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Date : 07th February 2020.

Dollar on bid on NFP day - 07th February

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The Dollar has remained broadly underpinned following the round of solid US data releases on Thursday, including upbeat consumer confidence and a stabilization in manufacturing after passage of the trade deals. US payrolls will be the other main focus for markets today.


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Date : 10th February 2020

Events to Look Out For Next Week 10th February 2020.


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Markets are restive on the rapid spread of the nCoV and its impact on the global economy, especially after reports that factories in China will remain closed into next week. Meanwhile, any announcement about the prospects for trade talks between the UK and US could come into the spotlight. These come alongside growth rate data from the UK and Eurozone, RBNZ Monetary policy and US inflation.

Monday – 10 February 2020

  • Consumer Price Index (CNY, GMT 01:30) – The Chinese CPI is expected to spike in January to 4.9%y/y following a steady December and after hitting its highest since 2012 in November.

Tuesday – 11 February 2020

  • Gross Domestic Product (GBP, GMT 09:30) – The economy’s most important figure, Q4 GDP is expected to be higher at 1% q/q following the 0.4% reading for Q3.
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Production (GBP, GMT 09:30) – The two indices are expected to have grown to 0.2% m/m and -0.1% respectively in December, with manufacturing production recovering partially from a -1.7% decline in the prior month.
  • Housing Starts and Building Permits (CAD, GMT 13:15) – Housing starts slowed in December, to a 197.3k unit pace from a revised 204.3k rate in November. In January, the index is expected to bounce back to 210K. The separate building permits report revealed a 2.4% drop in values during November, while a growth up to 1% is anticipated for December.

Wednesday – 12 February 2020

  • Interest Rate Decision and Statement (NZD, GMT 20:00) – RBNZ is expected to cut rates by 25 bp to 0.75%. The bank held rates steady at 1.00% in November, upending widespread expectations for a cut to 0.75%.

Thursday – 13 February 2020

  • BoC’s Governor Poloz speech and RBA’s Governor Lowe speech (NZD, GMT 00:15)
  • Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (EUR, GMT 07:00) – The German HICP inflation for January is seen steady at 1.6% y/y.
  • Consumer Price Index and core (USD, GMT 13:30) – The headline CPI should rise 0.1% in January, with a 0.2% core price increase, following respective December readings of 0.2% and 0.1%. As-expected gains would result in a headline y/y increase of 2.4%, up from 2.3% in December.

Friday – 14 February 2020

  • Gross Domestic Product (EUR, GMT 07:00) – German Preliminary Q4 results are expected to slow down, at an annualised rate of 0.9% compared to 1.0% last quarter. Eurozone GDP should remain unchanged.
  • Retail Sales (USD, GMT 13:30) – Retail Sales are expected to have grown by 0.3% in January, and 0.4% for the ex-auto figure. Gasoline prices should have a neutral impact on retail activity, given an estimated slight -0.2% drop for the CPI gasoline index.
  • Michigan Sentiment (USD, GMT 15:00) – US consumer sentiment rose to 99.8 in the final January print from the University of Michigan survey, versus 99.1 in the preliminary reading for this month. The index is up 0.5 ticks from December’s 99.3. This is the best reading since the 100.0 in May. The preliminary February Michigan sentiment reading is forecast at 99.9.

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Date : 11th February 2020.

Macro News & Events February 11 | 11th February 2020.


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FX News Today –
Another record close for Stocks – EUR at 4 mth low, AUD recovers from 10 yr lows – nCoV – over 1,000 deaths and 43k infections – Overnight China offers more stimulus, more reports GDP cud be down over 1% 2020 – Powell, Lagarde & Carney ALL scheduled to speak to later.


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UK GDP, Ind. Production & Trade Balance, EU Growth Forecasts, JOLTS reports – PLUS – Powell, Lagarde and Carney all testify today – plus back up speeches from Haskel (BOE) and Kashkari & Quarles (FED).

Biggest (FX) Move overnight @ (07:00 GMT) AUDJPY (+0.53%) –Rallied from 73.20 lows yesterday, breaching 20hr MA & PP (73.35) at (23:00). Over 200hr MA (73.65) & R1 (73.70) by (05:00). MA’s and RSI both supportive, Stochastics overbought zone from 12:00 – topped at 95.

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Date : 12th February 2020.

FX Update – A weaker Yen & Stronger Kiwi today - 12th February


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The Yen remained soft while the Dollar bloc currencies extended recent gains as risk appetite in global markets held up, with a reported dip in new coronavirus (now Covid-19)cases in China being tonic for investors. Wall Street yesterday saw fresh record highs, while the MSCI Asia-Pacific equity index rose by another 1% today. USDJPY lifted through 110.00 to 110.13 and above Tuesday’s high at 109.96. AUDJPY, now in its third consecutive day of ascent, carved out a five-day high at 74.23 , stalling at R2. AUDUSD and NZDUSD lifted to respective a six-day highs, at 0.6737 and 0.6476, while USDCAD fell to a six-day low at 1.3272. The RBNZ left policy on hold following a board meeting today, and also removed guidance for more rate cuts, saying that only a longer than currently anticipated impact from the Covid-19 outbreak would warrant any further easing. New Zealand also has an election this November. Governor Orr is due to testify later today (19:10 GMT) on today’s MPC statement before Finance and Expenditure Select Committee.

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Elsewhere, EURUSD looks to have found a footing after a run of seven consecutive down days, steadying so far today around 1.0900-1.0925, above the four-month low that was printed at 1.0891. Cable edged out a six-day high at 1.2969, surpassing yesterday’s high by a pip, while EURGBP ebbed to a nine-day low at 0.8413. The Pound is amid a phase of modest outperformance, with available January data out of the UK have shown a rebound in economic activity as the fog of political uncertainty cleared following the December general election, while Prime Minister Johnson announcing big plans for infrastructure projects. These have helped quell, for now, concerns about Brexit and divergence from the EU.

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Date : 14th February 2020.

