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Major central banks to bring hike cycles to a close

We think that the aforementioned easing in inflation rates should herald an end to interest rate hikes for most of the major central banks in the first half of 2023. We think that the Federal Reserve will be done raising rates after its March meeting. At its final meeting of the year in December, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) took its first baby steps towards ending its aggressive interest rate hike cycle, delivering a 50bp rate hike following four consecutive 75bp moves. In its ‘dot plot’, committee members indicated that an additional 75 basis points of hikes may be on the way this year, though futures are only pricing in 50. The key message was that rate cuts are not on the horizon any time soon, and are not expected until 2024.

In our view, both the European Central Bank and Bank of England will follow suit in ending their respective hiking cycles in mid-2023. The ECB was the most hawkish of the three major centra

Trading Signals For The New Zealand Dollar To Swiss Franc Pair (NZD/CHF)

Euro Remains Under Pressure As European Gas Crisis Persists (EUR/USD, EUR/GBP, EUR/CHF), RBNZ Increased Cash Rate (GBP/NZD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 13.07.2022 17:26
Summary: US inflation at 9.1%. Retreating USD and buoyant commodity prices offered NZD support. UK GDP data beat market expectations. EUR remains under pressure due to gas crisis. Read next: US Inflation Reaches Nearly 41 Year High, RBNZ & BoC Increase Their Cash Rates  EUR/USD The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. Early on Wednesday the EUR/USD currency pair hit parity, a level not seen in 20 years. US inflation data for June was released on Wednesday and came in at 9.1%, a level that had increased since the May reading of 8.6%. Inflation has risen further despite the Fed’s continuous effort to drive inflation rates down through aggressive interest rate increases. The Euro will continue to remain under pressure amidst the European gas crisis which is far from over. EUR/USD Price Chart UK GDP Data beat expectations The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. With the UK GDP data coming in surprisingly strong in the mid-trading week has led Goldman Sachs to lower their expectations for a looming recession in the UK economy. All components of the UK economy played their part in contributing to the better than expected data: manufacturing production increased 2.3% in May against a consensus forecast for 0.2%. Industrial production grew 0.9% against expectations for flat output and construction output increased 4.8% against the 4.4% expected. EUR/GBP Price Chart EUR/CHF Currency pair The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The Swiss National Bank (SNB) surprised the markets in June with a 50 bps hike in interest rates. The SNB hosts quarterly meetings to discuss monetary policy, the next meeting is due in September whereas the European Central Bank (ECB) will make its decision regarding monetary policy at the end of the month. EUR/CHF Price Chart GBP/NZD pushing downwards The Reserve Bank of New Zealand increased their cash rate by 50 bps on Wednesday in an attempt to reign in persistent inflation. Although the move from the reserve bank was fully priced-in to the financial markets, the retreating US Dollar and buoyant commodity prices allowed room for the NZD to a number of currencies downward, including the pound sterling. GBP/NZD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
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US Inflation Reaches Nearly 41 Year High, RBNZ & BoC Increase Their Cash Rates

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 13.07.2022 16:56
Summary: The US CPI inflation came in at 9.1%. The RBNZ lifted its cash rate 50 bps from 2% to 2.5%. BoC raised its cash rate 100 bps from 1.5% to 2.5%. US CPI Inflation The US released their Inflation data for June on Wednesday, the reading came in at 9.1%, its highest rate in nearly 41 years. The rate came in higher than the 8.6% reading for May which caused the Federal Reserve to shift to a faster pace of interest rate hikes. Stocks fell in the wake of the news being released and Investors are watching closely for clues about the economic outlook for the US. Reserve Bank Of New Zealand Hawkish The New Zealand Dollar (NZD) edged higher on Wednesday, this change may have more to do with the retreat of the US Dollar rather than the fast monetary policy tightening the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) has chosen to take. The RBNZ lifted its cash rate 50 bps from 2% to 2.5% on Wednesday, reaching its highest level since 2016. Although the latest policy decision was widely expected by economists and thus fully priced-in by the financial markets, there was a limited reaction to the news for the NZD. Bank of Canada The Bank of Canada (BoC) surprised the markets on Wednesday by pushing its interest rates up to their highest level since October 2008, the move has outdone the Federal Reserve in its methods of bringing down local inflation. BoC raised its cash rate 100 bps from 1.5% to 2.5%. Sources: poundsterlinglive.com, wsj.com
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EUR/USD Falls Below Parity, Eurozone Energy Crisis Concerns Persist (EUR/GBP), Hawkish BoC (USD/CAD), USD/JPY

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 14.07.2022 17:34
Summary: The Eurozone energy crisis persists. Potentially more hawkish BoE could be on the horizon. BoC 1% raise in interest rates offers CAD support. Read next: Platinum Prices Touchine 22-month Lows, RBOB Gasoline, Wheat Consumption Expected To Decrease  Stock Markets weighing an even more aggressive Fed The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The Euro to US Dollar exchange rate has fallen below parity in the wake of a surge in US Dollar demand. Looking at the combination of events leading to the fall of the EUR/USD, we observe that the stock markets are in the red as they attempt to anticipate the potential effects from a potential 100 basis point hike from the Federal Reserve. The Euro is still struggling as concerns around the seemingly unwavering energy crisis in the Eurozone persists. EUR/USD Price Chart Potentially more hawkish BoE could be on the horizon The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The most recent commentary suggests to the market that the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England (BoE) is only one employment report or one inflation number away from a step change in the pace the Bank Rate is being lifted, and that a change of this sort could come as soon as August. This move could offer the pound support going forward. EUR/GBP Price Chart BoC hawkish moves offering CAD support The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The US Dollar had a strong start to Thursday's trading day as investors priced in the growing expectations for a 100 basis point increase in interest rates from the Fed in the wake of the 9.1% US inflation data that was released on Wednesday. On Wednesday the Bank of Canada (BoC) shocked markets with their largest interest rate hike since 1998. The hawkish move from the BoC has offered the Canadian Dollar support and has thrown a curveball at investors, leaving a range of responses from analysts. USD/CAD Price Chart USD/JPY The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The US Dollar has reversed yesterday's pullback which occurred in the wake of US inflation data being released. The BoJ continues on their dovish monetary policy path. USD/JPY Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The EUR/USD Pair Could Resume Its Larger Degree Downtrend

ECB Upcoming Policy Rate Decision Offers Euro Support (EUR/USD, EUR/GBP), Higher Than Expected NZ CPI Inflation Data (GBP/NZD), (USD/CAD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 18.07.2022 16:49
Summary: EUR recovering against the USD. ECB interest rate decision due on Thursday. UK economic data to be released this week. NZ CPI inflation rose 1.7%. Read next: Hawkish Fed Is Driving Gold’s Value Down , Corn Prices At 5-week Lows, Brent Crude Oil Prices Falling  Euro attempting to recover against the USD The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The Euro has been attempting to recover against the US Dollar during the Monday trading day and could continue to rise in the coming days if all goes well for Eurozone economies on Thursday after the European Central Bank (ECB) announces their policy decision. In addition there is still market uncertainty around whether Russian gas flows will continue through the Noord Stream 1 after its maintenance ends on July 21st, this remains one of the greatest risks to the Euro. EUR/USD Price Chart Pound sterling could weaken more against the EUR The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The EUR/GBP currency pair could strengthen more in the coming days as the market awaits the ECB’s interest rate decision. There is however, some UK economic data that is due to be released which could offer the pound sterling support against the Euro and other currencies. EUR/GBP Price Chart NZ inflation data weakening the NZD. A rise in New Zealand inflation data shocked investors and raised bets for a faster and more hawkish response from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ). However, fears of a ‘hard landing’ for the Kiwi economy have grown as investors are fearing that the combination of rising interest rates and high inflation will negatively impact economic expansion, which may aid in explaining the NDZ’s negative reaction to the data. According to Stats NZ, CPI inflation in NEw Zealand rose 1.7% quarter on quarter, surpassing the markets expectation of a 1.5% increase/ GBP/NZD Price Chart USD/CAD The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The Canadian Dollar has continued its rally against the US Dollar after the Bank of Canada (BoC) surprised markets last Wednesday with a 100 basis point hike in interest rates. USD/CAD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com  
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Euro Remains Supported Ahead Of ECB Policy Decision, Netflix & Tesla Q2 Earnings Reports

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 20.07.2022 23:49
Summary: EUR/USD, EUR/GBP currency pairs Netflix earnings report Tesla earnings report Read next: S&P 500 Amongst Major Indexes That Are Rising, Markets Are Waiting For Thursdays ECB Policy Decision  Euro stole headlines on Wednesday The EUR/USD currency pair ended the Wednesday trading day showing mixed market sentiment as the market awaits the European Central Bank’s (ECB) monetary policy decision due on Thursday. The Euro is still facing uncertainty regarding high inflation in the Eurozone and how the ECB plans to tackle it, in addition as the Noord Stream 1 opens after its routine maintenance period, there are still concerns as to whether Russia will open the gas taps. The recovery of the Euro against the dollar could be reflecting a possible market inflection point. The Euro has recovered half of its July losses so far, this could mean a turn around against the Dollar for many other major currencies aswell. The Euro stole the headlines on Wednesday as both Bloomberg News and Reuters reported that the market could see an outsized interest rate yield rise from the European Central Bank on Thursday. EUR/USD Price Chart EUR/GBP currency pair The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. According to a number of new reports, it is predicted that UK inflation could reach up to 12% by October, the report also showed that the inflation rate was growing at its fastest rate in 40 years. The Euro remains supported ahead of the ECB’s policy decision on Thursday EUR/GBP Price Chart Netflix Earnings Report Netflix's earnings report on Wednesday indicated they lost around 970,000 subscribers, beating the 2 million that was predicted last quarter, thus causing the company's stock price to jump. Its EPS beat market expectations. The company also warned that the rallying US Dollar would have an impact on international revenue. The streaming giant also indicated they had more time to understand and address the issues that have been impacting their streaming, revenue and other major indicators. NFLX Price Chart Tesla earnings report Tesla’s quarter 2 earnings report indicated the company beat market expectations with regards to adjusted EPS. Automotive margins came in at 27.9% down from the 32.9% seen in the first quarter, impacted by inflation, increased competition for battery cells and other components that are required for electric vehicles. In addition the invasion of Russia in the Ukraine and in conjunction with covid-19 lockdown measures in China caused supply chain issues and parts shortages. TSLA Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com, cnbc.com
Fed Interest Rate Announcement Due Wednesday (EUR/USD), 50bp Hike From BOE Expected (EUR/GBP, GBP/NZD)

Fed Interest Rate Announcement Due Wednesday (EUR/USD), 50bp Hike From BOE Expected (EUR/GBP, GBP/NZD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 26.07.2022 19:37
Summary: Federal reserve interest rate announcement Wednesday. Barclays updated their expectations for the next BOE interest rate hike. NZD was a poor performer on Tuesday. Read next: NGAS Prices Rising, Cotton Demand Falling, Gold Prices Rising As Recession Fears Rise  Euro at risk of weakening The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The euro is at risk of falling as prospects of a weaker economic outlook and restricted gas flows through the Noord Stream 1 pipeline. The threat of Russian oil exports through the Noord Stream pipeline being reduced to 20% could contribute even further to the energy crisis in Europe and drive gas prices even higher. The market is awaiting the Federal Reserve's interest rate hike announcement which is due tomorrow. EUR/USD Price Chart EUR/GBP bearish The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. Barclays bank has increased expectations to 50bps hikes from the Bank of England (BOE). A 50bp increase is now anticipated for August 4th, according to the UK economic team at Barclays after evaluating incoming UK data and signals from the Bank of England. EUR/GBP Price Chart GBP/NZD currency pair The Pound to New Zealand Dollar exchange rate may be at risk of another decline below the 1.92 level due to a full calendar of event risks in the next few days, making it difficult for it to rise. On Tuesday, the U.S. Dollar recovered from 10-day lows vs the majority of its G20 counterparts, causing the GBP/NZD to increase for a third day in a row. The New Zealand Dollar performed worse than the other major currencies and Sterling. GBP/NZD Price Chart Sources: dailyfx.com, finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Federal Reserve Raises The Interest Rates By 75bps

Federal Reserve Raises The Interest Rates By 75bps

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 27.07.2022 20:04
Summary: Fed chooses a 75 basis point rate hike. Central Banks all around the world are raising interest rates. Federal Reserves On Wednesday the Federal Reserve made their interest rate decision to raise interest rates on Wednesday, they chose to raise interest rates by 75 basis points. The market expectations were elevated to 100 basis points in the wake of June CPI inflation data that reflected that, despite the Fed’s efforts to reign in and control the soaring inflation, inflation was stubborn in its moves upward. The Feds move is likely to cause the US dollar to rally and strengthen against all its major currency pairs and hopefully will aid in bringing down the already soaring inflation rate. Over the past couple weeks the European Central Bank (ECB), Bank of Canada (BoC) and the Bank of England (BoE) amongst others, have all rasied their interest rates in an attempt tio reign in the soaring inflation rates around the world. The Fed has been periodically raising interest rates at every meeting since May, the first rate hike in may was 50 basis points, which shocked the markets and caused the US Dollar to rally and strengthen across the board. The second interest rate hike by the fed was in June of 75 basis points and was one which shocked the market, thereafter the 75 basis point hike decision today, a further 75 basis points. The market had priced in a 75 basis point hike but experts raised their expectations to a 100 basis point rate hike, as the Fed continued to reiterate to the market their commitment to reigning in the sky high inflation rates, rates that have not been seen since the 1980s. In a unanimous vote, the Federal Open Market Committee raised the policy rate to a range between 2.25 percent and 2.50 percent, noting that "inflation remained elevated, reflecting supply and demand imbalances connected to the pandemic, increased food and energy prices, and broader pricing pressures." The FOMC continued by stating that it is "very sensitive" to inflation risks. Officials observed in the new policy statement that "recent measures of spending and production have weakened," despite the fact that job growth has remained "strong," a pointer to the reality that the substantial rate hikes they have implemented since March are starting to take effect. The Fed has increased its policy rate by 225 basis points in total this year, on top of a 75-basis-point increase last month and smaller increases in May and March, as it fights an inflation breakout on a par with the 1980s with monetary policy modeled after the 1980s. As a result, the epidemic era attempts to promote household and corporate spending with cheap money have effectively come to an end. The policy rate is currently at the level that the majority of Fed officials believe has a neutral economic impact. The rate was also achieved in just four months, matching the peak of the central bank's previous tightening cycle, which lasted from late 2015 to late 2018. Little concrete information about the next actions the Fed might take was provided in its most recent policy statement. The Fed's decision will be greatly influenced by whether or not incoming data indicates that inflation is starting to decline. Investors anticipate the U.S. central bank to increase the policy rate by at least half a percentage point at its September meeting in light of the most recent data showing consumer prices rising at a rate of more than 9% annually. Sources: investing.com, reuters
Will The US Dollar Continue To Be Strong And To Keep Growing Or Maybe Situation Will Be Reversed

US ISM Data Defied Market Expectations (EUR/USD), GBP Strengthened Ahead of BOE Policy Decision (EUR/GBP, GBP/AUD),

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 04.08.2022 02:09
Summary: The US Dollar made intraday gains on Wednesday. Markets awaiting BOE policy decision. GBP/AUD attempting recovery. Read next: Palladium Prices Touching Two-Week Highs, OPEC+ Increasing Crude Supply Of WTI Crude Oil, Coffee Supply Outlook Seemingly Poor  USD supported by US ISM data The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. After the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Services PMI defied market expectations by increasing for the month of July in contrast to the alternative barometer compiled by S&P Global, the U.S. Dollar recovered earlier losses to make intraday gains over various other major currencies. The sharp increases in new orders and overall business activity within the biggest and most significant sector of the U.S. economy's largest and most important sector led to Wednesday's release of the ISM services sector index rising from 55.3 to 56.7 for last month, surprising the currency and bond markets. The Fed will decide in September whether to lower the size of the increments in which it is raising U.S. interest rates. Chairman Jerome Powell indicated last Wednesday that they would take a range of economic indicators into account, causing a significant decline in the value of the dollar. EUR/USD Price Chart BoE Policy rate decision due The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The Pound sterling has strengthened ahead of the Bank of England (BoE) interest rate decision. Following the Bank of England report on Thursday, Barclays' foreign exchange analysts predict that the British Pound would likely decline; however, Goldman Sachs is more optimistic about the UK currency's prospects, particularly when compared to the Euro. Before announcing its most recent inflation and economic growth projections, the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England is anticipated to announce another interest rate increase.Through the later part of July and the beginning of August, the Pound strengthened against both the Euro and the U.S. Dollar. The main test for the currency will be the size of the hike announced and the nature of those expectations. EUR/GBP Price Chart GBP/AUD attempting recovery The GBP/AUD currency pair is attempting recovery of the declines experienced in July. In the first few days of August, the Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate further reversed its July decline, but it may find it difficult to move much further than the nearby 1.76 level in the absence of further support from the Bank of England (BoE) this Thursday. Following the latest Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) monetary policy announcement on Tuesday, which helped push GBP/AUD to one-month highs, the Australian Dollar was one of the major currencies that underperformed for the week ending on Wednesday. GBP/AUD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundtserlinglive.com
The EUR/USD Pair Maintains The Bullish Sentiment

FOREX: U.S Inflation Data Due Wednesday (EUR/USD), BoE Economic Forecasts Downgrades (EUR/GBP), Potentially Hawkish BoC (GBP/CAD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 08.08.2022 20:30
Summary: The euro is battling to mount significant gains against the USD. BoE’s economic downgrades. Market expectations for a hawkish BoC. Read next: Meme Stocks Amongst Monday’s Top Performers  EUR/USD suffered defeats this week The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The Euro to Dollar exchange rate suffered defeats this week from both near and distant, but if this Wednesday's U.S. inflation data further incenses a still-hawkish Federal Reserve (Fed), it might send the rate back into its laws from July. In the first session of last week, the Euro got dangerously close to the 1.03 handle versus a declining Dollar, but an attempt at a rebound was again thwarted by what appear to be escalating concerns to energy supplies in Germany and several other European nations. The euro has stabilized versus the U.S. dollar in recent weeks following a large sell-off earlier this year, but has been unable to mount a significant comeback due to a dearth of supportive fundamentals. In this aspect, the common currency has faced challenges that have limited its upward performance versus the dollar, including the oil crisis in Europe, regional economic instability, and the ECB's unwillingness to raise rates fast. EUR/USD Price Chart BoE shocked the market with sharp economic downgrades The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The Bank of England (BoE) shocked the market last week with sharp downgrades to its economic forecasts, which put Sterling on the back foot and put it at risk of slipping into a cluster of technical support levels around 1.18 in the coming days. As a result, the Pound to Euro exchange rate was muted. The pound sterling was a little firmer this morning against the U.S. dollar and the euro, respectively. The new leader of the British Conservative Party and the British Prime Minister, both named Sunak and Truss, have been the subject of much discussion (tax cuts). Tax cuts may increase already high inflationary pressures, which could lead to additional interest rate increases from the Bank of England. Tax cuts are intended to promote economic growth inside the UK (BoE). EUR/GBP Price Chart GBP/CAD currency pair Last week, U.S. economic data, the U.S. Dollar, and a strong Loonie combined to drag the Pound to Canadian Dollar rate down toward 1.55 and a level that may continue to exert a gravitational pull in the days to come. This prevented the rate from rising above near 10-year lows. Although the unemployment rate in Canada remained at 4.9 percent and wages continued to grow at an annualized rate of 5.2 percent in July, the economy still lost jobs for a second consecutive month. This may have led the market to believe that the Bank of Canada (BoC) will likely maintain the more aggressive monetary tightening and interest rate policy implemented in recent months. GBP/CAD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Fed is expected to hike the rate by 50bp, but weaker greenback and Treasury yields don't play in favour of the bank

The Market Awaits US Inflation Report (EUR/USD), EUR/GBP Bullish, Canadian Dollar “skewed to the downside”

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 09.08.2022 17:19
Summary: Market awaits US inflation reports on Wednesday. Fed and ECB will continue to hike interest rates. The Bank of Canada may decide to scale down its plans to raise interest rates. Read next: Will Tesla’s (TSLA) Stock-Split Boost Interest In Company Shares?  USD is expected to remain supported The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. As the market awaits the US inflation report on Wednesday, the Euro has remained stable on Tuesday. So far today, the EUR/USD has fluctuated only slightly, around 1.0190. In the North American session, Treasury rates decreased; today in Asia, they were flat throughout the curve. At about 106.36, the US Dollar (DXY) index is unchanged. However, Analysts at Rabobank, a Dutch-based worldwide lender and investment bank, predict that the Euro to Dollar exchange rate (EUR/USD) will decline down below the 1.0 level during the upcoming weeks. In contrast to some analysts' predictions that the Dollar's multi-month surge is coming to an end, new analysis reveals the currency will likely continue to be well supported long into 2023. EUR/USD Price Chart EUR/GBP Bullish The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. On August 4, the Bank of England increased interest rates by 50 basis points as it stepped up its campaign against inflation. "Having stepped up the pace of rate hikes, it would look odd to throttle back straight away. The Fed and ECB are likely to continue to hike at a rapid pace, and a desire to support sterling will likely drag the BoE along with them," says Goodwin. "Given the fragile backdrop, this makes rate cuts in 2023 more likely," says Goodwin. They anticipate 75 basis points of rate reductions in 2023 when it becomes apparent that the BoE overreacted. Forecasts for a weaker Pound relative to the Euro reflect this anticipation; Oxford Economics predicts that the Pound to Euro exchange rate will be at 1.16 from the end of the third quarter of 2022 through the end of the first quarter of 2023. EUR/GBP Price Chart Canadian dollar “skewed to the downside” According to foreign exchange strategists at Barclays, the forecast for the Canadian Dollar in the near term is "skewed to the downside." The Bank of Canada may decide to scale down its plans to raise interest rates, according to Barclays in its normal weekly currency strategy briefing paper. The bank also notes that the prolonged decrease in oil prices may have an impact. With a reading of -30.6k in July, according to official figures released last week, Canada experienced its second straight loss in employment, falling short of the average estimate of +15k new positions. Despite this, the unemployment rate stayed close to long-term lows at 4.9 percent, while pay growth held steady at 5.4 percent annually. GBP/CAD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
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US CPI Inflation Data For July Was 8.5%, Beating Expectations

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 10.08.2022 14:38
Summary: US Inflation data is expected to be released on Wednesday. EUR/USD & GBP/USD currency pairs. Volatility in the markets. 8.5% consumer inflation. Later today, high volatility is likely to be caused by US inflation data, which is anticipated to show a modest decline in the headline measure (8.7 percent exp vs 9.1 percent prior). The US PPI data is due out on Thursday, but it is unlikely to have a significant impact on the markets given that the Fed would need to observe a significant decline in prices in order to alter its present course of temporary tightening. The US CPI Inflation data for July came in at 8.5%, declining from the 9.1% June high and beating the markets expectations of 8.7%. The fall in inflation was likely aided by a reduction in both food and gasoline prices. The result could indicate to the markets that the Federal Reserve Bank has been successful so far in their interest rate hikes to fight inflation. A stronger result would have likely increased the chances of another interest rate hike of 75 bps in the following months and would have boosted the USD, whilst a weaker result could cause the Fed to drop to a 50 bps interest rate hike next month. EUR/USD The market is reflecting mixed sentiment for this currency pair. The markets have been in a lethargic state recently with a 7-week slide in the VIX volatility index. The current state of lethargy is most likely a result of the medium-term decline in market activity. The seven-week decline in the VIX was mentioned, but there are many other noteworthy episodes from recent history where important events, some with high surprise quotients, failed to significantly move the markets. The PCE deflator, which uses the same data used to calculate the quarterly GDP statistics, is really the Federal Reserve's preferred inflation indicator. Despite this, the markets have consistently shown a strong preference for the CPI, presumably because it is released earlier and has a full week to be incorporated into market views because it is released on a Wednesday. The headline basket's annual inflation growth rate had increased to an astounding 9.1 percent pace at the time of the previous release. That is the highest reading in forty years, and it is not just due to the biggest economy in the world. This reading might meet, miss, or beat the consensus expectation (8.7%), but it is thought that a "beat" would carry the most weight. EUR/USD Price Chart GBP/USD An expert at Société Générale claims that the Pound is "in peril" and that a new decrease in the value of the Dollar is imminent. In the very near future, GBP/USD has a risk of declining below 1.20 once more "Olivier Korber, a Soc Gen strategist, states in a memo dated August 2009. The underlying rationale for the trade, according to Korber, is compelling given the unsettling predictions made by the Bank of England last week, which indicated that UK inflation was expected to peak at "an incredible 13 percent. In addition, according to economists at the Bank of England, a four-quarter recession will begin in this year's fourth quarter. According to Korber, the difference with the forecast for the U.S. economy is currently striking. Last Friday's unexpectedly upbeat US job report stands in stark contrast to the pessimistic UK economic forecast. The likelihood of a second consecutive 75bp Fed rate hike is being discussed as recession fears in the US are gradually subsiding. GBP/USD might retest 1.20 in the very near future if there is potential for more sterling short positions, warns Korber. More than doubling the 250K jobs that the market had anticipated, the U.S. economy added 528K jobs in July, which helped the U.S. dollar recover. GBP/USD Price Chart Sources: poundsterlinglive.com, finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com
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Euro Could Be Boosted In Coming Days (EUR/USD), UK Economic Data To Be Released This Week (EUR/GBP), CAD Fell In The Wake Of The PBoC’s Announcement (GBP/CAD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 15.08.2022 23:52
Summary: EUR/USD recently hit 6-week highs. CAD proves its sensitivity to risk appetite. Could UK inflation hit double figures? EUR/USD recently reached 6 week highs. The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. A stagnant U.S. Dollar and more accommodating Chinese monetary policy may continue to boost the single euro currency in the days ahead. The Euro to Dollar exchange rate recently hit six-week highs. However, its recovery was halted by resistance on the charts. Last week, when a slew of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggested that a significant slowing of U.S. inflation pressures may have started to move through the pipeline last month, the euro rose to its highest level since the first days of July. Furthermore, The unexpected decision to cut interest rates, announced by the People's Bank of China (PBoC), on Monday could help the euro this week if the PBoC permits the managed-floating Renminbi to weaken in order to boost the regional economy. EUR/USD Price Chart UK major economic data to be released this week The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The market is unconvinced that the current trading week will aid the pound sterling in recovering against major currencies with major economic data such as the latest jobs, wages, inflation and retail sales all set to be released. Although the labor market is currently strong, there is a good likelihood that headline UK inflation will reach double digits this week. The Bank of England has already issued a warning that this year's inflation could reach 13% while the economy experiences a five-quarter slump. The UK is experiencing drought-inducing heatwaves, sky-high energy prices, and a political void in No. 10, so any more bad economic news will enrage the already irate populace. EUR/GBP Price Chart CAD fell in the wake of PBoC announcement to cut interest rates. The Pound sterling to the Canadian Dollar rallied from August lows, but could climb further if the Loonie is able to build on Monday declines, which is a busy period for both the U.S and Canada regarding economic data. After the People's Bank of China (PBoC) unexpectedly lowered interest rates in reaction to alarming local economic statistics, the Canadian Dollar fell on Monday along with other currencies that are highly sensitive to risk appetite, commodity prices, and changes in the outlook for global growth. But in light of the aforementioned, it's possible, if not likely, that the directional risk for GBP/CAD is now tilting a little more to the upside than it is to the downside. The Loonie and Sterling must now each navigate a series of domestic economic event risks that are lurking along the path ahead. GBP/CAD Price Chart
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Euro Under Pressure As A Result Of Events In The Energy Market (EUR/USD, EUR/GBP), RBNZ Due To Announce Policy Update (GBP/NZD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 16.08.2022 22:29
Summary: Eurozone's common currency depreciated. Euro currency is threatened by economic growth concerns. RBNZ midweek policy update. Euro under pressure amidst rising gas prices The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. According to economists, recent developments in the energy markets of the Eurozone support the argument for additional euro weakness. Due to events in the energy market, which revealed that European benchmark power costs had risen above €500 for the first time, the Eurozone's common currency depreciated further in comparison to recent highs against the Dollar and the Pound. Over the next months, the developments pose a potential of piling on further pressure on the businesses in the area. According to Ole S. Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy at Saxo Bank, the gas and power situation in the EU is getting worse, which is hurting the euro. In spite of persisting supply constraints from Russia, European countries kept up the pressure on demand to fill their storage tanks before the winter, driving up gas prices. EUR/USD Price Chart Euro is threatened by economic growth concerns. The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The European Central Bank has succeeded so far in preventing further significant downside in the EUR-crosses by maintaining its difficult balancing act of raising interest rates to combat multi-decade highs in price pressures while preventing fragmentation of sovereign bond markets (preventing peripheral debt yields from widening out relative to their core counterparts). But because energy inventories in the Eurozone are still low before the winter months, fears about growth are growing. The likelihood that the ECB will only be able to raise rates a few more times before the emphasis shifts to preventing a serious economic downturn is growing. Although the Euro's flaws have been contained, they nevertheless exist and pose a threat to the single currency. EUR/GBP Price Chart RBNZ midweek policy update Following the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's (RBNZ) midweek policy update, analysts at investment banks Goldman Sachs and HSBC are watching for NZD depreciation. Markets anticipate that the RBNZ will increase interest rates by another 50 basis points to 3.0%, but any significant changes in the currency are more likely to be caused by the RBNZ's tone in its guidance. The meeting, according to Goldman Sachs, is expected to be one of the major developments for the foreign exchange markets this week, and the results are most likely to support their bearish NZ Dollar thesis. GBP/NZD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Only Ugly US Data Could Reverse Sentiment | Gilt Yields In UK Were Steady To Lower

Disappointing July FOMC Meeting Minutes (EUR/USD), Euro Under Pressure (EUR/GBP), RBNZ Policy Update Caused NZD Sell-off (GBP/NZD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 17.08.2022 22:02
Summary: NZD Sell-off. July FOMC minutes gave no hawkish surprises. Euro under pressure. FOMC meeting minutes for July The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The much awaited release of the minutes from the July FOMC meeting turned out to be somewhat disappointing, at least for the US Dollar (via the DXY Index). The minutes contained no hawkish surprises, with one sentence standing out in particular: “Participants judged that, as the stance of monetary policy tightened further, it likely would become appropriate at some point to slow the pace of policy rate increases while assessing the effects of cumulative policy adjustments on economic activity and inflation.” Recent data indications, like the US economy's growth trajectory and the July US inflation report's reading of 0% m/m, indicating that recent Federal Reserve policy tweaks are certainly having the desired impact on aggregate demand and inflation. Rate expectations for the September Fed meeting were slightly lowered as a result of the July FOMC minutes. The likelihood of a rate increase of 75 basis points decreased from 51% yesterday to 46% today, indicating that market players are seeing the Fed's most recent statement as a confirmation of what was already known: the rate of rate increases is expected to decelerate over the upcoming months. EUR/USD Price Chart EUR/GBP currency pair The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The European Central Bank has succeeded so far in preventing further significant downside in the EUR-crosses by maintaining its difficult balancing act of raising interest rates to combat multi-decade highs in price pressures while preventing fragmentation of sovereign bond markets (preventing peripheral debt yields from widening out relative to their core counterparts). But because energy inventories in the Eurozone are still low before the winter months, fears about growth are growing. The likelihood that the ECB will only be able to raise rates a few more times before the emphasis shifts to preventing a serious economic downturn is growing. Although the Euro's flaws have been contained, they nevertheless exist and pose a threat to the single currency. EUR/GBP Price Chart NZD sell-off in the wake of RBNZ policy update The market's reaction to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's (RBNZ) August policy update and guidance led to a sell-off of the New Zealand Dollar. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) signaled it will raise interest rates to levels higher than they had previously been expecting. On paper, the RBNZ did everything it could to back NZD bulls: it said that the economy was in good shape, that inflationary pressures were widespread, and that it would continue to raise interest rates. As the RBNZ suggested they will need to raise rates higher than they had previously thought, short-term New Zealand bond yields increased. Two additional rises of 50 basis points are now likely to occur throughout the course of 2022, and a smaller hike may occur in early 2023. The Pound to New Zealand Dollar fell by two thirds of a percent in the 15 minutes following the decision. GBP/NZD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The British Pound Is Showing Signs Of Exhaustion Of The Bullish Force

Euro Fundamentals Unchanged (EUR/USD), Pound Sterling In Trouble In The Wake Of Disappointing Economic Data (EUR/GBP, GBP/USD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 19.08.2022 16:48
Summary: Euro fundamentals appear to be unchanged. Positive US economic data. Poor U.K economic data. Markets Focused of Fed officials - EUR/USD The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. Markets focused on a variety of Fed officials as they remain unanimous in the direction of future rate hikes but divided on the terminal rate because the fundamentals of the euro appear to be unaltered for the time being. Isabel Schnabel, a member of the ECB's board, was also questioned by Reuters yesterday. In the interview, she expressed concern over the continued threats to the forecast for long-term inflation and the euro's depreciation. The ECB typically doesn't comment on currency exchange rates, but there are times when a broad trend of appreciation or depreciation can influence monetary policy goals. EUR/USD Price Chart Poor economic news putting pressure on GBP - EUR/GBP The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. After a run of dismal economic news, the British pound is in trouble: growth is lower, the labor market is slowing down, and inflation is still raging. Rates of GBP/USD have reversed their recent upward trend, while rates of GBP/JPY are sliding below multi-month trendline support and rates of EUR/GBP are rising from multi-month trendline support. Retail trader stance has recently changed, indicating a bullish bias for the EUR/GBP and GBP/JPY rates and a bearish bias for the GBP/USD rates. EUR/GBP Price Chart Positive economic data supporting USD - GBP/USD The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. Prior to the weekend, the Pound to Dollar exchange rate retreated under the 1.20 handle and was close to its yearly lows after positive U.S. economic data and hawkish remarks from Federal Reserve (Fed) officials were followed by a Dollar rally that sent Sterling and a number of other currencies into freefall. While the U.S. dollar got the better of the Pound late on Thursday and had left it trading as an underperformer by Friday even after July's UK retail sales figures came in stronger than expected by the market, Sterling had better resisted the clutches of a strengthening Dollar throughout much of the week, resulting in a resilient performance against other currencies. EUR/USD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The Us Dollar's (USD) Decline Will Not Be More Prolonged

EUR/USD Falls Below Parity, Investor Expectations For BoE Spiked (EUR/GBP), GBP/USD At Risk Of Further Losses

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 22.08.2022 17:27
Summary: EUR/USD could be moving toward a potential further fall. EUR/GBP. GBP/USD may see further losses this week. EUR/USD falls below parity The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. Testing below the parity handle, the EUR/USD is moving toward a potential further fall. Sellers have pushed hard to allow for another move-below since this level came back into play just after the Euro start this morning. Whether it can go on is the key question. Euro bears have returned for another battle at the parity handle of EUR/USD, drawing like moths to a flame. It took almost six months for this price to finally give way when it was last in action, in the second half of 2002. This is a significant psychological level. This really illustrates the influence of psychological factors as well as the significance of emotion in the market. Inflation is rampant in the Eurozone, and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine makes problems of economic policy, notably in the area of energy, more complicated. The question is whether we're approaching an abnormal market climate. EUR/USD Price Chart Pound sterling loses against the Euro The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. Late last week, despite official data that suggested retail spending held steady in the face of high inflation in the UK and another spike in investor expectations for Bank of England (BoE) interest rates, the pound lost ground against the euro. Friday's losses occurred as a result of the Dollar gaining and investors' declining risk appetite putting significant pressure on Sterling and other currencies. This prevented the Pound from benefiting from a sharp increase in UK government bond yields that was happening in the background. EUR/GBP Price Chart GBP/USD could fall further this week The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. A busy U.S. economic calendar or comments from Federal Reserve (Fed) officials might cause U.S. bond yields and the Dollar to rise even further on a burgeoning comeback, further damaging the Pound to Dollar exchange rate, which collapsed last week. Better than anticipated UK economic data and a sharp rise in market expectations for interest rates at the Bank of England (BoE) last week did not help the pound sterling, and it frequently appeared to be the most vulnerable among major currencies to rising U.S. bond yields and a rally in the dollar. GBP/USD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
Forex: So Could US Dollar (USD) And EUR/USD Become More Resistant To Data?

EUR/USD Expected To Remain Below PArity, UK Economy Grew In August (EUR/GBP, GBP/USD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 23.08.2022 18:50
Summary: ECB may turn more hawkish. The US economic downturn may have increased in August. EUR/USD still below parity The market is reflecting mixed sentiment for this currency pair. Will the European Central Bank (ECB) adopt a more hawkish stance this week given the pressure the Euro is still under and its recent breach of parity with the dollar? For the meeting on September 8th, the market anticipates a 54 bp rate increase. If the ECB wants to support the EUR/USD, may it start talking about the possibility of more drastic rate increases? Joachim Nagel, the head of the Bundesbank said, “Given high inflation, further interest-rate hikes must follow,the past few months have shown that we have to decide on monetary policy from meeting to meeting.” Investment firm Nomura's strategists have increased their confidence in a wager that the Euro to Dollar exchange rate (EUR/USD) is likely to experience a few "large figure" movements below parity. EUR/USD Price Chart EUR/GBP currency pair The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. In August, the UK economy grew, according to a closely-followed assessment of activity. Although consumers and businesses were struggling with rising inflation levels, the monthly S&P Global PMI series did reveal a slowdown in activity continued. Looking ahead, the trend is consistent with negative growth. The Euro is under pressure from the Eruozone energy crisis as market participants are expecting further interest rate hikes from the ECB. EUR/GBP Price Chart EUR/USD The release of data on Tuesday that suggested that the U.S. economy's downturn may have increased in August caused the Dollar to revert in value relative to the Euro and the British Pound. The service PMI score for the U.S. economy was 44.1, much below the 49.2 markets had projected and the 47.3 from July, according to S&P Global's PMI survey. According to S&P Global, the output decline was the sharpest since May 2020 and was the fastest since the first pandemic outbreak since the series' start almost 13 years ago. The numbers indicate that despite elevated inflation and rising interest rates at the Federal Reserve, the U.S. economy is slowing down. Another indication of a slowdown may dampen investor expectations for the amount of interest rate increases the Fed is prepared to make in the upcoming months, at least from the standpoint of the currency market. Cooling rate hike expectations can cause bond rates to fall, which is negative for the U.S. dollar. EUR/USD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Euro Remains Below Parity Against The US Dollar (EUR/USD), Risk Of UK Stagflation Continues To Rise (EUR/GBP, GBP/NZD),

Euro Remains Below Parity Against The US Dollar (EUR/USD), Risk Of UK Stagflation Continues To Rise (EUR/GBP, GBP/NZD),

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 25.08.2022 21:00
Summary: EUR trading below parity against the USD. UK at risk of energy crisis. Kiwi outperforms on Thursday. EUR/USD trading below parity The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. Policymakers at the European Central Bank have been relatively silent on the lecture circuit lately, but that may soon change as the summer comes to an end. There was disagreement about the 50-bps rate increase even as inflation pressures in the Eurozone had risen, according to the minutes of the ECB meeting in July. The ECB may ultimately disappoint in the upcoming months as fears turn back to weak growth, even as rates markets are discounting a more aggressive course going forward. Powell might exert pressure on the market to raise expectations for the Fed's September rate hike to 75 basis points because the markets now expect the Fed to deliver approximately 65 basis points of increases. This may provide short-term support for the Dollar and maintain pressure on the Euro into the next month. EUR/USD Price Chart Risk of UK Stagflation rises The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The energy crisis in the Eurozone is still putting the Euro under pressure. As the economy slows and inflation pressures increase, the risk of stagflation in the UK is continuing to rise. However, given the developing energy crisis that threatens to drive UK inflation rates further higher into double digit territory over the coming few months, traders feel that the Bank of England is currently focusing on the latter of these two crises. In terms of odds on a BOE raise, markets are currently at their most aggressive levels of the year. EUR/GBP Price Chart GBP/NZD - Kiwi outperforms GBP This week saw the start of the short-lived mid-month recovery in the Pound to New Zealand Dollar exchange rate. If the Kiwi continues to excel and Sterling continues to underperform among the major currencies, the exchange rate is likely to unravel even more in the days to come. After profiting from a general easing of the U.S. Dollar ahead of Friday's visit by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell at the annual Jackson Hole Symposium for central bankers, the New Zealand Dollar outperformed on Thursday in a booming market for Asia Pacific currencies. GBP/NZD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundtserlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
The Japanese Yen Has The Worst Performer Among The G-10 Currencies

Euro Under Pressure From Rising Prices (EUR/USD, EUR/GBP), Fed Chair Jerome Powell Address On Friday (USD/JPY)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 26.08.2022 15:44
Summary: EUR/USD back above parity. Risk of UK stagflation increases as inflation pressures rise. Jerome Powell to address on Friday. EUR/USD trading above parity on Friday The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency. Yesterday, we learned more about the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB), who voted to raise interest rates by 50 basis points last month despite having talked up the increase by 25 bps in the months before the vote. The inclusion of the anti-fragmentation mechanism known as the "transmission protection instrument," which serves as additional firepower in the case of a jump in sovereign yields of the EU's riskier member states, was supported by a unanimous vote of the Council. However, the decision to raise interest rates by 50 basis points was not unanimously supported. In my opinion, this shouldn't be an issue in future meetings because the risk of embedded inflationary expectations over the medium term is increased by the inflation rate's close proximity to double digits. Following the announcement by Russia's national gas monopoly that it would cut off supplies through a crucial pipeline for three days in September, the already constrained market for gas saw substantial double-digit percentage increases during the past week. In the absence of convincing supply-side responses from European capitals to the ongoing Russian gas diplomacy, the economic difficulties these price increases entail may continue to be a barrier for the single currency. EUR/USD Price Chart EUR/GBP The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. After slipping back below parity with the dollar during the Monday session, the euro enjoyed some reprieve for the majority of the following week, but European gas prices continued to soar after a week-long stretch of astronomical gains. The soaring energy prices in the Eurozone continue to weigh on the Euro single currency. As the economy slows and inflation pressures increase, the risk of stagflation in the UK is continuing to rise. However, given the developing energy crisis that threatens to drive UK inflation rates further higher into double digit territory over the coming few months, traders feel that the Bank of England is currently focusing on the latter of these two crises. In terms of odds on a BOE raise, markets are currently at their most aggressive levels of the year. EUR/GBP Price Chart USD/JPY The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. When Tokyo CPI came in above forecasts for August, USD/JPY yawned. Instead of the expected 2.5%, the core CPI increased 2.6% year over year. The national CPI statistic that is due in three weeks can be inferred from the Tokyo CPI number. FX markets have been relatively quiet over the last 48 hours. The reason for this is the lack of summer liquidity, which prevents traders from taking large positions before Friday's address by Fed Chair Jerome Powell at the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium. USD/JPY Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The Main Scenario Of The EUR/USD Pair Is Still A Downtrend

Jackson Hole Economic Symposium Gave Guidance On Future Monetary Policy Decisions From Major Central Banks (EUR/USD, EUR/GBP, GBP/USD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 29.08.2022 15:00
Summary: Fed anticipates that tightening will cause growth to decelerate. ECB indicate a hawkish outlook. Both Fed and ECB holding a hawkish outlook The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. He made it clear in his speech at the Jackson Hole conference that the Fed anticipates that tightening will cause growth to decelerate and that households would experience some pain as a result. His comments that the present rate is neutral appear to have cleared up any doubt. The Jackson Hole Economic Symposium confirmed what the majority of attendees had anticipated before the event even began: that inflation does not appear to be slowing down, necessitating sustained resolve on the part of the Fed in the form of unrelenting interest rate increases.   Not only the Fed, though; ECB members also contributed to the narrative by speaking about the approaching rate decision with a heightened feeling of urgency and proposing increases of 50 or 75 basis points. After the unexpected 50 bps rate increase in July, the interest rate meeting on September 8th could result in a second rate increase. Villeroy, Schnabel, Kazak, Knot, and Holzmann all agreed that the rate increase in September should have been significant (by ECB criteria). It is action time, according to Oli Rehn, one of the ECB's slightly more dovish members, and the next move will be "important." EUR/USD Price Chart   Euro rallied against the GBP on Monday The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. Entering the new week, the Euro was supported by the hawkish outlook from the ECB that was indicated at the Jackson Hole Symposium on Friday. Risk of a UK recession still remains high. EUR/GBP Price Chart   Hawkish fed weighs on GBP/USD The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The exchange rate between the pound and the dollar initially increased on Friday, but it quickly lost those gains when Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned that businesses and individuals would struggle more if the bank raised interest rates in a bid to lower U.S. inflation.    Following last week's hawkish remarks by Fed Chair Powell at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, the pound sterling continued to decline this past Monday. Markets had anticipated this outcome in large part, but confirmation revealed the differences between the economies of the US and UK. Goldman Sachs reported the decrease in UK economic data this morning, reiterating the Bank of England (BoEopinion )'s from a few weeks ago that a UK recession is anticipated in the fourth quarter - a significant change from their earlier prediction. GBP/USD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
ECB press conference brings more fog than clarity

A Hawkish ECB Is Supporting The Euro (EUR/USD, EUR/GBP), Poor Investor Sentiment Toward The UK (GBP/USD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 31.08.2022 16:48
Summary: ECB turns hawkish in the wake of high eurozone inflation. Pound sterling appears poised to test new lows against the euro, the dollar, and other major currencies. Euro supported by hawkish ECB The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. August saw a new high for inflation in the eurozone, and future months are predicted to see an increase. According to data from Eurostat, the increase in inflation in August was caused by a faster increase in the cost of food, alcohol, and cigarettes, which increased by 10.6% on a yearly basis compared to a 9.8% increase in July. Given the continuing rise in natural gas costs, it is anticipated that inflation in the Eurozone would rise further in the upcoming months, possibly reaching double digits. The reversal of several German subsidies and skyrocketing energy prices even before the start of the heating season indicate that inflation will continue to rise and surpass 10% before peaking around the turn of the year. Since US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's aggressive address at the Jackson Hole Symposium last Friday, there has been a noticeable change in tone among many European Central Bank (ECB) Members. The figures released today will undoubtedly strengthen arguments in favor of raising jumbo interest rates at the European Central Bank meeting next week. The central bank meeting next week is crucial since markets are heavily pricing in hawkishness; now, 70 bps are put in for September and 160 bps by year's end. EUR/USD Price Chart GBP is quickly becoming the worst performing currency of 2022 The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. Despite the fact that the money markets have upped their interest rate bets for the September meeting by about 4 basis points since Monday, the Bank of England (BoE) still confronts a difficult struggle as Q4 recession fears build. Since I don't see the BoE acting aggressively over the winter, front-loading now might be essential, thus a 75bps hike is still an option. The hawkish attitude from the ECB offers the Euro support. EUR/GBP Price Chart GBP testing new lows against USD and Euro The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. In light of the negative investor sentiment toward the UK and the ongoing weakness in the global equity markets, the pound sterling appears poised to test new lows against the euro, the dollar, and other major currencies. The Pound has already lost 1.33% of its value against the Euro this week, and if these declines continue, it will experience its biggest weekly decline against the euro since May. The UK pound is still losing ground versus the US dollar, having dropped another 0.83% since the week's beginning. The current loss for 2022 is 14%. As August draws to a close, it is clear that the British pound had the worst month of any major currency, losing value relative to all of its G10 competitors. Further losses are likely since the drop of the pound indicates a pervasive and unshakeable unfavorable attitude among investors worldwide. The UK currency is on track to become the worst performing major currency of 2022 within a matter of weeks given its present performance and tendencies. GBP/USD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Forex: Market Is Dependent On Fed's Shortly Message

US Dollar Driven By Hawkish Fed (EUR/USD), Pound Sterling Struggled Throughout August (EUR/GBP, GBP/AUD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 01.09.2022 17:56
Summary: The USD strengthened by a hawkish Fed. GBP struggled in August. Euro value declined against USD on Thursday The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. Thursday sees a decline in the value of the Euro as markets are swept by a steadfast US Dollar following additional hawkish remarks from Fed speakers. Despite the market leaning toward a 75 basis-point increase at the European Central Bank (ECB) meeting next week as a result of yesterday's higher than expected CPI, the EUR/USD was unable to gain traction. The US dollar's ascent is unabated, and it appears that it will soon reach highs last seen in 2002 as the preferred safety play. This week, a new wave of risk-off trading sent USD pairings higher and equity markets lower across a number of markets. US Treasury yields have reached multi-year highs as US interest rate expectations continue to rise. EUR/USD Price Chart EUR/GBP touching June lows The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. One analyst said there is little reason to expect an improvement over the upcoming weeks or months as the value of the pound relative to the euro has dropped substantially over the past few days and is currently at levels last seen in June. The Pound suffered in August, with analysts attributing its poor performance to worries that the UK's debt load will rise as the next administration tries to mitigate the effects of the cost of living problem. This occurs as the Bank of England raises interest rates, driving up the yield paid on gilts, the name for UK government debt. The Bank of England gave historically low interest rates during the Covid crisis and actively purchased government debt as part of its quantitative easing program. As a result, the government was able to increase borrowing without any problems. However, the Bank will now actively sell government debt and may raise rates by an additional 50 basis points in September, significantly restricting the government's ability to borrow money as the nation grapples with yet another crisis. EUR/GBP Price Chart GBP/AUD Despite a great August making the Australian Dollar one of the better performing currencies of 2022, experts at investment bank Goldman Sachs said they remain concerned on the currency on a "tactical basis." The announcement that one of China's major cities has been placed on lockdown as the government of the nation pursues a "zero covid" strategy to combat the coronavirus raises doubts about the near-term prospects for Australia's top export market. GBP/AUD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Rising Interest Rates. How High Can They Rise?

Rising Interest Rates. How High Can They Rise?

