Asian Stocks Talking Points:
- Asian stocks were mixed Thursday with Japanese shares higher and Chinese ones lower
- On the FX side of things, the US Dollar continued declining at the expense of other ones
- Risk trends may continue driving markets. IDR awaits a possible Bank of Indonesia hike
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Asian stock markets were largely mixed on Thursday afternoon with gains seen in Japan while declines left their mark in China. For the former, the Nikkei 225 was up as much as 0.55% and echoed gains seen in Wall Street from Wednesday’s session. There, sentiment improved and the S&P 500 rose on encouraging signs that the world’s largest economy could remain resilient despite tightening credit conditions.
In China though, things weren’t looking too well as the Shanghai Composite and CSI 300 were down 0.23% and 0.37% respectively. This is despite the country trying to make good with Washington ahead of trade talks. The Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) said that the country wants to end tariff concessions on US fruit and pork.
On the currency side of things, the US Dollar continued its selloff from the second half of Wednesday’s session. Unlike the prior session, its decline was accompanied with falling local government bond yields. Meanwhile, sentiment-linked units like the New Zealand and Canadian Dollars advanced at the expense of the greenback.
The Australian Dollar was also higher, but it focused more on the aforementioned trading dynamic rather than a local jobs report as expected. There, Australia added more jobs (22,600 versus 20,000) and all of the gains derived from the full time sector. Meanwhile, the British Pound rose as the UK was reported to tell the EU that it is prepared to stay in the customs union after 2021.
Looking ahead, a lack of top-tier economic data will probably leave risk trends at the forefront of driving trading dynamics. Keep an eye out for ongoing US/China trade negotiations.
For those following the Indonesian Rupiah, at an unspecified time later today the Bank of Indonesia will have its interest rate decision. At this point, out of 33 estimates from Bloomberg, 19 predict that rates will rise to 4.50% from 4.25%. This means that regardless of the outcome, roughly 50% of traders will find themselves having to reposition and this may induce sudden USD/IDR volatility.
Nikkei 225 Technical Analysis: Consistent Uptrend
The Nikkei 225 has been consistently pushing higher in an uptrend since bottoming in late March. The Japanese stock benchmark seems to be held up by a rising trend line that dates back to then. In fact, at the moment it stands as near-term support with it being closely aligned with the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement at 22,705. A push below that exposes the 50% midpoint of the retracement at 22,246.
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Top Tier Data, Risk Aversion Portend Volatility
Financial markets may face breakneck volatility as a steady stream of heavy-duty scheduled event risk is compounded by wild swings in sentiment.
The US Dollar may continue to push higher as haven demand amid deteriorating market sentiment takes over from Fed policy bets as the catalyst du jour.
There is an argument to be made that Sterling has suffered enough and that most, if not all, of the bad economic backdrop has been priced in. But is next week the week to have that argument?
The Australian Dollar faces a week full of US economic data, but much shorter of domestic numbers. This could see USD back in the ascendant, if only for lack of AUD-specific impetus.
Chinese Yuan Forecast: Yuan May Benefit from Capital Inflows, Trade Talks and Chinese PMI
Capital inflows could remain high around June 1, when A shares are officially included in MSCI indices; trade talks may solve some discrepancies; PMI gauges could boost the outlook of a sustainable recovery.
Crude oil hit a wall as OPEC and its allies are said to increase production while total US inventories swelled by the most since February.
Equities Forecast: S&P, Dow, DAX & FTSE – A Cautionary Pause Begins to Show
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Euro Moving Towards Key Support to Curb Persistent Selling
EUR/USD TECHNICAL HIGHLIGHTS:
- EURUSD selling shows no signs of abating, close below Jan 2017 trendline sets up further weakness
- Key risk events on the calendar come in the form of Eurozone inflation and US NFP report
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The theme of selling EURUSD has shown no signs of abating with the pair now trading around the mid-1.16 area. Last week saw the trendline dating back to January 2017 offer some mild support on Wednesday, however, another bout of Euro weakness saw the trendline support ultimately breached. A close below the trendline could provide a telling sign that another leg lower will be in store for the pair.
