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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.

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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 boo

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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
The NZD/CHF Pair  An Opportunity For A Potential Correction

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
Central Banks' Moves And Crude Oil Market | It's Not The Best Moment For Gold Price

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.
Aramco Is Confident It Can Maintain Its Market Share In Asia

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
Bitcoin: Tuesday Has Seemed To Look Quite Promising For BTC/USD, But...

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.
The Market Reacts With Declines After Jerome Powell's Speech

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

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

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
Chaos And Rising Volatility Are Present In Market Mood

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

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
The USD/JPY Pair Has Potential For Further Bigger Rally Towards Upside References

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.
A Strong Bearish Signal For The Equity Markets And A Significant Support Factor For Dollar (USD)

Dollar (USD) Comes Back? Latin America's Currencies Perfomance

Marc Chandler Marc Chandler 16.08.2022 10:58
The bullish dollar narrative was fairly straightforward  Yes, the US main challengers, China and Russia, have been hobbled in different ways by self-inflicted injuries. Still, the driver of the dollar was the expected aggressive tightening by the Federal Reserve. The market accepted that after being a bit slower than ideal (though faster and before many other large central banks), the Fed would move forcefully against inflation, even if it diminished the chances of an economic soft-landing.   However, now the market seems to have a different reaction function  The euro was impressively resilient after the job growth of more than twice expectations. However, the softer than expected US CPI sent the dollar broadly lower, inflicting some apparent technical damage to the charts.  We are reluctant to chase the dollar lower and impressed in a week that the US reported a decline in CPI and PPI that the 10-year bond yield closed a few basis points higher and the first back-to-back weekly increase in two months Technically, it seems that the dollar's pullback, nearly a month-old, move is getting maybe getting stretched. We will try to identify levels that could confirm another leg lower and what would suggest the US dollar may snap back.   Dollar Index:   After reaching almost 107.00 after the stronger than expected jobs data, the Dollar Index fell to almost 104.65 in response to the softer than expected CPI. It was the lowest level since the end of June. The MACD is still falling but oversold. The Slow Stochastic looks poised to turn lower from the middle of the range. Nevertheless, we like it higher in the coming days. We target 106.30 and then 107.00. A move above 107.50 could signal a return to the highs near 109.30 from mid-July. That said, a close below 105.00 would boost the risk of another leg lower.  Euro:  The euro rallied strongly after the softer US CPI, but a key trendline drawn off the February, March, and June highs begins the new week near $1.0375 remains unchallenged. Although the momentum indicators allow for additional gains, we look for the euro to push lower in the coming days. Only a move above the trendline would give it new life. We think the greater likelihood is for the single currency to initially ease toward $1.0180-$1.0200. It may take a break of $1.01 to signal a return to the 20-year low set in mid-July near $0.9950. The US two-year premium over Germany narrowed every day last week for a cumulative 11 bp to near 2.66%. Italy's premium over Germany was trimmed by six basis points. It was the third week of convergence, but at 0.75%, it is still nearly twice what it was in June. Japanese Yen:  The greenback was pushed away from JPY135 by the decline in US rates after the CPI figures. It was sold to about JPY131.75, holding above the month's low set on August 2 near JPY130.40. However, US rates closed firmer on the week despite three softer-than-expected price reports (CPI, PPI, and import/export prices). As a result, the greenback looks poised to test the JPY135.00-50 ceiling. A move above JPY136 would target the JPY137.50 area. We have emphasized the strong correlation between changes in the exchange rate and the US 10-year yield. That correlation is off its highs though still above 0.50, while the correlation with the US two-year yield has risen toward 0.65, the highest in five months.  