Asia Market update : A time out

China Data

China CPI data came out bang on market expectation while the PPI rose slightly 3.6 % versus 3.5 % but continues to trend lower despite weaker Yuan and tariff price pressures. But given the delta to expectations are negligible there isn’t much of trade to be had on the data.

Regional equity markets

Regional markets are trading more positively this morning as overall regional volatilities are falling. A weaker US dollar profile is helping to cool depreciation pressure on the Yuan as overextended shorts are getting pared. Don’t confuse this recovery with anything other than consolidation amidst a protracted downtrend in Asia equities. Traders are looking to sell upticks given that intraday volatility can ignite on the drop of a dime.

While neither new or original for that matter and with discussions centring on market uncertainties the topic of China infrastructure spending is making the rounds yet again.

Since additional monetary easing could trigger a run on the Yuan; there’s more chatter that China will move back to its old habits of pumping up infrastructure spending to boost economic growth as Beijing is preparing to pull out their old stimulus playbook.

But overall a quiet start today in the wake of an unusually quiet Monday in US market.

Oil markets

Oil bulls are latching on to falling Iran export data which showed the country’s exports fell even further during the first half of October. Which gives rise to the spare capacity ” proof is in the pudding” argument that until supplies are made quantifiably available, given Venezuela and Iran shortfalls, that squeeze in supply should be enough to support Oil prices until proven otherwise. With so much noise in the market, traders top side ambitions could temper ahead of this week’s US inventory data sets.

Currencies

The US Dollar 

Dollar bulls still fear we are little more than a Jay Powell headline away from sending the dollar into full out retreat. especially if he or this week FOMC minutes do walk back the hawkish market interpretation from the last policy meeting.

The Yuan

The USDCNH remains in a very tight range with overnight funding getting extraordinarily liquid, but the forward curve remains under pressure as traders continue to unwind some of the USD paid in forwards on a carryover from the slight de  escalation of USD-China tension on the back of Trump -Xi meeting and a softer tone for the Pboc at the IMF in Bali. However, USDCNH remains bid on dips below 6.92 despite today’s CNY  fix at 6.9119 today, -35 pips from last fixing and -151 pips from the previous closing at 6.9270 on 16:30 Beijing time. But well in line with market expectations.

With lower CNH vols comes some breathing room for local EM as the Won is making significant headway after the softer US retail sales print. In the absence of strong US economic data for the USD to anchor too, it continues to struggle but EM risk is fraught with peril, and I suspect this is more of a case positions squaring rather than bullish bets put on the table.

New Zealand Dollar

NZD CPI has overshot expectations: +0.9%QoQ for Q3 versus 0.4% prior and 0.7% expected. The RBNZ forecast stood at 0.4%. but taking the gains from energy out of the equation but with very mixed signals on the USD appetite to fade the move has been muted as dollar bulls remain nose-ringed to this weeks FOMC minutes

Risk remains on the back foot

Daily Markets Broadcast – 2018-10-16

Another ominous Yuan fix?

The Yuan
Another ominous signal from this mornings Yuan fix has sent Yuan bears into action. While the counters cyclical mechanism pegged the fix lower than yesterday close, we’re still trading at year highs suggesting the central bank is in no rush to stem the weakening tide. However, this does run contrary to statements from the bank overnight that they will not use the Yuan as a tool in a trade war, but as history reminds us, the Pboc remains very fluid when it comes currency policy.

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Equity market reaction

The local equity markets, along with global equity index futures markets are not reacting well to traders pushing the Yuan envelope, USDCNH higher. Market continue to underprice the destabilising effect of a weaker Yuan will have on global equity markets.

 

Gold Market
While keeping a close eye on equity sentiment, gold traders gently buying gold in the event the latest markets developments could trigger and downwards spiral on global equities. While I don’t believe this is a significant enough trigger at this stage, but when compounded with the potholed encumbered landscape, it’s worth keeping an eye on

Oil Markets

Batten down the hatches Hurricane Micheal is intensifying, adding some support to prompt contracts

Japanese Yen
Price action can be very deceiving, a ten-pip range in USDJPY but given the heightened level of discussions around Yen and BoJ this morning, something is going to give.

