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The Japanese yen is drifting on Friday. In the European session, USD/JPY is trading at 147.80, up 0.10%.

Tokyo Core CPI falls to 1.6%

Tokyo Core CPI reached a significant milestone today, falling to 1.6% y/y in January, after a December reading of 2.1%. This was the first time the indicator dropped below the Bank of Japan’s 2% target since May 2022. The main driver of the decline was lower energy prices. Tokyo Core CPI excludes fresh food but includes fuel. The Tokyo core-core index, which excludes fresh food and fuel prices, rose 3.1% y/y in January, down from 3.5% in December.

The drop in inflation reinforces the BoJ’s view that cost pressures are gradually being replaced by rising service prices as the main driver of inflation. This is hugely significant, as it points to inflation being more sustainable, which is a requirement for the BoJ before it tightens its ultra-loose policy. Japan also released corporate service inflation for December which held steady at 2.4%, a nine-y

Focusing On US CPI, Fed, Commodities and Bank Of Japan - Saxo Market Call

Focusing On US CPI, Fed, Commodities and Bank Of Japan - Saxo Market Call

Saxo Strategy Team Saxo Strategy Team 11.02.2022 10:47
Podcast 2022-02-11 08:46 20 minutes to read Summary:  Today, we look at the hot US January CPI data hitting the markets yesterday, with an interesting attempt at a whiplash inducing bounce in sentiment just after the data release dealt an initial blow to sentiment as more Fed hikes were priced into the forward curve. Then markets turned south again when St. Louis Fed President and FOMC voter Stephen Bullard later administered a hawkish broadside with thoughts on an emergency Fed rate hike, a rapid path to 100 basis points of hikes and an imminent start to quantitative tightening. We also look at the impact on commodity markets from yesterday's developments and the Bank of Japan doubling down for now on its yield-curve-control policy and more. Today's pod features Peter Garnry on equities, Ole Hansen on commodities, and John J. Hardy hosting and on FX. Listen to today’s podcast and have a look at today’s slide deck. Follow Saxo Market Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple Spotify Podbean Sticher If you are not able to find the podcast on your favourite podcast app when searching for Saxo Market Call, please drop us an email at marketcall@saxobank.com and we'll look into it.   Questions and comments, please! We invite you to send any questions and comments you might have for the podcast team. Whether feedback on the show's content, questions about specific topics, or requests for more focus on a given market area in an upcoming podcast, please get in touch at marketcall@saxobank.com.
Observing SEK, Riksbank, Bank Of Japan And EURUSD

Observing SEK, Riksbank, Bank Of Japan And EURUSD

John Hardy John Hardy 11.02.2022 12:14
Forex 2022-02-11 11:25 5 minutes to read Summary:  The latest US CPI data proved far hotter than expected once again, taking Fed rate hike expectations higher still. The US dollar actually shrugged this development off initially before rallying on a significant further boost to potential Fed tightening after a hawkish broadside from FOMC voter Bullard. Elsewhere, the Bank of Japan just doubled down on its yield-curve-control policy and the Riksbank threw the krona under the bus with a dovish meeting. FX Trading Focus: USD firming underwhelms, given massive further shift in Fed expectations, BoJ doubles down on YCC, Riksbank throws SEK under the bus. US dollar snaps back after whiplash-inducing sell-off post-CPI release. The January US CPI release came in hotter than expected, at 0.6% month-on-month for both the headline and ex-food-and-energy measures vs. +0.4%/+0.5% expected, respectively and at +7.5% / +6.0% year-on-year versus +7.3%/+5.9% expected, respectively. Both of the year-on-year numbers were the highest for the cycle and the highest in forty years and took Fed expectations higher still. Somewhat curiously, the USD kneejerk higher on the data release was quickly erased and the greenback actually sold off to new local lows before later rallying on a hawkish broadside from St. Louis Fed President and FOMC voter James Bullard. And even then, the USD strength looks underwhelming, as discussed in the EURUSD chart below. As noted, Bullard was out speaking yesterday in an interview with Bloomberg yesterday and said that he would like to see 100 basis points of Fed tightening “before July 1” which implicitly means that, if the hikes were to take place at regularly scheduled meetings, one of the three meetings between now and then would need to see a 50-basis point move. He would also like to see QT (balance sheet reduction) beginning in the second quarter and even brought up the idea of an emergency move between meetings. “There was a time when the committee would have reacted to something like this to having a meeting right now and doing 25 basis points right now...I think we should be nimble and considering that kind of thing.” The Fed hasn’t done an emergency hike at a non-scheduled regularly meeting since 1994, as far as I can tell. The combination of the CPI and Bullard’s comments took the March FOMC meeting expectation to +46 basis points, i.e., very strong consensus that the Fed will hike fifty basis points (or an emergency move of 25 bps plus another 25 bps at that meeting) and the anticipated rate through the December FOMC meeting is some 30 bps higher at above 178 bps than where it closed Wednesday. Bank of Japan set to enforce its yield-curve-control policy – before the US CPI release yesterday, the Bank of Japan announced that it would buy “unlimited” amounts of 10-year JGB’s in operations on Monday, obviously to enforce its 25 basis point yield cap on 10-year Japanese sovereign debt after the yield on that debt had reached as high as 23 basis points yesterday. The JPY was sharply weaker on the news, but USDJPY avoided new highs above the previous 116.35 mark as it came back broadly bid – especially in the crosses yesterday - on energy prices and risk sentiment cratering.  This is an interesting move from the BoJ if it maintains this policy, as any further rise in global bond yields from here, particularly longer yields, will theoretically have to absorbed by further weakening of the already very weak Japanese yen. Riksbank dovish, SEK rushes lower – the Riksbank failed to make any shift in line with the recent ECB meeting, as it expressed the view that monetary policy needed to stay loose “for inflation to be close to the target in the medium term.” As well, the Riksbank promised to continue with enough QE to keep the bank’s balance sheet unchanged through this calendar year before allowing holdings to “decrease gradually.” The rate lift-off time frame was only pulled forward to the second half of 2024 from the prior forecast of Q4 of 2024. All in all, a very dovish mix despite Governor Ingves providing the decisive vote in overruling dissenting voices on the QE decision, so the Riksbank did an effective job of throwing the SEK under the bus. Chart: EURUSDYesterday’s developments were perhaps both confusing and revealing. Initially, the hot US January CPI release failed to boost the US dollar, which actually dropped to a new low in places (new high in EURUSD) despite additional Fed tightening being priced into the forward curve in the wake of the release. Later, the USD came roaring back only after Bullard unleashed his hawkish broadside that unsettled the market, which is now forced to price in the risk of even an emergency Fed hike before the regularly scheduled March meeting. All in all, the revealing bit is that we wake up this morning with the Fed priced to hike a full 6-7 times through the December meeting this year, with risk sentiment on the defensive and the EURUSD is only about 30-40 pips below the Wednesday close. This suggests that the path to a stronger US dollar is a very difficult one (a full-on market crash?) and increases the conviction in the downside potential. The ultimate test for that notion would be if the Fed does indeed deliver an emergency hike in coming days and yet EURUSD fails to fall much further or even shows resilience and bounces back to current levels or higher.Source: Saxo Group Table: FX Board of G10 and CNH trend evolution and strength.Yesterday’s action didn’t do much to alter recent trends, though note the Swedish krona biting hard to the downside…Source: Bloomberg and Saxo Group Table: FX Board Trend Scoreboard for individual pairs.Watching how USD pairs shaped up in the wake of the churning back and forth yesterday, and as we watch the nature of the consolidation after the huge EURUSD rally off the lows.Source: Bloomberg and Saxo Group Upcoming Economic Calendar Highlights (all times GMT) 1030 – Russia Central Bank Key Rate Announcement (expected to hike 100 bps to 9.50%) 1500 – US Feb. Preliminary University of Michigan Sentiment  
Fed Expectations Amid Mixed Data: Wishful Thinking or Practical Pause?

Japanese Yen (JPY) Being Healed, Nikkei Has Added 11%, Wheat Has Decreased By Ca. 8%

Marc Chandler Marc Chandler 30.03.2022 14:18
March 30, 2022  $USD, BOJ, China, Currency Movement, German, Inflation, Japan, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, Yield Curve Overview:  A pullback in US yields yesterday and the Bank of Japan's stepped-up efforts to defend the Yield Curve Control policy helped extend the yen's recovery.  This spurred profit-taking on Japanese stocks, where the Nikkei had rallied around 11% over the past two weeks.  Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan led the regional advance.  However, facing a surge in inflation (Spain and German states) and a jump in European natural gas prices (~9%) is snapping the Stoxx 600's three-day advance.  US futures are trading with a heavier bias.  The US 10-year yield has edged a little higher to 2.40%, while the two-year that briefly traded above the 10-year yield yesterday is off about four basis points.  European benchmark yields are 3-6 bp higher.  The greenback is trading lower against all of the major currencies, led by the yen's recovery.  After poking above JPY125 to start the week, the dollar fell to around JPY121.30 today before steadying.  The Canadian and Australian dollars are the laggards with minor gains.  Among emerging market currencies, the Turkish lira is the notable exception, and is posting a modest decline.  Gold appeared to post a bullish hammer pattern yesterday but there has not been much follow-through and the yellow metal is in around a $6 range on either side of $1922.  May WTI is also in a narrow range--mostly $105-$107 today. Copper and iron ore are trading firmer.  Wheat is still soft after losing around 8% over the past couple of sessions.   Asia Pacific The Bank of Japan stepped-up its efforts to cap interest rates earlier today.  It increased the amount of bonds it bought at its regular scheduled operation.  It offered to buy JPY600 bln (instead of JPY450 bln) 3–5-year bond, and JPY725 bln (instead of JPY425 bln) of 5-10-year bonds, in addition to the pre-announced defense of the 0.25% cap on the 10-year bond.  It did not increase the amount of longer-term bonds.  Tomorrow, the BOJ is expected to announce next quarters asset purchase plans.  Although BOJ Governor Kuroda, who met with Prime Minister Kishida earlier today, does not seem concerned about the yen's weakness, Finance Minister Suzuki seemed more cautious.  He suggested continuing to check if the yen's weakness is harming the economy.  For example, the weaker yen is aggravating the surge in energy prices, which Kishida was to cushion the blow to households and businesses. If intervention is best understood as an escalation ladder, as we suggest, then this might be seen as a low rung.  Separately, Japan reported that retail sales fell by 0.8% in February, which was more than twice the decline expected by the median forecast in Bloomberg's survey.  It also drove the year-over-year rate below zero (-0.8%) for the first time since last September.  Beijing has offered some economic support for Shanghai, but the surge in Covid there, and lockdowns there and elsewhere, are seeing economists slash growth forecast and lift inflation projections.  China's March PMI will be released tomorrow. A poor report is expected, and the risks are on the downside.  Thus far, though, officials have used targeted measures and have not provided the overall economy with new support. The dollar did not trade for long above JPY125 on Monday, but it seems to have completed something and the greenback has traded down to JPY121.30 today.   The (38.2%) retracement of this month's rally is around JPY121.10 and the next retracement (50%) is a little below JPY120.  Month-end and fiscal-year end considerations may also be at work but is often used as a catch-all narrative.  Note that reports suggested that Japanese retail accounts were beginning to buy yen toward the end of last week.  The Australian dollar bounced off four-day lows slightly below $0.7460 yesterday and settled above $0.7500.  It is firm today but below this year's high set Monday near $0.7540.  It still feels like it is consolidating.  The broad US dollar weakness was evident against the Chinese yuan today.  It is trading nearly 0.25% lower, the most in about two weeks.  The greenback is trading at a nine-day low near the 20-day moving average, slightly below CNY6.35.  That is also around the middle of this month's range (~CNY6.3080-CNY6.3860).  The PBOC set the dollar's reference rate at CNY6.3566.  The median projection in Bloomberg's survey was CNY6.3560.   Europe The common narrative now is that Putin initially anticipated a quick overwhelming victory over Ukraine and as it has stalled, he is falling back on Plan B.  Plan B is to secure the territorial claims of the two separatist regions and later incorporate them into Russia. Russia is curtailing the use of Hryvnia in the occupied areas and introducing the rouble. This military objective has not been met. Turning Clausewitz on his head, the political negotiations are a continuation of the war by other means. Putin has already achieved a key strategic goal; Ukraine will foreswear joining NATO.  One cannot help but wonder that if Zelenskiy accepted this more than a month ago, the course of events may have been different. The date for the next round of negotiations have not been set.  In a war, the losing side is more anxious for negotiations by definition. After consolidating its forces and enlarging the field of control of the separatist regions, Russia can then be in a position to negotiate.  This seems to be the key to the timeline that can lead to a sustainable cease-fire.  The cost of rebuilding Ukraine, which had serious developmental challenges before the war, will fall to the EU, IMF, World Bank, and UN.   A surge in eurozone inflation was expected, but the Spanish and German state figures are over the top. The market (Bloomberg median forecast) was for a strong 1.3% monthly increase in Spain, instead the national figure jumped 3%. The harmonized measure surged 3.9% this month and lifted the year-over-year rate to 9.8% from 7.6% in February.  Details are sparse in the initial estimate, but the Economic Minister suggested that three-quarters of the rise was due to food and energy.  Still, the core rate rose by 0.4% on the month. Most of the German states reporting CPI figures today showed a 2.6%-2.7% month-over-month increase in their CPI. The national and harmonized figures are due shortly.  There seems to be upside risk to the expectations that the year-over-year rate of the harmonized measures (HICP) will accelerate to 6.8% from 5.5% in February.  The aggregate preliminary estimate for the euro area is due Friday.  The euro rallied yesterday on the hopes that the Russian invasion of Ukraine may be near the endgame and is extending the gains today amid further positioning squaring.  We note that that the US premium over Germany on two-year money has reversed sharply lower.  It peaked on Monday above 245 bp and is testing 230 bp today.  The German two-year yield is up around seven basis points today and is again trying to secure a foothold above zero for the first time since 2014.  Yesterday's attempt was rebuffed.  The surging inflation will strengthen the hawks’ hands, many of whom see scope for two hikes this year that could bring the deposit rate to zero. The euro is trading at its best level since March 1, which was the last time it traded above $1.12. Its gains have now retraced a little more than half of this month's decline (~$1.1150).  The next technical target is the $1.1200-$1.1230 area.  Sterling is a laggard.  It is trading inside yesterday's range (~$1.3050-$1.3160). There may be scope for additional gains, albeit marginal, as the intraday momentum indicators are stretched.  We suspect the $1.3180-$1.3200 cap may suffice today.   America The US 2-10-year yield curve briefly inverted yesterday before finishing around three basis points.  It is drawing a great deal of attention, but like any statistic it needs to be placed in a context. Few believe the US is recession-bound.  The median forecast in Bloomberg's survey has the US economy growing 3.5% this year and 2.3% next year.  This is still above the Fed's estimates of the long-term growth trend (1.6%-2.2%.). The most pessimistic forecasts in Bloomberg's survey do have growth less than 1% this year or next.  That said, there are those who are warning of a recession, including ourselves, and the yield curve did not enter the picture.  Interest rates are not waiting for the Fed's meetings to increase, as the 93 bp increase in the 2-year yield this month.  The halving of the deficit (as a percentage of GDP) this year still strikes us as an under-appreciated drag.  The rise in energy and food prices cuts the purchasing power of households.  US inflation expectations are not just a function of what the Fed is or is not doing.  The correlation of the change in the 10-year breakeven (the difference between the yield of the inflation protected security and the conventional note) and oil (the front-month light sweet crude oil contact, WTI) over the past 30-days is nearly 0.65, the highest in seven months. The 60-day correlation is almost 0.55, a five month-high. The price of May WTI has risen by almost 25% ($20 a barrel) net since the US warned that a Russian attack could happen at any moment on February 11.  OPEC+ meets tomorrow and there still seems little chance that it will boost output.  Most of OPEC's spare capacity is in Saudi Arabia (~1.6 mln barrels a day) and the UAE (~1.3 mln barrels a day).   Today's ADP private sector jobs estimate is the data highlight. We remind that it is not a particularly useful guide to the BLS estimate for the particular month, though it gets the larger trend fairly right.  The median estimate for Friday's nonfarm payroll report has crept up in recent days to stand at 490k. The US also reports another revision to Q4 21 GDP.  It may be left at 7.0%.  With Q1 22 nearly over, the market will not be sensitive to Q4 data.  The economy is expected to have slowed to around 1.0%-1.5% this year from 7% last.  The Fed's Barkin and George speak today. While George is a voting member of the FOMC this year, Barkin, like Harker and Bostic, who spoke yesterday, do not.   Mexico reports February unemployment today.  It may have ticked up slightly.  Canada's economic calendar is light, but there is much talk about Ontario's imposition of a 20% tax on foreign purchases and real estate in the province.  The "speculation levy" is meant to slow the surge in house prices. Lastly, late yesterday Chile hiked its overnight target rate 150 bp to 7.0%.  This was a bit less than expected and the central bank indicated that it may not need to make such big moves going forward. Latam countries hiked rates early and many aggressively, and ideas that the tightening cycles may end later this year appears to be encouraging flows into local bond markets.  That said, the swaps market has about 300 bp of additional hikes over the next six months before a cut in rates toward the end of the year or early 2023.    The US dollar is near the recent trough against the Canadian dollar (~CAD1.2465-CAD1.2475).  Below there is the year's low around CAD1.2450.  A break targets the CAD1.2400 area. However, the intraday momentum indicators suggest the greenback may bounce first in early North American activity and a retest of CAD1.2500-CAD1.2515 would not be surprising.  Meanwhile, the greenback is slipping to new lows for the year against the Mexican peso (~MXN19.9120).  The next notable chart support is closer to MXN19.85, a shelf from last September. Here, too, the intraday momentum indicators favor a US dollar bounce in the North American morning.     Disclaimer
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(US Dollar) USD/JPY (Japanese Yen) Hits 20-Year-Low!? Japanese Currency Is Quite Weak. What Will Bank Of Japan Do?

Conotoxia Comments Conotoxia Comments 13.04.2022 15:50
The USD/JPY reaching 126 yen this morning means that the Japanese currency appears to be at its weakest against the US in nearly 20 years. The reason? The Bank of Japan's commitment to maintain ultra-loose monetary policy may contrast with the actions of the world's other major central banks, which appear to be normalizing monetary policy. Yen falls, bank doesn't intend to react Shunichi Suzuki, Japan's finance minister, declined to comment Tuesday on specific rates in currency markets. He said the government is keeping a close eye on the yen's trading and that excessive volatility in the exchange rate could have a negative impact on the economy and financial stability. The Bank of Japan has repeatedly intervened to keep bond yields near zero. Recently, however, Shunichi Suzuki has cooled hopes for any government intervention in the currency markets, saying the central bank does not deal with exchange rates. Since the beginning of the year, the yen appears to be the weakest among the world's major currencies and may be losing more than 8 percent to the USD. Since the beginning of April alone, JPY depreciation against the USD may have reached 3.5 percent. Learn more on Conotoxia.com Inflation 8.5 percent - rates are going up In the United States, after the inflation reading, which rose to 8.5 percent in March, the US dollar appears relatively strong, and the exchange rate of the main currency pair remains in the region of 1.08. The market may expect the Fed to decide on two consecutive interest rate hikes of 50 basis points in response to the rise in prices. Such a move is priced today with over 80 percent probability, and the next decision will come as early as May 4. Related article: ECB To Shock Markets In The Following Week!? US Dollar Rate Under Pressure As Well! Oil: demand in China falls, demand in USA rises Increased volatility may arise on the oil market. The futures contract for WTI crude oil rose to around $100 per barrel today, falling from the session high at $102. Data from China's customs office showed that crude imports into the world's largest crude consumer fell for the second month in a row. That's likely because further restrictions due to coronavirus have reduced demand. Japan, the world's third-largest oil consumer and importer, saw its biggest monthly drop in machinery orders in February in nearly two years. Fears persist that supplies could become even tighter because of the war in eastern Europe. OPEC has already warned that it will not be able to replace potential supply losses from Russia. At the same time, there could be strong demand for fuel in the U.S., where gasoline and distillate stocks fell by more than 5 million barrels last week. Daniel Kostecki, Director of the Polish branch of Conotoxia Ltd. (Forex service) Materials, analysis and opinions contained, referenced or provided herein are intended solely for informational and educational purposes. Personal opinion of the author does not represent and should not be constructed as a statement or an investment advice made by Conotoxia Ltd. All indiscriminate reliance on illustrative or informational materials may lead to losses. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 80.77% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
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What A Plunge Of Japanese Yen (JPY)! US Dollar (USD) Is Really Strong! Will Bank Of Japan (BoJ) Raise The Interest Rate? USDJPY And More In Eyes Of Saxo Bank

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 19.04.2022 12:06
Forex 2022-04-19 10:30 Summary:  The Japanese yen has seen a relentless decline over the last few weeks, underpinned by a widening yield differential between the US and the Japanese government bonds. As verbal interventions from the Bank of Japan and Ministry of Finance fail to be heard, we are looking at a subtle policy shift with the aim to manage volatility, or a real physical intervention. The JPY continues to run away to the downside, with USDJPY surging above 128.00 for the first time since 2002. The next major chart point is the early 2002 high near at 135.00. AUDJPY has also surged to fresh record highs of 94.50+ as the AUD was slightly firmer following the hawkish tilt in RBA minutes. Read next: (UKOIL) Brent Crude Oil Spikes to Highest Price For April, (NGAS) Natural Gas Hitting Pre-2008 Prices, Cotton Planting Has Begun The big why? US 10-year treasury yields have notched a new cycle peak and will soon threaten the 3.00% level if they continue to rise, widening the policy divergence with the Bank of Japan (BOJ), that continues to stick with its yield-curve-control (YCC) policy that caps 10-year Japanese government bond yields (JGB) yields at 0.25%. Both the BOJ and the Japanese Ministry of Finance (MoF) have stepped up their verbal interventions against JPY volatility as recently as overnight, but these have hardly had any effect. The BOJ conducted unprecedented four-day purchase plan into the end of its financial year on March 31 after the JGB yields had hit 0.25%, a ceiling the central bank had made clear in March last year. This further highlighted their commitment to capping yields. While the BoJ may be concerned about the volatility and the pace of JPY decline, the Bank is unlikely to be worried about its direction. In fact, BOJ rhetoric repeatedly suggests that it sees JPY weakness as good news for the economy and exports as well as a factor helping to spur imported inflation pressures. This is especially important if we note that GDP is still well below pre-COVID levels and core inflation is negative. Is inflation a concern? The rise in JGB yields has little to do with expectations that Japanese inflation is moving sustainably higher. CPI is expected to increase above the BOJ’s 2% (from 0.9% currently) target, but the central bank expects the move to be temporary. Much of the gains in inflation are on the back of base effects and higher energy prices, and underlying price pressures remain muted. Stripping out energy prices and fresh food clearly shows that core inflation is still very benign at multiyear lows at -1% y/y. Will the YCC be tweaked? We are probably starting to see the limit of the yield curve control program, as sustained BOJ purchases could be a problem for a central bank that already owns around half of government issues. Would the BOJ go Australia’s way that clumsily abandoned its peg in November? That would need more domestic demand for JGBs which is unlikely to be achieved. Historically, BoJ has been open to adjusting targeting range of bond yields. It widened the range to +/-0.25% from +/-0.20% in March 2021, which was changed in July 2018 from +/-0.10% before that. The BoJ could tweak its YCC policy to target 10-year yields form +/-25bps to +/-30bps to give itself more flexibility and manage volatility. This move, if effected, will be communicated as a measure to manage the increased volatility in bond markets, to ensure that it is not taken as a sign of any shift in policy thinking. Article on Crypto: Hot Topic - NEAR Protocol! Terra (LUNA) has been seeing a consistent downward price trend, DAI Should Stay Close To $1 What to watch next? Our sense is that until a policy shift is spotted, or real intervention is mobilized, the market is content to continue driving the JPY lower. Ironically, in the past, the MoF has mobilised intervention in the yen in the direction of avoiding further JPY strength, not weakness. These interventions may not achieve more than temporary success if the underlying policy and market dynamics don’t shift (i.e., the BOJ sticking to its current policy while inflationary pressures and yields elsewhere continue higher). But the risk of tremendous two-way, intraday volatility should be appreciated. Japan’s Finance Minister Suzuki is heading for a bilateral meeting with the US and comments would be on watch. Next BOJ meeting is scheduled for April 27-28, but focus will still be tilted more towards the Fed’s May meeting where a 50bps rate hike is expected along with the start of quantitative tightening. The only other way could be to hope that the yen would find a floor, and wait for BoJ governor Kuroda’s tenure to end in April 2023. This may then be followed up with rate hikes.
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Will US Dollar (USD) Beat British Pound (GBP), Japanese Yen (JPY) And All Other Currencies? Bank Of Japan To Tackle The Weaking Of JPY?

Marc Chandler Marc Chandler 27.04.2022 22:09
April 27, 2022  $USD, Australia, BOJ, Brazil, Currency Movement, Mexico, Russia Overview: Russia's decision to cut gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria and the sharp sell-off in US equities yesterday casts a pall over the markets today.  But not the dollar. The euro punched through $1.06 for the first time in five years and the greenback turned higher against the yen after falling to a seven-day low.  The major bourses in the Asia Pacific region fell by more than 1% except China and Hong Kong.  The Hang Seng eked out a minor gain, but China's CSI 300 rose nearly 3%.  Europe's Stoxx 600 gapped lower but has recovered with the help of materials, consumer discretionary, and energy sectors.  US futures are firm.  Treasury yields have recovered part of yesterday’s decline, putting the 10-year near 2.77% and the 2-year close to 2.58%.  European yields are mostly firmer and the core-periphery spreads are widening.  In the foreign exchange market, the greenback is mixed.  The Antipodeans and Scandis are firm, especially the Australian dollar, after the higher-than-expected Q1 CPI.  The yen, euro, and Swiss franc are heavy.  Emerging market currencies are mostly lower.  Of note, the Philippine peso and the Mexican peso are among the most resilient today.  Hungary, the only EU country that has agreed to pay Russia in roubles, is among the weakest (~0.9%).  That dubious honor goes to the South Korean won today, off 1.1%, the largest loss since last June and the fifth consecutive decline. Gold was sold to fresh two-month lows near $1887 before steadying.  June WTI is firm but in a narrow range (~$101.50-$103) near yesterday's highs.  US natgas prices are almost 0.75% higher after gaining nearly 5% over the past two sessions.  Europe's benchmark rose about 8.2% yesterday on top of yesterday's nearly 6% gain.  It is back to early April levels.  Iron ore rose for a second consecutive session, while copper is trying to end a three-day fall.  July wheat is steady after rising 2% yesterday.  Asia Pacific Australia's Q1 CPI rose 2.1%, faster than the 1.7% anticipated by the median in Bloomberg's survey and well above the 1.3% increase in Q4 21.  The year-over-year pace accelerated to 5.1% from 3.5%.  The underlying measures also rose.  The central bank meets next week, and the market sees the inflation figures as boosting the chances of a rate hike, which previously was expected after the May 21 election.  Yesterday the market had about six basis points of tightening discounted for the May 3 meeting.  Now there are 18 bp increase priced into the cash rate futures.   The Bank of Japan's two-day meeting began today.  Officials have clearly signaled no intention to change course.  Its defense of the 0.25% cap on the 10-year yield continued to today but the softer global yields yesterday took some pressure off the JGB market and there were sellers of 10-year bonds to the BOJ under its fixed-rate operation.  The BOJ is well aware that energy and food prices are lifting measured inflation and the reduction in wireless charges drop out of the 12-month comparison.  It pushes back and says that those developments do not make the increase in CPI sustainable.  Note too that the new economic package is estimated to shave 0.5% off headline CPI in the May-September period.   Many observers still seem to put the cart before the horse.  They are concerned that the weaker yen reduces Japanese demand for Treasuries.  The recent price action lends support for the hypothesis that the causation arrow is running the other way.  The increase in US yields weakens the yen.  The US 10-year yield peaked on April 20.  So did the dollar against the yen.  They both recorded eight-day lows earlier today and have recovered.  Moreover, the indirect bids show that the recent US Treasury auctions have been strong, including yesterday's two-year note sale.  That is where foreign participation is often picked up.   The dollar found a bid after slipping a little below JPY127. A $540 mln option at JPY126.75 rolls off today.  The greenback has already resurfaced above JPY128.  A move above JPY128.25 would lift the tone, but it needs to get above JPY128.50 to sign another attempt on the JPY129.50-JPY130 area. The Australian dollar recovered from around $0.7120 to almost $0.7200, but the upside momentum faltered and it fell back to the $0.7140 area in late Asia Pacific turnover.  That said, the intraday momentum indicators suggest the potential to retest the highs in North America.  The Chinese yuan is trading in its narrowest range for a little more than a week.  The dollar is consolidating its recent gains and traded roughly between CNY6.5480 and CNY6.5615.  The cut in reserve requirements for foreign currency deposits appears to have succeeded not in pushing the yuan higher but in steadying the exchange rate.  The PBOC set the dollar's reference rate slightly higher than expected in the Bloomberg survey (CNY6.5598 vs. CNY6.5596). Europe In a bizarre turn of events, Russia is insisting on being paid roubles for its gas while Europe is insisting to adhering to contracts to pay in hard currency, euros.  Russia is making good on its threats and announced that its cutting off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria.  Poland's gas supplies are around three-quarters capacity so the cut of new supply will not pinch immediately.  Bulgaria has indicated it has taken steps to secure alternative supplies.  Russia's actions do raise the question of who is next and that will likely be seen next month.  That said, Europe's reluctance or inability to move quicker on gas reveals their vulnerability, which Russia is exploiting.  It is quitting Europe before being fired, in a way.  Meanwhile, the tensions are rising in Moldova's breakaway region.  Some argue that Russia ultimately will likely link up the parts of Ukraine that it appears to be trying to take with the Moldova region, which would pen-in Ukraine.   Musk's leveraged buyout of Twitter is spurring a debate about freedom of speech in the US.  The constitutional right protects US citizens from abridgement of that right by Congress not by the private sector.  Clearly newspapers do not have to print all the op-ed submissions it receives and its not denying the rejected authors their freedom of speech.  In Europe, the reaction is different.  Musk is reminded that Twitter, regardless of its ownership structure, must adhere to the Digital Services Act, approved last week.  It forces the platforms to moderate illegal and harmful content that their users post.   The 1.4 bln euro option at $1.06 that expires today appears to have been neutralized.  The euro fell to about $1.0585 in late Asia/early Europe.  Initial resistance is seen near $1.0630 and then $1.0660. On the downside, the 2015-2017 lows were in the $1.0340-$1.0530 area, but there is increasing talk of a move to parity which has not been seen since 2002.  Sterling's losses have also been extended.  It fell to about $1.2535 before recovering to around $1.2590 in the European morning.  The $1.25 area represents the (61.8%) retracement of sterling's rally off the March 2020 low near $1.14.  The next chart point below there is the June 2020 lows around $1.2250.  Over the last five sessions, sterling has shed more than a nickel.  The lower Bollinger Band is set two standard deviations below its 20-day moving average and sterling's losses are nearly three standard deviations below the 20-day average.   America The US reports mortgage applications, which have fallen every week since the end of January but one. March pending home sales are expected to have fallen for the fifth consecutive month. The March trade deficit, which remains near a record imbalance, and March (wholesale and retail) inventories will help economists put their final touches on Q1 GDP forecasts ahead of tomorrow's report.  Due to the revisions in retail sales reported earlier this week, the Atlanta Fed's GDP tracker fell to 0.4%. It will update it again after today's reports.   As noted, there was a strong reception at yesterday's US sale of $48 bln two-year notes.   Indirect bidders took down 2/3 and direct bidders took another 21.4%.  This left the dealers with slightly more than 12%, the least in almost two decades.  On tap today are a $30 bln two-year floater auction and $49 bln 5-year note sale.  Still, the angst in some corners of the market about the implications of a strong dollar on foreign demand is unlikely to dissipate.   Bank of Canada Governor Macklem laid out the logic of raising rates even though it will have little impact on the prices of internationally traded goods that are understood to be the main drivers of Canadian inflation. He argued that keeping inflation expectations anchored will help prices ease when the higher energy and disrupted supply chains ease.   Mexico reports its March trade figures.  The balance may have swung into a small deficit after a $1.29 bln surplus in February.  Tomorrow it reports unemployment figures ahead of Friday's preliminary Q1 GDP.  After a flat Q4 21, it is expected to have grown around 1% in Q2 quarter-over-quarter.  Brazil reports April's IPCA inflation measure today.  It is expected to have accelerated to 12.15% from 10.79% in March. This will further challenge the signals by the central bank that next month could be the peak in what has been an aggressive tightening cycle.     The risk-off mood, which unlike when Russia first invaded Ukraine, is now seen as negative for commodities and commodity currencies.  The Canadian dollar has suffered in this phase despite constructive macro considerations.  The US dollar bottomed last week near CAD1.2460 and today has approached CAD1.2850.  The year's high was set in early March slightly north of CAD1.29.  The greenback has closed above its upper Bollinger Band for the last three sessions and remains above it (~CAD1.2810) now.  The greenback remains within the range set on Monday against the Mexican peso (~MXN20.16-MXN20.4850).  A convincing break of MXN20.50 could spur a quick move toward MXN20.60-MXN20.65.  Note the upper Bollinger Band is found today slightly above MXN20.40. The Brazilian real is a market favorite this year, with high yields, monetary policy near a peak, and commodity exposure. However, alongside Latam in general and the setback for metals, market participants have raced to reduce exposure in both the options and forward markets.  The dollar has jumped from around BRL4.60 a week ago to nearly BRL5.00 yesterday.  A move above there today could target the BRL5.20 area.       Disclaimer
Forex: USD/JPY Is Expected To Reach 145 In The End Of The Year. Why Is That?

(USD/JPY) Oanda: "Japanese yen stabilizes around 130"

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 29.04.2022 11:49
Another week has meant more losses for the Japanese yen, as USD/JPY punched above the symbolic 130 line for the first time in 20 years. How badly is the yen doing? The currency last posted a winning week in February, and USD/JPY has soared 6.86% in the month of April. Not a good report card. The yen’s downswing has been sharper than expected, as USD/JPY has broken through resistance at 130 much more quickly than expected. The rapid movement in the exchange rate has drawn the usual jawboning from the BoJ and Japan’s Ministry of Finance (MOF), but aside from strong rhetoric, it’s unlikely that we’ll see any intervention with the aim of propping up the battered yen. On Thursday, while the MoF said that the yen’s descent was “extremely worrying”, BoJ Governor Kuroda reiterated that a weak yen was good for Japan’s economy. BoJ focused on yield curve control The BoJ doesn’t want to see the yen continue to plummet, but its focus is on stimulating the economy, not on the exchange rate. We’ve seen the BoJ show its determination to protect its yield curve control, as the Bank continues to offer to make unlimited purchases of 10-year JGPs in order to cap yields at 0.25%. The BoJ will continue its ultra-accommodative policy, even though this will put it out of sync with the Federal Reserve and other major central banks, which are tightening policy in order to combat soaring inflation. If the price for this policy is a falling yen, so be it, in the minds of BoJ policymakers. If there is a “line in the sand” when it comes to the yen’s value, any intervention is likely to come from the MoF rather than the BoJ. After decades of deflation, Japan is finally experiencing some inflation, but at much lower levels than in the US and elsewhere. Until inflationary pressures increase, the BoJ will have a free hand to pursue its ultra-loose policy, and that could spell more trouble for the yen. USD/JPY Technical USD/JPY has broken below support at 129.89. Next, there is support at 1.2807 There is resistance at 1.3122 and 1.3304 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.
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ECB Interest Rate Announcement Due Tomorrow Offers Euro Support (EUR/USD, EUR/GBP), JPY Facing Negative Outlook (USD/JPY), Potential For A Hawkish SNB Offers CHF Support (USD/CHF)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 08.06.2022 16:22
Summary: Markets are becoming more optimistic around hopes of a more hawkish European Central Bank (ECB). Firmer oil prices adding to downward pressure on JPY. Strong market expectations of a more hawkish Swiss National Bank (SNB). Read next: DOW 30 Turbulent In The Wake Of Targets (TGT) Profit Warning, Japanese Yen Suffering From BoJ Monetary Easing  Euro holds steady The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The markets are becoming more optimistic around hopes of a more hawkish European Central Bank (ECB) tomorrow after adding a couple more basis points to the yearly forecasts. There has been talk of a 50bps hike in July and rumors of a possible hike on Thursday, it is likely that the market could see a change in ECB tone which has allowed the Euro to remain resilient against the US Dollar. On Wednesday, the market opened with strong economic Q1 data for the eurozone. The euro did not react instantly to the release of this data, likely due to its delay. EUR/USD Price Chart Anticipation of ECBs announcement offers Euro support The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The Euro has gained against the pound sterling ahead of the market awaiting the European Central Banks (ECB) interest rate announcement, which is due tomorrow. Earlier in the trading week the pound sterling rallied in response to the news of Boris Johnssons vote of no confidence. If the ECB announces an interest rate hike in July, the pound sterling currency could be under pressure against the Euro. EUR/GBP Price Chart Negative outlook for Japanese Yen is likely to continue The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. In addition to the Bank of Japan (BoJ) continuing its monetary easing, firmer oil prices have added to the downward pressure on the Japanese Yen and both of these factors will continue to add to the negative outlook for the safe-haven currency. USD/JPY Price Chart CHF holding its position in the market The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The Swiss Franc has recovered against the US Dollar in comparison to the lows experienced in mid-May when the US Dollar was at its strongest, the recovery comes in the wake of market expectations of a more hawkish Swiss National Bank (SNB). the expectations come from indications from policy makers that the SNB will increase its interest rates for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis. USD/CHF Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
Rising U.S. Treasury Bond Yields Have Helped The USD/JPY Bulls

US CPI Inflation Acceleration Likely To See Hawkish Fed Retaliation (EUR/USD), On Thursday The Market Expects The BoE Monetary Policy Decision (EUR/GBP)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 13.06.2022 14:42
Summary: High US CPI inflation is likely to cause the Fed to retaliate, offering USD support. The market is reflecting mixed market signals for the EUR/GBP currency pair. Sharp decline in the value of the JPY sparks BoJ response. Read next: US CPI Data Due On Friday Offers USD Support (EUR/USD, USD/JPY, USD/CHF), Pound Sterling Rallies Against Euro Due To The ECB Press Conference Ambiguity (EUR/GBP)  EUR/USD Bearish as the market expects a hawkish Fed The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The Euro to US Dollar exchange rate fell heavily during last week's trading week in the wake of a toxic combination of international and domestic headwinds and could likely remain under pressure in the coming days if the Fed and US bond yields continue to wear down global investor sentiment. The high US CPI inflation rate indicates that inflation is showing no signs of peaking, the Federal reserve is likely to continue on its hawkish path of tightening monetary policy, which is offering the USD support. EUR/USD Price Chart Hawkish BoE could offer GBP support The market is reflecting mixed market signals for this currency pair. On Thursday the Bank of England (BoE) is due to make a monetary policy decision, if the Bank adopts a more hawkish tone, the pound sterling could strengthen against the EUR. However, economists don't expect a large increase in interest rates and the BoE has been pushing back from hawkish market expectations for its interest rate to reach either 2% or more by year end. EUR/GBP Price Chart BoJ may be ready to step in to save the JPY The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. On Friday the Bank of Japan (BoJ) made a joint government statement which echoed the concerns over the yen’s sharp decline, which indicated that the BoJ may be ready to respond appropriately. In his latest address to parliament, Kuroda stated, "The yen's recent sharp declines are negative for Japan's economy and therefore undesirable, as they make it hard for companies to set business plans". USD/JPY Price Chart AUD/JPY currency pair The market is reflecting bullish market sentiment for this currency pair. The sharp weakening of the Japanese Yen has caused the BoJ to hint plans of stepping in to save the safe-haven currency. AUD/JPY Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com  
The Loonie Pair (USD/CAD) Takes Clues From The Downbeat Oil Prices

Fears Of Recession Loom (EUR/USD), UK CPI Inflation Data 9.1% For May (EUR/GBP), Surprisingly Strong Canadian Inflation Data (USD/CAD), EUR/JPY

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 22.06.2022 16:27
Summary: UK CPI inflation data came in at 9.1% for May. BoJ remaining dovish. Fears of a recession loom. Read next: ECB’s Christine Lagarde Eased Fears (EUR/USD, EUR/CHF), Expectations Of A More Hawkish BoE Strengthen (EUR/GBP, GBP/USD)  ECB could benefit from QEQT combination The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The Euro currency could benefit if the European Central Bank (ECB) uses the European continent's fragmented economic landscape to its advantage by combining both quantitative easing (QE) and quantitative tightening (QT) to normalise monetary policy by minimising upset. The Euro has been recovering against the US Dollar this week. Concerns over a recession in the US have grown as the Fed continue on their hawkish path of fighting inflation. EUR/USD Price Chart UK CPI inflation data met market expectations The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The pound sterling weakened against the Euro in the direct wake of the release of UK inflation data which mostly came in as expected, however, some parts of the report came in softer than was expected and could prove supportive of the British pound currency. UK CPI inflation data came in year-on-year in May at 9.1% which beat April's 9.0% and was in-line with the market expectations. EUR/GBP Price Chart USD/CAD The market is slowing mixed market signals for this currency pair. Canadian inflation data came in surprisingly strong for the month of May, which could likely drive investor expectations of a more hawkish Bank of Canada (BoC) interest rate hiking policies going forward, thus likely supporting the Canadian Dollar. USD/CAD Price Chart BoJ Continues to opt out of monetary policy tightening The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. As the Bank of Japan (BoJ) continues their monetary easing and chooses to stay away from tightening monetary policy, the Euro and other currencies seem to be gaining on the safe-haven asset. EUR/JPY Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
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Concerns Of A Global Recession Continue To Weigh On Markets - Take A Look At The EUR/USD, EUR/GBP, GBP/AUD And EUR/JPY Currency Pairs

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 24.06.2022 13:32
Summary: ECB expected to increase rates at a faster pace. CBA thinks the AUD is at risk of trading at its lowest levels against the GBP since the start of the pandemic.\\ Read next: Data Showed A Slowing Eurozone Economy (EUR/USD, EUR/CHF), UK PMI Data Came In Stronger Than Expected (EUR/GBP), NZD Was The Top Performing Currency On Thursday (GBP/NZD)  EUR/USD currency pair The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. At this point, the market expects to see a continuing hawkish Federal Reserve, pushing both interest rates and long-term rates up even further, thus, the USD is likely to remain strong for most of the remainder of 2022. The European Central Bank (ECB) is expected to raise interest rates further and at a faster pace, the ECB has already communicated hikes in both July and September, as it tries to contain the Eurozone inflation narrative. As concerns around a global recession tighten, the aggressive 75 basis point rate hike made by the Fed has caused investors to be more cautious across the board. EUR/USD Price Chart Eurozone and UK economy slowing. The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. UK retail sales declined in May as consumers felt the pain of rising prices which in turn did not allow the pound sterling a boost heading into the weekend. In addition the retail data from the UK came after the data revealved by France and Germany also missed market expectations. The markets are expecting economic slowdown in both the UK and Eurozone economies. EUR/GBP Price Chart CBA outlook on AUD According to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), the Australian Dollar is at risk of trading at its lowest levels against the British pound since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The CBA sees the AUD as being amongst the most vulnerable currencies to the recent souring of the global economic outlook. GBP/AUD Price Chart EUR/JPY The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. As the Japanese Yen (JPY) continues to weaken in the wake of a dovish Bank of Japan (BoJ), the Euro is also experiencing troubles in the wake of disappointing economic data released from France and Germany, which indicates a slowing of the Eurozone economy. EUR/JPY Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Britain's Rishi Sunak And EU's Ursula Von Der Leyen Will Meet Today To Finalize The Northern Ireland Drama

Euro Sell-off Sentiment Continues Into The Weekend (EUR/USD), UK PM Boris Johnson’s Resignation Offers GBP Support (EUR/GBP), Dovish BoJ Continues (AUD/JPY, USD/JPY)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 08.07.2022 12:36
Summary: Noord stream 1 gas pipeline to begin maintenance. Gains for the GBP suggest that the currency has been holding some political risk premium. AUD/JPY bullish. USD/JPY Read next: Pound Sterling Offered Support After News That Boris Johnson Is Set To Step Down (EUR/GBP, GBP/USD), FED FOMC Meeting Minutes (EUR/USD), Japan’s Upper House Elections (USD/JPY)  Sell-off sentiment for the Euro continues The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The sell-off sentiment for the Euro is showing no sign of stopping going into the weekend, the woes around the Euro continue to stack up, with latest concerns becoming stronger around the repairing of the Noord Stream gas pipeline. The pipeline has been labelled a risk to both the EU economy and the German economy should Russia cut the gas flow or undersupply. In addition, the Fed’s FOMC meeting minutes for June reiterated the Fed’s commitment to aggressively hiking interest rates despite risk of slow economic growth. EUR/USD Price Chart Boris Johnson stepping down offers GBP support The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The EUR/GBP pair fell by around 1% on Thursday in the wake of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s resignation announcement; he will remain in power until a replacement is found. The pound sterling gains suggest indication that the currency has been holding some political risk premium that looks to have converted to a certain extent. Euro currency risk remains a domino effect of many events. EUR/GBP Price Chart Dovish BoJ continues The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The border weakness of the Japanese Yen has been felt. The Monetary of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) in Japan and by extension includes the Bank of Japan (BoJ), is going in the complete opposite direction to other global central banks (with the exception of the People’s Bank of China. The BoJ recently committed to extending their yield curve control program (YCC) and are close to holding 50% of all Japanese government bonds (JGBs) on issue. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), on the other hand, has committed to aggressive monetary policy tightening, offering the AUD support. AUD/JPY Price Chart USD/JPY Bullish The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The Japanese Yen has been facing weakness across the board as the Bank of Japan (BoJ) continues to adopt dovish monetary policy and the Federal Reserve adopts the opposite approach and continues on with their aggressive monetary policy. The US Dollar continues to strengthen. USD/JPY Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
Market Trends and Currency Positioning: USD Net Short Position, Euro and Pound Analysis - 22.08.2023

EUR/USD Attempts Parity (EUR/USD), Noord Stream Maintenance Is Underway (EUR/GBP), BoC Policy Decision Due Wednesday (GBP/CAD), USD/JPY

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 11.07.2022 16:42
Summary: The Euro continues to be one of the more susceptible currencies as many headwinds build up. Will Russia resume gas supply to Noord Stream? Will the BoC policy decision offer CAD support? BoJ would do whatever is necessary to help the economy grow. Read next: Recession Fears Are Affecting Brent Crude Prices, Silver Price vs A Hawkish Federal Reserve, Corn At 8-Week Highs  US Dollar continues to strengthen across the board The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. On Monday the Noord Stream, Germany’s biggest pipeline closed for annual maintenance until the 21st July. The maintenance time period has increased speculation on whether or not Russia will resume gas flows after the maintenance has been completed. The Euro continues to be one of the more susceptible currencies as many headwinds build up. The European Central Bank (ECB) is still on track to raise interest rates (at least 25 bps) at their next meeting later on in July. The US Dollar continues to rise across the board, and investor attention will be aimed in the direction of the US CPI inflation data release for June on Wednesday. EUR/USD Price Chart   EUR/GBP mixed sentiment The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The pound sterling will continue to be affected by external events whilst politics grabs headlines. The Euro continues to be negatively affected by a combination of events. One of the main events being whether or not Russia will turn the taps back on for gas supplies through the Noord Stream once the maintenance is over, if they do not, the possibility of a recession in the Euro area will increase largely. EUR/GBP Price Chart GBP/CAD hovers around 10-year lows The markets are keeping alert as they await the Bank of Canada’s (BoC) policy decision on Wednesday. Although the GBP/CAD currency pair hovers near 10 year lows, both currencies remained little changed on Monday and were both middle-of-the road performers amongst major currencies. GBP/CAD Price Chart BoJ representative speaks The market is reflecting mixed sentiment for this currency pair. A Bank of Japan (BoJ) representative warned the market that the current economic outlook remains uncertain due to the rising commodity prices and that the BoJ would do whatever is necessary to help the economy grow. The same representative also said that Japan’s financial system is robust, the economy is starting to improve and that the central bank would keep interest rates stable at the current or lower levels. USD/JPY Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
German Business Confidence Dips, ECB's Lagarde Hosts Central Banking Conference in Portugal, EUR/USD Drifts Higher

Fed's Plan Is To Push For More Rate Hikes To Boost Dollar (USD)!?

Saxo Strategy Team Saxo Strategy Team 19.08.2022 10:37
Summary:  Better than expected economic data continued to support sentiment in US in contrast to Europe, where ECB’s Schnabel's warning on the growth/inflation picture aggravated concerns. Fed speakers meanwhile continued to push for more rate hikes this year, aiding dollar strength despite lack of a clear direction in long end yields. EUR and GBP broke below key support levels, but oil prices climbed higher amid improving demand outlook but sustained supply issues. Focus now on Jackson Hole next week. What is happening in markets? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I)  In its second lightest volume session of the year, U.S. equities edged modestly higher, S&P 500 +0.23%, Nasdaq 100 +0.26%. As WTI crude climbed 2.7%, rebounding back above $90, the energy space was a top gainer aside from technology. Exxon Mobil (XOM:xnys) gained 2.4%.  Cisco (CSCO:xnas) surged 5.8% after reporting better-than-expected revenues. Nvidia (NVDA:xnas), +2.4% was another top contributor to the gain of the S&P 500 on Wednesday.  95% of S&P 500 companies have reported Q2 results, with about three-quarters of them managing to beat analyst estimates. On Friday there is a large number of options set to expire.  The U.S. treasury yield curve bull steepened on goldilocks hope The U.S. 2-10-year curve steepened 7bps to -32bps, driven by a 9bp decline in the 2-year yield.  In spite of hawkish Fed official comments and the August Philadelphia Fed Index bouncing back to positive territory, the market took note of the falls in the prices paid diffusion index and the prices received index from the survey and sent the short-end yields lower.  Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSIQ2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Both Hang Seng Index and CSI300 declined about 0.8%.  Tencent (00700:xhkg) rose 3.1% after reporting results that beat estimates as a result of better cost control and adverting revenues. Other China internet stocks traded lower, Bilibili (09626:xhkg) -4.2%, Baidu (09888:xhkg) -4.5%, Alibaba (09988:xhkg) -2.1%, JD.COM (09618:xhkg) -2.5%. The surge of Covid cases in China to a three-month high and the Hainan outbreak unabated after a 2-week lockdown, pressured consumer stocks.  Great Wall Motor (02333:xhkg) led the charge lower in autos, plunging near 6%.  Other automakers fell 2% to 4%.  Geely (00175:xhkg) fell 3.1% after reporting 1H earnings missing estimates.  A share Chinese liquor names declined, Kweichow Moutai (600519:xssc) -1.2%, Wuliangye Yibin (000858:xsec) -1.6%. Chinese brewers were outliner gainers in the consumer space, China Resources Beer (00291:xhkg) +4.8%, Tsingtao Brewery (00168:xhkg) +1.9%. Chinese property developers traded lower with Country Garden (02007:xhkg) losing the most, -5.2% , after warning that 1H earnings may have been down as much as 70%. The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) is looking at the quality of real estate loan portfolios at some financial institutions.  EURUSD and GBPUSD break through key support levels Dollar strength prevailed into the end of the week with upbeat US economic data and a continued hawkish Fedspeak which continued to suggest more Fed rate hikes remain in the pipeline compared to what the market is currently pricing in. EUR and GBP were the biggest loser, with both of them breaking below key support levels. EURUSD slid below 1.0100 handle while GBPUSD broke below 1.2000 despite a selling in EGBs and Gilts. USDJPY also broke above 136 in early Asian trading hours despite lack of a clear direction in US 10-year yields and a slide in 2-year yields. AUDUSD testing a break below 0.6900 as NZDUSD drops below 0.6240. Crude oil prices (CLU2 & LCOV2) Oil prices reversed their drop with WTI futures back above $90/barrel and Brent futures above $96. Upbeat US economic data has supported the demand side sentiment in recent days. Moreover, President Xi’s comment that China will continue to open up the domestic economy also aided the demand equation. Supply concerns, meanwhile, were aggravated by geopolitical tension around a potential incident at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine. Meanwhile, Shell hinted at reducing the capacity of Rhineland oil refinery due to the lower water level on the Rhine river and said the situation regarding supply is challenging but carefully managed. Gold (XAUUSD) still facing mixed signals The fate of gold has been turned lower again this week with the yellow metal facing decline of 2.5% so far in the week and breaking below the $1759 support, the 38.2% retracement of the July to August bounce. Stronger dollar, along with Fed’s continued hawkish rhetoric, weighed. Silver (XAGUSD) is also below the key support at $19.50, retracing half of its recent gains. The short-term direction has been driven by speculators reducing bullish bets, but with inflation remaining higher-for-longer, the precious metals can continue to see upside in the long run. What to consider? Existing home sales flags another red for the US housing market US existing home sales fell in July for a sixth straight month to 4.81 mn from 5.11 mn, now at the slowest pace since May 2020, and beneath the expected 4.89 mn. Inventory levels again continued to be a big concern, with supply rising to 3.3 months equivalent from 2.9 in June. This continues to suggest that the weakening demand momentum and high inventory levels may weigh on construction activity. US economic data continues to be upbeat The Philly Fed survey outperformed expectations, with the headline index rising to +6.2 (exp. -5.0, prev. -12.3), while prices paid fell to 43.6 (prev. 52.2) and prices received dropped to 23.3 (prev. 30.3). new orders were still negative at -5.1, but considerably better than last month’s -24.8 and employment came in at 24.1 from 19.4 previously. While this may be a good signal, survey data tends to be volatile and a long-term trend is key to make any reasonable conclusions. Jobless claims also slid to 250k still suggesting that the labor market remains tight. Fed speakers push for more rate hikes St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard flagged another 75 basis point rate hike at the September meeting and hinted at 3.75-4% Fed funds rate by the end of the year with more front-loading in 2022. Fed’s George, much like Fed’s Daly, said that last month’s inflation is not a victory and hardly comforting. Bullard and George vote in 2022. Fed’s Kahskari said that he is not sure if the Fed can avoid a recession and that there is more work to be done to bring inflation down, but noted economic fundamentals are strong. Overall, all messages remain old and eyes remain on Fed Chair Powell speaking at the Jackson Hole conference on August 25. Japan’s inflation came in as-expected Japan’s nationwide CPI for July accelerated to 2.6% y/y, as expected, from 2.4% y/y in June. The core measure was up 2.4% y/y from 2.2% previously, staying above the Bank of Japan’s 2% target and coming in at the strongest levels since 2008. Upside pressures remain as Japan continues to face a deeper energy crisis threat into the winter with LNG supplies possibly getting diverted to Europe for better prices. Still, Bank of Japan may continue to hold its dovish yield curve control policy unless wage inflation surprises consistently to the upside. Cisco’s revenues came in flat, beating a previously feared decline Cisco Systems reports July 2022 quarter revenues of USD13.1 billion, down 0.2% YoY but better than the consensus of a 3% decline.  Net income came in at USD3.4 billion, -3.2% YoY but more than 1 percentage point above consensus.  The fall in product order was also smaller than feared.  The company guided the fiscal year 2023 revenue growth of +4% to +6%, ahead of the 3% expected and FY23 EPS of USD3.49 to USD3.56, in line with expectations as gross margin pressures are expected to offset the impact of higher sales.  NetEase’s Q2 results beat NetEase (09999:xhkg/NTES:xnas) reported above-consensus Q2 revenues, +13% YoY, and net profit from continuing operations, +28%.  PC online game revenues were above expectations, driven by Naraka Bladepoint content updates and the launch of Xbox version.  Mobile game segment performance was in line.  Geely Automobile 1H earnings missed estimates on higher costs Chinese automaker Geely reported higher-than-expected revenue growth of 29%YoY in 1H22 but a 35% YoY decline in net profit which was worse than analyst estimates.  The weakness in profit was mainly a result of a 2.6 percentage point compression of gross margin to 14.6% due to higher material costs and production disruption, higher research and development costs, and the initial ramping-up of production of the Zeekr model.  The company maintains its sales volume target of 1.65 million units, an growth of 24% YoY, for the full year of 2022.    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 – August 19, 2022
Ukraine Saves The Day For The World As The Corridor Shipping Crops Is Opened. Other Countries Harvest Is Quite Low Therefore To Weather Issues

Ukraine Saves The Day For The World As The Corridor Shipping Crops Is Opened. Other Countries Harvest Is Quite Low Therefore To Weather Issues

Saxo Strategy Team Saxo Strategy Team 19.08.2022 11:33
Summary:  Equity markets managed a quiet session yesterday, a day when the focus is elsewhere, especially on the surging US dollar as EURUSD is on its way to threatening parity once again, GBPUSD plunged well below 1.2000 and the Chinese renminbi is perched at its weakest levels against the US dollar for the cycle. Also in play are the range highs in longer US treasury yields, with any significant pull to the upside in yields likely to spell the end to the recent extended bout of market complacency.   What is our trading focus?   Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) S&P 500 futures bounced back a bit yesterday potentially impacted by the July US retail sales showing that the consumer is holding up in nominal terms. The key market to watch for equity investors is the US Treasury market as the US 10-year yield seems to be on a trajectory to hit 3%. In this case we would expect a drop in S&P 500 futures to test the 4,200 level and if we get pushed higher in VIX above the 20 level then US equities could accelerate to the downside. Fed’s Bullard comments that he is leaning towards a 75 basis point rate hike at the September meeting should also negatively equities here relative to the expectations. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSI.I) and China’s CSI300 (000300.I) Hang Seng Index edged up by 0.4% and CSI300 was little changed. As WTI Crude bounced back above $90/brl, energy stocks outperformed, rising 2-4%. Technology names in Hong Kong gained with Hang Seng Tech Index (HSTECH.I) up 0.6%. Investors are expecting Chinese banks to cut loan prime rates on Monday, following the central bank’s rate cut earlier this week. The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) is looking at the quality of real estate loan portfolios and reviewing lending practices at some Chinese banks. The shares of NetEase (09999:xhkg/NTES:xnas) dropped more than 3% despite reporting above-consensus Q2 revenue up 13% y/y, and net profit from continuing operations up 28%.  PC online game revenue was above expectations, driven by Naraka Bladepoint content updates and the launch of Xbox version. Mobile game segment performance was in line. USD pairs as the USD rally intensifies The US dollar rally is finding its legs after follow up action yesterday that took EURUSD below the key range low of 1.0100, setting up a run at the psychologically pivotal parity, while GBPUSD slipped well south of the key 1.2000 and USDJPY ripped up through 135.50 resistance. An accelerator of that move may be applied if US long treasury yields pull come further unmoored from the recent range and pull toward 3.00%+. A complete sweep of USD strength would arrive with a significant USDCNH move as discussed below, and the US dollar “wrecking ball” will likely become a key focus and driver of risk sentiment as it is the premiere measure of global liquidity. The next key event risk for the US dollar arrives with next Friday’s Jackson Hole symposium speech from Fed Chair Powell. USDCNH The exchange rate is trading at the highs of the cycle this morning, and all traders should keep an eye out here for whether China allows a significant move in the exchange rate toward 7.00, and particularly whether CNH weakness more than mirrors USD strength (in other words, if CNH is trading lower versus a basket of currencies), which would point to a more determined devaluation move that could spook risk sentiment globally, something we have seen in the past when China shows signs of shifting its exchange rate regime from passive management versus the USD. Crude oil Crude oil (CLU2 & LCOV2) remains on track for a weekly loss with talks of an Iran nuclear deal and global demand concerns being partly offset by signs of robust demand for fuel products. Not least diesel which is seeing increasing demand from energy consumers switching from punitively expensive gas. Earlier in the week Dutch TTF benchmark gas at one point traded above $400 per barrel crude oil equivalent. So far this month the EU diesel crack spread, the margin refineries achieve when turning crude into diesel, has jumped by more than 40% while stateside, the equivalent spread is up around 25%, both pointing to a crude-supportive strength in demand. US natural gas US natural gas (NGU2) ended a touch lower on Thursday after trading within a 7% range. It almost reached a fresh multi-year high at $9.66/MMBtu after spiking on a lower-than-expected stock build before attention turned to production which is currently up 4.8% y/y and cooler temperatures across the country lowering what until recently had driven very strong demand from utilities. LNG shipments out of Freeport, the stricken export plant may suffer further delays, thereby keeping more gas at home. Stockpiles trail the 5-yr avg. by 13%. US Treasuries (TLT, IEF) The focus on US Treasury yields may be set to intensify if the 10-year treasury benchmark yield, trading near 2.90% this morning, comes unmoored from its recent range and trades toward 3.00%, possibly on the Fed’s increase in the pace of its quantitative tightening and/or on US economic data in the coming week(s). Yesterday’s US jobless claims data was better than expected and the August Philadelphia Fed’s business survey was far more positive than expected, suggesting expansion after the volatile Empire Fed survey a few days earlier posted a negative reading.   What is going on?   Global wheat prices continue to tumble ... with a record Russian crop, continued flows of Ukrainian grain and the stronger dollar pushing down prices. The recently opened corridor from Ukraine has so far this month seen more than 500,000 tons of crops being shipped, and while it's still far below the normal pace it has nevertheless provided some relief at a time where troubled weather has created a mixed picture elsewhere. The Chicago wheat (ZWZ2) futures contract touch a January on Thursday after breaking $7.75/bu support while the Paris Milling (EBMZ2) wheat traded near the lowest since March. Existing home sales flags another red for the US housing market while other US economic data continues to be upbeat US existing home sales fell in July for a sixth straight month to 4.81 mn from 5.11 mn, now at the slowest pace since May 2020, and beneath the expected 4.89 mn. Inventory levels again continued to be a big concern, with supply rising to 3.3 months equivalent from 2.9 in June. This continues to suggest that the weakening demand momentum and high inventory levels may weigh on construction activity. The Philly Fed survey meanwhile outperformed expectations, with the headline index rising to +6.2 (exp. -5.0, prev. -12.3), while prices paid fell to 43.6 (prev. 52.2) and prices received dropped to 23.3 (prev. 30.3). New orders were still negative at -5.1, but considerably better than last month’s -24.8 and employment came in at 24.1 from 19.4 previously Fed speakers push for more rate hikes St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard 2.6% with more front-loading in 2022. Fed’s George, much like Fed’s Daly, said that last month’s inflation is not a victory and hardly comforting. Bullard and George vote in 2022. Fed’s Kashkari said that he is not sure if the Fed can avoid a recession and that there is more work to be done to bring inflation down, but noted economic fundamentals are strong. Overall, all messages remain old and eyes remain on Fed Chair Powell speaking at the Jackson Hole conference on August 26, next Friday.  Japan’s inflation came in as expected Japan’s nationwide CPI for July accelerated to 2.6% y/y, as expected, from 2.4% y/y in June. The core measure was up 2.4% y/y from 2.2% previously, staying above the Bank of Japan’s 2% target and coming in at the strongest levels since 2008. Upside pressures remain as Japan continues to face a deeper energy crisis threat into the winter with LNG supplies possibly getting diverted to Europe for better prices. Still, Bank of Japan may continue to hold its dovish yield curve control policy unless wage inflation surprises consistently to the upside.   What are we watching next?   Strong US dollar to unsettle markets – and Jackson Hole Fed conference next week? The US dollar continues to pull higher here, threatening the cycle highs versus sterling, the euro and on the comeback trail against the Japanese yen as well. The US dollar is a barometer of global liquidity, and a continued rise would eventually snuff out the improvement in financial conditions we have seen since the June lows in equity markets, particularly if longer US treasury yields are also unmoored from their recent range and rise back to 3.00% or higher.  The focus on the strong US dollar will intensify should the USDCNH exchange rate, which has pulled to the highs of the cycle above 6.80, lurch toward 7.00 in coming sessions as it would indicate that China is unwilling to allow its currency to track USD direction. As well, the Fed seems bent on pushing back against market expectations for Fed rate cuts next year and may have to spell this out a bit more forcefully at next week’s Jackson Hole conference starting on Thursday (Fed Chair Powell to speak Friday). Earnings to watch The two earnings releases to watch today are from Xiaomi and Deere. The Chinese consumer is challenged over falling real estate prices and input cost pressures on food and energy, and as a result consumer stocks have been doing bad this year. Xiaomi is one the biggest sellers of smartphones in China and is expected to report a 20% drop in revenue compared to last year. Deere sits in the booming agricultural sector, being one of the biggest manufacturers of farming equipment, and analysts expect a 12% gain in revenue in FY22 Q3 (ending 31 July).   Today: China Merchants Bank, CNOOC, Shenzhen Mindray, Xiaomi, Deere Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 1230 – Canada Jun. Retail Sales 1300 – US Fed’s Barkin (Non-voter) to speak Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher   Source: Financial Markets Today: Quick Take – August 19, 2022
Kuroda Stayed On The Sidelines And The Yen Responded With Losses

Japanese GDP Is Expected To Grow! Industrial Production Rose!

ING Economics ING Economics 01.09.2022 08:26
Today's monthly activity data is positive with both industrial production and retail sales improving, suggesting that the moderate economic recovery will continue this quarter – posing an upside risk to the current quarter's GDP Industrial production rose unexpectedly in July by 1.0% month-on-month 1.0% Industrial Production %MoM, sa Higher than expected Industrial production and retail sales improved in July Industrial production rose unexpectedly by 1.0% month-on-month, seasonally-adjusted (vs -0.5% market consensus), following a 9.2% surge in June.  Output forecasts for August and September also improved suggesting that solid production is likely to continue this quarter. By industry, automobile production and shipments improved. Keeping up with the production setbacks will normalise in a few months, but the solid gain for two consecutive months shows that the global supply bottleneck is fading and pent-up demand remains strong. Meanwhile, weak production of electronic components and devices suggests that global semiconductors are entering a downcycle for the second half of this year. Meanwhile, retail sales edged up 0.8% in July (vs -1.4% in June), which was also better than the market consensus of 0.3%. Household consumption remained strong despite the resurgence of Covid cases and high inflation. General merchandise and apparel fell, but more importantly, motor vehicles continued to rise firmly by 4.4% (vs 5.2% in June) for the second month in a row.  Separately, the consumer confidence index rose to 32.5 in August (vs 30.2 in July). Consumers showed a positive outlook as overall livelihood, income growth, employment, and willingness to buy durable goods advanced for the first time in three months.   Today’s reports signal that the Japanese economy continues to recover, mostly due to catch-up production gaps and the reopening effect. Industrial production rose in July for the second month in a row Source: CEIC Outlook for 3Q GDP and Bank of Japan policy The recent data releases from Japan are positive. Labour market conditions appear to have tightened while the growth outlook for the current quarter is also promising as monthly activity data and survey data have improved more than expected. Currently, we expect third-quarter GDP to grow 0.3% quarter-on-quarter sa (vs 0.5% in 2Q22), but an upside revision is on the way after confirming PMI and core machinery orders in two weeks. As for inflation, if the Japanese yen continues to weaken, hitting the 140 handle, then inflation could climb up to 3.0% year-on-year by year-end. We believe the recent positive outcomes are not good enough for the Bank of Japan to change its policy stance yet as it believes the recovery is still very fragile. On the other hand, Governor Haruhiko Kuroda pledged over the weekend to maintain the easing policy to support growth. Thus, we expect the Bank of Japan to stay pat at its September meeting.  Read this article on THINK TagsRetail sales Industrial Production Consumer confidence Bank of Japan 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
Saxo Bank Podcast: The Upcoming Bank Of Japan Meeting, A Look At Crude Oil, Copper And More

The Japanese Yen Brought Closer To Its Worst Annual Performance Ever

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 07.09.2022 11:26
The Japanese currency continues to depreciate against the US dollar. The closer the September meeting of the Federal Reserve, the worse the position of the yen becomes. Yesterday JPY set 2 anti-records at once. Historic fall The USD/JPY pair significantly accelerated its rise to the top on Tuesday. The quote soared by 0.6% and exceeded another 24-year high at around 143.28. What's more, yesterday's fall in the yen brought it closer to its worst annual performance ever. Since the beginning of the year, the yen has fallen against the dollar by almost 20%. This is more than in 1979, when the largest annual decline was recorded. Recall that this year the reason for the sharp weakening of the yen was the discrepancy in the monetary policy of Japan and the United States. At present, the Japanese central bank looks marginalized among its peers. While other central banks are raising interest rates to bring raging inflation under control, it has stubbornly kept the rate at extremely low levels. The Bank of Japan's dovish tactics are helping widen the gap between interest rates in Japan and the US, which is taking the most aggressive measures to combat inflation. In order to curb the rise in prices, this year the US central bank has already raised interest rates four times, twice by 75 bps. Now the market is evaluating the likelihood that in September the Fed will go for the third consecutive highest increase in the indicator, at 73%. Traders' confidence in the hawkish determination of US politicians is supported by optimistic US economic data. The index of business activity in the services sector for August was published on Tuesday. Last month, the indicator unexpectedly rose from the previous value of 56.7 to 56.9. This is much better than forecasts, as economists had expected to see the indicator drop to 55.1. Yesterday's statistics once again confirmed that the US economy, despite the rapid increase in rates, is still firmly on its feet. Therefore, at its next meeting, the Fed is likely to brush off the talk of a recession and follow the hawkish route at the same pace. This scenario puts an end to the yen. As the gap between Japanese and US interest rates widens, the JPY will continue to set anti-records. Where is the bottom? This morning the USD/JPY pair is still in a strong upward trend and is showing another achievement. The asset has broken through the level of 144. Analysts explain the current surge in quotes by a sharp increase in the yield of 10-year US Treasury bonds and a dovish statement by the BOJ. At the auctions in Tokyo, the yield of US Treasuries, inspired by positive US economic data, rose to its highest value since mid-June at 3.365%. Meanwhile, the yield on similar Japanese bonds approached 0.245%. This is very close to the upper end of the acceptable BOJ 0.25% trading range. Recall that earlier the Japanese central bank has repeatedly stated that it will not allow yields to rise above this value. Now, when the indicator is about to touch the key ceiling, the BOJ made another statement. On Wednesday, the BOJ announced that it is increasing planned purchases of Japanese government bonds as part of its regular open market operations from 500 billion yen to 550 billion yen. This decision greatly crippled the already weak Japanese currency and overshadowed its future prospects. The continuation of the USD/JPY pair rally is also evidenced by the technical picture. For now, the bulls are ignoring the overbought conditions of the RSI and are on their way to the rising resistance line since the end of April, which is in the 144.60 area. If bears continue to push to the upside of this level, the June and August 1998 peaks will be in focus. We are talking about the marks of 146.80 and 147.70 respectively.     Relevance up to 09:00 2022-09-12 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/321027
ECB press conference brings more fog than clarity

More Rate Hikes Are Coming. The Increase In The USD/JPY Will Not Change The Political Position Of The Bank Of Japan

ING Economics ING Economics 03.09.2022 09:39
Expect more big rate hikes in September from the major central banks, even if many of them are closing in on the end of their respective tightening cycles In this article Federal Reserve European Central Bank Bank of England Bank of Japan   Federal Reserve Our call: A third consecutive 75bp rate hike in September with Fed funds hitting 3.75-4% in December. Rate cuts from summer 2023. Quantitative tightening (QT) to continue until rate cuts begin. Rationale: While there was a technical recession in the first half of the year this was attributed to volatility in trade and inventories. Consumer spending, business capex and job creation are firm, and with inflation remaining stubbornly high and financial conditions not tightening as much as the Fed would like, more rate hikes are coming. But the 2023 global outlook is deteriorating while higher interest rates and the strong dollar are set to weigh on domestic activity, which is already facing a steep downturn in the housing market. We expect rate cuts next summer. Risk to our call: Two-way. If the labour market remains tight and inflation doesn't fall as quickly as we expect then rate hikes will continue for longer.  Conversely, if the economy reacts badly to rate hikes a deep recession will likely prompt a more rapid reversal in Fed policy. James Knightley European Central Bank Our call: A 50bp rate hike in September and another 25bp in October, followed by a long pause.  Rationale: The eurozone is facing a longer recession and financing conditions have already tightened significantly in recent weeks. The ECB will try to bring its policy rate to the lower end of the range for neutral rates as quickly as possible. However, we think that the ECB is still underestimating the risk and severity of a recession. As soon as the recession becomes more evident, the ECB will also turn more dovish. Any neutral policy rate is much lower in a recession than in a strong growth environment.  Risk to our call: The paradigm shift in many central banks and a high acceptance of a worsening recession is the price to pay to fight inflation. The risk is that the ECB will continue hiking way into the recession and would deliver a total of 150bp rate hikes until Spring 2023. Carsten Brzeski Bank of England Our call: A 50bp rate hike in September and November Rationale: For the same reasons as the ECB, we think the Bank of England is closer to the end of its tightening cycle than the beginning. That said, there is scope for further aggressive action in the near term. While core inflation should fall throughout next year, the jobs market remains tight and the Bank is worried about the risk of persistent wage inflation. We also think a large government energy support package looks increasingly inevitable, and we think that could provide further impetus for the BoE to keep hiking in the near term. The recent weakness in sterling will bolster the hawks' case, even if in practice this isn’t likely to move the needle for inflation all that much. Risk to our call: Two-way. A lack of government support could force the Bank to stop hiking sooner. Equally a 75bp rate hike in September shouldn’t be totally ruled out given other central banks' actions, and neither should the risk of Bank Rate hitting 3% later this year. However, that would make rate cuts more likely in 2023 James Smith Bank of Japan Our call: Bank of Japan will maintain an accommodative policy stance. Rationale: CPI will likely stay above 2.5% till the end of 2022, but the BoJ will downplay it as 'cost-push' driven inflation that will prove to be temporary. Labour conditions are expected to become tighter as labour shortages persist, but it is still questionable that this will lead to meaningful wage increases over the coming months. Even if USD/JPY rises above 140, it won’t be a reason for the BoJ to change its policy stance. Risk to our call: If signs of wage growth are detected then the BoJ may reconsider its policy stance, but that will become more likely when Governor Haruhiko Kuroda retires next April. Min Joo Kang    Source: https://think.ing.com/articles/monthly-central-banks-our-main-calls/?utm_campaign=September-01_monthly-central-banks-our-main-calls&utm_medium=email&utm_source=emailing_article&M_BT=1124162492 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
Philippines Central Bank's Hawkish Pause: Key Developments and Policy Stance

Only Turkey And Japan Are Expected To Keep Rates Unchanged?