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 04.09.2022 10:36
Global inflation is higher, reflecting the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, ongoing supply constraints, and strong demand. Many central banks are tightening monetary policy to combat inflation, and the resulting tighter financial conditions are moderating economic growth. Bank of Canada expected to raise interest rate In July, the Bank of Canada raised interest rates by 100 bp. It was the largest single rate increase since August 1998 after a series of hikes that began in March. Previously, the rate had been at 0.25 per cent where it sat since it was slashed to near-zero early in the pandemic.The BoC increased its target for the overnight rate to 2,5%, with the Bank Rate at 2,75% and the deposit rate at 2,5%. The Bank is also continuing its policy of quantitative tightening (QT). At press conference, Tiff Macklem - Governor explain what prompted your decision. The most important stimulus was that inflation in Canada was higher and more persistent than the Bank expected in its April Monetary Policy Report (MPR) and the fear of further growth as well as the lack of workers and many goods and services. Demand needs to slow down for supply to catch up and the price pressure to ease off. And the most important goal of monetary policy is to restore inflation to 2% and to achieve price stability. Source: www.bankofcanada.ca As shown by data from the Canadian bank, inflation slightly decreased. As inflation fell, the unemployment rate also fell in 22Q2. What could be positive news for the Canadian economy. According to the Bank's July speculation, inflation will fall to around 3% by the end of 2023 and will return to the 2% target by the end of 2024. Therefore, economists predict that there will be another rate hike in September. Some of Canada's major banks are forecasting the central bank will raise the key interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point, bringing it to 3.25 per cent. The next scheduled date for announcing the overnight rate target is September 7, 2022. Some economists think Wednesday's hike could be the last for a while. The RBA will raise rate by 50 bp? At meeting at 2 August 2022, the Board of RBA decided to increase the cash rate target by 50 basis points to 1.85 %. In the simplest terms, the RBA cash rate is Australia’s official interest rate. It also increased the interest rate on Exchange Settlement balances by 50 basis points to 1.75 %. The Board places a high priority on the return of inflation to the 2–3% range over time, while keeping the economy on an even keel. The path to achieve this balance is a narrow one and clouded in uncertainty, not least because of global developments. Inflation in Australia is the highest it has been since the early 1990s. In headline terms, inflation was 6.1 % over the year to the June quarter; in underlying terms it was 4.9 %. Global factors explain much of the increase in inflation, but domestic factors are also playing a role. There are widespread upward pressures on prices from strong demand, a tight labour market and capacity constraints in some sectors of the economy. The Bank's central forecast is for CPI inflation to be around 7,75% over 2022, a little above 4 % over 2023 and around 3 % over 2024. Australia Inflation is expected to peak later this year and then decline back towards the 2–3 % range. The expected moderation in inflation reflects the ongoing resolution of global supply-side problems, the stabilisation of commodity prices and the impact of rising interest rates. Forecasts that the RBA will raise the monetary rate by 50 basis points at its meeting on September 6, raising rates to 2.35%. Not only the economic situation shows this, but also the analysis of previous decisions. The interest rate hypotheses will be confirmed or disproved at the Tuesday meeting. Source: www.bankofcanada.ca, www.rba.gov.au
Italian industrial production fell again in June, raising doubts over 3Q growth

Euro To US Dollar Index Falls - Touching Levels Not Seen In 20 Years

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 06.09.2022 00:01
Summary: Thursday's European Central Bank (ECB) meeting during this crucial week for the euro. Russia cuts off Nord Stream gas supply. A crucial week for the Euro. But is still at risk as energy issues become more apparent. Euro Index suffers in the wake of Russia Turning off the gas taps Monday saw a new 20-year low for the euro as concerns about a worsening energy crisis in the area increased as Russia cut off gas supplies to Europe through its main pipeline. In recent months, there has been an increase in the correlation between the euro and natural gas prices, with the latter declining as energy prices rise. Before the chilly winter months, Europe is frantically trying to wean itself off Russian supply and build up reserves, but many predict a significant economic damage. Invoking an oil leak in a turbine, Russia postponed a Saturday deadline for the Nord Stream pipeline to begin carrying oil. It happened at the same time that the Group of Seven finance ministers announced a limit on Russian oil prices. Early in European trading, the euro fell to $0.9876, its lowest level since 2002, before bouncing back to $0.9939, but down 0.2% on the day. "Gas flows have been curtailed even more than expected and we have already seen evidence of demand destruction weighing on activity," said Michael Cahill, a strategist at Goldman Sachs. "We now expect the Euro to fall further below parity ($0.97) and remain around that level for the next six months," he added. Investors are gearing up for Thursday's European Central Bank (ECB) meeting during this crucial week for the euro, as markets have priced in a nearly 80% possibility of a massive 75 basis point (bp) interest rate hike. The stabilization of the euro, which has lost over 8% of its value over the last three months, will be welcomed by ECB policymakers. That will fuel the desire to tighten policy in an effort to control inflation. EUR/USD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, reuters.com
EUR/USD Dropped To New Multi-year Lows, Truss Delivers A Convincing Package To Beat The Cost Of Living Crisis (EUR/GBP), RBA Interest Rate Decision (GBP/AUD)

EUR/USD Dropped To New Multi-year Lows, Truss Delivers A Convincing Package To Beat The Cost Of Living Crisis (EUR/GBP), RBA Interest Rate Decision (GBP/AUD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 06.09.2022 22:12
Summary: U.S. economy is doing well despite tighter monetary policy. Truss - The new UK prime minister as of Tuesday. RBA interest rate decision. EUR/USD hits multi-year lows on Tuesday The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. On Tuesday due to negative sentiment, the EUR/USD dropped to new multi-year lows, briefly touching 0.9865 in choppy trading after U.S. markets resumed trading after the Labor Day holiday on Monday. Even while the euro was able to somewhat recoup some of its losses during the day, broad U.S. dollar rise in the early afternoon hampered the currency's sentiment. As a result of a rise in U.S. Treasury rates, which drove both short-term and particularly long-dated yields considerably higher, DXY rose as much as 0.85% at one point. Bond prices rose in part as a result of better-than-expected statistics from the U.S. services sector. The non-manufacturing PMI for August rose to 56.9 versus 55.1 predicted, according to the Institute for Supply Management, which indicates that the economy is still very robust. The fact that the U.S. economy is doing well despite tighter monetary policy suggests that the central bank will likely move forward with its plans to raise interest rates a few more times in the upcoming months, keeping them there for longer than initially anticipated to reduce inflation, which would be bullish for the dollar. However, for the time being, a dovish pivot will not materialize. EUR/USD Price Chart GBP supported by Truss’ policies The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The British pound has had a terrible year, but if the incoming prime minister can present a convincing package of policies to address the cost of living crisis, the pound may recover in the remaining months of the year. According to a number of media publications, Truss, who became prime minister on Tuesday, may implement a plan to cap energy costs at £130 billion. She's also expected to make a major tax cut announcement as part of one of her major campaign promises. According to sources, the UK's incoming Prime Minister is thinking about freezing energy prices for millions of homes this winter, a move that may reduce the country's inflation rates by as much as four percentage points. According to Capital Economics, an independent research firm, core inflation would nevertheless continue to be stubbornly high and attract additional Bank of England interest rate increases. EUR/GBP Price Chart RBA decided on 50bps interest rate hike The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), which raised interest rates by another 50 basis points, together with indications that the central bank is reaching the conclusion of its tightening cycle, left the Australian Dollar floundering. By raising rates by 50 basis points, the RBA satisfied market expectations and promised additional rate increases in its outlook. Sterling pounds According to Live's RBA preview, the currency would be more affected by the direction of future raises than by a 50 basis point increase, which would provide little support to the Australian dollar. We warned that the Australian dollar might suffer from a "dovish" hike, in which the Bank sought to curb expectations for additional assertive action. The RBA brings Australia's basic lending rate into a range of 2-3% that it views as the "neutral" position by raising the Cash Rate to 2.35%. As a result, it holds that interest rates are neither restrictive nor stimulatory, which lends support to the idea that the RBA may start to contemplate easing back. GBP/AUD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
The AUD/USD Currency Pair Trading At Its Lowest Level Since Two Years, Hang Seng Index Was Flat

The AUD/USD Currency Pair Trading At Its Lowest Level Since Two Years, Hang Seng Index Was Flat

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 07.09.2022 09:54
Summary:  Good news to the US economy spells bad news to the bond markets and equities. Crude oil prices stumble on restricted movements in the city of Guiyang in China, while the Newcastle Coal price moves to its own beat roaring to a brand new record high. With this in light, Australian GDP data will be a focus today with Australian coal exports hitting $100 billion. USDJPY at record highs again, so what's next for that FX pair, plus why to watch the AUDUSD. Plus what to expect from the Bank of Canada today, and NIO earnings. What is happening in markets? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I)  Good news to the economy is bad news to the bond markets and the stock market.  The solid ISM Services data removed the little remaining hope of a soft landing from the mind of bond traders and pushed up yields and the higher bond yield in turn dragged down the stock markets.  After the end of the reporting season and companies headed for the blackout period, stock traders spent their days mulling over what the Fed is going to do next and turned deeper into the belief that the summer rally might end up being a bear market rally and decided to trim long positions amid low liquidity and lack of retail participation. The unfolding of an energy crisis across the pond in Europe added to the negative sentiment.    S&P500 was down 0.4% and Nasdaq100 declined 0.7% on Tuesday. Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY:xnas) tumbled 18.4% following the news that the company’s CFO committed suicide, the announcement of firing 20% of its workforce and selling 12 million of new shares.  U.S. treasuries (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) After the much strong than expected ISM Services prints, treasuries were sold off, 2-year yields +12bps to 3.5%, 10-year yields +16bps to 3.35%; 30-year yields +16bps to 3.50%. The money market curve is pricing in over a 70% chance of a 75bp hike at the September FOMC and a terminal rate of about 3.90%. The long-end of the curve was also pressured by the announcement of 19 investment grade new issues with a total amount over USD35 billion.   Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSIU2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) A-Shares in the mainland markets noticeably outperformed shares traded in the Hong Kong bourse.  CSI300 surged almost 1% but Hang Seng Index was flat. The escalated natural gas price in Europe cast doubts on the resilience of the European chemical industry to maintain its output level of basic chemicals and encouraged expectations of Chinese basic chemical makers to export more to Europe. The A-share basic chemical space gained over 3%.  Increases in lithium carbonate prices caused a rise in the share prices of lithium miners.  The National Energy Administration released a consultative paper that encourages the development of the national electric grid to enable the taking up of more solar power onto it.  The non-ferrous metal names gained after the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued draft guidelines on reaching the stage of intelligent manufacturing for the non-ferrous metal industry by 2025.  Intelligent manufacturing is solve optimization problems in production by utilizing real-time data analysis, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.   Shares of Chinese property developers listed in Hong Kong surged after Guangzhou R&F (02777:xhkg) sold a hotel for RMB550 million and CIFI (00884:xhkg) sold a Hong Kong site.  These asset disposals stirred up optimism about improving the balance sheet and liquidity of Chinese developers, Country Garden (02007:xhkg) +9.3%, Longfor (00960:xhkg)+5.8%, and China Resources Land (01109)+4.5%. Electric vehicle manufacturers rebounded from 1% to 3%, bringing the industry’s week-long meltdown in share prices to a halt.Newcastle Coal prices hit new record highsAs Europe is facing an energy crisis this winter, it will need to increase energy imports. So, in anticipation of such a scenario, this might explain why the Australian coal price trades at a record, along with the futures price. We already know the UK importing is Australian LNG, so consider Australian coal could be heading to Europe more broadly next. Australian energy supply is already likely to run low in 2023, which also supports coal prices running higher. But for coal companies, their earnings and free cash flow will likely increase. Coal companies have been the best performers in global equities this year, after delivering the most earnings growth, with some companies like Whitehaven Coal (WHC) seeing 1,500% earnings growth YoY. Coal loaded at Australia’s Newcastle port hit $436.71, an all-time high. And triple the price this time last year. Coal futures prices are $463, implying the coal price will move up.USDJPY at record highs againA run higher in US yields, with 30-year yields touching 3.5%, underpinned a further move lower in the Japanese yen. USDJPY inched higher to 143.55 this morning in Asia, printing a fresh 24-year high. The market is challenging the Bank of Japan’s yield-cap policy yet again, and with no resistance in sight, the move and volatility is set to rise further. While the FX weakness alone may not be enough for the BOJ to pivot in order to maintain its credibility, higher oil prices and weakness in yen is spelling immense trouble on the inflation story as well. That could feed some pressure from the government on the BOJ policy.    The offshore yuan weakened to 6.98 At the back of the spreading of pandemic lockdowns and the strong U.S. dollar, USDCNH rose to 6.9800 and is set to challenge the 7 handle. USDCNY fixing will be on watch today, as a sharp depreciation of the currency is unlikely to be accepted just ahead of the 20th party congress that starts on October 16.  Crude oil prices (CLU2 & LCOV2) Demand concerns seemed to take over the supply issues yet again with China’s lockdowns extending further. The city of Guiyang joined Chengdu in restricting movement by the public amid renewed outbreaks of COVID-19. WTI futures slumped below $87/barrel while Brent dropped below $93. Global demand slowdown concerns also picked up after rate hikes this week. The Reserve Bank of Australia announced a 50bps rate hike on Tuesday, with Bank of Canada expected to go today and European Central Bank on the cards for tomorrow. A fresh surge in dollar also weighed on commodity prices.    What to consider? US ISM services in further expansion While the S&P services index continued to signal weakness with a 43.7 revised print for August, the ISM services on the other hand expanded further to 56.9 from 56.7 in July and came in above expectations. Business activity accelerated to 60.9 from 59.9, while the prices paid component remained elevated at 71.5, in contrast to the decline we saw to 52.5 for the manufacturing sector. New orders rose to 61.8 from 59.9 and employment rose into expansionary territory at 50.2 from 49.1.  China’s exports in August are expected to have slowed China’s exports in August would probably come in weaker (Bloomberg consensus: 13% YoY vs 18.0% YoY in July) as container throughput data suggested. The resurgence of pandemic control restrictions, production disruptions due to power rationing, and a high base last year could have contributed to the deceleration.  Economists are expecting China’s imports in August to slow (Bloomberg consensus: 1.1% vs 2.3% in July). South Korea’s August export data released last week showed a 5.4% YoY decline in total exports and a 3.4% YoY decline in chip exports to China.  Slower commodity inflation could have depressed China’s import growth as well in August. Australian economic growth data is a big focus today down under. If weaker than expected AUD could weaken Australian economic growth is expected to show 1% growth q/q in the second quarter and 3.5% y/y. GDP will likely get a boost from record commodity exports (which will likely account for 1% of GPD YoY), record retail sales, and a pickup in overseas travel. However, construction costs and hampered residential construction activity could weigh on the headline GDP figure. AUDUSD is on watch with the currency pair trading at its lowest level since June 2020. If the figures today are better than expected, we could see a knee-jerk short-term rally up. However, over the medium to longer term, the fundamentals support the USD moving up and the AUD potentially continuing to lose out with the favored FX currency, the USD gaining momentum and strength amid the energy crisis and Fed hawkishness. The technical indicators suggest the AUDUSD could also retest the March 2020 low of 0.61380, which is the currency pairs lowest level in 19 years. Australia’s Reserve Bank rose rates 0.5% to 2.35%, but it will do little to slow inflation The RBA hiked rates by 0.5% as expected yesterday, in a bid to stave off inflation, taking Australia’s official cash rate to 2.35%. The only thing that the RBA has slowed after hiking rates 1.75% so far since May is the property market. Property prices have seen their biggest drop since the 80’s and construction made its biggest decline since 2016. This is a credit concern as Australia has one of the highest debt levels in the world (debt to GPD is 126%). If the RBA keeps rising rates as they suggest, debt-to-income levels could hit GFC highs. The RBA’s rate hikes have done nothing to slow inflation, and coal prices, which are the biggest contribution to Australian CPI. What you need to consider, is how can the RBA's hikes fix the commodities supply/demand imbalance. We also think coal momentum is likely to rise in anticipation of demand picking up with peak energy season around the world, and Europe is likely to tap on Australia's shoulder for energy.   Australia’s trade surplus surged up for the 13th month, propelled by coal exports  Australia’s trade surplus rocked up to A$18.3bn in the June quarter, bolstering Australia’s balance on goods and services to A$43.1bn, which is the highest level on record. This was fueled by commodity exports and Australia’s trade balance (exports less imports) rising to a record after commodity exports hit a record high, with coal exports exceeding A$100bn annually for the first time. Bank of Canada to hike rates today After a July rate hike of 100bps, Bank of Canada meets again today. The consensus is calling for a 75bps rate hike to bring rates to a restrictive territory, given that inflation continues to run well above target and economic demand is holding up well. The pace of tightening is however likely to slow down in October, and so the messaging will be key to watch at today’s meeting.  NIO earnings ahead While the earnings release date for NIO has been moved around multiple times it should be final now so tomorrow one of China’s largest EV-makers will report Q2 earnings. Investors will focus on the Q3 outlook for revenue growth and margins in order to gauge when NIO can break even on its operations. California’s blackout threat worsens, and the state keeps nuclear power on standby  Amid a massive heatwave and wildfires sweeping the state, power use in California has hit an all-time high and officials have again warned residents to prepare for rolling blackouts. We first wrote about this on Monday but now the state’s grid operator issued another round of warnings, calling on consumers to limit energy demand while the state issued a level-2 energy emergency alert. Officials expect to ratchet the emergency warning up to level 3, which would mean blackouts are imminent. The prospect of outages underscores how grids are becoming vulnerable amid extreme weather as they transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.   For a week-ahead look at markets – tune into our Saxo Spotlight. For a global look at markets – tune into our Podcast.   Source: APAC Daily Digest: What is happening in markets and what to consider next – September 6, 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
Bank of Canada (BoC) Interest Rate Policy Decision - Met Market Expectations

Bank of Canada (BoC) Interest Rate Policy Decision - Met Market Expectations

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 07.09.2022 16:03
Summary: Bank of Canada interest rate decision. BoC met market expectations. Bank of Canada meets market expectations The Bank of Canada (BoC) met the market expectations on Wednesday by hiking their interest rates by 75bps up to 3.25% from 2.5%. Their Ivey PMI beat market expectations which were set at 48.3, but came in at an actual value of 60.9. Bank of Canada increases policy interest rate by 75 basis points, continues quantitative tighteninghttps://t.co/YXW4npzhVA#economy #cdnecon — Bank of Canada (@bankofcanada) September 7, 2022 Bank of Canada In order to safeguard the economy by limiting the amount that interest rates might need to increase over the medium term, the BoC increased its cash rate from 1.75% to 2.5% in July. This was done as part of a strategy to move monetary policy to an economically restrictive level sooner rather than later. Despite the fact that interest rate derivative market pricing implies that investors already expect the benchmark to climb further and as far as 3.75% by year's end, the BoC considers that restrictive threshold to involve a cash rate that is a place above the 3% level. “The Bank's commitment to front-loading rate hikes in the face of red-hot inflation means an even bigger 100 bps increase (matching July's hike) can't be ruled out. Canadian employment (Friday) is expected to rise 5K in August following two consecutive monthly declines. The unemployment rate is expected to increase to 5.0%, which is still very low,” says Alvin Tan, head of Asia FX strategy at RBC Capital Markets. With the approaching Bank of Canada rate decision expected today and the European Central Bank meeting on Thursday, we will undoubtedly use expectations to our advantage. Expectations play a significant part in the market impact of major event risk. In this meeting, both are expected to raise their respective benchmark rates by 75 basis points, but the former is doing so based on a 100-basis-point increase at its last meeting and the discount of a hawkish central bank. Sources: dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com, investing.com
The Japanese Yen Has The Worst Performer Among The G-10 Currencies

US Dollar’s Unwavering Strength (EUR/USD), EUR/GBP, USD/JPY Falls To Lowest Level Seen Since 1998

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 07.09.2022 16:25
Summary USD/JPY hitting lowest levels in 24 years. USD still strong. Expectations of the next interest rate hike from BoE fell. EUR/USD currency pair The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. Since the US Dollar continues to rise and shows little sign of slowing, it has been a wrecking ball for the foreign exchange markets. I would exercise caution in pursuing this upside, though, given that the most recent US CPI is right around the horizon. The inclination would be to downplay US dollar declines. The 0.99 handle serves as support for the euro, and although there has been a breach below it, there hasn't yet been a close below it. The language used, such as expressing a willingness to enter restrictive territory as opposed to merely front-loading policy to play catch-up, will be crucial in determining whether the Euro can find a floor, even though the ECB is preparing to raise interest rates by 75 basis points at its meeting tomorrow. EUR/USD Price Chart GBP declines The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The Bank of England enters the scene and hits the already weak pound just as the market was concentrating on the new prime minister, Liz Truss. Following comments made by members of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), markets quickly reduced their expectations for a 75 basis point interest rate hike at next week's policy decision, causing a steep decline in the value of the pound. The panel's comments show that the Bank is still hesitant to hike interest rates in order to combat inflation and instead is betting that prices would decline as the economy weakens. EUR/GBP Price Chart USD continues to strengthen Today, the Japanese Yen's value against the US Dollar fell to its lowest level since 1998. In order to keep bond yields low, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) reaffirmed its yield curve control (YCC) program on Wednesday, despite the Fed's unambiguous indication that rates will rise. Today, the 10-year Japanese government bond (JGB) traded close to the 0.25% upper limit set by the central bank. The bank then declared that they would increase their bond buying as part of their planned operations. The 2-year note currently trades at 3.75%, with Treasury rates continuing to fly higher. Everywhere it has increased, the US dollar has. USD/JPY Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The Markets Still Hope That The Fed May Consider Softer Decision

The ECB Interest Rate Decision - Met Market Expectations

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 08.09.2022 14:25
Summary: ECB policy rate decision. ECB met interest rate expectations. ECB Decision Met Expectations The ECB on Thursday hiked interest rates by 75bps - meeting market expectations. Deposit Facility rate of the ECB exceeded market expectations, by 25bps, coming in at a 75bps rate hike. ECB Interest rate Decision The European Central Bank (ECB) policy announcement on Thursday may have some potential effects on the foreign exchange market, according to a "crib sheet" published by ING Bank. The market is anticipating a 75 basis point increase as the ECB looks to take swift action against inflation before the Eurozone's growth slows and a recession takes hold. However, ING economists believe that the market is mistaken in using 75 basis points, which might be the day's first significant source of volatility for the Euro. "Policymakers in Frankfurt will likely have to choose between a 50bp or 75bp rate hike this week. We think that a 75bp move would be too hard to digest for the dovish front within the Governing Council, and our call is for a 50bp move," says Francesco Pesole, a foreign exchange strategist at ING. According to ING's base case scenario, a 50bp would fall short of market expectations, causing the Euro to Dollar exchange rate (EUR/USD) to decline. In this base scenario, the ECB also projects weaker growth rates for the Eurozone, anticipating a wintertime recession. While high inflation will continue, it will start to decline over the outlook horizon, according to ECB predictions. If the ECB took an even more "dovish" posture, they would raise interest rates by 25 basis points as they assessed the severity of the impending economic slowdown, which would be reflected in their revised GDP projections. Inflation forecasts that indicate prices drop down to the 2.0% target over the forecast horizon would also be part of this dovish scenario. According to this call, the EUR/USD is expected to trade close to 0.96. However, the ECB will be keenly aware of the effects their decisions will have on the Euro because a weak Euro itself is an inflationary phenomenon because it drives up the price of importing commodities. This is especially detrimental during a crisis brought on by high gas and oil import prices. Sources: investing.com, poundtserlinglive.com
The EUR/USD Pair Is Still In A High Position On The 1H Chart

ECB Interest Rate Decision (EUR/USD), UK Government Plans To Cap Gas Prices (EUR/GBP, GBP/AUD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 08.09.2022 15:45
Summary: ECB raised all 3 major interest rates by 75bps. UK Government capping gas prices for next 2 years. RBA nearing the end of its interest rate hiking cycle. ECB interest rate hikes The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. To combat record-high inflation in the Euro Area, the ECB increased each of the three major interest rates by 75 basis points. Markets and experts had generally anticipated the decision to raise interest rates by 75 basis points, thus the first impact on the Euro has been muted so far. The ECB also noted that the governing council anticipates raising rates during the coming sessions, which is consistent with money market pricing, which projects a further 92 basis points of tightening by year's end. Looking ahead, attention will primarily be on ECB President Lagarde's news conference, where she is expected to discuss the necessity to raise interest rates into restrictive territory (above neutral rates) in order to support the euro in the short term. The energy crisis, which continues to put pressure on the Euro through parity, is the major story, though. EUR/USD Price Chart UK Government to cap gas prices The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. Following the announcement that the UK government would cap annual UK gas prices at £2500 for the next two years, the likelihood of a stronger finish to 2022 for the British Pound moved closer. An influential economist claims that the action effectively keeps UK inflation at current levels and averts the possibility of a recession. Investors have dumped sterling in recent months due to concerns that the UK would be among the nations worst affected by a confluence of rising inflation and slowing economic growth. Therefore, Truss' intervention refutes this claim, stating that the changes will probably reduce inflation's predicted peak by 5 percentage points. EUR/GBP Price Chart RBA nearing the end of their interest rate hiking cycle The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is reaching the conclusion of its interest rate hike cycle, according to Governor Philip Lowe, which will cause the Australian Dollar to weaken. In the meantime, data indicating the nation's outstanding trade surplus shrank in July put additional pressure on the Australian dollar. According to Lowe, disparities between Australian and American pay setting practices allow the RBA to afford to slow pace. GBP/AUD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
ECB press conference brings more fog than clarity

Euro Shows Strength On Monday (EUR/USD), UK Inflation Data Ahead (EUR/GBP), USD Gains Against The JPY(USD/JPY)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 12.09.2022 14:25
Summary: Ukrainian resistance in the country's east boosted the Euro. EUR/GBP may struggle in the wake of UK inflation data release. USD had a rough start to the week against the euro. Euro strengthened during Monday’s session The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The news of Ukrainian resistance in the country's east as Ukrainian soldiers launched a counteroffensive caused the euro to rally by a significant 1.4% this morning. Bringing our attention back to the ECB, there was evident unhappiness among the board members after the significant 75 basis point increase was fully anticipated by the markets and had little to no impact on them. The infamous ECB "sources" said shortly after President Lagarde's address that rate increases could reach 2% (restrictive territory) to fight inflation and hinted in some way that the 2023 growth prediction was a bit on the "rosy" side. Finally, sources claimed that QT was imminent, with negotiations set to begin in October and a likely announcement to be made at the October ECB meeting. EUR/USD Price Chart EUR/GBP risk could increase The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. In the days ahead, when the market will likely be most interested in UK inflation data that could further increase the already elevated risk of aggressive interest rate action from the Bank of England (BoE) next week, the Pound to Euro exchange rate may struggle to get off the ground after falling last week. When the Bank of England (BoE) announces its interest rate decision for September on September 22 after delaying it to accommodate the nation's day of mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the new fiscal package might have a substantial impact on the BoE's monetary policy. EUR/GBP Price Chart USD/JPY currency pair The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The US Dollar had a mixed week to start, falling versus the Euro but rising once more against the Japanese Yen. The EUR/JPY moved closer to Friday's 8-year high as a result. Other currency combinations were generally quiet. Despite further browbeating from Japanese officials—this time from Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara—the Yen weakened. He mentioned that excessively one-sided currency movements are being watched. In order to take advantage of the depreciating Yen and stimulate the economy, Japan recently announced a relaxation of travel regulations for visitors traveling domestically. USD/JPY Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com  
Analysis Of The US Dollar Currency Index Price Movement

US Dollar Rallies In The Wake Of CPI Inflation Data

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 13.09.2022 18:17
Summary: U.S. inflation is running hotter than markets anticipated. Core inflation reading is the one that concerns the Fed the most. Core CPI increased by 0.6% in Augus US CPI Inflation Missed Market Expectations Data that showed U.S. inflation is running hotter than markets anticipated caused the Dollar to rise dramatically, giving the Federal Reserve more confidence to hike interest rates. After U.S. headline CPI inflation rose 8.3% year-over-year in August, defying expectations for a reading of 8.1%, stocks dropped and the safe-haven high-yielding Dollar surged, though it was still lower than July's 8.5%. But contrary to forecasts for a decline, the month-over-month metric increased by 0.1%, the BLS reported, up from July's reading of 0%. The core inflation reading will be the one that concerns the Fed the most. Core CPI increased by 0.6% in August, exceeding both the 0.3% market expectation and the 0.3% result in July. Core CPI inflation is the form of inflation that the Fed may be able to control through higher interest rates because it is domestically based and therefore excludes external factors like energy prices. Core CPI inflation increased by 6.3% on an annual basis, exceeding both July's 5.9% and the market's expectations of 6.1%. LISTEN NOW: Inflation rose 8.3% year-over-year — we discuss the hotter-than-expected CPI number. Listen and follow the @SquawkStreet podcast here or on your favorite podcast platform: https://t.co/BoklbeW3jy pic.twitter.com/v2SxAuQfsh — CNBC (@CNBC) September 13, 2022 With a 1.40% increase against the New Zealand Dollar and a 0.84% increase against the Euro, the dollar advanced versus all the major currencies. "In response to the data, all G10 currencies weakened against the US dollar, with the largest losses seen in currencies that had recently benefited from the improvement in risk conditions. The pound, euro, yen, Kiwi dollar, Aussie dollar, and Swedish krona have now recorded losses in excess of one percent against the greenback, while the Norwegian krone posted the largest decline as it is down 2% on the day," says Jay Zhao-Murray, Market Analyst at Monex Canada. Even though gasoline prices were down significantly, the U.S. inflation surprise still occurred, suggesting that the energy shock is still having an impact. However, everyone is still surprised by the lag. In the event that workers seek greater wage agreements and businesses increase their prices, the Fed will be eager to boost rates. Sources: poundsterlinglive.com
Thursday's Bank's of England decision may be record-breaking!

UK CPI Inflation Data Reflected The First Drop In 1 Year

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 14.09.2022 15:28
Summary: UK CPI inflation beat market expectations. UK CPI Inflation fell from its 40-year high reached in July. UK CPI Inflation Data Beat Market Expectations In August, the Bank of England and households experienced an unexpected - and presumably transitory - decrease in consumer price inflation for the first time in almost a year. Following a 40-year high of 10.1% in July, annual consumer price rise fell to 9.9% on Wednesday, according to the Office for National Statistics. This was the first decline since September 2021 and fell short of the 10.2% increase predicted by a Reuters poll. However, experts cautioned that inflation was anticipated to peak at approximately 11% in October, when a new home energy tariff cap begins, and that it might be difficult to decline because of underlying pressures and a new fiscal stimulus from the government. ⚠️BREAKING:*UK CPI INFLATION RISES 9.9% IN AUGUST, DOWN FROM 40-YEAR HIGH OF 10.1% 🇬🇧🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/Lc5in4fnrW — Investing.com (@Investingcom) September 14, 2022 Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth, the British central bank decided to postpone raising interest rates until next Thursday. On September 22, the BoE is expected to increase rates by 0.75 percentage points to 2.5%, according to financial markets. With the exception of a temporary attempt to support sterling during a 1992 exchange rate crisis, this would be its largest rate increase since 1989. Despite a slowing economy at risk of recession, the majority of economists surveyed by Reuters believe a half-point increase is more plausible, and they also anticipate the BoE to keep raising rates into next year. A severe pressure on living standards has been brought about in Britain by the rise in European natural gas prices brought on by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which has been compounded by post-COVID labor shortages and supply-chain bottlenecks. Inflation is lowest in several European nations, notably Spain and the Netherlands, but it is the highest among the G7's major advanced economies in the UK. Prime Minister Liz Truss's capping household energy costs The incoming Prime Minister Liz Truss's decision to cap household energy costs, which will increase by 25% rather than 80% in October, has made it marginally easier for the BoE to achieve its goal of returning inflation to its 2% objective, at least in the short term. Before the cap, analysts predicted that inflation may reach 15% or higher early the following year. In addition to promising other help and tax cuts, the government is anticipated to employ public borrowing to make up for the lower rates charged by energy providers. This is anticipated to cost approximately 100 billion pounds ($116 billion). According to experts, this additional stimulus for an economy that is nearly at full employment and experiencing the lowest unemployment rate since 1974 would prolong domestic inflation pressures and force the BoE to raise rates further in order to bring inflation back to its 2% objective. Sources: Reuters.com
The British Pound Is Showing Signs Of Exhaustion Of The Bullish Force

US Dollar Rose In The Wake Of US CPI Inflation Reports (EUR/USD), UK CPI Inflation Data Exceeded Market Expectations (EUR/GBP, GBP/AUD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 14.09.2022 17:11
Summary: Money market pricing indicates that the Fed will raise rates by 75 basis points. UK CPI inflation rate was lower in August than it was in July. According to economists, the Australian Dollar will fare better than any other major currency in 2022. USD rose, gold futures fell & stocks dropped sharply The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The US Dollar rose, gold prices fell, and US stocks dropped sharply on Tuesday as a result of the August US CPI report's substantial effect on the financial markets. Headline Inflation in the US gained +0.1% m/m and +8.3% y/y, above expectations of no gain m/m and an increase of +8.1% y/y. Also hotter than anticipated, the core reading came in at +0.6% m/m versus a projection of +0.3%, while the y/y stood at +6.3% versus +6.1% anticipated. Money market pricing indicates that the Fed will raise rates by 75 basis points, but the tail-risk surprise has changed from a 50 to a 100 basis point increase. This reveals where the momentum is: more rate increases will result in the Fed Funds rate peak being higher than anticipated before the inflation report. EUR/USD Price Chart Has UK Inflation hit its peak? The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. Pound Sterling increased the day after the news broke. The UK CPI inflation rate was lower in August than it was in July, indicating that the price increase's peak may have already passed. This would be a favorable development for the outlook of the UK economy and, consequently, the Pound. However, the Bank of England's decision on September 22 looms large, and the final position of Sterling at the end of September may depend on whether they choose to raise interest rates by 75 or 50 basis points. According to analysts at certain large investment institutions, the market is expecting a 75 basis point increase from the Bank, which it must provide to maintain stable Pound exchange rates. The pound would decline if the Bank of England disappointed markets with a modest increase. EUR/GBP Price Chart GBP/AUD currency pair According to recent research from BMO Capital Markets, the Australian Dollar is a "quality" currency that is expected to increase in value against the U.S. Dollar and all other major currencies in the upcoming months. According to a BMO analysis of the Aussie Dollar, it is one of the best-performing currencies in 2022 because of a strong set of underlying reasons that support it. According to economists, the Australian Dollar will fare better than any other major currency in 2022 thanks to the nation's strong export market and sound domestic fundamentals. Australia's foreign exchange revenues have increased due to rising commodity prices, which has supported its currency. GBP/AUD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Will The US Dollar Continue To Be Strong And To Keep Growing Or Maybe Situation Will Be Reversed

Strong US Dollar Index Driving EUR/USD Down & USD/JPY Up, economists predict that the Pound will continue to decline (EUR/GBP), USD/JPY

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 19.09.2022 18:57
Summary: Early trading saw the EUR/USD falling below parity once more. The British Pound dropped to its lowest level against the Dollar on Friday and hit lows against the Euro that haven't been seen since February 2021. Strong US Dollar index driving USD/JPY down. EUR/USD falls below parity once more The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. Early trading saw the EUR/USD falling below parity once more while failing to surpass Friday's peak. While markets look apprehensive after US President Joe Biden said the US military would defend Taiwan in the case of an invasion by China, we witnessed the USD index open higher and push on, supporting a +/-60 pip loss on EUR/USD and other currency pairs. The downward movement in the EUR/USD rate this morning appears to be driven by the dollar index. Despite numerous investment banks and the World Bank reducing their growth projections for the US economy and issuing a global recession warning, the index kept moving higher. EUR/USD Price Chart Economists predict that the Pound will continue to decline. The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. Although there is a remote chance the currency would recover by the end of the upcoming week when a Bank of England rate hike and the "mini budget" are announced, economists predict that the Pound will continue to decline. The British Pound dropped to its lowest level against the Dollar on Friday and hit lows against the Euro that haven't been seen since February 2021 before the monetary and fiscal double-header. Following the publication of poor UK retail sales statistics that led economists to warn that the country is already in recession, the pound's losses for 2022 increased. Contrary to estimates, retail sales declined 1.6% in the month of August instead of a somewhat smaller -0.5%. EUR/GBP Price Chart USD/JPY The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. After failing to break over 145, USD/JPY is still in an ascending trend channel. 144.95 may continue to act as resistance because it is the 161.8% Fibonacci Extension of the late-July decline from 139.39 to 130.39. It has recently been tested, reaching peaks of 144.97 and 144.99, the latter of which is a 24-year high. This region might be crucial for the next significant USD/JPY movement. The Bank of Japan called banks in Tokyo last week as 145 approached, requesting a rate review. The market has interpreted this to mean that the central bank may be considering intervening should the price rise above 145. Of course, if the price trades over that level and they do not act, an aggressive move might be observed. The following potential resistance level to watch could be the ascending trend line that now splits around 145.90. USD/JPY Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
The Agressive Rate Hikes By The Fed Did Not Lead To A Deeper Recession

EUR/USD Exposed To Fed Interest Rate Decision Risk, BoE Interest Rate Decision Due This Week (EUR/GBP, GBP/CAD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 20.09.2022 17:34
Summary: EUR/USD exposed to risks related to the Fed interest rate decision on Wednesday. The BoE interest rate decision on Thursday will be crucial. GBP/CAD may now be on the verge of lurching toward all-time lows. Euro is still stronger than some other currencies The market is reflecting mixed market signals for this currency pair. The EUR/USD has been able to maintain its stability recently by simply remaining stable, which isn't really saying much for it. The Euro to Dollar exchange rate began the new week near parity and exposed to risks related to the Federal Reserve's (Fed) interest rate decision on Wednesday, however there is an admittedly remote chance that the latter could spark a firecracker surge by the single currency later this week. The Euro is still stronger than some of the other currencies, but it is expected to keep falling against the Dollar and reach new cycle lows. EUR/USD Price Chart BoE interest rate on Thursday The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The exchange rate between the pound and the euro has fallen for seven straight weeks, but it might go considerably further this week and possibly to record lows if the market panics about a probable Bank of England (BoE) decision to sharply raise Bank Rate on Thursday. With the scale of the most recent Bank Rate increase and any hints or guidance regarding the outlook for the benchmark, the BoE interest rate decision on Thursday will be crucial, yet there is a risk that the bank will feel pressured to literally knock the Bank Rate ball out of the park. EUR/GBP Price Chart GBP/CAD How the market could be likely to react to any particularly substantial interest rate rise from the Bank of England (BoE) this Thursday, the Pound to Canadian Dollar exchange rate may now be on the verge of lurching toward all-time lows. Although there is a chance it might fall further if the BoE smashes the Bank Rate ball out of the park on Thursday, sterling crept higher versus the Canadian Dollar to start a holiday-shortened week and remained safely above the 12-year lows reached over a fortnight earlier. A recent increase in core inflation, the BoE's most recent Inflation Attitudes Survey, and the new UK Prime Minister's proposal to freeze or cap household energy costs through public subsidy are reasons to believe it might as well. These factors could influence policymakers to view this as a medium-term inflation risk. GBP/CAD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The Agressive Rate Hikes By The Fed Did Not Lead To A Deeper Recession

The Fed Interest Rate Decision, Stock/Bond Portfolios, ECB’s Determination To Reach Price Stability

8 eightcap 8 eightcap 20.09.2022 21:12
On Wednesday the Fed is due to make their interest rate decision. A US portfolio that is split 60/40 between stocks and bonds is headed for its worst year since 1937. ECB is determined to deliver price stability through rising interest rates.   In this article: The Fed’s Interest rate hike tomorrow. US Stock/Bond portfolio down. The ECB is determined to fight inflation through rising interest rates. The Fed due to make their interest rate decision on Wednesday The SwissQuote tweeted about the expectations the market has ahead of the Fed’s interest rate hike decision on Wednesday. Fed will likely hike by 75bp ; SNB will likely follow! ▶️ Discover today's market highlights on our #MarketTalk with @IpekOzkardeskay: https://t.co/Lzfate1wod pic.twitter.com/ZnOfnyHVvM — Swissquote (in English) (@Swissquote) September 20, 2022 On Wednesday the Fed is due to make their interest rate decision, this interest rate decision came in the wake of the US CPI inflation results which were released during last weeks trading week. US Stock/Bond portfolio is suffering According to Charlie Bilello a US Stock/Bond portfolio is likely to experience its worse financial performance in 86 years. A 60/40 Portfolio of US Stocks/Bonds is down 16.2% in 2022, on pace for its worst calendar year since 1937. pic.twitter.com/d6gnbohRLw — Charlie Bilello (@charliebilello) September 20, 2022   A US portfolio that is split 60/40 between stocks and bonds is headed for its worst year since 1937. European central bank (ecb) determined to fight inflation The president of the ECB Christine Lagarde makes it clear that the ECB is determined to fight inflation through rising interest rates. We are determined to deliver price stability, and expect to raise interest rates further to achieve 2% inflation, says President @Lagarde. We must settle at a rate that ensures inflation returns durably to our target, as the economic environment evolves https://t.co/d5HvwVEiR0 pic.twitter.com/mCXxS1yk1f — European Central Bank (@ecb) September 20, 2022   The ECB is determined to deliver price stability through rising interest rates. The ECB is willing to settle the rate of inflation at its target.    Sources: twitter.com
The Fed Interest Rate Decision, Stock/Bond Portfolios, ECB’s Determination To Reach Price Stability  - 20.09.2022

The Fed Interest Rate Decision, Stock/Bond Portfolios, ECB’s Determination To Reach Price Stability - 20.09.2022

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 20.09.2022 23:00
On Wednesday the Fed is due to make their interest rate decision. A US portfolio that is split 60/40 between stocks and bonds is headed for its worst year since 1937. ECB is determined to deliver price stability through rising interest rates. In this article: The Fed’s Interest rate hike tomorrow. US Stock/Bond portfolio down. The ECB is determined to fight inflation through rising interest rates. The Fed due to make their interest rate decision on Wednesday The SwissQuote tweeted about the expectations the market has ahead of the Fed’s interest rate hike decision on Wednesday. Fed will likely hike by 75bp ; SNB will likely follow! â–¶ï¸Â Discover today's market highlights on our #MarketTalk with @IpekOzkardeskay: https://t.co/Lzfate1wod pic.twitter.com/ZnOfnyHVvM — Swissquote (in English) (@Swissquote) September 20, 2022   On Wednesday the Fed is due to make their interest rate decision, this interest rate decision came in the wake of the US CPI inflation results which were released during last weeks trading week. US Stock/Bond portfolio is suffering According to Charlie Bilello a US Stock/Bond portfolio is likely to experience its worse financial performance in 86 years. A 60/40 Portfolio of US Stocks/Bonds is down 16.2% in 2022, on pace for its worst calendar year since 1937. pic.twitter.com/d6gnbohRLw — Charlie Bilello (@charliebilello) September 20, 2022   A US portfolio that is split 60/40 between stocks and bonds is headed for its worst year since 1937. European central bank (ecb) determined to fight inflation The president of the ECB Christine Lagarde makes it clear that the ECB is determined to fight inflation through rising interest rates. We are determined to deliver price stability, and expect to raise interest rates further to achieve 2% inflation, says President @Lagarde. We must settle at a rate that ensures inflation returns durably to our target, as the economic environment evolves https://t.co/d5HvwVEiR0 pic.twitter.com/mCXxS1yk1f — European Central Bank (@ecb) September 20, 2022   The ECB is determined to deliver price stability through rising interest rates. The ECB is willing to settle the rate of inflation at its target. Sources: twitter.com
US Dollar Pushed Upwards Ahead Of The Fed’s Interest Rate Decision, Russia Not Showing Signs Of Slowing Down On The War (EUR/GBP), GBP/NZD

US Dollar Pushed Upwards Ahead Of The Fed’s Interest Rate Decision, Russia Not Showing Signs Of Slowing Down On The War (EUR/GBP), GBP/NZD

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 21.09.2022 19:03
Summary: Euro fell back to its lows from early September below parity with the US Dollar. ECB hawkish tone. Thursday may cause the GBP/NZD to drop to some of its lowest points since the months immediately following the Brexit referendum. Euro weakens as Putin dashed hope for an end to the Russia/Ukraine conflict The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. On Wednesday, the Euro fell back to its lows from early September below parity with the US Dollar as Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to dash any remaining hope for a quick resolution to the war in Ukraine. Markets anticipate additional rate increases even if there is optimism that, at least in the US, inflation may finally be under control. The Fed is projected to increase rates by a full percentage point. The war in Ukraine is continuing to drive up the cost of energy and raw materials on a continent that is still recovering economically from the Covid epidemic, so the European Union cannot resort to such solace. EUR/USD Price Chart BoE interest rate decision due on Wednesday The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. Although the European Central Bank has recently adopted a more hawkish tone, the Fed continues to have significantly more monetary firepower and flexibility to use it, according to the market. This opinion can only be strengthened by indications that the Ukrainian conflict will continue to rage. Great hopes: The markets are anticipating the Bank of England to raise interest rates twice in a row by 75 basis points, which might lead to a massive letdown for the British pound. As of right now, money markets are pricing in 200 basis point increases over the next three decisions, which means the Bank will need to raise rates by 75 basis points at two of those sessions. This is more than any other developed market central bank has requested. EUR/GBP Price Chart GBP/NZD currency pair During the midweek session, the New Zealand Dollar extended a 15-month downtrend against the U.S. Dollar and appeared to be headed for March 2020 lows. However, it may have better chances against Sterling, which could experience significant losses in the wake of Thursday's Bank of England (BoE) policy decision. If the author is correct in believing the BoE will actually raise rates much farther than all forecasts anticipate on Thursday, sterling's historically unfavorable reaction to Bank Rate rises could be doubly relevant for GBP/NZD this week. If this obviously improbable prediction comes true, then the BoE's decision on Thursday may cause the GBP/NZD to drop to some of its lowest points since the months immediately following the Brexit referendum. The decision on Thursday will be made just over a week after the Office for National Statistics reported a new increase in core inflation for August, and shortly after the Bank of England's Inflation Attitudes survey indicated that households' expectations for medium-term inflation remained at potentially alarming levels in July. GBP/NZD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Did The Federal Reserve Beat Market Expectations During Their Wednesday Interest Rate Announcement?!

Did The Federal Reserve Beat Market Expectations During Their Wednesday Interest Rate Announcement?!

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 21.09.2022 20:04
Summary: The markets expected a 75bps hike from the Fed. Fed met expectations with a 75 bps rate hike. Chances of an economic recession persists. The Federal Reserve chose to hike their interest rates The Fed met market expectations by hiking interest rates by 75bps on Wednesday. In the wake of the August US CPI inflation numbers, the market priced in a 75bps rate hike from the Fed. As the Federal Reserve continues on its rate hiking cycle, the markets become increasingly concerned around the likelihood of a global economic recession. The effect of the interest rate hike on the US Dollar and the economy On the strength of another significant Federal Reserve rate hike this Wednesday, the Dollar is anticipated to remain sustained. The August inflation report reaffirmed expectations for another 75 basis point raise and language indicating the Fed will retain a solid commitment to bringing prices down, convincing investors that the Fed cannot yet wind down its rate-hiking cycle. The next "big moment" for the currency markets, and really all financial assets, will be when the Fed finally changes course and indicates the cycle of rate hikes is about to come to an end. The recent trends of Dollar strength and equity market downturn are anticipated to continue up until that point. When members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) present their forecasts for where they believe interest rates will go in the future, there won't likely be any indications of a pivot (the infamous Dot Plot chart). However, the idea of general resilience in the US economy should continue to be the baseline scenario. Revisions to other economic estimates are anticipated to indicate some signals of a worsening economic outlook. Investors discounting a drop in future corporate earnings and fearing a deeper global recession through the latter part of 2022 and into 2023 would certainly put pressure on global stock markets. Sources: poundsterlinglive.com, investing.com
Did The Bank of England Miss, Meet or Beat Market Expectations?!

Did The Bank of England Miss, Meet or Beat Market Expectations?!

