USD Lower. Lasting AUD Rise on CPI Farfetched – Asia Market Open
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Tuesday FX/Stock Developments – Risk-on, Risk-off
A broad pickup in risk appetite during Tuesday’s European session, which saw the Euro Stoxx 50 and DAX rise 0.85% & 1.12% respectively, generated a knock-on response in the FX spectrum. The haven US Dollar dropped like a rock while its sentiment-linked counterparts such as the Australian Dollar appreciated. Meanwhile, the anti-risk Japanese Yen and Swiss Franc depreciated.
The upbeat mood in stocks followed strong earnings from Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc. However, the improvement in risk appetite dwindled during the US trading session. Even though the S&P 500 rose 0.48%, this was largely thanks to a moderate gap to the upside. In fact, the index spent most of the day trading lower.
The pullback in risk trends followed comments from US President Donald Trump, who proclaimed that tariffs are the “greatest” ahead of a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Tomorrow, the two will begin trade talks where the latter will likely aim for a path that avoids escalating tariffs as the former mulls auto import levies.
BACKGROUND: A Brief History of Trade Wars, 1900-Present
Meanwhile, the New Zealand Dollar edged cautiously lower as June’s trade balance report crossed the wires. Net exports, another term for the data, clocked in at -113m versus +200m expected. In short, this could be negative for growth as the trade balance is one of the four components of calculating GDP. Local front-end government bond yields fell as the data was released.
A Look Ahead – All Eyes on Australian CPI
The top tier economic event risk during Wednesday’s Asia/Pacific trading session is the Australian second quarter CPI report. Last week, a better-than-expected local jobs report, while boosting the Aussie Dollar initially, failed to offer a lasting response. Since then, overnight index swaps are now pricing in a 76.5% chance that the RBA will raise rates in August 2019 which is up from about 71% last week.
Whether or not the AUD/USD may rise on the CPI report depends entirely upon how much it can push forward some of those hawkish central bank monetary policy expectations. Lately, Australian economic news flow has been tending to outperform relative to economists’ expectations. This opens the door for an upside surprise here.
Do keep in mind though that the central bank anticipates CPI to clock in just a tad bit above two percent this year. In fact, the headline rate is expected to be 2.2% y/y in Q2 while the trimmed mean version holds steady at 1.9%. The latter is mainly used to try and capture underlying inflation which the central bank closely monitors. All this could result in brief AUD gains that may potentially not last, similar to last week.
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IG Client Sentiment Index Chart of the Day: USD/JPY
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Retail trader data shows 55.7% of USD/JPY traders are net-long with the ratio of traders long to short at 1.26 to 1. The number of traders net-long is 8.2% higher than yesterday and 34.3% higher from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 5.2% higher than yesterday and 24.2% lower from last week.
We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests USD/JPY prices may continue to fall. Traders are further net-long than yesterday and last week, and the combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a stronger USD/JPY-bearish contrarian trading bias.
Five Things Traders are Reading:
- DailyFX Discussion: What Can We Learn from The History of Trade Wars? Christopher Vecchio, CFA & Sr. Currency Strategist, Jeremy Naylor
- Bearish NZD/USD Formations Remain Intact Amid Failed Run at July High by David Song, Currency Analyst
- US Dollar Price Action Setups Ahead of ECB by James Stanley, Currency Strategist
- EUR/USD Price Analysis: Euro Poised to Break with ECB / US GDP on Tapby Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist
- Gold Prices Stall Ahead of July 2017-Low But Sentiment Remains Extreme by David Song, Currency Analyst
--- Written by Daniel Dubrovsky, Junior Currency Analyst for DailyFX.com
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