FX Update – EUR Pressure continues - 14th February


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Germany’s economy stagnated in Q4 last year, in line with a number of forecasts and a tad below consensus expectations, which had predicted a slight expansion of 0.1% q/q. Compared to negative quarterly prints in France and Italy, Germany is already the outperformer among the three big Eurozone countries and Q3 numbers for Germany were revised up to 0.2% from 0.1% reported initially. This left the working day adjusted annual rate 0.4% y/y a tad higher than anticipated, but down from 1.1% y/y in Q3. There is no full breakdown yet, but the stats office reported that private as well as public consumption slowed in the last quarter of 2019, while investment was mixed with construction investment, expanding again. Exports contracted, while imports picked up according to first estimate. Looking ahead, exports are likely to continue to suffer and orders numbers are predicting another weak quarter for manufacturing, which leaves the risk that the labour market will start to suffer. The balance of risks clearly is tilted to the downside not just for Germany’s economy.

The Euro posted fresh lows against the Dollar and other currencies, while both the safe haven Yen and Swiss franc lost yesterday’s bid as the daily increment of new coronavirus cases in China fell back alongside narratives that are downplaying yesterday’s jump in total reported cases in Hubei province as being just a reclassification. EURUSD posted a fresh 34-month low at 1.08265, and is set for its biggest two-week loss since July 2019. Today, the German GDP helped lift it to 1.0840 with the broader GDP data for the wider Eurozone yet to come. EURJPY printed a four-month low, at 118.86, and EURCHF a near-five-year-low, at 1.0609. EURGBP yesterday saw a two-month low below at 0.8295.

Elsewhere, USDJPY settled in the upper 109.00s, above the four-day low seen yesterday at 109.61. Cable consolidated gains seen yesterday, holding just shy of the nine-day high at 1.3069.

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The EURUSD low earlier tested the S2 and 161.8 Fibonacci extension low of the December rally at 1.0820, below there is the daily lower channel at 1.0750. In the the longer term the 161.8 Fibonacci extension level from the Q419 rally is at 1.0650 and then the psychological 1.0500. The Q419, against the trend, re-trace rally came from this over extension from the 200-day moving average which is where we are now, so some retrace to possibly the 1.1050-75 zone could be expected.

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Date : 17th February 2020

Events to Look Out For Next Week 17th February 2020.


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Uncertainties over the extent of the economic damage from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) will keep the markets on shaky footing near term. Elsewhere, focus will be on Europe following Germany’s economic stagnation in Q4 last year as seen today. Looking ahead, ZEW exports and manufacturing remain in the spotlight. That said, further contraction on these leaves the risk that the labour market will start to suffer. The balance of risks is clearly tilted to the downside, and not just for Germany’s economy.

Monday – 17 February 2020

  • Eurogroup Meeting
  • US Bank Holiday – US banks will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day – NYSE, Nasdaq and Bond markets are all fully closed.

Tuesday – 18 February 2020

  • RBA Minutes (AUD, GMT 00:30) – The RBA minutes will provide more insight on the views the Australian Central Bank has about the economy.
  • Average Earnings and Unemployment (GBP, GMT 09:30) – Earnings are expected to have slowed by 3.1% in the last quarter of 2019, while the ILO Unemployment Rate for the 3 months to December is seen steady at 3.8%.
  • ZEW Economic Sentiment (EUR, GMT 10:00) – German Economic Sentiment for February is projected at 15.0 from the 26.7 seen last month, as the current conditions indicator for Germany declines further. The overall Eurozone reading though is expected to rise to 30.0 from 25.6.
  • Trade Balance (JPY, GMT 23:50) – Japanese imports should decrease -15.8% y/y in January, compared to -4.9% in December, in expectation of lower domestic consumption. Overall, the trade balance is expected to have worsened in January.

Wednesday – 19 February 2020

  • Consumer Price Index (GBP, GMT 09:30) – Prices are expected to have eased in January, with overall inflation expected to stand unchanged at 1.3% y/y, and core at 1.5% from 1.4% y/y last month.
  • Consumer Price Index (CAD, GMT 13:30) – Prices are expected to have improved to 0.1% in January following a flat CPI in December. The overall inflation should have expanded in January to a 2.2% y/y, matching December’s reading.
  • FOMC Minutes (USD, GMT 19:00) – The FOMC minutes will provide more insight on the views the FED has about the economy.

Thursday – 20 February 2020

  • Employment Data (AUD, GMT 00:30) – Employment change s.a. is expected to have increased by 31K in Australia in January, compared to 28.9K in December. The unemployment rate is expected to have increased to 5.2%.
  • Retail Sales (GBP, GMT 09:30) – Following the unexpected 0.6% m/m contraction in UK retail sales in December, Retail Sales are expected to grow by 0.6% in January.
  • ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts (EUR, GMT 12:30) –The ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts, similar to the FOMC minutes, provide information with regard to the policymakers’ rationale behind their decisions.
  • National CPI Index (JPY, GMT 23:30) – The Japanese price index should fall to 0.7% on a y/y basis, compared to 0.8% in December.

Friday – 21 February 2020

  • EU PMIs (EUR, GMT 09:00) – Both manufacturing and services February PMIs are expected to have dropped, leaving the composite at 51.0, down from 51.3 in the preliminary release for February. In Germany meanwhile, composite PMI should slow to 50.7 from 51.2.
  • UK Service PMI (GBP, GMT 09:30) – The final services PMI for January was unexpectedly revised up, to 53.9 from 52.9 in the preliminary estimate, and the highest level in 16 months.
  • Consumer Price Index (EUR, GMT 10:00) – CPI inflation is forecasted to hold at 1.4% y/y as seen in January.
  • Retail Sales (CAD, GMT 13:30) – Core Canadian sales are anticipated to have risen by 0.4% m/m in December, compared to 0.2% m/m in November.
  • US PMIs (USD, GMT 14:45) – The Manufacturing PMI is expected to have increased to 52.5 in February, compared to 51.9 in January, while the Services PMI is expected to have slowed to 52.9.
  • Existing Home Sales (USD, GMT 14:45) – We expect a 0.4% rise in existing home sales in January to a 5.560 mln pace, after a rise to 5.540 mln in December. Pending home sales have grown substantially since Q4 of 2018, though we saw a big -4.9% pull-back in December.

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Andria Pichidi
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Date : 18th February 2020.