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 22.09.2022 13:11
Summary: BoE interest rate decision. Any post-decision gains are expected to be sold into and prove fleeting. The BoE missed market expectations on Thursday regarding their interest rate hike decision. The BoE Missed market expectations The Bank of England (BoE) announced they would raise their central bank interest rate 50bps, missing the market's expectation of 75bps. The effect of the BoE interest rate hiking decision It is unclear what the effect of the BoE rising interest rates will have on the pound sterling currency. The exchange rate might increase if the Bank increases interest rates by 75 basis points, which would be the greatest increase since 1989, and shifts its prognosis for the economy. But for a central bank that has a history of falling short of market expectations and emphasizing the downside risks to the economy, this is a huge ask. The most plausible worst-case scenario would involve the Bank raising rates by less than anticipated (say, 50 bps) and cautioning that the economic outlook is still uncertain and subject to downside risks. The odds favor a downside reaction, according to currency market observers, and any post-decision gains are expected to be sold into and prove fleeting. A worldwide energy crisis, deteriorating domestic balance of payments, declining stock markets, an unrelentingly strong dollar, and an uncooperative Bank of England have all contributed to the Pound's bad year. The Bank of England's monetary policy is the one area where decision-makers have the power to provide the Pound with some short-term comfort, despite the fact that many of these challenges are medium- to long-term concerns and global in scope. Some of the pessimism and negative positioning may be challenged if the Bank shocks the markets with a more "hawkish" tone, allowing for a short-term leg upward. A rate increase of 75 basis points plus any improved commentary from the Bank may help the pound that day. Sources: poundsterlinglive.com
EUR/USD Touch 19-year Lows, BoE Interest Rate Decision (EUR/GBP), SNB Signals End Of Its Interest Rate Hiking Cycle (EUR/CHF)

EUR/USD Touch 19-year Lows, BoE Interest Rate Decision (EUR/GBP), SNB Signals End Of Its Interest Rate Hiking Cycle (EUR/CHF)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 22.09.2022 16:16
Summary: The SNB increased its interest rate for a second time on Thursday. BoE increased interest rates on Thursday by 50 basis points. Fed 75bps interest rate hike. EUR/USD touching 19 year lows The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. In the wake of the Federal Reserve's 75bps interest rate hike the falling wedge, which was keeping the door open for bullish reversal possibilities, is invalidated as the EUR/USD has dropped to a new 19-year bottom and is currently clinging to the swing-low from earlier in September, which is located between.9862 and.9876. As a result, the bearish side of the coin is once again in focus for the EUR/USD pair. Resistance is possible around the previous support level of.9950 as well as at parity if bulls can produce a stronger pullback. EUR/USD Price Chart GBP plummeted in the minutes after BoE interest rate announcement The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The Bank of England increased interest rates on Thursday by 50 basis points, which was less than the 75 basis points the market was anticipating, and the British Pound plummeted in the minutes that followed. The pound had a sell-off in response to the boost that was lower than expected, and economists predict greater losses for the UK currency. The exchange rate between the pound and the euro dropped by 0.5 percent to 1.1434 in the 15 minutes after the decision, but it had recovered to 1.1470 by the time the U.S. stock market opened, bringing bank transfer rates to roughly 1.1240 and payment specialist rates to roughly 1.1440. EUR/GBP Price Chart SNB signals the end of their interest rate hiking cycle The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The Swiss National Bank (SNB) increased its interest rate for a second time on Thursday, which caused the Swiss Franc to weaken. However, the SNB also warned against expecting future rate hikes through its inflation projections. After the SNB hiked its cash rate from -0.25% to 0.5% in a monetary policy move that echoed the Federal Reserve's on Wednesday, the Swiss Franc fell against a number of other currencies. Even while the Swiss central bank did not rule out future interest rate hikes, September's updated predictions suggested that, given the two increases in borrowing costs announced to date, the Swiss inflation rate will likely return to, if not fall below, 2% at the end of the forecast horizon. This suggests that Swiss authorities may already have done enough to bring inflation back in line with their concept of price stability. EUR/CHF Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Analysis Of The US Dollar Currency Index Price Movement

US Dollars Momentum Supported By Fed Interest Rate Hiking Road Map (EUR/USD, USD/CAD), UK & Europe Could Already Be In A Recession (EUR/GBP)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 23.09.2022 19:01
Summary: EUR/USD is close to 20 years lows. The UK and the Eurozone may have already entered recession in the third quarter of the year. Canadian Dollar plunged to its lowest level against the U.S. Dollar since July 2020. US Dollar remains supported The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. A day after the Federal Reserve approved another sizable hike and promised to keep tightening monetary policy firmly in order to control inflation, the EUR/USD lacked confidence on Thursday, fluctuating between tiny gains and losses. This is probably due to rising U.S. Treasury yields. The exchange rate is very close to one of its lowest points in more than 20 years, having fallen dramatically from the overnight session high of 0.9907 and trading mostly flat on the day at 0.9843. The Fed's hawkish roadmap, which anticipates 150 basis points of additional tightening up to the terminal rate of 4.6% in 2023, as well as its commitment to maintaining a restrictive stance for an extended period of time, should keep U.S. rates biased to the upside and support the dollar's momentum in the FX market. EUR/USD Price Chart Europe & the UK may have already entered recession The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. According to analyst and economist readings of the data, the latest round of S&P Global PMI Surveys of the manufacturing and services sectors revealed on Friday that the economies of the UK and the Eurozone may have already entered recession in the third quarter of the year. Energy markets and developments in Ukraine, where Russian occupation troops are anticipated to be strengthened following substantial recent setbacks for the invading army at the hands of Ukrainian forces, also attracted attention in Europe. EUR/GBP Price Chart USD/CAD The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. This week, during another turbulent time for risky assets, the Canadian Dollar plunged to its lowest level against the U.S. Dollar since July 2020; however, updated BMO Capital Markets forecasts suggest that it may be due for one of the most significant recoveries if and when the dollar reaches its peak. The Canadian Dollar lost ground to the Swiss Franc on Friday as it dropped close to 73 cents versus the U.S. Dollar, but it still made significant gains over other currencies, several of which hit new multi-decade lows against the U.S. unit. USD/CAD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The GBP/USD Pair Did Not Reach The Nearest Target Level Of 1.2259

US Dollar Dictating Marker Movements (EUR/USD, GBP/USD), BoE Introduce Further Tax Cuts (EUR/GBP)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 26.09.2022 20:17
Summary: The Euro remains a weak currency and appears to be headed for additional declines. GBP attempted to stabilize and recover the majority of its losses from the flash crash. BoE current monetary policy will probably lead to escalating inflation pressures. EUR/USD at lowest level in more than 20 years The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. According to their most recent research, the German Ifo institute is the latest organization to issue a warning that the nation is likely to experience a recession in the upcoming quarters due to businesses' elevated level of pessimism for those months. The figures released today fell short of forecasts and numbers from the previous month. The Ifo report is the first of many German publications scheduled for this week that will provide a clearer picture of the status of the German economy. Earlier in the session, the US dollar's strength led to the Euro falling to its lowest level versus the US dollar in more than 20 years. The Euro remains a weak currency and appears to be headed for additional declines, while market movements are being dictated by the dollar across the board. EUR/USD Price Chart EUR/GBP bearish The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. According to a top economic research agency, the Bank of England must take the initiative and raise UK interest rates significantly if the collapse of the British Pound is to be stopped. The Pound has declined in value relative to every other currency in the globe, with the Pound to Euro exchange rate falling below 1.10. The British pound is currently stabilizing and recovering the majority of its losses from the flash crash. The projections for the British pound have been drastically cut by investment firm Goldman Sachs, indicating that additional losses against the Euro and a revisit of recent lows against the Dollar are possible. EUR/GBP Price Chart GBP lost 4.8% The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. This morning's Asian trading, which is often characterized by low transaction volume and little price volatility, saw an unusually steep decline in the British pound of over 4.8%. The big price change may have been influenced by the low transaction volume (reduced liquidity), but the main driver was the UK's new Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng's announcement of more tax cuts, the largest in 50 years! Looking at the Bank of England's (BoE) current monetary policy, it is clear that the institution wants to raise interest rates to combat the inflation issue; however, a lax fiscal policy, such as energy price caps, which may benefit consumers in the short term, will probably lead to escalating inflation pressures in the medium and long terms once the fiscal support is removed. The local currency's decline, which makes inflation prone to increases, is a further contributor to the issue. GBP/USD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The Agressive Rate Hikes By The Fed Did Not Lead To A Deeper Recession

EUR/USD Close To 20-year Lows, IMF Criticizes The UK Government (EUR/GBP, GBP/USD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 28.09.2022 19:15
Summary: The Euro is looking down at a 20-year low against the US Dollar. A BoE statement said that it would interfere in the bond markets. Federal Reserve could be obliged to speed up the rate at which it raises interest rates. US Treasury 10-year note exceeds 4% The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. As a result of a mix of Fed and White House rhetoric that puts the brakes on a shift in market conditions, the Euro is looking down a 20-year low against the US Dollar. Overnight, St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard reiterated the determination of the Fed to stare down price pressures when he said, “There’s a lot of tightening in the pipeline,” and “we have a serious inflation problem in the US.” Evans and Kashkari, two additional Fed board members, backed up his aggressive remarks. Treasury rates in some areas of the curve have increased to levels unseen in decades as a result of all this talk. For the first time since 2008, the yield on the 10-year note exceeded 4%. Government bond yields in developed markets around the world are escalating. The probable disruption of three Russian gas pipelines has made the situation in the Euro worse and driven up prices. EUR/USD Price Chart British pound to dropped quickly on Wednesday The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The UK government's fiscal stimulus program, which was revealed last Friday and over the weekend, has received harsh criticism from the International Monetary Fund. Huw Pill, the chief economist at the Bank of England, said that the monetary policy should react appropriately to the fiscal policy. The Bank of England's statement that it would interfere in the bond markets caused the British pound to drop quickly, but a recovery later in the day indicated that markets are generally supportive of the central bank's decision to settle the bond markets. The Bank said unexpectedly that it would purchase long-dated UK assets in order to limit their yields. EUR/GBP Price Chart Pound has a strong inverse relationship with risk The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The publication of better-than-expected statistics out of the U.S. overnight caused a decline in global markets, which in turn led investors to wager that the Federal Reserve could be obliged to speed up the rate at which it raises interest rates. Stock markets were affected by expectations of rising rates, which also helped the dollar and put pressure on other weaker currencies like the pound. The Pound has a strong inverse relationship with risk and tends to decline as the world markets decline. The announcement of new orders for durable goods data, which showed a dip of 0.2% in August but was better than the average expectation for a decline of 0.3%, was what first caused the decline in Sterling and other risk-sensitive assets. GBP/USD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
US Dollar May Strengthen As A Result Of The US PCE Update (EUR/USD, USD/CAD) GBP Seeks To Strengthen Against The Euro

US Dollar May Strengthen As A Result Of The US PCE Update (EUR/USD, USD/CAD) GBP Seeks To Strengthen Against The Euro

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 29.09.2022 19:06
Summary: Consumer confidence figures from the Eurozone decreased by 3.8 points. GBP seeks to continue strengthening against the Euro. Eurozone forecast looks dismal The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The final consumer confidence figures from the Eurozone decreased by 3.8 points to -28.8 in September 2022, which was in line with initial projections and the lowest reading since the series' inception in 1985. The majority of factors, such as householders' appraisals of their past financial situations, outlooks on their future financial situations, plans to make significant purchases, and expectations regarding the state of the economy as a whole, all had a role in the sharp fall. A minor improvement in industrial mood could be fleeting given the future energy issues. The eurozone's forecast for the remaining months of the year is still dismal. The geopolitical tension surrounding the alleged sabotage of Nord Stream has made matters worse, and the eurozone is currently debating its ninth round of penalties as a result. However, restrictions on Russian gas continue to be a divisive matter inside the EU, with the commission advising countries that a combination of measures is needed rather than merely market intervention. The eurozone would have wanted to avoid this additional anxiety as it gets ready for an uncertain winter. EUR/USD Price Chart Markets awaiting German inflation release The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. In spite of easing pressures on UK bond markets and ongoing weakness in the Euro-Dollar exchange rate, the British Pound seeks to continue strengthening against the Euro. The inflation rate in North Rhine Westphalia, the most populated state in Germany, increased by 10.1% year over year in September, marking the highest increase since the early 1950s. This caused a decline in the value of the euro. The information raised concerns that German inflation data, which would be released later in the day, would confirm that the UK's stagflationary crisis is gripping Europe's largest economy as well. Separately, Germany’s network authority said gas use was well above average last week and urged homes and companies to make greater savings to avert a shortage this winter. EUR/GBP Price Chart US PCE update due The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. As the Relative Strength Index (RSI) retreats from an extreme reading, the recent rally in USD/CAD appears to be coming to an end after clearing the high of July 2020 (1.3646). The core reading, the Fed's preferred measure of inflation, is forecast to increase to 4.7% in August from 4.6% per year in July, and signs of persistent price growth may force the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) to maintain its approach to combating inflation as the central bank pursues a restrictive policy. This could cause the US dollar to strengthen as a result of the US PCE update. As a result, the US Dollar may continue to perform better than its Canadian counterpart because the Summary of Economic Projections (SEP) show a steeper path for the Fed Funds rate, and USD/CAD may show a bullish trend for the rest of the year because the Bank of Canada (BoC) appears to be on track to implement smaller rate hikes in the upcoming months. USD/CAD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Analysis Of The AUD/JPY Currency Pair Scenarios

RBA Missed Market Expectations With Their Interest Rate Decision

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 04.10.2022 12:59
Summary: AUD declines in the wake of the RBA interest rate decision. 25bps interest rate hike from the RBA. AUD weaker. RBA 25bps interest rate decision The Australian Dollar fell when the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) announced a 25 basis point increase in interest rates, indicating that the peak in Australian interest rates was approaching. Markets anticipated another 50bp increase, but the action caught them off guard. The RBA stated in a statement that additional interest rate hikes were still necessary to reduce inflation, although economists now believe only one more increase is now expected. The 'dovish' outcome resulted in a weaker Australian Dollar relative to the bulk of G10 currencies. The Pound to Australian Dollar rose by a third of a percent to 1.7480, its highest level since early August. "AUD is a significant underperformer after the RBA hiked 25bp against a consensus for a 50bp move," says Adam Cole, Chief Currency Strategist at RBC Capital Markets. Effect of interest rate hiking on the AUD The cash rate has now increased six times in a row by the RBA, reaching 2.60%, which Governor Philip Lowe described as a "substantial" rate of tightening. The Australian Dollar may no longer receive rate support as a result of the RBA's rate hike cycle, but one expert claims that the prognosis for the currency is actually positive. According to ANZ, in order to guarantee that inflation does reach its goal level, the cash rate will need to increase to obviously restrictive territory above 3%. "The slower pace of rate hikes now points to the tightening cycle extending into 2023," says Plank. Plank observes that the 25bp decision and overall tone of the statement have significantly reduced market expectations for future interest rate increases. In the wake of the decision, three-year ACGB futures are trading at an implied yield of 3.3%, which is over 40 bps lower than Monday's closing. Sources: investing.com, poundsterlinglive.com
USD Falls 3.3% From Wednesday's High (EUR/USD), UK Chancellor Moves Up Fiscal Plan (EUR/GBP), RBA Missed Market Expectations (GBP/AUD)

USD Falls 3.3% From Wednesday's High (EUR/USD), UK Chancellor Moves Up Fiscal Plan (EUR/GBP), RBA Missed Market Expectations (GBP/AUD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 04.10.2022 20:40
Summary: The US dollar has fallen by as much as 3.3%. GBP supported in the wake of Kwarteng plans to move up the publishing of his fiscal plan. RBA interest rate announcement. Investors wonder if the USD has peaked The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. Since the high of last Wednesday, the US dollar has fallen by as much as 3.3%, and many are wondering if the USD has peaked. Given how severely overbought the dollar had been, this retreat appears to be a trend correction without any indication of anything bigger. Price is getting close to some important support, though, and how it performs around those levels will be crucial for deciding on a short-term course of action. EUR/USD Price Chart GBP supported on Tuesday In an effort to restore market confidence, Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng announced he was moving up the publishing of his fiscal plan, which gave the British Pound another lift. Originally slated for distribution on November 23, the plan will instead be given later this month, according to a story published late Monday. Importantly, a complete set of estimates from the Office for Budget Responsibility will be included with the proposal (OBR). The developments ensured a late-session rise in the pound sterling on Monday, resulting in a 1.15% increase in the pound's value relative to the euro. The improvements coincide with the pound's larger resurgence as markets restore their faith in UK assets after a turbulent time. EUR/GBP Price Chart RBA weaker in the wake of interest rate announcement The Australian Dollar fell when the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) announced a 25 basis point increase in interest rates, indicating that the peak in Australian interest rates was approaching. Markets anticipated another 50bp increase, but the action caught them off guard. The RBA stated in a statement that additional interest rate hikes were still necessary to reduce inflation, although economists now believe only one more increase is now expected. GBP/AUD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
U.S Dollar Remains Supported (EUR/USD), High Inflation Could Drive UK Economy Into A Recession (EUR/GBP, AUD/GBP)

U.S Dollar Remains Supported (EUR/USD), High Inflation Could Drive UK Economy Into A Recession (EUR/GBP, AUD/GBP)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 06.10.2022 18:55
Summary: Ongoing devaluation of other currencies by the U.S. Dollar. Decreased predictions for UK economic growth. Australia's trade surplus decreased in August despite an increase in imports. U.S Dollar remains in high demand The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. According to International Monetary Fund (IMF) data, the ongoing devaluation of other currencies by the U.S. Dollar consumed more than $500BN of official reserves in the second quarter, and it can be inferred reasonably from this that the reserve cost of the Dollar rally exceeded $1 trillion in September. The dollar was again in demand throughout the trading afternoon on Wednesday, but noticeably more so after the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Services PMI for September tended to portray the key sector of the American economy as being more resilient than forecasts had predicted. EUR/USD Price Chart Predictions for UK economy looks poor The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. According to economists, a worse recession would result in larger losses for the pound. They are also decreasing their predictions for UK economic growth. Economic experts predict that high inflation will cause the UK economy to enter a recession, but rising interest rates due to external reasons and the market's response to the "mini budget" will widen the extent of the slump. "The cost of living crisis will be exacerbated by a cost of borrowing crisis," explains Capital Economics in a new note in which they say they now expect a deeper recession than previously forecast. EUR/GBP Price Chart Australian Trade Surplus decreased Another data release confirming Australia's continued trade surplus helped the Australian dollar gain strength, but analysts warn that a peak in commodity prices and challenges to the global economy raise the possibility of underperformance. According to the ABS, Australia's trade surplus decreased in August despite an increase in imports. A positive trade surplus suggests that a nation is generating more foreign currency than it is spending, which provides a fundamental source of support for a currency. Australia's trade surplus has increased over the past few months as the value of its commodities exports has soared and amid a fall in demand for imports brought on by the Covid-induced economic slowdown. However, the trade surplus is shrinking due to indications that commodity prices have peaked, a continued post-covid recovery, the increase in the price of other significant imports, and these factors together. AUD/GBP Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The Agressive Rate Hikes By The Fed Did Not Lead To A Deeper Recession

Eurozone Confidence Declining (EUR/USD), GBP Under Pressure (EUR/GBP)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 11.10.2022 16:38
Summary: The Euro continues its battle with the US Dollar. UK's trillion-pound debt markets are buckling under the weight of further Bank of England interventions. Sterling found support early in the new week against the CAD. Euro on the decline as recession fears persist The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The Euro's battle with the dollar continued into the new week as a risk-off mindset and increasing yields put the dollar in the lead. We witnessed a spike in geopolitical tensions between Russia and Ukraine as a result of a number of missile attacks that Russian President Vladimir Putin said were in response for the bombing of a bridge that connects Russia to the Crimean Peninsula. As recession fears persist, confidence in the Eurozone keeps declining. Another 75bp increase from the European Central Bank (ECB) is still anticipated later this month, which is necessary given the most recent double-digit inflation reading. Regarding the rate hike path required to control inflation, US Fed policymakers last week seemed to be singing from the same hymn book. Lael Brainard and Charles Evans, two well-known doves, yesterday broke with the rhetoric and used a tad more dovish language. EUR/USD Price Chart GBP is under pressure The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The British pound is under pressure amid indications that the UK's trillion-pound debt markets are buckling under the weight of further Bank of England interventions. The Bank of England said on Tuesday that index-linked gilts will now be a part of its expanded gilt purchasing program. Given that UK RPI inflation was 12.3% in August, these gilts (UK government bonds) are understandably becoming more expensive for the government. But considering that the new administration decided to spend a lot of money on subsidizing family energy costs while simultaneously lowering taxes, the UK's bond market has suffered more than others. EUR/GBP Price Chart GBP supported against the CAD The rise in the Pound to Canadian Dollar exchange rate that began in the month of October has since experienced a corrective decline, but Sterling found support early in the new week just above the 1.51 handle and may now be expected to temporarily consolidate its recovery. If Sterling continues to accept the most recent developments in the UK government bond market, where the Bank of England (BoE) has been providing emergency liquidity to address issues related with some pension funds, it may find more support this week around the latter level. GBP/CAD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
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German CPI Inflation Data Met The Markets Expectations

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 13.10.2022 08:15
Summary: German CPY (YoY) CPI inflation data met market expectations. Looming european energy crisis. Initial market reactions. German CPI inflation data comes in at 10% Preliminary estimates showed that in September 2022, Germany's consumer price inflation spiked to 10 percent year-over-year, the highest level ever and significantly more than the 9.4 percent market projection. Following a worsening energy crisis in the biggest economy in Europe and ongoing supply chain disruptions, consumer prices have been rising. The German CPI inflation data was forecasted at 10% and came in at 10%, in addition the German CPI (MoM) data also met market expectations and remained equal to the previous months at 1.9%, this indicates that the largest European economy has not worsened despite fears. With the war in the Ukraine continuing, and the sanctions placed on Russia by the European Union, it is no secret that the European economies are facing problems, driven by a looming energy crisis. With winter approaching and a shortage of gas forecasted, prices have been rising. The European Central Bank’s (ECB) interest rate hawkish interest rate hiking cycle is showing no signs of slowing down, Inflation data from Europe's largest economy tends to be a clear indication of the performance of the rest of the European Economies. In the wake of the previous German CPI inflation data release, separate statistics revealed that previously, consumer and business expectations for greater inflation and a worsening financial situation caused the euro zone's economic mood to decline significantly and more than anticipated. The effect of the CPI Inflation Data on the Markets As CPI inflation continues to rise, consumer confidence continues to fall, the actual figures set up a strong case for the European Central Bank to continue on their interest rate hiking cycle path. The initial effect of the released data caused the EUR/USD to strengthen slightly, the EUR/GBP had the same effect, strengthening as the German Inflation rate remained high, yet stable. Sources: investing.com, reuters.com, dailyfx.com
Both The US CPI & Core CPI Inflation Beat Market’s Forecasted Figures

Both The US CPI & Core CPI Inflation Beat Market’s Forecasted Figures

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 13.10.2022 15:19
Summary: US CPI inflation beat market expectations. US Core CPI inflation beat market expectations. Initial market reaction. US CPI & Core CPI Inflation beat market expectations After breaking out last week, the US dollar is maintaining its recent highs. The primary US catalyst for this week is the release of CPI data today. According to economists surveyed by Reuters, the CPI is anticipated to have risen by 8.1% in September compared to the same month a year prior, which is only slightly less than the 8.3% annual increase seen in August. The actual US CPI inflation (YoY) came in at 8.2%, beating market expectations. For the White House and legislative Democrats, the continued high inflation has been a major political concern, overshadowing the coronavirus pandemic's quick recovery and the creation of millions of jobs since Joe Biden took office. The Core CPI is anticipated to rise for a second consecutive month, with the rate rising to 6.5% in September from 6.3% in August. Additionally, the Summary of Economic Projections (SEP) shows a higher path for US interest rates, which could fuel anticipation for another 75bp Fed rate hike. The actual US Core CPI inflation (MoM) came in at 6.6%, also beating market expectations. Effect on the markets The market will probably jerk in either direction after the September CPI report is released. The bar remains very high to change the perception surrounding a 75 basis point rate hike from the FOMC in November, despite the possibility of volatility across asset classes. The Federal Reserve may face pressure to maintain its approach to battling inflation if the core CPI increases once again, according to the minutes from the September meeting that revealed “many participants emphasized that the cost of taking too little action to bring down inflation likely outweighed the cost of taking too much action.” The initial reaction from the EUR/USD was bearish, USD/JPY was bullish as the dollar strengthened in the wake of the news, the S&P500 also jumped and Bitcoin remained on a downward trend. Sources: investing.com, financialtimes.com, finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com
Federal Reserve Remains Hawkish (EUR/USD), Political Uncertainty In Westminster Circus (EUR/GBP, GBP/USD)

Federal Reserve Remains Hawkish (EUR/USD), Political Uncertainty In Westminster Circus (EUR/GBP, GBP/USD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 17.10.2022 20:24
Summary: Fedspeak is back in the spotlight this week. EUR/GBP reached one-month highs last week. Fedspeak is back in the spotlight after strong CPI inflation The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. As markets process the strong CPI number from last week, Fedspeak is back in the spotlight this week. Given the lack of significant new data this week, market players will probably give Fed speech and corporate earnings more weight. Recent Federal Reserve speakers have kept up the "hawkish drum," with the majority seeing the lack of inflation progress as justification for continuing with aggressive rate hikes. Since recent remarks suggest the Fed is seeking some pain in both housing and employment in order to reduce inflation, the persistent tightness in the domestic labor market continues to be a talking topic for Federal Reserve officials. Chair Jerome Powell's hawkish comments at Jackson Hole, when Powell threw a warning shot across the financial markets' bow, abruptly shifted the atmosphere surrounding a soft landing. Market investors are still firm in their desire to price in a Fed policy reversal, but with inflation where it is, such a turnabout for the central bank is all but unthinkable. EUR/USD Price Chart EUR/GBP reached one month highs The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The exchange rate between the pound and the euro reached one-month highs last week, but it may now find it difficult to rise much further in the days to come and even be at risk of new selling as the Westminster Circus once again devolves into the type of farce most typical of one of those vintage Carry On movies. With political instability and uncertainty once again at the top of the agenda, the pound surged strongly last week amid rumors that HM Treasury would withdraw some of the spending commitments made in the late-September budget. EUR/GBP Price Chart GBP/USD recovered slightly The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The Pound to Dollar exchange rate has recently recovered significantly, but it may take a setback for the Dollar to advance further this week, in part because Sterling faces dangers related to the possibility of another Prime Minister in the Banana Republic of Westminster being booted from power. The news that HM Treasury would be able to postpone some of the spending promises made public in the late-September budget statement helped the value of the pound last week. However, political instability and uncertainty are once again at the forefront of this week's events. GBP/USD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Saxo Bank And JP Morgan's Negative Views On The Outlook For British Economic Growth

ECB Seems To Have Limited Options (EUR/USD), Concerns In UK Bond Market (EUR/GBP), JPY Drops To 1990 Lows (USD/JPY)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 18.10.2022 15:31
Summary: Markets are betting on a 90% chance that ECB will enforce another 75bp hike. GBP's impressive run came to an abrupt end. JPY dropped to lows last seen in August 1990. ECB seems limited in their options The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The European Central Bank (ECB)'s are limited in their options in light of the most recent CPI reading. The ECB's case for continuing to raise rates in pursuit of its 2% target may be strengthened by today's stronger ZEW statistics. The concern is that by doing this, the central bank could risk sending the economy back into a recession, which would be indicated by the dropping ZEW current conditions print. On the other hand, if the central bank does nothing, the euro may lose further ground to the dollar. The final CPI report on Wednesday and today's data print will be crucial as the ECB begins its pre-meeting blackout period on Thursday. As the central bank works to achieve its 2% target, markets are putting in a 90% chance that there will be another 75bp increase at the meeting next week. We will hear from ECB policymaker Isabel Schnabel later in the day. She is anticipated to maintain the rhetoric of rate increases despite the fragility of the Eurozone economies. EUR/USD Price Chart Concerns in UK bond markets The market is reflecting mixed sentiment for this currency pair. Following some fresh concern in the UK bond markets on Tuesday, the British Pound's impressive run came to an abrupt end. Following the Bank of England's forced denial that it would further delay its program of quantitative tightening, UK gilts declined and the yield they offered increased. After the recent instability in the bond market, The Financial Times reported on Tuesday that the Bank was prepared to postpone the program. After reaching a high of 1.1576 earlier in the day, the exchange rate between the British pound and the euro dropped to 1.1490. This brings the rates for bank transfers to around 1.1260 and the prices provided by payment specialists to around 1.1450. EUR/GBP Price Chart JPY continues to lose against the USD The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. Earlier in the session, the Japanese Yen dropped to lows last seen in August 1990 as it continues to lose value against the US dollar. Little has changed for the Yen as Japanese authorities appear ready to allow the currency to continue to decline by controlling bond yields. The yield on 10-year JGBs is restricted to 0.25%. In contrast, as the Fed keeps raising interest rates, US Treasury yields continue to trade at or close to multi-year highs. The benchmark 10-year UST is quoted with a yield of 4.00%, which is approximately 375 basis points higher than the comparable JGB. The rate-sensitive 2-year UST trades with a yield of about 4.45%. USD/JPY Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
The GBP/USD Pair Did Not Reach The Nearest Target Level Of 1.2259

GBP CPI Inflation (YoY) Came In Hotter Than Expectations

8 eightcap 8 eightcap 19.10.2022 08:25
Summary: GBP September 2022 YoY inflation, beat market expectations. Affect on the GBP. GBP CPI Inflation The market has predicted a CPI YoY inflation figure of 10%, the actual data came in at 10.1%, which was hotter than expected by the market. The inflation reading is likely to set off expectations on the future interest rate hiking path of the Bank of England (BoE). The higher than expected inflation reading is likely to set investor confidence in the direction of a continuing hawkish BoE interest rate hiking cycle, causing investor confidence in the GBP to increase and therefore strengthening the pound sterling currency. Following some fresh concern in the UK bond markets on Tuesday, the British Pound's impressive run came to an abrupt end. Following the Bank of England's forced denial that it would further delay its program of quantitative tightening, UK gilts declined and the yield they offered increased.  This is the procedure through which it sells the gilts it acquired as part of its quantitative easing strategy back to the market. A crucial element of the Bank's strategy for normalizing monetary policy as it battles inflation is quantitative tightening. After the recent instability in the bond market, The Financial Times reported on Tuesday that the Bank was prepared to postpone the program. Effect of the CPI reading on the GBP It is no secret that the pound sterling has had a tough year on the forex markets. The near-term outlook for the pound has significantly improved, according to foreign exchange strategists at BMO Capital, and more gains are possible if the UK leadership is changed in the next two weeks. The Kwarteng catastrophic "mini-budget" in September, which offered the largest tax cuts in 50 years at a time when the U.K. economy is already experiencing significant inflation, is blamed by the government for the turmoil the pound sterling is currently experiencing. The Bank of England had to step in to prevent the collapse of a significant portion of the U.K. pension system after Kwarteng's actions drove the pound to an all-time low against the dollar and set off a sell-off in government bonds. The initial market reaction showed a weakening in the GBP/USD currency pair, and a strengthening in the EUR/GBP currency pair as investors weigh GBP prospects. Sources: poundsterlinglive.com, investing.com
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Dow Jones Increased Overnight, GBP Could Rally If UK Leadership Changed

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 19.10.2022 11:27
Summary: Dow Jones futures all increased overnight as investors focused on Netflix (NFLX). The near-term outlook for the pound has significantly improved. Dow Jones Index Rally The S&P 500, Nasdaq, and Dow Jones futures all increased overnight as investors focused on Netflix (NFLX) subscriber growth and anticipated Tesla earnings. The effort at a stock market rally extended advances on Tuesday, but the session ended well below highs. Although the market rise is still going strong, nothing yet has been proven. Investors should exercise caution and pay great attention. In Q3, Netflix's subscriber growth was substantially stronger than anticipated, and the leader in streaming TV is optimistic about Q4 subscribers. Earnings also exceeded expectations. The rise in Netflix's shares suggested a breakout. Overnight, Roku (ROKU) and Disney (DIS) both increased. In comparison to fair value, Dow Jones futures gained 0.6%, with DIS stock contributing a slight gain. Futures for the S&P 500 rose 0.7%. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 rose 1.4%. United Airlines and NFLX stock both make up the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100. DJI Price Chart GBP could rally in the wake of UK leadership change The near-term outlook for the pound has significantly improved, according to foreign exchange strategists at BMO Capital, and more gains are possible if the UK leadership is changed in the next two weeks. They claim that such a development is very plausible. The call follows the dramatic about-face in UK fiscal policy that newly-installed Chancellor Jeremy Hunt revealed. In order to fully restore market confidence in the UK government and finances, Hunt undid all of his predecessor's tax cuts. This was followed by a decline in UK gilt yields and a rise in the value of the pound. The reversal was unavoidable given that the world markets recoiled at the generosity of the new prime minister Liz Truss' economic plans, which called for large tax cuts that would be paid for by borrowing.
ECB Likely To Remain Hawkish (EUR/USD), U.K CPI Inflation Returns To Double Digits (EUR/GBP), BoJ Unbothered By Weak Yen (USD/JPY)

ECB Likely To Remain Hawkish (EUR/USD), U.K CPI Inflation Returns To Double Digits (EUR/GBP), BoJ Unbothered By Weak Yen (USD/JPY)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 19.10.2022 18:54
Summary: Eurozone CPI inflation missed double digits. UK inflation increased from 9.9% to 10.1%. USD/JPY has positive carry. Eurozone inflation beat market expectations The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The data, which narrowly avoided the 10% inflation mark as compared to September of last year, would undoubtedly support the recent hawkish stance taken by senior ECB members. Centeno and Visco, two ECB members, will get the chance to comment on the most recent inflation data later today as ECB talk is expected to slow down before the required blackout period prior to Thursday's rate decision. There is a new significant market driver in town as the US is currently in earnings season. This will highlight a variety of subjective factors because what US company executives say can start to shape expectations for future quarters' results. The key question at this time is how the sudden and sharp spike in rates has affected businesses. EUR/USD Price Chart EUR/GBP limped temporarily The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. After Office for National Statistics data indicated that inflation increased more than anticipated in September, the Pound Sterling temporarily limped against the Dollar and the Euro. However, this outcome does little to deter the Bank of England (BoE) from raising interest rates aggressively in November. In September, UK inflation increased from 9.9% to 10.1%, defying the expectation of economists who had expected the annual rate of price growth to exceed 10% for the previous month. EUR/GBP Price Chart USD/JPY remains positive The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The carry is still positive for the USD/JPY currency pair, and it will continue to be so as long as US interest rates are still rising and Japanese monetary policy is as it is. A weak Yen isn't all that awful for Japan, and it doesn't seem to be causing much concern at the central bank, according to BoJ Governor Kuroda. However, since the intervention was requested by the Ministry of Finance late last month, the same cannot be stated there. There is a new significant market driver in town as the US is currently in earnings season. This will highlight a variety of subjective factors because what US company executives say can start to shape expectations for future quarters' results. USD/JPY Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The Fed’s Likely Downshift To 25bps Rate Hikes Makes The Most Sense

Rising Fed Fund Rates Offer US Dollar Support (EUR/USD), UK Retail Sales Data Came In Hotter Than Expected (EUR/GBP, GBP/JPY)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 21.10.2022 19:30
Summary: Rising Fed funds rate estimates have benefited the dollar. U.K retail sales data. JPY rallied on Friday. USD supported by hawkish fed The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. Throughout the past week, the EUR/USD pair has struggled to find any definitive direction, and this morning was no exception. As bulls and bears continue their conflict, the pair has stayed largely range bound because next week will bring a number of important data events. Since last week's US CPI reading, the pair had experienced a rally, but this week's return of the dollar bulls has stopped any effort at an upward rise. Rising Fed funds rate estimates have benefited the dollar, with markets now projecting a peak rate of roughly 5%, up from 4.75% last week. As a result of this as well as rising Treasury yields, investors have continued to view the dollar as their favorite haven, keeping it strong. EUR/USD Price Chart GBP struggles as UK Retail Data misses market expectations The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. After Office for National Statistics (ONS) statistics revealed that UK retail sales collapsed in September, the pound fell into the week's final session, effectively wiping out more than two years of gains made since the first coronavirus-inspired closure of the economy in 2020. When measured by the number of products purchased, retail expenditure declined by 1.4% in September. This was a far worse decline than the -0.5% consensus estimate and came along with a downward revision to the ONS estimate for August sales growth, which was restated as -1.7%. EUR/GBP Price Chart JPY rally supporting GBP The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. A stunning Japanese Yen surge that seemed to be the catalyst for a market-wide decline in Dollar exchange rates, which was then followed by rumors of direct involvement from the Tokyo government and Bank of Japan (BoJ). The Yen appreciated by over five huge figures versus the dollar, which had previously run roughshod over all other currencies, while the Pound Sterling, which had been mired in the red, saw a notable rally against it late on Friday. GBP/JPY Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The Markets Still Hope That The Fed May Consider Softer Decision

ECB Expected To Raise Interest Rates By 75bps On Thursday (EUR/USD, EUR/GBP), UK & US Have Conflicting Economic Outlooks (GBP/USD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 24.10.2022 18:55
Summary: The ECB interest rate decision is unlikely to have much impact on the Euro. The markets Reaction to the ECB interest rate decision on Thursday, could be positive for the GBP. Sterling increased significantly from the market's opening. Global Eurozone PMI Composite Output Index decreased The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. According to the 'flash' figure, the seasonally adjusted S&P Global Eurozone PMI Composite Output Index decreased from 48.1 in September to 47.1 in October. The indicator indicated that business activity in the eurozone has fallen for a fourth time in a row. The most recent result was the lowest since April 2013 when pandemic numbers were excluded. A 75bp increase is already anticipated by the market for the meeting on Thursday, although it is unlikely to have much of an impact on the euro. The Eurozone's generally dismal outlook is unlikely to change as today's data strengthen recessionary fears. It is highly challenging to argue for a halt in rate increases as long as inflation stays high, with ECB Chief Economist Phillip Lane saying the bank views the neutral rate as being just above the 1-2% range. If Lane is right, more rate increases would be coming for the zone, which theoretically might hasten a recession. EUR/USD Price Chart GBP supported by Boris Johnson being turned away from PM The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The Pound to Euro exchange rate started the new week on a positive note, but it might find it difficult to maintain Monday's gains far beyond the 1.15 level unless this Thursday's European Central Bank (ECB) decision causes the market to turn even further away from the euro. On Monday, the pound gained significantly from the opening price after a faction of the ruling Conservative Party was successful in preventing former Prime Minister Boris Johnson from taking part in the most recent process for choosing a new Prime Minister. The market's reaction to the European Central Bank's interest rate decision on Thursday, which is widely anticipated to increase its benchmark interest rate by three quarters of a percentage point for a second consecutive time, will likely have a significant impact on the Pound's performance this week. EUR/GBP Price Chart UK & US contrasting economic outlook The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The pound to dollar exchange rate has experienced a recent surge and may increase further in the near future, but it runs the risk of falling as the week progresses and attention shifts back to the increasingly contrasting economic outlooks of the UK and the US. After some members of the governing Conservative Party were successful in preventing former Prime Minister Boris Johnson from taking part in the most recent selection process for the position of Prime Minister, sterling increased significantly from the market's opening, including versus the dollar. GBP/USD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
In The Coming Days Will Be The Final Consolidation Of Bitcoin

Chinese Renminbi Hits Lowest Level In 15 Years, Transfer Of UK PM Status, EU Stocks Supported By Potentially Dovish Fed, Bitcoin Forecast

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 25.10.2022 13:00
Summary: The value of China's currency has decreased 13% so far this year.  U.S. economy shrank for a fourth consecutive month.   Chancellor Rishi Sunak was named the next prime minister. Bitcoins new price objective set at $30,000. The Renminbi is crashing The value of the Chinese yuan against the dollar has fallen to its lowest level since 2007 as worries over President Xi Jinping's choice of a more hardline leadership team and the weakening economy moved from stock markets to currency markets. A growing interest rate disparity with the US has already hurt the renminbi this year; on Tuesday, it dropped as much as 0.6% to Rmb7.3084 per dollar. The People's Bank of China lowered the midpoint of the currency's trading band to its lowest level since the world financial crisis, which caused the decline.  The value of China's currency has decreased 13% so far this year. The decline on Tuesday came after a sell-off in Chinese stocks that affected markets around the world this week, with the Hang Seng China Enterprises index falling more than 7% on Monday and the Nasdaq Golden Dragons index of major technology stocks falling more than 14%. China’s renminbi has hit its weakest level against the dollar since 2007 following concerns over President Xi Jinping’s appointment of a harder line leadership team and a struggling economy https://t.co/F96TYsSrcE pic.twitter.com/8niDscsIu5 — Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) October 25, 2022 Rishi Sunak takes over from Truss This week saw a solid start for the pound, but it was unable to continue its upward trend when former chancellor Rishi Sunak was named the next prime minister-designate after the Conservative Party leadership contest, which will have a major impact on the pound and the UK economy going forward. After former Prime Minister Boris Johnson withdrew from the race for the position of Prime Minister, leaving former Chancellor Rishi Sunak on course for a coronation that is expected to produce the UK's fifth Prime Minister in the past six years on Tuesday, sterling increased against most major currencies to start the new week.  The Pound, however, quickly lost its early gains as newly-elected Prime Minister Rishi Sunak warned of impending economic hardship and difficult choices involving the public finances in a speech to parliament.  Follow the latest developments as Rishi Sunak takes over from Liz Truss as UK prime minister https://t.co/pEjylJrgRO — Bloomberg (@business) October 25, 2022 EU Stocks supported by potentially dovish fed While anxiety over China's economy continued to weigh on Asian markets, European stocks climbed in early trade on Tuesday as investors took heart from indications that the U.S. Federal Reserve could scale back its rate increases. Data released on Monday revealed that the U.S. economy shrank for a fourth consecutive month. This suggests that the Fed's rate hikes have weakened the economy, which in turn has fueled optimism that the central bank may start to moderate the pace of the increases.  The projected Fed rate peak has decreased slightly from over 5% early last week to around 4.93%. The European stock market's mood was also helped by certain profit results that exceeded forecasts, with Swiss bank UBS (UBSG.S) among those that did so. However, the biggest bank in Europe, HSBC, announced a 42% decline in third-quarter profit, which caused a 4% decline in its share price (.HSBA.L). European stocks up as investors see signs Fed could slow rate rises https://t.co/a5VwuwKWFZ pic.twitter.com/ONhjztqvLs — Reuters (@Reuters) October 25, 2022 Bitcoin Forecast revised upwards to $30,000 In the coming month, Bitcoin "will break out dramatically," with a price objective of $30,000.  Michal van de Poppe, the founder and CEO of the trading company Eight, made that most recent forecast. On October 25, Van de Poppe tweeted his support for the analysts who are predicting a rise in the price of bitcoin. BTC/USD is now characterized by a notable lack of volatility, but there are growing indications that the sideways trend is about to undergo a significant change.  Popular analyst TechDev and others have confirmed that Bitcoin's Bollinger Bands versus the Nasdaq are the tightest in history, which all but guarantees an explosive move to come. “Market looking good for a last leg up. Higher highs and higher lows on ltf and demand being moved up,” he tweeted.   Analyst puts Bitcoin price at $30K next month with breakout due - https://t.co/IKtVBdXcef — Investing.com News (@newsinvesting) October 25, 2022 Sources: twitter.com, cointelegraph.com, reuters.com, ft.com, investing.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Saxo Bank And JP Morgan's Negative Views On The Outlook For British Economic Growth

ECB Expected To Raise Interest Rates By 75bps (EUR/USD), Rishi Sunak Becomes Next U.K Prime Minister (GBP/AUD, EUR/GBP)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 25.10.2022 18:44
Summary: The European Central Bank is predicted to boost rates by 75 basis points. Rishi Sunak warns of a difficult economic outlook ahead. USD retreated on Tuesday The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. In order to control the high inflation that was shown to be 9.9% year-over-year last week, the European Central Bank is predicted to boost rates by 75 basis points. A channel that dates back to February is putting a major barrier in the way of the EUR/USD. Since its creation, it has proven to be a very trustworthy structure, and until it is no longer useful, it will be the major reference. After the dollar reached its peak, equities appear to have bottomed out on the basis of CPI, and now bonds appear to have reached the end of their capitulation phase. This should temporarily deflate the dollar and place some of its energy into other assets. Since it is just being used as a recovery trade, there is a chance that it could collapse suddenly. EUR/USD Price Chart GBP lost early gains in wake of new prime minster The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. This week saw a solid start for the pound, but it was unable to continue its upward trend when former chancellor Rishi Sunak was named the next prime minister-designate after the Conservative Party leadership contest, which will have a major impact on the pound and the UK economy going forward. After former Prime Minister Boris Johnson withdrew from the race for the position of Prime Minister, leaving former Chancellor Rishi Sunak on course for a coronation that is expected to produce the UK's fifth Prime Minister in the past six years on Tuesday, sterling increased against most major currencies to start the new week. The Pound, however, quickly lost its early gains as newly-elected Prime Minister Rishi Sunak warned of impending economic hardship and difficult choices involving the public finances in a speech to parliament. The S&P Global PMI surveys that indicated a deepening recession in the UK's manufacturing and services sectors in October followed closely behind all of this. EUR/GBP Price Chart Tuesdays market was favorable for riskier assets A thicket of technical resistances that could keep Sterling contained below roughly the 1.8000 level in the coming days has slowed the recovery from the post-referendum lows plumbed in late September, despite the Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate remaining close to six-month highs in recent trade. Tuesday's market was favorable for riskier assets, as sterling outperformed all other major currencies. However, the Pound to Australian Dollar rate was unable to move through a Fibonacci retracement level at 1.7962 on the charts and its 100-week moving average at 1.8047. GBP/AUD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
The EUR/GBP Pair Is Displaying A Sideways Auction Profile

ECB Interest Rate Decision Due Tomorrow (EUR/USD, EUR/GBP), BoC Cash Rate Boost Missed Market Expectations (GBP/CAD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 26.10.2022 18:00
Summary: The euro has been steadily strengthening against the dollar over the past few weeks. The Pound has recovered from all of its post-budget losses. Pound to Canadian Dollar exchange rate rose to a four-month high. EUR/USD back above parity The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The euro has been steadily strengthening against the dollar over the past few weeks as dovish wagers against the Fed have increased, supported by weaker natural gas prices and U.S. economic statistics. The ECB meeting tomorrow, when they will release their interest rate, will be the main event for the EUR this week. Although a 75 bps rate hike is presently priced in by the financial markets with about 93% certainty, the post-announcement press conference will be crucial for determining the short-term directional bias. Any hawkish slant that may be there in the ruling could put parity to another test. The euro increased by more than 5.3% from its yearly low, and a breach of the 2022 downtrend now raises the possibility of a greater rise in the coming days. However, the advance is now getting close to the first significant resistance barrier, which will be the first true test of the bulls' tenacity in this rebound from multi-decade lows. Prior to the European Central Bank's (ECB) interest rate announcement, these updated objectives and invalidation levels are what matter on the technical price charts for the EUR/USD. EUR/USD Price Chart Pound sterling slightly recovered The market is reflecting mixed market signals for this currency pair. The Pound has recovered from all of its post-budget losses, but some strategists believe it could still fall apart before the year is out. They have advised clients to sell Sterling against the Dollar after it rises back above 1.15 because there is potential for it to drop as low as 1.08 in the coming months. Following the parliamentary installation of former chancellor Rishi Sunak as prime minister, which ended the Conservative Party's leadership election, and as risk appetite seemed to increase on global markets, the pound gained versus a number of other currencies throughout the first half of the week. The problem for the pound is that none of this does anything to change the bleak picture for the UK economy, and risk appetite would quickly decline if the Fed confirmed next Wednesday that its hawkish policy position will not change. EUR/GBP Price Chart BoC boosted cash rate The Bank of Canada (BoC) boosted its cash rate less than economists and markets had anticipated for October, but it nonetheless issued a warning that additional interest rate hikes are likely in the months ahead. As a result, the Pound to Canadian Dollar exchange rate rose to a four-month high. In light of downgrades from prior expectations of 3.5% and 1.75%, respectively, the BoC revised its forecasts for Canadian GDP growth, which is now estimated to come in around 3.25% this year before slipping below 1% next year. The projection for 2024 remained at 2%. The annual consumer price index inflation rate is anticipated to decline back to 3% by the end of next year before reverting to the 2% objective by the end of 2024, according to the BoC's inflation estimates, which have remained virtually unaltered. GBP/CAD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The EUR/USD Pair Maintains The Bullish Sentiment

ECB Interest Rate Decision Met Market Expectations At 75 Bps

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 27.10.2022 14:31
Summary: Markets expected a 75bps increase from the ECB. ECB continues to follow hawkish rhetoric. Initial effect of the decision on the market. ECB interest rate decision re-instils market confidence The ECB decision was released today, and another 75bps increase was anticipated. The widely anticipated increase in the ECB's once-negative deposit rate to 1.25% on Thursday may favor the Euro at the expense of the Pound, the Dollar, and other currencies, according to some analysts. Although these statements and the ECB's other recent interest rate increases have not directly benefited the Euro, policymakers have emphasized in recent appearances that interest rates will need to rise further in the months ahead as double-digit inflation rates become more prevalent in the Eurozone. The ECB met market expectations by rising their interest rates by 75 basis points to 2.00% on Thursday. The ECB have reiterated their intentions to gain control over the soaring inflation rate. Effect of the decision on the market In recent trade, the Pound to Euro exchange rate defied gravity and reached levels close to one month highs. However, this week's recovery will be difficult unless the European Central Bank (ECB) interest rate decision on Thursday convinces the market to abandon its recently increased appetite for the single currency. They cited the UK economy's worsening outlook and risks related to Bank of England (BoE) interest rate policy, despite the fact that ECB policy is also relevant and the bank's interest rate guidance, balance sheet, and prospects for the Eurozone's economy will be more crucial for the pound sterling ahead of the weekend. The EUR/USD pair has already risen over parity and the downtrend from 2022, doing so with a respectable rally. The initial market reaction in the wake of the release of the ECB interest rate decision showed the EUR/USD strengthening and continuing the bullish market sentiment, the EUR/GBP weakened slightly followed by signs of strengthening, The FTSE 100 showed signs of declining. Sources: poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
Representatives Of The ECB Claim That By The End Of 2023, Inflation Should Have Reached The Target Level

USD GDP (QoQ) (Q3) Beat The Markets Expectations by 0.2%

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 27.10.2022 14:38
Summary: Markets expected a 2.4% US Q3 GDP. Will the Fed continue its hawkish rhetoric? Market reactions in the wake of the GDP figure. US GDP hit its first positive figure in two quarters The market is expecting US GDP in the third quarter to rise from -0.6% (September release) to 2.4% in the October release. This is the first positive number in two quarters. The actual US Q3 GDP data came in at 2.6%, beating market expectations by 0.2%. The US GDP has beaten the 2.4% GDP value that was forecasted, thus the USD should be supported by this figure. With GDP being the broadest indicator of the economy and the primary indicator of the economy’s health, the US Dollar would benefit from beating the forecasted figure. The market will learn how recent rate hikes have affected the US economy in the third quarter from today's advanced look at US Q3 GDP. Any miss or beat of estimates will change the Fed's narrative regarding future rate hikes. A dismal Meta Platforms forecast is expected to weigh heavily on the tech-heavy Nasdaq as U.S. equities began in a mixed manner on Thursday, ahead of earnings from Apple (AAPL) and Amazon (AMZN) and the first estimate of third-quarter GDP domestic product. Effect on the markets The figures on weekly unemployment claims are also due at the same time and are anticipated to increase slightly from last week as the labor market begins to experience pressure. Hence, the initial market reaction in the wake of the release of the US GDP data is likely to be as a result of the combination of information being released by the United States on Thursday. A GDP figure that beats market expectations is bullish for the currency in question.The initial market reaction showed the movement of the EUR/USD decline, the NASDAQ rose slightly and GBP/USD currency pair weakened as the USD showed signs of strengthening. Sources: investing.com, dailyfx.com,
The Agressive Rate Hikes By The Fed Did Not Lead To A Deeper Recession