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 19.09.2022 11:01
Summary:  Markets trade nervously ahead of the FOMC meeting this week, as a minority consider it likely that last week’s hotter-than-expected US August CPI data could see the Fed hiking 100 basis points at Wednesday’s FOMC meeting, driving further painful USD strength. Other notable central bank meetings this week include the Bank of Japan, Swiss National Bank, Norges Bank and Bank of England meetings, all on Thursday.   What is our trading focus? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) US equities were lower on Friday but managed to stage a pullback in the later part of the trading session with S&P 500 closing at 3,890. Sentiment remains weak this morning with US equity futures trading lower and Friday’s low in S&P 500 futures at the 3,853 level is the key critical downside level to watch. Financial conditions are still tightening, VIX curve is flattening, and the US 10-year yield is trending higher pointing to weaker equities ahead., The next big level in S&P 500 futures is the 3,800 level. This week the key event risk for US equities is naturally the FOMC meeting which will provide another tightening of policy rates and potentially a hawkish tilt on the guidance due to the latest inflation figures in the US. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSIU2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Hang Seng Index dropped nearly 1%, dragged by technology stocks, with Hang Seng Tech Index (HSTECH.I) declining 2%, Alibaba (09988:xhkg) falling 3.3%, Tencent (00700:xhkg) down 1%. EV makers underperformed, with NIO (0986), Li Auto (02015:xhkg), and Xpeng (09868:xhkg) declining 4% to 6%. Following the news that the Hong Kong Government is reviewing and considering plans to end the hotel quarantine requirements for inbound travellers, tourism and retail stocks rallied, Cathay Pacific Airways (00293:xhkg) up nearly 2%, travel agent EGL surging 11.5%, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery (01929:xhkg) rising 6.6%. CSI 300 was little charged, with coal, and beverage names outperforming. USD traders mull FOMC meeting this Wednesday The US dollar has remained rangebound in most pairs ahead of this Wednesday’s FOMC meeting, but did break higher recently versus GBP, CAD, and NZD. Whether the Fed hikes 100 basis points (a minority looking for this after the hot CPI print for August last week) may prove less important than the Fed’s guidance on its forecasted “terminal rate” in the quarterly refresh of its accompanying “dot plot” forecasts for the Fed rate and as the market reads the tone of the statement and draws conclusions from the latest economic projections. The June PCE inflation forecasts, for example, still see 2023 inflation falling back to 2.7% and 2024 inflation to 2.3%. That latter forecast has only been raised 0.2% from the year-earlier level, suggesting that the Fed still sees the inflationary threat as something that its current path of tightening will make a transitory phenomenon. Gold (XAUUSD) Gold remains below $1680 and may struggle ahead of Wednesday’s FOMC rate decision given its potential impact on the dollar and Treasury yield as well as its impact on the terminal rate, currently priced around 4.5% by next March.  Speculators flipped their gold position to a net short in the week to September 13 and it highlights the upside risk should the price manage to break above the twice rejected support-turned-resistance level at $1680. Strong short covering from speculators in silver, supported by copper market tightness, has seen its relative value as seen through the XAUXAG ratio rise to a three-month high. Below $1854, last week's low in gold, the market may target the 50% retracement of the 2018 to 2020 rally at $1618.    Crude oil (CLV2 & LCOX2) Crude oil remains rangebound with Brent continuing to find support ahead of $90 and WTI around $84.50. Prices are being supported by the reopening of Chengdu in Sichuan, boosting the outlook for demand. Overall, however, the potential negative impact on demand from a global economic slowdown will not go away, and the market will be watching central bank decisions from the US to Europe and Asia and their overall impact on the dollar. Production from the OPEC+ alliance fell 3.6 million barrels/day short of its target level in August according to delegates and with Russia’s production at risk of falling by 1.9 million barrels per day once the EU embargo starts in December, the risk to supply remains equally high and price supportive. US Treasuries (TLT, IEF) US treasury yields trade near the cycle highs ahead of the FOMC meeting on Wednesday, with focus on the 10-year benchmark at 2.50%, the cycle high from June and on guidance from the Fed, as a minority are looking for a 100 basis point hike this week, while the terminal rate for next spring has risen almost to 4.50% recently, up more than 100 basis points from early August. What is going on? Dreadful UK retail sales in August There is no other word to qualify the latest retail sales report in the UK. Retail sales (important to note: UK Retail Sales are reported in volume, not price) contracted by minus 5.4 % year-over-year versus expected minus 4.2 %. Excluding fuel bills, it was out at minus 5 %. Just for the sake of comparison, UK retail sales fell 3.8 % year-over-year at the worst point of the Global Financial Crisis. High inflationary pressures coupled with the upcoming recession will certainly pose a serious challenge to the Bank of England (BoE). The market participants expect the central bank will hike rates by at least 50 basis points later this week (a stronger hike of 75 basis points is possible on cards). But we wonder how long the tightening cycle can last in the UK given the rapid deterioration of the situation on the growth front. On a flip note, the EZ CPI for August was confirmed at 9.1 % year-over-year. This is painfully high. Expect the ECB to hike interest rates by at least 50 basis points at its October meeting. In her last appearance last Friday, ECB president Christine Lagarde did not give much clue about the pace of the tightening cycle in the eurozone. She only mentioned that “hikes should send a signal that we’ll meet price goals”. US University of Michigan survey remains optimistic The preliminary September University of Michigan sentiment survey saw the headline rise to 59.5 from 58.5, just short of the expected 60, but nonetheless marking a fourth consecutive rise. Notably, the rise in forward expectations was starker than in current conditions, with the former also coming in above consensus expectations. Also, key were the inflation expectations, which echoed what was seen in the Fed surveys last week. The 1yr slowed to 4.6% from 4.8% and the 5yr expectations slowed to 2.8% from 2.9%.  EU recommends withholding EUR 7.5B from Hungary on rule of law violations The specific accusation is one of corruption in Hungary’s awarding of public contracts. The amount of budget funds to be withheld represents some one-third of the budget for Hungary during the current 7-year budget period. A majority of EU member states will have to approve the recommendation for the funds to be withheld. Hungary has scrambled recently to address the EU’s concerns, with new laws to be debated next week as the country has until November 19 to make changes and inform the commission. What are we watching next? Japan’s CPI and central bank decision to signal concerns on yen weakness Japan has key data on August inflation due Tuesday followed by the Bank of Japan decision a day after the FOMC on Thursday. Consensus estimates for August CPI are touching close to 3% levels, with core higher as well at 1.5% YoY from 1.2% previously. Upside pressures continue to persist from high food and energy prices, while the soft year-ago base also means mobile phone charges are likely to pick up. 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. Raft of central bank meetings this week It isn’t just FOMC week, we also have a bevy of other central banks up with rate decisions this week, including Sweden’s Riksbank tomorrow, which is expected to hike 75 basis points to take the policy rate to 1.50%. The FOMC meets Wednesday, followed by a historic Thursday in which the Bank of Japan, Norges Bank of Norway, Swiss National Bank and Bank of England meet among G-10 currencies, with the Central Bank of Turkey and South Africa’s Reserve Bank also meeting that day. Of those, only Turkey and Japan are expected to keep rates unchanged, with all others looking to continue tightening policy. Porsche IPO set for €70-75bn valuation The Porsche brand is set to be spun out from the Volkswagen group on September 29, with 12.5% of the shares to be floated. VW shareholders will be awarded a special dividend on half of the proceeds from the IPO, with the remaining half targeted for investing in the transition to EVs. The IPO comes with a greenshoe option of 10-15% dilution. Earnings calendar this week This week our earnings focus is on Lennar on Wednesday as US homebuilders are facing multiple headwinds from still elevated materials prices and rapidly rising interest rates impacting forward demand. Later during this week, we will watch Carnival earnings as forward outlook on cruise demand is a good indicator of the impact on consumption from tighter financial conditions. Today: AutoZone Tuesday: Haleon Wednesday: Lennar, Trip.com, General Mills Thursday: Costco Wholesale, Accenture, FactSet Research Systems, Darden Restaurants Friday: Carnival Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 0800 – Switzerland Swiss National Bank Sight Deposits 0900 – ECB’s Guindos to speak 1200 – ECB's De Cos to speak 1245 – ECB's Villeroy to speak 1400 – US Sep. NAHB Housing Market Index 2330 – Japan Aug. National CPI 0115 – China Rate Announcement 0130 – Australia RBA Minutes of Sep. Policy Meeting  Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher   Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/macro/market-quick-take-sep-19-2022-19092022
Kuroda Stayed On The Sidelines And The Yen Responded With Losses

Japanese Yen (JPY) May Be Weak, But Inflation In Japan Is Still Low And It's Good To Know Why

ING Economics ING Economics 20.09.2022 10:11
Consumer price inflation rose 3.0% YoY in August, and we look for headline inflation to stay above 3% for the rest of the year – but that's probably the highest it can go. We think a lack of demand-side pressures is a key reason for low inflation. With little sign of improvement in household income, CPI inflation will likely fall below 2% next year Japan's inflation is low by global standards The global economy is now at war with high prices. Although prices in major economies appear to be passing or nearing peaks, inflation remains at an elevated level in many countries. The main reasons for this are: 1) excessive liquidity was injected into the economy during the pandemic to mitigate the impact of Covid-19, and 2) the Russia-Ukraine war has triggered high commodity prices and worsened global supply bottleneck problems. Indeed, while Japan has – despite the influence of both factors – managed to maintain relatively low inflation, its CPI inflation also rose in August to 3.0% YoY, from the recent low of -1.2% in December 2020. Services price growth has been muted while goods prices have been the dominant factor in the recent inflation rise.   Japan's CPI inflation has risen due to goods prices, but is significantly lower than other DM countries Source: CEIC What are the differences in CPI weights between Japan and other developed markets? Looking at Japan’s CPI basket as of August, food is the largest category accounting for 26% of the total CPI weight, followed by housing at 21.5%. Among other major categories, energy and recreation are relatively small at 7.1% and 9.1% respectively. Comparing Japan’s weight to other developed markets, its energy share is lower than that of the US and EU, and its housing share is intermediate between the US and EU. Why is this important? Because these are the two main contributing factors that are keeping inflation in Japan low. The different CPI weights per country could explain Japan's low inflation Source: CEIC, ING estimates Energy prices in Japan have surged, but not as much as in the US and EU Japan, being a net energy importing country, cannot opt-out of rising global commodity price rises. However, energy inflation in Japan has grown slower than in the US and EU. In our view, long-term contracts have provided some cushioning for Japan’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports. According to the International Gas Union, oil-linked contracts accounted for around 67% of LNG purchases in 2018, thus Japan has received more protection from the recent strength in gas prices. In addition, and probably more importantly, Japan imports about 10% of LNG from Sakhalin, Russia under long-term contracts, but there has been no major supply problem in the channel so far. Energy prices in Japan have surged, but not as much as in the US and EU Source: CEIC, ING estimates   Fuel tax might be another reason for Japan’s low energy price compared to the US. While European countries tend to tax petroleum fuels at the highest level globally, Japan has also set taxes relatively high by global standards (but not as high as the EU). Higher tax rates provide some cushioning from crude energy price changes, and while in places like the US, where there are much lower taxes, the price swings come through quickly and fully. In the case of Japan, the government took the subsidy option for the first time in recent history and increased fuel subsidies to refiners and oil product importers. Ever since the temporary subsidy programme was introduced in January – with 3.4 yen per litre paid to oil distributors and importers – the ceiling on the subsidy has increased, to 37.3 yen per litre in May. The government's efforts to cut fuel tax has also lightened the price burden Source: Alternative Fuels Data Center House prices in Japan have never recovered from the 1990s real estate crisis The rental components, making up a fifth of the inflation basket, have recently risen but only negligibly compared to the US and EU. Japan suffered a real estate bubble burst in the early 1990s, and the market has never recovered from the losses. In general, there is a positive correlation between house prices and rentals with a time lag, but since there has been no increase in house prices in Japan, the rental components of the CPI have stagnated as well. The US and EU’s house prices surged during the pandemic, and lagged effects of house price gains have pushed up rents sharply to 6.3% in the US and a more modest 2.1% in the EU. Crucially, we don’t see any significant gains in the housing market in the long run with an ageing population, which will also anchor Japan’s relatively low inflation in the future.    Japan's property market hasn't fully recovered, thus rent inflation hasn't changed much Source: CEIC, ING estimates Why have house prices remained weak despite the low interest environment? There can be a number of reasons holding back the housing market’s recovery. Looking at the supply and demand in the real estate market, it seems that there was an oversupply problem as housing supply continued for a while even after the bubble burst. From the early 1990s to the early 2010s, the number of new uncontracted apartments remained relatively high. Meanwhile, demand for real estate moved in the opposite direction as the population declined. Other than the supply and demand mismatch, there may be other reasons to explain the poor real estate markets, such as prospective buyers only wanting earthquake-resistant homes, or because the trauma of the real estate crisis has driven people away from investing in housing. Japan oversupplied new housing even after the crisis Source: CEIC, ING estimates Household income conditions have only slightly improved The price elasticity of demand of Japanese consumers is quite sensitive to price increases and companies’ cautious price-setting behaviour reflects this purchasing attitude of consumers. Thus, inflation remains low and creates expectations of low inflation in future. (A comparison of Japanese and US New Keynesian Phillips Curves with Bayesian VAR-GMM, March 2022, Bank of Japan Working Paper Series). Household income growth has been near zero for the past 20 years Source: CEIC, ING estimates   It is true that household income has barely increased over the past two decades. Wage growth has been fairly weak while asset prices in Japan have also struggled to recover from their previous peaks. The Japanese stock market has risen only 20% since 1987, while US and EU stocks have grown nearly ninefold and fourfold, respectively, over the same period. The stagnant stock market also suggests that companies are performing poorly, and margins are shrinking, leaving little room for companies to increase prices. An ageing population also increases consumers’ propensity to save. What all this suggests is that households’ purchasing power has not strengthened, which means consumers’ desire to consume is likely to be suppressed.   Businesses cannot effectively transfer input price hikes to consumer prices Source: CEIC The pace of reopening in Japan has been slower than that of the US and EU Last but not least, the pace of reopening is another reason to explain the slow inflation rise. The recent sharp rise in prices has mainly been driven by constraints on the global supply side, but a recovery in demand after mobility restrictions in many countries were lifted last year has also contributed. Japan has been one of the most conservative countries in relaxing social distancing measures and it only started easing the rules in April this year. Although the government continues to relax measures, many rules are still intact and cross-border mobility is still tightly regulated with quarantine and testing. Thus, the pressure on the demand side for energy from the reopening has been weaker than in the US and EU. Stringency index shows that Japan's measures have not been completely lifted Source: CEIC Short-term inflation outlook: pipeline prices appear to have stabilised since June Despite the recent weakness in the Japanese yen, the drop in global oil prices has led to price stabilisation in recent months. Producer price inflation remained unchanged at 9.0% year-on-year in August (vs 9.4% in June) and import price growth continued to slow to 21.7% in August (vs 26.1% in July). With the market consensus of global oil prices falling further by the end of this year, we think pipeline prices are expected to decline accordingly. Despite the deceleration in pipeline prices, consumer prices are expected to rise further for the duration of the year. The low base from last year would be a factor and the second-round effect from high commodity prices – manufactured food – will come into play over the next few months. According to a recent survey, the prices of 6,532 food items are expected to rise in October, compared with 2,493 items in August and 2,424 items in September. In addition, relatively healthy labour conditions combined with a reopening boost will support additional gains in prices for the time being. The Bank of Japan outlook Although today's CPI outcome was slightly higher than expected, we believe it is unlikely to prompt the Bank of Japan (BoJ) to change its policy on Thursday. But, it will certainly have to find more convincing messages to justify its easing policy with the relatively fast pace of inflation rise – by Japanese standards. The BoJ will also have to think about an exit plan as the Covid-19 situation is slowly turning to normal. As the first move, the bank will likely end its Covid-19 support programme as originally planned at its September meeting. If the BoJ decides to terminate the programme as scheduled, it shows its determination to take the normalisation path, but doesn’t necessarily mean that the bank will hike policy rates or change its yield curve control policy anytime soon. As mentioned earlier, the current above-2% inflation is not sustainable beyond six months so we expect the BoJ to remain unchanged for a while.  Read this article on THINK TagsHousing Prices CPI inflation Bank of Japan 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
FX Daily: Low Volatility Persists Amidst US Jobs Data Ripples

Rate Hike Announcements Throughout This Week

Swissquote Bank Swissquote Bank 20.09.2022 14:03
FOMC begins its two-day policy meeting today, and is expected to deliver the third 75-bp hike tomorrow. Activity on Fed funds futures gives more than 80% chance for a 75bp hike this morning, and less than 20% chance for a 100bp hike. Although the probability of a full percentage point hike spiked up to 35% after last week’s disappointing inflation reports, we still believe that the Fed has nothing to gain by surprising the market with a bigger than expected rate hike. The strength of the US dollar is too threatening for the Fed to pull out the bazooka. Banks will announce their latest decisions  Therefore, a 75bp hike at tomorrow’s announcement has the potential to give some relief to the US dollar and the equity markets, as it would help de-pricing the scenario of 100bp hike. Yet, the size of an eventual relief, or whether we would see a relief or not will also depend on the economic projections and the dot plot. And the global tightening winds will continue to blow beyond the US this week. The Bank of Japan, Sweden, Norway, Brazil, South Africa, Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Turkey, the Bank of England and the Swiss National Bank will announce their latest decisions throughout this week. Most of these banks are expected to raise their interest rates, and/or sound hawkish in an effort to slow the depreciation of their currencies against the Fed-boosted US dollar. The Swiss National Bank (SNB) is one of them. We discuss why the SNB should follow the Fed with a 75pp hike, and what would be the impact on the Swiss markets. Watch the full episode to find out more! 0:00 Intro 0:32 Market update 1:25 Fed will likely hike by 75bp this month… 4:05 The Swiss National Bank will likely follow! Ipek Ozkardeskaya Ipek Ozkardeskaya has begun her financial career in 2010 in the structured products desk of the Swiss Banque Cantonale Vaudoise. She worked at HSBC Private Bank in Geneva in relation to high and ultra-high net worth clients. In 2012, she started as FX Strategist at Swissquote Bank. She worked as a Senior Market Analyst in London Capital Group in London and in Shanghai. She returned to Swissquote Bank as Senior Analyst in 2020. #FOMC #Fed #meeting #SNB #rate #decision #jumbo #hikes #USD #CHF #EUR #SMI #SPX #Dow #Nasdaq #investing #trading #equities #stocks #cryptocurrencies #FX #bonds #markets #news #Swissquote #MarketTalk #marketanalysis #marketcommentary ___ Learn the fundamentals of trading at your own pace with Swissquote's Education Center. Discover our online courses, webinars and eBooks: https://swq.ch/wr ___ Discover our brand and philosophy: https://swq.ch/wq Learn more about our employees: https://swq.ch/d5 ___ Let's stay connected: LinkedIn: https://swq.ch/cH
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
EM Index Inclusions and Exclusions: India Thrives, Egypt Faces Challenges

Yesterday's Decisions Strongly Influenced The Situation In The Market, How Will Today's Decisions Affect The Market?

Swissquote Bank Swissquote Bank 22.09.2022 10:28
We thought that the Federal Reserve (Fed) decision would be the highlight of yesterday but news from Russia came to eclipse the FOMC. Putin’s announcement and Fed decision Vladimir Putin declared partial mobilization yesterday morning. Putin’s announcement, which fell like a bomb on investors who were already stressed out due to the Fed decision, sent capital to safe haven assets yesterday, but gains elsewhere than the US dollar remained short-lived.On the FOMC front, the Fed delivered the third 75bp hike yesterday, as expected, but the dot plot revealed that the officials’ rate projections went well above the market expectations. Banks' decisions The Bank of Japan (BoJ) maintained its policy unchanged. The Swiss National Bank hiked by 75bp hike*. The Bank of England (BoE) could opt for 50bp hike, instead of 75bp, as Liz Truss’s energy package could help taming inflation. While the Central Bank of Turkey (CBT) should keep its rate at 13%. BUT WHO KNOWS! Watch the full episode to find out more! 0:00 Intro 0:28 Russia escalates tensions in Ukraine 2:35 Fed hikes 4:34 BoJ maintains status quo 5:42 SNB hikes, as expected*  6:12 BoE could hike by 50bp 7:30 Turkey: God knows. *decision came after the shooting of the show Ipek Ozkardeskaya Ipek Ozkardeskaya has begun her financial career in 2010 in the structured products desk of the Swiss Banque Cantonale Vaudoise. She worked at HSBC Private Bank in Geneva in relation to high and ultra-high net worth clients. In 2012, she started as FX Strategist at Swissquote Bank. She worked as a Senior Market Analyst in London Capital Group in London and in Shanghai. She returned to Swissquote Bank as Senior Analyst in 2020. #FOMC #Fed #SNB #BoE #BoJ #CBT #rate #decision #jumbo #hikes #XAU #USD #JPY #GBP #CHF #TRY #BIST #Russia #Ukraine #war #SPX #Dow #Nasdaq #investing #trading #equities #stocks #cryptocurrencies #FX #bonds #markets #news #Swissquote #MarketTalk #marketanalysis #marketcommentary ___ Learn the fundamentals of trading at your own pace with Swissquote's Education Center. Discover our online courses, webinars and eBooks: https://swq.ch/wr ___ Discover our brand and philosophy: https://swq.ch/wq Learn more about our employees: https://swq.ch/d5 ___ Let's stay connected: LinkedIn: https://swq.ch/cH
Asia morning bites - 16.05.2023

Forex: What Is Actually Driving US Dollar To Japanese Yen (USD/JPY)?

ING Economics ING Economics 22.09.2022 12:01
It has been a wild ride for the Japanese yen today. USD/JPY initially jumped over 1% earlier today but has reversed directions. In the European session, USD/JPY is trading at 142.27, down 1.24%. BoJ stays pat, MoF issues warning With the Japanese yen continuing to fall, there have been rumblings that the Japanese government could respond with a currency intervention. The yen even posted gains earlier this month, after a report that the Bank of Japan had conducted a rate check, which could have been a prelude to intervention. The markets have heard plenty of verbal rhetoric from Japanese officials expressing deep concern about the yen, but no action followed. With USD/JPY rising just short of the 145 line this month, there was speculation that “this time would be different” and the BoJ would not sit idly by at today’s policy meeting. In the end, however, the BoJ stayed on the sidelines and maintained its policy settings. The BoJ affirmed its ultra-accommodative policy and said it would increase stimulus if needed. Predictably, the yen took a tumble, falling as low as 145.90. Today’s drama was far from over, however. After the decision, the country’s top currency diplomat and Vice-Minister of Finance, Masota Kanda issued a warning that the government was ready to take action at any time to prop up the yen and could conduct “stealth intervention”. The markets are taking Kanda’s threat and USD/JPY has moved sharply lower. The tug-of-war between the Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Japan is likely to continue, which should translate into plenty of movement from the yen. Read next: Can USD/JPY Near 150.00? Bank Of Japan Didn't Surprise Markets, But BoJ Members Comments Are Quite Interesting| FXMAG.COM In the US, the Federal Reserve raised rates by 0.75%, as expected. This brings the benchmark rate to 3.25%, which is considered restrictive territory. The Fed’s economic projections were more hawkish than expected, with unemployment projected to hit 4.4% in 2023 and the Federal funds rate to rise to 4.6% in this cycle. The Fed has signalled that inflation remains priority number one, even at the price of a recession. USD/JPY Technical USD/JPY tested resistance at 144.71 but then retreated. Above, there is resistance at 146.49 USD/JPY is testing support 143.19. The next support line 141.88 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. Yen goes on roller-coaster after BoJ meet - MarketPulseMarketPulse
Market Trends and Currency Positioning: USD Net Short Position, Euro and Pound Analysis - 22.08.2023

The Japanese Yen Has The Worst Performer Among The G-10 Currencies

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 22.09.2022 12:41
Japan intervened in the forex market for the first time since 1998 as the yen's losses intensified amid a divergence in the country's monetary policy with the United States. Yen hit 142.48 per dollar after falling above 145 per dollar because the Bank of Japan maintained ultra-low interest rates following the Federal Reserve's decision the day before to raise its key rate by 75 basis points. Japanese authorities have stepped up verbal warnings in recent weeks, stressing that the government is ready to take action at any time and may carry out covert intervention. This is very surprising as the country has long been criticized for tolerating or even encouraging a weak currency on behalf of its exporters. The last time Japan strengthened yen through direct intervention was during the Asian financial crisis in 1998, when the exchange rate hit 146 and threatened the fragile economy. It has also previously intervened around 130 to weaken the currency in 2011. This year, yen has fallen about 20% against dollar, making it the worst performer among the G-10 currencies. But Japanese businesses and households are becoming increasingly vocal about the negative impact of the weaker yen as commodity and energy costs rise. Further declines will most likely put pressure on the consensus between a central bank determined to spur inflation and a government desperate to avoid a cost-of-living crisis. Relevance up to 11:00 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/322405
Italian headline inflation decelerates in January, courtesy of energy

The Italian Elections And Their Impact On The Euro, Interest Rates Around The World

Swissquote Bank Swissquote Bank 23.09.2022 10:24
A busy week for central banks come to an end with plenty of rate hikes, increased prospects of slowing growth, that leave investors with a bad taste in their mouth. Eyes on rate hike The Swedish Riksbank was the first major central bank to surprise with a 100bp rate hike. The US Federal Reserve (Fed) delivered its third 75bp hike. But the dot plot hinted at another jumbo hike before the year-end. The Bank of Japan (BoJ) maintained its policy rate unchanged at -0.10%, but intervened directly in the FX market to buy yen to fight back the strengthening dollar. The Swiss National Bank (SNB) raised its policy rate by 75bp. The Bank of England (BoE) opted for a 50bp hike, combined with an £80 billion Quantitative Tightening, and said the UK is now in recession. The UK will reveal the ‘mini’ budget today. Norges Bank also increased its policy rate by 50bp but signaled that tightening may be coming to an end. Indonesia and the Philippines also hiked by 50bp. Taiwan raised by a modest 12.5% as expected, Vietnam opted for a 100bp hike, South Africa raised by 75bp… …and Turkey… cut its rate by 100bp for the second consecutive meeting! But the week is not over. The Italian elections due Sunday will likely continue pressuring the euro lower. Watch the full episode to find out more! 0:00 Intro 0:26 Keeping up with the central banks 4:37 UK 'mini' budget is all but mini. 6:15 Continue keeping up with the central banks 7:22 Market update 8:42 Into the Italian elections Ipek Ozkardeskaya Ipek Ozkardeskaya has begun her financial career in 2010 in the structured products desk of the Swiss Banque Cantonale Vaudoise. She worked at HSBC Private Bank in Geneva in relation to high and ultra-high net worth clients. In 2012, she started as FX Strategist at Swissquote Bank. She worked as a Senior Market Analyst in London Capital Group in London and in Shanghai. She returned to Swissquote Bank as Senior Analyst in 2020. #FOMC #Fed #SNB #BoE #BoJ #CBT #rate #decision #jumbo #hikes #USD #JPY #GBP #EUR #CHF #TRY #BIST #UK #mini #budget #Italy #elections #crude #oil #FedEx #SPX #Dow #Nasdaq #investing #trading #equities #stocks #cryptocurrencies #FX #bonds #markets #news #Swissquote #MarketTalk #marketanalysis #marketcommentary ___ Learn the fundamentals of trading at your own pace with Swissquote's Education Center. Discover our online courses, webinars and eBooks: https://swq.ch/wr ___ Discover our brand and philosophy: https://swq.ch/wq Learn more about our employees: https://swq.ch/d5 ___ Let's stay connected: LinkedIn: https://swq.ch/cH
Much Business May Shift To Eastern Economies

Much Business May Shift To Eastern Economies

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 27.09.2022 10:03
Asian stocks have rebounded as the DXY has turned subdued ahead of US Durable Goods data. World Bank has cut growth projections for China amid Covid-19 issues and a real estate crunch. The BOJ has announced an unscheduled bond-buying program. Markets in the Asian domain have rebounded as the US dollar index (DXY) has weakened after failing to sustain above the critical hurdle of 115.00. The DXY is witnessing pressure amid lower consensus for the US Durable Goods Orders data. As per the preliminary estimates, the apparels durables data will tumble by 1.1%. At the press time, Japan’s Nikkei225 gained 0.50%, ChinaA50 added 0.27% while Hang Seng dropped more than 1%. Chinese equities are getting support despite a decline in the growth projections by the World Bank. The giant lender believes that China’s longer zero-tolerance approach towards Covid-19 and the real estate crisis have trimmed its growth rate. Demand for steel, base metals, cement, and other building materials has declined firmly. Also, the eastern developing economies will perform better as much business will shift to them. In today’s session, the US Durable Goods Orders data will be of utmost importance. The economic data will remain subdued as higher interest rates by the Federal Reserve (Fed) and soaring core Consumer Price Index (CPI) numbers have forced individuals to postpone their current purchasing plans. Meanwhile, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) has announced an unscheduled bond-buying program. The central bank is offering to buy JPY 250 billion worth of Japanese Government Bonds (JGBs). On the oil front, oil prices have displayed a less-confident rebound after dropping to nearly $75.00. The pullback move seems a result of a subdued performance by the DXY. The oil prices will continue to remain on the tenterhooks as fears of the global recession are skyrocketing.
Bank of England survey highlights easing price pressures

The UK Assets Will Be Pressured| Japan And Its A Huge Foreign Debt

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 30.09.2022 09:54
Summary:  While the Bank of England’s emergency bond-buying has propped up the sterling recently, there are hardly any reasons to turn positive on UK assets in general unless the government changes course on its fiscal policy roadmap. In fact, Japanese authorities remain better placed to defend their currency than the UK, given their better reserves position. While UK’s pain is self-inflicted, the overarching theme of tighter global liquidity conditions continues to pose threats of wider market disruptions. The Fed’s aggressive monetary policy tightening and the unrelenting surge in the US dollar this year is now tightening global financial conditions, with effects reverberating through global financial markets. Still, the degree to which this can be blamed for what is happening in the UK remains under the scanner. Despite the Fed tightening remaining an overarching theme, UK’s pain is largely self-inflicted. While bond buying by the Bank of England (BOE) is somewhat on the lines of what the Bank of Japan (BOJ) has been, the motives are completely different and the impact is likely to vary as well from here. The motives BoJ’s wider bond-buying operations are a reflection of its desire to stoke inflation. Japan’s headline inflation has averaged under 1% in the last two decades with the core print being in negative territory. The latest print for August was 3%, above the BOJ’s 2% goal, but wage pressures still remain subdued. UK’s inflation, on the contrary, is running at nearly three times that, and the BOE’s plan to begin purchasing long-dated gilts was a forced emergency measure to support pension funds that may be on the verge of a default due to the jump in gilt yields stemming from fiscal concerns after the announcement of the new government’s mini-budget. The vulnerabilities Japan’s fiscal and current account are also not in great shape, and it has a huge foreign debt. But it has huge FX reserves of the order of over $1.2 trillion as of end-August. This equates to 20% of GDP and over 18 months of import cover. Of this, about $136bn is deposits with foreign central banks that can be used immediately to intervene. So, while the Japanese yen remains vulnerable due to its twin deficits and high debt levels, the huge FX war chest still gives Japanese authorities some ammunition to intervene against excessive pace of yen decline. Meanwhile, UK’s problem is not just in its high inflation but also its twin deficits and weak FX reserves position. Foreign currency debt levels in the UK are more contained, however, and that may be one of the reasons why FX reserves are low. As we noted in a previous piece, UK’s net forex reserves of $100bn are also enough to only cover two months of imports, or roughly equal to 3% of GDP as compared to Japan’s 20% and Switzerland’s 115%. This gives the UK policymakers less room to prop up the sterling. Threats to Sterling and UK assets Sterling has undoubtedly regained some strength since the massive selloff on the fiscal plan announcement. It has been ‘temporarily’ supported by the BOE’s bond purchase program, which has led to the global reprieve in yields. Also, the month-end/quarter-end rebalancing has possibly helped cap dollar gains after massive USD strength seen in the quarter. To be clear, BOE didn’t ‘pivot’, rather it acted as the lender of last resort for the domestic pension funds, and there is hardly anything to be bullish about, or turn positive on UK assets. The UK assets will likely continue to be pressured until the UK government remains in denial. Even an emergency rate hike, at this point, seems unlikely to be able to support the sterling or gilts, as it would signify panic and a divergence in fiscal and monetary policies, further weighing on general confidence in the economy and its policies. Meanwhile, markets are currently pricing in a close to 150bps rate hike from the BOE at the November 3 meeting. That’s massive, and will mean significant pain to the UK economy. Threat of global contagion The UK is becoming a major credit risk not only for GBP assets but also for the rest of the world, primarily the eurozone as my colleague Chris Dembik noted in his piece. We see some kind of contagion effect in the eurozone credit market. There’s also risk of more markets succumbing to evaporating liquidity, and it is inevitable to ponder over who could be next? The Chinese currency has also weakened dramatically lately, but the PBoC has numerous tools available and credit impulse in China is also turning positive. South Korea has already intervened to prop up its currency, and more economies are likely to follow that path if things continue like this. The G20 meetings on November 15-16 will be particularly important to watch not just for geopolitical updates, but also for possible collective concerns on the impact of global tightening and the strong dollar. Atleast until then, if not longer, there is not enough reason for the US Treasury to intervene to buoy the battered pound or yen or another faltering currency. Most US officials, including Treasury secretary Yellen, expressed no urgency to act. Wider market disruptions and increasing risks to global financial stability, beyond the financial turmoil emanating from Britain and Japan, therefore remain likely.   Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/macro/macro-insights-bank-of-england-bank-of-japan-and-the-risks-of-wider-market-disruptions-30092022
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Another Busy Week: Fed Speeches And Inflation Data Ahead

Craig Erlam Craig Erlam 08.10.2022 08:34
US It is now all about inflation data.  The focus was temporarily on the labour market but everyone knows that the Fed is primarily concerned with what is happening with inflation.  Wall Street will first get a look at producer prices on Wednesday and then CPI the next day. August data showed high inflation remains well-entrenched as shelter and food prices surged, while gas prices softened. Expectations for the September inflation report are for inflation pressures to remain hot.  The consumer price index is expected to increase by 0.2% for the month and 8.1% over the past year.    Traders will also pay close attention to the FOMC minutes that should show a consistent hawkish stance to fight persistently high inflation. It will also be another busy week of Fed speak as seven FOMC members will be making appearances.  Evans and Brainard speak on Monday. On Tuesday, Mester speaks to the Economics Club of NY.  Wednesday sees Kashkari and Barr speak before the minutes are released. Cook makes the last Fed appearance on Friday.  Earnings season also begins with the big banks.  This earnings season will likely be filled with hiring freezes/layoff announcements, cost-cutting saving measures, and mostly downbeat outlooks.  The health of the consumer is weakening, and Wall Street will want to see how bad banks assess the health of the consumer.   EU  Three weeks to go until the next ECB meeting and it’s still not clear whether the central bank will opt for 75 basis points or 100. The decision to super-charge the tightening cycle is not an easy one as policymakers are desperately concerned about the economic ramifications and the risk of going too far too quickly. Final inflation readings combined with various ECB appearances – including President Christine Lagarde – could shed further light on which way the central bank is currently leaning. UK  Where do we begin? The key event next week may well be the expiry of the BoE’s gilt-buying intervention on 14 October which some fear could spark another exodus from UK government bonds as the backstop is removed. Those fears may be overblown but investors may only be able to relax again once successfully removed. We’ll hear from a variety of BoE policymakers next week, all of whom will likely face a barrage of questions related to its bond-buying, the government and its mini-budget and of course the economy. On top of that, there’s a selection of economic data including the jobs report on Tuesday, and GDP and industrial production on Wednesday.  Another week of question dodging and scripted “answers” is on the cards for the government as it desperately scrambles to clear up the mess it so rapidly created.  Russia The focus remains on Ukraine as Russia continues to lose ground in territories it previously captured. Meanwhile, the West is working towards fresh sanctions and potential caps on Russian energy prices in response to the illegal annexation of four regions it currently partially controls in Ukraine.  South Africa Another quiet week with only tier three data scheduled for release. Turkey It’s that time of the week when I rant about Turkey’s ridiculous monetary policy experiment and its damaging consequences at a time of global tightening. Inflation rose above 83% in September, a victory for President Erdogan no doubt as forecasts put it closer to 85%. Next week we’ll get labour market figures on Monday and current account on Tuesday (spoiler, it hasn’t been fixed by soaring inflation and the weakest ever exchange rate). Switzerland Further rate hikes are coming, the question is when and how much. Markets are pricing in a coin flip between 50 and 75 basis points but will the SNB wait until 15 December to pull the trigger? Inflation eased to 3.3% in September, a level Chairman Thomas Jordan suggested the central bank won’t tolerate (anything above target, in fact). We’ll hear from him again on Tuesday.  China Next Friday, China’s CPI data will be released and is expected to be around 2.5%, comfortably within target. Against the backdrop of a sharp correction from a recent peak in the US dollar, USD/CNH fell by 3.44%, easing pressure on the currency. The 20th National Congress of China will be held next Sunday, 16 October. The market generally expects that adjusting the pandemic prevention and control policy may be one of the important themes of this meeting. India WPI inflation data for September is expected to show price pressures easing next week, which could enable the RBI to consider slowing its tightening cycle.  Australia A quiet week following the RBA decision to slow the pace of tightening last week with a 25 basis point hike. This was below market expectations of 50bps and made the RBA the first major central bank to ease off the brake. Consumer inflation expectations on Thursday may be of some interest. New Zealand In New Zealand the central bank did not ease off the brake, opting instead to maintain its pace with another 50bps hike, taking the cash rate to 3.5%. The market expects the central bank’s final interest rate target for this round to be around 4.5% according to the Refinitiv rate probability tracker. A tight labour market and lower immigration are creating more sustained domestic inflation pressures and the RBNZ believes there’s still more work to do. On the data front, the BusinessNZ manufacturing index will be released on Thursday. Japan Japanese FX intervention is a hot topic once more as it trades around 145 to the dollar. This is just shy of where the Ministry of Finance intervened a couple of weeks ago and around the level the BoJ conducted a rate check the week prior. Another hot US jobs report on Friday may have made intervention more likely. The BoJ is unlikely to tweak its yield curve control policy any time soon. Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said it would continue to adhere to the easing policy and keep the yield curve ceiling at 0.25% and the benchmark interest rate at -0.1 %. No changes are expected until after Kuroda’s term ends in March 2023. Still, PPI data on Thursday may be of interest.  Singapore GDP data on Friday is the only notable economic release. Growth is seen slowing to 3.4% in Q3. Economic Calendar Sunday, Oct. 9 Economic Data/Events China aggregate financing, money supply, new yuan loans expected this week Austria holds its presidential election Monday, Oct. 10 Economic Data/Events US bond market is closed in observance of Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s Day. The stock market will be open. Norway CPI Greece CPI Australia foreign reserves Singapore MAS monetary policy statement, GDP Canadian financial markets are closed in observance of Thanksgiving China’s financial markets open after Golden Week Holiday The 2022 annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank kick off in Washington. Through Oct. 16 Fed’s Brainard and Evans speak at the NABE annual meeting in Chicago ECB chief economist Lane gives opening remarks at the online ECB Conference on Monetary Policy ECB’s Centeno speaks at a meeting in Lisbon of central banks from Portuguese-speaking countries Scotland’s First Minister Sturgeon delivers the keynote speech to Scottish National Party’s National Conference in Aberdeen Tuesday, Oct. 11 Economic Data/Events Australia consumer confidence, business conditions, household spending China FDI Italy industrial production Japan BoP current account Mexico international reserves New Zealand truckometer heavy traffic index, card spending South Africa manufacturing production Turkey current account UK jobless claims, unemployment IMF publishes its World Economic Outlook and Global Financial Stability Report Fed’s Mester speaks at a webinar hosted by the Economic Club of New York BOE Governor Bailey speaks at the Institute of International Finance annual meeting in Washington. Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe speaks on a panel on global payments at the IIF meeting ECB chief economist Lane delivers the keynote speech at the 7th SUERF, CGEG, EIB and Societe Generale conference on “EU and US Perspectives: New Directions for Economic Policy” in New York SNB President Jordan delivers the annual O. John Olcay Lecture at the Peterson Institute in Washington The Bretton Woods Committee International Council meeting begins. Through Oct. 14 BOJ announces the outright purchase amount of government securities Wednesday, Oct. 12 Economic Data/Events US PPI, FOMC minutes, mortgage applications Eurozone industrial production India CPI, industrial production Japan machinery orders Mexico industrial production New Zealand home sales, net migration Thailand foreign reserves, forward contracts Turkey industrial production UK industrial production, trade, monthly GDP IMF publishes its Fiscal Monitor report The OPEC Monthly Oil Market Report is published EU energy ministers meet in Prague Fed’s Bowman speaks at a Money Marketeers event in New York Fed’s Kashkari participates in a town hall discussion at an economic development summit in Rhinelander, Wisconsin ECB’s Christine Lagarde, de Cos and Knot speak at the IIF annual meeting in Washington. Knot also speaks at the IMF meeting in Washington BOE’s Haskel delivers the keynote speech at the 7th World KLEMS conference in investment and productivity at the University of Manchester BOE’s Mann speaks at a webinar hosted by the Canadian Association for Business Economics titled “Global Macro Conjuncture and Challenges Facing Small Open Economies.” BOE chief economist Pill speaks at an event hosted by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry in Glasgow RBA’s Ellis speaks at Citi Australia & New Zealand Investment Conference in Sydney Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee delivers the opening keynote speech at the two-day BritCham Hong Kong Summit Bloomberg Invest New York two-day conference begins Thursday, Oct. 13 Economic Data/Events US CPI, initial jobless claims Germany CPI Sweden CPI Australia inflation expectations  China medium-term lending Japan PPI New Zealand food prices Mexico central bank releases minutes from its Sept. 29 meeting ECB’s de Guindos speaks at the “Mercado de Fusiones y Adquisiciones en España y Europa” conference organized by PwC and Expansión Riksbank’s Breman speaks in a roundtable on the economic outlook for Sweden at the Citi Macro Forum in Washington G-20 finance ministers and central bankers meet in Washington Italy’s newly elected parliament convenes for the first time IEA publishes its oil market report EIA oil inventory report Friday, Oct. 14 Economic Data/Events US retail sales, business inventories, University of Michigan consumer sentiment US banks kick off earnings season: JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, and Morgan Stanley report China CPI, PPI, trade France CPI Poland CPI  Canada existing home sales, manufacturing sales India wholesale prices, trade Japan money stock New Zealand PMI Philippines overseas remittances UK RICS home prices BOE emergency bond buying is set to end BOE publishes its quarterly bulletin ECB’S Holzmann speaks at a conference hosted by the OECD and Austrian National Bank in Vienna Australia ends mandatory Covid-19 isolation requirements Sovereign Rating Updates Czech Republic (S&P) This article is for general information purposes only. 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Bank of Japan to welcome Kazuo Ueda as its new governor

Asia's Economic Calendar Is Full Of Reports And Another Decisions To Raise Rates

ING Economics ING Economics 08.10.2022 13:20
Inflation is in the spotlight in Asia next week while the Bank of Korea considers another rate hike In this article The week ahead Inflation readings from India and China Bank of Korea to hike another 50bp China and Philippine trade reports Japan and India’s industrial data Other important data reports: China loan data and Singapore’s GDP Source: Shutterstock The week ahead In the coming week, several regional economies will report their inflation figures while the Bank of Korea meets to discuss policy. On top of prices and central bank decisions, we also get trade data from China and the Philippines. Inflation readings from India and China India’s September inflation numbers are likely to be lifted by higher food prices, in particular, tomatoes, which jumped to almost INR44/kg in September from INR35/kg in August. That will help push food prices up by about 1.7% from the previous month and take the headline inflation rate to 7.8% year-on-year from its current rate of 7.0%. There is some seasonality at work in these price increases, and the effects of this price spike on inflation will likely dissipate quickly, taking inflation back to the low 7s by the following month, enabling the Reserve Bank of India to adopt a more gradual tightening path at its December meeting. Meanwhile, China’s inflation should see a slight pick-up to 2.7%YoY in September (2.5%YoY previous) as the economy gradually recovers. Bank of Korea to hike another 50bp The Bank of Korea (BoK) holds a meeting next Wednesday to discuss policy. We expect the BoK to raise interest rates by 50bp, given the faster-than-expected rate hike by the Fed coupled with persistently high domestic inflation. China and Philippine trade reports The coming week also features trade data from China. External demand for China’s exports has been weaker due to elevated global inflation and therefore we should only expect mild growth for both exports and imports. In the Philippines, recent trends in trade activity will likely continue. Exports will likely manage only a modest gain while imports are expected to post another month of double-digit gains. The trade deficit should test historic lows once again and put pressure on the Philippine peso in the near term. Japan and India’s industrial data Industrial production data is also on the data calendar although India’s industrial production data for August is a bit lagged. In Japan, machinery orders data will be released and we expect a continuous recovery thanks to manufacturers catching up with previously unmet existing vehicle orders and the economic reopening. Other important data reports: China loan data and Singapore’s GDP China will release loan data next week that should show another strong month of loan growth which is unusual towards the end of the year. The strong performance is likely due to more lending to SMEs and the agricultural sector. We do not expect any change for the 1Y Medium Term Lending Facility rate (currently at 2.75%). The central bank has stated several times that the current interest rate level is about the neutral level.    Lastly, growth in Singapore may settle at 3.0% YoY with quarter-on-quarter growth almost flat. Retail sales have held up decently in the quarter as have non-oil domestic exports.  Asia Economic Calendar   Source: Refinitiv, ING TagsAsia week ahead 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  
Asia Market: Exports In Indonesia Are Likely To Continue To Grow, Chinese Interest Rate Decision Ahead

Asia Stock Market: MSCI’s Index Of Asia-Pacific Shares Outside Japan Down And Japan’s Nikkei 225 Remains Mostly Steady

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 12.10.2022 09:28
Looming intervention from Japan, economic fears cited by BOE’s Bailey, IMF keep bears hopeful. Yields grind higher as London/Tokyo struggle to defend respective currencies. Chinese shares lead bears, KOSPI fails to justify BOK’s rate hike. Asian stocks hold lower grounds, led by China, as economic slowdown fears join pre-Fed Minutes anxiety during early Wednesday. Even so, sluggish yields and an absence of major data/events restrict immediate moves. That said, MSCI’s index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan renews the 30-month low, down 0.75% intraday by the press time, whereas Japan’s Nikkei 225 remains mostly steady around a one-week low. Earlier in the day, USDJPY crossed the 145.90 level and pushed the Japanese policymakers to defend the domestic currency. Following the same, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu and Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki crossed wires while showing readiness to tame the price move, if needed. Elsewhere, China’s firmer determination to defend the zero-covid policy joins the recently gradual fall in the domestic currency to renew fears of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), which in turn led the markets in Beijing towards witnessing more than 1.0% daily loss. While following the same, New Zealand’s NZX 50 drops 1.0% but Australia’s ASX 200 prints mild gains as Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Assistant Governor Luci Ellis mentioned, that the central bank’s policy is no longer in an expansionary place. However, comments like, “The neutral rate was a moving target and hard to determine at any stage in time,” seemed to have weighed on the Aussie stocks. South Korea’s KOSPI prints 0.25% intraday gains even after the Bank of Korea announced a rate hike while Indonesia’s IDX Composite traces Chinese equities to drop 0.65% at the latest. On a broader front, S&P 500 Futures remain sidelined around monthly low but the Treasury bond yields are mostly firmer, despite the latest inaction, which in turn portrays the market’s rush towards risk safety. Moving on, Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Meeting Minutes will be eyed for clear directions amid hawkish Fed bets. Also important will be the moves by the British and the Japanese policymakers to defend the GBP and the JPY respectively.
Wage agreement may be game-changing in a way. First meeting of the new BoJ Governor Ueda takes place on April 28th

Possible Scenarios Of The US Dollar To Japanese Yen (USD/JPY) Pair

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 12.10.2022 11:38
USDJPY in steepest trend in 30+ years is facing strong resistance at 147.65, peak from 1998. Trend is stretched and USDJPY is forming a rising wedge top and reversal pattern  USDJPY Earlier this week buyers manage to break and close above the resistance at 145.145 was the 1.618 projection of the July correction.At the time of writing USDJPY is breaking above the peak of the very volatile trading day 22nd September. The energy from that day suggests USDJPY could move to the Fibonacci projection 1.382 at 148 but 1.618 projection at around 149.34 is not unlikely. If that scenario unfolds USDJPY will be testing the upper trendline in what looks like a rising wedge pattern (two black rising lines). Short-term uptrend is a bit stretched indicated by divergence on RSI but the uptrend is intact.   However, as can be seen from the monthly chart there is strong resistance at 147.65. 147.65 is the peak in 1998 and within few cents also the length of the 3rd vawe from 2012 to 2015. The uptrend since 2021 is the steepest and fastest the past 30+ years and it is quite stretched. There is still no divergence on RSI however, but since October is still not over the jury is still out. A possible scenario could be for USJPY to spike above the 147.65 to 148-149 and then exhaust. If USDJPY closes below the lower trendline of the rising wedge on the daily chart it is a strong indication of trend reversal. Break out for wedges usually occurs 2/3 of the way to the apex (where the two lines meet) and we are approximately 60% of the way.If USDJPY closes above the upper trendline this Wedge reversal scenario has been demolished.        Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/forex/ta-usdjpy-12102022
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Japan Is Reopening Its Borders After Three Years, Visa-Free And Agent-Free Travel

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 12.10.2022 11:54
Summary:  Japan’s relaxation of border curbs and reopening this week is well timed for a potential year-end tourism boom, with upswing in both domestic and international travellers likely. Pent-up demand and a weak yen further help to improve Japan’s position as an attractive destination, although the lack of Chinese tourists will mean that a full recovery has to wait for much longer. Still, there appears to be potential investment opportunity in key travel and tourism related stocks and sectors such as airline, transit services, travel agencies and hotel REITs. The mega border reopening Japan is reopening its borders after three years, allowing visa-free and agent-free travel. Effective 11 October, the Japanese government has effectively removed all border controls that were in place since the Covid outbreak. These include: No visa requirements for foreign nationals entering Japan for business/employment for less than three months, short-stay tourism, and long stays. Visa exemptions will resume for 68 countries/regions No testing or quarantine requirements for visitors from most countries Removed the daily entry cap on new visitors, which was adjusted from 20,000 to 50,000 on 7 September Started to allow unguided package tours for visitors from all, as against only packaged tours that were allowed since June These measures will open the doors to Japan tourism for a world of travellers, especially ahead of the key upcoming year-end travel season. The only obstacle now remaining is potentially proof of vaccination that is still required to enter Japan, while many European countries have removed that requirement as well. Still, given high levels of vaccination rates globally, it is a small obstacle and the intent is clear with PM Kishida pursuing a “living with COVID” policy of weathering the surge in Covid cases without imposing restrictions on businesses or mobility. Domestic tourism to provide a boost There are still a few considerations for Japanese tourists to travel abroad, and the authorities are positioning well to take advantage of that as well. Japanese people are faced with the high cost of travel due to the weak yen and high fuel costs, and the conservativeness makes them hesitant as well with borders just opening up. The government had previously launched a prefectural discount program to promote travel within one’s own prefecture, but from 11 October it has expanded that to a national travel discount program to stimulate nationwide domestic tourism demand, as well as an event discount program that lowers the cost of entrance to events. These two new discount programs are scheduled to run through late December. Pent up demand and weak yen make Japan an attractive tourist destination Even almost a year after Asia started to open up from the pandemic curbs, there is still pent-up demand as most people took the first trip back home and are now waiting to explore. Japan remains the top travel destination for Singaporeans, according to a May 2022 survey by YouGov. Moreover, with the Japanese yen near 24-year lows against the US dollar, and SGDJPY at record highs above 100, the destination is even more attractive for bargain hunters especially with airline prices catching a bid from high demand and high fuel prices. Bank of Japan’s policy divergence to the Fed suggests the weakness in the yen can continue as US yields continue to push further higher this quarter. It is worth noting that Japan’s visitor arrivals tripled to 32 million in 2013-19, when the yen fell more than 20%. Investment opportunities in Asia’s Q4 tourism boom In 2019, Chinese visitors to Japan were almost 10 million, around 30% of the total. Therefore, in the absence of a Chinese border reopening, a full recovery may be some time off. But a weak yen can prop up duty-free spending, covering up for some of the shortfalls created by the lack of Chinese tourists. An overall pickup in travel spending is also likely to be seen in Asia, with many other countries taking mini-steps towards living with Covid and a full reopening. For Japan, this brings investment potential in a range of different businesses. Airport terminals like Tokyo Narita and Haneda can tap into a large share of domestic and international travellers. The Haneda terminal also has a high domestic traffic mix and a 50% or more local resident international passenger base, which can benefit from Japan's pent-up travel demand. Airlines such as ANA and Japan Airlines, as well as railways such as JR West and JR Kyushu could also witness increased passenger traffic, while travel agencies like HIS and entertainment facilities like Oriental Land which operates the Tokyo Disney Resort may benefit as well. Higher hotel occupancy could mean potential upside for hotel REITs such as Japan Hotel REIT. Retail and restaurant chains such as Pan Pacific, Takashimaya, Isetan Mitsokoshi, as well as consumer goods companies such as Shiseido , Kao, Kose may potentially need to wait for the return of the Chinese tourists. Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/equities/japan-potential-tourism-boom-could-bring-investment-opportunities-12102022
Wage agreement may be game-changing in a way. First meeting of the new BoJ Governor Ueda takes place on April 28th

Japanese Yen Is Still Quite Weak, Shunichi Suzuki Warns Once Again

Craig Erlam Craig Erlam 13.10.2022 18:46
More u-turns incoming? Equity markets in Europe are marginally higher as bond market concerns ease and we await the latest inflation data from the US. The Bank of England bond market intervention deadline is looming which in recent days has made investors very nervous about a potential sequel to the mini-budget doom loop that forced the central bank to respond initially. Those fears have eased slightly after the BoE made its biggest emergency purchase so far on Wednesday, totalling more than £4.5 billion, in a sign that pension funds are doing as instructed and reducing risk. That comes after the first couple of weeks in which the uptake was very low, prompting some to speculate that this Friday’s deadline would trigger another frenzy. No one is calm yet and I have no doubt that the central bank will step in again if we get a repeat. The view of many though is that we shouldn’t be waiting for that cliff-edge moment, that the central bank should leave the backstop in place until the budget at the end of the month at which point a sticking plaster will hopefully no longer be necessary. What may make things easier for the BoE is more u-turns from the government ahead of the budget and that is what is reportedly being discussed today. There have been rumours of a meeting between number 10 and the Treasury to discuss possible u-turns including on corporation tax which would be another humiliating climb down, albeit one that is boosting the pound which now trades almost 1.5% higher against the dollar today. UK yields are also in retreat on the back of those rumours. US inflation in focus The spotlight will shift from the UK back to the US shortly as we get the latest CPI reading from the world’s largest economy. The FOMC minutes on Wednesday had a slightly dovish tone to them, an indication that some policymakers are becoming less comfortable with the scale of tightening, the economic consequences and perhaps even the risk of overcorrecting. That’s not entirely surprising after numerous very large rate hikes but it does represent a slight shift which will intrigue investors. Coupled with a weaker inflation number today – in particular an improvement in the core reading – investors may sense the end of the tightening cycle is nigh. Policymakers have made clear that it will take more than just one number to sway them but investors have never been ones to wait that long. Despite repeated setbacks, they’ve continued to jump at the first opportunity and I’d be amazed if the same isn’t true today, should the data be favourable. More intervention on the way? Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki once again sought to reassure the markets overnight that they remain ready to take decisive action in the FX markets, as the yen trades around 147 to the dollar. This is above where the last intervention took place and marginally below the previous high in 1998. While they continue to stress that it’s about volatility and not price levels, nothing has improved on either front since the last intervention which makes you wonder how long they’ll wait and how forceful they’ll be. 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. Another wild session - MarketPulseMarketPulse
Wage agreement may be game-changing in a way. First meeting of the new BoJ Governor Ueda takes place on April 28th

The Monetary Divergence Of America And Japan Will Continue To Put Pressure On The Japanese Yen (JPY)

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 14.10.2022 11:48
Yesterday, the foreign exchange market experienced a strong storm. At first, the dollar took off like a rocket in all directions, and then it also sharply sprung back. But it still looks good against the yen. The bouncing dollar On Wednesday, the US currency showed another parabolic growth against all its major competitors. The springboard for the greenback was the shocking data on inflation in the United States. Statistics for September showed that consumer prices in America rose more than expected. On a monthly basis, the indicator rose by 0.4% against the forecast of 0.2%. As for the annual dynamics, inflation also exceeded the preliminary estimate of economists and amounted to 8.2%. This is only 0.1% lower than the value recorded in August. The market saw that the growth of consumer prices in the United States is still stable, despite the aggressive anti-inflationary campaign launched by the Federal Reserve this year. This significantly increased traders' expectations about the continuation of the hawkish course in America and the next increase in the interest rate by 75 bps. Moreover, the hot inflation data again provoked a wave of speculation about a possible rise in the indicator in November by a full percentage point. The probability of such a scenario has increased to 13.4%. Optimism about a more aggressive tightening served as an excellent springboard for the dollar. Literally overnight, the DXY index jumped by more than 0.5%. One of the most productive majors was the USD/JPY pair. The quote soared by 0.7% and set another record at 147.665. The last time the dollar traded against the yen at this level was in 1990. However, the USD/JPY pair did not stay at the 32-year high for long. Shortly after the release of the consumer price index, the large-scale triumph of the greenback was replaced by an epic failure of the same power. Analysts explain this by the fact that the market has already fully embedded in the value of the dollar expectations about sustained inflation and its impact on the future course of the Fed. Now a new trigger is needed for the USD to grow steadily, and we will get it soon. Now everyone's focus is switching to the Fed's monetary policy meeting next month. As we approach the moment X, the dollar will grow on strong US economic data. The yen is an obvious loser Despite its recent rebound, the USD/JPY pair still maintains a strong upward mood. This morning, the asset is staying near the 32-year peak reached a day earlier. Even the growing risk of currency intervention cannot weaken the grip of dollar bulls. At the start of Friday, the Japanese government again threatened to intervene in the market if there is a rapid fall in the yen. Recall that last month, for the first time since 1998, Japan intervened in support of its national currency, when it fell against the dollar below the level of 145.90. Given the recent statements of Japanese officials regarding the intervention, it can be assumed that now they will not protect any specific levels. The other day, the Japanese Finance Minister and the head of the Bank of Japan stressed that at this stage the focus is shifted to the rate of change in the exchange rate. According to analysts, this approach can keep dollar bulls only from sudden movements, but in general USD/JPY will remain in a bullish trend. In the future, the asset will move to new price highs quietly for several weeks. Perhaps at some point it will get bogged down in consolidation again, but the upcoming rate hike in the US will not allow it to go into suspended animation for a long time. The monetary divergence of America and Japan, which has already collapsed the yen against the dollar by almost 28% since the beginning of the year, will continue to intensify and put pressure on the JPY. This week, BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda once again reaffirmed his commitment to a dovish monetary exchange rate. He again stressed that he does not consider the current inflation a reason to raise rates, especially since the Japanese economy has not yet recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic and still needs incentives. Kuroda's comment further aggravated the divergence in the policy of the BOJ and the Fed, especially amid the fact that the market is now expecting further tightening in America. This suggests that the yen's downward trend against the dollar will not change in the near future, even if the threat of further interventions will contribute to slowing the growth of the USD/JPY pair.   Relevance up to 09:00 2022-10-19 UTC+2 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/324310
Belgian housing market to see weaker demand and price correction

The US Housing Market Is Experiencing Severe Price Drops | The Market Is Now Leaning Towards A RBNZ Rate Hike By 75 bp

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 18.10.2022 11:38
Summary:  A huge squeeze across equity markets developed yesterday on no readily identifiable catalyst, with yields easing a bit lower and the US dollar dropped falling sharply, as most markets posted a sudden reversal of the Friday melt-down in sentiment. One possible driver for the fresh thaw in sentiment was a report that the Bank of England may delay its quantitative tightening programme, perhaps raising hopes that other central banks will eventually do the same.   What is our trading focus? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) Strong equity session yesterday with S&P 500 futures closing at their highest level since 7 October as the index futures rebounded 2.6%. The momentum is continuing this morning with S&P 500 futures trading around the 3,742 level with the 3,800 as the next major resistance level on the upside. Nasdaq 100 futures are trading around the 11,295 level this morning with 11,494 as the next upside level to watch. The US 10-year yield is still hovering around the 4% level and US financial conditions remain around their average historical level. As we scan across different markets there are no obvious reasons for the major rebound so our best guess is short coverings and technical flows. Our medium-term outlook is still negative on equities. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSIV2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Stocks traded in Hong Kong bounced the second day in a row with the benchmark Hang Sang Index rising nearly 1.5%. Heavy weight HSBC (00005:xhkg) gained 2.6% and China Internet names surged from 3% to 7%. BYD (01211:xhkg) surged 6.4% after the leading EV maker said its Q3 profit may soar up to 365%. CSI300 was bouncing around small gains and losses. China’s National Development and Reform Commission said China’s economic growth “rebounded significantly” in Q3 while the National Bureau of Statistics delayed the release of Q3 GDP, September industrial production, retail sales, and fixed asset investment data that were scheduled to come today without providing a reason or a new schedule. A document from the European Action Service advises EU’s finance ministers that EU must take a tougher line in its dealing with China and see the latter as an all-out competitor. USD drops as risk sentiment jolts back higher...BoE to drop QT for now? Yesterday was the third consecutive session in which risk sentiment posted a sharp U-turn, as equities rallied sharply and the US dollar sold off steeply, led initially by a drop versus a hard rallying sterling yesterday on hopes that newly minted Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s elimination of most of PM Liz Truss’ initiatives will stabilize the currency and the country’s bond market. An additional report from the FT that the Bank of England would look to delay its original quantitative tightening (QT) plan may be at the root of some of the broad risk-on, as hopes that other central banks will slow the tightening pressure could bring some relief to deteriorating liquidity across markets. Crude oil (CLX2 & LCOZ2) Crude oil prices stabilized in early Asian hours on Tuesday after a slight decline yesterday. WTI futures rose towards $86/barrel while Brent was above $91. Chinese demand concerns however weighed on the commodities complex coming out of the weekend CCP announcements on Zero Covid. On the OPEC front, Algeria's Energy Minister echoed familiar rhetoric from the group that the decision to reduce output is a purely technical response to the world economic circumstances. US treasuries (TLT, IEF) US treasury yields fell slightly, and the curve steepened in a session marked by far less volatility than the gyrations elsewhere, as the US dollar sold off and risk sentiment squeezed sharply higher. At stake for the longer end of the curve is whether yields remain sticky near the key 4.00% level and head higher still. Data this week is generally second tier stuff. If treasuries rally, the downside focus would be on the 3.84% pivot low in yields. What is going on? Hot Q3 CPI in New Zealand data jolts RBNZ rate expectations The Q3 CPI report came in far above expectations, with the headline printing at 2.2% q/q and +7.2% YoY, far above the 1.5/6.5% expected. This took RBNZ rate expectations sharply higher, and the NZD snapped higher as well. The market is now leaning for the RBNZ to hike by 75 basis points (about 70 bps priced in) at the November 23 meeting, which would be the first time the bank has hiked by more than 50 basis points for this cycle. NZDUSD rose to 0.5700 and AUDNZD punched lower to near 2-month lows after breaking below 1.11 with RBA minutes continuing to highlight concerns of rapid tightening for housing market and household budgets. Q3 earnings recap Bank of America beat estimates yesterday with stronger earnings on disciplined cost controls and robust client activity across both the commercial banking and investment banking activities. Q3 EPS was down 5% y/y, which is much better than its peers, and up q/q to $0.81 from $0.79 in Q2. The US bank is seeing a little slowdown in consumer spending, but it is still minimal supporting the view that the US consumer remains strong and with confidence in the future despite the tighter financial conditions this year. S&P 500 Q3 EPS is down 1.9% q/q but given the weakness among US banks q/q it is too early to say whether this will end up being the conclusion when the entire S&P 500 has reported earnings. Japanese yen paying no heed to jawboning efforts The US dollar moved lower on Monday, but that was no respite for the Japanese yen, which was the only G10 currency that weakened further on Monday, continuing to test the intervention limits of the authorities. USDJPY rose to 149.08, printing fresh 32-year highs. Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda was out overnight noting that the BoJ is watching the market and that JPY weakening drives inflation, but that inflation would eventually fall. He was also defiant when a lawmaker suggested he should resign, saying he had no plans to quit. While intervention expectations rose, the yen remains weak, with EURJPY, for example, hitting new cycle highs and the highest level in nearly eight years. Natural gas prices continue to fall in Europe … with the Netherlands 1-month forward contract falling more than 10% yesterday and at its lowest level since late June as EU storage is essentially fully and weather has been mild thus far this fall. Germany announced that it would keep its three remaining nuclear plants in operation until at least mid-April, cancelling their planned mothballing for now, although there are still no strong signs of a strategic rethink from Germany on the future of nuclear power. NY Fed manufacturing headline lower on mixed components The NY Fed manufacturing survey for October fell to -9.1, contracting for a third consecutive month and coming in below the expected -4.0 and the prior -1.5. While survey data remains hard to trust to decipher economic trends, given a small sample size and questioning techniques impacting results, it is worth noting that more factories are turning downbeat about future business conditions which fell 10 points to -1.8 and was the second weakest since 2009. Also, the prices paid measure rose for the first time since June, echoing similar results as seen from the University of Michigan survey. The U.S. housing market bubble is deflating According to the latest data released by the real estate company Redfin, the U.S. housing market is going through a severe drop in prices in several major cities. From May 2022 to October 2022, the drop in sale prices is the most pronounced in Oakland (minus 16 %), San Jose (minus 14 %), Austin (minus 14 %), Ogden in Utah (minus 11 %) and San Francisco (minus 9 %). The decrease is the most important in California and Texas where home prices jumped sharply in the aftermath of the Covid outbreak. So far, the decrease in prices is positive news for inflation and for home buyers, as the affordability index was at historical levels a few months ago. But this could seriously increase the ongoing economic slowdown. Note that we will see important indicators on the US housing market this week – more below. What are we watching next? US Housing Market Data Housing markets are very interest rate sensitive and thus generally a leading indicator on the direction of the economy. Financing for US house purchases is mostly done on a 30-year fixed mortgage basis, meaning that most of the impact from rising rates, a global phenomenon, is on new purchases in the US. (This contrasts with the floating rates that are popular elsewhere – note the Australian RBA’s and Bank of England’s concerns on housing impact from sharp rate rises). Today we get the Oct. NAHB Housing Market survey, one of the more leading US indicators on housing demand and a survey that has been in freefall in recent months – dropping from 83 in January to 46 last month and expected Earnings to watch Today’s earnings focus is Netflix, Johnson & Johnson, and Lockheed Martin. Headwinds have been building for Netflix since the pandemic growth sprint and analysts expect revenue growth to have slowed down to 5% y/y in Q3 and EPS of $2.22 down 23% y/y and down 12% q/q. Johnson & Johnson is expected to see flat revenue growth in Q3 which given other consumer staples companies might be a bit too pessimistic and we believe there is a good chance that Johnson & Johnson can surprise to the upside given what we know about the US consumer. Today: Charles Schwab, Johnson & Johnson, Goldman Sachs, Intuitive Surgical, Lockheed Martin, Truist Financial, Netflix Wednesday: ASML, Elevance Health, Tesla, IBM, Lam Research, P&G, Abbott Laboratories, Atlas Copco Thursday: China Mobile, China Telecom, ABB, Danaher, Investor, Philip Morris, Union Pacific, CSX, AT&T, Blackstone, Marsh & McLennan, Yara International, Nordea, Volvo, Ericsson, Freeport-McMoRan, Dow, Snap Friday: CATL, American Express, Schlumberger, Verizon Communications, HCA Healthcare, Sika Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 0900 – Germany Oct. ZEW Survey 1215 – Canada Sep. Housing Starts 1315 – US Sep. Industrial Production 1400 – US Oct. NAHB Housing Market Index 1600 – ECB's Schnabel to speak 2130 – US Fed’s Kashkari (voter 2023) to speak Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher   Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/macro/market-quick-take-oct-18-2022-18102022
The EUR/JPY Pair Is Expected To Start A New Zig-Zag Correction

Warnings From Japanese Officials About The Intervention Kept Investors Aside

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 19.10.2022 09:18
EUR/JPY has pursued consolidation ahead of possible BOJ intervention. Japan officials have warned risks of deflation due to global demand shock. According to a Reuters poll, the ECB is set to announce a 75 bps rate next week. The EUR/JPY pair is hanging around 147.00 after a mild correction from a fresh seven-year high at 147.25. The asset is expected to pursue a rangebound structure as investors are awaiting fresh developments on the Bank of Japan (BOJ)’s intervention plans in the currency market to support yen against speculative forex moves. Continuous warnings from Japan’s officials of potential intervention have kept investors on the sidelines as the supportive move for Japan will trigger volatility in the yen-linked FX pair. Chatters over possible BOJ’s intervention heated after the Japanese yen fell to its record lows near 150.00 against the dollar in the past 32 years. On Wednesday, Japan’s Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki, and BOJ’s Governor Haruhiko Kuroda crossed wires, citing that Japan's economy is vulnerable to external demand shock, which could tip it back to deflation. This clears the fact that the concept of policy tightening is far from thought. This week, Japan’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) data will remain in the spotlight. As per the projections, the headline CPI could move to 3.1% vs. the prior release of 3.0%. While the core CPI could accelerate to 2% against the former print of 1.6%. On the Eurozone front, the odds for a bigger rate hike by the European Central Bank (ECB) are skyrocketing. A Reuters poll on ECB’s rate hike extent states that ECB President Christine Lagarde will step up the interest rates by 75 basis points (bps) on October 27. As the European Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) is trading at 5x than the targeted rate of 2%, efficiency in policy tightening is highly required.
CHF/JPY Hits Fresh All-Time High in Strong Bullish Uptrend

Demand For Netflix Remains Strong | The USD/JPY Pair Is Significantly Approaching The 150.00 Level