As we look ahead to next week, risk events on the calendar for the Euro will come in the form of the Eurozone inflation and the latest US NFP report. In terms price action, the aforementioned breach of the Jan’17 trendline sets up run in on the 2016 high situated at 1.1616, while a weekly low from November 7th at 1.1553 looks to be pivotal, a break below will likely see an extension of the bear run. Resistance on the topside resides at 1.1709, marking the 38.2% Fibonacci Retracement of the 1.0340-1.2556 rise, alongside 1.1750 (May 24th high).
EURUSD bulls on the longer term may find comfort in the fact that the Relative Strength Index on the daily chart is in oversold territory, which could indicate that the pair may see a modest reversal in the near-term. However, when the pair has previously been in oversold territory the rebound has been mild at best and followed by another wave of selling.
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Crude Spills on Saudi’s Proposed Increase, Short-Term Top Likely
Fundamental Forecast for USOIL: Neutral
- The ONE Thing:Saudi turning on the spigots may lead to lower prices, but bullish environment remains. OPEC rhetoric is rightly center stage as oil traded notably weaker toward week’s end. Saudi Arabia’s oil minister, Ali-Falih, said he sees a ‘likely’ oil supply boost in H2 2018.
- Per BHI, U.S. Oil Rig Count rises to 859, US total count at 1059
- Crude Oil Price Forecast: Brent Premium Favors OPEC Induced Volatility
- The technical analysis picture of crude oil shows a sharp pullback off 3-year highs. Chart support comes in for the WTI front-month contract at $67.50/$64.50 per barrel.
Crude had the first weekly decline for the month of May as OPEC’s comments spooked bulls. More oil coming out of Saudi & Russia is helping to narrow a popular futures calendar spread that helped to visualize the bullish support for crude that weakened this week.
Shortage Fears Wane on OPEC+ Rhetoric
Data source: Bloomberg
Seemingly bearish rhetoric took hold of the Oil market causing the price to fall on Friday. Multiple reports came about OPEC, and their allies that are collectively known as OPEC+ as rolling back production cuts. There remains uncertainty about Venezuelan and Iranian supply that has likely supported these comments from OPEC+.
The front-month WTI crude contract broke back below $70 and calendar spreads between December 2018 to December 2019 futures contracts narrowed to the weakest levels in more than a month. The wide spread aligned the move above key resistance levels.
Additionally, owners of oil producer equities are likely not as concerned as an exposed futures traders given that many producers have been locking in high prices through hedging via options.
Crude has nearly erased May’s Gains With ~3.5% Drop Last Week
Data source: Bloomberg. Created by Quasar Elizundia
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Big Pullback on 240-Minute Chart
Chart Source: Pro Real Time with IG UK Price Feed. Created by Tyler Yell, CMT
The sharp pull-back is seen well with RSI(5) on the four-hour chart. The RSI(5) has hit the lowest point since crude began its impressive ascent from $58/bbl in February to above $72/bbl earlier this week.
Since the news came that Saudi and Russia are considering easing global output cuts, the price dipped aggressively lower. Oil has its first weekly loss for the month on Friday’s nearly 3% loss.
Traders can look to trendline support zone and prior structure support points near $64.50/67.50 as likely support on the pullback. A deeper move below this zone would shift me from neutral to cautiously bearish, but the broader cycle change favoring commodities makes this a difficult view to hold.
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Next Week’s Data Points That May Affect Energy Markets:
The fundamental focal points for the energy market next week:
- Monday: US Memorial Day
- Monday: Statistics Norway releases quarterly survey on planned investments in the oil industry
- Wednesday (delayed for holiday) 04:30 PM ET: API Weekly Oil Inventories Report
- Thursday (delayed for holiday) 11:00 AM ET: EIA issues weekly US Oil Inventory Report
- Thursday 12-2pm: EIA releases monthly report
- Friday 1:00 PM ET: Baker-Hughes Rig Count
- Friday 3:30 PM ET: Release of the CFTC weekly commitments of traders report on U.S. futures, options contracts
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