British Pound:   Sterling rose to $1.2275 in the broad US dollar sell-off in the middle of last week. It stalled in front of the high set on August 2, a little shy of $1.23. This sets up a potential double top formation with a neckline at $1.20. A break would re-target the two-year low set in July near $1.1760. The MACD is set to turn down. The Slow Stochastic is going sideways in the middle of the range after pulling back earlier this month. Sentiment seems poor, and in the week ahead, the UK is expected to report some easing in the labor market, accelerating consumer prices, and another decline in retail sales. Canadian Dollar:   The US dollar fell to near a two-month low last week slightly below CAD1.2730, and slipped through the 200-day moving average on an intraday basis for the first time since June 9. The test of the (61.8%) retracement of this year's rally (early April low ~CAD1.2400 and the mid-July high ~CAD1.3225) found near CAD1.2715 was successful. The US dollar recovered ahead of the weekend back to the CAD1.2800 area. Although the momentum indicators give room for further US dollar losses, we suspect a near-term low is in place and look for an upside correction toward CAD1.2850-CAD1.2900. The Canadian dollar remains sensitive to the immediate risk environment reflected in the change in the S&P 500. The correlation over the past 30 sessions is a little better than 0.60. The correlation reached a two-year high in June near 0.80. The exchange rate's correlation (30 sessions) with oil prices (WTI) set this year's high in early August near 0.60. It is now slightly below 0.50.  Australian Dollar:   Although our bias is for the US dollar to correct higher, the Aussie does not line up quite as well. It broke above the high set at the start of the month near $0.7050 and has held above it. However, its surge stalled slightly above $0.7135, and it consolidated in a narrow range around $0.7100 ahead of the weekend. The momentum indicators are constructive. The main hurdle is the 200-day moving average near $0.7150 and the (50%) retracement of this year's decline (~$0.7660 in early April and ~$6680 in mid-July) found near $0.7170. A break of this area could see a return to the June high by $0.7285.   Mexican Peso:   Latin American currencies had a good week, except for the Argentine peso, which fell by more than 1%, for the dubious honor of being the poorest performer in the emerging markets. Led by Chile (+3.9%) and the Colombian peso (3.8%), Latam currencies accounted for half of the top five performers last week. The peso's 2.7% gain was its best in five months, and the dollar was sold a little through MXN19.85, its lowest level since late June when it reached almost MXN19.82.There seems little to prevent a move toward MXN19.50. Any worries that AMLO's appointments to the central bank would block aggressive tightening of monetary policy must have evaporated as Banxico demonstrated a resolve to hike rates and shadow the US.  Chinese Yuan:   The yuan took a step lower from mid-April until mid-May. Since then, it has been trading within the range more or less seen in the second half of May. That dollar range is roughly CNY6.650 to CNY6.77. For the past month, the dollar has traded between CNY6.72 and CNY6.78, fraying the upper end of the broader range after the greenback surged broadly after the US employment data. Policymakers have signaled concern about inflation and its reluctance to ease monetary policy. It would seem the domestic policy efforts might favor a firm yuan.     Disclaimer   Source: Is the Dollar's Month-Long Pullback Over?
USA: People Are Not Interested In Buying New Houses! Equities Are Still Trading High As The Hopes For Iran Nuclear Deal Are Still Alive

