AUD, and now, the run of domestic data. Retail sales by type (MoM%) Still running strong Australian retail sales August 22 Source: CEIC, ING What's driving sales? Indeed, even the components of the latest sales numbers don't suggest much slowdown, with sales at department stores leading the way, followed by household goods and dining out. Clothing and the miscellaneous "other" section were the only weak spots. This breakdown in no sense suggests "belt-tightening".   2Y Australian government bond yields rose on the news, but this didn't provide much help for the AUD, as the US White House appeared to rule out a plaza-style currency agreement providing further fuel for the USD against the AUD and other G-10 currencies.  Read this article on THINK TagsRetail sales Reserve Bank of Australia Australia AUD Disclaimer This publication has been prepared by ING solely for information purposes irrespective of a particular user's means, financial situation or investment objectives. The information does not constitute investment recommendation, and nor is it investment, legal or tax advice or an offer or solicitation to purchase or sell any financial instrument. Read more
Stock Markets Opened The Week Lower | Apple Seeing Losses

High Prices Continue To Put Pressure On National Economies

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 28.09.2022 13:06
Markets tried to recover from the recent sharp sell-offs, but failed. And after a highly volatile trading session, European and US stock indices ended with mixed dynamics. The main reason is the confidence of investors that not only the Fed, but also a number of other world central banks will aggressively raise interest rates, trying to tame galloping inflation. In fact, Bank of England Member Huw Pill and Fed members Neel Kashkari and James Bullard spoke about the need to fight high inflation by any means because high prices continue to put pressure on national economies. This indicates that the two central banks are not putting their utmost priority on economic growth, but on curbing inflation. That is why it will not be surprising if interest rates continue to increase in the foreseeable future, which will cause further sell-offs in stock markets and rise in dollar. The upcoming inflation data in the Euro area will also stir up the markets again, especially if there is a slight slowdown in growth or an increase. It will lead to a new wave of sales in euro in the forex market. Forecasts for today: AUD/USD The pair is currently trading at 0.6375. A consolidation below may lead to a further decline to 0.6245. XAU/USD Gold is testing the level of 1621.00. A drop below it could cause a price drop to 1600.00.   Relevance up to 09:00 2022-09-30 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/322868
The RBA Surprised With A Smaller 25 bp Hike , Sterling (GBP) Rose, The USD Has Weakened

AUD/USD: Because Of Australian Retail Sales, Reserve Bank Of Australia (RBA) May Not Slowdown The Tightening

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 28.09.2022 16:42
The Australian dollar can’t find its footing and continues to lose ground against the surging US dollar. AUD/USD was down considerably earlier today but has pared most of these losses. In the North American session, AUD/USD is trading at 0.6425, down 0.14%. Australia retail sales higher than expected Australia’s retail sales for August rose 0.6% MoM, above the consensus of 0.4%. This was slower than the super-strong gain of 1.3% in July, but household spending appears to be holding well, despite the Reserve Bank’s rate-tightening cycle and high inflation. The RBA hiked rates by 0.50% earlier this month, bringing the cash rate to 2.35%. The RBA isn’t done with the current tightening cycle, but some Bank officials had signalled that the pace of tightening would slow after a series of large 0.50% rate increases. The strong retail sales release puts such a scenario in doubt since it’s unlikely that inflation has peaked if retail sales remain strong. The central bank has designated inflation as public enemy number one and needs the economy to slow in order to curb inflation, even if that means the price is a recession. The RBA meets on October 4th and may have to deliver another 0.50% and hold off from easing on rates until the data shows that the economy is slowing. Fed officials have signalled that the current cycle may soon come to a close, but the markets don’t expect any easing until there are clear signs that inflation has peaked. Although CPI dropped in August, inflation was higher than expected, which poured cold water on any hopes of the Fed easing up on policy. The war in Ukraine has seen some worrying developments, which is weighing on risk sentiment. The Nord Stream pipeline system, although inactive, was hit by explosions that appear to have been deliberate. This follows the sham referendums in Russian-occupied Ukraine, which Moscow expected to formally annex the territories on Friday. This double-whammy of a hawkish Federal Reserve and a loss of risk appetite due to the escalation of the war in Ukraine has pushed the Aussie to its lowest levels since April 2020. AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD has support at 0.6623 and 0.6523 There is resistance at 0.6769 and 0.6869 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Australian dollar extends losses - MarketPulseMarketPulse
The S&P500 Rallied Past Its 2022 Bearish Trend Top

On Thursday S&P 500 (SPX) Lost 2.11%, Nasdaq Went Down By 2.84%

ING Economics ING Economics 30.09.2022 08:27
Equities and FX decouple as we end the quarter Source: shutterstock Macro outlook Global markets: The bounce didn’t last long. Both S&P500 and NASDAQ fell sharply again on Thursday, the S&P by 2.11% and the NASDAQ by 2.84%. That puts year-to-date losses at respectively 23.62% and 31.37%. And we’d be inclined to argue that we haven’t yet seen the bottom. The S&P500, for example, is sitting just around its June lows, so any break below this level sets the scene for some substantial further declines. On the positive side, equity futures are pricing in small gains at today’s open, but that's a long way from saying that stocks will rally into the weekend and the end of the quarter. UK Gilts gave back some of their gains yesterday on the Truss government’s insistence on sticking to its mini-budget, and yields have risen across the UK curve, though this doesn’t seem to have the market’s eye in the same way it did earlier this week. 2Y US Treasury yields headed up 5.8bp to 4.192% and the yield on the 10Y bond rose a similar amount to 3.786%. 10Y Bunds rose 5.8bp to 2.14%, hurt by a 10% YoY September inflation print (10.9% for the harmonized index). And while this is cementing thoughts of a 0.75% rate increase at the next ECB meeting, that seems like a lame response in a month where the price index rose by 2 percentage points. For now, currency markets seem to disagree, and the EURUSD has risen to 0.982, though this seems a little incongruous against the data backdrop. Other G-10 currencies also did better against the USD. The AUD is now back up above 65 cents, while the GBP has risen to 1.1145 – a long way from the 1.035 low of the week (and approx. last 4 decades!). Can this last? It seems a long shot as there’s plenty more bad news to be priced in. The JPY has also had a reprieve, and is back to 144.42, while the CNY led APAC’s FX gains, gaining by more than a per cent to 7.1249 onshore. G-7 Macro: Besides the unpleasant German inflation data, the macro picture was quite thin, with some marginal upward revisions to 2Q22 US GDP, and a lower than expected initial claims figure suggesting that the Fed still has its work cut out to slow the economy enough to bring inflation down. Today, we see the full European inflation picture for September, which is likely to exceed the 9.7%YoY consensus estimate. This won’t have been adjusted yet for the German figures. US Personal income and spending data will show how consumer spending held up in August together with the latest PCE inflation figures.  And we round off the week with the University of Michigan consumer sentiment (and inflation expectations) figures. China: We expect the manufacturing PMI to be under 50 as manufacturing for real estate construction will still be in monthly contraction. Furthermore, export demand is waning and that could affect manufacturing activity for holiday-season exports. However, services should continue to pick up as Covid measures become more localised. India: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) meets today to decide on rate policy and the following three factors are relevant to that decision: 1) Inflation is 7.0%, a full per cent above the top of the RBI's target range 2) it is heading in the wrong way. 3) RBI commentary has been clear about the need to focus on fighting inflation. Put that all together and it looks likely that the RBI will deliver a further 50bp of tightening today, taking the repo rate to 5.9%. Later this evening, we will also get India’s fiscal deficit figures for August. Although all major rating agencies have India’s long-term foreign credit rating at "stable', and the deficit data year-to-date seem on track to meet the government’s 6.4% (GDP) target, it wasn’t that long ago that Fitch raised their outlook from negative. The deficit numbers have been whipped around by government subsidies and attempts to limit the pass-through of high energy prices to the consumer, so these are still worth a quick look. South Korea: Industrial production dropped more than expected in August, recording a -1.8%MoM decline (vs -1.3% in July and -0.8% market consensus). Automobile production rebounded (8.8%) but the declines in semiconductors (-14.2%) and petrochemicals (-5.0%) were bigger. We believe that re-opening will support 3QGDP, but thereafter, there should be a sharp deceleration. We also now expect only a 0.1% QoQ gain in 3Q22 (vs 0.7% in 2Q). Yesterday’s business survey outcomes were also quite weak, with manufacturing sentiment rapidly deteriorating to the lowest level since October 2020. Also, today’s forward-looking construction orders data were soft, suggesting more recessionary signals in the coming quarters. Japan: Japan’s data releases surprised the market on the positive side. The jobless rate edged down to 2.5% (vs 2.6% in July), in line with the market consensus. The Jobs-to-applications ratio continued to rise (has risen for several months in a row). And industrial production in August not only recorded a third monthly rise (2.7% MoM sa), but also beat the market expectation significantly (0.2%). We will revise up third quarter GDP soon based on today’s releases. The stronger jobs market is also a good sign for wage growth together with solid production gains. However, we think it is still too early to tell because Japan is reopening at a slower pace than other Asian countries and the reopening effects are just kicking in. With growing global recession headwinds, the BoJ will likely take its time to see whether Japan can still produce solid outcomes in a sustainable way. What to look out for: US core PCE, personal spending and Michigan sentiment South Korea industrial production (30 September) Japan labor market data (30 September) China official and Caixin PMI manufacturing (30 September) India RBI meeting (30 September) Hong Kong retail sales (30 September US personal income, personal spending and core PCE (30 September) US University of Michigan sentiment (30 September) Read this article on THINK TagsEmerging Markets Asia Pacific Asia Markets Asia Economics Disclaimer This publication has been prepared by ING solely for information purposes irrespective of a particular user's means, financial situation or investment objectives. The information does not constitute investment recommendation, and nor is it investment, legal or tax advice or an offer or solicitation to purchase or sell any financial instrument. Read more
The Australian Dollar Might Draw Support From Rising Bets

Trend Of The Australian Dollar To US Dollar (AUD/USD) Pair Is Still The Downside

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 30.09.2022 12:39
Weekly Review & Forecast: The general trend of the AUD/USD pair is still stronger to the downside. Investors will not care about the arrival of technical indicators towards oversold levels as far as interacting with the factors of the gains of the AUD dollar and the continued faltering of the USD. The closest bearish targets are currently 0.6441 and then the parity price for the currency pair. New targets 0.6404, 0.6350 and 0.6300 (historical target). AUD/USD pair is expected to trade around the spot of 0.6441 and 0.6460 by started of this week, according to trading economics global macro models and our expectations. Looking forward, we estimate it to trade at 0.6441 in or Sept. 2022. The pair dropped from the level of 0.6514 (this level of 0.6514 coincides with the ratio of 23.6%) to the bottom around 0.6441. Today, the first resistance level is seen at 0.6514 followed by Yesterday (the weekly pivot point), while daily support 1 is found at 0.6404. Also, the level of 0.6514 represents a weekly pivot point for that it is acting as major resistance/support this week. Some follow-through selling would make the AUD/USD pair vulnerable to challenging the valence mark in the near term. From a technical perspective, the overnight swing low, around the 0.6441 area, now seems to act as a support point, below which spot prices could extend the fall towards the 0.6404 mark. The AUD/USD pair continues to move downwards from the level of 0.6350. For these reasons we would be very difficult to see further significant decline for the euro before tomorrow, with signs of stabilization and correction to be the most possible scenario. A choppy morning saw the AUD/USD pair fall to an early morning low of 0.6441 before rising to a high of 0.6514 (pivot point). An extended rally could test resistance at 0.6441 and the second major resistance level (R2) at 0.6559. The third major resistance level (R3) sits at 0.6596. The direction of the AUD/USD pair may reflect the strength of either the EU or AUD economy. Moreover, the EUR to AUD dollar rate may reflect the overall global market sentiment. We had already shared in our previous topic that the psychological price sets at the level of 0.6514. The AUD/USD weekly forecast is mildly tilted towards the downside as the pair failed to sustain above the 0.6514 area after several attempts. The AUD/USD pair weekly forecast is mildly tilted towards the downside as the pair failed to sustain above the 0.6514 area after several attempts. If the price were to depress the resistance 0.6514 in the short term, this would be a sign of possible consolidation in the short term, but against the trend trading would then perhaps be riskier. Moreover, the moving average (100) starts signaling a downward trend; therefore, the market is indicating a bearish opportunity below 0.6514. So, it will be good to sell at 0.6514 with the first target of 0.6404. It will also call for a downtrend in order to continue towards 0.6350. The strong weekly support is seen at 0.6350. Sellers would then use the next support located at 0.6325 as an objective. Crossing it would then enable sellers to target 0.6300.     Relevance up to 11:00 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/295004
The Australian Dollar Might Draw Support From Rising Bets

Should Market Wait For The Australian Dollar To US Dollar (AUD/USD) Price To Return To A New Downward Move?

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 03.10.2022 08:01
The Australian dollar closed the day down 95 points on Friday, having worked out one of the embedded lines of the falling price channel (daily) with a lower shadow. This morning the price is trying to get above the resistance of 0.6439. In the event of consolidating above the level, the price may continue to grow towards the target resistance of 0.6515. The Marlin Oscillator is already turning into a correction. The price's return to the area under the Friday low, or rather, under the line of the price channel of 0.6385, opens the target along the underlying parallel line in the area of the price level of 0.6330. On a four-hour scale, the price is attacking the resistance level of 0.6439 and at the same time the Marlin Oscillator is trying to move into the zone of positive values. If such a synchronous qualitative transition takes place, then the aussie will continue its short-term growth, but it may not reach the 0.6515 target, since the MACD line is already passing under this level, and over time it will be lower and lower, creating its own resistance. We are waiting for the correction to end and the price to return to a new downward wave.   Relevance up to 04:00 2022-10-04 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/323206
A Softer Labour Market In Australia And Its Possible Consequences

Will The Depreciation Of The Australian Dollar (AUD) Against The US Dollar (USD) Forces An Interest Rate Hike By 50 bp?

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 03.10.2022 09:22
Analysts at Scotiabank lean towards a 25 bps rate hike announcement from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) on Tuesday, although the depreciation of the Australian dollar against the US dollar could press the RBA to deliver a 50 bps lift-off. Key quotes “Minutes to the September 6th meeting ... indicated that there was discussion around both a 25bps hike and the 50bps increase they opted for which fans the impression that there may be rising appetite for slowing the pace of hikes especially given the reference to how “They acknowledged that monetary policy operates with a lag and that interest rates had been increased quite quickly and were getting closer to normal settings.” “A few days before the release of the minutes but after the meeting itself, Governor Lowe said he hoped that the cash rate would come to rest within a 2.5–3.5% rate with ‘a few’ more rate increases over coming meetings. This suggests that there is considerably more work to be done with the 2.35% current rate below the bottom of the range.” “The fly in the ointment is that both developments preceded the Federal Reserve’s more aggressive actions on September 21st with much of the emphasis placed upon the more hawkish dot plot.“ “The Australian dollar has been among the casualties in the face of the US dollar’s broadly based strength and has shed another couple of cents since then along a long-term declining trend from about 76 cents in April to roughly 65 cents now. This development might suggest a more pressing need for a bigger 50bps hike given the implications of ongoing currency weakening for import price pressures.”
RBA Interest Rate Decision: Another 50bps?

RBA Interest Rate Decision: Another 50bps?

Jing Ren Jing Ren 03.10.2022 13:25
Normally, higher rates would be seen as good for the banking sector. So there is understandably some concern about the financial markets since Australian banking shares are down considerably despite a broad consensus that the RBA will raise rates tomorrow (or late tonight, depending where you are on the globe). There is a global issue, and it might give the RBA a little pause. Rumors circulated on Sunday that a "major bank" was "on the brink" of collapse. This sent global banking shares down. It was also reported that the BOE was looking at Credit Suisse, given the shake up in global markets. The sudden moves in the pound and yen have made things particularly difficult for banks. What it means for the RBA The one thing that could significantly disrupt central banks' plans with regards to monetary policy is the risk of failure of a major bank. That would be equivalent to a "Lehman Brothers" event, but on a global scale. Even if it isn't a bank in the country, the loss of confidence in the financial industry could shake policy, and force central banks to inject liquidity. However, it's just rumors at this point. Putting that aside, the RBA is broadly expected to raise rates by 50bps, and continue tightening. There is a discrepancy with the projections, though. 97% of Australian economists forecast 50bps, but only 75% of international economists do. What it means for the markets In the scheme of practical effects, the solid consensus implies that the rate hike is fully priced in. What level of uncertainty there is around the outlook. A recent survey by Bloomberg showed that a majority of international economists believe this is the last "outsized" hike by the RBA, and that only 25bps will be forthcoming at the next meeting. Australian economists aren't so sure, with more betting on stronger action by the Reserve Bank. They point to inflation still rising and data remaining strong (if the housing situation isn't considered). Another point brought up is that the RBA could go for a one-and-a-half hike, since it is at an "unusual" rate that isn't a multiple of 0.25. Thus, there is a growing call for a "consensus" hike of 40bps at the next meeting, splitting the difference between 25 and 50. It's not all up to them As for the currency, the major obstacle is that the Fed keeps raising rates faster than any of the other majors. Even the most hawkish scenario for the RBA leaves the interest rate gap widening. And with inflation still rising in Australia, while US inflation (at least on the headline) is receding, then the real spread is getting even wider. A post rate rally in the case that Lowe gives clear indications that more than 25bps is likely at the next meeting, might sputter out quite quickly. If the RBA fails to be as hawkish as the Australian economists expect, then the currency could slide even further.
Sturdy Australian Labour Market With Over 13K Full-Time Jobs, AUD/USD May Decrease Further, RBA Decides On Interest Rate On November 1st

The Rate Hike May Not Become A Growth Driver For The Australian Dollar (AUD), Given The Growing Recession Risks

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 03.10.2022 14:14
The dollar is falling again at the beginning of the week after a strong fall last Wednesday, when the dollar index (DXY) lost more than 1%, and further decline on Thursday. Today, at the time of this writing, DXY futures are trading near 111.93, 280 pips below a new local 20-year high reached last week. It seems that buyers of the dollar have not yet decided on active actions. Perhaps this is in anticipation of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) report on business activity and employment in the manufacturing sector of the US economy. The PMI index for September is predicted at 52.3, slightly lower than the previous value of 52.8. A result above 50 is seen as positive and strengthens the USD. However, the expected relative decline is likely to alarm investors. The indicator has been gradually falling since May of this year (previous values of the indicator: 52.8, 53.0, 56.1, 55.4, 57.1, 58.6, 57.6). It is possible that its decline may be more than expected, and this, one way or another, indicates a slowdown in the growth rate of activity in this most important sector of the American economy, which cannot be ignored by the central bank's leadership when conducting a cycle of tightening monetary policy. Although, as has been repeatedly stated by various representatives of the Fed leadership, a recession is most likely unavoidable. However, the Federal Reserve still intends to tighten monetary policy further, actively raising the interest rate in order to curb high inflation, which is not declining in any way. A number of speeches from the Federal Reserve representatives are scheduled for today (at 13:05, 18:15, 19:10, 22:45 GMT). Their speeches are assumed to focus on the need for further interest rate hikes, and this will most likely not have a strong impact on markets that are already ready for this. But if they talk about the possibility of a pause or a slowdown in this cycle, the decline in the dollar, observed last week, may continue this week, especially on weak macro data from the US. The focus of market participants will be on the publication of key data from the US labor market on Friday—the US Department of Labor will present its monthly report for September. Positive indicators are expected, while unemployment remains at minimal levels. Market participants who follow the dynamics of commodity currencies and, in particular, the Australian dollar will be waiting for the publication tomorrow (at 03:30 GMT) of Reserve Bank of Australia's decision on the interest rate, which is predicted to be raised again by 0.50% to 2.85%. Actually, this is a bullish factor for the national currency. AUD may also receive support amid a decrease in supply on the natural gas market due to the undermining of the Nord Stream gas pipelines. Australia is known to be a major supplier of raw materials, including coal and liquefied natural gas. However, the market's reaction to tomorrow's interest rate hike may not be very positive, and the rate hike may not become a growth driver for the AUD, given the growing recession risks for the Australian economy. The RBA, like other major world central banks, is in the same difficult situation—high and rising inflation, on the one hand, and a slowdown in the economy, on the other. In other words: "rates cannot be raised or lowered." At the same time, the US dollar continues to receive support as a safe-haven asset, especially given the high geopolitical risks in Europe and the world. As of writing, the AUD/USD pair is trading near the 0.6450 mark, resting on the resistance level of 0.6455. In case of its breakdown, further corrective growth is not ruled out. In general, the downward dynamics of AUD/USD remains, making short positions preferable.       Relevance up to 11:00 2022-10-08 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/323242
The Australian Jobs Report In December Had A Negative Impact On The Australian Dollar (AUD)

AUD/USD: Australian Dollar (AUD) May Be Considered As Not That "Attractive" In Times Of Aggresive Fed And The War

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 03.10.2022 16:21
AUD/USD has started the trading week with strong gains. The Aussie is trading at 0.6447, up 0.67%. Is the nasty slide over? The Australian dollar is coming off a third straight losing week. September was a disaster, as AUD/USD plummeted 6.4%. The escalation in the war in Ukraine, which has sapped risk sentiment, and the aggressive Federal Reserve have dampened market appetite for the risk-related Australian dollar. RBA likely to hike by 50bp The RBA meets on Tuesday, and Bank members are widely expected to deliver a fifth consecutive hike of 50 basis points, which would take the benchmark rate to 2.85%. After that, the RBA may lower gears to 25bp moves. Governor Lowe has signaled that he would like to shift to 25bp hikes at some point, which would help guide the economy to a soft landing and avoid choking off economic growth. However, there is no indication that inflation has peaked, and soaring inflation was the primary reason for the RBA’s sharp rate-hike cycle. The next inflation report will be released in late October, with the RBA November meeting just one week later. It’s a safe bet that the size of the rate hike in November will depend to a large extent on that inflation report. Read next: British Pound (GBP): Would The UK Tax Cut Prospect Be Abandoned? | Crude Oil Up| FXMAG.COM In the US, the Fed may make a U-turn in policy before the end of the year, depending on the strength of the economy. The data can be conflicting, which was the case on Friday. The Fed’s preferred inflation indicator, the Core PCE Index, rose 4.9% in August, up from 4.7% in July and above the consensus of 4.7%. At the same time, the University of Michigan sentiment index showed that inflation expectations for 5-10 years ticked lower to 2.8%, down from 2.7%. In the meantime, the Fed’s hawkish stance has fuelled the US dollar’s upswing. AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD has support at 0.6450 and 0.6363 There is resistance at 0.6598 and 0.6685 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. AUD/USD rebounds ahead of RBA - MarketPulseMarketPulse
"Private investors will be required to increase their gilt exposure by at least £268bn in FY2023-24"

The Weakening Of Confidence In The British Government| Oil Prices Extended Gains And More

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 04.10.2022 09:09
Summary:  After a series of positive surprises on US economic data last week, the disappointment from the ISM manufacturing was a big deal for the markets. US Treasury yields slumped, with rising expectations of an earlier Fed pivot which we think may be premature. But that helped equity markets close higher, more a signal of positioning rather than expectations. UK’s tax cut U-turn instilled a fresh bid in sterling, but further impeded confidence in the government. Oil prices extended gains and Gold also reclaimed the $1700-mark. On watch today will be how the Reserve Bank of Australia transitions to a slower rate hike pace. What is happening in markets? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) rally over 2% US stocks rallied for the first day of the quarter with the Nasdaq100 up almost 2.4%, and the S&P500 up about 2.6%, which is the best gain since July 27. It comes as the 10-year US Treasury yield rolled over to trade at around 3.65% (after topping 4% at one-point last week). The risk-on mood was fueled by several things; firstly, the UK government did a U-turn and will reverse plans to scrap the top rate of income tax. Secondly, the United Nations called on the Fed and other central banks to halt interest rates hikes. And thirdly, what also boosted sentiment was that two Fed speakers at the weekend, Brainard and Daly were reportedly discussing the downside of hiking too fast. And fourthly, weaker than expected US economic news came out with; US manufacturing falling for the third time in four months. As for the S&P500, the technical indicators; the MACD and the RSI also remain in oversold territory, which supports the notion that some investors believe a short-term rebound may be seen perhaps amid the risk-on mood. However, caution still remains in the air ahead of further Fed's hikes. U.S. treasury yields (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) The US Treasury yields retreated on Monday as a subdued ISM manufacturing print led to calls of slower Fed tightening and an earlier Fed pivot, which had already been building last week as well due to the risk of wider market disruptions as things have started to break. The reversal of the UK tax cut also supported Gilts, and some pass-through was seen to the US Treasuries. 2-year yields declined over 16bps to 4.11%, while the 10-year was down 19bps to 3.63%. Australia’s ASX200 (ASXSP200.1) poised to raise 1.5% with a focus on oil stocks Commodities will be focus on the ASX today with Oil and LNG stocks like Woodside (WDS), Santos (STO) set to see some action after the oil and gas prices jumped 5%. Other stocks to watch include Worley (WOR) who services the energy sector. Iron ore companies will be watched as well, supported higher by the iron ore price jumping 1.8% to US$94.50. So it’s worth watching if BHP, RIO and CIA can extend their short-term uptrend. AUDUSD rallies back to 0.6516 ahead of RBA’s expected 0.5% hike Australia’s RBA is likely to make another jumbo rate hike and take rates up by 50 bps (0.5%) to 2.85% on Tuesday (which is what consensus thinking is). And then after that, the RBA is likely to move in smaller increments, according to interest rate futures and what RBA Governor Phillip Lowe signaled he wants. With the majority of Australian mortgages at floating-rates, and wage growth being stronger, the RBA’s thinking is that most Aussies will be able to sustain the higher rates as a lot of Australian made extra mortgage repayments amid the lockdowns, as pulled back on discretionary spending. However there are about 2.5 million Aussies who have no buffer. And 9.8 million Aussies have mortgages. So we still think a property pull back might be on the cards. It’s the magnitude of the pull back that is being questioned. The technical indicator, the MACD suggests the AUDUSD could rally if the RBA proceeds with a likely 0.5% hike. However over the long term, our house view remains bearish on the AUDUSD until Fed hikes cool, and commodity demand picks up from China. GBPUSD made a strong recovery, will it last? Cable was seen advancing above the 1.13 handle in early Asian hours on Tuesday as it extended Monday’s gains following announcement of plans to scarp the tax cut by the UK government. A softer dollar also supported pound’s gains, amid a slide in US Treasury yields. However, more Fed tightening is still in the cards and the lack of trust in the new UK government cannot be ignored even if the tax policy has been reversed for now. Focus on the BOE meeting on November 3 where 115bps rate hike is priced in, lower than last week’s pricing of 150bps. However, a full-budget statement will be released before that and further austerity measures, if included, can bring fresh downside for the sterling. EURGBP slid below 0.8700. Crude oil (CLX2 & LCOX2) extends gains on OPEC+ chatter Crude oil trades higher ahead of Wednesday’s OPEC+ meeting in Vienna as the alliance is considering a production cut of more than 1 million barrels/day to support prices following a 25% slump during Q3 2022. That would be the biggest cut since the pandemic with OPEC+ slashed production by 10 million barrels/day as demand collapsed. WTI futures rose above $83/barrel while Brent was close to $90. With several OPEC+ producers, including Russia, producing below target, and only Saudi Arabia may be able to limit production without a loss in additional market share. Meanwhile, expectations of an earlier Fed pivot also stabilized demand weakness expectations. Gold (XAUUSD) reclaims 1700 on lower US yields Gold extended recent gains as yields on Treasuries continued to decline. After the 10-year yields were seen topping the 4% level at one point last week, they are now off about 40bps to end at 3.63% yesterday. Meanwhile, a softer dollar and rising geopolitical tensions have also brought back investor demand for the yellow metal. A weaker ISM manufacturing print yesterday (read below) has also increased calls for an earlier Fed pivot, which we think may be premature. But the increasing calls for a recession have meant gains for Gold which was last seen back at $1,700/oz.   What to consider? US ISM manufacturing disappoints The headline for September’s US ISM manufacturing came in weaker than expectations at 50.9 from the prior month’s 52.8 and expected 52.2. Both employment and new orders both dropped into contractionary territory printing 48.7 (exp. 53.0, prev. 54.2) and 47.1 (prev. 41.3), respectively. The report showed that higher interest rates are starting to weigh on business investment sentiment, at least in the interest rate sensitive sectors. Still, the inflationary gauge of prices paid declined to 51.7 (exp. 51.9, prev. 52.5) falling for the sixth straight month. Supplier delivery times suggested some easing on the supply chains, but overall the report indicated the case of a slowdown in the US economy as rapid Fed tightening continues. UK scraps plans to cut taxes The UK government confirmed reports it will not go ahead with the abolition of the 45p rate of income tax but they are committed to borrowing extra over the winter to help with the ongoing energy crisis. The Chancellor told BBC the proposal was "drowning out a strong package", which includes support for energy bills, cuts to the basic rate of income tax, and the scrapped increase in corporation tax. However, he saw the abolition of 45p tax rate as a distraction from the overriding mission, and thus decided to remove it. This puts water on the Bank of England’s bond-buying, and exposes further the cracks in UK policymaking, thus suggesting that the UK assets are not out of the woods. A full-budget, which has now been brought forward to before the next BOE meeting on November 3, could include more tax cuts. Fed pushes back on an earlier pivot Fed’s NY President John Williams repeated inflation is too high and the Fed's job is not done, also saying that the monetary policy is still not in restrictive zone, pushing back on some calls for an earlier Fed pivot. He acknowledged signs of a slowdown in the housing sector or the consumer and business investment spending, but nothing that could deter the Fed from fighting inflation. On forecasts, he sees inflation likely down to 3% by next year (median view for Core PCE 3.1%), and the US is likely to see unemployment rise to 4.5% by end of 2023 (median view 4.4%). Thomas Barkin (2024 voter) made the case for more inflation in the post-pandemic world, noting that the Fed must consider global developments, but the focus is on the US. Japan’s Tokyo inflation accelerates further Japan’s September Tokyo CPI came in at 2.8% YoY, a notch softer than last month’s 2.9% YoY and in-line with expectations, but the core-core (ex-fresh food and energy) print accelerated to 1.7% YoY from 1.4% YoY, also coming in ahead of expectations at 1.4% YoY. Higher global food and energy prices along with a record weak yen has brought import price pressures on Japan’s economy, and this print hints at further gains in CPI on the horizon. While the pressure on the Bank of Japan to hike rates may have eased for now as US yields are easing, but there is still more Fed tightening in the pipeline and fresh pressures cannot be ignored. Reserve Bank of Australia may step away from moving to a slower rate hike pace The Reserve Bank of Australia is scheduled to announce its next rate decision on Tuesday, October 4. Governor Lowe had previously signalled that the pace of rate hikes is likely to slow from here after four consecutive rate hikes of the magnitude of 50bps. However, money markets and Bloomberg consensus forecast is still calling for another 50bps rate hike at the October meeting suggesting that RBA may delay taking the foot off the pedal just yet. The recent slide in the Australian dollar and worries over a turmoil in global financial markets may prompt the policymakers to front-load more of the rate hikes while the economy is still holding up. Retail sales data last week was upbeat while the first monthly inflation data reading at 6.8% is only slightly off the 7% levels seen in the preceding month. So, even as a monthly meeting can ensure a steady pace of rate hikes even with a smaller 25bps rate move, policymakers would possibly prefer to make a larger move this week to provide some support to the AUD. Likewise, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand is also expected to hike rates by another 50bps at their October 6 meeting.   For a week-ahead look at markets – tune into our Saxo Spotlight. For a global look at markets – tune into our Podcast.   Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/equities/market-insights-today-4-oct-04102022
Sturdy Australian Labour Market With Over 13K Full-Time Jobs, AUD/USD May Decrease Further, RBA Decides On Interest Rate On November 1st

The Australian Dollar (AUD) Reacts Negatively To The RBA's Decision

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 04.10.2022 10:05
AUD/USD meets with some supply after RBA hikes interest rates by 25 bps on Tuesday. A modest USD uptick further exerts some pressure, though the downside seems limited. Retreating US bond yields, the risk-on impulse seems to cap the buck and offers support. The AUD/USD pair comes under fresh selling pressure on Tuesday and erodes a part of the previous day's strong gains. The pair maintains its offered tone through the early European session and is currently placed near the lower end of its daily trading range, just above mid-0.6400s. The Australian dollar reacts negatively to the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) decision to slow the pace of policy tightening and raise interest rates by 25 bps against expectations for a 50 bps hike. This, along with a modest US dollar uptick, exerts downward pressure on the AUD/USD pair. The downside, however, seems limited, at least for the time being, warranting some caution for bearish traders. In the accompanying monetary policy statement, the Australian central bank said that it expects to keep raising interest rates this year as inflation is trending well above the target range. Furthermore, RBA Governor Philip Lowe noted that inflation is likely to rise in the coming months and end the year at about 7.75%. This, along with a tight labour market, gives the RBA more space to tighten further. The USD, on the other hand, has been struggling to gain any meaningful traction amid the ongoing fall in the US Treasury bond yields. Apart from this, the risk-on impulse - as depicted by a strong follow-through rally in the US equity futures - acts as a headwind for the safe-haven greenback. This, in turn, offers some support to the risk-sensitive aussie and helps limit losses for the AUD/USD pair. Market participants now look forward to the US economic docket - featuring JOLTS Job Openings and Factory Orders data. This, along with speeches by FOMC members and the US bond yields, will influence the USD and provide some impetus to the AUD/USD pair. Traders will further take cues from the broader market risk sentiment to grab short-term opportunities around the major.
The RBA Surprised With A Smaller 25 bp Hike , Sterling (GBP) Rose, The USD Has Weakened

The RBA Surprised With A Smaller 25 bp Hike , Sterling (GBP) Rose, The USD Has Weakened