European Economy Likely To Be Under Pressure In The Wake Of ECB’s Interest Rate Decision (EUR/USD, EUR/GBP), CAD Suffered Losses This Week (GBP/CAD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 27.10.2022 17:14
Summary: Fed representative speaks regarding the hazards of potential overtightening. EUR/GBP rose in the wake of ECB interest rate decision. On Thursday, the Canadian Dollar was still the second-best performing currency. European economy likely to experience pressure The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The European economy will experience extra pressure from the ECB's interest rate decisions once they rise above this point because firms and families are already feeling the effects of the excessive increases in energy prices. The dollar index (DXY) also formed a double top as a result of comments made by Mary Daly of the Fed regarding the hazards of potential overtightening and the likely transition from 75 bps raises to 50 or 25 boosts in the future. As a result, the index is currently trading approximately 3.5% lower. EUR/USD Price Chart EUR/GBP rose in the wake of ECB interest rate decision The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. Thursday saw a rise in the exchange rate between the pound and the euro as the European Central Bank (ECB) announced another unusually substantial increase in interest rates and warned that the changing monetary policy settings could soon start to hurt the Eurozone economy. After the ECB increased all of its key interest rates by three quarters of a percentage point for the second time in a row and issued a warning that additional hikes would still be required in the months to come, the euro moved lower against other major peers, notably the pound. EUR/USD Price Chart CAD suffered significant losses Following the Bank of Canada (BoC) decision to decrease the rate at which it raises interest rates in October, which stunned the market and caused many forecasters to reevaluate their prognosis for the Loonie, the Canadian Dollar fell behind other major currencies during the following week. On Thursday, the Canadian Dollar was still the second-best performing currency in the G10 group for the year, but it had suffered significant losses this week against all other currencies save the U.S. Dollar as a result of Wednesday's interest rate decision. GBP/CAD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
The Euro May Attempt To Resume An Upward Movement

Dovish Comments From ECB President Christine Lagarde Sparked Speculation (EUR/USD, EUR/GBP), PCE Missed Market Expectations (GBP/USD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 28.10.2022 16:48
Summary: USD's decline has been substantially exaggerated. Weak UK economic fundamentals once again take center stage. The Pound to Dollar exchange rate stayed robust near the week's highs. EUR left weak against USD The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. Italian inflation for October topped forecasts, while Spanish GDP underperformed on all YoY and QoQ indicators, leaving the euro weak against the USD. Italy and France started the morning. German GDP came in at 1.2% and 0.3%, respectively (see economic calendar below), giving the euro a modest boost. The country's strong performance, according to the GDP report, was primarily ascribed to private consumption spending, although I think decreasing energy prices may have had some positive impact on the final result. Following the decision, ECB President Christine Lagarde's comments sparked speculation that future large rate increases from the bank would not be final. According to her, the rate change will be decided "meeting by meeting." This is true even while inflation is quite high. If the past 24 hours give any indication, the US Dollar's decline has been substantially exaggerated. During the Asian session, there has been a minor easing. EUR/USD Price Chart Euro heavily sold in the wake of ECB announcement The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. Although the Pound to Euro exchange rate has recovered from September's losses, Rabobank estimates indicate that as weak UK economic fundamentals once again take center stage in the months to come, recent gains may be partially reversed. The euro was heavily sold after the European Central Bank's policy announcement on Thursday, but the pound sterling held close to its October high against the euro on Friday. However, the most recent forecast review from Rabobank implies that this rebound may already be on borrowed time. EUR/GBP Price Chart GBP/USD remained near weeks highs The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. After the Federal Reserve's (Fed) preferred gauge of inflation fell short of expectations and did nothing to convince the market to start bidding again for the greenback ahead of next Wednesday's interest rate decision, the Pound to Dollar exchange rate stayed robust near the week's highs. Since the Fed prefers PCE price indices as an indicator of inflation, it might be significant to Federal Open Market Committee members next week since the Core PCE price index increased at an annualized rate of 5.1% last month rather than the 5.2% experts had predicted. GBP/USD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The Bank Of England Can Tighten Monetary Policy Considerably More Gradually Than It Is Now Doing

Eurozone Inflation Touched Record Highs (EUR/USD, EUR/GBP), RBA Interest Rate Decision Due On Tuesday (GBP/AUD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 31.10.2022 17:39
Summary: Eurostat stated that prices rose by a record 10.7% in October. Uncertainty around BoE interest rate decision. RBA raised interest rates by 25 basis points, and the market is expecting a similar action on November 1. ECB under pressure to raise interest rates further The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. Eurostat stated that prices rose by a record 10.7% in October, setting a new record for inflation in the Eurozone. Separate figures also revealed that the bloc's economy expanded more quickly than anticipated in the third quarter. The European Central Bank (ECB) is under more pressure to raise interest rates as the inflation data was higher than the market's expectation of 10.3%, despite predictions from some economists that the ECB will soon slow the rate at which it does so. With the energy component of fuel costs rising by an alarming 41.9% year-over-year, rising fuel prices continue to be the main source of inflationary pressures. The EUR/USD is still in a significant macrodowntrend, and even while this picture might not change much in the short term, there may yet be some upside before selling resumes. The euro broke out of a channel it had been trapped in since the beginning of the year last week. EUR/USD Price Chart Markets awaiting BoE interest rate decision The market is reflecting mixed market signals for this currency pair. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the Bank of England's decision on Thursday and the possibility that the BoE will raise interest rates less than markets anticipate, the Pound to Euro exchange rate has continued its recovery from September's lows to reach two-month highs in recent trade. However, this week's gains may be vulnerable to profit-taking. The U.S. dollar weakened last week, which benefitted riskier currencies, and financial markets cheered the appointment of former chancellor Rishi Sunak as prime minister. However, market focus soon shifted to Thursday's interest rate decision and the release of October inflation data from the Eurozone on Monday. Economists and the financial markets anticipate that the BoE will increase the Bank Rate by three quarters of a percentage point to 3%. If delivered, this would be the biggest interest rate increase the BoE has ever made, however it may not be as certain or as done as many people think. EUR/GBP Price Chart RBA expected to remain dovish On Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of Australia is expected to increase interest rates once more, but the size of the increase is uncertain, with potential consequences for the Australian Dollar. On October 4, the RBA raised interest rates by 25 basis points, and the market is expecting a similar action on November 1. However, as inflation picks up speed, the central bank may be compelled to make a U-turn According to the ABS, Australian CPI increased 7.3% in the twelve months leading up to the September 2022 quarter. The announcement occurred just a few days after the Reserve Bank of Australia stunned the markets by raising interest rates by 25 basis points; the Australian Dollar fell as a result. GBP/AUD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The British Pound Is Showing Signs Of Exhaustion Of The Bullish Force

Fed Fully Expected To Raise Interest Rates By 75bps (EUR/USD, EUR/GBP), BoE Interest Rate Decision Due On Thursday (GBP/CAD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 01.11.2022 16:41
Summary: The Fed’s Wednesday's anticipated 75 basis point hike may be the last of its sort. The likelihood of a recession in the Euro Area has grown. The BoE decision on Thursday is the most significant event of the week for the Pound. Markets anticipate the Fed’s policy rate decision The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. With the Federal Reserve's policy announcement on Wednesday and the crucial U.S. jobs data on Friday, this is a crucial week for global FX. Therefore, the Dollar side of the equation will be the driving force behind the Euro to Dollar exchange rate (EUR/USD), especially now that the European Central Bank's October policy meeting is over. The possibility of a "pivot" by the Federal Reserve, whereby they signal that Wednesday's anticipated 75 basis point hike will be the last of its sort and that hikes will proceed at a slower rate starting in December, is particularly exciting for investors in the financial markets. According to some analysts, this could support the idea that the U.S. Dollar has reached its top, or the "pivot," as it is known in the financial community. EUR/USD Price Chart Likelihood of Eurozone recession has increased The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. According to a new report, the decline in UK home prices has just started. Capital Economics researchers predict falls of about 12% by 2024 on the same day Nationwide announces the first drop in home values in 15 months. The likelihood of a recession in the Euro Area has grown, according to ECB President Christine Lagarde, who also stated that while uncertainty is still high, "a central bank has to focus on its duty." The destination is clear, but we are not there yet', said President Lagarde. EUR/GBP Price Chart GBP at risk due to UK economy The Pound to Canadian Dollar exchange rate recently hit four-month highs, but numerous technical barriers are standing in the way of its ascent on the charts, and Thursday's Bank of England (BoE) interest rate decision carries risks that could further thwart its recovery in the days and weeks to come. Since hitting record lows near 1.40 in late September, the value of the pound has increased by more than 10% against the Canadian dollar. Last Friday, it reached a high of 1.5811, but it has been unable to hold that level due to a number of technical resistances that are scattered across the chart around the 1.57 handle. The BoE decision on Thursday is the most significant event of the week for the Pound and comes before Friday's release of Canada's September employment report. However, Sterling is at risk due to the UK economy's deteriorating performance and prospects, which are at odds with widely held beliefs about the outlook for bank rates. GBP/CAD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Saxo Bank Podcast: Natural Gas On Colder Weather, Wheat And Coffee Under Pressure, JPY Weaker And More

Platinum Futures, Efforts To Slow Gas Prices Continue, Wheat Futures Down 6%

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 02.11.2022 16:34
Summary: Platinum futures are down 1.11% during 2022. Russia declared that, once its requests have been satisfied by Ukrainian counterparts, it is willing to continue the trade agreement that ensures a safe passageway for grain-carrying vessels. EU efforts to lower high energy prices are slowing down the adoption of renewable energy. Platinum Futures According to trading on a contract for difference (CFD) that monitors the benchmark market for this commodity, platinum has dropped 10.67 USD/t oz. or 1.11% since the start of 2022. Platinum Jan ‘23 Futures Price Chart Wheat futures fell 6% on Wednesday Following news that trade for ships transporting grain out of Ukrainian Black Sea ports may resume operations, Chicago wheat futures plunged more than 6% to $8.5 per bushel on Wednesday, dropping considerably from the three-week high of $9 reached the prior session. Russia declared that, once its requests have been satisfied by Ukrainian counterparts, it is willing to continue the trade agreement that ensures a safe passageway for grain-carrying vessels. The action was taken after Moscow abruptly chose to terminate the agreement's participation at the end of October, citing security concerns that Kyiv refuted. The continuance of shipments from Ukraine will boost global supplies in addition to freeing up essential storage space for the upcoming harvest, increasing concerns about a global food crisis that drove wheat prices to a record-high $12.8 in May. Prior to February's Russian invasion of Ukraine, sales from both nations made up about 30% of all exports. Wheat Futures Price Chart RBOB Gasoline futures The CEO of one of the biggest wind turbine manufacturers in the world cautioned that EU efforts to lower high energy prices are slowing down the adoption of renewable energy just as the area wants to boost it up. “Every indication is that the EU and governments have spent more time in finding taxation methods or trying to limit energy prices, which has actually slowed the process and project accruals,” Henrik Andersen, chief executive of Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas, told the Financial Times. In an effort to slow the growth in energy costs across Europe brought on by high gas prices, European energy ministers decided in September to set a $180 per megawatt-hour cap on earnings from the production of wind, solar, and nuclear energy. RBOB Gasoline Dec ‘22 Futures Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, ft.com, tradingeconomics.com
ADP Non-farm payrolls jobs market data show a growth of 127K, much less than the previous print

FOMC Interest Rate Decision In The Spotlight (EUR/USD), HSBC Claims GBP Is Close To Long-term Base (EUR/GBP, GBP/ZAR)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 02.11.2022 16:34
Summary: A big increase in monetary policy is unlikely to assure a rise in the value of the US dollar. Markets already struggling with the UK's long-standing and well-known structural problems. BoE interest rate decision due Thursday. Fed interest rate decision in the spotlight The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. At 18:00 GMT, the biggest central bank in the world is expected to make a controversial monetary policy announcement, and the markets are certainly focused on it. The market's reaction may be biased because speculation through Fed Fund futures and other channels has made a further 75 basis point rate hike from the group almost certain. It's crucial to remember that no single aspect of this well-publicized incident should be seen as a firm indication for speculation. A big increase in monetary policy, such as a rate hike of 75 basis points, is therefore unlikely to assure a rise in the value of the US dollar and send US indices into a downward spiral. EUR/USD Price Chart GBP appears to be finding some balance The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The largest bank in the UK, HSBC, claims that the British pound is close to a long-term base. HSBC analysts state that "after showing signs of vertigo, GBP appears to be finding some balance" in a briefing on foreign exchange research. Declines followed the market's reaction to tax cut proposals made by the former prime minister Liz Truss that were to be paid for by further borrowing, alarmed investors who questioned whether the UK's debt condition would prove to be sustainable. Markets were already struggling with the UK's long-standing and well-known structural problems, especially the budget deficit and the current account deficit, when the "mini budget" fiasco broke out. EUR/GBP Price Chart ZAR almost worst performing currency in G20 The Pound to Rand rate has more than made up for its September losses in a recovery that has most recently plateaued near 2022 highs, but if the Dollar stays weak or if Sterling is hurt by Thursday's Bank of England (BoE) decision, it will be at risk of a corrective setback later this week. The total result was an almost 12% comeback from a late September low, which saw GBP/ZAR erase much of the year's previous losses in the process. South Africa's Rand was nearly the worst performing currency in the G20 grouping for October while the Pound was among the strongest. The Rand's underperformance occurred during yet another strong month for the Dollar and a stretch of unusually marked weakness for China's Renminbi. Local data that showed the manufacturing sector as virtually the only bright spot in an otherwise cooling South African economy may also have contributed to the Rand's underperformance. GBP/ZAR Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The GBP/USD Pair Did Not Reach The Nearest Target Level Of 1.2259

USD Continued On Its Strengthening Path (EUR/USD), BoE Hiked Interest Rates By 75bps (EUR/GBP, GBP/AUD)

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 03.11.2022 16:28
Summary: The US Dollar continued to strengthen overall on Thursday. Another action by the Bank of England has the Pound taking a beating. Sterling dropped significantly, including against the Australian Dollar. Euro is lacking monetary backing The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. On Thursday, the US Dollar continued to strengthen overall as a result of the US Federal Reserve's decision to change its monetary policy earlier in the day. This made the Euro continue to struggle against the US Dollar. In terms of interest rates, the markets received the well-predicted three-quarter point hike that was punctually provided. However, there were a lot of people hoping that Fed Chair Jerome Powell would formally reverse his aggressive monetary tightening policy. In the end, he refrained from doing so and instead warned the markets that if inflation is to be contained, borrowing prices may still need to increase significantly. This weakness was forewarned by Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, that interest rates in the Eurozone must also continue to rise. Well, may she do so, with the currency bloc's consumer price inflation hitting historic highs. The Euro lacks monetary backing in the global market because markets anticipate more of the same. It lacks fundamental support as well, with a cost-of-living issue that is eroding consumer confidence throughout the Eurozone. Of course, Germany is the center of the currency zone. As the conflict in Ukraine drags on, it is now struggling with the necessity to wean itself off of its dependency on Russian gas. As a result, the third quarter of this year saw a significant slowdown in Eurozone growth. EUR/USD Price Chart GBP declines in the wake of BoE interest rate decision The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. Another action by the Bank of England has the Pound taking a beating. The Bank of England increased the Bank Rate by 75 basis points to 3.0%, but it made it apparent that a jump to 5.0% or above was not likely, sending the Pound into a reflexive sell-off. According to a statement issued by the Bank, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decisively voted 7-2 to raise interest rates by 75 basis points, but this exceptionally significant increase appears to be an outlier. However, significantly for the foreign exchange markets, the Bank won't be delivering as many rate increases as investors anticipate. The Bank's decision and financial calculations are based on market expectations that the Bank Rate will increase to a top of 5.25% in 2023, which is why the Pound has reacted in this way. In such a case, the Bank's economists predict that inflation will return to zero in three years, significantly below the target of two percent. EUR/GBP Price Chart AUD beating the GBP The Bank of England (BoE) appeared to rule out the possibility of indulging in derivative market pricing, hinting that Bank Rate could reach five percent in the months ahead, which hampered the Pound to Australian Dollar rate and put it at risk of further losses in the last session of the week. The Bank of England announced its largest increase in the Bank Rate in decades on Thursday, but said financial markets were barking up the wrong tree when they bet that borrowing costs could still rise significantly further down the road. As a result, sterling dropped significantly, including against the Australian Dollar. GBP/AUD Price Chart Sources: dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com, finance.yahoo.com
The Idea Of A Probable Pivot In The Fed’s Policy Keeps The Price Action Around The DXY Depressed

Dollar lost ground to the Euro & GBP on Friday, US Jobs report missed expectations

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 04.11.2022 15:42
Summary: The US Dollar weakens in the wake of the US jobs report. The British Pound may be headed for significant losses this November against the Dollar, the Euro. USD/JPY wedge continues to grow. USD loses ground against the EUR The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. Following the release of U.S. labor market data that, while still positive, reaffirmed a pattern of decreasing employment gains and pay growth, the Dollar dropped 1% against the Pound and 1.20% against the Euro. In October, the economy added 261K jobs, much exceeding the consensus estimate of 193K, while September's number was impressively raised up to 315K. Overachieving forecasts of 0.3%, average hourly earnings increased by 0.4%, suggesting persistent wage pressures that will support future domestic inflationary pressures. This information supports the Federal Reserve's statement from mid-week that it is too early to think about stopping its rate hike cycle, which raised exchange rates for the Dollar globally. Since the data do not indicate that the themes of previous months are likely to abruptly change, the Dollar's decline could instead be the result of profit-taking after Wednesday's gains. EUR/USD Price Chart BoE predict a UK economic slump The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. As investors respond to the Bank of England's most recent gloomy economic forecasts, the British Pound may be headed for significant losses this November against the Dollar, the Euro, and a variety of other major currencies. The Bank hinted that the UK economic slump, which it has been anticipating for some time, may now be considerably severe than initially anticipated in its November Monetary Policy Report. EUR/GBP Price Chart The wedge between the USD & JPY The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. Due to recent currency interventions, USD/JPY has been an interesting pair, with downmoves unable to gather significant organic impetus. However, a dollar bid continues to put the majority of currencies under pressure, making it challenging to dismiss gains as durable given the wider technical context. The rising wedge that had developed over the previous few months indicated that at some point we would either have a breakdown that would lead to an unwinding that would cause USD/JPY to plummet by a significant amount or a shot higher that would conclude the run upward. EUR/GBP Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
According to ING, US Producer Price Index may mean that inflation could decrease earlier

The US dollar index decreased on Monday, BoE November interest rate decision caused significant losses for the GBP

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 07.11.2022 17:48
Summary: The US data released on Friday was mostly encouraging as job growth exceeded expectations. Friday's release of UK GDP statistics, it might go even further and return to lows from early October. EU economy produced 0.2% growth The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. In Q3, the EU economy demonstrated that it could produce growth of 0.2% Q/Q. The tiny gain in Q3 depicts the same larger picture, which is that growth has slowed and a recession is still in effect, despite the fact that it appears to be rather hopeful. One of the key indications from a nationwide survey demonstrates how manufacturing has been under tremendous strain as a result of the crisis of rising energy prices. The US data released on Friday was mostly encouraging as job growth exceeded expectations. The decrease in the dollar index, which has persisted into today's European session, was not justified by the minor increase in unemployment statistics. The market's forecast of a 50 bp increase from the Federal Reserve's December meeting is the only thing that has changed. EUR/USD Price Chart BoE November interest rate decision resulted in losses for the GBP The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The Bank of England (BoE) interest rate decision in November resulted in significant losses for the Pound to Euro exchange rate, but if the market is still wary of Sterling going into Friday's release of UK GDP statistics, it might go even further and return to lows from early October. After the BoE stated, based on its most recent forecasts, that it believes it has likely already done enough with interest rates to ensure that inflation returns to the 2% target in the coming years, sterling suffered significant losses against most major currencies last week and fell almost 2% against the Euro. In an open conflict with market bets that borrowing costs could climb to 4.7% or more in the coming months, the BoE additionally stated that investors would be foolish to anticipate Bank Rate to rise from November's recently boosted level of 3%. EUR/GBP Price Chart AUD is weaker on monday The Australian Dollar is weaker at the beginning of a new week that may focus on events in China, where officials are showing a willingness to fight rumors that they are likely to reevaluate their zero-Covid policy. The National Health Commission (NHC) of China reaffirmed its commitment to eradicating Covid-19 during a news conference on Saturday, cautioning that the situation was likely to worsen and become "more complex" as the nation entered the winter flu season. The Australian lagged behind. The GBP/AUD currency rate experienced its biggest weekly decrease since the week of February 28 as investors bet on a Chinese economic revival, falling 2.83% for the week. GBP/AUD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
InstaForex expects risky assets to regain demand if the US CPI declines

US Dollar rally seems to be coming to an end, GBP rebounded on Monday

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 08.11.2022 18:18
Summary: Many ECB policymakers have reiterated the central bank's stance on interest rates and inflation. The British Pound is weaker on Tuesday after making a good rebound on Monday. ECB remaining hawkish The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. Many ECB policymakers have reiterated the central bank's stance on interest rates and inflation, contending that higher rates must be maintained for a longer period of time in order to contain double-digit price pressures. The financial wires are awash in hawkish ECB language in what appears to be a coordinated effort to reassert the central bank's authority and will on the rates market. At the end of October, the ECB raised interest rates by 75 basis points to 1.50%, its third straight increase and the highest level since 2009. At its meeting on December 15, the central bank is anticipated to increase rates by an additional 50 basis points. The US dollar is under pressure as speculators start to look past rising US rate predictions and instead focus on when the Fed may pause its tightening cycle, while the Euro has benefited from expectations of higher rates. The fact that the markets are already anticipating a turnaround, even though this may be months away, is putting pressure on the dollar. EUR/USD Price Chart GBP supported by general market uptrend The market is expecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The British Pound is weaker on Tuesday after making a good rebound on Monday, and price movement suggests that the UK currency is following global trends during a week with few domestic events. Analysts note that the UK's domestic situation is still difficult and that any gains are likely to be fleeting. Despite this, the Pound had the best performance among the major currencies on Monday as global markets continued their recent uptrend, helping the UK currency to somewhat recoup its losses following last Thursday's Bank of England report. The Pound's recovery may continue over the next several days if the mood music is generally cheerful. GBP/USD Price Chart US dollar is believed to be nearing the end of its uptrend The market is expecting bullish signals for this currency pair. Capital Economics experts believe that the Dollar may be nearing the end of a multi-month uptrend, but they caution that it is still too early to start preparing for a rollover and trend change. The Federal Reserve is reaching the conclusion of its tightening cycle, according to analysis by the independent financial and economics research source, and as a result, there is little room for a further widening of predicted interest rate differentials in favor of the Dollar. The war in Ukraine, anticipation of Fed interest rate increases, and a post-pandemic decline in equity markets have all worked together to strengthen the Dollar. GBP/USD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
UK recession could deteriorate with tighter monetary and fiscal policy, the US dollar suffered another setback

UK recession could deteriorate with tighter monetary and fiscal policy, the US dollar suffered another setback

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 09.11.2022 17:00
Summary: Experts foresee more short-term weakness for the Canadian Dollar against the Pound The bullish trend in the USD suffered yet another setback on Tuesday. The UK recession will deteriorate with tighter monetary and fiscal policy. Euro recovery may be strong The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. After a support bounce failed, the bullish trend in the USD suffered yet another setback yesterday. The currency was driven lower by sellers to make a new monthly bottom, but support quickly appeared around the same level that had been in play a few weeks before and served as a target for a double top formation at 109.62. There are a number of levels close below that swing as well, which may allow for a support bounce before the release of the CPI data tomorrow. From some perspectives, the major question is whether a stronger recovery can be seen in the Euro. Over the past nine months, the euro has been battered and bruised, but as of my initial inspection in October, the pain was beginning to subside and a deeper downturn was beginning. EUR/USD Price Chart GBP down against its peers The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The UK recession will deteriorate with tighter monetary and fiscal policy, according to Derek Halpenny, Head of Research Global Markets for EMEA at MUFG. The recent Bank of England policy update has strengthened the foreign exchange strategists' belief in this trade, according to a new note. They are selling pound sterling against the euro. On Thursday, November 3, the Bank of England raised interest rates by 75 basis points, but warned that if it followed market expectations and pushed through even more increases, the UK economy would enter a recession that would last eight quarters. As a result, the Pound dropped against all of its peers. The market interpreted this as a message from the Bank that it would not hike rates as much as anticipated going into the policy update, which caused expectations to be reassessed and caused the Pound to fall on the day. EUR/GBP Price Chart CAD weakness foreseen National Bank of Canada (NBC) experts foresee more short-term weakness for the Canadian Dollar against the Pound, Dollar, and Euro but a robust recovery through 2023. Up until the second half of the year, when oil prices began to decline from their post-invasion levels and the Bank of Canada slowed down its rate-hiking acceleration, the Canadian Dollar was one of the best-performing currencies in 2022. GBP/CAD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
RICS House Price Balance Is Below Zero | Inflation Data From Both Americas Are Ahead

RICS House Price Balance Is Below Zero | Inflation Data From Both Americas Are Ahead

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 10.11.2022 11:30
Today there are no major economic events than the result of the US CPI report. In addition, there will be important speeches by members of the FOMC and other central banks, including the Bank of England of Canada. RICS House Price Balance The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) House Price Balance was published early in the day. The result showed that the index fell sharply below zero. The current reading is at -2%. A drop from 30% to 20% was forecast, but the current figure has turned out to be more drastic. This means that house prices in the designated area have dropped drastically. There has been a decline in prices since May, and the present one signifies a significant deepening of this trend. The first speeches The first speech of the day took place at 2:45 CET. The speaker was Michele Bullock serves as an Assistant Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). The next speech was from America. Fed member Christopher J. Waller spoke at 9:00 CET More speeches Ahead Today also representatives of European banks will take the floor. Andrea Maechler serves as Governing Board Member of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) is set to speak at 14:30 CET. At the same time will be speak Andrea Enria, Chair of Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank. Speech by representatives of the Bank of England is scheduled for 15:00 CET and 15:10 CET. Speakers in turn: David Ramsden, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and Silvana Tenreyro, a member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). Another Fed speech and one from the Bank of Canada are also planned. Bank of Canada Member Governor Tiff Macklem will speak at 6:50 PM CET. After the published reports, the following will speak: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker, Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Member Mester and Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George. All speeches can provide valuable information about the future of monetary policy actions of the banks concerned. ECB Economic Bulletin At 11:00 CET the ECB published a Bulletin. The Economic Bulletin provides a comprehensive analysis of economic and monetary developments and interim updates on key indicators. Which can help investors to assess the future development of this region, as well as summarize the effectiveness of ECB's work South Africa Manufacturing Production Today, South Africa will also publish a report on Manufacturing Production. The shift from Y / Y of output produced by manufacturers is forecast to decline from 1.4% to -2.4%. A smaller index in this sector may indicate serious problems which the country's economy is struggling with, which will hinder the growth. Brazil CPI Brazil as well as the United States will publish inflation data. In South America's largest economy, Y/Y inflation is expected to decline from 7.17% to 6.34%. It is very likely as the CPI has been in a downward trend since July. Meanwhile, the CPI m/m is expected to increase from -0.29% to 0.48%. US CPI Expectations for US inflation are positive. Slightly dropping is expected. Read more: Inflation In The USA Has A Chance Of Cooler| FXMAG.COM Initial Jobless Claims The number of individuals who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time during the past week is expected to increase by 3K weekly report. The last reading was at 217K and it was a positive reading as the level persisted for another week and the forecasts will increase to 220K. At 15:30 CET it will turn out if the reading is positive this time. Summary: 2:01 CET RICS House Price Balance 2:45 CET South Africa Assist Gov Bullock Speaks 9:00 CET Fed Waller Speaks 11:00 CET ECB Economic Bulletin 13:00 CET RPA Manufacturing Production 14:00 CET Brazil CPI 14:30 CET SNB Gov Board Member Maechler Speaks 14:30 CET ECB's Enria Speaks 15:00 CET MPC Member Ramsden Speaks 15:10 CET MPC Member Tenreyro Speaks 15:30 CET US CPI 15:30 CET Initial Jobless Claims 16:00 CET FOMC Member Harker Speaks 18:50 CET BoC Gov Macklem Speaks 19:30 CET FOMC Member Mester Speaks 20:30 CET FOMC Member George Speaks Source: https://www.investing.com/economic-calendar/
The World's Leading Economies Not Doing Well And This Is Keeping High Demand For USD

US dollar index touching new monthly lows, pound sterling is reacting well to increase in market sentiment

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 10.11.2022 18:54
Summary: Prices in DXY are currently driving down to new monthly lows. The British pound is responding to an overall increase in risk sentiment. The New Zealand Dollar is proving to be an apparent bet for a Chinese economic resurgence. USD feeling the effect of the CPI inflation data release The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. Prices in DXY are currently driving down to new monthly lows after posing a support rebound yesterday. Along the way, they are passing a significant area of confluent support. Sellers have struck. The daily candle for today will be crucial because it is presently forming a bearish engulfing pattern. And if that holds true, with price closing below those supports, then bearish continuation possibilities will still be possible. The daily bar close today will be crucial because, at this point, we're still feeling the effects of the CPI print, and how market players react today will reveal how they'll assimilate this new information. As market investors altered their expectations for higher policy rates, as shown by increased sovereign debt yields in the euro area, euro assets remained volatile across the review period. Since then, rates have somewhat decreased as the economic implications of aggressive tightening start to accumulate and systemic risk originating in the UK has largely been isolated as a result of the Bank of England's retaliatory actions and UK government policy reversals. EUR/USD Price Chart GBP supported by positive investor sentiment The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The British pound is responding to an overall increase in risk sentiment, so Thursday's moves will likely be influenced by how the global equity markets perform, which are now suffering losses after a series of occurrences midweek. After suffering significant losses the day before, market morale has since improved, and the value of the pound is rising at the start of the day. In sync with the upbeat investor sentiment evident in global equities markets on Monday, the pound rose. However, these gains were erased on Wednesday amid a wider market selloff focused on China and disruptions in the cryptocurrency area. EUR/GBP Price Chart Chinese economic resurgence allows NZD to be an apparent bet Markets are adjusting to the possibility that China won't abandon its zero-Covid policy until the spring, which will result in a change in fortunes for the New Zealand Dollar and other like "commodity currencies." Analysts caution that the recent enthusiasm seen over the previous ten days is unwarranted and that the Chinese economy's reopening is likely to be a gradual and rocky process. Nevertheless, the New Zealand Dollar is proving to be an apparent bet for a Chinese economic resurgence. GBP/NZD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
The Loonie Pair (USD/CAD) Takes Clues From The Downbeat Oil Prices

Loonie (USD/CAD) Bulls Are Supported By A Hawkish Commentary From The Bank Of Canada

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 11.11.2022 08:47
USDCAD has witnessed barricades around 1.3350 amid positive market sentiment. Loonie bulls are supported by BOC’s hawkish commentary and a recovery in oil prices. Going forward, US long-term inflation report will be of utmost importance. The USDCAD pair has sensed selling pressure around 1.3350 in the Tokyo session after attempting a pullback move around 1.3300. The asset has turned sideways which indicates further inventory distribution, which will deliver more weakness in the counter. Meanwhile, the risk profile has strengthened further as S&P500 futures are extending their gains post a bumper rally on Thursday. The US dollar index (DXY) has refreshed its day’s low at 108.00 and is expected to display more downside ahead. A sheer decline in US inflation brought a bloodbath in US government bonds. The 10-year US Treasury yields dropped to 3.8% as chances from the CME FedWatch tool claim that 75 basis points (bps) rate hike is losing its stream now. Going forward, investors will focus on long-term US inflation expectations. The US economy is needed to pass this test too as an increment in the longer-term inflation indicator may spoil the party for risk-perceived assets. The Fed has been continuously reiterating that their long-term inflation expectations are well-anchored at around 2%. And, previously the economic data landed at 2.9%. Meanwhile, Loonie bulls are supported by a hawkish commentary from the Bank of Canada (BOC) Governor Tiff Macklem and a decent recovery in the oil prices. BOC Governor cited that “Canadians should expect even more rate hikes to come on top of six that have already happened this year,” during an interview with CBC News in the late New York session. He further added that layoffs will increase, the growth rate may come to zero in the next few quarters, and the central bank is fine with a mild recession as a price to bring down inflation to desired levels. Oil prices have rebounded as a decline in US inflation has trimmed the risk of recession. A slowdown in the rate hike pace by the Fed may bring a recovery in the scale of economic activities, which will eventually accelerate oil demand ahead.
EUR/USD Pair May Have A Potential For The Further Rally

Eurozone’s entry into a recession may be delayed, the GBP and NZD - high beta currencies

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 14.11.2022 17:20
Summary: Analysts predict that the EUR/USD exchange rate will continue to improve. Eurozone entry into a recession may be delayed. Neither the British pound nor the New Zealand dollar seem to be winning out. Fed still determined to bring down inflation The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. Analysts predict that the EUR/USD exchange rate will continue to improve over the course of the upcoming week, however many still believe that the market is merely clearing out technical positions rather than the beginning of a long-term recovery. The Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller's remarks that the Fed was not yet prepared to cease its cycle of rate hikes helped the Dollar at the beginning of the new week. Investors' reactions to an unexpected drop in U.S. inflation caused the Dollar index, a gauge of the dollar's performance more broadly, to plummet by 4% last week. The statistics indicated that the U.S. inflation peak is near, and the Federal Reserve should therefore think about reducing the rate of raises. Most investors are now expecting a downshift to a 50 basis point boost in December. But Waller said investors risk getting carried away with a belief the end of rate hikes is close. EUR/USD Price Chart Eurozones entry into a recession expected to be delayed The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. Following a 0.9% month-over-month and 4.9% year-over-year increase in September industrial production for the Eurozone, the currency received a lift on Monday. The numbers are far better than the anticipated +0.1% m/m and 2.8% y/y, indicating that the European Union's entry into recession may be postponed. The current recovery could turn out to be mostly technical in character, which would increase the dollar's strength as investors pay attention to the Fed's warnings that the cycle of interest rate hikes is far from over. This would be a risk for those looking for a stronger Euro. The British pound is a "high beta" currency, which means that it tends to rise along with rising stock markets around the world, as was undoubtedly the case after the inflation figure. EUR/GBP Price Chart GBP/NZD currency pair A busy UK calendar could mean that this pair finally offers up some excitement this week. The Pound to New Zealand Dollar exchange rate (GBP/NZD) has been consolidating around 1.93 for nearly seven days now, and the near-term price activity is beginning to resemble the coiling of a spring. With two "high beta" currencies that are responsive to global conditions, the GBP/NZD pair has seen its price action in November mostly driven by world events. As a result, both currencies have benefited from the U.S. inflation surprise from last week. But when compared with one another, neither the British pound nor the New Zealand dollar seem to be winning out. GBP/NZD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The GBP/USD Pair Was Trading Calmly But The Volatility Still Remained Very High

The US dollars surrender to the Euro continues, GBP/USD touching 3-month highs, BoJ may continue its loose monetary policy

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 15.11.2022 18:54
Summary: The USD continues its surrender to the Euro. The Pound has risen to a new three-month high versus the Dollar. The figures from today may indicate that the BoJ will keep its monetary policy loose. Euro performs well against the USD The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The Euro to Dollar exchange rate (EUR/USD) hit a high of 1.0477 on Tuesday as a result of the continued dollar surrender that was brought on by the publication of weaker-than-anticipated U.S. inflation data last Thursday. The advances have already brought the pair close to the 1.05 level, which was predicted to be a potential objective in the near future by our week ahead projection. Investors' assumption that the Federal Reserve will slow down its interest rate hike cycle as U.S. inflation shows symptoms of peaking has sent the EUR/USD up 3.7% last week and another 1.10% this week. The sudden increase in the Euro's value relative to the Dollar is most likely due to a sizable liquidation of "long" dollar positions taken by investors hoping to profit from the Dollar's multi-month advance. EUR/USD Price Chart US dollars downfall in the wake of economic data The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The Pound has risen to a new three-month high versus the Dollar as another inflation report fueled the U.S. currency's significant devaluation that was initially started by last week's U.S. inflation data. At 13:30 GMT, the Dollar's drop increased with the announcement of the U.S. The PPI inflation data was less than anticipated, confirming the CPI inflation from last week that the trend of rising prices has peaked. The strong market response to last week's U.S. inflation reading, which saw CPI come in below market expectations and indicated a turning point for both inflation and the Federal Reserve rate hike cycle might have been reached, is extended by the GBP/three-month USD's high. GBP/USD Price Chart USD/JPY currency pair The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The Japanese Yen initially ignored the dismal GDP numbers because the USD/JPY was comfortably over 140.00. After 30 minutes, it surged past 140.50. The Japanese seasonally adjusted 3Q quarter-to-quarter GDP was down 0.3% from the previous quarter's 0.9%, falling short of predictions of 0.3%. In contrast to expectations of 1.2% and 3.5%, seasonally adjusted annualized quarter-to-quarter GDP as of the end of September was -1.2%. Prior to the release of today's data, the USD/JPY had been lagging in the wake of last Thursday's release of the US CPI, which the market had deemed to be rather benign. This sparked suspicion that the Federal Reserve would not need to raise rates as aggressively as previously believed. The graphic below illustrates the connection between Treasury yields, Japan-US bond spreads, and USD/JPY. With the Bank of Japan's yield curve control program, changes in Treasury yield mostly dictate the bond spread. The figures from today may indicate that the central bank will keep its monetary policy loose. USD/JPY Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Growth Of The USD/JPY Pair Is Hampered By Resistance

Euro has remained resilient to currency counterparts despite Tuesdays events in Poland, Yen supported by USD decline

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 16.11.2022 17:29
Summary: The EUR/USD has displayed remarkable resilience to trade higher. The British Pound plummeted against the Euro. The JPY has clearly benefited from the decline in the value of the USD. Financial markets are on high alert The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. According to the most recent 30-day Fed Fund futures price information, the Federal Reserve is anticipated to increase interest rates by a further 100 basis points over the upcoming months, to 475–500bps, and then suspend their tightening cycle. Despite yesterday's concern following reports of a missile landing in Poland, the EUR/USD has displayed remarkable resilience to trade higher this morning. According to Joe Biden's remarks, it seems improbable that Russia fired the missile based on its trajectory. Due to the possibility of a wider conflict now that a NATO ally has been negatively impacted by the Russia/Ukraine crisis, the missile has put Europe, NATO, and financial markets on high alert. At 9:00 GMT, NATO has called an emergency meeting to review yesterday's events and the alliance's response. EUR/USD price chart UK inflation figures caused GBP to decline The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. Following some hotter-than-expected UK inflation figures that suggested the Bank of England could not yet afford to stop its interest rate hike cycle, the British Pound plummeted against the Euro, the Dollar, and other major currencies. However, we cautioned in our week-ahead forecast that the market might now consider stronger-than-expected inflation as a negative, as rising prices and interest rates would snuff out the UK's prospects for economic development. Normally, such a result would help the Pound. EUR/GBP price chart JPY supported by weak USD The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The Japanese Yen has clearly benefited from the decline in the value of the US dollar in November, outperforming all other major currencies. However, analysts at MUFG believe the Japanese Yen could rise even more in the future, especially against the British pound. They advise clients to bet against the GBP/JPY pair and look for a fall to 158. After official data revealed that U.S. inflation softened in October, the Yen surged substantially against all equivalents in the G10 group of major currencies, but analysts at Japan's largest banking MUFG claim that this was just the start of a longer-lasting rebound. GBP/JPY price chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
The SNB Had Reduced Its Foreign Exchange Reserves And CHF Slipped Below The Parity Against The Euro For The First Time

Eurozone headline inflation reached a record high in October, The UK’s future prospects for future economic development, CHF is the second best performing currency for 2022

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 17.11.2022 16:10
Summary: Final headline inflation in the Euro Area reached a record high. Tax increases and spending reductions in the UK. CHF becomes the second best performer of 2022. EUR/USD constrained by interest rate disparity The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. Final headline inflation in the Euro Area reached a record high of 10.6% in October, just under the earlier estimate of 10.7%. Data from Eurostat show that the highest annual rate in October was for energy, which was at 41.5 percent (up from 40.7 percent in September), followed by food, alcohol, and tobacco, which had a rate of 13.1 percent (down from 11.8 percent in September), and non-energy industrial goods, which had a rate of 6.1 percent (compared to 5.5 percent in September). As the post-CPI surge slows, the current gain in the EUR/USD has come to an end. The prices in the ultra-short end of the US bond market are stable even as market forecasts of a reduction in rate increases rise. The yield on a one-year US Treasury bill is approximately 4.66 percent, which is more than 250 basis points higher than the yield on a one-year German bond. Any short-term increase in the EUR/USD currency will continue to be constrained by this interest rate disparity. EUR/USD Price Chart GBP relying on Hunts credibility The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The UK's prospects for future economic development will be diminished by the tax increases and spending reductions, but a convincing autumn statement from Chancellor Jeremy Hunt might boost the value of the pound sterling. This is due to the fact that reputation will determine how the market responds to the fiscal event on Thursday. Hunt is expected to present a budget that will hinder development; however, the Pound's response will ultimately depend on how the market reacts to the credibility issue. Some analysts caution that while the Pound might gain from renewed confidence, its value could still drop if Hunt is overly bold and his recommended level of austerity becomes overwhelming. EUR/GBP Price Chart CHF could continue to strengthen According to analysts at Nomura, the Swiss Franc has flipped the major currency league table on its head to become the second best performer of 2022. However, it could rise even further against the Pound and even have the potential to bring the GBP/CHF rate back to 1.0555 in the coming months. In the early months of the year, the Swiss Franc had given the Japanese Yen a tough fight for the bottom spot in the performance rankings of the major currencies, but a hawkish stance by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) and a supportive foreign exchange policy have reversed the previous order of performances. The SNB has become open to buying back its own currency whenever market circumstances cause the Franc to weaken, even though it is still prepared to suppress the Franc if it appreciates too much for its tastes. This is because doing otherwise would raise Switzerland's inflation rate further. GBP/CHF Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Technical Outlook: The EUR/USD Bear Trend Will Be Confirmed And The GBP/USD Has Not Managed To Close Above

The Fed may begin slowing their interest rate hiking cycle, UK promising to return to fiscal credibility

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 18.11.2022 16:34
Summary: EUR/USD currency pair has risen 4% over the past 2 weeks. GBPs response to investor sentiment globally to determine near term credibility. The CAD was outperforming many other major currencies this year, but recently started to lag behind them. EUR/USD has risen by 4% over the past 2 weeks The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. The Euro will decline against the Dollar in the coming months, comfortably falling below parity, according to Danske Bank's unwavering forecast. The rate of exchange between the Euro and the Dollar (EUR/USD) has increased by 4.0 percent over the last two weeks as a result of signs that U.S. inflation is slowing down as well as market analysts' conviction that the Federal Reserve will reduce the pace of its rate hikes, giving investors more confidence to price the peak in interest rates. Data released on Wednesday showed that American consumers were still in good shape, with retail sales increasing by 1.3 percent in October, an acceleration from the 0 percent recorded in September and higher than the market's forecast of 1.0 percent growth. Therefore, the Fed may slow down its rate rise cycle but lengthen it, providing a series of 25 basis point rate adjustments over the ensuing months that may still provide support for the Dollar. EUR/USD Price Chart EUR/GBP on track to end the week slightly higher The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The UK's Autumn Statement, which promised a return to fiscal credibility, was well received by the financial markets, but the direction of the near term should be determined by how the British Pound responds to investor sentiment globally. As part of his effort to tighten fiscal policy and ensure that the nation's finances remained on a sustainable footing, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt proposed savings totaling £55BN, or roughly 2.0 percent of GDP. The Pound-Euro rate appears to be on track to conclude the week slightly higher, and the Pound-Dollar rate is also slightly higher than it was at this time last week, consolidating the huge gains from the previous week. EUR/GBP Price Chart CAD emerging as a top option for speculative short-selling The Canadian Dollar has outperformed many other major currencies this year, but recently started to lag behind them. As a result, the Canadian Dollar is quickly emerging as a top candidate for speculative short-selling by Spectra Markets in advance of an anticipated economic slowdown caused by rising mortgage rates. By Friday, Canada's Dollar had dropped to third place in the ranking of the G10 currencies for the year after suffering significant losses against all significant rivals other than the US. Over the period of November, the dollar has generally corrected lower. The main thesis is that a large rise in Bank of Canada (BoC) interest rates this year will eventually affect Canadian homeowners' monthly mortgage payments. Higher borrowing costs are anticipated to reduce household earnings and have negative second-round impacts on a number of economic sectors. GBP/CAD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The Movement Of The NZD/USD Pair On The 4-hour Chart

China’s COVID-19 regulations causing U.S Stocks to decline, Inflation in the UK could be pushed up by 1% in April

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 21.11.2022 18:44
Summary: The Dollar was bid and stocks declined on Monday. The most recent budget from HM Treasury will push up inflation by a percentage point. AUD gave ground to most of its major currency counterparts to start the new week. Investor confidence improved in China The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. In spite of indications, the Dollar was bid and stocks declined. China is enforcing stricter regulations to combat a Covid-19 outbreak that is spreading. Three Covid deaths were reported by authorities over the weekend in Beijing, the first in more than six months. Just days after the nation said it was loosening some restrictions, there are reportedly early signs that some authorities are returning to a zero-Covid policy. In recent weeks, speculation that China would be willing to abandon its zero-Covid policy has intensified, boosting investor confidence amid speculation that the world's second-largest economy could spark a resurgence in global economic activity. This favorable environment proved to be a barrier for the dollar, which often gains when market anxieties are mounting and forecasts for global growth are weakening. EUR/USD Price Chart UK inflation expected to increase The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. Without changing the Bank of England (BoE) interest rate policy, own goals in c starting in April and force taxpayers to fork over an additional £5 billion or more to cover the increase in debt interest costs that results. The decision to reduce the household energy price guarantee and increase fuel taxes starting in April 2023 will result in higher inflation as measured by the consumer and retail price indices, which will automatically affect future government spending, particularly costs associated with debt servicing. Sterling pounds Live calculations indicate that these two factors will cause consumer price inflation to increase by an additional 1% in April and retail price index inflation to increase by 1.3%, both of which will raise the cost of servicing borrowings with inflation-linked interest rates by approximately £5BN. EUR/GBP Price Chart AUD gave ground to most of its major currency counterparts The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), the Federal Reserve (Fed), and the Bank of England will all be providing monetary policy commentary this week, so the Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate has benefited from a corrective setback in AUD/USD that may keep Sterling buoyant above 1.7750 this week. The risk of new coronavirus-related economic closures in China weighed on asset prices throughout the Asia Pacific region as well as on the currencies of those countries exporting into the second-largest economy in the world, and Australia's dollar gave ground to most of its major currency counterparts to start the new week. AUD/GBP Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The EUR/USD Pair Maintains The Bullish Sentiment

Rising NGAS costs may pose downside danger to the Euro, UK economic outlook looks bleak

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 22.11.2022 17:04
Summary: Euro held steady throughout Asian trading. Energy Bills Support Scheme's concurrent expiration, may have a greater negative impact on household earnings. NZD has had the best performance among major currencies over the past month. Euro faces downside risk The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. Following the turbulent start to the week on Monday, when the EUR/USD fell, the Euro held steady throughout Asian trading. The Fed speakers' continued hawkish posture, which also hurt markets, helped the US dollar increase. Risk assets were also hurt by a rise of Covid-19 cases in China because of concerns that harsh lock downs would continue there. Even while experts at one European bank claim there is "less pain in the pipeline" for the region and its single currency, rising natural gas costs in the Eurozone are recognized by foreign exchange strategists as a downside danger to the Euro. According to analysts, the little increase in gas prices coincides with a drop in temperatures across Europe after an abnormally warm autumn that allowed nations to stockpile gas supplies and use less gas than is customary at this time of year. EUR/USD Price Chart GBP under pressure from poor UK economic outlook The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. Early in the new week, the Pound to Euro exchange rate continued to rise after last Friday's advance, but after three straight days of gains, Sterling is now rapidly approaching a crowded area of technical resistances near and above the 1.16 level on the charts, suggesting that the rally may soon come to an end. The problem for families, the economy, and the pound is that, as a result of reforms outlined by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt in last Thursday's budget, energy costs are expected to grow dramatically once more starting in April 2023, when the average annual tariff would rise by another 20% to £3,000. Due to the Energy Bills Support Scheme's concurrent expiration, this will have a greater negative impact on household earnings. However, it will also have a positive impact on UK inflation rates and have additional effects on the state finances. EUR/GBP Price Chart NZD supported by improved investor sentiment Although the New Zealand Dollar has had the best performance among major currencies over the past month, one analyst claims that it is beginning to seem "stretched" in front of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's upcoming interest rate announcement. The Kiwi has risen against all of its G10 counterparts over the past four weeks, helped by a noticeable improvement in investor sentiment worldwide and as investors raised their expectations for the amount of interest rate hiking to come from the RBNZ in response to a series of domestic data releases that exceeded expectations. Following New Zealand's October Q3 CPI inflation announcement, which exceeded estimates and bolstered expectations for a 75bp hike, the market increased its expectations. Data on the labor market and quarterly wages also confirmed these predictions. However, an analyst questions if the RBNZ will want to speed up rate increases given that it was among the first to act and has consistently moved rates by 50 basis points, and has no need to play catch-up given that it is one of the G10 rate leaders. GBP/NZD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The CAD/JPY Pair Could Approach And Reach New Lows

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
The EUR/USD Price Failed To Exhibit A Strong Trending Movement

Eurozone economy seems to be falling into a recession, UK economic outlook seems poor