UK Week Ahead - 18th February


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The data calendar this week is quite busy, featuring, in chronological order, monthly labour market data today, January inflation figures (Wednesday), January retails sales (Thursday), and the preliminary January PMI surveys (Friday).

The UK employment is anticipated to hold steady at 3.8% in December data, though the average household income to dip to a 3.1% y/y rate in the three months to December. The headline CPI has forecasted to remain unchanged at 1.3% y/y rate, which is well off the BoE’s 2.0% target, though would fit the central bank’s projections. A 0.6% m/m rebound in retail sales is expected following the 0.6% contraction in December. As for the preliminary PMI data, the market consensus if for a dip in the headline composite reading, to 52.7 from 53.3, with service sector expansion seen slowing after the acceleration in January, and manufacturing sector activity dipping back into mild contraction.

Overall, the as-expected data will affirm a picture of a post-election rebound in activity. This, combined with markets anticipating a fiscally expansive 2020-21 budget presentation from the government in March, should keep the pound underpinned. The impact of the coronavirus hasn’t, by anecdotal measures, been much as yet.

On the Brexit front, concerns persist. The government has clearly signalled that it aims for divergence from the EU, and leave, without a new trading agreement if necessary, the Brexit transition period at the end of the year. This would imply the UK shifting to WTO trading terms and conditions, which would erode terms of trade. Bear in mind that when the UK leaves transition phase, it won’t just be leaving the EU’s single market and customs union, but also the 40 free trade agreement that the Union has around the globe.

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In currency market meanwhile, Cable has continued to consolidate gains seen mid last week following signs that the government is gearing up a fiscally expansive policy. The pair has pullback to 1.3000 area, off from the two-week high of last Thursday at 1.3069.

On the year-to-date, and from the mid-December election, the Pound has been trading mixed versus the other main currencies, lacking domestically generated directional bias. Political developments have seen UK Prime Minister Johnson strengthen his power, most notably with last week’s resignation of Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid, who was replaced by Rishi Sunak, which effectively green lights a fiscally expansive policy to finance major infrastructure projects (details are due to be announced at the government’s 2020-21 budget presentation in March).

Available January data out of the UK have also confirmed a rebound in economic activity as the fog of political uncertainty cleared following the general election. On the negative side of the balance are persisting concerns about Brexit.

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Andria Pichidi
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Date : 20th February 2020.

Yen tumble continues - 20th February


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The Yen has continued to tumble, and is showing a near 2% decline against the Dollar from yesterday’s opening levels.USDJPY printed a 10-month high at 112.10, just 28 pips away from its 10-month high, and EURJPY posted a 2-week high, at 121.00.

There have been reports over the last day of major fund managers cutting yen longs, including against short regional Asian currency hedge positions, though most Asian currencies came under fairly heavy pressure today amid concerns about the coronavirus outbreak spreading regionally at an increased rate. There has also been talk of Japanese funds buying US Treasuries. While China reported a large drop in new coronavirus cases, just as the PBoC delivered an expected rate cut, South Korea and Japan reported increases in new cases.

This news led to a mixed performance among Asian equity markets, with China outperforming while other benchmark indices sputtered. Trying to call the point of peak contagion, and thereby the peak of economic disruption, is tough, though the consensus seems to be that it will happen in March or April, aided by the arrival of warmer weather in the northern hemisphere (although scientists aren’t exactly sure if warm weather will have the same quelling effect as it does on flu and cold viruses).

Japan’s Q4 GDP data, released on Monday, disappointed, showing a 1.6% q/q contraction versus the median forecast for -0.9%. Q3 data were also revised down, and the figures came amid expectations for a dismal current quarter performance given the impact of measures to contain the virus outbreak.

There is a risk that USDJPY might sharply reverse gains should risk appetite in global markets deteriorate and sustain. Intraday meanwhile, momentum indicators continue their positive configuration, suggesting that despite the fact that the asset reached overbought territory there is still room to the upside. Stochastics slopes into overbought area and MACD extends above signal line suggesting strengthening of positive bias, whilst ATR posted a 16 pips move. Some correction could be seen ahead of US session, with immediate Support at 112.00 and 111.58 (yesterday’s peak), however the overall outlook remains positive. Resistance sits at 2019 peak , i.e. 112.38 and at 112.66 (R2 of the day).

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Date : 21st February 2020.

GBPUSD – A Bear Trap? 21st February


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This pair has been down significantly for two days to a new two-month low at 1.2848, although the UK economic data was relatively positive on both days. On Wednesday (February 19) it was retail prices, PPI and CPI, all of which came out well, and strengthened the GBP for a short time. However, shortly after the key data announcement the pair continued to plummet heavily into and during the US market. Wednesday closed down around 78 pips and Thursday (February 20) was the same, as the UK Retail Sales numbers came out positive. But the pair still closed down more than 35 pips as the Dollar remained dominant.

US economic data also came out well on both days, and the US Dollar Index managed to reach an almost 3 year high at 99.79, while Brexit trade negotiations between the UK and the EU began to turn around again. In the case that the UK may have to leave the EU without a deal after the French Finance Minister has come out to comment that “we are separated”.

From a technical perspective, the breakout of the support zone yesterday (February 20) at 1.2880 caused the H4 time frame to print signs of a bear trap, which must continue to develop to see if the pair can go up or not. In the Day time frame, yesterday the price came down to test the key support at the EMA 200 line and bounce back up. This makes today’s first support level 1.2880. If the price goes down and is able to pass this level, the next support level will be at yesterday’s low at around 1.2850, but if the price continues to rise there is resistance waiting at 1.2925 and 1.2950.

However, today on the economic calendar there is still important economic data waiting. At 16:30, the UK announces PMI numbers for both manufacturing and services. At 21.45 hrs onwards, the United States will announce PMI and monthly home sales figures for January.

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Date : 24th February 2020

Events to Look Out For Next Week 24th February 2020.


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The economic data has been and will continue to be overshadowed by the Covid-19 outbreak. The week ahead starts light, with the German Business Sentiment Index and Chinese Retail Sales on Monday. Leading indicators dominate the releases, but the event of the week is the US GDP and Consumer Confidence, which should shed light on whether the epidemic is visible in the data globally.