Japan’s economy is alive kicking by any measure but today’s over the top machine orders data that printed 6.8%MoM versus -3.9% expected and the YoY number rose by 12.6% versus 1.8% is a stunner by any stretch of the imagination prompting the Cabinet Office upgraded its assessment of machinery orders, saying they are in recovery.

The markets are still positioning for to a 115-year-end target of USDJPY, but the economic revival along with the weaker Yen of late does suggest the BoJ does have some wiggle room to tack to a more hawkish target.

Australian Dollar
Not to unexpectedly the Australian dollar ran into a wave of interbank offers and has traded off intersession highs.

Oil prices score for a second consecutive monthly gain

Oil futures rallied Friday on signs of tightening supplies, tallying a second monthly gain in a row, with global crude prices settling at another four-year high.

“Until sizable supply is offered up by OPEC and with pandemic market chatter raging about the $100 per barrel market, it’s hard not to be blatantly bullish,” said Stephen Innes, head of trading at Oanda,

Prices saw a sudden, late-morning jump to intraday highs. Phil Flynn, a senior market analyst at Price Futures Group, attributed that climb to technical trading. He also said prices seemed to find support from reports that China is cutting back on Iranian oil purchases, as well as talk that the U.S. has no plans to tap its Strategic Petroleum Reserve to make up for Iranian oil barrels lost amid U.S. sanctions.

Overall, the market has been bolstered by declining Iranian crude exports ahead of U.S. economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic’s oil industry, set to take effect Nov. 4, analysts say.

Marketwatch

Picking up the pieces post FOMC

US President Trump said to suggest he is going to call China President Xi tomorrow, which should be soothing news for a lot of cross assets none more so than Chinese equity markets. Keeping an eye on this one.!

US Markets

US stocks ended the day lower as the Fed is expected to stay the dot plot course for the foreseeable future, but nothing too unusual from what usually happens to equity markets every time there is a US interest rate hike. The modest wobble suggests little more than profit taking as there is nothing in the Feds policy statement to raise a red flag about US economic growth. Investors will be sponging up these dips even more so if the US-China trade tensions de-escalate. Of course, back channels were always open, but with the President offering to reach out to XI, this is indeed a very positive sign and likely in response to China very measured approach to the US tariffs. Notably, in keeping the Yuan as stable as can be.

Oil Markets

The DOE data for last week largely confirmed the silhouette offered up by Tuesday’s American Petroleum Institute survey, with unexpected builds of 1.9 million barrels in US commercial crude stocks including 0.5 million barrels at the Cushing, Oklahoma delivery WTI hub while refinery crude runs dropped 901,0000 bpd. But one bullish surprise in the broader data set was that distillate inventories fell 2.2 million barrels last week on a drop-in refinery production.

But oil markets rebounded after Rick Perry quashed any notion of tapping SPR, suggesting that selling of strategic reserves would” have a fairly minor and short-term impact ” Frankly, using this emergency response tool as a means of controlling oil prices was a bit of a stretch, given the storied history when the SPR’s were released in the past.

History of the SPR releases

Not to mention the sale would probably end up doing little more than widening Brent -Crude spreads since the SPR sales would effectively make US oil cheaper and not necessarily the rest of the words supply.

Without sounding like a broken record, Oil prices remain in the Bulls domain amid concern that US sanctions on Iranian crude oil exports will result in much tighter physical market conditions once they take effect in November. While the US oil inventory data counts, the fact that the markets could still be underestimating the supply crunch from Iran sanction has many Oil investors running with the bulls.

Gold Markets

Gold prices fell after the US Federal Board raised interest rates despite the nonplussed initial reaction from G-10 currency traders. There was way too much hand-wringing leading up this FOMC that much of the key focal points were somehow lost in translation.