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 23.11.2022 18:08
Summary: The Eurozone PMIs showed that the bloc's economy contracted in November. Despite the UK economy contracting in November, the GBP extended a short-term recovery. CAD fared better than Sterling during the first sessions of the week Eurozone PMI data didn’t beat expectations by enough The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The Eurozone PMIs showed that the bloc's economy contracted in November, but the magnitude of the decline was less severe than anticipated by the markets. The S&P Global Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for manufacturing registered at 47.3, exceeding the consensus estimate of 46.0 and up from the previous month's reading of 46.4. Unfortunately for the euro, the positive data was insufficient to quell the bearish sentiment surrounding the currency, including recessionary risks and the ECB hawks' unwillingness to support a 75 basis point interest rate hike at the upcoming meeting. The day ahead should see increased volatility for the EUR/USD due to the prominence of US data. EUR/USD Price Chart UK economic outlook looks bleak The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. Following the release of statistics showing that, despite the UK economy contracting in November, corporate forecasts for the coming year increased from a 30-month low, the British pound extended a short-term recovery. The most recent S&P Global PMI readings indicated that economic activity continued to decline for another month, but the data was better than anticipated, so this would be a generally favorable development for markets. However, this downturn was predicted, and as economist at Berenberg Kallum Pickering puts it, "the recession is terrible, but not becoming worse." This remark is critical for the Pound given the dire economic prognosis for the UK. EUR/GBP Price Chart GBP/CAD outlook improved According to technical analysis from Scotiabank, the outlook for the Pound to Canadian Dollar exchange rate has improved further in recent trading. Sterling may now be able to hit some of its best levels since the end of the first quarter after gaining ground over the 1.57 mark last week. Although some believe this is likely merely a temporary setback for the Pound, the Canadian Dollar fared better than Sterling during the first sessions of the week after an over two month surge in GBP/CAD stopped following a run-in with technical support on the charts late last week. GBP/CAD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The Bank Of England Has Warned That Negative Growth Will Extend All The Way

Eurozone recession may not be as bad as previously anticipated, demand for UK government bonds driving the GBP

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 24.11.2022 15:34
Summary: Eurozone flash PMIs remain in the contractionary range. The GBP has just moved higher thanks to demand for UK government bonds. The value of the CAD has fallen as a result of falling oil prices. Eurozone economy still remains in contractionary range The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The most recent flash PMIs for the Euro Area outperformed expectations this morning, but they are still firmly in the contractionary range. Although November's numbers were better than anticipated, the data point to the Euro Area's economy contracting by about 0.2% in Q4. A recession appears probable, but, as data provider S&P notes, the latest data provide hope that the severity of the slump may not be as severe as originally feared. The US dollar data and the most recent FOMC minutes will likely drive the pair into the weekend due to holidays in the rest of the day. EUR/USD Price Chart GBP supported by UK government bond demand The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The British pound has just moved considerably higher thanks to demand for UK government bonds, and since the rest of the week will be quiet due to the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, gains may hold. In tandem with a strong increase in the price of UK government debt, the Pound rose sharply versus the Euro, the Dollar, and other major currencies through Wednesday and into Thursday. The cost of funding mortgages and other financial products in the UK has decreased as a result of the increase in bond prices and the associated decline in their yields across different time tenors in the bond market. Bond yields are declining, which indicates a loosening of UK financial conditions and is positive for future economic growth. EUR/GBP Price Chart CAD weighed down by falling oil prices The value of the Canadian Dollar has fallen as a result of falling oil prices, and one industry analyst has predicted that a planned cap on Russian oil could have a disproportionately large effect on Canada. In the last 24 hours, the Canadian Dollar has fallen 1.5% against the British Pound due to a decline in oil prices. Canadian benchmarks are impacted by the decline in global oil prices, which reduces the possibility for the country to generate foreign money. Since the Canadian Dollar and oil market dynamics frequently correlate, the GBP/CAD exchange rate may soon be dependent on changes in the energy market. This linkage previously appeared to have disappeared. GBP/CAD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
The USD/CAD Pair Is On The Way To Late 2022 Low

The Bank Of Canada (BoC) Disappointed The USD/CAD Bears

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 28.11.2022 10:13
The loonie's fate is in the hands of the Canadian central bank. There are increasing speculations that the Bank of Canada will slow the pace of its rate hike again at the next meeting, raising it only by 25 points. Such rumors of a dovish nature are not absolute, but very persistent. In particular, last week currency strategists of RBC Capital Markets voiced a corresponding forecast. Moreover, in their opinion, the central bank as a whole is already close to the end of the cycle of interest rate hikes. Judging by the pair's dynamics, the loonie is not in a hurry to draw conclusions, although such conversations have stopped the downtrend. Thus, in the first half of November, the bears tried to stay under the support level of 1.3260 (at that time it corresponded to the bottom lines of the Bollinger Bands indicator on the D1 and H4 time frames) several times. But after the bears impulsively broke through this limit, they got stuck near the level of 1.3230. The downward momentum faded, the price returned to its previous positions. After several unsuccessful attempts, the USD/CAD bears intercepted the initiative, but the controversial FOMC minutes did not allow them to launch a bullish counter-offensive. The pair finished the previous trading week at 1.3376. This week the pair's traders will focus not only on Friday's reports (the U.S. and Canada will release key labor market data on December 2). The main "test" for the loonie will be the Canadian economic growth data which will be released on Tuesday (November 29). According to preliminary projections, Canada's GDP will only grow by 1.5%. Even if the figure comes out at the forecasted level, we could talk about a significant slowdown in the growth rate of the economy (3.1% growth in the first quarter, and 3.3% in the second quarter). If the release is in the red zone, the Canadian dollar will be under considerable pressure. Because in this case the dovish rumors about further actions of the Bank of Canada will only strengthen. The official comments of the central bank's representatives so far have been contradictory. For example, Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem has recently sounded very vague about how Canadians should be prepared for further rate hikes "in addition to the six that have already occurred this year". He lamented the tight labor market ("demand exceeds supply") and suggested that economic growth will be "minimal" over the next few quarters, until about the middle of next year. But he did not talk about the expected pace of rate hikes or the final point in the current cycle. At the same time as the senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada Carolyn Rogers reported that the end of the cycle of tightening of monetary policy is "already close". She added, however, that "in the near future" there is still a need to raise interest rates to reduce inflation. I would like to point out that the Bank of Canada disappointed the USD/CAD bears at its last meeting in October: contrary to expectations of most experts, it did not raise the interest rate by 75 points, limiting itself to a 50-point hike. According to Macklem, the decision to slow the pace of policy tightening was made "amid growing fears of a deepening global economic downturn". He added that the central bank is trying to balance the risks of "under- and over-tightening". Macklem said in passing that the central bank was "nearing the end of its rate-hike cycle". And although he immediately clarified that the process of raising the rate has not yet been completed, the message itself was perceived by the market accordingly. Thus, this week's key releases (especially Canadian GDP growth) will decide the fate of the USD/CAD pair in the medium term, as the Bank of Canada will be guided by them on December 7. The slowdown in economic growth, the decline in the labor market amid the first signs of easing inflationary pressures in recent months will create an appropriate springboard for a further slowdown in the pace of monetary tightening by the central bank. These circumstances will also support the view that the Bank of Canada may be nearing the end of its current interest rate hike cycle. A 25-point rate hike at the December meeting would then be the "first swallow" announcing the unwinding of the hawkish course. The U.S. Federal Reserve, for its part, remains hawkish despite a planned slowdown in the pace of rate hikes. Moreover, some Fed officials, most notably Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, allow the possibility that the upper limit of the current cycle could exceed the 5% level. In particular, not so long ago James Bullard spoke about an indicative target of 5.25%. At the same time, many members of the Committee are actively voicing the message that inflation is still high (despite the first signs of slowing growth), and therefore the Fed has "a lot of work to do". All this suggests that the fundamental picture on the pair is gradually progressing in favor of the bullish scenario. If the major macroeconomic releases disappoint the loonie, the bulls may retest the nearest resistance level of 1.3450 (middle line of the Bollinger Bands indicator on the daily chart). Last week, the USD/CAD bulls already tried to take this price barrier by storm, but in vain. The next (main) resistance level is located at 1.3700 (the upper line of the Bollinger Bands on the same timeframe). However, it is too early to talk about reaching this target.     search   g_translate     Relevance up to 22:00 2022-11-28 UTC+00 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. 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The GBP/USD Pair Did Not Reach The Nearest Target Level Of 1.2259

Eurozone’s future is clouded by economic unrest in China, GBP’s future for the week lies in the hands of external variables

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 28.11.2022 17:10
Summary: The EUR/USD exchange rate has benefited from the final quarter's risk asset rally. The GBP made gains this week in a market that was favorable to riskier assets. Euro opened weaker on Monday, weighed down by the Chinese economy The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. Although technical resistances near 1.04 on the charts have recently held back the recovery of the Euro to Dollar exchange rate, it could succumb to losses this week that push the single currency back toward 1.0303 or lower in the coming days. The Euro to Dollar exchange rate has benefited significantly from the final quarter's risk asset rally. Since financial markets adopted an upbeat perspective on the outlook for China in its ongoing fight against the coronavirus and for the U.S. as the Federal Reserve (Fed) attempts to get the better of inflation, the single currency of Europe has almost completely reversed this year's losses against the Dollar. The world's second-largest economy is currently experiencing restrictions due to the coronavirus, and there have been public demonstrations against these limits in several parts of China. This has put the euro on the back foot on Monday. The Chinese economy is also, in some respects, Europe's second-largest export market, which contributed to the weak start for the Euro on Monday, and the ongoing economic unrest in China further clouds the future for the Eurozone. EUR/USD Price Chart GBP’s future depends on external variables The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The technical resistance for the Pound to Euro exchange rate is placed near 1.1667, and it started the new week close to November highs. The pound made some gains this week in a market that was favorable to riskier assets and unfavorable to the dollar, but it was unable to go over 1.1667 versus the euro, which is quite close to the 78.6% Fibonacci retracement of the late-August downturn in GBP/EUR. Technical resistance at that level previously prevented the Pound's October recovery from the lows it reached after the budget event in September, and it may do so again this week as a light UK economic calendar puts external variables in charge of Sterling's direction. EUR/GBP Price Chart GBP may struggle to move forward in the coming days The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. The GBP/USD exchange rate has more than partially recovered this year's decline, but it now faces the possibility of a corrective setback that could push it back around 1.20 or possibly below it during the next several days. Last week, sterling increased in a market that was favorable for riskier assets and unfavorable for the U.S. dollar, but it was unable to overcome a double-barreled layer of technical resistance and may now find it difficult to move forward in the coming days. This is partially due to events that occurred over the weekend in China, where new discontent over the most recent round of restrictions connected to the coronavirus is likely to keep financial markets focused on the significant financial consequences of the government's ongoing efforts to contain COVID. That might reduce risk appetite on the global markets and put the pound to dollar exchange rate on the defensive from the start of this week. GBP/USD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
The Latest UK CPI Figure Is Below October’s 11.1% Peak

German CPI inflation missed market expectations, CAD down around 2% on Tuesday

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 29.11.2022 19:10
Summary: Signs of an industrial slowdown in the Eurozone emerged. Eurozone inflation could have taken a larger step toward its peak. Renminbi weighing on the CAD Worries of a global recession continue The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. Consumer confidence in the Eurozone for November came in at the expected level, but after actual data came in below expectations, signs of an industrial slowdown emerged. This may be related to concerns about a global recession as well as the effect of China on demand-side issues. After China is said to have deescalated tensions and given the euro a boost, yesterday's hawkish commentary from Fed officials and China's ongoing COVID crisis did not hold. The Eurozone has strong ties to China, which can expose the euro to weakness in the event of negative Chinese news. Yesterday, Christine Lagarde of the ECB noted that interest rates still have a ways to go. EUR/USD Price Chart German CPI inflation missed market expectations. The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The Eurozone has strong ties to China, which can expose the euro to weakness in the event of negative Chinese news. Yesterday's hawkish commentary from Fed officials as well as China's ongoing COVID crisis did not hold true today. Interest rates still have a long way to go, according to Christine Lagarde of the ECB, who said that yesterday. According to Destatis, Germany's annual inflation rate for the year ending in November was 10%, down from 10.4% in October and below the consensus estimate of 10.4%. The information was released ahead of Wednesday's CPI inflation report, which currently appears to be on track to fall short of expectations. GBP/CAD Price Chart CAD lost around 2% on Tuesday Early in the new week, the Canadian Dollar dropped significantly against all major currencies due to a rolling underperformance that increased USD/CAD and GBP/CAD despite widespread declines in U.S. Dollar exchange rates, giving the Loonie the appearance that it might be about to roll over. On Tuesday, the Canadian Dollar experienced losses of over two percent against the rising Chinese Renminbi and Korean Won, but what was considerably more dramatic than this price action was the one percent rise in the USD/CAD, which surged swiftly and even as most other U.S. exchange rates sank. GBP/CAD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Plenty Of Things To Discuss In The Market Insights Podcast By Oanda

Inflation in the Eurozone fell for the first time since July, AUD one of the best performing currencies in the G10

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 30.11.2022 19:03
Summary: On Wednesday, the dollar gained support as Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The ECB is expected to pause the pace of interest rate hikes. AUD benefited from the Renminbi's latest rally. U.S labor statistics offer USD support The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. The annual inflation rate for the Euro Area is 10% in November, down from 10.6% in October and marking the first decrease since July 2021. Energy, food, alcohol, and tobacco are not included in core inflation figures, which remained stable and had a 5% reading that was in line with expectations. The figures, together with weaker readings from Belgium, Germany, and Spain, will undoubtedly give the European Central Bank much to think about before its meeting on December 15. The market's concern is if they are prepared for the Fed to slow the pace down to 50bp after raising interest rates by 75bp at its last two sessions (Markets currently pricing in 54bp). A slowdown may not be in the cards, according to recent remarks from ECB President Christine Lagarde, who claimed that inflation has not yet peaked. On Wednesday, the dollar gained support as Bureau of Labor Statistics data suggested that the U.S. economy's recovery from the depths of a previous technical recession in the third quarter was more robust than previously thought. EUR/USD Price Chart ECB expected to slow interest rate hiking cycle The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. Following the announcement of Eurozone inflation statistics that arrived at a lower-than-anticipated rate, the European Central Bank (ECB) is expected to pause the pace of interest rate hikes with a 50 basis point move the following month. However, considering that core inflation is set at 5%, substantially over the ECB's preferred level of 2.0%, the ECB cannot afford to relax just yet. With prices still relatively high, the British pound is still in a phase of consolidation. EUR/GBP Price Chart AUD one of the best performing G10 currencies Midweek trading saw a further decline in the Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate from recent highs around 1.80. Going forward, it is probable that the pair will fluctuate between 1.7660 and 1.8046 as a tug-of-war between the strong U.S. Dollar and the strengthening Chinese Renminbi takes place. Australia's Dollar was one of the best-performing currencies in the G10 on Wednesday as the Asian region's currencies benefited from the Renminbi's latest rally and the antipodean currency itself seemed to benefit from official data that revealed a surprising drop in Australian inflation rates for October. Australian inflation decreased in October from an annual rate of 7.3% to 6.9%, whereas the majority of economists had predicted a rise to 7.6%. This downward surprise was caused by lower price increases for the majority of items included in the consumer price index. GBP/AUD Price Chart Sources: dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com, finance.yahoo.com
FX Daily: Eyes back on data after Fed and ECB communication troubles

FX: Today’s US Payrolls With A Strong Bearish Rhetoric On The USD

ING Economics ING Economics 02.12.2022 09:56
While macro factors continue to point at dollar resilience in our view, markets are fully buying into the Fed's pivot story, and have turned more structurally bearish on the dollar. Today's US payrolls may fall short of triggering an inversion of this trend, and USD downside risks persist. Keep an eye on Canadian numbers too ahead of next week's BoC meeting USD: Payrolls may not offer lifeline to the dollar With the DXY index correcting by more than 7% since the early November peak, and trading below 105.00 for the first time since July, it is now evident that markets have operated a structural shift towards a bearish dollar narrative. It’s also evident that such a shift is primarily due to expectations that the Fed is nearing the end of its tightening cycle. As explained by our US economist here, investors have called Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s higher-for-longer “bluff”, applying a larger weight on four indicators (CPI, PPI, import prices and yesterday’s PCE) that are pointing to abating price pressures. Fed Funds futures show peak rate expectations have dropped below 4.90%, after having priced in 5.25% less than a month ago. In our view, this radical shift in the market’s reaction function is premature, and may not be sustainable if the Fed increases the volume of its rate protest by sounding more stubbornly hawkish and the next inflation readings argue against a rapid descent in inflation. Incidentally, the global macro picture remains challenging – especially in Europe (where colder weather may push gas prices higher) and China – which also points to dollar resilience. However, we must acknowledge that markets are approaching today’s US payrolls with a strong bearish rhetoric on the dollar, and would likely jump on more risk-on (USD-negative) bets unless we see a convincingly strong payroll read. The consensus is centred around 200k, and we forecast 220k, with the unemployment rate staying at 3.7%. Those numbers would be quite respectable and indicate that the jobs market has indeed remained extremely tight, but while it may halt the dollar’s trend, it could fail to invert it. All in all, the balance of risks appears slightly tilted to the downside for the dollar today. A contraction in payrolls to 150k could generate a fresh round of large USD selling.    The yen should be exceptionally sensitive to the jobs figures today. The main risk for USD/JPY is that UST 10Y yields fail to find extra support at 3.50%: a further bond rally could force a break below the 134.50 200-d MA and unlock additional downside potential for USD/JPY. Still, markets may struggle to live with sub-3.50% rates for long in the current environment. Francesco Pesole EUR: Ignoring some warning signs EUR/USD moves should only be a function of the market’s reaction to US payrolls today. There is a non-negligible risk we explore 1.0600, with the pair not having any clear resistance levels until the 1.0780 6-month highs. We are, however, getting the feeling that markets are ignoring at least one warning sign for the euro. The recovery in business sentiment in the eurozone has undoubtedly been the result of lower gas prices, which have benefitted from mild weather in Europe. TTF contracts are trading at one-month highs now and may see further upside volatility in the near term as temperatures in northern Europe are expected to fall. A significant recovery in gas prices would likely make the recent rally in EUR/USD unsustainable. On the domestic side, we’ll see PPI numbers in the eurozone today, and hear from ECB president Christine Lagarde again. Yesterday, she sounded quite hawkish, signalling the need to keep inflation expectations anchored and implicitly leaving the door open for a 75bp move in December. Markets currently price in 55bp, and we are calling for a half-point hike. Francesco Pesole GBP: Cable nearing the peak? There are no domestic drivers for the pound today given a light data calendar and no Bank of England speakers. As discussed in the dollar section above, US payrolls may fail to invert the bearish dollar trend and GBP/USD may find a bit more support around 1.2300-1.2350. However, as for EUR/USD, cable is not factoring in the negative implications of rebounding gas prices and weak economic fundamentals. A return to 1.1500 around the turn of the year seems appropriate in our view. Francesco Pesole CAD: Jobs numbers quite key for BoC Payrolls will also be published in Canada today. We must note the employment series has been rather volatile, with the October figures coming in at a very strong 108k, which was entirely driven by full-time hiring. The consensus is centred around a very small 10k increase, and there is a high chance we could see a negative read. This would probably keep markets leaning in favour of a 25bp rate hike by the Bank of Canada next week (currently, 30bp are in the price). However, we see room for some upside surprise today in the jobs numbers and see a higher chance of another 50bp by the BoC. USD/CAD may soon re-test the 1.3290 100-d MA, but would require a more steady rebound in crude prices to keep the bearish momentum going. Francesco Pesole Read this article on THINK TagsPayrolls FX Dollar CAD 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 Bank Of Canada Is Preparing To Announce Its Final 25bp Hike

Canada’s Economy Showed A Massive Gain In Jobs

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 02.12.2022 10:21
The Canadian dollar continues to show limited movement. In the European session, USD/CAD is almost unchanged at 1.3433. We are likely to see stronger movement in the North American session, as both the US and Canada release the November employment reports. US nonfarm payrolls expected to soften Today’s highlight is the US nonfarm employment report, with a consensus of 200,000 for November. This follows a 261,000 gain in October. The US employment market has been surprisingly resilient, considering the sharp rise in interest rates. The employment market has recently started to cool off, but unless today’s NFP release significantly underperforms, it won’t change the Fed’s view that it is still too early to tell if inflation is on its way down. Canada’s economy showed a massive gain in jobs in October, with 108,300. This was ten times the estimate of 10,000. November is expected to show a small gain of 5,000, with the employment rate projected to tick higher to 5.3%, up from 5.2%. Canada’s economy is generally performing well, and today’s employment report is the final key release prior to the Bank of Canada’s rate meeting on December 7th. The Bank of Canada has been aggressive in its tightening, in order to curb inflation which is running at a 6.9% clip. Like the Fed, the BoC is looking for signs that inflation has peaked, but until then we can expect oversize rate hikes to continue, with a 50-bp hike likely next week. Jerome Powell’s speech on Wednesday sent the US dollar sharply lower, as Powell’s comments were not as hawkish as feared. Powell said that more evidence was needed to show that inflation was falling, and reiterated that rates would likely rise higher than the Fed has projected in September. Still, investors chose to focus on Powell’s broad hint that the Fed would ease the pace of rates next week with a 50-bp move, after four straight hikes of 75 bp.   USD/CAD Technical USD/CAD has support at 1.3398 and 1.3300 There is resistance at 1.3478 and 1.3576 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 Bank Of Canada Raised Interest Rates By 25bps, The EIA Data Showed An Unexpected Rise In US Crude Inventories

Bank Of Canada Meeting Ahead: Whether It Will Be A 25bp Or 50bp Hike?

ING Economics ING Economics 03.12.2022 12:09
The Bank of Canada's policy meeting will be the highlight of next week, and it's a very close call on whether to expect a 25bp or 50bp hike. For now, we favour the latter given robust third-quarter GDP data, ongoing elevated inflation readings and a tight jobs market In this article US: Recession fears remain elevated Canada: Favour 50bp however a very close call   Shutterstock US: Recession fears remain elevated We are rapidly heading towards the 14 December FOMC meeting where a 50bp interest rate hike looks likely after four consecutive 75bp moves. Nonetheless, the Federal Reserve will not be pleased with the recent sharp falls in Treasury yields and the dollar, which are loosening financial conditions and undermining the Fed’s efforts to beat inflation down. Consequently, we are likely to see strong messaging in the press conference and the accompanying forecast update that the rate rises are not finished and that the policy rate is set to stay high for a prolonged period of time. Markets are likely to remain sceptical given that recession fears remain elevated. Softening consumer confidence, weaker ISM services and a relatively subdued PPI report are unlikely to do the Fed many favours next week in this regard. Canada: Favour 50bp however a very close call In Canada, the highlight will be the central bank policy meeting for which both markets and economists are split down the middle on whether it will be a 25bp or 50bp hike. We favour the latter given a robust 3Q GDP outcome, the tight jobs market and the ongoing elevated inflation readings. But we acknowledge there are signs of softening in the economy. The housing market is looking vulnerable and Canadian households are more exposed to higher rates than elsewhere due to high borrowing levels so we recognise this is a very close call. We are getting very close to the peak though, which we think will be 4.5% in 1Q 2023. Key events in developed markets next week Refinitiv, ING This article is part of Our view on next week’s key events   View 3 articles TagsUS Canada 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 ECB And The Bank Of England Are Both Expected To Raise The Interest Rates By 50bp

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 USD/CAD Pair Is On The Way To Late 2022 Low

Oil Prices Has Gave A Support To The Canadian Dollar (CAD)

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 05.12.2022 09:34
USD/CAD is at a make or a break near the round-levels support of 1.3400. Upbeat US Nonfarm Payrolls have failed to provide a cushion to the US Dollar. The Bank of Canada is set to hike its interest rates by 50 bps consecutively for the second time. USD/CAD is expected to deliver more losses on a breakdown of the Ascending Triangle pattern. USD/CAD has witnessed a sheer downside after surrendering the critical support of 1.3442 in the Asian session. The loonie asset has dropped firmly below the round-level support of 1.3400 in the Tokyo session as a significant improvement in risk appetite has impacted the US Dollar. The US Dollar Index (DXY) has turned sideways after registering a fresh five-month low at 104.14. The USD Index is expected to extend its losses ahead as the risk-on impulse has strengthened dramatically. The US Dollar is facing immense pressure as the Federal Reserve (Fed) is shifting its mindset towards a slow rate hike culture to safeguard the United States economy from financial risks. S&P500 futures are displaying a lackluster performance as investors are awaiting the release of US ISM Services PMI data for fresh impetus. Meanwhile, the 10-year US Treasury yields have recovered firmly to near 3.53% on upbeat US Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) data. Also, hawkish commentary from the Federal Reserve policymaker about interest rate peak has weakened US Treasury bonds. Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said on Friday, "We are probably going to have a slightly higher peak to Fed policy rate even as we slow pace of rate hikes," reported Reuters. Upbeat US Nonfarm Payrolls failed to provide cushion to the US Dollar Markets participants were expecting that only better-than-projected US labor market data could add life to the US Dollar. The Greenback has been facing immense pressure from investors after Federal Reserve policymakers started sounding ‘less hawkish’ on interest rate guidance. On the labor front, the United States economy added 261K fresh jobs against the projections of 200K. The jobless rate remained unchanged at 3.7%. The catalyst that could support the US Dollar ahead is the improvement in Average earnings data. The labor cost index has improved to 5.1%. Robust labor demand along with higher wage rates possess the capability of accelerating inflation as higher wages would force households to more spending on durables. This could refresh troubles for Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell. Recovery in oil prices and upbeat Canadian employment data supported the Canadian Dollar The Canadian Dollar has been supported by a recovery in oil prices and better-than-projected payroll data.  Oil prices recovered sharply amid multiple tailwinds. Easing lockdown curbs in China and upbeats US Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) data strengthened global economic projections. It is worth noting that Canada is a leading oil exporter to the United States economy and solid oil prices support the Canadian Dollar.   The Canadian economy added 10.1K jobs in November vs. the projections of 5K. Also, the Unemployment Rate has eased to 5.1% against the projections of 5.3%. This is going to delight the Bank of Canada (BOC) to announce a higher rate hike in its mission of bringing price stability. Bank of Canada is set to hike interest rates further Canada’s inflation rate remained unchanged in October at 6.9%, which indicates that the Bank of Canada is required to continue its policy tightening measures further to curtail inflationary pressures. In October’s monetary policy, Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem hiked interest rates by 50 basis points (bps). As per the estimates from CIBC, the Canada central bank will continue its 50 bps rate hike regime. Analysts at CIBC point out that the Bank of Canada will increase rates by 50 bps on Wednesday, before pausing in 2023. A 50 bps rate hike by the Bank of Canada will accelerate the interest rate to 4.25%. This is going to widen the BOC-Fed policy divergence, which is impacting the Loonie asset for now. USD/CAD technical outlook USD/CAD is at a make or a break near the edge of the upward-sloping trendline of the Ascending Triangle chart pattern on a four-hour scale. The upward-sloping trendline of the chart pattern is placed from November 16 low at 1.3228 while the horizontal resistance is plotted from November 10 high at 1.3571. The Loonie asset has dropped below the 50-and 200-period Exponential Moving Averages (EMAs) at 1.3436 and 1.3459 respectively, which indicates that the short-term and long-term trend is bearish. Meanwhile, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) (14) is hovering around 40.00.  A breakdown of the same will trigger a bearish momentum.     search   g_translate    
The USD/CAD Pair Is On The Way To Late 2022 Low

Crude Oil Prices Edge High And Acts As A Headwind For The USD/CAD Pair

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 06.12.2022 10:08
USD/CAD struggles for a firm intraday direction and remains confined in a range on Tuesday. A modest uptick in crude oil prices underpins the Loonie and acts as a headwind for the pair. The downside remains cushioned amid the emergence of some buying around the US Dollar. The USD/CAD pair oscillates in a narrow band on Tuesday and consolidates the overnight strong rally of around 220 pips from sub-1.3400 levels. The pair holds steady near a one-week high through the early European session, with bulls now awaiting a sustained strength beyond the 1.3600 round-figure mark. Crude oil prices edge high and recover a part of the previous day's slump of nearly 6.5% amid hopes for a recovery in fuel demand amid the easing of COVID-19 curbs in China. This, in turn, underpins the commodity-linked Loonie and acts as a headwind for the USD/CAD pair. The downside, however, remains cushioned amid the emergence of some US Dollar buying, bolstered by bets that the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates more than projected. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported that the US Service PMI unexpectedly increased to 56.5 in November from 54.4 in the previous month. This comes on the back of the upbeat US monthly jobs report released on Friday and suggests that the economy remained resilient despite rising borrowing costs. The incoming strong US macro data validates Fed Chair Jerome Powell's forecast that the peak interest rate will be higher than expected. The mixed fundamental backdrop, meanwhile, warrants some caution before placing aggressive directional bets around the USD/CAD pair. Traders might also prefer to move to the sidelines and await the latest monetary policy update by the Bank of Canada (BoC) on Wednesday. In the meantime, traders on Tuesday might take cues from the release of Trade Balance data from the US and Canada. Apart from this, the USD and oil price dynamics should provide some impetus.
The Bank Of Canada Raised Interest Rates By 25bps, The EIA Data Showed An Unexpected Rise In US Crude Inventories

Bank Of Canada: A 50bp Rate Hike Would Be Received As A Hawkish Surprise

ING Economics ING Economics 06.12.2022 11:52
Elevated inflation, robust economic activity and a super-tight jobs market argue for another 50bp rate hike. However, recession fears are rising and policy is in restrictive territory, meaning that the top in rates looks close. Markets are pricing in only 32bp at the moment, so a 50bp would likely send CAD higher, but the FX reaction should be short-lived. The Bank of Canada hiked rates by 100bp in July with more expected by year-end A very close call The Bank of Canada has raised interest rates a cumulative 350bp since the first move in early March and we look for a further 50bp hike on Wednesday. 3Q GDP came in at 2.9% annualized, nearly double the consensus forecast rate, while inflation at 6.9% continues to run at more than three times the 2% target. Then we had last Friday’s 108,300 increase in Canadian employment, meaning that there are now 523,000 more Canadians in work than there were before the pandemic struck in February 2020. Inflation is lower in Canada than in the US Source: Refinitiv, ING   At its latest meeting the BoC acknowledged that some effects of tighter policy were being seen, citing softer housing while weak external demand is also impacting the Canadian economy. But with demand continuing to outstrip the economy’s supply capacity, inflation pressures show little sign of softening as quickly as the Bank of Canada would like. They also warned that “price pressures remain broadly based, with two-thirds of CPI components increasing more than 5% over the past year”. That story has not changed and with central banks globally warning that the risk of doing too little to fight inflation outweighs the risk of doing too much the BoC are likely to signal further tightening remains possible.   For now we expect a final 25bp rate hike in early 2023, but this is not a strong call. The housing market is particularly vulnerable, with the mortgage market structure meaning Canadians are more impacted by rising rates than American home owners. We are also seeing signs in Europe and the US that inflation is showing more signs of softening and if replicated in Canada this may argue against that final hike. FX: Not many long-term implications for CAD Markets are pricing in only 32bp for tomorrow’s BoC announcement, so a 50bp rate hike would be received as a hawkish surprise and likely trigger a CAD rally. However, we expect the post-meeting FX impact to be rather short-lived, as external factors remain more important for CAD. The recent fragility in risk sentiment shows that downside risks for all high-beta currencies remain elevated. At the same time, CAD is considerably less directly exposed to swings in China’s sentiment compared to many other pro-cyclical currencies. The tightening supply picture in the crude market does leave room for a recovery in prices and this should be a positive development for the loonie. We think USD/CAD could end the year around 1.37 as the USD strengthening is partly offset by a potential recovery in oil prices.  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 Bank Of Canada Raised Interest Rates By 25bps, The EIA Data Showed An Unexpected Rise In US Crude Inventories

Bank Of Canada: Market Pricing Points Towards A Smaller 25bps Rate Hike

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 07.12.2022 08:51
Summary:  Heightened fear about a higher-for-longer Fed tightening cycle, recession warnings from top U.S. bankers, and crude oil falling into new lows weighed on U.S. equities and saw bond yields lower. The momentum of China reopening trade seems to have somewhat exhausted despite more signs of easing Covid restrictions coming out from China. What’s happening in markets? S&P 500 (US500.I) pared all its gains since Powell’s Brookings Institution speech   Declining for the fourth day in a row, the S&P500 pared all its gains since Fed Chair Powell delivered a dovish-leaning speech at the Brookings Institution at the end of November. The solid average hourly earnings and the ISM Services Index data released since Powell’s speech have heightened once again concerns about more rate hikes to come. Two consecutive days of sharp falls in the crude oil price to USD74 weighed on energy stocks. Warnings about weakness in the U.S. economy from CEOs of Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and JPMorgan Chase added fuel to the recession fear. S&P 500 dropped 1.4% and Nasdaq 100 tumbled 2% on Tuesday. All sectors except utilities within the S&P 500 declined, with energy, communication services, and information technology the biggest losers. Meta (META:xnas) tumbled 6.8& after reports saying the EU is targeting the company’s advertising business model. Apple (APPL:xnas) declined 2.5% as the company said it is scaling back its self-driving EV plans. NRG Energy (NRG:xnys) plunged 15.1% after the power plant operator announced to acquire  Vivint Smart Home. Textron (TXT:xnys) gained 5.3% on winning a helicopter contract from the U.S. Army. US treasury yields (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) lower as equities retreated As equities declined on the prospects of a higher-for-longer Fed tightening cycle after the recent strong U.S. data, treasuries were well bid with yields falling 2bps to 4bps across the yield curve on Tuesday. The buying came in particularly strongly on the 10-year and 30-year segments. Large curve flatter trades, mainly selling the 5-year versus buying the 10-year took place in the futures pit. The 2-year yield fell 2bps to 4.37% while the 10-year was 4bps richer at 3.53%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HIZ2) pulled back on overseas market weakness; China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Hong Kong stocks pulled back following overnight weakness in the U.S. market and renewed concerns about the Fed’s ability to downshift its pace of hiking interest rates after recent data indicating strength in wage inflation and business activities in the U.S. services sector. The China reopening trade has shown signs of exhaustion as market reactions to the announcement from Beijing to ease PCR test requirements were muted. Hang Seng Index edged down 0.4%. Tech stocks retreated. Hang Seng TECH Index lost 1.8%. Alibaba (09988:xhkg) dropped by 3% and Bilibili (09626:xhkg) plunged by 7%. Ping An Health and Technology pulled back after two days of strong advance, falling 8.9%. Leading EV names dropped by around 2%-6% as profit-taking emerged after recent rallies. Chinese property developers and Macao casino operators were among the top gainers. Logan (03380) soared 32%. In A-shares, CSI 300 gained 0.5%, with the consumer staple, technology, and consumer discretionary sectors outperforming. FX: EURUSD back below 1.05; USDJPY at 137 The US dollar maintained a slight bid tone on Tuesday even as a tech rout spread through equities and recession concerns were highlighted by several bank chiefs. There was little data of note, only October US trade seeing a wider deficit but still better-than-expected. EURUSD fell to sub-1.05 levels as ECB’s Lane said that the bulk of work has been done by the ECB and inflation peak may be near. President Lagarde speaks on Thursday, after which focus turns to the December meeting. Meanwhile USDJPY hovered around 137 with BoJ Governor Kuroda remaining dovish as he said that monetary easing will continue even if wages rise 3%. Crude oil (CLZ2 & LCOF3) plummets to its lowest levels in 2022 Oil prices dipped to their lowest levels since the start of the year as concerns of weaker economic growth offset ongoing supply side issues. Equity markets are now starting to price in recession concerns, as seen from a negative reaction to last week’s ISM manufacturing. Yesterday, a number of bank chiefs hinted at recession possibilities, and there were also reports of further job cuts from the likes of Morgan Stanley and even consumer brands like PepsiCo. However, China reopening continues to gather pace but it will continue to be a slow exit from Zero Covid. The Energy Information Administration released its latest market outlook, with a contraction in US economic activity in Q2 2022 and Q1 2023 weighing on demand. It also raised its forecast for US supply to 12.34mb/d in 2023. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia also lowered oil prices for its crude into Asia and Europe, suggesting demand weakness concerns. Australia’s iron ore kings roar back to six-month highs; Australian economic growth data ahead The Australian benchmark index, the ASX200 (ASXSP200.1) opened 0.7% lower following Wall Street. However, as the iron ore price advanced, iron ore players are testing six-month highs; Fortescue Metals, Champion Iron, BHP, and RIO shares are all higher, testing new six-month highs. Metal companies such as BlueScope Steel and Sims are also higher. In terms of economic news out today, Australian economic growth is due to be released; expected to show an improvement in the gross domestic product (GPD) in the third quarter of 2022. GPD is expected to show growth rose from 3.6% YoY, to 6.3% YoY. We will be watching the Aussie dollar and how it reacts, which a knee-jerk rally up likely if growth is hotter than expected. Also, remember services are the biggest drivers of GPD in Australia; so watch travel stocks, such as Flight Centre, Corporate Travel Management, Webjet, Auckland International Airport, and Qantas. Also keep an eye on stocks affiliated with dining out such as Endeavour Group, Treasury Wine, and Metcash which owns Celebrations, IGA Liquor, and Bottle-O.   What to consider? Saxo’s Outrageous Predictions 2023 are now out! Saxo's ten Outrageous Predictions for 2023 are now out. The theme revolves around a War Economy, not just in military terms, but in economic, political, and social terms as well. Gone are the days when low interest rates could foster dreams of a harmonious world built on renewable energy, equality, and independent central banks. In 2023, world economies will shift into war economy mode, where sovereign economic gains and self-reliance trump globalisation. Some of the calls include Gold rocketing to $3000, the UK holding an UnBrexit referendum, or even a new reserve currency to replace the dollar. Remember, it’s not about being right. The predictions focus on a series of unlikely but underappreciated events which, if they were to occur, could send shockwaves across financial markets. The APAC strats team, together with our CIO Steen Jakobsen, will be hosting a webinar on December 14 to discuss these predictions. The signup link can be found here. Real wages shrank 2.6% Y/Y in Japan In October, the real cash earnings of Japanese workers declined 2.6% Y/Y (consensus -2.2%; Sep: -1.2% revised), the biggest fall in seven years. Nominal wages slowed to a growth of 1.8% Y/Y (consensus: 2.0%, Sep: 2.1%). Household spending growth slowed to 1.2% Y/Y in October from 2.3% in September. Beijing relaxed PCR test requirements Beijing, joining other cities, announced to lift the requirement for negative PCR test results when entering public venues or taking public transport. Australia’s central bank, the RBA says inflation will continue to cause more pain, validating its hiking path Australia’s central bank, the RBA increased the cash rate by 25bps in the eighth consecutive rate hike, taking the cash rate from 2.85% to 3.1% as expected. However, the RBA toed the line staying on a dovish path, saying the full effects of rates hikes since May have not been felt yet by the economy, while also declaring employment growth had slowed. As such the RBA said its path to achieving a soft landing is narrow, meaning it might be hard to avoid a recession. This also follows news out of Australia today that its current account fell into a deficit for the first time since 2019. The RBA warned it sees inflation increasing over the months ahead, particularly in wages. It conceded inflation is damaging the economy and making life more difficult for people, which traders took as an indication the bank won't pause rate hikes any time soon. China’s Xi is visiting Saudi Arabia from Dec 7 to 9 China President Xi Jinping is expected to fly to Saudi Arabia on Dec 7 to attend a China-Arab summit on Friday. Bank of Canada rate decision due today The Bank of Canada statement is due today and consensus expects another 50bps rate hike taking the overnight rate to 4.25%. However, market pricing points towards a smaller 25bps rate hike. The path of interest rates from here is also very cloudy, with a pause likely coming in early 2023. Therefore, any guidance on rate path will be key to watch for CAD which is lately getting hurt due to the lower oil prices. U.S. leading bank CEOs warned about the possibility of a U.S. recession Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, said in a CNBC interview that he saw the possibility of a “mild to hard recession” in the U.S. next year. Likewise, David Solomon, Chairman/CEO of Goldman Sachs, said there is a “very reasonable possibility” that the U.S. enters a recession in 2023. Bank of America’s CEO Brian Moynihan said consumer spending is slowing and the bank is slowing its hiring. EU is targeting Meta’s advertising business model EU privacy regulators are reportedly ruling that Meta, the owner of Facebook should not require Facebook users to agree to personalized ads based on their online activity. The move restraints Facebook’s ability to present targeted ads to users. Apple is postponing its self-driving EV launch to 2026 Apple is said to scale back its self-driving EV plans and is postponing the target launch date to 2026 due to technological hurdles in a self-driving EV without a steering wheel or pedals. Geely is taking its ride-hailing firm to do an IPO in Hong Kong Chinese auto maker Geely is said to be talking to investment banks for a Hong Kong IPO of its Cao Cao Mobility ride-hailing arm. The US and EU are weighing new tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminium According to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, the U.S. and European Union are considering new tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum products to reduce global overcapacity and  carbon emissions.   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: Recession concerns hitting markets, WTI at year-lows – 7 December 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
Australia Is Expected To Produce A Bumper Year Of Crops

Australia Is Expected To Produce A Bumper Year Of Crops

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 07.12.2022 09:50
Summary:  The US equity market rolled over further, with the S&P 500 index crossing back below the pivotal 4,000 level, completing the rejection of last week’s rally attempt. In Asia overnight, further signs that China will continue to lift Covid restrictions failed to buoy sentiment further, with weak November export data spooking sentiment at the margin. In commodities, the major crude oil grades dropped to new lows for the cycle on demand concerns.   What is our trading focus? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) S&P 500 futures declined another 1.5% yesterday pushing briefly below the 100-day moving average before bouncing back above that average. In today’s session the 100-day moving average which sits around the 3,937 level is the important level to watch on the downside and if it breaks then the 3,900 is the next major area of gravitation. The US 10-year yield remains close to 3.5% adding no further pressure from the cost of capital side and in general the equity market is slowly transitioning into hibernation. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HIZ2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) After a lackluster morning session, Hong Kong and mainland China stocks rallied in the afternoon after investors took note of the no mention of dynamic zero-Covid and a more balanced tone towards economic growth in the readout of the politburo meeting. However, stocks pared their gains and more, with the Hang Seng Index and CSI300 Index reversing and losing 1% and 0.4% respectively as of writing. The Chinese health authorities announced 10 additional measures to further fine-tune its pandemic control strategy ... and are holding a press conference later in the afternoon. Separately, China’s exports in November declined 8.7% (in USD terms) in November from a year ago, weaker than expectations. Geely (00175:xhkg) rose more than 2% as the Chinese automaker is reportedly talking to investment banks for a Hong Kong IPO of its Cao Cao Mobility ride-hailing arm. USD stays bid on weak risk sentiment, BoJ comments overnight A weak session for risk sentiment yesterday helped support the greenback, with treasury yields trading sideways and therefore marginalized as a factor. One of the bigger movers overnight was USDJPY, which is challenging above the important 137.50 area (prior range low) this morning after BoJ board member Toyoaki Nakamura supported the BoJ’s current easy policy, noting that the elevated inflation in Japan in the recent cycle is not wage-driven. Nakamura expressed concern that policy tightening might prompt the return of deflation. Elsewhere, USDCAD is making a bid at establishing a new up-trend, AUDUSD has posted a bearish reversal, and EURUSD & GBPUSD still need more downside to suggest a similar reversal, while all USD traders are holding their collective breath for next Tuesday’s US November CPI print and the FOMC meeting the following day. Gold (XAUUSD) holds above support at $1765 despite dollar strength and weak risk sentiment Stronger than expected US services data on Monday has renewed pressure on the Fed ahead of next week’s FOMC meeting, and with ETF investors still side-lined, gold remains very dependent on movements in the dollar and yields, both of which have been providing some headwind this week. While lower energy prices may ease inflationary concerns, Friday’s US producer price report may provide the next round of price volatility. Key resistance at $1808 with support below $1765 at $1735. Crude oil (CLF3 & LCOG3) suffering a three-day decline of close to 9% Brent closed below $80 on Tuesday for the first time since early January with WTI trading near $74on fading risk appetite as the attention turns to 2023 and increased worries about an economic slowdown hurting demand. The slump comes against a backdrop of low liquidity with Brent open interest falling to a seven-year low, thereby stoking volatility. After five months of cuts the EIA upgraded its 2023 production saying it could average a record 12.34m barrels per day. The API reported another big draw in crude oil stocks while China imported 11.42 million barrels per day last month, up 12% from October and highest since January. Overall, however, the market is undoubtedly going through a soft patch with time spreads softening as the spot price falls faster than prices further out the curve. US treasuries drop again, as safe-haven appeal comes and goes. (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) US treasury yields at the long end of the curve erased much of the previous day’s rise as risk sentiment was broadly weak yesterday, suggesting a safe-haven appeal. The 3.50% area remains the pivotal one for the 10-year benchmark yield. The 2-year US treasury yield was sideways, meaning that the 2-10 yield curve hit new cycle lows around –84 basis points. What is going on? EU to move forward with cases against China on trade policy at the WTO The first case is related to China restricting Lithuanian exports, a move that came after Lithuania allowed Taiwan to open what is arguably an embassy in the country. The other case revolves around Chinese treatment of patent holders. Apple set to postpone the roll-out of its first EV The company will postpone the launch of its first EV to 2026 (thought to be about a year later than originally intended), according to “people familiar” with the situation cited by Bloomberg. The original intention was for the EV to be fully autonomous, but the realization that this is an insurmountable engineering challenge for now has resulted in the redesign, which is now set to include human controls. TSMC plans to more than triple its investment to $40 billion in building plants in Arizona In an equipment installation ceremony at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co’s (TSMC) first microchip production plant in the US, which President Biden attended, TSMC Chairman Mark Liu announced that the Taiwan chip foundry is building a second production plant that will make 3-nanometer chips in Arizona. The additional plant will bring TSMC’s previously announced investment of USD12 billion to USD40 billion. TSMC expects the second facility will begin operation by 2026. Also attending the ceremony were CEOs from Apple, Nvidia, AMD, Applied Materials, and Lam Research. The additional investment is a boost to President Biden’s plan to bring the semiconductor supply chain, in particular the capability to fabricate high-end chips, back to the U.S. CBOT Wheat (ZWH3) trades near a 14-month low Despite floods Australia is expected to produce a bumper year of crops including record wheat production in the current financial year, the government said on Tuesday, despite the impact of widespread flooding in the country's eastern region. An announcement that will pose even tougher conditions for US exporters already dealing with reduced competitiveness from the strong dollar and robust supplies from the Black Sea region. On Tuesday, the CBOT bellwether wheat contract dropped as low at $7.23 to the lowest level since October 2021. Focus on Friday’s WASDE report which will publish the US governments latest projections for production and stocks. Sugar prices likely to remain supported as India sees output drop 7% India, the world’s biggest producer and second largest exporter has said its output is likely to fall 7% this year as erratic weather conditions have cut cane fields. A reduction may, despite global economic growth concerns, lift prices and allow rivals Brazil and Thailand to increase their shipments. Sugar (SBH3) traded in New York recently surged higher by 17% before spending the past couple of weeks pairing back some of those strong gains. The biggest short-term risk remains the potential for speculators reducing exposure ahead of yearend. This following a three-week buying spree to November 22 during which time the net long increased four-fold to 202k lots, the strongest three-week period of buying in more than four years. Toll Brothers beat on margin and home sales The high-end US homebuilder delivered strong earnings yesterday with revenue at $3.7bn vs est. $3.2bn and EPS of $5.63 vs est. $3.96. The gross margin outlook for the current quarter came out at 27% vs 27% expected as pressures in building materials are easing. One negative trend for the homebuilder was the backlog which shrunk to 8,098 vs est. 8,814. Australia: Q3 GDP softer than expected, mining majors rally, then retreat Australian economic improved in the third quarter of 2022, but was weaker than expected at +0.6% QoQ and 5.9% YoY (vs. +0.7%/6.3% expected). The Australian market fell on the day, with mining companies Fortescue Metals, Champion Iron, BHP and RIO testing six-month highs before selling off later in the session. In other parts of the market, insurance companies continued to shine, as they traditionally do when interest rates are rising. QBE and IAG rose almost 2% today taking their YTD gains to over 14% each. China’s exports shrank 8.7% Y/Y in November In USD terms, China’s exports declined 8.7% Y/Y in November, much weaker than the -3.9% consensus estimate and -0.3% in October. The fall in exports was broad-based across destinations, U.S.  down 3.8% Y/Y, European Union down 9.3% Y/Y, and Japan down 4.6%. Exports to ASEAN slowed to a 7.7% growth in November from 19.7% in October. Imports, falling by 10.6% Y/Y, also below expectations. What are we watching next? Bank of Canada meeting today – market divided on anticipated hike size The Bank of Canada has shown considerable flexibility in its tightening path, having hiked 100 basis points in one go back in July, followed by a 75-basis point hike in September and 50-basis points hike in October. With that pattern in mind, the market is divided on whether the BoC will hike 50- or 25 basis points today, with market-pricing leaning for the smaller hike, while the majority of surveyed analysts are looking for another 50 basis points, which would take the policy rate to 4.25%. Regardless, the market is pricing that the Bank of Canada is nearing the end of its hiking cycle, projecting a peak rate next year of sub-4.50%. China opening up trade – has it run out of steam? The latest news in China of a further easing of curbs on activity relative to Covid saw equities in Hong Kong and mainland China posting marginal new highs before rolling over badly and then closing near the lows of the session, suggesting that after a torrid 35% rally off the lows, in the case of the Hang Seng Index, the further potential for this story to continue to support a positive outlook may have run out of steam. The highs overnight in the Hang Seng were within a few points of the 200-day moving average. Earnings to watch Today’s US earnings focus is Campbell Soup which is an US processed food manufacturer of meals and snacks. The company is expected to deliver 9.5% revenue growth for the quarter that ended in October suggesting substitution effects as middle income families are shifting into lower priced options. Today:  Brown Forman, Campbell Soup, GameStop Thursday: Broadcom, Costco, Lululemon, Chewy Friday: Oracle Corp, Li Auto Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 1500 – Canada Bank of Canada meeting 1530 – EIA's Weekly Crude oil and Fuel Stock Report 2000 – US Oct. Consumer Credit 2130 – Brazil Selic Rate Announcement 0001 – UK Nov. RICS House Price Balance 0030 – Australia Oct. Trade Balance Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher Source: Financial Markets Today: Quick Take – December 7, 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
WTI Crude Oil Is Expected Further Downside Movement

