Dollar firmer amid trade talk trouble

Dollar rises as China cancels trade talks

The US dollar was marginally higher on a holiday-thinned Asia Monday morning, reacting to weekend news that China had cancelled plans to visit Washington this week for trade talks. Remember the next set of US tariffs on $200 billion of China goods has just kicked in at 12am Washington time with $110 billion worth of US goods being hit by China tariffs at the same time. There is speculation that nothing further will happen with trade negotiations before the US mid-term elections in November.

 

 

Of the equity market that were open (China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan were all closed), Hong Kong stocks reacted negatively to developments, dropping 1.59% while Australia gained 0.2%. The SPX500USD CFD declined 0.22% to 2,921.1. On Friday it hit a record high. The Aussie currency reacted more, falling 0.46% versus the dollar to 0.7255 as the US dollar, measured against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.11%.

 

UK Sunday press awash with rumors

The UK’s Sunday Times reported that aides to PM May had started contingency planning for a snap November election in order to rally public support for an updated and improved Brexit plan. The pound suffered heavily on Friday, falling the most in one day since June 2017, after May was heavily criticized at the EU summit in Salzburg and said that talks were at an impasse. The rally from the August 15 low stalled near the 50% retracement level of the drop from April 17.

 

GBP/USD Daily Chart

Source: Oanda fxTrade

 

 

Oil prices advance as OPEC ignores Trump’s demands

US President Trump called on OPEC to reduce oil prices which provoked the response from the group that it would boost output only if customers asked for it. This pushed oil prices higher with West Texas Intermediate pushing further ahead from the $70 mark, rising as high as $72.40 per barrel, the highest in 2-1/2 months. Brent continues to straddle the key $80 per barrel level, currently at $80.306.

 

WTI Daily Chart

Source: Oanda fxTrade

 

Another improvement in German IFO surveys may help the Euro

It’s a slow start to this week’s busy data schedule with German IFO surveys and the UK’s CBI orders survey the only items to set the pulse racing in Europe. The IFO survey last month saw the expectations index bouncing higher and another improvement in sentiment in September could help EUR/USD stave off some of the dollar’s strength today. The current assessment index has been rising for the past two months and was at 106.4 last month. However, economists expect the business climate to deteriorate to 103.0 from 103.8, the latest poll shows.

The North American session features August’s Chicago Fed activity survey, the Dallas Fed business index for September and Canada’s wholesale sales for July.

 

The full MarketPulse data calendar can be viewed here: https://www.marketpulse.com/economic-events/

 

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Canadian Inflation Lifts Probabilities of an October Rate Hike

The USD/CAD fell 0.92 percent in the last five days. The currency pair is trading at 1.2921 after various phases of NAFTA jitters have helped and pressured the loonie. The Canadian currency gained on a weekly basis against a softening greenback.

US-China trade rhetoric hast lost some traction, and as JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon put it, it’s more like a skirmish than a war.


Canadian dollar weekly graph September 17, 2018

NAFTA optimism remains high, but officials from both sides have begun to trade sound bites as frustrations mount.

US White House Chief Economic Advisor Kevin Hasset said in a TV interview that the US could forge ahead with the Mexico only trade deal. The US has been trying to get Canada to join the quick agreement made with Mexico, but so far the negotiations have not been as smooth.

Canadian Foreign Minister wrapped up her Washington visit on Thursday with the Quebec elections on October 1 an important day if dairy concessions are given as part of the NAFTA renegotiation.

Canadian monthly GDP data will be released on Friday September 28, with a forecast of 0.1 percent. The stronger pace earlier in the year and with inflation above target will pressure the Bank of Canada (BoC) to lift rates in October. Probabilities of a 25 basis points hike are at 88.74 percent.

US Dollar Recovers Ground Ahead of Fed Meeting

The US dollar bounced back on Friday, but could not offset the losses suffered during the week. The greenback was lower against most major pairs at the end of five days. Traders adjusted their positions before the weekend giving some breathing room to the USD.

The U.S. Federal Reserve will host its two-day meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) statement will be published at 2:00 pm EDT followed by a press conference by Fed Chair Jerome Powell at 2:30 pm EDT.

A rate lift by the US central bank is highly anticipated and has been priced in to the dollar putting more focus on the words of the Fed chief.

Euro Appreciates as US Trade War Fears Soften

The EUR/USD surged 1.05 percent this week. The single currency is trading at 1.1743 after a late recovery attempt by the USD on Friday.