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 04.10.2022 13:13
Summary:  Markets yesterday show how quickly this hot-tempered market can try to sniff out a Fed that will eventually pivot to a less hawkish stance as a weak US September ISM Manufacturing survey data point engineered a huge decline in US yields and significant USD weakness. More important US data is to come this week through Friday’s jobs report. Elsewhere, the surprisingly dovish RBA battled with supportive developments in commodities to sway the Aussie overnight. FX Trading focus: Desperation for the Fed pivot. Sterling: can it really be that easy? Dovish RBA. Yesterday saw US 10-year treasury yields almost 25 basis points lower from intraday highs, with much of the treasury buying/yield drop coming in the wake of a weaker than expected September US ISM Manufacturing survey, out at 50.9, below the 52.0 expected and 52.8 in August. The New Orders were far worse than expected at 47.1 vs. 50.5 expected and 51.3 in August. Alas, we have to remember that the Manufacturing sector is small in the US and about half of the dips to near or below 50 have not indicated imminent recession in the US. The ISM Services survey – up tomorrow - would be a different matter if it were to show marked deterioration. Elsewhere, a tweet from the WSJ’s Nick Timiraos noting that influential economist Greg Mankiw agreed with economist/pundit Paul Krugman’s assessment that the Fed is tightening too quickly may have helped to drive the sentiment shift at the margin as well. Pushing back against that was Fed Vice Chair Williams out expressing the belief that the Fed must remain on message: “Tighter monetary policy has begun to cool demand and reduce inflationary pressures, but our job is not yet done.” Williams speech does suggest that the Fed thinks that it is succeeding, so the strongest risk to markets here would be stronger US data suggesting a still strong pace of activity in services and a still very tight labor market with accelerating wage pressures. The Fed forecast assume a fairly soft landing of weak growth and 4.4% unemployment. Self-feeding cycles in a downturn and the Fed’s focus on lagging indicators like employment are likely to eventually lead to far worse outcomes. The USD has weakened at the outset of the week here – but note EURUSD holding the line so far just ahead of the key 0.9900 level. AUDUSD has far more wood to chop for a reversal, as discussed below. The most remarkably priced pair at the moment, however, may be USDJPY, which remains pinned near 145.00 despite the significant drop in long US treasury yields. Still uneasy about the risk of a blowout market-BoJ/MoF showdown – that’s a very weak performance from the yen today. Chart: AUDUSDThe AUDUSD chart has been an interesting one to watch since yesterday and overnight. Strong risk sentiment and lower US treasury yields weighed on the US dollar and helped boost commodity prices, both strongly Aussie supportive. But then the huge mark-down in Australian yields on a quite dovish RBA (more below) challenged the Aussie overnight. Looks like a battle-zone tactically around the local 0.6530 resistance, which was briefly taken out this morning on the further USD weakness before reversing back into the zone later in trading today. The down-trend is so well established that it would take a surge to at least above 0.6700 to begin challenging the down-trend here. The RBA surprised the majority of observers with a smaller 25 basis point hike to take the policy rate to 2.60%. It’s a reminder of the vast shift relative to the old regime, in which one might have expected an RBA rate at least 100-200 bps higher than the Fed’s. The last time the Fed was hiking to north of 3.00% was in mid-2005, when the RBA cash target had already reached above 5%. The RBA chose to emphasize caution in its latest statement, citing the anticipation that unemployment will eventually rise beyond the near term strength in the labor market as the economy eventually weakens. Governor Lowe and company are clearly uneasy and uncertain on the effects of the sharp tightening in the bag on mortgage rates and future spending, and the statement continues to cite lower wage growth than elsewhere. In addition to AUDUSD note above, also interesting to watch the relative strength in AUDNZD over tonight’s RBNZ, as the sharply lower Australian yields (the year-forward RBA rate has been marked a remarkable 50 basis points lower by the market after this meeting). A surrender below the 1.1250-1.1300 zone would suggest a risk that the attempt to reprice the pair higher on the shift in relative current account dynamics I have cited before has failed for now. Sterling rose further after Chancellor Kwarteng yesterday reversed his decision on the tax cut for the highest incomes in the UK. Interesting that this is was particularly item, while politically unpopular, was one of the least consequential in terms of the fiscal impact. For now, given the soaring risk sentiment backdrop, sterling short covering continues, but surely it’s not this easy? Technically, watching the major resistance zone at 1.1500 zone in GBPUSD and whether the bearish reversal back into the old range below 0.8700 in EURGBP sticks. This is still a government that is very much on the rocks. The latest controversy PM Truss is courting is claiming that she has yet to decide whether UK welfare distributions, outside of pensioners, should be raised with inflation, which has some Tory MP’s up in arms. Chancellor Kwarteng, feeling the rising pressure, will bring forward his fiscal statement to later this month from late November, around the time the Office of Budget Responsibility publishes its forecasts. Table: FX Board of G10 and CNH trend evolution and strength.The USD rose so far in its up-trend before the recent setback, that there is some residual medium term up-trend strength left, though momentum has shifted markedly against the greenback. The opposite is the case for sterling, which has achieved a positive trend reading versus the G10 broadly due to weak G10 smalls of late (note GBPNZD, for example, at a high since late February. Elsewhere, strong risk sentiment, together with concerns of a struggling Swiss bank have brought CHF south in a hurry over the last week. Table: FX Board Trend Scoreboard for individual pairs.CHF on its back foot and our longest surviving trend, the GBPCHF downtrend, is now dead. Sterling upside breaks are spreading, in fact. Also note the shift in US yields taking XAGUSD onto a sudden moonshot, while XAUUSD is eyeing an up-trend as well. Upcoming Economic Calendar Highlights 1230 – ECB's Centeno to speak 1300 – US Fed’s Williams (voter) to speak 1315 – US Fed’s Mester (voter) to speak 1400 – US Aug. Factory Orders 1400 – US Aug. JOLTS Job Openings 1500 – ECB President Lagarde to speak 0100 – New Zealand RBNZ Official Cash Target Announcement Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/forex/fx-update-the-desperation-for-the-fed-pivot-04102022
The Australian Dollar (AUD) Has Recovered Most Of Those Losses

Australian Dollar To US Dollar - The RBA Decision Was Different Than Expected

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 04.10.2022 16:17
AUD/USD started the day with losses, but has since recovered. The Aussie is trading at 0.6540, up 0.37%. RBA surprises with 0.25% hike The Reserve Bank of Australia was widely expected to deliver a fifth consecutive hike of 50 basis points at today’s meeting, but the Bank surprised the markets with a small increase of 0.25%, which raises the cash rate to 2.35%. Governor Lowe had signalled that he was planning to ease up on the 0.50% increases, but with inflation running at 6.1% and not giving any indications of peaking, expectations were for the Bank to deliver at least one more 0.50% hike. Interestingly, the RBA statement acknowledged that inflation has not yet peaked and is expected to rise to 7.75% in 2002 before dropping to 4.0% in 2023. If soaring inflation has not yet been beaten back, why did the RBA ease up? The answer is likely related to the continuing global economic uncertainty – China’s economy has been slowing and the war in Ukraine is escalating, with Europe facing an energy crisis this winter. The RBA statement included the usual mention that inflation and the labour market will be important factors in future rate policy, but Lowe & Co. will also be closely eyeing global developments. As well, the RBA is anxious to prevent a recession due to the sharp tightening in recent months, and a 0.25% hike will be easier for the economy to absorb than a 0.50% increase. Read next: RBA Missed Market Expectations With Their Interest Rate Decision| FXMAG.COM Over in the US, the Fed hasn’t signalled it will change its aggressive tightening stance just yet. Still, there are signs that the economy is slowing down. On Monday, the ISM Manufacturing PMI dropped to 50.9 from 52.9, barely in expansion territory and its lowest level since May 2020. Until inflation is unmistakably moving lower, the Fed is likely to continue delivering outsized rate hikes. AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD is putting pressure on support at 0.6433. The next support line is 0.6329 There is resistance at 0.6503 and 0.6607 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. RBA underwhelms with modest rate hike - MarketPulseMarketPulse
The Data May Keep The British Pound (GBP) From Rising

Craig Erlam (Oanda) Talks RBA Decision, British Pound (GBP) And The UK Situation And More

Craig Erlam Craig Erlam 04.10.2022 16:49
Stock markets recovered earlier losses on Monday and are adding to that in early trade on Tuesday, with Asia also posting strong gains. The turnaround in risk appetite appears to have been driven by another deterioration in PMI surveys as traders speculate that such weakness could be a precursor to slower monetary tightening. If that sounds like straw clutching, it’s probably because it is but then, equity markets have had a rough ride of late and that can’t last forever. The deceleration begins The RBA became the first major central bank to slow the pace of tightening overnight, hiking rates by only 25 basis points against expectations of another 50. After four consecutive super-sized hikes, the RBA determined it can start to ease off the brake and is on course to hit its inflation target over the medium term. Of course, this had nothing to do with weak PMI surveys but it will probably assist the narrative that a global deceleration in rate hikes is underway, which could boost risk appetite further. Markets do love to set themselves up for disappointment. The jobs report on Friday could quickly put an end to that. Damage control The pound has continued its recovery this week amid reports that UK Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng will shortly unveil his second u-turn in 24 hours. Despite repeatedly insisting otherwise, Kwarteng is poised to announce that the government’s debt-cutting plan will be brought forward – perhaps later this month – alongside OBR forecasts in a bid to calm the markets. While the damage to the pound can be undone, the needless reputational harm the government has suffered won’t be as easily repaired. The Chancellor has shown a flagrant disregard for the markets – and the general public for that matter – and that will take time to undo. The move is a welcome first step, now he must convince everyone that his plan is credible and won’t come at a significant economic cost. ​ ​ Less enthusiasm for bitcoin The risk relief rally is extending to bitcoin but perhaps to a lesser extent, with the cryptocurrency up a little over 1%, but still shy of $20,000. The slight disconnect between bitcoin and other risk assets recently has been interesting. We’ve seen more resilience during downturns and seemingly less enthusiasm during rallies. It will be interesting to see whether this relationship holds and what that means going forward. For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar: www.marketpulse.com/economic-events/ This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. An unsustainable rebound? - MarketPulseMarketPulse
Limiting The Availability Of Elon Musk's App In The App Store Could Be A Significant Blow For Twitter

Musk Revived His Bid For Twitter| OPEC Have Started Talking About Cuts With Russia

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 05.10.2022 09:11
Summary:  Oil rallies for the second day with OPEC+ considering an output cut as much as 2 million barrels a day, which is more than anticipated. US stocks rallied for the second day, moving off their lows on softer than expected labor market data that supported the notion of central bank peak hawkishness. The Reserve Bank of Australia hikes less than expected, and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand meeting ahead today. Also watch for the US ISM services print later, pivotal for Fed pivot expectations that are gaining momentum prematurely. What is happening in markets? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) rally for the second day, moving off lows US stocks rallied for the second day, rebounding from their deeply oversold levels with the S&P500 seeing its best two-day surge since April 2020. The S&P500 ended up almost 3.1% higher on Wednesday, the Nasdaq 100 up 3.1%. Retail favorite, Tesla (TSLA) shares revved up 2.9% after Cathie Wood scooped up 132,000 more shares in the electric vehicle giant. Tesla was among the biggest contributors to the S&P500’s gains, along with Amazon and Microsoft. For a detailed discussion of Tesla’s challenges ahead, please refer to Peter Garnry’s excellent article here. The Energy sector was the best performer in the S&P 500, gaining 4.3%, followed by Financials which were up 3.8%. Only seven stocks in the S&P500 closed in the red. However, the news of the day was that Twitter’s takeover by Musk is back on. On top of that, softer US economic data out also boosted sentiment, with the market thinking the Fed might not be as fierce with rate hikes later this month. US job openings sank to a 14-month low, following the day prior weaker than expected manufacturing data. So, perhaps a short-squeeze is fueling the rally here. U.S. treasury yields (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) declined modestly on the front end Treasury yields fell first on a dovish hike (25bps vs the 50bps expected) from the Reserve Bank of Australia during Asian hours and then on the biggest decline of the JOLTS job opening (10,053K vs prior 11,239K).  10-year yields made an intraday low at 3.56% before paring it and settled little changed at 3.63%.  The curve bull steepened with the front-end 2 to 5-year fell 2-3bps in yield and the 30-year yield edging up 1bp.  Australia’s ASX200 (ASXSP200.1) rallied above 6,700, snapping its downtrend The ASX200 charged 3.75% yesterday (including the 1.2% rise after the RBA’s pivoted to going softer on rate hikes) which took the market to its highest level since September 23 (just shy of 6,700, closing at 6,699). Today the market opened 0.8% up in the first 10 minutes of trading, with the futures implying the market could rise 1.6% on Thursday to 6,803. If the market can hold above 6,700 it means the market will effectively have broken its downtrend and is staging a comeback. This notion was supported by our technical analyst. For more read on here. EURUSD touches parity again Lower US yields and a softer US dollar is turning things around in the FX space, although pricing out the Fed rate hikes from 2023 appears to be premature. Some of this could also be the positioning ahead of key US NFP data due this week. EUR made a strong recovery on the back of a weaker dollar, as it rose from lows of 0.9800 to touch parity. Commentary from the ECB’s Villeroy also helped, as he said that interest rates will be raised as much as necessary to lower core inflation and called for rates to go to neutral by year-end without hesitation. Meanwhile, President Lagarde reiterated her view that inflation was undesirably high, and it is difficult to say whether or not it had peaked. Crude oil (CLX2 & LCOX2) higher on OPEC cut expectations Crude oil prices rose further amid speculation that OPEC is considering an even larger cut to production than first thought. The group is said to be considering a cut of up to 2mb/d, according to media reports. It is also being reported that the cuts will be made from current production levels and not the quotas as most members are already producing below their quota. That, if true, will likely tighten the market especially as European sanctions will kick in from December and US is also pausing the release from its strategic reserves. This tightness could be exacerbated by a rebound in Chinese demand if it can contain outbreaks of COVID-19. WTI futures rose above $86/barrel while brent crossed the key $90-mark. A significant draw was also reported in API inventories, with crude stocks down 1.77mn. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSIU2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Hong Kong is set to have some catch-up to do with the 5.7% gain in the S&P 500 and 6.1% rise in the NASDAQ Golden Dragon China Index when it returns from a public holiday today.  The stock markets in Shanghai and Shenzhen remain closed for the rest of the week for public holidays.     What to consider?   US JOLTs signalling the tightness in the labor market may be moderating US JOLTs data was out with a weaker than expected number. The number of job openings in the U.S. declined to 10.1 million in August, the lowest since June 2021, and below expectations of 10.8 million. The job openings rate was down to 6.2% from 6.9% in July, and puts the focus on the ADP data due today in the run upto the NFP data on Friday. OPEC+ meeting to bring production cuts There have been some reports that OPEC members have started talking about cuts with Russia proposing a 1 mln barrels per day cut, a reduction towards which they are unlikely to contribute much as they are already producing below their quota. At its last meeting on September 5, the group agreed a token reduction of 100,000 barrels a day for October, despite calls from consuming nations to help tame rampant inflation by keeping the taps open. With gasoline prices retreating in the US, some of that external pressure may now be easing, and that further raises the prospects of some price-supportive action. FT also reported the production cuts will be from current production levels, not from the quota's which many producers do not meet - emphasising the impact of the production cut. The credit market showed signs of calming down Over the past two days, the sharp rise in investment credit spreads has tentatively reserved, showing some sign of relief in the investment grade credit market.  The Markit CDX North America Investment Grade Index (CDX IG39), which represents an equal-weighted average of credit default swap spreads of 125 North American investment grade corporate, fell more than 6bps on Tuesday to 98bps, a decline of nearly 16bps from its intraday high of 114 last week. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand meeting ahead The RBNZ will announce its latest monetary policy decision today. NZ house prices have seen one of their biggest quarterly drops on record in the three months to September. It’s worth watching the NZD against the AUD (NZDAUD) given their current account trajectories. RBA hiked less than expected, signaling peak hawkishness could be behind it. What does it mean to traders and investors? Yesterday the RBA rose rates by just 25bps (0.25%) instead of the 50bps (0.5%) expected, which took the cash rate to 2.6%. The RBA’s hiking power has been diminished as household spending is dropping, along with forward looking projections. We know it typically takes 3-months for an interest rate hike to be felt by the consumer, and the RBA alluded to this, in saying higher inflation and interest rates are putting pressure on households, with the full effects yet to be felt. The RBA referenced although consumer confidence and house prices had fallen, the central bank is still focused on slowing inflation which it sees increasing ‘over the coming months ahead’. Plus the RBA expects unemployment will continue to fall over the months ahead, before rising. This means, the RBA could slow the pace of hikes after December onwards. This implies peak hawkishness is behind us. AUDUSD fell 1% after the meeting however it since reversed those losses and trades 0.6% higher from the meeting. It’s been supported as the USD continued to roll over on expectations the Fed might not be as aggressive with rate hikes later this month. However if the Fed perhaps hikes by 0.75% the AUDUSD might revert back to a bearish stance. For investors, the RBA pivot supports a risk-on tone in equities which is why all 11 sectors rose yesterday, with tech and mining up the most. Energy markets saw the most gains as they have the most momentum amid the energy crisis. Lithium and agricultural stocks dominated the top 10 risers; with lithium stocks Sayona Mining (SYA), Lake Resources (LKE), Core Lithium (CXO), Pilbara Minerals (PLS) and Allkem (AKE), gaining 10%+ each. Musk revived his $44 billion Twitter bid send Twitter shares up 22% Billionaire Elon Musk revived his bid for the social media giant, at the original offer of $54.20 a share after spending months trying to back out of it. Shares of Twitter (TWTR) jumped almost 22% to $52.00 on the news. US ISM services will be key to watch today With chatter on Fed pivot gaining momentum out of a miss in one ISM manufacturing print, possibly also underpinned by the turmoil in the financial system, it will become more key to watch the services sector data out today. Consensus expects the number to be 56, down from 56.9, as higher interest rates and high inflation begins to eat into services spending after a solid post-pandemic rebound.     For a week-ahead look at markets – tune into our Saxo Spotlight. For a global look at markets – tune into our Podcast.   Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/equities/market-insights-today-5-oct-05102022
Positive News For Ukraine And Softer Natural Gas Prices And Their Impact For Market

Positive News For Ukraine And Softer Natural Gas Prices And Their Impact For Market

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 05.10.2022 12:56
Summary:  With perfect hindsight, much of the recent aggravation of the USD spike was down to a troubled sterling as UK gilts markets were roiled by pension fund hedging after signals from the Truss government that fiscal prudence is a forgotten priority. With bond markets becalmed and sterling having come full circle from its level before the volatility event, we have now developed an additional narrative of a possible general central bank pivot to less tightening, driven by a couple of soft US data points and a dovish RBA. But can we get much more out of the pivot narrative here? FX Trading focus: We have neutralized the GBP wipeout and a central bank pivot narrative has partially broken out. Now what? Not much to add in today’s observations as yesterday saw an aggressive extension of trades aligning along the risk sentiment axis, particularly the US dollar lower, if mostly only against the European currencies. The lack of more pronounced breadth in the weakening greenback may be down to long US yields stabilizing ahead of the key 3.50% area in 10-year US treasury yield, but also down to the fact that the UK was at the center of the recent aggravated ramp up in the USD as treasury yields spiked. As well, positive news for Ukraine and softer natural gas prices in Europe are likely additional drivers for improved European FX sentiment. With GBPUSD trading back almost as high as 1.1500 this morning, the approximate kick-off area from where the UK gilt market melted down and took sterling with it starting after the September 22 Bank of England meeting, we now have to ask ourselves if there is more sustenance for a continuation of the move. Barring actual signals of a pivot from the Fed and/or energy and power prices in Europe dropping significantly further due to an actual visibility emerging on the longer term shape of Russian supplies, the answer is most likely “no”. Of course, a big miss in the September US ISM Services survey today (expected at 56.0 vs. 56.9 in August) and/or a bad miss on payrolls and earnings in the Friday US September jobs report could drive an extension of the “central bank pivot” narrative in the near term, with the US dollar on its back foot. But weaker global growth is no boon to risk sentiment at some point beyond the immediate relief from a cessation in the seemingly inexorable rise in yields. Chart: EURUSDParity in EURUSD an obvious psychological resistance line and was also the big, sticky round level that the exchange rate hugged for several weeks before the excursion to below 0.9600 that was mostly about the contagion (into a strong USD) from the sterling meltdown that was a traumatic liquidity event in the wake of the Bank of England meeting and the subsequent, deficits-be-damned moves by UK Chancellor Kwarteng. We are more or less back to square one, with the added narrative twist of a central bank pivot as noted above. Uniformly weak US data through Friday could drive an extension higher, but even a move to 1.0200+ may simply represent a larger scale consolidation within the massive downtrend, even if the downward channel denoted on the chart would be disrupted. A strong batch of US data and significant pull back higher in US yields would likely cap the action for now, although it will take some considerable work to get the downtrend back on track after this sharp back-up. The RBNZ hiked rates overnight by 50 basis points, as expected, and it was the fifth consecutive hike of that size from the Bank. Given the less dovish guidance from the RBNZ in its statement relative to the RBA’s more modest hike and guidance, the AUDNZD dropped quickly to sub-1.1250 levels overnight before rebounding considerably – an underwhelming performance. That 1.1250 area, with a bit of slippage, is arguably the bull-bear line for that pair, with commodity prices, particularly energy, a possible determinant of whether the pair reprices back higher toward 1.2000 as I have argued might be possible due to the relative change in fortunes for the two countries’ current accounts over the last couple of years. A more significant assessment of policy awaits at the final RBNZ meeting of the year on November 23 (expectations still solid for a 50 bps move then). EURCHF reached important resistance around 0.9800 after the thaw in risk sentiment and rumors of a troubled major Swiss bank helped Swiss government bond yields to drop far further than EU counterparts. Swiss yields have rebounded a bit this morning – hard to believe in a major reversal here unless we see a major further improvement in the European economic outlook. Table: FX Board of G10 and CNH trend evolution and strength. The USD uptrend is limping, if not yet reversed meaningfully in a broad sense. Note the weak commodity dollars -interesting to see if OPEC+ can pull off the threatened production cuts after its meeting today. Sterling has seen a mind-bending reversal over the last many days – maybe peak amplitude on that account for a while? Table: FX Board Trend Scoreboard for individual pairs.AUDNZD up-trend status in play here after the RBNZ reaction in favour of the kiwi has not stuck well. Note EURUSD trying to turn to a positive trend reading today – the ISM Services and ADP payrolls data the likely deciders there. Upcoming Economic Calendar Highlights Poland Central Bank Rate Announcement 1215 – US Sep. ADP Employment Change 1230 – US Aug. Trade Balance 1230 – Canada Aug. Building Permits 1230 – Canada Aug. International Merchandise Trade 1400 – US Sep. ISM Services 2000 – US Fed’s Bostic (non-voter) to speak 0030 – Australia Aug. Trade Balance Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/forex/fx-update-we-have-neutralized-the-gbp-wipeout-now-what-05102022
The Aussie Pair Traders Cheer A Hawkish Hopes Of the Reserve Bank Of Australia (RBA)

The AUD/USD Pair Is Clearly Growing And Has A Chance To Continue The Trend

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 06.10.2022 09:46
A seven-day long consolidation in a 0.6390-0.6547 range is likely to explode sooner. The RSI (14) has shifted its range to the bullish territory of 60.00-80.00. The AUD/USD pair is advancing firmly right from the initial tick amid an improvement in the risk appetite of the market participants. The asset has reached near Tuesday’s high at around 0.6547 and is expected to overstep the same with sheer confidence as commodity-linked currencies have hogged the limelight. A seven-day long consolidation on an hourly scale after reporting a fresh two-year low at 0.6363 is indicating a bullish reversal ahead. The asset is displaying the balanced auction profile in a 0.6390-0.6547 range. The chartered region will be marked as the most auctioned region forward. The aussie bulls have driven the asset above the 50-and 200-period Exponential Moving Averages (EMAs) at 0.6492 and 0.6508, which adds to the upside filters. A formation of a golden cross, which is represented by the bullish cross of 50-and 200-EMAs, will strengthen the aussie bulls further. Meanwhile, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) (14) has shifted its oscillation range from 40.00-60.00 to 60.00-80.00, which indicates that upside momentum has been triggered. Going forward, a break above Tuesday’s high at 0.6547 will drive the asset towards and September 22 high at 0.6670 and September 18 high at 0.6734. Alternatively, a drop below the two-year low at 0.6363 will drag the asset towards the 16 April 2020 low at 0.6264, followed by the round-level support at 0.6100. AUD/USD hourly chart
Federal Reserve: Back to 25bp hikes as slowdown fears mount

Will There Be A Signal That The Fed May Reduce The Pace Of Rate Growth

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 06.10.2022 11:28
Although the employment report from ADP showed that the number of new jobs in the US is increasing, indicating the strength of the economy, stock markets declined as this could mean that the Fed may not ease the pace of interest rate hikes in the coming months. Earlier, many have considered the idea that the state of the labor market could change the stance of the central bank regarding monetary policy. They believe that if the number of new jobs fall steadily, the Fed will see that the economy has slowed down enough for them to start turning down the pace of interest rate increases. But yesterday's data showed non-farm payrolls climbing to 208,000 in September, up from an estimate of 200,000 and August figure of 185,000. Of course, the values from ADP are not official and the market will really act after the release of data from the US Department of Labor tomorrow. But the growth in the number of new jobs will be perceived by the market as a signal that the Fed may reduce the pace of rate growth. In terms of today's market dynamics, there may be a consolidation until the employment data tomorrow show whether the US labor market is still strong or has already begun to experience problems amid high interest rates . Forecasts for today: EUR/USD The pair has not yet overcome the 1.0000 mark. It is likely that before the release of employment data in the US, there will be a consolidation around 0.9830-1.0000. AUD/USD The pair is trading above 0.6520. It may rise to 0.6580 if positive sentiment prevails on markets today.   Relevance up to 08:00 2022-10-07 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/323555
The RBA Will Continue At A 25bp Pace At Coming Meetings

Australian Dollar: Retail Sales Decreased. Probable Fed's 75bp Hike May Weaken AUD

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 06.10.2022 15:37
AUD/USD started the week with huge gains, but has been in calm waters since then. In the European session, the Australian dollar is trading at 0.6478, up 0.17%. Retail sales points to slowing economy The RBA’s sharp tightening is having an effect on economic growth. There was no surprise as retail sales slowed to 0.6% in August, down sharply from 1.6% in July and matching the consensus. The fall in retail sales can be seen as a vindication for the RBA, which surprised the markets with a modest hike of 0.25% this week. Most analysts had expected one more 0.50% increase before the RBA started to ease up on rates. The central bank was late to join the global dance to raise rates, as Governor Lowe insisted that inflation was transient before he finally started to raise rates. Inflation has not let up, running at 6.1%. The RBA statement acknowledged that inflation has not yet peaked and is expected to rise to 7.75% in 2002 before dropping to 4.0% in 2023. Given that the RBA’s number one priority is lowering inflation, the 0.25% hike caught the markets off guard. When it comes to loosening policy, the RBA has taken the lead, with an eye to guide the economy to a soft landing and avoid a recession. Lowe again is marching to his own tune, as the Federal Reserve is expected to deliver at least one more oversized hike of 0.75%. This will widen the US/Australia rate differential and likely put strong pressure on the Australian dollar, which had a disastrous September, declining 6.4%. The markets are keeping a close eye on US nonfarm payrolls, which will be released on Friday. The ADP employment report showed a slight improvement at 208,000, up from 185,000 (200,000 est.) ADP is using a new methodology to calculate its readings, but it’s too early to tell if this will improve its reliability in forecasting the official nonfarm payrolls report. The markets are bracing for a decline in NFP to 250,000, down from 315,000 prior. AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD tested resistance at 0.6503 in the Asian session. The next resistance line is 0.6607 There is support at 0.6433 and 0.6329 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.
Putin Has Now Warned That The Ukraine Conflict Could Go On For A Long Time

Putin's Reaction To The Outbreak | 36.4% Less Passenger Travel In China

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 10.10.2022 09:22
Summary:  S&P 500 plunged 2.8% following a decline of U.S. unemployment to 3.5% in September, signing a tight labor market and providing cover for the Fed to front-load larger rate hikes. U.S. treasury yields and the dollar continued to charge higher. The AUD dollar fell to a 2.5-year low. WTI crude jumped 5.4% as the OPEC+ production quota cut continued to linger. The U.S. tightened its restrictions on the export of semiconductor technology to China. Putin called an emergency meeting with his Security Council. What is happening in markets?   Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) retreated on a hot labour market After a stronger-than-expected payroll report and a decline in the unemployment rate to 3.5%, U.S. stocks slid throughout the session and managed only to bounce slightly from the lows toward the market close.  S&P 500 plunged 2.8%, with all 11 sectors of the benchmark declining.  The information technology and consumer discretionary sectors fell the most, down 4.1% and 3.5% respectively. On the back of a 5.4% jump in crude oil prices during the day, the energy sector was the best performer, losing only 0.7%. Nasdaq 100 tumbled 3.9%.  Advanced Micro Devices (AMD:xnas) fell the most among the NDX constituents, down 13.9%, following slashing over USD1 billion from its revenue guidance for Q3. Close behind was another semiconductor name, Marvel Technology, falling 11.7%. Intel (INTC:xnas) and NVIDIA (NVDA:xnas) plunged 5.4% and 8% respectively.  The Biden administration issued new rules to restrict American companies from exporting advanced chip equipment to China.  CVS Health (CVS:xnys) plunged 10.5% after being downgraded to a worse-than-average quality rating from Medicare Advantage’s Star Ratings and on its plan to acquire Cano Health (CANO:xnys).  Trading desk talks suggested large short-selling initiated in financials while short-covering was prevailing in the energy space. This week could be another pivotal moment for markets with the U.S. earnings season kicking off, the September FOMC minutes, and the US CPI. U.S. treasury yields (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) climbed from 5bps to 7bps across the curve on the fall in the unemployment rate to 3.5% U.S. treasuries sold off on the larger-than-expected +263K print of the non-farm payrolls and the 3.5% unemployment rate (vs 3.7% expected), with the belly of the curve being hit most.  5-year yields jumped 7bps to 4.14%, while 2-year yields climbed 5bps to 4.31% and 10-year yields moved up 6pbs to 3.88%.  The money market curve now prices in a 75bp hike almost a done deal for the November FOMC. The cash treasury bond market is closed on Monday for Columbus Day (but U.S. stock exchanges are open).  Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSIU2) fell in light volume with China property and EV stocks underperforming Hang Seng Index sank for the second day in a row after the sharp rally on Wednesday, falling 1.5%. Chinese EV stocks tanked, with Li Auto (02015:xhkg) tumbling 14.8%, Nio (09866:xhkg) plunging 10.5%, and XPeng (09868:xhkg) moving down 6%. The collapse of EV stock prices contributed significantly to the 3.3% decline of the Hang Sent Tech Index (HSTECH.I).  Investors were concerned about the severe competition in the EV industry with new entrants to the market and rising battery costs.  China developer names plunged from 2% to 9% across the board as sentiment was clouded by CIFI’s (00884:xhkg) discussion with banks about posting an interest payment and a 2-notch downgrade to B3 (long-term rating) and Caa1 (senior unsecured debts) by Moody’s. CIFI and Longfor (00960:xhkg), each tumbled over 8%.  Turnover in the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong hit a new 2022 low at HKD57 billion. Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges were closed for the National Day holiday the whole last week and are returning today.   Australia’s ASX200 (ASXSP200.1) tipped to open the week lower, while focus remains on commodities The ASX200 charged 4.5% last week outperforming global markets, with the rally being supported by commodity prices moving higher, including iron ore. On Monday the Futures indicate the market could fall 0.9% following Wall Street. Trading screens will likely be in the green (black) in the commodity sector, after the oil price rallied 4.7% to $92.62. A focus will also be on iron ore companies as after China’s markets reopen after a weeklong holiday, and China is the largest buyer of iron ore. It’s also worth noting the US listed BHP closed just 0.8% lower on Friday, outperforming US equites. Other stocks to watch might include; Karoon Energy (KAR), after Brazil agreed to lower the royalty rate on the company’s Bauna project. Core Lithium (CXO) and NRW Holdings (NWH) will also be in focus after NRW’s Primero won a contract for Core Lithium’s plant. And Tabcorp (TAH) will also be in view for traders, after investing $33 million for a 20% equity stake in Dabble Sports.  The U.S. dollar climbed modestly on higher bond yields Higher bond yields lifted the dollar, seeing DXY 0.4% higher to 112.795.  USDJPY hovered above 145 but is yet to make a decisive upward move again to test the resolve of Japan’s Ministry of Finance.  EURUSD weakened -.5% to 0.9744 and GBPUSD declined 0.7% to 1.1089. The Australian dollar (AUDUSD) fell to a 2.5-year low, as the Fed gained more ammunition to hike   The AUD/USD fell 0.7% to 0.6361, which is its lowest level since April 2020. This follows the US jobs report coming out on Friday, which gives the Fed more ammunition to rise rates. Keep in mind, a currency generally appreciates when its central bank rises rates. This is in deeded one of the key reasons why the USD is marching up. And when you compare the Fed’s hawkishness to the RBA’s fresh dovish tone, it makes this currency pair an interesting one to watch, particularly with this week’s US economic data and Fed speeches on tap. On the weekly chart it could worth watching the support level at perhaps 0.61670.   Crude oil (CLX2 & LCOX2) surged more than 5% The front-month contract of WTI crude gained 5.4% to USD92.64 despite a modestly higher U.S. dollar. The production quota cut last Wednesday continued to provide support to crude prices.  Since OPEC+ announced the production quota cut, WTI crude oil prices have risen 7.7%.  While many news headlines say it is a production cut of 2 million barrels, we want to clarify here that the 2 million barrels number is referring to the quota, not production.  However, 15 out of the 23 oil-producing countries involved produced below their current levels of allocated quotas in September 2022. 13 of these oil-producing countries produced less oil in the last month than the reduced quotas to be implemented in November.  In other words, the reduced quotas will cut oil production in 10 countries if they adhere to cap the quota.  Having said that, the cut will still be about 1.3 million barrels a day effectively and it is still substantial, from Saudi Arabia (552,000 barrels), UAE (171,000 barrels), Iran (150,000 barrels), Kuwait (144,000 barrels), Libya (100,000 barrels), Iraq (69,000 barrels), Algeria (43,000 barrels), Gabon (28,000 barrels), South Sudan (21,000 barrels, and Oman (21,000 barrels).   What to consider?   US Unemployment Rate fell 0.2 percentage points to 3.5% Nonfarm payroll growth lowered to +263K in September, down from August’s +315K but slightly above the median forecast of +255K of Bloomberg’s survey.  Major areas of strength in the establishment report (i.e. payrolls) were healthcare, leisure, and hospitality while trade and transportation employment was weak. The market moving part in the cluster of data was the 0.2pp decline in the unemployment rate to 3.5% in September from 3.7% in August which the market had expected unchanged at 3.7%.  Part of the fall in the unemployment rate was attributed to a 0.1pp decline in the labor force participation rate to 62.3% from 62.4%. Investors and trades are concerned about the inability of the participation rate to sustain its rally toward 63 or higher so as to dampen upward pressure on wages. Average hourly earnings came in as expected at +0.3% M/M and +5% Y/Y.  FedEx’s ground delivery unit expects a slower volume ahead FedEx Ground, the ground delivery unit of FedEx (FDX:xnys) said in a statement that they are expecting “weakening macroeconomic conditions are causing volume softness. The unit is working with its customers on the latter’s projected shipping needs and making adjustments.  The U.S. tightened restrictions on exporting semiconductor equipment, components, and high-end chips to China The U.S. Department of Commerce rolled out new regulations last Friday to prohibit American companies from exporting to Chinese companies advanced semiconductor equipment and components that can be used to make equipment without first applying for a license from the Department of Commerce effective immediately. The Department of Commerce’s new rules bans U.S. persons from providing support to the development or production of semiconductors at Chinese semiconductor facilities without a license from the Department of Commerce.  The Department of Commerce also tightened the Foreign Direct Product Rule to restrict China from obtaining advanced microchips that can be used in supercomputers and artificial intelligence applications from American companies as well as foreign companies that rely on American technologies. Tourism data was weak for the National Day Golden Week holiday in China According to data from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, domestic trips and revenues for the period from Oct 1 to 7 were 18.2% and 26.2% lower than those in the same period last year respectively.  According to estimates from the Ministry of Transport, the aggregate number of passenger trips via roads, railways, waterways and aviation from Oct 1 to 7 was 255.5 million trips or 36.5 million trips per day on average, which was 36.4% lower than that in 2021. Putin is chairing a meeting with his Security Council on Monday Russian President Putin is going to chair a meeting with the permanent members of the Russian Security Council today. It was apparently in response to the explosion two days ago that seriously damaged the Kerch bridge which links Crimea with Russia.   For a global look at markets – tune into our Podcast.   Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/equities/market-insights-today-10-oct-10102022
The AUD/USD Pair May Witness Further Grinding

Weak Reports Added Pressure To The Australian Dollar (AUD)

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 11.10.2022 14:16
AUD/USD continues to lose ground and can’t find its footing. The Aussie started the week on the wrong foot, with a decline of 1.0% on Monday. In today’s European session, AUD/USD is trading at 0.6266 down 0.52%. Earlier the day, the Australian dollar fell to 0.6247, its lowest level since April 2020. Weak PMI, confidence data weighs on Aussie Australia has posted weak numbers this week, adding to the downward pressure on the ailing Australian dollar. The Services PMI fell into contraction territory with a reading of 48.0 in September, down from 53.3 in August, as the uncertain economic outlook is weighing on business activity. Business confidence levels are down, with NAB business confidence slowing to 5 in September, down from 10 in August. Westpac Consumer Sentiment indicated that consumers are also in a sour mood, with a reading of -0.9% in September after a gain of 3.9% in August, which was the sole gain over the past 11 months. Risk appetite has been dampened by the escalating crisis in the Ukraine war, with Russia annexing parts of occupied Ukraine and firing missiles at civilian targets. As well, the energy crisis is looming over Western Europe, just weeks ahead of winter. This is weighing on the risk-sensitive Australian dollar. In the US, inflation releases have taken on added significance, as the Federal Reserve has designated soaring inflation as public enemy number one. The US releases PPI data on Wednesday and CPI a day later. Headline inflation has dropped over the past two months, but remains at 8.3%. Unless headline and core inflation both surprise with much lower readings than expected, I don’t anticipate any change in course from the Fed. If inflation underperforms, the US dollar could lose ground. Conversely, a higher-than-expected inflation report would be bullish for the US dollar. . AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD has resistance at 0.6299 and 0.6424 There is support at 0.6203 and 0.6106 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds
The Aussie Pair Traders Cheer A Hawkish Hopes Of the Reserve Bank Of Australia (RBA)