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 19.10.2022 09:58
Summary:  A choppy session for equities yesterday as an intraday rally to new local highs was erased and before futures shot higher in late trading yesterday on surprisingly positive results from Netflix, helping to keep the sharp rally off the recent bear market lows alive for now. Meanwhile, bond yields remain pinned near cycle highs, keeping the pressure on the struggling Japanese yen, while the Chinese renminbi threatens new lows versus a mixed US dollar.   What is our trading focus? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) Volatility remains high in the US and equities continued higher yesterday with S&P 500 futures closing at the 3,732 level and pushing higher this morning trading around the 3,747 level. Our view is that the move in US bond yields will dictate direction and with the US 10-year yield pushing higher trading around the 4.05% level this morning we could see a reversal in the equity market. Better than feared results from Netflix also boosted the technology and media segments of the US equity market. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSIV2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Hang Seng Index fell more than 1% by mid-day, as China Internet stocks reversing the bounce in the past two days, falling from 2% to 4%, and local property developer names paring early gains as the relief for extra stamp duties for non-resident home buyers in the maiden Policy Address of the Hong Kong Chief Executive is less extensive than expected. Sun Hung Kai Properties (00016:xhkg) dropped 1.5% and New World Development (00017:xhkg) plunged 4%. Hong Kong Stock Exchange (00388:xhkg), falling 0.6%, reported a 30% Y/Y decline in EPS in Q3, slightly better-than-feared. Shipping stocks gained, with tanker and dry bulk operator COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation (01138:xhkg) soaring more than 11% and leading the charge higher. In mainland bourses, the CSI300 fell 0.9% while shipping names and educational service providers outperformed. Risk sentiment keeps USD under pressure, but bigger focus on struggling JPY, CNH The US dollar bobbed around in correlation with risk sentiment and is still supported at the margin by US treasury yields remaining near the highs for the cycle, with the 10-year treasury benchmark above 4.00% this morning. The most interesting development is that, despite the somewhat mixed to lower US dollar relative to its recent top, the Japanese yen remains near the lows for the cycle on the ongoing rise in global yields, with USDJPY just shy of the 150.00 level that some believe could bring an official intervention. Likewise, USDCNH saw its highest daily close yesterday just above 7.22 and is looking higher still above 7.2400 this morning, with broad CNH weakness intensifying. Is China looking to take its currency significantly lower? Crude oil (CLX2 & LCOZ2) Crude oil prices traded heavily yesterday as US president Biden said that it would release 15 million more barrels from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) and could possibly release further barrels this winter. Petrol prices are clearly a concern, and the administration is in an all-out effort to suppress prices ahead of the mid-term election early next month, although releases from reserves will do little to relieve the pinch in especially diesel supplies, where inventories are at record lows on shipments of diesel to the even tighter European markets. At some point, the SPR cannot be credibly tapped for further supplies – as the administration has tapped nearly 200 million barrels from reserves this year already, about a third of the total in storage. US treasuries (TLT, IEF) US treasury yields remain near the highs, with the 10-year treasury benchmark still above 4.00% this morning, with little incoming data of sufficient importance to prompt volatility until the week after next, which will bring both the next key jobs report as well as the next FOMC meeting. An auction of 20-year T-notes is up later today. What is going on? ASML beats Q3 estimates on revenue and gross margin The world’s largest semiconductor equipment maker posts Q3 revenue of €5.8bn vs est. €5.3bn and gross margin of 51.8% vs est. 49.5%. While gross margin beats in Q3 the company’s forecast for Q4 of 49% misses estimates of 50.3% and ASML expects to delay revenue of €2.2bn into 2023. Q4 revenue forecast is €6.1-6.6bn vs est. €6.1bn as the CEO says demand remains strong. The company says that US export rules on semiconductors to have minimal impact on shipments in 2023, but at the same time the company says that it expects to revisit 2025 scenarios and growth opportunities. China is around 15% of sales for ASML. Netflix proves sceptics wrong on strong subscriber figures Netflix surprised investors last night by defying the pessimists that had projected dire subscriber figure, but Netflix reported net change of 2.4mn vs est. 1mn despite price hikes suggesting demand remains strong. The company forecasts Q4 net change in subscribers of 4.5mn vs est. 3.9mn but will not provide future forecasts on paid subscribers after Q4. The company sees worse than expected revenue and EPS figures in Q4 compared to estimates. Netflix also said that it is seeing strong demand for its advertising capacity which is good news for shareholders as advertising is the next big revenue leg for Netflix. Shares were up 14% in extended trading. Johnson & Johnson sees FX headwinds Q3 revenue and EPS in line with estimates suggesting low revenue growth of just 2% y/y and the company says it expects FX headwinds on EPS of 6-7% next year and that modest layoffs are likely. Lockheed Martin expects flat sales in 2023 Q3 revenue at $16.6bn was in line with estimates while EPS of $6.87 beat estimates. Backlog increased 4% y/y to $139.7bn but expects a flat revenue growth in 2023 and lower margins indicating that Lockheed Martin is not expecting to benefit significantly from the war in Ukraine. It should be said that the CEO said demand is strong for its Javelin missile system that is being used in Ukraine. Despite muted growth expectations the company’s decision to expand its buybacks lifted shares considerably in yesterday’s session. US NAHB Housing Market Index plunged further in October … pointing to a rapidly weaking US housing market. The index peaked in late 2020 at a record 90 level and began this year at 83 before the impact of rapidly rising interest rates drove a steep decline in activity. The October level was 38, below expectations of 43 and the September reading of 46. Only two readings since 2012 have come in below the current level, both of which were posted in the panic months during the Covid pandemic outbreak in early 2020. This index has proven a strong leading indicator with a very long and variable lag in past economic cycles, but pointing to headwinds to develop for employment and the broader economy at some point next year. Bank of Japan’s Kuroda keeps foot on the easing pedal The Bank of Japan governor said that a stable weak JPY is a net positive for Japan and merely spoke against the negative effects of "excessive” moves. Another BoJ member Adachi spoke in favour of the current policy of negative rates and yield-curve-control, saying that “sticky inflation” would be needed for a shift in policy. USDJPY traded to a new cycle- and 32-year high above 149.30 in early European hours. UK Sep. CPI out this morning slightly above expectations … with the headline at +0.5% MoM and +10.1% YoY (matching the cycle high) vs. 0.4%/10.0% expected, and the core YoY at 6.5% vs. 6.4% expected. The latter was the highest for the cycle and highest since 1992. What are we watching next? Australian earnings season commodity production amid weather and labour issues Mostly weaker than expected quarterly production and outlooks were released today from BHP, Whitehaven Coal, Beach Energy and St Barbara with these commodity giants in coal, oil and gold being hit by poor weather, flooding and labour shortage issues. Whitehaven (WHC) announced production fell 37% last quarter amid poor weather and labour shortages. The Whitehaven Coal CEO says it sees demand for high quality coal continuing to outstrip global supply. That said, the Newcastle Coal price is 3% this month and about 15% lower than its all-time high. Earnings to watch Today’s earnings focus is ASML (see our earnings review above) and Atlas Copco in Europe, and Tesla and P&G in the US. We wrote a preview on Tesla Q3 earnings in yesterday’s equity note but the main focus is the supply situation on lithium and to what extent demand is impacted from higher electricity prices. Today: ASML, Elevance Health, Tesla, IBM, Lam Research, P&G, Abbott Laboratories, Atlas Copco Thursday: China Mobile, China Telecom, ABB, Danaher, Investor, Philip Morris, Union Pacific, CSX, AT&T, Blackstone, Marsh & McLennan, Yara International, Nordea, Volvo, Ericsson, Freeport-McMoRan, Dow, Snap Friday: CATL, American Express, Schlumberger, Verizon Communications, HCA Healthcare, Sika Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 1230 – US Sep. Housing Starts & Building Permits 1230 – Canada Sep. CPI 1300 – UK Bank of England’s Cunliffe to testify 1430 – US Weekly DoE Crude Oil and Product Inventories 1700 – US Fed’s Kashkari (Voter 2023) to speak 1700 – US Treasury auctions 20-year T-notes 1800 – US Fed Beige Book 2230 – US Fed’s Evans (Voter 2023) to speak 2230 – US Fed’s Bullard (Voter) to speak 2350 – Japan Sep. Trade Balance 0030 – Australia Q3 NAB Business Confidence 0030 – Australia Sep. Employment Change/ Unemployment Rate Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher   Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/macro/market-quick-take-oct-19-2022-19102022
Caixin Services PMI Data Has Helped The Chinese Yuan (CNH)

Japanese Yen (JPY) Has Been At Its Lowest Since 1990

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 19.10.2022 14:22
USD/JPY continues to inch upwards and is trading at 149.69, up 0.31%. Yen closing in on 150 The yen hasn’t managed a winning session since October 4th and it’s looking likely to breach the symbolic 150 level, perhaps before the week is over. The yen hasn’t traded at such low levels since 1990 and a turnaround from its prolonged slide doesn’t appear likely. The Bank of Japan has been under pressure to rethink its ultra-loose policy, as the yen has plummeted and inflation has climbed above the Bank’s 2% target. Earlier today, BoJ member Seiji Adachi poured cold water on hopes that the BoJ will change course, saying that risks to the economy and volatile financial markets precluded any shifts towards monetary tightening. Governor Kuroda echoed this stance, saying that the weak economy required massive stimulus. The BoJ has fiercely defended its yield curve control, maintaining a cap of 0.25% on 10-year government bonds. What about the yen’s downturn? With the BoJ defending its policy, the ball is in the court of the Ministry of Finance (MoF). The MoF dramatically intervened in late September to prop up the yen after it fell below 145, but the move did little more than slow the yen’s descent for a few days. Another intervention is possible, but it would have to be on a larger scale to have any substantial effect on the exchange rate. Finance Minister Suzuki has warned that the government would “properly respond” in the currency markets, but increasingly, the verbal bullets out of Tokyo are being viewed as blanks. Japan releases Core CPI for September, which is expected to rise to 3.0%, up from 2.8% in August. Inflation has been moving steadily higher, but the release is unlikely to have any effect on the BoJ’s monetary stance. . USD/JPY Technical USD/JPY is putting pressure on resistance at 149.81. Above, there is resistance at 151.32 There is support at 149.09 and 147.58 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.
Kuroda Stayed On The Sidelines And The Yen Responded With Losses

Between The Integrity Of Yield Curve Control (YCC) And Japanese Yen (JPY), Something Has To Break

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 21.10.2022 12:22
Summary:  After the last Japanese intervention, which coincided with the previous Bank of Japan (BOJ) meeting in September, eyes are on the next central bank meeting which is scheduled for next week. The tug of war between FX traders expecting no change in BOJ policy and bond investors continuing to test the central bank’s patience is in full swing. However, the expectation of peak Fed hawkishness makes BOJ’s choice easier. The pressure on Japanese yen There is unrelenting pressure on the Japanese yen, despite an official intervention from the authorities in September and constant verbal intervention. USDJPY rose past 150 for the first time since August 1990, and is on its way to closing the gap to the 160 high seen in April 1990. While intervention chatter remains loud, authorities have stayed away from claiming their presence in the markets given the limited impact their efforts are having. Market participants would likely be encouraged to challenge the yen further if it was confirmed that BOJ was intervening, and it isn’t having much of an impact. Further intervention fears will pick up as we head into the week of Bank of Japan meeting on 28 October and the FOMC meeting in the following week on 2 November. Not just USDJPY, but EURJPY and GBPJPY are also above the levels at which we saw previous yen intervention on September 22 (last BOJ meeting). The yen is only stronger against the AUD since that day. We have discussed here how intervention expectations can be traded in USDJPY or the other yen crosses. The pressure on Japanese bonds Meanwhile, bond investors continue to test BOJ’s commitment to yield curve control policy and are hedging by positioning on the short side in Japanese government bonds (JGBs). Ten-year swap rates, a key tool for international funds to express a view on Japanese yields, are more than 30bps higher than the BOJ’s 0.25% cap on 10-year yields and at 8-year highs. Officials have pushed back on “speculative” attacks on Japanese bond markets, and the rise in 10-year yields above the 0.25% cap, with a series of unscheduled asset purchases. September CPI surge to 3.0% y/y on the core measure was the highest in over 30 years, and more gains can be expected into the end of the year and weak yen continues to propel import price pressures and mobile phone fees will rise as well. This will also continue to pile in pressure on the BOJ to follow the global tightening wave, but will continue to be discounted to be energy-driven. BOJ faces a conundrum If BOJ wants to stop yen depreciation, it will need to adjust the yield curve control (YCC) policy such as raising its yield target or widening the movement range around it. Any of such moves would effectively be viewed as a hawkish pivot or a rate hike and would roil not just Japan’s domestic bond markets but also global as yields could see a fresh surge. Even hints of a policy review could send expectations of a BOJ pivot roaring, and mark a strong recovery in the Japanese yen. However, if the BOJ remains committed to YCC and supports the bond market, the next level to watch in USDJPY is 153, but there still remains potentially more room on the upside as long as the Fed hiking cycle continues. This may be accompanied by a huge intervention effort which could knock down USDJPY and other yen crosses by 2-5 big figures, but the move will still likely be reversed. In summary, between the integrity of YCC and JPY, something has to break. Admittedly, pressures will rise ahead of BOJ’s Oct 27-28 meeting and expectations are for an unchanged policy stance. Peak Fed hawkishness A pivot on the YCC by the BOJ sounds complicated. It would mean a significantly higher cost of servicing debt for Japan, which will mean fiscal pressures – something like what happened in the UK but with a much higher magnitude. Japanese households will face a significant stress, with about two-thirds of Japanese mortgages on variable rate, and loan repayments could shoot up substantially. The fate of the yen will then remain in PM Kishida’s hands, and it is well understood that large amounts will need to be spent and it will be a drain on their FX reserves. Authorities have been hinting at using the weak yen as a tool to their benefit, but pledging support to 10,000 companies, reshoring manufacturing, and focusing on inbound tourism. The only option then seems to be is status quo, and waiting for the peak Fed hawkishness. With US 10-year Treasury yields above 4.25%, the room on the upside is getting rather limited. If we assume peak Fed hawkishness to play out in Q4 or early Q1, then the pressure on JGBs and the Japanese yen would ease and all the BOJ needs to do is to wait it out. Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/forex/bank-of-japan-what-to-expect-at-the-october-28-meeting-21102022
Things May Soon Get Better In The Chinese Markets

Bank of Japan performed another FX intervention. BoJ seems to be determined to protect Japanese yen

Conotoxia Comments Conotoxia Comments 24.10.2022 13:57
On Friday, September 21, during the late afternoon hours in Europe and, in turn, the evening hours in Japan, there was a sharp plunge in the USD/JPY exchange rate. Quotations plunged from around 151.50 to 146 yen per dollar. The market was expected to see another intervention by Japanese authorities after the yen had previously weakened to levels last seen 32 years ago. Is the yen sinking in strength? Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki said Monday that the government is trying to confront currency speculators as the yen continues to fluctuate widely. The systematic weakening of the currency prompted another Bank of Japan intervention on Friday. Suzuki assured that the ministry is monitoring the currency market, BBN reported. In turn, Japanese Deputy Finance Minister for International Affairs Masato Kanda added that the government "will continue to take appropriate measures against excessive disorderly movements in the market." Source: Conotoxia MT5, USD/JPY, H1 Statements by Japanese authorities Masato Kanda also told reporters that Japan cannot tolerate speculators who significantly alter currency rates and have a negative impact on people's lives and the global economy. Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida issued a new warning on Saturday against excessive yen movements in the currency market, saying the country will not hesitate to take "appropriate" measures when necessary. In turn, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the central bank must support Japan's economic recovery from the pandemic. The BOJ  would do everything to achieve stable inflation supported by wage growth. The rapid weakening of the yen is becoming a factor in lifting inflation, according to quotes published by Bloomberg. Will the Bank of Japan fight the Fed? It appears that the main factor that may be behind the yen's weakening in recent months is the divergence in the monetary policy pursued by the Fed and the Bank of Japan. The Fed has opted for an unprecedented pace of interest rate hikes, while the Bank of Japan persists with loose monetary policy. As a result, the U.S. dollar is increasing its interest rate in favor of the Japanese yen, and capital seems to be flowing to where it can get more interest. Source: Conotoxia MT5, USD / JPY, MN. Nonetheless, current Japanese actions seem to indicate that the finance ministry  would try to chase away those who gamble on further JPY weakness. If this is indeed the case, it seems  that Japan  believes the Fed is indeed close to moving away from the pace of 75 bp hikes every meeting. With the BOJ poised to maintain ultra-low policy at this week's meeting, the only hope for lasting relief for the yen should come from the other side of the Pacific. If that doesn't happen, however, it seems that the only result Japan might achieve, would be a decline in foreign exchange reserves. Did you know that CFDs allow you to trade on both falling and rising prices?Derivatives allow you to open buy and sell positions, and thus invest when quotes rise as well as fall. At Conotoxia, you can choose from CFDs on more than 100 currency pairs. Wanting to find a CFD on USD/JPY, for example, you just need to follow 4 simple steps: To access Trading Universe - a state-of-the-art hub of financial, information, investment and social products and services through a single Smart account, register here. Click "Platforms" in the "Invest&Forex" section. Choose one of the accounts: demo or live On the MT5 or cTrader platform, search for the CFD currency pair you are looking for and drag it to the chart window. Use the one-click trading option or open a new order with the right mouse button. Daniel Kostecki, Director of the Polish branch of Conotoxia Ltd. (Conotoxia investment service) Read more reviews and open a demo account at invest.conotoxia.com Materials, analysis and opinions contained, referenced or provided herein are intended solely for informational and educational purposes. Personal opinion of the author does not represent and should not be constructed as a statement or an investment advice made by Conotoxia Ltd. All indiscriminate reliance on illustrative or informational materials may lead to losses. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 75.21% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this CFD provider. Consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford the high risk of losing your money. Read the article on Conotoxia.com
ECB's Hawkish Hike: Boosting EUR/USD and Shaping Global Monetary Policy

The Main US Indices Fell | Asia-Pacific Stocks Are Mostly In The Red | Fortescue (FMG) Plans To Increase Iron Ore Production

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 28.10.2022 08:38
Summary:  The ECB rose its key rate to 1.5% from 0.75% and signaled it is making progress in the fight against inflation. The US economy grew 2.6% on an annualized basis last quarter after two declines in a row, beating consensus as personal consumption rose more than forecast. The Nasdaq 100 & S&P 500 ended 1.6% and 0.6% lower, with Amazon falling 13% after hours, while the Dow Jones lifts, boosted by McDonald’s and Boeing. Crude oil climbs above $89, while iron ore falls to its lowest level since 2020. Asian equity futures mostly trade lower. Australia’s ASX200 opens 0.6% lower today, but tracks 2% higher this week, supported by commodity stocks and Macquarie beating forecasts. What’s happening in markets?     Need to know  The ECB rose its key rate to 1.5% from 0.75% and signaled it is making progress in the fight against inflation. Officials dropped a reference to hikes continuing for "several meetings," while saying they expect further action. Christine Lagarde emphasized that more increases were on the way: "We still have ground to cover." Money markets pared tightening wagers by as much as 20 bps, and European stocks erased losses. The US economy grew 2.6% on an annualized basis last quarter after two declines in a row, beating consensus as personal consumption rose more than forecast. The GDP report showed foreboding signs, as growth was almost entirely driven by trade, and residential housing investment plunged. As such, treasuries yields extended their fall, with 10-year yield pushing below 4%. The dollar was mostly higher, though the yen was barely up ahead of the BOJ meeting. Oil advanced and gold retreated. Asia-Pacific's equity futures are mostly in the red. The Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) & S&P 500 (US500.I) ended 1.6% and 0.6% lower, while the Dow Jones lifts, boosted by McDonald’s The US major indices fell on Thursday from continued weaker than expected earnings carnage with Facebook (META) falling 25%. In mega caps, Amazon (AMZN) was leading the losses, falling 4.1% on projecting slower growth and cutting its spending in the face of economic uncertainty, falling 13% after hours. Apple (AAPL) shares fell 3% on reporting weaker than expected iPhone and services sales in its latest quarter, however it gave an otherwise somewhat upbeat report, noting record sales spurred its active base of devices to hit an all-time high. Post market, Apple shares trade 0.4% higher. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones 30 blue-chip index ended 0.6% up on Thursday, supported by recession-stalwart McDonald’s (MCD) shares rising 3.3% on reporting sales that well surpassed analysts’ estimates, despite inflationary pressures. McDonald’s results were boosted by McRib sales, with the CEO saying they are “the GOAT of sandwiches on our menu,” using the acronym for greatest of all time. The fast-food chain will offer McRib nationwide in the US from the end of this month. Oct. 31. Boeing (BA) shares moved up 4.5% with the company releasing a bullish 20-year forecast for China’s commercial jet market, saying China will need to double its fleet in two decades and that China will be a major driver of Boeing sales. Boeing expects China to need 8,485 new passenger and freighter planes valued at $1.5 trillion through 2041.   Crude oil (CLX2 & LCOZ2) climbs above $89, while iron ore (SOCA) falls to its lowest level since 2020 Oil is trading higher for the third day, on tightness and heavy worry about the price of fuel products over the coming months as the northern hemisphere heads to winter. WTI climbed above $89 with US data showing an economic rebound last quarter. US natural gas futures steadied after the EIA reported stockpiles rose last week. European gas prices advanced. It’s also really important to note, tight diesel markets are taking the main stage at the moment, which you can read more on from our head of commodity strategy, just click here. As for other commodities, copper fell 0.7%, while iron ore (SCOA, SCOX2) fell 0.2% to $81.55, which is its lowest level since May 2020 on concerns that the iron ore market could be oversupplied. Yesterday Fortescue Metals (FMG) affirmed extra production will come to the market before March, (instead of June), with investors worried there is not enough demand from China. Most other commodities were lower, including Wheat and Corn while Cocoa rose 1.6%  Australia’s ASX200 (ASXSP200.1) falls 0.6% on Friday, but tracks 2% higher this week, supported by commodity stocks. Macquarie beats forecasts  After the Aussie share market rose for four straight sessions putting on 2.5% Monday to Thursday supported by commodity stocks, including lithium, gold stocks and agricultural stocks, today’s focus is on tech stock carnage, following the Wall Street sell off. Brainchip (BRN) is down 15%. While iron ore shares are lower, with Fortescue (FMG) trading 7% lower after noting that its increasing its spending, while its margins are tightening. Plus Fortescue is ramping up production, at a time when iron ore demand is limited. On the upside, Macquarie Group (MGQ) shares trade up 3.5% after reporting profit that beat forecasts with market volatility buoying its commodities and global markets business. Macquarie’s net income for the six months to Sept. 30 rose to A$2.31 billion ($1.49 billion), up from A$2.04 billion in the prior year. That exceeded the A$2.15 billion average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Elsewhere, oil stocks are higher with the WTI price cleared $89, with Viva Energy (VEA) up the most in energy, up 1.6%. What to consider Markets, businesses, commodities with high exposure to China see heavy selling this week. Will it continue?   Assets with exposure to China are being heavily penalized as it seems investors are realigning their portfolios somewhat with the priorities of President Xi his policy on stronger state control over the economy and markets, which look set to continue unchallenged for years. The confirmation was made on Sunday and across the week, Hong Kong’s Heng Seng fell 7.5%, and the iron ore (SCOA, SCOX2) price fell to 15% $79.60 its lowest level since 2020 on concerns that the biggest iron ore consumer, China will further slow demand, all while iron ore seems oversupplied. The biggest pure play iron ore company in the southern hemisphere, Fortescue (FMG) shares fell almost 12% this week, as a result. Plus Fortescue company affirmed it is increasing its spending, while its margins are tightening. Fortescue plans to ramp up iron ore production at its expanded facility in March, instead of June, which will likely further push the iron ore market into greater oversupply. Australian exports trade prices stumble, imports prices rise   Australian exports prices fell last quarter, but less than expected, falling 3.6% vs the 7% fall consensus forecast. That said, export prices are still up 25.9% YoY. The quarterly drop in prices was driven by the fall in iron ore demand from China, and the drop in coal prices, as global steel demand weakens. That said, Australian gas and crude export prices rose amid surging global demand particularly from Europe. And lithium prices rose markedly, boosted by global electric vehicle sales. Inversely, Australian import prices rose more than expected, up 3%, vs the 0.9% consensus forecast. What contributed to this was price of imports of sodium hydroxide (used in bauxite refining) rose, while the price of importing plastics rose, coinciding with higher energy prices. All in all, import prices to Australia are up 19.3% YoY.    For a global look at markets – tune into our Podcast.     Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/equities/market-insights-today-28-oct-28102022
FX Daily: Upbeat China PMIs lift the mood

The Bears On The Asian Stock Market Attack The Lowest Levels

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 28.10.2022 09:15
Asia-Pacific shares remain pressured amid firmer inflation data, downbeat growth forecasts and central bank inaction. Japan, Australia print strong inflation numbers, IMF cuts Asia growth outlook. BOJ defends status quo despite upwardly revising inflation forecasts. Asian shares hold lower ground while tracking global cues as fears surrounding inflation and growth prevail during early Friday. While portraying the mood, the MSCI’s index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan drops nearly 1.0% as bears attack the lowest levels since March 2020 whereas Japan’s Nikkei 225 loses 0.73% intraday heading into the European session. It’s worth noting, however, that the downbeat yields have earlier favored the equity buyers but the hawkish ECB and strong US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) drowned the stocks afterward. A 33-year high Tokyo inflation data joined strong Australia Producer Price Index (PPI) to keep bears hopeful as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut Asia's economic forecasts. “The IMF cut Asia's economic forecasts on Friday as global monetary tightening, rising inflation blamed on the war in Ukraine, and China's sharp slowdown dampened the region's recovery prospects,” said Reuters. The news also adds that the IMF cut Asia's growth forecast to 4.0% this year and 4.3% next year, down 0.9% point and 0.8 points from April, respectively. The slowdown follows a 6.5% expansion in 2021. Further details suggest that the Washington-based institute expects China's growth to slow to 3.2% this year, a 1.2-point downgrade from its April projection, after an 8.1% rise in 2021. The world's second-largest economy is seen growing 4.4% next year and 4.5% in 2024, the IMF said as per Reuters. On a broader front, Thursday’s US data weighed on the Fed wagers even as the headline US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rose 2.6% on an annualized basis, more than expected, in the third quarter (Q3). The reason could be linked to a fifth consecutive fall in private consumption that challenged the Fed hawks as it showed the policymakers are gradually nearing the target of slowing down private domestic demand, which in turn might favor the easy rate hike talks for December in the next week’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. That said, the sluggish US Treasury yields and the risk-off mood could also be held responsible for the Asia-Pacific market’s sour conditions. That said, the US Dollar Index (DXY) retreats to 110.50, following Thursday’s recovery from the five-week-low, whereas commodities are slightly red amid the market’s indecision. Moving on, the US Core PCE Price Index for September, expected to rise to 5.2% versus 4.9% prior, will be crucial for traders to watch for clear directions. A firmer print of the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge could add strength to the yields and hawkish Fed bets, which in turn will be favorable for the risk-safe assets ahead of the next week’s FOMC.
The USD/JPY Price Reversed From The Lower Limit

BOJ Governor Kuroda Has Insisted That Will Not Consider Tightening Policy

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 28.10.2022 10:42
USD/JPY is in positive territory today. In the European session, the yen is trading at 146.94, up 0.47%. BoJ maintains policy All eyes were on the Bank of Japan, which wrapped up a crucial 2-day policy meeting on Friday. The meeting came just days after Japan’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) intervened in the currency markets after the yen had fallen close to the 152 line, a new 32-year low. Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki would not confirm that the MOF had intervened for the second time in two months, but issued a blunt warning, declaring that the government was “facing off with speculators via markets.” This set the stage for today’s BOJ meeting. In the end, it was business as usual, as the Bank maintained ultra-low interest rates and kept its dovish guidance. The BoJ remains an outlier with its loose policy, as most other major central banks are tightening in order to curb inflation. What was noteworthy was that the central bank revised upwards its inflation forecast for fiscal 2023. Headline inflation was raised to 1.6%, up from 1.4% in July, and core inflation to 2.9%, up from 2.3% in July, with the BoJ warning that risks were skewed to the upside. The Bank also lowered its growth forecast for fiscal 2022 and 2023. Inflation has pushed above the BoJ’s target of 2%, but BOJ Governor Kuroda has insisted that he will not consider tightening policy until it is clear that inflation is sustainable. There was a hint from the Bank that this may not be so far off, as today’s BOJ quarterly report, noted that rising inflation is expected to “lead to sustained price rises accompanied by wage gains”. The yen has paid the price for the BoJ’s ultra-loose policy, tumbling some 20% against the dollar this year. With the BoJ making it clear that it won’t be throwing any lifelines to the yen, the currency will be under pressure from the widening US/Japan rate differential, unless the MoF continues to intervene in the currency markets. . USD/JPY Technical USD/JPY faces resistance at 147.50 and 148.59 There is support at 145.23 and 143.14 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.
Japan: 4Q22 GDP rebounded, but less than expected

In The Short Term, The Decline In The Japanese Yen (JPY) Can Accelerate Significantly

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 28.10.2022 12:06
Today, the Bank of Japan has once again confirmed its status as an outsider among global central banks. Despite the global tightening trend, the BOJ has decided to maintain ultra-low interest rates. No changes on the Japanese front At the end of the week, traders on the USD/JPY pair are focused on the BOJ meeting. At the start of Friday, the central bank issued its verdict on the further monetary exchange rate. As expected, the BOJ did not present a hawkish surprise. The central bank has maintained its policy guidelines: it left interest rates at -0.1% and promised to keep the yield of 10-year bonds at around 0%. The BOJ continues to follow the dovish route, even despite the next jump in consumer prices. The report published today showed that in October, annual inflation in the country increased at the highest rate since 1989. This month, the core CPI jumped to 3.4%, which is significantly higher than the BOJ target, which is at 2%. Nevertheless, the BOJ still considers the acceleration of inflation unsustainable. The central bank expects consumer price growth to slow down to 1.6% over the next 12 months, although it has raised its inflation forecast for the current fiscal year. According to BOJ estimates, the CPI will remain around 2.9% until March 2023, which is significantly higher than the previous estimate of 2.3%. Another argument in favor of maintaining a soft monetary policy of the BOJ is the slow recovery of the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the central bank is concerned that a total increase in interest rates in the world could trigger a global recession, which would negatively affect the state of the already fragile Japanese economy. Given this risk, the BOJ sharply lowered its economic growth forecast for the current fiscal year. Now the central bank expects GDP to rise not by 2.4%, as before, but by only 2%, followed by a slowdown to 1.9%. Such gloomy prospects are the BOJ's main obstacle on the way to normalizing its monetary policy. It forces the BOJ to take a marginal dovish position, which condemns the yen to further depreciation. What is happening with JPY now? This year, the yen is experiencing the worst drawdown in almost all directions in history, but most of all against the dollar. Since January, due to the strong monetary divergence of Japan and the United States, the JPY rate has fallen against the USD by more than 20%. Unlike the BOJ, the Federal Reserve has embarked on a hawkish track this year and has significantly outpaced other central banks in terms of rate hikes. In order to curb record high inflation in the country, American politicians have already raised interest rates five times during the year and are preparing to hold another round of hikes next week. Now the markets expect that in November the Fed will again increase the indicator by 75 bps, which is an excellent driver for the dollar, especially when paired with the yen. However, at the same time, most traders believe that by December, the US central bank may slow down the rate of tightening to 50 bps, as the American economy begins to show signs of slowing down. The emergence of speculation about the Fed's less hawkish policy caused the greenback to sharply weaken on all fronts this seven-day period, including against the yen. Recall that last week the dollar reached a new 32-year high relative to the yen, approaching the 152 mark. Since then, the USD/JPY pair has fallen by almost 4%. In part, the greenback's position was undermined by two cycles of interventions, which Japan is supposed to have conducted in support of the yen. But the main pressure on the dollar was still exerted by increased expectations of a slowdown in the pace of rate hikes in America. Now that the USD/JPY pair has received another powerful boost from the BOJ, analysts expect it to return to growth. At the time of preparation of the material, the yen really moved into the red zone and fell against the dollar by 0.35%. According to experts, in the short term, the yen's decline may accelerate significantly. Memories of last month are still vivid in the minds of many, when the dovish comments of BOJ Chairman Haruhiko Kuroda caused a sharp weakening of the yen. And just half an hour after Kuroda finished his speech, the Japanese Ministry of Finance conducted the first currency intervention in 24 years. Some analysts do not rule out that in the near future the market may catch deja vu. If the dollar bulls break loose again, the Japanese government will most likely not hesitate for a long time and press the red button.   Relevance up to 08:00 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/325622
Upcoming Corporate Earnings Reports: Ashtead, GameStop, and DocuSign - September 5-7, 2023

Recent Decisions On Interest Rates (ECB,BoJ) | Big Oil Earnings

Swissquote Bank Swissquote Bank 28.10.2022 12:32
An ugly week of Big Tech earnings is coming to an end, having wipe out hopes of seeing earnings boost gains across the stock markets. Yesterday, Meta plunged more than 24%; Nasdaq 100 lost almost 2%. And today won’t be any better, as Apple and Amazon also lost in the afterhours trading. Amazon lost up to 20%! US Big Tech US Big Tech rather killed joy this week, so all eyes are on Big Oil to reverse mood. Exxon Mobil and Chevron will be reporting earnings this Friday and are expected to announce stunning earnings. US GDP data On the data front, investors didn’t know what to do with the mixed US GDP data yesterday. The latest GDP update showed that the US economy grew 2.6% in the Q3, exports boosted the headline figure, while imports fell - meaning that the domestic demand from the US weakened despite a significant appreciation of the US dollar. The central banks On the central banks front, the European Central Bank (ECB) hiked the interest rates by 75bp at yesterday’s meeting, as the stubborn Bank of Japan (BoJ) maintained its interest rate unchanged at -0.10% at today’s meeting, while revising the 2022 inflation forecast significantly higher from 2.3% to 2.9%. What ahead Today, investors will be watching one last thing on the macro front before the weekly closing bell – and that’s the September PCE index, along with the personal income and spending data. Any weakness could further weigh on the dollar before we close the week, and before next week’s FOMC meeting. Watch the full episode to find out more! 0:00 Intro 0:41 Big Tech selloff continues as Amazon & Apple fail to convince 2:23 Watch Big Oil earnings: Exxon & Chevron are due to report today. 4:17 US GDP data was mixed! 6:16 ECB hiked 75bp, but euro slipped 7:46 BoJ stood pat, while revising inflation forecast! 8:35 Watch US PCE index, personal income & spending Ipek Ozkardeskaya  Ipek Ozkardeskaya has begun her financial career in 2010 in the structured products desk of the Swiss Banque Cantonale Vaudoise. She worked at HSBC Private Bank in Geneva in relation to high and ultra-high net worth clients. In 2012, she started as FX Strategist at Swissquote Bank. She worked as a Senior Market Analyst in London Capital Group in London and in Shanghai. She returned to Swissquote Bank as Senior Analyst in 2020. #Apple #Amazon #Meta #Google #Microsoft #ExxonMobil #Chevron #earnings #USD #GDP #ECB #BoJ #rate #decision #EUR #JPY #crudeoil #SPX #Dow #Nasdaq #investing #trading #equities #stocks #cryptocurrencies #FX #bonds #markets #news #Swissquote #MarketTalk #marketanalysis #marketcommentary ___ Learn the fundamentals of trading at your own pace with Swissquote's Education Center. Discover our online courses, webinars and eBooks: https://swq.ch/wr ___ Discover our brand and philosophy: https://swq.ch/wq Learn more about our employees: https://swq.ch/d5 ___ Let's stay connected: LinkedIn: https://swq.ch/cH
US Inflation Forecasted at 3.3%, UK GDP Projections at 0%, Fed Member Harker's Views on Rates

Inflation In Eurozone Higher Than Forecast | Retail Sales Reports

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 31.10.2022 11:15
We start the beginning of the new week with data on inflation in the European Union. Apart from important data from Strego Kontunet, the market does not expect important data from America. Japan Industrial Production In Japan, despite the positive results in August, Industrial Production fell below zero to -1.6%. The decline was expected but not that low. The result was forecast at -1.0%. Such a situation means weakening demand in this sector. For investors, this means a significant slowdown and is not beneficial for the image of the Japanese currency or its entire economy. Japan Retail Sales Another important report for the Japanese economy is the report on retail sales. The result turned out to be positive. The 4.1% level was expected to hold this time as well, but the reading was higher. The current level of retail sales in Japan is 4.5%. Since the fall in July, sales in Japan started a new pattern trend, which, as we can observe, continues. Retail sales are seen as a stand-in for consumer spending and its growth can be considered positive for the development of the Japanese economy. Source: investing.com Austrailan Retail Sales Australia also shared the results on retail sales. The result was neither positive nor negative. The positive fact is that it has met expectations and has not fallen. This is the third reading in a row when the retail sales level is 0.6%. According to this indicator, the Australian economy is stagnating. China Manufacturing PMI The China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index fell below 50 again. The current reading shows that the index reached the level of 49.2 against the previous one (50.1), it is a negative reading. Also, this reading did not meet the forecast level (50.0) The China Non-Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) also fell. The spatula trend continues. The gauge has dropped from level 50.6 to level 48.7. The current value and movements of the PMI and its components can provide useful information for business decision makers, market analysts and investors .We can expect that poor performance in both sectors will have negative effects on market decisions. Important economic data from Europe The core CPI reached the level of 5.0% against the forecasted 4.8%. On the other hand, the overall CPI reached the level of 10.7% and was higher by 0.5% than forecasted. As we can see, the situation in the euro zone has not changed despite the actions of the ECB. Read more: Forecasts Of The Situation In The Eurozone Are Not Very Good| FXMAG.COM ECB’s member is set to speak After today's important economic data from the Eurozone, a speech by Philip R. Lane, member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank will take place at 16:00 CET. The speech that will take place after important reports will be helpful for investors in taking further decisions and thus contain indications on the future possible direction of monetary policy. Summary Despite the fact that only the European Union released data important for the markets, during the week there will be more reports that will have a significant impact on the market situation. This week we should focus on next decisions of central banks regarding interest rates (Fed, RBA, Bank Of England). 0:50 CET Japan Industrial Production (MoM) (Sep) 0:50 CET Japan Retail Sales (YoY) (Sep) 1:30 CET Austrailan Retail Sales (MoM) (Sep) 2:30 CET China Manufacturing PMI (Oct) 11:00 CET EU CPI 11:00 CET EU GDP 11:00 CET EU Core CPI 12:25 CET BCB Focus Market Readout 16:00 CET ECB's Lane Speaks Source: https://www.investing.com/economic-calendar/
The USD/JPY Pair Tends To Keep The Trend In A Sideways Direction

The Japanese Yen Is Still Weakened, The Fed's Decision Will Give Direction The USD/JPY Pair

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 31.10.2022 11:47
USD/JPY gains traction for the second successive day amid sustained USD buying. The Fed-BoJ policy divergence continues to undermine the JPY and offers support. The uptick lacks bullish conviction as the focus remains on the key FOMC meeting. The USD/JPY pair edges higher for the second straight day on Monday and looks to build on its recovery from the 145.00 psychological mark, or a nearly three-week low touched last Thursday. The pair stick to its modest gains through the first half of the European session and is currently placed near a multi-day high, just below mid-148.00s. The Japanese yen continues to be undermined by the fact that the Bank of Japan held interest rates at record lows on Friday and reiterated that it will continue to guide the 10-year bond yield at 0%. The central bank reaffirmed the need for accommodative policy amid economic headwinds stemming from the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in China and global recession fears. This, along with some follow-through US dollar buying interest continues to lend support to the USD/JPY pair. In fact, the USD Index, which measures the greenback's performance against a basket of currencies, extends last week's bounce from over a one-month low amid rising US Treasury bond yields. The prospects for another supersized 75 bps Fed rate hike move in November turn out to be a key factor pushing the US bond yields higher and lending some support to the greenback. The USD bulls, however, seem reluctant to place aggressive bets ahead of this week's key central bank event risk. The Fed is scheduled to announce its monetary policy decision on Wednesday and investors will look for fresh clues about the future rate-hike path. Hence, the focus will remain on the accompanying policy statement and the post-meeting press conference. This will influence the USD price dynamics and help determine the next leg of a directional move for the USD/JPY pair. In the meantime, elevated US bond yields should act as a tailwind for the USD amid absent relevant economic data.
The USD/JPY Price Seems To Be Optimistic

The Yen (JPY) Is Extremely Sensitive To The Difference In The Yield Of US And Japanese Bonds

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 01.11.2022 11:45
The level of uncertainty in the market is off the scale ahead of tomorrow's Federal Reserve meeting, which affects the current dynamics of the dollar-yen pair. What helps USD? The US currency regained its wings at the beginning of the week. Yesterday, the DXY index soared by almost 0.8% and hovered around a weekly high at 112. The fuel for the greenback was the strengthening of hawkish market expectations ahead of the Fed's monetary policy meeting. The event at which American officials are to announce their decision on interest rates will be held on Wednesday � November 2. Now most traders expect that the Fed will raise the indicator by 75 bps for the fourth time in a row. The probability of such a scenario is estimated at 89.2%. The market's confidence in the hawkish determination of the Fed has a positive effect on the yield of 10-year US government bonds. Yesterday, the indicator rose to 4.06%, which put strong downward pressure on the JPY rate. The yen, which is extremely sensitive to the difference in the yield of US bonds and their Japanese counterparts, fell by more than 0.8% against the dollar on Monday and approached a 30-year low at 149. The sharp drop in the JPY was also facilitated by the dovish decision of the Bank of Japan, which was adopted at the end of last week. Despite the acceleration of inflation in the country, the BOJ has maintained an ultra-soft monetary rate, which implies negative interest rates. The fact that Japan left the indicator unchanged, while America is preparing for the next round of rate hikes, further intensified the divergence in monetary policy of these two countries. Most experts believe that until the monetary divergence begins to shrink, the yen will remain in a downtrend. However, judging by the forecasts regarding the Fed's future course, this will not last that long. What prevents the dollar? Now the main obstacle to the strengthening of the US currency is the growth of speculation about a possible slowdown in the pace of interest rate hikes. We are not talking about the November Fed meeting, but about more distant prospects. Weak US economic statistics, which were published last week, significantly increased market concerns about the impending recession in America. Most analysts believe that signs of weakening economic growth may force the Fed to reduce the degree of aggressiveness towards interest rates. Goldman Sachs analysts predict that in December the US central bank will raise the indicator not by 75 bps, but by 50 bps. More slowdown is expected in February and March next year. According to experts, rates will be raised by only 25 bps during this period. A less hawkish long-term scenario severely limits the dollar's growth, even though the USD may receive another boost from the Fed tomorrow. This morning, the greenback sharply moved to decline in all directions, also against the yen. At the time of preparation of the material, the USD/JPY major plunged by more than 0.5% and fell below the 148 mark. Pessimistic expectations of key US economic data contributed to the rapid decline of the asset. Today traders will focus on the ISM index of business activity in the manufacturing sector for October. According to preliminary estimates, the indicator will decrease to 50.0 against the previous value of 50.9. Investors fear that, if this forecast is implemented, the Fed may indeed change its anti-inflationary plans to less hawkish ones. In this case, the differential in US and Japanese interest rates will begin to shrink, which will help the yen strengthen against the dollar.   Relevance up to 08:00 2022-11-06 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/325894
Market Focus: European Data Releases, ECB Survey, US FOMC Minutes, and UK Bond Supply

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

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

Rebound In The USD/JPY Pair Has Triggered Expectations For Intervention By The Bank Of Japan

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 04.11.2022 08:50
USDJPY is oscillating above 148.00 as investors are awaiting the US NFP release for making informed decisions. Rising interest rates and weaker economic projections have impacted employment opportunities. An intervention in FX by the BOJ is expected as USDJPY has rebounded in the past few trading sessions. The USD/JPY pair is displaying a topsy-turvy performance above the critical support of 148.00 in the Tokyo session as investors have shifted their focus towards the release of the US employment data. The risk impulse is still favoring safe-haven assets as anxiety ahead of the US Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) data is accelerating. S&P500 futures have hardly moved in the Tokyo session as investors have shifted to the sidelines. The US dollar index (DXY) is continuously struggling to surpass the immediate hurdle of 113.00. Meanwhile, the 10-year US Treasury yields have escalated to 4.16% as a hangover of hawkish guidance on the interest rates by the Federal Reserve (Fed) is far from over. Investors are in the mix on whether the Fed will pause its policy tightening measures after reaching the terminal rate proposed at 4.75% or will continue tweaking monetary policy as short-term inflationary expectations are still de-anchored. For December monetary policy decision, Friday’s NFP data will be very crucial. Continuous increments in interest rates are responsible for the postponement of expansion plans from corporate, which has trimmed the requirement for more candidates. Also, weaker economic projections have resulted in a halt in the recruitment process by various firms. It is also noticed that job additions are increasing but at a significantly diminishing rate from the past three months and October, month report is no new under the sun. As per the consensus, the US economy has added 200k jobs in the labor market vs. the prior release of 263k. Also, the Unemployment Rate is seen higher at 3.6%. On the Tokyo front, , investors are worried over Japan-North Korea renewed tensions after North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile over Japan, as broadcasted by NHK. For safety measures, Japan administration warned residents to take shelter from missile threats. Apart from that, a firmer rebound in the USDJPY pair has triggered expectations for repeat intervention by the Bank of Japan (BOJ) to support the Japanese yen against sheer volatility.
Services PMIs and Fed Minutes: Analyzing Market Focus and Central Bank Strategy

The GBP/JPY Pair Portrays The Market’s Indecision

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 08.11.2022 08:46
GBPJPY fades two-day uptrend, remains sidelined of late. BOE witnessed a dim response of the first gilt sale, optimism surrounding UK’s fiscal policy fades. UK businesses fear gloomy Christmas amid inflation woes. Yields remain firmer as recession looms, China’s covid numbers escalate during a sluggish session. GBPJPY treads water around 168.80, pausing the two-day uptrend, heading into Tuesday’s London open. In doing so, the cross-currency pair portrays the market’s indecision amid mixed clues and a lack of major data/events. It should, however, be noted that a dim response to the Bank of England’s (BOE) first medium-term gilt selling operation seem to have teased the pair bears of late. On the same line was the recent survey for Barclays that suggest British businesses fear a gloomy Christmas ahead, as almost half of households plan to cut festive spending due to the soaring cost of living and sales are already falling sharply in inflation-adjusted terms. Furthermore, GBPJPY’s inaction could be linked to news suggesting that the UK Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is set to announce a new tax raid on inheritance, per the UK Telegraph. The news also mentioned that Chancellor Hunt and Prime Minister (PM) Rishi Sunak are understood to have agreed to freeze the threshold above which people must pay tax for another two years. Alternatively, chatters over likely positive outcomes from the next fiscal plan and UK Prime Minister (PM) Rishi Sunak’s efforts to justify his election keep the pair buyers hopeful. UK PM Sunak is poised to announce a major gas deal with America after the Cop27 climate change summit, The Telegraph can disclose. “Talks about the “energy security partnership” are in their final stages, with the US planning to sell billions of cubic meters of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Britain over the coming year,” the news adds. It’s worth mentioning that the Bank of Japan’s (BOJ) bond-buying operations and fears surrounding China’s higher covid counts since April, as well as a light calendar, restrict the GBPJPY pair’s moves. Moving on, a lack of major data/events could keep the quote sidelined but optimism surrounding the UK’s fiscal policies may allow the cross-currency pair to remain firmer ahead of the UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the third quarter (Q3), up for publishing on Friday. Technical analysis GBPJPY bulls attack the 10-DMA hurdle surrounding 169.00 but the bearish MACD signals and steady RSI keeps sellers hopeful.
Analysis Of The EUR/JPY Pair Movement

The Japanese Yen (JPY) Bulls Are Facing Pressure

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 08.11.2022 08:58
USDJPY climbs above 146.80 as the traction is returning in the risk-off profile. US yields are advancing after hawkish commentary from Fed policymaker Barkin. Japanese administration is set to approve more stimulus and hike taxes for ultra-wealthy individuals. The USDJPY pair has given an upside break of the sideways profile in the Tokyo session. Earlier, the asset resurfaced from 146.40 in the early Tokyo session. The risk profile is turning sour as investors are turning cautious ahead of the outcome of the US mid-term elections. The mighty US dollar index (DXY) has refreshed its day’s high at 110.40 as the risk aversion theme is gaining traction. Mild gains recorded in the S&P500 futures have been eased as the risk appetite is shrinking. The 10-year US Treasury yields have reached 4.23% after hawkish guidance from Richmond Federal Reserve (Fed) President Thomas Barkin. Fed policymaker has contrary views to the chatters over a slowdown in the pace of rate hikes. Current interest rates are near the proposed one at 4.80% and smaller rate hikes will be witnessed ahead. Fed Barkin believes that the ongoing pace of rate hiking will continue as inflationary pressures have not displayed signs of exhaustion yet. The outcome of the US mid-term elections seems to favor the Republicans. A note from ANZ Bank states that “We regard a Republican-controlled Congress as the most likely scenario (55%). Not far behind, at 41%, is a split Congress, with a Republican-led House and a Democrat Senate.” An occurrence of the same could bring political instability to the economy. On the Japanese yen front, Tokyo bulls are facing pressure as Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is set to approve USD198 billion in the additional budget for the economic stimulus plan, as reported by Bloomberg. The government also “may opt to hike taxes on ultra-wealthy individuals with annual incomes of more than JPY1 billion ($6.8 million).”
The USD/JPY Price Seems To Be Optimistic

Hawkish Sentiments Are Beginning To Appear In The Ranks Of The Bank Of Japan

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 08.11.2022 11:22
Recently, the king dollar has increasingly begun to show signs of weakness, even paired with the main loser of the year - the yen. Does this mean that USD has already exhausted its bullish potential? The dollar's wings were clipped For almost the entire past year, the US currency has been the star of the foreign exchange market. Thanks to the Federal Reserve's aggressive policy, the greenback was able to strengthen significantly in all directions, but most of all against the yen. Since the beginning of the year, the dollar has risen in price against the JPY by more than 20%. Such impressive dynamics was facilitated by a sharp increase in the differential of interest rates in the United States and Japan. In order to curb record high inflation in the country, US officials have already conducted several rounds of rate hikes over the past eight months. Meanwhile, their Japanese counterparts continue to maintain an ultra-soft exchange rate and keep rates in negative territory. Last week, the divergence in the monetary policy of the Fed and the Bank of Japan escalated even more. The reason for this was the hawkish statement of the head of the US central bank. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell made it clear that the central bank does not intend to slow down the pace of tightening yet and the final level of interest rates in America may be significantly higher than previous estimates. Now most analysts expect that the indicator will reach 5.00% next year. Such a scenario assumes several more cycles of aggressive rate hikes, which should ensure a steady growth of the dollar for at least several more months. However, why does the US currency ignore Powell's hawkish comments now and weaken in all directions, including against the yen? Sluggish economic data is to blame for everything. The report on employment in the non-agricultural sector of the United States published last week showed that the unemployment rate in the country rose to 3.7%. This further increased traders' fears about the recession and its possible side effects. If the US economy continues to show signs of slowing down, the Fed may well reduce the degree of its aggressiveness towards interest rates, even despite the populist promises of Powell. The likelihood that the US central bank will move to less hawkish actions is a strong negative factor for the dollar, which now overshadows any positive catalysts. What can bring the dollar back to growth? Yesterday, the dollar experienced another loud sell-off in all directions, including against the yen. The intraday low for the USD/JPY pair was the level of 146.08, which is 1.9% lower than last week's high. At the start of Tuesday, it found the strength to return to growth again. But its dynamics looks modest: at the time of release, the quote rose by 0.1%. The dollar is growing ahead of the midterm elections to the US Congress. It is also slightly supported by news from Japan. This morning it became known that Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is going to approve an additional stimulus budget of $198 billion. In addition, a summary of the BOJ's opinions was published on Tuesday. The report showed that during the October BOJ meeting, 8 out of 9 members of the central bank's board stressed the importance of maintaining an ultra-soft monetary policy, since price growth in the country is not sustainable. Only one official said that further acceleration of inflation could not be ruled out, and therefore the central bank should be ready to adjust its monetary rate. As we can see, hawkish sentiments are beginning to appear in the ranks of the BOJ. But one opinion is clearly not enough for the BOJ to radically change the strategy it has been following for almost ten years. Some analysts believe that the central bank may move to normalize its policy in the second quarter of 2023, when the term of office of the current head of the BOJ, Haruhiko Kuroda, ends. He is due to leave office in April. As long as Kuroda's dovish stance remains at the helm, the BOJ's position will remain unchanged. This could further weaken the yen, especially if rumors of a possible slowdown in the pace of tightening in the US are not confirmed. We can see the implementation of such a scenario in the near future – after this week's release of US inflation statistics for October. If the consumer price index drops slightly, the market will regard this as another signal of the continuation of an aggressive anti-inflationary campaign in America. In this scenario, the dollar can get a powerful boost for growth. Otherwise, if the inflation data turns out to be weaker than forecasts, we may witness a further decline in the green currency and a strengthening of the yen.       Relevance up to 09:00 2022-11-13 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/326502
Saxo Bank Podcast: The Bank Of Japan Meeting And More

The Bank Of Japan Remains An Outlier Amongst The Major Central Banks

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 09.11.2022 13:37
The Japanese yen has steadied after posting strong gains on Tuesday. In the European session, USD/JPY is trading at 145.67, up 0.03%. Japan recorded stronger-than-expected gains in household spending and retail sales, but it’s questionable whether this positive trend will continue. Inflation hit 3% in September for the first time in over 30 years, raising concerns, but inflation is still at levels that other major central banks can only dream of.  The government is hoping that the finance package that was announced on Tuesday will reduce inflation and boost growth. Still, the outlook for the yen, which has been on a prolonged downturn against the dollar, remains grim. The Bank of Japan is unlikely to veer from its ultra-loose policy, despite the declining yen and rising inflation, unless inflation continues to rise. The Federal Reserve is expected to deliver additional oversize rate hikes, which will widen the US/Japan rate differential and likely push the dollar lower. At the BoJ’s meeting in late October, it was business as usual as policy makers maintained their dovish guidance. The BoJ remains an outlier amongst the major central banks, with a growing realization that any changes in policy will have to wait until Governor Kuroda’s term ends in April 2023. In the US, the dust from the mid-term election hasn’t yet settled. The Republicans are expected to retake the House, but with a very slim majority, while the makeup of the Senate is unlikely to be determined for several weeks. The election hasn’t had much impact on the movement of the US dollar, as investors are focussed on the US inflation report on Thursday.   USD/JPY Technical There is resistance at 147.07 and 148.45 145.28 and 144.20 are providing support 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 USD/JPY Price Seems To Be Optimistic

Correlation Between The USD/JPY Pair And US 2-Y Treasury Yield Remains High

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 10.11.2022 09:17
Summary:  When Sep CPI came lower than prior but higher than expected, S&P 500 index futures (ESZ2) had immediate reaction selling off ~3% and USDJPY - best carry trade among G10 yielding 5% - also rallied 100 pips so these two are expected to be most obvious ones to trade and show instant price action in terms of sensitivity to the data. First headline squawk highlighted in red that I saw this morning on my Bloomberg terminal was “BITCOIN DROPS BELOW $16,000…”. Last time Bitcoin (BTCUSD) dipped below $16,000 was 2 years ago and now it has fallen 77% from all time high $69,000 that was traded 1 year ago. Also to put this price action into perspective, Bitcoin/gold ratio has declined to just over 9 times compared to 35 times last year. When I checked on coinmarketcap.com, FTX - on the verge of potential bankruptcy - was the fourth biggest cryptocurrency spot exchange based on traffic, liquidity & volume, hence the risk-off sentiment has well and truly arrived as some of the notable crypto related stocks got hammered – COIN -10%, MSTR -20%, GLXY -16% while safehaven US dollar bid up broadly heading into October US CPI release tonight at 9:30pm. However we are yet to see significant systematic risk as VIX sitting at 26 with futures term structure of contango and high yield junk bond ETF (HYG) has not crashed trading 2.2% above recent low $70.40 as well as credit spread is also off 100bps below from the recent high 600bps. The current macro backdrop continues to focus and assess on the relative impact on inflation from rising real yield (10 year at 1.7%) or aggressiveness of interest rates hikes while Fed’s QT has been shrinking its balance sheet by about 3.2% from $8.9t to $8.6 in the last seven months. Even though last week’s unemployment rate looks to have bottomed from 3.5% to 3.7%, two of the mostly watched yield curves – 3m10y and 2y10y - still remain inverted at 9bps & 48bps respectively and we are not seeing substantial steepening happening yet therefore the futures implied terminal rate ~5% in 2Q next year may still have further rooms to move higher despite recent FOMC meeting’s down-shift signal and Powell’s cumulative tightening of 375bps, the most in one year since 1980.  The previous headline Sep CPI numbers 8.2% YoY showed major drivers were food, medical and shelter contributing nearly 1% each while energy and cars cooled. This time, energy may have gone up a bit and services would remain as a key area to watch as it has not stopped rising every month since Aug last year. The most recent PCE figures for Sep was 6.2% that is not only above Fed’s projection of central tendency 5.3%-5.7% but also far from its longer run target of 2%. After all, we have not seen sub 8% headline CPI since February number this year and actual result was less than estimate only once for July but given the estimate for tonight’s figures is anticipated at 7.9%, meeting this estimate may be sufficient for the equity market to find some relief rally. On 13 October, when Sep CPI came lower than prior but higher than expected, S&P 500 index futures (ESZ2) had immediate reaction selling off ~3% and USDJPY - best carry trade among G10 yielding 5% - also rallied 100 pips so these two are expected to be most obvious ones to trade and show instant price action in terms of sensitivity to the data. S&P 500 had a decent rebound last month digesting earnings as 456 companies have now reported with earnings surprise of 3% that is lowest in the last two years post Covid. S&P 500 forward earnings per share (EPS) estimated at 226 makes the PE ratio 16.6 times or 6% yield based on last night’s close 3,748 but again there-are-reasonable-alternatives (TARA) as 2 year treasury is at 4.6% and IG corporate bond ETF (LQD) giving nearly 6% with relatively lower implied volatility compared to SPY (13 vs 24). Lastly USDJPY is trading near a key level 145 that previously acted as resistance in September then turned into support level in the last two weeks. Correlation between USDJPY and US 2 year treasury yield remains high so the pair should be able to at least consolidate assuming 145 holds while long out-of-the-money call options could also work given 1 month implied volatility has fallen from 17 to 11 in recent weeks and 2 vol lower than realised volatility. Alternatively by taking more neutral to bullish view with possible Japan intervention, bull put spread (credit) could be considered using the same level 145 as the lower strike to long put and sell higher strike – say 148.50 that is half way between the recent high 152 and 145 – giving net premium of about 200 pips for one month expiry. Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/forex/st-note---us-oct-cpi-preview-10112022
The Japan Central Bank’s Decision Sent The Yen (JPY) Sliding

The Bank Of Japan Chief Brushed Aside Hopes For Any Direct FX Market Intervention

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 10.11.2022 09:38
USDJPY comes under some selling pressure on Thursday amid a modest USD weakness. The Fed-BoJ policy divergence should act as a tailwind and help limit losses for the pair. Traders also seem reluctant and prefer to wait for the release of the crucial US CPI report. The USDJPY pair struggles to capitalize on the previous day's goodish rebound from the 145.15-145.10 support zone, or a nearly two-week low and meets with a fresh supply on Thursday. The pair remains on the defensive through the early European session and is currently placed near the daily low, just above the 146.00 round figure. A modest US Dollar downtick, amid some repositioning trade ahead of the key US macro data, turns out to be a key factor prompting some selling around the USDJPY pair. The downside, however, remains cushioned as traders seem reluctant to place aggressive bets ahead of the latest US consumer inflation figures, due later this Thursday. The crucial US CPI report will play an important role in determining the Fed's policy tightening path, which should influence the near-term USD price dynamics and provide a fresh directional impetus to the major. Nevertheless, the markets are still pricing in the possibility of at least a 50bps Fed rate hike move in December. In contrast, the Bank of Japan, so far, has shown no intentions to raise interest rates. Moreover, the BoJ remains committed to guiding the 10-year bond yield at 0%. In fact, BoJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda reiterated on Thursday that the central bank must continue to underpin a fragile economic recovery with loose monetary policy. Kuroda added that economic uncertainty is extremely high and deeper negative rates are an option if needed. This marks a big divergence in comparison to a more hawkish Fed and supports prospects for the emergence of some buying around the USDJPY pair. Furthermore, the fact that the BoJ chief brushed aside hopes for any direct forex market intervention to safeguard the domestic currency adds credence to the positive bias. Hence, any subsequent slide might continue to attract some buyers and is more likely to remain limited, at least for the time being. That said, a convincing break below the 145.00 psychological mark will negate the constructive outlook.
China's Position On The Russo-Ukrainian War Confirmed At The G20 Meeting

In Indonesia Core Inflation Is Moving Higher | The Chinese Economy Has Weakened

ING Economics ING Economics 12.11.2022 08:22
Two central bank meetings will be the highlight for the region next week In this article Bank Indonesia to hike rates as growth beats estimates BSP governor to make good on his promise China to leave rates untouched Japan’s GDP and inflation Other important releases: China’s activity data and Australia's jobs report Source: Shutterstock Bank Indonesia to hike rates as growth beats estimates Bank Indonesia will likely hike rates by 50bp to help steady the Indonesian rupiah, which has been under some pressure of late. The third-quarter GDP growth report was better than expected, giving the central bank some room to be aggressive with its tightening now that core inflation is moving higher. BSP governor to make good on his promise In the Philippines, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will increase policy rates by 75bp next week. Governor Felipe Medalla pre-announced his intention to match any rate hike by the US Federal Reserve and will likely make good on that promise to push the policy rate to 5.0% next week. China to leave rates untouched China's central bank, the People's Bank of China, should keep the 1Y Medium Lending Facility rate unchanged at 2.75% and rollover with no change for the net injection of liquidity. Put simply, we expect no change in monetary policy in terms of interest rates and liquidity. The economy has weakened with the rising number of Covid cases and the relaxing of restrictions since August will not have helped the economy much as the main weakness stems from the partial lockdowns of some cities. Japan’s GDP and inflation Third quarter GDP in Japan is expected to grow 0.5% quarter-on-quarter, seasonally adjusted, which is a slower pace than the previous quarter. Reopening effects still led the overall growth but higher inflation and the weak yen partially offset the recovery. Meanwhile, CPI inflation should rise to 3.5% year-on-year in October with utilities and other imported goods prices rising. Other important releases: China’s activity data and Australia's jobs report China will also release activity data next week and we expect almost no growth in retail sales in October despite a long holiday for the month, as shown by the recent PMI numbers. Industrial production should also be slower than the previous month due to soft orders from the external market. Investment activity should speed up slightly due to a pickup in infrastructure investment. However, property investment activities should continue to be in contraction. Meanwhile, October is a quiet month for the job market, and therefore we expect no change in the surveyed jobless rate at 5.5%. Lastly, Australia releases its jobs report for October. The market consensus expects the unemployment rate to remain at 3.5%.   Asia Economic Calendar Source: Refinitiv, ING Tags Emerging Markets Asia week ahead 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  
Economic Calendar Details and Trading Analysis - August 7 & 8

In India Headline Inflation Is Expected To Ease | How Quickly Growth Is Slowing In Europe

Craig Erlam Craig Erlam 12.11.2022 08:29
US After a round of soft inflation data triggered a buy-everything relief rally, Wall Street will focus on Fed speak and a plethora of data points that might show the economy remains resilient.  The key economic readings include manufacturing activity, retail sales, and housing data. There will be no shortage of appearances by the Fed this week. Brainard and Williams speak on Monday, while Tuesday includes speeches by Harker, Cook, and Barr. Wednesday brings Williams, Barr, and Waller, and on Thursday we will hear from Bullard, Bowman, Mester, Jefferson, and Kashkari. In addition to a swathe of economic releases, traders will also closely monitor big retail earnings from Walmart, Target, Macy’s, and Kohl’s. We should learn more about the health of the consumer and if we should expect a further easing of prices as we enter the holiday season. EU  It’s a relatively quiet week for the EU with the two standout economic releases being flash GDP and final HICP. With the economy facing a recession, the GDP data will be an interesting insight into how quickly growth is slowing going into an uncertain winter. The inflation data will naturally be of interest but it may take a significant revision to really grab investors’ attention. UK The Autumn statement has been a long time coming, it feels. The markets have calmed down a lot since the ridiculous mini-budget but it will still take time for the government to regain credibility and the confidence of the markets. It starts next week and all eyes will be on Parliament as we learn how the new government plans to balance the books while not piling more misery on the economy. The BoE monetary policy report hearing next week is another highlight but there’s also a lot of economic data due. The path for interest rates remains uncertain so it’s not just what policymakers have to say that matters, it’s whether the data allows them to slow the pace of tightening going forward as they so clearly want to do. CPI on Thursday is the obvious highlight but there’s plenty more throughout the week. Russia A quiet week with no economic data of note. South Africa Another quiet week with the only economic release being retail sales on Wednesday. Turkey No major economic releases next week, with investors still focused on the central bank and inflation. Switzerland Tier three data dominate next week. Focus remains on what the SNB will do in December, with Chair Jordan acknowledging on Friday that monetary policy isn’t restrictive enough to bring inflation back into the range of price stability over the medium term. The risk of a pre-meeting rate hike remains. China Weeks of speculation around China’s commitment to its zero-Covid policy have spurred a recovery in local stocks and we may be about to get more information on what that will entail. A relaxation of quarantine measures has been announced in recent days and a press briefing is now reportedly scheduled for Saturday. At the same time, China is seeing a steady rise in Covid cases resulting in more restrictions and mass testing.  China’s October retail sales, industrial production, and investment data will be released next week.  The PBOC is also expected to keep its one-year medium-term lending facility rate at 2.75% in November.   India A key inflation report could show pricing pressures are easing which might allow the RBI to be less aggressive with its tightening path.  Headline inflation is expected to ease from 7.4% to 6.7%.    Australia & New Zealand The focus for both Australia and New Zealand might stay on China and their weakening outlook due to their struggles with COVID.  Australian employment data is expected to show job growth continues, while unemployment remains at 3.5%. Wage pressures in the third quarter are expected to rise, but some of that is attributed to the increase in the minimum wage.    In New Zealand house sales data and producer prices will be released. Japan Japan’s third-quarter GDP reading is expected to show significant weakness as import costs skyrocketed.  Japan’s core inflation is also expected to surge from 3.0% to 3.5%, which should clearly weigh on consumer spending.  Given the weakness in the US dollar, the BOJ might save its ammunition and hold off intervening anymore in the foreign exchange market. Singapore It is expected to be a quiet week with the exception of non-oil domestic export data.   Economic Calendar Sunday, Nov. 13 Economic Data/Events China medium-term lending The ASEAN summit concludes in Cambodia. Monday, Nov. 14 Economic Data/Events Eurozone industrial production India trade, CPI, wholesale prices New Zealand performance services index Fed’s Williams moderates a panel at the Economic Club of New York ECB’s Fabio Panetta speaks in Florence ECB’s de Guindos speaks in Frankfurt. BOJ announces the outright purchase amount of Japanese government securities Tuesday, Nov. 15 Economic Data/Events US empire manufacturing, PPI France CPI Poland CPI  Eurozone GDP Hungary GDP Canada existing home sales China retail sales, industrial production, surveyed jobless France unemployment Germany ZEW survey expectations Japan industrial production, GDP Mexico international reserves New Zealand home sales, net migration South Korea export/import price index, money supply UK jobless claims, unemployment G-20 summit in Bali IEA monthly oil market report ECB’s Elderson speaks Fed’s Harker speaks at GIC Annual Monetary & Trade Conference Former US President Trump is due to make an announcement in Florida RBA releases minutes of its November interest rate meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16 Economic Data/Events US business inventories, cross-border investment, retail sales, industrial production Australia leading index Canada CPI, housing starts China property prices Israel GDP Italy CPI Japan machinery orders, tertiary index, department store sales Philippines Bloomberg economic survey Russia GDP South Africa retail sales UK CPI EIA crude oil inventory report G-20 summit in Bali BOE Gov Bailey appears before the Treasury committee   Fed’s Williams and Brainard, SEC’s Gensler speak at the 2022 Treasury Market conference ECB Financial Stability Review ECB President Lagarde speaks ECB’s Fabio Panetta speaks Thursday, Nov. 17 Economic Data/Events US housing starts, initial jobless claims Italy trade Singapore trade Australia unemployment China Swift payments Eurozone CPI, new car registrations Hong Kong jobless rate Japan exports, trade balance New Zealand PPI Singapore non-oil exports UK fiscal statement, economic forecasts Fed’s Kashkari and Jefferson speak at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Fall Institute Research Conference Fed’s Mester speaks at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the Office of Financial Research Annual Financial Stability Conference Fed’s Evans speaks ahead of his retirement BOE’s Silvana Tenreyro speaks SNB’s Maechler speaks at Money Market Event in Geneva BOE’s Huw Pill speaks at the Bristol Festival of Economics on ‘What Next for Central Banks’ Friday, Nov. 18 Economic Data/Events US Conference Board leading index, existing home sales Norway GDP Japan CPI Thailand foreign reserves, forward contracts, car sales ECB President Lagarde, Nagel, and Knot speak alongside BOE’s Mann Fed’s Collins speaks at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Economic Conference BOE’s Jonathan Haskel speaks Sovereign Rating Updates Italy (Fitch) Sweden (Fitch) Turkey (Fitch) Ireland (S&P) South Africa (S&P) Portugal (Moody’s) South Africa (Moody’s) Denmark (DBRS) This article is for general information purposes only. 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Nasdaq 100 Underperforms and Faces Key Resistance - Technical Analysis and Market Outlook

Markets Are Left More Susceptible To Credit Events

ING Economics ING Economics 13.11.2022 10:00
The rapid tightening of monetary policy and significant outlook uncertainty is straining the system and testing the markets' capacity to absorb risks. The UK has shown how sketchy market liquidity can quickly lead to a solvency issue. Central bank ambitions to tighten could be frustrated if confronted with material pressure on the system In this article The financial system is vulnerable amid deteriorating market liquidity From home grown risks ... ... to outside triggers Suppression of money market risks about to fade The financial system is vulnerable amid deteriorating market liquidity As we approach the start of a new year, markets remain in a fragile state. At its foundation is the issue of market liquidity. Many of the common indicators of market liquidity are now at worse levels than they were at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Take bid-offer spreads for government bonds, the go-to safe and supposedly most liquid of assets, which still reside at exceptionally wide levels. High realised and implied market volatility, while also an effect of central banks moving into action and a sign of the uncertainty surrounding the outlook, are straining the market’s capacity to absorb risk and lead to higher costs for market making. Wider gilt bid-offer spreads show that markets are increasingly dysfunctional Source: Refinitiv, ING   A liquidity problem can quickly morph into a solvency issue. This is what the UK recently experienced when the government’s expansionary fiscal plans sent shockwaves through gilt markets. Fears of higher issuance and a more hawkish Bank of England (BoE) reaction sent rates higher, but it was the pension funds' leveraged positions and ensuing margin calls that led to the situation spiralling out of control, eventually forcing the BoE to step in with purchases of long-end gilts, as well as forcing it to revisit fiscal plans.    From home grown risks ... On the back of the UK experience, the fiscal factor has received more attention as a potential trigger of market moves that could eventually put market liquidity to the test. The initial impact on rates can work via the sheer supply and credit channel, but currently also via the anticipated central bank response if the fiscal developments are seen to have a clear inflationary effect. A fiscal trigger for sudden moves may look less likely in the euro area and US political setups ... Substantial government programmes to support economies in light of surging energy prices have been set up or at least flagged in the euro area. One would think that the political decision process in the euro area – as well as in the US – as an aggregate makes the central bank response channel a trigger for sudden repricing less likely than what was witnessed in the UK. But if the economic slump deepens and another winter with potentially limited energy supply looms, one cannot exclude markets starting to focus on fiscal sustainability again. Euro sovereign spreads remain a cause for concern, but are holding up better than expected Source: Refinitiv, ING   This happens against the backdrop of central banks running down their balance sheets, leading to an increased net government debt supply that private investors will have to absorb. The Federal Reserve has been in the process of quantitative tightening (QT) for some time, the BoE just started this November – with the notable hiccup in gilt markets surrounding the pension funds – and the European Central Bank (ECB) is slated to begin in 2023. ... but sovereign debt crisis fears still linger amid ECB quantitative tightening It seems obvious to look at government bond auction metrics which have already suffered, though those are also a reflection of a limited desire for duration risk rather than the credit itself. However, with a view to the eurozone and its experience of the 2012 sovereign debt crisis burnt into collective memory, it is not too hard to imagine how a combination of political choices and geopolitical events could again sour investor confidence. The ECB has put in place a backstop – the Transmission Protection Mechanism – but being tied to conditionalities, its effectiveness could be blunted. ... to outside triggers Of the outside factors that could put the financial system’s capabilities to the test, geopolitical risks are one of the more obvious given the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. A sudden escalation, and in particular an immediate impact on energy prices, could put central banks in a tough spot as their inflation goals move further into the distance, requiring more forceful action while the economic backdrop takes a heavy blow, further straining public and private finances. One of the outside risk factors, however, relates to the policies of the Bank of Japan (BoJ) which so far has been an outlier amid the global charge of central banks tightening their policy reins. Importantly, the BoJ is conducting purchases at the long end of the Japanese government bond curve to cap yields. Any sign of the BoJ yield curve control ending could have large knock-on effects on yields outside of Japan. It could trigger another large and potentially sudden hike in global bond yields. Markets are already eying the end of the current BoJ governor’s (Haruhiko Kuroda) term in April 2023. Stable markets are no longer an argument for owning fixed income   Source: Refinitiv, ING Suppression of money market risks about to fade Money markets can be viewed as the plumbing of financial markets, which is also the reason why we have seen central banks acting quickly to intervene here in the past. We are still seeing the effects of this in the high levels of excess reserves within the banking system and the compression of money market spreads. The blanket provision of excess reserves is no longer compatible with the goal of tackling inflation But this suppression of risks is bound to be scaled back as the blanket provision of excess reserves is no longer seen as compatible with the broader policy goal of tackling inflation. Markets are left more susceptible to credit events or sudden dashes for liquidity.   For instance, the term funding provided to banks by the ECB via the targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTROs) and the excess of reserves flooding the system has led to a compression of Euribor rates over the risk-free 3m ESTR swap, a spread that has traditionally served as a measure of risks embedded in the banking system. In the United States, one indicator that we like to monitor is where banks print 3-month commercial paper as a spread over the risk-free rate (3mth term SOFR). It’s a simple measure of how easy it is for banks to fund themselves in the short-term market. Currently, this spread is at around 30bp (and European banks are printing at 50-60bp). That’s far wider than it was, but not yet enough to cause any material consternation.   The scaling back of central bank support is adding to the uncertainty investors are already facing as markets are perceived to be more prone to the materialisation of systemic risks, and the UK is considered a warning shot. The implication should be that risk measures can stay elevated or may even have to rise further. The above are only a selection, but it is especially relevant to monitor systemic risk measures while central banks are still tightening policies, in the sense that ambitions to do so will be frustrated if confronted with material negative pressure on the system. Anything that threatens to take the system down, or to risk doing so, is therefore out of the question. It’s also relevant as we progress through the 2023 slowdown/recession period, as any deep recession can pressure the system, as defaults can rocket. In that sense, it can act to accelerate a transition back to interest rate cuts. As such systemic risks could be a more credible reason for a “material pivot” than recessionary fears. After all, tighter policies from central banks are designed to slow growth and tend to accept the risk of recession. But what central banks can’t accept is any threat to the functioning of the system. No need to panic yet, but this is what we really need to be cognisant of.   This article is part of Rates Outlook 2023: Belt up, we’re going down   View 8 articles TagsRates outlook   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
UK Budget: Short-term positives to be met with medium-term caution

