- HYG saw $1.2 billion enter the fund as investors gained confidence in the staying power of regulations passed by the Trump administration
- The IVV,VOO and SPY funds saw $2.2 billion in new capital on a mixed but timidly green trading week
- Trade wars will likely be the driving force behind next week’s ETF flows
A politically dominated week came to a close Friday as equities etched out a notable climb during the period. The high-flying NASDAQ was the laggard of the US indices, only marginally higher at +0.68% versus +2.13% and +2.84% for the S&P 500 and Dow respectively. One particularly active area this week was high yield corporate debt.
US Indices Price Chart Daily, Year-to-Date
The HYG ETF which provides exposure to high yield corporate debt saw its best week in terms of inflows since early July. In total, the fund gained $1.2 billion in fresh capital as political uncertainty vanished and investors could be confident in the regulatory landscape. A split chamber will allow tax cuts to stay in place and the bipartisan support for the Trump administration’s trade war will ensure it stays the course, at least for the near future.
Further, the Federal Reserve did not issue a rate hike this week. The unchanged rate will maintain the status quo for risk premium offered by the corporate debt up until December’s decision where they are favored to hike.
HYG ETF Fund Flows and S&P 500 Price
Aggregate Fund Flows versus S&P 500 Performance
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The three index tracking ETF’s saw minimal movement this week even as equities pressed higher. In total they enjoyed $2.2 billion in inflows and lacked any notable outliers. Another contributing factor to the lackluster flows is the mixed sentiment regarding earnings season. To this point earnings have been very mixed and FANG remains troubled which has seemingly resulted in relatively
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Next week has a fairly light economic calendar with the exception of various GDP figures so trade wars, Brexit and the Italian budget situation will likely be the dominant risk themes.
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–Written by Peter Hanks, Junior Analyst for DailyFX.com
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Is Gold Posed to Lose its Luster?
GOLD PRICE FUNDAMENTAL FORECAST: NEUTRAL
- Gold’s recent bullish breakout may come under pressure despite strong safe-haven demand
- A strong US Dollar notching year-to-date highs to limit further advances in gold
- Prospect of a Federal Reserve rate hike pause could shoot the precious metal higher
GOLD PRICE FUNDAMENTAL FORECAST: NEUTRAL
Over the last 5 days of trading, XAUUSD declined 0.72% as investors anxious over slowing global growth sent the US Dollar higher. Although risk-off sentiment should send the precious metal higher, gains in the Greenback overpowered bullish bids for gold. A higher US Dollar makes purchasing gold denominated in America’s currency relatively more expensive thus limiting upside.
Looking to next week, focus will shift to the Federal Reserve as markets await the highly anticipated decision by the central bank’s Federal Open Markets Committee on monetary policy. Markets are currently pricing a 77 percent chance that the Fed will raise its benchmark policy interest rate for the fourth time this year according to the futures market implied probability.
In general, Gold has an inverse relationship with interest rates due to the precious metal not yielding any cash flows like debt instruments. Higher rates result in weakened demand for the commodity as alternative assets such as US Treasuries provide a higher rate of return. If the Fed surprises markets and pauses next week or makes any material downward change to the Fed’s dot-plot, gold could ascend quickly on back of lower future interest rate expectations.
Eyes will also closely watch for the release of several key economic indicators out of America next week. If actual results miss expectations, risk-off sentiment should continue and further boost demand for gold. However, fears over a slowing global economy will incite further rotation of capital from stocks to bonds with investors flocking to the safety of US Treasuries.
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As international buying of Uncle Sam’s bonds increases, foreigners must convert their currency into US Dollars. This drives up demand for the Greenback which becomes a headwind for gains in gold due to the inverse relationship between the two assets.
A third key driver to take note of that will determine gold’s next move higher or lower will be the performance of the Chinese Yuan. As the damaged Asian economy continues to experience downward pressure amid worsening economic data due to the ongoing trade war with the United States, the Dollar may appreciate further against its Chinese counterpart.