The Aussie Pair (AUD/USD) Is In A Bearish Mood

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 14.10.2022 09:11
AUD/USD extends bounce off 2.5-year low, grinds higher around daily top of late. Rebound from the key support joins price-positive oscillators to keep buyers hopeful. Sellers remain hopes unless the quote stays inside five-week-old bearish channel. AUD/USD dribbles around the intraday high of 0.6343 while extending the previous day’s rebound from a 30-month low. In doing so, the Aussie pair remains firmer for the second consecutive day while staying inside a bearish chart pattern, namely the descending trend channel established from September 07. The quote’s rebound from 0.6170 appears a corrective bounce from the aforementioned channel’s support, suggesting further recovery. Also favoring the pair’s upside momentum is the RSI’s gradual uplift from the nearly oversold region and the impending bull cross on the MACD. With this, the Aussie pair is all-set to challenge the 10-DMA hurdle, around 0.6375. However, the bearish channel’s upper line, close to 0.6410 at the latest, could challenge the AUD/USD buyers afterward. In a case where the prices successfully cross the 0.6410 hurdle, the odds of witnessing a run-up toward the monthly high of 0.6547 can’t be ruled out. Alternatively, pullback moves could aim for the 0.6300 threshold before highlighting the March 2020 high near 0.6215. Following that, the lower line of the channel, around 0.6150 by the press time, will be crucial for the AUD/USD bears to watch. AUD/USD: Daily chart Trend: Limited upside expected
It Is Quite Possible That The Australian Dollar Is Tired Of Growth

The Australian Dollar To US Dollar (AUD/USD) Pair Remains On Track To Register Losses

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 14.10.2022 12:24
AUD/USD struggles to preserve its modest intraday gains amid a pickup in the USD demand. A turnaround in the risk sentiment, aggressive Fed rate hike bets boost the safe-haven buck. Traders now look forward to US macroeconomic releases for some meaningful opportunities. The AUD/USD pair attracts fresh sellers in the vicinity of mid-0.6300s on Friday and surrenders its modest intraday gains to a four-day high. The pair slips below the 0.6300 mark during the first half of the European session and is now flirting with the daily low amid the emergence of some US dollar dip-buying. The latest optimistic move in the equity markets witnessed since the US session on Thursday fizzles out rather quickly amid worries about a deeper global economic downturn. The anti-risk flow helps revive demand for the safe-haven greenback and exerts some downward pressure on the AUD/USD pair. Apart from this, the prospects for a more aggressive policy tightening by the Fed favour the USD bulls. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the core inflation (excluding food and energy prices) registered the biggest gain since August 1982. The hotter CPI report reinforces bets for the fourth consecutive 75bps Fed rate hike in November. This, along with the potential economic fallout from fresh COVID-related lockdowns in China, validates the near-term negative outlook for the AUD/USD pair. That said, technical indicators on short-term charts are hovering around the oversold territory and warrant some caution for bearish traders. Nevertheless, the AUD/USD pair remains on track to register losses for the fifth successive week. Market participants now look forward to the release of the US monthly Retail Sales figures, due later during the early North American session, for a fresh impetus. Friday's US economic docket also highlights the Prelim Michigan Consumer Sentiment and Inflation Expectations Index. This, along with the US bond yields and speeches by influential FOMC members, will drive the USD demand and provide a fresh impetus to the AUD/USD pair. Traders will further take cues from the broader market risk sentiment to grab short-term opportunities on the last day of the week.
The AUD/USD Pair May Witness Further Grinding

The AUD/USD Pair Is Into Bearish Mood | The Future Decline In The NZD/USD Pair Is Expected

ING Economics ING Economics 15.10.2022 08:01
USD/CAD Current spot: 1.3722 • We haven’t changed our view that the loonie should emerge as a key outperformer once sentiment stabilises, thanks to low exposure to Europe and China, the positive impact from high energy prices and a hawkish Bank of Canada (which recently reiterated its commitment to fighting inflation despite economic pain). • Still, CAD’s high beta and USD strength will keep USD/CAD in the 1.35/1.40 region into the new year, in our view, regardless of the BoC matching the Fed’s tightening. • The recent output cuts by OPEC+ are surely a good sign for oilsensitive currencies, and may somewhat limit the downside risks for CAD even if risk assets remain weak. AUD/USD Current spot: 0.6323 • We remain bearish on AUD/USD into year-end, as risk sentiment fragility, China’s economic (and currency) woes and a strong USD all point to continuous weakness in the pair. • We currently forecast a bottom of about 0.60-0.61 around yearend before a rebound that should accelerate in the second half of 2023. A break below 0.60 this year is entirely possible though. • The Reserve Bank of Australia surprised on the dovish side in October as it delivered a “small” 25bp hike. Indeed, policymakers in Australia have greater flexibility given policy meetings are scheduled for each month; but our base case is that 25bp increases will become the norm. The FX implications, for now, should remain quite secondary. NZD/USD Current spot: 0.5603 • The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has steered away from any dovish signals as it hiked by another 50bp in October and signalled more tightening is on the way. Another 50bp increase is largely expected at the November meeting. • As with the Australian dollar – and many other developed currencies – the role of monetary policy remains secondary compared to global risk dynamics. • NZD/USD is looking at the 0.50 2009 lows as the next key support: that would be a 12% drop from the current levels and seems too stretched in our view. However, a move to the 0.52-0.53 area cannot be excluded should risk assets fall further. This article is a part of a report by ING Economics available here. Disclaimer This publication has been prepared by ING solely for information purposes irrespective of a particular user's means, financial situation or investment objectives. The information does not constitute investment recommendation, and nor is it investment, legal or tax advice or an offer or solicitation to purchase or sell any financial instrument. Read more
The Downside For The AUD/USD Pair Is Likely To Remain Cushioned

The AUD/USD Pair Has Returned To The Negative Area And The Price Is Going Down

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 17.10.2022 08:06
The Australian dollar confuses market participants as soon as it can. On Friday, the movement range of the aussie amounted to more than 150 points, having reached three lines of the price channel drawn on the daily chart at once. The Marlin Oscillator no longer has freedom of movement - it will either break above the upper boundary of its own channel under the influence of convergence with the price (pink line), or turn down from the upper boundary of the channel, breaking the convergence. In this case, the target of the downward movement will be the underlying line of the price channel around the level of 0.6130. The bulls' victory may be marked by reaching the target level of 0.6360, which they failed to do on Friday. The price corrects slightly from the 0.6195 support on the 4-hour chart. What this means is not entirely clear, but the Marlin Oscillator has returned to the negative area and is pulling the price down. Overcoming the price of support 0.6195 will open the 0.6130 target. Based on the combination of technical factors, the probability of a descending option is slightly higher than that of an ascending one: 55 versus 45.   Relevance up to 04:00 2022-10-18 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/324421
China Steps Into Bull Market,  How Much The Bank Of England Will Be Raising Its Rates?

The Actions Of England's New Finance Minister John Hunt May Not Have Long-Term Effects

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 17.10.2022 11:43
GBP/USD jumped on Monday amid news from the UK that the economic course presented by Prime Minister Liz Truss would be stopped. This was after Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng announced his resignation last Friday, as well as on the inability of Truss to convince markets that the decision to significantly ease fiscal policy will have a beneficial effect on the local economy. Pound got off to a solid start after it was revealed that the new finance minister, John Hunt, will present excerpts from his medium-term budget plan this afternoon. It seems that the market is hoping for some kind of compromise between the need to save the economy with regular infusions of unsecured money, and the need to take a tough course of savings. What is currently observed in the market can be explained by the closing of a large number of short positions in pound. And with the uncertainty factor looming ahead, as well as the significant deterioration in the economic situation in the UK, it is highly likely that prices will continue to collapse, especially if new measures from the new finance minister are unlikely to provide significant and long-term support for the local currency. Dollar also has a huge advantage being a strong safe-haven currency. Summing up, it is likely that the growth of pound will be limited. Forecasts for today: GBPUSD The pair is highly likely to be volatile today and would trade in the range of 1.1060-1.1370. AUD/USD The pair is also consolidating in the range of 0.6200-0.6350. But in the future, it will exit this range and go down to the level of 0.6150.   Relevance up to 08:00 2022-10-19 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/324437
Inflation slowdown may let Reserve Bank of Australia go for 50bp or inaction

Forex: Australian Dollar To US Dollar (AUD/USD) - Technical Look And Expectations - 17/10/22

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 17.10.2022 15:22
  As of writing, AUD/USD is trading near 0.6250, just below the first notable resistance at 0.6255 (200 EMA on the 15-minute chart). Given the strong bearish momentum of the overall downward trend in AUD/USD, we can expect a rebound and a resumption of decline already near this resistance level.     If it is broken, then the next point of the upward correction will be the level of 0.6325 (through it passes the resistance level in the form of a 200-period moving average on the 1-hour chart). But even after its theoretically possible breakdown, the corrective growth of AUD/USD will be limited, at least, by the important resistance levels of 0.6545, 0.6600, 0.6620 (50 EMA on the daily chart). In the main scenario, we expect a rebound from the current levels and a resumption of the decline. More conservative AUD/USD sellers will probably decide to wait for the breakdown of the local support levels of 0.6200, 0.6170.     Support levels: 0.6200, 0.6170, 0.5975, 0.5665, 0.5510 Resistance levels: 0.6255, 0.6325, 0.6455, 0.6500, 0.6545, 0.6620, 0.6685 Trading Tips Sell Stop 0.6220. Sell Limit 0.6320. Stop-Loss 0.6355. Take-Profit 0.6200, 0.6170, 0.5975, 0.5665, 0.5510 Buy Stop 0.6355. Stop-Loss 0.6290. Take-Profit 0.6400, 0.6455, 0.6500, 0.6545, 0.6620, 0.6685   Relevance up to 12:00 2022-10-22 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/324495
The Kiwi Asset (NZD/USD) Is Facing Pressure

Across The Forex Board, The New Zealand Dollar (NZD) Emerges As The Strongest

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 18.10.2022 09:20
Here is what you need to know on Tuesday, October 18: The US dollar resumes its bearish momentum on Tuesday, having lost the recovery momentum in the Asian session, as risk flows extend into the second straight day following the UK's dramatic U-turn over the tax-slashing mini-budget. The US S&P 500 futures, the risk barometer, is gaining roughly 1.70% so far while the Asian indices rally 1.20% to 1.80%, led by the rebound in the Chinese stocks. In early dealing, China’s stocks turned south after the country’s junk dollar bonds dropped to a record low, as a property market crisis sparked by a crackdown on excessive borrowing. Meanwhile, Chinese traders digested comments from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The US official said on Monday, China has made a decision to seize Taiwan on a “much faster timeline” than previously thought. Across the fx board, the Kiwi dollar emerges as the strongest heading into the European open, followed by its Antipodean partner, the aussie. Meanwhile, the yen pulled away from 32-year highs above 149.05 against the US dollar, dragged lower by weaker Treasury yields and Japanese verbal intervention. Top Japanese officials continued their jawboning, reiterating that they are ready to take necessary steps to avoid undesirable, as they watch the FX price action with a sense of urgency. USD/JPY was last seen trading around 148.85, consolidating the upside before the next push higher. NZD/USD surges over 1% to challenge 0.5700, as hotter New Zealand’s Q3 Consumer Price Index (CPI) ramped up bigger RBNZ rate hike expectations. NZ inflation rose by 2.2% QoQ in the third quarter, beating expectations of a 1.6% increase. Meanwhile, the annualized inflation eased from a 32-year high of 7.3% to 7.2%, although outpaced expectations of +6.6%. Hawkish comments from RBA Assistant Governor Michele Bullock and RBA minutes underpin the sentiment around the AUD/USD pair, as they suggest the need for more rate increases in the coming months. EUR/USD also capitalized on retreating Treasury yields and a renewed broad-based US dollar selling, having recaptured the 0.9850 barrier. Although bulls remain cautious ahead of the German and Eurozone ZEW sentiment surveys. Germany’s Economy Minister Robert Habeck said on Monday that “with fiscal policy in place, they can avoid deep recession in Europe without fuelling inflation.” GBP/USD is fading an uptick above 1.1400, as investors assess the Financial Times (FT) report that stated the Bank of England (BOE) is set to delay quantitative tightening (QT) worth £838bn until bond markets calm. The report comes after the new UK Chancellor Jeremy Hunt ditched almost all of the mini-budget announced by PM Liz Truss on September 23. The gains in cable appear short-lived, as PM Truss braces for political challenges, with Tory backbenchers preparing to oust her. Gold is holding its recovery momentum above the $1,650 barrier but is likely to remain in a defined range until buyers reclaim the critical $1,670 hurdle. The softer dollar keeps lending support to the metal. Bitcoin price is gradually pushing higher while above $19,500 but bulls stay cautious amid a wall fall of healthy resistance levels on a daily timeframe.
China's Position On The Russo-Ukrainian War Confirmed At The G20 Meeting

The Japanese Yen (JPY) Is The Only G20 Currency Which Have Been Weaken | China Delays Publication Of GDP Report

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 18.10.2022 10:40
Summary:  Risk sentiment was supported by more U-turns in UK fiscal policy and strong earnings from Bank of America supporting the US banks. Equities rallied and the USD declined, but the Japanese yen failed to ride on the weaker USD and continued to test the authorities’ patience on intervention. Higher NZ CPI boosted bets for RBNZ rate hikes, and the less hawkish RBA meeting minutes brought AUDNZD to fresh lows. EU meetings remain key ahead as the bloc attempts to finalize Russian price caps. What’s happening in markets?   The Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) rally after UK-policy U-turn. So far this reporting season earnings are declining The mood was risk-on amid Monday’s rally; with the major indices charging higher with the S&P500 up 2.7%. The breadth of the rally was so strong that at one point over 99% of the companies in the S&P500 were rising, which pushed the index up away from its 200-week moving average (which it fell below last week). Meanwhile the Nasdaq 100 gained 3.5%. The rally came after the UK made $30 billion pounds worth of savings after scrapping tax cuts (see below for more). It was received well by markets and investors looking for short term relief. Bond yields fell, equities rallied and after the GBP lifted 1.6% the US dollar lost strength. But the UK is not out of the lurch with power outages likely later this year. Plus also consider, so far this US earnings season, only 38 of the S&P500 companies have reported results and earnings growth has so far declined on average by 3%. So it’s too soon to gauge if markets can sustain this rally, particularly with the Fed likely to hike rates by 75 bps later this month and next. Strong earnings from bank boosted market sentiment. Bank of America (BAC:xnys), reporting solid Q3 results with net interest income beat and a 50bp sequential improvement on CET1 capital adequacy ratio, surged 6% and was one of the most actively traded stock on the day. U.S. treasury curve (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) steepened Initially US treasuries traded firmer with yields declining, after taking clues from the nearly 40bps drop in long-dated U.K. gilts following the new U.K. Chancellor Hunt scrapping much of the "mini budget" tax cuts and the support for household energy bills. Some block selling in the long-end treasury curve however took 30-year yields closing 3bps cheaper and 10-year yields little changed at 4.01%. The 2-year to 5-year space finished the session richer, with yields falling around 5bps and 2-year closed at 4.44%. The market has now priced in a 5% terminal Fed fund rate in 2023 and a 100% probability for a 75bps hike in November and over 60% chance for another 75bps hike in December. Australia’s ASX200 (ASXSP200.1) lifts 1.4%; with a focus on Uranium, stocks exposed to the UK and lithium Firstly Lithium stocks are in the spotlight after Pilbara Minerals (PLS) accepted a new sales contract to ship spodumene concentrate for lithium batteries from Mid-may, at $7,100 dmt. PLS shares are up 3.1% with other lithium stocks rising including Core Lithium (CXO) up 3.7% and Sayona Mining (SYA) up 4.7%. Secondly, shares in Uranium are focus today after Germany plans to extend the life of the countries three nuclear power plants till April, as it contends with the energy crisis. The Global Uranium ETF (URA) rose 5.9% on Monday and ASX uranium stocks are following suit like Paladin (PDN) up 2%. For a deep look at the uranium/nuclear sector, covering the stocks to perhaps watch and why read our Quarterly Outlook on the Nuclear sector here. Thirdly, amid the risk-on short term relief in markets from the UK, companies with UK exposure are rallying amid the short-term sentiment shift , including the UK’s 5th biggest bank, Virgin Money (VUK) which is listed on the ASX and trades up 5.3%. Ramsay Health Care (RHC), which is a private hospital/ health care business with presence in the UK trades up almost 2% today. Ramsay's recent full-year showed UK revenue doubled to $1.2 billion. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSIV2) China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Stocks in Hong Kong and mainland China traded lower initially and spent the rest of the day climbing to recover all the losses, with Hang Seng Index and CSI300 finishing marginally higher. General Secretary Xi’s speech last Sunday hailed China’s “Dynamic Zero-Covid” strategy and gave no hint of shifting policy priorities toward economic growth as some investors had hoped for. Among the leading Hang Seng constituent stocks, HSBC (00005:xhkg) gained 1.5% and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (00388:xhkg), which is reporting Q3 results on Wednesday, climbed 2.3%. Chinese banks gained, with China Merchant Bank rising 2.3% and ICBC (01389) up 1.7%.  Healthcare names gained, Hansoh Pharmaceutical (03692:xhkg) surged 13.2% and Sino Biopharm (01177:xhkg) rose 3.6%. EV stocks were among the laggards, dropping from 1% to 5%. Li Ning (02331:xhkg) tumbled over 13% at one point and finished the trading day 4.3% lower following accusations on mainland social media about the sportswear company’s latest designs resembling WWII Japanese army uniforms.  Japanese yen paying no heed to jawboning efforts The US dollar moved lower on Monday, but that was no respite for the Japanese yen. All other G10 currencies got a boost, with sterling leading the bounce against the USD with the help of dismantling of the fiscal measures by the newest Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt and the slide in UK yields. The only G10 currency that weakened further on Monday was the JPY, which continued to test the intervention limits of the authorities. USDJPY rose to 149.08, printing fresh 42-year highs. Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda will be appearing before the Japanese parliament from 9.50am Tokyo time, after some stern remarks in the morning saying that they “cannot tolerate excessive FX move driven by speculators”. While intervention expectations rose, the yen still did not budge until last check. NZD rose on higher New Zealand CPI boosting RBNZ tightening bets Another surprisingly strong inflation print from New Zealand, with Q3 CPI easing only a notch to 7.2% y/y from 7.3% y/y against consensus expectations of 6.5% y/y and an estimate of 6.4% from the RBNZ at the August meeting. The q/q rate rose to 2.2% from 1.7% in Q2 and way above expectations of 1.5%. This has prompted expectations of more aggressive tightening from the RBNZ with a close to 75bps hike priced in for the Nov 23 meeting vs. ~60bps earlier, and the peak in overnight cash rate at over 5.3% from ~5% previously. NZDUSD rose to 0.5660 with the AUDNZD down to over 1-month lows of 1.1120 with RBA minutes due today as well for the October meeting when the central bank announced a smaller than expected rate hike of 25bps. Crude oil (CLX2 & LCOZ2) Crude oil prices stabilized in early Asian hours on Tuesday after a slight decline yesterday, despite a weaker dollar and an upbeat risk sentiment. WTI futures rose towards $86/barrel while Brent was above $91. Chinese demand concerns however weighed on the commodities complex coming out of the weekend CCP announcements. On the OPEC front, Algeria's Energy Minister echoed familiar rhetoric from the group that the decision to reduce output is a purely technical response to the world economic circumstances.   What to consider? UK need to know: Policy U-Turn provides shorter term risk-on rally, but long-term headwinds remain, UK holds talks to avoid power shutdowns New British chancellor Jeremy Hunt reversed almost all of PM Liz Truss’ mini-budget. Initially Truss’ plans sent markets into a tailspin - whereby the pound hit record lows and the Bank of England was forced to intervene. However, after Hunt virtually scrapped all of the announced tax cuts, and cut back support for household energy bills, saving $32 billion pounds, then risk sentiment improved and the pound gained strength. But, the issue is, firstly; there are still almost $40 billion pounds worth of savings to be made to close the fiscal gap; meaning more government spending cuts will come and possibly tax hikes. This is probably why new UK finance chief, Hunt, declined to rule out a windfall profit tax. Nevertheless, the U-turn was received well by markets for the short term, bond yields fell, equities rallies and the pound sterling (GPBUSD) rose 1.6% against the USD with the US dollar losing strength. And the second reason the UK is not out of the lurch is that the fundamentals haven’t changed; the UK energy crisis is not resolved – yesterday in the UK government officials met major data centers discussing the need to use diesel as backup if the power grid goes down in the coming months. Amazon.com and Microsoft run data centers in the UK. Earlier this month, National Grid also warned some UK customers they could face 3-hour power cuts on cold days. The Bank of England is expected to downgrade its rate hike expectations.    NY Fed manufacturing headline lower on mixed components The NY Fed manufacturing survey for October fell to -9.1, contracting for a third consecutive month and coming in below the expected -4.0 and the prior -1.5. While survey data remains hard to trust to decipher economic trends, given a small sample size and questioning techniques impacting results, it is worth noting that more factories are turning downbeat about future business conditions which fell 10 points to -1.8 and was the second weakest since 2009. Also, the prices paid measure rose for the first time since June, echoing similar results as seen from the University of Michigan survey. Fed speakers ahead today include Bostic and Kashkari and terminal rate expectations remain on watch after they are touching close to 5%. La Nina is underway in Australia; floods decimate some wheat crops In the Australian state of Victoria at the weekend, floods decimated some wheat crops, which has resulted in the price of Wheat futures contracts for March and May 2023 lifting in anticipation that supply issues will worsen. The Australian Federal Emergency Management Minister said parts of Australia face ‘some serious flooding’ with more rain forecast later this week, with 34,000 homes in Victoria potentially expected to be inundated or isolated. The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts the La Lina event to peak in spring that’s underway in the Southern Hemisphere, before turning to neural conditions early next year. La Nina is not only disastrous to lives, homes and businesses, but the extra rainfall usually brings about lot of regrowth when rain eases. The risk is, if El Nino hits Australia in 2023 for instance, bringing diminished rainfall and dryness, then there is a greater risk of grassfires and bushfires. Investors will be watching insurance companies like Insurance Australia Group, QBE. As well as companies that produce wheat, including GrainCorp and Elders on the ASX and General Mills in the US. RBA Meeting Minutes out – AUDUSD climbs of lows, up 1.7% The Aussie dollar rose 1.7% off its low after the USD lost strength when the UK re winded some tax cuts. The AUDUSD will be in focus with the RBA Meeting Minutes released, highlighted why the RBA rose interest rates by just 0.25% this month, moving from a hawkish to dovish stance. The RBA previously highlighted it sees unemployment rising next year, and sees inflation beginning to normalize next year, which in our view, implies the RBA will likely pause with rate hikes after December, after progressively making hikes of 25bps (0.25%). Still the Australian dollar against the US (AUDUSD) remains pressured over the medium term, given the Fed’s expected heavy-pace of hikes, while China’s commodity buying-power is restricted with President Xi maintaining a covid zero policy. As such, the AUD's rally might be questioned unless something fundamentally changes. China delays the release of Q3 GDP and September activity data Chin’s National Bureau of Statistics delays the release of Q3 GDP, September industrial production, retail sales, and fixed asset investment data that were scheduled to come on Tuesday without providing a reason or a new schedule.   For our look ahead at markets this week - Listen/watch our Saxo Spotlight.   For a global look at markets – tune into our Podcast. Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/equities/market-insights-today-18-oct-18102022
Analysis Of The NASDAQ 100 Index Movement

Stock Markets In Europe And The US Showed Marked Gains And Investors Have More Time To Recover

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 18.10.2022 11:54
Stocks rose on Monday, primarily due to the start of the corporate reporting season. Clearly, investors are no longer focusing only on increasing interest rates, high inflation and deteriorating world economy, but also on the performance of companies. This inspires optimism in the market, which decreases negative sentiment and brings back demand for shares. Thus, the stock markets in Europe and the US showed a noticeable increase, while US treasury yields have stalled and are not going anywhere after their recent growth. For example, the yield of 10-year bonds hit 4% and so far could not consolidate above it. This, in turn, puts pressure on the dollar, prompting a rise in other currencies paired with it. Considering that there is a two-week time lag until the Fed's meeting in November, investors have more time to win back losses. This may start today, during the European session, and may extend amid positive dynamics of US stock indices. Of course, the dollar will be affected negatively, but there is still the need to buy it because there are too many factors that do not allow it to decline fully. Most likely, further aggressive rate hikes by the Fed and the presence of high demand will keep it afloat for a long time. Forecasts for today: AUD/USD The pair failed to overcome 0.6330, which reinforces the existing downward trend. If this continues, the quote will fall to 0.6220. USD/CAD The pair is testing the level of 1.3715. A rise above it could lead to a further increase to 1.3885.   Relevance up to 07:00 2022-10-20 UTC+00 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/324580
The Australian Jobs Report In December Had A Negative Impact On The Australian Dollar (AUD)

AUD/NZD - Reserve Bank Of Australia Minutes Trigger Discussion About The Rate Hikes, So Does New Zealand CPI Data

John Hardy John Hardy 18.10.2022 23:35
Summary:  We have seen some wild swings in risk sentiment in recent days, with the USD first jerked one way and then the other, all while the JPY continues to fall broadly and set new lows versus even a shaky US dollar today as it appears Bank of Japan governor is willing to go down with the YCC ship and longer US treasury yields remain pinned near the cycle highs. Elsewhere interesting relative moves in Aussie and kiwi overnight on dovish RBA minutes and a hot NZ CPI print. FX Trading focus: Whiplash for USD traders, JPY continues plunge. Yesterday saw a bizarre melt-up in risk sentiment that took the USD down a few notches. There was no readily identifiable trigger for the sentiment shift yesterday, which could be related to heavy derivatives exposure and stretched sentiment. Even for the relatively near term, it is hard to see a meaningful USD turnaround without anticipation that the Fed is set to ease up on its tightening message, with the chicken-and-egg dilemma that it will likely only do so once employment indicators (badly lagging) are headed clearly south. A considerable portion of the USD weakness yesterday was against sterling, with GBPUSD managing to back all the way up above 1.1400 in late trading. Sterling even made a bid at breaking through pivotal levels in EURGBP, although that move has been corralled for now (low near 0.8575 – trading well above 0.8700 as of this writing). It is interesting to see headlines attributing the latest sterling surge to FT sources indicating that the Bank of England will delay any attempt to do QT for now (The BoE pushed back against that story this morning). Sure, the recent sterling recovery was achieved as the new UK Chancellor reversed most of Truss’ budget-busting initiatives, and on the Bank of England bringing emergency liquidity and indicating it would be will to hike as much as necessary to stabilize markets at the next meeting. When you ease the liquidity crisis in the proverbial burning theater, sterling can stabilize. Stabilization will not necessarily lead to a strong new rally. As for the QT, it would be a sign of ongoing fragility if the BoE was to fail to carry out any QT for now, not a source of sterling strength. We may have seen the top in GBPUSD here unless this strange melt-up in risk sentiment extends. Elsewhere, interesting to note that despite a weak US dollar yesterday and into this morning, the Japanese yen remains resolutely weak, with new highs in JPY crosses and even USDJPY again today (although possible signs of intervention as I am writing today’s report – more in the chart discussion below). Bank of Japan governor Kuroda remains unmoved, arguing for no change in policy once again overnight and saying that inflation would eventually fall back even if currency weakness risked aggravating inflation levels and telling a lawmaker who asked that he resign that he has no plans of quitting. Have to believe the next round of intervention may be coming up soon for JPY crosses, but speculators may be smelling blood after the prior round failed to impress beyond a few hours, as noted below. Chart: USDJPYIn posting a USDJPY chart today, I was originally going to ask whether intervention is on the way, given we were posting new highs in USDJPY this morning and nearing the 150.00 level. Then, what might be intervention or what might be a nervy market over-reacting to large transactions materialized suddenly, with all JPY crosses dipping suddenly and violently, only to recover much of the lost ground within minutes. Official intervention would more likely have driven a larger move. Let’s recall what happened the last time the BoJ intervened a few weeks ago, when USDJPY challenged above the important 145.00 area resistance at the time: an initial low was posted within an hour just below 141.00 and then a few hours later that low was slightly exceeded before the rebound back to more or less unchanged within two days. Working against the intervention efforts was a fresh rise in global bond yields at the time – a factor that will continue to overwhelm any intervention efforts as long as long yields stay here or run higher still. But safe to say that the threat of official intervention makes tactical trading a risky business. Source: Saxo Group An interesting session overnight for AUDNZD as the RBA minutes highlighted concerns that the steep pace of rate tightening in this cycle will heavily impact the Australian consumer, particularly as floating rate mortgages reset in the months ahead. In New Zealand, the release of the much hotter than expected Q3 CPI data jolted RBNZ rate expectations sharply higher, with solid odds now for the first 75 basis point move for the cycle from the RBNZ next month. AUDNZD pounded lower overnight, trading well below 1.1100 at times, but I wonder how much more the market can get out of this correction. I still see the relative current account trajectory as an important factor – will look for support to come in soon as the rate spread likely can’t get much more stretched in the kiwi’s favour and shouldn’t matter that much in the mix anyway. Table: FX Board of G10 and CNH trend evolution and strength.Awaiting the USD status again after this latest sell-off as the secular rally remains intact – would have to see above 0.9900 and even parity in EURUSD and USD weakness elsewhere to suggest a larger scale consolidation afoot. Note the CNH level in USDCNH terms as the action remains pinned in the 7.20+ area there and USDJPY applies further pressure to USD/Asia. Source: Bloomberg and Saxo Group Table: FX Board Trend Scoreboard for individual pairs.Interesting to see if GBP rolls over now to weakness in GBPCHF, EURGBP and GBPUSD terms. GBPUSD just flipped to positive as of yesterday’s close, but hasn’t broken above 1.1500 resistance – the chart is neutral within this range and tilts more negative back below 1.1000 again. Elsewhere, NOKSEK could be set for a challenge lower after an interesting sell-off today – trend is neutral and awaiting new momentum. Source: Bloomberg and Saxo Group Upcoming Economic Calendar Highlights 1215 – Canada Sep. Housing Starts 1315 – US Sep. Industrial Production 1400 – US Oct. NAHB Housing Market Index 1600 – ECB's Schnabel to speak 2130 – US Fed’s Kashkari (voter 2023) to speak Source: FX Update: Whiplash for USD traders, JPY remains in dumps. | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
The AUD/USD Pair May Witness Further Grinding

Recent Macroeconomic Events Are Significantly Affecting The Price Of The AUD/USD Pair

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 19.10.2022 09:35
AUD/USD takes offers to renew intraday low, print the first daily loss in three. Market sentiment roils as economic calendar gets active. Four-month high covid numbers from China, hawkish Fed bets favor bears. Risk catalysts are important ahead of Thursday’s Aussie jobs report. AUD/USD takes offers to renew intraday low around 0.6300 as markets fade the previous risk-on mood during early Wednesday in Europe. Also exerting downside pressure on the risk-barometer pair could be the firmer US Treasury yields and anxiety ahead of Thursday’s Australian employment data for September. The US 10-year Treasury yields added six basis points (bps) near 4.06% mark at the latest. In doing so, the US bond coupons rush towards the 14-year high marked earlier in the week amid hawkish Fedspeak and mixed US data. Earlier in the day, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari said, “Until I see some compelling evidence that core inflation has at least peaked, not ready to declare a pause in rate hikes.” With this, the CME’s FedWatch Tool signals that markets are pricing in a nearly 95% chance of the Fed’s 75 rate hike in November. That said, US Industrial Production for September improved but the NAHB Housing Market Index for October dropped, respectively around 0.4% MoM and 38 versus the market expectations of 0.1% and 43 in that order. Other than the Fed-linked catalysts, increasing covid woes in China and the market’s rush towards risk-safety amid higher inflation data from the major economies, recently by the UK, also propel the US Treasury yields and weigh on the AUD/USD prices. Additionally, Russia’s strong fight in Ukraine joins the political pessimism in the UK to exert additional downside pressure on the market’s previously positive mood and favor the Aussie pair sellers. It should be noted, however, that the firmer equities and cautious mood ahead of Thursday’s Australia jobs report for September put a floor under the AUD/USD prices. That said, the headline Aussie Employment Change is expected to ease to 25K versus 33.5K prior while the Unemployment Rate may remain unchanged at 3.5%. Should the scheduled Aussie job numbers match downbeat forecasts, the recently mixed comments from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) could push back the hawks and please sellers. Technical analysis Failure to provide a daily closing beyond the 10-DMA hurdle around 0.6300 keeps the AUD/USD bears hopeful inside a six-week-old bearish channel, currently between 0.6345 and 0.6090.
Inflation slowdown may let Reserve Bank of Australia go for 50bp or inaction

Kenny Fisher (Oanda) Comments On AUD/USD - 19/10/22

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 19.10.2022 23:53
AUD/USD is considerably lower today, trading at 0.6273, down 0.57%. Employment data expected to remain strong Australia releases employment data on Thursday, with the markets expecting that the report will show that the labour market remains robust. The economy is forecast to have created 25,000 jobs in September, following the 35,000 gain in August. Unemployment is expected to remain at 3.5%. The strong labour market has enabled the RBA to continue its sharp rate-tightening cycle, with the cash rate currently at 2.60%. The central bank plans to continue raising rates, as the focus is on curbing inflation, which came in at 6.8% in August. The October inflation report will be especially significant, as it will be released just days before the RBA meeting on November 1st (in addition to the quarterly CPI report, Australia has started releasing a monthly inflation release, but it covers only 70% of goods and services). Higher rates will curb inflation eventually, but the cost could be an economic recession. Already, households are straining their budgets as inflation remains red-hot and higher interest rates are increasing borrowing repayments. This will likely dampen consumer spending, a key driver of economic growth. The Australian dollar has hit hard times. Since August 1st, AUD/USD has plunged 550 points, as risk sentiment has taken a beating and the Federal Reserve’s aggressive tightening has boosted the US dollar. China’s economy has been struggling and the escalation of the Ukraine conflict, with no end in sight, has sapped the appetite for risk-related currencies like the Australian dollar. With the Fed likely to deliver more oversize rate hikes and China and Ukraine likely to remain hotspots, the outlook does not look bright for the Aussie. AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD faces resistance at 0.6331 and 0.6460 0.6250 is under pressure in support. Below, there is support at 0.6121 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. AUD/USD eyes job data - MarketPulseMarketPulse
The Aussie Pair Traders Cheer A Hawkish Hopes Of the Reserve Bank Of Australia (RBA)

Australia Work Report Contributes To Containment Of Earnings For The AUD/USD Pair

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 20.10.2022 09:39
AUD/USD recovers early lost ground amid the emergence of some selling around the USD. A positive risk tone undermines the safe-haven buck and benefits the risk-sensitive aussie. A combination of factors might continue to act as a headwind and favour bearish traders. The AUD/USD reverses an intraday dip to a three-day low and climbs back above mid-0.6200s in the last hour, though lacks any follow-through buying. A modest bounce in the US equity futures prompts some selling around the safe-haven US dollar, which, in turn, offers some support to the risk-sensitive aussie. That said, a combination of factors acts as a headwind for the AUD/USD pair and should continue to keep a lid on any meaningful recovery. Rising bets for aggressive interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve remain supportive of elevated US Treasury bond yields. In fact, the rate-sensitive 2-year US government bond stands near a 15-year peak and the benchmark 10-year Treasury note hits its highest level since the 2008 financial crisis. Furthermore, any optimistic move is likely to remain capped amid growing worries about a deeper global economic downturn, which could further benefit the greenback's relative safe-haven status. Apart from this, the softer Australian jobs report might also contribute to capping gains for the AUD/USD pair. In fact, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that the number of employed people rose by 0.9K in September, well below expectations for a reading of 25K. This, to a larger extent, overshadows the fact that the unemployment rate held steady at 3.5% - the lowest level since the early 1970s. Apart from this, the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) decision to slow the pace of policy tightening earlier this month suggests that the path of least resistance for the AUD/USD pair is to the downside. Hence, a slide back towards the YTD low, around the 0.6170 area, remains a distinct possibility. Traders now look to the US macro data - the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index, the usual Weekly Initial Jobless Claims and Existing Home Sales data. This, along with speeches by influential FOMC members and the US bond yields, will drive the USD demand and provide some impetus to the AUD/USD pair.
The CNY Is Expected To Strengthen Against The Dollar As The Economy Picks Up And The US Enters A Recession

People's Bank of China Loan Prime Rate Stays Unchanged | A Softer Labour Market In Australia |Eyes On The US - Philly Fed Manufacturing Index