The Russian Oil Cap Becomes Somehow Meaningless Due To The Falling Oil Prices

Swissquote Bank Swissquote Bank 07.12.2022 11:16
Equities extend the downside recovery, following the failure to clear an important year-to-date resistance last week, which was the S&P500’s year-to-date descending channel top at around the 4080 level. technology stocks were sold faster than the others, but energy stocks suffered on falling oil prices. Oil The barrel of Brent crude trades below the $80 mark for the first time since the very beginning of this year, and the barrel of American crude came a couple of cents below the late November dip. Even the API data – which showed a 6.4-mio-barrel drop in US oil inventories couldn’t bring the oil bulls in. What’s good about the falling oil prices is that the Russian oil cap becomes somehow meaningless at $60pb. But the fact that the G7, the EU and Australia agreed to cap the price of Russian oil gave a strong message to the rest of the oil producers: they could do the same with OPEC and that would be a big blow for oil prices in the long run.Elsewhere, TSM will invest $40bn in two Arizona plants, and Europeans are frustrated to see the US chipmakers get so much help that they are preparing to do the same! Watch the full episode to find out more! 0:00 Intro 0:34 Equities extend downside correction 1:30 Oil slumps on higher EIA forecast for US oil production 3:52 A ‘buyers’ league’ would be a disaster for OPEC 5:35 US banks’ CEOs see gloom in 2023 6:52 Governments back chip investments 9:10 Hawkish BoC hike may not boost Loonie 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. #Crude #oil #cap #OPEC #energy #crisis #recession #fear #market #selloff #USD #EUR #Bitcoin #TSM #chipmakers #chip #stocks #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
Saxo Bank Podcast: Crude Oil Plunging To New Lows, Focus On Bank Of Canada Meeting And More

Saxo Bank Podcast: Crude Oil Plunging To New Lows, Focus On Bank Of Canada Meeting And More

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 07.12.2022 11:59
Summary:  Today we note the US market continuing lower and closing near pivotal level, this time with no notable catalyst driving the selling, as US treasury yields actually dropped at the long end of the US yield curve, taking the yield curve inversion to a new cycle- and multi-decade extreme. It also looks like the easing of China's Covid policy is running out of steam as a factor. In commodities, we look at crude oil plunging to new lows despite alarming supply fundamentals, and wheat prices also on the defensive on unusually elevate export activity for the season. A look at today's Bank of Canada meeting, TSMC making even larger investments in the US, Apple postponing its EV plans and much more on today's pod, which features Peter Garnry on equities, Ole S 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: US equity market limping at pivotal levels after sell-off extends | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
The USD/CAD Pair Is On The Way To Late 2022 Low

The Bank Of Canada Did Not Become An Ally For The Loonie (CAD)

InstaForex Analysis InstaForex Analysis 08.12.2022 08:34
On Wednesday, the Bank of Canada announced the results of its final meeting this year. The Canadian central bank has raised its overnight rate by 50 basis points, lamented the high rate of inflation and praised the national economy's growth dynamics in the third quarter. However, despite such unipolar signals, the Canadian dollar did not benefit from the December meeting. On the contrary, the loonie weakened noticeably against the greenback: the USD/CAD pair reached its monthly high at 1.3650. What were the bulls unhappy with? In fact, it's a rare case, when the rally is not caused by strengthening of the greenback - in this case, the loonie is just getting weaker. The US dollar index is still under pressure (ahead of the December FOMC meeting), so the uptrend of USD/CAD only happened because the loonie's pessimistic. As is often the case, "the devil is in the details". For example, behind the loud statement that inflation in Canada is still unacceptably high is an inherently contradictory clarification. The central bank pointed out that three-month rates of change in core inflation have come down - and according to central bank economists, this is "an early indicator that price pressures may be losing momentum." This means that the central bank saw in the latest releases the first signs of slowing inflationary growth, with all the ensuing consequences. Recall that the core CPI (which excludes volatile food and energy prices), on an annualized basis, fell to 5.8% in Canada from the previous 6%. Most experts had expected an increase to 6.3% instead of a decline. However, perhaps in other circumstances market participants would have ignored the central bank's remark about the slowdown in inflation growth. But this thesis was voiced in conjunction with another message, the essence of which boils down to the readiness of the Canadian central bank to suspend the process of tightening monetary policy. On the one hand, Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem said that they will maintain a hawkish course, given the high level of inflation in the country. But on the other hand, the text of the Bank of Canada's accompanying statement voiced the opposite signals. To be more precise, in the published statement the probability of further tightening of the monetary policy is already in question. The document states that the Governing Council "continues to assess how tighter monetary policy is working to slow demand, how supply challenges are resolving, and how inflation and inflation expectations are responding." I suppose that the wording was the direct reason why the Canadian dollar weakened in the whole market. After all, this is not the first time the message has been voiced recently. In particular, the deputy head of the Canadian Central Bank Carolyn Rogers announced recently that the end of the tightening cycle of the monetary policy is "already near". And Macklem himself has repeatedly gestured that the central bank is "approaching the end of its rate hike campaign". Therefore, the wording of the final communique became a kind of "quintessence" of rhetoric of the Bank of Canada representatives. By the way, the 50-point rate hike in this context should not be considered as a hawkish factor. Do recall that some analysts (in particular, RBC Capital Markets) before the meeting said that the Canadian central bank can slow down the rate hike to 25 points, acting, so to speak, "quietly" in the beginning of 2023. But the central bank, on the one hand, decided to keep the 50-point pace, but on the other hand, de facto allowed a pause in the rate hike. Such a strategy was interpreted by the market as a factor that is not in favor of the loonie, due to which the Canadian currency plunged throughout the market. Bulls need to overcome the resistance level of 1.3690 (in this price point, the upper line of the Bollinger Bands indicator coincides with the upper limit of the Kumo cloud on the D1 timeframe) in order to develop an uptrend. The Bank of Canada did not become an ally for the loonie, but now it is important that the Fed does not become an "enemy" of the greenback. In other words - prospects of developing the uptrend now depend on the Federal Reserve. We can suppose that the results of the December meeting of the Bank of Canada will allow the bulls to test the resistance level of 1.3690, and probably, the area of the 37th figure. But the bulls need the support of the US central bank for a large-scale (and most importantly, stable) bullish attack. Thus, taking into account forthcoming events in the US (release of the data on inflation growth in the US and the Fed's December meeting), it is impossible to speak about bullish prospects for USD/CAD now. In the current conditions, "safe longs" should be in the range of 1.3690-1.3700. The nearest support level is 1.3550 (average Bollinger Bands line on H4 and Tenkan-sen line on D1).   Relevance up to 00:00 2022-12-09 UTC+1 Company does not offer investment advice and the analysis performed does not guarantee results. The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade. Read more: https://www.instaforex.eu/forex_analysis/329237
ECB hikes rates by 50bp

The ECB Is Less Advanced Into The Hiking Cycle Than Its Peers

ING Economics ING Economics 08.12.2022 09:04
The bond rally continues and finds more confirmation in the Bank of Canada seeing itself close to the end of its hiking cycle. Against that backdrop the Fed's narrative becomes increasingly hard to sell, but it is especially the European Central Bank that finds itself in an uncomfortable position More competition to the Fed's narrative 10y USTs rallied further towards 3.40% with the 2s10s curve touching -85bp. Some have pointed to the third quarter US unit labor costs being revised to 2.4% from 3.5%, but our economist would downplay the significance of the data. It seems more that the market is not done squaring positions into year-end. At the same time the market is increasingly adding to the rate cut expectations in the second half of 2023, further inverting this part of the money market curve. This goes directly against the messaging of the Fed, which has sought to convey the message that key interest rates will stay elevated for some time. And the northern neighbour is making it even more difficult to sell this narrative. Yesterday the Bank of Canada hiked by 50bp, the second 50bp in a row after previously hiking by 100bp and 75bp. While still a larger hike than some had expected, it was the forward-looking message that proved more market moving. Bank of Canada is "considering whether the policy rate needs to rise further" The Bank’s accompanying statement pointed to "growing evidence that tighter monetary policy is restraining domestic demand", citing softer consumer spending growth and a weakening housing market. The expectation is that "growth will essentially stall through the end of this year and the first half of next year". And as for the key topic, which is inflation, it suggests "price pressures may be losing momentum". All this led the Canadian central bank to suggest that it is now very close to the end of the tightening cycle. The dovish shift was crystallized in the Bank now "considering whether the policy rate needs to rise further" whereas it had expected ”that the policy interest rate will need to rise further" at the October meeting. The dovish mood in financial markets has mostly benefitted the 5Y part of the curve Source: Refinitiv, ING ECB position becoming more uncomfortable EUR rates are largely caught in the global current, pulling 10Y Bund yields below 1.80%. The 1y1y ESTR OIS swap is close to 2.5% again the lower end of its trading range since mid-September. For the ECB this premature loosening of financial conditions seems to become increasingly uncomfortable as well, especially given that it is less advanced into the hiking cycle than its peers. The ECB consumer inflation expectations survey still pointed higher Isabel Schnabel’s speech from late November where she saw little room to slow down the pace of interest rate adjustments still reverberates. Only yesterday the ECB’s consumer inflation expectations survey, one of the measures Schnabel also referenced, pointed to an increase of inflation expectations over the next 12 months. Median expectations for three years ahead were stable at an elevated 3%, though the mean still climbed higher. Chief Economist Lane in his latest interview sounded less convinced about having seen the peak in inflation just yet, and only yesterday Slovakia’s Kazimir – admittedly not the most influential ECB member – stated clearly that 10% inflation was no reason to slow hikes. Markets still think otherwise, having priced the December forward at around 52bp, which reflects only a minor chance for another 75bp hike next week. Measures of future inflation in the Eurozone are not quite back to the ECB's target Source: Refinitiv, ING Today's events and market view There is little data for markets to trade on today with only the US Initial jobless claims of note. Over in the eurozone some ECB official are scheduled to speak, including Lagarde, but given that we have already entered the pre-meeting quiet period we do not expect to hear much on monetary policy.   No government bond supply is scheduled for today. The lack of supply and event points to a continued drift lower in yields. So is the evident bias in market positoning since October. 10Y Treasury yields broke through the key 3.5% level to the downside yesterday although chance of profit-taking on short-term longs increases as next week's US CPI and policy meetings approach. Read this article on THINK TagsRates Daily 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
Putin Has Now Warned That The Ukraine Conflict Could Go On For A Long Time

Putin Has Now Warned That The Ukraine Conflict Could Go On For A Long Time

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 08.12.2022 09:17
Summary:  U.S. bond yields plunged on a softer revision of the Unit Labor Cost, WSJ Nick Timiraos’ article on decelerating in housing cost inflation, and Putin’s nuclear threat. U.S. equities were modestly lower on their fifth day of decline. Profit-taking selling in Hong Kong and China stocks after the release of the Politburo meeting readout and 10 additional measures to ease pandemic control policy saw the Hang Seng Index down 3.2% What’s happening in markets? Nasdaq 100 (NAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) skid again. Campbell Soup boils up S&P 500 fell for the fifth session and briefly breached its 100-day moving average again before bouncing off the low to close slightly above it. S&P 500 was 0.2% lower and Nasdaq 100 was down 0.5% on Wednesday. Eight of the 11 sectors within the S&P 500 declined, with healthcare, consumer staples, and real estate the only sectors advancing. Market sentiment was depressed by the recessionary signals sent out from the bond markets and Putin’s warning of the rising threat of nuclear war. Tesla (TSLA:xnas) dropped 3.2% on reports of cutting prices in China and the U.S. markets. Campbell Soup (CPB:xnys) surged 6% after reporting earnings beating analyst estimates due to strong gross margins. State Street (STT:xnys) jumped 8.2% after announcing a share buyback. US treasury yields (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) fell on a softer unit labor cost print, Putin’s nuclear threat and WSJ Nick Timiraos article U.S. treasuries were well bid throughout the session, with yields falling by around 11bps across most parts of the curve. The 2-year was 11bps richer to settle at 4.26% and the 10-year yield fell 11bps to 3.42%. The Q3 unit labor cost was revised down to 2.4% from the previously reported 3.5%. The softer data provided somewhat of a relief to investors who had been concerned about wage inflation might slow the Fed from downshifting rate hikes in 2023. In addition, in his latest article, the Wall Street Journal’s Nick Timiraos, citing street economists, said the deceleration in rental increases in new apartment leases may mean “the end is in sight for one of the biggest sources of inflation” that Fed Chair Powell specifically pointed out as being important to watch in his recent Brookings Institution speech. Adding fuel to the rally in treasuries was the flight to safety bids following Putin’s threat of nuclear war. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HIZ2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) sold the new Covid-19 containment measures news Buy the rumor and sell the news in play yesterday in the Hong Kong and mainland China equity markets. After a lackluster morning session, Hong Kong and mainland China stocks rallied in the early afternoon after investors took note of the no mention of dynamic zero-Covid and a more balanced tone towards economic growth in the readout of the politburo meeting and the release by the Chinese health authorities of additional 10-measures to further fine-tune and ease China’s Covid-19 containment strategy. The markets nonetheless reversed soon afterward and tanked 3.2% as “sell the news” profit-taking came in. Southbound monies had a net outflow from Hong Kong back to the mainland of over HKD5 billion, of which HKD1.9 billion was selling the Tracker Fund of Hong Kong (02800:xhkg). Chinese developers were among the biggest losers following the second share placement in a month from Country Garden (02007:xhkg), with China Resources Land (01109:xhkg) down 5.3%, COLI (00688:xhkg) down 6.2%, Longfor (00960:xhkg) down 12.1%, and Country Garden down 15.5%. Selling was also aggressive in mega-tech names and saw Alibaba (09988:xhkg) down 5.3%, Tencent (00700:xhkg) down 3.7%, and Meituan (03690:xhkg) down 3.6%. The three leading Chinese airlines listed in Hong Kong, however, outperformed and gained by 2% to 6%. In economic data, China’s exports in November declined 8.7% (in USD terms) in November from a year ago, weaker than expectations. CSI 300 was down 0.3%. Australia’s share market holds six month highs, gold stocks charge, Australia's trade surplus beats expectations The Australian benchmark index, the ASX200 (ASXSP200.1) opened 0.3% on Thursday, but holds six month high territory. As for the best performers in the ASX200, clean metal small cap miner Chalice (CHN) rose 12% after drilling confirmed it found new sulphide minerals in Western Australia. CHN would typically be classed as higher risk company as its doesn’t earn income, which is why its share are suffering while interest rates are rising. CHN shares are down 35% YTD. Gold stocks are looking interesting as recessionary calls get louder- gold generally outperforms in a recession. Evolution Mining (EVN) shares are up 5%, continuing to rally it in uptrend and have gained 61%, moving EVN shares up off their 5-year low. In the larger end of town, BHP shares broke higher but profit taking turned its break higher into loss. BHP shares are up 26% this year, with the major miner, along with RIO and Fortescue doing well of late after the iron ore (SCOA) price picked up 7% this month, with China easing restrictions. On the downside, engineering company Downer (DOW) plunged 31% to $3.31, which is its lowest level since April 2020 after Downer downgrading its outlook and flagging irregularities in utilities business. The AUDUSD slides on AU exports falling more in October, and imports sinking; supporting RBA remaining dovish On the economic news front, Australia’s trade surplus fell in October, but less than expected. This reflects that Australia is earning less income as demand for commodities has fallen from its peak, ahead peak energy season and China easing restrictions. The Australian surplus fell from $12.4 billion to $12.2 billion (when the market expected the surplus to fall to $12 billion flat). In October, exports surprisingly fell 1%, vs market expectations they'd rise 1%, while imports fell 1%. This supports the RBA keeping rates low, as such after the data was released, the AUDUSD immediately fell. FX: USD weakens on lower yields The US dollar weakness extended further on Wednesday as US 10-year yields plunged to fresh lows since mid-September breaking below the 3.50% support. There were some concerns on wage pressures as US Q3 Unit Labor Costs were revised lower to 2.4% (prev. 3.5%, exp. 3.1%), which pushed back on some of the wage-price spiral fears while still remaining elevated. GBPUSD pushed above 1.22 and EURGBP is testing the 0.86 handle. NZDUSD came back in sight of 0.64 even as AUDNZD recovered from 1.0532 lows printed after Australian Q3 GDP data came in beneath expectations. The Japanese yen gained on lower US yields, but gains were restrained by commentary from BoJ's Nakamura who reiterated Governor Kuroda, noting it is premature to tweak policy now as service prices remain low and he is not sure now is the right timing to conduct a review of the policy framework. Crude oil (CLZ2 & LCOF3) prices pressured by demand concerns Oil posted its fourth straight day of losses, erasing all of the gains of this year. While demand concerns are rising with the aggressive global tightening seen this year, supply side has remained volatile. US crude inventories fell by a less-than-expected 5.19 million barrels last week, as exports didn't repeat their prior performance. Distillate stocks rose by more than 6 million barrels and gasoline supplies climbed by 5.3 million barrels amid weak demand. Still, the bigger factor is that the short-term technical traders appear to be in control of the oil market currently. WTI plunged to lows of $72/barrel while Brent went to sub-$78 levels. Gold (XAUUSD) higher on China’s central bank purchases Gold’s safe-haven appeal has come back in focus with China joining the long list of other countries who have been strong buyers of bullion. The PBoC added 32 tons to its holdings in November, the first increase in more than three years. This brings it total gold reserves to 1980 tons. This is also potentially a step towards our outrageous prediction on a new reserve asset, as speculations mount that China, Russia and several other countries could be looking to move away from USD reserves. Gold prices gained over 1%, and helped drag the rest of the sector higher as well. Industrial metals like Copper and Nickel also pushed higher due to the weaker US dollar.   What to consider? Putin’s nuclear threat sours risk sentiment Following drone attacks on three Russian air bases that Moscow blamed on Kyiv, Putin has now warned that the Ukraine conflict could go on for a long time and nuclear tensions have also risen because of it. He also did not clearly stay away from pledging that Russia will not be the first to use nuclear weapons, and rather said that Russia will defend itself and its allies “with all the means we have if necessary. The irresponsible talks on nuclear weapons is a sign that Putin is getting desperate with Ukraine gaining military grounds, and his actions will be key to watch. Risk sentiment likely to be on the back foot today, and food prices as well Uranium will be in focus. Japan Q3 GDP continues to show contraction The final print of Japan’s Q3 GDP was released this morning and it was slightly better than the flash estimate of -1.2%, but still showed a contraction of -0.8% annualized sa q/q. Stronger than expected growth in exports and a build of inventories led to the upward revision, private consumption was slower than previously expected at just 0.1% q/q. Lower oil prices and the return of inbound tourists may further aid the Japanese economy, but slowdown in global demand will continue to underpin a weakness in exports. Eurozone Q3 GDP grew more than initially forecasted The final estimate of the Eurozone Q3 GDP shows an increase to 0.3% versus prior 0.2%. Growth fixed capital formation was the biggest contributor to growth (0.8 percentage point) behind household spending (0.4 percentage point). The contribution from government expenditure was negligible on the period. This shows that households and companies are rather resilient despite the negative economic environment and inflation across the board. Based on the latest PMI for November (the last estimate was published on Monday), we expect a small GDP contraction in the eurozone in Q4. This would be marginal (probably minus 0.1%). Bank of Canada hiked 50bps and signalled the next move will be data dependent Bank of Canada hiked policy rate by 50bps to 4.25%, in line with market expectations but higher than the market pricing of 25bps. The central bank signalled the next move will be data dependent by saying that the “Governing Council will be considering whether the policy needs to rise further to bring supply and demand back into balance and return inflation to target.” Still, there was a slight hawkish tilt as the Bank said that the BoC will consider if future rate hikes are necessary to bring supply and demand back into balance and return inflation to target, which means there is potential for more rate hikes after a temporary pause. The Politburo says China will continue to “optimize” its pandemic control measures The Chinese Communist Party ended a politburo meeting that focused on economic policies for 2023 and anti-corruption works in the party on Tuesday. The readout of the meeting released on Wednesday makes no mention of the “dynamic zero-Covid” policy. Instead, it says that China will strive to better coordinate pandemic prevention and control with socioeconomic development and continue to optimize the country’s pandemic control measures. The readout does not reiterate the warning on the property sector and the rhetoric of “housing is for living in, not for speculation” but instead pledges to “be vigilant of large economic and financial risks and strive to prevent systemic risks.” Overall, the readout from the Politburo meeting seems to confirm the policy shift to gradually easing pandemic control measures and supporting the property to the extent of preventing it from causing systemic risks to the financial system and the economy. The readout emphasises stability by the utmost important priority for 2023 and the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party over economic policies as well as economic activities of the country. The readout also pledges to continue the anti-corruption campaign and enhance the governance of  the Chinese Communist Party. China issued 10 additional measures to ease Covid-19 containment practices China’s National Health Commission issued 10 additional measures to further fine-tune and relax the country’s pandemic prevention and control practices. The crux of these new measures are to further reduce the scope and length of lockdowns and quarantines and restrict the use of PCR tests. While these are important relaxation to the current practices, especially in reducing the unit of movement restriction to as narrow as floor or even apartment as opposing to the whole block or community and making quarantine-at-home the default option instead of centralised quarantine. Nonetheless, in comparison with the high expectations in recent days, these measures may be considered a bit underwhelming and do not provide a more definite roadmap of exiting the use of lockdown.  China’s exports shrank 8.7% Y/Y in November In USD terms, China’s exports declined 8.7% Y/Y in November, much weaker than the -3.9% consensus estimate and -0.3% in October. The fall in exports was broad-based across destinations, U.S.  down 3.8% Y/Y, European Union down 9.3% Y/Y, and Japan down 4.6%. Exports to ASEAN slowed to a 7.7% growth in November from 19.7% in October. Imports, falling by 10.6% Y/Y, also below expectations. Some outperforming stocks to watch Generally, there are always outperformers in markets, even when times are tough. A hot scoop for you is that that Campbell Soup shares popped 6% higher on Wednesday, gapping up to $56.18. Its shares are now 15% off their record high that it hit in 2016. That year, the Syrian war escalated, Trump was elected, and there was a string of terror attacks around the world. And amid war talks now escalating this year Campbell Soup shares entered an uptrend, gaining 45% from last November. If recessionary talks and Russia war concerns linger, you might expect this company to continue to benefit. It has free cash flow, and consistent rising profit growth. Another stock that did well overnight was General Mills, rising 2% to an all time high, $87.50 after the wheat price jumped 3% overnight on supply concerns returning. We mentioned General Mills as a company to watch in our Five Stocks to Watch video. Despite the wheat price falling 19% from September after supply returned to the market, General Mills has been able to grow its quarterly profit and free cash flows.      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: Putin’s nuclear warning; China reopening trade is fading – 8 December 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
It Was Possible That Tesla Would Move Closer To Resistance

Another Margin Loan With Tesla Shares Is Considered, Gold Traded Higher, US Treasury Yields Dropped

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 08.12.2022 09:32
Summary:  Risk sentiment steadied in the US yesterday as US treasury yields fell further, with the market seemingly increasingly convinced that inflation is set to roll over quickly next year, allowing the Fed to begin cutting rates in the second half of the year and beyond. The 10-year treasury yield fell below the important 3.50% level while gold rose. Sentiment in Europe is a bit more downbeat as frigid weather spikes energy prices.   What is our trading focus? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) S&P 500 futures closed right on the 100-day moving average yesterday to the lowest close since 10 November washing away most of the gains delivered post the surprise inflation report back in November. The equity market is finding itself in limbo for the rest of the year with no clear narrative to build a direction on. Downside risks are related to the war in Ukraine and higher interest rates if the market begins to doubt itself on the Fed pivot. Upside risks are mostly related to momentum building in Chinese equities and the government seems to strengthen the policy trajectory of reopening society. The 3,900 level in S&P 500 futures is still the key level to watch on the downside. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HIZ2) and China’s CSI300 (03188:xhkg) Hang Seng Index rallied strongly, up 2.8% and recovering most of the loss from yesterday. The 10 additional fine-tuning measures to ease pandemic containment may be underwhelming relative to the high expectations. However, when reading together with the readout of the Politburo, an overall direction of a gradual and now seemingly determined loosening of restrictions seems to have taken hold. Omitting the language of “housing is for living in, not for speculation” and pledging to “be vigilant of large economic and financial risks and strive to prevent systemic risks” point to conditional support to the property sector when socioeconomic and financial stability are at stake. Technology names led the advance. Hang Seng TECH Index surged 5.6% with Bilibili being the top gainer within the index. Alibaba, Meituan, and Tencent climbed 5%-6%. Shares of China online healthcare platforms, China education services providers, China consumption, and Macao casino operators were other top performers. USD slightly lower again on steady risk sentiment and decline in treasury yields The USD softened yesterday as risk sentiment trade sideways and, more importantly, as US treasury yields fell all along the curve, taking the 10-year Treasury benchmark yield below the important 3.50% chart point. The USD will likely struggle unless the market begins to reprice its rising conviction that inflation will allow a significantly lower Fed Funds rate in 2024 and beyond and/or risk sentiment rolls over badly as the market prices an incoming recession and not a soft landing. The key event risks for the balance of this calendar year are next Tuesday’s US November CPI print and the FOMC meeting the following day. Somewhat surprisingly, the new lows in US yields have yet to drive USDJPY to new lows: that pair recently traded below 134.00 but trades this morning well clear of 136.00. Gold (XAUUSD) bounces with focus on recession and PBoC buying Gold traded higher on Wednesday as the dollar weakened and US Treasury yields slumped (see below) and the yield curve inversion reached a new extreme on rising recession fears, and after China joined the lengthy list of other countries who have been strong buyers of bullion. The PBoC added 32 tons to its holdings in November, the first increase in more than three years. This brings its total gold reserves to 1980 tons. This is also potentially a step towards our outrageous prediction on a new reserve asset, as speculations mount that China, Russia and several other countries could be looking to move away from USD reserves. Friday’s US producer price report may provide the next round of price volatility. Key resistance at $1808 with support below $1765 and $1735. Crude oil (CLF3 & LCOG3) pressured by demand concerns Oil posted its fourth straight day of losses on Wednesday, erasing all the gains of this year, before bouncing overnight as China edges toward reopening. While demand concerns are rising with the aggressive global tightening seen this year, the supply side has remained equally volatile. US crude inventories fell by a less-than-expected last week as exports slowed and production reached 12.2m b/d. In addition, distillate stocks rose by more than 6 million barrels as demand on a four-week rolling basis slumped to the lowest level since 2015. Short-term technical traders are in control as the overall level of participation continues to fall ahead of yearend. US 10-year treasury benchmark plunges through 3.50% (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) US treasury yields dropped at the long end of the yield curve, with the 10-year benchmark dipping well below 3.50%, a key chart- and psychological point. The yield curve inverted to a new extreme for the cycle as the market is pricing that inflationary risks are easing and for the Fed to begin cutting interest rates by late next year. What is going on? New deep coal mine in UK the first to be approved in 30-years The new coking coal mine in Cumbria was approved by levelling-up secretary Michael Gove and will employ approximately 500 people and will cost £165 million to develop. Coking coal is used in steel-making, unlike thermal coal used for power stations. Musk may pledge more Tesla shares to avoid debt spiral Elon Musk and his advisors are considering another margin loan with Tesla shares as collateral to swap with more expensive debt carrying high interest rates ($3bn at 11.75% interest rate) issued during the Twitter takeover. These considerations underscore the increased risk in Elon Musk’s investments, including Tesla. EZ Q3 GDP grew more than initially forecasted The final estimate of the EZ Q3 GDP shows an increase to 0.3 % versus prior 0.2 %. Growth fixed capital formation was the biggest contributor to growth (0.8 percentage point) behind household spending (0.4 percentage point). The contribution from government expenditure was negligible during the period. This shows that households and companies are rather resilient despite the negative economic environment and inflation across the board. Based on the latest PMI for November (the last estimate was published on Monday), we expect a small GDP contraction in the eurozone in Q4. This would be marginal (probably minus 0.1 %). Putin’s nuclear threat sours risk sentiment Following drone attacks on three Russian air bases that Moscow blamed on Kyiv, Putin has now warned that the Ukraine conflict could go on for a long time and nuclear tensions have also risen because of it. He also did not clearly stay away from pledging that Russia will not be the first to use nuclear weapons, and rather said that Russia will defend itself and its allies “with all the means we have if necessary. The irresponsible talk on nuclear weapons is a sign that Putin is getting desperate with Ukraine gaining military grounds, and his actions will be key to watch. Risk sentiment likely to be on the back foot today, and food prices as well Uranium will be in focus. MondoDB shares rally 23% on earnings The database provider delivered Q3 earnings that surprised the market with revenue at $334mn vs est. $303mn and adjusted EPS of $0.23 vs est. $0.17, but more importantly MongoDB raised its fiscal guidance on revenue to $1.26bn vs est. $1.20bn. Japan Q3 GDP continues to show contraction The final print of Japan’s Q3 GDP was released this morning and it was slightly better than the flash estimate of -1.2%, but still showed a contraction of -0.8% annualized seasonally adjusted q/q. Stronger than expected growth in exports and a build of inventories led to the upward revision, private consumption was slower than previously expected at just 0.1% q/q. Lower oil prices and the return of inbound tourists may further aid the Japanese economy, but slowdown in global demand will continue to underpin a weakness in exports. Bank of Canada hiked 50bps and signaled the next move will be data dependent Bank of Canada hiked policy rate by 50bps to 4.25%, in line with market expectations but higher than the market pricing of 25bps. The central bank signaled the next move will be data dependent by saying that the “Governing Council will be considering whether the policy needs to rise further to bring supply and demand back into balance and return inflation to target.” Still, there was some “hawkish optionality” as the Bank said that the BoC will consider if future rate hikes are necessary to bring supply and demand back into balance and return inflation to target, which means there is potential for more rate hikes after a temporary pause. Canadian two-year rates were a basis point or two lower after considerable intraday volatility and near the lows for the cycle. US consumer food giants’ Campbell Soup and General Mills shares surge Campbell Soup shares popped 6% higher on Wednesday, gapping up to $56.18 after the company reported stronger quarterly earnings than expected. Its shares are now 15% off their record high that it hit in 2016. Campbell Soup shares are up 45% from last November. Another stock that did well overnight was General Mills, rising 2% to an all-time high of 87.50 after the wheat price jumped 3% on supply concerns returning. Despite the wheat price falling 19% from September, General Mills has been able to grow its quarterly profit and free cash flows. What are we watching next? What is the playbook for the pricing of the coming “landing”? There are several different paths from here, the one the market is least prepared for is one that shows resilient US economic growth and higher than expected inflation in coming months. But even if data does continue to prove the market’s strong conviction that inflation is headed lower and that growth will soften, will markets price some version of a soft landing or will fears of a “standard” recession cycle begin to weigh on risk sentiment as credit spreads widen and asset prices drop on fears of rising unemployment and falling profits? Until this week, financial conditions have been easing sharply and credit markets look complacent, so there is little fear priced in. After a wild year of volatility, large macro players may be unwilling to place large bets on the direction for markets until we have rolled into the New Year. Earnings to watch Today’s US earnings focus is Broadcom, Costco, and Lululemon. With a market value of $200bn, Broadcom is the most important earnings release for market sentiment and analysts remain bullish with a revenue growth expected at 20% y/y for the quarter that ended in October. Today:  Broadcom, Costco, Lululemon, Chewy Friday: Oracle Corp, Li Auto Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 0800 – Hungary Nov. CPI 1200 – ECB President Lagarde to speak 1200 – Mexico Nov. CPI 1330 – US Weekly Initial Jobless Claims 1400 – Poland National Bank Governor Glapinski press conference 1430 – EIA's Weekly Natural Gas Storage Change Report 0130 – China Nov. PPI/CPI Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher Source: Financial Markets Today: Quick Take – December 8, 2022 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
U.S. Treasury Bond Yields Rose On Friday,  Crude Oil Started The Week With Gains

The Falling Yields Kept The US Dollar (USD) Under Pressure

Swissquote Bank Swissquote Bank 08.12.2022 10:08
Stocks fell for a fifth day, but the sovereign bonds gained, a hint that the market catalyzer shifted from the hawkish Federal Reserve (Fed) pricing – where stocks and bonds fall at the same time, to recession fears, where stocks remain under pressure, while investors seek refuge in safer sovereign assets. Yields and USD The falling yields kept the US dollar under pressure below the critical 200-DMA, which stands at 105.75. American crude oil One big move of the day was oil. The barrel of American crude slipped below the $73 floor and fell to $71.70 on the back of rising recession fears. Oil And note that we have started seeing a structural change in the oil markets. Crude price curve was in backwardation up until a month ago. But over the past weeks we started seeing the front-end of the price curve falling and even going back to contango. I discuss in this episode what that means for oil prices. Gold Elsewhere, news that China increased its bullion reserves for the first time in three years have a boost to gold and silver. The mint ratio fell below 80, but gold could still be a better choice for those preparing their portfolios for recession. Watch the full episode to find out more! 0:00 Intro 0:31 Markets price in recession 2:36 Oil slips below $72pb 3:57 Is contango coming & what does it mean? 6:25 Loonie to remain under the pressure of weaker oil 8:00 Gold or silver?! 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. #Crude #oil #contango #backwardation #energy #crisis #recession #fear #market #selloff #USD #EUR #Gold #silver #mint #ratio #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
There Are Risks That An Increase In The Price Of Oil May Provoke China To Limit The Export Of Diesel Fuel

Saxo Bank Podcast: Look At Crude Oil Dynamics, Natural Gas In Europe, Weak Outlook From US Banks And More

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 08.12.2022 14:26
Summary:  Today, we look at the overall sense that market players don't want to take any strong new bets until we get to the other side of Dec 31. We also look US treasury yields dropping through pivotal levels at the longer end of the curve and the remarkable fact that the curve remains near its most inverted even as the 2-year yield is at local range lows. The market is increasingly convinced that Fed easing is set to start within 12 months after a bit more hiking next week and early next year. We also look at crude oil dynamics, natural gas in Europe, Swedish housing prices, weak outlook from US banks, the latest woes for Tesla, the Bank of Canada keeping CAD the weakest of G10 currencies, and more. Today's pod features Peter Garnry on equities, Ole S 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: Will market be allowed to go into hibernation until 2023? | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
The Canadian Dollar (CAD) Was The Clear Outperformer Across The G10 Board

The Next Decision Of The Bank Of Canada Will Be Between A 25bp Rate Hike And A Pause

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 08.12.2022 14:44
Bank of Canada surprises with 50 bp hike The Bank of Canada delivered a second straight 50-bp hike on Wednesday, which brought the cash rate to 4.25%. The markets had been split on whether the BoC would raise by 50 bp or 25 bp, pricing in 33 bp ahead of the decision. The move didn’t have an effect on the Canadian dollar, which closed the day unchanged. The BoC decided on the larger rate move due to strong growth, a tight labour market and high inflation. The rate statement noted that inflation is “still too high” but added that core inflation has been falling, which may indicate that inflationary pressures are “losing momentum.” What’s next for the BoC? The rate statement contained a significant hint that the Bank may be close to winding up the current tightening cycle, stating that the BoC was “considering whether the policy rate needs to rise further”. This was in contrast to the October meeting when the BoC stated it “expects that the policy interest rate will need to rise further.” This appears to be a dovish shift, in that additional rate hikes are longer a given. The BoC meets next in late January, and the Bank’s rate decision could again go down to the wire, only this time it will be a choice between a 25 bp increase and a pause. Policy makers have some time to gauge the effect of high rates on the domestic economy and they will also be keeping a close eye on developments in Europe, China and the US. Ahead of next week’s CPI report, the US releases PPI and UoM Inflation Expectations on Friday. There are signs that inflation is weakening, and if this is reflected in Friday’s data, the financial markets could get a boost and the US dollar could lose ground, a scenario we’ve become accustomed to seeing whenever inflation underperforms.   USD/CAD Technical There is weak resistance at 1.3681. The next resistance line is 1.3766 USD/CAD has support at 1.3596 and 1.3484 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 Bank Of Canada Is Preparing To Announce Its Final 25bp Hike

Higher Interest Rates Could Push The Canadian Economy Into An Unnecessarily Painful Recession

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 13.12.2022 09:36
USD/CAD has managed to pick bids above the crucial support of 1.3600. A decline in United States inflation will set the stage for a slowdown in the interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve. The Bank of Canada is ready to hike interest rates further if it fails to see signs of a slowdown in inflation. USD/CAD is expected to display a sheer move as the RSI (14) is hinting at a volatility contraction. USD/CAD has attempted a recovery after dropping marginally below the crucial support of 1.3620 in the early European session. The Lonnie asset is aiming to conquer the immediate resistance of 1.3640 as the US Dollar Index (DXY) has recovered sharply as the market mood has turned cautious again ahead of the United States inflation and the outcome of the Federal Reserve (Fed) policy. The US Dollar Index (DXY) has recovered sharply after a corrective move below the round-level support of 105.00. The USD Index has accelerated its recovery to near 105.06 and is expected to remain volatile ahead. Investors are confused about whether to underpin the risk-aversion theme as the Federal Reserve is set to hike its interest rate peak guidance in its monetary policy meeting on Wednesday or to support the risk appetite theme due to lower consensus for the United States Consumer Price Index (CPI) data. Meanwhile, S&P500 futures are displaying a marginal fall in early London after posting solid gains on Monday. The 10-year US Treasury yields are hovering around the critical resistance of 3.60%, displaying obscurity in the market mood. Upbeat US PPI and lower annual inflation expectations trim inflation consensus Market participants have got anxious ahead of the release of the US inflation. Price pressures have remained the talk of the town this year as the sentiment of the households remained dented and the Federal Reserve policymakers remained worried thinking about the consequences of a higher price rise index. A surprise drop in November’s Producer Price Index (PPI) report and one-year consumer inflation expectations is hinting at a slowdown in the current inflation rate. The headline PPI dropped to 7.4% as producers are worried about a decline in consumer spending. While one-year consumer inflation expectations have declined to 5.2% in November from 5.9% in October, marking the biggest one-month decline on record. This has led to a decline in the consensus for headline inflation to 7.4% vs. the former release of 7.7%. While the core CPI is expected to trim to 6.1% against 6.4% reported earlier. Analysts at JP Morgan Chase & Co. have cited that a soft reading in US CPI data could spark a powerful rally in US equities. The 500-stock basket of the United States could rally up to 10% if headline inflation drops to 6.9% or lower, as reported by Bloomberg. Lower inflation to cement a slowdown in Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike pace Mounting inflation pressures have been forcing the Federal Reserve to tighten the interest rate policy despite the accelerating risks of a recession. The agenda of the Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell has been the achievement of price stability. Signs of deceleration in the inflationary pressures will set the stage for a slowdown in the policy tightening pace by the Federal Reserve. The risk of higher interest rate peak guidance for CY2023 as the inflation rate will remain beyond the targeted rate of 2% for a while. Rabobank analysts said they expect the US 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%. BOC Governor seems on foot to hike rates further if fails to dwindle inflation The speech from Bank of Canada (BOC) Governor Tiff Macklem on Monday cleared that the Canadian central bank won’t think twice about hiking interest rates further if inflation remains stubborn ahead. While speaking to business leaders in Vancouver, the Bank of Canada Governor said that policy tightening has begun to work but would take time to feed the economy. The present challenge in front of the Bank of Canada is that higher interest rates could push the economy into an unnecessarily painful recession, as reported by Reuters. USD/CAD technical outlook USD/CAD has dropped after facing barricades around the supply zone placed in a narrow range of 1.3690-1.3700 on an hourly scale. On a broader note, the 20-period Exponential Moving Average (EMA) at 1.3640 is overlapping with the Loonie asset price, which indicates a sideways auction profile. Meanwhile, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) (14) is oscillating in a 40.00-60.00 range, which indicates a consolidation ahead till the release of a potential trigger
The Bank Of Canada Raised Interest Rates By 25bps, The EIA Data Showed An Unexpected Rise In US Crude Inventories

Analysis Of The USD/CAD Pair's Situation

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 15.12.2022 08:58
USD/CAD picks up bids to print the first daily gains in four, bounces off weekly low. Sluggish markets, rebound in US Treasury yields allow US Dollar to pare recent losses. WTI crude oil eases from one-week high as downbeat China data, higher interest rates probe oil bulls. USD/CAD extends recovery from weekly low to refresh intraday high near 1.3570 during the first positive day in four amid early Thursday. In doing so, the Loonie pair takes clues from the latest rebound in the US Dollar, as well as a pullback in Canada’s main export item, WTI crude oil. US Dollar Index (DXY) consolidates recent losses around 103.80 while bouncing off one-month-old support, as well as the six-month low, as traders turn cautious ahead of multiple central bank announcements. 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 On the other hand, WTI crude oil snaps a four-day uptrend as it retreats from the weekly top to $76.70 amid fears of lesser demand due to downbeat China data and higher interest rates at the major central banks. Recently, China’s Retail Sales slumped to -5.9% in November versus -3.6% expected and -0.5% prior while Industrial Production came in at 2.2% compared to 3.3% market forecasts and 5.0% previous readings. Previously, OPEC and the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasted a rebound in oil demand and joined the softer US Dollar to favor the energy bulls. The market’s reassessment of the Fed verdict, suggesting a 50 bps rate hike and readiness to hold the rate higher for a longer period, could be cited as a reason for the US Dollar’s latest recovery, as well as the USD/CAD pair’s upside. Against this backdrop, S&P 500 Futures remain mildly offered but the US 10-year Treasury bond yields probe a two-day downtrend near 3.50%. Further, the US two-year bond yields also extend recovery from the monthly low while printing the first daily positive in three near 4.25%. 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 Moving on, the second-tier data from Canada, mainly relating to housing and employment insurance, may entertain USD/CAD pair traders. However, major attention will be given to the monetary policy announcements from the Swiss National Bank (SNB), European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England (BOE). Technical analysis Wednesday’s Doji candlestick above the 21-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA), at 1.3535 by the press time, keeps USD/CAD buyers hopeful of reaching the monthly high near 1.3700.
The CAD/JPY Pair Could Approach And Reach New Lows

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
The USD/CAD Pair Has The Strong Downside Momentum

Analysis And Outlook Of The USD/CAD Pair Situation

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 22.12.2022 09:45
USD/CAD holds lower grounds near intraday bottom, prints four-day downtrend. Cautious optimism, downbeat Treasury yields weigh on US Dollar. WTI seesaws near 13-day high amid hopes of more demand on winter, travel concerns. USD/CAD takes offers to refresh intraday low near 1.3580 during early Thursday morning in Europe. In doing so, the Loonie pair drops for the fourth consecutive day while extending the previous day’s downside break of a short-term key support trend line toward another support line. That said, the quote’s latest weakness could be linked to the broad US Dollar weakness, as well as firmer prices of WTI crude oil, Canada’s main export item. It should be noted that the mixed prints of Canada inflation data failed to recall USD/CAD buyers the previous day. US Dollar Index (DXY) drops half a percent to around 103.85 at the latest as the US 10-year Treasury yields remain depressed at around 3.65%, extending the previous day’s pullback from the monthly high. WTI crude oil prints mild losses as it pares the daily gains around $78.40. Even so, hopes of more energy demand due to fierce winter and more travel forecasts keep the black gold positive on a weekly basis. On Wednesday, Canada’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) declined to 6.8% YoY in November from 6.9% in October, versus market forecasts of 6.7%. Further, the more important reading of inflation, namely the Core Bank of Canada (BOC) CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, remained unchanged at 5.8% YoY. It should be noted that the Bank of Japan’s (BOJ) second unscheduled bond-buying joins the cautious optimism in the market, as portrayed by mildly bid stock futures and Asia-Pacific equities, also exert downside pressure on the USD/CAD prices. Bloomberg cites China’s State Council and the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) to hint at more positives for the dragon nation and revives the market’s optimism of late. “China’s State Council, People’s Bank of China (PBoC) and the country’s top securities regulator jointly conducted a study during last week’s economic policy meeting, aiming to prioritize growth and boost the property market in 2023,” reported Bloomberg. Alternatively, news suggesting China’s biggest budget deficit on record, for the January-November period, joins the Russia-Ukraine woes to probe the USD/CAD bears. Looking forward, final prints of the US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Core Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) details for the third quarter (Q3) could entertain traders ahead of Friday’s US Core PCE Price Index for November, also known as the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge. That said, the US GDP is expected to confirm 2.9% Annualized growth in Q3 while the Core PCE is anticipated to also meet the initial forecasts of 4.6% QoQ during the stated period. Technical analysis A clear downside break of the two-week-old ascending trend line, around 1.3630 by the press time, directs USD/CAD bears towards an upward-sloping support line from November 15, close to 1.3540 at the latest.
The USD/CAD Pair Is On The Way To Late 2022 Low

A Modest Pullback In Crude Oil Prices Undermines The Commodity-Linked Loonie (CAD)

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 12.01.2023 09:55
USD/CAD attracts fresh buying on Thursday, though the upside potential seems limited. A modest downtick in oil prices undermines the Loonie and lends support to the major. Smaller Fed rate hike bets weigh on the USD and could cap gains ahead of the US CPI. The USD/CAD pair regains positive traction on Thursday and steadily climbs to the top end of its weekly range, closer to mid-1.3400s during the early European session. The intraday move up, however, lacks bullish conviction and is more likely to remain capped ahead of the release of the latest US consumer inflation figures. In the meantime, a modest pullback in crude oil prices from over a one-week high touched on Wednesday undermines the commodity-linked Loonie and lends some support to the USD/CAD pair. Despite the recent optimism led by China's pivot away from its zero-COVID policy, worries that a deeper global economic downturn will hurt demand act as a headwind for the black liquid. That said, subdued US Dollar price action might hold back traders from placing aggressive bullish bets around the major and keep a lid on any further gains. In fact, the USD Index, which measures the greenback's performance against a basket of currencies, languishes near a seven-month low amid the prospects for smaller rate hikes by the Fed. Investors now seem convinced that the US central bank will soften its hawkish stance amid signs of easing inflation. This is evident from a further decline in the US Treasury bond yields and continues to weigh on the greenback. Traders, however, might prefer to wait for the crucial US CPI report before determining the near-term trajectory. Read next: The EUR/USD Pair Maintains A Steady Upward Trend, The Aussie Pair Keeps Close To 0.69| FXMAG.COM The Fed policymakers have indicated that they remain committed to combat high inflation and that rates could remain elevated for longer, or until there is clear evidence that consumer prices are falling. Hence, a stronger US CPI print will lift bets for a more hawkish Fed and push the USD higher, allowing the USD/CAD pair to build on this week's recovery from its lowest level since November 25. Conversely, a softer reading will set the stage for an extension of the recent rejection slide from the 1.3700 round-figure mark.
The Loonie Pair (USD/CAD) Bounces Off An Upward-Sloping Support Line

Higher Oil Prices Will Strengthen The Canadian Dollar (CAD)

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 13.01.2023 09:25
USD/CAD has picked strength amid caution in the market mood, however the overall sentiment is still positive. Federal Reserve is likely to trim the pace of policy tightening due to a downward trend in US inflation. A sheer recovery in oil prices led by expectations of economic recovery in China may strengthen the Canadian Dollar. USD/CAD is likely to continue its downside journey toward the horizontal support plotted at 1.3226. USD/CAD has picked strength and has extended its recovery to near the round-level resistance of 1.3400 in the early European session. Earlier, the Loonie asset picked up demand after dropping to near 1.3345 as the risk appetite of the market participants dropped. Investors trimmed their longs in risk-sensitive assets after a stretched rally. The S&P500 futures have sensed selling pressure after remaining extremely bullish consecutively in the past three trading sessions, portraying caution in the overall positive market mood. A decline in the risk appetite has also impacted the demand for US government bonds, which has increased the 10-year US Treasury yields to 3.47%. The US Dollar Index (DXY) has turned sideways below 102.00 after registering a fresh seven-month low at 101.65. Soften US Inflation supports lower interest rate hike by the Fed Thursday’s release of the United States Consumer Price Index (CPI) has provided confidence that the price pressures are softening and the Federal Reserve (Fed)’s blueprint of achieving price stability is operating effectively. From a peak of 9.1%, the annual headline price index has dropped to 6.5% in a few months. Thanks to the declining gasoline and used car prices have decelerated the pace of inflation in the United States economy. A meaningful decline in the US price index has triggered odds of further deceleration in the pace of the interest rate hike already after slowing in December’s monetary policy meeting as Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell and his teammates are working in the right direction. Philadelphia Fed Bank President Patrick Harker said on Thursday that it was time for future Fed rate hikes to shift to 25 basis points (bps) increments, as reported by Reuters. S&P500 to achieve recovery if Fed trims policy tightening pace The equity domain in the United States economy witnessed an intense sell-off in CY2022 as the Federal Reserve was on a trip of hiking interest rates to achieve the 2% inflation target. The US central bank hiked the borrowing rates with four 75 basis points (bps), two 50 bps, and one 25 bps rate hike announcements to 4.25-4.50%. As inflation is getting under control gradually and the Federal Reserve won’t be so hard on interest rates, it looks like the S&P500 will get back into the picture. The slowdown in the pace of the interest rate hike will allow firms to achieve a sense of optimism, which will support them in executing expansion plans and boosting operations. No doubt, the pace of policy tightening will be trimmed but short-term pain will stay. Philadelphia Fed Bank President Patrick Harker cited that recession in the United States economy is not into the picture but the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) could slow to 1% this year. Oil faces barricades for around $79.00 After a perpendicular rally led by support from recovery in the Chinese economy led by sheer reopening measures and expectations of further sanctioning on Russia, oil prices are facing a halt around $79.00. Moscow is expected to face further sanctions from Western countries for oil supply as nations want to restrict it from getting liquidity to fund arms and ammunition in its fight against Ukraine. Further upside in the oil price looks likely amid a decline in US inflation, which will trim the policy tightening pace of the Fed. Meanwhile, the United States administration has denied oil supply to China from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). This will force the Chinese economy to look for alternative suppliers, which could accelerate oil prices in a short span of time. It is worth noting that Canada is a leading exporter of oil to the United States and higher oil prices will strengthen the Canadian Dollar. Read next: The USD/JPY Pair Drop To 130, The Aussie Pair Keeps Trading Above 0.69$| FXMAG.COM USD/CAD technical outlook USD/CAD has delivered a breakdown of inventory distribution placed in a range of 1.3500-1.3700 on a four-hour scale. A breakdown of the inventory distribution phase results in extreme volatility expansion which triggers wider ticks to the downside. The Lonnie asset is likely to find a cushion around the horizontal support plotted from November 15 low at 1.3226. Meanwhile, downward-sloping 20-and 50-period Exponential Moving Averages (EMAs) at 1.3414 and 1.3460 respectively, add to the downside filters. A bearish momentum will be triggered if the Relative Strength Index (RSI) (14) will slip into the bearish range of 20.00-40.00.
ECB cheat sheet: Wake up, this isn’t the Fed!

