News & Analysis at your fingertips.

We use a range of cookies to give you the best possible browsing experience. By continuing to use this website, you agree to our use of cookies.
You can learn more about our cookie policy here, or by following the link at the bottom of any page on our site.

0

Notifications

Notifications below are based on filters which can be adjusted via Economic and Webinar Calendar pages.

Live Webinar

Live Webinar Events

0

Economic Calendar

Economic Calendar Events

0
Free Trading Guides
Subscribe
Please try again
EUR/USD
Bullish
Oil - US Crude
Mixed
Wall Street
Mixed
Gold
Bullish
GBP/USD
Bearish
USD/JPY
Mixed
More View more
Real Time News
  • The ISM manufacturing index plays an important role in forex trading, with ISM data influencing currency prices globally. Find out about the recent history of ISM data, how to track it, and how to trade its release here: https://t.co/MZtBh88nOv https://t.co/pAhXFa1al2
  • The inside bar pattern occurs regularly within financial markets. Incorporating the inside bar strategy can enhance a trader's market analysis. Find out how you can use it from @WVenketas here: https://t.co/E3EWOYTYNw https://t.co/aK98CEpfOH
  • Point 3 is not talked about enough. The bureaucratic - dare I say, Leviathan - in most universities is resulting in tuition prices skyrocketing without adding clear value to the students. https://t.co/WNZIORrfAk
  • Think #amzn will gap higher on Monday after Black Friday and the giant move to online shopping?
  • The exponential moving average (EMA) is a derivative of the simple moving average (SMA) indicator. Compared to the SMA, the EMA weighs recent price changes more heavily than later changes in price. Learn how to incorporate the EMA into your strategy here: https://t.co/w48c0xJXSX https://t.co/xFmhA7ZHqU
  • Traders in the Euro have a big decision to make this weekend: if EUR/USD hits 1.20, will it continue to advance, consolidate or fall back? Get your $EURUSD market update from @MartinSEssex here:https://t.co/8hAhguZcEA https://t.co/kwtatozp3z
  • The bullish engulfing candle is one of the forex market's most clear-cut price action signals for reversals and continuation. Learn more about this price action trading signal here: https://t.co/Yg6ecRZZNr https://t.co/9SdceNYUEK
  • The bull flag pattern is a great pattern to add to a forex trader's technical arsenal. Explosive moves are often associated with the bull flag. Learn more about the bull flag pattern here: https://t.co/yOEvLjKnct https://t.co/imv2PnapzH
  • Defensive stocks have proven critically important when navigating stock market volatility. Find out what are the most defensive stocks here:https://t.co/TMcbMALtbw https://t.co/mmldxxEtsc
  • Dollar Index has broken major uptrend support and risks accelerated losses into the December open. Get your $USD technical analysis from @MBForex here:https://t.co/Txo8l8S1f1 https://t.co/YLVzP95JH8
Philippine Peso Dropped on Dovish BSP Hike, Eyes Hong Kong GDP

Philippine Peso Dropped on Dovish BSP Hike, Eyes Hong Kong GDP

2018-05-11 02:00:00
Daniel Dubrovsky, Analyst
Share:

Philippine Peso Talking Points:

  • Philippine Peso declined despite a rate hike from the country’s central bank
  • The BSP hinted that their move may have been a one-off adjustment for now
  • USD/PHP could be volatile on the upcoming Hong Kong Q1 GDP release

Trade all the major global economic data live and interactive at the DailyFX Webinars. We’d love to have you along.

The Philippine Peso depreciated despite a 25 basis point rate hike from the country’s central bank (the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas). The overnight reverse repurchase rate increased to 3.25% from 3.00% as expected. In addition, the Chairman of the Monetary Board Nestor Espenilla said that they are ready to undertake further action as needed.

As mentioned earlier, the BSP’s actions followed last week’s higher local inflation reading. In the aftermath of that outcome, the central bank noted that the country is closer to a rate hike and essentially paved the way for Thursday’s increase. Since the markets are forward looking, yesterday’s rate gain probably came as no surprise. This meant that their forward guidance is what likely sent the Philippine Peso lower.

On this front, both the Chairman and Deputy Governor hinted that further action may not be likely. The former said that it is “too soon” to say the extent of any further increases. The latter noted that the rate hike was sufficient to bringing CPI to their target goal in 2019. With that in mind, what could be a lack of higher rates in the future for now is probably what contributed to the Philippine Pesos’s selloff. Here are some additional comments from policymakers:

Comments from Chairman Nestor Espenilla:

  • Rate hike can also help the exchange rate
  • Looking for more refinements in rate corridor system
  • Latest CPI forecast shifted higher, CPI may breach target range
  • CPI to return to target by 2019, latest 2018 CPI forecast is 4.6%
  • Timely increase to help arrest 2nd round effects
  • To monitor domestic economic conditions

Comments from Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo:

  • Oil prices have pervasive effect on inflation
  • Higher oil, rice prices were unforeseen CPI factors
  • Oil prices have pervasive effect on inflation
  • 25bps token hike won’t derail Philippine growth momentum
  • CPI to ease if rice reform implemented this year

With that now behind us, the Philippine Peso could see some volatile price action around Friday’s Hong Kong GDP data. There, growth is expected to rise by 3.4% in the first quarter. With HK being a key trading partner of the Philippines, economic performance in the former can sometimes have knock-on effects on the latter, triggering a response from the central bank.

USD/PHP Philippine central bank rate decision reaction

USD/PHP Technical Analysis:

On a daily chart, USD/PHP finds itself oscillating between the April 27th low around 51.70 and the former rising support line (red dashed line on the chart below). The latter now seems to be acting as resistance after the pair pushed higher on positive RSI divergence.

From here, a break below support exposes the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement at 51.56. The following target would be the 50% midpoint at 51.20. On the other hand, a push above resistance exposes the 14.6% minor level at 52.26. Beyond that lies a descending line which is connected by the February, March and April highs.

USD/PHP daily chart with positive RSI divergence

Meanwhile on the weekly chart, negative RSI divergence is hinting that momentum to the upside is ebbing. This could lead to declines in the near-term.

USD/PHP weekly chart with negative RSI divergence

USD/PHP and other ASEAN Bloc Currencies Trading Resources:

--- Written by Daniel Dubrovsky, Junior Currency Analyst for DailyFX.com

To contact Daniel, use the comments section below or @ddubrovskyFX on Twitter

DailyFX provides forex news and technical analysis on the trends that influence the global currency markets.

DISCLOSURES