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 20.10.2022 10:56
This morning, reports from Asia and the Pacific appeared. Traders also are now looking at macro data from the US - Philly Fed Manufacturing Index, the usual weekly data on initial unemployment claims, and data on existing home sales. Japanese Trade Balance (Sep) Japan provided data on exports and imports, and thus on its balance sheet, at the start of the day. The current reading is positive and shows an improvement in the trading result. The current reading is higher than the pronosed -2.167.4B and is at the level of -2.094.0B. For more than a year, Japan has been importing more than exporting, and since May the situation has worsened significantly. The balance then decreased from the level of -842.8B to the level of -2,384.7B. In the following months, the result was above the level of 1,000.0B. This situation is unfavorable for the country, so the current positive reading has a significant impact on the Japanese currency (JPY). Source: investing.com This positive trade result was largely influenced by the positive export performance. The published report shows that exports increased from 22% to 28.9%. He was taller than expected. This is the lowest result during the year. Source: investing.com Australia labor maket reports Australia today presented the result on the appearance of the labor market. The number of employees and the unemployment rate are instances of the country's conditions in this sector. Despite a rebound from the negative area in the previous reading, the number of people employed in September fell to 0.9K. The index scores for the year are generally in a downward trend. The decline will begin in the first half of the year, and the lowest level was in April at 4.0K. It then doubled and the annual peak was at 88.4K. The unexpected drop below zero occurred in the month following the highest score. Therefore, the positive reading from the previous period was significant for the economy. The current reading may weaken not only the economy but also the Australian dolar (AUD). Source: investing.com People's Bank of China Loan Prime Rate The positive news for the Australian labor market is that the unemployment rate remains at 3.5%. Another reading showed that this indicator holds up once again. People's Bank of China Loan Prime Rate will remain at 3.65% for the third time. EU Leaders Summit The most important event of the day for europe is Leaders Summit . The Euro Summit brings together the heads of state or government of the euro area countries, the Euro Summit President and the President of the European Commission. This meetings provide strategic guidelines on euro area economic policy. The comments made at this meeting may give a signal about future decisions, which at the moment are very important not only for the economy but also for the market. US Initial Jobless Claims Every weekly report on the number of individuals who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time during the past week will appear at 14:30 CET. Another increase is expected. The projected number of applications is at the level of 230K. This means that the indicator will be in an uptrend for the second week in a row. Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Manufacturing Index rates the relative level of general business conditions in Philadelphia. The last picture of conditions is negative. It has been at a very low level since May, falling below zero levels. The latest reading was at -9.9, expected to rise to -5.0. This is a small but important improvement in conditions. The general appearance is negative. US Existing Home Sales Another important report for the US market is the change in the annualized number of existing residential buildings that were sold during the previous month. The outlook for this indicator is pessimistic. The number is expected to drop from 4.80M to 4.70M. Despite the economic situation, the index remained above 5.0M for a significant part of this year. The first drop below this level took place in July (4.81M). In August, it fell slightly to the level of 4.80M. Another decline may signal a deepening of the downward trend. This means that home sales deteriorate significantly. Source: investing.com Summery 1:50 CET Japan Exports (YoY) (Sep) 1:50 CET Japan Trade Balance (Sep) 2:30 CET Australia Employment Change (Sep) 2:30 CET Australia Unemployment Rate (Sep) 3:15 CET PBoC Loan Prime Rate 12:00 CET EU Leaders Summit 14:30 CET US Initial Jobless Claims 14:30 CET Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index (Oct) 16:00 CET US Existing Home Sales (Sep) Source: https://www.investing.com/economic-calendar/
Sturdy Australian Labour Market With Over 13K Full-Time Jobs, AUD/USD May Decrease Further, RBA Decides On Interest Rate On November 1st

Sturdy Australian Labour Market With Over 13K Full-Time Jobs, AUD/USD May Decrease Further, RBA Decides On Interest Rate On November 1st

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 20.10.2022 13:33
AUD/USD dropped close to 100 points in the Asian session but has recovered and is trading in positive territory. Australia’s labour market remains solid Australia released September’s employment report earlier Thursday, which indicated that the labour market remains robust. The economy added 13,300 full-time jobs, with a decline of 12,400 part-time jobs. This follows a superb gain of 55,000 jobs in August. Read next: People's Bank of China Loan Prime Rate Stays Unchanged | A Softer Labour Market In Australia |Eyes On The US - Philly Fed Manufacturing Index| FXMAG.COM The strong domestic economy, in particular the labour market, has contributed to rising inflation, forcing the Reserve Bank of Australia to continue raising rates. The RBA surprised the markets with a small rate hike of 0.25% at its October meeting, which was smaller than expected.  At the meeting, the RBA noted that inflation remains too high, but the modest rate hike fits in with that the central bank’s projection that inflation will peak in early 2023.  The RBA meets on November 1st, with the release of the September inflation report just a few days prior. The inflation data will likely be a major factor in the RBA’s rate decision. The Australian dollar has hit hard times. Since August 1st, AUD/USD has plunged 550 points, as risk sentiment has taken a beating and the Federal Reserve’s aggressive tightening has boosted the US dollar. China’s economy has been struggling and the escalation of the Ukraine conflict, with no end in sight, has sapped the appetite for risk-related currencies like the Australian dollar. With the Fed expected to remain aggressive for the remainder of 2023 and China and Ukraine likely to remain hotspots, there is room for the Aussie to continue to head south. AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD tested support at 0.6250 earlier today. The next support level is 0.6121 There is resistance at 0.6331 and 0.6460 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Aussie briefly drops after jobs report - MarketPulseMarketPulse
It Is Quite Possible That The Australian Dollar Is Tired Of Growth

The Reserve Bank Of Australia (RBA) Has Eased Up On Tightening

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 21.10.2022 14:10
AUD/USD has dropped lower today and is trading at 0.6252, down 0.43%. Fed expected to remain aggressive The Federal Reserve has signalled that it plans to remain hawkish, as the relentless battle with spiralling inflation continues. This aggressive stance was reaffirmed by Philadelphia Federal Reserve President Patrick Harker on Thursday. Harker stated that higher interest rates had failed to curb inflation, and the Fed would have to continue raising rates “for a while”. He added that rates would be “well above” 4% by the end of the year. Currently, the benchmark is at 3.25%, with the Fed holding its next meeting on November 2nd. The markets have received the Fed’s message loud and clear, and have priced in a 0.75% hike at the November 2nd meeting and in December. The Fed has already raised rates by 0.75% at three straight meetings, and the steep rate-tightening cycle is set to continue, which is good news for the strong US dollar. Australia released September’s employment report on Thursday, which indicated that the labour market remains robust. The economy added 13,300 full-time jobs, with a decline of 12,400 part-time jobs. This follows a superb gain of 55,000 jobs in August. The strong labour market has allowed the Reserve Bank of Australia to hike rates in order to combat inflation, but the central bank has eased up on tightening. The RBA surprised the markets with a small rate hike of 0.25% at its October meeting, which was smaller than expected.  At the meeting, the RBA noted that inflation remains too high, but the modest rate hike fits in with that the central bank’s projection that inflation will peak in early 2023. The RBA meets on November 1st, a few days after the September inflation report, which will likely be a major factor in the RBA’s rate decision. The markets have priced in 0.25% increases at the November and December meetings. . AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD continues to test support at 0.6250. The next support level is 0.6121 There is resistance at 0.6331 and 0.6460 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.
The Australian Dollar Might Draw Support From Rising Bets

The Australian Bulls Can Get Stronger Further, The AUD/USD Pair Is Positive

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 24.10.2022 09:09
Aussie bulls are witnessing fresh demand after testing Wyckoff consolidation’s breakout. The positive market sentiment has trimmed returns on US Treasury yields. The 20-EMA has acted as major support for the counter. The AUD/USD pair has attempted a rebound after dropping to near 0.6324 in the late Tokyo session as the risk-on impulse has strengthened further led by gains recorded in S&P500 futures after a solid Friday. The US dollar index (DXY) is working on establishment above 112.00, however, a cheerful risk profile could bring volatility to the counter. Meanwhile, the 10-year US Treasury yields have dropped further to near 4.15% amid improved risk appetite. Going forward, the Australian inflation data will be of utmost importance. On an hourly scale, the asset is testing the textbook-carbon Wyckoff’s consolidation breakout. The major rebounded firmly after Richard Wyckoff’s Spring formation which indicates the climax of the selling pressure and investors make a fresh demand, considering the asset a value buy. The Spring formed at the two-year low of 0.6170. The responsive action from aussie bulls has turned into a breakout of the longer consolidation phase and now the upside break is testing the breakout’s edge. The 20-period Exponential Moving Average (EMA) at 0.6340 is acting as major support for the counter. Meanwhile, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) (14) has retraced from the bullish range of 60.00-80.00. The aussie bulls will strengthen further if the RSI (14) returns to bullish territory. Going forward, a decisive break above Thursday’s high at 0.6356 will strengthen the aussie bulls. This will drive the asset towards October 7 high at 0.6432, followed by October 4 high at 0.6548. On the flip side, a downside break of Thursday’s low at 0.6229 will drag the asset toward the fresh two-year low at 0.6170 and April 2020 low at 0.5991. AUD/USD hourly chart  
FX Volatility Remains Subdued, The Investor Mood Seems To Be Leaning Towards A 2023 Slowdown

FX Today: Major Currencies Stay Relatively Quiet (EUR/USD, USD/JPY, GBP/USD)

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 24.10.2022 11:00
Here is what you need to know on Monday, October 24: As investors prepare for the highly-anticipated central bank decisions later this week, major currencies stay relatively quiet at the start of the new week except for the Japanese yen. The US Dollar Index moves sideways at around 112.00 and US stock index futures trade flat on the day. S&P Global will release the preliminary October Manufacturing and Services PMI data for Germany, the euro area, the UK and the US. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's National Activity Index will also be looked upon for fresh impetus later in the day. During the Asian trading hours, the data from China revealed that the Gross Domestic Product grew at an annualized rate of 3.9% in the third quarter. This reading came in better than the market expectation for an expansion of 3.4%. Retail Sales in China, however, rose by 2.5% on a yearly basis, falling short of analysts' estimate of 3.3%. The Shanghai Composite fell sharply following mixed data and was last seen losing more than 2% on a daily basis. USD/JPY The USD/JPY pair climbed toward 150.00 in the first hours of trading early Monday but lost over 400 pips in a matter of 10 minutes. Japan’s top currency diplomat Masato Kanda refrained from clarifying whether they intervened in the market but reiterated that they will continue to take appropriate action against excessive, disorderly market moves. Following the sharp decline witnessed in the Asian session, the pair recovered to the 149.00 area, where it's up around 1% on the day. EUR/USD EUR/USD trades in a relatively tight range near mid-0.9800s following Friday's rebound. Business activity in the euro area's and Germany's manufacturing sectors are expected to continue to contract in early October.  GBP/USD GBP/USD trades in positive territory and continues to edge higher toward 1.1400 in the early European morning on Monday. Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he ended his big to replace Liz Truss. Meanwhile, former chancellor Rishi Sunak has reportedly 165 supporters ahead of Monday's nomination deadline and remains the clear favourite to become the next PM. Gold Following Friday's impressive upsurge, gold climbed to a fresh 10-day high near $1,670 early Monday but struggled to preserve its bullish momentum. At the time of press, XAU/USD was little changed on the day at $1,657. Meanwhile, the 10-year US Treasury bond yield is down nearly 2% on the day, helping gold hold its ground for the time being. BTC Bitcoin climbed toward $20,000 on Sunday but lost its traction before reaching that level. As of writing, BTC/USD was down 1% on the day at $19,350. Ethereum ended up gaining more than 4% last week and seems to have gone into a consolidation phase above $1,300 early Monday.
It Is Quite Possible That The Australian Dollar Is Tired Of Growth

The Price Of The Australian Dollar To US Dollar (AUD/USD) Has No Chance For Growth

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 25.10.2022 08:01
The aussie is trying hard to maintain Friday's upward momentum, so yesterday it closed the day above Friday's open and above the nearest green price channel line. The next action, if the price intends to continue rising, should be the exit above the target level of 0.6360. In this case, the 0.6439 target can be reached. If the price fails to keep the upward trend, it will fall to the price channel line to the 0.6250 mark. Breaking the support opens the next target at 0.6195. The Marlin Oscillator in a neutral situation on the zero line. The price is turning up in an obvious way on the four-hour chart: it settled above both indicator lines, the Marlin Oscillator received support after yesterday's decline from the zero line, moves up, and the MACD line itself also turns into growth. There is still interest in risk in the stock market, which is likely to support commodities as well. As a result, the Australian currency may still rise until Thursday, when the European Central Bank will make a decision on monetary policy. Another thing is that the price has no room for growth – the nearest level 0.6360 is too close, and the next level at 0.6439 is obviously too high. The price may choose an intermediate solution - to retest yesterday's high at 0.6412.     Relevance up to 04:00 2022-10-26 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/325183
Inflation slowdown may let Reserve Bank of Australia go for 50bp or inaction

A Brutal Start To The Week For The Australian Dollar (AUD)

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 25.10.2022 14:30
AUD/USD has steadied today after two days of sharp swings. In the European session, the Australian dollar is trading at 0.6317, up 0.09%. It was a brutal start to the week for the Australian dollar, which sank 1.1 per cent on Monday. The manufacturing and services PMIs both slowed in October, pointing to weaker economic activity. Manufacturing expanded but softened, as the Manufacturing PMI slowed to 52.8, down from 53.5. The Services PMI declined to 49.0, down from 50.6 points and its lowest level since September 2021. The decline in business activity is attributable to the continuing rise in interest rates and economic uncertainties. Australia’s labour market remains strong, but the steady diet of rate increases has slowed economic activity. Australia’s CPI expected to climb Australia releases CPI for Q3 on Thursday. The markets are bracing for an uptick in inflation. Headline CPI is expected to rise to 7.0%, up from 6.1% in Q2. Core inflation is projected to rise to 5.6%, up from 4.9%. The RBA says inflation will peak in Q4 2022 at 7.5% but will not fall back to the RBA’s 2% target until 2024. Tomorrow’s inflation report is the last key event before the RBA meets next week, which gives the inflation data added significance and could have a strong impact on the Australian dollar. The RBA surprised the markets with a 0.25% hike earlier this month, which was smaller than expected. The RBA appears to have completed its front-loading, which saw the central bank deliver four straight increases of 0.50%. The markets are expecting another 0.25% hike at the meeting next week, with the RBA hopeful that inflation will start to ease shortly without the need for oversize rate hikes, which would make a recession more likely. . AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD continues to test support at 0.6250. The next support level is 0.6121 There is resistance at 0.6331 and 0.6460 . This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.  
Australia's Inflation Has Increased | The Interest Rates  Decisions Ahead (Canada, Brazil)

Australia's Inflation Has Increased | The Interest Rates Decisions Ahead (Canada, Brazil)

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 26.10.2022 09:54
The first reports came from the Pacific at the start of the day. This is an instant report on inflation in Australia. In the second half of the day I am waiting for important decisions from both Americas. Australian CPI At the beginning of the day, we get to know the report on the change in the price of goods and services from the perspective of the consumer in AUstralia. Both the annual and quarterly CPI results are positive. The price change from the third quarter of this year to the third quarter of last year increased by 1.2%. It was expected to rise to 7.0%, but the result turned out to be higher (7.3%). Looking at the previous periods, we can conclude that CPI YoY is in an exemplary trend. Source: investing.com CPI QoQ maintained its previous level of 1.8% and was higher than the forecasted 1.6%, therefore this reading was considered positive. BoC Interest Rate Decision Today the Bank of Canada will decide on interest rates. It is expected that this time there will be a hike of 75bp. Before the pandemic, interest rates were at 1.75%. Along with the increase in the risk of the crash, the rates dropped to the level of 0.25% and this level was maintained until March this year, when the first increase by 0.25% took place. Subsequent decisions on rate hikes confirmed the current level of 3.25%. To better understand the decisions of the Bank of Canada, traders will observe the press conference, which will take place one hour after the announcement of the new rate level. Crude Oil Inventories The weekly report on The Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Crude Oil Inventories will be released today. The reading is expected to be added and the number of barrels of oil held by the US Firms is expected to hit 1.029M. Such a result will mean an increase from the last level of -1.725M. If the increase in crude inventories is more than expected, it implies weaker demand and is bearish for crude prices. New Home Sales (Sep) According to forecasts, the annualized number of new single-family homes that were sold during the previous month will drop from 685K to 585K. Which may mean that the August peak turned out to be a false reflection of the downtrend. Since the beginning of the year, sales of family houses have been in a downward trend, despite several false rebounds from this trend. We can expect this trend to continue as long as interest rates continue to rise and the Fed does not ease its actions. Source: investing.com Brazil Interest Rate Decision Today, the largest country in South America will also decide on interest rates. The level is expected to be maintained. The last three decisions remained unchanged at 13.75% and a fourth such decision is expected. As of August 2020, interest rates in Brazil were at 2.0%. There have been increases in rates since March 2021. In February this year, they exceeded the level of 10.75%. They grew until they hit 13.75% in August. Summary: 2:30 CET Australian CPI (YoY) 2:30 CET Australian CPI (QoQ) 16:00 CET BoC Interest Rate Decision 16:00 CET New Home Sales (Sep) 16:30 CET Crude Oil Inventories 17:00 CET BOC Press Conference 23:00 CET Brazil Interest Rate Decision Source: https://www.investing.com/economic-calendar/
Australia: The Increase In Inflation Has taken 10Y Australian Government Bond Yields Sharply Higher

In Australia inflation hit 7.3%. ING Economics says it "adds pressure on the RBA".

ING Economics ING Economics 26.10.2022 11:31
3Q22 inflation beat consensus expectations, as did all the core measures. This puts the Reserve Bank under pressure to return to 50bp rate hikes at their next meeting Australian retail sales  Source: Shutterstock  7.3% CPI inflation YoY% 3Q22 Higher than expected Never a good day when you have to change the axes on your charts... The chart below tells most of the inflation story quite well, though needed a fair bit of surgery this morning to extend the y-axis high enough to incorporate the latest surge in inflation. Australia's 3Q22 CPI index rose at a 1.8%QoQ pace, no slowdown from the pace of growth recorded in 2Q22, and this took the headline inflation rate to 7.3%, beating the consensus expectations for a 7.1% inflation rate. But the bad news doesn't end there. Core measures of the inflation rate, which might have tempered any outsize rises in erratic items driving the headline index, also showed larger-than-expected rises.  Trimmed mean inflation is now 6.1%YoY, and the weighted median inflation rate is 5.0%. All three measures are considerably above the Reserve Bank of Australia's 2-3% target range.  Australian headline and core inflation Source: CEIC, ING What's driving inflation now? Within the CPI basket, the biggest drivers for the year-on-year gain were housing and food.  For housing, there are still big year-on-year gains showing for purchase prices of homes. Though these are probably on the verge of turning lower. Rental inflation on the other hand is picking up and probably has some way to rise. But probably doing most of the damage on the housing side this quarter was a steep rise in utilities, driven by a 16.6%YoY increase in gas and other fuel prices.  Within the food index, fruit and vegetables have clearly been hit by floods and adverse weather, though this also seems to have spilt over into a wide range of other food items, including dairy, meat, oils, condiments, cereals and their products including bread. Indeed, there were very few food and beverage items where inflation did not rise.  The good news is that such weather-driven supply shocks tend to come and go, so food prices could pull back next quarter as supplies adjust, though subject to the increasingly important caveat that there are no more adverse weather effects.    Where does this leave the RBA At their October meeting, the RBA dropped the pace of their tightening to 25bp, hinting that they would prefer to move ahead at a slower pace as they pushed rates into restrictive territory.  Today's inflation data suggest that this moderation may prove short-lived. It is hard to see how the RBA can ignore such an outsized miss on inflation, even though they have been clear in their statements that they didn't think inflation had yet peaked. This inflation data adds pressure on the RBA to revert to a 50bp tightening pace next month.  Though if the wage price data out on 16 November remains moderate, they may be able to drop back to a 25bp rate at the December meeting.  Read this article on THINK TagsReserve Bank of Australia Australian inflation AUD Disclaimer This publication has been prepared by ING solely for information purposes irrespective of a particular user's means, financial situation or investment objectives. The information does not constitute investment recommendation, and nor is it investment, legal or tax advice or an offer or solicitation to purchase or sell any financial instrument. Read more
Inflation slowdown may let Reserve Bank of Australia go for 50bp or inaction

Australian inflation hit 7.3%, what triggers thinking of a 50bp RBA rate hike

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 26.10.2022 13:15
AUD/USD is sharply higher for a second straight day. In the European session, the Australian dollar is trading at 0.6484, up 1.412. After losing over 1% on Monday, the Aussie has roared back with gains of over 2.7%. Australia’s inflation jumps to 7.3% Australia’s inflation report is the driver behind today’s gains, as third-quarter inflation was stronger than expected. Headline CPI jumped 7.3%, its highest level since 1990. This was way up from 6.1% in Q2 and above the consensus of 7.0%. The key core inflation indicator climbed to 6.1%, up from 4.9% and above the consensus of 5.6%. The unexpected rise in inflation upsets the apple cart for the RBA, which lowered its October rate hike to 0.25%, after four straight increases of 0.50%. The RBA would have liked to continue with a small hike at next week’s meeting and there has even been talk of a pause in rate hikes. The hot inflation report changes this thinking dramatically. It’s difficult to see how the RBA can ignore the jump in inflation, which is a painful reminder that inflation is yet to peak. The central bank will likely have to respond with a 0.50% increase, and the Australian dollar has soared today as a result. As the inflation report is the last key release before next week’s meeting, the RBA won’t have any additional data which could temper the need for a 0.50% hike. The RBA will have little choice but to continue with oversize rates until inflation is beaten, which could take a while yet. The central has projected that inflation will hit 7.5%, with some analysts expecting it to rise closer to 8.0%. That means that the cash rate, which is currently at 2.6%, is unlikely to peak until it rises to 3.5% or slightly higher. AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD continues to test support at 0.6250. The next support level is 0.6121 There is resistance at 0.6331 and 0.6460 .   This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Aussie extends rally as inflation outperforms - MarketPulseMarketPulse
The Market May Continue To Buy The Pound (GBP) This Week

Australian dollar supported by CPI, gold up. In the UK FTSE 100 seems to feel better as BoE is predicted to take its foot off the gas

Jing Ren Jing Ren 26.10.2022 08:45
AUDUSD grinds higher The Australian dollar finds support from strong CPI in Q3. From the daily chart’s perspective, sentiment remains extremely bearish and the latest rebound could be a mere flag-shaped consolidation near moving averages. The pair has met stiff selling pressure at the support-turned-resistance (0.6400). Its breach on a second attempt means that the bulls will be challenging 0.6540 before they could turn the mood around. Or a dip below 0.6300 could trigger a new round of sell-off below the critical floor at 0.6210.   XAUUSD attempts to bounce Bullion strengthens as a decline in US home prices weighs on Treasury yields. Gold saw bids at the previous low (1615) and a surge above 1660 may have prompted some short interests to cover. A rally fueled by profit-taking will not be enough to reverse the price action unless the precious metal secures follow-up buying. 1670 used to be a demand zone from a rally earlier this month and has become a key resistance. Its breach would carry the price to the previous high at 1730. A break below 1615 would push gold to 1570.   UK 100 tests resistance The FTSE 100 bounces as traders bet on a slowdown in the hiking cycle. The index has clawed back losses from previous sessions but the bias remains down. The price action is testing the supply zone between the 30-day moving average and the daily resistance at 7100 where strong pressure could be expected after the market edged into bearish territory. 6880 is a fresh support and 6820 the short-term bulls’ second line of defence. Their breach would invalidate the latest rebound and send the index below 6700.
It Is Quite Possible That The Australian Dollar Is Tired Of Growth

The Australian Government Does Not Expect Significant Changes In Inflation Forecasts

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 26.10.2022 13:54
The Australian dollar, paired with the US currency, is storming the 64th figure, reacting to the release of data on inflation in the country. The report turned out to be "unipolar": all components came out in the green zone, surpassing even the most daring expectations of experts. At the same time, the greenback is still under pressure: the US dollar index fell to the 110th mark, amid increased interest in risky assets. In other words, the situation is in favor of the upward scenario in AUD/USD, at least in the context of a large-scale correction. To confirm their ambitions, buyers of the pair will have to consolidate above the intermediate resistance level of 0.6450, which corresponds to the Kijun-sen line on the daily chart. But the main target is slightly higher—at 0.6540, which is the upper line of the Bollinger Bands indicator on the same timeframe. Above this target, Aussie rose for the last time at the end of September, so this price barrier has a psychologically important significance. But back to Australian inflation. According to published data, the consumer price index in the third quarter jumped to 7.3% YoY (with a forecast of growth to 7.0% and the previous value of 6.1%). In quarterly terms, the indicator rose to 1.8% with a growth forecast of up to 1.6%. On a monthly basis, the CPI also came out in the green zone, reaching 7.3%. Again—all components of today's report exceeded the expectations of most analysts. On the one hand, this fundamental factor really supported the Australian dollar, and not only paired with the US currency, such crosses as AUD/JPY and AUD/NZD demonstrate upward dynamics. But on the other hand, the published inflation report is unlikely to be able to keep buyers of the AUD/USD pair in good shape for a long time. As soon as the first emotions settle down, Aussie will again focus on the dynamics of the greenback. Indeed, by and large, today's release, despite its "green color," has not changed anything significantly. Representatives of the RBA may, to some extent, toughen their rhetoric, but at the same time, the regulator will continue to raise the interest rate in 25-point increments. Yes, inflation is growing at a faster pace, but it should be remembered that, according to the forecasts of the RBA, the CPI by the end of the year will be 7.8%. Therefore, the current growth of the index may be caused by "excessive concern" among RBA members, but no more. Australian Treasurer Jim Chalmers said that the government does not expect a significant change in the inflation forecast. According to him, the Treasury expects inflation to peak at the same level at the end of the year (that is, at around 7.8%). It is also worth recalling the comments of RBA Governor Philip Lowe, who, following the results of the October meeting, made it clear that members of the central bank are afraid of the negative consequences of aggressive tightening of financial conditions for consumer spending. According to him, the simultaneous increase in inflation and an increase in the rate "put a lot of pressure on consumers' budgets." In addition, members of the Reserve Bank were concerned about the state of affairs in the labor market. Whereas the latest "Australian Nonfarm" were quite contradictory – for example, the indicator of the increase in the number of employed came out at around 0.9k with a forecast of growth of 25k. Therefore, in my opinion, the positive effect of today's inflation release will be short-term. In the medium term, the Aussie will move in the wake of the US currency, which is weakening ahead of the November Fed meeting and against the backdrop of weak macroeconomic reports. In particular, the consumer confidence index dropped to 102 points, and the index of manufacturing activity from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond to -10 points. Such weak results have increased traders' concern about the Fed's next steps. Rumors have spread in the market that the Fed would demonstrate a less hawkish attitude at the November meeting against the background of further signs of economic weakness in the United States. It is noteworthy that experts are discussing the possible results of the December meeting, and not the November one (at which the Fed is 97% likely to raise the rate by 75 points). The probability of a 75-point rate hike in December is gradually decreasing, and this fact puts pressure on the US currency. Thus, the AUD/USD pair retains the potential for further corrective growth, but rather due to a temporary weakening of the greenback. Australian statistics supported the Aussie "at the moment," but this fundamental factor will not be able to keep the AUD/USD pair afloat if dollar bulls strengthen their positions again. The first and so far the main target of corrective growth is the mark of 0.6540—this is the upper line of the Bollinger Bands indicator on the D1 timeframe. Overcoming this target will open the way for buyers to the 66th figure, but it is too early to talk about it. Indeed, to date, the RBA has already slowed down the pace of tightening monetary policy, while the Fed is guaranteed to raise the rate by 75 points at least in November. All other assumptions are still speculation and cannot serve as a basis for a steady growth of AUD/USD.   Relevance up to 10:00 2022-10-27 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. 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Australia: The Increase In Inflation Has taken 10Y Australian Government Bond Yields Sharply Higher

We're past and ahead of important economic events! This week, i.a., Reserve Bank of Australia decides on interest rate!

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 30.10.2022 18:38
The extremely volatile last full trading week of October ended on Friday, October 28. Meetings of the three largest world central banks (Canada, the eurozone, Japan) were held. If the decisions taken by the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan on interest rates coincided with market expectations, then the Bank of Canada made an unexpected decision, surprising investors. The bank raised its interest rate by 50 basis points to 3.75%, although markets had expected a 75 bp hike. The decision appears to have been prompted by growing concerns about the threat of a slowdown in the economy and a deepening global recession, and disappointed market participants. Next week, market participants will focus on two main and key events: the Federal Reserve meeting and the release of the monthly report of the US Department of Labor for October. In addition, the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Bank of England will also hold their meetings on monetary policy issues, moreover, the RBA meeting will be held on Tuesday. Ahead of this event, AUD/USD shows mixed intra-weekly dynamics, although the overall global downward trend of the pair remains in place for now.     When this article was written on Friday, AUD/USD was trading near the 0.6413 mark, falling towards the support level of 0.6382. Its breakdown would have confirmed the resumption of downward dynamics, although short positions can be opened already in the market, limiting the loss with a stop loss above 0.6480. As a result of the October meeting, the RBA raised the interest rate by 0.25%, disappointing bulls on the Australian dollar. The RBA cited weakening growth prospects for the global economy as the main reason for this decision. The decision to raise the rate by 0.25% came as a surprise to market participants who had expected a 0.50% increase. While the RBA's accompanying statement said that "the central bank remains strongly committed to bringing inflation back to its target" and "expects further interest rate hikes in the coming period", market participants viewed the decision as a mild one to further strengthen the Australian dollar. It fell sharply immediately after the announcement of the RBA's decision. In turn, at the very beginning of this week, the assistant governor of the RBA, Christopher Kent, said that "the RBA board expects further interest rate hikes in the coming period," but "the size and timing of the rate hike will depend on incoming data." Such a "vague" formulation of the thesis about the prospects for the RBA interest rate cannot serve as a basis for any significant strengthening of the AUD, while other major world central banks are aggressively raising their interest rates. Now, at Tuesday's meeting, the RBA is widely expected to raise interest rates by 0.25%. This will be the second consecutive increase of 0.25%. How market participants will react to it, while the Fed and other major world central banks continue to move with more confident steps in the cycle of tightening their monetary policies, is not difficult to guess. AUD is unlikely to strengthen much after such a decision by the RBA. Although, a lot will also depend on the accompanying statements of the bank's management. Tough rhetoric of their statements regarding future RBA interest rate hikes may support the Australian dollar. In general, as we have already noted above, the general global downward trend of the pair is still in force. Relevance up to 11:00 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/325640
Inflation slowdown may let Reserve Bank of Australia go for 50bp or inaction

Reserve Bank's of Australia decision, the US Manufacturing PMI (S&P) and more - Tuesday, November 1st on markets

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 30.10.2022 19:40
Tuesday 01 November Saints' Day is celebrated in European Catholic countries: banks are closed in them, which will affect the volume of trading in financial markets - they will be lower than usual. Australia. RBA meeting and interest rate decision. RBA accompanying statement During the May meeting, RBA leaders made a surprise decision to raise the interest rate to contain inflation, which reached a 20-year high (in the 1st quarter of 2022, headline annual consumer price inflation in Australia was 5.1%, and core inflation was 3.7 %, with the target RBA level of 2% - 3% per year). The interest rate was raised by 0.25%, to 0.35%, for the first time in the last 11 years, and the forecast assumed an increase of only 0.15%. As it said in an accompanying statement, "with the move towards full employment and data on prices and wages, some scaling back of the emergency monetary support provided during the pandemic is appropriate" and "the (central bank) board will do everything necessary to so that, over time, inflation in Australia will return to the target level." "This will require further interest rate hikes going forward," RBA Governor Philip Lowe said. In June, the interest rate was again raised to 0.85%, in July to 1.35%, in August to 1.85%, and in October to 2.60%. At the same time, economists expect that the RBA will continue to raise interest rates, at least until the end of this year. This, in turn, creates prerequisites for the strengthening of the Australian dollar. It is possible that at this meeting the Central Bank of Australia will again raise the interest rate, although unexpected decisions are possible, for example, a decrease or a stronger increase in the interest rate. It is likely that the AUD will react positively to the decision to raise the interest rate, as market participants will receive confirmation of the seriousness of the RBA's intentions in its desire to tame the rising inflation in the country and reach the level of 2.05% - 2.6% by the end of the year, however, provided that the accompanying statement will not contain unexpected statements, for example, about the need to take a break before a further increase in the interest rate. In any case, during the announcement of the RBA's decision on the interest rate, an increase in volatility in AUD quotes is expected. If the RBA's accompanying statement signals a wait-and-see attitude, the Australian dollar is likely to come under pressure. However, the reaction of the market to the decisions of the RBA regarding the interest rate in the current situation may turn out to be completely unpredictable. The level of influence on the markets is high. UK. Index (PMI) of business activity in the manufacturing sector (final release) The UK Manufacturing PMI (from S&P Global) is an important indicator of the health of the UK economy. If the data turns out to be worse than the forecast and the previous value, then the pound is likely to fall sharply in the short term. Data better than the forecast and the previous value will have a positive impact on the pound. At the same time, a result above 50 is considered positive and strengthens the GBP, below 50 is considered negative for the GBP. Previous values: 48.4, 47.3, 52.1, 52.8, 54.6, 55.8, 55.2, 58.0, 57.3. The preliminary score was: 45.8. The level of influence on the markets (final release) is average. Canada. Business activity index (PMI) in the manufacturing sector The monthly S&P Global report publishes (among other data) the PMI in the manufacturing sector of the Canadian economy, which is an important indicator of the state of this sector and the Canadian economy as a whole. A result above 50 is seen as positive and strengthens the CAD, below 50 as negative for the Canadian dollar. The data above the value of 50 indicate an acceleration of activity, which has a positive effect on the quotes of the national currency. If the indicator falls below the forecast and, especially, below the value of 50, the dollar may sharply weaken in the short term. Previous indicator values: 48.7, 52.5, 54.6, 56.8, 56.2, 58.9, 56.6, 56.2 (in January 2022). The level of influence on the markets is average. USA. Manufacturing PMI (from S&P Global) (final release) The monthly S&P Global report releases (among other data) a composite PMI index and PMI indices in the manufacturing sector and in the services sector of the US economy, which are an important indicator of the state of these sectors and the US economy as a whole. A result above 50 is considered positive and strengthens the USD, below 50 is considered negative for the US dollar. The data above the value of 50 indicate an acceleration of activity, which has a positive effect on the quotes of the national currency. If the indicator falls below the forecast and, especially, below the value of 50, the dollar may sharply weaken in the short term. The previous values of the PMI indicator in the manufacturing sector were 52.0, 51.5, 52.2, 57.0, 59.2. The preliminary score was: 49.9. The level of influence on the markets of this S&P Global report (final release) is medium. It is also lower than the similar report from ISM (American Institute of Supply Management) USA. Business activity index (PMI) in the manufacturing sector The monthly report of the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) publishes (among other data) the PMI index of manufacturing activity in the US economy, which is an important indicator of the state of this sector and the American economy as a whole. A result above 50 is considered positive and strengthens the USD, below 50 is considered negative for the US dollar. The data above the value of 50 indicate an acceleration of activity, which has a positive effect on the quotes of the national currency. If the indicator falls below the forecast and, especially, below the value of 50, the dollar may sharply weaken in the short term. Previous indicator values: 50.9, 52.8, 53.0, 56.1, 55.4, 57.1, 58.6, 57.6 (in January 2022). Forecast for October: 50.4. The level of influence on the markets is high. New Zealand. Dairy Price Index This leading indicator of a country's foreign trade balance reflects the weighted average price of 9 dairy products sold at an auction organized by Global Dairy Trade (GDT) in percentage terms and is usually published every 2 weeks. The economy of New Zealand still has signs of raw materials in many respects, and the bulk of New Zealand's exports are dairy products and food products of animal origin (27%, according to 2020 data). Therefore, the decline in world prices for dairy products has a negative impact on NZD quotes, as it signals a decrease in export earnings coming to the New Zealand budget. Conversely, an increase in the dairy price index has a positive effect on the NZD. Previous values: -4.6%, +2.0%, +4.9%, -2.9%, -5.0%, -4.1%, -1.3%, +1.5% , -2.9%, -8.5%, -3.6%, -1.0%, -0.9%. The level of influence on the markets is from low to medium. Australia. Index (PMI) of business activity in the manufacturing sector (from AiG) This report from the Australian Industry Group AiG is an analysis of a survey of 200 purchasing managers that asks respondents to rate the relative level of business conditions, including employment, production, new orders, prices, supplier deliveries and inventory. Since purchasing managers have perhaps the most up-to-date information on the situation in the company, this indicator is an important indicator of the state of the German economy as a whole. This sector of the economy forms a significant part of Australia's GDP. A result above 50 is seen as positive and strengthens the AUD, below 50 as negative for the Australian dollar. Data worse than the forecast and/or the previous value will have a negative impact on the AUD. Previous values: 50.2, 49.3, 52.5, 54.0, 52.4, 58.5, 55.7. The level of influence on the markets is average. New Zealand. Data from the labor market of the country (for the 3rd quarter) The New Zealand Bureau of Statistics is to publish a report containing important data on the state of the labor market, which are of critical importance (along with data on GDP and inflation) for the country's central bank when deciding on the parameters of the current monetary policy. The employment rate reflects the change in the number of employed New Zealanders. The growth of the indicator has a positive impact on consumer spending, which stimulates economic growth. A high reading is positive for NZD, while a low reading is negative. Previous (quarterly) changes in the employment rate: 0%, +0.1%, +0.1%, +1.9%, +1.0%, +0.6% (in the 1st quarter of 2021) . The unemployment rate is an indicator that assesses the ratio of the share of the unemployed population to the total number of able-bodied citizens. The growth of the indicator indicates the weakness of the labor market, which leads to a weakening of the national economy. The decrease in the indicator is a positive factor for the NZD. Previous (quarterly) values: 3.3%, 3.2%, 3.2%, 3.3%, 4.0%, 4.6% (in Q1 2021). The level of influence on the markets is medium to high. Japan. Minutes of the meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee of the BOJ This document, which is a detailed account of the latest meeting of the leadership of the BOJ, provides insight into the economic conditions that influenced its decision on the parameters of the current monetary policy. If the BOJ is positive about the state of the labor market in the country, the GDP growth rate, and also shows a hawkish attitude towards the inflationary forecast in the economy, the markets regard this as a possibility of a rate increase at the next meeting, which is a positive factor for the JPY. The soft rhetoric of statements by the bank's leaders regarding, first of all, inflation will put pressure on the Japanese yen. The BOJ continues to adhere to its ultra-soft monetary policy. As Kuroda has repeatedly stated earlier, "it is appropriate for Japan to patiently continue the current loose monetary policy." If the minutes contains unexpected or additional information regarding the monetary policy of the BOJ, then the volatility in JPY quotes will increase. The level of influence on the markets is from low to high. Relevance up to 10:00 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/325632
The AUD/USD Pair May Witness Further Grinding

