Current Developments – Sentiment Falls Apart At the Last Minute
Risk appetite fell apart towards the end of Thursday’s trading session as comments from the White House appeared to have spooked the markets. US President Donald Trump, ahead of his summit with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, said that there will be no deal if the country does not give up its nuclear program. Back in May, a top defector from North Korea said that the country would never completely give it up.
In addition, the markets are also heading into what could be a heated G-7 leaders summit on Friday and into the weekend. Last week, Mr. Trump went ahead with imposing metal tariffs on Canada, Mexico and the European Union. Ahead of the meeting, French President Emmanuel Macron urged others to stand up to the American president. With that in mind, it is not surprising to see the markets turn to safety in preparation.
US bond yields tumbled and prices rose as demand rose for havens. At a quick glance, Wall Street appeared finish the day rather mixed with the Dow Jones up 0.38%. The S&P 500 on the other hand was 0.07% lower. This was mainly due to gaps higher at market open which helped to keep some of the indexes in the green by the end of the day.
The anti-risk Japanese Yen and Swiss Franc were some of the best performing majors with USD/JPY putting in its largest daily decline since May 29. Meanwhile, the sentiment-linked Australian and New Zealand Dollars underperformed. The former was also hurt by a weaker-than-expected local trade balance report earlier in the session.
The Canadian Dollar experienced a rather choppy session, also finishing cautiously lower. Though comments from Bank of Canada’s Governor Stephon Poloz helped to give the commodity currency some relief. Mr. Poloz that that they see solid economic expansion ahead. He added that at their next rate decision in July, they will incorporate tariff impacts into their outlook.
A Look Ahead – Japanese Yen May Gain
A lack of critical economic data during Friday’s Asian session will probably allow risk trends to continue brewing. If stocks follow Wall Street lower, then the Japanese Yen could gain at the expense of sentiment-linked currencies like the New Zealand Dollar. Meanwhile, at an unspecified time today, we will get Chinese trade balance data which may have a knock-on effect on the Australian Dollar.
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IG Client Sentiment Index Chart of the Day: USD/JPY
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Retail trader data shows 49.1% of USD/JPY traders are net-long with the ratio of traders short to long at 1.04 to 1. The number of traders net-long is 3.6% lower than yesterday and 2.3% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 13.6% higher than yesterday and 27.3% higher from last week.
We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-short suggests USD/JPY prices may continue to rise. Traders are further net-short than yesterday and last week, and the combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a stronger USD/JPY-bullish contrarian trading bias.
Five Things Traders are Reading:
- Dollar-Yen Rate Snaps Bullish Sequence Ahead of May-High by David Song, Currency Analyst
- USD/JPY Technical Outlook: Decision Time for the Japanese Yen by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist
- Dow Jones: Bullish Break of Wedge on Way to Fresh Two-Month Highs by James Stanley, Currency Strategist
- AUD/USD Forecast: Higher-Lows to Keep Trendline Resistance on Radar by David Song, Currency Analyst
- EUR/USD Squeezed as Euro Recovers, but Can it Become Something More? by James Stanley, Currency Strategist
— Written by Daniel Dubrovsky, Junior Currency Analyst for DailyFX.com
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Slowing New Zealand GDP to Rattle Post-Fed NZD/USD Rally
Trading the News: New Zealand Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Updates to New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report may rattle the NZD/USD rally following the Federal Reserve meeting as the growth rate is expected to narrow to 2.5% from 2.6% per annum in the third-quarter of 2018.
Another downtick in the GDP print may produce headwinds for the New Zealand dollar as it warns of a slowing economy, and a dismal development may push the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) to alter the forward-guidance as the central bank warns ‘trading-partner growth is expected to further moderate in 2019.’
Even though the official cash rate (OCR) sits at the record-low of 1.75%, the weakening outlook for economic activity may encourage the RBNZ to further insulate the economy as the central bank asserts that ‘the direction of our next OCR move could be up or down.’ In turn, a GDP print of 2.5% or lower may spark a bearish reaction in NZD/USD, but a positive development may fuel the advance following the Federal Reserve meeting as it curbs bets for an RBNZ rate-cut. Sign up and join DailyFX Currency Analyst David Song LIVE for an opportunity to discuss potential trade setups.
Impact that the New Zealand GDP report has had on NZD/USD during the previous release
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3Q 2018New Zealand Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
NZD/USD 15-Minute Chart
New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report showed the growth rate increasing 2.6% after expanding a revised 3.2% in the second-quarter of 2018. A deeper look at the report showed Mining as the biggest contributor to growth as the sector grew 12.4% in the third-quarter, with Wholesale Trade climbing 1.1.% during the same period, while Utilities suffered a 2.3% decline after rising 4.1% during the three-months through June.
