In this webinar, we used price action to look at macro markets in the aftermath of this morning’s US CPI report. That report showed continued strength in US inflation as we’ve now had the sixth consecutive month of at-or-above-target inflation as we approach next week’s FOMC rate decision. But, despite the backdrop for higher rates as driven by consistent inflation gains, the US Dollar remains weak as the year-long down-trend remains in order.
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US Dollar Takes a Hit After CPI
This morning’s CPI print out of the US was not all that bad, as we saw the sixth consecutive month of at-or-above target CPI growth ahead of next week’s Federal Reserve rate decision. But the reaction in the Dollar was a pronounced move of weakness that syncs well with the timing of this morning’s CPI release, even though many are attributing this downdraft in the Greenback to the morning announcement of the firing of Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. And while there may be something there, the fact of the matter is that most drivers, both positive and negative, have brought upon the same net result of USD-weakness. This alludes to the fact that there is something else going on here helping to drive weakness into USD even in-light of seemingly positive factors, like inflation pushing the Fed towards tighter policy options. This can help to keep the bearish trend in the US Dollar at the forefront as we near next week’s FOMC rate decision.
US CPI: Sixth Consecutive Month At-Or-Above Target, USD Falls in Response
Chart prepared by James Stanley
EUR/USD Support Bounce Runs to 1.2400
Last Thursday we looked at support in EUR/USD, and we’ve since seen a respectable recovery from the ECB-fueled dip to 1.2280. The problem at this point is the fact that we’re so far away from support that bullish setups could be difficult to justify. A pullback to the prior support zone of 1.2335-1.2350 keeps the door open for additional topside in the pair; perhaps even to another approach towards the 1.2500 psychological level.
EUR/USD Four-Hour Chart: Approaching Last Week’s Highs After 2280 Support Visit
Chart prepared by James Stanley
GBP/USD Catches a Bid After Spring Statement
Growth forecasts were upgraded this morning in the UK’s Spring Statement, and this has brought some life into the British Pound. This helped GBP/USD to break above a bearish trend-line that’s held in the pair since late-January. This can start to open the door for short-term top-side setups, but for the longer-term move, traders will likely want to await a bullish break of the 1.4000 psychological level, as stops can be difficult to justify given recent swing-lows.
GBP/JPY Approaching Under-Side of Post-Brexit Trend-Line
For short-side GBP plays, GBP/JPY may be getting close to a point of interest, as there is a bit of confluence around 149.41, as we have both the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of the February sell-off along with the projection of the post-Brexit trend-line that had previously done a good job of helping to carve-out support.
AUD/USD Rallies to Resistance Zone
While the US Dollar has been exuberantly weak this morning after that CPI report, AUD/USD has started to show what could finish as an indecision candlestick on the Daily chart. Resistance is coming-in around a zone that we’ve been following around the .7900 level, and this can start to open the door to short-side setups. We looked at how lower time frames can be used to assist with timing into the setup; allowing for traders to let the move start to show before looking at fading what’s been a really strong short-term trend. This was previously a favored long-USD candidate, and with today’s resistance starting to show even as the US Dollar remains weak, that door may be re-opening around the Aussie.
NZD/USD Testing Longer-Term Fibonacci Resistance
We’ve been following a level in NZD/USD that’s started to come into play, and now its time to watch what the pair does to see if this is a workable theme. The level in question is the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of the 2009-2011 major move at .7335, and this level has done a great job of helping to form resistance on the weekly chart over the past couple of years. With a really weak US Dollar running into a strong NZD in February, the pair was able to temporarily eclipse this value, leading to a fall to .7200. But since that support showed at .7200, prices have been on the way up and we’re now re-testing .7335 again.
We looked at the hourly chart to focus-in on this recent strength, and how a break below a short-term trend-line can start to open the door to short-side setups.
USD/CAD Comes Back to Life After 1.3000 Resistance
Last week saw a really weak Canadian Dollar as USD/CAD testing the 1.3000 psychological level. After three days of tests Monday-Wednesday, USD-weakness took over and drove the pair down to 1.2800. Since then, we’ve seen more recovery as CAD-weakness has remained a dominant theme. We’re now catching resistance around 1.2928, which is the 50% Fibonacci retracement of the May-September sell-off from last year. We looked at how shorter-term charts can be used to work with the current setup in USD/CAD.
Yen-Weakness Pronounced Ahead of BoJ Minutes
There appears to be a brewing theme around the Japanese Yen that should get some more information tonight with the release of BoJ meeting minutes from last week’s rate decision. Yen-strength has become quite pronounced in 2018, and this goes along with a consistent rise in inflation that saw January come-in at 34-month highs. This is similar to the Euro and the ECB last year, where stronger growth and inflation led markets to buy the Euro in anticipation of an eventual move away from stimulus. While we’re still waiting on confirmation of that move away from stimulus, Euro-strength remains; and in the Yen, that strength has crafted a fresh yearly-high against the US Dollar. Starting around the Tokyo open last night, however, was a spate of Yen-weakness that had begun about 24 hours ahead of the release of those meeting minutes.
USD/JPY Weekly Chart: Support Holding on at a Long-Term Area of Interest
Chart prepared by James Stanley
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Demand for Safe Havens Weakens as Market Sentiment Improves
Safe haven prices, news and analysis:
– Confidence is returning to financial markets, lessening the demand for safe-haven assets.
– However, the recovery is precarious and they could soon be back in favor.
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Market sentiment picks up
Indications that China’s central bank is looking to ease monetary policy are offsetting the continuing concerns about a US-China trade war, lifting market sentiment and prompting investors to move out of safe-haven assets into those seen as more risky and therefore potentially more profitable.