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

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

The Results Of Japanese GDP Is Negative | US PPI Ahead

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 15.11.2022 11:10
It is busy day. Reports will be from many economies CPI from European countries and PPI from America. And also Asian countries shared their GDP and Industrial Production reports. Japan GDP Events on the global market started with the publication of GDP in Japan. The results turned out to be negative. GDP fell from 1.1% to -0.3% quarter on quarter, while GDP y/y fell even more sharply, from 4.6% to -1.2%. Both results were below zero, which proves that the recession is starting in this country. RBA Meeting Minutes From Australia came a summary of the economic situation, i.e. Minutes of the Monetary Policy Meeting of the Reserve Bank Board. Members commenced their discussion of international economic developments by observing that inflation abroad. Members also noted that Australian financial markets had followed global trends. Such a summary can help to assess the condition of the country and its sub-sectors and determine next steps. Industrial Production in China and Japan China and Japan have published reports on their Industrial Production. Comparing October this year to October last year, a decrease was recorded in China. The current Industrial Production level was 5.0%, down 1.3% from the previous reading. In Japan there was also a decline, but in Industrial Production M/M. The indicator fell from 3.4% to -1.7%. Which means that the change in the total inflation-adjusted value of output produced by manufacturers, mines, and utilities has dropped drastically. This is a consequence of high inflation and, as far as China is concerned, the fight against the Covid pandemic. UK data The UK released the reports at 9am CET. Two of them were positive. Only the unemployment rate turned out to be negative as it increased slightly from 3.5% to 3.6%. The change in the number of unemployed people in the U.K. during the reported month fell. U.K. Claimant Count Change dropped from 3.9K to 3.3K. This may turn out to be a slight decrease, but in the face of the forecasts of 17.3K, it turns out to be very optimistic. Average Earnings Index +Bonus, although it fell from 6.1% to 6.0%, is a positive reading as it was expected to fall to 5.9%. Which may mean that despite the forecasts, the decline is milder and personal income growth during the given month was only slightly lower, which is good news for households. CPI Two Western European countries, France and Spain, published data on CPI. In France, CPI y/y increased from 5.0% to 6.2%. The opposite was the case in Spain where consumer inflation fell from 8.9% to 7.3%, moreover meeting expectations. Despite high inflation, which is still higher than the expected level of 2%, these European countries, can be said, are doing well and their economies are not facing recession. Speeches Today's attention-grabbing speeches will be from the German Bundesbank. The first one took place at 10:00 CET, and the speaker was Dr. Sabine Mauderer. The next speeches will take place in the second half of the day at 16:00 CET. The speakers will be: German Bundesbank Vice President Buch and Burkhard Balz ZEW Economic Sentiment Economic sentiment in Germany rose once again. Currently, they have risen to the level of -36.7. Previously, they rose from -61.0 to 59.2. Although ZEW have increased but are still below zero, which means that the general mood is pessimistic US PPI The most important event of the day is the result of inflation from the producer side in the US, i.e. U.S. Producer Price Index (PPI). The previous level of 0.4% is expected to hold. This may mean that from the producers' point of view, the situation in price changes tends to stabilise, which may have a positive impact on the dollar as well as on the US economy in general. Canadian data Canada will release its Manufacturing Sales and Wholesale Sales reports at 15:30 CET. Both are expected to be below zero. Manufacturing Sales is projected to increase from -2.0% to -0.5%. This means that progress in this sector is expected. The wholesale sales level is forecasted at -0.2% vs. the previous 1.4%. Summary 1:50 CET Japan GDP (Q3) 2:30 CET RBA Meeting Minutes 4:00 CET China Industrial Production (YoY) 6:30 CET Japan Industrial Production (MoM) (Sep) 9:00 CET UK Average Earnings Index +Bonus (Sep) 9:00 CET UK Claimant Count Change (Oct) 9:00 CET UK Unemployment Rate (Sep) 9:45 CET French CPI 10:00 CET German Buba Mauderer Speaks 10:00 CET Spanish CPI 12:00 CET German ZEW Economic Sentiment (Nov) 12:00 CET EU ZEW Economic Sentiment (Nov) 15:30 CET US PPI (MoM) (Oct) 15:30 CET Canada Manufacturing Sales (MoM) (Sep) 16:00 CET German Buba Balz Speaks 16:00 CET German Buba Vice President Buch Speaks Source: https://www.investing.com/economic-calendar/
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The Impact On The Volatility Of The Forex Market Is Mainly Geopolitical Risk In Europe

ING Economics ING Economics 16.11.2022 13:03
FX markets are maintaining very high levels of realised volatility. Driving markets in the very short term is the stand-off between geopolitical risk in Europe and the powerful short squeeze in risk assets on the back of softer US price data. On the calendar today are US retail sales, industrial production, and a host of Fed and ECB speakers In this article USD: Buy-side wants and needs a weaker dollar EUR: Ongoing correction GBP: BoE speakers in focus JPY: Wild ride continues Source: Shutterstock USD: Buy-side wants and needs a weaker dollar Realised levels of FX volatility remain near the highs of the year. For example, one-month EUR/USD realised volatility, at 14%, is back to levels not seen since April 2020. The dominant near-term theme is the aggressive position adjustment in FX, perhaps more so than in other asset classes, on the back of softer US price data. The dollar took another sharp leg lower on yesterday's release of soft October PPI data. Clearly, US price data is the hottest commodity in the macro space right now. Dollar price action does suggest the market is caught long dollars at higher levels and that corrective rallies in the dollar are tending to be relatively shallow. There is also a lot of buy-side interest in expectations (and hopes) that the dollar has peaked. If so, that will release some handsome gains for emerging market local currency bond and equity markets. For example, were it not for the recent dollar correction, returns in the EM local currency bond index would be a lot lower than the current -10% year-to-date figures, and EM hard currency bond indices are down closer to 20% year-to-date.  Given the weight of long dollar positioning after a major 18-month bull trend, it looks too early to expect that this position adjustment has run its course. Yet developments in Poland late yesterday have somewhat clouded the picture. The market will await any announcement from NATO representatives today on the source of the explosion - although President Biden has partially defused the situation by suggesting the missile was not fired from Russia.  Beyond geopolitics today, the focus will be on US retail sales and industrial production data. Both should be reasonably strong, but less market-moving than price data. We will also hear from the Federal Reserve's John Williams and Mary Daly around 16CET. For the DXY today, we did note that the dollar seemed to find a little natural buying interest after the PPI data, but before the Polish news broke. That might tend to favour a 106.00-107.20 DXY trading range today. In terms of the bigger picture, the question is whether 105 is a large enough correction for DXY.   Chris Turner EUR: Ongoing correction EUR/USD turned from a high of 1.0480 yesterday - driven there by the softer US PPI data. By comparison, today's US data is second tier and might prove a weak dollar positive if retail sales and industrial production emerge on the strong side. Attention may also return to the energy markets given events in Poland. And this will also serve as a reminder of the upcoming embargo on Russian oil exports due to start in early December. This potentially is a downside risk to European currencies should energy prices take a leg higher. On the calendar today are plenty of European Central Bank speakers. The ECB will also release its semi-annual financial stability report. Expect plenty of focus on the regulation of the non-bank financial sector after the recent debacle amongst the UK pension fund industry with its LDI hedges in the UK Gilt markets. Remarks earlier this week from the ECB relating to this report drew a conclusion that financial risks had increased. We noted yesterday that EUR/USD seemed to turn naturally from 1.0480, suggesting the corrective rally might have run its course - at least for the very short term. But the bottom of the short-term range has now been defined at 1.0270 - pointing to a 1.0270-1.0500 range over coming sessions. This assumes no major escalation in geopolitics. Bigger picture, we are in the camp that something like 1.05/1.06 may be the best EUR/USD levels between now and year-end. Chris Turner GBP: BoE speakers in focus Bank of England speakers will be in focus today after the release of the October CPI data. This is expected to be peaking around the 11%year-on-year level around now.  BoE Governor Andrew Bailey and colleagues testify to the Treasury Select Committee at 1515CET today. We suspect the message will be very much the same as that given at the policy meeting earlier this month - i.e. do not expect 75bp hikes to become common and that the market pricing of the tightening cycle is too aggressive.  GBP/USD briefly peaked over 1.20 yesterday. We think 1.20 is a good level to hedge GBP receivables. Equally, we have a slight preference for EUR/GBP staying over 0.8700. Tomorrow is the big event risk of the autumn budget - which on paper should be sterling negative. Chris Turner  JPY: Wild ride continues USD/JPY continues to deliver 20% annualised readings in volatility (as do the high beta commodity currencies and those in Scandinavia). We suspect the next five big figures in USD/JPY come to the upside. We see this because the US 10-year Treasury yield typically only trades 50-75bp below the Fed funds rate towards the end of the tightening cycle. And given that our team is looking for the policy rate to still be taken 100bp higher, we think US 10-year Treasury yields will probably return to the 4.25/4.35% area before the end of the year. Equally and once position adjustment has run its course, the yen rather than the dollar should become the preferred funding currency should market conditions begin to settle. Although that does seem an unlikely prospect right now. Chris Turner Disclaimer This publication has been prepared by ING solely for information purposes irrespective of a particular user's means, financial situation or investment objectives. The information does not constitute investment recommendation, and nor is it investment, legal or tax advice or an offer or solicitation to purchase or sell any financial instrument. Read more
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The Dovish Comments From The Bank Of Japan's Members

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 17.11.2022 08:50
“Financial market stability is the most important factor to consider when it comes to exit,” mentioned Bank of Japan’s (BOJ) executive director Shinichi Uchida early Thursday. The Senior BOJ Official also mentioned that a rate hike before balance sheet adjustment possible in an exit. Earlier in the day, BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda also defended the Japanese central bank’s easy-money policy while stating, “(It is) Important to continue monetary easing to support economy.” Additionally, Deputy Governor Hiroshi Nakaso mentioned that the central banks must remove emergency support measures once financial crises are over to avoid causing moral hazard in the market. “Investors have come to assume that central banks will always come to the rescue when financial markets destabilise because of the massive monetary support deployed during the COVID-19 crisis,” stated BOJ’s Nakaso in a seminar hosted by the University of Tokyo and International Monetary Fund. USDJPY prints two-day uptrend Given the dovish comments from the BOJ officials, as well as the firmer US Treasury yields, USDJPY picks up bids to print mild gains around 139.60. Also read: USDJPY Price Analysis: Bears eye a breakout of the daily coil Material posted here is solely for information purposes and reliance on this may lead to losses. Past performances are not a reliable indicator of future results. Please read our full disclaimer.
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The USD/JPY Pair May Demonstrate A More Confident Growth

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 18.11.2022 08:18
The dollar-yen pair earlier this week updated a three-month price low, reaching 137.70. However, the USD/JPY bears failed to settle in the area of the 137th figure - dollar bulls stopped the downward momentum and turned the pair 180 degrees. In general, the trajectory of the pair's movement correlates with the trajectory of the US dollar index. Once again, we are convinced that the yen is not an independent player against the greenback. The Japanese currency certainly has its trump card, but it rather serves as a "stop tap". We are talking about a currency intervention, the risk of which increases along with the USD/JPY rate. In this context, we can say that the Japanese government controls the upper limit of the price range within which the pair is traded. According to most analysts, this limit is in the area of the 150.00 mark: exceeding this target is fraught with consequences. As for the lower limit of the conditional price range, everything depends on the "well-being" of the US currency. USD/JPY bears are forced to follow the greenback, which determines the end point of any downward surge. The yen has no arguments of its own to strengthen – primarily due to the divergence of the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan rates. The events of the last days serve as evidence of this. They eloquently illustrated the stated disposition, the essence of which boils down to an uncomplicated conclusion: the downtrend ends exactly where the dollar recovery begins. As you know, the US currency significantly sank throughout the market after the release of the latest data on the growth of inflation in the United States. The market started talking about the fact that the Fed will slow down the pace of monetary policy tightening at the next meeting, which will be held in December. A little later, these assumptions were confirmed by many representatives of the Fed: according to them, the central bank can afford to reduce the speed, while maintaining the final goal at the same level (that is, above the 5.0% mark). At first, traders mostly focused their attention directly on the fact of slowing down the pace of tightening of the monetary policy. But then they "listened" to the signals from the Fed representatives, who made it clear that no one was going to curtail the hawkish course – only the speed of achieving the goal slows down. In particular, Christopher Waller, a member of the Board of Governors, said that the markets should now pay attention to the "end point" of the rate hike, and not to the pace of its achievement. At the same time, he noted that the end point is probably "still very far away." Some of his colleagues also stated that, firstly, inflation in the United States is still at too high a level; secondly, it is impossible to make any long-term organizational conclusions based on only one report. Such messages eased the pressure on the dollar, and, accordingly, cooled the ardor of bears of the USD/JPY pair. Turning to the upside, the pair gradually began to gain momentum, rising by 250 points in two days. At the same time, traders ignore Japanese statistics, even when it comes to the inflation report. Key data on the growth of inflation in Japan was published during the Asian session on Friday. The report reflected a record growth of key indicators. For example, the overall consumer price index rose by 3.7% in October, which is the strongest growth rate of the indicator since 1982. The core CPI, which does not include fresh food, but includes energy prices (petroleum products), also updated the 40-year record. The consumer price index, excluding food and energy prices, jumped 2.5% year-on-year in October. All components of the above report came out in the green zone, significantly exceeding the forecast levels. It is worth noting that inflation has been exceeding the BOJ's 2% target for seven months, but at the same time BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda continues to "hold the line", maintaining a soft monetary policy. This, in fact, explains such a phlegmatic reaction of USD/JPY traders to the report published today. Market participants reasonably doubt that Kuroda will toughen his rhetoric in response to the published figures. Thus, the fate of the USD/JPY downward trend depends solely on the behavior of the US currency, which is gradually beginning to "come to its senses". After all, even taking into account the slowdown in the rate hike, the Fed continues to act as an ally of the greenback, and even more so in tandem with another, which cannot count on the support of the BOJ. In my opinion, the rhetoric of the Fed representatives will only tighten ahead of the December meeting (at least in the context of determining the upper limit of the current cycle), while Kuroda will once again ignore the inflation report, declaring the preservation of the accommodative policy. All this suggests that the USD/JPY pair may demonstrate a more confident growth in the near future – at least to the Tenkan-sen line on the daily chart, which corresponds to the 142.40 mark. If we talk about the medium term, the main target here is 145.50: at this price point, the upper line of the Bollinger Bands indicator coincides with the upper limit of the Kumo cloud on the D1 timeframe. Relevance up to 02:00 2022-11-19 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. 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UK Retail Sales Offer Support To The GBP/JPY Cross

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 18.11.2022 10:28
GBPJPY struggles to preserve its modest gains to the weekly high and retreats below mid-166.00s. Stronger domestic inflation figures, the cautious mood underpin the safe-haven JPY and cap gains. A bleak outlook for the UK economy overshadows upbeat UK Retail Sales and acts as a headwind. The GBPJPY cross surrenders a major part of its intraday gains to the weekly high and retreats below mid-166.00s during the early European session on Friday. A combination of factors provides a modest lift to the Japanese Yen, which, in turn, acts as a headwind for the GBPJPY cross. Data released on Friday showed that Japan’s core consumer inflation (excluding volatile fresh food prices) accelerated to the highest level in 40 years and rose 3.6% YoY in October. This, along with the cautious mood, is seen driving some haven flows towards the JPY. That said, the Bank of Japan's dovish stance keeps a lid on any meaningful upside for the JPY and helps limit the downside for the GBPJPY cross. In fact, BoJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda reiterated on Friday that the central bank will stick to its monetary easing to support the economy. In contrast, the Bank of England is expected to continue raising rates to combat stubbornly high inflation. The bets were reaffirmed by Wednesday's release of hotter-than-expected UK consumer inflation figures, which showed that the headline CPI accelerated to a 41-year high in October. Furthermore, BoE Governor Andrew Bailey said on Wednesday that Britain's very tight labour market was a key reason why further interest rate increases were likely. This, along with mostly upbeat UK monthly Retail Sales figures for October, offer support to the GBPJPY cross. That said, a bleak outlook for the UK economy is holding back bullish traders from placing aggressive bets around the GBPJPY cross. After processing Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt's new figures in the Autumn Statement, the UK Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has published new forecasts that predict UK GDP to shrink by 1.4% next year, as opposed to the 1.8% growth in its previous foercast, in March. The mixed fundamental backdrop warrants caution before positioning for an extension of the recent bounce from the 163.00 mark, or the monthly low touched last Friday. Traders now look to speeches by BoE's external MPC members - Catherine Mann and Jonathan Haskel - for some impetus. Nevertheless, the GBPJPY cross remains on track to register its first weekly gains in the previous three.
Kuroda Stayed On The Sidelines And The Yen Responded With Losses

High Inflation Print In Japan | Most Fed Members Remain Relatively Hawkish

Swissquote Bank Swissquote Bank 18.11.2022 10:57
Inflation in Japan soared to the highest levels in more than 30 years, to 3.7% in October, up from 3% printed a month earlier. High inflation print sure revived the Bank of Japan (BoJ) hawks, and the calls for a policy rate hike, and kept the dollar-yen below the 140 level, but it’s unsure whether the BoJ will give up on its ultra-soft policy stance. Therefore, if the US dollar picks up momentum, which will certainly be the case, the USDJPY could easily rebound back above its 50-DMA, which stands near 145. US And the reason I think the US dollar will recover is because most Fed members remain relatively hawkish regarding the Fed’s policy tightening. Plus, option traders are building topside structure over the one-month tenor that covers the next US inflation report and the Fed’s next policy meeting in December. Stock market So, the ambiance in the stock markets is not as cheery as it was at the end of last week. UK In the UK, the autumn budget statement went happily eventless. Gilts rallied, pound saw limited sell-off, while energy companies’ reaction to windfall taxes remained muted. Watch the full episode to find out more! 0:00 Intro 0:30 Japan inflation soars, Mr. Kuroda! 1:34 Should you prepare for another USD rally? 3:32 Market mood turns… meh. 4:01 The retail roundup 6:11 The happily eventless UK budget Ipek Ozkardeskaya Ipek Ozkardeskaya has begun her financial career in 2010 in the structured products desk of the Swiss Banque Cantonale Vaudoise. She worked at HSBC Private Bank in Geneva in relation to high and ultra-high net worth clients. In 2012, she started as FX Strategist at Swissquote Bank. She worked as a Senior Market Analyst in London Capital Group in London and in Shanghai. She returned to Swissquote Bank as Senior Analyst in 2020.   #hawkish #Fed #USD #recovery #US #retail #sales #Walmart #Target #Macys #HomeDepot #Lowes #Alibaba #earnings #UK #Budget #GBP #SPX #Dow #Nasdaq #investing #trading #equities #stocks #cryptocurrencies #FX #bonds #markets #news #Swissquote #MarketTalk #marketanalysis #marketcommentary ___ Learn the fundamentals of trading at your own pace with Swissquote's Education Center. Discover our online courses, webinars and eBooks: https://swq.ch/wr ___ Discover our brand and philosophy: https://swq.ch/wq Learn more about our employees: https://swq.ch/d5 ___ Let's stay connected: LinkedIn: https://swq.ch/cH
US CPI Surprises on the Upside, but Fed Expectations Unchanged Amid Rising Recession Risks

Layoff In Amazon | Japan's Inflation Highest In 40 Years

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 18.11.2022 12:29
Changes keep happening. Payments keep evolving. Inflation is also increasing, even in Japan. Layoffs at larger companies like Amazon are also on the rise. In this article: The 100 People list Transforming Business Business owners' Amazon Cross-border payments Japanese economy Goldman Sachs Chief Information Officer is in Top100 Goldman Sachs tweets about the 100 People list Transforming Business by Insider. .@BusinessInsider's 2022 list of Top 100 People Transforming Business recognizes our Chief Information Officer, Marco Argenti, among other game-changing leaders! Read more about how Marco is breaking new ground on Wall Street through technology: https://t.co/qDGLAooKCq — Goldman Sachs (@GoldmanSachs) November 17, 2022 Every year, Insider surfaces 100 leaders across 10 industries who are driving unprecedented change and innovation. The T100 does more than highlight career milestones. Goldman Sachs Chief Information Officer, Marco Argenti is on this list. Recognition of one of the directors in the field of finance is important for personal positioning and thus also for the company. Business owners' optimism UBS tweets about business owners' optimism. Despite recession fears, business owners continue to fill post-COVID labor gaps and are still optimistic about their businesses for the next year. #UBSInvestorSentiment #shareUBS — UBS (@UBS) November 17, 2022 There is no doubt that from 2020, companies, markets and entire economies are struggling. The pandemic has had a negative impact on employment, and the current inflation is also not encouraging. Despite the fear and all the difficulties, companies are getting ahead of it and are still hiring new employees. According to UBS bananas, business owners are very optimistic about the future. This is of particular importance for the labor market, as it affects not only the situation of households but also entire economies. Layoff in Amazon CNBC Now quotes the statement of Amazon CEO Andy Jassy. BREAKING: Amazon CEO Andy Jassy says layoffs will continue into next yearhttps://t.co/QEL5Diikjs — CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) November 17, 2022 The employment situation at Amazon is unstable. The company began informing workers this week that they were being let go. CEO Andy Jassy said this will continue next year. The cuts are being made as Amazon reckons with a worsening economy. Amazon isn't the only one struggling. Other giants also decided to reduce staffing. Cross-border payments IMF tweets about possible developments in cross-border payments. Cross-border payments are on track to be transformed by digital money. Learn how in F&D. https://t.co/uXmnOnQd8g pic.twitter.com/PwRn2wW1ki — IMF (@IMFNews) November 18, 2022 The development in this sector is very fast, but cross-border payments are still the Achilles' heel. We have all felt the frustration of sending money abroad. It takes time. It’s expensive. It turns out that there may be development in this payment sector. For people who love to travel or those who live in several countries, such a possibility may be very desirable. Japan CPI Reuters Business discusses the situation in Japan in its post. Japan's core consumer inflation accelerated to a 40-year high in October, driven by currency weakness and imported cost pressures that the central bank shrugs off as it sticks to a policy of ultra-low interest rates. Read more: https://t.co/AoJ6rkjSBw pic.twitter.com/DGaEal1df9 — Reuters Business (@ReutersBiz) November 18, 2022 Many economies around the world have been struggling with high inflation since the beginning of this year. Japanese inflation has been low for a long time. In October, it rose for the first time, reaching its highest level in 40 years. The activities of the Bank of Japan were dovish, which largely translates into the yen (JPY) exchange rate and the economic situation of the country. The Bank of Japan has made several interventions in the foreign exchange market, but economists do not expect the BOJ to join a global trend of raising interest rates. The more the question arises, will there be another intervention?
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The Bank Of Japan Expresses Concern About The Decline In The Yen (JPY)

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 22.11.2022 12:27
The Japanese yen has stabilized on Tuesday and is trading at 141.58, down 0.37%. USD/JPY rocketed higher on Monday, gaining 1.2%. BoJ Core CPI jumps to 2.7%  With inflation continuing to gain traction in Japan, there shouldn’t have been much surprise that BoJ Core CPI accelerated in October for a ninth successive month. Still, the 2.7% gain was much stronger than the prior reading of 2.0% and the consensus of 2.2%. The reading comes on the heels of National Core CPI, which rose to 3.6%, up from 3.0%. The Bank of Japan is unlikely to change its ultra-loose policy, even with inflation rising and a weak yen contributing to higher costs for households and businesses. The yen is well below the highs we saw in late October, when USD/JPY breached the 150 level and triggered a currency intervention. I am doubtful that such unilateral moves can have a lasting effect, but it is a tool that the government likes to resort to in order to dissuade speculators from pushing the yen lower. What may lead to a change in BoJ policy is the changing of the guard at the central bank. Governor Kuroda is scheduled to step down in April, after a 10-year stint as head of the bank. There have been calls to re-examine the bank’s policy, which has been in place for years. Sayuri Shirai, a former BOJ board member and candidate for a deputy BOJ governor, does not favor sharp rate hikes but has urged the bank to review its stimulus policy, show some flexibility and simplify its communication with the markets. This kind of thinking will be a breath of fresh air at the BoJ, whose policy meetings are usually drab affairs that are ignored by the markets, as the BoJ simply reiterates its policy and expresses concern about the decline in the yen. The most recent US inflation report was softer than expected, sending equity markets flying and the US dollar sliding lower. The Fed has responded with a steady stream of hawkish statements from Fed members, which has succeeded in dampening risk appetite and stabilizing the dollar. Fed member Mary Daly weighed in on Monday, stating that inflation remained unacceptably high and projecting that the fed funds rate will peak at 4.75%-5.00%   USD/JPY Technical USD/JPY is testing support at 141.55. Below, there is support at 140.77 There is resistance at 142.74 and 143.60 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.  
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The Slowing Canadian Economy And Rruling Out Of The Bank Of Japan Of Rate Cuts

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 23.11.2022 10:41
Although markets are sluggish ahead of the upcoming holiday and long weekend in the US, stock indices are rising, while Treasury yields and dollar are falling. This is mainly due to the slightly less hawkish comments from Fed speakers this week, which is in contrast with the statement of St. Louis Fed President James Bullard last week that stressed that interest rates should reach at least 5-5.25%. San Francisco Fed chief Mary Daly also pointed out the need to be mindful of delays in the transmission of policy changes, and Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic stated that an additional tightening of 75-100p would be justified. So far, the rate forecast is stable. There is a 75% chance of a 50p increase, another 50p in February, and a peak to 5.06% by June. This is the benchmark that is currently guiding the markets. Today is packed with important statistics from the US. The first one will be the report on orders for durable goods, which will reflect the state of the industrial sector and consumer demand. Next is the consumer confidence indices from the University of Michigan, followed by the Fed minutes, where players will be looking for signals of a dovish reversal by the Fed. There are no signs that the dollar will resume rising. USD/CAD The slowing Canadian economy has not yet led to any noticeable deflationary pressure. The labor market is strong, with employment and wage growth being higher than that of the US. Retail sales also rose 1.5% m/m in October, which means that the Bank of Canada has more room to maneuver than the Fed and so far can implement a policy of containing inflation without looking at the rate of economic growth. Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem will be giving a speech today, where markets expect to see a similar position to that of the Fed. However, this is likely to rule out strong moves. Regarding the loonie, the latest CFTC report showed that cumulative short positions declined by 402 million to -973 million, which means that there is a slow shift in sentiment. But overall the loonie remains bearish, with the settlement price pointing downwards and below the long-term average. It has a chance to strengthen. The possible rise of USD/CAD will end in the resistance area of 1.3500/30, followed by an attempt to test the local low of 1.3224. Chances for a deeper decline have become higher, with the target being the technical support at 1.30. USD/JPY Core CPI rose 3.6% y/y in October, 0.6% higher than that of September's. The data has risen for the 14th consecutive month, and the rate of growth is already higher than in 2014, when the sales tax was introduced to break out of the deflationary squeeze. By all indications, the time for deciding whether to end the stimulus programs is approaching. Last November 10, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met with Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, which resulted in new signals. Kuroda expressed the BoJ's position that a unilateral sharp depreciation of the yen is not welcome. This means that raising the yield ceiling for 10-year bonds from the current 0.25% is rejected, as is the ending of QQE. The rising inflation and ruling out of the BOJ of rate cuts for the time being sends a clear signal to investors who are selling the yen. As a result, the net short positions continued to decline, falling by 548 million to -5.909 billion during the reporting period. The settlement price is also reversed downward. For now, there is less reason for USD/JPY to resume its record rise as trading is highly likely to be sideways. There is also little chance that it will move beyond the technical resistance at 143.12, unless there are clearer signals from the Bank of Japan.     Relevance up to 07:00 2022-11-28 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/327882
Bank Of Japan (BoJ) Plans To Continue Its CBDC Experiment

Bank Of Japan (BoJ) Plans To Continue Its CBDC Experiment

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 24.11.2022 10:09
Crypto Industry News: Despite Japan's uncertainty about whether to issue a central bank digital currency (CBDC), the Bank of Japan (BoJ) continues to experiment with the potential of a digital yen. Japan's central bank has partnered with three megabanks and regional banks to conduct a pilot CBDC issuance, local news agency Nikkei reported. The pilot program aims to provide demonstration experiments for the issuance of Japan's national digital currency, the digital yen, starting in spring 2023. As part of the process, the BoJ is expected to work with major private banks and other organizations to detect and resolve any issues with customer deposits and withdrawals in bank accounts. According to the report, the pilot program will test the offline functionality of a possible Japanese CBDC, focused on payments without the internet. Japan's central bank plans to continue its CBDC experiment for about two years and decide to issue a digital currency by 2026, the report notes. The news comes as countries around the world are increasingly launching CBDC research and development initiatives, with China leading the way. Technical Market Outlook: The BTC/USD pair has made a new yearly low at the level of $15,477 as the bearish pressure is still strong. There is no indication of the down trend on Bitcoin to terminate or reverse, so the next target for bears is seen at the level of $13,563 (2019 high). The bulls are trying to bounce and they broke above the local trend line already ( $16,201is the trend line resistance level), the next technical resistance is seen at $17,103. The momentum bounces from the extremely oversold market conditions as well and is currently positive, so the bounce might extend higher. Weekly Pivot Points: WR3 - $16,881 WR2 - $16,477 WR1 - $16,299 Weekly Pivot - $16,072 WS1 - $15,895 WS2 - $15,667 WS3 - $15,263 Trading Outlook: The down trend on the H4, Daily and Weekly time frames continues without any indication of a possible trend termination or reversal. So far every bounce and attempt to rally is being used to sell Bitcoin for a better price by the market participants, so the bearish pressure is still high. The key long term technical support at the psychological level of $20,000 had been violated, the new swing low was made at $15,555 and if this level is violated, then the next long-term target for bulls is seen at $13,712. On the other hand, the gamechanging level for bulls is located at $25,367 and it must be clearly violated for a valid breakout in the long term.   Relevance up to 09:00 2022-11-25 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/302347
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Had Its Best Month | EU Inflation Slowed

The Pressure On Bank Of Japan To Tighten Policy | China’s Zero Covid Still In Focus

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 25.11.2022 08:49
Summary:  A quiet overnight session with the Thanksgiving holiday, and most assets remained in consolidation after the FOMC minutes-driven move the day before. China’s zero Covid still in focus as reports suggest that Beijing may go in a lockdown. The US dollar held on to its recent losses, and bets for the December Fed rate hike in favour of a 50bps move. Sweden’s Riksbank hiked 75bps and the pressure on Bank of Japan to tighten policy also remains with Tokyo CPI touching a new 40-year high. Crude oil still below key levels, while Gold and Silver are testing key resistances. What’s happening in markets? The Nasdaq 100 (NAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) Closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. US treasuries (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) Closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HISX2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Hang Seng Index gained 0.8% on Thursday following China’s State Council’s call on the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) to cut the reserve requirement ratio (RRR). In addition, leading Chinese banks offered more than RMB 270 billion in credit facilities to support private enterprise developers. Chinese developers were top performers in the benchmark index, with Country Garden (02007:xhkg) jumping 20%, Longfor (00960:xhkg) up 12%, and Country Garden Services (06098) up 11%. Hang Seng TECH Index climbed 0.8%. Xiaomi was the laggard among tech peers, falling 3.6% after reporting Q3 results. Market sentiment was tempered by the rise of daily Covid cases to an all-time high of 31,444 in mainland China. CSI 300 edged down by 0.4%, driven by large state-owned enterprise names that consolidated recent strong gains. FX: Dollar held on to its losses in a thin trading day The dollar index traded steady below 106 on Thursday amid thin trading markets with US closed for Thanksgiving. The reaction to a dovish read of the FOMC minutes has been a significant slide in USD, which along with higher equities and lower bond yields, suggest financial conditions continue to ease since that softer CPI release. This is sending warning signals on inflation and Fed members may need to be more hawkish to prevent that. Lower US yields, and still-steady expectations of a BOJ pivot, have meant a stronger Japanese yen, with USDJPY now below 139. GBPUSD touched 1.2150, the highest levels since early August. Crude oil (CLZ2 & LCOF3)   Demand concerns, especially from China’s zero covid, continued to underpin the oil markets. A record high in the number of cases and reports that Beijing may go back in a lockdown show the difficulty of opening up the economy. US gasoline demand is also weakening as the travel season ends, and there are signals of overall demand weakness globally after massive tightening this year. This saw oil prices remain below key levels, with WTI still around $78/barrel and Brent around $85. Meanwhile, the proposed price caps on Russian oil continues to cause concern. EU diplomats are locked in negotiations over how strict the mechanism should be. Poland rejected USD65/bbl, while shipping giant Greece said it doesn’t want it below USD70/bbl. Gold (XAUUSD) and Silver (XAGUSD) testing key resistances A dovish FOMC read, along with softer US economic data from the flash PMIs, have returned the focus again on precious metals. Gold tested $1735 support again this week but is now back at over $1750-levels and testing the resistance at $1757. Break above will bring $1765 in focus, but lack of ETF buying still makes it hard to confirm the reversal of the short-term downtrend. Silver is also at key resistance level of $21.50.   What to consider? Sweden’s Riksbank hiked 75bps, more in the pipeline The Riksbank’s 75bps rate hike was larger than the 50bps signalled at the September meeting, and brings its policy rate to 2.5%, the highest since the GFC. Worsening inflation outlook, with October’s inflation at 9.3% and suggesting wage pressures as well, more rate hikes potentially remain in the pipeline. Peak rate is closer to 3% for now, but the bank showed an alternate scenario where persistent inflation above 3.5% could prompt the peak rate move higher from 2.84% to 4.65%. Japan’s Tokyo CPI above expectations again, more pressures to come Japan’s Tokyo inflation for November rose to its highest level in 40 years, suggesting that price pressures have not peaked yet. Tokyo CPI came in at 3.8% YoY from 3.5% previously, while the ex-food was at 3.6% YoY (prev 3.4%) and ex-food and energy was at 2.5% YoY (prev 2.2%). Meanwhile, Asia LNG prices are rising again, as colder temperatures in Europe heat up the competition to secure LNG cargoes again. This suggests price pressures will likely continue, and Bank of Japan could still likely consider tweaking its yield curve control policy. Anwar Ibrahim sworn in as Malaysia’s PM, political chaos to stay Malaysia’s new PM Anwar Ibrahim plans to test lawmakers' support for his leadership with a confidence vote on Dec 19, as he seeks to prove he commands a majority. His party, Pakatan Harapan, got the most but only 82 seats in the 220-seat parliament and lacks a majority. The political divide in the country is getting worse, suggesting policy paralysis that can likely drive foreign investors away. Local governments across China resorted to lockdowns as Covid cases surged to record highs As new Covid cases hit new highs day after day, local governments are torn between the urge to avoid full lockdowns and the instruction to adhere to the zero-Covid policy. Over 40 cities across China, including Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, Chongqing, Shanghai, and Beijing have to resort to some sort of movement restrictions or lockdown.   For our look ahead at markets this week - Read our Saxo Spotlight. For a global look at markets – tune into our Podcast. Source: https://www.home.saxo/content/articles/equities/apac-market-insights-25-nov-2022-25112022
BSP Maintains Rates Amid Moderate Inflation; Eyes Further Tightening if Needed

FX: The US Dollar (USD) Is Getting Close To Some Decent Support Levels

ING Economics ING Economics 25.11.2022 10:33
FX markets are becalmed by holiday trading conditions in the US and a very light data calendar. A further unwinding of long dollar positioning remains the risk, but we think the dollar is getting close to some decent support levels. Elsewhere, 75bp rate hikes are still going through in the likes of Sweden and South Africa In this article USD: Focus on 'Cyber Five' retail sales EUR: A little less pessimism GBP: BoE stays hawkish JPY: Set for out-performance into 2023   US retailers have come up with the 'Cyber Five' sales promotion campaign which should boost retail sales    USD: Focus on 'Cyber Five' retail sales Today sees another holiday-shortened US session following the Thanksgiving public holiday. Innovative US retailers have come up with the 'Cyber Five' sales promotion campaign which stretches from Thursday's Thanksgiving all the way through to Monday. Expect to hear reports as to how this has gone, although high levels of employment and lower levels of petrol prices (now $4.30/gallon versus a high of $5.50 in June) suggest retail sales may hold up despite talk of the looming 2023 recession. FX markets are becalmed and the only stand-outs yesterday were the large 75bp rate hikes in Sweden and South Africa, plus the 150bp rate cut in Turkey in preparation for elections next year. We also note the further legacy of this year's rise in dollar and US yields, where Ghana looks set to impose a 30% haircut on Eurobond holders as it seeks a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Back to the dollar – buy-side surveys taken right before the big sell-off on 10/11 November still had long dollar positions as 'the most crowded trade' and saw the dollar as the most over-valued on record. We doubt those views will have changed that much and the buy-side will now be eager to sell any dollar rallies, believing the dollar may well have peaked. That may be the case, but as we discuss in our 2023 FX outlook, we doubt conditions will be in place for a major dollar bear trend.  We mentioned earlier that the dollar may be nearing some decent support levels. We think DXY has strong support near 105.00, marking the 200-day moving average, important lows in early August and a big 38.2% retracement level of the whole rally from summer 2021 (when the Fed started this dollar rally with its more hawkish Dot Plots). For those needing to buy dollars, DXY levels near 105 may be as good as any. Chris Turner  EUR: A little less pessimism Business surveys in Germany and France released yesterday showed a little less pessimism. And increasingly there is a view that the forthcoming downturn will be mild because of issues like a) strong employment b) large government support and c) strong household savings. Our eurozone team, however, are a bit more pessimistic. Certainly, Europe's large exposure to the manufacturing cycle and what should be weaker export markets make us sub-consensus on European growth prospects.  Despite the looming eurozone recession, ECB hawks such as Isabel Schnabel suggest it may be premature to scale back rate increases. Currently, the market prices 61bp of hikes on 15 December (we expect 50bp). Clearly, the 50bp versus 75bp debate will continue to run. For EUR/USD, it still looks like the big dollar story is dominating. We cannot rule out a further correction into the 1.05-1.06 region but would see these as the best levels before year-end. These levels could be seen next week should Fed speakers or November US jobs data prove the catalyst. Chris Turner GBP: BoE stays hawkish Recent speeches have seen the Bank of England (BoE) staying pretty hawkish despite the fiscally tight budget and broadening consensus of recession. We think positioning has played a major role in this sterling recovery and GBP/USD could see some further, temporary gains to the 1.22/23 area – which we would again see as the best levels before year-end.  Equally, EUR/GBP has good support in the 0.8550/8600 area, and given our view of a difficult risk environment into year-end and early 2023 as central banks raise rates into recessions, sterling should remain vulnerable. Chris Turner  JPY: Set for out-performance into 2023 Probably the best chance of the dollar having peaked is against the Japanese yen (JPY). USD/JPY is now nearly 10% off its high near 152 in late October. Next week we will find out whether Japanese authorities sold FX in November – having sold a combined $70bn in September and October. So far intervention can be considered to be exceptionally well-timed and effective.   If the dollar is to move lower in 2023, USD/JPY would be the best vehicle to express the view, in our opinion. This is based on the view that the positive correlation between bonds and equities can break down – bonds rally, equities stay soft – and that the US 10-year Treasury yield ends 2023 at around 2.75%. USD/JPY could be trading at 125-130 under that scenario. We now suspect that any dollar rally between now and year-end stalls at 142/145. In addition, USD/JPY will be facing a change in the ultra-dovish Bank of Japan governor next April – a big event risk for local and global asset markets. Chris Turner TagsYen FX Dollar   Disclaimer This publication has been prepared by ING solely for information purposes irrespective of a particular user's means, financial situation or investment objectives. The information does not constitute investment recommendation, and nor is it investment, legal or tax advice or an offer or solicitation to purchase or sell any financial instrument. Read more
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In Japan Deflation Seemed A Permanent Part Of The Economic Landscape But Inflation Hits High

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 25.11.2022 12:42
USD/JPY has reversed directions and posted gains on Friday, after three straight losing sessions. The yen is trading at 139.39, up 0.54% on the day. US markets are open for limited hours due to the Thanksgiving holiday, and there are no US releases on the schedule. Tokyo inflation hits 40-year high The caption above may sound dramatic, but inflation in Japan is far from the levels we’re seeing elsewhere, such as double-digits in the UK and the eurozone. Still, Japan finds itself dealing with rising inflation, after decades where deflation seemed a permanent part of the economic landscape. Tokyo Core CPI rose to 3.6% in November, nudging above the consensus of 3.5% and the consensus of 3.4%. This marked the highest reading since April 1982. There’s no arguing that core inflation isn’t accelerating – Tokyo Core CPI has strengthened for six straight months and BOJ Core CPI for ninth consecutive months. This extended uptrend belies BOJ Governor Kuroda’s insistence that cost-push inflations is only temporary and that an ultra-accommodative policy is needed to ensure that inflation becomes sustainable. The BOJ is not showing any inclination to change policy and the recent improvement in the yen means one less headache, as the need for a currency intervention has diminished. It’s likely to be business as usual for the BOJ until the spring of 2023, with two key developments on the calendar – wage negotiations and a new governor for the central bank. The Federal Reserve remains in a hawkish mode, sort of. The Fed’s stance, reiterated in this week’s minutes, remains somewhat mixed. On the one hand, the Fed has signalled that it will reduce the size of rate hikes “soon”, and the markets have priced in a ‘modest’ 50 bp hike in December after four consecutive 75-bp increases. At the same time, some Fed members are projecting that the terminal rate will be higher than previously expected. This mixed message has created uncertainty about what it means for the US dollar – will “lower for longer” raise risk sentiment and weigh on the dollar, or will investors view the Fed as remaining hawkish and stick with the US dollar? We’ll have to wait and see how the markets answer this question.   USD/JPY Technical USD/JPY faces resistance at 139.62 and 140.37 There is support at 138.43 and 137.19 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.  
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There’s A Whole Host Of Lot Of Data Next Week

Craig Erlam Craig Erlam 26.11.2022 16:09
US Wall Street returns after the Thanksgiving holiday and what a week we have in store. The jobs report on Friday is the obvious highlight, with Fed policymakers keen to see further signs of inflationary pressures easing and less tightness in the labour market. There’s a whole host of other data due next week as well including the core PCE price index – the Fed’s preferred inflation measure – GDP, income, spending, jobless claims, and more. We’ll also hear from Fed policymakers throughout the week including Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday. EU An action-packed week for Europe, with a plethora of key economic data and ECB policymaker appearances. In the run-up to the ECB rate decision on 15 December, that commentary is going to provide crucial insight into which way the committee is leaning, with another 75 basis points currently heavily priced in. With that in mind, the flash CPI release stands out as the one to watch on Wednesday. UK The UK has repaired some of its tarnished reputation in recent weeks but the economy is still likely in recession and it won’t be an easy road back. There isn’t much data next week to support or refute that but there are appearances from various BoE policymakers that will be of interest. Russia A few economic numbers of note next week include GDP, retail sales, unemployment, real wages, and the manufacturing PMI. Unemployment is expected to tick higher again to 4.1% from its September low of 3.8%. South Africa The SARB continued its aggressive tightening cycle in November with another 75 basis point hike, taking the repo rate to 7%. The central bank expects inflation to remain above its 3-6% target range until the second quarter of next year and only return to the mid-point in the second quarter of 2024. Next week brings the release of unemployment data on Tuesday. Turkey As expected, the CBRT cut rates by 1.5% in November and ended its easing cycle, leaving the policy rate at 9%. Next week its quarterly GDP and the manufacturing PMI on offer as traders look for clues as to the cost of the monetary policy experiment on the economy. Switzerland A data-heavy week that includes the PMI survey and inflation on Thursday – which the SNB has repeatedly stressed is too high – GDP on Tuesday, and KOF and ZEW surveys on Wednesday.  China Official Chinese manufacturing and non-manufacturing PMIs for November will be released on Wednesday as well as the Caixin Manufacturing PMI.  As these figures have been fluctuating above and below the 50-the threshold separating contraction from expansion for the past few months, they suggest that the Chinese economy is still hovering between contraction and expansion. However, the long-term positive fundamentals of the Chinese economy remain unchanged. Industrial profits figures are also released over the weekend. India A number of interesting economic releases next week including GDP on Wednesday and the manufacturing PMI on Thursday. Australia & New Zealand Inflation in Australia and New Zealand remains high, and the new Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Philip Lowe, has said in a speech that he is determined to ensure that the current high inflation is temporary, while the RBA is expected to raise interest rates further in the future.  The RBNZ’s 23 November central bank rate meeting hawkishly raised rates by 75 basis points to 4.25% to continue the fight against inflation, and the market now expects the RBNZ’s terminal rate may rise to 4.75%.    Next week, the focus will be on Australian retail sales and CPI for October on Monday and the speech by the new RBA Governor Philip Lowe on Wednesday. Other data released throughout the week will also be of interest. Japan Coming up next week is data on unemployment, retail sales, and industrial production for October as well as the latest manufacturing PMI for November.  Singapore At the 29th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting on 17 November, President Xi Jinping met with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Bangkok. The China-Singapore relationship is forward-looking, strategic, and exemplary, Xi said. Lee Hsien Loong said Singapore sees China’s development as positive, wishes the GDI well, and will explore ways to participate. Both countries expressed their willingness to continue to deepen their cooperative relationship and work together to promote new progress in the all-around partnership between the two countries as they move with the times. According to Caixin Global, on 22 November, Singapore police said it was investigating Binance. This comes after the Monetary Authority of Singapore noted that Binance was being investigated as it may have violated the Payment Services Act. 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.  
EUR Under Pressure as July PMIs Signal Economic Contraction

Farmers In China Suffer From Covid Restrictions

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 28.11.2022 11:53
The covid situation in China remains in the spotlight. The topic of interest rates is addressed this time from the point of view of an ordinary citizen, not economies and central banks. In this article: The impact of Covid restrictions in China on farmers Japan Software/IT Service Sector What to do with money with rising rates New user signups to Twitter Destroy crops Ole S Hansen tweets about the impact of Covid restrictions in China on farmers China’s strict Covid controls are leaving farmers with no option other than to destroy crops they can no longer sell, triggering concerns about food shortages and stirring outrage on social media https://t.co/O7QzUewW4d via @markets — Ole S Hansen (@Ole_S_Hansen) November 28, 2022 The situation caused by the covid pandemic has significantly affected the codes of economies around the world. The recent spike in virus infections in China has prompted a strong response from the government, which has taken specific measures. From creating covid camps to strong restrictions. What is happening in the second world economy affects the situation on global markets and local markets. The author of the tweet emphasizes that this situation has a negative impact on farmers who are deprived of a market. Farmers, unable to sell and unable to store, decided to destroy the crops. Such actions will have an effect on food production, may increase imports and also directly increase costs for farmers themselves. Japan Software/IT Service Sector UBS tweets about Bank of Japan forecasts. What is the Bank of Japan’s outlook for the software sector? Find out the results of their short-term industry survey in our #UBSResearch report. #shareUBS. — UBS (@UBS) November 28, 2022 What is the Bank of Japan’s outlook for the software sector? The answer to that question is in this tweet. Investments do not have to take place in the financial markets. Investment is also an investment in development and science. We can expect Bank of Japan to plan investments in software. What to do with cash now? Morningstar Inc tweets about Christine Benz and Susan Dziubinski discussion about the best places to park your cash. A silver lining amid rising interest rates: Many savings vehicles now offer higher yields than they have in a long time.Watch as @christine_benz and Susan Dziubinski discuss the best places to park your cash while interest rates rise. https://t.co/Ul5qbLkRDu — Morningstar, Inc. (@MorningstarInc) November 27, 2022 Fighting inflation is hard. Rising interest rates have a negative impact on the average citizen. Everyone tries to protect themselves financially, but in such situations it is difficult. Therefore, everyone decides to save as much as possible. It's important not to go overboard with cash savings, mainly because it's dead money when adjusted for inflation. An online savings account is a good option for those who are looking for a profit but need regular access to this money. Whether this option is the best can be found out from this tweet. 66% Up Reuters Business in its tweet recalls Musk's words. WATCH: Elon Musk said new user signups to Twitter were at an 'all time high,' averaging over two million per day in the last seven days as of November 16, up 66% compared to the same week last year https://t.co/ta1vW74fgI pic.twitter.com/zYJaKjHzTB — Reuters Business (@ReutersBiz) November 28, 2022 Ever since Elon Musk took over Twitter, there's been a lot of talk about it in the media. This time, information about new user signups to Twitter appeared in the media. They turned out to be high, which is why the new CEO boasts about it.
The USD/JPY Price Seems To Be Optimistic

Bank Of Japan Governor Kuroda Said That The Tightening Labour Market Will Push Wages Higher

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 28.11.2022 14:10
After strong gains last week, the Japanese yen has extended its gains on Monday. USD/JPY is trading at 138.23 in the European session, down 0.67%. Yen jumps on China unrest China has applied its Covid-zero policy with a heavy hand, but Covid cases continue to rise nonetheless. The mass lockdowns have triggered widespread protests, which some injuries reported. The unrest is likely to exacerbate supply-chain disruptions and dampen domestic demand, which has hurt risk appetite. This has resulted in flows to haven assets, such as the Japanese yen. USD/JPY dropped as much as 1% earlier today, but the dollar has managed to recover some of these losses. The yen also received a boost after Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda said that the tightening labour market will push wages higher. Kuroda has long insisted that rising inflation has driven by import costs and the weak yen and is transient. Higher wages would indicate that inflation is sustained, which could result in the BoJ making some changes in its ultra-loose policy. After a short trading week in the US due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the markets will have plenty of US events to digest this week. CB Consumer Confidence will be released on Tuesday, with the November report expected to dip to 100.0, down from 102.5. The key release of the week is nonfarm payrolls on Friday, which could have a major impact on the Fed’s decision to raise rates by 50 or 75 basis points at the December 14th meeting. Currently, the likelihood of a 50-bp hike is about 75%, versus 25% for a larger 75-bp increase. Investors are viewing a 50-point move as a dovish pivot, which has been putting pressure on the US dollar. Still, even a 50-bp hike would set a record for yearly rate hikes of 4.25%.   USD/JPY Technical There is resistance at 139.82 and 141.58 There is support at 137.39 and 135.63 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.  
Wage agreement may be game-changing in a way. First meeting of the new BoJ Governor Ueda takes place on April 28th

The Bank Of Japan Will Likely Stick To Its Policy Stance

ING Economics ING Economics 29.11.2022 10:19
Labour market conditions tightened further last month, but we don't see any signs of wage growth yet. Meanwhile, goods consumption is weakening. Thus, the Bank of Japan will likely stick to its policy stance at its December meeting, despite expectations of higher inflation over the next few months   2.6 Jobless rate    Higher Labour market conditions remain solid, but there are still no imminent signs of wage growth The unemployment rate in Japan stayed at 2.6% in October for the second consecutive month, slightly above the market consensus of 2.5%, but the job-to-application ratio edged up to 1.35 as expected. We believe that the labour market will continue to recover over the next few months. Hospitality service jobs are likely to grow as the number of international and domestic tourists rise, while manufacturing employment will likely turn weak due to the weak manufacturing outlook suggested by muted PMI and export data. Wages in services tend to be lower than in manufacturing, so the unemployment rate is likely to fall, but we do not expect overall wage growth.  The jobless rate remained low in October CEIC Retail sales rose marginally Retail sales grew 0.2% month-on-month seasonally adjusted in October (vs a revised 1.5% in September) but fell short of the market consensus of 1.0%. Looking at the details, apparel sales rose the most (3.9%) and food/beverage sales also rose solidly (1.8%). However, durable goods, such as motor vehicles (-6.8%) and household machines (-0.4%), and fuel (-0.7%) declined, probably due to higher prices. Retail sales have been solid in recent months, mainly due to the easing of Covid restrictions and supply constraints on car production. However, we believe that goods consumption will likely turn weak over the next few months due to a rapid rise in prices, while services consumption boosted by tourism is likely to continue its recovery.  Retail sales growth slowed in October CEIC The Bank of Japan will stay pat at its December meeting In Japan, forward-looking price indicators suggest a further rise in inflation as we approach the end of the year, but the stabilised Japanese yen and global commodity prices will likely lighten the burden on inflation next year. The recent sharp rise in inflation is mainly driven by supply-side factors, so it won't change the policy stance of the Bank of Japan. TagsRetail sales Labour market Bank of Japan 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  
Rates Reversal: US Long Yields on the Rise as Curve Dis-Inverts

Increases In European And Chinese Manufacturing PMI

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 01.12.2022 12:36
At the beginning of the last month of the year, and thus the last month of the quarter, a lot of reports appear. The focus today is on the Manufacturing PMI reports. Japan Capital Spending The change in the overall value of capital investment made by companies in Japan has increased significantly. The current reading is at 9.8%, an increase of 5.2%. Australia Private New Capital Expenditure The change in the total inflation-adjusted value of new capital expenditures made by private businesses dropped significantly from 0.0% to -0.6%. So new capital expenditures made by private businesses have decreased and this may affect the economic situation of the country. UK Nationwide HPI The National House Price Index shows that the average change in house prices across the country has slowed year-on-year and month-on-month. Nationwide HPI (YoY) dropped from 7.2% to 4.4% while MoM fell below zero at -1.4%. This monthly decline was significant as it was expected to rise from -0.9% to -0.3%. To put it simply, the average houses dropped significantly in the analyzed periods. This study is carried out by the National Housing Association. Retail Sales Reports published by two countries of the old continent show a significant decrease. In Germany, M/M retail sales fell from 1.2% to -2.8%. Which shows that the German economy is not in good shape and retailers are exposed to financial difficulties because fixed costs such as rent and energy bills will not change, and if they sell less they may not earn. In Switzerland, the situation is similar to Germany, but the decline was larger. Sales fell from 2.6% to -2.5%. Growth was expected, and a significant fall may affect the condition of the country's currency (CHF). Switzerland Consumer Price Index In Switzerland, inflation remained at the previous level of 3.0%. However, there was a change in CPI M/M. CPI M/M fell from 0.1% to 0.0% In the monthly change, we can expect a return to the level below zero, ie deflation. Source: investing.com Speeches There won't be many speeches today. The first one took place at 7:00 CET and was addressed by a member of the Bank of Japan, Governor Haruhiko Kuroda. Traders watch his speeches closely as they are often used to drop subtle hints regarding future monetary policy and interest rate shifts. Speeches by members of the European Central Bank attract further attention. At 9:00 CET, Andrea Enria, Chair of Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank, spoke. Further speeches will take place in the second part of the day. At 17:45 CET, Philip R. Lane, member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank will speak, followed by a speech at 18:30 CET Frank Elderson, member of the Executive Board and Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank. These speeches may give clues to the future of the eurozone's monetary policy. Manufacturing PMI The main report from the European, American and Chinese economies today is the Manufacturing PMI. In China, the report appeared first. The current reading is positive, the current level is 49.4 and is higher than the previous one (49.2) and also higher than expected (48.9). In Europe, the first report came from Spain and was positive. In Spain, it rose from 44.7 to 45.7. In Italy it also rose to 48.4. France and Germany also saw growth, but it was lower than those economies expected. In France, the current readings showed a level of 48.3, and an increase to 49.1 was expected. In Germany, a larger increase to 46.7 was also expected, but the readings showed a level of 46.2. In all countries of the European Union and the euro area, there was an increase in the PMI index, and thus also for the EU Manufacturing PMI. For the Eurozone, it increased from 46.4 to 47.1. And similarly to the main economies (Germany and France) of this region, a larger increase was expected to the level of 47.3 Also in the UK there was an increase in the Manufacturing PMI. The current level of 46.5 is higher than the expected (46.2) and the previous reading (46.2). We have to wait until 16:00 CET for the reading from the United States, but it is expected that the U.S. The ISM Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index will drop to 49.8 from the previous reading of 50.2. EU Unemployment Rate The unemployment rate fell slightly in the EU from 6.6% to 6.5%. Brazil GDP (YoY) (Q3) Brazil's economy expects GDP growth from 3.2% to 3.7%. US Core PCE Price Index Report about the changes in the price of goods and services purchased by consumers for the purpose of consumption, excluding food and energy will also appear today. It is expected to fall from 0.5% to 0.3%. The Core Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) Price Index measures price change from the perspective of the consumer. It is a key way to measure changes in purchasing trends and inflation. Initial Jobless Claims The weekly report on the number of individuals who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time during the past week will also appear today. The last reading was very negative and showed a significant increase in the number of people applying for this insurance (240K). This reading is expected to be better and drop to 235K. Summary: 0:50 CET Japan Capital Spending (YoY) (Q3) 1:30 CET Australia Private New Capital Expenditure (QoQ) (Q3) 2:45 CET Caixin Manufacturing PMI 7:00 CET BoJ Governor Kuroda Speaks 8:00 CET UK Nationwide HPI 8:00 CET German Retail Sales 8:30 CET Switzerland Retail Sales 8:30 CET Switzerland Consumer Price Index 9:00 CET ECB's Enria Speaks 9:15 CET Spanish Manufacturing PMI 9:45 CET Italian Manufacturing PMI 9:50 CET French Manufacturing PMI 9:55 CET German Manufacturing PMI 10:00 CET EU Manufacturing PMI 10:30 CET UK Manufacturing PMI 11:00 CET EU Unemployment Rate 13:00 CET Brazil GDP (YoY) (Q3) 14:30 CET US Core PCE Price Index 14:30 CET Initial Jobless Claims 16:00 CET ISM Manufacturing PMI 17:45 CET ECB's Lane Speaks 18:30 CET ECB's Elderson Speaks Source: Economic Calendar - Investing.com
Kiwi Faces Depreciation Pressure: RBNZ Expected to Hold Rates Amidst Downward Momentum

How High May Be Rate Hike By Bank Of Canada? | Japan GDP Ahead

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 04.12.2022 18:43
On Wednesday, two goposaraku may catch the attention of investors. The Bank of Canada will announce its monetary policy decisions and Japan will announce its GDP data. Bank Of Canada’s decision The Bank of Canada is expected to conclude a historic year marked by high inflation and aggressive monetary policy tightening with one more interest rate hike on Wednesday. In the wake of inflation soaring this year, the Bank of Canada has raised its key rate six times in a row since March in a race to curb inflation expectations before they are no longer anchored. After raising the main interest rate by a historical full percentage point in July, the Bank of Canada limited the scale of interest rate hikes. Forecasts call for the central bank to raise its key interest rate, which is currently 3.75 percent, by a quarter or a half of a percentage point. After raising its key rate by a historic full percentage point in July, the Bank of Canada has tapered the size of its rate hikes. In September, it announced a three-quarter percentage point rate hike, followed by half a percentage point in October. Now, the end of the rate hike cycle appears to be near. Canada’s economy grew more quickly than expected in the third quarter. Statistics Canada announced that Canada’s gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of 2.9 per cent in the quarter. But preliminary October data released by Statistics Canada at the same time showed that the economy didn’t grow at all that month. That could give the Bank of Canada a reason to dial back its rate-raising campaign. That shows the Bank of Canada’s rate hikes are already having a significant impact on Canadian households ability to spend money. Japan GDP The world’s third biggest economy has struggled to motor on despite the recent lifting of Covid curbs, and has faced intensifying pressure from red-hot global inflation, sweeping interest rate increases worldwide and the Ukraine war. The unexpected decline reflects the impact of the Japanese currency on the economy and shows that the road to a sustainable post-pandemic recovery is long, with further risks clouding the outlook. Politicians will be hoping the government's latest economic stimulus package will help boost growth in the coming months. The reopening of Japan's borders also creates the prospect of a renewed increase in the spending of foreign tourists attracted by a country that has become much cheaper to travel around. The Bank of Japan maintains the view that the economy needs further support and that inflationary pressures require robust wage growth for price increases to be sustainable and beneficial to the economy. To ease the impact on households and businesses, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida last month proposed an economic stimulus package that includes help to cut energy costs and cash benefits for childcare. Japan's gross domestic product quarter-on-quarter in Q3 is expected to be the same as November's reading, i.e. it will stay at -0.3% Source: investing.com The economy fell in the third quarter for the first time in a year. GDP fell by 1.2% y/y. Typical suspects were the factors driving the decline in GDP - weak global growth and rising inflation, plus a weak yen. The GDP Y/Y result is now expected to reach a horizontal -1.1%. Source: investing.com, boc.com
The China’s Covid Containment Continued To Negatively Impact The Output At The End Of 2022

Cities In China Announced To Ease Pandemic Control Restrictions | OPEC Is Keeping The Current Production Levels Unchangeded

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 05.12.2022 08:56
Summary:  A hot US jobs report on Friday brought about a reversal in Fed rate path expectations, but a big part of the move was later reversed. Fed goes into a quiet period, but China reopening optimism is set to gather further momentum this week with easing measures being implemented in Shanghai. This would mean a further bump to metals and energy prices, especially with OPEC+ staying away from a production cut over the weekend and the next meeting only scheduled for February. Key levels on test this week with 3.50% in US 10-year Treasury yields, and USDJPY heading below the 200-day moving average at 134.50. What’s happening in markets? Nasdaq 100 (NAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) finished the week higher despite a surge in wage inflation In spite of a strong non-farm payroll print and a surge in average hourly earnings on Friday which might cause some Fed officials to be wary about the unabated upward wage pressure when they meet on Dec 13 and 14, the major U.S. equity benchmark indices were largely flat and managed to retain the 1-2% gains following Fed Chair Powell’s dovish-leaning remarks on Wednesday. S&P500 and Nasdaq sold off more than 1% at the open but staged an impressive clawback of nearly all the losses when the closing bell rang on Friday. Materials and industrials were the top-performing sectors with the S&P 500 while energy stocks, followed by the information technology space were laggards. PayPal (PYPL:xnas) dropped 4.9%. US treasury yields (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) clawed back all early losses and more with the 10-year yield down 2bps to 3.49% When the stronger-than-expected 263,000 growth in nonfarm payrolls and white-hot 5.1% Y/Y increase in November average hourly earnings (October revised up to 4.9% Y/Y from 4.7%) hit the wires, yields surged across the curve with the 2-year yield jumping 18bps to 4.41% and the 10-year yield rose 13bps to 3.63% in a matter of minutes. Bids emerged and yields spent the rest of the session grinding lower. By the time of market close, except for the 2-year yield which was 4bps cheaper at 4.27%, treasury yields were 1bp to 5bps richer, with the 30-year being the best performer. The 10-year yield slid 2bps to 3.49% and the 30-year yield dropped 5bps to 3.55%, hitting the lowest yield levels in nearly 3 months. The strong job and wage data made a further drift down to a 25bp hike in February 2023 less likely (only about 20% probability as money market rates suggest) and kept the 2-year yield from falling. The 2-10-year curve inversion widened 6bps to -78bps. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HIZ2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Hang Seng Index and CSI300 Index consolidated and were modestly lower on Friday after the recent strong rally on signs of further easing of Covid restrictions in mainland China. Online health platform stocks surged. Alibaba Health (00241:xhkg) and JD Health (06618:xhkg) gained more than 9%, and Ping An Healthcare and Technology (01833:xhkg) jumped 15.4%. Profit-taking selling weighed on Chinese property developers, with leading names, such as Longfor (00960:xhkg) and Country Garden (02007:xhkg) dropping around 4%. More cities rolled out support policies to the property sector. In addition, after the market close, China reportedly told the country’s top state-owned banks to provide offshore financing to help property developers in repaying offshore debts. Overnight in New York hours, the Nasdaq Golden dragon China Index caught a bid, surging 5.4%, and Hang Seng Index Futures gained more than 2%. FX: Dollar continues its downtrend despite a strong jobs report The USD index got a bump higher after the stronger-than-expected jobs report on Friday which suggested that it might not be easy for the Fed to pause or pivot, but gains were reversed later and the index closed back at 104.50. NZDUSD was however a notch weaker this morning staying below 0.64 with AUDNZD testing 1.06 support ahead of RBA meeting tomorrow. USDJPY is testing a critical support level of 134.30 with lower US yields and some BOJ officials hinting at a policy review soon (read below). EURUSD looking stretched above 1.05. USDCNH fell below the 7 handle As cities in China relaxing Covid restrictions across the country and the spread between US treasury and Chinese government bond yields narrowing, the USDCNH dropped below 7.0, the first time since September, to 6.9852. Crude oil (CLZ2 & LCOF3) lower on unchanged OPEC+ output After strong gains in crude oil last week, some softness was seen at the end of the week after speculation of no production cut from OPEC mounted. WTI traded back to $80/barrel from $83 levels mid-week on China’s reopening optimism, while Brent retreated from $90 levels to sub-86. The Sunday OPEC meeting did come out with an unchanged output decision, as expected, while the EU’s price cap on Russian oil was also fixed at $60. This week will be key to watch further China reopening and any signs of a retaliation from Russia on the price cap. European gas prices also continue to pick up as falling weather boosts heating demand, and expectations are for a colder-than-expected winter. Gold (XAUUSD) and Silver (XAGUSD) poised for further upside The supportive factors for precious metals continue to line up – China’s reopening, lower US yields and a weaker dollar. This helped gold run higher to test a break above the key $1800 level for the first time since August. Meanwhile, Silver’s impressive November rally has extended into December with the price breaking above $22.25 – a 50% retracement of the March to September selloff – and on route to the next level of resistance at $23.35. Other metals such as Copper and Iron Ore also charged with China now reopening Shanghai, while the risk of a policy error by the Fed continues to run high. In Australia, home of some of the world’s biggest commodity commodities, BHP and Rio; it could be a positive week The benchmark index, the ASX200  is already trading at a seven-month high and could get a fresh kick this week as the iron ore (SCOA) price is back above $100 for the first time since August on optimism China could increase demand. The iron ore price has moved up 38% from its October low, so if we continue to see easing of restrictions in China, you might except this rally to continue and benefit forward earnings of BHP, Rio, Fortescue and Champion iron. What to consider? Hot US jobs report gives markets a re-think on Fed’s rate path The nonfarm payroll (NFP) data came out stronger-than-expected on Friday, with US employers added 263,000 jobs in November, less than October's upwardly revised 284,000 but well short of the turning point Fed officials seek in their battle against inflation. The unemployment rate was maintained at 3.7% while the wages were very hot: M/M rose 0.6% (exp. 0.3%) and Y/Y rose 5.1% (exp. 4.6%). After a few weeks where markets have been taking the slowdown in the pace of rate hikes by the Fed positively, this report was a reminder that rate hikes will still continue well into 2023. WSJ's Fed Whisperer Timiraos said the report keeps the Fed on track to raise interest rates by 50bps at its meeting in two weeks and underscores the risk that officials will raise rates above 5% in the first half of next year. November Caixin China PMI Services is expected be remain in the contractionary territory Caixin China PMI Services is scheduled to release on Monday. The consensus estimate from the Bloomberg survey is 48.0 for November, shrinking deeper into the contractionary territory from 48.4 in October. The lockdown and pandemic control restrictions during the best part of November when the survey took place weighed on economic activities, especially services. Investors will tend to look beyond this number and focus on the scope and pace of the easing of the pandemic restriction undergoing in China. Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Tianjin, Guangzhou and other large cities eased Covid policies Cities in China, one after one, announced to ease pandemic control restrictions including removing the requirement to show negative PCR test results when taking public transportation. Shanghai and Hangzhou joined the others on Sunday and announced that the cities no longer require negative PCR test results to enter public venues or taking public transportation. Economic reopening plays and commodities will be in focus this week with China easing some COVID restrictions On Monday, Shanghai and Hangzhou scrapped PCR testing to enter public venues including on public transport and to enter parks. Shanghai and Hangzhou joined other top-tier cities, Beijing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou in relaxing curbs after mass protests took place against China’s stringent policies last week. In equites, focus will be on markets being forwarding looking and hoping of a potential turnaround in consumption, especially cities with easing restrictions.   Another BOJ official fuels policy review speculation New BOJ board member Naoki Tamura urged a policy review, in his conversation with Bloomberg, saying that it would be appropriate for the central bank to conduct a review at the right time – soon or a little later depending on what happens to prices. The yen rose on speculation an assessment flagging policy change may come before Haruhiko Kuroda steps down in the spring. OPEC+ held production unchanged The OPEC+ group decided to keep the current production levels unchanged, as the crude oil prices started to show some tentative signs of a recovery after China’s continued commitment to ease its Zero covid policies. Still, a 2mb/d cut was announced in October, and the full effect of that is yet to be seen. Furthermore, there is volatility expected due to the EU sanctions and a G7 price cap on Russian crude which will go into effect this week, and further changes in China’s zero covid policy are also set to continue. The group’s next meeting is not scheduled until February. EU sets in a price cap for Russian oil, to kick in from today The EU nations have agreed to cap the price of Russian seaborne oil at $60/barrel, with a motive to diminish Russia’s revenues, paving the way for a wider deal with the G7 countries. This price cap is to go in effect on December 5, and represents a discount of ~$27 to the current price for Brent crude, but Urals has been trading at a discount of about $23 in recent days. However the risk of setting a price cap too low is that Russia could slash its output, which would roil markets. It will be important to watch for Russia’s reaction this week, after Putin has repeatedly said that they will not supply oil to countries that implement the price cap.   For a global look at markets – tune into our Podcast. Source: Market Insights Today: Hot US jobs report; No production cut from OPEC – 5 December 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
Oil Could Be Ready To Pop, The Bank Of England Market Pricing Is More Mixed

