Asia AM Digest: G-7 Stressed Trade Tensions, Will Sentiment Fall?
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Weekend Developments – China May Call off Trade Deals with US, G-7 Meeting Concludes
News from Xinhua News Agency on Sunday that China may call off trade deals with the US if tariffs are imposed had an initial impact on currencies. As a reminder, last week the US moved ahead with roughly $50b in import tariffs on China. The anti-risk Japanese Yen was higher while the sentiment-linked Australian Dollar was lower, resulting in a gap of about 0.13% to the downside in AUD/JPY. Since then, the pair has filled in the gap ahead of Tokyo open.
Another important weekend event was the conclusion of the G-7 meeting with finance ministers and central bankers in British Columbia. There, members issued a statement warning that US trade actions could undermine global economic confidence and added that “decisive action” is need at the following gathering in Quebec, Canada later this week. Amidst trade tensions and Fed rate hike prospects, the US Dollar is set to rally this week.
A Look Ahead – Is Sentiment About to Decline?
We shall see if the update from China translates into risk aversion during Monday’s session. If stocks descend on escalating trade tension fears, then the Japanese Yen could see gains at the expense of higher-yielding currencies like the New Zealand and Australian Dollars.
Speaking of the latter, we will get Australian retail sales data later today. Growth is there is expected by +0.3% m/m. However, given the Reserve bank of Australia’s patient stance on adjusting monetary policy and the close proximity of June’s rate decision, the data may not offer a lasting AUD/USD response.
Friday’s Recap – USD Little Changed on Sentiment and NFPs
The US Dollar found some support on last week’s employment report which mostly beat expectations. The country added more jobs than expected and the unemployment rate unexpectedly ticked lower to 3.8% from 3.9%. However, the currency ended the day little changed. There was a pickup in sentiment as Italy’s anti-establishment parties took power and ended a 3-month political gridlock. Stocks rose and US bond prices fell as demand for safety evaporated. The haven-linked US Dollar seemed to have been weighed down.
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Retail trader data shows 43.2% of EUR/JPY traders are net-long with the ratio of traders short to long at 1.32 to 1. The number of traders net-long is 27.2% lower than yesterday and 25.6% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 3.9% higher than yesterday and 3.9% higher from last week.
We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-short suggests EUR/JPY prices may continue to rise. Traders are further net-short than yesterday and last week, and the combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a stronger EUR/JPY-bullish contrarian trading bias.
Five Things Traders are Reading:
- Trade is ’First and Foremost’ at G-7 Meetings Ahead of Summit by Peter Hanks, DailyFX Research
- Why I Won’t Jump Back Into the EURUSD Bear Trend by John Kicklighter, Chief Currency Strategist
- Yen Weakness Returns, but JPY Remains Vulnerable to Risk Aversion by James Stanley, Currency Strategist
- Australian Dollar Could Gain Despite RBA If GDP Comes In Solid by David Cottle, Analyst
- US Dollar Biased Higher as Markets Navigate Trade War Worries by Ilya Spivak, Sr. Currency Strategist
--- Written by Daniel Dubrovsky, Junior Currency Analyst for DailyFX.com
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