USA: People Are Not Interested In Buying New Houses! Equities Are Still Trading High As The Hopes For Iran Nuclear Deal Are Still Alive

Saxo Strategy Team Saxo Strategy Team 16.08.2022 14:00
Summary:  Equities traded higher still yesterday as treasury yields fell further back into the recent range and on hopes that an Iran nuclear deal will cement yesterday’s steep drop in oil prices. The latest data out of the US was certainly nothing to celebrate as the July US Homebuilder survey showed a further sharp drop in new housing interest and a collapse in the first regional US manufacturing survey for August, the New York Fed’s Empire Manufacturing.   What is our trading focus? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) S&P 500 futures extended their gains yesterday getting closer to the 200-day moving average sitting around the 4,322 level. The US 10-year yield seems well anchored below 3% and financial conditions indicate that S&P 500 futures could in theory trade around 4,350. The news flow is light but earnings from Walmart later today could impact US equities should the largest US retailer lower their outlook for the US consumer. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSI.I) and China’s CSI300 (000300.I) Hong Kong and mainland Chinese equities were mixed. CSI300 was flat, with electric equipment, wind power, solar and auto names gained. Hang Seng Index declined 0.5%. Energy stocks fell on lower oil price. Technology names were weak overall, Hang Seng TECH Index (HSTECH.I) declined 0.9%. Sunny Optical (02382:xhkg) reported worse than expected 1H22 results, revenues -14.4% YoY, net profits -49.5%, citing weakening component demand from the smartphone industry globally. The company’s gross margin plunged to 20.8% from 24.9%. Li Auto’s (02015:xhkg/LI:xnas) Q2 results were in line with expectations but Q3 guidance disappointed. The launch L9 seems cannibalizing Li ONE sales. USD: strength despite weak US data and falling treasury yields and strong risk sentiment Yesterday, the JPY tried to make hay on China cutting rates and as global yields eased back lower, with crude oil marked several dollars lower on hopes for an Iran nuclear deal. But the move didn’t stick well in USDJPY, which shrugged off these developments as the USD firmed further across the board, despite treasury yields easing lower, weak data and still strong risk sentiment/easy financial conditions. A strong US dollar is in and of itself is a tightening of financial conditions, however, and yesterday’s action has cemented a bullish reversal in some pairs, especially EURUSD and GBPUSD, where the next important levels pointing to a test of the cycle lows are 1.0100 and 1.2000, respectively. Elsewhere, USDJPY remains in limbo (strong surge above 135.00 needed to suggest upside threat), USDCAD has posted a bullish reversal but needs 1.3000 for confirmation, and AUDUSD is teetering, but needs a close back below 0.7000 to suggest a resurgent US dollar and perhaps widening concerns that a Chinese recession will temper interest in the Aussie. Crude oil Crude oil (CLU2 & LCOV2) trades lower following Monday’s sharp drop that was driven by a combination softer economic data from China and the US, the world’s top consumers of oil, and after Iran signaled a nuclear deal could be reached soon, raising the prospect of more Iranian crude reaching the market. The latest developments potentially reducing demand while adding supply forced recently established longs to bail and short sellers are once again in control. Brent needs to hold support at $93 in order to avoid further weakness towards $90. Focus on Iran news. Copper Copper (COPPERUSSEP22) led the metals pack lower, without breaking any key technical levels to the downside, after China’s domestic activity weakened in July. Meanwhile, supply side issues in Europe also cannot be ignored with surging power prices putting economic pressure on smelters, and many of them running at a loss. HG copper jumped 19% during the past month and yesterday’s setback did not challenge any key support level with the first being around $3.50/lb. BHP, the world’s top miner meanwhile hit record profits while saying that China is likely to