The EU Nations Have Agreed To Cap The Price Of Russian Seaborne Oil

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 05.12.2022 09:15
Summary:  Strong US November payrolls and especially strong earnings growth data failed to engineer a recovery in US treasury yields or the US dollar, taking both to new cycle lows, which kept global risk sentiment on an even keel for now after the recent rally. Focus tonight swings to Australia’s Reserve Bank which has lagged its global peers in this policy tightening cycle and kept a lid on the Aussie in the crosses, even as hopes for China’s “opening up” have found further encouragement.   What is our trading focus? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) US equities continued in Friday’s session to fade the big rally back from Wednesday last week but did however recover from a big dip during the session with S&P 500 futures finishing above the 200-day moving average. This morning S&P 500 futures are trading lower with the 200-day moving average again being key to watch on the downside and then of course the big 4,000 level. There are no major earnings today and the VIX Index remains relatively calm sitting just above the 19 level. The US 10-year yield also remains in a downward trend adding little headwinds to US equities at this point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HIZ2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Hong Kong and China equity markets surged on yet more signs of easing of Covid-related restriction measures in mainland China. Hang Seng Index soared 3.5% and CSI 300 gained 1.6%. Hang Seng TECH Index rallied 7.4%. Technology stocks, online healthcare platforms, EV makers, and consumer stocks led the charge higher. Bilibili (09626:xhkg) jumped 24% and Alibaba (09988:xhkg) surged 7%. EV maker XPeng (09868:xhkg) soared more than 22%. Leading Chinese catering stocks gained over 10%. USD lower even as earnings data well above expectations The US November payrolls and earnings data (more below) was stronger than expected Friday, which briefly jolted US yields and the US dollar stronger, only to see both rolling back over ahead of the close on Friday and then the US dollar following through lower still to new cycle lows in many places in Asia overnight. USDCNH plunged through 7.00 and EURUSD set a new multi-month high above 1.0550, for example. US data this week is sparse after today’s November ISM Services (that survey’s relative strength compared to the S&P Global measure, which has suggested contraction in the US Services sector for the last five months) as we await next Tuesday’s November CPI data and the FOMC meeting the following day. Without a revival in US treasury yields, the US dollar’s only source of support might be a fresh weakening of risk sentiment. Gold (XAUUSD) and Silver (XAGUSD) poised for further upside The supportive factors for precious metals continue to line up – China’s reopening, lower US yields and a weaker dollar. This helped gold run higher to test a break above the key $1800 level for the first time since August. Meanwhile, silver’s impressive November rally has extended into December with the price breaking above $22.25 – a 50% retracement of the March to September selloff – and on route to the next level of resistance at $23.35. Other metals such as copper and iron ore also charged with China now reopening Shanghai, while the risk of a policy error by the Fed continues to run high. Crude oil (CLF3 & LCOF3) lower on unchanged OPEC+ output After strong gains in crude oil last week, some softness was seen at the end of the week after speculation of no production cut from OPEC mounted. WTI traded back to $80/barrel from $83 levels mid-week on China’s reopening optimism, while Brent retreated from $90 levels to sub-86. The Sunday OPEC meeting did come out with an unchanged output decision, as expected, while the EU’s price cap on Russian oil was also fixed at $60. This week will be key to watch further China reopening and any signs of a retaliation from Russia on the price cap. European gas prices also continue to pick up as falling weather boosts heating demand, and expectations are for a colder-than-expected winter. US treasuries unmoved by strong US payrolls/earnings data (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) The stronger than expected US payrolls and earnings data failed to inspire a sustained recovery in US yields on Friday, as the US 10-year yield continues to hover near the 3.50% level, having dipped slightly below at times. This was a major high in that important benchmark yield back in June. The strong data pushed the 2-10 yield spread inversion back toward the cycle low of –80 basis points. What is going on? Hot US jobs report takes Fed terminal rate back toward 5.0% The nonfarm payroll change (NFP) data came out stronger-than-expected on Friday, with US employers added 263,000 jobs in November, less than October's upwardly revised 284,000 but well short of the turning point Fed officials seek in their battle against inflation. The unemployment rate was maintained at 3.7% (but with a 0.2% drop in the participation rate, showing once again a discrepancy in the household survey vs. the establishment survey used for the nonfarm payrolls calculation) while the wages were very hot: M/M rose 0.6% (exp. 0.3%) and Y/Y rose 5.1% (exp. 4.6%). After a few weeks where markets have been taking the slowdown in the pace of rate hikes by the Fed positively, this report was a reminder that rate hikes will continue well into 2023. WSJ's Fed Whisperer Timiraos said the report keeps the Fed on track to raise interest rates by 50bps at its meeting in two weeks and underscores the risk that officials will raise rates above 5% in the first half of next year. Another BOJ official fuels policy review speculation New BOJ board member Naoki Tamura urged a policy review, in his conversation with Bloomberg, saying that it would be appropriate for the central bank to conduct a review at the right time – soon or a little later depending on what happens to prices. USDJPY was quiet overnight after the exchange rate touched the 200-day moving average on Friday and near where it trades this morning in early European hours at 134.60. OPEC+ held production unchanged The OPEC+ group decided to keep the current production levels unchanged, as the crude oil prices started to show some tentative signs of a recovery after China’s continued commitment to ease its Zero covid policies. Still, a 2mb/d cut was announced in October, and the full effect of that is yet to be seen. Furthermore, there is volatility expected due to the EU sanctions and a G7 price cap on Russian crude which will go into effect this week, and further changes in China’s zero covid policy are also set to continue. The group’s next meeting is in February. Beijing, Shanghai and other large cities in China eased Covid policies Cities in China, one after one, announced to ease pandemic control restrictions including removing the requirement to show negative PCR test results when taking public transportation. Shanghai and Hangzhou joined the others on Sunday and announced that the cities no longer require negative PCR test results to enter public venues or take public transportation. EU sets in a price cap for Russian oil, to kick in from today The EU nations have agreed to cap the price of Russian seaborne oil at $60/barrel, with a motive to diminish Russia’s revenues, paving the way for a wider deal with the G7 countries. This price cap is to go in effect on December 5 and represents a discount of ~$27 to the current price for Brent crude, but Urals has been trading at a discount of about $23 in recent days. However, the risk of setting a price cap too low is that Russia could slash its output, which would roil markets. It will be important to watch for Russia’s reaction this week, after Putin has repeatedly said that they will not supply oil to countries that implement the price cap. Commodities pegged to China jolt higher Australia’s commodity heavy benchmark index, the ASX200 (ASXSP200.1) hit a new seven month high on Monday as China further eased restrictions in two major provinces. The iron ore (SCOA, SCOF3) price rose 2.2% in APAC trade, taking the steel ingredients’ price over $100 for the first time since August (to $108.30) on hopes China could increase demand. The iron ore price is up 38% from its October low. This is benefiting benefit forward earnings of BHP, Rio, Fortescue and Champion Iron with their shares trading higher today in Australia. Fortescue shares rose 7% taking the iron ore major’s shares to record highs. For inspiration on other commodity stocks exposed to China refer to Saxo’s Australian Resources basket. What are we watching next? Australia RBA’s Cash Target announcement tonight after hot November inflation data The Australia Melbourne Institute Inflation reading for November came out at +1.0% MoM and +5.9% YoY, both new highs for the cycle (the official inflation for October was out last week and was considerably softer than expected) ahead of tonight’s RBA meeting. The RBA has hiked rates at a more cautious pace than many of its peers and consensus is only slightly more than 50/50 that the central bank will hike another 25 basis points at its monthly meeting tonight, which would take the rate to 3.10%. The RBA has maintained a cautious stance on further policy tightening, quite concerned about the impact on households as rises in the adjustable mortgage rates impact disposable income. China’s Politburo meeting is a key event to watch Before the Central Economic Work Conference convenes in mid/late December, the Chinese Communist Party’s Politburo will meet in early December to discuss economic policies and establish the direction and policy framework for the work conference. Investors will pay close attention to the readout from the Politburo meeting for hints about the macroeconomic policy priorities and how they are balanced with the pandemic control strategy. Earnings to watch Earnings this week are a mish-mash of companies, and include high-end homebuilder Toll Brothers on Tuesday, as it will be interesting to hear their outlook on the new home market after the enormous surge in US mortgage rates and collapse in home sales activity. Broadcom (AVGO:xnas) is the market cap giant of the week to report, with the CEO of the company having said that the semiconductor market will not be affected by the US’ new export restrictions on technology to China. Tuesday:  MongoDB, AutoZone, Toll Brothers, Ferguson Wednesday: Brown Forman, Campbell Soup, GameStop Thursday: Broadcom, Costco, Lululemon, Chewy Friday: Oracle Corp, Li Auto Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 0815-0900 – Eurozone Nov. Final Services PMI 0830 – Sweden Riksbank Meeting Minutes 0930 – UK Nov. Final Services PMI 1000 – Eurozone Oct. Retail Sales 1330 – Canada Oct. Building Permits 1445 – US S&P Global Nov. Final Services PMI 1500 – US Oct. Factory Orders 1500 – US Nov. ISM Services 1600 – ECB's Wunsch to speak 2330 – Japan Oct. Labor Cash Earnings 0330 – Australia RBA Cash Target Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app:   Source: Financial Markets Today: Quick Take – December 5, 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
Saxo Bank Podcast: The Upcoming Bank Of Japan Meeting, A Look At Crude Oil, Copper And More

The Pressure On The JPY And The Japanese Financial System Mounts Again

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 06.12.2022 09:34
Summary:  "Japan’s real GDP drops by 8 percent." - John J. Hardy. Japan mobilised hundreds of billions of USD in its currency reserves in 2020 to defend the Bank of Japan’s (BoJ) unmoved monetary policy and the JPY itself as the BoJ refused to hike the policy rate from -0.1 percent or to lift the yield cap on 10-year Japanese government bonds at 0.25 percent. As 2022 rolls into 2023, the pressure on the JPY and the Japanese financial system mounts again on the global liquidity crisis set in motion by the vicious Fed policy tightening and higher US treasury yields.   Initially, the BoJ and Ministry of Finance deal with the situation by slowing and then halting currency intervention after recognising the existential threat to the country’s finances after burning through more than half of central bank reserves. But as USDJPY rises through 160 and 170 and the public outcry against soaring inflation reaches fever pitch, they know that the crisis requires bold new action. With USDJPY soaring beyond 180, the government and central bank swing into motion.   First, they declare a floor on the JPY at 200 in USDJPY, announcing that this will only be a temporary action of unknown duration to allow for a reset of the Japanese financial system. That reset includes the BoJ moving to explicitly monetise all  its debt holdings, erasing them from existence. QE with monetization is extended to further lower the burden of Japan’s public debt, but with a pre-set taper plan over the next 18 months. The move puts the public debt on course to fall to 100 percent of GDP at the end of the BoJ operations, less than half its starting point. The BoJ policy rate is then hiked to 1.00 percent and all yield-curve control is lifted, which allows the 10-year rate to jump to 2.00 percent.   Banks are recapitalised as needed to avoid insolvency and tax incentives for repatriating the enormous Japanese savings held abroad see trillions of yen returning to Japanese shores, also as Japanese exports continue to boom. Japan’s real GDP drops by 8 percent on reduced purchasing power even as nominal GDP rises 5 percent due to cost of living increases, but the reset puts Japan back on a stable path and establishes a tempting crisis-response model for a similar crisis inevitably set to hit Europe and even the US eventually.   Market impact: USDJPY trades to 200 but is well on its way lower by the end of the year.    Source: Japan pegs USDJPY at 200 - Saxo Outrageous Prediction | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
Services PMIs and Fed Minutes: Analyzing Market Focus and Central Bank Strategy

The BOJ Policymaker’s Hesitance Favors The GBP/JPY Buyers

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 06.12.2022 10:03
GBP/JPY picks up bids to challenge six-week-old resistance. Cautious optimism underpins recovery moves amid sluggish session. BOE hawks, indecision surrounding BOJ’s next move favor pair buyers. GBP/JPY prints 0.30% intraday gains as it pokes a multi-day-old resistance line surrounding $167.60 heading into Tuesday’s European session. In doing so, the cross-currency pair cheers the market’s risk-on mood, as well as sluggish US Treasury bond yields and the indecision over the Bank of Japan’s (BOJ) next moves. Reuters quotes Takeo Hoshi, an academic with close ties to incumbent central bank policymakers, to mention that the Bank of Japan (BoJ) could do away with its 10-year Japanese government bond (JGB) yield cap in 2023 on increasing odds that inflation and wages will exceed expectations. Earlier in the day, BOJ’s Kuroda mentioned that Japan has not achieved stable 2% inflation accompanied by wage rises. However, the policymaker also stated, “Once 2% inflation target is consistently met, will consider exiting ultra-loose policy.” Hence, the BOJ policymaker’s hesitance in accepting tighter monetary policies favors the GBP/JPY buyers. The same could be linked to the recently sluggish US Treasury yields and mildly bid S&P 500 Futures. It’s worth noting that the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) Like-For-Like Retail Sales jumped 4.1% YoY in November versus 1.2% prior. Even so, Reuters said, “British consumer spending ticked up last month at a rate that greatly lagged behind inflation, according to surveys on Tuesday that underscored the pressure on household budgets ahead of the Christmas holidays.” On the contrary, the final readings of the UK’s November month S&P Global/CIPS Composite PMI eased to 48.2 versus 48.3 initial forecasts whereas the S&P Global/CIPS Services PMI confirmed the 48.8 flash estimates. Amid these plays, US stock futures print mild gains and the Treasury bond yields also reverse the early Asian session declines. Moving on, headlines surrounding the BOJ’s next move and the BOE’s optimism could entertain the GBP/JPY traders amid a light calendar. Technical analysis GBP/JPY justifies the last Friday’s rebound from the 100-DMA, around 164.40 by the press time, to lure the bulls. Even so, a downward-sloping resistance line from October 10, close to 167.60 at the latest, restricts the short-term upside of the pair. That said, steady RSI (14) and sluggish MACD signals, mostly in the red, keep the pair sellers hopeful. GBP/JPY: Daily chart Trend: Further weakness expected
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Euro: Is There A Broader Correction To Be Feared? Aussie Got Little Support From The RBA Decision

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 06.12.2022 14:10
The financial markets are already starting to slow down, and currently I have no major events on my calendar that could affect the movement of currency pairs. For now, the currency pairs are waiting for next week, where, among others, the Fed and the ECB will decide on interest rates. The EUR/USD, recorded a correction this morning. The British pound had exactly the same background as the euro. The RBA raised the spot rate by 25 basis points to a 10-year high. The yen did not get support from the Governor of the Bank of Japan Kuroda   EUR/USD - The overall picture of pray remains positive The EUR/USD exchange rate strengthened yesterday, recorded a correction this morning. Currently, the pair is trading around 1.0500. The overall picture of pray remains positive. Now the question for EUR/USD as the correction started yesterday is whether this is just a respite or is there a broader correction to be feared. Retail sales in Europe continue to fall. It came down to -2.7% in October, which is far worse than the expected. US Services PMI, Industry Orders and ISM Services PMI exceeded expectations. These reports added support to the US Dollar but contributed to the decline of the Euro/Dollar pair. The macroeconomic calendar is completely empty today, so market players have nothing to watch.     GBP/USD started a correction The GBP/USD pair also fell. It is currently trading around 1.2200. On Monday, the GBP/USD currency pair also started a correction. The British pound had exactly the same background as the euro, except for the retail sales report, which was only for the European Union. In addition, the neutral index of business activity was also published in the UK. There won't be many significant events in either the UK or the US this week. Yesterday, the US ISM services sector published a quite important business activity index, which led to the strengthening of the dollar. Therefore, the correction is justified.   AUD/USD Pair gets a lot of support Currently, the appreciation of AUD/USD is slightly decreasing. The US dollar continued its rebound on Tuesday morning against its main competitors in the foreign exchange market, but not against the Australian Dollar, which was supported by the RBA decision. The Reserve Bank of Australia raised rates for the eighth time as part of the current monetary policy tightening cycle, with an accompanying statement that was slightly less dovish than market participants expected. The Reserve Bank of Australia matched market forecasts by announcing a 25 basis point rate hike to 3.10%. The currency pair is not only supported by events in its economy but also by events in China. Australia and China cooperate economically, therefore its influence is visible and justified. So reports China will soon reduce its strict Zero-COVID policy seemed to support market optimism as well as AUD/USD bulls.   USD/JPY USD/JPY continued its gains in the Asian session, followed by a slight correction. Yesterday, the dollar posted its biggest daily gain against the yen since June. Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda didn't help the yen overnight with dovish comments about aiming for a sustained and stable 2% inflation target. Sources: dailyfx.com, investing.com
Analysis Of The EUR/JPY Pair Movement

The USD/JPY Pair Will Be Able To Hold Its Annual Growth

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 07.12.2022 09:35
The USD/JPY pair plummeted in November, which made many question its bullish potential. However, the dollar's recent growth convinces investors otherwise. So what to expect from the major? The dollar is winning so far The greenback rose 0.3% against its major peers on Wednesday night. The dollar was supported by rising concerns about the global recession. The day before, three leading U.S. banks - J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs and The Bank of America - said they expect a slowdown in global economic growth next year, as rising inflation is threatening consumer demand. The pessimistic outlook reinforced the anti-risk sentiment that prevailed for the third consecutive session. The MSCI All-Country World Index, which tracks stock market performance in 48 countries, fell 1.26%, down from a three-month high last week. The loss of appetite for equities and increased demand for the dollar was also triggered by strong US macrodata. Recall that earlier this week the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said that economic activity in the services sector grew from 54.4 to 56.5 in November. The data followed Friday's report from the U.S. labor market, which also pleased dollar bulls. The nation's NonFarm Payroll employment rose more than forecast last month. The portion of optimistic data greatly strengthened the market's hawkish expectations for further monetary policy by the Federal Reserve. Currently, most traders expect the U.S. central bank to raise the rate by 50 bps next week. The probability of an increase by 75 bps is only 5%. However, talk of a higher peak in U.S. interest rates has returned to the market. Many investors believe the rate could reach 5.25% in 2023, whereas now it is in the 3.75-4% range. The hope that the Fed will continue to raise rates next year and keep them high for a long time acts as a very powerful trigger for the dollar at this point. This factor particularly helps the greenback against the yen. After USD/JPY plummeted to a 3-month low of 133.64 last week, it has now gained 3% and has managed to stay above 137. There aren't many new factors that can strongly influence the asset's dynamics now. In the coming days, investors will focus on two events: the US consumer price index for November and next week's Fed meeting. If investors see more robust inflation and hear hints of a higher peak in U.S. interest rates from U.S. officials, it will likely trigger a new wave of growth in the USD/JPY pair. What's in store for the USD/JPY next year? In November, the U.S. currency posted its worst monthly performance in 14 years against the yen. It fell by more than 7% due to fears that the US central bank is going to slow the pace of rate hikes. However, most currency strategists, recently surveyed by Reuters, believe that in the next few months, USD/JPY will be able to hold its annual growth, which amounted to 20%. The growing threat of recession in the U.S. and other countries should provide support to the dollar. In the backdrop of risk aversion, the greenback will once again feel a surge of strength, which will help it recover its recent losses on all fronts, even against the yen. "For now, the forces that have supported the USD this year remain valid, despite the recent correction lower. Other currencies do not look as attractive yet," said Athanasios Vamvakidis, head of G10 FX strategy at Bank of America. In the BofA baseline, the U.S. dollar will remain strong early next year and will only start a more sustained downward path after the Fed pauses. Despite the dollar's recent pullback, major currencies are not expected to recoup their 2022 losses against the USD until at least late 2023, the survey showed. Analysts estimate that the Japanese yen, down nearly 20% for the year and currently trading around 136.50 per dollar, was expected to change hands around 139.17, 136.17 and 132.67 per dollar over the next three, six and 12 months respectively.   Relevance up to 08:00 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/329168
The Australian Dollar Failed To Hold Its Gains, The Pound Strengthened Against The US Dollar

The Australian Dollar Failed To Hold Its Gains, The Pound Strengthened Against The US Dollar

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 07.12.2022 13:14
The darkening economic outlook drove fresh safe-haven demand for the US Dollar on Wednesday. The US dollar changed little after some of America's biggest banks warned of an impending recession The Fed, Bank of England (BoE) and European Central Bank (ECB) will set interest rates next week and central bankers will enter a period of silence before meetings. Positive reports appeared in the euro zone. Policymakers enter a period of calm ahead of key meetings of the Bank of England, the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank Australian Dollar is facing renewed pressure. BoJ board member Nakamura once again encouraged the JPY bears Read next: Euro: Is There A Broader Correction To Be Feared? Aussie Got Little Support From The RBA Decision | FXMAG.COM EUR/USD may be bearish? The EUR/USD pair trades close to 1,050. Any breakout lower than 1.045 will be considered bearish. Economists at ING note that the pair could move lower to 1.0400. The European currency is expected to closely follow the dynamics of the dollar, the impact of the energy crisis on the region and the divergence between the Fed and the ECB. Additionally, the markets' overestimation of the potential Fed policy reversal remains the sole driver of the pair's price action for now. There were further concerns about the impact of colder winter conditions, especially in the context of the still uncertain energy situation. Positive reports appeared in the euro zone. Employment rose slightly and the GDP Y/Y and GDP Q/Q readings turned out to be higher than expected. GDP Y/Y increased to 2.3% against the expected 2.1%, while GDP Q/Q increased by 0.1% to 0.3%. Speeches by members of the European Central Bank will also take place today, but they are not expected to have a significant impact on the euro exchange rate. GBP/USD holds gains above 1.2150 The GBP/USD pair is trading around 1.2190. The pound strengthened against the dollar on Wednesday to a nearly six-month high as policymakers enter a period of calm ahead of key meetings between the Bank of England, the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank. There are no significant macroeconomic events for the pound today. The Bank of England raised interest rates from 0.1% to 3.0% in the current monetary policy tightening cycle, with markets pricing in an interest rate peak of around 4.6% next year. Economists predict the Bank of England will decide to raise interest rates by 50 basis points next Thursday. One BoE policymaker said higher interest rates could lead to a deeper and longer recession. Yesterday, the Reserve Bank of Australia recently raised its key interest rate by 25 basis points to 3.1% The Australian dollar failed to hold its gains and it is facing renewed pressure after data showed that the Australian economy expanded less than expected in the third quarter. Annual GDP by the end of July was 5.9% instead of the expected 6.3% and the previous reading of 3.6% was revised down to 3.2%. Overall, national data show a strong economy. Yesterday, the Reserve Bank of Australia recently raised its key interest rate by 25 basis points to 3.1%, taking borrowing costs to a level not seen in a decade, and further tightening is expected to bring down inflation. A board member of the Bank of Japan (BoJ) said that adjusting monetary policy would be premature The currency pair is trading around 137.3590. BoJ board member Nakamura once again encouraged the JPY bears with his statement. A board member of the Bank of Japan (BoJ) said that adjusting monetary policy would be premature. Source: dailyfx.com, investing.com, finance.yahoo.com
Growth Of The USD/JPY Pair Is Hampered By Resistance

The US 10-Y Yield Situation Creates An Obstacle For Further Strengthening Of The JPY

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 09.12.2022 09:52
By the end of the week, the dollar was under pressure from negative sentiment about the future prospects of the U.S. economy. This led to a sharp fall on many fronts. USD/JPY was no exception On Friday morning, USD/JPY plummeted by 0.6% and dropped below the 136 level. The reason for the sharp decline was the general weakness of the greenback. The DXY index fell more than 0.5% at the start of the day. The ground was knocked out from under the dollar's feet by increased fears of recession in the United States. Weaker-than-expected US economic data contributed to the growth of speculations on the subject. A report from the Labor Department released yesterday showed that initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased more than forecast to 230,000 over the week, while the number of people receiving benefits after an initial week of aid jumped to a 10-month high of 1.671 million. The fact that unemployment remained steady reinforced the market's view of the unenviable prospects for the world's largest economy. America could enter recession as soon as next year. Another harbinger of a negative scenario is the inversion of the U.S. Treasury bond yield curve. Now the gap between the yield of 2-year and 10-year bonds is -83.7 bps. Given all these factors, investors are concerned that the growing risk of a slowdown in economic growth may force the Federal Reserve to soften its monetary policy. Currently, traders estimate the probability that the Fed will raise rates by 50 bps in December at 93%. At the same time, most market participants believe that the rate will peak at just below 5% next May. Less hawkish market expectations significantly weigh on the U.S. currency. Against this backdrop, the dollar index has already lost more than 8% from its 20-year high reached in September. Recall that this year's peak for the greenback was 114.78. The USD is now trading just above 104. The dollar suffered the heaviest losses last month against the yen, which, on the contrary, showed the worst dynamics among the Group of 10 currencies throughout the year. The JPY gained more than 7% against the greenback in November. The key catalyst was an increase in speculations about a slowdown in U.S. rate hikes, which led to a sharp collapse in U.S. Treasury bond yields. The Japanese currency is extremely sensitive to changes in this indicator. Its significant dynamics always provokes equally strong movement of the yen. At the moment, the yield of 10-year US government bonds is keeping its growth above 3.48%, which creates an obstacle for further strengthening of the JPY. The US Consumer Price Index for November is expected to provide strong support to the yields. The report will be released next week, ahead of the Fed's interest rate decision. Economists estimate that overall inflation will remain unchanged at 7.7%. If the forecast comes true and we do see a more robust figure, it could change the mood of the market considerably. It is likely to bring back talk of a higher final level of interest rates in America and a continuation of an aggressive anti-inflation campaign. Analysts at Danske Bank see a further hike in interest rates by 50 basis points (bps) and a hawkish message from Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell for CY2023. Also, the neutral rate is expected at 5.00-5.25%. Experts think that the steady rise in prices is the only chance for the dollar to hold out next week where in addition to the Fed meeting, the interest rate decisions of the ECB and Bank of England are also expected. As for USD/JPY, it is likely to remain in a consolidation phase until U.S. consumer inflation data is released. Most analysts predict that the pair will trade in a narrow price range of 136-137 in the short term. However, strong volatility in the asset is expected after the release of the key report. Depending on the data, dollar-yen might show either a strong upward bounce or a sharp retreat to the downside. The next potential trigger for the pair is the Fed's decision on the interest rate, which will be announced on Wednesday, December 14. Technical analysis of the USD/JPY pair The fall below the neckline, built from the December 6 low at 135.96, put a lot of pressure on the USD this morning. In addition, the USD/JPY asset failed to stay above the 200-period exponential moving average at 137.10, which also indicates the strength of the Japanese yen. Meanwhile, the RSI relative strength index has shifted into a bearish range of 20.00-40.00, indicating the start of downward momentum. In order to fall further, bears need to pull the pair below Friday's low of 135.77. This would take the pair to round support at 135.00, followed by the December 5 low of 134.13. On the other hand, a break above the 200-EMA near 137.00 would open a quick path to Wednesday's high at 137.86. A takeover there would send dollar bulls to the November 25 high of 139.60.   Relevance up to 08:00 2022-12-14 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/329392
Gold's Hedge Appeal Shines Amid Economic Uncertainty and Fed's Soft-Landing Challenge

Inflation Rates In Asia Look To Be Peaking Out, Picture Of The CEE Region For Next Year Is A Shallow Recession Driven Mainly By A Fall In Household Consumption

ING Economics ING Economics 11.12.2022 09:48
The global economy at a glance In this article US: Markets doubt the Fed’s intent Eurozone: Lower energy prices have temporarily stopped the downturn UK: Calmer markets and delayed fiscal pain not enough to stop recession China: Still dire from rising number of Covid cases Rest of Asia: No recession, but certainly slowdown CEE: Geopolitical misfortune  Rates: To reverse higher first, and then collapse lower as a theme for 2023 FX: Everyone is asking whether the dollar has topped   Shutterstock The World Reimagined globes in London, UK - 20 Nov 2022   1US: Markets doubt the Fed’s intent The economy is experiencing a strong second half of 2022. Jobs are being created in significant number, wages continue to rise and household keep spending as the Fed signals a step down to 50bp incremental rate hikes, but with a higher ultimate rate than they indicated was likely back in September. Officials suggest they may not cut rates until 2024 given their concern about stickiness in key service sector components of inflation, but their forward guidance needs to be taken with huge handfuls of salt given their recent track record. The “hawkish” rhetoric is likely the result of concern that the recent steep falls in Treasury yields and the dollar, coupled with a narrowing of credit spreads is loosening financial condition – the exact opposite of what the Fed wants to see as it battles to get inflation lower. Nonetheless, the softer core inflation prints seen in October, combined with bad housing market data and weaker business confidence has led the market to anticipate rate cuts from second half of 2023 – in line with our long-held view. 2Eurozone: Lower energy prices have temporarily stopped the downturn With lower natural gas prices on the back of the unusual warm autumn weather the downturn in sentiment has been temporarily halted, though most indicators are still weak. With retail sales falling sharply in October a recession over the winter quarters still looks very likely, albeit perhaps not as deep as we previously pencilled in. Thereafter, growth will be subdued at best, as higher interest rates will start to bite, energy prices are likely to remain at elevated levels, while budgetary stimulus is bound to peter out in the course of 2023. Headline inflation fell back in November to a still high 10%, while underlying inflation remains stuck at 5%. The ECB is therefore likely to lift the deposit rate to 2% in December, considered by some members of the Governing Council as the neutral rate. The first quarter might see another 50 bp further tightening, as well as the start of gradual reduction of the balance sheet, though at a very slow pace in the beginning. 3UK: Calmer markets and delayed fiscal pain not enough to stop recession Calmer financial markets and some fresh tax rises allowed the Chancellor to put off some of the painful spending cuts until after the next election in 2024/25 in his Autumn Statement. Nevertheless, energy support will become considerably less generous for most households from April, and the housing market is showing very early signs of faltering. Despite the sharp fall in swap rates since September’s mini-budget crisis, mortgage rates have fallen much more gradually. A recession now looks virtually inevitable, though it might not be until the first quarter until we see more material signs of slowing. The Bank of England has begun to talk down market rate hike pricing, and investors have taken the hint, but are still probably overestimating what is to come. We expect the BoE to pivot back to a 50bp hike in December, and expect one further 50bp move in February, which is likely to mark the top of this tightening cycle. 4China: Still dire from rising number of Covid cases Even the government offers property developers to increase funding channels, uncompleted home projects are yet to be finished. Most of those projects are left in the hands of local governments to find a private company to finish the construction work. This takes time to finish. The housing market is therefore quiet as home price continues to fall. On Covid, more local governments have subtly changed to slightly softer practices to implement Covid measures. But the higher number of Covid cases means that there is limitation on how fine-tuning can benefit the economy. Sporadic lockdowns would continue and still affect retail sales and production adversely. We have already seen retail sales fell into yearly contraction in October, and PMIs showed that could easily repeat for the rest of 4Q22. More, exports should continue to show weaknesses due to high inflation in US and Europe. The only support to the economy is now fiscal spending, which has been in the area of advanced technology and new energy. 5Rest of Asia: No recession, but certainly slowdown On the positive side, inflation rates in Asia look to be peaking out, and at levels well below comparable rates in Europe and the US. And this has also meant that although central banks across the region have been raising policy rates, they have not gone up alarmingly, and it feels as if in many cases, we are nearing a peak after the next one or two hikes. On the negative side, Asia is highly geared to global growth through global trade, and so with Europe contracting, China in as weak a state as we have seen it, and the US slowing, it is not surprising to see Asia export figures swinging sharply negative, with Korea and Taiwan the bellwethers for the North Asia, and Singapore’s Non-oil domestic export declines performing the same barometer role for SE Asia. Not entirely independently, the global semiconductor downturn is heaping further downward pressure on the region, which is the key production centre for most global technology hardware, weighing on industrial production and exacerbating the export downturn. 6CEE: Geopolitical misfortune  In addition to the global story of high energy prices and headline inflation, the CEE region is suffering from its own problems. The common denominator is the region's unfortunate geographic location in the current geopolitical landscape and historically strong labour market. The result is significantly higher inflation than in Western Europe, but also high and persistent core inflation, underpinned by a still massively tight labour market that shows no signs of easing despite the coming recession. Moreover, in response to the energy and migration crises at the same time, governments across the region have come up with another wave of household support spending, resulting in massive twin deficits. However, this has been countered by central banks tightening monetary conditions through interest rate hikes, well above global peers, but also often through the FX channel. The resulting picture of this wild mix for next year is thus a shallow recession driven mainly by a fall in household consumption, only gradually slowing inflation with a possible upside surprise, and cautious central bank foot-dragging around the timing of the start of monetary policy normalisation.  7Rates: To reverse higher first, and then collapse lower as a theme for 2023 2022 is shaping up to be the biggest bear market for bonds in modern times. This might help explain why market rates have reversed lower in recent weeks. But it’s also to do with position squaring, as a decent rump of investors square up on bear market positions taken in 2022. That requires the buying of both duration and risk. However, this stores up problems for the turn of the year. Arguably, financial conditions (especially in the US) are prone to loosening too much, driven there by falls in market rates. But the Fed is still hiking and needs tighter financial conditions. That should force market rates back up first. But the biggest narrative for 2023 will be one of big falls in market rates. The Fed and the ECB will peak in the first quarter, and once there, market rates will have a carte blanche to anticipate future cuts. 8FX: Everyone is asking whether the dollar has topped At top of everyone’s minds in the FX market is the question as to whether the dollar has topped. Softer US inflation data and some hints of softer Covid policy in China have combined to knock the dollar some 8% off its late September highs. Those arguing for a continued dollar decline are wholly focused on the Fed story and the extension of a Fed pivot into a full-blown easing cycle. We certainly agree that a dovish turn at the Fed – a turn that finally sees short-dated US yields start to fall – is a necessary condition for a drop in the dollar. But a sufficient condition requires investment destinations in Europe and Asia being attractive enough to pull funds out of dollar deposits yielding 4%+. It remains questionable whether either of these necessary or sufficient conditions are met in 2023 and we remain sceptical that EUR/USD will be able to sustain gains above the 1.05 level. Elsewhere, sterling has recovered after November’s fiscal U-turn – a sign that policy credibility has a big role to play in FX markets. And finally, Japanese policy makers will be looking at back at some incredibly effective FX intervention to sell USD/JPY in September and October. Read the article on ING 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 Commodities: In The Near Term The Oil Market Remains Relatively Well Supplied

The Price Of Russian Crude In Asia Appears To Be Holding Well Above The $60 Cap

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 12.12.2022 08:59
Summary:  U.S. treasuries and stocks sold off after the hotter-than-expected PPI prints which suggest inflation not cooling enough and making the water murkier in the week of CPI and FOMC. The 10-year yield surged 10bps to 3.58%. Other key central bank meetings from the ECB to Bank of England also on watch this week. Hong Kong and Chinese stocks rallied on Friday on continuous optimism about reopening from Covid restrictions and supportive economic policy from the Chinese authorities. The Chinese Communist Party’s Central Economic Work Conference is expected to convene this week. What’s happening in markets? Nasdaq 100 (NAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) retreated on hot PPI data U.S. equities edged down after the producer price Index (PPI), headline as well as core, came in stronger-than-expected and stirred up concerns about risks of pushing the Fed back towards a more hawkish leaning. Nasdaq 100 declined by 0.6% and S&P500 fell by 0.7%. 10 of the 11 S&P sectors declined, with energy, healthcare, and materials dropping the most. Lululemon (LULU:xnas) plunged 12.9% after a gross margin miss, inventory build-up, and below-expectation full sales guidance. Tesla (TSLA:xnas) bounced 3.2%. US treasury yields (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) bounced on higher producer inflation prints U.S. treasuries sold off on the hotter-than-expected PPI headline as well as core prints. With heavy selling in the 10-year and 30-year segments, the yield curve became less inverted. Two-year yield rose 4bps to 4.34% and 10-year yield surged 10bps to 3.58%. The 2-year-10-year yield curve closed at 76bps on Friday, after hitting as low as 85bps during the week. The money market curve is predicting a 77% probability for a 50bp rate hike on Wednesday. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HIZ2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) rallied on growth optimism Hang Seng Index rallied 2.3% on Friday on continuous optimism on the prospect of a recovery in the growth of the Chinese economy in 2023 as the country reopens from Covid containment restrictions and more supportive government policies. Premier Li Keqiang said China will strive to achieve steady growth. Defaulted Chinese property developer Sunac (01918:xhkg) said it is in discussion with creditors to restructure USD9 billion of debts, including swapping USD3-4 billion of debts into ordinary shares or equity-linked instruments.  Reportedly another defaulted mainland developer Evergrande is meeting offshore creditors to discuss restructuring proposals. The Chinese authorities are considering allowing REITs to invest in long-term rental and commercial real estates. Leading mainland Chinese property developers listed in Hong Kong surged 5% to 18% with Longfor (00960:xhkg) soaring the most. A day after shortening the home isolation period for people infected with Covid-10 to five days from seven days, a Hong Kong health official said the city is considering to end its vaccine pass scheme. Hong Kong local property developers gained 2%-5%. In A shares, the CSI300 Index rallied 1%. The Chinese Communist Party is expected to convene its annual Central Economic Work Conference this week to formulate the macroeconomic policy blueprint for 2023. In Australia; this week the focus will be consumer confidence, employment data and China reopening talk vs pre lunar new year production halt There are a couple of economic readouts that could move the market needle, the ASX200 (ASXSP200.1) this week. Weakening confidence is expected; starting with Consumer Confidence for December (released on Tuesday), followed by Business Confidence for November. Employment reports are due on Thursday for November, and likely to show employment fell; 17,000 jobs are expected to be added, down from the 32,200 that were added in October. So focus will be on the AUD and a potential pull back if the data is weaker than expected. On the equity side, with iron ore (SCOA) trades at four month highs $110.80 but is lower today. We mention on Friday the price of iron ore has been rallying as China on  easing restrictions and because of whispers that Chinese property developers will get more support, which would support demand for iron ore rising. However we mentioned why iron ore could pull back, as buying volume appears slowing. So be mindful of potential pull back in iron ore pricing and mining equities. Secondly, consider seasonable halt of Chinese steel plants ahead of the Lunar New year. Restocking typically occurs 5-8 weeks before the holiday, but plants could be closed earlier, due to poor profits and weak demand. So keep an eye on iron ore majors, Fortescue Metals, Champion Iron, BHP and Rio as they could see profit taking as well after rallying ~25-55% from October.  FX: A weaker start for NZD in Asia, Japan’s November PPI above expectations The US dollar started the week on a firmer footing with a big week ahead as the US CPI and FOMC meeting is eyed. A reversal of the short-term downtrend would however require US 10-year yields to get closer to 4% again. NZDUSD has been a strong performer since the softer October US CPI print and maybe the one to watch if the Fed fails to surprise hawkish this week, given that the RBNZ remains committed to its fight against inflation. Pair dropped below 0.64 in early Asian trading hours this morning as New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) published slower GDP growth forecasts through 2025. A higher-than-expected Japan’s November PPI of 9.3% YoY/0.6% MoM, along with an upward revision to last month’s print, may create more talks of a possible policy review (read below) and USDJPY headed higher to 136.80. Crude oil (CLF3 & LCOF3) prices to watch Russia’s response to G7 price cap this week Crude oil prices saw a steadier start to the week after plunging sharply last week on demand concerns from a weakening macro backdrop as well as thin liquidity and control of short-term traders. The uncertainty surrounding European sanctions on Russian oil and the related price also kept volatility high, but was overshadowed by recession concerns. The impact of the potential pickup in demand from China as lockdowns continue to ease also started to fade. This week Russia will announce how it intends to counter the introduced price cap with the risk of a production cut potentially adding fresh support to the market ahead of what looks like a challenging 2023 where supply worries in our opinion will keep prices elevated, despite the risk of lower demand. WTI futures rose above $72 in the Asian morning, while Brent was seen above $77/barrel.   What to consider? Stronger-than-expected US PPI suggests inflation not cooling enough Headline PPI rose 7.4% in November Y/Y, above the expected 7.2% albeit down from the upwardly revised 8.1% for October. The core (ex-food and energy) Y/Y was also above expectations at 6.2% (exp. 5.9%), but cooler than the prior upwardly revised 6.8%. on a M/M basis, headline rose 0.3% while core was stronger at 0.4%, beating expectations. While the PPI data continued to show a peak in inflation in the Y/Y terms, but the downward surprise remains limited and may not be enough to support the Fed pivot expectations. Attention now turns to the US CPI data on Tuesday to see if a similar inflation story is seen for December ahead of the FOMC rate decision on Wednesday. Preliminary University of Michigan survey for December was also strong across the board, as the headline rose to 59.1 from 56.8, and above the expected 56.9. The headline was supported by current conditions and the forward-looking expectations both lifting to 60.2 (prev. 58.8, exp. 58.0) and 58.4 (prev. 55.6, exp. 56.0), respectively. Putin threatening to curb crude exports Vladimir Putin said Russia may lower crude output in response to the G-7 price-cap and added the country won't sell to price-cap participants. The price of Russian crude in Asia appears to be holding well above the $60 cap as it finds enough shipping and insurance capacity. While the crude oil prices last week have remained in the grip of technical traders and seen little impact from the price cap decision, there could be more volatility in store this week as Russia’s response is awaited which could range from production cuts to retaliatory measures. Bank of Japan board members continue to differ on timing for ending YCC All eyes are turning to who could be the possible replacement of Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda in April 2023. One of the contenders, Takehiko Nakao, said that subtle changes in policy framework should be considered as the leadership is changed next year. This comes after board member Naoki Tamura called for a policy review last week and hinted that it may come as early as next year (before Kuroda retires. However, another board member Toyoaki Nakamura said its too early to conduct a review now. Likewise, board member Hajime Takata also said it is too soon to start a policy review. While the timing may be uncertain, the open discussions about a possible BOJ policy review at some point is keeping expectations of an eventual BOJ pivot alive. China and Saudi Arabia upgrade relationships with top-level dialogue; Xi calls for using the renminbi to settle oil and gas trades During his visit to Saudi Arabia last week, China’s President Xi Jinping met with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saul and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The two sides agreed to upgrade the relationship between the two countries with heads of state meeting every two years and moving established joint committees for trade, tech, security, and other areas from vice-premier to premier level. The two countries have signed a large number of agreements and MOUs from petrochemical, hydrogen energy, information technology, and infrastructure projects to cultural exchanges. Xi reiterates his call for using the renminbi more often to settle trades in crude oil and natural gas but it is not clear how well his call has been received by Saudi Arabia and the other oil-exporting countries at the China-Arab summit last week. China’s CPI softened to 1.6% Y/Y; PPI stayed at -1.3% Y/Y China’s CPI inflation decelerated to 1.6% Y/Y in November from 2.1% Y/Y in October, in line with expectations as food inflation slowed and consumer demand was weak during the lockdown. In the PPI, price increases in the raw materials sector decelerated while the price declines the in mining and processing sectors slowed in November.     Sign up for our Outrageous Predictions 2023 webinar - APAC edition: Wed, 14 Dec, 11.30am SGT For a global look at markets – tune into our Podcast. Source: Market Insights Today: Hot US PPI brings focus to CPI/Fed meeting; HK/China stocks on watch – 12 December 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
Rates and Cycles: Central Banks' Strategies in Focus Amid Steepening Impulses

U.S. Treasury Bond Yields Rose On Friday, Crude Oil Started The Week With Gains

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 12.12.2022 09:26
Summary:  Sentiment is off to a cautious start this week after US treasury yields rebounded on Friday, pressuring equity market sentiment and supporting the US dollar. This week should prove a volatile one, with the November US CPI data point up tomorrow, one that has triggered huge swings in markets nearly every month for the last several months, this time with an FOMC meeting to follow on Wednesday and ECB and other central bank meetings up on Thursday.   What is our trading focus? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) US equity markets rolled over again on Friday after US treasury yields jumped on a hotter-than-expected PPI release on Friday, taking the S&P 500 Index back toward the key support here, which comes in between 3900 and 3900 for the cash index, with the equivalent area around 11,430 in the Nasdaq 100 Index. Markets may be in for a fresh down-draft if US yields rise farther this week, whether due to the CPI release tomorrow, the FOMC meeting on Wednesday, or for any other reason. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HIZ2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Ahead of two key events, the FOMC meeting in the U.S. and the Central Economic Work Conference (CEWC) in China, investors in Hong Kong and mainland Chinese stocks took profits and saw the Hang Seng Index nearly 2% lower and the CSI300 sliding 0.8%. Meituan (03690:xhkg) declined nearly 7% and Country Garden Services (06098:xhk) plunged almost 17%. The CEWC will set out the blueprint for the macroeconomic policies in China for 2023 but will likely not release specific growth targets which be for the National People’s Conference in March. USD rebounds slightly as US treasury yields bounce back The US dollar rebounded on Friday and overnight as US treasury yields bounced back after the release of hotter than expected November PPI data on Friday. USDJPY was one of the bigger movers intraday, rebounding from sub-136.00 levels and trading above 137.00 this morning. EURUSD eased away from the recent cycle high of 1.0595 and was trading near 1.0515 this morning. Markets should be prepared for the risk of significant volatility on the CPI release tomorrow, with the market likely lease prepared for surprisingly firm core CPI readings – the surprisingly soft October CPI data released November 10, for example, triggered some 600 pips of USDJPY downside intraday. Crude oil (CLF3 & LCOG3) focus on Russia, China Covid cases and US pipeline closure Crude oil has started the week trading higher after plunging sharply last week on demand concerns from a weakening macro backdrop as well as thin liquidity leaving short sellers in control. No signs yet of calmer conditions ahead of year-end with multiple uncertainties still unresolved: The Keystone pipeline supplying Canadian oil to refiners on the US Gulf Coast remains shut with no date set for a restart. The market awaits news from Russia on whether it will make good on its threat to cut supply to price cap supporters. Meanwhile in China, surging virus case counts are raising concerns about a slowdown in demand. Focus on US CPI, FOMC and oil market reports from OPEC and IEA. Gold (XAUUSD) trades softer ... ahead of US CPI data on Tuesday and the FOMC rate decision on Wednesday. This after Friday’s stronger than expected US PPI, suggesting inflation is not cooling enough, helped trigger profit taking and another rejection at $1808, a key level of resistance. Ahead of the key data print, the current strength of the market would be tested on a break below $1765, a level where support was found on several occasions last week. US 10-year treasury benchmark rebounds above 3.50% (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) After teasing below the key 3.50% level for a couple of days last week, the 10-year treasury yield benchmark surged back higher to 3.59% Friday after higher-than-expected November PPI data (see more below) before easing a few basis points overnight. The US November CPI print tomorrow data will likely spark considerable volatility all across the curve, especially given the market’s strong expectation that inflation will fall back sharply already by late next year. What is going on? Stronger-than-expected US PPI suggests inflation not cooling enough Headline PPI rose 7.4% in November Y/Y, above the expected 7.2% albeit down from the upwardly revised 8.1% for October. The core (ex-food and energy) Y/Y was also above expectations at 6.2% (exp. 5.9%), but cooler than the prior upwardly revised 6.8%. on a M/M basis, headline rose 0.3% while core was stronger at 0.4%, beating expectations. While the PPI data continued to show a peak in inflation in the Y/Y terms, but the downward surprise remains limited and may not be enough to support the Fed pivot expectations. Attention now turns to the US CPI data on Tuesday to see if a similar inflation story is seen for December ahead of the FOMC rate decision on Wednesday. Preliminary University of Michigan survey for December was also strong across the board, as the headline rose to 59.1 from 56.8, and above the expected 56.9. The headline was supported by current conditions and the forward-looking expectations both lifting to 60.2 (prev. 58.8, exp. 58.0) and 58.4 (prev. 55.6, exp. 56.0), respectively. Bank of Japan board members continue to differ on timing for ending YCC All eyes are turning to who could be the possible replacement of Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda in April 2023. One of the contenders, Takehiko Nakao, said that subtle changes in policy framework should be considered as the leadership is changed next year. This comes after board member Naoki Tamura called for a policy review last week and hinted that it may come as early as next year (before Kuroda retires. However, another board member Toyoaki Nakamura said it’s too early to conduct a review now. Likewise, board member Hajime Takata also said it is too soon to start a policy review. While the timing may be uncertain, the open discussions about a possible BOJ policy review at some point is keeping expectations of an eventual BOJ pivot alive. UK power prices hit a new record on freezing temperatures The Monday price for UK power surged to a record on Sunday with the Met Office having issued snow and ice warnings throughout the country through to Thursday. The combination of low wind generation and surging demand for heating saw the day-ahead price for power double and reach a record £675/MWh (€785/MWh). The UK power grid operator has ordered two out of three coal-fired plants kept in reserve for emergencies to fire up in case they are needed on Monday.  German day-ahead power prices jumped 33% to €434/MWh, the highest since September 13 while the French contract rose 40% to €465/MWh on Epex Spot.  In the US meanwhile, natural gas prices jumped 12% on the opening today, thereby extending a four-day surge to $7/MMBtu, after a powerful Pacific storm knocked out power to thousands across California and is forecast to deliver heavy snow and blizzard conditions from Montana to Minnesota in coming days. What are we watching next? US November CPI data point tomorrow and FOMC meeting Wednesday The market is aggressively pricing for inflation to drop back sharply this year, with inflation swaps suggesting inflation will be below 2.5% by year-end, even more aggressive than the Fed’s inflation forecast of 2.8% headline and 3.1% core PCE inflation by year-end. This leaves the “surprise side”, as we saw with the Friday US November PPI release, any data that suggests hotter than anticipated inflation, particularly for the core month-on-month ex Food and Energy reading (expected at +0.3%). Meanwhile, due to the market’s anticipation of quickly retreating inflationary pressures and a softening economy, it is pricing the Fed to begin cutting rates as soon as Q4 of this year, something the FOMC forecasts will likely push back against, although the market will likely lean on incoming data more than Fed guidance, which now that the Fed is seen decelerating the pace of hikes to 50 basis points on Wednesday, is only given credence for the next few meetings. Some argue that this could be the Fed’s last rate hike of the cycle, with the “dot-plot” of Fed policy forecasts on Wednesday also likely to push back strongly against that notion with an end-2023 forecast rate of above 5.0% (which would require another 75 basis points of hiking beyond this week’s 50 basis point move, which will take the rate to 4.25-4.50%. Putin threatening to curb crude exports Vladimir Putin said Russia may lower crude output in response to the G-7 price-cap and added the country won't sell to price-cap participants. The price of Russian crude in Asia appears to be holding well above the $60 cap as it finds enough shipping and insurance capacity. While the crude oil prices last week have remained in the grip of technical traders and seen little impact from the price cap decision, there could be more volatility in store this week as Russia’s response is awaited which could range from production cuts to retaliatory measures. In Australia this week the focus will be consumer confidence and employment data There are a couple of economic read outs that could move the ASX200 (ASXSP200.1) needle this week. Weakening confidence is expected; starting with Consumer Confidence for December (released on Tuesday), followed by Business Confidence for November. Employment reports are due on Thursday for November, with payrolls growth of +17k jobs, down from the rise of 32.2k in October. So focus will be on the AUD and a potential pull back if the data is weaker than expected. Several central bank meetings this week The U.S. Federal Reserve (Wednesday), the Bank of England (Thursday) and the European Central Bank (Thursday) are expected to hike interest rates by 50 basis points each this week. Less than two weeks ago, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said a December rate-hike slowdown is likely. But the hawkish tone should remain based on the latest Non Farm Payroll and Producer Prices reports which indicated that inflation remains high and broad-based. In the eurozone, this is a done-deal that the central bank will hike rates by 50 basis points. Pay attention to the updated economic forecasts (Is a recession the new baseline for 2023?) and to any indication regarding the expected quantitative tightening process. In the United Kingdom, the money market overwhelmingly believes (78%) that the Bank of England will hike its rate by 50 basis points to 3.5% this week. Only a minority (22%) foresees a larger increase, to 3.75%. Earnings to watch This is a quiet period in the earnings season, though a couple of interesting names are reporting this week, with former high-flyer Adobe up on Thursday. Adobe has something to prove as the US software company has seen a negative share price reaction on its past five earnings releases. Trip.com, China's leading online travel agency, reports on Wednesday and investors will judge the result on the company's outlook for Q4 and ideally 2023 as China's reopening is raising the expected travel demand in China for 2023. Read more here. Monday: Oracle Tuesday: DiDi Global Wednesday: Lennar, Trip.com, Nordson, Inditex Thursday: Adobe Friday: Accenture, Darden Restaurants Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 0800 – Czech Nov. CPI 2330 – Australia Nov. Westpac Consumer Confidence Index 0030 – Australia Nov. NAB Business Conditions survey Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher Source: Financial Markets Today: Quick Take – December 12, 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
Kuroda Stayed On The Sidelines And The Yen Responded With Losses

Japan's Economy Is Not Yet In A Phase Where The Central Bank Can End Yield Curve Control

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 12.12.2022 09:45
USD/JPY is aiming to shift its auction profile above 137.00 as the risk-off mood is strengthening further. Mixed views on the Federal Reserve policy outlook have escalated anxiety among the market participants. The Bank of Japan is aggressively working to achieve a 2% inflation rate. USD/JPY is expected to accelerate gains amid technical tailwinds. USD/JPY is hovering around the critical hurdle of 137.00 in the early European session. The asset is aiming to shift its business profile above the aforementioned critical hurdle as investors are getting anxious ahead of the announcement of the interest rate decision by the Federal Reserve (Fed). Volatility will stay a little longer this time as it is the last monetary policy of CY2022, which is expected to remain uncertain due to rising expectations of a slowdown in the pace of the interest rate hike. Also, Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell is expected to provide interest rate guidance for the whole CY2023. S&P500 is displaying a subdued performance as investors await more development on Federal Reserve’s policy outlook through commentary from Federal Reserve policymakers. The 10-year US Treasury yields have surrendered gains and are auctioning below 3.57%, at the time of writing. The US Dollar Index (DXY) is displaying back-and-forth moves around the immediate resistance of 105.20. The US Dollar is facing hurdles in overstepping the 105.20 resistance despite a solid risk aversion theme in the global market. Mixed views on Federal Reserve policy outlook muddle investors’ sentiment After the release of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes for October’s monetary policy, it was clear that Federal Reserve policymakers are advocating a deceleration in the interest rate hike pace. Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell and his teammates were in favor of reducing financial risks and assessing the impact of efforts made by the Federal Reserve in achieving price stability. Now, the release of upbeat payroll data for November and fresh demand in the United States service sector has triggered the option of a bigger rate hike continuation to safeguard the economy from a rebound in inflation. There is no denying the fact that higher employment generation and solid demand in service sector have the potential to spur the inflation rate again. Rabobank analysts said they expect the United States central bank to hike the policy rate by 50 basis points (bps) and see policymakers revising the terminal rate projection to the neighborhood of 5%. United States Inflation to set a stage for Federal Reserve’s policy Before the announcement of the last monetary policy of CY2022 by the Federal Reserve on Wednesday, investors are awaiting the release of Tuesday’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) data. As per the consensus, the headline inflation is expected to remain unchanged at 7.7% while core CPI that excludes oil and gas prices will inch higher to 6.4% from the former release of 6.3%. The United States Producer Price Index (PPI) data released on Friday is indicating the continuation of a slowdown in the inflation rate. The price Index for factory-gate rates was trimmed to 7.4% in line with expectations. A decline in prices for final products indicates a decline in demand, which forced producers to go easy on decision-making for end-products prices. However, investors should brace a surprise jump in inflation as the United States economy added 263K jobs in November more than the expectations of 200K. Tight labor demand is accompanied by premium earnings that could result in solid demand for durable goods by households. Bank of Japan to continue policy easing despite rising wages The risk of a decline in inflation has been triggered after a contraction in Japan’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) numbers. A subdued demand never propels a hike in the price rise index. Bank of Japan (BOJ) Haruhiko Kuroda is of the view that even if wages rise by 3%, the BOJ will maintain its current easy policy until inflation reaches 2%. This would weigh more pressure on the Japanese yen. Meanwhile, Bank of Japan (BOJ) board member Hajime Takata said in an interview with the Nikkei newspaper published on Saturday that Japan's economy is not yet in a phase where the central bank can end yield curve control. He further added that there were some positive signs in corporate capital expenditure and wages, as reported by Reuters. USD/JPY technical outlook USP/JPY has accelerated to near the downward-sloping trendline plotted from November 22 high around 142.24. The asset is at a make or a break after a firmer rally. A bull cross, represented by the 20-and 50-period Exponential Moving Averages (EMAs) at 136.5, indicates more upside. Meanwhile, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) (14) has moved into the bullish range of 60.00-80.00. Sustainability above the same will keep the reins in the asset solid.     search   g_translate    
ISM Business Surveys Signal Economic Softening and Recession Risks Ahead

Euro Holds Above $1.05, USD/JPY Pair Rose Above 136

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 12.12.2022 14:19
This week is one of the most macro-packed so far this year, with four major central banks holding their final policy meetings of the year, plus consumer inflation data from the United States that could be instrumental in determining the outlook for U.S. interest rates and the dollar. The U.S. Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, the Bank of England and the Swiss National Bank will all release rate decisions. Overall, risk assets came under pressure on Monday despite further signs from China that it may be moving away from its very restrictive Covid-19 policy. Read next: Rivian Break Down Of Joint Venture Negotiations With Mercedes | Amgen Inc. Begins Action to Acquire Pharmaceutical Company Horizon Therapeutics| FXMAG.COM Euro Holds Above $1.05 Ahead of Key Policy Meetings A package of positive readings from Great Britain appeared. Against the yen the dollar rose 0.2% EUR/USD EUR/USD has been rising since reaching a 20-year low of 0.9536 in October. The rate reached the level of 1.0595, but was unable to break the breakout point and the previous high at 1.0615 and 1.0638 respectively. It is currently trading around the 1.0560 level with an upside bias. The euro is weaker today as the US dollar gains ahead of a crucial week of central bank meetings and data. There are no key macro economic events for the EUR/USD pair today. The European Central Bank is expected to deliver a dialed-down 50 bps rate hike on Thursday. Meanwhile, all eyes turn to CPI numbers from the US due on Tuesday GBP/USD The overall look of the cable market looks bearish. The GBP/USD pair is currently trading close to the level it closed last week at 1.2239. On the daily chart, we can see that the price of the cable has increased to this level. Trading on the daily chart shows the price around 1.2280. The British pound was subdued in reaction to the breaking of British GDP this morning, however, after the start of the European session, the reaction may be more positive. Other reports were also positive with only Industrial Production (MoM) (Oct) dropping to 0.0%. Source: investing.com GBP/USD daily chart AUD/USD The Australian dolar was last down 0.4% at $0.6772. Today, the AUD/USD pair reached 0.6795 during the day and then started to fall. On the daily chart, we can see that the pair is trading at 0.6756. USD/JPY USD/JPY started the week with gains. The pair rose from 135.0740 – the last week close level - to 136.8440 - current trade. This means that the Japanese yen is negatively compared to the US dollar. In other words against the yen the dollar rose 0.2% Today there were reports of the Japanese PPI, which was higher than expected. Year on year PPI reached 9.3% and PPI m/m 0.6% However, they did not support the yen. The last statement of the representatives of the Bank of Japan still plays a role. Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda recently said it was too early to discuss the possibility of reviewing the central bank's monetary policy framework. However, an analyst close to policy makers suggested that the BoJ may drop the 10-year bond yield cap as early as next year. Source: investing.com, dailyfx.com, finance.yahoo.com
Analysis Of The EUR/JPY Pair Movement

Concerns Surrounding Russia And China Could Restrict USD/JPY Pair Moves

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 13.12.2022 09:45
USD/JPY remains sidelined after rising to an eight-day high. Treasury bond yields snap four-day uptrend, US Dollar stays depressed. Mixed concerns surrounding US CPI, challenges for BOJ’s pivot restrict immediate USD/JPY moves. USD/JPY traders witness a lack of direction as the quote grinds higher around 137.70 during the early Tuesday in Europe, after refreshing the multi-day top in the Asian session. The yen pair’s latest inaction could be linked to a lack of major data/events, as well as the cautious mood ahead of the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) for November. It should be noted that the mixed concerns surrounding the Bank of Japan’s (BOJ) next moves and sluggish US Treasury yields also restrict the immediate USD/JPY moves. Recently, Bloomberg released an analysis, relying on the data from the Japanese Bankers Association, which challenges the market’s hopes of the BOJ’s monetary policy tightening. “Japan’s financial regulator is examining how vulnerable lenders would be to a sudden slump in government bonds should the nation’s central bank pivot away from its ultra-loose monetary policy in future,” per Bloomberg. It should be noted that the recently firmer inflation and nearness to the end of BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda’s term underpinned the talks of BOJ’s exit from the easy-money policies. Elsewhere, the US 10-year and two-year Treasury bond yields print the first daily loss in four around 3.59% and 4.36% in that order while the US Dollar Index (DXY) retreats to 104.95 at the latest. On Monday, the one-year inflation precursor from the New York Fed slumped the most on record but contrasted with the upbeat inflation expectations for the 5-year and 10-year reported by the St. Louis Federal Reserve (FRED) data. On the same line, the last week’s downbeat prints of the United States Producer Price Index (PPI) also hinted at softer US inflation but the University of Michigan’s (UoM) Consumer Sentiment Index, as well as the US ISM Services PMI and inflation expectations from the UoM Survey, suggested firmer prints of the US CPI. Amid these plays, the S&P 500 Futures print mild losses whereas stocks in the Asia-Pacific region trade mixed even as Wall Street benchmarks posted notable gains. Moving on, the mixed messages from the market, as well as from concerns surrounding Russia and China, could restrict USD/JPY moves ahead of the US inflation data. However, a firmer print of the US CPI, expected at 7.3% YoY versus 7.7% prior, won’t hesitate to recall the pair buyers amid recent hawkish Fed bets. Also read: US Consumer Sentiment Preview: Dollar set to decline on falling inflation expectations Technical analysis USD/JPY’s latest run-up could be linked to the week-start break of a descending resistance line from November 23, now support around 136.10. Also keeping the USD/JPY buyers hopeful are the bullish MACD signals and the firmer RSI (14), not overbought. However, a convergence of the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level of the Yen pair’s run-up between August and October, as well as a seven-week-long downward-sloping trend line, challenges the USD/JPY bulls around 138.70.
The USD/JPY Price Reversed From The Lower Limit

The Japanese Yen Stabilized Below 138 To The US Dollar

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 13.12.2022 14:34
The dollar was stable on Tuesday ahead of the release of the US inflation data and the last Federal Reserve meeting this year, and investors waited for an updated interest rate outlook. US stocks rose on Monday as investors gained confidence in experts' forecasts of a 7.3% increase in the US consumer price index in November. If this forecast comes true, it will be the fifth consecutive decline and the lowest level in 11 months. Even if this would still leave inflation well above the Fed's 2% target, it may be enough justification to hold back the pace of monetary policy tightening EUR/USD The rate increased slightly to 1.0543 from 1.0538. The EUR/USD daily range is 1.05281 - 1.06287 Today's data from Germany on CPI met expectations, holding the level of 10%. Source: investing.com The EU ZEW economic sentiment index improved to -23.6 in December from -38.7 in November, data released on Tuesday showed, but it still points to more pessimism than optimism. Thursday's meeting of the European Central Bank remains the focus of the week, at which an interest rate hike of 50 basis points is expected. Read next: The Huge Order Boeing 787 Dreamliners By United Airlines | Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried Was Arrested| FXMAG.COM GBP/USD The pound was broadly stable on Tuesday as gains from the UK employment data were offset by caution ahead of a key US consumer inflation reading. Also, today's UK data could ignite the cable rally fuse should the US CPI data be bound. The release of employment data showed that unemployment met estimates, while wages and the employment rate improved. The number of employees on the payroll increased by 107,000. to a record level of 29.9 million. The number of job vacancies recorded a fifth straight decline, reflecting the uncertainty stemming from economic pressure on recruitment. Wage growth turned out better than expected, with both total and regular wages increasing by 6.1% y/y, which is the fastest rate in history outside of the pandemic. The forecast for core US inflation YoY is 6.1% while overall inflation YoY is expected to come in at 7.3% compared to October’s print of 7.7%. Sterling recently rose 0.2% to $1.2296 ahead of the Bank of England's (BoE) policy decision on Thursday. Last week it hit a nearly six-month high at $1.2345. The Bank of England meets Dec. 15, when a 50 basis point rate increase is expected. USD/JPY USD/JPY hit a 32-year high of 151.95 in October, the day the Bank of Japan intervened for the second time to prevent the yen from depreciating. From this peak, the price is in a downtrend channel. The general mood of the pair is bullish. The Japanese yen stabilized below 138 to the dollar. Price is now approaching the upper band of the channel but is struggling to break above the breakpoint and recent high of 137.67 and 137.86 respectively. USD/JPY Pair slipped to 137.3270 from 137.6498 In a recent announcement, Mana Nakazor, a potential candidate for Vice Governor of the Bank of Japan next year, said the central bank should change its policy statement to give itself more room to adjust interest rates. She suggested that the Bank of Japan should "admit that interest rates may go up or down depending on economic developments" and that he should signal that "massive monetary easing will be over". The Bank of Japan is expected to maintain its monetary policy stance at its next meeting on December 19-20. Source: investing.com, dailyfx.com, finance.yahoo.com
Bank of Japan to welcome Kazuo Ueda as its new governor

Traders Heard Hawkish Messages From The Bank Of Japan For The First Time In A Long Time

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 14.12.2022 08:39
The dollar-yen pair fell almost 300 points yesterday, reacting to the U.S. inflation report. The data came out in the red zone, disappointing the dollar bulls. The U.S. dollar index fell to a six-month low, to the bottom of the 103rd figure. USD/JPY, in turn, updated only a weekly low, denoting itself at 134.69. After that, the downward impulse faded, and during the Asian session on Wednesday, the pair even regained some of the lost positions, returning to the area of the 135th figure. Traders do not risk developing the downward direction in anticipation of today's events: the Federal Reserve will announce the results of its meeting at the end of the trading day. Notably, the main driver of the December USD/JPY decline was not the dollar, but the yen, which strengthened due to the unexpected hawkish statements of some representatives of the Bank of Japan. In comparison, yesterday's inflation report, which is crucial for all dollar pairs, triggered a 300-point drop. While signals from Japanese regulators let the bears of USD/JPY make a 600-point advance from 139.92 (Nov 30) to a 4-month low of 133.66 (Dec 2). Recall that at the beginning of this month, traders heard hawkish messages from the Bank of Japan for the first time in a long time. BOJ board member Asahi Noguchi stated that the central bank is ready to partially revise its soft monetary policy if inflation indicators turn out to be "too high." He called this step a "preventive measure" to curb inflationary growth. A little later, the head of the Japanese regulator Haruhiko Kuroda indirectly confirmed the existence of such intentions. He said that the central bank is really considering an exit from the ultra-soft monetary policy "as soon as the central bank reaches its inflation target of two percent on a sustainable basis." At the same time, he added that if the price target is reached, the bank's management will discuss the fate of assets in ETF's "as part of a strategy to exit the ultra-soft policy." Previously, Kuroda had only allowed easing the parameters of monetary policy if such a need arises. He repeated this mantra with such persistence and for so long that traders, for the most part, were no longer reacting to these dovish messages. Moreover, there is a strong opinion in the market that major changes of a hawkish nature are a priori possible only after the current governor of the Bank of Japan leaves his post (his second term in office expires in April 2023, re-election is impossible). That is why the USD/JPY traders reacted so strongly to the latest statements by Noguchi and Kuroda. Moreover, these official statements are overgrown with relevant rumors. In particular, according to Reuters, the Bank of Japan may abandon the yield cap on 10-year Japanese government bond (JGB) next year as Japan enters an era of high inflation. According to news agency sources, the Japanese regulator "begins to worry about the possibility of inflation accelerating more than expected." However, not all of Kuroda's colleagues agree that the Bank of Japan needs to adjust its policy. For example, board member Toyoaki Nakamura recently said that the country's economy is still recovering from the recession caused by the COVID pandemic, so the central bank should patiently continue easing monetary policy. At the same time, inflation dynamics are not worrying Nakamura. According to him, consumer inflation in Japan is accelerating, "but next year its growth rate is likely to slow down, as the stimulus from rising energy and food prices is already weakening." It is also worth noting that yesterday representatives of the Japan Bankers Association reported that the country's banks could suffer losses on their government bonds in the amount of more than $1 trillion if the Bank of Japan loosens its control over the yield of 10-year bonds. Commenting on this information, Bloomberg sources in the Japanese government said that the financial regulator is now studying how vulnerable creditors will be to a sudden fall in government bonds if the central bank still abandons the ultra-soft monetary policy. In other words, the discussion about leaving the ultra-soft monetary policy is still ongoing, but even the very fact of this discussion provides background support for the yen. Of course, in the short term, the USD/JPY pair will focus only on American events, reacting to the results of the December Fed meeting. But at the same time, it is worth recognizing that the Japanese currency now has "its own" fundamental arguments that can strengthen the bearish mood for the pair (earlier, the downward impulses of USD/JPY were mainly due to the weakening of the greenback). Therefore, if the Fed does not support the dollar today, the pair's downward trend may develop in the medium term. From a technical point of view, the USD/JPY pair on the daily chart is located between the middle and lower lines of the Bollinger Bands indicator, and is under all the lines of the Ichimoku indicator, signaling the priority of short positions. The main target of the downward movement is 133.90, which corresponds to the lower line of the Bollinger Bands on the D1 timeframe.       Relevance up to 01:00 2022-12-15 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. 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The Challenge to the Dollar: De-dollarisation and Geopolitical Shifts

The Fed Is Expected To Lift Its Federal Funds Rate Target By 50bps

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 14.12.2022 08:48
Summary:  U.S. equities and bonds faded the initial hype after softer CPI prints and ended the volatile session with muted gains. USD sold off and USDJPY dipped below 135 at one point. Crude rallied for the second day in a row, rising 3% as supply issues remained. A 50bp hike at today’s FOMC is cemented and the market’s focus will be on the dot plot about the Fed’s rate projections for 2023 and Powell’s comment at the press conference. What’s happening in markets? Nasdaq 100 (NAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) jumped at the open before paring most of the gains After a strong opening, soaring at much as 4% in the S&P 500 and 3.9% in Nasdaq 100, the U.S. market spent the rest of the day pulling back from the intraday highs. S&P500 finished the volatile session at 4019.65, up 0.7%, and Nasdaq 100 closed at 11834.21, 1.1% higher.  A large portion of the early surge was in ETFs. A huge USD3.9 trillion notional value of options expiring this Friday may tend to pin the benchmark S&P 500 as well. All sectors with the S&P 500, except consumer staples, advanced. The interest rate-sensitive real estate sector was the top gainer, rising 2%, which was followed by the energy sector which was boosted by a 3% rise in the crude oil price. Meta Platforms (META:xnas) gained 4.7% as Republican Senator Rubio is seeking a pass a bi-partisan bill to ban Tik Tok from operating in the U.S. Moderna (MRNA:xnas) soared 19.6% on news of positive trial data from an experimental skin cancer vaccine in collaboration with Merck (MRK:xnys). Merck climbed 1.8%. Airlines were notable laggards on Tuesday. A 3% drop made airfares one of the largest items contributing to the softness in the CPI report. In addition, Alsska Air (ALK:xnys) warned about slowing corporate travel and JetBlue (JBLU:xnas) which was more leisure travel-focused, mentioned weaker bookings in Q4. US Treasury yield curve (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) bull steepened on soft CPI data Immediately after the release of the soft CPI data which increased the chance of further downshift to a 25bp hike instead of 50bps in February, the whole yield curve shifted down with the 2-year at one point shedding 24bps to 4.13% and the 10-year 20bps richer to as low as 3.41%. The money market curve now prices the terminal rate at around 4.82% in 2023, down from 4.98%. The long-end however did not manage to keep their gains after some large block selling in the 10-year contracts and a weak 30-year auction. The 10-year gave back nearly half of the gain to close the session 11bps richer at 3.50%. The 2-10-year curve steepened to 72bps. The yield on the 30-year long bonds finished the day only down 4bps at 3.53%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HIZ2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Hang Seng Index advanced by 0.7% after Hong Kong lifted all travel restrictions on visitors arriving in the city and relaxed the QR code scanning requirements for residents.  Catering and retailer stocks outperformed. Cosmetic chain operator Sa Sa (00178:xhkg) jumped 14.2%. Local developers and commercial landlord stocks rose by 3% to 4%. Cathay Pacific climbed 3.2%. Macau casino operators gained between 1% and 4%. Shares of the semiconductor industry jumped on media reports suggesting that the Chinese Government is going to spend RMB 1 trillion to support the industry. SMIC (00981:xhkg) gained 9.7% and Hua Hong Semiconductor (01347:xhkg) soared 17.4%. In A-shares, the CSI300 index was little changed. Farming, textile, and transportation stocks outperformed. FX: USDJPY dipped below 135 before a recovery in Asian hours The US dollar sold off on Tuesday following the softer November CPI print in the US saw US yields plunge lower. AUDUSD was however seen paring some of the gains in early Asian trade and slid below 0.6840 amid concerns on China’s Covid cases ramping up further which also led to the postponement of the Central Economic Work Conference. USDJPY took a brief look below 135 after the CPI release but some of the move was erased later. EURUSD surged to 1.0673 and remains supported above 1.0620 ahead of Fed meeting today and ECB meeting tomorrow. Crude oil (CLF3 & LCOF3) pauses after two days of gains Crude oil prices gained further on Tuesday after a softer-than-expected US CPI print for November spurred hopes that the Fed will slow down its pace of rate hikes. Supply side issues were also supportive. TC Energy Corp has yet to submit a restart plan for the Keystone pipeline following a leak last week, and plans have been delayed by bad weather. Russia’s President Putin is planning to sign a decree banning the sale of Russian oil through any contract that specifies the recipient as a nation that joined the G7 price cap. OPEC urged caution as its members implement the recent 2mb/d production cut. It now expects to see a finely balanced market in Q1 2023, instead of the deficit implied by its forecasts a month ago. It sees demand increasing by 2.2mb/d next year to average 101.77mb/d. Demand concerns may pick up further in Asia today as Covid cases in China continue to rise and impede the reopening trade, but caution will prevail ahead of Fed meeting later today.   What to consider?   Another softer US CPI print is still not enough The November CPI report was cooler-than-expected across the board, highlighted by the headline cooling to 7.1% from 7.7% (exp. 7.3%), with a M/M gain of 0.1%, slowing from the prior 0.4% and beneath the expected 0.3%. Core metrics saw Y/Y print 6.0% vs 6.3% prior and beneath the 6.1% expectation, while the M/M saw a 0.2% gain, lower than the prior and expected 0.3%. The market pricing has shifted towards a 25bps rate hike for February after we potentially get a 50bps today, while the terminal rate forecast has drifted lower to 4.82%. If we dig into the details, the disinflation is clearly driven by goods and energy, while services prices continue to rise further. This means wage pressures will continue and provides room for the Fed to continue to beat the drum on rates being higher-for-longer.  December FOMC and dot plot may have little new to offer, so focus remains on Powell’s press conference The Fed is expected to lift its Federal Funds Rate target by 50bps to 4.25-4.50%, according to the consensus as well as the general commentary from Fed officials signalling a downshift in the pace of rate hikes. The updated economic projections will also be released, and are expected to show a higher terminal rate than the September projections (4.6%), as has been alluded to by Chair Powell at the November FOMC and in remarks made in December. Easing financial conditions and expected China stimulus could mean Fed continues to chase the inflation train from the back into the next year as well, so Powell’s press conference remains key to watch. There will have to be a lot of focus on pushing out the rate cuts of ~50bps that are priced in for next year, and emphasise that the Fed will not ease prematurely if Powell and committee want to avoid further easing of financial conditions. China’s Central Economic Work Conference is reportedly postponed According to Bloomberg, which cites unnamed sources, the Chinese Communist Party is postponing the Central Economic Work Conference that was previously scheduled for this week due to the spread of Covid-19 inflections in Beijing. No signs, however, show that the Chinese authorities are reversing the recent trend of relaxing pandemic restrictions. New Zealand forecasts a recession starting Q2 2023 New Zealand Treasury Department issued 2022 half-year economic and fiscal update, forecasting three quarters of negative GDP growth from Q2 2023. Overall, the forecast calls for 0.8% contraction in 2023. Still, comments from RBNZ this morning suggested inflation focus will continue to drive more rate hikes, even as spending slows and unemployment levels increase as more people join the workforce over the coming year, partially helped by improving migration levels. Bank of Japan’s Tankan shows weakening business sentiment Sentiment among Japan's large manufacturers deteriorated slightly in the three months to December amid concerns over the global economic slowdown. The main index for sentiment among large manufacturers was +7, compared with +8 in Q3, according to the Bank of Japan's quarterly Tankan survey. Non-manufacturers still took a more positive view as the economic reopening gathered momentum, and large non-manufacturer index rose to 19 in Q4 from 17 previously.     Detailed FOMC Preview – read here. Sign up for our Outrageous Predictions 2023 webinar - APAC edition: Wed, 14 Dec, 11.30am SGT For our look ahead at markets this week – Read/listen to our Saxo Spotlight. For a global look at markets – tune into our Podcast. Source: Market Insights Today: Softer-than-expected US CPI puts the focus on FOMC dot plot and Powell’s comments – 14 December 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
US Inflation Slows as Spending Stalls: Glimmers of Hope for Economic Outlook

