- US equity indices turned pause into decline Tuesday, but this didn’t seem a wide risk move on events like North Korea fears
- Dollar posted a strong rally alongside the charge in 10-year Treasury yields to 7-year highs but key levels are still ahead
- Pound and Euro face Brexit and Italian dissent, but it is the Kiwi and Swiss franc that still present the appealing setups
Risk Trends Sour but it is US Equities Leading the Way
Speculative sentiment started off the week on shakey ground, but it started to genuinely slip through Tuesday’s session. Taking their position as symbolic leader of risk trends seriously once again, the US equity indices were opened this past session with sizable gaps down on the the open. The selling pressure gained a little more traction through the active trading hours without tipping into a full-tilt bear trend. The S&P 500 curbed its bullish breakout bid, the Nasdaq 100 is starting to form a right shoulder through a head-and-shoulders pattern, and the Dow broke its longest streak of daily gains (8) in 12 months. The damage done in altitude loss may be modest, but the impact on already flimsy conviction can prove more crippling than many appreciate. Looking further afield on the risk spectrum, there isn’t evidence of a full buy-in. Europen equities were steady, Yen crosses didn’t commit but emerging markets certainly felt the pain. Currencies like the Brazilian real, Turkish lira and Indian rupee suffered mightily to the US dollar.
Dollar: Not Ready to Capitulate Just Yet
The fundamental drive behind the Greenback may be an uneven mix of half stabile drivers, but it is nevertheless keeping the currency buoyant. Facing a recent slip, the DXY Index staged an impressive rebound Tuesday to plug the hole it had sprung following a month-long recovery effort. The currency’s rally earned a noteable break for USD/JPY above 110 with a long-term trend break for the battered NZD/USD, but the progress was far less ‘critical’ elsewhere. For EUR/USD, a return to the 2018 low was as good as it would get. The jump for GBP/USD, USD/CHF and AUD/USD would simply build a little favorable pressure in recently established ranges. If you were looking for the signal for Dollar bidding in the docket or headlines, you wouldn’t find much. Aside from housing data that offers little regular market moving, the Fed speak on tap struke familiar chords. The testimony of two Fed candidates – Clarida and Bowman – raises the potential of a heavier hawkish skew in the Board, but that hardly seems a relaible ladder rung. A moderate risk appetite, monetary policy advantage, speculative bid and counterpart pain can combine to gains moving forward; but it is not an easy mix to keep.
Key Fundamentals without Key Move: Pound, Euro and Yuan
We have registered some remarkable fundamental developments for key currencies this past session that resulted in very unimpressive market moves. A run of Chinese data offering a miss on Chinese retail sales and industrial production along with the new offer of the country’s jobless rate resulted in little tangible USD/CNH response as we would expect from a managed exchange rate. A little more surprising was the limited response from the Sterling to the UK data. The jobless claims change jumped more than three times the forecast with an uptick in the claimant count rate. Add to that the Scottish Parliament offering more trouble for Britains withdrawal proposal and news that a Brexit white paper will come out next month, and it is impressive that GBP/USD would take out its range low with the Dollar’s performance. From the Euro, a concerning headline of demands from Italy’s Five Star and League didn’t gain much rotation amid updates like North Korea’s threat to cancel the summit with President Trump. Demands that 250 billion euros in ECB purchased Italian debt be forgiven, reform of European treaties and making easier to exit the EU are troubling. Yet, the Euro didn’t seem too troubled looking around at the broad performance beyond EUR/USD.
Impressive Moves with Less Fundamental Source
In contrast to the heavy-news-light-action mix above; the Kiwi dollar, Swiss franc and gold were doing much more with less. The docket was essentially open for the New Zealand currency, and yet the pain continued with a critical extension on NZD/USD. This is not a free to roam bear run however as GBP/NZD, EUR/NZD and NZD/JPY are near the boarders of critical technical levels. If the pain continues, these are pairs that should be watched closely – but even if it makes a bid for recovery, these are still strong opportunities. From the Swiss franc, we don’t expect a traditional fundamental response; but it is clear that EUR/CHF exerts particular influence. The pair made a more threatening correction this past session and pairs like CAD/CHF pose impressive opportunity. Even gold put in for an impressive day. Certainly the strength for the Dollar and 10-year Treasury yield contributed to the metal’s problems, but the break from a month’s-long range was still a surprise. Looking to retail speculative interest, traders are confident range conditions will kick back in with extreme net long interest on virtually no short exposure. Beware extreme conviction as it can prove to be delusion. We discuss all of this and more in today’s Trading Video.
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.
EURUSD CHART: DAILY TIMIE-FRAME (Sep 16-May-18)
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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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