The New Zealand dollar struggled to hold its ground following the below-forecast print, with NZD/USD pulling back from the 0.6800 handle to close the day at 0.6774. Learn more with the DailyFX Advanced Guide for Trading the News.
NZD/USD Daily Chart
- Broader outlook for NZD/USD remains fairly constructive as both price and the Relative Strength Index (RSI) continue to track the upward trends from earlier this year, but the exchange rate may face range-bound conditions over the near-term as it appears to be stuck in a long-term wedge/triangle formation.
- With that said, the Fibonacci overlap around 0.6930 (23.6% expansion) to 0.6960 (38.2% retracement) sits on the radar as it lines up with the 2019-high (0.6942), with a break/close above the stated region raising the risk for a run at the December-high (0.6969).
- Next region of interest comes in around 0.6990 (50% expansion) following by the 0.7040 (50% retracement) zone, but failure to hold above the 0.6820 (23.6% retracement) to 0.6870 (78.6% expansion) area may trigger a move back towards 0.6780 (100% expansion) to 0.6790 (50% expansion).
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Crude Rally Testing Critical Resistance Zone
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. Crude Oil prices have rallied nearly 10% from the yearly lows with the advance now testing a key technical resistance confluence around the 60-handle. These are the updated targets and invalidation levels that matter on the Crude Oil weekly price chart. Review this week’s Strategy Webinar for an in-depth breakdown of this setup and more.
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USD/CAD Weekly Price Chart
Notes: In last month’s Crude Oil Weekly Technical Outlook we noted that price was approaching 2018 pitchfork resistance with, “A topside breach of this formation / the high-day close at 57.14 targets more a more significant resistance confluence at 59.61-60.06 where the 50% retracement of the October decline and the 2018 open converge on the 2015/ 2016 pitchfork resistance- look for a larger reaction there IF reached.” Oil prices are testing this critical resistance confluence today on the back of a weak inventories report that showed a drop of more than 9.59mln barrels last week.
The focus is on a reaction off this threshold with the yearly advance at risk near-term while below. A weekly close above would be needed to suggest that a more meaningful low was registered in December with such a scenario targeting the 52-week moving average at ~62.82 and the 61.8% retracement of the 2018 decline at 63.68. Key support and bullish invalidation now rests back at 55.21/53– weakness beyond this threshold would risk substantial losses for crude prices.
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Bottom line: We’re looking for a reaction on this stretch into confluence resistance at 59.61 – 60.06. Watch the weekly close- below would highlight the threat for a near-term correction / exhaustion in price. From a trading standpoint, a good place to reduce long-exposure and raise protective stops. We’ll be looking for possible price exhaustion heading into next week IF crude prices respect this threshold into the close. I’ll publish an updated Crude Oil Technical Outlook once we get further clarity in near-term price action
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Crude Oil Trader Sentiment
- A summary of IG Client Sentiment shows traders are net-short Crude Oil – the ratio stands at -1.04 (49.1% of traders are long) – neutral reading
- Long positions are 4.2% lower than yesterday and 5.7% lower from last week
- Short positions are 8.2% lower than yesterday and 1.5% higher from last week
- We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-short suggests Oil – US Crude prices may continue to rise. Yet traders are less net-short than yesterday but more net-short from last week and the combination of current positioning and recent changes gives us a further mixed Oil – US Crude trading bias from a sentiment standpoint.
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— Written by Michael Boutros, Technical Currency Strategist with DailyFX
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US Market Open: Top 3 Market Drivers
Market Themes and Movers – Brexit, FOMC and US-China Trade.
GBP: Another day of confusion and conflicting Brexit deal/delay talks continue to leave Sterling rudderless. Despite the current impasse the British Pound remains bid, although it is becoming increasingly vulnerable to short, sharp moves as news flows continue. The latest round of media reports suggest that PM May is looking for a three-month Brexit delay from EU negotiators although putting a revised meaningful vote to Parliament cannot be ruled out. UK inflation data released this morning showed little change and was put aside as traders focus on Brexit updates.
USD: The latest FOMC monetary policy decisionswill be released later in the UK session with monetary settings expected to be left unchanged. Traders will look for clues from Fed Chair Jerome Powell on the future path of interest rates, via the dot plot, and his latest thoughts on balance sheet normalization.
Gold/Oil: Both gold and oil are struggling to make further headway with one eye on the FOMC meeting and the other on the latest US-China trade negotiations with US President Donald Trump tweeting yesterday that talks were going ‘very well’. As with Brexit, the situation remains fluid with news flows again the dominant driver for trade war risk sentiment. With global growth falling, any positive trade news should underpin oil at its present level and may well give it a further leg-up in the short- to medium-term.
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