offer a “tail wind” to global growth (see below). EU power prices hit record high on continued surge in gas prices ... threatening a deeper plunge into recession. The latest surge being driven by low water levels on Europe’s rivers obstructing the normal passage for diesel, coal, and other fuel products, thereby forcing utilities to use more gas European Dutch TTF benchmark gas futures (TTFMU2) has opened 5% higher at €231/MWh, around 15 times higher than the long-term average, suggesting more pain ahead for European utility companies. Next-year electricity rates in Germany (DEBYF3) closed 3.7% higher to 477.50 euros ($487) a megawatt-hour on the European Energy Exchange AG. That is almost six times as much as this time last year, with the price doubling in the past two months alone. UK power prices were also seen touching record highs. US Treasuries (IEF, TLT) see long-end yields surging. Yields dipped back lower on weak US economic data, including a very weak Empire Manufacturing Survey (more below) and another sharp plunge in the NAHB survey of US home builders, suggesting a rapid slowdown in the housing market. The survey has historically proven a leading indicator on prices as well. The 10-year benchmark dipped back further into the range after threatening to break up higher last week. The choppy range extends down to 2.50% before a drop in yields becomes a more notable development, but tomorrow’s US Retail Sales and FOMC minutes offer the next test of sentiment. What is going on? Weak Empire State manufacturing survey and NAHB Index Although a niche and volatile measure, the United States NY Empire State Manufacturing Index, compiled by the New York Federal Reserve, fell to -31.3 from 11.1 in July, its lowest level since May 2020 and its sharpest monthly drop since the early days of the pandemic. New orders and shipments plunged, and unfilled orders also declined, albeit less sharply. Other key areas of concern were the rise in inventories and a decline in average hours worked. This further weighed on the sentiment after weak China data had already cast concerns of a global growth slowdown earlier. Meanwhile, the US NAHB housing market index also saw its eighth consecutive monthly decline as it slid 6 points to 49 in August. July housing starts and building permits are scheduled to be reported later today, and these will likely continue to signal a cooling demand amid the rising mortgage rates as well as overbuilding. China's CATL plans to build its second battery factory in Europe CATL unveiled plans to build a renewable energy-powered factory for car battery cells and modules in Hungary. It will invest EUR 7.34 billion (USD 7.5bn) on the 100-GWh facility, which will be its second one in Europe. To power the facility CATL will use electricity from renewable energy source, such as solar power. At present, CATL is in the process of commissioning its German battery production plant, which is expected to roll out its first cells and modules by the end of 2022. Disney (DIS) shares rise on activist investor interest Daniel Loeb of Third Point announced a significant new stake in Disney yesterday, helping to send the shares some 2.2% higher in yesterday’s session. The activist investor recommended that the company spin off its ESPN business to reduce debt and take full ownership of the Hulu streaming service, among other moves. Elliott exits SoftBank Group The US activist fund sold its stake in SoftBank earlier this year in a sign that large investors are scaling back on their investments in technology growth companies with long time to break-even. In a recent comment, SoftBank’s founder Masayoshi Son used more cautious words regarding the investment company’s future investments in growth companies. BHP reports its highest ever profit, bolstered by coal BHP posted a record profit of $21.3bn supported by considerable gains in coal, nickel and copper prices during the fiscal year ending 30 June 2022. Profits jumped 26% compared to last year’s result. The biggest driver was a 271% jump in the thermal coal price, and a 43% spike in the nickel price. The world’s biggest miner sees commodity demand improving in 2023, while it also sees China emerging