What should have been an easy exercise based on the fact US economy is firing on all cylinders suggesting the Fed’s need to stay the course on interest rates, however in the absence of inflation there is no need to nudge the yield curve higher.

But for Gold prices, the song remains the same, with no haven demand, Gold ETF inflow stagnant and no real shift in investment allocation portfolios, most Gold dealers and market speculators are left watching the US dollar for direction. Until something breaks on the big dollar look for $1190-$1210 range trade to persist

Currency Markets

My currency colleagues in NY left the office with a migraine after getting whipsawed on FOMC double talk.

Canadian dollar
Not everyone is happy on the trade war front as the Loonie has slipped CAD is slipping to 1.3038 as US President Trump makes it clear he is unhappy with Canada. Holding little back, the president was quoted *TRUMP: IF CANADA DOESN’T makes a deal with the US, WE’RE TAXING CARS.

Trade of fade? I still expect a deal to go through but with the crowded trade mentality kicking in as traders find themselves long CAD at the much lower level, there some position trimming likely on stop losses weighing on the CAD sentiment this morning.

New Zealand dollar

The birds the word, as expected the RBNZ kept everything on hold today, given minimal expectation was going into this meeting the KIWI has traded neutral. Other than the usual RBNZ OCR “gap trap” at 5 AM due to the lack of liquidity over the ” date change,” the Kiwi is trading flat so far.

Japanese Yen
There was a bit of a wobble into the NY close. Long USDJPY is a very subscribed trade, and signs the yield curve was flattening, traders were more apt to book profits towards the end of the overnight trading session. But with important support level holding firm and the FED painting a slightly rosy outlook for the US economy, it appears the markets continue to favour USDJPY higher over the short term.

Euro 
I keep looking for some Italian budget concerns that are frankly not there as the risk of a Euro collapse on the back of the Italian budget is almost entirely priced out. Back to the basics on this trade.

EM Asia
Malaysian Ringgit

The MYR is struggling on the back of equity outflows as the Ringgit continues gravitating towards the top of the near-term range 4.12-4.15 despite Oil prices recovering. Again, volumes are very low as traders are looking for some spark

Indonesian Rupiah

The Bank Indonesia is likely to hike, but in context of consecutive trade deficits in July and August, the IDR remain in currency speculators weakest links in the chain.

Philippine Peso

The BSP will hike by 50bps, in line with consensus expectations. The BSP is likely to keep its hawkish tone even after the September rate hike to ward off inflation.

Seeing the forest for the trees

Seeing the forest for the trees

With trade war dominating the landscape, even more so after this morning’s US tariff headline, it’s easy to focus on markets from a one-dimensional perspective. But cross-asset trading is multidimensional and observing the more granular details can offer much-needed clarity in these difficult times.

US Markets

Certainly, Trade war worries are talking their tool on global equities with even the Teflon US markets showing some fraying at the edges. But today’s compass suggests trade-related global equity weakness is due to tech, as opposed to emerging markets or China. Apple, for example, does a booming bilateral business with China and with investors veering to the notion that recent weakness in U.S. tech is a result of administration earlier tariffs then a 200 billion wallop is being perceived particularly damning even for the remarkably resilient US heavyweights in the tech sector.

Ultimately equity markets remain in wait an see as big unknown remains Chinas response which will set the tone for risk sentiment. After all, much of this tariff headline was well telegraphed.

We know China can’t go tit for tat as they don’t have enough US goods to tax. So, if there is a more heavy-handed approach such as flat-out import restriction or overtly weakening the Yuan, it could certainly bring the big market bears out of hibernation.

With the US  implementing a graduated tariff hike, starting with 10 % on 200 billion and moving to 25 % at the start of 2019. The ball is clearly in China’s court. While the   US tariffs salvo is hardly middling, it’s not a bad as it could have been, so unless China hits with draconian measures, markets should remain supported after this morning knee-jerk reactions. Ultimately the graduated tariff hike allows more room to negotiate before the thumping 25 % levy gets triggered, so perhaps China may temper their response accordingly.