The Trump administration unveiled the second round of tariffs against Chinese goods on Monday but as more details came out an all out trade war can still be averted.

Despite the rhetoric market participants are optimistic about a resolution that will not have a negative impact on global growth.

German data and EU inflation will be released this week. German confidence has improved of late and forecasts show that trend will continue but European inflation early results are not expected to have gained traction. The EUR has recovered from political uncertainty earlier in the year, but investors will look at fundamentals for guidance.

Canadian Inflation Lifts Probabilities of an October Rate Hike

The USD/CAD fell 0.92 percent in the last five days. The currency pair is trading at 1.2921 after various phases of NAFTA jitters have helped and pressured the loonie. The Canadian currency gained on a weekly basis against a softening greenback.

US-China trade rhetoric hast lost some traction, and as JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon put it, it’s more like a skirmish than a war.


Canadian dollar weekly graph September 17, 2018

NAFTA optimism remains high, but officials from both sides have begun to trade sound bites as frustrations mount.

US White House Chief Economic Advisor Kevin Hasset said in a TV interview that the US could forge ahead with the Mexico only trade deal. The US has been trying to get Canada to join the quick agreement made with Mexico, but so far the negotiations have not been as smooth.

Canadian Foreign Minister wrapped up her Washington visit on Thursday with the Quebec elections on October 1 an important day if dairy concessions are given as part of the NAFTA renegotiation.

Canadian monthly GDP data will be released on Friday September 28, with a forecast of 0.1 percent. The stronger pace earlier in the year and with inflation above target will pressure the Bank of Canada (BoC) to lift rates in October. Probabilities of a 25 basis points hike are at 88.74 percent.

Oil Ends Week Higher with OPEC Meeting to Provide Guidance

Oil prices rose ahead of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting in Algiers in a week that included supply concerns and pressure from US President Trump to keep prices low.


West Texas Intermediate graph

The production cut agreement by the OPEC and other major producers has been the most important factor in the stabilization of crude prices since the 2014 drop.

Supply disruptions have kept prices in current ranges even as the OPEC and partners such as Russia will be discussing ramping up production.

The biggest disruption to supply this year has come from the reapplication of US sanctions against Iranian exports. Global producers that are part of the supply curb have telegraphed their intentions but weather and geopolitical factors have been offset with global growth and energy demand forecast downgrades.

Weekly US inventories threw another drawdown data point on Wednesday and have kept the black stuff bid. President Trump has used twitter as a macro policy tool and this time his aim fell on the OPEC.

The organization has limited options and will look to Saudi Arabia for leadership as some members have pressured internally to increase production for their own national interests.

This time the US is mixing political and economic factors to force an increase in supply, even though the White House is the one who triggered the latest disruption.

Yellow Metal Loses Shine on Friday Looks Ahead to Fed Rate Hike

Gold was lower on Friday by 0.65 percent, but gains earlier in the week still managed to put it in the black with a 0.19 percent gain.

The safe haven appeal of the yellow metal was lower as US stock markets continued their rally stoked by improving economic data in America.



The Fed’s imminent rate hike is keeping gold close to the $1,200 price level and the Swiss franc is now the de facto refuge for investors.

With a 25 basis points fully priced in from the Fed metal investors will be focusing on the economic projections and any changes in the wording of the statement looking for clues on the rate hike path of the central bank.

Market events to watch this week:

Monday, September 24
4:00am EUR German Ifo Business Climate
Tuesday, September 25
10:00am USD CB Consumer Confidence
9:00pm NZD ANZ Business Confidence
Wednesday, September 26
10:30am USD Crude Oil Inventories
2:00pm USD FOMC Economic Projections
2:00pm USD FOMC Statement
2:00pmUSD Federal Funds Rate
2:30pm USD FOMC Press Conference
5:00pm NZD Official Cash Rate
6:00pm NZD RBNZ Press Conference
Thursday, September 27
8:30am USD Core Durable Goods Orders m/m
8:30amUSD Final GDP q/q
Friday, September 28
4:30am GBP Current Account
8:30am CAD GDP m/m

*All times EDT
For a complete list of scheduled events in the forex market visit the MarketPulse Economic Calendar

USD/CAD – Surging Canadian dollar at 14-week high, CPI and retail sales next

The Canadian dollar is trading sideways in the Friday session, after posting strong gains in the Thursday session. Currently, USD/CAD is trading at 1.2924, up 0.13% on the day. On the release front, Canada releases key consumer data. CPI is expected to post a rare decline, with an estimate of -0.1%. Retail Sales is forecast to rebound and record a gain of 0.6%. There are no major releases out of the U.S.