The Downward Trend Of The AUD/USD Pair Has Not Been Exhausted

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 31.10.2022 11:48
On November 1, the Reserve Bank of Australia will summarize the results of its next, penultimate meeting this year. According to the forecasts of most experts, the central bank will raise the rate by 25 points, continuing to implement a moderate pace of tightening monetary policy. This time there are no "hawkish illusions", so the Australian dollar is most likely to react not to the fact of a 25-point hike, but to the subsequent rhetoric of the head of the RBA and the tone of the accompanying statement. Despite the predictable nature of the November meeting, there is still some intrigue here. Let me remind you that during the last two weeks, key macroeconomic data on the labor market and inflation were published in Australia. If the "Australian Nonfarm" turned out to be very contradictory, then inflation indicators turned out to be in the green zone, surprising market participants with a breakthrough growth to 32-year highs. Thus, according to published data, the consumer price index in the third quarter jumped to 7.3% YoY (with growth forecast to 7.0% and the previous value of 6.1%). In quarterly terms, the indicator rose to 1.8% with a growth forecast of up to 1.6%. On a monthly basis, the CPI also came out in the green zone, reaching 7.3%. All components of the published report exceeded the expectations of most analysts. The general outlook As for the labor market in Australia, the situation here is as follows. Unemployment remained at the August level of 3.5% (that is, in the area of 50-year lows), as well as the share of the economically active population (66.6%). While the number of people employed last month increased by only 900 people. You should also pay attention to an important point: the rate of price growth is almost three times higher than the rate of wage increases. In general, the market is increasingly concerned that Australia will not escape the recession. Actually, amid these concerns, the RBA has reduced the pace of interest rate hikes in order to reduce the impact of side effects. And in my opinion, to date, the RBA has no reason to reconsider its position on this issue. Here it is necessary to recall the main theses of the minutes of the October meeting of the members of the Australian central bank. The published document clearly made it clear that the RBA will raise the rate at a moderate pace in the coming months. This is eloquently evidenced by the wording of the minutes: "the members of the central bank recognized that the tightening of monetary policy has hit housing prices and household welfare, and over time may lead to a decrease in consumption (...) At the same time, the current situation requires a further increase in interest rates in the coming period." Inflation As for inflation, it is necessary to recognize that the CPI is growing at a faster pace. But, on the other hand, it should also be remembered that, according to the RBA's forecasts, the index should reach 7.8% by the end of the year (YoY). Therefore, the current growth of inflation indicators can only cause "excessive concern" of RBA members, but no more. Expectations  Thus, in my opinion, the RBA is expected to raise the interest rate by 25 basis points at tomorrow's meeting and voice the already familiar rhetoric, despite a significant increase in inflation in the third quarter. The Australian central bank is likely to make it clear that a similar 25-point scenario will be implemented at the last meeting this year. Given the latest inflation release, such restrained results of the November meeting may disappoint AUD/USD traders. It is also worth noting that the RBA will announce its verdict ahead of the announcement of the results of the next Federal Reserve meeting (November 2). Therefore, the market will react to tomorrow's events with an eye to this circumstance. If the RBA confirms the moderate pace of monetary policy tightening, while the Fed maintains its aggressive attitude (including in the context of the December meeting), the aussie will be under significant pressure. In my opinion, this is the most likely scenario, despite the increasing skepticism about the "hawkishness" of the Fed. AUD/USD Summarizing the above, we can assume that the downward trend of AUD/USD has not been exhausted. Therefore, it is advisable to use corrective bursts as an excuse to open short positions (but only after the announcement of the results of the Fed's November meeting). From a technical point of view, the AUD/USD pair is currently located between the middle and upper lines of the Bollinger Bands indicator on the daily chart. However, if the bears push the price below 0.6360, the aussie will be between the middle and lower lines of the Bollinger Bands, and the Ichimoku indicator will form a bearish Parade of Lines signal. In this case, the main bearish target will be the 0.6200 mark – this is the lower line of the Bollinger Bands on the D1 timeframe.   Relevance up to 04:00 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/325792
Analysis Of The AUD/USD Commodity Currency Pair's Price

It Tricky To Predict The Extent Of The Rate Hike By The RBA

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 31.10.2022 17:47
AUD/USD is down for a third straight day. The Australian dollar is trading at 0.6395, down o.24%. Will RBA deliver a 0.50% hike? The RBA kicks off a busy week of central bank decisions when it meets on Tuesday. This will be followed by the Federal Reserve on Wednesday and the Bank of England on Thursday. The RBA has delivered a steep rate-tightening cycle this year and the upcoming meeting will be live, as it remains unclear what the RBA has in store for the markets. The markets have priced in a second-straight 25-basis point hike, which would bring the cash rate to 2.85%, its highest level since April 2013. There is, however, a 20% chance that the RBA will hike by a steep 50 basis points, given that the Bank’s focus is on curbing inflation and the battle remains far from over. Headline inflation jumped to 7.3%, up from 6.1% in Q2, while core inflation hit 6.1%, up from 4.9%. The RBA expects headline inflation to peak at 7.5%, but other views have inflation rising as high as 8.0%. RBA Governor Lowe has caught the markets wrong-footed before – the 50 bp move in June was larger than expected, and the 25 bp in October was a surprise dovish pivot. This makes it tricky to predict the extent of the rate hike on Tuesday –  the markets are leaning heavily towards a 25 bp increase, but a 50 bp move should not be discounted. For the Federal Reserve, inflation is also a key concern. The Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, the PCE core index, rose to 5.1% in September, up from 4.9% a month earlier. That cements a 75 bp rate hike on Wednesday, even though there has been talk of the Fed easing up due to concerns about the economic outlook. . AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD is testing support at 0.6403. The next support level is 0.6283 There is resistance at 0.6532 and 0.6652 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.
Inflation slowdown may let Reserve Bank of Australia go for 50bp or inaction

Kenny Fisher comments on Australian dollar to US dollar - 31/10/22

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 31.10.2022 20:56
AUD/USD is down for a third straight day. The Australian dollar is trading at 0.6395, down 0.24%. Will RBA deliver a 0.50% hike? The RBA kicks off a busy week of central bank decisions when it meets on Tuesday. This will be followed by the Federal Reserve on Wednesday and the Bank of England on Thursday. The RBA has delivered a steep rate-tightening cycle this year and the upcoming meeting will be live, as it remains unclear what the RBA has in store for the markets. The markets have priced in a second-straight 25-basis point hike, which would bring the cash rate to 2.85%, its highest level since April 2013. There is, however, a 20% chance that the RBA will hike by a steep 50 basis points, given that the Bank’s focus is on curbing inflation and the battle remains far from over. Headline inflation jumped to 7.3%, up from 6.1% in Q2, while core inflation hit 6.1%, up from 4.9%. The RBA expects headline inflation to peak at 7.5%, but other views have inflation rising as high as 8.0%. RBA Governor Lowe has caught the markets wrong-footed before – the 50 bp move in June was larger than expected, and the 25 bp in October was a surprise dovish pivot. This makes it tricky to predict the extent of the rate hike on Tuesday –  the markets are leaning heavily towards a 25 bp increase, but a 50 bp move should not be discounted. For the Federal Reserve, inflation is also a key concern. The Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, the PCE core index, rose to 5.1% in September, up from 4.9% a month earlier. That cements a 75 bp rate hike on Wednesday, even though there has been talk of the Fed easing up due to concerns about the economic outlook. AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD is testing support at 0.6403. The next support level is 0.6283 There is resistance at 0.6532 and 0.6652 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Aussie extends losses ahead of RBA meeting - MarketPulseMarketPulse
The AUD/USD Pair May Witness Further Grinding

Aussie Bulls Were Strengthened By The Positive Data

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 01.11.2022 09:06
AUD/USD has slipped sharply to near 0.6420 for the second consecutive 25 bps rate hike An upbeat Caixin Manufacturing PMI data also supported the antipodean. The DXY has slipped to 111.30 as investors shrugged off uncertainty ahead of Fed policy. The AUD/USD has witnessed a steep fall to near 0.6420 pair as the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has hiked its Official Cash Rate (OCR) by 25 basis points (bps) for the second time. The decision has remained in line with the projections and the Official Cash Rate (OCR) has increased to 2.85%. RBA Governor Philip Lower has preferred a less-hawkish policy approach to sustain economic prospects in accordance with the primary objective of brining price stability. This week, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported the inflation rate for the third quarter at 7.3%, higher than the consensus of 7.0% and the prior release of 6.1%. Responses were mixed from economists on rate projections in between the continuation of a 25 bps rate hike as reported in October or a return to a 50 bps rate hike structure. In early Tokyo, aussie bulls were also strengthened by the release of upbeat Caixin Manufacturing PMI data. The economic data landed higher at 49.2 vs. the projections of 49.0 and the prior release of 48.1. It is worth noting that Australia is a leading trading partner of China and rising manufacturing activities in the dragon economy support antipodean. Meanwhile, the US dollar index (DXY) has witnessed a steep fall to near 111.30 as uncertainty ahead of the Federal Reserve (Fed)’s monetary policy has been shrugged off. S&P500 futures have rebounded in the Tokyo session after a bearish Monday. The 500-stock basket has recovered half of its Monday’s losses and is eyeing more gains ahead. Also, the 10-year US Treasury yields have dropped to 4.03%. As per the projections, Fed chair Jerome Powell will hike the interest rates by 75 bps for the fourth time as inflationary pressures haven’t shown evidence of exhaustion yet.
It Is Quite Possible That The Australian Dollar Is Tired Of Growth

Inflation Remains The RBA’s Number One Priority

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 02.11.2022 13:47
AUD/USD has posted strong gains today. In the European session, the Australian dollar is trading at 0.6424, up 0.48%. The Australian dollar rose as much as 0.80% after the Reserve Bank of Australia raised rates by 25 basis points on Tuesday, but couldn’t consolidate and ended the day virtually unchanged. Lowe urges caution The RBA rate hike raised the cash rate to 2.85%, its highest level since April 2013. The RBA has raised rates by a steep 275 basis points since May but has now downshifted, with small increases of 25 bp in October and November. The slower pace is noteworthy because inflation remains red-hot. Governor Lowe said on Tuesday that he expected to raise rates further in order to tame inflation, and acknowledged that the central bank was on a “narrow path” which required “striking the right balance between doing too much and too little.” Inflation remains the RBA’s number one priority, even if the price is a recession. At the same time, Lowe is well aware that soaring inflation and high interest rates are taking a toll on businesses and households, and Lowe seems eager to limit rate increases to 0.25% or even pause, if possible. The RBA’s rate policy will be data-dependent, and so far the economy has shown that it can withstand steep tightening. Still, there are signs of a slowdown, such as in manufacturing. The October PMI slowed to 49.6, down from 50.2. This marks a third successive month of flat results, with readings close to 50.0, which separates expansion from contraction. All eyes are on the Federal Reserve, which winds up its 2-day policy meeting later today. The Fed is widely expected to hike rates by 0.75%, which would bring the benchmark rate to 4.0%. The Fed is likely to raise rates to 5% early next year, which means the tightening cycle will continue into 2023. Investors will be listening closely to Fed Chair Powell’s comments, looking for clues as to whether the Fed plans to ease in December, or will we see another 75 bp hike. . AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD continues to test resistance at 0.6403. Above, there is resistance at 0.6532 There is support at 0.6283 and 0.6196 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.
The Kiwi Asset (NZD/USD) Is Facing Pressure

The New Zealand Dollar (NZD) Rally Against The Aussie (AUD)

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 02.11.2022 14:33
Summary:  The Powell Fed was probably hoping that it could fly under the radar at today’s FOMC meeting, giving itself the luxury of two more data cycles as inputs before providing fresh guidance and forecasts at the mid-December FOMC meeting. But no such luck, given the recent significant easing of financial conditions and yesterday’s very hot September jobs opening survey. FX Trading focus: Powell in the hot seat at tonight’s FOMC, needing to surprise hawkish The US September JOLTS jobs openings release yesterday was a shocker, as August data was revised up 250k and the September release was nearly a million more than expected at 10.72M. This jolted US yields and the US dollar back higher, keeping the greenback largely in the tactical neutral zone ahead of tonight’s FOMC meeting. It is the latest data point to suggest that the Fed will have a hard time pre-committing to any slowdown in the pace of its policy tightening after the 75-basis-point hike that is fully priced in for tonight. The December 14 FOMC meeting odds have not shifted much over the last couple of weeks, as investors still favor the idea of a downshift to a 50-basis-point hike at that meeting, followed by another 50 basis points of tightening early next year over the space of a couple of meetings. (An interesting psychological block for this market appears to be the 5.00% level for the Fed Funds rate – markets have been unwilling to project the Fed to hike above this level – which is about where we are now for the March-May FOMC meetings) As I outlined in yesterday’s update, if the Fed merely keeps quiet and endorses current expectations and punts on further guidance until December, we might see an extension of the melt-up in risk sentiment and see another wave of USD weakness. But yesterday’s JOLTS data point raises the odds that the Fed will want to push back against that outcome or at least against complacency on its potential policy path in general. To surprise hawkish today, Powell and company will have to make it very clear that the Fed is willing to continue tightening beyond current expectations. At the same time, that task will be difficult if they are reluctant to pre-commit to another large hike in December. One possible tactic to keep maximum forward potential for hawkishness would be for the Fed to indicate very high reactivity to further incoming data and openness to continuing with large hikes as long as necessary if the data supports doing so. It's hard to tell how the market would treat such a stance at tonight’s meeting if that is what the FOMC delivers, but in coming days and until the December 14 FOMC meeting, it would certainly mean extreme volatility on the next bits of Incoming data, starting with the ISM Services tomorrow and then especially the October jobs report this Friday. Then we’ll have the October JOLTS survey, the November jobs report, and the October and November CPI releases before that meeting. Chart: EURUSDEURUSD is perched between the important parity level to the upside and perhaps 0.9875-0.9850 support to the downside, an important level on the way up, awaiting today’s FOMC meeting. Downside risk for a test of the cycle lows below 0.9600 if the Fed manages to surprise hawkish and lift rate expectations, while we’ll have to close north of parity and see a continued improvement in risk sentiment and perhaps some weak US data through Friday to sustain a new upside leg. Bank of Japan minutes surprise. It’s been a while since we got a surprise from the BoJ, and normally we don’t look for them in the minutes, which are not released until after the following meeting. But last night’s minutes from the September BoJ meeting generated a few waves and JPY strength as they showed considerable signs of member discomfort with rising price pressures and even brought up the subject of an eventual policy shift, even if not suggesting one is imminent: one member said that “when the appropriate time comes, it’s important to communicate to markets an exit strategy”. This won’t sustain a JPY rally if US treasuries run back higher after the FOMC today and/or in the wake of the key US data through Friday. NZD strength getting stretched after the strong jobs report overnight extended the NZD rally against the Aussie and even keeping the currency near the top of the recent range versus the US dollar. Not sure how much more the little kiwi can get out of this run of strength here – a turn in broad sentiment could suddenly see vulnerability. The RBNZ is concerned about the impact on the policy tightening on the country’s financial system in its financial stability report released yesterday. I don’t see any meaningful ability for policy to diverge from here from Australia’s for example. Bloomberg put out an interesting article on the globally weather-stressed dairy industry. New Zealand is the world’s largest dairy exporter and combined, milk, beef, butter and cheese make up some 30% of New Zealand’s exports in physical goods. The article mentions climate-linked legislation possibly limiting future output – worth watching. Table: FX Board of G10 and CNH trend evolution and strength.CNH weakness still prominent, sterling’s relative strength fading, kiwi strength looking overdone and USD at maximum indecision here. Table: FX Board Trend Scoreboard for individual pairs.EURCHF making a bid at a reversal of the uptrend that was established more than four weeks ago if it drops through the 0.9850-0.9800 zone in coming days. Look at AUDUSD ready to possibly tilt lower again if the USD can get a leg-up post-FOMC. EURUSD is also close to flipping lower again after its uptrend attempt didn’t extend very far from its launching point, which was near the current rate. Upcoming Economic Calendar Highlights 1215 – US Oct. ADP Employment Change 1800 – US FOMC Meeting 1830 – US Fed Chair Powell Press Conference 2000 – New Zealand RBNZ Governor Orr before Parliamentary Committee 0145 – China Oct. Caixin Services PMI   Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/forex/fx-update-pressure-mounts-on-fed-to-surprise-hawkish-02112022
AUDUSD shows signs of reversal

AUDUSD shows signs of reversal

Alex Kuptsikevich Alex Kuptsikevich 02.11.2022 13:12
The Reserve Bank of Australia duplicated its move of a month ago by raising the rate by 25 points to 2.85%, in line with economists' average expectations. This contrasts sharply with a 75-point rate hike from the ECB and expectations of similar moves from the Fed and Bank of England later this week. However, it is worth bearing in mind that the RBA makes rate decisions every month and globally does not lag. A solid trade surplus generates a natural flow of capital into the country, lowering rates. In addition, lower inflation in Australia compared to Europe or the US leaves the RBA with more room for manoeuvre. Abrupt rate hikes create shockwaves for the economy, while the ability to act more smoothly will put less pressure on the economy and return to growth more quickly when market conditions change. The slower rate hikes by the RBA early last month triggered a prolonged sell-off in the Aussie, which rewrote lows from April 2020, dropping to 0.6160 at one point. However, by the November meeting, players had already recalibrated their expectations. The AUDUSD had been gaining the previous two weeks and has remained on the plus side since the beginning of this one after a more than 13% collapse from August to mid-October. We have seen this kind of dynamic more than once on long-term reversals, as we witnessed in 2020 and before that in 2016 and 2009. However, uncertainty hangs over this bullish scenario in the form of market reaction to the Fed's rate decision comments coming out today. If they do not overturn the markets, the Australian dollar could continue to be in demand.
Inflation slowdown may let Reserve Bank of Australia go for 50bp or inaction

Jing Ren talks strengthening USD to Japanese yen, tempered AUD to US dollar and NZD/USD

Jing Ren Jing Ren 02.11.2022 08:41
USDJPY seeks to recoverThe US dollar consolidates over growing expectations of a slower pace of tightening by the Fed. On the daily chart, the greenback is above the 30-day moving average and may continue to attract trend followers. The latest bounce came under pressure in the supply zone around 149.00, which means that the price action is still in a consolidation mode. 146.00 is the first support as the RSI ventures into oversold territory. Further down, 145.00 is an important level and its breach could trigger a deeper correction towards 143.00. AUDUSD hits resistanceThe Australian dollar softened after the RBA stuck with a mere 25 basis point rate hike. The pair has found strong support over 0.6200. Three consecutive failures to break lower by the bears indicate that the path of least resistance could be up. A series of higher lows contributes to the mounting buying pressure. 0.6370 is a fresh support and 0.6300 the bulls’ second layer of defence. October’s high and daily resistance 0.6530 is a key hurdle. Its breach would cause the short side to cover and trigger an extended rally towards 0.6660. NZDUSD follows rising trend lineThe New Zealand dollar slid after the Q3 unemployment rate fell short of expectations. A rising trend line indicates a strong bullish bias as the kiwi continues to recover. A break above the double top and daily resistance at 0.5790 prompted sellers to cover, easing the downward pressure. The rally then accelerated above 0.5880 after a brief consolidation with 0.5970 as the next target. The RSI’s overbought condition may cause a limited pullback. Buying interests could be expected near 0.5800 over the trend line.
Chinese Have Enough Money To Temper Recession, Tesla’s Record Profit

In The US, Stocks May Remain Risk-Free | According To Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, The Chinese Economy Is Showing Signs Of Stabilization

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 03.11.2022 08:25
Summary:  The Nasdaq 100 & S&P 500 drop after the Fed made hawkish remarks post lifting rates 0.75%. Fed says ‘we still have some ways to go’. It will make ‘ongoing increases’ until rates are ‘sufficiently restrictive’. Provided the upcoming economic data is strong, and shows the US economy is, the Fed can keep hiking. However, it could pivot as early as December. Until the next major US eco data release it seems equites could remain in risk-off mode, especially with high PE stocks, like tech, while defensive and commodity plays with rising cash flows could continue to garner interest. China’s Li signals a potential economic recovery, fuelling commodities and China’s markets. Crude oil rocks up after OPEC raised its forecast for oil demand. a2 Milk gets FDA green light. What is happening in markets? The Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) & S&P 500 (US500.I) drop after Fed made hawkish remarks post lifting rates 0.75% US major indices dropped on Powell's hawkish comments. The S&P 500 shed 2.5% and the Nasdaq plunged 3.4% with megacap tech stock copping the brunt of the selloff with Apple (AAPL) down 3.73% and Tesla (TSLA) down 5.6% with the EV giant reportedly shutting its flagship showroom in China, in Beijing as it shift strategy. What prompted high PE stocks being sold off was that Treasuries yields rose across the curve, with the 10-years up 4 bps to 4.08%. The dollar reversed course and rose against every G-10 peer save the yen. So, the bottom line is, the market will now be contending with a risk-off tone, until the next US economic data sets prove the Fed can pivot. Oil moved higher, while corn and wheat dropped on grain-corridor developments. Elsewhere, Boeing (BA) shares rose 2.8% with the plane maker saying it could generate $10 billion in cash annually by mid-decade, once it turns around its operations after years of setbacks. Australia’s ASX200 (ASXSP200.1) futures suggest risk-off mode will be enacted with tech stocks on notice. Focus will be on milk Aussie tech stocks are likely to come under pressure with US bond yields rising again. However, there may be bright sparks today. Iron ore (SCOA) rose 0.4% sitting back above $80.85, which might support iron ore companies shares. That said, BHP closed 3.1% lower in NY. A2Milk (A2M) may garner attention after the US FDA gave approval for a2 Milk to be sold in the US. Bubs Australia (BUB) may likely 'piggyback' on any gains. That said, you could expect infant formula stocks to gain interest, particularly as China’s outgoing premier signal China is striving to build sustainable development. In other news; Rio (RIO) moved in on taking over a Canadian copper-gold company, Turquoise Hill Resources (TRQ). On Wednesday in Australia, Rio offered C$43 per share for the Canadian miner, saying that is its best and final offer. Rio is seeking to buy 49% of the Canadian miner, that it doesn’t already own, in a deal valued at around C$4.24 billion. Turquoise Hill Resources shares surged The Investor meeting to consider the takeover is set for November 8. Rio is also bidding to gain control of Mongolia’s Oyu Tolgoi, one of the world’s biggest copper mines. Crude oil (CLX2 & LCOZ2) rocks up after OPEC raised its forecast for oil demand   Oil rallied for several reason; firstly OPEC rose its forecasts for world oil demand in the medium to longer term, saying that $12.1 trillion of investment is needed to meet this demand. Second, an EIA report showed US gasoline inventories fell to the lowest since 2014 and East Coast distillate stocks slide to a record low seasonally, which intensifies supply concerns. Crude supplies also fell. Natural gas rose in the US and in Europe. Fed says ‘we still have some ways to go’; and it will make ‘ongoing increases’ until rates are ‘sufficiently restrictive’. What to watch next, what it means for equities Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell stuck to his campaign to bring inflation under control, saying “we still have some ways to go”, before rates were ‘sufficiently restrictive’ but the path may soon involve smaller hikes. Still, Powell sees it may be appropriate to make smaller hikes, as soon as December, or at the meeting after. But, he also said it was very premature to be thinking about pausing. After the Fed raised rates by 75 basis points on Wednesday, Powell said “incoming data since our last meeting suggests that ultimate level of interest rates will be higher than previously expected.” He also mentioned rate hikes have a lag effect on the economy, and the Fed needs to take this into account. This means, the devil will be in the detail ahead, as in the upcoming economic data which the Fed will respond to. Provided the upcoming economic data is strong, shows the US economy is, then the Fed can essentially keep hiking. For equites this means the risk-off mode in high PE stocks, like tech can possibly continue, inversely, defensive and commodity plays with rising cash flows might continue to garner interest. Saxo’s Head of FX Strategy says, so cue tomorrow’s ISM Services, Friday’s US jobs report, the October CPI due out next week, November 11 next week, and the November CPI report due December 12. China’s Li Keqiang signals a potential economic recovery, fueling commodities and China’s markets China’s outgoing premier Li Keqiang said China will strive for a "better" economic outcome and promote stable, healthy and sustainable development, saying China’s economy is showing signs of stabilizing, as well as “rebounding momentum" thanks to stimulus. This has supported gains in iron ore (SCOA) and also supported optimism in Asian equites. Australian lending and building approvals fall more than expected, giving the RBA greater cause to remain dovish. Keeping AUDUSD on notice House lending in Australia fell 8.2% in September (far more than the market expected) while building construction lending fell 36.6%, with the weaker data sets coming out just a day after the RBA remained dovish - rising Australia’s official cash rate by 25bps (0.25%) to 2.85%. On Tuesday the RBA acknowledged tighter financial conditions and the ‘full effect’ of increased interest rates are yet to be felt in ‘mortgage payments’, but the rate hikes since May, combined with higher inflation have already put pressure on household budgets. We believe the RBA could increasingly become dovish despite inflation running away to the upside. We think the RBA may be forced to potentially pause on rate hikes sooner, as they have done in history, despite peak inflation continuing to rise YoY. The AUDUSD remains under pressure for this reason. Plus until the Fed has reason to pivot the US dollar remains supported. For a global look at markets – tune into our Podcast.   Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/equities/market-insights-today-3-nov-03112022
The AUD/USD Pair May Witness Further Grinding

The Australian Dollar To US Dollar Pair (AUD/USD) Shows The Recent Gains

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 03.11.2022 08:27
AUD/USD grinds higher around intraday top, pares the biggest daily loss in a week. Three-week-old ascending trend line defends buyers but 200-HMA is the key hurdle to win the fort. Fed’s Powell propelled US dollar, Aussie trade numbers initially failed to impress AUD bulls. Market sentiment remains dicey as traders lick post-Fed wounds ahead of US ISM Services PMI, NFP. AUD/USD seesaws near intraday high surrounding 0.6360 despite downside China PMI data during early Thursday. The reason could be linked to the early-day releases of Aussie trade numbers and the US dollar’s consolidation of the Fed-inspired gains. China’s Caixin Services PMI for October dropped to the lowest level in five months while flashing 48.4 figure versus 49.3 prior. Earlier in the day, Australia’s trade surplus increased to 12,444M In September versus 8,850M expected and 8,324M prior while the Exports rallied by 7.0%, compared to 2.6% prior. However, the growth of the Imports dropped to 0.4% versus 4.5% prior. Also challenging the Aussie pair buyers could be the escalating geopolitical tensions between North Korea and Japan join the risk-negative covid news from China to exert downside pressure on the sentiment. On the same line could be the Fed’s readiness for further rate hikes. That said, North Korea’s firing of missiles and Japan’s warning to residents weigh on the market’s risk profile, which in turn weighs on the risk barometer pair. On the same line could be the coronavirus fears from China as the lockdown surrounding the area involving the world’s largest iPhone factory defied hopes of easing the dragon nation’s zero-covid policy. Additionally, Reuters quotes China’s latest National Health Commission figures to suggest an uptick in coronavirus cases. The news states, “China reported 3,372 new COVID-19 infections on Nov. 2, of which 581 were symptomatic and 2,791 were asymptomatic.” However, a pullback in the US Dollar Index (DXY) from a one-week high to 111.90, mainly tracing the US Treasury yields should have defended the AUD/USD buyers. It should be noted that the US 10-year bond coupons ease to 4.096% while its two-year counterpart snaps a four-day uptrend as it drops to 4.611% at the latest. Moving on, the US ISM Services PMI bears the downbeat forecasts of 55.5 for October compared to 56.7 previous readings and appears important for near-term AUD/USD moves. Following that, Friday’s US Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) will be the key, mainly due to the strong ADP data. Technical analysis AUD/USD pair bounces off a three-week-old ascending trend line while posting the recent gains. However, the bearish MACD signals and a clear downside break of the 200-HMA keep the sellers hopeful unless the quote crosses the 0.6405 hurdle. Even if the quote rises beyond 200-HMA, the weekly resistance line near 0.6430 could act as an extra filter to the north before welcoming the bulls. Meanwhile, a downside break of the immediate support line, close to 0.6325 at the latest, could quickly drag the AUD/USD prices towards the late October swing low of around 0.6210. Following that, a downward trajectory towards the previous monthly low, also the yearly bottom, surrounding 0.6170, will be in focus. AUD/USD: Hourly chart Trend: Limited upside expected
The Australian Dollar Might Draw Support From Rising Bets

The AUD/USD Pair Is Waiting For The Development Of Support

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 04.11.2022 08:01
This morning the Reserve bank of Australia raised the rate from 2.60% to the expected 2.85%. The Australian dollar did not react to the event, its growth in the morning is connected to a greater extent with the general correction of currencies after yesterday's fall. The aussie lost 60 points yesterday. On the technical side, the correction is caused by a reversal of the signal line of the Marlin Oscillator from the zero line. But this reversal is weak - raw materials are not growing, stock indices are declining. We are waiting for the development of support at 0.6255 – the price channel line, and here the medium-term direction of the price will be decided. The bears have the advantage in choosing scenarios, since the momentum after a double reversal from the MACD indicator line of the daily chart on October 27 and November 2 has not yet dried up. With surpassing 0.6255, the 0.6195 target will become available - the underlying line of the price channel. The four-hour chart shows a typical correction within a confident trend decline, albeit a local one. Probably, this correction or consolidation will be completed with the release of the US employment report in the evening. The forecast for Non-Farm Employment Change is 200,000, which is generally a good indicator.     Relevance up to 04:00 2022-11-05 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/326224
The Aussie Pair Traders Cheer A Hawkish Hopes Of the Reserve Bank Of Australia (RBA)

The RBA Steep Tightening Cycle Is Slowing Growth And Hurting Businesses

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 04.11.2022 11:32
AUD/USD continues to show strong volatility and is sharply higher today. In the European session, the Australian dollar is trading at 0.6338, up 0.81%. This follows losses of almost 1% on Thursday. RBA sees lower growth, higher inflation The RBA monetary policy statement was gloomy, with a warning that tough times lie ahead for the Lucky Country. The central bank is projecting a GDP of 3% over 2022, slowing to 1.5% in 2023. Inflation is expected at 4.75% over 2023, higher than the 4.25% pace in its previous policy statement. The forecasts are based on the cash rate peaking at 3.5% in mid-2023. The RBA raised the cash rate to 2.85% earlier this week, with a 0.25% hike, and Governor Lowe said that the central bank was on a “narrow path” that required “striking the right balance between doing too much and too little.” The RBA finds itself in a pickle, as its steep tightening cycle is slowing growth and hurting businesses and households. At the same time, inflation remains red-hot at 7.3%, fuelled by high food prices. Inflation remains the RBA’s number one priority, but it has eased up on the size of the hikes, hoping that inflation will peak shortly and a recession can be avoided. The week wraps up with the US nonfarm payrolls report, which has been overshadowed by Fed meetings and inflation releases. Still, the release is carefully watched by Fed policymakers and today’s data will be a factor in the December rate decision. The October consensus stands at 200,000, lower than the September reading of 263,000. With the markets split 50/50 on whether the Fed will raise rates by 0.50% or 0.75%, the NDP could provide some volatility in the currency markets in the North American session.   AUD/USD Technical There is resistance at 0.6403 and 0.6532 There is support at 0.6283 and 0.6196 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.
There Is Still A Possibility Of A New Fall In Stock Indices

There Is Still A Possibility Of A New Fall In Stock Indices

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 04.11.2022 12:10
The outcome of the Fed meeting continues to influence world markets. However, there is a high chance that another local decline will be seen in the stock markets, while the dollar will have a new wave of strengthening. This is because the latest inflation data is coming, as well as the employment report in the US. Earlier, analysts have pointed out that the Fed will continue its aggressive rate hike if the US economy slide into recession despite the labor market having a good condition. The central bank signaled the same thing, saying that a strong labor market and economy near the edge of a recession will allow them to fight inflation vigorously. This means that if the US jobs report for October exceeded expectations, the Fed will raise rates again by 0.75%, if necessary. That is why it is better to be cautious and moderately optimistic about the end of the bear market in the equity markets. As mentioned above, there is still a possibility of a new fall in stock indices, which will once again be accompanied by a rise of dollar. This is further evidenced by the dynamics of treasury yields, which are still close to local highs. Forecasts for today: EUR/USD The pair is trading above 0.9750. If the US employment data turn out to be higher than expected, the quote will fall to 0.9650. AUD/USD The pair is above 0.6335. Further selling pressure will push it to 0.6250.     Relevance up to 07:00 2022-11-07 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/326248
The Downward Part Of The GBP/USD Trend Has Started To Take Shape