Smartwatches and Bluetooth devices were removed from the tariff list, suggesting the President is “watching” the market while taking the US heavyweight giants and US consumer under consideration.

Oil Prices
Iran sanctions will continue to provide near-term support, while discussions around global demand in the wake of this morning tariffs and speculation of further OPEC supply increases should temper upside ambitions.

Oil futures posted a minor loss on Monday. After finding some support from potential global supply losses among various OPEC countries (Iran and Venezuela). But prices eventually gave way and are tracking the CRB index lower pressured on the prospects that US tariff will negatively impact global demand.

Also, Washington continues to suggest that Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United States can raise output fast enough to offset falling supplies from Iran.

The September 23 OPEC+ meeting in Algiers is taking on a bit of life of a life of its own as what was initially thought to be a be a fundamental review of production data by OPEC’s steering committee has now turned into 20+ nation affair. Suggesting everyone wants a seat at the table most likely to discuss the supply disruption from Iranian sanctions, which is leading to speculation that further production increases will be presented at the meeting.

Gold Markets

Another case of rinse and repeat
A modestly weaker dollar and aggressive short-covering pushed gold above the $1200 teeter-totter level, this despite a more hawkish lean from Fed-speak last week. Besides, haven buyers continued showing some bravado felling more confident buying gold when the dollar is fading which is provided with a subtle tailwind for prices overnight as investors brace for possible more massive tariffs than what’s currently priced into the markets. But price action remains entirely dollar driven. So, what the dollar giveth the dollar taketh as USD haven demand is back in vogue post-trade announcement.

Further risk response will be dependant on China response.

Currency Markets

I am challenged not dollar bullish from a pragmatic US interest rate storyline. But of course, price action needs to be respected especially with the EUR veering towards 1.1700 again. The strong US economy suggests USD yields have further room to run. And when former doves like Fed Governor Lael Brainard, who I dare say, is starting to roost with the Hawks, it’s giving clear signals that this sitting Fed is more hawkish than the markets 2019 rates lean.

The Chinese Yaun 

The primary trade war currency hedge is back in play with USDCNH moving above 6.89 as the market awaits Chinas response. But seller should emerge given how quick the market response has been to take USDCNH higher and the uncertainty over Pboc’s next move.

Euro

With Trade ware dominating headlines early Monday morning it’s easy to overlook some basics shift in EU zone fear index with European Bank Index and CDS curve suggesting Italy’s risk premium is getting priced out the equation. Even Turkey, despite another currency wobble yesterday, is stabilising somewhat on the recent astonishing CBT rate hike. The diminishing fear factors could push Bund higher and provide support for the Euro.

Australian Dollar

The Australian Dollar has weakened on the 20 pips on the tariff news in consort with USDCNH moving higher as the Aussie will remain a G-10 proxy for China risk, so it’s susceptible to more headline wobbles in coming days especially China response which could be extremely crucial for risk sentiment. But so far, the Aussie reaction is pretty much following the tariff playbook.

We do have the RBA, but I suspect its unlikely to alter today’s negative Aussie lean.

Japanese Yen
Risk has wobbled on the Trade headline triggering some modest haven moves to the Yen. But volumes are light, as frankly market at his stage are not panicking as the bulk of this tariff headline was already factored.

Canadian Dollar

The Lonnie is sagging, but this is possibly more about positioning as the markets found themselves short around the 1.3000, and with the CAD $ Perma -bears failing to yield that level,  the tariff headlines have triggered more short covering. But moves toward towards 1.3100 will likely be faded as NAFTA discussion are still going on.

Malaysian Ringgit

The recent support for EM central banks (Russian, Turkey and India) is buffeting the EM complex.
The 200 billion in tariffs, while negative for regional sentiment, is not as impactful for the Ringgit as the currency remains relatively insulated due to domestic oil exports and improved term s of trade. But higher US interest rates do pose some significant concerns, especially if a more hawkish fed vs a more dovish BNM does come to fruition.