Headwinds Are Mounting For Tesla As EV Demand Is Coming Down In China | Risk Sentiment Rushed Higher

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 14.12.2022 08:57
Summary:  Risk sentiment rushed higher on the soft US November CPI data yesterday, although sentiment rapidly turned more cautious as traders recognize the risk that the Fed may be less willing to react as quickly to signs of easing inflation as the market in today’s FOMC meeting, which will refresh the Fed’s latest economic projections and the “dot plot” of projected Fed rates for coming years. Four G10 central bank meetings follow tomorrow, including the BoE and ECB.   What is our trading focus? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) The US November CPI report was exactly what the market was hoping for, sending S&P 500 futures on a rally to the 4,180 level before being sold off declining 3% from the high to the close. This rejection indicates that the market is doubting itself despite the lower US core inflation print. A weak session by Tesla suggests that while inflation fears might be disappearing growth fears will begin to take hold instead posing a new threat to the equity market. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HIZ2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Hong Kong and Chinese stocks edged up higher. The news about a delay in China’s central economic work conference due to a surge in Covid inflections in Beijing. Investors are encouraged by signs that the Chinese authorities are not reversing course despite outbreaks after the easing of restrictions. China will stop reporting infections without symptoms as mandatory testing has been dropped. Hang Seng Index climbed 0.7%, led by technology names. Chinese educational services providers were among the top gainers. In A-shares, CSI 300 gained 0.3%, with tourism, lodging, Chinese liquor, and semiconductor outperforming. FX: USD dumped after another soft CPI print The US dollar sold off on Tuesday on the softer November CPI print in the US taking US treasury yields sharply lower. AUDUSD pared some of the gains in early Asian trade and slid below 0.6840 amid concerns on China’s Covid cases ramping up further which also led to the postponement of the Central Economic Work Conference. USDJPY took a brief look below 135 after the CPI release but some of the move was erased later. EURUSD surged to 1.0673 and remains supported above 1.0620 ahead of the FOMC meeting today and ECB meeting tomorrow. Crude oil (CLF3 & LCOG3) pauses ahead of FOMC Crude oil trades softer ahead of FOMC after rallying 6% over the previous two sessions, driven by an improved risk appetite following Tuesday's CPI print and encouraging signs from China where easing restrictions eventually will boost demand. The rally however slowed after the API reported a 7.8 million barrel rise in crude inventories versus expectations for a +3 million barrel draw from EIA later, and OPEC urged caution as it cut its Q1 23 oil demand forecast. The IEA will publish its monthly report later today. Goldman cut its Q1 price forecast by $20 to $90/bbl siting weak demand while saying “The structural oil cycle has taken a pause this year”. Apart from IEA, also focus on a potential Russian response to the price cap and not least today’s FOMC result. Gold (XAUUSD), silver (XAGUSD) and copper (HGH3) all rallied strongly following the lower-than-expected US CPI print Gold closed at its highest level since July above $1808 while silver reached an 8-month high above $24. The recovery in silver has been impressive with the market only requiring 15 weeks to recover half of what it lost during an 82-week period from Feb 2021 to Sept this year. Copper meanwhile briefly traded above its 200-day moving at $3.913/lb before finding stiff resistance ahead of the $4/lb area. All metals finding support from a weaker dollar and lower bond yields on signs that the worst inflation has likely passes, suggesting the Fed could further slow the pace of rate hikes next year. US 10-year treasury benchmark rebounds further (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) Immediately after the release of the soft CPI data which increased the chance of further downshift to a 25bp hike instead of 50bps in February, the whole yield curve shifted down with the 2-year at one point shedding 24bps to 4.13% and the 10-year 20bps richer to as low as 3.41%. The money market curve now prices the terminal rate at around 4.82% in 2023, down from 4.98%. The long-end however did not manage to keep their gains after some large block selling in the 10-year contracts and a weak 30-year auction. The 10-year gave back nearly half of the gain to close the session 11bps richer at 3.50%. The 2-10-year curve steepened to 72bps. The yield on the 30-year long bonds finished the day only down 4bps at 3.53%. What is going on? Another softer US CPI print The November CPI report was cooler-than-expected across the board, highlighted by the headline cooling to 7.1% from 7.7% (exp. 7.3%), with a M/M gain of 0.1%, slowing from the prior 0.4% and beneath the expected 0.3%. Core metrics saw Y/Y print 6.0% vs 6.3% prior and beneath the 6.1% expectation, while the M/M saw a 0.2% gain, lower than the prior and expected 0.3%. The market pricing has shifted towards a 25-bp rate hike from the Fed for February after we are nearly certain to get a 50bp hike today, while the terminal rate forecast has drifted lower to 4.82%. If we dig into the details, the disinflation is clearly driven by goods and energy, while services prices continue to rise further. This means wage pressures will continue and provides room for the Fed to continue to beat the drum on rates being higher-for-longer. Tesla shares down another 4% Headwinds are mounting for Tesla as EV demand is coming down in China and VW CEO said yesterday that EV sales in Europe is slowing down due to high price points and elevated electricity prices. Tesla shares closed just above the $160 level, which is just below the 200-day moving average at $164, the lowest levels since November 2020. High battery materials prices are also weighing on the outlook for EV makers. Finally, CEO Elon Musk’s endeavour at Twitter is potentially pressuring Tesla shares as he might be forced to put up Tesla shares as collateral for refinanced Twitter debt. Inditex Q3 results in line with estimates The European fast fashion retailer has delivered nine-months results (ending in October) with revenue at €23.1bn and EBIT at €4.2bn in line with estimates. Apple to allow alternative App Stores on its devices This move is a response to new European Union requirements under the Digital Markets Act that are set to go in effect in 2024. The move will initially only apply to the European market unless regulators elsewhere make similar moves. This will allow app developers to avoid paying Apple up to 30% of revenues for payments made through Apple’s app store. Several large app makers’ shares, including those for streaming service Spotify and dating services app Match group jumped on the news. New Zealand forecasts a recession starting Q2 2023 New Zealand Treasury Department issued 2022 half-year economic and fiscal update, forecasting three quarters of negative GDP growth from Q2 2023. Overall, the forecast calls for 0.8% contraction in 2023. Still, comments from RBNZ this morning suggested inflation focus will continue to drive more rate hikes, even as spending slows and unemployment levels increase as more people join the workforce over the coming year, partially helped by improving migration levels. Bank of Japan’s Tankan survey shows weakening business sentiment Sentiment among Japan's large manufacturers deteriorated slightly in the three months to December amid concerns over the global economic slowdown. The main index for sentiment among large manufacturers was +7, compared with +8 in Q3, according to the Bank of Japan's quarterly Tankan survey. Non-manufacturers still took a more positive view as the economic reopening gathered momentum, and large non-manufacturer index rose to 19 in Q4 from 17 previously. US places 30 additional Chinese companies on Entity List, a trade blacklist The companies included Yangtze Memory Technologies, China’s top memory chip producer and others and will prevent them from purchasing selected American components. This expands the original Entity List of companies that were blacklisted back in October for their connection with China’s military. What are we watching next? December FOMC and dot plot may have little new to offer, so focus remains on Powell’s press conference The Fed is expected to lift its Federal Funds Rate target by 50bps to 4.25-4.50%, according to the consensus as well as the general commentary from Fed officials signalling a downshift in the pace of rate hikes. The updated economic projections will also be released, as will the latest “dot plot” projections of the Fed policy rate, which are expected to show a median terminal rate that is higher than the September projections (4.6%, with the market currently projecting 4.32%), as has been alluded to by Chair Powell at the November FOMC and in remarks made in December. Easing financial conditions and an anticipated China stimulus could see the Fed Chair Powell remaining in hawkish mode, so Powell’s press conference remains key to watch. There will have to be a lot of focus on pushing back against the market’s anticipation that the Fed will be trimming rates by Q4 of next year, emphasising that the Fed will not ease prematurely if Powell and committee want to avoid further easing of financial conditions. Four more central bank meetings tomorrow The Swiss National Bank, Norway’s Norges Bank, Bank of England and the European Central Bank will all meet tomorrow, with the Norges Bank expected to hike 25 basis points and the three others expected to hike 50 basis points.  Markets will look for the relative degree to which the central banks signal that they are ready to declare at least a pause in the hiking cycle soon. The Norges Bank has hinted that it sees its tightening cycle near an end and the BoE has said that the peak rate will likely prove lower than the market was forecasting around the time of its last meeting. With the late dollar weakness, a dovish shift is more likely. Earnings to watch Inditex has reported its Q3 results in early European hours (see review above) which extends today’s earnings focus to the US session where our focus will be on Lennar, a US homebuilder. Lennar is expected to show 20% revenue growth y/y in its FY22 Q4 period (ending November), which is expected to decline to 5% y/y in FY23 Q1 (ending February). Today: Lennar, Trip.com, Nordson, Inditex Thursday: Adobe Friday: Accenture, Darden Restaurants Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 0900 – IEA's Monthly Oil Market Report 1000 – Euro Zone Oct. Industrial Production 1330 – Canada Oct. Manufacturing Sales 1530 – EIA's Weekly Crude and Fuel Stock Report 1900 – US FOMC Meeting 1930 – US Fed Chair Powell Press Conference 2145 – New Zealand Q3 GDP 0030 – Australia Nov. Employment Change / Unemployment Rate 0120 – China Rate Decision 0200 – China Nov. Retail Sales 0200 – China Nov. Industrial Production Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher Source: Financial Markets Today: Quick Take – December 14, 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
Saxo Bank Podcast: The Bank Of Japan Meeting And More

The Yen Weakness And The Bank Of Japan's Policy Response Will No Longer Be The Focus Of The Market

ING Economics ING Economics 14.12.2022 11:06
Today's data supports our view that Japan's recovery will be driven mostly by non-manufacturing activity, while sluggish manufacturing could partially hamper the recovery  5.4% Core machine orders %MoM sa Higher than expected Core machinery orders rebounded in October Core machinery orders, a forward-looking indicator for investment, rebounded 5.4% month-on-month (seasonally adjusted) in October after dropping for two consecutive months. The gain came mainly from non-manufacturing (14.0%) with a stong rise in construction, transportation and information services while manufacturing orders continued to drop. The weakness in manufacturing investment is more pronounced due to sluggish industrial production. October industrial production was revised down -3.2% MoM (sa) from -2.6% in the new estimate and the weakness in manufacturing production broadened.     Core machinery orders rebounded in October, only partially offsetting the losses from the previous two months Source: CEIC Tankan survey showed gloomier outlook, more so for manufacturing sector The Tankan survey showed that large companies still foresee positive growth in the coming quarter but the momentum is weakening. The outlook for manufacturing slid to 6 in 4Q from 9 in 3Q while that for non-manufacturing was unchanged at 11, but missed the market consensus of 15. The recent government subsidies on tourism and fuel were expected to boost service activities and business sentiment but companies appear to be more cautious about cost-push inflation. For manufacturing, growing recession fears in the US, EU and China probably hurt the near-term outlook.  Less optimistic outlook for large companies Source: CEIC November trade preview Japan's trade deficit is expected to narrow in November to -1.5 trillion yen (vs -2.2 trillion yen in October). The early November trade data showed that import growth decelerated significantly to 21.0% YoY during the first 20 days of November (vs 49.7% in Oct for the same period), while the slowdown in exports (19.2%) was slightly milder than imports. The decline in global oil prices and the recent appreciation in the yen should have worked in favour of lowering import growth, and this trend is likely to continue in the near future.  The unexpected contraction in 3QGDP was mainly due to a surge in service imports. We believe that improvements in net trade contributions will support a rebound in growth in 4Q. The trade deficit is expected to decrease further due to weaker global commodity prices and the strong JPY, and the service balance is expected to improve with the return of foreign tourists.   Bank of Japan watch The Bank of Japan will meet next Tuesday but it will be another uneventful meeting with no policy changes. Considering the weak October IP and Tankan survey, the growth outlook for coming quarters is weakening, supporting the BoJ's easing policy.  Moreover, the Bank of Japan will likely maintain its current easing policy stance for a considerable time. Some argue that when the current Governor Haruhiko Kuroda ends his second term in April, a policy shift could materialise soon after. But in our view, the BoJ's view on inflation and policy is unlikely to change under the new governorship in 2023.  The JPY is at 135.4 and is expected to appreciate further next year as the US dollar loses strength. The narrowing of the yield gap will likely benefit the currency for the time being. This means that the negative impact of a weak currency on growth and inflation will be reduced over the next few quarters. Thus, discussions on yen weakness and the BoJ's policy response will no longer be the focus of the market next year. The real issue will be whether strong wage growth is agreed upon in the salary negotiation season next spring. Prime Minister Kishida has proposed a 3% increase in wages and incentives for businesses in return for higher wages, but the 3% wage hike is too much for some companies. However, if that happens and fiscal policy also shows hints of normalisation, it is possible for the BoJ to adjust its forward guidance and widen the 10-year yield band by the end of 2023, though it is still highly unlikely to raise its policy rate.  Read this article on THINK TagsTrade balance JPY Industrial Production Business confidence Bank of Japan 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
Weekly Commitment of Traders update - Buying of crude oil moderated, ICE gas oil net long reduced to a 30-month low

Overall Crude Consumption Is Expected To Rise Next Year | The ECB And The Bank Of England Are Expected To Follow The Fed

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 15.12.2022 08:50
Summary:  The widely expected 50bps rate hike by the Fed came along with hawkish revision of the dot plot in which the terminal rate projection was increased to 5.1% from September’s 4.6%. Equities and bonds fell but the reaction faded later at Chair Powell’s presser where he hinted that policy is close to “sufficiently restrictive”. Dollar ended the day lower. Meanwhile, China’s plan to go ahead with the Central Economic Work Conference despite the surge in cases boosted sentiment. Crude oil prices were firmer on IEA expecting higher prices next year. A plethora of G10 central banks, including the BoE, ECB, SNB, & Norges Bank, meet today. What’s happening in markets? Nasdaq 100 (NAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) erase part of the post-FOMC announcement declines Equity markets were in a whipsaw falling sharply after the announcement of a 50bps rate hike which was accompanied by a hawkish shift in the dot plot which brought the terminal rate projections to 5.1% for end-2023 from 4.6% at the September meeting. Some of the decline was however reversed later as Chair Powell press conference went underway. Fed Chair Powell started the press conference with a hawkish tone in which he noted there is still some ways to go and the Fed needs to see substantially more evidence to have confidence inflation is on a sustained downward path back to target, although there was some reprieve after Powell stated during the Q&A that he thinks policy is getting to a pretty good place and close to sufficiently restrictive. S&P 500 ended the session down 0.6% and Nasdaq 100 was down close to 0.8%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HIZ2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) edged higher in a lackluster session Hong Kong and Chinese stocks edged up higher. The Bloomberg story speculating about a delay in China’s annual Central Economic Work Conference due to a surge in Covid inflections in Beijing did not worry investors much. Investors were encouraged by signs that the Chinese authorities were not reversing course despite outbreaks after the easing of restrictions. China will stop reporting infections without symptoms as mandatory testing has been dropped. Hang Seng Index climbed 0.4%. CSPC Pharmaceutical (01093:xhkg), rising 6.5%, was the best performer in the benchmark index. Hengan (01044:xhkg), Sunny Optical (02382:xhkg), Techtronic Industries (00669:xhkg), Li Ning (02331:xhkg), and Baidu (09888:xhkg) were other outperformers, gaining between 3% and 6%. Previously battered Chinese educational services providers soared while online healthcare names pulled back from recent strength on profit-taking. Alibaba Health (00241) slid 7%. In A-shares, CSI 300 gained 0.3%, with semiconductor, tourism, lodging, and Chinese liquor stocks advancing. FX: Hawkish Fed unable to provide a lasting bid to the dollar The USD eventually settled lower on Wednesday following the FOMC rate decision and the press conference by Chair Powell. Initial positive reaction following the upside adjustment in the dot plot was erased as Chair Powell said he thinks policy is getting to a pretty good place and policy is getting close to sufficiently restrictive. GBPUSD tested the critical 1.2450 with UK CPI also coming in softer than expected at 10.7% and cooled from the prior 11.1%. EURUSD got in close sight of 1.0700 while USDJPY fluctuated between 135-136. Crude oil (CLF3 & LCOG3) extended the rally on IEA outlook Crude oil prices surged higher again on Wednesday with the IEA warning that prices may rise next year as sanctions squeeze Russian exports. It expects its output will fall by 14% by the end of the first quarter. It also increased estimates for global demand by 300kb/d, in a nod to China’s reopening. Overall crude consumption is expected to rise 1.7mb/d next year to average 101.6mb/d. A weaker US dollar despite the Fed’s hawkish shift in the dot plot also underpinned, while the unexpectedly large increase in US inventories was shrugged off. WTI futures rose above $77/barrel while Brent touched $83.  Read next: Given the peculiarities of the US labor market and the high labor mobility, the acceptable unemployment rate is considered to be 5.0%| FXMAG.COM What to consider? FOMC sets the terminal rate forecast at 5.1%, above market expectations The Fed voted unanimously to lift the Federal Funds Rate target by 50bps to 4.25-4.50%, as expected, downshifting the pace of rate hikes. While the statement was broadly unchanged, the updated economic projections showed Fed Funds at 5.125% by December 2023 and core PCE still at 3.5% by that time. That implies 75bps of more tightening in this cycle, which will be seen in 2023, but the markets are still pricing in a peak rate of 4.87%. After that point, the dot plot is far more distributed, but the median projects the Federal Funds Rate target at 4.1% by the end of 2024, suggesting 100bps of rate cuts. Equities did see a negative reaction to the upside surprise in terminal rate projections, but this may remain short-lived as markets remain focused on incoming data. Bond markets had little reaction to the Fed’s updated dot plot. Dollar fell. Australia employment report better-than-expected Australia’s November employment rose 64k, higher than the +19k estimate and more than the revised +43k gains for October. Jobless rate was steady at 3.4% and participation rate came out higher to return to the record highs of 66.8% (vs. estimate 66.6%). The strength in the labor market will continue to provide room to the Reserve Bank of Australia to continue with its modest rate hikes, after it has already downshifted to a smaller rate hike trajectory. A weak set of Chinese activity data is expected Economists surveyed by Bloomberg are forecasting that China’s retail sales shrank sharply by 3.9% Y/Y in November. The potential weakness is likely attributed to poor performance of auto sales, dining-in activities, and sales during the “double-11” online shopping festival in the midst of Covid-19 lockdowns during the best part of November. November auto sales in China fell by 9.2 %Y/Y and by 10.5% M/M. Courier parcels processed on Nov 11 fell 20.7% Y/Y. The growth in industrial production is expected to fall to 3.7% Y/Y in November from 5% to 3.7%, following a weak November NBS manufacturing PMI and soft high-frequency data of steel production. Year-to-date fixed asset investment is expected to edge0 down to 5.6% from 5.8%, dragged by stringent pandemic control practices. ECB also likely to downshift to a smaller rate hike The European Central Bank (ECB) is also expected to slow down its pace of rate hikes to a 50bps increase this week. Headline inflation eased slightly in November, coming in at 10.0% YoY (exp. 10.4%), but was overshadowed by an unexpected rise in core inflation 6.6% YoY (exp. 6.3%, prev. 6.4%). While there is likely to remain some split in ECB members at this week’s meeting, the central bank’s Chief Economist Lane remains inclined to take into account the scale of tightening done so far. There is also uncertainty on the announcement of quantitative tightening. Bank of England may remain more divided than the other major central banks The Bank of England is also expected to follow the Fed and the ECB and downshift to a smaller rate hike this week, but the decision will likely see a split vote. A host of key data, including GDP, employment and inflation will be due this week in the run up to the BOE decision, and significant positive surprises could tilt the market pricing more in favour of a larger move which also creates a bigger risk of disappointment from the central bank. Headline annualised inflation advanced to 11.1% Y/Y in October, while the core rate remained at an elevated level of 6.5%. Consensus expects inflation to cool slightly to 10.9% Y/Y in November, but the core to remain unchanged at 6.5% Y/Y. Wage pressures are also likely to be sustained, and the cooling in the labor market will remain gradual. The U.S. is adding China’s top memory chips maker to the trade blacklist The U.S Department of Commerce is reportedly moving Yangtze Memory Technologies, a leading memory chip maker in China, together with 30+ other Chinese companies, from the Unverified List to the Entity List, after the expiry of a 60-day period for the company to answer requests for information about its business and customers. The Entity List is the official export control blacklist that restricts companies from access to American technologies. Read next: From the fundamental point of view, these facts may become a game changer, sending the EUR/USD pair to the parity level | FXMAG.COM New Zealand Q3 GDP comes in above expectations A big positive surprise in NZ Q3 GDP which came in at 2.0% Q/Q sa vs expectations of 0.9% and higher than last quarter’s revised 1.9%. With the possibility of a recession in 2023 highlighted yesterday, this print suggests that there is a substantial amount of work left to be done by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand to dampen demand in order to curb inflation. Bank of Japan policy review speculation gathers further pace Some reports suggested that the BOJ could review policy next year, after pay growth and any slowdown in the global economy are closely examined. The results of spring wage negotiations come in mid-March, after Governor Haruhiko Kuroda's final policy meeting, so an assessment would probably be done after he departs. The review could reaffirm the existing ultra-loose framework, but possibility of some tweaks to the yield curve control policy remains as inflationary pressures remain a concern.   For our look ahead at markets this week – Read/listen to our Saxo Spotlight. For a global look at markets – tune into our Podcast. Source: Market Insights Today: FOMC’s hawkish dot plot; more G10 central bank meetings ahead – 15 December 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
Serious liquidity crisis? According to Franklin Templeton, a massive, but unlikely deposit flight from Credit Suisse would have to happen

The Swiss National Bank Is Expected To Hike Another 50bp | The BOJ Could Review Policy Next Year

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 15.12.2022 08:55
Summary:  The FOMC meeting and accompanying economic and Fed Funds projections saw the Fed attempting to bolster its inflation fighting credibility with forecasts of a weaker economy and higher inflation and policy projections than in September. But after some back-and-forth churning, the market decided it was largely a non-event, with very minor shifts in the USD and US yields. Today, we have four more G10 central banks on the menu.   What is our trading focus? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) The market initially took the hawkish FOMC rate and inflation projections at face value last night, plunging sharply, if briefly, before rebounding slightly into the close. The trading ranges for the main indices are generally sandwiched in a narrow zone between important support and resistance. In the case of the S&P 500, the upside range high is clearly marked at just above 4,100, while the downside support level comes in the 3,900-20 area. FX: The USD merely churned around with little conviction on latest hawkish Fed blast The new FOMC monetary policy statement and economic and policy projections (more below) were hawkish as the Fed raised the median policy forecast for the end of next year to above 5%, but after a volatile reaction, traders decided they were unimpressed and the US dollar largely fell back to where it was trading ahead of the meeting as only the shortest part of the yield curve was marked slightly higher in recognition of the Fed’s hawkishness and risk sentiment stabilized. If the market is willing to ignore Fed guidance, what should we expect from the market’s treatment of today’s central bank meetings? Watching USDJPY cycle lows and the 200-day moving average where the pair is sticky (currently near 135.65) and the cycle top in EURUSD just ahead of 1.0700 after yesterday’s stab at posting new highs. Crude oil (CLF3 & LCOG3) Crude oil trades softer ahead of the reopening of a key pipeline in the US and following a strong session on Wednesday where prices found support after the IEA warned that prices may rise next year as sanctions squeeze Russian exports. It expects its output will fall by 14% by the end of the first quarter. It also increased estimates for global demand by 300kb/d, in a nod to China’s reopening and more gas-to-oil switching. Overall crude consumption is expected to rise 1.7mb/d next year to average 101.6mb/d. China’s reopening and a weaker US dollar despite the Fed’s hawkish shift in the dot plot also underpinned prices, while the unexpectedly large 10mb increase in US inventories and signs of slowing demand for gasoline and diesel were shrugged off. Both Brent and WTI are now facing resistance at the 21-day average, at $83.25/b and $77.80/b respectively. Gold (XAUUSD) was little changed after the FOMC raised its terminal rate forecast ... and Fed Chair Powell said the central bank isn’t close to ending its battle against inflation. Supported by ten-year US yields holding steady around 3.5%, the most inverted yield curve in four decades on recession angst and the dollar trading near a six-month low. However, following a 180-dollar rally during the past five weeks and after struggling to break resistance around $1808 this week, the metal increasingly looks ripe for a period of consolidation which may see it drift lower towards $1745, the 38.2% retracement of the run up since early November. A correction of this magnitude may setup an eventual and potential healthier and robust attempt to break higher. US treasury yields underwhelmed by FOMC meeting (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) The FOMC accompanying projection materials saw the Fed projecting significantly higher inflation for 2023 than expected, and a higher median Fed Funds rate projection just north of 5%. This sparked a sharp reaction in Treasury yields, with the 2-year rising more than 10 basis points briefly before sawing that move in half, while the 10-year yield only rose about 5 bps before wilting back just below 3.50%. Incoming data will set to the tone from here as the market was largely unmoved by the Fed’s rather bold rate projections of its policy rate and inflation for 2023 in last night’s FOMC meeting. Read next: Given the peculiarities of the US labor market and the high labor mobility, the acceptable unemployment rate is considered to be 5.0%| FXMAG.COM What is going on? FOMC sets the terminal rate forecast at 5.1%, above market expectations The Fed voted unanimously to lift the Federal Funds Rate target by 50bps to 4.25-4.50%, as expected, downshifting the pace of rate hikes. While the statement was broadly unchanged, the updated economic projections showed Fed Funds at 5.125% by December 2023 and core PCE still at 3.5% by that time. That implies 75bps of more tightening in this cycle, which will be seen in 2023, but the markets are still pricing in a peak rate of 4.87%. After that point, the dot plot is far more distributed, but the median projects the Federal Funds Rate target at 4.1% by the end of 2024, suggesting 100bps of rate cuts. Equities did see a negative reaction to the upside surprise in terminal rate projections, but this may remain short-lived as markets remain focused on incoming data. Bond markets had little reaction to the Fed’s updated dot plot. The dollar fell. Australia employment report better-than-expected Australia’s November employment rose 64k, higher than the +19k estimate and more than the revised +43k gains for October. The jobless rate was steady at 3.4% and participation rate came out higher to return to the record highs of 66.8% (vs. estimate 66.6%). The strength in the labor market will continue to provide room to the Reserve Bank of Australia to continue with its modest rate hikes, after it has already downshifted to a smaller rate hike trajectory. New Zealand Q3 GDP comes in above expectations A big positive surprise in NZ Q3 GDP which came in at 2.0% Q/Q sa vs expectations of 0.9% and higher than last quarter’s revised 1.9%. With the possibility of a recession in 2023 highlighted yesterday, this print suggests that there is a substantial amount of work left to be done by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand to dampen demand in order to curb inflation. What are we watching next? The Bank of England may remain more divided than the other major central banks The Bank of England is also expected to follow the Fed and the ECB and downshift to a smaller rate hike this week, but the decision will likely see a split vote. A host of key data, including GDP, employment and inflation will be due this week in the run up to the BOE decision, and significant positive surprises could tilt the market pricing more in favour of a larger move which also creates a bigger risk of disappointment from the central bank. Headline annualised inflation advanced to 11.1% Y/Y in October, while the core rate remained at an elevated level of 6.5%. Consensus expects inflation to cool slightly to 10.9% Y/Y in November, but the core to remain unchanged at 6.5% Y/Y. Wage pressures are also likely to be sustained, and the cooling in the labor market will remain gradual. ECB is also likely to downshift to a smaller rate hike The European Central Bank (ECB) is also expected to slow down its pace of rate hikes to a 50bps increase this week. Headline inflation eased slightly in November, coming in at 10.0% YoY (exp. 10.4%) but was overshadowed by an unexpected rise in core inflation of 6.6% YoY (exp. 6.3%, prev. 6.4%). While there is likely to remain some split in ECB members at this week’s meeting, the central bank’s Chief Economist Lane remains inclined to take into account the scale of tightening done so far. There is also uncertainty on the announcement of quantitative tightening. Bank of Japan policy review speculation gathers further pace Some reports suggested that the BOJ could review policy next year, after pay growth and any slowdown in the global economy are closely examined. The results of spring wage negotiations come in mid-March, after Governor Haruhiko Kuroda's final policy meeting, so an assessment would probably be done after he departs. The review could reaffirm the existing ultra-loose framework, but possibility of some tweaks to the yield curve control policy remains as inflationary pressures remain a concern. Norges Bank and Swiss National Bank also up this morning The Swiss National Bank is expected to hike another 50 basis points, taking its policy rate to 1.00%, with little anticipation of pointed guidance coming into this meeting as Swiss inflation has peaked at 3.50% for the cycle and was 3.0% for the most recent print. The Norges Bank, meanwhile, seems more interested in signaling that policy tightening is set to cease and may indicate that today’s expected 25 basis point hike to 2.75% could be the last for now as it is concerned about weakness in the “mainland” (non-oil & gas) economy after the worst Regions Survey outlook since the global financial crisis. Earnings to watch The big name reporting today is Adobe Inc., the former high-flyer that trade north of 700 before rolling over to below 300 on the rise in interest rates and as its steady pace of top-line growth decelerated in recent quarters. The stock closed yesterday at 339. Many highly-valued growth stocks have been extremely sensitive to both execution for the current quarter and revenue expectations for the coming quarter, so traders should brace for this earnings report after market hours today. Today: Adobe Friday: Accenture, Darden Restaurants Read next: From the fundamental point of view, these facts may become a game changer, sending the EUR/USD pair to the parity level | FXMAG.COM Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 0830 – Switzerland SNB Policy Rate Announcement 0900 – Switzerland SNB press conference 0900 – Norway Norges Bank Deposit Rate announcement 1200 – UK Bank of England Rate Announcement 1315 – Eurozone ECB Rate Announcement 1315 – Canada Nov. Housing Starts 1330 – US Dec. Empire Manufacturing 1330 – US Nov. Retail Sales 1330 – US Weekly Initial Jobless Claims 1330 – US Dec. Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook 1345 – Eurozone ECB Press Conference 1415 – US Nov. Industrial Production 1530 – EIA's Natural Gas Storage Change 1900 – Mexico Rate Announcement 0001 – UK Dec. GfK Consumer Confidence Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher Source:Financial Markets Today: Quick Take – December 15, 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
Analysis Of The CAD/JPY Commodity Currency Pair - 06.02.2023

The Bank Of Japan Will Remain Unchanged, Can Canada's Economy Face A Recession?

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 18.12.2022 09:10
Economies today face a litany of challenges they have not faced in the last decade: Putin's war in Ukraine, record-breaking inflationary pressures, looming global recession and the struggle to stay ahead of the ongoing climate crisis. The banks are doing what they can to slow down inflation, but not the Bank of Japan. His decision may remain unchanged. Meanwhile, geopolitical uncertainty, the threat of further disruption to the global supply chain and higher interest rates remain key risks to Canada's economic growth. Bank of Japan Japan's benchmark interest rates have been among the lowest in the world for decades. Part of the yen's recent strength stems in part from talk that the BoJ may change its yield-curve control policy now that consumer price inflation has surged to 3.7% - an eight-year high. However, such a move seems unlikely. Japan's central bank has pledged to pursue an "over-inflation" policy and appears to have no intention of curbing its extremely loose monetary policy. Inflation in Japan is low compared to rates in other developed economies, which allows the country's central bank to keep interest rates very low. Although the Bank of Japan has raised its inflation forecast for 2022 to 2.9%, down from its previous forecast of 2.3%, it is expected to keep its key short-term interest rate at -0.1% and maintain the 0% cap for its 10-year bond yield at this month's meeting. During his decade in office, Kuroda, seeking to push inflation to 2%, introduced massive asset purchase and YCC, an elaborate program that combined a negative short-term target rate and a 0% cap on 10-year bond yields. In addition to the global supply pressure caused by the war in Ukraine and the pandemic, the collapse of the yen triggered a sharp increase in the cost of imported raw materials and ultimately household goods, making Kuroda and its currency-deprecating low interest rates the target of public outcry As Japan's massive pile of debt makes an abrupt interest rate hike too costly, the BoJ will tread carefully and explain the shift as a gradual move towards normalizing emergency stimulus - rather than full monetary tightening, they said. But policymakers also know they are running out of time to deal with the huge costs of the Bank of Japan's relentless defense of its 0% yield cap, such as declining bond market liquidity, crushed bank margins and a devastating yen sell-off. BOJ officials are now preparing the theoretical basis for future policy change, releasing research into whether firms and households will finally shake off their deep-seated reluctance to raise prices. Any apparent shift in BoJ thinking, even if it does not lead to an immediate change in monetary policy, could trigger a massive sell-off in Japanese bonds, with significant implications for global markets. Canada GDP The Canadian economy is moving closer to a recession in 2023. Early signs of easing inflationary pressures raise the odds that the slowdown will be "mild" by historical standards. Unemployment fell to a record low in the summer (at least since 1976) and only slightly increased since then. The US economy is also expected to plunge into recession in 2023, which will take a toll on Canadian exports. Price growth is still well above the central bank's targets, but increases have been smaller and less widespread in recent months. The crisis in the global supply chain, which largely contributed to the initial rise in inflation, is weakening. Commodity prices remain high but have fallen after a sharp rise earlier this year when Russia invaded Ukraine. Withholding interest rate hikes will not prevent a recession in Canada in the coming year. A mild deterioration of the economic situation is probably already certain in the light of the current restrictive level of interest rates. GDP is expected to stay at 0.1%, but neither rising nor falling suggests stagnation, which could lead to a mild recession. Source: investing.com
Bank of Japan to welcome Kazuo Ueda as its new governor

The Bank Of Japan Is Expected To Keep Rates Unchanged At -0.1%

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 19.12.2022 09:05
Summary:  Quieter markets ahead as we head into the year-end, but focus will remain on US PCE data which is the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge. China’s reopening may continue to be the bigger focus as holiday season sets in with Chinese New Year in January, likely raising concerns of a wider Covid spread. China’s loan prime rate fixing on watch this week and RBA minutes will likely confirm the bank’s dovish bent, but bigger focus will be on Bank of Japan’s possible hints of a policy review in 2023. On the earnings front, Nike (NKE:xnys), FedEx (FDX:xnys), and Carnival (CCL:xnys) will be the key ones to watch. This is the last Saxo Spotlight for 2022. Our first edition for 2023 will be on 9 January. We would like to wish all our readers a safe and enjoyable festive season.   US November PCE may be on course for further easing for now US inflation is cooling, but we argue that the debate at this point needs to move away from peak inflation to how low inflation can go and how fast it can reach there. Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, the Core PCE, will continue to remain in focus especially after Powell has highlighted it a key metric recently at both the Brookings Institute and the December FOMC press conference. However, PCE may now slow as rapidly as CPI with the two key restraining components – goods and energy – likely to play a smaller part in PCE. Expectations are for a November reading of 4.7% YoY reading vs a previous reading of 5.0% YoY while core is expected to come in at 5.5% YoY from 6% YoY in October. Still, risks to inflation remain tilted to the upside going into 2023 as financial conditions have been easing and China reopening brings a fresh wave of inflation risks. Therefore, despite a soft PCE, it will remain hard for the Fed to part with its hawkish stance. The first of 2023 will bring December ISM prints, which will be key to watch after the flash S&P PMIs indicated quickening economic concerns. The FOMC minutes from the December 14 meeting will also be due on January 5. The focus of China’s economic data during the three festive weeks will be on PMIs The economic calendar is light in the three festive weeks ahead in China and the primary focus will be on the official NBS Manufacturing PMI and Non-manufacturing PMI scheduled to release on Dec 31, 2022, Caixin China PMI Manufacturing on January 2, 2023, and Caixin China PMI Services on January 4, 2023. These reports cover the month of December 2022 when China across the country has substantially exited from stringent Covid containment restrictions. As high-frequency data are yet to show meaningful pick-ups in economic activities, these December PMI readings are expected to stay in the contractionary territory.  Watch for Bank of Japan’s policy review hints, Japan CPI also due later in the week The Bank of Japan is set to meet on Tuesday this week, and no change is expected in its monetary policy stance. The BOJ is expected to keep rates unchanged at -0.1% while maintaining its cap on the 10-Year JGB at 0.25%. Even as inflation increased to 3.6% YoY in October, the BOJ remains focused on achieving wage inflation before it considers a shift in policy stance. However, keep an eye out for any comments about a monetary policy review, which can trigger a strong JPY correction. There have been some mentions by BOJ members regarding a review of how monetary policy is conducted, they have generally been dismissed. While the timeline is still expected to be closer or after Governor Kuroda’s retirement in spring, any notes on who will succeed him or what policy change can be expected would be critical. Japan will also release November’s CPI on Friday. Expectations are for an uptick in core to 3.7% YoY while the headline gets closer to 4% YoY. RBA minutes remain on watch to confirm a dovish bias Despite the major global central banks maintaining their hawkish stance last week, the minutes from the Reserve bank of Australia’s December meeting will likely confirm a dovish bent. This comes despite a strong labor market report last week, that showed strong hiring demand and record low unemployment rate may continue to fuel more inflationary pressures especially as China’s reopening and policy stimulus gathers further traction in 2023. This could mean an environment for underperformance for Aussie assets for now, after AUD was the weakest G10 currency against the USD last week. Key earnings this week Earnings to focus on this week are Nike (NKE:xnys), FedEx (FDX:xnys), and Carnival (CCL:xnys). As Peter Garnry highlighted in his note, with recent sell-side analyst upgrades, the pressure is on Nike to deliver on the outlook for 2023. For FedEx, the situation is completely opposite as revenue expectations have come down to zero growth over the two next quarters suggesting a hangover for the logistics company following the boom days of the pandemic. Monday: HEICO Tuesday: Nike, FedEx, General Mills, FactSet Research Systems Wednesday: Toro, Micron Technology, Cintas, Carnival Thursday: Paychex, CarMax Friday: Nitori   Key economic releases & central bank meetings this week Monday 19 December Malaysia Trade (Nov) Germany IFO surveys (Dec) US NAHB Housing Market Index (Dec) EU Energy Ministers Meeting Tuesday 20 December China Loan Prime rate 1Y/5Y Germany PPI (Nov) Japan BOJ Interest Rate Decision Taiwan Export orders (Nov) US Building Permits, Housing Starts (Nov) Wednesday 21 December South Korea 20 Days exports and imports (Dec) Canada CPI (Nov) US consumer confidence (Dec) Thursday 22 December Bank Indonesia meeting Taiwan Unemployment rate (22 December) UK GDP (Q3 F) US Initial jobless claims (Dec 17) and 3Q GDP Final Friday 23 December Japan CPI inflation (Nov) Taiwan Industrial output (Nov) Singapore CPI inflation (Nov) US Durable goods orders, personal Income, Core PCE price index, and new home sales (Nov) Source: Saxo Spotlight: What’s on the radar for investors & traders for the week of 19-23 Dec? US PCE, China LPRs, RBA minutes, possible hints of BOJ policy review and earnings focus on Nike and FedEx | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
The German Purchasing Managers' Index, ZEW Economic Sentiment  And More Ahead

The Energy Crisis Continues To Threaten A Fresh Surge In InflationAand Growth Slowdown In The Eurozone

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 19.12.2022 09:14
Summary:  Markets stumbled into the close last week, shaken in Europe by a resolute, and possibly unrealistic ECB stance at last Thursday’s ECB meeting, while a heavy calendar of event risks combined with trillions in options expiries roiled US markets last week. The two final weeks of a remarkable 2022 await. Are traders willing to put any risk to work here after an exhausting year or hanging up their spikes until 2023?   What is our trading focus? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) Following a close at the 50-day moving average on Friday, S&P 500 futures are attempting to rebound this morning trading around the 3,885 level driven by fresh sentiment change over China’s alleged move to enact pro-business policies and stimulus in 2023. There are no meaningful earnings or macro releases expected today so we expect a calm trading session with Friday’s low in S&P 500 at the 3,855 level being the key level on the downside and the 100-day moving average at the 3,935 level being the key upside level to watch. Euro STOXX 50 (EU50.I) European equities are still digesting their decline last week, biggest decline in many months, as the ECB delivered a more hawkish message than expected. STOXX 50 futures are trading around the 3,818 level getting a little bit of tailwind electricity prices coming down from excessive levels. The IFO December survey out at 0900 GMT is today’s main macro release that could jolt market sentiment. Analysts expect an improvement in the IFO survey for December. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HIZ2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Hong Kong and Chinese stocks pared all the early gains and turned lower as investors turned cautious during a surge in media reports of rises in Covid inflections and death tolls. The lack of commitment to more large-scale economic stimulus measures from the Central Economic Work Conference was considered underwhelming. Nonetheless, a shift to a more conciliatory stance towards the private sector from the meeting may be a positive that will contribute to growth and reduce risk premium in the medium-term. More details about the Central Economic Work Conference can be found here. Hang Seng Index dropped 0.9% and the CSI300 Index tumbled 1.8%. FX: Dollar off to a weak start to the week as JPY gains on 2023 policy review speculation EURUSD has rebounded slightly from the Friday close as the market must decide whether the ECB can maintain the hawkish bluster on display at last Thursday’s meeting, which initially supported the euro, but subsequently saw doubts emerging as peripheral EU spreads widened sharply. USDJPY had a volatile week as a drop below 135 was not maintained despite US yields remaining capped, but a fresh bout of JPY strength arrived overnight on reports that Japan PM Kishida is considering a tweak in BOJ’s 2% inflation goal next year (read below). Crude oil (CLF3 & LCOG3) prices advance on China’s growth push and US refilling SPR Oil prices started the week on a firmer footing, with WTI rising towards the $75/barrel mark and Brent heading back towards $80. While there are unconfirmed reports of massive number of cases and fatalities in China from the spread of Covid, the government’s official message continues to stress upon the need to expand consumption as the key economic priority for 2023. This helps paint a better demand outlook for oil, as global demand slowdown concerns continue to mount in the US and Europe and Russian flows show no signs of slowing. Moreover, it was reported that the US is starting to replenish the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), starting with a 3-million barrel, fixed-price purchase. In week to Dec 13 funds cut bullish Brent and WTI bets to lowest since April 2020. Gold (XAUUSD) trades near $1800 as it continues to find support Since the current run up in gold started in early November, the price has not dipped below its 21-day moving average, today at $1775. Speculators increased bullish gold and silver bets by 50% in the week to December 13 when prices briefly spiked in response to a softer dollar and CPI print. The subsequent setback following Wednesday’s hawkish FOMC, however, was not big enough to rattle recent established longs. For that to happen the price in our opinion as a minimum need to break below $1765. The risk of a recession and the FOMC hiking into economic weakness – potentially without succeeding getting inflation under control - continues to strengthen the upside risk for investment metals in 2023.  US Treasury yield curve (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) steepens as market refuses to price Fed rate projections Soft US preliminary PMIs on Friday and weak risk sentiment kept treasuries supported and the 2-year benchmark yield remains near recent lows as the market refuses to price in the projected Fed Funds rate projections from last week’s FOMC meeting, as the market persists in pricing in high odds of Fed rate cuts late next year. At the longer end of the curve the 10-year yield remains pinned near the 3.50% level and the 2-10 slope steepened to –67 basis points this morning, near the highest reading in a month. What is going on? New Zealand Q4 Westpac Consumer Confidence plunges to lowest ever measured The survey reading was 75.6, a huge drop from 87.6 in Q3 and the lowest reading in the 34-year history of the survey and below the 78.7 former record low from Q2 of this year and the 81.7 trough during the global financial crisis. NZD gapped lower after another strong week on the recent relative hawkishness of the RBNZ, a stance that may soften in coming weeks. AUDNZD hit lows since late 2021 over the last couple of weeks after trading at the highest in years as recently as last September. EU considering cutting the proposed natural gas price The EU nations are likely to discuss cutting the gas price cap by almost a third today after the EUR275 per megawatt-hour was proposed last month. As the energy crisis continues to threaten a fresh surge in inflation and growth slowdown in the region, it is also stretching government budgets to maintain popularity. But this will eventually be inflationary again, as price caps hardly work effectively. US flash PMIs send warning signals. Flash December PMIs for the US slumped to fresh lows, sending more warning signals about the economic momentum going into 2023. Manufacturing PMI came in at 46.2, below last month’s 47.7 and the expected 47.8, while the services PMI receded to 44.4 from 46.2 previously – that survey has shown little correlation with the ISM Services survey, which continues to suggest an expanding US services sector. Japan PM Kishida hinting at altering inflation goal for central bank Reports suggested that Japan PM Kishida plans to revise a ten-year-old accord with the BOJ and will consider adding flexibility to the agreement's 2% price goal. Kishida will discuss the matter with the next central bank governor, who'll take office in April. Furthermore, some more comments from officials this morning continued to signal that the authorities may be considering a policy review in 2023, and more hints are awaited at the BOJ meeting tomorrow. Ex-BOJ Deputy Governor Yamaguchi said that the BOJ must stand ready to tweak YCC next year if Japan's economy can withstand overseas economic risks, while also warning that once inflation expectations become entrenched, it is very hard to control them. Speculators bought investment metals and sold dollars ahead of FOMC The latest Commitment of Traders report covering the week to December 13, when the market responded to a softer dollar and CPI print, showed speculators increase their dollar short against nine IMM currency futures to a 17-month high. The selling of CAD being more than offset by short covering in AUD, GBP, and not least the JPY. Since the turn of the dollar in early November, the speculative short in JPY has almost halved. In commodities, the net longs in gold, silver and platinum all increased strongly. Crude oil was mixed with the Brent long being cut to a 26-month low, the natural gas short was cut in half. Across the agriculture sector, the soymeal long hit a 4-½ year high, the cocoa position flipped back to long while buyers returned to coffee. What are we watching next? The calendar roll after a volatile 2022 Many long only equity funds have suffered their worst year since 2008, and “balanced” stock-bond funds have put in their worst year in modern memory on the surge in bond yields this year that has seen the 2022 calendar year providing nowhere for the passive investor to run and hide. On the flip side, some hedge funds and volatility traders enjoyed the market environment of the last 12 months. As we wind down 2022, note that new themes can quickly develop in 2023, as many have closed their books on taking risk as liquidity thins out for the holiday time frame and may be set to put on significant risk on the rollover into the New Year. Earnings to watch This week’s earnings focus is Nike, FedEx, and Carnival which we previewed in the earnings watch note on Friday. The bar is set high for Nike earnings as sell-side analysts have recently hiked their price target on the stock and increased their expectations for 2023 on margins. Today’s earnings focus is HEICO which sells aerospace products to the airline industry and defense contractors. Analysts expect FY22 Q4 (ending 31 October) revenue growth of 18% y/y and EPS of $0.70 up 12% y/y. Today: HEICO Tuesday: Nike, FedEx, General Mills, FactSet Research Systems Wednesday: Toro, Micron Technology, Cintas, Carnival Thursday: Paychex, CarMax Friday: Nitori Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 0900 – Germany Dec. IFO Survey 1330 – Canada Nov. Teranet/National Bank Home Price Index 1500 – US Dec. NAHB Housing Market Index Bank of Japan meeting (Asian hours Tuesday)   Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher Source: Financial Markets Today: Quick Take – December 19, 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
The Results Of The March Meeting Of The Bank Of Japan Are Rather Symbolic

Japan: Former Finance Ministry official has came up with the idea of a "slow shift" in monetary policy

Jing Ren Jing Ren 19.12.2022 10:22
Japan's inflation rate is finally starting to tick up. It's expected that the country will report a further increase in inflation in November to 3.9% from 3.7% prior. But, before that information is made available, the BOJ is expected to meet to decide its monetary policy stance. Normally this would be an issue for a central bank, having to make a rate decision without the latest inflation figures. But the long-standing consensus is that the BOJ won't change policy, at all, and keep its now decades-long extreme easing policy. So, if the interest rate isn't going to be a surprise, what could move the markets? Well, that's preparing for what's coming next year. A change in leadership Kuroda, known as an ultradove, will step down at the end of his term in April. The consensus is that since rates have been negative for the entirety of his mandate, it's unlikely he will change the situation just as he's about to go out the door. But, that doesn't mean he won't help set things up for whomever replaces him. And that could start coming out as soon as the next meeting. Read next: Netflix (NFLX) slumped 8.63%, as a media report said the video streaming firm is refunding advertisers after missing views targets| FXMAG.COM For a long time, it's been rumored that the most likely replacement for Kuroda would be Hiroshi Nakaso. He's a former Finance Ministry official, and is seen as a lot more hawkish than the current governor. In the past, he's already issued proposals on how the BOJ could exit its extraordinary easing policy. A change in outlook Nakaso has proposed a slow shift in policy, with small steps to bring inflation down. That could be something of a challenge, since many other central banks have raised dramatically to head off skyrocketing inflation. Japan has managed to avoid that situation, so far, but inflation is near double the target rate and keeps rising. Which has been increasing pressure on the BOJ to do something. One of the ways that the BOJ could relieve that pressure is to let it be known that it is considering some of the "soft" measures to lift rates, but not actually do any changes. Given how long the BOJ has been stuck in one policy, it could be enough to "re-anchor" inflation expectations. What about the weaker yen? One of the things that was driving inflation was the weakening yen earlier in the year. It got so bad that the Japanese government had to step in a couple of times. But since expectations that the Fed was about to level off in its rates started to cement in the mind of the markets, the yen has recovered a little. This has given the BOJ - and particularly Kuroda - more room to keep rates low at least for a while. But, if the trend with the currency could reverse, that could cause complications for the BOJ. One of the ways to deal with that would be to suggest the BOJ was looking at easing off on yield curve control. That's a policy that would be expected to be enacted if Nakaso were to become governor. But, whether the BOJ judges it an opportune moment to let that slip now or safe that card to play in the new year, is still an open question. That could be the determinant of whether the yen continues to drift in it's current direction, or starts to recover against the dollar on expectation of the new policy.
Bank of England raised the interest rate, UK unemployment data go out tomorrow

EUR/USD Pair Looks Reasonably Well Supported | The Japanese Yen Galloped Higher In The Morning

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 19.12.2022 14:04
The US dollar fell on Monday as improved market sentiment pushed stocks and riskier currencies up. The US Dollar Index (DXY) - which tracks the dollar against a basket of six major currencies - fell 0.2% to 104.580 The euro gained 0.4% to $1.06260 , while sterling strengthened 0.7% to $1.22195. However, both remained lower than their levels before last week's central bank moves. EUR/USD The EUR/USD pair started trading above $1.06 this week. The technical outlook for the euro remains positive and reasonably well supported. The single currency appreciated against the US dollar The latest publication of the German Ifo shows that the sentiment in Europe's largest economy "improved significantly" at the end of the year. The business climate rose to 88.6 from 86.4 in November, breaking the index's six consecutive declines, while the expectations reading hit 83.2, up from 80.2 the previous month. GBP/USD And EUR/GBP GBP/USD generally trades in the range of 1.2170 - 1.2200 during the day. The intraday high was above 1.2240. Currently, the cable pair is trading in the range of 1.2170- 1.2180 The British pound crept back toward the previous week's six-month high against the US dollar on Monday, days after the Bank of England (BoE) raised its benchmark interest rate to its highest level since 2008. The Bank of England made its ninth consecutive interest rate hike on Thursday, raising interest rates by 50 basis points (bps) to 3.5% as the central bank battled double-digit inflation. Read next: Russian Drones Attacked Kyiv Again | Most respondents do not want Musk| FXMAG.COM The euro fell 0.1% against the pound to 86.94 pence. The single currency hit a month-high against the pound sterling on Thursday after decisions by the BoE and the European Central Bank (ECB). ING analysts believe the pound sterling could be vulnerable against the euro, and their target is to move to 89p in the first quarter of 2023. USD/JPY The Japanese yen galloped higher amid illiquid trading conditions on Monday morning on news of a possible change in the Bank of Japan's (BoJ) monetary policy targets. The Bank of Japan currently has a prime interest rate of -0.10% and maintains yield curve control (YCC), setting a range of +/- 0.25% around zero for Japanese government bonds (JGB) for up to 10 years. The BoJ and the People's Bank of China are the only two major central banks with loose monetary policies. Much of the rest of the world is tightening financial conditions to deal with uncomfortably high and volatile inflationary pressures. The BoJ meeting will take place tomorrow, but at this stage the market does not expect any changes. USD/JPY has been in a downtrend since it peaked at 151.95 on the day of the BoJ intervention. At the end of last week, the price moved towards the upper band of the channel but was unable to sustain the move above it. The downtrend may continue to resist, currently at 137.45. Looking at the chart of the pair, you can see the strengthening of the yen against the us dollar. The pair returned to trading around $135 but is now trading above $136, meaning the yen's strength was short. AUD/USD The uplifting Australian dollar is trading slightly higher against the US dollar this Monday. This comes after China announced its intention to stimulate the economy with loose monetary policy and fiscal support. Looking at the chart, it is clear that the beginning of the week for Aussie is strong. Comparing to the close, the can pray increased significantly and is now trading above $0.67. Source: investing.com, dailyfx.com, finance.yahoo.com
John Hardy to FXMAG: The UK economy faces significant head-winds from supply side limitations

John Hardy to FXMAG: The UK economy faces significant head-winds from supply side limitations

John Hardy John Hardy 19.12.2022 17:22
Christmas is near and the economic calendar looks quite unattractive, however, Bank of Japan decides on interest rate and in the UK, GDP is released. Naturally, in Japan an unchanged rate seems to be cemented, but it's still not sure what's ahead. In the UK market consensus points to a slight shrink of the economy and again it's about the near future. Today, we're happy to share John Hardy's (Saxo Bank) thoughts. Bank of Japan is bound to keep the rate unchanged this week, but it is said policy shift is near. Are you of the opinion doves may go away in the first quarter? John Hardy, Head of FX Strategy at Saxo Bank: The Bank of Japan will want to move very cautiously next year as it, and the government, hate when "excess" JPY volatility shakes markets and the outlook for Japan's large exporters. Current BoJ Governor Kuroda's term will end in April, just after the end of Japan's financial year on March 31, and he will not likely preside over any notable shift in policy. There is less pressure at the moment for the Bank of Japan to do anything at all, now that global yields have eased back significantly and the market is ignoring the Fed's latest hawkish forecasts for next year. If inflationary pressures are seen persisting after Kuroda's exit, the new leadership will inevitably have to move to tighten policy, but will try to do so in a slow controlled fashion, with as much pre-announcement of the steps it will take as possible to avoid significant volatility. JPY volatility risks will prove most significant if inflation remains higher than many expect next year, a scenario we think has a high risk, if probably beyond Q1. Read next: Ole Hansen: a scenario of much lower oil prices remain remote given the support from OPEC+ production cuts and the US beginning to buy back| FXMAG.COM UK economy is expected to decrease significantly, as we approach the end of the year how do you see the near future of the UK economy and what would BoE consider as a gauge ahead of next interest rate decision? John Hardy, Head of FX Strategy at Saxo Bank: The UK economy faces significant head-winds from supply side limitations (shortage of labor and high cost-of-living increases from Europe's energy crisis) and the outlook is made worse by the fiscal austerity from Sunak-Hunt after the chaos triggered by the Truss-Kwarteng "mini-budget". The Bank of England wants to slow down its hiking regime as it sees incoming economic weakness that will be made worse by government pulling spending. Generally, fiscal austerity and a slowdown in BoE tightening may lead to a weaker pound sterling.
The Results Of The March Meeting Of The Bank Of Japan Are Rather Symbolic

The Bank Of Japan Remains Focused On Achieving Wage Inflation | European Nations' Deal To Cap Natural Gas Prices at €180 Per MWh

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 20.12.2022 08:55
Summary:  US equities declined on rise in bond yield with noted weaknesses in big tech, even though the USD remained range-bound. The announcement from the Bank of England to include long-maturity gilts in the winding down of QE portfolio in Q1 pushed up yields. Bank of Japan decision will the focus today in Asia, along with China’s Loan Prime Rates, and the US PCE is due later in the week. Earnings from Nike and Fedex today may give investors insights into consumer spending and global economic activities. What’s happening in markets? Nasdaq 100 (NAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) were dragged down by higher bond yields and tech weaknesses U.S. equities declined for a fourth consecutive session. Nasdaq 100 dropped 1.4% and S&P 500 was 0.9% lower on Monday. All sectors, except energy, within the S&P 500 declined, led by communication services, consumer discretionary, and information technology. The 10bp jump in the 10-year yield weighed on growth stocks. The NAHB Housing Market Index plunged to 31, approaching the March 2020 Covid-19 recession low. Key U.S. stock movers Warner Brothers (WBD:xnas), down 6.6%, Meta (META:xnas), down 4.1%, and Amazon (AMZN:xnas) were among the top losers in the Nasdaq 100. Warner Brothers said the entertainment company is to record a large restructuring charge. Meta was hit by news that the European Union antitrust regulators were probing the company for allegedly unfairly squeezing out rivals. Walt Disney (DIS) slid 4.8% after releasing the debut weekend box office of Avatar: the Way of Water, below expectations. Supported by the possibility that Musk stepping down from Twitter, the shares of Tesla were little changed despite general market weakness and a probe by German prosecutors on suspected illegal storage of hazardous materials. US Treasuries (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) cheapened as UK yields surged on BOE QT The surge in yield across the pond in the U.K. and Eurozone dragged U.S. Treasury yields higher, with the yield on 2-year notes 8bps higher to 4.26% and that on 10-year notes up 10bps to 3.58%. At the futures trading pits, large selling was on the 10-year (ZNH3) and the ultra 10-year (TNH3) contracts. The 2-10-year curve steepened by 3bps to -68bps. The move was triggered by a 17bp jump in the yield on the U.K. 10-year Gilts after the Bank of England announced the Q1 2023 bond selling schedule for its Asset Purchase Facility portfolio (i.e. bonds accumulated during QE) starting from January 9, 2023, in five auctions for a total of GBP9.75 billion, dividing equally in short, medium, and long-maturity bonds (including the first time). Adding further to the upward pressure on yields were the remarks from ECB’s Simkus and Guindos on more 50bp rate hikes in the Eurozone. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HIZ2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) slid on surge of Covid cases in mainland China Hong Kong and Chinese stocks pared all the early gains and finished the session lower as investors turned cautious following media reports of rises in Covid inflections and death tolls across large cities in China. The lack of commitment to more large-scale economic stimulus measures from the Central Economic Work Conference was considered underwhelming by investors who had higher expectations ahead of the meeting. The positive development of shifting to a more conciliatory stance towards the private sector was buried in the risk-off sentiment. Alibaba (09988:xhkg), Tencent (00700:xhkg), and Meituan (03690:xhkg) gained between 0.7% and 1.7%. Online healthcare providers were among the largest losers, Alibaba Heath (00241:xhkg), JD Health (06618:xhkg), and Ping An Healthcare tumbled by 4% to 8%. Chinese pharmaceuticals and Macao casino operators were among the largest losers. In A-shares, pharmaceutical and biotech names led the decline while the new energy space bucked the broad market and rise. FX: Dollar range-bound ahead of key PCE data this week The US dollar saw mild selling on Monday in thin markets and lack of any tier 1 data or Fed speak. Focus remains on US PCE data due later in the week which remains the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge. EURUSD rose above 1.06 again supported by hawkish commentary from ECB's Kazmir. Kazmir noted rates will not only need to go to restrictive territory but they will need to stay there much longer, noting inflation requires a strong policy response. Meanwhile, Germany's IFO Business climate data came in better than expected on the headline, led by a rise in both expectations and current conditions. USDJPY saw a modest uptick to 137+ levels in the Asian morning hours on Tuesday as the BOJ policy announcement was awaited, and expected to remain dovish (read preview below). GBPUSD testing a break below 1.2150 following the BOE’s long-end QT announcement. AUDUSD was little changed ahead of the RBA minutes. Crude oil (CLF3 & LCOG3) prices modestly higher Crude oil prices continue to find it challenging to balance the varied narrative around the demand outlook. China demand faces short-term headwinds as the Covid wave spreads, but is likely poised for a rebound in the medium term as authorities remain committed to driving up consumption recovery. Meanwhile, global demand outlook faces headwinds amid the massive tightening seen by global central banks this year. Supply side volatilities also persist with US refilling its SPR and sanctions on Russian oil. Crude oil prices were slightly higher, with WTI futures above $75/barrel and Brent futures getting close to $80.   What to consider? BOE announces restart of long-end bond selling, triggering another sell-off in Gilts After pausing the sales of long-end bonds recently to help the market to stabilize after the September rout, the Bank of England has announced that it will now start selling evenly across short, medium and long maturity bonds starting from Jan 9, as part of its QT. 2yr gilt yields up 20bps and 10yr up 17bps. Still, gilt yields are well below the peaks near 5% struck in late September and early October, when prices slumped in response to plans for tax cuts and extra spending from former British Prime Minister Liz Truss's short-lived government. Further pressure on gilts cannot be ignored as BOE likely to raise rates by another 50bps at the Feb 3 meeting. EU energy ministers lower gas price cap European nations reached a deal to cap natural gas prices at €180 per MWh, in a measure that will be applicable for a year from Feb 15. The price cap is significantly lower than an earlier proposal by the European Commission, and will only take effect if the benchmark Dutch TTF gas prices are above €180 per megawatt-hour, and their price difference with global LNG prices is greater than €35 per megawatt-hour. While this may take the immediate pressure off the consumers who are reeling under the energy crisis, we think price caps rarely work and only transfer the pressure somewhere else. Watch for Bank of Japan’s policy review hints The Bank of Japan is set to announce its policy decision today, and no change is expected in its monetary policy stance. The BOJ is expected to keep rates unchanged at -0.1% while maintaining its cap on the 10-Year JGB at 0.25%. Even as inflation increased to 3.6% YoY in October, the BOJ remains focused on achieving wage inflation before it considers a shift in policy stance. However, keep an eye out for any comments about a monetary policy review, which can trigger a strong JPY correction. There have been some mentions by BOJ members regarding a review of how monetary policy is conducted, they have generally been dismissed. While the timeline is still expected to be closer or after Governor Kuroda’s retirement in spring, any notes on who will succeed him or what policy change can be expected would be critical. US December NAHB housing market index slips further The NAHB housing index fell for a 12th straight month from 84 in December 2021 to 31 this month. However, the rate of decline moderated to its slowest in 6 months, indicating that we are possibly nearing the bottom of the cycle for builder sentiment. Of the index’s three components, current sales conditions fell 3 points to 36, buyer traffic was unchanged at 20, but sales expectations in the next six months increased 4 points to 35, also indicating an improved outlook. Better German business climate than expected in December The headline German IFO business climate index, which is based on 9,000 monthly survey responses from firms in the manufacturing, service sector, trade and construction, was out better than expected in December. It climbed to 88.6 versus prior 86.3 and expected 87.2. The current economic assessment and the expectations also improved to 94.4 and 83.2, respectively. Companies are slightly less pessimistic about the macroeconomic trajectory. Though a recession is certainly unavoidable in Germany, the impact of the energy crisis has been so far more limited than initially feared. On a flip note, ECB policymaker Gediminas Simkus, who serves as the Chairman of the Bank of Lithuania, indicated that a 50 basis points rate hike in February is a done-deal. This is aligned with comments from ECB president Christine Lagarde at last week’s ECB press conference. The market reaction was muted. Nike and FedEx earnings on watch today Recently sell-side analysts have raised their price targets on Nike (NKE:xnys), citing potential margin recovery. The sportswear giant reports FY23 Q2 (ending Nov 30, 2022) today and the street consensus is expecting its revenue to grow 11% Y/Y to USD12.6 billion. Peter Garnry suggests in his note that the focus will be on the outlook for the holiday season quarter ending in February 2023 which can give investors some ideas if consumers are still keeping up their spending on discretionary items. Analysts covering Nike seem more optimistic about consumer spending in 2023 than the US bank CEOs who recently suggested that US consumer spending has been coming down. FedEx (FDX:xnys) earnings are also key to watch today. FedEx is now on the other side of the pandemic boom in logistics and expectations for revenue growth have collapsed to zero revenue growth over the next two quarters which in real terms are very low given the inflation. This means that the bar is set low for FedEx when its earnings hit the wire today.   For our look ahead at markets this week – Read/listen to our Saxo Spotlight. For a global look at markets – tune into our Podcast. Source: Market Insights Today: Markets grinding lower; BOE to restart long-end QT; Eyes on BOJ – 20 December 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
Despite The Improvement In The Outlook Due To Falling Energy Prices, The Economic Environment In Britain Remains Difficult

The Bank Of England Will Now Start Selling Bonds | A Shift In Bank Of Japan Policy Overnight

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 20.12.2022 09:08
Summary:  The Bank of Japan surprised global markets overnight with a tweak to their yield curve control policy that came as a large shock to currency traders and even shook risk sentiment more broadly. Not only did the JPY surge broadly, especially against non-USD major currencies, but global yields jumped on the news as yields on Japanese government bonds rose in step-wise fashion on the shift higher in the yield cap on 10-year JGB’s from 0.25% to 0.50%.   What is our trading focus? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) After a weak session yesterday that saw the major indices losing about a percent, futures traded lower still overnight after the Bank of Japan decision to tweak its policy (more below) took US long yields sharply higher overnight. The next technical focus lower could be the 61.8% retracement of the rally from the October low – which is at a rather lower level for the cash index at 3,724 because the wild spike higher in US equity futures on the CPI release last week was not traded in the cash market. Equity traders will keep at least one eye on treasury yields after the surge overnight. Euro STOXX 50 (EU50.I) STOXX 50 futures are some 1.5% lower this morning from yesterday’s close after the surprise BoJ policy shift overnight cratered sentiment and have tumbled over 5% since the ECB’s hawkish meeting last week. The next technical focus lower could be the 200-day moving average, which for the cash index comes in near 3,675. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HIZ2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Overnight U.S. stock market weaknesses, concerns about spreading of Covid-19, and the upward adjustment of yield cap by the Bank of Japan contributed to the risk-off sentiment in the Hong Kong and mainland Chinese stock markets.  Both the Hang Seng Index and CSI300 Index plunged around 2%. Technology stocks underperformed. Hang Seng TECH Index tumbled 4%, with Alibaba (09988:xhkg) and Tencent (00700:xhkg) dropping by more than 4% and Bilibili (09626:xhkg) tumbling more than 8%. Placement of shares at discount from two Hong Kong listed Chinese developers weighed on the property sector. Chinese banks fixed their 1-year and 5-year loan prime rates unchanged. FX: BoJ move sees massive JPY surge, particularly in the crosses The market was surprised to see a shift in BoJ policy overnight, as Governor Kuroda and company shifted the cap on the 10-year JGB to 0.50% from 0.25%, even as they left the base policy rate of -0.10% alone. The move took the JPY sharply higher, with USDJPY trading some 3% lower to new cycle lows below 133.00, while non-USD JPY crosses surged somewhat more as the BoJ’s move triggered a global surge in bond yields and took risk appetite down a few notches, helping support the US dollar elsewhere. Crude oil (CLF3 & LCOG3) prices modestly higher Crude oil prices continue to find it challenging to balance the varied narrative around the demand outlook. China demand faces short-term headwinds as the Covid wave spreads but is likely poised for a rebound in the medium term as authorities remain committed to driving up consumption recovery. Meanwhile, global demand outlook faces headwinds amid the massive tightening seen by global central banks this year. Supply side volatilities also persist with US refilling its SPR and sanctions on Russian oil with a government response close to being completed. In week to Dec 13 funds cut bullish Brent and WTI bets to lowest since April 2020 and it highlights the risk of large price swings as the short-term outlook remains very clouded. Crude oil prices were slightly higher, with WTI futures above $75/barrel and Brent futures getting close to $80. Gold (XAUUSD) maintains a bid near $1800 ... after Bank of Japan’s surprise tweak of its yield cap sent mixed signals for bullion as the dollar dropped and bond yields rose. Overall, however, the prospect of higher yields in Japan following years of artificially low rates could potentially be seen as gold negative given that the BOJ’s steadfast commitment to defending its 10-year yield cap has served as an anchor indirectly helping keep borrowing costs low around the world. Since the current run up in gold started in early November, the price has not dipped below its 21-day moving average, today at $1777. With momentum showing signs of slowing a break below may signal a period of consolidation ahead of yearend while a close above $1815 is needed for that risk to fade. US Treasuries (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) drop on BOE and BOJ actions The surge in yield across the pond in the U.K. and Eurozone as well as the surprise announcement from the BOJ that it will lift the yield cap on 10-year JGB’s from 25 bps to 50 bps has driven U.S. Treasury yields higher, with the yield on 2-year notes rising to 4.27% and that on 10-year notes to 3.68%. In futures, large selling was seen on the 10-year (ZNH3) and the ultra-10-year (TNH3) contracts. The 2-10-year curve steepened to -60bps from the recent peak at -84bps. The move was supported on Monday by a 17bp jump in the yield on the U.K. 10-year Gilts after the Bank of England announced the Q1 2023 bond selling schedule for its Asset Purchase Facility portfolio. What is going on? Bank of Japan surprises with lift of yield cap on 10-year JGB’s The BoJ left the policy rate unchanged at -0.10%, but lifted the cap on 10-year JGB’s to 0.50% from 0.25%, triggering an avalanche of JGB selling that immediately took the 10-year JGB yields close to the new target. The market was caught very off-guard despite recent rumblings that the BoJ would likely eventually shift policy. Most observers assessed, given Governor Kuroda’s constant stout defense of the BoJ’s policy mix, that a change to BoJ policy would take place after Kuroda’s exit on April 8 of next year. This decision overnight finally shows a willingness to move that will have the market more likely to anticipate follow up moves after next April, even hikes of the policy rate. For now, this decision took the JPY some 3% higher overnight and sent global bond yields sharply higher and risk sentiment broadly lower as the tightening move comes at a time when many other central banks are shifting to a deceleration of their respective tightening regimes. Better German business climate than expected in December The headline German IFO business climate index, which is based on 9,000 monthly survey responses from firms in the manufacturing, service sector, trade and construction, was out better than expected in December. It climbed to 88.6 versus the prior 86.3 and expected 87.2. The current economic assessment and the expectations also improved to 94.4 and 83.2, respectively. Companies are slightly less pessimistic about the macroeconomic trajectory. Though a recession is certainly unavoidable in Germany, the impact of the energy crisis has been so far more limited than initially feared. On a flip note, ECB policymaker Gediminas Simkus, who serves as the Chairman of the Bank of Lithuania, indicated that a 50-basis points rate hike in February is a done deal. This is aligned with comments from ECB president Christine Lagarde at last week’s ECB press conference. US December NAHB housing market index slips further The NAHB housing index fell for a 12th straight month from 84 in December 2021 to 31 this month. However, the rate of decline moderated to its slowest in 6 months, indicating that we are possibly nearing the bottom of the cycle for builder sentiment. Of the index’s three components, current sales conditions fell 3 points to 36, buyer traffic was unchanged at 20, but sales expectations in the next six months increased 4 points to 35, also indicating an improved outlook. BOE announces restart of long-end bond selling, triggering another sell-off in Gilts After pausing the sales of long-end bonds recently to help the market to stabilize after the September rout, the Bank of England has announced that it will now start selling evenly across short, medium and long maturity bonds starting from Jan 9, as part of its QT. 2yr gilt yields up 20bps and 10yr up 17bps. Still, gilt yields are well below the peaks near 5% struck in late September and early October, when prices slumped in response to plans for tax cuts and extra spending from former British Prime Minister Liz Truss's short-lived government. Further pressure on gilts cannot be ignored as BOE likely to raise rates by another 50bps at the Feb 3 meeting. European nations reached a deal to cap natural gas prices at €180/MWh The deal that will apply for one year from February 15 have no impact on markets this winter given the timing of the implementation and ample supply with stock levels still up 290 TWh year-on-year, the equivalent of 39 days of peak winter demand. The Dutch TTF benchmark gas contract trades near €100/MWh in response to milder weather during the next week and increased power production from renewables reducing demand for gas. The price of gas for the winter 2023/24 period meanwhile has slumped to €110, further reducing the outlook for economic pain next year. Gas consumption in Europe is set to shrink by more than 50 billion cubic meters in 2022, a 12-15% drop and “the sharpest decline in history,” led by price-driven demand destruction and mild weather according to Bloomberg Intelligence. What are we watching next? Follow-on from Bank of Japan move overnight The Bank of Japan move overnight was an uncomfortable one for global markets as it sent global bond yields sharply higher, including the US 10-year yield, which jumped over 10 basis points at one point overnight. Yields also rose elsewhere and this sudden new development in less liquid markets here toward the end of the calendar year could aggravate volatility risks across equity and bond markets. Earnings to watch The bar is set high for Nike earnings as sell-side analysts have recently hiked their price target on the stock and increased their expectations for 2023 on margins. The stock recently tried to retake the 200-day moving average above 110.00, but that effort failed and closed yesterday near 103 ahead of today’s earnings report after today’s close. FedEx will also report after the close. Today: Nike, FedEx, General Mills, FactSet Research Systems Wednesday: Toro, Micron Technology, Cintas, Carnival Thursday: Paychex, CarMax Friday: Nitori Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 1330 – US Nov. Housing Starts and Building Permits 1330 – Canada Oct. Retail Sales 1500 – Eurozone Dec. Consumer Confidence 2100 – New Zealand Dec. ANZ Consumer Confidence 2130 – API's Weekly Report on US Crude and Fuel Inventories  Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher   Source: Financial Markets Today: Quick Take – December 20, 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
The USD/JPY Price Seems To Be Optimistic