Monday – 24 February 2020

  • Japan – Emperor’s Birthday
  • Retail Sales (CNY, GMT N/A) – China’s retail trade growth stood at 8 percent year-on-year in December 2019. However a strong decline is expected for January, following the recent releases indicating that new car sales plunged 92% in China in February and airline traffic is expected to post the first drop since 2011 amid heavy virus containment measures in China.
  • German IFO (EUR, GMT 09:00) – The German Business Sentiment Index released by the CESifo Group is closely watched as an early indicator of current conditions and business expectations in Germany. February’s numbers are expected to incline.

Tuesday – 25 February 2020

  • Leading Economic Index (JPY, GMT 05:00) – The index is expected to show no change in the outlook of the Japanese economy and stand at 91.6.
  • Gross Domestic Product (EUR, GMT 07:00) – German GDP is expected to have fallen by 0.3% on an annualized rate in the last quarter of the year, compared to 1.0% growth in Q3.
  • Conference Board Consumer Confidence (USD, GMT 15:00) – Consumer Confidence is expected to have increased to 132.4 compared to 131.6 in the previous month.

Wednesday – 26 February 2020

  • New Home Sales (USD, GMT 15:00) – The housing recovery should extend into 2020, assuming that mortgage rates remain low and Fed policy remains accommodative. The January new home sales should post a 2.3% climb to a 710k pace, after a dip to a 694k rate in December, versus a 12-year high of 730k in September.
  • Trade Balance (NZD, GMT 21:45) – The Trade Balance measures the difference in value between imported and exported goods and services over the reported period. It will be interesting to see whether the New Zealand trade balance already posts an impact from the epidemic.

Thursday – 27 February 2020

  • Gross Domestic Product (USD, GMT 13:30) – US preliminary GDP growth for Q4 is expected to trim to 2.0% from 2.1%.
  • Durable Goods (USD, GMT 13:30) – Durable goods orders are expected to fall -1.5% in January with a -4.7% drop in transportation orders. Defense orders should fall by -29%, following the 101.4% December surge. Boeing orders declined to zero planes, following a dismal 3 planes in January.
  • Tokyo Core CPI and Unemployment Rate (JPY, GMT 23:30) – Tokyo CPI is usually a good proxy for the Japanese economy’s overall inflation rate. In February, the CPI ex Food is expected to have stood at 0.9% y/y. The unemployment rate is expected to have climbed to 2.3% from 2.2% in December.
  • Retail Sales (JPY, GMT 23:50) – Following a precipitous 3-month dive in October -December, due to a prolonged hit to exports from soft global demand and a slide in consumer spending following a nationwide tax hike, January’s Retail Sales are expected to drop to -1.1% on a y/y basis.

Friday – 28 February 2020

  • Unemployment Rate (EUR, GMT 08:55) – The German unemployment rate is expected to have remained at 5% in February.
  • Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (EUR, GMT 13:00) – The German HICP inflation could rise to 0.3% m/m for February from the drop seen at -0.6% m/m last month.
  • Gross Domestic Product (CAD, GMT 13:30) – A sharp slowing in Canada’s real GDP growth rate to 1.2% (q/q, saar) is expected in Q4 following the 1.3% Q3 growth. This should not add to the backing for a rate cut for the Bank of Canada.
  • Personal Income (USD, GMT 13:30) – A 0.3% rise in personal income in January is anticipated after a 0.2% increase in December, alongside a 0.2% rise in consumption that follows a 0.3% December gain.

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Date : 28th February 2020.

“Fear” dominates the market 28th February


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“Fear” dominates the market – The COVID-19 virus has cropped up in sub-Saharan Africa and New Zealand for the first time. Markets remain firmly in the grip of virus fears and global stock markets continue to sell off globally.

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Date : 02nd March 2020.

Hopes of coordinated Central Banks help! 02nd March


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Bonds rallied and stock markets looked somewhat better as unscheduled statements from both the BoJ and the Fed sparked speculation of coordinated global central bank cuts.

Fed Chairman Powell was already forced to issue a statement on Friday saying the bank will take appropriate action to support the economy and the BoJ followed over the weekend. The BoJ followed over the weekend, saying that it will “strive to provide ample liquidity and ensure stability in financial markets through appropriate market operations and asset purchases”. The BoJ already offered to buy 500 billion Yen of government bonds via repurchase agreements to provide liquidity and the comments and actions helped local stock markets to recover earlier losses.

A rate cut from the RBA in Australia tomorrow is now seen as pretty much a done deal and speculation that there will be a coordinated move from global central banks this week has helped bond as well as stock markets.

Stock markets had initially been under pressure this morning also due to the weak Chinese manufacturing PMI readings highlighted the impact of virus disruptions. China’s February manufacturing PMI plunged a surprising 14.3 points to 35.7, a record low. This is one of the first pieces of data reflecting the impact of COVID-19, and obviously it’s not good. This new nadir beats the prior figure of 38.8 from November 2008. It’s also the steepest drop on the books. Bloomberg cited Nomura’s chief China economist Lu Ting who noted the data might even have been worse. A rise in delivery times helped boost the index, but the longer delivery time was a function of the COVID-related shutdowns and transportation dislocations, and not due to a jump in demand. Meanwhile, the non-manufacturing index tumbled 24.5 points to 29.6 in February from 54.1 in January. It’s also the lowest on record.

However the potential of coordinated global Central Bank action have helped both Bond and Equity markets to overcome the PMI weakness. JPN225 gained 1%, while the Hang Seng lifted 0.78% and CSI 300 and Shanghai Comp rallied 3.7% and 3.4%. The GER30 and UK100 futures are up 1.4% and 1.8% respectively, while US futures are posting gains of 0.4-0.6%. In FX markets EURUSD is trading at 1.1043 and the pound is at 1.625 against the EUR and 1.2837 against the Dollar. The USDJPY lifted to 108.23, after the BoJ statement, while USOIL future traded at $46.10.