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When the going gets tough, the tough get going

When the going gets tough, the tough get going

U.S. stocks are trading off their intraday highs late in the NY session weighed down by financials profit-taking ahead of the deluge of bank earnings reports on Friday, robust US economic data had temporarily overshadowed fears over global trade disputes. That was until a late NY session headline suggesting the US is reportedly preparing the release of a new $200B China tariff list according to two people familiar with the matter. But a list is a list and not an actual tariff, so lots to be ironed on this one. But regardless, it will put the  markets back on the defensive for the time being

Until that point, the market was indeed embracing the raft of outstanding US economic data, and despite the apparent downside risks from an escalating trade war the fact investors continue to plough cash into equities, that was a central dictating market theme. And given the likelihood of a strong earnings season, and at one point investors were heard yelling down Wall Street “what trade war”?? Indeed, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. That was until the latest headline when much of the tough slogging was quickly unwound in minutes as the SPX shed 100 points in the flash of an eye reminding investors we are in tricky markets, and nothing can be taken for granted.

The currency markets, however, are a different kettle of fish where the market risk is relatively light with Forex traders doing little more than rotating from what currency pair is hot from what is not. In other words, chasing the fear of missing out seems to be a common theme among G-10 trades after a considerable volume of USD long positions have been culled over the past few weeks, especially against the EUR and AUD. There is a reason why risk is so low in currency land; it’s the real fear of getting sideswiped by trade war headline risk.

Oil Markets

Oil prices continue to gain on yet more production outages with Brent briefly breaching the $ 80 per barrel high water mark as strikes by workers in Norway and Gabon added to global production outages.

Without question, supply risk continues to dominate trader psyche and after the API reported another massive draw traders are now positioning for another sizeable drop in today’s EIA weekly report.

ON the bigger picture, the markets continue to access the intermediate-term supply impact as the Nov. 4 US-imposed deadline for allies to halt Iranian imports moves nearer. All the while the Libyan disruptions continue to run on.

At the end of the day, supply concerns and more disruptions  continue to skew bullish for oil prices

Gold Markets

After a brief peak above 1265 Gold prices resumed its downward path as global stock markets trade well. However Gold prices pulled came off session lows on NATO concerns as the EU countries are worried about possible side agreement between Putin and Trump which could profoundly weaken the alliance. Also, the latest tariff headlines suggesting the US is reportedly preparing the release of a new $200B China tariff list according to two people familiar with the matter should keep a bid under the market. Gold dips remain attractive especially for investors knowing that gold should be an essential part of any diversified portfolio, especially in these highly charged political times.

Currency Markets

With this morning’s tariff headline risk, I need to remind myself that the trade war is good for the dollar, as the US has the upper hand in negotiations and whichever way this issue gets resolved it’s likely to be positive for the US current account.

GBP: Cable remains the land of the brave requiring a sharp eye and quick trigger given the plethora of Brexit headline risk. But indeed, in this muddied UK political landscape it does suggest the endgame will be the UK  never leaves the EU, and in this scenario, the Pound is ” cheap as chips”. When the UK political malaise subsides, Sterling  will be the shining star of the market

JPY: The USD did look poised to break out topside given the fading of trade rhetoric and a real risk-on environment developing. US equities have held up remarkably well as the bull market keeps marching her despite the reams of negative news thrown at the benchmarks. Long USDJPY is entirely under-owned as risk-off trades are still prevalent vs the JPY, and on a break of 111.50-75 levels, dealers will be forced into a risk on trade. But as usual, nothing ever works out as planned so we may have to re-explore this scenario later once we iron our fact from fiction over the latest US trade escalation headline.

MYR: It was an up and down day for the Ringgit which was in high demand and dare I say outperformed early on Bond related inflows as investors position for dovish pause for the BNM. The MGS curve was in firm demand particularly the attractive long end yields which are usually the domain for real money investors and pension funds. Indeed, last weeks Bond market awakening was the real deal!!