The Dovish Decision Of The Bank Of England (BoE) Puts A Heavy Burden On The GBP

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 04.11.2022 13:39
Summary:  The FOMC meeting this week forced the market to adjust to the idea that the Fed could continue to take rates higher than had previously been priced. But clearly, to drive tightening expectations higher still, we’ll need to continue to see hotter than expected US data, with today’s US jobs report the next test on that. Elsewhere, sterling is in a world of hurt after BoE’s very dovish guidance. FX Trading focus: US incoming data focus after hawkish FOMC. BoE in dovish pushback against market hike expectations. The US dollar followed through stronger yesterday on the momentum off the back of the hawkish Powell presser Wednesday, but has come in for a chunky reversal overnight and today since a somewhat softer than expected ISM services survey yesterday (nudged lower to 54.4 vs. 55.3 expected and 56.7 in September, with the employment sub-index dipping back below 50 at 49.1 vs. 53.0 in September). Wouldn’t it be ironic if we also were to get a soft US jobs report today that takes US yields back to their starting point of the week, making Powell’s hawkish message so much noise, at least until the next incoming data point jerks the market the other way? Interestingly, the USD is selling off ahead of today’s US data releases even as short US yields are posting new highs for the cycle Specifically in today’s jobs report, in addition to any strong directional surprise in payrolls (multi-month grain of salt needed with this data series, as single releases require further corroborating evidence), we should keep both eyes on the average hourly earnings survey. Arguably, if we get the expected 0.3% month-to-month average hourly earnings print today after a couple of prior prints of a similar size, observers may begin to judge that the annualized rise in earnings is beginning to look far less threatening at sub-4.0%. The year-on-year is expected to drop to a 15-month low of 4.7% today. A significant upside surprise in earnings is perhaps could generate significant volatility. Chart: EURGBPWorth considering how the dovish Bank of England meeting yesterday (see more below) is weighing heavily on sterling, as it should, with the Bank of England reluctant to signal much tightening energy when it sees an incoming recession. Sterling is down sharply across the board, with EURGBP suddenly well backed up within the old range and now far away from the sub-0.8600 range support. The next area between the 0.8800 and pivot high of 0.8870 area looks key for whether sterling weakness is set to become a bit more unhinged, and the next key event-risk test is likely how the market greets an austere Autumn budget statement on November 17. Bank of England wrap. The BoE hiked by 75 bps to 3%, as most expected and as was mostly priced in, but Bailey and company strongly pushed back against expectations for the scale of future moves, saying that the terminal rate priced in currently by the markets would induce a two-year recession. There were also two dovish dissenters at the meeting, one calling for 50 bps rate hike and another for a mere 25 bps. New forecasts were also released, which gave a particularly grim outlook for the economy, looking for a GDP print of -0.5% QoQ in Q3 2022 vs -0.1% expected in September. The inflation forecast now shows a peak around 11% in Q4, which is marginally hotter than the prior meeting’s projection. Sterling was crushed lower, having already fallen heading into the meeting, and it speaks volumes that even though the BoE pushed back against the forward implied expectations for further tightening, which it said would trigger a 2-year UK recession, the market did not budge those expectations. In short: the market refuses to acknowledge what the BoE thinks it might do, probably figuring that the BoE will have no choice due to sterling weakness but to pursue the path to 4.50% or higher rates before mid-next year. I was surprised by the lack of discussion or journalist questioning in the press conference around the risk that currency weakness drives worse inflationary outcomes if the BoE fails to do as much as the market is pricing. Sterling remains in a heap of trouble. Table: FX Board of G10 and CNH trend evolution and strength.The USD needs to stick the move off the back of the FOMC meeting after the US jobs data today, otherwise we’ll suddenly be back to square one. The hottest movement in FX was clearly the sterling sell-off yesterday on a very clearly dovish Bank of England meeting. CNH is making waves on a lot of movement overnight and noise (unconfirmed) of an eventual opening up. Table: FX Board Trend Scoreboard for individual pairs.While the US dollar flipped to a positive trend in many places, we must still consider the risk that incoming data complicates the plot. GBP is already registering a negative trend in many new GBP pairs after yesterday’s BoE meeting. Interesting that the NOK failed to roll over to the downside in a couple of key pairs after the small hike from the Norges Bank yesterday. Upcoming Economic Calendar Highlights 1215 – UK Bank of England Chief Economist Huw Pill to speak 1230 – US Oct. Nonfarm Payrolls Change 1230 – US Oct. Unemployment Rate 1230 – US Oct. Average Hourly Earnings 1230 - Canada Oct. Unemployment Change/Rate 1400 – Canada Oct. Ivey PMI 1400 – US Fed’s Collins (Voter 2022) to speak Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/forex/fx-update-us-incoming-data-sterling-pays-price-after-dovish-boe-04112022
The Downside For The AUD/USD Pair Is Likely To Remain Cushioned

The Aussie Pair (AUD/USD) Is Expected Downside Movement

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 07.11.2022 09:21
AUDUSD licks its wounds after a downbeat start to the week. Oscillators suggest further downside, weekly resistance line challenge buyers. Fortnight-old horizontal support region restrict short-term AUDUSD downside. Buyers need validation from October’s peak to retake control. AUDUSD remains defensive around 0.6430 after reversing from the 200-HMA support heading into Monday’s European session. Even so, the Aussie pair remains below a weekly resistance line amid bearish MACD and RSI signals. As a result, the quote is likely to witness further downside, which in turn highlights the 200-HMA support near 0.6410. Following that, the 50% and 61.8% Fibonacci retracement levels of the AUDUSD pair’s October 21-27 advances, respectively near 0.6370 and 0.6330, could probe the downside moves. In a case where the AUDUSD prices remain weak past 0.6330, a two-week-old horizontal support zone near 0.6270 will be crucial for sellers to watch as a downside break of the same could probe the yearly low surrounding 0.6170. Meanwhile, recovery moves need a successful break of the aforementioned weekly resistance line, close to 0.6475 at the latest. Even if the AUDUSD price remains firmer past 0.6475, the pair buyers may wait for a clear upside break of the previous monthly top surrounding 0.6550 to please the buyers. That said, the 0.6500 round figure may offer an intermediate halt during the run-up. AUDUSD: Hourly chart Trend: Further downside expected
The RBA Will Continue At A 25bp Pace At Coming Meetings

The Australian Economy Is Closely Linked To Chinese Imports

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 07.11.2022 09:51
The previous week was rich in all sorts of events and economic statistics, which increased uncertainty in markets. First of all, there was the decision of the Federal Reserve regarding its monetary policy, which continued to be hawkish, as perceived from Jerome Powell's speech. The Fed chief once again broke expectations that the bank would begin to gradually ease the rate hikes in order to analyze its impact on the national economy. Another highlight was the data from the US labor market, which showed a steady increase in the number of new jobs at 261,000 in October against the forecast of 200,000. All these were very important as investors are monitoring the monetary policy in the US. They are trying to understand how the Fed will act in the near future, more specifically if the bank will continue its aggressive cycle of raising interest rates or not. The former will signal if rates will rise above 5%. This week, the data on US inflation will come out, which is expected to be 0.7% higher in October, against the September growth of 0.4%. Its year-on-year value, however, will correct from 8.2% to 8.0%. If the report coincides with expectations or come out higher, the Fed will continue its aggressive rate increase, which will push the value above 5%. This will keep markets bearish. But if the figure indicates a slowdown in the growth of consumer prices, stocks will rise, while dollar will weaken. Also ahead is the result of the midterm elections in the US. It is assumed that the unconditional victory of Republicans will change not only the current political course, but also the economic one. Even so, it is difficult to say how this will affect markets, so be cautious when trading. Summing this all up, negative sentiment prevails among Fed members and the market as a whole, which can put pressure on stocks, while raising up dollar. Investors are obviously not convinced that inflationary pressure in the US will end by the end of year, or show even a small but steady decline. In this situation, dollar may once again put pressure on major currencies, while treasury yields will resume growth. Forecasts for today: AUD/USD The pair shows weakening growth, influenced by the weak data on exports and imports, as well as the trade surplus in China. The Australian economy is closely linked to Chinese imports and if market sentiment is generally negative today, the pair could drop to 0.6290 after breaking 0.6400. GBP/USD The pair is trading above 1.1270. Deterioration of market sentiment ahead of the congressional election result in the US, as well as caution before the publication of inflation data, may put strong pressure on the pair. A price drop below 1.1270 will only exacerbate this likely fall.     Relevance up to 08:00 2022-11-09 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/326370
Analysis Of The AUD/USD Commodity Currency Pair's Price

RBA's Lowe seems to be pointing to seeking for a happy medium

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 07.11.2022 22:07
AUD/USD is almost unchanged today, after sharp gains on Friday. In the North American session, AUD/USD is trading at 0.6470, down 0.02% on the day. Aussie soars after nonfarm payrolls  The US dollar declined against all the major currencies on Friday, after a mixed nonfarm payrolls report left investors in a dovish mood. The October reading of 261,000 was down from the previous reading of 315,000 and marked the smallest gain since December 2020. The unemployment rate rose to 3.7%, up from 3.5%, while wage growth rose to 5.5% YoY, up from 5.2%. The latter release is likely to keep the Fed concerned about inflationary pressures. Investors are expecting that the labor market will continue to soften and that the Fed will lean toward a 50 basis point hike rather than 75 bp, and this sent the dollar sharply lower after the NFP report on Friday. Still, with the Federal Reserve expected to raise rates to 5% or even higher next year, I expect the US dollar to remain attractive to investors. The RBA is treading carefully, as seen with its modest hike of 0.25% last week. Governor Lowe said that the central bank was on a “narrow path” that required “striking the right balance between doing too much and too little.” The RBA finds itself in a pickle, as its steep tightening cycle is slowing growth and hurting businesses and households. At the same time, inflation remains red-hot at 7.3%, fuelled by high food prices. Inflation still remain the RBA’s number one priority, but it has eased up on the size of the hikes, hoping that inflation will peak shortly and a recession can be avoided. The RBA monetary policy statement was gloomy, with a warning that tough times lie ahead. The central bank is projecting a GDP of 3% over 2022, slowing to 1.5% in 2023. Inflation is expected at 4.75% over 2023, higher than the 4.25% forecast in its previous policy statement. The forecasts are based on the cash rate peaking at 3.5% in mid-2023. AUD/USD Technical There is resistance at 0.6549 and 0.6631 There is support at 0.6411 and 0.6329 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Australian dollar rally takes a breather - MarketPulseMarketPulse
Inflation slowdown may let Reserve Bank of Australia go for 50bp or inaction

Kenny Fisher seems not to see Aussie keeping takings intact

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 08.11.2022 21:52
The Australian dollar has posted sharp gains, as the US dollar is lower against the majors in the North American session. AUD/USD is trading at 0.6542, up 0.97%. Business confidence slows to zero Australia’s NAB Business Confidence for October slipped to zero, down from 5 points in September. The significant decline is reflective of a drop in orders, higher rates at home and a gloomy global negative outlook. The soft data comes on the heels of Westpac Consumer Sentiment, which plunged by 6.9% to 78 points, its lowest level since April 2020, when the Covid pandemic had just started. Inflation is galloping at a 7.3% clip, China’s economy is weakening and the energy crisis in Europe is likely to worsen in the winter. These headwinds are not about to go away, which does not bode well for the Australian economy. The Australian dollar has fallen sharply in 2022, although we’re seeing a rebound, with gains of 2.9% on Friday, courtesy of the US nonfarm payrolls, and strong gains today as well. The US dollar’s decline on Friday and again today are against all the majors, which means that this is a case of US dollar weakness rather than Australian dollar strength. I would be surprised if the Aussie can hold onto these recent gains, as the currency faces plenty of headwinds. In the US, the midterm elections are being held today, which is widely being viewed as a referendum on President Biden’s performance. The economy is giving mixed signals and Biden’s popularity is sagging, which could result in the Republicans taken control of both the House and the Senate. If the Republicans grab either one, it will translate into deadlock in Washington and a weakened President Biden. The election could move the US dollar if we see a Democratic surprise or a clean sweep by the Republicans. AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD is testing resistance at 0.6545. Next, there is resistance at 0.6631 There is support at 0.6411 and 0.6329 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. AUD/USD resumes rally with massive gains - MarketPulseMarketPulse
It Is Quite Possible That The Australian Dollar Is Tired Of Growth

The US CPI Report Keeps A Bearish The AUD/USD Pair

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 09.11.2022 09:00
AUDUSD prints mild losses around six-week high, snaps three-day uptrend. Fears of US government gridlock, pessimism surrounding China’s covid conditions and softer inflation data weigh on prices. Risk appetite remains sluggish ahead of the key data/events, bears are likely to retake control. AUDUSD aptly justifies its risk-barometer status as it prints the first daily loss, so far, in four days amid political and/or covid updates. That said, the Aussie pair remains depressed around 0.6490, mildly offered heading into Wednesday’s European session. A tug-of-war between the Republicans and Democrats has so far failed to provide any meaningful signals for the mid-term elections. Even so, fears of a government gridlock keep the sentiment sour of late. Also weighing on the market’s risk appetite are the fresh virus-led lockdowns in China and the multi-month high covid numbers. Recently, China reports the highest levels of new COVID cases in six months, with the latest addition of 8,335 for November 08, while marking a fresh virus-led lockdown in Guangzhou’s second district. Elsewhere, fresh pick-up of the US Treasury yields and the latest fall in the S&P 500 Futures, after hearing the fresh victory of John Fetterman, a Democrat, of the race for Senate in Pennsylvania. It should be noted that the downbeat China inflation figures for October teased bears earlier in Asia. To sum up, the risk-off mood and a light calendar ahead of Thursday’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) keep AUDUSD bears hopeful. Technical analysis AUDUSD retreats from a convergence of the 50-DMA and a five-week-old resistance line, around 0.6510, which in turn joins the recently bearish MACD signal to tease bears targeting the 21-DMA support near 0.6370.
Asia Market: Optimistic Headlines From Regional Leaders China And Japan

The China Is Yet To Exit Its Strict Zero-Covid Policy

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 09.11.2022 12:22
The Australian dollar is in negative territory today after an impressive rally. AUD/USD is trading at 0.6487, down 0.27%. US dollar steadies after selloff The US dollar has been in retreat since Friday, after a mixed nonfarm payroll report raised the likelihood of the Fed easing up in December and raising rates by just 0.50%, rather than 0.75%. The Australian dollar took full advantage of the US dollar selloff, rising over 200 points in a 3-day rally. AUD/USD rose to a 6-week high on Tuesday, but it’s hard to see the US dollar continuing to weaken much further. The Federal Reserve is sticking to its hawkish script and said at last week’s meeting that the terminal rate would be higher than previously anticipated. As well, with a gloomy global outlook, risk appetite will be under pressure, making the US dollar more attractive to investors. The Australian dollar faces other headwinds as well. China, Australia’s largest trading partner, is experiencing a slowdown as the country is yet to exit its strict zero-Covid policy. The RBA has eased up on rates, with two straight hikes of just 0.25%, even though inflation hasn’t shown signs of peaking. With the Fed expected to deliver hikes of 0.50% or 0.75%, the US/Australia rate differential is widening, which will weigh on the Australian dollar. The US midterms remain inconclusive, with tight races in both the House and the Senate. The Republicans were expected to easily take the House, but the race is tighter than expected. The Senate may not be decided for weeks if a runoff is required in Georgia. Any fluctuations in the currency markets are likely to be short-lived, with investors looking ahead to Thursday’s CPI report. . AUD/USD Technical There is resistance at 0.6549 and 0.6631 AUD/USD has support at 0.6411 and 0.6329 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Bio
FX Volatility Remains Subdued, The Investor Mood Seems To Be Leaning Towards A 2023 Slowdown

The USD Could Yet Reject This Breakdown Attempt | Weak Risk Sentiment Could Provide The Strongest Support For The JPY

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 09.11.2022 13:25
Summary:  Market sentiment improved further yesterday before dipping slightly overnight, as China Covid cases are on the rise, pushing back against hopes for a lifting of Covid restrictions. In the US mid-term elections, Democrats are slightly outperforming expectations, possibly set to retain control of the Senate even if Republicans look set to take narrow control of the House of Representatives. FX Trading focus: Next test for struggling USD over tomorrow’s US CPI data. The US mid-term election results are still rolling in this morning in Europe, with the Republicans set to take a small majority in the House and the Senate outcome looking at risk of riding on the outcome of a Georgia run-off election on December 6th as neither candidate looks set to achieve the 50% required for elections there. Remember that we had a similar setup after the 2020 election when two Senate races in Georgia were only decided in a January 5 run-off. There are no real market conclusions from the outcome, even if the Georgia race gives the Republicans a majority in the Senate, as the only scenario that would have guaranteed dramatic potential for fiscal policy would have been the Democrats surprisingly retaining both houses. Other conclusions: Trump is a liability for the Republican party, which likely would have done far better without his involvement, and forensic studies of split-ticket voting will likely confirm this, and it will be interesting to see if this deters his possible renewed ambitions for the presidency. Finally: razor thin Georgia results keep alive the narratives around election fraud, etc. Can the US move beyond its dysfunctional elections by 2024 or will the republic face an existential test in that election cycle? Back to incoming data, with tomorrow’s US October CPI in focus. Let’s recall that the September CPI data point was a real shocker as many qualified slicers and dicers of the data were looking for a deceleration in the core data rather than the acceleration we got. That has me leaning for a slightly softer release tomorrow. But I am far more interested in the nature of the market reaction. As I have discussed the last couple of days on the Saxo Market Call podcast, I find the most interesting test for the US dollar one in which we see inflation decelerating and US treasury yields perhaps easing a bit lower, but in which we also see risk sentiment weak as equity and bond markets are starting to decouple, as equities begin to fret recession rather than being merely led around by the nose by the treasury market. If that is the scenario we get and the USD weakens, then I think USD weakness can extend a bit more forcefully for a time, if not, then the USD could yet reject this breakdown attempt. I withhold judgement for now, as the USD has not yet broken down. But the easiest thing to do is to simply judge what happens on the charts in the wake of the data release (not knee-jerk, but how the day closes), as we have a number of clear-cut levels in play for the major USD pairs. Chart: USDJPY USDJPY has traditionally been a strong focus over US data surprises over the years and will be in focus with the macro event risk of the week, if not the month, coming up tomorrow in the form of the US October CPI release. Reaction in yields and risk sentiment are both worth watching as I have cooked up some thoughts of late (see above) on whether US treasury markets and equity markets could move out of correlation, i.e., that risk sentiment may have a hard time celebrating a drop in treasury yields. So, a weaker than expected US CPI report together with falling treasury yields, but also together with weak risk sentiment could provide the strongest support for the JPY here in a broad sense, though it might be felt more forcefully in JPY crosses. Regardless, if the JPY finds bids tomorrow, the 145.00 level will be a huge focus in USDJPY. Table: FX Board of G10 and CNH trend evolution and strength.The USD is clearly down, but will only be out on sticking further weakness in the wake of the US CPI release tomorrow. Elsewhere, note the sterling momentum turning badly south and SEK trying to look higher, not a surprise given European equities having rallied vertically for weeks – looking a bit much. Table: FX Board Trend Scoreboard for individual pairs.EURGBP is one to focus on around the 0.8800 level. JPY crosses are interesting in places as well as yields have consolidated a bit lower – look at the 165 area in GBPJPY, for example. But it is all about key USD levels after the US data tomorrow, including 1.0100 in EURUSD, 0.6522 in AUDUSD, etc… Upcoming Economic Calendar Highlights 1200 – Mexico Oct. CPI 1300 – UK Bank of England’s Haskel to speak 1530 – EIA's Weekly Crude and Fuel Stock Report 1630 – UK Bank of England’s Cunliffe to speak 1700 – World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) 0001 – UK Oct. RICS House Price Balance 0100 – US Fed’s Kashkari (Voter 2023) to speak   Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/forex/fx-update-usd-on-edge-ahead-of-the-us-cpi-data-tomorrow-09112022
The AUD/USD Pair May Witness Further Grinding

The AUD/USD Pair's Bulls Could Not Overcome The Upper Line

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 10.11.2022 08:06
The Australian dollar is now confidently losing its positions after a rapid rise to the middle of the 65th figure. On Monday, the aussie hit a new 2.5-month price high, but failed to settle above the upper line of the Bollinger Bands indicator on the daily chart, which corresponds to 0.6550. In general, AUD/USD bulls owe their fleeting success solely to the US currency. The temporary weakening of the greenback allowed the bulls to seize the initiative and develop a corrective 250-point growth. But the current situation has a reverse side of the coin: as soon as the dollar "came to its senses", the aussie was forced to follow it. The aussie does not have its own arguments for a counteroffensive, so going long on the pair looks a priori more risky than selling. For all its problems, the US currency has its "constant" advantages over the aussie, which are primarily expressed in the uncorrelation of the Federal Reserve and Reserve Bank of Australia rates. While the RBA slowed down the pace of monetary policy tightening back in September, the Fed is still hesitating on this issue. Moreover, the US central bank, following the results of the last meeting, announced that the current rate hike cycle will end at more distant positions relative to previous forecasts. In layman's terms, this means that the Fed will step over the 5% mark, raising the rate to at least 5.25%. Therefore, the very fact of slowing down the rate of increase in this case plays a secondary role, especially in the context of the AUD/USD pair. Let me remind you that after a series of 50-point hikes, the Australian central bank slowed down, and at the two previous meetings (in September and November) it raised the rate in 25-point increments. RBA Governor Philip Lowe said that the central bank's board "considered it appropriate to raise rates at a slower pace." Moreover, commenting on the results of the November meeting, he noted that the members of the central bank discussed, among other things, the consequences of refusing to raise rates. Thus, he allowed a pause in the process of tightening monetary policy. And although it is too early to talk about this at the moment, the results of the last RBA meeting disappointed AUD/USD bulls. The aussie dropped sharply, reaching 0.6275. And if the US currency had not weakened throughout the market, the pair would have systematically plunged to the area of the 60th figure. The fundamental picture of the AUD/USD pair is now distorted by political factors. The midterm elections to the US Congress, following which the Republicans are definitely winning the lower house from the Democrats (the fight for the Senate is still ongoing), put pressure on the greenback. But, as a rule, political factors flare up brightly, but fade quickly. Therefore, longs for the AUD/USD pair should not be trusted: in the very near future, the market will switch to "classic" fundamental factors, especially considering Wednesday's release. Let me remind you that key data on the growth of inflation in the United States will be published on Thursday. According to preliminary forecasts, the general consumer price index in October increased by 8.0% (y/y), and the core index – by 6.5% (y/y). Even if all components come out at the predicted level, the dollar may significantly strengthen its position, as the growth of inflation will demonstrate an extremely weak rate of slowdown. If the inflation report turns out to be in the green zone, we may witness another dollar rally, including for the AUD/USD pair. However, some other fundamental factors also play in favor of the bearish scenario. For example, the latest news from China does not contribute to the development of the upward movement. This week it became known that China's trade surplus increased to $85.15 billion (from $84.74 billion), while market expectations were at $95 billion. Also, China denied rumors that the authorities may weaken the strictest measures to counter the spread of coronavirus. According to representatives of the National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China, Beijing's "zero tolerance" approach to the coronavirus remains the main strategy for combating COVID-19. Australia is China's largest trading partner, so this information plays against the aussie. From a technical perspective, AUD/USD bulls could not overcome the upper line of the Bollinger Bands indicator on the daily chart, which corresponds to the 0.6550 mark. At the same time, the price is located under the Kumo cloud on the D1 timeframe. The pair will still retain the potential to decline, at least to the 0.6360 mark: at this price point, the average line of the Bollinger Bands indicator coincides with the Kijun-sen line. This is an intermediate support level, while the main price barrier is still the 0.6200 mark - this is the lower line of the Bollinger Bands indicator on the same timeframe.   Relevance up to 17:00 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/326689
Inflation Reports In Australia And New Zealand Were Higher Than Expected

Inflationary Momentum In New Zealand Remains Strong

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 10.11.2022 10:24
Risk appetite noticeably fell this Thursday morning. The S&P 500 already lost more than 2% the previous day, while stock markets in Asia-Pacific countries traded in the red zone. Europe is also likely to open lower, which can not be said to government bond yields as it showed somewhat higher stability. 10-year US Treasures stayed above 4%, confidently indicating an increase in the risk of stagflation. Part of the reason why risk appetite decreased is the preliminary results of the US elections, according to which the Republicans will receive a majority in the House of Representatives and thus be able to influence the government's budgetary policy. There is still no clarity on the Senate, as the state of Georgia will hold a second round, scheduled for December 6. The second factor is the increase in the number of Covid patients in China, which reduces the likelihood of lifting restrictions. Today, the focus will be on the US inflation report, which has a base rate forecast of +6.5%, slightly below September's 6.5%. It is very important because if inflation does not show at least some signs of slowing down, then Fed rate forecasts could rise to 6% for 2023, which will increase panic and push up demand for dollar. Conversely, a data release of 6.5% or lower could dampen anti-risk sentiment slightly and boost demand for commodity currencies. NZD/USD Inflationary momentum in New Zealand remains strong and there is no slowdown yet. But the labor market is very stable, thanks to the very large decrease in the number of workers dropping out of the labor force. Another record performance for the 3rd quarter is the growth in average hourly wages, which in the private sector grew by 8.6% y/y. It is expected that by the end of the year, this figure will exceed 9%, which leaves the RBNZ no choice but to raise rates higher. The latest RBNZ survey on inflation expectations showed that inflation is expected to reach 5.08% in 1 year versus 4.86% in September. Then, it will return to 3.62% in 2 years versus 3.07% earlier. Obviously, inflation expectations continue to rise even though the RBNZ is raising rates quite aggressively. The ANZ Bank predicts that the rate will be raised to 5% in February, then peak in the end of 2023, which looks more aggressive than the Fed's policy, and will contribute to the growth of the yield spread in favor of the kiwi. But if prices for dairy products continue to drop, NZD will halt growth. That, however, is quite unlikely as a peak in stocks of dairy products has been formed and a reduction in production is expected, which will help support prices. According to reports, NZD net short position decreased for the second week in a row. There is a bearish advantage of -0.22 billion, but the estimated price turned up, increasing the probability of a bullish correction. Kiwi broke through the resistance level of 0.5866. In case of a rebound, support will be found in 0.5810/20, while resistance will be in 0.5960 (23.6% retracement level of the fall since February 2021). AUD/USD The consumer sentiment index reportedly fell 6.9%, from 83.7 in October to 78.0 in November. Obviously, inflation in Australia continues to grow, reaching 7.3% in the 3rd quarter against 6.1% earlier. Forecasts suggest further inflation growth. This is why the Australian government is very careful in making changes to tax policy. Rate forecasts are also rising to a higher level, which leads to a drop in consumer spending. There is also a marked decrease in labor market confidence, as well as in the possibility of buying a home. In terms of positioning, the latest data says net short position in AUD decreased by 0.1 billion over the reporting week. The bearish advantage remains, with the estimated price being below the long-term average and is directed downwards. Although the trend is bearish, there will be attempts of upward correction. Support is at 0.6320/30, while resistance is at 0.6510/30. But trading will move into a side channel, the exit from which is more likely down. When trying to grow to 0.6510/30, traders must sell first in order to return the quote to 0.6320/30. However, there is no reason yet to expect a full-fledged bullish reversal.   Relevance up to 07:00 2022-11-15 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/326725
It Is Quite Possible That The Australian Dollar Is Tired Of Growth

Further Volatility Of The AUD/USD Pair In Today Session Is Expected

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 10.11.2022 12:13
The Australian dollar has extended its losses today. AUD/USD is trading at 0.6412, down 0.29%. The US dollar has rebounded after a 3-day slide, which saw the Australian dollar climb over 200 points. The Aussie has coughed up half of those gains since Tuesday, and we could be in for further volatility in today’s North American session, as the US releases the October inflation report. Investors are somewhat confused, thanks to mixed signals from both the Federal Reserve and last week’s US employment report. The Fed meets next in mid-December, and it’s close to a toss-up as to whether the Fed will raise rates by 0.50% or 0.75%. At the last meeting, at which the Fed hiked by 0.75%, Fed Chair Powell hinted at easing up on rates but also said that the terminal rate would likely be higher than previously expected – this mixed message makes it difficult to peg the Fed as being hawkish or dovish. US inflation expected to remain hot Last week’s employment report was mixed, as unemployment and wage growth climbed, while nonfarm payrolls fell but still exceeded expectations. This makes today’s inflation report all the more important for the Fed ahead of the December meeting. A hot inflation report would likely boost the likelihood of a 0.75% hike, which would be bullish for the US dollar. CPI is expected to dip to 8.0%, down from 8.2%, which although a slight improvement, would indicate that inflation remains very high. Australia is also dealing with high inflation, and Melbourne Institute Inflation Expectations for October reinforced concerns that inflation is yet to peak. Inflation Expectations rose to 6.0%, up sharply from 5.4% in September, and the first acceleration in four months. The economy is showing signs of slowing down, and a report from the National Australian Bank on Wednesday projected that GDP would fall to 0.8% in 2023 and interest rates would peak at 3.6% next year. The cash rate is currently at 2.85%, which means that the RBA is likely to continue raising rates into 2003.   AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD is testing resistance at 0.6411. Above, there is resistance at 0.6549 There is support at 0.6239 and 0.6196 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.
The Australian Dollar Might Draw Support From Rising Bets

Fears Emanating From China May Challenge The AUD/USD Traders

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 11.11.2022 08:36
AUDUSD picks up bids to pare intraday losses around seven-week high. China reports the biggest jump in daily coronavirus cases since April. The US Dollar licks US CPI-led wounds amid sluggish yields. Receding hawkish bets keep the greenback bears hopeful ahead of US Michigan CSI data. AUDUSD consolidates intraday losses around 0.6630, the highest levels since late September, as the market’s cautious optimism contrasts with the risk-negative headlines from China during early Friday. That said, the Aussie pair rallied the most since October 2011 the previous day before the bulls took a breather amid a lack of major data/events during the day-start moves. Considering Australia’s close trading ties with China, the latest surge in the dragon nation’s covid numbers challenges the AUDUSD bulls. It’s worth noting Beijing reports the biggest daily jump in the covid cases in over a year as the mainland sees the daily coronavirus numbers growing past 10,000 for the first time in seven months. On the other hand, optimism in the Asia-Pacific equity markets, by tracking Wall Street’s strong close, challenges the risk-barometer pair’s sellers. However, a banking holiday in the US and Canada joins sluggish US Treasury yields to challenge the pair’s moves. Amid these plays, Asian stocks rise but the S&P 500 Futures struggles for clear directions around a two-month high. It should be noted that the eight-month low of the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) bolstered the case of the US Federal Reserve’s (Fed) easy rate hike the previous day and propelled the pair prices the most in 11 years. Moving on, a light calendar and fears emanating from China may challenge the AUDUSD traders ahead of the first readings of the US Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (CSI) for November, expected 59.5 versus 59.9 prior. However, the buyers are likely to keep the reins unless today’s data prints an extremely high outcome. Technical analysis AUDUSD stays on the bull’s radar unless it drops back below the 0.6500 support confluence, comprising the previous resistance line from August and the 50-DMA.
Conflict Over Taiwan Would Trigger A Huge Global economic Shock

Conflict Over Taiwan Would Trigger A Huge Global economic Shock

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 11.11.2022 08:40
US President Joe Biden hopes to limit deterioration of ties with China when he meets its leader Xi Jinping next week, but will be honest about U.S. concerns, including over Taiwan and human rights, a senior administration official said on Thursday, reported Reuters. On the other hand, UK Today mentioned that the US has warned European countries that a conflict over Taiwan would trigger a huge global economic shock, in an effort to step up contingency planning amid rising concern about military action in the Indo-Pacific. “The US has warned European countries that a conflict over Taiwan would trigger a huge global economic shock, in an effort to step up contingency planning amid rising concern about military action in the Indo-Pacific,” adds the news. The stakes are high as the White House conveyed that US President Biden will hold talks on Monday with Xi on the sidelines of a Group of 20 Nations (G20) summit in Indonesia, their first face-to-face meeting since Biden became President in January 2021. Reuters also quotes a senior administration official from the US saying that there would be no joint statement from a meeting at which there are no expectations for specific agreements. “White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters later that the administration would brief Taiwan on the results of Biden's meeting with Xi, aiming to make Taipei feel "secure and comfortable" about U.S. support,” per the news. AUDUSD remains mildly offered The news challenges AUDUSD buyers, as well as the market’s risk-on mood, amid a sluggish Friday. That said, the Aussie pair was last seen picking up bids to 0.6620, down 0.15% intraday. Also read: AUDUSD grinds near 0.6630 as China’s covid woes jostle with US inflation-led optimism
The Bank Of England Is Anticipated To Hike Rates By 50 bp As A Result Of A Wealth Of Data

The UK And Its Fiscal Plans | Chinese Industrial Production Is Estimated To Slow

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 14.11.2022 08:52
Summary:  Equity and commodity markets seem to be on a risk-on frenzy for now, supported by the surprise weaker US CPI print, as well as China introducing 16 property stimulus measures at the weekend, following the easing of some Covid restrictions. However the market doesn’t have too far to look for the next catalysts that could continue the rally, stunt it, or see it take a haircut. Up next we watch US producer prices, and US retail sales, which may give the Fed further ammunition to slow down its pace of tightening if the numbers show the US economy is continuing to crack. UK’s outlook, Japan’s Q3 GDP growth rates, as well as China’s industrial production, retail sales, and fixed investment data are also key to watch. As well as corporate earnings from Nvidia and the Aussie dollar.   US eco data and news on tap; US producer prices, retail sales and big retail earnings Investors will be looking for further signs that point to a slowdown in inflationary pressures. In the October CPI release last week, we saw a fall in health insurance costs due to technical factors, which added to the slowing of the service component of core CPI. This is important to the calculation of core PCE, which the Fed watches most closely. As a result, this week investors will pay more attention to the October producer prices index (PPI) numbers on Tuesday, as they try to gauge if the service component of core inflation is slowing. Bloomberg consensus estimates PPI will rise 8.4% Y/Y and +0.3% M/M for core PPI or +7.2% Y/Y. If the numbers are weaker than this, it could provide further support to the equity market rally, as the Fed would garner more catalysts to slow its pace of hikes. Then on Wednesday, retail sales are on watch and are expected to have rebounded, rising 1% in October after stagnating the month earlier. On top of that, a bevy of large retailers, report earnings including Home Depot, Walmart, and Target, which will help investors gauge the health of the world's largest economy. Elsewhere in America, Canada will release inflation and housing starts data. Look for hints on the Fed’s hiking path in Fed speak this week Investors will get to gauge what the Fed’s latest thinking is, as we hear from a number of Fed officials this week, who will likely focus on the softer CPI print last week and if it’s changed their assessment of inflation and interest rate rates. Remarks from Fed Governor Christopher Waller will likely be a focus as Waller previously proposed not to pause, until core PCE falls below 3% on a monthly annualized basis. On top of that, speeches will be made from Neel Kashkari and Loretta Mester on Thursday G-20 meeting brings focus back on geopolitics and markets G-20 leaders will be meeting Bali, Indonesia this week on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the agenda is likely to be centered around geopolitical tensions and financial market risks. It is interesting to note that China has signaled the easing of its zero covid policy ahead of this event, despite the recent surge in cases. The meeting between Biden and Xi today will be key in the current cold war environment, especially with respect to the US tech controls and the stance on Taiwan. Other key areas of focus will be the Ukraine war, despite Putin’s lack of attendance at the event, as well as the global inflation concerns and what the global tightening wave means for financial markets. Lastly, climate change is likely to remain on the agenda, with progress stalling over the year as the focus shifted to meeting the world’s energy needs. Japan’s Q3 GDP and October CPI to see the drag from a weaker JPY Japan reports preliminary Q3 GDP on Tuesday, followed by the October CPI print on Friday. Growth is likely to weaken in the third quarter, with Bloomberg consensus looking at 1.1% QoQ print from 3.5% previously, mainly driven by a drag from net exports due to the surge in import prices. However, some support may be seen from private consumption with labor cash earnings and retail sales having stayed upbeat in the quarter. Meanwhile, business investment also likely improved, as suggested by large manufacturer’s Tankan report for the third quarter. The outlook also remains supported by the series of fiscal measures announced by the government, along with increased tourism. October CPI is likely to surge to fresh highs of 3.7% from 3.0% previously, with the core measure seen at 3.5% from 3.0% in September, but the outlook is likely improving as the Japanese yen recovers. UK’s medium-term fiscal outlook will be closely watched The UK updates markets on its fiscal plans in a week of reckoning following the collapse of Liz Truss’s administration. Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt on Thursday presents the medium-term outlook accompanied by updated economic forecasts. He’ll try to further restore investor confidence after his predecessor’s announcement of unfunded tax cuts created panic in markets, but spending cuts and tax rises remain on the horizon. While fiscal consolidation is still needed, excessive frontloading will mean more economic pain and backloading could impinge on government credibility. It’s a delicate balance, especially with double-digit inflation and recession concerns also on watch. China’s October activity data are expected to be weak October retail sales in China are expected to decelerate to +0.7% Y/Y according to the Bloomberg survey from +2.5% Y/Y in September as the surge in COVID cases and pandemic control restrictions took their toll on consumption. Industrial production is estimated to slow to +5.3% Y/Y in October from +6.3% Y/Y in September, amid Covid-related restrictions, slower auto production, and weak exports. Nvidia results in focus. Can its outlook and results continue to move its shares off its low? Nvidia (NVDA) is set to release third-quarter earnings on Wednesday, November 16 with analysts expecting revenue of $5.84bn down 18% y/y and EBITDA of $2.1bn down from $3.2bn a year ago and EPS of $0.71 down 30% from a year ago. Nvidia shares appear to be gaining traction of late, so its results will be watched closely, especially its outlook. If they are better than expected, you could see sentiment remain supported and it shares could continue to rebound. NVDA shares have risen about 40% in four weeks, but its shares are still down 52% from its high. Nvidia has been suffering amid restricted chip sales to China and declining PC demand. Pay close attention to if its results meet or exceed expectations, its outlook and what it sees as the potential full effects on the US/China chip restrictions. For detailed analyst, refer to Saxo’s Head of Equity Strategy, Peter Garnry’s note. AUDUSD is now up 9% from its low, gaining extra legs on China’ property rescue package  The Aussie dollar is gaining on the back of China's property sector rescue package. China introduced 16 property measures to address the developer liquidity crisis; from blanket debt extensions, to loosening down-payment requirements for homebuyers. On top of that that, China’s eased covid restrictions; shortening to five-day quarantines, which is aimed at reducing the economic impact of Covid Zero, rather than relaxing restrictions. While the market still awaits further easing developments, the market is buoyed on forward looking hopes that the AUD will continue to be bid on commodity demand picking up. As commodity hope-demand picks up, so have respective commodity prices; the iron ore (SCOA) price is back above US$90 after rising 6% last week, the copper price lifted about 5% last week, and the lithium price is also higher, with carbonate prices up 118% year-to-date. The next key event to watch for the Aussie dollar is the RBA meeting minutes; released Tuesday November 15, which should give more clues on the course of the central bank’s hikes after it made a lower-than-expected 25bps rate hike this months. Major China Internet companies are scheduled to report this week Meituan (03690:xhkg) kicks off the busy earnings calendar of  China Internet companies on Monday, followed by Tencent (00700:xhkg) on Wednesday, Alibaba (09988:xhkg) on Thursday, and JD.COM (09618:xhkg) on Friday. Analysts estimates for top line growth in Q3 are subdue on weak consumption recovery and macro environment. Slow gross merchandize value (GMV) growth during the Singles’ Day festival may point to sluggish Q4 outlook. Alibaba's GMV growth during the Singles' Day festival was flat. JD.COM has not yet announced its numbers except saying GMV had positive growth Y/Y during the period (from Oct 31 evening to Nov 11 end of day). According to estimates, eCommerce platform GMV grew about 14% Y/Y but the large traditional eCommerce platforms were estimated to see GMV growth at just around 3% Y/Y.   Key company earnings releases   Monday: Meituan, Sonova, Tyson Foods, Nu Holdings, Trip.com, DiDi Global Tuesday: Infineon Technologies, Vodafone, Alcon, Walmart, Home Depot, Sea Ltd, Commonwealth Bank Wednesday: Siemens Energy, Tencent, Experian, SSE, Nibe Industrier, Nvidia, Cisco, Lowe’s, TJX, Target Thursday: Siemens, Alibaba, Applied Materials, Palo Alto Networks, NetEase Friday: JD.com   Key economic releases & central bank meetings this week Monday, Nov 14 US:  New York Fed Survey of Consumer Expectations (Oct) Eurozone: Industrial Production (Oct) Tuesday, Nov 15 US: PPI (Oct) US: Empire State Manufacturing Survey (Nov) Eurozone: GDP (Q3) Germany: ZEW survey (Nov) UK: Employment (Oct) Japan: GDP (Q3) China: Retail Sales (Oct) China: Industrial Production (Oct) Wednesday, Nov 16 US: Retail Sales (Oct) US: Industrial Production (Oct) UK: CPI, RPI & PPI (Oct) Thursday, Nov 17 US: Jobless claims (weekly) US: Housing Starts (Oct) Eurozone: HICP (Oct, final) Friday, Nov 18 US: Existing Home Sales (Oct) UK: Retail Sales (Oct) Japan: CPI (Oct) Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/macro/saxo-spotlight-14-nov-2022-14112022
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FTX And More Than 100 Affiliates Filed For Bankruptcy | The Aussie Dollar (AUD) Has Gained Ground