The U.S dollar is broadly lower this week, and the Canadian dollar has jumped on the bandwagon, posting gains of close to 1%. On Thursday the pair dropped to 1.2884, its lowest level since June 11. However, the Canadian currency’s gains have been pared due to pressure on oil prices. If this continues, the Canadian dollar could surrender some of its recent gains.

The US-China trade war is heating up, with the two economic giants exchanging tariffs this week. On Monday, U.S President Trump announced 10% tariffs on some $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. China quickly responded, slapping 10% tariffs on $60 billion in US exports. These tit-for-tit tariffs have become a familiar script, only this time investors haven’t panicked and snapped up U.S dollars. Investors are somewhat relieved that the tariffs are just 10%, and China is taking measures to reduce the effect of the tariffs on its economy, including increasing stimulus and infrastructure spending. Global growth remains strong, despite the tariff spat. However, China has also threatened to cancel upcoming trade talks with the U.S, in protest of the recent U.S tariff.

Yen at two-month low versus dollar on Wall Street surge

Central Banks up the ante to normalize interest rates

 

USD/CAD Fundamentals

Friday (September 21)

  • 8:30 Canadian CPI. Estimate -0.1%
  • 8:30 Canadian Retail Sales. Estimate 0.6%
  • 9:45 US Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 55.1
  • 9:45 US Flash Services PMI. Estimate 54.9

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

 

USD/CAD for Friday, September 21, 2018

USD/CAD, September 21 at 7:50 DST

Open: 1.2905 High: 1.2919 Low: 1.2898 Close: 1.2924

 

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2515 1.2666 1.2830 1.2970 1.3067 1.3160

USD/CAD showed little movement in the Asian session and posted small gains in European trade

  • 1.2830 is providing support
  • 1.2970 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 1.2830 to 1.2970

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2830, 1.2666 and 1.2515
  • Above: 1.2970, 1.3067, 1.3160 and 1.3292

DAX rally continues as investors ignore tariff war

The DAX index has posted strong gains in the Friday session. Currently, the index is at 12,393, up 0.54% on the day. On the release front, German and eurozone manufacturing PMIs disappointed, missing their estimates.

It’s been a good week for the DAX, which has jumped 2.9 percent. Earlier on Friday, the DAX touched 12,458 points, a high for September. Clearly, risk appetite remains strong, despite the U.S and China exchanging another round of tariffs this week. On Monday, U.S President Trump announced 10% tariffs on some $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. China quickly responded, slapping 10% tariffs on $60 billion in US exports. These tit-for-tit tariffs have become a familiar script, only this time investors haven’t panicked and snapped up U.S dollars. Investors are somewhat relieved that the tariffs are just 10%, and China is taking measures to reduce the effect of the tariffs on its economy, including increasing stimulus and infrastructure spending. Global growth remains strong, despite the tariff spat. Although China has threatened to cancel upcoming trade talks with the U.S in protest of the recent tariff decision, investors are in an optimistic mood.

German and eurozone manufacturing PMIs were soft in September. The German indicator dropped sharply, from 56.1 to 53.7, missing the estimate of 55.7 points. This marked the weakest reading since August 2016. It was a similar story from eurozone manufacturing PMI, which fell from 54.6 to 53.3, the lowest level since October 2016. This marked the ninth straight month that the indicator has weakened – in December 2016, the indicator stood at 60.6 points. There was better news from services PMIs. German Flash Final Services PMI rose to 56.5, above the estimate of 55.1 points. The eurozone release improved to 54.7, above the estimate of 54.5 points.

Yen at two-month low versus dollar on Wall Street surge

Central Banks up the ante to normalize interest rates

Economic Calendar

  • 3:30 German Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 55.7. Actual 53.7
  • 3:30 German Flash Services PMI. Estimate 55.1. Actual 56.5
  • 4:00 Eurozone Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 54.4. Actual 53.3
  • 4:00 Eurozone Flash Services PMI. Estimate 54.5. Actual 54.7

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

 

DAX, Friday, September 21 at 7:10 DST

Previous Close: 12,326 Open: 12,396 Low: 12,382 High: 12,460 Close: 12,393

EUR/USD – Surging euro hits 1.18 despite soft manufacturing PMIs

EUR/USD has paused in the Friday session, after posting strong gains on Thursday. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1772, down 0.05% on the day. On the release front, German and eurozone manufacturing PMIs disappointed, missing their estimates. There are no major U.S events on the schedule.