As for the BNM policy decision, we anticipate no actual shift in rates, Nor Shamsiah is a BNM veteran, and it would suggest policy continuity, but the markets will be more focused on forwarding guidance. Given the political and fiscal struggles ahead, I think it’s easy to assume this will not be a hawkish pause.

Oil prices continue to flourish and should push higher given the bullish supply skews which should go a long way in supporting the government coffers.

At the Edge of a Cliff

At the Edge of a Cliff

Was it the mixed data, skewed positioning or merely a lack of confidence that has the USD dollar precariously perched at the edge of the cliff.

Everyone one to a tee went all in on a dollar buying frenzy after the CPI number, but the lack of follow-through was very telling, and the quick rebound stopped out all those newly minted positions and then some. The markets sold AUD, NZD heavily at the lows and then got summarily spanked when traders started to factor in the conflicting data prints.

While the Strong CPI reading does present a hawkish risk for the Feds dot plots in March, the miss in the US retail sales data has the street scrambling to revise GDP estimates lower.The divergent data stream has escalated the market debate of critical importance, specifically is it inflation or growth that will dictate the Fed pace of interest rate normalisation?

But the bottom line for the US  dollar in my view, amidst rising inflation the prospect of increasing deficits, both trade and budget, should weigh like an anvil around  the dollar bulls neck

Equity markets

In seemingly absurd fashion, US equity investors ignored the inflationary signals and focused on weaker-than-expected US retail sales report.  There is an increasing possibility that the Powell may blink and the Feds will be more hesitant to guide monetary policy given the waning growth narrative.
Gold Markets 

Higher US inflation combined with the USD exhibiting zero correlation to higher interest rates amidst burdening duel deficits should play out favourably for Gold markets. The weaker dollar narrative is playing out most favourably across, the broader commodity space and gold demand could surge and push above this year’s highs.  Also,  the sustainability of the frothy equity market given the weak retail sales print suggest increasing gold equity hedges is a practical move.

Oil Markets 

A weaker dollar and verbal intervention from Saudi Energy minister who suggested significant oil producers would prefer tighter markets than end supply cuts too early has seen oil prices do an about-face. The Suadi signal is reasonably convincing suggesting  OPEC and their partners are committed to maintaining an absolute floor on oil prices

As indicated earlier in the week, the battle lines are forming around this key WTI 60.00 bpd as the Shale oil gusher will continue to weigh heavily on OPEC effort to blow out the worldwide glut.

However physical demand remains weak globally so traders will continue to monitor the USD /Oil price correlation and at first sign of flutter, it could signal a downdraft.
Currency Markets

Japanese Yen

With the Interest rate to FX correlation is in “Neverland”, It could be open season on USDJPY after convincingly crossing the 107 USDJPY Rubicon. If the market focuses aggressively shift to the US’s duelling deficit amid higher inflation, the dollar days are numbered in the 107’s if we factor in an expected Exporter flow panic which could be exacerbated by push Japanese investors to raise their hedge ratios on US investments fearing a further fall in the greenback.

While we should expect the usual verbal lashing from Japan’s currency officials, I suspect we are still ways off from overt intervention

The Austrailian Dollar

It’s always good to go into critical economic data with a plan B even if it’s from outer space.  Expect the unexpected and today we see  Aussie is benefiting from resurgent Commodities and US dollar weakness as the greenback is showing no correlation to higher US rates.

Malaysian Ringgit

A weaker US dollar, rebounding commodity prices have the MYR sitting well supported by yesterday’s robust GDP print adding good measure

Dollar weakness is seeping in the USDJPY and USDCNH which will provide a positive backdrop for regional currency markets, and we should expect the MYR to be one of the keys go to currencies as positions remain under positioned post-January monetary policy meeting.  Higher US interest rates are showing little obstacle for regional currency appreciation so the MYR should benefit

Not to weave a cautionary tales but liquidy is a bit thin given in regional markets given the proximity of China Lunar New Year so best to be nimble in these conditions

Hawks coming home to roost

Hawks coming home to roost

Equity markets were trounced on the back of Global yields parading to multi-year highs Thursday. Indeed, it was less dovish Fed speak that continued to be the driver, and the BoE provided a hawkish bounty for good measure.