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 14.11.2022 10:03
Summary:  Market sentiment closed last week on a strong note after the wild rally on Thursday in the wake of the softer-than-expected October US CPI data. Sentiment was checked in the Asian session today by rising Covid cases in China, although the Zero Covid policy approach there may be softening. US yields jumped a bit to start this week after a bank holiday on Friday and after Fed Governor Waller was the first significant Fed profile to push back against the market’s lower of forward Fed tightening expectations in the wake of a single data release.   What is our trading focus? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) Last was a spectacular week for equities with the MSCI World Index up 6.7% with our theme baskets e-commerce, cyber security, and semiconductors rallying 19.4%, 13.6%, and 12.8% respectively. High duration equity themes responded the most to broad-based easing of financial conditions last week and the key question is now if the market will extend its momentum. S&P 500 futures closed on Friday at the 4,000 level and have opened a bit lower this morning but are already attempting to climb back to the 4,000 level. If we look at financial conditions and where they mostly went last week there are theoretically room for a rally up 4,100 and even beyond that to the 4,200 level. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSIX2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Hang Seng Index climbed 2.7% and CSI 300 edged up 0.9% on the news that the People’s Bank of China and the Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission jointly issued a notice to financial institutions with 16 measures to address the liquidity squeeze faced by property developers through measures including the temporary relaxation of previously imposed redlines restricting banks from lending over certain ceilings to developers and calling for financial institutions to treat private enterprise developers equally with state-owned enterprises. Leading China private enterprise property developers listed in Hong Kong soared by 20% to 40% at one point. FX: USD picking up the pieces after massive downdraft on lower October CPI The US dollar lurched into an historic two-day plunge late last week after the release of the softer than expected US October CPI data on Thursday ahead of a three-day weekend for US rates (on Friday’s bank holiday). The move was so sharp that it can’t hope to maintain course, so for the nearest term, the market will try to feel out consolidation levels. EURUSD, for example, finally found resistance just above the key 1.0350 area, which was the major low back in May and June and prior to that, back in early 2017. The first support is the 1.0200 area, the 38.2% retracement of the rally sprint, with the reversal level at 1.0100, the 61.8% retracement and near the prior important resistance. For USDJPY, the market managed to take out the 139.40, the prior major high in July, around where it trades this morning. Amazingly, having fallen from 151.95 to the local low of 138.46, the 200-day moving average is still quite far away, near 133.00. Crude oil (CLZ2 & LCOF3) remains rangebound ... trading softer into the European session in response to a recovering dollar after Fed’s Waller said the FOMC has some way to go before it stops raising interest rates. Earlier in the session commodity prices in general, including oil, were supported by demand optimism after China on top easing Covid restrictions issued a rescue package for its struggling property market. A pickup in Chinese demand, despite the current headwinds from rising virus cases, when EU is preparing sanctions against Russian oil and OPEC+ is cutting production, will likely lead to further tightening of the market. Focus on US economic data given its impact on risk appetite as well as Monthly Oil Market Reports from OPEC today and the IEA tomorrow. Gold trades softer following a two-week jump of almost 8% … after Fed’s Waller cautioned that the FOMC isn’t close to pausing interest rate hikes. The dollar strengthened while Treasury yields moved higher after having been closed on Friday for Veterans Day. Overall, however, the sentiment in the market seems to be changing with a period of consolidation, potentially the next phase. Focus on resistance-turned-support at $1735 and whether we have seen a shift in the trading behaviour among speculators from a sell-into-strength to a buy-on-weakness. ETF investors – net sellers for months - and speculators in the futures market now hold the key that could unlock further gains. Expect some consolidation and potentially a recheck of support at $1735 with resistance at $1789 and $1804. Industrial metals remain focussed on China … and overnight iron ore, the key feedstock for steel production, jumped +3% after the Chinese government released a package of policies to rescue its property sector. The news came on top of last week's easing of some virus restrictions which drove a near 14% rally in the Bloomberg Industrial metals index to a five-month high. Copper, now up 25% from the July low was one of the main beneficiaries of the news, coming at a time when supplies are already showing signs of tightening. Overnight, the property news drove HG copper to a fresh five-month high at $3.96 per pound before some profit taking emerged just ahead of critical and potential sentiment as well as momentum changing resistance in the $4 to $4.05 area.  US treasuries (TLT, IEF) US Treasury yields (10Y) closed Thursday on a weak note after the plunge on the October CPI data ahead of a three day weekend for banks (treasuries not trading, even as equity markets were open). Yields have jumped a bit here at the start of this week after Fed Board of Governors member Waller pushed back against the market’s repricing of Fed tightening intentions since that CPI release (more below) in comments overnight. The low water mark for the 10-year treasury benchmark was just above 3.80%, with a jump back above 4.00% needed to suggest that this drop in yields is temporary. The next level of note to the downside is the 3.50% area, which was the high-water mark back in June that held for about three months before new highs were posted in September. What is going on? AUDUSD is up 9% from its low, gaining some extra ground on China’ property rescue package The Aussie dollar has gained ground on the back of China's introduction of a property sector rescue package. AUDUSD now trades at a two-month high, hitting 0.666 in anticipation that Australia’s trade surplus will be further supported by exports into resurgent Chinese demand after China introduced 16 property measures to address its developer liquidity crisis. On top of that that, China’s eased some covid restrictions; shortening to five-day quarantines, which is aimed at reducing the economic impact of Covid Zero. US Fed’s Waller pushes back against market’s lowering of Fed expectations Federal Reserve Governor (and therefore voter) Christopher Waller has been the first high profile Fed official to emerge and push back against the market’s repricing lower of the Fed’s rate tightening trajectory in comments overnight. Speaking at a Sydney, Australia conference, Waller said that “These rates are going to...stay high for a while until we see this inflation get down closer to our target”. “We’ve still got a ways to go. This isn’t ending in the next meeting or two.” The market is now pricing the Fed to reach a peak policy rate below 5.00%, either at the March or May FOMC meeting next year, with a 50-basis point hike priced for December to take the Fed Funds rate to 4.25-4.50% and slightly more than 50 basis points of further tightening priced beyond that. This is some 25 basis points below the prior peak in expectations. Crypto market fear is spreading On Friday, the CEO of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX stepped down, and FTX and more than 100 affiliates filed for bankruptcy, with the filing revealing that FTX and Alameda Research (related trading firm) have liabilities in the range $10-$50 bn. Contagious effects have already appeared with examples of as Genesis has $175 mn stuck in FTX and the crypto lender BlockFi stating that they would be limiting activities in wake of the FTX collapse. As the confidence in centralized exchanges is shrinking, a record-high amount of Bitcoin was moved out of exchanges and into self-custody wallets due to increased fears of exploitation and mismanaging of user funds. What are we watching next? Fed Vice Chair Lael Brainard to speak today Brainard is thought to be one of the most dovish of prominent Fed figures and possibly behind what was seen as slightly dovish insertion in the November FOMC monetary policy statement before Fed Chair Powell’s press conference. What will Brainard say now that the market seems ready to pounce on a single month’s data to significantly alter its projections of Fed policy? NY Fed President and voter Williams will also speak today, with a rather busy schedule of Fed speakers in the week ahead. Incoming US data Traders will remain nervous around incoming US data after the wild reaction to last week’s Thursday October US CPI release. The US macro calendar highlights this week include Tuesday’s October PPI releases, the Oct. Retail Sales data on Wednesday and November NAHB Housing Market Index release the same day. Finally, the US reports October Housing Starts/Building Permits data on Thursday. Major China Internet companies are scheduled to report this week Meituan (03690:xhkg) kicks off the busy earnings calendar of  China Internet companies on Monday, followed by Tencent (00700:xhkg) on Wednesday, Alibaba (09988:xhkg) on Thursday, and JD.COM (09618:xhkg) on Friday. Analysts’ estimates for top-line growth in Q3 are subdued due to weak consumption recovery and the macro environment. Slow merchandise value (GMV) growth during the Singles’ Day festival may point to a sluggish Q4 outlook. Alibaba's GMV growth during the Singles' Day festival was flat. JD.COM has not yet announced its numbers except saying GMV had positive growth Y/Y during the period (from Oct 31 evening to Nov 11 end of the day). According to estimates, eCommerce platform GMV grew about 14% Y/Y but the large traditional eCommerce platforms were estimated to see GMV growth at just around 3% Y/Y. UK Autumn Statement on 17 November Expect a contractionary 2023 UK Budget. The new Prime minister Rishi Sunak needs to find savings worth about £30-40bn/year to convince the independent Office for Budget Responsibility that debt won’t rise across the medium-term as a percentage of GDP. This is not an easy task. But this is certainly the only way for the United Kingdom to win back investor confidence after the disastrous mini-budget presented in September. All of this will likely increase the depth of the UK recession and poverty across the country. The outlook is really grim. The Bank of England expects the UK to be in recession from mid this year all the way through to mid 20024. Then growth will pick up only very modestly (annualized rate of 0.75 %). Poverty is also increasing. The country’s largest foodbank charity says 11.5 million meals were handed out over six months – more than 63.000 a day on average. This is a record. The 2023 budget will likely make things worse. The UK is facing an emerging market economy dynamic. Earnings to watch The Q3 earnings season is still slowing down but with important earnings releases still coming out this week. Today’s focus is Chinese e-commerce giant Meituan, Brazil-based fintech bank Nu Holdings, and finally DiDi Global which is the Uber equivalent in China. For foreign investors the earnings from Nu Holdings will get the most attention as the bank is purely technology-driven, fast growing (expected to grow net revenue 188% y/y in Q3 to $1.09bn), and has Berkshire Hathaway as one of its biggest shareholders. Monday: Meituan, Sonova, Tyson Foods, Nu Holdings, Trip.com, DiDi Global Tuesday: Infineon Technologies, Vodafone, Alcon, Walmart, Home Depot, Sea Ltd Wednesday: Siemens Energy, Tencent, Experian, SSE, Nibe Industrier, Nvidia, Cisco, Lowe’s, TJX, Target Thursday: Siemens, Alibaba, Applied Materials, Palo Alto Networks, NetEase Friday: JD.com Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 1000 – Eurozone Sep. Industrial Production 1630 – Switzerland SNB President Jordan to speak 1630 – US Fed Vice Chair Brainard to Speak 2030 – Weekly Commitment of Traders Report (delayed from Friday) During the day: OPEC’s Monthly Oil Market Report 0030 – Australia RBA Minutes 0120 – China Rate Decision 0200 – China Oct. Industrial Production / Retail Sales  Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/macro/market-quick-take-nov-14-2022-14112022
Inflation slowdown may let Reserve Bank of Australia go for 50bp or inaction

Aussie versus Greenback - Reserve Bank of Australia could go for a 25bp rate hike

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 14.11.2022 16:35
The Australian dollar is in negative territory today, after posting huge gains last week. In the European session, AUD/USD is trading at 0.6690, down 0.22%. The US dollar took a nasty spill last week, and the Australian dollar made the most of it, gaining 3.6%. The US dollar was slammed after a soft inflation report, with headline and core inflation slowing in October and beating the forecasts. This lit up risk appetite and sent the Australian dollar to its highest level since September 22nd. The soft inflation report had such a strong effect on the greenback because it has raised expectations that the Fed will ease up on its rate tightening. After four consecutive hikes of 0.75%, the markets have now priced in a 0.50% increase at the December meeting. That would still represent an oversize hike, but investors have been looking for a reason to rush into stocks and the drop in inflation provided that excuse. It’s still too early to tell if inflation has peaked, but the Fed has tweaked its terminology, with Fed members now describing rate policy with words like “gradual” and “measured”. The Fed hasn’t sent out any signals that it is planning a dovish pivot. Quite the contrary; the Fed has stated clearly that the terminal rate could be higher than it had expected, but the markets appear to be ignoring this message and expectations are rising that the Fed will lower rates in the second half of 2023. RBA raises inflation forecast In Australia, inflation is also the number one priority. The Reserve Bank of Australia has raised its inflation forecast, with a peak expected at 8 per cent in December and has said inflation will not decline to the 2 per cent target until 2025. The RBA is likely to raise rates by 0.25% for a third straight time at the December meeting. RBA Deputy Governor Michele Bullock said last week that the RBA could have raised rates more sharply to bring inflation down faster, but that a “scorched earth” policy would have meant the loss of strong job gains. AUD/USD Technical There is resistance at 0.6821 and 0.6934 AUD/USD tested support at 0.6667 earlier today. Below, there is support at 0.6574 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Australian dollar takes a pause - MarketPulseMarketPulse
It Is Quite Possible That The Australian Dollar Is Tired Of Growth

Risk Catalysts Are Important For The AUD/USD Pair Traders

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 15.11.2022 08:52
AUDUSD recovers from intraday low after an inactive start to the week. Downbeat China data, hawkish RBA Minutes and the PBOC inaction failed to impress AUDUSD traders. Absence of major risk-negative headlines from G20 favors buyers amid sluggish session. Aussie Wage Price Index, US Retail Sales could entertain traders, risk catalysts are the key. AUDUSD portrays the market’s cautious optimism during early Tuesday in Europe, up 0.10% intraday near 0.6710 at the latest. In doing so, the Aussie pair struggles to justify multiple data/events published earlier in the day from Canberra, as well as from Beijing, amid mildly positive headlines from the Group of 20 Nations (G20) meeting in Indonesia. As per the latest RBA Minutes, “Board doesn't rule out return to 50bps, or pause.” The publication also mentioned that there is no pre-set path -considered a 50bps hike, saw the stronger case for 25bps in November. On the other hand, China’s Retail Sales marked the lowest print in five months, to -0.5% YoY versus 1.0% expected and 2.5% prior, whereas the Industrial Production (IP) also dropped to 5.0% growth versus 5.2% market forecasts and 6.3% previous readings during October. Elsewhere, the recently firmer Covid numbers from the dragon nation also propel the USDCNH price as Guangzhou reports 5,124 new local Covid-19 cases as of 00:00 November 15, 2022. With this, the daily numbers turn out to be double what they were over the weekend. “A positive sign on the eve of the summit was a three-hour bilateral meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping in which the two leaders pledged more frequent communications despite many differences,” stated Reuters. It should be noted that the concerns over major rate hikes challenge the AUDUSD buyers. That said, the Fed’s Vice Chair for Supervision of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Michael Barr mentioned that the inflation is too high. Previously, Vice-Chair Lael Brainard favored a 50 bps rate hike but also stated, “We have additional work to do.” Earlier on Monday, Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller also promoted the ideal of a 0.50% rate hike while also warning against the market’s perception of the pivot. Such comments from the US Federal Reserve officials tame optimism surrounding future policy moves and renewed the US Dollar's strength. Against this backdrop, S&P 500 Futures print mild gains but the US 10-year Treasury yields grind higher around 3.87%, which in turn challenges the US Dollar Index (DXY) recovery near 107.00 by the press time. Looking forward, risk catalysts are important for the AUDUSD pair traders ahead of the US Producer Price Index (PPI) for October, expected at 8.3% YoY versus 8.5% prior, as well as the US Retail Sales for the said month. Additionally important will be Australia’s third quarter (Q3) Wage Price Index data, up for publishing on Wednesday. Technical analysis A clear upside break of the 100-DMA, around 0.6700 by the press time, becomes necessary for the AUDUSD bulls to keep the reins. Following that, the mid-September swing high near 0.6770 should lure buyers. Alternatively, bears remain off the table unless witnessing a clear break of the 50-DMA support, around 0.6500 by the press time.
The Aussie Pair Traders Cheer A Hawkish Hopes Of the Reserve Bank Of Australia (RBA)

Whether There Will Be Another Soft RBA Decision Will Depend On The Data

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 15.11.2022 13:26
The Australian dollar continues to gain ground and hit a two-month high earlier today. In the European session, AUD/USD is trading at 0.6756, up 0.85%. RBA to limit forward guidance The Reserve Bank of Australia minutes noted that the use of forward guidance had been useful during the Covid pandemic, but it would no longer remain a tool unless “appropriate”. The RBA said that rates “are not on a pre-set path” and it will determine the size and timing of future hikes based on incoming data and the outlook for inflation and employment. The takeaway from the minutes is that the RBA will not always provide forward guidance on interest rates, as it wants the flexibility to determine rate policy based on incoming data rather than be tied to its guidance. The RBA has eased its tightening, with two straight hikes of 0.25%, and is signalling to the markets that it could pause its rate-hike cycle or resume oversize rates, depending on the data. The RBA’s rate cycle has been steep, with 250 points in tightening since May. Despite this, inflation remains stubbornly high, and the RBA has revised upwards its inflation forecast for the end of 2022 to 8.0%, up from 7.8%. The central bank had expected inflation to slow to 3%, the top of its inflation target range, by December 2022, but that has been revised to 2025. The Federal Reserve is also looking at easing its tightening, as the markets have priced in a 0.50% increase at the December meeting. Fed Vice Chair Brainard said on Monday that she favored slowing the pace of rate hikes, but that further hikes were required in order to bring down inflation. Brainard’s stance was echoed by Fed member Waller, as Fedspeak remains hawkish, despite the unbridled euphoria in the financial markets after last week’s soft US inflation report. The Fed remains committed to curbing inflation, and a dovish pivot would make its rate tightening less effective.   AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD is testing resistance at 0.6729. Above, there is resistance at 0.6821 There is support at 0.6603 and 0.6490 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.  
The RBA Will Continue At A 25bp Pace At Coming Meetings

The RBA Will Continue At A 25bp Pace At Coming Meetings

ING Economics ING Economics 16.11.2022 12:53
There was a time when a 3%+ wage inflation rate might have mattered for the Reserve Bank's rate-setting decisions. Right now, data does not appear to be a very important input for their decision-making process  3.1% 3Q22 YoY% Wage price index  Higher Its all about where you are, not what's happening At 3.1% in 3Q22, the latest wage price index result is finally consistent with what the Reserve Bank of Australia once thought was a necessary condition for achieving their 2-3% CPI inflation target. With CPI inflation actually at 7.3%YoY currently, this particular metric ceased to have much relevance a long time ago.  Even so, 3.1% wage growth is a long way below 7.3% price inflation, indicating that in real terms, wage growth remains strongly negative. Even if the RBA were paying much attention to the run of data in its rate-setting deliberations, this latest wage data print is still innocuous.  Annual wage and price growth Source: CEIC, ING Steady as she goes At 2.85%, the current cash rate target is probably just slightly in a neutral to restrictive policy setting. Here, any further increases in rates are likely to weigh on growth a little bit more than previously. And this, rather than the run of data, seems to be what is driving Reserve Bank (RBA) policy setting. The RBA expressed concern in their latest statement about overdoing the tightening, and for this reason alone, they seem to be content to slow the pace of monetary adjustment right down to help them finesse the end game in this tightening cycle.  Consequently, even with the last inflation and now wages data surprising on the upside, we don't believe they will shift back to their previous 50bp pace of tightening and will continue at a 25bp pace at coming meetings, with the peak for cash rates likely to come in 1Q23 as the cash rate hits 3.6%.  The RBA will also be keeping a weather eye on the AUD. The recent spell of weakness has been abruptly shattered as thoughts of a US Fed pivot have gained ground, and the Reserve Bank will be keen not to encourage the AUD to rise much faster due to their actions.    TagsRBA rate policy Australian wages Australian inflation AUD Disclaimer This publication has been prepared by ING solely for information purposes irrespective of a particular user's means, financial situation or investment objectives. The information does not constitute investment recommendation, and nor is it investment, legal or tax advice or an offer or solicitation to purchase or sell any financial instrument. Read more
The Modest Strength Of The US Dollar Acts As A Headwind For The NZD/USD Pair

Accelerating Covid-19 Infections Have Not Impacted The Kiwi Dollar (NZD)

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 17.11.2022 09:11
NZDUSD has picked bids from 0.6120 amid obscurity in the market sentiment. The DXY is displaying a volatile performance and has surrendered intraday gains. The 10-year US Treasury yields have eased to 3.71% despite hawkish commentary from Fed’s Daly. The NZDUSD pair has witnessed buying interest after dropping to near 0.6120 in the Asian session. The asset has picked bids as the US dollar index (DXY) has turned volatile after facing selling pressure around the critical hurdle of 106.60. Market mood is displaying mixed cues as DXY has witnessed offers despite mounting geopolitical tensions between North Korea and the US. It could be possible that market participants must be awaiting further development on North Korea-US noise for making informed decisions. The DXY has surrendered the majority of its intraday gains and is likely to remain on tenterhooks as US economic calendar has nothing much to offer this week. Meanwhile, S&P500 futures are displaying topsy-turvy moves amid ambiguity in the risk impulse. The returns generated by long-term US government bonds have trimmed to 3.71% after printing an intraday high of 3.73%. Higher interest rate guidance by San Francisco Federal Reserve (Fed) President Mary Daly has failed to strengthen US yields. Fed policymaker has considered a range of 4.75% - 5.25% as reasonable for the policy rate end-point. She further added that the central bank wants to see a slowdown in the economy to cool down the red-hot inflation. On the NZ front, accelerating Covid-19 infections have not impacted the kiwi dollar much. Gita Gopinath, the first Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), at the Caixin Summit, cited that “Calibrating China's zero-COVID strategy to mitigate the country's economic impact will be critical to sustain and balance the recovery,” This might impact recovery in the antipodean ahead.
The Modest Strength Of The US Dollar Acts As A Headwind For The NZD/USD Pair

Accelerating Covid-19 Infections Have Not Impacted The Kiwi Dollar (NZD) - 17.11.2022

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 17.11.2022 09:11
NZDUSD has picked bids from 0.6120 amid obscurity in the market sentiment. The DXY is displaying a volatile performance and has surrendered intraday gains. The 10-year US Treasury yields have eased to 3.71% despite hawkish commentary from Fed’s Daly. The NZDUSD pair has witnessed buying interest after dropping to near 0.6120 in the Asian session. The asset has picked bids as the US dollar index (DXY) has turned volatile after facing selling pressure around the critical hurdle of 106.60. Market mood is displaying mixed cues as DXY has witnessed offers despite mounting geopolitical tensions between North Korea and the US. It could be possible that market participants must be awaiting further development on North Korea-US noise for making informed decisions. The DXY has surrendered the majority of its intraday gains and is likely to remain on tenterhooks as US economic calendar has nothing much to offer this week. Meanwhile, S&P500 futures are displaying topsy-turvy moves amid ambiguity in the risk impulse. The returns generated by long-term US government bonds have trimmed to 3.71% after printing an intraday high of 3.73%. Higher interest rate guidance by San Francisco Federal Reserve (Fed) President Mary Daly has failed to strengthen US yields. Fed policymaker has considered a range of 4.75% - 5.25% as reasonable for the policy rate end-point. She further added that the central bank wants to see a slowdown in the economy to cool down the red-hot inflation. On the NZ front, accelerating Covid-19 infections have not impacted the kiwi dollar much. Gita Gopinath, the first Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), at the Caixin Summit, cited that “Calibrating China's zero-COVID strategy to mitigate the country's economic impact will be critical to sustain and balance the recovery,” This might impact recovery in the antipodean ahead.
Australia: The Increase In Inflation Has taken 10Y Australian Government Bond Yields Sharply Higher

Australian Employment Rose | Microsoft Will Use Nvidia's Graphics Chips

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 17.11.2022 08:47
Summary:  The hotter-than-expected US retail sales data and hawkish-leaning comments from Fed officials weighed on equities but boosted buying of long-dated bonds as investors focused on the likelihood of Fed overdoing in monetary tightening and triggering a recession. Target disappointed with Q3 miss and weak Q4 sales guidance, highlighting the pain of the US retailers and consumers. Nvidia's results beat expectations, moving its shares up after hours. What’s happening in markets? The Nasdaq 100 (NAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) retreated on strong retail sales and hawkish Fedspeak The Good news is bad news phenomenon persists. The hotter-than-expected 1.3% rise in October retail sales, followed by several hawkish-leaning comments from Fed officials triggered concerns that the Fed would overdo monetary tightening and bring about a recession. The fall in yields at the long end of the US treasury curve did not lend support to the equity market as in recent months as stock investors took it as a sign of bond market pricing in a higher recession risk. Nasdaq 100 fell 1.5% and S&P500 declined 0.8%, with 68% of S&P 500 companies and 9 out of 11 sectors closing lower. Energy, consumer discretionary, and information technology led the benchmark index lower while the defensive utilities sector and consumer staples sector managed to finish the session with modest gains. Target (TGT:xnys) fell 13% following the retailer reported a large miss on earnings and cut its outlook for the current quarter far below analyst estimates. Lowe’s (LOW:xnys) gained 3% after reporting better-than-expected comparable sales and raising full-year earnings guidance. Micron (MU:xnas) dropped 6.7% as the chipmaker said it was cutting DRAM and NAND wafer production. After the market closed, Nvdia (NVDA:xnas) and Cisco (CSCO:xnas) reported earnings beating analyst estimates. Nvida rose 1.3% and Cisco gained 3.9% in the extended hours trading. US  treasuries (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) rallied with yields in the long end of the curve falling most on recession concerns The US treasury yield curve bull flattened, with the 2-year yield edging up 2bps to 4.35% while the 10-year yield fell 8bps to 3.69%. The much-watched yield curve inversion between the 2-year and the 10-year widened to 67bps, the most invested since February 1982, and heightened the growth scare among investors. The market has largely priced in a 50bps hike in December but is unwinding some of the post-CPI optimism that the Fed may do less next year, after Fed’s George, Daly, Waller, and Williams pushed back on the notion of pausing. The strong results from the 20-year bond auction on Wednesday helped supported the outperformance of the long ends.  Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HISX2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) on fire as risk-on sentiment returned Hong Kong and China stocks consolidated and took a pause on the strong rally since last Friday, with Hang Seng Index losing 0.5% and CSI 300 Index sliding 0.8%. Chinese property names retreated, following new home prices in the 70 major cities of China falling 1.6% Y/Y in October, the largest decline in seven years, and Agile (03383) announced that the developer will sell new shares at an 18% discount. Agile tumbled 23%. Country Garden (02007:xhkg), which also announced share placement earlier, plunged 15%. Investors also became increasing concerned about the rising trend in new Covid cases in mainland China, which having gone above 20,000 for the first time since April. In New York hours, the ADRs of Tencent (00700:xhks) rose 3.4% versus their Hong Kong closing level after reporting earnings beating estimates while Meituan (03690:xhkg) dropped 6.7% from Hong Kong closing as Tencent said it would disburse its stake on Meituan to shareholders. What to consider U.S. Retails hotter-than expected U.S. headline retail sales grew by 1.3% M/M in October (consensus:  +1%, Sep: 0%). The control-group retail sales increased by 0.7% M/M (consensus: +0.3%, Sep: +0.4%). U.K. headline CPI jumped to 11.1% in October, the highest in 41 years U.K’s October headline CPI came in at 11.1% Y/Y (vs consensus 10.7%), the highest in 41 years. Core CPI remained at 6.5%. Australia’s unemployment falls, employment rises more than expected in October, following Australian wage growth growing more than expected; AUDUSD trades flat Australia’s jobless rate fell to 3.4%, from 3.5% last month, which supports the RBA continuing to rise rates, and not pause on rate hikes at their next meeting in December. Australian employment rose by 32,200 month-on-month in October, almost double the 15,000 jobs expected to be added to the economy. Job growth is also up markedly from the tiny 900 jobs that were added the month prior. The AUDUSD is staying range bound for now. Target reported Q3 earnings miss and full-year guidance reduction Target’s Q3 adjusted EPS fell to USD1.54, nearly 30% below the median of analyst estimates. The retailer is predicting a drop in comparable sales for the first time in five years and estimating operating margins will shrink to about 3%, which is half of its previous forecast. Target is looking to axe $3 billion in costs, but says there will be no mass layoffs. This highlights the pain of the US retailers and also the consumer – who is reluctant to spend on non-essential items in the face of rising interest rates and inflation. Nvidia earnings beat Software graphics giant Nvidia (NVDA) reported revenue for the third quarter that beat analyst estimates. Revenue fell 17% y/y to $5.93 billion, beating the expected drop of 18% y/y to $5.84 billion. NVIDIA’s outlook for the fourth quarter was a bit vague though, but more or less points to improvements in revenue, citing revenue is expected to hit $6.00 billion, plus or minus 2%. Nvidia said Microsoft will use its graphics chips, networking products, and software in Microsoft’s new AI products. Nickel Miners could be under fire Profit taking in oil equites is likely with the after the oil price fell on reports the Druzhba pipeline carrying Russian oil to Europe had restarted, WTI Crude Oil fell 1.9%. Elsewhere, Nickel miners shares could be under fire today move after Nickel futures fell 9% on Wednesday. LME is said to be stepping up surveillance of sharp swings earlier in the week on supply fears. Keep an eye on Australia’s Nickel Mines (NIC) and IGO, Japan’s Pacific Metals, Sumitomo Metal Mining, and Indonesia’s Vale Indonesia, Aneka Tambang. For our look ahead at markets this week - Listen/watch our Saxo Spotlight. For a global look at markets – tune into our Podcast. Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/equities/market-insights-today-17-nov-2022-17112022
How The Reserve Bank Of Australia Conducts Its Monetary Policy

How The Reserve Bank Of Australia Conducts Its Monetary Policy

ING Economics ING Economics 17.11.2022 10:51
Against some expectations that labour supply constraints could begin to slow the pace of hiring and push the unemployment rate higher, October's labour market data shows that there is still room for solid gains in full-time jobs in Australia  Source: Shutterstock 32,200 Total employment gains understates full-time employment gains  Better Despite labour shortages, employment growth is still happening On casual inspection, Australia is running out of available labour. Retail outlets and F&B establishments uniformly display "we are hiring" signs, and it looks very much as if the economy is hitting labour supply constraints. But despite this, it still appears that there is enough labour available, not only to fill more jobs than there is growth in the population of working age, but that those jobs are also predominantly, full-time, and typically higher quality and better-paid jobs.  In terms of the numbers: The total gain in employment in October from the previous months was 32,200. but this understates the boost to household spending, as the full-time employment gain was 47,100, which must have included some conversion of part-time jobs to full-time. Part-time employment fell by 14,900.  The total number of unemployed broadly mirrored the employment gains, falling 20,500, though there was also a very small drop in labour force participation which helped to bring the unemployment rate down to 3.4%, equal to its previous record low.  Australia's unemployment rate and forecasts Source: CEIC, ING Labour market probably close to its maximum tightness It is difficult to see how the labour market is going to tighten significantly further from here. This month may be one of the last to show solid employment gains, though we may need to wait until early 2023 for softening to become more apparent and for the unemployment rate to start nosing higher.  In the meantime, we don't expect today's data to have any material bearing on how the Reserve Bank of Australia conducts its monetary policy in the coming months. We still anticipate further tightening and at a moderate 25bp per meeting pace now that rates are already at 2.85%, with the RBA signalling that they can take more measured approach from here on. We still anticipate rates rising into the early part of 2023, with the cash rate target peaking at 3.6% in 1Q23 amidst signs of inflation topping out and growth beginning to slow.  TagsRBA rate policy Australia unemployment Australia employment AUD   Disclaimer This publication has been prepared by ING solely for information purposes irrespective of a particular user's means, financial situation or investment objectives. The information does not constitute investment recommendation, and nor is it investment, legal or tax advice or an offer or solicitation to purchase or sell any financial instrument. Read more
The Australian Jobs Report In December Had A Negative Impact On The Australian Dollar (AUD)

The Reserve Bank Of Australia Will Be Wary Of A Spectre Of A Wage-Price Spiral

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 17.11.2022 13:07
The Australian dollar is considerably lower on Thursday. In the European session, AUD/USD is trading at 0.6671, down 1.02%. Employment data shines Australia’s tight labor market got even tighter in October. Total employment jumped by 32,200, up from just 900 in September. The numbers were especially encouraging as full-time employment jumped by 47,100, up from 10,900 prior. The unemployment rate of 3.5%, which was already running at a 50-low, inched lower to 3.4%. The excellent numbers are unlikely to change the Reserve Bank of Australia’s rate policy. The RBA has eased the pace of rate hikes considerably, with two straight increases of a modest 0.25%. The markets have priced in another 0.25% hike at the December 6th meeting, which would bring the cash rate to 3.10%. With rates expected to peak in early 2023 around 3.5% or 3.6%, the end appears in sight for the current rate-tightening cycle. The robust labour market has put upward pressure on wages, which burst higher on Wednesday with a gain of 3.1% YoY in the third quarter, its strongest quarterly gain since 2013. The Reserve Bank of Australia will be wary of a spectre of a wage-price spiral if wages continue to accelerate, which would greatly complicate efforts to curb inflation. US retail sales for October pointed to consumer resilience, despite high interest rates and stubbornly sticky inflation. The headline and core releases both came in at 1.3%, above expectations and a strong rebound from the September data (0.0% headline, 0.1% core). This indicates that the US economy can handle additional rate hikes, with the Fed expected to raise rates to 5.0% or slightly higher. With the benchmark rate sitting at 4.0%, investors would do well to keep in mind that there is still some life left in the current rate-tightening cycle.   AUD/USD Technical 0.6603 and 0.6490 are providing support There is resistance at 0.6750 and 0.6821 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.  
The AUD/JPY Currency Pair Is Moving In A Downward Trend