The USD/JPY Pair Is Likely To Extend The Latest Weakness

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 20.12.2022 09:31
USD/JPY drops more than 3.0% to refresh multi-day bottom after Bank of Japan tweaks Yield Curve Control (YCC) policy. Chatters surrounding Japan’s budget, Treasury bond buying also entertain Yen traders. BOJ Governor Kuroda shows readiness to ease policy if needed, USD/JPY stays pressured. Risk aversion fails to underpin US Dollar as Federal Reserve appears less hawkish. USD/JPY bears the burden of the Bank of Japan’s (BOJ) surprise policy tweak during early Tuesday, despite the latest rebound. While portraying the Yen trader’s mood, the quote initially slumped to the lowest levels since early August before the recent bounce from 132.66 to 133.60. Even so, the quote remains 2.75% in the red as we write. Bank of Japan surprises markets with YCC move, drowns USD/JPY Bank of Japan (BOJ) held its benchmark rate unchanged at -0.10% and kept the short-term interest rate target at -0.1% while directing 10-year Japanese Government Bond (JGB) yields toward zero. In doing so, the Japanese central bank matched the market expectations and should have kept the USD/JPY intact. The surprise factor, however, was the BOJ’s alteration of the Yield Curve Control (YCC) and the bond issuance announcements. “The BOJ will expand the range of 10-year Japan government bond yield fluctuations from its current plus and minus 0.25 percentage points to plus and minus 0.5 percentage points,” reported Reuters. Following that, the Yen pair plunged to the multi-day low of 132.66 ahead of bouncing back beyond 133.00. The BOJ not only affected the USD/JPY prices but also roiled the risk appetite and propelled the Treasury bond yields across the board, which in turn allowed the US Dollar to pare intraday losses. BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda defends Yen buyers Having witnessed the BOJ-inflicted slump in the USD/JPY prices, Governor Haruhiko Kuroda allowed the Yen traders to lick their wounds while defending the easy money policies for one last time. In doing so, BOJ’s Kuroda highlights the need for a 2.0% inflation target, as well as shows readiness to ease monetary policy if needed. “Today's decision on yield curve control is not an exit of yield curve control or change in policy,” said BOJ’s Kuroda per Reuters. Also read: BoJ’s Kuroda: Necessary to achieve 2% inflation target sustainably, stably in tandem with wage growth US Dollar fails to cheer risk-off mood Despite the risk-aversion wave, the US Dollar Index (DXY) remains mildly offered near 104.40, down for the second consecutive day. The reason for the USD/JPY pair’s weakness could be linked to the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) less hawkish bias, as informed via the latest monetary policy meetings, as well as the softer US Purchasing Managers’ Indexes (PMIs) for December. Also likely to have weighed on the US Dollar are the strongly hawkish statements from the European Central Bank (ECB) officials, as well as upbeat German data. Risk catalysts will be crucial for Yen sellers Looking forward, USD/JPY pair bears need to pay close attention to the risk catalysts and the bond market moves for near-term directions amid a light calendar. Also important will be the US Building Permits and Housing Starts could join Germany’s Producers Price Index (PPI) data to direct immediate moves. However, major attention will be given to the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, namely Friday’s US Core Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) – Price Index for December, expected 4.6% YoY versus 5.0% prior. USD/JPY technical analysis USD/JPY extends a downside break of the 200-DMA, as well as an upward-sloping trend line from early August, towards refreshing the multi-day low. Given the impending bear cross on the Moving Average Convergence and Divergence (MACD) indicator, as well as the downbeat Relative Strength Index (RSI), located at 14, not oversold, the USD/JPY pair is likely to extend the latest weakness. However, the RSI (14) is near the oversold territory and hence signals limited downside room, which in turn highlights the 78.6% Fibonacci retracement level of the May-October upside, near 131.70. Also acting as the downside filter is the August month low near 130.40 and the 130.00 round figure. In a case where the USD/JPY rebounds from the current level, the support-turned-resistance line from August, around 134.15 by the press time, could challenge intraday bulls. Following that, the 200-DMA hurdle surrounding 135.75 will be crucial to watch for the Yen buyers. Above all, a two-week-old horizontal resistance area near 138.00 could restrict the USD/JPY buyers from entering the ring. USD/JPY: Daily chart Trend: Limited downside expected
The Results Of The March Meeting Of The Bank Of Japan Are Rather Symbolic

The Bank Of Japan Assessed That The Economy Was Possibly To Recover

Conotoxia Comments Conotoxia Comments 20.12.2022 09:50
The Bank of Japan appears to be joining the ranks of the world's other central banks in deciding to take the first step toward tightening monetary policy. While it has not raised its official interest rate, it has increased the range for Japan's bond yields, which may make its interest rates a bit more attractive. Since September 2016. The Bank of Japan has kept a check on bond yields, at the time setting a target for the 10-year bond yield at 0% with a maximum deviation of 10 bps. This was meant to stimulate inflation along with other programs and provide cheap financing. The BoJ then expanded the expected fluctuation range, and when sellers of Japanese paper became too numerous and yields rose above the range, it triggered unlimited buying of those bonds. In July 2018, the fluctuation band was extended to 20 bps, and in March 2021 to 25 bps from the 0% level. Today, the range was widened to 50 bp, pushing yields towards it, to their highest level since 2015. With today's decision, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) kept its key short-term interest rate at -0.1% and the 10-year bond yield near 0%, as expected. At the same time, the central bank changed the yield curve's tolerance range in an effort to reduce some of the costs of prolonged monetary stimulation (the Bank had to launch unlimited bond purchases). The council said it would widen the 10-year government bond yield spread from the current +/-0.25 points to +/- 0.5 points. Meanwhile, the BoJ assessed that the economy was possibly to recover, with the impact of COVID and supply issues waning, while downward pressure continued due to high commodity prices and a slowdown in foreign economies, tradingeconomics reported. The annualized inflation rate is possible to rise in 2022 due to increases in the cost of food, energy and durable goods, before weakening in the middle of fiscal 2023. The council reiterated that it will take additional easing measures if necessary, and expects short- and long-term rates to remain at current or lower levels. Significant impact on the yen exchange rate Although interest rates were not changed, Japanese bond yields moved up, reducing their divergence from bonds of the US, Germany or other countries where a rate hike cycle is underway. As a result of this, the Japanese yen was able to gain decisively, falling from the JPY137 area to JPY133 this morning. Japan was thus able to take another step to support the yen, following its previous second successful currency intervention. Source: Conotoxia MT5, USDJPY, Daily Perhaps after a strong dollar, the time would come for a strong yen as well, and changing the target for bond yields may be just the first step. Further possible action, may be an interest rate hike, where the market expects an increase to 0.3 percent in 2023. This would mean a 40bp increase, which, assuming US rates can start falling or stop rising at the same time, could give the yen a boost after a disastrous 2022. Daniel Kostecki, Director of the Polish branch of Conotoxia Ltd. (Conotoxia investment service) Materials, analysis and opinions contained, referenced or provided herein are intended solely for informational and educational purposes. Personal opinion of the author does not represent and should not be constructed as a statement or an investment advice made by Conotoxia Ltd. All indiscriminate reliance on illustrative or informational materials may lead to losses. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 75,21% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money
Rising U.S. Treasury Bond Yields Have Helped The USD/JPY Bulls

FX: The BOJ's Role As An Ultra-Dovish Outlier Among Global Central Banks

ING Economics ING Economics 20.12.2022 11:02
The Bank of Japan announced a surprise change in its yield curve control policy, and will now allow JGBs to trade to an upper bound of 0.50%. While Governor Kuroda has explicitly warned this is not a rate hike, taming speculation of further BoJ normalisation in 2023 won't be easy. USD/JPY may break below 130.00. Elsewhere, expect no fireworks from Hungary The Bank of Japan in Tokyo USD: BoJ hawkish shift may have broad implications Markets have been shaken from their pre-festive low volatility torpor this morning, as the Bank of Japan announced a surprising change in its yield curve control (YCC) policy. The target band for the 10-year JGB has been widened to +/- 0.50% from the previous 0.25%, essentially allowing higher interest rates in the current inflationary environment despite still officially targeting 0.00% as the outright target. The move was accompanied by an increase in the amount of JGB purchases, from JPY 7.3tn per month to 9tn. The immediate impact on the yen has been sizeable, with USD/JPY dropping by around 3.0%, and currently trading around 133.00. The BOJ's role as an ultra-dovish outlier among global central banks had been a key driver of JPY weakness in 2022, and markets are now assessing whether today’s announcement is effectively a first step towards a broader policy normalisation process in Japan, which would quite radically change the outlook for the yen in 2023. Incidentally, there is a risk that speculation of even higher JGB rates in 2023 could spill over into global bonds and equities (like it did today). Governor Haruhiko Kuroda’s press conference has been all about pushing back against such speculation: he explicitly warned markets not to interpret this as a rate hike and said that he doesn’t think a further widening of the yield band is needed. Our suspicion is that markets may need more reassurance with this, especially considering that Kuroda is due to be replaced in April 2023 and the timing may suggest the BoJ may be laying the groundwork for normalisation under a new governor. For now, we think risks remain skewed to the downside for USD/JPY into the festive break, and we cannot exclude a break below 130.00 - also given the generally soft dollar environment. For now, the negative reaction in global equities is capping pro-cyclical currencies, and offering some USD support on balance, but broader dollar weakness is surely a possibility in the near term. DXY could press 103.50 by the end of this week. In the US, housing data will be in focus today, with housing starts expected to have dropped further in November as high mortgage rates continue to weigh on the property sector. Francesco Pesole EUR: Sidelined, for now EUR/USD has been on the sidelines of the post-BoJ market reaction, holding marginally above 1.0600. It’s likely that the downward pressure on the dollar from the BoJ's hawkish shift has been fully offset by the deterioration in risk sentiment, which negatively impacts the pro-cyclical euro. As discussed in the USD section above, there are lingering downside risks to the dollar and we could see EUR/USD test 1.0700 before Christmas. Anyway, volatility should become significantly thinner from Wednesday/Thursday, with today’s BoJ announcement having been the last major event in markets. The eurozone calendar includes consumer confidence data – which is expected to have slightly improved in December – and speeches by ECB’s Peter Kazimir and Madis Muller. Francesco Pesole GBP: No domestic drivers There is nothing to highlight in the UK calendar today, and the pound should continue to be driven by dollar dynamics. EUR/GBP initially had a positive reaction to the BoJ announcement, likely due to GBP’s higher sensitivity to the adverse response in global equities, but is now back at yesterday’s close. Still, GBP downside risks should be larger than for the euro if risk sentiment remains pressured today, and EUR/GBP may move to the upper half of the 0.87-0.88 band. Francesco Pesole CEE: NBH ends a dramatic year with a quiet meeting The economic calendar for today offers several macro numbers from Poland, led by industrial production. We expect November's output to have slowed significantly in year-on-year terms, from 6.8% to 0.7%, well below market expectations. Also, today we will see data from the labour market and industrial producer prices in Poland. Then in Hungary, the State Debt Management Agency (AKK) will present its financing strategy for next year. The government is currently in the process of revising the budget, but the main question will be what the government's assumption will be for the absorption of EU money. Later, we will see a decision by the National Bank of Hungary (NBH) at its last meeting of the year. The NBH has made it clear on several occasions that the temporary and targeted measures, introduced in mid-October, will remain in place until there is a material and permanent improvement in the general risk sentiment. Although we’ve seen some progress here, we don't think enough has changed to trigger an adjustment in the monetary policy’s hawkish “whatever it takes” setup. Although the EU story is still not over, tangible progress should keep the forint on the stronger side and limit potential losses. Moreover, the NBH liquidity measures have worked, and implied FX yields once again soared to record highs during December; on average, they are double that of regional peers, protecting the forint from a further sell-off in our view. Overall, we expect the forint to move towards 400 EUR/HUF and below that level next year. Frantisek Taborsky Read this article on THINK 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 USD/JPY Price Reversed From The Lower Limit

Governor Kuroda (BoJ) Is Trying To Pave The Way For Policy Normalisation Before Stepping Down

ING Economics ING Economics 20.12.2022 11:09
The Bank of Japan shocked markets by widening its target band for the 10Y JGB yield, lifting the upper ceiling to 0.5% from 0.25%. In consequence, the JPY jumped and the Nikkei index plunged. The financial market will try to find fair value for the time being Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda 0.5% 10Y JGB target band from 0.25% Higher than expected -0.1% BoJ policy balance rate   As expected "Today's move is not a rate hike," Kuroda said. The market responds, "Really?" We had expected the Bank of Japan to adjust its yield curve control policy around the end of 2023, but it came much earlier than we thought. We can't help but wonder, why now? As the Federal Reserve and other major central banks began to tighten policy, the Japanese yen plunged, and inflation began to take off, the market started to anticipate the first step towards normalisation by the BoJ earlier this year. Could high inflation be the cause? Well, Governor Haruhiko Kuroda reiterated that cost-push inflation is not sustainable and inflation will slow down to 2% next year.  At the press conference, Kuroda tried his best to minimise market expectations for further policy changes. He stressed repeatedly that today's move is not the first step towards an exit and a further widening of the yield band is not needed. We think today's decision has undermined the BoJ's credibility on future policy guidance. From the remarks made today, we are unable to answer our question, why now?.  Despite the denials, we think Governor Kuroda is trying to pave the way for policy normalisation before stepping down. A policy shift immediately after the leadership change is difficult and could miss the opportune time to end the decades-long ultra-low policy. He may be right that monetary policy should remain accommodative until a stable 2% inflation target is met and that the policy review is not needed in the short term. But, with today's tweak, his successor will have more flexibility to deploy monetary policy in the future.  We also expect that the BoJ will maintain its policy balance rate at -0.1% for a while and that the BoJ will take a wait-and-see approach until the next annual wage negotiation season (Shunto) in April/May.  However, market participants will likely bet on further tightening, which will likely create market noise that the BoJ did not intend.  Read this article on THINK TagsJPY JGB yields Bank of Japan 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
Kuroda Stayed On The Sidelines And The Yen Responded With Losses

The Bank Of Japan Now Allows 10-year Bond Yields To Rise Up To 0.5%

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 20.12.2022 12:13
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda shocked markets by doubling the 10-year bond yield ceiling. This caused yen to surge and government bonds to fall, helping pave the way for a possible policy normalization under the new governor. The policy statement said the bank now allows 10-year bond yields to rise up to 0.5% in an effort to increase the sustainability of monetary easing. But many interpreted this move as a starter to an exit from a decade of extraordinary stimulus policies. Nevertheless, the central bank kept its 10-year yield target unchanged at around 0% and left the short-term interest rate at -0.1%. It also said it would significantly increase bond purchases to £9 trillion ($67.5 billion) a month, which is higher than the currently planned £7.3 trillion. Yen strengthened to 132.68 just before the announcement, while the 10-year bond yield jumped to 0.46% after the decision. Accordingly, shares of Japanese banks rose in the afternoon as investors anticipated higher earnings at financial institutions. Stocks of Mitsubishi Financial Group also rose 9.6%, as did the stocks of the Mizuho Financial Group. But overall, shares were down 1.5%. The ripple effect spread far beyond Japan, with US stock indices falling sharply and Treasury bond yields rising. Although many people called for the bank to do more to improve the functioning of the bond market, no one expected such a change in December. The unexpected decision came as a shock to global financial markets, especially since the Bank of Japan's unwavering commitment to protect its 10-year yield cap has indirectly helped keep borrowing costs worldwide low. Before the Bank of Japan meeting, talks were about the likely policy direction after Kuroda resigns.   Relevance up to 09:00 2022-12-21 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/330280
Saxo Bank Podcast: The Bank Of Japan Meeting And More

A Signal That The BankOf Japan Is Tweaking Its Current Ultra-Loose Policy

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 20.12.2022 12:19
The Japanese yen has sent the dollar tumbling on Tuesday. USD/JPY has fallen 3.26% and is trading at 132.44 in Europe. In the Asian session, USD/JPY fell as low as 131.99 but has recovered slightly. BoJ tweaks yield curve control At the end of its policy meeting, the Bank of Japan stunned the markets with a change to its yield curve control (YCC). The BoJ announced it would widen the band around the 10-year bond yield to 50 basis points, up from 25 bp. The move allows long-term interest rates to rise higher and the reaction was deafening, as the yen soared and climbed to its highest level since August 11th. The move was completely unexpected, as the BoJ meeting was expected to be a sleeper with no policy changes. It was just yesterday that I wrote in these pages that the BoJ was not expected to change policy until the changing of the guard in April 2023, when Governor Kuroda steps down. The BoJ move is certainly dramatic but needs to be kept in proportion. The BoJ is maintaining its YCC targets and said it would sharply increase bond purchases. This could be a signal that the Bank is tweaking its current ultra-loose policy and is not planning to withdraw stimulus. The BOJ has staunchly defended its yield cap with massive bond purchases, and this has distorted the yield curve and fueled a sharp drop in the yen, which has contributed to higher costs for imports of raw materials. BoJ policy makers may have become uncomfortable with these side effects and felt that the time was right to take a small step towards normalisation. This ‘baby step’ packed a massive punch as seen in the yen’s reaction, and the markets will be looking for hints at further moves from Governor Kuroda as his term winds down.   USD/JPY Technical USD/JPY has broken below several support levels. The next support level is 131.13 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 Run Higher In Japanese Yields Is Likely To Create Further Volatility In Global Markets

The Run Higher In Japanese Yields Is Likely To Create Further Volatility In Global Markets

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 20.12.2022 12:24
Summary:  The Bank of Japan surprised markets with a tweak to it yield curve control policy, likely setting the stage for an eventual exit in 2023. Even though the move is said to be driven by financial markets, there are clear risks of inflation surging higher. That likely prompted Governor Kuroda to claim victory and ensure a smoother policy transition to the new Governor in April. Short JGB or long yen trades could have more room to run as Yen Carry trades likely reverse. What did the BOJ do? The Bank of Japan tweaked its long-held Yield Curve Control (YCC) policy in a surprise announcement at the December 19-20 meeting. The bank widened the band in which it would allow rates for 10-year Japan government bonds to move to -/+ 0.5% from -/+ 0.25% previously. Rest of the monetary policy levers were left unchanged, including the 10-year target still being held at 0%. Why did the BOJ tweak policy? Governor Kuroda stressed that the move is for financial market motives, not for economic reasons, potentially trying to limit expectations of further tweaks. However, hidden beneath this message was a significant adjustment higher in core CPI forecasts to ~3.5% from ~3% in the October report. This is a victory moment for Kuroda, as he can claim that he brought back inflation in Japan, while highlighting the success of the YCC policy. The move also acts as a smoother transition to the new governor, and further tweaks cannot be ruled out in 2023. I would highlight two reasons why we think this announcement was made earlier-than-expected, besides the fact that the BOJ loves to surprise markets (read: BOJ is poor at communication). One, with the Fed having slowed down its pace of rate hikes recently, and the drop in 10-year yields from 4.2% to sub-3.5% at one point, the pressure on the yen has come off. The BOJ doesn’t want to be seen as yielding to market pressure, and now seems to be a better time to tweak policy before yields rise again. Two, Kuroda wanted to take the credit of starting the policy tweaks, rather than leaving it all to his successor after his term ends in April. The expectations around BOJ’s policy review had picked up after weekend reports that the Kishida government is looking into reviewing a 2013 accord between the government and the BOJ, under which the central bank commits itself to achieving 2% inflation as soon as possible. An eventual exit? The effectiveness of a Yield Curve Control policy remains debatable, and it is especially hard to maintain this policy amid the global tightening wave that we have seen this year without a ton of collateral damage. The damage this year came in FX markets, as the Japanese yen plummeted to 32-year lows. The limits of the YCC policy were also tested in the bond markets. With the risk of Fed tightening more than expected in 2023 still intact, there is still a risk that markets will again test the limits of BOJ’s policy stance. Long-end JGB yields will likely test again the new upper limit of 0.5% after being up over 15bps following the announcement. We would potentially see bouts of strength in the Japanese yen now as expectations of an eventual exit from the YCC policy emerge. However Kuroda puts it, he seems to be setting the stage for an eventual exit and the markets will increasingly position for that. Investment implications The run higher in Japanese yields is likely to create further volatility in global equity and bond markets, especially because it comes at a time of thin liquidity and lack of other catalysts. As the market once again pressures the BOJ to move towards an eventual exit, the short JGB or long yen trades could potentially have more room to run. This is also supported by the likely reversal of yen carry trades as Japanese investors are getting positively rewarded to keep their cash at home during a global economic slowdown and periods of high macro uncertainty. This is not just yen positive, but also negative for foreign assets especially US Treasuries that have been the bulk of the assets held by Japanese investors. In terms of equities, this could mean a favourable stance towards Japanese financials vs. exporters and technology companies. Source: Podcast: Bank of Japan roils markets with a surprise policy tweak | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
Wage agreement may be game-changing in a way. First meeting of the new BoJ Governor Ueda takes place on April 28th

Saxo Bank Podcast: The Bank Of Japan Shocking Markets, The Japanese Yen Rose

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 20.12.2022 12:27
Summary:  Today we look at the Bank of Japan shocking markets overnight with a surprise shift in its yield-curve-control policy, as it lifted the cap on 10-year JGB's to 50 basis points from 25 basis points. The JPY rose in stepwise fashion together with the jump in longer Japanese yields and global yields were also impacted, taking risk sentiment lower. In commodities, we discuss metals and natural gas. In equities, we discuss the outlook for European defense stocks, including Rheinmetall and cover upcoming earnings reports from Nike, where the bar of market expectations looks high, and from FedEx, where the bar of expectations is quite low. Today's pod features Peter Garnry on equities, Ole Hansen on commodities and John J. Hardy hosting and on FX. Listen to today’s podcast - slides are available via the link. Follow Saxo Market Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher If you are not able to find the podcast on your favourite podcast app when searching for Saxo Market Call, please drop us an email at marketcall@saxobank.com and we'll look into it.   Questions and comments, please! We invite you to send any questions and comments you might have for the podcast team. Whether feedback on the show's content, questions about specific topics, or requests for more focus on a given market area in an upcoming podcast, please get in touch at marketcall@saxobank.com.   Source: Podcast: Bank of Japan roils markets with a surprise policy tweak | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
The Results Of The March Meeting Of The Bank Of Japan Are Rather Symbolic

The Bank Of Japan's Decision To Allow 10-Year Government Bonds Caused Turmoil In The Financial Markets, USD/JPY Trading Below 133

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 20.12.2022 13:30
The US Dollar index retreated following the BoJ policy announcement helping EUR/USD edge higher. Later in the day we have US building permit data which could reignite some bullish behavior in the US dollar. Moreover, forex traders focused on the Japanese yen today, which jumped on key Bank of Japan (BoJ) policy. EUR/USD The EUR/USD pair also gains today, receiving a trade above $1.06. Currently, trading is in the range of 1.0630-1.0640. This morning we heard comments from ECB policymaker Nagel who stated the Central Bank is still a long way from hitting its inflation goal reiterating that the ECB likewise need to be persistent on rates. Yesterday’s upbeat German IFO survey on Business Climate and this morning drop in German PPI, which hit a 9-month low. Improving data coupled with a slightly hawkish ECB turn last week may speak in favor of a continuation of the current EUR/USD rate. At present, the mood remains bullish. Read next: Voluntary Extradition Of Sam Bankman-Fried | The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Is A Path To Net Zero| FXMAG.COM USD/JPY USD/JPY dropped sharply today from trading above 137 to below 134. The pair is now trading below 133, 132.6420 to be precise The Japanese Yen launched higher after the Bank of Japan tilted monetary policy at its meeting today. The USD/JPY Pair has raced to a four-month low. The pair tried to break above the upper band of a descending trend last week but was unable to do so. Today’s attempt was also unsuccessful and the BoJ’s announcement aided maintenance of the trend channel. All of this contributed to the couple's sentiment, which is currently bearish. Most BOJ watchers had expected no changes until the current governor Haruhiko Kuroda's 10-year term ends at the end of March. While it kept broad policy settings unchanged he BOJ decided to let long-term yields to move 50 basis points either side of its 0% target, wider than the 25 basis point band previously. The move has had a negative impact on the US dollar and could boost the Yen as Japanese investors are given an incentive to bring money home while increasing the Yens haven appeal. AUD/USD The price of the Aussie pair was above the 0.6725 level at the beginning of the day, but then fell below $0.67. Trading is currently in the range 0.6665- 0.6670 The Australian dollar fell above $0.67 to its lowest level in a month after the Bank of Japan's surprise decision. The Australian was also under pressure as other major central banks offered a more hawkish outlook on policy than markets anticipated, adding to fears of a potential recession next year. Meanwhile, recent minutes from the Reserve Bank of Australia's meeting revealed that policymakers were considering a bigger rate hike of 50 basis points. GBP/USD At the beginning of the day, cable trading was very mixed. The price of the pair traded above $1.22 and then fell all the way down to $1.2088. Currently, the price is stabilizing in the range of 1.2150-1.2175. The overall picture of the pair looks bearish and the price trades mostly above $1.21. The pound posted a slight gain on Tuesday in weak trading ahead of Christmas, but was on track for its biggest quarterly gain against the dollar since 2009. The pound is up 8.8% against the dollar in the last three months of the year, putting it on track for its best quarter in more than 13 years. Goldman Sachs expects the pound to fall to $1.07 in three months and hold at $1.11 in six months. Source: investing.com, dailyfx.com, finance.yahoo.com
The USD/JPY Pair Tends To Keep The Trend In A Sideways Direction

According To Kuroda (BoJ) No Further Widening Of The Yield Corridor Is Needed

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 20.12.2022 14:15
The unexpected shift of the Bank of Japan to hawkish surprised global markets as the decision paves the way for policy normalization. The bank raised the yield cap on 10-year bonds to around 0.5%, causing Japanese government bonds and treasuries to fall, while yen rose. US stock indices were also affected, similar to the Australian dollar and gold. Japan is the biggest creditor in the world and a tightening of domestic financial conditions could lead to a wave of capital coming home. This threatens to depress asset prices and raise global borrowing costs, while the economic outlook worsens. UBS Group said investors are likely to exit US, while Australian and French bonds, as well as developed market equities, could fall. Japan's benchmark 10-year bond yield jumped 21 basis points to 0.46%, before falling back to 0.4%. Trading of Japanese bond futures briefly halted on the Osaka exchange market after they had reached the cut-off threshold. Yen strengthened by as much as 3.5%, hitting 132.28 per dollar. AMP Services said this is not a tightening of monetary policy as the yield target is still zero and the Bank of Japan is still stepping up bond purchases. However, many see it as a move in that direction, hence the jump in yen and negative impact on global equity markets. Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said no further widening of the yield corridor is needed and a change in control of the yield curve would probably be positive for the economy. The policy adjustment came after core inflation in Japan rose to its highest level in four decades. Speculation of a shift rattled markets on Monday after Kyodo news reported that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida plans to renegotiate a decade-old agreement with the Bank of Japan on a 2% inflation target. "The Bank of Japan's action is unequivocally negative for global bonds," TD Securities said. "If today's move was the first step towards the end of the YCC, yen could rise substantially as Japanese investors could start selling some of their unhedged global bonds in foreign currencies. This will be more bearish for the long side of US and European bond curves," they added Relevance up to 10:00 2022-12-21 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/330286
Ralph Shedler's Technical Analysis Of The USD/JPY Pair

Bank of Japan announces yield target to 0.0-0.50% range, but rate differential remains significant

Alex Kuptsikevich Alex Kuptsikevich 20.12.2022 14:58
The Bank of Japan made a surprise move on Tuesday morning, extending the permissible yield range of 10-year government bonds. The decision caused the yen to strengthen by more than 3%, and the Nikkei225 index lost as much as 4% before recovering almost half of its initial decline. The central bank of Japan said at the end of its regular meeting that it would switch from a 0.25% yield target to a 0.0-0.50% target range instead. As yields had been held at 0.25% solely due to BoJ purchases, the range extension immediately sent yields to the upper end of the range. This decision meant that the BoJ would print fewer yen to buy government bonds for the FX market, strengthening the currency. Strictly speaking, the Bank of Japan has made monetary policy less accommodating. However, the difference with key rates of other countries remains disastrous, as it is the only one keeping rates negative with an active QE phase. On the other hand, the signal from the softer central bank itself is definite and could be a trial balloon for a fundamental policy reversal. Bank of Japan meetings are no longer boring. We also pay attention to the timing of the changes. The powerful interventions of the Japanese Ministry of Finance in November stopped the USDJPY rising and confirmed the reversal in the pair thanks to a decisive move down on a break-down of the 50-day moving average. Read next: The Bank Of Japan's Decision To Allow 10-Year Government Bonds Caused Turmoil In The Financial Markets, USD/JPY Trading Below 133| FXMAG.COM Throughout December, we saw a three-week consolidation of the pair just above the 200 SMA. The decisive move down after the extended consolidation has been reinforced by the fact that during the lull in the pair, the stop orders pulled closer to the market and are now triggered in droves. A sharp pullback of the pair under its 200 SMA often signals the reversal of the long-term trend. We had similar signals earlier in the EURUSD and the GBPUSD. In addition, the fall of the USDJPY below 133 was below the 61.8% retracement of the entire momentum of the pair from the beginning of 2021 to the peak in October 2022. Market participants' conviction of a hawkish reversal of Bank of Japan policy could trigger a new round of decline in the pair with a technical target near 127. This is where the 50% level of the mentioned last rally and the support area in May of the year gone by are concentrated.
The USD/JPY Price Seems To Be Optimistic

The Japanese Yen (JPY) Soared More Than 3% Versus Major Currencies

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 21.12.2022 09:23
Summary:  The top story of the day was the unexpected decision from the Bank of Japan to raise its cap on the 10-year government bond yield to 0.50% from 0.25%. The Yen jumped versus all major currencies and strengthened by 3.7% to 131.80 versus the U.S. dollar. The U.S. 10-year Treasury yield surged 10bps to 3.68% while the S&P 500 managed to snap a four-day losing streak to finish slightly firmer. In extended-hour trading, Nike and FedEx gained on earnings beats. Chinese and Hong Kong stocks declined in a risk-off session. What’s happening in markets? Nasdaq 100 (NAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) finished the session mixed S&P 500 pared the post-BOJ upward yield cap adjustment loss and managed to snap a four-day losing streak to finish 0.1% higher on Tuesday. Nasdaq 100 edged down by 0.1%. Energy, rising 1.5%, was the top gainer within the S&P500 as the WTI crude gained 1%. Consumer discretionary, dropping by 1.1%, was the biggest losing sector. On single stocks, Tesla (TSLA:xnas) was the biggest loser within both the S&P500 and Nasdaq 100. The electric vehicle maker tumbled 8% on Tuesday, following analyst downgrades. The stock shed 23.8% in December, significantly underperforming the 3.8% decline in Nasdaq 100 and the 3.4% loss in S&P 500. Nike (NKE:xnys) jumped nearly 12% in the extended-hour trading after the sportswear company reported revenue and earnings beats. Yields on 5-30-year US Treasuries (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) surged on the hawkish BOJ surprise From the Intermediate through the long-maturity Treasuries sold off on the Bank of Japan’s decision to move its cap on 10-year Japanese government yields to 0.5% from 0.25%. Large blocks selling came in the five-year and 10-year futures contracts. The 10-year yield jumped 10bps to 3.68%, breaking the upper bound (in yield) of the trading range in December. Yields on the 2-year, anchored by the Fed’s rate path, finished the session unchanged. The 2-10-year yield curve steepened by 9bps to 58bps. The housing data released on Tuesday was mixed. Housing starts shrank by 0.5% M/M, less than the -1.8% expected but housing permits were down 11.2% M/M in November, much weaker than the -2.1% consensus in the Bloomberg survey. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HIZ2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) declined in a risk-off day Overnight U.S. stock market weaknesses, concerns about the spreading of Covid-19 in mainland China, and the upward adjustment the of yield cap by the Bank of Japan contributed to the risk-off sentiment in the Hong Kong and mainland Chinese stock markets.  Hang Seng Index declined 1.3% and CSI300 Index plunged 1.7%. Technology stocks underperformed. Hang Seng TECH Index tumbled 3.1%, with Alibaba (09988:xhkg) and Tencent (00700:xhkg) dropping by around 3.4% each and Bilibili (09626:xhkg) tumbling 6.7%. Placement of shares at discount from two Hong Kong-listed Chinese developers, Agile (03383:xhkg) down 17.4%, and CIFI (00884:xhkg) down 16.5% weighed on the property sector. Country Garden (02007:xhkg) shed 8.8%. FX: USDJPY tumbled 3.7% to 131.80 on BOJ’s 25-bp hike to the 10-year JGB cap The Bank of Japan surprised with a 25 basis point hike to the 10-year JGB cap, even as Governor Kuroda tried to ease the impact of the move on markets in his post-meeting press conference with statements suggesting that was “not a rate hike” and that it is too early to consider a general exit from or review of its Yield Curve Control (YCC) policy framework. USDJPY shed 3.7% to 131.80. The Japanese Yen soared more than 3% versus major currencies. Saxo’s Head of FX Strategy, John Hardy notes that the scale of the JPY reaction and its more than 12% rally off the lows against the US dollar, together with far lower commodity prices help ensure that we are very unlikely to see further policy tweaks under Governor Kuroda’s leadership. The ability of the JPY to continue higher after this step-wise reset will depend on the follow-up direction in global yields. FedEx (FDX:xnys) surged 4.3% in the extended hours on results beating earnings estimates. Crude oil (CLF3 & LCOG3) bounced on API inventory drawdown WTI crude oil gained 1% to USD76.1 as the American Petroleum Institute (API) said crude oil inventories in the U.S. dropped by 3.1 million barrels last week. What to consider? BOJ’s surprise policy tweak Bank of Japan tweaked its long-held Yield Curve Control (YCC) policy in a surprise announcement after the December 19-20 meeting. The central bank widened the band in which it would allow rates for 10-year Japanese government bonds to move to -/+ 0.5% from -/+ 0.25% previously. The rest of the monetary policy levers were left unchanged, including the 10-year target still being held at 0%. In her notes, Charu Chanana suggests that the run higher in Japanese yields is likely to create further volatility in global equity and bond markets. As the market once again pressures the BOJ to move towards an eventual exit, the short JGB or long yen trades could potentially have more room to run. This is not just yen positive, but also negative for foreign assets. In terms of equities, this could mean a favourable stance towards Japanese financials vs. exporters and technology companies. For more details about the BOJ policy change, please refer to Charu’s notes. Results from Nike and FedEx beat expectations Nike reported results from FY23 Q2, that ended on Nov 30, beating analyst estimates in sales and margins. Adjusted EPS came in at USD0.85, well above the US0.65 forecasted by analysts. Although inventories increased by 43% Y/Y, the management attributed the buildup to “abnormally low levels” resulting from supply chain disruption a year earlier. The company’s management gave an upbeat assessment of the holiday season sales momentum. FedEx reported FY23 Q2 Adjusted EPS at USD3.18, beating the USD2.8 expected. The positive surprise resulted from a combination of price increases and cost cuts despite a decline in package volume. The logistics giant guided an additional USD1 billion of projected cost cuts in fiscal 2023.   For our look ahead at markets this week – Read/listen to our Saxo Spotlight. For a global look at markets – tune into our Podcast. Source: Market Insights Today: – Yen soared to 131.80 versus the dollar and global bond yields rose after the BOJ raised its yield cap on 10-year bonds - 21 December 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
The Commodities: In The Near Term The Oil Market Remains Relatively Well Supplied

OPEC+ Will Remain Proactive And Pre-emptive In Managing The Global Oil Market

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 21.12.2022 09:27
Summary:  The US equity market found its feet again yesterday, pulling itself off the lowest levels in over a month and closing approximately unchanged as traders mull whether there is more to wring out of this calendar year before capital is put to work in the New Year. The soaring JPY found resistance ahead of 130.00 in USDJPY, with higher US global yields pushing back against further upside after the big reset higher for the yen. Elsewhere, gold has pulled up to cycle highs.   What is our trading focus? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) S&P 500 futures rebounded yesterday from the intraday lows of 3,803 and the rebound has continued this morning with the index futures trading around the 3,867 level. Nike posted stronger than expected earnings and an optimistic outlook for the new year bolstering the view that US consumer spending is still going strong. Tesla is a key stock to watch today as shares were down 8% yesterday despite a positive session suggesting big flows are adjusting the price to the new reality of lower EV demand and demanding prices input materials for batteries. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HIZ2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Hong Kong and China stocks started the session firmer but fizzled out and were about flat at the time of writing. Chinese property developers continued to trade weak after recent rounds of placements and headlines in state-owned media reiterating the “housing is not for speculation” rhetoric. Tech names outperformed with Hang Seng TECH Index climbed 0.6%. In A-shares, consumption, lodging, and banking stocks gained while solar, auto and machinery underperformed. FX: JPY finds resistance as global yields reset higher There is some irony at work here as global yields jumped on the Bank of Japan decision to reset the yield cap on 10-year JGB’s to 0.50% yesterday, in that global yields reset higher. But if the BoJ is seen standing pat with its new policy, any further rise in yields can also serve to push back against follow-on JPY strength after the one-off reset (for now, at least.) that fell short of taking 130.00 to the downside in USDJPY before a significant bounce from yesterday’s lows. Elsewhere, the USD is mixed and not the focus, stuck in a tight range versus the euro, but with EURUSD having run out of upside momentum. Elsewhere in G10, the Aussie rallied against a weak NZD as another New Zealand confidence survey, the ANZ Consumer Confidence, slipped badly to 73.8 versus 80.7 and far and away the worst reading of the survey since its inception in 2004. Crude oil (CLG3 & LCOG3) holds onto its recent gains ... supported by a drop in US crude stocks, data pointing to a notably drop in Russian seaborne oil shipments this month and Saudi Arabia warning that OPEC+ will remain proactive and pre-emptive in managing the global oil market. Having been vindicated in the necessity of their November production cut as demand slowed, the comment from the Saudi oil minister points to a soft floor under the market below which additional cuts could be implemented if necessary to support the price. The risk of large price swings as liquidity dries up ahead of yearend cannot be ignored with focus today on EIA’s stock report. Crude oil prices were slightly higher, with WTI futures above $76/barrel and Brent futures above $80. Gold (XAUUSD) and silver (XAGUSD) surged higher on Tuesday ... after the Bank of Japan surprised the market by revising its yield-curve-control policy. The move saw the dollar weaken sharply against the Japanese yen while an accompanying rise in bond yields played no role as a potential headwind. Silver reached an eight-month high before running into some profit taking while gold closed saw its highest close since June above $1800. The extent of the move surprised the market and may signal some trigger happy investors not waiting for the new year to get involved amid expectations for an investment metal friendly 2023.  Yields on US Treasuries (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) surged on the hawkish BOJ surprise From the Intermediate through the long-maturity Treasuries sold off on the Bank of Japan’s decision to move its cap on 10-year Japanese government yields to 0.5% from 0.25%. Large block selling came in the five-year and 10-year futures contracts. The 10-year yield jumped 10bps to 3.68%, the highest close this month. Yields on the 2-year, anchored by the Fed’s rate path, finished the session unchanged. The 2-10-year yield curve steepened by 9bps to 58bps. The housing data released on Tuesday was mixed. Housing starts shrank by 0.5% M/M, less than the -1.8% expected but housing permits were down 11.2% M/M in November, much weaker than the -2.1% consensus in the Bloomberg survey. What is going on? Tesla shares slide another 8% even as Musk promises new Twitter CEO Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised to abide by the results of a Twitter poll to step down as the Twitter CEO, and yet the prospect of fewer distractions for Musk failed to help Tesla’s shares, which stumbled badly yesterday, also as two analysts cut their targets for the company. One could speculate that Elon Musk has engineered an escape route out of Twitter because things are deteriorating fast at Tesla and that Tesla is ultimately more important for his personal wealth and other money losing assets. Results from Nike and FedEx beat expectations Nike reported results from FY23 Q2, that ended on Nov 30, beating analyst estimates on sales and margins. Adjusted EPS came in at $0.85, well above the $0.65 forecasted by analysts. Although inventories increased by 43% y/y, the management attributed the buildup to “abnormally low levels” resulting from supply chain disruption a year earlier. Nike’s management gave an upbeat assessment of the holiday season sales momentum. FedEx reported FY23 Q2 Adjusted EPS at $3.18, beating the $2.8 expected. The positive surprise resulted from a combination of price increases and cost cuts despite a decline in package volume. The logistics giant guided an additional $1bn of projected cost cuts in fiscal 2023. Housing weakness continues in the United States Housing starts were mostly flat in November (minus 0.5 % month-over-month) while building permits continued to tumble (drop of 11.2 % month-over-month). Permits are now at their lowest level since June 2020. Many analysts consider that such a drop is consistent with an imminent recession. However, there are other signals showing the U.S. economy is still very resilient despite several headwinds (such as widespread inflation, tight labor market and high level of private debt). Nonetheless, we agree that the evolution of the housing market in the coming months will determine the pace of economic activity in the United States in 2023. This is the most important economic sector to monitor at the moment. What are we watching next? US Dec. Consumer Confidence This survey of US consumer confidence tends to correlate most closely with the labor market prospects in the US historically, although the impact of the massive inflation spike this year was felt in this survey during the spring and summer months despite the strong jobs market as confidence dropped from 128.9 in late 2021 to as low as 95.3 in July, before stabilizing, perhaps on gasoline prices in the US retreating sharply after June. The November survey came in at 100.2, a four-month low, and is expected flat at 101 for the December release later today. Earnings to watch Today’s US earnings focus is Micron and Carnival. Analysts expect Micron to report FY23 Q1 (ending 30 November) negative revenue growth of 46% y/y and adjusted EPS of $-0.01 down from $2.10 a year ago. The memory chip industry is going a tough period with falling prices and lower demand. Carnival is still cruising the high wave of travel and leisure post the pandemic with FY23 Q4 (ending 30 November) revenue expected to increase 205% y/y but still delivering negative earnings with adjusted EPS expected at $-0.87 improving from $-1.72 a year ago. Today: Toro, Micron Technology, Cintas, Carnival Thursday: Paychex, CarMax Friday: Nitori Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 1100 – UK Dec. CBI Reported Sales 1330 – US Q3 Current Account 1330 – Canada Nov. CPI 1500 – US Nov. Existing Home Sales 1500 – US Dec. Consumer Confidence 1530 – EIA's Weekly Crude and Fuel Stock Report Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher   Source: Financial Markets Today: Quick Take – December 21, 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)  
Analysis Of The EUR/JPY Pair Movement

Higher Yields Will Mean Unrealized Losses On Japanese Government Bonds

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 21.12.2022 09:51
Yen shot up on Tuesday after the Bank of Japan made a very bold decision on monetary policy. However, what is more important is the statements of Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, which gave investors an indication of what to expect when the policy ends. Yesterday, Kuroda shocked markets by announcing that he will allow 10-year bond yields to rise to around 0.5%. This is obviously a strategic adjustment to buy time in determining the yield curve next year following the changes in central bank policy, when interest rates are forecast to rise. Currently, the yield on 10-year Japanese securities is at 0.46%. This has led to a rise in Japanese bank stocks as investors are waiting for higher returns from financial institutions. Kuroda said all decisions taken were in order to increase the effectiveness of monetary policy. Given that his term ends next year, there will be at least two more meetings under his leadership, which means that his successor will complete the path to policy normalization. But there are those who point out that higher yields will mean unrealized losses on Japanese government bonds, including those held by the Bank of Japan. A sustained policy change could also hit Japanese stocks, as well as break the latest bond yield peg and trigger a sell-off in dollar in favor of yen. That will lead to Japanese investors divesting from overseas investments, which could result in a sell-off in emerging markets. As mentioned earlier, the forex market reacted to this by moving quite strongly. In USD/JPY, there is a strong support around 130.20, and its breakdown will lead to another sell-off around 126.20 to 121.10. In EUR/USD, demand remains quite weak, but there is a chance to return to December highs if the European Central Bank retains its hawkish monetary policy. However, traders need to keep the quote above 1.0660 because only by that will euro hit 1.0700 and 1.0740. In case of a decline below 1.0580, pressure will surge, which will push the quote to 1.0540 and 1.0490. Relevance up to 05:00 2022-12-22 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/330368
Kuroda Stayed On The Sidelines And The Yen Responded With Losses

The Japanese Have Allowed A Larger Bond Sell-Off And An Increase In The Yield On Their Debt

Conotoxia Comments Conotoxia Comments 21.12.2022 10:01
The Bank of Japan's decision, described yesterday, to raise the range for interest rate fluctuations on Japanese 10-year bonds to 0.5 percent may still have its consequences for financial markets. These may no longer just be looking at a change in the control of the yield curve, but may increasingly assume a change in interest rates. Since the beginning of 2016. The Bank of Japan has held its main interest rate at -0.1 percent and holds the world record for this. Nowhere else, in any other country, are interest rates as low as in Japan. Even the Swiss have abandoned this and raised their main interest rate to 1 percent, while the Japanese, for the moment, have allowed a larger bond sell-off and an increase in the yield on their debt, under what is possible to be an onslaught of global interest rate increases. At present, however, the market seems to expect that this is only the beginning of the BoJ's actions. The next step the Bank of Japan may take is to change the interest rate itself. Investors in this market seem to expect it to rise to 0.3 percent in a year. Adding to this the expectation of a slow end to interest rate hikes in the U.S., it could turn out that in 2023 Japan would lead expectations for interest rate hikes. This could significantly affect the yen or the Japanese stock market. Yen exchange rate and Nikkei The Japanese yen oscillated around the 132-per-dollar level on Wednesday, after rising nearly 4% during the previous session to reach levels not seen in more than four months. Overall, after the second intervention in the foreign exchange market, which took place in October, the USD/JPY exchange rate fell by 14 percent. This was a retreat from levels last seen in 1990. Going back to that history, and especially to 1998, where the Bank of Japan also intervened in the market at JPY 147-148, the USD/JPY exchange rate fell to JPY 102 the following year. If the Fed ended the hike cycle in the first half of 2023, such a scenario could be repeated. Source: Conotoxia MT5, USDJPY, Weekly The Nikkei 225 index fell 0.68% to close at 26388, while the Topix index lost 0.64% and fell to 1893 on Wednesday, extending the sharp decline triggered by the Bank of Japan's surprise policy change. Technology stocks led the market lower. Meanwhile, Japanese banks extended gains in anticipation of better returns from rising interest rates, including Mitsubishi UFJ (3.9%). Sumitomo Mitsui (4.1%) and Mizuho Financial (2.2%). Source: Conotoxia MT5, Mitsubishi UFJ, Weekly Daniel Kostecki, Director of the Polish branch of Conotoxia Ltd. (Conotoxia investment service) Materials, analysis and opinions contained, referenced or provided herein are intended solely for informational and educational purposes. Personal opinion of the author does not represent and should not be constructed as a statement or an investment advice made by Conotoxia Ltd. All indiscriminate reliance on illustrative or informational materials may lead to losses. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 75,21% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
Wage agreement may be game-changing in a way. First meeting of the new BoJ Governor Ueda takes place on April 28th

The Yen’s Upswing Was Triggered By The Unexpected Bank of Japan's Move

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 21.12.2022 13:11
The Japanese yen is unchanged on Wednesday, taking a pause after posting huge gains a day earlier. In the European session, USD/JPY is trading at 131.68. BoJ yield move sends yen soaring It was a day to remember for the Japanese yen, which gained a staggering 3.7% against the dollar. USD/JPY fell as low as 130.56, its lowest level since August. The yen’s upswing was triggered by the Bank of Japan, which stunned the markets by widening the yield control band to 50 basis points, up from 25 bp. The move, which was announced at the BoJ’s policy meeting, was completely unexpected as policy makers gave no hints of any changes prior to the meeting. The markets had assumed that any major policy moves would wait until after Governor Kuroda’s term ends in April. The band for 10-year yields has widened, but it’s important to remember that yield curve control policy, although modified, remains in effect, as the target of 0% hasn’t changed. At a press conference after the meeting, Governor Kuroda insisted that the move was not an interest hike. This is technically correct, although the effect of the wider band is the same, as Japanese bonds can now pay higher interest rates since the cap on yields is higher. Now that the dust has settled, the question is what’s next from the BoJ? The tweak to the yield control band can be viewed as a baby step towards normalisation, after decades of an ultra-loose monetary policy. There is now talk of the BoJ raising rates out of negative territory next year, which would mark a sea change in policy. The BoJ meets next in January, and the markets have priced in a rate hike at 22%.   USD/JPY Technical USD/JPY has support at 131.13 and 130.15  There is resistance at 132.83 and 134.12 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.  
There Are No Obvious Reversal Of GBP/USD Pair Signs Yet

The GBP/USD Pair Is Trading Just Above 1.20, The Australian Dollar Is The Strongest Today

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 22.12.2022 13:49
The US Dollar is weaker today as markets appear to be restoring their signal ahead of next week's holiday. Chinese words about stimulating economic growth strengthened risk sentyment. The Australian Dollar is the biggest gainer today as the generally more optimistic sentiment towards risky assets helped to bolster it. Later in the day, the focus will be on US GDP, which is expected to improve for the third time in a row, revealing a downside risk for the EUR/USD pair. In addition, central banks must balance the need to fight inflation with the risk of further deepening of the economic slowdown. EUR/USD EUR/USD keeps trading above 1.06 for another day. For a significant part of the day, the pair traded in the range of 1.0630-1.0660. It is currently trading below 1.0630, 1.0622 to be precise The euro has a strong start to Thursday's European session with the dollar weakening. In addition, de Guindos of the European Central Bank (ECB) upheld the hawkish narrative, stating that "50 basis points may soon become the new standard" to quell rising inflationary pressures in the eurozone. GBP/USD The cable pair dropped to 1.2040. The British pound traded around $1.21, down slightly from its recent six-month high of $1.2446 as investors weighed less hawkish BoE and economic outlook. Analysts mainly see the risk of the pound falling between now and the end of the year as the UK economy is stuck in stagflation conditions. The outlook for the UK is still pretty bleak. The UK economy contracted slightly more than originally estimated in the third quarter and business investment performed poorly, the Office for National Statistics said on Thursday. Household spending and business investment fell significantly, boosting expectations that the British economy was heading into recession. Most services sub-sectors experienced a slowdown, however, services output increased by 0.1% in Q3 2022, revised upwards from the first estimate of solid output. Compared to pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) levels, service output is now 1.3% lower than in Q4 (October-December) 2019. Read next: Credit Suisse Sold Building In Geneva | Visa Is Building Success At The Expense Of Small Retailers| FXMAG.COM USD/JPY USD/JPY dropped from 137.50 to 130.50 in no time. It has since stabilized. USD/JPY in the Asian session fell to around 131.70, in the European session the pair rose above 132.10. The yen firmed on Thursday, returning towards a four-month peak against the dollar hit this week after an unexpected tweak to the Bank of Japan's bond yield controls spurred bullish yen bets. Japan is the largest holder of government bonds and once again, if domestic yields move north, the world's largest debt market could be affected. The bank's new CEO is due to be appointed in April 2023, and there is a perception that he could pave the way for the new leader to tighten policy in the face of accelerating inflation. The yen is used as a funding currency by some investors, and the rise in Japanese yields changes the price dynamics for these participants. AUD/USD Yesterday, at the end of the day, the exchange rate was below $0.67, but closer to midnight it started to increase. The new day will start with an increase in the Aussie pair. It peaked at 0.6769, then you start to fall. Trading is at 0.6726 The sentiment-linked Australian dollar outperformed its major counterparts on Wednesday, benefiting from a cautious improvement in risk appetite. The aussie also benefited from a general weakness in the US dollar, as well as hopes for more pro-growth policy measures in China. Earlier in December, the Reserve Bank of Australia raised its policy rate by 25 basis points to 3.1%, taking borrowing costs to a level not seen in a decade. Source: dailyfx.com, investing.com, finance.yahoo.com
At The Close On The New York Stock Exchange Indices Closed Mixed

Declines In Most Sectors In The US Stock Marker, Only The Energy Sector Rose. The Cryptocurrency Market Has Stagnated.

Conotoxia Comments Conotoxia Comments 22.12.2022 14:31
After a week full of interest rate rises, it seems that markets may finally be catching their breath, or at least most of them. The exception may be Japan, where the central bank there has announced a turnaround in financial policy. Macroeconomic data Monday saw the publication of several important macroeconomic data, including the German Ifo Business Climate Index for December, the RBA meeting minutes, the PBoC Loan Prime Rate and a statement and the Bank of Japan. The German Ifo Business Climate Index is an important index that measures business sentiment in Germany. The reading for December was 88.6 points, which was better than expected (87.4 points) and may signal an improvement in business sentiment in Germany. The previous reading for November was 86.4 points. The result may indicate that the German economy is in better shape than expected and could be a positive signal for other economies in Europe. The minutes of the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) meeting did not bring any surprises and contained no significant changes to the central bank's monetary policy, which is expected to continue to raise interest rates. The PBoC (People's Bank of China) interest rate remained at 3.65%, which was expected by the market. The Bank of Japan (BoJ) released its monetary policy statement and held a post-meeting press conference. The first steps were taken to tighten monetary policy, announcing a rate hike and increasing the level of government bond purchases. Because of this, the Nikkei index (JP225) may have fallen by more than 3% since the start of the week. Source: Conotoxia MT5, JP225, Daily On Tuesday, we learnt about the number of new building permits in the US, the reading for November was 1.342 million, worse than expected (1.485 million) and a decrease in permits compared to the previous month (1.512 million). The reading may indicate that the construction sector in the US is less active than expected, which could have a negative impact on the economy, potentially contributing to higher unemployment in the sector in the future. Wednesday brought the publication of more data. We learned about Canada's core inflation reading (excluding food and energy prices). The reading for November was 0.0% m/m, while 0.2% m/m was expected. This represents no change in the price level compared to the previous month (0.4% m/m.). On the same day, we learned the reading of the Consumer Confidence index, which measures consumer sentiment in the US. The reading for December was 108.3 points, which is better than expected (101.0 points) and represents an improvement in consumer sentiment compared to the previous month (101.4 points). This good result could be attributed to the pre-Christmas period. The last of the important publications concerned US crude oil inventories. The reading for last week was -5.894 million barrels (previously 10.231 million b.). Which could suggest a return to a further shortage of this crude. On Thursday, we learned of signs of a slowdown in the UK economy. The GDP reading for the third quarter of this year was 1.9% y/y. (2.4% y/y was expected). This is down from the previous reading of 4.4% y/y. Due to the holidays starting on Friday's session, some stock exchanges will close earlier than usual, which should be taken into account in investment intentions. The stock market Declines in most sectors in the US are unlikely to represent optimism about the 'Father Christmas rally' starting. We could see the largest in the new technology sector. TheTechnology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK), which tracks the sector's quotations, fell by 4.8%. Only the energy sector rose. This seems to have had something to do with rising energy commodity prices this week. Source: Conotoxia MT5, XLK, Daily This week gave us the last of this year's Q3 figures. Tuesday brought the release of financial results from Nike (Nike), the global footwear and apparel giant, among others. The company reported Q3 EPS of $0.85, better than expected ($0.65). Next is General Mills (GnrlMils), the food manufacturer reported EPS of 1.1, a reading that came as a positive surprise to analysts (1.06 was expected). Next is FactSet Research (FactSet), a data and analytics solutions company, reported Q3 earnings of 3.99 per share, 3.62 was expected. On Wednesday, we learned the results of Micron (Micron), a computer memory manufacturer, which reported an EPS loss of 0.04 in Q3 (-0.01 expected). On the same day, Cintas (Cintas), an apparel services company, reported Q3 earnings per share of 3.12, expected (3.03). Carnival Corp (Carnival-US), the cruise company, reported a loss of $0.85 per share in Q3, better than expected (-$0.88). Currency and cryptocurrency market After a week of decisions by as many as 11 central banks, we saw numerous interest rate rises. These seem to have changed some global currency market trends. The EUR/GBP pair saw the biggest increase, up 1%, but we saw the biggest changes in pairs linked to the Japanese yen. The USD/JPY exchange rate has fallen by more than 3% over the course of this week and now stands at around 132. This is a drop of more than 13% from its peak, and appears to have been triggered by Monday's announcement of a change in monetary policy by the central bank of Japan. Source: Conotoxia MT5, USDJPY, Daily The cryptocurrency market has stagnated. The price of bitcoin (BTCUSD) was virtually unchanged over the course of this week, rising by just 0.3%. One of the strongest gaining cryptocurrencies was ethereum (ETHUSD), which increased in value by 2%. The digital currency market appears to continue to remain in its sideways course, showing no signs of changing. It's time for Christmas to begin! As we begin the festive period, we will not know any more key data until the end of the year, and the markets have to accept that this year would probably do without the usual 'Father Christmas rally' during this period. Nevertheless, we would like this period to be the best it can be for all of us. The Conotoxia team sends its regards. Grzegorz Dróżdż, Junior Market Analyst of Conotoxia Ltd. (Conotoxia investment service) Materials, analysis and opinions contained, referenced or provided herein are intended solely for informational and educational purposes. Personal opinion of the author does not represent and should not be constructed as a statement or an investment advice made by Conotoxia Ltd. All indiscriminate reliance on illustrative or informational materials may lead to losses. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. 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The Results Of The March Meeting Of The Bank Of Japan Are Rather Symbolic

The Bank Of Japan Will Shock The Markets Once More Due To Inflation In Japan Has Increased

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 23.12.2022 09:34
The Central Bank of Japan's recent actions appears to have been intended as a warning. As of today, the primary measure of inflation in Japan has increased even further and reached its highest level since 1981, which will undoubtedly increase market speculation that the Bank of Japan will shock the markets once more by altering its monetary policy in 2023. The Ministry of Internal Affairs reports that consumer prices in Japan increased by 3.7% in November compared to the same month last year. The Bank of Japan's primary index's results and the economists' evaluation were in agreement. The growth of the index was primarily driven by higher food prices, which even outpaced the growth of energy prices. It is clear that a variety of government initiatives, such as funding travel, contributed to keeping prices below 4%, but the battle against high inflation is far from over. Those who trade Japanese bonds barely responded to these data: Benchmark 10-year bonds and five-year securities both saw modest increases, which caused yields to drop by one basis point to 0.205%. The foreign exchange market hasn't undergone many notable changes either. Notably, core inflation has gone above the Bank of Japan's 2% target for eight straight months. The main trend is strengthening, as evidenced by the current level of inflation, which is 2.8% when fresh food and energy are excluded. Now, speculation that the central bank is on the verge of a policy reversal will continue to be supported by recent actions of Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and recent data. Let me remind you that Kuroda shocked the markets at the beginning of the week when he announced that he would now permit the yield on 10-year Japanese bonds to rise to about 0.5%, which is twice the prior cap of 0.25%. All of this is a tactical maneuver to buy time before determining the future yield curve, which will change after the Central Bank's policy is altered next year when it is anticipated that interest rates will be raised. Many economists now anticipate that after the new governor assumes office, a policy change could occur as soon as next spring. Regarding the outlook for monetary policy, many analysts now predict that core inflation in Japan will reach 4% in December of this year before dipping to 2.7% in the first quarter of 2023 as a result of new government subsidies. Furthermore, data for January won't be available until after the Bank of Japan meeting in January, although economists anticipate that these subsidies will start to have a significant impact on inflation in that month. Regarding the USDJPY pair's technical picture, it is clear that the area around 130.20 serves as strong support over the long term. After the most recent news, the level of 121.10 will be the furthest goal. Its breakdown will trigger another significant sell-off in the vicinity of 126.20. It is not necessary to mention that the demand for the yen will decline in some circumstances right now. Regarding the EURUSD's technical picture, the demand for the currency is still quite weak, but there is still a chance that it will reach its December highs. To achieve this, a break above 1.0660 is required, which will cause the trading instrument to surge toward the new December high of 1.0700. You can easily climb to 1.0740 above this point. Only the failure of support at 1.0580 will put more pressure on the pair and drive EURUSD to 1.0540 with the possibility of falling to a minimum of 1.0490 if the trading instrument declines. Relevance up to 08:00 2022-12-24 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/330634
Analysis Of The EUR/JPY Pair Movement

A Rising Speculation That The Bank of Japan Could Tighten Policy In The Near Term

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 23.12.2022 14:17
The dust is beginning to settle after the Bank of Japan’s stunning move earlier this week.  At its policy meeting, the BoJ widened the yield curve on long-term bonds from 0.25% to 0.50%. The move blindsided the markets, which had anticipated a ho-hum BoJ meeting with no changes in policy. The announcement sent USD/JPY tumbling by over 500 points and has raised speculation that the BOJ could make further changes before BOJ Governor Kuroda wraps up his term in April. The yen has since settled down and the markets are keeping an eye on other releases. National Core CPI for November delivered as expected, as the 3.7% gain matched the consensus and ticked up from 3.6% in October. The BoJ also released meeting minutes, but these were from the October meeting. Some members voiced concern about the strong descent of the yen, saying it caused uncertainty and had many negative effects on the economy. It should be kept in mind that the yen was much weaker in October when these comments were made, but it does indicate that the yen’s strength is of concern to the BOJ. Another interesting comment was that the Bank needed to assess how the markets would react if the BoJ decided to exit its easy policy. After this week’s yield curve move, this point takes on added urgency, with rising speculation that the BoJ could tighten policy in the near term. Markets eye PCE Core Index In the US, there are a host of events today. The markets will be paying particular attention to the PCE Core Index, the Fed’s preferred interest indicator. The index is expected to slow to 4.6% y/y in November, down from 5.0% a month earlier. Personal Spending and Personal Income are also expected to soften. The US also releases durable goods, UoM consumer confidence and UoM inflation expectations. Investors will be paying close attention to the inflation and inflation expectation releases. The US posted strong numbers on Thursday. Unemployment claims rose to 216,000, up from 214,000, but investors liked that the reading was lower than the consensus of 222,000. As well, GDP for Q3 was revised upwards to 3.2%, up from 2.9% in the initial estimate. The solid is another indication that the economy is well-positioned to handle additional rate hikes, which the Fed has promised as it battles inflation.   USD/JPY Technical  USD/JPY is putting pressure on resistance at 132.83. Above, there is resistance at 134.12 There is support at 131.13 and 130.15 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.  
Bank of Japan to welcome Kazuo Ueda as its new governor

Bank Of Japan Threw A Hawkish Bomb | A Quiet Trading Week Is Expected

Swissquote Bank Swissquote Bank 27.12.2022 11:21
It has been quite a quiet start to the week with many major markets still closed for Xmas holiday, but no one saw Santa coming this year, have you? Japan, Azazon, USD On the contrary, the Bank of Japan led drama across the global financial markets reminded that the year will certainly not end on a positive footage, Amazon became the first US megacap to lose more than a trillion USD in market cap, and the expectations for the S&P500 are very much mixed… …even though the last trading week of the year is expected to be marked by a ‘Santa rally’. US PCE data, China A few encouraging news could, indeed, give a minor boost to equity markets, among them the softer US PCE data, and the Chinese reopening news despite hundreds of millions of new Covid cases that threaten a smooth coming back. Watch the full episode to find out more! 0:00 Intro 0:31 Kuroda bangs the last nail on Santa’s coffin 4:16 US inflation gives further easing signs 5:19 But stock investors may not get too excited… 6:17 Amazon lost $1 trillion market cap 8:28 Expect thin trading before year-end 8:56 Hectic China reopening could still boost crude oil Ipek Ozkardeskaya Ipek Ozkardeskaya has begun her financial career in 2010 in the structured products desk of the Swiss Banque Cantonale Vaudoise. She worked at HSBC Private Bank in Geneva in relation to high and ultra-high net worth clients. In 2012, she started as FX Strategist at Swissquote Bank. She worked as a Senior Market Analyst in London Capital Group in London and in Shanghai. She returned to Swissquote Bank as Senior Analyst in 2020. #hawkish #BoJ #ECB #Fed #USD #EUR #GBP #JPY #Amazon #crudeoil #China #Covid #reopening #SPX #Dow #Nasdaq #investing #trading #equities #stocks #cryptocurrencies #FX #bonds #markets #news #Swissquote #MarketTalk #marketanalysis #marketcommentary _____ Learn the fundamentals of trading at your own pace with Swissquote's Education Center. Discover our online courses, webinars and eBooks: https://swq.ch/wr _____ Discover our brand and philosophy: https://swq.ch/wq Learn more about our employees: https://swq.ch/d5 _____ Let's stay connected: LinkedIn: https://swq.ch/cH
WTI Oil Shows Signs of Short-Term Uptrend Amid Medium-Term Uptrend Phase

GBP/USD Is Struggling, The Aussie Pair Have Good Day And Is Trading Above 0.67$, The EUR/USD Is Trading Above 1.0650

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 27.12.2022 13:16
Data released by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis on Friday revealed that the Core Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) price index rose 0.2% m/m in November. The annual core PCE price index, the Fed's preferred measure of inflation, fell to 4.7% over the same period from 5% in October. Ahead of the Christmas break, Wall Street's major indices posted gains on Friday and failed to find demand for the US dollar. China has said it will lift quarantine requirements for incoming visitors, further easing three years of border controls to contain COVID-19. China's reopening, which also entails a resumption of Chinese tourist outbound trips, will boost the consumer and service sectors outside the country, particularly in nearby Southeast Asia. As a result, the dollar weakened significantly on Tuesday as most emerging Asian currencies strengthened and risk appetite. Currencies in New Zealand and Australia also rose. It is too early to tell how China's reopening will affect global economic activity, but there appears to have been a positive shift in risk sentiment after the three-day weekend. Attention will also focus on the US economic report, which will include the October housing price index and November data on the balance of trade in goods. Investors, however, are likely to ignore these numbers and focus on risk perception. USD/JPY The yen's strength didn't last long and I'm already seeing a slight increase in USD/JPY today. Today, USD/JPY is back to trading above 133. The pair is trading around 133.30. The weakness of the pair, however, does not excuse the recent mixed data from the US and Japan, let alone comments trying to challenge the political hawks at the Bank of Japan (BOJ). That said, Japan's unemployment rate fell to 3.5% in November from 3.6% previously expected, while the jobs/apprentices ratio again printed 1.35 in the month in question compared to 1.33 market forecasts. Moreover, retail trade growth fell to 2.6%YoY against 2.8% of market consensus and 4.4% previously revised upwards. EUR/USD In recent days, the currency pair has been trading in a short range between $1.0580 and $1.0650. Currently, it is trading slightly above this range, signaling an uptrend. EUR/USD has continued its move higher. The pair is taking advantage of US dollar weakness extensively as risk flows dominate further moves to reopen China. Taking advantage of the weakness of the US currency, the EUR/USD pair is up today and is trading around 1.0650, mostly just above that level. Today's high level so far has been 1.0671.   GBP/USD GBP/USD lost its bullish momentum after encountering resistance near 1.2100 early in the European session on Tuesday. GBP/USD drops towards 1.2050 on light trading as UK markets are closed for Christmas. The pair is downplaying the risk sentiment surrounding China that is weakening the US dollar. China announced earlier in the day that it would lift quarantine requirements for travelers from January 8 as part of its reopening efforts. Over the weekend, Chinese officials said they would stop publishing daily revisions to the number of confirmed coronavirus cases. It is worth noting that the valuation of the US dollar through risk perception should continue to drive the pair's actions. Today, the situation of the cable pair is downside with the current trade at 1.2036. AUD/USD The Aussie trades in a strong tone on Tuesday, supported by positive market sentiment. The pair is rising for the third day in a row, extending its rebound from 0.6650. It is currently trading at 0.6737. Source: investing.com,  finance.yahoo.com Data released by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis on Friday revealed that the Core Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) price index rose 0.2% m/m in November. The annual core PCE price index, the Fed's preferred measure of inflation, fell to 4.7% over the same period from 5% in October. Ahead of the Christmas break, Wall Street's major indices posted gains on Friday and failed to find demand for the US dollar. China has said it will lift quarantine requirements for incoming visitors, further easing three years of border controls to contain COVID-19. China's reopening, which also entails a resumption of Chinese tourist outbound trips, will boost the consumer and service sectors outside the country, particularly in nearby Southeast Asia. As a result, the dollar weakened significantly on Tuesday as most emerging Asian currencies strengthened and risk appetite. Currencies in New Zealand and Australia also rose. It is too early to tell how China's reopening will affect global economic activity, but there appears to have been a positive shift in risk sentiment after the three-day weekend. Attention will also focus on the US economic report, which will include the October housing price index and November data on the balance of trade in goods. Investors, however, are likely to ignore these numbers and focus on risk perception. USD/JPY The yen's strength didn't last long and I'm already seeing a slight increase in USD/JPY today. Today, USD/JPY is back to trading above 133. The pair is trading around 133.30. The weakness of the pair, however, does not excuse the recent mixed data from the US and Japan, let alone comments trying to challenge the political hawks at the Bank of Japan (BOJ). That said, Japan's unemployment rate fell to 3.5% in November from 3.6% previously expected, while the jobs/apprentices ratio again printed 1.35 in the month in question compared to 1.33 market forecasts. Moreover, retail trade growth fell to 2.6%YoY against 2.8% of market consensus and 4.4% previously revised upwards. EUR/USD In recent days, the currency pair has been trading in a short range between $1.0580 and $1.0650. Currently, it is trading slightly above this range, signaling an uptrend. EUR/USD has continued its move higher. The pair is taking advantage of US dollar weakness extensively as risk flows dominate further moves to reopen China. Taking advantage of the weakness of the US currency, the EUR/USD pair is up today and is trading around 1.0650, mostly just above that level. Today's high level so far has been 1.0671.   Read next:Shopping On Etsy Continues To Be Popular| FXMAG.COM GBP/USD GBP/USD lost its bullish momentum after encountering resistance near 1.2100 early in the European session on Tuesday. GBP/USD drops towards 1.2050 on light trading as UK markets are closed for Christmas. The pair is downplaying the risk sentiment surrounding China that is weakening the US dollar. China announced earlier in the day that it would lift quarantine requirements for travelers from January 8 as part of its reopening efforts. Over the weekend, Chinese officials said they would stop publishing daily revisions to the number of confirmed coronavirus cases. It is worth noting that the valuation of the US dollar through risk perception should continue to drive the pair's actions. Today, the situation of the cable pair is downside with the current trade at 1.2036. AUD/USD The Aussie trades in a strong tone on Tuesday, supported by positive market sentiment. The pair is rising for the third day in a row, extending its rebound from 0.6650. It is currently trading at 0.6737. Source: investing.com,  finance.yahoo.com
Bank of Japan stays on hold but policy adjustment is coming

Judging from ING expectations, Bank of Japan may hike the rate in the end of 2023 or even in 2024

ING Economics ING Economics 27.12.2022 16:39
The labour market continues to recover slowly but the sudden drop in retail sales should be temporary. We think the Japanese economy will recover modestly next year, but the Bank of Japan's policy normalisation (end of negative policy rate) is still a long way off  2.5% Jobless rate   Lower than expected -1.1% Retail sales %MoM sa Lower than expected Labour market continues to recover but no clear sign of wage growth The jobless rate edged down to 2.5% in November (vs 2.6% in October, 2.6% market consensus) while the job-to-application ratio was unchanged at 1.35. Labour market conditions continue to tighten but it is not strong enough to lead wage growth, which is sought by the Bank of Japan. Also, the jobless rate has fallen, but it was mainly because the number of workers that dropped out fom the labour market was higher than that of employment. We think that service employment in the tourism and hospitality sectors are likely to rise in the future, but manufactuting employment is expected to decline due to weak manufacturing and investment activities.  Labour participation rate declined in November Source: CEIC Retail sales dropped quite sharply In a separate report, retail sales unexpectedly dropped -1.1% month-on-month seasonally adjusted in November (vs 0.2% in October and 0.2% market consensus), for the first time in five months. Apparel sales fell the most (-7.5%) mainly due to mild weather, while motor sales increased (3.4%) in November. Looking ahead, we expect retail sales to rebound on the back of government subsidies for fuel and a revival of tourism. But, considering the high inflation conditions, the recovery is expected to slow slightly compared to the previous quarter.  Read next: According to investor and billionaire, David Tepper, Fed will keep raising rates| FXMAG.COM Bank of Japan Watch Market expectations are growing for policy change by the Bank of Japan. We also agree with that to some extent. But, as mentioned in our previous reports, we still believe that the Bank of Japan won't be in a hurry to end its negative interest rate policy. Prime Minister Kishida also noted that policy reviews between the government and the central bank are not being considered at this point, and it is more important who will lead the Bank of Japan when current Governor Kuroda steps down in April. As we enter 2023, Japan's inflation may heat up a little more, but without wage increases, inflation is not expected to be more than 2% in upcoming quarters. Thus, the spring salary negotiation next year is the most important to watch for further meaningful policy change for the Bank of Japan. We think once the new govenor is appointed, then the policy review will follow in the second quarter of 2023. Another tweak in yield curve control is possible in the first half of 2023, but a rate hike is expected in late 2023 or early 2024.  Read this article on THINK TagsRetail sales Labour market Bank of Japan 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
Saxo Bank Podcast: The Bank Of Japan Meeting And More