as a source of stable commodity demand in the year ahead. BHP sees supply covering demand in the near-term for copper and nickel. According to the company iron ore will likely remain in surplus through 2023. In an interview Chief Executive Officer Mike Henry said: Long-term outlook for copper, nickel and potash is really strong because of “unstoppable global trends: decarbonization, electrification, population growth, increasing standards of living,” What are we watching next? Australia Q2 Wage Index tonight to determine future RBA rate hike size? The RBA Minutes out overnight showed a central bank that is trying to navigate a “narrow path” for keeping the Australian economy on an “even keel”. The RBA has often singled out wages as an important risk for whether inflation risks becoming more embedded and on that note, tonight sees the release of the Q2 Wage Index, expected to come in at 2.7% year-on-year after 2.4% in Q1. A softer data point may have the market pulling back expectations for another 50 basis point rate hike at the next RBA meeting after the three consecutive moves of that size. The market is about 50-50 on the size of the RBA hike in September, pricing a 35 bps move. RBNZ set to decelerate its guidance after another 50 basis point move tonight? The Reserve Bank of New Zealand is expected to hike its official cash rate another 50 basis points tonight, taking the policy rate to 3.00%. With business and consumer sentiment surveys in the dumps in New Zealand and oil prices retreating sharply the RBNZ, one of the earliest among developed economies to tighten monetary policy starting late last year, may be set for more cautious forward guidance and a wait and see attitude, although wages did rise in Q2 at their second fastest pace (+2.3% QoQ) in decades. The market is uncertain on the future course of RBNZ policy, pricing 44 bps for the October meeting after tonight’s 50 bps hike and another 36 bps for the November meeting. US retailer earnings eyed After disappointing results last quarter, focus is on Walmart and Home Depot earnings later today. These will put the focus entirely on the US consumer after the jobs data this month highlighted a still-tight labor market while the inflation picture saw price pressures may have peaked. It would also be interesting to look at the inventory situation at these retailers, and any updated reports on the status of the global supply chains.   Earnings to watch Today’s US earnings focus is Walmart and Home Depot with analysts expecting Walmart to report 7% revenue growth y/y and 8% decline y/y in EPS as the US retailer is facing difficulties passing on rising input costs. Home Depot is expected to report 6% growth y/y in revenue and 10% growth y/y in EPS as the US housing market is still robust driving demand for home improvement products. Sea Ltd, the fast-growing e-commerce and gaming company, is expected to report revenue growth of 30% y/y in Q2 but worsening EBITDA margin at -16.2%. The previous winning company is facing headwinds in its gaming division and cash flow from operations have gone from positive $318mn in Q1 2021 to negative $724mn in Q1 2022. Today: China Telecom, Walmart, Agilent Technologies, Home Depot, Sea Ltd Wednesday: Tencent, Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing, Analog Devices, Cisco Systems, Synopsys, Lowe’s, CSL, Target, TJX, Coloplast, Carlsberg, Wolfspeed Thursday: Applied Materials, Estee Lauder, NetEase, Adyen, Nibe Industrier, Geberit Friday: China Merchants Bank, CNOOC, Shenzhen Mindray, Xiaomi, Deere Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 0900 – Germany Aug. ZEW Survey 0900 – Eurozone Jun. Trade Balance 1200 – Poland Jul. Core CPI 1215 – Canada Jul. Housing Starts 1230 – US Jul. Housing Starts and Building Permits 1230 – Canada Jul. CPI 2030 – API Weekly Report on US Oil Inventories 2350 – Japan Jul. Trade Balance 0130 – Australia Q2 Wage Index 0200 – New Zealand RBNZ Official Cash Rate announcement 0300 – New Zealand RBNZ Governor Orr Press Conference  Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher Source: Financial Markets Today: Quick Take – August 16, 2022
Will The Pressure On The Price Of The AUD/USD Pair Remain?