The ruckus in the bond pits these days appears hell-bent on marching towards 3 % 10Year UST yields much quicker than anyone had suspected which suggest equity markets will come under the hammer for some time to come. Yields are becoming the real storyline as a combination of tighter monetary policy and the US burdening deficit leading to more supply, suggests we have crossed a 2.75 % 10Y UST bridge of no return, and the ride could get bumpier for equity investors.

The issue is not so much the 3% level but rather the pace that Bond yields have been rising in the US that is sending the markets into disarray. The rapidity of the moves has caught the markets by surprise, and we are going through the predictable panicked repricing of most asset classes.

Oil Markets

Crude prices continued to tank overnight as the commodity complex has suffered dearly due to the uptick in market volatility. But the toxic combination of rising US output and a stronger US dollar has nullified OPEC production cut momentum.

With the markets factoring in US crude production to continue hitting new record highs through 2018, the supply dynamics suggest a move below $ 60 WTI is in the offing.
Gold Markets
Gold toppled to a five-week low after the Bank of England whispered a sooner and more substantial rate rises after revising their growth and inflation forecast. The quicker than expected shift on Central Bank Monetary Policy outlooks coupled with the rapid increase in US bond yields continues to dampen investor sentiment. However, Gold prices quickly recovered as the equity market drawdowns continue to attract risk off hedges while the Syria Standoff with Turkey is offering support on the geopolitical front.
Currency Markets

The Australian Dollar

The rise in US bond yields has toppled the Aussie dollar and dented risk sentiment as global equity market continues to tumble.

Market volatility is weighing negatively on commodities, add in a dose of dovish RBA rhetoric, and therein lies the heart of the Aussie dollar woes.

Also, the Aussie was trampled on when USDCNH shot up from 6.3050 to 6.3750 as it seems that China is opening up more channels for outflows to slow RMB appreciation. (See below)

The Aussie dollar tends not to flourish in these types of markets.
The $ Bull in the China Shop: Chinese Yuan

The dollar bull was let loose in the China shop yesterday as a confluence of events had trader paring back short US dollar risk from the morning fix.

The fix came in a bit higher than expected which usually causes a bit of a move higher but, it was the article in China Economic Daily that was creating the most noise as the report urges corporates to enhance FX risk management. (Nudge Nudge)
China has also resumed its Qualified Domestic Limited Partnership plan after a two-year halt, granting licenses to about a dozen global money managers that can raise funds in China for overseas investments. While it does not have a massive Foreign Exchange flow impact,  and  more symbolic than anything else,  it is none the less suggestive that the Pboc is less sensitive to capital outflow

Given that positions were skewed short US dollar, the confluence of events had traders covering positions aggressively knowing that liquidity will be sure to dry up the closer we get to Lunar New Year.

The China trade numbers were perceived disappointing ( I have opposite view) which contributed to some currency negativity.

But from any logical perspective, it was hard to ignore the Mainland equity fire sales this week which certainly had a negative bias on currency sentiment

The Malaysian Ringgit

Negative regional currency signals abound.

The rapid repricing higher in US bond yields has taken investors by surprise. Moreover, with US yields looking to push higher, we could be in for a bit more pain before the markets find some solid footing.

Higher US yields are supporting the USD and weighing on global equity sentiment which is hurting overall regional risk appetite.

US record crude production continues to weigh negatively on oil prices.

The proximity of Chinese Lunar New year has traders paring back risk.

The market, at least for now, is hedging against the Fed potentially leaning more hawkish, which is explaining the uptick in USD, US Yields and lower equity markets.