Japan Is Expected That Manufacturing Output Is Likely To Deteriorate In The First Quarter Of 2023

ING Economics ING Economics 28.12.2022 08:35
The recent release of data, including exports, retail sales, and industrial production, signals that the Japanese economy is still very fragile and thus supports the Bank of Japan's view that easing monetary policy should continue Industrial production in Japan fell for the third consecutive month in November -0.1% Industrial Production %MoM sa Higher than expected Industrial production fell as global demand weakened Japan's industrial production declined -0.1% month-on-month seasonally adjusted in November (vs -3.2% in October and -0.2% market consensus), recording a third consecutive monthly drop. In sequential terms, IP growth contracted to -1.4% 3Mo3M sa (vs 5.8% in September), meaning sluggish manufacturing activities will drag the current quarter's GDP.  Even worse news is that manufacturing output is likely to deteriorate in the first quarter of next year, given that IP is unlikely to rebound for the next few months. The sluggish exports in early December suggest a weak IP in December. China's reopening will eventually boost Japan's IP, but we think the positive effects will only be realized by the second quarter of 2023 or the second half of 2023. In our view, the Bank of Japan will maintain its accomodative policy stance for a considerable time. The BoJ meeting minutes revealed that several board members distinguished yield curve control band widening from policy tightening while the BoJ announced an unscheduled bond buying, driving the JPY weakness, hitting 134 again this morning. The BoJ is trying to give the market a stronger signal that their easing policy has not come to an end yet.  November IP contracted in sequential terms Source: CEIC Read this article on THINK TagsJapan production Industrial Production Bank of Japan   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 price may be stealing the show soon. We could say that this week Bank of Japan decision draws more attention than usually

The Bank Of Japan Must Maintain The Easy Policy As The Japanese Economy Is In A Critical Phase

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 28.12.2022 08:56
USD/JPY has slipped marginally to near 134.00, however, the upside is still favored amid uncertainty in the market. Federal Reserve might look for returning to policy easing led by the recent decline in retail demand and economic activities. The expression of loose monetary policy continuation in the Bank of Japan’s summary of opinions has weakened the Japanese Yen. USD/JPY may display more upside after a Rising Channel breakout and bullish signs from the momentum oscillator. USD/JPY pair has sensed long liquidations after a vertical rally around 134.40 in the early European session. The asset has corrected marginally to near 134.10, however, the corrective move seems healthy for the major as the market sentiment is still risk-averse. The Japanese yen pair is expected to resume its upside journey for recapturing the critical resistance of 135.00 ahead. Meanwhile, S&P500 futures are displaying a subdued performance as the market participants are getting anxious amid the festive mood. The 500 United States stock basket witnessed selling pressure on Tuesday led by weakness in technology stocks and a decline in International Trade Deficit. The return on 10-year US Treasury bonds has trimmed below 3.85% but is still showing promising signs of recovery ahead. The US Dollar Index (DXY) is struggling to surpass the crucial resistance of 104.00, however, the upside is still favored amid uncertainty in the global market towards the rapid reopening approach of the Chinese administration. Federal Reserve might return to policy easing sooner Recent decline in the United States Durable Goods Orders and Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) Price Index have delivered an expression of a slowdown in inflation expectations further. A sheer decline in the demand for durable goods, and consumption expenditure by households are critical for a decline in inflationary pressures. And now, a decline in Tuesday’s International Deficit as firms are restricting themselves from expanding operations due to higher interest obligations is going to compel the Federal Reserve to return to policy easing context sooner. On Tuesday, the US Census Bureau reported that Exports of goods for November were $168.9 billion, $5.3 billion less than October exports while Imports of goods for November were $252.2 billion, $20.8 billion less than October imports. This indicates a decline in overall economic activities, which might result in lower employment opportunities in the CY2023. United States economy is far from recession Market participants have been debating over the United States economy getting into recession and a higher Unemployment Rate to achieve price stability. As the Federal Reserve is hiking interest rates dramatically, economists have been compelled to trim Gross Domestic Product (GDP) projections and firms get restricted from executing of expansion plans. Thomas M. Mertens, a Researcher from the Federal Reserve (Fed) Bank of San Francisco’s Economic Research Department came out with a recession predictor based on macroeconomic time series, particularly the jobless unemployment rate. He cited that no predictors indicate an upcoming recession over the next two quarters currently. And, the jobless rate does not currently signal an impending recession. Bank of Japan’s Summary of Opinions favors easy monetary policy ahead In the Summary of Opinions by the Bank of Japan, the central bank cleared that widening of the yield band was meant to address distortion in 10-year Japanese Government Bonds (JGBs) pricing but this is not a step toward an exit from ultra-easy policy, as reported by Reuters. The expression from the Bank of Japan’s summary of opinions indicates that the central bank must maintain the easy policy as the Japanese economy is in a critical phase in hitting the price goal. No doubt, the economy is showing signs of wage rises, and a positive economic cycle but it is appropriate to maintain an easy policy for time being. USD/JPY technical outlook USD/JPY is on the verge of kissing the horizontal resistance plotted from the December 14 low around 134.52. The US Dollar is extremely strong as the asset has delivered a breakout of the Rising Channel chart pattern formed on an hourly scale. The pair has scrolled above the 200-period Exponential Moving Average (EMA) at 133.88, which indicates that the long-term trend has turned bullish. Meanwhile, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) (14) has shifted into the bullish range of 60.00-80.00, which signals that the upside momentum has been triggered.     search   g_translate    
Rising U.S. Treasury Bond Yields Have Helped The USD/JPY Bulls

There Are Many Indications That In Spring In Japan, Large Companies And Trade Unions Will Negotiate Higher Wages

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 28.12.2022 11:57
The Japanese yen continues to lose ground this week and is in negative territory on Wednesday. In the European session, USD/JPY is trading at 134.11, up 0.49%. Post-Christmas holiday trading remains thin, but USD/JPY has made steady gains and climbed 1% this week. The US dollar has recovered somewhat after last Tuesday’s slide when it fell a staggering 3.8% after the BoJ widened its yield curve band. The move blindsided the markets, which had not expected any major policy moves prior to the end of Governor Kuroda’s term in April. Summary of Opinions – no exit from loose policy Investors were all ears as the BoJ released today the summary of opinions from last week’s dramatic meeting. The summary of opinions showed that several of the nine board members said that the tweak to yield control was aimed at enhancing the current stimulus programme rather than ending it. This reiterated what Governor Kuroda stated in a press conference after the meeting. Still, speculation remains high that the BoJ could take further steps that tighten policy, and even exit the Bank’s ultra-loose policy, especially with inflation running at a 40-year high. The summary of opinions indicated that members discussed rising inflation and the possibility that higher wages would remove the risk of a return to deflation. The BoJ has been focused on wages, arguing that strong wage growth will ensure that inflation is sustainable, as opposed to inflation that is driven by higher costs for energy and raw materials. The government is also making wages a top priority, and there are indications that major companies and labour unions will negotiate higher wages in the spring. If the BoJ sees that wages are rising it could raise its yield curve control target, which is currently around 0% for 10-year bonds. The BoJ will likely be back in the headlines shortly, with its next meeting on Jan. 17th and 18th. Read next: Leading Used Tesla Prices Fall Faster Than The Market| FXMAG.COM USD/JPY Technical  USD/JPY is testing resistance at 134.12. Above, there is resistance at 134.82 There is support at 133.25 and 132.29 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.  
Inflation In Japan Continues To Show An Uptrend, The USD/JPY Pair Is Going Down

Labor Agreements In Early 2023 Would Have An Effect On The Bank Of Japan's Decisions

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 29.12.2022 13:48
The Japanese yen has posted gains on Thursday, putting the brakes on this week’s dollar rally of over 1%. In the European session, USD/JPY is trading at 133.64, down 0.60%. This week has been marked by low liquidity, with many traders closing their books or taking a holiday at the end of the year. Japanese markets have been open all week, and USD/JPY has shown more movement than the other majors. BOJ defends yield curve target In a week that has been light on economic releases, the Bank of Japan has provided plenty of material for the markets. The BoJ shocked the markets last week when it widened the yield curve band on 10-year bonds, from 0.25% to 0.50%. The move had the same effect as a rate hike and sent the yen sharply higher. After the move, Governor Kuroda said that the tweak was aimed at making the yield curve more sustainable rather than removing it. Investors remain unconvinced, with speculation rising that the BoJ could raise the cap to 0.75% or eliminate its yield curve control altogether. The BoJ has tried to dispel speculation that further changes to the yield curve are on the way. The Bank announced on Wednesday and again today unlimited bond purchases, with the aim of defending its yield curve target, which is around 0% for 10-year bonds. The tweak on the yield curve band did not affect this target, which the BoJ has insisted will remain in place. What we are seeing here is a continuation of a cat-and-mouse game between the BoJ and investors, with each side testing the resolve of the other. In October, the yen fell close to 152 before the Ministry of Finance intervened in the currency markets and propped up the yen. Inflation is on the rise in Japan and has climbed to 3.7%, a 40-year high. The BoJ, however, remains unconvinced that inflation is sustainable unless accompanied by stronger wage growth. If labour agreements in early 2023 result in higher wages, the BoJ could raise its yield curve control target, which would be a massive change in policy. Read next: EUR/USD Pair Remains Within Its Horizontal Trading Range, The Aussie Failed To Break The Resistance At 0.68| FXMAG.COM USD/JPY Technical USD/JPY tested support at 133.62 earlier. The next support level is 132.62 There is resistance at 134.86 and 135.98 This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.  
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Unclear, "choppy" trading week and confusing COVID realities

Craig Erlam Craig Erlam 30.12.2022 19:28
Another big year ahead though Stock markets are limping into 2023, with investors seemingly making the most of the festive break to refuel for what is going to be another wild year. Equities are a little lower on the final trading day of the year but broadly speaking, over the last week there has been no development, just choppy trading with no conviction or direction. It would appear investors are positioned for an opening quarter of significant uncertainty, which is about right. So much now hangs on the economic data and how companies plan to adapt to a potentially impending recession. The data towards the back end of 2022 wasn’t as promising as hoped and the communication from the Fed and others has remained more hawkish than investors would like. Read next: “Eat the Rich” – review and story behind the Netflix mini-series| FXMAG.COM China’s move away from zero-Covid doesn’t appear to be going to plan with anecdotal evidence suggesting cases are soaring and the health system is being stretched. If it weathers the storm over the next month or so, it could bode well for the rest of the year but past evidence suggests the road to zero restrictions is filled with potholes. The decision by the BoJ to tweak its yield curve control policy tool could also backfire as traders view it as the first step towards abandoning it altogether. It may be forced to be even more active in the markets as a result as emboldened JGB bears seek to test the central bank’s resolve. 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. Limping into 2023 - MarketPulseMarketPulse
Analysis Of The EUR/JPY Pair Movement

The USD/JPY Pair Is Hoping For A Continuation Of Weakness

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 02.01.2023 08:40
USD/JPY is expected to surrender the 131.00 support as the USD Index has faced immense pressure. The FOMC minutes will provide a detailed explanation of December’s monetary policy decision. The BOJ is considering raising its inflation targets to 2% for CY2023 and 2024. The USD/JPY pair is hovering around 131.00 after a less-confident rebound from 130.78 as settled on Friday. The asset is hoping for a continuation of weakness, which might drag the asset again below the immediate support of 131.00. The major is likely to face significant heat amid weakness in the US Dollar Index (DXY). The USD Index remained in the grip of bears on Friday after surrendering its trading range of 103.47-104.57. The consolidation of two weeks displayed a breakdown as investors poured liquidity into risk-perceived currencies led by declining inflation expectations for CY2023. Analysts at Natixis cited the monetary policy expression by the Federal Reserve (Fed) is a restrictive one as the mortgage rate is higher than nominal wage growth in the United States economy. While S&P500 remained choppy on Friday as the trading activity was trimmed dramatically amid a festive market mood but ended on a subdued note. The 10-year US Treasury yields advanced further to 3.88% as the demand for government bonds dropped. This week, the critical event that will support the USD Index in gauging a decisive move will be the release of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes. The FOMC minutes will provide a detailed explanation of December’s monetary policy decision. Apart from that, the market participants will keep an eye on cues about economic projections and likely monetary policy action by Fed chair Jerome Powell ahead. On the Tokyo front, clear inflation projections for the next two years by the Bank of Japan (BOJ) are supporting the Japanese Yen. Nikkei reported on Saturday that the BOJ is considering raising its inflation forecasts in January to show price growth close to its 2% target in fiscal 2023 and 2024
Technical Outlook Of The EUR/JPY Pair Movement In Short Term

The EUR/JPY Pair's Investors Got Cautionary Ahead Of The Release Of The German HICP

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 02.01.2023 08:56
EUR/JPY is likely to drop further to near 139.00 as investors are cautious about Euro ahead of German inflation. Rising wage growth is infusing fresh blood into the Eurozone inflation. The BOJ has raised inflation targets substantially for CY2023 and 2024. The EUR/JPY pair dropped to the psychological support of 140.00 as investors got cautionary ahead of the release of the German Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP), which will release on Tuesday. The cross dropped sharply late Friday as investors poured funds into the Japanese Yen led by the bond-buying program from the Bank of Japan (BOJ) last week. The Euro is likely to witness a power-pack action after the release of the German HICP. As per the projections, the inflation indicator is seen higher at 11.8% vs. the former release of 11.3%. Lately, European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde cited the rising wage rate as responsible for the continuous escalation of inflationary pressures. ECB President cited that the central bank must prevent this from adding to already high inflation, as reported by Reuters. Meanwhile, analysts at Natixis believe that “In the Eurozone, the real long-term interest rate is well below potential growth, and the mortgage rate is lower than nominal wage growth; monetary policy is therefore completely expansionary.” Apart from the German Inflation data, investors will also focus on German Unemployment data. The Unemployment Change (Dec) is expected to escalate to 27K against the former release of 17K. While the jobless rate might trim to 5.5% from the former release of 5.6%. On the Tokyo front, the higher inflation forecast by the Bank of Japan (BOJ) is supporting the Japanese Yen bulls. Nikkei reported that the BOJ is considering raising its inflation forecasts in January to show price growth close to its 2% target in fiscal 2023 and 2024. While the core Consumer Price Index (CPI) is seen rising around 3% in fiscal 2022, between 1.6% and 2% in fiscal 2023, and nearly 2% in fiscal 2024
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Saxo Bank Podcast: The Summary Of The End Of 2022 In The Markets

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 02.01.2023 10:57
Summary:  Today, we look at how markets closed last year, noting the weakening of the US dollar in to year-end even as US treasury yields backed up into year end. Despite those higher yields, USDJPY trades near multi-month lows in anticipation of the Bank of Japan and the Fed moving in opposite directions with their policy for the balance of this year. Elsewhere, we dive into commodity positioning and the energy market as mild weather continues to drive gas and power prices down in Europe while crude oil actually rallied. A look at energy stories to track this year and more also on today's pod, which features Peter Garnry on equities, Ole Hansen on commodities and John J. Hardy hosting and on FX. Listen to today’s podcast - slides are available via the link. Follow Saxo Market Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher If you are not able to find the podcast on your favourite podcast app when searching for Saxo Market Call, please drop us an email at marketcall@saxobank.com and we'll look into it.   Questions and comments, please! We invite you to send any questions and comments you might have for the podcast team. Whether feedback on the show's content, questions about specific topics, or requests for more focus on a given market area in an upcoming podcast, please get in touch at marketcall@saxobank.com. Source: Podcast: First weeks of a New Year often pivotal | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
The USD/JPY Price Reversed From The Lower Limit

The Japanese Yen (JPY) Started 2023 With Modest Gains

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 02.01.2023 12:27
The yen started 2023 with modest gains on Monday as traders weighed the risk of further technical strength amid thin holiday trading. The Japanese currency rose 0.3% to 130.77 per dollar in early trading in Tokyo. A close below the dollar-yen's August low of 130.41 would open up the door for further declines in the pair, according to chart watchers. Some investors were opening small short-dollar positions in case a break occurs in the absence of normal market liquidity, said some Asia-based currency traders familiar with the transactions who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly. The yen is up about 16% from its October low amid government intervention, hopes for slowing US rate hikes and speculation about a possible policy shift from the Bank of Japan this year. The BOJ's unexpected December decision to tweak its yield curve control parameters is seen by many as a sign that its ultra-easy monetary policy might soon be coming to an end. Read next: Twitter Did Not Pay $136,260 Rent, Microsoft Reported Its Worst Quarterly Results In Years| FXMAG.COM Relevance up to 09:00 2023-01-03 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/331287
The British Pound Is Showing Signs Of Exhaustion Of The Bullish Force

FX: The US Dollar And Sterling (GBP) Starting Off The Year In Worst Shape

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 02.01.2023 14:08
Summary:  The year is starting off with the US dollar on its back foot even as US treasury yields rose into year end as the market continues to believe that we are nearing the end of the Fed rate hike cycle, with easing to follow, while the ECB has grown increasingly hawkish and the Bank of Japan is seen further adjusting its policy mix under new leadership from early Q2. Will the first key data of 2023 on Friday play well with the market’s strong convictions? Today's Saxo Market Call podcast.Today's Market Quick Take from the Saxo Strategy Team FX Trading focus: USD stumbles into the New Year, with sterling also on its back foot. The JPY has risen to the top of the heap on the anticipation of a further shift in BoJ policy after Governor Kuroda’s exit in early April. Even with US yields backing up into year – particularly at the longer end of the curve – the market continues to express view is that the Fed is set for peak policy rates at the March or May FOMC meeting, followed by eventual cuts as soon as Q4. This has been the case for some time, with the only new information available in the last days of 2022 a particularly strong US Consumer Confidence reading for December that is rather out of synch with an anticipated dip into recession in the US. End-of-quarter and end-of-year flows may have been behind the surge in treasury yields and the weakening of the greenback, so we will need at least this week for a sense of how things are shaping up, and the most interesting test of the market’s conviction would be another batch of stronger than expected jobs and especially earnings data and another strong ISM Services print this Friday. Another important factor for the US dollar in the opening weeks to a couple of months of this year is the debt ceiling fight and how much brinksmanship the weak GOP majority in the US House is willing to engage in. As the ceiling approaches, the US Treasury runs down its general account with the Fed, currently at $400+ billion and capable of being run down to $100 billion or less, which is a net boost to USD liquidity. Once the ceiling is inevitably raised, with or without concessions from the Biden administration, the opposite effect swings into gear as the Treasury then builds its account again, sucking liquidity out of the market. EUR and especially JPY strength. The drivers (and some of the irony) of sharp JPY strength are discussed with the look at the USDJPY chart below. The driver of a strong euro into year-end was ECB President Lagarde finally getting religion on the inflation fight here very late in the cycle. The strongest evidence of how the market sees a divergence in the Fed vs. ECB forward is in something like the far forward 3-month short-term-interest rate contracts, which suggest that by the end of 2024, the Fed policy rate will be little more than 50 basis points above the ECB’s policy rate, at something like 3.50% for the Fed and just under 3.00% for the ECB. This has narrowed from well over 100 basis points in early November and something like 180 basis points early in 2022. A factor tempering the upside euro potential is concern that the ECB won’t be able to deliver as much as it would like for the market to believe it is capable of without triggering an ugly new aggravation of peripheral spreads as a weak economy like Italy’s can’t fund itself at 3% without QE. Italian Prime Minister Meloni has already http:been out complaining against the ECB’s communication style and the ESM. Read next: The First Trading Day Of 2023: GBP/USD Is Trading 1.2051, USD/JPY Pair Below 131, The Aussie Pair Is Around 0.68 And EUR/USD Above 1.0680| FXMAG.COM Chart: USDJPY USDJPY tanked into year-end, nearing the recent cycle lows even as US long treasury yields climbed into year-end. For most of 2022, long US yields were a very reliable coincident indicator, but the market has its sights next year on the decelerating Fed hikes that it eventually sees turning into rate cuts, while the Bank of Japan is seen further tinkering with its policy in the direction of tightening, particularly once Governor Kuroda’s replacement is found after his early April exit. Ironically, the anticipation of a BoJ shift is resulting in enormous QE to enforce the current regime. When yields were on the rise last year and the US 10-year yield first hit the current level of 3.85% in late September, the USDJPY rate was near 145.00. From here, the current USDJPY trajectory can only find support from a follow through from the BoJ in the direction of tightening (incrementalism remains a risk there) and a world that is diving into a classic disinflationary recession, with the Fed continuing to get marked lower. The challenge for this assumption would be a far stronger than expected global economy, with resilient US activity for another couple of quarters and inflation and a fresh surge in energy prices. Source: Saxo Group Overnight, we got a miserable official Non-manufacturing PMI for December from China as the end of Zero Covid early last month is likely reaching peak impact now and through the next few weeks, followed by a likely strong resurgence in Chinese demand. How the Chinese policy and its economy shapes up on the other side of the early Lunar New Year holiday (January 23) will be an important factor in how 2023 shapes up. Table: FX Board of G10 and CNH trend evolution and strength.The US dollar and sterling starting off the year in worst shape. The latter may be a durable theme this year as the Bank of England is set for QT – a tricky proposition for a twin deficit country that will have to find buyers of its paper outside of the country. Elsewhere, the outsized JPY strength is the most prominent development as this year gets under way. It looks excessive relative to the recent rise in global bond yields. CAD is paying for the Bank of Canada’s dovishness, but oil is a bit resurgent. Source: Bloomberg and Saxo Group Table: FX Board Trend Scoreboard for individual pairs. Note that the “ATR heat” is fading to light orange (second quintile of last 1000 observations) for about half of the pairs tracked here as volatility has eased in recent weeks. Will be watching USD and JPY pair status over the coming week or two for developments, which are often important on calendar year rolls, as emphasized for EURUSD in my most recent FX Update. Source: Bloomberg and Saxo Group Upcoming Economic Calendar Highlights US Markets Closed 0145 – China Dec. Caixin Manufacturing PMI Source: FX Update: USD stumbles into the New Year. | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
The USD/JPY Pair Tends To Keep The Trend In A Sideways Direction

A Negative News Flow From China Provides Indirect Support For The USD/JPY Bears

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 03.01.2023 11:53
The dollar-yen pair tested the psychologically important price level of 130.00 today, temporarily falling to the area of the 129th figure. The pair has updated a six-month low, but this is not surprising: USD/JPY bears consistently develops a downward trend. Looking at the weekly chart, we can see that the price is now declining as part of the next wave of downward movement. Three weeks ago, the Bank of Japan provoked price turbulence, which turned out to be in favor of the national currency. In general, the downward rally began in October last year, when the pair reached a multi-year price high (151.96). After that, the Japanese authorities conducted another currency intervention, thereby extinguishing the upward impulse. And further events also turned out to be in favor of sellers: the dollar weakened against the backdrop of slowing inflation in the U.S. and a decrease in the Fed's aggressiveness, while the yen received unexpected support from the Japanese regulator. And all this happened and is happening against the background of a kind of "election race" for the post of head of the Bank of Japan: traders react to statements by possible successors of Haruhiko Kuroda (as a rule, these statements are quite hawkish). At the same time, the dovish statements of Kuroda himself, who is guaranteed to leave his position in April, are ignored by market participants. And now the yen, after a short respite in the pre-New Year period, continues to strengthen its position due to several fundamental factors. First, there is growing confidence in the market that the Bank of Japan, having doubled the yield ceiling on 10-year bonds in December, has taken only the first step towards normalizing monetary policy. Last week, on New Year's Eve, Kuroda refuted this assumption. He stated that this decision of the central bank was due to "market and technical reasons." But traders, apparently, are betting that the regulator will further weaken its policy of controlling the yield curve in the future or abandon it altogether. The market is increasingly talking about the possible implementation of such a scenario. In particular, Columbia University professor Takatoshi Ito (who worked with Kuroda at the Japanese Ministry of Finance in 1999–2001) recently said that such a decision by the central bank is a kind of prelude to the rejection of ultra-loose policy. He did not agree with the current head of the central bank that inflation in Japan will slow down this year. Arguing his position, Ito points to the latest data on the growth of the consumer price index: in November, annual consumer inflation reached 2.8%, even without taking into account energy and food prices. This means that inflation may remain above the 2% target level in 2023, even if prices for energy resources and products stop rising. Moreover, according to Ito, this year's wage negotiations are likely to lead to significant increases, boosting consumers' purchasing power, triggering another spike in prices, due to stronger demand. By the way, Takatoshi Ito is one of the candidates to replace Kuroda as head of the Bank of Japan. Other likely successors to Kuroda are also saying in one form or another that the Japanese regulator may have to take the next steps towards normalizing monetary policy. In particular, former Vice Finance Minister for International Affairs Takehiko Nakao said that he favors a smooth transition from the central bank's ultra-loose monetary policy. In my opinion, the market has formed a common position on the interpretation of the December decision of the Japanese Central Bank. And this position boils down to the fact that at the end of last year, the Bank of Japan marked the beginning of the end of the ultra-loose monetary policy. In turn, "hawkish" comments of Kuroda's possible successors are further confirmation of this assumption. The yen is in high demand on the back of such conclusions. Also, we should not forget that Japanese currency has a status of a "safe-haven," so a negative news flow from China provides indirect support for USD/JPY bears. On Saturday, it became known that China's official Manufacturing PMI for December dropped to 47.0, contrary to expectations of a 48-point decline. As we know, the 50-point mark separates contraction from growth, while the Manufacturing PMI has been below the key level for the third consecutive month. China's Caixin Manufacturing PMI, released today, fell to 49.0 (with a forecast of a decline to 49.4). Economists polled by Reuters said the worsening epidemiological situation in China could lead to temporary labor shortages and increased supply chain disruptions. Meanwhile, a new wave of coronavirus infection is spreading in China at an unprecedented rate. Thus, the existing fundamental background contributes to the further decline of the USD/JPY pair. Today, traders tested the 129.50 support level (the lower line of the Bollinger Bands indicator on the daily chart), but then retreated to the area of the 130th figure. There is no doubt that the bears will again storm this price barrier in the medium term, overcoming which will open the way for them to the next support level at 129.00 (the lower Bollinger Bands line on the H4 timeframe). Relevance up to 09:00 2023-01-04 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/331353
Analysis Of The EUR/JPY Pair Movement

Any Strong Movement From The Yen Is Unlikely Today Due To Japanese Markets Are Closed

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 03.01.2023 12:45
The Japanese yen has posted winning sessions for three straight days and is in positive territory on Tuesday. Japanese markets are closed today for a holiday, so any strong movement from the yen is unlikely today. It’s a very light day on the economic calendar. There are no Japanese events, while the US releases Final Manufacturing PMI. Yen keeps rolling Japanese markets remain closed for an extended holiday but the good times continue for the yen. Since falling to 151 in October, the currency has rebounded and earlier today broke below the symbolic 130 level, for the first time since May. If USD/JPY closes the day below 130, that will give support for the downtrend to continue. The next target for a downside push is the 125 line, which has held since April. Investors would love to know what the Bank of Japan has planned in the coming months. The BoJ tweaked its yield curve band in December, a move that blindsided the markets and sent the yen flying higher. With Governor Kuroda winding up his 10-year term in April, there were no expectations that Kuroda would make any significant policy changes, and the focus was on his potential successor. Kuroda has insisted that the tweak was not a prelude to the Bank exiting its massive stimulus program, but the markets aren’t so sure. What is clear is that inflation continues to rise in Japan, which is putting pressure on the BoJ to tighten policy. This could take the form of further widening the yield curve band or eliminating the 0% target for 10-year yields. The BoJ next meets on January 18th and investors will be all ears. BoJ policy meetings used to be sleepy affairs, where board members dutifully announced they were maintaining current policy. This is clearly no longer the case, with the BoJ widening the yield curve band at the December meeting and board members discussing the impact that an exit from stimulus would have on the markets. Read next: New Record For Electric Car Manufacturer - Tesla Deliveries Increased By 40% Year-On-Year| FXMAG.COM USD/JPY Technical USD/JPY is testing support at 130.50. The next support level is 129.76, which has held since June There is resistance at 131.25 and 132.13 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. Source: Japanese yen breaks below 130 - MarketPulseMarketPulse  
China: PMI positively surprises the market

Demand For The Yuan (CNY) In The Onshore Market Should Increase

ING Economics ING Economics 04.01.2023 08:37
Risk aversion dominates markets at the start of the new year. It's a quiet day in Asia today. US ISM manufacturing data starts the pre-non-farm-payrolls data run  Source: shutterstock Macro outlook Global Markets: A very tentative start to the New Year from risk assets. US equities made small declines (S&P500 -0.4%, NASDAQ -0.76%),  though there were gains in Asian markets (CSI 300 +0.42% and Hang Seng +1.84%), despite the weak Caixin PMI data out of China. Yields on US Treasuries also hinted at some caution from investors. 2Y yields fell 5.6bp, and 10Y yields declined 13.6bp to 3.739%. Currency markets also echoed this rather gloomy backdrop, with EURUSD pushing back down to 1.0545, the JPY is up slightly to 131.31, the AUD has pulled back to 0.6719, and Cable is back below 1.20.  Most of the Asian FX pack lost ground to the USD yesterday, though the losses outside of the G-10 currencies were modest. The THB actually strengthened 0.58% on China re-opening hopes, and the VND also picked up some ground.   G-7 Macro: German inflation for December came in below expectations in December, registering a 9.6%YoY growth rate, down from 11.3% in November. This follows a 1.2%MoM decline in the price level. The decline was mostly driven by lower oil and gasoline prices (see also this note).  France releases December inflation data today. US manufacturing ISM data together with US auto sales rounds off a quiet day. China: The season of converting the dollar to CNY has come. Export receipt conversion should start around three weeks before the first day of the Chinese New Year (which this year starts on 22 January) and end around one week before that as manufacturers need to pay bonuses before workers leave factories for the holidays. That means demand for yuan in the onshore market should increase. What to look out for: FOMC minutes Japan Jibun PMI (4 January) Hong Kong retail sales (4 January) US ISM manufacturing (4 January) FOMC minutes (5 January) Philippines CPI inflation (5 January) Thailand CPI inflation (5 January) China PMI services (5 January) Singapore retail sales (5 January) US ADP, trade balance and initial jobless claims (5 January) Taiwan CPI inflation (6 January) US non-farm payrolls, ISM services, durable goods and factory orders (6 January) 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 Japan Central Bank’s Decision Sent The Yen (JPY) Sliding

The USD/JPY Pair Has Displayed A Recovery

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 05.01.2023 09:07
USD/JPY has rebounded after dropping below 132.00 as investors have shifted their stance to a risk-off mood. Upbeat US payroll data would serve as a reason for the continuation of hawkish policy by the Fed. The BOJ may continue to ease policy further to achieve higher inflation targets. The USD/JPY pair has picked bids after a corrective move below the crucial support of 132.00 in the Tokyo session. The asset has displayed a recovery as the risk-off impulse has rebounded firmly amid soaring anxiety ahead of the United States Employment data. S&P500 has sensed immense pressure as an expression of upbeat employment addition in the United States economy could serve as a reason for the continuation of hawkish monetary policy by the Federal Reserve (Fed) for the entire CY2023. The US Dollar Index has squared off its entire morning gains and is looking to recapture the immediate resistance of 104.00. Meanwhile, the 10-year US Treasury yields have also rebounded to near 3.72%. Friday’s US Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) data will be keenly watched by the market participants. As per the consensus, the US labor market has witnessed an addition of fresh payrolls of 200K in December against 263K reported earlier. The Unemployment Rate is seen unchanged at 3.7%. Although inflation has been softened in the past few months led by higher interest rates, the Fed is still worried that the low jobless rate could spurt the price index again. The sheer demand for labor would be compensated by higher wages, which would result in higher retail demand as individuals will have more money in pockets for disposal. Read next: Exxon And Chevron Abandon The Global Market And Focus On The Americas| FXMAG.COM Before the release of the official US employment data, investors will look after Automatic Data Processing (ADP) Employment Change data, which is seen higher at 150K against the prior figure of 127K. On the Tokyo front, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) is likely to raise fiscal 2022 and 2023 forecasts for the core Consumer Price Index (CPI) in its new quarterly projections, as reported by Reuters. A scenario of a higher inflation forecast will fade rumors of policy shift as higher inflation will be augmented by more policy easing measures from the central bank.  
The Gold Rally Is Continuing To Stall, This Could Be A Good Year For Crude Oil

Saxo Bank Podcast: The Gold Rally Fading, Crude Oil Ripping Lower And The Japanese Yen (JPY) Mean Reverting To Weakness And More

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 05.01.2023 11:56
Summary:  Today, we look at the market continuing to stumble around in the range, with little conviction emerging so far this year. Will this mean a trigger-happy reaction to incoming data? Elsewhere, we look at the gold rally fading, crude oil ripping lower and the Japanese yen mean reverting to weakness after its spectacular two-month rally, a likely sign of near-term exhaustion for that move. We also discuss Amazon chopping more jobs than expected, the still tight US labor market and much more. Today's podcast features Peter Garnry on equities, Ole Hansen on commodities and John J. Hardy hosting and on FX. Listen to today’s podcast - slides are available via the link. Follow Saxo Market Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher If you are not able to find the podcast on your favourite podcast app when searching for Saxo Market Call, please drop us an email at marketcall@saxobank.com and we'll look into it.   Read next: The Bank Of England Urgently Needs To Tame Stubbornly High Inflation| FXMAG.COM   Questions and comments, please! We invite you to send any questions and comments you might have for the podcast team. Whether feedback on the show's content, questions about specific topics, or requests for more focus on a given market area in an upcoming podcast, please get in touch at marketcall@saxobank.com.   Source: Podcast: Market stumbling around, awaiting incoming data | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
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The Bank Of Japan Says That Inflation Is Close To A Peak

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 10.01.2023 12:29
The Japanese yen continues to have a quiet week. USD/JPY is showing little movement on Tuesday, trading at 131.84. Tokyo Core CPI hits 4.0% Tokyo Core CPI, a key inflation indicator, was higher than expected and in December hit 4.0% for the first time since 1982. This was up from 3.6% in November and above the forecast of 3.8%. Food and energy costs were the drivers behind the uptick, but higher prices were broad-based, casting doubt on the Bank of Japan’s argument that inflation is mainly due to import costs. The BoJ says that inflation is close to a peak, but inflation indicators such as Tokyo Core CPI don’t corroborate that view. The markets were caught flat-footed by the BoJ in December when it suddenly widened the yield curve control band, and wary investors are on the lookout for further policy changes, such as another widening of the band or eliminating its yield curve control target for long-term bonds. Higher inflation is putting pressure on the BoJ to respond, and the monthly policy meetings are no longer sleepy affairs that have no bearing on the markets. The BoJ meets again on January 18th and in addition to announcing policy will update its inflation forecasts. High inflation has taken its toll on consumers, and Household Spending declined in November for the first time since June, with a reading of -1.2%. This was down from 1.2% in October and missed the consensus of 0.6%. The government has introduced an economic stimulus package that includes subsidies for electric bills and is counting on the measures to push inflation lower. Still, the package isn’t expected to make an impact until February, which means inflation could continue to accelerate in January. Read next: According To Analysts, Russia May Collapse Within A Decade, Guaranty Trust Bank Has Fined| FXMAG.COM USD/JPY Technical There is weak resistance at 132.13, followed by 133.30 131.25 and 130.60 are the next support lines This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.  
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The GBP/JPY Cross Is Likely To Display Volatile Moves

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 11.01.2023 09:28
GBP/JPY is failing to surpass the immediate resistance of 161.00 as BOJ is discussing an exit from its ultra-loose policy. Japanese administration and the BOJ will review their decade-long loose policy under novel BOJ leadership. The Pound Sterling may display significant action after the release of UK’s economic activities data. The GBP/JPY pair has sensed selling pressure after multiple failed attempts of surpassing the critical resistance of 161.00 from the past two trading sessions. The cross is likely to display volatile moves amid chatters over the review of decade-long easy policy under the new Bank of Japan (BoJ) leadership ahead. Discussions over a review of prolonged ultra-loose monetary policy by the BoJ are getting heated now.  Earlier, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that the administration and the BoJ must discuss their relationship in guiding economic policy after he names a new Bank of Japan (BOJ) governor in April. He further added that the administration is looking to revise its long-decade blueprint of beating deflation and may look for an exit from ultra-loose monetary policy. And, now former BoJ board member Sayuri Shirai said on Wednesday “Review of last 10 years can be conducted under new BoJ leadership, but difficult to envisage a major change in the policy framework.” It seems that the Japanese economy has considered high inflation environment a better way to combat the Japanese yen's weakness as other economies are constantly shrinking the supply of their respective currencies. Read next: According To Analysts, Russia May Collapse Within A Decade, Guaranty Trust Bank Has Fined| FXMAG.COM On the United Kingdom front, investors are awaiting the release of the data belonging to economic activities comprising Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures, Industrial Production, and Manufacturing Production data, which are scheduled for Friday. Meanwhile, the Bank of England (BOE) has cornered poor execution from Prudential Regulation Authority for their faulty risk-management systems as banks faced high exposure due to sheer market volatility in CY2022. Events like the collapse of Archegos Capital demonstrated firms’ large and concentrated exposure to single counterparties, as reported by Financial Times.  
National Bank of Poland Meeting Preview: Anticipating a 25 Basis Point Rate Cut

Discussion Of Bank Representatives On Financing The Ecological Transformation

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 11.01.2023 13:23
The problems of climate change are becoming a frequent topic of discussion. Many governments and central banks are taking action to increase ecological transformations. The difficult economic situation raises the question of whether, in the fight against inflation, it is necessary to undertake investment activities in ecology? In this article: Digitizing Asia Financing the ecological transformation through monetary policy Digitizing Asia The development of technology and digitization is very important. This was shown by the time of the pandemic, in which technology played a significant role. The digital landscape of Asia has grown in recent years, and its further development may be an even greater opportunity for the inhabitants of this region. Digital technologies can increase the efficiency of the public and private sectors, expand financial inclusion, improve access to education and open up new markets by enabling companies to serve distant customers. During the pandemic, for example, digitalization has improved the allocation of valuable resources to health and social services, enabling quick relief while controlling public spending leaks. Digitization helped maintain resilience during the pandemic, where combined with heavy fiscal support, remote working and online sales, it protected employees, students and businesses. The pandemic has accelerated the trend of digitization of the region. The percentage of patent applications related to remote working and e-commerce technologies has increased during the pandemic. As the data shows, Asia is the leader in online retail. But despite this, there are still regions in Asia where digitization is not at a satisfactory level, and the differences between highly digitized and low digitized regions may be of key importance for the whole of Asia. Greater digitalization can help boost productivity growth in Asia, which already has shown itself to be a leader in fields from robotics to e-commerce. See our latest blog for more. https://t.co/QDPoYNFZiM pic.twitter.com/cN22xOfdtv — IMF (@IMFNews) January 10, 2023 Read next: Pietro Beccari Will Be The Louis Vuitton’s CEO, Departures Several Top Executives At Rivian| FXMAG.COM Should the role of central banks in the fight against climate change be active? There are divisions among the world's most powerful central banks over their role in tackling climate change as policymakers focus on curbing inflation. US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the Fed would not become a "climate policy maker" or engage in matters beyond its congressional mandate. The Governor of the Bank of Japan, Haruhiko Kuroda, said that any climate-driven policy decisions must remain within the relevant mandates of central banks and avoid compromising the market neutrality of policy makers. Whereas, from the ECB, Isabel Schnabel said the Frankfurt-based institution needs to become more climate-friendly. Soaring inflation and rising interest rates have thwarted the ECB's plan to redirect its corporate bond holdings towards greener assets to support the energy transition. Should banks participate in the ecological transformation? There are many who are in favor of it, because by financing such investments, the country in which the bank undertakes such activities builds a positive image for future investors. But in a difficult economic situation where it is difficult to implement, the question arises whether to take action in this direction. It all depends on whether the governments of the countries will be able to undertake this task. Major central bankers dispute role in tackling climate change as they battle inflation https://t.co/tN2NI4I6oy — CNBC (@CNBC) January 11, 2023
Analysis Of The Euro To US Dollar Pair Situation - 30.01.2023

The EUR/USD Pair Maintains A Steady Upward Trend, The Aussie Pair Keeps Close To 0.69

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 11.01.2023 14:16
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell gave no policy guidance at Tuesday's panel discussion in Stockholm, and with other Fed officials saying their next moves will depend on the data, investors are very focused on the US CPI data. The dollar has weakened sharply in recent months on hopes that U.S. inflation is declining, which, along with some signs of pressure on the U.S. economy, is fueling expectations that the Fed is nearing the end of its rate hike program. In terms of energy, both the UK and the Eurozone have benefited from the fall in oil and gas prices, but with sanctions and price caps tightening on Russia, Russian retaliation could push energy costs up again. USD/JPY The USD/JPY pair is rising today and trading above 132.7500. What's more, the pair keeps its trade above 132.0000 for second day The current term of BoJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda ends in April, and former Bank of Japan (BoJ) board member Sayuri Shirai has called for a review of the Bank's policies over the past 10 years in light of the changing inflation landscape. Moreover, the generally positive tone in the equity markets is weakening the safe haven of the Japanese yen and providing some support for the USD/JPY pair. In addition, broader risk sentiment will be taken into account for short-term trading opportunities around the USD/JPY pair. Read next: Pietro Beccari Will Be The Louis Vuitton’s CEO, Departures Several Top Executives At Rivian| FXMAG.COM AUD/USD The AUD/USD pair traded above the $0.69 level in the Asian and European sessions. Currently the Aussie pair is below 0.69, trading above 0.6880 at the time of writing The Australian dollar remains high, continuing to push towards the five-month high seen on Monday near 0.6950. Today's retail sales were 1.4% month-on-month in November, well above the forecast of 0.6% and -0.2% previously. The year-on-year figure to the end of November was 7.4%, not the expected 7.2% and 6.9% earlier. The data shows a downward correction in retail sales in early 2021, but an acceleration in November. Today, the monthly CPI for November was also released, with the headline CPI year-on-year printed at 7.4%, above estimates of 7.2% and 6.9% earlier. Markets are currently divided over whether the RBA will deliver another rate hike in February. China changed its Covid-19 policy in December and the reopening of the world's second largest economy could provide further opportunities for Australian exports. Frosty relations between Australia and China appear to be thawing, which could provide additional stimulus to the Australian economy. Source: investing.com EUR/USD The EUR/USD exchange rate maintains a steady upward trend after reaching a 20-year low of 0.9535 in September. EUR/USD regained traction and turned positive during the day near 1.0750. Currently, the pair is trading just below this level (1.0743) European Central Bank (ECB) Governing Council member Mario Centeno said late Tuesday that the current process of interest rate hikes may be coming to an end. As for the inflation outlook, Centeno noted that inflation may encounter some resistance in January and February before starting to decline in March. Nevertheless, these comments had no noticeable impact on the euro's valuation. The hawkish narrative was reinforced by one of the more aggressive officials in Isabel Schnabel, while ECB's Villeroy spoke in today's speech, stating the need for additional rate hikes in the coming months. Given this, higher relative rate hikes could support the strength of the euro over the next few months. Read next: According To Analysts, Russia May Collapse Within A Decade, Guaranty Trust Bank Has Fined| FXMAG.COM GBP/USD GBP/USD extended its downward correction towards 1.2100 during European trading hours on Wednesday. Improving market sentiment seems to be helping GBP/USD to contain losses for now. The Bank of England (BoE) is projected to move slightly slower than other central banks (e.g. ECB), given that the rate hike cycle started much earlier than the ECB. Source: finance.yahoo.com, investing.com, dailyfx.com
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FX: EUR/USD Optimism Continuing To Build, USD/JPY Is Consolidating At The Lows

ING Economics ING Economics 11.01.2023 14:52
FX markets are consolidating ahead of tomorrow's important December US CPI release. But the dollar bias is lower. Business surveys point to a slowing US economy and, if inflation allows, the Fed will be in a position to ease policy later this year. Commodity markets remain bid on the China rebound story and we expect emerging and commodity FX to remain bid USD: Business pessimism builds We highlighted in yesterday's publication that the day presented two event risks to the building dollar negative sentiment. Those were Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's comments at a Riksbank symposium and the US NFIB small business confidence reading. In the end, Chair Powell avoided discussing monetary policy and instead warned against central bank mission creep into climate policy. And the NFIB survey was very pessimistic indeed, including a view on pricing power which ING's US economist, James Knightley, says is consistent with US core inflation dropping to a more comfortable 2-3% year-on-year area by the late summer. That core reading is currently running at 6.0% year-on-year and is expected to drop to 5.7% YoY in tomorrow's December CPI release - the key US release this week. Thus this year's FX market proposition remains whether US inflation can acquiesce enough to allow the Fed to cut later this year. The markets price a 50/60bp hike into the spring, then a cut of a similar magnitude by year-end. A further 150bp of easing is priced into next year. ING's house view is a little more aggressive, looking for 100bp of cuts this year and then a further 150bp next year. Assuming no upside surprises in inflation then and the increasing focus on China firmly supporting domestic demand, the risk environment is being read as positive. We note copper, a key barometer of Chinese demand, climbing back to $9000/MT in Asia today. We think investors will therefore be looking to sell the defensive dollar on rallies as they put money to work in 2023. As always, we think the short end of the US yield curve will play a major role in FX markets and as long as two-year US Treasury yields continue to hover near the range lows at 4.20/4.25%, the dollar will stay on the soft side.  DXY remains soft and we would say the near-term bias remains towards the 102.00 area, unless tomorrow's US CPI release throws a hawkish curveball. The US event calendar looks exceptionally light today, although we will start to see US quarterly earnings releases build through the week. Chris Turner EUR: Options market turns more bullish EUR/USD remains gently bid, buoyed by expectations of a Fed U-turn in the second half of this year, China reopening and a belatedly hawkish European Central Bank. On that subject, we have four ECB speakers today. Market expectations are firmly set on a further 125-150bp of ECB tightening this year - seemingly 50bp hikes in both February and March and a final 25bp in May to take the deposit rate to 3.25%. Our eurozone team agrees with this pricing.  Looking at the FX options market we can see EUR/USD optimism continuing to build. Measures such as the risk reversal - the cost of a 25 delta EUR/USD call option versus a similar EUR/USD put option - continue to move in favour of EUR/USD upside. As recently as October, the markets were prepared to pay 2% extra in volatility terms for a 3-month 25 delta EUR/USD put option. That skew for euro puts has now narrowed to 0.67%. The skew turning positive - in favour of EUR/USD calls - would be a big moment for the FX market. As above, the seemingly benign investment environment (despite the horrors in Ukraine) probably has investors wanting to buy EUR/USD on dips. It is the time of year when FX markets move on fixing flows from the asset management community. Today's EUR/USD bias looks towards resistance at 1.0785 and potentially towards the 1.09 area tomorrow, should the US CPI release oblige. Chris Turner JPY: Lots of focus on the BoJ USD/JPY is consolidating at the lows and the focus very much remains on Bank of Japan (BoJ) policy after December's surprise widening in the 10-year JGB yield target band. 10-year JGB yields continue to press the topside of the new +/- 0.50% band, with the expectation growing that the band will be widened to +/- 1.00% over the coming months. Despite the BoJ marketing these adjustments as a measure to address JGB market functioning, investors are reading this as BoJ tightening - and yen positive. Focus on the exit of the ultra-dovish BoJ governor in April means that investors will be very cautious selling the yen over coming periods. One month realised USD/JPY volatility is still at an incredibly high 16.5% - making the JPY far too volatile for any kind of funding currency - and we think USD/JPY can end the quarter somewhere near 128. Chris Turner CEE: Czech inflation to rise again Yesterday's meeting of the National Bank of Romania (NBR) brought a 25bp rate hike to 7.00%, as expected. Although we consider this to be the last hike in this tightening cycle, we feel that the NBR wants to keep the door open if needed. But probably the most interesting part is the dropping of the "firm liquidity control" commitment. While dovish in essence, we read this more like an after-the-fact acknowledgement rather than any forward guidance. The Romanian leu barely changed yesterday but we still think it should benefit from global factors, catch up with the lag behind the region and make another move below NBR levels. Today, the focus shifts to the Czech Republic. December inflation we think will show a rise from 16.2% to 16.4% year-on-year, above market expectations. However, as we showed earlier, there is still room for upside surprises. Moreover, fuel prices are the main reason for slower inflation than we have been used to, while inflation remains strong in other parts of the CPI. For the market, the higher number should be a reminder that the inflation problem is still with us and this may be the first opportunity this year to reassess the strong dovish expectations built up recently. At the one-year horizon, markets expect a 170bp rate cut, which is hard to believe given the current Czech National Bank rhetoric, the record strong koruna and the inflation profile. However, the koruna is looking the other way and ignoring domestic conditions. More important for it and the entire CEE region at the moment is the global story, the massive improvement in sentiment in European markets and gas prices below EUR70Mwh. This, in our view, should keep the positive sentiment in the region at least for the rest of the week and keep FX steady.                                Frantisek Taborsky Read this article on THINK 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
Saxo Bank Podcast: The Bank Of Japan Meeting And More

Asia Week Ahead: The Bank Of Japan Is Expected To Stand Pat, Indonesia Reports Trade Numbers

ING Economics ING Economics 12.01.2023 11:38
Next week’s data calendar features China’s GDP numbers, jobs data from Australia, and a rate hike by Bank Indonesia Source: Shutterstock RBA looking to jobs report next week for direction After the disappointingly high November inflation numbers, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will want to see some evidence of slowing in the labour market if it is not going to have to raise rates more than the additional 50bp we are currently forecasting. The consensus is for around 64,000 new jobs, which would indeed be a strong figure, and unless there was an offsetting rise in the unemployment rate, would probably prompt us to review our peak rates forecast in favour of an increase. We expect total employment of roughly 45,000 fresh jobs of which only 20,000 would be full-time jobs. Lending rate and activity data out from China The People's Bank of China (PBoC) will decide whether to cut the 1Y Medium Lending Facility rate (MLF) on 16 January. We expect the PBoC to pause at 2.75% as the economy is recovering. Furthermore, the government has emphasised that the central bank's actions should be more focused, and a general rate cut would not be considered a focused monetary policy move. After the PBoC’s announcement of 1Y MLF, Chinese banks will announce 1Y and 5Y Loan Prime Rates (LPR) on 20 January. We expect no change in these interest rates as banks usually follow the move of MLF and banks’ interest margins have been thinner. But the government has urged banks to lend out more loans, which may imply banks could be under pressure to cut. Meanwhile, China will announce activity data and GDP data between 10 and 27 January. We expect retail sales to contract deeper on a yearly basis while industrial production could turn from positive growth to mild contraction in December. This leaves the economy mainly supported by fixed-asset investments. As a result, GDP growth for the fourth quarter should be in slight year-on-year contraction. BoJ to reiterate dovish stance while BI set to hike The Bank of Japan (BoJ) is expected to stand pat after delivering its unexpected decision in December to expand the yield curve band. Governor Haruhiko Kuroda’s future guidance will remain dovish, but apart from that, the market appears to be pricing in additional normalisation steps from the next BoJ governor. Considering that Tokyo CPI inflation hit 4% year-on-year earlier this week, national CPI inflation for December is likely to climb up to 4%. But, pipeline prices, such as import price and producer price, are expected to be lower than in the past month.  Meanwhile, Bank Indonesia (BI) meets to discuss policy next week and we expect Governor Perry Warjiyo to start the year with a rate hike to support the Indonesian rupiah (IDR). Softer inflation reported in the past few months and fading growth momentum suggest that BI will likely opt for a 25bp rate increase which would widen interest rate differentials to support the currency. Indonesia's trade report to show slowing export growth Indonesia also reports trade numbers next week. With commodity prices moderating, exports will likely manage to grow a modest 6.2% while imports could contract for a second straight month. The trade balance will likely remain in surplus but could slide to $3bn, lower than the previous month and less than half of the record $7.6bn recorded in April last year. With the trade surplus fading, we could see the IDR missing a key support in 2023, which could suggest some depreciation pressure on the currency this year. Key events in Asia next week Source: Refinitiv, ING Read this article on THINK TagsAsia week ahead 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
Forex: On Friday US dollar against Japanese yen increased by 0.9%

According to Yomiuri newspaper, Bank of Japan will have a look into the side effects of loose monetary policy

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 12.01.2023 15:58
The Japanese yen has awoken from this week’s slumber and is sharply higher on Thursday. In the European session, USD/JPY is trading at 130.96, down 1.16%. BOJ may be planning review of policy The BOJ has been in the headlines since the December meeting when it widened the band around its 10-year bond yield target. The move caught the markets flat-footed and the yen gained a staggering 3.8% the same day. The central bank meets on January 17th and 18th and investors will be keeping a close eye on the meeting. There have been reports that the BOJ will raise its inflation forecast at the meeting, and the Yomiuri newspaper reported today that the BOJ will review the side effects of its ultra-loose policy and could take measures to address distortions in the yield curve. The yen has soared in response to this latest report, as any steps towards normalization are bullish for the yen. Will the upcoming meeting be as dramatic as what we experienced in December? That would be a high bar to reach, but the meeting should be treated as a market-mover. Read next: GM, Ford, Google And Solar Producers Would Work Together To Set Standards For Increasing The Use Of VPPs| FXMAG.COM There is a feeling of optimism ahead of today’s US inflation report. The forecast is for inflation to continue to fall, which is exactly what investors want to hear. The consensus for headline inflation stands at 6.5%, following the November gain of 7.1%. The core rate is also expected to ease, with a forecast of 5.7% in December, compared to 6.0% in November. If inflation, particularly the core rate, falls as expected, the US dollar will likely lose ground, as the Fed would have good reason to slow the pace of tightening and could afford to be less hawkish in its stance. USD/JPY Technical 132.13 has strengthened in resistance following the yen’s strong gains. 133.28 is the next resistance line. 131.68 and 129.49 are the next support lines 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. Japanese yen jumps on BoJ report - MarketPulseMarketPulse
The Commodities Digest: US Crude Oil Inventories Decline Amidst Growing Supply Risks

CPI In The US Slowed Down Further, Falling To 6.5% y/y With Expectations

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 13.01.2023 09:13
Summary:  The market churned wildly in the wake of perfectly in-line US CPI data yesterday after perhaps hoping for even stronger signs of decelerating inflationary pressures than the data delivered. Alas, in the end the market celebrated the data, sending US treasury yields and the USD lower and risk sentiment higher, with the S&P 500 testing its 200-day moving average. Gold touched $1,900 per ounce.   What is our trading focus? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) US equities chopped around after the in-line December CPI data release, with the S&P 500 index taking a stab at trading above the 4,000 level and the 200-day moving average just above that level for the March future (and at 3,984 for the cash index – the cash index never traded north of 4,000 yesterday, peaking at 3997). For its part, the Nasdaq 100 has been interacting with the prior support areas now resistance around 11,550. Interesting days and weeks ahead as we trade up into pivotal technical levels just ahead of earnings season. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HIF3) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Hang Seng Index had a lackluster session on Friday trading sideways around yesterday’s close. Mainland’s CSI300 advanced 0.8% led by a bounce in domestic consumption, brokerage, and insurance names. China’s exports in December fell 9.9% in U.S. dollar terms from a year ago and imports declined 7.5%. The Chinese authorities have reportedly drafted an action plan to help “quality” property developers to strengthen their balance sheets. Shares of Chinese developers however have generally retraced and registered modest losses. The three Chinese state-own oil companies traded in Hong Kong advanced between 1% and 3% on higher oil prices. NetEase, rising 3%, stood out among China internet names. FX: USD drops on in-line CPI data. JPY strongest on BoJ expectations, falling yields The US dollar fell after a chaotic knee-jerk reaction to in-line CPI data, as the market may have been leaning for a softer-than-expected surprise. In the end, US yields dropped and risk sentiment rallied anew, the ideal combination for USD bears. The selling was most intense for the balance of the day in USDJPY, which probed new cycle lows below 129.00 and much of the move coming ahead of the US data as the market was busy absorbing the news flow from earlier in the day on the potential for a shift in BoJ policy at next Wednesday’s BoJ meeting. Japanese 10-year bonds continued to test the 0.50% upper limit of the permitted trading band, rising to above 0.57% by late Asian hours hours and testing the central bank’s resolve. EURUSD broke above 1.08 to fresh highs of 1.0867 with expectations of Fed-ECB divergence setting a bullish tone. EURUSD also cleared the prior highs and traded as high as 1.0868, while AUDUSD touched a new high of 0.6983, just ahead of the key 0.7000 level. Crude oil (CLG3 & LCOH3) seen heading for a 6% weekly gain Crude oil has rallied strongly this past week on China’s improving outlook and after US inflation continued to cool, thereby supporting the general level of risk appetite, not least through a weaker dollar. China, the world's biggest importer is expected to hit record consumption this year, a development already gathering pace with Chinese buyers becoming more active in the physical market as import quotas are increased. Gains in the energy sector being led by gasoline after its premium over WTI rose to the highest since August. In the short-term WTI may now find some resistance at $80, where the 50-day moving average is lurking while in Brent that level can be found at $84.75. Gold trades near $1900 as cooling inflation softens up the dollar Gold is heading for a fourth weekly gain as US inflation continues to ease thereby supporting a further downshift in the Fed’s rate hike trajectory. A broadly dovish tone from Fed members also supported gold as the dollar and bond yields softened. Trading just below $1900 and within an area of resistance, today’s price action ahead of the weekend will be important in order to gauge the underlying strength. Physical demand may struggle in the short term as traders warm to higher prices, not least in India where demand according to Reuters plunged by 79% in December from a year earlier. In addition, we have yet to see demand for ETF’s, often used by long-term focused investors, spring back to life with total holdings still hovering near a two-year low at 2923 tons. US Treasuries (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) drop, long yields perched near cycle lows The in-line US CPI data release yesterday saw a choppy market but eventually saw treasuries strongly bid later in the session, sending the 2-year to a test just below the prior 4.13% low at one point and the US 10-year yield toward the 3.40% pivot low from back in early December. A 30-year T-bond auction saw the strongest bidding metrices since last March. Read next: GM, Ford, Google And Solar Producers Would Work Together To Set Standards For Increasing The Use Of VPPs| FXMAG.COM What is going on? US December CPI in-line with expectation, boosts the case for a Fed downshift A further slowdown in US CPI as expected yesterday, as the headline slid to 6.5% YoY as expected from 7.1% YoY in November, stepping into the disinflationary territory on a m/m basis with a negative 0.1% print from +0.1% previously. Core inflation also eased in-line with expectations to 5.7% YoY in December from 6.0% YoY previously but still higher on m/m basis at 0.3% from 0.2% in November. Services inflation was still higher, being the stickier component of inflation, but with six consecutive months of softening in inflation, the Fed could take some comfort that its tightening moves are working. The market is pricing in another step down at the Fed’s next decision on Feb 1 to 25bps rate hike, but the terminal rate pricing still stands at sub-5% levels compared to a unanimous voice from the FOMC members calling for rates over 5%. Meanwhile, US jobless claims point to a tight labour market, unexpectedly falling to 205,000 from a revised 206,000 the previous week. Continuing claims also surprisingly improved, dropping to 1.63 million from 1.7 million. Resources companies: earnings upgrades could be on the cards Commodities companies are likely to start to upgrade their outlooks for 2023, ahead of reporting full year results in February. Iron ore, copper and aluminium companies in particularly are likely to upgrade their 2023 earnings as these respective commodity prices quickly entered bull markets +64%, +30%, and +20% respectively from their lows as China eased restrictions sooner than expected. The Iron ore (SCOA) price as an example, rose 2% alone in Asia today, hitting a new 6-month high. BHP shares in Australia hit a new record high of A$49.64 while Rio Tinto trades about 3% shy of its record, with both iron ore, and copper giants trading higher in anticipation of higher free cashflow in 2023. WASDE report sees corn prices jump the most since September The USDA on Thursday unexpectedly cut its outlook for US domestic production and available stocks of both corn and soybeans, a sign that an ongoing drought from last year may continue to underpin prices. The worst Argentinian drought in 60 years also led to a downgrade in the outlook for soybeans and corn production, some of that being partly offset by an expected bumper harvest in Brazil. One bright spot was wheat where the USDA raised its outlook for global production. Following the WASDE report corn (ZCH3) rose 2.5%, soybeans (ZSH3) 1.8% while wheat (ZWH3) was up by less than 1%. Sweden December CPI hits new cycle highs as weak krona aggravates inflation The December headline number came in at +2.1% MoM and +12.3% YoY vs. 1.8%/12.0% expected, respectively and vs. 11.5% YoY in Nov. The core data was +1.9% MoM and +10.2% YoY vs. +1.6%/+9.8% expected, respectively and vs. +9.5% YoY in Nov. What are we watching next? Bank of Japan meeting next Wednesday shaping up as major event risk The recent news flow and rumor mill sees the Bank of Japan announcing further tweaks to its policy next Wednesday at its meeting. Ironically, the anticipated further widening of its yield curve control “band” (de facto more of a “cap”) on 10-year JGB’s comes as long yields are dropping sharply elsewhere, accentuating the tightening of spreads between Japanese yields and those in, for example, Europe and the US. Earnings to watch The Q4 earnings season kicks off today with banking earnings from Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Citigroup with consensus expecting earnings to continue contracting among US banks before coming back to growth in 2023. The key uncertainty is credit quality in 2023 as it is linked to the degree of a recession or maybe no recession at all in the US economy. With higher interest rates level expectations are that banking revenue will slowly begin to accelerate and if high interest rates persist for an extended period, the longer-term growth for banks could be quite attractive. In addition, US banks have extended credit at the fastest pace in 2022 since the year leading up to the Great Financial Crisis. Overall, the Q4 earnings season is likely going to see an extension of value and tangible companies performing better than intangible-driven companies. Today: DiDi Global, Aeon, Bank of New York Mellon, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, UnitedHealth, BlackRock, Delta Air Lines, First Republic Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 1000 – Eurozone Nov. Trade Balance 1000 – Euro zone Nov. Industrial Production 1330 – US Dec. Import Price Index 1500 – US Fed’s Kashkari (Voter 2023) to speak 1500 – US Jan. Preliminary University of Michigan Sentiment 1520 – US Fed’s Harker (Voter 2023) to speak Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher   Source: Financial Markets Today: Quick Take – January 13, 2023 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
US Stocks Extend Rally Amid Optimism Over Fed's Monetary Policy

FX: Weekend Profit-Taking May Pose The Biggest Risk To The EUR/USD Pair

ING Economics ING Economics 13.01.2023 10:06
An on-consensus US December CPI release has allowed the FX markets to revert back to the main event – a potential sea-change in Bank of Japan (BoJ) policy and perhaps plenty of downside in USD/JPY. That is the hottest story in town right now. Soft US consumer sentiment and softening inflation expectations should also keep the dollar bias bearish today Looking at the FX options market, USD/JPY remains the stand-out interest USD: Slip sliding away An on-consensus US CPI release yesterday did not interrupt this year’s narrative of the US Federal Reserve being able to cut rates later in the year and the dollar being able to fall. As our US economist James Knightley wrote in his review of the release, it seems that it is mainly the shelter component holding the core month-on-month reading up here and shelter should start to come sharply lower in the second quarter. Consensus is now behind consecutive 25bp Fed hikes in February and March, followed by a Fed turning dovish over the summer and starting to deliver rate cuts later in the third quarter. The Fed taking rates back towards less restrictive territory remains a tailwind to risk assets – especially to emerging risk assets buoyed by China rebound expectations. Fund flow data show good momentum in Chinese equity ETFs, which is normally very supportive of the renminbi. It is a quiet day for US data, and a soft University of Michigan consumer sentiment plus declining inflation expectations can keep the dollar on the back foot. With USD/JPY expected to stay under pressure into next Wednesday’s Bank of Japan meeting, the DXY can stay biased to the 102.00 area near term. Chris Turner EUR: ECB will be happy with the stronger euro The ECB’s trade-weighted euro has now returned to levels seen last February. And actually, the year-on-year change in EUR/USD is now mildly positive. This will be welcome news to the ECB, where last summer’s 6% YoY EUR/USD decline was contributing to the inflation problem. With short-dated (two-year) USD swaps drifting to new lows for the move, EUR/USD swap differentials continue to move in favour of EUR/USD. And this is a theme which we suspect will play a greater role in EUR/USD pricing over the next 12 months. For today, the eurozone data calendar sees the release of November industrial production and the trade balance. We will also find out how much European banks have repaid of their targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTROs) drawings in January. The expectation is around €200bn, with the range being around €50bn-450bn. Any higher-than-expected repayment might be positive for two reasons: i) it would reduce excess euro liquidity and would be supportive of eurozone rates and ii) it might be seen as a sign of confidence as precautionary borrowing is paid back. Let’s see. EUR/USD remains on course for 1.0900 and possibly 1.0950. Weekend profit-taking may pose the biggest risk to EUR/USD, but 1.0750 should now be a good near-term base. Chris Turner JPY: Off to the races Looking at the FX options market, USD/JPY remains the stand-out interest. One-week implied volatility remains at a very high 20% and volatility for the Bank of Japan (BoJ) meeting next Wednesday is priced as high as 40% or a near 1.7% move in spot USD/JPY. As events showed yesterday with the 2% USD/JPY fall, even at these levels the FX options market may still be under-pricing volatility. This huge interest in USD/JPY is understandable. The BoJ may be on the verge of its biggest policy change in decades. Even short-dated JPY Interest Rate Swaps have started to move and are at the highest levels (near 30bp) since 2008! Clearly, USD/JPY has come a long way very fast, but some of the longer-term skews in the FX options market point to a structural shift in the market’s view in USD/JPY. We suspect few will want to stand in the way of the USD/JPY downside. 126.50 looks like the clear near-term target for USD/JPY. Chris Turner CEE: Higher EUR/USD is a small boost for region All the important numbers have already been published this morning. Romania's December inflation fell from 16.8% to 16.4% YoY, more or less in line with market expectations. In Hungary, on the other hand, inflation rose from 22.5% to 24.8 % YoY, less than the market expected. Later today, we will see the final December inflation number in Poland, which surprised in a flash estimate to the downside to 16.6% YoY. We'll also have some secondary data such as the current account in Poland, Czech Republic and Romania, and today, after the end of trading, Fitch will publish a rating review of Poland. The country is currently rated A- with a stable outlook and we do not expect any changes today. Also in Poland, the lower house of parliament will vote on a bill that should help unlock EU money and get access to €35.4bn. On the FX market, we found the CEE currencies almost unchanged after yesterday's US inflation number. However, higher EUR/USD today will give them a chance to erase this week's losses. But still, it shouldn't change much in the picture of a flat week. For the Polish zloty we see a return below 4.680 EUR/PLN and for the Czech koruna levels below 24.00 EUR/CZK. Hungarian inflation numbers should be good news for forint and we can go back below 396 EUR/HUF. Frantisek Taborsky Read this article on THINK 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
Kiwi Faces Depreciation Pressure: RBNZ Expected to Hold Rates Amidst Downward Momentum

The UK Economy Is Still Under Immense Strain, The Bank Of Korea May Be The First To End Raising Rates

Craig Erlam Craig Erlam 13.01.2023 14:48
It’s been another lively week in financial markets and one in which investors have become increasingly hopeful that 2023 won’t be as bad as feared. In a way, the week started with the jobs report the Friday before as it was this that enabled the enthusiasm to build. The labour market has been a major barrier to optimism as the Fed was never going to pivot quickly unless there were signs in the labour market that slack was building and wages cooling. We’re now starting to see that. That optimism has been compounded by the first monthly inflation decline in two and a half years and further sharp annual declines in both the headline and core readings. While the final hurdle to 2% may be the most challenging, there’s no doubt we’re heading in the right direction and the threat of entrenched inflation has greatly receded. Now it’s over to corporate America to potentially spoil the party as the enthusiasm on inflation is not yet matched to the economic outlook. We haven’t seen mass layoffs yet but a number of firms, starting in the tech space but spreading further, have warned of large redundancies in the coming months. The fourth quarter earnings season may bring investors back down to earth with a bang. The start of the year has been fantastic but the rest of it will still be very challenging. More bleak Chinese trade data That’s very evident in the Chinese trade data, as it has in the data of other major trading nations in recent months. Imports and exports both slumped again, albeit to a slightly lesser degree than expected. The drop in imports reflects the Covid adjustment which is likely weighing on demand and the local economy. Exports is a global issue, with those to the US and EU sliding the most, reflecting the challenging economic environment. That may not improve in the near term but there will be a hope that it could in the second half of the year. Can UK avoid recession? The optimists may put to some of the recent data as an indication of some resilience in the economy but I’m not convinced. Take the UK, for example. It may not be in a technical recession after all, with spending around the World Cup enabling a better performance in November, delivering growth of 0.1% after a 0.5% gain in October. Aside from the fact that December could be worse as a result, or some of those gains could be revised out, those numbers don’t change the reality of the cost-of-living crisis and if accurate, it more likely reflects shifted spending patterns as opposed to a more willing consumer. A recession may be delayed but the economy is still under immense strain. The end of the tightening cycle The Bank of Korea may be among the first central banks to bring its tightening cycle to an end, after raising the Base Rate by 25 basis points before removing reference to the need to hike further. This was replaced with a commitment to judge whether rates will need to raise rates depending on multiple factors including incoming data. I think most others won’t be far behind, with in most cases the end coming at some point in the first quarter. All we have to contend with then is the economic consequences of the tightening. BoJ under pressure to abandon YCC And then there’s the anomaly out there. I’m not talking about the CBRT which I just can’t take seriously and that’s saying something at the moment. The Bank of Japan shocked the markets in December by widening its yield curve control buffer around 0% and it’s been paying the price ever since. Another unscheduled bond buying overnight occurred on the back of the 10-year JGB breaching 0.5%, as investors bail on Japanese debt on the belief that the YCC tool is being phased out and will be abandoned altogether before long. This makes the meeting next week all the more interesting. Revival underway? The risk rally over the last week has even lifted bitcoin out of its pit of despair. It goes without saying that it’s been a tough few months for cryptos but the lack of recent contagion in the space, or new revelations, and the risk rebound in broader markets has lifted it off its lows to trade at its highest level since the FTX scandal erupted. It’s trading at $19,000 and traders may harbour some hope of a move back above $20,000, a level once deemed a disturbing low but now potentially representing a sign of a revival. 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.
Wage agreement may be game-changing in a way. First meeting of the new BoJ Governor Ueda takes place on April 28th

The Last Dovish Central Bank (Bank Of Japan) Finally Caved To Market Pressure

Franklin Templeton Franklin Templeton 14.01.2023 09:47
Latest thoughts on global central bank policy (continued) Growing more cautious In a period of extreme market volatility due to the political turmoil originated by the mini-budget announcement in September, later scaled down by the new government, the BoE had to hike by 125 bps over the past two meetings, bringing the policy rate to 3.5% in December. Although the last 50-bp move was anticipated, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) vote was a dovish surprise with two members voting for no change. The policy calibration will be set on a meeting-by-meeting approach with a particular focus on wage developments and the persistence of domestic price pressures they are likely causing. The burden of proof is thus on data and a faster-than-expected weakening in the labor market, which could lead to a slowdown in tightening going forward. Internal divisions within the MPC will deepen as the United Kingdom is expected to enter a recession. We now expect a terminal rate of 4.5% with one more 50-bp increase in February, although the policy path will be more data dependent than before, and  two more 25-bp hikes in March and May. After the delayed start due to abrupt moves in long dated gilts (UK government bonds) in the wake of the mini-budget, active quantitative tightening began in November without further complications. Close to peak rate After having slowed down its pace of hiking to 25 bps in November, Norges further hiked its policy rate to 2.75% in December. Despite data coming in on the hawkish side, the deceleration of tightening stemmed from a more careful calibration as some signs of transmission to the real economy became visible. Although the labor market remains tight and wage growth resilient, vacancies and labor shortages are decreasing, and house prices are falling faster than anticipated. The expected policy path was revised downward in the long end and now anticipates some cuts from 2024 onwards. As Norges Bank was the first central bank to embark on its hiking cycle (in September 2021), it will likely be the first to end it, but the hawkish indications from the Fed and ECB on the length of the cycle might add some pressure down the line. We still expect a peak rate of 3.25% by May, acknowledging downside risks to the call. Attentive calibration going forward With fewer meetings scheduled compared to regional and global peers, the Riksbank hiked by 175 bps over the last two meetings to a 2.5% repurchase (repo) rate. Going forward, a quickly deteriorating housing market and hawkish pressures from other central banks will require a delicate balancing act. Sweden’s interest-rate sensitivity is enhanced by a leveraged hou