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
Mexican Peso - Only One Of Its Kind. Weak Euro And Unstable Aussie

Mexican Peso - Only One Of Its Kind. Weak Euro And Unstable Aussie

Marc Chandler Marc Chandler 23.08.2022 12:55
Overview:  The poor eurozone PMI underscores likely recession and weighs on the single currency, which was sold to a new 20-year low.  Rather than a "Turn Around Tuesday"  a broadly consolidative session is unfolding.  Asian and European equities are weaker, while US futures are positive but little changed.  Benchmark 10-year bond yield are mostly firmer and the premium offered by Europe's periphery is edging higher.  The US 10-year is little changed near 3.02%.  Most non-European major currencies are firmer, with the exception of the Australian dollar.  The euro struggles to sustain even the most modest of upticks.  Emerging market currencies are mostly lower.  The Mexican peso is an notable exception.  It is the strongest in the EM space today, followed by the Indonesian rupiah, where the central bank hiked its key rate by 25 bp.  Gold's early gains are being reversed, but it is within yesterday's range.  October WTI has extended yesterday's recovery, sparked by Saudi Arabia's threat to cut output.  US natgas is higher for the third session and is up nearly 8% in this run.  Europe's natgas benchmark is about 2% lower after yesterday's 12.3% spike. Iron ore is up a second day, while September copper has recouped yesterday's minor (~0.35%) loss. September wheat is advancing for a third session for a cumulative gain of 7%.   Asia Pacific Japan's recovery is faltering, and the government is already cobbling together a supplemental spending bill.  While the preliminary manufacturing PMI show a slowing expansion (51 vs. 52.1), the service PMI in contracting (49.2 vs. 50.3) for the first time since March.  The composite was dragged lower and the 48.9 reading (from 50.2) is consistent with a contraction in output. Australia's preliminary August PMI was similar as Japan's.  Slower manufacturing output (54.5 from 55.7), while the service sector contracted (49.6 from 50.9).  The composite slipped below the 50 boom/bust level to 49.8 from 51.1.  It is the fourth consecutive decline in the composite and the first sub-50 reading since January.  The Reserve Bank of Australia meets on September 6.  The futures market is not convinced that the poor PMI stands in the way of another 50 bp hike. In fact, the cash rate futures show the greatest chance (70%) of a half-point move this month, up from about 62.5% yesterday.   The dollar firmed to a marginal news high for the month against the yen today near JPY137.70.  Yesterday's high was about JPY137.65.  Today's session, so far, has been one of consolidation.  Initial support is seen around JPY137.00.  Only a close below JPY136.70 would challenge the bullish dollar posture.  Yesterday's Australian dollar bounce where it took out the pre-weekend high, ostensibly on the China's rate cuts was a bull trap.  It dropped almost 1% to nearly $0.6860 before finding support. It traded higher, even after the poor PMI and met sellers at $0.6900, who drove it to a marginal new low (~$0.6855) since July 19.  In choppy trading it is firmer in Europe.  A move above $0.6900 would be helpful, but a push above $0.6930 would help lift the technical tone.  Meanwhile,  the yuan's adjustment lower continued and the Chinese currency fell to new two-year lows against the dollar.  The greenback reached CNY6.8660 before pulling back and is hovering around little changed levels around CNY6.8485 near midday in Europe.  The PBOC's dollar fix showed no sign of a protest.  It was set at CNY6.8523, a little above the Bloomberg survey median of CNY6.8511.   Europe The flash EMU PMI was poor.  The manufacturing sector was also unchanged at 49.7 (from 49.8), while the service sector is barely expanding (50.2 vs. 51.2).  The composite showed output falling further (49.2 vs. 49.9).  It is the lowest the composite has been since early last year. All three measures in Germany remained below 50, thought the manufacturing sector, a little less so (49.8 vs 49.3).  While the German composite had fallen below 50 in July (and sank further in August, 47.6 vs. 48.1), the French composite slipped below 50 (49.8) for the first time since February 2021.   The UK flash PMI was softer but the mixed.  The manufacturing PMI sunk to 46.0 from 52.1, well below expectations, and the magnitude of the drop was notable, especially after having fallen for the previous three months.  The services PMI was little changed at 52.5 from 52.6, and above expectations.  The composite eased to 50.9 from 52.1.  It is the lowest reading since early last year.  Here too the market does not seem dissuaded from its rate hike expectations.  The swaps market is fully pricing in a 50 bp hike at the mid-September BOE meeting and about a 1-in-3 chance of a 75 bp move instead.  By that time, a new Tory leader and Prime Minister will likely be providing some additional fiscal support.  The Dutch natural gas European benchmark (one-month forward) has doubled here in Q3 after more than doubling in the first half.  By some estimates, it has reached the equivalent of $500 a barrel for crude oil.  The energy crisis, which is being exacerbated by a severe drought, has eclipsed Covid as the most pressing European challenge.  