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Forex: Aussie Dollar Gains as Jobs Growth, Chinese Exports Outperform

Forex: Aussie Dollar Gains as Jobs Growth, Chinese Exports Outperform

Ilya Spivak, Head Strategist, APAC

Talking Points:

  • Euro Vulnerable if ECB Opts to Clarify Stimulus Expansion Strategy
  • Pound Unlikely to Stir on Another Status-Quo BOE Announcement
  • Aussie Dollar Gains on Local Jobs Report, Chinese Export Figures

The Australian Dollar outperformed in overnight trade, rising as much as 0.4 percent on average against its leading counterparts. The move followed better-than-expected Employmentfigures that showed the economy added 14,200 in April, topping estimates calling for an 8,800 increase. March data was also upgraded to reflect a 21,900 increase versus the 18,100 gain initially reported. The Aussie found added fuel in upbeat Chinese Trade Balancedata. The trade surplus widened to $18.46 billion, beating forecasts calling for print at $16.7 billion, as exports issued an unexpected 0.9 percent year-on-year gain.

A monetary policy announcement from the European Central Bank (ECB) headlines the economic calendar in European trading hours. Consensus forecasts suggest Mario Draghi and company will opt against introducing additional stimulus despite lingering disinflation fears. We tend to agree: while our long-term outlook does envision an expansion of ECB stimulus efforts, the central bank is likely to wait for the completion of its Asset Quality Review (AQR) to identify gaps in policy transmission before easing further.

Recent comments from the ECB President attempting to talk down the Euro suggest further jawboning may in store however. If that takes the form of a semi-discernible timeline for additional accommodation or more precise explanation of what stimulus delivery mechanism policymakers may opt for, the single currency is likely to come under pressure.

The Bank of England(BOE) is likewise due to update markets on its policy stance. This is likely to amount to another non-event for the British Pound. UK economic news-flow has increasingly deteriorated relative expectations since April’s sit-down of the rate-setting MPC committee. The latest set of inflation figures also proved disappointing, suggesting the economy has some way to go before “spare capacity” is sufficiently absorbed to consider tightening.

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Asia Session

GMT

CCY

EVENT

ACT

EXP

PREV

23:01

GBP

RICS House Price Balance (APR)

54%

55%

57%

0:00

NZD

QV House Prices (YoY) (APR)

8.4%

-

8.8%

1:30

AUD

Participation Rate (APR)

64.7%

64.7%

64.7%

1:30

AUD

Employment Change (APR)

14.2K

8.8K

21.9K

1:30

AUD

Unemployment Rate (APR)

5.8%

5.9%

5.8%

1:30

AUD

Full Time Employment Change (APR)

14.2K

-

-22.7K

1:30

AUD

Part Time Employment Change (APR)

0.0K

-

44.6K

2:00

CNY

Trade Balance (APR)

$18.45B

$16.70B

$7.70B

2:00

CNY

Exports (YoY) (APR)

0.9%

-3.0%

-6.6%

2:00

CNY

Imports (YoY) (APR)

0.8%

-2.1%

-11.3%

2:00

JPY

Tokyo Avg Office Vacancies (APR)

6.64%

-

6.70%

European Session

GMT

CCY

EVENT

EXP

PREV

IMPACT

5:45

CHF

SECO Consumer Confidence (APR)

3

2

Low

6:00

EUR

German Industrial Production (YoY) (MAR)

4.4%

4.8%

Medium

6:00

EUR

German Industrial Production (MoM) (MAR)

0.2%

0.4%

Medium

7:00

GBP

Halifax House Price (MoM) (APR)

0.9%

-1.1%

Low

7:00

GBP

Halifax House Price (3M/Y) (APR)

9.1%

8.7%

Low

7:15

CHF

Consumer Price Index (MoM) (APR)

0.1%

0.4%

Medium

7:15

CHF

Consumer Price Index (YoY) (APR)

0.1%

0.0%

Medium

7:15

CHF

CPI - EU Harmonized (MoM) (APR)

-

0.6%

Medium

7:15

CHF

CPI - EU Harmonized (YoY) (APR)

-

-0.1%

Medium

11:00

GBP

Bank of England Rate Decision

0.50%

0.50%

High

11:00

GBP

BOE Asset Purchase Target

£375B

£375B

High

11:45

EUR

ECB Marginal Lending Facility

0.75%

0.75%

High

11:45

EUR

ECB Deposit Facility Rate

0.00%

0.00%

High

11:45

EUR

European Central Bank Rate Decision

0.25%

0.25%

High

12:30

EUR

ECB’s Draghi Holds Press Conference

-

-

High

Critical Levels

CCY

Supp 3

Supp 2

Supp 1

Pivot Point

Res 1

Res 2

Res 3

EUR/USD

1.3862

1.3891

1.3901

1.3920

1.3930

1.3949

1.3978

GBP/USD

1.6893

1.6928

1.6940

1.6963

1.6975

1.6998

1.7033

--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for DailyFX.com

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