Elsewhere, ECB officials have argued that it is too early to make a decision on an appropriate reaction to virus developments, but clearly with markets looking increasingly fragile central bankers will have to issue at least some assurance. German Economy Minister Altmeier meanwhile repeated that the government will address the implication of virus disruptions, saying he will discuss stimulus measures with the finance minister. Europe also has to fear another refugee crisis now after Turkey “opened” its borders in what looks like an attempt to force Nato’s hand over Turkey’s action in Syria. Against that background the official start of EU trade talks with the U.K. almost seems to fade into the background, but a Bloomberg source story highlighted again that the risk of a breakdown is pretty high, which leaves the risk that the transition period ends in December without a deal in place firmly on the table.

Today’s data calendar focuses mainly on final manufacturing PMI readings for February, which are widely expected to confirm preliminary numbers. G7 finance ministers will hold teleconference this week to coordinate their response to the virus outbreak.

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Date : 06th March 2020.

FX Update – March 6 – NFP Day! 06th March


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The dollar has continued to weaken versus most other currencies, correlating with the sharp decline in US Treasury yields.

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The USDIndex (DXY) earlier printed a fresh two-month low at 96.10, extending a decline from the 35-month high that was seen on February 20th, at 99.91. EURUSD has concurrently posted a seven-month peak, at 1.1290, which is the new culmination of the biggest two-week gain the pair has seen since February 2016. USDJPY has been undermined by both Dollar weakness and concurrent safe-haven driven outperformance in the Yen, and fell to a six-month low at 105.75. EURJPY and other Yen crosses also printed fresh lows. AUDJPY posted a four-day low, and is nearing the 11-year low the cross saw last week. AUDUSD has remained relatively buoyant, holding above recent 11-year lows on the back of the US Dollar’s weakness. The COVID-19 virus, while having so far disrupted some other economies more than the US (China, Japan and South Korea, for instance), is proving to be a leveller of the hitherto relatively robust US economy, with several states (California, Washington and Maryland) now having declared a state of emergency.

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Date : 09th March 2020

Events to Look Out For Next Week 09th March 2020.


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Leading indicators such as US Inflation and GDP from Europe and the US dominate the releases next week. The highlight of the week is the ECB rate decision, while markets are going to remain focused on the threat Covid-19 poses.

Have a look at the most important events of the coming days in our usual weekly publication.

Monday – 09 March 2020

  • Industrial Production and Trade Balance (EUR, GMT 07:00) – German Industrial Production growth is expected to have stood at 1.5% seasonally adjusted m/m in January, compared to the -3.5% decline seen in December.
  • Housing Starts (CAD, GMT 12:15) – Canada’s improvement in January housing starts tracks the expected housing boost to Q1 GDP. In February, the index is expected to slip lower to 205K from 213.2K.

Tuesday – 10 March 2020
 

  • Producer Price Index (CNY, GMT 01:30) – Chinese February PPI is expected to have remained at the same levels as in January, at 0.1% y/y.
  • Consumer Price Index (CNY, GMT 01:30) – Chinese inflation is expected to drop in February as coronavirus cases soar. The overall outcome is seen at 4.9% from 5.4%, while the monthly reading should be at 0.8% from 1.4% last month.
  • Gross Domestic Product (EUR, GMT 10:00) – Eurozone seasonally adjusted GDP for Q4 2019 is expected to remain unchanged on an annualized and quarterly rate.

Wednesday – 11 March 2020
 

  • Gross Domestic Product (GBP, GMT 09:30) – The UK economy’s most important figure, GDP is expected to be lower at 0.2% m/m following the 0.3% reading for December.
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Production (GBP, GMT 09:30) – The two indices are expected to have both grown to 0.4% m/m in January, with industrial production recovering significantly from the 0.1% in the prior month.
  • Consumer Price Index (USD, GMT 12:30) – Expectations have been set flat for February headline CPI figure with a 0.2% core price increase, following respective January readings of 0.1% and 0.2%. As-expected February figures would result in a headline y/y increase of 2.2%, down from 2.5% in January. Core prices should set a 2.3% y/y rise for a fourth consecutive month. We have seen an up-tilt in y/y gains into Q1 of 2020 due to harder comparisons, though this lift is being capped in February and March by price weakness related to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Thursday – 12 March 2020
 

  • ECB Interest Rate Decision and Conference (EUR, GMT 12:45 & 13:30) – The ECB is under pressure to step in as virus developments hit the markets. The ECB may have planned to focus on the strategic policy review this year, but recent market developments have increased the pressure on the central bank to act sooner rather than later to address the impact of Covid-19. There isn’t much room for rate cuts, although a 10 bp cut in the deposit rate is a possibility and now pretty widely expected. If the ECB goes down that route it will likely expand the exclusion band to limit the hit for banks. In this situation where supply disruptions are increasingly apparent, lower rates may not help much, but the move would have a signaling effect, which could help to bolster sentiment.

Friday – 13 March 2020
 

  • Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (EUR, GMT 07:00) – The German HICP inflation for February is seen steady at 1.7% y/y.
  • Michigan Sentiment (USD, GMT 15:00) – US consumer sentiment was revised up to 101.0 in the final February print from the University of Michigan survey, versus the 100.9 in the preliminary, and it’s up 1.2 points from January’s 99.8. This is the highest since March 2018 (which was the best since January 2004). The preliminary March Michigan sentiment reading is anticipated to decline to 97. On the flip side, a better than expected report, though it’s not likely to assuage COVID-19 fears.

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Date : 11th March 2020.

Central Banks – Race to the Bottom – Again? 11th March


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The latest Central Bank to act (in another surprise and unscheduled announcement) is the Bank of England. The BoE slashed rates by 50 basis points (bp) to address Covid-19 impact. The BoE cut bank rate to 0.25% from 0.75%, saying that the decision was made at a special meeting on March 10. There will also be a new funding scheme to support lending to small businesses impacted by the fallout from the virus. Although that is the plan these funds (expected to be around 100 million GBP) usually end up supporting the UK mortgage market. At the press conference, just completed, Carney emphasized that the total package was a “big package, a big package” a number of times and clearly wanted that to be the clear message. But also caveating the message that the COVID-19 impact is likely to be short, sharp potentially significant but ultimately short-lived. The first emergency move since the financial crisis highlights the impact of the virus on the economic outlook and comes a week after the Fed cut rates by 50 bp and a day before the ECB meeting, which is also expected to bring additional easing measures. The decision was unanimous and the bank said in a statement that “although the magnitude of the economic shock from Covid-19 is highly uncertain, activity is likely to weaken materially in the United Kingdom over the coming months”.