AUD/USD: The Probability Of Reaching The Target Support Will Raise

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 18.11.2022 08:08
The Australian dollar closed Thursday down 50 points. The day's low did not reach the target support at 0.6595 for two reasons: the price did not settle under 0.6700, and the technical instruments on the lower four-hour chart managed to contain the bears' attack. In the current situation, the price is gathering strength at the level of 0.6700. If the price suddenly decides to follow the stop-losses of the bears, who are gradually building up positions against the aussie under the influence of declining US government bond yields, then after breaking the November 15 high at 0.6799, it could reach the 0.6871 target (August 5 low). Settling below 0.6700 will certainly significantly raise the probability of reaching the target support at 0.6595. The price received effective support from the MACD line on the four-hour chart, after which it returned above the balance indicator line (red moving line). But Marlin decided to firmly settle in the declining area, so we are waiting for another attempt to overcome the MACD line as a development of the situation according to the main scenario. Relevance up to 03:00 2022-11-19 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/327453
The Aussie Pair Traders Cheer A Hawkish Hopes Of the Reserve Bank Of Australia (RBA)

Technical Analysis Of The AUD/USD Pair By Jurij Tolin

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 18.11.2022 13:39
As of writing, AUD/USD is trading near 0.6710, within short-term bullish zone, above near-term support levels 0.6641 (200 EMA on the 1-hour chart), 0.6531 (200 EMA on the 4-hour chart). At the same time, the pair remains in the zone of long-term bearish markets, below key resistance levels 0.6760 (144 EMA on the daily chart), 0.6850 (200 EMA on the daily chart), 0.6900 (50 EMA on the weekly chart). In other words, AUD/USD is in an upward correction while remaining in the global downward trend zone. This means that despite the current growth of AUD/USD, short positions are still preferable. However, they need signals to resume. The first such signal will be a breakdown of the local support level 0.6680 and support 0.6641. In this case, the price will return inside the descending channel on the weekly chart, heading towards its lower border and the 0.6100, 0.6000 marks. In an alternative scenario, AUD/USD will again attempt to break into the zone above the 0.6760 resistance level. However, the target of this movement "upward" will be near the 0.6850 resistance level. A higher rise above the 0.6900 resistance level is hardly expected for now. Support levels: 0.6680, 0.6641, 0.6565, 0.6531, 0.6500, 6455, 0.6382, 0.6285, 0.6200, 0.6170, 0.5975, 0.5665, 0.5510 Resistance levels: 0.6760, 0.6800, 0.6855, 0.6900 Trading Tips Sell Stop 0.6670. Stop-Loss 0.6810. Take-Profit 0.6640, 0.6565, 0.6531, 0.6500, 6455, 0.6382, 0.6285, 0.6200, 0.6170, 0.5975, 0.5665, 0.5510 Buy Stop 0.6810. Stop-Loss 0.6670. Take-Profit 0.6855, 0.6900     Relevance up to 12:00 2022-11-23 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/327519
FX Volatility Remains Subdued, The Investor Mood Seems To Be Leaning Towards A 2023 Slowdown

G10 Forex Market in 2023 To Be Characterised By More Volatility

ING Economics ING Economics 20.11.2022 11:30
After an 18-month bull trend in the dollar, the FX outlook has become less clear. Further position adjustment could prompt a little more short-term dollar weakness, but we do not believe the conditions are in place for a major dollar bear trend just yet. Instead, we expect FX markets in 2023 to be characterised by less trend and more volatility. Source: Shutterstock G10: Less trend, more volatility The final quarter of 2022 has seen a breakdown in the otherwise orderly dollar bull trend – a trend which had been worth 5% per quarter over the first nine months of the year. That dollar rally had largely been driven by a Federal Reserve wanting to take policy into restrictive territory – a trend only exacerbated by the war in Ukraine. For all the current discussions about peak dollar and peak macro pessimism, we think it is still worth examining whether the conditions will be in place to deliver an orderly dollar bear trend in 2023. We think not and here are three reasons why: Driving the dollar bull trend since summer 2021 has been a Fed at first abandoning Average Inflation Targeting and then trying to get ahead of the inflation surge. A call on a benign dollar decline in 2023 requires the Fed to be taking a back seat. That seems unlikely. The stark message from both the Fed’s Jackson Hole symposium and the IMF autumn meetings was that central banks should avoid relaxing too early in their inflation battle – a move which would deliver the pain of recession without any of the sustained gains on inflation. We suspect it will be too early for the Fed to sound relaxed at its 14 December meeting and March 2023 may be the first opportunity for a decisive turn in Fed rhetoric. While a softer Fed profile may be a necessary condition for a turn in the dollar, a sufficient condition requires a global economic environment attractive enough to draw funds out of the dollar. 2023 global growth forecasts are still being cut – dragged lower especially by recession in Europe. ING forecasts merchandise world trade growth below 2% in 2023 – not a particularly attractive story for the trade-sensitive currencies in Europe and emerging markets. A liquidity premium will be required of non-dollar currencies. 2023 will be a year when central banks are initially still hiking into a recession and shrinking balance sheets. The Fed will reduce its balance sheet by a further $1.1tn in 2023 and the European Central Bank will be looking at quantitative tightening, too. Lower excess reserves will tighten liquidity conditions still further and raise FX volatility levels. Again, the bar not to invest in dollar deposits remains high – especially when those dollar deposits start to pay 5% and the dollar retains its crown as the most liquid currency on the planet. What do these trends mean for G10 FX markets? This probably means that the dollar can bounce around near the highs rather than embark on a clean bear trend in 2023. If the dollar is to turn substantially lower, we would favour the defensive currencies such as the Japanese yen and Swiss franc outperforming. Here, the positive correlation between bonds and equity markets may well break down via the bond market rallying on the back of a US recession and easier Fed policy. ING forecasts US 10-year Treasury yields ending 2023 at 2.75% - USD/JPY could be trading at 130 under that scenario.  Recession in Europe means that EUR/USD could be trading in a 0.95-1.05 range for most of the year, where fears of another energy crisis in the winter of 2023 and uncertainty in Ukraine will hold the euro back. Sterling should also stay fragile as the new government attempts to restore fiscal credibility with Austerity 2.0. We cannot see sterling being rewarded much more on austerity and suspect that GBP/USD struggles to hold gains over 1.20.  Elsewhere in Europe, some differentiation could emerge between the Scandinavian currencies. The Swedish krona may struggle to enter a sustained uptrend next year given its elevated exposure to the eurozone’s growth story, while the Norwegian krone could benefit from its attractive commodity exposure. However, NOK is an illiquid and more volatile currency, and would therefore face a bigger downside in a risk-off scenario. As shown in the chart below, commodity currencies look undervalued versus the dollar on a fundamental basis. However, a stabilisation in risk sentiment is a necessary condition to close the misvaluation gap. For the Australian and New Zealand dollars, an improvement in China’s medium-term outlook is also essential, so the Canadian dollar may emerge as a more attractive pro-cyclical bet given low exposure to the economic woes of Europe and China. Another factor to consider is the depth of the forthcoming house price contraction. We think central banks will increasingly take this into consideration and will try to avert an uncontrolled fall in the housing sector. However, this is potentially a very sizeable downside risk, especially for the currencies of commodity-exporting countries, which generally display the most overvalued property markets in the G10. To conclude, we think FX trends will become less clear in 2023 and volatility will continue to rise. FX option volatility may seem expensive relative to historical levels, but not at all when compared to the volatility FX pairs are actually delivering. We suspect risk management through FX options may become even more popular in 2023.   Valuation, volatility and liquidity in G10 Source: ING, Refinitiv EUR/USD: Dollar bromance will take some breaking   Spot Year ahead bias4Q221Q232Q233Q234Q23 EUR/USD 1.035 Bearish 0.98 0.95 0.98 1.00 1.00 Bullish leap of faith is too dangerous: We are bearish on EUR/USD into the end of the first quarter of 2023. Key factors which have driven EUR/USD lower this year will remain largely in place. The softish US October CPI print may give the Fed some pause for thought, but should not be enough to derail it from some further tightening – taking the policy rate close to 5.00% in the first quarter of 2023. Another key factor for EUR/USD this year has been energy. Here, our team sees prices for both natural gas and oil rising from current levels through 2023. A difficult 2023 European winter for energy may well restrain the EUR/USD recovery later in the year, continuing to depress the eurozone’s traditionally large current account surplus.   Necessary but not sufficient: Tighter Fed policy has been at the forefront of this year’s dollar rally and a shift in the Fed tone (more likely in March 2023 than December 2022) will be necessary to see the short end of the US yield curve soften appreciably and the dollar weaken. But the sufficient condition for a EUR/USD turnaround is the state of affairs amongst trading partners. Are they attractive enough to draw funds away from USD cash deposits potentially paying 5%? That is a high bar and why we would favour the EUR/USD 2023 recovery being very modest, rather than the ‘V’ shape some are talking about. ECB will blink first: The case for a central bank pivot is stronger for the ECB than the Fed. The German economy looks set to contract 1.5% next year and at its 15 December meeting, the ECB may well use its 2025 forecast round to show inflation back on target. We see the ECB tightening cycle stalling at 2.25% in February versus the near 3% currently priced by the market for 2023. This all assumes a seamless ECB introduction of quantitative tightening and one that does not upset peripheral bond markets. Add in global merchandise trade barely growing above 1% next year (recall how the 2017-19 trade wars weighed on the euro) plus the risk of tighter liquidity spilling into financial stability – all suggest the market’s bromance with the dollar will continue for a while yet.  USD/JPY: 1Q23 will be a crucial quarter   Spot Year ahead bias4Q221Q232Q233Q234Q23 USD/JPY 140.00 Bearish 145.00 145.00 140.00 135.00 130.00 Clash of the titans: The stark divergence in monetary policy between the Fed and the Bank of Japan has been the primary driver of this year’s 15%+ rally in USD/JPY. In 2023, investors may question whether the BoJ is ready to tighten. The default view is that the perma-dovish BoJ Governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, will not be moved. However, the end of Governor Kuroda’s term on 8 April 2023 will no doubt lead to frenzied speculation on his replacement and whether a less dovish candidate emerges. Interest rate markets are starting to price a change – e.g. the BoJ’s 10-year target sovereign yield of 0.25% is priced at 0.50% in six months’ time. March 2023 will be especially volatile: The first quarter of 2023 will also see huge focus on the Japanese wage round, where a rise in wages is a prerequisite for the BoJ to tighten policy. Japanese politicians have been encouraging business leaders to raise wages, while at the same time, the government has been quite aggressive with fiscal stimulus to offset the cost-of-living shock. This period will also see the Fed release its dot plots (22 March), which may be the first real chance for the Fed to acknowledge a turn in the inflation profile. As such, this period (March/April) could see a big reversal lower in USD/JPY. FX Intervention slows the move: Most agree that USD/JPY is higher for good reasons (including the energy crisis) and that Japanese FX intervention can only slow, not reverse the move. The Japanese have already spent around $70bn in FX intervention between the 146 and 151 region in USD/JPY and will likely be called into further action based on our view of a stronger dollar over coming months. FX reserves are not limitless, of course, but Japan’s large stockpile of $1.1tn means that this campaign can continue for several more months. The purpose here is to buy time before the Fed cycle turns. Unless we end up with 6%+ policy rates in the US next year, we would expect USD/JPY to be ending 2023 nearer 130. GBP/USD: Running repairs   Spot Year ahead bias4Q221Q232Q233Q234Q23 GBP/USD 1.19 Mildly Bearish 1.10 1.07 1.11 1.14 1.14 Fiscal rescue plan: After September’s government-inflicted flash crash, GBP/USD is now recovering on the expectation of more credible UK fiscal plans and the softer dollar. As above, we doubt 2023 will prove the year of a benign dollar decline. And the risk is that the Fed keeps rates at elevated levels for longer. Given sterling’s large current account deficit and its transition to high beta on the external environment, we think it is too early to be expecting a sustained recovery here. Instead, we favour a return to the 1.10 area into year-end as the government introduces Austerity 2.0 and the Bank of England cycle is repriced lower. Tighter fiscal/looser monetary mix: At its meeting in early November, the BoE pushed back against the market pricing of the rate cycle – arguing that hikes close to 5% would see the UK economy contract 5%. Our call is that the BoE terminal rate will be closer to the 3.75% area than the 4.50% that the market prices today. As the BoE assesses the degree of tightening needed to curtail inflation, the government is discussing ways to fill around a £60bn hole in the budget. The plan will be revealed on 17 November, probably in a roughly 50:50 split between tax hikes and real terms spending cuts. We look for the UK economy to contract every quarter in 2023 – making it a very difficult environment for sterling. Sterling suffers from liquidity outages: This year’s BIS triennial FX survey saw sterling retain its position as the fourth most traded currency pair. Despite this, sterling does occasionally suffer from flash crashes. We think liquidity will be at a premium in 2023 and that a Fed taking real rates even higher as economies head into recession is a dangerous combination for sterling – where financial services make up a large section of the economy. GBP/USD realised volatility is now back to levels seen during Brexit and our market call for 2023 is that these types of levels will become more, not less, common. EUR/JPY: A turn in the cycle   Spot Year ahead bias4Q221Q232Q233Q234Q23 EUR/JPY 144.50 Bearish 142.00 138.00 137.00 135.00 130.00 Downside risks into 1Q23: EUR/JPY has defied typical relationships with risk assets by gently rallying all year even as both bond and equity benchmarks sold off 20%. Driving that JPY underperformance has probably been BoJ policy and USD/JPY’s strong relationship with US 10-year yields. Both the eurozone and Japan have been hit by the energy shock, where external surpluses have quickly dwindled. As above, we tend to think there are downside risks to EUR/JPY in the first quarter of 2023 as speculation mounts over BoJ Kuroda's successor as well as the ECB potentially calling time on their tightening cycle at the February meeting. US10yr can drag EUR/JPY to 130 in 2H23: A large part of the JPY underperformance during 2022 has been driven by developments in the US bond market. USD/JPY consistently shows the most positive correlation to US 10-year Treasury yields of any of the G10 FX pairs – and far higher than EUR/USD. Consistent with ING’s view on the Fed cutting rates in the third quarter of 2023, our debt strategy team sees US 10-year yields starting to edge lower in the second quarter of 2023, and then falling 100bp in the second half of 2023. In theory, this should heavily pressure EUR/JPY into the end of the year. Financial stability risks increase: Lower growth and tighter liquidity conditions – at least through the early part of 2023 – increase the prospect of financial stability risks. Recall the Fed will be shrinking its balance sheet by $1.1tn in 2023 even as liquidity and bid-offer spreads continue to create difficult market conditions. The yen lost its shine as a safe-haven currency in 2022, but we suspect relative to the euro, some of that shine can be regained in a softer US rate environment. The EUR/JPY cycle should also turn if the ECB calls time on its tightening cycle at the 2 February meeting. EUR/GBP: Listless in London   Spot Year ahead bias4Q221Q232Q233Q234Q23 EUR/GBP 0.87 Neutral 0.89 0.89 0.88 0.88 0.88 In the same macro boat: Both the eurozone and UK economies have been hit hard by the war in Ukraine and the surge in energy prices. Both saw sharp terms of trade declines into August and then a sharp reversal as natural gas prices dipped into the warm winter. There is not a substantial amount of difference between our German and UK quarterly growth profiles for 2023 – both contracting every quarter of the year. Perhaps one could argue that the UK is more exposed to higher mortgage rates given the shorter duration of fixed-rate mortgages in the UK. This could all make for a trendless EUR/GBP environment. Energy price guarantees could differentiate: One important determinant for UK growth in 2023 will be how the new government handles the Energy Price Guarantee. Former UK Prime Minister, Liz Truss, offered a two-year programme – subsequently cut back to six months after the UK fiscal crisis. How the UK consumer copes with having to pay market prices for energy will be key to the UK story in 2023 as well as how the EU as a whole copes with similar challenges. Currently, it seems that the ECB is concerned that the fiscal programmes in Europe are too generous and not particularly targeted – adding to the inflation challenge.    Political wild cards: To pick out a few political wild cards, the first is a re-run of the Scottish independence referendum. The Scottish National Party (SNP) has picked 19 October 2023 as the date – although such an exercise would likely have to be approved by the UK parliament. Currently, the SNP is pursuing an action through the Supreme Court to see whether London can indeed still veto the referendum. In Europe, the focus will probably be on the fiscal path taken by the new right-wing Meloni government and also the reform of the Stability and Growth Pact. Budgets submitted in late 2023 could become an issue were the rules to be tightened again.   EUR/CHF: Swiss National Bank to guide it lower   Spot Year ahead bias4Q221Q232Q233Q234Q23 EUR/CHF 0.98 Bearish 0.95 0.93 0.90 0.90 0.92 Does the SNB want a stronger Swiss franc?: The Swiss National Bank this year said it made a conscious decision to allow nominal Swiss franc appreciation in light of the inflation environment. The three-month policy rate has been raised 125bp to 0.50% and the SNB says it wants to keep the real exchange rate stable. With inflation running at 3% in Switzerland versus 10% in its largest trading partner, the eurozone, the SNB in theory should be happy with something like 5-7% per annum nominal appreciation in the Swiss franc. That certainly was the story into the end of September but does not quite explain the Swiss franc's weakness over the last six weeks. Two-sided intervention: When hiking rates earlier this year the SNB also said it would be engaging in two-sided FX intervention. Ever since the start of the financial crisis in 2008, the SNB has been more familiar as a seller of the Swiss franc – including its 1.20 floor in 2011-2015. Now its strategy is changing and we read that as an objective to potentially manage the Swiss franc stronger in line with its ambitions to tighten monetary conditions. Earlier this year, we estimated that the SNB could possibly drive EUR/CHF to the 0.90 area in summer 2023 based on expected inflation differentials and the need for a stable real exchange rate. The risk environment should favour the franc: Central banks are communicating that they need to tighten rates into recession and remove the excess liquidity poured out during a series of monetary bailouts. Tighter monetary and financial conditions typically spell stormy waters for risk assets. With its still sizable current account surplus (worth 8% of GDP in the second quarter of 2022) the Swiss franc should perform well during this stage of the global economic cycle. Closer to home, the European economic cycle and the ECB discussing quantitative tightening into early 2023 will prove a challenge to peripheral eurozone debt markets and likely reinforce the franc as a eurozone hedge. EUR/NOK: Not for the faint of heart   Spot Year ahead bias4Q221Q232Q233Q234Q23 EUR/NOK 10.33 Bearish 10.30 10.15 9.95 9.70 9.60 Risk sentiment remains key: The krone is not a currency for the faint of heart. It is the least liquid currency in the G10 space, making it considerably exposed to negative shifts in global risk sentiment and equity market turmoil. It is, at this stage, way too early to call for a turn in equities, and a hawkish Fed into the new year may actually mean more pain for risk assets, at least in the near term. A recovery in global sentiment should offer support to NOK in the second half of next year, but restoring market confidence in a very high-beta currency is no easy feat. Norges Bank policy: The krone’s underperformance in 2022 was exacerbated by Norges Bank effectively sterilising oil and gas profits via a large increase in daily NOK sales. In November, FX daily sales have been scaled back from NOK4.3bn to NOK3.7bn, and we think there could be some interest by NB to further ease the pressure on the currency via smaller FX sales. With recent dovish hints suggesting that the NB hiking cycle may peak at 3.0% (with most of the country on variable mortgage rates, many more rate hikes could be difficult to tolerate), allowing a stronger currency to do some inflation-fighting sounds reasonable.  Energy prices: If indeed markets enjoy a calmer environment in 2023 and NB favours a stronger currency, then NOK is left with considerable room to benefit from a still strong energy market picture for Norway. There is probably an optimal range for oil and – above all – gas prices to trade at elevated levels but not such high levels that would significantly hit risk sentiment. For TTF, this could be somewhere around 150-200 €/MWh. This a plausible forecast for next year, but the margin for error can be very large. We see EUR/NOK at 10.50 in the fourth quarter of 2023, but NOK hiccups along the way are highly likely. EUR/SEK: Eurozone exposure a drag on SEK   Spot Year ahead bias4Q221Q232Q233Q234Q23 EUR/SEK 10.80 Neutral 10.85 10.70 10.60 10.40 10.50 Riksbank’s policy: The Riksbank delivered more than one hawkish surprise in 2022, including a 100bp rate hike. This appeared to be part of a front-loading operation where lifting the krona was seen as a welcome side effect. In practice, and like in many other instances in the G10, the high volatility environment meant that short-term rate differentials played a negligible role in FX. So, despite a wide EUR-SEK negative rate differential throughout 2022, SEK was unable to draw any real benefit. That differential has now evaporated, but we expect 125bp of tightening (rates at 3.0%) in Sweden versus 75bp in the eurozone, which could suggest some EUR/SEK downside room in a more stable market environment. Also, a slowdown in FX purchases by the RB, now that reserves are back to the 1H19 levels, should remove some of the pressure on SEK. European picture: Sweden is a very open economy with more than half of its exports heading to other EU countries. Our expectations are that 2023 will see a rather pronounced eurozone recession and that the energy crisis will extend into the end of next year. Barring a prolonged period of low energy prices (and essentially an improvement in the geopolitical picture) in Europe, we doubt SEK will be able to enter a sustainable appreciation trend in 2023 as sentiment in the eurozone should remain depressed. Valuation: We are not fans of the euro in 2023, which means that our EUR-crosses forecasts reflect the weaker EUR profile. We see some room for EUR/SEK to move lower throughout the year – also considering that we estimate the pair to be around 9.0% overvalued. However, the high risk of a prolonged energy crisis in the eurozone means that SEK is significantly less attractive than other pro-cyclical currencies next year. Incidentally, SEK is highly correlated to the US tech stock market, which looks particularly vulnerable at the moment. A return to 10.00 or below would likely require a significant improvement in European sentiment. USD/CAD: Loonie is an attractive pro-cyclical bet   Spot Year ahead bias4Q221Q232Q233Q234Q23 USD/CAD 1.33 Bearish 1.34 1.32 1.30 1.26 1.24 Commodities and external factors: Our commodities team expects Brent to average slightly above $100/bbl next year, and Western Canadian Select around $85/bbl. Along with our expectations for higher gas prices, the overall commodity picture should prove rather supportive for the Canadian dollar in 2023. In our base-case scenario, where global risk sentiment gradually recovers but two major risk-off forces – Ukraine/Europe and China – remain, CAD would be in an advantageous position, since Canada has much more limited direct exposure to China and Europe compared to other commodity-exporting economies.  Domestic economy: If the US proves to be a relative 'safe-haven' in the global recession, therefore withstanding the downturn better than other major economies like the eurozone, this should offer a shield to Canada’s economy, which is heavily reliant on exports to the US. There is probably one major concern for the domestic economy: house prices. Canada is among the most vulnerable housing markets in the world, with price-to-income ratios around 9x in many cities (compared to 5-6x in the US). Whether we’ll see a sizeable but controlled descent or a fully-fledged housing crash will depend on the Bank of Canada and the depth of the recession. Monetary policy and valuation: It does appear that the BoC has started to consider domestic warning signals (probably, also house prices), and recently shifted to a more moderate pace of tightening. Markets are currently expecting rates to peak around 4.25/4.50% in Canada, and we tend to agree. Barring a rapid acceleration in the unemployment rate, a housing crash should be averted. It is also likely that the BoC will start cutting before the Fed in 2023. All in all, accepting the downside risks stemming from the housing market and/or a further deterioration in risk sentiment, we see room for a descent in USD/CAD to the 1.25 level towards the end of 2023. In our BEER model, CAD is around 20% undervalued in real terms. AUD/USD: Riding Beijing’s roller coaster   Spot Year ahead bias4Q221Q232Q233Q234Q23 AUD/USD 0.68 Mildly Bullish 0.66 0.66 0.68 0.69 0.70 Exposure to China: The Australian dollar is a high-beta currency, and the direction of global risk sentiment will be the key driver next year. We think that a gradual recovery in sentiment will be accompanied by a still challenging energy picture, which may force investors to choose which pro-cyclical currencies to bet on. When it comes to AUD, the China factor will remain very central, as Australia has the most China-dependent export machine in the G10. Our economics team’s baseline scenario is that the real estate crisis will be the main drag on growth in China and while retail should recover on looser Covid rules, slowing global demand should hit exports. One positive development: the new Australian government is seeking a more friendly relationship with Beijing, paving the way for the removal of export curbs next year. Commodities and growth: Iron ore remains Australia’s main export (estimated at $130bn in 2022), and it is a very sensitive commodity to China's real estate sector. Our commodities team thinks a return to $100+ levels is unlikely given the worsening Chinese demand picture, but still forecasts prices to average $90/t in 2023. The second and third largest exports are oil and natural gas ($100bn combined). Here, we see clearly more upside room for prices, especially on the natural gas side. On balance, we expect the commodity picture for Australia to be rather constructive next year, which could offer a buffer to the Australian economy during the downturn. Growth in 2022 should have topped the 4% mark, but that will be much harder to achieve in 2023. The combination of higher rates, reset mortgages, a slowing housing market and possibly softening labour market should bring growth back closer to 3%. This would still be an extremely strong outcome against the backdrop of global weakness.   Monetary policy and valuation: The Reserve Bank of Australia has been one of the 'pioneers' of the dovish pivot, and a return to 50bp increases seems unlikely, as the Bank is probably monitoring the rather overvalued housing market, and the inflation picture is less concerning than in the US or in Europe. Most Australian households have short-term fixed mortgage rates, and we could see a deterioration in disposable income (especially at the start of the year). We think the RBA will be careful to avert an excessively sharp housing contraction, and we expect rates to peak at 3.60% (well below the Fed and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand) and cuts from 3Q23. This would mean a less attractive carry – and less upside risk in an optimistic scenario for global sentiment; but also less damage to the economy, which may play in AUD’s favour in our baseline scenario. Valuation highly favours AUD, as the positive terms of trade shock means that AUD/USD is 20% undervalued in real terms, according to our behavioural equilibrium exchange rate (BEER) model. We have a moderately upward-sloping profile for the pair in 2023, but high sensitivity to risk sentiment and China suggests downside risks remain high. NZD/USD: Dodging the housing bullet   Spot Year ahead bias4Q221Q232Q233Q234Q23 NZD/USD 0.62 Mildly Bullish 0.60 0.60 0.62 0.63 0.64 Monetary policy: The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has given very few reasons to believe it is approaching a dovish pivot. Markets are currently expecting the Bank to hike well into 2023, and take rates to around 5.0%. While inflation (7.2% year-on-year) and job market tightness (unemployment at 3.3%) both remained elevated in the third quarter, there are growing concerns about the rapid downturn in the New Zealand property market, which in our view will trigger either an earlier-than-expected end to the tightening cycle or a faster pace of rate cuts in 2023. Housing troubles: The RBNZ recently published its financial stability report, where it showed relatively limited concern about households’ ability to withstand the forthcoming downturn in house prices. In its August 2022 forecasts, the RBNZ estimated that the YoY contraction in house prices will reach 11.6% in the first quarter of 2023. However, that implied an Official Cash Rate at 4.0%, so only 50bp of extra tightening from now, which seems too conservative now. House prices have fallen 7.5% from their first quarter 2022 peak so far, but the trend may well accelerate, especially given a hawkish RBNZ and the risk of slowing global demand hitting the very open New Zealand economy. External drivers and valuation: Even assuming a constructive domestic picture in the housing market and an attractive yield for the currency in 2023, external factors will determine how much NZD can draw any benefit. As for AUD, risk sentiment and China are the two central themes. The New Zealand dollar is more exposed to risk sentiment (as it is less liquid and higher-yielding) than AUD, but probably less exposed to China’s story. In particular, the real estate troubles in China may well hit Australia via the iron ore channel, while NZ exports (primarily dairy products) are much more linked to China’s Covid restrictions, which look likely to be gradually scaled back. In our base case, the two currencies should largely move in tandem next year. The real NZD/USD rate is 15% undervalued, according to our BEER model. EUR/DKK: Tricky mix of intervention and rates   Spot Year ahead bias4Q221Q232Q233Q234Q23 EUR/DKK 7.44 Neutral 7.44 7.44 7.44 7.44 7.45 Central bank policy: Danmarks Nationalbank delivered FX intervention worth DKK45bn in September and October to defend the EUR/DKK peg. On 27 October, it opted for a smaller rate hike (60bp) compared to the ECB (75bp), which briefly sent EUR/DKK close to the 7.4460 February highs before rapidly falling back to 7.4380/90. We think it will be a busy year ahead for the central bank, as we expect very limited idiosyncratic EUR strength and potentially more pressure on EUR/DKK. Having now exited negative rate territory, DN has much more room to adjust the policy rate for a wider rate differential with the ECB if needed. However, with inflation running above 10% in Denmark, DN may prefer FX intervention over dovish monetary policy to support the peg. We have recently revised our EUR/DKK forecast, and expect a return to 7.4600 only in 2024. Disclaimer This publication has been prepared by ING solely for information purposes irrespective of a particular user's means, financial situation or investment objectives. The information does not constitute investment recommendation, and nor is it investment, legal or tax advice or an offer or solicitation to purchase or sell any financial instrument. Read more  
The Upward Trend Of The EUR/USD Pair Is Still Present

RBA's is ready to go back to bigger hikes. Wage growth reached 3.1% in the third quarter

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 21.11.2022 16:43
The Australian dollar has posted losses over three straight days and is sharply lower on Monday. In the North American session, AUD/USD is trading at 0.6610, down 0.96%. RBA shifts gears The Reserve Bank of Australia has changed course and eased up the pace of hikes, but with inflation still accelerating, is it too soon? After a string of 50-bp increases, the RBA has slowed down and delivered two straight hikes of 25 bp. The RBA was the first major central bank to make the shift, and the Federal Reserve is widely expected to ease to a 50-bp increase at the December meeting. Read next: Eurozone may find it hard to soak up big rate hikes. German PPI decreased by over 4%...| FXMAG.COM The thinking behind smaller rate hikes is it will cause less of a shock to the economy and ease the pain that households and businesses are going through as rates go up and up. At the same time, the RBA has circled inflation as public enemy number one, and it will have to keep hiking until it detects a peak in inflation. The RBA may be easing up on the pace of rates, but Governor Lowe is using the jawbone tactic to dampen any expectations that the central bank is winding up its tightening. To this end, Lowe has warned that the bank would not hesitate to return to oversize rate hikes if needed. The RBA is keeping a close eye on wage growth, which jumped to a nine-year high in Q3, gaining 3.1%. The RBA is wary of the spectre of a wage-price spiral if wages continue to accelerate, which would greatly complicate its efforts to curb inflation. The steady stream of hawkish statements from Fed members has chilled risk appetite and dashed hopes of a Fed U-turn on rate policy. The US dollar has bounced back after taking a beating following the inflation report earlier this month. The Fed has long insisted that one or two reports showing weaker inflation does not make a trend, although risk sentiment has nonetheless when inflation drops. If November’s inflation data is lower than anticipated, we can expect risk appetite to rise again, at the expense of the US dollar. The markets have priced in a 50-bp hike next month, although some Fed members have stated that a 75-bp move remains on the table. AUD/USD Technical AUD/USD is testing support at 0.6609. Below, there is support at 0.6541 There is resistance at 0.6704 and 0.6772 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds. Aussie extends slide - MarketPulseMarketPulse
FX Volatility Remains Subdued, The Investor Mood Seems To Be Leaning Towards A 2023 Slowdown

Decline In Market Volumes Will Lead To A Strong Increase In Volatility

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 22.11.2022 11:06
Trading volumes were quite low early this week because of the upcoming holiday in the US and increased expectations that the Fed will continue aggressively raising rates, at least until the end of this year. Even so, optimism prevailed in markets because the latest inflation data in the US noticeably decreased. The worsening situation in China, where the coronavirus infection continues to run rampant, has also prompted authorities to suspend school and business activities in Covid-infected areas. This points to a likely decline in the country's economic growth, which in turn is bound to have an impact on exports and imports to the US and other economically advanced countries. Market volumes will continue to decline, which will lead to a strong increase in volatility. However, it is unlikely to lead to any noticeable changes in the forex market because the sideways trend will continue, with some local rises or falls in the pairs where the dollar is present. A similar scenario could be seen in the stock markets, connected firstly with the above-mentioned factors, and secondly with extremely high uncertainty about the Fed's decision on rates and the bank's plans and forecasts for next year. Most likely, the decline will continue even amid positive news or data on the US economy. The focus will remain on the October Fed minutes, which might be the reason for noticeable movements. Forecasts for today: USD/JPY The pair is trading below the strong resistance level of 142.25. A break above it might push the quote to 143.30. AUD/USD The pair might resume the decline amid negative news from China and gloomy sentiment in the markets. A decline below 0.6585 might push the quote down to 0.6500.   Relevance up to 08:00 2022-11-24 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/327774
The AUD/USD Pair May Witness Further Grinding

The AUD/USD Pair Remains Well Supported By Modest US Dollar Weakness

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 23.11.2022 09:25
AUD/USD gains some follow-through traction on Wednesday amid the prevalent USD selling bias. Bets for less aggressive Fed rate hikes and stability in the equity markets weigh on the greenback. Investors now look to the US macro data for some impetus ahead of the FOMC meeting minutes. The AUD/USD pair attracts some buying near the 0.6630 area on Wednesday and climbs to a two-day high during the early European session, albeit lacks follow-through. The pair is currently placed just above the 0.6650 level and remains well supported by modest US Dollar weakness. In fact, the USD Index, which measures the greenback's performance against a basket of currencies, is seen extending its pullback from over a one-week high and losing ground for the second straight day. Growing acceptance that the Federal Reserve will slow the pace of its policy-tightening cycle turns out to be a key factor that continues to weigh on the greenback. Apart from this, stability in the equity markets further undermines the safe-haven buck and benefits the risk-sensitive Aussie. That said, concerns about the potential economic headwinds stemming from a spike in new COVID-19 cases in China and the imposition of fresh lockdowns keep a lid on the optimism. Furthermore, the recent hawkish remarks by several Fed officials suggest that the US central bank might continue to raise borrowing costs to tame inflation. This, in turn, should limit any deeper losses for the buck and cap the upside for the AUD/USD pair. Traders might also refrain from placing aggressive bets and prefer to wait for a fresh catalyst from the release of the November FOMC meeting minutes. Hence, it will be prudent to wait for strong follow-through buying before confirming that the pullback from over a two-month high touched last week has run its course and positioning for any further gains. Heading into the key event risk, traders on Wednesday might take cues from the US macro data - Durable Goods Orders and the usual Weekly Initial Jobless Claims. This, along with the broader risk sentiment, will influence the USD demand and provide some impetus to the AUD/USD pair.  
The AUD/JPY Currency Pair Is Moving In A Downward Trend

The Fall In The Dollar Index (DXY) Helped The Australian Dollar (AUD)

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 24.11.2022 09:18
AUD/USD is inching strongly towards the crucial hurdle of 0.6800 as US Dollar is facing immense selling pressure. The US Dollar is exposed to test a three-month low at 105.34 amid a risk appetite theme. Economists at ANZ Bank believe that the sell-off in US Dollar is exaggerated as current inflation is well above 2% target. The AUD/USD pair is marching firmly towards the round-level hurdle of 0.6800 in the early European session. The asset has gained immense buying interest from the market participants as the US dollar index (DXY) has extended its losses. A stellar improvement in investors’ risk appetite has underpinned the Aussie Dollar. The major has continued its two-day winning spell and is prepared to display more upside amid upbeat market sentiment. The US Dollar has displayed sheer losses after surrendering the critical support of 106.00. The mighty US Dollar has dropped to near 105.70 and is exposed to test the three-month low of 105.34. S&P500 futures are holding their gains recorded in Tokyo. The 500-stock basket is expected to remain quiet as US markets will remain closed on Thursday on account of Thanksgiving Day. The 10-year US Treasury yields are hovering below 3.69%. Less-hawkish opinions by the Federal Reserve (Fed) policymakers as recorded in Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes have cleared that days of a bigger rate hike by the US central bank are over. To reduce financial risks and to observe the efforts made by Fed in decelerating inflation yet, teammates of Fed chair Jerome Powell have vouched for slowing down the interest rate hike pace. Economists at ANZ Bank have a contrary opinion as they believe that softer-than-expected US inflation triggered a sell-off in the US Dollar and market reaction to the latest inflation print is exaggerated. Inflation remained near 7.7%, which is well above the central bank’s target of 2%. They further added that “It is not enough for the Fed to be confident that inflation is on track to move back to 2% sustainably”. On the Aussie front, weaker S&P PMI data has not impacted the Aussie Dollar. The Manufacturing PMI landed at 51.5, lower than the expectations of 52.4. While Services PMI dropped to 47.2 vs. the consensus of 49.1.