ECB President Christine Lagarde Affirmed That Rates Need To Go Significantly Higher

Franklin Templeton Franklin Templeton 14.01.2023 09:42
The Franklin Templeton Fixed Income (FTFI) Central Bank Watch is a qualitative assessment of the central banks for the Group of Ten (G10) nations plus two additional countries (China and South Korea). See full methodology on page 6. Key highlights Stepping down pace of hiking ≠ outright dovish pivot. A majority of developed market (DM) central banks should gradually reach their respective peak policy rates through the first half (H1) of 2023. The US Federal Reserve (Fed) and the European Central Bank (ECB) remain on the most hawkish end of the spectrum. The Bank of Korea (BoK) may well be the closest to a dovish pivot. Tight labor markets and sticky inflation are still the primary concerns. Although headline inflation may be receding, central banks remain concerned about tight labor markets keeping wages elevated, which in turn can spill over into the stickier components of inflation. Bank of Japan (BoJ) surprises with a policy tweak. A wider trading band for 10-year Japanese government bonds (JGBs) has already had implications for global bond markets and US dollar dominance. Although the BoJ insists its latest move isn’t a step toward broader tightening, a policy move in 2023 is very much on the table. Latest thoughts on global central bank policy Far from done on tightening policy; markets think otherwise As expected, the Fed downshifted to a 50-basis point (bp) hike at the December Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. “Ongoing increases” in the policy rate were deemed to be appropriate— giving the Fed optionality in February. Despite recent downside surprises in inflation, the Fed raised its median inflation projections, prompting a higher median peak policy rate in 2023. Fed Chair Jerome Powell welcomed the deceleration in monthly core inflation but noted that services inflation excluding housing remains uncomfortably high. Meanwhile, in our view, the ongoing strength of the labor market and a still-elevated level of demand-supply imbalance will keep wage and services inflation well supported. Despite Powell’s hawkish rhetoric, markets continue to price in a peak rate of just 4.9, with rate cuts beginning in September 2023 and 50 bps of cumulative cuts by the end of the year. We, on the  other hand, expect a total of 75 to 100 bps of increases, given the still-negative real policy rate and the likely persistence of services inflation. However, smaller (25 bp) hikes wouldn’t come as a surprise  since the FOMC intends to “feel their way” to an appropriate policy stance. Once at the peak rate, the Fed will signal a pause through 2023 as it gauges the full economic impact from all the tightening. Closing in on a pause? After raising rates at a record pace of 400 bps over the past nine months to 4.25%, the BoC signaled  a willingness to pause at its next policy meeting on January 25. The December statement was in sharp contrast to the one from October, when the bank was expecting rates to go even higher. However,  the Bank did not firmly close the door on future rate hikes, placing the onus on the evolution of economic data to determine future action. The BoC noted that the economy continues to operate in excess demand, and that while sequential measures of core inflation may be losing momentum, they remain uncomfortably high. We believe the BoC’s adoption of a more neutral tone is meant to gauge how tighter monetary policy is working its way through the economy; it is not indicative of an outright dovish pivot.  If inflation data were to surprise to the upside, we would not rule out a final 25-bp hike in January. While we expect the BoC to remain on pause throughout 2023, it faces a challenge in convincing markets not to expect a shift to cutting rates—especially as bond yields fall. Smaller hikes = more tightening The ECB raised its policy rates by 50 bps in December, slowing the pace from two consecutive 75-bp jumbo hikes. However, the message coming from the statement and press conference was extremely hawkish. ECB President Christine Lagarde affirmed that rates need to go significantly higher, at a steady pace (of 50 bps) and over a period of time. This effectively erases any dovish pivot expectations of a  more careful calibration going forward, reinforced by explicitly pushing back against market pricing of a sub-3% terminal rate, and indicating that rates will remain in restrictive territory to dampen demand  and inflation expectations. The balance sheet shrinkage will accelerate in 2023 with the beginning of passive quantitative tightening (QT) on its asset purchase program (APP), starting in March at a pace of EUR 15 billion per month (approximately half of expected redemptions) to be reviewed in June. Inflation is forecasted to remain above target until mid-2025, supported by higher wages, while a soft-landing scenario for growth looks increasingly optimistic over the medium-term. We now see the terminal rate at a minimum of 3.25% with upside risks linked to the inflation dynamics of the next two quarters. Source: cbw-0123-u.pdf (widen.net)
The Canadian Dollar (CAD) Was The Clear Outperformer Across The G10 Board

A Modest Pullback In Crude Oil Prices Could Undermine The Commodity-Linked Loonie (CAD)

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 16.01.2023 09:16
USD/CAD comes under renewed selling pressure on Monday amid sustained USD weakness. Rising bets for smaller Fed rate hikes and a positive risk tone continue to weigh on the buck. A modest pullback in oil prices could undermine the Loonie and help limit any further losses. The USD/CAD pair struggles to capitalize on Friday's bounce from the 1.3320 area, or its lowest level since November 25 and meets with a fresh supply on the first day of a new week. The pair remains on the defensive through the Asian session and is currently placed near the daily low, around mid-1.3300s. The US Dollar extends its recent sell-off and drops to a fresh seven-month low amid speculations that the Fed may be nearing the end of its rate-hike cycle. This, in turn, is seen as a key factor exerting downward pressure on the USD/CAD pair. Investors now seem convinced that the US central bank will soften its hawkish stance and have started pricing in a smaller rate hike going forward. The bets were lifted by last week's US consumer inflation figures, which showed that the headline CPI fell for the first time in more than 2-1/2 years in December. Read next: The UK Economy Expects A Slightly Fall In Inflation, Expected To Fall By 0.1%| FXMAG.COM Adding to this, several Fed officials backed the case for a 25 bps lift-off in February. This, along with a generally positive tone around the equity markets, continues to weigh on the safe-haven buck. That said, growing worries about a deeper global economic downturn should keep a lid on the optimism and lend some support to the greenback. Apart from this, a modest pullback in crude oil prices could undermine the commodity-linked Loonie and further contribute to limiting the downside for the USD/CAD pair, at least for the time being. The mixed fundamental backdrop warrants caution for aggressive bearish traders and positioning for any further losses. The US markets will remain closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Moreover, there isn't any major market-moving economic data due for release from Canada. Hence, traders will look to the Bank of Canada's Business Outlook Survey report for some impetus around the USD/CAD pair. Apart from this, oil price dynamics should influence the Canadian Dollar and allow traders to grab short-term opportunities around the major.
The Bank Of Canada Raised Interest Rates By 25bps, The EIA Data Showed An Unexpected Rise In US Crude Inventories

Forex: The Bank Of Canada (BoC) Looks Set To Face A Hike Or No-Hike Dilemma

ING Economics ING Economics 17.01.2023 10:00
Chinese activity data for 4Q22 released overnight was much better than expected and supports the proposition that the 2023 Chinese growth story will support pro-cyclical currencies, including the euro. Ongoing declines in natural gas prices are also helping. Today's focus will be on digesting UK labour market data, the German ZEW, and Canadian CPI Activity data released overnight supports the view that China's zero-Covid reversal will spark resurgent Chinese demand USD: Quiet start to the week still favours pro-cyclical currencies FX markets have had a quiet start to the week – perhaps awaiting edicts from Mount Davos? However, Chinese data released overnight was material and very much supports this year's hottest trend that China's zero-Covid reversal will spark resurgent Chinese demand. My colleague Iris Pang was very impressed by the December retail sales and fourth-quarter GDP data, so much so that she has revised up the 2023 China GDP forecast to 5%. The December data, in particular, supports the proposition that despite the pick-up in case numbers, the freedom of movement story is positively dominating the Chinese demand story. The Chinese data did not, however, trigger any follow-through buying of the renminbi or Asian currencies in general. Rather than concluding that this story has already run its course in FX markets, we would prefer to see price action as merely quiet before the Chinese New Year starting next week, and the big event risk in early Asia tomorrow, which is the Bank of Japan (BoJ) meeting. The dollar itself is steady. The US data calendar only really kicks off with what may be a soft December US retail sales release tomorrow. And there are no Fed speakers during European hours today. Some further DXY consolidation looks likely in a 102.00-102.50 range today. A downside break could emerge in Asia tomorrow, were the BoJ to again tweak its 10-year JGB yield target. Chris Turner  EUR: Revising the EUR/USD forecast higher Yesterday we published some substantial upside revisions to our EUR/USD forecast profile. Broadening signs of slowing US price pressures, stronger signs of US recession, a better Chinese demand outlook and a better energy situation all made our sub-consensus EUR/USD forecasts untenable. We now favour EUR/USD moving higher through 2Q23 towards the 1.15 area – but the gains may stall there in 2H23 given what could be trouble with the US debt ceiling in late summer and higher energy prices next winter. Back to the shorter term, the EUR/USD backdrop remains supportive. As discussed above, China's demand trends are supportive of pro-cyclical currencies like the euro. That better outlook for the eurozone could appear in today's German January ZEW investor survey, where the expectations component is expected to have improved from -23 to -15.  Also positive is the continuing fall in European gas prices. Two stories caught our eye today. The first is that European natural gas inventories are now 82% full versus the average levels of 63% normally seen at this stage of the heating cycle. The second is that Chinese importers are redirecting LNG shipments to Europe, given local inventories seem sufficient. That is a surprise. The continuing fall in European natural gas remains a positive development for the eurozone trade balance and is euro supportive. EUR/USD may consolidate in a 1.0780-1.0870 range today – but the near-term macro trends remain supportive. Chris Turner GBP: 50bp hike still in play for February Our UK economist, James Smith, describes today's release of November jobs figures as "another month of relative resilience in the UK jobs market". Wage growth was a little higher than expected and supports the latest findings from the Bank Of England's Decision Maker Panel survey. Depending on the resilience of tomorrow's release of December UK CPI data it seems too early to dismiss the risk of another 50bp rate hike from the Bank of England on 2 February. Currently the market prices in around 42bp of tightening at that meeting. Today's data saw EUR/GBP drop 15 pips – a move that makes sense. EUR/GBP is trading close to 0.89 because of December's hawkish ECB shift. The longer the BoE stays in hawkish mode, the more support sterling can get. Expect EUR/GBP to trade on the soft side of an 0.8850-0.8900 range today, with tomorrow's UK CPI release proving the next major input. Chris Turner CAD: Inflation key for BoC January move The Bank of Canada (BoC) looks set to face a hike/no-hike dilemma at next week’s (25 January) policy meeting. Signs of slowing economic activity were taken on board in the latest BoC statement and clearly emerged in yesterday’s BoC Business Outlook survey, where the future sales index dropped to the lowest since the pandemic and most interviewed firms said they expect a recession in Canada. However, the jobs figures came in very strong in the December read, with robust full-time hiring keeping the unemployment rate around cyclical lows. The slowdown in wage growth from 5.4% to 5.2% did not seem enough of a silver lining, and markets have been reluctant to price out the 19bp currently embedded in the OIS curve. Today’s CPI read will be key. Consensus expectations are centred around a deceleration in headline inflation from 6.8% to 6.4%, and from 5.0% to 4.9% in the core (median) rate. Any signs of resilience in inflation would likely see markets fully price in a 25bp hike in January. Below-consensus reads should support CAD short-dated bonds, but it seems hard that investors will completely rule out a hike next week. The impact on CAD should be quite visible in both directions, although external forces should remain the key drivers on the loonie. Building USD weakness may favour a USD/CAD contraction to 1.31-1.33 in the coming weeks, although a surprise hold by the BoC is a clear upside risk for the pair.  Francesco Pesole 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/CAD Pair Is On The Way To Late 2022 Low

Speculation That The Bank Of Canada Could Wind Up Its Tightening At The First Meeting Of 2023

Kenny Fisher Kenny Fisher 20.01.2023 12:23
The Canadian dollar is unchanged on Friday, trading at 1.3466 in the European session. We could see some volatility in the North American session, as Canada releases retail sales. Retail sales expected to decline The markets are bracing for a downturn in retail sales for November, with a forecast of -0.5% m/m for the headline figure and -0.4% for the core rate. This follows a strong report in October, as the headline reading was 1.4% and core retail sales at 1.7%. If the releases are as expected or lower, it could be a rough day for the Canadian dollar. Today’s retail sales release is the final major event prior to the Bank of Canada’s meeting on January 25th. The markets have priced in a 25-bp increase, but a hold is also a possibility, especially with December inflation falling to 6.3%, down from 6.8%. The BoC has raised rates by some 400 basis points in the current rate-tightening cycle, which began in March 2022. Similar to the market outlook on the Fed’s rate policy, there is significant speculation that the BoC could wind up its tightening at the first meeting of 2023 and then keep rates on hold. The BoC has said that future hikes will be determined by economic data, and there are signs of strength in the economy despite the Bank’s aggressive rate policy. GDP expanded by 2.9% in Q3 which was stronger than expected and job growth sparkled in December, with over 100,000 new jobs. The markets will be looking for clues about future rate policy from the rate statement and BoC Governor Macklem post-meeting comments. Read next: $1 Million In Sanctions Against Former President Donald Trump, Netflix Co-Founder Reed Hastings Has Stepped Down As CEO| FXMAG.COM USD/CAD Technical 1.3455 is a weak support line, followed by 1.3328 1.3582 and 1.3707 are the next resistance 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.  
Rates Daily: The Turn In Inflation Sentiment Has Been Nothing Short Of Spectacular

The RBA Are Expecting Inflation To Rise, Will The Bank Of Canada Increase Interest Rates Again?

Kamila Szypuła Kamila Szypuła 22.01.2023 15:05
Wednesday's data is expected to reveal another CPI rise, but both the Treasury and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) predicted a peak in the December quarter. In the coming week, the Bank of Kandy will make decisions regarding its monetary policy. CPI in Australia The Australian Bureau of Statistics will release its Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for the December quarter on Wednesday as the cost of many household items rises. Commonwealth Bank analysts forecast inflation to rise by 1.7 per cent over the quarter, compared with an increase of 1.3 per cent in the same period a year earlier. In the minutes of its November meeting, the Reserve Bank of Australia said it expected headline inflation to peak around 8% and core inflation to peak at 6.5%. at the end of 2022, before both start declining earlier this year. None of the forecasts have been updated after the meeting in December. A print above 7.6% would flag a problem for the central and could alter expectations for their February monetary policy meeting. The futures market is currently pricing around a 15 bp increase in the cash rate target, reflecting uncertainty between a 25 bp lift or no change. Source: investing.com Interest rates in Canada Canada's central bank is expected to announce its eighth consecutive rate hike on Wednesday, with most commercial banks anticipating a quarter-percentage-point increase. That would raise the central bank's key interest rate to 4.5 percent, the highest level since 2007. But also in line with this view, some gleeful experts predict that the Bank of Canada will hold back and not raise its key interest rate above the current level of 4.25%. However, the bank does not seem determined to end the tightening cycle. After peaking at 8.1 percent in June, year-on-year inflation slowly declined and reached 6.3 percent in December. For some economists, this drop in inflation is proof that the Bank of Canada's restrictive monetary policy is working. In any case, headline inflation at 6.3 percent is still three times above target - so the inflation hawks will conclude that the bank must keep raising the interest rate. And similarly when we take into account core inflation - which excludes food and energy, two volatile components of the CPI basket. The Canadian economy added 104,000 jobs in December — far exceeding forecasts of an increase of 8,000 jobs — and the unemployment rate fell to 5 per cent from 5.1 per cent in November. The labour market, therefore, continues to be very tight. And this is what really worries the Bank of Canada If the decision to raise interest rates depended solely on the latest available data, then the answer would be simple: the main interest rate will not be raised above the current 4.25 percent. But if the decision depended on the bank's inflation outlook, the rate would definitely be raised on January 25 and later. Source: investing.com, rba.com,
The USD/CAD Pair Is Likely To Remain On The Bear’s Radar

The Loonie Pair (USD/CAD) Cheers The Broad US Dollar Weakness

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 24.01.2023 09:07
USD/CAD fades bounce off intraday low during four-day downtrend. Oil price struggles to defend gains amid mixed concerns. Hawkish hopes of Bank of Canada, talks surrounding Fed policy pivot keep sellers hopeful. Preliminary readings of US S&P Global PMIs for January will be crucial ahead of BoC interest rate decision. USD/CAD slides to 1.3350 as bears keep the reins for the fourth consecutive day heading into Tuesday’s European session. In doing so, the Loonie pair cheers the broad US Dollar weakness, as well as a slow grind to the north in prices of Canada’s key export item, namely WTI crude oil, ahead of monthly activity data from the US. It’s worth noting that Wednesday’s Bank of Canada (BoC) monetary policy decision will be eyed closely by the pair traders amid talks surrounding a policy pivot. That said, WTI crude oil pares intraday gains near $81.70 after a softer start to the week. Even so, black gold remains around the seven-week high amid hopes of China-linked demand. It should be observed that the latest talks surrounding the US readiness to use Special Petroleum Reserves (SPR) in the need weigh on the quote. Elsewhere, the struggles between the US and China surrounding the Beijing-based companies’ ties to the Russian war effort join the fears of economic recession to weigh on the market sentiment and probe USD/CAD bears. Though, mixed figures of the Canadian housing data published the previous day joined the downbeat US Conference Board’s Leading Index and put a floor under the prices. On a broader front, the absence of Fed policymakers’ talks ahead of the February meeting and the Lunar New Year holidays in China restricts the market moves, as well as limit USD/CAD pair’s momentum. Amid these plays, the S&P 500 Futures resist following Wall Street’s gains while retreating from the six-week high marked the previous day, making rounds to 4,030-35 at the latest. On the same line, the US 10-year and two-year Treasury bond yields snap three-day recovery moves by struggling around 3.51% and 4.21% by the press time. To break the monotony, USD/CAD traders may take clues from the first readings of January’s S&P Global PMIs and the fourth-quarter (Q4) Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, major attention will be given to Wednesday’s BoC where the Canadian central bank is up for 0.25% rate hike. More importantly, hints for further rate hikes will be closely observed to determine further downside bias for the Loonie pair. Technical analysis Having failed to cross the 100-DMA, around 1.3515 by the press time, the USD/CAD bears poke a 10-week-old support line, near 1.3340 at the latest, to confirm further downside of the Loonie pair.
More Job Cuts, Microsoft Is Putting $10 Billion Into The Now-Very-Famous ChatGPT

Layoff In Spotify, AUD/USD Pair Has Traded Back Above 0.7000

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 24.01.2023 09:43
Summary:  US equities sprinted to new local highs yesterday, with the S&P 500 crossing back above the 200-day moving average ahead of the heart of earnings season set to swing in motion today on Microsoft and other large companies reporting, with the earnings calendar heavy through next week. The US dollar trades weaker across the board as the Fed enters its quiet period ahead of next week’s FOMC meeting.   What is our trading focus? Equities: Momentum is building with breakout in technology stocks US equities rose yesterday with S&P 500 futures reaching their highest close since mid-December and Nasdaq 100 futures rallied all the way to 12,000 before closing a bit lower. Sentiment is improving on technology stocks due to the significant layoff announcements improving the outlook for profitability. The US leading indicators were weaker than estimated and the level observed fits with a high degree of certainty of a recession, so it feels like the equity market is balancing on a knife-edge. Today is an important earnings session with the key focus being Microsoft after the market close, but ahead of the market open earnings from industrials such as GE and 3M will set the tone on the opening. FX: USD falters again as risk sentiment bulls higher The greenback has traded weaker since yesterday, although yesterday’s high water mark in EURUSD above 1.0900 yesterday has not yet been surpassed as the USD weakness was more pronounced against more pro-cyclical currencies like AUD and SEK within the G10 on the strong surge in risk sentiment, even as the anticipation of Fed rate cuts for late this year and through next year has eased significantly (about 30 basis points for the policy rate priced by end of 2024 from the trough of late last week). The Fed has entered a quiet period ahead of next Wednesday’s FOMC meeting, with little data in the interim save for the December PCE inflation data this Friday. Elsewhere, New Zealand and Australia report Q4 CPI tonight in the Asian session and a Bank of Canada decision is up tomorrow (see preview below). Crude oil (CLH3 & LCOH3) supported by firm diesel prices ahead of sanctions Europe’s diesel market reached a two-month high on Monday with the ICE gasoil (FPc1) contract trading above $1000 per ton. A development being driven by EU’s ban on seaborne imports of Russian fuel products from February 5, and increased demand for jet fuel as travel continues to recover. Overall, the focus stays with China amid hopes of a recovery in fuel demand more than offsetting potential weakness in the US as economic data points to slowdown. National holidays across Asia, especially in China and Singapore kept trading to a minimum. In Brent, traders will now be looking for $90 next while support is in the $84 area. Gold trades higher on US recession concerns Gold reached a fresh nine-month high overnight after US leading indicators saw another sharp fall in December, and together with weak company earnings and layoffs and last week's weak retails sales it raises the risk of a US recession in the near term. A senior director at The Conference Board said: “Overall economic activity is likely to turn negative in the coming quarters before picking up again in the final quarter of 2023”. Developments that raises the potential for just one more US rate hike before the FOMC decides to pause. ETF holdings, which has been drifting lower this month finally saw a small pickup in demand while silver’s plunge remains a concern. At one point on Monday, it dropped 5% on technical selling and long liquidation below $23.20 before recovering to trade $23.60 this am. US Treasuries (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) yields continue to edge higher US treasuries continue to soften, taking yields modestly higher after the 10-year benchmark’s move below the prior significant 3.40% low was rejected. This morning sees the 10-year benchmark trading back above 3.50% with company earnings and guidance in focus as the heart of earnings season swings into motion today. Yields at the front of the US yield curve have also rebounded from new lows posted last week in the wake of weak US Retail Sales and a dovish BoJ meeting, with the 2-year rising from a low of 4.03% last Thursday to 4.23% currently. The US treasury will hold a 2-year auction today. What is going on? Biden administration confronts China, accusing Chinese companies of supporting Russia’s war effort Citing “people familiar with the matter”, a Bloomberg article claims that the Biden administration has confronted China with evidence that state-owned Chinese companies are supplying “non-lethal” military and other assistance that amounts to a support of Russia’s war effort in Ukraine, while stopping short of “wholesale evasion” of US sanctions. More positive signs the travel sector is roaring back in Asia; on land and in the air Chinese road traffic congestion increased 22% from a year ago, as measured across 15 key cities. This is a positive sign that Chinese residents are striving to return to normalcy. Moving to air traffic, we believe the broader Asian-Pacific regional will likely report stronger numbers for Q4 of 2022 and Q1 of 2023, supporting higher revenue in the travel and tourism sector. Despite airlines travel returning, airlines costs are also rising with fuel costs higher after the oil price has bounced up 17% off its December low. Growth has a high ceiling for domestic Chinese air travel, with passenger traffic in November (the most recent available data point) at some 75% below late 2019 levels. The Aussie dollar above 0.7000. Australia CPI next test AUDUSD has traded back above 0.7000, nearly matching the highest levels since last August. The Aussie initially jumped to 0.7045 today in Asia after Australia’s service sector data improved, even though the Services PMI print remained in contractionary phase. The Q4 Australian CPI report is out tomorrow and is expected to rise to 5.8% YoY from 5.6% (for the important trimmed mean CPI), amid tighter energy markets, and higher metal prices. Spotify to cut 6% of workforce Like the rest of the technology sector Spotify announced yesterday that it is cutting 6% of its workforce to offset the top line weakness and improve profitability. The initial reaction in Spotify shares was strong but was faded during the session. The US Leading Indicator (LEI) fell sharply again in December It continues to signal recession for the US economy in the near term said Ataman Ozyildirim, Senior Director, Economics, at The Conference Board. “There was widespread weakness among leading indicators in December, indicating deteriorating conditions for labor markets, manufacturing, housing construction, and financial markets in the months ahead. Meanwhile, the coincident economic index (CEI) has not weakened in the same fashion as the LEI because labor market related indicators (employment and personal income) remain robust. Nonetheless, industrial production— also a component of the CEI—fell for the third straight month. Overall economic activity is likely to turn negative in the coming quarters before picking up again in the final quarter of 2023.” What are we watching next? Bank of Canada meets tomorrow – most see a 25-basis point hike tomorrow followed by a pause Most observers are looking for the Bank of Canada to hike one last time for this cycle tomorrow to take the policy rate to 4.50% and to indicate a pause to assess inflationary and labor market conditions before deciding on next steps. The Bank of Canada hiked rapidly in 2022 in an attempt to catch up with galloping inflation but has contrasted with the Fed in signalling a pause in the hike cycle before the Fed, which has been slow to signal that peak rates may be nearing. USDCAD trades near the lows since last November at 1.3350 this morning, with the 200-day moving average creeping higher and near 1.3200. Earnings to watch The Q4 earnings season accelerates this week with key earnings from Microsoft, ASML, Tesla, Visa, and Chevron. The aggregate earnings surprise for the S&P 500 companies that have reported earnings is currently 4.1% and the market has responded positively to the Q4 earnings reported so far with Netflix’s 8.5% jump on its strong outlook for its advertising business being the clearest evidence. Today’s key earnings focus is Microsoft (read our earnings preview here) with expectations of lower revenue growth and lower operating margin. Other important earnings today are from J&J, Texas Instruments, GE, and 3M. Today: Nidec, Microsoft, J&J, Danaher, Verizon, Texas Instruments, Raytheon Technologies, Union Pacific, Lockheed Martin, Intuitive Surgical, GE, 3M, Halliburton, DR Horton Wednesday: ASML, Lonza Group, Tesla, Abbott Laboratories, NextEra Energy, IBM, Boeing, ServiceNow, CSX, Freeport-McMoRan, Lam Research, Norfolk Southern Thursday: Tryg, Novozymes, Kone, Nokia, LVMH, Christian Dior, STMicroelectronics, SAP, Diageo, Atlas Copco, Volvo, SEB, Visa, Mastercard, Comcast, Intel, Blackstone, Valero Energy, Archer-Daniels-Midland, Dow, Nucor, L3Harris Technologies, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines Friday: Fanuc, Chevron, American Express, Colgate-Palmolive Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 0810 – ECB’s Klaas Knot to speak 0815-0900 – Eurozone Jan. Flash Manufacturing and Services PMI 0930 – UK Jan. Flash Manufacturing and Services PMI 0945 – ECB President Lagarde to speak 1100 – UK Jan. CBI Business Optimism and Trends in Total Orders/Selling Prices 1300 – Hungary Central Bank Rate Decision 1330 – Philadelphia Fed Non-manufacturing Survey 1445 – US Jan. Flash Manufacturing and Services PMI 1500 – US Jan. Richmond Fed Business Conditions 1800 – US Treasury auctions 2-year notes 2130 – API's weekly report on US oil inventories 2145 – New Zealand Q4 CPI 0030 – Australia Q4 CPI Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher   Source: Financial Markets Today: Quick Take – January 24, 2023 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
Germany’s Economy Declines In Q4, Eurozone GDP Is Expected To Slow

The Fall In Energy Prices Caused An Increase In German IFO Business Sentiment, Eyes On The Bank Of Canada Rate Decision

Michael Hewson Michael Hewson 25.01.2023 09:24
European markets were somewhat of a mixed bag yesterday after the lates flash PMI numbers painted a patchy outlook for certain parts of the economy in the UK and Europe.   US markets also underwent a mixed finish with the Dow finishing higher and the Nasdaq 100 lower,  due to caution ahead of the release of key earnings announcements after the close last night, with the main focus on Microsoft's Q2 numbers being of particular interest. These saw the software giant record revenues of $52.7bn, which was slightly below expectations, with profits of $2.32c a share.   As expected, personal computing and gaming revenue was disappointing, falling short of forecasts at $14.24bn, however this was offset by strong cloud revenue of $27.1bn. Windows OEM revenue fell 39%, while Xbox content and services saw a decline of 12%. On guidance Microsoft was rather pessimistic suggesting that Azure growth would slow, and that new business was already becoming more difficult. Microsoft also said subscriptions were also likely to slow, and that revenues would remain flat in Q3.   Looking ahead to today's European session the pessimistic outlook to last night's earnings numbers looks set to see a slightly lower open.   With UK inflation seeing a step-down last week to 10.5%, it remains painfully high for a lot of people, and on the RPI measure is even higher. In December, the ONS took the decision to pull the release for PPI inflation due to problems with some of the calculations, with respect to diesel prices as well as the food prices calculation.  This is significant as PPI can act as a leading indicator as to what is coming down the line when it comes to inflationary, as well as disinflationary forces. Prior to the ONS pulling the numbers in December there had been evidence that factory gate prices had been falling sharply with the last recorded October numbers seeing a slowing in inflationary pressure from the peaks in the summer.   If we get a further sharp slowdown in the annual numbers, this ought to give confidence that the headline numbers will also see similar falls in the coming months. Annualised input numbers in October came in at 19.5%, down from 20.8%, while output prices for October came in at 17.2%. Monthly input price estimates for today's December numbers are for a decline of -0.8%.   With energy prices continuing to fall over the winter, we've started to see gradual improvements in economic activity across the euro area. This improvement has been reflected in the better-than-expected German manufacturing numbers yesterday and was also responsible for a better than forecast improvement in German IFO business sentiment in December to 88.3.   This trend is expected to continue in today's January numbers with another improvement to 90.3, with the current assessment also set to improve to 94.9, and expectations set to rise to 85.3, from 83.2.   It was back in October that the Bank of Canada set the cat amongst the pigeons when it raised rates by a less than expected 50bps to 3.75%, in a move that suggests that central banks were starting to wake up to the possibility that too aggressive rate rises could do more harm than good.   They then followed that with another 50bps rate rise in December, to 4.25%, as concern grew that raising rates too high could create problems in the housing market.   With today's decision coming a week before next week's Federal Reserve decision, a lot of people are looking at the Bank of Canada for a steer in terms of whether we could see a step down from the Fed. It is widely anticipated that the BoC will announce another step down to 25bps, after headline inflation fell back to 6.4% from 6.8% in December. Median core prices however have remained sticky, remaining at 5% in November and up at the highs of the year, which in turn may mean the Bank of Canada could decide to err towards 50bps.     EUR/USD – currently range trading between the highs this week at 1.0927, and wider resistance at the 1.0950 area which is 50% retracement of the move from the 2021 highs to last year's lows at 0.9536. A move through 1.0950 opens up a move towards 1.1110. Support remains back at the 1.0780 area.   GBP/USD – continues to struggle below the 1.2450 area and slipped back to towards the 1.2250/60 area. Above 1.2450 could see a move towards 1.2600. A move below 1.2250 could see a move towards 1.2170.    EUR/GBP – having found support above the 50- and 100-day SMA last week the bias remains for a return to the recent highs at 0.8900. The next support below 0.8720 targets 0.8680.   USD/JPY – found resistance just above 131.00 yesterday, before slipping back. A move through 131.60 and last week's high potentially targets a return to the 132.50 area in the short to medium term. Support currently at the 128.20 area as well as the lows last week at 127.20.    FTSE100 is expected to open 5 points higher at 7,762   DAX is expected to open 25 points lower at 15,067   CAC40 is expected to open 10 points lower at 7,040   Email: marketcomment@cmcmarkets.com Follow CMC Markets on Twitter: @cmcmarkets Follow Michael Hewson (Chief Market Analyst) on Twitter: @mhewson_CMC
The Bank Of Canada Is Preparing To Announce Its Final 25bp Hike

The Bank Of Canada Is Preparing To Announce Its Final 25bp Hike

Ipek Ozkardeskaya Ipek Ozkardeskaya 25.01.2023 09:27
Trading in the US was eventless, except for the wild moves that marked the opening bell at the NYSE.  The S&P500 swung around the 4000, without any major moves up or down, as investors remained undecided faced with mixed company earnings, and mixed economic data.  Both US services and manufacturing PMI came in better than expected in January, but both remain in the contraction zone. While the Richmond Manufacturing index fell to -11, significantly lower than -5 expected by analysts.   In summary, the data confirmed a certain slowdown in US economic activity, but it didn't point to a free fall.   The US 2-year yield fell for the second straight session, as the soft data kept the Federal Reserve (Fed) doves at a soft and warm spot.   But at the current levels, the swap market suggests around 48 bp rate increase over the next two FOMC meetings. This means that the present activity in the swap market gives around 8% probability for no rate hike at all after the Fed's February meeting.   And if that's what keeps the S&P500 bid around the 4000 mark, it's worrying.  Earnings, earnings  The S&P500 could or could not get a boost from Microsoft at today's session, as Microsoft announced better-than-expected results yesterday after the market close, but the results were not all rosy. The revenue – which grew at its slowest pace since 2016 - slightly missed expectations, but the earnings beat estimates. The Intelligent Cloud segment grew 18%, as the Azure services grew 31% - slower than the past quarter but better than expected with the prospects of being further boosted by the ChatGPT deal. The shares rallied 5% in the afterhours, but gains were mostly given back.   S&P500 futures are down -0.40% at the time of writing.  Today, it's Tesla's turn to go to the earnings confessional after the bell, and nobody can tell you with confidence what will happen to the share price once the results are freshly out of the oven.   Tesla is doing very well, the company announced record car deliveries quarter after quarter, but the record deliveries weren't enough to meet the market expectations over the past three quarters. And unfortunately, the expectations make the market price, and missing them is no good thing for the share price.  In the FX  The US dollar remains under the pressure of soft data, and worryingly softening Fed expectations, while the euro got the boost that we were hoping for at yesterday's PMI release.   The EURUSD is again testing the 1.09 level to the upside this morning. And the gently widening divergence between the hawkish European Central Bank (ECB) expectations and the dovish Fed expectations remains supportive of a further advance. But be careful, the pair is about to step into the overbought market, which could slow the rally into the 1.10 target.  Across the Channel, the numbers were not as enchanting as on the main continent, and no one is surprised I guess to see the services PMI plunge to 48 in January with all the strikes going on. The manufacturing PMI on the other hand contracted less than expected but a new report suggested that the number of UK firms facing collapse jumped by more than a third at the end of last year.   Cable plunged below its year-to-date ascending channel, and the euro-pound is bought without much hesitation at the 50, 100-DMA levels, and should continue pressuring higher on a broadly stronger euro.   In Canada, the Bank of Canada (BoC) is preparing to announce its final 25bp hike. The dollar-CAD puts more weight into clearing the 1.3350 support, but crude oil is not helping, as the price of a barrel of American crude continues bumping its head against the solid $82pb wall, the 100-DMA, without being able to break it to the upside.   The API data showed almost 3.4-million-barrel build in the US inventories last week, hinting that the more official EIA data could also disappoint the bulls at today's read.   But the medium term outlook for crude oil remains positive, therefore, price pullbacks remain interesting dip buying opportunities as long as the 50-DMA support, which stands a touch below the $78pb mark, holds. 
The Hungarian Central Bank Confirmed Its Commitment To Keeping Conditions Tight For A Longer Period

The Hungarian Central Bank Confirmed Its Commitment To Keeping Conditions Tight For A Longer Period

ING Economics ING Economics 25.01.2023 09:44
The Bank of Canada is facing a hike/no-hike dilemma today. Our view is that it will deliver the last 25bp hike of the cycle now, but retain some flexibility to avoid sounding too dovish. The CAD impact may be slightly positive. Elsewhere, there are no key data releases in the US, while the German Ifo index will be watched closely after yesterday's strong PMIs USD: No key US data today Yesterday’s PMIs painted a less dramatic picture of the US service sector compared to the latest ISM survey and triggered a positive reaction in the dollar. However, markets quickly sold the USD rally, confirming a rather pronounced bearish bias despite encouraging data. It does appear investors are happily buying the dip in EUR/USD around the 1.0850 handle at the moment, and that could prove to be a short-term floor for the pair. There are no data releases to highlight today and no Fed speakers due to the pre-FOMC blackout period. Markets have cemented their view that next week’s move will be a 25bp hike, but are still reluctant to fully price in another 25bp of tightening: the futures and swap market are embedding a 4.90% peak rate. This signals the perceived balance of risks is tilted to the dovish side ahead of next week’s FOMC. Should this narrative gain more traction this week, the dollar may remain gently offered. However, a sharper decline in the dollar may not be on the cards until other large event risks (European Central Bank, Bank of England meetings) are past us. Francesco Pesole EUR: 1.0850 emerging as a short-term floor A below-consensus reading in German manufacturing was the only flaw in an otherwise convincing set of PMIs in the eurozone yesterday. The eurozone composite PMI index moved back into expansionary territory (i.e. above 50.00) for the first time since June 2022, endorsing the ongoing re-rating of the growth outlook in the region. As mentioned in the USD section, 1.0850 has emerged as a buy-the-dip area in EUR/USD over the past two sessions. Good data out of the eurozone is likely keeping most investors on the bullish side of the euro for now, and downside risks for EUR/USD appear contained. A test of 1.1000 by the end of the week is looking more likely, although a decisive break higher is not our base case before the ECB. Today, the focus will be on the Ifo indices out of Germany. All three gauges (business climate, current assessment, and expectations) are expected to improve. Looking at the ECB pricing ahead of next week's meeting, it now seems very plausible that markets will not question a 50bp hike, although another half-point move in March is not fully priced in (around 80% implied probability). The degree of ECB President Christine Lagarde’s commitment to another 50bp move will be the key driver of the market reaction next week. Francesco Pesole CAD: BoC to hike one last time Once a hawkish stand-out, the Bank of Canada is facing a hike/no-hike dilemma today. This is, at least, what market pricing seems to suggest, with 17bp of tightening priced in for today’s announcement. Economists’ consensus is leaning more in favour of a 25bp move, which is also ING’s view. As discussed in our BoC preview, a still-tight jobs market is partly offsetting the decline in headline inflation and signs of economic slowdown, and probably suggests this is the right time to deliver the last 25bp hike of the cycle. Should the BoC surprise with a hold, there’s a good chance the bank will keep the door open for a move in March, which would match the market’s current pricing, and ultimately fail to hit the Canadian dollar. A 25bp hike but a strong signal that rates have peaked and growing concerns on the economic outlook (new economic projections are released today) could prove to be a more dovish outcome than a “hawkish hold”, as markets price in more rate cuts in the second half of the year. This is, however, hardly a desirable outcome for a central bank that is still fighting inflation, and our impression is that the BoC will want to retain some ambiguity around future moves for now. The impact on CAD may be positive but rather limited in the end. USD/CAD remains on track for a move to 1.30 in the coming months, in our view, but USD weakness should be the primary driver of such a move. Francesco Pesole HUF: Forint strongest since the middle of last year The Hungarian central bank yesterday confirmed its commitment to keeping conditions tight for a longer period and that it has taken a patient approach to monetary policy. Moreover, the NBH reiterated its intention to continue withdrawing liquidity from the market via the one-week discount bill and the long-term deposit tender. More interestingly, the NBH raised the reserve requirement ratio for banks to 10% effective from April. Overall, it has sent a very clear signal that the hawkish mode will last for an extended period of time and the central bank is not going to allow any hasty moves. The result is a forint slightly below 390 EUR/HUF at the end of yesterday's trading, higher rates at the short end of the IRS curve and FX implied yields climbing higher. The forint is thus the strongest since the middle of last year and we believe it could still benefit from yesterday's decision. Added to this is the higher EUR/USD level compared to last week and yesterday's renewed drop in gas prices back below €60/MWh. On the other hand, we may see some profit-taking today after the forint's multi-day rally and ahead of Friday's risky sovereign rating review from S&P. Overall, we expect the forint to stabilise around 390 EUR/HUF for now. 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
Tesla Should Expect Downside Pressure

Analysts Are Still Very Bullish On Tesla Revenue Growth For 2023

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 25.01.2023 09:49
Summary:  US equities struggled to find a direction on Tuesday following a technical glitch on the NYSE at the open. US and EU PMIs were better than expected although the UK print was weaker than expected. Earnings results continued to disappoint especially with gloomy guidance from Verizon, 3M and Lockheed Martin, while Microsoft posted solid cloud sales. Tesla is up next on the investors’ radar, leading into the full set of tech earnings next week. Australia CPI came in stronger than expected, boosting AUD. Bank of Canada decision due today and the last rate hike of the cycle appears to be on the cards.   What’s happening in markets? Equity markets lose steam and trade cautiously ahead of the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge US equity markets were a bit dull on Tuesday investors weighing up mostly stronger than expected Microsoft earnings results, vs a weaker than expected earnings from chipmaker giant, Texas Instruments. The S&P500 (US500.I) fell 0.1% but closed above it 200-day average for the second day (a sign there are more bulls in the market than bear), while the Nasdaq 100 (NAS100.I) lost 0.2%. Still markets are waiting for the next major catalysts; Tesla’s results on Wednesday, then later in the week, the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, the Core Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) price index for December; to also gauge if the Nasdaq’s rally of 11% from its low can be sustained, especially as the PE for the Nasdaq is about 54.6 times earnings; meaning tech stocks are still quite expensive compared to their averages. The risk is if Core PCE doesn’t fall as expected from 4.7% QoQ to 3.9%, then we could see a selloff in equity markets, while the US dollar would be bought. However, the S&P500 is seemingly bullish for now, until the next tests (some of which we mentioned), click for an in depth Technical Analysis on what the next levels could be for the S&P500. Mixed Microsoft (MSFT) result has shareholders a relieved as cloud sales rise more than forecast; a sign the business could stand tall amid the murky year ahead After hours Microsoft (MSFT) shares gained 4.3% with investors relieved its revenue in constant currency rose 7% in the quarter, versus the 6.59% estimate. Microsoft’s closely watched Azure cloud-computing business, sales gained 38%, compared with predictions for a 37% increase, excluding the impact of currency fluctuations. This underscores Azure’s ability to help drive the company, even as sales of Windows software to PC makers plummeted amid a slumping market. Adjusted earnings per share came in at $2.32, slightly better than the $2.30  estimate, thanks to the cost cutting. Capital expenditure was $6.27 billion, less than Bloomberg estimated ($6.63 billion), while revenue slightly missed expectations hitting $52.75 billion vs the $52.93 billion estimate. FX: AUDUSD boosted by hotter-than-expected CPI A mixed day for the US dollar on Tuesday as it broadly ended the day unchanged after the tech issues with the US equity open and broadly firmer US PMIs. The move lower in yields however dragged on the USD, and Japanese yen was the biggest gainer on the G10 board. USDJPY reversed from 131 back to 130 levels at US close but seeing upward pressure again this morning in Asia. NZDUSD hovers around key resistance level of 0.65 as NZ 4Q CPI came in stronger than expected at 7.2% vs estimate of 7.1%, while Chris Hipkins was sworn in as the 41st prime minister. AUDUSD hit fresh highs of 0.7080 after the Australia CPI release came in above expectations at 7.8% YoY and 1.9% QoQ (exp 7.6% YoY and 1.6% QoQ). Meanwhile, EURUSD stays close to 1.0900 with stronger than expected Eurozone PMIs and mixed ECB speakers underpinning. Villeroy suggested the ECB will reach peak rates by the summer, although Simkus said this may be unlikely but the ECB should continue with 50bp hikes. Nagel said the ECB is not done on inflation that remains far too high, and Panetta said the ECB should not commit to any specific policy move beyond February. Crude oil (CLG3 & LCOH3) prices drop Oil prices dropped on Tuesday amid risk off tone broadly across markets amid a mixed set of earnings results. WTI prices fell 1.8% below $81/barrel while Brent was down 2.3% to sub-$86.50. OPEC+ are expected to keep oil production unchanged when they meet next week as they await clarity on Chinese demand and the impact of EU’s ban on Russian supply (from Feb 5). Meanwhile, API inventories suggested a still-tight oil market with US crude inventories rising 3.38mm barrels last week and focus will be on the official data due today. Gasoline inventories rose by 620,000 barrels after last week’s API data showed the fuel inventories rising by 2.8 million barrels last week. Distillates fell 1.929 million barrels after falling by 1.8 million bpd in the week prior. Metals see red on profit taking, while gold nudges up on the cusp of a bull market Copper declined 0.2% with investors booking profits after the copper prices have gained 32% from its low. Traders bought into Wheat, lifting Wheat up 2% as its trades at year-lows. While Gold nudged up 0.3% taking its rally off its low to 19.5%, meaning that gold is on the cusp of a bull market.  Read next: The Aussie Pair Is Above 0.70$, GBP/USD Pair Lost Its Level Of 1.24$| FXMAG.COM What to consider? US PMIs held up stronger than expected US flash PMIs for January surpassed expectations, as services rose to 46.6, above the expected 45.0 and the prior 44.7, while manufacturing lifted to 46.8 from 46.2 (exp. 46.0), which comes ahead of ISM on February 1st. The composite rose to 46.6 from 45.0, and this will probably further boost the calls in favor of a soft landing rather than a deep recession as has been the case since the start of the year due to faster-than-expected China reopening and stronger Eurozone outlook. Still, activity is in contraction and job growth is cooling, but the January print also pointed to a re-acceleration in the input cost inflation. Eurozone composite PMI returns to expansion Eurozone PMI rose to 50.2 in January from 49.3 in December and 49.8 expected, suggesting that the region may be able to skirt a recession due to a less harsh winter this season which has given room to the ECB to continue to focus on fighting underlying inflationary pressures. Manufacturing PMI was just below the key 50-mark at 48.8 but better than last month’s 47.8, while the rise of services PMI to 50.7 drove most of the gains. UK services PMI, on the other hand, fell to 48 from 49.9 in December, while manufacturing gained slightly to 46.7 in January from 45.3 previously but still remained in contraction. This suggests further signs of UK being in a recession in early 2023 and possibly a sooner pause for the BOE than the ECB. Bank of Canada decision due today, most see a 25-basis point hike tomorrow followed by a pause Most observers are looking for the Bank of Canada to hike one last time for this cycle today to take the policy rate to 4.50% and to indicate a pause to assess inflationary and labor market conditions before deciding on next steps. The Bank of Canada hiked rapidly in 2022 in an attempt to catch up with galloping inflation but has contrasted with the Fed in signalling a pause in the hike cycle before the Fed, which has been slow to signal that peak rates may be nearing. Tesla earnings on watch for margin pressure from price cuts Analysts expect revenue growth of 36% y/y and EPS of $1.12 up 64% y/y. Analysts are still very bullish on revenue growth for 2023 with expectations at 30% growth despite the recent slip in deliveries and three quarters of growing difference between production and deliveries. This is also reflected in the consensus price target at $190 vs the current price of $144. Traders and investors are also expressing a bullish take on Tesla with the put-call ratio on volume being 0.79 and the put-call open interest ratio at 0.65. The key thing to watch will be the comments on recent price cuts for several models, and how that impacts the bottom line, and whether the demand response is big enough to offset the price reduction to see the bottom line grow this year.   For a 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: Positive surprise from US and EU PMIs; Tesla earnings ahead – 25 January 2023 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
Microsoft Forecasts A Continuous Slowdown, Eurozone PMI Rose