President Trump continued the pressure on the Fed yesterday with tweets aimed squarely at Jay Powell and the slow response (in his opinion) of the FED to cut rates. The ECB is expected to cut rates by at least 10bp tomorrow and with more stimulus also likely. The FOMC and BOJ also have scheduled meetings next week with more action by both anticipated, then if not before. Volatility and uncertainty persist and volumes in markets all remain elevated.

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Date : 12th March 2020.

Morning Update – March 12 2020 12th March


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FX News Today – Wednesday washout is becoming Thursday fallout. Equities closed down 5% and now down 20% from February peak and in a BEAR market, TRUMP bans travel from Europe (26 countries) – but not bizarrely the UK. Triggers further selling in Asia Nikkei down 4.4%, ASX down 7% . – JPY, CHF up, Treasuries in demand – Oil down again Gold also slips.

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Date : 13th March 2020.

Morning Update – March 13 2020 13th March


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FX News Today – Good Morning – The DJIA suffered its biggest 1 day fall since Black Monday 19 October 1987 – Trump travel ban, disappointment from ECB and pandemic panic gripped markets. The FED and other central banks and governments have been forced to intervene. USD sees increased demand. Volatility n Uncertainty persist.


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Date : 16th March 2020

Events to Look Out For Next Week 16th March 2020.


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Another eventful week is over, while an even more busier is expected. A policy-packed week once again, with monetary policy meeting in the world’s major economies, and the potential for guidance regarding future interest rate actions, from Fed, BoJ and SNB. The focus remains squarely on COVID-19. Assuming the coronavirus continues to spread exponentially, which is what the epidemiologists are warning, global markets are likely to ensure further panicky risk-off phases.
Tuesday – 17 March 2020

  • RBA Minutes and House Prices (AUD, GMT 00:30) – The RBA minutes should provide guidance as to how whether the RBA members actually are prepared for further easing. The bank signalled in its last meeting that it is ready to do more in a coordinated fiscal-monetary policy action.
  • Average Earnings (GBP, GMT 09:30) – Average Earnings excluding bonus are expected to have grown by 3.3% in January. The ILO unemployment rate is expected to have remained at 3.8%.
  • Economic Sentiment (EUR, GMT 10:00) – German March ZEW economic sentiment is expected to have sharply declined to -23.4 compared to 10.4 in February.
  • Retail Sales ( USD, GMT 12:30) – February gains of 0.2% are anticipated for headline retail sales and 0.3% for the ex-auto figure, following January gains of 0.3% for both measures. A -3.5% drop is seen for the CPI gasoline index, with an associated drop in service station sales.

Wednesday – 18 March 2020

  • CPI Inflation (CAD, GMT 12:30) – Canadian core inflation is expected to have declined to 1.7% y/y, compared to 1.8% y/y in January.
  • Fed Interest Rate Decision and Conference (USD, GMT 18:00) – Fed announced on March 12, a massive repo term operations of a maximum of $500 bln in 1- and 3-month repos across the maturity spectrum. The market is still looking for aggressive easing by the FOMC next week, with another 50 bp rate cut with potential for move before FOMC meeting on 17th, 18th. Some Fedwatchers are projecting a 100 bp easing.
  • Gross Domestic Product (NZD, GMT 21:45) – New Zealand Q4 GDP is expected to have dropped by 0.5% q/q, compared to 0.7% q/q in 2019Q3.

Thursday – 19 March 2019

  • Employment Data (AUD, GMT 00:30) – Both the unemployment Rate and the employment change are expected to have eased in February, decreasing to 5.2% and 11.6k respectively.
  • BoJ Interest Rate Decision and Conference (JPY, GMT 03:00- 06:00) – Shadowed by the Covid-19, the BoJ has less room for monetary policy manoeuvre, with Japan not depending of foreign investment inflows to sustain financing and with Japanese investors apt during times of risk aversion in global markets to repatriate capital from the sale of foreign assets, and/or put on currency hedges on foreign assets. Survey data released showed large Japanese manufacturers’ business sentiment fell to a nine-year low in Q1, which will keep the BoJ under pressure to loosen monetary policy at its upcoming policy review on March 18th-19th, however markets anticipate no change in the rates by BoJ .
  • SNB Interest Rate Decision (CHF, GMT 08:30) – The SNB is not expected to surprise markets as the Swiss rate is forecast to remain at -0.75%.

Friday – 20 March 2020

  • PBoC Interest Rate Decision (CNY, GMT 01:30) –The People’s Bank of China injected $79 billion into the economy through a reduction in reserve ratios for banks, while it offered discounts to banks’ reserve ratios of between half and 1 percentage point from their original level.
    Retail Sales (CAD, GMT 12:30) – Canada’s retail sales contracted in Q4, tracking expectations for a slowing in GDP. In contrast to Q4 outcome, January 2020 sales volume is forecasted at 0.3% gain from the flat December reading.

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Date : 17th March 2020.

What is a Circuit Breaker and How it Works? 17th March 2020


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The FOMC’s historic reactions to the COVID-19 spread, with its emergency 100 bp rate cut on Monday 16th of March pledging infinite liquidity, did nothing to soothe investor worries, and indeed may have sharpen recession concerns. Those fears, along with Fed coupon purchases, underpinned a strong bid in Treasuries which saw yields from the belly outward richen over 20 bps.

Hence Monday’s opening was delayed as the indexes were limit down. After the FOMC’s action, the USA30 posted its largest point decline in history, sliding -2997 points (-12.9%), and the USA500 fell 11.5%, both triggering an automatic 15-minute halt. This is the third time in the past two weeks that major US and foreign indices hit their emergency circuit breaker as the market opened; this isn’t the first time that a market has been halted due to massive volatility, however it is not something that you see often. Last time it was the turmoil of the 2008 housing crisis that put the country into recession.

But what is a circuit breaker and how does it work?

