Asia AM Digest: Aussie Dollar May Extend Drop on Jobs Data
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The Japanese Yen proved to be strongest currency on the day as risk appetite unraveled across financial markets. Top global equity indexes were almost universally in the red, with Spain’s IBEX the sole winner on the day in the G10 space. The S&P 500 benchmark suffered its largest daily drop in over two months.
The Australian Dollar suffered the brunt of selling pressure in the wake of disappointing wage growth data that seemed to trigger a dovish shift in RBA policy expectations. October’s employment data now looms ahead. An outcome echoing a string of disappointments since mid-year may compound selling pressure.
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IG Client Sentiment Index Chart of the Day: NZD/USD
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Retail trader data shows 62.7% of traders are net-long NZD/USD, with the ratio of traders long to short at 1.68 to 1. In fact, traders have remained net-long since Oct 18 when NZD/USD traded near 0.71707; price has moved 4.2% lower since then. The number of traders net-long is 9.2% lower than yesterday and 11.4% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 9.5% higher than yesterday and 29.4% higher from last week.
We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests NZD/USD prices may continue to fall. Yet traders are less net-long than yesterday and compared with last week. Recent changes in sentiment warn that the current NZD/USD price trend may soon reverse higher despite the fact traders remain net-long.
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