It is a blow that makes a recession practically unavoidable and contribute to the pressure on the euro, which fell to new 20-year lows.  The one-year forward of German electricity rose by more than a quarter yesterday to a record 710 euros for a megawatt hour before pulling back, which is almost twice as much it was at the end of July.  In France, a similar contract rose 16% to 840 euros, more than 2/3 higher than at the end of last month. French nuclear reactors were operating at 43% of their capacity yesterday, down from 48% before the weekend.  There was an unplanned outage at one plant and another two were halted for scheduled maintenance.   German Chancellor Scholz was in Canada yesterday trying to secure supplies.  His government is still debating about extending the life of three nuclear plants that are scheduled to shutdown at the end of the year.  Economic Minister Habeck noted that the extending the deadline would save, at most, 2% of German gas consumption.  However, he did leave open the possibility that the Isar 2 plant in Bavaria might be extended.   The low water level having limited the energy shipments on the Rhine.  Bavaria produces the most solar power among German states, it has a restrictive wind turbine licensing regime.  Habeck was also critical of Bavaria for neglecting other sources of energy generation and blocked the expansion of power transmission lines to bring wind energy from northern Germany to its industry.  There is fear that the Gazprom's three-day shutdown of the Nord Stream 1 pipelines August 31 is a prelude to and extended stoppage.   After hovering tightly below $0.9950 for most of the Asian session, the poor PMI seemed to drive the euro to the session low near $0.9900 before the single currency recovered back to $0.9950. A 600 mln euro option there expires today.  Thursday and Friday see a combined 3 bln euro in options at $1.0 expire, while on Friday, 2 bln euros of options at $0.9850 roll off.  The bears are in the driver’s seat.  Sterling was sold to a new low as well, dipped briefly through $1.1720.  In the five sessions through today, sterling has fallen nearly 4.25-cents.  It has met the measuring objective of the double top pattern that had unfold in the first half of the month.  The $1.1780-$1.1825 band offers the nearby cap.   America The Fed funds futures market sees the greatest chance of a 75 bp hike next month since the bounce after the surprisingly strong employment report on August 5.  Yesterday's increase was third in a row and the most since that jobs report.  The two-year note yield jumped a little more than 10 bp to 3.34%, the upper end of where it has traded for two months. The only data out yesterday was the Chicago Fed's national activity report, which blew away market expectations by rising to 0.27 instead falling to -.25. However, that report was for July and today's the preliminary August PMI is due.  Moreover, markets typically do not put much emphasis on this report.  Instead, it seems the market is positioning ahead of Powell's Jackson Hole speech.   The US also reports new homes sales.  The July housing starts and existing home sales were weaker than expected and the risk to the Blomberg survey median for a 2.5% fall is on the downside.  That said, it is clear that slower housing market activity is desirable by the Federal Reserve as part of its effort to tighten financial conditions.   The EU seems to think Iran's response to its proposal was "reasonable" seems to add pressure on the US.  However, Saudi Arabia's oil minister made an unexpected move.  Claiming that the lack of liquidity and extreme volatility in the oil market was diverging from "fundamentals" and that OPEC+ may be forced to respond.  In this context, the "response" would be to reduce supply.  Although the oil minister did not link his comments to the possibility of Iranian oil returning to the market, this seemed to be the subtext, and the oil market responded accordingly.  October WTI, which had been off a little more than 4% yesterday recovered nearly fully in late dealings.  From almost $86.25, October WTI settled near $90.35.  It has traded above $92.00 today for the first time since August 12.  The US dollar made a marginal new high for the month against the Canadian dollar earlier today, just shy of CAD1.3065.  However, a consolidative tone has emerged.  Initial support is seen in the CAD1.2990-CAD1.3000 area.  A break below CAD1.2965 would lift the Loonie's tone and would likely coincide with stronger equity market gains.  The S&P 500 and NASDAQ gapped lower yesterday, and the gaps appears on the weekly charts, and leave bearish island tops behind. Those gaps are important from technical perspective and are either breakaway gaps or measuring gaps, and in either case bearish.  That would seem to warn about the downside risks to the Canadian dollar, which is particularly sensitive to the risk environment.  The Mexican peso is faring better.  The US dollar did not take out the pre-weekend high (~MXN20.2670) yesterday and is set to start the North American session at a three-day low.  Around MXN20.04, the US dollar retraces 50% of what it gained since the August 15 low (~MXN19.8125).  The next corrective target is around MXN19.9860.       Disclaimer Source: Surging Energy Prices Pushing Europe Closer to Recession
Look How Much Have JPY, British Pound, Euro And New Zealand Dollar (NZD) Lost Against USD In 2022 So Far