Microsoft Forecasts A Continuous Slowdown, Eurozone PMI Rose

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 25.01.2023 10:13
Summary:  US equities posted an uninspiring session yesterday and the mood soured slightly after the close on Microsoft reporting earnings and issuing weak guidance for its cloud business. Today, the hotly anticipated Tesla earnings report is up after hours. Elsewhere, US Treasury yields dipped and the Australian dollar jumped to new cycle highs in many AUD pairs, including versus the US dollar, on hotter than expected Australian Q4 CPI data.   What is our trading focus? Equities: Momentum faded in US equities mixed earnings The Q4 earnings releases yesterday weighed on sentiment yesterday with the biggest negative surprise coming from 3M expecting -3% to 0% organic revenue growth in 2023 which indicates a sharp decline in volume which 3M confirmed is taking place in consumer electronics and retail related businesses. After the cash close Microsoft reported a worse than expected outlook sending S&P 500 futures lower trading around the 4,020 level early European trading hours. We expect sentiment to remain in a negative mood as the market awaits Tesla’s Q4 result after the market close. FX: USD generally weaker together with sterling, AUD surges The USD was sold again yesterday after a minor rebound, with EURUSD trading back above 1.0900 by this morning and near the cycle highs, while the weaker USD signal was not particularly pure or broad. USDJPY remains above 130.00 as the price action there has lost energy, for example. Some of the euro strength may be on EURJPY flows as the ECB jawboning remains on the hawkish side of late, and on EURGBP flows as sterling stumbled badly yesterday on a very weak preliminary January UK Services PMI yesterday, with EURGBP well back up into the range above 0.8800. The recent cycle top there was just south of 0.8900. Overnight, AUD jumped broadly to the strong side overnight on hot CPI data (more below). Crude oil (CLH3 & LCOH3) sits between two chairs Following Tuesday’s sharp fall, as investors turned more risk adverse following disappointing earnings, crude oil prices are slightly higher into today’s session with recession fears continuing to be offset by an expected increase in Chinese demand and supply concerns related to next month's EU embargo on Russian seaborne sales of fuel products. In Brent the approach to $90 and the December high at $89.40 is likely to prove a tough nut to crack until more supporting news reaches the market. API data showed another build in US crude stocks, but at 3.4mn barrels if was less than the huge builds seen recently. The EIA data is out later today. Gold at new cycle high Gold reached a new cycle high on Tuesday of $1942.5 before profit taking emerged following the better-than-expected PMIs before bouncing back after the weak Richmond Fed index. Bullion trades up close to 6% this month and more than 300 dollars above the early November low on growing recession fears and expected slowing of Fed tightening. The remainder of the week is littered with US economic data, including US Q4 GDP and PCE, the Fed’s favoured inflation metric. Gold remains in a steep uptrend with support at $1900 followed by $1880 where the 21-day moving average and trendline from the November low meet. Silver has stabilised following Monday’s short-lived sell off below $23.15 but a couple of closes above the 21-day moving average, last at $23.76 will be needed to turn the sentiment more supportive. Chicago wheat futures advance Chicago wheat, one of the three most shorted commodities by the hedge fund industry trades near a one-week high after crop conditions worsened in Texas, the second biggest US producing state of winter wheat, a reminder that dry soil conditions remain following last year's massive drought. In the week to January 17, data from the CFTC showed hedge funds held the biggest short position in Chicago wheat since May 2019. Together with Arabica coffee, another heavily shorted contract, these contracts remain exposed to short covering should the technical and/or fundamental outlook turn more favourably. US Treasuries (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) yields fall. Very strong 2-year Treasury auction US treasuries found support and rallied yesterday, taking the 10-year treasury yield benchmark back below 3.50% and the 2-year was back below 4.20% this morning, in part after a very strong 2-year auction that saw the strongest bidding metrics since the early 2020 pandemic outbreak timeframe. The US treasury will auction 5-year T-notes today. Grumbles around a protracted US debt ceiling showdown in Congress and the risk of default by the US government not wearing on trust in US sovereign paper yet, with “crunch time” for the issue seen as early as early summer if the situation not resolved before then. What is going on? Microsoft’s outlook sent shares lower The world’s largest software company missed revenue estimates in Q2 (ending 31 December) by a small margin but hit the EPS consensus estimate with EPS at $2.32 for the quarter. The initial reaction was positive in the extended trading session but as the outlook became clearer to investors shares sold off. Microsoft forecasts a continuous slowdown in the commercial business in the next two quarters leaving room for a growth acceleration later in 2023. ASML confirms strong demand for chips Europe’s largest technology company reports Q4 sales of €6.4bn in line with estimates and a gross margin of 51.5% vs est. 49.3%. Investors will be pleased to see the confidence in the outlook with Q1 sales guidance at €6.1-6.5bn vs est. €6.1bn and FY23 revenue growth of 25% compared to consensus at 20% y/y. The company also sees a slight improvement in the gross margin. The Aussie dollar rallied up to 0.8% to 0.7100+, a new 5-month high on hot Q4 CPI print The Australian dollar popped to 0.7108 US, its highest level since early August after another Australian inflation print came out hotter than expected after electricity prices surged, rents also remained stubbornly high, along with furnishings, and household equipment price. Core Trimmed Mean CPI rose 6.9% YoY, above the 6.5% consensus expected. Headline inflation came in at 7.8%, slightly below consensus expectations. Recall the RBA expects inflation to remain high in early in 2023, particularly amid higher energy costs. This is also in line with several other government bodies’ thinking. The stronger inflation data saw odds of an RBA hiking pause for February falling, with a majority now looking for a hike at the Feb. 8 RBA meeting, with about 65 basis points of total additional tightening priced for the RBA, with a peak policy rate priced near 3.75%. Eurozone Flash Jan. Composite PMI edges into expansion Eurozone PMI rose to 50.2 in January from 49.3 in December and 49.8 expected, suggesting that the region may be able to skirt a recession due to a less harsh winter this season which has given room to the ECB to continue to focus on fighting underlying inflationary pressures. Manufacturing PMI was just below the key 50-mark at 48.8 but better than last month’s 47.8, while the rise of services PMI to 50.7 drove most of the gains. UK services PMI, on the other hand, fell to 48 from 49.9 in December, while manufacturing gained slightly to 46.7 in January from 45.3 previously but still remained in contraction. This suggests further signs of UK being in a recession in early 2023 and possibly a sooner pause for the BOE than the ECB. US Flash Jan. PMIs hold up better than expected US flash PMIs for January surpassed expectations, as services rose to 46.6, above the expected 45.0 and the prior 44.7, while manufacturing lifted to 46.8 from 46.2 (exp. 46.0), which comes ahead of ISM on February 1st. The composite rose to 46.6 from 45.0, and this will probably further boost the calls in favour of a soft landing rather than a deep recession as has been the case since the start of the year due to faster-than-expected China reopening and stronger Eurozone outlook. Still, activity is in contraction and job growth is cooling, but the January print also pointed to a re-acceleration in the input cost inflation. US and Germany to send tanks to Ukraine The Biden administration is reportedly expected to announce the intent to send 30 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, with Germany’s Chancellor Scholz also reportedly deciding to send at least 14 of its Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine after a long hesitation. Reports suggest Germany would only agree to send its best tanks if the US did likewise. It is unknown how rapidly the tanks could be deployed at the front. The US Justice Department and eight US states sue Alphabet Inc.’s Google (GOOGL:xnas) ... charging the company with a monopoly in its digital advertising market place and calling for a break-up of the company’s business in this area. Google retorted that the case “largely duplicates an unfounded lawsuit by the Texas Attorney General, much of which was recently dismissed by a federal court. DoJ is doubling down on a flawed argument....” Alphabet, Inc.’s share price fell 2% yesterday. Codelco produced 10% less copper than planned last year Production at Codelco, the Chilean state-owned miner said on Tuesday it produced 10% less copper than planned last year. Driven by mishaps at existing operations, such as rockfall, equipment malfunctions and dam freeze. In addition, some projects were delayed as the industry is seeing cost blowouts. Chile, the world's biggest supplier has increasingly been challenged by steadily falling ore quality, water shortages and projects becoming pricier. Developments that together with social unrest in Peru and the expected pickup in demand from China and the green transformation point to underlying support for copper. Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) report production and earnings later today and it may overtake Codelco as the world’s top producer. What are we watching next?  Bank of Canada meets today – most see a 25-basis point hike tomorrow followed by a pause Most observers are looking for the Bank of Canada to hike one last time for this cycle today to take the policy rate to 4.50% and to indicate a pause to assess inflation- and labour market conditions before deciding on next steps. The Bank of Canada hiked rapidly in 2022 in an attempt to catch up with galloping inflation but has contrasted with the Fed in signalling a pause in the hike cycle well before the Fed, which has been slower to signal that peak rates may be nearing. USDCAD trades near the lows since last November at 1.3350 this morning (2023 low is 1.3322), with the 200-day moving average creeping higher and near 1.3200. Tesla earnings on watch for margin pressure from price cuts Analysts expect revenue growth of 36% y/y and EPS of $1.12 up 64% y/y. Analysts are still very bullish on revenue growth for 2023 with expectations at 30% growth despite the recent slip in deliveries and three quarters of growing difference between production and deliveries. This is also reflected in the consensus price target at $190 vs the current price of $144. Traders and investors are also expressing a bullish take on Tesla with the put-call ratio on volume being 0.79 and the put-call open interest ratio at 0.65. The key thing to watch will be the comments on recent price cuts for several models, and how that impacts the bottom line, and whether the demand response is big enough to offset the price reduction to see the bottom line grow this year. Earnings to watch Today’s key earnings focus is ASML and Tesla as both earnings will set the direction for sentiment in the market. Read our earnings preview from yesterday here.  Today: ASML, Lonza Group, Tesla, Abbott Laboratories, NextEra Energy, IBM, Boeing, ServiceNow, CSX, Freeport-McMoRan, Lam Research, Norfolk Southern  Thursday: Tryg, Novozymes, Kone, Nokia, LVMH, Christian Dior, STMicroelectronics, SAP, Diageo, Atlas Copco, Volvo, SEB, Visa, Mastercard, Comcast, Intel, Blackstone, Valero Energy, Archer-Daniels-Midland, Dow, Nucor, L3Harris Technologies, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines  Friday: Fanuc, Chevron, American Express, Colgate-Palmolive  Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 0900 – Germany Jan. IFO Business Climate survey  1500 – Canada Bank of Canada Rate Decision  1530 – US Weekly DoE Oil and Product Inventories  1600 – Canada Bank of Canada Statement and Press Conference  1800 – US 5-year Treasury Auction  Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher   Source: Financial Markets Today: Quick Take – January 25, 2023 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
The USD/CAD Pair Is On The Way To Late 2022 Low

A Hawkish Interest Rate Decision By The Bank Of Canada Might Strengthen The Canadian Dollar

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 25.01.2023 10:24
USD/CAD is set to extend the downside to near the weekly low around 1.3320. Bank of Canada is expected to hike the interest rate further by 25 bps to 4.5%. The expectation of a smaller interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve is backed by escalating recession fears. USD/CAD is expected to deliver a breakdown of the Inverted Flag chart pattern that might expand volatility ahead. USD/CAD is hovering near the critical support above 1.3340 in the early European session. The Loonie asset has dropped after failing to sustain above 1.3400 and is expected to decline further to near the weekly lows around 1.3320. The major is following the footprints of the US Dollar Index (DXY), which is displaying a subdued performance. Weakness in the S&P500 futures led by a dip in Microsoft earnings due to missed estimates in the cloud business and technical glitches in the NYSE has turned investors’ risk-averse. Also, investors are restricting themselves from building full-capacity positions ahead of the United States Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data. The US Dollar Index (DXY) is struggling to sustain above the 101.50 resistance. The alpha created by the US government bonds has rebounded firmly. The 10-year US Treasury yields have scaled to near 3.47%. Bank of Canada to tighten policy further To tame stubborn inflation, the Bank of Canada (BoC) might continue to tighten its monetary policy further. Canada’s inflation has been recorded at 6.3% from its December Consumer Price Index (CPI) report, which is three times more than the 2% inflation target. According to a poll from Reuters, Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem’s aggressive policy tightening campaign is expected to calm down as the street sees a further interest rate hike by 25 basis points (bps) to 4.50%. Also, it conveys that the Bank of Canada will keep interest rates at 4.5% for the rest of the year, which indicates that this might be the end of further policy tightening. Canada’s headline inflation stood at 6.3% for December and is expected to remain above 2% inflation target till Q3CY2024. Factors that have kept Canada’s inflation at the rooftop are the tight labor market and supply chain bottlenecks. Upbeat employment opportunities have not provided a significant reason to producers to trim the prices of goods and services at factory gates. A higher-than-projected hawkish interest rate decision by the Bank of Canada might strengthen the Canadian Dollar. Oil price attempts a recovery from $80.00 Sheer weakness in the oil prices witnessed on Tuesday has met with demand in Wednesday morning around the critical support of $80.00. The black gold witnessed immense pressure as oil demand is expected to witness short-term pain due to extended holidays in Chinese markets for Lunar New Year celebrations. Also, the absence of chatters about supply cuts in the report from OPEC impacted the oil price. Meanwhile, the oil price has attempted a recovery amid headlines that the United States is considering refilling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). US President Joe Biden exploited the oil reserves to fight rising oil prices in CY2022. It is worth noting that Canada is a leading exporter of oil to the United States and a recovery in the oil price might support the Canadian Dollar. Read next: The Aussie Pair Is Above 0.70$, GBP/USD Pair Lost Its Level Of 1.24$| FXMAG.COM Contraction in US GDP might accelerate recession fears After a better-than-projected preliminary United States S&P PMI data, investors are shifting their focus toward the release of Thursday’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The street is expecting the fourth quarter GDP at 2.8% vs. the prior release of 3.2%. Investors should be aware of the fact that the US Bureau of Economic Analysis reported negative growth in the first two quarters of CY2022. And further contraction in the fourth quarter might accelerate recession fears. The rationale behind softening of economic activities is the higher interest rates by the Federal Reserve (Fed), which has trimmed the leakage of borrowings due to higher interest obligations. Apart from that, chatters about interest rate policy by the Federal Reserve are impacting the US Dollar. The street is expecting a further deceleration in the pace of policy tightening by the Federal Reserve as inflation has been softened significantly. USD/CAD technical outlook USD/CAD is forming an Inverted Flag chart pattern on an hourly scale that indicates a sheer consolidation, which is followed by a breakdown in the same. Usually, the consolidation phase of the chart pattern serves as an inventory adjustment in which those participants initiate shorts, which prefer to enter an auction after the establishment of a bearish bias. Downward-sloping 20-and 50-period Exponential Moving Average (EMA) at 1.3365 and 1.3375 respectively are acting as a major barricade for the US Dollar. Meanwhile, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) (14) is oscillating in a 40.00-60.00 range, which indicates volatility contraction
EUR/USD: Looking beyond the market’s trust issues with the Fed and ECB

The Euro Is Doing Well, Fed Expectations Become Alarmingly Soft

Swissquote Bank Swissquote Bank 25.01.2023 11:47
Trading in the US was eventless, except for the wild moves that marked the opening bell at the NYSE. S&P500 The S&P500 swung around the 4000, without any major moves up or down, as investors remained undecided faced with mixed company earnings, and mixed economic data. Microsoft  Microsoft announced better-than-expected results yesterday, but the 5% rally in the afterhours trading rapidly faded. Tesla is due to announce its earnings today. Forex In the FX, the US dollar remains under the pressure of soft data, and worryingly softening Fed expectations. The EURUSD is testing the 1.09 resistance on encouraging PMI data, while sterling is softer on growing slowdown worries. Bank of Canada In Canada, the Bank of Canada (BoC) is preparing to announce its final 25bp hike. The dollar-CAD puts increasing weight into clearing the 1.3350 support, but crude oil is not helping, as the price of a barrel of American crude continues bumping its head against the solid $82pb wall, the 100-DMA, without being able to break it to the upside. Read next: The Department Of Justice's Lawsuit Against Google | FXMAG.COM Watch the full episode to find out more! 0:00 Intro 0:38 S&P500 flat around 4000 1:55 Fed expectations become alarmingly soft 2:55 Microsoft earnings may not boost sentiment in S&P500 4:43 Tesla earnings due after the bell 6:26 US softer, euro stronger 7:29 Deteriorating UK outlook is not a concern for FTSE 100 8:48 BoC to announce a final 25bp hike 9:00 Crude oil: $82pb resistance too strong to clear… 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. #Tesla #Microsoft #earnings #ChatGPT #Nvidia #PMI #data #Fed #ECB #expectations #USD #EUR #GBP #BoC #rate #decision #CAD #crude #oil #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 Canadian Dollar (CAD) Was The Clear Outperformer Across The G10 Board

Canadian dollar: What are possible effects of BOC Interest Rate Decision?

Jing Ren Jing Ren 25.01.2023 10:24
After its last meeting, the BOC Governor Macklem said that the likely course would be a pause, unless there was a major change in the data. Of course he said it with a lot more words and technical jargon, but that was the essence of the message. Naturally, the markets adjusted the expectation to the BOC holding rates steady. The latest inflation data pointed to a strong deceleration. Even though the rate remains well above target, there is always some delay between when rates are raised and when inflation comes down to an acceptable range. So, it's expected that the central bank will stop raising when inflation starts to show signs it's coming under control, and not necessarily has reduced all the way. What changed? Inflation figures were in line with expectations, confirming the view for the BOC. But, the unemployment rate showed a surprise build. Over 100K people found jobs in December, well above the 7K expected. It is true that Canada has some wildly fluctuating jobs numbers. But given the context of the BOC saying it was going to be data dependent for the next meeting, the consensus now shifted to expect a 25bps hike at the next meeting. The context has implications beyond Canada, since the US faces similar economic conditions, and often the two central banks move in tandem. Inflation in the US has been coming down, but the jobs market remains surprisingly resilient. The prior months had seen slow jobs growth in Canada, leaving the impression that Canada could exit the rate hiking cycle sooner than its southern neighbor. But, if the BOC raises rates, it could have a somewhat diminished impact on the USDCAD, as traders weigh whether the strong jobs numbers seen in the US would also imply the Fed will move higher as well. What about further down the road? The other aspect is the global economy. Most of the reduction in inflation came from lower fuel prices. Wholesale food prices diminished, but not what shoppers were paying at stores. Meaning that the average Canadian might not notice the improving price situation, and in turn that could continue to impact consumer demand. Read next: Despite The Challenges Starbucks Is Developing In Italy, Bank BNP Paribas In Frankfurt Have Been Raided| FXMAG.COM What is more directly correlated to the currency market, however, is the price of crude. As Canada's main export the drop in petroleum prices naturally affected the CAD. But, now that China is reopening faster than expected, there is renewed speculation that crude prices could continue to appreciate. Particularly in the context of the latest IEA report, which forecasts demand for crude to reach a historic peak in the next year, while supplies remain constrained. Potential market reaction It's expected that after this rate hike, the BOC will once again say that it expects a pause, depending on the data. The other option is that it could surprise the markets by not raising rates. That could be because it discounts the jobs data as a one-off, and heavily imply that it could rates rates at the next meeting. Both courses of action would likely leave the long-term outlook for the CAD in the same place, but could provide some short-term volatility.
The USD/CAD Pair Is On The Way To Late 2022 Low

The Loonie Pair (USD/CAD) Is Looking To Shift Its Business

TeleTrade Comments TeleTrade Comments 26.01.2023 08:43
USD/CAD is aiming to shift its auction above 1.3400 as the BoC has reached the terminal rate for now. The rising probability of a smaller interest rate hike by the Fed is weighing on US yields. Oil price is losing foot above $80.50 as oil demand sees short-term pain due to China’s Lunar New Year holidays. The USD/CAD pair has corrected marginally after a recovery move from 1.3380 in the Asian session. The Loonie asset is looking to shift its business above 1.3400 despite a recovery attempt from the US Dollar Index (DXY). The recovery attempt in the USD Index seems less confident amid the risk-on market mood. S&P500 futures are showing marginal gains in early Asia after settling almost flat on Wednesday. The 500-stock basket has turned volatile as corporate are demonstrating their quarterly performance through earnings displays. The USD Index is putting efforts in building a cushion around a seven-month low at 101.10 ahead of the United States Gross Domestic Product (GDP) (Q4) and other economic data, which will release on Thursday. The rising probability of a smaller interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve (Fed) for its February meeting is weighing on the US Treasury yields. The alpha generated by the 10-year US Treasury bonds has dropped to 3.44%. The street is expecting a contraction in the scale of economic activities in the fourth quarter to 2.6% from the former release of 3.2% as Fed chair Jerome Powell has burnt their hands by triggering recession fears in his fight against stubborn inflation. The release of the Durable Goods Orders (Dec) will provide cues about the forward demand, which is expected to jump to 2.5% vs. the prior release of -2.1%. Meanwhile, the Canadian Dollar is expected to face the heat as Bank of Canada (BoC) Governor Tiff Macklem has paused further policy tightening after pushing the interest rates by 25 basis points (bps) to 4.5%. The BoC will keep interest rates steady at 4.5% for the rest of the year and will assess the impact of yet terminal rate ahead. On the oil front, oil price is struggling to sustain above 80.50 as celebrations in China due to the Lunar New Year festival has resulted in a pause in economic activities and henceforth a short-term pain in the oil demand. It is worth noting that Canada is a leading exporter of oil to the United States and lower oil prices might impact the Canadian Dollar.  
The Bank Of Canada Raised Interest Rates By 25bps, The EIA Data Showed An Unexpected Rise In US Crude Inventories

The Bank Of Canada Raised Interest Rates By 25bps, The EIA Data Showed An Unexpected Rise In US Crude Inventories

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 26.01.2023 09:11
Summary:  Risk sentiment was boosted in the US afternoon session after Bank of Canada’s pause signal sparked hopes of the Fed taking a similar turn next week. This saw dollar dipping and Gold surging to fresh cycle highs. Earnings results continue to be mixed with cost cutting efforts in the limelight, but some optimism came from buyback announcements from companies like Chevron and Blackrock. Meanwhile, Tesla beat on the EPS but missed on margin and free cash flow. HK stocks return today after Lunar New Year holiday while China markets are still closed.   What’s happening in markets? Nasdaq 100 (NAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) pared early losses to finish little changed On the back of the weakness in the outlook, especially a 7%-8% sequential decline in its Azure cloud computing in the current quarter, from Microsoft (MSFT:xnas), at one point in the New York morning Nasdaq 100 fell as much as 2.5% and S&P 500 slide nearly 1.7%. Stocks then spent the rest of the day climbing to recover from the morning losses. Nasdaq 100 finished the Wednesday session down only 0.3% and S&P 500 nearly unchanged. Microsoft pared early loss to close 0.6% lower. AT&T (T:xnys) jumped 6.6% on solid wireless subscription growth. Boeing (BA:xnys) plunged as much as 4.2%, following reporting a Q4 loss due to margin weakness, but pared all the loss and more, closing 0.3% higher. After the close, Tesla (TSLA:xnas) reported EPS of USD1.19, beating expectations slightly but EBITDA margin of 22.2% missing expectations. The EV giant expects to deliver about 1.8 million vehicles in 2023, in line with expectations. Tesla shares surged over 5% in extended hour trading. US Treasuries (TLT:Xmas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) richer by 1-3bps on lower UK & European yields Treasuries got a bid across the pond from stronger U.K. gilts and European government bonds which were helped by safe-haven buying on concerns of a potential escalation of the war in Ukraine as Germany and the U.S. are supplying tanks to Ukraine. Traders also took note of the Bank of Canada’s indication of a plan to pause rate hikes to assess the impact on the economy after raising its policy rate by 25bps to 4.5% on Wednesday. The 5-year auction went well with strong demand. Treasury yields fell 1 to 3 bps across the curve, with the 2-year finishing the session at 4.13% and the 10-year at 3.44% Hong Kong’s stock market back from the Lunar New Year holiday; Shanghai and Shenzhen closed Hong Kong’s stock market is resuming trading today after a 3-day long Lunar New Year Holiday while the mainland bourses remain closed for the holiday. During the first four days of the Lunar New Year holiday from Saturday to Tuesday, China’s passenger trips by road, rail, air, and water waterways reached nearly 96 million in China, about 29% higher from the same period last year. Chinese ADRs were in general firmer from their pre-holdiday closes in Hong Kong, with Alibaba (BABA:xnys; 09988:xhkg) up 1.2%, Tencent (TCEHY:xnas; 00700:xhkg) up 2.1%). JD.COM (JD:xnas; 09618:xhkg) up 0.6%, Li Auto (LI:xnas; 02015:xhkg) +6.5%, and NIO (NIO:xnys; 09866:xhkg) +7.1%. FX: Dollar downturn resumes amid expectations of a dovish Fed While a downshift in the Fed rate hike trajectory has been broadly signalled by the members of the board before the quiet period kicked off, the Bank of Canada’s pause signal has left the markets hoping for a similar turn from the Fed next week. This brought a fresh weakness in the US dollar overnight, with G10 gains led by AUD after a firmer-than-expected Q4 CPI print yesterday which would likely drive the RBA to continue to hike for now. AUDUSD hold above 0.71 with AUDNZD marching above 1.0950. GBPUSD returned back above 1.2400 as well while EURUSD is hovering near the YTD high of 1.0927 with a strong German Ifo report (read below) and hawkish rhetoric from the ECB continuing. USDJPY also back below 129.50 in the Asian morning. Crude oil (CLG3 & LCOH3) prices range-bound Crude oil prices remained firm on Wednesday after the EIA data showed an unexpected rise in US crude inventories. EIA reported a 0.5mln bbl build for US crude stocks in the latest week, marking the fifth straight build, albeit considerably less after the 8.4mln bbl build for the prior week, and on the lighter side of analyst expectations for a 1mln bbl build. Meanwhile, a weaker dollar and sustained positive signals from China reopening underpinned as well. WTI continued to find bids at $79.50 while Brent was supported around $85.50 with eyes on the December high of $89.40. Gold (XAUUSD) pushes to fresh 9-month highs; eyes on 1950 The weakness in the dollar amid expectations of a Fed downshift to a smaller rate hike next week continues to push Gold prices higher. The yellow metal surged to 1949.20 overnight, the highest levels since April 2022. A dovish hike by the Bank of Canada last night has set up the markets for a similar shift from the Fed next week. The US GDP release today will be of key interest to gauge whether the market expectations shifting in favor of a soft landing rather than a recession can continue to hold. The focus will then turn to the PCE data on Friday before we head into the Fed meeting week. Support at $1900.  Read next:Despite The Challenges Starbucks Is Developing In Italy, Bank BNP Paribas In Frankfurt Have Been Raided| FXMAG.COM What to consider? Bank of Canada’s dovish hike The Bank of Canada raised interest rates by 25bps to 4.50%, the highest level in 15 years. It plans to hold going forward, but Governor Tiff Macklem said he's "prepared" to hike again if needed. The decision was slightly dovish with a clear pause being signalled, despite the caveat to hike again. The MPR saw the bank lower its 2022 and 2023 inflation forecast but sees 2024 inflation at 2.3% (prev. 2.2%), the same year it expects it to reach its target. Growth forecasts were raised in 2022 and 2023, but lowered in 2024. Markets are taking this as a positive signal in the hope that the Fed could take a similar turn next week. Improving German business outlook further lowers recession risk Germany business confidence survey signalled that the worst may be over for the economy and a slowdown may be ahead, but a deep recession appears to be unlikely at this point. The threat of an immediate energy crunch has receded due to the less harsh winter, and supply-chain constraints are also easing with China’s reopening. The expectation index of the Ifo survey rose for the fourth successive month to 86.4 in January from 83.2 previously, but remained historically subdued amid elevated inflation curbing purchasing power. The current assessment slightly deteriorated. US GDP on the radar today, along with jobless claims An advance print of the Q4 GDP will be released in the US today, and some deceleration is expected from last quarter’s 3.2% YoY. But consensus still expects a strong growth of 2.7% YoY as spending on services sustained. The big concern will be if we see consumers pulling back, as was signalled by a slump in retail sales this month. That could raise concerns on whether a soft landing is really possible. However, judging from the recent labor market strength, it may be too soon to count the consumer out. Initial jobless claims for last week will also be on watch after the previous figure dipped to sub-200k levels signalling a still-tight labor market. Tesla earnings beat Tesla reported Q4 revenue of USD24.32 billion, 1% above the consensus estimate of USD24.07 billion as per Bloomberg’s survey, and a growth of 13% Q/Q and 37% Y/Y. Adjusted net income grew nearly 60% to USD 3.69 billion from a year ago. Adjusted earnings per share came in at USD1.19, beating the consensus estimate of USD1.12 by 6%. The gross margin of 25.1% was below the 26.6% expected by the street and the EBITDA margin of 22.2% was lower than the 22.6% forecasted by analysts. The EV giant said it is accelerating cost-cutting actions. Tesla commented that its factory in China has been running near full capacity and it is not expecting meaningful volume increases in the near term. Chevron boosts buyback on record profits Chevron (CVX) announced $75 billion buyback (22% of marketcap and tripling the current program) that will start in Apr 1 and raised dividend by 6.3% to $1.51/share a quarter implying yield of 3.4%. 4Q earnings are due tomorrow. Other companies like Blackrock and Netflix have also announced buybacks for 2023, sending some optimism on a soft landing scenario as companies are not hoarding cash with fears of an incoming recession.   Source: Market Insights Today: Bank of Canada’s dovish hike; Step up in share buybacks – 26 January 2023 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
If German Numbers Remain Weak, The ECB Will Have To Consider Easing Up On Rates

Two Small Caps Listed On Euronext Paris Have Faced Severe Financial Difficulties, The Q4 GDP Will Be Released In The US Today

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 26.01.2023 09:16
Summary:  A whipsaw session in the US for equity traders, as a steep sell-off intraday, in part on Microsoft shares gapping lower at the open on its after-hours earnings report of the prior day was fully reversed by the close. Tesla’s strong guidance after hours kept the mood elevated, as did sideways to lower US treasury yields and a weak US dollar. Another long list of US and European companies are set to report earnings today, including Europe’s largest company by market cap, luxury goods maker LVMH.   What is our trading focus? Equities: US equity market holds up after a stumble The market suffered a significant intraday drawdown yesterday, in part on mega-cap Microsoft gapping lower on the open after its earnings report after the close on Tuesday. But that stock and the broader market recovered to approximately unchanged by the close of the session, keeping the sense of suspense alive around the direction of this market, with a long-standing descending trend-line from the all-time top in play for the S&P 500 near recent highs above 4,000 and the price action criss-crossing the 200-day moving average. Today sees a further flurry of earnings reports, including from the two credit card giants Mastercard (to report before market open) and Visa (after market close). Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HIF3) surged on return from the Lunar New Year holiday On the first trading day of returning from the Lunar New Year holiday while the mainland bourses remain closed, Hang Seng Index surged 2% and Hang Seng TECH Index jumped 3.6%. During the first four days of the Lunar New Year holiday from Saturday to Tuesday, China’s passenger trips by road, rail, air, and water waterways reached nearly 96 million in China, about 29% higher than in the same 4-day period in the Lunar New Year holiday last year. It added to the optimism that the initial Covid outbreak when pandemic containment measures were lifted has not stalled the rebound in mobility and economic activities. Xiaomi (01810:xhkg), surging 12%, was the best performer within the benchmark Hang Seng Index, following the leak of an EV blueprint design being considered as an indication of the mobile phone and electronic device maker is on track to launch its first EV in 2024. FX: USD drops with resilient risk sentiment and as yields ease lower, perhaps in part on dovish Bank of Canada The USD remains on the weak side, falling again after a brief rally yesterday as sentiment rebounded in equity markets. Another strong treasury auction (see more below) kept US yields under pressure, with the Bank of Canada’s signalling of a pause after yesterday’s hike reminding the market of the US Fed’s trajectory as it is seen pausing rate hikes soon. AUD was especially firm, rallying hard yesterday after a firmer-than-expected Q4 CPI print which is seen likely to drive the RBA to continue to hike for now. AUDUSD has held above 0.71, while AUDNZD rallied hard to 1.0950+, closing in on its 200-day moving average just above 1.1000. GBPUSD recoverd back toward 1.2400 as well while EURUSD is hovering near the YTD high of 1.0927 after a strong German Ifo report yesterday (read below) and hawkish rhetoric from the ECB continuing. USDJPY also back below 129.50 overnight in Asia. Crude oil (CLG3 & LCOH3) prices range-bound Crude oil trades near unchanged after holding tight ranges overnight the Asia session amid low liquidity as the Lunar New Year holiday continues.  EIA reported a 0.5mn barrel build in US crude stocks in the latest week, while Cushing inventories jumped by more than 4 mn barrels, the biggest since April 2020, to 35.6mn barrels, thereby supporting the current spread widening between WTI and Brent to near $6/bbl. Export was firm while total products demand to its lowest for this time of year since 2014. Meanwhile, a weaker dollar and sustained positive signals from China reopening underpinned prices. WTI continued to find bids at $79.50 while Brent was supported around $85.50 with eyes on the December high of $89.40. Gold (XAUUSD) pushes to fresh cycle high near $1950 The weakness in the dollar amid expectations of a Fed downshift to a smaller rate hike next week continues to push gold prices higher. The yellow metal reached 1949.20 overnight, the highest levels since April 2022. A dovish hike by the Bank of Canada last night has set up the markets for a similar shift from the Fed next week. The US GDP release today will be of key interest to gauge whether the market expectations shifting in favor of a soft landing rather than a recession can continue to hold. The focus will then turn to the PCE data on Friday before we head into the Fed meeting week. Additional price momentum being provided by ETF’s where total holdings this week has jumped by 13 tons. Support at $1900 with resistance at 1963$, a Fibonacci level. US Treasuries (TLT:xnas, IEF:xnas, SHY:xnas) yields fall, 5-year auction another strong one US treasuries continued to rally and yields edged lower, keeping the 10-year US treasury benchmark yield below 3.50%. A 5-year auction saw very strong bidding metrics, if not quite as dramatic as those of the 2-year auction of the prior day. More impactful US macro data is up today, including the first Q4 GDP estimate and weekly jobless claims number, with December PCE inflation data up tomorrow. What is going on? Tesla reports strong profits, forecasts 37% jump in sales this year The company beat consensus estimates in reporting $1.19 of earnings per share and said that it would increase its output “as quickly as possible” after having previously forecasted that it would average 50% annual growth in coming years. The coming year’s forecast production increase was for a rise of about 37%, and questions loom about the company’s margins after it cut prices sharply earlier this month. The company warned on economic uncertainty and claimed to be accelerating its “cost reduction roadmap.” Tesla stock has rallied over 40% from the cycle lows of a few weeks ago and was up marginally in late trading yesterday after the earnings release. Bank of Canada’s dovish hike The Bank of Canada raised interest rates by 25bps to 4.50%, the highest level in 15 years. It plans to hold going forward, but Governor Tiff Macklem said he's "prepared" to hike again if needed. The decision was slightly dovish with a clear pause being signalled, despite the caveat to hike again. The MPR saw the bank lower its 2022 and 2023 inflation forecast but sees 2024 inflation at 2.3% (prev. 2.2%), the same year it expects it to reach its target. Growth forecasts were raised in 2022 and 2023, but lowered in 2024. Markets are taking this as a positive signal in the hope that the Fed could take a similar turn next week. Improving German business outlook further lowers recession risk Germany business confidence survey signalled that the worst may be over for the economy and a slowdown may be ahead, but a deep recession appears to be unlikely at this point. The threat of an immediate energy crunch has receded due to the less harsh winter, and supply-chain constraints are also easing with China’s reopening. The expectation index of the Ifo survey rose for the fourth successive month to 86.4 in January from 83.2 previously but remained historically subdued amid elevated inflation curbing purchasing power. The current assessment slightly deteriorated. Bad time for small caps on Euronext Paris With tightened financial conditions, it is getting increasingly complicated for several small companies to get access to affordable financing. In less than two days, two small caps listed on Euronext Paris have faced severe financial difficulties. A court ordered the liquidation of Deinove – a French biotechnology company pioneering the exploration of a new domain of life, unexplored at 99.9 %: the microbial dark matter. The company, based in the South of France, failed to secure a new round of financing. Yesterday, Lysogène went into receivership. This is another French biotechnology company focusing on lead programs in neurodegenerative lysosomal. The stock is down 85 % on a yearly basis. Expect other small listed companies to experience the same fate as access to financing is getting much more complicated in a high-interest environment. The biotechnological sector is certainly one of the most vulnerable, along with other high-tech segments (such as artificial intelligence). What are we watching next? US GDP on the radar today, along with jobless claims An advance print of the Q4 GDP will be released in the US today, and some deceleration is expected from last quarter’s 3.2% YoY. But consensus still expects a strong growth of 2.7% YoY as spending on services was sustained. The big concern will be if we see consumers pulling back, as was signalled by a slump in retail sales this month. That could raise concerns on whether a soft landing is possible. However, judging from the recent labour market strength, it may be too soon to count the consumer out. Initial jobless claims for last week will also be on watch after the previous figure dipped to sub-200k levels signalling a still-tight labour market. Earnings to watch Today’s key earnings focus in Europe is on the largest company on the continent by market value, LVMH, which continues to ride high on strong sales, and with special focus on how the company guides on the anticipation of a reopening China. It reports after the European market close today. A number of other prominent European names are reporting, including SAP (results already out this morning, with upbeat revenue guidance relative to forecast). In the US, the focus is on the two credit card giants Mastercard, which will report before the open and Visa, which reports after the market close. US chip giant Intel will also report after the market close, as that beleaguered company continues to try righting the ship after touching eight-year lows last year, and with slumping PC demand a prominent concern. Today: Tryg, Novozymes, Kone, Nokia, LVMH, Christian Dior, STMicroelectronics, SAP, Diageo, Atlas Copco, Volvo, SEB, Visa, Mastercard, Comcast, Intel, Blackstone, Valero Energy, Archer-Daniels-Midland, Dow, Nucor, L3Harris Technologies, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines Friday: Fanuc, Chevron, American Express, Colgate-Palmolive Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 1330 – US Dec. Chicago Fed National Activity Index 1330 – US Q4 GDP Estimate 1330 – US Weekly Initial Jobless Claims 1500 – US Dec. New Home Sales 1530 – US Weekly Natural Gas Inventory report 1600 – US Jan. Kansas City Fed Manufacturing Activity 2330 – Japan Jan. Tokyo CPI 0000 – New Zealand ANZ Business Confidence/Activity Outlook 0030 – Australia Q4 PPI Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app: Apple  Spotify PodBean Sticher Source: Financial Markets Today: Quick Take – January 26, 2023 | Saxo Group (home.saxo)
Chinese Have Enough Money To Temper Recession, Tesla’s Record Profit

Chinese Have Enough Money To Temper Recession, Tesla’s Record Profit

Swissquote Bank Swissquote Bank 26.01.2023 10:56
The S&P500 was flat yesterday, as investors tried to make sense of the deluge of company earnings that hit the fan before, during and after the session. Microsoft didn’t gain on better-than-expected earnings, and Tesla announced record profits, but the share price jumped only 5% in the afterhours. Stocks Latest positive price action in stocks – which is now fading, and the positive price action in bonds suggest that the recession odds became less for stock traders, and more for bond traders since the start of this year. And that’s a risk for stock gains, besides earnings. Bank of Canada In central banks, Bank of Canada (BoC) hiked its bank rate by 25bp yesterday and announced to pause. The BoC decision spurred the expectation that the Federal Reserve (Fed) could do the same: hike by 25bp next week then pause. Bank of England For the Bank of England (BoE), investors are almost sure that the year will end with a 25bp hike due to the slowing economy. Australia But in Australia, the surprise rebound in Australian inflation, spurred the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) hawks yesterday. Summary In summary, investors’ hearts will continue to swing between slowing economy and easing inflation, and the bumps in inflation along the way.But the data will tell who is right and who is wrong. All eyes are on US GDP today! Watch the full episode to find out more! 0:00 Intro 0:47 Microsoft sold on slowing revenue warning 1:51 Tesla’s record profit sees limited reaction 3:34 Stock and bonds don’t price the same recession odds 5:11 FX update: USD down, euro, sterling, Aussie up 7:51 Chevron to buy back $75bn stocks! 9:01 Chinese have enough money to temper recession. They just need to spend it! 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. #Tesla #Microsoft #earnings #Chevron #stock #buyback #US #GDP #data #Fed #ECB #BoE #RBA #BoC #expectations #recession #odds #USD #EUR #GBP #AUD #crude #oil #China #New #Year #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 US Policymakers Signaled That There Might Be Two More Rate Hikes

Federal Reserve: Back to 25bp hikes as slowdown fears mount

ING Economics ING Economics 27.01.2023 09:19
Last year saw the most aggressive policy tightening path in four decades, but Fed officials have laid the groundwork for more modest 25bp hikes in February and March. Recessionary forces are building though and inflation looks set to slow sharply from here, implying rates cuts will be on the agenda later in the year US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell 25bp with more still to come Having raised the Fed funds target range by 425bp in 2022, including 75bp and 50bp moves, expectations are firmly centred on the Federal Reserve opting for a more modest 25bp interest rate increase on Wednesday – taking the target range to 4.5-4.75%. While inflation is still well above target and unemployment is at a cycle low, there are signs that the economy is responding to tighter monetary policy and the Fed will be cognisant of fears that hiking rates too hard and fast risks toppling the economy into recession. Officials certainly appear to be backing "standard" 25bp increases from now on after enacting their most aggressive hiking cycle for 40 years, but most are warning that there is still more work to be done. Consequently, we expect to hear that ongoing interest rate hikes are "appropriate" with the balance sheet shrinking strategy remaining in place. Scenarios for the Federal Reserve meeting Source: ING   Officials are unlikely to switch to a “data dependency” narrative just yet, fearing that adopting too dovish a line could fuel market expectations for eventual rate cuts. In turn, this could lead to an unwanted loosening of financial conditions that contribute to inflation staying higher for longer. Conversely, signalling 25bp but then hiking by a more aggressive 50bp would generate a large risk-off reaction with sharply higher borrowing costs. The majority of the committee would likely consider this too risky an option given the potential to intensify recessionary forces that could end up excessively dampening inflation. With no new Federal Reserve forecasts at this meeting, the accompanying press conference is likely to re-affirm that it is appropriate to move in smaller 25bp steps from now on and we are not at the endpoint yet. The Fed could over and/or under-hike other rates for technical reasons, but likely won't Apart from the headline funds rate range of 4.25% to 4.50%, the Fed will also adjust higher the rate on the reverse repo facility and on excess reserves. These are currently at 4.3% and 4.4% respectively, and are often seen as the tighter corridor within which the effective fed funds rate sits (currently 4.33%). There is constant speculation on the likelihood of the Fed deciding to under-hike the rate on the reverse repo facility, to bring it to flat to the fed funds floor (it’s currently 5bp over). The logic would be to encourage less use of this facility, which routinely takes in US$2tr in excess liquidity on a rolling daily basis. However, in all probability, repo would simply trade down to the same area, without a material effect on volumes. There is a similar argument to instead over-hike the rate on excess reserves, say by 30bp (instead of 25bp). The idea here would be to encourage a downsize in the use of the reverse repo facility in place of an upside in bank reserves (higher relative remuneration). This would allow the Fed to better manage bank reserves, ensuring that it doesn't fall too fast, as it gradually ratchets its balance sheet lower through the ongoing soft quantitative tightening programme (as it allows $95bn of bonds per month to roll off the front end). In all probability, it won’t do this either. It is already a 10bp spread between the reverse repo window and the excess reserves one, and widening that to 15bp might not make a material difference. That said, a spread of 20bp just might, and is something the Fed could consider down the line i.e. under-hiking the reverse repo rate and over-hiking the rate on excess reserves. On this occasion, there would be quite a surprise if it did anything along these lines, at least not at this juncture. The Fed could also upsize the quantitative tightening agenda, but likely won't either The Fed has also been quite quiet on the balance sheet roll-off programme. It seems that’s the way it likes it – churning away quietly in the background, and not causing too many market ripples. The big question in this space is whether the Fed could consider outright selling some bonds off its books, and thereby engage in a harder version of quantitative tightening. It would be huge if it did. There is certainly an appetite for bonds in the market if the recent Treasury auctions are anything to go by. However, such selling of bonds outright would likely be a step too far at this juncture, as it would likely generate a tantrum. But it's always there should the Fed start to feel that the fall in longer-dated market rates is acting contrary to its hiking efforts on the front end. Even a mention that it is looking at this down the line would have a material effect. Not expected, but these are potential market movers that we need to cross off as the meeting outcome unfolds. Importantly, any mention of potentially upsizing the bond roll-off in the future or considering any bond selling (e.g. of the longer-dated mortgage portfolio) would signal it was uncomfortable with where longer-dated market rates are at. But the outlook is darkening and the peak is close We think that the Fed will probably hike once more on 22 March, but that will mark the top for the policy rate. We are concerned that signs of a slowdown will spread and intensify with a recession our baseline forecasts. Residential construction has fallen in each of the past six months, industrial production has been down for the past three months and retail sales have dropped by 1% or more in both November and December. Unfortunately, business surveys offer no hint of a turn with both the manufacturing and service sector ISM indices in contraction territory and the Conference Board’s measure of CEO confidence at the most depressed level since the Global Financial Crisis – a clear signal that businesses will be focusing more on cost-cutting rather than revenue expansion this year. At the same time, the heavy weighting of shelter and vehicles within CPI and clear signs of softening corporate pricing power mean that inflation will be close to 2% by the end of this year. Rents have topped out in most major cities while vehicle prices are now falling, with the National Federation of Independent Businesses survey on price intentions pointing to a sharp slowdown in core inflation through the second quarter into the third quarter of this year. As for the jobs market, while headline payrolls growth remains impressive there are flashing warning lights with the temporary help component reporting falling employment numbers in each of the past five months. This is concerning because this grouping of workers is typically easier to hire and fire by the nature of the position so they tend to lead broader shifts in payrolls. Worryingly, the declines are getting bigger each month, suggesting the momentum in the jobs market is souring. In an environment of weak activity, falling inflation, and mounting job losses, we doubt the Fed will raise rates beyond March with rate cuts the order of the day from the third onwards. FX: Things are getting interesting It has been pretty much one-way traffic for the dollar bear trend since early November. Clear signs of easing US price pressures and a slowing economy have upended the prior narrative of a Fed forced to tighten into a recession. Risk assets have rallied strongly. Data shows that the EUR/USD six-hour reaction to last year’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decisions triggered moves of anywhere between +/- 0.7%. And the FX options market has a 90 pip range priced for EUR/USD over the period which covers both the Fed and the ECB meetings next Wednesday/Thursday.  We were about to say that an expected 25bp rate hike from the Fed and a relatively unchanged statement would have little impact on FX markets. Yet we have just seen FX markets move on the Bank of Canada’s decision to halt its tightening cycle at 4.50%. The dollar was marked lower on this decision, presumably on the minority view that the Fed could also be ready to call time on its tightening cycle. This suggests that the FOMC meeting could prove more interesting than the market has priced. Our base case would assume that EUR/USD continues to trade near 1.08/1.09 after the FOMC meeting. Any suggestion that the Fed was virtually done tightening could send EUR/USD through 1.10. While aggressive Fed push-back against the 50bp of 2023 easing already priced by the market could briefly send EUR/USD to 1.07. In the bigger picture, we expect EUR/USD to head higher this year – perhaps to the 1.15 area in the second quarter – this will be the time when US inflation is falling more sharply and China re-opening is providing a tailwind to the pro-cyclical currencies, including the euro. Read this article on THINK TagsUS Recession Interest rates Federal Reserve 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: Crude Oil Plunging To New Lows, Focus On Bank Of Canada Meeting And More

Rate Cuts Are Not On The Horizon Any Time Soon, Only The Bank Of Canada Appears To Have Already Ended Its Tightening Cycle

Roman Ziruk Roman Ziruk 28.01.2023 09:57
Major central banks to bring hike cycles to a close We think that the aforementioned easing in inflation rates should herald an end to interest rate hikes for most of the major central banks in the first half of 2023. We think that the Federal Reserve will be done raising rates after its March meeting. At its final meeting of the year in December, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) took its first baby steps towards ending its aggressive interest rate hike cycle, delivering a 50bp rate hike following four consecutive 75bp moves. In its ‘dot plot’, committee members indicated that an additional 75 basis points of hikes may be on the way this year, though futures are only pricing in 50. The key message was that rate cuts are not on the horizon any time soon, and are not expected until 2024. In our view, both the European Central Bank and Bank of England will follow suit in ending their respective hiking cycles in mid-2023. The ECB was the most hawkish of the three major central banks in December, as it announced a start date for quantitative tightening, while President Lagarde warned that multiple additional 50bp rate increases may be on the horizon. Meanwhile, we have little doubt that the Bank of England will continue to confuse markets this year, a hallmark of its communications in 2022. The BoE also raised rates by 50bps during its final meeting of the year, although the three-way voting split among MPC members provided little clarity to investors. We believe that the Reserve Bank of Australia, Swiss National Bank, Riksbank and Norges Bank may only have one or two more hikes left in them, while the Bank of Canada appears to have already ended its tightening cycle. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand is expected to be the most active central bank in the G10 in 2023, with markets finally beginning to price in a long-awaited rate hike from the Bank of Japan in the second half of the year. On the whole, most emerging market central banks are slightly ahead of their major counterparts and, for some, attention may soon turn to the timing of interest rate cuts. For many developing economies, inflation has, however, become deeply entrenched, and that may ensure higher rates for longer, a delayed pick-up in economic activity and a higher risk of default. Read next: Intentional Depreciation Of The Currency - Devaluation| FXMAG.COM Global downturns on the way? As inflation rates begin to trend lower, and central banks globally press pause on their hiking cycles, attention among market participants will increasingly turn towards the possibility of recessions. We have already seen signs of a deterioration in most indicators of economic activity. The G3 business activity PMIs, which provide the most timely gauge of growth in the services and manufacturing sectors, have printed below the level of 50 representing contraction. Indicators of consumer, business and investor sentiment have declined, as have a number of barometers of consumer spending activity. Generally speaking, we think that downturns in 2023 will be rather mild, and we’ve not seen any evidence in the data just yet that would indicate sharp recessions are on the way. We see a number of reasons to be optimistic about the global economic outlook, and believe that the pending downturns in activity won’t be as bad as currently expected by markets: Energy crisis fallout set to be limited. Natural gas prices have eased sharply, as shortages of natural gas appear unlikely this winter. Supply chains are normalising. Freight rates have declined almost back to pre-covid levels, with the impact of the war in Ukraine set to be less onerous in 2023. Inflation appears to be peaking in a handful of economic areas, as are interest rates. Labour markets are strong, characterised by very low unemployment rates, high job vacancies and solid nominal earnings growth. As of yet, we have seen little signs of a deterioration in labour market conditions. Households are well placed to withstand high prices, particularly given the extent of government support (fiscal policy remains supportive with no tightening in sight) and high savings accumulated during lockdowns. China is moving away from its zero-COVID policy. The country continues to lift its draconian restrictions as it prepares its society for living with the virus. In our view, the end to central bank interest rates hikes, and the possibility that downturns in global activity won’t be as bad as currently anticipated, provide a conducive environment for an appreciation in high-risk currencies. In anticipation of a dovish pivot from the Federal Reserve, the US dollar has shed around 8.5% of its value since its September peak. We think that this move has more room to run, and we are pencilling in advances in most currencies against the dollar, notably emerging markets, which we think remain broadly undervalued. The extent of these moves will likely depend on the resilience of economies to the pending downturn, and the timing of when central banks globally will both end their tightening cycles and begin cutting interest rates. 2022 was a highly volatile year in the foreign exchange market, and we suspect that 2023 will prove much the same. Written by: Enrique Diaz-Alvarez, Matthew Ryan (CFA), Roman Ziruk, Itsaso Apezteguia, Eduardo Moutinho, Michal Jozwiak – Ebury’s Market Analysts Source: 2023 FX Market Preview: Is a global recession on the way? (ebury.com)

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