German and eurozone manufacturing PMIs were soft in September. The German indicator dropped sharply, from 56.1 to 53.7, missing the estimate of 55.7 points. This marked the weakest reading since August 2016. It was a similar story from eurozone manufacturing PMI, which fell from 54.6 to 53.3, the lowest level since October 2016. This marked the ninth straight month that the indicator has weakened – in December 2016, the indicator stood at 60.6 points. There was better news from services PMIs. German Flash Final Services PMI rose to 56.5, above the estimate of 55.1 points. The eurozone release improved to 54.7, above the estimate of 54.5 points.

The US-China trade war is heating up, with the two economic giants exchanging tariffs this week. On Monday, U.S President Trump announced 10% tariffs on some $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. China quickly responded, slapping 10% tariffs on $60 billion in US exports. These tit-for-tit tariffs have become a familiar script, only this time investors haven’t panicked and snapped up U.S dollars. Investors are somewhat relieved that the tariffs are just 10%, and China is taking measures to reduce the effect of the tariffs on its economy, including increasing stimulus and infrastructure spending. Global growth remains strong, despite the tariff spat. However, China has also threatened to cancel upcoming trade talks with the U.S, in protest of the recent U.S tariff.

Yen at two-month low versus dollar on Wall Street surge

 

EUR/USD Fundamentals

Friday (September 21)

  • 3:15 French Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 53.3. Actual 52.5
  • 3:15 French Flash Services PMI. Estimate 55.2. Actual 54.3
  • 3:30 German Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 55.7. Actual 53.7
  • 3:30 German Flash Services PMI. Estimate 55.1. Actual 56.5
  • 4:00 Eurozone Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 54.4. Actual 53.3
  • 4:00 Eurozone Flash Services PMI. Estimate 54.5. Actual 54.7
  • 9:45 US Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 55.1
  • 9:45 US Flash Services PMI. Estimate 54.9

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

 

EUR/USD for Friday, September 21, 2018

EUR/USD for September 21 at 6:25 DST

Open: 1.1778 High: 1.1803 Low: 1.1770 Close: 1.1772

 

EUR/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.1553 1.1637 1.1718 1.1840 1.1961 1.2055

EUR/USD was flat in the Asian session and continues to drift in European trade

  • 1.1718 is providing support
  • 1.1840 is the next resistance line

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.1718, 1.1637, 1.1553 and 1.1434
  • Above: 1.1840, 1.1961 and 1.2055
  • Current range: 1.1718 to 1.1840

ASEAN currencies edge higher

Sept 21 (Reuters) – Asian currencies strengthened for the
third consecutive day on Friday, supported by a weaker dollar
and shifting views over how much damage the Sino-U.S. trade war
will inflict on global demand and export-reliant regional
economies.

The dollar index has fallen more than 1 per cent this
week. Analysts said investment flows are being diverted away
from the greenback to its peers such as emerging market
currencies as trade tensions have ebbed.
“A significant factor in adding to the current run of dollar
weakness is the drop on safe-haven appeal after China suggested
they won’t weaponise yuan in a trade war,” said Stephen Innes,
head of trading for Asia-Pacific at OANDA in Singapore.
“Regional risk is very steady supported by thriving global
equity markets, a slightly weaker dollar and a positive glean
that North Korea’s leader Kim Jung-un has asked for a second
summit with President Trump.”

 

Reuters

Yen at two-month low versus dollar on Wall Street surge

USD/JPY at highest since July

USD/JPY rallied to its highest level since July 19 as the positive sentiment that lifted Wall Street to record highs continued in the currency markets during the Asian session. The response in Asian equities was not quite so dramatic with the Japan 225 index gaining 0.25% by lunchtime, the Hong Kong 33 CFD rising 0.25% and the China A50 index surging 1.32%%.

Japan shares shrugged off an uptick in longer-term yen yields after the Bank of Japan trimmed its daily purchases of Japanese Government Bonds with a tenor of 25 years and upwards. The 30-year yield hit its highest since October 2017 and the 40-year tenor saw rates at 1.02%, the highest since November 2017.

 

USD/JPY Weekly Chart

Source: Oanda fxTrade

 

USD/JPY is poised for its second weekly gain in a row and is heading toward the 200-week moving average at 113.26 while the July high sits at 113.18.