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

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
Forex: Finally Bank Of Japan (BoJ) Intervened! Euro: Could Today's Speeches Support Euro?

US Dollar (USD) Is Teetering On The Verge Of A Reversal Lower...

John Hardy John Hardy 30.08.2022 14:28
Summary:  The US dollar hasn’t been able to sustain a new rally after Fed Chair Powell’s speech on Friday, with further risk of weakness if incoming data doesn’t bring new upside pressure on US yields. A new thaw in risk sentiment has the USD also teetering on the verge of a reversal lower versus the G10 commodity dollars as well, with the technical outlook finely balanced in pairs like AUDUSD and USDCAD. Incoming data could bring a bump ride through the August CPI number on September 13. FX Trading focus: USD bulls on the defensive ahead of key data. EURUSD squeeze risk picks up above 1.0100 EURUSD has squeezed back higher this morning, and looks ready for a poke above 1.0100 if the minor US data points ahead of Friday’s US jobs report (today’s Consumer Confidence survey and JOLTS survey and Thursday’s August ISM Manufacturing survey) don’t offer any drama. But conviction is lacking as long as EURUSD remains within the seeming tractor-beam pull of parity and it is tough to develop conviction until we have had a look at the Friday’s US jobs report (big Average Hourly Earnings surprises may carry more weight than payrolls due to the inflation angle of earnings), the ISM Services survey on Tuesday (completely at odds with the alternative S&P Global non-manufacturing survey in July when the latter showed a slightly contraction while the July ISM Services was still a robust 56+. The flash August S&P Global reading worsened further to 44.0.), and most of all the August CPI release on September 13, given that the Fed has pre-declared that it is willing to tolerate economic weakness if inflation is not yet under control. ECB Chief Economist Lane was out yesterday arguing for a “steady” pace of “smaller” rate hikes rather than large moves – presumably a series of 50 basis point moves – to avoid “adverse effects” and as Lane believes that this would make it easier for ECB to course correct. This seemed to help cut short the EUR rally yesterday, but rate expectations for the ECB meeting next week are still around 50/50 for a 75-basis-point move, somewhat lower than they were at the peak yesterday after the hawkish speech from the ECB’s Schnabel at the Fed’s Jackson Hole conference at the weekend.  The German flash August CPI will be out around pixel time for this article. Chart: EURUSDThe US dollar backing off today and EURUSD pulls back above parity again after bobbing back and forth around that level yesterday and into this morning. The move likely only picks up likely order-driven momentum tactically on a move above 1.0100 and we face a further cavalcade of incoming data tests for the USD through the August US CPI figure as noted above, and for the EUR side of the equation, the test is next Thursday’s ECB meeting as well as whether Russia turns the gas back on next week after the purported maintenance of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline in coming days. A squeeze scenario could see 1.0200, with anything above that beginning to suggest at least an intermediate challenge of the down-trend. Short term long option strangles are one way to trade for zany choppiness in coming sessions (A long strangle approach is an idea for the indecisive trader, or the one that believes that we might see a squeeze on a move above 1.0100 but one that won’t hold – for example long 1.0125 calls and long 0.9975 puts w/ expiry next Wed. or Thursday, or a trader can simply choose one or the other leg if biased.) Source: Saxo Group Elsewhere, the tactical situation could not be more in limbo in pairs like AUDUSD and USDCAD, which teased a break in favour of a stronger US dollar, only to dive back into the range, if with insufficient force to suggest a tradable reversal. The trading conditions might remain treacherous there at least until the other side of the US jobs report. A CAD supportive crude rally, meanwhile, is fading fast today. Table: FX Board of G10 and CNH trend evolution and strength.The US dollar is still top dog, but the Euro momentum has impressed in the wake of ECB guidance in recent days. Leading the race to the bottom is GBP. Source: Bloomberg and Saxo Group Table: FX Board Trend Scoreboard for individual pairs.EURCHF is on the verge of flipping to positive for the first time in a very long time (last negative signal an impressive 53 days so far), EURGBP went positive so two sessions ago, and EURJPY did so yesterday. Still some work to get EURUSD there…. Source: Bloomberg and Saxo Group Upcoming Economic Calendar Highlights (all times GMT) 1200 – Hungary Rate Decision 1200 – US Fed’s Barkin (Non-voter) to speak 1200 – Germany Aug. Flash CPI 1300 – US Jun. S&P CoreLogic Home Price Index 1400 – US Aug. Consumer Confidence 1400 – US Jul. JOLTS Job Openings 1500 – US Fed’s Williams (voter) to speak 1600 – ECB Speakers Holzmann and others 0130 – China Aug. Manufacturing/Non-manufacturing PMI   Source: FX Update: USD suddenly on defensive ahead of data.
Should Market Wait For The Australian Dollar To US Dollar (AUD/USD) Price To Return To A New Downward Move?

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

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

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

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

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
Will Bank Of Japan Remain Committed To Its Easy Policy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Australian Dollar To US Dollar (AUD/USD)Pair: The Price Is In A Neutral And The Market Is Ready To Cool Down

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

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

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
CarMax Inc And SolarEdge Technologies Inc Are The Biggest Losers At The Close In The New York Stock Exchange

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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