The importance of USDCNY to gold is seen in their strong negative correlation. Trade talks between the world’s largest economic powerhouses will largely drive returns for the currencies with the CNY benefiting from any progress President Xi can make with President Trump towards de-escalation tension or reaching a deal.
Due to the mixed event risks and waning bullish technical indicators, the forecast for XAU will be neutral over the week of December 17. Take a look at client sentiment for insight on client positioning and trader bearish or bullish biases.
–Written by Rich Dvorak, Junior Analyst for DailyFX
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Euro Shorts in Charge on Tri-break
EUR/USD Technical Highlights:
- Triangle finally broke, has Euro rolling downhill
- November low, Nov ’17 t-line initially targeted
- Must be cautious once at support, may put in floor
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Triangle finally breaks, has Euro rolling downhill
Friday’s breakdown finally put the Euro outside of the triangle it had been forming over the course of the past month. It’s been an anticipated event, but confirmation was needed first before running with a more aggressive short bias.
Looking lower there is support not too far away. First up is the November low at 11215, followed by the lower trend-line extending over from November of last year; resides around roughly 11180. The way EUR/USD has been trading we’ll want to pay close attention to how it reacts once support is met.
The moves over the past few months haven’t been sustained for very long and this could be another unsustainable drive lower. With that in mind, from a tactical standpoint if the Euro starts to turn up from one of the aforementioned levels then it may be best to call it a wrap as a quick counter-trend bounce could develop.
If, however, selling pressure increases and a break below support unfolds, then perhaps a little momentum may kick in towards near 11100 or worse. It seems unlikely we will see too much power given not only the Euro’s behavior in past months but also because there is only about a week left in the year of full market participation before we go into ‘holiday’ mode. However, even as such, watch and follow the price action first.
Traders are generally long EUR/USD, see the IG Client Sentiment page to see how this acts as a contrarian indicator and is supportive of lower prices.
EUR/USD Daily Chart (Levels, lines to watch)
EUR/USD 4-hr Chart (Triangle broke Friday morning)
—Written by Paul Robinson, Market Analyst
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Gold Weekly Technical Outlook: Price Rally Pulls Back ahead of FOMC
In this series we scale-back and look at the broader technical picture to gain a bit more perspective on where we are in trend.Gold prices snapped a three-week winning streak with the precious metal off by nearly 1% ahead of the New York close on Friday. Here are the key targets & invalidation levels that matter on the Gold (XAU/USD) weekly chart heading into the close of the year.Review this week’s Strategy Webinar for an in-depth breakdown of this setup and more.
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Notes:In my most recent Gold Technical Outlook we noted that price was, “responding to up-slope resistance and while we could see some near-term weakness, the focus remains higher while above within this formation” (channel formation in red). Gold is testing near-term support into the close of the week at 1234/36 where the 2017 December low converges on the 200-week moving average with more significant support seen at 1216/21– a region defined by the December open, the 38.2% retracement of the August advance and basic channel support. A break here would risk a larger setback with such a scenario targeting broader bullish invalidation at the yearly low-week close at 1184.
Initial resistance stands at the 50% retracement of the yearly range at 1263 with a breach above the highlighted slope confluence at 1270 needed to validate a larger reversal in price targeting 1287 and the 2018 open at 1302.
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The immediate threat remains for a deeper pullback IF price slips below 1234 but the medium-term focus remains higher while above 1216. From a trading standpoint, look for weakness to offer more favorable entries lower down near slope support.
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Gold Trader Sentiment
- A summary of IG Client Sentiment shows traders are net-long Gold – the ratio stands at +3.55 (78.0% of traders are long) – bearish reading
- Long positions are 1.4% higher than yesterday and 5.8% higher from last week
- Short positions are 2.0% lower than yesterday and 4.9% higher from last week
- We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests Gold prices may continue to fall. Traders are further net-long than yesterday & last week, and the combination of current positioning and recent changes gives us a stronger Gold-bearish contrarian trading bias from a sentiment standpoint.
— Written by Michael Boutros, Technical Currency Strategist with DailyFX
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