Circuit breakers were introduced to prevent another event like the Black Monday of 1987, when the Dow Jones fell by 22.6%, in a single trading day, by pausing trading if the S&P 500 price falls too low.

After being tested for the first time in 1997, they were triggered again in March 2020. So, why did that happen and how do circuit breakers work?

What are circuit breakers?

Circuit breakers, which are calculated daily, are set at 7%, 13% and 20% of the closing price of the S&P500 for the previous day. If the price drops 7% in a single session, trading is halted for 15 minutes, and, depending on what happens next, trading may be halted again temporarily or for the rest of the day.

How do circuit breakers work?

There are three levels:

A level 1 circuit breaker is applied when there is a single-day, single-session decline of 7%. Trading is paused for 15 minutes to give traders the chance to reevaluate their options and stop panic selling.

If there is improvement when trading is reopened after the break, the session will continue as usual. If the drop continues and reaches 13% before 3:25pm (New York time), a level 2 circuit breaker will be applied and trading will be stopped for another 15 minutes.

If the drop continues still further and reaches 20%, the situation is considered critical and a level 3 circuit breaker will come into force. At this highest level, trading is stopped for the rest of the day regardless of what time it is.

Are circuit breakers used only for market indices?

No, they’re not! Individual securities have their own circuit breakers, known as the “Limit Up-Limit Down rule”, which means that trading is stopped whenever the price moves too far up or down away from predetermined acceptable levels.

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Date : 18th March 2020.

FX Update – March 18 – King Dollar 18th March 2020

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The Dollar has remained firm amid nervous global markets, with demand for cash dollars remaining high while some traditional safe haven assets, such as gold and US Treasuries, have nonetheless remained under pressure as investors rebalance portfolios and build cash cushions to cover margin calls. US bonds have been falling despite the Fed buying up to $40 bln worth daily in its revamped QE program. Some market narratives are also pointing to concerns about the US fiscal position light of the US government’s announcement for a $1.2 tln stimulus package. Gold prices are down 1.5%, though remain off the three-and-a-half-month low seen on Monday. Stock markets turned lower during the Asian session and opened in Europe down some 3-4%.

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In currencies, movements have been relatively contained so far today. The Yen has outperformed, though concurrent Dollar strength has seen USDJPY lift back above 107.00 from a 106.76 low. The commodity and most developing world currencies remained under pressure. AUDJPY declined by over 1%, and has breached the 11-year low seen yesterday, trading at S1 – 63.80. AUDUSD remained heavy, also breaching the 17-year low seen yesterday at 0.5960, it trades at 0.5936. NZDUSD printed a fresh 11-year low at 0.5911. USDCAD, amid its biggest monthly gain since January 2015, remained buoyant but still held below the four-year high seen yesterday at 1.4276.

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USOil prices hit a new major-trend low at $25.50, which is the lowest nominal level traded since May 2003. EURUSD ebbed back under 1.1000, but has so far remained shy of the three-week low seen yesterday at 1.0956. Regarding the coronavirus, there are concerns that the massive global fiscal and monetary stimulus measures, even when targeted well, will simply not be able to fully mitigate the impact of draconian lockdowns in an increasing number of economies.


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Date : 20th March 2020.

European FX Update – 20 March 2020 20th March 2020


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Interventions and the threat of interventions has seen the dollar soften while commodity and many developing world currencies have rebounded strongly following a period of pronounced underperformance. Also in the mix is the plethora of central bank actions to shore up liquidity and loosen monetary policy, along with the massive fiscal rescue packages being assembled by governments across the world, which have given markets opportunity to settle from coronavirus anxiety. Russia and Brazil have intervened in forex markets over the last day, buying their domestic currencies and selling dollars. The Russian ruble crashed by over 34% from early January levels before the Russian central bank stepped in yesterday. The Norwegian central bank also threatened to intervene yesterday following a similar 30%-odd dive the crown. South Africa and Australia have also signalled readiness to intervene to support their currencies. For many countries with borrowings in dollars, the massive depreciation in their domestic currencies, and strength in the dollar, has been increasingly threatening at a time when most emerging market and developed-world economies are either headed to or are already in recession. There is rising odds for coordinated action to blunt dollar strength. Demand of cash dollars has been intense in recent weeks due to the funds need to cover losses and meet fund redemptions.

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Among the main currencies today, the narrow trade-weighted dollar index (DXY) has declined by 1.3%, to 101.50. The index peaked at a 38-month high yesterday at 102.99. EURUSD has concomitantly lifted by over 1% to levels above 1.0800. Cable rallied by nearly 3% to levels back above 1.1800, up from yesterday’s 35-year at 1.1451. USDJPY dropped back to the lower 109.00s from levels above 111.0, though the yen still weakened against many other currencies.

Biggest (FX) Mover @ (09:30 GMT) AUDUSD (+3.48%) – Rallied from 0.5680 at open, over 0.5800 & 0.5900. The MA’s aligned higher, RSI (67) positive, MACD histogram & signal line rising and breached 0, Stochastics moving higher but not yet into OB zone. – H1 ATR 0.0063, Daily ATR 0.0205.

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Date : 24th March 2020.

FX Update – March 24 2020


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Currencies moved in a risk-on formation, with the Dollar, Yen and Swiss franc weakening against most other currencies, with the commodity and many developing-world currencies outperforming. This came with S&P 500 futures rallying strongly, more than reversing the 2.9% closing loss the cash version of the index saw yesterday on Wall Street. Oil, most base metals and other commodity prices also rose. Asian stock markets also rallied. The massive $2 tln coronavirus stimulus bill in the US looks near to being passed in the Senate. The Fed’s ultra-aggressive pledge of unlimited dollar funding also appears to be having some success. The US 2-year note yield dropped yesterday to a near seven-year low of 0.79%, which, although higher today, concomitantly put a lid on the Dollar. The narrow trade-weighted USDIndex dropped by about 1% in printing a four-day low at 101.45, extending the correction from the 38-month high that was seen last Friday at 102.99. EURUSD and Cable concurrently lifted just over 1%, to respective five-day and intraday highs at 1.0866 and 1.1695. The biggest mover out of the main dollar pairings and associated crosses has been AUDUSD, which lifted by over 2%, making a four-day peak at 0.5975. The Aussie dollar has now rebounded by over 8% from the 18-year low it saw last week, at 0.5507. With oil prices posting a near 5% rally, USDCAD turned lower, back below 1.4400, though the pair remained above yesterday’s low at 1.4335.