 

Japan CPI heads in the right direction

A welcome headline for the Bank of Japan saw Japanese consumer prices rise 1.3% year-on-year in August, the fastest pace since February. The headline topped expectations of a 1.1% increase and was a steep acceleration from the 0.9% seen in July. Core CPI was a more benign +0.4% y/y, in line with expectations and higher than July’s 0.3%.

In other Japanese news, Shinzo Abe was elected for his third term as leader of the LDP yesterday and is set to become the country’s longest-serving leader. He wasted no time in getting back down to business as Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga announced that PM Abe will hold a summit with US President Trump on September 26. There is no doubt that the tariff question will be the major topic under discussion.

US-China trade war, yesterday’s news?

S&P Raises Australia outlook to stable

Ratings agency S&P affirmed Australia’s sovereign rating at AAA and raised the outlook from negative to stable. The agency cited an improved fiscal outlook amid government expenditure restraint, with steady revenues supported by the strong labor market and relatively robust commodity prices. The top three ratings agencies now have Australia with a AAA rating and a stable outlook.

There was a muted response to the news from the Aussie as AUD/USD marked time ahead of the 55-day moving average resistance at 0.7315. The pair is currently almost flat on the day having risen for the past four sessions and is facing its strongest up-week in over a year. AUD/USD is now at 0.72935.

 

AUD/USD Daily Chart

Source: Oanda fxTrade

 

More PMI readings complete a slow data week

The slow data week concludes with September Markit PMI readings for both Germany and the Euro-zone, with both expected to show a lower reading than last month. The North American calendar is focused on Canada’s CPI readings for August followed by the Markit PMI data for the US. In contrast to the European readings, those are expected to rise and confirm the robust state of the US economy and could help fuel further gains on Wall Street.

 

You can view the full MarketPulse data calendar at: https://www.marketpulse.com/economic-events/

 

Have a great weekend.

Gold steady, shrugs off strong manufacturing, jobless claims data

Gold has taken a pause in the Thursday session, after posting gains on Wednesday. In North American trade, the spot price for one ounce of gold is $1203.83, up 0.05% on the day. On the release front, U.S indicators looked sharp, as Philly Fed Manufacturing Index and unemployment claims both beat expectations.

Which direction is the housing sector headed? This week’s data has pointed in both directions, making it difficult to discern a trend. Earlier on Thursday, Existing Home Sales remained steady at 5.34 million, but this fell short of the estimate of 5.38 million. Key construction reports on Wednesday were a mix. Building Permits disappointed, dropping from 1.31 million to 1.23 million. This was well short of the estimate of 1.31 million and marked the weakest gain since September. There was better news from Housing Starts, which jumped from 1.17 million to 1.28 million, above the estimate of 1.24 million. This was a three-month high.

After a brief respite, the US-China trade spat ratcheted upwards this week. Following weeks of speculation, U.S President Trump announced 10% tariffs on some $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. Only this time, investors didn’t panic. In previous rounds of tariffs, the dollar posted strong gains, but this has not happened this time around. Investors appeared to have been ready for a move by Trump, and may be sighing in relief that the tariff was set at 10% rather than at 25%. One senior economist summed up Trump’s most recent salvo as “bad but manageable”. However, if the Chinese do indeed retaliate and the U.S takes further measures, this would likely shake up the markets and boost the U.S dollar.

Kiwi jumps on strongest growth in two years

U.S safe-haven appeal diminishes

GBP/USD jumps on Brexit reports and retail sales

 

XAU/USD Fundamentals

Thursday (September 20)

  • 8:30 US Philly Fed Manufacturing Index. Estimate 17.5. Actual 22.9
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 210K. Actual 201K
  • 10:00 US CB Leading Index. Estimate 0.5%. Actual 0.4%
  • 10:00 US Existing Home Sales. Estimate 5.36M. Actual 5.34M
  • 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate 81B. Actual 86B

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

 

XAU/USD for Thursday, September 20, 2018

XAU/USD September 20 at 12:20 DST

Open: 1204.05 High: 1208.46 Low: 1201.34 Close: 1204.63

 

XAU/USD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1115 1146 1170 1204 1220 1236

XAU/USD ticked higher in the Asian session. In European trade, the pair moved higher but gave up most of these gains. XAU/USD has posted small losses in North American trade.

  • 1170 is providing support
  • 1204 is fluid. Currently, it is a weak resistance line
  • Current range: 1170 to 1204

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1170, 1146 and 1115
  • Above: 1204, 1220, 1236 and 1261

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