Prices of all the traditional safe-havens, including the Swiss Franc, the Japanese Yen, Gold, US Treasuries and German Bunds, are weakening Wednesday although many hurdles remain, including the possibility that the trade wars could flare up again.
Looking at these individually, USDJPY rose modestly Wednesday after three successive days of falls and the uptrend in the pair remains in place.
USDJPY Price Chart, Daily Timeframe (Year to Date)
Similarly, USDCHF is rallying and it too remains in an uptrend.
USDCHF Price Chart, Daily Timeframe (Year to Date)
The price of Gold continues to fall and is now down from a high of $1,365.36 per ounce on April 11 to $1,272.17 although any return of risk aversion would slow its decline. The yield on the benchmark US Treasury note – which moves inversely to its price – has increased from a low of 2.77% on May 29 to 2.90% and the yield on the 10-year German Bund is up from 0.255% to 0.367% over the same period.
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Most Asian Shares Rise, Sentiment Better. ASX 200 Tests Breakout
Asian Stocks Talking Points:
- Most Asian shares recover as trade war worries settled down, anti-risk Yen fell
- Next, markets eye a central bank panel with commentary from important officials
- ASX 200 is testing a breakout, opening the door to a resumption of its uptrend
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As expected, Asian shares took a breather from yesterday’s aggressive selloff which was sparked by increased trade tensions between the US and China. A lack of updates as traders await further escalation allowed some stock markets to consolidate.
BACKGROUND: A Brief History of Trade Wars, 1900-Present
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 rose more than 0.30 percent by Wednesday afternoon trade. Most of the gains were from the telecommunication services and health care sectors. Chinese shares were held down though with the Shanghai Composite falling about 0.60 percent. Australia’s ASX 200 climbed, pushed higher by financials and information technology. The KOSPI pulled ahead, rising more than one percent.
On the FX side of things, the lull in trade war rhetoric diminished demand for safe havens. The anti-risk Japanese Yen was cautiously lower while the sentiment-linked Australian and New Zealand Dollars appreciated.
From here, aside from updates on tariff retaliations, all eyes will be on a central bank policy panel that takes place in Sintra, Portugal. We will get commentary from Fed’s Jerome Powell, ECB’s Mario Draghi, RBA’s Philip Lowe and BoJ’s Haruhiko Kuroda.
Amidst last week’s monetary policy announcements from the Fed and ECB, speeches from Mr. Powell and Mr. Draghi can arguably have more potential for FX volatility. If the Fed Chair reiterates last week’s hawkish tone while the ECB President sticks to a more dovish one, then we may see some US Dollar gains at the expense of its European counterpart.
ASX 200 Technical Analysis: More Gains Ahead?
On a daily chart, Australia’s ASX 200 was stuck right below immediate horizontal resistance levels as of Tuesday’s close. These are a combination of the January, May and current June highs between 6,158 and 6,149. However, as of today’s cooldown in trade war fears, the index is attempting a push to the upside for a new 2018 high.
This opens the door to more gains in the coming days as the ASX 200 resumes its uptrend from early April. From here, a push above resistance exposes the 50 percent midpoint of the Fibonacci extension at 6,202 followed by the 61.8% level at 6,264. On the other hand, a turn below if resistance holds places the 23.6% extension as the first target at 6,064. Under that, the index faces a near-term rising support channel going back to late-May.
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— Written by Daniel Dubrovsky, Junior Currency Analyst for DailyFX.com
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USD/JPY Could Be Set To Bounce
JAPANESE YEN TECHNICAL ANALYSIS TALKING POINTS:
- The Japanese Yen has seen broad gains against its developed market peers
- However, its overall downtrend remains in place in many cases
- This week could see it reasserted
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The Japanese Yen has caught a quite strong haven bid this week as trade tensions between China and the US bubble back to the surface of market concerns once again.
Technically speaking however, US/JPY has tested the bottom of a minor uptrend channel which has been in place since May 30. It has survived, just but in any case the broader, longer uptrend which has bounded trade all through the year’s second quarter remains very much in place.
The Japanese Yen remains under considerable fundamental pressure from widely diverging interest-rate differentials with the US. The Federal Reserve has just raised interest rates once again and seems determined to continue the process for as long as the data allow. The Bank of Japan meanwhile has been forced to watch the modest inflation resurgence seen early this year collapse, taking with it any prospect that its own ultra-loose monetary policy can be unwound anytime soon.
This week’s official Japanese inflation numbers are likely to underscore that weakness and may put the Yen under renewed pressure, provided that no more bad news appears on market radar from the direction of global trade. Another bout of Yen weakness could see USD/JPY back up to its recent highs of 110.74 in quite short order. That said a return to late May’s peaks in the mid 111s seems unlikely unless some clear resolution to trade difficulties is seen- an unlikely short term prospect.
Reversals for the pair are likely to find support at this week’s 109.49 lows, with the broader channel base of 109.20 waiting below that.
The Japanese Yen’s haven bid has been pretty universal, with the Australian Dollar a particular target. AUD/JPY has been returned to the lows of late May which had not previously been seen since November, 2016.
The cross is now skirting 50% Fibonacci retracement of its long climb up from the lows of mid-2016 to the highs of September, 2017. That comes in at JPY81.40 and seems to be failing. A weekly close below that level would probably bring the next, 61.8% retracement into Aussie bear’s sights. That comes in some way below the market at JPY79.54.
Worryingly for Australian Dollar bulls the currency does not yet look notably oversold, judging by the cross’ Relative Strength Index, and it is likely that momentum to the downside has yet to dissipate.
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