As for the coronavirus, more countries have been going lock-down, the latest of note being the UK, and the major question about how long it will be before something approaching normal economic activity resumes. Incoming preliminary March PMI survey data have and will continue to paint a grim picture of the economic consequences to date.

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Date : 25th March 2020.

FX Update – March 25 – USD Cools


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The commodity (AUD again today’s best performer) and many developing world currencies have continued to rebound, while the Dollar, Yen and Swiss franc have traded generally softer. This comes with Asian stock markets rallying and European markets opening positively after the DJIA equity index posted its biggest single-day rally on Wall Street since 1933. The US Senate and White reached agreement on a $2 tln fiscal stimulus package, which joins a growing list of countries around the world to have unveiled bazooka-sized spending packages, joining ambitious central bank monetary stimulus efforts aimed at mitigating the impact of virus containing measures. This comes amid tentative signs that the lockdown in Italy is starting to work, as new cases and the death rate ebb. There are also other signs of encouragement, such as news that 20% of US companies in China have reported that they have returned to normal operations, showing that there is economic life after lockdown.

Among the main currencies, USDJPY has traded neutrally so far today, while most Yen crosses, especially those with a commodity or developing world currency counterpart, have lifted. USDJPY has held with a range of 110.75-111.50, narrow by recent standards and well within the bounds of yesterday’s range. EURJPY has posted modest gains, but remained below yesterday’s peak. AUDJPY, amid its fifth consecutive up day, posted a 10-day high at 67.25. AUDUSD lifted by 1.2% in printing an eight-day high at 0.6060, extending the rebound from last week’s 18-year low of 10%. USDCAD fell to a five-day low at S2 and below 1.4300 at 1.4299, with the Canadian Dollar continuing to correlate closely with oil prices, which today extended over 3% higher to five-day highs, but remains capped at $25.00. EURUSD has traded higher, to the mid 1.0800s, but has remained comfortably within Tuesday’s range.

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Date : 26th March 2020.

GER30: Back to risk-off….but for how long?


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EGBs have rallied with Treasuries and with Eurozone spreads coming in after the ECB confirmed that it will drop issuer limits in its EUR 750 bln QE program. Tapping the ESM and finally using Draghi’s OMT program are also on the cards for the Eurozone as governments try to limit the impact of the pandemic. Despite the massive US stimulus package and additional promises from European officials, stocks markets headed south in Europe and US futures are also broadly lower, ahead of likely dismal US jobless claims.

The 10-year Bund yield was down -3.9 bp at -0.308%, the Gilt yield down -3.7 bp at 0.398% US Treasury yields had declined -6.1 bp to 0.806%. Greek 10-year rates dropped nearly 34 bp as Eurozone spreads narrowed. GER and UK100 meanwhile are both down -2.1%.

FX market volatility has been on the decline this week, as massive global stimulus has ratcheted markets away from panic mode that prevailed last week. However the market will continue to remain subject to high volatility and overall underperformance as long as the coronavirus contagion remains in a state of increasing spread.

The plethora of global monetary and fiscal responses have helped stocks finding a sustainable reprieve, however so far today as volatility remains high we have seen pullbacks. Whether these are corrections or signs of reversal, no one knows yet!

In the EU, GER30 in contrast with UK100, has gain some ground, having a distance of more than 1600 points from 7-years lows. This reflects to more than 35% reversal, but does it look sufficient enough in order to believe in a reversal? Technically responding, the sentiment that we have seen that last few sessions presents positive bias in the short term, with the asset holding bottom above 9,500 (23.6% Fib. level at 9,523) despite the doji Wednesday. This provides relief, that 38.2% Fib is still on the cards. A breakout above the short term pennant formation could open the doors towards a retest of 38.2% Fib. retracement level at 10,358 (this could fill March 12 gap) .

In the medium term meanwhile, daily momentum remain negative even though they are giving signs if weakness. RSI recovered from oversold levels but remains below neutral zone and MACD is at the negative are however it is extending above its signal line suggesting decreasing negative bias.

There is clearly plenty of volatility still to play out, but the way this move is shaping, weakness is now being bought into.

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Date : 27th March 2020.

FX Update – 27 March 2020.


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The Dollar declined and then recovered some of its losses, which saw the narrow trade-weighted USDIndex print a nine-day low at 99.15 before recouping levels back above 99.40. At the lows, the index was showing a correction of 3.2% from the 38-month high that was seen last week, which can be credited to the Fed’s ultra-aggressive dollar printing activity. There has also been a side theme of pronounced losses in USDJPY and Yen crosses, which look out of sync with the usual correlative pattern in light of a backdrop of mostly-higher stock and commodity markets in Asia today (which often times, especially in the prevailing crisis, would be associated with a softening in the Japanese currency). The demand for Yen was reportedly driven by repatriation of Japanese investment funds, according to several market reports and narratives, even though the timing — just a few days before Japan’s financial year end — seems a little strange. USDJPY, aided by broad Dollar weakness, dropped by about another 1% in printing a one-week low at 108.25. EURJPY, AUDJPY and most other Yen crosses declined, too, which amounted to a correction. Subsequently, the Yen gave back up to half of its gains as the European interbank market picked up the reins, and expectations, should risk appetite hold up, the Yen could soften from here. The USDJPY and the crossing EMA strategy (H1) closed out in the last hour as the 9-period EMA was broken at 108.89 from an entry at 111.14 on March 25, a 220 pip move.

Elsewhere, EURUSD edged out a 10-day high at 1.1088, before ebbing back under 1.1050. Cable printed an eleven-day high, at 1.2306. As for the coronavirus, the exponential rate of new cases has continued. Cases in the US have surged, and it might be several weeks before the fruits of the global lockdown is seen. Few are now expecting a V-shaped economic recovery out of this, such as was seen following the SARS epidemic in Asia in 2003. The key question is how wide the “U” will be in a U-shaped recovery? An old market adage has always been to, never try to catch a falling knife.

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